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Friday, January 30, 2009

Coachella 2009 Line Up Revealed

I'd trade the lone Beatle in for The Smiths. No Moz solo for me thanks . . . but oh well. My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen and Paul Weller are nice but I'm not really wowed by this years line up. What are your thoughts?

Dean & Britta Interview the Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts earned a fervent following with the 2008 release of their debut album, Alight of Night. Two of those fans, Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean & Britta) and Britta Phillips (Luna, Dean & Britta), even called them their favorite band of 2008. Veterans of the interview themselves, Dean & Britta agreed to let us shirk our duties and talk to the band for us. Visit here to read Kevchino's first band on band interview.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Doug Randle's 1971 LP Re-Released in 2009

"A stunning collection of new songs for and about the time we live in," billed the text on the backside of composer Doug Randle's 1971 released Songs For The New Industrial State. In 2009, the same holds true.

Doug was, and still is, a writer, arranger, musician, and conductor with roots deep in the Canadian jazz scene of the 1950s. After a lengthy spell working in England during the first half of the 1960s, he returned to Toronto and took up an in-house position at the government sanctioned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), where in 1970 he recorded his very own What's Going On. Commercially released by the short-lived Kanata Records label, Songs was an introspective look at ever-dominant corporations, the cutthroat advertising world, our consumer society, decaying environment, and his own personal condition.

The results crossed the epic studio creations of David Axelrod's Capitol output (or Spanish folk-rock fuelled Pride LP) with Free Design vocal harmonies from notable vocalists Tommy Ambrose and Laurie Bower (Billy Van Singers, Mutual Understanding, Laurie Bower Singers). Randle himself describes his long-forgotten efforts as, "my bitter and twisted Simon & Garfunkel songs," and though the lyrical content is indeed weighty, Songs' backing tracks successfully merge swinging sunshine pop and atmospheric orchestrations with a groovy backbeat performed by the cream of Toronto's heralded studio scene (Moe Koffman, Peter Appleyard, Rob McConnell, and Guido Basso to name a few).

It's an album like you've never heard, and one under the radar of even the most dedicated crate diggers.

Doug Randle Coloured Plastics.mp3

Langerado Music Festival Contest! is giving away two tickets to the Langerado Music Festival!Visit here! and enter now for your chance to win!

Held for the first time this year at Bicentennial Park on Biscayne Bay, Langerado now calls the great city of Miami home. The festival takes place from March 6-8th. The current lineup includes: Death Cab For Cutie • Snoop Dogg • Modest Mouse • Ryan Adams and the Cardinals • The Pogues • Matisyahu • Broken Social Scene • The Faint • Cold War Kids • Public Enemy • Tricky • Gene Ween Band • Girl Talk • Chromeo • Mute Math • Bad Brains • Against Me! • Tortoise • DeVotchKa • Black Kids • Deerhunter • Grupo Fantasma • Holy F*ck • Murs • Ra Ra Riot • K'Naan and more. Artists will perform on multiple stages throughout the three day event and more artists are still to be announced! Visit

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

DJ in Bushwick

Kevchino & The Sky Report writer Scot Bowman will be spinning some tunes on his laptop in at Northeast Kingdom this Saturday (01/31) at 10:00pm. L train to Jefferson, look for the wooden deer sign on Wykcoff. For more details visit here.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

M83 Irving Plaza 1/24/09

Anthony Gonzalez AKA M83 hit New York's The Fillmore East at Irving Plaza tonight for a sold out show. He opened the show with an ambient set then took the stage with the live band.

M83 Setlist (from
Run Into Flowers
Kim & Jessie
We Own the Sky
Graveyard Girl
Teen Angst
Highway of Endless Dreams
Don't Save Us From the Flames
Skin of the Night
Guitar and Heart
Encore: Couleurs

Tomorrow the band opens for The Killers at MSG and then performs on The Late Show with Conan O'Brien on Tuesday night.

M83 NYC Shows & Conan

On January 24th M83 will play a solo show in New York at Irving Plaza. This will be a rare and exclusive event with M83 playing an opening set of ambient music (scheduled opener Telepathe are not playing) followed by the intense set M83 has been rocking in support of "Saturdays=Youth." The following evening M83 is opening for THE KILLERS at a SOLD OUT Madison Square Garden show! Then M83 will hit Conan O'Brien on January 27th. Get Tickets here.

