Saturday, November 28, 2009

Albums of the Decade - The 2000's Edition (Part 1)

I have seen a lot of lists lately concerning the top albums of the decade. I pretty much agree with the ones I see and don't feel it necessary to duplicate them here. So, instead I am going to name albums I feel are under the radar. For the record, the albums that I can listen to over and over again without wanting me to stop are records I consider noteworthy.

Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump (2000)

Coming out in 2000 this album changed how I envisioned indie 'atmosphere' music being created. It took on the modern tech world and showcased the electronic side of indie bands for me.

The Delgados - Hate (2002)

Hailing from Scotland, this band started their own label (Chemikal Underground Records) and began putting out their version of indie pop symphonic music. The duel lead singers plus entire string section sucked me in. Their previous album, The Great Eastern, gets all the hype being nominated for a Mercury Music Prize. But for me, this was their first album I heard and I feel is better than The Great Eastern. It also helps that they put on probably the best sounding concert I have witnessed down in Orlando.

Pedro the Lion - Control (2002)

I always felt David Bazan got a bad rap because of his secular upbringing. Pitchfork made constant religious jokes whenever reviewing his albums or posting news articles about him. For me this is when I felt he and his band peaked. His lyrics are always dark and pessimistic and on this album were down right bleak to the point he will no longer perform "Rapture". (This is how we multiply/Pity that its not my wife). Definitely a singer/songwriter I have always enjoyed.

Cursive - Domestica (2000)

Another band I feel doesn't get their due simply because of the emo label that is placed on them. For me the album is raw and angst telling the story of Tim Kasher's (lead) dissolving marriage. Tim is a pretty good lyricist that doesn't get his due. A close friend of Conor Oberst who he collaborates on songs with.

Enon - Beliveo (2000)

I first saw these guys opening for Dismemberment Plan way back in the day. They totally blew everyone in the audience away. I remember going to get their album after the set, but of course they were sold out. This was the first Enon album that made Pitchork's best of top ten list for that year. Experimental synth with undertones of indie pop. Couldn't beat it. Plus, at the time, this was a full fledged band that probably had all the necessary parts to make one very good album.

I will post another addition later this week.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Concert Review - Metric - Mr Smalls - 11/24/09 - Show Review

As we approached Mr Smalls there were about 20 people milling about the bottom of the stairwell. Turns out these individuals waited too long to purchase tickets as the show was sold out. We were hit up for any extras we might have but that was a no go. I have seen Metric a few times before (Coachella and Mr Smalls) and had an enjoyable experience each time. This was no exception.

Lead singer Emily Haines is not only one of the most attractive leads in indie rock but also possesses a confident personality. As the band appeared on stage she was the constant focal point for the audience performing a mesmerizing set. Metric is a part: dance, rock and pop that can bring a crowded audience into a rhythmic, head nodding experience which is what happened this evening. Several times the audience were clapping in rhythm with their arms above their heads to the beat. Haines danced about the stage while leading the crowd in sing alongs to their new excellent album Fantasies.

Haines and company delivered a solid set before coming out with an acoustic finale. The only thing I wish is that Haines would have addressed the crowd more often. She only did so twice and each time the crowd responded enthusiastically. Metric came out with just an acoustic guitar and Haines on vocals completing their set with a crowd sing along on "Combat Baby". Metric put on a fun, entertaining show that anyone would enjoy.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Metric Ticket Winner! Show Tonight! Mr Smalls 8p

Congratulations to Dan H. who won the pair of tickets to tonight's show. Show begins at 8p doors at 7p.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Reminder - Ticket Giveaway - Metric - Mr Smalls 11/24

Just a reminder that Metric will be performing at Mr Smalls tomorrow evening at 8p. You can still get tickets here, but hurry as this should sellout. I am giving away a free pair of tickets to the show tomorrow night. As usual, all you have to do is email with your name.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Metric - Julian Plenti - Emily Haines - Mr Smalls - 11/24

This next week we have Metric coming to Mr Smalls which should be a great show (saw them the last time they were here). I just saw this video featuring Emily Haines of Metric fame with Julian Plenti solo project of Paul Banks from Interpol. Check out this video. Emily Haines looking pretty darn good.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Minus the Bear - Contest Winner - Mr Smalls

Congratulations to Don M. winner of the Minus the Bear ticket giveaway. Thanks to all those who entered.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Minus the Bear! Free Tickets! Sold out! Mr Smalls!

As previously mentioned I am giving away a free pair of tickets to the Minus the Bear show on 11/20 at Mr Smalls. I just found out the show is now sold out. So, this is one way to get a pair of tickets without paying top dollar to a scalper. All you have to do is email me here with your name. All entries must be received by Wed, 11/18.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Generationals - Con Law - Album Review - Garfield Artworks

A couple of weeks ago I was listening to 91.3 and heard a couple of songs I liked so I checked them out online. One band had a good song, but the rest of their album didn't do much for me. The other I really enjoyed. Just so happened the next week they were opening for someone at Garfield Artworks. I decided to check them out.

