Wednesday, August 31, 2005

New and Fiery

Alright so I got ahold of the forthcoming Fiery Furnaces album Rehearsing My Choir and I gotta say it is definitely their weirdest yet. I knew I'd be wary of the grandmother factor but this one blew me away. Olga Santos, the Friedbergers' gradnmother, doesn't so much sing on the album as she talks over the music. I notice there's a lot less guitars on this album and a lot, a lot more piano/keyboard bits. There's even one bit that reminds me of the sounds at the beginning of The Unicorns' "I Don't Wanna Die."

Anyway I am sure that there will be another giant fight over the Furnaces: are they geniuses or just plain awful? After this one we may hear more of the latter.

(Follow links)
The Wayfaring Granddaughter
Forty Eight Twenty Three Twenty-Second Street

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Not Actually Arctic

I've seen a few blogs mention The Arctic Monkeys but I never really took much notice. I thought they were a nice enough band. My sister says she got their CD and I think she likes it. She asked me if I'd heard of them and so I went back and found the mp3's I'd downloaded and sure enough, they started growing on me more.

I hope you know by know I'm horrible at explaining the style of a band or their history or anything. Pretty much I think that if I throw up a picture and some mp3s you will have faith in me to download the mp3s and love the bands that sing them. Am I right? I hope so. Oh, would it help to tell you that they're signed to Domino Records (yes that Franz FerdinandSonsandDaughters Domino Records)
Alsooo I know about 823 billion people took part in Gorilla Vs. Bear's Death Cab for Cutie contest aaaand I'm going to have a contest soon as soon as I can come up with some good contest thing. No it's not copying. No it's not. No. Stop it.

When the Sun Goes Down
A Certain Romance
Mardy Bum
Scummy
I Bet You Look Good on That Dancefloor

AIH on WOXY

I'd like to thank Indie Surfer Blog for pointing us Internet users in the right direction to a live performance of everyone's favorite Australians Architecture in Helsinki on Ohio radio station WOXY.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Tracy Greenwood


Alright alright I may have already posted about them but they are waaay worth another post.

Tracy + the Plastics is, contrary to the name, only one person not even named Tracy. Wynne Greenwood plays the parts of Tracy and the Plastics, Nikki and Cola. See, Tracy + the Plastics are one of those bands, you know, the artsy ones. Well at shows Greenwood performs on stage in front of a screen on which is projected her edited video of Nikki and Cola (who are, again, Greenwood) as her back-up band. I may have made it sound confusing but it really isn't.

I'm posting about them because now that I live in Utah I will have to rely on Salt Lake City as my salvation for shows. There are only a few venues from what I've seen that nationwide artists come through. One of them, Kilby Court, says Tracy + the Plastics are playing there on September 16th. I haven't been able to find any information to verify that but if you happen to be in the area I recommend you scope it out as a possible show.

City
Henrietta
Dawn Feather

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Le Buck 65

Yeah I know. White kids talkin about rapping. It's different though when the rapper's white too, right? I mean, people can obsess over Eminem so why can't I rave about a white Canadian rapper? Yeah don't worry I will.

Anyway I can't remember if I ever talked about Richard Terfry but I think he's amazing. His rap moniker is Buck 65 and he is indeed from Canada. I saw him at SXSW this last year opening for Saul Williams. It's just him and his turn table, a portable CD player and glitter in his pockets. He would use the glitter for an awing effect. It was great. His lyrics are amazing and uuhh yeah. Haha anyway he just had a CD come out at the end of June called Secret House Against the World. I haven't gotten it yet but I've found some mp3s from it and I like what I hear.

Roughouse Blues
Le 65 is Me
Devil's Eyes

Watch the video for "Kennedy Killed the Hat"

New Decemberists Tracks


Okay so this is a bit of thieving from the Decemberists Message Board but hey, I know some of you don't go there but you should. They always got nice stuff.

Anyway, at his latest dates, Colin Meloy has unveiled a few new tracks that might be next-album fodder or just songs. Anyway they're both really good, one's even about the infamous Shankill Butchers in Ireleand. Spooky stuff, a bit like their "A Cautionary Tale" except more gruesome.

None of the track titles are absolutely positive.
Julianne
Valencia
Shankill Butchers

In case you missed it, You Ain't No Picasso has the Decemberists and Death Cab for Cutie covering Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way"

Saturday, August 27, 2005

so sorry

I'm trying to fix my blog. Whenever I looked at it it was messed up so I changed the template and now the sidebar's alll the way at the bottom and not where I want it and oooooh my goodness I don't know what to do. Oh well. Bear with me.

