Sunday, March 27, 2005

Crowded House drummer found dead.

MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) -- Drummer Paul Hester from the New Zealand bands Split Enz and Crowded House has been found dead in a park in the southern Australian city of Melbourne, apparently after committing suicide, a fan Web site says.

Australian police on Monday confirmed the body of a man in his 40s was found in Elsternwick Park near Hester's Melbourne home. Police said the death was not suspicious, but they would not release the man's name.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Cass McCombs
released: February 7
rating: ***

You gotta feel a little sympathetic for Cass McCombs (yea, just one person, not a band, though it sounds kinda like a band name when people like Franz Ferdinand are out there). He had to cancel a tour with Modest Mouse. Which is a shame, because PREfection (be careful not to read that as PERfection, he's not that pretentious) will probably end up being one of the most overlooked records of early 2005. He's charming, slightly romantic, and carries some specific influences that you know are there but can't quite pinpoint. Perhaps some soul from the '60s, some Britpop from the '90s and chamber rock from '00s. It's pretty much a steady affair, with several cuts worthy of being in the rotation of a hip college radio station. By track eight, he surprises us with the upbeat, almost out of place "Bury Mary" and the wonderful "City of Brotherly Love," both of which will have you thinking "covers". But, impressively, they're not.

styles: Indie Rock, Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter
similar: Richard Hawley, Ken Stringfellow, Sondre Lerche, the Divine Comedy
The Raveonettes on Conan O'Brien. Wednesday, April 27. new album out May 3.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

david byrne on fischerspooner's odyssey

NYC art/pop duo Fischerspooner has added David Byrne to the list of contributors to their long-awaited sophomore album, Odyssey, which will be released on April 5.