Friday, September 28, 2007

Earlimart Contest

Earlimart just released a new album called Mentor Tormentor, and they'll be on the road most of this fall. To celebrate, they're giving away some nice stuff:

• Exclusive Earlimart CD-EP *
• Earlimart Poster - high quality print on heavy matte paper
• Earlimart Stickers

* Only available through this contest or with purchase of Earlimart's new album Mentor Tormentor at select independent retailers!

If you want to be the winner, be the first person to e-mail me your favorite Back To The Future quote.

Here are the tour dates.

Sept. 29 Pit Pub, Vancouver
Oct. 2 400 Bar, Minneapolis
Oct. 3 Schuba's, Chicago
Oct. 4 Grog Shop, Cleveland
Oct. 5 El Mocambo, Toronto
Oct. 6 Main Hall, Montreal
Oct. 7 Harper's Ferry, Boston
Oct. 10 Knitting Factory, New York
Oct. 11 Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia
Oct. 12 Ottobar, Baltimore
Oct. 13 Duke Coffeehouse, Durham/Chapel Hill
Oct. 14 The Earl, Atlanta
Oct. 15 Bottletree, Birmingham
Oct. 16 Engine Room, Houston
Oct. 17 The Mohawk, Austin
Oct. 18 Palladium Loft, Dallas
Oct. 20 Larimer Lounge, Denver
Oct. 22 Paper Heart Venue, Phoenix
Oct. 23 Casbah, San Diego
Oct. 24 Troubadour, Los Angeles

[Myspace] Earlimart
[mp3] "Answers & Questions

Division Day: Cover Song Series [Part 4]

This is part four in Division Day's ongoing series of covers/remixes and pieces of the Beartrap Island map. The band's debut LP will be in IRL stores on October 2nd through Eenie Meenie although it is currently available through iTunes.

For those of you new to the band, they've just put together this EPK.

The band starts a cross country jaunt next week that includes a few dates at CMJ.

02 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo [CD release show]
04 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of The Hill [CD release show]
05 Reno, NV - Satellite Lounge
06 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
07 Denver, CA - Larimer Lounge
09 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
10 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café
11 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall [residency]
13 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells
14 Boston Middle East
17 New York, NY - Canal Room [CMJ ASCAP showcase] 18 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall [residency]
20 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 [w/ Eulogies & Film School]
25 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall [residency]

[Buy] Beartrap Island
[Myspace] Division Day
[mp3] "Reversible" [Ginormous Remix]

ECC Tour With Black Francis

This is a West Coast deal, so if you're not along the Pacific, I guess you'll hae to deal. Eastern Conference Champions' debut LP Ameritown is out now.

Oct. 1 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Oct. 2 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Oct. 3 Vancouver, BC Richard’s
Oct. 4 Vancouver, BC Richard’s
Oct. 7 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
Oct. 8 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst
Oct. 9 San Francisco, CA Café Du Nord
Oct. 10 San Francisco, CA Café Du Nord
Oct. 11 San Francisco, CA Café Du Nord
Oct. 13 Santa Barbara, CA Soho Music Club
Oct. 14 San Luis Obispo, CA Downtown Brew
Oct. 15 Los Angeles, CA Safari Sam’s
Oct. 16 Los Angeles, CA Safari Sam’s

[Myspace] Eastern Conference Champions
[mp3] "The Box"

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Luke Temple On Tour

[Photo Credit: Marshall Dackert]

A few weeks ago, I found myself in New York on a Thursday night with an evening to kill. As I was heading to my hotel, I got an e-mail about a Luke Temple gig at Joe's Pub, so I thought what the hell, I'll go. I'm glad I did -- I was pretty much blown away. His latest release Snowbeast had been sitting on my desk for weeks and I wasn't even planning on listening to it, but this was one of those shows that as a music fan that you can to love, but never expect.

Temple is a singer songwriter, but only because that's the genre he falls into hasn't been invented yet. His latest release is out now on Mill Pond Records, plus you'll be able to catch him on the road this October and November with Chuck Prophet and The Good Life, which includes three local dates.

10/01 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place*
10/02 Boston, MA Middle East (downstairs)*
10/04 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom*
10/05 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church*
10/06 Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel*
10/07 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle*
10/25 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon**
10/26 St. Paul, MN Turf Club**
10/27 Chicago, IL Schuba’s**
10/28 Lafayette, IN Lafayette Brewing Company**
10/30 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern**
11/01 Lexington, KY The Dame
11/02 Newport, KY Southgate House**
11/03 Nashville, TN Americana Music Conference**
11/04 Charleston, WV Mountain Stage Radio**
11/05 Pittsburgh, PA Club Café**
11/07 Northampton, MA Iron Horse**
11/08 New York, NY Joe’s Pub**
11/09 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel**
11/10 Annapolis, MD Ram’s Head**
11/13 Atlanta, GA The Earl**
11/15 Boston, MA Boston University
* w/ The Good Life
** w/ Chuck Prophet

[Myspace] Luke Temple
[mp3] "Serious"

The Nightjars

The Nightjars

The Nightjars are a great little rock band from Manchester that I just can't seem to get out of my head. Their songs conjure up memories of The Fall and Sonic Youth with layers of buzzing guitars, syncopated drumming, and brooding vocals in the middle register. Their music is both ambitious and compelling, a combination that is bound to turn some heads.

