upcoming concerts and past concerts

March 31st, 2007

I’ve added links on the right to my upcoming concerts list and my concerts [I’ve been to] list.

What shows are you going to? Did I see you at that show? You can answer both questions with those links.

I’ll try to keep both up-to-date. Let me know if you think I’ve missed something.

girl talk playing an SF…prom?

March 31st, 2007

Did anyone else notice that Girl Talk (from my native Pittsburgh!) is playing a senior prom in SF? It’d probably be just a little weird if I posted on craigslist offering myself as a date to said prom (to an 18-or-over person, of course), right? Though I do look smashing in a tux…

In other news, his myspace also has his remix of Grizzly Bear’s “Knife” up for download. It’s worth the download. Good stuff. I’m wondering what all the other samples are of. When’s wikipedia going to list every single sample in it, like it does for all of Night Ripper?adam ringtones sandler3310 free composer ringtonesringtone samsung a900 freeall free sprint ringtones raggae samsunglg ringtone 11501400 ringtone free lg 20free ringtone se 47 kyoceraa300 ringtone Map

merlin has vanderslice, peter hughes, roderick

March 31st, 2007

Merlin’s Merlin Show is always interesting and it’s based right here in the SF. He’s also had a bunch of indie rockers on recently. You can check out these 10ish minute videos on his site or get them through iTunes. Notable for the indie rockers:

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Adem w/ the Dodos @ Cafe du Nord 3/29/07

March 31st, 2007

Last night I saw Adem and the Dodos (aka Dodo Bird). I’d been a fan of Adem since I heard/ reviewed Homesongs a couple years ago. My interest has gone in waves since then with an upswing after Love and Other Planets, but after I saw about four songs of his set opening for Badly Drawn Boy at the Great American last Friday, I knew I had to make sure I saw his headlining set at Cafe du Nord.

I arrived in the middle of Black Fiction’s set. They seem to be the band opening up for all the bands I want to see lately (like Rogue Wave was a couple years ago), but this was the first time I actually managed to see them. They had a pretty decent set. They have a wide range of influences that it’s almost confusing to listen to them at times.

After their set I ran into Nick and we talked for a while. I also ran talked briefly with Elise of Soma.fm’s Indie Pop Rocks.

The Dodos were up next. The aforementioned Nick had recommended them over on his blog there, so I was intrigued. Their set up is pretty simple: Meric on (mostly) acoustic guitar and Logan on an interesting drum kit (3 toms, a snare, 1 cymbal and a tambourine strapped to his shoe). Right from the get-go it seemed like they were on. I’d heard some songs on their myspace, which were good, but this was a different game entirely. Their melodic talents were supplement by ridiculous energy and shear skill on their instruments. I really enjoyed their set.

After the Dodos, the place seemed to clear out a little bit. I think some of the people were there for the Dodos.

Adem (buy his stuff at insound) came up after a short break. He started his set on acoustic guitar, singing and twisting, contorting, almost squirming while singing along to these delicate songs he’s written. He switched to ukulele (note the two u’s in the spelling) for a Bjork cover, then went wild on the crazy instrument front. Next autoharp, then mbira and guitar at the same time, then hand bells for a gorgeous tune based on a page of a children’s book. By the time he switched back to ukulele for “God Only Knows” I was all smiles.

At a couple points (the middle, the end) he brought on the Dodos to play some percussion. They’d apparently organized this an hour before his set and you could tell it was improvised, but it sounded great. Those were some of the highlights of the set. They finished off the set all together with a great version of “These are Your Friends”.

All in all a really great show: a pleasant surprise and a band that I wanted to be great (that was).

More photos after the break:
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lost gem: Seldom

March 30th, 2007

‘lost gems’ maybe become a series about older bands/ albums that I feel are overlooked.

I was talking with Nick last night, a world famous (yes, he’s the reason you like Mogwai) and knowledgeable music snob if there ever was one, and he didn’t know Seldom. Maybe you don’t know about Seldom. I love Seldom. There’s an opportunity there, I think.

From Seattle, Seldom came onto the national scene in 2001, shortly after they released their only EP, Places I Haven’t Seen because of a tour with Pedro the Lion. By early 2003, they were effectively over.

