Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Mogwai - Down Under

Where's Barry?

Mogwai has just announced dates in Australia starting in July. The dates are as follows:

Thursday 20th: Sydney, Metro Theatre
Tickets $44.00 bf. Available from www.moshtix.com and all moshtix outlets. Presented by Drum Media

Friday 21st: Brisbane, The Zoo
Tickets $40.00 bf. Available online from: www.thezoo.com.au. Also Rocking Horse and Skinnys Record Stores.
Presented by Rave Magazine

Saturday 22nd: Byron Bay, Splendour in the Grass Festival (sold out)

Tuesday 25th: Melbourne, Corner Hotel
Tickets $44.00 bf available online from www.cornerhotel.com www.cornerhotel.com Also available from the Corner Hotel box office. Phone bookings: 03-9427-9198. Presented by Beat Magazine & Triple R.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Royce Who?

Matt Hughes is the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. After dismantling Royce Gracie tonight, he proved that he more than belongs in the UFC Hall of Fame! Great fight, but completely dominated by Matt Hughes (as I hoped)! It looked like Royce hadn't been in the ring in 10+ years, and Hughes just owned him throughout the entire 3+ minutes of the first round, before the referee stopped the fight! Congrats Matt Hughes, great fight! Go team Miletich!

Saturday, May 27, 2006


So I just checked out Snowden's website and got the confirmation I had been waiting for since I first heard Victim's Card. Anyway, their debut album is due to drop on August 22nd, and is titled "Anti-Anti", which I have heard and can sincerly inform you is an amazing song! So be on the lookout, insound does not yet have the album, but I'll keep you posted as information comes up. The band also plans to tour the US this summer in support of the album, but no dates have been confirmed yet.

Good Hearsay!

Brightlight has just posted some new info, albeit hearsay, regarding Mogwai's future fall tour of the US! Here's the scoop:

autumn touring plans 2 27/05/06

as we reported a couple of weeks, mogwai will be undertaking their third us tour of 2006 in november.
i overheard at the portland show that the fall us dates will likely be either co-headlining, or opening for a bigger act...

thanks rob.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Thievery Corporation - Tour

I just received confirmation that Thievery Corporation have plans to play in NYC sometime later on this year, no real official date or location, and as soon as I hear more I will post it here! For now, here's the duo's current tour itinerary:

@ Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
7/19: @ Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
7/20: @ The Concourse, San Francisco, CA
7/21: @ 4th & B, San Diego, CA
7/22: @ 4th & B, San Diego, CA
7/23: @ The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA (w/ The Flaming Lips, presented by KCRW)
8/4: @ The Metro, Chicago, IL
8/5: @ Lollapalooza (Grant Park), Chicago, IL

Additionally their new album Versions has just been released, which includes a number of "thievery-ized" versions of songs by the likes of the Doors and Nouvelle Vague. From what I've heard its amazing, I still haven't fully heard it through yet.

Flaming Lips + Sonic Youth = Kick #$% Tour

Yep, it's official the Flaming Lips and Sonic Youth are going on tour together but somehow they missed NYC completley and only stop in Syracuse and Boston!? Here's the dates the two bands are co-headlining:

08-03 Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center (92.3 K-ROCK Presents Kuyahoga)
08-04 Detroit, MI - State Theater
08-05 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08-24 St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair
08-25 Council Bluffs, IA - Stir Cove at Harrah's
08-26 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
08-28 Columbus, OH - Promowest Pavilion
08-31 Allentown, PA - Allentown Fair
09-01 Syracuse, NY - New York State Fair
09-03 Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion

Solo Tour - The Boy Least Likely To

As I had mentioned earlier The Boy Least Likely To is about to embark on a solo tour starting on May 30th, and ending at the Knitting Factory in NYC on June 13th! Here's some more dates:

The Boy Least Likely To Tour Dates:
05/30 - Vancouver, BC - Plaza Club
05/31 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
06/01 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
06/02 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
06/03 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
06/06 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
06/08 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
06/09 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
06/10 - Toronto, ON - Revival
06/11 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire
06/12 - Boston, MA - TT The Bears
06/13 - New York, NY - Knitting Factory

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Eraser - Details

Pitchfork has just posted a song-by-song description of Thom Yorke's "solo" album, the Eraser. Here's the info from the page:

First Listen: Thom Yorke's The Eraser

Matthew Solarski reports:
Major break-ups, deaths, and Thom Yorke records-- pretty much the only stories Pitchfork News wakes up on a weekend to break. A couple of Saturdays back, we caught wind that Yorke was planning his first-ever foray into, um, solitary territory ("i don't wanna hear that word solo," the man wrote in a W.A.S.T.E. e-mail), on a forthcoming album to be titled The Eraser. And now, we've had the distinct pleasure of hearing the album in its entirety. The Eraser is a sumptuous, Nigel Godrich-produced layer cake of plaintive piano, haunting synth squalls, and chugging guitars built atop skittish programmed beats and devoured by Thom Yorke's anguished ruminations on the pressures and paranoias attendant to fame and expectation. And no, it's not a techno record.

Here's a track-by-track first glimpse at The Eraser:

1. "the eraser": The title track opens with a muffled, repeated piano chord. After a few bars and a chord change, programmed beats settle in, and Thom interrupts, "Please excuse me but I got to ask," scraping the upper register. Soon, a gaggle of disembodied, moaning Thoms joins in for the chorus, which seemingly takes a cue from Morrissey: "The more you try to erase me/ The more that I appear".

