on sale soon (01.31.08 edition)

January 31st, 2008

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.

On sale now/ Thursday Jan. 31:
3/28 The Fab Four @ Bimbo’s
3/30 Saves the Day with Armor for Sleep, Set Your Goals, Metro Station, A Cursive Memory @ the Fillmore

On sale Saturday Feb. 2:
4/11 Rascal Flatts with Taylor Swift @ HP Pavilion

On sale Sunday Feb. 3:
3/9 Drew Emmitt Band, Hackensaw Boys @ Great American
3/9 Immortal Technique @ the Fillmore
3/12 Brother Ali, Abstract Rude, Toki Wright, BK-One @ Slim’s
3/14 Papa Grows Funk @ the Independent
3/15 B-Side Players, SambaDa, Manicato @ the Independent
3/21 Saul Williams @ Slim’s
3/22 Vampire Weekend @ the Independent
3/25 Kaki King @ Great American
3/28 Teddy Thompson, Rosie Thomas @ Great American
3/28 Bob Schneider @ the Independent
3/29 The Phenomenauts @ Slim’s
3/31 Streetlight Manifesto, The Honorary Title, Between the Trees @ Slim’s

4/2 American Music Club, Rykarda Parasol and the Tower Ravens @ the Independent
4/4 Blind Melon@ the Independent
4/6 Yellowcard, The Spill Canvas, PlayRadioPlay!, Treaty of Paris @ Great American
4/7 Lucian, Mikey General @ the Independent
4/7 Anti-Flag with Street Dogs and The Briggs @ the Fillmore
4/8 Mae @ Slim’s
4/10 Panic At The Disco with Motion City Soundtrack, The Hush Sound, Phantom Planet @ the Independent @ the Warfield
4/11 Meat Beat Manifesto @ Slim’s
4/24 Turbonegro @ Great American

5/3 Rogue Wave @ the Fillmore

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

the special goodbye @ the make out room

January 29th, 2008

Sunday night I popped into the Makeout Room to see David Stockhausen & the Special Goodbye, also know simply as the Special Goodbye. I’d met him when Blammos, which he’s one quarter of, played on my radio show and then later I bumped into him at that Or, the Whale show at the Great American. As it turns out we’re from rivaling towns outside of Pittsburgh. I don’t hold this against him…anymore.

This is the first show I’d been to at the Makeout Room since the venue drastically cut down on the number of shows it puts on, but it seemed pretty much the same as always.

Here’s a secret: the Special Goodbye is basically Blammos without one member and with a different songwriter. This time, David, rather than Arthur, is the songwriter and Arthur’s on bass. Tim plays keyboards here rather than bass in Blammos. Confused yet?

I got there right before the band went on. There was a small or moderate, but appreciative crowd. They played a set of a nice length filled with good songs. The harmonies and band were well-rehearsed and I think they delivered the songs well.

They finished with a really lovely song called “Country Radio”. I asked about it and David sent me a rough mix of it. I like it a ton. The go-to pedal steel player of San Francisco (it seems) Tim Marcus usually plays keys in the band, but it sounds like they got him to lay some of his steel stylings on this song to great effect.

the Special Goodbye – Country Radio (demo mix)

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If you want to check out the band, they have two local shows coming up:
2/19 the Special Goodbye @ The Knockout
4/2 the Special Goodbye, French Miami @ The Elbo Room

I’m on the radio…again

January 29th, 2008

I’m on the radio currently, doing my show I Once was Canadian which is now every Tuesday 6-9am (PST) on online.

Want to check out my playlist? There you go. (Updated in more-or-less real time.)

Update: If you missed it, you can listen to it here (the file starts with a little bit of silence):

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that company is screwed

January 28th, 2008

Have you heard about Qtrax?

Qtrax told Reuters and other media outlets last week that it had deals with the major labels representing about 75 percent of all music sales, to let users download songs for free in a new service to be supported by advertising revenue.

But by Monday, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner had publicly denied that they had agreed to back the new Qtrax service.

A source close to Universal Music, the largest of the group, said it also had not signed a deal for the new Qtrax service and is still in discussions.

Another report says:

A website which promised to give music lovers the world’s first legal file-sharing service was forced into a humiliating climbdown today after it emerged that the company had not secured the backing of the record industry.

Qtrax, a New York firm, unveiled its service with a glitzy £500,000 launch in Cannes at the weekend, hiring stars including James Blunt, LL Cool J.

What kind of idiot company spends $989000 on a launch of a product that doesn’t exist?! Not only do I think they’re not very bright, but I wouldn’t trust any company that spent almost a million dollars on a product launch party.

the Speakers, Feb 3 @ the Hemlock

January 27th, 2008

the Speakers (myspace) are Brian Miller of ipickmynose repeat play fodder the Lightning Bug Situation and Peter Musselman. They’re playing well after the game ends on Superbowl Sunday, February 3 at the Hemlock.

2/3 The Speakers, Correatown, Chris Robley @ the Hemlock, 9:30pm, $7, 21+

The Speakers style is not too far off from the Lightning Bug Situation sound, perhaps a little less dark. It’s subdued with lovely vocals and subtle but effective orchestrations.

Brian tells me that they’ll be “playing some old Speakers chestnuts, as well as some Lightning Bug Situation songs. Peter’s going to be doing some crazy stuff too.”

the Speakers – He Wishes his Beloved were Dead (mp3)

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Brian also mentioned that NPR recently named the Lightning Bug Situation a top unknown artist of 2007.

