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Monday, June 30, 2008

The Verve Free Download "The Mover"

The Verve released a new tune for free download the next seven days entitled "The Mover," from the album Forth due in August 2008. Get it here.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Brooklyn Record Riot!

Get ready for buying some vinyl! Over forty record dealers plus beer, pierogies, kielbasa and live DJ's will invade Brooklyn this Saturday June 28th! The Brooklyn Record Riot will open its door from 11am-8pm at Warsaw which will supposedly be air-conditioned.

Friday, June 27, 2008

My Bloody Valentine London

I didn’t actually intend on writing a review of My Bloody Valentine’s live return. I was set to see the fourth night of five at the Camden Roundhouse, and I figured by then, the world would be flooded with reviews. As it turned out, I attended both the first and fourth nights but was too excited / couldn’t hold a drink and a pen and notebook at the same time to take notes. So we’re relying on some fuzzy, jet-lagged memories here . . .

Reading through some of the now-published reviews, I’ve learned only two things:

1. The gigs were loud.
2. The 20ish-minute span of noise during “You Made Me Realise” was very loud. (And back in the day, it was called “the Holocaust.”)

These things are true, but nobody is really addressing the big question here: Are My Bloody Valentine still any good?

Forget the naysayers (because there will, undoubtedly, be people cooler than you or I will ever be who say nay). They were fantastic.

This doesn’t mean that they were perfect. Did they make mistakes? Sure. On both nights I saw them, at least one song fell apart nearly completely. Did it matter? God no. The band picked themselves up and got on with it. I’ve seen plenty of reunion tours where every song was pristine—this was far more interesting.

The band kicked off Friday night’s gig with “Only Shallow” before tearing ferociously through the rest of the set. It was everything I ever imagined an MBV gig would be—strobe lights, amorphous, multi-colored visuals, and loud everything except the vocals. In fact, without the vocal melodies as a guide, it was sometimes difficult to know where you were in a song. Only Colm O’Ciosoig’s drums let me know when we’d reached the chorus of “Blown A Wish.”

By Monday night, perhaps fatigue was setting in because the night’s performance was an altogether less frantic affair. Despite being essentially the same setlist played in a different order, it felt like a totally different show. Some of the songs sounded rather different from the way they’d been played two nights before. Hell, some of the songs were barely recognizable. But therein lies the beauty of seeing My Bloody Valentine live. Instead of playing their records verbatim, they explore and expand upon their songs.

Unfortunately, some of the melodies and complexities that make My Bloody Valentine songs so good are exactly what got lost in the loud, muddy sound at the Roundhouse. While frustrating, it wasn’t gig-ruining, and earplugs on the fourth night allowed me to drown out some of the muddiness and pick up the vocals (the band, in fact, recommended earplugs for the gigs).

The first night I experienced the “You Made Me Realise” sonic assault, it was sort of interesting and amusing. Yes, it’s unbelievably loud (according to rumor, it reached 129 decibels—basically like a military jet taking off next to your head). Yes, you could feel the noise vibrating through you. And yes, some people had their hands over their ears / left / threw up. But once you’ve experienced it once, there’s really no need to go through it again. On the fourth night, I ducked out about fifteen minutes into it (only to pass the Klaxons, looking awestruck).

While a reunion like this is bound to be viewed through some rose-tinted glasses, My Bloody Valentine stood on their own as an incredible live band. Each member integral to the whole, the band wove all of their parts together not just to play songs, but to create an immense sonic experience. As an audience member, you can’t help but be drawn in and made a part of that experience, which is exactly as music should be.

Erin Cramer

Friday, June 20th setlist:

Only Shallow
When You Sleep
You Never Should
When You Wake
Lose My Breath
I Only Said
Come In Alone
Nothing Much To Lose
To Here Knows When
Blown A Wish
Feed Me With Your Kiss
You Made Me Realise

Monday, June 23rd setlist:

I Only Said
When You Sleep
(When You Wake) You’re Still In A Dream
You Never Should
Lose My Breath
Come In Alone
Only Shallow
Nothing Much To Lose
To Here Knows When
Blown A Wish
Feed Me With Your Kiss
You Made Me Realise

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Devo, Tom Tom Club & Dan Deacon McCarren Pool 6/26/08

Dan Deacon had the crowd eating out of the palms of his hands. They were dancing and bobbing to his effect pedal controlled electronic music like nobody’s business. Towards the end of his set he picked out a guy from the audience and had the crowd form a very large circle in the pool. The guy he chose started running around the ring of people smacking people’s hands and then picking people to run around with him. (See the video clip below)

Then he had a few people create a human archway that people would dance through. Once they reached the end, they would add themselves to the length and the archway would self perpetuate as the line of dancers then peeled itself through, creating a black hole like effect. (See the video clip below)

Next up was Tom Tom Club. Drummer Chris Frantz bassist Tina Weymouth both originally from Talking Heads took the stage for their musical side project. The Connecticut couple was accompanied on stage by a DJ, a keyboardist, a guitarist and two vocalists. They performed an hour-long set as Tina dedicated the song “She's Dangerous” to Condoleezza Rice. It was a mixed crowd: teens and an older set who first witnessed these bands back in the day at CBGB’s. The band was very tight as they ripped through “L’Elephant,” "Wordy Rappinghood” and their cover of Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing.” The crowd went wild when they performed "Genius of Love," the most sampled song in show biz. At the end of their set they covered “Take Me To The River” from their former band Talking Heads. They band took a huge bow and left the stage. (Check out Amy Wagner's video of the entire song “Genius of Love.”)

Devo was up next, tons of lights were added and a drummer riser was set out front stage left. A film started in the back of the stage (See the video clip above) and the crowd went wild chanting “Devo!” over and over. The band took the stage by storm, in yellow jump suits and red energy dome hats. They performed classic songs like “Whip It,” “Girl U Want” and also their more art-punk songs such as “Mongoloid” and the radical cover of the Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” They also played their great cover of P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri’s “Secret Agent Man.” The gray haired Devo leader Mark Mothersbaugh kept the crowd entertained with youthful energy, running all over the stage singing and playing his Moog keyboard. Lead guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh played some epic guitar solos, completely breaking all the strings off his guitar during one tune. Gerald Casale donned his headless left-handed bass as his brother Bob kept the rhythm guitar in tune with Josh Freese’s phenomenal drumming. Devo are a band that ages well. I could see them old and gray in walkers or in wheel chairs and it still would be a Devolution! The band came out for an encore of “Freedom of Choice” and “Gut Feeling!” and was ready to dive into another song when the show promoters said “no more”. The band left the stage and the lights came on but a large crowd of Devo lovers stood strong chanting for more even as the roadies were disassembling their gear.

All three bands gave it their all. It was an amazing new-wave show, which has set a pretty high mark for summer concert expectations. The only thing better would be to have had more people experience the show by offering a more reasonable price of admission.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Dutchess & the Duke Mp3

The Dutchess & the Duke are on tour with the Fleet Foxes this summer. The Dutchess is Kimberly Morrison and the Duke is Jesse Lortz together the duo spin out some good music. The two have known each other for a long time and have played together in bands including the Flying Dutchmen and the Sultanas. Listen to the track below off their debut album entitled She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke which drops July 8th on Hardly Art.

The Dutchess & the Duke - Reservoir Park.Mp3

06.26.08 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill #
06.27.08 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah #
06.28.08 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo #
06.29.08 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland #
06.30.08 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture #
07.02.08 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk #
07.03.08 - Dallas, TX - The Loft #
07.04.08 - Memphis, TN - Pop Dungeon
07.05.08 - Atlanta, GA - Criminal Records @
07.05.08 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn #
07.06.08 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 #
07.07.08 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage #
07.08.08 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church #
07.09.08 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
07.10.08 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall #
07.11.08 - Brooklyn, NY - Academy Records in-store
07.12.08 - New York, NY - TBA
07.13.08 - Brooklyn, NY - Charleston Bar & Grill $
07.14.08 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East Upstairs #
07.16.08 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class
07.17.08 - Lafayette, IN - Zoolegger's ^
07.18.08 - Rock Island, IL - Huckleberry's Pizza Parlor
07.19.08 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge %
07.20.08 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry #
07.22.08 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive #
07.23.08 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court #
07.25.08 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir #
08.09.08 - Seattle, WA - Sonic Boom (Capitol Hill)
08.09.08 - Seattle, WA - Wild Rose

# - w/ Fleet Foxes
@ - Free in-store, kids! w/ Bobby & the Soft Spots, 5pm
$ - w/ Pink Reason. I hear you get a free slice of pizza when you buy a beer there.
^ - w/ The Mans, Big Willie & Lil' Suzie
% - w/ Sang des Loups
* - Free in-store! More details TBA

Radiohead release "From the Basement" videos on iTunes

Radiohead have released ten live performance videos recorded at The Hospital studio in Covent Garden with the team from the band's longtime producer Nigel Godrich's 'From the Basement' TV show.

