Saturday, November 1, 2008

Saturday Music Definitions: Change

I'm dedicating this week's SMD to our soon to be President Obama. I've been following Obama ever since I read his breathtaking book "Dreams from my Father" my senior year of high school. Finally, this race has nearly reached its end; on Tuesday, we will know who the new leader of the free world will be. (did anyone else see that hilarios bit from the Colbert report on Thursday where Stephen's logic defied him and led us to Senator McCain and PRESIDENT OBAMA? haha priceless.)

Ben Sollee - A Change is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke cover) [mp3]
this is the best cover of this song that I've ever heard. Ben Sollee is a FANTASTIC musician from Kentucky, and his cello playing skills are superb. he is actually on tour right now, visit his MYSPACE for more information. I'm going to see him at Cafe Du Nord in a couple of weeks =)

The New Pornographers - The Laws Have Changed [mp3]

TNP are always loads of fun. their music is upbeat and addictive.

The Flaming Lips - Suddenly Everything Has Changed [mp3]

people often brush off this band as crazy or psychedelic or whatnot and overlook the fact that they produce really beautiful, well crafted songs. Wayne Coyne has the voice of an angel. a slightly demented angel, but an angel nonetheless.

John Mayer - Waiting on the World to Change [mp3]

this one speaks for itself. well don't you worry John, the change is here to stay

Jamie Cullum - 7 Days to Change Your Life [mp3]
it's actually 3 days, thank goodness. I love Jamie's newer record because it shows his brilliance as a songwriter. his first record had a lot of covers; he really shines on "Catching Tales"

The Killers - Change Your Mind [mp3]
probably the most underrated and under-listened to Killers song of all time. it's a fantastic tune.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Band of the Week: The Muslims

this band is fantastic. there is no way around it. I have not yet had the opportunity to see them play live, but I hear that they have an incredible stage presence, much like the Strokes. The San Diego band is said to emanate an aura of indifference but perform with incredible precision and passion.

The Muslims stray away from the big, over produced sound that mainstream music has unfortunately embraced. They are raw, they make great songs. Mr Strummer would be proud.

they've been getting some attention from blogs lately, which is good. their music deserves to be heard by more people. they recently played CMJ

for fans of: The Strokes, early Clash, Sublime

The Muslims - Extinction [mp3]

The Muslims - Bright Side [mp3]

The Muslims - Nightlife [mp3]

visit them on MYSPACE

they have a handful of shows in CA right now, this makes me incredibly happy:

Nov 3 2008 8:00P
Nov 8 2008 8:00P
DETROIT BAR w/ Japanese Motors, Tijuana Panthers Costa Mesa
Nov 14 2008 8:00P
SLIMS w/ The Breeders San Francisco, California
Nov 15 2008 8:00P
SLIMS w/ The Breeders San Francisco, California
Nov 16 2008 8:00P
THE ECHO- PART TIME PUNKS FEST Los Angeles, California
Nov 17 2008 8:00P
THE WILTERN w/ The Breeders Los Angeles, California
Dec 5 2008 8:00P
RICKSHAW w/ The Morning Benders San Francisco, California

Death Cab For Cutie Tour Dates

they will play the tonight show with Jay Leno tonight (11:30 PST)

11.01.08 - Reno, NV - Tickets

11.12.08 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Tickets

11.13.08 - Dublin, Ireland - Sold Out

11.14.08 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Tickets

11.15.08 - Nottingham, England - Tickets

11.16.08 - Bristol, England - Tickets

11.17.08 - Sheffield, England - Tickets

11.19.08 - London, England - Tickets

11.20.08 - The Hague, Netherlands - Tickets

11.21.08 - Munich, Germany - Tickets

11.22.08 - Brussels, Belgium - Tickets

11.23.08 - Paris, France - Tickets

11.24.08 - Bielefeld, Germany - Tickets

11.25.08 - Berlin, Germany - Tickets

12.02.08 - Milwaukee, WI - Tickets

12.04.08 - Baton Rouge, LA - Tickets

12.09.08 - Seattle, WA - Tickets

12.11.08 - Oakland, CA - Tickets

DCFC - All Apologies (Nirvana cover) [mp3]

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Not So Silent Night! presale password here!

ok, so this lineup is crazy. like unbelievable:


I had a conundrum: choosing between Frightened Rabbit and Jack's Mannequin this weekend, and now I don't have to! Frightened Rabbit it is. anyhow, this also means that I will see the Killers twice in two days. how freaking amazing is that?

it's at Oakland's Oracle arena. tix are $57.50 for general admission floor. $32.50 for upper bowl seats. you know you want to buy the former.

now, for the good stuff.

buy your tickets HERE tomorrow morning at 10AM

presale password is: oakland

CSS - Music is My Hot Hot Sex [mp3]
(haha I know CSS isn't exactly relevant here, but that song title sure as hell is)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Killers announce tour dates

including the rescheduled Warfield show on December 12th

11-03 London, England - Royal Albert Hall
12-09 Seattle, WA - Deck the Hall Ball
12-12 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
01-17 Denver, CO - Magness Arena
01-19 Minneapolis, MN - Northrop Auditorium
01-20 Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
01-22 Ypsilanti, MI - EMU Convocation Center
01-23 Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
01-25 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
01-26 Boston, MA - Agganis Arena
01-28 Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center at George Mason University
01-29 North Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
01-30 Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Civic Center
01-31 Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry House
02-02 Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
02-03 Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
02-04 Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
02-20 Dublin, Ireland - The O2
02-21 Belfast, Northern Ireland - Odyssey Arena
02-23 London, England - O2 Arena
02-24 London, England - O2 Arena
02-26 Birmingham, England - LG Arena
02-27 Birmingham, England - LG Arena
02-28 Cardiff, Wales - Cardiff International Arena
03-02 Sheffield, England - Sheffield Arena
03-03 Nottingham, England - Nottingham Arena
03-05 Aberdeen, Scotland - Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center
03-06 Glasgow, Scotland - Scottish Exhibition and Conference Center
03-07 Newcastle, England - Newcastle Arena
03-09 Manchester, England - Manchester Evening News Arena
03-10 Manchester, England - Manchester Evening News Arena
03-12 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
03-13 Dusseldorf, Germany - Phillpshalle
03-14 Berlin, Germany - Max Schmelinghalle
03-16 Munich, Germany - Zenith
03-17 Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
03-18 Zurich, Switzerland - Maag Eventhall
03-19 Paris, France - Zenith
03-21 Barcelona, Spain - Sala Razzmatazz

The Killers - Spaceman (live on snl) [mp3]