Trials + Tribulations


Presets Invade US
August 31, 2006, 3:10 pm
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Australia’s Presets are finally hitting U.S. shore!! The electronic duo have a slew of tour dates where they will unleash hits from their killer album Beams. Those in the following cities should surrender to their powers:
Sep 3 9:00P Neon Fest Montreal
Sep 5 6:00P In-store at Virgin Megastore Union Square
Sep 5 10:00P Galapagos Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sep 6 8:00P The Kyber Philadelphia
Sep 7 12:00A Drake Hotel Toronto
Sep 8 10:00P Rock N Roll Hotel Washington, DC
Sep 9 10:00P Touch Supper Club Cleveland, OH
Sep 10 8:00P Double Door Chicago , IL
Sep 11 8:00P Funky Buddha Lounge (DJ Set only) Chicago, IL
Sep 12 8:00P Talbott Street Indianapolis, IN
Sep 13 9:30P The Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA
Sep 14 8:00P Studio A Miami, FL
Sep 15 8:00P Mink Bar Houston, TX
Sep 16 8:00P Beauty Bar Austin, TX
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Sep 18 7:30P Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
Sep 19 8:00P Brick by Brick San Diego, CA
Sep 20 8:30P Spaceland Los Angeles, CA
Sep 24 4:00P Folsom Street Fair San Francisco, CA
Sep 25 8:00P The Independent San Francisco, CA
Sep 26 8:00P Chop Suey Seattle, WA
Sep 27 8:00P The Plaza Club Vancouver, BC

The band has also been asked by The Rapture to tour with them in the UK as openers! Huzzah!



When You Were Young
August 31, 2006, 1:58 pm
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I’m gonna admit that I was less than enthused about the Killers new album upon first sneak peek. The album art, the album name and the first single “When You Were Young” all had me thinking Brandon Flowers was filled with more crap than I thought possible. But I caught the video for the single on MTV2 and I’m softening to the song. The synth line in the chorus is as catchy as anything I’ve heard. The lyrics may be cheesy but check out the video if not for the storyline.



Nightlife Air Force
August 29, 2006, 4:03 pm
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Two blurbs about a couple newish releases on Kill Rock Stars/5RC. Erase Errata’s been around for quite awhile now, and their new CD Nightlife doesn’t show signs of wear or stopping. In particular I love the jittery guitars, anxious vocals and steady drumbeats that carry throughout the entire album. Check it out!

Erase Errata-Tax Dollar
Buy Nightlife.

I don’t have to tell you all about Xiu Xiu. Their new album The Air Force harkens back to the Fabulous Muscles era, with more songs that are easily liked by those who don’t see themselves as Xiu Xiu fans, and more of a pop sound. Bells and bird sounds are also new, well-loved additions t the album.

Xiu Xiu-Boy Soprano
The Air Force is released September 12. Pre-order it from Insound.

Also, David Horvitz is doing a project where, if you bring Polaroid 600 film to him at the Xiu Xiu merch table on their upcoming tour, you’ll receive photos of Xiu Xiu behind the scenes/on the road antics. Here are the details.



Week End
August 26, 2006, 12:08 pm
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Alright dudes and dudettes, have a good weekend. I’m peacing it out in Dallas and yeah. Enjoy.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Diamond Sea (Sonic Youth cover)
from their iTunes acoustic session.

iTunes Session - EP



Talk to La Bomb
August 25, 2006, 5:18 pm
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Brazilian Girls are back and ready to make you sweat. Their new album Talk to La Bomb comes out September 6th but the first single “Jique” is already giving a taster of what the album has to offer. I’m ready to see what else they’ve got on their plate. Are you beginning to understand what a hot year it is for dance music? I’ve been more impressed with it than with most indie pop or rock or folk music I’ve heard all year. And fall’s only gonna get better…

Brazilian Girls-Jique
Brazilian Girls-Jique (MSTRKRFT Remix)



WTF O’ the Day
August 24, 2006, 10:36 pm
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Surely the end of the world is neigh. Pluto downgraded to a “dwarf planet,” and now Bloc Party opening for Panic! at the Disco. Serious wtf-age. Props to Hispanic! at the Disco on their good choice. This is the band that covers “Karma Police” (video) and “Tonight Tonight” afterall.
Oh well, Bloc Party got to get paid.

