Archive | April, 2010

Track of the Weekend: Owen Pallet- Lewis Takes Off His Shirt

30 Apr

Track of the Day: Blur–Fool’s Day

29 Apr

(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. Also, occasionally one of our favorite bands does something new, and we geek out about it.)

By Jesseca Bagherpour

I hate it when I’m over a week late in finding/posting a new track, especially when it’s by an artist I adore. Blur has been one of my favorite bands since I was about 12 years old. Along with other Brit pop bands, they helped me make it through 7th grade. I was devastated when Graham Coxon left the band in the midst of recording Think Tank in 2002, and overjoyed when he reunited with the band in 2007. After waiting eight long years, we finally get a track featuring all four members of the band, which they recorded especially for Record Store Day (and 1000 lucky bastards in the UK got free 7 inches of it). Below is a streaming version. Out of respect for Blur, I’m directing you to their website for a downloadable version of the track.

Verdict:I was honestly a bit hesitant to listen to this song. After waiting so long to hear something fresh from the band, but it was worth it. Hearing it fills my heart nearly to the point of explosion. This song indicates a grownup version of the Blur I know and love, but fortunately not an old or washed up version. Damon Albarn’s stamp is definitely on it, with elements of the hip hop he’s been focusing on with Gorillaz as well as the quirky pop that fans expect from Blur. And Graham Coxon is in rare form on guitar, with a closing riff that is pure ear candy.

The lyrics focus on the band’s live as adults–“so meditate on what we’ve all become”–with Albarn singing about his family life (“porridge done, I take my kid to school”). He also sings about the band’s love for and desire to continue creating music–“a love of all sweet music, we just can’t let go”. I’m hoping that means we can expect a full-length from the band in the near future.

Help Ishi go to Bonnaroo

28 Apr

Tomorrow night Ishi plays the Loft along with Darktown Strutters and DJ Sober in an attempt to land a spot at Bonnaroo. seems, that ford is doing a series of shows around the country to give local acts a chance to get into the festival. Pr release is as follows….

Ford Fiesta Movement Presents A FREE SHOW

with Local Edge Show’s Edgefest Winner

Ishi

and special guests

Darktown Strutters & DJ Sober

When: Thursday April 29th 2010 8PM

Where: The Loft at Palladium (http://www.theloftdallas.com)

Thursday April 29th at 8PM join the Ford Fiesta Movement’s Dallas Team at The Loft to celebrate the American release of the Ford Fiesta. Ford has decided to party with us locals by booking Dallas dance savants Ishi who recently won The Edge Local Show’s contest to open Edgefest 2010. This will be a FREE EVENT open to All Ages. To attend you must register on the Ford Fiesta Movement website http://www.TheLoftDallas.com/fiesta so that you can receive the special updates about how to get FREE DRINKS & PRIZES.

Ford Fiesta parties like this one are happening all over the country. Support your local music by attending this fun, free event; because if Dallas has the biggest event… ISHI GOES TO BONNAROO.

Ishi is already taking Dallas by storm, winning the first spot on Edgefest by selling out Trees for the Local Edge Show. With your help we can take them to a national audience and show the world what the Dallas music scene is all about!

Party starts at 8PM. DJ Sober will spin before and after the concert, giving you plenty of opportunity to dance and mingle. Darktown Strutters will take the stage at 9PM and lead the way for Ishi at 10PM. The party will continue till after 1AM.

Free drinks will given out to participants who can help the Fiesta team prove to Ford that Dallas is best in the nation! Details will be added to their web site soon.

NO COVER – ALL AGES

$3 Drink specials will be in effect (wells/wines/domestics) until 10PM for you early birds.

1 Free Drink Coupon when you check into The Loft during the event on Foursquare.

Five O’Clock Dallas is raffling 10 $50 bar tabs. Get your raffle tickets by RSVPing.

We look forward to seeing you there!

We support this, and really don;t see a reason why you shouldn’t go.

Track of the Day: The Hold Steady- The Weekeneders

28 Apr
(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. Also, occasionally one of our favorite bands does something new, and we geek out about it.)

Earning the tittle as the “World’s Greatest Bar Band” does not come easy, it’s a reputation built on ruckus live shows, singable ballads, and providing the audience with an experience that’s lasting. the thing is The Hold Steady does all that, and takes it to another level. I still remember my first Hold Steady show, a sweaty affair at Walter’s on Washington in Houston, with some friends I was just becoming friends with, and a crowd so caught up int he moment we felt as if we were a single mind. It’s things like that, that make myself and others wake up at 8 a.m. to try and track down a copy of their new album on Record Store Day, and makes us endlessly play their album in the background as we digest it, and eagerly await their next live show.

The Hold Steady- The Weekenders

Verdict: This is very much your prototypical Hold Steady ballad, it’s reflective, tells a story, and most likely will grab the audience for as long as they play it. That’s what great about this band, they can rock the hell out of you, then they hit you with something slow like this and everyone get’s mesmerized, and then they take you right back into the blood, sweat and beer.

Tracks of the Day: Everclear- Every damn song Art Alexakis has ever written about being a sad white boy or doing cocaine

27 Apr

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Mining My Inheritance 6: The Modern Lovers “The Modern Lovers”

27 Apr
(Recently while on a trip to South Texas, I discovered my father’s long lost record collection, in what one would call less the desirable shape. In an effort to better understand my father’s taste, and my musical upbringing,I have decided to listen to each album that’s salvageable while at the same time tracking down the history of the album, and writing my own thoughts on it. This should take a while, as there are at least 150 albums, and I plan on only doing 2 a week. Please join as I work my way through my musical inheritance.)

all the modern lovers tacks

History: the story of The Modern Lovers is a complicated one to say the least. Formed in 1970 after a teenaged Jonathan Richman sawThe Velvet Underground while on a trip to New York City,they signed to Warner Brothers in 1971. They recorded with Velvet memberJohn Cale in ’73 and disbanded later that same year. Few bands have held the promise and spark that the Lovers had, and even fewer have traveled an odder world to becoming a sensation. Released in 1976, a full three years after the breakup of the original lineup, the band’s self titled debut was made up of remixes from their time spent recording with Cale and surprisingly found almost universal critical acclaim as it found underground success both in the US and in the UK (even being cited as a major influence on most punk bands).

The story is much more complicated than that, but I don’t have 2000-plus words in me to tell the whole story. Let’s just say it’s considered one of the greatest albums of all time, and you should try to track it down. Continue reading

Rundown: 4/26 to 5/2

26 Apr

I would like to thank a certain band for validating my argument by unleashing their fans on a three-month-old post. Seriously, thanks. We love extra hits and your acknowledgement only validates our (Editor’s note: Jaime’s, not “our” -Jess) opinion. Your rehashing something that old just shines a light on your insecurities.

Anyway, we’re here to talk about live music and why you should see it. There’s a lot of it this week, so check behind the jump for some picks.

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