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The Beatles' Mother Nature's Son

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Playing in front of an audience that included President Obama, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and McCartney, White captured the song's somber feeling while performing with an acoustic guitar and no backing band. The entire event, which surely featured more memorable performances like White's, will finally air July 28 on PBS.(


Karen Elson

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lastfmlogo.jpg Karen Elson Biography
Karen Elson (born 14 January 1979 in Bolton, England) is a supermodel and singer/songwriter. She has been married to American musician Jack White since 2005.

Her trademarks are her red hair and her eyebrows, which photographer Steven Meisel persuaded her to shave off.

She has walked the runways of many top fashion designers including Marc Jacobs (which she did while pregnant), Chanel and Roberto Cavalli. She has appeared in international campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Jean Paul Gaultier.

In 2005, Elson won the British Fashion Award for Best Model, over Lily Donaldson and Danny Beauchamp.

She provided vocals for Robert Plant’s song “Last Time I Saw Her”, which featured guitars by James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins fame. She has also done other minor collaborations with Iha. She also dated Iha, along with guitarist David Pajo. She sang the provocative “I Love You (Me Neither)” with Cat Power on a tribute album to French songwriter and singer Serge Gainsbourg. Karen is currently a creative director and performer with the politically-minded cabaret troupe The Citizens Band and has performed with them at various night life hotspots as well as at downtown power-house gallery Deitch Projects.

In 2002 she had admitted to battling bulimia nervosa for the previous 4 years.

On June 1, 2005, she married Jack White (of the bands The Raconteurs and The White Stripes) in Brazil. The wedding took place in a canoe in the Amazon River and was officiated by a shaman. A Catholic priest later blessed the ceremony. She met Jack while filming the White Stripes video for the single “Blue Orchid” directed by Floria Sigismondi. Elson gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter Scarlett Teresa, on May 2, 2006 in Tennessee.

In February 2010, it was announced that Elson would be releasing her debut solo album the ghost who walks, produced by Jack White. Her first music video for “The Ghost Who Walks (acoustic)” was made available on her website and the Third Man Records’ Modlife website.

"The Ghost Who Walks"

Debut album, The Ghost Who Walks.


Girl With The Gun

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Katy Perry

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Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Perry rose to fame in 2007 with her internet hit “Ur So Gay”, and has since had two number one hits, in the forms of ‘I Kissed a Girl’ and ‘California Gurls’.

Perry was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, United States by Christian pastor parents and grew up listening only to gospel music. After earning a GED during her freshman year of high school, she began to pursue a music career.

As Katy Hudson, she released a self-titled gospel album in 2001. In 2004, she recorded an album with production team The Matrix. After signing on with Capitol Music Group in 2007, she took on stage name Katy Perry and released her first mainstream album, One of the Boys. Her newest album, Teenage Dream, is due for release later this year.

She is currently engaged to Russell Brand.

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“California Gurls,” the first single from the two-time Grammy-nominated pop sensation’s upcoming album Teenage Dream, has indisputably become the summer anthem of 2010. An irresistible, hook-filled clarion call to throw on Daisy Dukes and a bikini top, the track has spent 3 weeks at No. 1 at pop radio (setting the record for the quickest ascent to the top spot since Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” in May 2005) and made the biggest leap to No. 1 since Mariah Carey’s “Shake It Off” in September 2005. It has also spent 8 weeks at No. 1 on the iTunes Singles chart. “California Gurls,” which features Snoop Dogg, has also set records for Perry’s label Capitol Records, enjoying the fastest ascension to No. 1 at Hot AC ever for a Capitol artist and the quickest rise to No. 1 for one of the label’s artists’ tracks since Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe” in 1967. Last week, “California Gurls” reached an audience of 140 million, also the largest ever for a Capitol artist. It is expected to reach an audience of 150 million Hot 100 listeners this week.
“California Gurls” is just a taste of what’s to come when Perry unleashes Teenage Dream, which will be released by Capitol Records on August 24th in the U.S. and Canada; and August 30th in the rest of the world.


