Brand New Panda Riot + East Coast Tour Dates

July 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Hey shoegazey pop fans, BOS favorites and former Philadelphians now via Chicago-ites, the infinitely cool Panda Riot, have just announced a short run of summer tour dates that will bring them back east for a few shows in the next couple weeks. So make it a date and get on out and show them some love.

Tour Dates
Aug 7 Rehab (formerly Club Midway) 8pm NY,NY
Aug 8 Metro Gallery 8pm Baltimore, MD
Aug 10 M Room 8pm Philadelphia, PA
Aug 13 Athens Popfest August 13-16 8 pm Athens, GA

Updating the post a bit today with a brand new song for you !!!!

Panda Riot – Streetlights And You And Me

and one older one

Panda Riot – Art School Girls Of Doom
Buy She Dares All Things


LIVE: Aderbat CD Release Party @ Johnny Brendas

July 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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My apologies to Lillie Ruth Bussey for missing her set as I arrived at Johnny Brenda’s this past Thursday Night for Aderbat‘s Cd Release party just as Bitter Bitter Weeks was taking the stage. They opened with one of my personal favorites of theirs, Lo-Res and the night was off to excellent start. Bitter Bitter Weeks jangly shimmering guitar pop sounded excellent despite the fact that Brian McTear was having some trouble with his voice going out early into their set. Next up was an hotly anticipated set by East Hundred, the crowd in the room seemed to double as they prepared to play. Fronted by the charismatic and charming Beryl Guceri their audience seems to be growing everytime I see them. They have a keyboard driven sound with an early eighties feel that would not sound out of place alongside bands like Echo and The Bunnymen or Siouxsie And The Banshees. Aderbat was up next, kicking off their set with We Belong To The Sea, the title track from their brilliant new album. Aderbat‘s music is a finely woven tapestry of melody and soft dynamics that draws you in deep and keeps you there. Frontman Matt Taylor has a look similar to a young Bob Dylan and voice I can best describe as somewhere between Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake. Imagine all that together and you’ll have an idea of what they kind of sound like. An excellent night of music all around.

Bitter Bitter Weeks

East Hundred

5 On A Friday : As The Time Blows By Like Shifting Sand

July 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Being somewhat tired today has made the day fly by like sand in a hurricane ,so I’m a little behind the normal schedule but here’s today’s five as promised earlier. Now I’m off for night 3 of rock and roll with The Creeping Weeds tonight.

1: The Budos Band – Deep In The Sand
Buy The Budos Band II
2: Jimi Hendrix – Castles Made Of Sand
Buy The Ultimate Experience
3: Neil Young – Cowgirl In The Sand(Acoustic Live)
Buy Live At Massey Hall
4: The Shangri-Las- Remember ( Walkin’ In The Sand)
Buy Growin Up Too Fast
5: Pearl Jam – Marker In The Sand
By Pearl Jam

LIVE: 07.23.08 The Ting Tings @ Johnny Brendas

July 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Pattern Is Movement

The Ting Tings

Hey folks , don’t worry 5 On A Friday is coming, I’m just moving a little slow from a couple late rock and roll nights, early work mornings in a row. To tide you over while you wait, here’s a few pics from Wednesday night’s frenetic sold out dance party with TheTing Tings and Philly’s own Pattern Is Movement at Philadelphia’s Johnny Brenda’s. Just the few pics from me today and I’ll direct you to the to the more eloquent than I musings of my friends and blogging compatriots Trip from Teenage Kicks , Jessica from Popwreck(oning) and Carly from Girl About Town for their excellent reviews of the show.

New Music : Magic Wands

July 23, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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A random pick from the inbox todaythat caught my attention, a band from Nashville called Magic Wands. I’ll let them tell their story. Enjoy.

Here’s their info:
Magic Wands are a Nashville based girl/guy duo fronted by singers/guitarists Chris and Dexy.

The first time they met, the two only spoke briefly outside a show on in Hollywood in 2006 when Chris was visiting Los Angeles. They wouldn’t talk again for over a year.

In 2007 while living in Nashville, Chris found a song on Myspace that he listened to repeatedly, day and night. Soon he discovered it was a song by Dexy, called Teenage Love. He sent her a message, and soon the two began talking and exchanging mp3s of their music.

Having recently both quit playing punk music, they both agreed they wanted to start something completely different. For fun they began recording songs together over the internet, the first being a song Chris wrote for Dexy called Kiss Me Dead.

Most nights that summer they were on the phone until dawn, 2000 miles apart and talking about things like music, magic, love and dreams.

They would also send packages to each other—gifts such as toy lions, old records, handwritten poems, candy, clothes, plastic rings and one glowing heart lamp.

Quickly they decided they had to be together. So Chris came to L.A. to meet up with Dexy at an old bed and breakfast in the Hollywood Hills. They instantly hit it off— playing guitars, visiting old churches and wearing crowns they bought at a magic shop on Hollywood Blvd.

After Chris left, they decided they were destined to be. Two weeks later he was back in L.A. helping Dexy pack up her old Mercedes Benz for a trip across the country.

When they arrived in Nashville they began recording under the name Magic Wands, taken from one of Dexy’s favorite things that Chris sent her—a magic wand.

Currently Magic Wands are living together in Nashville and will release a ltd. EP in the Autumn.

Magic Wands – Black Magic
Magic Wands – Teenage Love


Simmering Summer Sunday Soundtrack

July 20, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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I don’t know about where you are, but it’s been hotter than hell here the last few days with the temperatures soaring above 90 and plenty of sticky humidity that makes it feel like you’re underwater when you try to breathe. So here’s a mix of songs to help you simmer away your Sunday in the oppressive heat, and if it’s not hot where you are, this should warm you up a bit.

Peter Gabriel – The Rhythm Of The Heat
Buy Security
Santana – Soul Sacrifice
Buy Essential
Neville Brothers Fire On The Bayou
Buy Fiyo On The Bayou
Toots & The Maytals – Funky Kingston
Buy Funky Kingston
Beck – Soul Of A Man
Buy Modern Guilt
CCC – One Of These Heatwaves
More CCC Mashups
The Black Keys – Just A Little Heat
Buy Magic Potion
The Outnumbered – Boy On A Roof
Buy Surveying The Damage
Alexi Murdoch – Dream About Flying
Buy Time Without Consequence
Talking Heads – Listening Wind

Buy Remain In Light

5 On A Friday : Language Arts

July 18, 2008 by · 3 Comments
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Some songs with a little bit of a world flavor today. Apprécier!

1: Julie Doiron – Ce Charmant Couer
Buy Desormais
2: Buena Vista Social Club – Dos Gardenias
Buy Buena Vista Social Club
3: Los Lobos – Chuco’s Cumbia
Buy The Town And The City
4: Jorge Ben – Ponta De Lanca Africano (Umbabarauma)
Buy Beleza Tropical Vol1
5: Seu Jorge – Chatterton
Buy Cru

Hi, My Name Is George, …And I Rock

July 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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[Photo By Nina Stiller]

Proving that Switzerland is more than just fine chocolate, cheese and numbered bank accounts, here’s one I stumbled across while randomly traversing the wide, wide, world of the interwebs recently. It’s the third release from Swiss band My Name Is George entitled Black and Blue and it was released back in May. It’s twelve songs of garage-y, new wave-y, guitar and keyboard driven ear candy running the whole gamut from the rocking(Why Won’t U B My Love, Mary Jane,C’mon C’mon), to the slow and soulful(Honey B,Dancing In The Fire(Free Falling)) to songs like Flowers(When I’m Gone) which could easily pass for one of MGMT‘s dancey numbers. Or, as they say in Switzerland “dass die Rock and Roll!”

