Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Vivian Girls - When I'm Gone


My favorite new band of last year, Vivian Girls, already has a new album, Everything Goes Wrong, coming out later this year. They released the first track off of it, "When I'm Gone," here.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Land of Talk on ABC

One of my favorite little bands, Land of Talk, got featured on ABC's Inside Amplified segment they've been doing. You can watch it by clicking the link below below.

Full show: Land of Talk - Inside Amplified

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Bonnaroo Videos

A full review with pictures to come, but here are some videos to appease:

Grizzly Bear


Wilco


Bruce Springsteen - Glory Days

Monday, May 25, 2009

R.I.P. Jay Bennett


According to the Chicago Sun-Times, former Wilco member Jay Bennett has died at the age of 45. The multi-instrumentalist that went solo after an inharmonious split with Jeff Tweedy and Wilco following the completion of their seminal album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. He made headlines recently for suing Jeff Tweedy for royalties due to him. There is no word on the cause of his death.

Monday, May 18, 2009

New Wrens: "Z"


Magnet has a new Wrens demo entitled "Z" on their Wrens Watch Page. The band is slowly working through new material for their next record, the long anticipated follow up to 2003's "The Meadowlands"
The Wrens - Z [MP3]

Radiohead/BSS Recording Next Records


According to Colin Greenwood (via BBC 6), Radiohead have entered the studio with longtime producer Nigel Godrich to begin recording their follow up to 2007's "In Rainbows." According the Greenwood, "It’s at the stage where we’ve got the big Lego box out and we’ve tipped it out on the floor and we're just looking at all the bits and thinking what’s next?" Whatever it is, I'm sure it'll have that Radiohead stroke of genius attached to it.


I missed this last week, but Broken Social Scene is also working on a new album that isn't a "BSS presents" record, but instead a proper follow up to 2005's "Broken Social Scene." Breaking from old producer Dave Newfeld, the band will work with Tortoise's John McEntire on the new record. Says band co-leader and supporter of love Kevin Drew, "It’s at the stage where we’ve got the big Lego box out and we’ve tipped it out on the floor and we're just looking at all the bits and thinking what’s next?" Well Kevin, if it's better than the BSS Presents records and as epic as "BSS" or "You Forgot it in People," then that will be good enough for me.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Listen to Wilco (the Album) Right Now!

The band is streaming it on their website, here. I'll provide a review when I've finished listening!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Changes Afoot

As my tenure as a DJ for WDUB has ended, this blog is going to be changing a little bit. Andrew and I are working on a way to make it better, but for now, expect to see more general posting as, come Monday, I'll be completely done with classes. I'm also trying to figure out the possibility of doing a podcast and the legality behind that, so stay tuned for more information! Now, how about some awesome stuff:

1. Wilco (The Album) Cover
Yep. This is it. And it's amazing.


2. Animal Collective on Letterman
Dave had a few jokes to go with AC's performance on his show last night, but their performance of "Summertime Clothes" is pretty awesome, especially the dancers. Check it out below.


3. New Jason Lytle Video
I was fan of Grandaddy, and I have to say that the new album from former front man Jason Lytle, Yours Truly, the Commuter, is fantastic. Here's the video for the track "I Am Lost (And the Moment Cannot Last)."

I Am Lost (And the Moment Cannot Last) from jason lytle on Vimeo.



4. New Regina Spektor
Regina has a new album, Far, coming out on June 23. Visit her MySpace to hear "Laughing With," a new song off the album.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Radio Cure 4/28/2009


Playlist:
1. R.E.M. - So Fast, So Numb
2. The Long Winters - Ultimatum
3. Land of Talk - Some Are Lakes
4. Broken Social Scene - MLD (Fast)
5. Jason Collett - I'll Bring the Sun
6. Headlights - TV
7. Phoenix - Consolation Prizes
8. The Strokes - Under Control
9. Elliott Smith - I Can't Answer You Anymore
10. Death Cab for Cutie - For What Reason
11. Wilco - Pot Kettle Black
12. The National - Driver, Surprise Me
13. The Wrens - She Sends Kisses
14. Rilo Kiley - The Good That Won't Come Out
15. The Mountain Goats - Palmcorder Yajna
16. Neil Young - Tell Me Why
17. Okkervil River - A Girl in Port
18. Andrew Bird - Sovay
19. Radiohead - Reckoner
20. DJ Shadow - Building Steam With A Grain of Salt
21. Metric - Hustle Rose
22. Ted Leo/Rx - Timororous Me
23. Arctic Monkeys - From Ritz to Rubble
24. Fountains of Wayne - Sink to the Bottom
25. My Morning Jacket - One Big Holiday
26. Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
27. Belle & Sebastian - Summer Wasting
28. Built to Spill - Twin Falls
29. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over the Sea

