And thank the gods for that. If you haven't already seen the new Robyn video for Indestructable - you're in for a treat. I'm actually going to post it on Video Tuesday, but I'm sure you can find it a million places (like the link I posted on my Twitter account). But I did want to treat you to the song and a good remix (via Discobelle).
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
This is my second Video Tuesday leading with a Diamond Rings video. His new album Special Affections came out yesterday, and has been one of my more anticipated releases this Fall. Next up are a couple new videos for some of my favorite bands/shows this year, Crystal Castles (8/22/10) and Peter Wolf Crier (7/22/10).
(this'll be a short one...) I had some really high hopes for this show, but unfortunately I was still a bit under the weather - which only demonstrates my level of excitement. Particularly since I was excited about ALL THREE acts.
Opening... our very own HotChaCha! I had yet to see them at the Grog Shop and this was the perfect chance. As usual, they delivered a spirited performance.
The Octopus Project was next. With a primarily instrumental sound, these guys were really able to put on a great show with some awesome visuals.
Finally with Starfucker, I was unfortunately running out of steam. I really enjoyed the part of the set I saw (and was able to grab this clip), but I'll have to wait until next time around to really get into their live performance...
Monday, October 25, 2010
... and I'm back! The house concert was an amazing experience. I'm already ready for the next one. I'll be posting some media from it- hopefully in the near future. In the meantime - here's a video from someone who would be one of my Top 5 ideal house concert performers of all time (probably top 3).
Dar Williams Feat. Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, 'As Cool as I Am' -- Video of the Day - Spinner
Highlight:'I hope I don't look crazy for having Gary Louris in the studio playing guitar without singing!' Dar Williams tells Spinner. 'He was up in New York and we yanked him into the studio to play and sing on songs we'd done for 'Many Great Companions.' Then he looked so good, we just made him stay.' "
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Another Video Tuesday! A particularly special one if I do say so myself. First off is the new The Hundred in the Hands video - and I'm all about these guys these days. Second is a new video and song by Mark Ronson (feat. Boy George) that I just love - including all the vintage 80's footage. Finally is a new Kid Cudi track - excited to see how he pulls off Man on the Moon Part II, this is a strong start.
Monday, October 18, 2010
If you haven't already heard, I'm going to be hosting my very first house concert this week! So posting will be a little lighter than usual, as I setup and prepare for such a venture. This is something I've been talking about doing for a long time. I'm glad to see it finally happen.
This first event is primarily for just friends and family, but if you really want to go, let me know (I may be able to pull some strings). I imagine I'll be reaching out to a broader audience for future shows.
If you're curious who's performing... It will be Tom Evanchuck. And if you've read this blog for any length of time, you'll know that he's been one of my local favorites!
Here's a video:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
How much fun would this be... (Happy Dog, 8pm, FREE)
Classical musicians bring their sound to easygoing venue | cleveland.com
No disrespect to Severance Hall or anything, but the hottest place to catch the Cleveland Orchestra these days is a bar in the Gordon Square Arts District. OK, so the appearances by a group of players at the Happy Dog aren't about the music so much as they are about forging connections. No symphonies or concertos here. 466 Share
But the idea of first-rate classical music in an informal, neighborhood setting has both the performers and the public buzzing con brio. Why? Because it's just so different, at a time when many classical organizations are seeking out new models, and it's working."
For the more conventional music experience - check out OK Go at the Beachland Ballroom tonight! (8:00pm, $15)
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
New La Roux! Not a fan of the product placements, but still think she's pretty great. Luke Doucet (everyone's favorite Canadian) with his new single Thinking People. And finally a new video from Blitzen Trapper!
Monday, October 11, 2010
I'm not gonna lie, this night was all about The Hundred in the Hands for me. After an excellent first time seeing them (opening for The Golden Filter), and a great new album, I was shocked these guys were even opening. Made it there just in time for the first song, realizing how weird it is to hurry to the venue at published start time.
I think they sounded great - but this just wasn't their night. I would blame probably 85% of it on this audience who didn't move a muscle. I realize that they were there to see a whole different kind of band (it was kind of an odd pairing in my mind). But I still hung towards the back and enjoyed my little concert-dance extravaganza, except for the times I was capturing video:
I wasn't much impressed with Cymbals Eat Guitars, though I wouldn't write off liking them in the future.
Once The Thermals took the stage, I thought the audience was going to light it up (literally - like last time). But the crowd was still almost just as lame as with THITH. Thermals still rocked the show, opening with a lot of tracks from my favorite, The Body, The Blood, The Machine. We had other friends coming into town, so we didn't end up staying to see if the audience stepped up their game - I hope they did.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Oh the good ol' days.
