Sunday, April 30, 2006

Modest Mouse News - A Little Late - Sorry!

Well Modest Mouse is alive and well, and is planning a small west coast tour as you can see below. Here's to hoping that they'll come back out east soon!

Modest Mouse is playing a string of West Coast dates in August!

A limited number of tickets have been held for Modest Mouse fans and will be available through a special presale that begins this Friday, April 28th at 12 PM Local Time. By buying tickets through our presale, you'll be able to get your tickets before anyone else AND save some money on service charges.

Click here to buy tickets: Ducat King

August 6 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
August 8 - Sacramento, CA @ Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
August 9 - Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater
August 10 - Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield

For a full list of Modest Mouse tour dates, go to the tourdates page.

The Edgefield by the way happens to be one of the McMennamin's properties, who own most of Oregon. While out west last summer we stopped in a few of them for some pints, good stuff! Definitely worth checking out if you're in the Oregon/Portland area. Though, if you were in Portland I would recommend stopping by the New Old Lompoc (NW 23rd St) for a pint first! That is one high-quality spot, not much for decor but the ales are mighty tasty! Also check out Tug Boat Brewing Company in the center of the city, they have free live jazz and great pours of 4-5 micro-brews! If you see the Chernobyl Imperial Stout, get it! One word, scrumtrelscent!

Rumors...nothing more...but still exciting!

So I've been reading about these rumors of a Radiohead show at the Theatre at MSG! I saw them during the Hail to the Thief tour at MSG, amazing show, but definitely felt a bit distant! I would love to see them some place smaller and although I've never been to a show at the Theatre, I would be happy as a pig in #$^! to see Radiohead there! Anyway here's what's been posted on ateaseweb:

Radiohead at New York Madison Square Garden?

A set of shows at Madison Square Garden is rumoured for quite some time. However, just posted the two New York dates on their site. According to the site, Radiohead are to play the Madison Square Garden Theatre on June 13th and 14th. On a side note. They're offering tickets for the rediculous amount of $365.00. Please do not purchase these tickets, because these dates are not earlier on sale than May 6th and the shows are not even confirmed yet. [thanks Cheryl]

Posted by adriaan at April 28, 2006 09:43 PM

Fruit Bats - Friday Night @ Mercury

It's a bit delayed, I know, but I just wanted to say a quick praise to the credit of the Fruit Bats for putting on an amazing set Friday night at the Mercury Lounge, along with Swedish openers Amandine. The band was in great form and had a jovial feel throughout their 60+ minute set. The set included many personal favorites off of their sophomore release (Mouthfuls) and mixed in a few older and newer tunes from their two other releases. Overall a great performance with a great encore (two classics "Lazy Eye" & "Little Acorn") that almost didn't happen because bassist left the stage as the band left after the main set, and was apparently lost so lead singer Eric Johnson (not the other Eric Johnson I know from Chicago) started playing "Lazy Eye" to give Chris a chance to get back to the stage. All I can say is, if you don't have these albums you are truly missing out on a great band!

We Are Scientists - Warsaw

We Are Scientists at playing a show at Warsaw with the Double and Au Revoir Simone Thursday June 29th. Tickets are available here, for only $16.50. Not to take anything away from We Are Scientists, but the two opening bands are almost as intriguing and definitely worth checking out!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Alice in Chains (redux) at the Bowery

Bowery Ballroom, NYC
Tuesday May 23rd - 8:00PM
Alice in Chains
Ticket Price not listed
Tickets go on sale Wed. May 10th at Noon (apparently you need a password to get in too!)

I'm not so sure I really appreciate this one, a reformed Alice in Chains! I love Alice in Chains and as far as I am concerned the band ceased to exist when the lead singer and partial song/lyric writer passed away in 2002! I mean don't get me wrong I'm happy the other guys in the band are still out and about but to have someone else try to stand in for Layne f'in Staley? I'm sorry but IMHO I don't see how anyone could do justice for him! Regardless it appears that the band is going to be on a mini club tour in some select cities. The only way I see to get tickets is by going to the Alice in Chains website, tickets section, here. Here's the itinerary:

San Diego, CA - May 19th
Tickets on sale April 26th at 11AM PST

Chicago, IL - May 21st
Tickets on sale
April 26th at 10AM CST

Boston, MA - May 22nd
[Sold Out]

Los Angeles, CA - May 18th
Tickets on sale May 2nd at 11AM PST

New York City, NY - May 23rd
Tickets on sale May 3rd at 11AM EST

Tapes 'n Tapes sign to XL

Wow, so Tapes 'n Tapes join the long list of great bands signed to XL Records, including one of my personal favorites Badly Drawn Boy! Pitchfork just published the story, which you can read about in detail here!

