June 29, 2007

The National: White Sessions: "Slow Show + "Squalor Victoria"


This is number two in a series of posts bringing the much sought after White Sessions mp3s of The National. I'd previously posted the entire thing, but killed the links after about two weeks. That's when the emails started... asking for the mp3s to be re-posted. After some long and deliberate ruminations I've decided to give you the whole damn thing again in bits and pieces. Here's the first post from the other day and these are today's mp3s:

slow show [mp3]
squalor victoria [mp3]

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June 27, 2007

Bonnaroo Report 2007

Sixeyes had their very own intrepid reporter at this year's Bonnaroo (June 14-17), but since we have little in the way of cash, said intrepid reporter, Christos Mountzouros, only just made his way back home after the long walk from Manchester, TN to NYC. Here's Christos account of the festivities after, of course, he wrote them out longhand in pencil and dropped the three ring binder paper in the post (okay, perhaps I exaggerate)... here's his account:



My First Bonnaroo was a pretty amazing experience. The entire festival was set up so well with tons to do, tons to eat (I had NO idea they made veggie corn dogs – A+), and a TON of amazing music. I think the only draw back of Bonnaroo is you simply can't see every act. You have to learn to deal, but damn, it sucks sometimes. Still, I felt really lucky to be experiencing some of my favorite actus up close and personal. Overall, everyone rocked my world.

Also, something that must be mentioned about this year's Bonnaroo is their initiative to take care of the environment. This year, they went all out spreading awareness about green products and also used a full line of organic cotton t-shirts, biodegradable concession service items, revolutionary waste management strategies, and cleaner fuel options. "In partnership
with Tennessee-based company WastAway, Bonnaroo will participate in a revolutionary recycling process that will turn 250 tons of festival garbage into construction material and park benches to be used at future events." If that weren't enough the festival program will be printed on 100% recycled paper. Now, I think THAT is RAD.

On to the music!

THE NATIONAL
The first show that really grabbed me, shook me, made me realize why I traveled to TN in the first place, was the National show. They opened with "Start a War" and I was immediately blown away. The other acts I caught in the day failed to really interact with the audience, but the National delivered a brilliant performance transforming the songs from "Boxer" into stadium sized pop operas equipped with stage theatrics reminiscent, but not as over the top, as their recent tour mates The Arcade Fire. You couldn't help but be happy for this band. They were polished, energetic, and overall brilliant in their execution. "Apartment Story" was the next song that blew the audience away while most of the crowd sang and screamed in utter delight. There were maracas, call and response between vocals and instruments, song after song I literally was BLOWN away. It wasn't just the songs from the "The Boxer" that were so brilliant but most of the set was new material, which I was fine with. The lead singers voice truly soared during "fake empire" where his lower bass vocals were truly able to be heard and felt. He's a great singer, who has mastered the use of dynamics enabling him to switch from a subdued deep sound to a rocking, throat tearing one with the flick of switch.

The highlight was "Slow Show" which sounded COMPLETELY different than it does on "Boxer." As he sang, "You know I dreamed about you for twenty-nine years before I saw you," over and over, the instrumentation grew and swelled and I tell you, I nearly lost it. I can't stress enough how these songs came alive and took on new forms on stage. Being in the photo pit for The National will make anyone a believer.

COLD WAR KIDS
First of all, these kids should have been on a main stage because the crowd was HUGE! Besides being huge they were dying to get their cold war fix! They opened with "We used to vacation" and it sounded perfect. The lead singer's voice is pretty perfect live; I had no idea. Their ability to recreate the raw energy of "Robbers and Cowards" in a live setting was a welcomed surprise. They really shined during "Tell me in the Morning" as well as the crowd favorite and sing-along, "Saint John." "Hospital Beds" was a quicker, more up-beat version that really worked for the festival. The haunting "God Make Up Your Mind" also stuck with me hard. I think the CWK performance at Bonnaroo was a huge success and I would not be surprised if this was not their last performance at the fest. I also think that the CWK backlash can immediately cease; these kids are good.


I was also lucky enough to attend a press performance of the Cold War Kids, Elvis Perkins (who is pretty amazing and charming), and Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! Alec's harmonies were sick and everyone meshed so well, especially on "Expensive Tastes”. My only beef was the set wasn't long enough! They were all so great together, a really good combination, props to Ken (Weinstein) at Big Hassle for putting that all together… spectacular.

LILLY ALLEN

Drunk ass Lilly Allen. God Bless her. This girl had me CRACKING up… the shit that came out of her mouth was priceless.

Most memorable quotes "This song is about very small penises. You may have seen them… they're pretty annoying. I used to have one as a boyfriend. I hope he never gets laid again."

She opened with "LDN" and "Nan, You're a Window Shopper" both sweet and fun pop numbers perfect for the middle of the day. She did three covers "Heart of Glass" which sounded WAY better than it did on the Today Show, one of my favorites "Oh My God" by the Kaiser Chiefs, and "Gangstas" by The Specials, which was a hell of a good time.

As drunk as she was, (she mentioned she finished an entire bottle of Jagermeister herself), she was having a genuinely good time! It was refreshing to see a joyous Lily! She made it through almost the entire set without messing up her words! She was pretty proud and mentioned it to the crowd… then of course… she forgot them on her last number! But it didn't matter! "Friday Night" was hilarious good fun and the whole crowd got off of their blanket and onto their feet. The audience loved her and closing with "Alphie" was genius. In a year where I thought I couldn't bear to hear anymore about her, from her canceling shows, forgetting words, being obsessed with her weight, etc. she proves that she is just as adorable as she is naughty, a wonderful addition to the Bonnaroo stage.