The band is set to release a limited edition "mini album" on Reveal Records on November 5th. The Nightjars currently have tour dates scattered throughout the United Kingdom through the end of the month--make sure to catch them if you can!

[Myspace] The Nightjars
[mp3] "MDMA"

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Shitdisco Cancel Tour

From the band's management:

"It is with deep regret that Shitdisco are having to cancel their up coming tour of the United States of America and Canada. Band member Joel Stone was today rushed into hospital. He is being kept there for the next couple of days where specialists will decide what action to take. He has been told he is too unwell to travel for the foreseeable future. The band would like to thank everyone who has booked them to play on this tour, and hope that they will get the chance to play the country soon."

[Myspace] Shitdisco

The Deadly Syndrome

[Photo Credit: Alan Gastelum]

"This hodgepodge of old and new friends began messing around, making noise in the guesthouse of a little ranch, and soon played their first “show” on the porch for some pals. Within months, they were appearing on bills with Silver Lake’s biggest bands (including Cold War Kids and Monsters Are Waiting) and had earned a reputation for explosively energetic live shows..." – LA Weekly

LA's The Deadly Syndrome understand dynamics and the importance of a great script. Their theatrics are combined with an austere innocence, a feeling which is ever present on the band's debut long player on Dim Mak, The Ortolan. Although they've only played a handful of shows, some of the luminaries they've shared the stage with include Cold War Kids, Klaxons and Monsters Are Waiting. No national excursions are planned as of yet, but if you're in LA, make sure you check them out.

[Myspace] The Deadly Syndrome
[Album Stream] The Ortolan
[mp3] "Eucalyptus"
[mp3] "Winter In You"

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Manic Street Preachers "Indian Summer"

This is the third clip off of Send Away The Tigers, and it's pure Manics, quotes and all. For those of you overseas, the single will be available on October 1st.

[Preorder] "Indian Summer"
Manic Street Preachers

VHS or Beta On Tour

Apparently cool things do happen in Kentucky -- just ask VHS or Beta. Bring on the Comets, their third full length, is out now on Astralwerks.

The band performs on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on October 1st.

VHS OR BETA Tour Dates

10/5 Covington, KY Mad Hatter Club

10/6 Athens, OH U. Of Ohio

10/7 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Mellon U.

10/18 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

10/19 Detroit, MI Magic Stick

10/20 Bloomington, IN Buskirk Chumley Theatre

10/26 Mexico City, MEX Foro Scotiabank

With Moving Units

11/12 Washington, DC Black Cat

11/13 Baltimore, MD Ottobar

11/14 Grantham, PA Messiah College

11/15 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church

11/16 New York, NY Blender Theater

11/17 Atlantic City, NJ HOB Harlem Club

11/19 Boston, MA Paradise

11/20 Montreal, PQ Club Soda

11/21 Toronto, ON Lee's

11/23 Chicago, IL Abbey

11/24 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry

11/27 Seattle, WA Chop Suey

11/28 Vancouver, BC Richard's

11/30 Sacramento,CA Harlow's

With Foreign Born

12/1 San Francisco, CA Slim's

12/2 Los Angeles, CA El Rey

12/3 San Diego, CA Casbah

12/4 Tucson, AZ Plush
12/6 Denver, CO Bluebird

12/7 Kansas City, MO Record Bar

12/8 St. Louis, MO Gargoyle, Wash Univ.

[Myspace] VHS or Beta
[mp3] "Can't Believe a Single Word"

Monday, September 24, 2007

Smashing Pumpkins: New Video

Maybe I'm too "old school," but does it bother anyone else that Paris Hilton is associated with the Smashing Pumpkins in any way, shape or form? Wouldn't the Billy Corgan of 1996 ridicule her and all the other vacuous reality television stars for whoring themselves out for money and fame? I don't care if she's pictured in front of a nuclear explosion to demonstrate some sad truth about celebrity worship in America, seeing her plastic mug on a Pumpkins' release really, really irks me. End rant.

Anyway... the video posted above is the Pumpkins' second single "That's The Way [My Love Is]." The video takes the band into a futuristic world equipped with rocket cars, flying cameras, and crazy translucent video screens--think "Rocket" meets "The End Is The Beginning Is The End." It's definitely visually impressive in a monochromatic video game sort of way, but it's not what I was expecting for the most gorgeous song on Zeitgeist.
With lush instruments and lyrics like "of course I love you baby, cuz I'm alive," I was definitely envisioning something a bit softer and romantic. Maybe Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris were too busy/expensive to do it up?

The Pumpkins are currently making their way across North America, check out their almost entirely user-generated website for dates, concert videos, etc.

[Myspace] Smashing Pumpkins

Shows In Boston This Week

09.24: Bat For Lashes @ Great Scott
09.24: Turbonegro @ The Paradise

09.25: Cinematic Orchestra @ The Paradise

09.25: Okkervil River/Damien Jurado @ Middle East Down
09.25: Devandra Banhart @ The Roxy

09.26: Yo Majesty @ Middle East Up

09.26: Rocky Votolato/Portugal The Man @ Middle East Down

09.26: Blonde Redhead @ The Roxy

09.27: Matt Pond PA @ The Paradise

09.27: John Vanderslice/Bishop Allen @ Middle East Up

09.27: Freezepop @ Middle East Down

09.27: The Lucksmiths/The Ladybug Transistor @ TT The Bears

09.27: Thurston Moore @ MFA
09.28: The Pill @ Great Scott

09.28: John Vanderslice/Bishop Allen @ Middle East Up

09.28: Kings of Leon/Black Rebel Motorcycle Club/Manchester Orchestra @ The Orpheum
09.29: +/- @ Middle East Up
09.29: Fujiya & Miyagi @ Middle East Down

09.29: Tigercity @ Hennessey's

09.30: Jose Gonzalez/Savath & Savalas @ The Paradise

09.30: Sister Suvi [members of Islands] @ Middle East Up

09.30: Mountain Goats/Bowerbirds @ Middle East Down

09.30: The Sea & The Cake @ MFA

Friday, September 21, 2007

New Sloan Video

Although Sloan put out Never Hear The End Of It earlier this year on Yep Roc, they just got around to making a video. You can watch the clip for "I've Gotta Try" above.

[Buy] Never Hear The End Of It
[Myspace] Sloan

New Spank Rock

This track is with Benny Blanco off of the upcoming Bangers & Cash, which is out on 10/09. To celebrate, they will be hosting a new track on their Myspace page ach week up to the release. Here are the first two tracks.

[Myspace] Spank Rock
[mp3] "B.O.O.T.A.Y."
[mp3] "Shake That"

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Magnet To Tour With Stars

Magnet, aka Even Johansen, will be taking off from Norway soon for an autumn tour with Stars, as well as a couple headlining shows. Despite being a solo effort in the past, Magnet is now a five-piece band, although the group's latest was recorded entirely by Johansen.

The Simple Life, the group's third album, is available now on Filter US Recordings. Ther will be a full US tour, but there's no Boston date. I don't blame them, I wouldn't want to come here either.

* with Stars
10/19 – New York, NY @ Joe's Pub
10/20 - New York, NY @ Joe's Pub
10/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
10/25 – Washington, DC @ DC9
10/26 - Chapel Hill, N.C. @ Cat's Cradle *
10/27 - Atlanta, Ga. @ The Variety Playhouse *
10/28 - Tallahassee, Fla. @ Club Downunder *
10/30 - Austin, Texas @ Stubb's *
10/31 - Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues *
11/2 - Chicago, Ill. @ Vic Theatre *
11/3 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ Pantages Theatre *
11/4 - Omaha, Neb. @ Slowdown *
11/6 - Denver, Colo. @ Gothic Theatre *
11/8 - Tucson, Ariz. @ Rialto Theatre *
11/11 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
11/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
11/14 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Roxy

[Buy] The Simple Life
[Myspace] Magnet
[mp3] "Lonely No More

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Les Savy Fav: New Album & Video Contest

"Wow, thank God the Fav are back. Thank Godder this is their best work yet." – VICE

So Les Savy Fav had a video contest and a five year old named "Bunnygirl" won -- color me impressed. I always knew indie rockers were a childish bunch!

Watch the winning video here.

The band's first new album in six years is anything but a let down -- it may even be their finest piece yet. Let's Stay Friends came out on French Kiss Records yesterday.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
09-21 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
09-22 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
10-06 New York, NY - Randall's Island $
10-20 London, England - "Secret Show"
10-21 Manchester, England - Academy
10-22 London, England - Scala
10-23 Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
10-24 Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gafährlich
10-25 Rotterdam, Netherlands - Rotown
10-26 Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
10-27 Dublin, Ireland - Clawdaddy
11-16 Durham, NC - Duke Coffeehouse
11-30 Seattle, WA - Neumos
12-01 Vancouver, British Columbia - Richard's on Richards
* with Cheeseburger, Fatal Flying Guilloteens
# with Parts & Labor, S Prcss
$ with the Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Blonde Redhead, Wild Light

[Myspace] Les Savy Fav
[mp3] "What Would Wolves Do?
[mp3] "The Equestrian"

Division Day: Cover Song Series [Part 3]

