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Less Molly, More Tossers

The TossersI have seen more Flogging Molly t-shirts the past couple of years than I can possibly count.  Not that there is anything wrong with Flogging Molly. They produce great Celtic music with a little punk attitude thrown in.  I've listened to them for a while now and still do not get tired of their songs. And who better to listen to when you're out drinking?  Well...um...how about the Tossers?

Who the hell are the Tossers you ask? I can't believe that question is even being asked, but fine.  The Tossers are a phenomenal band out of Chicago. Much like Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys, they put forth a Celtic sound with edge.  And they've been at it for quite some time.  At least four years longer than Flogging Molly.  Their first album, "The Pint of No Return", dates back to 1994.

They got their start on the South Side of Chicago, which as most of us know has quite a large population of Irish folks.  They certainly are no strangers to the world of Celtic music or the Irish culture.

Digital Summer Ups DIY Ante

The DIY, or "Do It Yourself", concept is a familiar idea to bands.  The concept, as the name implies, simply means the band does their own promotion.  This may include releasing music on their own record label, creating their own album covers, setting up shows with clubs, selling their merchandise, and just about anything else that gets the band name and their music out into the world.

The DIY concept goes back decades.  Blues and Jazz artists participated in DIY projects whenever they played street corners slowly gathering a fan base.  Country artists have done it when they played dive Honky Tonks.

Though a necessity for bands, DIY projects do not always come out with the greatest quality for various reasons.  Digital Summer, however, has changed all that when they released their video for "Rescue Me."

Ingrid Michaelson Gives Downloads for Email Addresses

Record companies have been trying different marketing methods for some time now.  Limited edition CDs, colored vinyl, combination packages (think CD with a t-shirt), and even flash drives with the bands logo on it along with the MP3s pre-loaded are all examples.  Now it seems labels are trying to increase the fan base for artists as well.

From now until September 1 if you sign up your friends on Ingrid Michaelson's mailing list you'll be given the chance to download up to three bonus tracks.  You'll get one free download just for signing up yourself.

Creative marketing?  More nuisance e-mails that your friends may not want?  Call it what you want, but if you're in the market for free music here's another opportunity.

Listen to the Dead Weather's Debut Album

Interested in Jack White's new band, but don't feel like shelling out the money to buy the album until you hear it?  Well Jack White has taken care of that for you.

For 24 hours you can listen to Horehound, the Dead Weather's new album, through their iLike Facebook page.  The debut album comes out July 14.

Dead Weather is compromised of Alison Mosshart of the Kills, Jack Lawrence of the Raconteurs, Queens of the Stone Age's Dean Fertita, and of course Jack White of the White Stripes and the Raconteurs.

Give it a listen and tell us what you think of it.

I Don't Care About Michael Jackson

Whew!  I said it.  I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.  By now, unless you've been living in a cave in the most remote area of the world, you are well aware that Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died of cardiac arrest on June 25.   A memorial service at the Staples Center in L.A will be held today in which 17,000 lucky winners of an online lottery will be witnesses.  More than a million people from all over the world signed up for the lottery.  So who cares about Michael Jackson?  Obviously many people, but I'm not one of them.

If you look back at the life of Jackson you will find a colorful life on many levels.  From the humble origins in Gary, Indiana where an amazing band of brothers, dubbed the Jackson 5, formed.  A band that produced wonderful soul and R&B hits for the Motown label.  Young Michael had a voice and moves that helped propel the Jackson 5 forward.  It was clear that talent like Jackson's couldn't be confined to his brothers' band for long.  He eventually went after that destined solo career and took his style to a whole different place.

Social Distortion Winding Down European Tour

Social Distortion, the classic Southern California punk band, is nearing the end of their month long European tour.  Only five shows remain before coming home to start their U.S. and Canadian tour.  The band is feeling good about their European tour according to Social Distortion's Web site.

You can check out their opening number from their Barcelona show below.  It's a good chance to see Atom Willard on drums.  Willard replaced Charlie Quintana when he announced he would be stepping down as Social Distortion's drummer after ten years with the band.  Also note the crowd's sing-a-long around 1:15.  It sounds very similar to a European football match.  At least they could sing to Social Distortion even if they weren't singing when the U.S. beat Spain in the Confederations Cup semi-final.

Pixies Announce European Tour for "Doolittle" Anniversary

Back in 1989, the Pixies released their second full-length studio album "Doolittle". This album contained perennially favorite tracks including "Here Comes Your Man", "Wave of Mutiliation", and "Monkey Gone to Heaven".

Now, 20 years later, the Pixies are celebrating the anniversary of "Doolittle" by playing the album in its entirety along with related B-sides.  The eleven date tour kicks off October 1 in Ireland.

October
1 - Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia
2 - Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia
4 - Glasgow, Scotland @ SECC - Hall 4
6 - London, England @ Brixton Academy
7 - London, England @ Brixton Academy
8 - London, England @ Brixton Academy
9 - London, England @ Brixton Academy
11 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Jahrhunderhalle
13 - Amsterdam, Holland @ Heineken Music Hall
14 - Brussels, Belgium @ Forest National
15 - Paris, France @ Zenith

Free Music for Your Summer Soundtrack

The bags are packed, the drinks are in the cooler, and the car has a full tank of gas.  Let the summer road trip commence.  But wait...you can't have a road trip without tunes on the stereo. And unfortunately you nearly had to take out a loan just to fill up your gas tank.  Is it time to call off the trip?  Not at all!

