Saturday, December 29, 2012

50 Favorite Songs of 2012



In what's become an annual tradition, I've put together my favorite 50 songs of 2012. I've tried to really mix it up this year, including a little something for everyone. You've got Rock, Rap, R&B, Folk, Blues, Male singers, Female singers, Uptempo tracks, slow tracks, etc.... hopefully something you can find that you like.

I think it's really been a great year for music, wasn't easy compiling this throughout the year but hopefully it came out pretty well. I've listed the song, album, some lyrics and a video link for every song. I changed the format a bit this year but just putting all fifty songs into one post but think it's better that way. Hope you enjoy!


"Forever" - Haim (From the album, "Forever")

One of the songs I got into early in 2012, love the sound of this track. Still haven't been able to check out their live show but I've heard nothing but good things from friends that have. Look for big things from these girls in 2013.

Forever we tried to make it right,
Together we saw the end in sight,
I'm tired of fighting the good fight,
If you say the word then I'll say goodbye.





"On Your Way" - Alabama Shakes (From the album, "Boys & Girls")

I included some Alabama Shakes songs in my list last year as I had gotten my hands on their EP in 2011. Their full length album came out early in 2012 and I thought it only right to include a track from Boys & Girls. This is one of my favorites....

On your way to to the promised land, did you say
"Oh, she was such a friend"?
Then they took you higher and
I don't know if I can follow...





"Brothers" - Tanlines (From the album, "Mixed Emotions")

What a cool album this is, one of my favorites from 2012. Spent a ton of time listening to these guys this year. Hard to pick my favorites as you'll see two tracks show up in my top 50 but probably could have included three or four. Cool song, cool video to boot.

Take a chance, make a choice, you couldn't not look.
Indecision overload is only chance figures.
Change my mind, make mistakes, and put it past them.
Raise the bar, set the course.





"Empty House" - Delta Spirit (From the album, "Delta Spirit")

I've read a handful of top albums or top songs of 2012 and this is an album I haven't seen mentioned anywhere. Not sure if it's because it came out so early in the year but it's one of my favorites of 2012, definitely deserves a mention. Got to see these guys play in Brooklyn during the release of this album and they were excellent.

How could one little speck
Make a difference to the rest
Well it doesn't, no one cared
Except me





"Alone" - Trampled By Turtles (From the album, "Stars & Satellites")

Here's another real underrated album, have only seen this mentioned on a couple lists. I've seen these guys two years running now at the Newport Folk Festival and they're an excellent band. This is my favorite track off their latest album which came out earlier this year, the last minute and a half are just fantastic.

The days and nights are killing me
The light and dark are still in me
But there's an anger on the beach
So let the wind blow hard
And wear the falling stars
Ohhh





"Fire's Highway" - Japandroids (From the album, "Celebration Rock")

One of my toughest choices, and I only say that because I feel like I could have picked almost any song from this album. My favorite album of the year, just one awesome song after another.

I got to see these guys a couple weeks ago at Webster Hall and it was everything I expected and more, what a fantastic show. If you don't have this album, please go get it, you won't be disappointed.

Hearts from hell collide
On fire's highway tonight
We dreamed it, now we know





"Age of Worry" - John Mayer (From the album, "Born and Raised")

John went in a different direction on this album, leaning more towards a folk & country sound, a bit of a change from his previous work. There's some really strong songwriting on this album and I think this is one of the better tracks.

Don't be scared to walk alone
Don't be scared to like it
There's no time that you must be home
So sleep where darkness falls





"Mountain Sound" - Of Monsters and Men (From the album, "My Head Is An Animal"

This debut from Of Monsters and Men was one of my favorites from 2012. It was one of the earlier releases this year but I found myself coming back to it time and again throughout the year. I honestly could have probably put four or five songs on this list but kept it to just two. Really an excellent album and also a very, very good live group, got to see them at the Newport Folk Festival and they absolutely delivered a great show.

Some had scars, and some had scratches
It made me wonder about their past
And as I looked around, I began to notice
That we were nothing like the rest





"Handwritten" - The Gaslight Anthem (From the album, "Handwritten")

This group writes some great rock tracks, this being my favorite from their latest album. One of the few groups I've yet to see live, need to get around to that sometime soon as I've heard their live show is excellent.

I know there's someone out there feeling just like I feel
I know they're waiting up, I know they're waiting to heal
And I've been holding my breath
Are you holding your breath
For too many years to count?
Too many years to count





"Hit Me Up" - Sean Bones (From the album, "Buzzards Boy")

I stumbled across Sean Bones' music a few years ago and have been listening pretty consistently since. The feel of a lot of his songs makes me think of sitting on a beach drinking a cold beer, but if you get into his lyrics, most of the material is much more serious, which makes for an interesting dynamic. I got this track sent to me early in 2012 and it stuck in my rotation throughout the year.

and on your expedition
you found the good in me
dark into the rocks and blew all the dust off





"American Royalty" - Childish Gambino ft. Rza & Hypnotic Brass Orchestra (From the album, "Royalty")

One of the things that's really stumped me this year is that I've read a bunch of "favorite songs and albums" lists and I don't think I've seen this album mentioned once. I don't know if it's because Childish Gambino put it out for free or not but this was one of my favorites of 2012. Another album I could have easily picked four or five tracks but a couple really stood out to me.

This album is LOADED with guest appearances (and a wide range of artists as you'll see later in my top 50). I've been a Wu-Tang fan for years so hearing Rza on this track was just awesome, love the horns, love the tempo, one of the better tracks this year.

This Oxycontin carbon monox' and toxic concExplainoction
Collapse your brain cells, they swell from lack of oxygen
Leave the opposition stuck, without a pot to piss in
Hockin', spitting up blood, shark by sharp precision





"Sex" - The 1975 (From the EP "Sex")

I just recently found out about this band but I can say since the first listen, this track has been on constant rotation. Really cool sound, reminds me a bit of Jimmy Eat World and this track is just very catchy, I also like how simple the video is. Think I'll be listening to The 1975 quite a bit into 2013 and hopefully they'll make a trip over from England to play some shows in the US.

Now we're on the bed in my room and I'm about to fill his shoes
But you say no
Do You say no?
Does he take care of you? Or could I easily fill his shoes
But you say no,
You say no





"Purple" - California Wives (From the album, "Art History")

I've seen this album mentioned a couple other places so I'm glad that others have been enjoying it, a very good album from start to finish, several strong songs. This is my favorite from Art History but I recommend checking out this whole album if you get a chance.

Standing next to a friend saying things that you never should’ve said
If I keep lookin’ at you, will you cut me in two?





"Mourning Train To Memphis" - Christopher Paul Stelling (From the album, "Songs of Praise and Scorn")

What a great, great song this is. I think this might have been the first album I got my hands on in 2012 but I have played it all year long. I saw Christopher Paul Stelling perform early in the year at the Mercury Lounge and as good as this album is, he was even better live. Extremely strong songwriting, this is such excellent music.

I typically link to a studio version of the song below but had to link to a live cut just so you could see how talented this guy is.

ain’t it a shame all the people on this earth they have to die,
i don’t need no alibis the feelings only sane,
and i know that tomorrow, yes tomorrow i just might cry- it feels right
to say goodbye, tomorrow it’ll come like rain
tomorrow I’m leaving for memphis on the mourning train.





