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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New Interpol Song "Lights"

Wow Interpol got robbed on their logo design money. It looks hideous! Trade the band an email for an MP3 of their new tune "Lights" above.

Trent Reznor teams up with his wife Mariqueen Maandig

Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor teams up with his wife Mariqueen Maandig (ex-West Indian Girl) in a project entitled How To Destroy Angels . They're dropping a six-song EP this summer. You can watch a clip of his lady doing some knob twisting below.

Grizzly Bear music in Washington State Lotto Commercial

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Truck Festival AMERICA in NYC

Sorry no monster trucks at the show but this is the first year the 13 year running UK music festival will hit US soil. It happens next weekend from Friday, April 30th to Sunday, May 2nd at The Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, about than three hours from NYC.

The event is called TRUCK America
See the line up listed below with links to bands we love and our excited to see. Also check out the daily set times schedule here here. You can get tickets here.

Truck America lineup
Atlantic/Pacific, Brandon Patton, Cat Martino, Collin Rocker, Common Prayer, Dusty & the Dreaming Spires (Robin & Joe from Goldrush/Truck), Forgetters (Blake Schwarzenbach of Jawbreaker, Jets To Brazil), Gary Louris (of The Jayhawks), Gazzarderie All Stars, Grand Mal, Here We Go Magic, Hopewell, Ida, Jeneric, John de Vries, John Kameel Farah, Lewis & Clarke, Linda Moody, Loop 2.4.3, Mercury Rev, Monogold, Mike & Ruthy, Natureboy, Neil Halstead, Nina Violet, Oxygen Ponies, Randi Russo, Sam Isaac, Sgt Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, Spouse, Stache & The Golden Delicious, T J Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Tern, Rounders, The Brixton Riot, The Caulfield Sisters, The Dig, The Joy Formidable, The Roadside Graves, The Sadies, The Shoestring Band, The Shoestring Band Folk Session, The Silent League, Tim Easton, Two Dark Birds, Wayne Robbins & The Hellsayers, White Rabbits, Wintersleep

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Big Takeover Turns 30th with 2 Day Show at Bell House

Jack Rabid's NYC fanzine The Big Takeover celebrates their 30th Anniversary this year with a two-day showcase in Brooklyn at the Bell House on July 30th-31st.

You can purchase individual tickets for each night for $25 or a Two day pass for $40 here.

Friday, July 30th
The Avengers
Libertines U.S.

Saturday, July 31st
Mark Burgess (of The Chameleons) backed by Boston's The Curtain Society
For Against
Sleepover Disaster
Don McGlashan:
Jon Auer
Plus very special guests:
Astrid Williamson
The Sharp Things
Paul Collins (of The Nerves)
The Curtain Society

Atoms For Peace (Thom Yorke), Santa Barbara Bowl

It was a warm spring evening at the Santa Barbara Bowl when Atoms For Peace took the stage to a sold out crowd. There had been a buzz in the air of Thom Yorke's side-project/super-group for some time, but it was unclear how such discordant threads of music being described as danceable and intellectual/alienated pop, could share a common thread; and moreover create a sound that resonated with listeners in thought and groove. To say such a fusion was accomplished would be a mass understatement.

Few artists (Thom Yorke being excluded) would be able to tour for a solo album "The Eraser" that was released nearly four years ago & have it sound fresher than the day it was released. This was in part to the nearly entire re-imagining of the album by the super-group comprised of Thom Yorke on guitar, piano, and funky dance moves; Flea on bass and appearing as a giant blue-haired smurf (Red Hot Chili Peppers); Nigel Godrich on guitar and keyboards (producer for Radiohead, etc); Joey Waronker on drums  (from Beck's band); and Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco (from David Byrne’s band).

The set opened rather mellow with Thom on piano, playing the title track from the album "The Eraser" on a near darkened stage, with the melancholy tome "the more you try to erase me - the more - the more that I appear". Through the end of the opening song it really resembled what you might expect, ala a Radiohead concert. What I was anticipating, though not understanding how i would feel about it, was the danceable interpretation of much of the rest of the set, starting with their next song "Analyse". The sound was both intellectually gripping as well as movingly rhythmic. It was as if Thom and Flea were channeling the music, letting it move them as it streamed through them - en route to the audience. Rarely have I ever seen musicians enjoying what they are doing so much. It was truly infectious. In just a few songs I understood what I'd read about Atoms For Peace, and was converted to Thom and Flea's church of groove...

