October 25, 2005Music News)
Check out the avatar Bono and U2 doing "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes" on the Mother Goose Rocks DVD. The video doesn't play very well on my computer, but you get the idea. Kind of creepy, but the song is fun. You can also snag the song on volume 5 of the CD, which also includes sound-alikes of Green Day, Gwen Stefani, Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Evanescence and more (of course they give them all goofy names, like ME2, Green Week and Effervescence). You can also grab "Head and Shoulders" (and all the tracks) on iTunes.Discover New Music)
You can get an early taste of the new Yellowcard album, Lights and Sounds, which comes out in January, with the first single, "Lights and Sounds". The new album is supposed to be a departure from their Ocean Avenue sound, supposedly more rock and roll.
"We kind of got grouped into a certain thing with the last record, and whether it's good or bad, who knows?" Pete Mosley told MTV in August. "But we don't want to walk around and go, 'Hey, I'm in this pop-punk band called Yellowcard' for the rest of our lives. So we made a record that's not like Ocean Avenue. It's not bouncy — it's rock and roll."
October 20, 2005Discover New Music)
The indie band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has sold 17,000 copies of their self-released debut album. They make $8 per copy mailing the CDs to customers themselves (a lot better than the $1 per copy most record companies offer), which amounts to $136,000. Granted they have bills to pay and have to divide up the earnings, but that's not too shabby for a band, considering they also have merchandising and concert income.
You can download a few tracks from their site (check the sidebar) and they're now available on iTunes. They have an odd sound that I have a hard time describing, but I'll say that it's catchy enough that I like it, though the vocals are odd enough that my wife can't stand it. It's kind of like musical noise.Music News)
The dinosaurs of Christian rock, Petra, called it quits earlier this year and a few weeks ago they recorded a farewell concert to be released on CD and DVD as Petra Farewell. Check out the set list and a fan's perspective. It really cracks me up when they talk about drummer Paul Simmons losing both drumsticks and playing with his hands, something I saw him do several times at the Sonshine Music Festival (though I thought he looked kind of doofy for throwing his drumsticks up in the air and dropping them countless times).
Petra was my favorite band in middle school.
October 17, 2005Discover New Music)
If you're looking for some soulful Americana music, the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown is worth checking out. The soundtrack itself is packed with folks like Tom Petty, Elton John, Ryan Adams, Patty Griffin and more, but the real treat is the original score by Nancy Wilson. The instrumental strumming is so atmospheric and Kentucky-ish. Head over to the Elizabethtown web site for a sample. The music player cycles through samples from both soundtracks, with lengthier bits from the original score. Even if you're not interested in buying it, the web site is a great way to take in the sounds while you work.
October 13, 2005Buzz)
Check out exclusive Death Cab for Cutie on iTunes. They have an iTunes original album, complete with live and acoustic versions, as well as music videos and interviews.
The Onion AV Club also has an interview with Death Cab's Ben Gibbard.
October 5, 2005Music News)
On Thursday night U2 will appear on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. And they're taking over the show. The band will be the only guest, musical or otherwise, and are expected to play three songs and be interviewed by O'Brien.
October 4, 2005Free Music)
You can score a free track of atmospheric Daniel Lanois guitar work on iTunes. The free track, "Sketches," is available this week for free and his from his new album, Belladonna, which came out this summer.
If Daniel Lanois sounds familiar and you can't quite place him, he has production credits on quite a few albums, including U2's Joshua Tree.