For those of you brave enough to mosh with twelve year-olds:
11/7 – Sunrise, FL @ Bank Atlantic Center
11/8 – Orlando, FL @ UCF Arena
11/9 – Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
11/10 – Charlotte, NC @ Cricket Arena
11/11 – Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
11/13, 14 – New York, NY @ The Theatre at Madison Square Garden
11/16 – Toronto, ON @ Ricoh Coliseum
11/17 – Rochester, NY @ Gordon Field House at R.I.T.
11/18 – Lowell, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena
11/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
11/21 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
11/22 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
11/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ US Bank Theatre at Target Center
11/25 – St. Louis, MO @ St. Charles County Family Arena
11/26 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Mid America Center
11/28 – Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
11/29 – West Valley City, UT @ The E Center
12/1 – Portland, OR @ Memorial Coliseum
12/2 – Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
12/3 – Seattle, WA @ Everett Events Center
12/5 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
12/6 – Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
12/7 – Glendale, AZ @ Glendale Arena
12/8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Orleans Theatre
12/9 – San Diego, CA @ ipayOne Center

I don’t know why Panic! hasn’t hit it off with indie kids. Sufjanesque long song titles, guitars? C’mon.

Panic! at the Disco-The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage

Bloc Party-Banquet (Boys Noize Dub)

I can’t help but wish they’d pick Klaxons instead…them kids are crazy!
Klaxons-Gravity’s Rainbow
Get the Van She remix (aka MY SUMMER JAMM) at BigStereo, watch the video there too.
Okay this post was way too long…



A Lesson In Crime
August 24, 2006, 4:21 pm
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I don’t know anything about Tokyo Police Club. I’ve seen their name thrown around quite a bit. I suppose that if you really really like the Futureheads and you have a Bloc Party tattoo (points for having Kele’s face on your bicep), you’ll like Tokyo Police Club. Subtract Futurehead “oh oh ohs” and add Kele vocals and shorten the songs a bit and ta dah! Tokyo Police Club.
Tokyo Police Club-Nature of the Experiment

Buy A Lesson in Crime EP at Insound.

They happen to be touring, if you’re into that standing for a couple hours, arms folded thing.
8/22/06 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
8/23/06 – Allston, MA @ Medusa
8/25/06 – New York, NY @ South Street Seaport Pier 17 w/ Ted Leo
9/11/06 – St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl *
9/12/06 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot *
9/13/06 – Norman, OK @ The Opolis *
9/14/06 – Austin, TX @ Emos *+^
9/15/06 – Denton, TX @ Hailey’s *+
9/16/06 – Houston, TX @ Proletariat *+
9/17/06 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree Café *
9/18/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
9/19/06 – Charleston, SC @ Map Room *
9/21/06 – Washington, DC @ Warehouse Next Door *
10/16/06 – Boston, MA @ Middle East%
10/17/06 – Washington DC @ Black Cat%
10/18/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw%
10/21/06 – Ithaca, NY @ Cornell University%

* with Enon
+ with Octopus Project
^ with Polyphonic Spree
% with Art Brut



Longer, Blonder
August 23, 2006, 1:19 pm
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Wait what, you love the Long Blondes? Me too! Totally disappointed they didn’t come to your town? Me too! Bummed nobody noticed the two dates they did play because it was Lollapaloozer weekend? Yeah, yo tambien.

