Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Coldplay's give away of 'Violet Hill' starts today

Go to Coldplay.com for a *free* download of "Violet Hill" off their upcoming album, Viva La Vida. It's only available for one week starting today, so get it while it's out there. Have a listen to "Violet Hill" on their Myspace as well. Viva La Vida hits US stores June 17. Cheers!

David Ford CD Giveaway.

I've got a CD to give away from David Ford, a most awesome singer/songwriter so full of angst that it makes me warm inside. This is the same guy who is opening for Sarah Bareilles tomorrow night at Variety. In case you have been under a rock, the show is sold out, so unless you already have tickets, you are SOL, my friend. Anyway, he is pretty much the poo. I mean, really.

If you want Songs for the Road, just email me your name with the subject "David Ford." I'll announce the winner on Friday, if I don't die from the funk that's invaded my lungs before then.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I Like Apples, Especially the Big Kind.

So, on a personal note, I highly doubt I will ever get to blogging much at all because...

I've just accepted a job in New York with glaceau. So, please, drink lots of vitaminwater and smartwater (which you should be doing anyway since they're awesome)! Just thinking about everything I need to do before I leave is making my head spin like that chick in that movie.

I'll be heading out the middle of June, so wish me luck.

As much as I love to hate to love Atlanta, this opportunity is quite possibly the best thing I've ever had the pleasure of being offered, and there's no way I could pass it up, nor would I want to. It's like the chocolate ganache on top of the pint of Dove ice cream.

If anyone wants to help a girl out, I'm looking for a place in Astoria so I can commute to work easily (yay for not having to work in Manhattan). You can email me if you have some kind of kick ass connection (or, if you are a kick ass connection), as it would be greatly appreciated by yours truly.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Kate Nash at the Variety.

So, I'm a little behind with this, but I saw Kate Nash play at Variety Tuesday night, and it was pretty amazing. Despite the fact that I was surrounded by 13-year-old girls and their moms, it was a good time. Nash definitely knows how to connect with her crowd and bring a good live show. From "Shit Song" in the beginning of the set, to a new song about the ocean, I couldn't take my eyes or ears off her for a second. There's something very refreshing about watching a girl sing about a "Dickhead" and having an entire audience sing along with her. Her vocals were amazingly right on, to the point where I immediately gained a ton of respect based on the similarity of the live show to her recorded sound.

Two thumbs up! This is the beginning of the tour, so if you're outside of Atlanta, check her website and make sure you're there to see her. Hopefully you're not in one of those cities that's already sold out...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lolita . . . I gotta see ya.

The Sasquatch Music Festival is coming up over Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-26, 2008) at The Gorge in George, WA. If you haven't been to this festival before, it's actually one of the most enjoyable because instead of a bunch of rednecks getting their "mosh" on (wow - that was really 90's of me), it's a group of low-key music lovers who are just there to enjoy some tunes and have a nice time. Oh, and The Gorge is beautiful. I am still trying to wrangle some people into going, but here's the line-up.

R.E.M., Modest Mouse, and Beirut are playing (among others), but one of my favorite bands in the line-up is Throw Me The Statue. Check out the song "Lolita" on their Myspace.

I didn't catch them at The Drunken Unicorn on Monday but hope to make it up on the other coast next month.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Contest Winners...

Congratulations to...

...Kurt Peterson who wins the Kate Nash CD and Ragged Magazine


...Kelly McCarter who won the VHS or Beta tickets for Monday night.

Enjoy your goodies.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Contests for You, the Reader.

I have not one, but TWO giveaways for you. How exciting! Even more exciting than knowing my girl parts are about to shrivel up and die after learning some emo turd thinks Ashlee Simpson is marriage material. Ugh.

Anyhoooo, let's focus on real talent and free stuff instead!

FIRST: If you're feeling poopy because you don't have tickets to the sold out Spoon show next Monday, April 14th, then you can redeem your mood by winning a pair of tickets to see VHS or Beta at the EARL that night. Just email your name with the subject "VHS or Beta" to enter.

