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Thursday, December 25, 2008

What a wonderful Christmas

It's been a very good year.  So sad that Christmas season has come and gone so fast.  I love this time of year.  The music and spending time with family.  My brother flew in from Virginia on Thursday and his friend Cami came up from Austin to visit as well.  I don't realize how much I miss him until after he's gone.  I've gotta try to get more time with him before he leaves this weekend.

Christmas for our family really got started on Sunday.  My uncle, his wife, and son were travelling this week to visit her family in Kansas, so our usual Christmas Day gathering moved up to Sunday.  Pawpaw rode with mom and dad, my cousins were there too.  We all met at Aunt Lizzie's house and had a brief dinner followed by a brief gift exchange (we draw names in this family, keeps it simple) followed by a little football.

Monday was really nothing.  A bit of shopping, a bit of chauffeuring my car-less brother around town.  Tuesday night saw a gathering of close friends to my family with a big spaghetti dinner and a little exchange of presents.

Last night was my dad's side of the family.  Big Christmas Eve tradition is seeing all the Hursts in one house.  Sadly, my Aunt Suzie and Uncle Joel moved to Bellingham, WA this year, so they couldn't come.  They had a truly white Christmas on the West Coast, and they were missed greatly.  However, Uncle Mike and his family, Camille and her boyfriend Ben, Shane and his lovely fiance Nissa, Mandy and all her girls.  This was the first time meeting Ben and Nissa, but they jumped in with both feet and had a great time with all of us.  This year saw the return of the "kids' table," although I renamed it the "Under 30 or Facebook cult table" since all of us were on Facebook and under 30 (except one welcome member lol).  Ben introduced us to Malaysian Idol which is a lot funnier than American Idol.  Nissa is really cool!  She fits right is with the karaokeing, Doctor Who fans in our family. :-)  We were all laughing all night long.  Shane is directing a production of Pride and Prejudice in Lewisville, and I may go up and audition for a part on Monday, which should be fun.

After everyone went home at 11:30, I headed straight up stairs to wrap presents and watch the BBC America Christmas shows.  I watched the Queen's Christmas message this morning.  I thought it was a nice universal message in these tough times to live generously and be outgoing.

You wouldn't have been able to tell that there was an economic down turn in our living room this morning.  We all made off like bandits even though there was a significant cutback in spending.  The tradition the past 8 yrs in our family has been to get a gift for the house, and this year we got a Wii.  I foresee the return of Leslie and Dad gaming time. :-)

This Christmas season maybe over for some of you, but it only begins my celebrating.  My birthday is next Friday.  8 days of awesome... kinda like Hannukah, but not. lol

Like I said, I love this season.  Parties and families.  Christmas music and Christmas decorations.

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas everyone!

Lots of love!  Hope your day is blessed!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hatchlings

I have an application on my facebook page called Hatchlings.  It's a digital easter egg hunt.  As more of your friends add the app, you go looking for eggs in their profiles.  The eggs can then be hatched and kept as digital pets.

The cool part is the eggs are different and contain different creatures than just what Mother Nature designated for that particular form of birth.  You can name them and dress them in hats.  The weird/sick part is that you have to feeds these digital pets other eggs.

I ask you, is digital cannibalism ok for the sake of killing time?  I try to keep from feeding my hatchlings eggs of the same type because I feel that's worse than feeding a digital llama a digital ducky egg.

I have to go now.  Don Burro, my blue tattooed donkey needs an egg.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Rough road ahead.

I'm enjoying the quiet before the storm.  I'm fairly certain the 24hrs is going tear me to shreds.

In one hour, I'll be at work.  As soon as, I'm home from work, I'm crawling into bed and going to attempt sleep at 9pm.  I have to wake up at 3am to be at work by 4 for a live broadcast from Northpark tomorrow morning.

If you're out tomorrow morning around the ass-crack of dawn, have pity and hook your sister up with a white chocolate mocha from Starbucks.  I'll be the delirious one in the blue Movin tshirt on the Park Lane side of Northpark.

I have no idea what I'll do after I'm off tomorrow.  I'm sure that my mother will assign me something that will require consciousness.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Pawpaw sitting.

I would have probably picked up a shift today and made some money, but mom is concerned about Pawpaw.  He's been a bit wobbly since the day surgery he had on Friday.  His pride has become a serious detriment to his health.  He won't let mom bring down the walker to aid with his mobility.  He complains that the house is too cold but doesn't think to put on an extra layer on clothes.  He sits around watching AMC and TCM all day and doesn't get any excercise.  Doctors tell him to lay off the salt, but he's an addict and nothing tastes right to him without it.  Thus, I am watching over a 70yr old who behaves like a 7yr old.

How do you reason with an unreasonable man?

