Thursday, May 28, 2009

My Timing Is Off

EELS - HOMBRE LOCOSo is it EELS or Eels? As a blogger, do I conform to the artist's presumed preference (EELS) or to otherwise proper English? These are the things that almost keep me from blogging. Ok, today, let's go with EELS...

Listen to HOMBRE LOCO by EELS in its streaming entire glory now - before its release on June 2 - on TheirSpace.

This reminds me, god do I hate MySpace.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

One Day My Life Is Filled With Joy

!!! From Matthew Sweet's management:

Matthew Sweet is about to head out on tour, and we need volunteers to help make these shows a success. If you are interested in being a Street Team member to help distribute posters and fliers in your hometown, please email:

Here are the details:
1. We will give volunteers a free pair of tickets and a meet and greet with Matthew.
2. If you are interested, please notify us as soon as possible.
3. The subject line must start with your city and please only select cities listed below.
4. Please provide us with your mailing address.
5. You will be notified ASAP, if you are selected to join.

Thank you very much for your support and your help in getting the word out!

Best Regards,

Russell Carter

Russell Carter Artist Management

6/18 Des Moines, IA – Simon Estes Amphitheater
6/19 St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
6/20 - Naperville, IL – Naper Days
6/21 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
6/23 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
6/24 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
6/25 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
My email has been sent - let's see if I get to meet the man once again! Thanks for the tip, Dan!

Just When I Was Starting to Feel Ok

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson - Break UpCall them He & Her if you will since She & Him is already taken - Pete Yorn has hooked up with Scarlett Johansson only to Break Up on September 8. The first single Relator is already available via iTunes or streaming at their site here and definitely carries a similar vibe to what M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel did so well last year. What is it with these singer-songwriters and their lovely actresses with hard names to spell and a hankering for a music career?
Pete Yorn - Back and Forth
Pre-order Break Up via

Yorn has his own album coming out June 23 called Back and Forth. And that's all I have to say about that.

Pre-order Back and Forth via

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

You Want Some Peace And Understanding

Now this is big news - Macca and Dylan are recording over the summer according to the Daily Express (via Gigwise). Details are scarce but the assumption is they'll record in either Paul's or Bob's home in California which are not too far from each other. Can't wait to hear the musical outcome.

All the Feelings They Remain Like a Still Life

Is it sad that I'm getting more and more of my music news on Facebook?

Anyway, Sarah McLachlan is performing for Jay Leno on Wednesday May 27th so set your DVRs to stun record if that's past your bedtime like it is mine.

According to Sarah's Facebook page, she performs at 11:45PM.

Still no word of a new album.


Monday, May 18, 2009

'Cause I've Been Lost Since You've Been Gone

Rooney announced on Facebook today that they've finished their new album and are currently shopping it around for mixing. They've described it as a "gothic, romp, mud". You'll have to watch the video on their page to understand.

They're also playing on the new Conan O'Brien show. Well, kinda. They're playing on a test episode for the new Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. The footage will be on the web sometime in June.

While perusing the Rooney page, I also noticed they're doing the theme song to a new Nickelodeon show based on the awesome Iron Man movie - "Iron Man: Armored Adventures". Check out the video to the song below.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I Guess It's a Matter of Sensation

Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the SoulDanger Mouse and Sparklehorse have collaborated on a new album called Dark Night of the Soul. Interesting enough, but check out the other artists featured on the album:

In addition to Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, other artists appearing on Dark Night of the Soul include James Mercer of The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Frank Black of the Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, David Lynch, and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Gerbils.
Much more interesting and likely to hit many year-end lists. I've only had a chance to listen to The Flaming Lips' Revenge and it was quite good.

Oh, and if the diversity of the music isn't enough for you, the packaging will include an exclusive book of photos taken by David Lynch.

I've listened to the album all the way through at least a dozen times, and can confirm that Dark Night of the Soul delivers in every way you'd hope for. It's beautiful but haunting, surreal and dark, but sometimes comical and affecting, with ear-popping, multilayered production work. It just gets more mesmerizing with every listen.
NPR is quickly becoming one of the finest music destinations on the web. Dark Night of the Soul doesn't come out until July but you can hear the album in its entirety at Amazing.

My Passion Runs Deeper

Matthew Sweet and The Smithereens performing at the same gig?! Who's been sneaking a peek at my dreams?

Taste of Naperville, activities for children, the Naper Days Express train, music from The Smithereens and Matthew Sweet. Admission: $5; children 8 and under are free. Concert tickets are available at After 6 p.m. on June 20 and 21, tickets are $10 at the gate.
Naperville is in Illinois in case you didn't know. I lived there once upon a time. A bit too suburban for my tastes, but if this is really a "Taste of Naperville" then I may have been wrong.

A Million Bright Ambassadors of Morning

Paste Magazine is in trouble and they're asking decent music fans like us to help. The economy is hitting the magazine industry hard because advertisers are cutting budgets and Paste - despite its awesomeness at times - is no exception. Here's what you can do:

Even the smallest contribution can make a difference to us-- as a thank you, we're offering rare and exclusive tracks that have been contributed by artists responding to our campaign. We're also giving away some prizes through a drawing of all donors of $25+ dollars.

Donating isn't the only way you can help us out: post this link on Facebook, Tweet it with #savepaste, email your friends, renew your subscriptions or gift them to others. Whatever you can do, we will sincerely appreciate.
Artists featured include Matthew Sweet, Ben Folds, The Jayhawks, Liam Finn, Bob Mould, Duncan Sheik, and many others. Most intriguing to me is a live cover of Pink Floyd's 20+ minute epic Echoes by the Decemberists. Preview the tunes here.

