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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Boston's Suspect Devices! Viral Marketing inspires Fear and Paranoia

Boston was presumed to be under attack today when someone erected illuminated and magnetic viral marketing ads for Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)'s Aqua Teen Hunger Force. FBI, state and city police, Coast Guard and presumably Air Force, were notified and assembled.





The terror management team came in force and took control briefly to manage all efforts through an unified Boston command center. This occurred just before 2pm. The team shut themselves off from the world as they prepared for the worst.




This is NOT the device.
(This one looks like a bomb.)



The ads (virtual Lite-Brites) were part of a marketing campaign for the wacky cartoon produced by Turner Broadcasting.

I'm not sure what the incident says about Boston. The thing looks like a child's toy mounted to a bridge underpass. I'm not sure that I would have thought it was a risk when I saw it. It looks like artwork or an advertisement to me.

The entire day was impacted by a motorist's anxious call this morning after seeing a suspect device which looked like a bomb. This first finding occurred in Sullivan Square. Within minutes Interstate-93 (the north-south artery through the city) was shut down. The traffic built up through the entire morning commute, delaying thousands of people.





Throughout the city, traffic came to a crashing halt as firefighters and police work to remove all of the units. Authorities report seeing the devices on metal surfaces with most appearing on girders and bridge underpasses. About 10 have been found at this time.

At this very moment, the Fox 25 news copter is circling above a firetruck where troopers are struggling to remove a lite-brite with a creature sporting an odd, death's head grin.







Scorching Heat in The Cool of the Midnight Sun - Blog Radio 16

Welcome to Blog Radio Volume 16:
Scorching Heat in the Cool of the Midnight Sun


"Fireball" photo by Ben Babusis

Blog Radio is a musical expression of fact. It's my music collection and it's what I am listening to right now - on my laptop, in my car, in headphones - in my thoughts. This is a great way for me to connect with all of you. With this blog entry I celebrate sweet serendipity. A handful of these songs were found this week by placing discs in my player and hitting "random play." While the others are forgotten favorites I found while browsing my old playlists. Either way - all are good and now they are yours.

As always, if you like the music - go to your local record store and pick up a copy. Or you can click over to Insound and buy the artist materials. We need to support artists and musicians whose work we enjoy.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Newest Releases - Time to head down to the Record Store

NEW MUSIC RELEASES
all entries are alphabetical

69 EYES-Wasting The Dawn
69 EYES-Savage Garden
ALKALINE TRIO-Remains (Deluxe Edition CD/DVD)

spotlight on...
ALLEN, LILY - Alright, Still
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AUTHORITY ZERO
-12:34
spotlight on...
AUTUMN DEFENSE -Autumn Defense
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BARLOW, LOU-Mirror The Eye

spotlight on...
BEIRUT-Lon Gisland
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BEZEL, JAY-Philadelphia Beast: Vol. 2
BRACKEN -We Know About The Need
BRAND NEW HEAVIES-Elephantitis: Remixes
BUSDRIVER-Roadkill Overcoat
CASTRO, TOMMY-Painkiller
CELTIC WOMAN-New Journey

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CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH-Some Loud Thunder
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CONNICK, HARRY-Oh, My Nola
CONNICK, HARRY-Chanson Du Vieux Carre
DEERHUNTER-Cryptograms
EARLY YEARS-Early Years
EDENBRIDGE-The Grand Design
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER-Essential Emerson, Lake & Palmer
GARFUNKEL, ART-Some Enchanted Evening
GRANDMASTER MELE MEL-Muscles
HELLA-There's No 666 In Outer Space
HOWE, CATHERINE-What A Beautiful Place
HUGHES, GLENN-Music For The Divine
JONES, NORAH-Not Too Late
KOZ, DAVE-At The Movies
LAMPANELLI, LISA-Dirty Girl
LANDRY, G. -Ballad Of Lawless
LAVENDER DIAMOND-Cavalry Of Light
LOVE OF DIAGRAMS-Love Of Diagrams
MADONNA-Confessions Tour (CD/DVD)
MCPHEE, KATHARINE-Katharine Mcphee
NEUROSONIC-Drama Queen
NUTINI, PAOLO-These Streets
PAIN OF SALVATION-Scarsick
PRICE, SEAN-Jesus Price Supastar
RUDD, XAVIER-Food In The Belly

spotlight on...
RZA-Afro Samurai Soundtrack
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SCOTT, JILL -Jill Scott Collaborations
SKINNY PUPPY-Mythmaker
STATIC THOUGHT-In The Trenches
SYLVIAN, DAVID and NINE HORSES-Money For All
TIN HAT-Sad Machinery Of Spring
TRISTANIA-Illumination
TRITT, TRAVIS-Very Best Of
WITHERS, ELISABETH-It Can Happen To Anyone
X-CLAN-Return From Mecca
YOUNG LOVE-Too Young To Fight It
YOUTH GROUP-Casino Twilight Dogs

spotlight on...
ZAPPA, FRANK-Imaginary Diseases
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ZOZOBRA-Harmonic Tremors


Songs from the New Releases:


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You and Me and Tim Williams are Gonna be Friends

Tim Williams has released the Merchant's Heart EP.
You would do well to listen to it soon.