Friday, December 5, 2008

I have weird dreams

My dreams are weird.  I'm not sure if that's because of the caffiene I drink or because I haven't gotten enough caffiene to stave off the caffiene-withdrawal mind trips that a lack of Coke or DP tends to do to my unconscious imagination.

Or maybe I'm just plain weird. lol Might explain a lot.

It was about a friend I hadn't seen in a while.  "A while" might be an understatement as I can't exactly remember how long it's been since the last time I saw him.  It's been 2+ years at least.  It was nice to see him and hang out though.

I always think it's interesting the things I dream about.  Sometimes it feels like they have real significance, and other times I can recognize the waking memories my mind is trying to process during REM sleep. [I read that dreams are your mind trying to "defrag" your memories. Score 3 nerd points for pc analogy.]  I think this one was a product of a REM defrag as I was cleaning out old subscriptions on Xanga yesterday.

In other news, I feel like I've stalled out.  Stagnated.  It's time for something new.  Perhaps it's good that it's the holidays, because the New Year is coming.  So is my birthday.  Time for plenty of new.  I'm not all that excited about turning 28.  That's a first, I'm usually excited about my birthday.  I like being 27 though.  27 is a good number.  28 just feels like I'm getting closer to 30.  30 seems like the age where I need to grow up.  Maybe it's time for that too.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving yall!

I'm thankful for my family.  For my friends.  For my Lord Jesus, who has saved me and provided for me through some tough financial times recently.  For my crazy beagles.  For warmish weather.  For basketball season.  For gas in my car.  For my desperately needed paycheck coming Friday.

And finally, for the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends float Rickrolling the Macy's Parade.  That's a WIN!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Moving on up

I need to stop being so lazy.

I should really start looking for a job.  I mean, I have one.  It's not really covering the bills though.  Hours have dropped off recently.  Kinda hurts the ol' pocketbook.

I think it would be cool to get a job at a record label in LA.  I just want to get some work experience on my resume so that I can chase my dream job in London.

I'm trying to make manageable goals to step closer to that ultimate dream.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Blog That Leslie Forgot

I've been trying to decide what to do with this particular piece of internet real estate.  It's a tough decision, but I've come to the conclusion that I can't do a music blog justice.  Yes, this will no longer be just about music.  It will grow to include the rest of my life as well.

So, if you don't wish to venture in my not-so-wild, surprisingly tame antics, then I'm very sorry... It's about to get girly.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Boy Bands in Texas

I might be a couple of days late on this, but it scares me. The Jonas Brothers have moved to the DFW area.

I'll let this disturbing news settle in.

You know of course this means I can no longer go shopping without the fear that there will be a JoBro sighting and I could be killed in the ensuing mayhem and crushing hordes of screaming teenage girls. I just hope they stick to shopping in Southlake and won't come to Grapevine Mills, Galleria, or Northpark [I like those places].

I actually feel mean and am thinking about going to a mall and shouting "OMG!!! It's the Jonas Brothers!!" and seeing what happens. I'm evil. lol

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Quickie Concert Review: Roonie, Locksley, The Bridges @ HOB

This was a great show! The Bridges were the openner. The almost all female group reminded me of Eisley. Their sound is pretty close with a bit of a Fleetwood Mac twist. Everyone I was with loved their set and swayed along with the music.

Locksley was next. The frontman was a slick fast talker with a polished stage presence that reminded of That Thing You Do or Ed Sullivan-era Beatles. Their songs were poppy and fun like those great 60s bands. It wasn't what I was expecting from a band named after Robin Hood's hometown.

Rooney was great as always. They played a lot of song from their first album and few off the new record. They did a few great covers. The encore really impressed me when they switched up positions, drummer Ned to vocals, singer Rob to drums, and keyboardist Louie to guitar. All this to roar through Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." Awesome!

Catchin' Up

Life happens in between my little postings here, and a lot of life has happened since I last tickled the keyboard. Amazing boyfriends aside, here's a couple of things I promised.

Forever The Sickest Kids are on The Warped Tour. It's already made it's pass at Dallas, but for the rest of you out there, you still have a chance to catch them.

Jul 24 2008 Darien, New York
Jul 25 2008 Camden, New Jersey
Jul 26 2008 Uniondale, New York
Jul 27 2008 Scranton, Pennsylvania
Jul 28 2008 Englishtown, New Jersey
Jul 29 2008 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jul 30 2008 Cinncinnatti, Ohio
Jul 31 2008 Noblesville, Indiana
Aug 1 2008 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 2 2008 Tinley Park, Illinois
Aug 3 2008 Shakopee, Minnesota
Aug 5 2008 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Aug 6 2008 Calgary, Alberta
Aug 13 2008 Fresno, California
Aug 14 2008 Chula Vista, California
Aug 15 2008 Mountain View, California
Aug 16 2008 Marysville, California
Aug 17 2008 Carson, California

If you haven't had a listen to Jesse McCartney's new album, it's worth a listen to hear him go from Disney Radio sugar pop to grown up R&B/Pop ala Justin Timberlake.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I haven't forgotten!

