Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Vivian Girls - "Girl Don't Tell me" (beach boys cover)

Vivian Girls are preparing for a new 7" that will contain three new songs.  Including this Beach Boys cover.  

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Musicology NYC Top Albums 2008

30. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig! Lazarus! Dig!

29. Hold Steady - Stay Positive

28. Brazilian Girls - New York City

27. She and Him - Volume One

26. Wolf Parade- At Mount Zoomer

25. Abe Vigoda - Skeleton

24. Why? -Alopecia

23. Thao - We Brave Bee Stings and All

22. Wye Oak - If Children

21. Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane

20. Quiet Village - Silent Movie

19. David Byrne and Brian Eno - Everything That happens Will Happen Today

18. Santogold - Santogold

17. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

16. The Walkmen - You and Me

15. No Age - Nouns

14. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles

13. MeshuggaObZen

12. Grouper- Dragging a Dead Dear Up a Hill

11. Dodos-Visiter

10. The Cool Kids – The Bake Sale

09. Titus Andronicus – The Airing of Grievances

08. Vivian Girls – Vivian Girls

07. Portishead - Third

06. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

05. Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair

04. Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid

03. Okkervil River – The Stand Ins

02. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

01. Frightened Rabbit – Midnight Organ Fight

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Scott Walker Film by Stephen Kijak - "30th Century Man" Out Now In NYC



S. Kijak in person at 7:40 shows on Wed, Fri, Sat and again last night of run, Tues 23.

Tickets now on sale HERE.Link

Showtimes: 11:05am, 12:55pm, 3:00pm, 5:05pm, 7:40pm, 9:45pm

Check out the interview over at Kevchino.

U2 Names New Album "No Line on the Horizon" and Announces Release Date

U2 is still making music, but it remains to be seen if they will still be relevant on their 12th LP titled, No Line on the Horizon. It will be released by Interscope on March 3, 2009.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Neko Case Previews New Album Middle Cyclone

Neko Case's new album looks and sounds interesting. Find out more for yourself by clicking play below.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Jack White and Thom Yorke Working on Songs Together

Due to us being away for a week of this month we may have missed this bit of news on Jack White and Thom Yorke via strangeglue.

White is currently undergoing some down-time following a tour incident
which saw him slip a disc within his neck area. After he's fully recuperated, he
will head into the studio with Radiohead's Thom Yorke to work on one of the
handful of tracks he already has prepared.

Peter Bjorn and John - "Lay It Down" Video via 1000apor

Thank you to Peter Bjorn and John for not penning another "Young Folks". Enjoy "Lay It Down" below.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Okkervil River (acoustic): Will Sheff and Charles Bissell (of the Wrens) at Sound Fix December 12, 2008

Somehow we missed this, but we will be there tomorrow evening. Okkervil River will likely pack the joint, get there early. From Sound Fix:

Dec 12, 2008 8 PM Okkervil River (acoustic): Will Sheff and Charles Bissell
(of the Wrens)
An in-store that needs no talking up, but we'll do it anyway.
Okkervil River's very own Will Sheff makes a return trip to Sound Fix (his third
time!) to dazzle us with an acoustic set of songs from his brilliant new LP,
"The Stand-Ins." An acoustic show from Will Sheff is something truly special (go
see his last Sound Fix performance on YouTube), bound to include a few surprises
along the way, so don't miss this one. Also joining in from Okkervil River's
latest band member, Charles Bissell,...

Crystal Stilts-Prismatic Room Video via Pitchfork TV

So everyone loves these guys. Here's Crystal Stilts, "Prismatic Room" via Pitchfork TV.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sharon Van Etten Tour Dates

Thanks to the Music Slut for the introduction to Sharon Van Etten. She hails from Bushwick, Brooklyn and she sings like an angel.

We hope to get our hands on some of her music and maybe checking one (or more) of these tour dates.

Dec 16 2008
Bell House w/ Twi the Humble Feather, Luke Temple
Brooklyn, New York

Jan 7 2009
Zebulon w/ Glass Ghost, Treasure, Daniel Lang
Brooklyn, New York

Jan 11 2009
Pianos - NYC Taper Event
New York, New York

Jan 31 2009
Joe’s Pub w/ Simone White
New York, New York

Blur to Reunite

But Blur, will not reunite on US soil. Atleast not yet.

