Thursday, May 31, 2007

TV on the Radio ARE playing McCarren Pool

That clever chap Jaime was right! Mark July 29th on your calendar kiddies- TV on the Radio at McCarren Pool. It's gonna be a good time.
26 Randomness.mp3

Bonnaroo Schedule Announced

For details on everyone else who is performing during this incredible festival weekend head over to for more information and a complete timetable.

Fader 'Flight of the Conchords' Contest

Our lovely friends over at Fader are preparing for the latest addition to HBO sunday nights in pure form- with presents and episode streaming! We could not be more excited for 'Flight of the Conchords' afterall it is a comedy series based on a band trying to make it. I am expecting superb acting and kicking music clips- only the best for HBO right. And has anyone else noticed that Bret McKenzie looks like Fabrizo, or is it just me?! Contest details:

The guitar strumming kiwi comics known to the world at large as Flight of the Conchords bring their HA HAs to HBO this summer. We're giving away some Flight of the Conchords gift packages (t-shirts, posters, and DVDs of the first episode) to randomly selected emailers: hit us at for a chance at the swag. And even if you don't win any freebies, you can still stream the first episode here.

Ben Kweller News-3 days at Southpaw-one night for each album!!!

So excited for THREE DAYS of Ben Kweller. Love all of his albums...
*it seems tickets are all sold out already through Ben Kweller Fansite
Sha Sha-Wasted and Ready.mp3
I Need You Back.mp3
Penny On the Train Track.mp3

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Johnny Borrell loves Solar Energy!

Not only is Johnny Borrell the lead singer of popular UK band-Razorlight but he recently took time out of his busy summer festival schedule to record a 'solar powered' song to support Friends Of The Earth. "'Funeral Blues' exists to highlight the solutions to climate change which exist, and which could flourish if the government introduces a strong climate change law.
The Big Ask campaign is calling for a law that will commit the UK to cutting its carbon dioxide emissions by at least three per cent every year. The track was recorded at The Premises in Hoxton, which is powered by 18 solar panels, and features just Borrell and a violinist. The track is being premiered on Radio 1 this afternoon, after which it will be available for free download for a limited period of two weeks from Friends Of The Earth ." (via NME)

Oh this French Band- Making the dreams of TEENAGE boys EveRy where come *true*

Teenagers! Seriously-what to do with them? Especially french Teenage boys from Paris! They write lyrics about how easy American girls are to snag*- how beautiful Scarlett Johanson is and throw around my least favorite word ever...'c**t.' Alas, the music lover in me looks past all of this and for good reason too. They are catchy and fun, perfect for those summer dance parties. Mix in a little Hadouken! add a dash of Cajun Dance Party, and finish it up with The Teenagers and you have an international lovefest! This triplette group has been friends since high school and have already been noticed by Vice Magazine who interviewed them a bit ago as experts on 'classy' hipster parisian fashion. Their album does not hit stateside until January of '08. Until then you can keep checking their myspace for more videos of french girls-oh come on boys-you know you will.

Sunset Beach.mp3
Starlett Johansson.mp3
*Ahem, mon chéri Teenagers-we are NOT!

Hey Philly- wAke Up! LCD SOundsystem FREE SHOW!

Just in case you might have missed it- Jaime and i LOVE LCD SOUNDSYSTEM. Do not miss them-especially if you are lucky enough to have a chance to see them for FREE! Earlier today James Murphy posted via Myspace the following announcement:

LCD Soundsystem
Philadelphia, June 6

1. Add LCD Soundsystem and The List to YOUR Top Friends.
2. Send a MESSAGE to The List with your name/e-mail answering this question:

Q: What does DFA (James Murphy's Record label) stand for?

3. Once you're on The List we'll send an e-mail with venue info and instructions on how to pick up your tickets for you and one guest.
North American Scum.mp3

TV on the Radio take down FREE McCarren Park show from website

Accidental posting? Or is this really happening? Or maybe another killer show in their place? Either way it should be be noted that TV on the Radio had posted on their website as of yesterday afternoon that on Sunday July 29th they would be performing a FREE show at McCarren Park out in Williamsburg. They took it down but it was definitely up....

Let The Devil In.mp3
-Jaime W.

Arcade Fire Video Clips

Your weekly dose of Arcade Fire:

*Thank you Todd & Jaime

And in case you missed this:

Just amazing. I can't stop going back to watch this.
Visit the whole clip at Blogotheque.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Rosewood Thieves Piano's Residency

Starts next Wednesday! I know you all have had this etched into your calendars for weeks now, but here is your friendly neighborhood reminder. If you know them, most likely you love them. If you do not know them, here is your chance to check them out. Their live show is incredibly lovely and they are one of my favorite New York bands to date. Could not be happier to see them three weeks in a row.

