12.15.2010

The Honor Was All Mine

I was lucky enough to interview Heather Gabel, wife of Tom from Against Me!, for Folio Weekly in advance of a joint art show/ music performance they've got scheduled for Friday, December 17th at Anchor Boutique in St. Augustine. Read the full story here and make sure you check out Heather's kick-ass macabre art if you're in the Oldest this weekend.

Sizzling Chicago Indie Rock From Smith Westerns

•If "Weekend," this uber-catchy new single from Smith Westerns, doesn't set your heart aflame, I don't know what will... New album Dye It Blonde out on Fat Possum in February; winter tour dates below the video; stream "Weekend" here.


Smith Westerns - Weekend from Fat Possum Records on Vimeo.

Tue-Jan 18: Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
Wed-Jan 19: New York, NY - Pianos
Fri-Jan 28: Nashville, TN - The End*
Sat-Jan 29: Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light* 
Sun-Jan 30: Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506*  
Mon-Jan 31: Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club*
Tue-Feb 1: Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn*
Thu-Feb 3: Orlando, FL - Backbooth*
Fri-Feb 4: Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder*
Sun-Feb 6: Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds*
Mon-Feb 7: Austin, TX - Emos*
Tue-Feb 8: Dallas, TX - The Loft*
Thu-Feb 10: Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room*
Fri-Feb 11: Los Angeles, CA - Echo*
Sat-Feb 12: Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar*
Sun-Feb 13: San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill*  
Tue-Feb 15: Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Wed-Feb 16: Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
Thu-Feb 17: Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
Fri-Feb 18: Boise, ID - Neurolux
Sat-Feb 19: Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Mon-Feb 21: Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
Tue-Feb 22: Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
Wed-Feb 23: Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
Thu-Feb 24: Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
Fri-Feb 25: Madison, WI - The Frequency
Sat-Feb 26: Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
Mon-Feb 28: Toronto, ON - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Tue-Mar 1: Montreal, PQ - La Sala Rossa
Wed-Mar 2: Boston, MA - Great Scott
Fri-Mar 4: Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel

^ = w/ MGMT
* = w/ Yuck

12.14.2010

SoCal Surf Punks, South Carolina Chillwave, and Milwaukee Retro Soul

•When it's 20-something degrees out and the wind chill is in the teens, Levi Prairie & company's throbbing surf punk as Gantez Warrior (newly signed to Warriors Of Radness Records) is just the antidote. 


+Tour dates w/ Los Growlers: 
    Dec. 23 - Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
    Dec. 28 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
    Dec. 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
    Dec. 31 - San Fran, CA @ Hemlock Tavern


•Bedroom chillwave never sounded so good as when Columbia, SC, native Chaz Bundick AKA Toro Y Moi burst onto the scene last year with Causers Of This. Now Chaz is back with Underneath The Pine, an album full of live instrumentation equally inspired by Ennio Morricone and his Palmetto State surroundings. Download the new mp3 of "Still Sound" here; one date in New York with Cloud Nothings in January:
  +01/19 New York, NY Mercury Lounge


•Retro soul doesn't have to come from Brooklyn — take Milwaukee's Kings Go Forth, for instance. Before April 2010, this ragtag bunch of musicians hadn't performed farther away than Indiana. Download a hot mix of "Don't Take My Shadow" here and make sure you show up for one of these sweaty, action-packed live sets:
      +1/21/11 - Double Door - Chicago, IL
       1/29/11 - Majestic Theater - Madison, WI
        2/11/11 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
        2/16/11 - The Recher Theatre - Baltimore, MD*
        2/17/11 - Rock N Roll Hotel - Washington D.C.
        2/18/11 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
        2/19/11 - Southpaw - Brooklyn, NY 
        2/21/11 - SOBs - New York, NY
        2/25/11 - Turner Hall Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
        *with Fitz and the Tantrums

12.09.2010

Triple D-Light

Somewhere in an alt-country fantasy land, some grungy kid was flipping through his iPod and stumbled upon the insane trifecta of Dawes, Deer Tick, and Delta Spirit: "Dude, I could listen to these three in a row all day long!"

Then, somewhere in the musical heavens, that wish was granted, when the three respective frontmen for each band decided to form a band called Middle Brother. They're playing a one-off show in Los Angeles on December; Partisan Records will drop their debut album on March 1st; and further spring dates will come.

This pretty much says it all: "In a time when synthesizers and laptops are taking over stages, Goldsmith, McCauley and Vasquez are leading the pack of young rock songwriters who strive to carry on the tradition of figures such as Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen Warren Zevon and Tom Petty. Middle Brother came together in mid-2009 when the three songsmiths realized, after several on-stage collaborations, that they shared a unique vision and wanted to take it one step further, into the studio. Their songs are anthemic, soulful, passionate and confessional."

Peep a video of "Daydreamig" here, and stay tuned here for more information.