Tim Seely

Okay so you may or may not have heard about a band called The Actual Tigers. I heard of them from somewhere or another bought their only CD Gravelled & Green back in 2001 and liked it lots. Well that band split up and its songwriter, Tim Seely, has just recently released his solo CD Funeral Music. It's been getting play on KEXP and I can't wait to get a copy.

Songs from Gravelled & Green:
Shades of Brown
Halfway House
Time and Space

Songs from Funeral Music:
On Film I Play Myself
Lady Luck
Sometimes a Fool

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Jumpers!

You can go take a gander at Sleater-Kinney's new video for their song "Jumpers" at MySpace. Check it here.

Quickie

Okay a quick one because I'm zooooo busy.
These are from the Devendra Banhart/Xiu Xiu split 7" that was just released on Kill Rock Stars last week. PLEASE BUY IT. Please. Since it's vinyl I don't feel bad about putting these up so you can have them in your digital collection but pleeaaase buy it and support them. If you don't you might just be a bad person.

Follow link on both.
Devendra Banhart-Support Our Troops (Xiu Xiu cover)
Xiu Xiu-Body Breaks (Devendra Banhart cover)

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Awfull

I know this is awful because I haven't made a post since Friday and that one was terrible and filled with typos and blah blah blah anyway I'm now situated in Utah with internet.

Real update maybe tomorrow if I can read all my fave mp3 blogs so I don't overly-regurgitate everything they say.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Adios

Alright so this is going to be my sign-out post. I'm moving up to Utah this next weekend/week for college so I won't be able to get on again to post, maybe until next Thursday hopefully. Anyway, be sure to check out my links to satiate your need for music. Here's some of my top picks (don't be offended):

Brooklyn Vegan
Chromewaves
Funtime OK
Gorilla vs Bear
Molars
So Much Silence
Stereogum
That Girl Needs Therapy
Yeti Don't Dance
You Ain't Nop Picasso

And for celebrity gossip, all you need is 0 comments

Thursday, August 18, 2005

New Wooden Wand

I was supplied with the new Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice CD Buck Dharma the other day. It's a bit hard to listen to. It's a lot of spacy noise and there's nothing straightforward about it. That's a good thing, but I can see putting it on as background noise if I was abstract painting or something. It's a bit strange. And you know I can't find a tracklisting anywhere for it. I did find the cover art though and that's something.

Their promoter has a really really long bio if you want to read it.

MP3's
WWVV-Return of the Nose (c/o The Selector) from their Troubleman album Xiao
WWVV-Risen From the Ashes (yeah I posted this before, what of it?)
WWVV-I Am the One I Am & He is the Caretaker of My Heart (that's the real title)

Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice will be on tour this fall with Alasdair Roberts. (maybe they'll be there?)
* w/ Alasdair Roberts (Drag City)
08/19 New York, NY Cake Shop
08/20 New York, NY East River Music Project
08/31 Somerville, MA PA's Lounge*
09/01 Martha's Vineyard, MA TBA*
09/03 New York, NY Mercury Lounge*
09/06 Columbus, OH Bourbon Street*
09/07 Cincinnati, OH Northside Bar*
09/08 Columbia, MO Ragtag Cinema*
09/09 Lawrence, KS TBA*
09/11 Denver, CO Hi-Dive*
09/12 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge*
09/14 Oakland, CA 21 Grand*
09/15 San Francisco, CA Hemlock Tavern*
09/16 Big Sur, CA Fernwood Lodge*
09/17 Los Angeles, CA TBA*
09/18 Los Angeles, CA TBA*
09/19 San Diego, CA Voltaire*
09/21 Tucson, AZ Club Congress*
09/23 Austin, TX TBA*

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

New Franz

Okay okay I know you've seen this all day but c'mon it's my turn!

Alright this is the new Franz track "Do You Want To" ripped straight from the video. It's the best quality around that I've heard.

Do You Want To

My take on it: it doesn't sound like real people made this track. It's too...synthetic I guess. I can't imagine them playing it live but I bet they will!

Oh yeah, the video. (right click, save as)

Voxtrot 7-Incher


The new Voxtrot 7" for the song "Raised By Wolves" has been added to the shop at Magic Marker Records. This here picture on the left is the cover art (so very Texan) and they information says that it's backed with the song "They Never Mean What They Say."

I don't think you can exactly order it just yet because it says the album isn't on file but soon!

Anyway I just thought there might be some fans like me anxious for this release.

Central Village has a Voxtrot song I hadn't heard before called "Whiskey" and the song "Wrecking Force" from their debut EP.

