Wednesday, October 31, 2007
You can stream it on our sidebar (experiencing technical difficulties with our individual post flash player).
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
In honor of Goulet's passing, I've embedded one of those very SNL sketches, as well as an ESPN commercial he starred in.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
"Thanks to a seven-year-old Will Ferrell sketch, the whole concept of cowbell in music has been turned into one big joke. Well, we're sick of it. Cowbell deserves better.
Any bunch of teenagers in a garage can get rock out of electric guitars and drums. To kick ass with some clunking cattle chimes, though, takes genius. Here are the ones who did it best."
Saturday, October 27, 2007
A few short weeks ago, Steve and I were hanging out in the Lonely Note offices when we caught this video gem on the IMF channel (International Music Feed). At first glance, we didn't even notice the music because the visuals had us so transfixed. It immediately brought to mind the wildly bizarre film "Donnie Darko." It wasn't until later that I was reading the October issue of Blender and found that band singer Natasha Khan meant for that almost exact comparison:
"I tried to make the video a bit like Donnie Darko
meets E.T." she says. "The best children's stories for me involve terrifying encounters, kids leaving safe places and coming into contact with the invisible. I try to create the same space in my music"
Despite her enjoyment of endangering children, Natasha has created music that isn't half-bad. With a sound similiar to estabished artists like Bjork, Cat Power and Thom Yorke, it's a safe bet that Bat for Lashes will find their place in today's music scene.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
The showcase exhibition, titled Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, examines the relationship between rock music culture and contemporary art over the past 40 years.
According to MCA curator Dominic Molon, the title Sympathy for the Devil suggests:
...the risks involved when these cultural forms intersect. Contemporary art potentially sacrifices its seriousness and sophistication, and rock and roll risks pretentiousness and obscurity through its cultivation of avante-garde styles, approaches, and techniques. Regardless of these possible drawbacks, contemporary artists have drawn on rock music's intensity, ever-changing style, and youthful sense of confrontation and social provocation; rock and roll has looked to art for its openness to innovation and experimentation.
The rebellious and creative nature of rock n roll has often been reflected in the works of contemporary artists, just as the works of such artists as Andy Warhol have had equal influence on bands like The Velvet Underground. This art-inspiring-art credence has lead to an exhibition which focuses on original pieces of artwork instead of album covers and promotional materials. A walking audio tour includes a playlist of songs essential to the exhibit.
The weekend I attended, the museum was packed with art and music lovers from across the board. Outdoors, the crowd raved to the musical performance of DJ group Flosstradamus whilst drinking locally-brewed Goose Island ales.
Although Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 runs until January 6, 2008, you can save yourself the cost of admission by attending before November 14.
Friday, October 19, 2007
On a side note, what is up with lead singer Luke Pettipoole sporting the Mark David Chapman look?
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
"Death Cab for Cutie guitarist/producer Chris Walla will release "Field Manual," his first solo album, on Jan. 29, according to Barsuk Records. It's a return home for Walla, who with Death Cab helped launch Barsuk before going on to great heights with Atlantic Records. "
Read the rest of the article here.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The band made a thrilling entrance by beginning the concert with the driving, yet danceable, 'Fearless.' The hallmark pipe organ effect that lingers during the beginning of that track provided a great audio backdrop for the band to quietly sneak in before exploding into an unadulterated synth-punk fury that never ceased throughout the hour long show.
For the majority of the show the band tended to hover around the indulgent disco-heavy tunes of their first disc ('Public Service Announcement,' 'Tyrant Mouth') while slowly splicing in tracks from their newest album; 'Believe' and 'Every Word is a Knife In My Ear' proved to be two songs from The Sun and the Moon that garnered the greatest response.
Overall, the band's performance was a solid one. And although their latest album pales in comparison to the melodic mastery of their debut, the band's unstoppably energetic stage performance provided great evidence that they have clear potential to put out an amazing third disc in the near future.
You can listen to 'Fearless,' 'Public Service Announcement' and 'Believe' below:
The Bravery - 'Fearless'
The Bravery - 'Public Service Announcement'
The Bravery - 'Believe'
Thursday, October 11, 2007
José González played a captivatingly intimate show at Chicago's historic Park West theatre on October 4th in support of his new album, In Our Nature.
I was excited to hear from my sister last week, who informed me that she had won tickets to the show. Being a longtime José fan who had never seen him live, I quickly seized the opportunity so thoughtfully bestowed upon me.
The venue provided stadium-tiered seating at booths and tables. A mirrorball hung overhead in the domed center of the ceiling. Drinks were served from the full bar at the back of the room; servers weaved in and out of aisles throughout the night, taking orders.
Softspoken Brit James Blackshaw opened the night with a set of four vocalless medleys on his 12-string guitar. Blackshaw showed his acoustic chops with prog-lullabies like "River of Heaven," as eyes slowly drifted shut around the room.
Between acts, the predominantly young-adult audience grew substantially. When chairs ran few, the crowd began to seat themselves on the floor around the stage.
González took the stage by 8:30, setting the tone with "How Low" off his new album. The low notes echoed through the room in deep resonance as the melodies cut with precision. Delicate vocals accompanied his tight fingerpicking with ethereally haunting textures. Every touch rang out with clarity. Sparse words were spoken between songs, as González kept his guitar carefully tuned.
The first notes of his popular single "Heartbeats" were met with heavy applause. A microphone lay at one foot, catching the rhythms of his metronomic toe-tapping. On "All You Deliver," González' thwacked out beats with his thumb between chords, and a shuffling drag of the hand across the strings added an attacking groove to "Down the Line."
González ended the set with his enthralling Massive Attack cover, "Teardrop."
A three song encore was concluded by another cover - an uptempo rendition of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart." With that, González took a quick bow, leaving his guitar onstage to soak up the applause as it sat glowing under the lights.
Monday, October 08, 2007
This is not to say, however, that the performances of Radio Moscow's other two members were overshadowed. The guitarist/vocalist played some mean riffs (although his singing was just above mediocre), and the bassist kept great rythym. As a unit, they got the job done and were a great live band with lots of potential.
I would definitely recommend checking Radio Moscow out, and you can do so by visiting their Myspace page. (I recommend streaming 'Frustrating Sound'). In an age of music saturated by the emo kids, it's nice to know that bluesy trad rock still marches on.
(Stay tuned for a review of the October 5th Bravery show soon!)
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Puddle of Mudd - 'Famous'
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Arcade Fire has something in the works planned for October 6th, but its unknown what it is. Upon visiting their website a message is displayed saying: "b oNline B October 6th."
"b oNline B," when rearranged, spells NEON BIBLE, but aside from that no further clues are given.
Check it out for yourself here.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Foo Fighters - 'Statues'