I haven't been abducted by aliens (I wish, though!). I've been hella busy and having IT issues (Verizon's getting an earful tomorrow).

I will say that you should keep your eyes on this here blog. I've got news on G Love, Forever the Sickest Kids, Jessie McCartney, and a concert review of the Rooney show tomorrow night at HOB.

Lots of music blogness to start the holiday weekend off right.

Stay tuned!

Monday, June 23, 2008

RIP George Carlin

Wow... wasn't expecting this, but I'm sad to hear that George Carlin passed away.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Gas Prices Hurting Indie Bands, Tours

This jumped at me from Yahoo's front page. We're all feeling the pain of insanely high gas prices, but no one feels it more acutely than the indie bands emptying their savings to tour.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080622/ap_en_mu/touring_on_empty

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Paul McCartney

My favorite Beatle turns 66 yrs young today, so in honor of Macca, here's my fave Paul moment, his Ever Present Past, and a small tribute.





I Will Possess Your Heart, Baby

Fate and a super cool boss brought Death Cab tickets to my hands yesterday. Let me preface this post by stating that I generally resist hype or people declaring that I cannot live without hearing such and such a band/album. Since their album Transatlanticism, I have been resisting Death Cab for Cutie at all costs. Then Ben Gibbard went "postal" and hooked me in with The Postal Service, and my walls of resistance cracked ever so slightly.

That being said, Death Cab for Cutie is slowly growing on me. I'm pleased to see former-indie darlings being successful in the major league. Ben Gibbard's voice is sweet and charming, and the music speaks for itself. Although, Nokia Theater in Grand Prairie is too big a venue for the music, but I suspect that anywhere else would have sold out in minutes due to the sheer popularity of Death Cab.

Last time I saw them, I had just been blown away by Franz Ferdinand, who totally dominated the night, and the switch in gears to Death Cab left me sleepy in the back of the pit.... not kidding (don't shoot!). This year, Rogue Wave set the tone that matched the mood of Death Cab's music almost perfectly. Still very relaxing music, and I enjoyed the night sitting down for most of the night. Until the uber fans arrived and blocked my view with enthusiastic jumping.

The thing that annoys me the most about Death Cab isn't their music. It's their fans. I'm fine with the music nerds [hello, I am one]. I'm fine with the scenesters and hipsters. I'm annoyed by the "Abercrombies" who are only there to be seen at a cool concert, talk through the entire show, prop their feet up on an occupied seat, or fan girly squeal like annoying teenagers [boys and girls].

*ahem* I think this time around, I have a greater appreciation for Death Cab's music. Really listening to the lyrics and getting caught up in in the music finally punched a hole in my defenses. I will endeavor to obtain their albums to fill the gaping void in my cd shelf post haste, and I will wear my new tshirt proudly [and I will try not to laugh at myself for doing so].

Random, annoying.....yet, strangely addictive.

Listening to The Geoff Show on Virgin Radio UK, or via podcast, I get to hear alot of things I wouldn't normally catch on regular American radio.

I present to you a sample of something that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the year, if it wasn't already from watching Darjeeling Limited.

Typewriter Tip, Tip, Tip

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Seven Samurai

This post is gonna fall in the "other" category since it's not musically inclined.

First... apologies for the quiet around here. I finally got a job. I'm a promotions assistant for Movin' 107.5, and it's the best job in the world. Seriously, what could be better than getting paid to act crazy and draw attention to yourself? It's been keeping me busy. I'm really thankful for getting such a great job that will definitely lead me somewhere. I'm getting closer to my goal of moving to England to work in the music industry there, which is pretty exciting for me. :-)

Did anyone catch the Akira Kurosawa marathon last weekend on the Ovation channel? Kurosawa is one of the most amazing filmmakers in the history of cinema. I watched Seven Samurai twice on Sunday.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sigur Ros has a buzz in their ears, a new album, and video.

Sigur Ros made an announcement this week about their new album and video for the single "Goobleidgook."

Here's the announcement from their facebook page:
Sigur Rós will be releasing their new album worldwide the week of June 23. It is called Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust.

You can download the first track "Gobbledigook" and watch the video right now on SigurRos.com.

This is the official announcement sent out by the record labels today…


Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
(English spelling: Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust)

Sigur Rós will be releasing their fifth album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (English translation: with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly), worldwide the week of June 23. The first track from the album, entitled "Gobbledigook," is available worldwide for free download via SigurRos.com. The video for the song is also on the website.

A pre-sale for the album will begin on SigurRos.com on June 2. A special deluxe edition of the album to be released later in the year — featuring a "Making Of… " book, a film and more — will also be available to pre-order on the band's website as of June 2. A stream of Með suð í eyrum… will be available to hear on SigurRos.com on June 9. Lastly, a plethora of Sigur Rós goodies — exclusive clips, information on tickets for upcoming shows throughout the year, etc. — will be available to those who sign up for the mailing list on SigurRos.com.