"When They Fight, They Fight"

The band's name is Generationals and their debut album is entitled Con Law. Its a duo act from one of my favorite cities, New Orleans. Its a nice slice of pop with sing along choruses throughout. Has a bit of a Belle and Sebastian (lyrically) plus some Motown tones. I have had it on rotation for the last week. Everyone who I have given a ride to (surprisingly) really digs it, and we aren't talking the most savvy music snobs. Here are some tracks off their album if you are interested.

"Exterior Street Day"

"Nobody Could Change Your mind"

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Show Announcement - Minus the Bear - 11/20/09 - Mr Smalls - Show Preview - Free Ticket Giveaway

Minus the Bear will be performing at Mr Smalls next Friday night. Below is a preview of the show along with a few tunes. I am also happy to giveaway a free pair of tickets to the show. All you have to do is email here with your name. All entries must be received by 11/18.

"Broken China"

Minus the Bear are originally from the Seattle area, although they are a far cry from the mid 90's 'grunge' scene. They play a unique style of indie pop-rock, using experimental and technology to creat their signature sound. Planet of Ice was their last official lp showing the band not so much transforming their sound as transcending it. They are currently touring in support of their new ep Acoustics which takes a step back from the last lp to a more stripped down endeavor. This isn't some 'one off' acoustic set; it takes on more of a compositional approach weaving their electronic tracks to more of an acoustic symphony. The album makes up fan favorites and is currently available nationally at digital (itunes and emusic) and physical copies exclusively on their tours (and at this stop at Mr Smalls) which includes a previously unreleased track called "Guns & Ammo".

"Guns & Ammo"

Be sure to checkout their show next Friday. The show is sponsored by 92.1 WPTS and includes As Tall as Lions and Twin Tigers. Show is scheduled to begin at 8p.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Canceled! Bang Bang Eche Eche 11/12/09 Thunderbird Cafe

Unfortunately, I was just informed that the Bang Bang Eche Eche show scheduled for tomorrow night at the Thunderbird has been canceled. Not sure of the reason. If you were planning on attending make sure not to now.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Reminder - Bang Bang Eche Eche - Thursday 11/12/09 - Thunderbird Cafe

Just a reminder that New Zealanders Bang Bang Eche Eche will be playing the Thunderbird Cafe this Thursday at 8p. Its an early show so if you plan to attend don't show up too late. There is another show happening at 10p.

These guys have been getting great reviews from CMJ and their live shows are not to miss if you are into the high energy, dance music ala !!! . Below is a clip from a live show. Hope to see you there.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Drummer Gerhardt "Jerry" Fuchs of Maserati RIP

Received the below email tonight:

Gerhardt “Jerry” Fuchs, beloved and respected drummer for The Juan MacLean, Holy Ghost!, Maserati, !!!, and Turing Machine, amongst others, passed away in the early hours on Sunday, November 8th due to an unfortunate elevator accident that occurred in a Brooklyn loft building. He was pronounced dead at Bellevue Medical Center, a few hours later.

Jerry was born on December 30, 1974 in Marietta, Georgia. After attending the University of Georgia for graphic design, he left for New York in 1995 to join the band Vineland. His achievements were numerous as he became a New York fixture in the music scene, providing incredibly complex and energetic drumbeats that elicited wide praise and excitement from fellow musicians, critics and friends. On the rare occasion that he was not touring, Jerry did graphic design work for publications such as Chunklet and Entertainment Weekly. Throughout all of his endeavors and successes, Jerry remained one of the most humble and down-to-earth artists anyone could meet. His smile, and loving energy will be missed dearly, as will his talent and contributions to the music scene.

According to The New York Times, the accident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. on November 8, when Fuchs became stuck on a freight elevator between the fourth and fifth floors. When he attempted to jump out of the stalled car, his jacket got caught and threw him back towards the elevator shaft, while another unidentified man in the car with him leaped safely to a fourth-floor hallway.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Ticket Giveaway - Minus the Bear - 11/20/09 - Mr Smalls

Minus the Bear will be performing on 11/20 at Mr Smalls. I have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the show. All you need to do is email me here with your name. Contest will end on 11/18. I will have a proper preview as the show approaches.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Show Preview - Bang Bang Eche Eche - Thunderbird Cafe - 11/12/09 - Pittsburgh

Bang Bang Eche Eche will be playing the Thunderbird Cafe next Thursday, 11/12 at 8p. They come by way of New Zealand and have been touring the states in conjunction with their recent appearance at CMJ. The quartet of young 20 somethings play high dance energy most comparably to !!! (chick,chick, chick). They are known for their entertaining shows getting the crowd involved and putting on a high energy performance while maintaining a great sense of professionalism.

"Dirt in the Water"

Bang Bang Eche Eche recorded the new album over a span of three months in their hometown of Christchurch after two tours around the globe. This new ep entitled Sonic Death Cunttt shows the band maturing from their previous endeavor raising the bar for their danceable beats. The band uses synthesisers with fuzzed out guitars to create their signature sound. The vocals are a bit distorted but you can feel the full power and energy coming through as the sound spills out.

"Fist Full of Dollars"

They will be playing a fun, high energy early show next Thursday at Thunderbird. Be sure to check them out before they fly back to New Zealand.

"Beat Up the Children"