Evan Voytas

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ballade de johnny-jane Evan Voytas Page here

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Einstein Music Journal
Beam Me Up here
Don’t let the name put you off – Evan Voytas isn’t the moniker of some earnest singer songwriter, but sounds more like a stuttering, nervous, cathartic girl choir over weird quasi-Jazz drumming. At least on the song ‘ASTRO’, anyway. Searing synths and self-consciously soaring vocals collide light-years above the complicated rhythms. The friendly, eerie feeling of his music may derive from social awkwardness or just his imagination but either way it sounds like the soundtrack to a cartoon of your life. Some of his songs reach a fruitier vein of abstract psychedelic bedroom dance that almost reminds of Scissor Sisters, with Voytas’ voice squealing high pitched in the appropriately titled ‘Getting Higher’. The more ’80s tinkly shoegaze of ‘I Run With You, Spirit Animal’ is softer like a gentle bike ride, where ‘I Have A Dream In My Heart’ takes the skewed kooky pop of Metronomy and slows it down and makes it more contemplative. The most recent, ‘Sad, Like Hearts Can Be’, has an ominous Joy Division-style intro and the vocals are more distant.

Voytas’ story is an interesting one, he moved from rural Pennsylvania to Harlem, where he, according to his bio, “immersed himself in various religious texts and new age paperbacks. He grew a beard, moved to the desert, moved back, shaved the beard, played lead guitar for a few pop acts, toured the world, moved to a farmhouse on a dirt road in Pennsylvania, started recording music, and finally ended up in Los Angeles.” He appears to still play with other bands, having played guitar with Flying Lotus in May.

You can definitely pick up the weird new age vibe in his songs, and his music is not for everyone. But it can put a whimsical skip in your step if you’re willing to try it, especially the playful ‘Give It Back’ where he laughs in the chorus. His EP, The Dynamic Sound of Evan Voytas, came out in May last year, and his album, Sad, Like Hearts Can Be, is due out soon.




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lastfmlogo.jpg Violens Biography
Violens are a New York-via-Miami four-piece formed in the fall of 2007 featuring members Iddo Arad (synths/vocals), Ben Brantley (bass), Jorge Elbrecht (lead vocals/guitar) and Kris King (drums). Their music imagines a place where The Zombies & The Byrds meet Wire & The Violent Femmes, and Crass meets Angelo Badalamenti & Prefab Sprout.

Violens songs conjure descriptions of nightmares, the passing of time, speculations on spiritual messages, and accounts of psychedelic hallucinations. Even their most frenetic guitar work and aggressive rhythms are draped in a gauze of reverberant, harmonized vocals and synths which create a sense of creepy, artificial comfort. A fitting characterization, lyrically and musically, for a group whose name is a melding of the words “violence” and “violins”.
New York-based, Florida-bred Violens is fairly new to the music scene in its current incarnation, the quartet having come about as they are now in late summer 2007. There’s not much to be found if you Google the psychedelic indie pop rock band, and currently, they don’t even have 250 MySpace friends, but rest assured, it won’t be this way for long.

New Album
Release Date: September 28 (UK) / October (U.S.)
Label: Static Recital

01 The Dawn of Your Happiness Is Rising
02 Full Collision
03 Acid Reign
04 Are You Still In The Illusion?
05 It Couldn't Be Perceived
06 Until It's Unlit
07 Violent Sensation Descends
08 Could You Stand To Know?
09 Trance-Like Tum
10 Amoral
11 Another Strike Restrained
12 Generational Loss

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Live Date on MySpace
2010/7/15 20:00
The Rock Shop Brooklyn, NY
2010/8/4 18:30
Metropolis w/MGMT Montreal, QC, CANADA
2010/8/5 20:00
Kool Haus w/MGMT Toronto, ON, CANADA
2010/8/10 19:00
Bank of America Pavilion w/MGMT Boston, MA, CANADA
2010/8/11 19:00
Mountain Park w/MGMT Holyoke, MA
2010/8/12 19:00
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival w/MGMT Burlington, VT
2010/8/14 19:00
Merriweather Post Pavilion w/MGMT Columbia, MD
2010/8/15 19:00
Mann Center for Performing Arts w/MGMT Philadelphia, PA

Violens // "Already Over" from Violens on Vimeo.