REGINA SPEKTOR
What a lady! This was one of my favorite sets. It was cool out, the sun was up, and everyone was being really attentive. She played everything people wanted to hear (except "edit"). The set list included "Samson," "Bobbing for Apples," "On the Radio," "That Time," "Hotel Song," "Poor Little Rich Boy," and a slew of other gorgeous numbers. "Fidelity" was her toke sing-along and a stupendous time at that. Her voice was flawless. She was as charming as she was focused, and she set the mood right as she entered the stage exclaiming, "You're all so beautiful! FUCK!" She had moments where she was truly subdued and others where she rocked out making beats by tapping her finger on the microphone. She even warned us to drink lots of water and wear sunscreen, explaining it was the "Russian Jew" in her. She got real with us saying, "I'm from Moscow and the Bronx. I can do whatever I want." YES YOU CAN! YES YOU CAN!
She commanded the stage like a woman with much more experience, all the while appearing completely unaware of her immense talent and stage presence. I was both surprised and impressed that she could hold a crowd that large on a huge open stage. However, I really need to see her somewhere small and intimate, her voice will gives me the chills. (website)


FEIST
OK. FEIST IS UNREAL. Besides the fact that I got the set list, which had everything you needed to hear from "Gatekeeper" to "1,2,3,4", she covered all the material I wanted to hear from "Let it Die" and "The Reminder", as well. She is a rock star. She wore this white baseball cap and had a sexy arrogance about her that you couldn't help but love. "My Moon, My Man" was gorgeous, as was "Let it die." She had the crowd harmonize together picking what pitch they should be on based on how far they traveled. While it sounded horrific it was a beautiful moment. There was this strange mystique about Feist that I wasn't necessarily expecting to see. I think myself and my photographer screamed for most of her set, I just couldn't control myself. The entire set had a beautiful duality, a dichotomy that was as refreshing as it was deeply moving. One moment I was dancing with my arms all over the place, the next I was glued to the ground watching her every move. I'm really excited to see more of Feist… what a lady.


THE WHITE STRIPES
I'm sure everyone will be talking about this set. I have never seen the White Stripes before. I stood on the stage, next to Elvis Perkins, looking out on an audience obsessed! It was unreal! I couldn't even jot down what songs they played because I was simply in awe. I don't think I've ever been star struck, and I wouldn't even call this being star struck, but I really felt like I was in another world. This new record is going to be insane if it sounds anything like the way it does live. And the older stripes songs just seem to get better and better and better.

THE POLICE
Now, I don't want to be a hater, but I left the Police set early because I was extremely under whelmed. Perhaps it was too hyped? Perhaps I was tired? But they cut their set short, played "jammed" out versions of their classics, and were overall sort of boring… I don't even think Sting knew where Tennessee was to be honest or that he was there. I'll probably go to hell for saying this, but I wasn't impressed at all. I left the set early but as I understand it, I think they finished early too? I guess something just wasn't right… oh well… I saw The Police.


ANNUALS
The Annuals are young. The Annuals are also super talented, super grateful, and super beautiful people. Their epic song, "Brother" was one of the best performances of the festival. Each band member brings their unique energy and style to the stage and the whole works beautifully. If I had to give this band a superlative for the festival it would have to be "most likely to succeed." I would definitely keep my eye on these dudes.

Other memorable moments:

The Flaming Lips, David Cross, DJ Shadow, El-P, DJ Sasha.

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Special thanks to Christos for doing this and for sending along these pictures which he took, as well.

June 26, 2007

The National: White Sessions: "Start A War" + "Brainy"


Brooklyn based five piece The National have been slogging away at this music thing for a handful of years now and it is paying off like a Vegas slot machine. But in the beginning it wasn't quite as successful a career path, at least on this side of the Atlantic, but they built up a sizable following in Europe and made some good friends like France's Bernard Lenoir at Inter Radio. He's the guy you hear during breaks in the popular Black Sessions and White Sessions that many indie bands have been a part of. And you know, you've got to like a guy who gets The National to drop by to reel off their entire upcoming album (Boxer) weeks before it's released. If you're already well acquainted with Boxer you'll find many interesting things to hear in these in-studio recordings. And you'll hear them two at a time, as I'm going to post the entirety of these White Sessions in bits and pieces starting with these in response to numerous requests via email and blog comments:

LINKS ARE DEAD

I don't think either of these songs loses anything in these live versions. What they gain is an immediacy that is lost in the sterile environment of a recording studio, although most of that spark of immediacy can be traced directly to the outstanding way the musicians compliment each other and their idiosyncrasies... and that's what makes live music so thrilling.
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photo credit: david didier

June 25, 2007

At Daytrotter This Week: The Spinto Band

Delaware's The Spinto Band are featured at this week's Daytrotter session. They played four songs and three of those were new and unreleased!

Here's the tracklist:
Ain't That The Truth (new)
Oh, Mandy
Needlepoint (new)
Cat's Pajamas (new)

And here's the link to their Daytrotter session.

The band also did an interview, here's an excerpt:

Daytrotter: What are the plans for the next record? When we last talked, they sounded up in the air.
Jonathan Eaton: Oh funny you ask. Just this week, we finalized some plans to hop over to the west coast and spend a few weeks with Dave Trumfio at his studio in LA. Most of the record is written and we are all super anxious to put it to tape. It should be recorded by the end of August and on record shelves sometime in 2008. We put together an EP as well, hopefully that will see the light of day in the coming months, but who knows. Also, we need to wait for our manager to get out of a Mexican prison.

Read the full interview.

The National Cancel San Diego Show


Tonight's show scheduled for San Diego has been cancelled by Brooklyn's The National, here are the details from the band:

Hello everyone,
Really sorry to say that we had to cancel tonight's show in San Diego because of a family emergency in the band.

