The Week

April 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Rain Delay, Please Stay Tuned !

5 On A Friday : The Thirteenth

April 13, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Once again it’s Friday the thirteenth. Thirteen historically being a number full of mystery and superstition, today for 5 on A Friday we’ll take a look at some of the songs holding down the lucky?/unlucky? thirteenth spot on their respective albums. So cross your fingers, close your eyes, and turn it up.

13.1: Wilco – Too Far Apart
Buy AM
13.2: Modest Mouse – Dashboard
Buy We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
13.3: Southern Culture On The Skids – Fight Fire
Buy Countrypolitan Favorites
13.4: The White Stripes – Girl You Have No Faith In Medicine
Buy Elephant
13.5: Bright Eyes – Lime Tree
Buy Cassadaga

Sub Pop Cum Laude

April 12, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Do you live in Washington or Oregon and want to turn your love of indie rock and obsession for all things musical and artistic into an education ? Sub Pop wants to help.

Apply for the Sub Pop Scholarship – 5750$ can be yours!
If you are a Washington or Oregon High School senior please for the love of money apply for the Sub Pop College Scholarship, all of the details are below and can also be found here: Announcing The Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. The Deadline for entry is May 1st!

The Sub Pop Scholarship

Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering $5750 worth of college scholarship money to an eligible high school senior. To apply for this scholarship you must be a resident of Washington or Oregon, and a graduating senior on your way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. We are looking for an applicant who is involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way.

To apply for this scholarship we would like you to submit an essay, no longer than one page, letting us know about some of the following topics:

* What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?

* How and/or why did you become interested in artistic outlets?
* Why do you need this scholarship money?
* What are your influences and/or who inspires you?
* Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

Applicants are encouraged to send digital links and provide hard copies of their artwork along with their essay, if relevant. However, please be aware that Sub Pop will not return any of this material, so please don’t send originals. Sub Pop will give equal opportunity to all applicants who fit the criteria outlined above. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is May 1st.

Please send all submissions and attachments to

Amount: $5750 – check will be made payable to the university or college of the winning applicant’s choice (applied to winning applicant’s tuition).

And while your working on your submission here’s somm great tunes from Sub Pop artists to put you in the mood. Good Luck !

MP3: Dntel – Dumb Luck
MP3: Low – Breaker
MP3: Oxford Collapse – Lady Lawyers
MP3: Comets On Fire – Dogwood Rust
MP3: Wolf Eyes – The Driller

[SUB POP Website]

Artist Of The Day : Bless 1

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Like many other artists do, Bless 1 recently sent me message to make me aware of his music and asking me to check it out if I was interested. What I heard was some of the sharpest hip hop songs I have heard in quite a while. Bless 1 is a hip hop artist/producer from the west side of Chicago with an incredible skill for lyrics and a sense of timing and rhyme that flow so well as to seem effortless. His rapping style reminds me a lot of Common or some of the recent Roots material.

He just finished his first album entitled Starving Artist, working with French producer Rythm from Art(Powell). He plans on posting the entire album for free download shortly. He wants to share his music with as many people as possible. Enjoy the two amazing songs we have posted here as well as few others on his myspace. Remember to keep an eye on his myspace for the full album, if these two tracks are any indication it won’t be long until Bless 1 is a household name right alongside Kanye or Jay-Z.

Also check out a recent Q&A with Bless 1 over at just like music blog

MP3: Bless 1 – Starving Artist
MP3: Bless 1 – Never Give Up


Wrapping Up The Week

April 9, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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What I’ve been listening to most this week : LCD SoundsystemSound Of Silver, The FratellisCostello Music, Nine Inch NailsYear Zero, a lot of iPod shuffle time, and even some radio(WXPN).

K’nise Connections’ pick of the week is the indie alternacoustic sounds of London’s Grand Central. Think Midlake meets Coldplay and you’ll have an idea of what they sound like.

Some Things Coming Up This Week
The first Popped Festival takes place in Philadelphia this week. Although based on the numerous last minute venue and scheduling changes it hints at being a disorganized mess there’s still a lot of great music to check out, and almost all of it is all-ages events.
04/09/2007 08:00 PM – Make A Rising, Pattern is Movement,The Asteroid No.4, The Cobbs@ Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, 19125 – $10 21+ Event

04/10/2007 07:30 PM – StinkingLizaveta,Grandchildren,NormalLove,BearIsDriving,BarkingSpiders @ Avant Gentlemens Lodge 4028 Filbert St., Philadelphia, Oregon 19104 – $10

04/11/2007 07:30 PM – Notekillers, Low Budgets, Mtn.High,Northern Liberties, Bad News Bats @ Millcreek Tavern 4200 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123 – $10

04/12/2007 08:00 PM – Golden Ball, King Kong Ding Dong, The War on Drugs, Fursaxa, Fan of Friends @ TheParlor 1170 s. broad st., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – $10

04/13/2007 08:00 PM – Dr. Dog, The Spinto Band, Bardo Pond, Illinois
Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia, Oregon 19123 – $15

04/14/2007 02:00 PM – Hail Social, Phil Moore Brown, Feather Mills, Public Record, and Movable Type
1000 N. block of Hancock St. btwn Front and 2nd St. & Girard and Laurel St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123 – Free Philebrity Block Party

04/15/2007 06:00 PM – Pissed Jeans,Sharks With Wings,Birds Of Maya,Satanized,Affirmative Action Jackson, Drums Like Machine Guns – $10
originally at Red Warehouse, this show is now at the Firefighter’s Lounge. 415 N. 5th Street at Willow

Be sure to check their website or myspace for any last minute changes before you head out.

