Monday, December 03, 2007

Learn Guitar from Laura Veirs

If you live in the Portland area, Laura Veirs could be your guitar teacher.

Laura is accepting music students in the Portland, Oregon area. If you are interested studying guitar, banjo or songwriting with Laura, please email Clyde at and I will pass along her contact information.

She's teaching lessons in a rad backyard studio with a wood-burning stove and French doors to her garden. It's lovely place to learn music and Laura's a great teacher.
Here's lesson info from Laura:
Guitar, Banjo and Songwriting Lessons
Alberta Arts District location

What I Teach:
-- Guitar: country-blues, folk finger-style, rock, pop songs, music/chord theory, singing and playing at the same time
-- Banjo: clawhammer/old time songs with an emphasis on singing and playing
-- Songwriting

Teaching Philosophy:
Over ten years of teaching private lessons I've found that this method works: Listen, play and record.
Listen -- We listen to a recording of the song you want to learn.
Play -- With chords and/or tablature as a visual aid, you play through the song slowly.
Record -- I record the song slowly for you to play along with at home.

Each week I give specific homework for students. Songwriting students are encouraged to use "The Artist's Way" as a supplemental text.

Every few months we have "Star Parties" where all my students gather together to present the music they've been working on. These parties tend to freak out some students but ultimately give them a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie.

I try to make lessons fun, engaging and challenging.

Since I'm a touring musician I am sometimes gone for weeks at a time. Adult students tend to adapt better to my schedule (kids need more consistency to keep up with their lessons).

Friday, November 30, 2007

Mikey Update

Since Virginia asked...and it's been a year since Mike left, it is definitely time for an update on the kid. Mike is doing really well. He loves Mexico, loves the people, and loves the food. We were a little worried about a boy that wouldn't eat much more than meat and cheese, but he's definitely branched out. He loves menudo, cilantro, and even face tacos (barbacoa).

He's not as homesick, but still misses the music SOOOOO much. He gets an hour of internet time and spends much of it finding out what is happening in the music world and trying to juggle writing all of us.

I don't know how many of you knew him personally, but he does check his email weekly. I'm sure he'd like to hear from any of you.

He's scheduled to come home in October, and I'm sure he'll be hold up in his room with cds and dvds galore surfacing only for food.

Monday, October 08, 2007

New Duke Spirit

I have missed these guys. The Duke Spirit don't make standard indie rock, maybe standard british indie rock.

A pre-cursor to the new album due early next year, their new ep Ex-Voto will be released on Rough Trade October 22nd.

Get your ep or Ltd 10" here.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Radiohead Rarities

Everyone's in a tizzy about the new Radiohead album In Rainbows. I have to admit the vinyl looks purdy.

Skirting the stores, the "pay what you want" method will definitely work for them. They are an established band with a HUGE fan base. The quality of their work is consistent, and even $5 is probably more than they'd usually make on a release thru retailers.

The album will be available October 10. Details here.

I will have to put these rarities in my itunes rotation to get in the mood.

Radiohead - Paragons of Virtue (thanks Miss D)

01 Talk Show Host
02 Bishop's Robes
03 Banana Co.
04 Polyethylene
05 Pearly
06 A Reminder
07 Melatonin
08 Meeting in the Aisle
09 Lull
10 Climbing Up the Walls (Zero 7 mix)
11 Climbing Up the Walls (Fila Brazilla mix)
12 Palo Alto
13 How I Made My Millions
14 Airbag (live in Berlin)
15 Lucky (live in Florence)
16 Fake Plastic Trees (acoustic)
17 Wonderwall
18 My Iron Lung (live at Forum, London)
19 Creep (live in Amsterdam)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Back to the Grind

Back from a little vacay. I hope you all are well. ACL was good. I'll be uploading some photos and videos in the next week or so.

For right now, please check out the video above. Jenny Hoyston's Paradise Island just began their tour. I caught the above performance Saturday and hope to have another video of her show tonight at Rubber Gloves.

Tour Dates:
Oct 2 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves w/Hot As Sh*ts!, Adrienne Anemone
Oct 3 Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone w/Warble
Oct 4 Asheville, NC @ The Parlour w/Adrienne Anemone
Oct 5 Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Kitty Club
Oct 6 Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Kitty Club
Oct 7 New York, NY @ Cake Shop w/Dynasty Handbag, Telepathe, Winning Looks
Oct 8 Philadelphia, PA @ Tritone w/Gemini Wolf, Under Not Over
Oct 9 Washington DC @ Velvet Lounge w/Partyline, Adreinne Anemone
Oct 11 East Lansing, MI @ (Scene) Metro Space w/Adrienne Anemone
Oct 12 Ann Arbor, MI @ 701 House Party! w/P*sy Pirates, Adrienne Anemone
Oct 13 Chicago, IL @ AV-Arie w/Bird Names + more
Oct 14 Minneapolis, MN @ Pi the bar w/SUKEY TAWDRY & gay beast
Oct 16 Iowa City, IA @ The Picador w/Adrienne Anemone
Oct 17 Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
Oct 25 Portland, OR @ Sloan’s
Oct 28 Seattle, WA @ Vera

I also uploaded a couple of new vids from the Neko Case/Rufus Wainwright show I attended. See them here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

White Stripes Cancel ACL Shows!!!!

