Summer Rain

August 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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No rhyme or reason, just total randomness today, like the unpredictability of summer rain. Maybe.

Johnny Rivers – Summer Rain
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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


Random Song Of the Day : Surrey Down To A Stoned Soul Picnic

July 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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On this sunshiney Sunday morning here, taking you all the way back to 1968 for The 5th Dimension‘s take on a Laura Nyro classic. So why not pack a lunch basket, a couple bottles of wine and and head on out to your favorite park to enjoy the day. Red, yellow, honey, sassafras, and moonshine.

The 5th Dimension – Stoned Soul Picnic
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Random Song Of The Day : In The California Snow

July 3, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Filtering through the music library rounding up some songs for a Fourth Of July mix, including Dave Alvin‘s song about said same, and this just sounded so good as it played through I had to post it today. Sorry about the lack of posts lately, I’ve been to some great shows in the past few days though(Black Angels, Warlocks, Rosewood Thieves, Mission Of Burma,Versus) so I’ll try to get a few photos up from them soon and some more music for you heading into the holiday weekend.

Dave Alvin – California Snow
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May 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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So apparently this song by Yael Naim has been everywhere for a while now, including an Apple ad, but I somehow avoided hearing it until about week or so ago and now those la la la’s sung in that irresistable French accent have been stuck in my head ever since. So if you’ve already heard this, here it is one more time, and if you’re just hearing it for the first time, enjoy, as it’ll be stuck in your head for quite a while. la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la…

Yael Naim – New Soul
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And you can catch her on tour in the US coming up in a few weeks starting right here in Philadelphia:
May 28 LONDON Scala
May 31 PARIS Zenith
June 1,2008 : SAINT LAURENT DE CUVES Papillons de Nuit
June 4 TOKYO Laforet Harajuku
June 20 PHILADELPHIA World Cafe Live
June 21 BOSTON Berklee Performance Center
June 22 NEW YORK Central Park
June 24 SAN FRANCISCO Bimbo’s 365 Club
June 25 LOS ANGELES El Ray Theatre
June 27 QUEBEC CITY Summer Festival
June 28 MONTREAL Festival de jazz de Montreal
July 2 PARIS Zénith – (Lenny Kravitz Support)
July 4 SAINT-MALO DU BOIS Festival Poupet
July 5 PARIS Solidays
July 6 MONTREUX Festival Montreux Jazz
July 10 LIEGE Les Ardentes
July 11 LA ROCHELLE Francofolies
July 12 AIX LES BAINS Musilac
July 17 CARCASSONNE Festival de la Cité
July 18 CARHAIX Vieilles Charrues
July 24 ARLES Les Escales du Cargo – Théâtre Antique
July 25 NICE NIce Jazz
July 26 LYON Les nuits de Fourvi?re
July 27 NYON Paleo Festival
July 31 TEL AVIV with Bjork
August 5 MONACO Sporting
August 10 COLMAR Foire aux Vins
November 12 PARIS Folies Berg?res
November 13 PARIS Folies Berg?res
November 14 PARIS Folies Berg?res
November 15 PARIS Folies Berg?res


The Weirdness Flows Between Us…

May 16, 2008 by · 4 Comments
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Did you ever have your iPod on shuffle and a song comes on that haven’t heard in a quite a while and it just sounds SO, SO, GOOD. Oh yeah, turn it up.

Dinosaur Jr – Freak Scene
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Really Got A (Sleeper) Hold On Me

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Totally rocking my world in a noise is good kind of way this week is No Age’s Nouns album. It takes the blueprint laid down by Sonic Youth’s Teenage Riot and builds one hell of a house on top of it. A shimmering wall noisy guitars all twisted together with melodic power pop hooks. They’re currently blazing through the UK and Europe and return to make the summer even hotter in the US starting in June.