2. "analyse": Vocal and rolling piano lines launch this meditation on futility. "The fences that you cannot climb/ The sentences that do not rhyme," Thom laments, sad and clever all at once. And later: "It gets you down/ You're just playing a part," one of many presumed jabs at self-identity. The chord progression somewhat recalls an accelerated "Knives Out", with a hesitant snare plodding along in the background, before Godrich drops in the first of The Eraser's many cinematic synth flourishes.

3. "the clock": A cyclical guitar line lends this track an almost motorik vibe, albeit one evoking a leisurely Sunday drive. Click-clack beats add to the pace before the inevitable opening line: "Time is running out/ For us." By the end, Thom is humming a simple, bluesy melody over the steady but relentless rhythm.

4. "black swan": Opens with an almost hip-hop beat, before a blues-inspired riff more than a little reminiscent of "I Might Be Wrong" drops in and sets the structure. "This is fucked up, fucked up," Yorke declares. Later, more identity crises are averted: "I don't care what the future holds/ 'Cause I'm right here and I'm today/ With your fingers you can touch me."

5. "skip divided": Samples of Thom drawing breaths help form the percussive foundation of this dark stalker-ly declaration. Yorke's at his most conversational here, almost pub-drunk, revealing, "When you walk in a room I follow you 'round/ Like a dog/ I'm a dog, I'm a dog, I'm a dog/ I'm a lapdog/ I'm your lapdog." Creepy.

6. "atoms for peace": Thom returns, all homesick alien, beseeching you: "No more going to the dark side with your flying saucer eyes/ No more falling down a wormhole that I have to pull you out," and striving for some higher octaves during the chorus: "I wanna geeet ouuut/ And make it woooork." Celestial tones underscore a warm, bumbling bassline-- a relatively minimal arrangement compared to the rest of The Eraser. "So many lies/ So feel the love come off of them/ And take me in your arms," he sings. Thom's own "You're Beautiful"?

7. "and it rained all night": And it's back to the Dark Side for The Eraser's chilliest number, a tune awash in eerie synth and driven by a Joy Division-esque bassline. Thom assumes the role of the poet-observer, surrealistically detailing visions of post-downpour New York, clipped vocal samples later piggybacking the bassline. It culminates in a strained, desperate: "I can see you/ But I can never reach you."

8. "harrowdown hill": Don't get thrown off by the practically post-punk opening bass riff; more haunted synth and programmed beats soon drift in and turn things nocturnal once again. "I'm coming home to make it all right/ So dry your eyes," sings Thom-- one of the most conventional, pop-esque vocal melodies on the record. "I can't take the pressure/ No one cares if you live or die/ They just want me gone/ They want me gone." The moment is suspended to make way for some riffing, which closes out the song.

9. "cymbal rush": We're greeted here by what sounds like the Pac-Man death sound effect kicked down an octave; then more funereal, ambient synth, along with pitter-patter programmed percussion not unlike that on "Kid A". "Try to build a wall that is high enough," sings Thom. "It's all boiling over." Finally, the climax: percussion picks up, guitar enters over melancholic piano chords, and more disembodied Thoms float about, moaning-- until all drops out for one final blip-bloop parade, which sputters out to an abrupt finish.

Regarding The Eraser, Yorke also wrote "inevitably it is more beats & electronics. but its [sic] songs," and that pretty much sums it up. The record is song-oriented to a perhaps surprising degree-- no instrumentals, all tracks pretty much in the four-minute range, mostly standard time signatures-- and emphasizes the trademark textural richness of Radiohead and Godrich.

The Eraser lands in stores July 11 in the U.S. (lucky Brits get it a day earlier) via XL Recordings, but for now, those of you who enjoy being puzzled, hop on over to www.theeraser.net for more (totally cryptic) album details.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Camera Obscura - Bowery Ballroom

Camera Obscura is playing a show at the Bowery Ballroom Friday July 7th, tickets go on sale tomorrow (Wed.) at noon and are $15 each. Ticket info can be retrieved here.

Beth Orton - Webster Hall

Beth Orton is playing a show Wednesday July 12th at Webster Hall...tickets go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon, and are $25 each. You can check here for tickets.

The National - Webster Hall - Last Sunday

Well I'm sorry it took so long but I finally got a chance to post some pictures from the awe inspiring performance the National put on last Sunday at Webster Hall. The band was in great form, and was really energetic!

I may be the only one who goes out and says this but, is Baby Dayliner a joke? I mean the guy reminds me of some mixture of Brian Austin Green (90210), Robert Goulet, and Ace Ventura. I mean he walks around and "dances" to a pre-recorded bunch of techno-pop while crooning some gibberish. It seemed as though everyone aside from a few people in the VIP balcony were laughing at him the entire opening set. Whatever...

So the band took the stage and launched into a great version of Secret Meeting, which blew me away. The highlight though was probably the blistering version of "Lit Up" that lead singer, Matt Berninger, belted out as the entire crowd sang along. Anyway an amazing show, that cemented them as a favorite band of mine who I can't wait to see again! I wish I had a full setlist to post for you, but I never got a chance to write the songs down, sorry.