Með suð í eyrum… was co-produced with the band by renowned producer Flood, and was recorded in New York City (at Sear Sound Studios), London (at Assault and Battery Studios and Abbey Road), Reykjavík (at Álafoss, the band's studio, as well as a church in Reykjavík), and Havana, Cuba. Whereas Sigur Rós' last release — the critically-acclaimed documentary Heima, chronicling their free tour throughout Iceland — took the band to their homeland, their newest creation, Með suð í eyrum… is the first album in the band's career to be made outside of Iceland. It is also their first album to feature vocalist Jón "Jónsi" Thor Birgisson's vocals in English on one track (the remainder are sung in Icelandic).

Inspired by the unfettered feeling of the acoustic performances filmed during Heima, Sigur Rós decided to adopt a looser approach in the writing and creation of their brilliant fifth album. The material for the album was written, recorded and mixed entirely in 2008 and is being released just one month after its completion. The album glows with the perfect imperfection of live takes, the sounds of fingers playing guitar strings, cracked notes, and a stark, upfront presence not found in previous Sigur Rós recordings, moving away from reverb-soaked guitar sounds towards something altogether more affecting. The record also contains some of the most joyous music the band has ever recorded.

Opener "Gobbledigook" sets the tone for Með suð í eyrum… with its shifting acoustic guitars, playful vocals, time signature swings and swirling percussion, while "Inní mér syngur vitleysingur" ("Within me a lunatic sings") sparkles as one of the most anthemic songs Sigur Rós have ever written. "Festival" is epic in its elation and scope, "Illgresi" features one of Jónsi's finest vocal melodies over a lone acoustic guitar, and "Ára bátur" is the largest musical undertaking in the band's career, as it was recorded live in one take with the London Sinfonietta and London Oratory Boy's Choir, a total of 90 people playing at the same time. The band also utilized the talents of their string-quartet friends Amiina, as well as a five-piece brass section on certain tracks, in addition to introducing the Mellotron into their writing/recording process for the first time on this album, highlighted on one of the most tender and beautiful songs on the record, "Fljótavík."

The spirit of Með suð í eyrum… is best captured by the album's stunning artwork, contributed by acclaimed visual artist Ryan McGinley. McGinley first met the band when he photographed Jónsi six years ago; the album cover was taken from a flyer for McGinley's most recent exhibit, "I Know Where the Summer Goes," which happened to find its way into Jónsi's inbox just as the band was deciding on how to best visually represent their new collection of songs. The result is a perfect synergy of the aural and the visual.

The tracklisting for Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly) is…

1. Gobbledigook
2. Inní mér syngur vitleysingur
3. Góðan daginn
4. Við spilum endalaust
5. Festival
6. Með suð í eyrum
7. Ára bátur
8. Illgresi
9. Fljótavík
10. Straumnes
11. All Alright

Sigur Rós will be playing shows all over the globe throughout the summer and fall to preview material from Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, including a special set at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The tour dates are:

The June tour dates…
6/5/08 Guadalajara, MEX @ Teatro Degollado
6/7/08 Tepoztlan, MEX @ Festival La Colmena
6/8/08 Tijuana, MEX @ Planeta Tijuana
6/11/08 Omaha, NE @ Orpheum Theater
6/12/08 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
6/14/08 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/16/08 New York, NY @ Grand Ballroom
6/20/08 Neuhausen ob Eck @ Southside Festival
6/22/08 Scheesel, Bremen @ Hurricane Festival

More worldwide tour dates will be announced soon.

Sigur Rós is: Jón Thor Birgisson (vocals, guitar), Georg Holm (bass), Kjartan Sveinsson (keyboards/piano), Orrí Páll Dýrason (drums).

http://www.sigurros.com
http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/sigurros

I would normally post the video at this point, but everyone in it completely naked and I wanna keep this blog kid friendly. The track doesn't really sound like your usual Sigur Ros, but I kinda like it.  I'm a bit excited about the English track.

Friday, May 23, 2008

David Cook is my American Idol

I've got no bones about voting for American Idol this season.  This was a pretty intense and talented cast.  Everyone this season could have very well made it to the finals, but David Cook rocketed ahead of the rest with his version of Lionel Richie's "Hello." [Which was pretty freakin' amazing!]  I pulled for local boy Jason Castro as long as I could, but he wanted to go home so badly that last week that we all gave in.

I think America got it right this week crowning Cook over Archuletta.  The kid was impressive and has a ton of potential.  However, Simon and the other judges have remarked that winners need to have that total package [looks, talent, stage presence, and wow factor].  Archie is cute, has oodles of talent, his wow factor is his age, BUT I never felt like his stage presence was up to par.  Go back and watch what he does with his hands in his solo performances.  It always felt like a high school talent show or Star Search beauty pageant.

