Friday, December 21, 2007

Reasons to be proud to say you love American Music in 2007

Thank you for being brave enough to write, sing and produce these songs. THIS IS WHY I LOVE MUSIC!
LCD Soundsystem-North American Scum.mp3
The Blue Scholars-Back Home.mp3
Eddie Vedder-Society.mp3
Bruce Springsteen-Radio Nowhere.mp3
The National-Fake Empire.mp3

Songs I annoyed my co-workers with this year

Today is not only the day of posting my end of the year lists, it is also my last day at a company where i learned so many important life lessons- one of which is how to blast KEXP as loud as possible and how to break people down enough to the point where they love what you do. Hey- it is New York, tough love is how we roll here. Plus, change is good!

1.LCD Soundsystem-Someone Great.mp3

the rest i cannot possibly here it goes:

White Stripes-Little Cream Soda.mp3
Yeasayer-Final Path.mp3
Band of Horses-No Ones Gonna Love You.mp3
Tegan and Sara-Nineteen.mp3
!!!-Heart Of Hearts.mp3
The Thermals-A Pillar Of Salt.mp3
Blitzen Trapper-Wild Mountain Nation.mp3
Bon Iver-Skinny Love.mp3
Arctic Monkeys-505.mp3
Arcade Fire-Neon Bible.mp3
The National-Slow Show.mp3
Feist-I Feel It All.mp3
Flight of the Conchords-Hiphopopotamus Vs. The Rhymenoceros.mp3
Great Lake Swimmers-I am Part of a Large Family.mp3
M.I.A.-Paper Planes.mp3
MGMT-Electric Feel.mp3
Mexican Institute of Sound-El Microfono.mp3

so many others I could/should list...but i am running out the door so i am leaving you with my theme song...
CSS-Music Is My Hot Hot Sex.mp3

I made it through this year...

Even though at some points it was a wee bit hairy there. 2007 saw so much good music that i have literally been carrying around a list with me for the last two weeks and finally just decided to shove off and post it- even if i am still a bit weary of the order of things. There were SO many good albums and some of the ones left off are ones Jaime adores, so I made a list of picks he loved as well. I hope you all have been enjoying this festive holiday season with the ones you love and have been sharing~giving~ and writing lots of music with/for your friends and family. THANK YOU ALL for reading, taking songs, making comments, everything and anything for this blog. It was one of my New Years resolutions for the last year and it has brought me so much happiness. All of the bands i have written about hold a special place with me which is why i try to give them as much attention as i possibly can and you should too. I hope you all have a lovely safe, happy, healthy and MUSICAL NEW YEAR! So much love!
Sheryl's Top ~27~ ALbums of The YEar *2007*Style

1. LCD Soundsystem-Sound of Silver (Capitol)

2. The National-Boxer (Beggars Banquet)

3. The White Stipes-Icky Thump (Warner Bros)

4. Band of Horses-Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)

5. Yeasayer-All Hour Cymbals (We Are Free)

6. Arcade Fire-Neon Bible (Merge)

7. The Twilight Sad-Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters (Fatcat)

8. Radiohead-In Rainbows (self-released)

9. Arctic Monkeys-Favourite Worst Nightmare (Domino Records)

10. M.I.A.-Kala (Interscope)

11. Bjork-Volta

12. MGMT-Oracular Spectacular (Cantora Records)

13. Elvis Perkins-Ash Wednesday (XL)

14. Aesop Rock-None Shall Pass (Definitive Jux)

15. !!!-Myth Takes (Warp)

16. Babyshambles-Shotter's Nation (Parlophone)

17. Digitalism-Idealism (Kitsuné / Virgin)

18. Bruce Springsteen-Magic (Columbia)

19. Simian Mobile Disco-Attack Decay Sustain Release (Wichita Recordings/Interscope)

21. Amy Winehouse-Back to Black (Columbia)

21. Daft Punk-Alive 2007 (Virgin)

22. Blue Scholars-Bayani (Rawkus)

23. The Cave Singers-Invitation Songs (Matador)

24. Feist-The Reminder (Cherry Tree/Interscope)

25. White Rabbits-Fort Nightly-(Say Hey Records)

26. Kate Nash-Made of Bricks (Fiction)

27. Kings of Leon-Because of the Times (RCA)

*********Jaime would have most likely had on the top of his list albums by Animal Collective, Justice, Panda Bear, Wilco and possibly Kevin Drew.**************

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Pieces of the People we LOVE

*Click here to check out Jack White on NPR.
*Read my review of MGMT at the Williamsburg Music Hall for KEXP and do not forget to grab tickets to their upcoming run of dates with my loves, Yeasayer.
*David Byrne and Thom Yorke value music.
*Love Juno as much as i did?! and not simply because it is turning people BACK onto The Moldy Peaches?! Grab the soundtrack here.
Radiohead-Down Is The New Up.mp3
MGMT-Electric Feel.mp3

Monday, December 17, 2007

Crocodile Cafe closes its doors

Apparently New York is not the only city that seems to be losing some of the best venues. Today the club that touts itself as the #1 Music venue in Seattle, Crocodile Cafe is no longer. Details have yet to be released as to the circumstances leading to the loss of one of the oldest rooms in the city that played host for many of the great sounds coming out of the Northwest during the 90s through until today. Keep checking the KEXP blog for updates. We are sad for you dear Seattle!

