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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

August's End - Dylan's new TV commerical and some great indie mp3s


First off - take a look at this ipod commercial starring Bob Dylan.

I am in one of those melancholy moods right now. I am still suffering from a recent injury which required a cast and crutches. (What an incredible pain in the ass!)
Tonight, rather than to write up a review for another artist release and risk letting my mood taint the art of some hard-working musician, I will share some cool music.
[mp3 files for download]
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Ryan Adams - Black Clouds

(an unreleased R. A. track)



Division Day - Hurricane

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BLOG NOTES
[ANOTHER LOOK]
If you have not done so, read yesterday's profile on Travel by Sea.
They are incredible.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Alt-country album of the year: Travel by Sea's Shadows Fall


Shadow's Rise is the 12-track release from Travel By Sea, and with it - and I am happy to relay, this year's most amazing alt-country release. A masterpiece.

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If you like Wilco or the new stuff Ryan Adams is producing - stop what your doing and pay full attention to everything that follows.


Travel by Sea is a two-artist project the result of hundreds of phone calls, email messages and hours of production. The result is a must-have album that has blown my away this week. Really.

Let's return to my prior statement. Why all the electronic communications between the two guys? Kyle Kersten, guitar and vocals, lives on the West Coast. Brian Kraft, guitars, keys, bass and production, lives on the East Coast. Two amazing musicians and they've never met in person. Never met and they have produced the most amazing album of its kind this year.
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"I Won't Let You Down."
It’s the break of day and I feel no pain.
The smoke has cleared
And it’s passed my gears.

Come with me -
With the promise of something better

And I won’t let you down.
Let you…(down)

Shadows Fall

1. I Won't Let You Down
The rise and fall between notes created by the Piano and Guitar is a success in its own right. A winner.

2. Complete Shakeup
This track is amazing.



It's the hook in the album - so beautiful that it will grab the attention of even those resistant to Alt-Country.

3. Hopefully
The guitar moves like water, tumbling down a mountain stream. Excellent musicianship.

4. Still
This is one of the two tracks on the album (Consequences) w/ non-traditional production values that work!
What does a country western echo sound like?

5. This Will Pass
My absolute favorite song on this album. So sad and just amazing.

6. Can't Be Wrong
This song could be an homage to several important artists in this genre. Wonderful.

7. Desert Comes Alive
Cowboy ballad makes me want to go for a nature walk. "It comes alive.."

8. Nothing
This is the kind of song I would expect on Dylan's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Soundtrack or maybe something Neil Young would have put on the "Dead Man" soundtrack.

9. Consequence (LTS)
This is one of the two tracks on the album (Still) with non-traditional production values that work! What does a country western echo sound like?

10. Brightside
Brian picks up the mandolin for this track.

11. Come Back To You
An absolutely solid alt-country number. It sounds like a strong-willed soul alone in a giant room.

12. Eastern Angel
The gentle pickings on a guitar, sending us back to reality.

BUY THIS ALBUM.
Travel by Sea official site:

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Morning Music - Mouse Clickin' / Toe Tappin'


Time to wake up.
And seriously, I can think of no better way than with this Man Man video.
A little funny, a little frightening - all right now.

Man Man – Engwish Bwood


And how about a few tracks, to start us off right today?
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Elvis Costello - I Don't Want to Go to Chelsea!

A Who cover!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Cool. The RSL weblog get's tapped by the Globe!


Consider this an official honking of the ceremonial horn.

The RSL blog has been listed as a choice mp3 blog by the Boston Globe.

First off - there's some seriously great - high quality Boston and New England blogs overlooked but it was nice still to be mentioned!



Cheers to the Globe and rest assured there will be many more blog entries, free downloads and insightful rants ahead.

Here's the Globe's latest favorite blogs: Boston.com Blog list

BA recording: Ted Leo mp3s the Middle East (8/6/06)


Ted Leo played the Middle East for a quiet, little solo gig.
He ended up raising the ante by jamming out with his band.
Thankfully this sold-out show went down on tape!


