The young Canadian band, My Project: Blue, is quite often described with reference to David Bowie, but I don't hear it. What I do hear is a striking similarity to Dan Bejar (Destroyer). Bejar crossed with Lou Reed in this song especially. But then Bejar himself has been oft described as a Bowie acolyte, a disciple at the altar of the David, by those who hear Mr Jones in Mr Bejar's music... I don't. Not usually. When I listen to this My Project: Blue song, I most definitely hear the 'voice-made-for-indie' nasal essence of BC native, Dan Bejar. And, yes, some glam elements are present in My Project: Blue music, hell, you can almost see the glitter on the guitar, where it has fallen all the way from the '70s. All right... it's Dan Bejar vocals, '70's glam vibe, and '80's new wave instruments. And I'll admit Bowie has influenced all of these elements. It's just that I don't hear the direct connection... do you?
+ control of me from theMy Project: Blue EP released Canada: October 11, 2005 - USA: November 15, 2005
Track Listing 1. Messed Up In the Heart 2. These Re-Occuring Nightmares 3. The Boy Who Wore Red 4. Control Of Me 5. Consume
Here are the new releases for tomorrow, November 29th, at Insound.
11/29/05 Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys EP 11/29/05 Bonobo Solid Steel Presents: It Came 11/29/05 Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene (2xLP) 11/29/05 Caribou Marino 11/29/05 Cuts I'm Not Down/I Love You 7' 11/29/05 Darkness One Way Ticket To Hell... And Back 11/29/05 Ennio Morricone Crime and Dissonance 11/29/05 Greenhornes Sewed Soles 11/29/05 Hot Chip Coming on Strong 11/29/05 Hot Chip Over and Over 11/29/05 Secret Mommy Very Rec
Once again I've spent valuable time on the eMusic site [my favourite digital download site]. And this is what I've found and sampled...
Rarities by Ron Sexsmith You Are My Sister by Antony and the Johnsons [single off the I Am A Bird Now LP - with a few non-album tracks] Antics Remixes by Interpol The Complete Upsetter Singles 1970-1972 by Bob Marley and the Wailers Tony Hawks American Wasteland Soundtrack by Various Artists
Bob Wiseman is a very talented Canadian indie musician who would like to make some headway south of the border. I have seen him perform and can attest to his improvisational talents, musically, as well as performance wise. A while back I did a post on him which included a few links to mp3s [I have included a number of further mp3 links at the bottom of this post]. Bob Wiseman contacted me in the hope that *sixeyes readers in the biz could help out. Here is the 'open letter to American labels' he sent...
Bob Wiseman here. Do you have any smallish acts, solo, duo(?) who might be into the following trade with me? I would take them through the following Canadian dates in March/06.
Victoria BC [British Columbia] Duncan BC Vancouver BC (2 nights) Roberts Creek BC Nelson BC Grand Forks BC slocan valley BC Christina Lake BC Creston BC Fernie BC Edmonton AB [Alberta] Calgary AB Saskatoon SK [Saskatchewan] Forget SK Regina SK Brandon MB [Manitoba] Winnipeg MB
I get audiences of 25 - 100 people depending on the city. Usually get sponsorship from the college radio station and sometimes the local folk/music festival too.i will provide a place for us to crash (clean and tidy) and dinner. a conversation about money and gas must take place in advance but I am a fair minded sub rock star.
In exchange I would like to tour the west coast of the states, trying to showcase for some american labels for me. but all iIneed is a tour-mate who, like me in Canada, can set up the shows in America and take care of where we sleep and eat etc. From Seattle to San Diego.
Thanks in advance, Bob Wiseman [email] firstname.lastname@example.org
------ If anyone out there can help him out, don't be shy about getting in touch through his email contact above. ------ BOB WISEMAN MP3s - all hosted on yousendit.com - these links will be good for about seven days.
Sharply struck fuzzed-out guitars balanced by the yearn in Dina Waxman's vocal which is oh, so, slightly tinged with a Conor Oberst-like quaver. You can nearly feel the charisma of front woman, Dina Waxman, and that's a special trick to accomplish with your voice alone. The song, "Hovercraft", benefits from the spaces between the three players, and from the pop smarts of this promising trio.
Space Mtn are based in LA and they are Waxman [lead vocals and bass], Chris Jacks [guitar], and Andrew Platts [drums].
The Scribbled Out Man are a Toronto band that formed in 2003. Paul Linklater writes the songs and sings them with vocal and instrumental support from bassist Douglas Friesen, multi-instrumentalist Devon Armstrong, and Don Kerr, drummer, cellist, engineer, and producer (Ron Sexsmith and Peter Elkas, amongst others).
The songs are confidently written and strongly delivered, evidence that these guys have some experience and talent. What I've heard ranges from indie-ish pop to power/chamber pop... what you yourself can hear in these mp3s.
About to release their full length debut, Boston based Bon Savantshave already set whatever it is in 'indie hipster' circles that buzzes, uh... buzzing. If atmosphere is what you want in music, then this quartet deliver just that... directly into your bloodstream. The guys in the band themselves namecheck these indie and classic bands as influences: The Wrens, Bedhead, Clientele, Built to Spill, Joy Division, Kinks, Byrds, My Bloody Valentine, Pixies, Velvet Underground, Love, The Zombies, Night Rally, David Bowie, Night Bowie, and David Rally. Myself, I hear some Pavement and definitely the harmony influences of the Kinks and The Zombies, both cited above.
Members are Thom C.M. [vocals / guitars], Kevin P.H. [guitars / vocals], Dave W. [bass / vocals], and Andy D. [drums].
Richard Hawley is steeped in a beautiful past. You can see it in the artists he references: Roy Orbison, Scott Walker, Gene Vincent, and Johnny Cash are just some of the past giants he loves. Where he comes from: Mom once sang with the Everly Brothers and Dad played guitar with Eddie Cochran. But most importantly in these acoustic versions of his own songs that Hawley has recorded.
