Monday, December 31, 2007
Bjork - "Declare Independence"
Bjork - "Human Behavior"
Saturday, December 29, 2007
we did not ask for a load of cash from our old record label EMI to re- sign. that is a L I E.
The Times in the UK should check its facts before it prints such dirt.
whAT we WANTED WAS some control over OUR WOrK and how it was used in the future by them-that seemed REASONAblE to us, as we cared about it a great deal.
Mr Hands was not interested.
So neither were we.
We made the sign of the cross and walked away. Sadly.
We are extremely upset that this crap is being spread about.
To bedigging up such bullshit, or more politely airing yer dirty laundry in public, seems a very strange way for the head of an international record label to be proceeding.
On a happier note we took no 'BRead-HEAd' advances at all from both independent labels XL and TBD for our new record.
So judge for yourself.
AND we are really excited to be working with them. SHock!
AT least they do not behave like confused bulls in a china shop.
I wasn't even aware of the article that he mentioned. But here it is.
Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place
Also if you haven't read the interview that David Byrne (of the Talking Heads - who's website you should check out for his great blog) did with Mr. Yorke for Wired Magazine take a look now. Byrne also chimes in with a very interesting article about the music industry. And check out the remix of "And It Rained All Night" from the Eraser by the very talented Burial.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Nicole Reynolds is a singer/songwriter born in Pittsburgh, PA but now stationed in Philadelphia. Her second album This Arduous Alchemy is available via CD Baby. She is, as of this posting, an unsigned act. Justice should fix that very soon. Her songs are quirky yet sexy. Her vocal style is oddly unique. A listen is an experience more than it's a listen. I don't have the album yet, so I can't cash in with a full review, but I can tell you, I like what I hear. In the meantime, check out some songs at her myspace.
Update: Got a hold of the album. It's quite beautiful. Here are a couple of my favorite tracks.
Nicole Reynolds - In The Morning (MP3)
Nicole Reynolds - Juliana (MP3)
Here are some tour dates:
|tin angel cd release show w/ curtis eller||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|coffeeworks||voorhees, New Jersey|
|puck w/ ellis paul||doylestown, Pennsylvania|
|Coffee East w/ Erin McKeown||Easton, Maryland|
|phase one w/ mara levi||dc, Washington DC|
|indy hostel w/ antje duvekot||indianapolis, Indiana|
|towne crier cafe w/ ellis paul||pawling, New York|
|iron horse w/ ellis paul||northampton, Massachusetts|
|one longfellow square w/ ellis paul||portland, Maine|
|for complete listings visit nicolereynoldsmusic.com||Pittsburgh|
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Hope you are having a peaceful christmas.
As you may now have heard we will be broadcasting a pre-recording of some songs and other bits on New Years Eve..
you will be able to view it online from here at midnight new years eve, uk time that is...
as well as other places that i am not sure about.
this is a wee celebration of the release of the physical manifestation of 'in rainbows'.
Below is the teaser for the webcast
Radiohead - Unravel (Bjork cover from first webcast)
I always like to pass on free downloads. I found the Silent Years with some help from I Rock I Roll. The band was offering a free download that was supposed to expire yesterday, but I just got it with no problem. So give it a shot. Listening now, so far so good. If not check out their myspace.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War is Over)
Band Aid - Feed the World
The Little Drummer Boy is my favorite classic Christmas song. Here it is done by the Dandy Warhols.
the Dandy Warhols - Little Drummer Boy
I have also heard the Verve and David Bowie mentioned. Yikes.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Bear Hands are a Brooklyn based quartet that formed about a year and a half ago. They have a pleasant sound. Melodic guitar driven indie rock with a hint of punk. Though I have been listening to the EP streaming at AOL, I think it has been taken down. Check out their myspace instead.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I got the Disc Box yesterday. And although I behaved like a kid on Christmas Day (or Hanukkah or whatever you celebrate) my first thought was...Damn this thing's big. Living in NYC means space is limited and being that I am an organization freak, I panicked, thinking I have nowhere to put it. And I suppose I don't, organization wise, this doesn't work...See above photo for my temporary placement.
I paid $80 for it, ultimately for the 8 new songs (which I have avoided hearing until my [others received theirs as early as a few weeks ago] Disc Box arrived). And the songs are OK. Not their best. "4-minute Warning" is way cool though. And although I'm thinking I should have saved some cash and taken the initial free DL and just waited for the normal release at the end of the year, I can't help but think, oh well, it's Radiohead.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Tyler Ramsey - "Ships" (live at Echo Mountain Studio)
My other favorite track is "No One Goes Out Anymore". Live performance here.
