Friday, February 18, 2011

new Radiohead song/video: Lotus Flower (+ link to album)

from The King of Limbs, which got an early release today. buy it HERE

Thom Yorke decided to do drugs and pretend he was a mime. that hat is fucking cool. the song is closely aligned with In Rainbows stuff, that ethereal sound so removed from their earlier guitar driven albums.

Radiohead - Lotus Flower [mp3]

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Phoenix talk about their fifth LP

Phoenix talk about recording new album from PEDESTRIAN.TV on Vimeo.

it'll be "experimental" and "futuristic" and stray from the drum machines of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

The Strokes Post #621

via She's Fixing Her Hair

plus they'll Madison Square Garden on April 1st Bonnaroo on the weekend of June 9-12

Radiohead to release eighth album this Saturday

well this is happy news!

The King Of Limbs will be released this weekend digitally (you can snag it for a bargain $9). Otherwise, you can order the "Newspaper Album" record on two clear vinyl LPs, complete with 625 pieces of art work, and a CD for $48, but this will arrive May 9th (however, you will get the mp3s this weekend.)

preorder HERE

Arcade Fire win Album of the Year at the Grammys

not that I care, but it's still very awesome for them, and The Suburbs, which I love

bonus: THIS is hilarious.

The Strokes Post #620

I woke up needing to listen to this song. so I did as I tend to do and listened to it on repeat as it rained softly outside.

Monday, February 14, 2011

concert review: Grand Lake, Yuck, Smith Westerns

Last night at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, three midrange indie bands played their hearts' content to a packed crowd, as the show was completely sold out. Some was good, some was bad, and some was just plain melodic.

Grand Lake

All of the band's newer, soft songs have power on stage as lead singer Caleb Nichols has amazing stage presence, however, his stage banter was super humble as always. The band played mostly new songs from their forthcoming EP as well as one from their debut LP Blood Sea Dream ("Concrete Blonde on Blonde"...released by the brand new Hippies are Dead label, and previously on an EP). Grand Lake have had yet another line up change, and they're back to being a trio. Ex Port o Brien drummer Josh Barnhart is currently their drummer and John Pomeroy, who used to play drums for GL, is currently on bass and keys. They played two covers, including a heart wrenching version of "The Tourist" by Radiohead. Overall, a great set from one of the Bay Area's best local bands, even if they have relocated a few hours south.


Spin heralded them as one of the best five bands of February, but at best they sound like an indie version of a power pop band a la The All American Rejects, acoustic songs interspersed and all. A few bearable riffs and the token chic on bass. "I could be your suicide on this one", the London frontman sang. Steer clear please.

Smith Westerns

The Chicago band was youthful and spirited, as the lead singer introduced "Dance Away" with "you should...fuck your girlfriend to this song". Somehow they sounded distorted and crisp at the same time. The vocals were confident, and the last part of "End of the Night" sounds a lot like 60's pop at its finest. The music is dreamy and feather light as well as melodic, and the band is not afraid to churn out a piercing Beatles-esque riff in nearly every song. They remind me a bit of MGMT at times, although substantially less weird. Do come out and see them.