June 30, 2009

There are a bunch of good shows coming up tomorrow. One being Johnathan Richman:

at Lions Lair.

Or, you can come to the Meadowlark to see these bands:

On Monday I'm gonna go to this show:
3 Kings Tavern:
21+ Ages

Doors @ 8:00 PM
Starts @ 8:00 PM


Mika Miko - I Got A Lot (New New New) - Luxury Wafers Sessions from Luxury Wafers on Vimeo.

Then why, oh I get it.

June 29, 2009

Wait ... why is it necessary to see Jay-Z blow 500 gil in one hand of poker?

You know. There is a lot to say about the fact that Jay-Z is calling for the death of Auto-tune, but I think he's going about it all wrong. You don't start social revolutions by telling people to stop, you do it by doing what you want to do and doing it well. If you're good enough, convincing enough, and lucky enough, people will follow in your footsteps.

I really admire the fact that Jay-Z is calling for a transition back to the more realistic forms of music production, but there are so many inconsistencies within the song if he's really going for that. The beat is very clearly heavily produced, and there's no way you'll ever convince me that he did the whole thing in one take, with no Pro-tooling around. The whole genre of Hip-hop is based in completely inorganic, produced sounds, so to call for one aspect of the still developing and evolving genre (and it's sub-genres) to be changed back to the way it was, when it was more real, seems rather ridiculous.

That and I think the song isn't all that catchy or fun. And if a song isn't fun in some way, then I generally don't care.

The Monolith Music Fest Sampler will be up later this week. Or early next

Mile High Music Festival 2009 Sampler, pt. 1

This year's Mile High Music Festival (July 18th -19th @ Dick's Sporting Goods Park) looks pretty promising. Last year had it's high lights, but I doubt I'll have any down time this time around. There are quite a few jam bands this year though, which I'm probably going to be elsewhere for, but there are enough acts that it looks like I'll have too full a schedule to be bothered with jam bands.

As is now a custom of mine, when a festival I plan on attending comes up, I compile a song by each of the acts playing, and host them right here for you crazy kooks to indulge yourselves in. Per the usual, I'll have all of them .rar'd up into 1 huge .rar file, then 3 smaller (bite size) .rar's, and each track individually hosted. If you get the huge .rar, or the 3 smaller .rar's, you'll have all the tracks that the others's have, which is every track listed below. Part's 2-4 are below this very post. just look for yourself! :)

the whole freakin thing:

Mile High Music Festival 2009 Sampler (The Whole Freakin Thing)
(this might die sooner than everything else, so get to it quick if you wanna do it in one swipe!)

Bite size chunks:

Mile High Music Festival 2009 Sampler, pt. 1
Mile High Music Festival 2009 Sampler, pt. 2
Mile High Music Festival 2009 Sampler, pt. 3

The individual tracks:
Saturday July 18th 2009

Tool - You Lied (Live)
Widespread Panic - Monkey Image
Incubus - Megalomanic
Ben Harper & Relentless7 - Strawberry Fields (just Benny on this track though)
G. Love & Special Sauce - Shooting Hoops
Big Head Todd & The Monsters - Please Don't Tell Her
The Black Keys - Psychotic Girl
Ani DiFranco - 78% Water
Matt Nathanson - Starfish and Coffee (Prince cover)
Galactic - Tiger Roll
Paolo Nutini - These Streets
Gomez - How We Operate
The Greyboy Allstars - Give the Drummer Some More

Mile High Music Festival 2009 Sampler, pt. 2

Railroad Earth - Powderfinger (Neil Young Cover)
India.Arie - Chocolate High (ft. Musiq Soulchild)
Lyrics Born - Don't Change
Rocco DeLuca & The Burden - Colorful
Needtobreathe - Streets of Gold
The Band of Heathens - Cornbread
Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam - Come Home
Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real (myspace)
Early Pearl (myspace)