Here's their September tour dates lest you forgot...
Sat 3 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room w/ The Hourly Radio
Sat 3 - Dallas, TX @ Good Records [FREE early instore]
Fri 9 - Austin, TX @ Emo's [FREE SHOW]
Fri 16 - New York, NY @ Piano's [KEXP / Fuckno CMJ day party]
Fri 16 - New York, NY - CMJ showcase [TBA]
Sat 17 - New York @ Rothko [SESAC / CMJ day party] w/ Elkland, Benzos, Hot IQs

Futureheads B-Sides

I've found these few B-sides and things by the Futureheads that I thought you all might like. I saw them for the first time at SXSW and was pretty blown away. They've got a lot of energy live so if yu have the chance definitely see them.
The first one is on the "Fit But You Know It" single and the other two are actually available on their website.

The Streets-Fit But You Know It (Featuring the Futureheads)
Remote Control
Piece of Crap

And here's their performance at KVRX.
Decent Days and Nights
Alms
Piece of Crap
Carnival Kids

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Big Fat Numbers

Yeah so everyone might just remember the Magic Numbers in a few years for being that band that walked off Top of the Pops because someone said they were fat. Even though I don't think that's what realent down. They're probably just really really sensitive and we all ought to be cautious of using certain discriminating adjectives 'round them.

Anyway it's a shame they got this publicity because that's the first time I decided to look into them. Yeah I know their album is Mercury nominated. That should've been enough to get me to even think about wanting to hear their music. Nope it's because they're quasi-divas. Okay that's mean. I forgive them for being sensitive because their music is quite decent.

Mornings Eleven
Love Me Like You
This Love (was I secretly hoping this was a cover of that awful Maroon 5 song? I don't think so)

Monday, August 15, 2005

Jeff Hanson


Some people find Jeff Hanson's voice disarming, alarming, putting-off, and generally girly. I know you've heard him by now, he seems to be the curious sideshow in the always happening indie world.

Well, Jeff Hanson does sing like a girl and I find it endearing. His second self-titled album was released earlier in the year on, you guessed it, Kill Rock Stars Records. His first album, Son was released a year or two ago. They're both very simple voice-and-guitar CDs but very melody driven. His voice takes the center stage of all songs due to it's uniqueness. He uses it to its greatest advantage and comes off as a talented songwriter a stone's throw away from the rest of that crowd.

Hiding Behind the Moon
Just Like Me
This Time It Will
Now We Know

Le Tig/GT!!!!

My sister goes to a lot more shows than some people I know. She gets to go to cool shows I don't get to go to because I live too far away. Luckily she had my camera to document a couple of these shows.

One is the Elecetrelane/Le Tigre show I mentioned ages ago and the other was the Gravy Train!!!! show from this past Sunday. Both sounded stupdenous and the pictures prove it.

Check them out at my Photobucket album.

Le Tigre
Deceptacon
Les and Ray
Get Off the Internet

Gravy Train!!!!
Kotton Mouth BJ
Doubledecker Supreme
You Made Me Gay

Friday, August 12, 2005

Dirty Projectors Video

Check out this incredibly awesome video that the Dirty Projectors just finished for the song "I Won't Truck"


Seriously it's just awesome.
View it with Quicktime or if that doesn't work, try here.

Buy their album The Getty Address from Western Vinyl.

See them on tour with Thanksgiving.

Minus The Bear

So a lot of people have already heard of Minus the Bear. I hadn't until I found out that they're going to be touring around with Thunderbirds Are Now! this fall. That caught my eye. And the fact that they have a new album Menos El Oso coming out soon. Sounds like the perfect time to dig into them, right? Yeah okay they have funny song titles and stuff which is always amusing but it's just plain good music and I like that. Here you go, including a couple from the new album.

The Game Needed Me
Hooray
Drop it Like It's Hot
Monkey!!!Knife!!!Fight!!!
Just Kickin' it Like a Wild Donkey

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Okkervil River Live on KEXP

I like Okkervil River's latest Black Sheep Boy quite a bit. This is their performance on KEXP back in May.

Intro
Some Weird Sin
For Real
Song for Our So-Called Friends
Interview Pt 1
Get Big
The Latest Toughs

Thanks to Jameson Scriber.com

Shins Live!

Alright the Shins are continually picking dates to play in Texas when I'm elsewhere or otherwise occupied. It's a good thing for bootlegs then. For me and for you!

This directory has two full Shins performances (in Cambridge and at Stubb's in Austin) and a solo set by James Mercer at the Moonshine Festival last October.

Just what are those Shins up to? Well according to their website, they've been becoming fathers of children and dogs, spending time with loved ones, and moving into new houses. They also say that James Mercer is working on some new tunes and they will be "spending the majority of the rest of the summer, and part of the fall putting all of the songs together...making sure the record lives up to everyones expectations." Aww that's kind of them.