Ricky Wilson - Hit By Car

Wow, some people just tend to be injury prone, then there's Ricky Wilson. Pitchfork just posted a story about the frontman of the Kaiser Chiefs being hit by a car while crossing the street, but luckily only receiving minor injuries. You can check out the story here.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Blind Tiger - Benefit for Anne Clark at Collins Bar

Blind Tiger is holding another benefit for Anne Clark at Collins Bar with a ridiculously good selection of Magic Hat brews for the offering! Here's the info:

When: Wednesday May 24th @ 6:00 pm
Where: Collins Bar
Why: A benefit for Anne Clark - Our good friend Anne Clark has recently suffered a great loss due to a fire that destroyed her apartment building. Please come and support Anne and drink some of Vermont's finest elixirs.
Why Else: They will have the following on tap - Chaotic Chemistry, Blind Faith, Braggot, #9, Hi PA

So go check it out and feel good that a portion of your alcohol purchases will benefit a good cause.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Good News for NYC Residents - Free Shows

Pitchfork has just put up a story about a ton of free shows in NYC this summer for everyone to check out. Check out the story below:

Awesome Free Shows Take Over NYC This Summer

Kati Llewellyn reports:
To balance out its super pricey rents and sales tax, New York City is offering a boatload of free concerts this summer. For the most part, the hit shows belong to one of three categories: Central Park SummerStage gigs, the Celebrate Brooklyn Performing Arts Festival in Prospect Park, and the River to River Festival at various locations in lower Manhattan.

Pitchfork has done the job of sifting through these organizations' event schedules, cherry-picking the best of what the Big Apple has to offer (does that even make sense?). Big names include Belle and Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, TV on the Radio, Voxtrot, Feist, Lady Sovereign, Prefuse 73, Hot Chip, the Hold Steady, Alex Chilton, Mates of State, and Super Furry Animals. And there's also a tuba parade.

The cream of the crop:

>>Central Park SummerStage:

06-17 Rhett Miller
06-25 Feist, Buck 65, Jason Collett
07-02 Seu Jorge, Jos� Gonz�lez
07-16 Amadou & Mariam, Birdy Nam Nam
07-23 Konono No. 1
07-30 Lady Sovereign, Pete Rock, Jean Grae
08-13 Prefuse 73, DJ Spooky

>>Celebrate Brooklyn:

06-17 Laurie Anderson
06-30 TV on the Radio, Matt Pond PA, Voxtrot
07-13 Yo La Tengo, Samara Lubelski
07-15 Nortec Collective
07-27 Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet perform live score to Dracula
08-03 Bill Frisell
08-04 Los Amigos Invisibles

>>River to River Festival:

06-02 South Street Seaport - Super Furry Animals, Dead Meadow, Andy Votel
06-04 World Financial Center Plaza - Anthony Braxton's Composition #19 - Marching Piece for 100 Tubas
06-04 World Financial Center Plaza - Bang on a Can All-Stars, Matmos, Alarm Will Sound
06-13 World Financial Center Plaza - Eels, Smoosh
06-20 World Financial Center Plaza - Son Volt
07-04 Battery Park - Belle and Sebastian, Martha Wainwright
07-06 Castle Clinton - Mates of State
07-11 World Financial Center Plaza - Puffy AmiYumi
07-13 Castle Clinton - Okkervil River
07-20 South Street Seaport - Sugar Hill Gang
07-27 Castle Clinton - The Hold Steady
07-28 South Street Seaport - Richard Hawley, Nicolai Dunger
08-04 South Street Seaport - Hot Chip
08-11 South Street Seaport - Josh Ritter
08-18 South Street Seaport - The Box Tops featuring Alex Chilton, Tralala
08-25 South Street Seaport - Ted Leo/Pharmacists

* Central Park SummerStage: http://www.summerstage.org
* Celebrate Brooklyn Performing Arts Festival: http://www.brooklynx.org/celebrate/default.asp
* River to River Festival: http://www.rivertorivernyc.com/

Bloc Party - McCarrens Pool

Tickets are going on sale this Saturday May 20th at noon for Bloc Party's concert at McCarren's Park Pool in Brooklyn. The show will be held on Saturday July 29th at 5:00PM, and will also feature the Secret Machines and Mew. Tickets are $35 each and will be available to purchase here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

My Wish...Granted

I just read that Mogwai will be coming back around the US for yet another leg of their Mr. Beast tour! Having seen them twice already this year, there is no doubt whatsoever that I will be attending another show if at all possible. Here's the info from bright light!, which is an amazing unofficial wesite run by Rob Strong.

"matador have confirmed that mogwai will be undertaking their third us tour of 2006 this autumn - it looks likely to be in november after another visit to japan. apparently the 'mr beast' tour is likely to last into the first few months of 2007. thanks ryan and steve."

In honor of this momentus event I'm posting the NPR broadcast of the bands show from the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on May 10th. Check it out here. (megaupload)

Austin City Limits - Line-up

Well the official, although still unofficial, line-up has been announced for this falls Austin City Limits festival! This years festival is being held on the weekend of September 15-17 at Zilker Park, tickets are $115 for a 3-day pass and are available for purchase here. In keeping with the previous years' festivals this line-up looks to be quite impressive and definitely enviable! Here's the purported list to date:

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Van Morrison
Willie Nelson
the Flaming Lips
Massive Attack
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals
Gnarls Barkley
the Raconteurs
the Shins
Thievery Corporation
John Mayer
Cat Power and the Memphis Rhythm Band
Iron & Wine
Explosions in the Sky
the New Pornographers
Son Volt
Aimee Mann
Nickel Creek
Nada Surf
Wolf Parade
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
Ted Leo/Pharmacists
KT Tunstall
Secret Machines
the Rocket Summer
Okkervil River
José González
G. Love and Special Sauce
Kings of Leon
Damien Rice
Damian Marley
Alexi Murdoch
Buckwheat Zydeco
Ben Kweller
Kathleen Edwards
String Cheese Incident
Los Lonely Boys
Jack Ingram
Kasey Chambers
the Black Angels
Sara Hickman
Trish Murphy
Asleep at the Wheel
South Austin Jug Band
Palm Elementary School Choir

Bling Tiger Exile Event #472

Okay so for all of you people attending the National show at Webster Hall Sunday night, I have a good bar/event for you to attend. Here's the info:

Now, Sunday May 21st @ 5:00PM at the Collins Bar, we will be holding a benefit party for something very dear and near to my heart...The Marat/Sade benefit bash. This party will help raise money for the up-coming production of Marat/Sade, which some of our employees are involved (Alan, Jona, & Bob). There will be a raffle which includes prizes like Broadway tickets (4 pairs!), dinner for 2 at the Modern, and gift certificates at the Collins, Spring Lounge and the new Tiger...plus much more. If that wasn't enough, there will be free sausage, from our friends at Becco, and free cheese. Also, there will be special Marat/Sade oriented beers... If you have the time, we would really appreciate the

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Foo Fighters - Acoustic Show at Beacon Theatre

I just got confirmation of a Foo Fighters acoustic show, with special guest Frank Black, at the Beacon Theatre! Tickets are $50-58.50 and will go on sale Friday May 19th at 4 PM (EST)!

Here's some more info from the bands site:

The Foo Fighters much anticipated Acoustic Tour kicks off this July! Seven US dates have been announced at intimate venues across the country! A special 8-piece line-up will perform the live premiere of songs from disc 2 of In Your Honor as well as unique interpretations of favorites from the band's entire catalogue.

Joining the band on the second installment of the In Your Honor Tour are special guests Petra Haden on Violin, Rami Jaffee on Keyboards, Drew Hester on percussion and former Foo Fighter Pat Smear on Guitar! Tickets for all seven shows go on sale May 19th at 4pm Local Time. Opening acts for these shows will be Timmy Curran in July and Frank Black in August.

July 11 - Seattle *
July 13 - Berkeley *
July 17 - San Diego *
August 16 - Philadelphia ^
August 21 - New York ^
August 22 - Boston ^
August 25 - Chicago ^

* with Timmy Curran
^ with Frank Black

...And You Will Know Us... by a random concert posting!

Yeah, I just had an urge to post a show of ...Trail of Deads. I've been in a AYWKUBTTOD kind of mood, so I figure I'd post it and see if you all like it. So anyway here goes!

July 27, 2003

Venue: Revierpark
Location: Dortmund, Germany
Source: Soundboard (from archive.org)
1. Intro (Rock 'n Roll Weapons)
2. It Was There That I Saw You
3. How Near How Far [a personal favorite]
4. Baudelaire
5. Homage
6. All St. Day
7. Monsoon
8. Another Morning Stoner
9. Days of Being Wild
10. Totally Natural
11. A Perfect Teenhood (destruction)

Keane - Bowery Ballroom

Keane will be playing a show at the Bowery Ballroom on Friday June 23rd. Tickets are $25 and go on sale at noon (12:00 PM EST) on Friday May 19th.

Prefuse 73 Cancels Shows

Wow, according to Pitchfork Prefuse 73 has cancelled the majority of their remaining tour dates due to some form of illness. Guillermo actually wrote to his fans via myspace about the cancellation. Hopefully all is well, and he gets better. Here's the story from Pitchfork:

Prefuse 73 Cancels Shows Due to Illness

Kati Llewellyn reports:

So began a MySpace blog post last Wednesday, written by Guillermo Scott Herren, aka Prefuse 73. Unlike most Myspace blog posts, what followed wasn't a whiny rant about Taking Back Sunday or a sob story about a crush. It was an announcement that Prefuse had made the decision to cancel much of the remainder of his spring tour with avant rapper Edan.

The rest of the post read:

"Hey.. I feel compelled to write this since i'm getting a bunch of mails concerning cancelled shows(I hear you).. - - Right before i embarked on this edan/prefuse73 tour, i was diagnosed with some pretty scary and challenging things to deal with regarding my mind and health.. (that's all i want to go into it as far as details are concerned.))) I thought I would just plow through these shows and deal with my problems from the road because i'm a stubborn old man. Instead, my friends, my doctors, and everyone I know have strongly advised me to not go through with this tour or at least shorten it... My point is this_ I am so very sorry for having to cancel the routing of the tour for the cats that won't be able to see us. I'm thinking of a way to make it up. I think disappointing fans is the worst feeling when all the touring i do is for the fans - i do not go home rich, we still play in mid size clubs to the heads... So far you've been so great to Edan/Dagha and Prefuse... The shows have been very fun+ forgive my groggy existence. Thank you so much. Please no worries for me, i'm under great care. + I'll update the dates ok? GRACIAS!!! GSH."

Our thoughts are with Herren as he rests up and takes care of his health.

Cancelled performances:

05-17 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
05-18 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
05-19 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
05-20 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
05-21 Los Angeles, CA - Knitting Factory
05-22 Los Angeles, CA - Knitting Factory
05-23 San Diego, CA - Casbah
05-24 Phoenix, AZ - Old Brickhouse
05-26 Denton, TX - Hailey's
05-27 Austin, TX - The Parish
05-28 Houston, TX - Walters on Washington
05-29 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
05-30 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
05-31 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern

The show will go on:

06-01 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
06-02 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *#
06-03 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *#
08-13 New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage ^

* with Edan
# with Mind.Blaze.Body
^ with Outernational, Asha Puthli

As of right now, it is unclear if Edan will perform at all of the scheduled shows.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Thom Yorke's new website

Feeling mentally atrophied? Need some stimulation, or just a mind scramble? Check out Thom Yorke's new website for his new solo album the Eraser which comes out July 11th.

Mogwai - Live at Webster Hall

Okay so I just saw Mogwai again on Saturday and it was amazing...here's my review that will be posted on brightlight later on.

mogwai’s show at webster hall was nothing short of amazing. a different setlist by four songs, and they were completely on fire! the band came out wearing their green myt track suits that for the most part lasted all of one song, “yes! i am…”. stuart was a bit more talkative this show compared to the show at the avalon early in march. at one point he noticed a member of the crowd wearing an anti-bush shirt, which he said he really liked and asked the guy where to buy one for his father.the lighting at this show was incredible, much better than the avalon! i missed out on some of the detail of the end of the main set because my wife wasn’t feeling too well so we headed to the back the of the venue, and she subsequently had to sit down. this being only my second ‘gwai show i was so excited to be able to hear some new/different songs like “kids will be skeletons” which i definitely like better live, that song rocks! then to get to hear tracy, which i figured i’d never here, was a treat! but the two songs that made the show for me were “mfmk” and “cody”! to see the grandieur that is mfmk live is just intense! rhen to start off the encore with “cody” was too much, i’ve loved that song since i first heard it!
on a side note, i’m loving watching the crowd jump when the loud parts come in “xmas steps” and “mfs”. i wonder if it ever gets old for the band…great
show, great setlist, and another great experience. the setlist was as follows:

yes! i am a long way from home
friend of the night
folk death 95
travel is dangerous
kids will be skeletons
helicon 1
hunted by a freak
acid food
my father my king

christmas steps
glasgow megasnake

Album Review: Whirlwind Heat

Have you ever heard an album that sounds like something you swore you heard before, but yet you couldn't quite nail down what it is? Well that's sort of how I felt when I heard Whirlwind Heat's new album "Type of Wood" [Brille Records]. Overall it's a good listen. The constant fuzzed out bass lines remind me of more obscure Beck songs, but the seemingly free-form drumming is quite impressing and mix well with the vocals.

Upon reading some rather cryptic reviews by some of the larger music magazines I regularly read (Q magazine), I was somewhat unsure of what to expect. I don't want to just try to compare them to other bands that I, and you, have already heard but it's impossible for me to not hear elements from a few bands. The band has a great groove, and makes good use of their somewhat muddy sound. They have been quoted as saying "We have no musical influences", but it would seem unlikely that they hadn't spent some time listening to some Sebadoh and maybe even a little Girls Against Boys, because they tend to be very lo-fi and bass-heavy, not to mention that they have the speak-singing thing down quite well.

They are about to embark on a short tour supporting Be Your Own Pet, here are the dates:
May 20 - Neighborhood Festival - Long Beach, CA (w/ Moving Units)
June 1 - Southgate House - Newport, KY
June 2 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL
June 3 - Beechland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
June 4 - Little Brother's - Columbus, OH
June 6 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
June 9 - Pioneer Arts Center - Easthampton, MA
June 10 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
June 12 - Knitting Factory - New York, NY
June 21 - Walter's - Houston, TX
June 22 - Emo's - Austin, TX
June 24 - The Brick House - Phoenix, AZ
June 25 - The Glass House - Pomona, CA
June 27 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA
June 28 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
June 30 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Q Magazine - 50 Worst Albums

Q Magazine performed one of the worst things possible, labeling one of my favorite albums as one of the "50 Worst Albums Ever!". Yes, it's true, they labeled Beck's requisite party-anthem packed album "Midnite Vultures" as the number 50 worst album of all time. It's a travesty and one that I can't seem to forget since reading it. Not only was the album amazing but so was that tour! The rest of the list I agreed with, but this choice was WAY off line!

Thom Yorke - "The Eraser"

So finally some confirmation regarding Thom Yorke's solo album...here's the gist. It's called "The Eraser", it's been produced and mixed by Nigel Goodrich, Thom does all the music and singing, it's mostly electronic, but the tracks definitely have song structures! Here's the rest of the story from Pitchfork:

Amy Phillips reports:

Last night, Thom Yorke sent out the following message to Radiohead's W.A.S.T.E. fan club:

this is just a note to say that something has been kicking around in the background that i have not told you about.
its called The Eraser.
nigel produced & arranged it .
i wrote and played it.
the elements have been kicking round now for a few years and needed to be finished & i have been itching to do something like this for ages.
it was fun and quick to do.
inevitably it is more beats & electronics.
but its songs.
stanley did the cover.
yes its a record!
no its not a radiohead record.
as you know the band are now touring and writing new stuff and getting to a good space so i want no crap about me being a traitor or whatever splitting up blah blah...
this was all done with their blessing. and i don't wanna hear that word solo. doesnt sound right.
ok then thats that.

i think its out in july and im pretty certain XL are going to put it out.
love thom

So there you have it: Thom Yorke's un-solo album, The Eraser, is due out July 11 on XL Recordings. (Pretty cool that Thom Yorke decided to put his album out on an indie label, huh?) It was produced by Radiohead bosom buddy Nigel Godrich, and features the following songs (yes, they're all supposed to be lower case):

