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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cursive's NEW VIDEO - From The Hips




MOVING PICTURES: We already told you about CURSIVE'S new record Mama, I'm Swollen. Well, we're not alone in our praise: Alternative Press called it “jam-packed” with “potentially life-changing songs” and The Onion praising it as “full of volatility” and “dynamic instrumentation.”

None of that makes a bit of difference unless you experience it for yourself. Having appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman this month, the band went back to work in the studio, finishing their first video from the new record. This is "From the Hips"...



TOUR DATES
APR. 24 ST. LOUIS, MO - THE FIREBIRD
APR. 25 MEMPHIS, TN - HI TONE
APR. 26 NASHVILLE, TN - MERCY LOUNGE*
APR. 27 BIRMINGHAM, AL - BOTTLETREE*
APR. 28 PENSACOLA, FL - SLUGGOS*
APR. 29 ORLANDO, FL - THE SOCIAL*
APR. 30 ORLANDO, FL - THE SOCIAL*
MAY 1 ATLANTA, GA - VARIETY PLAYHOUSE*
MAY 2 CARRBORO, NC - CAT’S CRADLE*
MAY 3 WASHINGTON, DC - BLACK CAT*
MAY 4 STATE COLLEGE, PA - THE STATE THEATRE*
MAY 5 PITTSBURGH, PA - DIESEL*
MAY 6 DETROIT, MI - MAGIC STICK*
MAY 7 MILWAUKEE, WI - TURNER HALL
MAY 8 MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FIRST AVENUE
MAY 9 CHICAGO, IL - BOTTOM LOUNGE
* dates with Man Man

Glasvegas and Ida Maria

SOLD OUT EVENING: The fact that nary a ticket is available for a Glasvegas show is as predictable as bad news on the front page these days ... Well tonight's musical escape at the Paradise in Boston is completely sold out. Glasvegas (who are touring later this year with U2 and Kings of Leon) is certainly the hottest Scottish band in the world right now (Sorry Franz).

RSL Live Show of the Week:

GLASVEGAS at the Paradise

Tonight's live event is also sold out in no smart part (at least we'd like to think) due to the impressive sounds of SxSW act Ida Maria. The Norwegian band wraps up their stint with Glasvegas tonight. As for Ida Maria's awesome sound - check out the video below... (Think Sonic Youth meets Bjork... A little fresher but less sassy than Be Your Own Pet and as good but certainly less British than The Duke Spirit...) We like them. Add these acts together and what you have is one hell of a live show tonight in Boston. Hope to see you there!

VIDEOS

Glasvegas - Daddy's Gone


Ida Maria - Oh My God


GLASVEGAS Web/Myspace/Facebook
Ida Maria Web/Myspace/Facebook

Monday, March 30, 2009

Download the First Single from Bob Dylan's New Album!

DYLAN, DYLAN, DYLAN - At the end of April, living music legend Bob Dylan will release his 46th album. Together Through Life, produced by Jack Frost, was recorded late last year, prompted by the composition of a new song, “Life Is Hard,” which was written for a forthcoming film by French director Oliver Dahan (La Vie En Rose).

We are very excited to announce that you can download the first single from the new album, "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" absolutely free! And friends, this new song (which you can grab from BobDylan.com) thoroughly impresses!


Set to emerge on April 28th

Video from Don't Look Back

from D.A. Pennebaker's 1965 Dylan tour "biopic"

THE TIME OF HIS LIFE: The Platinum-selling Time Out Of Mind from 1997 earned multiple Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year, while “Love and Theft” continued Dylan’s Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations and a statue for Best Contemporary Folk album. His most recent studio work, "Modern Times," became one of his biggest albums worldwide, selling more than 2.5 million copies and earning Dylan two more Grammys.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Boston just Rocks (Free Artist Compilation!)

BOSTON - Exposing our friends to new music is probably the most rewarding thing about hosting the blog. And, helping our local friends (both old and new) in bands is a great way to support the region's music scene. So that's why we are really glad to finally get the word out on Winter is Cold, - a compilation of Boston-area artists who want you to hear what they've been up to! The music download is completely free. It's never been so easy to be part of the scene.




Clawjob photo by Steve Gintz




WINTER IS COLD
20 Boston Bands. 20 Songs for Free!