More Great shows coming to the Knitting Factory NYC

Here's a couple more great shows coming to the Knitting Factory that are definitely worth checking out!

Monday June 12th - 8:00
Be Your Own Pet w/ Whirlwind Heat
Tickets are $12

Tuesday June 13th - 8:00
The Boy Least Likely To
Tickets are $10

Geoff Farina - Knitting Factory

Wow, one of the most underrated performers around today, Geoff Farina (formerly of the band Karate) is playing a show Friday May 5th at the Knitting Factory. Tickets are only $8 and are somehow still available. Check this show out if you can! Here's the details:

Friday, May 5 at 8:00 PM
GEOFF FARINA with David Dondero and Drew O'Doherty
Tickets $8.00

Growing NYC Shows

Growing, the band I wrote about who opened for Mogwai in March is playing a show in NYC this coming weekend. Check them out if you get a chance. Here's the info on the show.

OM, Growing, Pearls & Brass, Neptune, Wooden Wand, DJ Caveman Skillz
$10 - All Ages, 7PM till late.

Clap Your Hands Pre-Sale

There will be a pre-sale for the Clap Your Hands show at the Central Park Summer Stage that begins at 10:00 AM (EST) today, Thursday 4/27! Here's the news directly from the band:

"Here's the news:

  • Pre-sale begins at 10 AM Eastern Time tomorrow, April 27 for the September 28 Central Park Summerstage show in New York City. Go here to participate.
  • Check the site in a few days as we'll be adding some live music from our recent shows.
  • This weekend we head to California to play at Coachella. We play the Sasquatch and Bonnaroo festivals in May and June. Then we head to Europe, Japan and Australia in July. Those shows will be posted soon."

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Jens Lekman at the Bowery Ballroom

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, April 27th at noon for Jens Lekman show at the Bowery Ballroom on Friday July 21st. Tickets are $15/each.

The rest of his mini-tour is as follows:

Jul 20 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
Jul 21 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Jul 22 - Boston, MA - TT the Bear's Place
Jul 24 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

Jul 25 - Cincinatti, OH - Southgate House
Jul 26 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
Jul 27 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
Jul 28 - Minneapolis, MN - The Triple Rock
Jul 29 - Bloomington, IN - Second Story
Jul 30 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Central Park Summerstage Shows

Just received info about two shows coming up this summer as part of the Central Park Summerstage concert series:

Thursday - August 3rd - The New Pornographers w/ Calexico & the Frames
Tickets are $30-35, and go on sale Saturday 4/29 at noon.

Thursday - September 28th - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Tickets are $32.50, and go on sale Saturday 4/29 at noon.

Mary Timony - Mercury Lounge NYC

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Wed.) at noon for the June 2nd Mary Timony show, at the Mercury Lounge. Tickets are $10/each. She will be playing along with Tralala, Human Television, and the Tiny Amps. The show starts at 8:30, with doors opening at 8:00. Check here for tickets.

Maybe it's me but having listened to a few of Tralala's songs, they remind me of vintage Go-Gos!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Album Review #2

Sickoakes - "Seawards"

Sickoakes a six-piece, post-rock orchestra formed in Nynshamn, Sweden in 1999. The band is comprised of: Mats - Guitar, Simon - Guitar, David - Bass, Jonas - Saxophone, Jacob - Saxophone, and Erik - Drums.

The band released a number of cd-r albums and singles, but have just released their first proper LP this year. The album is a beautiful balance of guitars, strings, and horns. Their sound is akin to quieter Mogwai, with an airy almost guitar-loop style of hooks buried deep beneath the ambient noise. The album title is pretty much dead on, as "Taking the Stairs Instead of the Elevators" is quite moving, and is definitely reminiscent of tidal waters with the riffs flowing in and out of focus.

It's no stretch that I found this album to be enjoyable, as the bands Sickoakes are most often compared to are Mogwai, Mono and Explosions in the Sky. All three of which I really enjoy. This was yet another one of those Soundfix "listening stations" albums, that immediately caught my attention. For anyone looking for some beautiful instrumental
post-rock music, this is a great find and probably will be one of my top 10 albums of 2006. It may not be too readily available but if you're in the NYC area and can get to Soundfix, they can definitely hook you up. Otherwise you can check here.

