Friday, March 31, 2006

Ben Gibbard - Acoustic KEXP 2003

Muzzle of Bees continues to set the internet on fire by posting great shows for everyone! Today he posted a Ben Gibbard (DCFC/Postal Service) solo acoustic show from KEXP that was recorded in June of 2003. Great show, although I wish he played some songs from their debut album [still my favorite]. Check it out here.

Also check out these albums if you don't already have them!

The National - Black Sessions

Muzzle of Bees has kindly posted the National'sset for Studio 105, Black Sessions, from April 29th of 2005. This is an amazing recording that I cannot recommend highly enough! You can grab the songs from his site here.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Band of Horses - Bowery Ballroom

Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan I just found out that Band of Horses is playing a show at the Bowery Ballroom, Friday June 16th! Tickets are not yet on sale, I'll keep you posted as to when they become available!

A Whisper in the Noise - Attacked in Seattle

A Whisper in the Noise, the supporting band for Arab Strap's U.S. tour, was attacked by drunken thugs outside of Neumo's in Seattle Wednesday night after their show. Filter magazine has more information regarding the incident, which you can read about here. Here's to hoping the band, and especially their tour manager, are doing well!

Having been to that area of Seattle, visiting the Elysian Brewery, this comes as a surprise to me.

Articles by Pitchfork

Pitchforkmedia has just posted two interesting articles. One is a review of the Clap Your Hands show at the Cat's Cradle in NC on March 9th, which you can read about here. The other is an interview done with Clearlake where the bands tells Pitchfork their favorite 11 albums, you can read this story here.

Blood on the Wall - Cancelled their show in NYC

On the bad news front - I just found out that Blood on the Wall has cancelled their show at the Knitting Factory on May 20th. Ticketweb is allowing for refunds due to the lineup change.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Blood on the Wall - NYC Show

Blood on the Wall is playing a show in NYC at the Knitting Factory on Saturday May 20th! Tickets are only $10! Amazing, I just grabbed tickets myself! Click here to order tickets.

You can also pick up their two albums Awesomer and Blood on the Wall.

Review of Mogwai's show at the Avalon March 6th

It's a bit late, I know, but I just found a link to a review of Mogwai's show at Avalon in NYC on PopMatters...never been on the site before but it's an interesting point of view! Here ya' go:

"What do they sound like?"

Here's a better question: What do you say when a person asks you that? Not only do I believe that every time "They sound sorta like U2 mixed with FILL IN THE BLANK" is uttered a pixie dies, I also think that it lowers the proverbial bar a notch. It seems to me that comparing one band's sound to another's is lazy -- it's hackneyed. It's like traveling down the bland unimagined highway of "it tastes like chicken." If I was quick on my feet I may say something like: "If a guitar band like Explosions in the Sky is for the hazy-eyed dreamers, than Mogwai's music is the passionate rumblings of an alcoholic couple with thin walls and light-sleeping neighbors."

Mogwai formed over ten years ago with the intention of making what they labeled "serious guitar music," and the band has since developed a devoted following that's included tastemakers like the late John Peel. When my man date - a long time fan, first time spectator of this Scottish sonic bliss -- probes me about what they are like live, I find this word comes quite easily:


The line at Avalon -- a refurbished former church that now acts as both dance club and music venue -- snakes around the corner. Most of the voices I overhear in line bear thick European accents, and most of the cigarette packs pulled from pockets are of brands I've never seen. The main room consists of the floor, a balcony that ropes around the perimeter of the grounds, and a third, elevated balcony where important people sporting color-coded bracelets congregate to enjoy the band's serious guitar music.

Mogwai hits the stage, opening with "We're No Here". It doesn't matter if you've come tonight with two or 32 of your closest friends, as soon as this set begins, you are alone. This is a show where action plays on the stage but where the treasure lies in the listener's head. Their music -- which mostly lacks the benefit or distraction of words -- creates a sort of short film in your mind, allowing your imagination to experiment for minutes at a time.

Halfway through their set, there is an issue with multi-instrumentalist Barry Burns' guitar pedal, and the group quits the song in the bridge. De facto band leader/guitarist Stuart Braithwaite apologizes for the faulty equipment before someone beckons him to "Tell us a story!" He smiles sheepishly and tells us that he has no stories. As a guitar tech comes on stage to correct the situation, Braithwaite (only half) jokingly threatens his life. A few songs later, Burns' pedal is acting up again and not long after the same tech -- this time appearing a bit more jumpy -- tends to the matter. Braithwaite apologizes and says, "I hope you liked that song because we are going to start it over for you all." Complete respect to the band and their aim towards perfection, but very few fans in the audience seem to notice the mishap and some are, perhaps, more annoyed that their hypnotic trance has been broken.

The band goes on to play favorites "Stanley Kubrick" and "Killing All the Flies" as the audience alternates between passive listening (during the soft lulls) and active participation (during the crescendos). They play a nice assortment of older material and some tracks off of their latest LP, Mr. Beast. The room is absurdly silent as the band plays, and the distraction of a nearby bouncer's walkie talkie bubbling with chatter is a constant menace. When some fans shoot the security man a dirty glance, he ignores them and begins chatting up a woman who appears to be his girlfriend. His is the only voice heard in the entire room.

In spite of the band's equipment malfunctions and the criminal misbehavior of the help, nobody appears dissatisfied with the band as the group walks off stage after their main set is complete. They return with the song everyone has been waiting for: "Mogwai Fear Satan".