The promising band, Jonathan Fire*Eater, was made up of vocalist Stewart Lupton, keyboardist Walter Martin, guitarist Paul Maroon, drummer Matt Barrick, and bassist Tom Frank. When they called it quits, Martin, Barrick, and Maroon reformed with Hamilton Leithauser to become The Walkmen. But what became of Stewart Lupton, JF*E's lead singer? It turns out he is still singing and writing, evidenced by the recent signing of his new band Child Ballads to British label Loog Records.
The new band is comprised of Stewart Lupton (vocals, guitar), Betsy Wright (vocals, wurlitzer, farfisa, violin), Hugh McIntosh (Drums), Tunde Oyewole (Bass), and Judah Bauer (Guitar).
Loog Records will release the Child Ballads track, "Cheekbones", as a single next month. In this song Lupton exercises a subdued drawl that recalls Mick Jagger as New Yorker. Lupton's singing is extremely appealing and is, rightly so, front and center in the mix, surrounded by the 60's urban jangle of the supporting players. A very nice little teaser for the promised early 2006 release on British imprint Loog Records. I am looking forward to this release as I loved the JF*E song, "When The Curtain Calls For You".
I saw Peter Elkas, here in Waterloo, close to two years ago opening for former Thrush Hermit leader and now solo artist, Joel Plaskett. It was one of those cases of not paying much attention to what was happening on the stage while leaning against a wall drinking beer. You know... trying to talk above the din. What I remember is that we would stop talking and turn towards the stage more and more frequently as the then-to-me-unknown singer won over the crowd. Now about a year later, I know the name and now this song that has earned a spot in my crowded head, "Party of One".
I love this song'sopening, the falling down the stairs, static-y drums, the tasty guitar licks flicking out of the speakers, and surely, not in the least... the Elkas voice - a sweet syrupy sound, climbing into a clear Buckleyesque falsetto. This song deserves to be heard...
The new single from Mercury Prize winners Antony and the Johnsons, You Are My Sister , is a recent addition to the ever growing selection of independent artists and albums which is eMusic. Of course the other albums and singles by this Secretly Canadian label artist are also on eMusic's site. What?... you don't believe me, here's the page.
Go here to take advantage of eMusic's trial offer of 50 Free Downloads!
Kathleen Edwards has written some very strong songs in an alt-country vein, songs that musically seem to shimmer around and about her voice. A voice which is warm, pleasing, friendly, familiar, and yet somehow distinctive. Upon listening to a few of these you will see how she generated the praise that welcomed her arrival with the album Failer in 2003.
11/22/05 Alexisonfire/MoneenSwitcheroo EP 11/22/05 AttractiveAttactive (EP) 11/22/05 Birch Book (In Gowan Ring)S/T 11/22/05 CastanetsFirst Light's Freeze (LP) 11/22/05 Devendra BanhartHeard Somebody Say 11/22/05 Drop the LimeRefixed 11/22/05 Half Handed CloudWhat's The Remedy? 11/22/05 InterpolInterpol Remix 11/22/05 KillersLimited edition 7' Box 11/22/05 Mendoza LineFull of Light and Full of Fire 11/22/05 MoolsThe Dub Narcotic Sessions 11/22/05 Nice NiceAutumn 11/22/05 Nice NiceWinter 11/22/05 Nurse with WoundSalt Marie Celeste 11/22/05 Okkervil RiverBlack Sheep Boy Appendix EP 11/22/05 Panda BearI'm Not/ Comfy In Nautic 11/22/05 Part Chimp I Am Come 11/22/05 Queens of the Stone AgeOver the Years and Through the Woods 11/22/05 RadioheadLive At The Astoria 11/22/05 Samara LubelskiThe Spectacular Passage 11/22/05 Sha Na NaOne More Saturday Night 11/22/05 Soviettes LP 11/22/05 Soviettes LP II 11/22/05 Talib KweliRight About Now: The Offical Sucka Free Mix 11/22/05 Tristeza A Colores
This year marks the third time the Plug Awards will honor the best and brightest in the growing world of independent music. I was fortunate enough to be honored myself with an invitation to join the Advisory Committee which selects the nominees. I will admit that I did not make selections in every category as many of the categories deal with genres I am not familiar enough with. There are two divisions, one for 'music' and one for 'independent media', which combined make up 28 different categories and you the fans can cast your votes by going here.
The awards will be handed out on February 2nd at New York's Webster Hall.
At the awards show Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Indie Rock Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Music Video Of The Year and Live Act Of The Year nominees THE NATIONAL will be performing. Additional musical guests will be announced when they are set.
Here, below, is who and what is on the ballot...