1 Up Periscope On the Submarine Unspeakable - Ho-Ag
2 Black Sky Above, Black Sea Below - Tristan Da Cunha
3 AT Trailers - Reports
4 Siberian Death Sub - Brutal Love Masters
5 Diamond Hoax - Clawjob
6 Blue Glass - Neptune
7 An Absolute Farmer - The Big Disappointments
8 The View From Up Here - Night Driving

9 Barnyard Creeps - Animal Hospital
10 Minister - Meanings
11 Satin Rules - Helms
12 20 Minute Mile - Piles
13 Black Person - Thunderhole
14 Magic Jar of Jar of Animal - Paper Thin Stages
15 Feelings (They're Alright) - Summerduck
16 A Beginning - Concord Ballet Orchestra Players
17 The Pigeon and the Eggs - Magic People
18 Earth Submarine - The Measuremen
19 Life Before Birth - The Red Royal
20 Sticks & Stones - Dr. & Mrs. Van Der Trampp




Animal Hospital photo by Kelly Akashi


Winter is Cold is available for free on CD in various Boston-area stores and cafes,
and you can also download all the music here in 192kbps mp3 quality.

If you like what you hear, please support the bands! more details...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Brown Shoe


CALIFORNIA SUN: We are very excited about Jackalope (on Organic), the cool new record from West-Coaster shoegazers BROWN SHOE. The band makes an appearance in Cambridge tonight playing at All Asia and we definitely like what the crowds there will be hearing...


WHO IS BROWN SHOE? Brown Shoe’s release of “The Wheat Patch” in 2006 won the hearts of fans and earned them rave reviews from critics. Along came some big-time college radio airplay and charting on CMJ. Their musical style (described as everything from avante garde to shoegaze) has drawn some pretty favorable comparisons to Sigur Ros, My Morning Jacket, Doves, and Red House Painters. Over the last couple of years, Brown Shoe has performed at festivals and clubs across the entire United States.

VIDEO: Brown Shoe's "Aquarium"

THE FUTURE IS NOW: The release of Brown Shoe's “Vanity” in June 2007 attracted even more press, placements on MTV and radio play on over 300 stations. By the time “Vanity” was finished a handful of new songs had begun to take shape as the foundation for what would eventually become Brown Shoe’s latest record, “Jackalope”, recorded between January and April of 2008. The band is touring behind that remarkable new material now. And appearing tonight in Cambrige, this top notch touring band appears in a CNC Music Productions lineup over at All Asia.

This one's a pretty safe bet for your entertainment dollar folks!


BROWN SHOE
Web / Myspace

Friday, March 27, 2009

"Slow Jack" from Boston's St. Helena

GOING OUT BOSTON: One of Boston's brightest indie stars will shine brightly this Saturday. The re-emergence of St. Helana led by Patrick Teahan and a new lineup, will release a simply magical new EP titled, Slow Jack, and will perform those songs before a live audience in Cambridge!

Boston's St. Helena
Someone you Should Know in '09


Anna Goska photograph

St Helena - Fortune Cookie
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

The SAINT OF LOST CAUSES... That's St. Helena's claim to fame and her historic lot in life. An odd choice for a band that seems to have so much going for them. Founded in 2006 by Teahan, the band found a measure of success from fans who demanded airplay for songs from Happy, the band's first EP. The current line-up of St. Helena has Patrick on vocals and guitar, with Chaetan Newell joining him on guitar, Keith Wales on bass, and Shawn King Devlin, St. Helena’s very talented drummer, keeps them all on track. Magen Tracy is keyboards, and is Patrick's singing partner. St Helena is looking forward to what 2009 brings. If these new songs are any indicator, I would say St. Helena has a very bright future!


RECORD RELEASE PARTY: The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge (3/28). 4 Bands
BOSTON's 88.9 fm :: The band will be a guest on WERS radio's Local Music Week on Monday.

ST. HELENA
Web / Myspace

Stevie Nicks releases 2 New Projects!


New Release on March 31st

GOLD DUST WOMAN - In just a couple of days the legendary Stevie Nicks will release the"Live In Chicago" DVD (two hours of live performances) as well as "The Soundstage Sessions" CD (10 songs selected from the same.)

The "Live in Chicago" DVD includes all the timeless Nicks songs from her solo projects as well as songs written as a member of the legendary rockers Fleetwood Mac. Along with Stevie classics such as "Stand Back," "Rhiannon," "Dreams," "Gold Dust Woman," "Landslide" and "Edge of Seventeen," the DVD also features stunning cover songs, including Dave Matthews' "Crash Into Me" and a tear-down-the-house finale of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll."

