I’ve been studying all weekend and have nothing to show for it (yet). But that’s all gonna change soon because soon… yes, soon I will do so poorly on my tests that you’ll be able to hear me weep from miles away. Did I say, “miles?” I meant ÜBER-miles, whatever that means.
It’s been almost 2 months now since my classes started, and boy are my arms tired! *rim shot – CRASH*
I’ve enjoyed it so far, though, and have many stories to tell. Unfortunately, I cannot tell any of these stories or else I will be hunted down and then forced to look at Lady Gaga and her prosthetic weirdness from the Grammys. Dude. She got horns, man… and arrived in a frikkin’ egg. An EGG. I guess the age-old question of “Which came first, Lady Gaga or the egg?” can now be laid to rest! HAHA!!! *rim shot – CRASH*
She’s going to have to REALLY out-do herself now… I bet she’ll behead herself onstage someday just for effect.
Which brings me to these videos I found whilst perusing YouTube. The first one is pretty funny… it’s called “Cooking With Bono.” That’s really all you need to know. Take a look:
And if THAT wasn’t enough, watch this one called “Cooking With Christopher Walken.” Both segments are from an Australian show called The Wedge… funny show. This one with Christopher Walken is HILARIOUS. I highly encourage you to watch it.
I hope you are well! Thank you for reading and visiting when you can. I haven’t forgotten about you, so don’t you forget about me… I’ll be alone, dancing… you know it, baby…
Dinosaur Jr.‘s J Mascis has a new solo album coming out March 15th via Sub Pop, and he has just made a second track, “Is It Done” available for free download.
The new album, Several Shades of Why, the first solo effort for Mascis, was recorded at Amherst Massachusetts’ Bisquiteen Studios and is nearly all acoustic. He was joined in the studio with several friends, including Kurt Vile, Sophie Trudeau (A Silver Mount Zion), Kurt Fedora (long-time collusionist), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Paulo Zappoli (Black Heart Procession), Matt Valentine (The Golden Road), and Suzanne Thorpe (Wounded Knees).
Mascis describes the album, “There are a couple of songs that are older, but the rest is new this year. And it’s basically all acoustic. There’s some fuzz, but it’s acoustic through fuzz. There’re no drums on it, either. Just one tambourine song, that’s it. It was a specific decision to not have drums. Usually I like to have them. But going drum-less pushes everything in a new direction, and makes it easier to keep things sounding different.”
Grab “Is It Done”, which features Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, below in the Dig-It section. You can also grab the first single, “Not Enough” there as well. Pre-order Several Shades of Why via Sub Pop here.
03/10/11 Ithaca, NY Castaways
03/11/11 Toronto, ON The Great Hall
03/22/11 Brattleboro, VT Headroom Stages
03/23/11 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
03/24/11 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
03/25/11 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/26/11 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
03/30/11 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
03/31/11 Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig
04/01/11 Chicago, IL Subterranean
04/02/11 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
04/07/11 Atlanta, GA The Earl
04/08/11 Athens, GA The Melting Point
04/09/11 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle
04/10/11 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
04/29/11 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
04/30/11 Portland, OR Dante’s
05/03/11 Santa Cruz, CA Crepe Place
05/04/11 San Francisco, CA The Independent
05/05/11 Long Beach, CA Alex’s Bar
05/06/11 Echo Park, CA Echo
05/07/11 San Diego, CA The Casbah
The Strokes have released the first single, “Under Cover of Darkness” off their upcoming album, Angles, and you can download it free for a limited time by clicking here.
Angles, the band’s fourth album, will be released on March 22nd via RCA. Rolling Stone did a piece on the return of The Strokes, and the article discusses the recording process this time around:
After making live demos of 18 songs, the Strokes started recording with producer Joe Chiccarelli at Avatar Studios in New York. “Life Is Simple” is the only song on Angles from those sessions. “He was trying to do as little editing as possible,” Valensi says, “to the point where we were at take 70 of a song. It felt so strict.” The Strokes took the tapes to Hammond’s home studio upstate and ultimately redid the other nine songs, top to bottom.
