Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Band of the Week: Bettie Serveert

Bettie Serveert are from Amsterdam and their lead singer Carol Van Dijk has an edgy attitude that gives Karen O a run for her money. The band began nearly two decades ago, releasing a debut album in 1992 and joining the Matador family. After releasing eight albums (including a Velvet Underground tribute record), Bettie Serveert have returned full force in 2010 with Pharmacy of Love, a dizzying collection of menacing punk and grime, doused with screeching, slightly distorted guitars—with a bit of cabaret thrown in for good measure (“Mossie”). They have that lust-for-life sound that is almost exclusively found in bands that are still relatively unknown, and they want to confirm all of your mother’s fears about the unbridled dangers of rock n roll.

Bettie Serveert - Deny All [mp3]

Bettie Serveert on MYSPACE

Tour Dates:
Sep 30, 2010: Magic Bag (Ferndale, MI, USA)
Oct 01, 2010: The Abbey (Chicago, IL, USA)
Oct 02, 2010: First Avenue & 7th Street Entry (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
Oct 04, 2010: Larimer Lounge (Denver, CO, USA)
Oct 06, 2010: Empyrean Coffee (Spokane, WA, USA)
Oct 07, 2010: Tractor Tavern (Seattle, WA, USA)
Oct 08, 2010: Biltmore Cabaret (Vancouver, BC, CAN)
Oct 10, 2010: Dante's (Portland, OR, USA)
Oct 12, 2010: Cafe Du Nord (San Francisco, CA, USA)
Oct 13, 2010: Spaceland (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Oct 16, 2010: The Rialto Theatre 'Club Crawl' (Tucson, AZ, USA)
Oct 17, 2010: Launchpad (Albuquerque, NM, USA)
Oct 19, 2010: The Prophet Bar (Dallas, TX, USA)
Oct 20, 2010: Stubb's (Austin, TX, USA)
Oct 22, 2010: Blueberry Hill (St. Louis, MO, USA)
Oct 23, 2010: Exit / In (Nashville, TN, USA)
Oct 24, 2010: Earl (Atlanta, GA, USA)
Oct 25, 2010: Local 506 (Chapel Hill, NC, USA)
Oct 27, 2010: Brillobox (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
Oct 28, 2010: North Star Bar (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Oct 29, 2010: Bowery Ballroom (New York, NY, USA)
Oct 30, 2010: The Record Collector Store (Bordentown, NJ, USA)
Oct 31, 2010: Iota Club & Café (Arlington, VA, USA)
Nov 02, 2010: T.T. the Bear's (Cambridge, MA, USA)
Nov 03, 2010: Maxwell's (Hoboken, NJ, USA)
Nov 04, 2010: Daniel Street (Milford, CT, USA)
Nov 13, 2010: De Oosterpoort (Groningen)
Nov 21, 2010: Beauforthuis (Austerlitz bij Zeist)
Nov 26, 2010: Podium Asteriks - Blokhuispoort (Leeuwarden)
Nov 27, 2010: 't Beest (Goes)
Dec 03, 2010: De Waerdse Tempel (Heerhugowaard)
Dec 10, 2010: Muziekgieterij (Maastricht)
Dec 23, 2010: De Vorsting (Hilversum)

The Strokes Post #574

Colbert + Malkmus = awkward bliss

this is so freaking wonderful.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Colbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionFox News

"Reagan" hahahahha

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Pavement - Gold Soundz
Colbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionFox News

Pavement are magic covered in powdered sugar.

video + mp3s: The Walkmen's impeccable TAS sessions

fucking grand.

read the interview from the The Alternate Side session HERE

angela surf city [mp3]
juveniles [mp3]
woe is me [mp3]
torch song [mp3]

Adam Haworth Stephens visits Daytrotter

"Stephens has always been able to deliver the ballads with the fiery expositions of torn to shreds people set on getting a little ferocious and snapping when they've been cornered and here, on 'We Live On Cliffs,' we find that there's more of a settling going on, of folks falling into those phases of life where they might comment that they're too old to give a damn anymore."