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Radio Cure 4/21/2009


Playlist:
1. Sonic Youth - Sacred Trickster
2. Deerhunter - Rainwater Cassette Exchange
3. Band of Horses - Cigarettes Wedding Bands
4. Los Campesinos! - Don't Tell Me To Do The Maths
5. Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
6. The Raveonettes - Aly, Walk With Me
7. Of Montreal - Id Engager
8. Passion Pit - Smile Upon Me
9. Animal Collective - In The Flowers
10. Andrew Bird - Tenuousness
11. Ra Ra Riot - St. Peter's Day Festival
12. Bon Iver - Lump Sum
13. Neko Case - Vengeance is Sleeping
14. The Decemberists - THe Hazards of Love
15. Vampire Weekend - Ladies of Cambridge
16. WIll Sheff - Ex-Girl Collection
17. Sun Kil Moon - Neverending Math Equation
18. Frausdots - Soft Light
19. Elbow - Powder Blue
20. Broken Social Scene - Almost Crimes
21. The Stills - Still in Love Song
22. The New Pornographers - Graceland
23. The Minus 5 - I'm Not Bitter
24. My Morning Jacket - Dondante (Live)
25. Wilco - At Least That's What You Said (Live)
26. The Hold Steady - Massive Nights (Live)
27. Belle & Sebastian - The Wrong Girl (Live)

The Lollapalooza Line Up Isn't That Bad


I was skeptical myself, but it really doesn't look too bad. Sure the headliners aren't great, but the further you go down the list, the better the bands get (See: Animal Collective, LC!, Bon Iver, Deerhunter, not to mention Andrew Bird, Of Montreal, and Band of Horses) Judge for yourself.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Radio Cure 4/14/09


Playlist:
1. Metric - Stadium Love
2. Gliss - Morning Light
3. Micachu - Vulture
4. Years - Kids Toy Love Affair
5. Hands and Knees - Midnight in the Applefield
6. Salim Nourallah - A Way To Your Heart
7. The Glass Family - There's a Red Light Waiting For You
8. Doves - The Outsiders
9. Gentleman Reg - To Some It Comes Easy
10. Say Hi - Hallie and Henry
11. St. Vincent - The Party
12. The Decemberists - The Queen's Approach/Isn't It A Lovely Night
13. My Morning Jacket - Hopefully
14. The Wrens - Hopeless
15. The Hold Steady - Ask Her For Adderall (Live)
16. The Long Winters - (It's A) Departure
17. Miniatrure Tigers - The Wolf
18. Ra Ra Riot - Ghosts Under Rocks
19. The National - The Geese of Beverly Road (Live Version)
20. Okkervil River - A King and Queen
21. Beirut - Nantes
22. The Arcade Fire - Ocean of Noise
23. The Shins - Saint Simon (Live) [Request]
24. Ed Harcourt - Let Love Not Weigh Me Down
25. Sparklehorse - Gold Days
26. Ambulance LTD - Heavy Lifting
27. Fountains of Wayne - Utopia Parkway
28. R.E.M. -All The Right Friends

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Radio Cure 4/7/09


Playlist:
1. Phoenix - Lisztomania [Link]
2. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - Nikorette [Link]
3. Jay Reatard - You're Gonna Lose [Link]
4. White Rabbits - Percussion Gun [MP3]
5. John Vanderslice - Fetal Horses [MP3]
6. Doves - Winter Hill [Stream]
7. Gentleman Reg - Coastline [Video]
8. God Help the Girl (Stuart Murdoch) - Come Monday Night [MP3]
9. Camera Obscura - The Sweetest Thing
9. Grizzly Bear - He Hit Me
10. Crystal Stilts - Shattered Shine [Link]
11. The Pains of Being Pure Heart - The Tenure Itch
12. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Cold Spring
13. Great Lakes Swimmers - She Comes To Me in Dreams
14. The Long Winters - The Commander Thinks Aloud [LInk]
15. The National - Mistaken For Strangers [Link]
16. Okkervil River - It Ends With a Fall [Link]
17. The Wrens - Per Second Second [Link]
18. Ted Leo - Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone? [Link]
19. Ben Sollee (ft. Jim James) - Only a Song
20. Daniel Martin Moore - Stray Age
21. The Mountain Goats - Ontario
22. A Band of Bees - Got To Let Go
23. Yo La Tengo - Deeper Into Movies
24. MGMT - Kids [Request]
25. The Thermals - Liquid In, Liquid Out

Thursday, April 2, 2009

"Licorice!"

