Friday, February 22, 2008

oh August 8th-10th, be here now!

Not that I am not enjoying the snow because i am --- but i want to go to this show now! I am incredibly excited about the lineup. Some of my favorite acts mixed in with almost all of my favorite bands to dance with. I hope CSS makes it since they were detained from the last festival i was supposed to see them at (ahem, Lola!). All the details of the event are listed below with tickets going on sale NEXT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29th at 12:00 PM via ticketmaster. "Single day passes are $89 and three-day passes are $258. A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit "Friends of Liberty State Park." Friends of Liberty State Park is an open space advocacy volunteer organization dedicated to the park's future as a free, green and non-commercial, urban waterfront oasis."

The ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL will host more than 40 acts on three stages throughout the 80-acre historic location with panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline.
******LINE-UP**** (as of 2/21) is as follows: Radiohead, Jack Johnson, Underworld, Kings of Leon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cat Power, The Roots, The New Pornographers, Youssou N'Dour, Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Metric, CSS, Girl Talk, Chromeo, The Go! Team, Amadou & Mariam, The Black Angels, Sia, The Felice Brothers, K'Naan, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Alberta Cross, The Virgins, Black Kids, Mates of State, Duffy, Forro in the Dark, Nicole Atkins, Juana Molina, Little Brother, Rogue Wave, Neil Halstead and Your Vegas.

"The ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL is being created in a "green" festival environment. Initial "green" plans include on-site parking for carpoolers only and ample public transportation to and from the site. Ferry service will be available from Manhattan directly to the festival grounds; exact details with ferry schedules will be announced at a later date. Additionally, light rail service via NJ Transit will run directly to the festival grounds. Meanwhile, a limited supply of on-site parking is reserved exclusively for carpoolers. Carpool parking passes are available either as single days for Saturday and Sunday or as a three-day pass for the weekend. Note: four concert tickets are required in order to qualify for carpool parking."
Grace Potter and The Nocturnals-Sugar.mp3
The Felice Brothers-Roll On Arte.mp3
The Felice Brothers-Murder By Mistletoe.mp3
Cat Power-Song to Bobby.mp3
Cat Power-Sea Of Love.mp3

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Today Kurt Cobain would have been 41...

Nirvana-Heart Shaped Box.mp3
Nirvana-Love Buzz.mp3

Adam Green at Town Hall!

Adam & Kimya Old School Style
You might want to keep an eye out for tickets going on sale this Friday, February 22nd at 12:00 PM for Adam's upcoming show at Town Hall riding on the heels of all this Juno madness. Kimya Dawson is playing a show at Webster Hall on April 6th. Tickets are already on-sale for her date. Adam is one of my favorite artists to see live from his sarcastic stage banter to his geeky dance moves his scene cannot be beat, or missed!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Details coming soon...

I am still kicking myself for not heading out to last years Sasquatch Festival with the best festival line up of 2007. (at least i think so...) So I am waiting and watching for details for this years events to unfold. You should as well. If they follow suit last year they hosted Arcade Fire, Bjork, Ghostland Observatory, Grizzly Bear and Neko Case just to name a few (of the ones i wanted to see the most!). I am wondering if Radiohead or R.E.M. will be the headliners this time around. I definitely would not miss that!
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The Voom Blooms are FINALLY COMING TO the US of A

And New York City, SXSW, Seattle, Chicago... I have been waiting to see these four bright-eyed mop-topped boys from Loughborough, England for over a year! While working hard finishing up their debut release they impressed by the likes of Radio 1, NME and Rollingstone Magazine with Politics and Cigarettes, their first single. 2008 is scheduled to bring the boys even more acclaim and attention with upcoming tour dates during SXSW that will allow George Guildford (guitar/vocals), Thom Mackie (drums), Craig Monk (guitar), and Andy Wells (bass) to gain a taste of the stateside crowds. They are playing NYC at The Canal Room on April 1st with The Soho Dolls and Robots in Disguise tickets are on-sale now! Lucky us!
Voom Blooms-Thoughts of Rena.mp3
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Because I love Kate Nash AND The White Stripes

I admire Kate for expanding some of her live show with covers from artists that she obviously admires and adores. Her latest victims are The White Stripes and whereas she has big shoes to fill with the likes of Jack and Meg White I think she holds her own. She has just announced another USA tour, dates are listed below and tickets for the New York show are already onsale.
*********Kate Nash - 2008 Tour Dates***********
APRIL:15-Variety Playhouse, Atlanta,GA
16-The Orange Peel, Ashville,NC
17-9:30 Club, Washinton, DC
18-Recher Theater, Baltimore, MD
19-Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
21-Paradise Rock Clubm, Boston, MA
23-Webster Hall (Tickets are On-sale NOW), NYC
26-Coachella, Indio,CA
28-Phoenix Theatre, Toronto, ON
30-St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
MAY: 2-The Vic, Chicago, IL
3-First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
5-Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
8-Richard's on Richards, Vancouver, BC
9-Showbox, Seattle, WA
11-Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
13-The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
Kate Nash-Seven Nation Army (White Stripes Cover).mp3
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Friday, February 15, 2008

It's been a long and lovely week...

