Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Sub Pop & DCFC - A OK With Bittorrent

CMJ has just posted a story about Sub Pop & Death Cab for Cutie posting exclusive material via P2P/Bittorrent. You can grab an EPK by DCFC here, legally. Sub Pop is offering high quality videos of their current roster, which you can check out here. You can read the story in its entirety here.

Ex Beta-Banders Make new music

Pitchfork has just posted a story about the ex-beta band members, John Maclean, Robin Jones, and Gordon Anderson making some new music together as a new band called the Aliens. They have already released one album (Alienoid Starmonica), and are currently underway on preparing their second. You can read more about them here, and the Pitchfork story here.

You can see their video for "The Happy Song" here.

New Shows in NYC

A couple of shows coming up at the Bowery Ballroom NYC are going on sale this's the list:

Bowery Ballroom
Mouse on Mars - Sunday 11/11 - tix $15 (
on sale today at noon)
Robert Pollard - Monday 11/13 - tix $23 (on sale today at noon)
The Hidden Cameras - Wednesday 11/15 - tix $15 (on sale today at noon)
Straylight Run - Sunday 12/3 - tix $15 (on sale Friday at noon)

Monday, September 25, 2006

Christmas Coming Early This Year? has just posted news that "Live! Tonight! Sold Out!" is being released, FINALLY, on DVD on November 14th. Some of the info is as follows:

"The video has been cleaned up and will look much better than the VHS, and even the laserdisc release. The audio has been remastered. In addition, there will be some bonus material, but it is not known at this point whether it will include previously unreleased footage. A very likely release date for the DVD is November 13 in Europe and November 14 in the US."

I have no word on how much or anything, but as I get information I'll be sure to post it here!

YYY acoustic AOL session

You can check out a new acoustic session by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for AOL. You can check it out here.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Chuck Palahniuk - Answers your fan mail!

The Cult website has just announced that Chuck Palahniuk will be reading and responding to fan mail, sent during the month of October. So here's your chance to speak to the man behind such insanely captivating novels as Fight Club, Choke, Haunted, and Stranger Than Fiction! Letters should be sent to:

Edward Hibbert
Donadio and Olson, Inc.
121 W. 27th St. Suite 704
New York, N.Y. 10001

You can read more about the process here.

Micky's Review of the Barrowland's Show

Head on over to Boring Machines to check out Micky's review of the Mogwai show from last night in Glasgow! At the end of his post is a link to d/l the show in mp3 format! Good stuff.

Hughes out-muscles Penn & Swick too quick for "the Crow"

In a great night of fights, Matt Hughes retained his Welterweight title by out-lasting BJ Penn in the 3rd round and scoring a TKO by placing Penn in a crucifix rendering him incapable of defending himself to a slew of rights. A great fight that saw Penn nearly choke out and manage a deep arm bar at the same time with a little over 1 minute in the 2nd round. Hughes regained his composure and came out with a storm of jabs and crosses and eventually took Penn to the matt and began his signature ground and pound. The fight was called by John McCarthy at 3:53 in the 3rd. At the end of the fight Dana White (President of the UFC) could be heard referring to Hughes as the best #$%^&*@ fighter he had ever seen, which I couldn't agree more with.

The highlight of the undercard was a 3 round battle between Mike "The Quick" Swick and David "the Crow" Loiseau. Swick won the first two round pretty easily as Loiseau didn't manage much of an offensive attack. The 3rd round saw Loiseau increase his intensity but Swick withstood the offensive charge and became the #1 contender in the Middleweight division, and will fight Rich "Ace" Franklin for the title in the coming months.

You can read more about the fights here.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Trail of Dead - New Album Details

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead announced the tracklisting for their upcoming release "So Divided", due out Nov 14th, which just so happens to be two days after their stop at Irving Plaza in NYC. Pitchfork just ran a story about the release and upcoming tour, which you can read here.

