Tuesday, December 28, 2010

50 Favorite Songs of 2010 (Part II)

Picking up where we left off yesterday with the final 25 songs, enjoy!

26. "Becoming A Jackal" - Villagers (from the album "Becoming A Jackal")

- "I was a dreamer
Staring at windows
Out onto the main street
Cos that's where the dream goes
And when I got older, when I grew bolder
Out onto the streets I flew"

27. "Footshooter" - Frightened Rabbit (from the album "The Winter of Mixed Drinks")

- Another excellent album from 2010, hard to pick between a handful of great tracks on the record but this is one of my favorites.

"Hold on to your thumbs, tighten your eyelids
Lock up your ears, my dear, I'm verbal when I am loaded
Duck under that desk, cover your neck
Thicken your skin as I begin to shoot myself in the foot again"

28. "Piece By Piece & Frame By Frame" - Deer Tick (from the album "The Black Dirt Sessions")

- This album didn't get a ton of press but it's one of my favorites of 2010, I typically love the Deer Tick releases. This one is a bit more stripped down than their other albums but I really like the songwriting on this record.

"So ask me again yes lets meet again
You know I’ve built a kingdom on second chances, yes I did."

29. "Runaway" - Kanye West (from the album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy")

- My favorite track from the new Kanye album, love the beat.

"And I always find, yeah, I always find somethin’ wrong
You been puttin’ up wit’ my shit just way too long
I’m so gifted at findin’ what I don’t like the most
So I think it’s time for us to have a toast"

30. "My Girl The Horse" - Fences (from the album "Fences")

- "Neither one of us will make it down this, hill alive"

31. "In The Dirt" - S. Carey (from the album "All We Grow")

- You might recognize S Carey from the group Bon Iver, this track is from his solo album.

"Don't leave
Cause I believe
We were meant to see
In the dirt"

32. "Harlem River Blues" - Justin Townes Earle (from the album "Harlem River Blues Country")

- "Good times come and they go, even a good man'll break
He'll let his troubles bury him whole even though he knows what's at stake
So I'm taking no chances, carrying over while I'm still good in His grace
I'm no fool, mama, I know the difference between tempting and choosing my fate"

33. "Change of Time" - Josh Ritter (from the album "So Runs The World Away")

- "I had a dream last night
I dreamt that I was swimming
And the stars up above
Directionless and drifting
Somewhere in the dark
Were the sirens and the thunder
And around me as I swam
The drifters who'd gone under"

34. "Too Afraid To Love You" - The Black Keys (from the album "Brothers")

- "All those sleepless nights
And all those wasted days
I wish loneliness would leave me
But I think it's here to stay
What more can I do
I'm wringing myself dry
And I can't afford to lose
One more teardrop from my eye"

35. "The Cave" - Mumford & Sons (from the album "Sigh No More")

- "Cause I need freedom now
And I need to know how

To live my life as it's meant to be"

36. "Quarry Hymns" - Land of Talk (from the album "Cloak and Cipher")

- "How deep is this soul I feel I'm in?
Seen a lot of light and done a lot with it
How deep is this hole I feel I'm in?
Seen a lot of light and done a lot with it"

37. "Cards and Quarters and Green Lights" (Local Natives vs John Legend & Andre 3000) - The Hood Internet

- This is actually a mash-up but I had to include it, so damn good. Get this on your party mix.

The Hood Internet - Cards And Quarters And Green Lights (Local Natives x John Legend & Andre 3000) by hoodinternet

38. "We Used To Wait" - Arcade Fire (from the album "The Suburbs")

- "Now our lives are changing fast
Hope that something pure can last"

39. "No" - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals (from the album "III/IV Disc 2")

- Another great tune from Ryan Adams, this song reminds me of his album "Rock N Roll" from 2003.

40. "Rambling Man" - Laura Marling (from the album "I Speak Because I Can")

-"let it always be known that i was who i am"

41. "Afraid of Everyone" - The National (from the album "High Violet")

- "With my kid on my shoulders I try
Not to hurt anybody I like
But I don't have the drugs to sort,
I don't have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out"

42. "Madder Red" - Yeasayer (from the album "Odd Blood")

- Probably the strangest video of the year yet I really like the song.

43. "Fistful of Mercy" - Fistful of Mercy (from the album "As I Call You Down")

- If you haven't heard this album, it's a collaboration consisting of Dhani Harrison, Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur, pretty cool stuff.

44. "Taxi Cab" - Vampire Weekend (from the album "Contra")

- "I remember
Remember well
But if I'd forgotten
Could you tell?"