The rest of the tour, including tomorrow in LA, will go on as scheduled. We don't have any information about when the San Diego show will be rescheduled, but as soon as we know we'll pass that on.

Refunds will be granted at place of purchase for tonight's show.

The rest of our upcoming tour dates are below.

Hope to see you all soon.


26 JUN: LOS ANGELES, CA / EL REY THEATER w/ The Broken West // SOLD OUT
27 JUN: SAN FRANCISCO, CA / BIMBO'S 365 CLUB w/ The Broken West // SOLD OUT
28 JUN: PORTLAND, OR / BERBATIS PAN w/ The Broken West //
29 JUN: VANCOUVER, CANADA / RICHARDS ON RICHARDS w/ The Broken West // SOLD OUT
30 JUN: SEATTLE, WA / NEUMOS w/ The Broken West // SOLD OUT

07 JUL: DENMARK, ROSKILDE / ROSKILDE FESTIVAL //
08 JUL: IRELAND, KILDARE Punchestown Racecourse, Naas / OXEGEN FESTIVAL //
10 JUL: UK, STOKE-ON-TRENT / SUGARMILL //
11 JUL: UK, NOTTINGHAM / RESCUE ROOMS //
13 JUL: BELGIUM, DOUR / DOUR FESTIVAL //
14 JUL: BELGIUM, HERK / ROCK HERK FESTIVAL //
15 JUL: UK, SUFFOLK Henham Park Estate, Southwold, / LATITUDE FESTIVAL //

05 AUG: PORTUGAL, Nr.Zambujeira do mar / SUDOESTE FESTIVAL //
15 AUG: FRANCE, St. Malo / LA ROUTE DU ROCK FESTIVAL //
17 AUG: USA, New York, NY / SOUTH STREET SEAPORT // w/ Takka Takka + The Forms

01 NOV: IRELAND, Dublin, Olympia Theatre // Tickets >> / Tel 0818 719 330
02 NOV: UK, Glasgow, ABC // Tickets >> / Tel 0870 1690100
03 NOV: UK, Sheffield, Leadmill // Tickets >> / Tel 0870 010 4555
04 NOV: UK, Manchester, Academy 2 // Tickets >> / Tel 0161 832 1111
06 NOV: UK, Birmingham, Irish Centre // Tickets >> / Tel 0871 2200 260
07 NOV: UK, London, Shepherds Bush Empire // Tickets >> / Tel 0870 400 0688
09 NOV: UK, Bristol, Anson Rooms // Tickets >> / Tel 0870 400 0688
10 NOV: UK, Portsmouth, Pyramids // Tickets >> / Tel 023 9282 4355
14 NOV: FRANCE, Paris, Elysee-Montmartre //

Sunparlour Players


The 'sunparlour' is an area of southern Ontario that is renowned for it's farming and tomato production and this is where Andrew Penner, the main force behind the Sunparlour Players is from, Leamington, Ontario, the 'Tomato Capital of Canada'. In fact, Penner grew up on a Mennonite tomato farm outside the small city of Leamington. This is where he befriended Mark Schachowskoy, the other original Sunparlour Player, when they were both five years old. Life pulled them apart as they grew older, as it often does, but they met up again in Toronto in 2005 and began to play music together once more. The years apart had matured their respective tastes and the music now, although it still bore the energy of the hard rock they admired, seemed to be springing from the soulful energy of the soil of their hometown and the migrant workers who worked the land each harvest. A year after forming the Sunparlour Players the duo self-released their debut album, Hymns for The Happy, in the summer of 2006 through their website and iTunes, a record that stomped and wailed, that crackled with resonator guitar, dual kick drums, plucky banjo, and Penner's unrestrained vocals. Throw in tent revival shouts, New Orleans horns, and heart felt lyrics and this is truly a record, and band, that deserves a second chance at life and at re-release. And that very record will finally get a proper label release this fall when award winning Toronto indie Baudelaire Records issues a remastered version that will feature a beefed up sound according to Penner:

"I'm recording some stuff. One entire track is being replaced with a stronger version, cause I feel like we didn't get it the first time round. And lots of other little things are being added. All subtle changes that I think are really neat and important. Nicer vocals, better banjo sounds, heavier drums, bigger bass. Basically, beefing up the sound of the album. Then I'm re-mixing the album at the House of Miracles (London, Ontario) again, and re-mastering the whole thing."

Penner is an interesting character. He writes music for theatre, works as a part-time shoe shiner, and is now working on some songs for the upcoming film "This Beautiful City". And 'he' was what turned my head a little over a week ago after I walked in on Penner and his new band mates, Dennis Van Dine and Michael 'Rosie' Rosenthal (original Sunparlour Player, Mark Schachowskoy, left the band about six months ago) at the El Mocambo where I had gone to see The Veils. What luck! What luck that The Veils touring partners, The Comas, had van trouble and didn't make it. What luck that I arrived early enough to hear this trio. I have to admit, at first I didn't pay much attention, but it's hard to ignore the sheer force and energy of Penner's music and the man himself. Penner puts all his soul into the songs when he's performing, and this is what tells me these guys should catch, you can hear that energy and soul on the recorded output as well. But at the time I said to the lucky person along with me to witness the performance, "I bet these are the kind of guys that grab you by the throat (and heart) live, but fall flat on record." Wrong. The recorded songs come very close to capturing the energy and fury of a Sunparlour Players live show. Here's a sample from the original self-release of Hymns For The Happy, a record that, as previously stated, will see it's label release on Toronto indie Baudelaire Records this fall:


the detroit river is alive [mp3]
talk it to death [mp3]

The band's myspace page.

