2009/11/30The Bloodsugars Can Go On
I seriously heart heart HEART brooklyn band The Bloodsugars, who write perfectly crafted indie pop tunes. And as such, I could not be MORE stoked that they have finally released a full length album, I Can't Go On, I'll go On. I played the first single, "Light At The End Of The Tunnel" on EVR over the weekend (if you didn't listen live, you can go here and listen to be babbling like an idiot and playing songz for TWO HOURS). The album sounds FANTASTIC, so hopefully this will be a huge breakthru year for the band.
Sample tunes below and BUY THE ALBUM HERE.
The Bloodsugars - Light At The End Of The Tunnel
The Bloodsugars - Happiness
posted by n. @ 11/30/2009
2009/11/25La La Love the Pixies
(photo by ryan muir)
While I've never professed to be a huge fan of the Pixies in my life, there is no denying both their talent and incredible influence over the bands of my generation. As such, seeing them perform Doolittle last night from start to finish was nothing less than a joy, especially since the band seemed to really be enjoying themselves (and sounded fantastic).
Does Jim DeRogatis have a point when he says the band is most likely trying to cash in, rather than really celebrate the 20th anniversary of Doolittle's release? Um... probably. Is he also a total kill joy? Probably.
Story time: When I was in high school (age 14 I think?) I read an article in the Chicago Tribune by his counterpart, Greg Kot, which basically was a list of reasons that kids shouldn't care about the Beatles Anthology being released. I subsequently fired off a long email rant to him about how much I loved the Beatles and how excited I was to have an event to celebrate them with the same way my parents had - even though it's not the same, and sure they're probably just trying to make more money. Who cares? Their fans love it, and that's what matters. Some fourteen year-old should send Jim DeRogatis the same kind of email so that he gets over himself. Btw, Greg Kot actually wrote me back and ended up being really awesome, telling me great stories about Billy Corgan and even let me interview him for an article on "people who inspire me." He rocks.
Pixies - Hey
Pixies - La La Love You
posted by n. @ 11/25/2009
2009/11/24the dig: new demo!
Earlier this year I wrote about local Brooklyn rock band The Dig after seeing them open for Mystery Jets at Bowery Ballroom. Since then they have won the hearts of many a music blogger and fan, played my show at Union Hall a few months back to a psyched late night crowd, and toured the US with other local faves White Rabbits.
Aaaaaaaaand they just released a new track from their upcoming debut album (title and release date TBD) that I'm fairly obsessed with (despite the somewhat odd title/subject matter). Check it out below. This band just has so much solid, awesome talent that I think they are just waiting to put out that one really big hit and blow the eff up.
The Dig - Two Sisters In Love
posted by n. @ 11/24/2009
2009/11/23Guest Djing on EVR this weekend = Moi.
Just a friendly heads up that I'm going to be filling in on EVR (East Village Radio) this weekend for an afternoon slot from 4-6pm on Saturday. I'll be playing a lot of the music I post on the blog, and some other fun things I'm into. Hopefully the tryptophan will have worn off by then!
So while you are relaxing wherever you might be with your families or hanging around in the city like me while it's nice and quiet, tune in LIVE on EVR. It's sooo easy. Also if you have any requests, feel free to tweet them @ me on Twitter and I'll see what I can do.
posted by n. @ 11/23/2009
ZaZa : music for under the covers
My sincerest apologies for the fact that it has taken me almost a year to write about this wonderful local band, Zaza, but you see... I was waiting for the proper time of year to share this one. The holidays are closing in, the time has shifted, the days are shorter and the weather is cooler (if not downright freezing just yet, you can sense that pending doom in the air). Some people view this as a magical time of year, where as I find it a perfectly good season to crawl under a down comforter and drink some tea and get CUDDLY AND EMO. haha... well something like that least.
And if I was going to pick one band right now to accompany me in these lazy winter weekend endeavors, it would be Zaza with their lush guitars and dreamy etheral goodness. This duo's EP, Cameo, is out right now on Kanine Records (home to their regular showmates and my NY Mag name drop, The Depreciation Guild) and they have a show here on the 28th at Pianos before going West Coast style for a string of dates in Los Angeles so please go check them out there also.
Zaza - Sooner Or Later
Zaza - Always On
SOONER OR LATER (dir. David Hartman)
ZAZA | MySpace Music Videos
posted by n. @ 11/23/2009
I'm about 95% sure that I met two of the members of Australian band Sherlock's Daughter during CMJ (at Surfer Blood show at the Suffolk is my best guess). They were entirely charming when we were introduced and handed me a copy of their EP.
When I removed the CD I found a metrocard behind the plastic, so I'm very sorry if you lost your metrocard, but so very happy that you gave me this lovely, well-crafted album to listen to. There is something very precious and child-like about their music, but also this joyous freedom to it - especially on "Song for Old People" which is really anything but.
Sherlock's Daughter are currently playing a residency at Pianos, the next date being tomorrow (11/19) at 8pm. I'm curious to see how the beautiful intricacies on their album translate to a live setting - something tells me it will either underwhelm me or blow my mind. Here's hoping for the latter.
