Thursday, November 13, 2008

You cast your spell and I went under, I found it so difficult to leave

A few weeks ago the story of my very first kiss was made public on the air and my mum heard it and immediately called me to ask who the Smashing Pumpkins were and then commented on how it was 'such a violent song!' to make out to. This led to conversations with some of my girl friends about what types of songs they choose as background noise for those choice situations. I almost never ever have kissed a boy to something considered romantic. Again today while I listening to some love songs a friend of mine sent over for my opinion I found myself mentally charting all of the love songs that i could not possibly live without and came to realize that i am not a very cheerful love song type of gal. At all. I was a bit surprised because for the most part I think of myself as optimistic and supportive when it comes to the subject. Then again, these were my top you can judge for yourself. This much I must admit- i am not a cheap sell lyrics wise. Heck no!

1.Sinead O'Connor-Nothing Compares To You

2.Leonard Cohen-Hey,That's No Way To Say Goodbye

3. Sam Cooke-Bring It On Home
(There can be as many re-makes of this song as there are fish in the sea, but no one-no one could ever ever ever do what Sam Cooke does to me)
Sam Cooke-Bring It On Home.mp3

4. Bob Dylan-Lay Lady Lay/I Want You (too hard...definitely a split here-but it is Bob-so that is understandable)
Bob Dylan-Lay Lady Lay.mp3
Bob Dylan-I Want You.mp3

5. Magnetic Fields-Book Of Love
Magnetic Fields-The Book Of Love.mp3

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bang Bang Eche

Bang Bang Eche are THE most adorable rock/punk/New Zealand band I have ever laid my eyes upon. They have more energy than I could ever hope for and have the sound to back it up. They are playing their last show in the city tonight at Pianos' at 7 PM. If you do not have anything else planned-that is where you should be. In case you need more convincing:

10 fun facts about BANG BANG ECHE!!!!!

01. We started out in March 07, after some bands that we were previously in (a hip hop crew, an indie-house duo and an angry punk band) had disbanded!
02. Since then we’ve been touring NZ non stop, playing with superduper bands like Chk Chk Chk (NY), So So Modern, Cut Off Your Hands, Die Die Die, the Mint Chicks, and the Shocking Pinks etc etc!
03. Our synth player Perry used to be a prodigal drum & bass DJ named ‘Vitamin P’ when he was 6.
04. We released our debut self-titled EP in May 2008! You can download the whole thing for free, from our myspace at
05. Our first two ever singles ‘4 To The Floor’ and ‘Nikee’ went straight to #1 on the bNet (NZ college network). The third single ‘Time Mismanagement’ followed shortly after at #4, and even got to #2 on the mainstream Radioscope charts!!
06. Our bassist T’Nealle is fucking brutal. Her reputation in underground fighting circles is unparalleled. Usually she disappears for a few hours when we have just played a show and comes back with a blinging gold belt like wrestlers have, but waaay more ghetto. She has eight pairs of grills that all say “CRUNQ”. (T’Nealle is also said to have written two albums of new material in one week. crazy? yes.)
07. In late October, we are moving to New York to live with our hot managers Moose and M-Liz for a few weeks!!! We are playing at the CMJ Music Festival - you can see us at the CMJ NZMusicCommision Showcase with Cut Off Your Hands, the Ruby Suns, and Die Die Die.
08. After NYC we play some dates in Europe, and stay in London for 2 weeks! Check myspaz for dates!
09. At the same time in London, the ‘4 To The Floor//Fingers In The Till’ 7” vinyl is being released by Zarcorp Records!
10. After Europe, we then return to NZ to play the Rhythm & Vines festival in Gisbourne on new years eve!!

All I need is a song to save my soul

It is November and I have finally caught back up with my work for my real job after all of the CMJ/presidental madness. Once again during CMJ i lended a hand to the ever so wonderful people over at KEXP during their in studio sessions that they hold all week long at Gibson Studios(formerly known as the Hit Factory). Being amongst some of the most knowledgeable music lovers this country has to offer is always the best week of my year. Hands down. Nothing else can even come close to comparing being in a room with people you respect who are all banning together to broadcast non-profit programming that they so dearly believe in. It is as close to the music as you can get. You also get to find out about new music coming out of Portland and Seattle, two cities that seem to just be bursting with creative talent these days, especially when it comes to Americana/Folk/Alt-Country/Bluegrass/Wonderfulness. The Moondoggies hail from Seattle, Washington and are supported by Sub Pop's sister label (and home to our beloved Le Loup): Hardly Art.

"There is a popular chapter of American mythology that pertains to The Highway. It tells of a two-way ribbon of blacktop running endlessly through our past to our future, linking city to country, offering escape and motion and freedom to travel anywhere the imagination might wander. In this chapter, The Highway is both means and end, metaphor and reality.

And down that mythical Highway there is a Bar. Inside that Bar is a Stage. On that Stage is a Band. That Band is the Moondoggies.

Kevin Murphy (vocalist), Robert Terreberry (bass), Carl Dahlen (drums), and Caleb Quick (keys) have been playing together since they were teenagers and after the band took up residence at a local dive bar, Blue Moon Tavern (a 70 year old haunt in the University District) the equation for moody blues and raucous live shows was complete. Don't Be A Stranger is their debut album and has led them to tour dates in and around their hometown with the equally talented The Maldives. Layers of blues, rock, folk, country and gospel radiate with sunshine and love-soaked days making the record hard to put down and impossible to forget. With all of the albums floating around this year that draw upon music of the 60's and 70's what makes The Moondoggies separate themselves from bands like Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes is that vein of pure indulgence and outright joy. You get a sense that the boys are swaying back and forth clutching their beloved instruments and enjoying their music as much as you are as you stroll down the street, falling in love with their album with every step you take. I have my eye out for tour dates like a hawk circling for that stray be aware kids.
The Moondoggies-Black Shoe.mp3
The Moondoggies-Ol' Blackbird.mp3
The Moondoggies-Changing.mp3
The Moondoggies-Undertaker.mp3