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Rule of Three Also Applies to Indie Bands…kind of

In Art Consortium on November 16, 2009 at 12:32 pm

This season’s third episode of 30 Rock references the summer’s “Rule of 3” death warrant on some of our very celebrated celebrities (MJ, Farrah and Golden Girl Bea Arthur). Too soon? Never.

The episode even features an adorable/scary Betty White cameo! Click on the wee NBC bikinis below for the vid.


So apparently, the indie community is having its own threefold scare this month after the tragic fall down a Williamsburg elevator shaft of Jeremy Fuchs, who had drummed for bands such as The Juan MacLean, !!! and Maserati.

The little internet elves over at Pitchfork dug up a ton of info over the weekend. Grizzly bear got into a bus accident last week (worry not, everyone is all right) and had to cancel a show with Wilco in Milan (which is okay…they’re better off spending less time around Wilco dorks anyway). Dan Deacon had to cancel the rest of his tour dates this year due to hospitalization for an acute case of sciatica.

Hang in there everybody! Ed Droste, you’re too pretty to go yet.

In the meantime, please treat yourselves to the amazing original of “Colorado” by Aussie band Pivot, which Grizzly Bear covered.


Dispatches from our Royal friends Across the Pond

In Teleportation on November 8, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Check out the stamping madness the Brits are up to next year, an enticing adventure in teleportation. It will surely call forth a colourful combo of stamp aficionados and music nerds alike.

The Royal Mail apparently consulted Greatest Album Cover polls and U.K. music editors to put together their top ten list of album covers, which I graciously typed out for you below:

1. Blur Parklife
2. New Order Power, Corruption and Lies
3. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZoSo)
4. Primal Scream Screamadelica
5. Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
6. David Bowie Ziggy Stardust
7. The Clash London Calling
8. Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
9. Pink Floyd The Division Bell
10. Coldplay A Rush Of Blood To The Head

F YEAH stars to picking Blur over Oasis, and for including New Order and Primal Scream instead of all the new crap that hasn’t been crossing over well since this decade. But where’s Moz and RADIOHEAD? Where the hell are THE BEATLES, and since when does Coldplay get dibs on the R.M.S. throne? Are they even considered British anymore?

To conclude, are We (royal) really saying that this crap…
is more striking than, oh, say…this gorgeous glacier of electronic genius?

C’mon guys…you’ve had better bands, festivals, and drinking laws than the Americans since music was cool. Can’t you at least represent yourselves fairly?

Radiohead, “Packt Like Sardines In A Crushed Tin Box” Amnesiac