Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tom Vek - "A Chore" Video

Really cannot wait! Tom Vek is back.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Decemberists - "This Is Why We Fight" Video

The Decemberists are still around. Proof.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Handsome Furs announce new record, "Sound Kapital" out June 28th + Tour dates

Love the last two Handsome Furs albums so we are stoked for this one. Here's some tour dates and track info.

Track listing for Sound Kapital:
1. When I Get Back
2. Damage
3. Bury Me Standing
4. Memories of the Future
5. Serve the People
6. What About Us
7. Repatriated
8. Cheap Music
9. No Feelings

For more information on Handsome Furs please visit: www.subpop.com/artists/handsome_furs

Tour Dates:
Apr 13 Great Scott, Allston, MA
Apr 14 Bell House, The, Brooklyn, NY
Apr 15 Gallery 5, Richmond, VA
Apr 16 Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Apr 17 King's Barcade, Raleigh, NC
Apr 18 Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
Apr 22 RBF Club, Sofia, Bulgaria
Apr 23 Zdravo Mladi Festival, Skopje, Macedonia
Apr 26 Club 21, Pristina,, Albania
Apr 27 Soul2Soul, Podgorica, Montenegro
Apr 28 Orlando, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Apr 29 SLOGA, Sarjevo, Bosnia and Herzegowina
May 03 Flex, Vienna, Austria
May 04 KC Dunaj, Bratislava, Slovakia
May 05 Laznia, Krakow, Poland
May 06 Café Kulturalna, Warszawa, Poland
May 07 Puzzle (PL), Wrocław, Poland
May 08 007, Prague, Czech Republic
May 09 West Germany, Berlin, Germany
May 11 De Centrale | intercultureel centrum, Gent , Belgium
May 12 Bitterzoet (NL), Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 13 Great Escape Festival, Brighton, Ireland
May 14 Buffalo Bar, Cardiff, Cardiff
May 16 Lexington, London, United Kingdom
May 17 Captain's Rest, Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 18 Rainbow, Birmingham, United Kingdom
May 19 Sounds City Festival, Liverpool, United Kingdom
May 20 Fleche D'Or, Paris, France
May 21 Landmark, Bergen, n/a
May 22 Betong, Oslo, Norway

Monday, April 11, 2011

A French Butler Called Smith

Stumbled upon this Australian band a French Butler Called Smith. Kinda chill, kinda fun. Latin and funk. If nothing else be intrigued. May try to go see these dudes live. Probably a rad live show. Who knows more?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

New Jane's Addiction - "End to the Lies" Free Download

Surprisingly not bad. Get the new Jane's Addiction Track for the price of an email here. It's from the forthcoming The Great Escape Artist.

Jane's Addiction - End to the Lies by paniko

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Premiere of Unplugged Lykke Li tonight at 9pm on MTV.com

Listen and watch Lykke Li perform "Possibility" from MTV Unplugged and hit MTV.com tonight at 9 for the rest.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Flying Lotus - Vans Syndicate x Luke Meier Video

Whatever Flying Lotus does is gold in our eyes. Haven't even heard this but I am posting.

The film was directed by Kahlil Joseph, in collaboration with Luke Meier. It was shot using the RED ONE as well as the Phantom HD systems.
Written and Directed by: Kahlil Joseph
Music by: Flying Lotus and Melvin Gibbs
Photographed by: Matthew J. Lloyd
Produced by: Omid Fatemi
Co-produced by: Funk Factory Films
Executive Produced By: Luke Meier and Chris Gibbs
Skaters: Chioke Daudi Stuckey, Ben Randolph and Zachary Zaragoza
Edited by: Kahlil Joseph, Sean Shafer, Aaron Morris and Luke Lynch
Costume/Production Designer: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes
Optical Titles: Sebastian Pardo
Camera Assist: Trevor Funk
Shot on location in Seattle, WA

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Kurt Vile "Jesus Fever" Video

From my hometown of Philadelphia, it took some time for Kurt Vile to grow on me but he sure did. Play "Jesus Fever" once or twice and watch it happen. Smoke Ring for My Halo is sure to make a few year end lists this year.

Kurt Vile

Monday, April 4, 2011

Hezekiah Jones - "Have you Seen Our New Fort?" Review By Nick Greto

The initial attraction to Hezekiah Jones debut Hezekiah Says You're A-OK was the brevity of it. The album streamed by in less than 40 minutes. Like a folk-y punk rock record or a quiet, less-poppy early Beatles LP, few tracks ran longer than 3 minutes. But the snapshots in those brief moments were not fleeting… they were true moments, memories. It was as if we were welcomed to singer-songwriter Raphael Cutrufello's stream of conscious. It was a smart, modern folk album and it could have broken your heart. 2011's Have You Seen Our New Fort? is equally as smart – but Cutrufello and his band of talented musicians make this Philadelphia based project much more than just a catchy folk record.

If we must label ...Fort?, we must not emit the word "jazz". The sounds here are full of swirling horns, funky piano riffs and sensual vocals. And though the music is still Cutrufello's, his accompanying players supply a new, fuller sound - a definite variation from the debut. We can’t help but notice the band behind the man this time around… Some of the tracks are over three minutes – and that is, in fact, "a-ok”!

The album opens with a seemingly Ben Folds-esque "Airplane Window". Initially, this song may have you shrug your shoulders. You've heard this before, no? But less than a minute in, it takes a sharp left-hand turn into what will become a playful, folk-y, jazz pop record. The horns are welcomed and the piano purposeful. The overall swing is equally as surprising as the Folds-style piano. A shoulder shrug smoothly slides into a toe tap.

The second track solidifies the sexiness that reared it's head 43 seconds into the first track. "Mind Mallaise" swirls with a sinister blend of saxophone and trumpet. Feel free to point out the Tom Waits influences hanging out in this one.

After things slow down for a bit on the dauntingly dark and beautiful "I Love My Family", the album begins to pick up steam again. "Drawing Pictures" opens with a familiar piano, but it’s the melody and the mischievous lyrics that lure you in on this song. "Guarantees are not for certain/I don't care how hard you been working/You ain't got nothing now/what you been thinking bout anyhow/fools got guarantee/and you got nothing".

These playful lyrics circle in and out of ...Fort. It lightens the mood for other moments - but it certainly can still break your heart.

The next track "The Last Parade on Ann St." proves this. It's a straight folk tune that centers on a brief disaster that ends abruptly in just 2:25. Heart. Broken.

The highlight, "Cannonbal", feels like the centerpiece of the record, though it is track eight of ten. This is most likely the first song that you heard from the release and it seems to break off little pieces from the rest of the album. It's lighthearted but gut-wrenching. Childlike but grown-up. It's exactly what we have been waiting for. It compliments all the tracks that came before and those that come after. Most importantly, it will have you curious what Hezekiah Jones will have up their sleeve for the next release. And that is what a solid album from a young artist is supposed to do.

Overall, Have You Seen Our New Fort? may not have the familiar folk sound that fans of A-OK loved; but this isn't a departure that should scare anyone off. In fact, this is a new Hezekiah Jones that improves on an already terrific sound. It's an artist growing. Grow with him.

Have I seen your new fort? Damn right. And I'll check it out again in a few hours.