I had been looking forward to this week for a long time as my calendar began to fill up with some of my favorite live acts from 2007. The Foals, Yeasayer, MGMT, Band of Horses, Blue Scholars...very very exciting. Then this morning after I settled into being at work after three nights of late music I checked out the new Black Keys track, Strange Times. Their upcoming album 'Attack & Release' will be out on April 1st via Nonesuch Records. I hope everyone enjoyed their weeks as's the weekend!
The Black Keys-Strange Times.mp3
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

And just because...

I am severely missing Jermaine and Bret and well, this is my absolute favorite clip from their incredibly brilliant series. Plus, it is snowing and was snowing in this episode. Yep, this is about where my mental level is right now.

I can't set this up Nick, I'm too old

Thanks to a good friend of mine I was just laughing at my desk in the middle of an incredibly insane day. Just what i needed. Thanks R*Fuss. Enjoy.

The madness over Radiohead dates commences...

Radiohead have successfully put out one of the most talked about albums in years and their upcoming North American tour promises to bring a madness of sold out tickets, craigslist postings, and many many blog arcticles. Listed below is the first half of the tour with more dates to come. Might have to make the trip home to MD/DC/VA area for the show at Nissan Pavilion! Pre-sale for these dates will begin this THURSDAY-(thanks for the Valentine Thom Yorke!)via W.A.S.T.E. with general on-sales following on February 16. The second half of the North American tour will follow the band's summer tour of the UK and Europe, so in the meantime keep listening to In Rainbows over and over and over again...
************Radiohead-2008-Tour Dates**************
5-Cruzan Amphitheatre-West Palm Beach,FL
6-Ford Amphitheatre-Tampa,FL
8-Lakewood Amphitheatre-Atlanta,GA
9-Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre-Charlotte,NC
11-Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge-Bristow,VA
14-Verizon Wireless Amphitheater-St Louis,MI
17-Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion-Houston,Texas Center-Dallas,Texas
Radiohead-All I Need.mp3
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Monday, February 11, 2008

The Foals add a second NYC date

Hmmm...wonder who these boy remind me of ;)
I am so excited for tomorrow night! The Foals are returning to the city and playing a show at Bowery Ballroom (with Team Robespierre and The Teeth)...still yet to be sold out?! CRAZINESS. Their second show within the area is Wednesday, February 13th in Brooklyn at the Silent Barn.
The Foals-Balloons.mp3
The Foals-Hummer.mp3
The Foals-Try This On Your Piano.mp3
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Because your eyes are my get away ship

The Shackeltons keep good company with some of my favorite people (Taken by the talented Doron Gild)
I keep waiting for the band The Shackeltons to blow up. Especially here on the east coast for these five local lads from Chambersburg, PA. Their sound is infectious and loud while their live performances are packed with energy and exhibit many hours of devotion and practice. They have been paying their dues playing various dates across the country for the past year including visits to the city for CMJ and upcoming plans for this years SXSW. I have a feeling 2008 holds some very good things for them, since their music completely deserves some attention. Hopefully they will decide to come back to New York and add to the already lively looking Spring calendar. In the meantime my favorite blog, My Old Kentucky Blog highlights them today with two songs for you to discover and covet.
The Shackeltons-Get out.mp3
TheShackeltons-The Breaks.mp3
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What is the best news you could get on a cold monday morning?!

KEXP and Radio New York liberate listeners from the norm SEATTLE – KEXP, Seattle’s listener-supported radio station, and Radio New York 91.5 FM, the city’s public radio station, announced today that they are joining forces to create Radio Liberation, an unprecedented partnership dedicated to listeners and independent music.

Beginning on March 24, 2008, Radio Liberation will air KEXP-produced programming Monday through Friday on Radio New York 91.5 FM. The programming will feature a three-hour drive-time eclectic music show followed by three simulcast hours of The Morning Show with John Richards, a nightly world music show and a weekly music variety show hosted by KEXP DJ and senior director of programming Kevin Cole. “This partnership will not only give greater voice to artists from the Northwest, New York and around the world, it will bring music that matters into the lives of more listeners than ever before,” said Tom Mara, KEXP executive director.