Stevie Nicks "Landslide" video

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To celebrate the release of the DVD and CD, Stevie Nicks will be in New York's Union Square on March 31st (the day of the release) to sign copies (a rare autograph session!) during a meet and great with fans. Event & Details: Barnes & Noble Bookstores. Nicks is currently on the road with Fleetwood Mac on their Unleashed Tour.

STEVIE NICKS
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Rock Report - Brody Dalle's Spinnerette

BACK AGAIN FOR MORE! On her first album since The Distillers broke up in 2005, Australian singer Brody Dalle returns with a new band, Spinnerette, and a new sound that’s less punk these days and more plain old hard rock. Ghetto Love is also her first musical project since giving birth to a daughter. These are certainly fast changing times for Dalle! Here's her new video:

SPINNERETTE - Ghetto Love
from the forthcoming EP of the same name

video directed by Liam Lynch

SCORE WITH SPINNERETTE: We've got really cool, limited edition Spinnerette screen printed posters signed by Brody Dalle to giveaway. (They're cool looking and pink and have spiders and flowers on them. Ooooh.) These were posters that the rock star screen-printed herself then signed. VERY cool and VERY limited. FREE! We will give them away if you just send us an email with the word "Spinnerette" in the email header. (We will send an email back asking for your mailing address.) The contest/giveaway is available to US residents only. Sorry, we don't make all the rules...

one of the cool, limited edition prints:

SPINNERETTE
Web / Myspace / Buy the EP - $5

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD

There is a Light That Never Goes Out - Actually those words uttered by Morrissey first, so long ago end up being pretty appropriate to discuss today's music topic. We enter the world of improvisational rock, jazz-tinged creativity and ever-evolving, fully actualized music from craftsmen John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood.

The trio of inventive technicians are on the verge of releasing a new CD of material in April. The name of this one: Radiolarians II (surprise, it's the second release in The Radiolarians Series - see my album mention last October) signals the band's desire to celebrate all that is small, beautiful and leaves a permanent mark.

Martin, Wood and Medeseki

Medeski Martin and Wood - Amber Gris
New Album emerges on April 14.

DATES
04.17.09 – Smith Opera House – Geneva, NY
04.18.09 – B-Side Jazz Fest – Minneapolis, MN
04.19.09 – Loyal Earth Festival – St. Louis, MO
04.23.09 – Congress Hall – Warsaw, Poland
05.01.09 – Beale Street Music Festival – Memphis, TN
05.02.09 – The Studio at Colton Theater – New Orleans, LA
05.23.09 – Summer Camp – Chillicothe, IL
06.04.09 – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – Richmond, VA
06.06.09 – 3 Rivers Arts Festival – Pittsburgh, PA

CHECK THESE OUT! - Radiolarians I and II are the adult jazz, funk soul version of Medeski Martin & Wood's wickedly good kids' album released just last year. Let's Go Everywhere is an intelligent, fun record for kids - but performed in the same brilliant alt-jazz, fusion style that the band has made famous. The band speaks to kids but in a voice that doesn't talk down to them. The songs on Let's Go Everywhere are full of imagination-stirring songs. If I had kids, this is what they would be listening to.

It was a busy year for MMW last year. They also released an album of new material titled Zaebos: The Book of Angels. We don't have this one yet (and didn't even know about it until the end of the year!), but it's def on our wish list.

Medeski Martin & Wood released one of my all-time favorite records Out Louder with guitar legend John Scofield in 2006. It's a must-have record and a great way for fans to sink their teeth into Scofield career. Out Louder is a jazz, rock and folk phenomena that transports listeners to far away places!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Grrr...Its Springtime with Bishop Allen

NEW RELEASE TO FREE YOUR MOOD: Spring had officially arrived on the calendar...not that you could tell by the recent spate of winter weather here in Boston. However, crap weather aside, March has thankfully brought us Grrr..., the newest album from New York's Bishop Allen. The Brooklyn-based outfit has followed up their 2007 LP The Broken String with another collection of indie-pop guaranteed to brighten these raw, cloudy days.


