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."