Amazing power pop band,The Celebrities start an ongoing Thursday Night residency at the 449 Room in Trenton NJ. From the bands myspace:
After performing all over the east coast with the likes of OKGO, Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes, The Pink Spiders, and even the legendary Beach Boys with their previous bands LUZER and Dr. Thunder, Timmy Sean (vocals/guitar/keys), Chris Volk (lead guitar/keys), Dan Seeth (drums) and Krishna “The Mania” Vasudevan (vocals/bass) officially formed The Celebrities ringing in the New Year on January 1. Since that time the band has written more than twenty songs, including the four tracks featured on “The Free Four All Demo”, a sampler EP available for free beginning April 7. The four songs can also be downloaded online from the band’s official MySpace page. “We’re really proud of our new music, and we just want as many people to hear it as possible…even if that means putting it out there for free,” says The Celebrities’ chief songwriter Timmy Sean.
MP3: The Celebrities – She’s Mine
MP3: The Celebrities – East Coast Girls

Concerted By Jonathan Fischer

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Concerted by Jonathan

How A Resurrection Really Feels

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MP3: The Hold Steady – How A Resurrection Really Feels
Buy Separation Sunday

Easter Egg Hunt

April 8, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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DVD Easter Eggs are special features not listed on the contents of a DVD. Often they’re outtakes or images you can only see by following a speical set of directions.
Here’s an example of four on the DVD of the movie Almost Famous.
Find a list with hundreds more of these “Easter Eggs” at Movieweb. Happy Hunting !

Almost Famous Untitled: The Bootleg Cut: Director’s Edition with CD DVD
You Spencer…Me, Jane!:
On Disc 2, the theatrical cut, go to the ‘Special Features’ option. Then access the ‘Cast’ option. Access the Fairuza Balk area. On page 1 of this menu, arrow UP! The “middle polaroid” will highlight. Press ENTER to select it and find a series of takes with Kate and Patrick on the re-take train to hell. A little over 9 minutes.

Hidden Deleted Scene:
Disc 1: From the main menu select SPECIAL FEATURES and arrow RIGHT once. Then arrow UP. The last POLAROID should be highlighted. Select it and watch a four minute deleted scene involving Penny Lane!

The Ghost Take:
On disc 1, go to the Audio Menu. Then highlight the “Commentary by Cameron Crowe” menu entry. Then press RIGHT on the remote control to highlight the middle/spindle of the record. Select it to get a special “Ghost Take”. This one’s a little creepy.

Insert the disc and wait for the Main Menu animation to start playing. Repeatedly press ‘DVD Menu’ on your remote until the menu freezes. A screen with 5 flowers should now appear.

5 On A Friday : Hopping Into A Holiday Weekend

April 6, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Spring has sprung, but here in the east wintertime is getting in one more slap as Easter weekend rolls in. Here’s five today related to the mascot of the holiday for you to do the bunny hop to. Hoppity hop hop hop.

1: Magnetic Fields – Lets Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits
Buy 69 Love Songs
2: Jimmy Haggett – Rabbit Action
Buy The Legendary Sun Records Story
3:Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
Buy 2400 Fulton Street
4: The Shins – Red Rabbits
Buy Wincing The Night Away
5: Of Montreal – Bunny Ain’t No Kind Of Rider
Buy Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Creeping Weeds Are Part Of A Dream I’ve Been Having

April 5, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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The first thing you hear is a solitary desolate piano playing, sooned joined by half spoken-half sung vocals merging to create a surreal sounding lullaby. Part of A Dream evokes that sensation you have have when you’re almost asleep, where your mind is completely clear but insanely racing with thoughts all at the same. It’s the title track on Creeping Weeds new disc We Are All Part Of A Dream You’re Having. As it’s signature piano line slowly fades out it perfectly sets up the mood for the songs to follow. The songs that follow evoke shades of bands like The Pixies, Pavement, Modest Mouse and Dinosaur Jr paying tribute without ever sounding derivative. Each song is a new journey ,like a trip with Alice through the Looking Glass into Wonderland soundtracked by a swirling sonic dreamscape of electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, syncopated rhythms, and instruments like xylophone and digeridoo. The climax of the journey is the 7 minute plus tour de force, Derelict, a major highlight of the couple live shows I’ve seen them do. Don’t just take my word for it give the songs a listen,get the record, see the live show, and experience the ride yourself.
You’ll be glad you did.

The Creeping Weeds are :
Pete Stewart
Justin Seitz
Chris Wirtalla
Kate Stewart
Cara Sakoian

MP3 : Creeping Weeds – Part Of A Dream
MP3 : Creeping Weeds – Derelict

Upcoming Shows:
Mon Apr 16 2007 7:00P Knitting Factory New York, New York
Fri Apr 20 2007 9:00P Roustabout! @ Chronic Town State College, Pennsylvania
Fri Apr 27 2007 9:00P Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sat May 12 2007 9:00P The Fire Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fri May 18 2007 8:00P Siren Records Doylestown, Pennsylvania

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