Monday, December 31, 2007

Beth's Top 30 Albums of 2k7

30. The Pigeon Detectives – Wait For Me
29. Kaiser Chiefs – Yours Truly, Angry Mob
28. Sondre Lerche – Phantom Punch
27. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
26. Mobius Band – Heaven

Mobius Band's sophomore album shows them experimenting in the blurry realm between indie rock and electronica. With electronic blips, 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. I don't have a single favorite track on the album, so check out my favorite three: "Hallie," "Friends Like These," and "A Hint of Blood."

25. Rilo Kiley – Under The Blacklight
24. Winterkids – Memoir
23. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Trip The Light Fantastic

British pop stars don’t usually find their way onto my year-end list… that’s definitely more Dany’s style than mine. But Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s album is sooooooo good that it would be a crime to leave it off. All fourteen songs are party starters, the type of songs that get people moving on the dance floor and keep them there even after the booze stops flowing. Sure, it doesn’t veer into any new sonic territory—it’s basically your average disco pop dance album—but who cares?

22. Le Loup – The Throne Of The Third Heaven Of The Nations' Millennium General Assembly
21. Delorentos – In Love With Detail
20. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
19. Maximo Park – Our Earthly Pleasures
18. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
17. Handsome Furs – Plague Park

The words from my review of Plague Park in April still hold true: "The band takes a decidely minimalist approach to song construction, relying on the addition and subtraction of repetitive layers of instrumentation to the mix as a mechanism for propelling the music forward (rather than say verse/chorus/verse). This contrasts with the more complex forms and musical intricacy laced throughout Wolf Parade's catalogue, though, interestingly, the end result is the same. Both Handsome Furs and Wolf Parade create music that ebbs and flows with kinetic energy, making it so that the songs feel new and exciting even after the fiftieth listen."

16. Elliott Smith – New Moon
15. Dartz! – This Is My Ship
14. Georgie James – Places
13. White Rabbits – Fort Nightly
12. 1900s – Cold & Kind
11. The Maccabees – Colour It In

The Maccabees were probably featured on Exitfare more than any other band this year. Rather than re-write the wheel, take a look at some of the things we've previously had to say about this great British export.

10.The Wombats – A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation

The Wombats really know how to turn a phrase. Much like their compatriot William Shakespeare, the band has a knack for writing lines that provide a witty, yet poignant commentary on life in the modern world. Two of my favorite examples are: “So with the angst of a teenage band, here's another song about a gender I'll never understand” (“Kill The Director”) and “I've just had the craziest week, like a party bag of lies, booze and then deceit” (“Moving To New York”). They’re not just lyrical geniuses though, the band also knows how to write a great riff, a catchy chorus, and put on an amazing live show. Although I wasn’t crazy about the mastering on A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation, the songs speak for themselves. This is easily the most thoroughly enjoyable album of the year.

9. Feist – The Reminder
8. The Rakes – The New Messages
7. Band of Horses – Cease To Begin
6. Ryan Adams – Easy Tiger

Ryan Adams is back in rare form, releasing his first album in nearly a decade that’s aces from start to finish. Easy Tiger doesn’t have any half finished songs, unrealized ideas, or throwaway filler tracks... just thirteen stunning songs spanning the gamut from alt-country to Americana to Adams’ best imitation of punk rock. The album is happier and more upbeat than any of Adams’ previous efforts, only delving into break your heart territory on the incredible album closer “I Taught Myself How To Grow Old.” It’s hard to pick a highlight, but I’d probably have to go with “The Sun Also Sets” which is propelled by a simple piano riff, huge crescendos, and contains one of Adams’ best vocal performances ever.

5. Bloc Party – A Weekend in the City
4. Editors – An End Has A Start

It took me a while to warm up to Editors’ An End Has A Start, because I was disappointed that there wasn’t a dance anthem as catchy as “Blood” or “Munich” on the entire disc. Once I got over my preconceptions of what the album should sound like, I realized that the record is incredible. Unlike other bands (cough, Hard-Fi), Editors stayed true to their sound on their sophomore album by packing densely layered instruments underneath lead singer Tom Smith’s characteristic throaty baritone. Unlike their previous album, however, An End Has A Start feels cohesive from start to finish due to the record’s continuing themes of love and loss, hope and fear that span the entire album. There are a lot of highlights, but my favorite track is “The Racing Rats”—a straight-ahead rock song with some of the best lyrics of the year.