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Bradley's Almanac has just barely posted the incredible, sold-out Middle East upstairs Ted Leo gig for a download and listen. This show was from the beginning of the month (8.6.06)

If you recall, this is the very same show I was kicking myself for missing. (I had to drive to Connecticut a couple days later to catch Ted Leo and the Pharmacists play the Above Ground Festival in Bridgeport. - Yes, I am that big a fan...)

The first six songs are Ted solo, which wasn't suprising since that's how the act was billed. The second half of this amazing set is played live and loud with his Pharmacists bandmates.

Brad say's its one of the best shows of the year.... Who am I to disagree??

Go here now and check it out:

Bradley's Almanac - download the show!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Ryan Adams & Jesse Malin, Dylan video


I am heading out the door - off to an adventure involving an annual private party, two bands but lots of musicians and their friends from several Boston and Providence bands.. Its an ever-growing circle of friends but a tradition that after six years may be coming to a close. There will be a mix of classic rockers, rock-a-billy fans, punkers and hardcores. They are all music lovers.

Today's Special Post
Two Masterpieces
Bob Dylan's Series of Dreams VIDEO

Bob Dylan wrote "Series of Dreams" as a fantasy story depicting the human perception of dreams. In the liner notes to the original release of Biograph (album re-releases don't have this), Dylan let's us in on the songwriting process by relaying that the beat at the start of the song is set to resemble the rythmic beat of a horses hoofs.
At that time Dylan found himself quite taken by Native American culture. The belief in some, that people are carried off in both sleep and in death on the backs of swift horses, is conveyed immediately in the song.
The video takes a spin on the song's idea. We see Dylan looking out at the world and ultimately - back at himself.



LIVE MUSIC RECORDING
Ryan Adams and Jesse Malin perform "Solitare" (live)
A really beautiful song and a masterful rendition.
I have several live copies of this, but this is easily the best.

This picture was taken in NYC's Battery Park some 3 years ago when the pair played a free Fourth of July show. The pair were piss drunk - especially Ryan.

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Just in case you were wondering - This recording is NOT from this show!

R. Adams & J. Malin - Solitare (live)

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Dylan & White: Pipers at the Gates of Dawn

The Tease:
I have been waiting for something big like this to be announced.
It's been a while since I really, really needed to see a live show.
Bob Dylan will play live w/ Jack White!



Background: You know I'm a music nut, but what you may not realize is that I am an absolutely huge life-long Dylan fan. I don't talk about it much - it's a lot like a musical pedigree.
Everybody comes from somewhere and I have lived with Bob's music for the last couple of decades. Enough said.

And while I have seen the man perform on stage some 16 times, it's been almost four years since I have seen one of his shows. As I write this even now, Bob is getting ready to take the stage at Pawtucket, RI (at a AAA baseball park, no less!)
I woke up today disappointed, knowing that my responsibilities are forcing me to miss the show - and the new material from Modern Times, Dylan's new album to be released in 5 days.

Then I heard today's announcement and I felt a whole lot better.


Dylan will appear with the Raconteurs for a few select east-coast affairs. I am smiling now - it just so happens that I'm a big Jack White fan too. There's something about the whole "super-talented troubador" that strikes a chord. For the doubters out there - You may not dig somebody's sound, but how can you not respect talent?

SHOWS ANNOUNCED TODAY

Thu 11/9 Portland ME @ Cumberland County Civic Center

Sat 11/11 Boston MA @ Agganis Arena

Sun 11/12 Boston MA @ Agganis Arena

Mon 11/13 Uniondale NY @ Nassau Coliseum

Wed 11/15 Amherst MA @ Univ. of MA Mullins Center


Thu 11/16 East Rutherford NJ @ Continental Airlines

Fri 11/17 Fairfax VA @ Patriot Center

Sat 11/18 Philadelphia PA @ Wachovia Spectrum

DIG YOUR TEETH INTO THESE TRACKS
all highly recommended!



Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice It's Alright (live Japan)


The Raconteurs - Headin for the Texas Border (live Newcastle, England)


Bob Dylan - Blood in My Eyes


The Raconteurs - It Ain't Easy (BBC acoustic live )

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Foo Fighters Captured!

- LOCAL SIGHTINGS -
THE FOO FIGHTERS
with Frank Black
A great review with FF setlist at:

read: Globe Columnist Joan Anderman's Black & Foo review

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Photo Credit: MCD online
VINTAGE NIRVANA!
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Monday, August 21, 2006

Tapes N Tapes Fall 2006 World Tour dates

Taking it to the streets - Fall 2006
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THE TAPES ROADSHOW

Aug 22 - London, England (at Madam JoJo's White Heat)
Aug 23 - London, Engand (at the London Forum with Franz Ferdinand)
Aug 24 - Sheffield, England (at the Plug)
Aug 25 - Leeds, England (at the Leeds Festival - Radio1 stage)
Aug 27 - Reading, England (at the Reading Festival - Radio1 stage)
Aug 30 - London, England (at Dingwall's)
Aug 31 - Liverpool, England (at the Evol Club)
Sept 01 - Belfast,Ireland (at Club Radar)
Sept 02 - Dublin, Ireland (at the Electric Picnic - Foggy Nations stage)
Sept 03 - Glasgow, Scotland (at the Indian Summer Festival)

Sept 30 - St. Paul, MN (at Harriet Island - Sumit Big Brew Festival)
Oct 07 - Montreal, Canada (at the POP Music Festival)

Oct 19 - Columia, MO (at Mojo's with The Cold War Kids)
Oct 21 - Louisville, KY (Phoenix Hill Tavern with The Cold War Kids)
Oct 22 - Birminghamd, AL (at the Bottletree with The Annuals)
Oct 24 - Tallahassee, FL (at the Club Down Under with The Annuals)
Oct 25 - Gainesville, FL (at the Common Grounds with The Annuals)
Oct 26 - Orlando, FL (at The Social club with The Annuals)
Oct 27 - St. Augustine, FL (at Cafe 11 with The Annuals)
Oct 28 - Athens, GA (at Tasty World with The Annuals)
Oct 29 - Atlanta, GA (at The Loft with The Annuals)
Oct 30 - Chapel Hill, NC (at The Local 506 with The Annuals)
Oct 31 - Washington, DC (at The Black Cat with The Annuals)
Nov 04 - Oxofrd, England (at The Zodiac)
Nov 05 - Birmingham, England (at The Barfly)
Nov 07 - Manchester, England (at Manchester University)
Nov 08 - London, England (at King's College)
Nov 11 - Lille, France (at Maison Folies)
Nov 12 - Paris, France (at Cigale)
Nov 13 - Amsterdan, Netherlands (at The Paradiso)
Nov 15 - Berlin, Germany (at The Magnet)
Nov 17 - Stockholm, Sweden (at Debaser)
Nov 18 - Copenhagen, Denmark (at Small Vega)
Nov 19 - Cologne, Germany (at The Underground)
Nov 20 - Brussels, Belgium (at The Botanique)
Nov 21 - Munich, Germany (at The Atomic Cafe)

* Wow. No rest for the weary, eh?

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Danger Boston, Danger! - It's Frank Black & the Foo Fighters


When I was still in college, my friends and I used to endlessly debate which bands would be needed for the ideal rock line-up. One friend would suggest, "How about RUSH on their 2112 tour, splitting a show bill with BLACK SABBATH playing to support their Paranoid album?"
I would have other ideas.
(Something like: LED ZEPPELIN, THE PIXIES with the VIOLENT FEMMES or THE STONE ROSES opening up....)
This brand of musing and one-upmanship could carry on for hours.
Where am I going with this, you might ask? - well, for indie rock fans in Boston - the following improbable yet ideal live show is a reality:
Frank Black and Dave Grohl? How much better could it get?