Enclosed is this week's installment of the Division Day cover song/remix series, plus the third piece of the map of Beartrap Island. I totally love this song, and it's great what they've done with it. Here is what they have to say about Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence":

“this song became a regular band-van jam in the last year, due mostly to kevin's long-lived love affair therewith- he claims an intense affinity with "silence" since early childhood. when the covers project idea started getting bounced around, this was sort of a shoe-in- a perfect pop song with an elegant melody, tantalizingly simple, but iconic enough to make the undertaking not a little foolishly hubristic. kevin wanted to playfully undermine the original's electro leanings by building the song on a foundation of tube-overdriven acoustic guitar, and this became a great spring-board for increasingly organic textures. i wanted to make the song a kind of conversation between raveled anti-fidelity and unlikely grandeur.”

[Myspace] Division Day
[mp3] "Enjoy The Silence"

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

My Sad Captains

I am pretty sure I wrote about My Sad Captains awhile ago, but I can't remember and I really don't feel like looking. They had a tune called "All Hat and No Plans" that I couldn't [and still can't] get enough. While I had a few demos, I ran through them and put the band on the backburner, but the other day I was sort of curious, so I looked them up and I saw that they had some new tunes.

Fortuna Pop! put out the band's "Bad Decisions" single earlier this year, a track that splits the difference between Pavement and Belle & Sebastian. According to the group's Myspace page, they have recorded a further set of songs, but concrete release details are pending. Hopefully the next few months will see an album from these chaps.

My Sad Captains
"Bad Decisions"
[Video] "Bad Decisions"

Lil Mama "G-Slide (Tour Bus)"

Is it pretentious that Lil Mama titled her album The Voice of the Young People? The first two singles off the album have been pretty awesome, but we'll have to wait until Nov. 27th to hear the rest.

[Myspace] Lil Mama



Brooklyn freak folk collective Akron/Family has a new album coming out today on Young God Records. Showcasing the band's continued experimentation with different song forms and instrumentation, Love Is Simple finds Akron/Family tackling genres as varied as psychedelic rock on "Phenomena" and field hollers, Appalachian folk, and even electronica on "Ed Is A Portal." The songs are obtuse and difficult at times, but they are definitely enjoyable if you give them a chance. If you want to expand your musical palate, then make sure to try this group out for size.

Sep 17 :: Pour Haus, Raleigh, NC

Sep 18 :: Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Sep 19 :: First Unitarian Church,, Philadelphia, PA

Sep 21 :: Wexner Center for Arts at OSU, Columbus, OH

Sep 22 :: LOLA Festival, London, ON

Sep 23 :: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON

Sep 25 :: Vinyl, Guelph, ON

Sep 26 :: Barrymore’s Music Hall, Ottawa, ON

Sep 27 :: Club Metronome, Burlington, VT

Sep 28 :: Harper’s Ferry, Boston, MA
Sep 30 ::Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

Oct 10 :: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Oct 11 :: Independent, San Francisco, CA

Oct 12 :: The Troubadour, Hollywood, CA

Oct 13 :: Fernwood Resort, Big Sur, CA
Oct 18 :: Richards on Richards, Vancouver, BC

Oct 19 :: Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA

Oct 20 :: Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR

[Myspace] Akron/Family
"Ed Is A Portal"

Monday, September 17, 2007

Division Day: Cover Song Series [Part 2]

There's the 2nd piece of the map of Beartrap Island [which is out on Oct. 2nd], and the latest track from Division Day's cover/remix series is below.

Also, there is a feature on the Filter blog that the band recorded at Sunset Junction in LA. Check it out

[Myspace] Division Day
"Ricky" [Tandemoro Remix]

The Cribs "Moving Pictures"

The Cribs have a new video, and sorry guys, no boobs this time around.

[Myspace] The Cribs

The Wombats: Debut Album

On October 28th, 14th Floor Records/Warners will release The Wombats' proper debut album, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation. Girls, Boys & Marsupials was merely a [very good] collection of demos. Once I have a tracklisting, I'll let you guys know.

The band will release a new single, "Let's Dance to Joy Division," on Oct. 15th.

"Let's Dance to Joy Division"

Since the album will be in your hands soon, here's a recap of the band has been up to over the past couple of years.

[Preorder] A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation
The Wombats
[mp3] "Kill The Director"
[mp3] "Let's Dance To Joy Division"
[Video] "Lost in the Post"
[Video] "Moving to New York"
[Video] "Backfire @ The Disco"
[Video] "Kill The Director"

New Rooney Video

At first I wasn't going to post this because I didn't think it was Exitfare material, plus you could probably turn on MTV Hits and see this video like 25 times per day. But then I said fuck that because this is a really catchy pop song and it's totally a great way to begin your Monday. Rooney may not be hip, but they can write some damn catchy tunes. They'll have a new album soon, but I am not sure when it comes out -- it's probably not as fun and catchy as this song.