Adam Haworth Stephens - Praises in Your Name (DT) [mp3]

check out the whole article + download all the mp3s HERE

I am so obsessed with this man's soul. his voice makes me quiver. I need to listen to his band, Two Gallants.

Classic Track Thursday

when I get to hell, I expect Messrs Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Lou Reed to be waiting for me at the gate, ready to engage in an orgy.

The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog [mp3]
from The Stooges (1969)

The Strokes Post #573

"that's not just music that's romance too
you like music we can dance to."

The Strokes - You Only Live Once (Zane Lowe) [mp3]
the rare early version with the lyrics from I'll Try Anything Once. it makes my heart melt.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

concert review + interview: Everest

Bands nowadays are a dime a dozen, with longevity and impact factor to match. While new bands seem to sprout up quicker than weeds, it’s rare to find truth or substance in their music. But then there are hidden gems, bands that have been doing spectacular things under the radar for years while people dilute their souls with Lady Gaga.

Everest are from California and are currently based in LA, but their hearts are fixated with the timelessness of Americana and folk music. Their spectacular performance at the Fillmore Saturday night was sandwiched between two acts (Nathan Moore and the Mother Hips) that had me shrugging my shoulders with indifference; I left midway through the later set. They drew heavily from their recent sophomore album, On Approach. The set, which was characterized by the band's unshakable control over the holistic sound of the varied guitar tones and a subtle mastery of keyboards, culminated with a rollicking cover of Neil Young’s classic “Revolution Blues” which had the audience begging for more.

I had the chance to ask their lead singer (Russell Pollard) and their bass player (Elijah Thomson) some questions. I was thrilled to discover something about the identity of the latter, read on below to find out what it is

Stylistically speaking, who are your biggest influences?
Russ: Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Pretty Things-they recorded around the same time as The Beatles…they had a number one record in ’70…then they disappeared. Bands like that. Good songs, good singers
Eli: I know everyone says this but I think we enjoy a wide variety. There is no stylistic genre we try to fit into

On Approach is your second album. How did writing it differ from your debut?
Russ: The songs were written in a different chunk of time…we were on the road when some of the songs were written. But we had more time writing it, about two years. We had more experience playing together and more time in the studio figuring things out and had more of an idea of defining our sound together than we did on the first record. That one was more about enjoying playing together and making stuff up.
Eli: the first one was more of a project based thing, we had more of a vested interest in the second one. All the lessons that are learned touring and testing yourselves in different situations and what effect that has on your creativity. What impact you want to have musically. In subtle ways, not something you think about consciously but, you know, thinking to yourself, “ok, I have to up the ante now”
Where did you come up with the band name?
Russ: Jay and I-our guitar player- liked the name Everest, and we have a little studio by that name. A little recording space called Everest Recorders. Before the band started, we were just messing around in there, figuring out how to capture our ideas, rather than having to go to somebody else’s space. It was just the name that fit.

What has been the best touring experience the band has had?
Russ: It’s hard to choose one, we’ve been really lucky. We started touring with My Morning Jacket and we went to Europe with those guys, we had fun, cause we’ve been friends for a while. I’ve known Jim James since high school, I’ve seen him in different bands and we’ve played together in bands in our early twenties. I’ve seen his trajectory into MMJ and I talked to him about it and he took us out on the road.

