Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday Music Definitions: Escape

Wilco - Cars Can't Escape [mp3]

from the HP II soundtrack

an earlier version of the song which also appears on Trouble, from an album entitled Introducing Ray LaMontagne (2003)

I love the lyrics in this song. they are so heart wrenchingly bare.

The Strokes Post #419

somaaaaaaaaaaaa (demo) [mp3]

band of the week: King Khan

King Khan is my current obsession. I've always had a deep rooted respect for him, knowing that he was close friends with my-heroes-the-Black-Lips which was sealed upon the release of the excellent collabo album he did with them entitled The Almighty Defenders.

but seeing him perform live two times in three days (at Coachella with the Shrines and in SF with the AD) really did me in. at Great American on Tuesday night, he delivered above and beyond with his promises of a true punk rock show.

alongside his Atlanta buddies, he broke every bound of propriety ever known to man--offending on every level possible: spewing politically incorrect declarations with his pants off, a bottle of whiskey in hand and a Bible on the floor. and the music...oh so gritty and brashly desultory.

colour me hooked.

I apologize for the lack of accompanying media, my camera got lost amidst the chaos. it was well worth it.

this is what the venue's response was to the show:

Last night (April 20) an incident occured at the end of the set involving inappropriate and uncondoned behavior by two of the artists performing. To those in the audience, please accept our apologies. We will continue to strive to provide an environment and music that is appropriate for all ages.


The Strokes Post #418

I'm just way too...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Classic Track Thursday

from The Bends (1995)

It's hard to explain how I feel when I listen to The Bends. it's one of those albums that gets you in such a daze that all you want to do is listen to the band responsible forever and ever. I really adore Radiohead. I fell in the irrevocable black hole of Thom Yorke's brilliance upon watching the video for "Street Spirit" a few years ago. and "Just" just gets me every freaking time. when I think about it, one of the things I love about this album is, just like Is This It, every song is so powerful, it could be a single. the lines get blurred, really. goodness gracious I love The Bends. it almost feels wrong that it's their second album. it should have been their debut and Pablo Honey should have been their sophomore slump. it's disgusting, really, how Radiohead only seem to get better with every album. it makes me fear for my life.

and that is my little rant about Radiohead, mostly inspired by my happiness of seeing Thom Yorke sing live. carry on.

The Strokes Post #417

I had my music on shuffle today (which I rarely do) and a live version of NYCC came on. it made me so happy.

this song is so fucking badass.

OH OH OH. before I forget. I have a cool demo of it. the guitar solo is noticeably different but still really really awesome.

PS I love that when I type in "new york city cops" in my itunes, I get 33 songs aka 2.1 hours.I could very well listen to this song for two hours.

Free Energy announce new tour dates!

Headline Shows
4/22: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Café
4/23: Chicago, IL @ Beauty Bar
4/25: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
4/26: Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

Daytrotter Barnstormer III Tour Dates (w/Ra Ra Riot, Delta Spirit, and more)
4/27: West Liberty, IA @ Secrest 1883 Octogonal Barn
4/28: Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
4/29: Lake Geneva, WI @ Knotty Pines Farm
4/30: Monticiello, IL @ Kalyx Center
5/01: Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow Barn

More Headline Shows
5/8: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club – (NEW)
5/14: Lewiston, ME @ Bates College

Tour with Jukebox The Ghost
5/26: Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs + -
5/27: Hamden, CT @ Space + -
5/28: Philadelphia, PA @ The First Unitarian Church + -
5/29: New York, NY @ Bowery + -
5/30: Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel -
6/01: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 + -
6/02: Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor + -
6/3: Decatur, GA @ The Star Community Bar + - (NEW)
6/04: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits + *
6/06: St. Paul, MN @ Grand Old Day Festival
6/08: Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree + *
6/09: Nashville, TN @ The Exit In + *
6/10: Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop + *
6/11: Rochester, NY @ The Club at Water Street Music Hall + *
6/12: Providence, RI @ Jerky’s + * (NEW)