Mile High Music Festival 2009 Sampler, pt. 3

Sunday July 19th 2009

Widespread Panic - Boom
The Fray
Thievery Corporation - Truth and Rights
3OH!3 - I'm Not Coming To Your Party Girl
Gov't Mule - Soul Shine (one of my favorite songs EVER)*******************
Gogol Bordello - Occurrence on the Border
John Butler - Message in a Bottle (Police Cover)
DeVotchKa - Undone
Buddy Guy - Watch Yourself
Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Peekaboo
Pepper - Things That You Love
The Wailers - Mashi
Matisyahu - Jerusalem (Swisha House Mix)
Jack's Mannequin - Miss Delaney

Mile High Music Festival 2009 Sampler, pt. 4

Guster - Jesus on the Radio (Meow Mix)
Mat Kearney - City of Black and White
Dead Confederate - The Rat
Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons - Ten Killer Fairies
Erin McCarley - Love, Save The Empty
Paper Bird - Pennies
honeyhoney - Little Toy Gun
Joe Pug - In The Meantime
Electric Touch - Love In Our Hearts

Again, I fully recognize that there are bands on this list that I will probably never actually like, but the two days do look hella promising.

June 28, 2009

Have you mo-fo's heard about the Mile High Music Festival's line up this year? Fan. Tastic. I'll do a mix tape of that and some other reporting concerning it soon.

June 27, 2009

As clever and attractive as you may be, you may not have known that Justin Rice, of Bishop Allen Fame, is in like 10 films. Here are some trailers that I want to live:

Bishop Allen will be in these places at these times:
07/16/09 Guimaraes, Portugal - Manta Festival
07/18/09 Dornstadt, Germany - Obstwiesenfestival
07/19/09 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Volkhofaffaire
07/20/09 Barcelona, Spain - Be Cool
07/21/09 Vic, Spain - Jazz Cava
07/22/09 Sevilla, Spain - Nocturama
07/23/09 Son Servera, Spain - S'Esglesia Nova
07/24/09 Sonneger See, Austria - Acoustic Lakeside
to bad I'm in colorado :(
(I mean, colorado's nice and all, but, damn, it's no Spain).
Alan Alda – EP
My Thoughts: Like ()

Not the guy from M*A*S*H. I swear that’s the last time I’ll tell that joke. The first time I had the opportunity to see these cool cats was actually this EP’s release show that my band played with them, and when I was packing my stuff up during the begining of their set, I thought for a moment the venue was just going to play the EP through the house speakers really loud. Then I realized the drums sounded way to real, and checked out the stage to see what was going on. Lo and Behold Alan Alda was there rocking out infinitely more professionally than I've seen it done in a long time. They were basically perfect. I've never seen a better performance at the Meadowlark.

Their music is indie rock awesomeness reminiscent of an era that has kind of past, but this album shows us there is still ground to be covered. The drums sound full and alive, and guitars dirty and distorted. The vocals come off as little unfocused at first, but then you realize he's hitting every pitch just right, it's just that he has a strangely unique voice. Certainly something to take notice of:

Alan Alda - Red Sky Morning

June 26, 2009

YEAH YEAH YEAHS Headline Monolith day 1!!!!!!!

Freaking heck yes.

One more announcement, then I make the mix tape. get excited folks.
Cabinet of Natural Curiosities - Searchlight Needles
My Thoughts: Like ()

I'd first heard of Cabinet of Natural Curiosities after downloading a live set someone recorded at some coffee shop or small venue or something. When I got her album I was instantly struck by the unique artwork and packaging. A simple grey/brown CD sized envelope in plastic with a black tree and a moon printed on the front. Simple, but darling. I could say the same about most of the songs on her album. At their base, they are acoustic guitar singer/songwriter songs. Each song has their own little touches, like strange sound effects and unnerving doubling of the vocals, giving the album a sort of somber feeling to it. Her vocals are unconventional, but only just so, which is a bit unnerving as well. The combination of all these elements leaves me a little confused each time I hear the album. There are parts that I really dig a lot, and then, during some of the more peculiar parts of the album, such as the times when the track disolves into a six minute soundscape type thing, I lose a little interest. I liked the album, but I certainly enjoyed some parts more than others. I hope the project continues to be experimental, however, because there were a lot of things that I feel really worked.

