Billboard Bits: Franz Ferdinand, LonPaul Ellrich, A-Trak
Franz Ferdinand has uploaded to its Web site instrumental snippets from several new songs likely to appear on its next studio album. The as-yet-untitled set is due this fall via Epic.Franz Ferdinand has uploaded to its Web site instrumental snippets from several new songs likely to appear on its next studio album. The as-yet-untitled set is due either late this year or in January 2009 via Epic.
Among the material now online is "Tradition," which boasts a bass-driven groove and a tinkling synthesizer counter-melody; "Trigger 8," which has a danceable feel and some lead guitar noodling; and "Trigger 7," which features what sounds like an African instrument providing the main melody line. "Turn It On" appears to be nothing more than a drum break, while "Blessing" is a short, extremely sped-up loop.
Franz Ferdinand will unveil new songs during a U.K. club tour later this month, beginning June 21 in York.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Key players from the Bloomington, Ind./Indianapolis music scenes will join together this weekend for memorial concerts in honor of artist/producer LonPaul Ellrich, who passed away May 7 at the age of 37. All proceeds will benefit an educational trust for Ellrich's son Rupert.
Starting at 5 p.m. Sunday (June 15), an all-ages acoustic show will be held at Second Story near Indianapolis' Fountain Square, featuring the Vulgar Boatmen, Christian Taylor, PJ Christie, Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos' Richard Edwards and Chris Kupersmith and Kenny Childers with drummer Mitch Harris.
Later that evening, a 21-and-over show is set for Indianapolis venue Radio Radio, with performances by MG and the Booker Ts, Uvula, the Pieces, Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, Marmoset, Pravada, Zero Boys and Lines of Nazca.
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-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Acclaimed DJ/producer A-Trak has co-founded a record label (Fool's Gold) and helped launch the career of Chicago rapper Kid Sister, but hasn't slowed down long enough to put out a full record of his own. That will change on June 24, when the Montreal native releases "Running Man: Nike+ Original Run," the fourth installment of the Nike+ Original Run series.
A-Trak wrote the 45-minute album specifically for runners, from warm-up to cool-down, and says the arrangement is "all about pacing. You want to keep (the runner) in the zone, you want to keep his attention."
The album will be available exclusively through iTunes for $9.99 in the Nike Sports Music section. Previously, Nike Sports Music has released running albums by LCD Soundsystem, Aesop Rock and the Crystal Method.
-- Laura Leebove, N.Y.