Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Paris Noir


A man by the name of Miles Marshall Lewis writes a column for popmatters called "Paris Noir." It is honestly one of the few columns I make a point to read on a regular basis in which he discusses many of the culture points while being an african-american living in Paris. If you feel like reading a little bit out of the box today - maybe you should head over and check out his latest article based on this
"A visual hiphop artist, Basquiat rolled hiphop style by liberally sampling African-American icons, comic book superheroes, and cultural totems at will."
Here is the link Paris Noir

Walker

So a little off topic from music - but this I promise will make you laugh. When I was in NYC last year, I had to make the Conan show - just one of those things that had to be done. Well, the other day my friend sent me a clip of Conan in which they make fun of Walker Texas Ranger.... the clip was from the show I was at and its probably one of the funniest things I've ever seen.
So please watch and be ready to pee a little
Walker on Conan

Petracovich


Petracovich released her album "We are Wyoming" last year and its honestly just started to grow on me. I've been playing it on my radio show at WMTS for the past few weeks and have even gotten a few calls to see who it was. Her extremely lush harmonies are accompanied by a wide array of instruments that always seem to have the perfect fit. Almost as if Cat Power sang about 2 octaves higher.


Summer Trees
Telephone

Paste Presents...

David Bazan, Vic Chesnutt, Mark Eitzel and Will Johnson will be touring together as the Undertow Orchestra. This is a very special collaborative tour with David Bazan (Pedro The Lion, Headphones), Vic Chesnutt, Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), and Will Johnson (Centro-matic) all sharing the stage, rotating between each songwriter's material, while serving as backing band on various instruments for each other's tunes. Scott Danbom (Centro-matic) will join the Orchestra on piano and violin.

02/08 - Wed - Athens GA - 40 Watt Club
02/09 - Thu - Carrboro NC - Carrboro Arts Center
02/10 - Fri - Arlington VA - Iota Club & Cafe
02/11 - Sat - Arlington VA - Iota Club & Cafe
02/12 - Sun - Philadelphia PA - World Cafe Live
02/13 - Mon - New York NY - Bowery Ballroom
02/14 - Tue - Boston MA - Museum of Fine Arts, Remis Auditorium
02/16 - Thu - Grand Rapids MI - Calvin College, Fine Arts Center
02/17 - Fri - Chicago IL - Park West
02/18 - Sat - Madison WI - Orpheum Stage Door
02/19 - Sun - Minneapolis MN - First Avenue
02/20 - Mon - Ames IA - Maintenance Shop
02/21 - Tue - Lawrence KS - Granada Theatre
02/23 - Thu - Austin TX - The Parish
02/24 - Fri - Denton TX - Hailey's
02/25 - Sat - Houston TX - Walter's on Washington
02/27 - Mon - Memphis TN - Hi-Tone
02/28 - Tue - Nashville TN - Belcourt Theatre
03/01 - Wed - Atlanta GA - Variety Playhouse

Coachella

Welllll the rumors were way off once again... here are the confirmed artists thus far for 2006.

Tool and Depeche Mode as headliners. Also confirmed:

Bloc Party
Cat Power
Cee-Lo
Common
Damian Marley
Dangerdoom
Franz Ferdinand
Gnars Barkley
HARD-Fi
Matisyahu
My Morning Jacket
Paul Oakenfold
Scissor Sisters
She Wants Revenge
Sigur Ros
The Like
Tricky
TV On The Radio

Hm... somewhat dissapointing

Monday, January 30, 2006

ARTICCC MONKEYSS!

Holy shit - congratulations to the Artic Monkeys just read this and you will see why

Via Billboard
Arctic Monkeys have achieved the fastest-selling debut album in British chart history, opening at No. 1 yesterday (Jan. 29) thanks to sales of 360,000 copies of "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" (Domino). That comfortably exceeded the 306,000 sales achieved by pop act Hear'Say with its 2001 debut album, "Popstars."

If thats not the biggest phenomenon in recent music history I dont know what is . To hell with them being the next Clap Your Hands, they are on their way to being the next friggin' British Invasion. Im stunned.

John Peel 40th Birthday Party



Sorry everyone, these links have been taken down - im going to see what I can do to get them back up -for it is a great show!