Cabinet of Natural Curiosities - For Sparrow
Cabinet of Natural Curiosities - Owllulaby
Cabinet of Natural Curiosities - Little Ice Age

June 25, 2009

I have far too many interests to be expected to keep up with them all. this is why my dream job would be to just be ... I dunno ... a professional consumer of culture and conversationalist concerning culture. But only I get to decide what aspects of culture that covers.

Go to this post on Ain't it Cool New and watch every trailer and short film. you will not be unhappy.

I find it interesting that Facebook only has a "like" feature, and not a "don't like." I've noticed a lot of people commenting on this. I think the fact that a lot of people are commenting that they would use a "don't like" button, in some cases more frequently than the "like" button, says a lot about not only those on facebook, but people in general. This says to me that people more frequently post tragic things in facebook status and on facebook walls (thus the call for "don't like"). It seems like this means that people are focusing more on the sour news. But that's not all bad I suppose. Sometimes sour news needs to get out.

like the fact that sometimes you unwittingly do terrible things:

"Your flams are a little weak tonight." ... "What are flams?"

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For the second time in a row, the openers at the Hi-Dive had a mishap of some sort and couldn't make it to the show (this time the culprit was a bet on whether or not a certain physical feat could be accomplished. The squibs in Awesome New Republic have learned their lesson ... or so they say). Thankfully the bill still had two killll bands, Telekinesis! and An Horse. You may recall that I'm a bit of a fan of An Horse. I did not know about the cancellation of the opener, so I got there about an hour too early. Thankfully I ran into the talented and friendly freelance photographer Denise Chambers, there that night for the Denver Post. Because I was flying solo that night, it was nice to have a friendly face to chat with prior to the show.
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Telekinesis!, the band that every other press person was there to see (it seemed), opened this night. Apparently they bands have been trading off on headlining over the past few weeks. I love when that sort of thing happens. I had never heard of them, but they appeared to be the band on everyone's wish list, because as soon as they started, the bar emptied (even of a couple of bartenders) and the venue side filled. I have to say I was fairly impressed with Telekinesis!, not that I was expecting anything unsatisfactory. They are a sort of indie pop band working the drummer-as-lead-singer/songwriter (actually it's pretty much him [Michael Benjamin Lerner] + tour band as I understand it) just about as well as I've ever seen it done. These were not simple drum beats either, so I do have to say ku.dos.
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A sort of Dream pop indie rock feeling grooved through the place nicely, with few interruptions. At one point, one of the guitar players, David Richard Broecker, took out his phone and read a text that Kate Cooper, singer/guitar player of An Horse, had sent him as they took stage. The loving message said a great deal of things, but they mostly revolved around the idea that Telekinesis! "fucking sucks" and is an "embarrassment to be on tour with." David could almost not contain his laughter, which just about made the moment.CIMG3676.jpg picture by Lukehunter2
A few songs after that, Damon Cox, drummer for An Horse, took the stage, sitting at a drum set near the back of the stage, and during the next song, drummed along with Michael. I flipping love the added texture and theatrics of a second drummer. I don't think that will ever get old for me. After that song, David received another text from Kate, which said, again, that Telekinesis! sucks, but that the background drummer on the last song was totally wicked. I love when bands love each other this much, it just makes the whole situation warmer and more entertaining. Damon and Kate, joined by their touring manager Lizzy, jumped up on stage for the last few Telekinesis! songs to bring it all home.

