Tuesday, February 28, 2006

In the news...



VIA Billboard:

Tv on the Radio has signed with Interscope leaving their previous label Touch & Go records for its next album due out later this year. They are hitting a tour which includes the Coachella Festival as well as the All Tomorrows Parties Festival. Before the band gets busy, Adebimpe will play a March 13 solo date at New York club Tonic. If you are in NYC you should check this out for sure. Its going to be something special and rare to see him do a solo date.

Also : I highly encourage you guys to check out the film that Adebimpe stared in. It is called "Jump Tomorrow" and its an extremely fantastic indie film. I was suprised at how much I loved it.


Ween has also just announced a small line of southern/east coast tour dates. Check em out:

Here are Ween's tour dates:

April 7: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Revolution)
April 8: St. Petersburg, Fla. (Jannus Landing)
April 9: Tallahassee, Fla. (the Moon)
April 10: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
April 12: Raleigh, N.C. (Disco Rodeo)
July 15: Masontown, W. Va. (All Good Music Festival

Friday, February 24, 2006

Georgia Anne Muldrow


In an age where soul artists are few and far in between, its always wonderful to see someone gettin' funky. The latest I have found would be Georgia Anne Muldrow off of Stones Throw records. Her production qualities are the first thing that stood out to me. They aren't overdone yet compliment her voice perfectly. When I first heard some of the grooves I even thought back to MF Doom's earlier stuff on "Doomsday" such as the track Operation Doomsday. Its sort of an electro-funk ordeal. Her vocal stylings remind me of maybe a more smooth Jill Scott. Her EP "Worthnothing" has actually been on the streets now for quite some time from releases at shows and such - but its being officially released on 4/4. This is going to be a moment in Neo-Soul I think you should probably check out.

Check out Georgia Anne Muldrow on Myspace!

YouTube Video of the Week: #2

This weeks video of the week goes to a band I can't get enough of after last weeks performances. Sigur Ros. This is a 30 minute documentary I had never seen before about the making of Takk... - The accents are pretty strong so you have to pay pretty close attention, but the images throughout the film keep you plenty occupied. Anyone want to help me fund a trip to Iceland?

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Lets Hear it for Hip-Hop!






So for today I've decided to post all hip-hop thanks to the recommendations from my wonderful friend Kim up in NYC at Brooklyn Bodega

Dilated Peoples had a new album drop on 2/21 called "20/20" and let me tell you, from what I've heard its pretty hot. I have not been to much of a fan of their previous efforts, but this one I am digging thus far. It seems like they are kicking it back with some roots and making Hip-Hop the way it should be made. I quote from them:
"“20/20, the whole album was made on a 12’’ mentality,” Evidence says. “We weren’t worried about the whole album, how it was going to connect and if we had two love songs and one party song. We just banged it out. We put the record together two or three days before the end of it. We didn’t sit and ride with it. We had it and knew where we were going, but it was more about the individual tunes. There was no questioning ourselves. It was just about making music.”


Also, Ghostface Killa's new album called "Fish Scale" will hit stores 3/28 - I've always been a fan of the Clan and of Ghostfaces work, so I'll make sure to pick this one up and you should too. This streaming track is the only one I've heard and thus far he is staying true to his craft. He is probably doing my favorite work outside of the clan along with RZA.


And finally, there is a track from Brazil's own Sergio Mendes ft. Black Thought. The most internationally successful musician to come out of Brazil does a track with Black Thought that let me be the first to tell you - is the shit. I was a bit weary when Kim sent me over this track - but now I feel stupid for my preconcieved notions. Either this Brazilian star is in his prime at his elderly age or Black Thought is an absolute mastermind.

Stream these tracks at MAXIMUM volume!


Dilated Peoples
Back Again (Windows Media)
Back Again (Real Player)

Ghostface Killa
Back Like That (Real Media)

Segio Mendes ft. Black Thought from the Roots
Yes Yes Ya'll (Real Player)



Nashville's annual Rites of Spring Festival @ Vanderbilt University has announced their official lineup and its looking pretty solid.
It will take place this year the weekend of April 21-22.
The following artists have been confirmed:
Ben Folds
Blue Merle
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Cary Brothers
Gov't Mule
Hopsing Project
Hot Buttered Rum
My Morning Jacket
Old Union

It's worth the pay alone to see MMJ for me - considering this will officially be my 10th time seeing them - its somewhat of a celebration. It's $25 for a one day pass and $40 for the weekend. Other acts I wouldnt mind paying to see include Ben Folds, Cary Brothers, and Gov't Mule - but where the hell does Bone Thugs fit in? Oh well, last year Hootie was there.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Ani Difranco is a prolific artist to say the least. A role model for the DIY model and basically any female for that matter. She pays herself a royalty rate of 4 dollars for each album she sells! Now if thats not impressive, then I don't know what is. So my question is, why do her albums as of late keep getting ignored? Sure, "Educated Guess" was not her best body of work, but last year's "Knuckle Down" was an extremely solid album - hell it was downright good. So heres your chance to revisit it if you did not hear it the first time around!

