Cancelled: Forward, Russia!
Forward, Russia! were to play the Mercury Lounge on March 23rd. It's been cancelled.
No reasons stated. Perhaps they're just gaining buzz.
Maxfire sent me this YouTube link of Tunng playing “Fair Doreen” at the Green Man Festival. As you can tell in the screen shot, it’s not really a performance but instead the five of them chilling out at their camp site. While the video won’t convert any fans, it’s still a fun casual little performance. And none of the electronics that make up 50% of Tunng are present in the song.
Things are really moving for NYC's adopted heroes (actually from Minneapolis), Tapes 'n Tapes. I'm partially surprised PFM reviewed it, but the band definitely deserves all the attention they have received. Yep. The Loon is "Best New Music."
I met Amrit for the first time at the Cherry Tavern last night and we shared a few Tequila Specials. I'm making Monday the new Friday. We talked a lot about music and online music culture, so on the way into work today, I thought of a few secrets to generate traffic. Here we go...
-Instead of writing out long and tedious band names, abbreviate. “What Made Milwaukee Famous” can abbreviate to MILF. We’ll know what you mean.That's about it. Sit back and watch traffic to your site skyrocket.
-Colorful adverbs, normally viewed as cursing, help add intensity: Wow. MILF are fucking brilliant.
I’ve never been to the Rockwood Music Hall although I've walk past it many times. I guess there’s no cover, just a one drink minimum. Finian Mckean, Undisputed Heavyweights, and others play there regularly (including E Perkins in April). I might hit this up:
Since no one else seems to be talking about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs shows this weekend, sheesh, I might as well lead the charge.
I wrote about American Jarret "Speedy" Peterson last week. Now we learn that he punched his friend in the face and got kicked out of the Olympic Village. Nice.
I missed Elvis Perkins in Dearland’s set last Saturday Feb. 17th at Mo Pitkins. I rushed over from the West Side after catching Group Sounds play a fun set at R&R (prior to the Morning After Girls show there that night), only to discover it was sold out. Not only sold out, but we waited for 30 minutes to try and squeeze in, but the waiting list was far too long and Mo Pitkins too small. I was told by the band that Jim James of My Morning Jacket was in attendance. Now I see that Elvis and crew are also heading to SXSW. Very nice.
Dave Deporis – At the End of the Tunnel (mp3)
Editors at Webster Hall sold out.
I find the Olympics inspiring, but not for the winners; they bore me. The two most amazing things I’ve seen so far have been by a fourth-place and a seventh-place finishers, both Americans going balls-to-the-wall.
From last Saturday's NY Times:
When I first heard the Metal Hearts album (which surprise surprise also came out Tuesday), I dismissed it. My first impression was that it’s too soft and sleepy. Then at their Moveable Hype show, a couple weeks ago, Rob who helps out with Slowlands, said to me that they reminded him of Pinback. Of course, if you know me, I love Pinback like a cuddly white Canadian baby seal. WHACK*!
....in a lineup of Franciscan monks?
I had a post up earlier this morning about the demise of the Test Icicles, but I deleted because I saw everyone else is carrying the story. The only thing bloggers like better than a hyped band from England, is a hyped band from England not getting along. And word on the street is people are 20% happier. From comments sections of various blogs:
I won't mention either band by name, but the label Ace Fu is having a listening party for their two (excellent) releases that came out yesterday.
Arctic Monkeys are so last week. Literally.
"I'll skip Editors and see a real show: Stellastarr* at Bowery." -comment by "Spinach" at Brooklyn Vegan.
As Matt pointed out in my comments yesterday, when I was highlighting a few albums that probably didn't need much highlightion, I didn't mention much about the M's. They are also releasing an album, Future Women, but since I hadn't really heard it, I couldn't really put my two cents in. Of course that song, "Plan of the Man" is good enough to warrant everyone's attention, and these other songs hint at an album that you shouldn't pass up. I especially like the title track "Future Women."
