Tuesday, March 27, 2007

save the date, folks.

it's never too early for promo.

together with our friends over at eskimo kiss records and ISP, we've put together a great show with long knives, slushco, and citified.

long knives have an experimental, acoustic sound reminiscent of iron and wine at times and have been getting a lot of attention throughout the southeast lately. slushco, a band that is quickly growing on me, play indie pop fused with synthesized melodies. then we have citified who are another great indie pop 4-piece out of greensboro, nc.

we're extremely excited about this show so come out and show some support for these bands on the rise...

Monday, March 26, 2007

We Belong to the Staggering Evening

My favorite crass, overtly sexual singer/songwriter, The Ike Reilly Assassination has a new album coming out May 8th on RockRidge that I can’t wait to get my hands on. It’s called We Belong to the Staggering Evening and although they haven’t released a full tracking yet, they do have a new song, When Irish Eyes are Burning on their Myspace page. I am hoping this album is as amazing as Salesmen and Racists because that’s one of my favorite summertime cruising albums ever. They keep promising to announce new tour dates soon, but I’m still waiting . . .

Can You Dig It?

I've been turned onto some great stuff lately, despite the fact that I've become an overworked hermit.

>>Claire posted about Amy Winehouse and her performance at SxSW, so I'm adding a file of her claim to fame, "Rehab." A co-worker actually mentioned this song to me a couple of weeks ago and I had no idea what he was talking about. I finally listened to it, and to tell the truth, I'm not really into it that much. Yeah, she has a thing going on with her vocals, and this song is catchy and kitsch, but I just can't grab it. Here it is for you:

Amy Winehouse - "Rehab"

>>My fabulous friend, FAB, went on and on during a Gmail Chat last week about this really "gay" song by this dude Mika. She directed me to her MySpace profile to check it out, and I'll admit, I refreshed the page. Like 5 times. I don't know why. Wait, yes, I do. It's like there's this strangely warm "I want to dance in my undergarments and sing into my curling iron" thing going on. You can't really ignore it.

Mika - "Grace Kelly"

>>I've been in this mood lately where I have been drawn to poppy sounding dance tracks. Maybe it's because they're uplifting and normally have lyrical content that's somewhat angry in nature. That's why this whole Dead Disco revolution is taking my ears to a whole new level of happiness.

Dead Disco - "The Treatment"

>>A dude I know had mentioned a couple weeks ago that he wanted to check out the Rosebuds at the EARL, which was ironic since Beach House was playing the same show,and I've been wanting to catch them. Unfortch, the Rosebuds cancelled, so I ended up bailing as well, but I decided to check out their tunes, and whoa! I think every person I know who has given their approval happen to come from a completely different "place" with what they listen to. That's the spectrum they cover. This is an older song, but I heart it so so so much.

The Rosebuds - "I Better Run"

>>I remember several months ago going to see She Wants Revenge at the EARL, and the headlining band was Electric 6. I think I was irritated by the 99X doucheheads that were packed in the EARL that night. Too irritated to stay for the entire set of Electric 6. But nevertheless, they'll be back April 4th at the EARL,once again. I've been digging this track for many months now.

Electric 6 - "Dance Epidemic"

>>I was getting all sentimental with a little Joni Mitchell on the Internets one day, and Elizabeth Elkins from the Swear mentioned to me that Tori Amos covers "A Case of You." She's not the only one who does this, but I was listening to it today, and I got all sentimental again. That song is the poo, and I'm posting the file in anticipation of Tori's new release, American Doll Posse, which is looking like a huge showing of marketing brilliance already.

Tori Amos - "A Case of You"

>>And finally, Ally wrote me this cute message the other day about how she heard Asobi Seksu's cover of "Then He Kissed Me," and that she immediately thought about me. I thought that was adorable, given the circumstances of why she thought about me...so I'm going to put both the original and the cover here for you. Seksu's cover is a live version, but the quality doesn't completely suck ass.

Asobi Seksu - "Then He Kissed Me"

The Crystals - "Then He Kissed Me"

In local news:

If you're not busy and happen to be around the area of Vinyl on Thursday, March 29th, you should go and check out the Beggars's Guild. They're super duper awesome, as documented about the Internets.

Head over to Vinyl again on Friday, March 30th, to see The Judies, too, because they kick ass and you'll want to have Warren's babies by the time he's done rocking your face off.

The excitement ensues on Saturday night, March 31st, at Lenny's with Snowden and Variac.

Oh, and Rantings of Eva posted a new song on their page and it's by far my favorite in their catalog. Listen to it. It's called "The Only One."

Go forth and prosper. You have plenty of music homework to take care of!