Listen to Wedding Rings and Bullets from the Same Golden Shrine (18.5 Mb) here.
Essential Tracks -
Taking the Stairs Instead of the Elevators & Oceans on Hold

Beer News

Long Island Beer Festival news -

Local breweries plan to bring some amazing new brews to the festival:
Southampton Publick House will be bringing Spring seasonal "May Bock" & the special "10th Anniversary Old Ale"
Blue Point Brewery will be bringing - "Sour Cherry Imperial Stout" available in cask & firkin & the "Double Blond Ale"

New Beer News -
Southampton Publick House will be brewing a Belgian Triple ale that will be available this spring in limited quantities on draft at the brewpub.
BrickHouse Brewery will be bringing - Double IPA, Pilsner, and a Belgian-style Saison
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. has reportedly completely reformulated their Hops Infusion (it will still include 7 different varieties of hops), by adding Simcoe hops to more closely adhere to the American IPA style.

Beers I Need to Try -
In addition to the two Belgian IPA's I've mentioned earlier on these pages, I have two new ales I am seriously in need of to you from the 2006 Bistro Double IPA Festival held in California (home to most of the BEST double and single IPAs in the world IMHO):
Marin Brewing (CA) - "White Knuckle"
21st Amendment Brewery (CA) - "Double Trouble"
Russian River Brewing (CA) - "Pliny the Younger"

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Victory for Video Games

I know I tend to drone on and on about certain beer bars in the NYC area but I feel the need to let everyone know that there is a special event planned for Tuesday May 9th at 6:00 pm (EST) at Barcade. Compete for high scores in video games for great prizes which include: Barcade Gift Certificates, cases of Victory Beer, and kegs from Victory (no joke). The games in question are none other than: Ms Pac-man, Centipede, Tapper, Asteroids, Galaga.

p.s. It should also be known that I, myself, scored the #1 spot (for the day) on Punch Out with around 90k+ points! I knocked out Kid Quick for the first time in memory!

Islands In-Store @ Soundfix

So I attended the Islands in-store performance at Soundfix Records in Williamsburg, Brooklyn yesterday afternoon (the show was actually in the cafe attached to the rear of the store). Nicholas Thorburn, lead singer/guitarist, started the show off by announcing that the band had only just woken up 20 minutes before they arrived at the store, so everyone in the band was downing coffee & muffins. It was a light and airy atmosphere in the cafe, with the band joking around a lot and Alex (or Sebastian) was really rocking out with his violin. The band played through 5 or 6 songs (my memory is shot from a night out at Mugs, Barcade, and Vera Cruz), all of which sounded great and the band headed out to make some last minute purchases at the record shop. Overall it was a great show, the band was a lot of fun even though they were all exhausted. You can see more of my photos from the show below:

Tapes 'n Tapes - Full Tour Info

So here you have it, the full line-up of dates for Tapes 'n Tapes US tour, straight from the band themselves.

"in june tnt will head out for their first full blown US tour! that's right, we're headin all across this great big land, and hittin up some new places and faces (that means you cleveland, atlanta, nashville, tucson, and denver). most tickets are on sale already either on or all shows will be with our good friends the cold war kids, and most will be with denmark's own figurines (*). without further ado, here are them dates:
6/1 Madison, WI - The Journey
6/2 Chicago, IL - Abbey Pub
6/3 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
6/4 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom * (just added - tickets on sale
at 12pm eastern)
6/5 Cambridge, MA - Middle East *
6/6 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom * (SOLD OUT)
6/7 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
6/8 Baltimore, MD - Fletcher's *
6/9 Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn *
6/10 Nashville, TN - The Basement *
6/12 Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room *
6/13 Austin, TX - Stubb's *
6/15 Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture *
6/16 Los Angeles, CA - Echo *
6/17 San Francisco, CA - Caf? du Nord *
6/18 Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan *
6/19 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Caf? *
6/22 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
6/23 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground *

And to all of you UK kids, we'll be seeing you in may!

yours truly,
tapes 'n tapes"
Islands - Update
I hope to have the pictures I snapped at the Islands in-store yesterday at Soundfix up by the end of the day today. Great performance, and I know it was recorded so cross your fingers!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Band of Horses & Tapes 'n Tapes - NYC Shows

Well both the Band of Horses show and the Tapes 'n Tapes shows at the Bowery Ballroom have sold's to hoping that they don't decide to move the shows to Webster Hall!

Tickets are still available for the Band of Horses show at Warsaw in Brooklyn. Click here to get 'em.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Band of Horses to visit Brooklyn!

Band of Horses has just added a show at Warsaw in Brooklyn. An intimate venue, akin to a high school gymnasium, which has pretty good sound. Tickets are $13/each, and are available here.

