Tuesday, June 30, 2009

SOTD: "Un Dia" - Juana Molina

Yim Yames: Tribute to George Harrison

From the ATO Records Newsletter:

"The creative moniker of Jim James from My Morning Jacket has prepared a beautiful, stunning tribute to George Harrison. Recorded in 2001 just a few days after the death of Harrison, this EP contains six covers of Harrison songs. The album is entitled Tribute To, and is Yim Yames’ tribute to the man he never met. The album features four songs from Harrison’s album All Things Must Pass, as well as two Beatles songs written by him. The record is set to release on July 7th."

More information and the first single is available HERE on the Yim Yames website.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Matthew Good: Vancouver Preview #3: "The Vancouver National Anthem"

Matthew Good has posted the third song preview for his upcoming album "Vancouver". You can listen HERE to "The Vancouver National Anthem", but hurry as it will only be up until Monday night sometime. I have to say that I love how he got Pete Yorn involved for the backing vocals, cool stuff!

SOTD: "All We Want Baby Is Everything" - Handsome Furs

NYC Area Concerts week of 6/29

6/30 Tortoise @ The Bell House
6/30 Explosions in the Sky, Constantines @ Central Park Summerstage
7/1 The Harlem Shakes @ Bowery Ballroom
7/1 Jay Reatard @ Music on the Oval
7/1 MGMT @ Prospect Park Bandshell
7/2 Jay Reatard @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
7/3 Cryptacize @ Market Hotel
7/3 Sonic Youth @ United Palace Theatre
7/4 Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band, Jenny Lewis @ Battery Park (free)
7/4 Thee Oh Sees, Vivian Girls, The Beets @ 979 Broadway Backyard

Thursday, June 25, 2009

SOTD: "White Shoes" - Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band

Rooftop Films - NYC

I recently got an email with some information about an organization here in NYC called "Rooftop Films". They're dedicated to "showcasing new, independent films and emerging bands in unique outdoor locations". Here's some information on their events tonight and tomorrow. You can check out their website HERE.

Rooftop Films, Arthouse Films & BAMcinemaFEST present
The late civil rights attorney William Kunstler was one of the most famous and controversial lawyers of the 20th century. He represented civil rights and anti-war activists, as well as accused terrorists and murders. In the 1960s and 70s, Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr., and represented activists protesting the Vietnam war. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or Native Americans stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer. To his daughters, it seemed that he was at the center of everything important that had ever happened. But when they were growing up, Kunstler represented some of the most unpopular members of society: people accused of rape, terrorism, organized crime and cop killing.

Venue: BAM GGMC Parking Lot (Outdoors across from BAM)
Address: Parking lot across from BAM @ Lafayette and Ashland (Ft. Greene, Brooklyn)
Directions: 2/3/4/5/B/Q to Atlantic Ave or D/M/N/R to Pacific St.
Rain: In the event of rain the show will be held Tuesday, June 30. Check www.rooftopfilms.com or call 718-417-7362 on the day of the event if the weather seems questionable.
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Sound Fix presents live music by The Albertans
9:00PM: Film
11:00PM–12:30AM: After-party: Open Bar on-site, courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner
Tickets: $11 at the door or online: http://newyork.going.com/event-609974;Rooftop_Films_BAMcinemaFEST_Kunstler#
Presented in partnership with: BAMcinemaFEST. Cinereach, New York magazine, IndiePix, Shooting People, Council Member David Yassky & Automotive High School

On Friday, June 26, The Antlers will perform before the sneak preview of the film, Humpday, on the roof of New Design High School in the Lower East Side.
FRIDAY, June 26
Rooftop Films and Magnolia Pictures Present
When Andrew unexpectedly shows up on Ben's doorstep late one night, the two old college friends immediately fall into their old dynamic of heterosexual one-upmanship. To save Ben from domestication, Andrew invites Ben to a party at a sex-positive commune. Everyone there plans on making erotic art films for the local amateur porn festival and Andrew wants in. They run out of booze and ideas, save for one: Andrew should have sex with Ben, on camera.
Venue: on the roof of the Open Road Rooftop
Address: 350 Grand Street @ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Sound Fix presents live music The Antlers
9:00PM: Films
11:30PM - 1:00AM: Open Bar at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge St), courtesy of Radeberger beer
Tickets: $9-$25: http://newyork.going.com/event-602767;Rooftop_Films_Humpday#
No refunds. In the event of rain, the show will be indoors at the same locations. Seating is first come, first served. Physical seats are limited. This means you may not get a chair. You are welcome to bring a blanket and sit picnic-style, but NO ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SOTD: "Incinerate" - Sonic Youth

This one's from a few years ago but it's a great tune....