The big Day? July 3 at Hyde Park .

Guitarist Graham Coxon, who quit the band for a solo career in 2002, has
signed up to the reunion. He last performed with Blur in 2000. The lineup will
also feature original members frontman Damon Albarn, drummer Dave Rowntree and bassist Alex James.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Plants and Animals - "Feedback in the Field" via Pitchfork TV

A cool new video from a band called Plants and Animals who's album Parc Avenue has inched it's way up on my fave list this year. Via Pitchfork TV

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Galapogos Art Space to Host Hold Steady-er, Peter Hess's Likeness To Lily

Peter Hess from the Hold Steady has a band called Likeness To Lily they are performing December 5th at the Galapogos Art Space. They are:

a New Music quartet with a flair for telling syncopated stories in the
patois of post-modern pop.

Also performing:

Fire In July melds the detail and finesse of art song with the energy and
drive of pop, rock, and jazz improvisation.

Cynthia Hopkins, founder of the band Gloria Deluxe, is the recipient of the
2007 Alpert Award in Theatre, honoring her work as a writer, composer, musician,
creator and performer of unique music/theater projects.

Andrew Shapiro"blend[s] the minimalist influence of Philip Glass with the
moody pop sensibility of '80s New Wave." (New Music Box magazine)

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’ (www.picturethehomeless.org) and ‘Coalition for the Homeless’ (http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/).

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?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Free Tickets to No Age and Titus Andronicus at Santos Party House November 9, 2008

This looks amazing. Two of the years best albums on one stage. No Age and Titus Andronicus at Santos Party House November 9, 2008.

Get tickets here. After "purchasing", "You will receive a confirmation email that your name (plus one) will be on the guest list", and "PLEASE NOTE: Admittance to the show is subject to capacity."

Via BV.

New Coldplay Video "Lovers in Japan" (youtube) available for free download in the US via iTunes

Coldplay - "Lovers in Japan". Download it at iTunes.

Via email:

Hello again. We're pleased to announce that the new video for LoversIn Japan
will be premiering on iTunes stores around the world today(Friday). What's more,
folks in the US of A will be able to downloadit free of charge for a week. The
video was made by Mat Whitecross inLondon. It's based on the new Osaka Sun mix
of the song and featuresfireworks, butterflies and Guy on a trapeze.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Jackson 5 Reuniting

Jermaine Jackson broke the news to the NYT.

The Jackson 5, above in 1972, will be getting back together, not in a court
of law, at an intervention or on the set of Jerry
, but in a series of concerts, Jermaine Jackson said, according to
Agence France-Presse. At an event for the Multi Channel Network in Sydney,
Australia, Mr. Jackson, the third-oldest sibling, said that the R&B family
would reunite next year for a world tour that would include his superstar
brother, Michael, as well as his younger sister Janet. “This has been a long
time coming for the Jackson family to get back together,” Mr. Jackson said,
according to the news agency. “It is just the timing, so what we’ve been doing
is working on the music and all the logistics.” No tour dates have been

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Amanda Palmer - "Oasis" Video via Pitchfork TV

Well, the song shouldn't be funny, but it is. Same with the video. Watch "Oasis" below by Miss Amanda Palmer.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Daniel Martin Moore on World Cafe

Sub Pop's old fashioned find Daniel Martin Moore plays some of his folk inspired tunes. To listen click here.

Set List
"It's You"
"That'll Be the Plan"

Guns N Roses - Chinese Democracy

Chinese Democracy - Guns N Roses

Dan Black - "Yours" Video (Youtube) and free download

This tune called "Yours" from Dan Black is gonna be on at the next party I throw. Look for a debut for him in 2009.

Also download his mash up of "HYPNTZ" here.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hurricane Chris, K’Naan, Bun B and Q-Tip, Cypher at BET awards

K'naan was great at APW and we always love Q-Tip. Worth watching these guys at work.