The track list is as follows:
01 Intro: A Song of Fire and Wine
02 Stand in Silence
03 Wasted State of Mind
04 Naked Sun
05 Gold Heart Mountain Top Queen Directory
06 So Divided
07 Life
08 Eight Day Hell
09 Witches Web
10 Segue: In the Realms of the Unreal
11 Sunken Dreams

Tour itinerary is a follows:
10-27 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre *#
10-28 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre *#
10-29 St. Louis, MO - Washington University *#
10-31 Chicago, IL - House of Blues *#
11-01 Minneapolis, MN - The Quest *#
11-02 Milwaukee, WI - The Eagles Club *#
11-03 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall *#
11-04 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre *#
11-05 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix *#
11-06 Montreal, Quebec - La Tulipe *#
11-08 Boston, MA - Avalon Ballroom *#
11-09 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero *#
11-10 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero *#
11-11 New York, NY - Irving Plaza *#
11-12 New York, NY - Irving Plaza *#
11-14 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *#
11-15 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall *#
11-16 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *#
11-17 Orlando, FL - The Firestone *#
11-18 St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing *#
11-20 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues *#
11-21 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *#
11-22 Austin, TX - Emo's *#
11-23 Austin, TX - Emo's *#
11-24 Dallas, TX - Granada *#
11-25 Lubbock, TX - Jake's Backroom *#
11-27 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre *#
11-28 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues *#
11-29 San Diego, CA - House of Blues *#
11-30 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater *#
12-01 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater *#
12-02 Pomona, CA - Glass House *#
12-05 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *#
12-06 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom *#
12-07 Seattle, WA - Showbox *#
12-08 Bellingham, WA - Nightlight #
12-09 Victoria, British Columbia - Sugar *#
12-10 Vancouver, British Columbia - Croatian Cultural Centre *#
12-11 Calgary, Alberta - MacEwan Hall Ballroom *#
12-12 Edmonton, Alberta - Red's *#
12-14 Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue *#

* with Blood Brothers
# with Celebration, Brothers and Sisters

Thursday, September 21, 2006

First the good news - Crippled Black Phoenix!

(Dominic Aitchison)
First the good news! "IT'S DONE" Yep, Crippled Black Phoenix's album is done. But to go along with that message there is a slight bit of bad news. The band posted a message today stating the following:

"I havent got much time but just to let you all know that the recording/mixing for the album is complete, but you'll have to wait a little longer to get a copy, we've decided to put the release date back untill January '07. It'll give us all a chance to breathe and arrange some more live shows for around that time or soon after.

For now we'll be playing the four (4) shows in October and at these shows we'll also release a limited 10" vinyl."

The full tracklist for "A Love of Shared Disasters" is....

1. The Lament of the Nithered Mercinary (intro)
2. When You're Gone
3. Really, How'd it get this way?
4. The Whistler
5. Supppose i told the truth (why i went away)
6. Long Cold Summer
7. Goodnight, Europe
8. You Take the Devil out of Me
9. The Northern Cobbler
10. My Enemies I Fear Not, But Protect me from my Friends
11. I'm Almost Home
12. Sharks & Storms / Blizzard of Horned Cats

Extreme Beer Fest!

I can't even explain how much I am looking forward to this! Last year I was able to try a number of beers for the first time, that blew me away! Namely Pizza Port's Hop 15, and Founder's Devil Dancer (Triple IPA). Both of which were worth the price of admission alone!

Anyway, without further adeu the limited details I have so far:

Event Details:
BeerAdvocate's 4th Annual Extreme Beer Fest is on Sat, Feb 10, 2007. Try beers that push the envelope.

Brewer selection is by invite only.

Full details to follow. Tickets go on-sale in November of 2006.

Great New Site - Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep

Don't feel like you're getting enough of the art/post-rock flavor here? Need a little bit of a Scottish fix? Just want to find another site to grab some information on new bands that you're almost certain to like?