Deer Tick Daytrotter Sessions 6/22/09

Daytrotter has posted a new session with Deer Tick from 6/22/09. There's a mix of old and new songs, and even a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska". Check it out HERE.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

SOTD: "Tail & Mane" - Cryptacize

Alternate Side: Video Podcasts

I received a pretty cool email from the Alternate Side yesterday (see below). Spent some time watching the Frightened Rabbit and Phoenix videos last night, great stuff!

The Alternate Side Video Podcasts Now Available on iTunes

New York, NY -- Videos of exclusive live sessions from The Alternate Side's Studio A are now available for free download on iTunes. Alternate Side hosts Rich McLaughlin, Jeff Kuprycz, Alisa Ali and Demos regularly welcome the most notable independent and unsigned artists to Studio A for rare performance sessions. Now, highlights of those sessions can be downloaded and seen on-demand for free by anyone with access to the iTunes Music Store. New video podcasts will become available on iTunes every Monday, with this week's clip being Of Montreal's cover of The Beatles' "I'm So Tired." Other in-studio performances already on iTunes include Phoenix, Frightened Rabbit and Jenny Owen Youngs.

Monday, June 22, 2009

SOTD: "You're Gonna Lose" - Jay Reatard

NYC Area Concerts week of 6/22

6/22 Ted Leo & the Pharmacists @ Maxwell's
6/22 Miike Snow @ Mercury Lounge
6/22 New York Dolls, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/23 Little Joy @ Bowery Ballroom
6/23 Patrick Wolf @ Highline Ballroom
6/24 Camera Obscura @ Webster Hall
6/25 The Lemonheads @ Bowery Ballroom
6/25 Dinosaur Jr. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/26 The Antlers @ New Design High School
6/26 Blonde Redhead @ Prospect Park Bandshell (free)
6/27 Au Revoir Simone @ Bowery Ballroom
6/27 Dr. Dog @ Prospect Park Bandshell
6/28 Children Collide @ Mercury Bar
6/28 Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Cake Shop

Friday, June 19, 2009

SOTD: "Sylvia" - Miike Snow

The Lemonheads "Varshons" Stream

The Lemonheads have a new album coming out and are streaming it on Myspace right HERE. I like what I hear, sounds like a pretty solid album.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

SOTD: "Bear" - The Antlers

Rodrigo y Gabriela Tour Dates & Album News

Rod y Gab have announced some US tour dates (including a trip back to NYC):

Sept 16 : Terminal 5, New York City, USA. Website
Sept 19 : Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, Denver , USA
Sept 21 : Moore Theatre, Seattle, USA
Sept 23 : Fox Theatre, San Francisco, USA
Sept 25 : Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, USA

They are a tremendous live duo, really put on a great show. Also it looks like they'll be releasing their next album "11:11" in September. More info HERE at their website.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

SOTD: "Farewell Rocketship" - Children Collide

At The Drive-In to Reunite?

At The Drive-In was a band I really got into while I was in college in the late 90s. They've since disbanded into two bands for the most part, The Mars Volta and Sparta. Rumors are swirling that they're in talks to reunite, more info on this news from NME.Com. This would be SWEET. If you've never heard them before, check out this track, "One Armed Scissor".

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

SOTD: "The Breeze" - Dr. Dog

The Hood Internet

I recently started a new job and last week I was sitting in my training class when I started talking music with a coworker of mine named Erica. Turns out she knew a LOT about music and we bounced different bands and shows off one another, realizing quickly that we shared the same taste and had been at some of the same shows.

She told me about this group called "The Hood Internet" that mashed up a lot of rap/hip hop with mostly Indie bands. I thought the concept sounded real cool (and a bit different than someone like Girl Talk) so I checked them out this weekend. Let me tell you, I was like a kid in a candy store. Some of these mash ups are amazing and there's a ton to go through. So many cool ideas and mixes of groups, I absolutely LOVE this site.

I had actually heard the "I'm A Flirt" Mashup over a year ago when my buddy JayT found it online (LOVE IT) and sent it to me at our old job, I just never realized there was a whole vault of tracks out there that these guys had done.

You can check out their homepage HERE and the full playlist is HERE.

