Thursday, March 29, 2007

Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer

I must say, this is a band I have failed to get into until this album. I feel this album trumps all of the others. 1-8 are absolutely thrilling. As one of my friends pointed out, it is incredible how many laptop tracks they fit without crowding the song or album. It meshes fantastically. At times its eery while being beautiful at the same time. Not big on the lyrics for "Gronlandic Edit" for obvious reasons but it is a solid song nonetheless. Of Montreal is yet another band with a singer who has a voice as an instrument, which I dig. "A Sentence of Sorts in Konsvinger" is probably my personal fav. See for yourself. myspace. Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse - Mp3

Album Release Dates Updated
to your SOUTH WEST

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Modest Mouse Numero Uno

Hail Dennis Herring! Modest Mouse entered the first week of Billboard charts at #1 despite the leak of the album. Some people don't like that good music is becoming popular, but I do not. Bands should be rewarded for kicking a**. The album is amazing by the way. Once again, "Spitting Venom" might be best MM song ever!

Here is an mp3 from a bonus 7" King Rat

Thursday, March 22, 2007

New National song: Fake Empire

New National song. Baritone is the new Black. I just fainted... Fake Empire

Rolling Stone: Pink Floyd

Rolling Stone has video clips from the best parts of Dark Side of the Moon / Wizard of Oz. Check it out Here

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Modest Mouse Tour

Not only is the new album amazing, Modest Mouse is going on tour and stopping by Birmingham, AL and Atlanta.

Sun Apr 15 Seattle, WA Paramount
Mon Apr 16 Vancouver, BC The PNE Coliseum Mini Concert Bowl
Tue Apr 17 Boise, ID Big Easy Concert House - Boise
Fri Apr 20 Minneapolis, MN The Orpheum Theatre
Sat Apr 21 Minneapolis, MN The Orpheum Theatre
Sun Apr 22 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre
Tue Apr 24 Toronto, ON Hummingbird Centre
Wed Apr 25 Montreal, PQ Metropolis
Thu Apr 26 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
Fri Apr 27 Boston, MA The Orpheum Theater
Sun Apr 29 New York, NY The United Palace
Mon Apr 30 New York, NY The United Palace
Wed May 2 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Thu May 3 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Fri May 4 Greensboro, NC Civic Center
Sat May 5 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park
Sun May 6 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena Concert Hall
Mon May 7 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Wed May 9 Austin, TX The Backyard
Thu May 10 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Live
Sat May 12 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheater
Sun May 13 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
Mon May 14 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
Wed May 16 San Jose, CA San Jose State University
Sun May 20 Somerset, UK ATP VS The Fans tickets
Wed May 23 London, England Royal Albert Hall tickets
Fri Jun 1 Barcelona, Spain Primavera Sound tickets

For tickets thanks to the golden fiddle blog, you can pre-order through the fan club here. Use the password ENGENIUS

Also, Brock apparently cut himself last night on stage. Ahhh.
Isaac Meats out.

New National song: Start a War

Acoustic version of "Start a War" on the National's new Boxer

Monday, March 19, 2007

New Music Tuesday: BIG DAY

Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank Go here to listen to the whole cd. Spitting Venom is the most amazing song ever. It is basically three parts. Listen to the whole song. So far the album has gotten rave reviews including 7.8 from P4K and 4.5/5 from Tiny Mix Tapes.

Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha out on Fat Possum. Need I say more. Come on its Andrew Bird. Mp3 to your under Mp3 section to your west.

Panda Bear - Person Pitch. New album from the drummer of Animal Collective. If you like psychedelic Beach Boys, you will find it here. Very, very cool music. Mp3 also to your northwest.

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver. If you like electronic dance music, buy this. I personally have not heard it but it received rave reviews.

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - Living With the Living. Ted Leo is hard to describe. I will be picking up this cd tomorrow on eMusic along with Panda Bear, and Andrew Bird. Sample the album

Jim James side project. Mont De Sundua

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Hold Steady Live in Memphis at Hi Tone

Opening Band: The Thermals
The Thermals sold me. One of my next purchases will undoubtedly be The Body, The Blood, The Machine.

