2009 Christmas Song Of The Day 5

December 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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I was hoping for snowshoes or maybe a bike, but when I asked them for fun they bought me aim and ignite…

The Format’s Dog Problems disc is easily one of my favorites of the past few years, a true power pop gem. Sadly, The Format has since disbanded, but now lead singer Nate Ruess has moved onto his new project called fun. and released an album called Aim and Ignite.  Special for the holidays they’ve put together this Beach Boys flavored Christmas single that’ll have you bopping along having holiday fun,fun,fun ’til daddy takes your ipod away.

fun. – Believe In Me
More fun.


5 On A Friday : Olympics

August 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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A nod to the kickoff of the 2008 Bejing Olympics today. Where the world gathers to see who can run faster, jump higher, compete harder, and throw longer, all in a quest to claim who’s better and get the gold.

1: The Black Crowes – Go Faster
Buy Greatest Hits
2: Sly And The Family Stone – I Want To Take You Higher
Buy Essential
3: Pat Macdonald – The Harder They Come
Buy Bridging The Distance
4: Hogan’s Goat – Longer
Buy Good Intention Road
5: The Format -Even Better Yet

Buy The Format EP

5 On A Friday : Warning Labels

February 1, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Artists and record labels have always maintained a somewhat tentative alliance. Here’s five on that relationship today from the artist’s point of view and a bonus sixth track from the other point of view, Joni Mitchell‘s tribute to David Geffen, Free Man In Paris.
All kind of inspired today by the release of Nick Lowe‘s rare track, I Love My Label which will be a bonus track on the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of the classic Jesus of Cool.

1: Nick Lowe – I Love My Label
Buy Jesus Of Cool 30th Anniversary Edition
2: Graham Parker – Mercury Poisoning
Buy Passion Is No Ordinary Word
3: The Format – The Compromise (acoustic)
Buy Live From The Living Room Volume One
4: The Sex Pistols – EMI
Buy Never Mind The Bollocks
5: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Workin’ For MCA
Buy Thyrty

Bonus: Joni Mitchell – Free Man In Paris
Buy Court And Spark

5 On A Friday : And Now, For My Next Trick…

August 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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After yesterday’s Springsteen announcement I just couldn’t resist. Presto change-o.

1: Pilot – Magic
Buy Magic
2: The Format – Do You Believe In Magic (Lovin’ Spoonful Cover)
Buy it if you can find it
3: Jay And The Americans – This Magic Moment
BUY EMI Legends of Rock n’ Roll : 24 Greatest Hits Of All Time
4: Electric Light Orchestra – Strange Magic
Buy Face The Music
5: M. Ward – Magic Trick
Buy Post War

The Format Summer Tour 2007 – Get Your Dog Problems Here

June 5, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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That’s right folks, The Format, the band responsible for Dog Problems, the Bag Of Songs selection as best album of 2006, just announced a massive summer tour. AND, as if that wasn’t good enough, to mark the one year anniversary of its release they are going to give it away FREE, that’s right F-R-E-E ! Between June 25 and July 15th just go to www.theformat.com and download the album in it’s entirety. No DRM, no strings attached.

How great are they live ? Read Heather’s take here and you’ll be a believer.

Here’s a musical taste for you

MP3: The Format – Time Bomb
MP3: The Format – Dog Problems

The Format Summer Tour Dates
Jul 13 2007 6:30P Orpheum Theatre Phoenix, Arizona
Jul 14 2007 6:30P Orpheum Theatre Phoenix, Arizona
Jul 16 2007 6:00P House of Blues Dallas, Texas
Jul 17 2007 6:30P Antones Austin, Texas
Jul 18 2007 8:00P Meridian Houston, Texas
Jul 20 2007 5:30P The Club @ Firestone Orlando, Florida
Jul 21 2007 6:00P Fuel Coffeehouse Jacksonville, Florida
Jul 22 2007 6:00P Jannus Landing St Petersburg, Florida
Jul 24 2007 7:30P Culture Room Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Jul 25 2007 6:30P Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 26 2007 6:00P House of Blues New Orleans, Louisiana
Jul 27 2007 6:00P New Daisy Theatre Memphis, Tennessee
Jul 28 2007 8:00P D-Fest Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jul 29 2007 6:00P Sunshine Theatre Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jul 31 2007 6:30P SOMA San Diego, California
Aug 1 2007 6:00P Avalon Hollywood, California
Aug 2 2007 6:00P House of Blues Anaheim, California
Aug 3 2007 8:00P Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California
Aug 4 2007 6:00P Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon
Aug 5 2007 6:00P Neumo’s Seattle, Washington
Aug 7 2007 6:00P Croatian Cultural Centre Vancouver, British Columbia
Aug 9 2007 6:00P The Warehouse Calgary, Alberta
Aug 10 2007 6:00P Dinwoodie Lounge @ University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta
Aug 11 2007 6:00P Louis Pub @ University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Aug 12 2007 6:00P Ramada Theatre Winnipeg, Manitoba
Aug 16 2007 6:00P The Opera House Toronto, Ontario
Aug 18 2007 6:30P Higher Ground Burlington, Vermont
Aug 19 2007 5:00P Avalon Boston, Massachusetts
Aug 21 2007 6:00P Webster Hall New York, New York
Aug 22 2007 8:00P Starland Ballroom Sayerville, New Jersey
Aug 23 2007 6:00P The Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 24 2007 6:00P Norva Norfolk, Virginia
Aug 25 2007 6:00P 930 Club Washington, Washington DC
Aug 26 2007 6:30P Cats Cradle Carrboro, North Carolina
Aug 28 2007 6:00P Bogarts Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug 29 2007 6:00P Agora Theatre Cleveland, Ohio
Aug 30 2007 6:00P Intersection Grand rapids, Michigan
Aug 31 2007 5:00P St Andrews Hall Detroit, Michigan
Sep 1 2007 6:00P The Vic Chicago, Illinois
Sep 2 2007 5:00P Station 4 St Paul, Minnesota
Sep 4 2007 6:00P The Picador Iowa City, Iowa
Sep 5 2007 6:30P Pops Sauget, Illinois
Sep 6 2007 6:00P The Granada Lawrence, Kansas
Sep 7 2007 6:00P Gothic Theatre Englewood, Colorado

On the verge : The Format

October 27, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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The Format came from completely off my radar to a sure lock for one of my top ten discs of the year. Dog Problems is an amazing album full of smart,incredibly catchy pop songs. If you’re a fan of Fountains of Wayne’s Welcome Interstate Managers or Nada Surf’s The Weight Is A Gift you NEED this disc. It won’t be long until these guys are a household name.
Check it out or buy it here

They are currently out on tour with the All American Rejects and just released an iTunes exclusive live ep And Now I Hope You’re All Right” six songs live from their current tour, by all reports a dazzling multi instrumental affair.

Check out Heather’s take on their August Denver show here

Here’s a few recent acoustic tracks you won’t find on the new EP

MP3: The Compromise (acoustic)
She Doesn’t Get It (acoustic)
Pick Me Up (acoustic)

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