A Special Halloween Show Presented by Galapagos Art Space

Sorry for this being last minute, but I have been swamped with CMJ business. For a good cause:

Join Rachel, Saturday October 25th at 3:00 pm, as she presents her new
show, Rachel's Homemade World. With a flowery set made by her Mom, Rachel will
share some of her favorite activities such as audience sing alongs, puppet
shows, interactive arts and crafts, environmental messages, and cooking segments
complete with snack time!
Arts and Crafts goodies supplied!! So be
ready to get creative!!
Rachel's show encourages kids to think and act
independently while exploring new and creative outlets. Perfect for Galapagos
visitors of all ages.
The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players have been
touring the world with their colorful songs based on old slideshows found at
yard sales and thrift shops. Tina and Jason Trachtenburg, along with their
fourteen-year-old daughter Rachel, put on a show complete with slideshows and
organic cooking lessons. With Dad on guitar and keys, Rachel on drums, and Mom
running the projector, this family that plays together offers an exciting and
homespun experience.
Now they're mixing it up for Galapagos and the Kids of
DUMBO and beyond!!Tickets available here .

Kicking and Streaming: The Cure - "4:13 Dream" streaming for free at the bands myspace

The Cure are back with 4:13 Dream. You can listen to the entire album at their myspace.

CMJ in Full Force - Friendly Fires Highlight the week!

My first go at CMJ has brought many things, one thing it hasn't brought is sleep. I finally caught up on some this morning. One thing that it has brought is the realization that UK band Friendly Fires are the next breakout band. We caught them at the Annex and were blown away. For a glimpse of they're antics, watch below:

Another realization is that Jay Reatard is not quite as poppy in person as he is on record. We saw him wreak havoc at Maxwell's in Jersey City. For a full report read Nick Greto's report over at kevchino (You may have to go below the fold).

Tonight, we plan to head to the Mercury Lounge for Wye Oak and The Music Tapes. And later on to the Bowery Ballroom to see Marnie Stern, A Place to Bury Strangers and Vivian Girls. But another realization is that plans don't pan out as intended at CMJ. Regardless, it's been a blast!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Beck - Modern Guilt New Video via imeem

The new Beck video for the title track from Modern Guilt is below:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tito Puente - Free Download

This album has had us dancing around our offices for weeks now. Tito Puente was the "King of Latin Music". Learn more here.

Tito Puente - Babarabatiri (MP3)

Of Montreal - ID Engager new video from Pitchfork TV

Enjoy the new video below.

"Ludacris Democracy" is a Free Mash Up by Cassettes Won't Listen of Ludacris and Guns N' Roses

Confused? We're not gonna help. Just give it a listen. New albums by both Ludacris and Guns N' Roses will be out next month. The in more ways then one appropriately titled album is available free here (for experimental purposes...whatever that means). Visit Cassettes Won't Listen on their myspace.

CMJ Lineup announced!

Musicology NYC will be at CMJ for the first time ever this year, so there will be little action here, but a lot of action here (full schedule). Where should we go? Someone plan a day.

Radiohead - "Wolf at the Door" at Blossom 2008

Thom posted on Dead Air Space so we are too.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Birdmonster on World Cafe

Check out Birdmonster on with David Dye here.

Song List
"New Country"
"Born to Be Your Man"

The National Cover the Velvet Underground's "What Goes On" (youtube)

The National's cover of Velvet Underground is just below:

Kicking and Streaming - Spinner Free Music includes: David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Ray LaMontagne, Secret Machines, Ingrid Michaelson free listens!

David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Ray LaMontagne, Secret Machines, Ingrid Michaelson, I'm from Barcelona and Nikka Costa.

Bjork - "Nattura" featuring Thom Yorke Youtube stream

"Natura" the new Bjork single-that features Mr. Thom Yorke of Radiohead fame singing somewhere in the background-was created to help protect the Iceland environment. Read more about it here.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Kicking and Streaming: Daniel Martin Moore - "Stray Age" Free Album Stream

Most people don't know much about Daniel Martin Moore and with legitimate reason. Read below from Subpop.

You’ve never heard of Daniel Martin
, from Cold Spring, Kentucky. That’s okay. Before we got his
unsolicited demo in January 2007, neither had we. Luckily, he’d heard of us, and
contacted us the way people in Cold Spring still do—he sent us a package, just
to see what would happen. In all honesty, his odds were quite slim, but
occasionally we’ll take down that “no solicitation” sign on our door.
Eventually, we opened his package and gave his four songs a listen and decided
to contact him—we happened upon Daniel while he was working at a friend’s bed
and breakfast in Costa Rica.