The Grateful Dead on Tour

The lineup for this edition of The Dead will be the same one that rocked the house at Penn State last fall at the Obama benefit: The Core Four of Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, joined by guitar monster Warren Haynes and RatDog keyboard ace Jeff Chimenti (both veterans of the 2004 Dead "Wave That Flag" tour). Tickets on Sale for NYC at 10 today here.

4/12 Greensboro, NC | Greensboro Coliseum
4/14 Washington DC | Verizon Center
4/15 Charlottesville, VA | John Paul Jones Arena
4/17 Albany, NY | Times Union Center
4/18 Worcester, MA | DCU Center
4/19 Worcester, MA | DCU Center
4/21 Buffalo, NY | HSBC Arena
4/22 Wilkes-Barre, PA | Wachovia Arena @ Casey Plaza
4/24 Uniondale, NY | Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
4/25 New York, NY | Madison Square Garden
4/26 Hartford, CT | XL Center
4/28 E. Rutherford, NJ | IZOD Center
4/29 E. Rutherford, NJ | IZOD Center
5/1 Philadelphia, PA | The Spectrum
5/2 Philadelphia, PA | The Spectrum
5/5 Chicago, IL | All State Arena
5/7 Denver, CO | Pepsi Center
5/9 Los Angeles, CA | The Forum
5/10 Mountain View, CA | Shoreline Amphitheater

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Morning After Girls Interview

Moving across the world, shuffling bandmates, and spending a few years under the radar would be enough to derail most bands. Proving the age-old adage, 2009 sees Sacha Lucashenko and Martin B. Sleeman of The Morning After Girls building on the band’s early promise and returning with a new album and lineup. The ever-gracious Sleeman recently discussed the band’s plans with Kevin Serra. Read the interview here.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Flashback - Band of Outsiders

Band of Outsiders were an early eighties NYC band. They are playing again on the Bowery at R Bar on Wednesday January 21st after reforming for a Bush Tetras CMJ benefit in 2008 at Cake Shop and a solo show they did in the East Village.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

U2 Album Art & Track Listing

Irish lads U2 are ready to drop a new LP entitled No Line On The Horizon. “Get On Your Boots,” is the first single from the new album which will be released on January 19th on Interscope Records. The album is currently available for pre-order and will be released on March 3rd.

Produced by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, sessions for No Line On The Horizon began in Fez, Morocco, and continued at the band’s Dublin studio, New York’s Platinum Sound Recording Studios, and Olympic Studios in London.

The album will be released in a standard format with a 24- page booklet and in digipak format. The digipak includes an extended booklet and the album’s companion film “Linear” by Anton Corbijn. A limited edition 64-page magazine will also be available, featuring the band in conversation with artist Catherine Owens, and new Anton Corbijn photographs. No Line On The Horizon will be released on 180gm vinyl. The cover artwork for the album is an image of the sea meeting the sky by Japanese artist and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Stream: U2: "Get On Your Boot"

The full track listing is as follows:

1. No Line On The Horizon
2. Magnificent
3. Moment of Surrender
4. Unknown Caller
5. I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight
6. Get On Your Boots
7. Stand Up Comedy
8. Fez – Being Born
9. White As Snow
10. Breathe
11. Cedars Of Lebanon

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Handsome Furs - New LP + Free Song Download

Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and his wife Alexei Perry will release the new Handsome Furs LP Face Control on March 10th, 2009 via SubPop Records. The album was recorded and mixed by Arlen Thompson at Mount Zoomer. It was mastered by Harris Newman at Hotel2Tango. Download the song: Handsome Furs - I'm Confused.mp3

Flashback - Bush Tetras

Bush Tetras have been performing music since the late seventies. They performed with The Clash, ESG, Gang of Four and Bow Wow Wow. They will perform special benefit show in Minneapolis on January 17th 2009 for original band member Laura Kennedy. Laura was in need of a liver transplant. She received a liver transplant on November 18th, 2008 a day all of her friends will remember forever. The show is at 9 PM. There is a minimum donation of $30 at the door. There is also a limited VIP option which will include dinner and primo seating available at a price to be determined soon. There will be elaborate screened posters available, with proceeds going to Laura's fund. For more info on the show and how to help Laura please visit:

Jan 17 2009 8:00P Nick & Eddies Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Stream M Wards new LP

Matt Wards (M Ward, She & Him) new LP Hold Time will be released on February 17, 2009. Visit for an exclusive live stream of M. Ward's new album, Hold Time. You can download an Mp3 of M Ward with Zooey Deschanel - Never Had Nobody Like You.Mp3

Monday, January 12, 2009

Flashback - The Monks get reissued!