Grohl and Company (above) play an intimate show on at Boston's Wang Theater on Tuesday night with Frank Black playing an opening set.

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Sounds like a good time to me!

Seats for the show start at $40 - but I am sure there will be the customary handling and ticketing charges (fees ranging $6 to $12 per ticket.)

The Wang Theater- Telecharge for ticketing

Don't be late - Frank is scheduled to open and will only play a half-hour.
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Tracks are from Songs in the Key of X
An awesome X-Files inspired music complilation.

Foo Fighters - Down in the Park (link expired)

Frank Black - Man of Steel (link expired)

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Scrambled Eggs and Rusty Razorblades


Downloads return tomorrow. Youtube has been my best friend as of late. (So addictive!) At any rate, please enjoy these. I was glad to be able to find them and share:

JOE STRUMMER -and- THE MESCALEROS
Straight to Hell
(live - Cologne, Germany 1999)



ENGLISH BEAT
Mirror In the Bathroom




GARY NUMAN
Cars




VOXTROT
Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives
(March 2006 - live in Seattle record store)

Friday, August 18, 2006

Opening Day - Jumping on the SOAP bandwagon



I have never seen so much fan art and parody to hit the internet. Hit youtube and it's all SOAP these days (that and Kelly Clarkson.) Not since The Blair Witch Project has viral media done so much to promote a movie that probably isn't that big of a deal.




Exposures the thing, so ultimately, I guess the ends might justify the means...


Everybody that wants to has seen the Cobra Starship "Bring It" Snakes video... I am not linking their video.

I will drop this new official trailer instead. (Nothing like the real McCoy!)



COOL SNAKES EXTRAS:
Send a personalized SOAP phone message or email from Samuel Jackson to your friends

THE OFFICIAL MOVIE PAGE

DID YOU KNOW?
On June 3, 2006, Samuel L. Jackson said, while presenting the award for best movie at the MTV Movie Awards, "I'm here tonight to present the award everyone's been waiting for: best movie. Now, this award holds a special place in my heart because next year I'll be winning it for Snakes on a Plane. Now I know, I know that sounds cocky, but I don't give a damn. I am guaranteeing that Snakes on a Plane will win best movie next year. Does not matter what else is coming out. The New James Bond... no snakes in that! Ocean's 13... where my snakes at? Shrek the Third... green, but not a snake. No movie shall triumph over Snakes on a Plane. Unless I happen to feel like making a movie called Mo' Motha-fuckin' Snakes on Mo' Motha-fuckin' Planes."

A little joke between Boston & Samuel L. Jackson
Laugh friends, laugh:




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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Musical Culture Shock



BOSTON
A musical tribute to the blue-collar city dominated by sports, beer, history, comic relief and well, beer.

vs.
"Tea Partah"
An amusing little poke at fine livin'
(having at Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket Island and Cape Cod... )





That's fun stuff. Thanks to Amanda (on her way to Ireland today) for dropping that on me.


MORE SUMMER MUSIC

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Eddy Grant ~ Electric Avenue (link expired)

Ryan Adams ~ Luminol (link expired)


2006 Summer Showcase

Is this the SUMMER of LOVE?

Let's take a look back at what has come to pass as Fall approaches.

It was early June when Tapes N Tapes, The Figurines and The Cold War Kids stepped on stage at the Middle East.

Tapes 'N Tapes front man Josh Grier made quite an impression and got this year's indie summer season started right. Pictured here at the Middle East Downstairs in June.

photo credit: me

Indie Faves Tapes 'N Tapes from Minnesota just recently impressed on the David Letterman show. Here's the video:





The same night in Boston that TNT appeared, Johnny (guitars) from the Cold War Kids was captured outside the Middle East:

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The Cold War Kids would return to play with Austin's Sound Team and Midlake last month at TT the Bears.