MORE OF THE SAME IN THIS CASE IS A GOOD THING - Their latest CD doesn't stray too far from what you've heard from them before. There are a few more instruments here and there, and a heavier dose of xylophone and violin plucking. But overall, Bishop Allen has kept true to the light-hearted sound that has made them a favorite of the indie scene.

Some folks seem to be obsessing about the "cute" factor of their latest effort, but that strikes me as simple contrarianism or general bitchiness. These folks are clearly making solid indie pop, so to me, those comments are like criticizing country for having "twang".

NEW FAVORITES - Grrr... is not a perfect album, but its got more standouts than weak spots. Tracks such as "Dimmer", "The Lion and The Teacup", "The Ancient Commonsense of Things" and my favorite, "Rooftop Brawl" make it a very strong effort - and an album you should seek out. I also can't help but find myself bouncing along with "Oklahoma". A very fun song.

Bishop Allen

Photo by Sebastian Mylnarski

Bishop Allen - The Ancient Commonsense of Things
mp3 removed on demand

THE RETURN: Bishop Allen will be back in town on April 3, Downstairs at The Middle East. I still remember their Summer 07' downstairs show as one of the better of the season. Their performances have a great way of capturing the essence of their recordings, without being a slave to them. I highly recommend picking up tickets so you can see for yourself. No doubt this one will sell out.

FULL LIST OF DATES:
Mar 26 Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court
Mar 27 Provo @ Velour
Mar 28 Denver @ Hi-Dive
Mar 29 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
Mar 30 Minneapolis @ Triple Rock (aa/5pm)
Mar 31 Chicago @ Subterranean (17+)
Apr 02 Northhampton @ Iron Horse
Apr 03 Cambridge @ Middle East [D] (18+)
Apr 04 Brooklyn @ Music Hall of W'burg (16+)
Apr 05 New York @ Bowery Ballroom (16+)
Apr 14 Amsterdam @ Paradiso
Apr 15 Groningen @ Vera
Apr 16 Ghent @ Voruit
Apr 17 Utrecht @ Ekko
Apr 18 Hamburg @ Knust
Apr 19 Berlin @ Live at Dot
Apr 20 Köln @ King Georg
Apr 21 Münster @ Gleis 22
Apr 22 Osnabrück @ Glanz und Gloria
Apr 23 Leipzig @ Ut Connewitz
Apr 24 Karlsruhe @ Substage
Apr 25 Freiburg @ Swamp
Apr 26 Offenbach @ Hafen
Apr 28 Heidelberg @ Teufel
Apr 29 Geneve @ L'Usine
Apr 30 Düdingen @ Bad Bonn
May 01 Konstanz @ Kulturladen
May 02 Wien @ Wuk
May 03 München @ Feierwerk
May 04 Colmar @ Le Grillen
May 05 Paris/Rouen @ TBA
May 06 Manchester @ Cafe Saki
May 07 London @ Bardens Boudoir
May 08 Cardiff @ Clwb
May 09 Reading @ Oakford
May 10 Brixton @ The Windmill

BISHOP ALLEN
Web / Myspace

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Collected Animal Collective - Rare Recordings to be Auctioned Off!

On The Ebay Auction Block: A Chance to Buy Early Rare Recordings Most A.C. fans have never heard before!

FOR SALE: Early Animal Collective

Animal Crack Box - a forthcoming collection of early (pre-fame) Animal Collective will soon be released in a very limited fashion, says old indie label Catsup Plate. The folks at Catsup Plate vow to donate the proceeds of the album sales to charity. We hear the copies of the limited release (3 LPs containing rare live recordings) will go up for free-market bidding up on Ebay. (Filter is guesstimating there will be a 1,000 of these, but things seem to be far from clear at this point on Catsup Plate.) We are still a month or two away from the press being run, but the rumor mill is already working overdrive. Here's the early tracklisting:

Animal Crack Box
(A 3-RECORD SET)
A1 Jimmy Raven
A2 Ahhh Good Country
A3 Iko Ovo
B1 Pumpkin Gets a Snakebite
B2 Pumpkin's Hallucination
B3 Pumpkin's Funeral
C1 Jungle Heat
C2 Hey Friend
C3 De Soto De Son
D1 Oh Sweet
D2 Young Prayer #2
D3 Do the Nurse
E1 Ice Cream Factory
E2 Hey Light
E3 Two Sails
F1 Don't Believe the Pilot
F2 Who Could Win a Rabbit
F3 Mouth Wooed Her
F4 Covered in Frogs
F5 We Tigers