Check out Boring Machines Disturb Sleep (great title, taken from a track on the album "Happy Songs for Happy People" by Mogwai), which is run by a guy named Michael, who happens to be from Scotland. Thanks to him, I'm now searching high and low for albums/demo's or whatever from Parkside and Our Sleepless Forest!

Now while the site is amazing, it's also quite annoying to me because he's gloating about going to see Mogwai at the Barrowlands this coming Saturday, which is totally uncalled for! If you don't agree check out the setlist/reviews of the last few times the band played there.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Speaking of John Peel, Pitchfork just posted a story that PJ Harvey is planning to release a disc of her Peel Sessions from 1991-2004, entitled PJ Harvey - The Peel Sessions 1991-2004. The disc is planned for an October 23rd release (again only a UK date given). You can read more here.

The tracklist is:
Peel 29.10.91
1. Oh My Lover
2. Victory
3. Sheela-Na-Gig
4. Water

Peel 2.3.93
5. Naked Cousin
6. Wang Dang Doodle

Peel 5.9.96
7. Losing Ground
8. Snake
9. That Was My Veil

Peel 10.11.00
10. This Wicked Tongue
11. Beautiful Feeling

John Peel Tribute 16.12.04
12. You Come Through

John Peel - Compilation

CMJ has just posted a story about a new John Peel compilation spanning 1977-1987, entitled John Peel—Right Time, Wrong Speed: 1977-1987, to be released in the UK October 9th (no word of a domestic release). The tracklist is below, and you can read more about it here.

Disc 1
01. What Do I Get? - The Buzzcocks
02. Alternative Ulster - Stiff Little Fingers
03. A Forest - The Cure
04. Pssyche - Killing Joke
05. Typical Girls - The Slits
06. Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones
07. Just Like Honey - The Jesus and Mary Chain
08. O Superman - Laurie Anderson
09. Roadrunner - The Modern Lovers
10. Mankind - Misty In Roots
11. Can't Stand My Baby - The Rezillos
12. In A Rut - The Ruts
13. Pasi Pano Pane Zviedzo - 4 Brothers
14. New Rose - The Damned
15. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight - The Jam
16. The Sweetest Girl - Scritti Politti
17. Ku Klux Klan - Steel Pulse
18. Where were You? - The Mekons
19. Life In A Scotch Sitting Room - Ivor Cutler

Disc 2
01. Atmosphere - Joy Division
02. Musette and Drums - The Cocteau Twins
03. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
04. Over The Wall - Echo And The Bunnymen
05. Party Fears Two - The Associates
06. The Message - Grandmaster Flash
07. Hope (I Wish You'd Believe Me) - Wah!
08. Birthday - The Sugarcubes
09. Good Technology - Red Guitars
10. All Wi Doin Is Defendin - Poet And The Roots
11. Keep On Keeping On - The Redskins
12. Release The Bats - The Birthday Party
13. Revolutionary Spirit - The Wild Swans
14. Damaged Goods - Gang Of Four
15. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft - The Wedding Present
16. Just Fascination - Cabaret Voltaire
17. You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It?) - The Undertones
18. Eat Y'self Fitter - The Fall
19. The Trumpton Riots - Half Man Half Biscuit

The Horrors' - EP

If you're feeling sinister (no connection to Belle & Sebastian) you should give this a spin. These five sub-20 year-olds from Britain are the next generation Misfits, with a bit more bite. They're already getting press everywhere from NME to Q Magazine. The newest issue of Q lists "Sheena Is A Parasite" as one of the "50 Essential Downloads This Month" (as well in their Rising Stars Section). I couldn't agree more with either statement. Not only did they have a mention in NME, but they made the front cover of the magazine in the August issue.

My only complaint listening to the EP is that it's too short, as are the bands live sets, which typically clock in at sub-15 minutes, but their more recent shows are apparently almost hitting the 1/2 hour mark. It's a great start that will for sure get you salavating for their full-length debut, due out in early 2007.

In the more immediate future the band plans to release a new single (in the UK only, unfortunately). Here's the post from the band about the new single:

We are to release 'Count In Fives' on October 30 in the UK. This new version was produced by Jim Sclavunos (of Nick Cave's Bad Seeds) and mixed by Alan Moulder.

The track will be available on two 7" vinyl singles and download. One 7" will be backed by 'Who Says' and the other by 'Night Of The Long Knives', while the download will feature both.

Essential Tracks
Sheena Is A Parasit
Death At The Chapel


Soulchasm - Love Is Real EP

A one-man electronic band, Eric Dillon is a man on a mission. Since starting the Soulchasm project in 1999, he has released four albums, "My Greatest Choice" EP, "Release Her" remix disc, "So Persistent", and limited release "Love Is Real" EP, the former three were completely one-man shows. In 2001 Eric began working with Shawn Spencer on new tracks that were intended to bring the Soulchasm project in a new direction, namely "industrial" electronica. The five-song EP, "Love is Real," was the result of their work together and features songs varying from early Stabbing Westward (Love is Real), Gravity Kills (Carry on), to Pop Will Eat Itself (So persistant). Overall the album translates out well into a great blend of industrial and electronica.

Eric is currently working on his first full-length album which is planned for an early 2007 release.

Essential Tracks
So Persistant (cold into the wired mix)

Carry On

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Want to play strings for Crippled Black Phoenix?

Geoff Barrows of Portishead just posted a message on the Portishead myspace page with a request for string and horns players to join his new "side project" Crippled Black Phoenix (also includes Dominic from Mogwai) during their upcoming tour. I've never wished I had taken cello lessons more!

Here's the message:
"Monday, September 18, 2006
Current mood: hopeful
Category: Music

i know this is a long shot but a band ive been working with -- crippled balck phoenix who are collected members of electric wizard - mogwai - gonga and other wonderful people....and these fine people are looking for string and horn players for upcoming gigs and future recordings. theres not a great amount of money involved at the moment but when does good music and money ever really work together?

so heres their myspace page

please get any in touch with them if you are interested..or know anyone who might be

Here's the current tour itinerary
Upcoming Shows
Oct 20 8:00P The Cooler - Bristol
Oct 21 8:00P Nice'n'Sleazy's - Glasgow
Oct 22 8:00P Medicine Bar - Birmingham
Oct 23 8:00P Jabez Clegg - Manchester

Friday, September 15, 2006

New Elliott Smith B-Sides

Four new, previously unreleased, Elliott Smith b-sides from the album "From a Basement on a Hill" are now available on the elliottsmithbsides website (specifically here). They are: "True Love", "Talking to Mary", "Let's Turn the Record Over", and "From a Poisoned Well". Check them out, and just search around that site, it's an amazing website.

Beck - Theater at MSG!

Beck is going to be playing at the Theater at MSG on Wednesday, October 18th. Tickets go on sale today at 4:00PM today, and are $54.50. You can order your tickets here.

The tour itinerary is as follows:
10/12 - Nashville, TN - City Hall
10/14 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
10/16 - Toronto, ON - Ricoh Coliseum
10/18 - New York, NY - The Theatre at Madison Square Garden
10/23 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre

Thursday, September 14, 2006

My Morning Jacket - Fall Tour (US)

My Morning Jacket has just announced a US tour this fall, aside from their opening slot with Pearl Jam, that starts November 13th in Nashville, TN. The tour itinerary is as follows:

11-13 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
11-15 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
11-16 Dallas, TX - Gypsy Theater
11-17 Dallas, TX - Gypsy Theater
11-18 Austin, TX - Stubb's
11-20 St. Louis, MO - Pageant
11-21 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside
11-22 Louisville, KY - Louisville Gardens
11-24 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
11-25 Indianapolis, IN - Clowes Hall
11-27 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11-28 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11-30 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
12-01 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
12-02 Boston, MA - Avalon Ballroom

Additionally you can check out a preview of their upcoming DVD release Okonokos, schedule for a 10/31/06 release, here (for a lo quality version click here).

Au Revoir Simone

I just read that Au Revoir Simone is scheduled to perform an in-store at Soundfix Records on Sunday October 15th at 4 PM! Might be one of those can't miss opportunities...while I have yet to hear them, what I have read about them makes me think I won't want to miss this free show!

They also have a show coming up October 8th at the Mercury Lounge, I can't seem to find out if tickets are still available, but if they are they are $10.

A couple of tracks to get you aquainted:
Through the Back Yard

Chelsea Brewing - Vintage Kegs

This coming Monday night at 6pm Spuyten Duyvil presents a night of vintage Kegs from The Chelsea Brewery in Manhattan.

On Tap Will Be:
Imperial Stout 9.6%, 1 year, 10 mos
Scotch Ale 7.5%, 1 year,9 mos
Black Hole Stout 7.3%, 1 year old
Hoppy Holiday 8.4%, 1 year old
Henry Hudson IPA 6.8%, 1 year old
Abbey Ale 6.5%, 9 mos

We will also have a cask of Chelsea's Standard Ale.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

New Elliott Smith Album?!

Well I just read on Connor & Nathaniel's website, IGIF, that Kill Rock Stars is planning to release a new Elliott Smith album in March of next year! You can read about it here. Here's to hoping it's not just a rumour! I'm always looking forward to hearing more of Elliott's tunes!

Soundfix In-store - Another stellar performer

I just saw saw that Soundfix is having Tokyo Police Club play an in-store on Wednesday October 18th. I probably won't be able to make it, but I would recommend anyone in the area to check it out!

Fields - 7 from the Village

Wow, that's pretty much all I can say about this EP. I was given a copy of this and within one listen through I was hooked. The Fields are a five-piece band from Birmingham/Rekjavik/London (random I know) that have a uniquely familiar sound that brings indie rock (a la DCFC), to edges of shoe-gazing (which if you read this page enough you'll see I have a love for the shoegaze!), and post-folk. It's hard to describe their sound, other than utterly enjoyable. The "7 from the Village" EP contains, quite obviously, seven tracks each as catchy as the previous. Give the songs below a listen and let me know if you agree. My only complaint, why only an EP, give us a full-length!

For further information you can read a fairly in-depth analysis of the band on Drowned In Sound here.

Essential Tracks
Song for the Fields (my personal favorite)
Charming the Flames
Brittle Sticks

They also have a video for one of the songs - "Songs for the Fields", which you can check out here.

They also have some US tour dates upcoming that you should definitely check out!
2 October - Mercury Lounge - NYC - tix are $15
4 October - Troubadour - Los Angeles (with The Dears)
5 October - Popscene - San Francisco (with The Dears)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Hot Chip at Bowery Ballroom

Hot Chip is playing a show with Gang Gang Dance on Thursday November 2nd at the Webster Hall. Tickets are $20 and go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon.

Also going on sale:

Webster Hall
Imogen Heap - Wed Sept 3rd - Tix $25 & go on sale
tomorrow (Wed) at noon
Silver Jews - Sat Dec 30th - Tix $25

Bowery Ballroom
Lady Sovereign - Sun/Mon Oct 29th & 30th - Tix $17
& go on sale tomorrow (Wed) at noon

Paste Festival! - Doesn't it make you wish you were in Atlanta?

