Jim from Vinyl Mine, tipped me on this great interview Times New Viking did with Stylus.
And speaking of interviews, Pat Carney from the Black Keys, did a rather extensive one with Pitchfork. Perhaps the most interesting piece of news to come from this is that the Keys will be working with Ike Tuner and Dangermouse on a new project ?!?!?! I’m not one to use ‘?!’ but, damn, Keys, Ike, and Dangermouse? That pretty much necessitates the multiple ‘?!.’
Need more Ted Leo? Paper Thin Walls has a download and review of “Bottle of Buckie” from Living with The Living (due out next Tuesday). In case you’re wondering, Buckie is a lot like Wild Irish Rose, or Mad Dog 20/20. I Rock Cleveland does not recommend Buckie, Wild Irish Rose, or Mad Dog.
Idolator had a very extensive Arcade Fire watch last week. Well, here at I Rock Cleveland we’re having our very own Arcade Fire watch. I bought Neon Bible last Tuesday and have yet to make it past the first five songs. For those of you scoring at home, that’s seven days, and I can’t listen to this. It’s been a while since I’ve given Funeral a spin, but I swear I liked that album in 2004. Now it’s 2007, and I can’t help but ask questions like: Did Win really whine that much before? Does every song have to be the biggest f’n anthem ever? Does the Arcade even mean anything to me and my life these days? Stay tuned.
Lastly, there’s a couple releases of note out today — The I Rock Cleveland approved Costello Music by The Fratellis, and Back to Black by the hard livin’, big soul singin’ Amy Winehouse. Once I get out of low-cash, I’ll be giving Back to Black a good listen.