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2006/01/31

meh?

"For the past few weeks, Coachella's bill was rumored to include a Smashing Pumpkins reunion (see "Billy Corgan Says He Wants To Re-Form Smashing Pumpkins"). But a spokesperson for frontman Billy Corgan's record label shot that speculation down during a recent interview with a California radio station. A source close to Corgan has also denied the band's supposed Coachella booking."
MTV News

sigh.

Anyways, here:

COACHELLA 2006 (with some additions probably)

Saturday, April 29th
Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros, Common, Damian Marley, Atmosphere, Carl Cox, My Morning Jacket, Ladytron , Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Tosca, Cat Power, Animal Collective, HARD-fi, Derrick Carter, Devendra Banhart, She Wants Revenge, The Walkmen, The Juan Maclean, Audio Bullys, Imogen Heap, Lady Sovereign, Deerhoof, The Duke Spirit, Editors, stellastarr*, Lyrics Born, Matt Costa, The New Amsterdams, The Zutons, Platinum Piped Pipers, White Rose Movement, Chris Liberator, Colette, Joey Beltram, Hybrid, Wolfmother, The Like, Living Things, Nine Black Alps, The Section Quartet, Infadels, Youth Group, Shy FX & T Power, Infusion.

Sunday, April 30th
Tool, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bloc Party, Paul Oakenfold, Scissor Sisters, Matisyahu, James Blunt, TV on the Radio, Sleater-Kinney , Mogwai, Coheed and Cambria, Gnarls Barkley, Coldcut, Phoenix, Digable Planets, Amadou & Mariam, Little Louie Vega, Mylo (DJ Set), Seu Jorge, Wolf Parade, The Go! Team, Kaskade, Metric, Art Brut, Dungen, The Dears, Jamie Lidell, The Magic Numbers, Los Amigos Invisibles, Jazzanova, Michael Mayer, Mates of State, Gilles Peterson, Gabriel & Dresden, The Subways, Minus the Bear, Be Your Own Pet, Giant Drag, Kristina Sky, The Octopus Project.

Thoughts?




posted by n. @ 1/31/2006



2006/01/25

fear of music


Apparently based on some comments left on my blog, I only like British band who all sound exactly the same. I don't think that that is true, and the same could be said of anyone who prefers one genre of music over another. Anyways, here's one export who def don't sound like the rest. This band, Fear of Music, is made up of four YOUNG guys (seriously, the look like babies) from Manchester who sound like the Pixies meets Weezer (with a little Muse thrown in for good measure). With just an EP out overseas, the band have already been snatched up by Sony/BMG, so I wouldnt be too surprised if we're hearing a lot more of them soon.

Fear of Music - Skin and Bones

Stream more songs on their myspace

Also if you like pressing buttons and stuff, go and vote for the Spin.com band of 2005 contest here. Although wasn't 2005 so last year?




posted by n. @ 1/25/2006



2006/01/23

get your art on for snowden

note from the band:

We are seeking art for the cover of our debut album to be released this summer
by a wonderful indie label we are finalizing negotiations with. We would love
to see your idea for our album cover. There is also a good chance that the
album will be pressed on vinyl and both CD and vinyl will have international
distribution.

The tentative album title is: Anti-Anti

You know you've got something laying around that would make a great cover: an
old photo, a project from your high school sculpture class. Send us a small
JPEG or gif to snowden@mindspring.com with the "ALBUM ART" in the subject line.




posted by n. @ 1/23/2006



editors = brilliant


(photo thanks to the speaker climbing wonder that is miss modernage)
I have to be honest, I think I'm still reeling from the Editors show at Rothko on Saturday night. Complain if you want about guest lists being cut and having to get there a little early and stand in a crowded room, but I think you would be missing the point because this show was MORE than worth every minute spend standing in line, and every desperate post on craigslist begging for tickets, etc. etc.

Editors are the REAL deal. From the first time I listened to Munich last year, I knew that I really really liked this band. The album itself is a solid work, but something about their live show just trancends ALL of it. Lead singer Tom Smith has a presence that has to be seen to really be believed. He's so emotional in his performances and his voice sounded so clear and strong on Saturday that the enthralled audience couldn't help but to hang on every lyric and note. In a word, it was brilliant.