The show continued on, including the entirety of the album "The Eraser"; though it was a distinctly different to the album release. Songs like "Black Swan" and latter "Harrowdown Hill", now had heavy percussion and infections grooves which accompanied the melancholy lyrics, creating a sound that made band members and audience alike, dance and writhe. There were moments in the night where Thom was alone again on the darkened stage and gave the acoustic interlude of Radiohead songs including "Everything in It's Right Place" and "Videotape". These were minimalist renditions, in-between the melancholy dance-procession that the evening had aptly become.

As the evening was wrapping up, Thom & Co shared a few new rather inspired songs, such as "Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses" and "Judge Jury and Executioner". On the last one Thom said to some people at the front of the stage "I'm surprised you recognize this song, but I'd be really impressed if you know the words - because I don't entirely know them yet".

Seeing Thom & Co live was well worth it. I hope they tour again so you can see what I mean. With any luck, this line-up will record live, to commemorate this sound...

Clovis IV

Friday, April 16, 2010

Free Broken Bells EP

Click here for a free download of a Broken Bells EP from Myspace Transmissions featuring "The Ghost Inside," "The High Road," "October," and Vaporize." Also watch a interview and the recording.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Admiral Radley LP to be release in July

Admiral Radley is the music project between Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch of Grandaddy and Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray of Earlimart. Their debut album “I Heart California” will be released on July 13. If you ask the band to tell the story on how everything came together, they may tell you stories involving French fries and wine, splinters, “shovel grips” and even meeting the elusive Admiral himself. What we do know, is members of both bands are long time friends who have toured together and also collaborated and constructed songs over the years. The band’s time in the studio together was loose and enjoyable, sometimes hilarious and even insane. Years later, Jason, Ariana and both Aarons collectively decided to release these songs as an album on THE SHIP, which is both a recording studio and new record label owned and operated by Aaron Espinoza. The first Admiral Radley shows were booked in/around SXSW 2010, including Mess with Texas, Daytrotter and NPR All Things Considered sessions, and the SHIP party. We saw them rock out live at SXSW and we are excited to hear the LP.

1. I Heart California
2. Ghosts of Syllables
3. Sunburn Kids
4. Lonesome Co.
5. The Thread
6. Red Curbs
7. I’m All Fucked On Beer
8. Ending Of Me
10. Chingas In The West
11. I Left U Cuz I Luft U

US tour starting in July 2010 check for more details.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Interview with Keith Kelly of Monogold

Kevin Serra chatted with Keith Kelly of Monogold about their 2009 EP, We Animals, their recent touring adventures, and what lies ahead for the band. Read it here.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Cursive - House of Blues, Hollywood

Performing a sold out show on a Friday night in Hollywood; Cursive rocked the stage at the House of Blues... The band played a diverse mixture of songs from their eight albums, opening the set with the tune "Big Bang" from their 2006 album Happy Hollow. With lyrics like "In a world of entropy, why can't we just simply be? and don't feed me lies, intelligent design...", there was no lack of thoughtful lyrics, that straddled the line between questioning authority and lyrical prose.

From the moment singer/guitarist Tim Kasher took the stage, the air was buzzing with a raw rock n'roll energy. Continuing on, they went into the title track from the album that they're currently supporting: "Mama, I'm Swollen", which further raised the bar again with quixotic lyrics like "I am the body and the blood - The earthquake and the flood". Sounding like a more recent and melodic Superchunk; the band was awash in refined noise, rhythm, trumpet, and Kasher's impassioned vocals. Every song seemed to bring more fervent applause from the audience than the previous song.

Covering a great emotional distance & getting toward the end of the set, Cursive lit up the place with their hit song "From the Hips", making the new fans in the audience electrified. Afterward, the same can be said of the seasoned fans, when they rolled into the title track from the album “Dorothy at Forty", bringing the the audience to the verge of an all-out meltdown. Closing out the night was the Big Black-esque, noise driven track "Gentleman Caller". It, as well as the entire night was passionately played and well thought out. I'd recommend checking Cursive out; A little noise is just what the doctor ordered...