Watch the worst ever cover a song ever documented in the history of all music.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Radio Cure 3/31/09


Playlist:
1. Miniature Tigers - Cannibal Queen
2. Bob Dylan - Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
3. St. Vincent - Actor Out Of Work
4. The Decemberists (Feat. My Brightest Diamond) - The Queen's Rebuke / The Crossing
5. Cosmos - Hail Mary
6. Death Cab for Cutie - My Mirror Speaks [Stream]
7. Red House Painters - Byrd Joel
8. Apples in Stereo - King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 3
9. Broken Social Scene - Complications
10. The New Pornographers - Don't Destroy The Night
11. The Shins - Plenty is Never Enough
12. St. Vincent and The National - Sleep All Summer
13. Ted Leo/Rx - The Numbered Head
14. Times New Viking - Neighborhood #1
15. John Vanderslice - Time Travel is Lonely
16. John Vanderslice - Nikki Oh Nikki
17. John Vanderslice - Pale Horse
18. John Vanderslice - Trance Manual
19. The Mountain Goats - The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton
20. The Mountain Goats - Family Happiness
21. The Mountain Goats - This Year
22. The Mountain Goats - Genesis 19 1-2
23. The Mountain Goats - No Children
24. The Mountain Goats - Then The Letting Go
25. Hot Hot Heat - Bandages [Request]
26. The Mountain Goats & Kaki King - Thank You Mario, But Our Princess is in Another Castle [Request]
27. Jim Guthrie - So Small
28. Mirah - Gone Sugaring
29. Travis - Writing To Reach You
30. Headlights - Lions
31. Rilo Kiley - Love and War (11/11/46)
32. Ryan Adams - This Is It
33. Sleater-Kinney - Sympathy

Friday, March 27, 2009

Wilco Unveil More Album Info


Though there's still no title, release date, or firm tracklist, Wilco spilled some info on their new album that's supposedly coming out in June. They confirmed that the Tweedy-Feist duet "You and I" will in fact be on the album, as well as releasing the below list of songs that may or may not be on the album:
"Deeper Down"
"Conscript (aka I'll Fight)"
"One Wing"
"Solitaire"
"Wilco (the song)"
"Country Disappeared"
"Everlasting"
"Bull Black Nova"
"Sonny Feeling"
"You and I"

I really hope that "Conscript (aka I'll Fight)" is the song "Let's Fight" that the band played at their 2006 Lollapalooza show. I was pretty surprised it didn't make it on Sky Blue Sky, but hopefully we'll see it here. The other tracks I've heard, "Wilco (the song)," "One Wing," and "Sonny Feeling" are all pretty good. Based on those, it's doubtful this is going to be another groundbreaking album a la Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but it will be a pretty damn good album that's fun to listen to.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Radio Cure 3/24/09


Playlist:
1. Camera Obscura - French Navy
2. The Thermals - When I Died
3. Bon Iver - Skinny Love [Request]
4. Metric - Sick Muse [Stream]
5. Phoenix - Lasso
6. Jason Lytle - Brand New Sun [Stream]
7. Grizzly Bear - Cheerleader [Link]
8. Death Cab For Cutie - Little Bribes [Stream]
9. Doves - Kingdom of Rust [Video]
10. Crystal Stilts - Love is a Wave [Link]
11. Wavves - Gun in the Sun
12. Voxtrot - Trepanation Party [MP3]
13. Apostle of Hustle - Perfect Fit [Link]
14. The Boy Least Likely To - Saddle Up
15. Vampire Weekend - White Sky
16. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Indiana
17. Coconut Records - West Coast
18. Ra Ra Riot - Dying is Fine
19. Charles Spearin - Anna
20. Great Lake Swimmers - Palmistry
21. Okkervil River - Westfall
22. Old 97's - The Fool
23. My Morning Jacket - Steam Engine
24. Neko Case - People Got a Lotta Nerve
25. The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
26. Fountains of Wayne - Denise
27. The Jesus and Mary Chain - I Hate Rock n Roll
28. The Raveonettes - Rave On
29. The Magnetic Fields - California Girls

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Some Covers

Here's a good friend of mine who is going to be on the show tonight. He's awesome!

