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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Another Reason to Love Deer Tick

If you haven't heard, Deer Tick is going to be auctioning their 2009 tour bus ("The Flagship") on eBay to raise money for Pakistan flood Victims.

According to the Government of Pakistan, some 17 million have been affected by the flooding. U.N. Undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, John Holmes, has called the floods "unprecedented."

"The situation over there is so critical, but it seems that very few people are aware of it," said Deer Tick frontman John McCauley. "Maybe it's the stigma with that part of the world, I'm not sure. Either way, we feel really strongly that people should be more aware of the situation and hopefully we can help with that."

The auction will be held on eBay and will last for 3 weeks. The eBay page for the auction can be viewed here.

"At Oxfam America, we are lucky to have some of the world's most amazing artists support our mission and campaigns," said Bob Ferguson, Senior Advisor of Music Outreach for Oxfam. "We're very pleased that Deer Tick has joined that group in advocating on behalf of our flood relief and recovery efforts in Pakistan."

Deer Tick will also be accepting donations for Oxfam at its merch booth each night during their upcoming US tour. If you can't make it to a show but still wan to donate, feel free to visit Oxfam's website.

Deer Tick's Tour Dates:
10/06 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
10/07 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club *#
10/08 Greenville, SC - Fall For Greenville *
10/09 Auburn, AL - Bourbon Street *
10/10 Birmingham, AL - Zydeco +
10/11 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks +
10/12 Houston, TX - The Bronze Peacock Room @ House of Blues +
10/13 Austin, TX - Emo's +
10/14 Laredo, TX - Old No. 2 +
10/16 Tempe, AZ - Sail Inn +
10/17 San Diego, CA - The Loft / UCSD +
10/19 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey +
10/20 San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom +
10/21 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom +
10/22 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret %+
10/23 Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo +
10/24 Seattle, WA - Neumos +
10/26 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10/27 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10/28 Omaha, NE - Bourbon Theatre
10/29 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
10/30 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
10/31 St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway !
11/02 Washington, DC - Black Cat
11/03 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
11/05 Providence, RI - AS220
11/06 Providence, RI - AS220 (matinee show)
11/06 Providence, RI - AS220 (late show)
11/10 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/11 Boston, MA - Royale
11/12 Newport, RI - Newport Blues Café
11/13 Newport, RI - Newport Blues Café

* = w/ Jason Isbell
+ = w/ J. Roddy Walston and the Business
# = w/ Blitzen Trapper & Malcomb Holcolmbe
% = w/ Phosphorescent
! = w/ Band of Heathens

Saturday, September 18, 2010

We Got You Covered: I Can Change

I really love covers! Whether they sound exactly alike or the covering band puts a whole new spin on it, they're just fun no matter what!

Check out See Green covering LCD Soundsystem's "I Can Change" below:

Oh covers, you make me so happy!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Matt & Kim Album Cover and Tracklisting!

Here it is, the Sidewalks album cover:
And tracklisting:

01 Block After Block
02 AM/FM Sound
03 Cameras
04 Red Paint
05 Where You're Coming From
06 Good for Great
07 Northeast
08 Wires
09 Silver Tiles
10 Ice Melts

Is that a "Silver Tiles" remake? We'll have to wait and see!

Hopefully you've heard their single, "Cameras." If not, check it out below:

It's like the 1940s had a love child with old school hip hop and spoon fed it electronica!

Don't forget - you can hear the full album before it's released on November 2nd. Listening parties will be held at every venue before every show on Matt & Kim's fall tour. The music starts when the doors open!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Music Tuesday: Azure Ray

I love Tuesdays. Tuesdays mean that there's wonderful new music being released into the world, music like Azure Ray's Drawing Down the Moon.

Azure Ray is an indie duo from Athens, Georgia made up of Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink. The band started in 2001, but Azure Ray disbanded in 2004. Taylor and Fink have both since (besides reuniting obviously) released solo albums on Saddle Creek Records.

Azure Ray's sound is sparse and understated, with intimate lyrics, elements of alt-country, folk, Americana, and the occasional minimalist electronica. While their music is ethereal and breezy, the duo's tracks are never fully stripped-down. With harp, bass, cello, oboe, violin, bassoon, and drums, their sound is truly multi-layered.

Download the first single, "Don't Leave My Mind," via Saddle Creek.

“Don’t Leave My Mind” is simply beautiful, all warm vocals and electronic pulses. Swoon.

And don't forget, you can check out all the music being released today in Hello September! And let me tell you, picking the one album to check out for September 14th was pretty hard!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Multiple Eargasms

Yeah, you read that right. And they were fantastic!

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to get the chance to go to two amazing concerts. And the best part? Both of them were in upstate New York. When did that happen? When did upstate New York become the cool place to go? More on that another time. Back to my amazing weekend!