Telekinesis! - Coast of Carolina
Telekinesis! - Awkward Kisser
Telekinesis! - I Saw Lightning

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After a short break and some rearranging of things on the stage, An Horse took the stage (I feel strange about saying that when it's only two people...). I have an undying respect for duos that are not boring, or essentially just a one-person-show + background drummer. Pulling of two-person band is hard, and I can really tell that this duo has put so much love into this band that they're almost bursting. Damon, also the drummer for Intercooler and Mary Trembles, is quite simply, amazing. Same could be said about Kate, also of Iron On.
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Their songs are not mega complex, which, for them, works, because for what they seem to be going for, they would flounder and die if they got all Buckethead + Hellhammer on stage, because that's not what the point of An Horse's music seems to be. I don't claim to know what their purpose is, but I do know that their dirty, distorted, rock and roll sound quite simply works. Their songs were just about exactly like their recorded stuff, which, on some levels, was exactly what I wanted. Their banter between songs was just adorable and hilarious, and, when Michael came on stage to drum along to a few An Horse songs (joined by David and Lizzy on egg shaker and tambourine), their banter with Telekinesis! was simply darling. These bands loved each other. There was even a gift of "returned" underwear, that An Horse playfully adorned the stage with.
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After Michael left to return the stage solely to An Horse, he playfully mocked Damon, telling him his flams were a little weak tonight, and that they would work on them later. Heartwarming haha :).An Horse closed the night off, telling us we're all too nice for staying up later than they would dram of on a Tuesday night. I do have to say that they were one of the friendliest bands I've seen in a while. Quite a pair of charmers.

An Horse - Postcards

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Michael Jackson Dies

Michael JacksonWe've just learned Michael Jackson has died. He was 50.

Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.

A source tells us Jackson was dead when paramedics arrived.

Once at the hospital, the staff tried to resuscitate him but he was completely unresponsive.

We're told one of the staff members at Jackson's home called 911.

La Toya ran in the hospital sobbing after Jackson was pronounced dead.

Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.
Boredoms - Super Roots 10
My Thoughts: Love (<)

The Boredoms have, for a long time now, been very near and dear to my heart, and with their most recent release of Super Roots 10, I can safely say they're not going anywhere soon. That said, this EP ... album ... release (lets just say), only really has one fantastic track on it, and it's the track Ant 10. The intro track is mind blowing in that it's a couple seconds of the most mind numbing bassy sound I've ever heard (you need ear buds to fully experience it. It makes your brain vibrate.), and that's only so interesting. The other four tracks are remixes of Ant 10 which, when the original is so everywhere all at once as it is, is kind of pointless, because there really isn't any more ground to be covered once you hear the original track. Decide for yourself

Boredoms - Super Rooy
Boredoms - Ant 10

We Were the Soul Survivors

Pet of the Month - Apples and Oranges EP
My Thoughts: Love (<)

A little EP showed up in my inbox by the one man wonder, Paul Banker, of Chicago, currently going by Pet of the Month. The tracks have a Casiotone for the Painfully Alone feel at times, but not to the extent that it's a rip off. On first listen one can hear that there is a lot of love in these tracks, and a certain amount of knowledge as to how to run a synthesizer. The songs are simple, but like a freshly mined gem, beautiful. A pinch of indie rock and a dab of distortion, the EP is a small portion, but surprisingly filling.

Pet of the Month - My Ghost+ Its Other
Pet of the Month - Pandalismo
You know, I thought it sounded like a stupid idea to remake the old episode, but this looks like basically a completely different idea with one similar thing:

Watch more AOL Movies videos on AOL Video

June 24, 2009

Hey that's my birthday.

Sometimes you just have to let the Press Release talk for itself:

Introducing Volcano Choir, The Collaboration
and Justin Vernon of BON IVER

photo by Cameron Wittig

Volcano Choir is the assembly of Wisconsinites Jon Mueller, Chris Rosenau, Jim Schoenecker, Daniel Spack, Justin Vernon, and Thomas Wincek.

One might find these old friends also frequenting records and stages under the monikers Collections of Colonies of Bees and Bon Iver. The Volcano Choir collaboration predates the meteoric rise of Justin Vernon's Bon Iver project, with original songwriting dating back to the summer of 2005 - right around the time the Bees first toured with Vernon's previous band DeYarmond Edison.

