The Corkboard – 9.1.07

With Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and a chorus of Springfield’s most sublime voices (oh, and Jackson Browne, David Byrne and B-52s, too), album features songs from seasons 10-18

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A soundtrack so highly anticipated that even Homer would get off the couch to celebrate its arrival, The Simpsons: Testify is finally here! Set for release on September 18, 2007 from Shout! Factory, The Simpsons: Testify music CD spotlights material culled from award-winning composer Alf Clausen and features the unmistakable voices of America’s most beloved TV family: Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith), and Springfield’s various townsfolk (Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer). The soundtrack kicks off with Danny Elfman’s unforgettable main title theme, and continues with a collection of the best songs from the last nine seasons of the longest running primetime comedy on TV today. The album arrives just in time to accompany the premiere of Season 19 of The Simpsons on Fox.

Only on The Simpsons: Testify can you find a range of great talents from JACKSON BROWNE to “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC, both willing to engage in self-parody that reflects the show’s uncanny irreverence. And then there is DAVID BYRNE, who while hearing a list of his vast musical accomplishments, adds with pride “And I used to wrestle under the name ‘El Diablo!’” It is Byrne who helps Homer realize the full odious potential of “Everybody Hates Ned Flanders”, even contributing an extended salsa remix, “No Me Gusta Flanders”. We’re also treated to the lyrical styling of the endearingly homicidal Sideshow Bob (as voiced by Kelsey Grammar) as he reexamines his overwhelming loathing of Bart Simpson on “The Very Reason That I Live”.

The Simpsons: Testify puts the music front and center, as the songs featured were mixed specifically for this new album. For the first time, the brilliant re-imagining of Broadway hits Evita, My Fair Lady, and The Sound of Music can be fully appreciated for all of their satirical nuance. In “My Fair Laddy,” Groundskeeper Willie plays Eliza Doolittle to Lisa’s Henry Higgins, as Willie learns both elocution and manners to the refrain of “What flows from the nose, does not go on my clothes.” And in “Yokel Chords,” Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel and his hillbilly brood take the place of the von Trapp family, with Lisa again playing the role of teacher. In this memorable parody from the most recent season, The Sound of Music line “I am sixteen going on seventeen” becomes “I have eight teeth, going on seven teeth.” Of course.

Any Simpsons fan will no doubt remember Ricky Gervais memorable appearance as the Marge-obsessed Charles Heathbar, who serenades Marge with “Lady,” which spends more time explaining its lyrics (in song) than actually saying anything romantic, with the possible exception of the closing exhortation, “don’t die.”

For those of us with a love of musical theater and the American popular songs, The Simpsons has certainly carved out an iconic place in musical history by communicating in song at the highest level. Never in recent memory has a television series made such effective use of both songs and underscore to advance plot points, support the characters’ emotions and put a lasting smile on the viewer’s face.

Double-CD set features remastered original release, rare and live recordings and remixes by Paul Oakenfold, MSTRKRFT, Hyper and more

In their decade-long career, THE CRYSTAL METHOD have sold over a million albums, scored a Grammy nomination and collaborated with everyone from OZZY OSBOURNE to SCOTT WEILAND to OL‘ DIRTY BASTARD. They headlined the Hollywood Bowl, rocked Coachella and played a fashion show in Milan for Donatella Versace. Meanwhile, their songs appeared in countless video games, movies and television series. Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, who are The Crystal Method, even spent a surreal night in the Los Angeles County Jail. But before any of that happened, they made Vegas, their debut album from 1997. Marking its 10th anniversary, Jordan and Kirkland have reassessed and readdressed the long-player that started it all with a deluxe edition of the album, which will be released via Geffen/UMe on September 18.