This is Ben Folds Luckiest



Here's MGMT's Kids



Check YouTube for some more. Expect some more good ones in the future. I'm working with him to arrange a complete acoustic version of Daft Punk's Discovery. So stay tuned!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Concert DVD Previews

This year was already shaping up to be a good year for new albums, but the concert DVDs coming out are also looking to be incredible. In addition to the Arcade Fire's Mirror Noir (couldn't find a trailer, sorry), both the Hold Steady and Wilco are releasing live DVDs in the coming months. I have the trailers for both below, and both look terrific. Enjoy!

The Hold Steady - A Positive Rage

[Via Stereogum]

Wilco - Ashes of American Flags

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

BIG NEWS: The Radio Cure is Expanding!


Do you ever feel like listening to The Radio Cure only once a week isn't enough? Well we have some good news for you! Starting on Thursday, March 26, I'll be hosting a new, second show on WDUB! There was a hole in our programming schedule that needed to be filled, so I'll be filling it every week on Thursdays from 1:30-3:30 PM. The new show will have a different title and perhaps a different title, but the one thing that I can guarantee is that it'll be two hours of fantastic music! Even better is that it will be the show right before Radio Free Granville, the show hosted by my good friend and occasional co-host Jon, so there will be a solid four hours of quality tunes on WDUB! I'll have more information, including the new title, after I return from Spring Break.

That also reminds me to remind you that next week, there will not be a Radio Cure as Denison will be on Spring Break and WDUB will be shut down. Not to worry though, I'll be back the next week with more music than you can shake a stick at!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Radio Cure 3/10/09


Playlist:
1. Neko Case - This Tornado Loves You
2. St. Vincent - The Strangers [MP3]
3. Cryptacize - Blue Tears [Link]
4. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Statues [Link]
5. Foreign Born - Vacationing People [Link]
6. Sebastian Grainger - American Names
7. The Minus 5 - Retrieval of You
8. Now It's Overhead - Wonderful Scar
9. Say Hi To Your Mom - Let's Talk About Spaceships
10. R.E.M. - Undertow
11. The Lemonheads - It's a Shame About Ray
12. Freedy Johnson - Bad Reputation
13. Sugar - Your Favorite Thing
14. Nick Lowe - Cruel To Be Kind
15. Luna - Rememories
16. Marcy Playground - Sex and Candy [Request]
17. The Pale Pacific - Sucker Punch
18. Grandaddy - Crystal Lake
19. Deerhunter - Vox Celeste
20. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Young Adult Friction
21. Peel - Sliding Doors
22. Dr. Dog - Find the River [Link]
23. White Rabbits - Kid On My Shoulders
24. The Walkmen - Thinking of a Dream I Had
25. The Hold Steady - Cattle & The Creeping Things
26. Art Brut - Just Desserts
27. Andrew Bird - The Happy Birthday Song

The National on P4K TV

The National did a live version of their fantastic Dark Was the Night song "So Far Around the Bend" for Pitchfork.tv that's up today. The compilation's co-creators, Bryce and Aaron Dessner, talk a little bit about the awesome album and then the band plays the track.

Friday, March 6, 2009

New St. Vincent - "Strangers"


I've been swooning over the georgous music of Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent since her 2007 debut, "Marry Me." Well Clark is back with a new one, "Actor" out on May 5, and I found today, via her Twitter, that she had a new song, "Strangers" up for download. Over a pretty clicking beat, Clark loops her own voice singing, "Make the black hole blacker." If this song is any indication, "Actor" will be towards to the top of a very crowded best of 2009 end of the year list.
St. Vincent - Stranger [MP3]

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wilco + Feist = Greatest Collaboration Ever