My Name Is George – Why Won’t U B My Luv ?
Buy Black And Blue

My Name Is George:
Albert den Dekker – Vocals
Daniel Gisler – Hammond, Rhodes, Synth
Philip Harrison – Guitar, backing vocals
Stefan Traxler – Bass, backing vocals
Mathias Kräutli – Drums, backing vocals

They’re not hitting the US anytime soon but there’s plenty of shows coming up to check them out :
Sat 26. Jul 2008 – Pfadi Bundeslager, Unterlager 3
Fri 15. Aug 2008 – Open Circle Festival, Spreitenbach
Sat 16. Aug 2008 – Frischluftkultur, Muri
Sat 23. Aug 2008 – Out In The Kraut, Schangnau
Fri 29. Aug 2008 – Monkey Honeymoon, Herznach
Sat 30. Aug 2008 – Clanx, Appenzell
Sun 31. Aug 2008 – Musikfestwochen, Winterthur
Fri 3. Oct 2008 – Schüür, Luzern
Sat 4. Oct 2008 – Scala, Wetzikon
Thu 8. Oct 2008 – Centre Fries, Fribourg
Wed 9. Oct 2008 – Bierhuebeli, Bern
Fri 17. Oct 2008 – Bären, Münchenbuchsee
Sat 18. Oct 2008 – KIFF, Aarau
Fri 24. Oct 2008 – Werkstatt, Chur
Fri 31. Oct 2008 – Kammgarn, Schaffhausen
Fri 14. Nov 2008 – Gare De Lion, Wil
Sat 15. Nov 2008 – Kaff, Frauenfeld
Fri 21. Nov 2008 – Talhof, St.Gallen
Sat 22. Nov 2008 – ZAK, Jona
Fri 28. Nov 2008 – Kuppel, Basel
Sat 29. Nov 2008 – Kofmehl, Solothurn
Sat 13. Dec 2008 – Kraftwerk, Krummenau


New Music : Waiting For The Sunrise With David Vandervelde

July 16, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Just about a year ago, I saw David Vandervelde play one of the best shows I witnessed in all of 2007. He was touring in support of his first album, The Moonstation House Band, a melodic swirling, psychedelic, glamrock gem steeped deep in the influence of artists like Marc Bolan and and David Bowie. For his new one, Waiting For The Sunrise, David softens the focus a little bit an comes up up with a twist on that sound that ends up falling somewhere between the seventies California sheen of Fleetwood Mac and the midwestern alt country pop of The Jayhawks, and even includes a song co written with Jay Bennett of Wilco. If you’re currently digging on the new folky sounds of bands like Fleet Foxes or Midlake, this is one you won’t want to miss.

David Vandervelde – I Will Be Fine
Buy Waiting For The Sunrise (release date August 5th, 2008)

Upcoming Tour Dates
07/18/08 Chicago, IL KEXP Live From Chicago with Cheryl Waters
07/27/08 Chicago, IL Schubas
07/31/08 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge w/ Grizzly Bear
08/31/08 Los Angeles, CA Fuck Yeah Fest


New Music : The Swampy Soulful Sounds Of Dan Dyer

July 15, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Although Dan Dyer‘s musical career has taken him from Austin, Texas to New York City and back again to Austin to record his new album,it is drenched in a deep southern, swampy, gospel soul sound that is more hot, humid, New Orleans night than a sound associated with either of those cities. A sound typified by artists like The Neville Brothers or Dr John, whose Walk On Gilded Splinters Dan does a smoldering cover on the new self titled disc. Never fearing to embrace his influences, Dan is no imitator, his smooth, soulful voice stakes it’s own place in keeping a genre alive for a new generation.

Dan Dyer is being released nationally on August 26, 2008 via Fat Caddy Records but you can pick a special limited edition release now via Fat Caddy’s website.

Dan Dyer – Love Chain
Dan Dyer(ltd edition early version)


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