"Feud" - Band of Horses (From the album, "Mirage Rock")

This is one of the standouts from Band of Horses' latest album. I got to see the band perform a couple weeks ago and this track was great in concert (actually the whole show was pretty awesome, very good live band).

Give a little money and a house and the car
Filling up your pockets but it's all that you got





"Red Rose in the Cold Winter Ground" - The Dig (From the album, "Midnight Flowers")

This is a track that most people probably aren't too familiar with. I was sent this album fairly early in the year and there's quite a few good songs on it. Not really sure who I'd compare the band too, this song kind of reminds me of a darker Coldplay in some respects.

I started out on the frozen path
With the sun sinking down
Hole in my heart on the empty road





"Only Son of the Ladiesman" - Father John Misty (From the album, "Fear Fun")

If I were to actually rank these fifty songs, this one would be in my top five for the year. Absolutely LOVE this track, especially the lyrics and vocals. This is one of those albums that you actually pull out the liner notes and follow along, really strong songwriting.

I'm linking a live Letterman performance below because I think you can really get into the strength of the vocals and it was the first thing that sold me on Father John Misty. Not to mention, the theatrics crack me up.

I'm a steady hand, I'm a Dodger's fan
I'm a leading brand of a one night stand
I'm a ladiesman

Oh some ladiesman





"In A Big City" - Titus Andronicus (From the album, "Local Business")

I feel like Joe Strummer would like this song if he was still with us. Reminds me at times of something that the Mescaleros might have put out. Great tune.

When I know life begins at the moment of consumptions
So taxing on the dollars and the sense of deduction
And every cent I ever earned, I spend and I would again





"Swimming Pools" - Kendrick Lamar (From the album, "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City")

This is a song and album that's gotten a lot of praise and I'm in full agreement. I feel like this is something that could have come out back in the mid-90s and been just as good.

Some people like thExplaine way it feels
Some people wanna kill their sorrows
Some people wanna fit in with the popular
That was my problem





"Emmylou" - First Aid Kit (From the album, "The Lion's War")

One of the more beautiful songs I heard this year, wonderful harmonies by these sisters from Sweden. I got the chance to see them at the Newport Folk Festival this past summer and they were as good as advertised.

Now so much I know that things just don't grow
If you don't bless them with your patience





"Closer" - Tegan & Sara (From the album, "Heartthrob")

This is the first single off Tegan and Sara's new album that's slated for an early 2013 release. This is just a fun, catchy song and really pretty different than a lot of their previous material.

The lights turned off and the sun if finally setting
The night sky is changing overhead





"Pyramids" - Frank Ocean (From the album, "Channel Orange")

If you've been reading this site or saw last year's list, you know how big a fan I am of Frank Ocean's work. He continues just put out some of the best music around and did so again in 2012. I've seen this album listed all over the place in terms this year's favorites. A huge follow-up to "Nostalgia, ULTRA", this album is easily one of the best of the year.

"Pyramids" was one of the first releases off the album and it's probably my favorite. Throw in a nice guitar solo at the end courtesy of John Mayer and this song (and album) is a big time winner in 2012.

We'll run to the future, shining like diamonds
In a rocky world, rocky-rocky world





"Give Out" - Sharon Van Etten (From the album, "Tramp")

I wasn't too familiar with Sharon Van Etten until this past summer when I saw her open for Deer Tick at one of their Newport Folk Afterparty shows at the Newport Blues Cafe. I was pretty impressed with her performance so I looked up her album when I got home and have been listening since. This is another album that seems to be showing up on a lot of best of 2012 lists.

You're the reason why I'll move to the city
you're why I'll need to leave.





"Take a Walk" - Passion Pit (From the album, "Gossamer")

This song seems to be just about everywhere... commercials, tv shows, etc. No complaints from me, just another solid showing from Passion Pit.

Now I work to bring my family stateside.
Got off the boat, they stayed a while
then scattered 'cross the coast.
Once a year I'll see them for a week or so at most





"Truth" - Bloc Party (From the album, "Four")

Bloc Party is a band that I've been into for years now and I can always find some songs that I really like with each new album. This was the track that stood out to me as soon as I heard it. I've linked a live acoustic clip below that I think is just a great version of this song.

It burnt the stain
Left on my mind
Our hearts, our hearts, they beat
A quarter tone apart





"Three White Horses" - Andrew Bird (From the album, "Hands of Glory")

I have some friends who have tried to sell me on Andrew Bird for quite awhile now and I had just never really taken the time to sit down and listen to his work.... until about a month ago. I have to say that I was really impressed and actually struggled a bit trying to pick one song for this list as there were several I liked. This one seemed to stand out for me though.

Don't dismiss it like it's easy
Tell me what's so easy
'Bout coming to say goodbye





"The House That Heaven Built" - Japandroids (From the album, "Celebration Rock")

The second appearance by Japandroids on this list and like I said earlier, probably could have included two or three more songs. Love this song and the video is pretty cool too.

When they love you, and they will
Tell em all theyll love in my shadow
And if they try to slow you down
Tell em all to go to hell





"Leading Me Now" - The Tallest Man on Earth, (From the album "There's No Leaving Now")

This is an artist I had known about for awhile but finally got into this year. I unfortunately missed his set at the Newport Folk Festival but have gone back and watched some of the online clips and he was excellent. This is a really solid album and here's probably my favorite track.

And every time we wonder
What we left back in your heart
Could you see we're dreaming
Know our minds just fall apart
But we will end up somehow
With a peaceful mind
And you're leading me now





"Not the Same" - Tanlines (From the album, "Mixed Emotions")

Another appearance from Tanlines on the list, like I said earlier, this is just a solid album with several strong tracks.

Tell everyone, we haven't changed
Tell everyone, we're not the same





"Ghosts" - On and On (From the album, "Give In")

Last year I got into a band out of Chicago named Scattered Trees who had put out a really good album in 2011. I hadn't heard much from them this year but recently came across some information that the band had broken up and some of the members had formed a new band, On and On. They released this single and On and On's full album is due to in early 2013. This is a very strong first release, I'm looking forward to hearing the whole album in the near future.

I was on the verge to scream
when you, wouldn't scream about anything





"Home Again" - Michael Kiwanuka (From the album, "Home Again")

I first heard Michael Kiwanuka early in 2012 and have written about him quite a bit throughout the year. This is another really solid debut album with several songs that could have easily made this list. I think "Home Again" is the best track on the album and also seemed like a fan favorite when I got to see him at the Highline Ballroom a few months ago.

Home again
Home again
One day I know
I'll feel home again





"Sweater Weather" - The Neighbourhood (From the EP, "I'm Sorry...")

This is a group I only discovered recently when a friend emailed telling me to check them out. Really liking what I've heard from them so far, this track is catchy as anything I've heard this year.

And if I may,
Just take your breath away.
I don’t mind if there’s not much to say,
Sometimes silence guides our minds to move to a place so far away.





"California" - Delta Spirit (From the album, "Delta Spirit")

Another good one from the Delta Spirit self titled release, definitely recommend picking this album up.

all of the feelings that I know you never felt,
and all of the simple words you never said,
I want you to keep them like a secret to yourself, they’re not for me.





"Bright Lights" - Gary Clark Jr. (From the album, "Blak and Blue")

This one's for the blues fans out there, what a great sound coming from Gary Clark Jr. He's been getting a lot of positive press lately and after seeing him twice this summer, I can say that it's well deserved. This guy puts on a hell of a live show and is really something to see if you get the opportunity.

Since the minute I first heard this song I loved the sound, knew this would make my list months ago. I had to include a live clip below, the studio version almost doesn't do it justice.

Woke up in New York City
Lying on the floor





"Violet Rays" - Smashing Pumpkins (From the album, "Oceania")

This is one that surprised me a bit when I was going through songs from this year. I hadn't bought anything from the Smashing Pumpkins in years but I do love their older work. This track just caught my ear and I've listened to it quite a bit throughout the year. Nice to get some good material from Billy Corgan and the Pumpkins.

In magic no heart’s lost




"Spitting Image" - Freelance Whales (From the album, "Diluvia")

This is a band that I like quite a bit, really enjoyed their first album and this is a strong follow-up. It seems like they've continued a similar sound from the first album and it's something that really works, love the layers of percussion in their music. Also, another group that puts on a good live show.

we all seem to have big plans




"Breakers" - Local Natives (From the album, "Hummingbird")

This is the first single off Local Natives new album which is slated for a January 2013 release. I absolutely loved their first album, "Gorilla Manor" so this is probably the release I'm most looking forward to in 2013. "Breakers" sounds like it could have been on the first album, seems like they're picking up right where they left off. Can't wait to hear the rest.

Breathing out
Hoping to breathe in
I know nothing's wrong, but I'm not convinced
I can let it happen, just let it happen
Just don't think so much, don't think so much





"Little Talks" - Of Monsters and Men (From the album, "My Head Is An Animal")

Another great song off the debut album from Of Monsters and Men, like how this track showcases both the male and female lead vocals.

You're gone, gone, gone away,
I watched you disappear.
All that's left is a ghost of you.
Now we're torn, torn, torn apart,
there's nothing we can do,
Just let me go, we'll meet again soon.





"State Hospital" - Frightened Rabbit (From the EP, "State Hospital")

I always like hearing new material from Frightened Rabbit, I'm a big fan of their songwriting. Here's another strong single off their latest EP.

Her heart beats like a breeze block thrown down the stairs
Her blood is thicker than concrete forced to be brave she was, born into a grave





"Common Sentiments" - Typhoon (From the album, "White Lighter")

This song is slated to be on Typhoon's upcoming album in 2013. I think it may be my favorite this year, have listened to it too many times to count. There's a short album teaser on their website which you can see HERE.

If you haven't heard of these guys, do yourself a favor and check them out immediately. Probably my favorite new band over the last couple of years. They play with about ten (or more) people on stage and it's just an awesome show. Their music is layered with percussion, horns, multiple guitars... just a really full sound. Absolutely a favorite of mine, excellent band.

I thought it was safe for me and my own,
I began hearing these voices in the dial tone.
And they come to me now, though I dismember my phone.





"Heartbreak on the 101" - Band of Horses (From the album, "Mirage Rock")

You ever see a band in concert and they play a song that really comes to life in that setting so you revisit it on the album version? That's kind of how this track caught me, I really dug the live version so I've been getting more and more into it. I feel like it's got a bit of a Lou Reed/Velvet Underground vibe.

I know it's old but I was caught out in the rain
So I rested under a bridge
I made some new friends
And I wept, and I wept





"Paddling Out" - Miike Snow (From the album, "Happy To You")


Miike Snow has some really cool songs, I've gotten into them over the last couple years, finally getting to see them in concert a few months ago. This is my favorite from their latest album.

You say isn’t it hard?
Paddling out, paddling out





"Silk Pillow" - Childish Gambino featuring Beck (From the album, "Royalty")

Another awesome track off this great album... Childish Gambino & Beck?!?!?! What a collaboration, absolutely love this track.

Sigh you lose face, disgraced, God forbid you
Fall off of the face of the Earth to chase
The black hole of what you thought it was worth today





"Ho Hey" - The Lumineers (From the album, "The Lumineers")

This is another song that has appeared in a bunch of places this year but you can understand why, just a great catchy tune.

(Ho) I don’t know where I belong (Hey)
I don’t know where I went wrong





"Lover of the Light" - Mumford & Sons (From the album, "Babel")

This song is pretty much in line with most of the other tracks that Mumford is known for but I give it extra points for featuring Idris Elba in a starring role in the video. (What can I say?... I'm a big Stringer Bell/Luther fan).

I know I tried
I was not stable
And flawed by pride
I miss my sanguine eyes
So hold my hands up — breathe in and breathe out





"Feel So Close" - Calvin Harris (From the album, "18 Months")

This track is probably a little bit different than most of the stuff I typically listen to but it always comes on my pandora station and I catch myself jamming out every time. Cool song.

I wear my heart upon my sleeve, like a big deal




"Thinkin Bout You" - Frank Ocean (From the album, "Channel Orange")

Whenever I hear this track, I forget that it's on this album. Probably because I think I heard it live a while back and usually associate it with "Nostalgia, ULTRA" but either way, another huge song from Frank Ocean.

We'll go down this road
'Til it turns from color to black and white





"Chum" - Earl Sweatshirt (From the single - "Chum")

Staying with the Odd Future theme, I got into this track real late in the year, probably about a month ago or so. Love Earl's style though, such a simple beat but his lyrics and storytelling bring it to life. Definitely want to hear more from him in 2013.

Nothing was fucking awesome, trying to make it from the bottom
His sins feeling as hard as Vince Carter's knee cartilage is





"Among the Leaves" - Sun Kil Moon (From the album, "Among the Leaves")

Over the last few years I've gotten into some Mark Kozelek material and gave this album some listens earlier this year. Really like Mark's voice and this was probably the track that stood out the most for me off this album.

When evening comes I play guitar
For the planets and the stars
I leave the porch light on like I do when I'm gone
Winter, spring, summer, fall





"This Isn't Our Parade" - Santigold (From the album, "Master of My Make-Believe")

I've liked Santi's music since I first saw her perform years ago with Mark Ronson before her first album came out. I like her voice and a lot of the beats in her songs. This one jumped out at me earlier in the year and has been in the rotation ever since.

I hear you calling
I'm reaching you my hand
I can hear you now
I can hear you calling











Tuesday, November 27, 2012

SOTD: "In The Open" - Benjamin Francis Leftwich



If you like this track, you can listen to the whole EP right HERE.

Friday, November 23, 2012

SOTD: "Sex" - The 1975

First time I've heard the band, The 1975, like their sound a lot, remind me of Jimmy Eat World a bit. Really enjoying this track and their EP that was just released on Monday.

You can stream the EP HERE and if you like it, pick it up on Itunes HERE.

Also, you can stream and download the Ryan Hemsworth remix of Sex right HERE.

You can find out more about The 1975 at their website HERE.



