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Lily Allen, Lingerie Model

Photo by Anoulay Tsai

From clothes, to shoes, to period costumes, to...lingerie? Seems Lily Allen's dabblings in couture culture have indeed taken that route, according to an report and confirmed by the pop starlet's publicist. UPDATE: THIS CONFIRMATION HAS BEEN RESCINDED. This time Allen won't be designing the garments in question-- but she will be modeling them.

And not just any old lingerie either. Allen will don the particularly provocative undergarments sold by UK-based Agent Provocateur (careful with that link there, son), co-founded by the son of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. Allen has signed a six-figure deal with the company, and joins the ranks of such past knickers-bearing AP models as Kylie Minogue and Kate Moss.

Here, check out this hot, NSFW video from the photo shoot!




Girl Talk Tours Into 2008

Photo by Jason Bergman

Seems like Girl Talk and wackiness go hand in hand, doesn't it? So how come I'm having such a hard time coming up with a hook for this story about Mr. Gregg Gillis and his ever-inflating tour? Shouldn't he and his friends be getting crunk at jam band shows, hanging out with B-grade (as if there are any other kind) internet celebrities, or, I dunno, mining the catalog of a record label for a remix project?

Let's opt instead for the testimonial angle. The last time I saw Girl Talk, I thought my ribcage was going to collapse from all the dudes pushing up on me, some young lady kept blowing weed smoke in my girlfriend's face, and I was really offended that I was the only one in the place who'd heard Hurricane Chris, and it was still awesome.

Gregg's gonna be blowing up many a spot over the next few months, and, in the gracious manner befitting a dude from the left side of Pennsylvania, is playing some far-flung spots along the way. Care to get caught up in the wackiness as it happens? Make yourself known at one of the spots below. [MORE...]


Hello, Blue Roses [ft. Dan Bejar] Reveal LP Details

Photo by Jen Weih

It was over a year ago when we first greeted Hello, Blue Roses in these here pages. Now the duo-- which includes a man you may know by the name of Dan Bejar and a lady you may not (but should) called Sydney Vermont-- has spilled the beans on its previously mentioned debut full-length release.

A strange flower indeed, Hello Blue Roses (note the absent comma) blooms in January-- the 22nd, to be precise-- thanks to the green thumbs at Chicago's Locust imprint.

The 14-track set apparently finds Bejar and Vermont averting the indie rock status quo. Mused Bejar via press release, "The Hello, Blue Roses songs are completely untethered to any of the bullshit streams coursing through the scene right now...a product of not really caring what people think, but still caring a lot about people." Amen, brother.

Hello Blue Roses' title track will also find its way onto a split 7" due from Locust in early 2008 (with a corresponding digital download expected by the end of the year). Labelmates Starless & Bible Black serve up the release's other half, contributing a tune called "Calico".

Take care not to confuse this with the other Hello, Blue Roses split 7" we recently reported. That one, as a reminder, features Frog Eyes on the flip and arrives via Absolutely Kosher on December 4.

Dan dons his Destroyer guise, meanwhile, to play that Scratch Records anniversary gig at Vancouver's Richard's on Richards November 10. [MORE...]

Wilco Add Bonus Tracks to Sky Blue Sky

Photo by Kathryn Yu

Whatever your take on it (and there are many) Wilco's Sky Blue Sky certainly leaves any listener wanting a bit more. And more is just what European Wilco fans will get soon, when Sky Blue Sky is amended with five new bonus tracks.

The "tour edition" of the album features studio takes on "The Thanks I Get", "Let's Not Get Carried Away", and "One True Vine", plus live renditions of "Impossible Germany" and "Hate It Here" recorded in September at the Fillmore in Denver. It'll be available commercially in stores all throughout the UK and Europe from Nonesuch November 12. But worry not, Sky-gazers-- if you live outside the UK and have already forked over the cash for your piece of the Sky, the band will issue download instructions for the bonus tracks to you shortly. (The UK is an exception due to their laws requiring an encoding of the necessary technology along with the disc to enable free downloads. Yeah, we're a little confused, too.)