Album Of The Year
Animal Collective - Feels (FatCat) Antony And The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now (Secretly Canadian) Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (Vice) Clap Your Hands SayYeah - Clap Your Hands SayYeah (Self-released) Dangerdoom - The Mouse And The Mask (Adult Swim/Epitaph) Devendra Banahrt - Cripple Crow (XL) The National - Alligator (Beggars) The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema (Matador) Sleater-Kinney - The Woods (Sub Pop) Spoon - Gimme Fiction (Merge) Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty) Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary (Sub Pop)
Artist Of The Year
Animal Collective Antony And The Johnsons Bloc Party Bright Eyes Broken Social Scene Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Devendra Banhart MF Doom The National Sleater-Kinney Spoon Sufjan Stevens
New Artist Of The Year
Arctic Monkeys Black Mountain Chad VanGaalen Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Dungen Lady Sovereign Maximo Park Richard Swift Serena Maneesh Tim Fite Tom Vek Wolf Parade
Song Of The Year
Antony And The Johnsons - 'Hope There's Someone' (Secretly Canadian) Black Mountain - 'Druganaut' (Jagjaguwar) Bright Eyes - 'When The President Talks To God' (Saddle Creek) Clientele - 'Since K Got Over Me' (Merge) DevendraBanhart - 'Long Haired Child' (XL) Ladytron - 'Destroy Everything You Touch' (Rykodisc) The National - 'Abel' (Beggars) The New Pornographers - 'The Bleeding Heart Show' (Matador) Spoon - 'The Beast And Dragon, Adored' (Merge) Stars - 'Ageless Beauty' (Arts & Crafts) Sufjan Stevens - 'Chicago' (Asthma Wolf Parade - "I'll Believe In Anything" (Sub Pop)
Female Artist Of The Year
Annie Bettye LaVette CocoRosie Emiliana Torrini Hanne Hukkelberg Lady Sovereign Laura Cantrell NekoCase Princess Superstar Scout Niblett Sharon Jones Vashti Bunyan
Male Artist Of The Year
Andrew Bird Antony Chad VanGaalen Conor Oberst Devendra Banhart Jamie Lidell John Vanderslice José González MF Doom Sam Beam Sufjan Stevens Tom Vek
Hip-Hop Album Of The Year
Aesop Rock - Fast Cars, Danger, Fire And Knives (Definitive Jux) Atmosphere - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having (Rhymesayers) Blueprint - 1988 (Rhymesayers) Cage - Hell's Winter (Definitive Jux) Clipse - We Got It 4 Cheap Vol. 2 (mixunit.com) Dälek - Absence (Ipecac) Dangerdoom - The Mouse And The Mask (Adult Swim/Epitaph) Edan - Beauty And The Beat (Lewis) Ohmega Watts - The Find (Ubiquity) The Perceptionists - Black Dialogue (Definitive Jux) Quasimoto - The Further Adventures Of Lord Quas (Stones Throw) Sage Francis - A Healthy Distrust (Epitaph)
Punk Album Of The Year
Against Me! - Searching For A Former Clarity (Fat Wreck) Bear Vs Shark - Terrorhawk (Equal Vision) The Blackout Pact - Hello Sailor (Astro Magnetics) Gogol Bordello - Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike (Side One Dummy) Jello Biafra With The Melvins - Sieg Howdy! (Alternative Tentacles) Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain (Load) The Locust - Safety Second, Body Last (Ipecac) Pennywise - The Fuse (Epitaph) The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower - Love In The Fascist Brothel (Revelation) Rufio - The Comfort Of Home (Nitro) Sleater-Kinney - The Woods (Sub Pop) XBXRX - Sixth In Sixes (Polyvinyl)
Metal Album Of The Year
Big Bear - Big Bear (Monitor) Children Of Bodom - Are You Dead Yet? (Spinefarm) Early Man - Closing In (Matador) Every Time I Die - Gutter Phenomenon (Ferret) Fantômas - Suspended Animation (Ipecac) Goblin Cock - Bagged And Boarded (Absolutley Kosher) God Forbid - IV: Constitution Of Treason (Century Media) High On Fire - Blessed Black Wings (Relapse) Jesu - Jesu (Hydra Head) Meshuggah - Catch Thirtythree (Nuclear Blast) Pelican - The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw (Hydra Head) sunnO))) - Black One (Southern Lord)
Electronic/Dance Album Of The Year
Boards Of Canada - The Campfire Headphase (Warp) The Books - Lost & Safe (Tomlab) Caribou - The Milk Of Human Kindness (Domino) Four Tet - Everything Ecstatic (Domino) Isolée - We Are Monster (Playhouse) Jackson And His Computer Band - Smash (Warp) Jamie Lidell - Multiply (Warp) M83 - Before The Dawn Heals Us (Mute) Mobius Band - The Loving Sounds Of Static (Ghostly International) Out Hud - Let Us Never Speak Of It Again (Kranky) The Juan Maclean - Less Than Human (DFA/Astralwerks) Vitalic - OK Cowboy (PIAS)
Americana Album Of The Year
Daniel Lanois - Belladonna (Anti-) Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow (XL) Iron & Wine/Calexico - In The Reins (Overcoat) José González - Veneer (Hidden Agenda) Langhorne Slim - When The Sun's Gone Down (Narnack) Lucero - Nobody's Darlings (Liberty And Lament) M. Ward - Transistor Radio (Merge) Magnolia Electric Co - What Comes After The Blues (Secretly Canadian) Matt Sweeney And Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Superwolf (Drag City) Nickel Creek - Why Should The Fire Die? (Sugarhill) Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy (Jagjaguwar) Six Organs Of Admittance - School Of The Flower (Drag City)
Indie Rock Album Of The Year
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (Vice) Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts) Calla - Collisions (Beggars) Clap Your Hands SayYeah - Clap Your Hands SayYeah (Self-released) Deerhoof - The Runners Four (5RC/Kill Rock Stars) The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday (Frenchkiss) The National - Alligator (Beggars) The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema (Matador) Sleater-Kinney - The Woods (Sub Pop) Spoon - Gimme Fiction (Merge) Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty) Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary (Sub Pop)
DJ Album Of The Year
Annie - DJ-Kicks (!K7) Clipse - We Got It 4 Cheap Vol. 2 (mixunit.com) Diplo - FabricLive 24 (Fabric) DJ Mark Farina - Mushroom Jazz 5 (Om) DJ Shadow - One Night In Bangkok (No Shoes) DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid - Celestial Mechanix: The Blue Series MasterMix (Thirsty Ear) Dominik Eulberg - Kreucht & Fleucht (Mischwald) Ewan Pearson - Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi_01 (Soma) The Glimmers - DJ-Kicks (!K7) James F@#$%^ Friedman - Go Commando! (Defend Music) Optimo - Psyche Out (Eskimo) Richie Hawtin - DE9Transitions (Mute)
