On Sunday afternoon we stopped in at the Bang On A Can marathon to catch the Talea Ensemble play the epic "Professor Badtrip". After Talea had completed their epic performance, we greeted some of the members stageside and were about to shmooze it up a bit, when we were completely distracted by the ensemble that had just taken the stage. Mesmerized, we returned to our seats to discover that the onslaught of noise coming from the stage was not only some of the coolest we had heard in a while, but was also (shockingly) being produced by only two players! Enter Buke and Gass.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
It's a rarity that we walk into a room at a friend's invitation and stumble upon a band that not only have we never heard of, but that's completely fantastic to boot. And yet, at the Bowery Ballroom last Thursday, that's exactly what happened. We caught The London Souls headlining a gig, and were completely blown away by what we heard.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
We were already pretty damn excited about the upcoming Walkmen tour and subsequent record, Lisbon. So, it's not exactly a shocker that the receipt of this ultra pretty cover art has us champing at the bit even further. Now the big question on our mind is if the music will be as dreamy and light as that ultra purty cover. Can't wait!
We have to admit, we winced a little when we saw what was going on with the Scott Pilgrim movie: not only were they condensing all of the amazing comics into one single movie, but they also picked indie "it boy" Michael Cera to play the movie's eponymous protagonist. Well, now we're reconsidering our skepticism.
1. We Are SEX BOB-OMB – SEX BOB-OMB (Beck)
2. Scott Pilgrim - Plumtree
3. I Heard Ramona Sing - Frank Black
4. By Your Side - Beachwood Sparks
5. O Katrina! - Black Lips
6. I’m So Sad, So Very, Very Sad – Crash and the Boys (Broken Social Scene)
7. We Hate You Please Die - Crash and the Boys (Broken Social Scene)
8. Garbage Truck – SEX BOB-OMB (Beck)
9. Teenage Dream - T. Rex
10. Sleazy Bed Track - The Bluetones
11. It’s Getting Boring By The Sea - Blood Red Shoes
12. Black Sheep - Metric
13. Threshold – SEX BOB-OMB (Beck)
14. Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl - Broken Social Scene
15. Under My Thumb - The Rolling Stones
16. Ramona (Acoustic) - Beck
17. Ramona - Beck
18. Summertime – SEX BOB-OMB (Beck)
19. Threshold 8 bit - Brian LeBarton
Portugal. The Man played the Fillmore Friday night, and Hippies Are Dead was there for the show! Amidst swirling smoke, an epic light show, and droves of sufficiently intoxicated college students, the band from Alaska delivered quite the solid set.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Yes, we know the Outside Lands lineup dropped a while ago: calm yourselves. The fest isn't happening for another two months, and we're certainly not going to subscribe to this "give it to me now" internet culture that all you kids seem so keen on. Nope, not one bit!
We're happy to announce that Julia from Berkeley won tickets to catch Portugal. The Man at The Fillmore tonight. The Bowie song that Portugal. The Man has been covering that won her the tickets? "Moonage Daydream" Check out the vid above - Yup, it's a doozy. Thanks to everyone who entered!
The Walkmen Summer 2010 Dates
7/2: Taste of MN, St. Paul, MN
7/4: 80/35 Festival, Des Moines, IA
7/17: XPN Music Festival, Philadelphia, PA
7/31: Osheaga Festival, Montreal
8/6: Lollapalooza Festival, Chicago, Illinois
8/12: Governors Island, New York, NY (with Grizzly Bear)
8/25: Islington Academy, London, UK
8/27: Leeds Festival, Leeds, England
8/28: Reading Festival, Reading, England
9/9: Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC (with The National)
9/10: Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC (with The National)
9/12: Music Fest NW, Portland, OR
10/28: 02 Academy, Glasgow, UK (with The Black Keys)
10/30: 02 Academy, Newcastle, UK (with The Black Keys)
10/31: 02 Academy, Leeds, UK (with The Black Keys)
11/2: 02 Academy, Brixton, London, UK (with The Black Keys)
11/4: Rock City, Nottingham, UK (with The Black Keys)
11/6: 02 Academy, Liverpool, UK (with The Black Keys)
11/7: 02 Academy, Bournemouth, UK (with The Black Keys)
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The latest from EELS, Tomorrow Morning, doesn't drop until August 24th, but that doesn't mean you have to wait: the band has dropped the first track from the record, and it's a doozy. Uncharacteristically optimistic, "Looking Up" employs Mr. E's recently-preferred vocal distortion along with a peppy boogie-woogie piano line. Oddly, the end result is something that reminds us slightly of vintage Stones, with Mick taking a hiatus. Sadly, it doesn't seem to move past it's initial vibe - to say it's compositionally simple would be an understatement.