3. John Vanderslice – Emerald City
2. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
1. Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future

I could write some long explanation of why I chose Klaxons' debut album, Myths of the Near Future, as my number one album of the year... but I won't. The album speaks for itself. Songs like "Golden Skans," "Atlantis To Interzone," and "Magick" are so completely new and inventive that bloggers had to invent a genre just to describe them (new rave). Overall, the young brats had a banner year--they won the Mercury Prize, wowed crowds around the world, sold a ton of records, re-introduced neon colors and bold shapes to hipster fashion, and probably best of all, guitarist Simon Taylor got engaged to CSS' Lovefoxxx.

But wait... there's more!

Top 5 EPs of 2007

1. Black Kids – Wizard of Ahhhs
2. Illinois – What The Hell Do I Know?

3. The Nightjars – Towards Light

4. Cut Off Your Hands – Blue on Blue

5. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Follow The Lights

Friday, December 21, 2007

Foals: New Album Details


Myspace // "Brazil Is Here" [mp3]

Foals has undoubtedly been one of the breakout successes of 2007. A bunch of Oxford dropouts, the band took the indie world by storm following some high profile, buzz building shows at CMJ (though I first wrote about them back in January!). Now Foals is everywhere--they signed to Sub Pop in the US, released their first video for the spastic "Balloons," and now are gearing up to release their debut album Antidotes in March 2008. By the looks of it, next year will be even bigger and better for this super talented art core band... so hats off to them for making some great music and playing probably the best show that I saw all year.

Antidotes tracklisting:

1. The French Open
2. Cassius
3. Red Socks Pugie
4. Olympic Airways
5. The Race For Radio Supremacy
6. Balloons
7. Heavy Water
8. Two Steps, Twice
9. Big Big Love (Fig.2)
10. Like Swimming
11. Tron

Thursday, December 20, 2007

M.I.A. "Paper Planes"

Myspace // "Jimmy" [Video]

No trip to the Caribbean is complete without a lot of reggae. I've been in Nassau (The Bahamas) for the past few days, and there are jitney buses that take you around the islands. Being that it is in the 70s and 80s, all of the windows are open and the music is blaring. It's a pretty awesome experience and one that would be made better with the addition of
M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" to the playlist. It's easily one of the best tunes of the year.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Georgie James: New song from NPR's Project Song

Georgie James
[Photo Credit: Kirk Harrington]

Myspace // "Monument" [Video]

Georgie James was featured on NPR's All Things Considered this week. As the second installment in the Project Song challenge, the power pop group was given two full days in the studio with a whole host of instruments to craft an original song that matched a photograph and a phrase of their choosing.

Their inspiration? A picture of a bare room with a pile of books in the middle from famed New York photographer Phil Toledano and the phrase "Something Joyful." The result? "Monument," an infectious toe tapper that evokes the sunny and innocent pop and r&b of the early 60s. Although the song could stand to be remastered, I would love it if "Monument" found its way to a proper release someday. So make sure to obnoxiously request it a bunch of times at Georgie James' New Year's Eve performance at the Rock n Roll Hotel in DC... it can't hurt the cause, I think.

Health On Tour + Award Nominations

Myspace // "Perfect Skin" [mp3] // "Triceratops" (Acid Girls Remix) [mp3] // "Heaven" [Video]

I suppose that if you're into weird LA rock groups, then you already know
Health, but if not, it's time to get on board. The band was just nominated for the 2008 Plug Awards, made it onto Pitchfork's Top 50 videos of the year list (who cares) and will be touring the west coast to start the 2k8. The band's self-titled debut is out now on Lovepump United.

* w/ Dan Deacon % w/ White Williams

01/15 Los Angeles, CA El Ray*

01/17 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall*
01/18 Oakland, CA 21 Grand
01/19 Davis, CA Delta of Venus

01/20 Sun Reno, NV The Studio on 4th

01/21 Chico, CA The Crux Arts Collective

01/22 Olympia, WA Voyeur
01/23 Vancouver, BC Media Club%

01/24 Seattle, WA Chop Suey%

01/25 Portland, OR Holocene%

01/26 Eureka, CA The Vista
01/27 Santa Cruz, CA Blue Lagoon

01/28 San Luis Obispo, CA Tridosha Healing Center

01/28 Los Altos Hills, CA KFJC Radio 89.7 FM

01/29 San Diego, CA Casbah%

01/30 Goleta, CA Biko Co-op Garage Performance Space
02/01 Los Angeles, CA El Ray

02/02 Bakersfield, CA Narduccis Cafe

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Benefit Concert to Save Darfur

Teddy Thompson, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Ben Lee, and a bunch of other musicians will be playing a special benefit show tomorrow night in New York to raise funds for The incredible Pulitizer Prize-winning author Samantha Power will also give a short talk on foreign policy and Africa, which judging from past experience is worth the price of admission alone. If you're in New York, please try your hardest to attend this event... I know that it will be a good time, but more importantly it will help raise money and awareness to fight a devastating genocide. The show takes place at the Highline Ballroom (16th St. between 9th and 10th Ave.) with doors opening at 6pm. Tickets are $35, available on TicketWeb and at the door.