My insider has just given me word that the White Stripes have cancelled both of their shows, possibly due to a Meg White breakdown? I was already a little comme ci, comme ca about the fest, but here goes my big aftershow...Guess we'll be at the big venues for me.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Long Blondes DON'T tour US

So, I'm not quite sure what happened here, as EVERYONE (Venues & Blogs & powerhouse Pitchfork) was under the impression the Long Blondes were touring.

So, the tour's not cancelled, but it's not happening either.

US dates (lack of)

Some of you may have read from various sources that we will be touring America in November, including a number of shows with Gossip. We are sorry to say that this announcement was not exactly accurate – much as we would love to come back to the US, neither us nor Gossip will be touring there in November! We will in fact be spending October and November recording our second album. We’re sorry for the confusion, and we apologise to anyone who hoped to come see us.

Again, a massive apology to all our US fans. x

Friday, September 07, 2007

Acoustic PJ Harvey & a New One

WOOHOO!! I got 5th row tickets to PJ Harvey's show in LA. I'm super excited. Now, I just have to come up with the airfare. Does anyone know if you have to sit at the Orpheum?

In celebration, I thought I'd share some of my favorite new found PJ items.

PJ Harvey - The Letter (acoustic) (Live on KCRW)

Oh, okay, I know you want a little extra somethin'. Here's a new one from her highly anticipated (by me) album White Chalk, hitting shelves September 24th.

Dylan's On

They just verified my sources on KGSR. Tickets for the Saturday aftershow with Bob Dylan will go on sale at 10am Wednesday.

They'll be sold through Front Gate.

ACL Dylan Rumor

I have it on very good authority that Bob Dylan is the much anticipated missing link to Stubb's ACL aftershow calendar. Stubb's has a full dance card next weekend during the festival, except for Saturday. Speculations have circled Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and the sort, but I just got word this morning from a very reliable insider that the word is Dylan. The show will be announced next week with tickets going on sale on Wednesday. Many thanks to my new best friend for the tip.

in other Dylan news:

I'm Not There the (only Dylan approved) bio-pic includes 6 actors portraying different eras of Dylan's life. One includes Cate Blanchett pictured below. It will be in limited release in US theatres in November.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Kristin Hersh Manifesto

When not writing her book Paradoxical Undressing, or making music with 50 Ft Wave, Kristin Hersh has had a lot on her mind. She's had it with record labels. You can read the whole manifesto here, but in short an artist that doesn't appeal to the sham radio is nowadays can't make it with a major label.

In hopes of cutting out the middlemen, she has started the CASH Music Project
"ThrowingMusic is happy to announce an entirely new musical endeavor. We're calling it the Coalition of Artists & Stake Holders, or the "CASH Music Project". CASH Music represents a new music business model which we hope you'll not only support but also help us shape, by sharing with us your thoughts, suggestions & opinions.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will come to you with a new kind of offering from Kristin. We're planning lots of great new content, including a brand-new studio recording posted to Kristin's blog every month - free of charge.

We're committed to not holding music hostage, the music will be free. We’ll be asking for donations and offer you the opportunity to subscribe to Kristin’s career – past, present and future."

She's also added a tip jar to the top of her mp3 page, and will soon be releasing albums on a subscription basis.

Hersh will be touring soon, and even has a couple of rare dates with Throwing Muses pal Tanya Donelly.

Date Artist Place Venue

19 Sept 2007 Kristin Hersh Chicago, IL Estrojam Festival at Schuba's Tavern
6 Oct 2007, 6pm Kristin Hersh w/Tanya Donelly! Cambridge, MA The Brattle Theatre
6 Oct 2007, 9pm Kristin Hersh w/Tanya Donelly! Cambridge, MA The Brattle Theatre
11 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Richmond, Victoria The Corner Hotel
12 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Hepburn Springs, Victoria The Palais
14 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Auckland, NZ Kings Arms
15 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Wellington, NZ San Francisco Bath House
17 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Bulli, New South Wales The Heritage Hotel
18 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Katoomba, New South Wales Clarendon Guest House
19 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Sydney, New South Wales The Basement
21 Oct 207 Kristin Hersh Fremantle, Western Australia Fremantle Arts Centre

Friday, August 31, 2007

Devendra & Jana News

Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Mountain will be released on September 25, and while trying to figure out which Devendra Banhart song to post, I found out he's putting up a couple of songs from his forthcoming album each week. You can check out the 2 he's put up here.

Drawing from his time living in Venezuela, Devendra has added some tropicalia influence to his repertoire.

Here's a rendition of a Caetano Veloso song done by Cibelle and Devendra that appeared on her 2006 album The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves.

