Where does the time go? Only minutes before we join that mad Fresno rush-hour traffic, but before we take our lives into our own hands we'd like to leave you with new listings for Elton John, Constantines, Brendan James and Popa Chubby, and links to items about a $20 music player, Eminem album rumors, European Union considering volume limits on personal players, how a disco classic might keep you alive, a few minutes with Donavon Frankenreiter and the extremely busy Arlo Guthrie.
Overnight Sensation …
Today was intern day at the Pollstar.com compound. While the interns slaved away on the following two items scheduled for posting sometime during the next 16 hours, we kicked back in the courtyard, knocked off a couple of kegs and cranked up the jams. But that was today only. That's because the interns go back to Oxford tomorrow. Or is it Harvard?
This Dungen Isn't Damp Or Scary - The eclectic Swedish rock outfit is hitting the road later this month in support of its fourth release, the cleverly titled 4. Free download !
Filter And P.O.D. Conquer Europe - The duo has a late Christmas present in store for fans in the U.K. and Europe: a six-week tour.
You know those SlotMusic cards from SanDisk that come preloaded with music and are priced at almost $15 each? The company has just released a $20 player to go with them. That's right. 20 bucks. We have earbuds that cost more than that - InformationWeek
Will Eminem release a new album next month? Or is the real Slim Shady just goofing with us? - Los Angeles Times / Pop & Hiss (registration may be required)
If Europeans don't turn down the volume on their music players, the European Union might do it for them - The Times Online
Doctors believe the Bee Gees' disco classic, "Stayin' Alive" could help keep you alive. Still no word on whether "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" is recommended for listening while undergoing cardiac surgery - Reuters
Is Donavon Frankenreiter a music artist who loves to surf? Or is he a surfer who loves to make music? - The Washington Post
How busy is Arlo Guthrie these days? Apparently too busy to finish his latest album - St. Catherines Standard
Dates, Dates & More Dates …
Canadian indie band Constantines make the final update deadline this afternoon with new listings for December. Look for the boys playing T.T. Bears in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the 5th, Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury, Connecticut, on the 6th, Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York, on the 7th and Bedrock in Baltimore, Maryland, on the 9th. Other new stops include Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Chicago.
Elton John has lined up February dates for his residency at the Colosseum At Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. New dates include February 2 - 4, 6 - 8, 10 - 11, and 13 - 15. Elton also adds a June 13 date in Bristol, England, at the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.
Speaking of piano players, Brendan James slots a round of nightclubs and theatres for November. Details include the 8th in Augusta, Georgia, at Fort Discovery Theatre. Columbia, South Carolina, at the New Brookland Tavern is scheduled for the 12th and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Club Cafe is slotted for the 19th.
And a couple of 2009 dates for Popa Chubby landed on our loading dock this afternoon - January 23 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, at Chan's and March 27 in Forli, Italy, at Naima.
During the day we also updated the schedules for Evergreen Terrace, Meat Loaf, Wynonna, Underoath, Kathleen Edwards, Pat Metheny Group, Tony Orlando, Franz Ferdinand, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Prodigy, Oasis, Ra Ra Riot, Ice Cube, The Manhattan Transfer, Three Dog Night, The Lost Trailers, Seasick Steve, Maceo Parker, The Benjy Davis Project, Average White Band, plus a few where we made up the band names. You know. Just to see if you were paying attention.
And that's a wrap for today. Thank you for your patronage and we hope you can join us again tomorrow for another romp through the all the wonderful concert data that makes life worth living. G'night!