Toofer Toosday - 13Ghosts & Neva Dinova

I dreamt last night I was a member of the Eagles and somehow Don Henley and company were short on luck, losing everything in Vegas. So there we were, riding in an old beat up boxcar, traveling where ever the train took us. What instrument did I play, you ask? Why a drum sequencer and sampler, of course. When I woke up the next morning, I realized I had fallen asleep listening to 13Ghosts new LP, The Strangest Colored Lights. This Birmingham, Alabama 6 member band plays country infused classic folk rock with a large dose of distorted reality painted all over it. Very intriguing indeed.

mp3: 13Ghosts - Beyond The Door --> website --> buy
mp3: 13Ghosts - Whip Poor Will

Imagine. You're down south. It's hot. You stroll into a dank bar and the smoke swallows you whole. The ceiling fan is spinning slow as the wallpaper begins to peel off the wall (as if you're in a Coen brothers movie). Sounds gradually drift your way. A moody southern slow rock with a twist of the unkown. You then mosey on over to a empty bar stool and replenish your tired mind with booze and the salty tunes of Omaha's Neva Dinova. If you like that kind of cinematic song writing, then Jake Bellows' Nevo Dinova, who just released You May Already Be Dreaming on Saddle Creek, might be a good play for you. Check them out on May 11th at DC9.

mp3: Neva Dinova - Squirrels --> website --> buy
mp3: Neva Dinova - Supercomputer

The Run Down - Tuesday April 29, 2008

Well if you missed any of the superb shows in Philly last night, you have a chance to check them out in DC tonight, butmaybe you want to stick to Baltimore. The Recher Theatre has a great one with Josh Ritter and Langhorne Slim. In DC the Black Cat has Tokyo Police Club, Meligrove Band and Smoosh, while the 9:30 Club has Atmosphere.

mp3: Tokyo Police Club - Centennial --> website --> buy
mp3: Atmosphere - That Night --> website --> buy
mp3: Josh Ritter - Mind's Eye --> website --> buy
mp3: Langhorne Slim - She's Gone --> website --> buy


Random Randomness For A Random World

I might be wrong, long as I can see the light... going , going , gone ...it's that time again. Right?

image via nick

The Run Down - Monday April 28, 2008

There are some fantastic shows tonight for a Monday...all in Philly...close, but not that close. The First Unitarian Church has Tokyo Police Club, Meligrove Band. The Troc has Atmosphere and North Star Bar has The Secret Machines, Bellmar Dolls, and The Sunshine Recorder.

mp3: Tokyo Police Club - Your English Is Good --> website --> buy
mp3: Meligrove Band - I'm Easy --> website --> buy
mp3: Atmosphere - Get Fly --> website --> buy
mp3: The Secret Machines - Nowhere Again --> website --> buy


The Run Down - Sunday April 27, 2008

I hope you all are having a nice relaxing Sunday. Here' some shows that you might fancy going to tonight. In Baltimore, if you have the chance, Myspace is putting on a secret show at the Talking Head for TOKYO POLICE CLUB!!! Holy crap! If you can't get into that one then be sure to head to Sonar because they're serving up The Spinto Band, The Sw!ms, Explorers Clb, The Mishaps, and The Payola Reserve. In Philly, you might not want to miss Feist take over The Academy Of Music. Enjoy!

mp3: Tokyo Police Club - Your English Is Good --> website --> buy
mp3: The Spinto Band - They All Laughed --> website --> buy
mp3: Feist - My Moon My Man (Boys Noize Remix) --> website --> buy

Sunday Buffet

Another Sunday....another buffet. What more could you ask for?

Aderbat is the brainchild of Matt Taylor from Doylestown, PA. They play silky smooth indie pop rock that pleases me every time I take it for a spin. Pick up there Man Overboard EP that's out now or check them at John & Peter's on May 14th in New hope, PA or at Pete's Candy Store in NYC on May 21st.

mp3: Aderbat - I Need Someone --> website --> buy

Destroy Cowboy is five member band from Birmingham, UK that plays sensory healing electronic-ish music. You may have seen them supporting Stars, Apostle Of Hustle, or Tokyo Police Club. If not, here's your chance.

mp3: Destroy Cowboy - 1000 Candles --> website --> buy

The Winter Sounds are a fine band from Athens, Georgia. They have a kind of emo-crazed Shins sound going on which is quite intoxicating. Catch them playing shows all over the south and Georgia (check their myspace for 'em).

mp3: The Winter Sounds - Oblivion --> website --> buy

Future Tips are a five piece from Philly. They describe themselves as "Archers of Loaf getting drunk with The Who." Nuff said.

