Sunday, August 27, 2006

Asobi Seksu - In-store

Wow, Asobi Seksu more than impressed me at their in-store yesterday! First off, the show was much louder than I had expected, but they sounded amazing. Easily the best sound I've heard at the "Fix Cafe". The played a fairly decent set of 6 or so songs, including two gems from their new release "Citrus". Definitely keep an eye out for them if they are playing in your area. Highly recommended for fans of Mono (Japanese art-rock band), Mogwai, GSYBE!, etc.

The IceMan Runneth Over!

In UFC 62, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell ran over Renato "Babalu" Sobral in 1:35! I'm not sure if this link will last...but here's a link of the fight!

If anyone has a problem with this link, please let me know and I will remove it.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Thank God for Those Fat-Burning Pills!

A great-spirited, albeit exhausted, Snowden took the stage at Sin-e shortly after 11:00 and proceeded to play through a fantastic set of songs from their debut album “Anti-Anti.” When the band took the stage the first words by Corinne Lee (bass/keyboards) was that the band had just played a show the night before at midnight and then drove up from Norfolk, VA to get to the show, hence the “Thank God for those fat-burning pills!” quote. The energy from those pills seemed to be holding up throughout the bands set, because everyone was thrashing around quite savagely. Prior to the set I spoke shortly with David Payne (guitars) and I noticed he was sporting a Mogwai Young Team t-shirt, which was duly noted by my wife and I! So I had to include a picture of that here…it wouldn’t be right not to.

The show was great, the opening bands “papercranes” and “ “ were both very good, I unfortunately missed the first opener so I can’t really speak to how she sounded. Overall it made me wish I was going to the Saturday night show at Southpaw, but at least I got to catch them in the intimacy at Sin-e. Oh, also of note, Mike Myers (of Austin Powers/SNL fame) was in attendance, and was able to enjoy the show without too much, if any, notice/bother. Cheers Mike.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Radiohead Bonaroo DVD?

Ateaseweb just posted a story of Thom Yorke's interview with BBC 6 Music in which he mentions that the Bonnaroo show (all 2.5 hours of it) was recorded and may see the light of day in the future, but no timeline was given. First off that's just plain amazing! Below you can read the post from ateaseweb, and following that is the setlist from the show.

Radiohead to release Bonnaroo dvd (eventually)

Thom Yorke was a guest on the Tom Robinson show at BBC 6Music last night. Apart from the interview Thom also played acoustic versions of The Clock and Cymbal Rush. Thom revealed that Radiohead's Bonnaroo perfomance is recorded and that it will come out eventually.

Thom said: "We did this festival called Bonnaroo. We did 2,5 hours. And there's 80,0000 people, admittedly they've been smoking the sticky green all day, probably wouldn't go anywhere anyway. It was just amazing. We played loads of new stuff. We did whole sections of quiet piano songs and it sounds like the most grotesque self-indulgent nonsense but it probably is my favourite gig for years and years and years. It was a really mellow evening. Actually it's all being filmed, but we're sitting on it because there's loads of new stuff on it. Because we're mean like that. It will come out eventually."

Bonnaroo Festival

Saturday, June 17, 2006
1. There There
2. 2+2=5
3. 15 Step
4. Arpeggi
5. Exit Music (for a film)
6. Kid A
7. Dollars & Cents
8. Videotape
9. No Surprises
10. Paranoid Android
11. The Gloaming
12. National Anthem
13. Climbing Up The Walls
14. Nude
15. Street Spirit (fade out)
16. The Bends
17. Myxomatosis
18. How To Disappear Completely
19. You And Whose Army?
20. Pyramid Song
21. Like Spinning Plates
22. Fake Plastic Trees
23. Bodysnatchers
24. Lucky
25. Idioteque
26. Karma Police
27. House of Cards
28. Everything In Its Right Place

True or Untrue?

Well Pitchfork has just posted a story about Porishead putting new songs up on their myspace site, and just today Porishead (supposedly the real band) posted a message on the same myspace account claiming that those messages are incorrect. Here's the post the band sent out:

Friday, August 25, 2006

Current mood: confused

Category: Dreams and the Supernatural
i heard from my mate that bbc radio 6 has been telling everyone that we have new material on here so id thought id better tell you that its not..
the tracks on here are doodles from about 3 years ago....
we are in the studio with tunes done but its unlikley that we will post any new stuff just yet
we are working everyday to finish it
thanks for stopping by anyhows.....and your patience
geoff [P]

...and here's the story on Pitchfork. I'm leaning towards believing the Portishead myspace side.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Crippled Black Phoenix

Crippled Black Phoenix
I had read a little about this side project of Mogwai's Dominic Aitchison and Portishead's Geoff Barrows on the brightlight website a few weeks back, and now Pitchfork has just posted some interesting info on it. Keep an eye out for the "supergroup's" debut album "A Love of Shared Disasters."

