Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork Music Festival looks promising. The festival is July 29-30 in Chicago's Union Park. Bands include Spoon, Silver Jews, Devendra Banhart Band, Mountain Goats, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Aesop Rock, The National, Destroyer, Jens Lekman, Band of Horses, Tapes n Tapes, and more. Tickets are only $30 for a two day pass and $20 dollars for a one day pass. WOW.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Drive-By Truckers to Tour for New Album

Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers tells Billboard that they will tour extensively for their new album A Blessing and a Curse coming out April 14th. Here are the tour dates so far. Here is a little Dylan Cover for you.
Drive By Truckers - Like a Rolling Stone
April 20: Charlottesville, Va. (Pavilion; w/ Robert Randolph)
April 28: Dallas (Gypsy Ballroom)
April 29: Austin, Texas (Stubb's)
April 30: Albuquerque, N.M. (El Rey Theatre; w/ Son Volt)
May 2: San Diego (Cane's Ballroom; w/ Son Volt)
May 3-4: Los Angeles (House of Blues; w/ Son Volt)
May 5-6: San Francisco (Fillmore; w/ Son Volt)
May 8: Portland, Ore. (Roseland; w/ Son Volt)
May 9: Seattle (Showbox; w/ Son Volt
May 10: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
May 17: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
May 18: Milwaukee (Pabst Theatre)
May 19: Chicago (Vic Theatre)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

TUESDAY: Another Great CD comes out: MATES OF STATE

This Tuesday go buy Mates of State's "Bring It Back." Forgive the comparisons, but Mates of State sound like New Pornographers and Stars mixed. I have heard most of the songs off "Bring It Back," and all of them are very good. Pitchfork reviewed it today and gave it a 7.8. Anyway, listen for yourself.Punchline My new favorite blog iguessimfloating has more.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

What a minute....Pitchfork was right...THE NEXT BIG ONE.....BAND OF HORSES

Alright, alright. Pitchfork sometimes stabs themself, but this time they are right. Band of Horses is the real deal. Pitchfork gave them an 8.8. Granted, they are not the most original sound because exactly like My Morning Jacket mixed with Shins. Throw in a small bit of a softer Jane's Addiction, and this is what you get. I don't care though I love both of those Gi-Lorious bands. Pssst...They are a lot better than Tapes n Tapes. Funeral

Funny Article about Indies

The onion is pure genius. Check out this article.LINK

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

In the Bloggies: Lips Go for Newman's Shins with a Belle.

Stereogum has a video of the Lips doing "Bohemian Rhapsody" at SXSW.

Take Your Medicine has some live tracks of Go! Team and Flaming Lips songs.

Also, iguessimfloating has an interesting article on AC/Carl Newman's other band Zumpano.

And, ThinkTank has a new Shins song.

AND, Muzzle of Bees has Belle and Sebastian b-sides from the Glorious new album Life Pursuit.

Jose' can you see......that Tsunami

If you haven't listened to Rogue Wave's new cd "Descended Like Vultures," then you have missed out. It sounds similar to the Shins. Here are a few B sides. Download Manna. And Download Eyes
Props to iguessimfloating

I have also become a big fan of Jose' Gonzalez. The music is somewhat slow and dark, but it has something amazing about it. His voice is almost eerie yet beautiful. He kind of reminds me of a male version of Tracy Chapman (not to scare people off) Here is a song with Zero 7 Download Futures and Download Crosses (Live)

New Wilco Song and Lollapalooza 2006

Here is a new Wilco song called Walken. They have been playing on the tour. It is glorious. Download Walken

Here is the lineup for Lollapallooza August 4-6 in Chicago.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Kanye West
Manu Chao
Death Cab For Cutie
The Raconteurs
The Flaming Lips
Queens of the Stone Age
The Shins
Ryan Adams
Umphrey's McGee
Sonic Youth
Thievery Corporation
Nickel Creek
Blues Traveler
Broken Social Scene
The New Pornographers
Iron & Wine
The Secret Machines
Panic! At the Disco
The Disco Biscuits
The Frames
The Hold Steady
The Go! Team
The Subways
Of Montreal
Sound Team
Andrew Bird
Nada Surf

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Down with Wilco in Nashville

The Show:
This was most certainly one of the best Wilco shows I have ever seen. The band came out with lap steels and acoustic guitars and played tons of Woody Guthrie, then after about 8 songs of alt country, they tore down the house with harder stuff.

The Venue:
Ryman=perfect as usual. I do think I like the balcony seats better because of the sound.

The Crowd:
The crowd was actually an older crowd of the mid 20's to 30's...a lot different than the recent shows I have been attended. The crowd was very much into the show also. Unlike typical hipsters, this crowd was singing and dancing the whole time.

The Highlights:
At the very end of the show, Jeff came back out for a third encore and said "I am going to do this like it is supposed to be done here" (at the Ryman). He played Acuff Rose with no mics or P.A.'s. It was amazing. Everyone was dead silent and it sounded perfect. Also, I must mention Kidsmoke and At Least that's What You Said. Those are some of the best live songs they have. When these songs kicked in, all the lights in the places flashed in unison and lit up the whole place while everyone was headbanging and dancing.

"After the show you walked right past":
After the show, I met Jeff again and got a pic. He was very friendly. Then I saw Glenn Kotche, and he told me to go to Roberts (a bar in Nashville). We hung out with them at the bar most of the night. After trying to buy all them shots, I talked to John Stirratt(bassist) for a while. He said he has been listening to Aphrodite's Child, Silver Jews, and AC Newman. The band hung out in the bar until closing time and then headed to Fayetteville.

The Setlist:
Sunken Treasure (Being There)
Remember the Mountain Bed (Mermaid Ave II)
Airline to Heaven (Mermaind Ave II)
At My Window Sad and Lonely (Mermaid Ave I)
Forget the Flowers (Being There)
When the Roses Bloom Again (Chelsea Walls Soundtrack)
California Stars (Mermaid Ave I)
Muzzle of Bees (Ghost is Born)
Hell is Chrome (Ghost is Born)
Spiders (Kidsmoke) (Ghost is Born)
Jesus, etc (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
Walken (New Song)
Handshake Drugs (Ghost is Born)
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
Shot in the Arm (Summerteeth)
At Least That's What You Said (Ghost is Born)
Late Greats (Ghost is Born)
Encore 1:
Hummingbird (Ghost is Born)
Maybe the Sun Will Shine Today (New Song)
Theologians (Ghost is Born)
I'm The Man Who Loves You (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
Kingpin (Being There)
Encore 2:
Passenger Side (A.M.)
War on War (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
Acuff Rose(Jeff acoustic and unplugged with no PA) (Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne)

Monday, March 13, 2006

Dylan and Merle Haggard.

Okay I lied a little, but
Bob Dylan is coming to Memphis and Jackson with Merle Haggard Opening up. Here are the dates.
04.01.06 - Reno, NV Reno Events Center
04.03.06 - Stockton, CA Stockton Arena
04.04.06 - Santa Rosa, CA Grace Pavilion
04.05.06 - Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
04.07.06 - Las Vegas, NV Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts*
04.08.06 - Sun City, AZ Maricopa Events Center*
04.10.06 - Tucson, AZ Tucson Arena*
04.11.06 - Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum*
04.12.06 - El Paso, TX UTEP Don Haskins Center*
04.14.06 - San Antonio, TX Municipal Auditorium*
04.15.06 - Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Live*
04.17.06 - Oklahoma City, OK Fairgrounds Arena*
04.18.06 - Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre*
04.20.06 - St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre*
04.24.06 - Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre*
04.25.06 - Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre*
04.28.06 - New Orleans, LA Jazz & Heritage Festival*
04.29.06 - Jackson, MS Mississippi Coliseum*
04.30.06 - Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena*
06.29.06 - Denmark - Roskilde Festival

* w/ Merle Haggard & The Strangers


I will not be able to update til probably Monday, in which I will have Wilco live in Nashville at the Ryman review. I am going Friday after skiing for the prior part of the week.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Belle and Sebastian and New Pornographers Live at the Ryman in Nashville, TN


First of all a bit of advice if the ticket says 7:30 be there then. We missed almost half of the New Pornographers because we came at 8:00. They only played an hour(maybe). What is the deal. First of all No Dan Bejar from Destroyer, No Neko Case, what? Then I call that A.C. Newman. Anyway, sadly I was not that impressed with them even though I love them. They really didn't get into it and they didn't really sound that great. Everything was kind of muffled and staggered. You could not even here the drummer singing Jackie....Guess what it was not Dan Bejar, why act like it is?????? The crowd was horrible during NP also. Here is the setlist of the second half of the show.

