Trials + Tribulations

Free Ep
January 31, 2007, 2:11 pm
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No secret that I love the French. Thanks in large part to a friend, I’d put the Prototypes album in last year’s top 5 albums by new artists. Described as

“joyful and hybrid music, sexily sung in French, mixing altogether the many influences of the band : from electro-pop, 60s rythms, folky guitars and sometimes a punk crunch to add to the equation!”

They’re similar to CSS because you may not know what they’re saying, but your feet know their meaning. Not all of the songs are in french, so don’t be put off. Give them a good 3 or 4 go rounds. Looks like they’ll be touring the states in March. maybe sxsw?

Minty Fresh‘s killer offerings of free mp3s include a Prototypes ep, with 4 of the 5 tracks previously unavailble in the States. This is only for a limited time, so get it here asap.

After you look at their really nice site, that’s mostly in french, be their friend and hear some more on myspace.

This Week in New Music
January 30, 2007, 12:51 pm
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You, too, are wondering what to spend your hard earned cash on (instead of rent) this week. Here are some ideas:

Lily Allen- Alright, Still
(finally released domestically)
Beirut-Lon Gisland
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds-Abbatoir Blues Tour
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah-Some Loud Thunder
Hella-There’s No 666 in Outer Space
Norah Jones-Not Too Late
(I swear someone said this was “rock-y”, not so)
Love of Diagrams-Love of Diagrams Ep
Madonna-Confessions Tour (DVD/CD)
Mercury Rev-Back To Mine
One For the Team-Good Boys Don’t Make Noise
The Plagiarists-Veto!
RZA-Afro Samurai
Sean Na-Na-Mondays in Spaceland v.2
Jill Scott-Collaborations
Various-Fall Out Boy Piano Tribute
(how do things like this get made?)
Young Love-Too Young To Fight It
Frank Zappa-Imaginary Diseases

Tender Blow Out
January 29, 2007, 2:53 pm
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Okay, so I’m sorry that i don’t really have many specifics, but Electrelane are going out on tour this spring and taking Tender Forever with them. I’m just so excited that I had to tell someone. They have at least two dates confirmed:

May 15 Irving Plaza NYC
May 16 Paradise Theatre Boston

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better along comes The Blow to open! These shows are definitely worth flying out for, so I hope I can round up the money. Of course, it would be awesome if The Blow goes along for the whole ride too.

Tender Forever has mentioned some likely cities they might hit like the obvious suspects NYC, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Vancouver, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

She also threw out the possiblitly of stops in Cleveland, Minneapolis, San Diego CA, Tucson AZ, Denver CO, Kansas City MO, St Louis MO, Pittsburgh PA. I’m hoping for a Texas date or 2!

So, if anyone has any pull, please whisper Texas in their ear.

Electrelane-One,Two, Three, Lots

Tender Forever-Take It Off

The Blow-Hock It (YACHT remix)

Solo Tigre
January 25, 2007, 2:11 pm
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If you’re in the NYC tonight, check out Le Tigre‘s Johanna Fateman spinning @ the Hiro Ballroom. There might even be some other famous riot grrls hanging out. If anyone does go, can you ask (and report back) as to what the status of the band is? Don’t want to stick ’em in a box, but I’d love to look forward to something new, even other projects..

Back in 2005, Le Tigre hosted an all-night video party on the Australian show Rage. Here’s a link to the video playlist they chose.

Le Tigre-Deceptacon (DFA remix)

Gossip-Standing in the Way of Control (Le Tigre Mix) sample of goodness you’re in for

Also here’s a super creative mashup, Jem does Le Tigre’s Deceptacon.

French Arcade
January 24, 2007, 2:37 pm
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So, you too wanted to be at the Arcade Fire “secret” show in Montreal. Well, not all of us were lucky enough to be born Canadian, so someone took pity on us and recorded it. There’s a zip file of the whole show at Instrumental Analysis, as well as credit where credit is due.

