Thursday, January 31, 2008

Julia Rydholm's "Better late than never" Top 11!

Electrelane: No Shouts, No Calls
Papercuts: Can't Go Back
Shout Out Louds: Our Ill Wills
Metalocalypse: Season One DVD
Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala
Stars of the Lid: And Their Refinement of the Decline
Steve Holy "I Gotta Brand New Girlfriend" (single)
Dr. Dog "My Old Ways" video
Vera November "I Know All the Reasons" (single)
The Clean show at Cake Shop, NYC
Still Flyin' "Ghost Town" video

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cooking with Britt

Britt Daniel shares his favorite recipe - cinnamon toast crunch with ice cream! YUM.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Don't F*ck With My Playlist!

Police: Man burns Austin station over song squabble

AUSTIN — A volunteer at a community radio station set fire to the station because he was upset that his song selections for an overnight Internet broadcast were changed, police said.

Paul Webster Feinstein, 24, has been charged with second-degree felony arson for the Jan. 5 fire that caused $300,000 damage to the studios of 91.7 FM KOOP. He faces from two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

Feinstein told investigators that he was "very unhappy" about the changes to his playlist, said Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Nye. The songs were intended for an Internet broadcast that occurs when the station is off the air.

"He had a dream of a career in radio and was very disappointed about where it had led him," Nye said.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Ladybug Transistor @ The Knitting Factory!

The Ladybug Transistor
Spectrum (featuring Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3)
The Instruments
Saturday, January 26th 2008 at The Knitting Factory
74 Leonard Street New York NY

Advance tickets available now here

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New Arcade Fire video!

Arcade Fire have released a new video for "Black Mirror" from Neon Bible! Featuring interactive audio "toggles", and a giant head! Click here to enjoy!

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

"Melody Day" on Ugly Betty!

Caribou's "Melody Day" will be part of the soundtrack to tonight's episode of Ugly Betty! Tune in while TV is still fresh!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

One year ago today...

THE BROKEN WEST - I Can't Go On, I'll Go On was released on January 23, 2007!

Lucky for you (and us too!) the band is back in the studio recording a follow-up with Thom Monahan. Stay tuned for more notes from the studio!

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Radar Bros. song of the day!

Minnesota Public Radio has declared today Radar Bros. Day!

CLICK HERE to catch the Radar Bros.' "Lake Life" as the Song of the Day for January 23!

Auditorium is in stores next Tuesday, January 29!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Rosebuds "Push It"

The Rosebuds released a cover of Salt N' Pepa's "Push It!" Some of you may think of the skating rink, while others might remember your college dorm room, and I suppose it's possible that some of you have never heard this song, but we can all agree it kicks ass!

Video below, and you can download the mp3 here!

See The Rosebuds on tour this weekend!
01.16.2008 Carrboro NC Cat's Cradle
01.17.2008 Washington DC Rock & Roll Hotel
01.18.2008 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
01.19.2008 Hoboken NJ Maxwell's

And grab your copy of Night of the Furies here!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

2007 Top 10 Lists (staff): Christina & Lindsey

Christina Rentz (Publicity)

1. Spoon @ Roseland Ballroom – October 20, 2007: 3200 fist-pumpers, a Merge shout out, a Destroyer cover (!!!), and the euphoria that comes with seeing a fantastic band at the top of their game!
2. The National – The Boxer: Took me awhile, but now I’m obsessed!
3. Oakley Hall @ Antone’s – March 2007: The first time I saw Oakley Hall, I thought how great they would sound in a real old time “music hall.” Boy, was I right!
4. Peter, Bjorn & John @ The Blender after-party SXSW: Free Sparks and crazed front row dancing at 3am to the catchiest songs I have heard this year.
5. Shout Out Louds “after-party” in the Cat’s Cradle parking lot October 2007: Shots out of cowbells, Swedish caviar in a tube, and sing-a-longs with The Rosebuds to strange Swedish televangelists.
6. The Ladybug Transistor, The Lucksmith’s & Still Flyin’ @ Duke Coffeehouse – October 2007: Made me wish I did more drugs! Also, too uncool to be at what turned into a very crazy party!
7. Arcade Fire & Spoon on SNL!
8. M.I.A. – Paper Planes: Will always make me think of my best friend’s bachelorette party. Cruising through the Tennessee Mountains in an SUV imitating the gunshot noises in the chorus with our mouths.
9. M. Ward w/ Norah Jones @ War Memorial Auditorium – April 2007: Watching Matt Ward woo more than a thousand Norah Jones fans, and then spending an hour and a half wondering if Norah and I could really share clothes (I totally think we could!)
10. Onion AV Club & Idolator: my internet soulmates.