The two-disc deluxe set offers a fresh mastering of the original ten songs on the first CD. The second CD highlights a selection of rare and live recordings plus new mixes of classic Vegas tracks from remixers personally chosen by the duo such as PAUL OAKENFOLD, MSTRKRFT, HYPER, Sta, DEADMAU5, KOMA & BONES, Tom Real vs. The Rogue Element and Myagi. Also included is the original 1993 version of the Vegas single “Comin’ Back” with the video for the album version along with the video for “Busy Child”. Preceding the deluxe edition’s release, “Busy Child” [Sta Rmx] will be available on iTunes as of August 28.

Vegas put the Las Vegas natives at the center of an electronic music scene previously occupied almost exclusively by trailblazing Brits such as UNDERWORLD, THE PRODIGY and GROOVE ARMADA. Inspired in equal parts by Jordan and Kirkland’s late night outings in the early days of the Los Angeles rave scene and their reassuringly humdrum upbringing in the Las Vegas suburbs listening to everything from disco to hip hop to metal, Vegas is a different kind of techno record. It’s got soul. “One thing people have been telling us for the past 10 years is that Vegas was the first thing to get them into electronic music,” Jordan says. “We just came up with a sound that bridged the gap between alternative and electronic music.”

The complete track listing for The Crystal Method’s Vegas (Deluxe Edition) is:

Disc One:
“Trip Like I Do”
“Busy Child”
“Cherry Twist”
“High Roller”
“Comin’ Back”
“Keep Hope Alive”
“Vapor Trail”
“She’s My Pusher”
“Bad Stone”

Disc Two:
“Busy Child” [Sta Remix]
“Trip Like I Do” [Tom Real v. The Rogue Element Rmx]
“Keep Hope Alive” [MSTRKRFT Rmx]
“Comin’ Back” [Koma and Bones Rmx]
“Busy Child” [Hyper Rmx]
“Cherry Twist” [deadmau5 Rmx]
“Busy Child” [Paul Oakenfold Rmx]
“High Roller” [Myagi Rmx]
“Comin’ Back” [’93 Demo]
“Vapor Trail” [Live]

“Busy Child”
“Comin’ Back”

Listen to Audio Stream:
“Busy Child” [Sta Rmx], Crystal Method (2007)

Catch live DJ sets by The Crystal Method at:

9/22 – Street Scene – Del Mar, Calif.
9/28 – Showbox – Seattle
9/29 – Ruby Skye – San Francisco
11/9 – Revolution! Music Room – Little Rock, Ariz.
11/10 – George’s Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, Ark.
11/24 – Vinoy Park – St Petersburg, Fla.

New album stream so big it takes a week to hold it

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will bring a full-on audio and visual assault to everyone’s computer screen starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, in anticipation of their brilliant new album, Colors (in stores Sept. 18).

Alternative Press proudly declares that BTBAM “paint their masterpiece” with Colors. Clocking in at a beefy 64 minutes, BTBAM is ready to share every second of Colors with you one song at a time before the record even hits stores.

Victory Records will release a new song from Colors every weekday (between Sept 4 and Sept 12) along with art and video interpretations for each piece. The band will also contribute their own thoughts and descriptions on the origin of each song, as well as give their rabid fans and aspiring artists the opportunity to submit their own artistic interpretations of what the song means to them.

Each song will stream for only 24 hours, so make sure you return every day to hear the next part of the album.

Colors starts here September 4.

The band has been anxiously waiting to hit the road again, so in the spirit of the record, they are taking out their friends in HORSE THE BAND, ANIMOSITY and THE END. The tour starts with a pair of hometown shows in North Carolina on Sept. 26 and 27, and continues to canvas the country before a grand finale appearance at the Saint & Sinners Festival in Asbury Park, N.J.