*June 6th-9:00 PM-Pianos
*June 7th- with Luke Temple and Red Heart the Ticker-Union Hall, Brooklyn
*June 13th-9:00 PM-Pianos
*June 20th-9:00 PM-Pianos
Cold In The Country.mp3

Buy tickets via Text Message?

Oh electronic is wonderful, isn't it? Here is yet another text messaging capability that is sure to occupy the hipster boys during shows.

Klaxons announce more US nYc dates as of yet

Looks like The Klaxons are taking over. In addition to their upcoming slot during the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on July 15th they will be playing four west coast shows as well. Stay tuned for Fall Tour announcements as well. In the meantime New Yorkers can check out Klaxons sweethearts CSS this Friday. It would seem Lovefoxx is just as much a fan of these boys as we are.

*Tour Dates:
Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre (July 10)
San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall (11)
Seattle, WA Chop Suey (12)
Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge (13)
Chicago, IL The Pitchfork Music Festival (15)
Minneapolis, MN The Varsity Theater (16)

Golden Skans (David E Sugar Remix).mp3
Isle Of Her.mp3

New Strokes Website!!!!

Is pretty damn sweet. Represents these boys perfectly. Good work! Take a visit folks!

In other news, Albert has been working hard touring across the United States and various European Summer Festivals. Apparently Albert has also been testing the screenplay waters with an adapted version of charles Bukowski's novel 'Pulp.' "It’s “an adult comedy—dark,” he explains. “It’s just real life.” Hammond has been working on the script for the past year and is currently shopping it to studios, though he doesn’t quite have the rights. Hammond says that Linda Bukowski, the widow, is shy of lawyers and gave Hammond the go-ahead to shop the script, agreeing to iron out a contract once a studio is onboard. Hammond knows the budget ($3 million max) and has a dream cast picked out: “I already have people in mind. I have it in my head—I could do it now.” (He declined to say who.) Though Hammond doesn’t expect to step behind the camera, he has no intention of being a hands-off screenwriter. “I wouldn’t want someone to ruin my script. I don’t think they’d let me direct, but I’d want to be somewhere in the picture like that.” (NY Magazine).

Also check out their new video by Warren Fu for "You Only Live Once."

Must I dream and always see your face

"Music comes from a very primal, twisted place. When a person sings, their body, their mouth, their eyes, their words, their voice says all these unspeakable things that you really can't explain but that mean something anyway. People are completely transformed when they sing; people look like that when they sing or when they make love. But it's a weird thing--at the end of the night I feel strange, because I feel I've told everybody all my secrets."- Jeff Buckley

Say Anything Syndrome says it better than i ever could- on this, the tenth anniversary of Jeff Buckley's death.

"A gushing summary: Music bloggers in general are stereotyped as being obsessed with the new new NEW! with only the briefest backward glance at what's come before, but few new artists can hold a candle to Jeff Buckley in my eyes. An example of someone adept in all fields of musicianship -- his remarkable voice spanning four octaves (read more at the official Jeff Buckley FAQ), his guitar skills (which, unlike many, he only ever showed off if it was beneficial to the song -- few realise how incredibly skillful he was at guitar because of this), his interpreter's ability to transform the songs of others into his own (see the Sin-é sessions for proof), his lyrics ("My kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder... all my riches for her smiles when I slept so soft against her") -- his whole craft was impeccable. Thus, despite today being the 10th anniversary of Jeff Buckley's death, his music continues to live on and touch the hearts and minds of others.

The rest of his beautiful post is well worth the visit.