They've also just shot two videos for the song "Saint Simon": one will be a more traditional music video and the other is a performance for the next installment of the Burn to Shine series, "an ongoing series of films shot of different bands from a particular region showing up to perform one song live without overdubs or corrections, in a house that is about to be demolished." Sounds nifty. This edition will also feature performances from The Thermals and The Decmberists.

They're also opening for the White Stripes at some dates, and they're going to be part of that Vegoose Festival in Las Vegas.

09-24 - Keyspan Park in Coney Island, NY
09-25 - Keyspan Park in Coney Island, NY
09-27 - Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD
10-29 - Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV

Totally off-topic, Molars has the cover art for Wolf Parade's Apologies to the Queen Mary.

FF's

Soo thanks to Fluxblog we all have an aural gander of the Fiery Furnaces take on the Beatles' track "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)". Some people aren't too satisfied with it (check Fluxblog's comments), but I think it's alright. Mind I'll be a fan of mostly everything those Friedbergers will do. The things we go through for love.

So, we all know thanks to Pitchfork that the Friedbergers have a new album coming out this fall called Rehearsing My Choir. Yeah this is the one with their grandma. And yes I, like you, am interested to see whether they bring their grandmother on tour with them. I've seen the FF's twice and I think that both times their parents were at the shows. So obviously they already have family on tour so what's another family member, this time on stage?

Also, MTV says they've just finished their other album Bitter Tea and it should be coming out early next year. They describe it as "a nice record with bright, love songs... a newfangled version of the synthesizer-heavy music from the Who's 1975 'Tommy' film, and an 'old-time '20s version of Devo' with mandolin orchestras." Yeah okay.

Oh I also hear that their drummer, Andy Knowles, is going to be drumming for Franz Ferdinand this fall because Franz's drummer Paul Thompson is picking up the guitar this time around leaving the drumkit vacant. Oh and wait you already heard The Franz have a song on their record called "Eleanor Put Your Boots Back On" and yeah it's about Eleanor Friedberger. As far as we know.

Here's their fall tour dates:
09/20 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club w/ The Double
09/21 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
09/23 Houston, TX Mary Jane's Fat Cat w/Dungen
09/24 Austin, TX Zilker Park [ACL Festival]
09/28 Tucson, AZ Solar Culture Center
09/29 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
09/30 San Francisco, CA Café du Nord
10/01 San Francisco, CA Café du Nord
10/02 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
10/03 Seattle, WA Neumo's w/Dungen
10/06 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe
10/07 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium
10/08 Columbus, OH Wexner Center
10/10 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
10/12 Boston, MA Museum of Fine Arts
10/13 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
10/14 New York, NY Town Hall
10/15 Washington, DC Black Cat
10/21-22 Reykyavik, Iceland Iceland Airwaves Festival

Rehearsing My Choir (live at the 9:30 club)
Chris Michaels
Single Again
Tropical Iceland (acoustic)
One More Time (Clash cover)

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Faint Mixes

Okay just tell me when this gets too much. I just keep findin' remixes and I like them a lot so here goes. Hopefully I'll put up some meatier content later today...

THE FAINT REMIXES
Yeah they did the whole album remix thing already but there's plenty of remixes out there. And a Talking Head cover.

So Sexual (Death Cab mix)
Agenda Suicide (Fake ID Mix)
Glass Dance (Caz10 Xtended Mix)
Cars Pass in Cold Blood (Recordist Remix)
Agenda Suicide (adult. remix)
Call Call (Club Mix)

Get even more at their official site.

Psycho Killer (Talking Heads cover, live)

Oh and here's a really awul quality version of the Faint's cover of Neutral Milk Hotel's "Holland 1945" that they played this spring while on tour with Bright Eyes.
Holland 1945 (follow link)

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Postal Service Stuff


Soo I've been finding a lot of remixes of stuff today. So you reap the benefit! Now it's Postal Service. You know you love them.

Such Great Heights (John Tejada Remix)
We Will Become Silhouettes (DJ Vitamin D Remix)
Nothing Better (Styrofoam Remix)

Bonus! Extra songs/covers
Be Still My Heart
Against All Odds
The Shins-We Will Become Silhouettes
Suddenly Everything Has Changed (Flaming Lips cover) (follow link)

Yeah okay that wasn't much. Whaddya expect?

EDIT: Sorry 'bout those links that didn't work. Thanks to Brian for pointing it out.

More Voxtrot

Voxtrot e-mailed me with a lotta news and because I love 'em somethin' fierce I'm gonna copy and paste it here all for you. With testimonials and all!

2 NY shows, this week!
August
Thu 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Magnetic Field w/ The Consultants, The Mugs
http://www.magneticbrooklyn.com/calendar.php
Fri 12 - New York, NY @ Rothko w/ Domino, Au Revoir Simone, Aero Wave
http://www.ticketweb.com/user/?region=nyc&query=detail&event=617991

If you're not familiar with the band, the best place to check them out at the moment is - http://www.myspace.com/voxtrot

http://www.voxtrot.net
is temporarily down due to exceeding bandwidth limits, but check back in a day and it should hopefully be sorted out, fingers crossed.

“Voxtrot have been taking the indie world by storm lately, and after hearing this EP - it's quite easy to see why!" - Indiepages, August 2005

"The brevity of Raised By Wolves is it's only flaw; after being so quickly and thoroughly charmed, you'll definitely want more." - Mundane Sounds, August 2005

"The future is promising indeed for Voxtrot, Austin's answer to precious, literate pop. Their debut EP falls somewhere between ‘name that Smiths song’ and toe-tapping, Anglophiliac twee-pop perfection.” – Austin Chronicle, April 2004

"Voxtrot saved my cat from a tree. They seriously sang it down! It was beautiful and I wish I'd had my DVR Camcorder with me so I could show the world!" -Dreams of Horses, August 2005

"Voxtrot is the real deal... Think Cure, Elkland, Smiths, Bloc Party, Killers, Bravery, Roy Orbison(?!)...just about everything good all tied up into one little package. They were superb live, and were able to fill Rothko up to capacity, a task I've only seen done before by The Secret Machines and The Futureheads. Bravo." - Centralvillage, January 2005

"Like the lost offspring of the Smiths and the Pale Saints, Voxtrot offer a hefty production. Their music, like The Dears', is laden with multiple guitars, the occasional waft of strings, and the sweetest vocals since the early '90s, when twee crumpets and adolescent angst fresh from English townsinvaded the States." - See You In The Pit, March 2005

"Dashing through the decades like a groupie on speed, longtime Austin fivepiece Voxtrot takes elements from Gang of Four, Joy Division, the Smiths, and R.E.M., rubs them up in a tight little ball, and bounces it on the hi-hat in rhythm." - SXSW Picks & Sleepers, Austin Chronicle 2005

VOXTROT
--
AUGUST
Tue 2 - Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
Wed 3 - Omaha, NE @ O'Leavers
Thu 4 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Wonderful Smith, Le Concorde
Fri 5 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Mon 8 - Washington, DC @ Velvet Lounge w/ Palomar, Pico
Wed 10 - Sommerville, MA @ P.A.'s Lounge
Thu 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Magnetic Field w/ The Consultants, The Mugs
Fri 12 - New York, NY @ Rothko w/ Domino, Au Revoir Simone, Aero Wave
Sat 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Millcreek Tavern
SEPTEMBER
Sat 3 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room w/ Hourly Radio
Fri 9 - Austin, TX @ Emo's [FREE SHOW]

Fri 16 - New York @ Piano's [KEXP / Fuckno CMJ day party]
Sat 17 - New York @ Rothko [SESAC / CMJ day party] w/ Elkland, Benzos, Hot IQs

now:
• Raised By Wolves CDEP [Cult Hero] - OUT NOW!
• "The Start Of Something" [Bus Stop/Cult Hero] 7" available
• full US tour - summer 2005
coming up:
• "Raised By Wolves" 7" [Magic Marker] - August 2005
• Now + Then #4 compilation [Greece - w/ Brian Jonestown Massacre, Magnolia Electric Co., etc]
• full US tour - fall 2005
--
http://www.voxtrot.net/
http://www.myspace.com/voxtrot
http://www.cultherorecords.com/
http://www.busstoplabel.com/
http://www.magicmarkerrecords.com/

Killers Get Stripped, Remixed


Okay so this is one of those easy posts where I post mp3's and you download them with glee. Yeah that kind.

Mr Brightside (acoustic)
Mr Brightside (Jaques Lu Conts Thin White Duke Dub Mix)
Smile Like You Mean It (Fischerspooner Remix)
Somebody Told Me (Insider Remix)

(Is this a cop-out?)

Looocal

So today I was going to do a little itty bitty post on local artists but I can't find any mp3's for any of the two good bands I've heard from around here.

I live in Tyler, TX and it's pretty much a cultural wasteland. There are several bands that play around here and gather a fanbase but most of them suck pretty hard. A lot of the bands describe themselves as "(blank)-core" from hardcore to grindcore to dancecore to cuddlecore (seriously it's that bad). But in the past month or so I've discovered a few good local bands that have a lot of potential to be something better. If they do get big, I think they'll both have to change their names.
The horribly uncomfortable thing about this is I know people in both of these bands so it feels like I'm whoring them, which I guess I am to some but I don't mean to.