mp3: Future Tips - Chins Up --> website


The Run Down - Saturday April 26, 2008

Welcome to a great Saturday of shows. Here in Baltimore, don't miss Among Wolves at Frazier's on the Avenue in Hampden. Or head north to Towson, MD to see The Roots tear down the Recher Theatre. In DC, Jimmy Eat World take on Bender Arena, while the B-52s take out the 9:30 club with Eagle Seagull, and Five Four take over the Rock and Roll Hotel with Hello Tokyo and The Frustrations. In Philly, the Fillmore has Drink Up Buttercup, Poi Dog, and Abra Moore, while Johnny Brenda's has the A-Sides, The Explorers Club, and The Sw!ms.

mp3: Jimmy Eat World - Blister --> website --> buy
mp3: Drink Up Buttercup - Young Ladies --> website --> buy
mp3: The Roots - Black's Reconstruction --> website --> buy
mp3: Among Wolves - The Lesson --> website --> buy

Royal Bangs Cut It Up

What's there not to like about Knoxville, Tennessee? I mean come on. Superdrag... AWESOME. The Sun Sphere .... AWESOME. The Wig Sphere.... AWESOME. Now.... Royal Bangs... yup... AWESOME. This five member group blazes out of the 'ville brandishing a unique electro rock sound that sounds too old school to be new wave and too new school to be...um... old school. They've pretty much played everywhere down south including a stint at some festival called Bonnaroo. Now they have an album coming out on May 13th called We Breed Champions on Audio Eagle. I was pretty taken when I first listened to it. The Knoxville Voice compared them to "Radiohead vs. fifteen bottles of Southern Comfort." First of all anybody with 15 bottles of So-Co is not going to sound good, but I see where they're going with that. Second of all, I would say they sounded more like the Rolling Stones gettin' all crazy-like with keyboards when Van Morrison kicks down the wall and goes crazy (like Aerosmith vs. Run-DMC 'Walk This Way' style). This is Royal Bangs. Intelligent, yet rough around the edges, electro rock that knows no boundaries.

mp3: Royal Bangs - Broke Calculator --> website --> buy
mp3: Royal Bangs - Cat Swallow


New Wolf Parade Tour Dates

To coincide with the release of their new LP, Wolf Parade has announced the following tour dates :

July 7: Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom

July 8: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

July 9: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

July 12: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

July 13: Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park

July 15: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

July 17: San Francisco, Ca @ Fillmore

July 18: Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda

July 19: Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda

July 20: San Diego, CA @ Cane's

July 21: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre

July 24: Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom

July 25: Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa

July 26: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon

July 28: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

July 29: Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo

July 30: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

July 31: New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Aug 2: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

Aug 3: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

Aug 9: Toronto, ON @ Koolhaus

To buy tickets: CLICK HERE

DC? Baltimore? Next time I guess.

mp3: Wolf Parade - Call It A Ritual --> website --> buy

VIDEO - LIVE - Radiohead (Conan) & Vampire Weekend (Jimmy Kimmel)

Just in case you missed these performances on late night t.v. this week. Which is your favorite?

mp3: Radiohead - House Of Cards (Live On Conan 080423)
thanks to Culture Bully & ryanpoorman

mp3: Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
thanks to musickimmel

Friday (I'm A Remix)

The news has angered me this week. Damn you FRONTLINE and your revealing insights! I recently watched their expose on the environmental policies that were pretty much pushed aside by every president since 1988 (what's up with that Clinton/Gore). Many politicians didn't even believe global warming existed (some still don't) while others knew it was there, but felt mandatory CO2 caps would affect the economy, so they decided they would make them optional. Then the new Bush came in promising the mandatory caps, but basically backed out of that as soon as he was elected. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....pop! So here's my question to the new candidates. You say you're for change and happiness and greatness? What will you do? Sorry for the rant... here's some earth friendly remixes.

mp3: Sohodolls - Trash The Rental (Crystal Castles Remix)
mp3: The Rolling Stones - I'm Free (Hot Chip Remix)
mp3: Tapes n Tapes - Cowbell (The Black Eyes Remix)
mp3: Mystery Jets - Hideaway (Switch Remix)

image by Satoboy via Wooster Collective

The Run Down - Friday April 25, 2008

It's FRI-day! You should head on down to the 8x10 in Baltimore to check out the Herd Of Main Street with June Star, Til Sunrise, and In The Fur. If you're in DC, the Black Cat has Destroyer and Andre Ethier, while the Rock and Roll Hotel has Telograph, Len Bias, The Red Romance, and The A-Sides. If you're in Philly, you should check Johnny Brenda's to see Drink Up Buttercup, Buried Beds, and American Music Club, while the B-52s and Eagle Seagull are at the Electric Factory. Finally if you manage to get out to Wilkes Barre, PA, Cafe M has The Sw!ms, The Spinto Band, The Explorers Club, and The Moneynotes.