As for Wilco, those cancelled UK dates of theirs have come to a close and they're ready to start the un-cancelled European leg tonight in Belgium. And in case you'd prefer an interrupted gaze into the rugged beauty that is Tweedy, you can have at it via Sam Jones' new photo book. [MORE...]


Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Singles Comp Due Soon

It takes a mighty long fuse to delay an explosion for a decade and a half, but Jon Spencer's been dealing in powder-keggery for some time now, and he's learned a thing or two about it.

Jukebox Explosion
collects 18 of the best bits (and a few outtakes besides) from the "Jukebox" single series the howling wolves of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (now known simply as Blues Explosion) inaugurated way back in 1992. The disc drops November 13 on In the Red.

And, while we're on the subject of Mr. Spencer, we must note that his Heavy Trash-- fresh off a new LP-- will be out on the road for a couple weeks starting tomorrow night, November 7. The tour's expanded a bit since we first mentioned it, so have a look. [MORE...]

Faint Guitarist's Metal Side Project Preps LP for Relapse

Vverevvolf Grehv-- pronounced "Frankenstein Tomb", I assure you-- is the metal side project of Dapose, guitar player for Omaha synth-rockers the Faint.

Dapose said of the Grehv project that he "wanted to hear synthesizers and filters and electronic music beat up on metal music," which is by turns a painful and intriguing notion. Crafted entirely by Dapose on guitar and laptop, Vverevvolf Grehv's debut Zombie Aesthetics is due March 4 in North America, and March 10 elsewhere from Relapse.

Neither Dapose nor the Faint have any tour dates on the way... because they're finally making another Faint record, right? Actually, right! According to the latest posting on the band's website, they've hunkered down into their newly-constructed ENAMEL studio-- the one bassist Joel Peterson told us about this past March-- recording the new one. Ooh, you've got me worked up so anticipatory!

Del the Funky Homosapien Signs to Def Jux for New LP

Photo by Jason Bergman

Because of his involvement in records like Deltron 3030 and the first Gorillaz album, it's easy to think of Del the Funky Homosapien (formerly Del tha Funkee Homosapien) as just a sci-fi rapper. But dig a little further back in his catalog (like back to his killer 1991 debut, I Wish My Brother George Was Here), and you find an MC geeked on making genuinely quirky everyman anthems-- like "Pissin' on Your Steps", "The Wacky World of Rapid Transit", and "Sleepin' on My Couch".

We're not sure which of the two Dels (or maybe an amalgamation of them both?) will appear on his forthcoming full-length, The 11th Hour, but we're psyched that it exists and is coming out via Definitive Jux on February 26.

Produced entirely by Del himself, The 11th Hour is the Hieroglyphics crew member's first solo record since 2000's Both Sides of the Brain. And while February is still a little ways away, Del is currently touring the U.S. in front of the album's release, alongside Devin the Dude and friends. The tour's next stop is November 8, in Portland, Oregon. [MORE...]

Ghostface Doll Finally Available
Matching Raekwon doll still finishing miniature Only Built 4 Cuban Linx sequel

Wu-Tang is for the children, and Ghostface Killah knows his audience. Hence the announcement almost two years ago of a doll fashioned in the MC's likeness. Now that doll is finally available for purchase, and aside from the fact that its face doesn't look all that much like Ghostface's, it's a pretty cool distraction from his mild beef with the rest of the Clan over release dates.

Here's what makes 4CAST's Ghostface Doll great: 14 karat gold jewelry, a velvet robe, and an electronic chip inside of it featuring six original Pretty Toney catchphrases (recorded by the man himself!). The doll comes in a hand-numbered edition of 1000 nine-inch vinyl figures, with different editions for Europe, Japan, North America, and the rest of the world, making four in all. The doll also comes with a mixtape from the Beat Junkies' DJ Rhettmatic called 36 Deadly Darts. And like everybody else in the world, the doll has a blog.

The non-doll Ghostface is currently on the Hip Hop Live! Tour with Rakim and Brother Ali, which continues tomorrow, November 7, in Park City, Utah. His new album, The Big Doe Rehab, comes out via Def Jam on December 4, one week before the Wu's 8 Diagrams. [MORE...]

