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Beck and Benji Hughes

Tomorrow we can buy the new Danger-Mouse-produced Beck album, Modern Guilt. You can bet yer summer-lovin’ ass I’ll be there.

Listen on Beck’s MySpace to three songs from the disc, Orphans, Gamma Ray, and Chemtrails. For the scoop on what chemtrails are, check out this Guardian article.

Watch Beck Hansen perform the title track to the new album live on YouTube.

Drowned in Sound did a most-welcome song-by-song review of the album. It’s a fun read that will really whet your appetite.

If you’re a fan of Cat Power, you’ll be glad to know lead singer Chan Marshall does backing vocals on Beck’s Orphans track, according to Stereogum.

If you’re excited about the Beck, also let me recommend Benji Hughes‘ forthcoming (July 22) 25-song album A Love Extreme.

Listen at Benji’s MySpace. Sometimes he sounds like the stripped-down funked out bits of Beck, such as in his song Tight Tee Shirt. And sometimes it’s like The Eels covering Jack Johnson in a good way; see All You’ve Got To Do Is Fall In Love.

Download four free and legal Benji Hughes mp3s.

Unfortunately, his tour is already over. But to get ramped up for his debut release later this month, Ryan at Muzzle of Bees thoughtfully provides two mp3s (So Well and You Stood Me Up) for download. Also, you can pay to download five songs via iTunes that were released as an EP titled A Little Extreme.

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The New Pornographers and Okkervil River — Write Your Own Review

The New Pornographers (with Neko Case) and Okkervil River performed Thursday, April 17, at the Georgia Theater. Gigs on this tour have been reviewed by music bloggers before (Chromewaves, ChartAttack, The Wheel’s Still In Spin). Now it’s your turn.

WRITE YOUR OWN REVIEW!

Instead of reviewing the show, I am asking my fellow concert-goers to post their own reviews and reactions in the comments section of this post. So bring it on, folks! Enthuse, critique, swoon, and/or squabble at will!

For those of you who don’t know, the beautiful cauldron of musical ferment that is Athens, Georgia, spawned R.E.M., The B-52s, Pylon, Widespread Panic, Neutral Milk Hotel, Indigo Girls, Drive-By Truckers, Danger Mouse, etc.

Watch a ten-minute taste of the 1987 documentary Athens, GA: Inside/Out about the camaraderie of the artists active in this mid-80s in this college town. And if you really want to geek on the Athens music scene, take a musical history tour.

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The Black Keys New

The Black Keys‘ album Attack & Release comes out today! Huzzah! Buy it!

Download two tracks from it, or stream them from their MySpace.

A small article from Nonesuch quotes the band talking about their collaboration with Danger Mouse, “Now, at 27, we maybe just realized we had stopped being broke, and stopped being dip-shits, and we could learn from other people who make records … I’m more pleased with the sound of this record than any we’ve ever made … Rather than mask things in, like, a low-fi fog, we can make things sound big and fucked up at the same time.”

I’ve been waiting impatiently for this album, and so far I like it. It is big. It is good. But the new direction, using input from people not named Dan and Pat necessarily makes it different. This album comes from someplace outside of their growly souls. It feels like driving music, beatin’ it down the highway. The other albums feel like … well, see my review from yesterday.

I also like the way this AP article phrased it: “Fans of the Black Keys expecting another trip to a Mississippi juke joint with their latest release are instead headed to a Memphis R&B lounge.”

Get your tickets for their U.S. tour quick; those suckers are sellin’ out.

April 4 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR – SOLD OUT
April 5 – The Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA – SOLD OUT
April 6 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC – SOLD OUT
April 9 – Ogden Theater – Denver, CO – SOLD OUT
April 10 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE – SOLD OUT
April 11 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN – SOLD OUT
April 12 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL – SOLD OUT
April 13 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
April 15 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
May 12 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 13 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 15 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
May 16 – Show moved to the Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
May 17 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA

Their tourmate is Jay Reatard, who makes great clean-the-house music (that’s a compliment). Kids everywhere would love his high-energy Brit punk if only they weren’t Adderalled into oblivion. Download three tunes from Jay, check his blog for videos, and buy his disc.

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Gnarls Barkley

After taking a break from being jacked-in to the internet, I found a few things that looked interesting … but were not.

The new Gnarls Barkley video of Run, heralding their April album release, aptly titled The Odd Couple. The video includes Justin Timberlake goofing around, which is marginally more entertaining than the song, in which Danger Mouse does a terrible job of featuring Cee-Lo‘s talents. (from Subterranean Blog)

Eddie Vedder and Janet Weiss (of the now-defunct Sleater-Kinney) sing a duet with a ukulele. Not what you’d hope. And, btw, she’s not the same Sleater-Kinney singer that backs up Eddie Vedder in the cover of Gordon Peterson’s Big Hard Sun from EV’s Into the Wild soundtrack — that’s Corin Tucker. (from You Ain’t No Picasso)

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The Black Keys

The Black Keys roll out their newest album, Attack & Release, on April 1. I can’t wait to hear what Danger Mouse has done with the production of this disc. I didn’t love The Good, the Bad & the Queen, which he also produced, despite being a Damon Albarn fan through and through, so here’s hoping the production didn’t muss the Keys’ groove. I see that copies of DM’s Grey Album are selling for $100; I could perhaps make a living buying up all of those and Indio’s (featuring Gordon Peterson’s original of Big Hard Sun) albums and reselling them …

The Black Keys will be touring for the new release. But I wish there were more dates; there just never seems to be enough of these two fellas to go ’round.

Oh, except they’re offering four cuts for free download on their MySpace.

There’s also another tune out there you can get your hands on: Stay All Night, a previously unreleased track from their Chulahoma sessions, which means it’s a cover of a Junior Kimbrough blues tune. If you aren’t tracking Chulahoma, get on it. It’s named for the Mississippi county where Kimbrough ran an honest-to-god juke joint. The EP is all Kimbrough songs, recorded by The Black Keys on the lovable Fat Possum label. Stay All Night is on a fundraising compilation, and 100% of your purchase will go to very good charities.

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