Cibelle & Devendra Banhart - London, London
In other news:

Jana Hunter has premiered a new song on her myspace in anticipation of the release of her ep Carrion out Sept 10.

Carrion has a few songs in the same vein as her last album, as well as a a few re-workings.

If you're a vinyl junkie like me, you would be wise to pick up the one sided limited (to 500) 12" on Woodsist. You can get that here and now before the cd is out.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

CSS live show

CSS with L7

Here's the CSS set from one of the 20 festivals they had booked this year. They were in Portugal, so it's fun to hear them speak in their native tongue.

I was just going to put up a couple of the songs from this show, because they say this generation is all about the 1 song and move on, but I love a good show, and hearing a band you may have never seen can be a good advert as to why you should.

Soon CSS will be touring Europe with Gwen Stefani. Get dates here.


01 Jagger Yoga (Don't Miss My Holiday)
02 Alala
03 Fuck Off Is Not the Only Thing You Have to Show
04 Meeting Paris Hilton
05 This Month Day 10
06 Alcohol
07 Lindja
08 Patins
09 Pretend We're Dead (L7 cover)
10 Off the Hook
11 I Wanna Be Your J. Lo (partial Sleater-Kinney cover)
12 Art Bitch
13 Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Blow Tour Dates

New Year's Eve '06

The Blow (Khaela) updated her blog for the first time in 2 months. She's on what I call Japanese time (20 or so years behind which means 5 or so years in the fashionable future). Don't give her any guff. I'm just happy to hear she's still out there.

For you lucky PDX-ers, The Blow will be at Holocene Friday and she'll hop like a bunny around the midwest and east in September & October.

Tour Dates:
Aug 31 Portland, OR @ Holocene
Sep 14 Seattle, WA @ Seattle Public Library
Sep 29 Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College
Sep 30 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
Oct 1 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Oct 2 Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center for the Arts
Oct 3 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian
Oct 4 Washington DC @ Black Cat
Oct 5 New York, NY @ Blender Theatre at Gramercy
Oct 6 Boston, MA @ Museum of Fine Arts - Remis
Dec 15 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir

Fiery KEXP Session

Fiery Furnaces Tour Hits Austin (& some other cities)

ACL '04

As I was updating my showlist, I found more tour dates for the Fiery Furnaces. I haven't seen this full list on the usual suspects' pages, so away we go...

October / November 2007

10/09 Newport, KY / Southgate House / 24 E. 3rd Street
Time: 9pm / Tickets: $12 / Ages: 18+

10/10 Milwaukee, MI / Shank Hall / 1434 N. Farwell Ave.
Tickets: $18 Adv. $20 Day Of / Ages: 21+

10/11 Madison, WI / The Annex / 1206 Recent St.
Time: 8pm / Tickets: $13 Adv. $15 Day Of / Ages: 21+

10/12 St. Paul, MN / Turf Club / 1601 University Ave West
Time: 9:30pm / Tickets: $13 Adv. $15 Day Of / Ages: 21+

10/15 Vancouver, BC / Richard's On Richards Cabaret / 1036 Richards St.
Time: 9:30pm / Tickets: $20 Adv. $25 Day Of / Ages: 19+

10/16 Seattle, WA / Crocodile Cafe / 2200 2nd Ave
Time: 9:30pm / Tickets: $13 Adv. $15 Day Of / Ages: 21+

10/17 Portland, OR / Aladdin Theater / 3017 S.E. Milwaukie
Times: 9pm / Tickets: $15 / Ages: All

10/19 Berkeley, CA / UC Berkeley Campus / Lower Sproul Plaza
Time: 12pm / Ages: All

10/19 San Francisco, CA / The Independent / 628 Divisidero St.
Times: 9pm / Tickets: $15 / Ages: 21+

10/20 Big Sur, CA / Big Sur Fernwood Resort / Highway 1
Time: 8pm / Ages: All

10/21 San Diego, CA / The Casbah / 2501 Kettner Blvd
Time: 9:30pm / Tickets: $14 / Ages: 21+

10/22 West Hollywood, CA / Troubadour / 9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Time: 9pm / Tickets: $15 / Ages: All

10/26 Austin, TX / Emo's / 603 Red River
Time: 10pm / Tickets: $12 Adv. $14 Day Of / Ages: All

10/27 Austin, TX / Emo's / 603 Red River
Time: 10pm / Tickets: $12 Adv. $14 Day Of / Ages: All

10/29 St. Louis, MO / Blueberry Hill / 6504 Delmar
Time: 9pm / Tickets: $15 / Ages: 21+

10/30 Champaign, IL / Highdive / 51 Main St.
Tickets: $13 Adv. $15 Day Of / Ages: 19+

11/02 Millvale, PA / Mr. Small's Theater / 400 Lincoln Ave
Tickets: $12.50 Adv. $14.50 Day Of / Ages: All

11/03 New York, NY / Hiro Ballroom / 363 W. 16th
Time: 8:30pm / Tickets: $20 Adv. $25 Day Of / Ages: 21+

2 dates in Austin!! It looks like I'll have to hit up someone to crash on their couch. It will be well worth it.