45. "Precious Stone" - Pete Yorn (from the album "Pete Yorn")

- "I found a way to live forever
I found a place where no one cares"

46. "Swim Until You Can't See Land" - Frightened Rabbit (from the album "The Winter of Mixed Drinks")

-"Dip the toe in the ocean. Oh how it hardens and it numbs.
The rest of me is a version of man, built to collapse into crumbs.
And if I hadn't come down to the coast to disappear
I may have died in a land-slide of the rocks, the hopes and fears.

So swim until you can't see land."

47. "Twenty Miles" - Deer Tick (from the album "The Black Dirt Sessions")

- "Now if I had no boots, I'd trek through the mud
While mosquitos are racing to draw the first blood
If you're runnin' away, then I'm lookin' for you
And if you've lost your way, I'm seein' you through."

48. "Wide Eyes" - Local Natives (from the album "Gorilla Manor")

- "All the men of faith and men of science had their questions
Could it ever be on earth as it is in heaven?"

49. "Power" - Kanye West (from the album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy")

-"I’m livin’ in the 21st century
Doin’ something mean to it
Do it better than anybody you ever seen do it"

50. "The Immortals" - Kings of Leon (from the album "Come Around Sundown")

- "The open road, the path of greatness
It's at your fingers
Go be the one that keeps on fighting
Go be the stranger
Just put your foot in front' the other
Crow like the rooster
We are allowed to get us something
Free as a danger

I say

Spill out on the streets of stars
And ride away
Find out what you are
Face to face"

... and that's a wrap! Hope you enjoyed the list and found some new tunes for your library/workout mix/party mix/etc. Thanks for following along, here's to another year of great tunes in 2011!

Monday, December 27, 2010

50 Favorite Songs of 2010 (Part I)

I spent the last couple weeks going through tons of music, trying to find my favorite songs from the past year. I was finally able to finish my list last night, evened it out at 50 songs. Some of these you'll surely know (you may have even heard them on here earlier in the year) and others will probably be new to you, I think it's a pretty good mix of some popular bands along with some lesser known artists. I've split the list into two days of 25 songs, you'll find some repeat bands over the entries for my favorite albums from 2010 (and there's even one artist with three songs listed).

I think just about everything is available on Itunes so you'll be able to pick any of these up if you like something you hear. Hope you enjoy this, as always thanks for reading/listening along! In no particular order, here we go.........

1. "No One's Gonna Love You" - Cee Lo Green (from the album "The Lady Killer")

- Great cover of the original by Band of Horses..........

2. "Suburban War" - Arcade Fire (from the album "The Suburbs")

- "Now the music divides
Us into tribes
You choose your side I'll choose my side"

3. "You Wouldn't Have to Ask" - Bad Books (from the album "Bad Books")

- Very cool collaboration by Kevin Devine and members of Manchester Orchestra.

4. "Pyro" - Kings of Leon (from the album Come Around Sundown)

- "Little shaken babies, And drunkards seem to all agree,
Once the show gets started, Its bound to be a sight to see"

5. "Blue Beard" - Band of Horses (from the album "Infinite Arms")

- I got a text from my buddy Chuck one night earlier this year that read, "Is there anything more beautiful than "Blue Beard" by Band of Horses?" I don't think there is, he nailed it...... favorite song off this album, just a gorgeous tune.

6. "From Above" - Ben Folds & Nick Hornby (from the album "Lonely Avenue")

- A unique collaboration from Ben Folds and author Nick Hornby where Hornby provided the lyrics to the album with Folds providing all the music.

7. "Draw Your Swords" - Angus & Julia Stone (from the album "Down the Way")

-"So come on Love, draw your swords
Shoot me to the ground
You are mine, I am yours
Lets not fuck around"

8. "Bloodbuzz Ohio" - The National (from the album "High Violet")

- Love the tempo of this song, especially the driving snare drum.....

9. "Ambling Alp" - Yeasayer (from the album "Oddblood")

- "You must stick up for yourself son
Never mind what anybody else done
Stick up for yourself son
Never mind what anybody else done"

10. "Whirring" - The Joy Formidable (from the album "A Balloon Called Moaning")

- "All these things about me you never can tell........"

11. "Excuses" - The Morning Benders (from the album "Big Echo")

-This song sounds like it could have been released 50 years ago.... and it would still be great.

12. "Home" - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (from the album "Up From Below")

- "Ahh, Home
Let me come Home
Home is whenever I’m with you"

13. "Movielike" - Jimmy Eat World (from the album "Invented")

- "Nothing movie-like
Nothing magic
People just tire to fight the constant battle
Waiting to see a sign?
Then you've seen the best already"

14. "Who Knows Who Cares" - Local Natives (from the album "Gorilla Manor")

- Easily one of the best albums of the year, and this is probably my favorite track. Love the percussion that kicks in at 1:40 (the drumming on this whole album is phenomenal).

