Friday, March 23, 2007

Dublin is the New Seattle
Rodrigo y Gabriela are Mexican guitarists who have electrified fans of the quirky by playing superfast flamenco versions of heavy metal classics. Do I really need to say more? Well in case I do, they hit it big busking on the streets of Dublin. Picked to open for Damien Rice, they scored a smash hit there and now are electrifying the world and recently played the Tonight Show.


Diablo Rojo (Live)

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It's got to be a long shadow to be Sissy Spacek's daughter. So Schuyler Fisk has avoided it by acting and singing. Making gentle country folk a little "Coalminer's Daughter," she is touring to support her boyfriend Joshua Radin.

Song That Say Goodbye

Paperweight with Joshua Radin (Live)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Work it Out
Underground California hip-hoppers Dilated Peoples have a unique and playful sense of rhythm and rhyme and make music excellent to work out to. In case that is what you are looking for.

Trade Money

Dilated Peoples (Live)

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Go see a live show (or 2)
Former SOD Fionn Regan is playing tonight at Union Hall in Brooklyn and tomorrow at the Mercury Lounge, so someone go see him!

Today features Brooklyn's own Numbers and Letters. There are three of them (in the band) and they play a nice and wailey sort of alt-Americana, reflecting Kansan roots--which seems to make people a little angsty. They play at The Slipper Room on April 12th and at Piano's on May 16th.


Dark Out (Live)

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

German-South African soul singer Joy Denalane, makes a warm and sultry complex music, with an interesting cultural perspective. She's just done a song with Lupe Fiasco that should bring her front and center.

Soweto '76-'06

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Celebrate Good Times! Come On!
There is only one band for today: The Wedding Present. Started when his girlfriend/drummer of his previous band, The Lost Pandas, left him for the bass player, David Gedge and his mates strip-mine the emotional landscape Morrissey and Nick Cave would dig through if they weren't so cheery. That said, he writes about love...

Interstate 5

Give my Love to Kevin (Live in Leeds 1990)

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

La Vaca
Argentinean psychedelic rockers Las Pelotas have a kind of lo-fi Velvet Underground-ish feel, though they have actually been the opening act for the Rolling Stones in Argentina for the last decade. (Is it just me, or do those two things not seem to go together?) Internationally they are very popular, and judging from their live shows, everyone likes singing along.

La Vaca y el Bife

Las Pelotas (Live at Cosquin)

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Just to remind people..
The Delorentos are playing tonight at Piano's at 11. If you can possibly see them, do! It's a big night for some reason: Amy Winehouse, Pop Levi, Au Revoir Simone all playing as well...
Dutch Treat
Dutch band Bettie Serveert has been around forever and still turn out adorable indie-pop. Named after a Dutch tennis champion, they remind me in many ways of Shivaree. Carol Van Dyk has an appealing countryish rasp to her voice and they finally hit true crossover this year with a song on the OC.


Tomboy (Live at Pinkpop)

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Rising Rising
From the ashes of Mogwai, Iron Monkey, and 3D House of Beef, rises Crippled Black Phoenix. Approaching catatonia on a slow animal, perhaps a donkey, CBP play quite clearly, but "sing" vaguely in a collection of impenetrable accents that occasionally give you the sense that they might be a little sad.

Suppose I Told The Truth

Goodnight Europe (Live)

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

I Saw a Live Show and it Was Great!
I really never, or almost never, well quite rarely, repeat the same artists, but I've just been listening to the new record by the Delorentos and it is fabulous! So so so so good! They will be huge! So, even though they were Monday's SOD, here they are again. They are tuneful and charming, hugely clever songwriters, and full of energy and boundless pop fun. And I want you to say that you heard them here first! Now I'm going to really date myself, but I saw another band this exciting from Dublin in 1981 and they went on to become U2.


They are playing tonight at Sin-e around 10:15, and Tuesday at Pianos at 11 and then they head to SXSW.

Eustace Street (Live)

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Who are the Mystery Girls?
Well if I told you it wouldn't be much of a Mystery would it? So if you want to maintain the Mystery, don't read this. The thing that I still find mysterious is that there don't seem to be any girls in the band. Plus also, there seems to be more than one band called the Mystery Girls, but I assume that both are probably named after the New York Dolls song of the same name. These ones seem to be a psychedelic blues band from Green Bay.

Circles in the Sand

The New York Dolls -- Mystery Girls (Live)

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Well just to be tricky, I thought I'd do another country tune...
Though you can't really call Steve Earle "Country" without quotes around it (or as one of my professors always called it: "inverted commas" (he was English and had a very substantial stutter and I have to admit for the longest time I thought he kept talking about "in verti commerce," though I didn't let the nonsensical nature of that, nor the little bouncy hooks he was making in the air with his fingers (otherwise known as the universal sign for quotation marks) clue me in to what he was saying.)) Anyway, I digress... Former bad boy junkie Country-outsider supreme Steve Earle is now revered for his authenticity and in-your-face pre-Dixie Chicks radicalism, though some of the latter period songs I find almost unlistenable. He plays the 12th at the Blue Note.


Hometown Blues (Live)

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My Country
So there was a call for country and my resources in this area are quite limited, but I'll give it a try. The Hangdogs were an alt-country quartet popular in NYC, Texas, and Italy. I met them because Kevin Baier was driving the Uptown Van years ago, and so I saw them play a number of times at the Rodeo Bar and the Mercury Lounge. They were charming and fun and didn't take themselves too seriously. They seem to have broken up a few years ago and gone their separate ways.

Monopoly on the Blues

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Found in my Inbox
The Delorentos are a spunky quartet out of Dublin that will be playing this Thursday at Sin-é and later at SXSW. They really have a charming quality and an unusually diverse sound that walks a nice line between poppy and indie while avoiding most of the annoying senses of either.

Basis of Everything

Delorentos Live

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You can buy the new record at iTunes

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Kate Havnevik makes a lush and baroque dreamy pop. She's worked with the other half of Frou Frou (not sure if that's Frou or Frou) as well as Royksopp and Carmen Rizzo. Cracking the pop landscape via Grey's Anatomy and the O.C., Havnevik is playing on the 22nd at Joe's Pub.

Show Me Love

Ulu (Live)

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Well the Hipsters amongst you will need no introduction, but for the rest of you... Sufjan Stevens is a wandering minstrel among these United States, stopping along the way to write and record six or seven albums about each one. He has finished Illinois and Iowa thus far and is working on Ottawa. He has been a regular feature on NPR apparently. Now I know that many of you don't share my sense that NPR is a joy up there with eating paste, but despite that, many of his songs, or at least several, are quite electrically eclectic, and heartbreakingly good.

He Woke Me Up Again

Concerning the UFO Sighting (Live)

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Hug a Tree
The Be Good Tanyas are a "traditional music group" (whatever that means) from Vancouver. Regardless of that awful moniker and the fact that they got their start singing at tree-plantings, they are really wonderful! Tuneful and challenging in their lyrics, they have a really joyous sound.

A Human Thing

Light Enough to Travel (Live)

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