Wednesday, June 30, 2010

SOTD: "I Should Go/Thinking Of You" - Good Old War

Frightened Rabbit - "Confetti"

Here's a cool version of Frightened Rabbit covering the classic Lemonheads song, "Confetti". The original is from the album "It's A Shame About Ray", one of my favorites.

Frightened Rabbit covers The Lemonheads

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

SOTD: "No Longer There" - The Cat Empire

Dead Confederate: The Making of "Sugar"

Here's a cool behind the scenes video of the making of Dead Confederate's new album, "Sugar"......

Monday, June 28, 2010

Subway Shuffle: 6/28/10

Back in NYC, time for a good subway shuffle from today.....


Track #1: Local Natives: "Sticky Thread"
Track #2: Bon Iver: "Blood Bank"
Track #3: Dawes: "Love Is All I Am"
Track #4: The Black Keys: "The Go Getter "
Track #5: Phoenix: "Girlfriend"

SOTD: "Impressions" - Jarrod Gorbel (w/Jaymay & Adam Rubenstein)

NYC Area Concerts week of 6/28

6/29 Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club @ Propsect Park Bandshell
6/30 Akron/Family @ (le) poisson rouge
6/30 Delta Spirit @ Bowery Ballroom
6/30 Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club, We Were Proomised Jetpacks @ Governors Island
7/1 Delta Spirit @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
7/2-4 The Feelies @ Maxwell's
7/2 Faith No More @ Williamsburg Waterfront
7/4 She & Him @ Governor's Island
7/4 Old '97s @ South Street Seaport

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

SOTD: "Long Way Down" - Goo Goo Dolls

This is a real old song, before the Goos transitioned into a more mainstream sound. Hadn't heard it forever but it came on at the gym yesterday.

Monday, June 21, 2010

SOTD: "Them Shoes" - Patrick Sweany

My buddy Rob sent me this track last week. Real cool sound and it turns out that this album was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

NYC Area Concerts week of 6/21

6/21 Indian Jewelry w/ Effi Briest @ Mercury Lounge
6/23 Punch Brothers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/24 Silversun Pickups w/ Against Me!/Henry Clay People @ the Wellmont Theatre (Montclair, NJ)
6/24 Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club @ Prospect Park Bandshell
6/24 Wavves, Cloud Nothings, DOM @ Knitting Factory (Brooklyn)
6/24 Au Revoir Simone, The Hundred in the Hands @ Warsaw
6/24 Silversun Pickups, Against Me! @ The Wellmont Theatre
6/24 Thao Nguyen, Mirah Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/25 Real Estate, Woods @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/25 Silversun Pickups, Against Me!, Henry Clay People @ Williamsburg Waterfront
6/25 Voxtrot, Home Video @ Bowery Ballroom
6/25 The Fiery Furnaces @ Brooklyn Bowl
6/26 Memory Tapes / Twin Sister / DOM / ZAZA @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/27 Matt Pond PA / Wintersleep @ Bowery Ballroom
6/27 Islands @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/27 Les Savy Fav, Polvo @ Newtown Barge Park

Friday, June 18, 2010

SOTD: "Hello Seattle" - Owl City

This recommendation comes to us from Matt from CT.

Deer Tick on Letterman: "Baltimore Blues No. 1"

If you missed it earlier this week, Deer Tick made their network television debut on Letterman with "Baltimore Blues No. 1". Pretty awesome.....

Thursday, June 17, 2010

SOTD: "M79" - Vampire Weekend

Here's a recommendation from Seanna from Houston, TX. Great tune from Vampire Weekend!

Wah Do Dem: Sean Bones & Norah Jones

I want to check this out. Love Sean Bones' album "Rings", great summer tunes.

Wah Do Dem from sam fleischner on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

SOTD: "Draw Your Swords" - Angus and Julia Stone

This track comes to us from Bethany from Houston, TX. Hadn't heard of this group before but love this tune.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

SOTD: "All I Need To Know" - The Pineapple Thief

This song comes recommended by Susanne from Germany.

Monday, June 14, 2010

SOTD: "Bartolomeo And The Buzzing Of Bees" - Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

This week all the Songs Of The Day will come from reader suggestions. Kicking us off is a great tune from Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. This one comes from my old high school buddy Tom (@tcsoper on twitter). Love this track.