Eternal Life.mp3

Friday, May 25, 2007

Sasquatch Music Festival Weekend

Oh how i so wish i was there. THis is the ONE festival i really wanted to make it to this year- killer lineup, beautiful background, close to Seattle...oh well. There is always next year. Head over to Yeti via BrooklynVegan for details and reports. Here are some songs for those of you lucky bandits who are going. Enjoy the show!
Arcade Fire-No Cars Go.mp3
Beastie Boys-Sabotage.mp3
Black Angels-The First Vietnamese War.mp3
The Blow-Bonjour Jeune Fille.mp3
Bjork-Declare Independence.mp3
The Dandy Warhols-Get Off 1.mp3
Earl Greyhound-SOS.mp3
Ghostland Observatory-All You Rockers.mp3
Grizzly Bear-Owner of a Lonely Heart.mp3
The Hold Steady-Your Little Hoodrat Friend.mp3
Lonely, Dear-I Fought The Battle Of Trinidad.mp3
Long Winters-Pushover.mp3
Neko Case-That Teenage Feeling.mp3
Patrick Wolf-The Magic Position.mp3
Saturday Knights-45.mp3
The Slip-Children of December.mp3
Smoosh-Find a way.mp3
Spoon-The Ghost Of You Lingers.mp3
St. Vincent-These Days.mp3
Stars of Track and Field-Movies of Antartica.mp3
Tokyo Police Club-Be Good.mp3
Two Gallants-All Your Faithless Loyalties.mp3
Viva Voce-From the Devil Himself.mp3

Hey new bands- starting out- want to play at Lollapalooza?!

Just head over to Lollapalooza's website where Festival organisers have announced all the details for the contest which allows bands the chance to perform during this stellar weekend. " 'Last Band Standing' asks bands to submit their music and information online so the public can vote on them. Finalists will compete at a live show in Chicago where celebrity judges will determine the winners." The winner of the competition and the first runner-up will be given performance slots at the festival August 3-5 at Chicago's Grant Park, where they'll share the stage with the likes of Interpol, Muse, Ghostland Observatory, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, Amy Winehouse and various other killer acts-and hopefully M.I.A..
Interpol-The Heinrich Maneuver.mp3
Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Y Control (Brooklyn Fire Retouch).mp3
M.I.A.-Hit That.mp3

White Stripes review from Nashville

"After a nearly two-year hiatus, Jack and Meg White reunited at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom May 18th for an intimate surprise gig. The sold-out show — which packed the 1,000-seat venue — was a practice run before the start of the Stripes’ summer tour. Donning classic White Stripes garb — Jack in a black T-shirt and red pants, Meg sporting a black and white polka dot dress — the duo delved into a flawless hour-and-a-half set without missing a step, making it all the more difficult to believe they hadn’t performed together publicly since December of 2005." Read the whole review here. (Rollingstone)

Frames singer Glen Hansard takes a spin at acting

Apparently it is not Glen's first go with this particular artistic medium. "Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1970, Glen Hansard is the lead singer, guitarist and a founding member of Irish rock group The Frames. He quit school at the age of 13 to begin busking on Dublin streets and gradually established himself as one of Irish music’s most popular and greatest talents. He first came to public attention as guitar player Outspan Foster in the Alan Parker film THE COMMITMENTS." 'Once' is "A modern day musical set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard from the Irish band "The Frames," the film tells the story of a street musician and a Czech immigrant during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story." His love interest in the film is played by multi-instrumentalist Marketa Irglova. Marketa is only 19 and has been playing music since the age of seven. The two met while Glen was visiting Prague, Marketa's hometown. Just from the preview i can tell my sister is going to LoVE this movie since she adores The Frames to bits. Check out the trailer here.
The Frames - Falling Slowly.mp3
The Frames - Sideways Down.mp3

Lily with Blondie this Morning

Did anyone wake up to see it? In case you missed it, Brooklynvegan has some photos for you to check out.
Friday Night.mp3

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Countdown to new Strokes webpage

Although i was quite fond of the old television setup on their website, i am equally as excited for their revamped version. Meanwhile they have a very chill message that brings out the best Star Wars fan in each of us. Darn you Strokes, is there anything you do that isn't cool?
Is This It.mp3

For Shame...

When i saw this ad campaign yesterday it immediately made me nauseated. Who would think of such a thing? Really? These are four incredible ARTISTS- not people to be plastered with fake poofy clouds and Dr Martens to sell some stinky shoes. FOR SHAME! Worse off, it appears the brains behind the outfit, Saatchi & Saatchi did not even receive permission from Dr Martens...
"According to Boing Boing, Dr. Martens' parent company fired the ad agency. The concept was not approved and a press release from the shoe company stated, "Dr Martens did not commission the work as it runs counter to our current marketing activities based on FREEDM, which is dedicated to nurturing grass roots creativity and supporting emerging talent." The short of the long, Saatchi & Saatchi were fired." (Tripwire) So does this mean we won't have to see this plastered along a building on Houston Street? I hope so!
The Ramones-I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.mp3
Nirvana-Come As You Are.mp3
The Ramones-Judy Is A Punk.mp3

Lily Allen with Blondie

Will be on will be performing on The Today Show tomorrow (May 25th) morning inbetween 7 AM- 9 AM.
Heart of Glass (Blondie cover).mp3
Littlest Things.mp3

Chan Marshall has a shrine to Bob Dylan...

