i’m home sick today :( …but i made this playlist of songs that feel very november-ish (or have november in the title) and listening to it is making me feel a little bit better…hope you enjoy it!
i was in nyc this weekend and my friend/go-to for new music introduced me to lykke li. she exudes creativity and beauty. so far, “little bit” is my favorite song. hope you enjoy her as much as i do…
that’s right…it’s girls on film on music, halloween edition! here are some creepy cuts selected by bunny and monkey (a.k.a. the girls of girls on film on music).
the rolling stones – some girls
easy dress up option for men – be a girl. problem being that even men as pretty as mick make seriously unattractive women…
bananarama – the greatest hits collection
blonde, brunette and redhead – a pick n’ mix for three ladies in need of a group costume pronto. and then you get to walk around and tell everyone you’re being “banaaaah-nah-raaaah-mah”.
kate bush – never forever
this album is kate at her best, both in terms of her songs (“babooshka”, “army dreamer”) and cover art…one musician on this album is credited with playing the harmonica, mandolin, balalaika, sitar, koto, banshee, saw, mando and delius. i have the feeling the “banshee” is the official instrument of hallowe’en…
steve martin – a wild and crazy guy
A SUIT AND BUNNY EARS. a man on the same page as me when it comes to his sartorial approach. and i do mean just every day.
bobby “boris” pickett – monster mash
thriller may be the current “grave yard smash” but i’ve always has a certain affinity for this one. and don’t be surprised if at the holidays i’m suggesting you pick up “monsters’ holiday”…
misfits – walk amoung us*
anything by the misfits on halloween is prime, but i think danzig really knocked it out of the park on this one, zombies, martians, checking with your mom if it’s ok to kill tonight, perfect!
various artists – luxury condos coming to your neighborhood soon
though it never received the attention of athens or seattle, hoboken was one of major players in the ’80s indie scene, and the evanescent coyote records helped document this scene with this 1986 compilation. how is this halloween you ask? “elvis, what happened? what happened was you died” lyrics from the mr. bonus song “elvis, what happened?” proving that if you look, anything can me spooky.
the rocky horror picture show soundtrack
i’ll be magenta, and you can be columbia (in the confetti sequin tunic, perhaps?)
*i would have picked “halloween” but for all intensive purposes, it’s only a single
devendra banhart – what will we be
what will we be is devendra banhart’s seventh studio album, but it is his first major label release, and has drawn mixed reviews from critics and fans who were expecting more of the raw, bohemian weirdness that banhart is known for. the overall sound of what will we be has a clarity unlike his previous albums and the vocals are smooth and relaxed, but the freak-folk moments and international influences are still there. the album starts out strong – the first few songs are like a breath of fresh air and the first single, “baby”, is addicting. “rats” is unexpected but interesting, starting out slow and then rocking out like a zeppelin tune…but for me, towards the end, the album sort of lost its excitement.
listen to the album here and let me know if you agree or disagree!
after 42 years of sports and musical history, this week the beloved philly venue will host its final concerts before being torn down early next year. pearl jam will play tuesday, wednesday, friday and saturday night, and rumors are swirling about possible guest appearances on the final night. the spectrum is known amongst performers for its excellent acoustics, and some of the most legendary musical acts of the ’60s and ’70s have played there- including led zeppelin, the doors, jimi hendrix, pink floyd, the who, eric clapton, bob dylan, neil young, the beach boys, frank sinatra, the jackson five, elvis, the band and bob marley and the wailers. the grateful dead played there 53 times, more than any other musical act.
i’ll be attending all four shows this week and will be sure to report back on the blog!
here are some of the greats who played the spectrum…
jimi hendrix concert poster…check out those ticket prices!
top images of the spectrum from remember the spectrum.
so long, spectrum…you will be missed.
anyone going to any good shows this weekend? there are quite a few going on in philly…
on saturday night i’m going to see local band dr. dog at the tla. i’ve seen them live before and they’re a ton of fun, plus i looooved their latest album, fate. it’s sort of folky, sort of poppy, sort of awesome. listen to some tracks on their myspace page…i recommend “the breeze”…
i hope the stage set-up looks like it does in these pics from their show at the fillmore in san fran.
if i’m able to get any good photos i’ll share them on the blog!