Record labels frequently put out sampler disks to give you a taste of the artists and music they are putting out.  More often than not these CDs are free.  It gives you a chance to discover new labels and artists without having to pay a thing.  And these sampler disks do not necessarily contain just up and coming artists.  These CDs are a great marketing tool for record labels so they may contain a track from more popular artists as well.

Below is a variety of sampler disks from record labels that you can download at Amazon free of charge. They contain a range of genres from hard, driving metal and emo to funk and soul. Hopefully one or more of these CDs will suit your tastes so you can go through with your road trip.  You may even impress a few friends with some newly discovered bands.

Virgin Mobile Announces Free Festival

So what's better than enjoying great live music in the summertime?  How about enjoying it for FREE?

Concert goers will be happy to know that the organizers of the Virgin Mobile Festival have decided to make this year's music festival free.  They decided to help music fans out in this rough economy, but they are also hoping that some of these individuals will donate money to The RE*Generation.  The RE*Generation is a charitable group under Virgin Mobile that assists in helping homeless children.  Concert goers can text the word "FREEFEST" to 20222, which will automatically donate $5 to the charity.

35,000 tickets will be given away for the festival, which has been renamed the Virgin Mobile FreeFest.  Virgin Mobile customers and previous festival ticket-buyers will be allowed to obtain the free tickets June 25 and 26.  Tickets will become available to the public starting June 27.

Is Van Halen Lawsuit Too Much?

Eddie Van Halen, guitarist for Van Halen, filed a lawsuit last Friday against the shoemaker Nike for copyright infringement.  ELVH, Van Halen's company, is alleging that Nike used the copyrighted "Frankenstein" design on their Dunk Low shoes.  The design, made famous on Eddie Van Halen's guitars, has been copyrighted since 2001.

ELVH is citing "irreparable harm and damage" and is seeking the impoundment and destruction of the shoes.  They are also seeking profits from the sale of the shoes as well as damages.

Wait a second..."irreparable harm and damage"?  Really?  I don't see any people (or even animals for that matter) that were harmed in the making of these shoes.  Some may argue that we should investigate the factories where the shoes were produced to really prove this, but that's an entirely different matter.  The point is that these are shoes with a design that looks oddly similar to the copyrighted "Frankenstein" design.  Period.  We're talking shoes (and possibly an ego) and nothing more.

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Muse Announces Release Date for "The Resistance"

Muse has announced that the band's fifth studio album, "The Resistance", will be released September 14, 2009.

The upcoming album was produced by the trio and mixed by Mark Stent  Stent's other projects have included work with Bjork, Depeche Mode, and Oasis.

The band will kick off a European tour for the album beginning October 22 in Finland and ending in Italy on December 4.  The band recorded the new album in Milan and Lake Como in Italy.

The band's Web site states that "more information and tracklisting" will come soon so stayed tuned.

Muse Releases Dates for "The Resistance" European Tour

Muses takes to the road in Europe to promote their upcoming album, "The Resistance".  30 dates have been scheduled beginning October 22 in Finland and finishing December 4 in Italy.

The fifth album by the band will be released September 14.

"The Resistance" 2009 European Tour Dates:

R.I.P. Record Stores

Yesterday marked the end of another large record store closing. The Virgin Megastore in Manhattan, as well as the store in Hollywood, put up the "closed" sign for good. So what does this mean?

Not much really. At least not for the 18-30 year old market that buys most of their music online via iTunes, eMusic, and a slew of other digital Websites. But for the older folks, who spent way too much time hanging out in record stores, it means the end of a time when people actually spoke with other humans in the flesh about the thing they loved...music. We learned about new bands, new record labels, and collected flyers for the punk show that was happening the following weekend. And guess who we ran into at the shows? You guessed it...the same individuals we just met at the record stores.

Chicago Sings the Blues for Koko Taylor

A funeral service for the "Queen of the Blues", Koko Taylor, was held Friday on the South Side of Chicago. Hundreds of mourners attended the service. Taylor died June 3 after complications from surgery.

Koko Taylor, the daughter of a sharecropper, was originally from Tennessee. She received a contract with the defunct Chicago-based label, Chess Records, in 1962. In 1965 she recorded her hit single, "Wang Dang Doodle."

Taylor was 80.

Koko Taylor performing "Wang Dang Doodle" in 1967

Rancid - "Let the Dominoes Fall" Webisode Series

Nearly six years have passed since the release of "Indestructible". But six years can be worth it when a band puts out a quality album like "Let the Dominoes Fall". I think it's fair to say that many Rancid fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of the new album for some time.

Rancid created a great build-up to the release by issuing several short webisodes that tracks the band and the making of the new album. If you haven't had a chance to view them, then take a few minutes to enjoy these short videos. The first one even features the legendary Joe Strummer. That in and of itself is well worth your time!

Webisode #1

Webisode #2

Webisode #3

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