Trials + Tribulations

Sara & Tegan
May 30, 2007, 4:18 pm
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Tegan & Sara have a new album coming out in July. It’s called The Con. The twins have been living on opposite sides of Canada, and you can kind of tell. The album has some elements of the old T&S harmonies, but there are obvious new influences and trying of new sounds (half steps or keyboards). Luckily, they tie it all together quite well. I am enjoying their growth.

They’ll be on tour soon, but their shows are selling out so get your tickets fast. European Tickets go on sale June 1st

Jul. 14, 2007 Victoria, BC The Belfry Arts Centre
Jul. 15, 2007 Victoria, BC The Belfry Arts Centre
Jul. 16, 2007 Vancouver, BC The East Cultural Centre SOLD OUT!
Jul. 17, 2007 Vancouver, BC The East Cultural Centre SOLD OUT!
Jul. 18, 2007 Seattle, WA The Triple Door SOLD OUT!
Jul. 19, 2007 Seattle, WA The Triple Door SOLD OUT!
Jul. 20, 2007 Portland, OR The Bagdad Theater
Jul. 22, 2007 San Francisco, CA The Brava SOLD OUT!
Jul. 23, 2007 San Francisco, CA The Brava SOLD OUT!
Jul. 24, 2007 Los Angeles, CA Amoeba Records In store performance
Jul. 26, 2007 Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT!
Jul. 27, 2007 Los Angeles, CA Malibu Performing Arts Center SOLD OUT!
Aug. 1, 2007 New York, NY Hiro Ballroom SOLD OUT!
Aug. 2, 2007 Brooklyn, NY The SouthPaw SOLD OUT!
Aug. 4, 2007 Boston, MA First Church in Boston SOLD OUT!
Aug. 5, 2007 Philadelphia, PA The International House SOLD OUT!
Aug. 6, 2007 Detroit, MI The Gem Theater
Aug. 7, 2007 Chicago, IL The Lakeshore Theater SOLD OUT!
Aug. 12, 2007 Bristol, UK Thekla
Aug. 13, 2007 Brighton, UK Komedia
Aug. 14, 2007 Manchester, UK Late Room / Life Cafe
Aug. 15, 2007 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
Aug. 16, 2007 London, UK Bush Hall
Aug. 17, 2007 Nottingham, UK Social
Aug. 19, 2007 Erfurt, Germany Highfield
Aug. 21, 2007 Hamburg, Germany Molotow
Aug. 22, 2007 Malmö, Sweden Festival Free festival!
Aug. 23, 2007 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega
Aug. 24, 2007 Berlin, Germany Tachles
Aug. 25, 2007 Cologne, Germany Studio 672
Aug. 26, 2007 Munich, Germany Ampere

I’d been putting off posting any Tegan & Sara songs, because I’m sure they’ll ask them to be removed, but I don’t think anyone’s posted my favorite song yet. Get it while you can.

Relief Next To Me

Get a couple more at Neiles Life.

Matt & Kim are Lovely
May 28, 2007, 1:57 pm
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I had the choice between seeing Animal Collective blocks from my house or driving an hour to see Matt & Kim. I think I made the right decision for me. Matt & Kim are delightful. Fun, spunky, and guaranteed to make you smile. I can’t wait to listen to them on a road trip. Nothing better to pass the time than pop-y sing-along tunes. Having seen them live will make for good day dreams.

Here’s a song from their set Saturday night at Rubber Gloves.

YACHT in Denton
May 27, 2007, 1:42 pm
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yacht, Yacht, YACHT. I Love YACHT. I’m super glad I saw him. If you weren’t there. You missed dyanmic dance moves, beats that move your feet, and almost choking on smoke from sparklers.

Feel free to dance along. You know you want to.

Interpol & Fey
May 18, 2007, 2:56 pm
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Happy Birthday Tina Fey! She’s one of my favorite writers/actors/comedians. Check out this great Tina fan site.

Let’s all celebrate with some Interpol. Maybe you guys have found this elsewhere, but I am glad to have it having never been to Coachella, but greatly anticipating seeing them at the end of this month.

Looks like they’ll be super busy touring in support of Our Love to Admire that streets July 7th.