By now you've heard that Keith of We Are Scientists gave the acceptance speech for the Arctic Monkeys Brit Award (flanked by the A'monks). Here's the Vid. Click image above. (via laura).
Tomorrow is Tuesday February 21st, which is the date for many many (many) releases. My picks?
Part I: Let's Meet up at the Urinal
Today is Friday, which means that tonight is Friday night. Sweetness abound. If you live in Philly (c'mon, you know you do) the National Eye are playing the Khyber for $8. Not only that, they will also give you a copy of their album which came out Lover's Day this past Tuesday. But that's not all!!! Yeti-approved Spinto Band will be opening. It's such a good deal, they should be paying you to go! Wait. I mean, you should be paying them, which I guess is what you'll be doing anyway. The 'Stamps will be there, I think. Tell them hello.
I usually don't post RIAA news, because I like to keep things generally pretty cheery around here, but I'm piqued by this piece of news. The RIAA now claims that it is unlawful to put your own CDs on your iPod, and that doing so does not constitute fair use. Know what I say? I say constitute rhymes with prostitute, so screw'em. Grrrrrr.
Nor does the fact that permission to make a copy in particular circumstances is often or even routinely granted, necessarily establish that the copying is a fair use when the copyright owner withholds that authorization.You see, last year to the Supreme Court they said, "it's perfectly lawful to take a CD that you've purchased, upload it onto your computer, put it onto your iPod."
Bad: My work is downsizing and have cut staff by 25% in the last week. Not me, I hope. I think they must like my blog.
I was in the process of writing how much I like the Two Gallants shorter songs off The Throes, but get less excited for their more expansive narratives. Then of course first thing this morning I go and post a 23 minute epic by Pink Floyd. Maybe I need to sync the Two Gallants with Big Mommas House 2. Five of the nine tracks on The Throes are at least seven minutes long and between them, it really tries my patience.
Remember way back, when the NY Times made the gaff about the Arctic Monkeys album -ohhhhh- two weeks ago? You know, the one stating that it "has been instantly — and accurately — hailed as a modern classic, even though it was only released a week ago."?
Shady Bard flew into my radar when I saw that they released a limited edition debut EP called Treeology on Static Caravan, and sold out instantly. Now it's fetching for a pretty sum on ebay.
I’d like to register a domain name, but I’m not quite sure to which I should commit. There are the obvious choices, and then others I kinda like more. All of these would have a Dot Com, of course. I'm stumped.
Yikes. Did you see the recent additions to the calendar?
Valentine. I killed my Valentine.
This came in my into my inbox a while ago, and it ended up surprising me. It's a great little love song.
One of the best songs I've ever had the honor to post:
After snubbing the Oly-o’s Opening Ceremony Friday night to enjoy the last of Arrested Development, I decided that I’d spend my weekend catching some of the games. When I tuned in Saturday to NBC, I was a bit puzzled. Sure enough I saw athletes going down the half-pipe doing tricks, but something was off. Then I asked myself “When did they rename the Olympics the Next Snow Search All Stars?”
Saturday night wasn’t quite the mayhem I envisioned, but I can’t blame the Gaskets. When we first arrived at Arlene’s Grocery, a band –whom I won’t name since I don’t like hate mail– was performing, and while they had the look of heavy metal (read as: Mohawks), they played wussy modern rock via 2000 alla Everclear. Luckily the sound level for them was perfect for me: not that loud.
Not "new", but a new version of "Elegy" is now available. There's something remarkable about Beat Radio's songs and the versions they've made available. When I first heard their rough demos, there was a quality to them that was distinct and raw. I like to view these newer versions not as "better," but rather as equally coexistent.
Yay for Fridays. I really have nothing to post, so I’ll offer up something a little different today: A Capella groups covering hits from the radio. I’ve had these for ages and over the years forgot who actually sings them. Sing along!
I was going to post this first thing, but I had a long night last night, and Jeff beat me to it.
