Trials + Tribulations

Handsome Devil
October 30, 2009, 7:06 am
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pg_300dpiSecond Xiu Xiu-related post in a row? Sorry. Anyway, this is worth it. Xiu Xiu and Parenthetical Girls are putting out a new split single covering a Morrissey and a Smiths song, respectively.

Parenthetical Girls – Handsome Devil (The Smiths cover)


On the flipside is Xiu Xiu’s take on “I am Hated for Loving.” You can get the 7″ from Upset the Rhythm.

Dear God
October 29, 2009, 2:39 pm
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The Courage of Others
October 27, 2009, 9:41 am
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midlakeGreat news: Midlake has announced their third album The Courage of Others. It will be out in February 1, 2010. Tracklist below.

Acts of Man
Winter Dies
Small Mountain
Core of Nature
Rulers, Ruling All Things
Children of the Grounds
Bring Down
The Horn
The Courage of Others
In The Ground

October 26, 2009, 11:12 am
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Peep the new video for Tegan and Sara’s newest single “Hell” from their album Sainthood (out TOMORROW!!)

You definitely have to check out the album. It’s on heavy rotation on my iPod/laptop/brain.

Rakes Split
October 22, 2009, 2:00 pm
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rakesI’m really sad to announce that the Rakes have decided to call it a day and cancelled their upcoming UK and US tours. Here’s what they had to say about the break-up:

The Rakes have always been very adamant and proud of the fact that we give 100% to every gig we’ve ever played. If we can’t give it everything then we won’t do it. That was the rule we set ourselves from day one.

After much deliberation we have come to the shared conclusion that we can’t give it 100% anymore and regret to announce that The Rakes are calling it a day. We are sorry to let down all the people who were coming to see us on the UK & US tours.  Writing your own obituary is a surreal thing to do but we want to give particular thanks to our much-loved fans, all the great people we’ve worked with over the years, our management and loyal record label. We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to write music together and perform around the world. Genuinely, thanks for the good times…. That was one hell of a party! But now, we really must get some sleep.

The Rakes were one of my favorite bands, after only seeing them play twice at SXSW. You can read my reviews from that here and here. They will be missed! If you wish to send the band a message you can here.

Gossip @ Urban Lounge
October 22, 2009, 9:22 am
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DSC02291I’m going to go ahead and tell you that Gossip are one of my very favorite bands to see live. Ask anyone and they can tell you that. Top two live act. Okay. So I went into their show Tuesday with ridiculously high expectations. Every time I have seen them play, they blow me away and make me dance more than any other show.

I was worried when they came out. They looked sick. Beth was ad-libbing something about the piggy flu not being able to keep them down. However, they launched into their set at full throttle, playing a couple songs until, mid-way through “Pop Goes the World” Beth’s microphone died. She sang the rest as loud as she could (which, she admitted, was not the best under her recovering conditions) but the problem was soon sorted out.

Gossip – Love Long Distance (Riva Starr Remix)
They continued on, rollicking through their incredible selection of hits from their past three albums mainly, Music for Men, Standing in the Way of Control, and Movement. “Fire/Sign” continues to be one of their best live anthems with Nathan’s incredible guitar lines and Hannah’s ferocious, drum machine-tight banging.


In other words, they left me speechless again. I had so, so, SO much fun. I haven’t danced that much since I saw The Faint after driving 23 hours on no sleep. Gossip, even when not running on full potential, are still the best live band in all of America, possibly the world. I won’t retract that comment now or ever.


MEN – Off Our Backs (Jeppe’s Money is a Major Issue Remix)
MEN opened and played a very true to their sound set making everybody dance and laugh at JD’s cute, quirky banter between songs. I can’t wait for them to release an album, and was bummed they’d already packed up and disappeared when Gossip had finished. Anyway, catch them both on the remainder of the tour, you won’t be disappointed.

October 23 Seattle, WA – Showbox
October 24 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
October 25 San Francisco, CA  – Regency Ballroom
October 26 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater
October 29 Austin, TX – Emo’s
October 30 Little Rock, AR – Vino’s

Thanks to Dani from Columbia Records for getting me into the show! You can see more pictures over on my Flickr.

The Magic
October 20, 2009, 12:08 pm
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Here’s the newest video from Manimal Vinyl’s Hecuba, the band behind the awesome video “Suffering” and the album Paradise. “The Magic” is a Johnny Jewel (Glass Candy, Chromatics, Desire) on auto tune jam, with this bizarre video that reminds me of my 7th grade art teacher lounging around the set of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

♫ Hecuba – The Magic