01 the eraser
02 analyse
03 the clock
04 black swan
05 skip divided
06 atoms for peace
07 and it rained all night
08 harrowdown hill
09 cymbal rush

Various sources, including Billboard.com, report that the track "black swan" will play over the closing credits of Richard Linklater's new movie A Scanner Darkly. You know, the one with the animated images of Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder playing characters in a Philip K. Dick novel.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Born to Randall @ Collins Bar

Yep, Bling Tiger Ale House has done it again, they have just announced the next Exile Event at Collins Bar! Here's the info directly from the Bling Tiger:

Three Beers, Three Randalls, One Night!
Wednesday May 17th @ 6:00PM
We will be running THREE Dogfish Head beers through THREE DIFFERENT RANDALLS:

For those of you that don't know, Randall the Enamel Animal is an organoleptic hops transducer (a converted water filter) that is stuffed full of fresh hops. The filter is then hooked up to a keg, forcing the beer (usually Dogfish Head 90 Min. IPA, since Sam Calgione of Dogfish Head designed the crazy thing) through the "hop filter" just before it hits your glass. The alcohol strips the oils off the hop leafs transcending the beer to another level.

We will also have INDIAN BROWN on draught and WORLD WIDE STOUT 2003 (22.1% ABV) in bottles.

Also in store in the near future is a similar event with Magic Hat Brewing Company.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Grandaddy in NYC

Grandaddy is playing a free show at Hi-Fi in downtown Manhattan next Wednesday May 17th. The club/bar is located at 169 Avenue A, between 10th and 11th Avenues. The show will start at 9:00 PM and continue through midnight. Word has it that anyone that shows up wearing a trucker hat gets a free poster from the new album to boot.

Holy Great Line-up Batman! (Siren Festival)

Wow, so the first flight of bands have been announced for the Siren Music Festival 2006, in Coney Island, and I couldn't be more excited! Without further adieu here they are:
She Wants Revenge
Art Brut
Tapes 'n Tapes

The Stills


Dirty on Purpose

...and as the poster says the concert is free as always!

Steve Mason - Missing!

Wow...In a really shocking story, I just read that Steve Mason, formerly of Beta Band, currently front-man of King Biscuit Time, has gone missing. According to Filter Magazine the singer/songwriter left a cryptic message on his website alluding to a "self-imposed exile". He has long believed to have suffered from mental health issues, which may have been a cause of the Beta Band disbanding in August of 2004. You can read the story here. Here's to hoping he is okay, and just needs some time off!

Futureheads - Webster Hall Tickets Info

Okay so Ticketweb finally posted the information about the Futureheads show. They will be playing Friday June 30th, at Webster Hall with the French Kicks. Tickets are $22, and go on sale Wednesday May 10th (today) at noon. You can order the tickets here.

Sorry I was at the Yanks-Red Sox game last night so I'm a bit sluggish! One word, Melky!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Blind Tiger Event at Collins Bar

Blind Tiger is holding another new "Exile" event at the Collins Bar. This time they are offering an evening with Rock Art Brewery. For those of you who frequent the page, you may remember that I visited this brewery a few weeks ago while in VT. Not only do they make some outstanding brews, but is the owner a great guy! Check it out...here's the info:

Wednesday May 10th, at 6:00 PM
On tap:
Stock English Pale Ale
Whitetail Ale
American Red Ale
Ridge Runner Barleywine

Sleater-Kinney @ Webster Hall

Sleater-Kinney is playing a show at Webster Hall, Wednesday August 2nd. Tickets are only $17. Grab 'em here.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Elliott Smith

I've been listening to a LOT of Elliott Smith recently, it's amazing how talented he was! It's upsetting when you see someone that talented taken away so soon, and for his work to be relatively overlooked! Regardless, I had been enjoying my favorite album of his "Either/Or" and the posthumous "From A Basement On A Hill", and it just sends chills hearing his voice. So I figured I'd pass it along to all of you. Here's a really early acoustic show from 1995, from archive.org [warning these are FLAC files, and therefore are HUGE]:

Elliott Smith
September 17th, 1994
Venue: Umbra Penumbra - Portland, OR
some song
alphabet town
no name #4
big decision
condor avenue
no name #1
no confidence man
not half right

P.S. - If you don't have anything of his, I can't recommend buying them highly enough!

101st Post!

So this is my 101st post...yeah, whatever! Anyway Soundfix Records is just bringing it on! They've just announced a bunch of new in-stores that continue to amaze me! If you're anywhere in the area, it's definitely worth stopping in to check out! Plus the coffee's pretty damn good, not to mention their insane selection of records! Take note of the last show listed (Monday, May 22nd!).

Here's the list:

Friday, May 12, 8pm
Alexandra Scott & Les Fleurs Tragiques
Record release party for this delightful chanteuse!

Saturday, May 13, 4pm
The IOs
Exciting new power pop band from Kanine Records.

Sunday, May 14, 4pm
The Old Haunts

Saturday, May 20, 4pm
Baby Dayliner

Monday, May 22, 8pm
Art Brut
No joke! One of the world's most promising new bands stops by to rock the house!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Forward Russia! - Hits NYC

Forward Russia! is going to march down NYC into the Mercury Lounge for an intimate show on Wed. June 14th. Tickets are $12! Definitely worth going to, as I'm sure Brooklyn Vegan has already said!

Beck Tours - (again no NYC)

Okay, so apparently there is a problem with the maps being generated now. There must be no mention of New York City anywhere or something. That's the only thing I can think of to excuse all of this tours excluding New York! Anyway another of my favorite performers of all time, Beck, is doing a mini-tour and once again excludes gotham! It's a short tour, so I'm hoping he'll expand it somewhat to include us lonely individuals on the right coast. So here's his itinerary:

Beck Tour Dates:
05/24 - Davis, CA - Freeborn Hall*
05/25 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
05/27 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater
05/28 - George, WA - The Gorge Amphitheater*
05/30 - Santa Cruz, CA - Civic Auditorium
06/14 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
06/15 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
06/17 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival**
06/19 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
06/20 - Austin, TX - The Backyard
06/21 - Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theatre
06/23 - Albuquerque, NM - Kiva Auditorium
*Sasquatch! Music Festival - featuring the Flaming Lips, the Shins, Sufjan Stevens, Ben Harper
** Featuring Radiohead, Buddy Guy, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Dresden Dolls

My Morning Jacket - Tours w/ PJ (No NYC)

Seems like I haven't posted in years, sorry about that! Anyway I am a card carrying member of the Ten Club (Pearl Jam's fan club) but decided against buying tickets for their upcoming tour [still don't know why]. I think mostly because I was holding out for the pending Radiohead tour, which I missed out of the pre-sale because of a computer glitch. Anyway I had heard that My Morning Jacket was opening, and it was like a dagger through the heart! I would've loved to have seen them, much less to open for PJ! Anyway, what's done is done. Here's the tour itinerary:

My Morning Jacket Tour Dates:
05/09 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre*
05/10 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre*
05/12 - Albany, NY - Pepsi Arena *
05/13 - Hartford, CT - New England Dodge Music Center*
05/16 - Chicago, IL - United Center *
05/17 – Chicago, IL – United Center*
05/19 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena*
05/20 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena*
05/22 - Auburn Hills, MI - Palace Of Auburn Hills*
05/24 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden *
05/25 – Boston, MA – TD Banknorth Garden*
05/27 - Camden, NJ - Tweeter Center At The Waterfront *
05/28 – Camden, NJ – Tweeter Center At The Waterfront*
05/30 - Washington, D.C. - Verizon Center *
06/01 - East Rutherford, NJ - Continental Airlines Arena*
06/03 - East Rutherford, NJ - Continental Airlines Arena *
06/18 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music And Arts Feastival**
06/21 – Boston, MA – Symphony Hall***
06/22 – Boston, MA – Symphony Hall***
06/30 – Quincy, CA – Plumas County Fairgrounds****
07/01 – Quincy, CA – Plumas County Fairgrounds****
*With Pearl Jam
**With Beck, the Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Ben Harper
***With the Boston Pops
****High Sierra Music Feastival featuring Son Volt, Bela Fleck And The Flecktones, Nickel Creek

Futureheads - Tour (and hit NYC!)

Just read that the Futureheads are indeed touring the US! So, now is the time for me to come clean...I love this band! My only question...why can't they play with Tapes 'n Tapes in NY? I mean I'm going to see TnT anyway, but come on! That woudl've been amazing! You Philly people are so lucky! Anyway here's the info:

The Futureheads Get Their French Kicks
May 04, 2006
Story by: Matt Pullman
Recent Vagrant/StarTime signees the Futureheads have announced a batch of US shows with Brooklyn's French Kicks. The first leg of the tour kicks off June 16 in Seattle, WA and ends July 1 in Boston. The Futureheads will then continue their stateside trek with recent XL signees Tapes 'N Tapes. The British band will also rock the masses with their quirky pop madness at July's Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago and the Street Scene Music Festival in San Diego early August.

The Futureheads are preparing to release their second longplayer, News And Tributes in the US June 13. The French Kicks are also putting the finishing touches on their next full-length Two Thousand, which should see a July release via StarTime. And Tapes 'N Tapes, whose debut was self-released last fall, will get an XL rerelease July 25.

The Futureheads Tour Dates
06/16 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
06/18 - San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore *
06/19 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre *
06/23 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room and Ballroom *
06/24 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa *
06/26 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft *
06/27 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle *
06/28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
06/30 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
07/01 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
07/25 - Philadelphia, PA - Starlight Ballroom **
07/26 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Theatre **
07/27 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick **
07/28 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall **
07/29 - Chicago, IL - Union Park - Pitchfork Music Festival
07/30 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater **
08/02 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater **
08/03 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound **
08/04 - Las Vegas, NV - Jillian's **
08/05 - San Diego, CA - Street Scene '06 Festival
* With the French Kicks
** With Tapes 'n Tapes
There is no information yet regarding when tickets go on sale for the NYC show, but I'll keep you posted as I find out!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Sigur Ros - Another US Tour (No NYC)

So more great tour news, but no NYC date to speak of, which stinks! (I love the long list of supporting/joint acts they are playing with at the end!) So here it is, from Pitchforkmedia again:

Oh, and you know that all-female Icelandic strings 'n' things quartet that usually opens for Sigur Rós and also backs them up? Well, they used to be called Amina, but they recently changed their name to Amiina. (Note the extra "i.") They'll join Sigur Rós on all of the North American dates, and are at work on their debut album.

