Thursday, December 31, 2009

SOTD: "Camp Out" -An Horse

Hope everyone has a great NYE with friends and family!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 Favorites

I thought I'd throw a list together of some favorites from this past year. We had some great new music released and even though I wasn't able to get out and see as much as I'd normally like, there were most certainly some highlights. Here's a list of some of those that stick out in my mind from 2009.....

10 Favorite Albums

1. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - "Summer of Fear"
2. Matthew Good - "Vancouver"
3. Phoenix - "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"
4. We Were Promised Jetpacks - "These Four Walls"
5. Pearl Jam - "Backspacer"
6. Dawes - "North Hills"
7. Avett Brothers - "I and Love and You"
8. Deer Tick - "Born on Flag Day"
9. Dan Auerbach - "Keep It Hid"
10. Drummer - "Feel Good Together"

5 Favorite Concert Experiences

1. Dark Was The Night at Radio City Music Hall
2. A Birthday Party at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg
3. Frightened Rabbit at Le Poisson Rouge
4. Beirut at BAM
5. Pearl Jam at The Spectrum: Special note about these shows...... they'd probably be higher on my list but I was sick as a dog for both of these and barely made it through. Two excellent shows over Halloween weekend to close down the Spectrum in Philadelphia. Awesome setlists both nights, great shows for hardcore fans.

Favorite Project: 30 In 60 Mix

Favorite Concert Road Trip: Stone Temple Pilots @ Mohegan Sun


Favorite Musician Introduction: Eugene Hutz from Gogol Bordello

Here's to an even better year in 2010!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Bono, Glen Hansard & Damien Rice: Holiday Busking

Looks like Bono, Glen Hansard and Damien Rice got together over the holiday weekend for some busking in the streets. If you haven't seen these videos, this is some cool stuff.......



SOTD: "Eden Was A Garden" - Roman Candle

Kennedy Center Honors: Bruce Springsteen

This evening CBS will be broadcasting the Kennedy Center Honors at 9pm (EST) and one of the recipients will be Bruce Springsteen. Ben Harper will perform a duet of "I'm On Fire" with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettlesh. Eddie Vedder is also listed as one of the presenters/performers and supposedly sang "My City Of Ruins", hopefully we'll get to see that. Additional information is available HERE.

Monday, December 28, 2009

SOTD: "She's Got You High" - Mumm-Ra

NYC Area Concerts week of 12/28

12/28 Gogol Bordello @ Webster Hall
12/31 Antibalas @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
12/31 Detroit Cobras @ Mercury Lounge
12/31 Lettuce @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/31 Obits @ The Bell House
12/31 Surfer Blood, We Are Country Mice, Beach Fossils @ Cameo

1/1 Titus Andronicus @ Mercury Lounge
1/2 Ninjasonik @ Mercury Lounge

Friday, December 25, 2009

25 Songs From 2009 (Part V)

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Here's the final 5 songs, completing the list of 25 great songs from 2009.

"My Night With A Prostitute From Marseille" - Beirut (from the album "March of the Zapotec)

"Fly One Time" - Ben Harper & The Relentless 7 (from the album "White Lies For Dark Times"

"Sometime Around Midnight" - The Airborne Toxic Event (from the album "The Airborne Toxic Event")

"Ain't Nothing Like You (Hoochie-Coo)" - Blakroc (from the album "Blakroc")

"Paradise Cove" - Pete Yorn (from the album "Back & Forth")

Thursday, December 24, 2009

25 Songs From 2009 (Part IV)

Just in time so you can listen to some great songs while you do some last minute wrapping. Here's the fourth installment, five more great songs from 2009.....

"Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise" - The Avett Brothers (from the album "I and Love and You")

Decide what to be and go be it.......

