June 22, 2010
We have stopped updating Noon Radio for the time being. All of us have become too busy with our careers to keep up with the maintenance and even to go to concerts. Thanks for checking it out and we hope to be back up sometime soon when we all have more time. – Ben
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April 23, 2010
O Canada, your so mysterious. No one really knows what your thinking, but everyone respects your laid back lifestyle. Screw global politics and industry, your focus is hockey and polar bears. You give away health care, promote legalized marijuana, and produce some kick ass bands; Arcade Fire, Neil Young, and Nickelback. Well, you can forget that last one, but you also produce some kick ass music festivals.
When Clarence Clemons took the stage in 1994, few realized he was helping to kick off what has become an annual tradition for the past 16 years. The Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest has had over one million people attend to watch performances from some of the biggest names in music, all the while watching the festival grow from a single stage, three day festival to a multi-stage twelve day event.
This years festival which starts on July 6 and runs through July 18 includes headliners Arcade Fire, as well as Santana, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Furthur, The Levon Helm Band, Rush, The Flaming Lips, Jimmy Cliff, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Gipsy Kings, Iron Maiden, Drake, and many more.
For the complete lineup, schedule, and all information pertaining to Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, click here
April 21, 2010
With an aggregate attendance of 225,000 over April 16-18, Coachella enjoyed a record attendance year at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif. The festival is produced by Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live. Among the acts that performed were Jay-Z, Muse, Them Crooked Vultures, Gorillaz, Phoenix and Thom Yorke.
“It was a great weekend,” says Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live. “The truth is (Goldenvoice president) Paul Tollett took a different booking strategy, and instead of spending most of his booking wad on the headliners, he put more money into the undercard. We had more relevant younger bands than ever before and I think the undercard was as much a headliner as the headliners.”
Final figures are still being tallied, but Phillips says the gross will be north of $20 million. The record attendance is the highest since the 186,636 that attended when a reunited Rage Against the Machine headlined in 2007.
Phillips says producers have nailed down multi-year deals with both the Empire Polo Grounds and the adjacent El Dorado polo grounds to host Coachella and the upcoming Stagecoach country fest. “We’ve locked in the two individual owners to long-term leases now,” Phillips said. “So, we have some real continuity. Now we can really try to perfect the festival. We’re going to be able to fine-tune it now.”
Stagecoach and AEG festivals Mile High in Denver and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (with Festival Productions Inc.) are off to strong starts in terms of sales, according to Phillips. However, AEG Live axed its Rothbury festival in Michigan because they couldn’t get the right talent mix together, he says. “Sometimes you have to step back and say you don’t have the right lineup, that it doesn’t make sense to go on with the festival,” he says. “We’re still optimistic that the site is so exceptional that we’ll be able to bring it back.”
Similarly, it doesn’t look like AEG will revive its All Points West festival at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. “We’re probably going to kill it,” says Phillips of APW, “mostly because the site. As beautiful as it is, it’s very hard to get New Yorkers to cross that river. All Points West is an experiment that just didn’t work.”
Courtesy of Billboard.com
April 14, 2010
One lucky man in Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Washington went to a garage sale and wound up buying some of Kurt Cobain’s earliest demo tapes.
The 30-plus music tracks are thought to be some of the earliest known Kurt Cobain material in existence. The lucky guy bought a bunch of Phillips cassette tapes with the initials KDC marked on them in a black marker. The “KDC” is what got the garage sale buyer interested. KDC likely stands for Kurt Donald Cobain.
When the buyer got home and listened to the tapes, he was certain he was listening to a young Kurt Cobain’s music, so he contacted a music industry lawyer. That lawyer got in contact with Cobain’s record label and estate. Eventually the cassettes were verified as legitimate by music producers Butch Vig and Jack Endino. The lucky garage sale finder is now set to make a huge figure, potentially a million dollars or more, for the sale of those Cobain cassette tapes.
April 13, 2010
The 1979 concept album has been performed only 31 times in concert — by Pink Floyd in a handful of cities in 1980-81, and by Waters with an all-star cast in July 1990 to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall the year before. Waters, who played Pink Floyd’s other opus “The Dark Side of the Moon” in its entirety during a 2007-08 trek, will reportedly take “The Wall” to Europe in 2011, but no dates have yet been announced. The tour will feature a 240-foot-wide and 35-foot-tall wall constructed and torn down as the show progresses. Other props and special effects are expected to be part of the show. Released in November 1979, “The Wall” was a semi-autobiographical work revolving around a disaffected musician named Pink facing an existential personal crisis. It spent 15 weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart, while the single “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II” also topped the charts. A 1982 feature version starred Bob Geldof.
Read more at reuters.com
April 7, 2010
After spending the past couple of years winning hearts everywhere with their major label debut, ‘Oracular Spectacular’, MGMT are back in the ring for round two.Their new album ‘Congratulations’ officially will be released on Tuesday, April 13.A different sound than anything they’ve done before, ‘Congratulations’ is loaded with the kind of modern day psychedelia that’ll only further secure MGMT’s spot at indie rocks royal table.