June 22, 2007

The Veils @ Grand Emporium, Kansas City MO | Photos

Wow! Another set of photos from a Veils concert... this one from Kansas City MO. A special thanks to photographer Scott Spychalski for sharing these shots. These were taken in the 'ladies' at the venue, it turns out that Scott took hundreds of shots, but because of the abysmal lighting only one turned out. Yeah, he couldn've used a flash, but with all the photos he took the band would now be blind. So, the ever gracious Finn Andrews offered to play a short acoustic set in the blue-tiled bathroom, which is what you see here.











Yeah, this is the only shot that turned out from the live performance on stage. I, for one, hope that Scott gets another crack at these guys on stage.

What's New at eMusic?

It's been awhile since I've checked in on eMusic. It's good to know that the new Spoon and New Pornographers will be on site when they are released. Both very good albums and highly anticipated by a lot of people out there. Here's what caught my eye this morning, but remember there's a helluva lot that I missed, so you should check out their Free trial offer of 25 mp3 downloads and then peruse the site and it's massive selection of indie music.

Blitzen Trapper Wild Mountain Nation
Minus Story My Ion Truss
Matthew Dear Asa Breed
The National Boxer
Meat Puppets Rise To Your Knees
Grand National A Drink And A Quick Decision
Camera Obscura Tears for affairs
Chet Baker Round Midnight

June 19, 2007

Merge to Release M Ward's 'Duet for guitars #2'


Merge Records will re-release M Ward's debut album, Duet for guitars #2, on July 10th. In and out of print since first seeing life on Co-dependent Records in 1999 this time Merge will see that it stays in print.

From Duet for guitars #2
look me over [mp3]


Pre-order via Merge Records



Duet for guitars #2 Track List:
1. Duet For Guitars #2
2. Beautiful Car
3. Fishing Boat Song
4. Scene From #12
5. Good News
6. Crooked Spine, The
7. Look Me Over
8. Who May Be Lazy
9. It Won't Happen Twice
10. He Asked Me To Be A Snake And Live Underground
11. Song From Debby's Stairs
12. It Was A Beautiful Car
13. Were You There?
14. Not A Gang
15. Duet For Guitars #1

The Veils @ The Empty Bottle, Chicago | Photos

The Veils played Chicago on Sunday night, June 17th, and photographer Patti Farfan was there to record the event.

Thanks for these, Patti!










Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew: 'Spirit If...'


Kevin Drew will release his solo debut on Arts & Crafts September 18th. Titled Spirit If... it shows, at least from this early offering, that Drew has more than enough talent to stand alone from BSS. "Tbtf" has piano, heavy bass, Drew's soft vocal, and what sounds like bottles skittering across a bare floor. You gotta love those bottles.

tbtf [mp3]


Spirit If... Track List:
farewell to the pressure kids
tbtf
f_cked up kid
safety bricks
lucky ones
broke me up
gang bang suicide
frightening lives
underneath the skin
big love
backed out on the...
aging faces/losing places
bodhi sappy weekend
when it begins

June 18, 2007

Spoon: 'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga' Stream, New Video, and MP3s


Spoon's new album, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, will be released July 10th on Merge Records. It will be worth the few measly dollars you dust off to purchase, so don't sweat it... the buy link is below.

the ghost in you lingers [mp3]
the underdog [mp3]


Stream the entire album here. Yes, the entire album.
Pre-order the upcoming record here.

"The Ghost In You Lingers" Video

Jack White and Loretta Lynn: "Portland, Oregon"

Back in 2004 Loretta Lynn released the acclaimed 'comeback' album Van Lear Rose which was produced by The White Stripes Jack White. The first song I heard from that disc was the amazing track "Portland, Oregon". I don't love Loretta Lynn's voice, but I don't mind it and this song just pushed the right buttons for me. With Jack White's playing and singing bolstering an already strong piece of music and faint memories of my slapping Johnny Cash vinyl on the stereo back when I was finding black heads in my chin and thinking I was gettin' whiskers, this song didn't have to try too hard to win me over.

portland, oregon [mp3]

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Find more Loretta Lynn and White Stripes MP3s.

Full Album Streams: Art Brut, Polyphonic Spree and More

Aol's Spinner is where you can now listen to full album streams of Art Brut's It's A Bit Complicated, Polyphonic Spree's The Fragile Army, and new releases from Chromeo, Grand National, Benji Cossa, Maps, Memphis, Rocky Votolato, The Mooney Suzuki, and Digitalism.

Every week they've got ten new albums streaming on their site... Go here to listen.

June 17, 2007

The National: Boxer Lyrics

Since there aren't any lyrics included with the album, or any Boxer lyrics posted on the band's website (I want to thank the band for recently linking this post on their band site) these uncredited transcriptions will have to do. If you have any corrections or opinions on these lyrics, please leave a comment.

If you haven't got the album yet, go here... or your nearest record store of choice and buy the disc. Boxer was released on May 22nd and has garnered acclaim from many in-the-know.

The National can be found at eMusic, as well. Alligator and Boxer are there along with the earlier records. A free trial offer at eMusic gets you 25 mp3 downloads with no strings attached.

The band is still on tour, you can check out dates here at their homepage, or here at their myspace.

Here some previous Sixeyes posts on The National:
Interview with Matt Berninger 2007
The National: White Sessions 2007
(During this White Session they play the entire Boxer album)
The National Live at Spinner.com
"Mistaken For Strangers" Video
Interview with Matt Berninger 2005

fake empire [mp3]

The National Homepage and myspace.