You guys remind me of two other bands from Southern California who do their own thing without much regard for what is trendy in indie music-Cold War Kids and Delta Spirit. Any thoughts on either band?
Russ: Eli knows DS pretty well
You’re not Eli Thomson are you? The guy who co-produced History From Below?!
Eli: That’s me.
Holy…wow. Thank you. Wow. I am honoured. Oh! Right, cause the record was also produced by a guy from MMJ…
Eli: yeah, Bo. He was playing with us, with Everest on a tour with Neil Young. MMJ took a year off and he was just trying to do some new things, some interesting things. He came out on the bus one day saying that he had just heard this record [Ode to Sunshine-DS’s self released debut]…that was when they were still a club band, and the early creativity is captured in a different way. When we started working with DS, they had made a conscious decision not to recreate that record. You have to respect a band that doesn’t want to do the same thing again. I’ve known those guys since they were teenagers.
The thing that I like about our circle of friends is there isn’t any kind of competition, other than friendly competition, you know. We all try to build each other up.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?
Eli: I dunno what to say without sounding self aggrandizing. People have made comments that my bass playing was…I think unique was my favourite term. I don’t think of certain musicians as necessarily better than others, every individual has their individual expression, they’re collecting a lifetime of influences and honing them into some new form that is different than from what everyone else has because they didn’t experience life in the same way. When anyone recognizes something I do as unique, I consider that the highest form of compliment.
Russ: When we finished On Approach, Neil Young listened to the record and he told me that one of the songs was a classic
Which one was it?
“Unfortunate Sea”. So that’s as good as it gets for someone who is writing songs to hear something like that from someone they look up to…it’s huge

Describe your music with one word.
Russ: True
Eli: Multifarious

“Let Go” has a gripping shock factor. It made me want to hear more, immediately. Do you prefer writing that kind of song or do you prefer slower ones like “Unfortunate Sea”?
Russ: I enjoy both. I think they go hand in hand, they help each other out. They’re both necessary. You can’t have every song sound like “Let Go”, it would get boring, especially in the live setting
Does either feel more forced to write or do they both come naturally?

Probably a song like “Let Go” felt a little more forced. For us, it was a different direction than what we were used to doing. We were unsure of it at first but at the same time it never felt “forced”…we never felt like we needed to write a certain kind of song so that people would say this about it. We questioned it because we didn’t know it was in our wheelhouse. And it ended up that it was.

Which instruments make you uneasy?
Russ: Saxophone in rock music makes me a little uncomfortable
Eli: I would agree with that. Not in jazz, or in a section, that’s fine. In the middle of a rock n roll song, it can’t be great
Can you tell me what inspired “House of 9's”?
A riff inspired it…this dirge riff that our guitar player Joel wrote while we were out on the road. I was feeling nostalgic. It was the fall, and I always feel nostalgic during the fall. That’s sort of what it’s about in a vague way. There are a lot of characters on our record that aren’t real. You know when you have recurring dreams and you feel that the person in the dream is you, but it’s not really? It’s like pieces of your subconscious that you don’t need anymore fleeing…your brain erasing things you don’t need
That’s how your songwriting goes?
Russ: sort of. Just trying to remember things that you might not reveal themselves to you again and trying to make sense of it somehow

How do you feel about music or the industry today?
Russ: to be positive, something good to dwell on is that I’ve felt a lot of camaraderie amongst different bands as things have changed and maybe become more difficult for bands to figure out ways to sell records. There’s this spirit and energy that was kind of missing for awhile of Bands being supporters of one another. Taking them out on tour and giving them a shot; or, if they’re on the same level, giving them a shout out and bringing them to the attention of their fans. We’ve been really fortunate to have some great touring experiences with some really great bands. You have to be really proactive and work really hard but the fruits of your labour are just that much sweeter because it’s not easy. Just surviving.
Eli: and that’s just surviving. The question is, how do you maintain that? You have to be weary of inner band politics and strife. There’s more stories of people that lose it than ones who maintain it.

If you could live out the experiences of any band, past or present, which would you choose?
Russ: Led Zeppelin. For me, they were my first favourite band. They were young and they did whatever they wanted and it just happened to be, like, the hugest thing ever. Those guys were just awesome. And they became humongous and they wrote these great records that people still put on and it’s your favourite. And you don’t even realize it until you go back to it. Why wouldn’t you want to live that?
Eli: Russ’s answer was great. I have to think of something different. I think the band I would most likely wish I was in is the Ravi Shankar Orchestra. I think that is probably the most amazing shit I have heard in my life. The beginning of the concert for George…is just…one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. If I could be anything in that band, I might have to leave Everest
Russ: I’d join you. Totally.

Everest on MYSPACE

Everest - House of 9's [mp3]

The Strokes Post #571

tomorrow will be different
so this is why I'm leaving

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Strokes Post #569

oh Pete. you're a darling so I forgive you.