Saturday, November 29, 2008


In the spirit of the holiday season:

Heroes Of The Dancefloor’s “Torch” is a fusion of big band and swing Jazz, mixed
with Hip Hop, R&B and dub influences with deep souldful vocals. The lead
single ‘Same Scandal’ from “Torch” is an infectious dance track with a funky
house groove. “Torch” follows the underground success of “Momentum,” the first
album of a series from Heroes Of The Dancefloor, which in its entirety will
benefit the homeless.

All proceeds of “Torch” including publishing
mechanicals and royalties will go to two New York charities, ‘Picture the
Homeless’ ( and ‘Coalition for the Homeless’ (

Heroes of the Dancefloor - The Knack (MP3)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fucked Up on Daytrotter Sessions

Enjoy the band Fucked Up doing "Magic World", "David Comes To Life", "Crooked Head" and "No Epiphany"via Daytrotter here.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Guns N' Roses - "Chinese Democracy" Brief Review

As we all know, the new Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy has been in the making for quite some time. Because I have always been a fan of GNR, I have always wanted to like it. 15 years of rewrites and production changes, make it nearly impossible to do so. Despite the credit, this is not a GNR record. It's an Axl Rose solo project. Some of the songs are OK. Some suck. It's sort or crushing when this happens to your childhood idol. I choose to ignore it and pretend that it all ended in the '90's.
We rate this album "it's OK" for nostalgic reasons alone. If it were a new band we may give it an "it sucks"

Radiohead - Weird Fishes via Myspace and Stereogum

This video for Radiohead's "Weird Fishes" from In Rainbows was part of their video making contest. It is directed by Tobias Stretch. Expect to see more of these new directors, as per Stereogum:

Over the next three weeks, MySpace is premiering the three remaining
fan-made videos for "Weird Fishes," "15 Step," and "Videotape."

Radiohead - Weird Fishes - by Tobias Stretch

Friday, November 21, 2008

Femi Kuti - "Day by Day" Review, Rated "Very Good"

Femi Kuti's continues on the path began by his father, Fela. The new album, titled Day by Day is, as expected, fun (danceable) and serious (political) all at once. Afrobeat's first son may already be a legend and his first album in seven years was well worth the wait. Check out the title track at his myspace by clicking on his name. We give this album a "Very Good" rating.

Depeche Mode Studio Trailers, Tour Dates, New Album

Depeche Mode may be one of the most underrated acts of our time. Check out the below teasers for their new album which is due next year on April 20, 2009. The second clip is the most interesting only because it points out how creative these guys are in just doing whatever sounds cool. Tour dates are below. No US dates yet.

5/10 - Tel Aviv, Israel @ Gan Stadium
5/12 - Athens, Greece @ Terra Vibe Park
5/14 - Istanbul, Turkey @ Santral
5/16 - Bucharest, Romania @ Parc Izvor
5/18 - Sofia, Bulgaria @ Tuborg Greenfest
5/20 - Belgrade, Serbia @ Tuborg Greenfest
5/21 - Zagred, Crotia @ Tuborg Greenfest
5/23 - Warsaw, Poland @ Gwardia Stadium
5/25 - Riga, Latvia @ Skonto Stadium
5/27 - Vinius, Lithuania @ Zalgirio Stadinoas
5/30 - London, UK @ O2 Arena
6/2 - Hamburg, Germany @ HSHN Arena
6/4 - Dusseldorf, Germany @ LTU Arena
6/7 - Leipzig, Germany @ Zentralstadion
6/10 - Berlin, Germany @ Olympiastadion
6/12 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Commerzbank
6/13 - Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion
6/16 - Rome, Italy @ Stadio Olimpico
6/18 - Milan, Italy @ Stadio San Siro
6/20 - Werchester, Belgium @ TW Classic Fest
6/22 - Bratislava, Slovakia @ Inter Stadium
6/23 - Budapest, Hungary @ PF Stadium
6/25 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Slavia Stadium
6/27 - Paris, France @ TBA
6/30 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Parken Stadium