Sound Team will soon return again to play the Middle East with the French Kicks!

Stay tuned on this - it's a September 8 show.

Radiohead came to town and played the Boston Pavilion.



To read my review of this truly amazing show

(published in the RSL MySpace blog)

- click and read: Here


In 2006, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs play to captive audiences:

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In Boston: Homeboy Nick Zinner played before an adoring crowd.

Photo credit: Cynthia P


And in Brooklyn: (during a two day stand) it was Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase who had the opportunity to meet his neighbors.

Here Karen O calls her drummer from out behind the kit for an impromptu mock interview.

Photo credit: The Angry Citizen

I Quip :One can't help but notice that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are becoming a household name. This may be one of the most successful indie tours of the year. Stay tuned.



It was the start of summer when the best You Tube video I had ever seen was released. Montreal's Wolf Parade w/ "I'll Believe in Anything, You'll Believe in Anything."




I fell in love with this clip immediately and knew it would have to make a reappearance.

Well, I acted too slowly and missed out on Ted Leo's sold out "solo/acoustic" daytime show at the Middle East upstairs recently. I was a little bit pissed off at myself for dropping the ball to be honest with you. I really wanted to go.

The show was a smashing success from all accounts, made all the better by the unexpected showing of Pharmacists members Dave Lerner and Chris Wilson. The crowd that showed up at the afternoon show was treated to a sensational performance that proved to be far from solo or unplugged!

The next best thing was to drive to Bridgeport last weekend to see Ted Leo play a wicked set at the Bridgeport Above Ground Festival (see yesteday's post)

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists played Bridgeport.
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The neighbors evidently prefer Yanni.

THE SUMMER DOWNLOAD SERIES CONTINUES

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Stereophonics ~ Pedalpusher live


Ted Leo ~ Since You Been Gone (in studio)


Voxtrot ~ Mothers, Sisters, Daughters and Wives live - KEXP





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Monday, August 14, 2006

The Ted Leo - Above Ground Festival Wrap

I attended the Bridgeport Above Ground (BAG) Music Festival in Connecticut to see Ted Leo and a number of southern New England bands play out this past weekend with my friend Jen.
Leo and the Pharmacists were the Bridgeport festival headliner and they certainly rewarded us for driving all that way. Damnnnnnnn - you and the Pharmacists are sick musicians my friend.



I think the high points of the Above Ground Festival were Some Beginner's Mind (brand new TL/Rx song - download from my previous post!!) and The High Party. I really wanted to see Hearts of Oak live- but it did not appear in the setlist.

The song, Me and Mia rocks live. Pop friendly, sure - but amazing still.
Cool video - not from this show... But definitely worth watching!

- ME and MIA -

Another cool Ted Leo videy:
Once again, not recorded by moi - mr. can't film or take a picture.
My pix all came out utter dash!
But, again, definitely worth watching:

- THE HIGH PARTY -

Ted Leo likes to banter with his crowds. In this case he dedicated a song; ("Counting Down the Hours") to a marine in the crowd and made a joke about how his playing new songs is a lot like fishing for compliments.

"I don't know why I said fishing. I'm a vegan," he said, "so flock fishing."

During the show the band would have to stop after drummer Chris Wilson had a drum stick fly off his kit and poke him directly in the eye.

"You alright man??" Leo asked of his drummer. The bearded man winced, his hand cupped over his swollen eye. (A long pause, whispering.)

"Chris just said something to me," Leo said turning back to the crowd, a false look of concern on his face... "He said GO!" And another fury of sound, drums extra loud, echoed across the Bridgeport plaza.

The earlier bands had run-over their set times forcing Ted Leo's hand - there would be no slow easy songs this night. That was fine for this crowd 0f fiery teens and twenty-somethings.
Leo took charge and seemed to feed off the audience's energy and played louder with each song. By ten p.m., one couldn't help but notice the number of police in the crowd had more than doubled in the last twenty minutes.