I cut and converted this track, so my apologies if I included too much or too little talk.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sia Artwork Contest

I first became enamored with Australian export Sia
(See-ah) when her album Healing is Difficult came out as an import in 2000. In 2005, I saw the video for "Breathe Me" while I was waiting in a movie theatre. Suddenly, she was everywhere. This is really an excellent video.

Sia has been working on a new album (Some People Have Real Problems) and is running a contest where you can create artwork for it. The deadline has been extended to September 7 (12 noon BST). Is that Bangladesh Standard Time? Probably British Summer Time.

So, get all of the info here and maybe your work will be included, like Mike's was in the YYYs.

School of Seven Bells

I have been kicking myself ever since I all but missed On!Air!Library! opened for Secret Machines and Interpol. Who starts a show before 9pm? Well, On!Air!Library! broke up shortly after that, but it seems that the twins have resurfaced.

Alejandra & Claudia Dehezia have joined forces with Benjamin Curtis (formerly of Secret Machines) and James Elliott to form School of Seven Bells.

They have 4 tracks for you to enjoy on their myspace and you can catch them touring with Blonde Redhead this summer.

They are also featured on this new track with Prefuse 73.

Tour Dates:
Sep 7 Northampton, MA Pearl Street w/Blonde Redhead
Sep 10 Detroit, MI Majestic Theater w/Blonde Redhead
Sep 11 Chicago, IL Subterranean
Sep 12 Columbia, MO Blue Note w/Blonde Redhead
Sep 13 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Ballroom w/Blonde Redhead
Sep 14 Dallas, TX Good Records (live in-store!)
Sep 15 Austin, TX Austin City Limits @ Emo’s w/ Blonde Redhead
Sep 17 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club w/ Blonde Redhead
Sep 18 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theater w/ Blonde Redhead
Sep 19 Ashville, NC Orange Peel w/ Blonde Redhead
Sep 21 Norfolk, VA The Norva w/ Blonde Redhead
Sep 22 Sayerville, NJ Starland Ballroom w/ Blonde Redhead
Sep 24 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place w/ Blonde Redhead
Sep 25 Providence, RI Lupo’s w/ Blonde Redhead
Sep 26 Boston, MA The Roxy w/ Blonde Redhead
Oct 4 New York, NY Cake Shop

Monday, August 27, 2007

Justice Live

I wasn't looking for this, but I happened upon it and thought I'd share.


Friday, August 24, 2007

S to the A to the D

Perhaps you are not as obsessed with Amy Winehouse. I was REALLY looking forward to her performance at ACL, ever since she cancelled the "private" gig I was depending on at SXSW. I am resigned to the fact that she won't be there (at ACL) as she's entered a program, but I did think about not going for a moment.

So, I will be consoling myself with these new found finds and sending her good thoughts (especially to get back here).

I made a zip of the files or you can get them indiviually below.

Back to Black Bonus Tracks

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Eddie V & Corin T

Perhaps you read about Eddie Vedder opening for Sleater-Kinney on their last show date. Well, I know Corin has been looking through tons of video tape of the S-K, trying to pick out what will be on their forthcoming DVD, but it looks like she also made some time to sing with her friend Eddie. Corin sings back-up on the song "Hard Sun" for the movie Into the Wild.

The movie, based on the book of the same name, is directed by Sean Penn, and features a few of my favorites, Catherine Keener, Jena Malone, and Vince Vaughn.

Into the Wild is out on September 21.

Check out the movie trailer

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Hives Go "Tick Tick Boom"

Anybody for a new single from The Hives? Can't believe they're opening for Maroon 5. I wish they'd play a club show here. Mike said that at their show at Emo's at SXSW a few years ago, Pelle had his leg stretched between the stage and one of the posts out in the audience. I hear they're quite the showmen.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Hot Chip Does Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk has teamed up with Hot Chip to release remixes of 2 of the songs from their Tour de France LP. The single is a nod to the bicycle race beginning in London this year.

The boys of Hot Chip split the duties. "Aerodynamik (Intelligent Design Mix)" was formed by Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard. While "La Forme"was reworked by Al Doyle and Felix Martin making the stellar b-side mix below.

The single is out on September 17th.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Jana Hunter Daytrotter Session

A while ago, Jana Hunter recorded some songs for Daytrotter. They posted them very recently. Am i the only one TOTALLY in love with her music? I mean, it's so ugh...I dunno....poignant? Is that the right word? It's like she's got her hand on my heart and is pulling it out to feel the cool, cruel world.

That site has really got a great thing going on. If you haven't been there already, you should check it out, because i know you'll love the unique versions of your favorites they've got posted there.

Download the songs individually from Daytrotter here.

Or, I gathered them in a zip, and you can get that zip here.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Fun Fun Fun Fest a MUST!!!

If this holds up AND they're going to add more, Fun Fun Fun Fest will easily hit legendary status in only it's 2nd year. Check out this lineup! Kudos to the bookers for gathering Cat Power, New Pornographers, Of Montreal, Mates of State, Final Fantasy, The Cribs, Girl Talk, Diplo, and awesome Austin locals Explosions in the Sky, Okkervil River, and I Love You But I'm a little full of myself (sorry, that's from meeting one of the guys at SXSW). Obviously, I and so many others will be at the 2nd stage, but this year they've spread it out over 2 days. So, keep your eye out for the ticket announcement. These will probably sell out.

Oh, yeah, Fun Fun Fun Fest will be held in Austin on November 3rd & 4th at Waterloo Park. Be there or regret it.

In semi(sem-ee)-related news:

My Favorite Cat Power Video
(oh, the Chan dancing)

Ms. Marshall is performing here in Dallas tonight at the Granada Theater. Hopefully, I can bring you guys back a little something.

Here's Chan on the new El-P(roducto) record

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Lily Allen's Visa Revoked

Looks like all the problems Lily Allen has had may possibly affect her work. She flew into LA and was detained for 5 hours in connection with an assault in London in June. She gets to stay and help promote the MTV Video Music Awards, but will have to re-apply for a visa for her September show dates.

These are the dates that could be in question

Sep 6 - House of Blues, San Diego, Cali USA San Diego, California
Sep 7 - The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV USA Vegas Baby, Nevada
Sep 10 -House of Blues, Anaheim, CA, US of A Anaheim, California
Sep 12 - Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA, USA San Fran, California
Sep 14 - Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR, USA Portland, Oregon
Sep 15 - Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA. USA Seattle, Washington

Full Story from the BBC (thanks Zig)

As long as Amy Winehouse doesn't have any problems getting here for ACL, I'll be happy.

Monday, August 06, 2007

ACL Tickets

Haven't gotten your ACL 3 day passes yet.. you, procrastinator, you? If you pledge $100 to KRCW, they'll give you 2 of them. That's half price, and considering they're sold out, that's a steal.


Jose Gonzalez Mixed By Tiesto

While I'm thinking of clubs and such, I came across this.

Jose Gonzalez - Crosses (Tiesto Remix)

I liked Jose live, but this is a good switch up. I hope that more mixing of the indies is happening, because although the music moves your feet, I occasionally like to sing along.
'Member the link to those Bowie albums I posted once? Well, I know this isn't the mother-load, but it should get you started if you missed them before.

10+ Bowie albums here
(psst! there are also a ton of other albums if you hit the parent directory)

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Police Vs Snow Patrol Video Mash Up "Every Car You Chase"

I thought this was pretty good. I like a good mash up and have downloaded quite a few to take to my VJ friend. Any other good ones you guys know of? Most of the videos I've seen are mainstream mash ups. I'd like to see some good alt/indie video mashes, but I can appreciate any done well.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


Women Of The World from Jona Bechtolt and Vimeo.

Master maker of websites, YACHT has put out a very colorful video for "Women of the World Unite."

We love YACHT. You peeps in Australia don't miss his shows (starting tonight), nor you guys in New York when he gets back to McCarren Pool on Aug 19th. He'll be starting another jaunt around the US then with the Dirty Projectors ending up at the Monolith Festival in Colorado. See the full list at his myspace.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Super Limited Thurston Moore Cassette

Do you love Sonic Youth? How about drones? I thought some of you, probably a very small sum, would enjoy this.

Thurston Moore - Black Weeds / White Death C40 Cassette (Meudiademorte)
“New solo album from Thurston that dovetails beautifully with the feathers of feedback drone that dominated Flipped-Out Bride. This one starts with the same kind of phantom electricity before dovetailing into railroads of gloriously overloaded guitar, all cut into chunks of singing fuzz. Some absolutely wild playing here that touches on Haino’s form circa The Book Of Eternity Set Aflame. Limited to only 200 copies and housed in a full-colour 8×6 inch art pack. Recommended.”
Volcanic Tongue
DL it here. (change the xx to tt)

In September, Thurston will release Trees Outside the Academy. Get some tracks here from my previous post about it.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Worked Up in A Fine Frenzy

No better way to start a weekend then with a must-have-cd. A Fine Frenzy has been on my radar for a while now. I first heard Alison Sudohl's arresting voice on KCRW. Immediately, I had to know who was singing.

As an only child of divorced parents Alison Sudohl found solace in her piano. Graduating from high school at only 16, she joined a band, but left it at 18 for evenings of songwriting in her living room.

A Fine Frenzy's One Cell in the Sea is haunting and beautiful, but moreover it is raw and heart rending. With a dark under current and a fantastic voice, A Fine Frenzy looks inside the lovelorn and brings us hope.

