Tuesday, December 23, 2008

new year's eve edition.

let me first start off by expressing how flattered i am that some horrible little girl is trying to rip off this blog by not only almost completely mirroring the name of it, but also by using the same phrases, such as "bands i heart," that i (we) have been using here for the past 3ish years. it's okay, though, because even though you can try your hardest to fake being us, you can't fake good taste! moving right along...

there is never a lack of of things to do in the atlanta area on NYE. especially if you happen to love music. here are a couple of options for you to ponder.

>>variety playhouse will be hosting athens boys the whigs. but more importantly than them, band of horses will be headlining. band of horses! of course, it is sold out, but you know, you can always dip into the craigslist ads. maybe you'll be lucky.

>>the earl will help you kick in 2009 in the dark back room with the rent boys and the howlies. $12

>>the star bar has a good line-up of local acts with the constellations, gringo starr, anna kramer, and a few others. apparently they'll be serving free bubbly. it's only $5. this is a pop death event. we love pop death.

>>there are also a hoard of DJ parties going on.

i think that does it. happy holidays. i hope santa brings you lots of fun presents. like socks! i love socks.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Coconut Records

Coconut Records has a new album coming out called Davy and they're offering a free download of their new single "Microphone" for a limited time. Click here to download it. The full album comes out on January 20, 2009.

Here's what Jason Schwartzman has to say:

"Before we even finished the first album we were getting excited about the second," said Schwartzman. "So it's a great opportunity to be able to get the new single out to fans for free and support Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which does the really important, and often undervalued, work of supporting music education in disadvantaged schools and communities."

In addition to downloading "Microphones" for free, fans are also able to pre-order the new album on AmieStreet.com for the special price of $5. Both the free download of "Microphones" and the $5 pre-order of Davy will be available for only one week, before going up to full price.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

terri's 2008 year-end list.

I finally have the time to sit down on my bed and blog (as well as on this one). I can't do fancy pictures like my dear pal Leah's (I end up choosing ones that are copyrighted), but here are some good finds I've heard over the year of two-thousand and eight.

Ladytron - Velocifero.
They never cease to disappoint. I'm on the verge of saying this is their most mainstream-sounding album, due to the fact this is their fourth album and you heard a bit of the track "Tomorrow" on Ugly Betty. I highly recommend this album and really look forward to seeing them again when they play here again. If you're on the fence, check out "The Lovers," "Runaway," and "Predict the Day."

Once soundtrack.
I'm with Leah on this one. Besides being one of the best movies I've seen this year, the soundtrack is great! Seeing them when they came here heightened my enthusiasm for the group. It's The Frames with newcomer Marketa Irglova making up The Swell Season. At any rate, check out "When Your Mind's Made Up." If you see them play it in the movie or live, you'll cry.

Brazilian Girls - New York City.
The first time I heard it, I wasn't a fan. After a second and third time, I was hooked. "Berlin," "Nouveau Americain," and "Strangeboy" are my favorites....

The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia.
I was hesitant on this one because I'm with Claire on Mark Lanegan's place- this should be a Twilight Singers album. However, my arm got twisted for two reasons, the tracks "The Body" and "Front Street." If I do find myself in the Lanegan mood, it's good. (You really have to be in a mood, but not that kind of mood, pervs.) "Circle of Fringes" and "God's Children" are also great tracks as well.

21 soundtrack.
Hearing the soundtrack before you see the movie is a bad idea. If you do that, you don't give a hoot about the movie and just want to listen to the soundtrack. It's not as good as the Trainspotting soundtrack, but it's one nice record. "Time to Pretend" by MGMT, "Mad Pursuit" by Junkie XL featuring Electrocute, "Sister Self Doubt" by Get Shakes, "I Am the Unknown" by The Aliens, "Hold My Hand" by UNKLE, the remix of Kasabian's "L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)," and "Tender Buttons" by Broadcast all had me at "hello." Oh. Em. Gee. I feel like I'm 15 just talking about it!

She & Him - Volume One.
Seeing them live just about did it for me, not to mention seeing my girl crush, Ms. Zooey Deschanel. "You Really Got a Hold on Me" and "I Was Made For You" are the cream of the crop on the debut album for Deschanel and the master behind it all, M. Ward. Like I said in the review, it was like going to a fair minus the sweet tea and apple pie slices. I am quite certain they'll tour again, so get your tushies out there to see them!

That's all I was impressed with as far as new stuff for the year. I was also introduced to other great finds from the past. Here's a short bit of them.

The Faint - Wet From Birth
Ratatat - Classics
Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
Joy Division - The Best Of Joy Division

Friday, December 05, 2008

leah's 2008 year-end list.

it's december. you know what that means? that's right! i'll be another year older in 24 days! this year is my year to turn the age of the day of my birth. does that make sense? i'll be 29 on the 29th. woohoo! anyway, enough of my self-indulgence.

december also means rewinding and coming up with those lovely year-end-you-must-have-these-albums lists. every music blogger does one, or something like it. i've never been the exception. and i won't be this year, either. unfortunately, i have kind of bowed out of the ring a bit and haven't gotten nearly enough listening in as i could have this year. so if i don't list your fave, don't sass me about it, k? i probably have not even heard it. i've actually developed heart palpitations from the amount of stress i've been under, and my face looks like a 16-year-old girl's with the massive skin eruptions. so back off! phew. ok. here ya go. this is what i loved this year.

no particular order.

>sia. Some People Have Real Problems. wow. sia is amazing. the ex-zero 7 contributor is proof that human beings can actually sound ethereal enough that you think they might really be angels. i can't tell you how many people i've heard declare that sia will save your life. ahhhh, sia.

>the swell season. Music From The Motion Picture Once. technically, this album came out in december of 2007. but it didn't really make much headway until 2008 when the duo went on tour. yeah, i saw the movie, and i wanted to cry. and the songs tug on my heartstrings because they're so full of powerful emotion that you can actually feel it entering your pores and freezing your blood. an album i could wallow in forever. <3

>rantings of eva. Rantings of Eva. it's no secret that i love this band. back in march, they released their first full-length album, and it's still in rotation on my various iplayers. usually i can pick two songs i go back and forth with, but this album has six strong repeat-worthy tunes. i love this album like mary katherine gallagher loves the smell of her armpits.

>black kids. Partie Traumatic. thank god for this album. had i not had it to pull me out of a funk, i'd probably have bed sores right now. seriously. when i listen to this album, invisible hands made of musical notes pull me up off my ass and make me shake my tushy and fling my hair.

>david ford. Songs for the Road. the only person i can give this award to: more depressing than damien rice. mhmm. david ford makes me find that corner of my soul that houses feelings of misery and hate - and he makes me deal with it. he's the reason i don't have to pay for therapy. well, he's part of that reason. there are many other artists who also contribute to that...

>the bridges. Limits Of The Sky. finally, a group of kids who sing good songs with great lyrics and even more amazing music behind it. wait, don't they call this "talent"? why is it that the mainstream-indie attention (i know, that is an oxymoron; but you should know what i mean by that) seems to be lost on a bunch of crappy sounding bands just because the boys wear pants that are way too tight? wake up, people. this is a band you need to know, and you need to listen to.