mp3: Destroyer - Your Blood --> website --> buy
mp3: Drink Up Buttercup - Mr. Pie Eyes --> website --> buy
mp3: Buried Beds - Insomnia --> website --> buy
mp3: Eagle Seagull - Beauty --> website --> buy
mp3: The A- Sides - A Florida Grove --> website --> buy
mp3: The Sw!ms - We Need Lava --> website --> buy
mp3: The Spinto Band - Summer Grof --> website --> buy
mp3: The Explorers Club - I Lost My Head --> website --> buy
mp3: Herd Of Main Street - Stumble and Fall --> website --> buy


I love my job - Arden and Georgie James at UMBC

Sometimes I really love going to work. Saturday's in April when its 80 degrees and awesome bands will play live music all day are certainly included in that category. Last Saturday was "Quadmania" at UMBC; Our big spring festival. Its usually at least entertaining, but this year included a bunch of really amazing campus and local acts, including Arden and Georgie James.

I'd seen Arden once before, but for only about five minutes, so this was my first valid impression of them, and the impression is FUN. Arden will likely be compared to fellow B-more band Karmellas Game, what with the female singer who play some keys, but this is not a copycat band. Arden has the full package. Great drums, tight bass, exceptional guitars, and of course, intriguing vocals. They are energetic and captivating. Catch them at Fletcher's this Friday, April 25th or the Brass Monkey on May 3rd.

Mp3: Arden - Kiss & Make Up --> Website --> Buy

Closing the night was D.C.'s Georgie James. Our admiration for GJ has already been stated HERE, but this was my first chance to catch them live. And it was glorious. Playing an acoustic set actually showcased how talented GJ are. Often when you strip a band down to its core, it can be disappointing, but GJ were well within their element. They were loose and were clearly amused by all the weird noises coming from the surrounding carnival rides. Laura Burhenn's vocals really matched the feel of the night. It was warm and blustery, and her voice sounds like a warm spring breeze, refreshing and liberating. A great performance indeed.

For those lucky people at Western Kenturcky University, GJ are playing w/Army of Me and Martin Royle & Pash on April 29th. Enjoy Washington D.C.'s finest in your back yard.

Long Week

mp3: Georgie James - More Lights --> website --> buy
mp3: Georgie James - Hard Feelings

Lots more pix from both shows are HERE


Just Announced!!!

Tokyo Police Club (http://www.myspace.com/tokyopoliceclub) celebrate the release of their debut album Elephant Shell in Baltimore Sunday, April 27 at a free MySpace Secret Show at The Talking Head. The Canadian band, signed to indie Saddle Creek, is a critics darling with Rolling Stone opining, “If only all young guitar bands were smart enough to rock out this fast, banging out seven first-rate mod-punk party starters in barely more than sixteen minutes.”

Elephant Shell was released on April 22, and the band is currently on tour to support the release, with the secret show being by far the smallest most intimate venue Tokyo Police Club will play. The band was recently featured on MTV’s Discover and Download program and their new single, “Tessellate,” is being played on such influential radio stations as Indie 103 in Los Angeles.

Did I mention it's FREE. Don't Miss it!

mp3: Tokyo Police Club - Tessellate --> website --> buy

The Run Down - Thursday April 24, 2008

DC and Philly are where it's at tonight. The Black Cat has Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Via Audio. The Rock and Roll Hotel has the French Kicks and Ravens and Chimes. The North Star has Destroyer and Andre Ethier. The Khyber has National Eye, Cheers Elephant, East Hundred, Street Girls, and Cary Ann Hurst & The Gun. Finally the First Unitarian Church has I'm From Barcelona and Pepi Ginsberg.

mp3: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - I Am Warm and Powerful --> website --> buy
mp3: Via Audio - Modern Day Saint --> website --> buy
mp3: National Eye - The Switch --> website --> buy
mp3: Cheers Elephant - Wide Eyed --> website --> buy
mp3: Ravens And Chimes - For M --> website --> buy
mp3: I'm From Barcelona - Oversleeping --> website --> buy
mp3: Destroyer - Rubies --> website --> buy