May 19 2007 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (KROQ Weenie Roast) Irvine, California
May 27 2007 Gorge (Sasquatch!) George, Washington
May 31 2007 The Palladium Dallas, Texas
Jun 2 2007 HiFi Buys Amphitheatre (99X Big Day Out) Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 3 2007 Metro Chicago, Illinois
Jun 7 2007 The Guverment Toronto, Ontario
Jun 9 2007 Shoreline Amphitheatre (Live 105 BFD 07) San Francisco, California
Jun 10 2007 Devore Stadium San Diego, California
Jun 21 2007 ISS Dome w/ Pearl Jam Dusseldorf
Jun 23 2007 Hurricane Festival Scheesel
Jun 24 2007 Southside Festival Neuhausen ob Eck
Jun 25 2007 Dresden Alter Schlacthof Dresden
Jun 27 2007 Vega Copenhagen
Jun 28 2007 Hove Festival Tromoy, Arendal
Jun 29 2007 Accelerator Stockholm
Jul 1 2007 Rock Werchter Werchter
Jul 5 2007 Superbock Superrock Lisbon
Jul 7 2007 Oxegen Festival Dublin
Jul 7 2007 Punchestown Racecourse (Oxegen) Naas
Jul 8 2007 T In the Park Balado, Scotland
Jul 19 2007 Harro East Ballroom Rochester, New York
Jul 20 2007 Music Box @ Borgata Atlantic City, New Jersey
Jul 21 2007 Norva Norfolk, Virginia
Jul 23 2007 House of Blues Cleveland, Ohio
Jul 24 2007 Byham Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jul 25 2007 The LC Ampitheatre Columbus, Ohio
Jul 27 2007 Orbit Room Grand Rapids, Michigan
Jul 28 2007 State Detroit, Michigan
Jul 30 2007 Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jul 31 2007 Egyptian Indianapolis, Indiana
Aug 1 2007 Pagent St. Louis, Missouri
Aug 3 2007 Madison Theatre Covington, Kentucky
Aug 4 2007 Grant Park Chicago, Illinois
Aug 4 2007 Lollapalooza Chicago, Illinois
Aug 5 2007 Pimlico Race Course (V Festival) Baltimore, Maryland
Aug 5 2007 V Festival – Pimlico Race Course Baltimore, Maryland
Aug 11 2007 Summersonic Festival Tokyo
Aug 12 2007 Summersonic Festival Osaka
Aug 24 2007 Reading Festival Reading
Aug 25 2007 Leeds Festival Leeds

Interpol at Coachella 2004

Rufus/Neko Tour
May 16, 2007, 12:20 pm
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Rufus Wainwright just announced a tour date in my area and maybe yours. To add to the excitement, Neko Case is opening! A Fine Frenzy also joins them. Find out if they’re coming to your town.

Rufus‘ cd Release the Stars came out yesterday. He’ll be doing an instore performance & signing at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in NYC today(7pm), and he’ll be on Letterman tomorrow night (Thursday).

Rufus Wainwright & Dido – I Eat Dinner

Rufus with Antony & the Johnsons – What Can I Do

Neko Case – Favorite (off her Canadian Amp ep)

Neko Case with John Doe – Highway 5

And you can hear 5 songs on A Fine Frenzy‘s (aka Alison Sudol) website. Her cd comes out on July 17, really good stuff.

Feeling Feist-y
May 14, 2007, 5:25 pm
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Last time, I saw Leslie Feist she was playing a small instore at Good Records. It was a small, but well attended gig before her opening set for Broken Social Scene. I’m glad that she’s all over the place now and getting the recognition that she deserves.

I’ve started listening to KCRW over the internet while I’m at work. Nic Harcourt plays a stellar mix of songs and has some of the most respected musicians play in the studio.

Listen to or watch Feist‘s appearance from May 10th on Morning Becomes Eclectic here.

Me Loves LCD
May 11, 2007, 9:08 pm
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To celebrate seeing LCD Soundsystem on a HUGE scale, making thousands dance, here’s his All My Friends.

