Friday, December 29, 2006

WOXY DJ Faves - 2006

All three WOXY DJs have posted their Top 20 favorite albums of 2006 and all three lists are excellent, but I think I like Mike's the most. Here are the lists:


1. Appreciation Night - Bound Stems
2. Return to Cookie Mountain - TV On The Radio
3. Someone To Drive You Home - The Long Blondes
4. I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass - Yo La Tengo
5. Passover - The Black Angels
6. The Eraser - Thom Yorke
7. Alright, Still - Lily Allen
8. Get Yr Blood Sucked Out - Viva Voce
9. Serena-Maneesh - Serena-Maneesh
10. Pet Grief - The Radio Dept.
11. Silent Shout - The Knife
12. Avatar - Comets On Fire
13. You In Reverse - Built To Spill
14. Orphans - Tom Waits
15. Be He Me - Annuals
16. Amber - Clearlake
17. Ballad Of The Broken Seas - Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
18. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
19. Gang Of Losers - The Dears
20. Carnavas - Silversun Pickups


1. Post War - M Ward
2. Everything All The Time - Band of Horses
3. Carnavas - Silversun Pickups
4. Ys - Joanna Newsom
5. The Crane Wife - The Decemberists
6. Get Lonely - The Mountain Goats
7. Be He Me - Annuals
8. Some Echoes - Aloha
9. Return to Cookie Mountain - TV On The Radio
10. Passover - The Black Angels
11. All This Time - The Heartless Bastards
12. Rabbit Fur Coat - Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins
13. Dust of Retreat - Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos
14. The Greatest - Cat Power
15. Get Yr Blood Sucked Out - Viva Voce
16. St. Elsewhere - Gnarls Barkley
17. Modern Times - Bob Dylan
18. The Life Pursuit - Belle And Sebastian
19. Silent Shout - The Knife
20. Movie Monster - Sound Team


1. Rabbit Fur Coat - Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins
2. Nightcrawler - Pete Yorn
3. Some Echoes - Aloha
4. The Eraser - Thom Yorke
5. The Warning - Hot Chip
6. Carnavas - Silversun Pickups
7. The Greatest - Cat Power
8. Appreciation Night - Bound Stems
9. Taking The Long Way - Dixie Chicks
10. Best Stop Pop - The Oohlas
11. The Life Pursuit - Belle And Sebastian
12. You In Reverse - Built To Spill
13. All This Time - The Heartless Bastards
14. Night Ripper - Girl Talk
15. Return To Cookie Mountain - TV On The Radio
16. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood - Neko Case
17. Rather Ripped - Sonic Youth
18. Hallelujah Sirens - Dirty On Purpose
19. Stromata - Charlotte Martin
20. All The Roadrunning - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris

Click on the links for their thoughts, track pics, etc. Just want to point out that Carnavas and Return to Cookie Mountain are the only albums that were on all three lists. And incase you haven't seen it yet, here's the station's Best of '06

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Orphan Code

Usually, I tend to wait for a band to schedule an NYC show before I post about them, but in this instance, I can't wait. A few years ago a friend of mine, told me about a band from Ireland called Nero and hooked me up with their This Isn't Time EP. After one listen I was hooked. It became one of my obsession EPs sort of along the lines of Mussels' Night Lights EP. This Isn't Time definitely fueled my Brit-pop obsession of a few years ago, along with Doves, Elbow, South, Travis, and others. After several unsuccessful attempts to see the bands live, and their move from Albany (where they were living while in the US) to San Francisco, I kind of gave up hope of seeing them live and lost track of them. Until now.

I recently was informed, by the same friend who introduced me to the band, that after moving to San Fran, the band eventually broke up and most of the band moved back to Ireland. Upon returning to Ireland, they soon reformed as Orphan Code. The band have just about finished up their debut album, and a bunch of songs are posted at their Myspace. Orphan Code have only done three shows so far, but I am told that they will begin touring very soon, and perhaps, will be coming to the US for some shows, possibly around the time of SXSW.

Stay tuned.

Reminder - The Antlers @ Sin-e - Tomorrow Night

Moved from 8:00PM to 10:00PM.


Mason Proper - Pianos - Wed Jan 24

Mason Proper - a timeline:

First - I read about the band at The Underrated Blog. "This Michigan band teeters on experimental just to the point that I can handle it." Hmmmmm. Sounds interesting. I download "100 Years" and "The World Is Smaller Than You Think," which are off of their debut album There Is A Moth In Your Chest. mmmmm. I want more of this.

Next - Went to their website and downloaded more mp3s here. Wow. These songs are great too!

Then - There Is A Moth In Your Chest comes in at number 32 on WOXY's Best of 2006. I'm impressed. I then go and download their WOXY lounge act from way back in May. Interest is peaked. Here's the mp3 of their lounge act:

Download MP3

And this is what WOXY had to say about it:

Mason Proper
Performed May 9, 2006

We invited this Michigan-based 5-piece down to play for us in the Lounge on the strength of their debut album "There Is A Moth In Your Chest."

All of the songs in their set are from this self-released disc. Their unique instrumentation and clever lyrics should please fans of The Flaming Lips and Grandaddy. The band will be out touring the midwest and east coast this summer.

Track Listing:
A Chance Encounter
The World Is Smaller Than You Think
- interview -
Miss Marylou Carreau
Lights Off
Carousel! Carousel!

Finally: An NYC date pops up on their Myspace. Pianos on Wed Jan 24th! Excellent!

How Can I Help...

...make this happen.

Seriously. I'll do whatever it takes. I'll buy season tickets. I'll get a $9 beer and $7 hot dog at every game. I won't boo when A-Rod makes another 6000 errors. Just let me know and I will do it.