The Daze

The Daze

Myspace // "The Motions" [mp3]

The Daze are a young blues rock/psychedelic rock band hailing from Austin, Texas. With a sound pulled straight from the hey day of the genre, their music is full of big distorted riffs,
heavily punctuated drums, and gruff wailing vocals--not to mention, a huge guitar solo or two. If you're a fan of bands like The Black Keys, The White Stripes, or dare I say The Black Lips, then you're bound to be a fan of The Daze.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Cold War Kids: Mulberry Street EP

Myspace // "Heavy Boots" [mp3]

A couple years ago, LA's
Cold War Kids were just another band heralded by the blogosphere who dropped a succession of three well-regarded EPs on their own. The first one was a six track release called the Mulberry Street EP that featured gems like "Heavy Boots" and "The Soloist in the Living Room" -- songs that made up the band's early live shows and probably should have made the album. Over at RCRD LBL, they're giving away all of the mp3s for free. For those of you who just got into the band, these tracks are must listens.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Liars On Tour


Liars // "Plaster Casts of Everything" [Video]

"When we last toured the States it was quite royally," says Liars frontman Angus Andrew. "Interpol laid out a magic carpet ride that took us from one historic venue to another. The whole experience was a mind-blowing orgy of music and memories."

Beginning out west, LA by way of NYC noise-experimentalists Liars will start 2k8 in style with a full national tour. No word yet on what band will be subjected to traveling the country with them, but if the past is any indication, it should be a good pick.

Fri 1/25 @ Slim's - San Francisco CA
Sat 1/26 @ Club Underground - Reno NV
Mon 1/28 @ Wonder Ballroom - Portland OR
Tue 1/29 @ Showbox - Seattle WA
Wed 1/30 @ Neuroiux - Boise ID
Thu 1/31 @ Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City UT
Fri 2/1 @ Marqis Theatre - Denver CO
Sat 2/2 @ The Bottleneck - Lawrence KS
Mon 2/4 @ Grinnell College - Grinnell IA
Tue 2/5 @ Metro - Chicago IL
Wed 2/6 @ Dionysus Club - Oberlin OH
Thu 2/7 @ The Tralf - Buffalo NY
Fri 2/8 @ Paradise - Boston MA
Sat 2/9 @ Warsaw - Brooklyn NY
Sun 2/10 @ First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia PA
Tue 2/12 @ 9:30 Club - Washington DC
Wed 2/13 @ Orange Peel - Asheville NC
Thu 2/14 @ The Earl - Atlanta GA
Sat 2/16 @ The Mohawk - Austin TX
Sun 2/17 @ Hailey's - Denton TX
Tue 2/19 @ Launchpad - Albuquerque NM
Wed 2/20 @ The Clubhouse - Tempe AZ
Thu 2/21 @ Casbah - San Diego CA
Fri 2/22 @ El Rey Theater - Los Angeles CA

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Cassettes Won't Listen Free EP

[Photo Credit: Bob Martus]


In preparation for his upcoming self-release, Small-Time Machine on March 11th, Cassettes Won't Listen (aka Jason Drake) is offering up a free EP, just in time for the holidays!

One Alternative has CWL covering '90s bands ranging from Sebadoh to Butter 08 and for all you producers and remixers out there, CWL is also offering up the EP's instrumentals and acapellas. Visit his homepage for all of the downloads.

Saint Etienne Boxette

Myspace // "Say It To The Rain" [mp3]

From Lovers Unite, which is Saint Etienne's fan mailing list:

Boxette will be available to pre-order from 8pm* GMT this Friday (14th December) from this special members website for £25 +P. You will need to enter your member number when ordering.

If you missed the flyer here it is again: Boxette.

*the shop will not go on-line until this time, so don't worry if you can't find it yet

Also there's some clips from This is Tomorrow on our YouTube page: loversunitefilms

And you may have heard Sarah's honeyed tones on Radio One...

Can't find a link for you to hear it, but...

The mystery track is called THE JOURNEY CONTINUES and it's by Mark Brown featuring Sarah Cracknell. It features a sample from a 'well known' tv ad but we're convinced that the words and vocal melody - care of SC - will send it chartbound. It's released on Positiva on February 4th 2008.

A Whole Lotta Yuletide Love

Bob, Pete Sarah XXX

Boxette contains all of the out of print fan club albums -- I Love To Paint (1994), Built On Sand (1999), Asleep at the Wheels of Steel (2001) and a fourth disc that collects tracks from other fan club CDs and tracks that have never been released. Only 3000 will be pressed.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Catchdubs & Fader's 50th

[Photo Credit: Gillian]

Myspace // Catchdubs Mix

Here's another mix in honor of The Fader's 50th issue. It's the perfect collection of tunes for pretending that this cold December is actually July! I'll test it out when I am in the Bahamas next week.