Sov Angel Lady Baby Tour
January 23, 2007, 2:28 pm
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Dreams do come true. Gwen Stefani has asked along the S-O-V to come along on tour with her. Excited ’bout the show, but I’m sure the tix will be outrageously priced.

April 27 Gibson Amphitheatre Los Angeles
April 28 Cricket Pavilion Phoenix
April 30 The E Center Salt Lake City
MAy 2 Pepsi Center Denver, Co
May 3 Journal Pavilion Albuquerque
May 5 Smirnoff Music Center Dallas
May 6 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Woodlands, Texas
May 8 Ford Amphitheatre Tampa, Florida
May 12 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC
May 14 Alltell Pavilion Raleigh, North Carolina
May 15 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Virginia Beach,Va
May 17 Nissan Pavilion Bristow, Virginia
May 18 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, New Jersey
May 20 Jones Beach Theatre New York
May 21 Mohegan Sun Area Uncasville, Connecticut
May 23 Tweeter Center Mansfield, Massachusetts
May 24 Tweeter Center Waterfront Camden, New Jersey
May 27 The Borgata Hotel Hotel Atlantic City, New Jersey
May 29 Bell Centre Montreal
May 30 Air Canada Centre Toronto
June 1 Palace of Auburn Hills Michigan
June 2 Verizon Wireless Music Center Noblesville, Indiana
June 4 Qwest Center Omaha, Nebraska
June 5 Xcel Energy Center Saint Paul, Minnesota
June 7 Bradley Center Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 8 First Midwest Bank Tinley Park, Illinois
June 10 MTS Centre Winnipeg
June 12 Rexall Place Edmonton
June 13 Pengrowth Saddledome Calgary
June 15 General Motors Place Vancouver
June 16 White River Amphitheatre Auburn, Washington
June 18 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Marysville, California
June 19 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, California
June 22 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Irvine, California

Lady Sov-Hoodie (Spank Rock remix)

Gwen Stefani-What Are You Waiting For? (elevator mix)

New Releases 23 Jan
January 22, 2007, 4:35 pm
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As long as you’re out picking up a few of the new releases this week, check out the new Nurse & Soldier album Marginalia from Jagjaguwar. Nurse & Soldier are Bobby Matador (of Oneida) and Erica Fletcher. Included in the fun on this album are Kid Millions (also of Oneida) and Jake Bailey.

“Far more vulnerable and raw than Oneida, Nurse & Soldier sing about longing, betrayal and reconciliation; the sound of Marginalia is a confused murmur, as opposed to Oneida’s punishing roar.”

Green Tea

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New releases for the week
Animal Collective-People Ep
Arbouretum-Rites of Uncovering
Ateleia Formal Sleep-Table of the Elements
Berg Sans Nipple-Along the Quai
Bird and the Bee-The Bird and the Bee
Boredoms-Super Roots Volumes 1,3,&5 (reissues)
Broken West-I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
Rhys Chatham-A Crimson Grail
Rob Crow-Living Well
Deerhoof-Friend Opportunity
Julie Doiron-Woke Myself Up previous post
Dredd Foole-Daze on the Mounts
Chris Garneau-Music For Tourists
Dustin Kensrue-Please Come Home
The Earlies-The Enemy Chorus
Exploding Star Orchestra-We Are All From Somewhere Else
Field Music-Tones of Town
Fujiya & Miyagi-Transparent Things
The Good,The Bad & The Queen-The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Herbert-100 lbs (Reissue)
Kristin Hersh-Learn To Sing Like A Star previous post
Damien Jurado-Gathered in Song
David Kilgour-Far Now
Lovers-Sleep With Heat
Maher Shalal Hash Baz-L’Autre Cap
Menomena-Friend and Foe
Mew-Frengers (reissue)
Miss Kitten-Bugged Out Mix
Mum-The Peel Session
New Young Pony Club-New Young Pony Club Ep
Nurse and Soldier-Marginalia
Of Montreal-Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer
Rafter-Music For Total Chickens
The Shins-Wincing The Night Away
The Six Parts Seven-Casually Smashed To Pieces
Snowglobe-Me and You
David Vendervelde-Moonstation House Band