"Brother's Blood" - Kevin Devine (from the album "Brother's Blood")

"3 Rounds and a Sound" - Blind Pilot (from the album "3 Rounds and a Sound")

"The Ocean" - Tegan & Sara (from the album "Sainthood")

"Rosyln" - Bon Iver & St Vincent (from the "Twilight: New Moon" Soundtrack)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

25 Songs From 2009 (Part III)

Half way through the week and about half way through the list, here's the next five....

"When The Night Comes" - Dan Auerbach (from the album "Keep It Hid")

When the night comes
And you lay your weary head to rest
No more trials no tests

"Unthought Known" - Pearl Jam (from the album "Backspacer")

Dream the dreams of other men,... You’ll be no ones rival,...
Dream the dreams of others then,... You will be no ones rival,...
You will be no ones rival,...

"Turn Them" - Sean Bones (from the album "Rings")

You should be safe.....
Just let it be good for you.

"Love Again for the First Time" - Julian Velard (from the album "The Planeteer")

Walking out on the street there was someone that i meet,
just another end in the road.
Back and fourth.

"Death By Dust" - Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (from the album "Summer of Fear")

Joe Strummer 1952-2002

Yesterday was the 7 year anniversary of Joe Strummer's passing and I found this article that Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) wrote in 2002. I thought it was both well written and very interesting, something he certainly wrote from the heart. If it's been awhile since you threw on some music from The Clash, today might be a good day to dust some off. I'd also recommend an album called "Streetcore" by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros. It was released in 2003 a bit after Joe had passed but it's an album I listened to a lot after college, probably one of my favorites over the last 10 years. Love the song "Coma Girl" (below).

Here's the article: Tom Morello on Joe Strummer


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

25 Songs From 2009 (Part II)

Here's part two of my favorite songs from 2009, five more:

"Silvia" - Miike Snow (from the album "Miike Snow")

And you tell yourself you wont let them touch
Did I say too much did I say enough

"When My Time Comes" - Dawes (from the album "North Hills")

Oh you can judge all the world on the sparkle that you think it lacks.
Yes you can stare into the abyss, but it's staring right back.

"Moving Clocks Run Slow" - We Were Promised Jetpacks (from the album "These Four Walls")

So, you know, you take a little me
And I take a little you
We're all part of the century

"Midnight at the Movies" - Justin Townes Earle (from the album "Midnight at the Movies")

she just sits down beside me
and puts her hand in mine
she's got a gentle way
that keeps me from feelin' so lonely

"Sleepyhead" - Passion Pit (from the album "Manners")

They crowd your bedroom like some thoughts wearing thin
Against the walls against your rules against your skin

Howie Day Tour Dates

Howie Day has released some tour dates for early 2010, see below. Additional information is available at his site HERE.

1/11 Club Congress - Tucson, Arizona
1/12 Roxy Theatre - West Hollywood, California
1/14 Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, California
1/15 WOW Hall - Eugene, Oregon
1/16 Aladdin Theatre - Portland, Oregon
1/17 Crocodile Cafe - Seattle, Washington
1/20 Knitting Factory - Boise, Idaho
1/21 The State Room - Salt Lake City, Utah
1/22 Bluebird Theater - Denver, Colorado
1/23 Fox Theatre - Boulder, Colorado
1/26 The Waiting Room - Omaha, Nebraska
1/27 The Maintenance Shop - Ames, Iowa
1/28 Shank Hall - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1/29 Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis, Minnesota
1/30 House of Blues - Chicago, Illinois
2/10 Pontiac Garage @ HOB - Dallas, Texas
2/11 Antone's - Austin, Texas
2/13 WorkPlay Theatre - Birmingham, Alabama
2/14 Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, Georgia
2/17 The Social - Orlando, Florida
2/19 The Music Farm - Charleston, South Carolina
2/20 Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, North Carolina
2/21 Third and Lindsley - Nashville, Tennessee
2/23 Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, Maryland
2/24 Birchmere Music Hall - Alexandria, Virginia
2/25 City Winery - New York, New York
2/27 World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2/28 Paradise Rock Club - Boston, Massachusetts
3/02 Higher Ground Showcase Lounge - Burlington, Vermont
3/03 The Club @ Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, New York
3/04 Cambridge Room @ HOB - Cleveland, Ohio
3/05 The Ark - Ann Arbor, Michigan
3/06 The Basement - Columbus, Ohio