Studying Stones
Knuckle Down
Minerva

Monday, February 20, 2006

Little Willies



Although I am not a fan of Norah Jones' previous works - I think it was because she lacked finding her niche. The whole phony jazz thing was something far overdone and something I just couldnt sit down and listen to. But now I feel Norah is taking her calling - a country project! This album is groovin' beyond belief and shes stole my heart with her new side project, The Little Willies. I always thought the girl had amazing pipes but she was never using them to her advantage. Well, that thought has completely been lost somewhere in between the radio airplay of Collective Soul and the Barenaked Ladies. Her cover of "Gotta Get Drunk" is a much faster tempo than the original, and somehow her and her band pull it off better than the original in my opinion. This album is just a load of fun and I can't wait until March 7th to pick it up. My Norah-hatin' days are over.

Stream the Entire New Album Here!

Friday, February 17, 2006

YouTube Video of the Week #1

I'm going to start a new series on this blog: the YouTube Video of the Week. This weeks video goes to one of my favorite recording artists of all time... Mr. Otis Redding. After several listens to Otis' "Live in Europe" the past couple of weeks, the more and more I wish they would release live footage and DVD and such.. so I resorted to my good friend YouTube for this footage of "Respect"

Recap of the Week

Sorry everyone that it has been so long since my last post - It's been quite the hectic week. Having either a different test or show to attend every day and every night - Insane, but overall a good week.

During my small hiatus I had a chance to see Nada Surf/Rogue Wave and Supergrass in Nashville - look for Sigur Ros reviews later tonight while I'm still in shock. Nada Surf/Rogue Wave actually blew me away a lot more than I expected it too. Although I've noticed a constant trend in concerts - a massive amount of disrespect. Now I know this is no new thing, but if you are going to pay the price to see a concert - pay somewhat of attention. If you want a social event, possibly take your drink over to Broadway with the rest of Nashville. It's just frustrating to see the Rogue Wave fans talk during Nada Surf and vice versa. Whats even worse are the Rogue Wave fans that left before Nada Surf even came on. I honestly don't feel as if im asking too much of this, but c'mon - lets show a little respect to bands that are still making honest music and making an effort to deliver it to us as the audience.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Azita


Azita just finished writing songs for a new musical being put on in chicago called "Detail from the Mountain Side." I would love to be able to catch this musical written by Brian Torrey Scott - It would be an odd one to say the least, considering the tracks I have heard so far are anything but your standard musical. Quite haunting in a way with the sole piano and vocals - a very intimate musical this must be. The tracks from the musical are being released later this quarter.
Love Is

MF Grimm vs. MF Doom


So apparently MF Doom has a new enemy - former companion MF Grimm. Grimm released a diss track directed at DOOM entitled “Book of Daniel” in reference to DOOM’s government name Daniel Dumile. The track is a documentation of the rise and fall of the KMD days. This track is hot - I'm looking forward to how MF Doom reacts to this. Ch-Check it out. thanks to Impose
MFgrimm.com

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Karlheinz Stockhausen


Although I post mostly indie rock and such on this blog, I feel like I should start putting other things up that I listen to on a regular basis, so this is where im starting. A brilliant 20th century composer by the name of Karlheinz Stockhausen that made a fusion of classical, avant-garde, and electronic music (which has had impact on everyone from Sonic Youth to Bjork). He started experimenting with electronic equipment in the 60's when it became available to him. Like John Cage, he could make music out of virtually anything - the true definition of a composer in the 20th century. Here are two tracks from his 1970 album "Mantra." Enjoy

53-20
29-53

Albums Revisited #2: Live at Sin-E


Here is a document of Jeff Buckleys finer works. Although not known to many as significant as Grace, to me this was a better representation of Buckleys talent. His live working of songs are unlike anyone elses. There have been hundreds upon hundreds of comparisons to Jeff Buckley - but there will never be another. His voice upon hearing it for the 1st time was spooky yet reassuring - His guitar playing was somewhere between being a virtuoso and a complex rhythm guitarist - it was the perfect company to his voices angelic like qualities. Here are two tracks that represent how beautifully simplistic he could be at one minute (Calling You) to how complex and mind-blowing he can be at another (Eternal Life)

Calling You (legacy edition)
Eternal Life

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Enigkmatic!



