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 TheFieryFurnaces.net 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)