Eats the reminants of strangers salads sitting next to her in restaurants, swarms of devoted and adoring fans, an upcoming movie with Jude Law and an art show at Max Fish! Busy it all here. Thank you Paper.
Naked If I Want To.mp3
Good Woman.mp3

White Stripes-Icky Thump-official Video


we love you.
Just Like A Woman.mp3
Mr Tambourine Man.mp3

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

More White Stripes Dates?!

I love how serious Jack and Meg are about reaching every state and almost every White Stripes fan that they can during their upcoming tour to promote 'Icky Thump.' Most honorable. "This Fall, The White Stripes will continue on their quest to play all remaining sixteen states they have yet to travel to. September takes them to eight more, with a few additional stops along the way. Don't worry Hawaii, Jack and Meg haven’t forgotten about you. Please visit the tour dates section for a complete list of newly confirmed shows and stay tuned for info regarding special pre-sale tickets." (via their website).
Ashtray Heart.mp3
Isis (Bob Dylan cover).mp3

*Also, Brandon Flowers, you trying to sound like Jack White, or just wishing you did?
"I am not a hipster and I am not trying to be. I believe there is nothing wrong with writing good songs, and I think that is what has been lost in all of this. People are either trying to be too cool or they are worried about just selling records."
-Brandon Flowers on today's music scene

Jack: "As far as America goes, my whole trip lately has been to get as far away from hipster culture as I can. I don't want to be cool to those kids." (August 2006)

Sufjan performing in Brooklyn this Friday

Sufjan Stevens will be traming up with fellow Asthmatic Kitty labelmates the Castanets for one show only this Friday, May 25th in Brooklyn at Monkey Town. Scheduled as the only upcoming show for both Sufjan and Castanets it is a launch party for Kepler events. "The Sufjan-infused Castanets will play two sets on Friday. The band's lineup will also include Mathew Houck (aka Phosphorescent), Laura Goetz (aka Golden Ghost), and Dan Bryant of the Skaters." (Tripwire)
Chicago (acoustic version).mp3
Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne.mp3
*Thanks Russ F! F!

Apple Store DJ Summer Lineup & InStore Performances

Those clever crafty computer people over at Apple have definitely caught onto what is hot in music right now- DJs! So they roped in the Mark Ronson who has been on the scene for over fifteen years- and Francois K who has been spinning for over 30 years! Take that Girl Talk! (we love you-no worries). This DJ showcase series is pretty intense, with some great talent for us New Yorkers to check out on select Friday nights where they will spin from midnight until 2 AM at their Fifth Avenue location.

Midnight Mix Series
06.01.07 - Mark Ronson
06.15.07 - Francois K
07.13.07 - Diplo
08.03.07 - T&T
09.21.07 - Spank Rock
Mark Ronson-Valerie feat. Amy Winehouse.mp3
Diplo-vans til infinity.mp3
Spank Rock-Bump.mp3

In addition to these DJ gigs, Kings of Leon posted via their website that they will be performing a FREE show on Friday, June 8th at 6:00 PM at the Apple Store located on Prince Street in SoHo. "Fans can begin to line up at any time, however, admission for the event will not be until between 5:30 - 5:45 PM. The first 200 people will get wristbands for seats, approximately another 200 will have standing room admission. Be sure to get there early to guarentee your admission to this very special event." I have been loving their new album, 'Because of The Times' and could not be more excited to check out their new material live.
True Love Way.mp3

ILLINOIS! i-l-l-i-n-o-i-s!

Yeah- they are returning to nYc and at the Bowery Ballroom too with Heartless Bastards and Viva La Foxx (tickets already on sale)! Guess you all know where i will be on June 16th. Illinois has been receiving a lot of credit for their opening performances for The Kooks and Irving Plaza a few weeks ago and are currently out supporting local favorites The Hold Steady. Their songs are perfect for the sickening summer weather we are about to experience and put on one heck of a live show. So if you missed them at Pianos, if you missed them at the Mercury Lounge, if you missed them opening for the Kooks...head on down folks!
Oh Asia.mp3
*Don't forget their Pool Party Date-July 1st!!!

Ryan Adams Tour dates- Hey Ryan, why no Love for nYc?!


