Trials + Tribulations

Baba Birdman
June 10, 2010, 11:40 am
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Bobby Birdman is a great artist for summertime, so enjoy this live session with him, courtesy of

♫ Waity Weight (Baba Birdman Memix)

♫ Only For a While (White Rainbow’s Want It/Get It Remix)

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.

Thee Fresh And Onlys
September 22, 2009, 10:03 am
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Last night here Woodsist band The Fresh and Lonelys played a little ole house party. If you know anything about either of these bands, you know they’re pretty loud. But the windows were soundproofed and the crowd was constantly being reminded to keep the door shut because a baby was sleeping next door.

Anyway, Thee Oh Sees were awesome. The Fresh and Onlys were even better. I only heard of these bands Sundays, but already really like their records. I took my crappy little camera to record some audio and decided to just tape their whole sets, so I’ve uploaded them so you can listen if you want. The bass is pretty dominating in the mix and the vocals are low, but you’re free to listen if you want to.

♫ Thee Oh Sees – Live at the Compound, 9-21-09
♫ The Fresh and Onlys – Live at the Compound, 9-21-09

You can catch the Fresh and Onlys on tour, many dates with Thee Oh Sees.

Sep 22 – Larimer Lounge Denver, Colorado *
Sep 23 – Jack Pot Saloon Lawrence, Kansas *
Sep 24 – Goner Fest 8 Memphis, Tennessee
Sep 26 – Uncle Fester’s Bloomington, Indiana *
Sep 27 – Schubas Tavern Chicago, Illinois *
Sep 28 – Cactus Club Milwaukee, WI *
Sep 29 – Brass Rail Ft. Wayne, Indiana *
Sep 30 – Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan *
Oct 01 – Wrong Bar Toronto, Ontario *
Oct 02 – Antenne-A Festival Quebec City, QC *
Oct 03 – Pop Montreal Fest – La Sala Rossa Montreal, Quebec *
Oct 05 – The Dark Lady Providence, Rhode Island *
Oct 06 – Great Scotts Allston, Massachusetts *
Oct 07 – Wesleyan University Middletown, Connecticut *
Oct 08 – Mercury Lounge New York, New York *
Oct 09 – The Bell House Brooklyn, New York *
Oct 10 – Garfield Artworks Pittsburgh, PA #
Oct 11 – The Hideout Chicago, Illinois #
Oct 12 – Brothers Lounge Omaha, Nebraska #
Oct 13 – Bender’s Denver, Colorado #
Oct 17 – Scion Garage Rock Festival (Someday Lounge) Portland, OR
Oct 18 – Funhouse Seattle, Washington $
Oct 20 – Stork Club Oakland, California $
Oct 21 – Bar Pink Elephant San Diego, California *
Oct 22 – The Echo Los Angeles, California * $
Oct 24 – The Crepe Place Santa Cruz, CA * $
Oct 25 – Bottom of the Hill (Budget Rock Festival) San Francisco, California * $

* = w/ Thee Oh Sees
# = w/ The Box Elders

Daily Decemberists Update
March 2, 2009, 2:43 pm
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ifccrflier_finalKeeping up with every last Decemberists update, in addition to playing new songs on Myspace or BBC Radio 1, playing the NPR Music showcase at SXSW and premiering their new album Hazards of Love live, and then letting you design the poster for that show, they are playing the day before, Tuesday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s, doi) at the special IFC Crossroads party at SXSW.

Anyone wanna get me and my sister tickets? We don’t get into Austin till later that day. Pretty please? Leave a comment if you can.

Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)(Live) <<<< (the pedal steel gets me every time)

The Perfect Crime #2 (Diplo’s Doing Time Remix)

Culling of the Fold (Demo)

Hazards of Love Tracklist
December 6, 2008, 1:23 am
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Paste Magazine got out a few more details about the Decemberists‘ new LP Hazards of Love. It will be released March 24th on Capitol Records. And here’s the tracklist:
1. Prelude
2. Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won’t Wrestle the Thistles Undone)
3. A Bower Scene
4. Won’t Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
5. Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)
6. The Queen’s Approach
7. Isn’t it a Lovely Night?
8. The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid
9. An Interlude
10. The Rake’s Song
11. The Abduction of Margaret
12. The Queen’s Rebuke / The Crossing
13. Annan Water
14. Margaret in Captivity
15. Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)
16. The Wanting Comes in Waves (Reprise)
17. Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)

Looks like a real epic tracklist if you ask me!

The Decemberists-Culling of the Fold (Demo)
Colin Meloy-The Rake’s Song (Live)

Previously on Dreams of Horses: Hazards of Love

November 12, 2008, 7:27 pm
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Ohio’s own awesome blues rockers The Black Keys made their last album, Attack & Release with DangerMouse and was a pretty stellar disc. They are also quite awesome to see live. We saw them open for Arcade Fire awhile back in Austin and it was one of the sweatiest, heaviest shows I’ve been too.
If you’ve never seen them live, don’t worry. They’re set to release a new live DVD called The Black Keys Live at the Crystal Ballroom (which is where we saw Sleater-Kinney take their final bow and is a very cool venue too) on November 18th. Produced and directed by Lance Bangs (husband of Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney, Jackass film guy, and also director of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ live DVD Tell Me What Rockers to Swallow, Belle & Sebastian’s Fans Only, Sonic Youth’s Corporate Ghost etc.) Here’s a video and MP3 from the DVD, of the song “I Got Mine”

“I Got Mine” (Quicktime)

The Black Keys-I Got Mine (Live at the Crystal Ballroom) (MP3)

Order the DVD directly from Nonesuch.

Just Half of a Sunburn
November 12, 2008, 4:28 am
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So, Matt & Kim, meet the readers of Dreams of Horses. Readers, meet Matt & Kim. This adorable video just made me love this song. It’s an incredibly catchy tune and I can’t get enough of Kim’s huge grin through the whole thing. Kind’ve reminds me of Karen O’s face while playing live.

Matt & Kim are from Brooklyn. They have a new CD coming out soon called Grand and I can’t wait to hear it all. They’re going on tour with Cut Copy in March (see the tour dates at Pitchfork). Here’s a video of when Matt & Kim rolled through Denton last year: