Friday, August 13, 2010

band of the week: Setting Sun

Setting Sun is a band from Brooklyn with all the right answers. They are like that art teacher who first told you that you could and should colour outside the lines, forever altering your perception of what is beautiful. Their new album, Fantasurreal, combines the delightful weirdness of MGMT with vocals that sound like a more mellow Wayne Coyne, all delivered in the powerful whisper of Snow Patrol or Bright Eyes. In songs like “Make You Feel”, they use horn sections tastefully, like Sufjan Stevens. Their incorporation of classical instruments leans towards the post-rock elements of Sigur Ros, but the execution is extremely subtle. Their music is thoughtfully arranged and displays a myriad of great influences. Give it a listen below.

Setting Sun - Driving [mp3]

Visit them on MYSPACE for tour dates and other stuff

Morrissey reveals his 13 all time favourite albums

Jobriath – Jobriath
Jeff Buckley – Grace
the Smoking Popes – Born To Quit
Damien Dempsey – Seize The Day
Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
Sparks – Kimono My House
Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power
Nico – Chelsea Girl
Patti Smith – Horses
Ramones – Ramones
New York Dolls – New York Dolls

via stereogum

video: Arcade Fire on the Daily Show

they performed my two favourites from The Suburbs!

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Arcade Fire - Ready to Start
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

haha the beginning of this is cute.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive - Arcade Fire - Month of May
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

I am not digging Win's new look. to me, he will always be a father figure in the world of indie rock and he looks too young with that new haircut. NO, WIN, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED THE LIBERTY OF DETERMINING YOUR OWN IMAGE. YOU ARE PUBLIC DOMAIN NOW.

The Strokes Post #532

"The Strokes: 1 "OMG! The greatest band of all time!!!"; 2 "It's not as good as the first..."; 3 "Hey, can we listen to the Arctic Monkeys?"

via NME

blasphemy! the idea of the website is pretty cool though, check it out!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

stream Free Energy playing on SPIN's rooftop tomorrow

Thursday 8/12/10 at 7:45PM EST.

stream it live HERE

Free Energy - C'mon Let's Dance [mp3]

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Lineup Announced


I love San Francisco.

Grand Lake: vinyl release party at Cafe Du Nord

24 August 2010

Terrorbird and Hippies Are Dead Present:

ITS FOR FREE GRACE (Ted Nesseth of Heavenly States)

Show: 9:00pm
Doors: 8:00pm
Door: $10.00
Ages: 21+

Grand Lake - Sandusky Sunset (Werewolf Work Week) [mp3]

a great cut from an early cassingle.

check out the band's feature on SPINNER

the band on MYSPACE

The Strokes Post #530

there is an amazing review of a Strokes gig HERE written by a thirteen year old kid.

now I dunno if it's karma rewarding me for getting children at the school I teach into The Strokes but I have a media pass for Outside Lands. this means I'm going both days, for free. and this would not have been possible without the high numbers generated by YOU, my readers.

so cheers. from the bottom of my heart. I never thought I'd get to the point where I would go to something like Outside Lands as press. the awesomeness is multiplied tenfold with the fact that MY FAVOURITE BAND EVER are headlining. I was screaming along to "Hard to Explain" this morning on my way to work and I am so ready to lose my Strokes virginity. MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS I AM SO EXCITED FOR SATURDAY. the proper celebration of my twenty first.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

new single: Jimmy Eat World - My Best Theory

I was never the biggest fan of Chase This Light, but it seems as though Jimmy Eat World have rekindled their heartfelt, angst ridden Bleed American-y roots

this makes me very very very happy. to me, Jimmy Eat World are horribly underrated and the only redeeming thing about that fact is their consistency in being prolific, humble and genuine

tour dates:
9/21 Center Stage Atlanta, GA
9/22 The Orange Peel Asheville NC
9/24 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
9/25 Virgin Mobile Free Fest/Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
9/29 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
9/30 Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA
10/1 SLO Veterans' Auditorium San Luis Obispo, CA
10/3 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
10/4 Sokol Auditorium Omaha NE
10/5 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI
10/7 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
10/8 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
10/9 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
10/11 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
10/14 Terminal 5 New York, NY
10/15 House Of Blues Boston, MA
10/17 Kool Haus Toronto, ON

Their forthcoming album, Invented, reunites the band with producer Mark Trombino who worked with the band on their albums Bleed American, Static Prevails and Clarity. The first single off the album is "My Best Theory."