The collection is now available exclusively through iTunes. The videos feature live renditions of songs from 'In Rainbows' and the bonus CD included in its deluxe discbox edition.

The full track listing of video performances is:
House of Cards
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
15 Step
Go Slowly
Bangers & Mash
All I Need

Captured in a day, with direction by David Barnard and sound by Nigel Godrich, the videos represent the best recorded representation of Radiohead's live performance to date.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Bowie-tronic? Life Beyond Mars?

Rapster Records had the honor of assembling a collection of exclusive covers of David Bowie performed by top-tier electronic musicians. The selected artists could choose any track from his catalogue and create their own fresh interpretation, however faithful to, or different from the original. The result is a fascinating range of interpretations by some of the leading players in today’s electronic music from Detroit’s Matthew Dear and Carl Craig to Joakim and Au Revoir Simone, all tapping into the cryptic, expressionist core of Bowie’s originals. Click here to stream the album before it drops on July 8th.

Hercules and Love Affair You Belong video

Friday, June 20, 2008

Prefuse 73 - Wordless Music @ Whitney Museum

Ronen Givony hosted one of his Wordless Music shows tonight at the Whitney Museum featuring Scott Herren (of Savath & Savalas, Delarosa and Asora and Piano Overlord) most known as Prefuse 73, percussionist Michael Caterisano and ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble).

First up was ACME armed with a viola, cellos and violins who performed some beautiful yet frantic music that could have fit well as the score to a modern adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. They performed a Chen Yi piece with rich Chinese melodic forms.

Next up was Michael Caterisano whose only instrument was a small drum kit. He performed a piece by Kevin Volan with eclectic African drum beats which varied in volume from extremely quiet taps to very loud bangs.

The shy mix master Scott Herren then took the stage and sent the packed museum basement on a melodic and dreamy IDM sound tour. With his back to the audience, he started with his guitar, manipulating the sounds from his DJ set up. He then played his samples, keyboard and drum loops and twisted lots of knobs and pedals making tons of unique sounds. Having seen DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, and Fourtet perform live prior . . . I'd have to say Scott Herren is my new favorite DJ!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hercules and Love Affair Tour Dates

Hercules and Love Affair announce US live dates in support of their eagerly anticipated self-titled debut album (out June 24 on Mute/DFA). Their sold-out US live debut at Brooklyn’s Studio B was met with stellar reviews and a rapturous audience.

The live show includes Andy manning keyboards, a horn section, drum machines and providing backing vocals, Kim Ann and Nomi on lead vocals, live drums, live bass and even more keyboards.

The album and lead single, “Blind”, debuted in the UK Top 40 and were ranked #1 and “Track of the Week” by the NME respectively. Hercules & Love Affair is 2008's most exciting dancefloor concoction, an arthouse vision of pure pop by way of futuristic electronica and classic dance music, where beautiful, bruising harmonies and tensile rhythms collide in resurgent soundscapes and emotive disco workouts.

Hercules and Love Affair live is Andrew, Kim Ann, Nomi, Morgan, Jason, Carter, Guy, and Andy.

July 23 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
July 25 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
July 26 San Francisco CA @ Mezzanine
August 8 New York NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza

Hercules & Love Affair - Blind

1am Modest Mouse Show Tonight in Brooklyn!

Tonight Friday, June 20th after Modest Mouse open for REM at Madison Square Gardens the band will cross over to Brooklyn to play a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg at 1am! The tickets go on sale at noon at Ticket Master.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Prefuse 73 & ACME at Whitney Museum

Herren, best known as Prefuse 73, boasts a beat-centric, genre-splicing style. ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) will perform Chen Yi's Sound of Five and Kevin Volans’s She Who Sleeps.

Both artists will be performing live this Friday, June 20th at The Whitney Museum at 7pm on a first come first served basis.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bonnaroo - Sigur Ros

A clip of Sigur Ros playing "All Alright" the last track off their new album Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust which is out on 23rd June or you can stream it here.

Despite their 1-3am time slot, Sigur Ros attracted a huge crowd. Everyone (except the girl right next to me, evidently) treated them with a real reverence and listened with close attention. They had a big line-up of musicians so that sometimes it seemed more like you were at a classical music concert. The applause at the end was so enthusiastic that all the performers came out for three sets of bows. Best quote I heard from a young man in the media area: "It made me hug my guy friend."

