July 6, 2006

Today's Hotness: Lemonheads, Meneguar, Ted Leo

Evan Dando of The Lemonheads>> The big news today was new details about the forthcoming Lemonheads record, which we were alerted to via email blast from EvanDando.Co.UK. The self-titled effort will be released Sept. 25 in the U.K. and the 26th in the US. The Lemonheads is the band's eighth record and its first in 10 years, since the release of Car Button Cloth. Of particular interest to :: clicky clicky :: readers is the fact that Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis provides so-called "foot-on-monitor" guitar work on two of the 11 new tracks, "No Backbone" and "Steve's Boy." In case you've been sleeping under a rock, Dando announced he would be reviving the Lemonheads brand earlier this year or late last year and recruited members of pop-punk legends The Descendents to act as rhythm section. More recently, in April Vagrant announced it had signed The Lemonheads. We're looking forward to the new joint particularly keenly because the band's pre-Ray stuff is our favorite.

>> Holy crap. How can Pfork review the Meneguar record I Was Born At Night [Troubleman] and not mention the anthem of 2005, "The Temp"?! We're willing to accept that they think the record is only a middling effort (Pfork has been wrong before, after all). But we're not willing to accept that the snarling fury of "The Temp," an MP3 of which is even linked off the bottom of the review, made zero impression on the Pfork scribe. Dang. For what it's worth, here is our review of the Meneguar reissue.

>> According to PunkNews here, indie phenom Ted Leo thinks Elton John is a racist jerk. We think Elton John has gone a bit batty, and this just falls under that umbrella.

>> College students to new and free Napster: You suck.

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