"you could let it down
jump into the river baby
easy as it sounds
it's never quite as easily done
the current has us now, it's ok
take into account that it's all about to change
who knows, who cares"

15. "Impressions" - Jarrod Gorbel (from the album "Devil's Made A New Friend")

- This is a pretty cool tune, kind of reminds me of something from the late 90s, maybe like "Dog's Eye View".

16. "Moneygrabber" - Fitz & The Tantrums (from the album "Pickin' Up the Pieces")

- This song is AWESOME, one of the most fun songs of the year. Put on your dancing shoes!

17. "Macon" - Jamey Johnson (from the album "The Guitar Song")

- I don't listen to a ton of country but really dig this song.

18. "You Do You" - Bear In Heaven (from the album "Beast Rest Forth Mouth")

- "To let the forces
Arm your heart
Don't let the rumors
Get you down

So what? Who cares?
You be strong"

19. "Something Good Can Work" - Two Door Cinema Club (from the album "Tourist History")

- "Took a little time to make it a little better,
it's only going out, just one thing and another,
you know!
You know!"

20. "Little Lion Man" - Mumford & Sons (from the album "Sigh No More")

- I may be cheating a bit on this one since it technically came out in 2009 in the UK but it didn't get released in the US until 2010 so I'm putting it on this list. Really solid album and this is my favorite song from a bunch of good ones.

"but it was not your fault but mine
and it was your heart on the line
i really fucked it up this time
didn't I, my dear?"

21. "These Days" - The Black Keys (from the album "Brothers")

- Amazing song from one of the best albums of 2010. Heavy, heavy tune.....

"These blood red eyes
Don't see so good
But what's worse is if they could
Would I change my ways?"

22. "Ultraviolet Light" - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals (from the album "III/IV Disc 1")

- Late entry here, this album just got released about a week ago. Ryan released about 30 songs that he had stashed away and there's some real gems in there, this one included.

23. "In Sleep" - Lissie (from the album "Catching A Tiger")

- "Why am I so terrified of waking?"

24. "Born Again" - Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons (from the album "Death Won't Send a Letter")

- "I been feelin like my old self again
because momma didnt raise me to be no christian
and i been drinkin to my own health again
well raise another glass for the unforgiven
you know i will, you know i will"

25. "All of the Lights" - Kanye West (from the album "My Own Dark Twisted Fantasy")

- Where to start with this album.... my #1 for 2010. Awesome guest appearances throughout, so many great tracks, hard to even pick just a few but this is definitely one of my favorites.

"Turn up the lights in here, baby
Extra bright, I want y'all to see this
Turn up the lights in here, baby
You know what I need, want you to see everything
Want you to see all of the lights"

That's a wrap for the first 25, the rest to follow tomorrow with Part II......

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

SOTD: "Christmas Song" - Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds

Great version of "Christmas Song" from Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds...

Monday, December 20, 2010

SOTD: "Turn Around" - Chamberlin

Chamberlin will be releasing their first album "Bitter Blood" in February 2011. Love this single, can't wait to hear the rest of the album. You can catch them on tour with Grace Potter & The Nocturnals from Jan 13th through Feb 12th.
Tour dates below....

Dec 28 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT ***SOLD OUT*** -

Jan 13 - Madison Theatre - Covington, KY

Jan 14 - The Pageant - St Louis, MO

Jan 15 - Turner Hall Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI

Jan 16 - Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN

Jan 17 - Redstone Room - Davenport, IA **SOLD OUT**

Jan 20 - Emerson Cultural Center - Bozeman, MT

Jan 22 - Knitting Factory - Boise, ID

Jan 26 - Knitting Factory -Spokane, WA

Jan 27 - Crocodile Cafe - Seattle, WA

Jan 28 - Wonder Ballroom -Portland, OR

Jan 29 - Venue - Vancouver, BC

Feb 1 - Soho Restaurant & Music Club - Santa Barbara, CA

Feb 2 - Martini Ranch - Scottsdale, AZ

Feb 3 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA

Feb 5 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA

Feb 9 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT

Feb 10 - Sheridan Opera House - Telluride, CO

Feb 11 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO

Feb 12 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO

Friday, December 17, 2010

Jose Gonzalez - "Far Away" (Live)

Great version of Jose Gonzalez's "Far Away" from the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards....

SOTD: "Christmas Lights" - Chris Martin

Here's a cool Christmas video from Chris Martin of Coldplay....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Good choice Chevy.....

Recognize the song in the new Chevy Silverado commercial?....... it's Dawes' "When My Time Comes"! Good choice Chevy!

Check out a great live version from Daytrotter HERE.

Friday, December 10, 2010

SOTD: "Pyro" - Kings of Leon

New video for "Pyro" from the latest Kings of Leon album.....