From Blown Speakers - (Electric Version)
Bones of an Idol - (Twin Cinema)
The Slow Descent into Alcoholism - (Mass Romantic)
Jackie - (Mass Romantic)
Spanish Techno - (Twin Cinema)


Interaction with Crowd:
On the other hand, Belle and Sebastian was an A+. They interacted with the fans more than anyone I have ever seen, including inviting a girl up on stage to dance, getting guy up on stage and calling his buddy who went to the Atlanta show but didn't come to Nashville, asking the crowd what was to be the last song, and pointing out some girl who had a strange outfit on, but he loved it.

Are They Gay?
I say no. Stuart made a comment that he feels "gay" dancing up there by himself, which was hilarious by the way. He danced the whole time, and it was so comical yet awesome. He also said that he needed a girl to dance with up there. Verdict, I don't think Stuart is gay.

Absolutely amazing. Everyone knew almost every song. The new songs are for sure a hit.

I would have to say Electric Renaissance. The lights were flickering red and blue like a disco, and they danced their hearts out.

Of Course the Ryman was incredible. They were very honored to be playing there.

Almost Perfect. Obviously, I could think of songs they could have played but they have a million songs, so I was satisfied.


The State That I'm In -(Tigermilk)
Another Sunny Day - (Life Pursuit)
You Made Me Forget My Dreams - (Push the Barman)
Sukie in the Graveyard - (Life Pursuit)
To Be Myself Completely - (Life Pursuit)
Electric Renaissance - (Tigermilk)
The Loneliness of a Middle Distance Runner - (Jonathan David EP)
We Are the Sleepyheads - (Life Pursuit)
Piazza, New York Catcher - (Dear Catastrophe Waitress)
Lost Highway (Hank Williams Cover)
Simple Things - (The Boy with the Arab Strap)
Funny Little Frog - (Life Pursuit)
I Don't Love Anyone - (Tigermilk)
Your Covers Blown - (Books CD single)
Dylan in the Movies - (If You're Feeling Sinister)
I'm a Cuckoo - (Dear Catastrophe Waitress)
The Wrong Girl - (Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant)
If You Find Yourself Caught In Love - (Dear Catastrophe Waitress)
Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying - (If You're Feeling Sinister)
White Collar Boy - (Life Pursuit)
Judy and the Dream of Horses - (If You're Feeling Sinister)

Photos by the lovely Anna Stuart

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

I Fold My Morning Pearls with Bones while I Butter my Hands and Say Yeah

Now that everybody's here. May I please have your attention. There is nothing left to fear now that bigfoot is captured.
Good laundry!! How did this slip under my radar. Friday, April 21 Rites of Spring Festival in Nashville with My Morning Jacket, Clap Your Hands, Ben Folds, Hot Buttered Rum String Band, Bone Thugs in Harmony, Blue Merle, Gov't Mule and a few more. Tickets are 25 for a day pass and 40 for a weekend pass (in advance). Rites of Spring Website

Also, I'll have you know My Morning Jacket is opening up for Pearl Jam Here are the dates. Can you hear, maybe Jim James coming out with Eddie on Black. AHHHHHHHHHHH
09 Tue Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre

10 Wed Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre

12 Fri Albany, NY Pepsi Arena

13 Sat Hartford, CT New England Dodge Center

16 Tue Chicago, IL United Center

19 Fri Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena

20 Sat Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena

22 Mon Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills

24 Wed Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden

27 Sat Philadelphia, PA Tweeter Waterfront

30 Tue Washington, DC Verizon Center

01 Thu Rutherford, NJ Continental Airlines Arena

03 Sat Rutherford, NJ Continental Airlines Arena

More Bloggies

Check out Belle and Sebastian on Conan at
Six Eyes

Check out Muzzle of Bees for an amazing CBC session with the Great Lake Swimmers (who rock by the way.)
Muzzle of Bees

Also, Aquarium Drunkard has some rare Loose Fur which is Jeff Tweedy of Wilco's side project. Aquarium Drunkard.