Sep 23 The National Theater RICHMOND, VA
Sep 24 The Royal Boston, MA
Sep 25 Terminal 5 New York, NY
Sep 26 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Sep 28 Le National Montreal, ., CANADA
Sep 29 The Mod Toronto, ., CANADA
Sep 30 The Crofoot Theater Detroit, MI
Oct 1 The Metro Chicago, Illinois
Oct 2 The Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
Oct 3 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Oct 5 The Odgen Theater Denver, CO
Oct 6 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 8 Roseland Theater Portland, OR Find Tickets
Oct 9 The Moore Theater Seattle, WA Find Tickets
Oct 11 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA Find Tickets
Oct 12 The Henry Fonda Theater Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
As we stumble out of bed to greet you on this Wednesday morning, we have some fantastic news: we've snagged a pair of tickets to catch Portugal. The Man at the always lovely Fillmore this Friday night. The show finds the band on an unquestionably upward trajectory, and should be packed to the gills.
Friday, June 11, 2010
And yes, it's as good as you'd think it would be. Byrne (in addition to being an awesome musician) is a fantastic thinker, and this talk only serves to support that position. In the sixteen minute oratory, he gives his own insights on music venues, and their affect on how music is composed.
This clip has been up for a while, but we just stumbled upon it after the recommendation of a friend. In short, it is a positively stellar version of Tears For Fears' classic "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", covered by the amazing Ted Leo. The song is unquestionably delivered in Leo's signature style, but in this case that's a very good thing, and it isn't hurting things one bit that the song is killer as well.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Last night we endured the rain to stop in and see one of our very favorite bands, Plants and Animals, play the biggest room we've seen them in to date: Bowery Ballroom. Frankly, we couldn't be happier we did - the band delivered an amazing set that not only demonstrated their consistently expanding musical palette, but also made a solid traversal of both of their (fantastic) records.
Okay, we'll admit, this is basically a complete repost from our Strokes-obsessed pal over at Music Induced Euphoria. That being said, we think it more than deserves it: The Strokes are in the UK for a number of planned festival-comeback appearances, but the comeback has now officially arrived.
While we were busy writing something else up on Ryan Adams this morning (forthcoming), we stumbled upon the image above at his website. No, we're not sure what to make of it either, but in short: it appears that Mr. Adams has released a "Sci-Fi Metal Concept Album" entitled Orion, which is available exclusively via an (already sold out) vinyl record on his website.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
We're not exactly sure what to make of this, but given lead singer Kevin Drew's heart-on-sleeve, romanticism, we're not exactly shocked to see Broken Social Scene at the hub of a new last-chance-at-love romantic drama.
We had been hearing fantastic things about the live sets that Ted Nesseth had been doing solo, so on May 29th we decided to stop in at the Makeout Room and check out his latest bid into the world of playing a small room with only a guitar and his voice.
If the recent sellouts of Radio City by the likes of The National, Vampire Weekend, and Spoon weren't enough to convince you that indie had gone mainstream, this is sure to be the straw that breaks the camel's back. By now you've almost certainly caught wind of what is promising to be the summer's "must see" indie show: Merge Records has taken their two most chart-conquering acts, and for one week in August will send Arcade Fire out into the world with Spoon to play a series of what can only be called very large venues.
Aug 2 Mann Centre for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA
Aug 4 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
Aug 6 MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILLION Columbia, Maryland
Aug 8 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
Aug 9 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Aug 11 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
After being super stoked on Ok Go's Williamsburg rock show, we couldn't help but be incredibly excited when the offer came through for Hippies Are Dead Records' own Grand Lake to open for the band at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore. Needless to say, our pals in Grand Lake were more than a little stoked themselves. As such, we headed over to the Fillmore to catch what would end up being a night of fantastic music, as the two Californi bands were joined by New York's Earl Greyhound.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Across a sea of scantily clad teenage girls in neon spandex, desperate screams for beer and ecstasy float through the crowd. This was the first sold out Bowery Presents venue with virtually no line at the bar. Immediately after ordering the first drink a kid wearing jean shorts and an American flag headband approaches asking if we would buy him a beer. After saying "no" to the beer offer, and also informing him we didn't know where to score any ecstasy, he goes back to chewing on a glow stick. The first of the nights three acts takes the stage.