last week my friend geron played a short set at the north star bar- it’s been a while since i’ve been to a show there, actually. i think it’s because of the location- it’s a little out of the way, over in the art museum area -but it’s such a great venue to see bands in before they get big.
upon entering the corner pub you’re met with the same bar that has been there since prohibition, mahogany bar top, wooden ceiling fans, tin roof and all. walk towards the back and go through a door on your right to get to the stage area, a wide open room with wood floors. the stage is covered with well worn oriental carpets and in front, a staircase leads down to a lounge area with bright green walls that could probably tell some great stories… i thought i’d share a few pics from the other night!
although it has been available for download for a few weeks now, today is the official release date of radiohead’s 8th studio album titled “the king of limbs.” i of course downloaded it the moment it was available, but i held off on writing about it till now because to be quite honest i needed more time to digest it.
it has always been my opinion that the best bands are the ones who make albums that you listen to from start to finish without skipping a track… and if you were to take one song away, the album wouldn’t feel complete. like reading a book – if you skip a chapter, or cut straight to the ending, the whole thing is ruined.
there are some bands that excel at this, and radiohead is at the top of that pack. i have all eight of their studio albums, and i love every minute of every one of them. to this day, when i hear the song “high and dry” on the radio, my brain expects “fake plastic trees” to come next.
with “the king of limbs” they have created another album where the sum is better than its parts. this album needs to be listened to in its entirety. and also true to form, this record sounds different from anything they’ve done, with a more abstract and electronic sound that snaps you up from the start in a whirlwind of beats with “bloom,” tosses you around with “morning mr. magpie” and “little by little” and then soothes you with gorgeous piano and lyrics on songs like “codex” and “give up the ghost.” the last song, “separator,” is my favorite on the album.
and just like that, it’s over. 37 minutes. or is it? according to rumors, this is only part one, and i sure as hell hope so. but if thom yorke is sending a message in the lyrics of “separator,” there could be truth to those rumors.
p.s. to celebrate the release, radiohead has produced a special newspaper that will be available today only (in the US and Canada; it was available yesterday elsewhere)! more info on where to find it here.
i have a bit of a band crush right now on warpaint. not only will they blow your mind with their music – haunting psychedelic rock sweetened by thoughtful lyrics and ethereal voices, but they will make you want to be a part of their group with their gypsy-rocker style. i can’t stop saving pictures of them on my computer because they are so inspiring! originally formed by childhood friends emily kokal and theresa wayman and sisters jenny lee lindberg and actress shannyn sossamon (who has since left the group) in 2004, they are definitely a group to watch – they will be performing at the coachella and glastonbury music festivals this year, and i’m hoping to catch them in philly at the TLA april 1st!
listen to some of their tunes in the playlist below, and check them out on myspace here.
music festival season is here! the SXSW music festival kicks off today in austin. this festival has always eluded me – there’s always some reason why i don’t go. last year i was supposed to go, but instead i was on the couch recovering from ankle surgery. anyway, i’m kicking myself for not going this year. the lineup is so extensive it can seem a little overwhelming but there are soooo many good bands playing, and it’s a great opportunity to catch them in a small, intimate venue.
i made a playlist below of some of the bands i’m into who will be there, and if i was going to austin, here are the items i would pack!
“raindrops might fall on my head sometimes, but i don’t pay ’em any mind. then again, i guess it ain’t always that way.”
kurt vile may be one of the best artists to come out of philly in a long time. after hearing his newest album, smoke ring for my halo, i feel that i can say that. i thought his last album was great, but it sort of fell into that lo-fi, psychedelic rock category that you hear so much of, it all starts to sound the same (in my opinion). this album has a much cleaner sound and that’s a good thing- it allows vile’s guitar playing and lyrics to shine. in some songs on this album he actually reminds me a lot of richard ashcroft, who i love. you can stream the entire album right now on NPR, or listen to a few of the tracks below!
today’s tunesday post is from our office coordinator! enjoy :)
I consider myself rock and roll. I convey a rock and roll attitude and enjoy rock and roll music. I have been described by my closest friend as “likes to look like she rides motorcycles” and “I think her favorite color is black.” I know it may be a little too early to be divulging secrets, but I’m going to anyway; I do love me some pop music.
Florrie’s “Give Me Your Love” is, in a word, awesomlycatchygetupanddancefun.
After doing a little digging on this soon-to-be pop sensation, all I could think was “GINGER! GINGER! GINGER!” I mean c’monnn look at the two pictures. Not only is she a hot, fun, POP singer, but they rock the same shades!
Florrie is the quintessential FP girl. She believes that her music should be spread as much as possible, so all her music is free to download. She also wants to be able to create music her way, without any constraints that a label might have. Right now she is staying an independent artist even though she has been offered contracts with numerous record companies. She writes and sings her own music and plays her own guitar and drum parts in some songs too! There are many remixes of her songs out there and some she has remixed herself!
I don’t consider myself a Ginger all of the time, but I do think the perfect time to play Ginger is a Friday night. Florrie’s music is definitely a party must-play; or a pre-party-putting-on-your-FP Animal Knit Bodycon-dress must-play!
I recommend her four “Introduction” tracks as well as “You Wanna Start Something” and “Call 911 (Florrie Remix).” Listen to a few of her songs below, including “Give Me Your Love,” which is on our new store playlist!
guys…i am so stoked about this year’s bonnaroo lineup!!!
they seem to be going back to their roots, which makes me very happy. there are some big bands that have had amazing years – arcade fire, black keys, mumford and sons, florence and the machine, there are the jam bands and bonnaroo staples – widespread panic, robert plant & band of joy, my morning jacket, string cheese incident, primus, gregg allman, warren haynes, bela fleck, railroad earth…and then there are the surprises – like buffalo springfield featuring richie furay, stephen stills, neil young, rick rosas & joe vitale, and superjam featuring dan auerbach (of the black keys) and dr. john. check out the full lineup on the website.
here’s a little playlist of some of the bands playing this year! man, listening to widespread takes me back…love those guys. so who’s going with me?
when it comes to videos, having the right song can make all the difference in the world. for me, that’s what really grabs my attention and sucks me in so that i can’t stop watching. one of the reasons i love our videographer’s work so much is that she always picks the perfect song – i don’t know how she does it. the song in our february catalog video is no exception…”throwing hail marys” by gypsy death star. i had never heard of them before and wanted to learn a little bit more about them…
based in ventura, california, gypsy death star is a collaboration between producer cesar augusto and singer/song writer wyatt hull. they combine trance-like electronic beats and haunting lyrics to create a sound that will transport you to a different place in your mind. read on for a brief interview with the band and check out a video of them performing “throwing hail marys” below!
when and how did gypsy death star come about?
i put an add out on craigslist for a beat maker and cesar responded, we started making tracks together through emails, & the rest is history..
how do you guys describe your music?
a cross between dark ambient techno & electronic indie rock
if your music was a color, what color would it be?
is there a certain song you’re most proud of?
some may be slower, some may be more full of wisdom, but were equally proud of all our children.
what’s your favorite venue you’ve played in, and what venue do you dream of someday performing in?
we recently played at the deer lodge in ojai, california & that had a magical ambiance. we both dream of someday playing the conan o’brien show, we’re big fans of his, or perhaps one of those sesame street episodes where they bring musicians on.
what’s your pre-show ritual?
cold high-quality brew.
who are some of your biggest musical influences?
cocorosie, t-rex, q lazzarus, tv on the radio, portishead, syd barrett, the pixies, and david bowie.
if you could see any band, past or present, perform live, who would it be?
kraftwerk’s performances when they used robots and any of the first ziggy stardust shows would have been rad to see.
all-time favorite record?
pink floyd’s “pipers at the gates of dawn” for wyatt. queen’s “game” for cesar.
what’s coming up for gypsy death star? any exciting plans in the works?
we’re looking at doing a small tour in mexico, we have a music video we just finished shooting in which we do some tag team wrestling, and are currently mixing a new full length record do for release soon this year.
what do you guys think of this year’s coachella lineup? i think its pretty solid – even though i’ve never been to coachella they always do a great job just getting such a large variety of artists. even if you don’t like the headliners, you’re sure to find several smaller bands more than worth seeing. here’s a little playlist of some of the bands i’d like to see if i was going (one of them is twin shadow, who we just featured in our january catalog video!).
are any of you planning on going? who are you most excited to see??
i’m the kind of person who, when having a rough time or a lot on my mind, completely loses themself in music. today it’s the new iron and wine album, kiss each other clean. it doesn’t officially come out until next tuesday but you can stream it right here or watch it performed live in its entirety here. this album is a step in a new direction, described as “like the music people heard in their parent’s car growing up… that early-to-mid-’70s FM, radio-friendly music.” while i’ve always been a fan of iron & wine’s quiet, mellow folk, i like this too – sam beam’s sweet voice, the background harmonies and delicate melodies are exactly what i need right now.
listen to a few of the songs below or check out the whole album by clicking one of the links above.