I close my eyes to find myself surrounded by men who carry torches and clubs in their hands and have murder in their eyes. We are running in slow motion. I try to scream but the only noise I hear is the music. When we reach them they are over-numbered; the attack is fierce and quick. Their blood feels warm on my lips. These people died so I could live. There is no remorse because I am alive.

The raucous applause calls ACTION on my scene and my ears will be ringing for the next 36 hours. Serious guitar music indeed.

— 27 March 2006

10,000 Fans - Tool

Well, according to, Tool has finally released the track list for their new album, entitled 10,000 Fans which is due out May 2nd! This is the bands first album since Lateralus in 2001, which in my opinion was a major step back for the band! Hopefully this album will pick up where the band left off in their previous efforts!

Read below for the tracklist and more information:

Tool Prepares Fans For '10,000 Days'
Mar 29, 2006
Story by: Matt Pullman
Tool has revealed the track listing for their upcoming fourth longplayer, 10,000 Days . The album, their first since 2001's Lateralus , will be released May 2 via Volcano with its first single, "Vicarious," hitting commercial radio airwaves April 17. Fans can expect the band's trademark epic sound on tracks such as "Rosetta Stoned" and "10,000 Days (Part Two)," both pushing past the eleven-minute mark.

The band is hitting the festival circuit overseas during the early summer months and will headline this year's Coachella music festival. Tool has been in hibernation since 2002 while members pursued other projects (See: A Perfect Circle).

Tracklist For 10,000 Days:
01. Vicarious
02. Jambi
03. Wings For Marie (Pt. 1)
04. 10,000 Days (Pt. 2)
05. The Pot
06. Lipan Conjuring
07. Lost Keys (Blame Hofman)
08. Rosetta Stoned
09. Intension
10. Right In Two
11. Viginti Tres

Yeah Yeah Yeah Song!

Filter Magazine has news regarding the new Flaming Lips video "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song...(With All Your Power)"...see below

Flaming Lips Debut New Video

by Staff | 03.27.2006

From the forthcoming album At War with the Mystics (arriving April 4), the
Flaming Lips are releasing a video for “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song…(With All Your Power)” on Yahoo music this Thursday, March 30th. Based on the sneak peak clips of the video found on the band’s official site, it should prove to be one hell of a good time involving hamburgers, large men and hot Asian girls. [Seriously, just check out the pictures for yourself.]

Matt over at You Ain't No Picasso has a link to the new video already...check it out here!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Blind Tiger - Rises Like a Phoenix

According to the Gotham Imbiber, the Blind Tiger Ale House in NYC will re-open it doors, at a new location at 281 Bleeker Street, some time in May! This is most joyous news to all fine ale fans, in the New York City area and beyond! The new location is in the site of the former Figa Ristorante. The manger of Blind Tiger, Alan Jestice, has "promised an awesome range of unusual beers on tap for the opening gala."

For the time being, the Blind Tiger Ale House is planning an Exile in Sierra night at the Collins Bar (Blind Tigers sister bar, along with Spring Lounge). Here's the info:

Anyway, to celebrate our local and state government's amazing abilities to expedite all the necessary permits which help out the little guy achieve their dreams...I decided to hold a Sierra Nevada Event at the Collins Bar. So... About two months ago, I filed with the Beer Events Department of New York (a lesser known agency). Well, two weeks later they sent me a letter acknowledging that they received my letter. Two days after that, they returned my application and informed that only a lawyer could file said documents. So I got a lawyer, and he kindly filed the documents for me... No problem! A week later, they got back to me citing that I had forgotten to apply for the pre-application concerning the prior application...fair enough. I sent pre-prior application to the assistant of Beer Events, and just as he was about to approve the document, his wife called and told him she was leaving him.

Distraught, the assistant had to leave work. Another week went by... I called, a little concerned about the progress of my filing and was told that the assistant had forgotten to file my application to be reviewed by his assistant. Unfortunately, another assistant can't review a pre-prior filing without the current assistants documented and notarized approval - unless, of course, the head of the department approves it. "Great!"

I said, "let's get him on the phone". Well, that actually calls for the filing of something called "the document of directorial review", which requires that I get another type of lawyer, an expeditor, dirt from the base of one of the pyramids, the Holy Grail and the head of Alfredo Garcia...

You see where I am going with this, don't you? Anyhow, after much delay, the Sierra Nevada Event will be at the Collins Bar (735 8th Ave) on Wednesday March 29th @ 6:00PM
The list:
Sierra Schwartzbier (NY premiere)
Sierra Pilsner (very rare on the east coast)
Sierra Celebration (are you kidding me!!!)
Sierra Pale Bock (yumm)
Sierra Porter (a true classic)
Sierra Scotch Ale (another rare treat)

Arctic Monkeys - Webster Hall

Well, I hit the Arctic Monkeys show over the weekend (Saturday night at Webster Hall), and they did not dissapoint! I did not manage to take a camera into the show, so I am unfortunately sans photos! I will however recommend that you check out some great pictures and reviews of the show here, here, and here!

I haven't seen any mentions of the video-graphers that were omnipresent! I haven't been able to confirm anything but it did appear that the show was being taped for something. If I find out any more info I'll be sure to let you all know.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Built to Spill Reschedules Tour Dates

Again from Pitchfork the new rescheduled dates for the bands tour in support of You In Reverse, and then some. Damn they've added 30 additional dates to the tour for a whopping total of 68 shows over four months!