The Monks are a garage rock band, primarily active in Germany in the mid to late sixties. They reunited in 1999 and have continued to play concerts, although no new studio recordings have been made. The Monks stood out from the music of the time, and have developed a cult following amongst many musicians and music fans.

On April 14th, 2009 Light In The Attic is ecstatic to present the Monks recorded legacy through two lavishly packaged and lovingly researched reissues (available on CD, LP, and digital download): The Early Years 1964-1965 as well as their landmark studio album Black Monk Time.

"Super snotty attitude... by disgruntled soldiers? With monk haircuts, no less? My jaw dropped." - Jello Biafra

"It was just guitar, bass and drums but they made them sound like nobody had ever made them sound before.... the Monks were inventing music for themselves." - Ira Kaplan, Yo La Tengo

"You can hear their influence across the decades." - Colin Greenwood, Radiohead

Numerous period photographs (many unseen) and an extensive two-part essay by Canadian music journalist Kevin Howes (Rodriguez - Cold Fact, Jamaica - Toronto series) accompany both releases and tell the Monks story like it has never been told. Bonus material dating back to pre-Monks Torquays and up to post Black Monk Time 7"s are also included.

The 2009 Light In The Attic reissue of Black Monk Time and The Early Years 1964-1965 is the current manifestation of the Monks' crystallized vision. It means the world to us (and to the Monks; remember, "We're all Monks!"). As far as we're concerned, we feel that Monk music should be filed with pride alongside the Velvet Underground, Can, The Stooges, and Fela Kuti in the great record cannon in the sky. Long live The Monks!

Kevchino (iPhone) mobile users get site update

Attention Kevchino iPhone, iPod Touch and Blackberry users. Time to Bookmark The kevchino website will now detect your iPhone and forward you to a newly formatted webpage to view our reviews. Our site developer BUXjr, just finished the final touches on mobile site 1.0. In the months to come he'll add more features. To return to the review list after reading a review, click the button at the bottom of the review labeled "Back To Reviews." Visit on your mobile device to test out our new mobile version.

To view the site full screen a feature for iPhone and iPod Touch users: Visit the kevchino site on Safari then hit the + sign at the bottom of the page and click "Add To Home Screen" then click "add." Then the site will run full screen and a kevchino icon will appear on your home screen like in the photo below for instant access to our reviews.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Flashback - Certain General

NYC's Certain General have been performing music since the early eighties. They performed shows with R.E.M., New Order and The Cure. Shared a split French LP with NYC's Band of Outsiders. If the song on their myspace page "Emily" is any sign of what they are doing now I think we won't be disappointed.

Jan 14 2009 | R Bar | New York, New York
Jan 16 2009 | Tritone | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Interview with Keigo Oyamada AKA Cornelius

Andy Heater had a chance to chat with Keigo Oyamada about his Grammy-nominated video work with Koichiro Tsujikawa and about how he assembles his music. View the interview here.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, RIP

The Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, RIP. According to the Ann Arbor News reports: "Famed rock-and-roll guitarist and longtime Ann Arbor resident Ronald "Ron" Asheton was found dead in his home on the city's west side this morning, police said.nAsheton, 60, was an original member of The Stooges, a garage-rock band headlined by Iggy Pop and formed in Ann Arbor in 1967. Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead early today in his Ann Arbor home. His personal assistant contacted police late Monday night after being unable to reach Asheton for days, Detective Bill Stanford said. Officers went to the home on Highlake Avenue at around midnight and discovered Asheton's body on a living-room couch. He appeared to have been dead for at least several days, Stanford said. Detective Sgt. Jim Stephenson said the cause of death is undetermined but investigators do not suspect foul play. Autopsy and toxicology results are pending. Asheton was born in Washington, D.C. His brother, Scott, who lives in Florida, is the band's drummer. In 2007, The Stooges reunited and released "The Weirdness," their first album in three decades. Asked how it felt to be back with The Stooges, Asheton told The News in an interview that year that it was "great to be back on the road."nThe Stooges were part of a 1960s music scene in Ann Arbor that included such bands as the MC5, Bob Seger, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, and The Rationals."