So finally, Mr. Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate, Fire Theft ... c'mon you know who he is!) has come out of hibernation and plans on releasing his follow up to "Return of the Frog Queen"(Sub Pop, 1996) later this year, followed by a 6 month to 1 year tour supporting the album. From what he says its going to be less orchestral and more straight forward - And im hoping im not let down - but with Enigk, very few times have I been. This quote VIA Billboard sums Mr. Enigk up -

"Giving some artists freedom is not a good thing, but giving Jeremy freedom and time results in the best of the best"

Well its been 10 years...

Monday, February 06, 2006

MMJ


Here is a show from Dec. 20th 2002 at Louisville's WFPK - one most people havent picked up on. This one includes a lot of tracks from At Dawn and the Tennessee Fire and its right before they started working on their album "It Still Moves" for ATO records. If you didnt get to hear MMJ early on in their career - it was even a spectacle then. They are a band that has formed into one of my all-time favorites from day one of hearing The Tennesee Fire. So here you are - the glorious MMJ in all its streaming glory

MMJ 12/20/02

And as for Son Volt the other night - it was a wonderful show - but my camera - not so wonderful. It finally died but dont worry, there will be a new camera with lots of show updates soon!

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Son Volt - Tonight @ Headliners in Louisville

While I am back in Louisville until Sunday, its pretty great news that Son Volt will be playing - Although its not the original lineup. I havent had a chance to see them the few times they have been close to me, but I figure my time is getting limited until Jay Farrar goes back to his solo career. I'm looking forward to a good dose of whiskey kickin' alt-country.

Stream these tracks off of "Okemah and the Melody of Riot"
Bandages and Scars
Endless War

Look for pictures late tonight!

BSS

If you missed Broken Social Scene on Conan playing Shoreline (7/4) the other night.- here it is in all its glory. I'm really sad I have still never seen these guys play - One day...

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Sparks

Sparks was a band lost somewhere in the midst of everything bad going on in pop music. I'm rewording this now because I feel I was coming off as bashing the group, when I honestly wasn't - and it came off that way. I went out and bought "Kimono My House" soon after hearing this clip. They actually have a new album coming out March 7th and I will be sure to check out. As for now, this clip is pretty hilarious. The necktie and cardigan kill me.

Glossary


Among the thriving music scene in Murfreesboro, TN - there are hardly any veterans around here. Mostly kids trying to make it amongst the top bars in the town and some venturing into Nashville - its more of a young scene. As for Glossary, they have been around since 1997 (well this is the date of their 1st release, they could go back even farther than that) and are still rocking this town and rocking it good with some alt-country goodness - something no town needs to lack. With their latest effort being released last year, heres some tracks for you to check out from previous years on Champ and Undertow records. Joey Kneiser (lead vocals) voice scarily reminds me of Jay Farrar - its good stuff - check it out.

From "How We Handle Our Midnights" 2003:
When Easy Street Gets Hard to Find
Lonesome Stray

From "Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts" EP 2002:
West Liberty 02'
Days Go By

From "This is all We've Learned About Living" 2000:
Stars are Alive

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Bonnaroo takes the cake

Well heres the intial lineup for this years bonnaroo - lets just put it this way - Coachella has lost its touch compared to this line up:

Radiohead
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Phil Lesh & Friends
Beck
Elvis Costello & the Imposters
Bonnie Raitt
Death Cab for Cutie
moe.
Bright Eyes
The Neville Brothers
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
Buddy Guy
Damian Marley
Ben Folds
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Dr. John
Matisyahu
G. Love & Special Sauce
My Morning Jacket
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Steel Pulse
Mike Gordon and Ramble Dove
Cat Power
Medeski Martin & Wood
Nickel Creek
Gomez
Atmosphere
Steve Earle
Blues Traveler
Amadou & Mariam
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
Dresden Dolls
Son Volt
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Jerry Douglas
Soulive
Rusted Root
Devendra Banhart Band
Donavon Frankenreiter
Mike Doughty
Sasha
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
The Magic Numbers
Bill Frisell
Seu Jorge
Bettye LaVette
Dungen
Shooter Jennings
Rebirth Brass Band
Robinella
Andrew Bird
Steel Train
Jackie Greene
Devotchka
Wood Brothers
dios (malos)
Toubab Krewe
The Motet
Marah
I-Nine
Balkan Beat Box
Cat Empire

Im simply stunned