9/26 – Greensboro , N.C. @ GREENE STREET CLUB
9/27 – Charlotte, N.C. @ TREMONT MUSIC HALL
9/28 – Nashville, Tenn. @ ROCKETOWN
9/29 – Atlanta @ THE MASQUERADE
9/30 – Cordova, Tenn. @ SKATE PARK OF MEMPHIS
10/1 – Metairie, La. @ THE HIGH GROUND
10/2 – Houston @ MERIDIAN
10/3 – Little Rock, Ark. @ JUANITA’S CANTINA BALLROOM
10/4 – Lewisville, Texas @ FAT DADDY’S
10/5 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ THE CONSERVATORY
10/6 – Odessa, Texas @ LONESTAR EVENT CENTER
10/7 – San Antonio, Texas @ WHITE RABBIT
10/10 – Phoenix @ THE CLUBHOUSE
10/11 – Corona, Calif. @ SHOWCASE THEATRE
10/12 – Corona, Calif. @ SHOWCASE THEATRE
10/13 – San Diego @ SOMA
10/14 – Oakland @ OAKLAND METRO
10/15 – Portland, Ore. @ SATYRICON
10/16 – Seattle @ EL CORAZON
10/18 – Denver @ MARQUIS THEATRE
10/19 – Omaha, Neb. @ SOKOL UNDERGROUND
10/20 – Iowa City, Iowa @ PICADOR
10/21 – Minneapolis @ TRIPLE ROCK
10/24 – Detroit @ THE HAYLOFT
10/25 – Cleveland @ PEABODY’S
10/27 – Spartanburg, S.C. @ GROUND ZERO
10/28 – W. Columbia, S.C. @ NEW BROOKLAND TAVERN
10/29 – Baltimore @ OTTOBAR
11/1 – Philadelphia @ STARLITE BALLROOM
11/2 – Worcester, Mass. @ PALLADIUM
11/4 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ SAINTS & SINNERS FEST

Fogerty reclaims his rightful place among America’s most iconic and revered artists with the forthcoming Revival

JOHN FOGERTY‘s contribution to popular culture cannot be overstated; his songs have become part of rock’s DNA, the very building blocks upon which much of American rock and roll has been built. As the album title tantalizingly suggests, Revival represents a renewed musical spirit and heart from Fogerty that incorporates all the best elements of a career that has resonated deeply with generations of music fans and the thousands of artists that he has influenced.

“It just seemed like all the records I have made since Creedence Clearwater Revival have all been sort of pushed off center,” he says. “I felt like I was dancing around the outskirts of what is my true center. With this album, I really wanted to stay on the mark, right in the middle, right where rock ‘n’ roll is. I wanted this one to be easier, a lot more fun than some of the past records have been.”

That renewed sense of joy shines through on the self-produced Revival. The wistful, infectious opening track “Don’t You Wish It Was True” instantly puts a smile on the listener’s face. The cinematic western-theme in “Gunslinger” evokes vintage-era Creedence, while on the deliciously swampy “Creedence Song”, Fogerty correctly and humorously assesses “You can’t go wrong / if you play a little bit of that Creedence song.” His love of classic Sun Records-era rockabilly permeates “It Ain’t Right”, one of many tunes on the album that allows Fogerty, whom Rolling Stone named one of the greatest guitarists of all time, to show off his blistering guitar work. “The River is Waiting” is a gorgeous, hymn-like spiritual that features well-known vocal trio, The Waters on backup vocals. A trenchant observer of the world’s troubles, Fogerty weighs in on the current administration with the rollicking, biting “Long Dark Night” and the ‘mission critical’ statement of “I Can’t Take It No More” with its unmistakable admonition “…another fortunate son.”

Revival Audio Streams:

“Don’t You Wish It Was True”’t_You_Wish_It_Was_True.qtl’t_You_Wish_It_Was_True.asx

“Summer of Love”

John Fogerty Official Site:

John Fogerty Fall Tour Dates
11/23 – Los Angeles @ Nokia Theatre
11/24 – Phoenix @ Maricopa Events Center
11/25 – Las Vegas @ The Joint
11/27 – Minneapolis @ State Theatre
11/28 – Chicago @ Chicago Theatre
11/30 – St. Louis @ Scottrade Center – Theatre set-up
12/1 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Murat Theatre
12/4 – Atlanta @ Cobb Energy PAC
12/5 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium


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