Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Mommy and Daddy: Duel At Dawn (Kanine) Who's your Mommy and Daddy? Just don't compare this NYC duo to the White Stripes or Raveonettes because it's a girl and guy. Mommy and Daddy are a lot tougher and more like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs...with a synthesizer.

Watch video for "Franconia Road."

Monday, September 26, 2005

If you're still wierded out by music from Spiritualized in a VW commercial, well, just try not to think about it. Here are some unexpected audio tracks I discovered to maybe divert your attention to a credit card or pants. Okay maybe I've been watching more TV this week, shut up ok!? I did my homework first! And um, you're not my real father!

CIV: "Can't Wait One Minute More" (Toyota or Nissan)
U2: "Love Rescue Me" (melodramatic MSNBC coverage of hurricane)
Madness: "It Must Be Love" (Levi's? it was definitely jeans)
Bow Wow Wow: "I Want Candy" (Reese's. Except the chorus was modified)

on the web>
M83: "Don't Save Us from the Flames" (Pontiac)
Minotaur Shock: something from Maritime i'm sure (American Express)

Friday, September 23, 2005

advanced news ticker: Kenyon playing at 169 bar October 13, the same night the Warlocks are at Bowery Ballroom....Keane opening for U2 at MSG......local venues the Downtown and non-profit youth center Freespace close; bands wonder where the hell they can play.....Live 8 on DVD in November; dumb editors leave out the Cure and A-Ha, among others....those darn Dandy Warhols, who first played on Live with Regis and Kelly, will be on Mad TV October 1; no word yet on the Tony Danza Show....M83 is getting some heavy duty exposure in a Pontiac commercial.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

T.Raumschmiere is really pissed off now. The video for his electro-punk-thrashed "Sick Like Me," from Blitzkrieg Pop, is one part Kraftwerk, two parts Aphex Twin. What, were you expecting a Ramones parody? Watch video via Windows Media Player. Record out now on Mute.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

You know sometimes when the video makes the song seem better than it really is? Well, this is one of those times. "Weakest Ones" by A.R.E. Weapons is from their album Free in the Streets, out today on Defend Music. I'm still trying to figure out this electro-rock-glam band, though the first thing that's coming to me is a combination of Fischerspooner, Fatima Mansions and Suicide. Now if I can just figure out what the hell is going on in the video.

Friday, September 16, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: local commercial radio station 94.3 WMJC played FIVE relatively good songs in a row. Coldplay "Speed of Sound," Squeeze "Tempted," Semisonic "Closing Time," Depeche Mode "Precious" (from new album), U2 "Beautiful Day." Then they ruined it with the Dave Matthews Band. [note on Semisonic: the drummer is rather outspoken about the corruption of the radio and music industry, if you haven't heard].

In related local radio news, WLIR, which back in the day was the only commercial station I listened to and in its later days became less of an "alternative," has been eliminated. Well actually it changed format to "NeoBreeze," which, as reported in Newsday, will be "an easy-listening format that's slightly hip: Alongside Frank Sinatra and Yanni, you might hear R.E.M." Really f*cking sad, dude. Did I mention they fired all the DJs? Well, they did. There's no DJs. It's all automated like that Jack junk. This is yet another reason to listen to WUSB.
advanced news ticker: Arcade Fire opening for U2 in Canada, which is probably a little better than hearing them over the PA just before U2 goes on....Soundtrack to Cameron Crowe film Elizabethtown to include song by My Morning Jacket.....band in UK has the same name as Kenyon's radio show (oh you better believe I had that name before them!)...local indie pop band My Favorite breaks up, Kenyon looks for another indie pop band to jump on stage and sing with.....Death Cab for Cutie's Plans debuts on the Billboard chart last week at #4, this week at #16; for some reason a record called American Idiot has been on the chart for 51 weeks....CMJ Music Marathon is this week, ask me if I care. Oh come on, ask!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: Dirty on Purpose, who I originally shunned because I didn't like the name, became one of my favorite new bands in a matter of minutes after seeing the video for "Mind Blindness." They got this whole Pale Saints thing going. And boy, do I miss the Pale Saints. The band's debut EP, Sleep Late for a Better Tomorrow, came out September 6 on North Street records. They'll be at the Mercury Lounge in NYC this Saturday for CM-Schmay.

Acid House Kings: Sing Along with the Acid House Kings (27 records) Since when did they start sounding like Belle and Sebastian? They're supposed to sound like the Smiths! Released today, September 13.

That's Because You Drive Me
This Heart Is A Stone
Oh yea and records from these artists are out today as well: Sigur Ros (which I have not heard yet, dammit! don't tell me anything please), stellastarr* (the jury is still out), Dandy Warhols (they're tight with Regis), Coco Rosie (they're strange dude), Devendra Banhart (wrote a review for Resonance magazine), Super Furry Animals (damn them for being prolific!), Annie Hayden (the most underrated artist on Merge), and the Cranes (what? they're still around? no way, is this a proper record?). Over and out.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Depeche Mode tour dates announced; opening acts will be the Bravery (who one-ups Interpol with most shows played) and the Raveonettes. Both opening bands have been interviewed by Kenyon, both bands are unknown to most fans of Depeche Mode.

Yet more music for the masses October 18.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

advanced news ticker: Peter Cetera of the band Chicago was totally wearing a Bauhaus t-shirt in the video for "You're the Inspiration"; VH1 (which is obviously insecure about itself because they like to make fun of other people) accuses it of being one of the most "awesomely bad love songs".......The Bravery compete with Interpol for NYC band that plays too many shows.......Kanye West suddenly seems bad-ass now....The Dandy Warhols will play at CBGB on September 14th; new single still kinda weak.....Doves look to break record for most played festivals in shortest amount of time, scheduled for CMJ Music Marathon September 14, Texas's Austin City Limits Festival September 25, Across the Narrows Festival October 2 and San Francisco's Download Festival October 8.......Broken Social Scene record out October 4, Kenyon still says they're overrated up the gazoo.......Metropolis records to release DVDs from Skinny Puppy and Front 242 (enter witty remark about kids today not aware of these important bands here)...Kenyon coins the term "post-hipster."

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The extra super premium prolific John Vanderslice has got some songs available from Pixel Revolt, out August 23 on Barsuk. Unlike extra super premium gas, the price of his CD will not be rising within the next 10 minutes.

Exodus Damage
Trance Manual

JV is playing a huge amount of shows that go into November, which include these dates in New York:

September 14 at Mercury Lounge (with Aqueduct)
October 14 at Knitting Factory (with Portastatic)
October 15 at Southpaw (with Portastatic)
this guy makes some good music videos.
some sweet upcoming records from mute:

Richard Hawley: Coles Corner (today!)
M83: M83 [reissue of first album] (today!)
Paul van Dyk: Politics of Dancing Volume 2 (September 20)
Goldfrapp: Supernature (February)
Liars: Drum's Not Dead (February)

Sunday, September 04, 2005

"Venus in Cancer" by Amusement Parks on Fire. Why settle for just an arcade? Yea, so anyway, this is some killer noise-pop.

http://www.filtermmm.com/apof/audio/apof_vic_hi.mp3 http://www.filtermmm.com/apof/audio/apof_vic_med.mp3

http://www.filtermmm.com/apof/audio/apof_vic_hi.wma http://www.filtermmm.com/apof/audio/apof_vic_med.wma

Playing at the Mercury Lounge, September 17 during CMJ.
Kanye West says "George Bush doesn't care about black people," live on NBC; "Funnyman" Chris Tucker finds it a tough act to follow. Watch video HERE or HERE.

Saturday, September 03, 2005