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Posted May 3, 2006 by Mike Mineo in Features
 
 

SHORT BITS – #15

Radiohead mania is approaching yet again, as they have announced their US tour dates and played a show on May 1 at KOKO in London. Mixed in with some of their classics, were three songs that will tentatively appear on the album (now scheduled for 2007). ‘Arpeggi’ has been circulating for awhile and I love it, and ‘Bodysnatchers’ recieved a nice reception along with the other untitled song. Check source for all dates. The pre-sale has past but the official date to buy the tickets are on Friday ( source ).

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Inspiration can often stem from unpredictable places. Bloc Party is claiming that their new album will be Bowie-esque ( source ) and The Killers are citing Bruce Springsteen as their primary influence ( source ). Also, David Bowie talks about his time off and how he is enjoying his walks in the park ( source ).

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Franz Ferdinand turned down a £30 million dollar ad campaign in fear of harming their credibility. Ah, it looks like the boys still relish being called an indie band. I am positive every member is well off financially by now, so who can blame them for wanting to maintain their reputation? ( source )

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It seems that Pete Doherty enjoys attention as much as Kate Moss enjoyed drugs. He was recently labeled as giving a girl a heroin injection while she was unconcious. This was found through photos, in which Doherty claims were staged. Yeah, Pete, right ( source ). In good news, Keith Richards was released from the hospital after injuries suffered on vacation ( source ).

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Tapes n’ Tapes recently signed to XL Recordings. They are another band who has been boosted by online media, and they are embracing the fact ( source ). Also, Phoenix signed to Arts & Crafts ( source ). Gnarls Barkley continues having great success as their new album, ‘St. Elsewhere’ is number one on the charts. We all saw this one coming ( source ).

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Quentin Tarantino is working on a new film chronicling the life of Jimi Hendrix. Direction will begin later this year in Seattle. I’m curious about this one, as it could definitely be interesting ( source ). Speaking of films, The Strokes’ music video of their single ‘Juicebox’ was banned in Canada and MTV stopped the play of the explicit version. Too much sexual swagger, eh? ( source )

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New Material Info: Muse, The Dears, Johnny Cash, Mobb Deep, Matt Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), DJ Shadow, Jesus & Mary Chain, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Thermals, Excepter, Yo La Tengo

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New Tour Info: Black Keys, Sonic Youth, Wilco, Echo And The Bunnymen, Secret Machines, Les Claypool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Robot Ate Me, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, The Minders, Sigur Rós, Modest Mouse, Beck, Bright Eyes, Irving, Gnarls Barkley, Scissor Sisters, MSTRKRFT, Jamie Lidell, Herbert, Wolfmother


Mike Mineo

 
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