Monday, November 12, 2012

SOTD: "Sunshower" - Chris Cornell

An oldie today but such a great song. Chris Cornell is in NYC tonight, wishing I could make that show. Nostalgic for the other times I've seen him in concert, amazing voice.



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

SOTD: "Lover of the Light" - Mumford & Sons

Pretty cool that Mumford & Sons got Idris Elba to direct and star in the video for "Lover of the Light". Additionally, the band has announced upcoming US tour dates at some huge venues which you can see listed below. Tickets will go on sale on Friday Nov. 9th at 10am via Ticketmaster.

Tuesday Feb 5th - TD Garden, Boston MA
Wednesday Feb 6th - Barclays Center, New York NY
Wednesday Feb 13th - Patriot Center, Fairfax VA
Saturday Feb 16th - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden NJ



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

SOTD: "Sherman" - Pinback

There's this great song that frequently comes on one of my pandora stations called "Good to Sea" by the band Pinback (you can hear it HERE). It's about five years old but I love the tune and have been checking on their website to see if they have anything new coming out.

Turns out they've got a new single, "Sherman" which you can listen to below. Also, they've got a bunch of upcoming tour dates which you can check out at their website HERE.




Monday, November 5, 2012

SOTD: "Life Size Ghosts" - Mt. Wolf

First, let me just say my thoughts and prayers are with all my fellow east-coasters who lost so much during the hurricane. This storm was absolutely devastating to so many and it will be a long time before people can recover. I was without power, heat and water for a week but got taken in by friends throughout NYC and made the best of it knowing that I could have had it so much worse.

This has been a really emotional and sad time, everywhere you look you see damage and chances are that you know someone that lost a substantial amount. The city has done a good job of getting power and public transportation back and running to the best of their ability and as of this morning life starts to get back to somewhat normal for some of us.

I've always felt music can be such an important tool in the healing process no matter what the situation, so I'm going to do my best to get back to tracking down new music and sharing whatever I can now that I'm back up online.

To those of you who reached out last week over email or twitter, thank you so much, it's much appreciated. To those of you still affected by storm, hang in there.

Here's a beautiful song I came across this morning, "Life Size Ghosts" by Mt. Wolf. If you like this one, you can stream the entire EP HERE.


Gary Clark Jr. - Hurricane Sandy Benefit



Gary Clark Jr. has announced a Hurricane Sandy Benefit at Brooklyn Bowl tomorrow night. Tickets are a minimum $20 donation and go on sale today at noon. Tickets for this event will be available HERE.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pettyfest 2012: NYC & LA Dates


Pettyfest is almost upon us. Some info from the press release.....




PETTY FEST CONFIRMED FOR WEBSTER HALL OCTOBER 24

PETTY FEST LA CONFIRMED FOR THE EL REY NOVEMBER 14 & 15

- The Best Fest Sponsored by Jameson Takes to New Stages in 2012/ 13 -


New York, NY (October 12, 2012) -- On October 24, Webster Hall will host Petty Fest NYC: A Night To Celebrate Tom Petty. The first ever Petty Fest LA will be held at The El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on November 14 & 15. The Best Fest is proud to be sponsored by their favorite spirit, Jameson® Irish Whiskey. This new collaboration will help The Fest see its vision of celebrating its musical heroes while giving to those in need come to fruition.

The New York show features special guests Justin Townes Earle, Karen Elson, Father John Misty, Adam Green, Nicole Atkins, Devendra Banhart, Jesse Malin, Delta Spirit, Sammy James Jr. of The Mooney Suzuki, Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells, Ryan Miller of Guster, Har Mar Superstar, Johnny T, Andrew W.K., Matt Sweeney, Danny Clinch & The Tangiers Blues Band, Justin Long, Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross, Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Caveman and many more surprise guests.

The Los Angeles show features Pat Carney of The Black Keys, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, members of Eagles Of Death Metal, Harper Simon, Nicole Atkins, Har Mar Superstar, Bijou Phillips, Ryan Miller of Guster, Justin Barha, Jenny O., Rodrigo Amarante, Adam Busch with more guests to be announced.

All of the performers will be backed by the legendary Cabin Down Below Band and one hundred percent of ticket sale proceeds will go to benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and the Musicians Cancer Fund.

Over the next eight months, The Best Fest and Jameson will produce a series of landmark shows, beginning with Petty Fest NYC on October 24 at New York's Webster Hall, to Petty Fest West in Los Angeles on Nov 14 & 15 at The El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and on to San Francisco in 2013.

Over the past decade, The Fest has welcomed global superstars like Kings of Leon, the Black Keys, the Strokes, Norah Jones and the Killers alongside developing artists including Dawes, Delta Spirit, Alberta Cross, the Sheepdogs, Cory Chisel and Nicole Atkins. It has also embraced actors and comedians such as Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis, Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat.

"The Fests are the perfect embodiment of everything a Jameson night should be - great friends coming together to celebrate and raise a glass to our musical heroes. With Jameson already a huge part of the rehearsals and performances, we are truly excited to have their support to grow the Fests nationwide," said Alex Levy, Fest founder. "And for the first time, 100 percent of the ticket proceeds will go to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to help struggling musicians."

"The FESTS started in the same close-knit NYC East Village and Lower East Side bartender/musician community that adopted Jameson as their drink of choice back in the early 90s," said Jeffrey Moran, Vice President, Public Relations, Events and Lifestyle Marketing. "Jameson is looking forward to supporting and preserving this event and ensuring it is taken to more cities, musicians and Jameson fans."


More info: http://www.bestfestever.com/

SOTD: "The Baddest Man Alive" - RZA & The Black Keys

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Band of Horses: 2 Shows, One Night - Dec 11 NYC


Band of Horses will be coming back to NYC to play two shows on the same night, December 11th. The first show will be an acoustic set at 7pm, followed by a full electric set at 10pm. Presale starts at 10am Wednesday morning.



SOTD: "Same Way I Feel" - Midnight Magic

Thursday, October 11, 2012

SOTD: "Common Sentiments" - Typhoon

Typhoon has been one of my favorite new bands over the last couple of years, I've written about them extensively since I first heard their song, "The Honest Truth". As good as they sound recorded, they were even better live. I was lucky enough to catch them at the Mercury Lounge last year which you can read about HERE.

The band has released their latest single, "Common Sentiments" which you can watch below and also stream at MTV Hive HERE.



Typhoon has also announced a bunch of upcoming tour dates (mostly west coast) which I would HIGHLY recommend attending if you get the chance.

TOUR DATES:

November 2 The Shakedown Bellingham, WA
November 3 Crocodile Café Seattle, WA
November 4 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC
November 6 Top Hat Lounge Missoula, MT
November 7 Visual Arts Collective Garden City, ID
November 8 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
November 9 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
November 10 The Carter Payne Colorado Springs, CO
November 11 Low Spirits Albuquerque, NM
November 13 Solar Culture Tucson, AZ
November 14 Sail Inn Tempe, AZ
November 16 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
November 17 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
November 18 G St. Wunderbar Davis, CA
November 23 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR

To find out more about Typhoon, check out their website HERE.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tegan & Sara: "Closer" (Conan Performance)

If you missed it last night, here's Tegan and Sara's performance of their new single "Closer" from the Conan show last night. Really digging this song right now....



