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Billy Corgan Wants to Ruin Your LIfe

Posted in Celebrities, Music with tags , , , , , on March 10, 2010 by attemptedmustache

Up until yesterday I’d thought it was safe to assume Billy Corgan had done away with his singing career and had thus cryogenically frozen his body to be thawed at a time when people don’t actually like music, and are instead obsessed with arrogant, exhausting pricks that don’t know when to shut the hell up….

But, my cuckoo dreams of frozen rockstars have led me astray once again because Billy is back… and with an insane proposition, at best:

So hey, let’s just jump back in time a bit here…

Anyone remember when the Smashing Pumpkins were awesome?  Remember when Billy was the exalted, quintessential frontman of the 90s?  Remember when Billy wasn’t bald and albino, and way too high on himself? Remember when The Pumpkins didn’t make your ears feel like a bag of smashed assholes?  Think waaaaaay back? Got it!?  yah…

Now, let’s talk about that pale bald guy that just can’t keep his band together…
It’s a heart-wrenching tale, cuz for Billy Corgan, it just keeps happening again and again and again; except THIS TIME Billy is turning to YOU, oh devoted fan(s), to join his charade and mend his broken band.

Soooo, the daunting question on board is….wana be a part of a has-been rock band that will probably never amount to much more than small gigs in dark, hole-in-the-wall bars?…. well, if that’s your calling, then here’s your chance to be a steward for Billy Corgan’s moonstruck agenda!

Send your vids and demos here, if you dare:

pumpkinsbass@gmail.com or pumpkinskeys@gmail.com by March 31st.

In all fairness, I don’t really think Corgan’s narcissism is to blame for the latest member of his band flying the coop.  In fact, bassist Ginger Reyes claims that.. “Although (she’s) been blessed beyond belief over the past few years through playing with the Pumpkins , (her) priority now is to keep (her) little family unit together, which includes (her) husband and baby.”


Perhaps that’s just code for “I can’t deal with this dude’s ego any more!”, BUT, who’s to say, despite maybe The Mentalist??

In truth, for ANY aspiring musician this could be a really EXCELLENT opportunity, even if it may promise to break you psychologically over an extended period of time.  MY advice?  Don’t quit your day job.

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Tron Legacy: Daft Punk recording tracks for “The Dude”

Posted in Celebrities, Current Events, Cyberspace, Movies, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2010 by attemptedmustache

Sick of dressing up like a robot every weekend and running through large crowds of people trying to freak them out? Well, stop a pedestrian and ask them to press the ‘cool down’ button on your control panel cuz you’re all getting what you want for Christmas this year: TRON Legacy!

Yep, it’s been a long time since that groundbreaking day in 1982, but TRON will be back making it’s return to theaters December 17th, 2010..  While December may seem like far too long for any hardcore cult movie superfan, tech-geek, gamer, or Jeff Bridges fanatic to have to wait, it’ll be here faster than that Mathlete you hired to find the square root of your apartment.

As for those of you who risked your lives this weekend braving theaters to see Disney’s imaginative and dark 3D blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, you probably had to get up and wipe your seat a couple times after the preview reel unveiled a special TRON Legacy sneak peak!
Yes, fortunately for TRON junkies, it seems that Disney has answered all your secret prayers.
Properly acknowledging that TRON 2.0– the first person shooter game included in the 2003 20th Anniversary Edition of the original-was hardly enough to pass muster with die-hard fans, Disney has thus collaborated with titan screenwriters Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis (LOST) for TRON Legacy to give devotees the kind of sequel pizzaz they’re looking for!

In fact, Disney Digital 3D seems to have some pretty groovy projects stuffed up their sleeves as of late, and if they can pull it off, TRON Legacy could very well be at the pinnacle of all that hullabaloo.  So, if you’re even half as nerdy as I am, you best hold onto your bike helmet and strap on your knee and elbow pads, cuz not only is everyone’s favorite Dude– Jeff Bridges -going to abide and give you a violent mindgasm, but if you like the sound of sexy robots mating, then French electronic super-duo Daft Punk will also be composing 24 titillating tracks for the film’s musical score… just one more reason not to sack France.

Don’t like the sound of Digital Love? Well, then TRON also has the extremely aesthetically charming Olivia Wilde !!  That girl’s face is enough to sink a fleet of ships, and I’m pretty sure watching her overcome the trials and tribulations of cyberspace will be a nice change for those of you who are accustomed to looking up pictures of her online with a convenient stash of kleenex, lubricant and warming massage oils on your desktop…

As for me… I’m guna be counting down the days to December 17th with robotic control.
All I ask of Disney is PLEASE include a scene in which a flock of birds get sucked into the lightcycle engines. Yeeeah, it doesn’t make any sense, but here’s hoping they’re endangered….

Sasquatch! Festival 2010- Headlinerlesstastic

Posted in Music, Music Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2010 by attemptedmustache

Looking at the Sasquatch! Festival lineup this year is kinda like  sucking on a sour soother for me: a part of me is tasting the rainbow, and another part of me is doing the cobra yawn and gleeking all over the place.