Friday: Vampire Weekend with Beach House and Dum Dum Girls

When you think about it, Vampire Weekend is considered, well, to be "indie darlings." What Friday night was was very un-indie indeed. I loved the crowd at this concert - it was made up of anything from drunken frat boys to hipsters sweating it out in their flannel plaid in early September. Not to make fun (hey - I'm somewhere in between and I'll admit that I went with some of my frat boy friends whilst wearing plaid) it just goes to show that you can truly be appreciated for your music. Dum Dum girls got the crowd started, Beach House mellowed everyone out, and Vampire Weekend kicked ass.

Vampire Weekend - "Giving Up the Gun"

Beach House - "Norway"

Dum Dum Girls - "D.A.L."
Saturday: Passion Pit with Busy

I went for Passion Pit (and didn't even know anyone was opening for them). At times it was like being in a dream - a synthesized electronic one. Even though this was my second time seeing the Boston-natives, I have decided that I'm going to encounter the same problems with this band every time I see them: the sound levels will never work in Michael Angelakos‘favor. That's just what happens when you have a falsetto. But that being said the music itself was surprisingly similar to their actual recordings, and the band certainly knows how to work a crowd.

Plus, they performed my favorite covers!

"Dreams" (The Cranberries) by Passion Pit

Either way, it was a fantastic weekend, and now I'm frantically trying to catch up with all of my work. Totally worth it though.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

We Got You Covered: Bad Moon Rising

I'm really loving this cover from 8mm. It's funny that the husband wife-duo self-describes themselves as a "trip-hop flavored pop-rock band." All I hear is folk, but hey, it works for me.

8mm - Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ra Ra Riot's Tour Dates

I just can't seem to put down Ra Ra Riot's new album The Orchard. And out of all of the tracks, I'm really loving "Boy."

Ra Ra Riot - "Boy"

It's a wonderfully hook-laden pop jam - case closed.

Don't miss them while they're touring!

Ra Ra Riot Tour Dates:
09/18 - Geneva, NY - Cracker Factory (Three Stories Benefit)
09/21 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09/22 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09/23 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
09/24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
09/27 - Northampton, MA - Pearl St.
09/28 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
09/29 - Providence, RI - The Met
10/01 - Boston, MA - Royale
10/02 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
10/03 - Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel
10/04 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
10/05 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10/07 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
10/08 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
10/11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
10/12 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
10/13 - Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Club
10/19 - Pomona, CA - Glass House
10/20 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
10/21 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up Tavern
10/22 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
10/24 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbits
10/26 - Austin, TX - Emo's
10/27 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10/28 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
10/29 - Little Rock, AR - Rev Room
10/30 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
11/01- Birmingham, AL - Workplay Theatre
11/02 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade. Hell Room
11/03 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
11/04 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
11/05 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
11/13 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore
11/17 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
11/19 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis' Pub
11/20 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garric

* Opening For Devo

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Sometimes you forget that it's possible for a song to make you feel completely and totally relaxed and want to get up and dance at the same time. That's exactly what Pallers does with "The Kiss." I want to sway along with the sweeping synths, and the unfolding and hypnotic electronica just keeps building into pure bliss.

Pallers - "The Kiss' Up"


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Music Tuesday: The Acorn

Out of all the music coming out today, you should really get your hands on The Acorn's new release No Ghost. Trust me, you won't regret it.

No Ghost is the Acorn's triumphant return with a set of catchy and layered songs. There seems to be two sides to their sound – on one hand there’s the subtle harmonies and fine tuned guitar lines commonly found with classic folk bands – on the other hand the Acorn find a raw edginess in their sound that just screams indie.

One song I really love is "Restoration." Those clicking drumsticks and pinch harmonics just hit the spot! Check out their video to "Restoration" below:

Clearly I'm a sucker for stop motion videos this week (and, er, Canadians) but hey, can you blame me?

So there it is! Happy Tuesday everyone! And don't forget, there's a whole mess of music coming out this glorious September. If you want to check out the entire list feel free to head over to Hello September! now.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

See Green

It is such a beautiful day here in upstate New York, and let's face it, these days are hard to come by! I'm about to go enjoy the day, but first I wanted to share this video by See Green with you. The music just makes me feel ready to enjoy this gorgeous weather.

See Green - "Get What I Want"

Isn't it a cool video? I love the stop-motion!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Playlist: Summer Mix 2010

Can we just ponder for a minute?

The only question I can seem to keep asking myself over and over again is simply this: where did summer go? And as we all know there is no simple answer. Instead it's back to school and tests and papers; late nights talking and watching the sunrise. Sure, there's a lot of work, but at least it's back to being surrounded by college students, and quite frankly I wouldn't have it any other way.

But I had a great summer full of beach days, sticky ice cream cones, and bonfires. So if I ever need to pretend that I'm basking in the sun on the beach instead of stuck inside the library studying in a snow-filled Rochester, I know exactly which songs to turn to:

The Apples in Stereo - "Told You Once"

B.o.B. (feat. Haley Williams) - "Airplanes"

The Black Keys - "Tighten' Up"

Janelle Monae (feat Big Boi) - "Tightrope"

Kele - "Everything You Wanted" (RAC remix)

Local Natives - "Airplane"

Mumford & Sons - "Little Lion Man"

The National - "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

Sleigh Bells - "Tell 'Em"

Tobacco (feat. Beck) - "Fresh Hex"

Vampire Weekend - "Giving Up the Gun"

I figured all the free music would make up for the lack of posts. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hello September!