As night fell, Leo had promised several more tracks but was ordered off by the police who had evidently received noise complaints. "One more song was their mantra." Leo would have to concede to the police demands, but he would ultimately have the last laugh.
The singer agreed to play one more song, but then actually played two - the second he quickly mouthed to the authorities would be quieter (this meant solo, but hardly more quiet!) Wilson and bassist Daver Lerner evacuated the stage while Leo prepared to send the crowd home.
To Leo's credit, he started slow and quiet... The song - a haunting, slashing power-chord dominated ballad - was a modernized version of an Irish classic.

"We're in Bridgeport," Ted told the crowd. "This song seems appropriate." It was Dirty Old Town! -- a song penned by Irish songwriter Ewan MacColl in the 1950s, shared by the Dubliners but truly made famous by Shane McGowan's Pogues.


Dirty Old Town
I met my love by the gas works wall
Dreamed a dream by the old canal
Kissed a girl by the factory wall
Dirty old town
Dirty old town
Clouds a drifting across the moon
Cats a prowling on their beat
Springs a girl in the street at night
Dirty old town
Dirty old town
Heard a siren from the docks
Saw a train set the night on fire
Smelled the spring on the smoky wind
Dirty old town
Dirty old town
Im going to make me a good sharp axe
Shining steel tempered in the fire
Will chop you down like an old dead tree
Dirty old town
Dirty old town


"Good Night," bade Leo - as the people of Bridgeport made their way home.


The irony of this song choice - used to closed a festival intended to celebrate the rejuvenation of a city once dominated by crime and one that was once in a state of economic decline was not lost on me.

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Listen and Download 14 tracks from Ted Leo directly: here

Go see Ted Leo - because he rocks and you'll have a really good time.

Promise.



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Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Above Ground Music Festival in Connecticut

About the time you are reading this I will likely already be driving south along I-95 heading towards the Bridgeport, CT



for the Bridgeport Above Ground (BAG) Music and Arts Festival. It's a free cultural bash being thrown by the city fathers (who have shut down some streets to accomodate this event and to setup a skate ramp or two) and several sponsors there.

Line-up at the all-day festival are set to include:

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - On the Web

Ever since I picked up Ted Leo and The Pharmacists' "Shake The Sheets" album, a moment has not gone by that I have not known the whereabouts of that CD. I want to be able to throw this disc into at a moment's notice. The mix of force and easy beauty that Leo exhibits in both his guitar work, lyrics and in his singing voice is remarkable.

Most of the readers on this page likely know Ted Leo. He is one of the most competent touring solo artists in the country, but some may not be familiar with his considerable body of work.



He plays now with an extremely tight band, The Pharmacists!

And, outside of Ryan Adams (who has proven to be the most prolific artist of this age since he doesn't stop releasing new material or recording with new artists) and perhaps Dave Grohl (who is in everyone's touring band) - Ted Leo has been the Everyman in the music scene. He plays cities across the country year-round. Most note worthy is that Ted Leo has the respect of a most elusive group - his fellow artists and musicians. Ted Leo adds class and a hell of a lot of serious rock to this festival.

Headliners, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists are scheduled to go on at 9p.m.


MP3 - DOWNLOADS:


Planeside - On the Web
Post-modern pop punk from NYC. The band name sounded familiar, and now I know why! Their music has been showcased on ESPN sports video games. (Yes, a geek.) The strong drums, confident bass and sharp guitar should keep the people of Bridgeport busy under the summer sun.

J. DiMenna - On the Web
One listen to J's competent guitar work and expert story-telling and you will be won over. He is touring in support of his Awkward Buildings debut album released earlier this year.
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The Zambonis - On the Web
This group has been around the block musically but they get to play in front of a home-town crowd at this music festival. I have an old Zambonis CD from years ago. It was a demo album I picked up working as a DJ for a radio station. Listening to their new stuff you can't help but hear how much better the band is musically, but the spirit and energy of their songs (all related to hockey and hard New England living! They are Boston Bruins fans... ) - well, that's remained pretty much the same. This should be fun.

