Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year! The New Year - Death Cab For Cutie


Bjork - Now and Then

Bjork's new album, Volta was a disappointment for the most part, but it certainly included some of her best work since Vespertine. Her new video for one of the better songs on Volta, "Declare Independence" is once again directed by Michel Gondry. So here is the most recent time they worked together followed by the first.

Bjork - "Declare Independence"


Bjork - "Human Behavior"

Saturday, December 29, 2007

More Radiohead News

OK, OK, maybe your sick of all the Radiohead posts this month, but this post by Thom Yorke on Dead Air Space seemed well worth it.

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.

much love


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

A Name to Remember For '08 - Nicole Reynolds

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

Here are some tour dates:

Jan 5 2008 7:00P
tin angel cd release show w/ curtis eller Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 11 2008 8:00P
coffeeworks voorhees, New Jersey
Jan 19 2008 8:30P
puck w/ ellis paul doylestown, Pennsylvania
Jan 25 2008 8:00P
Coffee East w/ Erin McKeown Easton, Maryland
Jan 27 2008 8:00P
phase one w/ mara levi dc, Washington DC
Feb 1 2008 8:00P
indy hostel w/ antje duvekot indianapolis, Indiana
Feb 22 2008 8:30P
towne crier cafe w/ ellis paul pawling, New York
Feb 23 2008 7:00P
iron horse w/ ellis paul northampton, Massachusetts
Feb 24 2008 8:00P
one longfellow square w/ ellis paul portland, Maine
Jun 30 2008 8:00P
for complete listings visit Pittsburgh

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Radiohead - NYE Webcast

Although I'd like to think my New Years Eve will be filled with excitement, I most likely will be thinking about the fact that I'll be missing the Radiohead webcast that the band announced on it's website yesterday. I mean, NYE never lives up to expectations.

Dear Reader

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'.

yours hopefully


Below is the teaser for the webcast

Radiohead - Unravel (Bjork cover from first webcast)

The Silent Years

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

Merry Christmas

A few of my favorite Christmas songs. The John Lennon video is not easy to watch, but should be seen.

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

Coachella Rumors

What would it take to get you out to Indio, CA the weekend of April 25-27, 2008? The rumors have been that both Portishead and My Bloody Valentine will be at the shows. Those two excite me a lot, but I was at a bar on the LES and I spoke with someone who seemed certain that the Led Zeppelin reunion will continue! Add Radiohead to this and my ticket is as good as bought.

I have also heard the Verve and David Bowie mentioned. Yikes.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Well, I was going to make a list of holidays songs to pass the time until Santa shows at my mom's house here in my hometown, but Brooklyn Vegan has a nice mix here that will do just fine. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday no matter what you celebrate. I am excited for tomorrow, and although I hate the commercialization of it all, I still deep down am hoping for an Iphone, but doubt it will be in my stocking.

Anyway, I have been listening a lot to the new Cat Power and Vampire Weekend. Yeah, I know "Bah Humbug" right? Well since I got here my mothers been playing nothing but Christmas songs, and I can't take much more. What are you listening to?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Bear Hands - Golden EP

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.

Tori Amos Tells Fans to "Get the Fuck Out" of Her Concert

Check out the video of Tori Amos telling a couple of girls to "Get the fuck out" of her show. It happens around 2:27, so if your not a big fan you can move forward to that mark. Apparently the girls were sitting in the front row and were snapping pictures of each other and laughing and just not paying attention as they bothered her and other fans. I dig Tori and her music, and I was rather obsessed with her in my teen years, but was she fair to these fans?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Radiohead - In Rainbows (Disc Box arrival)

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 - A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea

Tyler Ramsey is a Folk Singer-Songwriter from Ashville, North Carolina. His new album might take some time to grow on you, but it is quite gorgeous. You can read a review at Kevchino. A lot of people are talking about the title track, "A Long Dream" and it is a good song, however, my favorite is "Ships".

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

Lez Zeppelin Reunited!

