The Boys Boys Boys Sing About The Girls Girls Girls

March 7, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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All the boys know, where better to look than the girls for inspiration. Songs about girls make the rock and roll world go round. What’s your favorite song about a girl ?

1: Dave Edmunds – Girls Talk
Buy Repeat When Necessary
2: Tim Easton – Help Me Find My Space Girl
Buy Special 20
3: The Cribs – Girls Like Mystery
Buy Mens’s Needs, Women;s Needs, Whatever
4: Wheat – I Met A Girl
Buy Per Second, Per Second, Per Second…Every Second
5: Big Star – I’m In Love With A Girl
Buy #1 Record / Radio City

Top 25 Albums Of 2007 – 16 to 20

December 20, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Part 2 of my top 25 albums of 2007, coming to you five at a time because my lame typing skills can’t bang it out any faster than that. How’s it look so far? Did I hit your favorite yet?

16: MIA Kala
In a really weak year for hip hop who’d have thought one of the best songs(Bamboo Banga) would open with a line lifted from Jonathan Richman. There’s sheer beauty in just how aggressive, rhythmic, and relentless this whole disc is. It’s music made to be played loud. Turn it up, and then turn it up some more.

MP3: M.I.A – Bamboo Banga
Buy Kala

17: The Cribs – Mens Needs, Womens Needs, Whatever
The Cribs third album, produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand is an energetic blend of pop punk goodness and their accompanying live show was one of the best I’ve seen this year, a powerhouse tour de force. Bonus points for taking chances on one of my favorite tracks, Be Safe, featuring a spoken voice over vocal by special guest Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.

MP3: The Cribs – Men’s Needs
Buy Mens Needs, Womens Needs, Whatever

18: Bless 1 – Starving Artist
While Kanye,Fifty Cent and Jay-z made mediocre records and spent the year trying to out promote each others ego, Bless 1 holed up in Chicago and self produced this gem of a hip hop record and then gave it away for free via his myspace page. All about the music, the way it should be.

MP3: Bless 1 – The Hunger
Bless 1 Myspace

19: The Silver Seas – High Society
Playing like a long lost seventies classic, when albums were on vinyl records and FM radio still mattered, this blends the sound of that era’s finest, Van Morrison,Jackson Browne,Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, etc. into one great kick back and just listen experience.

MP3: The Silver Seas – The Country Life
Buy High Society

20: The Fratellis – Costello Music
When I first wrote about these guts way back last January I called them the UK version of The Hold Steady, in retrospect that may have been a little over exuberent a comparison on my part but they’re still damn good. The Fratellis can, and do, crank out tunes that come off like a cross between the Buzzcocks and T.Rex. Mostly about girls, girls and girls. Playing good old rock and roll, and they got to make a ipod commercial to boot.

MP3 : The Fratellis -Chelsea Dagger
Buy Costello Music

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LIVE: The Cribs,White Rabbits, The Boggs 08.10.07 at Johnny Brenda’s

August 11, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Brooklyn’s The Boggs kicked off the show last night at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia and set the bar very high with a set of highly percussive double drummed indie rock. Amazing. A band I will definitley be looking to see again. White Rabbits were up next and were a bit of a let down, pretty much phoning it in for the first 3/4 of their set. After someone in the house bought the band a round of shots they played the last few songs like they really mattered. Blistering versions of The Plot from their latest record, and a cover of Bob Dylan’s Maggie’s Farm were amazing. Obviously they can pull it off if they want too, maybe next time.
Last up was The Cribs who I had extremely high expectations for after listening to ther great new record Men’s Needs,Women Need’s,Whatever. They blew threw my expectations ten fold and played with an onstage fury I haven’t seen in a long time. The same type of energy level The Ramones used to put out, absolutely amazing, go see them if you can, they won’t be playing small venues for long.
Here’s a few photos from the show.

The Boggs
White Rabbits
The Cribs

New Music : The Cribs

July 17, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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The Cribs release their third album today, the pop punk gem – Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever. Produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, it sounds like the infectious pop harmonies of Weezer combined with the unmistakable UK snarl of contemporaries like The Kaiser Chiefs or The Arctic Monkeys. The album is chock full of urgent, guitar based rockers like the current single Men’s Needs. They’re also not afraid to let their experimental hair down, as on the somewhat ironically named Be Safe, featuring a spoken voice over by special guest Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.

MP3 : The Cribs – Men’s Needs
MP3 : The Cribs – Be Safe
Buy Men’s Needs Women’s Needs Whatever Buy on iTunes

The Cribs Tour Dates
Jul 17 2007 1:00A Conan O’Brien Show New York, New York
Jul 20 2007 6:00P Amoeba Music Hollywood, California
Jul 23 2007 8:00P The Casbah San Diego, California
Jul 24 2007 8:00P The Troubadour West Hollywood, California
Jul 24 2007 8:00P Craig Ferguson Show (CBS) LOS ANGELES
Jul 25 2007 8:00P Slim’s San Francisco, California
Jul 27 2007 8:00P Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon
Jul 28 2007 8:00P Capitol Hill Block Party Seattle, Washington
Jul 29 2007 8:00P Richards On Richard Vancouver, British Columbia
Aug 1 2007 8:00P Turf Club St. Paul, Minnesota
Aug 2 2007 8:00P Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 4 2007 8:00P Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Aug 5 2007 12:00P Lollapalooza – Main Stage Chicago, Illinois
Aug 6 2007 8:00P Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan
Aug 7 2007 8:00P Lee’s Palace Toronto, Ontario
Aug 9 2007 8:00P Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Aug 10 2007 8:00P Johnny Brendas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 11 2007 8:00P Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC
Aug 16 2007 8:00P Pukkelpop Festival Kiewit/Hasselt
Aug 18 2007 8:00P V Festival – Channel 4 Stage Stafford
Aug 19 2007 8:00P V Festival – Channel 4 Stage Chelmsford
Oct 5 2007 8:00P Academy Birmingham, Midlands
Oct 6 2007 8:00P University Sheffield, Northeast
Oct 7 2007 8:00P UEA Norwich, East
Oct 9 2007 8:00P Fat Sams Live Dundee, Scotland
Oct 10 2007 8:00P Potterrow Edinburgh, Scotland
Oct 11 2007 8:00P University Bradford, Northeast
Oct 13 2007 8:00P Academy Oxford, London and South East
Oct 14 2007 8:00P Guildhall Southampton, South
Oct 15 2007 8:00P Lemon Grove Exeter, South
Oct 17 2007 8:00P Forum London, London and South East
Oct 22 2007 8:00P Club Quattro Osaka
Oct 23 2007 8:00P Club Quattro Nagoya
Oct 25 2007 8:00P Liquid Rooms Tokyo
Dec 12 2007 8:00P GLASGOW SECC w/ Bloc Party Glasgow, Scotland
Dec 13 2007 8:00P MANCHESTER Central G-Mex w/ Bloc Party Manchester
Dec 14 2007 8:00P LONDON Alexandra Palace w/ Bloc Party London, London and South East