Also, I'm still a little beefed from last season's Blake Lewis upset, so I'm glad David Cook got it this year.  I hope he takes some hints from Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood on how to stay in the public eye long enough to make an impact.  It would be sad to be that amazing and end up like Taylor Hicks [who? exactly.]

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Fellow DBU Alumni: Forever The Sickest Kids!

Who knew that a tiny Baptist college in the hills of extreme southwest Dallas was such a hotbed of good music?  I certainly didn't when I started at DBU, but I do now.  I'm proud to see a few of my former classmates doing well.

Forever The Sickest Kids are about to release their release their first album on Universal, titled Underdog Alma Mater.  With a powerpop sound that is perfect for those west coast soap operas... wait... FTSK was just featured on The Hills.  I rest my case.  It's these kinds of things that make me really happy for people I know.  I'm proud of these guys.  I can still remember the days of The Flipside, and that now seems like ages ago.  I really recommend that you go check these guys out.  It's good music, and they put on a great show.

FTSK will be playing at House of Blues here in Dallas for their cd release party on May 24th.  However, their cd comes out April 29th.  That's in 5 days folks.  You can pre-order from fine retailers such as Best Buy or iTunes.

You can check out FTSK on their website or on My Space.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Shishido Hinata wa sugoi desu!!

[Translation: Shishido Hinata is amazing!!]

Once again, I went myspace digging.  Curious after hearing that one of my favorite actresses was making music with M. Ward, I shuffled over to have a listen.  While poking around Mr Ward's top friends list, I came across Shishido Hinata.

It's probably not suprising that I clicked on him with my obvious fascination with Japan.  He reminds me a bit of Aqualung.  Refreshing and relaxing pop that doesn't give you that sugar overkill.  He would have been a perfect fit on the Lost In Translation soundtrack.  The second track on his myspace, translated as "Seed", is beautiful with touches of traditional Japanese melody in the vocals.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

New Poll: Best Music Movie?

Ok... In honor of National Record Store Day, I've taken a hint from the film High Fidelity and made a Top 5 list of my favorite films about or featuring music or the music industry [in no particular order].  Submitted for your polling pleasure to the left of your screen.

I want to know which one is your favorite.  Tell me why too.

It's a toughie.  I'd say it's a tie for the top between High Fidelity and That Thing You Do.  TTYD is a dorky choice, I know.  I love seeing [in a fictional representation] how record labels operated back in the early days of rock, when they actually invested in an artist and developed them into a brand.  I love High Fidelity because it celebrates the music nerds in all of us [if you read or write a music blog, then you are a music nerd.  Embrace it!].  I have friends that I sit around and talk about music and movies with in a highly nerdy fashion, and every music lover finds themselves employed in a music store at some point.

Spinal Tap is just hilarious.  It's all about 11.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Record Store Day and Good Records turns 8!


If you don't know, Saturday is National Record Store Day.  It's a lovely day designed to give thanks and love to your local independent record store.  Dallas' own Good Records postponed their birthday bash until this Saturday to make for a huge celebration.  There will be tons of music in-store (pun intended lol).


If you don't know how to get there, the address is:

1808 Lower Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Blown Away!! Must check this guy out!!

I was in Austin over the weekend and hung out at Copa Bar & Grill off Congress Ave. It was a GrammyU showcase for Texas college-age bands. A few of my Dallas Baptist friends were there, but I wasn't prepared for Kevin Jack.

Kevin Jack is an Austin-based rap artist who brought up a live band to accompany him and his rhymes. The whole room started bouncing and groovin' with his songs. What a way to end an Austin daytrip!

Anyways... get yourself over to his myspace and check out his tunes.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Feist at Palladium on Wednesday

This is just a reminder that you should go see Feist this Wednesday at Palladium.

I, of course, am too poor to go, but if you have the cash... get yo'self down there!!

Here's just a sample of what you'll see.  [Be sure to look for Mary J Blige and Thom Yorke rockin' out on the sidelines].


Friday, April 11, 2008

Franz Ferdinand is in the studio.


This photo came out of their myspace blog.  It makes me happy. :-)

Also, I'm a bit intrigued by the set up.  Live recording is the way to go these days.  I'm curious to hear how this will turn out.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Feist on tour


Feist is going on tour and bringing her wonderful, musical magic to a venue near you.  I would highly recommend you go see her if you have a chance... or the money.  Clap along with "Sea Lion."  Dance your way through "I Feel It All."

She'll be hitting Dallas on Wednesday, April 16th at the Palladium Ballroom.  I might be poor, but I'm gonna find a way to get to this show.  I'll be darned if I miss it.

The rest of the tour dates can be found on her My Space and website.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Stay Indie or Go Major: Selling Out?

