They Don't Know About Us, They've Never Heard...
At least someone on youtube can sing and play.
I like this song.
Ben Gibbard - They Don't Know [mp3]
At least someone on youtube can sing and play.
Tapes 'n Tapes will return to NYC to play Irving Plaza on May 18. Tickets on sale next Wednesday 1/31 at noon.
Tonight, Friday Night:
I just checked Tunng's website yesterday for the first time in over 8 months and I was disappointed to find that they still had no dates scheduled, especially none for the USA. Then, to my surprise this morning, I get an email from Slap You in Public informing me that -hey, check it out- Tunng is playing. At least once. Tunng's website lists
Even after all this time, I still love the Gaskets and their song "Left Hand." They combined animation and themselves into this interesting hybrid:
I wanted to like Of Montreal. Their MacCarren Pool show last summer failed to provide convincing results. With about six band members, they collectively produced the sound of two -maybe two and a half- individuals. In July I wrote that my ears and eyes debated this discrepancy while a drum machine mechanically spat out it's beats.
Since I love Menomena and their new album is amazing, I figured I'd share this song off their EP from 2006. Plus, this song seems quite appropriate after that last post. Hell, it's an excellent song without any other reason to post it.
Love God's Way -truly a trusted source for information- has compiled a list of bands it deems to be gay. Some of its "Bands to watch out for" caught me by surprise. Sure, we all know Scissor Sisters and the Indigo Girls are gay, but what about Ghostface Killah? And John Mayer? Isn't he just a pansy? [Ghostface, I mean.]
The response is overwhelming. You guys know of a lot more Gay Bands than I do. I can't keep up. Hopefully soon we'll have it so you can add them by yourself.Oh boy. That could be fuuuuuun. On the positive side, perhaps it could serve as a resource for people searching for gay bands. Although, it's still missing a lot of my favorites: Lo-Fi FNK, Voxtrot, Junior Senior and legions of others. Sorry Grizzly Bear, I'm still on the fence about you guys.
Ang asked me a question today, and it caught me by surprise. I'm not quite sure how I'd answer.
Do you think, if there was an apocalypse, you'd be interested in hanging around?As someone who went to quite a few Y2K meetings for a high school civics class, I know exactly what she means.
Like, you'd get out of your bunker and then the only people around would be the type of people who build bunkers?
Located right across the street from the corpsed exoskeleton of Tower Records, Other Music is arguably the most recognized independent music store in the East. I rarely browse amidst the relics of the Compact Disc Era, but the small store has always been there when I needed to avoid Ticketweb fees for Maxwell's.
WN: How does Other Music plan to price the MP3s? And how will the revenue from digital sales be split among the store, labels and bands?
Madell: We will be selling high-quality files without DRM copy protection (our music is encoded at 320 Kbps rather than 192, the iTunes model, so the sound will be much better). All our pricing is not set yet, but we will definitely have to be a little more expensive than iTunes -- probably $10.99 per album rather than $9.99. I hope we can more than make up for the price with our selection, service, knowledge, features and, of course, the quality files. As for the label deals, this business works on percentages; you split revenue with the label for sales, and typically labels make 65 to 70 percent of the retail price..
I've purchased two band t-shirts in the past year. The first, the Thermals, later went on to get a Best New Music honor at Pitchfork. The second, Menomena, also today received that honor.
No, these aren't music videos. I came across these three videos yesterday as I raked through the sands we call the internets. The first two are completely cracked-out. So if you missed them, stop watching dickinabox and change the channel.
One of the short-lived jokes this past CMJ began as a result of the dearth of intriguing Saturday night shows. Lacking a marquise name or even a single buzzband, it threatened to turn the final night into a non-event. That afternoon many of us caught the Edmonton outfit Shout Out Out Out Out playing a sweaty daytime set at the Fader Lounge. Suddenly they became the band to see, and in the span of 30 minutes they were the #1 hyped band. Cold War Who? Plus it's a ridiculous band name. Central Village started the backlash another hour later. By dinner we were worried about a sophomore slide.
Cristina Black recently scored a phone interview with the ever-nostalgic Barry Manilow for Time Out New York. She got one question in before he demanded, "Cristina, how old are you?"
I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. - Senator Ted StevensAfter waiting in line for the Colbert Report for over an hour, the line director almost refused us admittance. Her claim? That I didn't respond to their email at least one week beforehand and that she received it that afternoon at 2:58.
Thank youSince I can't respond, I'm swallowing my tongue, biting my pride - by blogging.
Please do not respond.