The Cure-Closedown.mp3

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Catch a fever

The first band i ever met in person was the talented twosome, The Kills who will be releasing their third album, U R A Fever this Spring but for right now you can hear a sample of their new material with their new video directed by one of my favorites, Sophie Muller. We will let you know when show dates appear. Have to love the split screen effect and I think we can easily say that these two have a bit of a crush on The White Stripes (spotted them at their Irving Plaza performance) How could you not?
The Kills Tags

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A cause for celebration in 2008-Yeasayer tour dates

I have not been good about updating lately, but when i saw new tour dates for Yeasayer i knew i had to at least try and put something up in an orderly fashion. They are one of the BEST live shows i saw during 2007-(yes, an annoying list is coming with all of the normal items for a blog: best albums, songs and shows...). I have been looking forward to their show this Saturday night at the Mercury Lounge for weeks now. I was lucky enough to catch MGMT this past weekend and i could not have enjoyed them more. Their album is incredibly infectious and fun, two things I love in abundance. If you are not already committed to a Valentine's Day plan (which if you are is seriously scary) then you should be out in Williamsburg that night. Hey, it is cheaper than dinner and what classy lady does not enjoy drinks and dancing over a stuffy dinner?! Count me in!
Tour Dates For Yeasayer:
12/15-New York, NY-Mercury Lounge SOLDOUT ~ 1/16-Washington, DC-Black Cat Backstage* ~ 1/17-Chapel Hill, NC-Local 506* ~ 1/18-Atlanta, GA-The Earl*
1/19-Baton Rouge, LA-Spanish Moon* ~ 1/20-Houston, TX-Walter's on Washington*
1/21-Dallas, TX-Granada Theater*
1/22-Austin, TX-Emo's Jr.* ~ 1/24-Phoenix, AZ-Rhythm Room*
1/25-San Diego, CA-The Casbah* ~ 1/26-Los Angeles, CA-The Echo* ~ 1/28-San Francisco, CA-Bottom of the Hill* ~ 1/30-Portland, OR-Holocene* ~ 1/31-Seattle, WA-Neumos* ~ 2/02-Boise, ID-Neurolux* ~ 2/03-Salt Lake City, UT-Kilby Court* ~ 2/04-Denver, CO-Hi-Dive* ~ 2/06-Omaha, NE-The Slowdown*
2/07-Minneapolis, MN-7th Street Entry* ~ 2/08-Chicago, IL-Schubas* ~ 2/09-Toronto, Ontario-El Mocambo*
2/10-Montreal, Quebec-La Sala Rossa* ~ 2/12-Allston, MA-Great Scott* ~ 2/14-Brooklyn, NY-Music Hall of Williamsburg* ~ 2/15-Philadelphia, PA-Johnny Brenda's*
2/19-Nijmegen, Netherlands-Doornroosie ~ 2/20-Brussels, Belgium-AB
2/21-Paris, France-Nouveau Casino ~ 2/22-St. Malo, France-Omnibus
2/23-Barcelona, Spain-Razzmatazz ~ 2/25-Cologne, Germany-Gebaude 9
2/26-Berlin, Germany-Lido ~ 2/27-Gothenburg, Sweden-Pusterviksbaren
2/28-Olso, Norway-John Dee ~ 2/29-Stockholm, Sweden-Klubb Spark at Debaser Medis
3/01-Malmo, Sweden-Debaser ~ 3/05-Birmingham, England-Bar Academy ~ 3/06-London, England-ICA ~ 3/08-Glasgow, Scotland-King Tuts ~ 3/09-Manchester, England-Night & Day ~ 3/10-London, England-TBA ~ 3/11-Amsterdam, Netherlands-Melkweg
* with MGMT
Yeasayer-No Need To Worry.mp3
Yeasayer Tags

Monday, December 10, 2007

Albert Hammond, Jr -second album details...

As much as I love Albert Hammond, Jr and his debut solo album that came out earlier this year, I was very sad to read the latest interview with him via Pitchfork. Sounds like it is going to be ages before we see a new Strokes album. I refuse to venture down the path of them breaking up despite the rumors and well... this interview does not really help us Strokes lovers to feel any small fragment of comfort. Details for Alberts' second solo release include a thirty second pop song and a lengthy eight minute experimental dip into the purely instrumental course of things. It clearly sounds like Albert is enjoying his adventure into writing and working things out his way. If this release is anything like Yours to Keep we are all in for another solid release. Song titles include:"Victory at Monterey", "GfC", "In My Room","Lisa","You Won't Be Fooled By This","Modern Jazz","Spooky Couch", "Bathroom Time", and "And So We Go". If you are curious for when it will be released: "So what's your next move? Getting the album out? When are you shooting for that, and what are your plans after that?"
Albert Hammond Jr: "Yeah. Pretty much, it takes three months. We'll be done January 8th. So, hopefully it comes out the end of March, April. Which would be spring. And then do the whole touring thing, which would be very exciting. Because between our four covers, the first album and second, we'd have 30 songs to play. Which means we can extend the set. I'm dying to go out and play these songs live, just because I'd love to mix them with the first album. To see how different they are would be really fun."
Albert Hammond, Jr-Everyone Gets a Star.mp3
Albert Hammond, Jr-Bright Young Thing.mp3
The Strokes Tags
Albert Hammond Jr. Tags

Who's got the crack?

Lucky for us music and movie lovers this time of year gives us an abundance to look forward to. From soundtracks that include the talents of Eddie Vedder, Jim James, Antony and Cat Power. A little film out of the Fox Searchlight Studios by the name of Juno adds another heavy soundtrack to the list. Not only does it showcase the talents of my beloved and completely underrated Moldy Peaches and Kimya Dawson the cast includes two of my favorite people working today, Michael Cera and Ellen Page. Michael and Ellen both were members of two of my favorite television shows (Arrested Development and Freaks and Geeks) which sadly did not draw enough viewers at the time but have been revered and loved ever since. As the reviews trickle in for this little film the response has been nothing but affectionate and positive for these two young actors. We didn't expect any less. Written by Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking) the film opens nation-wide this Friday and has already been released in NYC and LA. The soundtrack hits shelves tomorrow and features all those listed below:
Barry Louis Polisar-All I Want Is You
The Kinks-A Well Respected Man
Buddy Holly-Dearest
Mateo Messina-Up The Spout
Kimya Dawson-Tire Swing
Belle And Sebastian-Piazza, New York Catcher
Kimya Dawson-Loose Lips
Sonic Youth-Superstar
Kimya Dawson-Sleep
Belle And Sebastian-Expectations
Mott The Hoople-All The Young Dudes
Kimya Dawson-So Nice So Smart
Cat Power-Sea Of Love
Kimya Dawson And Antsy Pants-Tree Hugger
Velvet Underground-I'm Sticking With You
Moldy Peaches-Anyone Else But You
Antsy Pants-Vampire
Ellen Page And Michael Cera-Anyone Else But You