The Strokes plan to tour this year within reason. Hammond told Rolling Stone, “We want to come back strong but slowly, so we can grow live and also make new music. We want to release albums quicker.” Read more at RollingStone.com.
The band announced a handful of upcoming tour dates, with one US date (Las Vegas) in March. For all the latest news on The Strokes, sign up for their mailing list (when you grab the free single) and stop by their website.
New York musician John Brodeur has recorded a cover of Phantogram’s song, “Mouthful of Diamonds,” and in honor of his friends in Phantogram’s recent debut television appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” he has now made it available as a free download.
Anyway, check out Brodeur’s version of the song, as well as the original, below in the Dig-It section. Also included below is the 2011 version of the song “Confidentially”, which is off Tiger Pop Ten, a remake of Brodeur’s 2001 album, Tiger Pop. The remake is set to be released on April 5th.
From the press release:
The new Tiger Pop Ten will be coupled with a 10th-anniversary reissue of the original disc. Tiger Pop’s pop smarts and try-anything production style caught the notice of many critics when it was originally released and earned Brodeur his place on stage with artists such as Fountains of Wayne, They Might Be Giants, Rooney, and Freedy Johnston among others.
Brodeur adds an additional song, “Masterpiece,” to open Tiger Pop Ten, a tune written just as the original album was completed. The album was mixed and mastered by former Kamikaze Hearts member, Troy Pohl.
“Tiger Pop Ten is a celebration of the relationships that went into it – something we can all share as a reminder of our time together,” Brodeur says of the collaborative nature of the new version. “Without road maps – the original Tiger Pop sessions were quite carefully plotted – the songs found their own identities. They’re still part of my DNA, but they’ve also become their own beings.”
Brodeur has announced more tour dates in support of Tiger Pop Ten. We’ve included the February and March dates below. For a full list of dates, stop by his official site.
02/18 New York, NY @ American Folk Art Museum
02/23 Philadelphia, PA @ The Grape Room Full Band Show
02/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Pete’s Candy Store Full Band Show
03/04 Philadelphia, PA @ “The 10! Show” (NBC) 10:00AM
03/04 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire w/ Fifth Nation
03/05 Vineland, NJ @ Fuel House Coffee
03/06 Newark, DE @ Mojo Main
03/07 Richmond, VA @ The Triple w/ Fifth Nation
03/08 Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s Downtown w/ The New Euphemisms
03/09 Charleston, SC @ Awendaw Green
03/11 Columbia, SC @ “Columbia Beet” on WUSC Radio 2:00PM
03/11 Columbia, SC @ The White Mule 8:00PM
03/12 Atlanta, GA @ The Music Room w/ Nightmare River Band
03/13 Nashville, TN @ The Listening Room 6:00PM
03/14 Memphis, TN @ Republic Coffee
03/15 Shreveport, LA @ Naked Bean 6:00PM
03/16 Austin, TX @ TBA SXSW
03/17 Austin, TX @ TBA SXSW
03/18 Austin, TX @ TBA SXSW
03/19 Austin, TX @ TBA SXSW
03/20 Houston, TX @ SuperHappyFunLand SXSW Overflow Fest
03/21 Dallas, TX @ Opening Bell Coffee 7:30PM w/ Becky Middleton
03/22 Amarillo, TX @ The 806
03/23 Albuquerque, NM @ Blackbird Buvette 7:00PM
03/25 Las Vegas, NV @ The Beat Coffeehouse and Records
03/27 San Diego, CA @ Lestat’s 9:00PM
03/29 Venice, CA @ The Talking Stick 8:30PM
03/30 Santa Monica, CA @ The Trip 9:00PM
03/31 Claremont, CA @ Motley Coffee @ Scripps College 9:00PM
First of all we’ve got to send out our congratulations to Super Bowl XLV Champs The Green Bay Packers and all the Cheeseheads of the world. What a game, what a game!