Also playing Warsaw is the Walkmen on Friday June 30th, which should promise to be another great show! Tickets are not yet on sale, I'll keep you posted though.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Radiohead - Having a Tea Party

According to Radiohead have confirmed a show in Boston July 4th & 5th at the Bank of America Pavilion. The venues website does not confirm the show, but if it is true then Radiohead will join some stellar shows at there including Sigur Ros and Ben Harper. Here's the news blip:

Radiohead to play Boston's Bank of America Pavilion

Here's another set of dates of for Radiohead's North American tour. The band will be playing the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston on June 4th & 5th. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday May 6th at 10am EST.

The National - NYC Show Moved to Webster Hall

As some of you may have noticed, especially those on the National's website, the bands May 21st show in NYC has been moved from the Bowery Ballroom to Webster Hall. Ticket prices remain the same, but the larger, less intimate venue is drawing the ire of fans. While this may not be all that newsworthy by itself, what
Brooklyn Vegan was able to obtain in response from the band regarding the venue change is most certainly exciting. Read below for the short portion of the bands response, and check here for the full story at BV's site.

"We decided with Bowery to move the show to a larger room since we are about to enter the studio to record a new album, and therefore won't be playing shows in NYC again until at least the Fall. That's the didnt occur to us that the switch could bother some folks who prefer bowery until the decision was hindsight, we all feel bad that some people who prefer Bowery and bought tickets thinking that was the venue are upset by this. but that being said, we will make sure the show at Webster is great."

New Quadruple Belgian IPA

Here's some amazing news regarding a new libation coming your way, that a friend of mine in Boston just told me about a few days ago. Now Beer Advocate has just released a full scale review, coming out party for the new ale. Read below for more information!

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

English IPA + American Double IPA + Belgian Tripel + Chouffe = What?

Feature Article by email The Alström BrosChampion of Beer in The Halls of Beerdom w/ 6045.8 Beer Karma points / 04-12-2006

You're not alone if you're thinking: "What the hell is a Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel?!" But isn't it a great name? Let's deconstruct it!

What's in the name?

Houblon Chouffe hails from Brasserie d'Achouffe (, or "Chouffe", which is a small artisanal brewery in The Ardennes Mountains of Achouffe, Belgium. Owner Christian Bauweraerts' favorite style of beer is the Tripel. It's also nod to both traditional English India Pale Ales (IPAs) and the aggressive American Double IPA. And to round things off, "houblon" is French for "hop." As Chouffe puts it: "A unique marriage between the English tradition of IPAs, the American new revolution of Imperial IPAs and the classic Belgian way of brewing."

This past week we had the opportunity of doing a side-by-side tasting of the bottle and draft versions at The Publick House in Brookline - known for their killer fresh Belgian beer selection and love for Chouffe beers. Owner David Ciccolo was lucky enough to have the first keg in the area, plus specially made Houblon Chouffe glassware, and we had a special preview bottle thanks to importer, B. United ( The three of us also visited Chouffe in 2004, so this was a perfect opportunity to try this new and unique beer!

Hops, hops and more hops!

First up, the draft. It poured tough to begin with. A lot of foam, but after a dozen pours it began to settle quite nicely. Due to the crazy hop usage, there's a lot of hop proteins in suspension, which probably agitated things when poured from draft. To boot, the amount of hops in the beer, which is unfiltered, unpasteurized and bottle-conditioned, also gives the beer's pale, golden straw color a natural cloudy appearance and massive, thick, creamy, chunky and sticky head that lasts until the end- hops acting as a foam stabilizer, too. Hops used were: Tomahawk in the kettle for bitterness, Saaz (mild, spicy) at the end of the boil for aroma, and then the beer was dry-hopped with Amarillo (floral, citrus, aspirin) for more aroma and finish. Bitterness was 59IBU (International Bittering Units), but as the beer was conditioned in the bottle and keg, the active yeast brought this down to 45IBU.

The final hop impact on aroma was surprisingly subtle, and incredibly pleasing, with a delicate citrus floral and fruity perfume that played with the nose. Flavor-wise, the beer is extremely smooth and creamy on the palate with an even and full body. As the hops hit the taste buds, it runs a bit coarse, with hop tannins, floral, citric, slight aspirin, mild spiciness, and a soft twang of rind that sticks to the palate and hangs in there for quite a while. This segues into pronounced esters and suggestions of sweet blood oranges that meld with a balanced malty sweetness, with grainy and bready notes from Pale and Pilsner malts. As for the bottled version, it was noticeably maltier, sweeter, with more grainy characters. Balance and refinement were pronounced, along with the carbonation due to a variation of CO2 levels between the bottle and keg; the keg version being lower so that publicans can actually pour the beer. The 9 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) in both was well hidden.