Photos: Tanned Tin Festival [Castellon, Spain; 10/31-11/04/07]

Photos by Daniel Cantó; Above: Dirty Projectors

The town of Castellón de la Plana, Spain hosted the ninth annual Tanned Tin Festival last week, offering a slew of acts performing at such venues as an old theatre, a chapel, and a casino. Presented by the label Acuarela Discos, the festival balanced the softer and harder sides of indie rock, with sets from Deerhunter, Xiu Xiu, Frog- and Wolf- Eyes (ha), Califone, the Sea and Cake, the Ex, the Dirty Projectors, Mia Doi Todd, Norfolk & Western, Asobi Seksu, Acid Mothers Temple, Bracken, Laura Gibson, Damien Jurado, David Thomas Broughton, Chris Brokaw and Geoff Farina, Numbers, and Thee More Shallows

More photos below.









Photos: Pylon [Atlanta, GA; 11/01/07]

Photos by Ashley Williamson

As previously reported, recently reactivated Athens quartet Pylon set out last week to play a small string of dates, supporting their DFA-reissued LP Gyrate. As it turns out, Pylon is more than just a name: the influential new wave pioneers also decorated the stage at Atlanta's Earl club with their namesake traffic cones-- and even made them glow like jack-o'-lanterns! Halloweeny! More photos and tour dates below.



Radiohead Rainbows CD Due Via ATO New Year's Day?
Band to play webcast? Downloads to land band mad cash? Story to include periods?

You can already expect a hefty Radiohead box set and/or the clunkiest-looking USB drive ever under your pan-religious holiday tree this season, but what to do with all those gift cards and store return credits? Looks like you just might be able to use them to complete your box set, as the unconfirmed word is that In Rainbows will indeed hit U.S. shops in CD form via ATO/Side One-- and what's more, it may well do so January 1.

Reports have come in from several Pitchfork readers working in retail that this is the release date and label indicated on their order sheets; but, again, this info has not yet been confirmed by Radiohead's camp. More official-like: Radiohead's previously reported deal with XL Recordings, who'll handle In Rainbows CDs outside North America.

And while we're visiting the Radiohead rumor mill, we'd be remiss not to point out this juicy one. As BBC 6 Music radio host Adam Buxton disclosed in a recent broadcast (thanks ateaseweb!), Radiohead will purportedly take part in a BBC webcast set to air live November 9 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. UK time. According to Buxton, who'll head to Oxford to assist in the recording, Radiohead will talk and play some songs, and the vibe will be "fairly fast and loose."

Finally, on the ever-contested topic of In Rainbows sales numbers, Idolator points us to an interesting report from comScore, a service that specializes in measuring web traffic and the like. comScore tracked the traffic to during the first 29 days of October and discovered that 1.2 million web-users worldwide visited the site (which, barring a 100% download rate-- and everybody visiting on the first day-- would debunk previous reports of Radiohead moving 1.2 million digital units in one day).

The company also found that while a "significant percentage" of website visitors chose to download, only 38% worldwide chose to pay. Still, those who did pay paid an average of $6.00 for the album-- which brings the average earnings per album, in comScore's estimate, to $2.26. Of course, this doesn't include the discbox sales, nor sales of the forthcoming CD. And camp Radiohead has yet to issue any official numbers.

So it's still too early, really, to declare Radiohead's experiment in price-naming a runaway success, an utter failure, or something in between. One thing I think we can safely declare: Radiohead kick ass live. Do yourself a favor and see them next year.

Raveonettes Sign to Vice, Overload on Lust for New LP

Photo by Soren Solkaer Starbird

Danish girl group/garage duo the Raveonettes have announced that new album Lust Lust Lust, the follow-up to 2005's Pretty in Black, will mark the band's debut for their new U.S. label, Vice Records. (They were previously signed to Columbia.) The record is due out on these shores in 2008. In the UK, Lust Lust Lust comes out on Fierce Panda on November 12.

The band will embark on a few weeks of European shows starting November 13 in London, with a U.S. tour reportedly to follow in 2008. [MORE...]

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