2007/07/31ocean river pond lake stream (sea wolf)
i know i know i know. there are WAY TOO MANY BANDS WITH NAMES INVOLVING WOLVES. and bears for that matter. and probably every animal that indie rock boys and girls were not allowed to have as pets when they were kids. and on top of that, there are certainly no wolves IN THE SEA. despite these two purveying facts, i have to make this statement now:
I love this song by a band called SEA WOLF.
THERE, I SAID IT OKAY.
Actually I'm sure my being in love with this song is perfectly acceptable by the general blog reading community. This is the kind of song that I would play for all my NON blog reading friends. I would put it on mix tapes for them. I'm actually reading the book "Love Is A Mixtape" by Rob Sheffield, which is actually pretty great despite having such a super emo title. And if I was to make a mixtape of things that I love right now, this would certainly be on it.
Sea Wolf (album "Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low" on Dangerbird out now) is actually Alex Church who used to be in Irving, and Sea Wolf is ALSO on tour with Nada Surf which is kind of appropriate... you know... sea... surf.... har har. I want to go to the BEACH man....
Sea Wolf - You're A Wolf
(photo from this flickr account
Tonight I'm going to see The Virgins at Mercury Lounge and I think you should too. Also, I went home this weekend and discovered that my little sister had, on her own accord (though I suspect she frequents this blog...) had purchased CDs by Spoon, Kaiser Chiefs, Feist, the White Stripes, and Kings of Leon! This was a proud moment indeed for older sister.
posted by n. @ 7/31/2007
2007/07/27newies and goodies from "oldies"
I am a big fan of the two bands that I'm going to talk about in this post, though they are hardly a new addition to the running commentary/worship of this blog or the blogosphere as a whole. Nevertheless, they both have new albums coming out and I really think that people NEED to take notice this time around, especially of these are two indie acts that may have not been on your personal radar before. And while Rilo Kiley's new offering "The Moneymaker" may have made their devotees do a bit of a WTF?!?!??! double take, I think the new tracks from these two bands fit well into the mould of what these artists have been offering - and improves on them to boot!
Robbers On High Street have a new album out this week, Grand Animals on Scratchie/New Line Records (ever seen James Iha at like... ALL of their shows?). After the awesome "teaser-ish" ep that they released last winter (Fatalist and Friends), I couldn't be more excited to hear what they will bring to the table for this full-length followup.
AND they are playing three upcoming concerts with SWEET line-ups. If I wasn't going to be on a plane tomorrow night, I would be at Bowery for serious. Here are the details, and below check out a track from the album AND a really excellent remix of the same song that I have been rocking out to for days. I actually always wished I could dance to ROHS and now we all have our chance.
7/27 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom [with Aeroplane Pageant (YAY!), Jealous Girlfriends]
8/07 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour [with 1990s, Mezzanine Owls]
8/09 San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord [with The Wildbirds, The Old Fashioned Way]
Robbers On High Street - Married Young
Robbers On High Street - Married Young (The Glass Remix)
OFFICE are from CHICAGO. They are one of the more fun and electic bands around today (and James Iha is actually at most of their shows too... crazy!). I've been dying to listen to some new Office tracks after having their self-released debut "Q&A" on constant repeat for MONTHS (my last FM serves as evidence of this). Also, funny enough, when I was djing last Friday my boss Jim told me he reallly wanted to hear the song "Putting On The Ritz." Which made me giggle (but uh... didn't make me play the song...).
So now everything comes full circle and Office will release their debut album for Scratchie/New Line Records called "A Night At the Ritz," recorded mostly at frontman Scott Masson's apartment. The album is a compilation of old tracks and some of the gems the band has released in the past, so it should be a great treat for new and old fans alike.
Office - The Ritz
They also will play Mercury Lounge on August 18th for the monthly Friction party. YAY.
Basically I guess the gist of this entry is that whomever signs bands at Scratchie/New Line is my hero. Rock on .
posted by n. @ 7/27/2007
2007/07/25what i love the most
what i love the most is.... a new beat radio song!
Beat Radio - What I Love The Most
What I also love the most is how smiley and excited Kim of super hipster duo Matt & Kim was during their set at Siren Festival which LITERALLY made all the kids go crazy (seriously, some guy jumped a barrier and KEPT DANCING while he was being carted off by security guards! and then Matt dedicated a song to him). Really, though, Kim did not stop BEAMING throughout their entire set, and as a result I kind of have a bit of a girl crush on her (she has some crazy muscular arms also, just an observation).
