Considering the amount of material we have for our Monday roundup, this should be a very good week. Let’s get to it!
Of course, as we’ve covered before, the biggest news coming up is the release tomorrow of the new album from The Black Keys. They’ve been doing their part by performing on SNL this past Saturday, performing “Fever” and “Bullet in the Brain”, and by performing on Letterman tonight. They did two songs for the show, and also treated the crowd outside the Late Show rooftop to a full set featuring songs from previous albums. You can tune in to this link to catch one of the re-airings, though this is probably only temporary.
Speaking of the late night shows, Late Night with Seth Meyers featured another band on which we did a feature recently, as Parquet Courts visited last week. Here’s their performance of the new song “Black and White”, from the upcoming Sunbathing Animal.
Soundgarden is prepping for their big tour with Nine Inch Nails, and their warmup will include a special gig at New York’s Webster Hall where they will perform the entirety of Superunknown, and the tickets will cost only $19.94 (the year the seminal album came out, of course). That’s a pretty damn cool venue, and to see a band of that stature in a relatively small place like that will definitely be a great experience for the lucky few who are able to go.
We had a link for a short article on Big Star on Friday, and today the Facebook page for the band posted a link to a rare track from co-founder Chris Bell’s early band Icewater.
Fender had a couple of cool posts worth checking out. The first is a talk with Nile Rodgers about his legendary “Hitmaker” Stratocaster, a strange combo guitar that he picked up at a pawn shop decades ago but whose distinctive sound is what you hear on all those great records featuring Nile. The second is an article about a recent show by We Are Scientists where they were joined by former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp. It fit right in with last week’s 20th anniversary of The Blue Album, and together they performed several Weezer songs together, as well as “Friends of P.” from Matt’s other band, The Rentals. I wish I could have been at that show, and I’d have to say I’d prefer the “Weezer Are Scientists” version of the band over their current incarnation.
In recognition of Mother’s Day yesterday, here is Eminem’s latest video, the Spike Lee-directed “Headlights”, which covers his attempts at reconciliation with his mother.
And finally, we’ve got yet another useless list from Rolling Stone, if you’re into that kind of thing. I had been thinking that it had been too long since we’d had one of those, but they did us a solid last week by publishing their version of the “100 Best Albums of the Nineties”. If you want to know whether or not you should give it a look, I’ll note that in their eyes that Bridges to Babylon (#76) is the superior album to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (unlisted). I think that’s all I have to say.