I don't know what to classify some bands as anymore.  Are they still indie if they've signed with a major label but still fall under the radar of the masses?

Death Cab For Cutie has long been popular is the hipster crowds.  Could they still keep their indie cred even after signing with Atlantic records and licensing their music for commerical use?  A decade ago, that could be considered "selling out" to The Man.  After all, The Man has been the entity rock'n'roll has fought against for over 50 years.

Yahoo has posted an article about how Death Cab has faired in the majors.  Check it out.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

It's official... NKOTB is back on the block.

I was nine years old.  My super cool cousin Stephanie had tickets to the New Kids on the Block concert at Texas Stadium, and I was invited (of course, my mom had to come with me).  I remember my mom giving me a cassette of Step By Step, and I listened to it as I pulled my hair up into pony tail with a scrunchie.

We only lived a 1/2 mile from Texas Stadium then.  I remember being in awe of everything there.  It was like a huge fair.  Radio stations were everywhere.  I made note of a few to check out when I got home.  I remember getting the black light stamp on my hand to go down to the field where our seats where.  Section G.  It was towards the back of the field but I didn't care.  I watched the jumbotron the whole time.  Mom put me up on her shoulders a few times, but she couldn't hold me forever.

I'll never forget that experience.  It was the first time that I listened to something other than what my parents listened to.  I remember going home that night and tuning into 100.3 Jamz.  Inevitably, that day set me on a music lovin' path that has led me here today, to this blog.  What humble beginnings. lol

I suppose it was only a matter of time before the rumors were confirmed that NKOTB were getting back together.  Alas, I was halfway tempted to go digging through my closet for anything NKOTB that might still be there.  A poster, a pillow, and a sleeping bag are all that remain now (I'm a pack rat, so sue me. :-P ).  I still have my Hangin' Tough Live vhs around here somewhere too.  I wonder if this stuff is worth money now.

Anyways, it's really really official now.  Right down to the morning show debut.

Now, for the hardcore fans out there.... how many of you woke up early on Saturday mornings to catch this.....

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Create your own Radiohead Remix

The brilliance that is Radiohead has brought forth a challenge to fans.  Remix "Nude" and let My Space and Facebook fans vote on the best mix.

You can get all the separate "stems" (song elements like bass, guitar, vox, etc) from iTunes for $.99 a pop.  Those files will give you an access code for Garageband or whatever music software you use.  Once you've mixed, added, and remixed to your heart's content, upload it to www.radioheadremix.com where fans can vote until May 1st.

You have one month to make Thom Yorke proud.  Get at it!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Fever



This is what Joel and Mudi over at FEVER blog do every Friday.  They will soon be raffling themselves off for charity.  Ladies... this is your big chance!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Levi Weaver's "You Are Home" tour coming to a town near you.

Levi Weaver is going on the road and heading West.  His tour booking completed, Levi sets out on April 1st to bring his electro-acoustic folk rock to homes, churches, campuses, and venues from the Mississippi to the West Coast and all points in between.

I know the likelihood of someone from Montana or Canada reading this blog is pretty slim, but if Levi is coming to your town, you should definitely get out and see him.  Buy a CD and a tshirt while you're at it, because independent musicians need to eat and buy A LOT of fuel.

There's an awesome press release in his blog that you should read.

Tour dates are as follows:

The "You Are Home" Tour (West Wing)

April 01 - Houston, TX - DOXA Student Center (Spring)
April 02 - Ft. Worth, TX - CCAG Student Center
April 03 - Dallas, TX - VCI Student Center (Parker)

April 04 - Norman, OK - In-Studio Set for "The Wire" (OU Radio)
April 05 - Albuquerque, NM - UNM Lobo A/B Room (SUB)
April 06 - Phoenix, AZ - TBA
April 08 - San Diego, CA - The Kava Lounge
April 10 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe
April 11 - Visalia, CA - TBA
April 12 - San Francisco, CA - TBA
April 13 - Portland, OR - The Tonic Lounge
April 14 - Seattle, WA - The Greenhouse
April 15 - Spokane, WA - Empyrean Coffe House
April 16 - Missoula, MT - Rob’s Field
April 18 - Salt Lake City, UT - TBA
April 22 - Cheyenne, WY - TBA
April 24 - Evergreen, CO - Little Bear
April 25 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
April 28 - Omaha, NE - PS Collective
May 02 - Kansas City, MO - Korruption
May 03 - St. Louis, MO - UMSL Pilot House.
May 15 - Toronto, ON - Cameron House
(East Coast dates will resume when school starts in September)

In the meantime, check out his self-produced video for the song "You Are Home."  It's pretty flippin' amazing!


Download Pennywise's New Album for FREE

Hermosa Beach, CA based punk band Pennywise is offering their new album "Reason To Believe" for free.  It's a secure download from Textango.