Maybe this’ll soften the pain: a bunch of demos I stumbled upon that I’d never heard before and thought you’d love too.
Here’s to hoping they stay a bit longer in the US next time.
A Knife for the Girls
Madame Ray
Peterborough
Only Lovers Left Alive
You Could Have Both
Picture of You

BONUS:
Separated By Motorways (What’s Your Rupture Mix)

Also, the band is heading on their first headlining tour in the UK in October:
01 – Norwich Arts Centre
02 – Stoke Sugarmill
04 – Manchester Academy 3
05 – Leeds Cockpit
07 – Newcastle Northumbria University
09 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
10 – Glasgow Oran Mor
11 – Belfast Speakeasy
12 – Dublin Crawdaddy
13 – Liverpool University Stanley Theatre
15 – Oxford Zodiac
16 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
17 – London Mean Fiddler
18 – Cambridge Junction
22 – Cardiff University CF10
23 – Bristol Thelka
26 – Brighton Concorde 2
27 – Southampton Joiners
28 – Birmingham Carling Academy 2
29 – Sheffield University Foundry



She is the Brightest
August 21, 2006, 10:22 am
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My li’l ol’ friend Shara (aka My Brightest Diamond) will be releasing her cd Bring Me the Workhorse tomorrow on Asthmatic Kitty. If you don’t already love her, read below and get with it.

“Her songs distil stories to their most distressing points of contact: a phone call, an injured horse, a dragonfly caught in a spider’s web. She doesn’t share all the information — just the stuff that matters. The effect is a sensational compression of time, in which an entire event is summarized in a single note. This, of course, is the essence of opera. But My Brightest Diamond is much more than that. There is also the humor one might find in an old TV episode of Wonder Woman or Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Shara’s songs reconcile all the complex emotions found in each of us: she can grieve as comfortably as she can laugh, sometimes in the same breath.”


She’s also laid down some vocal tracks for Jedi Mind Tricks ‘ new album Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell which streets on Sept. 19 on which they sample Sufjan’s Steven’s “Dumb I Sound.”

If you’re in New York get to her cd release party Thursday, August 24th 10pm @ Spiegeltent (www.speigelworld.com). I am SO jealous. Apparently, this is a 1920’s tent with 1000’s of mirrors and velvet. I couldn’t think of a cooler show. Please someone take pics.
Shara + Carnivale-esque era venue = Don’t miss this show!!

Or if you have to wait like me:
September 11, 2006 Nashville, TN – Ryman *
September 15, 2006 Austin, TX – Paramount Theater *
September 16, 2006 Austin, TX – Paramount *
September 19, 2006 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues *
September 20, 2006 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater (PASTE Fest) *
September 21, 2006 Chapel Hill, NC – Memorial Hall *
September 23, 2006 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Theater *
September 24, 2006 St. Louis, MO – The Pagent *
September 25, 2006 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater *
September 26, 2006 Chicago, IL – The Riveria *
September 28, 2006 Philadelphia, PA – The Towers *
September 29, 2006 New York City, NY – Town Hall * SOLD OUT
September 30, 2006 New York City, NY – Town Hall * SOLD OUT
October 09, 2006 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern * SOLD OUT
October 11, 2006 Berkeley, CA – Zellerbach Auditorium * SOLD OUT
October 13, 2006 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom *
October 14, 2006 Vancouver – Canada – St. Andrews Cathedral * SOLD OUT
October 15, 2006 Seattle, WA – Paramount *
*supporting Sufjan Stevens

When Doves Cry (Prince cover) c/o Ryspace.com
Dragonfly (Video) (in quicktime)



Hot Designers
August 18, 2006, 4:12 pm
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Do you guys watch Project Runway? I do and I just gotta say I’m furious about this week’s designer that was kicked off. Is it wrong to think she and Jeffrey made a cute couple? Because they did.
Sigh.

To make this music related, here’s a Blanket Music tune. About designers.
Blanket Music-Hot Designers
From the album Move. Buy it at Insound.




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