Knifight is this one guy named John. He's really nice and has the Sam Beam Beard but doesn't sport Beam's style. Instead he takes on a drastically different persona. Hidden behind a laptop he creates a lot of weird beats and sounds. He once even played with my chemistry teacher. Anyway, one of his favorite things to do is to loop audio from movies and sort of distort it into something completely different. Visit his Myspace to hear some songs. I don't think he has a CD or anything but I see a lot of people around town wearing Knifight shirts.

This next band is a bit ridiculous. The Artful Dodger has been around for about a month and a half and have only played a few shows. My friend plays the cello for them. Yeah they have 12 people in the band. A lot of people have been ofling their success and everything, but I think they may just be a bit blinded by the fact that they can fit twelve people with their instruments on one stage and still sound good. And I don't think a lot of people have heard that kind of thing around here. I saw them play last weekend for a Muscular Dystrophy benefit. Everyone told me they sounded like Bright Eyes, but I found that sort of unfounded. I think it's the 12 people thing speaking to them. The singer's voice reminded me a lot of Damien Rice, ecept maybe a little more constrained and it isn't raised as much. The music actually Visit their MySpace to...look at pictures? They had a CD at the show but they only made 50 and they had to make a waiting list blah blah I hear the quality wasn't too good. They actually did a Knifight cover at the show. Cuddly huh? EDIT: They actually put up some mp3's on their MySpace so go listen to them. They sound pretty good.

Okay uhh this post is sorta crap because there's little to listen to and you'll probably never see these bands live unless you move here and I don't really recommend that.

I promise there'll be a better post later.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Sleater-Kinney Covers Everyone

I know you've been craaving some Sleater-Kinney live covers, haven't you? Just admit it. Stop denying yourself. You're sick. Sick sick sick. Okay I didn't compile these or upload them or anything, all credit goes to "sleater_kittie" from the sleater-kinney.net forum. Thanks a bunch. We will all love. Alright here they are.
Part 1 contains:
1. Hunger Strike w/ Pearl Jam
2. Leaving Here w/ Pearl Jam
3. Rockin In The Free World w/ Pearl Jam
4. Fortunate Son w/ Pearl Jam
5. American Ruse
6. Promised Land
7. Private Idaho
8. Dude Looks Like A Lady
9. Mother
10. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight

These ones couldn't fit in that file so it only has three, but at least they are a good three.
1. Tommy Gun
2. Rock Lobster
3. White Rabbit
DOWNLOAD HERE

This one wasn't in the files but it should be but it isn't and because I know you are deleriously hoping for some Black Sabbath today, I shall give.
Sleater-Kinney & The Flaming Lips-War Pigs (Live at Madison Square Garden 12/31/04) (c/o "theupwelling" from the s-k.net forum)(follow link)

Thursday, August 04, 2005

States' Rights

You know, the Pacific Northwest sure does have a lot of good record labels going on. Another one I've recently stumbled upon is the historically-minded States Rights Records.

I don't remember exactly how I found them but I'm glad I did. I'm soon going to buy their new compilation "Bro Zone" if not mainly for the cool factor of getting a packet of Kool-Aid with a CD. Here's what they have to say:

"It's a summer time jam that features 30 blazing new tracks from 26 artists. It features so many awesome dudes such as States Rights stalwarts like Bobby Birdman, Dirty Projectors, Lucky Dragons, YACHT, Manta, Franz Prichard, Thanksgiving, Little Wings. Plus other amazing artists like Parenthetical Girls, Paper, Dear Nora, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Golden Shoulders, and The Kallikak Family. Plus new faces like Hooliganship, Jib Kidder, Atole, World, Cains & Abels, Kanda, S. American Agriculture and more."

Now, that sounds like a good compilation to me. And to seal the deal, the thing's only $5!! Or free when you order something else from them! Ridiculously cool.

Anyway, I guess it was through the Dirty Projectors that I found out about this awesome label. Also, I'd heard of Bobby Birdman before because of his work with Hush Records. He's one of the biggest people they have on there it seems. I also was surprised to see The Watery Graves on there. I'd seen and heard them once before from a warehouse show they played with Colin Meloy in 2001 or so.

From the Bro Zone compilation:
Bobby Birdman-I've Been Away
Hooliganship-Tropycal
Assorted mp3's from SRR.
Thanksgiving-The Ghost and the Eyes
Little Wings-Come Alone
YACHT-Remember What This Feels Like
YACHT-Sometimes I Doubt Your Commitment to Sparkle Motion
The Phallacees-Mount Fuji (featuring Dave Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors)

These are a couple songs Bobby Birdman covered on a digital camera.
Wonderful Tonight live at a karaoke bar
Runaway live from a chapel at Reed college

Flowers Gets Hitched

Yeah okay I'm probably the last to say this but Contact Music says that The Killers' lead singer Brandon Flowers got married over the weekend to his long-time girlfriend.