Meanwhile the other half of Moldy Peaches, Adam Green has released word of his upcoming album, Sixes & Sevens. His fifth solo album to date will be released via Rough Trade Records throughout Europe on March 7th, March 8th in the UK and March 18th here in the states. According to his website and myspace page Adam is hoping to hit up the festivals and is planning a UK tour, European Tour and US Tour all before June. Talk about a busy 2008.
The Moldy Peaches-Anyone Else But You.mp3
Kimya Dawson-I Like Giants.mp3
Adam Green-Friends Of Mine.mp3

Friday, November 30, 2007

Band of Horses Live KEXP Broadcast @ CMJ 8 - Cover Tune

This was just incredible...

Sadly skipping NYC...

Maybe they felt we were too spoiled by their various appearances during the month of October but i am still sad to see that Band of Horses will not be playing New York during their upcoming tour. The boys kick off their dates with a three night run at The Earl in Atlanta, Georgia. Cease to Begin is an album I cannot recommend enough, Ben Bridwell comes into his own as both a singer and a songwriter laying down some of the best lyrics of 2007. Check out their live in studio performance at KEXP at Gibson Studios posted below as well.
US Tour Dates For Band of Horses:
12/28-Atlanta,GA-The Earl*12/29-Atlanta,GA-The Earl*12/31-Atlanta,GA-The Earl
1/20-Charleston,SC-Music Farm 1/21-Norfolk,VA-The Norva
1/22-Philadelphia,PA-The Fillmore At The TLA 1/23-Boston,MA-Paradise Rock Club
1/24-State College,PA-State Theatre 1/25-Cleveland,OH-Beachland Ballroom
1/26-Louisville,KY-Headliner's Music Hall 1/27-Newport,KY-Southgate House
1/29-Nashville,TN-Exit/In 1/30-Memphis, TN-Hi Tone Cafe
1/31-St. Louis,MO-Gargoyle 2/1-Norman,OK-Meacham Auditorium (U Of Oklahoma)
2/2-Dallas,TX-Palladium Ballroom 2/3-Austin,TX-La Zona Rosa
2/4-Baton Rouge,LA-Spanish Moon 2/6-Birmingham,AL-Bottle Tree
2/7-Tallahassee,FL-Beta Bar 2/9-Orlando,FL-Social*2/10-Orlando,FL-Social
2/12-Mt. Pleasant,SC-Village Tavern
Band of Horses Live at KEXP.mp3
Band of Horses-Cigarettes Wedding Bands.mp3
Band of Horses-Ode to Lrc.mp3
Band of Horses Tags

Decide to walk with me, around the lake tonight

You know you love a band when you are so sad that you are missing them touring that you dream about it. Which is exactly what happened the other night. Jaime and I were at a show and we ran into someone who was going to see the Toadies and we were both so jealous. I hope everyone who goes rocks their socks off for the both of us-which would take a lot. J`slick plays a mean air guitar!
***The Toadies are on Tour***:
12/13 Houston, TX Verizon Theater
12/14 Austin, TX Austin Music Hall
12/15 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theater
12/18 Corpus Christi, TX Pavilion
12/19 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
12/26 Little Rock, AR The Rev Room
12/27 Shreveport, LA The Warehouse
12/28 New Orleans, LA Tipitina's (This would be my ideal place to see them!)
Toadies-Possum Kingdom.mp3

LeS sAvY FaV-4:00 pm (EST)-KEXP

They'll Make A Lover Out of YOU
Where else would they be!? They RARELY do in studio performances, so tune in to catch them on Rachels' show while she is covering for Cheryl Waters. It will be good- they are just crazy crazy crazy live. HAPPY FRIDAY KIDDIES!
Les Savy Fav-Who Rocks The Party.mp3
Les Savy Fav-What Would Wolves Do.mp3
Les Savy Fav Tags

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Happy 50th Issue FADER

FADER is celebrating its' 50th issue with a rough, ghostly video of The Strokes shot by Colin Lane in 2001 in the midst of them becoming the darlings of New York. The piece that accompanies these first images of a band that changed music for me in every way is better written than anything i could ever attempt so check the whole bit out here. If you need a tasting to be convinced...
Squabbles and footnotes aside, in the pages of history books and The FADER, New York rock in the 21st century began with the Strokes. Of course the Strokes always evoked New York rock of the 20th Century, but that was kind of the point. The band captured the city’s borrowed nostalgia for a time when young men wore tight jackets and let their hair fall into their faces, then wrote thrilling songs about the dejected glamour such lifestyle decisions would lead to. At the time of their arrival, downtown Manhattan was still stuck in the orange plastic/white vinyl hangover of lounge culture, but the Strokes were a band for dark bars where the bathroom door was always broken and you could sink into a booth and hide out from adulthood for a few more years. They were a great band for New York because no one could agree on them: they were either the best or the worst thing that could have happened. People would tell you they hated them and everything they stood for, then a couple of beers later they’d confide that they’d never actually heard them or that they secretly loved them. They were one more part of the city you could endlessly kvetch about, then take pride in because no other city had anything nearly as good.
The Strokes-Is This It.mp3
The Strokes-What Ever Happened.mp3
The Strokes Tags

Sufjan might be cancelled...