It was just released Tuesday and why buy the physical cd, you ask? Being super smart like those Saddle Creek kids who add a free digital download when you buy a cd, One Cell in the Sea offers a 5 song demo and a video download.

A Fine Frenzy is on tour with Rufus Wainwright right now, then will join Brandi Carlile in September. Complete list of tour dates here.

3 Vh1 Unplugged Videos

F.F.O. (For Fans Of) : Tori Amos, Rachael Yamagata, heartbreaking songwriting ala Rufus Wainwright

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Gozoso Zine Issue#1

Mike sent me this zine. Even as a kid he was always making zines, tapes, artwork, books of haikus, and such. I think he's totally funny, but I am pretty biased.

Mike's Birthday with Kanye

Today is Michael's Birthday. Michael is the architect & father of this here little site. He is 20 yrs old today and hopefully doing it up right in Mexico. So, today it is all about him.

Mike loves him some Kanye West. Check out Kanye's video for "Can't Tell Me Nothin" starring Zach Galifianakis.

p.s. Kitties are not too fond of hats

The last post today on Pitchfork was no surprise to any Sleater-Kinney fan. Fred Armisen has long been making his own funny videos, including my obvious favorite above.

He used to have many others under his youtube moniker inhighcontrast, but he must have taken them down.

Anybody know how to capture/save a youtube video? I'd hate for the Carrie one to go away forever too.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Long Blondes Tour in November

It looks like the Long Blondes will be touring the states this fall. They've announced a date for Dallas' House of Blues on November 9th. I can only seem to find 2 other dates.

November 6 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater w/The Gossip
November 12 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

Tickets for Dallas go on sale this weekend. So you may want to check your local venues' sites jut in case they're coming to your area.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Too Pure Singles Club

One of my all-time favorite record labels Too Pure has announced a new singles club. Every month they'll be putting out a limited edition 7" of one of their new and/or favorite artists.

Boasting a roster of releases by PJ Harvey, Stereolab, Electrelane, The Organ, Mouse on Mars, Scout Niblett, Tracy & the Plastics, The Rogers Sisters, Young People, and so many more, Too Pure has already lined up their first few months of 7"s for the club.

October brings you Lone Lady. Comparisons to Kim Gordon and PJ Harvey are relevant and reveal her tendency for heavy guitar and a powerful voice. She has 3 mp3s available for download on her myspace.

November's 7" is Vera November (aka Verity Susman of Electrelane). I'm curious to hear Verity's work sans Electrelane. How much of that sound is hers or influenced by her? You can listen to 4 songs on myspace.

With major faith in their impecable taste, I subscribed last night. The subscription is nearly $75 american, but still less than buying 12 imports in the store, if you can find them.

Subscribe to the Too Pure Singles Club here (and find out about the launch party in London Sept 13th).

Thursday, July 19, 2007

CSS does Lily Allen

Now, I've never given Lily Allen much of a chance, but I do love ALLLL things CSS. This is from the forthcoming Lily Allen Ep entitled Alfie.

Lily Allen is hopping all over (Australia/South America/Europe) in August added some US west coast dates in September

Thu, 06 Sep 2007 House of Blues San Diego
Fri, 07 Sep 2007 The Joint / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Mon, 10 Sep 2007 House of Blues Anaheim
Wed, 12 Sep 2007 Warfield Theatre San Francisco
Fri, 14 Sep 2007 Crystal Ballroom Portland
Sat, 15 Sep 2007 Paramount Theatre Seattle

CSS is in Europe now, but will make a stop in NY at Studio B, at Lollapalooza, and then to Baltimore for V Festival as they try to break the record for most-festivals-played in a summer. They're playing 26 or somewhere in there. I lost count scrolling.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Liars opening for Interpol!!

Just wanted to share the good news...Liars are opening for Interpol!!!

So, for those of you that think the last Interpol tour was a little lack luster, I'm hoping that the Liars are going to raise the game, 'cause they put on a KILLER show.

Here are some more of my pics from their show at the Gypsy Tea Room May 27, 2006.

Monday, July 16, 2007

New Fiery Furnaces song

Another band with ties to Texas, The Fiery Furnaces have finished a new album Widow City, in reference to to their hometown Chicago. It won't be released until October, but it's been leaked already.

At least 6 of the 16 songs have already been posted elsewhere, so I will only add one more log to that fire.

Fan site has a lot of cool hard to find FF items including these:

Oh, what's the link to Texas you ask? Eleanor went to the University of Texas.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

New Belaire-Exploding Impacting

Let's keep this Texas ball Rolling. I was super excited to get the new Belaire in the mail. You know Belaire, twins Cari and Christa and Jason and Matt of Voxtrot.

I wish I could have made it to their cd release party last weekend. Alas, Austin is not as close as I want it to be.

The new album Exploding Impacting is great, a little more polished than their first, but that happens as bands progress. While listening to this record, imagine dancing around the kitchen, making dinner in anticipation of a great date night.