+ w/ Jukebox The Ghost

- w/ Minature Tigers

* w/ Drink Up Buttercup

Tour with Mates Of State
6/15: Northampton, MA @ IronHorse
NXNE Shows (2 shows, 1 day):
6/17: Toronto, ON @ NXNE early show @ Yonge Dundas Square w/ Mudhoney, X, Brant Bjork, and Icarus Line (6pm)
6/17: Toronto, ON @ NXNE late show @ Horseshoe Tavern - KEXP Night w/ Warpaint and Elliott Brood (10pm)
6/18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
6/19: Cleveland, OH @ Grop Shop
6/21: Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century
6/22: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
6/23: Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
6/24: Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
6/25: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
6/26: Denver, CO @ Bluebird
6/28: Salt Lake City @ In the Venue
6/30: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
7/1: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
7/2: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
7/3: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
7/4: Tucscon, AZ @ Club Congress
7/6: Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
7/7: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
7/8: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
7/9: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
7/10: Birmingham, AL @ Workplay
7/12: Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
7/13: Ashville, NC @ Orange Peel
7/14: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

watch them being featured on ABC below:

BFD lineup + presale

BFD is here!

lineup so far:

Sublime with Rome, Deftones, Hole, Silversun Pickups, Cage The Elephant, Spoon, The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Flyleaf, The Temper Trap, Dirty Heads, The Soft Pack, Far and Middle Class Rut

Sunday, 6 June
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View

Presale starts: Thu, Apr 22 at 10am
Presale ends: Thu, Apr 22 at 10pm

buy tix HERE
password: popstar

I love BFD. it's what started my music mania, really.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

record review: Shout Out Louds - Work

On their third full length album, Sweden’s Shout Out Louds have perfected the craft of creating atmospheric indie pop. Effortlessly incorporating sounds as varied as The Cure and Paul Simon, the album has a certain warmth about it that makes for a most soothing decompressor—creating an effect as far removed from the album title as possible.

The opening track, “1999” is wonderfully nostalgic and paves the way for a whirlpool of emotions and unconscious memory. “Walls” is ominous in a way only Europeans can do it, and “Play the Game” echoes the Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979”. The band fearlessly blends the best of the 90s, meshing pop-punk and Brit-pop elements to create songs that are simultaneously worthy of sways and tears. The best track on here is the glimmering “Paper Moon”, which hosts layers as perfect as a cake from your favourite bakery. This album is a must listen, so don’t let it slip under your radar.

Life Lessons from Robert Pollard

there's something so deliciously unnerving about Guided By Voices. Pollard has a tendency to strip away all of your protective layers when he sings, and really hit you at the core. head over HERE to read a short but sweet excerpt from an old issue of MAGNET

goodbye Voxtrot.

I am very sad to report that one of my favourite bands ever have decided to part ways. after a short tour (including a SF show in late May), Ramesh will move in a different direction musically.

he says:

"For me, the most important thing in life is leaving behind something beautiful, something that finds its way into the lives of strangers, and forever alters them in a positive manner."
read more HERE (isn't that just the most depressing title ever?)

Goodbye, Cruel World… 2010 Tour Dates

MAY 21 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
MAY 22 – Appleton, WI @ Lawrence University
MAY 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
MAY 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
JUNE 3 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
JUNE 23 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
JUNE 25 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

there is a very nice writeup about Voxtrot at We All Want Someone to Shout For

Dylan - In the Moonlight (Do You)

I usually dread checking my's always so loaded with crap, but today I was pleasantly surprised by a itunes gift from my bestie. she sent me this little gem, which we love to sing along to very loudly. it's so creepy and completely weird if you don't watch Modern Family. so get on that.

haha apparently there's a music video and everything:


The Strokes Post #417

Quote of the day:

“I’m hoping whatever shit went down in this lost four years don’t turn out to be missteps. I want to make dozens of albums with the Strokes.” – Nick Valensi, via the new issue of RS which is on my floor, begging to be read. One day, I will have leisure time. Just keep fishing, just keep fishing...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

record review: Crash Kings (eponymous debut)

Upon first glance, one might think that LA’s Crash Kings have been releasing LPs for a good few years—both by virtue of their handle on songwriting and the because of the reassuringly familiar sound which infiltrates their cleverly crafted debut album. The precision with which they go about writing their piano driven songs will draw up memories of yesteryear: do you remember the key-mania of the mid-2000s?

Other than “Mountain Man”, their foot stomping, bass heavy album opener, there are no anthems on this album. No head spinning themes, no cryptic messages. Just songs. Songs that happen to lack guitar but still sound brazen and powerful.

The album hosts a good balance of bubblegum tracks (“It’s Only Wednesday”) and heavier, Audioslave-esque numbers (“You Got Me”) so if you’re seeking monotony, look elsewhere. “Saving Grace” delivers like an American Muse, replacing Bellamy’s haunting croon with something a bit more sprightly.

Can music be innovative if it’s been done a thousand times before? If executed in the vein of Crash Kings, the answer is unequivocally yes. Think of the last time you heard earnest, unapologetic piano rock worthy of your time. My point exactly.