[Myspace] Rooney

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Shows In Boston This Week

For those of looking for this list last week, sorry I didn't put it up. I've been on the road so much that I dropped the ball. Here is the list early this week, and it looks like there are going to be a lot of tough choices.

09.17: The Apples in Stereo/Aqueduct @ Middle East Down
09.17: Campaign For Real Time/Ketman @ Great Scott
09.19: Y-Love @ Middle East Up
09.20: The Aliens/Augie March @ Great Scott
09.20: Stevie Wonder @ Bank of America Pavilion
09.21: The Pill @ Great Scott
09.21: Verona Downs @ Middle East Up
09.21: The Black Lips/The Selmanaires/Coffin Lids @ Middle East Down
09.21: Jonathan Rice/Rilo Kiley @ Avalon
09.21: Earl Greyhound @ Boston University
09.22: The Information/Barnicle @ Great Scott
09.22: Black Helicopter/The Beatings @ Middle East Up
09.22: Michael McDonald @ Bank of America Pavilion
09.23: The Handsome Family/Frank Smith @ Great Scott
09.23: Klaxons/Mystery Jets @ The Paradise
09.23: 27/Matters & Dunaway @ Middle East Up
09.23: Aesop Rock/The Octopus Project @ Middle East Down

Friday, September 14, 2007

Longwave On Tour

Brooklyn band Longwave may be established crowd favorites, but they are without a label -- it's bad, but in this day and age, who needs one anyway? The guys are on the road right now testing new material, including a few dates with Robbers On High Street. They play the T.T. The Bear's tomorrow night.

09/14 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (w/Dead Trees, Eagle Seagull, The Shackeltons)
09/15 Boston, MA @ TT the Bear's (w/Emergency Music, Auto Interiors)
09/19 Farmingdale, NY Crazy Donkey
**Following dates with Robbers on High Street**
09/21 Philly, World Café Live Downstairs
09/22 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
09/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre (festival show! w/Metric, Crystal Castles)
09/24 Toronto, CA @ Horseshoe Tavern
09/25 Montreal, CA @ Lambi
09/27 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street

[Myspace] Longwave
[mp3] "It's True
[mp3] "No Direction"

Earlimart On Tour

LA-based Earlimart just released their fifth album, Mentor Tormentor, on August 21st on Majordomo Records, which is a partnership between the band and Shout! Factory. The band has been heralded in Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Interview Magazine and will spending most of October on the road.

Sept. 16 Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco
Sept. 27 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland
Sept. 29 Media Club, Vancouver
Oct. 5 El Mocambo, Toronto
Oct. 6 Main Hall, Montreal
Oct. 7 Harper's Ferry, Boston
Oct. 11 First Unitarian, Philadelphia
Oct. 12 Ottobar, Baltimore
Oct. 13 Duke Coffeehouse, Durham/Raleigh/Chapel Hill
Oct. 14 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Oct. 15 Bottletree, Birmingham
Oct. 16 Mink, Houston
Oct. 17 The Mohawk, Austin
Oct. 18 Palladium Loft, Dallas
Oct. 20 Larimer Lounge, Denver
Oct. 22 Paper Heart Venue, Phoenix
Oct. 23 Casbah, San Diego

[Buy] Mentor Tormentor
[mp3] "Answers & Questions"

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Shitdisco Come to the States

I am not too keen on this whole "new rave" tag that has been attched to certain bands like Klaxons and Shitdisco, but eventhough I don't like the name, the music is pretty awesome.

I'm glad these guys are finally making their way over here, as I've been reading about their legendary shows for a minute now in NME. Dim Mak is handling the release of Kingdom of Fear, which will be out this fall, while the boys will be rocking a bunch of dates, which includes a Boston gig on October 11th.

Sept. 28 - Los Angeles, CA Dimmak Party
Sept. 29 - Los Angeles, CA Neighborhood Festival
Sept. 30 - Los Angeles, CA LAX DJ Set
Oct. 2 - Calgary, AB Hi Fi Club
Oct. 4 - Vancouver, BC The Plaza Club
Oct. 5 - San Francisco Rickshaw Stop
Oct. 6 - Chicago, IL Vic Theater w.KLAXONS
Oct. 8 - Washington, DC 9:30 Club w.KLAXONS
Oct. 9 - Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore @ TLA w.KLAXONS
Oct. 10 - Toronto, ON Opera House w.KLAXONS
Oct. 11 - Boston, MA Great Scott
Oct. 12 - New York, NY Webster Hall w.KLAXONS

[Myspace] Shitdisco
[mp3] "OK" [Acid Girls Remix]
[Video] "Reactor Party"

Kaiser Chiefs Cancel US Tour

Well for the most part. They are still doing their NYC and ACL shows.