Tokyo Police Club Expanded

When I first heard A Lesson In Crime, Ontario's Tokyo Police Clubs debut EP, I was immediatley taken by the energy that was thrown at me, but really didn't have enough time to enjoy it since it only ran around 16 minutes. Luckily for me, the EP garnered them some success and they signed to Saddle Creek to release their debut LP, Elephant Shell, which came out on April 22nd. On this one they have seemed to limit their hyperness... and it's poptastic. It could even be considered more 'main stream'. All of these things seem to be negatives, yet this album hasn't left my rotation all week. The lyrics are captivating enough and catchy enough to hold my attention long enough that I'm singing along by the end. This is sure to be a favorite of many...so go ahead and dive in.

mp3: Tokyo Police Club - In A Cave --> website --> buy
mp3: Tokyo Police Club - Listen To The Math


VIDEO - Mystery Jets & Mates Of State

Mystery Jets have brand new video out for the song Two Doors Down. Check it out:

mp3: Mystery Jets - Two Doors Down

Also just released is Mates Of States video for Get Better off of their upcoming LP. Thanks to The Yellow Stereo for this.

mp3: Mates Of State - Get Better

Rolling Stone Gets In On It

I'm not an avid reader of Rolling Stone, but when they have their little lists they like to put together I usually take a gander so I can be one of those people that argues with a speechless magazine. This months edition chronicles 2008's best so far. My Morning Jacket, Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, etc. Low and behold guess who the Best Scene belongs to....BALTIMORE. Yes, apparently thanks to the success of Dan Deacon and Wham City combined with the growing number of indie acts, good ole Charm City has gained some props from the 'big media'. I can't really disagree, partly because we're based in Baltimore, but mainly because there's some great music coming out of here. Tons of variety....indie, folk, hardcore, club, electronic, experimental...screamo. Dan Deacon, Celebration, Animal Collective, The Death Set, Wye Oak, Double Dagger, and Among Wolves (one of our faves) just to name a few. Sure Baltimore isn't perfect (with all the crime and all), but hey, at least we've got a scene. Here's the article.

mp3: Among Wolves - Baltimore
mp3: Dan Deacon - Wham City
mp3: The Death Set - Selective Memories
mp3: Celebration - Lost Souls
mp3: Animal Collective - Did You See The Words?
mp3: Wye Oak - Orchard Fair

Riddle Of Steel For Rock

Sometimes music needs to stop messing around. What's up with all these samples? What's up with all this disco? Where's the rock...umm...I...mean...where's the R O C K? Apparently it's in St. Louis...what, you didn't know that? There's a rumor that a three piece band lives in Missouri that produces the kind of rock that makes me nod my head back and forth when thinking about it. Well actually it's no rumor, it's a fact. Riddle Of Steel. Three guys, Andrew Elstner, Jimmy Vavak, and Rob Smith, crank out rock that sounds like Queens of the Stone Age dreaming of Jawbox or maybe Van Halen partying with Shudder To Think. Whatever. That doesn't matter. What matters is now is the time to test that little stereo of yours. How loud can it go (does it go to 11)? Riddle Of Steel will solve that...riddle. Their debut album, 1985, is out now.

mp3: Riddle Of Steel - It's Called A Turbo --> website --> buy
mp3: Riddle Of Steel - Who's The Fella Owns This Shithole?

The Run Down - Wednesday April 23, 2008

There are five quality events tonight in the surrounding areas. In DC, the 9:30 club has Tapes N Tapes with White Denim, while the Rock and Roll Hotel has Foals and Tereu Tereu. In Philly, Johnny Brenda's has Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin with Via Audio and Aderbat, while the Electric Factory has Animal Collective and Kria Brekken. Finally don't miss DC's Le Loup at Messiah College.

mp3: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - House Fire --> website --> buy
mp3: Via Audio - We Can Be Good --> website --> buy
mp3: Aderbat - I Need Someone --> website --> buy
mp3: Tapes N Tapes - Manitoba --> website --> buy
mp3: Animal Collective - The Purple Bottle --> website --> buy
mp3: Foals - Electric Bloom --> website --> buy
mp3: Tereu Tereu - Don't Be Sore, Farmer John --> website --> buy
mp3: Le Loup - Planes Like Vultures --> website --> buy


I thought I'd lost the Static Of The Gods

Sometimes I lose CD's. Even ones I like. I listened to Peluche, the new EP from Boston's own Static Of The Gods weeks ago. I thought it was great. It reminded me of fellow Boston rockers, The Sheila Divine mixed with B-more's Avec. I actually left the three song EP in my CD player for three days. And then I'm pretty sure my car ate it. I can't blame my car, as it is a delicious EP, but yesterday I managed to dig it out from between my drivers seat and E-brake.