SOTD: "Plumage" - Menomena



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

SOTD: "In Your Arms" - Corrupt Autopilot

Good tune from my buddy Jonas' band Corrupt Autopilot. You can listen to more of their stuff at their bandcamp page HERE.



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Jim James & Carl Broemel - New Hampshire Obama Concert



Direct from the press release.....

Event is free and open to the public, part of Obama Campaign’s “For All” initiative


Jim James, lead singer/songwriter for popular band My Morning Jacket will be joined by the band's guitarist & multi-instrumentalist Carl Broemel in a visit to Keene, New Hampshire for a rare solo performance on behalf of the Obama campaign on Monday, October 1st, 2012. The concert will take place at the Colonial Theater, with doors opening at 7:00pm. Opening for Jim James and Carl Broemel will be Craig Finn of The Hold Steady. The concert will help raise awareness about what's at stake this election for young Americans.

On his support for the President's reelection campaign, Jim James says, "It is so crucial for us all to work together to help build on and continue the progress we have been making under President Obama's leadership - to get America to be a land that takes care of its own and provides equal opportunity to all - regardless of gender, race, or creed. I believe in President Obama's vision for America - at home and as a better friend to the world - and want to help raise awareness of the importance of a person's right to vote."

The complimentary concert is part of the campaign's “For All” initiative, whose mission is to engage and maximize participation from young Americans. “For All” illustrates the shared values of the President and young Americans across the country: that if we work together, we can continue to move this country forward.

What: New Hampshire for Obama Concert with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and opening act The Hold Steady's Craig Finn
When: Monday, October 1st. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
Where: Colonial Theater, 95 Main Street, Keene, NH

Those wishing to attend the concert should go to one of the following ticket distribution locations. The concert is free and open to the public but tickets are required for entry and are distributed on a first come first serve basis. Tickets do not guarantee entry.


TICKET DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS:Thursday 9/27 through Monday 10/1
12pm to 8pm Daily:

- Keene OFA Office: 294 West Street #3, Keene, NH 03431
- Young Student Center Atrium, Keene State College: 229 Main Street, Keene, NH 03435
- The Colonial Theater: 95 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431
- Peterborough OFA Office: 76 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458
- Manchester OFA Office: 1st Floor: 228 Maple Street, Manchester, NH 03103
- Lebanon OFA Office: 85 Mechanic Street, Lebanon, NH 03784

Thursday 9/27 through Saturday 9/29
12pm to 8pm Daily:

- Boston OFA Office: 77 Summer Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02110

SOTD: "State Hospital" - Frightened Rabbit

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Bon Iver: Live From Radio City Music Hall

The Bowery Presents Bon Iver live from Radio City Music Hall tonight at 9:15pm. If you don't have plans, I highly recommend watching this. I saw the show on Wednesday night and it was fantastic, I'll be tuning in tonight. Watch HERE.



SOTD: "Sunsick" - Fort Lean



Upcoming Fort Lean Tour dates:

10/26/12 - Philadelphia PA - Kungfu Necktie w/ Yellow Ostrich
10/27/12 - Washington DC - Black Cat w/ Yellow Ostrich
10/28/12 - Raleigh NC - King's Barcade w/ Yellow Ostrich
10/29/12 - Athens GA - Caledonia Lounge w/ Yellow Ostrich
11/1/12 - Brooklyn NY - Glasslands (EP Release Show)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

SOTD: "Truth" - Bloc Party

Absolutely loving this version of "Truth" from Bloc Party...



Monday, September 10, 2012

SOTD: "Gladiator" - Big Scary



Big Scary's debut album Vacation will be released worldwide on September 18th. Listen above to their single "Gladiator" and if you like, you can download it HERE.

The band but will hit the US for a series of dates this October, including CMJ!

US TOUR DATES:
Oct 7 - Los Angeles, CA - DragonFly
Oct 10 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah
Oct 14 - Seattle, WA - The Sunset
Oct 16-20 - NYC - CMJ (Schedule TBA)
Oct 24 - NYC - Pianos (w/ Opossom)




Monday, August 20, 2012

SOTD: "Blood Red Youth" - California Wives

Here's the latest from California Wives, off their upcoming debut full length Art History. Really liking everything I've heard from this album so far, going to be a good one. You can also stream this track HERE.

The band will embark on a US tour starting in September, dates listed below....

California Wives on tour:
9/20 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
9/21 - Boston, MA - Paradise
9/22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
9/23 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
9/25 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
9/26 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
9/27 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
9/28 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
9/29 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10/2 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
10/3 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre
10/4 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Centre
10/5 - St. Louis, MO - Plush
10/6 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
10/9 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
10/10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
10/11 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room
10/12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Upstairs
10/13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
10/17 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater
10/19 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
10/20 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
*All dates with Stars and Diamond Rings



Friday, August 17, 2012

SOTD: "Hit Me Up" - Sean Bones

Really digging this new track from Sean Bones. If you like the sound of this one, you can stream and download it HERE.

Sean Bones: Hit Me Up on Nowness.com.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

SOTD: "Only For You" - Heartless Bastards

Here's the latest from Heartless Bastards, "Only For You". The band has just launched an extensive US tour, dates are listed below....

8/14 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theater
8/15 - La Jolla, CA - KPRI at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla
8/17 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
8/18 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet's
9/1 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
9/5 - Hattiesburg, MS - Thirsty Hippo
9/7 - Indianapolis, IN - First Friday Food Truck Fest
9/8 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
9/9 - Dayton, OH - Revival Music Festival
9/11 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
9/12 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
9/14 - Telluride, CO - Blues + Brews Festival
9/15 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Railyard Plaza (AHA Arts Festival)
9/28 - Marfa, TX - Trans-Pecos Gathering of Music + Love
10/5-6 - Deep Ellum, TX - Index Festival
10/17 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
10/19 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon^
10/21 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue^
10/22 - Chicago, IL - Metro^
10/23 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick^
10/24 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace^
10/26 - Boston, MA - Royale^
10/27 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza^
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer^
10/30 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10/31 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom^
11/1 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre^
11/2 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Linsley^
11/5 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
11/6 - Houston, TX - Fitz Upstairs
11/8 - Austin, TX - Stubbs*

^ denotes Futurebirds as direct support
* denotes supporting Grace Potter and the Nocturnals



Monday, August 13, 2012

SOTD: "The House That Heaven Built" - Japandroids

Here's the new video for "The House That Heaven Built" off Japandroids' 2012 album, Celebration Rock. I seriously can't get enough of this album, so far my favorite this year.


Friday, August 10, 2012

SOTD: "Tell Me (What's On Your Mind)" - Allah Las

Thanks to my buddy Fitz for sending this one over yesterday, cool tune.



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bloc Party: Live Terminal 5 Stream

You can catch Bloc Party's show tonight as youtube will be broadcasting the show live from Terminal 5 in NYC, starting at 9:30 PM EDT




SOTD: "I Will Wait" - Mumford & Sons

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

SOTD: "Ghosts" - The Presets

Check out the latest from The Presets, "Ghosts". Also listed below are some upcoming tour dates.