From drummer Nick Hodgson:
“We’d like to apologize to fans in America and Canada, especially those who have already bought tickets, but something had to give. We’ve been extremely busy all year and had no time to focus on the future, we plan to have new material out as soon as possible and we’ve wanted to record all summer. This needs to happen before our European & UK shows at the end of the year so we can play a few of our new songs live, we’re keen to explore new ground, beyond the sound of our first two records, so we’re headed back into the studio to begin that process.”

Kaiser Chiefs Tour Dates:
14 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
29 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre

Canceled shows:
18 Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
19 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
21 Nashville, TN - City Hall
22 Atlanta, GA - The Roxy
24 Chicago, IL - Cabaret Metro
25 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
26 Toronto, ONT - Carlu Theatre

[Myspace] Kaiser Chiefs
[Video] "Ruby"

Mobius Band

Mobius Band
I know, I know... I wrote about Mobius Band last week. But I literally just got my hands on another new song from their forthcoming sophomore album Heaven and felt the overwhelming urge to share it. "Friends Like These" is a weird little song, comprised solely of detached vocals, a bizarre tone-shifting synth riff, and simple electronic drum blips. The song is decidely less lush than the album opener ("Hallie," the track featured last week), but somehow "Friends Like These" seems to be the catchier of the two. I can't stop playing it, which is annoying my boyfriend to no end. I'm going out on a limb here, but I think Heaven is definitely going to be a contender for my favorite album of the year.

[Myspace] Mobius Band
[mp3] "Friends Like These"

Fierce Panda To Release 13th Anniversary Compilation

“As his anniversary compilation, Decade: Ten Years Of Fierce Panda, proves, the ex-NME journalist is to the British music industry what Beckham is to England’s midfield. [Simon] Williams, you see, is golden ears.” - BBC

If the number 13 is unlucky, then why is Fierce Panda releasing this anniversary compilation on Oct. 2nd?

By the way, this is our 700th post. Yay!

The Bakers Arms Dozen – A Fierce Panda Collection Tracklist:
02. YOU SAY PARTY! WE SAY DIE! - Monster
03. DEAD DISCO - Automatic
04. ART BRUT - Moving To L.A.
05. THE MACCABEES - Bicycles
06. THE HOT PUPPIES - The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful
07. COLDPLAY - Brothers & Sisters
09. APARTMENT - Everyone Says I’m Paranoid
10. iLiKETRAiNS - Terra Nova
12. THE BLACKOUT - Hard Slammin’
13. CAPDOWN - Keeping Up Appearances

[Myspace] Fierce Panda
[mp3] My Architects "Lists"

CMJ: More bands added!

As fall rapidly approaches, my mind is preoccupied in anticipation for the week of October 14th. Why? I'll be hitting four Smashing Pumpkins shows, as well as a little festival called the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. It will be the best week of my life (and probably the most tiring). I thought I'd rub it in a little... IN YOUR FACE!

Anyway, a gazillion more bands have been added to the CMJ 2007 line-up, including Illinois, Georgie James, Mohawk Lodge, Robbers on High Street, M.I.A., Air Traffic, Professor Murder, Anathallo, De Novo Dahl, The Whip, Eagle*Seagull, Band of Horses, The Little Ones, Forget Cassettes, Division Day, Lifetime, The Big Sleep, Japanther, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Matt & Kim, The Giraffes, Adam Green, Holy Fuck, Shout Out Out Out Out, The Teeth, and We Are Wolves. CMJ is the single best way to find out about new bands, plus it's a great time. Make sure to buy your badge before the price increase goes into effect on September 25th!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Jamie T. Tonight at Great Scott

Tonight in Boston at Great Scott is sort of hip hop, sort of dub/reggae singer-songwriter, but still not really Jamie T. His debut Panic Prevention just dropped here in the States and he's on the round for a handful of dates, hitting some of the larger markets. We've been all over him for awhile, so we're glad that the rest of the world is catching up, as he puts a unique twist on the sinister gypsy-pop of Mystery Jets.

To celebrate Jamie coming to the States, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show -- the first person to e-mail me gets them.

Other dates:
Wednesday, September 12 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
Thursday, September 13 – New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Saturday, September 15 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star
Tuesday, September 18 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
Wednesday, September 19 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
Saturday, September 22 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Café
Sunday, September 23 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Tuesday, September 25 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Wednesday, September 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour

[Myspace] Jamie T.
[mp3] "Sheila"

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Alones

Sometime over the last couple of weeks, The Alones released their debut single Silver on
Another Music = Another Kitchen Records. The last year has brought about a lot of changes for the band, who doubled their ranks to four members to fill out their already explosive sound. The change clearly helped bring The Alones to another level with the band playing higher profile shows to larger audiences and increasingly acclaim over the last few months. Check out their energetic, infectious single below--I can't get it out of my head!