Friday, March 23, 2007

SxSW 2007: The Aftermath

Aside from the black plague that swept Austin last week causing 99% of the music industry to get sick, I do have to say SXSW 2007 was amazing. I caught more good bands than bad and can’t help but think that the refreshing talent hitting the scene this year just might be what the music industry needs. Here are a few highs and lows:

The Levi’s/FADER Fort had the best daytime shows on their outdoor stage.

The Fratellis (who you probably know from Apple’s latest ipod commercial) played one hell of a well-received acoustic set, proving they’re versatile and anything but a one-trick pony. After watching The Caesars break onto the scene via an ipod commercial and then quickly disappear I was wondering if these guys would have the same fate but I don’t think so. If you are planning on hitting Coachella in April, make an effort to see them, or catch them on their current tour.

Amy Winehouse’s acoustic performance at the Fort quieted the drunken masses and had the boys up front with their cameras like little groupies, which was really hilarious. This girl is TALENTED. If you could take Billie Holiday and morph her into a tiny little white girl from London with retro/goth hair, 50’s inspired cat-eye make-up and two half sleeves then you would have Winehouse.

The highlight of her live performance was the acoustic rendition of “Rehab” off of her second album Back to Black, which earned her a Brit award across the pond last month and just dropped here in the states.

Georgia was well represented at the Fort with
The Whigs pulling off one of their best shows yet to a rather impressive crowd. I also caught local boys Ocha La Rocha, with front-man JT Hall from Variac filling in on drums, knocking back a few drinks before being asked to film part of a Levi’s commercial. Apparently somebody likes the way their pants fit.

Jamie T and Lily Allen caused everybody to bum-rush Stubb’s, thus making me stand in a 300 person line for half an hour before I realized that I didn’t really care and bailed.

I was a victim of the old bait and switch when I went to The Viper Room to see the lovely
Stars of Track and Field, who I caught last year on tour with Twilight Singers, and instead saw their replacement, The Shys.

These Cali boys sound like a weird mix between The Hives and something more Americana like Springsteen, with no kitsch and one of the most solid keys players I have seen in a while. Check out their track Call in the Calvary.

I caught 2.5 minutes of NY-based girl band
Looker before my group convinced me that their very existence was deteriorating my soul and forced me to leave. Upon my departure, there were 5 remaining people in the venue.

If you’re into main-stream
Warped Tour rock (or if you liked their last album), the boys in Anberlin played a sold out show at Spiro’s to a crowd that already seemed to know the words to their new single “Adelaide” off their February 2007 release, Cities. Despite total PA failure on their first 2 songs these guys were as tight as ever, with the entire crowd chanting their lyrics AFI-style. Any time people are this excited about a band, you know they have to be doing something right.

Har Mar Superstar took the stage late-night at Flamingo Cantina in his pink pants after notifying the crowd that he was “really wasted”. Between every single song he proceeded to tell the bartenders to bring him Long Island iced teas but nobody ever did. I caught him in the port-a-potty line the next day without a shirt, looking fairly hungover.

I missed
Mando Diao to see VietNam (Brooklyn, NY) at Burbon Rocks. These guys played songs off their self-titled album (that has been out since January) to a mostly older crowd. I am not a hippie, nor was I stoned, so I didn’t quite get it . . . but perhaps I will give them another shot sometime when their bass isn’t feeding back and drowning out everything else. They're on tour now with The Black Angels.

Do you remember that band
Travis? I bet Aqualung does too.

I caught both
Andy Zipf and Sondre Lerche at The 3rd Annual Paste Magazine Party. Lerche garnered the most attention with live renditions of tracks off his newly released album Phantom Punch. Atlanta’s The Futurists were in attendance all wearing their own band shirts because they ran out of clean clothes early on.

Speaking of The Futurists, I guess being on the road has done these youngsters some good. They had labels and photographers buzzing around during their performance at the ASCAP showcase at Dirty Dog. Catch them on the road in April with Lola Ray.

For Your Ears.

I took a vacation day specifically to read emails. Yes, that's how backed up I am right now. You don't even want to see what I've been staring at, it's painful.

However, I've found a few mp3s to share, so that's always fun.

Here's a band out of Charlotte that was in Atlanta not too long ago playing with the Futurists (who are having their CD release show at the Masquerade tomorrow night, which I will most likely be attending because they are bad ass) and are also on the cover of this month's Southeast Performer magazine. Welcome the Sammies. They have this powerful vocal thing going on where it sounds like they're yelling at you, but it's strangely inviting. The music itself makes me think of hair bands, but way updated. Just listen for yourself.

