Friday, June 30, 2006

New Band Definitely Worth Checking Out!

Okay I just received a four-track demo from a new band hailing out of arguably the greatest wine region on the planet, Bordeaux France, by the name of Beautiful Lunar Landscape.

The group is comprised of Benjamin Ling (vocals), Emmanual Georg (drums), Benoit Paissard (guitar), Arnaud Sigonny (guitar & songwriter), Julien Sussat (guitar). Together they make some of the cleanest and tightest art-rock I've heard in quite some time.

The four songs on the demo are easily as captivating as any My Bloodly Valentine or Slint album, but with a slight twist that reminds me of Sickoakes. BLL create some of the most lush textures with their mixture of bass and guitars, with near-whisper vocals. My early favorites from the demo are definitely Poemme (although it’s in French so I’m a bit lost with the lyrics), and Yesteryear. I can say this, the songs stand up amazingly when played as an album.

All four songs are available on the bands myspace site, and are highly recommended. Additionally Benjamin had mentioned that the band is planning to record another demo in July, which I'm looking forward to hearing. Hopefully they come to the States soon. If possible in the future I'll try to post a song or two pending the bands permission.

New Irvine Welsh?

Well according to a link on the Irvine Welsh website, the author is preparing to publish his first book in over 3 years. The new book is titled "The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs," and it will be released August 3rd. Here's the little blurb that Amazon includes on it's page:

Troubled Environmental Health Officer Danny Skinner is engaged on a quest to uncover what he refers to as 'the bedroom secrets of the master chefs'. He regards the unraveling of this classified information as the key to learning genetic facts about himself and the crippling compulsions that threaten to wreck his young life. The ensuing journey takes him from Europe's festival city of Edinburgh to the foodie capital of America, San Francisco. But the hard-drinking, womanizing Skinner has a strange nemesis in the form of model-railway enthusiast Brian Kibby. It is his unfathomable, obsessive hatred of Kibby that takes over everything, threatening to destroy not only Skinner and his mission but also those he loves most dearly. When Kibby contracts a horrific and debilitating mystery virus, Skinner understands that his destiny is inextricably bound to that of his hated rival, and he is faced with a terrible dilemma. "The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs" is a gothic parable about the great obsessions of our time: food, sex and minor celebrity, and is a brilliant examination of identity, male rivalry and the need to belong in the world. "

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Holy Crap! - Soundfix Officially Rocks

This just in...Soundfix Records in Williamsburg is having yet another insane in-store! On Wednesday July 19th they will present Vetiver in an intimate gathering in the adjacent cafe. The show will begin at 8PM.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

New Show!

I just saw that New Year is playing a show at Northsix in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on a weekend in August. Unfortunately I can't make it but hopefully some of you can! Definitely a big fan of these guys. Anyway here's the info:

New Year w/ Nina Nastasia @ Northsix - Sat. August 12th - tickets are $12 & go on sale at midnight tonight (Tues)

Sleater-Kinney at a Dead End?

Wow, I just found out the not-so-new news that Sleater-Kinney posted a message on their website stating that the band will be on a "definite hiatus." You can read more about it at Filter's site here.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Jason Lytle - Solo Acoustic Tour

Sorry this is a bit late...I have family in town and thus haven't been around the PC much. Anyway, Jason Lytle (of the newly defunct Grandaddy) is setting off on a solo acoustic "An Evening With Jason Lytle tour". The tour will include stops in various cities in small cafe/restaurant/club type of settings! I myself have gotten tickets for the July 22nd show in NYC, and cannot wait for the show. The full tour itinerary (as of today) is as follows [from Filter]:


18 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
19 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
22, 24 - New York, NY - Joe's Pub
25 - Boston, MA - Paradise
29 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
31 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line

3 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
7 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow's
8, 9 - San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord
11, 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Café

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Shows going on sale for NYC

Dirty Pretty Things (1/2 of the ex-Libertines) are playing two shows at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday August 14th and Tuesday August 15th. Tickets are $20 each. Not a bad bargain, as what I've heard of the DPT album has been quite good and at least as good as the Babyshambles debut!

How is it possible that the two of them got together? I don't know either. But its the 80's meets the 90's pop stars, Matthew Sweet & Suzanna Hoffs, are getting together for a show at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday July 17th. The tickets are $25 and go on sale tomorrow (Wed June 21st) at noon.

Andy Nicholson Leaves Arctic Monkeys

Pitchfork has just posted the story that Andy Nicholson has officially left the Arctic Monkeys for good. The bassist wasn't playing with the band during their most recent tour of the U.S., but he was present during their early spring tour. You can read more about it here.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Soundfix Instores

Soundfix have just announced their next batch of instores! The previous one's have been great, although I've been forced to miss a lot of them, much to my chagrin. Regardless, here are the new dates/shows:

Wednesday June 21st - 8 PM - Sister Suvi and Ruth Garbus
A freak-folk festivus! Sister Suvi, a side project of Patrick Gregoire of Islands, makes spare, experimental folk that will appeal to Animal Collective fans. Ruth Garbus of Feathers will perform a solo set as well.

