Havent had enough of ski/snowboard season yet? Well then, grab a
plane ticket and join Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, who will hit the
Austrian slopes (so to speak) between the Penken and Ahorn mountains
alongside Doves, Friendly Fires, The Enemy, James Zabiela, Editors,
and De La Soul at this years Snowbombing 2010 Festival bash. Slim,
who pulled out of the event last year to voluntarily enter alcohol
rehab, is back in fine, healthy form, and will contribute his DJ
skills while the rest of the artists will perform their own live sets
at the wintery musical celebration, which will take place at
Mayrhofen, Austria on April 5 through the 10th...
The 2010 Sasquatch Festival in Washington state has released their
lineup for this years fest, too - their ninth annual happening will
include headliners Vampire Weekend, MGMT, My Morning Jacket - and
Pavement will be appearing here, too. Sasquatch, which is held every
Memorial Day weekend (this year running May 29-31), will also stage
sets from OK Go, Massive Attack, The National, The Hold Steady, and
Heralded as The Best British Rock Concert of All Time, the Live at
Knebworth benefit concert, which took place in Hertsfordshire, England
in 1990, featured headliners Paul McCartney, Tears for Fears, Eric
Clapton, Robert Plant, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Status
Quo, all performing for free in support of charity. A 20th Anniversary
reissue of this landmark event in a 2-CD format is now set for release
on March 23, and will continue to raise funds for Nordoff-Robbins
Music Therapy organization and The Brit School of Performing Arts.
Tracks from all of the above artists are set to be included, as well
as additional tracks from Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Dire Straits,
and Phil Collins...
And Kraftwerk are the subject of an unlikely art/toy tribute - namely,
the fact that German sculptor Dirk Roessler has rendered the band
members as action figures. Roessler, in a recent interview, explained
how he purchased some old Mattel Ken figures, and sculpted new
Kraftwerk heads to apply onto the bodies. Roessler went on to explain
how it was impossible to find good clothes for the new toys - so he
sewed Kraftwerks red shirts and grey pants on his own. Unfortunately,
no plans for mass-marketed Kraftwerk action figures are in the werks -
uh, works - as of yet...
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The 2010 Academy Awards may not have given much attention to the Best
Original Songs this year, but Billboard Magazine did; the industry mag
recently posted 10 Awesome Oscar Live Performances, from U2s Hands
That Built America (from Gangs of New York) to Elliott Smiths
poignant Miss Misery (from Good Will Hunting). See them all,
complete with video, via Billboard at http://tinyurl.com/ylosvh3...
The Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct their latest 2010 honorees at
a ceremony on June 17; among those getting songwriter kudos will be
Leonard Cohen, David Foster, and Johnny Mandel...
Devo - although they havent released a studio album since 1990 - have
been rumbling around lately, piquing fans interest in the bands
possible revival; in addition to Devos performance at the Vancouver
Olympics in February, theyve also been spending some time in the
recording studio, and are booked to perform at the Coachella festival
Mark E. Smith and the Fall have newly signed to Domino Records, and
will release their latest album, Your Future Our Clutter, on May 4...
Stone Temple Pilots have wrapped work on their as-yet-untitled
comeback album, which will be STPs first since 2001; the band,
complete with Scott Weiland back on frontman duties, will play a
series of festivals in Europe early this summer, and then is expected
to book U.S. dates..
Greg Dulli is currently working on another Twilight Singers album,
which he says he hopes to have completed by the end of this month...
A collaborative album between Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and
Raekwon is just out this week - Wu-Massacre will include tracks
Gunshowers, How to Pay Rent, and Dangerous...
And also out this week are these new releases...ON CD: The Dillinger
Escape Plans Option Paralysis... Goldfrapps Head First... The Bird
and the Bees Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl
Hall and John Oates... and Dave Holland Octets Pathways... and Nas
and Damien Marleys Distant Relative... and thats the buzz for this
weeks Modern Rock.
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