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The National: Boxer: Lyrics

FAKE EMPIRE

Stay out super late tonight picking apples, making pies
put a little something in our lemonade and take it with us
we’re half-awake in a fake empire
we’re half-awake in a fake empire

Tiptoe through our shiny city with our diamond slippers on
Do our gay ballet on ice
bluebirds on our shoulders
we’re half-awake in a fake empire
we’re half-awake in a fake empire

Turn the light out say goodnight
no thinking for a little while
lets not try to figure out everything at once
It’s hard to keep track of you falling through the sky
we’re half-awake in a fake empire
we’re half-awake in a fake empire


MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS
You have to do it running but you do everything that they ask you to
cause you don’t mind seeing yourself in a picture
as long as you look faraway, as long as you look removed
showered and blue-blazered, fill yourself with quarters
showered and blue-blazered, fill yourself with quarters

You get mistaken for strangers by your own friends
when you pass them at night under the silvery, silvery citibank lights
arm in arm in arm and eyes and eyes glazing under
oh you wouldn’t want an angel watching over
surprise, surprise they wouldn’t wannna watch
another uninnocent, elegant fall into the unmagnificent lives of adults

Make up something to believe in your heart of hearts
so you have something to wear on your sleeve of sleeves
so you swear you just saw a feathery woman
carry a blindfolded man through the trees
showered and blue-blazered, fill yourself with quarters
showered and blue-blazered, fill yourself with quarters

You get mistaken for strangers by your own friends
when you pass them at night under the silvery, silvery citibank lights
arm in arm in arm and eyes and eyes glazing under
oh you wouldn’t want an angel watching over
surprise, surprise they wouldn’t wannna watch
another uninnocent, elegant fall into the unmagnificent lives of adults

You get mistaken for strangers by your own friends
when you pass them at night under the silvery, silvery citibank lights
arm in arm in arm and eyes and eyes glazing under
oh you wouldn’t want an angel watching over
surprise, surprise they wouldn’t wannna watch
another uninnocent, elegant fall into the unmagnificent lives of adults


BRAINY
I’ve been draggin around from the end of you coat for two weeks, ah ah.
Everywhere you go is swirlin, everything you say has water under it, ah ah.
You know I keep your fingerprints in a pink folder in the middle of my table
you’re the tall kingdom I surround
think I better follow you around

You might need me more than you think you will
come home in the car you love, brainy brainy brainy

I’ve been draggin around from the end of you coat for two weeks, ah ah.
You keep changing you’re fancy fancy mind every time I decide to let go
I was up all night again, boning up and reading the American dictionary
you’ll never believe me what I found
think I better follow you around

You might need me more than you think you will
come home in the car you love, brainy brainy brainy
You might need me more than you think you will
come home in the car you love, brainy brainy brainy


SQUALOR VICTORIA
Underline everything, I’m a professional in my beloved white shirt
Underline everything, I’m a professional in my beloved white shirt
I'm going down among the saints

Raise our heavenly glasses to the heavens! Squalor Victoria! Squalor Victoria!
Raise our heavenly glasses to the heavens! Squalor Victoria! Squalor Victoria!

Out of my league, I have birds in my sleeves and I wanna rush in with the fools
Out of my league, I have birds in my sleeves and I wanna rush in with the fools

Raise our heavenly glasses to the heavens! Squalor Victoria! Squalor Victoria!
Raise our heavenly glasses to the heavens! Squalor Victoria! Squalor Victoria!

3:30 in the last night for you to save this
You’re zoning out, zoning out, zoning out, zoning out
3:30 in the last night for you to save this
You’re zoning out, zoning out, zoning out, zoning out

This isn’t working, you, my middlebrow fuck-up


GREEN GLOVES
Falling out of touch with all my
friends are somewhere getting wasted,
hope they’re staying glued together,
I have arms for them.

Take another sip of them,
it floats around and takes me over
like a little drop of ink in a glass of water

Get inside their clothes
with my green gloves
watch their videos, in their chairs.
Get inside their beds
with my green gloves
Get inside their heads, love their loves.

Cinderella through the room
I glide and swan cause I’m the best slow dancer
in the universe

Falling out of touch with all my
friends are somewhere getting wasted,
hope they’re staying glued together,
I have arms for them.

Get inside their clothes
with my green gloves
watch their videos, in their chairs.
Get inside their beds
with my green gloves
Get inside their heads, love their loves.

Now I hardly know them
and I’ll take my time
I’ll carry them over, and I’ll make them mine.

Get inside their clothes
with my green gloves
watch their videos, in their chairs.
Get inside their beds
with my green gloves
Get inside their heads, love their loves.


SLOW SHOW
Standing at the punch table swallowing punch
can’t pay attention to the sound of anyone
a little more stupid, a little more scared
every minute more unprepared

I made a mistake in my life today
everything I love gets lost in drawers
I want to start over, I want to be winning
way out of sync from the beginning

I wanna hurry home to you
put on a slow, dumb show for you
and crack you up
so you can put a blue ribbon on my brain
god I’m very, very frightening
I’ll overdo it

Looking for somewhere to stand and stay
I leaned on the wall and the wall leaned away
Can I get a minute of not being nervous
and not thinking of my dick
My leg is sparkles, my leg is pins
I better get my shit together, better gather my shit in
You could drive a car through my head in five minutes
from one side of it to the other

I wanna hurry home to you
put on a slow, dumb show for you
and crack you up
so you can put a blue ribbon on my brain
god I’m very, very frightening
I’ll overdo it

You know I dreamed about you
for twenty-nine years before I saw you
You know I dreamed about you
I missed you for
for twenty-nine years

You know I dreamed about you
for twenty-nine years before I saw you
You know I dreamed about you
I missed you for
for twenty-nine years


APARTMENT STORY
Be still for a second while I try and try to pin your flowers on la la la la
Can you carry my drink I have everything else
I can tie my tie all by myself
I’m getting tied, I’m forgetting why

