WOXY.COM TO SHUT DOWN
Fuck. Seriously, fuck.
Fuck. Seriously, fuck.
Thanks to Matt for pointing this out - Robert Pollard has posted an MP3 for the song "Supernatural Car Lover" from his forthcoming album, Normal Happiness. Check it out:
In case you forgot, there's two great rock shows in town tonight.
When I first heard of the band Margot and the Nuclear So & So's on WOXY.com at the beginning of this year, I disliked them right away. Not really sure why - I think it was the name. Then, the band played a Lounge Act on WOXY, and the song or two I heard I really, really disliked. Again, I don't really know why. Likely I was just predisposed to dislike them at that point.
Welcome to New York, kids...
And so should you...
According to CNN.com (I know!), the Black Crowes have "released" longtime keyboardist Eddie Hawrysch after fifteen years. No reason is given other than "personal reasons". Eddie will be replaced on the band's fall tour by Rob Clores, who has played with John Popper and several other groups. Guess Chris really wanted that "ugliest member of the band" title back more than he let on.
The legendary Cheap Trick have been announced as headliners of the Union County (NJ) Music Fest '06 on September 16th. Other artists slated to appear are:
The Lemonheads have announced a month-long tour of the U.S. in November and December, including a show here in NYC at Irving Plaza on December 15th. No on-sale info for NYC yet that I can see.
From Aversion.com comes news that one of my favorite young bands, The Brokedown, has signed to one of my favorite labels, Merge. I gotta say, this is one the best pieces of music news I've heard this year - a great band hooking up with a great label. Good luck to everyone involved!
From the first moment I first discovered Sunny Day Real Estate, catching their video for "In Circles" on 120 Minutes, I've loved pretty much everything singer Jeremy Enigk has done.
For fuck's sake, enough already. Pete Doherty just got busted giving cocaine to a teenage detox patient while he's already in court-ordered rehab. Seriously, why don't they just throw him in a cell and lock the damn thing? Every second he's free makes a mockery of the British legal system.
You may have heard some time back that Bob Dylan was doing a weekly radio show for XM Satellite Radio called the "Theme Time Radio Hour". Like me, though, you may not have wanted to spend $10 per month to hear it.
I've had a few interesting links building up for the last week or so, and figured it was about time to post them... haven't done enough of this lately, sorry.
Trey Anastasio, formerly of Phish, is playing at Webster Hall on Sunday, October 8th and Monday, October 9th. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday at noon.
Halfway decent week of stuff, if you exclude the kiddy Coldplay stuff.
If you’re under the age of, oh, let’s say 25, there’s a good chance you don’t remember Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. The British band was active in the early 90’s, and had a minor MTV hit with “Grey Cell Green”. However, despite a bunch of buzz, and the rise of the “alternative” movement in the U.S., the band never really caught on in the States, and split up in 1995 after three albums. Their main claim to fame was the fact that they had 2 bassists. They were also part of the so-called grebo movement, though I didn't know that until yesterday.
So last night was the annual free Ted Leo show at South Street Seaport. I've seen Ted a bunch of times, and this was the longest set I've ever seen him do. Rather than the usual hour and 15 minutes, Ted played close to two hours, and would have kept going if they hadn't pretty much kicked him off the stage.
Strangely, it seems like two of my favorite local bands, Le Firm and The Ashford Breaks, have an affinity for playing separate venues on the same night. It happened last month, and it's happening again next Thursday (Aug. 31). Luckily, they have different set times, and the shows are within walking distance of each other, so join me at both, won't you?
Yeah, I know I write about these guys a lot. But guess what? They’re that good. Besides, isn’t it nice to hear me say nice things about a band, rather than spending my time ripping on bands/artists I don’t like? (Panic at the Disco, Priestess, Good Charlotte, the Doodlebops, etc.)
As I mentioned a while back, I was all set to go to Austin for this year's Austin City Limits festival when I saw the lineup for Lollapalooza and fell in love. Not that there's anything wrong with the ACL lineup, which is great (Shins, Ted Leo, Long Winters, Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, etc. etc.), but at the end of the day, I was more interested in seeing Wilco and The Frames than Tom Petty.
That sound you just heard is thousands of hipsters simultaneously jumping off the Bloc Party bandwagon and running as fast as humanly possible in the opposite direction.
If you're like me, you already ordered the new Tyde album, Three's Co., from Rough Trade several months ago when it was released in the UK. If you didn't, though, don't fret - the album's finally coming out in the U.S. next Tuesday on Rough Trade America.
Already permanently out of baseball, loser for life Drew Henson is apparently just about done with football too. He certainly won't be playing for Dallas this year. Ain't karma a bitch, Drew?
In case you hadn't heard, there's a lot of news in the world of ex-Libertine Pete Doherty these days, and none of it involves music. Apparently, despite statements that their relationship was over, Pete and model Kate Moss were scheduled to get married in Bali last week. The wedding got called off, despite that Kate, family and friends were already in Bali, when Pete got busted and sent to rehab.
Get yourself over to the, ahem, AOL music blog Musically Left, But Always Right, to hear the Lemonhead's new song, "No Backbone". It's pretty great.
Forgot to mention a few newly announced shows in my post last night. Hope these haven't sold out yet...
A freaking huge day of concert on sales. Guess I gotta buy some cheaper heroin for a few days.
The seventh full-length LP from Ireland's The Frames (a/k/a the best band in the world, bitches) is now available for pre-sale via Dublin's Road Records. The album comes out in Ireland on September 22nd, and will ship from Road Records on September 21st. Total cost in US$ is approx. $29. I've ordered through them before, and it only takes a matter of a couple of days to arrive in the U.S.
I don't think I've mentioned it here yet, but Robyn Hitchcock has a new album coming out on October 3rd called Ole! Tarantula (Yep Roc). The first song from the album, "Adventure Rocketship", is astoundingly good. Listen for yourself.
If you haven't heard it yet, Eric Bachmann's new album, To The Races, is fantastic. Eschewing the fuller, band-oriented sound from the last Crooked Fingers album, Dignity and Shame, the new album is, by and large, Eric and his guitar (although piano, cello and other instruments add a great touch here and there). And while I've liked everything in the Crooked Fingers catalog, this just might top them all.
Head over to the AT&T Blue Room to check out some video footage of several bands from this year's Lollapalooza festival. While nowhere near as extensive as it should be, they have a few songs each from Andrew Bird, Ben Kweller, Editors, Poi Dog Pondering, Sleater Kinney, Stars, The Raconteurs and Umphreys McGee. Unfortunately, no Perry Farrell from the kids stage.
Considering how many big albums are coming out this week (Eric Bachmann, Cursive, Mountain Goats, Thermals, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin), it's kinda surprising that not one of these discs made AOL this week. More surprising is that Paris Hilton is streaming for a second straight week. Still, there's a few interesting CDs to be found, including the new Outkast disc:
How did I miss this?
If you read some of my early posts on this blog back in February-ish, you would have heard me mention how much I like the latest album by a band called The Light Footwork. Although I listened to the album a lot back then, I kinda forgot about it given the number of new albums that have been come out in the intervening months, and the fact that I don't think they've made it to New York to do a show in that time. (Though I could be wrong.)
Get thee to Stereogum to hear the first song off of the new Hold Steady album, "Chips Ahoy!" The band's third full-length album, Boys and Girls in America, comes out on Vagrant Records on October 3rd.
Sal pointed this out a few days ago but I forgot to post it until now.
SHOW ADDED & PRESALE: The Doodlebops 3rd & Final Show
So I just bought a ticket for ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (the Saturday show). Face price is $20. Yet the final price, after various Ticketmaster charges, was $30.50.
For as long as I can remember, I've spent way too much money on music. The only thing that's changed over time, other than sheer volume, is that today, thanks to the wonders of the internet, I tend to have an idea what I'm buying before I buy it. Maybe the album doesn't always live up to the song or two I find on the net, but it's rare that I ever buy something and hate it. Unless, of course, it's called Per Second, Per Second, Per Second, Every Second.
After what's been a pretty slow 2006, Irving Plaza seems to be picking up some steam in its indie booking lately. Upcoming shows include Cat Power, Redd Kross, Mates of State, Hold Steady, Secret Machines, Built to Spill, Social Distortion, Art Brut, and Frank Black. (Of course, there's also shows by Everclear and New Found Glory, but they can't all be winners, can they?)
Brooklyn Vegan reports that the initial lineup for this year's CMJ festival in New York has been announced. For a full list, hit the Vegan, but the artists that interest me are:
For better or worse, tonight's Dirty Pretty Things show will forever be known to me as the Beverage Show. Why? Partially because I've never seen a band have so many different beverages on stage at once. Yes, Guided by Voices used to keep a cooler of beer on stage, and a bottle or two of Jack (or was it Jim?). But in the leadup to tonight's set, DPT's road crew put out no less than 21 different drinks. Yes, I counted. First, there were at least 12 bottles of water skattered around the stage (mostly by drummer Gary Powell). Then there were about a half dozen beers. Then, just when it seemed the band was about to come on, one of the stage guys started making mixed drinks for the band at the side of the stage. I believe there were a couple cranberry-vodkas and a few rum and cokes, though I may be wrong on that. As a result, even before the band started, there were more liquids on stage than I've had to drink in the last week.
The Little Ones have added a bunch of new dates to their fall touring itinerary, including several east coast dates (Chapel Hill, DC, Philly). Nothing's announced for New York yet, but I'd have to assume one or more dates will be forthcoming? Right?
Full dates for this fall's Silversun Pickups / Viva Voce are out. No word yet as to on sale dates for those NYC shows. Considering how many shows I have that weekend (four), I may need to go with the first night (Wednesday, Oct. 11) so I can rest on Thursday. Dates:
It's been up for a while now, but I'm just getting around to listening to the new free Bishop Allen song, "Click Click Click Click", from their most recent July EP. And, not surprisingly, it's another great, happy, pop nugget. I definitely need to make sure I don't miss them at Pianos this month.
I'm not on the National's mailing list (gotta fix that), so Matt just pointed out to me that the band has added a number of fall shows. The band states that they "are deep into recording the follow-up to Alligator, but we're taking a few breaks in the Fall to play shows." Just hope they add an NYC date before all is said and done.
I've fallen off a bit lately in keeping up with AOL's weekly offerings. Good thing I remembered to do it this week, because they gots some Paris Hilton goins ons. It's as close as you can get to her without picking up herpes.
For those of you, like me, who thought this year's Lollapalooza was fantastic, there's good news - the festival did incredible business. According to Billboard, total paid attendance was more than 166,000, with daily attendance of 52,000 (Friday), 56,000 (Saturday) and 59,000 (Sunday). Total ticket revenue was more than $8 million.
So it turns out that the list of shows on the Frames' website is incomplete - Glen Hansard is doing two NYC-area solo shows in October. In addition to the show at Tonic I mentioned earlier, he is also doing a show on Sunday, October 15th at Southpaw with Doveman opening. Tickets for the Southpaw show are on sale, and I just picked one up. Maybe I don't have to skip Okkervil River after all.
Seriously, the weekend of October 13th-15th is shaping up to be ridiculous. I already mentioned earlier today that Glen Hansard of the Frames will be playing Tonic on Saturday the 14th.
Holy crap is Glen Hansard a busy dude. Over the last few months, he's been playing a bunch of European shows (and a couple US shows) in support of his debut solo album, The Swell Season, and he also just finished up a short 3-date U.S. tour with The Frames which I'm proud to say I followed from show to show as if they were the Grateful Dead.
Nearly a year after the release of their fantastic debut LP, Funeral Dress, Cincinnati's Wussy are finally coming to New York. The band will be playing Lit Lounge on Wednesday, October 16th.
I haven't been doing a very good job of keeping you up to date with all of the new albums I've been picking up lately. That's partially because I don't have the patience to do proper "reviews", and partially because I recognize that, even if I did, I'm no journalist. It's also because a big chunk of the stuff I've been getting lately is pre-release stuff that I prefer not to post links for until the album is actually released (and I've actually bought a copy). Don't think it's not killing me to post "Little Bird" from Eric Bachmann's new disc or pretty much anything from the new M. Ward album.
Heard a rumor that Dirty Pretty Things are playing a "secret" show at the Annex on Wednesday. (They're playing two sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom on Monday and Tuesday.) Anybody know if this is true?
After running around like crazy on the first day of Lollapalooza, Day 2 was a bit more relaxed. Not that there were fewer acts I wanted to see - it was just that there were more popular acts that I knew would pull a huge crowd. So, in order to get a decent spot, I ended up pretty much camping in front of the Bud Light stage all day.
Apparently, despite that everyone I've spoken to felt that Lollapalooza was an unqualified success, Chicago Sun Times writer Jim DeRogatis doesn't agree.
I guess Condi didn't kill him and dump him in a ditch after all.
I still haven't heard them, but all the big boys have been talking about Spank Rock. If you can get past the name, and I'm not sure I can, they're coming to the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, October 26th. Tickets are on sale.
Tickets for the Decemberists' show at Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday, November 3rd go on sale tomorrow at 11am. Tickets are $29.50 before Ticketmaster charges, so expect to pay about $40.
Haven't seen this posted anywhere else yet -- Jolie Holland is coming to the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, October 18th. Tickets are on sale now.
Not surprisingly, things have been pretty busy at work this week since I've gotten back from Chicago, so I haven't had a whole lot of time to talk about Lollapalooza. While I have a little bit of time tonight, I figured I'd cover Day One (Friday, August 4th).
No sooner do I post that Silversun Pickups will likely come back in the fall, they announce that, in fact, they're coming back for two nights in October. As Brooklyn Vegan reports, the band will be touring with Viva Voce, and hitting the Mercury Lounge on Wednesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 12th. No word as to on-sale date yet, but you can expect me at one or both shows.
The Secret Machines will be returning to the New York area for two shows this fall. Apparently, both shows will be "in the round", meaning the sound is gonna suck big time.
No, not really. But kinda. Easy Star Records has put together a ton of top reggae artists to record a "tribute" version of Radiohead's OK Computer. The album, entitled, what else, Radiodread, is available for pre-sale now.
Aversion.com reports that the third Shins has been delayed. The album was originally due in June of this year, then pushed to October, and is now due sometime in 2007.
If you missed it over at Stereogum, the new Long Winters' video for "Fire Island, AK" is out. Check it:
I unfortunately didn't get to the Silversun Pickups show at the Mercury Lounge last Thursday, as I called it a night after the New Pornographers so I could get some sleep before my 7am flight to Chicago for Lollapalooza. I didn't make the band's show in Brooklyn on Monday night either, as I was just plain beat from standing in the sun 4 days in a row.
Some NYC concert news and notes for your Wednesday morning:
Via Brooklyn Vegan comes word that Golden Smog will be making a return trip to New York on Sunday, September 17th in support of their excellent new CD, Another Fine Day.
Apologies to those who don't love this band as much as I do. Check out Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova doing a 1/2 performance on Czech television. Great stuff.
I've never really gotten into OK Go's music, but boy do I like their new video for "Here It Goes Again," if for no other reason than I spend the entire video wondering how the hell they did this. Thanks to JAX for pointing this one out last week.
Via Matt and the Portastatic blog comes news that Mac and crew will be hitting the road for a few weeks in September and October in support of their new album, Be Still Please. Lucky for me, the band has scheduled two NYC-area dates:
This photo is kind of cheating, but I like it anyway.
Not too much time to update now, have to grab some lunch and get to the park to see The Frames for the third time in three days. (Their Metro show last night was in-cred-ible.) But wanted to at least tell those of you watching at home that all of my photos from Day 1, Day 2 and the after-party at the Metro last night are up on Flickr (see link in left-hand column). Here's two of my favorites:
God bless the Frames. I see a lot of bands, but they are, hands down, my favorite live act around. (If Teenage Fanclub played more than every 5 years, it might be a close call.) They put on another great show tonight, and completely owned the large crowd that got there at 6pm to see them. The best news? I get to see them twice more this weekend in Chicago...