Odds & ends
Nope, I am not dead, just bit zonked today as I recover from my last two days & nights of rock 'n' roll excess. There are a few things I wanted to share with you:
Ray LaMontagne = out of the Guster tour
Nada Surf = in with the Guster tour
I had tickets to the Denver show, and I am hoping that now Ray LaMontagne will reschedule with solo shows. I hear that the dear Guster fans were not very supportive of Mr. LaMontagne and his music, which is unfortunate. I'm just sayin', is all.
Oasis has hand-assembled their favorite tracks for a best-of CD coming out in November, called Stop The Clocks. Grandiosely they've announced that these are "the songs they believe encapsulate their remarkable career to date."
Stop the presses. One of the members of N*SYNC (did I get the star in the right place?) Lance Bass is gay.
Shut up. Didn't see that one coming, right?
Since we're chatting about boy bands already, Justin Timberlake has his new sexxy video on the web (and yes, it is "sexxy" with 2 x's). You know you never listen to Justin Timberlake, right? As my friend Chad says, those songs you have in your iTunes library are just free software packages that came with the computer or something. Hey, how did those get on there? ("I feel like somethin's heatin' up - Can I leave wich u?...")
James Hunter, whose disc People Gonna Talk is a new summertime favorite, is doing a free in-store in San Francisco on Friday (Virgin Megastore on Stockton) at 6pm. Check out this fantastic blend of Van Morrison, Sam Cooke, and sheer goodness. Some Velvet Blog has two live songs from him for exclusive download.
You can watch the newly reformed New York Dolls perform "Looking For A Kiss" on the Henry Rollins show. Don't you think that Henry Rollins could totally take on all four of the Dolls in a barroom brawl? Maybe with just one massive, massive arm?
Fuel favorite LUCE has some new tour dates announced for August & September (including one here on my Dad's birthday. I think I should take him). Read about this great San Francisco band here.
Oh, and paparrazzi stalkers record 18 minutes of new U2 off Bono's patio. Creepy, yet oddly irresistable. And yes, yes I know that Pearl Jam is opening for U2 in Hawaii. Cara and I are trying to think of ways to jumpstart our pro-surfing careers to get some all-expense paid trips to Hawaii. We're working on it, and will let you know how it goes.
An absolute orgy of Pete Yorn goodies coming later, for those so inclined. Audio, video, interview - it will be a thing of glory. Just wait.