Oh we’re so disarming darling, everything we did believe
is diving diving diving diving off the balcony
Tired and wired we ruin too easy
sleep in our clothes and wait for winter to leave

Hold ourselves together with our arms around the stereo for hours, la la la la
While it sings to itself or whatever it does
when it sings to itself of its long lost loves
I’m getting tied, I’m forgetting why

Tired and wired we ruin too easy
sleep in our clothes and wait for winter to leave
but I’ll be with you behind the couch when they come
on a different day just like this one

We’ll stay inside til somebody finds us
do whatever the TV tells us
stay inside our rosy-minded fuzz for days
We’ll stay inside til somebody finds us
do whatever the TV tells us
stay inside our rosy-minded fuzz

so worry not
all things are well
we’ll be alright
we have our looks and perfume

stay inside til somebody finds us
do whatever the TV tells us
stay inside our rosy-minded fuzz

so worry not
all things are well
we’ll be alright
we have our looks and perfume on


START A WAR
We expected something, something better than before. We expected something more
Do you really think you can just put it in a safe behind a painting, lock it up and leave
Do you really think you can just put it in a safe behind a painting, lock it up and leave
Walk away now and you’re gonna start a war

Whatever went away I’ll get it over again. I’ll get money, I’ll get funny again
Whatever went away I’ll get it over again. I’ll get money, I’ll get funny again
Walk away now and you’re gonna start a war

We expected something, something better than before. We expected something more
You were always waiting but I never had to hold you by the edges like I do now
You were always waiting but I never had to hold you by the edges like I do now
Walk away now and you’re gonna start a war

Whatever went away I’ll get it over again. I’ll get money, I’ll get funny again
Whatever went away I’ll get it over again. I’ll get money, I’ll get funny again
Walk away now and you’re gonna start a war
Walk away now and you’re gonna start a war


GUEST ROOM
They’re gonna send us to prison for jerks
for having vague ideas of the way to turn each other on again
They’re gonna send us to prison for jerks

They’ll find us here here here in the guest room
where we throw money at each other and cry, oh my

We miss being ruffians, going wild and bright
in the corners of front yards
getting in and out of cars
we miss being deviants

They’ll find us here here here in the guest room
where we throw money at each other and cry, oh my

We can’t stay here
we’re starting to stay the same
We can’t stay here
we can’t stay this way

Just tie your woman to your wrist
give her room to tie the other

They’ll find us here here here in the guest room
where we throw money at each other and cry, oh my


RACING LIKE A PRO

You’re pink you’re young you’re middle-class
they say it doesn’t matter
Fifteen blue shirts and womanly hands
you’re shooting up the ladder

Your mind is racing like a pro, now
Oh my god it doesn’t mean a lot to you
One time you were a glowing young ruffian
Oh my god it was a million years ago

Sometimes you get up and bake a cake or something
sometimes you stay in bed
sometimes you go la di da di da di da da
til your eyes roll back into your head

Your mind is racing like a pro, now
Oh my god it doesn’t mean a lot to you
One time you were a glowing young ruffian
Oh my god it was a million years ago

You’re dumbstruck baby
You’re dumbstruck baby now you know
You’re dumbstruck baby
You’re dumbstruck baby now you know

Your mind is racing like a pro, now
Oh my god it doesn’t mean a lot to you
One time you were a glowing young ruffian
Oh my god it was a million years ago

You’re dumbstruck baby
You’re dumbstruck baby now you know
You’re dumbstruck baby
You’re dumbstruck baby now you know
You’re dumbstruck baby


ADA
Ada don’t talk about reasons why you don’t want to talk about reasons
why you don’t wanna talk
Now that you got everybody you consider sharp
all alone. all together, all together in the dark
Leave it all up in the air
Leave it all up in the air
Leave it all up in the air

Ada put the sounds of your house in a song
try to be speechless for a minute
If you think you gonna faint go out in the hallway
Let them all have your neck
Ada don’t stay in the lake too long
it lives alone and it barely knows you
It’ll have a nervous breakdown and fall
into a thousand pieces around you

Stand inside an empty tuxedo with grapes in my mouth
waiting for Ada
Ada hold onto yourself by the sleeves
I think everything counts a little more than we think
Leave it all up in the air
Leave it all up in the air
Leave it all up in the air

Ada Ada Ada Ada
Ada I can hear the sound of your laugh through the wall

Ada don’t talk about reasons why you don’t want to talk about reasons
why you don’t wanna talk
Now that you got everybody you consider sharp
all alone. all together, all together in the dark
Leave it all up in the air
Leave it all up in the air
Leave it all up in the air

Ada Ada Ada Ada
Ada I can hear the sound of your laugh through the wall
Ada Ada Ada Ada
Ada, I’ve been hoping you know your way around


GOSPEL
I got two armfuls of magazines for you
I’ll bring em over
so hang your holiday rainbow lights in the garden
hang your holiday rainbow lights in the garden and I’ll
I’ll bring a nice icy drink to you

Let me come over I can waist your time I’m bored
Invite me to the war every night of the summer
and we’ll play G.I. blood, G.I. blood
we’ll stand by the pool
we’ll through out our golden arms

Darlin can you tie my string
killers are callin on me
my angel face is fallin
feathers are fallin on my feet
Darlin can you tie my string
killers are callin on me

Stay near your, stay near your television
Set it up outside
and hang your holiday rainbow lights in the garden
hang your holiday rainbow lights in the garden and I’ll
I’ll bring a nice icy drink to you

Let me come over I can waist your time I’m bored
Invite me to the war every night of the summer
and we’ll play G.I. blood, G.I. blood
we’ll stand by the pool
we’ll through out our golden arms