Extreme or not extreme?

Despite its name, to the experienced American Double IPA palate it might not be as bitter as hoped. However, any lack of bitterness is made up for with a complex hop flavor and an increase in perceived bitterness due to a dryness obtained from "Burtonization" of the brewing water - a common addition of brewing salts and minerals, such as calcium sulfate. That said, it's still very "hoppy," and much more than attempts by other Belgian breweries. Example: considered "bitter" by Belgian standards, Orval - Trappist Ale was tested against Houblon Chouffe by Bauweraerts, with some help from his production friends at Brassarie d'Orval. Tests showed that it was 50 percent more bitter than Orval.

Now for most Belgian beer lovers, the use of hops in beers like Houblon Chouffe is most untraditional, controversial, off the charts and extreme! Bauweraerts admitted, "From the start we were aware that we will 'fight' an uphill battle against everyone who follows 'conventional wisdom' and others who love to think in 'pure categories'," and that he fully expects comments such as "this is way too bitter for a Tripel ... estery notes do not belong in an IPA ... what is this, can't they make up their mind?"

To these naysayers, we say that Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel is an amazing blend of brewing cultures that has inspired an outrageously delicious and artfully balanced beer which has captured not only what hops can do for a beer both technically and flavor-wise, but also pleases both palate and soul. Get over it, and get some!

750ml bottles and draft are available now at select beer stores and bars, but are extremely limited in availability. But don't worry if you miss this round, Bauweraerts mentioned that they're working on a second batch; release date to follow.

Vive la Chouffe!

Respect Beer.

Not-necessarily-new Album Review:

I figure this might be a decent time to just post a couple of random reviews of albums that I have been listening to quite regularly that have not gotten much, if any, attention throughout the vast Internet and blog's. So here goes, feel free to express opinions to the contrary if you'd like.

Susumu Yokota - "Symbol"

Susumu Yokota is both an artist and a DJ, quite the combination, which explains why his music allows listeners to explore his music in Timothy Leary-esque ways. His music is akin to the style of symphonic tone poem's of Smetana and Berlioz. [I took a music for appreciation class which went into detail with classical music and its styles, forms, and history] Not to get too technical, but he tends to layer pieces of music together that would normally not make sense. Unlike most DJ's or electronic artists he sticks to mostly earthy sounds and classical pieces rather than synth sounds and processed pop beats. The album as a whole is a mash-up of numerous known, and virtually unknown, classical pieces that include such personal favorites as Die Walküre, Fur Elise, and some of Beethoven's other provincial masterpieces. This is what mood, esoteric, and ambient music dreams to be. A profound statement I know, but I listen to this album almost daily! (Plus it is really helpful when you have a migraine!) This is single handedly the reason that I love Soundfix Records in Williamsburg, because it was one of their employees that put this on top of my pile of albums I was purchasing and simply said, "trust me you will love this record!" I now know what he meant!

Key Tracks: Fairy Dance of Twinkle and Shadow & Traveler in the Wonderland

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Tapes 'n Tapes - Bowery Show

Just noticed that Tapes 'n Tapes is playing a show Tuesday June 6th at the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are $14 and go on sale tomorrow at noon.

I'll try to post more info on the rest of their tour as I get it.

Plus Gorilla vs. Bear just posted that the Shins are confirmed for the ACL festival coming this September! Damn, why can't I live in Austin?

Upcoming Releases of Personal Interest

While reading through some music publications (Filter Magazine) I noticed a number of very interesting albums coming out in the upcoming weeks that I am eagerly anticipating. Below is my personal future music shopping list:

5/9 - Islands - "Return to Sea"
5/16 - Forward Russia - "Give Me a Wall"
5/16 - Grandaddy - "Just Like the Fambly Cat"
5/16 - Raconteurs - "Broken Boy Soldiers" [Loved what I've heard thus far]
5/16 - Zero 7 - "Garden"
5/23 - The Futureheads - "News and Tributes"
5/30 - M's - "Future Woman"
5/30 - Sebadoh - "TBD"
5/30 - Spiritualized - "TBD"

In honor of these great upcoming albums (with no relevant segue) here's an amazing early Soul Coughing show from
Soul Coughing - 8/10/94 - Wetlands Preserve - NYC, NY
Source: SBD
Format: SHN (requires a decompression tool similar to mkwACT) WARNING these files are very large, and therefore require lengthy download times.