Usually after seeing a band like this in a small venue makes me hesitant to feel like I need to rush out and see them the next time they are in town (Artic Monkeys, for example). But when Editors come round again for their proper US tour in March, I will be getting tickets to as many shows as I can manage to see, that's just how good this band is (and their set was really REALLY short).

Editors - Blood
Editors - You Are Fading


Also you can download their entire show in Boston from last night at Bradleys Almanac

And I found this quote from NME pretty damn funny: Editors then faced more venue drama as arriving for their soundcheck, when singer Tom Smith discovered that the new club "didn't have any walls or something", forcing a final and successful move to the Rothko club

The afterparty at Fontanas (which is HUGE inside) was ridiculous, and Peter Hook played one good song (a Blur remix of all things) over several hours so the dance floor was pretty dead. Nevertheless, Rachael and I oogled lead singers and I spent most of the evening with the GoStation boys who are suddenly THE most fun band to party with ever.




posted by n. @ 1/23/2006



2006/01/20

four to the floor

Pretty much every morning, I IM Rob Holmes and tell him "Rob, I am SO TIRED blaaaaaaaaaaaaah kill me please" or something along those lines. And every day Rob replies "well Nora maybe that's because you GO OUT EVERY NIGHT."

Thanks for clearing that up Rob.

Anyways, last night we went to Pianos and saw a lot of bands. First Washington Social Club, who sound really pop/punk on their recordings and really kind of meh crunchy granola in person.. don't know how that happens honestly but I guess the band has really changed directions. Not that into it, but the room was packed so people really do like this band.

After this, I was super excited because the A-Sides were playing, a Philadelphia band I have wanted all of my NYC friends to see since checking them out at Schubas a few weeks ago. I'm happy to report that the band completely rocked out to a packed crowd and were easily the stand-out band of all the acts I caught that night. The next time they come around here, don't miss them!

We also saw Lolita Bras, who I think I should really like and I tried hard to get into them, but nothing really connected this time around. The band plays very dark and moody rock which is usually right up my alley, but maybe this was just too straightforward or lacking the hooks to really pull me in. I think I will go back next week when they finish up their January residency with Hopewell and give them another shot.

Lolita Bras - Her Own Conversation

Finally I headed over to Mercury Lounge to catch Boston band Aberdeen City for the second time, and was once again swept up in their excellent early Radiohead-esque sound. Best of all, they managed to erase pretty much all of the criticisms I had of them before. For your next chance to see them (next week!) see the flier below:




posted by n. @ 1/20/2006



2006/01/19

oh. holy. shit.

I know someone rumored this on my comments section a few weeks ago, but this makes it look even more likely...

Smashing Pumpkins to possibly reform for Coachella

Please be true please be true please be true!




posted by n. @ 1/19/2006



coachella line-up: could it be true?!!



if only c+c music factory and richard marx were playing... then i'd be in heaven. hehe.

(thanks tim, for the link.)




posted by the winglady @ 1/19/2006



desperate measures

I rarely ever do this, but if there is anyone out there who has an extra Editors ticket for EITHER of their two upcoming shows, can you please help a girl out? I have been obsessed with this band for a while now and just have ZERO luck with buying these things.

So if you can help me out, send me an email please!




posted by n. @ 1/19/2006



2006/01/18

ooohiwanttodance! (more musical instant messaging)

nora: listen to this
nicola: what is it?
nora: it's a song
nicola: oooooh this is fun!
nicola: whoisit?
nora: the sunshine underground
nicola: who is that??
nora: don't they sound like the rapture?
nicola: yes!
nicola: ooohiwanttodance!
nora: they are british!

The Sunshine Underground - Put In Your Place




posted by n. @ 1/18/2006



hard to beat

Hi neglected blog. Did you miss me? Seriously, I have been to two awesome shows in the past few days and completely neglected to write about them or photograph them in any way. Mostly this is because I always seem to run into other bloggers at every >show who have more time to write about this stuff than I do and have entries up covering pretty much everything that I would have talked about (including the jerk at We Are Scientists who yelled at me for dancing. Granted he was wearing a Summerstage Security t-shirt so I guess I shouldn't have been too surprised, but still. If you want to stand perfectly still and watch a band, then don't come to a rock show at Bowery Ballroom and stand dead center in the fifth row. Boo.)

