Archive for March, 2009
Those look like sandals to me:
I think this guy is texting:
Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction just released a free 6-track E.P. to promote their upcoming world tour. They call it NIN|JA 2009. Also featured on the E.P. is a band called Streetsweeper, a new side project of Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Boots Riley of The Coup, who will be the openers on the tour.
For those about to rock, we salute you:
–DJ Rex Manning Day
(see previous post: Nine Inch Nails Calls It Quits)
I was recently driving around the Upper Haight, looking for parking, and turned on a little KFOG to mellow me out. In the middle of a set of what only could be described as “Adult Contemporary,” a song came on that actually got my head bouncing. I instantly identified the sounds of the Talking Heads, but as I didn’t recognize the song, I pinned it as a new David Byrne project.
After I found a parking spot, I stayed in my car to learn the name of the track. I was absolutely startled to hear the announcer utter the name of the group: “Bell X1.”
I went home and did a little research. In 1999, Bell X1 formed out of the ruins of a band called “Jupiter,” previously fronted by Damian Rice and birthed in Co. Kildare, Ireland (wow, another Irish band named after an airplane). After Rice left the group of musicians, the drummer, Paul Noonan, assumed frontman capacity. It turns out that most of their tracks sound like the bastard children of Coldplay and Snow Patrol… except for the one I heard on KFOG: “The Great Defector.” Apparently their influences switched to a positive direction for the creation of one song. This track has Talking Heads written all over it, specifically a blend of “Girlfriend is Better” and “And She Was.”
Of course, maybe the best explanation is that Scotland-born David Byrne is actually Paul Noonan’s long lost brother…
You can check out the Bell X1 track below, complete with Nintendo intro (just try getting it out of your head):
And, though I couldn’t find “Girlfriend is Better” on YouTube for direct comparison, here is Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” (for all-around awesomeness):
From the Do Lab team at the lightning in a bottle website:
After many months of searching for a new location we are sad to report that, as of right now, we have been unable to acquire one, therefore LIB will not be happening this Memorial Day Weekend. Unfortunately the beautiful Live Oak Campground where we have been having the event in previous years is no longer interested in hosting our event.
There is nothing more important to us than our community so rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to make this happen. We want all of you to know that this is just the beginning of our search and we will not stop until Lightning in a Bottle finds a new home… it’s just going to take a bit longer than we had hoped. If all goes well we will still be able to host LIB this year on a new date and at a new location. Please sign up for our mailing list to get regular updates.
The Do LaB
It now looks like the Do Lab hasn’t paid to host the domain for lightninginabottle.org anymore. I just checked in again to see if they found a venue yet and now the site is one of those stupid ‘we couldn’t find your website’ splash pages.