Reported by: Dru

Bonnaroo - Ghostland Observatory

Austin's Ghostland Observatory played a furious set-- this vocalist rocked it, as shown here. They began at 2:30 am, and would have drawn even a larger crowds, but many festival-goers were waiting for Kanye West to start on the What Stage (main stage).

Reported by: Dru

Bonnaroo - Amy Lavere Interview

I met up with songwriter, upright bass player and actress (Walk the Line, Black Snake Moans) Amy LaVere outside the media tent and we went under one of the canopies in the cool, green shaded area that is dotted with Adirondack chairs and hammocks strung up between trees.

Reported by: Dru

Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band

Conor Oberst is now working with The Mystic Valley Band (his friends). Together they're releasing an album this August on Merge Records. The band holed up January and February of this year in a mountain villa studio in Tepoztlán, Morelos, México to record the album. It was produced by Conor Oberst with much help from engineer and long time associate Andy LeMaster. Click here to stream a few tracks "Danny Callahan" and "Souled Out!!!," and check out the bands tour dates in July thru October.

Adam Franklin (Swervedriver) covers Wolf Parade

White Whale Records are very proud to be releasing the Shine A Light 7″ with Handsome Furs (Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade) and Adam Franklin (Swervedriver) covering a track by each others “other” band. Listen Here!

Dan has just finished recording the sophomore Wolf Parade record and Handsome Furs are currently working on their follow-up record. Dan and Alexei of Handsome Furs are covering a yet to be announced Swervedriver track and the 2 tracks will be available as a limited edition 7” on colored vinyl as well as digitally.

Adam Franklin’s cover of Shine A Light is available on iTunes now! The Handsome Furs track will be available once the 7″ is ready, later summer '08.

Priscilla Ahn- Joes Pub 6.16.2008

Standing backstage at Joe’s Pub on Monday night, Priscilla Ahn appeared relaxed and friendly, but once she set foot on stage the intimate sold out crowd was immediately awed by her serene sound and playful melodies. Her hauntingly dreamlike voice was startling to behold and totally effecting. Priscilla and her four member band were in New York celebrating the release of her first album, A Good Day, on Blue Note Records and they proved themselves quickly with their polished, tight set. The songs were wonderfully varied in terms of content, something of a rarity today, but all unified by Priscilla’s caressing resonance.

After a humble welcome she began performing a few of the tracks off her new album such as “Wallflower” and “Better Listen Close” but it was the refreshingly natural “Leave the Light On” that really showed her true potential. A song written about her experiences living in “nowhere” Pennsylvania (better known as Bernville), the song showcases her soft controlled voice and seemingly effortless delivery, which draws comparisons to Gillian Welsh and Norah Jones. She followed soon after with “Dream,” a song that every high school girl should know by heart by the end of next year. Priscilla and her band then lightened the mood with the quirky track “Astronaut,” which was dedicated to all the woodland and sea creatures (because they need love too). As the show was coming to a close Priscilla performed a terrific cover of Willie Nelson’s “Opportunity to Cry” and broke out a ukulele for a gorgeous solo rendition of “Find My Way Back Home.”

The show ended with another beautiful song, “Lullaby,” which was followed by a short encore. Priscilla has a world of potential ahead of her and the show was a glimpse into a great future talent. Nowhere, Pennsylvania is suddenly much more interesting.

Photos & Review By Tim Needles

Monday, June 16, 2008

Croquet at the Club

Another great film by kevchino headquarters neighbor!

Byrne-ing Down the House by Playing the Building

This Saturday we stopped by Playing the Building: An Installation by David Byrne. Playing the Building is a sound installation in which the infrastructure—the physical plant of the building—is converted into a giant musical instrument. This installation was originally commissioned in Stolkholm in 2005 but this summer it resides in The Battery Maritime Building in New York, which is located between the Staten Island & Governor’s Island ferry landings.

Devices are attached to the building structure—to the metal beams and pillars, the heating pipes, the water pipes—and are used to make these things produce sound from the organ pictured above. The activations are of three key types: wind, vibration and striking. The devices do not produce sound themselves, but they cause the building elements to vibrate, resonate and oscillate so that the building itself becomes a very large musical instrument.

To get a better feel for the installation, take a gander at the video below and be sure to make your way down this summer on the way to a picnic on Governor’s Island, a show at Battery Park, or picking up some summer clothes at Century 21.

Playing the Building is open 31 May – 10 August 2008 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday: from Noon – 6PM) and is located at 10 South Street, New York, NY

Sunday, June 15, 2008

REM, Modest Mouse, & the National Jones Beach Theater 6.14.08

Some concerts are about the music and some are about performance but Saturday night was the REM experience. The gods must be big Michael Stipe fans because they attended in style pouring cold rain down for hours along with lightning bolts across the sky, but the crowd did not waver. The show began with the National, the local Brooklyn band with the characteristic Tom Waits style vocals. The crowd of empty seats and chatting people did not take a big interest in this indie newcomer as the skies began to foreshadow the night’s weather rollercoaster.

Shortly afterwards as dusk began to draw to a close, Modest Mouse took the stage unassumingly and met an equally unenthusiastic audience. The crowd began to take notice as they started into “Fire it Up,” one of the songs off their newest album, but with the exception of a few hipsters and a small group of dancing teenage girls, the audience’s attention was quickly focused elsewhere. The sound was lost in the large crowd although it did begin to gain momentum again with a passionate rendition of “Doin’ the Cockroach.” As lightning began to appear in the sky the band rounded out their set with a trio of songs including a great version of “Dashboard” and a funky mix of “Trailer Trash.” As they began their final song lightning stuck the amphitheater and sparks flew over the heads of the crowd (a great way to close their set).

The crowd was evacuated for over an hour as people jammed into cars and hallways with continual rain and lightning (one fan was even rushed to the hospital). After an announcement, the crowd poured back into their wet seats as REM took the stage. They won the soaking crowd over instantly as they began with the Creedence classic “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” followed by “S. Central Rain.” The stage set was perfectly in tune to the caffeinated pace of the songs with cropped video monitors and LCD lights lending an artistic instant video feel to each song. They continued on with classics such as “What’s the Frequency Kenneth,” “Orange Crush,” and “The One I Love,” showing how tight they are after so many years on the road. The rain somehow seemed to amplify the experience and the band changing up the set list on stage gave it a great live feeling. Michael assisted wet fans by throwing out Obama t-shirts and when the time for the encore came he told the crowd “okay, this is the encore” asking them to imagine them leaving the stage and coming back looking tired.

The encore was amazing for the seasoned REM fan as it included “Losing My Religion,” the last minute addition of “It’s the End of the World” which Michael said he swore he’d never play again, and “Fall on Me” featuring Johnny Marr. They closed the show with “Man on the Moon” around midnight and the wrinkled crowd seemed awed and satisfied even in their drenched clothes and ponchos.

Live Review & Photo by Tim Needles

Remember when REM covered Mission of Burma's "Academy Fight Song" on their Green tour?

Mission of Burma - Bowery Show NYC 06.14.08

© Kevchino 2008

Mission of Burma graced New York City's Bowery Ballroom for the first of two shows. At tonight's show, the band performed their EP Signals, Calls, and Marches in its entirety. We caught the tail end of the fellow Massachusetts-based opening band Neptune. The band was super tight with tribal grooves and even had homemade pedal boxes and a crazy looking home-built guitar with a sickle on the headstock.

Mission of Burma took the stage and singer/bassist Clint Conley exclaimed "Let's get this out of the way. Neptune kicked our asses!" They launched into a few old tunes to warm up then busted into their 1981 EP. Highlights included "Academy Fight Song," "Max Ernst," and of course "That's When I Reach for My Revolver” (see video clip below). Roger Miller rocked like a twenty year-old punker using some crazy custom pedals, which made his guitar screech and wail alongside Bob Weston's tape manipulations and Peter Prescott's precision drumming. The band had the crowd jumping up and down and signing along with all the tunes off Signals, Calls, and Marches.

Tomorrow night Mission of Burma will be back at the Bowery to perform their album Vs. in its entirety. If you can catch one of these remaining shows, you won't be sorry!

Jun 15 - Bowery Ballroom New York, New York (Vs.)
Jun 27 - First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Signals)
Jun 28 - Black Cat DC, Washington DC (Vs.)
Jul 18 - Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago, Illinois (Vs.)
Jul 19 - Bohemian National Home Detroit, Michigan (Signals)

Neptune Live at Bowery 2008 © Kevchino 2008

Live Review & Photos by Kevchino

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Bonnaroo - Reggie Watts Interview

Kevchino reviewer Dru is reporting live from Bonnaroo this year. We have a few clips from her video phone she uploaded to the web. She sat down with comedian Reggie Watts for a quick interview after his perfromance. Watts is a multidisciplinary comedic performer who performs music, theater, dance, and comedy.

