Restructuring. It's a favorite word of the majors, used to soften the blow when two powerhouses decide to join forces. And while it might be nice to give people the benefit of the doubt, yesterday's announcement that Capitol and Virgin are to merge sounded a tad too cheerful, which means a lot of folks are about to lose their jobs over this joyous union.
They call him the one-man disaster squad, and he's been known to scream "Muthafucka!" into a cardboard cellphone, so we anticipated that the debut album from Panther would be a nutty ride. Finally, after a long wait, Charlie Salas-Humara, as he's more commonly known, is ready to unleash Secret Lawns. If that means nothing to you, think fractured soul, broken synths, manic lyrics sung entirely in falsetto, spastic dance moves, and you'll get the idea.
There are lots of reasons to go and see Japanese band OOIOO when they make some rare and highly anticipated U.S. appearances this spring. Here's just a few:
1. The band hasn't toured in the U.S. since 2005.
2. It came into being as a fictitious outfit for a magazine in '96 and had opened for Sonic Youth by '97.
3. It's still unclear exactly how one should pronounce the name "OOIOO," which gives it mystique.
San Francisco-based artist Christopher Willits' musical career took leaps in 2006 with his Surf Boundaries release on Ghostly. A definite renaissance man who enjoys blurring genres, Willits includes one common element in his many different styles–his use of the guitar with custom-made signal processing.Read more »
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