Matt and Kim - Verbs Before Nouns
Otherwise I am pretty much recovered from my insane weekend. I went to McCarren on Sunday and the line for free Dewars was 200 miles long, and Annuals were kind of underwhelming unfortunately... maybe it was the huge stage. Not sure. This weekend I will be in Chicago! Let's party.
posted by n. @ 7/25/2007
2007/07/18ATJF - you should totes be there!
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posted by n. @ 7/18/2007
i adore earlimart
Something that makes me kinda sad sometimes is that I don't have a lot of friends who are fans of LA band Earlimart. I have loved this band ever since an exboyfriend of mine who worked at Palm Pictures for a summer handed me a copy of their last album Treble and Tremble, and whenever I make a mix cd for someone I will always try to include at least one Earlimart track.
From beginning to end I thought Treble was such a gorgeous record, and I used to DJ "The Hidden Track" at bars all the time. Some reviews I read said it was a bit eerie how much lead singer Aaron Espinoza sounds like his close friend Elliot Smith (to whom the album was dedicated and about whom I feel the majority of it was written about), but having always loved Smith as an artist it was actually quite easy for me to embrace Earlimart's sound as well.
The best news is that Earlimart finally have a new album coming out next month (August 21st) called Mentor Tormentor which they are releasing on their own imprint after a lot of band/label turmoil. What I have heard so far, I like just as much as any track from Treble, so hopefully this time around I'm crossing my fingers that I can convert some of my friends to Earlimart fans aswell.
Earlimart - Everybody Knows Everybody
Earlimart - Nevermind The Phonecalls
Earlimart are also playing at Joe's Pub on August 28th!!! Absolutely a show worth checking out!
Oh, and they have a blog, too.
photo from woxy
posted by n. @ 7/18/2007
2007/07/17where my ladies at?
I just want to point out that Zara from the blog Bon Ton has compiled an awesome list of FEMALE MUSIC BLOGGERS. Seriously we are a group that doesn't get nearly enough love I think, so please go takea gander and visit these talented and opinionated music loving women.
posted by n. @ 7/17/2007
2007/07/16the inbox grab-bag
summertime = slacker time. well, sort of. in between my relentless job search (is anyone in the music industry hiring? please get in touch!), I've been getting a lot of random and some pretty great music sent to me. and, especially lately, I really DO try to give everything that is unknown to me at least one listen thru if not more. that really is the point of this blog afterall.
sooooo let's see what I came up with today
Ladyslipper hail from Minnesota, but have a song named after my midwest hometown. A Sufjan cover this most certainly is not, as Chicago rocks out something fierce. They also have a song called 'City at Night,' which, according to lead singer Jonathan Kennedy is about "our city getting taken away at night by bulldozers and pickup trucks, tearing down record stores and independent restaurants and eateries and putting up more condos." Sounds to me like these boys would easily fit into my Williamsburg neighborhood as of late... haha...
Their first album, which came out on July 10th on Say Rah records (the first release ever for this fledgling label) is titled The Time, Not The Weather. Learn more at www.sayrahrecords.com
Ladyslipper - Chicago
So I think Figurines are a band that somehow got lost in the shuffle for me the first time around (considering they toured with the more massively blog hype-tastic bands Cold War Kids and Tapes N'Tapes, I guess I have some excuse) when they released their debut album in 2006. But after checking out the first single from their forthcoming follow-up When The Dear Wore Blue (as opposed to, you know, when the Dear wore a plaid flannel or something), I have to say I have clearly been missing something in my life and that something is this song "Hey Girl." I mean how can you NOT like a song called "Hey Girl" Seriously. Something would be wrong with you.
Here is the song for you to check out and boogie to, and pick up the album stateside on September 11th.
Figurines - Hey Girl
Amestory write really swell songs with pianos, and they are kind of emo but rock out enough at times that I don't really mind so much, sort of like if Death Cab for Cutie kicked it up a notch or ten. Some people refer to this LA band's music as "chamber pop", which I guess lends itself to a bolder more layered array of sound than you find in your run of the mill pop song. That's just my guess though, since i don't spend a lot of time in chambers aside from office cubicles.
Anywho, Amestory have an album out now (their third) on Portia Records called "'They Can Sing, They Can Sing, They Can Sing Underwater". If they actually can sing this song underwater, I would be totally impressed.
Amestory - The March, The Parade
Another band at Rachael's rock-tastic birthday party last month was this Swedish chap named Pelle Carlberg who was really engaging and writes clever pop songs. He also covers that Mika song, and while I don't really adore Mika as much as some people, I really liked Mr. Carlberg's take on "Grace Kellaaaaaaaah" so that is saying a lot.
