Monday, August 30, 2010

The Walkmen - Lisbon

I like the Walkmen but there are some people I know that do not. Love 'em or hate 'em they've definitely been a consistent source of sparse, jangly rock 'n roll.

Give the new album, Lisbon a listen over at this week's edition of NPR Music's album preview and you be the judge.

And, catch them live @ the Music Box September 15th.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Somehow it's the last Sunday in August...maybe these will help soothe that case of end of summer blues.

Real Estate - Out of Tune
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr - Vocal Chords
Ducktails - Hamilton Road
Twin Shadow - Slow
School of Seven Bells - Windstorm

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Hot day, hot jams.

El Guincho - Bombay
Wild Nothing - Golden Haze
Glasser - Home
!!! - AM/FM
Wavves - King of the Beach

Friday, August 20, 2010

Stream or Download new Sufjan Stevens ep

A week or so ago I posted on the happenings of one, Sufjan Stevens. Well it turns out that guy has been up to something and that something comes in the form of a brand spankin' new 8 song ep. Stream All Delighted People below or purchase for 5 bucks at the bandcamp site dedicated for said short-playing album here.

According to the site, the ep is built around the epic title track and there is a 17-minute long guitar jam. I guess we can surmise that Sufjan has been listening to the Dead during his hiatus?

Well either way party people, enjoy!

And remember, you can see Sufjan @ the Wiltern October 23 and 24.

<a href="">All Delighted People (Original Version) by Sufjan Stevens</a>

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fitz and the Tantrums - KCRW Album Preview

It's no secret around these here parts that I love both KCRW and Fitz and the Tantrums. That's why this particular album preview by "the big K" is even more special... But the connection runs a bit deeper than just local love.

Fitz had a breakout performance at KCRW's SXSW official showcase in Austin this past spring and it was that show that really vaulted the band into the spotlight. That was my first experience with the energetic sextet and I was completely blown away and it's certainly been fun to see them rise. An opening slot with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings on their cross country tour soon followed SXSW and now here we are.

Their debut full length album from Dangerbird Records (another local outfit) drops August 24th. See them this Sunday @ Sunset Junction and they also perform a free in store at Amoeba Hollywood the day of the album release.

Listen to "Pickin' Up The Pieces" here.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Have a great day and don't forget to donate to the wonderful KCRW during the last couple days of their summer subscription drive.

Miniature Tigers - Bullfighter Jacket
Voxhaul Broadcast - Leaving On The 5th
Of Montreal - Coquete Coquette
Autolux - High Chair
No Age - Glitter

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sufjan Stevens @ The Wiltern Friday October 23rd

Does anyone remember this guy? After crafting two glorious state themed albums (Michigan and Illinois) and being hailed as the one of the greatest in the last decade by some publications; little has been heard of the Brooklyn songwriting wunderkind.

This much we do know... he IS currently recording an album with the National dudes (sweet!) and in 2009 he DID record and produce an orchestral piece inspired by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway; aptly titled, The BQE.

Maybe we'll get new state tunes at the show? Maybe we'll hear some BQE? Maybe we'll just hear old stuff. Anyway you cut it - it should be good.

Tickets go on sale Friday August 13th @ 10am.

Sufjan Stevens - Chicago (Acoustic)

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Walkmen

NYC's fav boozy crooners have a follow up to 2009's splendid You & Me dropping September 14th. The new album entitled Lisbon is influenced by a couple trips the band took to, well... Lisbon. From what I've heard thus far, there's not much of a crazy departure from what one would expect of these dudes; but that ain't a bad thing.

The band makes a stop at the Music Box with Japandroids, September 15th. Check 'em out and listen to a couple tracks below.

The Walkmen - Blue As Your Blood
The Walkmen - Stranded

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Arcade Fire Madison Square Garden Webcast

One thing I've learned this week... Two ears cannot enjoy The Suburbs nearly enough. So to that point, why not let your eyes get in on the action?!

Terry Gilliam, director of such fine films as Monty Python and the freaking Holy Grail, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys etc etc will be taking command of the directors chair tonight at Madison Square Garden for Arcade Fire's live performance. With a little techie magic, Youtube (as part of the American Express/Vevo Unstaged Series) will then in turn webcast the show straight to the masses.

Pretty sweet, huh?

So yeah, check it out here 7pm PST.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

I woke up to a glorious day as I received the digital download for my vinyl pre-order. For those that didn't opt in for such a treat, you're in luck as well; because you can stream the entire album here, thanks to NPR Music.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

The Suburbs comes out in the States in two days. Excitement is an understatement.

In the meantime, enjoy some of my fav cuts from the past couple weeks.

Philip Selway - By Some Miracle
Deerhunter - Revival
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Simple Girl
Kisses - Bermuda
Jenny & Johnny - Big Wave