New Review Style

From this point forward, Musicology NYC will be doing all album reviews in a more conversational manner. For example, when we are out at a bar and someone asks us how the new Beck album is we usually have to give a review in three sentences or less or lose the person to a hot blond a good song or a shot of whiskey. Since peoples attention spans are shrinking and we can get a lot more reviews done and sound a lot less pretentious, we are going to do that here...three sentences or less. It's not gonna be easy to be so short winded but we are gonna try.

Additionally, our rating system use to be on a five star system. We are also changing that. Again, when someone asks you about an the new Beck album at a show you usually say a)its amazing b)its really good c)it's good d)it's ok e)it sucks. So yeah, it's still five tiered, but it's now much easier to understand.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy Streaming For Free at the bands myspace

The moment you have all been waiting for is here. Click here for your first listen to the new GNR! Chinese Democracy is upon us. Oh, how I want to like it. I really do.

Jazzanova - "I Can See" via Youtube from "Of All the Things"

Jazzanova is back with more dance influenced jazz. Watch their new video below.

Berlin's Jazzanova collective formed in 1995, after DJing with one another
at a club called Delicious Doughnuts. Alexander Barck, Class Brieler, Roskow
Kretschmann, Stefan Leisering, Axel Reinemer, and Jürgen von Knoblauch shared a
common goal of blending their collected inspirations together to create a new,
sophisticated sound, with debts owed to nearly every form of dance-oriented
music from the past several decades.
It's to be expected that Jazzanova would
turn in excellent productions with every track, but what's most impressive about
Of All the Things is the work that Jazzanova haven't made their forté in the
past -- songwriting, arrangements, and the pairing of each vocalist with a song
that works perfectly for them.
Of All the Things
November 21, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Scott Weiland - "Happy In Galoshes" Listen Free Stream, Tour Dates, Track Listing

Scott Weiland's new album will consist of these tracks:

Missing Cleveland
Tangle With Your Mind
Blind Confusion
She Sold Her System
Killing Me Sweetly
Big Black Monster
Beautiful Day
Pictures & Computers (I'm Not Superman)
Arch Angel

You can listen at myspace for free here. And Check out the tour dates below.

Nov 21 2008 8:00P
The Jay Leno Show Los Angeles, California
Nov 23 2008 8:00P
American Music Awards Los Angeles, California
Nov 24 2008 9:00P
Virgin Megastore Appearance Hollywood, California
Nov 25 2008 8:00P
CD Release Party! Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 26 2008 8:00P
Jimmy Kimmel Live Los Angeles, California
Dec 1 2008 8:00P
WMMR For Hunger Drive Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dec 2 2008 8:00P
Release Party @ Gramercy New York, New York
Dec 3 2008 8:00A
WBCN Boston Appearance Boston, Massachusetts
Dec 6 2008 8:00P
Borgata Atlantic City, New Jersey
Dec 7 2008 8:00P
WRFF Acoustic Show Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dec 16 2008 8:00P
Voodoo Lounge Kansas City, Missouri
Dec 17 2008 8:00P
KPNT Appearance St. Louis, Missouri
Dec 18 2008 8:00P
Q101 Chicago Appearance Chicago, Illinois
Jan 16 2009 8:00P
La Zona Rosa Austin, Texas
Jan 17 2009 8:00P
Warehouse Live Houston, Texas
Jan 19 2009 8:00P
Center Stage Atlanta, Georgia
Jan 23 2009 8:00P
Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 24 2009 8:00P
Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey
Jan 25 2009 8:00P
Wilbur Theatre Boston, Massachusetts
Jan 28 2009 8:00P
St. Andrew’s Hall Detroit, Michigan
Jan 30 2009 8:00P
Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jan 31 2009 8:00P
Pantages Theatre Minneapolis, Minnesota
Feb 2 2009 8:00P
Gothic Theatre Denver, Colorado
Feb 5 2009 8:00P
Grand Ballroom San Francisco, California
Feb 6 2009 8:00P
The Pearl Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb 7 2009 8:00P
Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, California

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Shugo Tokumaru - "A First Glimpse At Beauty" Daytrotter Session

Shugo Tokumaru played these ones on Daytrotter:

Green Rain
A Kite Of Night

Femi Kuti - 2009 Tour Dates, NYC Webster Hall January 8 and 11

We are still getting over the excitment of having a new Femi Kuti record in our hands. It's damn good. And now tour dates!


January 7 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
January 8 New York, NY Webster Hall
January 9 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
January 10 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
January 11 New York, NY GlobalFEST @ Webster Hall
January 14 Montreal, QC Club Soda
January 15 Toronto, ON The Opera House
January 16 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre

January 17 Chicago, IL Metro
January 19 Boulder, CO The Boulder Theatre
January 22 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

January 23 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
January 24 San Diego, CA House of Blues

Guns N' Roses - "Chinese Democracy" 4 Star Review via Rolling Stone

Shocking review about the new GnR record, Chinese Democracy begins like this:

Let's get right to it: The first Guns n' Roses album of new, original songs
since the first Bush administration is a great, audacious, unhinged and
uncompromising hard-rock record. In other words, it sounds a lot like the Guns
n' Roses you know.

Read the rest here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Femi Kuti - Day By Day Album Teaser

This album should be amazing. Femi Kuti's first record in 7 years is due on Tuesday!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Little Boots - "Meddle" on Jools Holland via Youtube

Little Boots does an interesting rendition of "Meddle" on Jools Holland below.

Chad VanGaalen - "City of Electric Light" Free Download

If you haven't given Chad VanGaalen's Soft Airplane a listen yet, you're missing out. Here's a free download of "City of Electric Light"

RIP Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience Drummer)

Jens Lekman Covers Boyz II Men's "Water Runs Dry" Free MP3 via Brooklyn Vegan

Musicology NYC isn't typically a fan of covers, but Jens Lekman doing Boyz II Men? Hot dog! Get it here. Thank you Mr. Vegan.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Frightened Rabbit Tour Dates 2009, Bowery Ballroom - January 17, 2009

Whenever we think of our favorite album of the year we keep recalling Frightened Rabbit's Midnight Organ Fight. Stay tuned to see if it wins out. The end of the year is close. We're gonna have to check this show at Bowery Ballroom out.

Jan 16 - Johnny Brenda's, Philidelphia, PA
Jan 17 - Bowery Ballroom, NYC
Jan 18 - Great Scott, Alliston, MA
Jan 24 - Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL

Marnie Stern - "Ruler" New Video via Pitchfork TV

After seeing Marnie Stern live at CMJ we feel like we should be sold on her. Not the case. Here's a new video for her song "Ruler".

Plover Self Titled Album Streaming For Free at their website

Plover is a band from Santa Monica, California consisting of Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket), Garrison Star and Neilson Hubbard. The album is available to purchase for only $8 (or more if you like) or to stream at their website. A friend of mine insists I can't ignore this record. I am listening now and it is quite pretty. What do you think? Ignorable?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Passion Pit at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on December 5th

Listen to the band Passion Pit on their Myspace and go see them live at Glasslands if you like, but listen to Late of the Pier and let me know who you like more.

The Smiths and New Order Re-releases free listens on Spinner

You can go here to enjoy two great 80's acts New Order and the Smiths, plus more at Spinner.

Death Cab For Cutie - "No Sunlight" New Video (myspace)

Death Cab's new video for "No Sunlight" from Narrow Stairs.
No Sunlight

Dawn Iulg - The Waking Hours Review

A coffee shop without a singer-songwriter is like a coffee shop without coffee. The genre tends to rely on the coffee shop just as the coffee shop tends to rely on the genre.

