Monday, October 31, 2011

SOTD: "Lost In My Mind" - The Head & The Heart (Letterman performance)

This is easily one of the best TV performances I've ever seen, The Head & The Heart owned this performance on Letterman a few nights ago.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

SOTD: "Lonely Boy" - The Black Keys

Awesome new song and video from the Black Keys....

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Boxer Rebellion - "The Runner" (Live in London)

The Boxer Rebellion recently posted a video of their performance of "The Runner", Filmed at London's Shepherds Bush Empire On September 29, 2011.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ben Folds @ Apple Store (Soho, NYC) - Thursday 10/20

Earlier tonight, I swung by the Soho Apple Store to see Ben Folds perform. Ben is out promoting his latest release, "The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective", which features live clips, b-sides, demos, etc. throughout Ben's career as a solo artist along with his band, Ben Folds Five.

I'd guess there were about 200 people there or so and Ben came out and immediately went right to the piano and played "Best Imitation of Myself", "Still Fighting It" (a favorite of mine) and "One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces". I thought he sounded great although it was kind of a strange setting with a lot of background noise as the room was still busy with people shopping throughout the store.

The next part featured Ben and the artist who painted the cover (sorry, I couldn't quite get his name) getting asked a few questions from a moderator. The artist spoke how he actually bought a piano and destroyed it with a sledgehammer to complete his painting (album cover).

He also told a funny story about years ago loving Ben's music and creating a painting for him. He showed up to a concert in Dallas and met Ben's tour manager who brought him backstage after the show to give it to Ben. He said the funniest thing he remembered was that Ben was so excited that he yelled over to his mom (who happened to be on tour at that time) and how the artist was thinking, "wow, this is really backstage at a rock n' roll concert".... that got a bunch of laughs from the crowd.

Ben spoke a bit about putting together the album and how he had salvaged some old tapes from a flood down in Nashville where he had a whole piano damaged in his storage locker along with many tapes (he also mentioned his locker was next to Keith Urban who had a bunch of guitar damage). Ben also spoke about reuniting with his old bandmates Robert and Darren and how all three had written songs for the retrospective. There was a funny moment when one of stereos or sound docks in the store went off as somebody was playing with it, I think Ben made a pretty funny comment like, "that's messed up, we asked for french horns right there." Real funny guy.

After that there was an audience Q&A but I had to take off so I didn't hear that part. Probably the strangest thing that I heard was a woman next to me describing him as "a judge on some music tv show". I guess that's how some people identify him today but it's just weird to me since I've never seen the show and honestly totally forgot he was even on TV. Ben is and has been one of my favorite singer-songwriters since high school in the mid 90s and I've always thought the guy was jus such a unique talent. Going to his shows were almost like going to a Broadway show, something really different and just a very cool experience. This was my first time seeing Ben live in about five years but it was awesome to hear him play again, he's truly a special talent and it was a great opportunity to see him in a small setting.

REM - "Country Feedback" (Later With Jools Holland) 1998

I just had to post this version because I came across it earlier tonight. "Country Feedback" is one of my all time favorite songs and I had read people talking about this amazing version from Later With Jools Holland in 1998, but I never heard it. Looks like somebody recently uploaded the audio to youtube. Incredible stuff, this is just awesome......

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds East Coast Dates

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds have announced a couple east coast tour dates, from the DMB Warehouse site.....

Dave and Tim Announce Two East Coast Acoustic Shows
We are pleased to announce that Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will play on Friday, November 18th at the United Palace Theatre in New York City, NY and on Saturday, November 19th at Toyota Presents Oakdale in Wallingford, CT. The New York City performance will be a charity concert. Fans will be given the unique opportunity to help create a better world, by directing the full value of their NYC ticket purchase to the charity of their choice through

Warehouse Ticketing Request Period open WED OCT. 19 at 10am ET through TUE OCT. 25 at 10am ET
Public On Sale FRI OCT. 28 at 10am ET

Warehouse Ticketing Request Period open THU OCT. 20 at 10 am ET through THU OCT. 27 at 10am ET
Public On Sale SAT 0CT. 29 at 10am ET

SOTD: "Sirens" - The Pack A.D.

Found out about this group yesterday, pretty cool tune.....

Ben Folds @ Apple Store (Soho, NYC) - Thursday 10/20

Ben Folds will be appearing at the Soho Apple Store in NYC on Thursday night from 7-8pm, here's more info from their site.....

Join us for this special performance as we welcome Ben Folds to the Apple Store. Ben’s sound and sensibility evoke the essence of classic pop, with an infusion of energy and wit. Hear Ben play, and enjoy cuts from his career-spanning album, The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective. Ben will be joined by Opie Otterstad, renowned artist and designer of Ben’s latest album cover, for a discussion of how the music influenced the cover art. Wristbands required for entry are available at the Apple Store on October 19.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Caveman - "Great Life"

Check out this awesome video of Caveman performing "Great Life" with nine additional drummers.....

Caveman "Great Life" is from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

SOTD: "Main Street" - Deer Tick (on Letterman)

Video of Deer Tick's great performance of "Main Street" from Letterman last night...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Deer Tick on Letterman tonight!

Deer Tick will be performing on Letterman tonight, playing "Main Street" from their new album, Divine Providence (Partisan), to be released October 24

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Chamberlin: Cabin Covers EP

Chamberlin recently released their "Cabin Covers EP", where they had fans vote on various covers they wanted to hear. The band decided to release the EP with proceeds going to the flood relief efforts in Vermont. Below you'll see a video for one of the tracks, a cover of Passion Pit's "Little Secrets" along with a stream of the EP under that. For more details on the EP and to download your own copy and support this cause, visit the Chamberlin site HERE.

cabincoversep by chamberlinband

TYPHOON: "BFF" Fall Tour & Daytrotter Session

Typhoon has announced the "BFF" fall tour alongside Wild Ones and Youth. Take a look at the video below featuring music from all three bands (Youth - "Everything"; Wild Ones - "You're a Winner"; Typhoon - "Claws Pt 1") and upcoming tour dates (also listed below).

Typhoon.Wild Ones.Youth - BFF Tour 2011 from Matthew Ross on Vimeo.

2011.10.31 | salem, or | ike box
2011.11.02 | sacramento, ca | luigi's
2011.11.03 | san francisco, ca | bottom of the hill
2011.11.04 | santa barbara, ca | the savoy
2011.11.05 | los angeles, ca | the satellite
2011.11.08 | denver, co | hi dive
2011.11.09 | laramie, wy | union ballroom @ u of w
2011.11.11 | missoula, mt | the palace lougne
2011.11.12 | seattle, wa | the tractor tavern

In addition, Daytrotter recently released a session with the band from their fantastic site. Setlist listed below, take a listen right HERE.

1. Welcome to Daytrotter
2. Common Sentiment
3. Cpr/Claws Pt. II
4. Kitchen Tiles
5. Green

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pearl Jam - "Mother" (Pink Floyd)

On Friday night, Pearl Jam covered Pink Floyd's "Mother" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Eddie Vedder & Liam Finn - "Habit" & "I See Red"

Eddie Vedder showed up at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle the other night at Liam Finn's concert to join him on stage for a couple of songs. The first track is "Habit" a great tune off Pearl Jam's album "No Code". The second song is an old tune called "I See Red" by the Split Enz.

Watch this awesome performance below.....