Monthly Archives: February 2009

Brandi Carlile Talks About Her New Record And Preps For Spring Tour

After helping children reconnect with nature by collaborating in the Ask the Planet project, Brandi Carlile is ready to hit the road and debut new songs from her upcoming third album, the follow-up to 2007’s The Story. Trading e-mails with Paste editor-in-chief Josh Jackson, Carlile reported that the new album has been a little arduous but that it’s moving along nicely. “The recording process has been a long one…and by process, I mean, the preliminary process,” she writes. “The actual recording goes really quickly for us and is always pretty spontaneous and fun. After making demos on the road for a year, we spent some time at Rick Rubin’s house playing our songs acoustically in the living room and coming up with arrangements. Then we went into the studio with this really talented guy, Jason Lader, who is an amazing producer/engineer, and two incredible drummers, Victor Indrizzo and Chad Smith. We even cut a track with Pete Thomas! We were even more extreme this time about playing live to tape and really took playing live and overdubbing seriously so that we weren’t having to use Pro Tools at all throughout the recording process. We’re also not totally done yet.” Carlile says that despite the fact it’s a record of new material, fans of her work will likely recognize some of the tracks. “Like The Story, some of the songs have been around,” she says. “I tend to feel really protective of songs, and if they aren’t sitting well in a record, I’ll pull them tight to my chest until I feel it’s a better time. Some of the songs we have been playing on the road for a couple of years as we tend to cultivate our songs on stage.” Fittingly enough, Carlile and her band will be playing all over the U.S. and a little bit abroad. After her performance in Kentucky, Carlile will join Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and Buddy Miller aboard the Cayamo, a 7-day music cruise from Feb. 28 through Mar. 7, before completing the rest of her tour. Carlile warns listeners that they should be prepared for something new and perhaps more than a little epic with the new record. “This record sounds much more reckless than The Story,” she says. “Some songs are so stripped down and intimate you should feel uncomfortable listening to them and some are so giant that Freddie Mercury wouldn’t have put them on A Night at the Opera.” The still-untitled third album will be released sometime this summer or fall and will include at least one high-profile guest. “Amy Ray (of the Indigo Girls) sings on ‘Looking Out,'” Carlile reveals. “She is a real muse for me and I love her voice. She has a voice that isn’t male or female. She can sing with me on a song and it doesn’t matter if it’s a power ballad or a folk song; its gonna sound heavy. I’m also in the process of begging Elton John to play a song with me.”

In the meantime, here are those dates:

21 – Louisville, Ky. @ Whitney Hall

– Philadelphia, Penn. @ World Cafe Live
25 – Annapolis, Md. @ Rams Head On Stage
26 – Alexandria, Va. @ Birchmere Music Hall
28 – Westhampton Beach, N.Y. @ Westhampton Beach PAC
31 – Tarrytown, N.Y. @ Tarrytown Music Hall

1 – Portsmouth, N.H. @ Music Hall
2 – Northampton, Mass. @ Iron Horse
3 – South Portland, Maine @ South Portland Auditorium
4 – New York, N.Y. @ Ethical Center for the Arts
6 – Kent, Ohio @ Kent Stage
8 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lakeshore Theater
9 – Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Pabst Theater
10 – Mankato, Minn. @ Alltel Center
11 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Hoyt Sherman Theatre
14 – Aspen, Colo. @ Wheeler Opera House
16 – Denver, Colo. @ Swallow Hill
17 – Ft. Collins, Colo. @ Aggie Theatre
18 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The State Room
20 – Boise, Idaho @ Knitting Factory
21 – Missoula, Mont. @ The Wilma Theatre
23 – Spokane, Wash. @ Martin Woldson Theatre @ Fox
28 – Bergen, Norway @ Bergen Festival
29 – Oslo, Norway @ John Dee


(Reprinted from Paste Magazine)




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New Favorite iPhone App…Blocked

This fun puzzle app costs only .99 cents and is highly addictive.  Download it HERE and let the madness set in. Beware of level 64. (Thanks Meredith for the tip!)




Pimp My iPhone For $2.4M

It seems like the current financial crisis has not affected the Austrian jeweler Peter Aloisson as he has created the world’s most expensive phone known as “The Apple iPhone 3G Kings Button”.

The Apple iPhone 3G Kings Button’s main operating button is integrated with high quality 6.6 carat diamond. The phone’s body is made of solid 18-carat yellow gold, white gold and rose gold. It s perimeter is surrounded with a white gold line encrusted with a total of 138 brilliant cut diamonds.

The new Apple iPhone 3G‘Kings Button is the most luxurious phone to date. The asking price is a mere $2.41 million. 



3 More Finalists Added To American Idol’s Top 12

25 million people voted Wednesday night, and three more American Idol finalists were announced. 16-year-old Allison Iraheta was the first contestant to be swept into the “Idol” top 12 on Thursday night’s results show. She was followed by surprise pick Kris Allen and self-styled Broadway rocker Adam Lambert.


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CBS Launches Streaming Video App For iPhone

CBS has launched its new application for the iPhone and iPod touch. The new application gives users mobile access to content, including full episodes of CBS TV shows such as CSI and Star Trek, and also features programming from other CBS-owned networks such as Showtime and the CW, as well as videos from Internet properties CNet and GameSpot. The app also lets users add keywords to create their own feed—a custom list of video based on favorite programs, channels, or topics—and will operate on both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. CBS’ application is available now as a free download from the App Store.


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House Prices Compared: What $500,000 Buys Worldwide

The international housing market has practically stalled over the past year and in some countries prices have fallen through the floor. With a considerable drop in prices, now is the ideal time to buy that new home or holiday house. Let’s imagine you are upwardly mobile and have around US$500,000 to invest. It may not stretch as far as it used to, but you can still get some stunning properties in exotic locations. Take a look at THESE gorgeous properties across the globe and see just what you can get for your money.


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Eddie Murphy to Play Richard Pryor

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Eddie Murphy will play legendary comedian Richard Pryor in a new drama called “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?” for director Bill Condon, who’s reuniting with Murphy following their 2006 hit Dreamgirls. Fox Searchlight nabbed the film once The Weinstein Co. put it into turnaround, and Condon is eying a summer 2010 release. The script is said to also feature roles for Pryor’s four ex-wives, as well as Red Foxx.





3D Eyetracking Cellphone

The design firm, TAT showcased this amazing prototype cell phone with a 3 dimensional interface.  Its unique screen design creates the illusion of a multi-layered environment in which icons and pop-ups seem to float.  No word on any production models yet.


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Secret Lives of Comic Store Employees

Superman has Clark Kent. Spider-Man has Peter Parker. But it’s not just superheroes who have secret identities.’s new “Secret Lives” series looks at individuals you encounter every day and reveals a side of them you normally wouldn’t see. What better profession to begin with than the comic store employee?  Click HERE to read the article.



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