They are also on tour right now to support the album.  There's a free "secret" show in Tempe tonight.  They'll be hitting the Granada Theater when they come to Dallas on May 9th.

Go to their myspace to get the album and more tour information on this classic West Coast punk band.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Bring LIKE I CARE to Dallas!

Hello friends!  Hope you had a lovely Easter weekend.  I got me some peeps on discount today. :-)

I need some help from you, dear reader.  A Manchester duo I've recently befriended through My Space is looking to come to Dallas for a couple of gigs in mid to late May.  Just to brag a bit about Like I Care... Roi had the punk thing going a few years ago, and it was pretty good.  After a bit of a break, Roi teamed up with Fee and went acoustic last year.  I've heard a bit of the new songs, and they are clever and fun.  Very enjoyable, and I can't wait to hear more when they get here in May.

That's where you come in, my friend.  My pal Joel [of FEVER Blog] is helping to get a couple of gigs, but the more the merrier.  Like I Care will only be in town for a week, so let's show them that Dallas still rocks.

Also, to alleviate luggage woes, they'll need to borrow or rent some gear.  Roi needs an electro-acoustic guitar with a cutaway.  Fee will need a Fender jazz bass and an amp.

You can check out Like I Care on My Space as well as messaging them about Dallas gigs.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The 80s guilty pleasure list.

I was born in January of 1981.  Just 8 months older than MTV.  I was just barely old enough to remember dancing around the house to Madonna and Culture Club.  Now that I've grown up, I am not ashamed to admit my love for 80s retro, and I'm a bit offended if it's classed as "oldies." [I'm not ready to give up on being an oldie yet myself.]

On Yahoo's music blogs, there's a playlist of all those sissy 80s songs that you were afraid to admit that you liked.

  1. Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
  2. No One To Blame - Howard Jones
  3. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
  4. Poison Arrow - ABC
  5. Save A Prayer - Duran Duran
  6. Careless Whisper - WHAM!
  7. Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
  8. If You Leave - OMD
  9. Blasphemous Rumours - Depeche Mode
  10. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
  11. It's My Life - Talk Talk
  12. More Than This - Roxy Music
  13. I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock Of Seagulls
  14. Promises, Promises - Naked Eyes
  15. Perfect Way - Scritti Politti
  16. West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
  17. Only You - Yaz
  18. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
  19. Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
  20. Love Plus One - Haircut 100
  21. True - Spandau Ballet

Will and Dave, Leather and Lace

There are no words for this.  It's just that funny.


Jack White, you're my hero

Rumors, rumors, rumors.  There was definitely a buzz today... and that wasn't my power flickering in the storm that woke me up at 9:13 am.  Word is, Jack White is taking the new Raconteurs album to labels today to have it released next week.

Rolling Stone says it is because the band wants everyone to get the album at the exact same time.  It's a great idea.  It's keeps critics from warning you away if they don't like it, and it keeps pirates from leaking the album before the street date.

Here's a link to the Rolling Stone blurb.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Eisley Spring Tour

Texas' answer to the Von Trapp family just announced dates for a spring tour with The Myriad, Vedera, and The Envy Corps.  While they aren't Disney sweet like Hannah Montana, they are definitely a different brand of sweetness that will endear them to your heart.  They are fantastic to see live, so I definitely think this tour will be worth your time.

All the shows are open to all ages, and tickets range from $10 to $22.50 (depending on your city).  Their Dallas stop will be at House of Blues on May 22nd ($15/$20).

Follow the banner below to see all the dates for the tour and link to purchase your tickets.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Radiant interview on Bona Fide Darling

One of my favorite local bands [I've said this before I'm sure] was interviewed by another Blogger-based music blog.  Bona Fide Darling sat down with the 3/4 of Radiant before their show at House of Blues last weekend.

It's a good interview as they talk about a new album, influences, and touring.  Go check it out!

PS.  Maybe all us Dallas music Bloggers should start a club. lol!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Cool shows to be aware of

Levi Weaver is coming to back to DFW.  You might remember him from Stories of London or opening for Imogen Heap at SMU.  If you don't know him, he's an amazing indie/folk/rock/alt-country/[insert ultra amazing something here because it got away from me].

He's currently on tour supporting his independently produced album "You Are Never Close To Home, You Are Never Far From Home."  The "You Are Home" tour opens up booking to the fans.  He's been booked in houses, college campuses, and clubs.  He's got 3 DFW dates coming up.

This Saturday, March 15th, Levi will be in Carrollton at a house show.  It'll be acoustic only, no loop pedals.  I'd recommend this for the friends and old fans familiar with his music.  RSVP is needed for the show.  Details for contacting the host are on Levi's My Space.

If you do not have Good Friday services at your local church, March 21st Levi will be playing at The Door's Prophet Bar [aka the old Gypsy Tea Room] in Deep Ellum [Dallas].  This is a regular show, and I'd definitely recommend coming to see him on this night.  It's worth it to see his awesome cover of Radiohead's Idioteque.