Reflecting on.. this is Tim Williams

Impressed. I was just really impressed after just one listen and was immediately won over by the voice. Then you hear the instruments - and again with the voice. So in just a matter of hours, Tim Williams has gone from relative unknown in my life to a favorite artists. Listen:


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The album was released by the good folks at Dovecote Records.
GO: www.DOVECOTErecords.com

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Tapes N Tapes - American Tour - Winter/Spring 2007

THE TAPES KEEPS ROLLING...
Back from their 2006 World Tour

Tapes N Tapes - 2007
Winter/Spring Tour of America



Jeremy Hanson on drums for Tapes 'N Tapes

2/23 St Paul, MN Fitzgerald Theater with Chuck Klosterman
3/10 Mexico City, Mexico MX Beat @ Deportivo
4/16 Columbia, MO Blue Note
4/17 St.Louis, MO Creepy Crawl
4/18 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
4/20 Dallas, TX Gypsy Tea Room
4/21 Austin, TX Emo's
4/22 Houston, TX Numbers
4/27 Indio, CA COACHELLA
5/2 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
5/4 Portland, OR Dante's
5/5 Seattle, WA Neumo's
5/6 Vancouver, BC Plaza Club
5/9 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
5/10 Omaha, NE Sokol Underground
5/11 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
5/12 Chicago, IL The Abbey (Two shows)
5/15 Montreal, QUE Le National
5/16 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
5/18 New York, NY Irving Plaza
5/19 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
5/23 Columbus, OH The Basement
5/24 Newport, KY Southgate House



TAPES 'N Tapes Web

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Eleventh Hour Songs (the Rest of the Best 2006)

It (Almost) Slipped through the Cracks 2006 #7
A mp3 music series to be published over the month of January!


WHAT TO EXPECT
* Lesser known or under-appreciated songs from favorite artists
* Releases that most people missed because they were listening to top forty radio.
* Alternate, remix & live sets from '06 artists that cast the material in a new light.
(Hey, if I play something from 2005 that overlapped into 2006.... Give me a break please?)



Eleventh Hour by Russell Richards


Previous Posts in this Series:



From Denmark comes The Figurines . The band released its "Skeleton" album - a magnificent release; last year.I got to see the band play live in Boston during the spring tour. They appeared with Tapes N Tapes and Cold War Kids. It really doesn't get much better than that. Here is "Rivarly" - one of the best tracks from 2006. Enjoy.


The Figurines Web

Heaven and Earth! Indie Bloggers are fickle creatures - this much is certain. By year's end most had forgotten about the incredible album from Detroit natives The White Stripes . "Get Behind Me Satan" is a superb album. This is my "My Doorbell" - it's an instant classic from 2006.


The White Stripes Web

You do know about New York musicians, Bishop Allen, right? The reason I ask is the band put out 11-12 EP albums this year. (To be honest I am still catching up on the year end ones, so my totals may be off.) The incredibly talented BA did something incredible this year. They toured constantly and released a new series of songs about once every 30 days. The growth and transitional evolution of their music is amazing. In 2006 they added piano, but what they really did was undertake one of the most ambitious music projects ever! Very, very big thumbs up for Bishop Allen and two songs: Here is their live take on the Talking Heads song, "Psycho Killer" and my absolute favorite BA song: "The Monitor".



Bishop Allen Web


Storming indie sub-culture is the next band. It's Australia's Architecture in Helsinki who I saw play an absolutely wonderful show bill this year with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah this year. There really isn't too much more I can say that to direct to that review. This band is one of the most impressive live shows I have ever been to. It's like the Blue Man Group minus the blue, of course. Here is the sweet song, "Maybe you Can Owe Me".

Show Review is here.


Architecture in Helsinki Web

The next biggest band in the world is... (I can't really say, but I wouldn't be the least bit shocked in any way if it wasn't the Leicester, UK's) Kasabian . Already subject to a multi-national following of indie-rock followers, the band's talent continues to grow. Kasabian are Tom Meighan, Sergio Pizzorno, Chris Edwards and Ian Matthews. The lads take the sounds of a band like the Kings of Leon and kicked it up a notch. I let you folks now about a secret show in Providence and dropped some tracks on you last year. Look for more and better from this band in 2007. Why let a good thing end? Here is the title track "Empire" off their album released last year. You need to get this one. Cheers.


Kasabian Web

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Beatles Tidbits: They were Just soooooo Good!