North American Tour Dates

10/13 – San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival
10/15 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
10/19 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
10/20 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
10/21 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
10/23 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
10/25 – Chicago, IL – Metro
10/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
10/28 – Pomona, CA – The Fox Theatre





Wednesday, August 1, 2012

SOTD: "Friends Like Those" - Robert Ellis

I was introduced to Robert Ellis on Sunday night in Newport when he opened for Deer Tick. Take a listen to "Friends Like Those" and you can also download the song below.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Newport Folk Festival or Bust......

Just arrived in Newport, RI for the 2012 Newport Folk Festival Weekend (w/ three nights of Deer Tick & Friends at the Newport Blues Cafe). Going to be an epic weekend...... a few pics I took last year to kick off the festivities....

DELTA SPIRIT



JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE




DAWES




MAIN STAGE CROWD





MIDDLE BROTHER



HEAD & THE HEART



ME & JOHN McCAULEY (of DEER TICK)




JOHNNY CORNDAWG & THE BOYS


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

SOTD: "Nowhere Flag" - Whales In Cubicles

Here's the latest from Whales In Cubicles, really like this song. If you want to stream it, you can do so HERE.



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SOTD: "Disarm" - The Mynabirds

Here's the latest from the Mynabirds with some upcoming tour dates listed below....

Catch The Mynabirds On Tour!
* = newly announced dates with Okkervil River

07/25: Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe
07/26: New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
07/27: Houston, TX @ Rudyard's
07/28: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
07/30: Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
07/31: Los Angeles, CA @ Satellite Club
8/1: San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord
08/03: Seattle, WA @ Barboza
08/04-08/05: Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
08/07: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
08/08: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
08/09: Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
08/11: Omaha, NE @ MAHA Music Festival
08/24: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon *
08/25: Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box *
08/27: Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre *
08/28: Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater *
08/29: Baltimore, MD @ Ram's Head *
08/30: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls *


The Mynabirds - Disarm from Saddle Creek on Vimeo.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

SOTD: "Purple" - California Wives

I received this great song via email last night and can't stop listening to it. Super-catchy. You can also stream & download it HERE. If you like this one, you can also stream another track called "Marianne" HERE. Upcoming tour dates listed below.

California Wives on tour:
9/20 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
9/21 - Boston, MA - Paradise
9/22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
9/23 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
9/25 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
9/26 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
9/27 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
9/28 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
9/29 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10/2 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
10/3 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre
10/4 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Centre
10/5 - St. Louis, MO - Plush
10/6 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
10/9 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
10/10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
10/11 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room
10/12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Upstairs
10/13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
10/17 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater
10/19 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
10/20 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
*All dates with Stars and Diamond Rings


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tommy Brull Foundation Presents: Shine A Light Music Festival

If you're in NY (or close by) this Saturday and don't have plans, I recommend hitting up a great event and worthwhile cause. The Tommy Brull Foundation (to benefit Camp Anchor) presents the Shine A Light Music Festival featuring Wormburner, Dean & Britta and The War On Drugs!!!

Sat, July 21, 2012
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall
Wantagh, NY
$35 - $40

Some information about the event from the website.....

The Tommy Brull Foundation proudly presents the 2012 SHINE A LIGHT MUSIC FESTIVAL. This show was created to remember and celebrate our brother and friend Tommy. The artists performing represent music that Tommy loved and music that Tommy would love if he heard. Tommy was a huge Luna and Galaxie 500 fan. We are honored to have Dean & Britta (of LUNA and Galaxie 500) perform. His spirit will be felt at this very special night of music. This is a benefit show and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to THE CAMP ANCHOR BUILDING FUND in loving memory of Jamie and Paige Malone and Michael Mulhall. Show starts at 8:00 pm SHARP! VENUE IS LOCATED DIRECTLY AT WANTAGH LONG ISLAND RAILROAD STATION. 30 minute train from penn station with returning trains after show.

Tickets are available HERE, only a limited quantity left.

SOTD: "Beginners" - Slow Club

Here's a recent video from Slow Club. The band has some upcoming tour dates listed below, several with Mumford & Sons.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

* = w/ Mumford & Sons

AUGUST
21 - Laramie, WY - Gryphon Theatre*
22 - Manga, UT - Salt Air Theatre*
25 - Monterey, CA - Monterey County Fairgrounds*
28 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
31 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands (Headline Show)



Monday, July 16, 2012

SOTD: "Heavy Home" - The Spring Standards

Here's the latest from The Spring Standards. The band has recently released their album yellow//gold which you can purchase on Itunes HERE. Upcoming tour dates are listed below....

The Spring Standards Tour Dates

8/10: Easton, MD @ NightCat
8/11: Wilmington, DE @ World Café Live w/The Spinto Band
8/17: Beaverton, MI @ Stereoterra
8/18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
9/2: Thomas, WV @ Purple Fiddle
9/14: Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bears
9/15: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
9/20: Washington, DC @ The Red Palace
9/21: Hampton, VA @ Hampton Taphouse
9/22: Hillsborough, NC @ Mystery Brewing Company
9/24: Abbeville, SC @ Abbeville County Career Center’s Community Night
9/25: Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar
9/27: Memphis, TN @ Levitt Shell at Overton Park
9/28: Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar – Small Room
9/29: Austin, TX @ Lamberts
10/18:Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN @ Halifax Pop Explosion


Thursday, July 12, 2012

SOTD: "White Doves" - Young Empires

This is really cool, login to the link HERE through Facebook and you can customize the video below. Look closely but you'll see pictures from your facebook page integrated into the video. Not to mention a pretty good song.

Young Empires will be in Brooklyn tonight at Glasslands and in Philly tomorrow at Kung Fu Necktie, both shows will feature The Suzan as supporting act.



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SOTD: "Knock Knock" - Band of Horses

Here's the first single from Band of Horses' upcoming album, "Mirage Rock"... coming in September!



Monday, July 9, 2012

SOTD: "Man of the Hour" - Pearl Jam

Shifting gears a bit today, I lost a good friend yesterday to a battle with Leukemia so I wanted to put something up in his honor. Mike Colombo was one of the finest people I've had the privilege of knowing, a great father to three young girls, he'll be sorely missed by numerous friends and family. Sad to think that such good people can be taken from us so early, but life doesn't always offer explanations.... we just need to deal with the circumstances as presented to us. The world lost a good one yesterday, he will not be forgotten.

RIP buddy, until we meet again.....

Now the man of the hour is taking his final bow
As the curtain comes down
I feel that this is just goodbye for now





Friday, July 6, 2012

SOTD: "In Currents" - The Early November

This track is from The Early November's upcoming album, In Currents. The album will be released next week on Tuesday, July 10 via Rise Records (Hot Water Music, The Bouncing Souls, Cheap Girls), and is the band's first album in six years. If you like the track below, make sure to head over to Billboard to stream the album for free right HERE.



Thursday, July 5, 2012

Childish Gambino - Royalty Mixtape



Childish Gambino released a free mixtape yesterday for download. I downloaded it and listened through last night, some great tracks and guests featured like Rza, Danielle Haim, and BECK!!!

