Betrayal, Ocho, Foos, more

30 Oct

Today’s song: “Kanske Ar Jag Kar I Dig” by Jens Lekman. But more on that later…because we have a lot to get to.

LOTS of updates throughout the day…so be sure to read through again!

  • Concert-palooza at the FedEx Forum in Memphis: Stevie Wonder (12/2), R. Kelly with Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole and J. Holiday (12/9) and the Foo Fighters (1/25). Woo-hoo!
  • Everybody’s talking about “Ocho: Arachnid From Hell” by Daniel Lee. Seems like everybody and their mother will be at the Malco tonight for the premiere. See you cats there!
    • By the way – according to Daniel’s blog, all profits go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Even more of a reason to go, if you ask me.
  • Congrats to Betrayal – the band won Sundays’ Bodog Battle of the Bands in Memphis. They’re moving on to the next round, and if they win that, they get a $1 million record contract. Good luck!
  • Also congrats to Benjamin’s on Main and Greg Dillard of Bliss. The St. Jude Singer-Songwriter showcase raised $4,300 for St. Jude, according to a bulletin Benjamin’s posted. That’s more than double what they did last year.
  • Seems like Radiohead is influencing folks. Paste Magazine is offering a one-year subscription (which includes 11 issues, with 11 free CDs full of good music) for, well, whatever you want to pay for it. The minimum payment is $1.
  • So what do you think of Britney’s new album? Most reviews seem pretty positive. I’ve been listening to the stream online – I can’t say it’s the best, but it’s pretty good. You can hear her new album, and others, here.
    • Alright, Song of the Day No. 2: Britney’s “Toy Soldier.” Addictive.
  • Like Maroon 5? You’ll probably dig “Break Anotha,'” the new single from “American Idol” runner-up Blake Lewis.
  • Be a part of MySpace’s Rock for Darfur. Bands playing shows all around the world on Nov. 10 will donate a portion of the proceeds from those shows to Darfur. The two area shows are Cartel at the Skate Park of Memphis and Rogue Wave at the Bottle Tree in Birmingham.
  • For all MAJOR Who fans: Starting Nov. 5, you can plunk down $50 a year and get lots of exclusive goodies on their Web site.
  • Band I Think You Should Check Out: Cut Off Your Hands. For fans of punk, power-pop, good music in general.
  • Artist I Think You Should Check Out: Jens Lekman.
    I read this piece on him last week, and last night, when I realized I had four downloads left on, I decided to buy four random songs off his latest album, “Night Falls Over Kortedala.” I’m blown away. If the rest of his album is like these four songs, it’s going to be amazing. Wow. I’ll quote the guy who wrote that Slate piece I linked to – we’re talking about different songs but they’re both by Jens Lekman so therefore it all works – “It’s hard to exaggerate how good, just how damn good this song is.” Check him out.

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