You’ve probably heard enough about Haiti right now but E1 entertainment is giving it’s royalties for this video for their new signing Andy Kim to Red Cross in order to help the devastation. Watch it, repost it, tell your friends…
Also, you may have heard of the Haiti concert that is happening tonight. It will be streamed live on Youtube:
The global telethon will feature performances by Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting in New York City; Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles; and Coldplay, and a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna in a newly added London location.
Help out. Give as much as you can…
There’s a lot of anticipation over the new Yeasayer album, Odd Blood, set to be released early February. They’ve released a very creative video for the great track Ambling Alp. Hopefully it is a good sign of what to expect.
Rise Records is pleased to announce plans to re-issue PIEBALD’s out-of-print catalog. Piebald: First Ten Years will be a three volume set, each volume containing two discs; the set will compile the band’s first three full-lengths (When Life Hands You Lemons, If It Weren’t For Venetian Blinds, It Would Be Curtains For Us All and We Are The Only Friends We Have), all of their EPs, b-sides and live tracks. Volume I is expected in late April, while Volumes II and III will be released in May and June respectively. PIEBALD also announced that they’ll be playing their 2002 full-length We Are The Only Friends We Have from start to finish at their upcoming show at Bamboozle on May 2.
After overcoming the internal battle in the band, Gorgoroth’s leader Infernus forged ahead and created one of the best albums of the band’s catalog, Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt. Long live Gorgoroth! We caught up with Tormentor, the brilliant and dark guitarist of the band to find out some of his favorite albums of all time: Read more
Hi folks, Emmy here again for the second podcast of 2010! I’ve got a mixed bag of tricks for you today, based around the theme of ‘old and new’ – old and new bands all making new music. Plus a classic rewind of course!
- 1. Renegades – Renegades
- 2. The Ghosts That Wake You – Follow That Bird!
- 3. Bomb Shelter – Nakatomi Plaza
- 4. Are You Really On My Side – Silver Swans
- 5. Mess – Martha And The Muffins
- 6. Helplessly Young – Oh No Ono
- And the rewind – Strange – Wire
Hope you’re all keeping your new year’s resolutions… Emmy out!
I’ve really been enjoying Contra, the new Vampire Weekend album. Sure, its not as catchy and immediate as their self-titled debut but there are plenty of great tracks and I can see myself coming back to Contra for a while. Here is their video for Cousins. Fun video too.
Canadian Indie act, The Most Serene Republic is just getting the momentum going on their latest Arts & Crafts album, …And the Ever Expanding Universe. Over the years the band has grown to seven members. We managed to get recommendations from Sean Woolven (guitars) and Adam Balsam (Drums).
Grizzly Bear – Pop music at it’s finest, harking back to the sounds of the late 60′s. With Beach Boys era vocal harmonies, and interesting modern arrangements, this band is sure to knock your knee high socks off!
SO MANY DYNAMOS – Their music is generally classified as indie rock, combining aspects of pop, dance-punk, and math rock, and video games. Some might say, a cousin of the Dismemberment Plan.
Dismemberment Plan – Although these guys split up in 2003, it certainly hasn’t hindered their influence upon indie rock. A very strong rhythym section, an obnoxious lead singer, Travis Morrison, and a wash of post-prog…this band summerizes the state of indie-pop in the early 2000′s. Their songs are loaded with memorable melodies, grand anthems, and unique time signatures, all pulled off with perfect execution. Check out: “The Other Side”, “The City”, and “Academy Award” .
PDF Format – “PDF Format is David Dineen-Porter. Masterfully clutching your favorite antiquated gaming systems by the chips, he forges 8-bit anthems which make the classic quest soundtracks of yore sound akin to a chimp programming your microwave. While opting for a Commodore 64 over today’s more robust abaci, Porters impressive work ethic is undeniable; pumping out an entire albums worth of melodies in a single afternoon is not uncommon. The latest of which being “You Won’t Get With Me Tonight”, his contribution to the recently programmed collection of 8-bit Weezer covers available at http://www.ptesquad.com.”
Dungen – This Swedish quartet, led by the multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes can only be described as Psychedelic Indie prog rock, with experimental jazz and hip hop tendencies. Their sound is very retro, since they record with gear from the 60′s, complete with ambient flutes, violins and a mellotron. Ejstes voice (although sung in Swedish), helps bring the listener closer to Psychedelia, while a tight and flavourful rythym section harks back to an early King Crimson. Check out the tracks: “Panda” and “Festival” from Ta Det Lugnt and “Fredag” off their latest Album: 4
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“It’s with a heavy heart we tell you that These Arms Are Snakes is no more. It’s been a great run and we’d like to send out a very hearty “Thank You” to everyone that we’ve worked with or anyone that we’ve toured with; anyone that lent us a floor, towed our van and / or trailer, lent a van, given us a listen, downloaded our records prior to their coming out, bought our shit, or asked us where our band name came from; everyone who cooked us food, made habanero-infused tequila, had a safety meeting with us, let Steve gyrate all over you, had to live with any of us, made us pay shitloads of money to get off your punk label, got us into LOST, found Steve drunkenly wandering the streets of Tokyo alone, played Madlibs in the van (plural nouns), lost money promoting one of our shows, took Chris to the hospital, put up with our drunken sorry asses, got into a fight with us, etc. etc.”
This band could not have been possible without all of you. We sincerely thank you.
TAAS 2002 – 2009
Wow, have the critics ever been so unanimous about the best album of the year? Sure, there were some that placed Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavillion down on their list but most critics had it as number 1. I liked the album but didn’t feel it was deserving of my list. Regardless, the creative musicians have released a new video for Brothersport from said album. Have a great weekend!
Janus is a new band that comes by way of Chicago. We managed to gather up some of the band’s favorite albums, both past and present. Here’s what makes Janus tick.
Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue : A well executed collection of songs that doesn’t make a glorified karaoke album with new singer William DuVall. Respect and Justice have been served.
Pearl Jam – Backspacer : A short and great to the point album that that reflects more on their step on it and go attack.
Two Banks of Four – Three Street Worlds : Nu-Jazz that is a masterful accomplishment in modern music, on par with stellar works throughout the ages.
Porcupine Tree – In Absentia : Of all the releases, this album is ideal for first time listeners to take in their take on metal, prog, and highly skilled musicality.
Katatonia – Night is The New Day : Its appeal goes far beyond metal, goth, or what have you. It’s the sound of a veteran band finally having all the pieces fall into place
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