Find of the Week:

The Beatles studio session for "Hey Bulldog"






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Site Maintenance - Time Out

TIME OUT?
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Just found out some sound files will be unavailable for a limited time due to my host service performing maintenance of their system. This is just temporary. But it was awful nice of them to give me a notice, eh? If you came to check something out, please come on back soon.

This one works for right now at least!

Indieland News - January 2007 edition


Blurring the lines between the Working Class and Royalty
THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE QUEEN

Damon Albarn of Blur and The Gorillaz.
He's the man behind The Good, The Bad and The Queen. It's hard to keep up. But the listening is great.


Damon Albarn joins Graham Coxon as a flurry of Blur side projects take center stage. And with each path to individual success, comes a further diminished likelihood of a Blur reunion. (Based on these solo efforts, I'm not sure that the wait is such a bad thing - but there are some in England who feel otherwise..)




The Good, The Bad and The Queen on the Web

the people have spoken... (taken from the Wikipedia)....

The Good, the Bad and the Queen is the name of Blur frontman Damon Albarn's new album and new project. Initially reported as a solo album by Albarn with Danger Mouse producing, NME revealed in late July 2006 that the solo project was switched to a new group formed by Albarn.[1]

The group, which consists of Albarn, The Clash's bassist Paul Simonon, former The Verve guitarist Simon Tong (who also played guitar during Blur's Think Tank tour following Graham Coxon's departure, and played guitar for Gorillaz on their Demon Days album.)


Blur guitarist Graham Coxon
just released incredible guitar rock on his latest solo album.




Now we know why the Gorillaz only managed book and DVD projects recently-with Damon working on The Good The Bad and the Queen, no one was left to tend the store.

Albarn and Company: The Gorillaz
branded themselves as cartoon heroes

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Poof! They were gone.
A record label explodes rather than decays - V2 has closed it's doors

Well, that was sudden. The V2 Label closed shop over the last 30 days and released its artists from all obligations and contracts. Most notable of those contracts: The White Stripes, The Greenhornes and Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos (and a slew of other up-and-coming indie acts!) Time will only tell how this will impact the industry as artists begin to move.


Meg White of the White Stripes.

Impacted Artists




In Anthony of the RHCP We Trust...(!, ?, !)

The latest Rolling Stone magazine provided the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis not one but two chances this month to plug his favorite new bands....
(Including a conversion with the Rolling Stone's - "The Smoking Section".)


Who did Kiedis tap as the best new groups? Read on.

The Venetian Snares.
Kiedis: "It's dramatically hardcore electronic music out of Canada, sort of in the Squarepusher vein - really different and cutting edge."

Find out for yourself: Venetian Snares on MySpace


The Jack Bambis are a band of twelve-year-olds.
Kiedis: "They became my favorite musical experience of 2006. They're phenomenal - whenever they'd play I'd find a way to get to the show."

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Kid stuff? Kiedis is hot on L.A.'s The Jack Bambis.
Sorry this is the best (and largest picture) I could find.
The band still doesn't have a published page yet!


- PROVEN TO BE GOOD -
NEW STUFF FROM BANDS YOU ALREADY LIKE

Puddlegum has the low-down on the latest from Band of Horses.
(They are working on a new album!)


Also coming over the next 30 - 60 days
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Jesse Malin
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Explosions in the Sky

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Uh, this is how they say, "Unfair..."
3/30/07

So I already bought my Boston tickets... For Central Square Cambridge's Middle East appearance of Cold War Kids, Tokyo Police Club and Delta Spirit on March 30. (Which will sell out.) The trio are among the best indie artists playing anywhere these days.... They will be appearing that night playing downstairs under the WFNX Radio Discovery Music Series. The Upstairs artist for that same night, (just added mind you) is RSL favorite Birdmonster. Who I have never seen and would love to if I wasn't already in the building at another show.

That's just plain Cruuuuuuuuel.








Tokyo Police Club will be in Boston this March.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Newest Band from Baltimore - The Frenemies are Here

Exposing a new band. Listen up!


Baltimore By Night -
photo by Scooter

A mix of rock, vocalized poetry and unexpected beats, Frenemies could be coming to an indie-rock venue near you. If you are reading this in the Greater Baltimore area....
Remember you heard it HERE first.


photo by Katherine STP Hill




Good stuff! Fresh and unexpected, this isn't the best I've heard in the last year but they are certainly far from the worst. There is a straight forward honesty on these tracks and (with it comes a quality of sound underscoring the effort of the musicians. Baltimore, indeed.
This band strikes me as one that would sound pretty incredible live.

In a world of imitators and slack talents - Frenemies are great adventure!




Recommended:
The "Birds in High School" album from Frenemies.

Frenemies on MySpace
(be their friend!)