And how about that The Black Eyed Peas halftime show! Yowza! What’d you guys think? A couple years ago we took a poll after the Springsteen halftime show and thought we’d do the same this time around. You can see the results of the Springsteen poll here… pretty sure the results of this one will be quite a bit different, but we shall see!
On to the music… it’s once again time again for us to share some of the most important music links on the web EVER (for now) with you. We try to offer you a bunch of interesting content through these posts and hopefully turn you on to a few sites and sounds you haven’t heard about before.
As always, if you’ve got some sites and sounds that YOU want to turn US onto, make sure to let us know down in the comments section.
The New Pornographers have released a fun, star-studded video for the song “Moves”, which is off their 2010 album, Together. The video was written and directed by Tom Scharpling and produced by Robert Hatch-Miller and Puloma Basu. It was shot on location at Other Music, Seaside Lounge, and Death By Audio.
The video is hilarious. Check it out.
Last week the band announced new Spring tour dates with The Walkmen and Menomena. The 13-show tour starts on April 13th in Boulder, CO and heads across the US. Check out the dates below, and for more music, news, and ticket links, stop by The New Pornographers’ website.
April 13 / Boulder, CO / Fox Theatre *
April 14 / Albuquerque, NM / Sunshine Theater *
April 15 / Tempe, AZ / Marquee Theatre *
April 16 / Indio, CA / Coachella Music Festival – SOLD OUT
April 17 / Santa Cruz, CA / Rio Theatre
April 18 / San Francisco, CA / Regency Ballroom *
April 22 / Indianapolis, IN / The Vogue **
April 23 / Cleveland, OH / House of Blues **
April 25 / Buffalo, NY / Town Ballroom **
April 26 / Cincinnati, OH / Bogart’s **
April 27 / Iowa City, IA / Ballroom at The University of Iowa **
April 28 / Urbana, IL / Canopy Club **
April 29 / Columbia, MO / The Blue Note **
Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice, aka Jenny and Johnny, have debuted the new video for their song, “Big Wave” from their 2010 relelase, I’m Having Fun Now. The video, which was directed by Autumn de Wilde, premiered on Spin and features the real-life couple doing all sorts of cute couplish things. Check it out below.
The duo are touring in Australia currently and have a few shows coming up in the US. For ticket info and for all things Jenny and Johnny, stop by their website.
Upcoming US Shows:
4/11 Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho
4/13 Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater Supporting Bright Eyes
4/14 Las Vegas, NV @ The Chandelier in The Cosmopolitan
4/16 Indio, CA @ Coachella
On April 5th experimental electronic pop group Cold Cave will be releasing its second album, Cherish the Light Years via Matador Records. The album was recorded in New York City and is said to be “a tour de force of pounding synths and soaring romantic melody.”
The press release goes on to say:
Bandleader Wesley Eisold has taken Cold Cave worlds beyond 2008’s Love Comes Close with a massive, ambitious love letter to his adopted city. With Eisold’s newfound vocal strength fully to the fore on every track, Cherish The Light Years is a remarkable progression and we are confident that it will shake your world.
Cold Cave will be touring extensively this spring, both headlining and supporting The Kills, who we wrote about here a few days ago. Take a look at the tour dates below.
“The Great Pan is Dead” is the first track off Cherish the Light Years, and the song has been made available for free download via the Matador Records website.
Eisold posted about the song (and the new record) on the Cold Cave website:
This is the first song on the forthcoming full-length, Cherish the Light Years. It was also the first song I wrote after the group of songs that makes up Love Comes Close and it existed in some half-finished way in my head for almost two years. It had to be the first song on the album and serve as a declaration of everything I want to assert through Cold Cave.
When the album was announced a few weeks ago it was said that the record is a love letter to NYC. That’s not exactly true. It’s a love letter to the path that has led me to where I am now, to loss and love and friends and enemies and the dizzied and blurred ways of the world. This song and record is about magic, preservation, youth and movement.