Monday, December 10, 2007
I pretended like this didn't excite me, but man, come on! The critic in me wants to say that it's not really Zep, but I can't imagine actually seeing these dudes play together. Now we must admit that the possibility exists that we will once again get to see Led Zeppelin perform!
Here's the set list via NME:
'Good Times Bad Times'
'In My Time Of Dying'
'For Your Life'
'Trampled Under Foot'
'Nobody's Fault But Mine'
'Since I've Been Loving You'
'Dazed And Confused'
'Stairway To Heaven'
'The Song Remains The Same'
'Misty Mountain Hop'
'Whole Lotta Love'
'Rock And Roll'
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Essie Jaine/Bon Iver/Elvis Perkins - Bowery Ballroom 12/07/07
Originally uploaded by nickgreto
Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Serj Tankian - "Empty Walls"
21) Fionn Regan - The End of History
20) Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
19) MIA - Kala
18) Liars - Liars
17) Bat For Lashes - Fur and Gold
16) The Veils - Nux Vomica
15) Loney Dear - Loney, Noir
14) The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
13) Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha
12) Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
11) Cloudcult - The Meaning of 8: I have a top 11 because my number 2 may or may not be a legitimate pick. Plus I really didn't want to leave this one off the top ten - so it kinda is and it kinda isn't. I'm happy about that. An uplifting album about death. How is that pulled off?
10) Arcade Fire - Neon Bible: Coming off the amazing album Funeral and the hype that surrounded this one, I never thought this would be in my top 10. But I listened the other day and thought, very nice. "Ocean of Noise" is a fave, plus those last 2 tracks may just end the album better than any album on this list (besides my number one).
9) Feist - The Reminder: Just a gorgeous record. It's one of those albums you put on and immediately everything feels familiar - you can almost sing along during listen one.
8) LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver: Has an 80's vibe that doesn't feel cheezy or forced. And so much shorter and better than the debut.
7) Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights: Go ahead give it a listen. Tracks from this album should be played on R&B radio stations around the world, to remind people what the genre should sound like. Damn they are some sweet vocals.
6) Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga: I keep wondering when Spoon is going to make a crap record. Doesn't seem to EVER happen.
5) Grinderman - Grinderman: A straight rock record from Nick Cave and friends. Somehow the sound is fresh. It's even humorous at times.
4) Battles - Mirrored: The thing with this record is...you don't quite get it...is it supposed to sound like that?....are those drums in time? It's damn confusing and even after you decide it's close to genius, in order to listen, you still must be in the mood for it. If someone walks in on it unprepared and unfamiliar they might either punch you in the face or ask you to turn it off. Or they may name it to their album of the year list. Quick question: Am I hearing those lyrics correctly? "Eat a sandwich"?
3) The National - Boxer: This album was number one for the majority of the year. I still listen to it a lot even though it's pretty old at this point. Passionate.
2) Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago: Not sure if this is even a legal pick. It was released independently earlier in the year, but now it's unavailable until early '08. I guess I'll just have to put it on both years top 10. Brilliant record that Justin Vernon recorded after he spent some time in his fathers hunting lodge in deep despair.
1) Radiohead - In Rainbows: I know what your thinking, "Oh come on, you always pick Radiohead!" Not true, neither Hail to the Thief or Amnesiac were my number ones the year of their release. It flows seamlessly, making the Radiohead fact - that the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts - stand true once again. Bodysnatchers is the best RH song since In Limbo. Nude, though it's been in the RH catalog for years, feels new, yet it's an instant classic. Or something like that. And the last 2 tracks - A perfect ending to a great year.
Some honorable mentions: Okkervil River, Burial, Patty Griffin, Jens Lekman.
Short on Hip Hop? I know. I spent a lot of my Hip Hop listening this year on old stuff, but I did like: Brother Ali, JayZ, Common, Joel Ortiz and Pharaoh Monch among others.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Snoop Dogg - "Sensual Seduction"
Sub Pop veterans Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan return to the label in its 20th year under the moniker The Gutter Twins for the March 4th, 2008 worldwide release of Saturnalia, their highly anticipated first album. In addition, the band has announced a handful of very special US and European show dates to preview the complex and carefully crafted songs in advance of the official record release....
Mark Lanegan rose to fame as singer for the much loved Seattle band Screaming Trees qnd Greg Dulli as the magnetic leader of the Afghan Whigs. Following the break up of both groups, Lanegan and Dulli went on to achieve significant notice on their own....
The Gutter Twins was born out of a rumor told by Lanegan to a journalist after the two artists began collaborating together in various ways in 2002. What started as a rumor grew into an honest and raw record, and while Saturnalia brings together the driving forces behind ‘90s favorites, the record does not rest on the sonic laurels of these singer’s previous successes.
Gutter Twins - "On My Way To Canaan's Land
2/14/08 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
2/19/08 Paris, France Maroquinerie
2/21/08 London, England Koko – Sponsored by NME
2/23/08 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
You can check out Kinski's myspace for more information, but I just recieved an email letting me know that the band will be on the east coast next week. Here are the dates:
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 @ Velvet Lounge, Washington DC (w/ Clockcleaner)
Thursday, November 29, 2007 @ Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia PA (w/ Alasehir - members of Bardo Pond)
Friday, November 30, 2007 @ Europa, Brooklyn NY (w/ White Hills and Oneida)
Saturday, December 1, 2007 @ Middle East, Cambridge MA (w/ Oneida and Cul de Sac)
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - Saturday, December 8, 2007 @ Performance Space 122, New York NY
C.L.U.E. (color location ultimate experience) by choreography team Robbinschilds combines movement-based video, live dance performance and a live original score by Kinski.
The New York shows are of interest. They will be scoring dance performance, which sounds odd on paper (or blog), but could be great.
I know I am a little late here, but I really appreciate this essay about "selling out" by Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes. The band recently sold a song to T-Mobile and felt they must defend the move, before they faced the backlash that Band of Horses did a few weeks ago. I have no problem with artists selling their art. But I think what typically happens after they start making money is that they lose their drive and therefore their art suffers. If the band can continue to challenge themselves and make great music while making money, then more power to them. Although, I do get upset when I hear a song I dig in a commercial or on the radio. Much thanks to Stereogum for the essay....
There are some great points here and I commend him for speaking his mind.
Selling Out Isn't Possible
by Kevin Barnes
Are you a sell out? Yes. Don't let it bother you though, cause apparently I am also a sell out, and so are your parents and everyone you've ever known. The only way to avoid selling out is to live like a savage all alone in the wilderness. The moment you attempt to live within the confines of a social order, you become a sell out. Once you attempt to coexist you sell out. If that's true, then selling out is a good thing. It is an important thing. If we didn't do it, we'd be fucked, quite literally, by everyone bigger than us physically who found us fuckable.
The pseudo-nihilistic punk rockers of the 70's created an impossible code in which no one can actually live by. It's such garbage. The idea that anyone who attempts to do anything commercial is a sell out is completely out of touch with reality. The punk rock manifesto is one of anarchy and intolerance. The punk rockers polluted our minds. They offered a solution that had no future. Of course, if the world would have ended before Sandinista! was released then everything would have been alright. It didn't. Now we have all of these half-conceived ideas and idiot philosophies floating around to confuse and alienate us. I think it is important to face reality. It is important to decide whether you are going to completely rail against the system or find a way to make it work for you. You cannot do both -- and if you attempt to do both you will only become even more bitter and confused.
When I was younger, and supported my parents, I chose to float between the two. A lot of people choose to do this. There are so many confused young people running around now polluted by this alloyed version of the tenets of the punk rock manifesto. Of course they're confused. It isn't possible to be in chorus with capitalism and anarchy. You must pick one or the other. Very few people are willing to do it, though. The worst kind of person is the one who sucks the dick of the man during the daytime and then draws pictures of themselves slitting his throat at night. Jesus Christ, make up your mind! The thing is, there is a lack of balance. When capitalism is working on a healthy level, everyone gets their dick sucked from time to time and no one gets their throat slit. It's impossible to be a sell out in a capitalist society. You're only a winner or a loser. Either you've found a way to crack the code or you are struggling to do so. To sell out in capitalism is basically to be too accommodating, to not get what you think you deserve. In capitalism, you don't get what you think you deserve though. You get what someone else thinks you deserve. So the trick is to make them think you are worth what you feel you deserve. You deserve a lot, but you'll only get it when you figure out how to manipulate the system.
