Friday, September 3, 2010

Band of the Week: Adam Haworth Stephens

In the magical woods of San Francisco, there lived a man named Adam Haworth Stephens who spun tales of fury and redemption, like a provincial Dylan. Purveyor and mastermind of the indie folk-rock duo Two Gallants, he decided to branch out into the icy waters of solo album territory, armed with unmistakable confidence and self assuredness. Consider We Live On Cliffs his very own take on “Veni Vidi Vici”, deliberate and composed yet overflowing with an impulsive spirit that cannot be tamed. Get listening below.

Adam Haworth Stephens - The Cities That You've Burned [mp3]

Adam will headline a CD release show in SF before embarking on tour with the Felice Brothers. We Live On Cliffs will be released on 28th September and it is absolutely mesmerizing.

visit him on MYSPACE


October 2 The Independent San Francisco, CA

w/ The Felice Brothers
October 5 Doug Fir Portland, OR
October 6 Tractor Seattle, WA
October 7 Media Club Vancouver, BC
October 9 State Room Salt Lake City, UT
October 10 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
October 12 Waiting Room Omaha, NE
October 13 Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN
October 14 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
October 15 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
October 16 Magic Stick Detroit, MI
October 18 Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh, PA
October 19 123 Pleasant Street Morgantown, WV
October 21 Capitol Theatre York, PA
October 22 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, DC
October 23 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA
October 28 Harper's Ferry Boston, MA
October 29 Met Café Providence, RI
October 30 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
October 31 MHOW Brooklyn, NY
November 1 Daniel Street Milford, CT
November 3 Jefferson Theatre Charlottesville, VA
November 4 King's Barcade Raleigh, NC
November 5 The Handlebar Greenville, SC
November 6 The Earl Atlanta, GA
November 8 The Social Orlando, FL
November 9 Club Downunder Tallahassee, FL
November 10 One Eyed Jack's New Orleans, LA
November 12 Emo's Austin, TX
November 13 The Loft Dallas, TX
November 14 Sticky Fingerz Little Rock, AR
November 15 Proud Larry's Oxford, MS
November 17 Headliners Louisville, KY
November 18 Southgate House Newport, KY
November 19 The Rumba Café Columbus, OH

The Strokes Post #553

nothing in the world warrants repitition
but reading, boozing and The Strokes.

Classic Track Thursday

Pavement - Elevate Me Later [mp3]

from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)

a lot of people don't "get" Pavement. I say, get listening or get the hell out of my car.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

download/stream free Radiohead documentary

with the sheer number of occurrences of the word "Free" before the band's name, you'd think they were an occupied territory or something

the footage was shot by fans and approved by Thom Yorke and co, who provided the official audio for the concert from last week

watch the whole thing at YOUTUBE or download it for free in various formats HERE

via Stranger Dance

Telekinesis: new EP, video, tour!

this. is absolutely darling.

Telekinesis - Dirty Thing (Music Video) from Merge Records on Vimeo.

the new EP includes covers of GBV and Joy Division? colour me in love with Mr. Lerner. oh, wait, that's not a new development at all.

with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin unless noted

Sep 3 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
Sep 4 Toronto, ON El Mocambo
Sep 6 Montreal, QC Casa Del Popolo
Sep 7 Cambridge, MA TT The Bear’s
Sep 8 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Sep 10 Washington, DC Black Cat
Sep 11 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary
Sep 12 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
Sep 13 Columbus, OH The Basement
Oct 13 Vancouver, BC Venue Nightclub w/ Superchunk
Oct 14 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market w/ Superchunk, Teenage Fanclub
Oct 15 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom w/ Superchunk, Teenage Fanclub
Oct 19 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box w/ Superchunk

damnit, no SF date as of yet. and I quite like SSLYBY as well.

Telekinesis on MYSPACE

the Music Induced Euphoria interview

video: The Static Jacks - My Parents Lied

I've been following this band for a while now and am still uber impressed with their chops.

The Static Jacks "My Parents Lied" from Michael James Murray on Vimeo.

the track comes from Laces, their newest EP

The Static Jacks - My Parents Lied [mp3]

visit them on MYSPACE

The Strokes Post #552

don't be a coconut. g-d is trying to talk to you.

video: insight on Ben Sollee's bike tour

Ditch the Van Bike Tour - Chapter 2 from marty benson on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Strokes Post #551

this morning, Julian came to my mind,
but specifically in the context of his (incestuous) first kiss

his voice here is so dreamy and soft.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Walkmen are streaming Lisbon on NPR (+ tour dates)

I've been listening to this phenomenal album non-stop for the last couple of days in lurid attempt of writing a worthy review.

still, nothing.