Let’s be real here, Sasquatch! has nothing to prove; it is one of the sexiest festivals around (perhaps THE sexiest, in my opinion), and is consequently the wet dream of respectable indie kids, hipsters, scenesters,  and trendy liberal music junkies alike.  Truth is, Sasquatch! is for anyone who likes groovy beats, ’cause the sky is the limit if you’re there to have a no-holds-barred good time.  Better yet, if you like dunes, the Gorge Amphitheatre-situated on the Columbia River in Washington State-is quite possibly the highest quality in dunes, and truly a sight to behold… even after a couple cases of choice lager consumed at ridiculously balmy temperatures.

But, if heat stroke isn’t your thing, there is always the music, and though I hate to complain, the lineup is a little lack-lustre in just FEW areas:

Most specifically, HEADLINERS:  Pavement, Massive Attack, and My Morning Jacket.
Part of what makes Sasquatch! as gnar as it is is the fact that it applies to multiple genres… but I still have to shudder uncomfortably when I see Pavement headlining.
In fact, with the exception of Massive Attack, I honestly don’t see any of these acts as ‘Headliner’ material… especially when paired against the somewhat daunting Coachella and Bonnaroo lineups, which are pretty much enough to dampen even the most respectable gentleman’s rag.

The truth is though, there needs to be a little Pavement in everyone’s Festival of choice, and even heavy hitters like Coachella and Roskilde have included them in their lineups.

So, if you’re like me, and seeing Pavement is the equivalent of getting peppermint castile soap in your naughty place when you’re just trying to get clean, do not fear because Sasquatch! still has enough jam to please: LCD Soundsystem, Deadmau5, Vampire Weekend, Miike Snow, Boyz Noize, Kid Cudi, Booka Shade, Band of Horses, The National, Public Enemy, Passion Pit,  Neon Indian, She & Him (Zoey Deschanel!!), The Mountain Goats, Caribou, Broken Social Scene, Drive-By Truckers, and it goes on…

So, do yourselves a favor, get snappy and buy your tickets on the super-fly before they get expensive!  And look for me, I’ll be the one holding the Ultimate Party Force Banner trying to find my way around a disco ball.

Over and out.

Official Lineup:

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Radiohead Live Tour Dates

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2008 by attemptedmustache

Well dudes and dudettes, this week is just exploding with awesomeness.

First came the ridiculously awesome Lollapalooza 2008 Lineup, and now this:

As anticipated Radiohead made an announcement on their site today, and, as many of us were hoping with fingers crossed, and waiting with baited breath, they announced the remaining leg of their North American Tour:

05-05 West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre *
05-06 Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre *
05-08 Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre *
05-09 Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre *
05-11 Bristow, VA – Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge *
05-14 St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre *
05-17 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
05-18 Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center *
08-01 Chicago, IL – Grant Park (Lollapalooza)
08-03 Indianapolis, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center %
08-04 Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center %
08-06 Montreal, Quebec – Parc Jean-Drapeau %
08-08 Jersey City, NJ – Liberty State Park (All Points West Festival)
08-09 Jersey City, NJ – Liberty State Park (All Points West Festival)
08-12 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center %
08-13 Mansfield, MA – Tweeter Center %
08-15 Toronto, Ontario – Molson Amphitheatre %
08-19 Vancouver, British Columbia – Thunderbird Stadium *
08-20 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre *
08-22 San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Park (Outside Lands Festival)
08-24 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl *
08-25 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl *
08-27 Chula Vista, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre *
08-28 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl *

* with Liars
% with Grizzly Bear

–>The Dates in Italics are the new tour adds!!

August 19th in Vancity, here I come!! I have a date with the ever-sexy Thom Yorke

Over and out.

IOWA Music Festival?? WhaaaaAat?!

Posted in Music, Music Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2008 by attemptedmustache

O-kay, so I’m just being an ignorant asshole, of course Iowa is the home of a Music Festival.. why wouldn’t it be?! I mean people live there right?? Like almost 3million people in total… that’s gotta be like 30th in the United States or something.. AND Mid-Western Americans need to listen to music too dammitt!!!
I’m just surprised because I’ve never heard of it before.

The Mission Creek 2008 lineup was released and it looks pretty decent:

Cursive, Dan Deacon, Bon Iver, Neva Dinova, The Hood Internet, Spoon, The Walkmen, Headlights, Evangelicals, Alejandro Escovedo, Pieta Brown, Blitzen Trapper, Fleet Foxes, Oh Astro, Capgun Coup, Fourth of July, The Poison Control Center, White Rabbits, Cepia, These United States, So Many Dynamos, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Baby Teeth, Brighton MA, Death Ships, Lair of the Minotaur, Caleb Engstrom, Samuel Locke-Ward, Vandaveer, The Western Front, The Gglitch, Master/Slave, Today is the Day, Datagun, Mannix!, Porno Galatica V. Zap!Rowsdower, Wolves in the Attic, The Wheelers, Michael Morris, The Glowing Glass, Mit’n, Kelly Pardekooper, Illinois John Fever, The Blacks, The Mayflies, Sam Knutson, Dennis McMurrin, Monadnoc, Sarah Cram and The Derelicts, Highway Shelter, Foul Tip, Birth Rites, MC/VL, Henrihenrietta, Complete Failure, Mouth of the Architect.