It has become almost customary to hear in the background, as you order your latté, a strummed guitar and a crooner laying it all out on the table-either hoping to be the next Dylan or just…well…hoping. A singer-songwriter is nothing if not for the emotion they pour into their songs. There are no gimmicks or tricks to keep the attention off the lyrics. They are the intended focus.

To stand out in this pool, is not easy.

On Dawn Iulg’s album The Waking Hours we learn she is talented enough to stand out. And we learn a lot about the story teller through the characters we meet along the way.

On the opening track “Quake” Iulg ties a sweet melody to the tormented lyrics, “I wanna shake you, I wanna shake you/I wanna shake you/For your mistakes”. The organ in the song begins the distress. But it is the words that stick with you and not just for their melody. You are commited…tied to the character. Temptation creeps in as she takes her final sip of wine and we are left wondering for an outcome. Her story is weaved well.

On “Sinking Stones” Iulg continues on this path. She channels some of her influences into a country tinged tune that’s bass line is the first thing to catch your ear. The song continues along the tortured path that “Quake” began. It will bring to mind a few Lucinda Williams tunes, but by no means is it theft. Iulg keeps her influences at a distance, making them quite simply, influences.

The highlight of the record is the final track “Farther On”. If it were possible, your back button on your iPod or CD player could get worn out. It is a song with a simple plucked acoustic guitar that brings to mind a young Sinead O’Connor and easily chokes up the listener. “Farther on we’ll find the answers” she sings with ardor. And with the conclusion of the too brief six-song EP you are left with nothing but the repeat button and the hope that Dawn Iulg will play your neighborhood coffee shop soon.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Holler Wild Rose - "Marylawn Hair" (Official Video) via Vimeo

Watch the cool new video for Holler Wild Rose's "Marylawn Hair". It was directed by their guitarist Ryan Cheresnick and bassist Scott Vangende.

Holler, Wild Rose! - Marylawn Hair (Official Video) from Backlight Records on Vimeo

Radiohead announces new remix of Thom Yorke's "Harrowdown Hill" from the Eraser

This was posted on Dead Air Space last week. Click on the link to hear it.

did i fall or was i pushed?
in celebration of nov 5th jonnys
burthdayamid bonfire and fireworks in the UK and the dawn of a new era in
politics in the USA i humbly donate a remix of harrowdown hill that was finished
ages ago during the band webcasts, a small reminder of the dark days of

Diplo Remixes Brazilian Girls "Good Time" - Free Download

We have a free download of a remix of the Musicology NYC fave, Brazilian Girls, just below. The Good Time EP is available via iTunes exclusively.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Music Tapes - "Majesty" New Video

The Music Tapes new video doesn't show the singing saw. But it's audible. These dudes put on a great show at CMJ this year.

REM celebrates an Obama Victory with "I Believe" not "End Of The World As We Know It (And I feel Fine)."

REM celebrate Obama's victory last night.

Sigur Rós - Við spilum endalaust via last FM (you tube)

The new video from Iceland's favorite sons, Sigur Ros is here. Be prepared to travel back to the 1960's!

President Barack Obama

Monday, November 3, 2008

Spinner has Mavis Staples and Led Zeppelin, not much else

Are we nearing year end already? Mavis Staples, Led Zeppelin, Johann Johannsson, Filter and Thursday/Envy round out this weeks short list of free listens from Spinner! For a little more on Johannsson watch the video below.

Death Cab For Cutie - '"Cath..." live on Jay Leno (youtube)

This song is one of Narrrow Stairs' best tunes. This version is even better. Check out Death Cab doing "Cath..." for Mr. Leno.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Yeasayer - "Tightrope" on MPR's the Current...New Song?

The Music Slut has this Yeasayer tune listed as being from All Hour Cymbals, but that's not the case. New song?