The Roots

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Wikipedia The Roots
The Roots is an American hip hop band formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are famed for beginning with a jazzy, eclectic approach to hip hop which still includes live instrumentals.[1] Malik B., Leonard "Hub" Hubbard, and Josh Abrams were added to the band, originally called The Square Roots.
The Roots released an independently produced debut album, Organix, in 1993. In 1995, with the label DGC Records, the band released Do You Want More?!!!??!. Two guest performers on Do You Want More?!!!??!, Rahzel and Scott Storch joined the group. Soon after, however, Storch left the band and was replaced by Kamal Gray. Their next album,Illadelph Halflife, was released in 1996. With Illadelph Halflife the band again gained members in Scratch and Dice Raw. The band's next album, Things Fall Apart, was a breakthrough album in that it was their first album to break the top 10 of the Billboard 200 (peaking at 4). Also in 1999, the band released an EP, The Legendary, and a live album titled The Roots Come Alive. Rahzell, Dice Raw, and Malik B. all parted from the band for differing reasons. In 2000, guitarist Ben Kenney joined The Roots and would stay with the band through their next album, Phrenology, before leaving to join rock band Incubus. After Phrenonlogy, guest performer F. Knuckles became a permanent member and Captain Kirk Douglas replaced Kenney, while Scratch also decided to leave the group. The next album was 2004's The Tipping Point followed by Game Theory in 2006. During 2007, longtime member Leonard Hubbard decided to retire. He was replaced by Owen Biddle. Rising Down, the eighth studio album from The Roots, was released in 2008. Their next album, How I Got Over, was released on June 21, 2010.
They have collaborated with a wide range of artists from different genres, including Roy Ayers and Cody Chesnutt. The Roots have generated a great deal of critical acclaim and influenced numerous rap and R&B acts. On March 2, 2009, The Roots became the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

01. Walk Alone (Truck North, Porn, Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)
02. Dear God 2.0 (feat. Jim James, Monsters of Folk)
03. Radio Daze (feat. Blu, Porn, Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)
04. Now Or Never (feat. Phonte Coleman, Dice Raw)
05. How I Got Over (feat. Dice Raw)
06. The Day (feat. Blu, Phonte Coleman, Patty Crash)
07. Right On (feat. Joanna Newsom, Sugar Tongue Slim)
08. Doin It Again (feat. John Legend)
09. The Fire (feat. John Legend, Rick Friedrich)
10. Web 20/20 (Truck North, Peedi Crakk)
11. Bonus

Studio albums
1993: Organix
1994: From the Ground Up (EP)
1995: Do You Want More?!!!??!
1996: Illadelph Halflife
1999: Things Fall Apart
1999: The Legendary (EP)
2002: Phrenology
2004: The Tipping Point
2006: Game Theory
2008: Rising Down
2010: How I Got Over

The Roots: “How I Got Over”album review here
Well, sort of: Technically, there are two more songs, but they’re wisely sectioned off by another interlude and kept out of the main beef of the record, not because they’re bad but because they don’t fit, musically or lyrically; they’re essentially hard-hitting, testosterone-fueled cuts for the group (?uest and Though in particular) to indulge in their old-school hip-hop aggression. That they’re here at all only proves that The Roots know how to have a good time; that they’re edited out of the album proper shows how smart they’ve become with their record-making. And this from a group that has long been one of the world’s coolest bands, but has never been captured particularly well on record. That changes here: How I Got Over is a bold and beautiful record. It’s a new standard for smart, organic hip-hop, and an unprecedented achievement in its introspection and its sophistication. Far from dulling them, Late Night seems to have honed their instincts and brough them focus. They’ve scaled back some of the darkness of their recent output but lost none of the seriousness with which they take what they do, and they’ve come up with their most killer– and meaningful– album yet.

How I Got Over


Perfume Genius

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Matador Records
Perfume Genius Biography here
Even though he is only in his 20s, the story to date of Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, has the peculiar twists and turns of a person who has lived several lifetimes, and seen more darkness than most. “I spent my whole life hiding from the things that happened to me, to my family and friends,” Hadreas explains now. “The entirety of all these experiences: abuse, addiction, suicide, all that cool stuff, I couldn’t bear to look at it.”

Now, as Perfume Genius, Hadreas is not only turning an unforgiving mirror on those demons, but making utterly heartbreaking music out of them. How this actually came to pass however, is far from conventional. For a number of years Hadreas admits that he was headed down the path of self-oblivion; as he recalls, “I was running around doing drugs and being fucking insane and getting into some dangerous business.”

At his lowest ebb, and with his lifestyle threatening to overwhelm him entirely, Hadreas made a clean break and moved back into his mother’s house in Washington state. It is in this suburban setting that his self-imposed isolation seemed to tap into a wellspring of dormant creativity. “I have always played the piano but was really embarrassed of my voice, so I never sang. But a few years ago, after spending a long time alone, I suddenly had something to say and my voice didn’t matter.”