Photos & Words by Clovis IV

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Lollapalooza 2010 Line Up

Pretty solid line up at Lollapalooza this year with . . . Soundgarden | Green Day | Lady Gaga |Arcade Fire | The Strokes | Phoenix | Social Distortion | MGMT | Jimmy Cliff | Hot Chip | The Black Keys | The National | Spoon | Devo | Cypress Hill | Cut Copy | The New Pornographers | Erykah Badu | Slightly Stoopid | Grizzly Bear | Gogol Bordello | Chromeo | Wolfmother | Yeasayer | X Japan | MUTEMATH | Metric | Dirty Projectors | AFI | Mavis Staples | Matt & Kim | The xx | Drive-By Truckers | Blues Traveler | Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros | The Temper Trap | Jamie Lidell | Frightened Rabbit | F**k Buttons | Deer Tick | Blitzen Trapper | Stars | Raphael Saadiq | The Cribs | Minus the Bear | Switchfoot | The Walkmen | Mumford & Sons | Wild Beasts | Rogue Wave | Los Amigos Invisibles | The Big Pink | The Dodos | Hockey | Cymbals Eat Guitars | B.o.B | Dawes | Warpaint | The Antlers | The Soft Pack | Rebelution | Balkan Beat Box | Wavves | American Bang | The Ike Reilly Assassination | Company of Thieves | Nneka | Harlem | The Constellations | Miniature Tigers | Mimicking Birds | The Kissaway Trail | HEALTH | Javelin | The Morning Benders | Foxy Shazam | Violent Soho | Royal Bangs | NEON TREES | Freelance Whales | Semi Precious Weapons | Dan Black | The Band of Heathens | Dragonette | My Dear Disco| Shawn Fisher | Neon Hitch | Skybox | The Ettes | Jukebox the Ghost | These United States | MyNameIsJohnMichael

Free Brittain Ashford Show at Bruar Falls

Brittain Ashford has been busy working on her new LP in Marfa, Texas. She also played our / The Nym Guy showcase at SXSW. She was great live. She's playing a free show this Sunday April 11th at Bruar Falls in Brooklyn. 21+

More Beck, Liars and St. Vincent INXS

Record Club: INXS "New Sensation" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Princeton Tour Dates

Los Angeles-based Princeton released its debut record, Cocoon of Love, September 29th on Kanine Records. Growing up on Princeton Street in Santa Monica, the group now lives in an aging green house on a hillside in the Eagle Rock district of LA where their album was recorded. Princeton played our / The Nym Guy SXSW party and were great live. So check em out at:

04/05 - Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall #
04/07 - Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck #
04/08 - Norman, OK University of Oklahoma
04/09 - Austin, TX Emo's #
04/10 - Denton, TX Hailey's #
04/14 - Seattle, WA High Dive &
04/15 - Eugene, OR U of Oregon, WOW Hall &
04/16 - San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop &
04/17 - Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst $
04/20 - Visalia, CA The Cellar Door #
04/22 - Los Angeles, CA Troubador @
04/24 - Bellingham, WA The Wild Buffalo #
04/25 - Portland, OR Berbati's Pan #

& = w/ Love Is All
# = w/ Camera Obscura
$ = w/ Phoenix
@ = w/ Active Child

Princeton 'Calypso Gold' from kay kanine on Vimeo.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Buzzcocks US Tour Dates

Buzzcocks announce a massive tour of North America! The tour sees the godfathers of punk pop – Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, Danny Farrant and Chris Remington - hit 22 cities in the US and Canada with more dates TBA.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Washington, DC Black Cat
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Thursday, May 13, 2010 New York, NY The Filmore at Irving Plaza
Friday, May 14, 2010 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
Saturday, May 15, 2010 Farmingdale, NY Crazy Donkey
Monday, May 17, 2010 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Montreal, QC Le National
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Toronto, ON Opera House
Friday, May 21, 2010 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
Saturday, May 22, 2010 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
Sunday, May 23, 2010 Chicago, IL Double Door
Monday, May 24, 2010 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Winnepeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret
Friday, May 28, 2010 Edmonton, AB New City Compound
Saturday, May 29, 2010 Calgary, AB Republik
Monday, May 31, 2010 Vancouver, BC Venue
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Portland, OR Berbati's Pan
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Friday, June 4, 2010 Oakland, CA Uptown
Saturday, June 5, 2010 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia at L.A. Live
Sunday, June 06, 2010 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
Monday, June 7, 2010 San Diego, CA House of Blues
More TBA

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Band of Horses "Compliments" video

