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

Sick With It
October 20, 2009, 10:23 am
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the-gossip.sflbSo this is perfect. The past couple of days I’ve been coughing a bit and feeling pretty good otherwise, but still afraid of infecting others. Then I went to lay down to sleep last night and my nose magically got stuffed up and I felt awful.

But I can’t get down TOO much because Gossip rolls into town with MEN in tow. I have been looking forward to this show for a long, long time. Gossip are one of my top three bands to see live (the other two: Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Faint) so it is a show that cannot be missed. Report later this week, maybe tomorrow, something. Anyway this song combines these two subjects. Sickness and Gossip.

Gossip – Sick With It

Good Friday
October 16, 2009, 10:36 am
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lizardloungeIt’s Friday as you know, and my only class was canceled today so I am feeling GREAT. I do feel a little bad about not updating at all since the last post this week BUT I feel like there isn’t anything I could tell you that other blogs are telling you this week. It’s like I ever break any huge news, you know that.

Anyway, I just thought I’d tell you about this band I just listened to yesterday but know I’m in love with. It’s funny how instant love can be in music. NOT so much in real life. I mean I guess it’s possible, but love at first listen is a lot more plausable.

So The Drums. They’re great. You might have heard their track “Let’s Go Surfing” and they’ve got an EP of stuff out and it’s so fun! It really makes me wish I could listen to it on repeat in my car with the windows down on the way to the beach. We all know I can’t do that! Landlocked. Cold Utah fall. Duh. Oh well I’ll just put on my tennis shorts and Hawaiian shirt and flip flops and pretend it’s still summer.

Me and the Moon

I Felt Stupid

PS did anyone watch 30 Rock last night/this morning on Hulu? I want more!

I Can See Your Tracks
October 12, 2009, 9:53 am
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lvI told you about Laura Veirs‘ upcoming new album July Flame but now she’s announced a video contest for one of the songs from the album. It’s pretty easy: all you have to do is download the song and create a video to go along with it (duh). But the winners will receive:

Free promotion of your mad video skills on Laura’s myspace and webpages
Laura’s complete signed back catalog (4 vinyl records (including the new album) 8 signed cds, 2 t-shirts and a signed limited edition “July Flame Songbook”)
4 backstage passes to a show near you
A hand-sewn thank you note from Laura and band mates

You can read the full rules here. So get working!

I Can See Your Tracks

Oh yeah the song features Jim James of My Morning Jacket. And the song is gorgeous. There! Now go and create!