01. Blueeyed Devil

02. Casiotone Nation
03. Moon Sammy
04. Laugh On Fat Boy
05. How Many Cans
06. Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago
07. Sugar Free Jazz
08. Uh, Zoom Zip
09. Screenwriters Blues
10. Blues To Beelzebub
11. Blow My Only
12. Mr. Bitterness
13. Down To This
14. I'm Living On Babyfood
15. City Of Motors

Monday, April 17, 2006

Upcoming NYC Shows of Interest

Well, I've decided to finally just put up a post listing some of the upcoming shows I'm interested in attending over the next few weeks/months. So here goes:

Webster Hall
Friday/Saturday May 12th & 13th - Mogwai [tix are $20/each]
Saturday May 20th - the Subways [tix are $16/each]
Wednesday May 24th - the Walkmen [tix are $20/each]
Saturday June 3rd - Wolfmother [tix are $20/each]
Tuesday June 27th - the Streets (plus Lady Sovereign) [tix are $20/each]

Bowery Ballroom
Tuesday April 18th - TV on the Radio
Thursday/Friday May 4th & May 5th - Josh Ritter [tix are $15/each]
Tuesday May 9th - Guillemots [tix are $14/each]
Saturday May 20th - Rainer Maria [tix are $15/each]
Sunday May 21st - the National (plus Baby Dayliner & Doveman) [tix are $17/each]
Friday June 16th - Band of Horses [tix are $13/each]

Mercury Lounge
Friday April 28th - Fruit Bats [tix are $12/each]
Tuesday May 23rd - Film School [tix are $12/each]

Sunday, April 16, 2006

So Much Silence - A Sincere Thank You

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Bowery Review

As I just posted earlier, I was in Florida for the past week and therefore missed the CYHSY show at the Bowery, even though I had tickets. It was a brutal thing to have to do, but alas family is more important [plus the weather was great ;)]! Anyway just to add a bit of salt to my wounds I checked out Brooklyn Vegan's review of the show, and it made me feel like I was actually there. Okay not really but it's as close as I'll be getting any time soon! Check out the review for night 1 here and night two here.

Geoff Farina - Solo EP news

Pitchforkmedia just posted a story about Geoff Farina, the former frontman of Karate, who has been working on his newest post-Karate solo EP and has planned three dates coming up in May. Here's the info from Pitchfork:

Geoff Farina, Ex-Karate, Goes Solo

Chris Rediske reports:
As a wise (or at least, disheveled) indie-rocker once said, "The End Has No End". And so it is with Geoff Farina, the venerable former frontman of the venerable former post-rock/indie-jazz combo Karate. Since the band's dissolution in July of last year, prompted by Farina's accelerated hearing problems (according to his website), he has been working on a number of...quieter projects, including a four-song EP entitled Already Told You, to be released on Southern Records, Karate's longtime home, on April 18.

Pitchfork spoke to Farina about the EP and his upcoming tour plans via email, and he said that the sound of the EP is similar to his last solo release, Reverse Eclipse, only "more acoustic. It's just guitar and vox like my other solo LPs." He also confirmed that he continues to work on full band music, just in a more ear-friendly way. "I've started recording some new band-oriented music at Andy Hong's studio (Kimchee) this month, with Luther Gray playing drums. I can't really say much about it until it becomes more definite, but I'm hoping to have a band-oriented recording out sometime early next year."

Until then, he already told you:

01 Femmes Damnees (Secret Stars cover)
02 Already Told You
03 Molasses to Rum
04 Kin of Carbons

He's also just wrapped up a brief tour of Japan, where they're for some reason privy to another EP that Farina says may or may not be released in the States, although he does say he may re-record some of the tracks for a future U.S. release. That tracklist, should you be eBay savvy (or just obsessive/compulsive):

01 White Off the Waves
02 All Points West
03 Shoe In (Secret Stars cover)
04 Biosphere II
05 On the Road Again (Bob Dylan cover)

Finally, he's planning on heading out for a solo tour of the East Coast next month before (tentatively) heading for Europe in the fall, and though the East Coast dates are still being announced, here's what we can tell you:

05-05 New York, NY - Knitting Factory
05-06 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
05-07 Arlington, VA - IOTA

Amazing In-Store at Soundfix!

Just got back from a week in Florida, which was an absolute blast! It was way too short though, and only long enough to make me start thinking of how long until I can go back! So again I'm sorry for the lack of posts, but I was too busy enjoying the sun and my family! Alas, I'm back and I'm going to try to get back up to speed and pick up where I left off here...

So the first order of business is the fact that the Arctic Monkeys show in NYC sold out 4 days before it was even supposed to go on sale, gotta love Ticketmaster! I'm a LOT bummed about that! So it doesn't look good for me to get to that show! But there are lots of others that are popping up so I'm going to try to get to as many of those as possible!