Infinite Arms tracklist
1) Factory
2) Compliments
3) Laredo
4) Blue Beard
5) On My Way Back Home
6) Infinite Arms
7) Dilly
8) Evening Kitchen
9) Older
10) For Annabelle
11) NW Apt.
12) Neighbor
Band of Horses - 2010 TOur Dates
April 8th - Paris, France - La Fleche D'or
April 9th - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie
April 10th - Rotterdam, Netherlands- Motel Mozaique, Schouwburg
April 12th - London, UK - Koko
April 14th - Koln, Germany - Kulturkirche
April 16th - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
April 17th - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
April 18th - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
April 23rd - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater (with Widespread Panic)
April 24th - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater (with Widespread Panic)
April 26th - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
April 28th - Miami, FL - Fillmore
April 29th - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
May 1st - New Orleans, LA - Jazzfest
May 2nd - Memphis, TN - Beale St. Music Festival
May 3rd - Kansas City, MO -Sprint Center (with Pearl Jam)
May 4th - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center (with Pearl Jam)
May 6th - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena (with Pearl Jam)
May 7th - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Center (with Pearl Jam)
May 9th - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena (with Pearl Jam)
May 10th - Buffalo, NY - HSBC Arena (with Pearl Jam)
May 13th - Washington, DC - Verizon Center (with Pearl Jam)
May 15th - Hartford, CT - XL Center (with Pearl Jam)
May 17th - Boston, MA - TD Garden (with Pearl Jam)
May 21st - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden (with Pearl Jam)
May 27th - Davis, CA - UC Davis Freeborn Hall
May 30th - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater (with She & Him)
May 31st - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
June 4th - Dublin, IE - Academy
June 5th - Bangor, IE - Ward Park (with Snow Patrol)
June 7th - Cambridge, UK - Junction
June 8th - Manchester, UK - Ritz
June 9th - London, UK - Roundhouse
June 11th - Oxford, UK - Academy
June 12th - Glasgow, Scotland - Bellahouston Park (with Snow Patrol)
June 19th - Toronto, ONT - Olympic Island Concert (with Pavement and Broken Social Scene)
September 25th - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater

SXSW Kevchino The Nym Guy Party Pics from Diana Healey

Shilpa Ray © 2010 Diana Healey Photography
Sharon Van Etten © 2010 Diana Healey Photography
Rey Villalobos (of The Coral Sea) © 2010 Diana Healey Photography
Princeton © 2010 Diana Healey Photography
Joannabarbera © 2010 Diana Healey Photography
Seabear © 2010 Diana Healey Photography
Anni Rossi © 2010 Diana Healey Photography
Monogold chilling with Lana © 2010 Diana Healey Photography
Brittain Ashford © 2010 Diana Healey Photography

Metric - Los Angeles 03/26/10

On a spring night in LA, a warm wind blew into town and carried Metric along with it. In anticipation of the band's headlining at the Hollywood Palladium, ecstatic fans wrapped a line around the block. The Toronto/Montreal/LA/London based four-piece; arrived after a whirlwind of tour dates in the states, including an appearance at SXSW. Though for this particular Friday night: if there were any room left in the Palladium, it must have been with the ghosts in the rafters.

The show began on a darkened stage, only sprinkled with pinpoints of blue light. Shimmering, the frontwoman Emily Haines' keyboard intro and lyrics formed the perfect embarkation point for the emotionally textured opening, "Twilight Galexy". (from their 2009 album "Fantasies") Supporting their eclectic musical stylings; were guitarist James Shaw, bassist Joshua Winstead, and drummer Joules Scott-Key; which lit the aural path for Haines' lush vocals and quirky-polished presence.

As the concert built in intensity; the lights shone down, glowing of a thousand different shades of blue. Haines' lyrics seem to lend her voice to a generation's pain, joy, wit, and social relevance. The band oscillated between slower/dreamy tunes, and indie-pop gems like the well known "Help I'm Alive", and the catchy alt-hits "Sick Muse" and "Gold Guns Girls".

Haines flitted about the stage like the green-fairy painted in blue, while having unmistakable command of the stage and the audience's attention. The audience swaying with every move of the band, the evening was further punctuated by such witty tunes as "Gimme Sympathy" posing questions about the nature & even relevance of stardom with lines like: "who'd you rather be the Beatles of the Rolling Stones?"

Closing the night was another pinnacle from the 2003 album "Old World Underground"; asking the difficult relationship question: "how I miss your ranting - do you miss my all time lows?..." The ironically poppy, yet thoughtful "Combat Baby" had the Palladium's packed dance-floor bouncing in ecstasy until the last note of the night...

Photos/Review: Clovis IV