SECOND: If you're in lurve with brash, man-hating/loving chicks with humor crass enough to make your liberal grandmother blush, then please feel free to enter your name to win a copy of Kate Nash's debut album, Made of Bricks, along with a paper copy of Ragged magazine (a little sub-Filter publication) with Kate's lovely face on the cover. You can go to that link and download the entire Ragged issue with Kate for free! I have the CD and I can't say enough good about it. This girl is my personal hero! Seriously. (Anyone else going to see her at Variety next Tuesday, April 15th??) To enter, send me an email with "Kate Nash" as the subject and your name.

I'll announce winners tomorrow, and I'll email you to let you know you're a winner (even though I'm sure your mom already told you you're one...).

I'll leave you with Kate Nash's "Mouthwash" video. LOVE her!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

CD Review: Nine Inch Nails 'Ghosts I-IV'

Speaking of NIN... they just came out with a new album yesterday (in stores at least, it's been available online for a month or so). Anywho, you know you're a hard butt when you're not as impressed as you thought you were gonna be with one of your favorite band's new tunes.

Ghosts I-IV, a two-disc instrumental compilation, gives off two different feelings for each disc. Out of 36 tracks are "four" songs, "Ghosts I" (tracks 1-9, disc one), "Ghosts II" (tracks 10-18, disc one), "Ghosts III" (tracks 19-27, disc two), "Ghosts IV" (tracks 28-36, disc two). "Ghosts I-II" is like hearing "Pinion" off Broken in 18 different ways. It's very piecey (if that's a word) and there isn't quite an idea fully formed for the disc. There are points when there's a thought process, but gets cut off abruptly. One thing you do hear that reminds me of "The Frail" (off The Fragile) is a great use of the piano featured on multiple tracks. What's also new for Trent's group is the guitar "sound" making me think of Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" that works great. When you get to "Ghosts III-IV," it gets much better. Segues are used a lot more, subtle beats are heard more and the edginess as heard on "10 Miles High" is hinted. Two tracks I recommend are #9 and #14 off the second disc.

Overall, it's not bad but not that great either. It's definitely a must for NIN fans and for people into instrumental, experimental tunes. After listening "Ghosts I-II", it makes me want to forget it all and listen to this burned CD I have including Slipknot and Flatus instead, which makes me happy. :-)

Friday, April 04, 2008

NIN Announce Tour.

And here are the dates...

07/25/08 - Pemberton, BC - Pemberton Festival
07/26/08 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena at Seattle Center
07/28/08 - Edmonton, ALB - Rexall Place
07/29/08 - Calgary, ALB - Pengrowth Saddledome
07/31/08 - Winnipeg, MAN - MTS Centre
08/02/08 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
08/05/08 - Toronto, ONT - Air Canada Centre
08/07/08 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
08/08/08 - Worcester, MA - DCU Center
08/12/08 - Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Civic Coliseum
08/13/08 - Duluth, GA - Gwinnett Arena
08/15/08 - Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center
08/16/08 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
08/18/08 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
08/20/08 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
08/22/08 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
08/23/08 - Auburn Hills, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
08/27/08 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
08/29/08 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
08/31/08 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena
09/02/08 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
09/03/08 - Salt Lake City, UT - The E Center of West Valley
09/05/08 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
09/06/08 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

American Babies - S/T

So I bought a CD on iTunes last night. Yep. I actually bought it. I saw American Babies at SxSW, and I was so impressed by them, and super happy to learn they had an album being released soon after that. American Babies is now out in stores and there for you to purchase. Lucky you!

I've already listened to it about five times since last night, and I've dubbed my favorites. "Brooklyn Bridge" is up there on my list for it's deceiving and slow start that breaks into a catchy chorus that you just have to sing along to. The twangy guitars and mature vocals have totally grabbed me by the horns and kept me flailing for the entire three and half minutes.

I'm also completely in love with "Invite Your Friends" because, well, it makes me want to crack open a beer (with my teeth) and prance around a field party bonfire with my friends. It's just like that. That doesn't mean I can't come down into self-loathing misery (the very good kind) with "Baby, Don't Cry." Because I can. And so can you.