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Monday Afternoon Music Fix: Led Zeppelin, Portishead, Daft Punk and more


Led On

led-zeppelin-swansong.jpgThose of you waiting on a full-scale reunion tour from Led Zeppelin should find something else to obsess about in 2008. According to Robert Plant’s site , he and Alison Krauss are launching a European tour in May with US dates to follow. In the meantime, here’s the setlist and a couple of vids from last week’s one-off show in London, at which scalped tickets reportedly fetched as much as $168,000 a pair. You investors out there might want to pick up a few shares in eBay.

Set list:

Good Times Bad Times

Ramble On

Black Dog

In My Time of Dying

For Your Life

Trampled Under Foot

Nobody’s Fault But Mine

No Quarter

Since I’ve Been Loving You

Dazed and Confused

Stairway to Heaven

The Song Remains the Same

Misty Mountain Hop


Whole Lotta Love (Encore 1)

Rock and Roll (Encore 2)


“Stairway to Heaven”

As an added bonus, here’s DJ Z-Trip and Galactic taking on “Custard Pie.”

Z-Trip and Galactic: “Zed Tripplen” MP3

Trigger Hippies

Things have been looking bleak for Morcheeba ever since Skye Edwards split in 2003. The trip-hop brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey are giving it another shot after their 2005 disappointment, The Antidote (which featured vocals from Daisy Martey, who is no also longer with the group). Dive Deep is due next month and will feature a number of guest vocalists, including one of my favorite rappers, Cool Calm Pete, on “One Love Karma.” According to the band’s site , the track “will incorporate the world’s first ever recorded fluteboxing, a human beatbox through a flute.” Get a couple of the new tracks at Plague of Angels.

Daft Punk Is Talking at My House, My House

Hipster marketing powerhouses Vice and Scion have joined forces to persuade the robots to doff their helmets and speak. Beginning today, December 17, you can listen to a rare interview with Thomas Bangalter and

Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo of Daft Punk at According to the press release, the French 'droids "elaborate on their career, their film Daft Punk's Electroma, and art in general."

River of Opportunity

Okkervil River is giving away Golden Opportunities at its site. The nine-track mixtape was recorded live on tour and features covers from the likes of Randy Newman and Joni Mitchell as well as a timely new tune, “Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Christmas.” Get it here.


Earlier this month, Portishead played its first proper gigs in almost a decade. Included in the setlist were a few new songs from the upcoming LP3. Deaf Indie Elephants has the entire show from the second night of the ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas Festival, right here.

Sneak Previews

Beach House: “Gila” MP3 courtesty of Pitchfork

Taken from Devotion, due 2/26/08 on Carpark Records

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks: “Baltimore” MP3

Taken from Real Emotional Trash, due 3/4/08 on Matador Records

Hasta Luego

The Music Junkie will be shaking out the carpal tunnel over the next few weeks. See you in 2008.

Sufjan Stevens: “We Wish you a Merry Christmas” MP3 (courtesty of Souds Familyre)

sassy homegirls

The List


Lupe Fiasco, The Cool (Atlantic)


Radiohead, In Rainbows (ATO Records)


Eels, Meet The Eels: Essential Eels/Useless Trinkets 1996-2006 (Geffen)

Magnetic Fields, Distortion (Nonesuch)


Cat Power, Jukebox (Matador)

Super Furry Animals, Hey Venus (Rough Trade)


Joe Jackson, Rain (Ryko)

The Mars Volta, The Bedlam in Goliath (Universal)


Hot Chip, Made in the Dark (Astralwerks)

Nada Surf, Lucky (Rough Trade)

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Jonathan Cunningham