Jagjaguwar will release the first project by Volcano Choir, Unmap, on September 22nd (21st in the UK), worldwide.

While entirely a studio record, the collection doesn't suffer from a digital pile up or over-thinking. Rather, it breathes and convulses in equal measure, radiating an inherent dynamism found only in the voluntary bondage of intimacy. With influences ranging from David Sylvian and Steve Reich to Mahalia Jackson and Tom Waits, it might be more accurate to say the group's influence is music itself. You can hear it in the care and real love generously applied to each moment of Unmap. With the vibe of some intimate backwoods gospel, plus a spirit of patience and thoughtful repetition, the music of Volcano Choir is as dynamic as it is lovely.

Unmap ultimately came together over a weekend in November 2008 in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, at Justin and brother Nate Vernon's recording studio. And while it is at its heart a record about the allure of being with people you need and making something with them, it is also a document created by musicians with rare gifts getting together to exorcise their ideas about beauty. This scaffolding of loops and off grid tempos for choral style vocals offers a state of continual surprise, call it unexpectation.

1. Husks and Shells
2. Seeplymouth
3. Island, IS
4. Dote
5. And Gather
6. Mbira in the Morass
7. Cool Knowledge
8. Still
9. Youlogy

June 23, 2009

That's the band that's coming to CO shortly.

July 10th: The Loft, Colorado Springs,

July 11th: Larimer Lounge, Denver [21+]

c-ya there

Dan Deacon is the Philip Glass of Our Generation

Dan Deacon - Bromst
My Thoughts: Love More Than Music (<3>)

(I started writing this about 2 months ago, and then I lost track of time and now we're here. it's done now. enjoy)
(tangent about how I feel about Dan Deacon's stuff prior to this album starts here)

To some extent, I have to say I was marginally surprised by Dan Deacon's Bromst. I say "marginally" because, simply from attending a handful of his live shows, I can tell the man understands how people work on a level that most artists would probably do anything to reach. With a wave of his hands a room of arm-crossed hipsters clears a spot for a dance contest. After the dance contest, one which everyone won, the audience links fingers with the strangers around them and, one by one, they each recall the first time they ever told a lie. Some people laugh, others cry, and the whole room comes in for a group hug. Sometimes there is music to accompany this, sometimes there couldn't possibly be anything but silence. As John Cage has taught us, sometimes the audience is the music. Dan Deacon, I argue, understands this concept better than anyone else has in a long time. Most bands want to show up and rock you out of your socks, Dan Deacon shows up and helps you realize that you can rock your own socks off.

Okay, that's a big bold statement, and really I only have my own opinions of what I felt at his shows, but this really is how I feel about this guy. Now, going along with the concept that Dan Deacon is as rad as I seem to think, someone who has that sort of understanding of humans, it would seem, doesn't necessarily have the tools to make music that suits the people, despite his comprehension. This is where his graduate degree in electro-acoustic and computer music composition comes in. Dan Deacon, it would appear, knows what's going on with this "music" thing. But this is, so far, just words about Dan Deacon the man, not Bromst the album. I'm mostly saying all this because a few people I've talked to really don't have a whole lot of respect for the man, for whatever reason. These are generally people who don't know about his background and/or haven't been to one of his shows.
(tangent ends here)

All of these things don't matter if the album is crap, however. We've seen it before, a well renowned artist who, at one point, knows what's going on, just loses it. However, I argue that, with this album, Dan Deacon is making some of the most pertinent music of our time.

Whoa. Hella bold, especially for a hater like me. But I stand beside it fully. This album is a huge step in Dan Deacon's music. This is not your average rock album, or electronic album, or anything like that. It's essentially a collection of 10 short, unconvential orchestral pieces. Each track layers instrument upon instrument, building a racous adventure of an album. Some have found the effect to be a bit overwhelming, but I submit that that's just a case for the idea that personal preferences for things still weigh heavily on future opinions. I don't know what it is about me, but I cannot get enough of this album. Some people may find themselves turned off to the idea of an album with such a complex concept behind it, but Dan Deacon would, at this point in his career, not be foolish enough to make something that would be all that alienating, so the wary among you should fret not! The album is fun for everyone! It is majorly complex, but it doesn't really sound like it is, which is pretty much the best thing one can ask for.