Next is that Soundfix Records informed me (a few days ago) that they have an amazing in-store appearance lined up for April 22nd! Here's the info:

ISLANDS (ex-members of Unicorns) coming to Sound Fix!
Saturday, April 22, noon
You all remember the beloved Unicorns, don't you? Well, they've
disbanded and several of their members have regrouped to form Islands. Their
great new album, "Return to the Sea," has the Unicorns' same wacky pop
sensibilities but has more ambitious, baroque arrangements. Now picture
it live, for free, at Sound Fix! Do I need to talk this one up any
more? Please take note of the early start time -- noon, not our usual 4pm
time. So don't stay out too late Friday night, kids. And get here early,
because the turnout should be insane. See you all there.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Sorry for the lack of posts

I just got back from a short trip through some great Vermont Breweries. I haven't even had time to d/l the pictures (only a few) I took. Found some great new brews; keep an eye for Magic Hat's Batch 374 (an impressively flavorful amber ale) in the next 12-pack mix sometime this fall. We missed out on the Feast of Fools (raspberry stout) that ended brewing in January, but hope to find a way to get some next holiday season.

I also finally made it up to the Long Trail brewery, which is a worthy stop just for the view off the deck in the back. Unfortunately I learned that the brewery has discontinued its "Pollenator" summer ale, which is really disappointing. But they did tell me that they are working on another wheat beer, which will replace it this summer, but it was not finished when we were there. I'll keep you posted on that one.

We also visited the Shed Restaurant and Brewery and Rock Art Brewing Company. The latter of which, will begin distributing throughout New York City and hopefully Long Island by May of 2006. All in all a great trip, and some great views in Stowe and some great brews throughout!

Now I'm off for Florida, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to post much for the next few days but I'll try. Cheers.

Friday, April 07, 2006

My Morning Jacket - 11-23-05 D/L

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Enter to Win - Autographed Islands CD

Go to Filter Magazine's website to enter their contest to win an autographed copy of the Islands debut album "Return to the Sea...". Click here to enter.

Soundfix - Instores

Soundfix Records in Williamsburg Brooklyn continues with their ceaseless onslaught of amazing in-stores! The new list of upcoming performers is as follows:

Tuesday, April 11, 7pm
J.T. Robitaille
Friday, April 14, 5pm
The Cities
American Princes
Saturday, April 15, 4pm
Samara Lubelski
Saturday, May 6, 4pm
Eef Barzeley (Clem Snide)

While your in the area, check out one of my favorite spots for some espresso Oslo (I'd recommend their Cafe Americano's). Say "Hi" to JD for me too! He's a great guy, with a fine appreciation for ales and coffee! Hey, he's from Seattle what did you expect?! They are located at 133 Roebling St. (near the intersection of Roebling & 4th St).

You can also check out Spuyten Duyvil too which is right around the corner. As of 3/29 they were pouring Avery Brewing Co's Maharaja Imperial IPA. A personal favorite of mine!


It's funny, I was thinking about posting something about this band myself, but Jason & Josh from Audio for Drinking beat me to it! Please just read their little write-up of how they feel (I share this opinion) that Morphine was forgotten, even though they released some of the greatest albums in the 90's! Luckily I can say that I saw them play at the Middle East Club in Cambridge just before Mark Died, but I would still give anything to have seen them again (another 100 times even).

If you don't already own these albums, I beg you to give them a listen!

Buena - (from Cure for Pain)
Whisper - (from Yes)
Sharks - (from Yes)

Arctic Monkeys Can't Get Enough of NYC

They're coming back around! The Ticketmaster website lists the Arctic Monkeys as playing the Roseland Ballroom Wednesday June 14th. Tickets are going on sale on April 14th for the show. I fully expect a rapid sell-out of the tickets.

Good Weather for Airstrikes - Mixes

Check out Good Weather for Airstrikes site, where he's posted a number of mixes for download. Some of the songs on the mixes are fairly obscure and definitely worthy of a listen or ten. Check out his site here, and look around for some of the older mixes too.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Reading Line-up 2006

The line-up for this years Reading festival has been announced and thanks to Take Your Medicine here's the link to Drowned in Sound with all of the details! Another reason to visit England this summer! Cheers!

Friday - Pearl Jam, Placebo, My Chemical Romance
Saturday - Franz Ferdinand, Audioslave, Kaiser Chiefs, Feeder
Sunday - Muse, Arctic Monkeys, the Streets, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Monday, April 03, 2006

Larry "Mr Nirvana" Mestal

According to a story posted on Pitchfork, Courtney Love has officially sold 25% of her share of the Nirvana catalog to Larry Mestal. You can read more about this story here.