*Sun Jun 24th '07*
Higher Ground
Burlington, VT Tickets on sale NOW

*Thur Jun 28th '07*
Philadelphia, PA Tickets GO ON SALE 6/1

*Fri Jun 29th '07*
Somerville Theatre
Somerville, MA Tickets GO ON SALE 6/1

*Thanks Todd and Jaime!
Come Pick Me Up.mp3
Rosalie come and go.mp3

Monday, May 21, 2007

Reporting in the Alphabet City via Adam Green

As if I really needed another reason to adore the fantastic being that is the Adam Green ...NME supplied me with an entertaining tale about a little bar in my neighborhood that recently opened and is operated by none other than 'singer' Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. Because i am such an avid fan of this band i of course was so excited to see that Adam is too! Enough to even trek over to the 'dive' bar where drinks cost a mere $10.00-$12.00 for a cocktail, what a bargin! Plus everyone has to love a bar with a jukebox equipped with the soundtrack to the best movie ever, "Snakes on A Plane." But I will leave the reporting up to Adam. "There were so many Ashlee Simpsons that it proved difficult to identify the real one. Outside on the smoking bench I watched the paparazzi snapping pictures of Tommy Hilfiger and a "blonde woman" leaving. Back inside and I figured out that Ashlee was the girl in the grey dress continually making trips to the bathroom with her Fall Out Boyfriend. Honestly, I hoped they were snorting rails because at least it would make for a good story. When my girlfriend bailed at 12:30, I felt the urge to do drugs with Ashlee Simpson and introduce myself. She gave me a kiss on the cheek and turned to Pete, who looked morose. I backed off and sat down with Jay-Z and his buddies. It was only 1am but the party was clearing out. Jay-Z was the last big shot to leave, he was shaking hands so I put mine up and he gave me a high-five...An OK bar, but let's face it, I'm too old to be snorting rails with Ashlee."

Hard To Be A Girl.mp3

**in case you missed my sacrasm...i do NOT love fall out boy, so please dont misjudge my taste in music thinking i do!

Vampire Weekend

Since i LOvE all things pertaining to Vampires ...cheesy horror movies, bats, yes even those over played Reese Peanut Buttercups commericals every Halloween...i felt like i had to post a bit about Vampire Weekend. Especially since every review i have read has been overflowing with acclaim for these local Brooklynites. And well, their music kicks-even if my co-workers think the name is out of control. Oh you silly Brooklyn bands- I LOVE! They are playing Bowery Ballroom on June 2nd with Mystery Jets and White Rabbits.
*Stereogum review.
Vampire Weekend-Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.mp3
Vampire Weekend-Oxford Comma.mp3

I have been enjoying White Rabbits as well. Their album comes out tomorrow on Say Hey Records/ Young Turks Records.

White Rabbits-While We Go Dancing.mp3
White Rabbits-Kid On My Shoulders.mp3

Brazilian Girls at Hiro Ballroom WEDNESDAY

Talk To The Bomb.mp3

Bands to be excited about this week

The Maccabees and The Shackeltons!

First off, tomorrow The Maccabees
will be releasing their debut full-length album, 'Colour It In' and i highly recommend that you go out and pick it up. Not only do i love their infectious blend of lyrics ridden with heartbreak and adolescent lust but they have some of the most creative music videos out there right now. 'First Love' has been on heavy repeat in my office with 'X-Ray' following close behind. Shortly these UK lads will be teaming up with fellow Brits Bloc Party on their upcoming US tour as well as The Noisettes. Get there early and check them out!!! In case you cannot wait until tomorrow to check out the album visit Spinner who will is nice enough to have the whole album available for your streaming/listening pleasure.
The Maccabees-Latchmere.mp3
X-Ray (South Central Remix).mp3

Wednesday it is The Shackeltons! This band is fantastic live. How could they not be with the support of Loveless Records behind them? Hello! Definitely head down to The Annex to check them out! I am also excited to check out Bear Hands who are also on the bill and under the same management as The Rosewood Thieves.
Your Movement.mp3

White Stripes return to the stage- Nashville, TN

Friday night some very lucky White Stripes fans were lucky enough to see the duo's first live show since 2005. If Jaime and i could have-we would have been there. Luckily we have reports via NME.

"The White Stripes made their live return last night (May 18) at The Cannery Ballroom in Jack White's new hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Announced less than 48 hours prior, the pre-tour show sold out in less than five minutes with fans ecstatic to see the duo perform for the first time since December 2005 - and the first time in Nashville since 2001. Without an introduction, The White Stripes quietly took the stage and quickly began with a cover of Hank Williams Sr's 'Tennessee Border', a fact not lost on the Tennessee crowd, who hooped and hollered their approval. As usual the entire stage was done up in red, white and black, a theme that went so far as to include the stage hands who wore black fedoras with red feathers - and even the lighting woman, who had dyed her hair red.

