Trials + Tribulations

Fall Go! Team Dates
July 30, 2005, 1:16 am
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The Go! Team has announced plans for a fall US tour. Here’s the dates:

Fri 10/14/05 Houston, TX Engine Room
Sat 10/15/05 Dallas, TX Trees
Sun 10/16/05 Austin, TX Emo’s
Tue 10/18/05 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse Wed
10/19/05 San Diego, CA The Casbah
Thu 10/20/05 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Sun 10/23/05 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Mon 10/24/05 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Tue 10/25/05 Seattle, WA Showbox
Fri 10/28/05 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Sat 10/29/05 Chicago, IL Metro / Smart Bar
Sun 10/30/05 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
Mon 10/31/05 Montreal, QC La Tulipe
Tue 11/01/05 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Wed 11/02/05 New York, NY Webster

PDX Pop Now!
July 29, 2005, 4:48 pm
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Well the votes have all been tallied and the complete schedule of performers for the PDX Pop Now! Music Festival has been released!

There’s a lot of great artists playing, including Viva Voce, Tara Jean O’Neil, All Girl Summer Fun Band, Norfolk & Western, Wow & Flutter and Talkdemonc, not to mention a few surprise guests!

“PDX POP Now! is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the astoundingly prodigious and diverse musical community of Portland, as well as developing the relationship of Portland’s music-makers with both fans and the community at large. Thus far, we’ve furthered these goals by putting on a three-day, free, all-ages festival of local music last summer, as well as by releasing a two-disc compilation of Portland music. “

Read more about the cause at Portland Mercury or Pitchfork.

Buy the compilation from Hush Records, K Records or Kill Rock Stars.

Horsey Mix #2
July 29, 2005, 1:35 pm
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The last one went over pretty well…even though now most of the files aren’t up. Oops. Maybe I’ll fix that sometime…

The Fiery Furnaces-Evergreen
Tilly & the Wall-Fell Down the Stairs
Cat Power-Maybe Not
Xiu Xiu-I Broke Up (live at Emo’s)
Belle and Sebastian-The State I Am In
Joy Division-She’s Lost Control
Kate Bush-Brazil
Sufjan Stevens-The Preadtory Wasp
Sleater-Kinney-The Fox
The Lucksmiths-Sunlight in a Jar
Antony & the Johnsons-The Lake
Buck 65-Pants on Fire
Iron and Wine-Communion Cups and Someone’s Coat
The Futureheads-Hounds of Love

Decemberists are No-Go
July 29, 2005, 4:06 am
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A bunch of people were reporting on how the Decemberists were going to be contributing a song to an Elliott Smith tribute album, but Colin Meloy had this to say about it on their messageboard:

“Just wanted to let you know — in the wake of all these little news blurbs — that we are not, in fact, involved in the Elliott Smith tribute project. We were approached, mulled it over, and decided we just didn’t have the time to devote to the project. As is wont to happen in this industry, some hasty folks decided that they’d go ahead and attach our names to the project anyway.

We all adore the work of Elliott Smith and his legacy, but we’re all a little burnt on tribute projects right now. I hope this doesn’t disappoint anyone. . . “

Soo…that’s that.

You Ain’t No Picasso reports on the Picaresque vinyl’s release.

Evita Died on My Birthday
July 28, 2005, 2:42 pm
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I know you’re thinking to yourself, ‘Ummm, it’s early-ish in the morning and DOH is supposed to have already put up his next ACL Preview for me to peruse and ignore.’ Well after looking at a calendar and looking at the rest of the list, it wouldn’t match up. So I think that I’m gonna take a break on them. Don’t worry you still got 22 to look forward to and remember that Out the Other is suffering through each and every artist. Check it if you didn’t hear me the first time or you’re unhappy with my decision and would like a new more dedicated quasi-music journalist.

Back to regular ole’ business huh?

Revolution in the Head has just about every Belle & Sebastian cover song I’ve ever been looking for. Many thanks to them.

There’s now a very comprehensive Sufjan fansite in the making over at All Good Naysayers.
Sufjan gives up interviews with Nerve and Salt Lake City Weekly (last one via LargeHearted Boy)

This Xiu Xiu fansite boasts many many live mp3s by the band. There’s also a few live performance videos but I haven’t checked them out to see if they work. Check out the video of “Crank Heart” in Texas at least.

We knew it’d happen some day-this picture on the side be the new Franz Ferdinand single “Do You Want To” cover art

Be sure to check out Domino Records’ Multimedia page to see videos for “I Gave You” by Bonnie “Prince” Billy (I love that song!), Smog’s “I Feel Like the Mother of the World,” and The Kills’ “Love is a Deserter.” I really gotta get my hands on some of their singles…

The Olympian is doing a little preview for Ladyfest Olympia, which will include the Gossip, Spider and the Webs, Metalux, Anna Oxygen, C.O.C.O., Kimya Dawson, King Cobra, Mary Timony, Mirah, Tracy + the Plastics and Shoplifting. Wow.

Yahoo! takes a look at the Montreal scene.

You Ain’t No Picasso makes the world happier with Now That’s What I Call Indie Covers! Volume 1 and the inevitable all-time fave Indie Covers Bonus Songs!