Takk is cheap:

05-01 San Rafael, CA - Marin Center *
05-03 Seattle, WA - Benaroya Hall *
05-04 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall *
05-05 Boise, ID - Big Easy Concert House *
05-06 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot *
05-08 Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre *
05-09 Chicago, IL - Civic Opera House *
05-10 Milwaukee, WI - The Riverside *
05-11 Detroit, MI - State Theatre *
05-13 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall *
05-14 Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion *
06-23 Eichenring, Germany - Hurricane Festival #
06-24 Beuhausen ob Eck, Germany - Southside Festival #
06-25 Essen, Germany - Lichtburg
06-27 Oslo, Norway - Spektrum
06-28 Rättvik, Sweden - Dalhalla
06-29 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival $
07-01 Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter Festival +
07-02 Belfort, France - Les Eurockéennes de Belfort Festival =
07-03 Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival ^
07-04 Ferrara, Italy - Piazza Castello
07-06 Paris France - Olympia
07-07 Gdynia, Poland - Heineken Open'er Festival @
07-08 Balado, Scotland - T in the Park Festival !
07-09 Kildare, Ireland - Oxegen Festival ~
07-11 Southampton, England - Guildhall
07-12 Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Neumünster Abbey
07-15 Madrid, Spain - Summercase Festival &
07-16 Lisbon, Portugal - Pavilhão Atlântico

* with Amiina
# with Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Elbow, Hard-Fi, Maximo Park, the Hives, the Strokes, more
$ with Morrissey, Animal Collective, Coldcut, Deftones, Franz Ferdinand, Lady Sovereign, the Streets, Tool, Kanye West, more
+ with Wolfmother, Kelis, Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, Artic Monkeys, Goldfrapp, more
= with Muse, The Subways, Blackalicious, Mogwai, Art Brut, We Are Wolves, Islands, more
^ with Murcof, Erik Truffaz, Talvin Singh
@ with Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters, Skin
! with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, Pharrel Wiliams, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Pretty Girls Make Graves, more
~ with Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller, Red Hot Chili Pepper, Goldfrapp, Franz Ferdinand, Placebo, more
& with Massive Attack, Daft Punk, Belle & Sebastian, Fatboy Slim, The Cardigans, Super Furry Animals, more

Radiohead - Tour (Yeah) No Album (Boo!)

Here's the story, I guess my previous post wasn't too far off! Here's the info from Pitchforkmedia!

Radiohead Announce North American Tour, Finally!

Amy Phillips reports:
At last! Real, honest-to-goodness, confirmed Radiohead North American tour dates! I'm going to explode!

Looks like all of the rumors were true: the two-night stands, the intimate theaters, the Chicago and San Fran dates. Tickets for most shows go on sale May 5 and 6; see below for more details.

According to a press release, "set lists for the shows will draw heavily on the newer material the band has been working on over the past months. The performances will take place in smaller than usual venues, and will feature appropriately scaled down staging and lighting design, creating a suitably intimate environment for the first ever airings of several new songs."

So hopefully that doesn't mean that all of these shows will sell out in negative 5 seconds, and only people able to shell out thousands of dollars on eBay will be able to get in. But it probably does.

Here's Radiohead's full tour schedule:

New dates:

06-01 Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre ON SALE MAY 6
06-02 Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre ON SALE MAY 6
06-04 Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion ON SALE MAY 6
06-05 Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion ON SALE MAY 6
06-07 Toronto, Ontario - Hummingbird Center ON SALE MAY 6
06-08 Toronto, Ontario - Hummingbird Center ON SALE MAY 6
06-10 Montreal, Quebec - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts ON SALE MAY 5
06-11 Montreal, Quebec - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts ON SALE MAY 5
06-13 New York, NY - The Theatre at Madison Square Garden ON SALE MAY 5
06-14 New York, NY - The Theatre at Madison Square Garden ON SALE MAY 5
06-19 Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre ON SALE MAY 6
06-20 Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre ON SALE MAY 6
06-23 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theater ON SALE MAY 14
06-24 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theater ON SALE MAY 14
06-26 San Diego, CA - Bayside ON SALE MAY 6
06-27 San Diego, CA - Bayside ON SALE MAY 6
06-29 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater ON SALE MAY 25
06-30 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater ON SALE MAY 25

Previously announced dates:

05-01 London, England - KOKO (Friends of the Earth benefit with Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood)
05-06 Copenhagen, Denmark - KB Hall #
05-07 Copenhagen, Denmark - KB Hall #
05-09 Amsterdam, Holland - Heineken Music Hall #
05-10 Amsterdam, Holland - Heineken Music Hall #
05-12 Blackpool, England - Empress Ballroom #
05-13 Blackpool, England - Empress Ballroom #
05-15 Wolverhampton, England - Civic #
05-16 Wolverhampton, England - Civic #
05-18 London, England - Hammersmith Apollo #
05-19 London, England - Hammersmith Apollo #
06-17 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival *
08-12 Budapest, Hungary - Óbudai Island (Sziget Festival) %
08-15 Avenches, Switzerland - Rock Oz Arenes
08-19 Chelmsford, England - Hylands Park (V Festival) ^!
08-20 Staffordshire, England - Weston Park (V Festival) ^!
08-22 Edinburgh, Scotland - Meadowbank ^
08-24 Dublin, Ireland - Marlay Park

# with Willy Mason
* with Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, Ben Folds, Common, Sonic Youth, My Morning Jacket, Cat Power, Atmosphere, Amadou & Mariam, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Magic Numbers, Dungen, Andrew Bird, et al
% with Franz Ferdinand, Ministry, Robert Plant, Natacha Atlas, Sick of It All, et al
^ with Beck
! with Bloc Party, The Magic Numbers, Keane

However, there is one small piece of bad news:

"There are no plans for a Radiohead album release any time in 2006," sayeth the press release.