But there are still some killer bands to see tonight to patch your disappointment. Dead Confederate out of Athens, Georgia have been touring non-stop and gaining fans who are eagerly awaiting their upcoming album slated to be released in early 2008. Before you throw the label of a Southern Rock band at them you better hunker down for a listen. Drawing on their admiration for Radiohead, Pink Floyd and Music Hates You they are a band Athens should be proud of for taking a different route with a sound that is remains true to the garage rock and roll they adore. They remain true to their inspiration, creating a full, loud sound without including the cowbell, banjo, tambourine or moonshine. Slide guitar-however, is present. Opening for local band The Head Set you should definitely make a point to get there early to check out one of the most talked about bands from this years' CMJ festivities.
***Dead Confederate Tour Dates***:
Nov 28 8:30-Mercury Lounge*New York,New York-~tickets are still available at the door~
Dec 1-40watt (DC plays Sonic Youth songs for world AIDS Day Benefit)*Athens,Georgia
Dec 5-Georgia Theatre (with Deerhunter and Black Lips)*Athens,Georgia
Dec 8-KEXP 5th Annual Yule Benefit at The Showbox at the Market (with Yeasayer, Feral Children, The Valley)*Seattle,Washington-TIXs
Dec 19-Smith’s Olde Bar (Music for a Cure Rock Against Cancer)*Atlanta,Georgia
Dec 22-Red Lion Pub*Augusta,Georgia
Dead Confederate-The Rat.mp3

Or you could head on over to Bowery Ballroom and check out a band i am proud to say is from my home state, even if they call the city of Baltimore their own, Celebration. Toronto's own Holy F*ck have joined them for a few of their tour dates, luck for us!
***Celebration Tour Dates***:
Nov 28-Bowery Ballroom*NY,New York
Nov 29-The Middle East*Boston,Massachusetts
Dec 1-Johnny Brendas*Philadelphia,PA
Dec 8-2640 @ St. John’s Church*Baltimore,MD
Celebration-Hands Off My Gold (SMD-Remix).mp3
Holy Fuck-Super Inuit.mp3
Holy F*ck Tags

Bull-1 * Jack White-0

Another reason to love the White video for 'Conquest.'

Monday, November 26, 2007

And the winner of the BEST NYE Show goes to...

CHICAGO-Black Kids ask you to 'Listen To Your Body' where does it want to be on New Years Eve?
CHi-Town with the Black Kids at the Empty Bottle. At least according to Jaime who sincerely wishes that they were playing the city. He was lucky enough to check them out during the madness of CMJ during BrookylnVegan's showcase at R Bar. Unfortunately I was working at KEXP and missed them...le sigh. Hopefully they will take note of all the New York Blogger lovin's going around and make their way here soon. For those of you in Chicago, grab those tickets early!
***All Current Tour Dates***
Nov 27-Common Grounds~Gainesville, Florida
Nov 28-Club Downunder~Tallahassee, Florida
Dec 5-Kings College~London
Dec 6-ULU~London
Dec 7-Camden Barfly~London
Dec 7-Adventures Close to Home at Camden Barfly~London
Dec 8-Astoria 2 (Young & Lost)~London
Dec 9-Transparent at Nambucca~London
Dec 31-The Empty Bottle~Chicago, Illinois
Black Kids-Hit the Heartbrakes.mp3
Black Kids-I've Underestimated My Charm (again).mp3
Black Kids Tags


Being out of the city for even a day is such a treat but then you slowly get an itch and realize how much you miss it at the same time. Luckily we have a good week of shows to look forward to. I am most excited to see Zookeeper this Thursday, November 29th at Pianos. I took them along for my drives along the leaf speckled curvy roads surrounding my home town and couldn't shake them from my head. Their lyrics found me as I walked with my pup under the Maryland nighttime November sky illuminated by the full moon. Their album, Becoming All Things sways with the sweet voice of Chris Simpson while a modge-podge of horns, harmonica, piano, and acoustic guitar cushion his pop soaked lyrics. The high points of the album come early on with tracks 'Becoming All Things' and 'Snow in Berlin.' While some tracks fall into the trap of being "too listener friendly" for some indie listener's ears it is the honesty in his voice and simplicity of the soft piano that keep me wanting more. Check them out this week as they slowly make their journey up north.
Nov 26-The Earl~Atlanta,Georgia
Nov 27-Local 506~Chapel Hill,North Carolina
Nov 28-Red and Black Bar~Washington DC
Nov 29-Piano’s~Manhattan,New York
Nov 30-House Party @ Rutgers University~Rutgers,New Jersey
Dec 1-House Party~Boston,Massachusetts
Dec 2-Sound Fix-In store w/ Matt Gangi~Williamsburg,New York
Dec 5-The Beat Kitchen~Chicago,Illinois
Dec 6-Vaudeville Mews~Des Moines
Dec 7-Bear’s Place~Bloomington,Indiana
Zookeeper-Ballad Of My Friends.mp3

New White Stripes Video on MTV TODAY!

Trying to catch up at work after being out of the office is hard work. Thank goodness today is new White Stripes video day. To prepare you I wanted to post this version for 'Conquest' which was cleverly created by an adoring fan. Have to love YoutUbe. Hope everyone had a LoVeLy holiday!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happy Tofurkey Holiday!

"I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my
neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land
." -Jon Stewart
To you and yours- i wish you all a lovely holiday!
The Owls-Bury Your Mind.mp3
Tulsa-Breath Thin.mp3
Zookeeper-Becoming All Things.mp3
Zookeeper-Snow In Berlin.mp3

Ticket F'in Sneaky Snake Shit Master

Anyone notice anything odd about their Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow ticket when it came in the mail? You are not alone. How does a ticket that was advertised as $31.00 dollars come out to be $51.60? Jaime did the ground work to investigate what is really going on. "So I called ticketbastard to discuss why my ticket was $36.00 and (another friend of ours) was $31.00. When I told them the event they said tickets are $31.00. I then asked how come says $36.00 and I do not have an option for the $31.00 Price Level? They put me on hold and said the tickets which were $31 were student tickets. I then said say I bought a ticket from you, how would you verify I was a student and not a regular person not in school?! He suggested I bring this up with their customer service department. Pretty f'n dumb if ya ask me." Here-here Jaime! Well said. Unfortunately as well all know this is how ticketf'er rolls...
Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow Tags