"The 'Smile Like You Mean It' star wanted minimum attention while marrying his beloved Tana Munblowsky, a retail manager of trendy clothing store Urban Outfitters in Flowers' home town of Las Vegas, Nevada.

And the star even snubbed cheeky Sir Elton John who was desperate to attend the nuptials, refusing to give him an invitation when he met the rocker earlier this year."

Also, according to Island Records, they'll be re-releasing Hot Fuss with the additional bonus tracks

"On August 16th, the Killers will release a special album titled, HOT FUSS LIMITED EDITION, which will include 3 bonus tracks ("Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll", "The Ballad of Michael Valentine" and "Under The Gun") and special artwork never released before in the United States! The album will be available in stores and digitally on iTunes on 8/16."

Under the Gun (follow link)
The Ballad of Michael Valentine (follow link)
Somebody Told Me

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

HDD August


Alright so here's all the coolest shows goin' down (and there sure are a ton of them) in August in the Dallas area. All shows are taken from the NTX List.

August 2 - Need New Body/Pit er Pat/notes from the underground @ Hailey's
August 3 - Neva Dinova/Mayday @ Hailey's
August 4 - Glass Candy/Faux Fox/Danava/The Gash @ Rubber Gloves
August 5 - Pelican/Big Business/ @ Club Clearview
August 6 - Holly Golightly/Tom Heinl/Happy Bullets @ Gypsy Tea Room
Dance Disaster Movement/Kill Me Tomorrow @ Hailey's
Fishboy/Red Pony Clock @ Rubber Gloves
August 7 - Gravy Train!!!!/V.I.P./The Nizards/LoTek @ Rubber Gloves
August 12 - The Rosebuds/Get Him Eat Him @ Rubber Gloves
August 12 - Rocket Summer/Hellogoodbye/Austin TV @ Trees
August 13 - Brian Jonestown Massacre @ Good Records
Brian Jonestown Massacre/The Quarter After/Innaway @ Trees
August 15 - Scout Niblett/Chris Simpson @ Dan's Silverleaf
John Legend/Common/De La Soul hosted by Rahzel w/Dj JS-1 @ Gypsy Tea Room
August 17 - The Killers/Louis XIV @ Nokia Theater
August 18 - Koufax/Limbeck/Man Factory @ Wreck Room
August 25 - The Redwalls/The Colour/OK go @ Gypsy Tea Room
August 26 - Partyline (alison of Bratmobile)/Shenna Militia/Beat Down @ Rubber Gloves
The Knitters/Phranc @ Sons of Hermann
August 27 - The Wrens/Jim Yoshii Pile Up/Hogpig @ Hailey's
The Paper Chase/The Appleseed Cast/Criteria/Sybris @ Trees
August 30 - City on Film/Jeff Hanson @ Rubber Gloves

Boooooze

A clever name is always a start. A historically-centered clever? Extra super bonus points. John Wilkes Booze are made, huh? That and they're KRS flunkies.

Formerly the John Wilkes Booze Explosion, John Wilkes Booze is a six-piece soul band from Bloomington, Indiana. The band features/has featured the talents of some ex-members of the Impossible Shapes, Unstable Ensemble, The Devil is Electric, and Songs: Ohia. Their first album for KRS, The Five Pillars of Soul was a collection of five prior EPs dedicated to five figures whom the band believed contributed much to the genre of soul.

Their new album Telescopic Eyes Glance the Future Sick is going to be released this fall on Kill Rock Stars.

War Drums
So Much Mahal
Sweetback's Gonna Make It
White Guilt
See Through Sound
Has the Devil Got Me Drinking?

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Tour Tour Touring



Welcome to the Midwest has very nicely put up Sufjan Stevens' entire show at the Bluebird in Denver from Saturday. He was also very generous to rip Sufjan's song from the upcoming Rubber Soul tribute.

Go to the official site for that compilation here. (It's being released by the same people who do the Kidz Bop CDs?)

Check out So Much Silence for a review of Sufjan in Arizona and pictures of the Illinoisemakers making a human pyramid!

