Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The National - Boxer!

The National have just announced the title and release date for their upcoming album, "The Boxer". The album has a domestic release date of May 22nd (21st for UK & Europe), and the band has announced a few shows in the UK & US, including FOUR dates at Bowery Ballroom! The band's memo is below:

Hello Everyone! We are very happy to announce that our fourth album,
"Boxer", will be released by Beggars Banquet on May 21st (UK & Europe) /
May 22nd (USA)!!!

We have scheduled an initial group of shows in London, Paris, Berlin
and New York and we will let you all know about an expanded US/Canadian
tour in June and European summer festival appearances very soon. We will
do a full tour of the UK and Europe in the Fall.

22 MAY: ASTORIA, London, UK

28 MAY: BOWERY BALLROOM, New York, NY w/ The Broken West
29 MAY: BOWERY BALLROOM, New York, NY w/ Doveman
30 MAY: BOWERY BALLROOM, New York, NY w/ My Brightest Diamond
31 MAY: BOWERY BALLROOM, New York, NY w/ Elysian Fields

Tickets are already on-sale for the London, Paris and Berlin shows and
the New York shows will go on sale in a few days. Links to buy tickets
can be found here:


We encourage you to get them early!

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Mogwai Back in the Studio!

Well, more good news just keeps on piling up! I just read this today on the Mogwai official site, and needless to say I'm kind of excited!

Busy, busy ,busy.

So we've started writing new songs already with a plan to get into the studio sometime in the next month to record the first bunch of opuses. I'm DJ'ing at an Errors show at King Tuts tonight which may or may not be live on Radio Scotland and i'm also DJ'ing with our esteemed manager Mr McGee in Budapest at the weekend. I'm also going to see Nine Inch Nails this week too. Its all very exciting. I think i need a cup of tea.

Stuart Braithwaite

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Some Recent New Bands I've Been Listening To...

Over the past few weeks I've been getting quite a bit of great new music, from bands I found on myspace, to albums sent to me from Vice Recordings/Musebox and Resonant Records. Overall they've been insanely good, and highly recommended. Below are a few of these bands, and I'll be adding more to this list over the coming days/weeks.

Ölvis - Bravado (Resonant)
Ölvis is the work of a one-man-band by the name of Orlygur Thor Orlygsson. Bravado is his third release, which finds him once again blending ethereal orchestration with a psuedo-bluesy pop songstructure. Some of his songs have been compared to Richard Hawley, which I tend to agree with, although the post-rock/sigur rós connection is strong throughout the album (although the lyrics are all sung in Icelandic, and not Hopelandic or English). Highly recommended for anyone looking to expand their musical library into somewhat uncharted territories!

The Future Is Now

Eliza Lumley - She Talks in Maths
Wow, how can you combine the sublime sonic textures of Radiohead with a jazzy-enchantress? Is that legal? Much less make it a beautiful actress turned singer (kind of more talented than that Tom Waits cover album). Eliza turned 10 Radiohead tracks into some of the most laid back jazz ensembles, with her insanely impressive voice overlaid that bears more than a subtle resemblance to Tori Amos (the piano in all of the songs only adds to this comparison). With all of the hype that surround Christopher O'Reilly's orchestral cover album of Radiohead songs, I can only hope and imagine that Eliza gets her fair share of press coverage. Highly recommended.

Street Spirit (fade out)

Les Breastfeeders - Les matins de grands soirs (Vice Recordings/Musebox)
Les Breastfeeders are a five-piece post-punk, French-speaking, band out of Montréal, Québec. The band will be playing at SxSW at Maggie's Bar on Thursday, March 15th. The album, although sung entirely in French and therefore completely confusing to me, is definitely catch-y! The drumming is outstanding throughout, extremely fast, but not overpowering, and the dual-singers add substantial depth to the vocals! It's hard to compare them to anyone that I can think of, but they do have some vague similarities to bands like the Vines or Horrors, albeit a bit calmer. The female vocals on some of the songs definitely create an interesting vibe. Another band I would highly recommend.

Viens avec moi

Unfortunately I can't seem to find anywhere to buy any of these albums yet, although I'm sure in the coming months they will all be added to the iTunes store. I would recommend hitting your local record shop (Soundfix Records) though and asking if they can order a copy for you.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Woo-hoo! Beirut & Bowery Attempt #2!

Okay I just got home from work and turned on my reminders and saw joyous news in the upcoming shows section!!! Beirut is playing two shows at the Bowery Ballroom in May, and tickets were still available! I had tickets for his show at the BB back in November of last year and was mortified when I heard the shows were canceled!