Tickets are available here!

And get them fast because the festival takes place in Iowa City April 2nd-5th.  So for those who will need to drive long distances, get in your car now and floor-it!  And don’t stop till you hit the stage

Nine Inch Nails-North American Tour

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2008 by attemptedmustache

Man… do I ever love this time of the year.

Well, we were all aware that NIN was going to be performing at numerous festivals across Canada and the United States this spring and summer. But just today frontman Trent Reznor announced their entire North American tour- which includes dates in Calgary and Edmonton, for all you Alberta readers.

Here’s the list:

July 25 Pemberton BC Pemberton Festival
July 26 Seattle WA Key Arena at Seattle Center
July 28 Edmonton ALB Rexall Place
July 29 Calgary ALB Pengrowth Saddledome
July 31 Winnipeg MAN MTS Centre
August 2 Minneapolis MN Target Center
August 5 Toronto ONT Air Canada Centre
August 7 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena
August 8 Worcester MA DCU Center
August 12 Knoxville TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
August 13 Duluth GA Gwinnett Arena
August 15 Oklahoma City OK Ford Center
August 16 Houston TX Toyota Center
August 18 Dallas TX American Airlines Center
August 20 Saint Louis MO Scottrade Center
August 22 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena
August 23 Auburn Hills MI Palace of Auburn Hills
August 27 East Rutherford NJ Izod Center
August 29 Philadelphia PA Wachovia Center
August 31 Lexington KY Rupp Arena
September 2 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
September 3 Salt Lake City UT The E Center Of West Valley
September 5 Oakland CA Oracle Arena (formerly Oakland Arena)
September 6 Inglewood CA The Forum

According to Music-News:

Trent Reznor stated:

“We are coming! Lots going on in the world of nine inch nails… Confirming a very poorly kept secret, the band has been reformed (details coming!) and we are about to embark on an extensive tour. The first wave of dates I can mention at this time appear below. Many more to come! See you soon.”

For more info, check the bands website.

Electric Picnic 2008: Wow… I’m officially Moving to Ireland

Posted in Music, Music Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2008 by attemptedmustache

Wow… say what you will about American Music Festivals.. but it is slowly becoming clearer and clearer to me that Europe blows American Festivals out of the water. Not to mention, Europe is all pretty looking and old, and stuff.

Seriously though, think of the beautiful architecture, all that history, and then some of the greatest groups from around the world play, just for you (and you know, like a couple thousand other people.. meh). I think my heart just exploded.

If you’re not into all that aesthetic pleasure, and just wanna know the facts, here is the 2008 lineup for the Electric Picnic Festival that takes place August 29-31st in Stradbally, Ireland.

Sex Pistols, Sigur Rós, Grinderman, Franz Ferdinand, George Clinton & The P-Funk Allstars, My Bloody Valentine, Goldfrapp, Christy Moore, Wilco, The Gossip, Duffy, Underworld, Tinariwen, CSS, Tindersticks, New Young Pony Club, Josh Ritter, Lisa Hannigan, Cathy Davey, That Petrol Emotion, The Breeders, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sinead O’Connor, Henry Rollins, The Waterboys, The Roots, Kila, Micah P Hinson, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Hayseed Dixie, Candi Staton, Juana Molina, Turin Brakes, Faust, Midnight Juggernauts, Tartit, Hadouken!, Silver Apples, Mark Geary, Teitur, Blitzen Trapper, Absentee, Balanescu Quartet, Lou Rhodes, Adrian Crowley, One Day International, The Yard Dogs, Tobias Froberg, Boss Volenti, Dawn Landes, Constantines, Yacht, Lionheart Brothers, Large Mound, Emmy the Great, Foals, Kormac & the BSQ Band, Jape, Noisettes, Dublin Gospel Choir…plus many more to be announced.

Other rumors also have Sigur Ros and the Sex Pistols doing some potential collaboration-type goodness at the show as well.. not to mention Moby, Fatboy Slim, Super Furry Animals, Billy Bragg, Mogwai, Elbow, and Gary Numan are all rumored as future adds to the lineup.

Man… the last time I saw Sigur Ros LIVE they were having audio problems, and their set had a time limit, so they never got to get things in order… and now that I recall how amazing they sounded even with the sound distorted, I can’t even imagine what a set of theirs would be like in an audio-friendly environment.

I just got goosebumps.

Well.. I might have to rob some banks to go to this festival… and trust me, the jail time might actually be worth it. But first things first.. I need to go run over my ex with my car. haha jk.

Over and out!