Meg White wore a black and white polka dot dress with a red and white polka dot scarf while Jack wore a plain black t-shirt with red trousers and had cut his hair in a way that recalled his looks on the cover of second album 'De Stijl', possibly in an homage to the band's tenth anniversary.

Before launching into the title track for their forthcoming album 'Icky Thump', Jack asked the crowd "How's my new hometown doing?" to an overwhelming response, but after that the duo got down to business, pounding their way through a set cherry picked from their five album back catalogue, as well as a few covers, including a crowd pleasing version of Dolly Parton's 'Jolene'. The band did showcase several new songs from the forthcoming 'Icky Thump' including the acoustic, country-leaning 'Effect And Cause' and the downbeat story song 'I'A a Martyr For My Love For You'. However the band had to struggle through some sound issues and an increasingly chatty crowd, which even saw the duo cut one new song, 'I'm Slowly Turning Into You', off after just one verse. After ending the set with 'Wasting My Time', a smiling Jack returned to the stage for the encore armed with a Polaroid camera which he pointed at Meg and then the crowd before launching into a headbanging version of 'Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground'.

The frontman then told the crowd, "We've heard from Hank and we've heard from Dolly", before adding "there's one more" the pair needed to cover in order to complete the Tennessee song cycle. They then launched into Loretta Lynn's Rated X', featuring Meg handling some off-key vocals, to the delight of the crowd. After that Jack announced "Now we've blessed our first show in Tennessee" before ending the show with a raucous version of 'Seven Nation Army'."

The White Stripes played:

'Tennessee Border'
'When I Hear My Name'
'Black Math'
'Cause And Effect'
'Death Letter/Motherless Children'
'Hotel Yorba'
'I'm A Martyr For My Love For You'
'Cannon/John The Revelator'
'Ball And Biscuit'
'I'm Slowly Turning Into You'
'We're Going To Be Friends'
'Apple Blossom'
'Wasting My Time'
'Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground'
'Rated X'
'Seven Nation Army'

Icky Thump.mp3
Lovesick (Bob Dylan cover).mp3
***REview from Tremble Under Boom Lights
My fave bit: "But Meg was the biggest surprise...usually when they're jamming on some spontaneous riff she can be found to take most of her cues from Jack. But at this show Meg was running with it...throwing in accents and tempo changes in these off-the-cuff jams that occasionally turn into something. This development will be huge. Once they've been on the road for a bit and fully regained their sea legs, the White Stripes live show will easily be at its most ferocious ever." AHhh! so excited for July 24th!!!*******

Friday, May 18, 2007

Things Jaime Loves-The Twilight Sad

Ahem! It would seem that Jaime cannot stop listening to the lovely sounds of The Twilight Sad so it is my duty to bring some of their music to you for this long rainy weekend we have coming up. Their sound is so alluring and haunting it is the perfect company for a grey weekend- in a good way. For those of you who missed their April engagement at the Knitting Factory you should check out their following tour dates in neighboring cities and think about making some travel arrangements...or writing some very loving myspace messages to convince them to return to NYC!

Jul 14 2007- Pitchfork Music Festival- Chicago, IL
Jul 15 2007 - Cubs game at Wrigley Field Chicago, Illinois
Jul 17 2007- Sonar- Baltimore, MarylandJul 18 2007 - Great Scott- Allston, Massachusetts

And She Would Darken The Memory Of Youth.mp3
That Summer At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy.mp3

Ex-Concretes Singer-Victoria Bergsman Solo Release

I really enjoyed Victoria's band the Concretes with her sparkling voice lending an mysterious yet playful element to the music. When i first saw Peter, Bjorn and John at the Mercury Lounge they invited Victoria to accompany them on their hit track, 'Young Folks' which features Bergsmans' vocals on the album as well. She was endearing and polite, thanking the band and audience members for their support and cheers. It seems she has a new project underway, her first solo effort, Taken By Trees. A US date has yet to be announced. The album is being released in throughout Europe and the UK on June 18th via Rough Trade Records. Peter, Bjorn and John's John Bjorn Ytlling and John Eriksson are guests on the album as well as Electrelane's Verity Susman, providing piano arrangements and backup vocals. Not only does Eriksson help out musically but also co-produced the album. Should make for an interesting listen!
Peter, Bjorn and John (with Victoria) - Young Folks (Datashat Remix).mp3

