2007/04/30monday love songs - birds and bees (and flowers in the trees)
For some reason, groovy electro-pop goes very well when mixed with springtime, which is why my "monday love song" (aka song that i love) on this beautiful day is by Los Angeles group The Bird and the Bee. The band consists of Greg Kurstin (the bee) and Inara George (the bird) -- and I mean how cute is THAT alone. He has worked with artists like Beck and the Flaming Lips (and was in the band geggy tah!), and she has been described as "a modern day Audrey Hepburn with the voice of an angel." The songs on their recently released self titled debut on Blue Note are equally as affectionate as their nicknames, and most make me feel like dancing around in a field with flowers in my hair or somthing (if um... I was ever so inclined to do that).
Just TRY to get this song out of your head and to wipe the smile off of your face when you listen to it.
The Bird and the Bee - La La La
I mean it's called LA LA LA for goodness sake. For more tracks, visit them on myspace
posted by n. @ 4/30/2007
vh1 loves me
i also just wanted to point out that (somehow, inexplicably even) this blog has been nominated for a VH1 Rock Honors award for "best rock site." considering that my competition consists of:
and ROLLING STONE
it would be pretty awesome if you guys click here and VOTE FOR ME, and also check out the other categories and vote for them too. pretty crazy huh?
i know that there are a lot of independent blogs that are by far more awesome than my own, but seeing as how it seems that I alone am representing our "group" it would be really cool for this site to win. i mean... who really likes Pitchfork anyways? haha.
so THANK YOU GUYS.
posted by n. @ 4/30/2007
tally hall, welcome to: a major label
that's right kids, the world is about to get a lot more Tally Hall in it, and to me that is NOTHING but a good thing! the boys finally inked their deal with Atlantic Records, which will eventually lead to the re-release of their fantastic album Marvins Marvelous Mechanical Museum along with a "top secret project" that I will obviously be trying to get more information about when I see the boys tomorrow night. The color tie wearing lads from Michigan are headlining Knitting Factory tomorrow (Tuesday) night and if you have never seen this band before or are one of the MANY Tally Hall devotees, this show is obviously not to be missed.
Also on the bill tomorrow are (though I guess not anymore) label mates of the Tallys, a band that I missed at SXSW because I was fetching some (tasty) cookies, called Great Lakes Myth Society. While I cannot profess to being the biggest country music buff, this band (also hailing from Michigan) throw in just the right amount of folk and rock on their second album, Compass Rose Bouquet to keep me entertained. There is def. something rather "Shins-esque" about a lot of their tracks, so if that strikes your fancy, make sure you get to Knitting Factory a little early.
Tally Hall - Spring and a Storm
Great Lakes Myth Society - Hey Days
Great Lakes Myth Society - Summer Bonfire
posted by n. @ 4/30/2007
2007/04/18tokyo police club gets down, gets funky.
i got this remix in my inbox today and thought would be fun to share. every time rachael and i talk about Tokyo Police Club, she will usually say something along the lines of "hey nora remember after their show when you tried to steal their "tokyo" "police" "club" signs? And then I will say "No....." (but ok... maybe....)
Regardless, I've been a fan of this band for a while and things seem to be going well for them, still on the road and also appearing on Letterman. I also saw Danny Masterson jump around like a crazy person to their set at the Blender Party at SXSW so they also have some celeb love happening.
And NOW they have been remixed by "Trey Told 'Em" AKA the new remix project by Girl Talk's Greg Gillis.
So check it:
Tokyo Police Club - Cheer It (Trey Told Em remix)
There is also a video for Cheer It which you can see here
Rah rah rah!
posted by n. @ 4/18/2007
2007/04/16monday love songs - french kissing. sort of.
to continue with my new blog segment, this week i'm going to feature a track by charlotte gainsbourg, the very beautiful and talented spawn of Serge. I dont really know much about her, but her new labum 5:55 features music written and performed by Air and lyrics by Jarvis Cocker, which was intriguing enough alone for me to give it a listen. Apparently Charlotte is also a very shy performer and sang a lot of her vocals for this album while hiding under a sheet, which is maybe bizarre but also in some way very charming to me and in a recent article she was quoted as saying that she wanted the album to "have a nocturnal feel, channeling the foggy cognizance and acute loneliness of being awake in the middle of the night."
Works for me. Here is a track for you to enjoy.