NYC Area Concerts week of 6/14

6/15 John Butler Trio, State Radio @ Central Park Summerstage
6/15 First Aid Kit @ Mercury Lounge
6/16 The National @ Radio City Music Hall
6/16 Blitzen Trapper @ Webster Hall
6/17 Secret Cities, Purse Snatchers @ Littlefield
6/19 Frog Eyes, Beach Fossils @ Mercury Lounge
6/19 The New Pornographers, The Dodos, The Dutchess & The Duke @ Terminal 5
6/20 Band of Horses, Grizzly Bear @ Williamsburg Waterfront

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

SOTD Reader Submissions: Week of 6/14

Next week I've got some commitments that are going to take me away from my music research, so I thought what better time to get some SOTD submissions from YOU, the readers/listeners.

Simply send me a song (youtube link preferably) and if you want to write anything about the song, band, etc. I'll include it in the post. Please include your name and where you're from so I can list that also. You can either email the song to me at "" or send it to me on twitter if that's easier.

I'll pick 5-10 entries for the week and put them up on the site. Thanks for reading along, really appreciate it and all the feedback I've received.


Bonus SOTD: "Too Afraid To Love You" - The Black Keys (Live in Studio)

Here's a bonus SOTD for today from The Black Keys, a live in studio version of "Too Afraid To Love You"!

SOTD: "Twenty Miles" - Deer Tick

Here's a good one from Deer Tick's latest album, "The Black Dirt Sessions"....

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

SOTD: "Sick of Myself" - Matthew Sweet

Here's an oldie but goodie that I heard on my way to work yesterday, great tune!

The Gaslight Anthem: "American Slang" Stream

NPR is streaming the new album from The Gaslight Anthem, "American Slang". You can take a listen to it HERE all week.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Never Gonna Give You Up

The Black Keys have a fantastic version of this song on their new album "Brothers". The original was written by Jerry Butler back in 1968. Both can be found below.....

NYC Area Concerts week of 6/7

6/7 Camera Obscura @ Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom
6/7 La Roux @ Terminal 5
6/8 Here We Go Magic, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, War On Drugs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/9 Plants and Animals w/ Lost in the Trees @ Bowery Ballroom
6/10 Jamie Lidell @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/10 Junip (Jose Gonzalez, Elias Araya & Tobias Winterkorn) @ Bowery Ballroom
6/11 Holly Golightly & the Broke-Offs @ Mercury Lounge
6/11 CocoRosie w/ Diane Cluck @ Terminal 5
6/12 The Phenomenal Handclap Band @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/12 Trashcan Sinatras @ Maxwell's

SOTD: "These Days" - The Black Keys

Here's a new one from The Black Keys. This might be my favorite track off their new album "Brothers" but it's a tough call, a really good album.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

SOTD: "Lalita" - The Love Language

Dawes: Daytrotter Barnstormer II Session

Daytrotter has posted another excellent session from their vaults, this time a performance by Dawes from the Barnstormer II Tour on Oct. 8, 2009. You can stream the entire 9 song session for free and download it for $5. Take a listen right HERE.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

SOTD: "Quicksand" - La Roux

Outside Lands 2010 Lineup

The lineup for Outside Lands 2010 was announced yesterday and they've got some strong headliners including Kings of Leon, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, and Phoenix. Some nice bands on the undercard too... Gogol Bordello, Dawes, The Whigs, and Tokyo Police Club.

The show will take place on August 14-15 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA> You can purchase tickets HERE.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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

Pearl Jam 5/18 Newark & 5/20 MSG Recap

"Buona Sera, won’t be long before we
All walk off the wire
I’m gonna see my friend,.. I'm gonna see my friend
for what I require”

- Pearl Jam, “Gonna See My Friend”

Pearl Jam was in town last week and the words above probably better tell the story of my relationship with the band, their music and other fans than any original way I could write it. Pearl Jam to me is like an old friend that I’ve grown up with, one of the only constants in my life from my freshman year in high school until the present day. I’ve traveled extensively to see the band throughout North America and met many friends along the way. Some I’ve stayed in touch with, others I haven’t spoken to in years but we all share a passion for the band and especially their live performances. These were my 35th and 36th Pearl Jam shows since I first got to see the band in 1994 and I was just as excited as I was going years ago.

The first show I was going to hit was at The Prudential Center (aka “The Rock”) in Newark, NJ. After getting home from work, I quickly changed and jumped on a NJ Transit train from Penn Station over to NJ. I was fortunate enough to get Ten Club (The PJ fanclub) tickets and thought I’d have a pretty good chance at some nice seats since I got shut out for both shows at MSG. Turns out I was right, 19th row on the aisle in front of guitarist Stone Gossard…… as the woman in the ticket booth said when she opened the envelope, “Wow”.

I got my tickets and proceeded across the street to a local watering hole while I waited for my buddy TR who was coming up from Philly. I was glad I was taking T to this show after he had worked some magic getting tickets late last year to the epic final shows of the Spectrum in Philadelphia. T showed up and we met up with my other buddies John and Chris and some of their friends ( this is what PJ shows have turned into for me….. always a good time reuniting with friends from all over). After a couple hours of pre-gaming we walked the few steps back over to the arena.

Opening this show was Band of Horses who I was excited to see for the first time. I thought they sounded great and Eddie Vedder even showed up to sing along with Ben Bridwell and close out their set. After a short while, Eddie returned to the stage with the rest of Pearl Jam behind him. The full setlist is below but highlights for me were a couple rarities, “Alone”, “Brother”, and “Footsteps”….. three songs that are rarely heard and take me back to the early 90s. The other highlights were “Immortality” (one of my favorite PJ songs) and “State of Love & Trust” (a high energy rocker off the “Singles” movie soundtrack). Ben returned a the end to join Pearl Jam in a very cool version of "All Along The Watchtower". The show was a little over two hours and I left happy and excited to try to score a ticket for MSG later in the week.

5/18/10 SETLIST: Of The Girl, Brain Of J, Do The Evolution, The Fixer, Alone, Amongst The Waves, Immortality, In Hiding, Even Flow, Insignificance, Supersonic, Brother, Glorified G, Daughter/Blitzkrieg Bop (The Ramones)/WMA, Unthought Known, Leatherman, Lukin, Once

1st encore: Just Breathe, Footsteps, Inside Job, Got Some, Go

2nd encore: Jersey Girl (Tom Waits), You Are, Whipping, Life Wasted, Alive, Indifference, All Along The Watchtower with Ben Bridwell (Dylan)



On Wednesday night I got a call from my old buddy Keith (a friend from college) with an extra ticket to the Thursday night show at MSG. I couldn’t have been more excited, after getting shutout in the presale, I just wanted to get into the building for the show. Keith actually took me to my favorite concert of all time (not just PJ, any band)….. Pearl Jam at Randall’s Island 9/29/96…… a legendary 3+ hour performance. Anyways, I met Keith next to The Garden and we hung out with my brother Andy and our buddies JR and Rich for a bit before we took off for the show.

We made sure to get in early to check out the opener, “The Black Keys”, who were only opening this one show on the tour. I’ve seen these guys a couple times now and they’re really impressive, an excellent live band. My seats were in the 300s so I snuck down to sit with Andy in the 100s, just to the side of the stage. The group sounded great and the crowd that showed up early gave them a nice reception, even standing and applauding towards the end of the last song, “I Got Mine”. I grabbed a video of that performance below.


Pearl Jam came on a short while later and opened with “Sometimes” a slow track off the album “No Code” (Keith called this as the opener a couple hours before showtime…. Well done). There were many highlights of this set with great energy in the building and the crowd singing along to old songs and new ones. A couple of the new songs, namely “The Fixer” and “Unthought Known” have quickly become fan favorites…… I happen to love both tracks. As for older tracks, I loved “Last Exit”, “I Got ID (Shit)” and “Once”. One funny part of the night being in the 300 section you’ll have some people really into the show and others not so much. There was a guy two rows behind us that was rockin’ out the whole time and loved that we were going hard too so we ended up grabbing a picture together (below). Don’t know the guy’s name but thanks for bringing some energy to our section!

PEARL JAM @ MSG 5/20/10


The night concluded with "Indifference" and we went on our way, another satisfied group of customers. As usual, I can’t wait for the next tour, and the friends I’ll see once again.

5/20/10 SETLIST: Sometimes, Breakerfall, Last Exit, Animal, The Fixer, Severed Hand, Small Town, I Am Mine, Comatose, Force Of Nature, Even Flow, Low Light, Down, I Got ID, Army Reserve (dedicated to Lt. Colonel John McDonough), Insignificance, Unthought Known, Do The Evolution

1st encore: The End (with string quartet), Lukin (with string quartet), Just Breathe (with string quartet), You Are, Love, Reing O’er Me (Townshend) [Ed has crowd wish Pete Townshend “Happy Birthday”], State Of Love And Trust, Once, Porch

2nd encore: Jeremy, Leash, Mankind, Crazy Mary (Williams), I Believe In Miracles (Ramone, Ray) [dedicated to Joey Ramone], Alive, Indifference

Here's some additional pics & videos from the shows.......






BLACK KEYS @ MSG 5/20/10