I felt you in my life before I even thought to

Tegan and Sara. Canadians. Twin sisters. Sold out shows across the country. Writers of the sweetest, love stricken songs you could possibly conjure to confess within the pages of your diary beginning at the age of twelve and on. Last night I was in a bit of a love sick mood myself as I wandered over to Webster Hall to check out what two of my favorite albums, So Jealous and The Con would sound like in such a large space. I had just gotten off the phone from talking with my best friend since the age of seventeen. We have been through every thing together from that awkward first semester at college to your first real heartbreak, to finally admitting we liked each other and dating for a bit. As I listened to him excitedly clue me on his plans to move in with his current girlfriend i felt my heart take one of those squeaking halts where you realize life is moving on-even if you might not be ready for it. Despite my happiness for him and his dearest and this wonderful step I still felt like I was taking another step back from knowing everything about him, which is inevitable when you live in different cities and meet different people. Silly as it sounds, life takes over. Standing in the audience last night listening to Tegan play her guitar and sing those words that touched home so painfully at that moment could not have been more therapeutic. Their songs are short, most of them barely clock at three minutes in length but they are intimately honest and dear to my heart. I discovered Tegan and Sara via Fuse one late night when I first moved to the city. All of the sudden on the screen there were these two identical girls dressed in all white having their hearts cut out and chopped to bits and pieces. The lyrics of Walking With A Ghost were invasive and infectious and the rest was history. The next day I left my little studio to trek out and find more music from this twin sister discovery. Since then they have won over massive female audiences and recently were sponsored by MTV as *Artist of the Week.* Their show was quirky and quickly paced with both Tegan and Sara playing their guitars and sharing stories from their song writing days for their latest album. Enjoying their voices live rather than just crooning from my iPod transformed these two into a magical harmonizing duo. Listening to them chime in at different points during the songs with each of them carrying a slightly different tune they embody the spirit of two singers becoming one right before your eyes. Their albums are the perfect soundtrack for experiences such as harbouring a crush, falling in love, falling out of love and sometimes for happily loving those who are dear to you and always will be...who are moving on.

Tegan and Sara-Relief Next To Me.mp3
Tegan and Sara-Nineteen.mp3

Monday, November 19, 2007

Siberian LIVE on KEXP at 3 PM (EST)

Local Seattle band Siberian will stopping by KEXP studios for a brief session and interview with the lovely Cheryl Waters. Finn, Zach, Colin, Aaron and Adam will be showcasing selections off of their debut album, With Me. Their music is a reflection of their Northwestern upbringing, atmospheric, dark, dreamy and severe with lyrics that string out your emotions with each turn. Their album has been hailed as one of the best debut albums of the year which you can pick up here.
Siberian-Belgian Beer and Catholic Girls.mp3
Siberian-Islands Forever.mp3

First *sNow* of the YEar!

Having the luxury of being in a job where i do not have to wake up early sometimes has its downfalls- like missing the first snow of the year. Sniffle...definitely a bit sad about that. Maybe a little sample of the new Sigur Ros and the latest from PJ Harvey is in order.
Sigur Ros-Hljomalind.mp3
Sigur Ros-Vaka.mp3
Sigur Ros-Staralfur.mp3 (old-but my favorite)
PJ Harvey - White Chalk.mp3

Friday, November 16, 2007

Reasons to be thankful

Hopefully you think about this daily, but just in case you don't and you need a reminder our favorite gluttonous holiday is around the corner. Personally i do not partake in the eating of the meats and urge you to try the same route...but in case you do and you need a few songs to help you dance the chubs off i have some readily on hand. A weekend early.
The Tough Alliance-First Class Riot.mp3
Chromeo-Bonafied Lovin(LA Riots Remix).mp3
Chromeo-Needy Girl (Bloc Party-Remix).mp3

Kevin Drew continued...

Pfork posted some lovely pictures from the other night at Webster Hall. Love that Emily Haines!

Emily Haines Tags
Kevin Drew Tags

Malajube-Je t'aime.

Last night I finally caught Malajube after missing them at last years CMJ and this summer out in Prospect Park. I was not disappointed even for a second. Smashing into their drum kit and ripping on their guitars this Montreal collective delivers rock n roll en francais. Which I am willing to wager is the only reason that Bowery Ballroom was not packed last night. I was surprised and saddened by the turn out simply because this band deserved an adoring audience. There were a few fans pushed up against the stage dancing to their hearts content but it was not enough to cover up for the lack of energy in the room. Julien still delivered, laying his lyrics down with ferious contempt and conviction. Favorites, Metronome, Fille À Plumes and Montreal -40c were full of spit and vigour with lyrics that Mineau describes as "pretty vague and fucked up. Maybe that’s not the right word – fucked up – but they’re like that.They’re not straight-forward. A song could be about love or it could be about the doctor when he’s performing and operation on you.” If you love loud, rough, catchy music than you will love Malajube- if you can get past the fact that they sing in French. Which works. Perfectly. Hopefully next time around they will receive the affection they deserve. These Montreal boys ROCK.

Malajube-Fille À Plumes.mp3
Malajube-Montreal -40c.mp3
Malajube Tags

Chromeo at Bowery and other tour dates...

Another reason to look forward to 2008. Even though it will be cold and you might have a hard time dragging yourself out of your apartment to trek over to Bowery Ballroom you definitely should to catch Chromeo on January 26th (Saturday). Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon! Before then if you are traveling around the UK or Australia you should check out the dates below.
Chromeo-Needy Girl.mp3
Chromeo-Fancy Footwork.mp3
Nov 23-Warehouse Project,Manchester
Nov 24-Thekla,Bristol
Nov 29-Sub Club,Glasgow
Nov 30-Korova,Liverpool
Dec 1-Rainbow Warehouse,Birmingham
********* FANCY FOOT WORK AUSTRALIA TOUR**************
Dec 30-Pyramid Rock Festival,Phillip Island
Dec 31-Killer @ Village Theatre Site,Melbourne
Jan 5-Field Day Festival,Sydney
Jan 5-Sydney Festival,Sydney
Jan 6-Summerdaze Festival,Perth
Jan 7-Becks Festival Bar,Sydney

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Another reason to adore Blogotheque-and Elvis of Course

Thanks Eric!

