Archive | January, 2010

Breaking: Midlake announces tour with Matthew and The Arrogant Sea

31 Jan

Midlake announced the second leg of their US tour, an they’re taking Denton’s MATAS out with them. Dates are as follows.

Mar 1 2010 8:00P
Plush  Tucson, Arizona
Mar 2 2010 8:00P
Belly Up Tavern  Solana Beach, California
Mar 3 2010 8:00P
El Ray Theater  Los Angeles, California
Mar 4 2010 8:00P
Great American Music Hall  San Fransisco, California
Mar 5 2010 8:00P
Van Duzer Theater  Arcata, California
Mar 6 2010 8:00P
Wonder Ballroom  Portland, Oregon
Mar 7 2010 8:00P
Nightlight Lounge  Bellingham, Washington
Mar 8 2010 8:00P
Biltmore Cabaret  Vancouver
Mar 10 2010 8:00P
Burts Tiki Lounge  Albuqureque, New Mexico
Mar 11 2010 8:00P
The Bluebird Theater  Denver, Colorado
Mar 12 2010 8:00P
Jackpot Music Hall  Lawrence, Kansas

Track of the Weekend: Times New Viking–No Time, No Hope

30 Jan

Times New Viking (Courtesy: Matador Records)

(Note: Due to the sheer number of submissions we receive there is no way we can give each and every album the attention (and word count) they deserve, but we can devote time to at least one song from each. So we started this feature to give worthy bands, and their music a spot to shine. We hope this helps you discover new and exciting acts, and as always if you enjoy the music please make an attempt to support the artist by either attending a show, or buying a record.)

Since Jaime has left me in charge for the weekend, I am opening this thing with a little gripe session. I’m sick, with tonsillitis. My throat is sore, my tonsils are gross and swollen to twice their size. I’m weak and weary. But I can’t fall asleep because of my medication. As I write this, it’s almost 6 a.m. and I am currently wondering whether I will make it out of bed today.

But, dammit, there’s a Yo La Tengo show at The Granada tonight. And I’m going to it, even if my friends have to carry me there (or, you know, to and from the car … not all the way to Dallas).

Speaking of the Yo La Tengo show, Times New Viking, their Matador labelmates, will be opening. Jaime has expressed his disdain for the band, and I have expressed my thoughts to the contrary. But here’s a chance to listen for yourself. Here’s “No Time, No Hope”, from their 2009 album Born Again Revisited. (And just as I did for Yo La Tengo, I’m giving you the video AND the mp3. You’re welcome.) Continue reading

Track of the Day: Yo La Tengo–Nothing to Hide

29 Jan

(Note: Due to the sheer number of submissions we receive there is no way we can give each and every album the attention (and word count) they deserve, but we can devote time to at least one song from each. So we started this feature to give worthy bands, and their music a spot to shine. We hope this helps you discover new and exciting acts, and as always if you enjoy the music please make an attempt to support the artist by either attending a show, or buying a record.)

By Jesseca Bagherpour

I don’t know about you, but I’m extremely excited about tomorrow’s Yo La Tengo show at The Granada. Matador has long been one of my favorite labels, and Yo La Tengo is one of my favorite bands on their roster. I’ve never seen them live and when I found out they were coming to Dallas I squealed with delight, deafening my dog and every other dog within a 25-mile radius.

Here’s Yo La Tengo performing “Nothing to Hide” from last year’s Popular Songs on French television to get you ready to see them. And, heck, I’ll even throw in a free download of the song.

Yo La Tengo–Nothing to Hide

Verdict: It’s beautiful, retro and poppy with just a bit of darkness. Yo La Tengo still has it. I cannot wait for this show and I am also excited about Times New Viking (even though Jaime obviously has a different opinion). I’ll see you there, and if you can’t make it be sure to catch my review next week. Have a great weekend, kids!

Field Trip! DBB at the Planned Parenthood Rock Your Body Politic

27 Jan

photo provided by Planned Parenthood

We like field trips, and we really like having people freelance. So with that in mind I went to the Planned Parenthood Rock Your Body Politic last Thursday, dragging along an old editor friend of mine in hopes of getting new opinions on things I was ill-equiped to have a valid opinion on. I can tell you about the music, I can go on, and on about how Aaron Eash, of Giggle Party, was as on his game as I’d ever seen him. How he underwent a full transformation on stage, evolving from a quiet and friendly guy, to some type of Carnival Barker/hip-hop hype man hybrid, that worked the crowd into a ruckus, by not only playing his guitar behind his back, but doing so for most of the set. I could tell you how the professional approach Young & Brave took to the stage further cemented my belief that the band is on its way to bigger things. Hell, I could tell you about new Happy Bullet songs, crossdressing Lady GaGa impersonators and how the Girl in the Coma crowd resembled an issue of Love & Rockets.

But, what  I should do is give my old friend, and editor, Ellen Maraccini a spot to share her thoughts on a cause she truly believes in. What follows are her thoughts, and a pretty awesome rant. Continue reading

Pro/Con: Snarky Puppy

27 Jan

I must admit I have never heard anything from Denton jazz act Snarky Puppy. In fact, until today the much loved/loathed band  has existed solely to me as nothing more than a joke used amongst various people in Denton when referring to something that’s kind of terrible. So, wondering if we’re all just a bit too jaded, I decided to sit down and give the music a shot. What follows is a pro/con take on the band. Continue reading

Track of the Day: Charlotte Gainsbourg w/Beck–Heaven Can Wait (Original AND Remix)

27 Jan

Too much sexy: Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck

(Note: Due to the sheer number of submissions we receive there is no way we can give each and every album the attention (and word count) they deserve, but we can devote time to at least one song from each. So we started this feature to give worthy bands, and their music a spot to shine. We hope this helps you discover new and exciting acts, and as always if you enjoy the music please make an attempt to support the artist by either attending a show, or buying a record.)

By Jesseca Bagherpour

I’m going to admit something right now: I’m completely enamored of Charlotte Gainsbourg. She’s lovely, multi-talented and enchanting, which is to be expected of the daughter of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. She faithfully upholds the tradition of acting and singing which both of her parents began.

But until recently I was less impressed with her music than I was with her acting. She has been making music since 1984 (who could forget the intentionally creepy Serge-Gainsbourg-penned “Lemon Incest”?) and her first record, Charlotte Forever came out in 1986. Her songs have been featured in The Science of Sleep and I’m Not There, films in which she also acted. And she released a moderately successful album, 5:55 in 2006.

Enter the Beck-produced IRM which came out in the US yesterday. IRM is the French abbreviation for an MRI, which Gansbourg had to receive after head trauma incurred during a water skiing accident in the United States. The experience informed a lot of her lyrics, as well as inspiring the beats for the music (composed by Beck … I’m sure I’ll rave about my love for him at some point). And I am thoroughly impressed by the album. Beck has brought something out of Charlotte that past producers didn’t (no offense to Serge, may he rest in peace). They are a perfect pairing. Her voice is in top form and the material is more interesting and consistent than her past work.

Now on to my favorite song from the record, and one that received a lot of buzz when Gainsbourg released it in November (I’m a little late … but a lot was going on in November and a ton of music comes our way)– “Heaven Can Wait”. It’s a duet with Beck (the album’s aforementioned producer) and it’s, well, heavenly.

Here’s the video:

And here’s the Nosaj Thing remix:
Charlotte Gainsbourg–Heaven Can Wait (Nosaj Thing Remix)

I don’t think a verdict is needed here. I did enough gushing, and the song speaks for itself.

Update: Catch Gainsbourg and Beck on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Twitter Movie Review: Legion

26 Jan

(Occasionally we get caught up with hype when it comes to all things cinema, and when that happens we feel the need to share our thoughts. Sadly most of these films don’t merit full reviews, so we’re just going to take blurbs for them directly from our Twitter.)

Legion is just like a Thomas Kincaid painting….but with guns.