Friday, April 10, 2009
Lex Land is the next music sensation to take the singer songwriter world by storm. Just watch her performance on the recent Mornings Become Eclectic and see for yourself.
"As Much As You Lead" and "Could've Had Me" are two fantastic tracks that I'm sure will find (if haven't already) their way to some of our favorite television shows (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, One Tree Hill, etc...).
If you like what you hear (and you will), check her out Monday night at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, and pick up her album Orange Days On Lemon Street.
Missed the Decemberists' show at the IFC Crossroads Party at SXSW? Not to worry...check out a video clip from the party right here.
THE DECEMBERISTS ON TOUR
May 19 - Hollywood Palladium - Los Angeles, CA
May 20 - Fox Theatre - Oakland, CA
May 21 - McDonald Theater - Eugene, OR
May 24 - Wilma Theatre - Missoula, MT
May 26 - Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO
May 27 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
May 29 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
May 31 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO
June 1 - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion - Columbus, OH
June 3 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
June 4 - Memorial Auditorium - Raleigh, NC
June 5 - The National - Richmond, VA
June 6 - Tower Theatre - Upper Darby, PA
June 9 - Bank of America Pavillion - Boston, MA
June 10 - Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY
June 11-14 - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Manchester, TN
July 19 - Edgefield - Troutdale, OR w/ Andrew Bird
Next Wednesday head over to the Santa Monica pier for the Levi's Powersliding event. The free event includes powersliding demos, a performance from Matt & Kim, free food from the Kogi BBQ truck, and free Mountain Dew.
If you don't know what powersliding is, check out the demo below.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS SCORE CHART SUCCESS IN BOTH USA AND CANADA WITH NEW RELEASE, LOST CHANNELS
HEAVY ONLINE BUZZ PUTS THE BAND AMONG HYPE MACHINE’S
“MOST BLOGGED ARTISTS” AS LEAD VIDEO “PULLING ON A LINE” DEBUTS ON MUCHMUSIC AND MTVU
Great Lake Swimmers continue to reach new heights as their latest album, Lost Channels, debuts at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart in America and #48 on Canada’s Top 200 Album Chart today. The album is also drawing impressive numbers on iTunes, currently sitting at #1 in Canada and #5 in America on the Singer/Songwriter Charts. With the band’s US tour in full swing, they continue to garner ongoing critical praise, radio support and massive blog buzz.
The band has reached “Most Blogged Artist” status on premier MP3 site Hype Machine. The popular blog aggregator has GLS in fine company alongside Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Radiohead, Doves and more. Meanwhile, their brand new video for single “Pulling on a Line” recently debuted on MuchMusic in Canada on March 28 and is set to launch on MTVU in the US on April 15.
Currently playing to sold out venues across North America, the band will make live session stops at both Paste Magazine and NPR’s Tiny Desk series with Bob Bolien within the next week. All the while, radio continues to support the band as they reach #18 on the FMQB Chart and #34 on CMJ Top 200
Catch GLS on the following tour dates:
Apr 08 Denton @ Hailey’s
Apr 10 Atlanta @ The Earl
Apr 11 Asheville @ Grey Eagle
Apr 13 Charlottesville @ Gravity Lounge
Apr 14 Washington @ Black Cat
Apr 15 Philadelphia @ Johnny Brenda’s
Apr 16 Northampton @ Iron Horse Music Hall
Apr 17 New York City @ The Bowery Ballroom
Apr 18 Cambridge @ The Brattle Theatre
Apr 20 Newport @ The Southgate House
Apr 21 Chicago @ Schubas
Apr 22 Madison @ High Noon Saloon
Apr 25 Toronto @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
If you haven't heard of The Library yet, now is your chance. I'm giving away an awesome Hipster Prize Pack from up-and-coming LA dance rockers, The Library!
Contest ends Sunday, April 12th, 2009!!
While the name, The Library, might suggest an atmosphere of quietude, these Los Angeles dance-rockers aim to change your mind. Lead singer, Court Alexander, showcases his crazy-sexy-cool vocals above a bed of funky sythns, brazen guitars and stylish arrangements. Their self-titled debut EP, produced by Robert Shahnazarian, Jr. (Snow Patrol, Keane) and mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers) is a fresh spin on the LA music scene. The Library EP is available now courtesy of Feudal Records.
Artist: The Library
EP: The Library EP
Label: Feudal Records
Release: OUT NOW!
Love Save The Empty - Erin McCarley
"Love, Save The Empty" is the hot single from Erin McCarley. You probably have heard it on Grey's Anatomy or for the preview for He's Just Not That Into You. It's one of my favorite songs, and I premiered the video awhile back, but it mostly featured clips form the movie. This is a new version...check it out!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
First Impressions: The Sounds, Crossing the Rubicon
by Staff | 04.02.2009
Crossing the Rubicon
Original Signal Recordings
Release Date: 6/2
1. No One Sleeps When I’m Awake
2. 4 Songs and a Fight
3. My Lover
4. Dorchester Hotel
7. Crossing the Rubicon
8. Midnight Sun
9. Lost In Love
10. The Only Ones
11. Home Is Where Your Heart Is
12. Goodnight Freddy
- This, the third album from Swedish quintet The Sounds, is undeniably catchy with female vocals, tons of upbeat electronic flourishes, dance beats, and just enough New Wave-inspired cheese to make things really fun.
- “Beatbox” is practically tailor-made for a 1980s film montage of people working out really hard. Think ice-skating classic The Cutting Edge – legwarmers, high-fives and lots of sweat backed by pulsating synth, programmed handclaps and lyrics that ask, “Tell me do you feel it?”
- The Sounds turn things around with “The Only Ones,” a song that abandons the dance-pop of the nine previous tracks for what is instead a piano-driven rock ballad.
- “Home Is Where Your Heart Is” features sentiments that will come off sappy and Disney-esque to the cynics out there (“You gotta rise to the occasion/You gotta read between the lines/Then maybe you’ll find who you are inside”), but others may find it innocently refreshing and uplifting.
“4 Songs and a Fight,” “Midnight Sun,” “The Only Ones”
Audiences who like to dance and don’t take things too seriously will enjoy blasting The Sounds’ latest. It’s a sunny-day record if there ever was one, and it’ll certainly induce a few shakes of the booty. But the overly-cheery synthesizers can quickly get old, making this an album to be heard in moderation, unless you just really loved the '80s.
The Sounds’ Official Website: http://www.the-sounds.com
The Sounds’ Official MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/thesounds
Source: Filter Magazine
Photo: Megan Westerby
This night in particularly, he had a different demeanor. He is always charming, yet always a bit shy, but not this night. He was full of jokes and stories and anecdotes that was a nice change. He performed all my favorites, including 'Sing, Theresa Says', 'Through Toledo', and his cover of 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun', which he then transitioned into my ultimate favorite Laswell classic 'High and Low', all of which were from his first album "Through Toledo". And from his most current record, "Three Flights from Alto Nido", he played 'The One I Love', 'How the Day Sounds', and my favorite off of this album, 'Comes and Goes (In Waves).
If you missed this performance, shame on you...just kidding, but if you did, you have two more chances this month to check him out and I do recommend that you do. He will be playing Thursday, April 23rd at Largo with Lenka and Saturday, April 25th, he will be returning to his home, the Hotel Cafe. So if you are looking for an enjoyable evening performance from one of LA's best singer/songwriters out there, GO!
www.myspace.com/greglaswell and www.greglaswell.com
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
"All the way from Rossmore and Beverly..." is how the adorable Anya Marina opened her show last Thursday at the Hotel Cafe. It was a packed event, as her US tour is about to hit the rest of the US, promoting her latest album "Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II", which dropped last November. You may not be so familiar with her name, but her music you might be, especially if you watch 'Grey's Anatomy', as she has been featured on the show several times. Hailing from the Bay Area, Marina's cute singer/songwriter sound is one all her own, oddly gaining influences from LCD Soundsystem, Peaches, and even Public Enemy. I never would have guessed, but that's what she says.
She had an amazing stage presence and really put on a fantastic, flawless show; not only musically, but she definitely has a very dry comedic side to her that she was not afraid to let out. Between each song she had a story or joke, that would make you belly laugh, and she was so endearing. She performed a good number of songs off of her latest, as well as gracing us with some of her "classics"; however, I was sad that she did not perform her cover of the Three's Company Theme Song, which is off of her "Live at The Casbah" album, but I was content with a hilariously cute rendition of "Whatever You Like" by T.I. If you have yet to have heard this lovely beauty do so at www.myspace.com/anyamarina or go to her page, www.anyamarina.com
Silversun Pickups will be releasing their highly anticipated sophomore full-length, Swoon, next Tuesday, April 14 on Dangerbird Records, and have just premiered the official video for first single "Panic Switch" today on MTVU and MTV2. Grammy-nominated director James Frost (Radiohead "House of Cards" / Coldplay "Yellow") took the reigns in guiding the band through a performance-driven act with stark closeups and chilling footage of the band fleeing an unseen enemy.
Silversun Pickups has also teamed up with Coachella, Virgin America and FILTER to offer one lucky fan a VIP flyaway trip for two complete with round-trip airfare, Coachella tickets and campground passes. For more information and to enter today, head to:
So on “Community Giving Day” – Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 – participating LA and Orange County Whole Foods Market stores will dedicate 5% of net sales to benefit independent, eclectic public radio station 89.9 FM/KCRW-Santa Monica (www.KCRW.com).
As a corporate entity, Whole Foods Market is deeply engaged in community giving, providing several 5% Community Giving Days throughout the year. Local stores are given latitude to decide which non-profits will benefit, with decisions based on causes important to the shoppers and neighbors in each area. Whole Foods Market also regularly contributes food to local pantries and shelters, and its team members volunteer their time and expertise to an assortment of local non-profits.
As the leading public radio station in Southern California, KCRW’s eclectic news, talk, cultural and independent music programming provides a unique service to the listeners of Southern California, and to global audiences via the station’s website.
The station’s main source of support is its membership base, and in these hard economic times, many of those listeners have been personally affected by the downturn. And it’s no secret that businesses which underwrite public radio have also had to pull back.
That’s why support from such civic-minded companies as Whole Foods can make a real a difference.
“No coupons, no codes, no mentions of the contribution need be remembered by shoppers – just remember the date: Wednesday, April 8, 2009. Shop at Whole Foods Markets that day and 5% of that day’s net sales will directly support KCRW.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Below is the audio stream for "Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution"
“Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution” stream:
Ok, so I'm totally freaking out over the upcoming adaptation of Where The Wild Things Grow! I know this really doesn't have anything to do with music, but I think everyone needs to see this movie. I grew up on this when i was a kid, so I can't wait to see how this book comes to life. This trailer does feature the song "Wake Up" from Arcade Fire....check it out!
HAPPY MONDAY!! First, I wanna say that I had the best weekend in Los Angeles. Not only was it like 80 degrees here in Southern California, but I got to see 2 of my favorite singer songwriters perform at the Troubadour. Ill have a review coming up, but all I have to say is WOW!
Second, a Bjorn-less Peter and John talk about their particular brand of pop experimentalism, and using old elements and influences to create modern sounds.
Check out the video here: http://www.shockhound.com/