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Four Tracks for Thursday - More to Come

Hey Guys, I tried but couldn't finish the big blog post for this morning. So I am just dropping some tracks to hold you over. Check back after I get out of work.

slow but worth it.
(now with added flare)





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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Ks, Sons of New York City


From Brooklyn -
The Ks



We met the Ks a while back on these pages.
This morning we stop in and pay them a visit, allowing new readers to check them out.


The talented band is led by singer-songwriter Dan Kilian.

The following tracks are from the band's release, Skunk:

Good stuff! I strongly encourage you to check this band out:


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Monday, January 22, 2007

Always a Bridesmaid... More of the Second Best Songs of 2006 - Volume 6

It (Almost) Slipped through the Cracks 2006 #6
A mp3 music series to be published over the month of January!


WHAT TO EXPECT
* Lesser known or under-appreciated songs from favorite artists
* Releases that most people missed because they were listening to top forty radio.
* Alternate, remix & live sets from '06 artists that cast the material in a new light.
(Hey, if I play something from 2005 that overlapped into 2006.... Give me a break please?)


Second Chance by Brut Pop

Previous Posts in this Series:






Philadelphia's Man Man released their Six Demon Bag album in 2006 to rave reviews from music bloggers and are only starting, now - to reaching the masses. This attention has been further augmented by the group's strange on-stage antics (often wearing war paint and matching tennis outfits) and bizarre videos (go to YouTube). I am giving you the track Engrish Bwudd...


Seattle has given us the indie rock song of the year. Band of Horses released Everything All the Time in March and won over indie-rock and alternative fans with their amazing song, The Funeral. It's my pick for song of the year. The band started out in 2004 with the break-up of the band Carissa's Weird. Ben Bridwell (guitar, vocals) and Mat Brooke (guitar) became the nucleus of Horses, the band which would see a few line-up changes prior to this latest incarnation - Band of Horses. Go out and buy their album. Here is a live version of The Funeral - which you won't find on the Sub-Pop release...




From Indie-Rock Single of the Year to Album of the Year.... We are traveling west to Portland, Oregon. The Decemberists released an OUTSTANDING album in 2006 with The Crane Wife. There really isn't much I can say to you to other than that if you buy one album this week - make it this one. The album caught me off guard and in the best of ways! The Decemberists are led by Colin Meloy, a talented singer-songwriter who exhibits his best work to date here. The singer has been center stage through the band's prior albums, but takes a small step back on this release. The results are magical. The rest of the band (amazing musicians in their own right) shine. I have selected a live version of the song, O Valencia! to share with you today. Do the right thing, pick up the album. Thank me later.



Heading across the Atlantic we arrive in Denmark; Copenhagen to be precise. Time to meet the extremely new group that made one hell of a catchy song in 2006: The Floor is Made of Lava. The band is named after a childhood game (Walking atop furniture - "Don't touch the floor!") and the energy of this track backs up the name. To be honest, I really don't know much about these guys, but one listen to the fast song, Told Her I'm From Compton and they won me over. A great track and here it is:




Los Angeles' Eskimohunter is a cool five-piece band who mix indie-pop with alternative mashes of unusual lyrics and electronica. The Musical Snowglobe Machine EP was released way back in 2005, but the band didn't truly catch on outside of the Valley until this year - making this a cheater in it's 2006 spot. Regardless, 2006 was when I heard this song and it still made me list (sue me.) - Here is Surfing at 32 degrees F.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Lose Yourself - The Latest Blog Radio is Just What You Need

Welcome to RSL Blog Radio Volume 15.
These are songs are what I am listening to right now.
(Think of it as a road map to my state of mind!)


An Inaccurate Map of Charlottesville
by Russell Richards

The hope is that there's something in here from my collection that you will like, and visa-a-vis - it's a great way for me to connect with all of you. As always, if you like the music - go to your local record store or click the Insound Button to the right of the screen and buy the artist album. We need to support artists and musicians whose work we enjoy.

Hopefully you are into these. Sometimes the songs are emblematic of larger themes or represent an entire artist's album. If you are an artist and you would like your music or visual media shared with the readers of this page, please contact me at therslweblog@gmail.com



Notes, Reminders and What-not

Coming Soon:


An amazing and rare BOB MARLEY live set,

more of the It (Almost) Fell through the Cracks 2006 Music Series
(a look back at the most underrated songs of 2006),

A very special reader request for: (Fed Up!?) Angry Songs for Stressful Days.


Still available:

The RSL New Year's Post:
Rippin' It Up - Tracks for 2007! Songs for the New Year

Sigur Ros, Live in New York 2006:
Iceland's Best play America! The Sigur Ros Post

Photo Diary - After the Blizzard: Colorado's Garden of the Gods:
Icy Images taken the Day after Colorado's 2nd Blizzard of 2006 -
Garden of the Gods Photo Diary

Stormy Weather - Songs for Winter
Songs for Winter... Brrrrr