I think this is my most complete list to date, and to be fair I'm not leaving anyone out - even if you couldn't pay me to listen to the album (I'm looking at you, Selena Gomez). So here it is, literally every album I could find coming out this September. If I'm missing any feel free to leave it in the comments section below!

Note: Unless noted, the release dates are all for the U.S.

September 7th
Electric Sunset - Electric Sunset
Gasoline Silver - Gasoline Silver
Helmet - Seeing Eye Dog
Interpol - Interpol
Jerry Lee Lewis - Mean Old Man
Kid Rock - Born Free
Kirsten Price - Brixton To Brooklyn
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 2
Sam Prekop (The Sea And Cake) - Old Punch Card
Sara Bareilles - Kaleidoscope Heart
Teddy Thompson - Bella
Tera Melos - Patagonian Rats
The Acorn - No Ghost
The Clientele - Minotaur
The Thermals - Personal Life
Unicycle - Mirror, Mirror

September 14th
Azure Ray - Drawing Down The Moon
Bear in Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth: Remixed
Bilal - Air Tight Revenge
Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
Blonde Redhead - Penny Sparkle
Brandon Flowers (The Killers) - Flamingo
Chilly Gonzales - Ivory Tower
Chromeo - Business Casual
Clare Burson - Silver And Ash
Emmett And Mary - Emmett And Mary
Grinderman - Grinderman 2
James - The Morning After The Night Before
Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song
Jimmy Edgar - XXX
Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues
Kim Richey - Wreck Your Wheels
Les Savy Fav - Root for Ruin
Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns
Little Beirut - Fear Of Heaven
Lizz Wright - Fellowship
Lonely Drifter Karen - Fall Of Spring
Megafaun - Heretofore
Michelle Branch - Everything Comes And Goes [EP]
Nellie McKay - Home Sweet Mobile Home
Of Montreal - False Priest
Olivia Newton-John - Grace And Gratitude Renewed
Olof Arnalds - Innundir Skinni
Prince Rama - Shadow Temple
Rah Digga - Classic
Randy Houser - They Call Me Caddillac
Robert Plant - Band Of Joy
Screaming Females - Castle Talk
Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
Superpitcher - Kilimanjaro
The Charlatans - Who We Touch
The Drums - The Drums
The New Czars - Doomsday Revolution
The Vaselines - Sex with an X
The Walkmen - Lisbon
Trey Songz - Passion, Pain And Pleasure
Underworld - Barking
Weezer - Hurley

September 21st
A Classic Education - Hey There Stranger [EP]
Abe Vigoda - Crush
Anberlin - Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place
Black Twig Pickers - Ironto Special
Drunken Barn Dance - Grey Buried
Flying Lotus - Pattern+Grid World
Frankie Rose And The Outs - Frankie Rose And The Outs
Future Islands - Undressed [EP]
Giving Tree Band - The Joke, The Threat And The Obvious
How to Dress Well - Love Remains
Hundred in the Hands - Hundred In The Hands
Jason Simon - Jason Simon
John Legend and The Roots - Wake Up!
Laetitia Sadier - The Trip
Liza Minnelli - Confessions
Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From A Young Man
Margot & The Nuclear So And So - Buzzard
Maroon 5 - Hand All Over
Matthew Herbert - One Club
Maximum Balloon[TV On The Radio's Andrew Sitek project] - Maximum Balloon
N.E.R.D. - Nothing
Ne-Yo - Libra Scale
Santana - Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time
Selena Gomez & The Scene - A Year Without Rain
Shit Robot - From The Cradle To The Rave
Siobhan Fahey - Songs From The Red Room
Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up...
The State - Comedy For Gracious Living
Vincent Minor - Vincent Minor
You Say Party - Remixxxx
Young Scamels - Tempest File 13
Zac Brown Band - You Get What You Give

September 28th
Bad Religion - The Dissent Of Man
Combichrist - Making Monsters
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Doobie Brothers - World Gone Crazy
El DeBarge - Second Chance
Eric Clapton - Clapton
Gin Blossoms - No Chocolate Cake
Gucci Mane - The Appeal
Ice Cube - I Am The West
Ingram Hill - Look Your Best
Jagged Edge - Lay You Down
Jeezy - TM103
Jimmy Eat World - Invented
Kenny Chesney - Hemingway’s Whiskey
Lazerbeak - Legend Recognize Legend
Lil Boosie - Incarcerated
Mark Ronson And The Business International - Record Collection
MSWhite - Squares
Neil Young - Le Noise
No Age - Everything in Between
Pete Yorn - Pete Yorn
Phil Collins - Going Back
Seal - 6: Commitment
T.I. - King Uncaged
The Corin Tucker Band - 1000 Years
Tired Pony - The Place We Ran From
Twin Shadow - Forget
UNKLE - The Answer
Women - Public Strain
Young Jeezy - TM103