As I normally like to dig up atleast one John Peel show a week and listen to him in all his glory - I stumbled across one that is probably the best to date. It took place August 29th and 30th 1979 in which he plays the top 40 tracks he would like played at his party. Truly a PERFECT SHOW. I would like to thank The John Peel Tape and File Project for putting these wonderful links up


Unfortunately these links have been taken down and the server has been switched but heres another great show! so check this one out
Liverpool 3

Trip-Hop is back! Well. Kind of...


Theres something just around the corner for all you pot-smoking trip-hop kids living in your parents basements. The 5th Nightmares on Wax LP has been confirmed for march 7th along with talk of a tour following suit. The title of the album is "In a Space Outta Sound" and according to pitchfork this is what can be heard:
"Space features songs that jump from reggae to African percussion to Motown to a "Persian snake charmer's harpsichord," according to a Warp press release. Evelyn's influences include Curtis Mayfield, Quincy Jones, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, James Brown, dancehall, and old school hip-hop, all of which can be heard in ample amounts on the new record"
Sounds like a ball of fun to me. So make sure your parents old system is set up and ready to go on March 7th

Tracklisting:
01 Passion
02 The Sweetest
03 Flip Ya Lid
04 Pudpots
05 Damn
06 You Wish
07 Deepdown
08 Chime Out
09 Me!
10 I Am You
11 Soul Purpose
12 African Pirates

I will revisit one of their albums "Smokers Delight" chances later this week. so look for some tracks if you havent already heard one of the only trip-hop groups that matter.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Will Oldham stars in Old Joy

ViA Paste:
Director Kelly Reichardt will debut a new film, Old Joy at this year's Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 20. The film, which stars musician Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy), was co-produced by Todd Haynes (dir. Velvet Goldmine) and features a soundtrack provided by Yo La Tengo.

Oldham and Daniel London (Rent) play two friends who spend a weekend camping near Portland, Ore., confronting their past decisions and the different paths they've taken in life.

Kelly Reichardt first hit the independent film scene in 1994 with her critically acclaimed film, River of Grass. Old Joy is her fourth directorial outing.

Where has the music gone?

Last night on my wonderful late night adventure to the waffle house - I couldnt help but eaves drop on someones conversation. Its my favorite thing in the world to do at the Waffle House with that wonderful eclectic crowd (did you know they serve chocolate chip waffles now AND take credit cards? Taking a step up!). Anyways, I had to write this quote down because this summed up in one sentence as to why good music is not getting airplay these days - and it also might have to do with the fact that Trace Adkins song "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" is being promoted at the WF, the worst song is recent history. Here are the words that came from this 20-somethings mouth "Matchbox 20-the greatest band on the earth -if you dont know them and love them, you dont know rock n' roll". Now maybe im expecting a little too much from the same guy that just ordered about 19 cups of coffee and capped hash browns - maybe ive lost my mind, but dont people want to hear good music? I mean c'mon it's honestly not that hard to find. If you find one of these blogs you find 500 of them and then you are overwhelmed with beautiful songs one after another. But damnit, Matchbox 20 for christs sake - couldnt it atleast be the cliche answer of Pink Floyd or Zeppelin or any other t-shirt obsessive fan based band to come from the 60's. I think it was just the beginning of the breaking point for me. To each his own - but please, not Matchbox 20.

Albums Revisited #1:Tigermilk


"Tigermilk" was the album that introduced the world to the glory that is Belle and Sebastian. With its minimalist qualities and its shining lyrical qualities, I think we all knew they were on to something from the very beginning. Stuart Murdochs holds almost magical qualities as it is very delicate and leads to intimate listening sessions each and every time. I guess this is why we just keep coming back for more Belle and Sebastian. I also love that they are a seven-piece and still find their way into being a minimalist act and knowing when certain things are needed and when others are not. With the new album coming out here in a few days now, I thought it would be good to revisit what started this great band off.

My Wandering Days Are Over
Expectations

Saturday, January 28, 2006

One month down...