Here's my top 5 tracks (this could change tomorrow):

1. #25 Save Me Concubine (Ghostface Killah vs Beirut)
2. #225 I'm A Flirt (Shoreline) (R Kelly vs Broken Social Scene)
3. #40 Lump Sum Of Paris (Bon Iver vs Friendly Fires vs Aeroplane)
4. #110 Can You Hear My Kids Now (Lil Kim vs MGMT)
5. #132 Don't Stop The Fancy Footwork (Rihanna vs Chromeo)
Honorable Mention: #17 Good Ol' Fashion Rump Shaker (Beastie Boys vs Matt & Kim)

I'd love to hear your favorites so feel free to leave them in the comments section below!

Monday, June 15, 2009

SOTD: "On The Radio" - Regina Spektor

One of my favorite people in music, so talented and so nice.

NYC Area Concerts week of 6/15

6/16 The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
6/17 Lightspeed Champion @ Mercury Lounge
6/17 Metric @ Terminal 5
6/17 Regina Spektor @ Beacon Theatre
6/18 Phoenix @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/18 Andrew Bird, Calexico @ Radio City Music Hall
6/19-20 Passion Pit @ Bowery Ballroom
6/19 Phoenix @ Terminal 5
6/19 The Secret Machines, A Place To Bury Strangers @ Santo's Party House
6/20 The Juan MacLean @ Webster Hall
6/20 Passion Pit @ Bowery Ballroom
6/20 The Juan Maclean @ Webster Hall
6/20 Wild Yaks @ Union Pool
6/21 Ted Leo & The Pharmacists @ Kearny Irish American Assoc.

Friday, June 12, 2009

SOTD: "One Day" - The Juan Maclean

Here's a little something to get your weekend going (good for a workout mix too)......

Various Concerts On Sale TODAY

Some real good shows go on sale today, here's a quick guide:

The Streets @ Club Nokia in LA on 10/15. Tickets on sale at 10am (local) HERE.

Phoenix & Passion Pit @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield on 9/25. Tickets on sale at noon HERE.

The Black Crowes @ Central Park Summerstage on 9/2. Tickets on sale at noon HERE.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

SOTD: "Smile Upon Me" - Passion Pit

William Elliot Whitmore: Daytrotter Sessions

I saw William perform back at the beginning of the year when he opened for City & Colour and was really impressed by his performance. I wrote a bit HERE and put up one of his songs so you can check it out. Daytrotter has just posted his sessions and they're really, really good (this site is quickly becoming one of my favorites). Take a listen HERE.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

SOTD: "Tell Me What It's Worth" - Lightspeed Champion

Dark Was The Night: Streaming on NPR

A few weeks back I wrote about a great benefit show I saw at Radio City Music Hall called "Dark Was The Night" (you can see it HERE if you missed the review earlier). Some of the artists included David Byrne, The National, Bon Iver, My Brightest Diamond, Dirty Projectors, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, etc. NPR Music is now streaming the audio from the entire show and the quality is great. Take a listen HERE.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

SOTD: "Alone Again Or" - Calexico

Bret Michaels @ Tony Awards: FAIL

If you didn't read about this yet, you will now. Bret Michaels was taken down by some stage scenery at the Tony Awards. You can read the full article HERE.

This video is incredible! Watch out below!.......

Monday, June 8, 2009

New Bacardi Mojito Commercial: Matt & Kim "Daylight"

I'm sure you've seen this new Bacardi Mojito commercial with a catchy tune in the background. If you've been meaning to find out what that song is, look no further......it's Matt & Kim's "Daylight". Great tune, catch the commercial and the video for the song below.

SOTD: "Brand New Start" - Little Joy

NYC Area Concerts week of 6/8

6/8-9 The Hold Steady @ Bowery Ballroom
6/8 Busdriver @ Mercury Lounge
6/8 David Byrne @ Prospect Park Bandshell
6/8 Amadou & Mariam @ Webster Hall
6/9 PJ Harvey & John Parish @ Beacon Theatre
6/9 Jenny Lewis, Deer Tick @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/9 Santigold, Amanda Blank, Trouble Andrew @ Terminal 5
6/10 Elvis Costello @ Beacon Theatre
6/10 The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
6/10-11 The Hold Steady @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/10 The Decemberists @ Radio City Music Hall
6/11 Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 @ The Bell House
6/11 Band of Horses (Acoustic Show) @ Carnegie Hall
6/11-12 Meat Puppets @ Mercury Lounge
6/12 School of Seven Bells @ Bowery Ballroom
6/12 John Vanderslice, The Tallest Man on Earth @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/12 Lucero @ Maxwell's
6/12 Sunset Rubdown @ Studio B
6/13 Bill Callahan (smog) @ (le) poisson rouge
6/13 Bishop Allen @ Studio B
6/13 Lucero @ Madison Square Park (Big Apple BBQ Party!!)
6/13 Telekinesis @ Union Hall
6/14 Telekinesis, An Horse @ Mercury Lounge