Pelle Carlberg - I Love You, You Imbecile (i am totes writing this on my next valentines day card)
Pelle also has this hot older guy thing going on. Speaking of which, did anyone else think that Gary Oldman looks ridiculously hot (you know, for an older guy) in the new Harry Potter movie? Oooor maybe that's just me.... Anyways, check out more songs from Pelle over here or on his album Everything Now!!.
Finally, A&R reps from major labels sit up and take notice (I guess), to Milwaukee's The Good Luck Joes. I mean seriously, I've heard this music before, and yet I found myself replaying this track on my iTunes over and over again. I don't know, maybe sometimes simple and impossibly catchy really is best? or after listening to a lot of "serious indie rock" maybe nora just wanted to do some cheesy hair flips around her bedroom. haha. They will probably be touring with Plain White T's faster than you can say the title of a Fall Out Boy song.
The Good Luck Joes - My Little Thief
Okay this entry has exhausted me, and I just went thru what feels like a billion tracks to compile it. Maybe it is just a slow summer or I am a tough cookie. I'll mention some more latter in the week so keep the music coming!
posted by n. @ 7/16/2007
2007/07/11i have no idea what to make of this : rilo kiley shakes their moneymaker
so Rilo Kiley are coming out with a new album this year, but i have no idea what to make of the first single from this record. i mean Jenny Lewis was always a sex symbol (i've heard enough of my indie rock listening male friends declare their devotion to her to last a lifetime), but this time around girlfriend is getting down with her bad self. portions for foxes? fuggetaboutit!!
If (when) I dj this song in the very near future, I would put money that some girls end up shaking it on the bar ala "pour some sugar on me." rraaaaaaaaaarrrr!
the song also comes appropriately paired with a softcore porn themed video.
i dunno about all of this. it's a whole new thang for Rilo Kiley... that's for sure.
Rilo Kiley - The Moneymaker
The album Under The Blacklight is out August 21st.
1. Silver Lining
2. Close Call
3. The Moneymaker
4. Breakin' Up
5. Under the Blacklight
9. Smoke Detector
10. The Angels Hung Around
11. Give a Little Love
posted by n. @ 7/11/2007
green with awesome
So, as you can see, I went to Live Earth on Sunday and saw my favorite band ever and my head exploded at the awesomeness of it all. Also, Kanye West rapped with the Police on "Message In A Bottle" (which I'm pretty sure Sting only really found like 50% amusing) and my boyfriend met Al Gore. All in all, it was a great day, and when it was over people left garbage everywhere and basically learned nothing. Go figure.
posted by n. @ 7/11/2007
2007/07/03i went to a pool party but i didn't get wet
The point of this entry is to tell you that I, like 829347589237592835 other "hipsters" went to a free show in a dilapidated swimming pool. What I do know is that I really enjoyed the band Illinois, as much as I did when I saw them at SXSW and not just because of the photo in the upper right-hand side of this blog. The other thing I have to say is that Man Man was fun for me... for about two songs. Also, the marching band outside was awesome and Enids ran out of mac and cheese and Rachael and I were really unhappy about that. Everything else you probably already know.
Have a great 4th of July!!
Illinois - Screendoor
posted by n. @ 7/03/2007
a reason to lay low
Female singer-songwriters have been growing on me lately. While I've been through my Tori phase and my Bjork obsession, the genre has never really been one that I have gravitated to. But now I'm a somewhat unlikely Feist fan, I have an opinion on the different Cat Power records, and I squeeled with glee in my front hallway when I saw Jenny Lewis on the cover of the new issue of Filter that arrived today, so I guess it has been a steady progression.
A few weeks ago I saw a singer songwriter at Pianos who goes by the stage name Lay Low. In actuality, the act is a bluesy rock band from Iceland fronted by the charmingly shy Lovisa Elisabet. As Lay Low, she has a debut album out now called Please Don't Hate Me which showcases her husky vocals and low-key charm. She's the kind of act that would fit perfectly in a dark smokey bar while you lean back and sip a cold pint of beer.
Best of all, you might get the chance to do just that, as Lay Low will have two performances at CMJ this fall, before hustling back to play in her home country at the Icelandic Airwaves Festival. Either way, I'm smitten with these songs. Have a listen.
Lay Low - Mojo Love
Lay Low - Please Don't Hate Me
posted by n. @ 7/03/2007
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