Reported by: Dru

Friday, June 13, 2008

Free Digital 7" from Atlas Sound

Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound) is offering a free Virtual 7" Download by Atlas Sound entitled Amsterdam Midi. Click here for the free download.

The Virtual 7" includes two dreamy instrumental tracks: Side A: is entitled "Balcony" and Side B: "Canal" both by Another Hotel Bedtime Recording.

Don't forget to catch Atlas Sound's free show Friday, July 25, 7:00pm at South Street Seaport, Pier 17 in NYC.

Mission of Burma - 2008 Tour Dates

Catch Boston's Mission of Burma playing either Signals, Calls, and Marches or Vs. in their entirety.

Jun 12 - Paradise Boston, Massachusetts (Signals)
Jun 13 - Paradise Boston, Massachusetts (Vs.)
Jun 14 - Bowery Ballroom New York, New York (Signals)
Jun 15 - Bowery Ballroom New York, New York (Vs.)
Jun 27 - First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Signals)
Jun 28 - Black Cat DC, Washington DC (Vs.)
Jul 18 - Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago, Illinois (Vs.)
Jul 19 - Bohemian National Home Detroit, Michigan (Signals)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Isaac Hayes Brooklyn Bandshell - June 12th 2008

Soul icon Isaac Hayes christened the opening of the 30th Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight, June 12th, 2008. After a few speakers and a talk from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Mr. Hayes took the stage to a packed outdoor show.

Isaac's band included Skip Pitts on guitar, Kurt Mitchell on bass, Ben Flint on drums, Jason Hann on percussion, Damien Savage and Gerald Jackson on Keyboards plus Frederick Sawyerss and Rhonda Thomas singing back up vocals.

Isaac and his crew tore though a plethera of songs including "Soul Man," "Never Can Say Goodbye," "Do Your Thing," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and a fifteen minute jam of "Walk on By" where guitarist Skip Pitts stood up front for a five minute solo. At the end of the song everyone left the stage except drummer Ben Flint and percussionist Jason Hann who did a six minute drum solo until the song's finish. The show ended with the band rocking "Theme from Shaft." Wow . . . what an amazing free show! For more pix visit here.

~ Kevchino

My Morning Jacket 2008 New Years Show NYC

On December 31, 2008 My Morning Jacket will take the stage at New York City's Madison Square Garden for what is sure to be an unforgettable New Year's Eve concert. Hailed as one of the most important bands today by critics and fans alike, MMJ are ready to kick off 2009 at the world renowned venue. "An Evening with My Morning Jacket" will be the latest in a line of legendary New Year's Eve performances at the Garden. My Morning Jacket are particularly honored to be invited to play for an entire night's worth of festivities.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 27 at 10am through or by phone 212-307-4111.
Doors open at 8pm and the show begins at 9pm.

Popped! Music Festival- Philadelphia 6/20-22

Only in its second year, Philadelphia’s POPPED! Music Festival is already a testament to the city being a prime destination to visit for live music.  So what are you waiting for head down to philly for a cheesesteak and some great music.

Friday, June 20th @ Trocadero Theatre
Popped Kickoff Party w/White T's & White Belts, Steven Bloodbath, Special Performance by Slick Rick with Live Band!
Doors @ 8pm / 18+

Saturday, June 21st @ Drexel University -- 33rd & Market Streets
Vampire Weekend, Mates of State, Crystal Castles, Gogol Bordello, Dan Deacon, Mr. Lif, Hoots & Hellmouth, The Ting Tings
Doors @ 12pm / All-Ages

Sunday, June 22nd  @ World Cafe Live
Daniel Johnston with The Capitol Years, O'Death, Sam Champion, Gildon Works, Takka Takka, Tickley Feather, PWRFL Power
Project Jenny, Project Jan , Cheers Elephant, The Swimmers, The Vandelles, & more TBA
Doors @ 3pm / All-Ages

Visit to find out more about the artists, local vendors, Philadelphia and more!

