2006/04/27my screamo dream come true
Oh for joy (joi?). Someone just dropped off my Bamboozle tickets at my desk. Time to go load up on eyeliner and arm socks!
Anyone else going?
I went two years ago back when it was called Skate and Surf festival (Nicole dragged me there... sort of) and it was um.. an experience.
posted by n. @ 4/27/2006
2006/04/26revisiting old friends
Saturday night I experienced my first Tiswas at The Annex (which was REALLY fun, so much that we left and came back again because everywhere else was lacking - and is it just me or does the newly finished basement make you feel like you're inside a boat?), which also marked my reunion with a band I have loved ever since they were called another name. Every time I see Saints and Lovers my mind is spontaneously blown and this was absolutely no exception. I'm not sure how nearly a year went by since I last saw them, but I certainly won't be letting that happen again. The time the band have been spending in the studio clearly has paid off considering their set of what seemed like almost entirely new songs.
Saints + Lovers - Like It Was Yesterday
Last night at their Boston show with Snowden, Rob from Morning Theft picked up a copy of the band's new album, entitled Anti-Anti and imd me this morning to rave about it. I can't wait to hear it.
Lucky for me, the band are in town for two shows, one tonight at Arlene's Grocery at 10pm and then tomorrow at Southpaw.
Snowden - China Light
posted by n. @ 4/26/2006
2006/04/25i'm knocking at your door
back in mid-march i made the annual trek to good ol' austin, tx for sxsw (along with most of nyc, or so it seemed). nora had to stay behind to work or some crap, so i tried to cheer her up with grand promises of daily updates, photos, gossip and the like.
of course, i was too deaf, drunk, tired and/or nonplussed to ever actually follow through on any of that DURING the conference. then once i got home, i read review after review on every blog under the sun and felt inundated with 'memories' and highlights that were barely 24 hours old. i got utterly sick and tired of sxsw recapping and just gave up on the whole she-bang (yes, i said SHE-BANG).
but today, over a month later, i'm still listening to a band that made my sxsw experience extra special this year, so i guess now is as good of a time as any to tell y'all about them.
they are called AUTO ESCAPE, and i can't sing their praises enough! they are a 4-piece indie outfit hailing from a little town in texas called mckinney. their lineup includes a pair of super cute (which is apparently criteria for being mentioned in this blog lately) brothers on drums and vocals/guitar, and two other very talented, young and equally adorable boys on bass and guitar. these guys sound fantastic. hopefully we will get a taste of them in nyc soon.
but until then, here are my 2 favorite tracks from their ep, take a listen and let me know what you think:
white roses - AUTO ESCAPE
(this song is great, but you have to wait for it to 'hit'- takes a little over a minute so give it a chance)
falling asleep in the snow - AUTO EXPRESS
okay then, i'm off to eat pizza with goons... mmmmmm.
posted by Anonymous @ 4/25/2006
2006/04/24first axl rose at misshapes and now this?
happy monday. someone IMd me this morning and sent me these Alice In Chains tour dates.
I haven't had my coffee, leaving me unable to really grasp this. But here:
May 18 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy
May 19 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 21 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 22 - Boston, MA @ Avalon
May 23 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Aug. 11 - Sturgis, SD @ 2006 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
posted by n. @ 4/24/2006
nora: well... i mean they are writing
nora: so sorta yay
jeff: they'll put something out, I'm sure of it
jeff: the question is - will they tour and play pumpkins songs?
nyc nora: they had FUCKING BETTER
nora: otherwise there is no deal
nora: i mean what would be the difference
nora: between that and zwan?
jeff: well, I'd still buy the record
nora: i mean... seriously
jeff: I loved zwan!
nora: so did i (i even saw them live. true story)
jeff: but I was bummed that they weren't playing any pumpkins at the shows
nora: but smashing pumpkins is smashing pumpkins
nora: it's not just a band name that you throw around
posted by n. @ 4/21/2006
i appreciate you
So I got my camera out just a bit late in the game, but Jerry improvised as you see (JERRY RULES). And if I wasn't so wiped out from all the Filter "Music Appreciation" (more like open bar appreciation if you ask me) last night I would photoshop the Walkmen into this photo where they had been playing maybe half an hour or so before. But no. And I don't even like the Walkmen, though I do like "The Rat." And I like free alcohol but I don't like bad sound - and there was BAD sound. I would have LOVED to see the Duke Spirit but Brett and I opted to eat dinner at Bubbys (yuuuum) so I missed seeing the band AGAIN. BOO. Tragedy.
But I did see the awesome lad that is Get Cape Wear Cape Fly so that will just have to do. OH! And I drank some green vodka.
Life is rad.
Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly - Whitewash Is Brainwash
(oh and i also want to point out that i've been blogging a lot lately so.. let's call this the comeback?)
posted by n. @ 4/21/2006
2006/04/20the changes reach the other shore!
Rob from I Rock I Roll favorites The Changes (from Chicago) thrilled me today by sending me this clip from NME where Ross from the Futureheads namedrops them and then some as one of his favorite bands that he's listening to now. How effing cool is that?
The band is currently in the studio finishing up their album, which features a LOT of new tracks including "Water of the Gods," "Sisters" and "House of Style," which apparently in honor of designer Tod Oldham whom they met at Sundance earlier this year, how fancy! As Rob told me, "he liked that song cause he heard Dave playing it for Darren before our show during soundcheck."
First the bloggers, then the designers, then the industry, then um.. celebrities and then the world? Right? right.
Here's what the NME thang looked like:
Jeff gave me a brownie at lunch and it has made me entire day exponentially better. Jeff, therefore, rules.
Also while I'm here, I forgot to mention that a week or two ago I saw the Cinematics at Rothko and COMPLETELY love and adored them. I'm not sure why they aren't huge, but I think they should be. Though they don't come across quite as well on their album I suppose. Their lead singer is entirely adorable and has the most wonderful accent ever. I just wanted to smoosh him. Oh and he wore stripes too (ala the cuteness maximus that is The Boy Least Likely To... see. below), see evidence here. Accents and stripes.. I'm all about it!
Download something good:
The Cinematics - Chase
ps: the word of the day is "buckets"
posted by n. @ 4/20/2006
2006/04/14the cute most likely to
This band is so cute. Cute cute cute. I sort of can't get over it.
When I saw them open for James Blunt, I think at least three members of the band were wearing stripey shirts. Cute. Rolling Stone calls their music "cuddle rock." Cute again. They have graphics like this socuteiwanttovomit bunnie on their website.
They have a blog where they write things like this:
"america is very big. it makes me feel very small. driving along i can't imagine how it feels to live in a country so large. i think i would feel completely lost if i lived here. it's so different to the little village that we come from. i like it in america though. it just takes some getting used to that's all."
The Boy Least Likely To - I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon To Your Star
(i mean it's a song about APPLE WAGONS and STARS. *dies of cuteness overload*)
5/30/06 – Vancouver, BC @ Plaza Club
5/31/06 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
6/1/06 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
6/2/06 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
6/3/06 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
6/6/06 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
6/8/06 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
6/9/06 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
6/10/06 – Toronto, ON @ Revival
6/11/06 - Montreal, QC @ Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire
6/12/06 – Boston, MA @ TT The Bears
6/13/06 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
posted by n. @ 4/14/2006
who needs a reason? not you buddy
It's kind of like they're saying to me... we didn't really know WHAT to do for our video so we threw in every element of fucking insanity possible.. you know, like a light up disco danceflor, planets, some mermaids, a guy who resembles Chewbacca, a few cave people, indians, safari guys, feathers, BUBBLES, a train or something... hey was that Indiana Jones? Who the fuck even cares, this shit is off the...
I don't even KNOW
Men Women And Children (oh and everyone else apparently)'s new video
download the song too:
Men Women and Children - Dance In My Blood
I don't think there was any blood in the video though.
posted by n. @ 4/14/2006
2006/04/13my underage thinking
My friends like to make fun of me for liking younger guys. And while I swear I'm not hanging out around NYU dorms (anymore), as someone who works in the music industry it just seems like everyone gets totally worked up and excited about how YOUNG someone is, especially if they are talented.
The other day I got to check out a showcase for Paolo Nutini, who is basically a younger (read: 18 years old) Julian Casablancas clone from the UK who has a pretty amazingly soulful voice. Some people call him the next James Blunt, which can mean a variety of things but I just think he's talented. And if you know me, you know that singer songwriters are typically not my thing (unlike guys under the legal drinking age apparently), so this means a lot.
I don't think his recorded songs do him justice, but this one is my favorite so check it out.
Paolo Nutini - Jenny Don't Be Hasty
At the very least, I think he could kick Teddy Geiger's ass (even though I sort of want to make out with Teddy Geiger for some reason. ho hum).
posted by n. @ 4/13/2006
There is a heatwave outside, so I'm going to sit here in the AC and write a blog entry.
A while ago, I went to the Cornerstone offices for some party involving free sparks, and after drinking um... a six pack or two, took a train downtown and decided to make good use of all the free stellastarr* schwag that I "borrowed" off of someone's desk. See above.
This is probably illegal, in which case I'm making up this entire story obviously, but the reason for this is that I really love stellastarr* and I always have. Or at least I've always loved their first album and think that they are awesome people. That's probably more accurate.
So what seems like a million years ago (or two weeks ago), I went to see them at Bowery Ballroom. I didn't really have high expectations for the show, or any expectations at all really. The last time I saw them, they were the Ligers and played only songs from the new album for the first time live, ever. I wasn't totally excited with that, and then Harmonies for the Haunted never really grew on me. A friend of mine saw them in London recently and he wasn't terribly impressed either and for a little while I was worried that this band was on their way out.
That monday at Bowery I was happy to find myself proven entirely wrong. This show was fantastic. FANTASTIC. I don't know if someone gave the band a much needed pep talk or if they were inspired by an enthusiastic hometown crowd or WHAT, but it was awesome. And the mixing of their old songs with the new made me love gems like "Homeland" and "Jenny" even more, and actually made me fall in love with songs from Harmones that I had never been able to like before, like "The Diver." Amazing.
Just to prove that this wasn't a fluke, I went to see them open for Editors the next night at Warsaw and it was just more awesomeness of the same.
I know this band isn't for everyone (anything that is is boring anyways, as Jeff told me at dinner last night), but I really hope that people give them a chance if they haven't already.
In other news, I still LOVE Editors and think they are one of my top live bands ever. Their lead singer is the new Chris Martin. That's a bold statement, perhaps, but one performance of "Camera" live and you might just agree with me.
posted by n. @ 4/13/2006
2006/04/10it's monday and it's delicious
So you know it's time to update your blog when coworkers at your actual job start emailing you insisting that you slack off enough to write a blog entry.
While I do have a LOT to talk about, right now all I really can think about is the concept of fried mac and cheese.
Let's just ponder that for a bit and I'll be back shortly with an actual update about something.
posted by n. @ 4/10/2006
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