Lindsey Kronmiller (radio/video/online promotions)

Top 10 non-Merge albums of '07 (1 - 10):

The National - Boxer
Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala
Menomena - Friend and Foe
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Electrelane - No Shouts, No Calls
Akron/Family - Love Is Simple
The Sea & Cake - Everybody
Bishop Allen - The Broken String
VARIOUS/SOUL JAZZ - Brazil 70 : After Tropicalia - New Directions In
Brazilian Music In the 1970's

Top 10 (including Merge albums)

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
The National - Boxer
Caribou - Andorra
Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala
The Clientele - God Save The Clientele
The Broken West - I Can't Go On, I'll Go On
Menomena - Friend and Foe
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Electrelane - No Shouts, No Calls

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Monday, January 14, 2008

2007 Top 10 Lists (staff): WIlson Fuller

Wilson Fuller (mailorder/digital assets manager)

The Ladybug Transistor/Lucksmiths/Still Flyin'- LIVE @ Duke Coffeehouse (10/1/07)
Au Revoir Simone
The National
New Magnetic Wonder
Panda Bear
St. Vincent

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The Clean live at Other Music!


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Radar Bros. residency begins!

Radar Bros. began their month-long residency at the Echo in Los Angeles culminating in a cd release party on January 28th at the Echoplex! These shows are free, so don't miss'em! Report back!

Pre-orders are up now for the new Radar Bros. record, Auditorium, which is released on January 29th! Stream the whole album here!

Oh and you really shouldn't miss out on the new Radar Bros. video!

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2007 Top 10 Lists (staff): Charlotte Walton

Charlotte Walton (Chief Financial Officer)

1 Richard Hawley - Lady's Bridge
2 Club 8 - The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Dreaming
3 Iron and Wine - Shepherd's Dog
4 Bishop Allen - The Broken String
5 Great Lake Swimmers - Ongiara
6 Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
7 Little Name - How To Live and Swim
8 Loney, Dear - Loney, Noir
9 The Clientele - God Save The Clientele
10 Elliott Smith - New Moon

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

2007 Top 10 Lists (staff): Jack Ball

Jack Ball (Production Manager/Soccer Hooligan)

My top 10 music (I do have a top 10 of best soccer games of the year, but that might bore everyone.):

1. Clutch - From Beale Street To Oblivion
2. Bad Brains - Build a Nation
3. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
4. Palomar - All Things, Forests
5. Superchunk - Misfits and Mistakes
6. Darkest Hour - Deliver Us
7. Avril Lavigne - Best Damn Thing
8. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
9. Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works
10. MIA - Kala

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

2007 Top 10 Lists (staff): Mac McCaughan

Mac McCaughan (Merge co-owner/Portastatic/Superchunk)

Been fretting over Top 10s of late...a lot of great stuff came out this year and I don't think I can get it down to 10! And as usual I'm including no Merge releases, which I naturally listened to more than anything without too much analyzing, these kept making their way back into the player over and over this year:

Dirty Projectors - Rise Above
Feist - The Reminder
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
New Pornographers - Challengers
Bill Callahan - Woke On a Whaleheart
Shins - Wincing the Night Away
The National - Boxer
Bruce Springsteen - Magic
Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
Okkervil River - The Stage Names

and all tied for #11...:
Tracey Thorn - Out of the Woods
Bishop Allen - The Broken String
Caetano Veloso - Ce
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Kevin Drew - Spirit If...
Robert Plant / Allison Krauss - Raising Sand
Stars - In Our Bedroom After the War
Loney Dear - Loney Noir
Majik Markers - Boss
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