Static of the Gods have a great sound: Poppy enough to grab you right away, but deep enough to keep you coming back. For those who can't be in Boston, catch them at The Fire in Philly on May 16th.

This EP is the follow up to their 2006 LP release Cycles Follow Signs, which also rocks.

Mp3: Static Of The Gods - Jaguar Song
Mp3: Static Of The Gods - 2.33 (from Cycles Follow Signs) ---- Website ---- Buy

Toofer Toosday - Magnetic Morning & Man Plus

Magnetic Morning (formerly the Setting Suns) are made up of Swervedriver's singer/guitarist Adam Franklin and Interpol's drummer Sam Fogarino. They met and formed in New York in 2006. Last year they released their first self titled EP on Itunes in Novemeber while the physical copy came out on April 19th of this year. Adam Franklins bassy drawl defines their sound while stacks of whistles, strings, and organs flow beneath him covering the deep bass and drums like a winter jacket. Bundle all that up in a nice neat package then drop into a bath of reverb and you will have the majestic orchestral indie rock of Magnetic Morning.

mp3: Magnetic Morning - Cold War Kids --> website --> buy
mp3: Magnetic Morning - Don't Go To Dream State

Man Plus get their name form a science fiction novel by Frederick Kohl where a man slowly becomes a cyborg so he can live on Mars. Well the band isn't from Mars, but from Seattle, and they're not cyborgs (though I could be wrong). Instead their a five piece band that sounds like electronics shaing hands with drums that pat male/female(Jared and Ellen) duo vocals on the back. Jared's voice wavers between po and aggressive often complementing the rhythm of each song while Ellen's calm vocals sway with the musical patterns that underly them. Man Plus plays BEASTLY/light indie rock...or bi polar indie rock...or something else that I haven't thought of yet...hmmm...it's good. And they've got a new album out called The Hungarian Suicide Songbook...go get it!

mp3: Man Plus - Kids Gone Bad --> website --> buy
mp3: Man Plus - A Ghost Is A Ghost Is A Ghost Is A Ghost

The Run Down - Tuesday April 22, 2008

There are great shows all over the place tonight. Here in Baltimore the Ottobar has Ra Ra Riot, The Little One, and Kadman. In DC the Red and the Black has Mahjongg, Mystery Palace, and Outputmessage. In Philly, Johnny Brenda's has Foals and Ghosts, while the First Unitarian Church has Tapes N Tapes and White Denim. Finally in Virginia, Iota has Shortstack and The Wilders.

mp3: Foals - Balloons --> website --> buy
mp3: Mahjongg - Aluminum --> website --> buy
mp3: Mystery Palace - Nascar Survivor --> website --> buy
mp3: Ra Ra Riot - A Manner To Act --> website --> buy
mp3: The Little Ones - High On A Hill --> website --> buy
mp3: Kadman - Sorry --> website --> buy
mp3: Shortstack - Wiseblood --> website --> buy
mp3: Tapes N Tapes - Omaha --> website --> buy


The Run Down - Monday April 21, 2008

There are two small time indie shows that shouldn't be missed tonight. At the Lo-Fi Social Club has Mystery Palace and Digitata while the Red and The Black in DC has Band Marino from down south. Enjoy!

mp3: Band Marino - Chasing Rainbows --> website --> buy
mp3: Mystery Palace - Nascar Survivor --> website --> buy
mp3: Digitata - Spring Fever --> website --> buy

Random Randomness For A Random World

Cool kids keep going outside. Hide and seek when you sleep.

image by Dudu Geva via Wooster Collective


The Run Down - Sunday April 20, 2008

So it's that day again....why not slowly make your way over to some great events around town. The National Mall in DC has some sweet performers for the Green Apple Festival including Talib Kweli, The Roots, and Thievery Corporation. OR maybe you would like to be indoors fo Greenland and Pranir at the Black Cat in DC or Mystery Palace, Grandchildren and DJ Heavy Flow at the Millcreek Tavern in Philly.

mp3: Greenland - We Are Clipper Ships --> website --> buy
mp3: Prabir & The Substitutes - Oh Marie --> website --> buy
mp3: Mystery Palace - Nascar Survivor --> website --> buy
mp3: Grandchildren - Saturn Returns --> website
mp3: Talib Kweli - Get By --> website --> buy
mp3: The Roots - Web --> website --> buy
mp3: Thievery Corporation - The Cosmic Gate --> website --> buy