Tickets are now on sale at A.K.A. music at 27 N. 2nd Street, the Trocadero Box Office at 1003 Arch Street, and at

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Jaymay LIve at Bowery Ballroom NYC 6/10/08

Alone onstage with just a guitar, a keyboard, and a Guinness by her side Tuesday night Jaymay, the alias for Jamie Seerman, offered the Bowery Ballroom crowd a varied performance that ranged from heartfelt folk songs to whimsical musical adlibs. The crowd was drawn in quickly by the intimacy Jaymay brought to the microphone with her soulful voice and stripped down versions of new tracks off her album Autumn Fallin’.

The set list was well paced moving from Dylanesque New York folk to the jazz influenced “Lullaby” ala Bessie Smith and onto a lyrically improvised song from her forthcoming e.p. “10 under 2” (ten songs all under 2 minutes). Midway through the show she invited out Kevin Devine who joined her for a one of the show’s highlights, a beautiful version of “You are the Only One I Love”. The songs themselves were poetically worded stories of broken hearts and longing with a continued sense of hope that seems to linger throughout. Jaymay mixed it up with a refreshing looseness playfully singing about her broken microphone as she moved from the guitar to the keyboard and kept a very personal demeanor continually talking to the audience and telling stories.

The show was a rarity as Jaymay truly seemed to have fun onstage infusing the mood to the attentive audience leaving them feeling part of an experience. As the show came to a close she admitted to the crowd that she was concerned she wasn’t being serious enough for all the press in attendance, a funny concern after such a terrific performance. She ended the show with a sing-a-long stepping away from the microphone to the foot of the stage for the crowd favorite “Tragedy” leaving the room with a sense of wonder. Jaymay’s alluring personality and well-crafted songs seem destined for a larger stage- just one car commercial or sitcom soundtrack away from enormous popularity.

Photos & Live Review by: Tim Needles

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Radiohead - The Rip (Portishead cover)

First the band covered The Smiths, Joy Division (New Order), Bjork and now Thom & Jonny cover Portishead!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Choke film premiere at BAM Sundance in Brooklyn was recently invited to attend the sold-out premiere of actor-writer-director Clark Gregg’s film “Choke” a creative adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel about a sex addict’s search for love. The BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) showing was the first time the final director’s cut was screened, as Gregg has revised the film after showing at Sundance. He likened his experience of screening the movie at Sundance to being in the trenches of World War I, watching as other films that screened before his were mowed down by the critics and jury. The film deservedly won the Special Jury Prize for the ensemble cast and Fox Searchlight picked it up immediately. The experience was incredibly special for the actor turned writer-director as it had been a dream of his to return to Sundance since he had taken a short film to Park City fourteen years earlier and was struck by the energy and creativity of the festival.

I was impressed not only with the adaptation but with the poignant and comedic performances of the cast. Sam Rockwell’s gift in fusing comedy and drama in his roles was well suited to the character of Victor Mancini, while Anjelica Huston and Kelly Macdonald gave stunning performances as Ida Mancini and Paige Marshall. Gregg himself played a superb Lord High Charlie and Joel Grey was a welcome surprise as Phil.

As a semi-cultish devotee of Palahniuk’s writing, I was initially disappointed that the film’s ending was not true to the novel, but Gregg pointed out that Palahniuk had instructed him not to be too faithful to the original in his adaptation and the author had expressed his delight in the film’s new creative elements. “Choke” is a fine example of American “dramedy,” blending complex and emotionally intense drama with unexpected moments of absurd comedy. Thanks to the BAM and Sundance for bringing yet another fine program to audiences in Brooklyn. After the screening, the film’s director Clark Gregg took questions from the audience.

The Q & A transcript to follow was reconstructed from notes taken and are not necessarily verbatim.

Q: Why did you change the ending?

A: The book actually has a couple of endings, four endings actually, which works better in a book than a movie. I actually shot three endings. I had been working on this film for seven years. Adaptation is a tricky thing, especially given Palahniuk’s funny, brilliant satirical voice, I was tempted to just lift the whole thing and basically cut and paste my way into getting an easy adaptation credit. But then you have characters like Paige Marshall and you simply cannot believe that she’s from the future. I did try to preserve some of the lines from the book, like “ come on down, bring a rock” where in the book people do, and this is the way that all the people who have helped Mancini from choking all start talking and realize that their proudest moment was a lie and they naturally got a little pissed and there’s a passage where Denny is trying to hide him and they start stoning him, but I couldn’t make that scene work with our budget. Michael Bey could make it work, but that would be a totally different movie. I guess I didn’t want there to be a way that the movie broke the connection with what could feel real. And what Choke comes down to is a really twisted romantic comedy, so that is where I chose to put my emphasis. Now there are cult members, fans of Chuck’s who’ll never forgive me.

continue reading the entire Q & A with director Clark Gregg by clicking here.

