Saturday, July 31, 2010
I'm loving this band and their new video for their single "Pigeons." It's off their upcoming debut release The Hundred In The Hands. If you don't know this band, get to know them! They are going to be opening on some of The Temper Trap dates this fall.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Wow, it's been a minute since we have heard anything from this band. Well, maybe they released some stuff in the past few years, but I haven't heard anything out of them.
Anyway, here is a brand new video from the Crash Test Dummies. It's called, "And It's Beautiful off their upcoming new record, OOOH LA LA.
**NOTE** It's been 6 years since last release!
The Crash Test Dummies first rose to prominence while based in their hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1991 with their Juno Award-winning debut album, The Ghosts that Haunt Me, featuring their first hit single “Superman’s Song.” Their 1993 breakout record God Shuffled His Feet has sold over five and a half million copies worldwide and the single “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. Oooh la la! is the band’s ninth record, following 2004’s Songs of the Unforgiven.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Modeled after Calvin Klein’s super-creepy 1995 porno audition ads, dreamy-eyed new waver Twin Shadow’s positioning himself as an unlikely sex symbol, singing longing, desperate love tracks while still letting his denim vest be totally objectified like it’s a pair of gams. Directed by Alex Markman, live drumming hasn’t been this sensual since “The Spirit of Radio.”
We Are Scientists ' much-anticipated US tour kicked off a few week ago in Boston, at Middle East, following a first leg of UK and European dates, including major festivals. The live show has garnered raves and the band has played in front of thousands of cheering fans. Reaction to songs from the band's critically acclaimed June release, Barbara continues to receive high praise from their adopted homeland of England as well as in the US media. The US leg is part of the band's World Tour which officially launched in June and has included the Glastonbury Festival, among other major venues. The band will play Leeds and Reading festivals in August. We Are Scientists' are scheduled to perform to a sold-out crowd at Bowery Ballroom in New York City, tomorrow, July 14th. The club sold out shortly after tickets went on sale.
Barbara is the band's fourth and now considered their best studio album to date. As a result, W.A.S. garnered a flood of UK press and media activity, including multiple features in The Guardian, a major feature in The Fly accompanied by a 4 star review, as well as features in FHM, Time Out, Artrocker, among others. Rave reviews in Mojo, Blogcritics.com, Absolute Punk, etc. drove the pre-release UK buzz for Barbara which has followed through in the US as well . UK promotional activity included the Zane Lowe Radio 1 Sessions, NME Radio 'Takeover,' XFM Session, roundhouse Digital Music Awards and an appearance at the Topshop fashion lecture.
"They've unleashed a fistful of songs that'd do any of the mid-noughties breakthrough brigade prouder than many of them can still conceive....all the ingredients are absolutely there for a thoroughly explosive reaction," claims Iain Moffat, The Fly in the magazine's 4 star review. And, Andy Fyfe at Mojo declares, "The New York-based Californians continue to round the spiky indie-rock edges off their 2006 party-hard debut...hungry verses about relationships that glide into giant choruses. A solid step forward for a band unfathomably more popular in the UK than their homeland."
Alternative Press recently claimed, "...for fans of the band who are already in the know, Barbara is a return to the bouncy, fun form of their breakthrough album, 2005's With Love & Squalor," adding "...Barbara finds them back in their comfort zone--fun, danceable pop-rock." Popmatters.com notes "Barbara accomplishes something pretty rare. It successfully combines the best elements of two very different predecessors into one complete sound... a strong overall impression."
The album follows the We Are Scientists rock music brand by including beat-driven, melody-wrapped, and harmony-draped, lyrically-savvy tracks. W.A.S. is Keith Murray and Chris Cain. On Barbara, the duo recruited a brand new set of hands and feet behind the drum kit in the shape of Master Andy Burrows (ex-Razorlight drummer).
The band's much-anticipated US tour dates are as follows:
Tue-Jul-13: Boston, MA: Middle East
Wed-Jul-14: New York, NY: Bowery Ballroom (Sold Out)
Thu-Jul-15: Philadelphia, PA: Johnny Brenda's
Fri-Jul-16: Washington, DC: Black Cat
Sat-Jul-17: Brooklyn, NY: Music Hall of Williamsburg/Siren After Party
Mon-Jul-19: Toronto, ON: Horseshoe Tavern
Tue-Jul-20: Ann Arbor, MI: Blind Pig
Wed-Jul-21: Chicago, IL: Bottom Lounge
Fri-Jul-23: Denver, CO: Larimer Lounge
Mon-Jul-26: Portland, OR: Doug Fir Lounge
Wed-Jul-28: Seattle, WA: Neumo's
Aug-6: Los Angeles, CA: Troubadour
Aug-7: San Francisco, CA: Slim’s
Aug-8: Visalia, CA: Cellar Door
Aug-10: Salt Lake City, UT: Kilby Court
Aug-12: Kansas City, MO: Record Bar
Aug-13: Old Rock House: St. Louis, MO
Aug-14: Columbus, OH: The Basement
Aug-15: Pittsburgh, PA: Brillobox