06-09 Calgary, Alberta - MacEwan Ballroom
06-10 Edmonton, Alberta - Red's
06-12 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
06-13 Seattle, WA - The Showbox
06-14 Seattle, WA - The Showbox
06-15 Seattle, WA - The Showbox
06-16 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
06-17 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
06-18 Bend, OR - Domino Room
06-19 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
06-21 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
06-22 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
06-23 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
06-24 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
06-27 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
06-28 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
06-29 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
06-30 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
07-01 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
07-07 Tempe, AZ - TBA
07-08 Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
07-10 Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
07-11 Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
07-12 Salt Lake City, UT - TBA
08-05 Chicago, IL - Grant Park (Lollapalooza)
09-12 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09-13 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09-14 Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre
09-15 Chicago, IL - Metro
09-16 Chicago, IL - Metro
09-17 St. Louis, MO - Mississippi Nights
09-18 Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
09-20 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
09-21 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
09-22 Little Rock, AR - Vino's
09-23 Memphis, TN - Young Avenue Deli
09-24 Nashville, TN - City Hall
09-26 Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
09-27 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
09-28 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
09-29 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
09-30 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
10-01 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
10-02 Boston, MA - The Roxy
10-04 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
10-05 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
10-06 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
10-07 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
10-08 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
10-09 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10-10 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10-11 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
10-12 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
10-13 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10-14 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
10-15 Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
10-17 New Orleans, LA - TBA
10-18 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10-19 Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room
10-20 Austin, TX - Stubb's
10-21 Lubbock, TX - Jake's Backroom

Random Story by Malcolm Middleton (Arab Strap)

Pitchfork has just posted a random story of Malcolm Middleton's nine songs that humble the Arab Strap co-frontman. It displays the tongue-in-cheek manner in which Arab Strap take to their music! Damn, I can't wait for this show in Brooklyn!!!

Nine Songs That Give Me Goosebumps and Make Me Want to Give up Music When I Hear Them Because I Feel Like Dirt Next to Them
Story by Malcolm Middleton, Arab Strap

1. King Creosote: "Marguerita Red"
Kenny Anderson is a beautiful man and a great songwriter. I hope everyone will realise this soon. This is the last song on his latest album K.C. Rules OK, and it makes me want to cry even though I've never paid attention to the lyrics. I painted my house to this album last October.

2. Pat Benatar: "Shadows of the Night"
I've loved this woman since I was 10 and have all three of her "good albums." She dropped out of my life for a time while I was fighting the metal and punk wars, but when I re-discovered her a few years ago I was pissing myself at how much of an influence her husband Neil Geraldo's guitar playing has been on me. A great pop song with a great climax. If you don't like this, don't expect ever to be invited to my house for dinner.

3. The Ramones: "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down"
Was never a huge R fan but this song is miles above anything else they've done. It makes me wish I was an American teenager in the 1970s, spilling beer over my head and smoking reefer. Joey's voice sounds great here.

4. Celine Dion: A New Day (radio remix)"
I can't and won't try to explain why I love this song, but 3:15 into it always sends shivers down my spine. No doubt some studio trickery or something. It's a shame she died when that boat sank a few years ago, I would've liked to have heard more of her stuff.

5. Hamish Imlach: "Cod Liver Oil and Orange Juice"
Not written by but made famous by the big man. Funny lyrics and a good yarn. You could be stuck on your own in the middle of nowhere with this song and still feel like you're at the best party in the world and that everyone loves you.

6. Davy Graham: "Love Is Pleasing"
I don't know much about this guy except that trying to learn his songs on the guitar is almost impossible for me. I think he's a big cheese in the folk world and everybody swears by him, but who gives a fuck. This song is simple and nice and even though a lot of the other stuff I've heard by him isn't so great (in my opinion), if you can write even one song like this then you "have it" and probably would get invited round to mine for dinner.

7. Patty Smith: "Frederic"
Such a positive shout of hope, this song actually makes me physically smile and want to rise up out of this human filth and vibrate so violently that I turn into first sound and then light.

8. Jackson C. Frank: "Blues Run the Game"
A wee sad tune written by a guy who had the worst luck in the world and is now dead and hopefully somewhere nicer having fun. This song should have a health warning on it though, it really makes me want to drink whiskey and smoke.

9. Iron Maiden: "Sea of Madness"
Where to begin. This song comes from the patchy but pristinely produced Somewhere in Time
album. Don't listen to the lyrics too closely, there's really no need. Powerful classic metal at it's best with an amazing opening guitar line. Blah blah blah. Try and drive slow to this, it's impossible until the middle "crazy-slow-emo" section. When the songs kicks in again it's really one of the biggest natural highs you can have. Really. Not to forget Steve Harris' big fat-arsed bass pumping behind the whole tune.

New Album by Adem

According to UNCUT magazine, Adem's new album entitled "Love and Other Planets" will be released on April 24th in Europe. I have been unable to verify this through either the Domino Records website or Adem's official website, nor have I been able to determine whether or not the album will be released stateside (fingers crossed). For those of you that are not familiar with Adem, he is a virtual one-man-band folk-ish singer/songwriter, who I happened to see open for Badly Drawn Boy during the latter's "One Plus One Is One" tour! Amazing performer, great lyricist and brilliant musician. Here's to hoping that the album is indeed on it's way and will be released in the U.S.!