For fans of Spiderman of the Rings, don't be afraid, this is for you. It's a little more fleshed out, and way more full, but it's still fun and dancy. My review is so late on this one, though, that I'm certain everyone all ready loves this album. For those of you who don't, seriously, pick this LP up and never put it down.

Dan Deacon - Padding Ghosts
Dan Deacon - Snookered
Dan Deacon - Woof Woof
okay, so I'm basically settled in Denver ... for now ... and I'm going to make a regular habit of posting reviews again. It's been too long, and I'm all ready losing track of stuff I've liked, and this blog is kind of how I keep track of that stuff, so the solution is obvious.

Also, Tonight you should come out and see An Horse at the Hi-Dive. If you don't know anyone who wants to go, paint a cardboard cut out of your favorite author and bring it along. If you have any trouble with the kind people at the door, start saying random words that sound like they fit in a sentence, as though the door person ought to know exactly what you're saying. If anything you'll at least make friends with the door person that way, and you'll have a pal to watch the show with. .... yeah ... that'll totally work.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go buy some paint and some cardboard. C-ya there

Did you know The Kissing Party is going on Tour? Seriously, check them out if they're playing your town. They will soon not just be a Denver phenomenon.

June 19, 2009

The Felice Brothers overturn cars, hearts

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Tuesday night I went down to the jolly old Hi-Dive bar and music emporium ("music emporium" in the sense that you have to pay to get in and hear music, so it's like you're buying it, and they're selling it) to see New York's The Felice Brothers in action. It'd been a month or more since I'd been to the Hi-Dive, which is usually long enough for me to forget what a strange atmosphere that place can have sometimes. My friend Kiyomi and I got there around 9, finding a sign saying one of the openers couldn't make it because their van had broken down. I was pretty bummed, because that's always a shame for everyone involved, but I was marginally incensed by the looming thought that we would have to wait until 10 for anything remotely interesting to happen. I say marginally because, really, it's just an hour, and, thankfully, the people watching made up for any problems. The audience was a mishmash of young and old, hip and very, very unhip, drunk and Kiyomi and I. When fans of a band that has a song called Whiskey in My Whiskey get together, it should be expected that a drunken time will be had.
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Around 10, the Felice Brothers gathered their wits, their Tecate, and their smiles, and took the stage. I was only familiar with a few of their recordings that I painlessless gathered from the internets prior to the show, and from what I could tell I was in for a tear jerking Apilacian style folk show. Holy smokes was I wrong. I must have heard the odd songs out, because, from start to finish, The Felice Brothers were here to do one thing: have a drunken good time. Goal accomplished.
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The Felice Brothers' stage prescence was peculiar throughout most the show. A few members looked almost too drunk to stand, but that's not to say they didn't play their instruments exceptionally well. Occationally one member would hide behind another member for one or two songs, then they would trade places. They would go from hardly moving at all to shaking violently, almost knocking over their bandmates. If anything, it drew me in, not knowing what to expect next. They knew exactly what their audience came for though. The audience had an almost constant left to right, brotherly-love-style, sway, throwing up their drinks and wailing along to the boisterous band conducting the madness.
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I went back to my computer, baffled by how I could have been so mislead by their recordings, and, on second listen ... I'm just perplexed. Their recordings are soft, sweet, fireside sing-a-longs. There are hints at possibly party craziness on a few tracks, but mostly it sounds like Bob Dylan getting drunk and having a camp.

I do have to say I recommend seeing them live if this at all sounds like your scene. It got to be a little much for me, but I do have to say that there was a room full of deleriously happy souls in the house, who were most likely very satified by the shows end.

The Felice Brothers - Take This Bread
The Felice Brothers - Ballad of Lou the Welterweight

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