Man o' man like I said too much great stuff to narrow it down! And surpsingly "indie" when I look at it now -- a great year for indie rock whatever that means, and i think you do. People complained about the Feist Apple ad -- they watch too much TV, and 1234 wasn't nearly the best song on there. Panda Bear took me by surprise as I've never been absorbed into the Animal Collective's clutches really. Tracey Thorn's record is so good and without deserved fanfare. I'm still not sure if I'm spelling Loney Dear correctly.

Not mentioned here were some amazing reissues as well: Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall, Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth, and the Betty Davis reissues come to mind. Sonic Youth reissued Daydream Nation live on stage.

Records I couldn't catch up with long enough to get to know but that I probably will love soon include the Fiery Furnaces - Widow City, Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger, Battles, and maybe even that Radiohead's on my computer somewhere....

Here's hoping 2008 is as plentiful.

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Radar Bros. Video!!

Brand new Radar Bros. video for "When Cold Air Goes to Sleep"! The video was directed by Bradley Beesley ("The Fearless Freaks," Flaming Lips), and you can catch the song on the band's upcoming album, Auditorium, out January 29!

January Residency at The Echo in LA! All shows FREE!
01.07 * Los Angeles CA @ The Echo
01.14 * Los Angeles CA @ The Echo
01.21 * Los Angeles CA @ The Echo
01.28 * Los Angeles CA @ The Echo - CD RELEASE PARTY!

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Charity Auction ending soon!

Thanks so much to everyone who donated items, helped spread the word and bid on our charity auction this year! We've raised over $2000 for Oxfam America and The Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina.

We put up the last three items to close out this year's auction. Autographed Robert Pollard and Caribou posters and a huge Superchunk/Adult Swim prize pack!

Visit our ebay seller's page here!

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Wye Oak Live!

In addition to our big announcement regarding Wye Oak, we thought you might like a sneak peak at their live prowess! Catch them on the road beginning this weekend! Tour dates here!

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2007 Top 10 Lists: Ross Flournoy

Ross Flournoy from The Broken West shares his favorite releases of 2007 ("in no particular order"):

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
The Clientele - God Save the Clientele
Broken Social Scene presents Kevin Drew - Spirit If...
Okkervil River - The Stage Names
Oakley Hall - I'll Follow You
Iron & Wine - The Shepard's Dog
Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall
The National - Boxer
Trans Am - Sex Change

The Broken West plan to head into the studio early in 2008 and hope to have a new album ready by the fall. Stay tuned for more details.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

2007 Top 10 Lists: Ivan Howard

Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds chimes in with his personal Top 10 List Of Musical Events of 2007:

Here is my Top 10 List Of Musical Events for me in 2007. It is impossible for me to pick a "top 10 albums" list since I have not heard a lot of new records this year, and every time I try make a top 10 list I always forget something either way!

10.) Selling out the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on our US Tour in May. You have to understand that our first ever show as The Rosebuds in NY was at a place called the Sidewalk Cafe on Avenue A, that held about 15 people all of whom were friends of the band we were playing with. Well, I should not say it was a real show because it really was an "Open Mic" night where everyone in the audience got in for free. The only catch was they had a two drink minimum!

9.) Watching the Red Sox clinch the division title from the center-field bleacher seats at Fenway park, with 9 of my best friends and watching the whole crowd sing the "ba ba bas" during Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline."

8.) The Quincy Jones Autobiography. Probably the best biography I have read. You can't imagine the things that he has actually done, and the bluntness with which he tells his life story. He spares no one including himself.

7.) I had a random email from a band out in the San Francisco bay area called the Morning Benders one morning asking if they could send me the new e.p. that they just finished (called "Boarded Doors"). I told them I would love to hear it and when it arrived at our house, I put it on in the kitchen when I was doing the dishes and was blown away. We asked them to open up our show at the Great American Music hall in SF a few months later.