Flamed Lips - Pitchfork review

The new Flaming Lips album, "At War with the Mystics", got a less-than-stellar review from Pitchfork (6.7) in which they state the following:

"The production is distant, queasy, fuzzier, and less direct than any of their recent outings; the vocals are often manipulated and toyed with-- Coyne goes from singing in a register so low you can hardly recognize him (the single "Yeah Yeah Yeah Song") to one so high that he sounds like Beck doing Prince ("Free Radicals")"

I have not yet heard the album, but I do somewhat agree based solely on what few songs I've heard. I was secretly hoping for a continuation of sorts from the
last two magnificent albums. I'll reserve my final judgment for when I hear the album through in its entirety a few times. Regardless, the review is quite a departure from what I expected considering the bands' recently captured media-darlings persona.

Band of Horses - Bowery Show

Tickets ($13 each) are finally on sale for the Band of Horses show...grab your tickets here. See you there!

In addition, Pitchfork just posted some older news regarding the bands entire upcoming summer tour.

Band of Horses Announce Summer Tour

Amy Phillips reports:
Those horses, they sure do like traveling, don't they? Guess that's why we used to make them deliver our mail.

Barely a week after concluding their last string of dates, Sub Pop's latest Great Indie Rock Hope, Band of Horses, have announced another continental trek. Most of the shows will take place in June, leaving the band plenty of time to train for the biggest show of the summer-- the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Band of Tourses:

04-13 Seattle, WA - Neumos
04-14 Seattle, WA - Neumos
05-27 George, WA - The Gorge (Sasquatch!)*
05-31 Boise, ID - Neurolux / Crazy
06-03 Fargo, ND - Aquarium
06-04 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
06-06 Chicago, IL - Schubas
06-07 Chicago, IL - Schubas
06-11 Cleveland Heights, Ohio - Grog Shop
06-13 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
06-16 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
06-17 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
06-20 Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle Tavern
06-21 West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
06-22 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
06-30 Los Angeles, CA - Echo
07-01 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
07-29 Chicago, IL - Union Park (Pitchfork Music Festival) %

* with Sam Roberts, Constantines, Architecture in Helsinki, Bedouin Soundclash, Matt Costa
% with Silver Jews, the Futureheads, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Art Brut, Destroyer, Mountain Goats, Man Man, Hot Machines, more TBA

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Sigur Rós - Sæglópur B-Side

Eighteen Seconds Before Sunrise, the sigur rós official website has graciously added a link to download the b-side to sæglópur. You can grab this song and a few other great songs below:

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In addition the website also links to a an official ftp site and a torrent website that shares live shows from various performances the band has done. You can check out that site here.

Chuck Palahniuk US Tour

Now I realize it's not quite the same thing as a band touring, but this happens to be one of my absolute favorite authors! I have friends in Boston that I hope will make the trip (10 min) to the Brookline reading! I promise it will be worth it! I'm going to try to get the NYC reading myself! Anyway, straight from The Cult website - here's the details:

2006 Haunted Paperback Tour Dates!

Chuck is now gearing up to tour for his 2006 paperback release of Haunted. This will be a moderate sized tour, that will not only include stops in the U.S., but stops throughout the UK as well. More dates and corrected info could be pouring in during the coming weeks, but for now, I'll post the info as it's sent to me by the awesome people who work Chuck's publicity.

U.S. Tour Dates:

June 5th, 6:30pm
New York, New York

The Strand
Reading & Signing
828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
Click here for more info!

June 6th, 6pm
Boston, MA

Brookline Booksmith / Coolidge Corner Theater
Reading & Signing / Tickets Available Soon
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Click here for more info!

June 7th, 7pm
Ann Arbor, MI

Shaman Drum Bookshop
Reading & Signing
311-315 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Click here for more info!

June 8th, 7pm
Louisville, KY

Carmichael’s Bookstore
Reading & Signing
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
Click here for more info!

June 9th, 7:30pm
Chicago, IL

Barnes & Noble
Reading & Signing
55 Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60077
Click here for more info!

June 12th, 7pm
Kansas City, KA

Rainy Day Books
Reading & Signing
2706 W. 53rd Street
Fairway, KS 66205
Click here for more info!

June 13th, 7pm
Dallas, TX

Borders Books
Reading & Signing
10720 Preston Rd.
Dallas, TX 75230
Click here for more info!

June 14th, TBD
Modesto, CA

Modesto Bee Book Club
Venue TBD