Through the Radio Liberation partnership, KEXP will be able to reach another 14 million terrestrial listeners in New York, sharing Seattle’s unique music community with New Yorkers. “Radio New York will bring a fresh new sound to New York radio and galvanize a community hungry for great content,” said Matthew Tollin, CFO/GM of Radio Operations for NYC Media Group. “Listeners will get the opportunity to fall in love with radio all over again.”

KEXP invited over 300 artists into their studios in 2007 ALONE for live performances to share with their listeners like YOU!
As part of the partnership, KEXP and Radio New York will produce hundreds of live performances a year. With increased access to New York bands and touring artists, Radio Liberation will also bring additional “in-studio” performances to listeners on both coasts. “We have always been about the listener and the artist,” said KEXP DJ John Richards. “We all share a passion for music.” For more information about Radio Liberation, visit

Poison Control Center during CMJ 2007
ABOUT KEXP PUBLIC RADIO KEXP is an influential, non-commercial radio station based in Seattle and supported through financial contributions from listeners and businesses worldwide. Over the last three decades, KEXP has built a reputation as a champion of new and emerging artists and musical forms. Today, KEXP programs a rare mix of music spanning multiple genres and the station brings listeners more than 380 live, in-studio performances each year.

KEXP has a mission to enrich people’s lives by providing a wide array of music and by exploring, developing and applying relevant technology to deepen and extend musical experiences. Listeners enjoy KEXP at 90.3 FM in Seattle and around the
world at

The station is governed by the Friends of KEXP, a nonprofit organization that
operates the station on behalf of the University of Washington, which holds the FCC
license. A partnership with Vulcan Inc. provides facility support and programming
collaboration. The University of Washington’s information technology group provides KEXP with the development and application of streaming services, technical expertise and other relevant technology to extend the music experience.

ABOUT RADIO NEW YORK / NYC MEDIA GROUP: Launched in January 2005, NYC Media Group is the entity responsible for managing the media assets of the City of New York including one broadcast television channel and five cable television channels known collectively as NYC TV; one broadcast radio station, Radio New York (Radio New York 91.5 FM); as well as production and syndication arms that produce and distribute New York City-centric content all over the world across multiple platforms. Over the past three years, NYC TV has won 14 New York Emmy Awards and been nominated 34 times. The network has also been awarded 14 Telly Awards for its outstanding content.

Building on its success in television, NYC Media Group is now transforming Radio New York (Radio New York 91.5 FM). While keeping its commitment to airing diverse ethnic and cultural programs, Radio New York looks to attract new listeners with a slate of innovative talk and music programs. Radio New York’s strengthened lineup will further complement its sister television stations that are part of NYC TV. To learn more about Radio New York and NYC Media Group, please visit

Friday, February 8, 2008

And the love continues...

There is no one like you dearest Michael Stipe
Eleven years ago I was madly and deeply in love with R.E.M. and I still am. Enjoy. Happy Friday!
REM-Supernatural Superserious.mp3

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Dodos

Are Jaime's favorite new band, or at least one of the many. When Jaime gets excited about these things those around him tend to notice so I decided to do some homework this week. The Dodos were enjoyable straightaway. I definitely like the low level of production. The tacktile feeling of the drum sticks clicking in the background and the rough edges will be enjoyable for those who like their rock and roll with healthy doses of easy going melodies and cleverly calculated harmonies. On my favorite track, Men Logan Kroeber awards his listeners with a feverishly paced race on his kit and Meric Long snares you with cheeky lyrics that will leave you eagerly awaiting their upcoming engagement at the Mercury Lounge. Check out a complete list of tour dates below!
*********The Dodos Tour Dates*********
15-The Blank Club/San Jose,CA
28-Cafe Du Nord/Noise Pop/San Francisco,CA
7-USC/Los Angeles,CA
8-The Smell/Los Angeles,CA w/The OhSees
9-Bar Pink Elephant/San Diego,CA w/The OhSees
11-The Line Bar/Juarez, Mexico w/The OhSees Juarez
12-French Kiss Showcase @ The Mowhawk/Austin,TX-SXSW
13-American Songwriter Day Party @ Tap Room/Austin,TX-SXSW
13-Solar Stage @ 6th and Lamar @ 6:00 pm with Slim Cessna’s Auto Club/O’death/SXSW
14-Hot Freaks Day Party @ The Mohawk/Austin,TX-SXSW
14-Leafy Green Showcase @ Emos Jr./Austin,TX-SXSW
15-SFXSXSW Day Party/Austin,TX-SXSW
16-Mohawk/Austin,TX with Silje Nes Austin
18-Good Records/Denton,TX
19-Lola’s/Ft. Worth,TX w/Silje Nes
22-Ballroom/Marfa,TX w/Silje Nes Marfa
23-Mink/Houston,TX w/Silje Nes Houston
25-The Bottletree/Birmingham,AL w/Silje Nes Birmingham
26-Lenny’s/Atlanta,GA w/ Silje Nes Atlanta
27-Harvest Records/Asheville,NC w/Silje Nes Asheville
28-Bull City Headquarters/Durham,NC with Megafaun and Silje Nes Durham
29-Tea Bazaar/Charlottesville,VA w/Silje Nes Charlottesville
30-DC 9/Washington D.C.
31-Death By Audio/Brooklyn,NY
2-Cafe 9/New Haven,CT
3-Terrace Room @ Princeton/Princeton,NJ
4-Black Cat/Washington,DC w/Les Savy Fav and The Big Sleep
5-Theater of Living Arts/Philadelphia,PA w/Les Savy Fav and The Big Sleep
6-Mercury Lounge/New York w/Silje Nes
8-Divan Orange/Montreal,QC
9-El Mocambo/Toronto
10-Bard College/Annandale on the Hudson,NY
13-Cleveland TBA Cleveland
15-Ohio TBA Columbus
16-Detroit TBA Detroit
17-The Note/Chicago,IL
18-Shoreline Ballroom/University of Chicago,IL
19-Culture Shock Festival at Indiana University/Bloomington
20-Replay Lounge/Lawrence, KS Lawrence
21-Hi Dive/Denver, Co Denver
Daytrotter always, highly worth checking out
The Dodos-Men.mp3
The Dodos-Fools.mp3