Three tracks in, we like his romantic, honest ditties. Listen to Stray Age in full here (requires login).

Chad Van Gaalen - "Soft Airplane" Review

Chad Van Gaalen may be afraid of death, but he's more afraid of not confronting it and making you aware that he knows about it. And he reaches your conscious so as to remind you that "no one knows where we go when were dead..." as the lyrics of "Rabid Bits of Time" entertain.

On Soft Airplane, Mr. Van Gaalen third record (available now via Sup Pop), he does not tip-toe around death. The one thing people run the hardest from, here, is in your face. Yet it's comforting in the playful way it is portrayed. There is no doom. There is ostensibly only acceptance and bright lights.

The album is unavoidably good. A man that obsesses over any one thing usually translates well to recording. This is no different.

On the opener "Willow Tree" a succinctly plucked banjo echoes gorgeously "Sleep all day/just waiting for the sun to set" and this sets the tone for a melancholic recording that never feels so.

There are moments in Van Gaalens crooning when you will hear a contemporary Neil Young. Especially on "Cry of the Day", a song that shows off odd percusions, rythmic acoustic guitars, child like lyrics and demonstrates how to make home recordings work for you. So he does tread new ground, as he meshes Young-esque familiarity with indie and electronic elements. He is a modern musician whose passion is his art (which also includes visual art like the Soft Airplane album cover).

Soft Airplane will make many top ten lists this year (including, most likely, mine) because of the way we learn to look at life (and death) through Van Gaalen's eyes. And things look-and more importantly sound-better.

One thing that you should do is avoid counting derivatives of the word "dead" on Soft Airplane, for you could be with this album for a long time. On second thought, being with this album for a long time is a damn good thing. Nothing wrong with dwelling on dying, because it rarely feel so un-gloomy.
3.75 of 5 stars

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Mercury Rev - "Senses on Fire" (Fujiya and Miyagi Remix)

Read below about the cool new remix of Mercury Rev's "Senses on Fire" by Fujiya and Miyagi and download it for free.

Senses On Fire' was the first single to be taken from Mercury Rev's awe-inspiring seventh album, 'Snowflake Midnight', released last month, marking the return of a reinvigorated Mercury Rev.
The Rev are due to release their next single from the album 'Butterfly's Wing' on 17th November and they are also due to release a special 12” remix package featuring two fantastic remixes by Isan and Carlos Anthony Molina, as well as previous single 'Senses On Fire' remixed by Fujiya and Miyagi and James Holden.
Mercury Rev - "Senses on Fire" (Fujiya and Miyagi Remix) MP3

Guns n' Roses - "Chinese Democracy" has a Release date!!!!!!!

If it were 15 years ago...maybe even 10...maybe even 5 this might be the biggest news in the music world.

Alright, it's still pretty big:

Guns N' Roses' (though not most of the people in the above photo) long awaited new album Chinese Democracy will be released on 11/23/2008 per Stereogum.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Coldplay "Lost!" on Jools Holland

"Lost!" by Coldplay live on Jools below...

Tricky - "Knowle West Boy" Review

Tricky's was always a name that was associated with originality. As an early collaborator of trip hop legends Massive Attack-he helped define a genre.

But Tricky has been on his own now for years. And he has had one album to live up to, 1995's solo debut Maxinquaye.

That solo release and the two that followed may have confused a casual listener. A good kind of confusion. A confusion that would win you over. Some songs didn't even feel like songs. Spoken word-which was not quite singing and not quite rapping-textured with thumping beats that were influenced by every genre imaginable. Eventually and surprisingly the sound grew on you and after time, amazed you. Tricky was on his way to worldwide mainstream recognition.

Enter his cognitive desire of this. And reciprocally enter a few horrible albums that ostensibly focused on how to reach this next level of fame. Tricky became irrelevant in a music world that glorified his past.

Live's front man Ed Kowalczyk joined him on a track on his 2001 album, Blowback and there was almost no chance for recovery.