Both the Speakers and Lightning Bug Situation CDs can be purchased at their site.

Eric Bachmann covers himself oddly (video)

January 27th, 2008

There’s video on UGO of Eric Bachmann (Crooked Fingers, Archers of Loaf; myspace) doing live versions of “White Trash Heroes” (originally a song by his previous band, Archers of Loaf), “There’s a Blue Light” (originally a song by his current band, Crooked Fingers), and “To The Races” (on his solo album of the same name).

All the versions are a bit odd–you’d expect an acoustic version of “White Trash Heroes” to be odd, but the others are as well. They’re good, but just not what you’d expect. He also does an interview where he talks about choosing to live in a van for a while and recording To the Races in a deserted hotel on the outer banks of North Carolina at 2 or 3 in the morning.

He’s not touring in the Bay Area anytime soon, but readers in the North East can catch him opening for Neko Case.

Song obsession friday! (for the week ending January 25)

January 25th, 2008

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):
Sea Wolf – Middle Distance Runner (mp3) (buy)

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This week no other song had a chance. On Monday or Tuesday I already knew this song would end up being my song obsession. The foot-tap rhythm, the upbeat guitar and the melancholy vocal melody really make it worm its way into my brain. The cello part doesn’t hurt either.

Keith:
the Who – Tattoo (mp3) (buy)

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The 33.3 book series is perfect for my attention-deficit brain …relatively short (-128 pages) books written about the music I love and avariety of artistic urges and interpretations behind them. Currently I’m winding my way through The Who’s Sell Out, which has a fascinating historical section on legal UK pirate radio stations during the mid-60′s. Of course the perfect soundtrack is the album itself, my favorite song right now is this rather amusingly fey tale about acquiring a Tattoo.

Dave:
Flaming Lips – She Don’t Use Jelly (mp3) (buy)

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It’s short, fun and catchy, that’s all. No super-underlying-theme-meaning for me this time.

Natalie K
Great Lake Swimmers – Moving Pictures Silent Films (mp3) ()

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Melancholic, wintry songs will forever be my downfall. This song makes me want to snuggle up in bed and listen to the rain falling on the roof of my porch.

phil elverum (mt eerie, microphones) posts photos of every book in his house, releases book

January 24th, 2008

Phil Elverum (Mt. Eerie/ Microphones) is a quirky individual. He’s posted photos of every book in his house on December 11, 2007.


photo by Phil Elverum

If you’re wondering what Phil and co. are up to right now, he’s not touring, but he has released a book/ CD set with photos he took and “a record of vaguely corresponding music”. It’s in a limited edition of 2400.

on sale soon (01.24.08 edition)

January 24th, 2008

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.

Pre-sale Saturday Jan 26:
3/5 Lifehouse with Matt Nathanson, Honey Honey @ The Warfield
3/10 Angels and Airwaves with Meg & Dia, The Color Fred, Ace Enders @ The Warfield
3/13 Gogol Bordello @ The Warfield
3/18 The Boredoms @ The Fillmore
3/29 Y & T @ The Fillmore

On sale Sunday Jan 27:
2/26 Huun Huur Tu @ Great American

3/2 She & Him (featuring Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) @ Great American (Noise Pop 2008)
3/8 Serj Tankian with Fair to Midland @ The Warfield
3/10 Gavin DeGraw @ the Independent
3/13 The Bravery @ The Fillmore
3/15 The Stairwell Sisters, Loretta Lynch, Devine’s Jug Band @ Great American
3/19 Witchcraft @ Slim’s
3/21 The Beaches, Petty Booka, Detroit 7, Ketchup Mania, The Emeralds, Scandal @ the Independent
3/23 Phosphorescen, Bon Iver @ the Independent
3/29 LoCura! @ Great American
3/30 Testament, Sadun @ the Independent

4/5 Rupa and the April Fishes @ Great American
4/15 Tift Merritt, Sarah Watkins @ Great American
4/28, 4/29, 4/30 Dark Star Orchestra @ Great American

6/3 Mad Sin, Koffin Kats, Brigitte Handley @ Slim’s

On sale Monday Jan 28:
4/5 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ HP Pavilion

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

Jonathan Lethem’s You Don’t Love Me Yet

January 23rd, 2008

A few weeks ago I finished Jonathan Lethem’s You Don’t Love Me Yet. Lethem’s the author of one of my favorite books, Motherless Brooklyn.

Where Motherless Brooklyn is a Tourettic thug-narrated detective story and is quite a serious and heavy story, You Don’t Love Me Yet is a farcical look at an LA art scene, an indie band and the relationships within and without the band.

It’s a quick and quite a fun read though it wasn’t genius-level work, like Motherless Brooklyn. I enjoyed it overall. One thing I sometimes have trouble with farces, and this is sort of a fundamental quality of the genre, is that the characters are difficult to relate to because they’re often absurd.

The music sections of the book are definitely written in a way that is convincing; either Lethem knows the small band music biz or he fakes it pretty well.

I found myself thinking while reading about what the band would sound like, trying to reconstruct the songs in my head as they were described. I don’t think I would like the band, they seem too angular with too little melody in the vocals. Maybe that’s just how I’d hear it at least.

It’s available at amazon.