The Observer – Part 1

September 1

Radiohead give an unofficial official soundtrack to an unofficial fan-made DVD (of their Prague show from August 23, 2009).  The entire DVD is available as a free download. 

On July 7, 2007 at 7:07PM, the Boredoms led a performance by 77 drummers at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn, NY.  On September 7, 2010 (almost exactly one year from recreating the spectacle in a paired down BOADRUM9, on 9/9/09 at Terminal 5 – followed four days later with a second performance at the Flaming Lips’ curated final day of All Tomorrows Parties NY ‘09), a DVD of the 7/7/07 premiere performance was released in the US (with a series of photo postcards).

Also, in somewhat similar release news, a live recording of Rhys Chatham’s “A Crimson Grail” at Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival on August 9, 2009 was released on September 14, 2010.  The piece, an immaculate work originally written with a 125 electric guitar score for the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris, has been re-arranged several times for different settings over the last few years.  This version features 200 electric guitars, 16 electric basses, five conductors and one percussionist and is the sole American performance.

September 9

First taste from The Orb’s collaboration with David Gilmour drops on YouTube.  Metallic Spheres – out October 4th.

September 10

Midlake release video for ‘Rulers, Ruling All Things.’ Directed and filmed by frontman Tim Smith on Super 8mm film while they toured Utrecht, Holland.  Stereogum hosted it – HERE

September 13

Mogwai announced they signed to Sub Pop. While waiting for that release, check out their newest release – their first concert film, Burning, and companion live album, Special Moves.  

So what else has been going on lately:

  • watch: The Flaming Lips’ “See The Leaves” plus other new music videos by Dr Dog, Mogwai, Warpaint, Midlake, Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Of Montreal, OK Go, Boredoms, Cee-lo Green, Neil Young… and of course Susan Boyle (directed by Lou Reed)…
  • hear new music from Olivia Tremor Control, Belle and Sebastian, Crocodiles, British Sea Power, The Orb with David Gilmore, Brian Eno, Elf Power, Go Team, Avery Tare, Stereolab, Bob Dylan, Black Mountain, Cymbals Eat Guitars,  Corin Tucker, Women, The Yellowbirds and others
  • plus see Pavement reunion live in Williamsburg, Pixies instantly historic 33 songs tribute in Chile, Buffalo Springfield reunion at Bridge School benefit, My Morning Jacket’s residency at Terminal 5, MMJ, Mavis Staples (with Jeff Tweedy) and Gorillaz on Letterman and more
  • free (and legal) download: No Age and Freelance Whales singles, and a live Radiohead DVD
  • stream: Deerhunter at 9:30 club, Sonic Youth and others live from ATP NY 2010 – complete sets
  • Are the living members of Pink Floyd going to reunite?  Is Radiohead’s next album almost done?  Will The Who tour Tommy and Quadrophenia next year?  What’s on Beck’s newest website? Does Jack White ever sleep? The Shins have a ballet?!? Did MGMT really have a bottle of urine thrown at them onstage? Do Weezer suck? Can you beat Mick Jagger in monopoly?

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Click Here for the latest from Jack White, Danger Mouse, Cee-lo Green, Radiohead, Beck, Jonsi, Neil Young, Of Montreal, CMJ and MUCH more

Click Here for October news from The Pixies, Avery Tare, Weezer, Bob Dylan, MGMT, My Morning Jacket the SmokeOut festival, Phish, Go Team and more… Is Pink Floyd getting back together? Is Moe Tucker (Velvet Underground drummer) part of the Tea Party movement?

Click Here to see The Flaming Lips’ “See The Leaves” music video and review early fall 2010 news from Pavement, MGMT, Brian Eno, The Shins, Phish, Belle and Sebastian and more….

Click Here for new music from Elephant 6’s Olivia Tremor Control and Elf Power and September 2010 updates from Bestival, Mogwai, Miles Davis, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Neil Young, Avi Buffalo, Dr. Dog, Crocodiles, remembering Jimi Hendrix, ex-Sleater-Kinney members, Roger Water’s The Wall (will The Who tour both Tommy and Quadrophenia in 2011?), Animal Collective and many more…

Click Here for late summer news (Wilco, Deerhunter, Apples in Stereo, Midlake, No Age, The Boredoms, Interpol, Yoko Ono, Bumbershoot) and to download a Radiohead live DVD and/or Sonic Youth’s complete sets from ATP NY ’10…

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