Julia asked me last night if there is anything I’m excited about that’s coming up. There was. I wrote a skit about it:
Editors for March 30 at Webster Hall will go one sale tomorrow at noon via ticketweb. Presale is today at 2:00.
I just posted my most-played of last year a bit late. Here's my top songs played, so far this year.
Yesterday I posted (aka: “lied about”) random songs I sing. Since I never got around to sharing which songs I listen to most from 2005 …here they are without repeating an artist (with one exception):
I never really got into Built to Spill but I guess it's time I caught up. Angela got hooked shortly after we missed their Irving Plaza and Southpaw shows last year. This year I'm sure she'll drag me along. I'm not sure if Camper is along for all these dates, so check your local listings.
Jay has the latest news on the next Editors show. Go there for the info about the NYC date and when tix go on sale.
If you know me, you know that I love Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumbing.” At random points throughout my day, for no reason, I will get the impulse to yell out “I! GET! KNOCKED! DOWN!” and off I go into another heartfelt refrain. Oh, Chumbawamba, you are geniuses. They must be billionaires off that song.
Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Without Love (mp3)
While everyone else went to the Amanda Palmer show at Joe’s Pub Friday night, I went to the earlier show to see Doveman and Nico Hurley. Prince, M. Ward, and Conor Oberst all showed up and sang a tear-jerking version of “Mister Mistoffelees.” No one else will recall this because we swiftly had our minds erased. [pic credit]
Slowlands - Listener Dilemma (mp3)
The Fruit Bats are coming back East, this time headlining. At CMJ last year, they were excellent, and I've been waiting forever (four months) for them to really come back. So far, their tour dates are as follows:
Viva Voce – Wrecking Ball (mp3)
Thanks to Stan, I found out that Jodie Sweetin (aka: Steph of the long-ended-but-ever-omnipresent TGIF hit Full House) will soon be single, after her divorce is finalized. Jodie, 24, blonde, almost single, will be ending her marriage to her husband of four years. Do I smell a new ABC hit, Bachelorette: Extreme Full House Edition?
After hitting Bar None for a couple $2 pints, we hit up the Plug Awards in time to completely miss Beans and Holy F*ck. Again.
A still shot from the Freshbread video of the Editors show at Mercury Lounge.
I just posted on the Mugs on Monday night, and then I see that KEXP played them Wednesday morning. Coincidence? I, of course, had nothing to do with it... but I could pretend I did. Lola311 said in response to my other post, "okay now i'm mad. wtf? this is what we've been saying for over a year now." All's fair. I've sung the praise of many-a-band falling on deaf ears. I guess John in the Morning has been playing it for a few weeks, I am told.
Happy day. You can now download the song "Mothers, Sisters, Daughters
When it was announced yesterday that The Boy Least Likely To would open for James Blunt at Webster Hall, my first question was "Who is James Blunt?" After finding out he is as bad as Damien Rice, my next question was why? Why is he so bad and why tour together? From TBLLT's blog, in October, after their first tour with him:
we went on tour. with james blunt. we went on tour with him because i thought it would be funny. i thought the idea of a band like us going on tour with one of the biggest selling mainstream pop artists around at the moment was funny. when pete told me we’d been offered the tour i laughed. i guess some people didn’t see the funny side. in the end, all i can say is that i had three of the happiest weeks of my life on the tour. i got to spend every day with seven of my best friends, and go to seventeen towns and cities that i’d never been to before. and play our songs to people who’d probably never heard of us before and seemed to genuinely understand and enjoy what we were doing. there was nothing calculated or distasteful about it. we weren’t thinking about ‘shifting units’ or reaching new demographics. we just thought it would be fun. and it was.It goes on to tell a depressing story about Christmas and a puppy (yes, I am serious). Oh, and it looks like that Tiswas show for April First is cancelled. :(
“I’m not asking anybody,” said Eeyore. “I’m just telling everybody. We can look for the North Pole or we can play ‘Here we go gathering Nuts and May’ with the end part of an ants’ nest. It’s all the same to me.”