July 2005

Frank Black: Honeycomb

Like Iggy Pop before him, Frank Black went from being the leader of a highly influential rock band, to landing a successful solo career. As a result, the Pixies front-man has been in a position to call his own shots in more ways than one. This liberty came to light before last year

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Interpol To Play North America Gigs

Interpol recently announced dates that’ll have the New Yorkers performing in the U.S. and Canada beginning September 7 at Grand Prairie, Texas’ Nokia Theatre. So far, that itinerary spans through September 30, where the foursome will wrap up at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine.

Before any of that can happen, however, these well-dressed men will make their way across the globe, with dates scheduled for Australia, Japan and Mexico.

Interpol will play various gigs in Australia and New Zealand at the end of July/early August before heading to Japan for the two-day Summer Sonic festival. Bands scheduled for those dates include M.I.A., Arcade Fire, Duran Duran, TV on the Radio, Echo & The Bunnymen and more.

From there, Paul Banks (vocals/guitar), Carlos D. (bass), Sam Fogarino (drums) and Daniel Kessler (guitar/vocals) will play three dates in Mexico before hitting the States.
In June, the quintet sold out shows with the likes of U2, Pixies, The Killers, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Louis XIV, The Bravery and a few other familiar names. But even with the backing of those popular names, Interpol knows exactly what they want.

“We’re definitely a band that doesn’t need to be led,” Kessler told Pollstar. “We’ve always had an idea about who we wanted to be working with and where we wanted to go.”

By the time Interpol arrives in the States, they’ll be celebrating the one-year anniversary of their second full-length album, Antics, which was released on Matador Records. That album followed their popular debut, Turn on the Bright Lights.

Source pollstar.com.

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Dave Matthews Band 6/13/2005: HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, Altanta GA

Hopes were high for fans as the Dave Matthews Band rolled into Atlanta’s HiFi Buys Amphitheatre in support of their latest release, Stand Up.” Rumors were spreading around the parking lots before the show suggesting that tonight would be one to remember. From the opening chords of “One Sweet World,” Dave and the band proved that indeed it would be.

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John Lennon Lyric Sheet Sells for $1 Million

A handwritten lyric sheet for “All You Need is Love” used by John Lennon in 1967 was sold for 600,000 pounds ($1.04 million) at an auction in London on Thursday, organizers said.

The manuscript was part of a pop memorabilia sale featuring clothes, paintings and musical instruments from Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and others.

The “All You Need Is Love” lyric sheet was used by Lennon during a television performance by the Beatles and could be seen on film footage dropping to the floor after the song was performed, said a spokesman for auctioneers Cooper Owen.

A girl working for the BBC at the time retrieved the manuscript from beneath Lennon’s music stand. She provided a letter of authenticity for Thursday’s sale.

“The atmosphere really was quite something, especially when the manuscript was sold for 600,000 pounds,” a Cooper Owen spokesman said. The buyer’s identity was not revealed.

A military-style tunic worn by Lennon that inspired the Beatles’ famous “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” record cover fetched 100,000 pounds.

A pair of Lennon’s trademark round wire spectacles was sold for 55,000 pounds. ($1=.5751 Pound)

Source yahoo.com.

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Liz Phair Releasing “Somebody’s Miracle” Oct. 4

Liz Phair has finalized the track list for her fifth album, “Somebody’s Miracle.” As previously reported, the 14-track set will arrive Oct. 4 via Capitol. First single “Everything to Me,” one of the album’s three co-writes with producer John Shanks, will arrive imminently at U.S. radio outlets.

“Somebody’s Miracle” is the follow-up to Phair’s 2003 self-titled effort, which spawned her first crossover hit in the form of “Why Can’t I?,” but alienated longtime fans with its glossy sound and mainstream ambitions.

Phair has not exactly returned to her lo-fi, indie-rock roots; streamlined cuts like “Stars and Planets,” “Giving It All to You” and “Count on My Love” seem primed for pop radio airplay.

But several tracks here should bring a smile to the face of devotees of her 1993 Matador debut, “Exile in Guyville,” and its 1994 follow-up, “Whip-Smart.” “Why I Lie” rides a sexy, Stones-style rock groove, while “Got My Own Thing” lopes along on a detuned riff that recalls the “Guyville” touchstone “Stratford-on-Guy.”