You can check out their myspace account here.

Here's the bands bio:

Born from a blizzard of horned cats, Crippled Black Phoenix bring you a twisted cinematic experience, handcrafted by a mercenary crew of underground heavyweights, giving depth and gravity to regal songs about love, loss, tragedies and redemption.

Back in the summer of 2004, Electric Wizard drummer Justin Greaves (also of Iron Monkey, Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine) started recordings songs and soundscapes he'd had in his head for several years onto minidiscs, looping them through an old stereo to achieve the multi-layers, these were the bones of what would eventually become the international outfit that is CBP. The songs that marked that moment in time would take on a new strength, initially aided by good friend (and Mogwai bassist) Dominic Aitchison. Other great compadres followed, Panthiest members Andy Semmens and Kostas Panagiotou, Nial McGaughey of 3D House of Beef and -(16)- amongst others and solo folk singer-songwriter Joe Volk, who also fronts heavy rock band Gonga, all stepped up to bring a variety of influences and skills to complete the line-up.

Bringing us up to date in 2006, CBP enter SOA Studio (Portishead, Gonga, The Heads etc..) in Bristol, UK, to record the debut full-length album "A Love of Shared Disasters", a collection of self-penned "Endtime Ballads". During this, one of the hottest summers on record, the old friends aligned and the fully realized visions that had been pestering Greaves for the past few years were finally given life. The album, the first of a trilogy, deals with in the timelesness of honesty and tragedies laid bare, featuring sordid tales from the pages of literary history combined with personal stories of contemporary loss and love. Musically, the songs are driven by a need to stretch out and do something timeless and different from the band-members previous musical ventures but at the same time carrying over a little of their collective influences. This is about pushing personal musical boundries and taking the listener on a journey of their own. Using a blend of modern amplified and Victorian era equipment plus an esoteric collection of strange but wonderfull ways of creating the dark-americana type ambience, the crew of CBP have lovingly fasioned a soundtrack for the "endtime" that has the impact of a Marshall stack, but with the timeless voice of classic instruments.

"A Love of Shared Disasters" is to see it's release through Invada Records (owned and run by Geoff Barrow of Portishead) and will see the band enter into the live on stage phase, playing shows in selected cities, bringing the public the melodic-but-twisted carnival that is Crippled Black Phoenix.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

New Shows on Sale in NYC

Here's a list of some upcoming shows in NYC that are worth checking out!

Mercury Lounge
On Sale Wed 8/23 (tomorrow)
Silversun Pickups - Wed October 11th - tix $12
Silversun Pickups - Thurs October 12th - tix $12
Maritime - Sat October 21st - tix $10

Bowery Ballroom
Tortoise - Sun September 17th - tix $20
Lambchop - Thurs September 21st - tix $20
Joseph Arthur - Wed September 27th - tix $18

Webster Hall
On Sale Wed 8/23 (tomorrow)
Cursive - Sun October 1st - tix $18
Brazilian Girls - Thurs Oct 5th - tix $25
Cut Chemist - Fri Nov 10th - tix $20

Pitchfork shows a little love for Snowden

Pitchfork has just posted a review of Snowden's debut "Anti Anti", and gave the album a mediocre 7.2. A bit low in my opinion but you can read the review here, and make your own conclusions.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Badly Drawn Boy US shows!!!

According to Jonathan (aka Monkfeesh) at itcamefromtheunderground, Badly Drawn Boy has scheduled his first batch of East Coast US shows, including a couple of shows at the Hiro Ballroom in NYC! All you Boston people should be salavating at the Paradise show too!!! Anyway here's the info from the site:

North America Shows, and album art?
It seems Damon will be playing some shows in America in October. The dates are taken from the Astralwerks website. Dates are as follows:

Oct 10 Paradise Boston, MA
Oct 11 Hiro Ballroom New York, NY
Oct 12 Hiro Ballroom New York, NY
Oct 14 Mod Club Toronto, ON
Oct 16 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
Oct 18 Troubadour Lost Angeles, CA
Oct 19 Troubadour Lost Angeles, CA

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Album Review - Snowden "Anti-Anti"

Snowden - "Anti-Anti"
Release date - August 22nd on Jade Tree Records

The band was kind enough to send me an advanced copy so I could digest it and maybe review it. I initially fell in love with the EP they posted for free on their site, and the song that would become the title of their debut album, which is without a doubt one of the best singles to come out this year.

Snowden hail from Atlanta, GA but sound more British than half of the bands coming over the pond these days. The four-piece band is made up of Chandler, Corinne, David, and Jordan, who
list Ride and early Cure as influences which should be more than enough to entice some onlookers to give the album a spin!

Start to finish the album is just teeming with some great textural rock, that blends equal parts shoe-gazer rock with straight ahead feel good garage rock. The overall songwriting and lyrics are definitely top rate and there is absolutely no doubt that this album will be on my top 10 albums of the year, as well as a ton of other bloggers by year-end!

From Anti-Anti

From the Victim Card EP
Victim Card
Good News

Friday, August 18, 2006

Shins - Bowery Ballroom!

The Shins are apparently playing the Bowery Ballroom as part of the CMJ Music Marathon Showcare, as part of the Sup Pop Showcase November 2nd. Thus far there is no info on tickets, but my guess is that they will be nearly impossible to get. You can read more about it here.

Some New Upcoming Shows

First off, sorry for the lack of updates, I just got back from visting a friend in Chicago and haven't fully recovered yet! So I got back and a bunch of new shows were up for sale, so I figured I'd post some info on them.

Warsaw - Brooklyn
Dinosaur Jr. - Tuesday 8/29 - Tickets $20
the Futureheads - Friday 10/27 - Tickets $25

Northsix - Brooklyn
Kooks - Sat 10/28 - Tickets $10
Pretty Girls Make Graves - Tues 11/7 - Tickets $12
Kid Koala - Fri 11/17 - Tickets $15

Irving Plaza - NYC
And You Will Know Us... - Sat 11/11 - Tickets $20
And You Will Know Us... - Sun 11/12 - Tickets $20
TV on the Radio - Wed 10/18 - Tickets $20
Tricky - Mon 11/13 - Tickets $27.50

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Soundfix In-Store

Soundfix Records has just announced that Asobi Seksu is playing an in-store at 4:00 PM on August 26th. This could be one of my favorite performers they've had there, aside from the Beirut show I was forced to miss (it still stings 2 months later). Anyway get down there if you can, and try not to touch their used section because I don't want any competition!

Beck - "The Information"

Beck has announced the title and release date of his new album, due out October 3rd, is entitled "The Information". The album will be released with a DVD that contains videos for each song. You can read more about it, and the cover art, on Pitchfork.

The Shins Album Pushed Back?!

Yep, according to Sub Pop the album has been pushed back until "early 2007". Pitchfork has a post about it as well. Well I guess we'll just have to wait to see what the album sounds like.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Another Soundfix In-store

Yes, I know, I'm a "walking" advertisement for Soundfix Records, but alas I must mention that they have just announced another stellar in-store. Adem, will be playing at the Fix Cafe on Saturday Sept. 2nd at 4:00 PM.

Thievery Corporation - NYC

Well I just got an e-mail from Thievery Corporation confirming 2 NYC dates in late September, tickets are $35 each. Here's the info, along with the pre-sale password and info.

Thievery Corporation is happy to announce their only NYC live shows of 2006! The shows are Sept. 24th and 25that Webster Hall in New York City . Just for you, our fans, there is a pre-sale that begins TODAY, August 2ndat 12 noon EST so that you can get your tickets prior to the public on sale date of Saturday, August 5th. These shows will be with Thieverys full band of percussionists, sitar, horns, and a myriad of vocalists.

The password is: versions


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Shins News - nothing concrete

Well the Shins website has finally been updated, and the band posted a little note to their fans thanking them for their patience. Here's the note, I'll keep you posted as more info comes out regarding their new album.

"Long time no see! First of all, from all of us in the band, a sincere and very overdue "THANK YOU ALL!!!". You are definitely the most patient and loyal fans that any band has ever been granted. Its not just anyone that can get away with a three year wait between second and third albums, Trust us when we say we know how lucky we are because of you all. Once more-thank you for your patience.

A few things.

Big thanks to James Hall, the new Svengali of He's a spunky little monkey that is seriously getting the job done. (And no, its not just cause he's an Albuquerque boy like we are. He's got book smarts too!)

A BIG TIME apology going out to everyone that bought tickets to Reading/Leeds to see us. No excuse could make up for this disappointment on both of our ends. We were so psyched to play this show at this legendary festival, but it came down to a rushed performance agreement conflicting with a major, and un-move able recording time period. We had to opt for the move that would get this record out on time. To our UK fans, we'll make up for this as soon as possible.

Speaking of the record, it gives us great pleasure to say that it is just weeks from being done! We can't leak any details, but we have never been more happy with anything that we've ever recorded before. And we can definitely say that it is due to the fact that we've been given so much time to perfect it. The record is the best we've ever done. We hope that you will agree. Stay tuned to for updates!

We'll be playing shows everywhere from San Diego to Williamsburg these next couple of months (yeah-most of these are festivals, sorry) but we predict a normal US tour of regular venues occurring this Fall. We hope to see you then. We've missed you very much.

love, the shins."