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'
'Ramble On'
'Black Dog'
'In My Time Of Dying'
'For Your Life'
'Trampled Under Foot'
'Nobody's Fault But Mine'
'No Quarter'
'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'

Portishead - ATP 12/08/07

Our first taste of new Portishead!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Essie Jain/Bon Iver/Elvis Perkins - Bowery Ballroom 12/07/07

Friday Nights show at the Bowery was amazing. We caught most of Essie Jain. Her voice is absolutely gorgeous. Elvis Perkins in Dearland was not quite as melancholic as I had anticipated and the band was full of stage antics. But the highlight of the evening was by far the buzz-worthy blog superstar Bon Iver (AKA Justin Vernon). Though he only played six songs, he won over the crowd quickly. The man simply pours his heart out. I overheard someone say, "someone broke that dude's heart". Yeah, ya think? At one point Vernon sat down at the piano and played a new song that no one had heard "except my mom". Which was supposed to earn him "cute points". Talent aside, he seems like that kind hearted fella that everyone knows. Someone yelled "You are a real human being!" He chuckled and replied that he had never heard that before. Funny, you kinda understand what the dude meant. What a great show. Check out more photos at my flickr.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Marissa Nadler - La Blogotheque

Stick with this video until you see Marissa sitting on a hotel bed. It is somehow eerie and angelic. I found this on Stereogum. It is a performance from La Blogotheque.

Richard Hawley - Bowery Ballroom 12.01.07

Richard Hawley formerly of Pulp played a gorgeous set at the Bowery on Saturday. It was a mellow show, but it was about as sincere as a show can be. If your not familiar with his stuff, it sounds very un-Pulp. His entire new album Lady's Bridge is streaming below via Philebrity.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Top Albums '07 - Per Nick G

I suppose I should like this time of the year. Looking back...picking favorites. Actually I always end up aggravated and changing my year end album list 749 times. Anyway, I'm not doing that this year. Here is my opinion - the 21 best LP's of '07, preceded by my video of the year.

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 don't quite get 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 - New Video

If you haven't seen this yet, you're in for a treat. Getting cooler with age, the D.O. Double G is back...with an eighties vibe that might just cause you to slip and call him Doggie Dogg.

Snoop Dogg - "Sensual Seduction"

Gutter Twins - Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees)

The Gutter Twins is a collaboration of two Alternative Rock icons. They have an album dropping next year. Press release here, video and tour dates below.

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

Gutter Twins Tour Dates

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

3/1/08 San Francisco, CA Noise Pop – Bimbo’s

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Black Kids - Wizard of Ahhhs Review, Video

Another review over at kevchino you should check out. I've been listening to this EP a lot. It's very good, but too short. Can't wait for the full length. Black Kids myspace has the whole thing streaming (it used to be a free download, but now apparently it's gone).

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Kinski Tour Dates - Scoring Dance Performance

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.

Of Montreal Talks Selling Out

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....

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.

There are some great points here and I commend him for speaking his mind.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot

I have been listening to Daydream Nation this evening. It really is a great rock record. People should listen. I remember the first time I heard it, I was very confused. It wasn't punk...or was it. It sure was noisy. And do I even like it? By listen two I was sure did. I remember Providence. This mellow track (is it even a song?) that didn't seem to fit on the album, yet somehow made the whole album.

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

Vampire Weekend - "Mansard Roof"

I think I had a dream that I got this album last night. Quite off the wall, but I don't have it, and if anyone wants to mail me a copy just let me know. I do like these dudes. Don't really care that some people call them "prep rock".

Radiohead - "Unravel" [Pocket Remix]

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.

Not sorry.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Bon Iver - My Review and tour dates

This dude is awesome. I reviewed his fabulous new album For Emma, Forever Ago for Kevchino. It really has a wonderful vibe. Check it out. It's still streaming here. It is in my running for best album of '07 (even though it won't be released this year) with Radiohead and the National.

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.

I don't understand...Radiohead in the news

So Radiohead made their way into the headlines again today, but I don't quite understand what happened. Supposedly there was to be something on Radiohead TV tonight, but I haven't seen it and can't seem to find it where they say it is.

there will be something on the box tonight
its another test
but right now we

are entangled in cables
weather permitting
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


Snap. Just watched, and saw the whole thing, I think. Some beats and a Bjork cover. Sounds nice.

Give up?

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

My Bloody Valentine New Album?

