Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Minus Story

I haven't posted in almost a week - what a slacker I am...Here's some new stuff from a band some people are claiming as a Lawrence band which of course although not completely true is better than not being claimed at all. As far as I'm concerned this is the best album with Lawrence ties I've heard this year.

Minus Story - Stitch Me Up.mp3

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Band of Horses

Band of Horses put out last year's album of the year for me Everything all the Time and is slated to release another LP October 3rd which of course I couldn't be more stoked about. In the meanwhile, they're touring Europe and have released a limited edition single of "The Funeral," which features a cover of The New Year's "The End's Not Near."

Band of Horses - The End's Not Near.mp3

My thanks to I Guess I'm Floating for turning me on to the new song and hosting the file.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Maccabees / Noisettes/ Bloc Party 6-11-7 @ Uptown Theatre

Bloc Party

I'm generally not one to get to concerts early but it was a good thing I did for this one because the Goonies er.... Maccabees hit the stage promptly at 7:30, ripped through their 10+ song set and were gone by 8pm which is still half an hour before I originally was planning on getting there. And no - they didn't get chased off the stage by the Fratelli's - but by another rocking brit band - The Noisette's.

Sean Astin and drummer Josh Brolin of the Maccabees, Sean Astin as Mikey in The Goonies:

The Maccabees - First Love.mp3
The Fratellis - Baby Fratelli.mp3

I don't really have enough good things to say about The Noisettes. Their music is just a little too rocking to find a regular place in my rotation but given the right situation, say scoring A.J. Soprano's BMW M3 in Sunday night's final episode of the Sopranos, The Noisettes' energy can be very compelling.

The Noisettes - Scratch Your Name.mp3

Just before Bloc Party took the stage, two fratster's! rudely came shoving through the crowd and parked directly in front of my friend and I. As my friend cocked his right fist back ready to serve a proper brit style hooligan beatdown, the offenders turned around and like the well-groomed English gents they actually were, explained that they had come from Liverpool and were following Bloc Party around the states...15th show or something...also did this for Kasabian...Muse...They hate Keane...blah blah tea, crumpets...

We told them we were from Lawrence and they mentioned they were big fans of The New Amsterdams so all controversy was averted. As Bloc Party took the stage, I wished them well and in the traditional British style of greeting, they heaved their half empty 10$ beers at the stage. The British fratsters then gathered up their groupies' groupies and moved forward. In the end, I was glad to be standing behind them.

Bloc Party played a good set - heavy on Silent Alarm. The crowd went pretty ape shit over "Banquet," and their first set closer "Like Eating Glass." I was a little disappointed over their performance of "The Prayer," which I really expected to be a banger live but it didn't deliver.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Brooklyn Vegan

Epic Thread -

My favorite post is 12:34pm - "I'd like to nominate June 13 as Official International Cockpunch A Scalper Day. You're never going to guess how it's celebrated."

Thursday, June 7, 2007

The Teenagers

It's early, but this summer needs some party music and The Teenagers "Homecoming" is my early nomination as the summer banger. The remixes have started to flow in but this jam has some serious staying power. At first I thought the lyrics were being read straight out of Bret Easton Ellis' The Informers. I won't be copying them here not because of their uh...interesting use of the English language but because it's so much more awesome if you just hear it.

The Teenagers - Homecoming.mp3

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Land of Talk / Rosebuds 6-4-7

I promise I'll get back to finishing my first 5/12ths review but for now I'd just like to share some photos from Monday's Land of Talk/Rosebuds show at the Jackpot in Lawrence.

Elizabeth Powell, the daughter of North America's first female alligator wrestler offered to sell us her sweaty stage worn official Land of Talk t-shirt for $2 off the list price. I didn't ask if that was US or Canadian. I think I was afraid to. Anyway - she performed barefooted in some awesome red sweatpants and proceeded to get hammered with the rest of us while we all jammed to The Rosebuds. Elizabeth was pretty cool with the crowd - very down to earth and the whole band seemed to be enjoying themselves. Her vocal performance was pretty much pitch perfect and in a word - tender, a friend of mine actually thought that her voice sounded like the lead singer of The Cardigans, which after I thought about it, I had trouble disagreeing.

Land of Talk - Street Wheels.mp3

I heard some of the females commenting on the alleged hotness of Land of Talk's drummer so this one's for the ladies .

The Rosebuds put on a solid polished show. They dedicated "Get Up Get Out" to the internet and for good reason. I'm sure I wouldn't have been at the show if it weren't for the net. They played a pretty damn long set and it was 1am before they moved in to the crowd for an acoustic jam session and sing along which I think everyone who was there will remember.

The Rosebuds - Get up Get out.mp3

The Rosebuds storm the crowd:

The Rosebuds:

Land of Talk jamming (and getting dizzy) to the Rosebuds acoustic in crowd set.