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The Mountain Movers - MM page & Alternate Routes - AR page
I really don't know these bands. I know they both are part of the southern New England music scene and the members are Connecticut natives. My bet is that both bands will likely give their all at this show in front of friends. Stop by their pages and check 'em out.

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Notes:

Ted Leo plays a special solo show at the Century Lounge in Providence tomorrow night.
(Arrive early - shows have been selling out.)

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The YYYs Conquer the City

Boston is conquered
by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
The engimatic Karen O sings while Nick Zinner jams out on guitar.
photograph by Chris Dempsey, Boston Phoenix

Just hours after the people of a half-dozen cities along the American eastern seaboard found themselves wrapped in fear due to the announcement of the latest terrorist plots to attack US and British passenger planes, the people of Boston attending the free Yeah Yeah Yeahs show in City Hall Plaza were set free.

The music was liberating and it was damn loud.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs stormed Boston on Thursday playing a free show sponsored by WFNX radio and The Boston Phoenix. Unbelievable is my best description. To put it simply, I didn't realize I needed to see a Yeah Yeah Yeahs show before I died - but I really did. What a brilliant showing!

The early show attendance count was 10,000-plus people - but I have a feeling that number may have been conservative to appease safety officials. (The entire city hall plaza was jammed with people and the surrounding streets feeding into Faneuil Hall marketplace were bustling with tourists and dinners.)

I was disappointed to miss all but the tail end of opening band TV on The Radio (NYC).

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TV on the Radio

photo credit: Cynthia P

I have some of TVOTR's music and have heard so much positive feedback about their live performances from friends in New York that it was a let down to miss their set. (A note to planners: For weekday shows, how about giving motorists, commuters and the rest of the working world an extra half-hour to get to the show? It was frustrating being stuck in traffic knowing I was missing a good show just a couple miles away.)

As it ended up, TV on the Radio would make an unannounced appearance at the end of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs set which, sadly, did not do either group adequate service. Karen O's decision to bring the New York band out was well-conceived, but ill-planned. (The microphones on the now-crowded stage - seven individuals - popped and creaked while the voices of the musicians sounded out of phase.) Still a disappointing closing did nothing to dampen the amazing show that was. The YYY slashed through several "classic" songs and some tracks from their new album "Show Your Bones"

Four particularly strong YYY tracks -

Gold Lion from the "Show Your Bones" album

(Show opener and remarkably strong... Karen whatever happened to opening the show with a safety song?! Wow. Right out of the gates!)

Cheated Hearts from the "Show Your Bones" album. (video)



Miles Away from the "Yeah Yeah Yeahs" album. (video)



And Maps from the "Fever to Tell" album.

"This is a love song," Karen told the crowd, and she went about dedicating it to the people of Boston!

The brick, stone and humanity surrounding the band made for an interesting backdrop as daylight fell and the stage lights shined to the beat of Brian Chase's drums.

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Set for their return: The band left Boston with a lasting impression
photo credit: Nina Blass

The band was joined onstage for about a third of their songs by Yeahs touring guitarist Imaad Wasif. Imaad is a former member of the 90s alternative band The Folk Implosion.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are considered by the world to be a New York City band, but last night's show was a homecoming for guitarist Nick Zinner, who grew up here. Zinner played exceptionally well for the hometown crowd and reluctantly but politely waved when the lead singer put her guitarist on the spot by mentioning that his family was in the crowd.

The band travels to New York today to perform a two-night stand.

* Photograph contributions from friends are greatly appreciated (and encouraged!) I have a number of YYY pictures to share and will do so in an upcoming post. Please contact me if you are going to a live show and will have pix to share.