[Myspace] The Alones

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Gray Kid: Tonight in Boston

LA's The Gray Kid continues to make music that falls somewhere between hip hop and everything else, perfectly evidenced by his second disc Vultures. He's doing a run over the entire country and Boston is lucky enough to be a stop tonight at the Middle East with Oliver Future. I know it's a Monday night, but this is worth pulling your ass off the couch for.

Other Dates:

9/11 - NEW YORK, NY - Mercury Lounge


9/13 - BALTIMORE, MD - Sonar

9/26 - DALLAS, TX - The Cavern

9/28 - FORT WORTH, TX - The Moon

9/29 - AUSTIN, TX - The Parish

[Myspace] The Gray Kid
[mp3] "Death of a Boy" [f/ Chris Graneau]
[Video] "Breakfast"

Mother Vulpine Takes a Break

From Mother Vulpine's Myspace blog: Hello all,

Hope you have enjoyed the summer so far (actually, what summer?). Sadly we have some pretty bad news for you. We'll be pulling out of all future gigs and will be taking a big break. Serious personal problems have arisen in camp vulpine and they need to be resolved before things take a plunge into the bottom of a lake. It's a decision none of us are taking lightly as we all feel very strongly about our music, career, fans, gigs, etc, but we really do need a well deserved kip for now.

We just want to thank all the people who came to our gigs , bought are debut record from the amazing 'On The Bone Records' folk, everyone who supported us from the beginning and everyone who helped us in anyway possible.

It's been amazing.

Thanks to everyone!!

This is just too bad as they were one of this year's most promising young bands. Let's hope things get better, but in the meantime, at least we have Kubichek!

[Myspace] Mother Vulpine
[mp3] "We'll Be Detectives"
[mp3] "Wolf Song"

Friday, September 07, 2007

Division Day: Cover Song Series

To build up some excitement for the release of their debut album on Eenie Meenie, Division Day will post a cover or remix over the next eight weeks. Here's the first in the series.

02 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo [CD release show]
04 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of The Hill [CD release show]
05 Reno, NV - Satellite Lounge
06 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
07 Denver, CA - Larimer Lounge
09 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
10 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café
11 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
13 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells
17 New York, NY - Canal Room [CMJ ASCAP showcase]
18 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall

20 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 [w/ Eulogies & Film School]
25 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall

[Myspace] "Division Day"
[mp3] "Every Shining Time You Arrive" [Sunny Day Real Estate]

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Jose Gonzalez "Down The Line"

José Gonzalez's highly anticipated sophomore release In Our Nature will hit stores September 25th through Mute Records, and it includes the tracks "Down the Line," "Killing for Love" and "Teardrops."

"Down the Line" is accompanied by a video directed by Andreas Nilsson - the director behind The Knife's "Silent Shout" - and is the first in a multi-part video series that also includes "Killing for Love.

[Myspace] Jose Gonzalez
[Video] "Killing For Love"

The Apples In Stereo On Tour

"Same Old Drag"

The Apples in Stereo On Tour:
09/13 Lexington, KY - The Dame
09/14 Athens, OH - The Union
09/15 Cranford, NJ - Music Fest
09/16 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/17 Boston, MA - Middle East
09/19 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09/20 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
09/21 Philadelphia, PA - World Café
09/22 Raleigh, NC - Spark Con Music Fest -Lincoln Theater
09/23 Atlanta, GA - Unplugged in the Park
09/25 Athens, GA - 40 Watt
09/26 Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
09/27 Orlando, FL - AKA Lounge
09/28 Ft Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
09/29 Tampa, FL - Crowbar
09/30 Tallahassee, FL - Beta Bar

[Myspace] The Apples In Stereo

Art Brut on Tour

Art Brut is on the road now, spending most of their fall here in the US. You can also check them out on The Interface where there is a live set and mp3 posted.

Art Brut September 2007 Tour Dates
Sep 06 - Thu - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
Sep 07 - Fri - Pyramid Cabaret - Winnipeg, MB
Sep 08 - Sat - The Hideout Block Party - Chicago, IL
Sep 11 - Tue - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
Sep 13 - Thu - Beauty Bar - Las Vegas, NV
Sep 14 - Fri - The Mohawk - Austin, TX
Sep 15 - Sat - Monolith Festival at Red Rocks - Morrison, CO