Avant Album Of The Year
Animal Collective - Feels (FatCat) Black Dice - Broken Ear Record (DFA/Astralwerks) Boredoms - Seadrum/House Of Sun (Vice) Delia Gonzalez And Gavin Russom - The Days Of Mars (DFA/Astralwerks) Excepter - Throne (Load) Gang Gang Dance - God's Money (The Social Registry) Growing - His Return (Troubleman Unlimited) Hair Police - Constantly Terrified (Troubleman Unlimited) Keith Fullerton Whitman - Multiples (Kranky) Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain (Load) Orthrelm - OV (Ipecac) Wooden Wand & The Vanishing Voice - Buck Dharma (5RC)
Record Label Of The Year
Anti-/Epitaph Barsuk Beggars Group Definitive Jux Domino Matador Merge Saddle Creek Secretly Canadian Sub Pop Touch And Go Warp
Live Act Of The Year
Antony And The Johnsons Arcade Fire Black Mountain Bloc Party Bright Eyes Death From Above 1979 The Decemberists Devendra Banhart Jamie Lidell The National Sleater-Kinney Wolf Parade
Music Festival Of The Year
Austin City Limits All Tomorrow's Parties ArthurFest Bonnaroo Bumbershoot CMJ Music Marathon Coachella Intonation Music Festival Lollapalooza Siren Music Festival South By Southwest Vegoose
Record Producer of the Year
9th Wonder Danger Mouse Dave Sitek Diplo El-P Four Tet Isaac Brock Madlib Paul "Phones" Epworth Peter Katis RJD2 Thom Monahan
Music Video Of The Year
Aesop Rock - "Fast Cars, Danger, Fire And Knives" (Definitive Jux) Bloc Party - "Helicopter" (Vice) Cage - "Shoot Frank" (Definitive Jux) The Decemberists - "16 Military Wives" (Kill Rock Stars) Goblin Cock - "Stumped" (Absolutley Kosher) Jason Forrest - "War Photographer" (Sonig) Maximo Park - "Graffiti" (Warp) The National - "Daughters Of The Soho Riots" (Beggars) North American Halloween Prevention Initiative - "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?" (Vice) Of Montreal - "Wraith Pinned To The Mist (And Other Games)" (Polyvinyl) Quasimoto - "Bullyshit" (Stones Throw) Stars - "Ageless Beauty" (Arts & Crafts)
Album Art/Packaging of the Year
Aesop Rock - Fast Cars, Danger, Fire And Knives (Definitive Jux) Aimee Mann - The Forgotten Arm (SuperEgo) Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts) Caribou - The Milk Of Human Kindness (Domino) Dangerdoom - The Mouse And The Mask (Adult Swim/Epitaph) The Fall - Fall Heads Roll (Narnack) Fantômas - Suspended Animation (Ipecac) Goblin Cock - Bagged And Boarded (Absolutley Kosher) Silversun Pickups - Pikul (Dangerbird) Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty) Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft (XL) Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary (Sub Pop)
Arthur CMJ New Music Monthly Decibel Fader Filter Harp Magnet Paste Under The Radar URB Vice XLR8R
Zine Of The Year
Beautiful Decay Big Takeover Chord Chunklet Copper Press Devil In The Woods Maximumrocknroll Punk Planet Rockpile Rocktober Sup Wax Poetics
College/Non-Comm Radio Station Of The Year
KALX, Berkeley, CA KCRW, Santa Monica, CA KEXP, Seattle, WA KUCI, Irvine, CA KUSF, San Francisco, CA KXLU, Los Angeles, CA WBER, Rochester, NY WFMU, East Orange, NJ WFPK, Louisville, KY WFUV, Bronx, NY WNYU, New York, NY WRAS, Atlanta, GA
Specialty Show Of The Year (Commercial Radio)
KDLE, Los Angeles, CA, Jonesy's Jukebox with Steve Jones KBZT, San Diego, CA, Big Sonic Chill with Midori KDGE, Dallas, TX, Adventure Club with Josh Venable KITS, San Francisco, CA, Soundcheck with Aaron Axelson WAQZ, Cincinnati, OH, Miss Sally's Playhouse with Sally Vollner WEQX, Manchester, VT, Download with Alex Taylor WKQX, Chicago, IL, TBA with Robert English WPLA, Jacksonville, FL, Forbidden Planet with Robert Goodman WRAX, Birmingham, AL, Reg's Coffee House with Scott Register WWCD, Columbus, OH, The Independent Playground with Tom & Rudy WXPN, Philadelphia, PA, World Caf? with David Dye WXRT, Chicago, IL, The Eclectic Company with Nicholas Tremulis & Jon Langford
Amoeba Music, Berkeley, CA Aquarius Records, San Francisco, CA Criminal Records, Atlanta, GA Dusty Groove America, Chicago, IL Easy Street Records, Seattle, WA Insound, New York, NY Newbury Comics, Boston, MA Other Music, New York, NY Sonic Boom Records, Seattle, WA Sound Fix, Brooklyn, NY Twist & Shout, Denver, CO Waterloo Records And Video, Austin, TX
Best Music DVD of the Year
Dig! (Palm Pictures) Directors Label Volumes 4-7 (Palm Pictures) Drive Well, Sleep Carefully: On The Road With Death Cab For Cutie (Plexifilm) Little Movies Big Noises (Definitive Jux) Low In Europe (Plexifilm) Moog (Plexifilm) Morrissey: Who Put the 'M' in Manchester? (Attack/SVE) Stones Throw 101 (Stones Throw) The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons (Shout! Factory) The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks (Shout! Factory)
Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information - 1974 [a classic! I picked this up for a few bucks about six years ago on the strength of a review or article I read in a newspaper. Psychedelic soul created in a vacuum that is only getting the respect it deserves years later]
Drive By Truckers - Decoration Day Mercury Rev - Deserter Songs
Here are free mp3 downloads, plus the lyrics, of the Arctic Monkeys' songs, "Fake Tales of San Francisco", "Mardy Bum", "Dancing Shoes", "From The Ritz To The Rubble", "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor", and "Scummy". Sheffield, England's Arctic Monkeys will release their debut on Domino Records February 21, 2006.
"Dancing Shoes" [free mp3] Get on your dancing shoes There's one thing on your mind Oh, been there looking for you Sure you'll be rummagin' through Oh and the shit, shock, horror You've seen your future bride Oh, but it's oh so absurd For you to say the first word So you're waitin'n'waitin'n...
The only reason that you came So what ya scared for? Oh don't you always do the same It's what ya there for, don't ya know..
The lights are flashing Down in here tonight And so'm I exchange a glance Looking pretending to dance
Don't act like it's not happening As if its impolite To go and mention your name Instead you'll just do the same As they all do, and hope for the best...
The only reason that you came So what ya scared for? Well don't ya always do the same It's what ya there for, oooo yaaa!!