OtherMusic to host Free Concert Ticket Giveaway on Sunday

Before you prepare for yet another suspense ridden Sopranos episode you should make it a part of your Sunday routine to trek over to OtherMusic who via Absolut will be giving away 100 pairs of concert tickets to various venues including: "McCarren Pool, Central Park SummerStage, Keyspan Park, Highline Ballrooom, Madison Square Garden, Roseland Ballroom & The Town Hall. It's a great selection of Other Music's favorite artists and top sellers. Some of these events are already sold out. Tickets will be distributed first come, first served, but you must be 21+ with government issued ID to participate. Giveaway begins at 12PM. Each person will be limited to one pair of tickets." (BrooklynVegan) Definitely some good summertime shows to be had- White Stripes, Muse, Daft Punk, Feist, Grizzly Bear with Decemberists, The Veils...enough reasons to go?!

The Veils-Advice For Young Mothers To Be.mp3


"In less than a week Bob Dylan will be turning the big 6-5, and some rockers are celebrating a little early. Adam Green (ex-Moldy Peaches), Albert Hammond Jr, The Pierces, Members Of The Mooney Suzuki, Tracy Bonham and more will create the Rolling Thunder Reborn band in honor of the 'ol crooner." There are some fantastic bands on this bill and ADAM is one of my favorite performers of all time- i absolutely L-o-V-e him. Definitely worth checking out. I saw the Klaxons at Midway last year- so lovely for a band you adore to be in a small space like this- you don't want to miss it kiddies!
TONIGHT- 9:30pm at Club Midway [25 Ave B] $5.00
Adam Green-Friends Of Mine.mp3
The Pierces-Secret.mp3
Albert Hammond Jr-Everyone Gets a Star.mp3

***ALSO-Albert Hammond Jr will be performing outside of the MTV studios at 7pm tonight as part of the 24 hour Human Giant marathon- keep an eye out!***

Ladytron DJ Tour

Ladytron are on an eleven city DJ tour of North America before their summer festival dates throughout Europe. New York gets its chance to see this Liverpool band test out it's dj'ing skills in action next Thursday at Hiro. Check out the flyer below!

Destroy Everything You Touch.mp3

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Oh Jason Schwartzman

Is there anything he can't do? After all, he is a Coppola. He stars in my favorite movie of all time, he has made some pretty decent ones since that debut, he was in the band that i miss the most, and now it seems he is back to his musical roots with his latest creative project, Coconut Records. From what i have heard it would make a good tour mate with Albert Hammond, Jr. They both have clever lyrics backed up by music that is easy to listen to and addictive to the ear. I will admit, a bit of me wishes he would someday re-unite with fellow Phantom Planet members, but in the meantime i will keep an eye out for future Coconut Records dates, hopefully he will visit the east coast sometime soon. Until then, you can find his music via Young Baby Records.
Easy Girl.mp3
*Obscure Sound has listened to the whole bit and gave an excellent overall feel for the album.

Best e-card site ever!

so i had to share...definitely check it out.

Yeah DC and MArylAnd!

I am so excited about the music scene that is happening all around my beloved lil home. Nothing makes me happier than listening to a new band only to find out they hail from an area that i am so proud to call home and influenced my musical tastes growning up. (rest in peace WHFS! Long live WRNR!) Being the girl who was made fun of all through out college for my hometown love- now the rest of the country has a few reasons to sit down and take notice, besides all of the muck that goes on surrounding the White House. Dan Deacon is blowing up the blogs these past few weeks, Beach House have found great success touring with the likes of Grizzly Bear, and recently Le Loup was signed to Sub Pop's Hardly Art. Le Loup have a sound that could easily be loved by broad audiences who are fans of Sufijan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, or Lonely Dear. All good things! Who is next? Maybe The Thrushes, Jukebox the Ghost?

*Le Loup play Washington, DC's Rock and Roll Hotel, alongside the Rosebuds and Bowerbirds, on May 22.
*Jukebox the Ghost will hit NYC in September 7th & 14th at Pianos @ 9:00 PM after an extensive run in London this summer.
The Thrushes-Aidan Quinn.mp3
The Thrushes-Heartbeats.mp3
Jukebox The Ghost - Hold It In.mp3

Some Pool Party Dates Confirmed

Previously reported, the JellyNY Pool Parties are sure to attact many a sweaty hipster during the following sunday nights. Thank goodness we won't have to worry about missing Sopranos! Only problem- Wolf Parade @ Warsaw and Ghostland Observatory @ McCarren on the same night. Looks like we shall be reliving last summer's revelries (Of Montreal-cab to Southpaw to see Midlake and Cold War Kiddies), hey, it all works out. Stay tuned for more news!