>the old 97s. Blame It On Gravity. i got to be one of the first to hear the band debut some songs from this album live this year at sxsw. and it was glorious! when i got the album, i listened to it for days. i've also been found at a bar in the west village drunk as a skunk screaming about how much i love 'no baby i' and 'ride.' i think that might be a good indication of my relationship with this album. laid-back, full of fun, and willing to keep you company at the bar.

>american babies. American Babies. a band i discovered at sxsw. they're not selling out arenas, but they're definitely making my subway rides easier to deal with. this band has a down-home sound that might make you think whiskey is a great idea, even if you're not a whiskey drinker. 'brooklyn bridge' is my hands-down fave track and appears on a good number of playlists in my library.

>the kooks. Konk. no list is complete without the british invasion. so here is another one. i never paid attentions to this album until 'love it all' showed up on my pandora station, and then i revisited it, and i lurve it. it's mindless and fits in with everyday music, but has that little extra smidge of brit rock.

>coldplay. Viva La Vida. it was bound to round out the list. maybe it's that little spiritual factor that i find so endearing about this album. or maybe it's because just because i'm losing doesn't mean i'm lost. or maybe it's the violins and rolling the dice. i could listen to these songs a thousand times a day and never get sick of them. but, isn't that what coldplay is all about? i commend them for a job well-done, yet again. bravo, chaps!

there it is. love it, or leave it, you better gain way. nah, just kidding. this is just a reminder that i didn't listen to all of the hundreds of albums that were released this year. it's a personal collection of faves. feel free to comment about what you think i need to listen to, also.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

news for those who like to rough it musically.

personally, i'm a big fan of showering and hanging out with people who smell like they just carved a chunk out of a bar of irish spring, which is why i tend to steer clear of the whole festival mess. but, for those of you who either (a) like to be smelly, or (b) don't mind shelling out money for the VIP section of festival camp that actually has showers, here is some good news. bonnaroo has announced some info regarding the 2009 jam, which will take place june 11-14, and the tickets go on sale this thursday. apparently they will let you pay installments toward the entire ticket price, which is great for anyone suffering from this recession we've finally been admitted into.

there ya go. have fun with that info, kiddies.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Concert review: Quintron and Miss Pussycat

Date: Saturday, November 22
Venue: Eyedrum
Support: Hawks, The Carbonas

Seeing Quintron and Miss Pussycat was a bit of fresh air. There wasn't any sweating due to a billion bodies trying to see. After Hawks and Carbonas played (rather heavy for the setting), a puppet show opened up the headliner's -for seriously. It was lead by Quintron's wife, Miss Pussycat, who also did backup vocals and played maracas. Seeing Mr. Quintron was interesting because he had a great trick up his sleeve. His entire band is himself and a machine he invented out of an organ, how cool is that? He's like "Bert" from Mary Poppins, but cooler! To describe the sound (or somewhat ballpark it), think LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire with White Stripes vocals. However, it's hard to say since I've heard nothing like it before, which is good. Overall, it was a relaxing evening enjoying a brewski and popcorn while listening to fun music.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Coldplay hints at a farewell... NIN pics

Apparently Chris Martin would like he and his band mates to wrap things up be the end of 2009. The writer of the story doesn't appear to be a fan in the first place, along with giving away personal political choices, which is a waste of ink. Read the blurb here.

Also, Nine Inch Nails did a Monday night show in Columbus, OH with some sweet deals - $17 seats!! But where are all the Trent baby fans (pics here)? And how come those cheap seats weren't available for the Duluth and Nashville show? IMO (internet slang- LOL!) school nights don't count as an excuse for this deal...

Monday, November 17, 2008

New Ladytron video in the works

Ladytron stated in a MySpace bulletin moments ago that a video is in the works for their track "Tomorrow." If they were to pick a song off their latest album, Velocifero, I think they should have done "The Lovers." But that's just me. The release date is TBD and it will be directed by Neil Krug, who did a Boards of Canada unofficial video to "In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country" and Dri's "Two Are One" music video. Till then, watch "Runaway" and other great music videos by them and enjoy!

Atlanta shows for the week

Apart from seeing the new Bond movie, here are some potentialities for music entertainment of wide range...

Tuesday 11/18
Kings of Leon at Tabernacle
Toadies at Masquerade

Wednesday 11/19
Broken Social Scene at Variety Playhouse

Thursday 11/20
Copeland at Masquerade

Saturday 11/22
Quintron and Miss Pussycat at Eyedrum

Friday, November 14, 2008

art at mattress factory studios.

if you're into music and art, here is a super fun thing going on in atlanta tomorrow. it's from noon to 10pm, so you can probably find at least a few minutes to stop by and check out the local talent. and it's freeeeeee! just like america!

more info here.

tonight in atlanta

i'll be here. well, i'll be here if my plane leaves on time and fog doesn't keep me from it.

duke spirit ticket giveaway for athens folks.

hello. if you live in athens, or if you're close to athens, or if your boyfriend moved away and went to school in athens, and you need an excuse to show up on his doorstep, then maybe i can help you out!

the duke spirit is playing with eulogies at 40 watt on november 29th. if you want to go, just email your name. put 'duke spirit' as the subject, please. then, next thursday, i'll announce a winner. cool?

ps-if you can't go to the show, then don't enter the contest. it is a huge pain in the ass when you say, 'yay! i won! oooh, but wait, i can't go...' don't do that shit. please. it's annoying. kthanks.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

new army navy video

featuring that comedian with the big ass gap in his teeth. (yes, i know...he has a name. paul scheer. i'm pretty sure he made me laugh once upon a time when i had cable and could watch vh1.) army navy! i like it. yay!

new CD releases for cold weather.

the british columbians out of vancouver have a new album packed with canadian flavor that in some instances (like on "in the leaves") make me feel like i'm listening to kansas while johnny cash sings, except if johnny cash were into canadian campfires rather than rings of fire and kansas were flourishing in 2008. but don't let that fool you. listen to "hoodoo" and you'll begin to wonder if your ex-hippie dad influenced them to go searching for CCR or jimi hendrix to pull musical ideas from. the point is, their sound is all over the place, and that might be a nice thing for those of us who have multiple musical personalities. this band is the zyprexa for such a disease...

then you have the in endeavors with you've got your friends, i've got mine. i'm more inclined to lean into their spoon meets kings of leon meets modest mouse rock sound.

and lastly, here's a band that makes my ears hurt because it's like the muppets got together and figured kermit could sing in a band. frontier ruckus. that wasn't a compliment.

whatever you're looking for on this fabulous thursday, there are a few bands you can check out at your leisure.

as an addendum, check out paste magazine's sampler CD picks and rate the songs up. you'll see a familiar band in there! (cough..ahem..rantings of eva..coughcough)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Get your goth on!

Like the rest of the world, I am counting down the days until Twilight hits movie theatres. Yes, I put away the entire 2,000+ word series in two weeks when I first got my hands on the books because they're damned awesome! [Ahem, Leah, you know you're obsessed with Harry Potter . . . back me up here on the kids' lit.]