Darlin can you tie my string
killers are callin on me
my angel face is fallin
feathers are fallin on my feet
my angel face is fallin
feathers are fallin on my feet
Darlin can you tie my string
killers are callin on me
Darlin can you tie my string
killers are callin on me

June 16, 2007

THE VEILS: Toronto June 14th

I was lucky enough to make it into Toronto on Thursday night to see Finn Andrews and his band The Veils. The only sour point of the evening was after we arrived (drove by the venue) we then spent twenty minutes looking for a parking spot. The spot we found was a 10 minute walk away and just as we were about to turn the corner at the end of the walk we see a parking lot behind the goddamn venue! As for the show (and this is the important bit), the band was great. Finn looked happy and relaxed when he wasn't looking extremely intense and passionate during the songs. In fact the whole band looked like they were having a good time (this may seem like a little thing, but it does affect the crowd and how they receive the band playing). And even though the crowd could have been bigger they roared heartily at many spots during the set and demanded the band return for an encore. I'll nitpick and say the encore should have been at least two songs, not one (they played a wild version of "More Heat Than Light"). The biggest surprise of the night was the inclusion of a new song that Finn didn't name, but it sounded great and it definitely has me looking forward to their next album. In fact, the band is going to spend some time in Oklahoma after the tour to record at the Flaming Lips compound. What this venture brings out in the writing and recording of the band is something I can't wait to hear.

From Nux Vomica
not yet [mp3]
From The Runaway Found
more heat than light [mp3]

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Look for more mp3s here.
Band myspace.

Check out these previous posts on The Veils:
Veils Tickets Contest
Interview with Finn Andrews
The Veils Black Sessions MP3s

June 15, 2007

Devendra Banhart Talks About New Record!


Devendra Banhart has something to say about the new record he's working on, he posted this on his myspace:

Dear Freinds! its a beautiful day in California , we began Mixing the record today, lets see....... its about 16 songs, some very unexpected guests , the main band is Me, Noah, Luckey, Pete, Greg, and Andy, Rodrigo will be playin some shows here and there with us until duty with Los Hermanos beckons and/or the Saudade kicks in.

no titles yet , but tentative who knows Maybes are:
Milk the wind
Shes a hot dog
Mountaneous Confunktion
Greatest Hits
Hubba Hubba Planet
Electric Pizza Cops
Foreskin Sword (what it is & how to use it)
Mama, mujhe mall se jeans lenee hai
Porkin' the broken Knee (Electroxtensial chop!)
Who is Kadamon?
The Burnt Frizbee
Abhor the coagulator (1964 version)
Koala Mans Return to Pineapple temple
ihop ihop
Bacchanalian Beat Box
Thrice the phat Magus
Gaga blood & the balls of .......
Rich Gals Shampoo n' Conditioner Blues
Talkin Weleda Haushka Bronners Blues
Military Massengill
Cyber Christ and the Gnostic Titi-Slap part deux
you who are familiar with grandmas Hyacinth
......... ................ ............. ......... ............ ........ ..........
thats about it right now ! we are just starting to mix today , we will keep ya posted as new ones arise!
on and Onward and Love Above All!
oh , i almost forgot, we still dont have a band name, at least not one thats made it past a couple shows, if anyone has a suggestion , we would LOVE to try it out!



Go to Devendra's myspace to suggest a band name! From the looks of his song titles I expect he'll consider any suggestion.

June 14, 2007

Bill Callahan: Smog Alert

I never paid much attention to Bill Callahan before. I had heard of Smog, but it's likely that the name itself pushed me away from listening, or at the least, seeking out the music to hear. But now along comes Bill Callahan, minus the depressing name 'Smog', and playing some uplifting and even catchy music on his first album sans the Smog moniker. And did I mention that I like it? I like it, it's good. Give a listen to these tracks from the Drag City release, Woke on a Whaleheart. It's his first recording without the established name Smog hanging on him and from what I have now heard of Smog, it seems to have lightened his soul. The music is lighter and doesn't have the dissonance so prevalent in some of the Smog music. The Smog has finally lifted and the sun is shining? Maybe.

sycamore [mp3]
diamond dancer [mp3]

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The Veils: Black Sessions MP3s


In honour of tonights journey into the heart of darkness (Toronto's Chinatown) to see The Veils play the El Mocambo, here's the complete Black Sessions they did for French radio Inter.

AND check out this previous post at Sixeyes where you can win tickets to see The Veils on their current tour.

These mp3 links have expired, BUT I have just re-posted the entire session HERE.

BLACK SESSIONS #251
01 -A Birthday Present
02 - Jesus For The Jugular
03 - One Night On Earth
04 - Calliope!
05 - State Trooper (springsteen cover)
06 - Nux Vomica
07 - Advice For Young Mothers To Be
08 - Under The Folding Branches
09 - The Wild Son
10 - Pan
11 - Not Yet
12 - More Heat Than Light

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Previous Sixeyes posts on The Veils:
Interview w/Finn Andrews
The Veils Go Hollywood
Calliope Video

June 13, 2007

A CLASSIC EDUCATION


A trio based in Bolgna, Italy, A Classic Education (Jonathan Clancy, Paul Pieretto & Luca Mazzieri) are an extremely young and promising band. In fact with only a three song demo under their belt they've already opened for Modest Mouse (June 4th) and that's not too shabby. Band member Jonathon Clancy (a fellow Canadian) tells me that they're working on a 7" and a record and they've also been talking to some UK labels.

Their song "Stay, Son" has a near-epic grandeur which is wonderfully grounded by the vocal's indie scruffiness. Simply put, this is orchestral-pop that pulsates with an indie vibe.

stay, son [mp3]
victories at night [mp3]

Here's a link to their minimalistic homepage.