With one month down in 2006 so far... My album of the month arises. One of the lesser talked about records so far of the year, Ester Drang's "Rocinate" is an absolutely fantastic album. They took such a huge step up from their last album "Infinite Keys" (even though that was just as beautiful, but in a different sense). At times I hear hints of XTC - Skylarking-era accompanied by Kenna-like vocals, which is one hell of a comparison if you ask me. At times it even reminds me of a more improved version of last years Doves record Lost Cities (and keep in mind, thats only at certain points on the record). Throughout all these comparisons they embody their own sound - one that I think is going to make a major staple in the indie music scene here pretty soon. Jade Tree has the opening track "Come Back Alive" on their site. Here it is


Come Back Alive

Friday, January 27, 2006

Califone Re-release



Thrill Jockey plans to release Califone's debut release "Headroom" on the 21st of february. As I just got into Califone about a year or two ago, I am getting quite excited for this re-release. If you are a fan of Califone and you don't already own this album - here's your chance!


Nubb

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Love Monkey - Love it or Leave it?



So I'm interested in what people have to say about this new show on CBS "Love Monkey" based off Kyle Smith's novel. Im sort of unbiased towards it considering I did get a kick out of the girl on this weeks show talking about Bob Dylans "Visions of Johanna" (that being my favorite Dylan song - which also kind of exploited it which sucks) - but at the same time atleast there is something fun and entertaining to watch on a tuesday night. Sorry no American Idol for me. Anyways, its just hard to believe that this guy is signing this piece of shit artist that sounds like every John Mayer wannabe and saying hes "incredible" while at the same time hes an established music freak. One persons trash truly is another persons treasure. But on a lighter note, you can't take this show as a serious music snob to enjoy it - you just have to enjoy it for what it is - and thats when it becomes fun to watch. If you havent checked it out yet - form your own opinion next tuesday night at 10 pm Eastern/9 pm Central on CBS.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Its about time...


So I can't help but keep posting about the miracle of Drag City. Probably my favorite label running today (along with Secretely Canadian and Kill Rock Stars) they just cant seem to do much wrong. Drag City Recording Artists Silver Jews are FINALLY going on tour. Yes folks, I know this is on pitchfork but if you havent already checked that, I hope you find it here. Expect to find me at the Bloomington, Indiana date. I would be going to the 40 Watt Club to see them, but I will be on my way to see the Flaming Lips, Wilco, Lyrics Born, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in sunny Florida at Langerado (March 11 & 12) - I could probably catch it on the way, but that would be too much work. So here are the dates. Make sure you catch David Berman and his gang on their first tour after damned near 15 years.


03-10 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
03-11 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03-12 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
03-14 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
03-16 Charlottesville, VA - Satellite Ballroom
03-17 New York, NY - Webster Hall
03-18 New York, NY - Webster Hall
03-19 Cambridge, MA - Middle East
03-21 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
03-22 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
03-24 Columbus, OH - Little Brother's
03-25 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
04-13 Bloomington, IN - Bluebird
04-14 Chicago, IL - Double Door
04-25 London, England - Scala
04-27 Edinburgh, Scotland - Bongo Club (Tryptych Festival)
04-28 Glasgow, Scotland - Tramway (Tryptych Festival)

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Rumored Coachella Lineup

DONT QUOTE ME THAT THIS IS TRUE . BUT THIS IS WHATS FLOATING AROUND!

OFFICIAL COACHELLA LINEUP

April 29: Depeche Mode, The Strokes, Portishead, Franz Ferdinand, Fatboy Slim, Massive Attack, Infected Mushroom, Royksopp, Kings of Leon, Doves, Sufjan Stevens, Broken Social Scene, Atmosphere, Blackalicious, Super Furry Animals, The Buzzcocks, Primal Scream, Supergrass, Ladytron, DJ Peretz, The Shins, Dieselboy, Tortoise, Sleater Kinney, Richard Hawley, Grooverider, Death From Above 1979, Yesterdays New Quintet, The Walkmen, Son Volt, Will Oldham, The Clientele, Lightning Bolt, Cage, The Crimea, OK Go, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, John Kelly