Download the entire Fader 50 issue here.

Wale - Elevators (Scottie B Remix) [ALLIDO]
Kid Sister - Pro Nails (Bag Raiders Remix) [FOOL'S GOLD]
Muscles - Sweaty MODULAR]
Mickey Factz - Talk Yo Ish [GFCNYC]
Turf Talk - Bring The Base Back [SICK WID IT]
Tabi Bonney - Lunchin [ORGANIZED RHYME]
Kardinal Offishall f. Akon - Graveyard Shift [KONVICT]
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - War [MERC]
Bonjay - Gimme Gimme [WIZZ AIR]
White Williams - I Want Candy [TIGERBEAT 6]
South Rakkas Crew - Hotter Den Dem [MAD DECENT]
The Pack - In My Car [JIVE]
The Federation - 18 Dummy [WB]
Blaqstarr - Supastarr (Tactic Remix) [MAD DECENT]
Kim - Wet N Wild (Midnight Juggernauts Remix) [MODULAR]
Kid Cudi - Day N Nite (JOTS Remix) [FOOL'S GOLD]
Hood Headlinaz f. Jackie Chain - Rollin [PAPER ROUTE]

Daniel Merriweather Song Stream

Myspace // "Chainsaw" [Stream]

Daniel Merriweather is a name you might recognize from Mark Ronson's Version (he did the vocals on "Stop Me") or Wale's remix of "Smile" by Lily Allen. This spring he'll have an album all too himself, which is slated to drop on J Records. You can preview the track "Chainsaw" above.

People Are Germs


Touching on fashion and clothes might not be a new thing for us for at Exitfare (we wrote about American Apparel way back when), but it's something that we're interested in and hopefully will be writing about a bit more often.

East London nightcrawlers People Are Germs have thrown some of the city's best parties, with guests that include Bloc Party, The Rakes, Epic Man, Klaxons and Uffie. Their logo has become ubiquitous, as Yannis from Foals has been seeing wearing their tote bag and even getting a recent write-up in the NME.

Check out the Myspace page for shirt and tote bag designs as well as info on ordering.

Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong

Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong
[Photo Credit: Pip]

Myspace // "Lonely Buoy" [mp3]

I just heard someone throw up on the street outside of apartment. Unremarkable for most city dwellers, except for the fact that I live on the fifth floor! And had music playing! I'm really grossed out, so let's segue over to music...

Everyone in Britain probably knows about Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong already. Following high profile shows with no names like Babyshambles, Dizzee Rascal, The Kaiser Chiefs, and CSS, every rag from NME to Q started to sing the young band's praises. The coverage is well deserved, as the band writes songs full of killer hooks that stay in your head for days on end. Sonically, Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong sound at home with the Razorlights and the Strokes of the world--though with a sprinkling of 1960s surf rock thrown in for good measure. It's an interesting and highly enjoyable sound, one that could easily break into the mainstream following the success of other nouveau throwback acts like The Pipettes and Amy Winehouse.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Mad Decent Mix

Myspace // Mad Decent Mix" [mp3]

Here's a Mad Decent mix from The Fader's 50th issue. There are some pretty awesome tracks, and then some others that I could do without (umm hello Remi Nicole).

"The mix we got, made with Mad Decent cohort Paul Devro is, unsurprisingly, not so much about what's already happened but what is going to happen next, and it is totally nuts."

Read the entire article here.

Kid Cuti - Day & Night (Jokers of The Scene Remix) {Fool's Gold}
KW Griff - Phil Collins
Remi Nicole - Rock 'N' Roll (Lee Mortimer Remix)
Roundtable Knights - Freaks of Desire {Arcade Mode}
Nifty - Nifty {Atlantic Jaxx}
Jackie Chain - Blinded By The Light {Paper Route Records}
Diplo - I'm So Hood Dubplate
MC Creu - Danca Do Creu
MC Nemen - Come Queto
Katalina - DJ Girl
DJ Sega - Bodies Hit The Floor {Hollertronix}
Blaqstarr - My Smacked Bitch {Hollertronix}
DJ Sega - Dig {Hollertronix}
Trip - Who's That (Jack Beats Remix) {Ahead of The Game}
Kissy Sell Out - Harriet (Kissy's Special Annie Mac Edit feat. Bolt
Action Five)
Pomomofo - Back at the Club (Boy 8-Bits Emotional Hardcore Remix)
Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Defender {Vulture}
Crookers - Purple Lens Game
Odyssey - Who {WWA}

Kate Nash "Pumpkin Soup"

Myspace // "Mouthwash"

This is one of my least favorite tracks off of Made of Bricks, but it's still a good one, if not a little too sweet. It's the third single in the UK and the album will be released in the States on January 8th. She will be playing a very limited North American tour in the new year.