June 11, 2007

Arthur Yoria


Chicago native and Houston based Arthur Yoria has a definitive knack for sounding laidback, kind of like Jeff Tweedy if he was a surfer, or if Wilco's latest Sky Blue Sky was a collaboration with Jack Johnson. Yoria even brings to mind the lovely solo record released by Broken Social Scene regular, Jason Collett, titled Idols Of Exile. There are some damn fine songs here that you've got to hear and that's why I'm telling you about Yoria... so you'll listen. These are from his latest effort, Handshake Smiles, on his own label 12Records Inc.

should be [mp3]
clean for free
[mp3]
handshake smiles [mp3]

Here you'll find links to buy all his releases.
Arthur Yoria myspace

Outta The Inbox: FREE MP3s!

These are some mp3s that have been kindly zipped into my inbox, some I thought you might lilke to hear.



southerly soldiers
southerly dreams that make men free
Band homepage

black moth super rainbow the afternoon turns pink
black moth super rainbow forever heavy
Band homepage

shout out louds tonight i have to leave it
Band homepage

the loose salute the mutineer
the loose salute turn the radio up
Band homepage

the berg sans nipple mystic song
the berg sans nipple along the quai
Band homepage

people noise the killing fields
people noise a million lives
Band homepage

hello stanger take it to the maxx
hello stranger here we go again
Band homepage

65daysofstatic when we were younger & better
65daysofstatic don't go down to sorrow
Band homepage

peel in the city
peel oxford
Band homepage

LadybiRds the brown and red divide
Band homepage

the lodger kicking sand

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June 08, 2007

THE VEILS: Contest Giveaway at Sixeyes!



If you'd like to win two tickets to any one show by The Veils, a Sixeyes favourite, plus a copy of the critically acclaimed album, Nux Vomica, you're at the right place. All you've got to do is use your imagination and tell me your answer to this simple question: "If Finn Andrews of The Veils were an animal, what would he be, and why?"

That's all it takes and you may find yourself enjoying The Veils up close and personal at one of the bands current tour stops (and a copy of the fantastic Nux Vomica will be yours to keep). Please leave your answer in the comments, along with your email address, so you can be contacted when you win!

Oh yeah, Finn Andrews (center in the picture above) himself will select the lucky winner.

Good luck!


Tour Dates
11th: DC9, Washington DC, USA
12th: The Khyber, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
14th: El Mocambo, Toronto, Canada
15th: Shelter 16, Detroit, Michigan, USA
17th: Empty Bottle, Chicago, Illinois, USA
18th: 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
19th: Grand Emporium, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
21st: Larimer Lounge, Denver, Colorado, USA
24th: Plaza Club, Vancouver, Canada
25th: Crocodile Club, Seattle, Washington, USA
26th: Doug Fir, Portland, Oregon, USA
28th: Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, California, USA
29th: Spaceland, Los Angeles, California, USA

Previous Sixeyes posts on The Veils:
Interview w/Finn Andrews
Tour Dates
The Veils Go Hollywood
Calliope Video

The National: White Sessions 2007


Here's The National's White Session for France Inter radio on May 7th 2007. White Sessions are the same as Black Sessions, but without an audience. These are essential for all National fans and 'must hear' stuff for those of you who haven't snapped up any remaining tickets for the band's tour dates.

Read Sixeyes most recent interview with band singer and lyricist, Matt Berninger.

Check tour dates here.

BUY Boxer and/or Alligator

UPDATE: Sixeyes has begun to re-post the entire White Session 2007 by the band. The songs will be doled out two at a time.

Post number 1
Post number 2

07/05/28 - White Session - Radio France
01. start a war
02. brainy
03. slow show
04.squalor victoria
05. apartment story
06. racing like a pro
07. ada
08. you've done it again virginia
09. mistaken for strangers
10. fake empire
11. about today

You can download The National's Boxer and Alligator at eMusic with their free trial offer.

June 05, 2007

Discover: ELVY


Lionel Vanhaute is Elvy, a one man band based in Namur, Belgium. A one man band whose music is quiet and soft, the confessions of a talented young man singing alone from the edge of his bed, or into a mic propped upon a kitchen table. This is the sound of someone not afraid to expose themselves in song, but I believe he may be cautious about letting the songs get heard. That may sound strange when you discover that Elvy has three full length albums free to download on his website, but when you hear the talent he has, you'll wonder why you haven't heard the music and the name before. With close to ten years of recording his songs behind him, it's about time music lovers discovered this musician. Working with a few instruments and his computer, Elvy sounds like he's making demos for a fictional band that describes themselves on their (fictional) myspace as a cross between Band of Horses, Great Lake Swimmers, and Hayden. If you like to hear a lovely soft song bundled up in a lo-fi coat, give a listen to Elvy. And even if that doesn't appeal, the talent should.

I forgot to add this plea from Elvy, found on his myspace page:

I would like to record a "best of" of those three demo albums in a real professional studio. If you can help me in that direction, please contact me.

I'M LOOKING FOR A NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKING PERSON TO CORRECT THE LYRICS IN ORDER TO RECORD DEFINITIVE VERSIONS IN STUDIO.

Here's Elvy's email: elvymusic(at)hotmail(dot)com - don't hesitate to contact him if you can help out.


Belinda and the universe 2006
i will [mp3]
wasting time [mp3]
walk away [mp3]
be a fool [mp3]
you do belong [mp3]
barren land [mp3]
oh god it's long [mp3]

How not to look far 2005
a golden promise [mp3]
stupid surfers [mp3]
the death song [mp3]

Go here for more of Elvy's music (that's 38 more songs!) and here to check out his myspace.