Get on your dancing shoes You sexy little swine Oh, been there looking for you Sure you'll be rumagin' through
Oh and the shit, shock, horror You've seen your future bride Oh, but it's oh so absurd For you to say the first word So you're waitin'n'waaaaaaaaaohhh...!
"From The Ritz To The Rubble" [free mp3] Last night these two bouncers And one of em's alright The other one's the scary one His way or no way, totalatarian
He's got no time for you Looking or breathing How he don't want you to
So step out the queue He makes examples of you And there's nowt you can say Behind they go through to the bit where you pay And you realise then that it's finally the time To walk back past ten thousand eyes in the line
And you can swap jumpers and make another move Instilled in your brain you've got something to prove To all the smirking faces and the boys in black Why can't they be pleasant? Why can't they have a laugh?
He's got his hand in your chest He wants to give you a duff Well secrectly I think they want it all to kick off They want, arms flying everywhere and Bottles as well it's just Something to talk about A story to tell you
Well I'm so glad they turned us all away we'll put it down to fate
I said a thousand million things that I could never say this morning
Got too deep, but how deep is too deep?
This town's a different town today This town's a different town to what it was last night You couldn't have done that on a Sunday
That girl's a different girl today Said that girl's a different girl to her you kissed last night You couldn't have done that on a Sunday
Well I'm so glad they turned us all away we'll put it down to fate
I said a thousand million things that I could never say this morning
Got too deep, but how deep is too deep?
Last night what we talked about It made so much sense But now the haze has ascended It don't make no sense anymore
"Fake Tales Of San Francisco" [free mp3] Fake Tales of San Francisco Echo through the room More point to a wedding disco Without a bride or groom
There's a super cool band yeah With their trilbys and their glasses of white wine And all the weekend rockstars in the toilets Practicing their lines
I don't want to hear you (Kick me out, kick me out) I don't want to hear, you know (Kick me out, kick me out) I don't want to hear you (Kick me out, kick me out) I don't want to hear you I don't want to hear your...
Fake Tales of San Fransisco Echo through the air And there's a few bored faces in the back All wishing they weren't there
And as the microphone squeaks A young girl's telephone beeps Yeah she's dashing for the exit And she's running to the streets outside "Oh you've saved me," she screams down the line "The band aren't very good And I'm not having a nice time"
I don't want to hear you (Kick me out, kick me out) I don't want to hear, you know (Kick me out, kick me out)
Yeah but his bird thinks it's amazing, though So all that's left Is the proof that love's not only blind but deaf
He talks of San Francisco, he's from Hunter's Bar I don't quite know the distance But I'm sure that's far Yeah I'm sure that's pretty far
And yeah, I'd love to tell you all my problem You're not from New York City, you're from Rotherham So get off the bandwagon, and put down the handbook Yeah, yeah, yeah
Get off the bandwagon and put down the handbook
"I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" [free mp3] Stop making the eyes at me; I’ll stop making the eyes at you What it is that surprises me, Is that I don't really want you to When your shoulders are frozen (cold in the night) Oh but you're an explosion (you're dynamite) Your name isn't Rio, but I don't care for sand And lighting the fuse might result in a bang, ba-ba bang go I bet that you look good on the dance floor I don't know if you’re looking for romance or... I don't know what you’re looking for Well I bet that you look good on the dance floor Dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984, from 1984 I wish you'd stop ignoring me, because you're sending me to despair Without a sound yeah you’re calling me, and I don't think it's very fair That your shoulders are frozen (cold in the night) Oh but you’re an explosion (you're dynamite) Your name isn't Rio, but I don't care for sand And lighting the fuse might result in a bang, ba-ba bang go I bet that you look good on the dance floor I don't know if you’re looking for romance or... I don't know what you’re looking for Well I bet that you look good on the dance floor Dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984, from 1984 Oh there ain't no love No Montagues or Capulets We're just banging tunes and DJ sets and Dirty dance floors and dreams of naughtiness Well I bet that you look good on the dance floor I don't know if you’re looking for romance or... I don't know what you’re looking for I said that I bet that you look good on the dance floor Dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984, from 1984
"Mardy Bum " [free mp3] Now then Mardy Bum I see your frown And it's like looking down the barrel of a gun And it goes off And out come all these words Oh there's a very pleasant side to you A side I much prefer It's one that laughs and jokes around Remember cuddles in the kitchen Yeah, to get things off the ground And it was up, up and away Oh, but it's right hard to remember That on a day like today when you're all argumentative And you've got the face on
Well now then Mardy Bum Oh I'm in trouble again, aren't I I thought as much Cause you turned over there Pulling that silent disappointment face The one that I can't bare
Can't we laugh and joke around Remember cuddles in the kitchen Yeah, to get things off the ground And it was up, up and away Oh, but it's right hard to remember That on a day like today when you're all argumentative And you've got the face on
Yeah I'm sorry I was late Well I missed the train And then the traffic was a state But I can't be arsed to carry on in this debate That reoccurs ,oh when you say I don't care Well of course I do, yeah I clearly do!
So laugh and joke around Remember cuddles in the kitchen Yeah, to get things off the ground And it was up, up and away Still it's right hard to remember That on a day like today when you're all argumentative And you've got the face on
"Scummy" [free mp3] So who's that girl there? I wonder what went wrong So that she had to roam the streets She don't do major credit cards I doubt she does receipts It's all not quite legitimate
And what a scummy man Just give him half a chance I bet he'll rob you if he can Can see it in his eyes, yeah That he's got a driving ban Amongst some other offences
And I've seen him with girls of the night And he told Roxanne to put on her red light They're all infected but he'll be alright Cause he's a scumbag, don't you know I said he's a scumbag, don't you know!
Although you're trying not to listen I bet your eyes are staring at the ground She makes a subtle proposition Sorry love I'll have to turn you down
And oh he must be up to something Want half a chance to show he's more than likely I've got a feeling in my stomach I start to wonder what his story might be What his story might be
They said it changes when the sun goes down And they said it changes when the sun goes down And they said it changes when the sun goes down Around here Around
And look here comes a Ford Mondeo Isn't he Mister Inconspicuous And he don't have to say 'owt She understands she's here to get picked up
And she's delighted when she sees him Pulling in and giving her the eye Because she must be fucking freezing Scantily clad beneath the clear night sky She don't stop in the winter, no and...