April 30: The White Stripes, Roxy Music (featuring Brian Eno), The Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Boards of Canada, Underworld, Ween, Death Cab for Cutie, Armin Van Buuren, Built to Spill, De La Soul, Big Star, Iron & Wine, Uberzone, Happy Mondays, Dinosaur Jr, TV on the Radio, Elbow, Eagles of Death Metal, The Tears, Esthero, T. Rauschmiere, Cat Power, The New Pornographers, Carl Cox, Grandaddy, Calexico, Explosions in the Sky, The Wedding Present, Andy C, Fatlip, DJ Icey, The Notwist and Themselves preforming as 13 & God, Devendra Banhart, The Coral, Stateless, 65 Days of Static

Pearls and Brass


Drag City recording artists Pearls and Brass have a new release to be hitting shelves soon called "The Indian Tower." When I began listening to this band I couldnt help but think about Black Sabbath Paranoid-era. Its dirty, loud, and rocks your socks off. so take a minute and check out this track from a band that deserves a little bit of your time.


The Face of God

Mo' Cat Power!



Everyone should check out the live set that rbally.net has of Cat Power. its high quality and highly recommended - she also does the best cover of house of the rising sun ive quite possibly ever heard

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

KRS - The Gossip


The Gossip have their new LP coming out - Standing in the Way Of Control coming out January 24th on Kill Rock Stars. Its one of the releases im most excited for in early 2006. After seeing them back in the fall, it was one of the raunchiest, awkward, funky performances I had seen from a band in a while. She decided to tell the crowd "my thighs are chafing" and from then on it was awkard. This band has no shame. Heres a preview from it.


Standing in the Way of Control

Monday, January 16, 2006

Stares


I cant help but keep finding albums from 2005 that I cruised right over. Im slipping in my old age. I cant say it any better than the publication the Big Takeover did so heres what they had to say "A TRANSLUCENT AND ANGELIC VOCAL FLOATING ON A GENTLE PULSE IS HALLMARK OF THE STARES. RIDING SAFELY THROUGH AN ASSORTMENT OF GEMS, LISTENERS WILL BE SPARKED TO CLOSE THEIR EYES AND DRIFT OFF INTO FANTASY. A HIGHLY-FLAVORED PIANO OPENS SPINE TO SEA ON "DISCONNECTED AGAIN", A PERFECT BALLAD WITH SECURE, BALANCED VOCALS AND CRISP GUITAR. MALE VOCALS MEET FEMALE VOCALS IN STEADY UNISON ON THE SOFT ROCKING "8,000 FEET" AS "1 2 3" AN EXQUISITE, MULTI LAYERED PIECE, GROWING BY THE MEASURE INTO A BEAUTIFUL EMOTIONAL FEAST. POIGNANT LYRICS, AND A STURDY INSTRUMENTAL FOUNDATION, THE STARES HAVE IT ALL GOING FOR THEM. "
According to Stares, its music to fly to... so if you have that supernatural ability - dont forget your headphones


From the Sky
1 2 3 (Recommended HIGHLY)

Friday, January 13, 2006

Secretly Canadian


Bloomington, Indiana's label Secretly Canadian has taken quite the lift off on the hipster scene as of lately. Jens Lekman released a new album on 11/22/05 called "Oh, You're So Silent Jens" that didnt get much recognition. So thats my job - picking up the slack that people left behind! And this is some damned good slack!
RIYL: Beck, Magnetic Fields


Black Cab
You are the Light

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Eutaw





Well, the boys in Old Crow Medicine Show had a huge year in 05' and I see it being even bigger in 06'. I will be attending their show at the Grand Ole' Opry in a few months, but until then I have this to hold me off. Their re-release of the out of print "Eutaw" available only online. Hurry and snatch yourself a copy before they are all gone!


Tear It Down

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Top 15 albums of 05'

15) Architecture in Helsinki - In Case We Die

One of the breakout indie artists of 2005 it seems. As their previous release didn't get near as much publicity or attention - "In Case We Die" saw the light of day of many year-end lists. With their lush, complex indie-pop arrangements, it was hard to see how anyone didn't catch on to this record - unless you don't enjoy a solid indie-pop record!


14) Matisyahu - Live at Stubbs

It seems like alot of hipsters tried to hate on this guy, atleast from my experience. I gladly jumped on bandwagon and took this record and spun it for weeks during the summer months.