Record Store Day

So today is the official Record Store Day. Today record stores all over will be holding events and free give-aways so make sure you get out there and support them. Merge Records has gone and done a fabulous thing by giving away a select split 7 inch featuring Destroyer and Wye Oak. Click here to see if a record store near you will have it. Merge also is giving away a free download of the entire Rosebud's Remix album. Get it here.

mp3: The Rosebuds - Silence By The Lakeside (Portastatic Remix)

The Jealous Girlfriends...Finally

By all accounts I should have heard of The Jealous Girlfriends before. Their song Lay Around played on Showtime's The L Word, two of their songs (off their upcoming album), Roboxulla and Something In The Water, were used on Grey's Anatomy, while the song Carry Me was on CSI: Miami (which I usually turn off after the sunglasses go on). Their music video for How Now even won the IPod music video contest. So how is it that it took me so long to hear and love them? I guess it's a thing called fate that brought me to them...or maybe it's the fact that they opened for Nada Surf (wait...that's probably it). The point is, if you haven't heard them, DROP EVERYTHING and take a listen. Aside from the fact that their live show is an intense display of sheer rock goodness, The Jealous Girlfriends self titled LP (due out on April 22nd on Good Fences) grabbed me, slapped me, then hugged me. Blending the soulful voice of Holly Miranda with the soaring guitar of Holly Miranda with the smooth deep voice and red hair of Josh Abbott with the lush bass and keys of Alex Lipson with the daringly great drums of Mike Faden, this wonderful quartet from New York puts together a hypnotizing selection of spirituous pop rock. Many would probably say they have a New Pornographer type of sound, but I'll take it a step further and say they are channeling the Pixies covering Fleetwood Mac. Decide for yourself when they play at the Rock and Roll Hotel with Sea Wolf on May 25th. Make sure you pick their album up on Tuesday.

mp3: The Jealous Girlfriends - Secret Identity --> website --> buy
mp3: The Jealous Girlfriends - Something In The Water

The Run Down - Saturday April 19, 2008

There's a few shows of note around the area tonight. The Rock and Roll Hotel has Cloud Cult, Exit Clov, The Forms, and The Beanstalk Library, The Red and The Black has Bandazian, The London Souls and Finver Four, and finally the Trocadero has Kate Nash.

mp3: Exit Clov - Violent Berries --> website --> buy
mp3: The Forms - Knowledge In Hand --> website --> buy
mp3: Kate Nash - Mariella --> website --> buy


Mash It Up Why Don't You

I know it's Friday and I've already posted some quality remixes for your listening pleasure, but I've been receiving some grand mash-ups for the last week or so from Immuzikation (aka Alfredo Lapuz Jr.) that I just had to put up. Enjoy!

mp3: Immuzikation - Jeumie (Yelle vs. Weezer) --> website
mp3: Immuzikation - All My Children (LCD Soundsystem vs. MGMT)

Friday (I'm A Remix)

So this week is...well...over. Time to sit back and relax...take a load off...shoot the breeze...ease on down the road...chill...shoot the willy bo-bo...and...of course...sleep...(that's where I'm a viking)...

mp3: Jesse McCartney - Leavin (MSTRKRFT Remix)
mp3: Beck - Que Onda Guero (The Mae-Shi Latino 96.3 Remix)
mp3: Robyn - Who's That Girl (Styrofoamkid Remix)
mp3: Le Tigre - Deceptacon (DFA Remix)

The Run Down - Friday April 18, 2008

Is there ever a Friday when there aren't great shows? The Recher Theatre has Kate Nash, The Rock and Roll Hotel has Zulu Pearls, Double Dagger, B&W Jacksons and Imperial China, The Third Floor has Bellman Barker, In Technicolor and Tsarina, while the Khyber has Audible.

mp3: Kate Nash - Skeleton Song --> website --> buy
mp3: Audible - Sunday Bell --> website --> buy
mp3: Zulu Pearls - Dark Ages --> website --> buy
mp3: Bellman Barker - Pockets --> website --> buy


Weezer Strikes Back

So many of you have heard the leaked single Pork and Beans (actual release date on April 24th) floating around the "net". So have I. In my opinion, it's pretty friggin' good. You see, like many of you, I'm a big Weezer fan, and, like many of you, I was deeply "pained" by Make Believe. I mean, what was that? The thing about this song, Pork and Beans, that makes me smile is that it seems Cuomo and company have gone back to their original recipe of fuzzed out guitar pop with honest and sometimes hilarious lyrics. And it's catchy...the main ingredient to all great Weezer songs. Now we just have to wait until June 17th(maybe) to hear the full self titled(maybe) red(maybe) album that was produced Rick Rubin(partly), Weezer, and Jackknife Lee(R.E.M., The Hives, Editors, Bloc Party). That's right around the corner folks, so get your ears (and your thumbs) ready.