"If the Yankees do trade Johnson, who is owed $16 million next year in the final season of his contract, New York would consider pursuing Barry Zito, the top available starting pitcher on the free-agent market"

YES!!! Zito! That's what I'm talking about.

Can we maybe throw Pavano into the discussions too? Kill two bums with one sword cane?

Man Man - Rad

Tix still on sale for their show at Bowery next Fri Jan 5 (same day tix for Arcade Fire go on sale).

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

the lymbyc systym - New Album, Back To NYC

#1 - the lymbyc systym have a new album coming out on Jan 23, 2007. It's called Love Your Abuser. Here's an mp3:

Truth Skull (mp3)

And you can listen to another song, "So We Can Sleep", at their Myspace.

#2 - the lymbyc systym are coming back to NYC for a Crashin' In show on Fri Feb 16. Here are the details:

Crashin'In Presents
(11:00pm) lymbyc systym
(12:00am) Mahogany
(1:00am) Relay
(2:00am) Hopewell

Friday Feb. 16, 2007
Galapagos, 70 N6th St., Williamsburg, NY
Cover $8

And finally, #3 - A video from a recent show in Chicago:


the lymbyc systym Touring With The Album Leaf
the lymbyc systym

Ron & Fez - On Free FM

So apparently it took another day to get everything sorted out, but on Wed Dec 20, Ron & Fez returned to NYC. I've been listening as much as I possibly can and I'm happy to report that the buddies haven't missed a beat and are just as funny as ever. This really is the best talk radio show out there. If you have never listened to their show, I highly recommend you give it a shot by tuning into 92.3FM in NYC or by going here and listening to the stream. They are on weeknights from 6:00PM - 9:00PM EST.


Ron & Fez - Back In NY????

Fantasy Football - The Movie

This is part 1 of a five part preview. All five can be seen here. For the record, I only have a fantasy baseball team. 4th place out of 12 teams this past year, and it was my rookie season. Yes, that is a loser stamp on my forehead.

Union Hall - This Friday - Dec 29

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Trash - Fri Jan 19

This lineup is STACKED.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Last Minute X-Mas Shopping Suggestion

Saw this today while out shopping. Oh my. Contains a reading by Dina Lohan! Almost bought it as a joke gift for someone. Only $9.72 at Amazon!

While out and about I also heard one of my all-time favorite X-Mas songs for the first time this year. I remember listening to this song on my dad's record player every X-Mas when I was a lil' guy. Here it is for you to download:

Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy's Christmas (Via Duke of Straw, via The Late Greats)

And here's another all-time fav via Pat's X-Mas Mix:

The Waitresses - "Christmas Wrapping"

Merry Christmas! or...Have a Wonderful Non-Denominational Winter Celebration!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Reminder - Subinev's Holiday Party - Tonight

Awesome. Mussels as robots. I love it:

It's happening tonight!

The Holiday Party
Doors 7:30, show at 8pm.
$7 cover
Union Hall - 702 Union St in Park Slope, Brooklyn
R train to Union Street, walk uphill one block, just past 5th ave.
Tim Williams (8pm)
Alina Simone (9pm)
Mussels (10pm)
El Jezel (11pm)
DJs Empty Homes (of Morning Theft) and Misdemeanor Piston before, between, and after the bands.
Mistletoe, anyone?
We'll have some cool giveaways at the show as well - thanks to Union Hall,, the Deli Magazine, Dovecote Records, and Serious Business.

Also, I'd like to announce a contest! I know, I never do contests. Well, here goes...

As you might have noticed, I've done
49 drawings of bands as robots this year. I wanted to do something special for band #50, so I thought I'd open it up to my readers. Send in (either in comments or email) your suggestion for a band to get the robot treatment - your favorite band, your own band, the band you think will be huge in '07, etc - just take a look at the list of bands I've already done in the dropdown to the right to make sure your suggestion isn't on there. I'll pick one of your suggestions (probably by an open vote) and I'll draw the band and send you a nice fancy print of it.

Lots more info on the show and the bands here.



This fine flyer, just like the KNOCKOUT! flyer and The Battering Room header, was done by Scott of Bunkre.

Check out what Pat has to say about this. I'll be posting much more about this very soon.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Live Blogging WOXY's Best of 2006

Have you been listening to WOXY's Best of 2006 countdown. Or discussing it? I have. And now that they have broken into the Top 50, I think I may start live blogging it. At least, if Blogger cooperates. Here's the list for far:

1. Built To Spill - You In Reverse (Fitting. Phew...done. BTW - If you don't have this album yet and you want it, go to Tower, because the last time I was there they still had TONS of them and they are probably only about $3 by now)
2. TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountian - (Great album. Hopefully Blogger can stay alive for the #1. It's on life support right now.)
3. Arctic Monkeys - What Ever Eveyone Says I Am I'm Not - (Got my vote for most over blogged band in the Gummies, and they won!)
4. Silversun Pickups - Carnavas - (Also makes sence. They got a ton of airplay)
5. Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time (Makes sence)
6. Hot Chip - The Warning (Were they really played on WOXY this much? Interesting...)
7. Thom Yorke - The Eraser (My #1. I'm happy with it at #7 here. What the fuck is wrong with P-Fork not even putting it in their Top 50. It's the beginning of the end for that site)
8. The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics (I like The Wand. Maybe a bit high)
9. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (See #19)
10. Birdmonster - No Midnight (#10. AWESOME. I guessed that it would be #11. My #5 Congrats B-monster! Rachael can stop worrying)
11. Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit (Meh)
12. Bound Stems - Appreciation Night (YAYAYAYAYAY!!! My #3. Love this album sooo much. You absolutely must get if it you don't have it already. But Shiv - why Western Biographic? No Colonel?)
13. Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
14. Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere (Where would this be on the list if you took Crazy off the album?)
15. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones (At least this isn't in the Top 10)
16. The Black Angels - Passover (Just got my hands on this one after seeing it on sooo many year end lists. Need to give it some more time)
A break! Thank you Shiv. Needed one. Bathroom - check. Food - check. Drink - check. Ready for more list!
17. Aloha - Some Echoes (Definitely didn't expect this album to be this high. My #34)
18. The Twilight Singer - Powder Burns (My friend Scott has been raving about this album to me, but he prefers Blackberry Belle)
19. Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twin (Mike pointed out how they can tell exactly when listeners tune out. This would be one for me. Hated the "I'm going to make a country solo album" trend of 2006)
20. Lily Allen - Alright, Still (FUN! Good way to break into the Top 20)
21. Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther (One of my Top 10 fav songs of 2006. My #29, although I like this at their 21)
22. Cat Power - The Greatest
23. Heartless Bastards - All This Time (I'm not in love with this band like the rest of WOXY is)
24. Metal Hearts - Socialize (mmmmm. This is right where it should be. My #20)
25. Forget Cassettes - Salt (Thought this would be higher. I think that it will stand up as a classic for years to come. If you haven't heard this album yet, get on that)
26. Tapes & Tapes - The Loon
27. Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That (I want some Funky Squaredance!)
28. The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers (A new White Stripes album can't come soon enough)
29. Gomez - How We Operate (Not my fav Gomez, but it is very good. Maybe a lil high on the list. Just missed my list)
30. Dirty On Purpose - Hallelujah Sirens (too high)
31. Rainer Maria - Catastrophe Keeps Us Together (zzzzz)
32. Mason Proper - There Is A Moth In Your Chest (Excellent. Pick. I'm getting back into this)
33. Cold War Kids - Robbers & Cowards (What a great song. Rachael guessed it.)
34. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Ballad Of The Broken Seas
35. Zero 7 - The Garden (I'm starting to get a lil bored. BTW - Discussing this list with Rachael of The Underrated Blog. So far, she has been very happy with Shivs song picks. Once this list is done, you should all go listen to The Blog Show over at Breakthru Radio.)
36. Secret Machines - Ten Silver Drops
37. Drive-By Truckers - A Blessing And A Curse (As I was saying... I wonder what this year's The Whole Fantastic World is going to be)
38. The Strokes - First Impressions Of Earth (This list is starting to get a bit to typical. I want more WOXYish picks)
39. Camera Obscura - Lets Get Out Of This Country
40. Beck - The Information
41. Asobi Seksu - Citrus
42. The Long Winters - Putting The Days To Bed (Love this one. Just missed my 40)
43. Goldfrapp - Supernature (I know others are big fans, I am not. So far, not crazy about the 40-50)
44. Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid And I Will Beat Your Ass (Not my cup, but yeah)
45. The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control (ok)
46. Wolfmother - Wolfmother
47. Mates of State - Bring It Back
48. The Decemberists - The Crane Wife (wow. 48??? Really?)
49. Irving - Death in the Garden, Blood on the Flowers (Meh)
50. The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea (ugg)
51. Clearlake - Amber
52. Say Hi To Your Mom - Impeccable Blahs
53. The Futureheads - News and Tributes
54. Apollo Up! - Chariots of Fire
55. The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine (WAY WAY too low)
56. Robert Pollard - From a Compound Eye
57. The Teenage Prayers - Ten Songs
58. The French Kicks - Two Thousand
59. Regina Spector - Begin To Hope
60. Destroyer - Rubies (Also way too low)
61. Headlights - Kill Them With Kindness
62. The Black Heart Procession - The Spell
63. Staggering Statistics - All Of This And More
64. Snowden - Anti Anti
65. Beirut - Gulag Orkestar (Should be higher)
66. Margot and the Nuclear So & So's - The Dust of Retreat
67. South - Adventures In The Underground Journey To The Stars
68. The Elected - Sun Sun Sun
69. Grandaddy - Just Like The Family Cat
70. Stereolab - Fab Four Suture
71. Cedars - Another Season
72. I Love You But I Have Choosen Darkness - The Fear Is On Our Side
73. Mojave 3 - Puzzles Like You
74. Oh No! Oh My! - Oh No! Oh My! (too low)
75. The Radio Dept. - Pet Grief
76. The Changes - Today is Tonight
77. Sparklehorse - Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain
78. The Walkmen - A Hundred Miles Off
79. The Hold Steady - Boys & Girls In America (Wow. Gummies #1)
80. The Long Blondes - Someone To Drive You Home
81. The Apparitions - As This Is Futuristic
82. Archie Bronson Outfit - Dardang Derdang
83. Cut Chemist - The Audience Is Listening
84. Tilly And The Wall - Bottoms of Barrels
85. The Knife - Silent Shout (P-Forks #1. HAHA. This is where it belongs)
86. Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
87. The Ms - Future Women
88. Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche...
89. Mew - And the Glass-Handed Kites
90. The Dears - Gang Of Losers
91. Figurines - Skeleton
92. The Black Keys - Magic Potion
93. White Whale - WWI
94. The Roots - Game Theory
95. Guillemots - Through The Windowpane
96. The Little Ones - Sing Song
97. The Turnbull A.C.s - The Trunbull A.C.s

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Thermals, Peter, Bjorn & John - Shows

The Thermals. Bowery. Sun March 4. Thanx to Jerry for the heads up.

Peter, Bjorn & John. Mercury. Mon Jan 29 and Tues Jan 30. Thanx to BV for the heads up.

And now for something completely hideous and offensive:

8' tall! Ugg. You urbanites are so lucky you don't have to look at this crap.

Pitchforks Top 50 Albums...

...vs. my 40 Favorite albums of 2006. Lets break this down:

None of their Top 10 is in my Top 10.

Only 4 of their Top 20 are in my Top 20.

6 of my Top 10 are not in their Top 50, including my number 1!

27 of my 10-40 are not in their Top Top 50, including Beirut. Very surprised that they snubbed that album.

A grand total of 33 of my 40 are not in their Top 50.

43 of their Top 50 are not in my 40, including 9 of their Top 10.

Albums in their Top 50 that wouldn't be on my Top 1000 list:

The Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes
Cat Power - The Greatest
Be Your Own Pet - Be Your Own Pet
Joanna Newsom - Ys

Albums in their Top 50 that I have given more time since making my 40, that I now feel would be in my list if I expanded it:

Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
Peter Bjorn And John - Writer's Block

While on the subject of albums that I would add to my year end list, here are a bunch more that should definitely be on it:

Sure Juror - Smut (Fucking. Awesome.)
Amusement Parks on Fire - Out of the Angels
The Rapture - Pieces of the People We Love
East River Pipe - What Are You On
Beat Radio - The Great Big Sea
Cornelius - Sensuous (I hesitated to put it on mine, because it has only been released in Japan, But I've seen it on so many other lists now, I think it should also be on mine. This is going to be one of those albums that will make 2007 lists tricky.)
Darc Mind - Symptomatic of a Great Ill (Same deal as above. The whole 'it being 10 years old thing' threw me off.)
Johan - THX JHN (Post about this coming soon)
Mahogany - Connectivity
Professor Murder - Professor Murder Rides The Subway (My #6 fav EP of 2006. 1-5 here.)
The Changes - Today Is Tonight

To summarize, I'll say this - Not a fan of P-forks list. Incase you haven't seen it, it's here.

Ron & Fez - Back In NY????

Hey New York: Break out your Big Ass Cards!

Holy crap! I've been waiting for this for a few years now. Ron & Fez, the best talkradio show ever could be returning to NY airwaves tonight! Just heard on O&A that they might be starting tonight at 6:00PM on Free FM. YES!!! I wasn't going to go out and get XM just for them. But after Howard left KRock and Free FM was born, I knew it was just a matter of time before they would be back. Got a little bit of a warm up over the weekend, listening to O&A's homeless shopping spree, which Fez was sort of a correspondent for. Just noticed that they had a Christmas Party in NYC this past Saturday. Must have missed them mentioning it on air, if they did. That probably would have been a lot of fun.

BTW - Liking this show don't make you a bad person.

Update: 6:00PM and no R&F. Some people seem to think that they may actually be on later tonight, possibly 8:00. Apparently stuff keeps changing at the Free FM homepage. Standing by..

Help Architecture In Helsinki... their new album.

Hey Y'all.

Just about to finish our new record in a town called Sydney on the island of Australia. We are all completely excited and demented about it. It is 11 songs long and full of surprises.

The whole thing was built with the help of our new friend from Brooklyn, New York, Chris Coady. The whole process has been totally awesome. But more about all that soon. Right now we need YOUR help. Help us find a name for it!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Sparta, mewithoutYou, Aloha - Tour

Sparta, me without you, and....Aloha? Hmmmmm.

Sparta (Myspace) - My interst in this band is a bi-product of my love of all things At The Drive-In. LOVE Wiretap Scars. Might be a desert island disc for me. Hell, when I got the email announcing this tour, I was wearing my Wiretaps Scars t-shirt. I also liked Porcelain, but not as much as Wiretap Scars. Haven't checked out Threes yet, probably because I was turned off by the marketing campain leading up to it. Regardless, I have seen the band live twice and they were excellent both times. Definitely wouldn't mind seeing them again. Especially at one of my favorite venues.

mewithoutYou - Don't know anything about this band, but after watching the videos at their Myspace, in particular the video of them acoustic at Vintage Vinyl*, it's pretty clear to me that this band could be worth seeing.

Aloha (Myspace) - I love this band. They are absolutely captivating live. Some Echoes is a great album, but Here Comes Everyone is where it's at for me. However, they are the curve ball of this lineup. I wonder what the more mainstream Sparta fans are going to think when they encounter this band.

We'll have to wait until the tour hits Warsaw on Sun Mar 11 to find out.

* - A truely ace record store in Jersey. I can't believe that this is the first time I have mention the store here.

Dick In A Box

Sad but true - I've had this song stuck in my head all day. It's official - Andy Samberg is the funniest SNL cast member and the star of the show. Bravo to Timberlake for a job well done as host this past weekend. And boo to me for writing up a post that was already done much better by these guys. Here's a crappy you tube:

The much better version is here.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Bad Veins - Download WOXY Lounge Act

I had heard mixed reviews of Bad Veins' recent NYC shows, so I made sure that I didn't miss their WOXY lounge act earlier today so that I could hear for myself. And I gotta tell ya, I thought they sounded great. Maybe it was the performance aspect of their shows that turned some (few) people off, because I can't see how they could have been disappointed with their music. Anyway, the super quick WOXY folk have the mp3 up already, so go download it:

Bad Veins
Performed December 15, 2006

Track Listing:
The Lie
Falling Tide
Fake Baby
You Kill

Here's the mp3

After playing, the guys stuck around forever and guest dj'ed. Turns out their taste in music is fantastic as well.

No NYC dates coming up, hopefully that changes soon. Here's their Myspace.

Pianos Fall Collection Benefit Concert - Tonight

Too much good stuff tonight!!!!

Friday. December 15th
Pianos - Fall Collection Benefit Concert
158 Ludlow St - NYC
Cost: $10
Doors: 7pm
The Rinse, Colour Revolt, Whitest Kids You Know, Mon.key.pod and others...

Matchless - Local Correspondents - Tonight

Another excellent option for tonight is happening at Matchless:

Get there in time for Sorry No Ferrari.