The Nation and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! have added some more tour dates, including a stop in Dallas (CYHSY only)
denotes dates supporting The National * denotes a closed show for students only

09/01 Bronxville, NY @ Sarah Lawrence College All Ages *
09/02 Montreal, QC @ Main Hall 19+
09/03 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern 19+
09/07 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw All Ages get tickets
09/08 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse † 18+ get tickets
09/09 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom † 18+ SOLD OUT!
09/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Khyber † 21+ get tickets
09/14 Cambridge, MA @ TT the Bear's 18+ get tickets
09/15 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Vassar College 18+
09/16 New York, NY CMJ @ Mercury Lounge 18+
09/19 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom † 18+
09/20 Columbus, OH @ Little Brothers † 18+
09/21 Newport, KY @ Southgate House † 18+
09/22 Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasant's † 21+
09/23 Chicago, IL @ Schubas †/ 21+ get tickets
09/24 Notre Dame, IN @ Legends of Notre Dame // 18+ *
09/25 Madison, WI @ The Annex 18+
09/29 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe † 21+ get tickets
09/30 Portland, OR @ Dantes † 21+
10/01 Seattle, WA - KEXP Benefit @ Neumos † 21+
10/02 Vancouver, BC @ Media Club † 19+
10/04 Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall † All Ages
10/05 San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine † 21+
10/06 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour † All Ages
10/07 Los Angeles, CA @ DAYTIME SHOW at UCLA All Ages
10/07 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour † All Ages
10/08 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room † 21 +
10/11 Austin, TX @ The Parish † All Ages
10/12 Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room 17+
10/14 Nashville, TN @ The Basement 21+
10/15 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl 21+
10/17 Carrboro, NC @ Local 506 18+

The Fiery Furnaces have also added some tour dates with no stops in Dallas so far. (via BrooklynVegan)
9/20 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
9/21 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
9/24 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
9/28 - Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture Center
9/29 - West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
9/30 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
10/1 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
10/2 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
10/3 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
10/6 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
10/7 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
10/8 - Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center
10/10 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
10/12 - Boston, MA @ Museum of Fine Arts
10/13 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/14 - New York, NY @ Town Hall
10/15 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Monday, August 01, 2005

Gram Rabbit/Electrelane/Le Tigre @ Emo's, July 28

My sister was lucky enough to go see Le Tigre in Austin last week and she obliged to write out a review for me. For the most part it made me jealous but maybe it'll inspire some of you to go see them.

"Gram Rabbit's emblem with the bunny in the pentagram did nothing for me, but the crowd loved the bad 90's dance beats, numerous face masks/costumes, and the porn-starrish act? put on by the lead singer.

Emo's was hot, but anyone who's ever been there knows that. We were on the right of the stage, near a fan that was pointed to the middle, but I turned it to point towards us and the girls around us appreciated it.

Electrelane seemed happy at first until they realized just how hot it was under that roof. The singer even smiled a couple of times, which T don't believe I've seen in the 3 other times I've seen them. at the beginning there was this "sexy, sexy, sexy" wave sweeping thru the crowd after the first couple of songs...a couple of girls even sexually harrassed the bassist when she bent over. Don't know why women think it's acceptable for them to do. They passed out water to the crowd at the end of the set, which was very welcome. In between sets, there were a couple of girls that I had to help stumble over to the fan behind me, cause they were going to faint. I picked up half empty water bottles off the stage and ground to keep them hydrated. even when Le Tigre came on, they stayed over there.

The crowd was pushy, but not overly so...someone had brought confetti, which was thrown all over as soon as le tigre took the stage. One of the confetti makers asked Johanna to throw it and she matter-of-factly said no. It was in my hair, stuck to my face and every other patch of exposed skin that had previously been dripping with sweat. I think we left a ton in the rental car. Still, those girls were on...some technical difficulties in set-up, but no hitches in the set, except JD and Johanna laughing and forgetting a step or 2. Those girls really know how to put on a show. They're no spring chickens, you know...but being on stage and giving it all seems to keep them young. Everyone danced and sang along...it was awesome."

Electrelane-Gabriel
Electrelane-The Partisan
Le Tigre-After Dark remix
Le Tigre-TKO

Tour dates:
August 1 Tulsa, OK - Caine's Ballroom
August 2 Lawrence, KS - Granada
August 4 Nashville, TN - The Exit Inn
August 5 Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre
August 6 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
August 7 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews
August 9 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
August 10 Chicago, IL - The Vic

Franz Renames Album


NME states that Franz Ferdinand has had second thoughts on simply calling their second album Franz Ferdinand.

The band had originally planned to not name any of their albums, and throughout the recording process had said the album would be simply titled Franz Ferdinand.

However, the album is now called You Could Have It So Much Better…With Franz Ferdinand and is released on October 3.

A single, "Do You Want To", precedes the record on September 19.

Blargher

I'm reaaal sorry I haven't posted at all lately. My internet hasn't been working on my laptop and blah blah blah go read those sites on the right for awhile until I sort things out. I'm moving up to Utah in a couple weeks so there's gonna be a bit of packing and stuff involved with that. Will be back blogging soon I hope.