You can grab it HERE.

SOTD: "Back Seat" - Atlas Genius

Here's the latest from Australia-based Atlas Genius, along with some upcoming US tour dates.

Atlas Genius - U.S. Tour Dates
August
11 - Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion, CD101 Summerfest Radio Show
12 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
13 - St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill
17 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant & Music Club w/Animal Kingdom
22 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's Night Club w/Animal Kingdom
23 - San Francisco, CA @ Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop w/Animal Kingdom
25 - Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park, KNDD The End Summercamp '12 Radio Show
28 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom, KNRK Radio Show


Monday, July 2, 2012

SOTD: "Heartbreak Hi" - Avec Sans

This is the first original track from London based duo Alice Fox and Jack St James

They also have a great electronic reworking of Bon Iver's Perth which you can listen to HERE.



Friday, June 22, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

SOTD: "What Are You Kids On" - Chappo

Chappo is wrapping up their US tour but still has a few dates remaining if you want to check them out. Here's their latest video...

CHAPPO Summer Tour Dates
06/19 || Covington, KY || Madison Theatre**
06/20|| Nashville, TN || Cannery Ballroom**
06/21 || St. Louis, MO || Cicero’s
06/23 || Bowling Green, KY || Tidball's
06/25 || Des Moines, IA || Wooly's
06/26 || Chicago, IL || Subterranean
06/28 || Milwaukee, WI || SUMMERFEST
07/13 || Cincinnati, OH || Bunbury Festival
07/28 || Garrettsville, OH || Nelson Ledges
08/05 || Montreal, QB || Osheaga
08/12 || Chicago, IL || Wicker Park Fest

**= support for of Montreal


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Joss Stone: Live from Highline Ballroom

Tonight at 8pm, you can watch a live stream of Joss Stone's performance at the Highline Ballroom in NYC. Just click on the link HERE and you'll be able to watch as she performs live.





SOTD: "Mucky Weekend" - Dub Pistols feat. Rodney P.

Loving this track from Dub Pistols.... European tour dates listed below and they'll be coming to the US later this year. More info at their site HERE.


Dub Pistols On Tour This Summer!
6/22: Rock Oyster - Cornwall
6/30: Blissfields
7/7: Lounge On The Farm - Kent
7/13: Larmer Tree Festival - Wiltshire, Somerset
7/28: Camp Bestival - Dorset
8/4: V-Dub Festival - Isle Of Wight
8/5: Standon Calling
9/8: Bestival - Ise Of Wight

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

SOTD: "Violet Rays" - Smashing Pumpkins

This is the best sounding thing I've heard from the Smashing Pumpkins in years.... loving this song, off their new release Oceania. You can also stream the song HERE.



Monday, June 18, 2012

SOTD: "Rake Me Over the Coals" - Everest

Here's a new track from Everest, you can also stream & download the song HERE. Their upcoming album Ownerless will be released later this month, you can preorder it at their website HERE.

The band will embark shortly after their album release on tours with Alberta Cross and Neil Young, dates listed below...

Everest Tour Dates
# = Alberta Cross
* = Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Los Lobos
^ = Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Patti Smith

06/17: Bowie, MD @ Prince George's Country Stadium
06/29: Annapolis, MD @ The 'RNR Rockin' River Cruise
07/05: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
07/06: Columbus, OH @ The Basement #
07/07: Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot, Pike Room #
07/09: Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall #
07/11: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas #
07/12: Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel #
07/14: Cincinatti, OH @ Sawyer Point Park, Banbury Music Festival #
07/16: Nashville, TN - The High Watt #
07/17: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway #
07/19: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge #
07/22: San Diego, CA @ Casbah #
07/24: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour #
07/25: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #
07/27: Portland, OR @ Peter's Room #
07/28: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile #
07/29: Vancouver, CAN @ TBD #
11/10: Seattle, WA @ Key Arena *
11/11: Vancouver, CAN @ Rogers Arena *
11/13: Calgary, CAN @ Scotiabank Saddledome *
11/14: Saskatoon, CAN @ Credit Union Centre *
11/16: Winnipeg, CAN @ MTS Centre *
11/19: Toronto, CAN @ Air Canada Centre *
11/20: Toronto, CAN @ Air Canada Centre
11/23: Montreal, CAN @ Bell Centre ^
11/24: Ottawa, CAN @ Scotiabank Place ^
11/26: Boston, MA @ TD Garden ^
11/27: New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden ^
11/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center ^
11/30: Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center ^
12/2: Bridgeport, CT @ Webster Bank Arena
12/3: Brooklyn, NY @ Barclay Center/Prudential Center

Friday, June 15, 2012

SOTD: "Too Young" - Tom Williams & The Boat

Really like this tune, if you'd like to find out more about Tom Williams, check out his site HERE.



Thursday, June 14, 2012

SOTD: "Tapes & Money" - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs have recently released their debut album titled Trouble which you can pick up on Itunes HERE. Additionally, the band has released some upcoming North American tour dates, listed below. If you like the song below, check out another from the album... "American Dream Part II".

7/31 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
8/01 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
8/03 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/04 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
8/05 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
8/06 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
8/08 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
8/09 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
8/10 – Toronto, ON – The Hoxton
8/11 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

SOTD: "Lost Kid" - The Apache Relay

This track is from The Apache Relay's album American Nomad. If you like this one, the album is available in record stores everywhere, on iTunes or on The Apache Relay's website, www.theapacherelay.com.

The Apache Relay also has several dates coming up throughout North America which you can find listed below. Some of these dates will feature bills with Mumford & Sons, St. Vincent, Dawes, and Young the Giant, among others.

Upcoming Tour Dates
7/5 - Milwaukee,WI @ Summerfest Henry Maier Festival Park
7/6 - Kansas City, MO @ Power and Light District *
7/10 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room *
7/12 - Rochester, NY @ Party In The Park *
7/14 - Toronto, CA @ Edgefest
7/16 - New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage *
7/17 - Wallingford, CT @ The Dome at Oakdale *
7/19 - Buffalo, NY @ Thursdays at the Harbor *
7/20 - Baltimore, MD @ Power Plant Live *
7/22 - New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Headline show)
7/21 - Montauk, NY @ SPIN's annual Surf Lodge Concert Series
7/28 - Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park
8/4 - Portland, ME @ Gentleman of the Road Stopover ^
8/11 - Bristol, TN @ Gentleman of the Road Stopover %
8/18 - Dixon, IL @ Gentleman of the Road Stopover #
8/25 - Monterey, CA @ Gentleman of the Road Stopover ~

* with Young the Giant
^ with MUMFORD & SONS, ST. VINCENT, DAWES, THE MACCABEES, SIMONE FELICE, HAIM
% with MUMFORD & SONS, DAWES, JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD, THE VERY BEST, SIMONE FELICE, HAIM
# with MUMFORD & SONS, GOGOL BORDELLO, DAWES, ABIGAIL WASHBURN, THE VERY BEST, HAIM
~ with MUMFORD & SONS, GOGOL BORDELLO, TWO GALLANTS, GROUPLOVE, THE VERY BEST, HAIM


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

SOTD: "Forever" - Haim

I actually posted this song a couple months ago but Haim just released the official video for "Forever" so I thought I'd re-post this one.