It is not the recovery that you would have liked. Yet there is a recovery of sorts.

What does return is some of the passion that seemed to have fled the man in the late 90's.
Knowle West Boy is supposed to be biographical. And there is honesty within it.

It consists of solid songs that you will like from listen one. Something that once was unheard of on a Tricky release. Listen one used to be for adjusting your ears.

But immediate understanding isn't all bad. It just means after 14 years of Tricky, we...well...have heard it all before.

The opening track "Puppy Toy" if set behind a new popular movie trailer could easily be a hit here in America. It is blues influenced, but hip-hop is its master.

"Past Mistake" returns to the haunting beats of early solid efforts and infuses much of the pain he seemed to have tossed aside.

The record closes with the dark but simple gem "School Gates". And with it comes the realization that all tracks seem to have their own vibe. Therefore, it hardly gels as an album. And maybe we do live in a single song, iTunes based world, but certainly this was not what Tricky had in mind. Regardless, Knowle West Boy does sound much better than anything that Tricky has put his name on for years.

Not a return of the "Tricky Kid", but something that may get you excited for the next Tricky album. It is undoubtedly worth the listen. And that is saying something.

2.5 of 5 stars

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Clare and the Reasons - Tour Dates (New York - Le Poisson Rouge)

Obama supporter's Clare & the Reasons are back in the states with My Brightest Diamond. Dates below:

10/27- HAMDEN, CT- The Space

10/28- NORTHAMPTON, MA- Iron Horse Music Hall

10/30- PORTLAND, ME- Space

10/31- FALL RIVER, MA- Narrows Center for the arts

11/02- BUFFALO, NY- Big Orbit’s Soundlab

11/03- OBERLIN, OH- Oberlin College

11/05- GRAND RAPIDS, MI- The Ladies Literary Club

11/06- DANVILLE, IN- Royal Theater

11/07- CHICAGO, IL- Schubas

11/08- MADISON, WI- Orpheum Theatre- Stage Door

11/11- ST. LOUIS, MO- Cicero’s

11/13- DENVER, CO- Larimer Lounge

11/14- PAONIA, CO- Paradise Theater

11/15- SALT LAKE CITY, UT- Urban Lounge

11/16- BOISE, ID- Neurolux

11/17- KENNEWICK, WA- The Red Room

11/19- SEATTLE, WA- Triple Door

11/20- PORTLAND, OR- Doug Fir Lounge

11/21- EUGENE, OR- WOW Hall

11/22- SAN FRANCISCO, CA- Swedish American Hall

11/24- SANTA CRUZ, CA- Rio Theatre

11/25- SAN DIEGO, CA- Casbah

11/26- LOS ANGELES, CA- Hotel Café

11/30- ALBEQUERQUE, NM- The Cooperage

12/03- DALLAS, TX- Granada Theater

12/05- BIRMINGHAM, AL- The Bottletree

12/09- ASHEVILLE, NC- Orange Peel

12/10- CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- Gravity Lounge

12/11- WASHINGTON, DC- Rock and Roll Hotel

12/12- PHILADELPHIA, PA- First Unitarian Church

12/13- NEW YORK, NY- Le Poisson Rouge

Depeche Mode Tour Dates

A new Depeche Mode album is just around the corner. Watch a classic DM video below.

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

Monday, October 6, 2008

TV on the Radio on Jools Holland

Watch TV on the Radio do "Golden Age" and "Dancing Choose" below. TVOTR look to have one of the the years best releases....again.

Intermissions at Union Hall

Intermissions may not be known now, but give it some time. Playing with Motel Motel, The Go Station and Tropic Of Nelson the group of former Bling Kong-ers surprised many with their intense, self-proclaimed "first gig ever". Many doubters arose. How could this be show number one? Wielding two drummers, inaudible lyrics and serious stage presence, they dared you to take your eyes and ears of them. Most attempts at this failed.
There sound was certainly Battles inspired, but there were other global influences that tinged their progressive rock.
We'll keep a close eye on them and let you know when you can see them again.
We apologize for the photo, you can see much better ones here. And we don't have anywhere to send you to listen to the band, but we will. We hope.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

No Age at Fuji Film Launch Party

We wish this clip of No Age we found over at the Music Slut was a bit longer, but we're posting it anyway, because, well, we love No Age.