Charlotte Gainsbourg - The Songs We Sing
posted by n. @ 4/16/2007
2007/04/13lost: ricky wilson's scissor kick. have you seen it? please call. big reward.
Okay but seriously, there was some hopping and flailing and other excellent showmanship (and a cowbell), but NO SIGNATURE SCISSOR KICK JUMP. this made me sad, but only momentarily because this was a great show. YAY FOR KAISER CHIEFS!
Here are some photos and some mp3s, because I have a billion things to do today but I wanted to fufill my promise to blog every day this week. go me. miranda says i should get an internet gold star. next i will either attempt to run a marathon or give in to abby's demand that i participate in some freaky "master cleanse" with her (hi cliff).
Kaiser Chiefs - Heat Dies Down
Kaiser Chiefs - Thank You Very Much
posted by n. @ 4/13/2007
2007/04/12things worth saying in order to post a blog entry every day this week
yeah, seriously. i'm trying! next week i'll post like 10+ entries a day just like Beev.
ok.. probably not.
last night, i went to see This Is Me Smiling at Club Europa in Greenpoint which dubs itself "the the most popular Polish-American night club in Brooklyn." ORLY. either way, it was pretty dead. meg and i brought donuts for the band that i stole from work, because everyone likes emo music and everyone likes donuts. emo + donuts = great success.
the band was GREAT GREAT GREAT. and I'm not just saying this because they indulged my request to play "mixed up adjectives" even though they said they were tired of playing that song and never do anymore. but they did anyways! way to be awesome.
the best part, i think, is that they will be coming to the Skinny tonight where we will throw them an afterparty. I will be coming fresh from seeing Kaiser Chiefs blow my mind all over Roseland with "RUBY RUBY RUBY" and while I can't promise any delicious baked goods, i can promise a lot of fun will be had.
SO, go see the band at Knitting Factory and then come over where Rachael and Matt and I will be djing with our special guest PAT! aka: dj poptarts. uh huh.
174 orchard @ stanton
yada yada yada.
oh also, I think today I decided to skip Lollapalooza this year and go to Virgin Fest instead. thoughts on this? Please take into account that the Police were my first favorite band ever (we are talking like 9 years old and Raffi does not really count anyways), and the Smashing Pumpkins are my favorite band of all time. If the Beatles were playing Virgin Fest I might die of happiness but.. well.. you know how that story goes. Abby already agreed to go with me and she wants to rent a camper.
Yeah... dunno what I think about THAT.
This Is Me Smiling - So Excited To Sleep (i really will be after tonight...)
this actually turned out to be a pretty good blog entry. see you tomorrow....
photo of this is me smiling from the flickr of this lovely girl because meg didn't have her camera cord today at work...
posted by n. @ 4/12/2007
2007/04/11hipster do dance... at the office
you know that 4pm "slump" that you hit at the office.. like when your blood sugar is low and the coffee machine is broken and you're itemizing out the contents of your paperclip dish and the minute hand on the clock REFUSES to move despite your jedi mindtrick attempts to fast forward yourself to the nearest happy hour?
it is around these times lately that I like to have a little "inter-office dance party." This basically involves sitting in my swivel desk chair, and rock out to tracks that would normally I think be reserved for the dance floor jams at studio b or some other awesome polish hipster discotech of your choice.
and with that, here are some of my recent favorites in this genre. almost as energizing as that 5pm redbull, I promise.
The Presets - Are You The One?
Datarock - Sex Me Up
Justice - B.E.A.T (this song is addictive like crack)
Matt and Kim - Yea Yeah (spaz out! throw on a bandana)
Shy Child - Break Your Neck
Mika - Grace Kelly (it's ok to get a little (lot) flamboyant in your cubicle sometimes, especially if your name is rachael)
posted by n. @ 4/11/2007
2007/04/10thrushes: beautiful rock and roll.
My mom used to have a HUGE crush on Aiden Quinn. Then again, didn't every woman in some way after seeing Legends of the Fall? As it turns out, this band from Baltimore wrote a song by the same name, which is what prompted me to give them a listen. Because honestly, I get a lot of emails to check out new music, and bands always ask me what they should say to stand out and I never really have a good answer for them. This time? A middle-aged actor who starred opposite long haired Brad Pitt who my mom fancied more than Brad but probably less than Sean Connery.