Wow, Pitchfork just posted the band line-up for the Paste Magazine "Rock and Reel Festival" that is being held in Atlanta Sept 15th-24th at various small clubs in the city. The list includes three of my favorite bands, and is making me wish I were down there quite badly! You can read about the festival here. The list of bands is available here...the highlights for me are:

Band of Horses
The Wrens

Badly Drawn Boy's Newest Video

Yes, I'm not sure who it was that actually posted it first, but I sort of obsconded Badly Drawn Boy's video for "Nothings Gonna Change Your Mind" from Monkfeesh's itcamefromtheunderground site. Anyway, without further adieu here it is:

"Nothings Gonna Change Your Mind"

Just for kicks here's some links to some of his older and also impressive video's for you to check out:

"Once Around the Block"
"You Were Right"
"Year of the Rat"

Monday, September 11, 2006

Worth Checking Out

I just noticed on Large Hearted Boy's site, that there is a new recording of Mogwai's show (that's a Soundboard Matrix), at Die Röhre in Stuttgart, Germany, that took place on September 5th, 2006. Here is a review I found on the brightlight website:

"from james:

a nice gig from mogwai last night. it was a little more downtempo and subdued than some i´ve been to - interesting to see the band play in a foreign land to a small but appreciative crowd. good performance but i think the band are still warming up after having a break/travelling - so it was good but they weren´t quite "there" with it all. or maybe they´re getting used to playing this set a bit too much. the politest crowd i´ve been in - completely quiet during songs and just some appreciative clapping between songs. de rosa supported. there are at least 4 (!) audio recordings.

look forward to seeing them again on sunday in frankfurt."

Here's the link to d/l the VBR mp3 version of the show, or you can go here and get the FLAC versions.

Clap Your Hands Tour EP

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will be selling limited edition tour EPs (only a few hundred/thousand) at each of their upcoming shows for $5 each. You can read what the track list is and what the band has to say about 'em below:

Tour EP
We will be selling a limited edition EP on our Fall tour in the United States with Architecture in Helsinki and Takka Takka. The EP contains live tracks from each band:

1. Some Loud Thunder (CYHSY)

2. Gimme Some Salt (CYHSY)
3. The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth (CYHSY)
4. Feather in a Baseball Cap (AIH)
5. It's 5! (AIH)
6. They Built You Up Too Fast (TT)

They will be just $5 each. We'll have a handful to sell at each show. Like a hundred or something. Big hands.

Friday, September 08, 2006

It's Official

Arab Strap have indeed disbanded. You can read more about it here & here, and you can read the official press release about the band breaking up and the new b-sides compilation here.

Brewtopia News

Okay now I'm not sure who it was that left the comment, but I received a new comment to a post I made in June about the Brewtopia festival and my hopes that three breweries would be attending. Needless to say the comment stated that unfortunately those breweries would not be there, even though the organizers did there best to get them there. Here's the post, again I'm not sure who it was that left it, as it was signed "anonymous".

Anonymous said...

Three Floyds, Russian River and Pizza Port have all declined to attend. These are friends of mine, all of them, and unfortunately, the logistics of getting to New York, considering all of their other issues, makes it impossible for this festival. Perhaps the next one. Anwyay, the petition should go to the aforementioned brewers, not the festival organizers who happen to really know beer and brewers and have been working quite dilligently to make certain the best of the best do indeed participate if at all possible.
11:36 AM

As of today the brewery/beer list is available here.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Say it ain't so!

I hope this is not an ominous sign!
According to a post on Filter Magazine's website, Malcolm Middleton and Aidan Moffat, otherwise known as Arab Strap have split and are going their separate ways and concentrating on their solo careers! Figures, because I had just gone to see them at Southpaw and missed half of the show! Hopefully this is just a rumour, but I'll keep you posted.

The only glimmer of brightness in the post is that they plan to release a b-sides and rare tracks album [therefore solidifying the rumour] October 23rd entitled "Ten Years of Tears." The track list is below:

ISLANDS (original demo from 1995)
GILDED (LIVE – from our first ever gig!)
I SAW YOU (from our first John Peel Session)
THE CLEARING (Single Version)
PACKS OF THREE (acoustic, live in the studio 2006)
ROCKET, TAKE YOUR TURN (from the Fukd ID 12”)
THE GIRL I LOVED BEFORE I FUCKED (full band version)
OXYTOCIN (our first ever recording!)