The band hopes to take kids along with them on some of those trippy adventures when they trek across America this spring, beginning with a pair of sold out shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco on April 12 and 13. From there MGMT continue to hit the road for a tour across the U.S. and Europe.
For all tour dates check out MGMT’s website, at www.whoismgmt.com
April 5, 2010
Lollapalooza has now confirmed that the Strokes, Green Day, Phoenix, Lady Gaga, Soundgarden and the Arcade Fire will headline this year’s festival. Well, they sort of announced it. The festival is playing game show, revealing the full bill one letter at a time, one day at a time, until the official announcement on April 6th. Damn you Perry Farrelland your mind games, but fortunately a few of the editors at Noon Radio have quite an addiction to Wheel of Fortune….oh Vanna how we love thee.
Line 1: Soundgarden * Green Day * Lady Gaga * Arcade Fire * The Strokes * Phoenix
Line 2: Social Distortion * MGMT * Jimmy Cliff * Hot Chip * The Black Keys
Line 3: The National * Spoon * Devo * Cypress Hill * Cut Copy * The New Pornographers
Line 4: Slightly Stoopid * Grizzly Bear * Gogol Bordello * Chromeo * Wolfmother
Line 5: Yeasayer * X Japan * ??? * Metric * Dirty Projectors * AFI
Line 6: Mavis Staples * Matt & Kim * The xx * Drive-By Truckers * Blues Traveler
Line 7: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros * The Temper Trap * Jamie Lidell
Line 8: Frightened Rabbit * Fuck Buttons * Deer Tick * Blitzen Trapper * Stars?
Line 9: Raphael Saadiq * The Cribs * Minus the Bear * Switchfoot * The Walkmen?
Line 10: Mumford & Sons * Jens Lekman? * Rogue Wave * Los Amigos Invisibles
Line 11: The Big Pink * The Dodos * Hockey * Cymbals Eat Guitars * Sloan * YACHT?
Line 12: Warpaint * The Antlers * The Soft Pack * Rebelution * Balkan Beat Box? * ???
Line 13: American Bang *The Ike Reilly Assassination * Company of Thieves * Dawes?
Line 14: Harlem? * The Constellations * Miniature Tigers * Mimicking Birds
Line 15: The Kissaway Trail * ??? * Delphic? * The Morning Benders * Foxy Shazam
Line 16: Violent Soho * Royal Bangs * Neon Trees * Freelance Whales
Line 17: Semi Precious Weapons * ??? * The Band of Heathens * Dragonette
Line 18: My Dear Disco * ??? * ??? * Jukebox the Ghost
Line 19: These United States * Mynameisjohnmichael * And Many More?
Line 1: 2manydjs * Empire of the Sun * Digitalism * Perry Farrell * Tiga
Line 2: Felix da Housecat * Rusko * Erol Alkan * Kaskade? * Flosstradamus
Line 3: Wolfgang Gartner * Joachim Garraud * Mexican Institute of Sound
Line 4: Caspa * Peanut Butter Wolf * Dirty South * ??? * Cut Copy (DJ Set)
Line 5: Beats Antique * Steve Porter * Didi Gutman of Brazilian Girls
Line 6: ??? * Team Bayside High * Dani Deahl * ???
Line 7: ??? * ??? * Only Children * ???
April 1, 2010
Rage Against The Machine vocalist Zack de la Rocha has invited Susan Boyle to sing ‘Killing In The Name’ with the band at their UK gigs this summer. Despite Rage Against The Machine beating Simon Cowell who manages Boyle to the Number One spot in the anti-X Factor’ campaign last Christmas, the frontman says he’s keen to make amends with the music mogul. “The truth is Simon’s shows occasionally produce talent,” de la Rocha explained, adding: “We love Susan Boyle, she is hot. To show there are no hard feelings we would like her to perform onstage with us this summer. She is a great vocalist and we would love to perform ‘Killing In The Name’ with her. Everybody knows her in the US and she can add her vocals to anything. It would be an honour for us”.
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March 31, 2010
NEW YORK (Billboard) – Phish is the first group confirmed to perform during the weeklong Rolling Stones tribute on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” next month, the jam band’s first television performance since it reunited in 2009.
A host of superstar acts will cover songs from the Stones’ “Exile on Main Street” during the week beginning May 10, coinciding with the May 18 deluxe reissue of that landmark 1972 album.
Although it was not announced which “Exile” song Phish will play on its May 13 “Late Night” appearance, the band has long covered “Loving Cup” in concert and of late has begun adding “Shine a Light” to its set list. Last Halloween, the group performed all 18 “Exile” tracks during its Festival 8 event in Indio, Calif.
Festival 8 is the subject of “Phish 3D,” a new film set to premiere April 30 for a one-week run in select U.S. theaters. Preview screenings are set for nine U.S. cities on April 20; details can be found on Phish.com. Phish begins a summer North American tour on June 11 outside Chicago. The trek concludes with an August 17-18 stand at Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y.
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