12.08.2010

Two Ends Of The Spectrum

•First, legendary Canuck comic Bill Hicks: Rykodisc, who released "Bill Hicks: The Essential Collection" in September, have teamed up with blog Street Boners And TV Carnage for a "Re-Animate Bill Hicks" contest. Sounds sacrilegious, yes, but the best fan-created video featuring Hicks' work receives prizes from the comedian's personal collection. And any excuse to go back and listen to Mr. Hicks is an opportunity upon which to seize. Enter here by December 30th.




•Second, in a phenomenal example of local government doing something good, the Pittsburgh, PA, City Council honored Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis by proclaiming him a true patron of the Steel City arts — and naming December 7th "Gregg Gillis Day." Gillis christened  Pitt's new Stage AE amphitheater with two sold-out shows last week. That's Mr. Girl Talk himself rocking the sweet sweater. Download his most recent masterpiece "All Day" here for free.

12.06.2010

Monday, Monday

Deer Tick Does Christmas —Our favorite rowdy Rhode Island country-rockers release "Holy Shit, It's Christmas"two-song EP; buy it here, get "Christmas All Summer Long" for free here.

Dates:
JOHN MCCAULEY AND IAN O'NEIL
Mon-Dec-20  Los Angeles, CA Troubadour *
Fri-Jan-14    Boston, MA    Middle East Upstairs

Sat-Jan-15    Providence, RI    Met Café
Sun-Jan-16    Northampton, MA    Iron Horse
Wed-Jan-19    New York, NY    City Winery
Thu-Jan-20    New Haven, CT    Daniel Street
Fri-Jan-21    Philadelphia, PA    First Unitarian Church Santuary
Sat-Jan-22    York, PA    Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center
Sun-Jan-23    Washington, DC    Rock and Roll Hotel
* = John McCauley only, w/ Mountain Man, Guards



•Kansas rapper Stik Figa teams with producer Oddisee to release funky, smoky, jazzy five-song EP, "From The Top." Download it for free here

12.01.2010

Let's see if I can actually keep this going

Lots to report in the music world today:

•New doom-wop supergroup Mister Heavenly — Man Man's Honus Honus, Islands' Nick Thorburn, Modest Mouse's Joe Plummer, and Michael freakin' Cera of all people — are on a mission to mystify your minds. Pitchfork story here, west coast tour dates here, Facebook here.



•Jacksonville, FL, native Owen Holmes, who I'm proud to share a masthead with at Folio Weekly, just released an EP entitled "Duettes" under the name Gospel Music. More info here; get a digital copy here, listen to "Automobile" ft. Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura here and watch the video here.




•California bluegrass-punk phenoms The Devil Makes Three have a killer stop-motion video up here.









•And finally, the Bruise Cruise Music Festival is gathering steam. Spend three days drinking yourself silly and bashing your head against the wall listening to Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Jacuzzi Boys, Surfer Blood, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Turbo Fruits, The Strange Boys, and more from February 25th-28th. Peep the Black Lips holiday video here.

8.12.2010

As If Sleigh Bells Wasn't Enough... Brooklyn Duo Metermaids Pile On The Jams

...and blow even more eardrums with the FREE mixtape Billy Mitchell Presents: Sleigh Bells Remixed By Metermaids

Download their Hello mixtape for FREE too

A Warm, Loose, Jazzy Way To Fight The Recession From ESQ & Chikarmanga

19 free and fresh tracks here

Das Racist Produces Intelligent, Satirical, Free Hip-Hop — And They Talk Shit To The New Yorker

I can't even describe it... just download their first mixtape FOR FREE here...

And then read Himanshu Suri's 24 haikus in response to The New Yorker writer Sasha Frere-Jones' article about the death of hip-hop:

1
Hip-hop dies each year.
How many lives hip-hop got?
Is hip-hop a cat?
2
This ain’t reverting
back to your mom’s disco dog.
Technology.
3
Elder statesmen! Dads!
Turn down that autotune, son!
Your jeans are skinny!
4
“Improbably weird?”
Only if you’re looking in
from the outside though.
5
Nah Right never called
hip-hop “improbably weird”.
Thanks so much, Nah Right.
6
Jay-z’s Blueprint 3
Is just as weird as Weezy.
“Hater” is real weird!
7
Where near Jay’s old hood
does Sasha Frere Jones reside?
He cough up a lung?
8
Don’t disagree with
every thing he said but
why so alarmist?!?!
9
Gucci just dropped four
mixtapes. Sounds like hip-hop is
alive and kicking.
10
Are you suggesting
there are no new ideas
left to rap about?
11
Freddie Gibbs is dope
but so is Young Dro and like
ten other rappers.
12
Has rock been dead for
ages since it too builds on
older ideas?
13
Rock seems alive to
me. I saw a great band play
last night at Glasslands.
14
Stop trying to kill
rap. Matter of fact please let
it rock. Go away.
15
8 Yahoo! answer
pages all dedicated
to the death of rap?
16
Timekeeper of pop?
Who made you the time keeper
of hip-hop, New Yorker?
17
This is how I feel
when Anon. commenters talk
rap on BK Veegz.
18
Don’t like when Pitchfork
claims authority on rap.
Don’t like when you do.
19
Leave hip-hop alone.
What is this article ’bout?
Define hip-hop please.
20
You’re great grandfather
was Edgar Wallace. Mine was
some broke brown subject.
21
Why did I think you
were biracial for so long?
Writer payola?
22
Hip-hop is not dead.
Polka is dead. It died and
is not coming back.
23
Electro-rap and
Africa Bambaataa’s not
that different man.
24
Bambaataa sampled
Kraftwerk and that was back in
1982!!!