7 Jan 2008 The Mod Club Toronto, Ontario
9 Jan 2008 The Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
12 Jan 2008 330 Ritch San Francisco, California
14 Jan 2008 The Troubadour Los Angeles, California

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Wombats Live in London

Myspace // "Let's Dance to Joy Division" [mp3]

I got back from London last night, and surprisingly, I wasn't jetlagged at all, but I was smelly and quite tired. Friday night, I caught The Wombats (video above) at Koko in London and Saturday was my first ever Manics show (clip of "Send Away the Tigers") here, which I traveled out to Birmingham to see. It was a fantastic trip -- I saw a lot of sights, ate some great food and met some awesome people, but most importantly, I came back with a list of great new bands to share.

And Ryan, I got a pub shot or two for you.

Naked and the Boys

Naked and the Boys

Myspace // "If You Find Love" [mp3]

Naked and the Boys are a great little band from London. Playing a light and subdued brand of Brit-rock on acoustic instruments, you'd almost expect to hear these boys busking outside a tube stop or performing in a small cafe. I'm sure the songs sound great amped up, too, but I just love the naked feeling of their demos. Naked and the Boys have been spending some time in the studio lately, so keep a watch out for new music on their Myspace.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Neon Plastix

Neon Plastix

Myspace // "On Fire" [mp3]

The Neon Plastix broke up/amicably parted ways/called it quits yesterday. According to their Myspace bulletin, "Some of us got tired on the way and had to finally realize that sometimes being an electro-pop backwards rockstar isn't for everyone. We contemplated carrying on and replacing members, etc, but after two singles replacing a vocalist would just kinda seem wrong." Sounds scandalous! Keep checking their Myspace page, as they're planning to post some free downloads and other goodies over the next couple of days.

Eric Matthews

Eric Matthews

Myspace // "Little 18" [mp3]

The incredibly influential Eric Matthews is set to release a new album on his own Empyrean Records in January. The Imagination Stage shows Eric Matthews at his finest, building dreamy pop soundscapes full of lavish, layered instrumentation and gorgeous melodies. The album presents a dichotomy of sound, as songs may start off light and whimsical and then abruptly change into something a bit more grandiose and complex. It's definitely an accomplishment, especially as Matthews wrote every note, sang every word, played every instrument, and arranged every song.

The Alones

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[Photo Credit: Heather Norris]

Myspace // "Falling From The Sun" [mp3]

Earlier this week, The Alones jumped on the whole release your music for free bandwagon by offering up their Spread The Word EP for free download. The five songs are decidedly British in influence, running the gamut from straight ahead British rock in the vein of Oasis to classic British punk reminiscent of the Sex Pistols. As I've said multiple times before, The Alones are a top notch band and their songs are thoroughly enjoyable, so download the EP for free while you can by clicking here!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

2008 Grammy Nominations

I hope this is indie enough for you guys. Some very intriguing nominees at this year's Grammy Awards, including Feist, Justice and Amy Winehouse. I haven't really had time to digest this yet. Here's the official press release.

Foo Fighters, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Kanye West and Amy Winehouse vie for Album Of The Year at 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards Feb. 10, 2008 Kanye West Leads Nominations with Eight; Amy Winehouse Earns Six Feist, Ledisi, Paramore, Taylor Swift and Amy Winehouse Up for Best New Artist

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nominations for the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards were announced today by The Recording Academy® reflecting one of the most diverse years ever with the Album Of The Year category alone representing the country, hip-hop, jazz, pop and rock genres. The press event was held at The Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood and was attended by national and international media, as well as key music industry executives.
Artists reading nominations this morning included Akon, Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park), Fergie, Vince Gill, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Jam, Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), George Lopez, Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park) and Taylor Swift. The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Feb. 10, 2008, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 ­ 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Kanye West tops the nominations with eight, Amy Winehouse garners six, and the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and T-Pain each earn five nods. Akon, Dierks Bentley, Chris Daughtry, Feist, Tim McGraw, John
Newton, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, and Bruce Springsteen receive four each. "This year's nominations truly reflect a diverse and talented community of artists and creators who represent some of the most exceptional music of the year," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "The GRAMMY Awards process once again has yielded a comprehensive group of
excellent nominees and coupled with the fact that it's our milestone 50th year, this year's telecast promises music fans a spectacular show filled with stellar performances and unique 'GRAMMY Moments' for which Music's Biggest Night has come to be renowned."

Following is a sampling of nominations in 110 categories from the GRAMMY Awards' 31 Fields:
Nominees for Album Of The Year are:
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace -- Foo Fighters
These Days -- Vince Gill
River: The Joni Letters -- Herbie Hancock
Graduation -- Kanye West
Back To Black -- Amy Winehouse

Nominees for Record Of The Year are:
"Irreplaceable" -- Beyoncé
"The Pretender" -- Foo Fighters
"Umbrella" -- Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
"What Goes Around...Comes Around" -- Justin Timberlake
"Rehab" -- Amy Winehouse

Best New Artist nominees are:
Taylor Swift
Amy Winehouse

Song Of The Year nominees include:
"Before He Cheats" -- John Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie
"Hey There Delilah" -- Tom Higgenson, songwriter (Plain White T's)
"Like A Star" -- Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriter (Corinne Bailey Rae)
"Rehab" -- Amy Winehouse, songwriter (Amy Winehouse)
"Umbrella" -- Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius "Dream" Nash & Christopher
Stewart, songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z)

Nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album go to:
Lost Highway -- Bon Jovi
The Reminder -- Feist
It Won't Be Soon Before Long -- Maroon 5
Memory Almost Full -- Paul McCartney
Back To Black -- Amy Winehouse

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals nods go to:
"Steppin' Out" -- Tony Bennett & Christina Aguilera
"Beautiful Liar" -- Beyoncé & Shakira
"Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)" -- Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
"The Sweet Escape" -- Gwen Stefani & Akon
"Give It To Me" -- Timbaland Featuring Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Instrumental Performance nominees are:
"Off The Grid" -- Beastie Boys
"Paris Sunrise #7" -- Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
"Over The Rainbow" -- Dave Koz
"One Week Last Summer" -- Joni Mitchell
"Simple Pleasures" -- Spyro Gyra

For Best Dance Recording, the nominees are:
"Do It Again" -- The Chemical Brothers
"D.A.N.C.E." -- Justice
"Love Today" -- Mika
"Don't Stop The Music" --Rihanna
"Love Stoned/I Think She Knows" -- Justin Timberlake

Nominations for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance go to:
"Timebomb" -- Beck
"Only Mama Knows" -- Paul McCartney
"Our Country" -- John Mellencamp
"Radio Nowhere" -- Bruce Springsteen
"Come On" -- Lucinda Williams

Best Rock Album nominees are:
Daughtry -- Daughtry
Revival -- John Fogerty
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace -- Foo Fighters
Magic -- Bruce Springsteen
Sky Blue Sky -- Wilco

Nods for Best Rock Song go to:
"Come On" -- Lucinda Williams, songwriter (Lucinda Williams)
"Icky Thump" -- Jack White, songwriter (The White Stripes)
"It's Not Over" -- Chris Daughtry, Gregg Wattenberg, Mark Wilkerson & Brett
Young, songwriters (Daughtry)
"The Pretender" -- Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel & Chris Shiflett,
songwriters (Foo Fighters)
"Radio Nowhere" -- Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)

Nominees for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals are:
"Same Girl" -- R. Kelly Featuring Usher
"Disrespectful" -- Chaka Khan Featuring Mary J. Blige
"Hate That I Love You" -- Rihanna Featuring Ne-Yo
"Baby" -- Angie Stone Featuring Betty Wright
"Bartender" -- T-Pain Featuring Akon

For Best Contemporary R&B Album, the nominees are:
Konvicted -- Akon
Just Like You -- Keyshia Cole
Fantasia -- Fantasia
East Side Story -- Emily King
Because Of You -- Ne-Yo

Best Urban/Alternative Performance nods go to:
"Make A Baby" -- Vikter Duplaix
"That's The Way Of The World" -- Dwele
"Daydreamin'" -- Lupe Fiasco Featuring Jill Scott
"Fantasy" -- Meshell Ndegeocello
"Dream" -- Alice Smith

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration nods go to:
"I Wanna Love You" -- Akon Featuring Snoop Dogg
"Kiss, Kiss" -- Chris Brown & T-Pain
"Let It Go" -- Keyshia Cole Featuring Missy Elliott & Lil' Kim
"Umbrella" -- Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
"Good Life" -- Kanye West Featuring T-Pain

Nominees for Best Rap Song are:
"Ayo Technology" -- N. Hills, Curtis Jackson, Timothy Mosley & Justin
Timberlake, songwriters (50 Cent Featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)
"Big Things Poppin' (Do It)" -- Clifford Harris & Byron Thomas, songwriters
"Can't Tell Me Nothing" -- A. Davis & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West)
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" -- Soulja Boy Tell'Em, songwriter (Soulja Boy
"Good Life" -- A. Davis, F. Najm & K. West, songwriters (Kanye West
Featuring T-Pain)

For Best Rap Album, the nominees are:
Finding Forever -- Common
Kingdom Come -- Jay-Z
Hip Hop Is Dead -- Nas
T.I. vs T.I.P. -- T.I.
Graduation -- Kanye West

The Pipettes "Because It's Not Love (But It's Still A Feeling)"

The Pipettes

This is the group's new video, although it may only be new to those of us in the States.