The watershed moment came one day when he sat down and wrote 'Learning', which was to be his first song. Hadreas remembers it with piercing clarity. “I wrote it and spent at least a month after that constantly writing for long stretches of time. I don’t know how it happened, but I intuitively could see and feel my experiences for the first time in this really overwhelming and honest state or whatever. I felt like my heart actually broke but in this sort of hopeful, genuine way. Like I could finally rebuild it.”

The song in question is a ghostly shiver, a sparse ballad anchored by the couplet “No one will answer your prayers/ till you take off that dress”. It is simultaneously tender and haunting, and sets the stage for what’s to follow: confessionals so stark and searing that the instinct is almost to flinch, to look away, if not for the lush, heartrending music it’s set to.

Einstein Music Journal here
Inspired by a particularly bad patch during his life in New York, the music of Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas was recorded in the safety of his mother’s house in Seattle. Hadreas dealt with addiction, abuse and suicide during his time in NY, and used his musical project as therapy for himself, and, as could be imagined, others. It comes across clearly as a master-work bedroom recording and would be the perfect accompaniment to a night of listen-to-sad-music-when-you’re-feeling-sad-in-your-bedroom. The first Perfume Genius release is Learning, out now on Matador. As an album it grabs your attention immediately, though labelling it sad music would be an understatement; devastatingly haunting seems a better fit. Most tracks are piano and vocals and are incredibly sparse. Some swirling organs and strings come in to the mix, but across all tracks Hadreas’ voice pours emotion and sounds like a mix of Grandaddy’s Jason Lyttle and Daniel Johnston. Johnston would seem a strong reference point; both sound fragile and sing of intensely personal moments. The stories that make up Learning are direct accounts of real events, or mashed up stories about those close to him. It has the knack of seeming instantly familiar, and at half an hour in length deserves repeated listens. The songs are ordered as they were recorded, with Hadreas making songs and videos as rehabilitation for his past.

Let yourself be swallowed up in the dizzying beauty of Perfume Genius; best listened to in your bedroom late at night.

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Sigur Rós Official Website here
sigur rós win at mojo awards
last night sigur rós won “the mojo outstanding contribution to music” award at the mojo awards show in london.
phil alexander (mojo’s editor-in-chief): “sigur rós are widely recognised as men of mystery. their enigmatic presence is matched by their music. having a member of radiohead, philip selway, present this award tells you just how much fellow musicians love them. they are like a latter day pink floyd – transporting and epic. and their contribution to music can be heard and felt everywhere.”
the band were in attendance to accept the prize. you can read more about the other award winners on the mojo website.

MOJO Page here
The MOJO Outstanding Contribution To Music
Winner: Sigur Rós
PA: "Sigur Rós are widely recognised as men of mystery. Their enigmatic presence is matched by their music. Having a member of Radiohead, Philip Selway, present this award tells you just how much fellow musicians love them. They are like a latter day Pink Floyd - transporting and epic. And their contribution to music can be heard and felt everywhere."

Wikipedia Mojo (magazine)
Mojo is a popular music magazine published initially by Emap, and since January 2008 by Bauer, monthly in the United Kingdom. Following the success of the magazine Q, publishers Emap were looking for a title which would cater for the burgeoning interest in classic rock music. Mojo was first published on 15 October 1993; in keeping with its classic rock aesthetic, the first issue had Bob Dylan and John Lennon as its first cover stars. Noted for its in-depth coverage of both popular and cult acts it acted as the inspiration for Blender and Uncut. Many noted music critics have written for it including Charles Shaar Murray, Greil Marcus, Nick Kent and Jon Savage. The launch editor of Mojo was Paul Du Noyer and his successors have included Mat Snow, Paul Trynka and Pat Gilbert.
Often criticised for its frequent coverage of classic rock acts such as The Beatles and Bob Dylan, it has nevertheless featured many newer and "left-field" acts. It was the first mainstream magazine in the UK to focus on The White Stripes, whom it has covered as zealously as many older acts.
Mojo regularly includes a covermount CD which ties in with a current magazine article or theme. In 2004 it introduced the Mojo Honours list, an awards ceremony which is a mixture of readers' and critics' awards.
In early 2010, MOJO was involved in a controversial move by its new parent company, Bauer, via Bauer's attempt to unilaterally impose a new contract on all photographers and writers, which takes away their copyright and off-loads liability for libel or copyright infringement from the publisher onto the contributor. 200 photographers and writers from MOJO and Bauer's other music magazines, Kerrang! and Q were reported as refusing to work under the new terms.