mp3: Weezer - Pork And Beans --> website --> buy
mp3: Weezer - Why Bother
mp3: Weezer - In The Garage

VIDEO - Annuals "Sore"

Annuals just released the video for their song Sore off of the Wet Zoo EP. After watching it I can honestly say that I never imagined this song would feature tribal wars and exploding temples, but maybe I just missed that. Great video though.

mp3: Annuals - Sore --> website --> buy

The Run Down - Thursday April 17, 2008

Today seems to be the busiest show day of the week. The 9:30 club has Kate Nash, DC9 has Tally Hall and The Republic Tigers, The Red and The Black has The Dig, The Incorrigibles , Motel Motel and Red Shift, while the Ottobar has Abby Mott, Golden Jubilee, and Pulaski.

mp3: Kate Nash - Nicest Thing --> website --> buy
mp3: The Republic Tigers - Made Concrete --> website --> buy
mp3: The Dig - Any Day Now --> website --> buy
mp3: Abby Mott - Snow --> website --> buy

Wye Oak Revisted

Quiet music kills me sometimes. I'll admit it, I like to rock. Baltimore's Wye Oak have made me give quiet another look. Though there are some up beat songs on If Children (just released on Merge), Wye Oak truly binds me into the laid back, cool yet humid, landscae of memories and brushings. Please Concrete, the opening track, sets it all off with light guitar and organ as the rhythm timidly comes through before blasting off at the end. These types of mood swings embody the rest of the album. There's aggressive sounds, but not over the top, and certainly transformed by Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack's knack for creating harmonies where you wouldn't think there'd be harmonies. The slow songs are just pleasant to listen to. They don't exaggerate, they simply state, letting any sappy sentiment float away. Check their myspace for tour dates.

mp3: Wye Oak - Regret --> website --> buy
mp3: Wye Oak - Family Glue


The Run Down - Wednesday April 16, 2008

Good ole hump day seems to be providing some good middle of the week acts. The 9:30 club has Grand Ole Party and Rogue Wave, The Khyber has The Epochs and Lightning Bugs, while the North Star Bar has Tally Hall and The Republic Tigers.

mp3: Grand Ole Party - Nasty Habits --> website --> buy
mp3: Rogue Wave - Nourishment Nation --> website --> buy
mp3: The Epochs - Collision (TheDeathSet) --> website --> buy
mp3: The Republic Tigers - Weatherbeaten --> website --> buy

Mr. Jones

So the folk scene is HIGHLY SATURATED. I often tire of actually. So what does it mean when a folk album passes through my hands that I end up enjoying? It means it's damn good. Why? There's personality, charm, pain and sorrow leaking out of every crack of the album. Every track doesn't hit me the same way, but on the whole Hezekiah Says You're A-OK by Hezekiah Jones comes together well with no strings attached. No booming choruses, no xylophones and tubas. Just a guitar, some choice melodies and vocals, and the occasional spice of an instrument. Being from the Philadelphia region, you can find Hezekiah Jones playing up and down the east coast frequently. Check their myspace for current dates.

mp3: Hezekiah Jones - Postpone --> website --> buy
mp3: Hezekiah Jones - Agnes Of The World


New Wolf Parade & Nada Surf Live Concert Stream

The news keeps on coming in and it seems to always be great. You may have heard that Wolf Parade will be releasing a new album on June 17th. You may have also heard me say years ago that Wolf Parade was the best thing to happen to music since sliced Bread...no? Well maybe I'm a tad crazy, but go ahead and feast on this new track.

mp3: Wolf Parade - Call It A Ritual --> website --> buy


In other news, NPR has done us all a great thing by streaming the entire Nada Surf show from the 9:30 club that we attended last Saturday right here. Enjoy!