Fader Contest

Via Fader:

The first run of our Southern Comfort/FADER 7-inch series has arrived. For this limited-edition vinyl, we asked Lou Laurita to handle cover art duty, and got some of our pals to contribute unreleased jamz: M Ward and Jim James are featured on the A-side with “Magic Trick (Kansas City Remix),” then flip it over for Ladyhawk’s “Soap”. It’s not available in stores, but we do have copies for our loyal blog readers (that’s you). The first five folks to email us at and tell us the theme of M Ward’s 2005 album release will be sent a copy. For free! Get to Googling and get at us with your answers.

Check out this too.

(Thanx for the heads up Jake)

Reminder - Tonight - Neon Lights @ Delancey

More info here.


Lolita Bras - New Lineup Last Night @ The Annex

This past weekend, bad news came my way from one of my favorite NYC bands, Lolita Bras. Founding guitarist Hugh Crickmore, was leaving the band and Christian Doscher would be taking over, starting with their show at The Annex last night. Above is a pic from last nights show, with the new lineup. Feels weird not seeing Hugh there, after years of shows with him right next to Patrick. I hope the band can endure after leaving such an important piece. The band's next NYC show is at Matchless on Sat Feb 24.

The Antlers - Sin-e - Thurs Dec 28

Listen to some tunes at his Myspace.

Quiet, KY

While reminding you that The Mugs are playing at Galapagos tonight, I figured it would be a good time to point out that Quiet, KY will be there too. And tell you how much I have been enjoying their Find A New Place To Live EP. Their music sounds a lot like Elliot Smith and Earlimart, so it makes sense that Elliot Smith is listed first under Influences on their Myspace. At their Myspace, you can listen to a few songs from the EP, including my favorite, When I Wake.

ERMP - News, Merch, Photos, Video


Planning for the 2007 season has begun; our dates for next summer are confirmed, following a call from Parks today.

During this past summer’s concerts, you may have noticed the ERMP staff sporting some immensely stylish Oneida-designed t-shirts. These can now be purchased online, at our online store, in sizes from Youth Large all the way up to XL.

We now have groups set up on both Flickr and Youtube, if you’re inclined to join either or both.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Mr. Beery's - This Sat - Dec 16 - Correction

Not sure what the heck is going on over at Mr. Beery's. Up until today, Aeroplane Pageant and Slowlands were listed as playing there this Sat. Now they have been replaced with All Grown Up and Daydream Radio ZGP.


Well then.

At least Sorry No Ferrari are still playing.


Mr. Beery's - Sat Dec 16
Sorry No Ferrai

Pitchfork - Best Videos of 2006

If DoCopenhagen's post just wasn't good enough for you, go check out what P-fork has to offer. See guys, P-fork is not ALL bad. Just mostly bad.

Sure Juror - News

Good news from Sure Juror:

Our second record, SMUT, is finally available for purchase at our website It costs $6.50 plus $1.50 shipping. Thanks.

$8.00! Sold. You can listen to some songs from Smut at their Myspace. And if you don't have their first, self-titled album, go here and download it for free. And you can read all about the first album and more here. If you scroll down a bit, there are nifty lil' remarks for each song.

Bound Stems, Maritime, Oranges Band - Set Lists

Three of my most memorable shows of 2006:

Bound Stems - Mercury Lounge - Sat Oct 21

My first time seeing the band. I've seen them another 3 times since (all during CMJ), and all those shows were unique. One was an KEXP instudio, one was an "acoustic" performance, one was a forgetable show at Galapagos. This show was my favorite. Mercury was packed and buzzing and the band was feeling it. All of my favorite songs from Appreciation Night were played.

Maritime - Mercury Lounge - Sat Oct 21

Also my first time seeing this band. Fantastic set. The "hit" quality of their songs stands out even more when they're played live. This band is another one of those bands that deserve so much more, though at the same time, you want them to stay where they are so you can see them play at the Merc again.

The Oranges Band - Magnetic Field - Fri Dec 8

What a GREAT show last friday! First of all - the sounds was perfect. Well done MF sound guy. Each instrument was crisp and distinct. The band put together a fun set of mostly The World And Everything In It songs, although there were some older ones and a new song. Every day since this show, at some point during the day, I have thought to myself that I have to see them again soon. This show was a much needed escape from the frigid temperatures of last week. It was freezing outside, but their sunny, summery songs made Magnetic Field feel like June.

Reminder: Go see Bound Stems TONIGHT! @ Friction

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Michel Gondry - Rubiks Feet

Another "have you seen this yet?" video. Thanx Tripwire.

This is my 500th post! Dear god...

Oxford Collapse - Back To Glasslands - Feb 17

Oxford Collapse are back at Glasslands on Sat Feb 17. The date is not listed at their Myspace, but it is listed at Glasslands'. The last time they were there was with Chin Up Chin Up and it was complete madness. As (somewhat) seen in these pics from Pat's review.

Dappled Cities Fly - Webcast

Sean 'a reminder' posted about this the other day and I completely missed it until now. There was a webcast of a Dappled Cities Fly show last Tues Dec 5, and it is still available as an archive here. You should check it out. And their Myspace.

This band was #1 on Sean's poll of Austrailian bands and I thought they were quite good when I saw them at The Fader House during CMJ. Hopefully they come back to the states again soon. SXSW?

AWM @ The Loop Lounge - This Fri - Dec 15

Lolita Bras - The Annex - This Thurs - Dec 14

Paul Michel (8pm) • Lolita Bras (9pm)
The New Rivals (10pm) • The Hot Springs (11pm)

Sentimentalist / Crashin' In - Holiday Party

Rock on and ring into the holidays with Sentimentalist Magazine! Get a strong dose of winter cheer with great music, good times and delectable pizza! Come to Fontana's for our first annual holiday party on Sat, Dec. 16th.

* Moto:Rosa
* Right On Dynamite
* Mistakes
* The Bellmer Dolls

DJs: il (Kanine Records), Andy (Insound), Gerald (Other Music)
Doors open at 10:00 $8
Co-sponsored: Crashin' In, BloodSugar, Kanine Knights
Free pizza courtesy of our friends at L'Asso,
Drink specials TBA

Fontana's is located at 105 Eldridge St. between Broome and Grand in the Lower East Side.

Fun Times - Right Rides Benefit, BANDS

Benefit Concert and Raffle for RightRides
on Thur Dec 14 at 8pm
$8 (includes one raffle ticket)
at Cake Shop
152 Ludlow St (btw. Stanton and Rivington)
21 and over

High Places
These Are Powers (ex-Liars, Knife Skills) with Carla Rhodes
Crash Diet Crew
DJs Dan Selzer (Acute Records, NY Happenings) and Brian Price

raffle items:
Beacon's Closet - $50 gift certificate
Bluestockings - $25 store credit, one-year membership, tote bag
Bushwick Country Club - $100 bar tab
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) - two tickets to Spring 2007 show (depending on availability)
Film Forum - one-year dual membership
Kristin Hersh - two tickets to NY show (date tbd), drawing by Hersh
Insound - $30 gift certificate
Plexifilm - bunch o' DVDs (tbd)
The Public Theater - two tickets to Passing Strange
Sound Fix - $30 gift certificate
Studio Museum in Harlem - one-year membership

8pm Rebecca Capua
9pm Pythias Braswell
10pm Creaky Boards
11pm The Lisps

The show is $7 and is BYOB. More info here.

Sorry No Ferrari

Sorry No Ferrari are the guys that are playing with Aeroplane Pageant and Slowlands at Mr. Beery's this Sat. Since posting that, I looked into the band and I like what I hear. The band are from Atlanta and describe themselves as "instrumental math-rock." Go to their Myspace and listen two of songs from the bands debut album Oh Snap! and two from the their new EP, The Get Down Syndrome, which will be available Jan 2. The songs are a lil rough around the edges, but I like where they are going. The band is in the middle of an east coast tour right now, which includes the Mr. Beery's show and two other NYC shows:

Fri Dec 15 8:00P Matchless
Sat Dec 16 8:00P Mr. Beery's $5 w/ Aeroplane Pageant, Slowlands
Sun Dec 17 10:00P Club Midway $5 w/ EZ Machine 12:00PM, The Venus Transmission 11:00PM, The Holy Fingers 9:00PM

You can buy Oh Snap! here.

Obama - Monday Night Football

Did you see this last night?

Thom Yorke - From The Basement Videos

Thanx to Sean for pointing these out. I've had the mp3s. It's nice to now see the accompanying videos:

Down Is The New Up is here.

Videotape is just incredible. I prefer full band Down Is The New Up, but this version is very nice.


Nigel Goodrich TV Show!?!
Down Is The New Up

Monday, December 11, 2006

Apostle of Hustle - News, Download New Song

Via A&C:

Apostle Of Hustle's eagerly anticipated second album 'National Anthem of Nowhere" will be available February 6 in Canada, March 6 in the USA, and March 26 in Europe. Download "My Sword Hand's Anger" today by visiting here.

Love the new song! I wonder what the deal is with the rest of the band now. Last I heard, they were stolen by Feist. Anyone have any current info? You can also listen to "My Sword Hand's Anger" at their/his(?) Myspace. That is a great song name, btw.

I hope Andrew/the band announce(s) some tour dates soon.

The Changes - Download WOXY Lounge Act

The Changes were live in the WOXY lounge today. One of the best lounge acts I've heard in a while. Tracklist:

Such A Scene
When I Wake
No One Needs to Know
Her, You, and I

Download the mp3

Updated list of upcoming lounge acts:

12/14 Catfish Haven 3:00pm
12/15 Bad Veins 4:00pm
12/20 Buffalo Killers 4:00pm
12/21 The Hiders 3:00pm
1/12 (in)camera 4:00pm

Vote For Tokyo Police Club


The video:

And do yourself and the band a favor and go buy the ep, which is one of my favs of 2006.

Thom Is Posting The Eraser Remixes

Via DAS:

For anyone who has heard The Eraser, there are some remixes coming.


I got excited. I've been listening through. I mean. There's some freaky shit.

They may start appearing soon. Gradually. Briefly.
Just a taste. And then gone.


First there is Surgeon's Rmx of The Clock.
This was the one that made me think, we got to start getting these out.
I was chuffed he wanted to do it as think he is a MASTER.
He has turned it into something really hard. And disco.
Well what i call disco anyhow.
It made me very proud.

I hope it gets played in a club somewhere.
Not that i get out much nowadays.

Peace to us all during the festive season.



back to The Eraser rmxs.

there is a second rmx up now.. on ....this is a deranged twist of Analyse by Various Productions.
i got into them after hearing Hater off their Lp The World is Gone.

love and non-commercial type xmas with not much shopping to christmas compilations.



WOXY - Merch, The Changes


You asked for it....and now here it is, just in time for holiday gift giving! We've stocked the store with a newly designed, limited-edition t-shirt that commemorates our second (third?) coming. It features a distressed and phoenix logo printed on a unisex American Apparel 2001 Fine Jersey Short Sleeve T-shirt. You'll even see the old skool 'X' from our FM days providing the backdrop. Get yours for the low, low price of only $9.95, and have enough cash left over to buy one for the whole family!

ALSO, we have an extremely limited supply of super exclusive Planners! All new innards updated for 2007, of course. Make sure to get yours soon as they're guaranteed to sell out quick.

Click here to access the store. Hurry! All items are while supply lasts...

Those planners are super cool. If anyone is looking to get me something for X-Mas....