Belaire - You Really Got Me Goin'

Buy the new cd and hear more at Belaire's myspace

A Great Week for (Texas) Music

So much going on this week with musicians from Texas. I'm sure you guys have already picked up the new Spoon and the well-deservedly hyped St. Vincent. You know, I've always said, "If they're from Texas or Canada, they're probably good and/or definitely worth a listen."

These guys are no different. Mike & I first saw and loved Fishboy when they opened for the Decemberists at Rubber Gloves in '03. He(Eric) got this Fishboy moniker after swallowing a fish out of a tank at the Dallas Aquarium on a 7th grade field trip.

Fishboy is set to release a rock opera on Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records. In Eric/Fishboy's own words:
It's a rock opera about how myself, the band and the ghost of Buddy Holly attempt to save Texas by going on a tour/crime spree in order to perform all 8030 of the songs I've written in my sleep since I was in the womb. It's appropriately titled: "Albatross: How We Failed To Save The Lone Star State With The Power Of Rock And Roll"
They've opened for and are R.I.Y.L. Of Montreal, Architecture in Helsinki, Spoon, or The Decemberists.

You guys in the DFW area can see their dynamic show tonight at Rubber Gloves.

Fishboy - Parachute (Using the Ghost of Buddy Holly As A)

Fishboy - Halftime at the Proper Name Spelling Bee

more tracks at their myspace

Bloc Party Tix on sale today

Bloc Party tickets go on sale in many areas today, including mine. I am excited that they are taking Deerhoof along for the ride. Where is She Wants Revenge anyway? And, what was with opening for Panic at the Disco?

07-14 Madrid, Spain - Summercase Festival
08-03 Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
08-04 Sydney, Australia - Hordern Pavilion
08-05 Byron, Australia - Splendour in the Grass
08-08 Auckland, Australia - St. James Theatre
08-11 Osaka, Japan - Summersonic Festival
08-12 Tokyo, Japan - Summersonic Festival
08-25 Reading, England - Reading Festival
08-26 Leeds, England - Leeds Festival
09-07 Chicago, IL - Hideout Block Party
09-09 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga Festival
09-11 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre *
09-12 Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room *
09-13 Columbus, OH - Promo West Pavilion *
09-14 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
09-16 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
09-19 Mexico City, Mexico - National Auditorium
09-21 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live #^
09-22 Dallas, TX - House of Blues #^
09-23 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballrooom *#
09-25 Nashville, TN - City Hall *#
09-26 Covington, KY - Madison Theatre *#
09-28 Toronto, Ontario - Ricoh Coliseum *#
09-29 London, Ontario - John Labatt Center *#
09-30 Ottawa, Ontario - Capitol Music Hall *#
10-03 New York, NY - Theatre @ Madison Square Garden
11-18 Rome, Italy - Teatro Palacisalfa
11-19 Turin, Italy - Teatro Della Condorcia
12-12 Glasgow, Scotland - SECC %
12-13 Manchester, England - G-MEX %
12-14 London, England - Alexandra Palace %
12-15 London, England - Alexandra Palace

* with Smoosh
# with Deerhoof
^ with J Versus K
% with the Cribs

Friday, July 13, 2007

Free Buck 65 Ep

I'm glad that someone told me I mis-labeled my video of Buck 65, because I went looking for the answer on his site and found that he released a free digital Ep.

5 songs of Buck 65's own brand of hip-hop with download-able artwork

including this tale Indestructable Sam

Find the whole Ep here.

You'll also find a rough mixtape download tracing influences that predate hip-hop. His new album Situation streets September 18.


In other news, I'm getting ready to buy my Tegan & Sara tickets. They announced a ton of new dates and instores. If they're coming to your town, buy tickets quick, because they're likely to sell out. Many go on sale this morning.


July 19th-Seattle Easy @ Street Records (4pm)
July 21st-San Francisco @ Virgin Megastore (4pm)
July 24th-Los Angeles @ Amoeba Music (6pm)
July 25th-Long Beach @ Fingerprints (8pm)
August 4th-Boston @ Newbury Comics (2pm)

Here are the new dates:

10/29/07 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Orpheum
10/30/07 - San Diego, CA @ Spreckle's Theatre
10/31/07 - Santa Barbara, CA @ The Lobero Theatre
11/1/07 - Tucson, AZ @ The Realto Theatre
11/3/07 - Boulder, CO @ The Boulder Theatre
11/5/07 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
11/7/07 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's
11/9/07 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
11/10/07 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/12/07 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Theatre
11/13/07 - Ft. Lauderdale FL @ The Culture Room
11/14/07 - Tampa, FL @ Janus Landing
11/16/07 - Atlanta, GA @ The Roxy Theatre
11/17/07 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
11/19/07 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/20/07 - Northampton, MA @ The Calvin Theatre
11/21/07 - Boston, MA @ The Berklee Performance Center
11/23/07 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Commerce Bank Arts Center
11/24/07 - Washington, DC @ The Lisner Auditorium
11/25/07 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11/26/07 - Columbus, OH @ The Newport Music Hall
11/28/07 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
11/29/07 - Chicago, IL @ The Portage Theatre
11/30/07 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Pantages Theatre
12/3/07 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
12/4/07 - Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom
12/5/07 - Chico, CA @ The Senator