They said it changes when the sun goes down And they said it changes when the sun goes down And they said it changes when the sun goes down Around here
They said it changes when the sun goes down And they said it changes when the sun goes down And they said it changes when the sun goes down Around here Around here
What a scummy man Just give him half a chance I bet he'll rob you if he can Can see it in his eyes that he's got a nasty plan I hope you're not involved at all
Spoon's Sister Jack CD single is available from eMusic, where, incidentally, I have been a member since May/04. The single, from Merge Records, gives you three tracks: the original Gimme Fiction version of "Sister Jack", a John McEntire remix of that song, plus a track titled, "Sunday Morning, Wednesday Night".
Of course, Spoon's previous Merge records can also be found at eMusic: Girls Can Tell, Kill The Moonlight, Gimme Fiction, and A Series of Sneaks.
Look into getting these songs and much more for free by taking eMusic up on their no strings free trial which gives you 50 FREE DOWNLOADS. See what's it all about here.
From Edmonton, Alberta, the Vertical Struts are a duo, a throwback to the rawer sounds of the sixties and the punk aggression which came to prominence in the late seventies. The duo are Raymond Biesinger and Trevor Anderson. Biesinger on guitar and lead vocal and Anderson behind the drum kit, both responsible for the more than respectable music produced by this Western Canadian band. Working from the influences of their parents record collections, impressive artistic taste, and the appealing musical trait of 'not being afraid to get dirty', you should listen, watch, and buy Vertical Struts.
Many visitors to *sixeyes were brought here by my posting a link to Sigur Ros' video for the song, "Glosoli". So to quench the appetite and curiosity of all, here is the video again along with two others from the fascinating Icelandic band, Sigur Ros.
Fat Possum Records keeps the blues alive in the land from which it sprang, Mississippi. Their roster offers the buying public everything from men who lived and died living the blues to young men still creating blues, showing their love for this oft dismissed genre of music... give it a chance, there is something for every one.
================= Many Fat Possum artists are found on *sixeyes digital download service of choice, eMusic... such as The Black Keys, Thee Shams, R.L. Burnside, Furry Lewis, Bob Log III, and more. The site's great trial offer is still alive and kicking right here.
Mellowdrone will release their new disc this January. Entitled, Box, it offers the curious listener 13 new tracks. And here is a preview, free and legal of course... + fashionably uninvited
>>Stream the track[Windows] Box Track Listing: 1. C'mon Try A Little Bit 2. Oh My 3. Four Leaf Clover 4. Fashionably Uninvited 5. Beautiful Day 6. Fuck It Man 7. Whatever The Deal 8. Madison 9. And Repeat 10. Orange Marmalade 11. Amazing 12. Bone Marrow 13. Limb To Limb
The Weather Machines The Sound of Pseudoscience [Tigers Against Crime - 2005] *Sixeyes Rating: 8.0 out of 10
The Weather Machines are from Rapid City, South Dakota. After a year and a half together, the quartet of Jason Ward [vocals/guitar], Patrick Fleming [guitar], Ali DeMersseman [bass], and J. Waylon Miller [drums], have self-released on Jason Ward's own label, Tigers Against Crime, their debut album, The Sound of Pseudoscience.
This is power pop crisply executed. There is no messing around, these twelve short tracks are all meaty hooks and shiny barbs. Following the opening nugget, "Modern Text On Love" [whose opening guitar riff recalls XTC], you'd expect a young band to slide into average, maudlin territory, but no... these musicians bear down and deliver lead singer Jason Ward's songs with a consistent energy matching the songs surprising quality. Bringing to mind bands like Ted Leo, XTC, The Strokes, and 'eternally missing in action' The La's -- this is power pop with impeccable pedigree and deep roots. Recommended.
Vancouver's Jerk with a Bomb is made up of founding members Steve McBean (McBean is the driving force behind Black Mountain, Pink Mountaintops and the band that pre-dated JWAB, Ex-Dead Teenager)and Josh Wells, who are now joined by Amber Webber and Christoff Hoffmiester.
Their song, 'Don't forget your Love'[MP3] (Pyrokinesis - Scratch Records), has weaseled it's way into my head and heart with it's loose, back porch rhythm and the blurry, half-baked, semi-stoner vocal by McBean (sweetly supported by Amber Webber in the choruses). I have read of JWAB being compared to Nick Cave, Palace, Nick Drake, and Three Mile Pilot. Oh yeah, even Queens of the Stone Age. I can see the last one on this track, but only if you cross breed Ryan Adams earlier work with Whiskeytown with the Queens... yeah, it's a stoner Whiskeytown.
Yep, D.C.'s Dischord Records is now available at eMusic.Their more prominent bands and their albums can be downloaded from my own favourite digital download service, eMusic.
You heard of Fugazi, now hear them [for free!] by going here. Minor Threat, Jawbox, and Rites of Spring are just some of the famed bands you will find.
Also recently added is Brendan Benson's great debut album One Mississippi reissued with Benson's EP The Wellfed Boy... that's 22 tracks from this criminally ignored indie pop singer/songwriter. You will also find Q and not U's No Kill No Beep Beep.
Check these and get them free [if you are eligible... i.e. not yet a member] by going here.
Division Day [Self-released - 2004] *Sixeyes Score: 7.8 out of 10
Division Day's second EP, The Mean Way In, will give indie friendly ears a rich meal to dine upon and a sound so vibrant it very nearly casts it's own light. The California band's least elaborate piano driven moments recall Ben Folds at his most complex and all of this is thrown from your speakers all the way from San Francisco analog studio, Tiny Telephone.
The 6 songs that make up The Mean Way In alternate between dense and intricate, it's a fine line between the two, but both demand the listener grant the music repeated listens... and that's when the payoff comes. You become the water or the sponge. The music gets inside you, or you get inside it.