From the solid Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)
Animal Collective - Brother Sport

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
Web / Myspace

Yeah Yeah Yeah's "It's Blitz"

EDITORS NOTE: About once a month the writers of the RSL get together and look through new projects, drink the finest of wines and shoot our mouths off about music and politics. (And have a pretty damn decent time, I must say!) We recently hosted a debate about the new album from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. What follows is the review of our own Nick Parker.... He defends the dramatic shift in sound the band has undertaken in a just a few short months. (We really miss the rock guitar...) And while Nick and the YYYs haven't won us over just yet, we're definitely listening!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O

photo by Kirstie Shanley

May I take this opportunity to introduce to you a band from New York that you only think you know of…

When I saw Crystal Castles for the first time last year, performing at Glastonbury festival (alas, only televised), I remember thinking to myself “This is a interesting proposition… a dance band trying to replicate some of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ anger, muddy sound and phenomenal front-woman’s ability to tear up (and down) the stage.” Things have come full circle. Listening to “It’s Blitz,” I think to myself, “This is an interesting proposition… a guitar band trying to replicate Crystal Castles' dark electronica and dance-laden pacing, with overdriven synths and drums mixed with drum-machines.”

It really is a good idea.

It's Blitz :: CD Pre-Order Copies ship on 3/31
Also on sale right now through Itunes and Amazon.


I want to speak to some of the numerous naysayers of “It’s Blitz,” because I’ve come across a lot, and I don’t want to just dismiss them. In fact, I have a lot of sympathy with their disappointment with this album. There were few who were bigger fans of the two albums and an EP that this band’s previous incarnation put out than me. When I first heard “It’s Blitz” I did feel sad not to hear that kind of sound again. So much less guitar here from Nick, so much less live drums from Brian.

But I ask those who have seen “It’s Blitz” as the beginning of the band’s demise this question: What have you lost which can’t still be celebrated in listening to “Fever to Tell,” “Show Your Bones,” or “Is is” again? Luckily for us, all those recordings are set in stone, but the band (also luckily for us) is not so static. “It’s Blitz” doesn’t steal the old music away, and it does give us, yet again, something fresh to listen to at every turn.

This is why it’s perhaps less painful to the hardened Yeah Yeah Yeahs fans, like myself, to disregard what similarities do still exist, and meet this new band on their own terms. This album – “It’s Blitz” – is dark, energetic, sometimes touching, sometimes tongue-in-check. It’s a set of songs that, like the music of a great band called the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (from a couple of years ago) seem full of vitality. Don’t let that pass you by because you love them too much to let them grow.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Web / Myspace / Facebook

Friday, March 20, 2009

Album Review: Neal Casal's Beautiful Roots & Wings

MUST HAVE 2009 COLLECTION: The Most Beautiful Album so far this Year is Neal Casal's Roots & Wings (Fargo Records). Casal, who was an exceptional musician before hooking up with Ryan Adams' Cardinals, is now back to his solo roots. (In case you missed it, Newlywed RA is taking some time off from music, temporarily at least, disbanding the Cardinals.) That leaves Casal to his own musical devices - and what results is this truly exceptional new album!

The Remarkable Roots & Wings

cover illustration by Sadie Starnes

Neal Casal - So Far Astray
Highly Recommended

ROOTS & WINGS: Much of Roots & Wings stands over the line between Country and Americana folk - taking its place amongst the best I have heard.... The rest of the songs and the spirit that runs through all the tracks takes us on a journey that winds between the tall pines that have grown from Casal's Cardinals work and leaves us at the feet of George Harrsion. Here we hear early echoes of the Beatle's accomplished career. Very very enjoyable! This is such feel good music that you almost miss the underlying lyrics. It's hard not to appreciate what unfolds.


Neal Casal

I will be completely honest with you... I knew I would like Roots & Wings, but didn't expect to love Casal's new work as much as I do. There are just so many things going on on this record - each done so well, that it's impossible not to enjoy. (Who would have thought an indie rock kid like me would fall so hard for a record built on folk and country fundamentals?!) The reason, I am sure, is the spot-on production, great musicianship and songcraft. Casal is a musical genius. Highly Recommended.