So I just grabbed a couple, and wanted to get the word out for all of you! The two shows are listed below, along with links to buy the tickets!! (can you tell I'm excited!)

Sunday - May 6th - Tickets $16
Monday - May 7th - Tickets $16

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Monday, February 19, 2007

New Susumu Yokota?

I just confirmed on Susumu Yokota's website that his follow-up to the 2006 album "Wonder Waltz" is estimated for arrival May of 2007. No firm release date, but as I get information regarding it I'll be sure to post it! The album has a working title of "LOVE or DIE", unfortunately no album art has surfaced that I have found.

I'm a huge fan of his, and count his album's "Grinning Cat" and "Symbol" as two of my all-time favorite electronica albums! If you haven't heard anything from him before, I can't recommend these albums, and everything else for that matter, highly enough.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Harlem Shakes - Opening for Tapes 'n Tapes!

Wow, I'm not sure how I forgot to post about this last week, but the opener for the upcoming Tapes 'n Tapes shows has been announced. By T'n'T themselves, and it is none other than Harlem Shakes. For those of you who are not familiar with the 'Shakes, they are a new five-piece band that I was introduced to by Todd Goldstein (Arms), that play a genre-defying blend of music that has to be heard to be truly appreciated! I've included one of their songs off of their freshly released EP "Burning Birthdays" which is outstanding (see Carpet Baggers). Anyway, if you are going to see Tapes 'n Tapes, get there early, you won't regret it! The post by Tapes 'n Tapes is below:

man, we are feeling good today!!!! our work week is ending, we're
going to a show tonight, and we're feeling sassy. so we thought we'd
brighten your day too! we are SO SO SO excited to announce that HARLEM
SHAKES and LADYHAWK will be joining us on tour! if you're not familiar
with these bands, (which you should be), you can check them out here:

harlem shakes:
official site

official site

harlem shakes will be on the whole tour with us, and ladyhawk will be
for most of the dates (please see below)

ALSO, we love you OTTAWA, BUFFALO and CLEVELAND. we've added shows in
your fine cities. and please note the venue change in DALLAS. there
are still a few more cities that will be added, but more on that later.
if you're in mpls/stp or mexico city, don't forget about our shows in
your neck of the woods, which are coming up soon!

2.23.07 Fitzgerald Theater w/ Chuck Klosterman, St. Paul, MN
3.10.07 MX Beat @ Deportivo, Mexico City, Mexico
4.16.07 The Blue Note, Columbia, MO *
4.17.07 Creepy Crawl, St Louis, MO *
4.18.07 Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN *
4.20.07 Granada Theater, Dallas, TX *
4.21.07 Emo's, Austin, TX *
4.22.07 Numbers, Houston, TX *
4.29.07 COACHELLA!!
5.02.07 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA *#
5.04.07 Dante's, Portland, OR *#
5.05.07 Neumo's, Seattle, WA *#
5.06.07 Plaza Club, Vancouver *#
5.09.07 Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO *#
5.10.07 Sokol Underground, Omaha, NE *#
5.11.07 Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA *#
5.12.07 The Abbey Pub (2 SHOWS!!!), Chicago, IL *#
5.14.07 Barrymore's, Ottawa *#
5.15.07 Le National, Montreal *#
5.16.07 Lee's Palace, Toronto *#
5.17.07 Mohawk Place, Buffalo, NY *#
5.18.07 Irving Plaza, New York, NY *#
5.19.07 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA *#
5.22.07 Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH *#
5.23.07 The Basement, Columbus, OH *#
5.24.07 Southgate House, Newport, KY *#
* w/ Harlem Shakes
# w/ Ladyhawk

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Elliott Smith - Goldmine?!

According to a recent post on Filter Magazine's site, Kill Rock Stars will be releasing a treasure trove of Elliott Smith rarities, entitled "New Moon", encompasing his entire career, over two-discs! The sheer thought of 24 new (or mostly new) Elliott Smith songs is enough to keep me up at night! The album is scheduled for release May 8th, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the album will go to benefit the Portland, OR based social service organization Outside In, which aids homeless youth. The track listing is as follows:

New Moon:

Disc 1
"Angel in the Snow"
"Talking to Mary"
"High Times"
"New Monkey"
"Looking Over My Shoulder"
"Going Nowhere"
"Riot Coming"
"All Cleaned Out"
"First Timer"
"Go By"
"Miss Misery" (early version)

Disc 2
"Georgia Georgia"
"Whatever (Folk Song In C)"
"Big Decision"
"New Disaster"
"Seen How Things Are Hard"
"Fear City"
"Pretty Mary K" (other version)
"Almost Over"
"See You Later"
"Half Right"

You can read the actual press release from Kill Rock Stars on the official elliott smith site Sweet Adeline!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Official Bonaroo Line-up Announced!