Matt Arbogast of The Gunshymakes me think of Joe Strummer's work with Mescaleros and even The Pogues, Shane MacGowan, in the song "Last Songs". He's only 25, but he sings songs that have an immediate gravity due to the timbre of his voice. Hoarse, gravelly, and shouting with passion, Arbogast commands the attention of any open minded music fan, although he has the drive to break through to the more close minded out there... if given the chance. That's the tough part.
Imagine the sweet lilt of The Pogues bolstered by the wide open Americana blast of indie alt-country/rock... this is Matt Arbogast, this is The Gunshy.
There are some mp3s here at Sleep Recordings, Matt's own label.
Upcoming Tour Dates 11.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone 11.11 - Shreveport, LA - Lil Joe's 11.12 - Oxford, MS - Hot Dog Records 11.13 - Birmingham, AL - Sakura 11.14 - Athens, GA - Secret Squirrel 11.15 - Atlanta, GA - 1435 Vaughn St. w/ I Would etc... 11.16 - Chapel Hill, NC - Wetlands 11.17 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street 11.18 - Huntington, WV - HYAMP 11.19 - Lexington, KY - Beaumont YMCA"
John Vanderslice will set off on his first ever tour of Europe beginning November 10th. Here's how the man whose kindness and generosity match his talent and skill lays out the upcoming milestone in an increasingly stellar career.
European Tour 2005 with Nada Surf Damn this has been a long time coming, thanks to Nada Surf for bringing us out. We may stick around and some Benelux dates, please email Adam if you have any ideas.
Dave and I will be playing as a duo, it's a more stripped down feel and we'll be playing some songs we've never played the States before. We are both really excited to tour this way. -- Dave Douglas: Drums, Moog Source, Moog Taurus 1 bass pedals, samples JV: Vocals, Guitar
November 10 Manchester, UK Hop and Grape w/ Nada Surf
November 11 Glasgow King Tuts w/ Nada Surf
November 12, 2005 Nottingham, UK Rescue Rooms w/ Nada Surf
November 13 Bristol, UK Fleece and Firkin w/ Nada Surf
November 14 London, UK Scala w/ Nada Surf
November 16 Toulouse, FR Salle des Fetes du Ramonville w/ Nada Surf
November 17 Montpelier, FR Le Rockstore w/ Nada Surf
November 18 Angouleme, FR La Nef w/ Nada Surf
November 19 Bordeaux, FR Theatre Barbey w/ Nada Surf
November 20 Paris, FR Elysee Montmartre w/ Nada Surf
November 21 Strasbourg, FR La Laiterie w/ Nada Surf
November 22 Frankfurt, GR Batschkapp w/ Nada Surf
November 23 Hamburg, GR Logo w/ Nada Surf
November 24 Berlin, GR Kalkscheune w/ Nada Surf
November 25 Stuttgart, GR Club Manufaktur w/ Nada Surf
Bob Wiseman almost seems 'too' funny for his own good or at least his music's good (but not too Canadian, how could that possibly happen?). I mean that he would likely receive more attention and admiration from that quadrant of the music media with hyperbolic tendencies if his eccentric, formidable talent were framed at all times in a downtrodden, serious urban light (a là the Godfather of eccentric urban hipsters, Tom Waits). But Wiseman, I believe, follows his muse (serious or lighthearted) from whatever or wherever it springs (He has even done some film and television scoring). But when he does put his talent to a serious inspiration what appears is often lovely and touching. That is not to dismiss the more humorous songs he has penned... Wiseman is a funny guy. A multi-instrumentalist, he obviously has an affinity for any instrument with keys, such as organ, piano, toy piano, accordion, melodica, they all sing under Wiseman's fingers. He's also an improvisational musician (his debut, 1989's In Her Dream: Bob Wiseman Sings Wrench Tuttle, was rife with "prepared piano" - a term referring to altering the piano's sound by slipping paper, coins or vegetables between the strings) who will use any 'thing', or way, to produce the sounds the song needs at the time. This obviously isn't as evident on his recordings, but certainly during live performances. In fact I caught a very intimate multi-media performance by the man himself just a week or two ago. Working with a DVD player, a DVD projector, acoustic guitar, a Hohner 'Student' accordion, a tiny laptop keyboard, and dying (soon to leave this mortal coil) batteries in the DVD player's remote control, Wiseman gave the lucky few on hand their money's worth. The highlight for me was his song, "Uranium". A sad and beautiful tale of a young woman from the northern Ontario mining town of Elliott Lake whom boards a Greyhound for the big city of Toronto. His delivery was a wonderful contrast of adult love, pain, and death, against a childlike puppet show of the song's story playing on the screen behind him.
With eight solo albums under his belt, Wiseman has much for you to discover. You could even dip into very early Blue Rodeo albums that feature his inspired organ playing.
Here are some mp3s. If you want to spread the word about Bob Wiseman's music you may use these links or seek out his music to host yourself... for as Bob told me:
"I think if you release a record it's public domain. So, yes, use anything you want in any way you want."
It's True - 2004 Blocksblocksblocks This Recording Was Made on "Recording Is Easy Computer Operated By" - 2004 BlocksBlocksBlocks Accidentally Acquired Beliefs - 1995, Grow or Die Music/ Warner Music. Beware of Bob - 1994, Sabre Toque Records City of Wood - 1993, Carpe Diem Music, Inc./ Warner Music Presented by Lake Michigan Soda - 1991, Carpe Diem Music, Inc./ Warner Music In Her Dream: Bob Wiseman Sings Wrench Tuttle - 1989 Risque Disque / Atlantic / WEA Wet Water - 1984
In closing I'd say that Bob Wiseman is a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, who shares his art through multi-media. He is therefore multi-purpose not unlike WD-40 or Super Bond. When you come right down to it... Bob Wisemanis Krazy Glue.
The highly praised new work by Animal Collective, Feels, is now streaming in it's entirety at Radio Indie Pop. Click on the 'Album Of The Month' button to hear the what some will surely name album of the year.
I've heard "Stout-Hearted Men" done by Shooby Taylor, about 20 to 30 times in the past three days... and it still makes me laugh (even if I am sick... uh, I mean physically sick... well, ok, maybe a little mentally as well).