Deer Tick - Europe Clips

Some clips/interviews of Deer Tick from their recent European dates, check out the video HERE.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SOTD: "Daydreaming" - Middle Brother

Really excited for this album featuring Lead singers John McCauley of Deer Tick, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit.

From the newsletter I got last night, "The band will be playing a one-off show December 20 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles (an Invisible Children benefit). The show will also feature an acoustic McCauley set."

They'll be on a national tour in the Spring 2011 so keep your eyes peeled for that. Enjoy this one!

Monday, December 6, 2010

SOTD: "The Father" - Honeychild

Here's a great tune from the band "Honeychild". Stream it below and I've included a MP3 version HERE.

NYC Area Concerts week of 12/06

12/6 Diamond Rings @ Mercury Lounge
12/6 Rufus Wainwright @ Carnegie Hall
12/6 The New Pornographers, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists @ Terminal 5
12/8 Acrylics, Here We Go Magic, Amazing Baby, Nicole Atkins, The Rassle, Suckers, Class Actress, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ Glasslands
12/8-9 Keren Ann @ Joe's Pub
12/8-9 Old 97's @ Bowery Ballroom
12/8 Bonnie "Prince" Billy @ Town Hall
12/10 Keren Ann @ The Bell House
12/10 Old 97's @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/10 Phosphorescent @ Bowery Ballroom
12/10 Tricky @ Brooklyn Bowl
12/11 Violens, Light Asylum @ Santos Party House
12/12 Liz Phair @ Maxwell's

Saturday, December 4, 2010

SOTD: "Darkness" - Ryan Adams

Here's a late Saturday SOTD (Should be Song Of The Night).... anyways, a new one from Ryan Adams, beautiful tune.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SOTD: "I'm In Your Church At Night" - Active Child

Eddie Vedder Australia Tour

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has announced some upcoming tour dates in Australia. For our friends down under, enjoy these shows.....

Ed Vedder Solo Tour Dates:

Day Date Venue City,State On Sale
Thurs 10,March QPAC Concert Hall Brisbane, QLD Dec 2nd, 9am NSW
Sat 12,March QPAC Concert Hall Brisbane, QLD Dec 2nd, 9am NSW
Tues 15,March Royal Theatre Canberra, ACT Dec 2nd, 9am NSW
Wed 16,March Civic Theatre Newcastle, NSW Dec 2nd, 9am NSW
Fri 18,March State Theatre Sydney, NSW Dec 2nd, 9am NSW
Sat 19,March State Theatre Sydney, NSW Dec 2nd, 9am NSW
Thurs 24,March Palais Theatre Melbourne, VIC Dec 2nd, 9am NSW
Fri 25,March Palais Theatre Melbourne, VIC Dec 2nd, 9am NSW
Sun 27,March Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, SA Dec 2nd, 9am NSW

General Public Tickets: Go on sale at 9:00am local time on Friday, December 10th at the following sites:

Brisbane: QPAC Concert Hall: www.qtix.com.au
Canberra: Royal Theatre: www.ticketek.com.au
Newcastle: Civic Theatre: www.ticketek.com.au
Sydney: State Theatre: www.ticketmaster.com.au
Melbourne: Palais Theatre www.ticketmaster.com.au
Adelaide: Thebarton Theatre www.venuetix.com.au

Monday, November 29, 2010

SOTD: "Lay Your Head Down" - Keren Ann

Ryan Montbleau Band on NPR "All Things Considered"

Over the holiday weekend, NPR's "All Things Considered" featured a session with the Ryan Montbleau Band. Setlist below, you can listen to the whole session HERE.




'Slippery Road'

'Love Songs'

'I Can't Wait'

WEB EXTRA: 'Chariot (I Know)'

NYC Area Concerts week of 11/29

12/1 Broken Bells, Karen Elson @ Irving Plaza
12/1 Doppleganger @ Union Hall
12/1 Lykke Li @ (le) poisson rouge
12/1 The Radio Dept., Braids @ Bowery Ballroom
12/1 Tennis @ Mercury Lounge
12/1 Warpaint @ The Studio at Webster Hall
12/1-8 Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
12/2 The Walkmen, School of Seven Bells, Tennis @ Terminal 5
12/2 Warpaint, Rewards @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/3-4 Badly Drawn Boy @ (le) poisson rouge
12/3 The Budos Band @ Bowery Ballroom
12/3 Kurt Vile @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
12/3 Peter Hook @ Webster Hall
12/4 Suckers @ (le) poisson rouge
12/4 Minus the Bear, The Whigs @ Terminal 5
12/4 Jeff Tweedy @ Bowery Ballroom

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

John McCauley & Ian O'Neil (Deer Tick) Tour Dates

John McCauley and Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick have announced some 2011 tour dates for the east coast. Most of these venues are pretty small so this should be a great tour.