Yep. Better than a PP&J. According to Pitchfork my favorite band and one of my favorite solo artists are joining forces for a song on the new Wilco album called "You and I." It'll be an interesting combination, seeing as Jeff Tweedy has a great folksy voice but Feist has a beautiful, soulful voice. Either way, I think the new Wilco record just pushed past the Grizzly Bear record as my most anticipated of the year.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Radio Cure 3/3/09


LIVE PLAYLIST:
1. Art Brut - Alcoholics Unanimous
2. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
3. Say Hi - Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
4. Asobi Seksu - Glacially
5. Deerhunter - Little Kids
6. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Come Saturday
7. Vivian Girls - Second Date
8. Swan Lake - Spanish Gold 2044
9. Wilco - One Wing (Live at Lollapalooza)
10. Wilco - Sunny Feeling (Live in Indianapolis)
11. Wilco - Wilco (The Song) (Live on the Colbert Report)
12. Grizzly Bear - Little Brother (Electric)
13. Frank Turner Photosynthesis
14. Billy Bragg - Ingrid Bergman
15. Andrew Bird - Masterwarm
16. Blur - This is a Low
17. Band of Horses - Monsters
18. Apples in Stereo - Skyway
19. David Werner - Imagination Quota
20. Status Quo - Pictures of Matchstick Men
21. Travis - Midsummer Night's Dreamin'
22. The Lemonheads - Mrs. Robinson
23. The Thermals - Here's Your Future
24. Ted Leo/Rx - The Anointed One
25. Sparklehorse - Someday I Will Treat You Good
26. Spoon - My Mathematical Mind
27. Guided By Voices - Blimps Go 90
28. U2 - No Line on the Horizon

Monday, March 2, 2009

Grizzly Bear Galore

Grizzly Bear's performance last night with the Brooklyn Philharmonic has been all the buzz on the interweb today, with videos popping up everywhere. I've been looking for a recording of the show, but even the always reliable nyctaper wasn't allowed to tape it. Maybe the band will release it on their own...and by maybe, I mean I really really hope so. Here's a couple videos in the meantime.
Deep Blue Sea

Grizzly Bear encore Deep Blue Sea at BAM from lofi.tv on Vimeo.

Colorado

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Radio Cure 2.24.09


Playlist:
1.Phoenix - 1901
2. Vivian Girls - Lake House
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
4. The Hold Steady - Atlantic City
5. TV on the Radio - Heroes
6. Swan Lake - Spider

7. A.C. Newman - The Palace at 4 AM
8. Crystal Stilts - The Dazzled
9. Of Montreal - Nowhere Man
9. The Little Ones - Cha Cha Cha
10. Charlie Feathers - That Certain Female (Request)
11. Lotus Plaza - Quicksand
12. Luna - The Alibi
13. Sea Wolf - Black Dirt
14. Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks (Live on Letterman)
15. Grizzly Bear - While You Wait for the Others
16. Buck 65 - Roses and Bluejays
17. Thom Yorke - Reckoner
18. The Mountain Goats - Family Happiness
19. Bon Iver - Creature Fear
20. Clem Snide - The Endless Endings
21. Lucinda Williams - Drunken Angel
22. Aimee Mann - Ghost World
23. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down - New One
24. Fanfarlo - Luna
26. Neutral Milk Hotel - Ghost
27. Neutral Milk Hotel - Untitled
28. The Gerbils - Is She Fiona
29. Athlete - El Salvador

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Radio Cure 2/17/09


Current Show Status: LIVE!
1. The National - So Far Around the Bend (Stream Link)
2. Los Campesinos! - Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1
3. Sea Wolf - You're a Wolf (MySpace Link)
4. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Wind Pheonix (MySpace Link)
5. Deerhunter - Agoraphobia
6. The Raveonettes - Love Can Destroy Everything
7. Flight of the Conchords - Carol Brown
8. Elliott Smith - Stickman (Link)
9. Clem Snide - Hum
10. The Arcade Fire - Lenin
11. Feist + Ben Gibbard - Train Song
12. Bon Iver - Brackett, WI
13. Grizzly Bear - Deep Blue Sea
14. The Decemberists - Sleepless
15. Spoon - Well-Alright
16. My Morning Jacket - El Corporal
17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
18. Vivian Girls - No
19. Belle & Sebastian - Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying
20. Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken
21. M. Ward - For Beginners
22. Antony & The Johnsons - Kiss My Name
23. John Vanderslice - Coming and Going on Easy Terms
24. The Mountain Goats - Southwood Plantation Road
25. The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
26. Liz Phair - Don't Apologize
27. The Long Winters - Teaspoon
28. Guided By Voices - King & Caroline
29. The Nerves - When You Find Out
30. Animal Collective - No More Runnin

