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    'Astoria' music venue will definately close

    London's famous 'Astoria' music venue will definately close after it was announced by current London mayor Ken Livingstone that the venue would be demolished as part of building a new station for the Crossrail link. This news comes despite over 35,000 signatures on a petition last year to try and keep the Astoria open.
    Last year another famous London music venue closed, the Hammersmith Palais.
    Posted on 2008-03-14 16:52:17 and written by dimitris



    This digitally remastered 2-CD set comes complete with interesting and informative liner notes and includes three bonus tracks.

    Captain Beefheart is one of rock music’s most singular personalities and is feted by many as a musical genius and a key influence in the genesis of punk and other forms of alternative rock music.

    Don Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) was born in Glendale, California in 1941. An artistic prodigy, he was offered a scholarship to study in Europe at the age of 13 but his father scorned his son’s creative ambitions and moved the family to Lancaster in the Mohave Desert.

    In 1959 he graduated from college where he had met an aspiring R&B musician Frank Zappa who shared his similar left field view of the world and with whom he would later collaborate.

    In 1965, Captain Beefheart’s first Magic Band came together and was signed to the A&M label but after one successful single release, Diddy Wah Diddy, they were dropped and re-signed to Buddha Records.

    The Magic Band recorded the album Safe As Milk, which included the musicians John ‘Drumbo’ French and Rising Son’s Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal. Eight of the original tracks from Safe As Milk are represented in this collection with the remainder from his next recording sessions of November 1967.

    1. Sure ‘Nuff ‘n’ Yes I Do
    2. Zig Zag Wanderer
    3. Dropout Boogie
    4. I’m Glad
    5. Electricity
    6. Yellow Brock Road
    7. Abba Zaba
    8. Plastic Factory
    9. Trust Us (Take 6)
    10. Beatles Bones ‘N’ Smokin’ Stones
    11. Moody Liz
    12. Big Black Baby Shoes
    13. Gimme Dat Harp Boy
    14. Dirty Blue Gene

    1. Tarotplane
    2. Kandy Korn
    3. Safe As Milk (Take 5) Bonus Track
    4. 25th Century Quaker Bonus Track
    5. Korn Ring Finger Bonus Track

    Posted on 2008-03-04 22:58:15 and written by dimitris

    Mike Doughty's Band Confirms Tour

    Mike Doughty's Band will embark on a six-week North American headlining tour in March, supporting Doughty's new album Golden Delicious. Kicking off March 12 in Northampton, Mass., the tour continues across the United States and Canada before wrapping in late April. Led by Doughty on vocals and guitars, the band also includes John Kirby (Black Eyed Peas) on keyboards, Pete McNeal (Cake, Jem, Gary Jules) on drums and Andrew "Scrap" Livingston on bass. See reverse for a complete list of dates.

    Golden Delicious is released by ATO Records today, February 19. The first single from the album, "27 Jennifers," is currently in the top 10 at AAA radio, according to MediaBase. In early reviews, Relix called it a "ripe and fruitful album," and Paste said, "those with a taste for his off-kilter sensibility will find his latest delicious indeed."

    Copies of Golden Delicious purchased at participating Coalition of Independent Music Stores retailers will receive a free EP called Busking, featuring five tracks recorded live as Doughty played in a New York City subway station last year, with the help of producer Pat DIllett. (Doughty made $3.10 from generous passersby.) For a list of CIMS stores nationwide, see

    This week, coinciding with the release of Golden Delicious, video footage of exclusive Mike Doughty acoustic performances will be posted on a variety of music websites, billed as the "Virtual Tour." Doughty and Livingston performed songs from the new album for, My Old Kentucky Blog, Paste Magazine's website, and SF Station. The Virtual Tour will continue with other online outlets after the album's release.

    Doughty has also begun a DJ side project under the stage name Mikey Dough, composing electronic dance music and performing at clubs in New York and elsewhere. The next Mikey Dough show will be at the Knitting Factory in New York on February 22.

    "Dubious Luxury" with DJ Mikey Dough
    (Mike Doughty DJ gig)
    Feb 22 New York NY The Knitting Factory (Old Office)

    Mike Doughty's Band
    2008 Tour Dates
    March 12 Northampton MA Pearl Street
    March 13 Rochester NY German House
    March 14 Montreal QC Saints Montreal
    March 15 Toronto ON Mod Club Theatre
    March 16 Ann Arbor MI Blind Pig
    March 18 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom
    March 19 Indianapolis IN Music Mill
    March 20 Chicago IL Vic Theatre
    March 21 Milwaukee WI Turner Hall Tavern
    March 22 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
    March 23 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
    March 25 Omaha NE The Slowdown
    March 26 Kansas City MO Beaumont Club
    March 27 St. Louis MO The Gargoyle
    March 28 Nashville TN Exit/In
    March 29 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse
    March 30 Asheville NC The Orange Peel
    March 31 Carrboro NC Cat's Cradle
    April 2 Charlottesville VA Satellite Ballroom
    April 3 Lancaster PA Chameleon Club
    April 4 New York NY Highline Ballroom
    April 5 Washington DC 9:30 Club
    April 8 New Haven CT Toad's Place
    April 9 Somerville MA Somerville Theater
    April 10 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
    April 11 Philadelphia PA The Fillmore at TLA
    April 12 Troy NY Revolution Hall
    April 13 Millvale PA Mr. Small's
    April 15 Newport KY Southgate House
    April 16 Memphis TN New Daisy Theatre
    April 18 Dallas TX Granada Theater
    April 19 Spring TX Texas Crawfish Festival
    April 20 Austin TX Antone's
    April 22 Santa Fe NM Santa Fe Brewing Company
    April 23 Boulder CO Fox Theatre
    April 24 Salt Lake City UT Urban Lounge
    April 26 Portland OR Wonder Ballroom
    April 27 Seattle WA (venue t.b.a.)
    April 29 San Francisco CA The Fillmore
    April 30 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theater
    Posted on 2008-02-20 21:32:44 and written by dimitris