Toofer Toosday - The Sound Of Arrows & Oren Lavie

The Sound Of Arrows are Swedish duo Oskar Gullstrand and Stefan Storm. They make music. The kind of music that does circles around your heart with crazy liquid reverb and transfigure analog piano lines. Gullstrand and Storm have a new EP, Danger!, set to be released on May 7th and then will follow it up with a LP in the fall. This EP teases you with textured pop songs so that when it ends you have no choice but to listen again. Throw some solid remixes onto the backside of it and you've just scored the perfect after midnight snack.

mp3: The Sound Of Arrows - Danger! --> website --> buy
mp3: The Sound Of Arrows - Danger! (Panache Remix)

Here we are, riverside, at midnight watching the moon speckle light between the trees while the sound of the water flowing is like a nocturnal symphony. this is Oren Lavie, a songwriter from Berlin via New York. A rising talent in Europe, Lavie decided to start his own label in New York this year, Blue Smile, using his album The Opposite Side Of The Sea as it's inaugural release sometime soon. He makes gentle music for gentle times and he might even garner comparisons to Drake. He should. A deep beautiful voice paired with quality recording and production leave me with nothing bad to say about him. Oren Lavie is nice.

mp3: Oren Lavie - Her Morning Elegance --> website --> buy
mp3: Oren Lavie - The Opposite Side Of The Sea

The Run Down - Tuesday April 15, 2008

TAX DAY!!! Argghhh! If you want to unwind after this trying day then head on up to the First Unitarian Church in Philly to see Grand Ole Party, Rogue Wave, and Evangelista. Or maybe you have tickets to the sold out 9:30 club show of The New Pornographers and Okkervil River. If so, enjoy!

mp3: Grand Ole Party - Look Out Young Son --> website --> buy
mp3: Rogue Wave - Bird On A Wire --> website --> buy
mp3: The New Pornographers - Streets Of Fire --> website --> buy
mp3: Okkervil River - War Criminal --> website --> buy

VIDEO - Death Cab For Cutie & The Spinto Band

For some reason I slacked a bit on posting these videos, but here they are in all their glory. I'm super excited about the new D-Cab and you can't go wrong with the Spinto Band.

mp3: Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess your Heart****REMOVED****

mp3: The Spinto Band - Summer Grof


Nada Surf @ 9:30 club - In Review

After making the commitment to road trip to New York for Nada Surf, of course it was a no brainer that I would make it to the 9:30 club Saturday night. It felt a little strange to be waiting in line while the sun was still up, as this was an early show, but there we were. Openers for the show were The Jealous Girlfriends and Kaki King.

TJG’s were up first. Although they seemed a little sheepish while taking the stage, possibly because of the early hour, lead singer and guitarist Holly Miranda soon surprised the crowd with her energy and gripping voice. She also proved to be a pretty kick ass guitar player. Their songs were frenzied yet still very tight. This was the last night of the tour for TJG’s with Nada Surf, but I’d expect to see them to be headlining shows very soon.

Next up was Kaki King, formerly a solo singer/guitar player, but now with a full band. Immediately clear was that King is an excellent guitar player, leading with a display of slapping and finger picking an acoustic guitar before her band joined in. Also obvious was that Matt Hankle is a fiercely talented drummer. He stole the spotlight several times through their set. Overall, the set seemed to vary a bit too much for my taste. I don’t really know how to describe their sound, because it changed every song. How do you go from acoustic jam band to covering German metal?

After a lightning quick set change, Nada Surf took the stage. Although a very similar setlist to the Terminal 5 show, this one had a unique feel. Of course, it was more intimate, but it also felt a little more loose. The crowd was more energetic and seemed better versed in their music. Everyone seemed to sing along to every song, whether prompted or not. The beginning of Fruit Flies was epic, with the crowd almost forcing Matthew off the mic because they were so loud. Speaking of Fruit Flies, Ira played these wicked cool glowing drumsticks. Watch the video below. The other amazing crowd moment was during Inside of Love, when Matthew asked that the crowd do a two step sway in time with the music, and we all happily obliged. It was very cool.

Anywho, Martin Wenk of Calexico joined Nada Surf again, adding wonderful depth to the sound. Keys, synth and awesome horns popped up all over the set. Seriously guys, you need to keep him. Or maybe clone him.

Ahhh, another amazing Nada Surf show. These guys just get better and better.

Blizzard of '77

Crazy Glowing Drum Sticks

Some pictures HERE


High Speed Soul
Happy Kid
Whose Authority
What is Your Secret
Killians Red
I like What You Say
Inside of Love
Fruit Flies
80 Windows
Ice on the Wing
The Fox
Do It Again
Beautiful Beat
See These Bones

Blizzard of '77
Blonde on Blonde
Always Love
Blankest Year

The Run Down - Monday April 14, 2008

Given the extreme amount of shows there were last week, this week there's a pleasant lull. There is one quality show tonight, but unfortunately it's sold out. If you are going to the New Pornographers/Okkervil River show tonight(and tomorrow) at the 9:30 Club, please let us know how it went.

mp3: The New Pornographers - Use It --> website --> buy
mp3: Okkervil River - Black --> website --> buy