The Sammies - "Falling Out"
The Sammies - "Caretaker"

On another note, I just want to say that Ally is the most hardcore, rockstar person I know. We got inked together last night. Bars should not be located across the street from tattoo parlors. Mom, I'm so sorry...

Thursday, March 22, 2007

On the Map.

As much as I don't appreciate Manchester Orchestra's cocky attitude, apparently someone besides Ally likes them. I know they're reading this because I'm certain their multiple daily Google searches brought them here.

Anyways, an interesting article in Rolling Stone caught my eye because I've been in love with the Academy Is... for a while, and I think the Fratellis are hot shit, too.

Why am I not writing for them again? Hmmm...

I am writing for Creative Loafing, though. Check out this week's Real Life Top 5...I was interviewed to name my five guilty pleasure albums. And I'm certain I'll lose some cred somewhere, but eff it. Last week, I actually wrote the spotlight article on my fav local band. And there'll be one out next week, too, so look for it.

In shows, tonight Youth Group is at the EARL.

I'm exhausted. I can barely blog. If you're ever around O'Terrill's on a Sunday, Monday, or Wednesday night, stop in! I'm waiting tables there now...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

tomorrow, tomorrow!

this is where it's at tomorrow night, kids.
you definitely don't want to miss this show.

i dig all of these bands. i didn't know too much about scissors for lefty until just recently. they're out of san fran, they're on rough trade, and they sing ridiculously catchy indie pop songs. in other words... they rock. i'm really looking forward to seeing them live. also, the pendletons are another fave of mine. i'm fairly certain we've featured them on our podcasts in the past. they put on a great live show that makes you wanna dance. or if you're too cool for that, tap your toes at least.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

"she stole my karma, oh no... sold it to the farmer, oh no..."

same old kings... just more xanax.

my love of kings of leon goes back quite some time. believe me. so i had extremely high expectations for their newest album, because of the times. the 7 minute opener, "knocked up", sets the tone for the entire album... arrogant. caleb's vocals sound more aged than ever (and by aged, i mean awesome) over a steady, continuous beat. in comparison to their previous releases, youth and young manhood in particular, the album is hardly "dancy" at all. in fact, i can't recall hearing any tamborine this time around just off the top of my head. additionally, there are very few wailing guitar solos, which is something i associate with them. one exception is "black thumbnail" where caleb belts out, "...now guitar, go guitar!" and they completely cut loose. because of the times is a step back in time for the kings by focusing mainly on vox and drums. it's very reminiscent of the early caleb/nathan country duo thing they had going on back in the day. but with skills like theirs and those followill genetics to match, they are completely entitled to be arrogant. i love this album more than life. it drops on 4/3 and you can pre-order it here. do it.

mp3: kings of leon - "my party" (my favorite)

mp3: kings of leon - "charmer"

on a sidenote- here are some quotes from the badly drawn boy show last night:

"it sounds like the british sister hazel."

"i'm so bored."

"i feel like i'm at the clermont for karaoke."

"wait, there's really an encore?"

"you know it's bad when the best song of the night was a journey cover."

Friday, March 09, 2007

Fun Things to Speak Of.

I think I already mentioned that I am busy as shit right now, so you'll have to excuse my lack of posting this week.

I do have a couple of things to harp on, though.

UNO: The first one is that we have another "Confessions of a Music Addict" showcase lined up on May 3rd at the Earl. We're collaborating with Eskimo Kiss Records to bring you Long Knives, Citified, and Slushco. This show is going to be a good one, obviously, because we don't play with stuff that sucks. Remember, Long Knives has gotten a super response all around...

DOS: The second bit of fun info is that since I am busier than normal, and shall probably remain that way for a while, I've asked Claire Ashton to come and post on new bands and other fun stuff. Claire is a great writer, and she is always tipping me off about a band she stumbled across or letting me in on all the cool stuff going on around town. So, expect to see things from her soon.

TRES: Lastly, you'll be able to catch me in the Creative Loafing music section starting next week.

Shows this weekend (I don't feel like linking...sorry):
>>The Judies tonight, March 9th at the 11:11 Teahouse
>>Dropsonic tomorrow, March 10th at Star Bar


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Damnit, I'm Good.

Thanks to my pal RB for pointing this out to me. Apparently, I know what I'm talking about.

Pitchfork's review of Arcade Fire's Neon Bible cites a Bruce Springsteen sound. Sweet. So did the one I wrote a month ago. Interesting...

In other news, I'm busy as shit right now, but I've been listening to a lot of Ambulance Ltd.

Oh, and I had to cancel my SxSW trip due to family obligations, but I think Ally is still going.

Thank you, that is all for today.

