2011/01/31Music Monday: CAVEMAN
Saturday night, some lovely blogger friends from I Guess I'm Floating presented a great line-up of music at Glasslands Gallery in celebration of their 5 Year Blogging Anniversary (these milestones seem to be celebrated more and more often, no? It's hard out here for a blogger, especially in terms of site longevity!). While the line-up was punctuated by a some great established (A Place To Bury Strangers) and super buzzy acts (ARMS, Beach Fossils), one band in particular I think really seized the opportunity to impress a packed crowd - and NY's Caveman did just that.
This solidly harmonized five-piece packed a definite punch with will crafted songs and tight musicianship, so much so that you'd honestly think they had been rocking out together for years instead of only having formed in mid-2010. Part of that most likely has to do with several of the members coming from previous notable local acts like The Subjects, The End Of The World & Elefant (oh Diego Garcia and is softball toss of yore..).
Immediate plans include some choice local dates with IROCKIROLL fave's White Rabbits, and hopefully a SXSW jaunt as well.
Caveman - Decide
posted by n. @ 1/31/2011
2011/01/28Young The Giant: New Video for "Apartment'
Saw these boys last week at Mercury Lounge playing to a sold out (and very industry heavy) crowd. Needless to say... huge things to come from them this year. They will be at SXSW too!
posted by n. @ 1/28/2011
2011/01/26GOOD COVER SONGS (Are Hard To Find) - PARTY TONIGHT!
Let me tell you what is really hard. Trying to make a playlist for several hours of djing, made up of ENTIRELY cover songs. And not just any old cover songs, but cover songs that people want to listen to IN A BAR. Which basically eliminates sad overwrought singer-songwriter covers, acoustic covers (too slow, also usually too sad), and most live covers. Oh my lord.
Nevertheless, I am going to try my hand at doing the above TONIGHT at Copycat, a bi-weekly party hosted by my friend Evan. It starts at 10pm in the East Village at Ottos Shrunken Head, where they have awesome drinks with glowsticks in them. TIKI MANIA. COVER SONG MANIA.
Here is a sampling of what I consider interesting/non-shitty covers:
The Morning Benders - Lovefool (Cardigans Cover)
Fanfarlo - We Only Come Out At Night (Smashing Pumpkins Cover)
Anya Marina - Whatever You Like (TI Cover)
Hot Chip - Transmission (Joy Division Cover)
posted by n. @ 1/26/2011
2011/01/14LAST FM FESTIVAL IS THE BEST (and I have tickets for you!)
You guys, I am obsessed with Last.fm. I actually have been for years now. It's pretty much my favorite (or one of my favorite) things on the entire internet. For the past four years it has tracked every single song I've ever listened to in iTunes or on my ipod - which is where I listen to pretty much everything. It has cataloged my entire musical life in that time period, all of my habits and obsessions, into one totally awesome place. I actually judge friendships and even the potential of future relationships on their musical compatibility rating. It. Is. Awesome.
Think I'm joking? Last year at SXSW Interactive my friend Irene and I were at some networking party and she introduced me to the someone who worked at Last.fm and you would have thought I had just met Oprah or a Beatle, that's how excited I got. And then HE introduced me to the guy who created the entire site, and I pretty much told them that my life dream is to work at Last.fm, to which they responded that I should just show up at their London office someday with a suitcase (I don't really think they took me seriously enough because um... I AM SO THE PERSON WHO WOULD DO THAT).
So yeah, if you don't use Last.fm, get on that RIGHT NOW and start scrobbling - but not before I get to the point of this blog post. Because if you thought all that rambling storytelling wasn't awesome enough (haha), it's going to get better because:
LAST FM IS HAVING A MUSIC FESTIVAL AND I HAVE TICKETS TO GIVE YOU.
The bands that are playing? Oh man this is good:
Tokyo Police Club (awesome? yes), Two Door Cinema Club (WOO), aaaaand Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. And it's SOLD OUT.
Do you want to go? Here is what you need to do to snag a pair of tickets:
1. Starting right now, and going until Monday morning at 8am, go to Twitter and follow me.
2. After you follow me, tweet the following message:
hey @irockiroll I want to win tickets to the SOLD OUT @lastfm festival in NYC! http://bit.ly/gf9AxM
3. On Monday I will pick one person at random to win a pair of tickets to the show and announce the winner on Twitter (and here too).
4. Don't have Twitter? No worries! Just shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with that same message in the subject line to enter.
posted by n. @ 1/14/2011
2011/01/07Acrylics: Lives & Treasure + A Heart Is A Spade Launch Party!
There couldn't be a day better than today to be listening to the beautiful sounds of Brooklyn due by Acrylics. Their debut full length, Lives & Treasure, will be released on Friendly Fire Recordings this March, but their delicate pop brings just the right amount of shimmery 70s soft-rock vibes blended with smooth vocals that it's the perfect listening for being inside the swirling snowglobe that has taken over NYC today.
Smokey voiced singer Molly Shea and her partner Jason Klauber will no doubt be performing many of the album's excellent tracks at the A Heart Is A Spade release party, taking place tomorrow (Saturday) at the Rock Shop. Also taking the stage are great local favorites GROOMS, Psychobuildings, Zambri and there will be DJ sets by the always awesome Hooray For Earth.
Acrylics - Nightwatch
posted by n. @ 1/07/2011
2011/01/04Walter Meego: WONDERVALLEY
Happy 2011 kids! This blog is now 7 years old. That is friggin ancient for the internets, no (although I am forever young, obvs)? For the first post of the new year/decade I couldn't be more stoked to share this new Walter Meego track with you from their album WONDERVALLEY... which currently has no label/distribution and subsequently singer Justin told me they don't play live much anymore. This gave me a total case of SAD FACE, as I have really loved this band every since some lovely friends from Chicago turned me on to them back in the day. I djed their song "Forever" recently at my NYE gig and actually found myself wondering whatever happened to them, so at least now we know?
The happy news for you is that you can download all of WONDERVALLEY for the price of FREE on their website. My fave track is below for a sampling.
Walter Meego - Starlight
posted by n. @ 1/04/2011
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