Mogwai’s coast-to-coast summer tour

With the re-release of 1997’s Young Team now in stores (now with bonus tracks!), Scotland’s favorite instrumentalists Mogwai are returning to the U.S. for a run of dates in September. A new EP from the band will be available during that tour as well. The tour takes the band from Portland, Oregon to Boston with many stops in between.

Here are the dates (boo! nothing in Ohio)

09.03.08 – Portland, OR (Music Fest NW)
09.04.08 – Seattle, WA (Showbox)
09.05.08 – Victoria, BC (Element Victoria)
09.06.08 – Vancouver, BC (Commodore Ballroom)
09.08.08 – San Francisco, CA (The Grand Ballroom)
09.09.08 – Los Angeles, CA (Wiltern Theatre)
09.10.08 – Tucson, AZ (The Rialto)
09.12.08 – Austin, TX (Stubbs Waller Creek)
09.13.08 – Dallas, TX (Granada Theatre)
09.15.08 – Atlanta, GA (Variety Playhouse)
09.16.08 – Richmond, VA (The National Richmond)
09.17.08 – Washington, DC (9:30 Club Washington)
09.18.08 – New York, NY (Terminal 5)
09.19.08 – Philadelphia, PA (Starlight Ballroom)
09.21.08 – Catskills, NY (ATP)
09.22.08 – Boston, MA (Wilbur Theatre)
09.23.08 – Montreal, QC (Metropolis)
09.25.08 – Pontiac, MI (The Crofoot)
09.26.08 – Chicago, IL (Congress Theatre)
09.27.08 – Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)

If Menudo can do it, why can’t Kiss?

Is Gene Simmons looking to turn KISS into a franchise? Perhaps. At the very least you’ve got to believe he’s thinking about creating a reality TV show looking for the new members of KISS who will replace the current band members, himself and Paul Stanley included. Paul’s not exactly on board at this stage in the game.

Bring the noise – Melvins to tour

I saw the Melvins once. They were sandwiched between two bands I really wanted to see, Skeleton Key and Tomahawk. I couldn’t find a corner far enough away from the stage to escape the noise they were creating. That was then, this is now. I still have never given a Melvins record a spin though based on some stuff that I’ve recently admitted to liking, friends tell me I’d dig the Melvins. Anybody have any suggestions of a good record to start with?

Here are some tour dates they’ve got lined up to support Nude with Boots due out early next month.

Jul. 16, 2008  Santa Barbara,CA @ Velvet Jones w/ Big Business
Jul. 17, 2008  Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk w/ Big Business
Jul. 18, 2008  San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s w/ Big Business
Jul. 19, 2008  Reno, NV @ Club Underground w/ Big Business
Jul. 21, 2008  Modesto, CA @ Fat Cat w/ Big Business
Jul. 26, 2008  Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
Jul. 29, 2008  Teton Village,WY @ Mangy Moose w/ Big Business
Jul. 31, 2008  Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre w/ Big Business
Aug. 3, 2008  Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ Big Business
Aug. 4, 2008  Chicago, IL @ Double Door w/ Big Business
Aug. 5, 2008  Detroit, MI @ Small’s w/ Big Business
Aug. 6, 2008  Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Big Business
Aug. 7, 2008  Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom w/ Big Business
Aug. 9, 2008  Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club w/ Big Business
Aug. 10, 2008  Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street w/ Big Business
Aug. 12, 2008  New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place w/ Big Business
Aug. 13, 2008  Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/Big Business
Aug. 14, 2008  New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Big Business
Aug. 15, 2008  Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Big Business
Aug. 16, 2008  Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle w/ Big Business
Aug. 17, 2008  Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn w/ Big Business
Aug. 18, 2008  Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club w/ Big Business
Aug. 20, 2008  New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks w/ Big Busine

LOST (alternate endings)

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I’m fairly certain the writers/producers knew 100% who was going to be in the coffin but they probably shot these scenes just to have some extra footage that they could put out there that would get people speculating. I don’t think it was a last minute decision of “Hmm, which one should we go with?”