13) Vashti Bunyan - Lookaftering

One of the better folk albums I've heard in quite some times. It doesnt get made like this anymore, although noone really caught her on the 1st time around when playing with Donovan - she gained a new young "hipster" crowd with this album.


12) Broken Social Scene - S/T

Ever since "Feel Good Lost" I have been absolutely hooked on this band. When I first bought this record it actually forced me into a fit of rage because I hated it so much. Soon after I kept spinning it and each and everytime the grooves were played the raw emotion sang to me. Its then when I came to realize the power and audacity of this record - the kind of audacity that keeps indie rock alive.


11) Common - Be


The only hip-hop release on my top 15 for this year. Although it was Commons largest success of his 6 releases - it just clicked with me. The very moment I got this record I knew it would end up on this list. It was one of the few that never wore down throughout the year
10) Ryan Adams and the Cardinals - Jacksonville City Nights/Cold Roses




Why people enjoy to hate Ryan Adams I will never understand. I'll never forget Magnet magazine calling him the Colin Farrell of Indie Rock. Ryan Adams is one of the only artists I can count on to keep playing until he croaks - whether that be rather soon (considering he has turned into quite a madman - or this is the "image" he gives off) or later in life - He will keep popping out records. If he stays at this 3 albums a year rate - God only knows what we will get out of him


9) Low - The Great Destroyer

One of my favorite bands of all time. This record took on a new face for the band and left alot of fans behind with it. Just because it went louder doesn't mean it went for the worst. I recommend this record highly along with the rest of their discography. Dave Friddman brillianty produced this album and honestly garned my heart for voting him best producer of 2005.


8) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - S/T


There is nothing I can say about this band that hasn't been said. This is the epitome of indie rock. It seems like there are elements from every single indie band thrown into one. I'll take it.
7) M Ward - Transistor Radio

Mr. Matt Ward's songwriting I am forever a sucker for. This album pinpointed my emotions for the entire year - and although he may not have ended up on everyones year-end list - its the emotional attachment that makes an album great.


6) My Morning Jacket - Z


Ah, Good Ol' MMJ. One of the few bands that truly make me tingle inside when listening to music. If this was a live music chart they would be number 1 - but for the records sake they lie here at number 6. A solid and beautiful release from a band I count on to take my music troubles away - Its no Tennessee Fire, but it still holds a place in my heart - I think all 4 MMJ albums complete me.
5) Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Fuck - its always the guys that dont like playing that are the best. Sufjan decided earlier this month that he is taking a break from music to do other things. I don't understand people - especially musicians


4) David Thomas Broughton - The Complete Guide to Insufficiency


Freak Folk is a genre that I cant get enough of . David Thomas Broughton is a small artist out of the UK that I found on www.gorillavsbear.net (my favorite blog to check up on) and I was not let down. This man truly produces the best of what you can do with an acoustic guitar and the human voice. The bare emotion flowing through the speakers when listening to the album makes me want to weep.
3) Sleater Kinney - The Woods


Dave Friddman does it again. This album was HOT and these girls can play their fucking instruments. This was by far the hardest rocking album of 2005 hands down and I will beg to differ with anyone that disputes it. The jams and vocal arrangements on this album are otherworldly
2) Most Serene Republic - Underwater Cinematographer


My favorite debut of 2005 and also one of my favorite albums. It seems as if absolutely nobody caught on to this record - The only band on Arts & Crafts that has nothing to do with Broken Social Scene. Their live set is what won me over. The lead singer freakishly reminds of Jim Carrey. Usually thats not such a good thing - but he has red hair and hes from Canada and sings probably a hell of alot better than Jim Carrey would. There is something in the air in Canada - im convinced.


1) Sigur Ros - Takk...

I couldnt help but pick this for the number 1. Although it seems cliche I can't think of a more beautiful record - and I always pick my number one when I think which one will have the largest effect on me in the long run and this was that album without question. While making the drive home from Nashville to Kentucky Sigur Ros had my full attention the entire way as the sunset came and then night fell. If there are angels on earth - they landed in Iceland.