How To Find this Album: You can only buy the album from nealcasal.com, so head over there and check it out. I don't think you will be disappointed at what you hear!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tonight in Boston - the Amazing Raphael Saadiq


RAPHAEL SAADIQ in BOSTON Tonight!

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT PICKS: We recommend you get to The Paradise tonight to check out the amazing music of R&B cool cat Raphael Saadiq. We think that he's the best going right now, despite what the Grammy Awards might tell you. This show is 18+ and tickets are reasonable. He's a big-time act (and an incredibly fun throwback artist) and since the show's at the Dise you won't even need to haul your ass into that giant concrete roadhouse they call the House of Blues. Don't miss this one - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

VIDEO - 100 Yard Dash

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Kristoffer Ragnstam - Wrong Side of the Room

In Austin this week for SxSW: Sweden's talented song-writer Kristoffer Ragnstam has a new album in time for its songs to rain down upon indie rock audiences at South-by-Southwest this week. "Wrong Side of the Room" (in fine record stores and online through itunes) is certainly one worth owning. If you're in Austin, check him out. If not - and this is your very first exposure, get ready to be impressed!


KRISTOFFER RAGNSTAM
Sweden's has their own Beck?


WHO IS KRISTOFFER RAGNSTAM? He has already had some success, touring in support of Debby Harry in 2007. With this new record, it looks like that was just the beginning, and Ragnstam will now make another assault on American shores, we hope even bigger, and more sustained, than his predecessors.

SWEDEN'S FAVORITE SON? A number of reviews have likened the Swedish Rangstam to Beck. It's true that both clearly have some of the same eclectic tastes (those influences and his quirky nature clearly helping Beck become such a staple of both the American and international music scenes.) But perhaps it’s unfair to look so far afield for influences. And comparing an artist to one of his contemporaries could be a limiting factor. In Ragnstam's case we definitely wouldn't want to do that!

HOT IMPORTS: There have been other important bands which suggest Sweden has a thriving music scene on its own terms. The Wannadies, for one, had some great (though more angry) guitar-pop in the 90s which Ragnstam at times seems to echo. Then there was mainstream America’s brief affair with The Hives. Though past their best now, they have done some great punk-pop music over the years. The question is then, will Kristoffer Ragnstam take up the mantle for the Swedish music scene? It certainly looks like it.



Ragnstam’s latest record, “Wrong Side of the Room,” is catchy and energizing in turns. Mixed by renowned Blur, Radiohead and Supergrass engineer, Chris Brown, it manages to be both polished and edgy. Ragnstam's lyrics fit this model too.

The song “2008,” for example, is a great mix of the humorous and poignant. The track begins with the lines “Nothing bores me more than an overrated poet/ with an acoustic guitar, and way too much to say.” As you begin to smile, he sings “Nothing makes me feel more lonely/ than when I’m all alone, with you honey,” and you are suddenly in a quite different place. This is one artist you should get to know!

Kristoffer Ragnstam
Web / Myspace

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Stage Photography: Dan Auerbach in Boston

Photographic Evidence: Dan Auerbach and his band
VENUE: The Paradise in Boston - Mar. 1, 2009


Dan Auerbach at the Paradise - March 1, 2009

these stellar images by RSL photographer Sean Hafferty

We are totally impressed! Easily one of the best shows to date this year in Boston - Black Keys co-founder Dan Auerbach channeled the souls and skills of the blues and rock gods on the Paradise stage at this show. This show promised to be a good one, but little did we know that we were going to see something truly magical unfold up on stage! Auerbach and his band, were all in sync, together proving their worth by grinding out heartfelt songs on a chilly winter night... Check out these unbelievable images - our largest live photo collection ever!

















Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring is Here, Now You Need to Get Well

FILE: SPRING FLU SEASON

This post isn't autobiographical. A friend is sick today (and if you check your facebook or myspace updates closely, I'm sure one of your pals is under the weather too.) Time to heal up - Spring begins on Friday. Here's to getting better soon - and as always, great music...

"SONGS TO BE SICK BY" EDITION

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pearl Jam's Re-Issue of Ten - Live Television Recordings

CRITICALLY DEFAMED BUT SURE TO SELL: On March 24th, Ten - the debut from Pearl Jam will be reissued with all kinds of extras. Expect bonus material, live stuff, etc. This one promises to be a must-release for Grungeheads. One thing though, the "new" Ten hasn't captured the hearts and minds of all the critics.