You can read more here.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Badly Drawn Boy - NYC Shows

Just an FYI - Tickets for Badly Drawn Boy at the Hiro Ballroom are $20 and go on sale Friday at noon! Here's to hoping I can get a set!

Beirut sign to 4AD

CMJ has just posted an article about Beirut (aka Zack Condon) signing to 4AD and that the new label will include the new EP "Lon Gisland" [I don't actually take any personal offense from the title even though I am a "Lon Gislander"] with the re-release of his debut album "Gulag Orkestar." You can read the article here.

On a side note, you can read a cool article about Tapes 'n Tapes on the CMJ artist spotlight website here.

Keser - Esoteric Escape

Had to include a picture of the band chillin' with Martin, Dominic & Barry of Mogwai

Keser hails from Scotland, and you can tell that almost immediately from listening to their debut release “Esoteric Escape.” A one-sentence review of this album would be that it sounds like Slint or My Bloody Valentine playing a group of songs by the likes of Boards of Canada and Of Montreal. The two-piece band, comprised of Kevan Whitly (guitar & electronics) and David Reid (bass), manage to pull off a sound that at times reminds me of Air (“Lost for Days”), and Aphex Twin (“4_Cycles”), with slightly more pronounced guitar riffs.

While much of the album does not contain vocals, in keeping with most post-rock (Scottish) outfits, when there are passages with vocals they blend in nicely and add to the overall mood of the music.

Overall the album is more than just an interesting listen throughout, as Keser manage to make shoe-gazer style music in a mostly electronic/keyboard driven medium. The album is definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for some electronica-fed post-rock!

Essential Tracks:
In the Next Beginning

Myspace site

Scanners - Violence is Golden

Well it seems like a cheery album title…that is to say that “Violence is Golden” the debut from London four-piece Scanners would seem a likely nu-metal or just plain metal album, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. While they do exhibit a sinister persona throughout the bands cover and inlay art, the music retains only a slight murky shadow.

Within the first minute of the album’s first track “Joy” you will be searching the liner notes to check out if it is PJ Harvey is singing. Singer Sarah Daly manages to sound like equal parts PJH and Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), while still coming off as an original. The music follows suit with Matthew Mole and Amina Bates performing dual guitar roles and Tom Hutt behind the kit. It is an album that like the bands influences needs more than a few listens to fully grasp, which is not going to be hard, especially if you like PJ Harvey and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Essential Track
[I hope to post at least one more song tomorrow, my connection is wigging out on me!]

Myspace Page

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Arctic Monkeys - Mercury Prize

In non-surprising fashion the Arctic Monkeys won this years Mercury Prize. I can't say I disagree at all, having seen them live and enjoying their album thoroughly I couldn't agree more! Anyway you can read more about it here.

On a side note the new issue of Filtermini is can grab it here.

Monday, September 04, 2006

RIP - Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin

I just found out that Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin passed away today at 11:00 AM at the age of 44, while filming a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef. He was stung in the heart by a stingray, and was pronounced dead at 12:00 noon today September 4th. You can read more about it here, here, here, and here.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Blind Tiger - Officially Opening!

Wow, it seemed like this day may never come...but alas the Blind Tiger will be opening this month! Here's a newsletter from the Tiger (Dave Brodrick) himself!

Dear Blind Tigerites:

After seven months, we've finally finished our large wooden puzzle at 281 Bleecker. In other words, The Blind Tiger is done! And as you can see, the results were pretty good. You may also notice there aren't any chairs. Why? Because we didn't want to cover up our gorgeous floors. Actually, we forgot that people like to sit down occasionally. Don't worry, the bar chairs - with backs, for those of you who were worried - and stools arrive on Tuesday, just in time for the grand opening! Of course, we're opening at 7:30 a.m., and the truck isn't due until noon, so if anybody shows up on our first day, they'll get to find out why no one has ever opened a chairless bar. Then again, it wouldn't be a Blind Tiger Production without some embarrassing snafus.