Crash Kings - Mountain Man [mp3]

Apr 28, 2010 Sunfest West Palm Beach West Palm Beach, FL
May 1, 2010 Edgefest Dallas, TX
May 2, 2010 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX
May 3, 2010 Emo's (inside) Austin, TX
May 6, 2010 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
May 22,2010 WBOS Earth Festival Boston, MA
June 4, 2010 Sumemrfest Milwaukee, WI
Jun 5, 2010 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL

visit them on MYSPACE

this is very cool:

The Strokes Post #416

what happens when you put the lead singer of my favourite band in the same room as my second favourite band?

thank you Coachella.

and thanks to Katie for the link

Monday, April 19, 2010

Minus the Bear: album stream + tour dates

Omni, the Seattle band's 4th studio LP, will see a proper release on 4 May but you can stream it now HERE

April 19 Knitting Factory Concert House Spokane, WA
April 20 The Railyard Billings, MT
April 22 Slowdown Omaha, NE
April 23 Sandstone Amphitheatre Bonner Springs, KS
April 25 St. Andrew's Hall Detroit, MI
April 26 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
April 28 Madison Theater Covington, KY
April 29 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
April 30 Webster Theatre Hartford, CT
May 2 Bamboozle Festival E. Rutherford, NJ
May 5 Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA
May 6 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
May 7 9:30 Club Washington, DC
May 8 The National Richmond, VA
May 9 The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC
May 10 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
May 11 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 12 The Ritz Tampa, FL
May 14 House Of Blues Houston, TX
May 15 Granada Dallas, TX
May 16 La Zona Rosa Austin, TX
May 18 Sunshine Theatre Albuquerque, NM
May 19 House Of Blues Las Vegas, NV
May 20 Mayan Theatre Los Angeles, CA
May 21 Glass House Pomona, CA
May 22 SOMA San Diego, CA
May 23 Marquee Theater Tempe, AZ
May 26 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
May 27 Knitting Factory Reno, NV
May 28 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
May 29 Sasquatch Music Festival George, WA

Elliott Smith - Last Call

the thing about Elliott Smith is...
he has so many amazing songs that when you sit down and really listen to any of them you will be spellbound

to commemorate the recent reissue of Roman Candle, RCRD LBL has a free download of the chilling track "Last Call"

do it do it do it do it do it (haha Hot Chip on the brain)

The Strokes Post #415

this is wicked

click HERE for more


best weekend ever. seriously, how could I not enjoy a super orgy of all of my favourite things: live music, drugs, supergroups, dancing and drunken, drunken ruckus?

here are the artists I saw, in order of how much I enjoyed their set:
Julian Casablancas (HARD TO EXPLAIN AI AI AI AI)
Pavement (closed with "Cut Your Hair" and I nearly cried)
Girls (this was so freaking psychedelic. beyond the drugs, man.)
Phoenix (um, yeah)
King Khan and the Shrines (crazy ass mofo)
Thom Yorke (what a legend)
Beach House (sparkly.)
The Soft Pack (so tight!)
Them Crooked Vultures (holy shit this blew my mind. wish I were closer)
Spoon (had to leave for Phoenix but what I saw was great, as per usual)
The Dead Weather (JACK WHITE IS INSANE INSANE INSANE. new songs sound great!)
Muse (holy smokes this was beyond words)
Vampire Weekend (ended with Walcott, played a lot from the debut!)
Hot Chip (most fun I've had dancing in AGES)
LCD Soundsystem (I love James Murphey. that is all.)
Jay Z (I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked Jay Z's set. Beyonce came out and they sang "Forever Young" together, it was super cute)
(their set was fun 'cause I kept insisting on getting up to dance and then falling back down and resuming my post-drunken nap)
Gil Scott Heron (gotta find this guy the next time I go record hunting. great voice.)
Matt & Kim (thought I'd hate it but they were fun)
Portugal. the Man (did a cool couple of covers)
Kevin Devine (erm I was in the wrong tent)
Deerhunter (my hatred for Deerhunter remains unchanged.)




king khan

jay z


gil scott heron

the soft pack


them crooked vultures

sad that I missed The Almighty Defenders + this little gem (I did see him do two Radiohead songs, though):

I would have taken more photos/video but my camera battery failed all of Saturday and half of Sunday.

The Strokes Post #414

The Strokes Post #413

pictures were taken in lieu of video of the first song, River of Brakelights.