Hop Til You Drop: Travis Hopper

Check out Travis Hopper from Dallas, TX. His music reminds me of a cross between Ryan Adams and Elliot Smith. Kind of an Alt-country rocking sound. Great songwriter and amazing sound. Here are his upcoming shows.
Mar 31 2006 8:00P
Standard & Pours Dallas, TX
Apr 7 2006 8:00P
Bend Studio Dallas, TX
Tietze Park
Never Get Through

Monday, March 06, 2006

Updata: Newbies of the Week: CYHSY, 666 Mafia, Wilco, B&S, and Spoon.

Here is a link to Clap Your Hands on Letterman: HERE.

Memphis Rappers Triple Six Mafia won a grammy for best song in a movie with "It's hard out there for a Pimp." Here is the Post interview with them. Here Scroll down and click on best song.

An aquarium Drunkard has Wilco Demo's: Part 1 and Part II

Pitchfork has an interview with
Belle and Sebastian

Ear Farm has a live show from SPOON

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Every Now and Then Ben Needs a Hug and Some Recognition

Here is some rare Death Cab for Cutie.
Free Fallin' (Tom Petty Cover)
Bad Reputation (freedy Johnston Cover??)
Blue and Wonder (Richard Buckner Cover)

Also, a disgrunted ex wrote a song about me called "Bad Boy Clyde" it is by Esthero. Check it out on iTunes. Here are the lyrics

Bad Boy Clyde

She knew this love would break her heart
But rebellion always turned her on
She liked the dangerous type, pullin' stick up heists.
Waitin' for him to come around so they could be alone
And she would say…

Bad Boy Clyde, you know you drive me wild
Put away your gun, why don't you play with me?
Rollin' with your boys, you're always on the run
For just this once, why can't you stay with me?

She had a gut feeling, call it intuition
Wishing that it would subside
It's just a day like any other, there's no need to cause a fight
He has to go, his boys are counting on him, you know
Oh my my…

Bad Boy Clyde, you know you drive me wild
Put away your gun, why don't you play with me?
Rollin' with your boys, you're always on the run
For just this once, why can't you stay with me?

Thinkin' about, thinkin' about the life that we have
You're always on the run (you were always running around)
Thinkin' about what you take for granted
And if you cared about yourself, you'd let go baby

(The cycle never ends)

I love me, I love me some bad bad boys

Tour Hudson Tour!!!!!!

First of all Tapes n Tapes link is fixed. Second, Here is Hudson Bell's Tour Schedule. Too bad I will be leaving for spring break the day he plays in Oxford. Oh well. Mar 3 2006 8:00P
Tangier Los Angeles, CA
Mar 4 2006 3:00P
Sea Level Los Angeles, CA
Mar 5 2006 8:00P
Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
Mar 6 2006 8:00P
Modified Arts Phoenix, AZ
Mar 8 2006 8:00P
The Showroom Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 9 2006 8:00P
Randy Bacon Gallery Springfield, MO
Mar 10 2006 8:00P
Cornerstone Pub N. Little Rock, AR
Mar 11 2006 8:00P
Proud Larry's Oxford, MS
Mar 12 2006 8:00P
W.C. Don's Jackson, MS
Mar 13 2006 8:00P
Red Star Bar Baton Rouge, LA
Mar 14 2006 8:00P
Super Happy Fun Land Houston, TX
Mar 16 2006 8:00P
Habana Calle 6 / SXSW Austin, TX
Mar 17 2006 1:00P
Monitor/Chunklet/Buddyhead Party Austin, TX
May 5 2006 8:00P
Crocodile Cafe (w/ Destroyer) Seattle, WA
May 6 2006 8:00P
Doug Fir Lounge (w/ Destroyer) Portland, OR
May 8 2006 8:00P
Cafe Du Nord (w/ Destroyer) San Francisco, CA