I'm sure this is everywhere already but the official line-up for Bonnaroo will be released tomorrow, although there was mention of the rumors being right pertaining to the Police make a headlining appearance [I read it on their tour site last night, but it was less-than clear], along with a purported list of performers including a reformed White Stripes and a personal favorite the National. The full list of the thus far announced (albeit only through Pitchfork) is below. Check the official Bonnaroo site for the full list of performers starting tomorrow February 14th, (Valentine's Day)!

the White Stripes
Franz Ferdinand

the Flaming Lips
the Roots
the Decemberists
DJ Shadow
the Hold Steady
Hot Chip
Lily Allen
Girl Talk
Aesop Rock
the National
Regina Spektor
the Black Keys
Dr. Dog
the Little Ones
Manu Chao
Charlie Louvin
Gogol Bordello

Ticket prices and sale dates will also be announced tomorrow on the official site.

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Iron & Wine - Album Details!

Man, so much good news on one day! Now if only I could manage to have someone dump off tickets for "The Good, the Bad & the Queen", Bonnaroo and Coachella I'd be all set!

Anyway...according to Pitchfork, and subsequently SubPop, Iron & Wine has announced details of their upcoming album, entitled "Shepard's Dog", which is scheduled to be released this fall. A few of the tracks Pitchfork says will be on the album include: "Boy With a Coin", "House by the Sea", "The Love Song of the Buzzard", "Peace Beneath the City", "Carousel", and "Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car."

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Police Reunion Tour!

Wow, so hell has just gotten a forecast that is more than slightly reminiscent to the current weather Oswego County, NY is experiencing! Damn, Sting, Andy, and Stewart (better known as the Police) are finally putting their ego's aside for the betterment of music and for all of us too young to have seen them play live!

The band has announced a thirteen date tour that covers most of the US' major cities as well as a stop in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal! The itinerary for the shows is below, and I'll post ticket information when it becomes available. I'm sure the Franklin mint will be receiving calls as people try to hock anything and everything to afford the astronomical tickets prices I anticipate!

28 Vancouver - GM Palace

6 – Seattle - Key Arena
9 – Denver - Pepsi Center
15 – Las Vegas - MGM Grand Garden Arena
18 – Phoenix - US Airways Arena
26 – Dallas - American Airlines Center
30 – New Orleans - New Orleans Arena

2 – St. Louis - Scottrade Center
22 – Toronto - Air Canada Center
25 – Montreal - Bell Centre
28 – Boston - Fenway Park

1 – New York City - Madison Square Garden
3 – New York City - Madison Square Garden

You can read more about the impending tour, and Police happenings here. You can also get tour info and discussion from Filter Magazine and Pitchfork. You can view rehearsals and hear live sessions here too!

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

LCD Soundsystem - Webster Hall

Tickets are going on sale tomorrow for the May 14th LCD Soundsystem show. The tickets will go on sale at noon for $20/piece. You can check it out here.

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Arctic Monkeys - Favorite Worst Nightmare

The Arctic Monkeys have finally announced some details regarding their highly-anticipated sophomore album entitled "Favorite Worst Nightmare" (I know I'm waiting not-so-patiently). The album will drop on April 23rd, and will have twelve tracks, the titles of which are listed below. You can read more about the release on the bands official site, myspace site (not really updated), CMJ, and Filter-Mag sites.

01. Brianstorm (pegged to be the albums first single due out 4/16/07)
02. Teddy Picker
03. D Is For Dangerous
04. Balaclava
05. Fluorescent Adolescent
06. Only Ones Who Know
07. Do Me A Favour
08. This House Is A Circus
09. If You Were There, Beware
10. The Bad Thing
11. Old Yellow Bricks
12. 505

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ATP - Okay Now I'm Pissed!

Yeah, so for years now the All Tomorrow's Parties line-ups have been absolute killers, and now they've gone and reached an all-new level! The 2007 version of the ATP vs. the Fans line-up contains some of my favorite new, and established bands, together at one festival! The band line-up is below as well as ticket info! Hopefully we can form some American version to coincide with the greatness the British version has been maintaining!



Tickets can be purchased through this site.

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Upcoming shows of interest!

There are a few upcoming shows at Webster Hall that are definitely worthy of mentioning that are going on sale in the coming days! A few of my personal favorites are below:

The Good, The Bad... - Mon March 12th - tix $30 [on sale Wed @ noon]
Jarvis Cocker - Mon April 23rd - tix $32 [on sale 2/14 @ 8:00 PM]

Faithless - Wed April 25th - tix $35 [on sale tonight at midnight]

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