The fancy fancy Plug Awards

As the year 2007 slowly crawls to it's end it is time to reflect on all of the music we were treated to throughout the past 365'ish days. The Plug Awards allow you to just that and your patriotic duty at the same time- VOTING! Select your choices here and you can help your favorite blog, magazine and radio station receive the credit they so deserve. Only one question dear people over at Plug Awards headquarters- really no White Stripes, Blue Scholars, or Feist nominations...really?!
Blue Scholars-Back Home.mp3
Yeasayer-No Need To Worry.mp3
The National-(Daytrotter Session)Lucky You.mp3

It's all about the french robots...and cover bands apparently

Loving the cover band trend as of late. (*Thanks Todd!*)

Daft Punk Tags

Kooks- New Tour and New Album

Sadly one of my favorite British acts is not coming anywhere near the city this time around, but for those of you on the list you are in for a treat! Also keep an eye out for The Kooks upcoming album slated to be released in the Spring of 2008. Producer Tony Hoffer who has worked with the likes of Beck, Belle and Sebastian and Air jumped on board for the bands sophomore release. Very promising indeed.
Catch The Kooks on the road:
12/6-Seattle,WA-The End's Deck The Hall Ball
12/9-Nashville,TN-WRLT Nashville Sunday Night Concert Series
12/11-Indianapolis, IN-WTTS Rock To Read Xmas
12/12-Chicago,IL-WXRT VIP Private Show
12/14-Boulder,CO-KBCO Holiday Concert Series
12/15-San Diego,CA-KBZT's Holiday Hootenanny
12/16-San Francisco,CA-Alice In Wonderland
The Kooks-She Moves in Her Own Way.mp3
The Kooks-Naive.mp3
The Kooks Tags

Oh that Kevin Drew...

I must start off by saying that I sincerely wish Jaime was not so busy at work and could write a more 'proper' review of the Kevin Drew show at Webster Hall last night because A- I do not know much about Broken Social Scene and B- had not really listened to Kevin Drew's solo creation until last night. A friend of mine recently questioned me if i go to shows where I do not know the music and i enthusiastically answered 'yes, of course!' and a reason for that would be experiences like Kevin Drew. With all of the guests lined up and a packed Webster Hall Kevin and his personality were ready to perform. I list these as two separate identities because there is musician Kevin who simply put pastes together his songs and then there is the stand up comedian Kevin who intertwines his life experiences with his music. I love when artists banter because even if it is all an act it shows you a bit more of their personality which if you are into the music as a fan is always enjoyable. Kevin had enough banter to do a stand up performance with rips on text messaging ('people are living their lives on text-their sex lives, their love lives, their work lives...') to asking the audience for various items of clothing so he could perform a song and then handing the items back one by one, embarrassing a fellow member of the band with a story regarding a cheesy pick up line and apologizing for their guitars being a bit out of tune due to Sam's brother/technician/professional snowboarder. Kevin made you feel as if you were just sitting in a living room or barn chillaxin' with him and his crew. His jokes came as easily as his beautifully created songs off of his solo album, Spirit If. Guest appearances by Emily Haines (who attended Etobicoke School of the Arts with Drew and is a member of Broken Social Scene and Metric), Scott Kannberg (Pavement)and James Shaw (Metric) made the night all the more special. J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) was scheduled to perform but had to turn around due to a new addition to his family. Everyone on stage melded together into a collaborative fluid melody even though at times it seemed a bit chaotic it always sounded technically tight without losing the fun. It sounds incredibly silly to classify a show as fun but the spirit of the show as all about having fun. It has been awhile since i have seen so many people clearly enjoying playing their music and being with their friends on stage. Drew himself comes across as an urban hippie and has been quoted for his connection with his audience as being one of the most important aspects of his live show. "We want to affect audiences' hearts and minds with honesty."It is easy to understand stories of kisses, hugs and handshakes all being a normal part of the Kevin Drew experience after you see him. His songs are backed up by horns and the overwhelmingly loud and heavy presence of guitar, which for me was the highlight. Although his songs come across as carefree melodies and cheerful expressions the lyrics are insightful while Drew flirts with the dark side of his personality and creativity.
Kevin Drew-Tbtf.mp3
Kevin Drew-Big Love.mp3
Kevin Drew-Lucky Ones.mp3
Metric Tags
Jaime HIGHLY recommends this Broken Social Scene Review of Lolla in '05
Bootlog with selections from another live Kevin Drew performance

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Feral Children

Feral Children are a band based out of Seattle with a self-released album, To The Last Frontier comfortably behind them for 2007. The single, Jaundice Giraffe is quite catchy and shines with Scott Colburns' production skills (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective). Multi-layered with rattling drums and eerie guitar rifs they are a band that should be receiving national attention and hopefully will add some east coast tour dates sometime soon.

Feral Children are on tour throughout the Seattle Area right NOW!
Nov 24 Neumo’s-Seattle, Washington
Dec 6 Chop Suey-Seattle, Washington
Dec 31 Comet Tavern/ with the Trucks,-Seattle, Washington
Jan 11 The Crocodile Cafe-Seattle, Washington
Feral Children-450 Jaundice Giraffe.mp3

Beginning of the good movies season

Last night i finally went to see a movie i have been eagerly awaiting for the past few months. As an avid fan of the incredible brilliance and tenderness that is Nancy Oliver, the writer behind Six Feet Under i knew that Lars and The Real Girl would be something quite special. The story centers around an emotionally troubled Lars Lindstrom, painfully portrayed by the equally talented Ryan Gosling. Human interaction seems to be a daily burden for Lars who leads a life of solitude and monotony with the exception of the company from his pregnant sister in law, Karen (Emily Mortimer) and his brother Gus (Paul Schneider). The on screen contribution of Emily as a protective and worried family member helped push my compassion for Lars to a higher level. Patricia Clarkson also puts in a stellar performance as the family doctor who helps Lars open up and experience the world and the people in his life who surround him with their love and support, accepting Bianca as one of their own. You forget that the presence of a live doll should be funny and awkward and concentrate on Lars' plight towards normalcy and ownership of his feelings. For anyone who has yet to see Gosling on screen he delivers on performance just as strong and poignant as last years' Half Nelson, which I also highly recommend. The movie is tenderly haunting in a way that has Nancy Oliver written all over it.

Talking Heads-This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody).mp3 *And what movie could go wrong with my favorite Talking Heads song?!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Happpppyyy Friday! Aka-Go to see MR. BROWNSTONE TOMORROW

"*While your friends are going to bars thinking they’re heavy shit because they just did seven shots or, ooooh they talked to a pretty girl, you are out there, in the streets, destroying society with your bare hands like your life is a Dead Kennedys song.*"
Thank you Vice Magazine- always insightful.
Mobius Band-Friends Forever.mp3
Tokyo Police Club-Cut Cut Paste.mp3 (NEW and so so so kickin!)
CSS- Music Is My Hot Hot Sex.mp3 (Damn you APPLE marketing crew- you stole my theme song made it into a commercial for the iPod touch! Now if i could some how acquire one of those beauties all previous offenses would be forgotten. Deal?)
Ravens and Chimes-General Lafayette! You Are Not Alone.mp3

Rosewood Thieves-tonight and in CA, Austin...

Available for all your holiday needs. Folks I give you THE ROSEWOOD THIEVES
By now you know of my overwhelming affection for this band. Simply put, I love them, they are fantastic, you should go see them. To The Rosewood Thieves: have a good tour and come home soon!
```Traveling Days```
Nov 9 Mercury Lounge*New York, New York
Nov 16 Housing Works*Bookstore New York, New York
Dec 7 Hotel Utah*San Francisco, California
Dec 11 Bordello*Los Angeles, California
Dec 12 Silverlake Lounge*Los Angeles, California
Dec 15 Little Radio Xmas Party at Harry Houdini’s House*Los Angeles, California
Dec 19 Stubb’s*Austin, Texas
Dec 21 The Khyber*Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Rosewood Thieves Tags

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

The Pains of Being Pure of Heart scoping out NYC heartbreak near Tompkins Square Park
The Pains of Being Pure of Heart are the newest New York city based band to attract my attention as of late. I must say i went with them straight away based on their drawn out heartfelt selection for a band name. Works every time! Lucky for them they have the talent and lyrics to back it up. The Pains of Being Pure of Heart consists of Peggy Wang-East on keys, Alex Naidus on bass and Kip Berman on vocals and guitar. The threesome have only a five song EP to share with you released on Cloudberry Records.
Track List:
1. This Love is Fucking Right!
2. Orchard of My Eye
3. Doing All the Things That Wouldn’t Make Your Parents Proud
4. Hey Paul
5. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Help shoulder their burden at their live dates
Nov 10 POPFEST! NEW ENGLAND! @ The Elevens-Northhampton, Massachusetts
Dec 14 Union Pool: w/ The Secret History, My Teenage Stride-Brooklyn, New York
Dec 28 Tritone: w/ A Sunny Day in Glasgow-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 23 Spiral Scratch Presents: TBD-UK, London
Feb 25 TBD - Nottingham, Nottingham
Feb 26 The Globe: w/ The Manhattan Love Suicides, Horowitz Stoke
Feb 27 The Royal Park: w/ The Manhattan Love Suicides-Leeds
Feb 28 TBD
Feb 29 BUFFALO BAR: Lost Music Presents LONDON, London and South East
March 1-Organ Reykavik, ICELAND
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart-This Love is Fucking Right!.mp3
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart-Orchard of My Eye.mp3
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart-The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.mp3

More Electronic/DJ dance news

Earlier this week DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist announced upcoming tour dates which are already on sale here. After missing Diplo at Hiro Ballroom i will not make the same mistake again when friends highly recommend DJ/Electronic dance shows.
The Hard Sell - 2008 Tour Dates
Jan 19 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Jan 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore at the TLA
Jan 26 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
Jan 29 - Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Jan 31 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Feb 10 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
With it being technically the weekend already if you are in say- London or Paris i am already hitting up the electronic beats. edIT are one of my favorite discoveries of the week. Edward Ma, otherwise known as edIT is a product of Los Angeles and has been DJing all over the traffic ridden/club infested city for years under the name 'The Con-Artist.' Having just released his first album as edIT, 'Crying Over Pros For No Reason' has transported him as a local artist to a broader scene...specifically ours! Lacking in all things of the hip hop nature i am not the best person to further describe his history our sound, but i welcome you to check him out!

Dec 15 CERTIFIED AIR RAID MATERIAL TOUR w/ GLITCH MOB (edIT & boreta) w/ Kid Beyond-Seattle, WA
Dec 31 CERTIFIED AIR RAID MATERIAL TOUR w/ GLITCH MOB (edIT, ooah, & boreta)-Colorado
ediT-Battling Go-Go Yubari In Downtown L.A..mp3
ediT-456 Certified Air Raid Material.mp3

HoLy F*uck!

Sometimes i need to be pushed to listen to something, hence the case with Holy Fuck and when i finally give in it is usually a good thing. After previously passing over the latest Canadian export Holy Fuck and their debut album "LP" it was their track 'Lovely Allen' that made me a lover. Hailing from Toronto the story goes that band members, Brian Borcherdt, Graham Walsh, Matt McQuade, Loel Campbell, Matt Schulz, Mike Bigelow, Glenn Milchem and Kevin Lynn constructed their multi-layered, chaotic, stumbling dance music through live shows and performances before moving into a studio. During this journey they added sounds found in random every day objects, lo-tech battery operated keyboards, and children's toys. The result is a sound that impressed fellow countrymen Wolf Parade enough to invite them to open a few dates for them. Spots at Coachella, Glastonbury, SXSW, and Montreal Jazz Festival introduced them to the rest of the world. Electronic music has made a huge impact on my music library this year which has been most enjoyable and an exciting journey. Maybe it is because at various points throughout my day there is nothing better than hearing something that makes you smile or dance, especially when you are stuck in the land of contracts. Lack of creativity is what pushed me into starting this little blog, so hey sometimes a little brute force is necessary. So go ahead- push your friends...
