Saturday, June 16, 2007

Mp3s, News and Notes

If you are not at Bonnaroo this weekend, you can still check out some of the festivities by tuning in to the AT&T Blue Room. Yep, sometimes corporations can be hip if they have the big bucks to get them selves in to the right places. The Blue Room will feature clips from performances by Kings of Leon, Gillian Welch, The Roots, Cold War Kids, Ben Harper, Wilco, the White Stripes and many more.

If you're in the Brooklyn area next week you can check out the Pawnshop Roses as they hit the New York area for the first time since the release of their new record Let it Roll. They play next Friday at Jalopy with the New Heathens and some other friends. The disc is also on its way to stores that are apart of the Home Grown Music Network, which distributes some of the best "festival" or live music bands like the Disco Biscuits, Michael Franti and many more. The record is available now on now available on Rhapsody and eMusic and will hit all international iTunes and other digital music stores in late July.

The documentary All My Loving from Tony Palmer is set to be released for home video. The release of the film about music and its effect on pop culture in the late 1960s, will feature previously unseen footage from The Beatles, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Pink Floyd and many more. This is the first home video release since the BBC Film was first produced and broadcast in 1968.

Mp3 offerings:
Scissors for Lefty: Lay Down Your Weapons
Au Revoir Simone: "A Violent Yet Flammable World"
Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears: "Misery Loves Company"
The Self-Righteous Brothers: Diana
Clutch: Mainestream
Backyard Tire Fire: Tom Petty (live)

Drowning Pool will testify before Congress on behalf of veterans returning from the war who are not getting the health care they need. First, a letter the band prepared was delivered to the White House. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, along with the Armed Forces Foundation, are now helping to secure a time for the band to testify on Capitol Hill the 2nd week of September. The band is recently back from a USO tour and are taking the veterans health care issue head on. "Once home in the United States, we connected with Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans who have returned home," said Stevie Benton (bassist). "Though back on safe shores, these individuals are facing a steep uphill battle to reclaim their health after facing the trauma of war." Drowning Pool gets it. Hopefully Congress can rectify the situation as the troops have been repeatedly short changed on the health care front by the administration.

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Grace Potter Rocking The Gear circa 2006!