Anyway, apparently the Twilight soundtrack is currently at #1 on Billboard. This is the first time a soundtrack has hit #1 (before the movie's release) since 2002. If you feel like getting your goth on (or in the case of Linkin Park, your redneck on) then check it out:

Track listing
"Supermassive Black Hole" (Muse) – 3:29
"Decode" (Paramore) – 4:22
"Full Moon" (The Black Ghosts) – 3:50
"Leave Out All the Rest" (Linkin Park) – 3:20
"Spotlight" (Twilight Mix) (Mute Math) – 3:20
"Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)" (Perry Farrell) – 3:27
"Tremble for My Beloved" (Collective Soul) – 3:53
"I Caught Myself" (Paramore) – 3:55
"Eyes on Fire" (Blue Foundation) – 5:01
"Never Think" (Robert Pattinson) – 4:29
"Flightless Bird, American Mouth" (Iron & Wine) – 4:00
"Bella's Lullaby" (Carter Burwell) – 2:19

Samples of the songs are available for preview on iTunes. You can also check out the first single, "Decode" by Paramore which already has a cool 7 million plays on Myspace.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Barcelona's Absolutes

Barcelona is finally touring behind their September 2007 release, Absolutes. As of now I don't see an Atlanta date but those in New York have an opportunity to catch the band with Low vs Diamond at the Bowery Ballroom on November 9th and my Austin buddies get their chance at Emo's on December 14th. Tour dates run right up to Christmas.

You'll probably like Barcelona if you're a fan of Athlete or Augustana. You can stream Absolutes from the upper right hand corner of the band's site or by clicking here.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Concert review: Nine Inch Nails

Band: Nine Inch Nails
Support: Health
Date: 10.31.08 (Halloween)
Venue: Sommet Center, Nashville, TN

Seeing them in Duluth, GA a few months back up in the seats, it was an entirely different experience seeing them less than 20 feet from the stage. I should point out the little school girl came out in me because Trent Baby Reznor is effing HOT! Moving on, the band was introduced by a rough start... Health should be heard at the Variety Playhouse on a Tuesday. The vocals were refreshing, but the jauntiness and their showmanship were very unsatisfying. From the bass being too loud and Jake being to the back of us the entire time, it was a disappointment.

On a lighter note, the music selections heard on the speaker for NIN to show up were quite satisfying (Ladytron's "WhiteLightGenerator" and Joy Division's "Transmission"- woo hoo!). In the middle of the Joy Division track, NIN started playing "999,999" going into "1,000,000." The first thing we see is Robin Finck sporting a Texas Chainsaw Massacre/Michael Myers mask- brilliant! (Girl moment: I swear during the first song, Trent baby looked at me- ahhh!) Apart from the annoying attempted mosh pit/heavy swaying and funny cigarette smelling (yuck!),the same set list was used pretty much. The highlight of the show was hearing two tracks not heard in Duluth- "The Hand That Feeds" and "The Great Destroyer." Another highlight was seeing the "Ghosts" tracks up close. I've gained an appreciation for the album after I saw them perform up close despite my initial reaction. Overall, it was worth five hours of travel time to see this legendary group again. To top the night off, I lost my voice from a severely dry throat due to a cold. However, seeing the weirdos who dressed up for Halloween after the show and IHOP with my boyfriend made it not seem as bad. :-)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dying to hear something scary?

In the spirit of the season, I thought it would be fun to share with you some creepy songs (some are featured currently here). I know there are many more out there, so feel free to share your favorites, too. Trick or treat and Happy Halloween! :-)

"Thriller" - Michael Jackson
"Monster Mash" - Bobby "Boris" Pickett
"Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" - J.S. Bach
"Song for Athene" - John Tavener
"Humming" - Portisehead
"Rosemary's Baby" - Fantomas
"Red Right Hand" - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
"Buck Dich" - Rammstein
"New Born" - Muse
"Blue Jay Way" - The Beatles
"Revolution 9" - The Beatles
"Dead Souls" - Joy Division
"Tender Talons" - Ladytron
"Soft Power" - Ladytron
"Come See About Me" - The Afghan Whigs
"Climbing Up the Walls" - Radiohead
"Another Version of the Truth" - Nine Inch Nails
"The Downward Spiral" - Nine Inch Nails
"Is There Anybody Out There?" - Pink Floyd
"Wonderful! Wonderful!" - Johnny Mathis

You might be scratching your head with the last one, but I saw it on an "X-Files" episode and it creeped me out. Also here are some good soundtracks to listen to:

Requiem for a Dream
The Exorcist
Rosemary's Baby

the pink spiders - looking to the little people.

this almost sounds ridiculous, and as hard as it may seen, i like the pink spiders. i know. you've lost all respect for me now, haven't you?

i personally think claire should throw her name into the hat... ;)

just click on the picture above to see the larger version and read all the to-dos. maybe you'll be the next pink spider!

Monday, October 27, 2008

nyc shows this spooky week.

guess who managed to entirely skip anything having to do with cmj?! me! man, does it suck to be in the real world...

however, this week holds my most favorite holiday, and since i'm pumped on that alone, i'm going to trek around to see some amazing stuff going on.

*tonight (monday! october 27!), at the mercury lounge, an atlanta-based band hits the stage. trances arc will be performing all of their high-energy rock at 7:30. that means we have to pray the trains will not have any hold-ups today after work...and let's hope we find $10 laying around to get in.

*tomorrow (tuesday! october 28!), at the mercury lounge AGAIN, david ford is bringing the somber songs of love and how much it sucks to the great people of nyc. this guy makes me want to throw bricks through windows. but, in a very good way. he also plays at 7:30, and it's $15 to get in. well worth the bones, folks.

*ALSO tomorrow: wow, the bridges are high-tailing the harmonies to webster hall with matthew sweet. people, if you have not seen these kids, put down the mouse and get your ass to the venue tomorrow night. i know matthew sweet has his fame, and he's awesome, but these bridges kids will lay down chills on your face. your neck hair will stand up. hell, you may even have to wipe away tears. i wish i were kidding. $25, show is at 7:00.

*thursday, october 30th: i'll be in montauk (yay!) to go fishing (yay!) with my sexy boyfriend (yay yay!!), but if you're one of those people who likes shitty music because someone told you it was cool, you can try to find your way into the sold out MGMT show at webster hall. good luck, kiddies.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Concert review: TV On The Radio

Location: Tabernacle
Date: Saturday - 10/25
Support: The Dirtbombs

It can't get any better when you walk in to a venuw hearing a band with talent. The Dirtbombs delivered a performance that aimed to satisfy and chill their listeners. One of the highlights of the entire night was their exit. After their last song, the drummer would keep playing as everyone packed up. Slowly, one piece of the drum set would go until there was nothing left for the drummer to do but stop playing- flippin' cool!

After impatiently waiting for sound checks, TVOTR graced out presence with nothing but coolness. The energy of jumping to the beat would relax and heighten throughout the show. People watching was also a plus (or minus) when you're taking a breather. Between the mosh pit hippies and the nutty show goers that towered over me, it was entertaining. Playing crowd pleasers like "Wolf Like Me" and "A Method" (which was badass!!), "Staring at the Sun" was their closer at the encore, which brought everyone to jumping like a bunch of kids on pixie sticks.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

a show to see...

next weekend is going to be a doozie, what with all of the candy and costumes and blood and gore going on.

in atlanta, you can spend next thursday night, october 30th, at variety playhouse. i'll be on a train to montauk, but if i weren't...this is it! matthew sweet is playing, and his new album is only getting good press. people i didn't even know liked matthew sweet are asking me if i've heard it. so, it must be good. check him out. go buy tickets. go get candy. go.

i remember him from the 90s. which i will be resurrecting next weekend. and, if there are pictures worthy enough, you'll get to share in it. peace.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

'All Together Now' DVD released today!

Okay, Beatle peedles, the documentary for the Beatles' Cirque du Soleil show, Love, is out today! Even though I saw the show in Vegas (front row seats!) over a year ago, I still get goosebumps when I hear the soundtrack. Now you can get Love-struck too with this documentary. ;-)

Monday, October 20, 2008

oasis - dig out your soul

Do yourself a giant favor and save your money for your gas tank. Apparently the Gallagher brothers are suffering from amnesia because they have forgotten how to write memorable songs.

"So, have you seen any good shows lately?"

That cheesy pick up line is about as great as "what's your name?" in a bar. Moving on, here are a couple good finds for the week if you're in the Atlanta area. Try not to have a bad case of the Mondays and enjoy your day. :-)

Thurs. 10/23
The Ting Tings - Variety Playhouse

Fri. 10/24
Star Bar Annual Johnny Cash Tribute and Diabetes Benefit - Star Bar

Sat. 10/25
TV On The Radio w/ The Dirtbombs - Tabernacle
Rantings of Eva and AutoVaughn - Star Bar
Weezer w/ Angels & Airwaves and Tokyo Police Club - Arena at Gwinnett Center

Friday, October 17, 2008


Why do critics have a bad attitude about The Verve's new record, Forth? I don't get it. It's a great album. I have seen several geniuses compare it to Richard Ashcroft's solo work (implying that his solo work is crap) and say that it's nowhere near the album that Urban Hymns was. Well, do your research people. Ashcroft wrote Urban Hymns as his frist solo album and then changed his mind and released it as a Verve album. And yes, Forth is a bit darker and heavier in some places but if I wanted to hear Urban Hymns I would just put that album on. Do listen . . . if you are or were ever a fan, it won't disappoint.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

rantings of eva go on mini tour.

speaking of spin (which, i did in my last post if you scroll down a bit...), if you haven't already, you should get the october issue. there's a nice kings of leon article in it, which i know i blogged about last month. but also, look what i found on page 47...

my most favorite atlanta band - rantings of eva! if you want to see them, and you're along the east coast, try to find yourself in one of the following places to catch them live:

saturday, october 25: ATLANTA, GA: star bar w/autovaughn

sunday, november 9: NEW YORK, NY: the annex (i will be at this show, of course)

monday, november 10: BROOKLYN, NY: trash bar (i will also be at this show...)

tuesday, november 11: WASHINGTON, DC: the red and the black

friday, november 14: ATLANTA, GA: vinyl w/the modern society, the lisps, and the bloodsugars (from NYC)

thursday, december 11: NASHVILLE, TN: the rutledge

minus the bear has a new ep.

minus the bear has an ep out in case you're not a super fan and didn't already know that...it's called acoustics. if you want to pick it up, you'll have to get it at one of their shows, otherwise you can go to itunes or amazon or emusic and pick it up there. and, because i'm amazing and you love me and i want to return the favor, i'll put their new track, "guns & ammo", here for you to download for free. isn't that nice? free. my favorite thing.

get the download for "guns & ammo" from this link. apparently you can also get it off spin.com.

tour dates! (with annuals, who are also in regular rotation on my ipod - does a line-up get any better than that?!)

Oct 15 -- Minneapolis, MN -- Varsity Theatre
Oct 16 -- Milwaukee, WI -- Turner Hall
Oct 17 -- Chicago, IL -- Vic Theatre
Oct 18 -- Columbus, OH -- Newport Music Hall
Oct 19 -- Detroit, MI -- Majestic Theatre
Oct 20 -- Cleveland, OH -- Grog Shop
Oct 21 -- Boston, MA -- Wilbur Theatre
Oct 22 -- Washington, DC -- 930 Club
Oct 23 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Theatre of Living Arts
Oct 24 -- Providence, RI -- Lupo's at the Strand
Oct 25 -- New York, NY -- Webster Hall
Oct 26 -- Sayreville, NJ -- Starland Ballroom
Oct 28 -- Richmond, VA -- The National
Oct 29 -- Raleigh, NC -- Lincoln Theatre
Oct 30 -- Asheville, NC -- The Orange Peel
Oct 31 -- Knoxville, TN -- Bijou Theatre
Nov 1 -- Atlanta, GA -- Variety Playhouse
Nov 3 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- Revolution
Nov 4 -- Orlando, FL -- House of Blues
Nov 5 -- Jacksonville, FL -- Free Bird Cafe
Nov 7 -- New Orleans, LA -- House of Blues
Nov 8 -- Houston, TX -- House of Blues
Nov 9 -- Austin, TX -- Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov 10 -- Dallas, TX -- House of Blues
Nov 13 -- Tempe, AZ -- Marquee Theatre
Nov 14 -- San Diego, CA -- Soma
Nov 15 -- Pomona, CA -- Glass House
Nov 16 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Henry Fonda Theatre
Nov 18 -- Sacramento, CA -- Empire
Nov 19 -- San Francisco, CA -- Bimbo's 365 Club
Nov 22 -- Seattle, WA -- Showbox at the Market

Monday, October 13, 2008

coldplay lost video.

i have to say, coldplay has been moving at a pretty rapid pace in becoming one of my favorite bands with this last album of theirs. i'm beginning to wonder if chris martin has been taking psychology classes or something due to his ability to get so deep and do it so well.

anyway, here is their video for "lost!" i loooove that song. it's so powerful with the drums, and then there's that lyric about waiting for the shine to wear off...ack! the dude gets me. right there. uhhh. he gets me.

go here to watch it.

I got a free song, na-na-na-na-boo-boo!

You could get free songs, too! A week or two ago, I dropped into a place that rhymes with Barmucks and noticed they had a stack of what looked like playing cards. Well, since I haven't been in this particular coffee place in ages, I was out of the loop and saw they were free song downloads. This one happened to be from"Hare Krisna" by Thievery Corporation, which is from their latest album, Radio Retaliation. It was a good track and refreshing to hear something new. It's also a nice break from what I've been listening to for the past few weeks- Kasabian's Kasabian and The Velvet Underground & Nico. Don't get me wrong, they are lovely albums and highly recommended. ;-)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

when i grow up

Juliana Hatfield (of Blake Babies fame) just released a memoir called When I Grow Up on September 22nd. If you are a fan of Hatfield or if you have ever struggled with the everchanging music business, pick it up. It's a really good read.

Here's a little blurb from the book's inside flap:

Ask a young girl what she wants to be when she grows up, and there's a good chance she'll say "a rock star." Ask a rock star what she wants to be when she grows up, and it gets a bit more complicated . . .

By the early nineties, singer-songwriter and former Blake Babies member Juliana Hatfield was in a position most aspiring alternative rockers only dream of: Her solo career was taking off. She was on the cover of Spin and Sassy. Ben Stiller directed the video for her song "Spin the Bottle" from the Reality Bites film soundtrack. She was a featured guest on My So-Called Life. Then, after canceling a European tour to treat severe depression and failing to produce another "hit," she spent a decade releasing well reviewed albums on indie labels and performing in ever-smaller clubs. A few years ago, then in her thirties, she found herself quietly reading the New Yorker on a filthy couch in the tiny dressing room of a punk club, and asked herself, "Why am I still doing this?"

By turns wryly funny and woundingly sincere, When I Grow Up takes readers behind the scenes of rock life as Hatfield recounts her best and worst days, the origins of her songs, the source of her woes, and her quest to find a new purpose in life.

No longer willing to play a kid's game by kid's rules, Hatfield resolved to take a year off and experiment with being a civilian. No performing or songwriting, and lots of everything else. When the year had gone by, rather than making her decide to pack it in and retire to a life of anonymous respectability, it reawakened her creative passion. She resolved to take charge of her career like a grown-up and write the great, untapped songs that she knew were still in her. This newfound determination led directly to her eagerly awaited new album, aptly named How to Walk Away, the most energetic, polished, and creative work of her music career.

When I Grow Up is more than a musician's memoir; it is a rich and revealing tour through an extraordinary mind. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes somber, and always insightful, it is rewarding reading not only for her fans, but for anyone who enjoys a truthful, beautifully written, real-life story of success, struggle, and rebirth.

pop death squad's day of the dead.

i would totally go to atlanta to take part in this monstrosity of a show, but the man and i will be in montauk fishing that weekend (halloween weekend! show is november 1st)...but hey, if you're in atlanta, you can go. and you should. just look as this!

Pop Death Squad presents // http://www.myspace.com/popdeathsquad
at the Star Bar
21 and UP / $5
Gates open at 2:30PM

*Outdoors - from 330 - 8PM
Part Bear - http://www.myspace.com/partbear
The Empties - http://www.myspace.com/theempties
Ponderosa - http://www.myspace.com/ponderosamusic
Kuroma - http://www.kuromamusic.com/
The Constellations - http://www.myspace.com/constellationsatl

*Indoors - from 9 til 2AM
The Weeks - http://www.myspace.com/theweeks
Shovels and Ropes - http://www.myspace.com/cahearstandmichaeltrent
Poison Arrows - http://www.myspace.com/poisonarrows77
Death On Two Wheels - http://www.myspace.com/deathontwowheels
AND special guest headliner (TBA)

*times subject to change....

it's only $5! you might as well spend it before it's ripped from your hands to fix boo boos of greedy execs at AIG! right?

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

blue brothers revue!

got a press release today that is a bright side to a bleak few weeks.

there's no ticket info yet, but when there is, i assure you, yours truly will have it.

the blues brothers are hitting atlanta! yes, that's right! the real blues brothers! (as in, dan aykroyd and jim belushi, who i just love in that 'according to jim' show) they'll be at the tabernacle on february 7. i know, it's forever away, but your 2008 calendar is dwindling, so you need something to put down for 2009. it's kind of a big deal, as they haven't performed in public in something like 20 years.

this show will raise money for the hillels of georgia.

so keep your eye out...

Monday, October 06, 2008

vancougar tours this month.


as much as i don't like gimmicks, i took a listen to vancougar, and honestly, it isn't shabby! they hail from vancouver (check out that band name play-on-words, eh?) and will be tooling around the US this month in the following places:

Wed, Oct 22 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East w/ Jay Reatard, Cola Freaks, Tampoffs

Fri, Oct 24 - NYC- Fat Baby - Mint Records CMJ Showcase w/ The Pack A.D., The Awkward Stage, Hot Panda, Novillero

Sat, Oct 25 - Pittsburgh, PA - Gooski..'s

Sun, Oct 26 - Asheville, NC - The Admiral w/ Suttree

Mon, Oct 27 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl w/ Thee Crucials

Tues, Oct 28 - Huntsville, AL - Voodoo Lounge w/ Thomas Function

Wed, Oct 29 - Nashville, TN - Springwater w/ Thomas Function, Trampskirts, Outlaw Lovers

Thurs, Oct 30 - Chicago, IL - Ronny..'s Bar

Fri, Oct 31 - Columbus, OH - The Summit w/ The Cheater Slicks, TV Ghost, Jack..'s Widow

Sat, Nov 01 - Milwaukee, WI - Club Garibaldi w/ The Goodnight Loving, Sugar Stems, Stolen Minks

Sun, Nov 02 - Madison, WI - The Frequency w/ The Grizzlies, The Hussy (early show - starts at 7 pm)

Mon, Nov 03 - Omaha, NE - Venue TBA

Wed, Nov 05 - Provo, UT - The Compound w/ Split Reactions, Steve & The Ohs (house party)

Fri, Nov 07 - Portland, OR - The East End w/ Phantom Lights, Mean Jeans

Sat, Nov 08 - Seattle, WA - Wild Rose w/ The Shackles, Suspicions

ingrid michaelson - david ford tour.

got this today...ingrid michaelson announces tour with david ford.

(College of Staten Island)

# headlining
^ in support of Ingrid Michaelson

i loveeeee david ford (although ingrid michaelson is pretty great, too). here's some evidence as to why:

i'm sure you can figure out how to google any of these shows near you. i think it would be well worth your money. hey, shouldn't you get out and see something pleasing with your hard earned money before the government snatches it all away...?

Thursday, October 02, 2008

help out the bridges.

quickly - go to this site and vote for the bridges' video for my most fav song by them, 'pieces.'

it'll give you a sense of accomplishment today. you know, voting to further the career of a band that actually has talent over the flash in the pan shitstick groups that are oversaturating the market. wait...what?

did i type that? am i going to leave it there? oh, yes.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Warm In The Wake's Speak Plainly EP

I honestly think that Warm In The Wake is one of the best things happening in Atlanta . . . er, Decatur, as of late. The guys parted ways with Livewire Recordings when the label went under and had full creative control over their new EP that came out a little over a week ago. It's called Speak Plainly and it's pretty fuggin' awesome. You can go to their website and either get the EP for free by forwarding it to three friends or you can make a contribution, Radiohead-style, of your liking and get the album that way. Either way, it's worth the money and time. I chatted with the band a few weeks ago regarding the new EP and their parting with Livewire. You can read the article on Paste Magazine's homepage this week or check it out by clicking here.

In other news, I saw The Silver Jews and Monotonix. The latter is probably the craziest thing to ever come out of Tel Aviv. Pics and a live review are posted here.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

sharing is caring.

while i sit at laguardia listening to people and wishing cell phones did not exist in settings such as this, i figured i'd knock out some of my wait time with some songs that have helped me find inner peace. or, at least, songs that i have found in my pandora excursion. i'm sure you can download all of these through your choice of music downloading services.

>the kooks - "love it all" from konk
>coldplay - "death and all his friends" from viva la vida (that entire album is pretty much the epitome of amazing, actually)
>thirteen senses - "into the fire" from the invitation
>the summer skinny - "the great american napkin"
>blue-eyed son - "i threw it all away" from west of lincoln
>maritime - "with holes" from heresy and the hotel choir
>golden smog - "you make it easy" from blood on the slacks

there are so many more, and i might decide to do another post like this in the near future, so i'll save the rest for that...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

childballads...tomorrow night in nyc.

why not head out to brooklyn tomorrow night for an almost weekend show? or, if you're already in brooklyn, this should be a no-brainer for you. tomorrow night, glasslands gallery hosts the childballads.

it's an interesting sound, and one you can listen to if you click on the band name up there. i like it. i'm somewhat reminded of sitting in texas smoking cigarettes. what?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

tv on the radio!

here's a contest a blogger friend is doing. go talk to her about it.

between love and like contest


of interest, maybe.

>ben folds five has reunited. i really don't care for them. i never have. but, i know there are plenty of people who do. you can listen to the entire album on myspace. also, for those who like the live action, they'll be playing terminal 5 next tuesday and wednesday (sept 30 and oct 1).

>ticket sales today that might be of interest...

>>margot and the nuclear so & so's: playing october 22nd at the bowery ballroom. i might have to plan on this one, myself, since i know how kick ass they are.

>>calexico is playing webster hall tomorrow night.

>>chromeo is playing webster hall next thursday night. that's october 2nd. really, i love them. any band that's going to knock a needy girl is AOK in my book.

Monday, September 22, 2008

butch walker releasing sycamore meadows.

november 11 is the day producer-extrordinaire, and full of energy rockstar, butch walker will release his newest solo effort, sycamore meadows. poor butch has had a tough year, so i'm guessing this album will be full of the lyrical, emotional aftermath of it. those always make for good tunes.

look for the first single, 'the weight of her,' to be given as a freebie next week on amazon.

news for 09.22.08

it's officially the first day of my favorite season. and there might be a couple of things going on outside of drinking on saturdays in pubs while watching football and shopping for new hats.

>i hate the whole dance club dj culture thing, and i also hate punk-ish bands like blink 182, but this is a sad story.

>ohhhh, george michael. i used to have faith that one day you'd be a good father figure. and a good teacher. but now, i'm not so sure.

>so, i did some shopping yesterday for my every-other-yearly splurge on overpriced jeans that make your ass look amazing, and i stopped in to barnes and noble to pick up the new issue of spin magazine. they have a little online video extra here that's kind of cute to watch of the cover boys, kings of leon. (ps - is it just me, or are their pants uncomfortable to look at due to the tightness factor?)

>i should start a new segment called 'things leah keeps seeing/hearing about and finds highly overrated and completely unjustified.' i'll just name a few...

>>duffy. katy perry. any female singer/songwriter who has no problem singing about sex and drinking while wearing colorful clothes so that every jaded twenty-something decides that this chick is the best artist ever, thus adopting all songs by aforementioned girl musicians as their dating bible. please, there are enough of them. stop promoting this already!

>>teens (and pre-teens) who completely worship bands like metro station, simply because it is a small spinoff from their previous, but now juvenile, obsession with miley cyrus. come on, guys. your ears should know better. think of all the old execs at the monster record labels that are rolling around in your hard-earned minimum wages. it's so sad. :( (if you happen to not know what this means, miley's brother has this electro-pop band that is just so horrible. they try so hard to be 'cool' that in the end, they just look like dumbasses. it makes me nauseated.)

>>former pop singers who have decided to 'go country' in order to make more money and accumulate more fans, since the only way musicians are making money is by targeting the country lovers. i have many theories as to why country is a good money-making genre that i will not put here, because i'm exhausted. hi, jessica simpson, yes, i'm talking to you. (and i still refuse to buy anything with your name on it.) i feel bad that johnny cash and jessica simpson are now in the same section at the music store. oh, the shame.

>>the hills. seriously. these people are famous for being rich, and generally low on morals...and it's still a hot commodity. this is ridiculous. the fact that anyone would even allow that heidi girl to make an entire album is scary business. being blonde, thin, and big breasted does not mean you're talented enough to be a musician (see above rant re: jessica simpson). i have never seen an episode of it, yet i have to be subjected to it anyway anytime i visit a news stand.

i think i feel better now for getting that off my chest. maybe my next post will consist of something worth reading and checking out...just haven't received any mind-blowing music tips lately...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

margot pre-order.

i love exciting emails about exciting bands. one of my favorite bands, margot and the nuclear so and so's, has a new album coming out october 7th, and you can pre-order from this link. apparently they are releasing two albums. animal and non-animal. guess they're going the outkast route. i mean, with seven band members, i'm sure there's all kind of creative residue to pick through. soooo, you can buy one, you can buy both, whatever.

before they blew up to be the amazing band they are now, there's this little gem you can see...(explicit language in this one, folks)

and here's a video for "quiet as a mouse," which is one of my top 3 favs from the debut album.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

atlantis in atlanta.

if you're looking for music this week, the annual music conference held in atlanta, cleverly called 'atlantis,' is taking place.

i'll go ahead and name who i think is worth checking out from the list they have on their site. because i might be a bit lazy today, and because i'm not that excited about it, you can get the schedule yourself. sound good? of course it does.

>andrew miller
>casper and the cookies
>death on two wheels
>harrison hudson
>natalie warner
>the beggars guild
>the bridges
>the empties
>the judies
>the sammies

there's a whole slew of other acts playing. i didn't mention them either because i don't know them, or because i think they're overrated and not worth your time, and let's face it, this is all about my opinion. that list of my must-sees has something for the whole family. sweet.

if, for some reason, you want to buy a pass for the whole weekend, find out how to do so here. i'm actually a little disappointed in this year's roster. i'd go to smith's olde bar thursday night, and star bar saturday night. but that's probably all i would do. who cares what i would do anyway. cheers, bitches.

itunes single of the week.

looks like coama is way ahead of the game on this one. the republic tigers, who we tipped you off about back in january, are in the much coveted spot of itunes single of the week artist. go into your itunes account and get your free single. you'll probably want to buy the whole album.

i feel like i caught them at sxsw this past year. but then again, i know i also caught a ton of free beer, too, so everything is a tad fuzzy...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Up and coming shows in Atlanta

Tonight - Rantings of Eva frontman at Smith's Olde Bar
Tomorrow - AutoVaughn at Star Bar

At the top of my head for the rest of September... They're all back to back, so you'll be a busy bee.

9/23 - The Dandy Warhols at Center Stage
9/24 - Gogol Bordello at Variety Playhouse
9/25 - Ratatat at the Masquerade.
9/26 - Stereolab at Variety Playhouse

Get tix here or at the door (if you dare).

I know it's not much, but it's the best I can do. My gift is my song and this one's for you.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

upcoming shows in nyc.

a couple shows of note...