Fri-Jan-14 Boston, MA Middle East Upstairs
Sat-Jan-15 Providence, RI Met Café
Sun-Jan-16 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
Wed-Jan-19 New York, NY City Winery
Thu-Jan-20 New Haven, CT Daniel Street
Fri-Jan-21 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church Santuary
Sat-Jan-22 York, PA Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center
Sun-Jan-23 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel

SOTD: "Take Me Over" - Cut Copy

If you like this song, you can also stream it HERE.

Monday, November 22, 2010

NYC Area Concerts week of 11/22

11/22 Aimee Mann @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/23 Delta Spirit w/ Darker My Love @ Webster Hall
11/23 Matthew Dear with live band @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/23 Joanna Newsome @ Carnegie Hall
11/24 Delorean @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/24 Grimace Federation @ The Mercury Lounge
11/24 & 26 Free Energy / Foxy Shazam @ The Bowery Ballroom & Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/26 Midnight Juggernauts @ The Bowery Ballroom
11/26 Turbine @ The Mercury Lounge
11/26-27 Levon Helm Band @ Beacon Theatre
11/27 The Postelles @ Webster Hall
11/27 fun. @ Webster Hall
11/28 Rhett Miller, Spirit Family Reunion @ The Rock Shop (Kidrockers early show)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

David Ryan Harris @ BB Kings - 11/19/10 - NYC

Here's a few pics and a couple videos from the David Ryan Harris show at BB Kings last night. I recorded "Slow Dancing In A Burning Room" and "Pretty Girl" which included a cool medley.

Great seeing some great music amongst old friends on a Friday night, David was excellent as usual. For those of you that couldn't make it, and those that could... enjoy!



Friday, November 19, 2010

SOTD: "Twenty Three" - California Wives

Cool song from California Wives.

A few upcoming tour dates.....

Tour Dates

Dec 22 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
Jan 28 - Subterranean Chicago, IL
Jan 29 - Mike and Mollys - Champaign, IL
Jan 30 - Firebird - St. Louis, IL

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Howie Day NYC Show

For NYC fans of Howie Day, he's announced an upcoming show at City Winery on Saturday January 29th.

City Winery
Saturday January 29th
doors 8pm
Tix $20
for more info and Tickets visit http://citywinery.com/events/122151

City & Colour Tour Dates

City & Colour have announced a handful of upcoming tour dates for 2011, including one in the UK.

March 22 @ El Rey Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
March 29 @ Park West (Chicago, IL)
March 31 @ Webster Hall (New York, NY)
April 25 @ Royal Albert (London, UK)

Visit the following presale links to register. Once registered, you'll be emailed a login and password to access the presale.

USA presale info:
Presale: Tuesday November 16 @ 1pm local time
Presale Link: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/cityandcolour/
Login: City
Password: Colour

UK presale info:
Presale: Wednesday November 17 @ 4pm local time
Presale Link: http://www.artistarena.uk.com/cac/
Login: City
Password: Colour

Monday, November 15, 2010

SOTD: "Mourning Glory" - Infantree

NYC Area Concerts week of 11/15

11/15 Sufjan Stevens @ Beacon Theatre
11/15-16 Mumford and Sons @ Terminal 5
11/17 La Roux @ Terminal 5
11/16 The Joy Formidable w/ Grouplove @ The Bowery Ballroom
11/18 The Morning Benders @ Webster Hall
11/19 David Ryan Harris @ BB Kings
11/19 Bear in Heaven @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/19 Cornershop @ Irving Plaza
11/19 Kate Nash @ Terminal 5
11/20 The Frames @ Terminal 5
11/20 Kate Nash @ The Wellmont Theatre
11/21 Delorean @ The Bowery Ballroom

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

SOTD: "Synapses" - Papercranes

If you'd like an MP3 of the song above, shoot me an email and I'll be happy to send it to you!

Fistful of Mercy on Conan TONIGHT

Fistful of Mercy will be performing on Conan tonight with special guest Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine). Check it out tonight at 11PM (EST) on TBS.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

SOTD: "Moneygrabber" - Fitz and the Tantrums

My buddy Chris sent me this one late last week, great tune!

NYC Area Concerts week of 11/8

11/9 One Eskimo @ Highline Ballroom
11/10 Jonsi, Mountain Man @ Hammerstein Ballroom
11/12 Obits @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
11/12 Rocky Erickson @ Maxwell's
11/12 Bob Mould Highline Ballroom
11/12 Shearwater, Damien Jurado @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/13 The Posies, Brendan Benson, Aqueduct @ Highline Ballroom
11/13 Obits @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
11/14 Grinderman @ Nokia Theatre
11/14-15 Sufjan Stevens @ Beacon Theatre

Thursday, November 4, 2010

SOTD: "Buttons" - The Weeks

Heard this song on my "Kings Of Leon" Pandora Station yesterday, really good tune. Anybody out there know anything about these guys?