I had forgotten !!! is releasing a new album in March, but PFM reminds us by giving "Heart of Hearts" 4.5 stars today. Not bad, but !!! needs to be experienced live to be really understood. For those living in Europe that's good news: they have a slew dates all spring and more in the summer. For their hometown patrons, we are left twiddling our thumbs and looking askew. If we are lucky maybe they'll play a Motherfucker party like their sister band Out Hud once did.
Malajube [website/myspace] originates from the epicenter of the indie-rock realm, recently sending tremors from their Québécois home through the NYC community with their je voudrai's and their je t'aime's and their goofy hats. Locked out of their CMJ Merc Spectacular, I caught them at the Fader "tent" and was mildly impressed. The performance didn't fully capture the magic and intensity of their stellar album but then again, it was a day show.
Craigslist is flooded today with desperate people without Arcade Fire tickets. Here are some highlights.
I will sell you approximately 5 acres of moonrock front property in exchange for 2 tickets to see the arcade fire at judson church in new york city. you get to enjoy clear views of earth and no gravity, i and a friend get to see a cool concert. transportation and oxygen not provided. [link]
I'm looking for a new apartment in Manhattan. Make it happen. [Link]
Additionally, I offer cash or trade for any items having to do with arcades (ski-ball machines, amusement park rides, boardwalks, tokens, etc.) or anything to do with fires (cigarette lighters, gasoline, Great White concert tapes, Backdraft movie posters, etc.). I can also pay you a small but generous fee to call my cell phone and say "Arcade Fire" to me when I answer or, for a slightly lesser but no less generous amount, text the words, "Arcade" or "Fire" to the same cell number. [Link]
As I knelt at my wife's hospital bed I prayed to God that if he let my wife live through this, I would attend every Arcade Fire show for the rest of time and, not only attend, but be the ONLY attendee. I was surprised when she lived because I do not believe in God or any organized religion and it just proves how stupid praying is because if I'm not religious, then why did my prayers come true? Anyway, long story short, she died anyway, of old age but, irregardless, I'd like to be the only fan in attendance for all of the rest of the Arcade Fire's shows cos they rock! I have money. [Link]
Will Sacrifice Dignity For Arcade Fire Tickets: I will pay you as much money as i can (this is obviously negotiable) and perhaps sacrifice my dignity. Most likely this means a really nice dinner at a really nice resturant. [Link]
If you're a hot chick, i'll give up my 2 valentine's day tickets for sex. good sex, mind you. as soon as the deed is done and the sheets are dry, i'll hand the tickets over. [Link]
I will give the second ticket to any single girl who will spend time with me before the show - dinner, maybe more? I know there are some pretty major fans out there, so it'd certainly help if you described what "more" means to you. [Link]
Ironic Sans has been digging though Google's new [patented?] patent search engine for innovations filed by celebrities. Eddie Van Halen submitted this support mechanism in 1987 to be able to fly across the neck with both hands.
With all the stink made over Karen O's leaked demos, I'm glad we get to see some of our other favorite bands' early works. That is, assuming they don't outright suck. This episode brings us Hutch and Kathy -the broccoli and cheese of the Thermals- and their early formation as Urban Legends. I had a 7" I picked up over the summer that got me googling around this evening and found that Contraphonic is re-releasing a collection of those earlier demos and recordings on January 23rd titled Of Old Lost Days. If you can't wait for it to arrive in stores -or doubt your local Best Buy stocks early recording re-releases- then you can order it online right now.
[I]ts lo-fi tracks mostly prove that, while Harris was always a promising songwriter, he really blossomed into a superstar only in the last few years. That, of course, hasn’t stopped me from replaying the rough yet catchy little ditties ad naseum —I’m waiting for one of my coworkers to complain.Following Urban Legends, Hutch and Kathy formed a third band called -ummm- Hutch and Kathy. Chronologically speaking that would also be their third band as a pairing since they were also once in a band called haelah.
I'm kicking myself I didn't listen to A John Water's Christmas album earlier -the only Christmas album I've ever seen that comes with a Parental Advisory sticker on it. The mp3 below is quite possibly my new favorite Xmas tune. I really don't care if it aint for another 357 days, download it now and keep it for next season.
Happy New Year everybody! My brother asked me a couple weeks ago to find a few songs he had in mind for the annual video montage of my wee little niece -who is now 21 months old. One of these songs was "If I Only Had a Brain" and the only version I knew was the Flaming Lips dreadful -absolutely DREADFUL- cover. After some googling around, I found this copy full of all sorts of delicious minor-9ths and ascending/descending bass lines.