Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Music News Roundup

I was away for a week in Florida on vacation, so here's a few tidbits I found upon my return to the world of high speed internet.

Juliana Hatfield has 31 unreleased tracks available for download on her website. That's right, 31 songs! These tunes were available on the site previously when she ran an experiment asking fans to make donations through paypal on an "honor system" for each song they downloaded.

The original experiment was a resounding success so she decided to do it again. Here's the list of tunes available for download - a goldmine for Juliana fans.

Stupid Thing
Better Than Nothing
Now That I Have Found You
Never Coming Out
I'm Shy
Trick Baby
Say My Name
I Didn't Know
Wanna Be The One You Want
Fool Money
Perfect Stranger
Made It
Bad Dream
Ordinary Guy
She's Out
Beautiful Creature
Saving Myself
Going Nowhere
Break My Heart
If I Could
Baby It's Alright
Number One
Because We Love You (demo)
The Only One
For The Lonely Ones
5th of July

In other news from the Hatfield front, Some Girls, Juliana's side project with Freda Love (Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life, Lola) and Heidi Gluck (the Pieces), has a new album coming out July 11th on Koch records.

Snow Patrol has a new album, Eyes Open, set for a US release on May 9th. The first single, "You're All I Have" is streaming on their website, where you can also view the video. The band's MySpace page has clips of both the single and another new track, "Hands Open". The two songs are rocking, so I'm really looking forward hearing the full album.

The boys in Stereophonics are releasing a live album, "Live From Dakota", on April 18th in the US. The full album is streaming on their MySpace page for this week only. Here's a sample of The Bartender And The Thief from the record.

Tool's new album, 10,000 Days, is set for release on May 1st. I'm sure it'll be fantastic just like all of their releases. Here's the tracklist:
Wings For Marie (Pt 1)
10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2)
The Pot
Lipan Conjuring
Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann)
Rosetta Stoned
Right In Two
Viginti Tres

Gomez is streaming the first single, "How We Operate", from the forthcoming album of the same name on their website. But I captured the stream and now you can have your very own mp3 of the song for yourself. The album is set for a May 2nd release.

Feeder will release Feeder The Singles on May 15th. They recorded a new track, "Lost And Found", for the album and I have a clip of the song here. It's quite the rocker, kinda like old-school Feeder from the Swim days.

Lots of news from the Idlewild camp. Though they've parted ways with their record label, Parlophone/EMI, they're working on songs for a follow up to last year's phenomenal Warnings/Promises. Also, singer Roddy Woomble is working on two other projects. The first, a solo "folk venture" according to the band's website, will be released in July on Pure Records. The second is a joint effort with Inara George, which will likely see a Fall release.

Though it's not really new news, I still wanted to mention that Matt Nathanson is releasing his live At The Point on April 4th. You can preorder the album here from Awarestore. He's a one-of-a-kind performer, so this solo-acoustic live release has been a long time comin' for his fans. I generally don't get into many male singer/songwriters, but if you like that sort of thing Matt is someone you must check out. He's certainly the exception for me.

From greenplastic.com:
Radiohead will be touring the UK/EU in May, playing a short series of theatre shows before heading off on an American and Canadian tour in June (dates TBC). They'll then play some European festival dates before headlining the V Festival in Chelmsford and Stafford in August.

The tour will be the first opportunity to hear a selection of brand new material that the band has been working on in the studio.

Doves will release the download-only Some Cities Live EP on April 10th, tentatively. The EP contains live recordings from their 2005 tours supporting Some Cities. The tracklist is:
1. Black And White Town
(recorded at the Music Factory, Carlow on 20/12/05)
2. Almost Forgot Myself
(recorded at the Academy, Newcastle on 11/12/05)
3. Snowden
(recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo, London on 7/21/05)
4. Ambition
(recorded at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on 21/12/05)
5. Where We're Calling From / Pounding
(recorded at Warsaw, Brooklyn, New York on 14/9/05)
Details are available on their website, where it appears that the EP will be exclusively on sale.

Elbow will do a brief US tour in April supporting last year's fantastic Leaders of the Free World. The closest gig to me is in NYC so I may have to make a roadtrip...
USA / Canada Tour - April 2006
Saturday, April 08, 2006 los angeles avalon
Sunday, April 09, 2006 san francisco the independent
Tuesday, April 11, 2006 seattle showbox
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 portland dougs fur lounge
Saturday, April 15, 2006 minneapolis the ascot room
Sunday, April 16, 2006 chicago double door
Monday, April 17, 2006 detroit magic stick
Tuesday, April 18, 2006 toronto opera house
Thursday, April 20, 2006 new york webster hall

Embrace released their follow up to 2005's Out Of Nothing, one of my favorite records of last year, on Monday. This New Day is available only in the UK right now, but through the magic of the internet you can have it delivered via post right to your door. Here's the tracklist:
01. No Use Crying
02. Nature's Law
03. Target
04. Sainted
05. I Can't Come Down
06. Celebrate
07. Exploding Machines
08. Even Smaller Stones
09. The End Is Near
10. This New Day


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