Kickin' it Old School: La's, Adam Ant, Beach Boys, Moz updates and my festival rant

I talked to my friend Brian today and he lives up in the north west so his festival of choice is Sasquatch while mine is Coachella (I live in southern California).  And he told me that Sasquatch is only going to sell 4-day passes.  Honestly it's kinda sad to see that this is becoming a "thing".  Coachella did this years ago and it sucks for the people that really want to enjoy the festival but can't commit to the whole thing.  And I gotta admit, a day or two of Coachella is all you really need.  Three full days is a little much (I'm an old guy now).  I can't even imagine FOUR days of Sasquatch.

I understand that at the end of the day it's just a business, but there's no reason to exclude a minority of fans that can't do it.  What I don't understand is the lame excuse, "there's such a high demand for tickets so we'll only sell 4-day passes".  It just translates to me as, "We can force people to pay $300+ for tickets, so why would we bother to accommodate the people that can only go one or two days?"  This year's Coachella is in such a high demand that they booked two full weekends of identical bands and sold them both out.

So as the demand increases it's just going to push the more casual fan out.  I know people really love the festival (I really do), but there are clear benefits of living in a major town with no festival scene.  At least then you have a fighting chance of seeing only the bands that you want to see and not have to put up with parking, dickheads, heat just to see Gotye.


New UNKLE track with Black Angels

UNKLE will have a new album out on May 10th called, "Where Did the Night Fall".  You can hear the first track from the album, their collaboration with The Black Angeles over at spin.com.  This next album features many guests like Mark Lanegan, Sleepy Sun, Autolux, and others. 

UNKLE Shares Behind The Scenes Footage

Learn how End Titles came to be in the clip below. UNKLE MP3 at bottom of post.MP3: UNKLE - Lonely Soul - Source

New UNKLE - "Chemical" (Featuring Josh Homme)

It's been a while since UNKLE asked us to hold hands, but James Lavelle & Co. are back with "Chemical," a collaboration with Josh Homme, who you may last remember berating a pre-teen in Norway (and later reminding us he's not a homophobe, just a misunderstood macho guy with rage issues). The song Uncle Josh did with UNKLE is called "Chemical," and it appears on UNKLE's forthcoming fourth album End Titles... Stories For Film. - Source

US Release Date Set For UNKLE's Latest

It looks like fans in the US will get to see a domestic release of the latest from UNKLE, as End Titles... Stories For Film will arrive at digital retailers on July 15 and at shops on September 2 via James Lavelle's Surrender All label - Source

UNKLE To Return With End Titles... Stories For Film

Good news for fans of James Lavelle and his ongoing work with UNKLE. The proper follow-up to War Stories is on its way, titled End Titles... Stories For Film. This album will be a collection of eclectic recordings from UNKLE, including collaborations with Josh Homme - Source

Pablo Clements aka PsychoPab confirms new UNKLE album this year

Pablo Clements aka PsychoPab is now in UNKLE and has confirmed a new UNKLE album will be out this year with 22 tracks. - Source

UNKLE Calls It A Day

What a major bummer! Here's the official statement: *After 10 years as musical collaborators in UNKLE, James Lavelle and Richard File are going their separate ways - a decision that is mutual and amicable.* - Source

Free Ian!

Lovable, huggable Monkey boy IAN BROWN gets released from the pokey this week on good behavior, after serving half of his sentence in Strangeways Prison for his infamous airborne antics earlier this year on a trans-European flight. Brown has cancelled all pending tour plans to instead begin work on his second solo album. In the meantime, we can look forward to a one-off single with Brown and U.N.K.L.E., due out in the UK in February.

UNKLE Sets Release Date

Besides the Oasis b-sides album that we told you about last week, another project finally seeing the light of day is the much anticipated first album from U.N.K.L.E. Following in the likes of Massive Attack and This Mortal Coil as a revolving-door collaboraboration more than a traditional band, U.N.K.L.E. is a superstar project fronted by James LaVelle, founder and president of Mo'Wax Records.