Try hugging an MP3 - Entertainment
"Consumers have watched as the canvas for album art has shrunk from LP size to the possible option of no art at all. Record stores, even chains, were closed or forced back into the subculture, changing the experiences of buying and finding out about new music to cold, calculated processes that involve zero social interaction. Music has now been unofficially relegated as 'background' to other activities. It is no longer the centerpiece of entertainment. It is merely a soundtrack to activities such as jogging and walking to one's car. Most likely, no one will ever fondly recall the night they downloaded a new album. The ritual of standing in line at midnight to obtain a physical copy of a piece of music is now over. Thanks to MP3 technology, ritual, nostalgia, traditional physical music spaces, physical forms and aesthetic value are all aspects of music culture that are dead or dying. "
(Continued... Try hugging an MP3 - Entertainment)
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Well, I bet it was a party if you stayed long enough. The Biz didn't appear until around 12:15am... too late for me to hang around for something just starting. I did catch this however, showcasing his love for old-school rap (theme of the night:
I do have to say, it was fun to be in such a mixed crowd last night. An unfortunately rare occurrence in my live music circles.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Looking forward to this... Dar has always been a favorite. Download the new version of As Cool As I Am from MOKB.
DAR WILLIAMS TO RELEASE “MANY GREAT COMPANIONS” OCTOBER 12TH
We are excited to announce that Dar will be releasing her 8th studio album on October 12th, 2010 titled Many Great Companions. The new set features twelve of Dar’s classics newly recorded and interpreted acoustically with special guests including Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gary Louris of The Jayhawks (who produced the acoustic recordings), Motherlode, and Patty Larkin. The album also includes an additional disc containing twenty of Dar’s greatest original studio recordings from 1993’s The Honesty Room through 2008’s Promised Land. Take a look at the track list below for a glimpse of what's coming soon.
MANY GREAT COMPANIONS TRACK LISTINGDisc 1: Songs Revisited with Guitar and a Few Friends1. Calling the Moon2. If I Wrote You3. Spring Street4. I’ll Miss You5. The Christians and The Pagans (feat. Sara & Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek)6. What Do You Hear In These Sounds7. The One Who Knows (feat. Mary Chapin Carpenter)8. The Babysitter's Here9. As Cool As I Am10. You Rise And Meet the Day11. Iowa feat. (Sara & Sean Watkins, Motherlode & Mary Chapin Carpenter)12. When I Was A Boy (feat. Patty Larkin)Disc 2: Best of Dar Williams1. It’s Alright2. Are You Out There3. As Cool As I Am4. If I Wrote You5. February6. Mercy of...7. Easy Way8. The One Who Knows9. Teen for God10. After All11. Book of Love12. Beauty of the Rain13. Babysitter14. Better things15. Spring St.16. The Ocean17. Closer to Me18. Empire19. End of Summer20. When I Was a Boy
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Going a little more avant garde this week. First off is the new Wolf Parade video, followed by an obligitory Deerhunter (everyone is gushing on these guys), then new one by Röyksopp. Sit back and enjoy.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Some great shows this month... check it over at Spangle Magazine.
THE ZENDER AGENDA: OCTOBER 2010Written by Roger Zender Monday, 04 October 2010 00:17
Spangler Roger Zender is back for his monthly dose of the best concerts in town and around the region.
"It's hard to believe October is already here. While this month is a little light on the number of shows, that's not to say there aren't some phenomenal options. Both featured events this month have really strong openers that are as worthy as the headlining acts.
October also has some strong road trips worth considering. This month also introduces the first installment of the Princeton Road Sessions house concert series, so this month is pretty special."
(Continued... The Zender Agenda: October 2010)
Friday, October 1, 2010
I like this out of the box thinking...
Indie Sup Pop Considers Radical New Sales Model: Pay For The Toy And We'll Give You The Music Free - hypebot
"From early Nirvana through Mudhoney and on to Fleet Foxes and The Postal
Service, indie label Sup Pop has been putting out interesting and often fabulous music for decades. But just like the rest of the recorded music industry, they're having trouble these days getting people to pay for it.
To combat the problem, the venerable indie label is considering flipping the basic music sales proposition on its head. 'Although Sub Pop is primarily known for its many fine artists and their really very fine recordings (also grunge), we're not at all opposed to expanding into the fine world of t-shirts, hats, beer cozies, and key chains,' says Sub Pop general manager, Megan Jasper. 'We used to give many of these tchotchke items away for free in an effort to entice people to pay for the music, but we're considering flipping our strategy so that people pay for the toy and receive the music for free.
Indie bands have already been experimenting with the concept of bundling downloads with a physical item, but this would be the first time that a substantial label made the shift."