While not as openly sexual as an earlier single like “Supernova,” “Can’t Get Out of What I’m Into” is a similarly fast, fun rocker about a relationship that flies in the face of better judgment. “It gives me something to laugh about / because my real life ain’t f***in’ funny,” she sings.

Fresh off an appearance last weekend at Lollapalooza in her Chicago hometown, Phair kicked off a solo acoustic tour last night (July 26) in Boston and will be on the road through Aug. 19 in San Francisco.

Here is the track list for “Somebody’s Miracle”:

“Leap of Innocence”
“Wind in the Mountain”
“Stars and Planets”
“Somebody’s Miracle”
“Got My Own Thing”
“Count on My Love”
“Lazy Dreamer”
“Everything to Me”
“Can’t Get Out of What I’m Into”
“Table for One”
“Why I Lie”
“Lost Tonight”
“Everything (Between Us)”
“Giving It All to You”

Source billboard.com.

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D12’s Proof To Release “Searching for Jerry Garcia”

D12 member Proof is gearing up for the Aug. 9 release of his first solo album, “Searching for Jerry Garcia.” The set will be issued via the artist’s own Iron Fist label and features such guests as longtime collaborator Eminem, 50 Cent, Method Man, Nate Dogg, Obie Trice and his D12 cohorts.

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Steve Kimock Band With Robert Walter Plan Fall Tour Behind “Eudemonic”

The Steve Kimock Band will tour this fall in support of his long anticipated stuio album Eudemonic, and like their studio work, the band’s live show is bold, inventive, and dynamic. As always, Kimock and Holmes have hand-picked a group of ace musicians, and the cast will rotate slightly – promising fresh material and inspired interpretations.

Joining SKB for August’s west coast run is old friend Reed Mathis on bass, David Nelson Band keyboardist extraordinaire Mookie Siegel, and Mitch “Moose” Stein on guitar. Tour dates include:

July 28

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Monterey Jazz Fest Sets 48th Lineup

Tony Bennett, Sonny Rollins, the Pat Metheny Trio, Branford Marsalis and John Scofield are among the artists lined up for California’s 48th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, which will be held Sept. 16-18.

Showcase artist Scofield and artist-in-residence Marsalis will be the festival’s most ubiquitous artists. Among Scofield’s plans is a tribute to Ray Charles with Mavis Staples and a “New Grooves” segment featuring the John Scofield Uberjam Band and Banyan.

Marsalis, meanwhile, will headline a final night show with his quintet and participate in one of the festival’s “conversations” a day earlier, discussing “Jazz: The Big Picture.” Others taking part in such discourse will be artists Carla Bley and Steve Swallow (“The Creative Process”) and Billboard jazz columnist Dan Ouellette, who will lead a journalists’ panel discussion.

Saxophonist John Handy is planning to commemorate his legendary 1965 Monterey performance with a 40th anniversary reunion of several members of that quintet. That ’65 set featured then virtually unknown players Michael White (violin), Jerry Hahn (guitar), Terry Clarke (drums) and Don Thompson (bass) who played just two songs: a 27-minute version of “If Only We Knew” and a 19-minute take on “Spanish Lady.” The performance was recorded and released the following year as Handy’s Columbia Records debut.

Other highlights for the 48th annual event include the debut Monterey appearance by Bennett, Rollins’ first appearance there since 1997 and performances by Larry Carlton & Sapphire Blue with Ledisi, Lee Ritenour & Friends with Dave Grusin, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and vocalist Madeleine Peyroux.

Source billboard.com.

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Punk, Indie Acts Join Together To Save CBGB’s

Punk acts young, old and reunited have pledged their support for embattled New York club CBGB, which is fighting to renew a soon-to-expire lease and may be forced to close up shop entirely. Artists such as the Misfits, Thursday, Against Me, Liars, Dead Boys, Gorilla Biscuits and the Vandals will perform at a series of benefit concerts at the club in the coming weeks to raise funds for the effort.

The Save CBGB fund is earmarked for the club’s legal fees as it lobbies its landlord, the Bowery Residents Committee (BRC), a not-for-profit organization that provides services and shelter to homeless and disabled New Yorkers.

Additional artists set to appear include Living Colour, Flipper, Kid Dynamite, Bush Tetras, Chevelle, the Exit and World Inferno Friendship Society.

Full Story: Billboard

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