Monday, February 16, 2009

Elliott Smith's "Basement" Demos


In my daily sweeps of the best music blogs, I managed to find on Rawkblog a zipped file of unheard Elliott Smith tracks from his final recording sessions, those for "From a Basement on the Hill." Being a huge fan of Elliott's work, I went to check it out, which brings me to a few rants and raves. First off, several of the tracks actually were on "Basement," so just a heads up on that first. Secondly, there is a cover of the Beatles' "I'll Be Back," (improperly labeled as "If I Fell") which is fantastic. For die hard Elliott fans, a lot of these tracks have been floating around for a while, but it was nice to get a version of "Mr. Good Morning" with lyrics and I was surprised to find that the old Figure 8 Demo "Tiny Time Machine" now has lyrics as "Suicide Machine." There are currently no announced plans to release any more of Elliott's work, now over five years since his death, so for now, leaks will have to do.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Videos For Your Weekend

Since we don't always do the greatest job of posting, I thought I'd provide a little treat: a round up of some of the best videos of live performances. Enjoy!

Los Campesinos! - Death to Los Campesinos!


Land of Talk - Some Are Lakes


Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks


Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Concert Review: Titus Andronicus/Los Campesinos!


Having gone since CMJ without a concert, last night's Titus Andronicus/Los Campesinos! show as at the Wexner Center was greatly welcomed. With high expectations for both bands, (especially LC!, my Artist of the Year for 2008) I'm pleased to report I was not disappointed at all.

Openers Titus Andronicus have been on a roll recently, with their debut album The Airing of Grievances getting rereleased. Coming on stage to a monologue presented by a 1960's teen screaming about rock and roll, Titus Andronicus started rocking and never stopped. The howl of lead singer Patrick Stickles was barely decipherable, but it hardly mattered. The band barreled through most of Grievances and let their raucous sound fill the venue, an odd set up where a smaller stage is set up on the big stage of the Mershon Auditorium. The set was also peppered with a cover of the Modern Lovers' "Road Runner" and at one point, they broke down into the classic "Wipeout." This is a band to keep an eye on. They might not reach epic heights, but they seem like they're going to go places.

By the time Los Campesinos! took the stage, the place was packed and ready to go. Drawing equally from their two LPs, Hold on Now Youngster and We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, the band never slowed down. LC! is a blast to listen to on their albums, and the energy emitted by the band in concert is contagious. At the start of the show, the hipsters all sort of bopped their heads, but by the time band finished their encore, everyone was exhausted from dancing. The highlight of the show was easily "You! Me! Dancing!," the band's most recognizable track. When guitarist Tom Campesinos! began playing the intro riff to the song, the crowd erupted in applause. When the song broke wide open, the crowd became a mob of dancing, screaming the lyrics back at the band and bopping along. In between tracks, lead singer Gareth Campesinos! entertained with witty banter that rivals that of Jeff Tweedy. Closing their main set with "Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks" and doing an encore of "Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats," Los Campesinos! left their crowd dizzy in the after shock of an epic show.

After the show, I had a chance to meet Gareth at the merch table. A super nice guy, he right off the bat noticed my Vivian Girls t-shirt and told me where it might be best to trim the collar. After I told him I'd been to Spillers, a record store in Cardiff, we ended up having a conversation about Bath, the city in England where I studied abroad and he lives. It's always cool to meet a musician you enjoy, but even better when you can actually talk to them.

I must say that this show was one of the best shows I've seen in a while. Not since My Morning Jacket back in October have I rocked this hard. A huge thumbs up to both bands.