*June 24
Oakley Hall
Special guest

*July 1
Dengue Fever

*July 8
Octopus Project
Erase Errata
Dan Deacon-The Crystal Cat.mp3

*July 15, 22, 29=Details coming soon!

*August 5
Special guest

*August 12
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
Birds of Avalon

****AUGUST 19*****
Plus special guests

BREAK-in case of anything!

I had always heard that !!! were something to see live and last night i finally had my chance. After LCD Soundsystem on monday night and Arctic Monkeys on tuesday night a band would have to be pretty darn exciting to get me to jump around three nights in a row and well- i don't think any other show could have been more fit for the job than !!!. I must confess, i had quite a bit of difficulty concentrating on dancing while watching what was happening on stage. Nic Offer and John Pugh chimed in with vocals and dance moves that were like a competition between Napoleon Dynamite and Will Ferrelll.

Meanwhile Jerry Fuch (drums), Allan Wilson (percussion, synth, saxaphone), Mario Andreoni (guitar), Tyler Pope (guitar), Justin Van Der Volgen (bass) and Dan Gorman (percussion & synth), fused together jam beats and rock energy whipping the crowd of hippies and hipsters into a frenzy. It was clear that this crazy crew was enjoying themselves just as much as the audience. Highlights included Shananana of Durty Nanas who has joined them for this tour and can definitely hold her own on stage with eight crazied boys-even if that means stage diving onto an unfortunate hipster. Now- you know what i would LOVE to see- the Klaxons and !!!- what do you think Bowery Presents? Maybe?!

MusicSlut and BrooklynVegan were there as well.
Heart Of Hearts.mp3
A New Name.mp3

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Big Festival Day in San Francisco

Another city with yet another festival that i wouldn't mind checking out. Seattle, San Francisco, and Austin i will make it out to you one of these days! Very sold lineup set to take place on June 9th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. The festival is sponsored by local radio station KITS Live 105, visit their website for more complete information!

Interpol, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, The Bravery, CSS, Silversun Pickups, Cold War Kids, The Faint and Shiny Toy Guns.

Interpol-Say Hello to the Angels.mp3
Kaiser Chiefs-Ruby.mp3
Cansei De Ser Sexy-Music Is My Hot Hot Sex.mp3
Silversun Pickups-Future Foe Scenarios.mp3

And the White Stripes madness begins!

OH NASHVILLE! The White Stripes certainly love you! They made you their home during the recording of their upcoming album, 'Icky Thump' and are one of the headliners for your lovely Bonnaroo festival and as if that was not enough, they are playing their first gig since 2005 for you as well! The White Stripes have announced that they will play an intimate show in Nashville, Tennessee this Friday-May 18th at the Cannery Ballroom, tickets will be through their website via the pre-sale link only starting TOMORROW at NOON (CST) with a two ticket limit per person (open to fans 18 and older). GOOD LUCK!

If You Were There, Beware

There are two sides of the fence with the Arctic Monkeys: You love em' or you think they make stupid generic pop music. As for me, I fall on the side of the fence that loves em'. Having first seen them at the Bowery Ballroom, I remember talking with Alex post show and being like, "this is the last time an ordinary guy like myself can just sit next to you without you being mobbed." There was something about them that night that when you left the Bowery, you knew these boys would be hitting it big time on this side of the pond. Low and behold they made it to Webster (which they f'n rocked) and then Roseland (which I was told rocked but was at Radiohead...sorry there few, if any bands i give up Radiohead for).

Then there was the question can these guys put out another album as solid as their debut and guess what-they did. 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' maintains the sounds of the previous release but puts the bands maturity on display, expanding their musical skills and range. As per live shows, last night marked the first time I have seen them since Webster and was stoked and curious, "Do these guys have what it takes to make Hammerstein rock as hard as the last two shows I saw from them?" And while I can't say the whole crowd was as rowdy as the past (no soccer chants), I can safely say, they did bring the heat and those that were into it loved it!

These guys are years ahead of bands their age and are so tight. They did a couple of tracks that really segued into one another excellently and overall, it just can't be said better, they are tight. It's obvious they practice and take their music seriously and that all comes across during their live show. If you have not seen them live, I beg you to as I think that is the fairest way to judge them. As points out, don't be shocked if they are headlining MSG soon.

-Jaime W.

Fluorescent Adolescent.mp3