the Dodos sign to French Kiss, set release date, release single, continue to tour

November 30th, 2007

I just found out some good news about ipickmynose favs, local high energy folk experimentalists the Dodos (myspace) (formerly known as Dodo Bird). They’ve signed to French Kiss, run by Tim Harrington of the Dodos recent tour partner, Les Savy Fav. French Kiss is the home of that band as well as a number of other bands and used to be the home of the Hold Steady.

They band has also set the release date for their first French Kiss album, Visiter: March 18, 2008.

What’s more, you can now hear the lead single from said album:
the Dodos – Fools (mp3)

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They’ve been playing “Fools” live since I first saw them and they also played it when they came down to KZSU and did a set/ interview with me back in July. I think I’ve said it before–I’ve certainly said it to people if not on this blog–I’m convinced this band is going places.

The full press release is below including a few west coast tour dates.

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Song obsession friday! (for the week ending November 30)

November 30th, 2007

Song obsessions are those songs that we listen to on repeat. I noticed that my obsessions are often a week long. I also thought that other people might have similar obsessions. I’ve collected a panel of a few like-minded individuals and gotten their “song obsessions of the week.” Quite often it’s easy to explain why the song is good; it’s much hard to explain why we’re obsessed. Maybe you’ll become obsessed with one of these.

Adrian (me):
Candie Payne – All I Need to Hear (mp3) (buy)

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I’m going through various 2007 albums in preparation of to make my top albums of 2007 list. I was immediately intrigued by Candie Payne’s album but I hadn’t listened through it in a while. After I listened to it again this week, I was finding myself not pressing repeat on this song, as is often the case when I’m obsessed with a song, but playing/ singing it through in my head. Not even the whole thing, really, just the refrain: “just one little white lie/ just one little white lie/ is all I need to hear/ what harm can it do?”. There’s something more than just the words, melody and orchestration in those moments. There’s some desperation, some need coming through in her voice.

Looks like I’m the only one obsessed with a song this week as none of the rest of the panel didn’t submit any songs. Oh well. We’ll get ’em next time, kiddos.

it’s worth another mention: fantastic bill @ Rickshaw Stop 12/6 Port O’Brien, Cave Singers; Or, the Whale

November 29th, 2007

Or, the Whale at the Great American in August

I mentioned it a number of weeks ago, but it’s worth a reminder, I think.

12/6 Port O’Brien, Cave Singers, Or The Whale @ Rickshaw Stop, 8 pm, $10

For $10, you get a fantastic bill with three bands that each put out some good music this year. You get the gang vocaled and seafaring Port O’brien (myspace), the upbeat rustic songs of the the Cave Singers and SF Weekly’s Best Alt-Country/ Folk band, Or, the Whale (myspace).

By the way, a little bird[1] told me that this is Or, the Whale’s last show for a while because they’re heading into the studio to track an EP. Get ’em while you can!

[1] named Lindsay, who sings in Or, the Whale

on sale soon (11.29.07 edition)

November 29th, 2007

Posted every Thursday On Sale Soon is a weekly series of the tickets going on sale that weekend.

Where to get tickets: The Independent, Great American Music Hall, Slim’s, Fillmore, Warfield, and other Livenation venues. Another Planet booked venues like Greek Theatre @ Berkeley, Palace of Fine Arts, etc. Bimbo’s.

Ladysmith is always nice to see live; I might go see them again. I think the PoFA will be a good place to see them.

Pre-sale Thursday Nov 29:
3/11 Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood @ HP Pavillion (pre-sale: “krty”)

Pre-sale Saturday Dec 1:
2/8 Tesla @ The Fillmore
2/9 New Monsoon with special guest Tim Carbone, EOTO with special guest Michael Kang @ The Fillmore
2/12, 2/13 Siouxsie @ the Fillmore