No Age – Sleeper Hold
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No Age Tour Dates
May 09 Dissonanze Festival, Rome, Italy
May 11 All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead, United Kingdom
May 13 Thekla Social, Bristol, United Kingdom
May 15 Great Escape Festival, Brighton, Ireland
May 16 Islington Mill, Manchester, Manchester
May 17 Nasty Fest, Leeds, United Kingdom
May 18 Optimo, Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 20 Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
May 21 Dome, London, United Kingdom
May 22 Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
May 23 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 24 Dagindebranding Festival, Paaard, Netherlands
May 26 Arena, Vienna, Austria
May 27 Zum Tuefel, Heidleberg, Germany
May 28 La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
May 29 Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Jun 29 Blue Iguana, El Paso, TX
Jun 30 Loft, Dallas, TX
Jul 01 Emos, Austin, TX
Jul 03 Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA
Jul 08 Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Jul 09 Floristree, Baltimore, MD
Jul 10 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Jul 11 Seaport Music Festival, New York, NY
Jul 13 Sub Pop 20th, Redmond, WA
Jul 14 Middle East, Cambridge, MA
Jul 15 La Sala Rosa (Montreal), Montreal, Canada
Jul 16 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada
Jul 17 Eagle Theatre, Pontiac, MI
Jul 19 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Jul 19 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Jul 21 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
Jul 23 KEXP, Seattle, WA
Jul 24 Richards on Richards, Vancouver, Canada
Jul 26 Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR
Jul 28 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA


Replacement Feature

April 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Apologies for the lack of postings lately, while I regroup and get the regular features back on track, here’s a random song for you from the excellent new Replacements Twin/Tone Catalog reissues that Rhino Records has released just last week. And be sure to check out the fantastic interview with Peter Jesperson, who compiled the new releases, over at Teenage Kicks blog.

The Replacements – Within Your Reach
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Death And Taxes

April 15, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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April 15th, The dreaded deadline for filing your US income taxes. A jazzy little number by Grave Cowboys to accompany all the last minute number crunchers out there today.

MP3: Grave Cowboys – Death And Taxes
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Random Song Of The Day : Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Glue Girls

April 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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I’ll freely admit I openly ignored Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltin‘s first album Broom due to the excessive overhype, but I’ll sure as hell be going back and checking it out after hearing their new one, Pershing. Glue Girls is the opening track of eleven slices of sugary, jangly, pop songs that make up the new album. This will be a perfect soundtrack for upcoming warm summer days driving around with the top down or just spent hanging on the beach.

MP3: Someones Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Glue Girls
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Catch them out on tour now:
04/14 Mon St. Louis, MO @ The Bluebird w/ Via Audio. 18+ / 8:00PM.
04/15 Tue Indianapolis, IN @ Locals Only w/ Via Audio. 21+ / 7:30PM.
04/16 Wed Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Via Audio. 21+.
04/18 Fri Toronto, Ontario, CAN @ El Mocambo w/ Via Audio. 19+ / 9:00PM.
04/20 Sun Allston, MA @ Great Scott w/ Via Audio. 18+ / 9:00PM.
04/21 Mon Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall w/ Via Audio. 21+ / 7:30PM.
04/22 Tue New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Via Audio. 21+ / 7:00PM.
04/23 Wed Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s w/ Via Audio. 21+ / 8:00PM.
04/24 Thu Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage w/ Via Audio. AA / 9:00PM.
04/26 Sat Charleston, SC @ The Map Room w/ Via Audio. 18+ / 9:00PM.
04/27 Sun Atlanta, GA @ The EARL w/ Via Audio. 21+.
04/29 Tue Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe w/ Via Audio. 18+ / 9:00PM.
05/05 Mon Norman, OK @ The Opolis w/ Port O’Brien. AA / 9:00PM.
05/06 Tue Denton, TX @ Hailey’s w/ Port O’Brien. AA / 9:00PM.
05/07 Wed Austin, TX @ The Mohawk w/ Port O’Brien.
05/09 Fri Phoenix, AZ @ Modified w/ Port O’Brien. AA / 8:00PM.
05/10 Sat Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress w/ Port O’Brien. AA / 8:30PM.
05/11 Sun San Diego, CA @ Beauty Bar w/ Port O’Brien. 21+ / 9:00PM.
05/13 Tue Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ Port O’Brien. AA / 8:00PM.
05/14 Wed San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Port O’Brien. AA / 8:00PM.
05/16 Fri Portland, OR @ Towne Lounge w/ Port O’Brien. 21+ / 9:00PM.
05/17 Sat Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project w/ Port O’Brien. AA / 7:30PM.
05/18 Sun Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN @ Media Club w/ Port O’Brien. 19+ / 8:00PM.
05/20 Tue Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court w/ TBA.
05/21 Wed Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive w/ TBA. 16+ / 7:00PM.
05/22 Thu Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown w/ TBA. AA / 8:00PM.
05/23 Fri Iowa City, IA @ The Picador w/ TBA. 19+ / 9:00PM.
05/24 Sat Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry


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