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Boston - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Tonight - what a great time for free live music in Boston - and probably one of the last good shows this summer...

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
&
TV on the Radio
play out live tonight in City Hall Plaza.

The YYYs, of course, are touring behind their ultra-cool 2006 "Show Your Bones" album. It's been touted near and wide (it made my top twenty albums of the last two years list).

DOWNLOAD NOW:
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Date With The Night! (link expired)

And How could it not be great with Karen O's sultry voice?
The band should be absolutely smokin' hot having practiced for their live appearance earlier this week on the Conan O'Brien show.


Special Guests of the YYYs are NYC's TV on The Radio, darlings of the metropolitian New York and Philadelphia indie scenes. The band (which has supported a rolling membership over recent years and are also supporting a new album release with "Return to Cookie Mountain."
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The core members are Tunde Adebimpe (vocals/loops), Kyp Malone (vocals/guitars/loops) and David Andrew Sitek (music/guitars/keys/loops) Jaleel Bunton (drums) & Gerard Smith (bass). They record and play live with their circle of friends, including Katrina Ford of the band Celebration (vocals), Martin Perna (flute/bari & alto sax) of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra and Nick Zinner (guitar) of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

TV on The Radio page
This page is under construction right now, but there are video feeds.
P.S. - TV's Dave Sitek actually produced the YYYs last album
If there are any bloggers out there planning to take pix at the YYY show, please let me know!
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SUMMER SONG DOWNLOAD SERIES:
More Great listening!
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This is a wicked fun summer song!
I love the excitement level (and the clapping) Whooo!
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Sooner or later you make your mind up on B&S.
This is one of the songs that made me a fan.
Great stuff.
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This track (coming to you from Southern Califronia) is so hot!
It's been playing in my vehicle for weeks.
It will rattle your brain:
"Whoa. Whoa, whoa. Yeah."
(Thanks to DJ Jax for hooking me up.)
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The most underrated band playing clubs in England right now.
I am a member of their American fan group.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

George Bush covers U2 & Links

It appears that EZArchive is having some more problems tonight, which means no new downloads... So I will give you extra cool tracks tomorrow.

I don't normally do politics -
I generally find the discussion of politics comparable to the probability of me putting an old iron bell-style diving helmet on my head, opening the creaky face plate and filling it with sting-happy bees. Even if you were to not get stung (which you probably would!) it's unnecessarily risky, stupid and a waste of time.

That being said - the following is as much a musical comedy (and all around satirical spectacle) as it is political:

US President George Bush singing U2's "Sunday, Bloody Sunday."


How do they do that with video?
I did my research and here are the results:Metavid

Here are some other funny "HOW TO..." pages.
Just to spice it up I have added my own titles in bold and italicized font!

How to Explore Abandoned Buildings.
RSL name:> The lawsuit waiting to happen - highly illegal help page

How to Survive a Freestyle Rap Battle
RSL name:> The who you lookin' at sucka? Welcome to 8-Mile page

How to Justify Your Sins
RSL name:> Sin, Glorious Sin!

How to build a Clown Car
RSL name:> Never give up your Dreams.




Ryan's Smashing Life MySpace page


Adieu.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Stuff to look at & listen to - Tickets to buy


CLAP YOUR HANDS BOSTON!

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah tickets for Boston (Tuesday, 9.26.06)
On sale NOW.
AVALON BOSTON - Tuesday 9.26.06
It should be a blast!

MP3 DOWNLOAD:
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MORE MUSIC
COLD WAR KIDS - Hang Me Up To Dry (link expired)
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ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - Grass (link expired)
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THE RAKES - Terror! (link expired)
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NEWS - ARTICLES - INTERVIEWS

In Boston, THE NOISE has a cool Mission of Burma interview up.
Mission of Burma Interview

THE TRIPWIRE has the inside scoop on a Johnny Marr and Modest Mouse collaboration!
VIDEO

The OK-Go Treadmill Dance video. Funny!