Monday, December 21, 2009

25 Songs From 2009 (Part I)

Instead of putting up a SOTD (Song Of The Day) this week, I thought I'd list some of my favorite songs from this past year. I've put together a list of 25 songs from 2009 that I've really liked, it's been a good year for music. Some of these have been previous SOTDs and some of them you probably haven't heard, but hopefully you'll enjoy the mix. Okay, let's kick this off....

"May You Never" - Land of Talk (from the album "Fun and Laughter")

"A Silent Army in the Trees" - Matthew Good (from the album "Vancouver")

Well this ain't the woods behind the house
There ain't nobody screaming out
For you to come inside and eat
You're just holding your friends and watching them bleed

"Easy" - Deer Tick (from the album "Born On Flag Day")

And you don't know
How easy it is
No, you don't know how easy it is
You were never there
No, never there

"Feel Good Together" - Drummer (from the album "Feel Good Together")

I tried, and fell
Only time will tell

"Lasso" - Phoenix (from the album "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix")

Forever is a long long time
When you lost your way

NYC Area Concerts week of 12/21

12/22 Drink Up Buttercup @ Glasslands
12/22 Danielson @ The Stone
12/23 Secret Machines @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
12/23 Talib Kweli, Jean Grae @ Highline Ballroom
12/27 Gogol Bordello @ Webster Hall

Friday, December 18, 2009

SOTD: "Graffiti Eyes" - Stellastarr*

The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights Trailer

Check out this new trailer for the upcoming White Stripes movie "Under Great White Northern Lights"..... good stuff!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

SOTD: "Finish Line" - Fanfarlo

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2010

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival dates for 2010 have been released and it looks like it will take place over two weekends: April 23-25 & April 29 - May 2. A bunch of good bands have been announced including Van Morrison, Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket, The Black Crowes, and weekend 2 headliner, Pearl Jam. The complete lineup and additional info can be found HERE.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

SOTD: "Baby It's Cold Outside" - Willie Nelson & Norah Jones

Phoenix Unplugged @ SPIN Studios

Here are some cool videos of Phoenix performing unplugged at the SPIN Studios. Videos include "Lisztomania", "One Too Many", "1901", and "Playground Love".

Phoenix Unplugged @ SPIN Studios

Coachella Festival 2010

Coachella 2010 Dates have been confirmed for April 16, 17 & 18 2010. Ticket & camping information has been released and you can read all the details HERE.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Subway Shuffle: 12/14/09


Track #1: Dave Matthews Band: "Grey Street"
Track #2: Ryan Adams: "Born Into A Light"
Track #3: Paul Westerberg: "Lookin' Up In Heaven"
Track #4: The Avett Brothers: "Ten Thousand Words"
Track #5: Smashing Pumpkins: "1979"

The Tremagazine on

SOTD: "You & Me" - Dave Matthews Band

This song is from the most recent DMB album but I actually hadn't heard it until this past weekend, really like this one.

NYC Area Concerts week of 12/14

12/14 A.A. Bondy @ The Bell House
12/14 Lissy Trullie @ Bowery Ballroom
12/15 The Antlers, Uninhabitable Mansions @ Bowery Ballroom
12/15 Neon Indian @ Mercury Lounge
12/15 Wild Yaks, Nightmare Air, Ladycop @ Piano's
12/16 Stellastarr* @ Bowery Ballroom
12/16 Neon Indian, Tiger City @ Brooklyn Bowl
12/17 Lake Trout @ Mercury Lounge
12/17, 19-20 Matisyahu @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/19 The Constellations @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza

Friday, December 11, 2009

SOTD: "Let You Down" - Tin Star Orphans

My buddy Chris told me about these guys a couple weeks ago. I've been listening to some of their stuff and really dig this song.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

SOTD: "Ain't Nothing Like You" (Hoochie Coo) -Blackroc

Here's an awesome performance from the Blackroc project. This track features the Black Keys with Mos Def & Jim Jones. LOVE this.