Beth will be holding down the fort for the next few days while I am in London -- she has some awesome stuff planned! I'll have some updates on the road (hopefully some pics from seeing The Wombats, Captain and Manic Street Preachers), but I will promise you no lame tourist stuff. If anyone wants to grab a pint, let me know.

Editors: North American Tour


Myspace // "Orange Crush" (REM Cover) [mp3] // "Camera (SebastiAn Remix)" [mp3]

After releasing one of the best albums of 2007, Editors will start the new year off on the right track with a tour of North America. They'll be sharing the stage with Hot Hot Heat and Louis XIV, so plan to show up late. Editors put on an intense live show, one that you will not want to miss. As these shows will sell out,
make sure to buy your tickets ASAP.

Jan. 08 2008 - Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Jan. 09 2008 - Jannus Landing, Saint Petersburg, FL
Jan. 10 2008 - House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Jan. 11 2008 - Roxy, Atlanta, GA
Jan. 12 2008 - Wildhorse, Nashville, TN
Jan. 14 2008 - The Norva, Norfolk, VA
Jan. 15 2008 - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
Jan. 17 2008 - Terminal 5, New York, NY
Jan. 18 2008 - Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
Jan. 19 2008 - Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
Jan. 20 2008 - Club Soda, Montreal, QC
Jan. 22 2008 - Koolhaus, Toronto, ON
Jan. 23 2008 - Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
Jan. 25 2008 - Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL
Jan. 26 2008 - Majestic Theatre, Detroit, MI
Jan. 27 2008 - Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
Jan. 29 2008 - Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI
Jan. 30 2008 - Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 01 2008 - Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
Feb. 04 2008 - Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA
Feb. 05 2008 - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
Feb. 06 2008 - Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
Feb. 08 2008 - Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Feb. 09 2008 - The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
Feb. 10 2008 - House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
Feb. 13 2008 - House of Blues, San Diego, CA
Feb. 14 2008 - House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Jose Gonzalez on Retread Sessions

Myspace and Super!Alright! in Austin, Texas continue the video series Retread Sessions, with Jose Gonzalez performing "Abram" and "Time to Send Someone Away".

Peasant: NY Shows

Myspace // "The Wind" [mp3]

Peasant, a native of Doylestown, PA and new signing to Paper Garden Records, will be performing a handful of free shows in NY over the next few weeks.

12/06: Pete's Candy Store Williamsburg 10 pm
12/14 & 12/15: Subway hopping on the L train between Union Square and Graham Avenue 9:30 - 11 pm

Peasant, aka Damien DeRose, paints pictures with his music in the vein of Belle & Sebastian and Nick Drake. His new full length record, On The Ground, will be released in 2008. It is mostly recorded on 2" analog tape, and contains the guts of a years worth of writing and rewriting.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

MGMT: New Video

Myspace // "Time to Pretend" [mp3]

Easily the best song on their solid debut album Oracular Spectacular (out on January 22nd through Columbia), Brooklyn group MGMT has just dropped the video for "Electric Feel" on the world. You can check it out over at Spinner. If you're not pleased with the results, instead of whining about it, you can make your own version here.

Also, the band is currently playing a handful of dates with the Fiery Furnaces.

8 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
9 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
10 Boston, MA - Great Scott
11 Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire
12 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
13 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick

Sally Shapiro "Hold Me So Tight"

Myspace // "Anorak Christmas" (Piano Mix) [mp3]

I am not sure how new/old this video is, but I stumbled upon it a few days ago while checking out the Klein Records webpage. It's a good, albeit trippy video, and my favorite so far off of Sally's debut album Disco Romance.

Les Savy Fav On Tour

Myspace // The Equestrian" [mp3] // "What Would Wolves Do" [mp3]

There are just a few dates and I forgot to post these when they were first announced. Les Savy Fav's latest album, Let's Stay Friends, is out now on French Kiss.

12-15 Lost Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
12-31 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
01-18 Dallas, TX - The Loft
01-19 Austin, TX - Emo’s

Also, LSF frontman Tim Harrington has been busy being a complete weirdo which we really need more of in rock. Check out his Randall's Island spoof and a failed interview at AOL's HR department. For his latest craziness, he teamed up with VH1 Best Week Ever and Nothing But Nets (a Malaria awareness campaign) to film a PSA in Manhattan. You can view the clip here.