Sherlock's Daughter - Song For Old People
Sherlock's Daughter - Reprise
posted by n. @ 11/18/2009
2009/11/16the cribs - we share the same skies (vide)
I can't believe how much they have grown up, and the Johnny Marr addition is great, although I haven't really decided how I feel about all of Ignore The Ignorant just yet.
The Cribs - We Share The Same Skies
posted by n. @ 11/16/2009
2009/11/13Miracles Of Modern Science (MOMS) at Glasslands 11/12
(photos by ryan muir)
After finally indulging in the much buzzed about Brooklyn Bowl fried chicken dinner (two thumbs up, although I personally thought the fried chicken at Egg was better), I braved the Williamsburg wind tunnel and walked over to Glasslands to finally check out Miracles of Modern Science (MOMS) live. And let me just tell you that I was so glad that I did, because this show was one of those magical ones where you walk away afterwards feeling as though you just experienced something very very special. The band played an incredibly energetic set of their string heavy (no electronics here) self-described 'orchestral space pop' which was equal parts lush and dramatic as it was endearingly campy at times. I should also mention that their violin player was one of the most fun performers to watch that I've seen in a while - he could not have been having more fun on that stage and his energy was infectious.
Head here to download their 4 song EP for free (woot!) - I can't get enough of it and am desperate for more. Since NYC Taper was in the house last night as well, I am hoping he'll be sharing a recording of their stellar cover of Tears For Fears Everybody Wants To Rule The World soon.
Miracles Of Modern Science - Eating Me Alive
posted by n. @ 11/13/2009
2009/11/12RRrraarr it's Dinosaur Feathers
Last night we went over to Bruar Falls for the first time (although technically it used to be The Lucky Cat and had the exact same set up + mojitos) to check out The Answering Machine (who were up-beat and fun and basically the exact same thing as most of what has come out of Manchester in the recent past). What I wanted to point out, however, is actually how much I enjoyed beachy indie rockers Dinosaur Feathers. They are about to kick off a 3 week residency at Cameo, featuring a lot of other local Brooklyn talent that are worth checking out (including pow!wow! and Coyote Eyes).
Dates and info below, and of course some tunes.
Dinosaur Feathers - Early Morning Risers
Dinosaur Feathers - Parallel July
posted by n. @ 11/12/2009
2009/11/11The Mary Onettes
The Swedish really get everything right, from discount furniture to tasty tasty meatballs, those gummy fish treets, and most recently the lovely Mary Onettes who just finished a four night jaunt here in NYC. I met them briefly at Royal Oak when photog/their biggest fan Kyle was drinking with them and documenting their every move for Stereogum. They may be a bit of an 80s alt-rock throwback (that's putting it mildly), but they do the Cure/New Order dreamy-ness and they do it well.
Their album, Islands came out November 4th.
The Mary Onettes - Lost
The Mary Onettes - Puzzles
posted by n. @ 11/11/2009
2009/11/09Flattery Will Get You Everywhere
First thing is first, hi people from NY Magazine! Thanks to you, I've decided to post (aka: throw together while I eat my monday morning breakfast) some music I've been really into lately - what a novelty, I know... For more update-to-date information... like what I actually ate for breakfast (j/k) you can always follow me on Twitter.
Local Natives: LA Based band, great moustaches, lovely three part harmonies on entrancing indie folk songs. I told everyone I saw during CMJ how much I loved this band.
Local Natives - Airplanes
Local Natives - Sun Hands
Bear In Heaven: Even though they have "bear" in their name, I fell for this dark/psychedelic-influenced rock band while stuffed into the tiny live room at Matchless watching them open for The Rapture. Wish that I started listening to them a long time ago... their last album Beast Rest Forth Mouth came out October 13th of this year on Hometapes.
Bear In Heaven - Lovesick Teenagers
Bear In Heaven - Whole-Hearted Mess
Surfer Blood - Band I saw the most during CMJ (three times, I think?). Band that is too young for me to hang out with (but I still want to). Band who is going to be really huge (I hope). They're currently on tour with Art Brut.
Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes
Surfer Blood - Catholic Pagans
Miracles of Modern Science (also known as "Moms" by some music bloggers haha). Geeky band-name aside, def check out this band (originally from Princeton - so they are actually smarties) if you like Tally Hall... and if you read my blog at all I would hope you at least like them a little or I'm not even sure what you're doing here. They've been featured here and there - even in Spin Magazine recently. Do people still read Spin Magazine though? I'm not sure.. I recently used it to shield my hair from the rain I think. Either way, this band gets two thumbs up from me.
Miracles of Modern Science - MR2
Miracles of Modern Science - 524
So... yeah... it's really flattering to get mentioned in a publication like NY Mag, especially since I didn't discover Grizzly Bear. If you're looking for other great NYC based music blogs, please please check out my friends with After The Jump. They are all awesome too (which I told NY Mag, btw, but they just didn't print it!).
posted by n. @ 11/09/2009
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