NEWS/TOUR: Powderfinger split and tour + Karnivool tour!

Yesterday I learnt of the sad news that Australian rock band Powderfinger would be splitting up after one final tour. After the release of “Golden Rule”, the band felt inclined to quit after what they felt was a fitting last album.

They’re planning a tour of Australia, for which I and many other fans are very grateful. They’re a good band and deserve a proper send off. Over the course of 7 weeks they’ll not only be playing the obligatory major centres and capitals, but they’ll also be travelling to certain regional centres along the way.

Check out the tour dates and details here. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday the 30th of April.

In other news, Australian prog-rockers Karnivool are planning another Australian tour in support of their brilliant sophomore LP “Sound Awake”. Having just returned from a tour in the states, the New Day Tour will run through June and July, and it’ll be their last set of tour dates for 2010. I certainly don’t want to be missing this one.

You can find out more about dates and details here. Tickets go on sale on Friday the 23rd of April (I’m not sure what time). Here’s hoping for a fair few all ages gigs.

BRAND NEW: Thom Yorke/Radiohead songs!

This weekend just gets better and better!

Thom played these live at a solo gig last night (depending where you are). I think it’s fairly safe to assume they’re stripped down new Radiohead songs, considering they’ve been working on a new LP recently.

“The Daily Mail”

A stripped down piano rendition. You know, even though people always make jokes about Coldplay and Muse copying Radiohead (or some other variation of the joke), I’ve never seem the strong similarities there apparently are. Maybe the vocal styles of Matt Bellamy and Yorke are slightly similar. But I digress. If anything, these songs will probably be done up for the album and sound completely different recorded. But as a live rendition on the piano, I can see where a Coldplay comparison might originate from. Though I think this sounds better than a lot of Coldplay’s stuff.

“Give Up The Ghost”

Looped backing vocals bring out a delicate sounding track. Sounds like top-quality material.

“Mouse Dog Bird”

Great song dominated by acoustic guitar.

I’m sure these songs are going to sound infinitely better once they’re recorded with the full-band and put on an LP, but for now, these solo stripped-back versions are going to have to tide us fans over. And even at this level, they sound very good.

NEWS: Noel Gallagher makes an idiot of himself, again + Fall Out Boy finished.

It just had to happen, didn’t it?

‘No, I’m not having someone with ginger hair making music’, he said regarding Florence from Florence + The Machine. ‘I’m not going down that road. I’m sure she’s a nice girl, but she sounds like someone’s stood on her fucking foot’.

Has this tool even listened to any of her music before? Noel Gallagher is a terrible representation of the modern musician, every single time his arrogant attention-seeking comments make the media it makes me sad to be part of the human race.

He also commented on the quality of the musicians around these days.

‘People are far off being the best band in England or the best band in the world. There’s some good bands out there but there’s no one claiming that mantle’.

I have a sneaking suspicion he believes that mantle is reserved for himself. Oh how wrong he would be.

I’m aware that although this blog has a small readership I’m clearly not helping the media attention surrounding his obnoxious statement by posting about it, but my disdain is so strong that I need to express it somewhere.

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On another note, pop punk band Fall Out Boy have unofficially broken up. Whilst on hiatus, numerous tweet’s from bassist Pete Wentz regarding his feelings about the band indicated the unlikeliness of him playing with them again. This sparked tweets and statements from other members regarding a break-up, and it seems evident that they won’t be doing anything together again, at least for a while. Nothing official has been confirmed as of yet.

I will admit, normally the bands that rabid 14-year-old fangirls drool over are not my thing musically anyway, but From Under The Cork Tree is a really catchy album. The others have their moments, but I guess any hope of them moving back into those kinda days is gone now anyway.