I got the laugh of the weekend flipping through the back pages of this month's FILTER Magazine. There in the record reviews was this little number from one harsh (and undeniably unbiased) critic - writer Ken Scrudato. You have to love a music critic who quotes Oscar Wilde and has the balls to throw stones at what is sure to be a huge selling album. (The first print has sold 12 Million copies.)

Pearl Jam's Ten Re-Issue Package
in stores on March 24th

Filter Magazine score:
90% for fans. 40% for everyone else.

SCORCHING! - "With TEN (now being reissued in four elaborate, digitally remastered editions - uh.... hooray?), we find the very image of rock stardom has somehow shifted from Bowie and Siouxsie to that of a pitiful, flannel-bedecked misery-guts piffling on about absolutely nothing. The songs on Ten actually sound shockingly more insufferable this far out of their original grunge context, the anthemic sludge of the likes of "Alive" and "Even Flow" inexorably tarred with the brush of a turbid 1991 musical zeitgeist."

Scrudato goes on to liken Eddie Vedder's voice to "constipation-chic" and calls him "Mr. Mopey Pants".... "One can only pray that the act of creating this prodigous lump of doo doo will someday be punitively addressed in the International Criminal Court. Until then, I'd recommend stabbing yourself in the head instead." - KEN SCRUDATO

The funniest thing I've read in a good while!

LIVE RECORDINGS: For the Pearl Jam sympathizers out there, here's a little treat. Pearl Jam's 2006 performance on Saturday Night Live. Both songs are from April 15, 2006!


Saturday, March 14, 2009

America's Smartest Band? - The Motion Sick arrive in Austin

Dateline: AUSTIN, TX - the SxSW Music Festival
It's been an odd evolution for rock and pop music when one considers that its most hopeful sons and daughters have too often been cut from a lot of dullards and non-thinks. It's true! Falling for powerful and emotive music doesn't mean you should avoid songs with great lyrics, thoughtful song craft and ironic humor...

We want to let you know about one of our favorites - and quite possibly the smartest rock band in America... Boston's The Motion Sick are a fun-loving lot and they're as bright as hell too. Here's proof positive that great music can result from good brains! If you're in Austin this week for the South-by-Southwest Music Festival, plan to catch one of their eye-opening shows:

Music that Won't Harm Your Head -
THE MOTION SICK

Photo by Tanit Sakakini


THEY'RE GOOD, IT'S TRUE: The Motion Sick could be the best band in Boston, so be sure to catch them at one of their FIVE sets in Texas this week. We named their latest album, "One of the 20 Albums you need to Own from 2008." With good reason... With crafty, thought-provoking lyrics and huge doses of on-stage fun, the Motion Sick are just sensational! Here's our illuminating interview with the band. (Highly Recommended!)

MARCH DATES:

Mar 19 - SxSW Music Festival - Austin, TX
3pm at Fran’s Hamburgers - Green Light Go Showcase
Mar 19 - Houston, TX
9pm at Notsuoh
Mar 20 - SxSW Music Festival - Austin, TX
1pm at Friends
Mar 20 - SxSW Music Festival - Austin, TX
6pm at Sonny's Vintage
Mar 20 - SxSW Music Festival - Austin, TX
9pm at Pete's Bar
Mar 21 - Memphis, TN
9pm at Buccaneer Lounge
Mar 22 - Akron, OH
9pm at Annabell's Bar & Lounge
Mar 23 - Pittsburgh, PA
9pm at Howler Coyote
Mar 24 - Philadelphia, PA
9pm at The Fire
Mar 25 - NYC
9pm at Arlene's Grocery

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Friday, March 13, 2009

BRIDGES and POWERLINES head to SxSW

ALL KINDS OF UTILITY WORK: One of our absolute favorite indie pop bands in the entire U.S. of A. has three shows at the South-by-Southwest Music Festival this week in Austin and we want you to be there.

To celebrate the dates from New York's Bridges and Powerlines, we are unleashing a brand new song (with the band's support of course!) And if you don't find yourself in the sunny climes and overcrowded streets of Austin, TX this week - take a few minutes to research this band. They are simply incredible!



As a supporter of Bridges and Powerlines, the band made my latest DJ set in February. Click over for the full setlist and one of my all-time favorite BAP tracks! Give this band a look and a listen and you'll likely find yourself a fast fan, too.