The Hold Steady:
The Hold Steady brings more energy than other show I have seen. Aside from playing every song I wanted to hear, these guys just flat out put on a show. Craig Finn's is the happiest entertainer out there and works the crowd like no other. The entire show the band danced yelled and basically rocked out. In addition, the crowd was phenomenal; everyone was bouncing up and down with the accompanying fist pump. Crowd participation during "Massive Nights" and "Chips Ahoy" was oustanding. Franz Nicolay, keyboardist, is absolutely hilarious. His black suit with a red tie with a hanky in the pocket along with his curly mustache, sideburns, and constant grin all amount to a spectacle. He danced, bounced and whaled on the harmonica all while alternating a straw from his mouth to his ear. In between songs, Franz took gigantic swigs of Ravenswood red wine. Pretty hilarious. I posted a video of "You Can Make Him Like You," and half of "First Night"

The Setlist is as follows:

Stuck Between Stations
Hot Soft Light
Chips Ahoy
You Gotta Dance (with the one that brought you)
You Can Make Him Like You
Massive Nights
Party Pit
Stevie Nix
Milk Crate Mosh
Your Little Hoodrat Friend
Southtown Girls

First Night
Banging Camp
Killer Parties

"You Can Make Him Like You"

Half of "First Night"

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Hold Steady tomorrow

The Hold Steady is playing tonight in Birmingham at Bottletree and tomorrow night in Memphis at Hi Tone. I will be in Memphis. Review to follow.

Monday, March 12, 2007

eMusic: Just Joined

I just joined eMusic which is an amazing deal. You get 25 free songs for joining, and the monthly subscriptions are as follows:
30 songs/month for 9.95
50 songs/month for 15.95 not bad atall.

If you decide to join please use me as a friend referral.
eMusic consists of all independent artists. Here is a list of albums I just downloaded.

Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are you the Destroyer
Dr. Dog - We all Belong
The Hold Steady - Almost Killed Me
Explosions in the Sky - All of the Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Reviews to follow.

Just to name a few more artists: My Morning Jacket, Neutral Milk Hotel, Arcade Fire, Pavement, Andrew Bird, Panda Bear, Elvis Perkins, Bloc Party, Mountain Goats, Cat Power, John Prine, Drive-by Truckers, Spoon, and Many Many More.
If you want to search and see other go here. Browse

Friday, March 09, 2007

Stream Whole Albums

At AOL, you can stream whole albums such as Son Volt, Air, Bright Eyes, !!!, etc. Check it out STREAM

PB & J: New Music

Peter Bjorn and John (commonly referred to by hipsters as "PB & J") new record, Writer's Block, echoes sounds of a darker Belle and Sebastian while somehow shining the bright sunlight through. I am having a hard time finding anyone else to compare them to, but if you don't like B&S, don't dismiss this post (trust me). Your skull will be begging for "Young Folks" after the first or second listen. The song has a whistling rift that is sure to make Andrew Bird envious. Having listened to many songs on this record, I would highly recommend it. Don't believe me? The self-reassuring Pitchfork gave it an 8.5.I know what your thinking...Hey, where is my Mp3, well here it is!!! Young Folks

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Rolling Stone Interviews Isaac Brock

From Rolling

Q&A: Isaac Brock
Modest Mouse's leader on touring with the Flaming Lips, surfing and the joys of waking up sober

>> Listen to exclusive audio from this interview.
When Modest Mouse flew to Mississippi to record their seventh album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, they came armed with a new member, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Bandleader Isaac Brock actively sought out Marr, believing their stylistic differences might produce interesting results, and after Marr visited the frontman in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, for ten days of writing sessions, the seed was sowed. Marr is now a full-fledged member, and We Were Dead is the Mouse's most thoroughly entertaining album, with the pogo-inducing lead single, "Dashboard," the anthemic "Fire It Up" and the eight-minute-plus "Spitting Venom," which hops between acoustic strumming and daggerlike electric riffs. And though Marr has so far failed to convert Brock into a nonsmoker -- oddly, while we chat in his Manhattan hotel room, he switches back and forth between Winston Lights and American Spirits -- Brock's self-destructive lifestyle seems to be a thing of the past. He's engaged, he owns a house, he drinks less and he even exercises -- a little. "I go to Bikram yoga, which is the hardest shit ever," he says. "Then I come out and reward myself with a cigarette."