Find more videos like this on Z Spot Now

Van Morrison to Play "Astral Weeks" in Full in LA

Van Morrison announced the following about Astral Weeks, via Billboard:

Van Morrison will perform his 1968 album "Astral Weeks" in its entirety
during back-to-back concerts Nov. 7-8 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The
concerts will feature some of the original musicians featured on the classic
Tickets for the event go on sale beginning Oct. 5 via Ticketmaster,
with prices ranging from $75-$255.50. Andrew Hewitt and Bill Silva Presents are
promoting upcoming the concerts at the 17,300-seat venue.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fucked Up - New Album "The Chemistry of Common Life" Free Stream

Fucked Up is back with there follow up to 2006's Hidden World called The Chemistry of Common Life. Its release date is on 10-07-08. The album is available for test drive over at Rhapsody. Lend it an ear.

Radiohead - "Reckoner" Official Video (Myspace)

From Thom Yorke who is the singer for Radiohead:

hello my mind is not functioning at the correct speed at the moment thanks to
being in Tokyo but however and here is one of my favourite video things that has
ever happened for Reckoner it is, the result of somebody entering a competition
to make an animation to one of the tunes on IN RAINbows. on aniboom. you can
scroll down dead air space and find all about it.. but anyway
so we asked
them whether it was ok to make it the official one we use as it goes with the
song so well. they said yes.
and if you're like me and find it hard to find
videos on televsion any more, or even turn on the television you can watch right
ok now im going to fold some clothes.

Radiohead - Reckoner - by Clement Picon

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Antony and the Johnsons - "Another World" New Video

Antony & the Johnsons new EP Another World comes complete with the song of the same name and a a ballet dancing video star.

Fleet Foxes - "He Doesn't Know Why" New Video (Vimeo)

Another of our 2008 faves is Fleet Foxes debut LP. Watch "He Doesn't Know Why" below from it.

Fleet Foxes He Doesn't Know Why from Grandchildren on Vimeo.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Free Music at Spinner - Ben Folds, Tori Amos, Mercury Rev

Spinner looks different these days, but they keep coming with some of the weeks best releases. Ben Folds may be one of the ultimate underated artists around. Take a listen to his new Way To Normal record. Other albums include:

Mercury Rev

Tori Amos

Nina Simone



Joseph Arthur

Brett Dennen - "Make You Crazy" on WFUV

Coldplay - "Lost!" Video (youtube)

This new Coldplay video was in my inbox this morning. Enjoy "Lost!" below.

Titus Andronicus - Daytrotter Sessions, Best album of 2008?

Titus Andronicus's The Airing of Grievances is still near the top of our 2008 album list in our heads. Will it still be there when we write it down? Who knows. The band is this weeks daytrotter session band. Download it here.

The National - Acoustic "Slow Show" and "Apartment Story"

The question is, will the National continue to get better with every album? Watch two great performances below via Bandwith.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bon Iver - Live on the World Cafe with David Dye

David Dye interviews Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. He plays:

Set List

  • "Lump Sum"
  • "Flume"
  • "For Emma"
Listen to the whole thing right here.

Those Dancing Days - "Toxic" Britney Spears Cover, free Mp3

Those Dancing Days have been on our radar lately. Check out the Swedes doing Britney Spears' "Toxic".

Those Dancing Days - "Toxic" (MP3)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Olafur Arnalds "3055" New Video

Don't know much about Olafur Arnalds but this video is way cool. And the song's not bad either. Watch the gorgeous "3055" below. Thanks to The Music Slut for the tip.

Leopold and His Fiction to release new album on vinyl only

Leopold and His Fiction were on our radar earlier this year. They will be back with a new album in 2009. It will be released on vinyl only. This is a risky step right now, but eventually we think (hope) everything will be released either digital or vinyl. We shall wait and see. In the meantime read about LAHF below.

SAN FRANCISCO (September 22, 2008) –A cohesive blend of Detroit garage-rock
‘n’ roll, Grass Valley folk and Western darkness, Leopold and His Fiction adds
to the increasing rate of vinyl sales with the release of their second album,
Ain’t No Surprise, Monday, January 12, 2009 on vinyl only.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hercules and Love Affair - "You Belong"

A new visually awesome video from everyone's favorite dance act in 2008, Hercules and Love Affair, "You Belong".