Saturday June 24th - 4 PM - Barbara Morgenstern
Delightful electro pop from Germany's Morgenstern

Saturday July 8th - 4PM - Shearwater
Led by songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Meiburg, Austin's Shearwater delivers an austere folk fused with static, distortion, disorienting soundscapes, pop, and psychedelia. Rare acoustic set!

Saturday July 22nd - 4PM - The Instruments and New Sound of Numbers
A special visit from the Athens, Georgia, chamber-pop group the Instruments. Led by Heather McIntosh (Circulatory System, Elf Power), the group makes lush and atmospheric folk. A New Sound of Numbers, whose debut album comes out in September on Cloud Recordings, also featuring McIntosh with Hannah Jones, serves up a Slits- and Raincoats-inspired angular indie rock.

New Air Album - Details

Air are currently wrapping up work on their new album which is scheduled for an early 2007 release, and as of yet is untitled. Additionally JB Dunckel is releasing his self-titled debut solo album Sept. 19th. More info below from Filter Magazine's website:

New Air Album Set For 2007
by Staff | 06.19.2006

The French electronic duo are back. The two are putting the finishing touches on their new album, set for release in 2007. It will be three years since we've heard new music from the group, their last album was 2004's Talkie Walkie.

Fans eagerly anticipating the two's latest release can breathe a sigh of relief as Air's JB Dunckel is set to release a self-titled solo album on September 19th. The ten track album will only have two instrumentals. Such songs included in the album are "TV Destroy" and "My Own Sun." The full tracklist for the solo album is as follows:

01 Be My Friend
02 At the End of the Sky
03 TV Destroy
04 Some Men
05 My Own Sun
06 Pearl
07 Earth
08 Beautiful Woman
09 How Brave You Are
10 Bathroom Spirit

Also, while you're at it check out the new Filter-mini, which has a story about Muse in it. Great's free!

Modest Mouse - Cancels West Coast Dates

Modest Mouse have cancelled their four shows scheduled on the west coast in favor of staying in the studio in Mississippi to finish up work on their new album. Here's the info from the bands website:


With Modest Mouse on a feverish pace to finish their new album, the decision was made to remain in the studio and postpone the upcoming August dates. The band is currently recording the album in Mississippi with producer Dennis Herring (Good News For People Who Love Bad News). The group sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience and is looking forward to finishing their new album and rescheduling the dates.

Refunds are available at point of purchase.

Canceled shows after the jump:
08-06 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
08-08 Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
08-09 Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater
08-10 Troutdale, OR - Edgefield

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Band of Horses at the Bowery

Wow, I'm speechless! That show was amazing last night at the Bowery Ballroom. The opening acts were both very good, and are definitely worth getting there early to catch! Unfortunately I didn't manage to grab any good shots of either due to the poor lighting. But Mt. Egypt is very post-rock-like, with both the drummer and bassist from Band of Horses backing the lead singer .

Band of Horses came on stage at around 11:00 (maybe 5 or 10 min later) and proceeded to play through a great set of songs off of their album "Everything All the Time", as well as some songs from the tour EP. The band also shared a few new songs that Ben Bridwell (in answering my question) said would be released on a new EP the band will be releasing this fall on Sub Pop. I wish I had a setlist to provide, but the stagehand was less-than-thrilled when I asked for one after the show. So, anyway the only disappointments I can say were that the band didn't play "I Go to the Barn Because I Like The" and "St. Augustine". Other than that they actually managed to surpass my extremely high expectations! So now the process of trying to procure tickets to the Sunday night show will begin (fun!).

Thursday, June 15, 2006

My Prayers Have Been Answered!

Wow...that's all I can think to say! Spuyten Duyvil heard my pleas and has granted my wish! Next Wednesday June 21st they are having a beer night that make all others in NYC (aside from Split thy Skull) pale in comparison! Here's the info:

Come celebrate the Summer Solstice with us next Wednesday (June, 21st) at 6pm and drink some crisp and bitter beers.


Russian River Pliny The Elder (8%) from CA [I can't rec'd this highly enough!]
Three Floyds Alpha King (6%) from IN
Troegs Nugget Nectar (7.5%) from PA
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (6%) from MI
Hair of the Dog Blue Dot Imperial IPA (7%) from OR
Southern Tier Unearthly Imperial IPA (11%) from NY

Captain Lawrence Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA (8%) from NY

Arcadia Hop Mouth Double IPA (8.1%) from MI

Sound Team + Cold War Kids = Fun

Sound Team & Cold War Kids are playing two shows at Mercury Lounge on Friday & Saturday July 28th & 29th! Tickets are only $12, and well worth it!