REMINDER: The Changes live in the WOXY lounge in about an hour.

BTW - Have you been enjoying the WOXY holiday mixer as much as I have?

Subinev's Holiday Party - Union Hall - Fri Dec 22

8pm Tim Williams
9pm Alina Simone
10pm Mussels
11pm El Jezel

More info here.


Friday, December 08, 2006

New Young Pony Club - No Ice Cream Tonight

Via their Myspace:

Hello, we won't be appearing at the annex tomorrow for the Anthem mag party, really sorry but you can still catch us at the Modular Party at White Heat on Sat 9th.


The Ponies

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Another Cornelius Video - Fit Song

Two Cornelius videos in one day! This one is by far my fav. Truely amazing. Noticed it over at Stereogum, where there is a third. If Sensuous had been released here in the US this year, it would have been close to the top of my Top 40 list.


Cornelius - Australian Tour, Coming To The US!
Cornelius - Music

Permanent Records - Best of 2006

Marjorie of Permanent Records, my favorite record store, has shared with me some of her favorites of 2006. Just like last year, her choices are much different than mine.

Favorites of 2006... so far…
Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Cat Power - The Greatest
Chad Vangaalen - Skelliconnection
CSS - Cansei de ser Sexy
Destroyer - Rubies
Field Music - ST
Jim Noir - Tower of Love
Kelley Stoltz - Below the Branches
M Ward - Post-War
Mission of Burma - The Obliterati
Page France - Hello Dear Wind
Pink Mountaintops - Axis of Evol
Richard Buckner - Meadow
Robert Pollard - From A Compound Eye
Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You….
Love is All -Nine Times That Same Song
The Knife - Silent Shout
Josef K - Entomology

Runners Up
Beck - Information
Built To Spill - You in Reverse
Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
Dirty on Purpose - Hallelujah Sirens
Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
Evens - Get Evens
Juana Molina - Son
Loose Fur - Born Again in the USA
Midlake - Trials of Van Occupanther
Psapp - The Only Thing I Ever Wanted
Rogers Sisters - The Invisible Deck
Scritti Politti - White Bread Black Beer
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Broom
Vert - Some Beans & an Octopus
William Elliott Whitmore - Song of the Blackbird
Wooden Wand - Second Attention

Delta 5 - Singles & Sessions 1979 - 1981
VA - Jamaica to Toronto Soul Funk & Reggae 1967-1974
Sitar Beat! - Indian Style Heavy Funk Vol 1

Judee Sill - Dreams Come True
Karen Dalton - In My Own Time
Marconi Notaro - No Sub Reino Dos Metazoarios

Songs of the Year
"Roscoe" Midlake
"Ever Thought of Coming Back" Kelley Stoltz
"Don't Know Why (You Stay)" Essex Green
"Velocity" Vert

New Discovery: (Thank you, Kerry Hinton)
John Cunningham - Happy-Go-Unlucky (2002)

Short Bus

Most Ambitious (doesn't quite cut it)
Roger Joesph Manning Jr - Land of Pure Imagination

DoCopenhagen's 50 Best Videos of 2006

This post is great. Well done. Perhaps a little too much The Knife, but that's ok. I love these:

Magnetic Field's 4 Year Anniversary Party

I'll be there tomorrow for The Oranges Band before going over to Sin-e for The Slats.

Super Furry Animals News

Via NME:

Super Furry Animals have enough material for three new albums, frontman Gruff Rhys has told NME.COM.

The band are currently mixing the follow-up to 2005's 'Love Kraft'. Rhys says that record, due out in the spring on the band's new label Rough Trade, will be a "speaker blowing" LP. But an orchestral album is also planned for release at some stage.

Speaking about the new material, Rhys said: "We just finished mixing the new record, but we're working on about three different Furries records at the moment. We've got so much music, which we'll put out gradually.

"We've got about 20 hours worth of music recorded. The next record's a bit of a racket. By the end of the last tour we had dumped all the slow songs are were just doing rocky numbers. At that point we were rehearsing a batch of new songs and that influenced their direction - they're pretty energetic and extreme. It's very melodic, and there are a couple of mellow tunes too."

Asked when the record would be released, Rhys stated: "At the moment, we're just trying to make sense of what we've mixed and we're having a period of reflection that we always have after finishing things. We're not in a mad rush, but the sooner the better I suppose."

Rhys, who releases his second solo album 'Candylion' on January 8, also disclosed how some of the other new material sounded.

He revealed: "We've got an orchestral record on the way too, completely instrumental. But that will take a while."

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Mr. Beery's - Sat Dec 16

Aeroplane Pageant and Slowlands are back at Mr. Beery's next Sat with Sorry No Ferrari. I like that band name. Show starts @ 9:00PM. $5 cover.

Same night as the Onion Holiday Party. Did you RSVP?

Didn't know about this show the other day when I put together this post.


Mr. Beery's - Sat Sept 23
Two Flyers For The Price Of One

The Slats - Sin-e - This Friday

My 40 Favorite Albums of 2006

Went with 30 in 2004. 50 in 2005. This year 40 felt right. Sticklers may not like that I've included The Loon and The Dust of Retreat. They may also not like that I've included Me, Myself, and Rye. I don't care. Here's my list:

1) Thom Yorke - The Eraser
2) The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
3) Bound Stems - Appreciation Night
4) Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine
5) Birdmonster - No Midnight
6) Islands - Return to the Sea
7) Oxford Collapse - Remember the Night Parties
8) Forget Cassettes - Salt
9) Maritime - We, The Vehicles
10) Destroyer - Rubies
11) Tapes 'N Tapes - The Loon
12) Jeniferever - Choose A Bright Morning
13) Girl Talk - Night Ripper
14) TV On the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
15) Slowlands - Never Was There A Town
16) Icy Demons - Tears Of A Clone
17) Chin Up Chin Up - This Harness Can't Ride Anything
18) The North Atlantic - Wires In The Walls
19) Man Man - Six Demon Bag
20) Metal Hearts - Socialize
21) Akron Family - Meek Warrior
22) The Slats - Boom Patrol
23) Forward, Russia! - Give Me a Wall
24) Russian Futurists - Me, Myself & Rye
25) Femme Generation - Brothers and Sisters, Alone We Explode
26) Margot & The Nuclear So & So's - The Dust of Retreat
27) Eagle*Seagull - Eagle*Seagull
28) Built to Spill - You in Reverse
29) Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther
30) Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
31) Annuals - Be He Me
32) Swan Lake - Beast Moans
33) Silversun Pickups - Carnavas
34) Aloha - Some Echoes
35) The Black Keys - Magic Potion
36) This Moment In Black History - It Takes A Nation...
37) White Whale – WWI
38) Crystal Skulls - Outgoing Behavior
39) Oh No! Oh My! - Oh No! Oh My!
40) Victory at Sea - All Your Things Are Gone

I reserve the right to tinker slightly with this up until Dec 31, but I probably won't. I also considered including 'buy' links, writing up a lil description of each album, and explaining why each is ranked where it is, but that would have taken forever, so...

Maybe I'll get around to doing some of that eventually, probably won't though. I'm such a bum.

Here's my Top 5 Favorite EPs of 2006.

PS - I try not to comment on leaked albums here, but this time I can't resist - Sound of Silver 2nd Best Album of 2007??? Hot damn, it is great. And obviously Radiohead - LP#7 will be numero uno. : p

The Grates - Flyer For Merc Show Tonight

Well done:

(Click twice to view full size)

Monday, December 04, 2006

Explosions In The Sky - Webster Hall

Yes, you most likely already know that Explosions In The Sky, one of my favorite bands, are going to be at Warsaw on Mon Feb 19 w/ Mountains (TIX) and The Wordless Music Series at the Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall on Tues Feb 20 (TIX). Well the band has just announced a full US tour in Mar of '07 and there is ANOTHER NYC date:

Tues Mar 20 - Webster Hall (PRESALE)

Hello everyone,

We're happy to say that our touring plans for next spring are coming together. We don't have all the shows confirmed as of yet, but we should soon. But pre-sale tickets for the shows that are confirmed are now on sale by clicking here. If you decide to get the pre-sale tickets you can avoid the absurd fees that the various ticketing agents of the world charge.

We should be adding more shows in the next few days. We'll also be touring this summer and into next fall, but we won't have any details about those shows for awhile. So if you don't see your city or country or continent on this initial tour then, please, don't be mad at us.
We will do our best to make it to as many places as possible over the next year or so.

Okay. Sorry for the long winded message. Thanks for caring.


Crackers United posted a new mp3 today. And here's Explosions In The Sky's Myspace.

Checking In With The KNOCKOUT! Bands

The Mugs have three upcoming NYC dates:

Fri Dec 15 Galapagos - Crashin' In Party w/ Quiet, KY and Seasick
Fri Dec 29 Union Hall
Sat Jan 27 Rockwood Music Hall

Weekend shows people! And here's more info on the Crashin' In show:

Friday Dec. 15
Cover $8

Crashin' In Presents:

Djs: Oil (Kanine Records), Toby Rascal (Kanine Records), and Gerald (Other Music)

Brit/Indie/PostPunk/Grime/Nu-wave/Remix Dance Tunes

(11:00pm) Quiet, KY
(12:00am) The Mugs
(1:00am) Seasick

Fullmetal Alchemist giveaways from Filter (including cool action figures, dvds, t-shirts, posters).

*new and old school sk8 videos projected on a huge screen all night long!

Lolita Bras have two upcoming NYC dates:

Thurs Dec 14 The Annex
Sat Feb 24 Matchless

Here are the set times for the Annex show next thurs:

8pm Paul Michel
9pm Lolita Bras
10pm The New Rivals
11pm The Hot Springs

Back to Matchless! Here are the set times:

8PM - Hans the Double
9PM - The Press
10PM - The Blue Hour
11PM - Lolita Bras

And last, but certainly not least, the show I am most excited about:

Mussels will be playing at Subinev's Holiday Party at Union Hall on Fri Dec 22 w/ El Jezel, Alina Simone, Tim Williams.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Scourge of the Sea - WOXY Lounge Act

The Scourge of the Sea performed live in the WOXY lounge this past Thurs Nov 30.

Download the mp3

Track Listing:

Goodbye, Darkness
Smitten Kitten
- interview -
Water Wings
Chocolate Chips

I've been listening to their album, Make Me Armored, a ton since getting my hands on it a few days ago. Some hints of Wilco and Okkervil River. Lead singer has kind of a James Taylor thing going on too. A very enjoyable listen to say the least. Listen to album versions of Smitten Kitten, Water Wings, and Goodbye Darkness at their Myspace.

Reminder: If you like what you hear, go see the band tomorrow night at Pianos.

Here's what's coming up in the WOXY lounge:

12/4 Robbers On High Street 11:00am
12/5 The Slip 10:00am
12/11 The Changes 3:00pm
12/15 Bad Veins 4:00pm
12/20 Buffalo Killers 4:00pm
12/21 The Hiders 3:00pm
1/12 (in)camera 4:00pm

The Changes and Bad Veins...excellent.

Top 5 Favorite EPs of 2006

1) The Most Serene Republic - Phages - Buy It

2) Tokyo Police Club - A Lesson In Crime - Buy It

3) Born Ruffians - Born Ruffians - Buy It

4) The Muggabears - Teenage Cop - Buy It

5) Up The Empire - Seaside - Currently Out Of Print