One to Watch for at SxSW:

Bridges and Powerlines
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Tristadecaphobia - 2009 Part II

Today is Friday the 13th, and oddly, it's the second one in two months! If you are one of the many thousands of superstitious people who fear this day and all that it brings... there's not much I can do to ease your mind. Here's Social Distortion's "Bad Luck," just realize you're not alone out there! Enjoy the song and this freak's holiday with your Space Rum....


Social Distortion - Bad Luck
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Cool 13 Facts:

There are 13 Moons in a year
There are 13 witches in a traditional coven
13 Notches on the horn carried by the Venus of Laussel
There are 13 Buddhas in some schools of thought in India
13 original colonies in America
The known universe is currently thought to be about 13.7 billion years
old, with an error of about one percent.
There are 13 zodiac constellations, which consist of the 12 signs in
the astrological zodiac and Ophiuchus.
In Judaism, 13 is considered a lucky number.
One explanation for this is that the word אחד echad, Hebrew for 'one' and thus a way of
describing the unique God, has the numerological value of 13 according
to the Gematria system.
The ancient Maya used the number 13 in the development of their
calendrical science which served as the basis of their cosmology as
well. The 13:20 ratio expresses the frequencies and cycles of
Creation, now scientifically verifiable through the latest discoveries
about the classical period Mayan Calendar.
In Sikhism, the number thirteen (13) is a number devoted to the
remembrance of God, therefore it is also considered lucky by people
who practice the Sikh faith.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Delta Spirit on National TV Tonight!


RSL Music Blog Favorite: DELTA SPIRIT

TUNE IN, ROCK OUT - One of the Three Best Live Bands in the U.S. today (link), Delta Spirit will be performing on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly tonight, (3/12/09 - check your local listings) in support of their critically acclaimed album Ode To Sunshine (Rounder).

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Delta Spirit - Trashcan

More: The San Diego band will be performing their hit single “People C’Mon” on Daly’s outdoor stage in front of over 300 fans. Blender.com mentioned it on their blog saying “Most solid (TV) lineup of the week goes to fightin’ underdog Carson Daly, who hosts… rousing Americana revivalists Delta Spirit.” Delta Spirit has also performed on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

DELTA SPIRIT

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Oh, Oklahoma! - The Flaming Lips get all Official

FROM OUR INBOX: The Oklahoma State Legislature have voted through Senate Joint Resolution 24, which names "Do You Realize??" by The Flaming Lips as The Official Oklahoma State Rock and Roll Song. (Oh really?)

File Under: You Can't Make This Kind of Stuff Up...

Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips

THE LIPS, THEY'RE BIG IN OK! - Jill Simpson, Director of the Oklahoma Film & Music Office, expressed: "The legislature's official naming of ‘Do You Realize??' as Oklahoma's Official Rock Song is the culmination of a nearly two-year process. I don't think any of us involved anticipated just how tough this choice was going to be for both our panel of judges and the voting public." "Do You Realize," was released on the Grammy winning, gold-certified album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002). People in Oklahoma can expect to be hearing a lot more of the song these days.


Eyes on the Prize: There were 2,500 nominations were submitted for 458 songs. After verifying that each recommendation had an Oklahoma connection, the Oklahoma Historical Society then set forth a final list which includes tracks from six decades; the finalists were "Let's Have a Party" by Wanda Jackson (1958); "Do You Realize??" by THE FLAMING LIPS (2002); "Walk Don't Run" by The Ventures (1960); "Endless Oklahoma Sky" by John Moreland and the Black Gold Band (2008); "Home Sweet Oklahoma" by Leon Russell (1971); "Move Along" by the All-American Rejects (2005); "Never Been to Spain" written by Hoyt Axton (1971); "Oklahoma" by The Call (1986); "Heartbreak Hotel" written by Mae Boren Axton (1956); and "After Midnight" by J.J. Cale (1965). After being announced in a press conference on September 2, 2008, the ten songs were put to a public vote on the website oklahomarocksong.org. As the final step in the rock-song selection process, "Do You Realize??" will now be presented to the Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives.

the 2008 Flaming Lips Movie

NEW SONGS: The Flaming Lips return to the studio this month to record the much awaited follow album to At War With The Mystics. They are going to be working with long time collaborator David Fridmann. The album, we hear, is due out sometime this summer. A New Single will be released on a 7" Single on April 18th. We will be all over this one!

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