Reported By: Leo Deresa

The Brooklyn Telectroscope - London's Calling!

Around eleven o'clock this evening after our Popcorn Cell Phone Receiver let down and after deciding not to attend the These New Purtians show in Williamsburg due to the ninety degree heat and lightning & thunderstorms. We headed down to DUMBO to check out the installation of artist Paul St George's Telectroscope. The thunderstorms had cleared and we walked up to what looked like a giant periscope breaking out of the Fulton Landing by the Brooklyn Bridge.

Looking into the tube you can see people standing near the Tower of London. Many people would wave and do silly dances, but some would use hand signals to exchange phone numbers. While we were there, a woman visiting Brooklyn from London phoned back home across the pond to a London bystander. The man even asked here out on a date. If you live near London or NYC be sure to check out the Telectroscope soon, the live portal is only open till June 15th.

Telectroscope from Kevchino on Vimeo.

Popcorn Receiver (Cell Phone) Connection Failed!

This evening I was sent a video via my Facebook account from a friend in California. The video was three cellphones ringing simultaneously around some popcorn kernels and the phones ringing caused them to pop. I called the Kevchino neighbors to come by and give it a try. We tried with various phones, different popcorn kernel types, and phone positions at least six or seven times but with no positive results beyond amusing us with our nerdiness. The Youtube video below is what inspired us and the Vimeo video below that is one off our many attempts.

Popcorn Receiver Connection Failed from Kevchino on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

James Live at Spaceland in L.A.

Manchester band James popped onto the stage at Spaceland in Los Angeles on Friday night (6-6-2008) for an impromptu set featuring 5/7's of the current line-up. The inspired set featured songs from the forthcoming release Hey Ma and amazing renditions of Out To Get You, Lullaby and Laid from the album of the same name. This show, billed as "semi-acoustic" was the bands first gig in Los Angeles in over eight years! Tim Booth had left the band to pursue an acting career in 2001 but has since decided it was time for the band to regroup. The quintet featured all members who were present during the "Laid" sessions and even had trumpeter Andy Diagram-last seen in the early nineties for Seven-lending his horn prowess on all tracks. Although James were always a band with a "cult" status, openers over the years for the live tours have included some now mighty bands: Nirvana, Radiohead, Stereophonics, Coldplay and Doves. Want to become a successful act? Open for James!

Barney Rebel

Friday, June 06, 2008

I Was A Cub Scout - Pink Squares Video and Mp3

I Was A Cub Scout is a UK-based duo. Two very young men, who make very listenable music that's a little bit poppy, a little bit emo, and a little bit rock. If you like bands like The Postal Service, Editors and Jimmy Eat World, you just might like this band. They release their debut album titled I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope digitally (itunes, emusic, etc) today, and physically on June 24th.

I Was A Cub Scout Pink Pink Squares.mp3

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Joy Pod? A Joy Division Zune Player

Today Microsoft Corp. announced that a limited-edition Zune digital media player designed by Peter Saville will be made available to commemorate the DVD release of "Joy Division," the critically acclaimed documentary. The film will come pre-loaded on a custom black Zune 80 player that is etched with an adaptation of Saville's iconic artwork from Joy Division's "Unknown Pleasures" album. Five hundred limited- edition players will be available for purchase June 17 for $399.99 through and In addition, Zune Marketplace will feature exclusive outtakes from the DVD. Thanks Microsoft. There goes the underground!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Mudhoney Interview with Mark Arm’s Andy Heater chatted it up with Mark Arm of Mudhoney on the telephone on May 20, 2008 about their new album The Lucky Ones and the re-release of Superfuzz Bigmuff. Click here to read the interview.

Mudhoney The Lucky Ones I’m Now.mp3

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Wire in NYC May 30th

Thirty years ago London, UK's Wire came across the pond to play the now defunct CBGB's. Tonight they opened the first show of Seaport Music Festival. They played a lot of tunes from Send and they even played the 1979 classic "15th" from the album 154 which Brooklyn's Fischerspooner revitalized back in 2003. They played "106 Beats That" off their debut Pink Flag towards the end of their set and "Lowdown," "12XU" and "Pink Flag" during their encores. Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Gray and crew put on an excellent show and set a high bar for this great New York City festival.