The track list for Invented:
1. Heart Is Hard To Find
2. My Best Theory
3. Evidence
4. Higher Devotion
5. Movielike
6. Coffee and Cigarettes
7. Stop
8. Littlething
9. Cut
10. Action Needs An Audience
11. Invented
12. Mixtape

preorder at their WEBSITE

Bombay Bicycle Club - Ivy & Gold (acoustic)

The Gaslight Anthem Announce New Tour Dates

04 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre (18+) #
05 - Fargo, ND - The Venue (All Ages) #
06 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre (All Ages) #
08 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Centre (All Ages) #
09 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall (All Ages) #
11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom (19+) #
13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo (All Ages) #
14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom (All Ages) #
16 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot (21+) #
18 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave (All Ages) #
19 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre (All Ages) #
20 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre (On-sale: Aug. 14) &
21 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue (On-sale: Aug. 13) &
22 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's (On-sale: Aug. 13) &
23 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues (On-sale: Aug. 13) &
25 - Lincoln, NH - Nor'Easter Festival
26 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights (On-sale: Aug. 14) &
27 - Richmond, VA - The National (On-sale: Aug. 13) &
28 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live (On-sale: Aug. 13) &
30 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall *

02 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre *
03 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (On-sale: Aug. 13) *
04 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues (On-sale: Aug. 13) *
05 - Gainesville, FL - 8 Seconds (On-sale: Aug. 13) *
07 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live (On-sale: Aug. 13) *
09 - Austin City Limits Festival - Austin, TX

# = w/ The Menzingers and Fake Problems
& = w/ Fake Problems and Bridge and Tunnel
* = w/ Rival Schools and Fake Problems

The Gaslight Anthem - 1930 [mp3]

The Strokes Post #529

some great lolla photos via BROOKLYNVEGAN

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Antony & the Johnsons: new song, new LP + EP tracklisting

the Thank You For Your Love EP will be released on August 24

1. Thank You For Your Love [mp3]

2. You Are The Treasure
3. My Lord My Love
4. Pressing On (Bob Dylan cover)
5. Imagine (John Lennon cover)

the forthcoming LP Swanlights will be released on October 12.

preorder HERE

Ben Sollee's bike tour II

info on his first bike tour can be found HERE

"It's not about trying to be 'green' - whatever that means these days - and saving the environment. It's about pace of life and re-localizing. I've spent nearly ten years on the road now and the expectations of the industry are enormous. When you get a call the night before to play late-night TV the next day on the other side of the country you do it. If there's a good money gig but it's 300 miles the other way, you do it. But not if you're on a bicycle. It's a beautiful limitation, because all the reasons you once thought of to avoid these small towns go out the window and the communities become really valuable to us."

Aug 18 - San Diego CA - Sushi Art
Aug 20 - Long Beach CA - {OPEN}
Aug 21 - Los Angeles CA - The Bootleg Theater
Aug 22 - Santa Monica CA - SMMoA - Tour da Arts
Aug 24 - Santa Barbara CA - SoHo
Aug 25 - Salinas CA - The Steinbeck Center
Aug 26 - Santa Cruz CA - The Crepe Place
Aug 28 - San Francisco CA - Rickshaw Warehouse
Sept 04 - Fort Collins - Tour De Fat
Sept 10 - Harve de Grace, MD - Biller's Bikes
Sept 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
Sept 15 - Doylestown PA - Puck Live
Sept 16 - Bethlehem PA - Wild Flower Cafe
Sept 18 - Kempton PA - Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Festival
Sept 21 - York PA - The Depot
Sept 23 - Frederick MD - Cafe Nola
Sept 24 - Bethesda MD - Mansion at Strathmore
Sept 25 - Washington DC - Edmund Burke School
Oct 07 - Richmond KY - Eastern Kentucky University
Oct 08 - Frankfort KY - Grand Theatre

Ben Sollee - How to See the Sun Rise [mp3]

visit him on MYSPACE

Sunday Morning Covers


Cold War Kids - Electioneering (Radiohead cover) [mp3]

Elliott Smith - Waterloo Sunset (Kinks cover) [mp3]

Glen Hansard - Cry Me A River (Justin Timberlake cover) [mp3]

Jukebox the Ghost - I Love You Always Forever (Donna Lewis Cover) [mp3]

Klaxons - No Diggity (Blackstreet cover) [mp3]

MGMT - This Must Be The Place (Talking Heads Cover) [mp3]

The Postal Service - Suddenly Everything Has Changed (Flaming Lips Cover) [mp3]

Ben Gibbard's voice is so well suited for electronic music. nobody else even comes close.

Robbers on High Street - Shout To The Top! (Style Council cover) [mp3]

The Rolling Stones - Like A Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan cover) [mp3]

Winter Gloves - Someone Great (LCD Soundsystem cover) [mp3]

The Strokes Post #527