Why commercialize yourself? In the art industry, it's extremely difficult to be successful without turning yourself into a cartoon. Even Hunter S. Thompson knew this. God knows Duchamp and Warhol knew it. Some artists are turned into cartoons and others do it themselves. I prefer to do it myself. at least then I can control how my cock is photographed. Why should it be considered such an onerous thing to view the production of art as a job? To me, the luckiest people are the ones who figure out a way to earn a living doing what they love and gain fulfillment from. Like all things in this life, you have to make certain sacrifices to get what you want. At least most of us do. If you're not some trust-fund kid or lotto winner, you've got to slave it out everyday. People who wanna be artists have the hardest time of it 'cause we are held up to these impossible standards. We're expected to die penniless and insane so that the people we have moved and entertained over the years can keep us to themselves. So that they can feel a personal and untarnished connection with our art. The second we try to earn a living wage or, god forbid, promote our art in the mainstream, we are placed under the knives of the sanctimonious indie fascists. Unfortunately, there isn't some grand umbrella grant that supports indie rockers financially and enables us to exist outside of the trappings of capitalism.
The thing is, I like capitalism. I think it's an interesting challenge. It's a system that rewards the imaginative and ambitious adults and punishes the lazy adults. Our generation is insanely lazy. We're just as smart as our parents but we are overwhelmed by contradicting ideas that confuse us into paralysis. Maybe the punk rock ethos made sense for the "no future" generation but it doesn't make sense for me. I like producing and purchasing things. I'd much rather go to IKEA than to stand in some bread line. That's because I don't have to stand in a bread line. Most people who throw around terms like "sellout" don't have to stand in one either. They don't have to stand in one because they are gainfully employed. The term "sellout" only exists in the lexicon of the over-privileged. Almost every non-homeless person in America is over-privileged, at least in a global sense.
Obviously, I've struggled with the concept. I've struggled because of the backlash following my songs placement in TV commercials. That is, until I realized that the negative energy that was being directed towards me really began to inspire my creativity. It has given me a sense of, "well, I'll show them who is a sellout, I'm going to make the freakiest, most interesting, record ever!!!" ... "I'm going to prove to them that my shit is wild and unpolluted by the reach of some absurd connection to mainstream corporate America."
I realized then that, for me, selling out is not possible. Selling out, in an artistic sense, is to change one's creative output to fit in with the commercial world. To create phony and insincere art in the hopes of becoming commercially successful. I've never done this and I can't imagine I ever will. I spent seven years not even existing at all in the mainstream world. Now I am being supported and endorsed by it. I know this won't last forever. No one's going to want to use one of my songs in a commercial five years from now, so I've got to take the money while I can. It's the same with pro athletes. You only get it while you're hot and no one stays commercially viable for long. It's not like Michael Vick is going to be receiving any big endorsement deals anytime soon. As sad as it may seem, one of the few ways most indie bands can make any money whatsoever is by selling a song to a commercial. Very very few bands make enough money from album sales or tour revenue to enable themselves to quit their day job.
Next time you see a commercial with one of your favorite bands songs in it, just tell yourself, "cool, a band I really like made some money and now I can probably look forward to a few more records from them." It's as simple as that. We all have to do certain things, from time to time, that we might not be completely psyched about, in order to pay the bills. To me, the TV is the world's asshole boss and if anyone can earn some extra bucks from it and they're not Bill O'Reilly, it's a good thing.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Anyway, here is the video for "Teenage Riot". If you don't have Daydream Nation, let me know...I'll make you a copy.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I wish I was as cool as I feel when I'm listening to music. And I don't feel bad saying so. Music has always been there to make me feel better or worse, cool or nerdy, weak or strong. Whatever I need.
I spent all of last evening watching the Radiohead webcast and it did it's job. Some how making a grown man want to be a rock star. Creating sounds. Inspiring.
Here is a great remix by Pocket of Radiohead's version of Bjork's "Unravel" via Stereogum.
Looks like Thom and the boys are having a great little party, eh?
By the way, that was what is called a gotem on the Bon Iver tour dates (last post). They were supposed to be there - you thought - but they weren't.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The recent Jagjaguwar signee's live performance of "Skinny Love" - one of the most powerful songs I've heard all year - is below. Nice version too.
heloSnap. Just watched, and saw the whole thing, I think. Some beats and a Bjork cover. Sounds nice.
there will be something on the box tonight
its another test
but right now we
are entangled in cables
our technical experts will
resolve the entanglement
itll be broadcast as a quicktime h.264 stream
if youve got a
mac you'll already probably have quicktime player
if youve got a pc and it doesnt work,
you might need to download the installer (click here to download and install)
then click on to
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
We were making a record in the 90s, around when the band broke up in 1995…and I continued with Belinda. We kinda made we made most of an album….It’s going to be this ‘96/‘97 record half-finished record finished, and then a compilation of stuff we did before that in 1993–94, and a little bit of new stuff.