If you haven't downloaded their 3-song EP yet, you should do so at their site HERE. The tracklisting is Better Off, Forever & Go Slow.

Also, Haim will be joining Mumford & Sons, Dawes, Justin Townes Earle, Gogol Bordello and several other bands on the upcoming "Gentlemen of the Road" dates listed below

8/4 - Portland, ME - The Eastern Promenade*
8/11 - Bristol, VA/TN - Off State Street in Downtown Bristol^
8/18 - Dixon, IL - Page Park#
8/25 - Monterey, CA - Monterey County Fairgrounds#

*w/ Mumford & Sons ,St. Vincent, Dawes, The Maccabees, Apache Relay, Simone Felice
^w/ Mumford & Sons, Dawes, JEFF The Brotherhood, The Very Best,
Justin Townes Earle, Apache Relay, Simone Felice
#w/ Mumford & Sons, Gogol Bordello, The Very Best, Grouplove, Two Gallants, Apache Relay



Monday, June 11, 2012

The Head & The Heart Fall 2012 Tour



The Head and the Heart have announced a Fall 2012 tour featuring special guests Blitzen Trapper, Bryan John Appleby and Curtains For You. This will be the last chance to catch them on the road before they enter the studio to record their second album.

Dates are listed below and go on sale Friday June 15th to the general public, however you can access the presale starting tomorrow at their site HERE....

Sat, September 15 Seattle, WA The Paramount Theatre &
Tue, September 18 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House ^&
Wed, September 19 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre #
Thu, September 20 Boise, ID Knitting Factory #
Fri, September 21 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot #
Sat, September 22 Fort Collins, CO The Lincoln Center
Sun, September 23 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater ^#
Tue, September 25 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater ^#
Fri, September 28 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre ^#
Sat, September 29 Columbia, MO Ninth Street Summerfest #
Sun, September 30 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom ^#
Tue, October 02 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre ^#
Wed, October 03 San Diego, CA Spreckles Theatre ^#
Fri, October 05 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern ^ #
Wed, October 10 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre ^#

^ special guest Blitzen Trapper
# special guest Bryan John Appleby
& special guest Curtains For You

SOTD: "What Do You Got To Lose" - Jeff LeBlanc

Here's the latest video from Jeff LeBlanc, "What Do You Got To Lose". Jeff will be on tour throughout the northeast in the coming weeks and you can find those dates and more right HERE.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

SOTD: "Younger Us" - Japandroids

Thanks to my buddy Tommy for sending this one my way yesterday.... awesome song. Reminds me of something I'd listen to in the late 90s...



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

SOTD: "Leading Me Now" - Tallest Man On Earth

Shout out to my buddy Wayne who sent me this track yesterday, a new one from the Tallest Man On Earth. Great song, looking forward to getting more into his latest album and will hopefully catch him at Newport Folk Festival this summer.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

SOTD: "Carousels" - Beirut

Changing gears for a moment, this is an older song but a band I absolutely love. If you've never listened to Beirut (or seen them live), do yourself a huge favor and look them up today. They've got a ton of good songs and this is a favorite of mine.



Friday, May 25, 2012

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros "Here" - NPR Album Stream

NPR Music is hosting an advanced stream of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' upcoming release, Here which you can listen to at the NPR site right HERE.

The album is available for preorder at the Itunes site right HERE.

Additionally, you can listen below to two tracks, "That's What's Up" and "Man On Fire" via soundcloud below...





SOTD: "Drive" - The Chevin

Thursday, May 24, 2012

SOTD: "Body Of Work" - The Mynabirds

Here's the latest from the Mynabirds off their album Generals , which will be out on June 5th. You can submit your email into the player to get a download of the song. Additionally, I've listed their upcoming tour dates below. Enjoy!



The Mynabirds Tour Dates

06/08: Omaha, NE – Slowdown
06/15: Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
06/16: Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
06/17: Chicago, IL – Schuba's
06/19: Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
06/20: Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
06/21: Harrisburg, PA – The Abbey Bar
06/22: New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
06/23: Washington, DC – Black Cat
06/24: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda's
06/25: Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
06/27: Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree
06/28: Atlanta, GA – The Earl
06/29: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
06/30: Columbia, MO @ Mojo's
07/01: St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
07/02: Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
08/04-08/05: Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
08/11: Omaha, NE @ MAHA Music Festival


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SOTD: "I Already Forgot Everything You Said" - The Dig

This track came across my inbox last night, what a great tune this is.....

If you want to stream & download via Soundcloud, you can do that HERE.





Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SOTD: "Hurricane" - MS MR



MS MR tour dates:

* w/ Marina & The Diamonds
6/01 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery
7/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre*
7/11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
7/13 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre*
7/14 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market*
7/15 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom*
7/18 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall*
7/21 - Chicago, IL @ Park West*
8/14 - Washington D.C. @ 9:30 Club*
8/16 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall*
8/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts*

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

SOTD: "Cold Cold Rain" - The Giving Tree Band



Here's the latest from The Giving Tree Band along with some tour dates that you can find below....

Upcoming Tour Dates:
* = w/ Joe Purdy

JUNE
12 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop*
13 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace*
14 - Montreal, QC - Belmont (NXNE Festival)*
15 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East*
17 - Croton on Hudson, NY - Clearwater Festival*
18 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*
20 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live*
22 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle*
23 - Atlanta, GA - Smith's Olde Bar*
25 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge*
26 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill*
28 - Columbus, OH - The Basement*
29 - Chicago, IL - Double Door*

Gaslight Anthem: New Single/Album, Tour Dates, TV Appearances


Lots of news this week on the Gaslight Anthem, including a live stream to their show tonight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. From the press release below....

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM TO PLAY INTIMATE SOLD-OUT SHOWS AT MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG ON MAY 16 (STREAMING LIVE) AND ROXY IN HOLLYWOOD (MAY 18)
PRESENTED BY VANS!

(May 15, 2012 - New York, NY) With their brand new single, "45," available now at iTunes HERE and Amazon HERE, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM will take the stage this week for two intimate sold-out gigs at Music Hall of Williams­burg in Brooklyn (on May 16) and the Roxy in West Hollywood (May 18). The shows are the prelude to a full schedule of tour dates, festivals, and television appearances through the summer in support of their fourth album, HANDWRITTEN, scheduled for a July 24 release on Mercury Records, a division of Island Def Jam Music Group.


On June 28, The Gaslight Anthem will appear (for the third time!) on CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman. The band will also make a return appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 27. In addition to Letterman and Fallon, the band has appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The Gaslight Anthem will kick off the HANDWRITTEN album release campaign with a live stream of the Music Hall of Williamsburg show presented by Vans, starting at 9:00 p.m. on May 16, at HERE.


The Gaslight Anthem on tour:

JULY
05 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
07 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
08 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile
11 - Minneapolis, MN - Fineline
12 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
14 - Cincinnati, OH - Bunberry Festival
16 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
18 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
19 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat's Cradle
20 - Washington, DC - U Street
22 - Boston, MA - Middle East
24 - New York, NY - Webster Hall