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yay halloween

posted by n. @ 10/31/2006


they look just like buddy holly.

If you were in NYC over Halloween weekend last year, you would have been able to come and see Morning Theft play as Weezer at a party I helped throw as part of the grand opening Fat Baby (remember Fat Baby?). THIS YEAR, the boys are taking their act to Boston, and will be playing some of their own material as well. This was a HUGE HUGE hit and sold out when we did it, so if you have the opportunity, PLEASE go! They do a wonderful job

And for any NYC-ers, the band will be at Mawells on 11/4 as well so make the trek to Jersey and say hello. No Weezer involved in that show, however.

posted by n. @ 10/27/2006


road trips, radio shows, sleep deprivation, awesomeness.

I am SO TIRED RIGHT NOW. But tired in a very happy way. After the truly fantastic The Changes/Tally Hall match up show at Maxwells on Tuesday night (read Rachael's epic write up here), I somehow found myself in a van with the Tally Hall lads being driven off on their tour. Though I was entirely unprepared for this very "almost famous"-esque experience, I had a fantastic time on my jaunt to Philadelphia, where I got to hang out with the boys and also had my first philly cheesesteak (yummy!). I got back to NYC in the wee hours last night, and am currently completely and awesomely exhausted.

BUT, if you have the chance to see Tally Hall and the Changes together, DO NOT HESITATE, GO!

The Changes just added additional dates on their MySpace page, including some stops in Canada!

Tally Hall's dates are here!

(i don't remember right now which dates they still have together, but you're smart. you can figure that out.)

In OTHER news, make sure you hop over to Break Thru Radio today, for the THIRD installment of our "Blog Show." We were really hyper when we recorded this, probably because we knew that as soon as we were done we got to go to Maxwells (see above) but I think it turned out well and we get more comfortable with the show every week.

and FINALLY, just a reminder that Rachael and I will be on the decks @ The Skinny tonight (174 Orchard @ Stanton) from 10-4am, playing the best in um... every genre, including Yacht Rock. I might also mix in some Raffi.

OH, and if you are a big yacht rock fanatic, THE place to be Friday Night is at the Battering Room Pre-CMJ Party, appropriately called KNOCK OUT because it's a pretty knock-out line up.

Rachael and I are djing together there also. Maybe you should just call us "blogs of pleasure." Maybe I will dj with boxing gloves on.

OK, maybe not....

posted by n. @ 10/26/2006

take this with your cocoa

the more bundling up I have to do, the more and more tempting it becomes for me to stay home in brooklyn in the company of my favorite albums. lately i've found that when working during the day that i've been turning to one album over and over again for just that sort of hit-the-spot comfort music is Two Thousand by Brooklyn's own, the French Kicks. And yes, I realize this album has been out for a while, but honestly the more and more I listen to it, the more I fall in love with it. At first I thought my infatuation with this band was based pretty much solely on my ridiculous crush on their lead singer (embarassing? perhaps, but if you have ever seen me in his tall lanky handsome guy presence, you would know its true anyways). But honestly this album is too melodic and beautiful to dismiss regardless of their frontman Nick's crush potential.

I saw the band at Sin-e several months ago, which was a real treat, and then again opening for Phoenix at Bowery, and I have to say they may be one of the few bands that I really enjoyed more in a larger venue that really lent it self to their densely layred songs. I used to DJ their track "One More Time" constantly, and while it is still probably their catchiest song, I think the more I listen to the songs from the new album, the more I grew to appreciate just how good this band really is at as a whole instead of just being a one-hit-wonder type of thing. Yes, it did take a while for Two Thousand to grow on me, but I'm really glad that I gave it a chance to.

OH - and according to Oh My Rockness, the band plays weddings! I guess if I can't get Tally Hall to play my wedding, this would be the next best thing.

But seriously, spend some time with these tunes -- it's much better than being out in the cold.

French Kicks - So Far We Are

French Kicks - Knee High

French Kicks - England Just Will Not Let You Recover (my favorite)

Buy the album from Insound.

ps: their myspace page says they are playing an In Sound party in Brooklyn on Nov 2nd, presumably for CMJ. Does anyone have more info on this?? Please let me know!

posted by n. @ 10/26/2006


kick it to the chorus!