>september 10: the kooks in central park.
>september 12: juliana hatfield at bowery ballroom
>september 14: the pink spiders at knitting factory
>september 25: dressy bessy at arlene's


>november 15: kaiser chiefs at webster hall (ON SALE SATURDAY, SEPT 13)
>november 16: the spinto band at bowery ballroom (ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPT 12)
>november 20: sondre lerche at bowery ballroom (ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPT 12)
>december 5: vampire weekend at terminal 5 (ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPT 12)

Monday, September 08, 2008

the little ones.

although, i've never heard of them, the little ones touring with the walkmen, who i have heard of. the music is the poppy kind you can dance to. that's never a bad thing, i guess. here are the tour dates:

10/2 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
10/3 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/4 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
10/5 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
10/7 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
10/8 - New Orleans, LA @ Republic
10/9 - Houston, TX @ Walters On Washington
10/10 - Austin, TX @ The Parish
10/11 - Dallas, TX @ Pontiac Garage at HOB
10/12 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
10/13 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement
10/14 - Newport, KY @ Soutgate House
10/16 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

also, they've got an album coming october 7th called morning tide.

Friday, September 05, 2008

news for 9.5.08

it's already september. i can't believe it. i'm wondering when i'll have to put the fans in the closet and break out the space heaters and radiators. hopefully not too, too soon...

>my favorite band of all time, the old 97s, has a little write-up on my favorite music mags website. and oddly enough, langhorne slim, who i blogged about yesterday, is in the same spin article. cutting edge, people! for anyone in athens, the old 97s will be playing the georgia theatre on october 1st in support of their new album, blame it on gravity. let me just say that i saw them play webster hall in august, and it was one of the most energetic performances i've seen out of them. and, if you're a fairweather fan, don't worry - they play lots of old tunes in between the new ones. but i suggest you pick up the new one. i was addicted after about three days. but i'm slightly biased.

>in local atlanta news, novah broke up. something about creative differences. kind of a shame. i really think they had a good bit of potential.

>u2 is pushing things back. what's a few more months when we've been waiting on new stuff for four years?

>politicians are pissing off the people who make them look semi-cool by stealing songs for campaign use. heart's not happy. (as a side note, i'm a big fan of heart. i mean, i LOVE heart.) they now join jackson browne and john cougar mellencamp among the anti-republican party musicians.

>lily allen has to explain her potty mouth to the press. see potty mouth below.

>i like watching a good trainwreck. i only wish this one would get some help. you have to know who i'm talking about.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

who killed amanda palmer?

while i'm not the most die hard fan of the dresden dolls, i have loved them for a couple years. and really, it's amanda palmer that does it for me. i don't know how one person is able to come up with such intelligent and involved lyrical content over and over again. while she's got a distinctive and neurotic sing-songy voice, it's one i gladly point out to anyone i'm around when i happen to hear her.

she's got a solo album coming out on september 16th called who killed amanda palmer. while i don't have the entire album, i've listened to what's up on myspace. it sounds completely bipolar. one minute she's off on vocabulary driven tangent in 'runs in the family,' and the next minute she's telling a story that tickles the heartstrings the way only amanda palmer can in 'the point of it all.' this girl has more passion in her pinkie than some people have as a whole, and she sings it, she writes it, she lives it. mad props, girl, mad props.

palmer will be touring around overseas. jammy blokes. i'm sure she'll hit the us after that, though. just stay tuned.

rilo kiley bassist rolls one deep.

back when i did an interview with pierre de reeder, bassist of rilo kiley, i side-stepped and listened to some of his solo stuff. and i found it very sunshiney, but much less poppy than anything rilo kiley has released. i need sunshine. i may be pasty, but i'm no vampire. trumpets and jazzy/bluesy undertones make up a lot of what de reeder has recorded on his solo release - which came out august 12 - the way that it was. let's just say that i approve of the music, as it's easy on my aging ears that don't tolerate too much anymore...

he's got a few songs up on myspace, and i'm leaning toward "never thought" as my favorite out of the bunch. as happy as it sounds, it's an artistic showing of a deeper human feeling. i really admire it, and de reeder in general for the ability to create easy listening songs that you can feel good about listening to.

no tour dates that i see anywhere, but it looks like jenny lewis is flying on a solo tour right now, and who knows what's going on with blake sennett...more of the elected in the future? while i hope they keep getting together as a band, i'm really digging all the side-solo work, too. yay.

copeland announces tour dates

i only know one song by copeland...it was a whiny tune about coffee. maybe it was called 'coffee'? eh, i know they have a decent following (of young teenage and post-teen girls and emotastic boys), so here are their officially announced tour dates...to be seen with lovedrug.

ohhhh, and they have a new album coming out october 14th.

10/21/08 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC
10/22/08 Canal Club Richmond, VA
10/23/08 Recher Theatre Towson, MD
10/24/08 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA
10/25/08 Heirloom Arts Theatre Danbury, CT
10/26/08 Middle East Cambridge, MA
10/27/08 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
10/29/08 Blind Pig Ann Arbor, MI
10/30/08 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
10/31/08 Station 4 St. Paul, MN
11/01/08 Slowdown Omaha, NE
11/02/08 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
11/03/08 Avalon Theater Salt Lake City, UT
11/05/08 The Venue Boise, ID
11/06/08 El Corazon Seattle, WA
11/07/08 Satyricon Portland, OR
11/08/08 The Boardwalk Orangevale, CA
11/10/08 Slim's San Francisco, CA
11/11/08 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
11/12/08 The Clubhouse Music Venue Tempe, AZ
11/14/08 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
11/15/08 The Door Dallas, TX
11/16/08 Meacham Auditorium Norman, OK
11/18/08 Rocketown Nashville, TN
11/19/08 New Brookland Tavern Columbia, SC
11/20/08 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
11/21/08 State Theatre St. Petersburg, FL
11/22/08 The Social Orlando, FL
11/23/08 The Social Orlando, FL

langhorne slim video.

i saw this guy at sxsw. i love him. here's a video for the song i lurve the most, "restless."

also, langhorne slim is going on tour. i'll just paste it here, and if you want links, you'll have to google that shit yo'self! if they come around your parts, and you haven't seen or heard them, ugh - just go. please and thank you.

Friday, Sep 5 @ MusicFest NW - Berbati’s Pan in Portland, Oregon

Monday, Sep 8 @ The Badlander in Missoula, Montana

Wednesday, Sep 10 @ 400 Bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Thursday, Sep 11 @ The Picador w/ guests Centro-Matic in Iowa City, Iowa

Friday, Sep 12 @ Orpheum Stage Door w/ guests Centro-Matic in Madison, Wisconsin

Saturday, Sep 13 @ Mojos w/ guests Builders and the Butchers in Columbia, Missouri

Sunday, Sep 14 @ Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana

Tuesday, Sep 16 @ Hi-Tone in Memphis, Tennessee

Thursday, Sep 18 - IN-STORE PERFORMANCE and AUTOGRAPH SIGNING @ 12pm (LUNCH) Grimey's Records - 1604 8th Ave.
South in Nashville, TN

Thursday, Sep 18 @ AMA Convention - Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN

Friday, Sep 19 @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN

Saturday, Sep 20 @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN

Sunday, Sep 21 - IN-STORE PERFORMANCE and AUTOGRAPH SIGNING @ 5pm Criminal Records - 466 Moreland Ave NE in Atlanta, GA

Monday, Sep 22 @ Georgia Theater in Athens, GA

Wednesday, Sep 24 @ Harbor Lawn - WFPK Waterfront Wednesday 5pm FREE SHOW in Louisville, KY

Saturday, Sep 27 @ Austin City Limits Festival - Dell Stage 11:30am in Austin, TX

Sunday, Sep 28 @ Dan’s Silverleaf 6pm FREE SHOW in Denton, TX

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

black kids, tings tings, david ford,

oh, overused and exhausted email inbox, how i've missed every musical goodie you used to feed me before i went away...and now, even after much neglect, you're back at it.