Larger In Life.... In 3D: DMB, Ben Harper, Gogol Bordello

Received this email last night, sounds interesting......

Beginning Friday December 11th and screening in theatres nationwide through Thursday, December 17th only, check out Ben Harper and Relentless7 in "LARGER THAN LIFE...IN 3D". The movie features songs from R7's set at Mile High Music Festival before Dave Matthews Band's set at ACL Festival closes the film. Gogol Bordello (with Innocent Criminal Oliver Charles on drums) also perform.

Shot in Digital 3D by inconcert3d, the format brings viewers onstage, giving them a stunning 360° view of each live performance. Larger than 3D is a limited one week engagement and will not be released on DVD. Visit the film's official site HERE for screening locations and advance ticket sales.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

SOTD: "Arms" - Seabear

Matthew Good 2010 US Tour

Exciting news out of Matthew Good's camp..... he'll be returning to the US for a tour in 2010. My first time seeing Matt was at the Bowery Ballroom years ago, definitely excited for this one. All dates below, more information available at his site HERE.

2010 U.S. Tour

Mar 8th - Mar 9th Seattle, WA The Triple Door

Mar 10th Portland, OR Berbati’s Pan

Mar 12th San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall

Mar 13th Hollywood, CA The Troubadour

Mar 15th San Diego, CA The Casbah

Mar 16th Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room

Mar 21st Dallas, TX Granada Theatre

Mar 22nd Memphis, TN Hi Tone Café

Mar 24th Chicago, IL Double Door

Mar 25th Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall

Mar 26th Cleveland, OH The Cambridge Room @ House of Blues

Mar 27th Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom

Mar 29th Pittsburgh, PA Mr Small’s

Mar 30th Arlington, VA IOTA Café

Mar 31st Philadelphia, PA World Café Live

Apr 2nd New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

Apr 3rd Cambridge, MA Middle East Club – Downstairs

Apr 4th Rochester, NY The Club at Water Street Music Hall

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

SOTD: "Do You Have A Strategy" - Uninhabitable Mansions

Pearl Jam: European Tour Dates

Pearl Jam has announced some much anticipated European tour dates starting in June. Some venue information is still to be released but here's the initial tour info (additional info can be found HERE):


22-June * Dublin, Ireland 02 Arena
23-June * Belfast, Ireland Odyssey Arena
25-June London, England Hard Rock Calling Hyde Park
27-June ** TBD TBD
30-June * Berlin, Germany Wuhlheide
1-July ** TBD TBD
3-July Arras, France Main Square Festival
4-July Werchter, Belgium Rock Werchter Festival
6-July ** TBD TBD
9-July ** TBD TBD
10-July Oeiras, Portugal Optimus Alive Festival

* Pearl Jam headlining dates. Opening acts TBA.
** Potential additional dates and corresponding on-sale information may be announced.

Monday, December 7, 2009

SOTD: "Ready For The Floor" - Lissy Trullie

NYC Area Concerts week of 12/7

12/7 Split Lip @ Bowery Ballroom
12/8 Jeffree Star @ Blender Theatre at Gramercy
12/8-9 Sting @ Cathedral of St. John the Divine
12/9 A.A. Bondy @ Bowery Ballroom
12/10 Matisyahu @ Webster Hall
12/10-11 Artic Monkeys @ Terminal 5
12/11 Dr. Dog @ Brooklyn Bowl
12/11 Norma Jean @ Blender Theatre at Gramercy
12/11 Rooney, Crash Kings @ Webster Hall
12/11 The Whigs @ Filmore at Irving Plaza
12/12-13 Matisyahu @ Webster Hall

Thursday, December 3, 2009

SOTD: "I've Got Friends" - Manchester Orchestra

The Word Reunion Shows

Received this email yesterday.....