I spent the months before recording visiting old homes and record stores and small towns and cities I grew up in. I went to Boston, Philly, Portland and Brunswick Maine, Virginia Beach, San Diego, Monterey, and more to soak in the nostalgia, some version of research for the record.
I miss a lot of people. I used to deal with that by assuring myself I’d see them again. I know that can’t be true. This song is dedicated to all of them.
Take a listen to “The Great Pan is Dead” below in the Dig-It section. You can also snag a special MP3 package that includes a high quality mp3 of the track, exclusive artwork, and lyrics handwritten by Wesley Eisold via the widget below.
April 6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox (CC headline)
April 7 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub (CC headline)
April 08 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop (CC headline)
April 09 – St. Louis, MO – Luminary Center for the Arts (CC headline)
April 10 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar (CC headline)
April 11 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge (CC headline)
April 13 – Salt Lake City, UT — Urban Lounge (CC headline)
April 14 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress (CC headline)
April 19 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (supporting The Kills)
April 20 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa (supporting The Kills)
April 22 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom (supporting The Kills)
April 23 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (supporting The Kills)
April 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (supporting The Kills)
April 26 – Boston, MA – Royale (supporting The Kills)
April 27 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts (supporting The Kills)
April 28 – Hartford, CT – The Mill (at Trinity College) (CC headline)
April 29 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 (supporting The Kills)
April 30 – Montreal, QC – Olympia (supporting The Kills)
May 1 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy (supporting The Kills)
May 3 – Detroit, MI – Majestic (supporting The Kills)
May 4 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theater (supporting The Kills)
May 5 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave (supporting The Kills)
May 8 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (supporting The Kills)
May 9 – Seattle, WA – Showbox (supporting The Kills)
May 10 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom (supporting The Kills)
May 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore Auditorium (supporting The Kills)
Papercuts‘ new album, Fading Parade, will be released on March 1st, and we’ve got a ton of news and media to share with you tonight. The new album is the fourth album for Jason Robert Quever’s Papercuts and the first on the Sub Pop label.
The album is described as “Belle & Sebastian teaming up with Slowdive and recording with Phil Spector back when he was killing it in the studio rather than, well, you know.”
It’s also being described as Papercuts’ liveliest record, as Quever wrote with live performance in mind and many of the songs were road-tested before being recorded. Also, the guys who have been his live band over the last two years, David Enos (keyboard and autoharp), Graham Hill (drums), and Frankie Koeller (bass), all helped him in the studio this time around.
The 7″ for the single, “Do What You Will” came out on Tuesday, and if you haven’t done so yet, you can download the A-side below in the Dig-It section. If you want to add the 7″ to your collection, you can order it right here.
Along with the single, Papercuts and Sub Pop are offering up two more free downloads: the exclusive non-album track “UFO” and the gorgeous first track off of Fading Parade, “Do You Really Wanna Know”. Both songs are yours for FREE, as is the single… all you need to do is enter your email address in the widget below and you’ll receive a link to download in your inbox.
Check out this recent performance of “Do You Really Wanna Know” that was recorded in San Francisco by YoursTruly.
Want even MORE music? Well, if you pre-order Fading Parade through the Sub Pop website, you will receive a Sub Pop CDR of bonus material with 3 brand new songs. How ’bout that? You can do all that right here.
Papercuts just announced a headlining tour, and we’ve listed the remaining February dates below. For a complete list of dates (tour runs through April), click here.
Feb 16 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box w/ Beach House
Feb 17 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box w/ Beach House
Feb 18 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore w/ Beach House
Feb 23 New York, NY Webster Hall w/ Beach House
Feb 24 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre w/ Beach House
Feb 25 New York, NY Webster Hall w/ Beach House
Feb 26 Washington, DC 9:30 Club w/ Beach House