Pete Yorn 2011 Tour Dates

Pete Yorn has announced some 2011 tour dates, listed below. More information can be found at his site HERE.

+ 14th Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
+ 16th Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
+ 17th Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
+ 19th Council Bluffs, IA @ Horseshoe Casino
+ 20th N. Kansas City, MO @ Harrah's
+ 22nd Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
+ 23rd Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
+ 27th St. Louis MO @ The Pageant

+ 1st Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue Theatre
+ 2nd Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
+ 4th Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos
+ 8th Boston, MA @ House of Blues
+ 10th Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
+ 11th New York, NY @ Terminal 5
+ 14th Washinton, DC @ 930 Club

+ 1st Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
+ 2nd Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
+ 3rd Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
+ 5th San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
+ 6th Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
+ 9th San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
+ 10th Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
+ 14th Houston, TX @ House of Blues
+ 15th Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
+ 16th Austin, TX @ Stubb's
+ 22nd Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

SOTD: "Sing Me To Sleep" - Fran Healy (w/Neko Case)

This song is from Fran Healy who you may recognize from the band TRAVIS. Fran will be on an upcoming tour opening for Brandon Flowers (The Killers) and also on some headlining dates listed below.

Tour Dates:

With Brandon Flowers:

* Indicates in-store performance / signing with Fran Healy only

November 9 Fox Theatre Pomona, CA
November 10 Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
November 11 Fox Theatre Oakland, CA
November 13 Music Millennium Portland, OR *
November 13 Roseland Ballroom Portland, OR
November 14 Sonic Boom Seattle, WA *
November 14 Showbox Sodo Seattle, WA
November 15 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, ON
November 17 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT
November 18 The Ogden Denver, CO
November 20 UK Liberty Hall Lawrence, KS
November 21 Electric Fetus Minneapolis, MN *
November 21 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
November 23 Riviera Chicago, IL
November 24 Royal Oak Music Hall Royal Oak, MI

Headlining Dates:

December 2 World Café Live Philadelphia, PA
December 3 Ram's Head Annapolis, MD
December 5 The Parish Austin, TX
December 7 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC
December 8 The Loft Atlanta, GA
December 9 Café 939 Boston, MA
December 16 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY

Monday, November 1, 2010

Subway Shuffle: 11/1/10


Track #1: The Band: "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
Track #2: Arcade Fire: "Headlights Look Like Diamonds"
Track #3: My Morning Jacket: "From Nashville to Kentucky"
Track #4: Ray Lamontagne: "Trouble"
Track #5: Radiohead: "A Wolf at the Door"

SOTD: "Endless Eyes" - Alain Johannes

Alain Johannes will be opening several shows for "Fistful of Mercy" (Ben Harper, Joseph Arthur, and Dhani Harrison) this November, dates below:

Alain Johannes Tour Dates w/Fistful of Mercy

11/09: Seattle, WA @ Showbox at Market
11/11: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/14: Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lounge at Hollywood Forever
11/16: Washington, DC @ Sixth + I Historic Synagogue
11/17: New York, NY @ Apollo Theater
11/18: Sommerville, MA @ Sommerville Theater
11/20: Philadelphia, PA @ Temple University – Baptist Tample

NYC Area Concerts week of 11/1

11/1-2 Florence and the Machine, Hanni El Khatib @ Terminal 5
11/2 Neckbeard Telecaster @ The Rock Shop
11/2 Clinic @ Bowery Ballroom
11/2 The Dears @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
11/3 Clinic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/3 Wolf Parade @ The Wellmont Theatre
11/3 Blonde Redhead @ Webster Hall
11/3 Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ City Winery
11/4 The Dears @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
11/4 Social Distortion, Lucero @ Roseland Ballroom
11/5 Dandy Warhols @ The Bell House
11/5 Interpol, White Rabbits @ United Palace Theatre
11/5 Dawes, Vetiver, Peter Wolf Crier @ Webster Hall
11/6 Dandy Warhols, Hopewell Webster Hall
11/7 Guided By Voices, Blitzen Trapper @ Terminal 5

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Guster: "Bad Bad World" Video Contest

Guster recently had a contest to make a video for their new track, "Bad Bad World". This week they announced the winner, this is from their newsletter.......

"We've got a winner for our contest to make the official "Bad Bad World" video, and it's this entry from Nora McCormack in Portland ME:

Nora, you made us weep, and you made us want to be better people. Well done."

Definitely a cool video, which you can see below.......

Bad Bad World from Guster on Vimeo.

Friday, October 29, 2010

SOTD: "Came Out of a Lady" - Rubblebucket

This video's pretty weird but I dig the song........