the 23rd annual bridge school benefit concert, organized by neil young and his wife pegi, is taking place this saturday and sunday at the shoreline amphitheatre in mountain view california. neil young is the man…if you don’t believe me, watch this video.
benefits from the concert go towards the bridge school, a non-profit organization that helps children with severe speech and physical impairments. for more about the bridge school and the concert click here.
the 2009 cmj music marathon and film festival starts today in new york city. cmj spans five days and showcases hundreds of new acts playing small shows at a variety of venues in the city. highlights include atlas sound, who we posted about earlier today, playing two shows (tonight and tomorrow night), and the very best, playing tomorrow night. for a full list of bands, venues and showtimes click here.
also if you haven’t heard of the very best, check out their song warm heart of africa featuring ezra koenig of vampire weekend…i dig it.
you can listen to it on their myspace page here.
if you’re going to any cmj shows tell us how they are and send pics!
time for this week’s new music review…
atlas sound – logos
atlas sound is the solo project of bradford cox, the lead singer of deerhunter (whose album microcastle was one of my favorites of 2008). with atlas sound, he is able to be more experimental than he is with the full band, blending ambience, airy electronics and soft, warm lyrics. you can hear the influence of 60s pop and doo-wop in the undertones of songs like “walkabout”, “my halo” and “shelia”, which when compared to the dreary melancholy of most of cox’s music, sound just like a crisp sunny day. “walkabout” is a collaboration with noah lennox (a.k.a. panda bear/member of animal collective), who also rocks. check out this cute video set to the song.
atlas sound is touring now, so check out the tour dates on myspace to see if he’s coming to a town near you.
the above image is from the deerhunter/atlas sound blog.
those of you in the san francisco bay area this weekend should check out the treasure island music festival, taking place saturday and sunday. the annual festival typically chooses a lineup of dance-friendly acts for saturday and more low-key acoustic acts to mellow out to on sunday. this year, saturday will feature mgmt, girl talk and passion pit, among others, while sunday has a killer lineup including the flaming lips, grizzly bear, yo la tengo, vetiver and edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros.
not to mention, the scenery is breathtaking.
if any of you go, let us know how it is and send pictures!
more picks (and pics) from our very own musical experts!
rhythm to the madness – weltschmerz
got this at an amazing record store down the street from our free people chicago store, reckless records (www.reckless.com). if you’re in the mood to start your record collection, they give the best recommendations right on the record, so you don’t have to worry about looking like a dork when you just like the album cover. anyway, this album is rad and features members from rise & fall and justice. rttm’s appearance at the justice release party got kids wanting more than just a cameo, so they put out this album (as if it were that easy…), which has some of the most kickin’ guitar solos around.
bibio – hand cranked
first, forget that you’ve heard stephen wilkinson’s, aka bibio’s, music in commercials for l.l.bean and toyota. now get ready to dance because this album is KILLER.
lily allen – it’s not me, it’s you
brit pop brat maybe, but that doesn’t stop this record from being really good. like, REALLY good.
owen/ the rutabaga – split ep
so this isn’t really new (was re-released 2004), but it’s new to me. owen is the solo project of mike kinsella who also led the band american football, and played in the bands cap’n jazz, joan of arc and owls. the rutabaga is the one man show of joshua wayne hensley. normally a split has a good side and a bad side, but not this one – the sum is definitely greater than the parts.
loudon wainwright III – attempted moustache
loudon knows how to mix the bitter and the sweet. it includes a favorite: swimming song – “salt my wounds, chlorine my eyes, i’m a self destructive fool”. swoon.
madness – one step beyond
one step beyond is all good times. we highly recommend putting this on at a party just as people have lost the momentum – you’re going to have a throng of dancing in your living room before you know it.
leadbelly – huddie ledbetter’s best…
as much as I hate to recommend a compilation, leadbelly is a true legend and there’s no better way to cover the breadth of his work. known for his 12-string guitar, these classic songs are different when touched by his wicked trifecta of talent, heart and soul.
yves montand – aimez-vous yves?
side one is for putting on a frock and pouring yourself a café latte, side two is to talk in your most outrageous french accent and go off to live la rive gauche.
listen to some tunes from these albums here.