Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Good, The Bad & The Queen


Finally, we Americans are going to feast our ears on the live performances of one of the more impressive collaborations/side projects in recent history! Yes, The Good, The Bad & The Queen are hitting American soil, and playing NYC in March! The preliminary itinerary, the band ensures additional dates will be forthcoming, is below:

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN, the collaboration between Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz), former Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Verve guitarist Simon Tong and Fela Kuti/Africa 70 drummer Tony Allen, whose eponymous, Danger Mouse-produced debut was released last week, have confirmed the following first-ever series of North American dates:

March 11th Toronto Kool Haus
March 12th New York Webster Hall [tickets will be on sale 2/7 @ $30/piece]
March 14th Washington DC 930
March 16th Austin Stubbs (SXSW)
March 18th New Orleans Republic

More dates are forthcoming, including an April 28th appearance at the Coachella music Festival.

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

CMJ - On Sale?!


Yeah, you read that right...CMJ magazine currently has an offer out that gives potential subscribers 50% off the regular subscription price of $39.95. If you have ever thought of subscribing to the magazine, now may just be the time!

I used to be a subscriber, back in college, thanks my friend and roommate. Then the magazine seemed to lose steam with me, and changed its focus to more hip-hop oriented acts. Since then, it appears as though they have rethought their approach and are once again focused on the indie scene I love.

So, long story long, I just subscribed at the new 12 issue annual rate of $19.95. You can check it out
here.

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Tapes 'n Tapes - US Tour


Sorry this is a bit tardy, but Tapes 'n Tapes have just announced a 23-date tour of the entire US. The tour includes their stop at Coachella and a two-show performance at The Abbey Pub in Chicago. The tour itinerary is below. From experience I would say that these guys are not to be missed!

Feb 23 Fitzgerald Theater St Paul, MN
Mar 10 MX Beat @ Deportivo Mexico City
Apr 16 The Blue Note Columbia, MO
Apr 17 Creepy Crawl St. Louis, MO
Apr 18 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
Apr 20 Gypsy Tea Room Dallas, TX
Apr 21 Emo's Austin, TX
Apr 22 Numbers Houston, TX
Apr 29 COACHELLA!! Indio, CA
May 2 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
May 4 Dante's Portland, OR
May 5 Neumo's Seattle, WA
May 6 Plaza Club Vancouver, BC
May 9 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
May 10 Sokol Underground Omaha, NE
May 11 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, IA
May 12 The Abbey Pub (2 Shows) Chicago, IL
May 15 Le National Montreal, Quebec
May 16 Lee's Palace Toronto, Ont
May 18 Irving Plaza NYC, NY
May 19 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
May 23 The Basement Columbus, OH
May 24 Southgate House Newport, KY

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Kooks Coming Back!


Filter magazine has just posted, although both the bands official site and myspace site haven't confirmed, that the Kooks are planning another tour after the bands show at Coachella. This is band I would highly recommend going to see if they are playing in your general area! You can read my review of their acoustic set at the 'Fixx cafe back in October here. The tour itinerary is below.

April
29 Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field (Coachella)
30 San Francisco, CA - Slim's

May
02 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
05 Chicago, IL - Metro
07 Columbus, OH - The Basement
08 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
10 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
12 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
13 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Upcoming Shows

So I haven't exactly been up-to-snuff with regards to the new up-coming shows section of this site, mainly because I haven't been able to concentrate on posting, but also because I haven't had a day/night to actually get to any shows recently. That is changing somewhat now...What I mean is I finally got some tickets to see a few shows in the not-to-distant future. Namely The Horrors' at the Bowery Ballroom March 10th, and Sebadoh at Webster Hall March 31st! Aside from that there are a ton of other shows that are on the radar. Below is my wishlist of shows upcoming!

Webster Hall
Lily Allen - Saturday February 10th - tix $25
Badly Drawn Boy w/Adem - Wed March 7th - tix $22
Explosions in the Sky - Tues March 20th - tix $15

Bowery Ballroom
The Apples in Stereo - Thur Feb 15th - tix $15
Thermals & the Big Sleep - Sun March 4th - tix $14
Grizzly Bear - Tues March 6th - tix $14
Grizzly Bear - Tues March 6th - tix $14
Walkmen - Thur March 8th - tix $20
The Ponys - Mon March 26th - tix $13
Menomena/Field Music - Wed March 28th - tix $14

[also wish I had gotten tickets to see LCD Soundsystem!!! but they're sold out!]

Warsaw
Explosions in the Sky w/ Mountains - Mon Feb 19th - tix $15

Southpaw
Snowden - Mon Feb 19th - tix $10

Irving Plaza
Of Montreal - Fri March 9th - tix $16
Of Montreal - Sat March 10th - tix $16

Roseland Ballroom
Pogues - Wed March 14th - tix $54
Pete Yorn - Fri March 16th - tix $30

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James to Re-form?!?


Holy, crap so much good news for just one day! My heart can't take this all! Another of my all-time favorite bands has decided to re-form. According to Filter Magazine, and Tim Booth's official page the group James (who some of you may recall from the song "Laid" that is an all-time classic) has decided to reform for a couple of live shows in "early 2007". I'm PRAYING that they will include some US dates in the tour.

My only live experience with the band was amazing, especially considering it was during a Lollapalooza festival that was headlined by Korn and Tool, which attracted an all-too-meatheaded crowd, that mercilessly chanted for Korn to come out, to which Tim Booth replied "Your beloved Korn will come out at 6:45 PM, that's when the little hand is facing down and the big hand is facing to the left!" It was a classic moment!