I can already tell you that Lisbon will be horribly underrated this year. stream it HERE

9/8: The Showbox w/ Helio Sequence, Seattle, WA
9/9: Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC w/ The National
9/10: Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC w/The National
9/11: WOW Hall w/ Helio Sequence, Eugene, OR
9/12: Music Fest NW, Portland, OR
9/14: The Fillmore w/ Japandroids, San Francisco, CA
9/15: The Music Box w/ Japandroids, Los Angeles, CA
9/17: Clubhouse Music Venue w/ Japandroids, Tempe, AZ
9/18: Belly Up Tavern w/ Japandroids, Solana Beach, CA
9/19: Neon Reverb Festival at Beauty Bar, Las Vegas, NV
9/25: Nor'easter Festival, Lincoln, NH
10/07: Royale Night Club w/ AA Bondy, Boston, MA
10/08: Caberet Jouste Pour Rire w/AA Bondy, Montreal, Quebec
10/09: The Phoenix Concert Theatre w/ AA Bondy, Toronto, ONT
10/10: Magic Stick w/ AA Bondy, Detroit, MI
10/12: The Vogue w/ AA Bondy, Indianapolis, IN
10/13: Metro w/ Japandroids, Chicago, IL
10/14: Barrymore Theatre w/ Japandroids, Madison, WI
10/15: Cabooze w/ Japandroids, Minneapolis, MN
10/16: The Waiting Room w/ Japandroids, Omaha, NE
10/17: Fox Theatre Cafe w/ Japandroids, Boulder, CO
10/19: The Bottleneck w/ Japandroids, Lawrence, KS
10/20: Off Broadway w/ Japandroids, St. Louis, MO
10/21: Zanzabar w/ Japandroids, Louisville, KY
10/22: Mr. Smalls Theatre w/ Japandroids, Pittsburgh, PA
10/23: The Trocadero w/ Japandroids, Philadelphia, PA
10/28: 02 Academy, Glasgow, UK w/ The Black Keys
10/30: 02 Academy, Newcastle, UK w/ The Black Keys
10/31: 02 Academy, Leeds, UK w/ The Black Keys
11/2: 02 Academy, Brixton, London, UK w/ The Black Keys
11/4: Rock City, Nottingham, UK w/ The Black Keys
11/6: 02 Academy, Liverpool, UK w/ The Black Keys
11/7: 02 Academy, Bournemouth, UK w/ The Black Keys
11/9: Le Bataclan, Paris, France w/ The Black Keys
11/11: BeCool, Barcelona, Spain
11/12: Ramdall, Madrid, Spain
11/14: Coliseu dos Recreios, Lisbon, Portugal
11/15: Tripod, Dublin, Ireland
11/16: Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland
11/18: Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
11/19: Flesh'Or, Paris, France
11/20: Crossing Border Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
11/22: Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands
11/22: Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Walkmen - Woe is Me [mp3]

The Strokes Post #550

can't remember if I've posted this already

Monday, August 30, 2010

video: Arcade Fire - We Used to Wait

in a very cool experiment, Arcade Fire introduce their fantastic song through the lens of a runner which culminates in you being presented with your childhood home.

it's pretty chilling. check it out.

record review: Interpol - Interpol

NYC’s Interpol used to be masters at taking a mellow, Joy Division-esque base and unexpectedly manning the living daylights out of it. They showed how thrilling the combination of morose 80’s post-punk and flailing guitars could actually be, feeling no need to restrain themselves from matching the level of grandeur set by UK’s Muse.

That being said, their fourth album is self-titled, and shamefully so. The album prominently displays the band’s dirty laundry; Interpol have clearly been unable to resolve internal conflicts and the tumultuousness which resulted in Carlos D’s unfortunate departure manifests itself song after song. Save their first single, “Barricade”, there is nothing remotely gripping on Interpol, just the forgettable fluttering of existential crisis wrapped around a massive regression to commonplace beats which fail to inspire the horror they so desperately wish to generate. The album is terribly amateur, “Try It On” sounds like an adolescent piano player exploring scales for the first time. Interpol have attempted to navigate new musical territory, but their flimsy ship has plummeted to the bottom of the dark seas without so much as an audible attempt at resistance. Uninspired keys on “Summer Well”? Snooze worthy repetition on “Safe Without”?

Thanks but no thanks.


The Strokes Post #549

I know I say it a lot,
but this is well worth watching.