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Townsend, Gilmour and Vangelis, oh my

Music Thing posted a bunch of links to video clips of artists using their synths, including Pete Townsend (The Who) and Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and . . . → Read More: Townsend, Gilmour and Vangelis, oh my

Tarantula A.D. no shows last night

Tarantula A.D. crashed their van due to the weather in Montana and didn’t make their show at the 400 Bar last night! Damn! According to Tom, they’d canceled their Iowa City date and probably their Chicago gig tonight due to a broken axle.

Opening band Iota did manage to make it to Mpls for their gig. I’m confused about where they’re from, if they’re local or just a smaller touring band. I can’t find them on the Web at all looking locally or internationally (only the Australian Iota comes up, and this wasn’t them). Iota’s stuff was a mix of Toad the . . . → Read More: Tarantula A.D. no shows last night

Fleetwood Mac : Men of the World: The Blues Years

Fleetwood Mac
Men of the World: The Blues Years
Label: Sanctuary Records

Way way way before Fleetwood Mac was an LA-based rock group for movers and shakers, they were Fleetwood Mac, the UK’s trend-setting blues band. With goldenboy Peter Green (singer/guitarist) leading Mick Fleetwood (drums) and John McVie (bass) through live and studio recordings taken from 1968-70. This collection features a three-tiered introduction to early Mac. Disc 1 is blues. Disc 2 is studio craziness and Disc 3 is live.

A must have to anyone who only knows “Go Your . . . → Read More: Fleetwood Mac : Men of the World: The Blues Years

Eurythmics : The Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Collection
Label: Arista

That creepy cow video and Marilyn Manson are the only reasons I know Eurythmics by name. Heck, even their Web site music is “Sweet Dreams.” But with that being said, greatest hits and anthology collections are all the rage right now, and perhaps it’s time for the music lovers of my generation to give this group their due.
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Todd Rundgren : The Best of Todd Rundgren Live

Todd Rundgren
The Best of Todd Rundgren Live
Available: November 15, 2005
Label: Sanctuary Records

If you’re a fairweather Rundgren fan and already have The Very Best of Todd Rundgren, then I highly recommend this disc. It’s got all the radio hits, including “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw the Light” and others, while omitting the 80s pop favorite, “Bang the Drum All Day.”

For more than 30 years, Rundgren has been rocking out pop classics, and while your 50 year-old parents can attest to his pop-worthiness, the only way to know for sure is to try . . . → Read More: Todd Rundgren : The Best of Todd Rundgren Live

Shows this week

Featured show of the week:Tarantula, A.D. at 400 Bar:
As we said in our album review, this group’s new album is a bold aural collage of piano improv, salsa, punk, classical and vocal experimentation. It’s an unexpected surprise on a busy day. We’re hoping the concert is even better.

Check them out Tuesday at the 400 Bar at 8 p.m. ($8).

Other shows of note this week:
-Chris Carrabba solo acoustic (Dashboard Confessional) at Northrop Auditorium
Thursday, 7 p.m. ($25)

-P.O.D. at Club 3 Degrees
Thursday, 8 p.m. ($20)

-Liverpudlians at Fine Line Music Café
Saturday, 9 p.m. ($20)

-Invisible Citizen with Blood Orange at The Hat Trick Lounge
Saturday, 9 p.m.

-Reverend . . . → Read More: Shows this week

Look mom, another magazine

Oh boy, there’s a new advertising vehicle “culture and lifestyles magazine” coming to the Twin Cities, which is currently sitting at without even a placeholder.
Here’s the Craigslist call for freelancers, if you’re interested:
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The Darkness : One Way Ticket to Hell

The new album from The Darkness, One Way Ticket to Hell…and Back, hits stores Nov. 29th, but you can hear the whole now on Myspace HERE.
And if that isn’t enough…
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Sony copy protection illegally used copyrighted code

I’m trying not to post much about this Sony debacle that has annihilated my computer and prompted a few inquiries from lawyers looking for a plaintiff for a MN suit, but this piece from today today is too good not to pass along:
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James Blunt on the tube

James Blunt on SNL

British singer/songwriter James Blunt is making several special television appearances before the end of the year. After already rocking “The Today Show,” he’s set for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on November 25th, “Saturday Night Live” on December 3rd and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” on December 6th. He is also slated to be a presenter on the 33rd Annual “American Music Awards,” airing live on November 22nd.

Haven’t heard James Blunt’s Back to Bedlam? Check out the album streams below to hear why he is the UK’s best-selling artist of 2005 (yes he has outsold Coldplay) . . . → Read More: James Blunt on the tube