You can keep up to date, although I will keep this page up-to-date to the best of my ability, by checking out the bands unofficial site, and their soon-to-be-redone official site.

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Holy Lineup!!!!

Wow, the lineup has just been released for this years Coachella festival and I for one will most certainly be trying to get there!

The biggest news is that Rage Against the Machine will be reuniting for the festival and will be headlining the 2nd day! The band list is below for full details! My personal favorites listed are: RATM, Air, Bjork, Arctic Monkeys, Jesus and Mary Chain, Jarvis Cocker, the Good the Bad & the Queen, Faithless, LCD Soundsystem, Explosions in the Sky, Placebo, Jose Gonzalez, the Kooks, Tapes 'n Tapes, Lily Allen, and Grizzly Bear! I mean that's just ridiculous! Well done guys!!!



You can read more about the lineup at CMJ, and Filter Magazine.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Band of Horses - Small Southeast Tour


Pitchfork has just posted a story about Band of Horses setting off on a short six-date tour of the Southeast US! Great for the fans down there, but where's the NYC love? Come on guys, I need another fix! Anyway the itinerary is below:

03-10 St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven
03-11 Sunrise, FL - Langerado Festival
03-12 Orlando, FL - The Social
03-13 Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
03-14 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03-15 Knoxville, TN - Blue Cats

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Ampop - Sail to the Moon


Ampop - Sail to the Moon

Easily one of the most chilled-out pop-tinged orchestral, yet entirely accessible to broad audiences, albums I've heard in quite some time. The only way to properly explain their sound would be if Muse (got off their high horse and got back to basics) had some fun in the studio with Jonny Greenwood, and a more talented Keane. Wow, I'm sure I just pissed off some people with that one but these guys rock! I'm not alone in this thinking, because word round the campfire is that John Peel rated their second album as his pick for top Icelandic album for 2003.

I recently received this disc in the mail from the ultra cool Vice Records/Musebox who have been hooking me up with some solid albums recently!
Vice Records/Musebox has become a standout with some of their new signees (ie. - 120 Days, The Streets, Bloc Party [formerly]). First and foremost I should really send out a hearty thank you to Christine, Stephanie and Robbie for this and the other gems! Just reading the EPK that came with the disc got me completely interested.

Ampop is a three-piece band comprised of Biggi on vocals and guitars, Kjartan on keyboards, and Jon Geir on drums. The band hails from Iceland, and shares more than just a homeland with Sigur Ros. Their music would most aptly be compared to the Reykjavikians, but Ampop's music is less theatrical and tends to have a more pop sensibility and I mean that in a positive way. Sail to the Moon is Ampop's third release, but first to see a US domestic release. Overall the disc is highly recommended, you can judge for yourself by checking out a few of the tunes on their myspace page.


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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Clark - Here Comes Tomorrow

First off, sorry for the lack of updates, it's been a sickly start to the new year and I really haven't been able to get on-line much to write anything. But the good news is that I've received a ton of new albums to review which have all be quite impressive!

So to start off the new year's reviews I've decided to put up my recommendation for a three-piece band on the Silent Film Records label, that hail from one of the most beautiful areas of all of the continental US, that few people know about...Lompoc, California (between Santa Barbara & Santa Maria). The group, Clark, was started by Gabriel Friley, his wife Dana Friley, and a close friend Andy White in 2005, "to promote classic psychedelic rock and hushed rock 'n roll."


Their debut album, "Here Comes Tomorrow", achieves that goal with astounding success! Since receiving this album in the mail I have been listening to it non-stop on my iPod and at my computer (my car CD player is still dysfunctional!) and it has turned me into an instant fan. Gabriel is one of the nicest people I've met through myspace "friendship", and he truly shocked me when he sent me this disc. The three songs I had heard on their myspace page did not fully prepare me for how outstanding this debut really is.

The songs blend the Simon & Garfunkel song structures with a hushed-vocal delivery that is reminiscent of the best Sam Beam songs I can recall, although the lyrics tend to lean towards a Nick Drake comparison. There is even a slight hint of Elliott Smith to a few of the tracks, although I tend to see a more stark resemblance to Iron & Wine throughout the majority of the album, which I mean as the highest compliment.

Overall I fell in love with the album as a whole and a few of the tracks have already become some of my "Top 25 most played". Some of my favorites are "Well Spring", Lost, and After Hours.

If, like me, this album just makes you want more here is some good news from the band:

SECOND CLARK COMPILATION DUE OUT BY THE END OF 2007

The second Clark full length compilation is in the works!!! Dec. 21, 2006 we began laying down new tracks on our first song -- "Strawberry Silhoette". It's really going to be something special. Some titles in the mix of possibility are:

1. Strawberry Silhoette
2. Merlot Painted Coat
3. You Make The Most Mountanous Mountain Out Of Me
4. But OOO You're Glued To Me
5. Ode To Elvis
6. You Spun The Web Which Was My Heart
7. Put Your Hand Into Your Spirit And Say Heavens Yes
8. The Moon Is Bright But It's Not The Only One
9. Everyone's On Your Side
10. Yesterday Was A New Day

Stay Tuned!!! We hoped to have something out by the end of 2007, but we're more concerned about quality than finishing quickly. To be continued...

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