Grade: A+

NOTE: My memory card is messed up, so my pictures of the show will be a bit delayed. Check back and hopefully I'll get them up soon.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Radio Cure 2/10/09


Show Status: Over :-(
Tracklist:
1. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Everything With You [Link]
2. The Thermals - Now We Can See[MP3]
3. Wavves - So Bored
4. Bishop Allen - Dimmer [MP3]
5. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career [Link]
6. Great Lakes Swimmers - Pulling on a Line [Link]
7. Clem Snide - Beard of Bees [Full Album Stream]
8. Here We Go Magic - Tunnelvision [MP3]
9. Port O'Brian - Is This Really What Its Come To? [MySpace]
10. Animal Collective - Daily Routine
11. Arcade Fire - Surf City Eastern Block
12. Grizzly Bear - Colorado
13. Yo La Tengo - You Can Have It All
14. Amanaz - Khala My Friend [MP3] (Thanks to GvB)
15. Little Joy - Brand New Start
16. Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) - Liner
17. Real Estate - Fake Blues
18. Moscow Olympics - Still
19. Ferris Wheel - Lay Down [Link]
19. Titus Andronicus - Titus Andronicus
20. Los Campesinos! - The International Tweexcore Underground
21. R.E.M. - Gardening at Night
22. Sleater-Kinney - Oh!
23. The Replacements - Alex Chilton
24. Los Campesinos! - We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
25. Guided By Voices - Motor Away
26. The Shins - Fighting in a Sack
27. N.A.S.A. - Spacious Thoughts

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Radio Cure 2/3/2009


Be sure to tune in tonight from 7:30-9:30 EST for the Radio Cure for a special, jam packed show. In addition to the normal mix of new and awesome music, I'll be doing a segment on the Bonnaroo lineup as well as a tribute to Buddy Holly on the 50th Anniversary of his death. You can listen live at 91.1 FM in the Granville area, or stream it online here. If you caught the show and liked what you heard, or in case you missed it, here's the playlist:
1. Little Joy - Keep Me In Mind
2. Peter, Bjorn, and John - Nothing To Worry About
3. Here We Go Magic - Fangela
4. MGMT - Electric Feel
5. Oxford Collapse - Young Love Delivers
6. Tangiers - I Don't Love You
7. Real Estate - Black Lake
8. Metric - Help, I'm Alive
9. Passion Pit - Cuddle Fuddle
10. Amadou & Miriam - Sabali
11. Pedro - Hope is a Happiness
12. Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away
13. M. Ward - Rave On
14. John Martyn - Glory Box
15. Weezer - Buddy Holly
16. Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes
17. Yeasayer - 2080
18. Okkervil River - The Latest Toughs
19. Wilco - Hate it Here (Live)
20. Ted Leo/Rx - The Great Communicator
21. Band of Horses - Wicked Gil
22. Neko Case - Some People Got a Lot of Nerve
23. Andrew Bird - Oh No
24. Bon Iver - Beach Baby
25. Wrens - Marked Up
25. Deerhunter - Never Stops
26. Feist - I Feel it All (Britt Daniel Remix)
27. Radiohead - Nude (Hipster Runoff Remix)
27. Radiohead - Faust Arp
28.. Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue Got Married

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Wrens Weren't Kidding


The Wrens sure weren't kidding when they said they were back. On the coattails of their first new single since "The Meadowlands," the Wrens have since released not one, but two new demos from their recording sessions. The first, an untitled track, can be found here, thanks to the wonderful folks at Magnet, and the second, a song called "Marked Up," found here, was posted by the good folks at Stereogum. I'm pretty excited about them both and absolutely can't wait for the new record!
EDIT: It appears both songs are the same. Sterogum failed to mention that and I posted before listening. My bad.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Did the Best Song of the Year Come Out in January?

Animal Collective have been really burning up the interweb as of late. It appears that they're either a great band or the greatest band ever. The accolades are not undeserved, as the band has truly put out their masterpiece with their newest album Merriweather Post Pavilion. The second track on the album, "My Girls" is definitely as good as advertised. The swell of the Panda Bear's echoing voice comes over dance hall beats and fills you with the urge to dance. Pitchfork just got the video, which is below. It looks like we have a contender for song of the year, and it's not even February yet.

Monday, January 12, 2009

NEW WRENS SONG!


Even as I write this, I can't quite believe it. After reading an email from the band, I dashed over to their website to download the track via iTunes. The song is called "Pulling Fences," and was recorded live at Abby Road Studios for a recording of the WorldSpace Sessions. Apparently, the band had made a pact to make up a song on the spot should they ever get on a TV show or something, and so they took a demo they'd never played together before and played it. The song is available as a single on their website, right now! Also, it appears they're going to start recording a new album next week, and will be posting demos on their website as they come along. Just the possibility of a new Wrens record this year makes me optimistic for the future!