In the meantime they made beautiful, dark, largely wurlitzer-based rock(/pop) with Yuuki Matthews’ great baritone voice on top of it all. From the first notes of “Who am I?” which was the first song I heard as I walked into the Middle East club in Cambridge the first time I saw them or heard them, I was intrigued. I bought their EP and was hooked. It’s just really good stuff.

The main members were Yuuki Matthews on wurly/ guitar/ vocals, Casey Foubert on drums, and Casey Wescott on guitar. Bass players varied and included David Bazan (the Pedro the Lion guy) and Jonathan Ford (Roadside Monument, Pedro the Lion, Unwed Sailor).

At the same time, Casey Foubert played/ recorded with Pedro the Lion, primarily on their great album, Control and on tour. He also recorded inaugural split 7″ with David Bazan on Ben Gibbard’s Bedside Recordings label.

Their album Romance came out the following summer, while I was living in Germany and I listened to it so obsessively that I still associate the album with different streets and locations in Stuttgart. A couple tours followed (including opening for Sarah Shannon of Velocity Girl and then another with Pedro the Lion) and then they were done, though there were rumors of more recording in there somewhere. All we have of them now are the EP and their album.

Seldom – Can’t/ Must from Places I Haven’t Seen (mp3)

Seldom – Who Am I? from Romance (mp3)

You can still buy both the album and the EP from insound. Barsuk also has them in their shop for whatever reason.

Yuuki and Casey ended up joining the Crystal Skulls, a band where their talents don’t really flourish. Casey was also seen playing with Sufjan and played a bunch of instruments on and co-produced that last Rocky Votolato record.

i am a rocker. i rock out

March 30th, 2007

To be a real rocker, you need the right gear. That is why I am wearing my brand new shirt today. It is “Funkalicious” from Threadless.

I’m getting some strange looks from people at work, but they need to realize that I’m a rocker. I rock out.

“I once was Canadian” radio show playlist 3/28/07

March 29th, 2007

Here’s my playlist from last night’s show.

Both the Boat and the Benoit Pioulard have been pleasant surprises lately. The last set was mixing that Chaucer’s Cantebury Tales reading (in Middle English!) with those five songs (the One AM Radio, Do Make Say Think, Six Parts Seven, Album Leaf and Mogwai). I think it worked pretty well. I also did two oldies sets, an indie rock megahits half set (the Modest Mouse one) and a Swedish songwriter set.

on sale soon, 3/28/07 edition

March 28th, 2007

This is meant to be a weekly list of what interesting shows are going on sale the coming weekend. Here are this week’s.

On sale Saturday, March 31:

  • Morrissey @ Paramount Theater, Oakland, 5/1 livenation
  • Morrissey @ Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA, 5/2 livenation
  • Rock the Bells w/ the Roots, Mos Def, MF Doom, etc etc. @ McCovey Cove Parking Lot, 8/18

On sale Sunday, April 1:

mount eerie (ex-Microphones) to play two $6 shows in SF

March 27th, 2007

Mount Eerie is going to be playing two dates in SF at ATA (992 Valencia @ 21st).

Sun. April 8th- San Francisco, Calif.- ATA- 2 shows: 5pm and 8pm, 6$ each

I’ve heard so many accounts of Phil Elverum being crazy that I think I’ll have to go to this show. Plus it’s $6!

Check out the rest of their tour dates (west coast, Canada, England and Norway) after the jump.

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fionn is it

March 27th, 2007

Somehow the music blogs haven’t quite picked up on my favorite album/ artist of 2006, Fionn Regan (myspace)—probably because his label hasn’t released his album in the U.S. yet—so here I am to trumpet him.

Fionn’s absolutely fantastic. His album the End of History is a collection of well-written, well-orchestrated, delicate but not too wimpy indie folk songs in the vein of Sufjan Stevens or Adem. Comparisons to Nick Drake are probably inescapable, too, since anything that has fingerpicked guitar is compared to him.

Fionn Regan – Be Good or Be Gone (mp3)

Fionn Regan – Black Water Child (mp3)

If you want more, he was recently on the BBC. Hearsay has the mp3s.

You can also check out his video for “Be Good or Be Gone”

Bella Union [UK] has the album for purchase.