Thursday, October 28, 2010

SOTD: "Backseat" - Darker My Love

These guys will be on a US tour with Delta Spirit, dates below:

11.15. Lawrence, KS. Jackpot Saloon
11.16. Columbia, MO. Mojo's
11.18. Madison, WI. High Noon Saloon
11.19. Milwaukee. Turner Hall
11.20. South Bend, IN. Legends of Notre Dame
11.22. Buffalo. Tralf Music Hall
11.23. NYC. Webster Hall
11.26. Boston. Paradise Rock Club
11.27. Pawtucket, RI. The Met
11.28. TBA
11.29. Baltimore. Ottobar
11.30. Pittsburgh. Brillobox
12.01. Covington, KY. The Mad Hatter
12.02. Asheville, NC. Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
12.03. Nashville. Mercy Lounge
12.04. Chicago. Metro
12.07. SF. The Fillmore
12.08. LA. The Music Box @ Henry Fonda Theatre
12.09. Santa Barbara. Soho
12.10. San Diego. House of Blues

Monday, October 25, 2010

My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5 - 10/22/10

On Friday night, I was lucky enough to see My Morning Jacket perform their album "Z" in its entirety at Terminal 5 in NYC. This was one of five nights the band was playing at this venue, a different album each night. I can honestly say that these guys have become on of my favorite bands over the last few years, definitely one of the best live bands out there.

The main set consisted of the album tracks but we got a bunch of surprises during the encore, which you can see below. I was also lucky enough to run into a friend who had an extra after-show pass allowing me to hang and talk with some of the band members. Really a great night all around, some pics and videos I took after the setlist below....

1. Wordless Chorus
2. It Beats 4 U
3. Gideon
4. What A Wonderful Man
5. Off The Record
6. Into The Woods
7. Anytime
8. Lay Low
9. Knot Comes Loose
10. Dondante
11. Chills
12. Lullabys, Legends And Lies (Shel Silverstein)
13. Where To Begin
14. How Do You Know
15. Hit It And Quit It (Funkadelic)
16. A Quick One While He's Away (The Who)
17. I Could Never Take The Pace Of Your Man (Prince)
18. Careless Whisper (George Michael)







SOTD: "Ruthless" - Ima Robot

NYC Area Concerts week of 10/25

10/26-27 Bad Religion @ Irving Plaza
10/26-27 Matt and Kim @ Webster Hall
10/27 Mt Desolation @ Mercury Lounge
10/28-30 Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom
10/28 Jeff The Brotherhood @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/29-30 Local Natives, The Ruby Suns @ Webster Hall
10/29 Phantogram @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/30 Chris Barron, Blair @ The Pumpkin Festival - Central Park Bandshell
10/30 Frightened Rabbit, Plants & Animals @ Terminal 5

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

SOTD: "Soulless" - Fake Problems

The Black Keys - Itunes Session

Itunes has posted a great new session with The Black Keys. The tracklisting is below and you can purchase the album HERE.

iTunes Session Full Track List

1. “Chop and Change”
2. “Everlasting Light”
3. “Howlin’ For You”
4. “I’ll Be Your Man”
5. “Next Girl”
6. “She’s Long Gone”
7. “Sinister Kid”
8. “Tighten Up”
9. “Too Afraid To Love You”
10. “Your Touch”

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

SOTD: "Everything's Perfect" - Debutaunts

Daytrotter: Tegan & Sara 10/18/10

Head over to Daytrotter to hear another great session, this one with Tegan & Sara. As always, you can stream and download the whole session HERE.

Monday, October 18, 2010

SOTD: "All Day" - The Concretes

NYC Area Concerts week of 10/18

10/18-21 & 23 My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5
10/19 Greg Dulli @ Bowery Ballroom
10/20 Bad Religion @ Irving Plaza
10/20 Phoenix, Dirty Projectors, Wavves @ Madison Square Garden
10/20 The Postelles @ Bowery Electric
10/20 The Drums, Surfer Blood @ Webster Hall
10/21-22 Massive Attack, Thievery Corporation @ Beacon Theatre
10/23 DeVotchKa @ Lincoln Center for the Perf. Arts
10/23 Muse, Metric @ Nassau Coliseum
10/24 Muse, Metric @ Prudential Center
10/23 School of Seven Bells @ Santos Party House

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

SOTD: "Red Leaves" - The Giving Tree Band

Pete Yorn: WXPN Live Friday Concert Series

NPR Music has posted a live session from Pete Yorn at WXPN at the World Cafe in Philly. The show includes mostly new songs but some good older tracks like "Strange Condition" and "For Nancy" also make an appearance. Take a listen to the show HERE on NPR's website.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SOTD: "Untitled (Love Song)" - Romany Rye

Here's a track from Romany Rye, these guys will be opening for Dawes on some upcoming dates. I've also included a version for stream/download HERE. Great tune here, hope you enjoy.....