Speaking of snafus, for some reason our contractor put a hand dryer over the men's room sink. This might have been okay, except this particular hand dryer is the most powerful wind generator in the world, and it's activated when something, a hand for instance, passes beneath it. So, when you do try to wash your hands, you wind up drying them at the same time. You also blast water all over the walls and floor, which can lead to a truly akward moment if someone is waiting when you leave the bathroom. Check out the look on their face when you tell them it's just water.

But let's focus on the positive. The chalkboards do work great. Unfortunately, it took Oz eight pieces of chalk just to do our new food menu. Of course, our mantra at the Tiger has always been, "When given a bunch of lemons, make lemonade." Unfortunately, without a liquor license, lemonade and coffee is pretty much all we're making at the moment. Well, at least our coffee is a work of art, thanks to David Reeve, our barista from Seattle. We suspect running the new Tiger will be different from the old place. For instance, when Chris Ryan over indulges now, it produces an effect called "espresso eyes," which is a little frightening until you get used to it.

We're also still getting used to hanging out with so many underage drinkers... and adjusting to the idea that we have to be nicer to people, at least until the liquor license arrives. Chris Yuen, one of our old regulars, is holding a sidewalk vigil until that day happens. Toasting with coffee isn't quite the same...especially at 7 a.m. And Louise is still getting used to hearing people talk about how big her muffins are. Anyway, you should probably come down and check us out for yourself. As I said before, we're at 281 Bleecker between Seventh Avenue and Jones. Our hours are 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m, seven days a week. Not to make you feel guilty, but if you don't come, Louise will be baking her aforementioned muffins at 5 a.m. for nothing. We still don't know when we'll be getting our liquor license, though we did find out one of the reasons it's been delayed - Deborah Glick, the assemblywoman who represents our district, wrote a letter to the State Liquor Authority saying our license should be rejected because we're a bar rather than a restaurant, "a large bar that primarily serves beer," and that isn't what Bleecker Street needs. I wrote her a nice letter explaining how we actually have an excellent kitchen and that we're opening as an espresso bar and cafe. Ms. Glick prides herself on protecting neighborhood businesses, which is what I always thought we were. I suggested that rather than judge us without ever visiting or calling, she stop by for a coffee and a pressed sandwich. Actually, according to the State Liquor Authority, her letter and influence is the most damning thing against us. I was wondering whether you might visit her website and write her a note explaining that we're actually a quality place that happens to cater to a lot of her constituents. You can email her at glickd@ I'm sure she would enjoy hearing from you.

Also, the Collins Bar will be hosting Magic Hat on Weds at 6 p.m. We'll be featuring Chaotic Chemistry, Night of the Living Dead, plus a few others. As always, there will be free cheese. On Sept 13th, at 6 p.m., we'll be doing the Manhattan kickoff of Sly Fox... See you at the new place...

Dave Brodrick

Sly Fox at Spuyten Duyvil

We are very proud (and psyched) to announce the arrival of Sly Fox to New York City. Spuyten Duyvil will be kicking off this eponymous event on Wednesday September 6th at 6pm. Come on down and try a ton of their superb ales & lagers and hang with the brewers.

On Tap Will Be:
1. Helles Golden Lager 4.9%
2. O'Reilly's Stout 3.6%
3. Saison Vos 6.9%
4. Royal Weisse 5.6%
5. Black Raspberry Reserve 8%
6. Gang Aft Agley Scotch Ale 7.5%

On The Beer Engine:
Simcoe IPA 7%

In Bottles:
Route 113 IPA 7%
Saison Vos 6.9%
Ichor Quadruple 10%
Instigator Dopplebock 7.5%
Oktoberfest 2006 5.8%

In Cans (yes, cans):
Pikeland Pils 4.9%
Phoenix Pale Ale 5.1%