Track Listing
01. All My Friends (Album version) 7:40
02. LCD Soundsystem vs Franz Ferdinand 5:52
03. LCD Soundsystem vs John Cale 7:39
04. No Love Lost 3:38
05. Harvey Mix 7:04
06. Freak Out 12:22

ACL Lineup:Here It Is!
May 10, 2007, 4:59 am
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Bob Dylan Björk The White Stripes The Killers Wilco
Arcade Fire Muse Queens of the Stone Age Bloc Party
Arctic Monkeys

Gotan Project Joss Stone Damien Rice Robert Earl Keen Lucinda Williams Spoon Blue October Indigo Girls The Decemberists Paolo Nutini Regina Spektor
Amy Winehouse Crowded House Steve Earle Ziggy Marley Stephen Marley
Kaiser Chiefs LCD Soundsystem Augustana Amos Lee M.I.A. Ben Kweller
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Andrew Bird Bela Fleck & The Flecktones

Ghostland Observatory
Cross Canadian Ragweed
Reverend Horton Heat
Pete Yorn
Butch Walker
Peter Bjorn and John
STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9)
Yo La Tengo
Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Zap Mama
Blonde Redhead
Eli Young Band
Heartless Bastards
Raul Malo
James Hunter
Mighty Clouds of Joy
Del McCoury Band
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Andy Palacio & the Garifuna Collective
Asleep at the Wheel
Ryan Shaw
Will Hoge
The National
Beau Soleil
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Railroad Earth
Dax Riggs
Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Sound Team
The Legendary Soul Stirrers
Charlie Musselwhite
JJ Grey & Mofro
Young Love
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker
Ian Ball
The Little Ones
Manchester Orchestra
Patterson Hood
Billy Joe Shaver
Fionn Regan
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
John Ralston
The Broken West
Rose Hill Drive

Brandon Rhyder
Ocote Soul Sounds
Sara Hickman
Willy Mason
Jon Dee Graham
Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars
Kevin Devine
Nicole Atkins & the Sea
Ike Reilly Assassination
Guy Forsyth
Adam Hood
Cary Ann Hearst & The Gun Street Girls
The Jones Family Singers
The Gospel Silvertones
The Shields of Faith
Sylvia St. James
Jeffrey Steele
Amy Cook
Trent Summar & the New Row Mob
Back Door Slam
Mario Matteoli
Kara Grainger
One Mississippi
Kevin McKinney
Jennifer Nicely
Sahara Smith
The New Soul Invaders
The Wonderful Harmonizers
Loretta Williams Gurnell
Amy Loftus
Amy LaVere
The Steps-Kidz
We Go To 11- Kidz

The Sippy Cups- Kidz
Daddy A Go Go- Kidz
Farmer Jason- Kidz
Q Brothers- Kidz

Jambo- Kidz
The Bummkinn Band- Kidz
The Jellydots- Kidz

New Blanche-y
May 7, 2007, 1:37 pm
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I was introduced to Blanche by an old Motor City boss I used to have. You may know them as friends of Jack White or the backing band for Loretta Lynn. Well, they’re back with another album called Little Amber Bottles. It’ll be released late this month oversees. No mention of it on their site yet.

“If our first album was about life throwing you in a
ditch and thinking about why these horribly sad
things happen, I guess this one is about pulling
yourself out of that ditch”, says Dan John Miller of
Blanche‘s second LP Little Amber Bottles.

No Matter Where You Go (feat. Isobel Campbell on cello)

Little Amber Bottles

Cornflake Girl
May 7, 2007, 12:00 am
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Tori Amos has a new cd out called American Doll Posse. She has been one of my favorites since I was young. She was recently interviewed on Studio 360 for NPR. You stream it here or get the mp3. The show also included one of my favorite actresses, Sarah Polley, who has just directed her first film Away From Her.

These aren’t from American Doll Posse but are some old rarities nicely compiled.

Tracks1&2 SNL ’96
Tracks 3-6 Virgin Megastore NYC 5/13/96
Track 7 Late Show D.Letterman ’96
Track 8 Regis & Kathy Lee ’96
Track 9-23 B-Sides ’96

01 Caught A Light Sneeze
02 Hey Jupiter
03 Crucify
04 Silent All These Years
05 Cornflake Girl
06 Hey Jupiter – 2
07 Muhammad My Friend
08 Hey Jupiter – 3
09 This Old Man
10 That`s What I Like Mick (The Sandwitch Song)
11 Graveyard
12 Toodles Mr. Jim
13 Hungarian Wedding Song
14 Samurai
15 Frog On My Toe
16 London Girls
17 Sister Named Desire
18 Holiday Greetings 1
19 Holiday Greetings 2
20 Holiday Greetings 3
21 Holiday Greetings 4
22 Holiday Greetings 5
23 Holiday Greetings 6

Download it
(many thanks to derek)