The Romany Rye Tour Dates:

10/22 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
10/23 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Herman Hall
10/24 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack
10/26 - St. Louis, MO - The Gargoyle
10/27 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
11/12 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
11/13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
11/14 - Ames, IA - The Maintenance Shop
11/15 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
11/16 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
11/18 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
11/19 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11/20 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11/21 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club
11/26 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
11/27 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

My Morning Jacket - Letterman Appearances/ NYC Shows

My Morning Jacket will appear on The Late Show With David Letterman tonight. Additionally, they'll be performing an hour long set for "Live on Letterman" which you can watch tonight at 8pm HERE.

Next week the band starts it's five night run at Terminal Five, showcasing a different album each night.

My Morning Jacket Live Dates:

10/18: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/19: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/21: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/22: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/23: New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Monday, October 11, 2010

Kings Of Leon "Come Around Sundown" Album Stream

Head over to the Kings of Leon site HERE to take a listen to their new album, "Come Around Sundown". You can also preorder the album on the site (which comes out 10/19).

SOTD: "Get The Wheel" - Greg Dulli

Here's a good one from Greg Dulli, who you may know from The Afghan Whigs or The Twilight Singers. He'll be playing Bowery Ballroom next Monday night, the 18th as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. Tickets are available HERE.

NYC Area Concerts week of 10/11

10/11 Elf Power @ Terminal 5
10/12 Bowerbirds @ Bowery Ballroom
10/13 The Avett Brothers @ Radio City Music Hall
10/13 Avi Buffalo @ Mercury Lounge
10/13 Deerhoof @ Le Poisson Rouge
10/13 Here We Go Magic, The Love Language @ Bowery Ballroom
10/13-14 Jimmy Eat World, We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Terminal 5
10/13 Rodrigy y Gabriela @ The Wellmont Theatre
10/13 The Thermals, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Irving Plaza
10/14-15 Deerhunter, Real Estate @ Webster Hall
10/15 King Kahn and the Shrines, Golden Triangle @ Santos Party House
10/15-16 Los Campesinos! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/16 Henry Clay People @ Mercury Lounge
10/16 King Khan & The Shrines @ The Bell House
10/16 Seabear @ Highline Ballroom
10/16 The Sword @ Webster Hall
10/16 &17 Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan @ Bowery Ballroom & Music Hall of Williamsburg

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fistful Of Mercy: "As I Call You Down"

The new album from Fistful of Mercy (Ben Harper, Dhani Harrison, Joseph Arthur) titled "As I Call You Down" was released yesterday. I listened to it last night, you can get it HERE.

Also, the band has some upcoming tour dates listed below. More information can be found at their site HERE.

Fistful of Mercy from Fistful of Mercy on Vimeo.

11/09 - Seattle, WA : Showbox at the Market
11/11 - San Francisco, CA : Great American Music Hall
11/13 - Hollywood, CA : Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (early show)
11/13 - Hollywood, CA : Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (late show)
11/14 - Hollywood, CA : Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
11/16 - Washington, DC : Sixth & I
11/17 - NYC : Apollo Theatre
11/18 - Somerville, MA : Somerville Theater
11/20 - Philadelphia, PA : Baptist Temple at Temple University

SOTD: "From Above" - Ben Folds & Nick Hornby

Ben Folds and author Nick Hornby have just put out a new album, "Lonely Avenue". A bit about the album and one of the singles I caught last night below. Might have to pick this album up.

2 Year Anniversary!

First things first for today.... it's our 2 year anniversary! Thanks to all the readers for following along throughout the year. Also thank you for the feedback, comments, email, etc. I read everything and appreciate all the kind words. Here's to another great year!

- Pat

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

SOTD: "The Day Brings" - Brad

This song is a big old but so good (and underrated). If you're a fan of Pearl Jam, chances are that you know Brad as Stone Gossard's other band. They're on tour now and hit the Bowery Ballroom this weekend.

Monday, October 4, 2010

SOTD: "Stranger In The Window" - Elf Power

NYC Area Concerts week of 10/4

10/5 Tim Kasher @ Other Music
10/6 !!!, Fol Chen @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/6 Tim Kasher (of Cursive) @ The Rock Shop
10/6-7 Miike Snow @ Terminal 5
10/7 !!! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/7 Bell X1 @ Le Poisson Rouge (acoustic set)
10/7 Gil Scott-Heron @ BB Kings Blues Club
10/7 The Hold Steady @ Beacon Theatre
10/8 Gorillaz @ MSG
10/8-9 Ratatat, Dom @ Terminal 5
10/9 Olof Arlands @ Joe's Pub