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:

Psycho
Vertigo
Requiem for a Dream
Halloween
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

forth


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
DAY OF THE DEAD
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.



"obvious"

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.

OCT. 23 ISLE OF PALMS, SC WINDJAMMER #
OCT. 24 ATLANTA, GA VINYL #
OCT. 27 ANNAPOLIS, MD RAMS HEAD TAVERN #
OCT. 28 NEW YORK, NY MERCURY LOUNGE #
OCT. 29 STATEN ISLAND, NY WILLIAMSON THEATRE ^
(College of Staten Island)
OCT. 30 BOSTON, MA PARADISE ROCK CLUB ^
NOV. 1 NORTHAMPTON, MA IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL ^
NOV. 4 ANAHEIM, CA HOUSE OF BLUES ^
NOV. 5 SAN DIEGO, CA HOUSE OF BLUES ^
NOV. 6 LOS ANGELES, CA EL REY THEATRE ^
NOV. 7 SAN FRANCISCO, CA GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL ^
NOV. 8 SACRAMENTO, CA HARLOW'S ^
NOV. 10 SEATTLE, WA NEUMOS ^
NOV. 11 PORTLAND, OR WONDER BALLROOM ^
NOV. 14 DENVER, CO GOTHIC THEATRE ^
NOV. 16 OMAHA, NE SLOWDOWN ^
NOV. 17 MINNEAPOLIS, MN PANTAGES THEATRE ^
NOV. 18 MADISON, WI BARRYMORE THEATRE ^
NOV. 19 CHICAGO, IL PARK WEST ^
NOV. 20 ANN ARBOR, MI THE ARK ^
NOV. 21 COVINGTON, KY MADISON THEATRE ^
NOV. 23 PHILADELPHIA, PA THEATRE OF LIVING ARTS ^
NOV. 24 PITTSBURGH, PA CLUB CAFÉ ^
NOV. 25 ALEXANDRIA, VA THE BIRCHMERE ^

# 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.