This is certainly a most unusual request by a magazine, but I think they're one of the good ones. Best of luck to Paste and I hope you can support them.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Do You Dabble in Depression?

Wilco (the album)Listen to Wilco (the album) in its entirety right now - it's currently streaming at! Out June 30.


Thanks, JBro!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I Don't Understand Karma

Flaming Lips are still finishing their much-anticipated next project - album doesn't seem to give it justice. It will actually be a double album and might not be what you expect.

Among the new songs currently in the mix are the Joy Division-meets-Miles Davis Group (John McLaughlin era)-sounding "Convinced of the Hex" and the John Lennon-inspired "I Don't Understand Karma," which Coyne describes as his response to "Instant Karma."
Of course with Flaming Lips, you should abandon all expectations anyway. A late summer release date is expected - or not expected.

It's Like Fleetwood Mac, Biggie, and Tupac in a Game of Twister

Bleu - A Watched PotBleu has finally announced a release date for his new album A Watched Pot. Ok, so it's more of a release month (July), but it's close! Evidently Sony held it captive for awhile, but it has since seen freedom and will soon hit our iPods or other music players of choice.

there will also be a companion EP released simultaneously with some b-sides and a few tracks from my nEXt record (whazup biatch, i'm a record releasing dynamo now!!)
Don't worry, nothing is wrong. That's how he always writes.

Bleu is a working musician. Check out everything else he's been up to by reading his email newsletter.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Brandon Schott - Homegrown Recordings Vol. 4Brandon Schott - Homegrown Recordings
Vol. 4 - ...a daydream

Triple the pleasure this month...
"...a daydream" is an older demo i recorded at home (on my particularly saloon-esqe piano), sometime between the RELEASE and GOLDEN STATE records. conceived on a particularly hazy and restless work-day afternoon (read: bored at the ol' day job), i always kinda dug the journey this little tune took - it kind of ambles along at its own whimsy....much like too many afternoons at work :) hope you guys dig."

MP3: Brandon Schott - ...a daydream

Video: Brandon Schott - Release (live w/strings)

Bonus Video: Brandon Schott - Sea of Smiling Faces (Bee Gees cover)


Cancerpalooza 2009!!
Tuesday May 19, 2009 - 8PM!
575 South Fairfax
Los Angeles, California

BMI Showcase
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 @ 8PM!
Genghis Cohen
740 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA

All of Brandon Schott's singles and albums via iTunes
Brandon Schott - RELEASE (2003) via iTunes, Not Lame, CD Baby
Brandon Schott - Golden State (2007) via iTunes, Not Lame

Brandon Schott MySpace
Brandon Schott Official Site


Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Your Lovin' Don't Pay My Bill

The Beatles: Rockband - available for pre-order nowThe Beatles: Rockband is officially available for pre-order right now at participating retailers including Time to dig through the underwear drawer for some loose change if you're going to afford the $250 price (which I'm sure will be totally worth it)! Exclusive content for the "Pre-order Club" is also already available right here.

Anybody have a couple extra bucks to loan a Beatles fan with a lack of cash flow? Stupid economy.

Wilco Will Love You, Baby

More delicious details are emerging about Wilco (The Album) due out June 30. For example:

The gripping "One Wing" builds from a quiet introductory section to a strident, arena-worthy stomper, while strings and horns color the majestic final portion of album closer "Everlasting."
Rounding out the album, "You Never Know" is a flashback to the ebullient pop/rock of 1999's "Summerteeth."
Something for everyone on this "eclectic" new album! Can't wait.

Just Think What Tomorrow Will Do

Midwesterners, Thursday night Fleetwood Mac will be in Omaha for their Unleashed: Hits Tour 2009. Right now they are offering 2 for 1 tickets for the low low price of $38.75. Insane. That may be one of the best values for a classic band I've ever seen. Road trip!

Monday, May 04, 2009

The Shades and Shadows Undulate in my Perception

Honeycrisp Apples Are YummyMonday seems to be a good day for a biz update. Here are three updates about Apple; two about the company and one about the band of the singer who inexplicably named his kid after the ubiquitous fruit.

  1. Apple says no to naughty Nine Inch Nails.
  2. Major labels are losing money since iTunes went to variable pricing.
  3. TAFKACS is also accusing Coldplay of lifting his original music for Viva la Vida.
Great, now I'm jonesing for a honeycrisp.

UPDATE: Here is Trent Reznor's hilarious rant responding to Apple's questionable biz decision. No real apples or baby Apples were harmed.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Wouldn't Want to Change a Thing

True to his word, Chris Martin and Coldplay are giving away a live CD during their summer tour. LeftRightLeftRightLeft will also be available online when the tour starts on May 15.

June 12 in Des Moines!

Just Bring Me Back Two For The One I Lend You

Go here to download Wilco's cover of Woody Guthrie's The Jolly Banker. They ask for a $2 contribution, but it's all on the honor system.

Wilco (the album) officially hits stores June 30.

Until You Take My Breath Away

In news that not only made my day but will make my summer, Matthew Sweet will be playing outdoors in downtown Des Moines June 18. This comes only days after Snow Patrol and Coldplay. Man, if McCartney returned that same week and Jellyfish reunited, that would be Too Poppy Perfection!

Tickets for Simon Estes Amphitheater's Nitefall on the River go on sale May 8 for only $12. $12 for Matthew Sweet?! Am I in college again? Or heaven?

The show is not yet posted on his site, but a couple other summer events are so it's only a matter of time!