And now, presenting Marriage Records:
Thanksigiving-Before You Died
Viking Moses-Al Jazeera
The Watery Graves-The Glass is Low
Rob Walmart-Waterskiing in Canada
Rob Walmart-France 1915
Drakkar Sauna-very much alone pt. 2: the coke binge
Kid Finish-I Love You So Much
Poison Dart-Broken Hearts, Broken Windows

Dirrty Projectors
July 28, 2005, 3:04 am
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The other day I bought the Dirty Projectors album Slaves Graves & Ballads and have been listening to it a lot (that and the new Gravy Train!!!! album…weird) but anyway it’s such a good record. I wish I had more of their/his stuff. He’s on a new favorite record label of mine, States Rights Records (they also are home to Thanksgiving, Bobby Birdman, Y.A.C.H.T. and Little Wings; and their website has bunches of free mp3s on it) even though Slaves Graves was released on Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records. They have also recently released two albums on Western Vinyl, The Getty Address and The Glad Fact.

Anyway, I hope you might like them also.

Twenty-Foot Stalks (exit 14)
Naked We Made It
Like Once Heated Milk
(Throw on the) Hazard Lights
Ladies You Have Exiled Me
My Offwhite Flag
Grandfather’s Jacket
Finches’ Song At Oceanic Parking Lot

ACL Fest #8
July 27, 2005, 2:51 pm
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M83 is made up of one guy making really etheral music. He’s French and his name is Anthony Gonzalez. There used to be another guy doing this with him but eventually it just became Gonzalez.

Umm…I got his latest CD Before the Dawn Heals Us and liked it pretty well. Although I have to admit I see his music as mostly background music, there are a few songs off of the album that can actually hold my attention, like the album’s first single “Don’t Save Us From the Flames” and “Teen Angst.”

Run Into Flowers (Midnight F*ck Remix by Jackson)
Teen Angst
I Guess I’m Floating

Don’t Save Us From the Flames video
Real High / Real Low
Windows High / Windows Low

M83 will be playing Sunday from 1:45-2:30 on the Heineken stage.

ACL Fest #7/Rant
July 26, 2005, 2:25 pm
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Alright so next in line for these little updates was going to be Rachael Yamagata but it seems like such a short time ago since I had dedicated a whole post to her, so I’m just gonna skip her and leave you the link to that post.

Here, here’s that link. RACHAEL YAMAGATA will be playing Sunday on the AMD Stage from 1:45-2:30.

I am very happy about this next artist. What a good band to talk about on my birthday! (Today’s my birthday.)

I love Tegan and Sara to pieces. I first heard them a couple years ago a little after their CD If It Was You came out. My sister had known about them and burned their CD This Business of Art for me to get started. Well, I loved it and bought IIWY and became a big fan. I saw them for the first time at SXSW in 2003. I actually drove down to Austin purely to see them and then drive back because it was a school night or something. Anyway…

I wish everyone had a chance to see Tegan and Sara live becauase they’re so gosh darn amusing and cute! They are identical twins (in case you didn’t know) and therefore have some intuitive ability to think up funny conversations between themselves on stage. I saw them again this year at SXSW except they were supporting 2004’s So Jealous, which I believe has 14 great songs (that’s the entire album for you softies). Anyway, they are great kids and I hope you like them too (even if Pitchfork doesn’t)

Come on Kids
Love Type Thing
(thanks to Alway the Volume for those, they also have many more unreleased songs)
I Know I Know I Know
Speak Slow
I Hear Noises
In Your Room

TEGAN AND SARA will play Saturday on the AMD Stage from 11:45-12:30.

EDIT: If you aren’t satisfied with my ACL previews or would just like another angle on the artists, be sure to check out Out the Other, a fellow blogger (typepadder?) who is already up into the forties on her ACL previews! Wow! And she isn’t being picky about all the bands playing ACL; she’s doing previews for every single band! Crazy and awesome. Check it out.

Also: I may not be posting again today and most definitely will not be posting any pictures from the show last night. You know, I wish I had checked Hailey’s website to see that the headlining band Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice had pulled out of the show BEFORE I paid to get in the door.
After paying, we find out that Castanets has been pushed into the headlining spot and two other local bands have been added to the night’s performances. I wasn’t a very happy concertgoer then. I was very disappointed and thought Castanets was a very iffy performer. Not a fun way to start your birthday. Ah well.

July 25, 2005, 7:10 pm
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Alright well I’m in Dallas now because tonight I’m going to the Castanets/Wooden Wand show at Hailey’s. Maybe I’ll see you there. Will be back tomorrow with pics.

Castanets-Three Days Four Nights
Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice-Cobra Christ of the Cabbages
Wooden Wand-Sundrum Ladies

ACL Fest #6
July 25, 2005, 1:44 pm
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“With [Abby] DeWald on guitar and [Amanda] Barrett on mandolin and dulcimer, the Ditty Bops put a fresh new face on such venerable styles as ragtime, Western swing, ’20s jazz and jug-band music.”

So. That’s what ACL has to say about the Ditty Bops. I myself haven’t heard more than the songs featured on their website. I do know that they did play at SXSW and toured extensively with Tegan and Sara, whom I trust wholeheartedly. If they thought they were good enough to open every night, they ought to be good enough to catch at ACL with during the sweltering heat.
Ohh La La
Moon Over the Freeway (live on Prairie Home Companion)
Where’d All the Horses Go? (live)

Hear more songs on the Ditty Bops Jukebox

The last two mp3’s are hosted by the excellent Ditty Bops fansite The Washboard. They have several live and radio performances under their belt.

THE DITTY BOPS will be playing Friday on the AMD Stage from 11:45-12:30.