Wanna see Holy F*ck Live? You Bet you do!

Nov 8 Native-Bristol
Nov 9 Amersham Arms-London
Nov 10 Faversham-Leeds
Nov 11 Optimo -Glasgow, Scotland
Nov 13 Pressure Point-Brighton
Nov 14 The Social-London and South East
Nov 15 Esquires-Bedford
Nov 16 Club Evolve-Liverpool
Nov 17 Stealth-Nottingham
Holy Fuck-Royal Gregory.mp3
Holy Fuck-Lovely Allen.mp3
Holy Fuck-The Pulse.mp3
The Bootlog has a very good Holy F*ck Live Show from Grad Club, Kingston on March 2, 2007.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

New White Stripes Material

It is always a pleasure to report news from The White Stripes camp, particularly when it pertains to new material! Due to tour date cancellations that left them with a few months of *free time* they ran right back to the studio and wrote three new songs and a video for another song off of their latest album Icky Thump. The official news, posted via their myspace page and website yesterday Jack and Meg announced, "The White Stripes have just filmed an exciting new video and recorded three never before heard original songs."
White Stripes-Sugar Never Tasted So Good.mp3
White Stripes-I Think I Smell A Rat (Live John Peel Session).mp3
The White Stripes Tags

Maxim and Blender sponsor The Pierces

The lovely Pierce sisters are out and about on the streets of New York city again. This time Blender and Maxim are helping promote the bewitching talents of Catherine and Allison. Please make sure to RSVP here: and they recommend arriving early to procure yourself a space.
*It all starts at 8pm. 21+ w/I.D.
The Blender Theater - 127 E23rd St.*
The Pierces-Secret.mp3
The Pierces-Sticks and Stones.mp3
The Pierces Tags

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Jens Lekman on KEXP today

Most artists that I do not like off the album usually change my mind during a live performance, which I always consider to be a good thing. Better than having a band fall apart live and ruin your opinion of them, right? Everyone seems to be loving Jens Lekman, including Jaime- yet I have yet to spend enough time with his albums to feel the effect. He will be gracing KEXP with a set this afternoon at 12:40 PM (EST). After my first few listens of his new album it reminded me of a squeaky clean version of Adam Green, which again makes me wonder why America has yet to embrace him?!
Jens Lekman-Your Arms Around Me.mp3
Jens Lekman-And I Remember Every Kiss.mp3

Monday, November 5, 2007

Sea Wolf Tonight at The Mercury Lounge

Tickets are still available for tonight's Sea Wolf show at the Mercury Lounge. One of the most prolific singer/songwriters on the scene today. If you needed a little bit more insight to Alex's background and adventures SPIN Magazine can helpfully provide you with just that,
"Alex Brown Church had quite the childhood, spending time in a gold rush California town and in Europe. "When I was 7 or 8, I can't remember now cause it was so long ago, my parents and I moved to France and lived in a tent on the edge of a forest," Church tells "I also remember it was near a corn field. Anyway, we lived in this tent for over a year while my mother and nine other women built some structure or building for charity reasons. That's something I don't know if I've ever told anybody!"
Sea Wolf-Middle Distance Runner (live in the MOKB_WEEM studio 8_9_07).mp3
Sea Wolf-Winter Windows (live in the MOKB_WEEM studio 8_9_07).mp3
Sea Wolf Tags


My co-worker just imed this to me and i not sure how i feel about it...let's just say this city continues to surprise me with its weird dating rituals. I guess it is better than hitting on a girl by asking what she dressed up as for Halloween and then saying she shouldn't have gone as a zombie because, 'come on baby, that isn't sexy.' Too good not to share, right?
Iron and Wine-Innocent Bones.mp3

Feist - I Feel It All-SNL

And my personal favorite.

Feist 1*2*3*4*-on SNL

I tend to be a bit of a homebody- especially on cold nights when it seems like a good idea to tuck in and watch SNL. Yes yes, it has had its dips over the last few years but i loyally stand behind one of my favorite programs on television. Especially when it hosts musical talent Feist. 2007 has seen many artists gain the recognition they highly deserve-which has been a long time coming for this lady. By now all of you have had this song programmed into your head thanks to the clever marketing staff over at HBO and Apple. I always find it to be a bit hard to master a good live performance on SNL due to nerves and atmosphere combined but again, she pulls it off. Did we really expect anything less?

Friday, November 2, 2007

Last day!!!- last chance!!

As if you needed a good reason to donate...honestly-you don't- they are the best. But in case you did:
DJ Comments: Pledge in support of detachable penises and independent radio- become a member of KEXP today! 1-866-903-KEXP or 206-903-KEXP!
McLusky-To Hell With Good Intentions.mp3
KEXP-because even when you are having the most heaping pile of bullshit day at work-they help keep you sane!

Happy story for a Friday Morning!

"Debbie Parkhurst, of North East, Md., poses with her golden retriever Toby at the 2007 ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon in New York, Thursday Nov. 1, 2007. Toby received the ASPCA Dog of the Year award for performing a modified Heimlich maneuver on Parkhurst when she was choking on a piece of apple." You can find the rest of the story here.
The The-This Is The Day.mp3

Thursday, November 1, 2007

We are incredibly saddened and sorry for the family of Linda Stein. She will be remembered by the music community, friends and family.
The Ramones-Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World.mp3
The Ramones-Judy Is A Punk.mp3