Sound Team
Movie Monster
Your Eyes Are Liars

Cold War Kids
The Soloist in the Living Room
Hospital Beds

Built to Spill - Warsaw

Tickets for Built to Spill's show at Warsaw in Brooklyn on Tuesday October 3rd are going on sale tomorrow (Friday) June 16th. The tickets are only $22 and will be available here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Portishead - Lives

Yes, Portishead, the trip-hop godsends who basically ran all of those college/cool-kid parties in the 90's have come out and spoken of work on the new album. In a post on their myspace website they spoke of the new album that sound like Zero 7! Here it is:

"Tuesday, June 13, 2006
back to work
back to work
just been away for a week with my family.. so weve had our meeting with the label it was really possitive....which makes the whole thing so much easier to deal with nice people...the tracks are in a right mess but sounding like a album for the first time in years their fukin a bit weird though.........its great its nice to think us old gits have a few tunes in us without sounding like coffie table zero 7 - moby - chill out shit!! also im trying to not let the world cup take my life away for 6 weeks....anyways like i said

back to work"

Frank Black - Southpaw

Frank Black is playing a show at Southpaw in Brooklyn on Saturday, August 19th! Tickets are $20, even though the main page says $12, and are on sale here.

Touch & Go Festival - Chicago

Why is Chicago just owning the festival front these days? I mean they have the Intonation Festival, Lollapalooza, the Pitchfork Festival, and now the Touch & Go 25th Anniversary Festival! Come on, that's just not fair! Alright, enough of my whining, EJ I hope you're happy! Anyway the lineup has just expanded to 23 bands now, including Girls Against Boys and the New Year. Here's the story, straight from Pitchfork:

Kati Llewellyn reports:

Touch and Go's big-ass birthday party just got a lot bigger (and a lot asser?) Yesterday, the Chicago label announced that its 25th Anniversary Block Party, taking place September 8-10 at Chicago's Hideout, will feature reunion sets from Girls Against Boys, Killdozer, and Man...or Astroman?-- all original members!-- as well as Negative Approach (featuring John Brannon and OP Moore). !!!, Quasi, the New Year, Shipping News, Three Mile Pilot, Uzeda, Pegboy, the Ex, Seam, and Supersystem have also been added to the blowout.

As previously reported, Calexico, CocoRosie, Enon, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Pinback, the Black Heart Procession, Shellac, and both the reunited Scratch Acid and the reunited Didjits are scheduled to perform at the event, which benefits local charities Tuesday's Child, Literacy Works, and the Thomas Drummond Elementary School.

The newly announced acts take the Block Party's band count up to 23. In the following weeks, T&G will bring it home with the unveiling of two more artists, making for a grand total of 25 bands. ('Cause that's how old they are.) Let's guess who they are! Urge Overkill and Silverfish? Reunited Don Caballero and reunited (again) Slint? TV on the Radio and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs?

* Touch and Go:

Muse @ the Hammerstein

Muse is playing a show at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday, August 3rd! Tickets are $32 each and go on sale Friday, June, 16th at 11AM EST! Those "in the know", pretty much everyone, have a chance to get their hands on some tickets during the pre-sale which is happening Thursday, June, 15th at 9:00 AM. Click here for more info!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Brewtopia Version 4.0

Tickets for the fourth annual Brewtopia Festival are officially on sale here, for $60 each session. The festival setup is changing to cover two days (Friday & Saturday, October 19th & 20th) and three sessions as follows:

Friday October 19th - Session I - 7:00pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday October 20th - Session I - 12:00pm to 4:00 pm
Saturday October 20th - Session I - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

The festival is being held in the Jacob Javits Center in NYC, it's third location for it's fourth festival. So far there are 100 breweries that have agreed to attend, including three of my personal favorites Avery Brewing Company, Great Divide, and Wyerbacher Brewing.

I'm thinking of starting a petition to get these three breweries to attend the festival: Russian River Brewing Company, Three Floyds Brewing Company, and Pizza Port. Please let me know if you'd be willing to join a petition to send to the organizers of the festival. I will send it along...just leave your name and e-mail address in the comments and I'll draft a list. Thanks! Hope it works!

Interesting Shows Coming Up in NYC

So I've been getting some flack about not posting pseudo-weekly concert listings/happenings in the NYC area...and I've been prone to do mostly whatever is asked, so here goes:

Mon June 12th - Be Your Own Pet w/Whirlwind Heat - tix are sold out
Tues/Wed June 13th/14th - Radiohead - MSG [tix are wicked expensive and all gone]
Wed June 14th - Arctic Monkeys w/We Are Scientists - tix are sold out
Wed June 14th - Forward Russia! @ Mercury Lounge - tix are $12
Fri June 16th - Band of Horses @ Bowery Ballroom - tix are sold out
Sun June 18th - Band of Horses @ Warsaw (Brooklyn) - tix are $13
Mon June 19th - Mono @ Northsix (Brooklyn) - tix are $10
Tues June 20th - Beirut @ Northsix (Brooklyn) - tix are $10

I will definitely be going to at least two of these shows and possibly one or two more depending on how tired I am this weekend!

Pitchfork Reviews - Growing

The folks over at Pitchfork have finally reviewed the fourth LP from NYC band Growing, who opened for Mogwai during their first stint across the East Coast earlier this year. The review is pretty dead on, and they give the album a decent score 6.8, considered how much they hammered Mogwai's new release. Check out the review here.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Tapes 'n Tapes Rocked NYC

Wow, the show last night was amazing! The Figurines turned out a great performance and really got the crowd going! T'nT came on at around 9:45-10:00 or so and played through a 10 song main set, consisting of:
Jakov's Suite
In Houston
Just Drums
The Iliad
and Insistor.
After playing through their main set they left the stage for a short encore break, during which a fan jumped on stage and played drums for a minute before the band came out. Their encore lasted three songs and included Omaha which was a personal favorite of mine! Here are a few pictures from the show, including one of the figurines.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Doves are at work on their next album! Here's the info straight from the band:

"It may have been a little quiet in Doves world of late, but if you visit their on-line blog, you can see a message from the lads about work commencing on album number 4. There are no firm release plans just yet as work is in the very early stages, but to tide you over for now, you could do worse than check out the Some Cities Live EP that was released as a download recently, which features four songs recorded on their December '05 tour dates, plus a bonus track recorded in New York last September."

Tapes 'n Tapes - Bowery

Tonight is the Tapes 'n Tapes show at the Bowery, I can't wait, I've been waiting a long time for this show! Hope to have some pictures up tomorrow!

Chuck Palahniuk - Reading in NYC

Wow, Chuck can draw a crowd. I overheard some employees of the store mentioning 500+ people had shown up for the reading/signing! The svelt author began the event by signing books for the first few rows, then proceeded to begin reading a short story he had written, entitled "Mr. Elegant", which had the entire crowd laughing uncontrollably! After the reading, which lasted about 15-20 min., he opened up the floor for questions. While some were pertinent, such as what is the status of your books becoming movies, which he explained they are all in various stages of production as of right now, some filming and some casting. Others were less informed.

Overall the event was amazing, the only drawback was the store and it's employees who were hornery, eletist, and down right snotty. I never managed to get any signatures as the store lost control of the crowd during the signing period at the end of the event.

My conclusion is now that I would definitely like to attend another reading by Chuck, but not at that store, nor would I ever buy anything from them at any point in the future. If you really want to find an obscure book, either fly to Portland and visit "Powell's City of Books" or go to their website, the staff is both courteous and knowledgeable, and the selection is far greater than "18 miles of books"!

Friday, June 02, 2006

The Rakes at Bowery

Tickets are now on sale for this show on Wednesday July 5th, here, and are only $15/each...please someone go, as I cannot unfortunately make it! Tell me all about it in excrutiating detail!

I'm also dying to go to both these shows at Northsix, but I'm probably not going to be able to swing them! It wouldn't be so bad except I can't stop listening to either of these albums!
Mono - Monday June 19th - Tickets $10 here.
Beirut - Tuesday June 20th - Tickets $10 here.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Soundfix - Instores

Two new instores have just been announced at Soundfix, both of which are really amazing! Plus they've finally re-designed the website and will hopefully have their full inventory available through an on-line shopping cart! Anyway here are the dates for the in-stores!

Saturday June 10th - Whirlwind Heat
Saturday June 17th - Beirut

The Rakes - Bowery Ballroom

The Rakes have announced their upcoming tour and are offering ticket pre-sales here. Here's the itinerary:

05.07.06New York (USA) - Bowery Ballroom
06.07.06Boston (USA) - Paradise Rock Club
07.07.06Wasington DC (USA) - Black Cat
08.07.06Providence Rhode Island (USA) - Century Lounge
10.07.06Chicago (USA) - Double Door
11.07.06Minneapolis (USA) - Varsity Theatre/Cafe Des Artistes
14.07.06Seattle (USA) - Crocodile Cafe
15.07.06Portland (USA) - Berbati's Pan
16.07.06San Francisco (USA) - Great American Music Hall
17.07.06Los Angeles (USA) - Troubadour
Unfortunately I won't be around when they play the Bowery on July 5th, which really stinks!