I pretty much know what the one that’s going to come out this year is going to sound like because its already pretty much 3/4’s done already…it sounds like what we sounded like – different but not radically different. People will go, “Yeah, it sounds like My Bloody Valentine.”
Read more at the Daily Swarm. "Only Shallow" video below.
Speaking of Sigur Ros, I haven't seen the movie, but dang don't I want to?
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Jay-Z just recorded a version of VH1 Storytellers with a live 12 piece band called the Roc Boys. To be honest I thought this show went away with Dial MTV. Luckily not, I'm certainly interested in seeing this show. It premiers November 8th.
The other two artists are in the news today as well.
Radiohead signed with XL Records for the distribution of In Rainbows outside North America.
I hate Box sets and I hate re-releases, but Pink Floyd re-released their entire catalog in a single box set.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
If you choose to pay the recommended price of $5 then it's all yours, but before clicking on the $0 price you will be forced to deal with this message:
I'm not concerned about that[supporting the artist]. I just want the music.
Personally, I haven't pre-ordered yet (catholic school guilt still rears it's head), but you can at that there link.
Either way it should be interesting to hear Mr. Williams working with Mr. Reznor.
Here's a video of Coldcut's "Mr. Nichols", it features said Mr. Williams.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I love these streams. Nothing like having 14 new albums once a week. I'm listening to Babyshambles now. I like it better than the first record...so far.
Here's an old video back at the Knitting Factory.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
So I'm aware that everyone knows that the Verve is back together and have planned to tour the UK (please come to the US, please come to the US), but did you know there is a free download of the first track that they recorded together in ten years available at NME?
"We all decided, that rather than meeting for a cup of coffee or a beer or whatever, we should meet in a studio where we can do what we do. Straight away."
And so the outcome of that is the download. The song is called, "The Thaw Sessions" (Cold War?) and it is 14 minutes long. Listening now. Sounds more like the band jamming than a song, but does have an authentic Verve feel.
Richard Ashcroft and the crews entire interview is here.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Tour Dates via their myspace:
|Local 506||Chapel Hill, North Carolina|
|The Village Tavern||Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina|
|The Earl||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Jack Rabbits||Jacksonville, Florida|
|The Social||Orlando, Florida|
|The Beta Bar||Tallahassee, Florida|
|House Of Blues Parish||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Club Deville||Austin, Texas|
|The Cavern||Dallas, Texas|
|Modified Arts||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Casbah||San Diego, California|
|Echoplex||Los Angeles, California|
|Bottom Of The Hill||San Francisco, California|
|Crystal Ballroom||Portland, Oregon|
|Crocodile Cafe||Seattle, Washington|
|Larimer Lounge||Denver, Colorado|
|The Jackpot Saloon||Lawrence, Kansas|
|7th Street Entry||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Schubas Tavern||Chicago, Illinois|
Saturday, October 20, 2007
The idea scares the crap out of me. With a near perfect catalog now, new songs by 3 old men and 1 middle age dude under the name Led Zeppelin doesn't sound like a good idea. About new music, guitarist, Jimmy Page said he would be, "really surprised if there wasn't. We're musicians - as we're playing we'll probably be coming up with all manner of things,"
You can read about it at the BBC.
In related news their music will soon be available digitally. Changing with the times I suppose.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
That's a Yeasayer video down there.
BTW----kidding about Radiohead.
Monday, October 15, 2007
I just read on pitchfork that Bruce Springsteen had Arcade Fire play with him on stage in Ontario.
Not a big Boss fan, but my roomate is.
Must have been some excited peeps at this show. As a matter of fact this is the first Bruce show that I'm upset I missed.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Originally uploaded by bumpershine
Check it out.
From their blog...
hello we have mixed all the tracks and the whole album is shit, so were
going to start all over again. ok only kidding...sorry ! its sound pretty good
but we have to go back to a few things in the next few weeks though. it sound
pretty different from what we have done before i dont think the fondue society
will be happy oh well , like the bee joke ends....... fuk em bye geoff
ps. the tunes are sounding 10 times better today for some reason
we have finished the work in
has been like watching lost, a never ending journy with very few
seems that we can never do things the easy
way.------------------------------------------------ so thanks for
waiting.----------------------------- also------------------- looks like atp
sold out and theres still some really good people to be added to the
I for one am very excited.