In the singer/songwriter spirit below are some examples of Josh Ritter, another brilliant musician in the same mold as Adem, but with a more pronounced lean towards folk: (from the official website)
Girl in the War - (amazing)
Thin Blue Flame - (recommended)
Leaves & Kings
Beautiful Night

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Mogwai - Live Review (sort of) on Pitchfork

Well Pitchfork just put up a story about Mogwai playing live, although the story itself is more about growing up and on:

Live: Mogwai
Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC: 8 March 2006
Story by Brian Howe

As I entered the Cat's Cradle to the strains of Growing's scraping racket, I fingered the small plastic packets in my shoulder bag with a little anxiety. It was to be a night of firsts. I'm an "I'll try anything a hundred times" sort of person, but somehow, in all my 26 years, there were at least two things I hadn't tried even once. One was seeing Mogwai perform live. The other was wearing earplugs at a show. Stupid, I know, but inseparable from my personal imperative to favor the primacy of the moment over the abstraction of the future.

As Growing finished and Mogwai's laptops, keyboards, and guitars began to be assembled onstage, it was obvious that the first item would soon be checked off of my lifelong to-do list. The jury was still out on the latter. Having heard many accounts of Mogwai's deafening live volume, and in the interest of making a small concession to adulthood's sustainable lifestyle, I dug deep into my desk and found them-- two keychains, PR swag from a random record label; cylinders containing one set of pink foam earplugs apiece, one for me and one for my date. It wasn't exactly buying a station wagon or starting a 401K, but I couldn't help feeling as if wearing those foam plugs was another incremental step away from the idealism of youth toward a humbler, more realistic relationship with entropy and mortality.

Mogwai's been around for long enough (and has wielded enough influence over post-rock's development) to be unquestioningly venerated by their fans, represented at the show by a legion of quiet, politely scruffy-looking boys-- a motley company of indie-hippies-- only a few of whom felt repeatedly compelled to shout earnest yet idiotic stuff about Scotland. I spent the course of the first several songs bracing myself for a long build toward cacophony that wouldn't arrive until about halfway through the show, and even then, arrived mildly. Drawing heavily from the concise compositions of Mr. Beast, Mogwai's set was more stately than ferocious, more starry than fiery; the songs that did strive toward dissonant incandescence erupted in fountains of sparks instead of earsplitting explosions. Serene, simple guitar and piano phrases shuffled laconically amid lustrous textural swirls; gently abrasive grains threaded through placidly pretty ones; the audience dutifully applauded the less-than-vertiginous peaks and reverently rode the hypnotic sloughs. My enjoyment of the set's beauty was tinged with a minor ennui. It occurred to me that I should have gotten stoned.

Stuart Braithwaite announced that it was a band member's 30th birthday, and that Mogwai were "thinking about his birthday with every note we play." And I wondered: What exactly were they thinking about? Were these thoughts celebratory in tenor, or elegiac? Both? Was there any confluence between someone in one of the loudest bands in the world turning 30 and the mannered restraint of the set? Needless to say, my earplugs remain hermetically sealed in their plastic packets. While their day is fast approaching, I've managed to stave it off for a little while longer, and I'm grateful to Mogwai for growing up a little so that I didn't have to quite yet.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Buy This Album Now!

Check out the new album (debut) by Band of Horses, and buy it immediately! Great stuff! The album just came out this week and is definitely making an impression. Unfortunately there are no East Coast dates as of yet, but I'll keep you posted!

Here are a few demo's they've released:
Wicked Gil
I lost my dingle on the red line...
Bass Song

You can pick up there album for only

Bloc Party - B-sides & Remixes

Check out Good Weather for Airstrikes site to download Bloc Party's entire b-side & remix catalog. Both discs are available via rapidshare, here.

Belle & Sebastian - The Docks (Part II)

B(oot)log has just posted the second part of the two-part set of Belle & Sebastian's live show from the Docks in Toronto, February 25th, 2006. Check it out here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Radiohead Remixes

Skatterbrain has just posted two great remixes of Radiohead songs on his site. Check it out here!

Amy Millan (of Stars) Goes Solo

Amy Millan of Stars has a solo album due out May 30th entitled "Honey From the Tombs". I am so in love with this band, as is my wife, that I cannot wait to hear it! You can hear one of the tracks off the album, Skinny Boy, by downloading it here.

For more information regarding this story check Brooklyn Vegan, I Guess I'm Floating or Pitchforkmedia.

Radiohead - European Tour 2006

From the newsroom:

Radiohead announce European tour

Radiohead will be touring the UK/EU in May, playing a short series of theatre shows before heading off on an American and Canadian tour in June (dates TBC). They'll then play some European festival dates before headlining the V Festival in Chelmsford and Stafford in August.

The tour will be the first opportunity to hear a selection of brand new material that the band has been working on in the studio.

Other than for the festivals listed, w.a.s.t.e. will be selling a limited pre-sale allocation of tickets to w.a.s.t.e. members.

This pre-sale will commence at midday on the 22nd March 2006 at

To repeat American and Canadian tour dates are yet to be confirmed

All upcoming Radiohead dates:

May 6: KB Hall Copenhagen
May 7: KB Hall Copenhagen
May 9: Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam
May 10: Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam
May 12: Empress Ballroom Blackpool
May 13: Empress Ballroom Blackpool
May 15: Civic Wolverhampton
May 16: Civic Wolverhampton
May 18: Hammersmith Apollo London
May 19: Hammersmith Apollo London

June 17: Bonnaroo festival
August 12: Sziget Festival
August 15: Rock Oz'Arenes

August 19: V festival Hylands Park
August 20: V festival Weston Park
August 22: Meadowbank Edinburgh (feat. Beck)
August 24: Marlay Park Dublin

Filter Mini - It's Good! It's Free!