So anyways, I saw We Are Scientists at Bowery Ballroom, which only served to increase my insane crush on this band and everything about them. Honestly, when they launched into their cover of "Be My Baby" I thought my head was going to pop off. Instead I slow danced with Nicole and fantasized about having a band that awesome play at my prom. In the words of lead singer Keith, this band is definitely on my sweet list.

We Are Scientists - Lousy Reputation

(I guess it should be noted, however, that their album sold half as many copies as Morningwood's debut did last week. Hmmm)

Then last night -- holy fucking shit HARD FI. When I saw the band back last summer at Lollapalooza, I thought they were awesome. At the time I did happen to be standing around in a baseball field at noon in 100 plus degree weather, so I guess my judgement could have been impared or something.. but no. This band is awesome. Every time awesomely psycho lead singer Richard took out the keyboard flute, Nicole screamed, and when they played Hard To Beat, the entire room went INSANE. No one yelled at my for dancing this time, thank goodness.

Here's an old picture from Lollapalooza (yeah well..). I need to go get some aspirin an figure out what the hell was up with the afterparty last night (bloody sheets and diapers hanging from the ceiling? what HUH?)




posted by n. @ 1/18/2006



2006/01/12

a music letter from me to you

I guess the big story this week on the NYC music scene is the sudden rivalry of two new york indie rock/pop bands who happen to both be releasing debut albums on major labels on the same day during the same week that they also play back to back sold out Bowery Ballroom shows (phew!). While Brooklyn Vegan has a complete blow by blow analysis of the Morningwood / We Are Scientists "fued," I ended up over at Bowery Ballroom last night to see what all the fuss was about myself.

Obviously I have already established my love for We Are Scientists, and I think they are certainly on their way to becoming hugely popular in their sweater vest kitten weilding way.

On Morningwood, however, the verdict was still out for me. I have heard people rave about them and critics chime in with less than flattering reviews. But songs like "Nth Degree" and "Jetsetter" have been almost impossible to get out of my head upon even just one or two listens, so I was open minded.

And I gotta say, the band left such an impression on Bowery Ballroom last night - namely via frontlady Chantal - that naysayers aside this band is definitely going places. I honestly don't even remember the last time I have seen a crowd in that venue stirred into such a frenzy of dancing, jumping and screaming (Arctic Monkeys MAYBE but still not really even a close comparison). There was nudity. There was champagne everywhere (including all over bloggers) There was glitter and confetti falling from the ceilings and thrown into the air (ok ok, maybe Capitol Records just has some excellent street team people). Chantal belted a song from the BALCONY, which I have never seen done before at Bowery. And say whatever you will about her looks, the girl has pipes and knows how to work a room.

Morningwood may not be writing the next critically acclaimed masterpiece, but they are a fun band and with a name like that they almost have to be viewed as a guilty pleasure don't they?

As for who will win the Morningwood/We Are Scientists war of the catchy indie poprock bands? WAS take the stage tonight... so we shall just have to wait and see.

Morningwood - Jetsetter




posted by n. @ 1/12/2006



2006/01/10

it dawned on me

When I was in Chicago, my friends kept going on and on about the album that Calla put out last year, Collisions. Obviously I didn't make a top ten or top anything list this year (I'm still considering it I guess... is it bad to put out a 2005 top ten list in February?). Anyways, if I HAD made one, this song most certainly would be on it.

It's beautiful. I'm obsessed with it. Last night before we went to the Skinny I forced Matt to spend half an hour trying to download it from somewhere (iTunes music store was down...?!?!?!) because I HAD to hear it or there was no way I would be able to make it through the night.

I really need to get a copy of the album, because I left mine in Chicago... if anyone wants to IM me today, I have a cold and it would make me feel much much better.

Calla - It Dawned On Me

They are playing at North Six on February 4th.



Nicole also sent me a link to this band At The Lake who kind of sound like the Smiths. I like the song "These Days.."

Also if you kind of squint and get close to your computer, here is a flier for Tiswas 2.0 the "Darkroom edition." Looks pretty awesome to me..though when I walked past the space the other day it kind of still looked very under construction.




posted by n. @ 1/10/2006



2006/01/09

at home i have a huge box of tapes n'tapes...