Whether you intended it or not, "Fire It Up" will be the stoner anthem of '07.
My fiancée pointed that one out to me. It wasn't my intention. I was saying "fire it up" in the sense of turning over a car. But I highly approve of stoners and stoner anthems.

Do you smoke a lot?
Not a shit-ton -- I'm not stoned right now -- but I tend to get stoned in the evenings to unwind. It can make TV more entertaining.

What TV shows do you anticipate?
I watch the same cartoons over and over again. I watch Adult Swim. I watch Futurama repeatedly. Then it's DVDs, and I'm easily amused by crappy comedies. I've seen Super Troopers too many times, and there's a house rule that we're not allowed to watch Beerfest again.

I was happy to read that you despise the Grateful Dead.
Not them -- their fans. It's living in Oregon and just seeing these worthless, talk-too-much-about-what-people-are-doing-wrong, not-really-doing-anything-themselves fuckin' hippies. That I despise. "Casey Jones," or whatever, is a great song. I remember the last time the Grateful Dead played in Seattle, at the Seattle Center. I was living there, and after the show I was walking to work near there and I'd never seen so much debris. There were mountains of garbage. Outside of being green-minded about weed, I thought they'd be environmentally conscious, but it was the filthiest I'd ever seen Seattle. It's like they were tripping their balls off in squalor.

There seem to be a lot of nautical themes in your songwriting: "Float On," "March Into the Sea," "Missed the Boat" . . .
There is something genuinely freeing to me about the ocean. There are no borders -- it's fucking beautiful. I'm not going to get to do space travel, so what's under the water is quite a bit more interesting to me. I just went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef with my fiancée. Also, I've gotten into surfing a bit. I can't stand up for more than five seconds, but I like the fact that I can paddle out into oblivion.

There's a new, unauthorized biography of Modest Mouse. Have you read any of it?
No. I don't know how you'd write a biography about a band without talking to any of the players or their families. I think it's written on speculation, from magazine articles and shit. I think the guy who wrote it is a fuckin' ass and an asshole.

Have you imposed any rules on yourself as far as drinking before gigs?
I try to pace myself. I've found that if I don't drink, I'm a little less fluid. So I like to have a few drinks. I used to get wasted before shows, and it could end horribly. Or it could start and end horribly. Out of respect for people who've paid to see the show, and the guys in the band who don't drink anymore, I realize it wouldn't be fair for me to fuck up the show for my good time.

Who are your favorite bands to tour with?
We used to really like touring with the Shins, back when they were named Flake Music. And we liked touring with Atlas Strategic -- some of whom are now in Wolf Parade -- even though they tended to show up late, or not at all. And the Flaming Lips, even though it was hard for us to be memorable with their giant flying saucer and fuckin' confetti.

What's the coolest thing you've seen recently looking into an audience?
There was a kid who looked about seventeen who was crowd-surfing, and he got pulled over the barricade by one of the security guards. The kid was really psyched, and he gave this big meathead a big hug and just danced off. These guys are supposed to have beef with each other, but I like that the kid totally confused the guard with a big-ass hug.

As a musician, where are you happiest?
Writing. I'm looking forward to writing the next one. And I love touring a lot more now that I don't party like I used to. I can get up at a reasonable hour and go check shit out, rather than waking up hung over with a fuckin' dollar bill hanging out of my nose.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


Kings of Leon's new video for "On Call" on YouTube. Pretty cheesy, but pretty good song nonetheless. Not as good as "Ragoo" from the upcoming CD.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

New Releases today.

New Releases:

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible sample mp3'sKeep the Car Running and Black Mirror

Air - Pocket Symphony Sample MP3 Once Upon A Time

Son Volt - Search sample here - MS

Bright Eyes - Four Winds EP sample Mp3"Four Winds". is not working right now but just be patient.

Monday, March 05, 2007

New Wilco song from Sky Blue Sky

Wilco released a new song for our listening pleasure for free. Yours truly posted it here. What Light. Also, if you don't mind, I would like to see which DVD the readers here think is better... Jeff Tweedy's Sunken Treasure or My Morning Jacket's Okonos. You only get one vote (Guy). Post it in the comment.