(New York, NY) -- Longtime friends and collaborators Chris Chew, Cody Dickinson & Luther Dickinson (of North Mississippi Allstars), John Medeski (of Medeski Martin & Wood), and Robert Randolph (of Robert Randolph & the Family Band) will be reforming THE WORD for three very special shows this December/January. Tickets are on sale now.

Dec 30 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre for the Living Arts
Dec 31 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
Jan 1 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

SOTD: "Kylie" - Bear vs Shark

The Whigs: Tour Dates, New Album, Free Downloads

The Whigs will be releasing a new album, "In The Dark", on March 2, 2010. You can preview and download two songs, "In The Dark" and "Hundred/Million" HERE.

The band is currently touring, dates below:


With The Features (December 1st - December 15th)
With Mean Creek (December 5th - 15th)

December 1st Emo's Austin, Texas
December 2nd The Loft Dallas, Texas
December 4th The Variety Playhouse Atlanta, Georgia
December 5th Rhythm & Brews Chattanooga, Tennessee
December 8th Visulite Charlotte, North Carolina
December 10th Black Cat Washington, DC
December 11th The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza New York, New York
December 12th North Star Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
December 14th Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
December 15th Pour House Charleston, South Carolina

Norah Jones Tour Dates

Norah Jones released her upcoming tour dates which you can see below. Additional information is available at her website HERE.

March 5 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
March 6 - Kansas City, MO - The Midland
March 7 - Omaha, NE - Orpheum
March 9 - Des Moines, IA - Civic Center
March 11 - Akron, OH - E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall
March 12 - Louisville, KY - Whitney Hall
March 13 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
March 15 - Madison, WI - Overture Hall
March 17 - St. Paul, MN - The O'Shaughnessy
March 19 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
March 20 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
March 25 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
March 26 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Foxwoods
March 27 - New York, NY - WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
March 30 - Baltimore, MD - Lyric Opera House
April 1 - Charlottesville, VA - The Paramount Theater
April 2 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
April 3 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre
April 18 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
April 19 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Hall
April 21 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
April 23 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theater
April 24 - San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
April 25 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theater
April 28 - Albuquerque, NM - Kiva Auditorium
April 29 - El Paso, TX - Plaza Theatre
May 1 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
May 4 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theatre
May 5 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
May 6 - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre
May 8 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
May 9 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theatre
May 11 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
May 12 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
May 14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
May 15 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Subway Shuffle: 12/1/09

For those of you that follow me on Twitter, you're probably familiar with my "Subway Shuffle". For those of you that don't, here's the deal..... Basically on my commute home from work, I put my ipod on shuffle and see what comes up. I take 5 songs and post them in a row on twitter with links via Hopefully you find something new or maybe something old that you haven't heard in awhile. Hopefully you find something that hits the spot for that night. I only post these occasionally but I'm going to try to do it more often if possible.

Some people don't like to use twitter so I figured I'd start posting the shuffles here also. I'll post the songs and a link to my page where you can listen for yourself. Enjoy.


Track #1: Tegan & Sara: "Dark Come Soon"
Track #2: Tool: "Swamp Song"
Track #3: Radiohead: "Idioteque"
Track #4: Arcade Fire: "Rebellion (Lies)"
Track #5: Modest Mouse: "Dashboard"


SOTD: "One Hundred and Four" - Big Tree

Big Tree - One Hundred and Four from VanLou Media on Vimeo.

Hullabalou Festival

A new festival has been announced for July 23-25, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky..... The Hullabalou Festival. There's definitely an eclectic mix of bands playing over the three days, the headliners include DMB, Bon Jovi & Kenny Chesney. The festival will take place at Churchill Downs (home of the Kentucky Derby) and you can find out more info HERE.