The next issue of Filter Mini has been released, issue #10, containing an interview with Built to Spill. You can also get the previous issues back to #3 here. Check it out! This is a great magazine and if you've never read it, this is a great introduction to what they're all about!

There new album, You I
n Reverse, is available for pre-order through Insound for $13.99.

The band was forced to postpone their upcoming tour to support the new album to allow Doug Martsch to recuperate after his recent eye surgery. The affected dates are listed here.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

B(oot)log - Belle & Sebastian

B(oot)log has posted the first part of Belle & Sebastian's show from the Docks in Toronto from 2/25/06! Check it out here!

Continuing on the Belle & Sebastian front Good Weather for Airstrike has a great show of theirs available for download. Check it out, it's a great show recorded in Holland on March 31st of 2004.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Radiohead - Film Score

From the news room:

Warner confirms: Radiohead scores 'A Scanner Darkly'

In earlier reports, Radiohead were rumoured to do the score for the film 'A Scanner Darkly'. Later on these rumours were denied again. But now film distributor Warner Independent Pictures confirms that Radiohead is doing the score for Richard Linklater's upcoming film version of the Philip K. Dick novel. Keanu Reeves stars in the futuristic story of government espionage, which will be rendered in the rotoscope-animated style of Linklater's Waking Life. Originally slated for a fall 2005 release, the film is now due out in limited release July 7. [source: Entertainment Weekly]

You can get more information regarding the book here, and the movie here.

No Scanner Darkly Score, but new Thom solo work

A day after telling EW that Radiohead would be scoring A Scanner Darkly, director Richard Linklater's film adaptation of the Philip K. Dick sci-fi novel, Warner Independent Pictures is singing a slightly different tune. Instead of a full-blown original score, the film will feature music by Radiohead, including a brand-new track from lead singer Thom Yorke's upcoming solo release. Warner Independent is still working out what music will make the cut, and couldn't say if the tracks would be all new or a mix of old and new. [thanks Jeremy]

St. Patty's Day!

Well I'm sorry for not posts yesterday but it was a national holiday, St Patty's Day, which I had to celebrate! In the holidays honor I wanted to bring to your attention that the owner's of the famously amazing Blind Tiger Ale House have been running events at other watering holes throughout New York City. The next event is planned for next Wednesday at one of Blind Tigers sister-bar's Collins Bar located at 46th St and 8th Ave in Hell's Kitchen. Here's the info:
Wednesday March 22nd @ 6:00PM (at the Collins Bar) we arevery proud to be serving up Dogfish Head's new Spirulina Dortmunder Pilsner, the Verdi Verdi Good!!! Heck, just to make things a little crazier I'm going to break out the 90 Min IPA on the "randall", and a JW Lee's Wood Pin primed with Lagavulin... How is that for healthy?

Thursday, March 16, 2006

A taste for those of us who aren't at SXSW

Mixologists posted a quick "cheat-sheet" post of some of the songs by artists playing at SXSW. Check it out here! Good stuff!

Lollapalooza 2006

Dang! The lineup for the 2006 edition of Lollapalooza has just been announced and it's amazing! The festival is being held at Grant Park in Chicago, August 4-6th!

Now granted we all have our preferred bands we'd love to see but I don't think I've seen a festival, save SXSW, that had as many performers I want to see (or see again) in one place! Check the website for the full list of bands here. Here are a couple of my favorites from the list:

Thievery Corporation
the Shins
Death Cab for Cutie (not a huge fan of the post Photo Album stuff)
Flaming Lips
Iron & Wine
Andrew Bird
The Frames
The Go! Team
The Subways
Of Montreal

Buy it at Insound!

GvB - Tapes 'n Tapes

Another quick link to the So Much Silence blog where they have posted the KEXP feed of the Tapes 'n Tapes show from SXSW...great stuff! Love that band, and love GvsB for turning me on to them! Cheers!

Andrew Bird Live - & Jealous of Bloggers at SXSW

Well first I want to bring your attention to I Guess I'm Floating's blog, he just posted the Andrew Bird Black Session from March 2005. Great stuff!

Secondly Skatterbrain has two unreleased (but possible tracks that will be on Radiohead's new album! We'll se
e! I'm still hoping for True Love Waits! On a similar side-note, if you like (love) Radiohead and have never visited the radiohub website or DC++ room, I would HIGHLY recommend it. They are well organized and have pretty much every good, high quality recording of radiohead live that you could ever imagine. The website also offers torrents of the shows, but registration is required. Also check out the bands website Dead Air Space, which they use to post information and anecdotes regarding the new album they are recording. Cool stuff. Also of note is the now infamous blackboard of songs.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Why Don't I Live In Europe?!

Wow, this is a kick in the crotch! I just read this on the official Chuck Palahniuk website: Two of my all-time favorite authors are doing readings at the Brighton Festival, Corn Exchange, Saturday May 7th. Tickets are 7£. Can someone please go to this and report back to me? I'd be eternally grateful!

"Chuck Palahniuk and Irvine Welsh

Chuck Palahniuk's unique brand of muscular nihilism first set the quiet world of contemporary literature into a tailspin with his howl of millennium rage Fight Club, later immortalised in David Fincher's film. Like his novels, his readings are visceral, hilarious, often outrageous and always wholly unpredictable.

The career path of Irvine Welsh has followed a similar trajectory. His cult classic Trainspotting, Filth, Glue, Pornofollowed - exuberant and unsettling tales of an urban underclass. Two cultural iconoclasts. One exclusive Brighton Festival literary coup! tipped the literary world on its axis. Danny Boyle's film adaptation became the movie milestone of the decade."

Sunday, March 12, 2006

My humble apologies

In my personal haste over the past few weeks I forgot to post a message about Mugs Ales House's "Split Thy Skull" festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. To those who made it there for the celebration, I am truly jealous, and for those of you who missed it I apologize and sympathize!

I made it into Williamsburg yesterday and after hitting a few records shops and donating my pay check to these worthy stores, I stopped into Mugs for a pint. What I found was a list of beers that I have never seen in bars this side of the Louisana Purchase! The following is the remaining draft list after the celebration last weekend:

Draft List:

March 9, 2006 12:10 PM

The tap list as of March 9 is:

Smuttynose Barley Wine (10%)
Bluepoint Five Old Bastards (10%).

Legacy Brewing Euphoria Belgian Strong Ale (11%)
Russian River Pliny The Elder (8%)
St. Bernardous Abt. 12 2003 (10%)
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Wine 2002 (9.6%)
Het Anker Gouden Carolus Classic 2003 (8%)
Stone Double Bastard Ale (10%)
Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2003 (21%)
Thomas Hooker Oak Aged Imperial Porter 2005 (8%)
Sly Fox Odyssey Double IPA (8.4%)
Sixpoint Global Warmer Strong Ale (9.1%)
North Coast Old Stock Old Ale (11.4%)
Allagash Curieux Triple Aged In Bourbon (9.5%)
Southern Tier Unearthy Double IPA (11%)
Pizza Port Revelations Belgian Golden Ale (8.5%)
Pizzeria Uno Scotch Ale (8%)
Stone IPA
Brooklyn Lager
Lindeman's Framboise
Dundee's Honey Brown Ale
Original Sin Cider
Radenberger Pilsner
Sierra Pale
Smuttynose IPA
Spaten Lager
Stella Artois
Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss

While, some of these libations may be familiar, certain breweries (i.e. Pizza Port & Russian River) are more than gem-like. I nearly fell over when I saw that they were still pouring some Pliny the Elder, which is by far my favorite IPA I've tasted! (Side note - the Sly Fox Double IPA was also impressive, but tasted a bit too English-style for me). Regardless, I plan to be much more "on-the-ball" from this point forward, and I apologize to everyone for missing that!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Tickets still available

Somehow there are still tickets available for the Arab Strap show at Southpaw in Brooklyn. While I'm still working on getting some mp3's up here I would direct you to visit the bands website and check out some of their stuff if you haven't heard anything by them before! If you have then I'd say "what are you waiting for?" Click here for tickets! They're only $15 (plus additional service charges).

Here are a few tracks from the bands site:
Love Detective
Who Named the Days

The band has finally released their recent album the Last Romance in the U.S.

Buy it at Insound!

Yet Another Update of Soundfix's In-Stores

Soundfix Records have just added another show to their ever-growing list now. On Sunday March 26th Kelly Stoltz will be playing at 4 PM, which is definitely worth checking out! Check out his new album "Below the Branches". I wish I could send you guys directly to Soundfix via the internet to buy these albums, but alas it cannot be done just yet. So I'd recommend you get down there check out the show and buy some great stuff in person!

Friday, March 10, 2006

Quick Link

Here's a quick link to an amazing show by Andrew Bird at the Paradiso in Amsterdam over at etree. It's from May, 2005, and it catches him in great spirits. Grab the torrent here. Make sure you grab his album "The Mysterious Production of Eggs", which is definitely one of the best albums of 2005, in my opinion at least.

One more link to a great show by Calexico at the Backyard in Austin, TX, which is again over at etree. It too is from May, 2005. You can get the show, via torrent, here. Calexico has a new album due out April 11th called "Garden Ruin", that is available for pre-order.

Update to Soundfix In-Stores

In light of the recent robbery of "the Film School's" equipment, I was just alerted to the fact that they are still, in fact, playing the in-store Sunday. Additionally you can check out more on this story here, on Brooklyn Vegan's blog.

I also just heard that next Sunday's in-store, March 19th, Joe Lally of Fugazi fame will be dropping by in addition to Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think). The store did not mention any details regarding what Joe Lally will be playing, aside from that it's new. Craig Wedren is supporting his new solo album Lapland.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

New Futureheads Album

Courtesty of pitchforkmedia we have the following news of the Futureheads sophmore album:

Futureheads Reveal More Album Details

Kati Llewellyn reports:
Thanks, Futureheads! You announced the tracklist and release date for your new album without making us play any games. Like, oh I don't know, a word search.

News and Tributes is due out May 22, which we assume means May 23 in the USA. "Skip to the End", aka track four, will be released as a single on May 8 in the UK.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, the tune that was tentatively titled "Munich" is concretely titled something else no more Editors (or Eric Bana) confusion.

News and Tributes:
01 Yes/No
02 Cope
03 Fallout
04 Skip to the End
05 Burnt
06 News and Tributes
07 Return of the Beserker
08 Back to the Sea
09 Worry About It Later
10 Favours for Favours
11 Thursday
12 Face

...oh and for good measure another Mogwai reference, you can download a video of Mogwai playing "Glasgow Megasnake", taken from one of the ICA shows in London, at the Q Magazine website. Looks great!

Upcoming In-Stores

Soundfix records in Williamsburg (seriously you'd think I lived there will how much I talk about it!) has a penchant for holding some amazing in-stores...over the next two weeks they have a couple of bands coming in worth checking out:

Sunday March 12th - 2PM - Mi and L'au
Sunday March 12th - 4PM - Film School
Sunday March 19th - 3PM - Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think)

This place has one of the best used records sections in NY...and the best part about it is that they don't stock crappy records, so basically you can walk in their with your eyes closed and basically pick out 10 records and they will all be good! Plus the employees are most-knowledgeable, and are more than willing to steer you towards some good purchases if asked!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

New Portishead?

I had to check it out for myself...but it appears that there is a new Portishead song on the as-of-now import-only album of Serge Gainsbourg covers "Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited". The album also contains songs by Franz Ferdinand, R.E.M., Cat Power, Jarvis Cocker, Michael Stipe, Tricky, Placebo, Feist and other. So far the only places I'm seeing it for purchase are for CDN$18.99 or on for $30.49. The release date on the Canadian website states that the album is planned for release March 14th, while the US lists the release date as March 6th.

The track list is as follows:
01. A Song For Sorry Angel - Franz Ferdinand and Jane Birkin
02. I Love You (Me Either) - Cat Power and Karen Elson
03. I Just Came To Tell You That I'm Going - Jarvis Cocker and Kid Loco
04. Requiem For Anna - Portishead
05. Requiem For A Jerk - Faultline, Brian Molko and Franciose Hardy
06. L'Hotel - Michael Stipe
07. Au Revoir Emmanuelle - Tricky
08. Lola R. For Ever - Marianne Faithful and Sly and Robbie
09. Boomerang 2005 - Gonzales, Feist and Dani
10. Boy Toy - Marc Almond and Trash Palace
11. The Ballad Of Melody Nelson - Placebo
12. Just A Man With A Job - The Rakes
13. I Call It Art - The Kills
14. Those Little Things - Carla Bruni

Spuyten Duyvil

If you're in the neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn and you have a hankering for some fine/tasty/hoppy/malty/and slightly obscure libations I can HIGHLY recommend taking a trip to Spuyten Duyvil. The bar is located at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue & Havemeyer St. just off the BQE. The bar has six taps and 1 cask tap, to go along with the 100+ bottle selection, which includes such personal favorites as Dogfish Head Burton Baton & Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA...

On Monday, March 13th at 6pm Spuyten Duyvil presents a very rare opportunity to serve SIX different kegs and other specials from Brouwerij De Regenboog.

Tap beers will be-
1) BBBourgondier: An 11% dark ale brewed with candi sugar, Valerian and Lemon Balm
2) t’ Smisje Blond: A 6% golden ale brewed with challenger hops and lime-blossoms
3) t’ Simisje Dubble: A 9% ale brewed with honey, fresh dates, and dark and white candi sugar
4) Wostyntje Mustard Ale: A 5% ale brewed with dark & light candi sugar and crushed Torhout Mustaard seeds
5) Halloween Speciale: A 10.5% ale brewed with pumpkin and aged on pumpkin seeds
6) t’ Smisje Kerst: An 11% dark Christmas ale

Bottles will include; Wostyntje Mustard, t’ Smisje Blonde, t’ Smisje Dubble, Vuuve 5 Wit (a 5% wheat beer brewed with coriander and organic orange peel), t’ Smisje Calva Reserva (A 12% strong ale brewed with dark and white candi sugar, coriander, grains of paradise and matured in calvados casks)
, Cuvee t’ Smisje 2005 (A 10% ale brewed with dark and light candi sugar, challenger, magnum and cascade hops and dry-hopped with Cascade.

Regenboog (Flemish for rainbow) brewer, Johan Brandt , started this tiny artisanal brewery in Brugge, Belgium at the end of 1995. In the beginning he brewed only once a week with a capacity of 120 litres (1 barrel). By 1999 he started brewing twice a week with an increased capacity of 160 litres (1.5 barrels), meaning non stop brewing, bottling, washing bottles throughout the year.

They're Coming Back

It looks as though the US made a good impression on Mogwai, as they have decided to play a few more dates in New York and Chicago in support of their new album Mr. Beast! Tickets are still available for the New York shows (went on sale at noon today) and tickets to the Chicago show go on sale Saturday at 12:00 pm (CST)...grab 'em.

5/12 - New York, NY Webster Hall Tickets
5/13 -
New York, NY Webster Hall Tickets
5/19 - Chicago, IL Metro
5/20 - Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

Additionally on Monday, Pitchforkmedia took a crap on the new Mogwai album Mr. Beast [6.8], basically because it didn't sound like the first album (Young Team). I'm not going into detail about it, I don't agree at all, I basically feel that it's a great album full of strong songs. My only complaint, if it is one, is that I just wish it was longer (meaning more songs, not that the songs are too short!).

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Follow Mr. Beast

I just added a link in the "music" section of links for the Mogwai tour blog. The site will list all setlists, some photo's random blog entries by the band, etc. The most incredible part of it is that at any time you can click on the little bus icon and a map will be generated showing the exact location of the band! I've been checking it out a bit tonight and it's a cool site!

One Amazing Show

Well last night's Mogwai show was pretty much amazing! From start to finish the band just pulverized through an amazing set that spanned every album they had released to this point. I managed to snap some pictures, some of which I'm posting now. Overall I can't say enough about how great they played (both opener - Growing, and Mogwai) and how great the acoustics at the Avalon were! Much recommended, I just hope they come back soon, or else I'm going to have to hop a plane to get to another of their shows!

The setlist was as follows:

we're no here
hunted by a freak
friend of the night
take me somewhere nice

yes! i am a long way from home
travel is dangerous
you don't know jesus
acid food
folk death 95
killing all the flies

stanley kubrick
xmas steps
glasgow mega-snake
mogwai fear satan

The following is my review that was posted on the brightlight website.

i attended 'gwai's show last night (march 6th) at the avalon in new york city. one word...amazing. the club, previously known as the limelight, held a reported 365 people, and the acoustics were stellar! growing opened the show with a good set of guitar squalls, which at times were trancelike, and most people in the crowd seemed to enjoy them, myself included.

this was the first time i've ever seen the 'gwai and they blew me away! the show was beautiful, they sounded amazing, and aside from a few equipment malfunctions (barry's pedal shorted out twice) they played amazingly! unfortunately there were more than a few "screamers" who vocalized themselves during the quiet parts of songs, most especially annoying was during "take me somewhere nice", which also happened to be a highlight of mine! during the equipment malfunctions the crowd kept asking stuart to tell some stories, to which stuart replied "we don't really do stories..." shortly after that others in the crowd yelled out song requests, to which stuart replied, "we don't really do requests either." someone in the crowd had been requesting "ratts" throughout the whole show. all in all, the band seemed to be in good spirits throughout the show!

the new songs were truly amazing live! i had listened to the bbc show from jan 31st more times that i should admit to and seeing them played live just makes everything else pale in comparison! the main set ending of "glasgow mega snake" saw the band truly enjoying themselves. it would appear that either "travel is dangerous" or more likely "glasgow mega snake" will become a crowd favorite and live standout akin to "satan" and "xmas steps". the band really let loose when playing 'satan' with stuart leaving the stage last after playing with his pedals for a while! absolutely stunning performance by a truly amazing band! i just wish i could see them again tonight! although my ears might need a rest!

Monday, March 06, 2006

Mogwai Show Tonight

Thank God the wait is over! Tonight I'm going to see Mogwai play at the Avalon in NYC! I've been checking the unofficial website and it looks as though the band is changing the setlists quite regularly! Plus recently there was a post on the brightlight messageboard that talked about the band making some of their somewhat infamous homemade t-shirts on a limited run basis! We'll see! I'm hoping to take some pictures and post them tomorrow!

On a side note, if anyone can help me out with finding a server to upload files to I would really appreciate it...I have a bunch of shows I was hoping to post from various bands, but so far I haven't been able to find anywhere to upload.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Gotham Area Bar Guide

Looking to play old school video games while enjoying some artisan-crafted ales? In the Williamsburg, Brooklyn area? I would highly recommend hitting Barcade...which is located at388 Union Ave. (just south of Metropolitan Ave.). They open at 5:00 pm every day and have happy hour which consists of $1 off all taps from 5-7!

On Tap (as of February 27th)
Anderson Valley - Hop Ottin' IPA [highly rec'd]
Avery - New World Porter
[highly rec'd]
Brooklyn - Fortitude
Climax - ESB
Climax - Hoffman Dopple Bock
Climax - Nut Brown Ale
Doc's - Draft Cider
Dogfish Head - India Brown Ale

Dogfish Head - Midas Touch

Fisherman's - Brew
Goose Island - Dortmunder
Harpoon - Munich Dark
Harpoon - UFO
Heavyweight - Lunacy
Magic Hat - No. 9
[highly rec'd]
Magic Hat - St. Gootz [highly rec'd]
Rogue - Skull Splitter
Sierra Nevada - Celebration
Sixpoint - Black Soul
[highly rec'd]
Sixpoint - Brownstone (on Cask)
Sixpoint - Sweet Action
Victory - Hop Devil (IPA)
[highly rec'd]
Victory - Old Horizontal (Barleywine Style Ale) [highly rec'd]
Victory - Prima Pils
Wyerbacher - Raspberry Imperial Stout
[highly rec'd]

On March 9th, they will be hosting a special Cricket Hill Night, that will feature a number of beers from the New Jersey craft brewery.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

One Beast of a Tour

Today starts Mogwai's new tour to support their newest album Mr. Beast that is available March 7th in the US, March 6th in Europe. I happen to be excited, as this happens to be one of my favorite bands, so I'm waiting with bated breath for this album and tour.

03-01 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
03-02 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center for the Arts
03-03 Lexington, KY - The Dame
03-04 Charlottesville, VA - Satellite Ballroom
03-06 New York, NY - Avalon
03-07 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
03-08 Chape
l Hill, NC - Cat's Cradle
03-09 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
03-10 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
03-11 Atlanta, GA - WhirlyBall Atlanta
03-12 Atlanta, GA - WhirlyBall Atlanta
03-14 Houston, TX - Numbers
03-15 Austin, TX - Stubb's (Matador SXSW Showcase)
(courtesy of

Here's a link to one of the shows they played in my opinion in 2004, care of Etree. The show is from the All Tomorrows Parties Festival on March 26, 2004, you can download it here.

The first 10 shows they play in the US they will be supported by a band called Growing. They are a two piece band from Olympia, WA, and they have two LP's out, and a third will be released in April of this year called "Color Wheel". Their sound is reminiscent of Sonic Youth meeting up with the likes of God Speed You Black Emperor! and Explosions in the Sky. There are no drums present in their live shows. You can get more information at their website here.

I hope to post some mp3's later; unfortunately I'm still quite new at this and am looking for a place to upload the files to...