Friday, June 5, 2009

SOTD: "Black Heart, Blue Eyes" - Tigers That Talked

I was actually sent this clip by somebody overseas a few weeks ago, today's a good day to get it up on site. Real good song.

30 in 60 Mix: Reader Submissions

A little over a month ago I posted a mix that I had made called 30 in 60. The premise was to create a mix that was 30 songs in 60 minutes (I thought about calling it "the mix for people with short attention spans"). If you missed it the first time around, you can check it out HERE.

People seemed to really like the concept, I probably got more emails & feedback about this post than anything I've put up on the site. I remember when I started this blog last October that I said to myself, "if one person can take something from it every day, then it's totally worth it for me". It meant a lot to me that so many people thought the idea was cool and went off on their own to see what they could put together.

Lucky for me, some readers actually took on the challenge and sent me their own "30 in 60s" that I wanted to share with you. Thanks to Salome (Birmingham, AL), Bethany (Houston, TX) and Casey (New York, NY) for taking the time to put these together and sending them in. I think you'll find that they made some really cool and unique choices across a lot of genres of music. If anyone else feels like putting something together and sending it my way, I'll be happy to post it in the future. Away we go.....

Salome's 30 in 60 Mix (She even created artwork....awesome!)

“_,” Pretty Girls Make Graves 1:06
“Here’s Your Future,” The Thermals 2:29
“Argh… Im a Pirate,” Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer 1:52
“Dance Music,” The Mountain Goats 1:58
“Superbacana,” Caetano Veloso 1:28
“Anything You Want,” Spoon 2:17
“Hanging On the Telephone,” Blondie 2:22
“Since U Been Gone (Live),” Butch Walker 2:18
“El Jefe,” Elephone 2:28
“Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits,” The Magnetic Fields 2:27
“Canary In A Coalmine,” The Police 2:27
“I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down,” Elvis Costello 2:06
“Something Stupid,” Nancy Sinatra 2:42
“Hotel Yorba,” The White Stripes 2:09
“Starfield Road,” Sonic Youth 2:15
“Mama,” Coconut Records 1:34
“You Really Wake Up The Love In Me,” The Duke Spirit 2:42
“Confetti,” The Lemonheads 2:45
“Man,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs 1:49
“The Geeks Were Right,” The Faint 2:56
“La Dernière Minute,” Carla Bruni 1:03
“U.R.A. Fever,” The Kills 2:17
“Big Guns,” Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins 2:35
“There Will Never Be Another You,” Ernestine Anderson 1:02
“Horn,” Nick Drake 1:24
“Soil, Soil,” Tegan and Sara 1:23
“The Way It Is,” The Strokes 2:22
“Drunken Waltz,” 100 Monkeys 1:44
“NYC-Gone, Gone,” Conor Oberst 1:12
“Exit Theory,” Pavement 1:00

Bethany's 30 in 60 Mix

"Hope On Board" Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 1:!8
"People Are Strange" The Doors 2:12
"You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" Eddie Vedder 2:11
"Dream" Everly Brothers 2:21
"Liz On Top of the World" Jean-Yves Thibaudet 1:24
"Catch The Wind" Donovan 2:24
"On A Night Like This" Dave Barnes 1:59
"If You Wanna Be Happy" Jimmy Soul 2:23
"Something's Gotta Give" Sammy Davis Jr. 2:06
"Think" Aretha Franklin 2:20
"True Love Will Find You In The End" Matthew Good 2:02
"Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" Quindon Tarver 1:43
"Little Deuce Coupe" The Beach Boys 1:41
"Come to Me (Alternate)" Otis Redding 2:16
"Everyday" Buddy Holly 2:10
"Let's Get Lost" Elliott Smith 2:27
"Great Balls of Fire" Jerry Lee Lewis 1:52
"The Same When I'm Alone" Ryan Star 1:33
"Situations" Jack Johnson 1:17
"Home In Your Heart" Otis Redding 2:07
"Pink Moon" Nick Drake 2:07
"Pride and Joy" Marvin Gaye 2:08
"Yesterday" The Beatles 2:05
"Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Cello, BWV 1007: I. Prelude" Yo-Yo Ma 2:19
"Never Felt This Way" Alicia Keys 2:01
"(What A) Wonderful World" Sam Cooke 2:11
"Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone" James Taylor 1:58
"I Will Not Take My Love Away" Matt Wertz 2:24
"Way Down" Tori Amos 1:49
"The Second Twilight" Deep Forest 1:25