Shooby Taylor, I'm guessing, is known in some tiny cult-like circles for his enthusiastic, but poorly done, scat singing. Billed as The Human Horn, Shooby Taylor explained it this way, "I blow me."
There is even some video of Shooby being forced off the Apollo stage in the early eighties on his home page.
The Fresno, CA band, Rademacher, have now got their new EP available to all. Titled Ice Age, it is a slim offering of four tracks, but it does contain the strangest track the band has released, "Playing For Fun", a song I talked about this past August. This one song is definitely a step into the shadows of singer and songwriter Mike B's mind. The other three are much more in the sunlight, at least the light that falls from the California sky, and we all know about California (don't we?). The other song that stands out for me is "I've Rearranged Everything". It builds from a single acoustic guitar and Mike's distinctive voice to be met by a beautifully contrasting second guitar and slowly the band joins in. Either a very tasteful restraint was exercised when recording this song or the band ran out of instruments, as the song retains it lightness and memorable melody from beginning to end.
The title track "Ice Age" offers perhaps the most telling line about Rademacher...
We're just a loose band of haircuts marching down stair tops, we're your friends...
"Ice Age", again as "I've Rearranged Everything" did, has what each and every song needs, a strong foundation or melody. It also dips into more imaginative instrumentation like "Playing For Fun" does. --------------------
11/07 CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE - first two albums (tomlab) 11/08 AKRON/FAMILY & ANGELS OF LIGHT - s/t (young god) 11/08 BEASTIE BOYS - singles collection (capitol) 11/08 BIGG JUS - poor people's day (mush) 11/08 CALICO SYSTEM - they live (eulogy/alveran) 11/08 COMET GAIN - city fallen leaves (5rc) 11/08 CORM - audio flame kit (polyvinyl) 11/08 DOUBLE LEOPARDS - a hole is true (troubleman unlimited) 11/08 FILTHY THIEVING BASTARDS - my pappy was a pistol (byo) 11/08 GET HUSTLE - rollin' in the ruins (three one g) 11/08 GREEN DAY - bullet in the bible (reprise) 11/08 GRIS GRIS - for the season (birdman) 11/08 GRIZZLY BEAR - horn of plenty (kanine) 11/08 GUIDED BY VOICES - a brief history: twenty-one years of hunting accidents in the forests of rock and roll (paperback) (grove press/black cat) 11/08 GUIDED BY VOICES - briefcase 2: the return of milko waif (recordhead) 11/08 GUIDED BY VOICES - propeller (scat) 11/08 GUIDED BY VOICES - suitcase 2: american superdream wow (recordhead) 11/08 HARVEY DANGER - cream and bastard rise (kill rock stars) 11/08 HEAD WOUND CITY - head wound city (ep) (three one g) 11/08 HEADLIGHTS - the enemies ep (polyvinyl) 11/08 HELLA - concentration face dvd with "homeboy" cd (5rc) 11/08 HIVES - tussles in brussels dvd (interscope) 11/08 INTERPOL - interpol remix (matador) 11/08 KEANE - keane: strangers (interscope) 11/08 KNUT - terraformer (hydrahead records) 11/08 MARS VOLTA - scab dates (live album) (strummer/universal) 11/08 MI AND L'AU - s/t (young god) 11/08 MIRANDA JULY - 10 million hours a mile (kill rock stars) 11/08 MIRANDA JULY - the binet-simon test (kill rock stars) 11/08 NO-NECK BLUES BAND - qvaris (5rc) 11/08 PAUL DUNCAN - be careful what you call home (hometapes) 11/08 PIEBALD - killa bros & killa bees (solid state records) 11/08 RAH BRAS - whohm (lovitt) 11/08 RICHARD YOUNGS & ALEX NEILSON - patrick raindance (vhf) 11/08 SAGE FRANCIS - life is easy (epitaph) 11/08 SPOON - sister jack (merge) 11/08 TARANTULA A.D. - book of sand (kemado) 11/08 TOMMY GUERRERO - year of the monkey (galaxia) 11/08 TRISTEZA - a colores (better looking records) 11/08 VARIOUS ARTIST - not alone (durtro jnana) 11/08 VARIOUS ARTIST - rewind! 4 (ubiquity) 11/08 VARIOUS ARTIST - tommy boy presents… essential hip-hop vols. 1-4 (tommy boy) 11/08 WINDY & CARL - dream house/dedications to flea (kranky)
A DAY IN BLACK AND WHITE Notes Level Plane ANNIHILATOR Schizo Deluxe Locomotive BLACKLISTED ...The Beat Goes On Deathwish Inc. BROWNSWOOD USA: GILLES PETERSON DIGS AMERICA Various Artists Luv N' Haight CALICO SYSTEM They Live Eulogy CHOPPA Da Real Choppa Body Head DIALS Flex Time Latest Flame DOGS OF WINTER Cut Down To The Quick [EP] Exotic FLOETRY Flo'Ology Geffen GILLES PETERSON Gilles Peterson Digs America: Brownswood U.S.A. Luv N Haight GRIZZLY BEAR Horn Of Plenty (The Remixes) Kanine KATE BUSH Aerial Sony MUSIC FROM THE OC: MIX 5 Various Artists Warner Bros. MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE Life On The Murder Scene Reprise NONPOINT To The Pain Beiler Bros Records PAUL DUNCAN Be Careful What You Call Home Hometapes PETER GALLAGHER 7 Days In Memphis Epic ROD STEWART The Great American Songbook Box Set J SEPULTURA Live In Sao Paulo SPV SUPLECS Powtin' On The Outside, Pawty On The Inside Nocturnal TAH-DAHS Le Fun Undeniable THE ORB Okie Dokie, It's the Orb Kompakt TWISTA The Day After Atlantic
Uncut has a chat with Franz Ferdinand's main man, Alex Kapranos. Did you have any qualms about writing a song about “Eleanor”? Oh Eleanor is a wonderful name! Some of my favourite songs have Eleanors in. “Eleanor Rigby”. “Eleanor” by the Turtles. That has that wonderful line, “You’re my pride and joy, et cetera”. Am I asking for press intrusion into my private life? Well, I don’t have to answer any of the questions about it!