6.) Kelly went up to NYC this summer to check out a few standup comedy shows and saw Micheal Showalter's comedy CD taping show at Union Hall (which we love by the way) and told me about a sketch he did about a poem he wrote in his high school literary journal. Well I finally heard that story on the CD and it is hilarious! Up there with "the Gorch" from Jon Wurster. What does it have to do with music you ask? Not really sure, but it isn't bothering me either way.

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5.) I recently had reconstructive ACL surgery, and while I was laying around the house for a couple of weeks Kelly and I watched the Bourne Identity Triology on DVD. Man, I might trade a few songs to be able to speak 80 languages and fight like Jason Bourne. I guess I can already drive like he does though. Did you see Kelly and I
test drive that Volvo on the Rosebuds Blog?

4.) The first 3 hours of the new Tom Petty documentary Running Down a Dream. Full Moon Fever was the first cassette tape I ever bought.

3.) After we played the Parish in Austin, TX on our last US tour, we met up with Jim Eno from Spoon and he showed Kelly, Matt, Giorgio and I his new Public Hi-Fi Recording Studio. It's a palace. He put me in the captain's chair of the control room, and played two of my favorite songs in the world back to back and I almost died from how good they sounded over those speakers there... and the fact that I did not even suggest what songs to play, they were already cued up. "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Ain't Know Sunshine When She's Gone."

2.) Watching Bon Iver's" first show ever at our Rosebuds' show at the House of Rock in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We drove all night from Chicago to get to the afternoon show on time, and Justin (aka Bon Iver) who was our guitarist on tour kept telling us about how awesome his hometown was and about this place called The Joynt down from the venue where his parents met. Well what was awesome was the Bon Iver set. That was the first time any of us ever saw Justin play those songs. When he played "For Emma, For Ever Ago" and dedicated it to Kelly and me, it was all I could do to even watch the song it was so good. If I would have been more of a man I would have just balled my eyes out like I wanted to right there in front of everyone. But I kept it together that time.

1.) Eating breakfast with Ian Brown from The Stone Roses in Moscow, Russia. He is Kelly's "Elvis." It would actually be tied with hearing the bass line to "I Want to be Adored" with 3000 screaming Russians come over the PA speakers of the club we were playing together. I never thought that would be a possibility, but you never know what a random email could bring about.

(photo courtesy of Stranded In Stereo)

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Oakley Hall Daytrotter Session!

Oakley Hall recently stopped in to the Daytrotter studios to record four songs previously found on I'll Follow You and Gypsum Strings! Take a listen HERE!

And did we mention the Charity Auction is still happening? Arcade Fire and Essex Green swag is up now!

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2007 Top 10 Lists: Daniel Bejar

Dan Bejar has a new Destroyer album on the way in 2008 - Trouble In Dreams will be released on March 18th - but here a a few of his favorite things from 2007:

Frog Eyes - Tears Of The Valedictorian
Cass McCombs - Dropping The Writ
Bill Callahan - Woke On A Waleheart
Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
Robert Pollard - Coast to Coast Carpet of Love
The Clientele - God Save The Clientele
Babyshambles - Shotter's Nation
Plush - Take A Chance (video); I Sing Silence (rough mix)
Devon Williams - A Truce/Elevator (7")
Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

2007 Top 10 Lists: Adam Olenius

Adam Olenius from Shout Out Louds shares his Top 10 of 2007.

Music on tape:

1. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
2. LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
3. Studio - Yearbook 1
4. The National - Boxer
5. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
6. Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala
7. Anna Järvinen - Jag fick en feeling
8. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer
9. Brazil 70 - After Tropicalia
10. Laakso - Mother I Am Good Looking?

Other great things from 2007:

Bonanza Coffee Heroes in Berlin
Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Caetano Veloso
Closer by Anton Corbijn
Spider and James from The Pogues

Stay tuned for new Shout Out Louds' North American tour dates to be announced in early 2008.

(photo courtesy of Chromewaves/Frack Yang)

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