I don't have a lot of time to update today, but I figured I'd be totally repetitive and say that at the last minute, thanks to the wonderful Jasper, I ran into Pianos to catch all of Tapes N' Tapes and boy am I glad that I did. You can see some photos here @ Brooklyn Vegan. Tamborines, sleigh bells, and tubas, oh my, this band is pretty fucking awesome. I don't even really know what to compare them to... Wolf Parade? I don't really hear it but that's the word around here.

Seriously, if nothing else I just love saying the name of this band. Mmmm... TAPES N'TAPES! It just rolls off the tongue. Say it. Say it again. Yay! Also, at one point their CD player wasn't working, which Jay from the Cloud Room found pretty ironic. Just thought I'd share.

So I guess that's my "review." Oh and my friend from England really liked this band also, probably moreso than I did. The last time he was here I took him to see the Bravery at Arlene's Grocery and he said they would be huge in england so maybe he's a better barometer for these things than even I am.

Although he hates the Bravery now...

Tapes N'Tapes - Insistor

Okay so Tapes N'Tapes is tonight @ Mercury Lounge and then THURSDAY night at this blast of awesomeness from ProductshopNYC:




posted by n. @ 1/09/2006



2006/01/06

a new year and a new gostation


So if you've followed this band at all up until now, you'll probably be able to tell judging from the above picture that some changes have been brewing with The GoStation. Aside from getting some amazing airplay on KEXP's morning show (John Richards is their new biggest fan, no joke), the band have recruited a new drummer in Justin Aaronson (formerly of Surefire) and added a (hot) new guitarist Erik Nyquist.

You can be one of the first to check out this hot new lineup for yourself when the band plays the super fun (did someone say open bar?) upcoming Shindig! party on January 25th where they will share the stage with Young Lourds and the fantastic Aberdeen City.

In the meantime, check out this new demo of their song "Battle Lines," and if you don't have plans for next friday (the 13th) go over to Crash Mansion to check out the GoStation's new favorite group "Wyld Stallyns." You won't be disappointed.....

The GoStation - Battle Lines (demo)




posted by n. @ 1/06/2006



2006/01/03

if love was a number, mine would be 9

nora: listen to this song now
nicola: who is it?
nora: white rose movement
nicola: what is that?
nora: a band
nora: from the UK
nora: that i want to have dancefloor babies with
nicola: oooh this is awesome

White Rose Movement - Love Is A Number




posted by n. @ 1/03/2006



i rock i roll... into a new year



So as of this week, my blog is two years old. Yep, two years ago I was really bored and unemployed and decided the best way to spend my time between job hunting (aka bar hopping and oversleeping) was to start writing about music on the internet. To celebrate... I took a two week break from pretty much all things internet and I'm pretty happy about that. For the most part, while I was resting and detoxing in the midwest I didn't do much of anything (aside from sleep and eat hotdogs that is... oh and attend some house party that should never ever be discussed ever again ever). There were a couple of days though where I might as well have bought a cot and set it up at Schubas because it pretty much felt like I lived there. Truth be told I can't be kept away from live music venues for that long.

With that, I bring you my first "new band" discovery of... the year, which is actually a band that isn't that new at all but I had never seen them before so new for me can be new for you too. They are called The A-sides and they hail from Philadelphia and they play some very happy go lucky 60s feeling rock pop tunes that kept my toes tapping all through their set - like the Shins, but with a richer sound. They have a new album out called "Hello, Hello," and the lead song from it, "Sidewalk Chalk" has been on heavy iTunes rotation at work for the last month, and when they kicked off their Schubas set with it last week I was happy to discover that the A-sides don't disappoint live either.

New Yorkers can check them out January 19th at Pianos, where lead singer Jon promised to regail me with tails of ninja mexican food.

The A-Sides - Sidewalk Chalk

The A-Sides - Park Avenue

I also, surprise surprise could not leave the city without one last December performance from The Changes. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times (actually... I probably have said it a thousand times), these boys are where it's at in 2006. Hopefully a tour and possibly a trip abroad will expand their already very devoted fanbase. The skys the limit.

Other new discoveries on the Chicago side of things that I recommend you look out for should they ever come to New York and also in general include Wax On Radio (listen to them here), Kim, and Alphabet.

Welcome to another delightful year in indie rock.




posted by n. @ 1/03/2006








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