2007/02/22madison strays? bikinis? what?
i am confused, yet intrigued.
more info here.
posted by n. @ 2/22/2007
2007/02/21i'm a piano playing cat
posted by n. @ 2/21/2007
2007/02/20roll up for... ampop
As we walked out of the Ampop show at Pianos a week and a half ago, I said to Sean and Rachael that the band reminded me of Aqualung, if Aqualung went on the Magical Mystery Tour. This is how this handsome looking three-piece from Iceland came off live at least during their set to a packed room for one of their first US shows.
Unfortunately to me their recordings oftentimes sound more like Aqualung on the "meh" tour (although one track, "Gets Me Down" is the only exception that I've found, and is very catchy).
Ampop really were fun live though especially all the trippy parts. Ah, I'm so good at describing things aren't I?
Ampop - Gets Me Down
Ampop - You Could Be Lovely
They also write a lot of stuff in their myspace blog in their own language so you can't make out much, except that they were featured on that stupid show "I'm From Rolling Stone" which is REALLY nothing to brag about. I think at least two seperate people have mentioned that show to me in the last few days, and all I have to say is that my interns last summer were 2835729385792375 times cooler. I wish those boys would update their blog...
posted by n. @ 2/20/2007
you're a punkrocker, yes you are
Soft Machine was hands down one of my FAVORITE albums to DJ in 2006, and having see da Bears DJ on the roof of the Standard Hotel when I was in LA over the summer, I can say that this event will def. be a good time!
Teddybears - Ahead Of My Time
Teddybears - Different Sound
They are also playing at Studio B. Meh.
posted by n. @ 2/20/2007
2007/02/16keep the nora running
This has been a really long week. If not for the free coffee at my job, I never would have made it. Granted, I didn't find any time for a blog entry, but sometimes that just happens. Forgive me.
Anyways, let me attempt to recap my life.
Last night I walked over (YAY for walking to shows) to the new Luna Lounge in Brooklyn for the Gothamist Moveable Hype 2.billion party, although I was going primarily to see White Rabbits, because I think they are by far one of the better new bands to come out of NYC recently. But first thing first, let's talk about this new Luna "Lounge" which is more like... North Six part two. At least as far as sheer size is concerned. I'm sure pretty much everyone still remembers (well at least I hope so because i'm not THAT old) how great the old Luna Lounge on Ludlow was for showcasing mostly new and relatively unknown bands. The space was small but not terribly cramped and the best part was that ALL of the shows were gloriously free. If any of these memories are still in your head, you might as well forget any of them when you attend a show at the new venue of the same name because there is really no similarity at all.
The new Luna is, in a word, gianormous. It looks great, and the sound is fairly good, the people who work there were EXTREMELY friendly which was a really nice change of pace, and it could be a really cool venue except for one pretty blatent problem... they are still booking bands for the most part at the same "level" or place in their musical careers as the OLD Luna Lounge. These bands can't really be expected to fill the 350+ person capacity room and last night it left bands who would have packed the old Luna playing to what appeared to be a very sparse crowd because of how spread out everyone was. Either way, I think the new Luna Lounge could be a really amazing venue, but if you are expecting any of what you used to find for free on Ludlow street a couple years ago, you might as well forget that thought right now (and be prepared to spend an 8 dollar cover while doing so - though admission is free to drink after any show apparently). Hopefully they will start booking bigger bands who are more equipped to play such a large space.
None of this REALLY matters though, because White Rabbits were pretty fucking amazing. The band doesn't have an album out yet, so a lot of people haven't warmed up to the majority of their material (myself included), but this band is pure awesome fun. They have THREE drummers on some songs for christsake! The highlight of last night was the bombastic "Kid On My Shouders" where the band just all out raged all over the stage. It was fantastic to watch that song from beginning to end, and I haven't felt that way about a performance in a long time. It was electric. I wish they had ended with it actually because the two songs they played afterwards (or anything for that matter) paled in comparison.
These boys have some serious talent, so watch out for them!
White Rabbits - Kid On My Shoulders
Otherwise, despite not having an Arcade Fire ticket and lacking the stamina to stand outside in the cold for a couple years to get into one of the shows (sigh... sadness), I have been playing Neon Bible into the fucking ground, and I have to agree with the rest of the blogsphere that it is GOOD. "Black Mirror" is... there are not enough words. Wow. I can't say it has grown on me to Funeral level massive LUSTING, but that even took me a long time. It's a great album and missing these no doubt fabulous shows has made me pretty sad.. but no more moping! Instead, here is a song.
Arcade Fire - Keep The Car Running
posted by n. @ 2/16/2007
2007/02/13i had a
crazy weekend. and now a crazier work week.
so let us all take a moment and look at the bunnies.
back with music tomorrow!
posted by n. @ 2/13/2007
2007/02/08the hourly radio: a reason be glad you don't have deaf ears
For the past week I have been obsessed with the new album by The Hourly Radio that some lovely person from (I think) the Musebox sent to me a couple weeks ago. I first saw this Dallas band when they scored an opening spot at Bowery for stellastarr* (who are huge fans of theirs) and then later when they played a great month long residency at Annex.
The Hourly Radio have also played with Editors (yum), a huge I Rock I Roll favorite, and the bands are very well suited for each other (even though this band isn't actually british at all). Rolling Stone called them "shoegaze! and the disco!" but who even knows what the striking sounding male voices that I have heard recently. So pretty.
I highly recommend giving History Will Never Hold Me a listen, and you can buy a copy here.
The Hourly Radio - Crime Does Pay
The Hourly Radio Deaf Ears
and, OF COURSE, tune into the Blog Show today, because the Hourly Radio are one of our featured bands this week! oh, and we are now on myspace so you can totally be our virtual friends -- nothing is more fun than THAT.
posted by n. @ 2/08/2007
2007/02/05bad news bears
Bears lose = Nora sad.
Temperature plummets. Nothing good happens.
Gaskets - Cold Busted
posted by n. @ 2/05/2007
just booked my flights to sxsw. for the FIRST TIME EVER.
ok now who wants to let me sleep on their floor... haha. or buy me a giant margarita? YAY!!!!!
in other news, there is a new edition of the blog show up TODAY so go listen.
i saw 5839572893752 of these ipod commercials featuring this song last night during Greys Anatomy. and we play this band on the blog show this week (paying attention, Steve Jobs? please send us iphones now...). and i kind of love this band, even if they sound like everything else england has shipped over here lately.
The Fratellis - Flathead
posted by n. @ 2/02/2007
2007/02/01i'm sure about sure juror, now it's your turn.
so as you can see from the post below, i'm one of the fabulous group of bloggers hosting all of the upcoming NYC performances by the band Sure Juror. here are a few things i think you need to know which will hopefully convince you to come to this show.
1. there are like a BILLION people in this band. or maybe 8 i think (photo in this post is clearly inaccurate but all i had). something around there. that is still a lot of people, which means a LOT of awesome sound.
2. they are all cute guys. cute YOUNG guys.
3. they make great music. seriously, i love talented young people. they are the future of music.
4. i'm going to bring some candy. and who doesn't love free candy???
5. i will be there, with the aformentioned candy, so you can hang out with me and maybe we can all get together and do some tequila shots.
6. this is only their THIRD new york show. so you can be one of those too cool for school people who can say you saw them way back when. what's up indie cred (i have none, but you probably have lots).
so come to this show, SATURDAY NIGHT. PIANOS. YOU KNOW WHERE THAT IS. yay!
Sure Juror - Thank You In Advance
posted by n. @ 2/01/2007
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