>the kooks have kooked (oh, my, how funny i am with that little play on words) up a cover of MGMT's "kids." i'm not sure who to be happiest for. on one hand, MGMT already has a band covering their tune, and on the other hand, the kooks actually make me like a MGMT song!

>do you ever watch old episodes of 'the newlyweds'? they crack me up, mostly because i'm easily amused. here's an interview with the ting tings that mirrors an episode of aforementioned game show. i watched it and semi-smiled during the part about a bird shitting in katie's eye. especially since a bird shit on me when i was in central park with my other half. sorry, a bird shit on me twice. twice, folks. yup. nice to know one of the ting tings has my luck, too.

>someone sent me the link to susannah blinkoff's music. apparently her claim to fame is having a song featured on 'my super sweet sixteen,' which, in case you don't know, is pretty much the absolute worst example of reality tv poop that exists. unfortunately, i'm not sixteen - despite the fact that i watch 'gossip girl' (did you see the premiere? i did. i'm already working on getting into the vitaminwater party next year...it really exists! ). and since i'm not sixteen, i can't bring myself to like it. sigh.

>shows coming up that further confirm that nyc kicks ass of the largest proportions:

>>black kids - october 1 - webster hall: damn the fact that i have a day job and hate traveling by subway and don't live in manhattan! or else, you know i'd be here. and i would totally be shaking the booty. i'd be shaking it an epic amount. hey, how about a cool ass vid??

>>secret machines - october 18 - webster hall

>>the decemberists - november 5 - terminal 5

>>david ford - october 28 - mercury lounge: looove me some david ford! for real. i've talked about him before, and i haven't changed my mind. imagine!

that's all i can dole out for the moment. too distracted by how dumb some of america's next top model potentials sound...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I love iTunes gift cards! Part cinco

Hola music lovers! It has indeed been a long time since I've shared with you iTunes finds. Well, the time has come to share with you what I have bought since the last time. It's not a whole lot, but it's something fun and snappy!

1. Volume One - She & Him. Right after I bought my ticket to see them at Variety Playhouse, I bought their debut album. You should all know I have a huge girl crush on Zooey Deschanel. Her personality is as sweet as her voice. The show itself was sweeter than sweet tea (read reviews here and here). To sample these apple pie songs, try "You Really Got a Hold On Me," "Sweet Darlin,'" and "I Was Made For You."

2. "I'm Ready (Lo-Fi Allstars Remix)" by The Twilight Singers. It was the beginning of a Greg Dulli kick on iTunes. It's a sleazy yet fun remix of the second Powder Burns tack.

3. "Dixie Peach Promenade (Yin for Yang)" by Greg Dulli. He is a rock god of recording covers. This one is his take on Alexander "Skip" Spence's album, Oar.

4. Adorata - The Gutter Twins. **Just came out today exclusively on iTunes** This includes two new Gutter Twins tracks to accompany six covers. My favorite is "Down the Line," which can be heard on the Twilight Singers MySpace page. Dulli baby knows how to play the piano. :-)

I'd also like to share with you hidden album treasures my sweet darlin' boyfriend gave me. They are "r" for rad and I can't stop listening to them! :-)

Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks soundtrack
The Beatles - Please Please Me
The Beatles - With The Beatles
Beck - Modern Guilt
The Faint - Wet From Birth (read show review here)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
Joy Division - The Best Of Joy Division
Kraftwerk - Autobahn
LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
Nine Inch Nails (read show review here) -
Bridge School (Benefit concert)
Live: And All That Could Have Been
Purest Feeling
Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
Ratatat - Classics
The Raveonettes - Pretty In Black

ALSO, Ladytron's posh new single, "Runaway," is out September 22 (pre-order here). Here's the equally posh video for "Runaway."

Thursday, August 28, 2008

music news for 8.28.08

some linkage of interest to you. maybe. or maybe not.

>cmj has begun announcing acts that will be included in their music marathon festival in nyc october 21-25. the second round line-up was released today.

some to be noted at the moment don't include any from atlanta, but do include the likes of ambulance ltd, joan osborne (remember her?!?), beach house, margot and the nuclear so & so's, juliana hatfield (are the 90s making a comeback, or what?), the dears, the rosebuds, and many more.

>death cab's chris walla is at the DNC. this is probably the only real and honest blow by blow that will come from DNC coverage.

>speaking of talking heads, here's a nice piece of news regarding david byrne.

>i still love the rufus sports german beer garden outfits on stage. and that's why i'm going to campaign that he revisit his choice to man an opera. well, i'll campaign in spirit, at least.

>a good reason not to leak music too soon if you're a blogger.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

black kids land single of the week.

the free song of the week on itunes is one i wanted to fight like rocky vs. the russian. unfortunately, i lost and gave in. i am well aware that black kids have been on the tip of everyone's tongue for a while, but hey, don't forget, i've been out of the loop lately. and, i write this blog for the uncool like myself to get caught up, yeah?

anywho - i saw black kids on letterman one night, and i was like, 'damn, it's late, and i have to work in the morning, but fudgecakes! this shit is catchy!' i wanted to jump out of bed and shake my tushy in between tossing my luxuriously long (and real...unlike paris and britney) hair to the 'dance dance dance dance!' chorus. they highly remind me of the updated version of the cure. i mean, as much as i hate to delve into the hippest, coolest, choppiest-haircut co-ed band of the moment, i can't help but like them.

if you want to catch them live, you're in luck! although, i find it amazing how they're playing the earl in atlanta (on september 23rd), and webster hall in nyc (on october 1st). the sizes are uber different. maybe atlanta needs to get out more. or, more people should live there. wait, what? nevermind.

click here for the free black kids single - i'm not going to teach your bf how to dance with you

Monday, August 04, 2008

i just wanted to share one of claire's reviews on a recent show in atlanta - tilly and the wall. you can read it by this link: claire's review.

i was especially amused (and thankful) for the review of the opening band. cheers.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Good News Prompts Short Blogs.

something wonderful has happened for my favorite band out of atlanta that i swear i have tried to hype 'til i was blue in the face, and i wanted to post it in between trying to figure out my new job and all that other boring stuff.

rantings of eva has won the music nation spin hot pursuit competition, which gives them all kinds of cool prizes and recognition that is more overdue than that library book i lost in fifth grade.

i'm so glad that what i've known is now going to be known further and wider! i especially like that yours truly wrote their bio...and their bio is quoted all over the place. maybe spin wants to pay me for an occasional teeny write-up? ah, wishful thinking in leahland.

so anyway, congrats to them. go listen to their stuff. it's pretty amazing. and, i mean, you know i have to be telling some kind of truth if there is some 'official' validity now, right? i have excellent ears...