17 May 2010

Great Songs: Broken Social Scene "Cause = Time"

Happy Returns

A quick look at Stereogum this morning has me beaming with shear joy after seeing their listing of an exclusive Versus track from a brand new slab due out on Merge this summer!  We'd announced previously that the band would be part of the Teen Beat celebrations going on this summer with label mates Unrest but had no idea that new tunes and a new record were in the cards as well.  That new long player will be called On the Ones and Threes and will be released this August.  Versus is one of the seminal acts of the nineties and their Stars are Insane debut full-length is still tops in our book. Their sonic intensity and sharp songwriting make them deserving of a comeback and we wish them the best of luck in their pursuits.

Simply Majestic

We can definitely rank The National's new record High Violet up there in the much-anticipated echelon.  As the band begins to roll out new tunes in support of the release, it's becoming clearer at every turn that they are truly a national treasure.  Last night had them appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman with special guest star Sufjan Stevens in tow.  Delicious. Enjoy.

13 May 2010


If you've ever been a guest at the Ed Sullivan Theater to witness a live taping of Late Night with David Letterman, then you know it's a lot of waiting in line and then a quick rush into the (very very cold) studio and all of a sudden its all over in a blink of an eye and you are ushered right back out the door.  Visitors to the historic theater got a little more for the price of their free tickets yesterday when Letterman played host to psychedelic pop stars MGMT.  After taping the show, the band stayed on staged and performed a nearly hour long set featuring a good amount of material from their new slab Congratulations and a couple from their seminal debut Oracular Spectactular.  If there was any doubt about MGMT's predilections, Andrew VanWyngarden introduced It's Working with a perfunctory "This is a song about doing drugs." CBS is kindly offering a full stream of the event for your pleasure:

12 May 2010

Pol Position

Fast on the heals of announcing Carlos D's departure from the band, Interpol have announced a short tour to introduce us to new members and new material.  Tickets are in a short term pre-sale state via the band's own site so grab them now before Live Nation adds unreasonable surcharges to the very reasonable ticket price!  You can still grab the free download of new tune Lights while you are hanging in their living room. Here's the dates:

06.21.2010 Water Street Music HallRochester, NY PRE-SALE TIX
06.22.2010 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY PRE-SALE TIX
06.23.2010 Mr Small's Theatre Pittsburgh, PA * PRE-SALE TIX
06.25.2010 Crocodile Rock CafeAllentown, PA * PRE-SALE TIX
06.28.2010 People's Court Des Moines, IA PRE-SALE TIX
07.01.2010 Bogart's Cincinnati, OH PRE-SALE TIX
07.02.2010 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH PRE-SALE TIX
07.05.2010 Blue Note Columbia, MO PRE-SALE TIX
07.08.201040 Watt Club Athens, GA PRE-SALE TIX
07.10.2010 The Music Farm Charleston, SC PRE-SALE TIX
07.14.2010 Ram's Head Live Baltimore, MD PRE-SALE TIX
07.20.2010 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI PRE-SALE TIX
07.21.2010 Toad's Place New Haven, CT PRE-SALE TIX
07.23.2010 Northern LightsClifton Park, NY PRE-SALE TIX
07.24.2010 Chameleon Landcaster, PA PRE-SALE TIX
Pre-sale ends on Friday, May 14 at 11:59pm PST Pre-sale tickets will be available at will call.

10 May 2010

You Steal the Scene

Collective groove meisters Broken Social Scene are hitting the road proper this autumn to support their newly unveiled Forgiveness Rock Record.  The album is an exciting move forward for the seminal Arts and Crafts band and should push the group further into the mainstream.  Their shows are incendiary and compelling experiences and should not be missed for those who appreciate live music.  We here in Connecticut have access to perhaps the most intimate night of the tour with a stop at New Haven's venerable Toad's Place on September 20.  Get there!

Fall 2010 Tour
08/28 St. Louis, MO @ Lou Fest
09/08 Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theater
09/09 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
09/10 Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival
09/11 Richmond, VA @ The National
09/13 Washington, DC @ The Warner Theatre
09/14 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
09/17 Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
09/18 New York, NY @ Central Park, Rumsey Playield
09/20 New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
09/21 Northhampton, MA @ Calvin Theater
09/22 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
09/24 Ithaca, NY @ State Theater
09/25 Buffalo, NY @ Town Hall
10/01 Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
10/03 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
10/04 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/06 Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
10/07 Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon
10/08 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
10/09 Edmonton, AB @ Winspear Centre
10/10 Kelowna, BC @ Community Theatre
10/12 Victoria, BC @ Element
10/13 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
10/15 Seattle, WA @ Paramount
10/16 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/19 Los Angeles, CA @ The WIltern

Video History: Bobby & Johnny

From the debut episode of the Johnny Cash Show airing June 7, 1969, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash perform "The Girl from the North Country" at Ryman Auditorium.

08 May 2010

A Very Cunning Linguist!

Amanda Palmer keeps her torrid creative pace as, fast on the heels of releasing the high concept Evelyn Evelyn project and venturing on an exquisite tour in support of the same (as well as freeing herself from the bounds of her contract with Roadrunner), she announces her star turn in Cabaret this fall at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge.  She is, quite simply, amazing.

From the ART website:
Take your seat at the Kit Kat Klub, the perfectly marvelous cabaret where singer Sally Bowles meets writer Cliff Bradshaw. As the two pursue a life of pleasure in Weimar Berlin, the world outside the Klub begins to splinter. Sally and Cliff are faced with a choice: abandon themselves to pleasures promised by the cabaret, or open their eyes and face the coming storm. Presiding over the debauched party where  nothing is as it seems is singer,  songwriter, and former Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer as the Kit Kat Klub's magnetic Emcee, with A.R.T. regulars Thomas Derrah and Jeremy Geidt.


06 May 2010

Charm that Snake into the Dangerzone!

Yacht Rock #12.  Nuff said.

For Worse or Better

Dead Weather get it done again and again and again.  Another great video - the kind that makes you wish MTV were still MTV so you could keep watching in anticipation of it's next spin in the rotation.  But, hey, we've got streams now so just hit play...

Unrest Redux

File this under: Didn't See It Coming! Teen Beat flagship band Unrest will be reuniting for a special 26th Anniversary tour with different label mates joining them for each of a handful of stops around the eastern seaboard July 6-11. Many of the acts haven't played together in years including the twee popsters True Love Always and the sonic goodness of Versus. What a great surprise!

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, July 6, at Johnny Brenda's
with THE ROPERS, KEVIN BARKER (Currituck Co.) and MC: Jonny Cohen

HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY, July 7, at Maxwell's
with THE ROPERS, BLOODY AMATEUR (Tel Aviv/Prosaics)

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, July 8, at T.T. the Bear's Place

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, July 9, at The Bell House

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, at The Black Cat
UNREST ('83-'86, Tim Moran, short set), UNREST ('88-'89, Dave Park, short set), VERSUS, THE RONDELLES (original trio), BOSSANOVA and MCs: Jonny Cohen and Patrick Bryant

CARRBORO, NORTH CAROLINA, July 11, at Cat's Cradle