2011/08/17NEW YORK: Do you have your Tally Hall tickets yet?
The video above is of Tally Hall singing "Because" by The Beatles with tour mates Casey Shea and Speak, and it's just a lovely sampling of the special magic the band will bring to their upcoming Bowery Ballroom tour date. Tickets are still available but their Boston show just sold out so act fast!
posted by n. @ 8/17/2011
2011/08/15The MYSTERY Box - Part 3: Watch the video at 1pm EST!
Just a friendly reminder that at 1pm EST, Strange Talk will be premiering their video for "Climbing Walls" on their YouTube channel. You can click through the video every day to find new FREE ITEMS for you to win! And yes, that's right, the video will update daily so if you see something you definitely want, but you can't get it today, make sure you come back tomorrow. Smart, right?
Also check back here later this week to win all of the fun Mystery Box items that I have to giveaway to one lucky reader, see behind the scenes info on the creation of this video, and get more information on the top secret brand that made this entire concept video possible.
posted by n. @ 8/15/2011
2011/08/13SAVED BY THE BELLHOUSE 90s party- Tonight!
Hey hey - just a reminder that I'm djing Saved By The Bellhouse - an ALL 90s party!!!! - tonight. I'll be in the main room playing between the amazing sets of cover band Bayside Tigers. I first saw them play back in February at the first version of this event and seriously they blew me away - I've never seen a group of girls go more insane for pretty much anything than their cover of "Semi-Charmed Life."
Info and link to buy tickets here!!
posted by n. @ 8/13/2011
2011/08/12The MYSTERY Box - Part 2: WHAT IS IN THE BOX & WHY
To continue yesterday's story:
Max and I tore open the second mystery box to reveal... a wild smorgasbord of fun and funny items. Being the good sport that he is (I swear I didn't pay him to do this or anything!) Max happily modeled all of the items simultaneously. I don't know if I necessarily recommend this look, but the awesome news is that everything pictured above COULD be yours and more! Aside from the remarkably 80s-tastic pink cropped top shirt and leggings combo, and those spiffy tube socks, there are also two particular items of note:
SWEET RAYBAN WAYFARERS! Pretty much a requirement for occupying anywhere near the vicinity of the 11211 area code, and also pretty much look great on EVERYONE.
A SUPER CUTE 8 gb iPod Nano! I can't even deal with how tiny these things are and they clip to pretty much anything and everything.
This is just the beginning, however. While I'm going to be giving away all of the items above to one lucky IRIR reader, there is a way to win ALL of the items above plus other crazy things like bikes. BIKES! + other free swaggy swag galore. And what do you have to do? WATCH A MUSIC VIDEO AND CLICK ON STUFF.
The video is by Australian indie pop band Strange Talk for their new single Climbing Walls. It will be released on Monday 8/15 - but you can RSVP RIGHT NOW to make sure you are one of the first people to know when it goes live - because to get the free items from the video you have to be QUICK.
Let me be completely transparent here... do I know anything about this band? No not really, but they just released their debut EP and have been compared to Phoenix and Passion Pit so I'm pretty down with that. What I do love, however, are creative marketing strategies and I REALLY love free stuff, so I definitely recommend checking this out.
Disclaimer: I was sent all of the items in this post for free. The items I am giving away are not identical to the ones shown (they are unopened and brand spanking new). The opinions in this post are totally my own. Love you FCC.
posted by n. @ 8/12/2011
Boy and Bear make Brooklyn swoon, release debut LP 'Moonfire'
Wednesday night I was a little bit more than giddy to finally get to see Aussie five-piece Boy and Bear play to a fairly packed room at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory. I've been hardcore crushing on their EP With Emperor Antartica for months now, but had missed their last US jaunt and was bummed about it to say the least. But finally everything came together, and they definitely did NOT disappoint. If you're a fan of bands like Local Natives and boys who rock jorts and cute accents to boot, Boy & Bear are more than just a little up your alley.
Their debut LP, entitled Moonfire, was released stateside this week, a definite must listen. With this much buzz and talent, there's little doubt in my mind that Boy & Bear will continue stealing hearts here in the US on another tour jaunt very soon.
Boy & Bear - Mexican Mavis
posted by n. @ 8/12/2011
2011/08/11Oh Land: White Nights video
What the cray cray, Oh Land. I love this.
posted by n. @ 8/11/2011
The MYSTERY Box - Part 1
One of the perks of being a blogger is that sometimes awesome stuff happens to you. After writing this site for 8 years, I have been fortunate enough to experience amazing concerts, travel to new places and meet some of my favorite bands. I also get a lot of mail, both digital and real, full of interesting goodies for me to sample and hopefully fall in love with. Some of the stuff I get is weirdly random, some of it is just plain crazy, but it's all in good fun, which leads me to:
The other day I came to work to find a mystery package had been delivered to my office. It was a GIANT box which took up an entire aisle of space. A person could have fit into it - like my coworker Max, for example. Max, much like me, LOVES free mysterious stuff. He doesn't write a music blog (although he has about 50+ tumblr secret tumblr accounts - I keep asking and he won't tell me what they are - probably something way cooler than Hipster Puppies) though, so I decided to let him in on the fun.
When the mystery box arrived, we tore it open immediately to find a significantly smaller but still exciting mystery box inside. Behold Max's excitement:
Tomorrow come back to find out what is in the box, and how YOU can win all of the stuff in it (and MORE!). Because it's no fun being a blogger if I can't share with you guys too.
posted by n. @ 8/11/2011
2011/08/09Here's the story of a band called HONDURAS
It has been a slow summer, you guys. Pretty much the calm before the (gulp) CMJ shit storm I suppose. I have a lot of inbox wading to do, although all I really feel like doing lately is eat ice cream and post photos of cats on Tumblr. What can you do.
Anyways, let's talk about one good thing that has hit my nearly maxed-out mailbag lately, which is music from a very new Brooklyn band called Honduras.
Here's the background I could dig up: Formed in February of this year, their story starts when Patrick (the lead singer) moved to New York to be a college basketball player and then transitioned into male modeling and Tokyo living (this happens all the time, right?). Whilst in Toyko, he began collaborating musically across the distance with his childhood friend Tyson, putting demos together via Garageband. Upon finding himself back in NYC and over his modeling days, Patrick recruited his non-model college friends Nick and Ben who he used to rock out with in a basement, convinced Tyson to leave Chicago behind for current scene-mecca Bushwick and Honduras was born.
While this may not be the most unconventional friends-and-former-models form a band story ever, I can't deny that I enjoyed their music immediately upon first listen and several of the songs from their debut ep have been stuck in my head for days now. Let's see how this story evolves, shall we? I'm looking forward to it.
Honduras - You're On
Check out more tunes from their debut EP, Ready, No over at the Honduras Bandcamp page.
posted by n. @ 8/09/2011
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