I think they should probably leave well enough alone. I mean I dig Loveless as much as the next guy, but this just scares me. I mean what if it sucks? I suppose it shouldn't bother me since a similar situation is happening with Portishead and I'm sort of excited about that. Oh well it's MBV it can't be bad can it?

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.

Sigur Ros - Album Stream

Again AOL comes through with their weekly album stream. This week features Sigur Ros's soundtrack album Hvarf/Heim, the Black Ghost record, a Joy Division re-release and Nas's greatest hits.

Speaking of Sigur Ros, I haven't seen the movie, but dang don't I want to?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Jay-Z, Radiohead, VH1 Storytellers and Pink Floyd

OK, so two of these things go together. Most likely it's not the two that you are thinking. Radiohead and Pink Floyd, right? Wrong. Radiohead and Storytellers? Not likely. So it must be a Pink Floyd Storytellers? Wrong again.

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

Saul Williams Recomends Donation On New LP...But You Can Get It For Free Too

I am a bout a day late on this one, but it looks like the free music floodgates are slowly starting to swing open. Saul Williams the Poet/Musician/Rapper will be releasing his new Trent Reznor produced album the Radiohead way. The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust! will be available for donation download beginning November 1, 2007. However if you are easily ridden with guilt it won't be as simple to snag it for free as it was with Radiohead.

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

Album Streams - Dave Gahan, Babyshambles, Ween, the Thrills etc.

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 far.

Free Liars...

Well, Brooklyn Vegan pointed out that the Liars are giving away some free tunes. You can download them from that link. I am still digging their new record. It may make the top ten of '07, although that lists changes so often for me.

Here's an old video back at the Knitting Factory.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Verve

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

Great Northern at Piano's (and tour dates)

Unfortunately, the only CMJ show I made it to was the Great Northern show at Piano's last night. However they were very good. Here are some pictures....

Tour Dates via their myspace:

Oct 23 2007 8:00P
Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Oct 24 2007 9:00P
The Village Tavern Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Oct 25 2007 8:00P
Bottletree Birmingham, Alabama
Oct 26 2007 8:00P
The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 27 2007 8:00P
Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, Florida
Oct 28 2007 8:00P
The Social Orlando, Florida
Oct 29 2007 8:00P
The Beta Bar Tallahassee, Florida
Oct 30 2007 8:00P
House Of Blues Parish New Orleans, Louisiana
Nov 1 2007 8:00P
Mink Houston, Texas
Nov 2 2007 8:00P
Club Deville Austin, Texas
Nov 3 2007 8:00P
The Cavern Dallas, Texas
Nov 4 2007 8:00P
Opolis Norman, Oklahoma
Nov 6 2007 8:00P
Modified Arts Phoenix, Arizona
Nov 7 2007 8:00P
Casbah San Diego, California
Nov 8 2007 8:00P
Echoplex Los Angeles, California
Nov 9 2007 9:00P
Bottom Of The Hill San Francisco, California
Nov 10 2007 8:00P
Crystal Ballroom Portland, Oregon
Nov 12 2007 7:00P
Crocodile Cafe Seattle, Washington
Nov 15 2007 8:00P
Larimer Lounge Denver, Colorado
Nov 16 2007 8:00P
The Jackpot Saloon Lawrence, Kansas
Nov 17 2007 8:00P
7th Street Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 18 2007 8:00P
Schubas Tavern Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, October 20, 2007

New Led Zeppelin Songs????

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

Bon Iver Album Stream

So very upset I missed these guys both today and yesterday at CMJ. There album is pretty good. It's streaming here. According to BV they rocked last night.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


So much music it's almost unbearable. Right now I'm sitting at home, tired, listening to the Black Kids and wondering why I'm not out at the Brooklynvegan showcase tonight. Some other artists I'd like to see are: Yeasayer, the above mentioned Black Kids, Brother Ali, O' Death, Radiohead, etc....................................................................

That's a Yeasayer video down there.

BTW----kidding about Radiohead.

Monday, October 15, 2007

I don't know why I care but...

Hype Machine won't update it's site until 10,000 people are on the page at once. Go to the site and sit there. Right now they have 3449. Not looking good.

Richard Hawley - Serious (live on Jonathon Ross)

I dig this dude.

The Boss and Arcade Fire

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.