8.02.2010

Psych-Rock Tour of the Century — Only One Florida Date

Vancouver titans Black Mountain...
Photo: Steve Gullick
Plus Austin freakazoids The Black Angels...
Equals The Dropout Boogie Tour...
Trippiest artwork since 1967.
Free download of "The Hair Single" from Black Mountain's upcoming Wilderness Heart
Ditto for "Old Fangs"

Most tickets go on sale this week; some will be available through Ticketmaster on August 4th via a tickets/download combo that includes digital copies of Black Mountain and The Black Angels' new albums, both out September 14th.

The Dropout Boogie Tour with The Black Angels
10/28/10 Chicago, IL - Metro
10/30/10 Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
10/31/10 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/01/10 Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
11/02/10 Boston, MA - Paradise
11/03/10 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11/06/10 Philadelphia, NY - Theatre of Living Arts
11/07/10 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11/09/10 Louisville, KY - Headliners
11/10/10 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
11/11/10 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
11/12/10 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11/13/10 Orlando, FL - The Social
11/15/10 Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
11/16/10 New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's
11/17/10 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
11/19/10 Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
11/20/10 Dallas, TX - Kessler Theater
11/24/10 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
11/26/10 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
11/28/10 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
11/29/10 Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11/30/10 Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom

Fol Chen Really Loves You

Creepy red sweater video for "The Holograms" directed by Keith Musil, free remix EP, heaps of tour dates...




Free "The Holograms" Remix EP featuring the titular track remixed by Teen Daze, Primary 1, Hard Mix and FUR.


Free "In Ruins" Remix EP



08/02 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
08/03 New York, NY Mercury Lounge *
08/04 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool *
08/05 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's *
08/09 Los Angeles, CA The Echo +
08/16 Los Angeles, CA The Echo #
08/23 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
08/30 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
09/22 Washington, DC Black Cat $
09/23 Boston, MA Royale $
09/24 Northampton, MA Pearl Street $
09/26 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace $
09/28 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
09/29 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge $
09/30 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall $
10/01 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom $
10/05 Pawtucket, RI The Met Cafe $
10/22 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater $
10/23 Colorado Springs, CO Armstrong Hall $
10/24 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room $
10/26 Seattle, WA Crocodile Cafe $
10/27 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios %
10/28 Arcata, CA The Depot at Humboldt State %
10/30 San Francisco, CA The Independent %
10/31 San Jose, CA Blank Club %
11/02 San Diego, CA Casbah %
11/03 Tuscon, AZ Plush %
11/07 Houston, TX Walter's On Washington %
11/08 Dallas, TX Granada Theater %

* = w/ Baths
# = w/ Light Pollution, Crocodiles
$ = w/ !!!
% = w/ the Apples in Stereo
+ = featuring live sampling with the audience for source material for Fol Chen's third album
& = featuring live Craigslist auditions for a new singer
@ = Metal band Viscera performs the songs of Fol Chen!


7.30.2010

Why Should You Care About Tobacco On A Friday?

Because this video for "Grape Aerosmith [ft. Beck]" makes no sense whatsoever


Tobacco - Grape Aerosmith (feat. Beck) Official Video from Allen Cordell on Vimeo.

Tobacco's nice, really

"Six Royal Vipers" mp3
"Sweatmother" mp3
"Fresh Hex [ft. Beck]" mp3

If you have the ability, hightail it to one of these shows. Dreamend and Tobacco will both snip up some of your precious synapses

TOUR DATES:
Thursday, Sept. 9 - Washington, DC @ DC9 w/ Junk Culture, Dreamend
Friday, Sept. 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Junk Culture, Dreamend
Saturday, Sept. 11 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Junk Culture, Dreamend
Thursday, Sept. 16 - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse w/ Junk Culture, Dreamend
Friday, Sept. 17 - South, VT @ Higher Ground w/ Junk Culture, Dreamend
Saturday, Sept. 18 - Boston, MA @ Middle East w/ Junk Culture, Dreamend
Thursday, Sept. 23 - Toledo, OH @ Mickey Finn's w/ Junk Culture, Dreamend
Friday, Sept. 24 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig w/ Junk Culture, Dreamend
Saturday, Sept. 25 - Kalamazoo, MI @ The Strutt w/ Junk Culture, Dreamend
Wednesday, Sept. 29 - Greensboro, NC @ Artisika on UNCG Campus w/ Dreamend
Thursday, Sept. 30 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 w/ Dreamend
Friday, Oct. 1 - Knoxville, TN @ Square Room w/ Dreamend
Saturday, Oct. 2 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street w/ Dreamend

Washed-Out Fuzz Rock From Woven Bones, Mmmm-Kay

Why is Austin producing all the good garage-rock bands these days?

Woven Bones signs to Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art, releases deliciously summer-friendly "I've Gotta Get" mp3

smell the Woven Bones flowers

shambling visual delicacy

Tour love:
08/06 - Austin, TX, United States Art Authority !
08/07 - Dallas, TX, The Nightmare +
08/10 - Denver, CO, Hi Dive @
08/11 - Salt Lake City, UT, Kilby Court
08/12 - Boise, ID, Neurolux
08/13 - Portland, OR, Plan B
08/14 - Seattle, WA, Wildrose $
08/15 - Olympia, WA, Northern #
08/17 - Reno, NV, Lincoln Lounge [
08/18 - San Francisco, CA, Bottom of the Hill <
08/19 - Los Angeles, CA, Spaceland
08/20 - San Diego, CA, Casbah
08/22 - Phoenix, AZ, Rhythm Room
08/24 - Albuquerque, NM, Launchpad
08/25 - Lubbock, TX, Bash Riprock's
09/28 - Austin, TX, Stubbs Waller Creek ~
10/14 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar
10/15 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree %
10/16 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl %
10/17 - Asheville, NC - Broadway's %
10/18 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
10/19 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar *
10/20 - Philadelphia, PA - Kungfu Necktie *&
10/24 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bears Place *
10/26 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar *
10/27 - Cleveland, OH - The Spot *
10/28 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle *
10/29 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
10/30 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
10/31 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
11/02 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
11/03 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon

! = w/ Residual Echoes and Happy Birthday
+ = w/ Bipolar Express and Nervous Curtains
@ = w/ Woodsman
$ = w/ Idle Times
# = w/ Christmas
[ = w/ The Madanna Bangers and The Humans
< = w/ The Splinters and Sandwitches
% = w/ The Coathangers
&= w/ Reading Rainbow
* = w/ Frankie Rose & the Outs
~ = w/ PAVEMENT

6.23.2010

Black Mountain Fucking Rules

As does their new single "Old Fangs", and as their upcoming album Wilderness Heart surely will, too





06/23/10 Kamloops, BC - Pogue Mahone  w/ Lord Beginner
06/24/10 Calgary, AB - Republik  w/ Lord Beginner
06/25/10 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room  w/ Lord Beginner
06/26/10 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's  w/ Lord Beginner
06/27/10 Regina, SK - The Exchange  w/ Lord Beginner, Orbital Express
06/28/10 Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick Centre  w/ Lord Beginner, Sleepy Sun
06/30/10 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon  w/ David Vandervelde
07/01/10 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall  w/ David Vandervelde
07/02/10 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick   w/ David Vandervelde
07/03/10 London, ON - Call the Office   w/ One Hundred Dollars
07/09/10 Hultsfred, Sweden - Hultsfred Festival
07/10/10 Brugge, Belgium - Cactus Festival
07/11/10 Balado, Kinross-Shire, Scotland - T In The Park Festival
07/13/10 London, UK - The Lexington
07/14/10 London, UK - The Lexington
07/16/10 Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
07/17/10 Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07/18/10 Ferropolis, Germany - Melt Festival
07/23/10 Toronto, ONT - Horseshoe Tavern  w/ Quest for Fire
07/24/10 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom  w/ Quest for Fire
07/26/10 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews  w/ Mondo Drag
07/27/10 Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room  w/ The Dodos
07/28/10 Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater  w/ Spindrift
07/30/10 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge  w/ Spindrift
07/31/10 Boise, ID - Neurolux  w/ Spindrift
08/26/10 Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater  w/ Lower Heaven
08/30/10 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory  w/ The War on Drugs
09/03/10 Stradbally, County Laois, IRE - The Electric Picnic Festival (Electric Arena)
09/04/10 Oxford, UK - Academy 2
09/05/10 Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds
09/08/10 Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
09/09/10 Tourcoing, France - RADAR at Le Grand Mix
09/10/10 Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09/11/10 Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
09/12/10 Leeds, UK - TJs Woodhouse Club   w/ Ladyhawk
09/14/10 Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor   w/ Ladyhawk
09/15/10 Manchester, UK - Academy 3   w/ Ladyhawk
09/16/10 Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms   w/ Ladyhawk
09/17/10 Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09/18/10 Groningen, Netherlands - Take Root
09/22/10 Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
09/24/10 Oslo, Norway - John Dee
10/06/10 Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
10/07/10 London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire

6.17.2010

Motormouth Thursday — 9 Free Advance Downloads For Your Poor Ass

Thanks Motormouth Media!

"Treasure State" from So Percussion & Matmos, album out 7/13

"Made The Harbor" from Mountain Man, album out 7/20

"Days Of Our Lives" from Restless People, album out 9/14

"Sleep Forever" from Crocodiles, album out 9/14

"Black City" from Matthew Dear, album out 8/20

"AM/FM" from !!!, album out 8/24

"In Between Times" from Mice Parade, album out 9/14

"Atheist Funeral" from Dan Sartain, album out 7/20

"Die Slow (Tobacco Remix)" from HEALTH, album out 6/22

6.07.2010

Paul McCartney Dead? (And Not Just To Repubs After Last Week's White House Comments)

From MVD Entertainment Group:

PAUL McCARTNEY REALLY IS DEAD
The Last Testament of George Harrison

Coming to DVD on September 1

Paul McCartney has his 68th birthday coming up on June 18th.  Or does he? MVD Visual announces the release of a film from Highway 61 Entertainment - PAUL McCARTNEY REALLY IS DEAD, The Last Testament of George Harrison - for North American distribution on September 1, 2010. Wienerworld will release the DVD in Great Britain and Europe with subtitles in Spanish, French, and German on October 4, 2010.



The following description of the film is provided by director Joel Gilbert of Highway 61 Entertainment:

In the summer of 2005, a package arrived at the Hollywood offices of Highway 61 Entertainment from London with no return address.  Inside were two mini-cassette audio tapes dated
December 30, 1999 and labeled THE LAST TESTAMENT OF GEORGE HARRISON.  A voice identical to Harrison tells a shocking story:  Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash in November of 1966 and replaced with a double!  British intelligence, MI5, had forced the Beatles to cover up McCartney's death to prevent mass suicides of Beatle fans. However, the remaining Beatles tried to signal fans with clues on album covers and in songs.

Until now, the "Paul is Dead" mystery that exploded worldwide in 1969 was considered a hoax.  However, in this film, George Harrison reveals a secret Beatles history, chronicling McCartney's fatal accident, the cover up, dozens of unknown clues, and a dangerous cat and mouse game with "Maxwell," the Beatles' MI5 handler, as John Lennon became increasingly reckless with the secret.  Harrison also insists that Lennon was assassinated in 1980 after he threatened to finally expose "Paul McCartney" as an imposter!

Highway 61 Entertainment has corroborated most of George Harrison's stunning account of the conspiracy to hide McCartney's tragic death. Harrison's complete audio tapes narrate this film that includes all the newly unearthed evidence. The Last Testament of George Harrison may prove to be the most important document in rock and roll history, leaving little doubt that
PAUL McCARTNEY REALLY IS DEAD!

Film Website and Trailer: http://www.paulreallyisdead.com

Link to Purchase Item:
·         North America (MVD): http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5030D
·         UK & Europe (Wienerworld): http://www.wienerworld.co/index.php?catnumber=MVD5030D 

6.03.2010

Deer Tick Covers Katrina, Tours East Coast

Go see this band — no excuses


"Sun Street" (Katrina & The Waves cover) mp3

Fri-Jun-18    Richmond, VA    Brown's Island
Sat-Jul-17    Providence, RI    Jerky's
Mon-Jul-19    Hoboken, NJ    Maxwell's
Tue-Jul-20    Philadelphia, PA    Johnny Brenda's *
Wed-Jul-21    Baltimore, MD    Ottobar #
Thu-Jul-22    Washington, DC    Rock and Roll Hotel *
Fri-Jul-23    Floyd, VA    Floyd Fest
Sat-Jul-24    Floyd, VA    Floyd Fest
Sun-Jul-25    Charlotte, NC    Visulite Theatre %
Tue-Jul-27    Orlando, FL    The Social %
Wed-Jul-28    Miami, FL    TBD %
Thu-Jul-29    Tampa, FL    Crobar %
Fri-Jul-30    Talahassee, FL    Engine Room %
Sat-Jul-31    Atlanta, GA    Buckhead Theatre %
Sun-Aug-01    Nashville, TN    Exit In %
Tue-Aug-03    Oxford, MS    Proud Larry's %
Wed-Aug-04    Memphis, TN    Hi-Tone %
Thu-Aug-05    St. Louis, MO    Off Broadway %
Fri-Aug-06    Chicago, IL    Lollapalooza
Sat-Aug-07    Chicago, IL    Lollapalooza
Sun-Aug-08    Chicago, IL    Lollapalooza
Mon-Aug-09    Toledo, OH    Mickey Finn's
Tue-Aug-10    Toronto, ON    Horseshoe Tavern
Wed-Aug-11    Cleveland, OH    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Thu-Aug-12    York, PA    Capitol Theater
Fri-Aug-13    New York, NY    Webster Hall

5.13.2010

Oh, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Kip Berman may be the nicest interview subject ever



"Higher Than The Stars" video

"Say No To Love" mp3

06/03 Milford, CT Daniel Street
06/04 Rochester, NY The German House
06/05 Buffalo, NY The Tralf
06/06 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
06/08 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Cafe
06/09 Birmingham, AL Bottletree Cafe
06/10 Tallahassee, FL The Engine Room
06/11 Orlando, FL Club at Firestone
06/12 Miami, FL Grand Central - Poplife 11
06/13 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
06/15 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
06/16 Washington, DC Black Cat

5.11.2010

Toro Y Moi Is Blowing Up

Who knew South Carolina chillwave could be so fun?

"Blessa" mp3

"You Hid" video

05/10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel*
05/11 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre*
05/12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*
05/13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
05/14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon*
05/15 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live*
05/16 - Austin, TX - Emo's Alternative Lounge Outside*
05/18 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse*
05/19 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre*
05/20 - San Diego, CA - Casbah*
05/21 - Mexico City, ME - Teatro Fru Fru*
05/22 - Monterrey, NL - Escenica
05/23 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent*
05/24 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent*
05/26 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater*
05/27 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's*
05/28 - Victoria, BC - Sugar*
05/29 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre*
05/31 - Calgary, AB - The Republik*
06/01 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room*
06/02 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos*
06/03 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms*
06/04 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry*
06/05 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06/06 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre*
06/07 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird*
06/08 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar*
06/09 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop*
06/10 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
06/11 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
08/10 - Des Moines, IA - 7 Flags Event Center ^
08/13 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah's ^

* = w/ Caribou
^ = w/ Phoenix

4.29.2010

Birds Were Chirping In The Background Of My Cotton Jones Interview

Seriously. Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw have a lock on laid-back psych-folk.


"Gotta Cheer Up" mp3

Four shows in May, two in Florida, all presumably in tiny little venues. Go. You'll get all blissed out, I promise.

May 19th, Eddie's Attic, Decatur, GA
May 20th, Eye Level Art Gallery, Charleston, SC
May 21st, Cafe Eleven, St. Augustine, FL
May 22nd, Engine Room, Tallahassee, FL

Please Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Come To Florida!

You guys are opening for Delta Spirit, playing St. Augustine on 7/7... extend that tour one more week!


"We Should Fight" mp3

June 9: The Independent -- San Francisco
June 10: Doug Fir Lounge -- Portland
June 11: Neumos -- Seattle
June 12: The Venue -- Vancouver
June 14: Neurolux -- Boise
June 15: Urban Lounge -- Salt Lake City
June 16: Bluebird Theater -- Denver
June 17: The Waiting Room -- Omaha
June 18: The Varsity Theater -- Minneapolis
June 19: Metro -- Chicago
June 21: The Firebird -- St. Louis
June 22: Radio Radio -- Indianapolis
June 23: The Basement -- Columbus, Ohio
June 24: Beachland Ballroom -- Cleveland
June 25: The Crofoot (Pike Room) -- Pontiac, Michigan
June 26: Mod Club -- Toronto
June 29: Middle East Downstairs -- Cambridge, Massachusetts
June 30: Bowery Ballroom -- New York
July 1: Music Hall Of Williamsburg -- Brooklyn
July 2: First Unitarian Church -- Philadelphia
July 3: 9:30 Club -- Washington, D.C.

4.22.2010

Everyone Loves Beach House


"Zebra (UK Radio Edit)" mp3

Apr 22 Emo's, Austin, TX
Apr 23 Walter's on Washington, Houston, TX
Apr 24 Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge, LA
Apr 25 The Engine Room, Tallahassee, FL
Apr 27 Bottle Tree, Birmingham, AL
Apr 28 Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
Apr 29 The Earl, Atlanta, GA
Apr 30 Grey Eagle Tavern, Asheville, NC
May 01 Cats Cradle, Carrboro, NC
May 06 Webster Hall, New York City, NY
May 07 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
May 08 2640 Space, Baltimore, MD
Jun 16 Diesel Club Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 17 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Jun 20 Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
Jul 27 Prospect Park (NY), Brooklyn, NY

4.13.2010

Atta Boy, Mark

The last line of Scott Shafer's story on Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore?



"Fiore says he might use some of the prize money to buy a new wetsuit for surfing."

4.12.2010

I Usually Hate TV, But...

..."Treme" blew my mind, the music, the people, the food you can almost smell, the city of New Orleans, can't wait to go back

4.09.2010

Disco For The Weekend From Treasure Fingers



if you're into this sort of shit...

April 8 - V20 - Long Beach, CA
April 9 - Celebrities - Vancouver, BC
April 10 - Voyeur - San Diego, CA
April 15 - Spybar - Chicago, IL
April 16 - Avalon - Hollywood, CA
April 17 - Ruby Skye - San Francisco, CA
April 21 - W Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
April 23 - Trinity College - Hartford, CT
April 24 - HiFi - Calgary, AB
April 28 - Opera - Atlanta, GA
April 30 - Mai - Nashville, TN
May 1 - Lizard Lounge - Dallas, TX
May 7 - Traif Music Hall - Buffalo, NY
May 8 - Bourbon Street - Baltimore, MD
May 9 - B Side Liquor Lounge - Cleveland, OH

Last Little Brother Album Ever Drops 4/20

BRAHMS Remix Neon Indian's "Psychic Chasms"


I ♥ Chillwave


"Psychic Chasms" mp3 via Pitchfork

New Deer Tick mp3, Hallelujah



"20 Miles" mp3

new album June 8th, tons of tour dates, go now, you won't be disappointed!

04/08 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge #
04/09 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club #
04/10 Iowa City, IA The Mill #
04/11 Lawrence, KS Jackpot Music Hall #
04/12 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory &
04/13 El Paso, TX Percolator &
04/14 Phoenix, AZ The Trunkspace &
04/16 Indio, CA Coachella
04/20 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom %
04/21 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret %
04/22 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern %
04/24 Santa Cruz, CA Crepe Place
04/25 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall *
04/27 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre *
04/28 Las Vegas, NV Beauty Bar
04/29 Santa Fe, NM Sante Fe Brewing Company *
04/30 Dallas, TX The Loft *
05/01 Austin, TX Emo's *
05/02 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Studio *
05/03 Fayetteville, AR Majestic Lounge *
05/04 Little Rock, AR Sticky Fingerz
05/05 Birmingham, AL Workplay *
05/06 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom *
05/07 Louisville, KY Headliners *
05/08 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
05/09 Ithaca, NY Castaway's
05/10 Albany, NY Valentines
05/11 Boston, MA Paradise *
05/12 Boston, MA Paradise *
05/13 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory *
05/14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club *
05/15 New York, NY Terminal 5 *
07/23 - 07/24 Floyd, VA Floyd Fest
08/06 - 08/08 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza

* = w/ Dr. Dog
# = w/ Those Darlins
% = w/ Holy Sons
& = w/ One Wolf

Even When He's Injured, The King Still Reigns


Kelly wins Bells with an alley-oop and a hairline fracture in his foot. World title #10 anyone?

4.08.2010

Ahh, Denmark

Where freeflowing beer is a workplace right worth striking over, and sympathetic truck drivers are permitted to bring three for the road each and every day


story

Steel Train Are Definitely Big Modest Mouse Fans

"Turnpike Ghost" mp3

good or bad? you tell me

Who Is Ron Contour? Some Goofy Canuck?



read my EasternSurf.com review of Saffron here if you're so inclined

Finally, Funeral Party Announces Full-Length For This Summer

they're even touring with Julian Casablancas, all hail



Apr 8 2010 - First Avenue Night Club w/Julian Casablancas - Minneapolis
Apr 9 2010 - Vogue w/Julian Casablancas - Indianapolis
Apr 10 2010 - Beaumont Club w/Julian Casablancas - Kansas City
Apr 12 2010 - House of Blues w/Julian Casablancas - Houston
Apr 13 2010 - House of Blues w/Julian Casablancas - Dallas
Apr 14 2010 - La Zona w/Julian Casablancas - Austin

Fol Chen Takes Me To Glitched-Out Heaven


"In Ruins" mp3

04/10 Los Angeles, CA El Rey *
04/14 Washington, DC Rock 'n Roll Hotel *
04/15 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom *
04/16 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church *
04/17 Boston, MA Paradise Lounge *
04/18 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg *
04/27 San Francisco, CA Slim's *
04/29 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre *
04/30 Vancouver, BC VenueCanada *
05/01 Seattle, WA Neumo's *


* = w/ Liars

Violinist Owen Pallett's "Lewis Takes Off His Shirt" Remixed By Dan Deacon

wait, slow down, what?


"Lewis Took Off His Shirt" Dan Deacon remix

OWEN PALLETT TOUR DATES
Apr 08 - Toronto, Ontario - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Apr 10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Apr 11 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
Apr 12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
Apr 13 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
Apr 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum
Apr 15 - Washington DC - Black Cat
Apr 18 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
Apr 20 - Boston, MA - Institute of Contemporary Art
Apr 22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Apr 24 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
Apr 25 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
Apr 27 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Apr 29 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Apr 30 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
May 05 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
May 08 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
May 09 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Vogue Theatre
May 10 - Victoria, British Columbia - Alix Goolden Hall
May 11 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
May 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
May 14 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

Mexican Blankets, Apples, Bird Nests, And Freelance Whales

huh?


Freelance Whales - Generator 2nd Floor

Freelance Whales | MySpace Music Videos


Us Tour Dates With Cymbals Eat Guitars & Bear In Heaven
4/8 – The Middle East – Boston, MA
4/13 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY - SOLD OUT

May Tour With Shout Out Louds
02 May   Washington, 9:30 Club
03 May   Philadelphia, First Unitarian Church
06 May   Boston, Paradise
07 May   Montreal, Cabaret Music Hall
08 May   Toronto, Mod Club
10 May   Chicago, Lincoln Hall
11 May   Minneapolis, Varsity Theater
14 May   Vancouver, Commodore Ballroom
15 May   Seattle, Neumos
16 May   Portland, Doug Fir
18 May   San Francisco, Great American Music Hall
20 May   Los Angeles, El Rey
21 May   Los Angeles, El Rey (Sold Out!)

ALO Aren't The Hippest Band Around... But Stop-Motion Photography Rules



ALO Summer Tour Dates (*opening for Jack Johnson)
5/16/2010   Gulf Shores, AL -- The Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival
5/18/2010   Boston, MA -- Paradise Rock Club
5/19/2010   Burlington, VT -- Higher Ground
5/20/2010   Brooklyn, NY -- Brooklyn Bowl
5/21/2010   Philadelphia, PA -- Theater of Living Arts
5/22/2010   Baltimore, MD -- The 8x10
5/23/2010   Wilmington, NC -- Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
5/24/2010   Charleston, SC -- The Pour House
5/25/2010   Atlanta, GA -- Variety Playhouse
5/26/2010   Louisville, KY -- Waterfront Park
5/27/2010   Indianapolis, IN -- Rathskeller
5/28/2010   Chicago, IL -- Martyr’s
5/29/2010   Chillicothe, IL -- Summercamp Music Festival
6/4/2010    Ozark, AR -- Wakarusa Festival
6/6/2010    Hunter, NY -- Mountain Jam Festival
7/9/2010    Hartford, CT -- Comcast Center*
7/10/2010   Mansfield, MA -- Comcast Center*
7/11/2010   Camden, NJ -- Susquehanna Bank Center*
7/13/2010   Holmdale, NJ -- PNC Bank Arts Center*
7/14/2010   New York, NY -- Madison Square Garden*
7/16/2010   VA Beach, VA -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
7/17/2010   Columbia, MD -- Merriweather Post Pavilion*
7/19/2010   Toronto, ON -- Moison Amphitheater*
7/20/2010   Clarkston, MI -- DTE Energy Music Theater*
7/21/2010   Cuyahoga Falls, OH -- Blossom Music Center*
7/23/2010   Noblesville, IN -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*
7/24/2010   East Troy, WI -- Alpine Valley*
7/25/2010   Somerset, WI -- River’s Edge*
8/7/2010    Petaluma, CA -- Petaluma Music Festival
8/13/2010   Salt Lake City, UT -- USANA Amphitheater*
8/14/2010   Commerce City, CO -- Mile High Music Festival
8/16/2010   Bonner Springs, KS -- Sandstone Amphitheater*
8/17/2010   Dallas, TX -- Superpages Center*
8/18/2010   Woodlands, TX -- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
8/20/2010   Atlanta, GA -- Lakewood Amphitheater*
8/21/2010   Raleigh, NC -- Time Warner Pavilion*
8/22/2010   Charlotte, NC -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*
8/24/2010   Orlando, FL -- Amway Arena*
8/25/2010   Tampa, FL -- Ford Amphitheater*
8/26/2010   West Palm Beach, FL -- Cruzan Amphitheater*
10/6/2010    Berkeley, CA -- The Greek Theatre*
10/14/2010   Santa Barbara, CA -- Santa Barbara Bowl* 

Phosphorescent — Moody Country-Rock At Its Finest



New album, Here's To Taking It Easy, out May 11th

"At Death, A Proclamation" Video

"It's Hard To Be Humble (When You're From Alabama)" mp3

Why Would The Dø Carry Such A Weight On Their Shoulders?

Melancholy French/Finnish indie pop sung in English, oui oui, tres bien, j'aime


Kill Rock Stars Gives Away Music...

... 21-song sampler featuring Elliott Smith, The Thermals, Thao, Sleater Kinney, Xiu Xiu, Deerhoof, Bikini Kill, The Decemberists, Horse Feathers, et al.

http://killrockstars.com/sampler/