Okay, I'm totally stealing this from Dodge, but I'm SORRY this totally made me so happy I almost peed my pants.

The Changes - COVERING SEXY/BACK (?!??!?!?!??!!!!!!!!!!)

ps: The Changes are bringing sexy back to Hoboken TONIGHT -- the party train leaves from 23rd and 6th ave at 6:30. yay!

posted by n. @ 10/24/2006

maritime is a fun time

Saturday night, I went to Mercury Lounge to see Bound Stems, but ended up sticking around to see the band
Maritime after them (basically because everyone I ran into that I knew kept saying "Are you going to stay to see Maritime? Maritime are so great!" etc. etc).

And I have to tell you, I'm glad that I did, because Maritime pretty much WERE so great. Their music is basically synthy pop that is just NICE to listen to. For a very Nora-esque example: I could put their album (We, The Vehicles) on and clean my kitchen (which I really need to do... ugh) and have a really fun time doing it. The band features former members of Promise Ring and Dismemberment Plan, so obviously they are already on the right track to making good music -- and it shows

This song, in particular, goes beyond nice and is just plain fucking rad.

Maritime - Parade Of Punk-Rock T-shirts

and here's another, just because I love you.

Maritime - Tearing Up The Oxygen

Buy their album here!

posted by n. @ 10/24/2006


Tally Hall + Freebird!

Dodge was lucky enough to catch day one of the "tour of dreams" with The Changes and Tally Hall and the result is that I get to watch this amazing video that he recorded at the show. Oh for joy.

Check it out here. So funny.

posted by n. @ 10/19/2006

three cover thursdays!

Obviously I've had bupkiss to talk about this week, so instead I decided to start a "fake" blog "segment" and post three covers this thursday that I enjoy. Maybe not the most original thing, but I think all three of these are pretty brilliant an fun in their own ways.

The Boy Least Likely To - Faith (George Michael cover)

Ben Folds - Get Your Hands Off My Woman (The Darkness cover)

Lily Allen - Oh My God (Kaiser Chiefs cover)

Speaking of segments, go over to Break Thru Radio today to check out part TWO of "The Blog Show." Yes, for some odd reason they actually let us do the show again! I have to thank the over 300,000 people (!!!!) who tuned in last time.

posted by n. @ 10/19/2006


girl bloggers on the airwaves

that's right. we did it. and you don't even need a subscription. honestly, i've wanted to have my own radio show since I was a kid and I used to make fake ones with my little sister using a cassette recorder.

Go to Break Thru Radio and click on THE BLOG SHOW.

tonight, come see us DJ at The Skinny. 174 Orchard @ Stanton. 10-4am.

posted by n. @ 10/12/2006


the changes : on tour

The Changes have finally announced some of their upcoming tour dates with Tally Hall. Please go check them out if they are playing your town!

Check out their super pretty ecard here and get your copy of Today Is Tonight @ Insound.


10/18/06 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio Tally Hall

10/19/06 Ames, IA The Maintenance Shop Tally Hall

10/20/06 Chicago, IL Double Door Tally Hall

10/21/06 State College, PA
Tall Shiva
Tally Hall

10/22/06 Boston, MA Paradise Lounge Tally Hall

10/24/06 Hoboken, NJ
Tally Hall
(possibly the greatest show I will ever attend..?)

10/25/06 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live Tally Hall

Pittsburgh, PA
Mr. Smalls
Tally Hall, Pela

10/28/06 Notre Dame, IN
Legends of Notre Dame
Tally Hall

11/3/06 New York, NY Union Hall (CMJ)
Division Day, others TBA

11/4/06 New York, NY
Rebel (CMJ)
Mooney Suzuki, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, The Dansettes, Willowz

11/7/06 Philadelphia, PA
Northstar Bar
Monsters Are Waiting

11/10/06 Washington, DC
Presented by Liberation Dance Party

Madison, WI
UW-Madison Rathskeller
Helicopters (Free all ages show)

posted by n. @ 10/10/2006



If you know me at all, you know that I have a special place in my heart for bands from the windy city that I call my hometown. So last week when, standing outside Mercury Lounge recovering from the Ima Robot show, I got a call from my friend Benji freaking the fuckout about this band Skybox from Chicago that he was throwing a last minute showcase for, I was totally into it. So I dragged my well buzzed self to Annex around 12:30 that night to check out with Benji had been going on about enough to help this band book their SECOND show in one evening, and was quite glad that I did. Honestly, I don't even know how to describe their music, except that it's quirky and happy and kind of all over the place in a wonderful sort of way.