The Raveonettes: New Video

Myspace // "Aly, Walk With Me" [mp3]

You can view the video for "Dead Sound" here.

Lust Lust Lust drops in the States on Feb. 19th through Vice Records. Here's the tracklisting:

01 Aly, Walk With Me
02 Hallucinations
03 Lust
04 Dead Sound
05 Black Satin
06 Blush
07 Expelled From Love
08 You Want The Candy
09 Blitzed
10 Sad Transmission
11 With My Eyes Closed
12 The Beat Dies
13 My Heartbeats Dying *
14 Honey, I Never Had You *
* - only available on North American release

The Hills (with James Franco & Mila Kunis)

Posted on Funny or Die a few days ago, James Franco and Mila Kunis effectively make fun of Audrina and Justin Bobby from The Hills by just repeating what they say. This could be a benefit of the writer's strike -- if only a group of comedians banded together and made a spoof episode each week of The Hills or The Real World. The genius of this clip is not what they say, but how it's said. And although The Hills is awful, shitty television, you can guarantee that I'll be watching again this week.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Daft Punk: Stream the New Album Now

Myspace // Preorder Alive

There is a full album stream up now on AOL Spinner. Check it out here.

Alive is out tomorrow.

Foals Sign to Sub Pop

Myspace // "Balloons"

After much speculation, UK group Foals have inked a US deal with Sub Pop. This is what they said in their Myspace blog:

we've been teasing them for ages, and they've finally fell for us. it's your average love story, really. we're going to be putting out pretty soon. putting out... an album! aha. right. in like april or something. this is awesome news for us. subpop are an amazing label, with an obviously amazing history.

so we can start touring america at length. i'm talking a big bus, some pancakes, some kings of leon on the stereo, a big hat, some sort of item of denim, and the long open road. this will probably be around the same time as we release an album.

yeah, great.

now back to the miserable fucking m1.


Led Zeppelin @ Bonnaroo?

Yet another wonderful unconfirmed rumor on the internet, courtesy of one of my addictions, the Lefsetz Letter. Not sure if this is on the website, but it was sent out as part of his "Mailbag" feature on his e-mail list.

From: ______________

Subject: Zeppelin/Bonnaroo

Date: November 30, 2007 7:08:09 PM PST


Zeppelin just confirmed for Bonnaroo. They can't officially announce until after the London gig so pass it on!

Kid Sister [f/ Kanye West] "Pro Nails"


"Pro Nails" directed by Ruben Fleischer featuring Kanye West. Kid Sister's debut album will be out next year on Fool's Gold, the label founded by A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs.

The Maccabees Live

The Maccabees @ Piano's, New York (10.19.07)

Myspace // "Precious Time" [mp3]

When we first met up with The Maccabees back in December '05, they were just another band with a few good demos on their Myspace page. Despite releasing a string of great singles, I wasn't totally sold on their debut LP Colour It In -- everything sounded too clean and it lacked the spark and immediacy of those demos.

The true test of a band is the live show, and to put on a great show, a band needs to be playing like it has something to prove. And when I finally got to see The Maccabees at CMJ, that's exactly how their set went down. I was just able to wedge myself into Piano's downstairs room after the band had already begun playing, but my discomfort was worth it. Too many established bands from the UK come over with attitudes (umm hello Hard-Fi), but these guys played like their lives depended on it, and the crowd reacted positively. It was only after catching this set that the album finally clicked, easily making it onto my year end best of list.

Editor's Note

If you come to this site regularly, you're going to notice a lot of changes starting today. If you've never been here before, then it's all new to you anyway.

I've been doing this blog the same way for two and a half years and things have gotten to be pretty formulaic. Some things have changed -- I brought on writers, I added/removed features and focused things a bit, but for the most part, things have remained the same since day one.

But it's time to change things around. Maybe you'll hate the changes, maybe you'll like them, but it's my hope to draw in more readers and make things more interesting for the regulars. On the surface you'll notice color and font changes -- expect more layout changes.

Most important though is the change in Exitfare's scope. Music will always remain the #1 priority here -- especially the newest of the new bands, but there are other things I want to work into the mix as well -- TV, movies and travel. I've been wanting to do away with Boston-centrism for the better part of a year for a number of reasons. Being a temporary transplant to the city, I'm not familiar with all of the local bands, and many of those that I've come in contact with haven't held my interest. There are other Boston blogs out there that do a much better job of covering the local scene (Bradley's Almanac for one), so I need to quit acting like I know what's up with the city.

Exitfare is going to have an awesome 2008. In meantime, look for a month of transition. There will still be daily posts, including some fun on location stuff from London and the Bahamas, but if things look weird, please bear with us. And thanks for coming back every day.