Casey's 30 in 60 Mix (This comes in at 60 minutes, 12 seconds but Casey is a buddy of mine so he gets a 12 second exemption).

"Midnight Marauders Tour Guide" A Tribe Called Quest 0.45
"Little Wing" Jimi Hendrix 2.24
"Them Bones" Alice In Chains 2.3
"Heavy Soul" Black Keys 2.37
"Whale & Wasp" Alice in Chains 2.37
"Sittn' on the Dock of the Bay" Ottis Redding 2.39
"Glass Onion" Beatles 2.18
"Eclipse" Pink Floyd 2.01
"Poopy Man" John Frusciante 1.21
"Don’t Panic" Coldplay 2.17
"Danke Schon" Wayne Newton (Fuck yea!) 2.34
"KRS-ONE" Sublime 2.24
"Murders" John Frusciante 2.4
"Belle" Jack Johnson 1.43
"Fell in Love w/ a Girl" White Stripes 1.5
"Yesterday" Beatles 2.11
"Lake of Fire" Meat Puppets 1.57
"I Got Stripes" Johnny Cash 1.57
"Saw Red" Sublime 1.57
"Song 3" Blur 2.03
"Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club" Beatles 2.03
"Sexi Plexi" Jack Johnson 2.01
"Eleanor Rigby" Beatles 2.07
"Embraceable You" Chet Baker 2.09
"Remember When (Side B)" Black Keys 2.11
"Nothing Wrong with That" Jack Ingram 2.31
"California Dreamin'" Mamas & The Papas 2.41
"Untitled #10" John Frusciante 0.27
"The Supine" Andrew Bird 0.59
"I Still Miss Someone" Johnny Cash 1.38

Thursday, June 4, 2009

SOTD: "Half Asleep" - School of Seven Bells

Really digging this song.....

Pete Yorn Interview

HERE's a new interview with Pete Yorn from the Coldplay.com site. Take a look to read about opening for Coldplay, recording with Scarlett Johansson, and NBA basketball.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

SOTD: "Mending of the Gown" - Sunset Rubdown

Matthew Good: Vancouver Preview #2 - Great Whales Of The Sea

Matthew Good has posted his second preview from the upcoming album "Vancouver". You can listen to "Great Whales Of The Sea" right HERE, but hurry as this will only be up until 7pm tonight. I've only heard these two songs so far but I'm already thinking "Album of the Year" potential if these tracks are any sign of things to come.

Pearl Jam on the Tonight Show: "Got Some"

In case you missed Pearl Jam debut their song "Got Some" from the upcoming album "Backspacer", you can check it out HERE.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

SOTD: "One Red Thread" - Blind Pilot

BriTunes: A new music series

Brian Williams (yes the same Brian Williams from NBC Nightly News) has created his own music segment which you can check out HERE. Take a look at his interview with Deer Tick HERE.

Monday, June 1, 2009

SOTD: "Acid Tongue" - Jenny Lewis

TV Notes: Week of 6/1

Just a couple TV notes for the upcoming week, set your DVRs!

- DMB at Beacon Theatre in NYC tonight at 9pm on FUSE. More info HERE.

- New Tonight show with Conan! Great lineup for the first week with Pearl Jam kicking things off tonight. More info HERE.

NYC Area Concerts week of 6/1

6/1 Lykke Li @ Highline Ballroom
6/1-5 Art Brut @ Mercury Lounge
6/1 Gomez @ Terminal 5
6/1 Zee Avi @ Maxwell's
6/2 The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
6/3 David Byrne @ The Wellmont Theatre
6/4 Doves @ Terminal 5
6/5 TV on the Radio, Dirty Projectors @ Central Park Summerstage
6/6 Titus Andronicus @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/7 Kevin Devine, Miniature Tigers, Brian Bonz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg