Friday, September 3, 2010


Goldfrapp Pinball is a 3D pinball game, which allows you to remix Goldfrapp’s music as you play.

Featuring samples from Goldfrapp's album Head First, a tap of the finger on the iPhone screen powers the ball and sets its path through an imaginary urban environment with towering skyscrapers. As the ball collides with objects different sound samples are triggered, creating a unique remix every time a game is played. You can influence the direction of the ball by tilting the phone and if you're really skilled you can travel on the lightning bolt to earn bonus points. Occasionally clouds float across the screen obscuring the ball and making game-play a little bit harder… but you can clear the clouds with a quick shake of the phone. A global leader board allows you to match your score with other players around the world.

The App was created by Goldfrapp and Corporation Pop.

The band releases their brand new single “Believer” on September 7th through Mute. “Believer” is the latest single to be taken from Head First following the fantastic singles “Rocket” and “Alive”. ‘Believer” comes with a fabulous remix package including mixes by Vince Clarke, Subway, Joris Voorn and Davide Rossi.

Head First is Goldfrapp's most powerful trip to date, a speedy rush of synth optimism, euphoria, fantasy and romance. With life affirming lyrics and stellar production it lifts off at full tilt and takes us on a journey to the heart of 2010 and was described as “A heady delight” by People Magazine.


Land of Talk have unveiled the music video for “Quarry Hymns,” the second single from their recently released new album Cloak and Cipher (Saddle Creek). 
Check out the new video here:
Directed by Land of Talk regular Joseph Yarmush, the video was filmed at the Ukranian Federation in Montreal’s Mile End and produced by Petros Kolyvas. Using the theme of “Cloak and Cipher” as a springboard, the video evolved over the course of shooting much as the creation of the song itself, incorporating imagery from the songs lyrics which were penned brilliantly by Land of Talk’s Elizabeth Powell. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Laura Burhenn has had a busy year. She released What We Lose In The Fire We Gain in the Flood (Saddle Creek), her acclaimed debut album as The Mynabirds, and opened for everyone from Al Green to Built to Spill. Burhenn and her band also recently stopped by Daytrotter to record a session, which was just posted today. Click HERE to listen to them perform 3 songs off the album plus the new song “Lemon Tree,” which was recorded for the first time. The band is also about to hit the road on a national tour, including dates with Crooked Fingers and David Bazan.

After the break-up of her former band, Georgie James, Burhenn wrote a collection of songs that meditated on the themes of loss and recovery. She recorded the compositions with Richard Swift and the results are the ten tracks on What We Lose. A potent mix of soul, gospel, and country, Burhenn created The Mynabirds’ aesthetic based on how she thought Neil Young would sound doing Motown. Serendipitously, she later found out that Young once collaborated with Rick James for a Motown project under the name The Mynah Birds!

The Mynabirds Fall Tour Dates:

* = w/ David Bazan

& = w/ Crooked Fingers

09/02: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

09/03: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk&

09/05: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress&

09/06: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar&

09/07: Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland&

09/08: San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord&

09/10: Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern&

09/11: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios&

09/16: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall*

09/17: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick*

09/18: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace*

09/19: Montreal, QC @ Il Motore*

09/21: Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome*

09/22: Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear’s*

09/24: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl*

09/25: Washington DC @ Black Cat*

09/26: Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern*

09/27: Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle*

09/28: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl*

09/29: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In*

10/01: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits*

10/02: Orlando, FL @ The Social*

10/03: Tallahassee, FL @ The Engine Room*

10/05: Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree*

10/06: New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks*

10/07: Shreveport, LA @ The Collective

Watch The Mynabirds Daytrotter Sessions Now - Click Link!


Here is the official vid from Cee Lo Green off his upcoming release, THE LADY KILLER.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


"Fade Like A Shadow" is the latest music video from singer KT Tunstall. I like this video and this song is pretty catchy. I saw her a little over a month ago at the Hotel Cafe and it was more of an acoustic thing, which I like, but I must say I like the more upbeat KT!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Chromeo has a new record coming out and the boys stopped off in Hollywood over the weekend to give us a taste. Not only did they play a huge show at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, but they also hit up the studios at KCRW for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

I freaking love these sessions on KCRW! It's such a cool way to get a little behind the scenes vibe of the band.

If you missed it, check it out now!


A few weeks ago, I had the chance to see Harper Blynn live at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. Here's a little clip of their rendition of Beyonce's "Halo." It's truly one of the best versions I've heard in a long time. A longer clip coming soon, as well as my interview with Pete from HB. Check back soon!

Monday, August 30, 2010


Sufjan Stevens is set to release The Age of Adz, his first full length collection of original songs in five years, October 12 on Asthmatic Kitty Records. The album is available for pre-order now until September 25, with pre-orders receiving music digitally two weeks prior to the physical release date. The Age of Adz comes on the heels of Stevens’ All Delighted People EP, available for purchase now from most digital stores, and his 2009 film and musical suite The BQE. Stevens is planning a North American tour of large, elegant venues—including two nights at New York’s fabled Beacon Theatre and The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles—in support of the new record. With a dozen dates already sold out, Stevens will tour with his large ensemble performing alongside projections. See tour dates below. To pre-order album and for additional ticket information, go to

The Age of Adz (pronounced “odds”) differs from Stevens’ previous works in its lack of conceptual underpinnings. The album relinquishes the songwriter’s former story-telling techniques for more basic proclamations unhindered by concepts: there are few narrative conceits or character sketches, no historical panoramas, no civic gestures, no scene, setting, conflict, resolution or denouement. Rather, the themes developed here are neither historical nor polemical, but rather personal and primal: love, sex, death, disease, illness, anxiety and suicide all figure in the songwriting.

The title The Age of Adz is a reference to the apocalyptic art of Royal Robertson (1930—1997), a Louisiana-based sign-maker (and self-proclaimed prophet) who suffered from schizophrenia. Robertson’s work depicts his vivid dreams and visions of space aliens, futuristic automobiles, eccentric monsters and signs of the Last Judgment. Portions of Stevens’ album use Robertson’s work as an idealistic springboard and a selection of Robertson’s drawings (his primary media were poster board, magic marker, and glitter) appear throughout the album art.

Sufjan Stevens has released nine studio recordings since 2000 including the critically acclaimed Michigan and Illinois (the latter named the “Best Album of the Decade” by Paste); a 5-EP Christmas box set; Enjoy Your Rabbit, an instrumental electronic song cycle based on the animals of the Chinese Zodiac; and The BQE, a film and musical suite exploring New York City’s infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Run Rabbit Run, a recording of Enjoy Your Rabbit rearranged for the Osso String Quartet, was released in 2009 via Asthmatic Kitty.

Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz
1. Futile Devices - 2:11
2. Too Much - 6:44
3. Age of Adz - 8:00
4. I Walked - 5:01
5. Now That I'm Older - 4:56
6. Get Real Get Right - 5:10
7. Bad Communication - 2:24
8. Vesuvius - 5:26
9. All for Myself - 2:55
10. I Want To Be Well - 6:27
11. Impossible Soul - 25:35


October 12 Metropolis Theater Montreal, QC
October 13 Massey Hall Toronto, ON
October 14 Royal Oak Music Theater (SOLD OUT) Royal Oak, MI
October 15 Chicago Theater (SOLD OUT) Chicago, IL
October 16 Orpheum Theater Minneapolis, MN
October 17 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
October 19 The Long Center for the Performing Arts Austin, TX
October 20 McFarlin Memorial Auditorium Dallas, TX
October 22 Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater Mesa, AZ
October 23 The Wiltern (SOLD OUT) Los Angeles, CA
October 24 The Wiltern (SOLD OUT) Los Angeles, CA
October 25 The Paramount Theater Oakland, CA
October 26 The Paramount Theater (SOLD OUT) Oakland, CA
October 28 Orpheum Theater (SOLD OUT) Vancouver, BC
October 29 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR
October 30 The Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
November 1 Kingsbury Hall Salt Lake City, UT
November 2 Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
November 4 Hilbert Circle Theatre Indianapolis, IN
November 5 Bijou Theater (SOLD OUT) Knoxville, TN
November 6 The Tabernacle (SOLD OUT) Atlanta, GA
November 7 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, NC
November 9 The National Richmond, VA
November 10 Kimmel Center Philadelphia, PA
November 11 Orpheum Theatre (SOLD OUT) Boston, MA
November 12 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
November 14 Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT) New York, NY
November 15 Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT) New York, NY


My friend Cassandra and my trip to the Troubador to see Harper Blynn, started out as a frenzied panic when we realized that public transportation was going to take an hour longer than anticipated. Two an a half hours later we walked into the Troubador half-way through Harper Blynn's opener [fill in band name, I can't remember].  Since we both were starved, we grabbed some humus from the back (fantastic by the way) and munched away happily.  By the time Harper Blynn finished their sound check, the audience had doubled and were ready for the show.  I felt hesitant for the band to take the stage; In checking out Harper Blynn I was a little disappointed with what I heard on their MySpace page. But though I was doubtful, the audience was ready and excited.  And it was for good reason because by the time Harper Blynn's lights came up and the first chords sounded I knew that we were all in for a treat.  

The band features two talented front-men, complex vocal harmonies, and vocals from all members; they kept their audience entertained, engaged and dancing.  Harper Blynn's sound is in general an upbeat folk-garage band crossover, but they broke it up with powerful song reminscent of Mumford and Sons quiet, but building dramatics.  "The Loneliest Generation", their favorite song of mine, blew me away live. The passion I felt was missing from the recording surged through the space.  The concert's highlight was introduced by Pete as a song "for all you planning on getting laid and making love tonight."  Their rendition of Beyonce's 'Halo' grabbed the audience's attention, left no one with out a toe tapping, and may have surpassed the diva's version in my mind.  Sorry Sasha Fierce.  All in all, withhold judgement of this band till you see them live.

Blynn shows clear passion for their music- both the melodies and the lyrics- and the audience feels that passion.  Harper Blynn knows how to put on a show.