Our great intern will soon have posting rights. The protests and sit-ins can be halted.
In other news:
The new Portishead album Third is reallllly good. Check it out. If you don't know Portishead also check out 1994's Dummy. The best trip-hop i have ever heard. Here is a live cut of "Hunter"
Gnarls Barkley released their new album The Odd Couple online. For free. BACKWARDS! It is actually even a bit too weird for me but you should check it out here.
The Age of Understatement, the album by the Last Shadow Puppets (who are fronted by Arctic Money Alex Turner), has been released everywhere but the US. But I'm sure you can find it if you look hard enough (or search in shady enough places). expect a review soon. Here is the title track:
A Tribe Called Quest is back doing the Rock The Bells Tour. Other acts include Nas, Mos Def, Raekwon+Ghostface, Meth+Red, The Pharcyde and The Cool Kids:
Coachella is this weekend. It marks the beginning of an oversaturated festival season. There has been a recent swell in the number of festivals in the US. Its got pros and cons. On the pros there is now a major festival in almost every region of the country this summer. Its nice cause travel is not as hard. But this also takes away from festivals being special. I mean, other than for a few acts(This weekend those include Prince, Aphex Twin, Portishead and The Verve) its basically the same artists doing the festival circuit. What do you think? Leave your comments in the comment section
I will leave you with a trailer for my most anticipated movie of the summer:
Since Garrett STILL hasn't let Zach post on the blog here are his thoughts on the new Kooks album. Enjoy.
When The Kooks exploded onto the scene in 2006 with their debut album Inside In/Inside Out, it was clear that they were going to do great things. With their pop-beats and catchy chorus lines, the announcement of Konk, their second studio album sent excitement throughout the music community. As I listened, however, it slowly became apparent that Konk was going to disappoint me. While the album did not completely lack the flavor that made Inside In/Inside Out so successful, the more serious tone that it took simply did not suit their musical style. Inside In/Inside Out was a fast paced, fun album. The tracks of Konk are slowed down, and calmed down. With far more acoustic tracks than their first album, the album dragged. The album begins with “See the Sun,” which certainly showed what the Kooks were planning on doing with the album. “See the Sun,” is definitely Kook-like, but it is much more somber than most of the songs off their first album. The first single off Konk “Always Where I Need to Be” is the highlight of the album, returning to the fun, upbeat style of Inside In/Inside Out. In the end however, the album simply falls under the category of “decent.” The track “Fa La La La La” characterizes the album as a whole. A slow acoustic song, it is a good song, but it just doesn’t do what the Kooks do. It could be that the Kooks are attempting to mature by moving their sound into a more relaxed area. However, the album simply doesn’t leap out at the listener the way that Inside In/Inside Out did. Konk does not bury the Kooks, and I’m hoping, in years to come, it will be looked at as just a sophomore slump. Still extremely young (lead singer Luke Pritchard, the oldest member of the band is just 23), the Kooks will continue to make music far into the future. It’s unfair how high the Kooks have set the bar for themselves. Konk is not a bad album; it’s just not nearly as good as Inside In/Inside Out.
As those of you who listened to the show last week learned, High Fidelity intern Zach Kohn suffered a tragic loss last Saturday. His cat Cindy died of natural causes at the age of 20.
Zach is currently grieving but has taken the blow very well. Although Peisin, Garrett and I made it clear we would be very understanding if he took a bereavement leave, Zach is a dedicated and mentally strong intern who will continue to come into the studio and contribute his wit, charm, and humor to the show.
You lived a good life Cindy, and you will be missed.