Monday, March 05, 2007

"from the moment i could walk, you made me want to run..."

confession #2:

"Every time I'm about to go onstage i get that diarrhea feeling."
-arch of illinois

the latest wave of ace fu awesomeness has brought us what the hell do i know? the newest EP from illinois. a band from pennsylvania... obviously.

the 7 song EP opens with "alone again" which draws you in with a dreamy story about a girl who finds herself alone on the weekend and just stares and stares at the ceiling. the next track, "nosebleed", feels like a perfect campfire song. it's filled with plenty of banjo and makes you want to clap your hands and stomp your feet. the band explores their psychedelic side in the song "one on one" and then brings the banjo back out again for "screendoor". the EP wraps with "bad day" which i can only compare to something by cake, but with more bass drum. illinois has it all. they're quirky, they're catchy, and they just might be my new favorite band. the EP comes out tomorrow and you can buy it here. also, the guys will be all over the place for sxsw so be sure to catch them at some point. visit here for the details.

mp3: illinois - "screendoor"

Friday, March 02, 2007

Prepping for SxSW.

I must say, I'm on an unbelievable high after last night's Billy Joel show. It was well worth the $100 I dropped on a ticket. That guy knows how to put on a show for sure. There wasn't a bad seat in the place, and he sounded incredible. It was like I was listening to the CD, except I was surrounded by fellow fans singing along with me.

And now, it's back to blogging about bands that don't somewhat destroy my credibility.

I keep getting emails about parties and showcases going on in Austin next month, and when I see an artist I'm anxious in checking out, I get all excited. I thought I would share two of them today.

The first is a band out of Canada that I've mentioned before because, well, they're awesome. The Golden Dogs. They don't come around here, which sucks, but they do hit the states every so often, and they have an interesting sound that could be borderline pop, except that your fourteen-year-old sister probably wouldn't get into it. Does that make sense? Either way, they're a catchy crew with male and female vocals, and I'm not sure anyone I've shared this with has been disappointed in it. They're playing March 17th at Molotov Lounge if you happen to be in Austin.

The Golden Dogs - "Never Meant Any Harm"

This video is pretty kick ass, as well.

The second band is not really a band, but more like two dudes with a guitar and one of those things that comes out of your mouth and makes some kind of synth noise. I don't know the name of it, sorry. Chromeo. I came upon this song by accident one day, and I loved it so much, I checked them out further and have not been let down by the beats and generally humorous nature of their music. I think it's genius. And the video has to be put here as well, because it's so simple, yet so complex. Think A Clockwork Orange. They'll be playing at the Flamingo Cantina on March 15th for the SxSWers.

Listen to this song...

Chromeo - "Needy Girl"

And then watch the video. You'll lurve them, too.

If you're looking for a show tonight, I might be at 10 High to see Summerbirds in the Cellar and Modern Skirts. If I can remove myself from the couch today...

Thursday, March 01, 2007

I'm Movin' Out.

Well, not really. But I tell you one thing, I totally blasted that song on repeat in the car when I did move out from the parents' pad to the big city a few years ago when I got a "real" job...the whole 25 miles away. Yes, sir, I did. And in the spirit of the Piano Man himself, the man who makes piano bars fun (even if the piano men at the piano bars expect you to tip big for the request), I am dedicating this post to him, since I will be seeing ole Billy Joel live for the first time tonight at Philips Arena. I am also dedicating this post to Caren and Ryan since they were nice enough to take me in as a companion to the show. And to my awesome boss who is letting me have tomorrow off because she knows I'll be emotionally exhausted from witnessing a music great in all of his glory.

First up is a cover of "Movin' Out" by the Format. I happen to have some of their originals in my library, and I heart them all.

The Format - "Movin' Out"

Next up is the original by Billy. Another tidbit of info for you, in case you happen to be a fan and like musicals, the Broadway rendition of Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out will be at the Fox Theatre sometime this year. But don't quote me on that, since I can't seem to find the info on it now like I did in the past. If you think I won't be there, you are so so so wrong.

Billy Joel - "Movin' Out"

I know how curious you are which song is my absolute fav, as if I could ever pick one. The one that has remained in my memory for many years would be "The Longest Time," and you can watch the cheesy ass video here:

If you weren't thrilled to come here and see a post about Billy Joel, then I have a cool sample from Let's Go Sailing that you may enjoy as much as I did. Light, airy, female vocals make this track something to soothe yourself with. It's going on my "Bathtub" playlist, I can promise you that. They'll also be at SXSW this year, and I'll probably get to catch them, you know, since I'll be there and everything.

Let's Go Sailing - "Icicles"