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

This Week in New Music

Out today for your buying pleasure:

Crowded House - Time On Earth (on Ato)
New album after 14 yr absence

Nick Drake - Family Tree (on Fontana)
Early recordings pre-Five Leaves Left

Gogol Bordello - Super Taranta (on Side One Dummy)
Eastern European alt-music in da house

Gravy Train!!!! - All the Sweet Stuff (on Cochon)
Recommended if you like to have dirty, dancy fun

Interpol - Our Love To Admire (on Capitol)
Special Edition includes a 24pg book & poster

Justice - Cross (on Vice)
Finally an album from one of Mike's favs-Ltd Ed Import version includes 2 videos

Oh No! Oh My! - Between the Devil and the Sea Ep (on Dim Mak)
from Austin, RIYL Belle & Sebastian or Magnetic Fields, opening for Au Revoir Simone

Ra Ra Riot - Ra Ra Riot (on Rebel Group)
Billboard says Arcade Fire meets The Clash, opening for Tokyo Police Club

Fionn Regan - End of History (on Lost Highway)
finally a domestic release, happy Nick Drake meets Jeff Buckley, playing ACL

Mark Ronson - Version (on Red Ink)
Amy Winehouse producer, guests include Daptone Horns, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen & more

Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist (on WEA)
7 years later...have they still got it? Ltd Ed w/book

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (on Merge) (Ltd Ed w/bonus cd)
TX native living in PDX makes another great album, touring with the New Pornos

St. Vincent - Marry Me (on Beggars Banquet)
No brainer, HIGHLY recommended by everyone

M Ward - Duet For Guitars 2 (on Merge)
re-issue of long out of print first album

I'd say get all of the Texans. I haven't heard the Oh No! Oh My! yet, but they sound dreamy.

Also, Spoon will be performing tonight (6:30pm) at Virgin Union Sq in NY.

Or, if you live in LA, buy the Spoon record from Amoeba has and get one of the 150 free tickets to the show.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Dec's Not-So-Secret Show

I don't feel bad announcing a "Secret" show that was announced on Myspace, since everybody and their dog's on that thing. So, this Wednesday The Decemberists are playing a very small , possibly acoustic, show at the Mohawk in Austin. I believe they're going to be in Austin to tape an episode of Austin City Limits. It's going to be first come, first served. Anyone want to save me a spot since I'll be driving down from Dallas?...ha

The Decemberists - Culling of the Field (Tower Exclusive Track)

The Decemberists - The Perfect Crime #2 (Live from Soho iTunes Exclusive)

Zeppelin Thieves?

No doubt that Led Zeppelin are great musicians, but you should hear the evidence in a case of them "borrowing" songs from other artists and giving the originals no credit (until they were sued).

Dazed and Confused done originally by Jake Holmes

Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin

8 of 9 songs on their first album Led Zeppelin have now been credited to someone else. I know this isn't new news, but it is still amazing when you hear the similarities.

See the whole case here.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Marry Me

Caught the St. Vincent show on Friday night with a packed house at Hailey's. Ms. Clark commented on how great it was to start her 5 week tour here at home, and the crowd appreciated the intimate show. She's opened in the big venues for Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, and Midlake.

You too can fall in love with her here (where she blogs) or by picking up her cd Marry Me (on the acclaimed Beggars Banquet) this Tuesday.

Tour Dates:

Jul 10 Wordsmiths Books *Special Record Release Event - solo set 8pm* Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 11 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 12 Grey Eagle Asheville, North Carolina
Jul 13 Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Jul 14 The Rock And Roll Hotel Washington DC, Washington DC
Jul 15 North Star Bar Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jul 17 Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Jul 18 Middle East Upstairs Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jul 19 La Sala Rossa Montreal, Quebec
Jul 20 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Ontario
Jul 21 Beachland Tavern Cleveland, Ohio
Jul 22 Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Jul 24 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 25 The Waiting Room Omaha, Nebraska
Jul 26 Record Bar Kansas City, Missouri
Jul 27 Hi-Dive Denver, Colorado
Jul 28 In The Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
Jul 30 Lamplighter Vancouver, British Columbia
Aug 1 Doug Fir Portland, Oregon
Aug 3 Cafe du Nord San Francisco, California
Aug 4 The Echo Los Angeles, California
Aug 5 The Casbah San Diego, California
Aug 7 Modified Phoenix, Arizona
Aug 8 Club Congress Tucson, Arizona
Aug 9 Launchpad Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sep 1 Bumbershoot Seattle, Washington

Go to her myspace to hear the goodness.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Who doesn't enjoy a Radiohead track here and there? Well, here is all that your heart desires. (change the xx to tt)