Matisyahu - New Album Tour Dates

The reggae rapper Matisyahu will be back soon.

On October 18, Grammy-nominated artist Matisyahu will begin an
extensive fall tour across North America, including stops in Los Angeles and
Philadelphia. The tour coincides with the release of his upcoming EP, Shattered
(Epic Records, October 21). The four-song EP features tracks from his new
full-length album, Light (due out in early 2009). Matisyahu will guide fans
through songs from this forthcoming album during listening parties after each
show on the fall tour.

Matisyahu Tour DatesOctober 18 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club
October 19 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
October 22 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Murat Center
October 23 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
October 25 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
October 26 Johnson City, NY Magic City Music Hall
October 28 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
October 29 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
October 30 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
November 1 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
November 2 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre
November 3 Washington, D.C. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
November 4 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech University—Burruss Hall
November 6 Norfolk, VA Norva Theater
November 8 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
November 9 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
November 10 Houston, TX House of Blues
November 11 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
November 13 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
November 15 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
November 17 San Diego, CA House of Blues
November 18 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
November 19 Chico, CA Bell Memorial Union Auditorium
November 20 Anaheim, CA Grove of Anaheim
November 22 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
November 23 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
November 24 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
November 26 Park City, UT Harry O’s
November 29 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
November 30 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
December 6 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
December 7 Nashville, TN Cannery
December 9 Columbia, MO Blue Note
December 11 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
December 14 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
December 16 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
December 17 Montreal, QC MetropolisDecember 18 Burlington, VT Higher Ground

Monday, September 22, 2008

My Bloody Valentine - "I Only Said"

I wouldn't have minded going to see My Bloody Valentine this past weekend. For those that went, it sounds great. For those that didn't, watch "I only Said" below:

A Special Coldplay Small NYC Show

When I woke this morming this was in my inbox from Coldplay:

Coldplay News

See a special Coldplay show in New York

Win tickets to Yahoo! taping

Are you a Coldplay fan living in the New York City or New Jerseyarea? Would
you like to come along to a secret and very exclusive taping of a live
performance with Coldplay?

If so, then the good people at Yahoo! Music and Capitol
Records arerequesting the pleasure of your company at Nissan Live Sets in
NYC,featuring Coldplay.

The details are as follows...Date: Wednesday October 22nd, 2008

Arrival Time: 6.30pm

Location: A super-secret place in NYC!

Yahoo! have 250 pairs of tickets to give away to the show. If you'd like to
win a pair, then simply email mail to:Invite@YahooLiveSets.com with
your name, number and location, before October 15th.

If your email is one of the 250 randomly picked winners, we'll contact you
to let you know. On the night, you might even get to take part in a non-camera
Q&A with the band.

Please only enter once. You must be at least 13 years old to attend.Fans
under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The prize is just thepair of tickets,
not transport or accommodation. This invitation is not transferable unless you
ask particularly nicely and get the express permission of Yahoo!. Yahoo! reserves
the right to rescind any invitation, at any time, in its sole discretion.



Thursday, September 18, 2008

Kicking and Streaming: Cold War Kids - "Loyalty to Loyalty" free album stream

Cold War Kids had our attention for about five minutes before we became bored. There were some decent enough songs on their debut, but not enough to keep us coming back for more. Now they are back with Loyalty to Loyalty. You can hear the whole of the release over at MTV.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Conor Oberst on the World Cafe

The Bright Eyes frontman, plays these songs live for World Cafe's Michaela Majoun.

"I Got the Reason 2"
"When the President Talks to God" (Recorded in 2005 on World Cafe)

Those Dancing Days - "Home Sweet Home" New Video

Another reason why we are excited for the Those Dancing Days new album - "Home Sweet Home".

New Scott Weiland - "Paralysis"

Who new Scott Weiland could sound so much like David Bowie? His new album Happy Galoshes is due November 25. Give a listen to the first song, "Paralysis" over at Spin. I know you probably don't expect too much, but it is good.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008