Thank you Baltimore Sun

Hipsters doing what they do best
For delving into that on going debate about what is the difference between a hipster and someone who is just plain ole' indie.
"Hipsters fix up and look sharp. Their hair is meticulously messy. Sometimes they sport tattoos. They are music snobs. Some manage to look bored no matter what is happening around them." Baltimore Sun Now I can sleep at night! Happy Thursday- enjoy the warm weather while it is still FEBRUARY!
The Kills-Ura Fever (Remdog Remix).mp3
Paloma Faith-Love Ya.mp3

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Yes yes yes!!!! My own lil' love affair...

OFFICIALLY back in business...oh dear blog, I MISSED YOU! And you dear dear reader if you stuck with are some goodies I have been LOVING lately, enjoy!
Thao and The Get Down, Stay Down-Bag of Hammers.mp3
Ghostland Observatory-Heavy Heart.mp3
Pomegranates-Thunder Meadow.mp3
Adele-Hometown Glory (live).mp3
Sons And Daughters-The Nest.mp3
Lightspeed Champion-Tell me what it's worth.mp3
These New Puritans-Elvis.mp3
Helio Sequence-Can't Say No.mp3

Our next English Rose...

You might be expecting me to start blubbering on and on about Adele but I am most excited about the lovely lady Florence and The Machine. Friend to Dev Hynes of Lightspeed Champion (a.k.a. ex-Test Icicles member...yeah, remember them?) friend to Kate Nash(expect many comparisons to her fellow country-mate and songbird to pop up on the Blogs) and definitely a voice to reckon with. At least I reckon. Like any good female singer she has enough natural beauty and allure for all of the boys in her listening audience to completely over look the fact that she is talking about how badly you all seem to muck things up---in a voice drowning with spirit and spiked with a blue'sy influence that I think Amy Winehouse would be proud of if she were to sober up. (One should never lose hope, right?!) Her track, Girlwith1Eye is my personal favorite and I invite you to decide who she reminds you of, or just simply enjoy her, I know I do!
Florence and the Machine-Im Not Calling You A Liar.mp3
Florence and the Machine-Postcards from Italy(Beirut cover).mp3

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Wombats return to NYC

Springtime in the city...the birds are chirping before being scared off by the rats or the pigeons or the annoying dogs that look like rats OR pigeons. The trees prepare for beautiful new layers of florals or fauna. Everyone seems to magically become nicer versions of themselves with less to worry about and more time for drinks and laughter. But my most favorite thing about springtime in the city is that bands usually route through our little town after they venture up from steamy SXSW chaos before heading full tilt into the festival season. Lucky for us The Wombats are making the journey along with many more bands to be written about in the upcoming weeks. I was lucky enough to check out the Wombats last year during an NME sponsored showcase at the Annex and enjoyed every sugar coated, pop soaked second. They were youthful, lively and boy'ish in all of the right ways. March 17th at the Annex know where i'll be!
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Monday, February 4, 2008

Does it really matter?!

As long as democrats vote tomorrow, I don't think it does. Although it did make me chuckle. Those clever NYTimes writers...Thanks for making my Monday that much more entertaining!

The Black Lips at 3:oo PM (EST) and The Editors at 6:oo PM (EST)

Two of my favorite bands are stopping by today to play for the KEXP listening audience which hopefully includes yourself! Check it out here!