On sale Sunday Dec 2:
1/15 Cross Canadian Ragweed @ the Independent
1/18 Om, Lichens @ the Independent
1/22 Ben Kenney (Incubus), DJ Kilmore @ the Independent
1/23 Ryan Adams and The Cardinals @ Marin Center
1/23 Mountain feat. Leslie West, Corky Laing, & Richie Scarlet; Tiedye Keith with Tony Lindsay @ the Independent
1/25 Sean Hayes, JT & The Clouds @ the Independent
1/26 Phil Lesh & Friends with Dumpstaphunk @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
1/26 Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Will Hoge (co-headlining), Jeremy Fisher @ Slim’s
1/27 Tim Finn, Miranda Lee Richards @ the Independent
1/28 Ryan Adams and The Cardinals @ Zellerbach Auditorium
1/31 Autolux @ the Independent

2/1 David Grisman Bluegrass Experience @ the Independent
2/13 Cobra Starship, Metro Station, We the Kings, The Cab @ Slim’s
2/15, 2/16 Stockholm Syndrome feat. Jerry Joseph, Dave Schools, Wally Ingram & Eric McFadden @ the Independent
2/28 Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ the Palace of Fine Arts

On sale Mon Dec 3[1]:
4/1, 4/2 Ministry with Meshuggah @ The Fillmore

[1] note: actually listed as going on sale “Monday 12/1”. When’s that??

Double check all information as venues and promoters often change on-sale times and days up until the last minute.

getting in that christmas spirit

November 28th, 2007

Ah, good times.

And if it sounds familiar, that’s because it’s voiced by Spector artist Darlene Love.

Speaking of Ms. Love, if this writers’ strike isn’t resolved, we’ll miss her most wonderful holiday tradition.

Marco Mahler makes nice music

November 27th, 2007

Marco Mahler (myspace) (no relation) makes nice music. It’s self-released and sounds self-recorded–not in a bad way–in that bedroom intimate recording sense.

It’s really pleasant acoustic stuff with a flowing rhythm, whispered vocals, and compelling melodies. Take a listen.

Marcio Mahler – Design in Quick Rotation

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Marco Mahler – Orange Chinese Car

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CD Baby (and amazon) have the album.

These days a lot of music comes through my inbox but very little of it sticks out; this does.

mtv asia: odd programming

November 27th, 2007

I couldn’t sleep last night so I was flipping through channels and came across MTV Asia.

Surprise 1: they played the video for “Apartment Story” by the National.

Surprise 2: the odd sequencing. Dead seriously, this is the programming exactly as it appeared:

  1. “Apartment Story” by the National
  2. “Rockstar” by Nickelback
  3. “Rise Today” by Alter Bridge
  4. “So Hott” by Kid Rock

It’s like one of those tests you took as a kid: which of these doesn’t fit?

wikipedia is always right…

November 26th, 2007

as we all know, and that is why we believe it when they say of Sigur Ros:

They are completly [sic] batshit insane and no one understands what the fuck they are saying.

Who doesn’t feel that way sometimes,

2007 albums?

November 25th, 2007

It’s getting to that time of year where everyone makes lists. I tend to do this as well.

Anyway, in preparation, I’m trying to make a list of 2007 albums/ releases that I’ve heard so I know what to consider when making my list. Am I missing any obvious ones?

Now it’s time to relisten to everything on the list, an awesome and sometimes tiring task.

sunday fun song: Creeping Weeds’ BOAT cover

November 25th, 2007

I’ve got a fun song to help wake you from your 3 day-old food coma.

BOAT (warning! site annoying resizes your browser!), whose Songs You Might Not Like I enjoyed, has been posting covers of its songs. The one I like best is Philly band Creeping Weeds’ cover of “(I’m a) Donkey for your Love”. It’s a fun song with nice vocals and really good use of background vocals.

Creeping Weeds – (I’m a) Donkey for your Love (BOAT cover) (mp3)

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You can listen to (and buy) the original version here, but I think the cover is an improvement.

One nitpicky thing: BOAT compares the production of the song to Phil Spector. While I like the production, I don’t think it’s too Spector-like. I hear the maracas (a very Spector-like touch) but otherwise, there are too many guitars, not enough strings, horns or saxophone, or percussion in general and generally the production would have to be much bigger. I’ve been planning for a while to write more about Spector, so maybe I should get on that.