Yes I am going. I will be there all week long. Please send any invites or bands you'd like me to check out/cover to firstname.lastname@example.org.
posted by n. @ 2/25/2010
It's a snow day here i NYC, and penguins like snow, so there you have my tie-in for today. Pow! No but seriously I am loving Penguin Prison, as opposed as I am to jailing penguins as they are far too cute for that, because this is pop music at it's goddamn best. Try not to dance your ass off to "A Funny Thing" - I dare you. People keep name dropping Hot Chip and the Jackson 5 in press releases, which I guess, makes sense... more the Hot Chip part than the Jackson 5 song (are they forever attached to ANY good pop song just by default? is this like when rock bands tell me they sound like "Radiohead meets The Beatles?" Like... really?). Whatever, either way I really think this is something I need to see live before making a final comparison call - it depends on how much fucking dancing he does.
Or we can look to the genre slayer him self, Girl Talks Gregg Gillis who said: “With almost any band, you can easily point to their influences and contemporaries, but I really don’t know anyone doing the same thing as him. It’s radio-worthy pop made by a completely sincere and normal dude.”
So there you have it, and I LOVE IT.
Penguin Prison aka Chris Glover has a EP out now on Neon Gold and an album coming out soon-ish called The Worse It Gets.
Penguin Prison - Funny Thing
Penguin Prison - Something I'm Not
posted by n. @ 2/25/2010
2010/02/23girl you know it's true: SXSW Showcase!
presented by myself and Pop Tarts Suck Toasted!
posted by n. @ 2/23/2010
2010/02/18Sound Through Sight: Last Minute Awesome Show (TOMORROW, Friday 2/19)
If you don't have plans tomorrow night and are looking to see some really amazing bands, my amazing friend Tom has put together this great benefit show to help raise money for a book he is writing about the state of music and the music industry in 2010 and what the future holds. I've included his explanation of the project in further detail below, but what I can absolutely tell you is that he has put together a stellar line up (and in a week too, an impressive feat for sure). Here is the flier, and also.... WOO HOO:
I have a pair of guest list spots to give away to a reader! Email me at email@example.com with SOUND THROUGH SIGHT in the subject line and I'll pick someone tomorrow to go! Feel free to include a link to a video with baby animals if you'd like, but it isn't a requirement.
Miracles Of Modern Science - Eating Me Alive
mynameisjohnmichael - Misery Runs (I played this New Orlean's based band on EVR during my last guest dj spot and am DYING to see them)
I'm writing a book about music and the music industry in 2010. You can read a whole lot more about it on the Kickstarter page ( here) we created to help raise the money to make it happen, but in short, I'm taking a road trip across America and Mexico next month in search of where music and the music industry stands in 2010, how we got here, and where we're going. Along the length of the trip I intend to speak with bands large and small, venue owners, record store clerks, label managers, and music fans of all types to gain their insight on the state of music. I'm then going to write about my experiences and findings in a book that I hope will be equal parts Chuck Klosterman's Killing Yourself To Live and Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. I'm going to be traveling with two companions - a photographer and a filmmaker - and they're each going to be documenting the trip through their respective mediums.
To help raise the money needed to make this trip and print up the first edition of the ensuing book, we're having a concert THIS FRIDAY (aka tomorrow) night. Four amazing bands have been generous enough to lend their support to the project. They'll be playing at Newsonic Loft (76 Rutledge St) in South Williamsburg, an amazing loft space that has seen many of Brooklyn's best bands grace it's stage. Doors are at 9pm and the cover is $7. There will be cheap drinks or you can BYOB.
posted by n. @ 2/18/2010
Yay it's Friday and the snow is melting and I'm back to tell you about another residency that is going on. Actually I waited until the end on this one, but that's ok because you save the best for last - right...? SO:
Savoir Adore make pop rock sound mad sexy. I mean seriously, listen to the track I am posting below and tell me there isn't something seductive going on there. Lead by Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro, this Brooklyn-based band apparently started "on accident" and judging by their full length debut In The Wooded Forest - accidents never sounded so good. Rrarr!
Anywho, they will be taking the stage next Thursday at Cake Shop with the equally great Ennui, Red Wire Black Wire and one my absolute favorite local acts The Bloodsugars (whose album made my top 20 of 2009 so you know I am serious!).
Savoir Adore - Bodies
ALSO I AM GIVING AWAY TICKETS.
See you knew this blog was good for something. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and put SAVOIR ADORE in the subject and send me a link to the cutest baby animal video you can find on youtube and two tickets will be yours.
I will also be DJing at the show, so come say hi and we can talk about how cute baby animals are and take tequila shots. Yes!!!
Here is an example of what I am looking for:
(also can I just say that I love this flier, and it looks like they are manipulating a glow in the dark brain like a ouiji board. i'm sure that is what they were going for)
posted by n. @ 2/12/2010
2010/02/09annuals - "sweet sister" ep
I have always wished and hoped that Annuals were a band that I could feel superpassionately about, the way I do with some. Logic would dictate that I would, since there is really nothing NOT charming and wonderful about their new EP "Sweet Sister," but somehow my mind just isn't blown away by this. So while I won't proclaim the new five song EP the most awesome thing ever (none of these tracks really pack quite the punch that most of their debut Be He Me delivered not so long ago), it is a very enjoyable and very polished offering from this both talented & attractive North Carolina based six-piece and has left me full of promise for what their next full-legth album will be.
Below is my favorite song of the bunch, and the more I listen to it the more I... dare I say... love it? I see what you did there, Annuals!
Annuals - Loxstep
"Sweet Sister" is out March 30th on Banter Records.
posted by n. @ 2/09/2010
2010/02/02everyone loves a good residency
February is when the year kicks into high gear. I mean unless you want to sit around and mope about your lack of a Valentine, let's think about the POSITIVE things that could come your way this month, shall we? Groundhog Day happens and they're kind of cute, LOST premieres which is all anyone can talk about, a lot of awesome bands are releasing albums this month too (Yeasayer, Alpline, and so on), and even better is that a lot of awesome bands are having residencies. Residencies are awesome, btw. I know I say the word awesome... a lot. But seriously, a residency is ideal for the LAZY: The person who FULLY intends to go see that band they have been dying to see or vaguely curious about, but when Tuesday evening rolls around they are like oh man you know what would be so good good right now is some Thai delivery and a marathon of How I Met Your Mother and the band-seeing plans are thus-ly scrapped. And it IS cold outside, so we know... it's hard to motivate. But that's what is so nice about residencies, they are just so forgiving, because even if you have your spring rolls and Neil Patrick Harris that Tuesday, you have two or three OTHER Tuesdays to go see the band. AWESOME.
I'm actually presenting/djing a show for another residency this month that I will tell you about soon (see, you knew there was a reason I was babbling for so long about this). But a few blogger friends of mine are helping present Blair's residency at Pianos this month. The first show is tonight and YES I realize that LOST is on, but that's okay because you have several other chances so don't get your Dharma panties in a bunch.
Blair, btw, is a super promising singer songwriter originally from New Orleans, who has her debut album out now called Die Young which is a little pop-y, a little moody, definitely pretty, and all-around great. Aquarium Drunkard has an interview here that you can check out, and is presenting her shows along with Pop Tarts Suck Toasted and Stark Online.
So check out these tunes, put down the thai menu, come out to Pianos this month and enjoy.
Blair - Candy In The Kitchen
Blair - Paris, France
posted by n. @ 2/02/2010
Frightened Rabbit: New Video - "Nothing Like You"
Frightened Rabbit on MUZU
I love love love this. Can someone PLEEEEEASE send me the album already?
posted by n. @ 2/02/2010
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