Art Brut & The Hold Steady Tour Dates - Oct & Nov 2007
Oct 21 - Sun - Lupo's - Providence, RI
Oct 22 - Mon - Roxy - Boston, MA
Oct 23 - Tue - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
Oct 24 - Wed - Disco Rodeo - Raleigh, NC
Oct 25 - Thu - 40 Watt - Athens, GA
Oct 26 - Fri - Bijou Theatre - Knoxville, TN
Oct 27 - Sat - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
Oct 29 - Mon - Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
Oct 30 - Tue - Metro - Chicago, IL
Oct 31 - Wed - Metro - Chicago, IL
Nov 11 - Thu - State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
Nov 04 - Sun - HUB Ballroom - Seattle, WA
Nov 05 - Mon - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
Nov 06 - Tue - Warfield Theater - San Francisco, CA
Nov 07 - Wed - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
Nov 08 - Thu - Cane's - San Diego, CA
Nov 09 - Fri - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
Nov 11 - Sun - Fox Theater - Boulder, CO
Nov 12 - Mon - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
Nov 13 - Tue - Granada - Lawrence, KS
Nov 14 - Wed - Palladium Ballroom - Dallas, TX
Nov 15 - Thu - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX
Nov 17 - Sat - BottleTree Annex - Birmingham, AL
Nov 18 - Sun - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
Nov 19 - Mon - Toad's Place - Richmond, VA
Nov 20 - Tue - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
Nov 21 - Wed - Terminal 5 - New York, NY

[Myspace] Art Brut

Eulogies On Tour

Peter Walker's new band, Eulogies, will be touring this fall with San Francisco shoegaze group Film School in support of their self-titled debut album. You can pick it up on Sept. 11th through Dangerbird Records.

10 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Café
11 Portland, OR - Dantes
12 Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp
13 San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
16 Austin, TX - Emos
17 Dallas, TX - Cavern Club
19 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
20 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
21 Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
22 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
24 Boston, MA - TT The Bears
25 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
26 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells
28 Cleveland, OH - Beachland
29 Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
30 Pontiac, MI - Pike Room
31 Chicago, IL - Schubas

01 Chicago, IL - Schubas
03 Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
05 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
08 San Diego, CA - Beauty Bar
15 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex

[Myspace] Eulogies
[mp3] "One Man"

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Mobius Band

Mobius Band

Brooklyn trio Mobius Band are gearing up for a tour of North America in support of their second full length album Heaven, which is set to hit the shelves on October 2nd via Misra Records. Much like their enchanting debut The Loving Sounds of Static, the new album shows the band experimenting in the blurry realm between electronica and indie rock. With canned beats and monochromatic unemotional singing fused together with poppy arrangements, Mobius Band plays a brand of music that's hard to describe and equally hard to put down. The first track on Heaven is available for download below, make sure to check it out!

Tour Dates:

09/14 Morrison, CO - Monolith Festival
10/01 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *

10/02 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's *

10/03 Charlottesville, VA - Satellite *

10/04 Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel *

10/05 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *

10/06 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *

10/08 Austin, TX - Emo's *

10/09 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater *

10/11 Albuquerque, NM - Burt¹s Tiki Lounge

10/12 Denver, CO - Hi Dive *

10/14 San Diego, CA - Casbah

10/16 Los Angeles, CA - Echo *

10/17 Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland ^

10/18 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine *

10/19 Portland, OR - Holocene *

10/20 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Café *

10/21 Vancouver, BC - Media Club *

10/24 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock *

10/25 Madison, WI - Café Montemarte *
10/27 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *

10/28 East Lansing, MI - MSU Union Ballroom #

10/30 Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle #

11/01 Ames, IA - Maintenance Shop @ ISU #

11/02 Columbia, MO - Mojo's #

11/04 Columbus, OH - The Basement #

11/06 Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room #

11/07 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe #

11/08 Montreal, QC - Petit Campus #

11/30 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse #

12/02 Boston, MA - Middle East (Downstairs) #

* = co-bill with Matthew Dear
^ = Club NME with The Subways
# = Tigercity supports

[Myspace] Mobius Band
[mp3] "Hallie"

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Shows In Boston This Week

09.04: The Almost/Meg & Dia @ Middle East Down
09.04: Mute Math @ The Paradise
09.05: The One AM Radio @ Middle East Up
09.05: The Cinematics/Carina Round @ TT The Bears
09.06: Cloud Cult/Land of Talk @ Middle East Up
09.06: Meat Puppets/The Sterns @ Middle East Down
09.06: Editors/Biffy Clyro @ The Paradise
09.07: The Pill @ Great Scott
09.07: Taxpayer/Harris @ Middle East Up
09.08: Taxpayer/The Everyday Visuals @ Middle East Up
09.09: Midlake @ The Paradise

Division Day Debut Album & Tour

[Photo Credit: Jared Seltzer]

A year and a half after their debut album began to circulate, Division Day's Beartrap Island will see an official release on October 2nd through Eenie Meenie. This official release features new artwork and two new songs -- "Ricky" and "Reversible," which ranks among the band's best. The band will also be on the road, playing a handful of east coast dates that will have them at CMJ once again thyis year.

02 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo [CD release show]
04 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of The Hill [CD release show]
05 Reno, NV - Satellite Lounge
06 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
07 Denver, CA - Larimer Lounge
09 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
10 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café
11 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
13 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells
17 New York, NY - Canal Room [CMJ ASCAP showcase]
18 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
20 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 [w/ Eulogies & Film School]
25 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall

[Myspace] Division Day
[mp3] "Tigers"