After the band's charming manager let me sell merch for a while for no apparent reason, I grabbed a copy of their fairly off the radar debut album Arco Isis and have had it on solid rotation for the past few days. It definately is worth listening to from beginning to end, and has this very (dare I say) Tally Hall-esque vaudeville quality to it. The band will be back for CMJ and are certainly worth checking out if you're tired of seeing Birdmonster for the 50th time (just kidding, I LOVE Birdmonster). Oh and speaking of birds, check the cute lil' partridge family thing they have going on with that album cover (yes, I'm a dork).

Finally, listen:

Skybox - Various Kitchen Utensils

More songs here on their myspace.

posted by n. @ 10/09/2006


being coherent is so five days ago

in lieu of blog entry, i give you funny im conversation BETWEEN bloggers. and then some tunes.

secret machines @ irving plaza photo by brother lawrence, cuz i love him and i broke my digital camera

nora: hey, how was lost?
nora: i didn't watch it yet
rachael: Holy potatoes note: rachael says this all the time. hehe.
rachael:Pretty damn good
rachael: The first 5 minutes made the whole season worthwhile
nora: you saw today right?
rachael: Haha yep
rachael: Genius
nora: ahahaha
nora: did you see the jet review on pitchfork?
rachael: Yep
rachael: Come on nora
rachael: This is days ago
nora: SIGH, i know
nora:<--- has no internet at home!
rachael: Slacker
nora: what about the review of the changes album?
rachael: pitchfork?
rachael:I will check it out
rachael: Hahaha
nora: 6.7 isn't bad
nora: at least it's not a monkey jerking off or whatever
rachael:That was so ridic
rachael: And it didn't even get a grade
nora: i know
nora: anyways, as much i love this secret machines album
nora:sometimes it sorta makes me want to kill myself
rachael: hahaha
nora: like it's TOO MUCH
rachael: havent heard it
nora:i saw them last night
rachael:oh ya?
rachael: how was it?
nora: by the end i thought i was going to have a stroke
nora: it was interesting and they are really impressive musicians
nora: but honestly (and you will read this in my blog tomorrow)
rachael: hah okay
nora:i'd almost rather sit at home smoking a doobie
nora: on my couch
nora: and listen to their music there
rachael: hahaha
rachael: yeah i hear ya
nora: than stand around a sweaty room with a crazy light display giving me epeleptic seizures.although the "in the round" thing was actually really cool. oh, and i did have the flu at the time.
rachael: totally
nora: and seriously ALSO there are some tv on the radio songs
nora: that i CANNOT listen to
rachael: ugh me neither
rachael: i really dont get why they are so amazing
rachael: and grizzly bear
rachael: kill me
nora: i haven't even HEARD that
rachael: its painful
nora: anything about bears or cookie mountains
nora:i don't understand
rachael: hahaha
nora: although you know if there WAS a mountain made of cookies
nora: i would be all over that shit
rachael: mmmmmm
nora:you realize i'm just going to post this conversation
nora: hahaha
rachael: uh oh, feel free to edit me
nora: after all, if the number five song people want to listen to on hype machine is borat's "in my country there is problem" then i feel like i don't need to be that coherent

(this conversation went on for a while, until rachael told me that someone is having a pre-cmj party on OCTOBER 14th?!??!! can I call my dj gig next week a pre cmj party? I asked Rachael if I could throw a post-cmj party in december. she wanted to know if her badge would be honored....). - nora

secret machines - alone, jealous and stoned (such a gorgeous song)

tv on the radio - wolf like me


posted by n. @ 10/05/2006

probably drunk

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