ANYWAYS, pardon my tangent, the important thing here is that so far I'm really enjoying the excellent lush shoegaze made by the aformentioned band called Thrushes. Hailing from Baltimore, they have an album out right now called "Sun Come Undone" and apparently create their sound based on the premise that "rock music should be beautiful" -- and I think they have certainly accomplished that here. Fans of Jesus and Mary Chain (obviously) will enjoy this -- as well as any fans of local shoe-gaze stars such as Asobi Seksu. So crank the volume on your stereo let this wall of sound envelope you... I don't think you will be disappointed.
The band plays at Lit Lounge on the 14th of April and have other tour dates you can get here.
Thrushes - Aidan Quinn
Thrushes - Heartbeats (my personal favorite)
If you like what you hear, their label is streaming the entire album here!
posted by n. @ 4/10/2007
2007/04/09monday "love" songs
okay these aren't going to be all songs about love, and i probably need to come up with a much more clever name for this "segment." Now that i don't have a radio show anymore, I still somehow am craving "segments" in my life so i'm going to make one for my blog instead. basically the idea for this will be that every monday I will feature a song that I am just loving right now and listening to over and over adnauseum (that is how I listen to music -- i crave songs rather than albums most of the time).
it won't always necessarily be a new song (this week it certainly isn't), but just something really great that i've found that feel like I want/need to share with the people who read my blog. and it will give you something to download and listen to at work on Monday when you know you'd rather be anywhere BUT at your desk/cubicle/office.
The song this week is by Bravo Silva, who actually aren't even together anymore. I saw them live a few times and thought they were alright -- but for some reason I just never paid attention to this song (they had a few others that I really liked) and then I was on the train to Park Slope over the weekend and this track came on randomly on the ipod and I ended up listening to it four times in a row. And I love it. So now I think Bravo Silva should get back together, but even if they don't, here's their song for you. Happy monday!
Bravo Silva - City I Love You
photo borrowed from here
posted by n. @ 4/09/2007
2007/04/06this is nora smiling
I'm sorry for not updating at ALL this week, but it hasn't been a very good one unfortunately. Rachael and I recorded our last edition of the the Blog Show, which is up streaming now. We stopped the show for a variety of reasons (mostly ethical) , which I won't go into, but you can listen to our archives. Anyone want to teach us about podcasting?
Also, it's snowing in April. Which I guess should be expected since it was 70 degrees in JANUARY, but still it isn't a very welcome change. Brrrr.
The good news is that I think I've found a cure for my blues, in the form of -- you guessed it -- a band! And honestly, when I got this in the mail recently I figured there was no way that it couldn't be enjoyable unless their band name is some sort of cruel ironic joke.
The good news is, This Is Me Smiling will actually make you do just that. This four piece band from Chicago (woot!) have a self titled album out now full of great piano driven rock/pop -- very Ben Folds for the emo set. I asked me friend Meg who works for the band's PR company if it was okay for someone my age (not that i'm THAT old, but I'm no 19 year old spring chicken) to like a band like this, and she adamently responded yes and told me to "own it, dig it."
As such, I am doing just that. Smiling never killed anyone, after all. So check them out -- tour dates below.
This Is Me Smiling - Mixin Up ADJectives
This Is Me Smiling - Goodbye To Each New Day
This Is Me Smiling - A Better Way To Fall In Love
4/8 Columbus, OH The Basement
4/9 Cleveland, OH Agora
4.10 Hoboken, NJ Maxwells
4/11 Brooklyn, NY Club Europa
4/12 New York, NY Knitting Factory- Tap Room
4/13 Wilton, CT The Trackside
4/14 Lancaster, PA Chameleon
4/15 Baltimore, MD The Ottobar
4/17 Virginia Beach, VA Peppermint Beach Club
4/18 Charlotte, NC The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
4/20 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
4/21 Tampa, FL Orpheum
4/22 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
4/23 Orlando, FL The Backroom
4/24 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds
4/26 Houston, TC Walters On Washington
4/28 Fort Worth, TX Ridglea Theatre
4/30 Springfield, MO Remmingtons
5/9 Columbus, OH The Basement
5/10 Lansing, MI Mac's Bar
5/11 Urbana, IL Independent Media Center
5/12 Madison,WI The Loft
posted by n. @ 4/06/2007
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