On Wednesday April 2nd, Levi will be in Ft Worth at Christ Church Student Ministry Center.  Safe for ears of all ages.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Sigur Ros takes over YouTube

If you visited YouTube's homepage yesterday, you noticed that the brilliant Icelandic band Sigur Ros took over to show their film "Heima" on the popular video site.

I would suggest that you take advantage of the chance to watch "Heima" for free. It's remarkably beautiful. Shot on location around Iceland, it's visually stunning and the music of Sigur Ros will sweep you away. Although, I will warn you that this is a very relaxing movie and could lull you into a peaceful nap.

Sigur Ros "Heima" on YouTube.

Friday, March 7, 2008

PLUG Awards Winners

I should be fired. I completely forgot about the Plug Awards this week. To redeem myself, I bring you the winners.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

What a great record. I'm really pleased this one was recognized. I'm surprised that it beat out Radiohead's In Rainbows in this category.

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justice

I found these guys on My Space almost a year ago. Crazy, cool, and Christian... the way it should be in my opinion. ;-) They make me want to dance like Jamiroquai, so I'm really happy with this outcome too.

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
St. Vincent

I'm a bit disappointed Emma Pollock didn't win this category.

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Andrew Bird

INDIE ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, or The National might have been my pick for this category. A Speak'n'Spell had to die for these guys to win. :-P

AMERICANA ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog

I'm pleased here. :-)

METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works

HIP-HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass

PUNK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Gogol Bordello - Super Taranta!

Haha! Let's here it for fun and funny punk rock!

ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Justice -

Deserved!

DJ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Hot Chip - DJ Kicks

AVANT ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Liars - Liars

I was pulling for Eluvium because their music reminded me of Sigur Ros [I like sleepy time music].

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Radiohead

Would you expect any different? Brilliance deserves reward.

SONG OF THE YEAR
The National - "Fake Empire"

Crackers. This category was a tough call. You had Arcade Fire, Bright Eyes, Justice, Of Montreal, and The National all up against each other. Any one of those would have been a great choice.

LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
Arcade Fire

:-)

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Battles - "Atlas"

I'm thinking that Justice's video was pretty freaking awesome.

ALBUM ART PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
Menomena - Friend And Foe

I'm laughing more at the category than the winner. It's listed under "obsessive." Much?

RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR
Merge

I voted Sub Pop because I love just about everything I hear off that label.

LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR
Bowery Ballroom

Texas gets no love.

MUSIC FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
Coachella

Again no love for Texas. Both Austing City Limits Festival and SXSW were up in this category.

MUSIC WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
Pitchfork Media

MUSIC BLOG OF THE YEAR
Stereogum

I was pulling for Brooklyn Vegan. Reading that blog was one of the inspirations to start this blog you're reading now.

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
Paste

ONLINE RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
KCRW

RECORD STORE OF THE YEAR
Other Music

No love for Waterloo in Austin. Sad.

ZINE OF THE YEAR
Wax Poetics

ONLINE RECORD STORE OF THE YEAR
iTunes

Easy win. iTunes blasts the competition.

COLLEGE/NON-COMM RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
KEXP

SPECIALTY SHOW OF THE YEAR
Sirius: Left Of Center - Blog Radio

Hitting closer to home. Dallas' own Adventure Club w/ Josh from KDGE was up for this category. I'm just a bit upset over that.


Now, I should remind you that the Brit Awards will be broadcast for all of us stuck on this side of the pond on Sunday at 8pm E/7pm C on BBC America [you may want to check to see if your cable or satellite provider is cool enough to carry it].

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Hellogoodbye Exclusive website and contest

Every now and again, something cool falls into my lap. Today, I learned that Hellogoodbye have a little website set up for the release of their EP/DVD and CD/DVD. You can get ringtones, listen to some exclusive tracks, and enter to win an autographed cd. Kinda cool.

Go check it out yo!

The makings of a POPular Song

Pop is such a nasty word these days. It's almost a dirty word in some musicians' minds. It embodies the image of selling out and not being true to where you came from.

In essence, Pop is short for popular, and doesn't every musician want to be popular? But how do you get the ordinary musician, slugging it out in bars and open mic nights, to rise to a level of popularity that will bring success? A song.

In my opinion, and let me add that I dove back into some of my producing text books for inspiration, is that a popular song has to leave an impression. Your audience has to leave the venue singing your songs. Everybody and their grandmas knows what a hook is. It's a little bit of melody that is repeated and memorable. When I think of the Rolling Stone's "Satisfaction," I think of that famous guitar riff. The hook can be anything really, just as long as it's repeated and memorable.

Another thing that I've found important, to me, in a popular song is "singability." I've got to be able to sing along with a song for me to really like it. This a very huge reason why I've never like that thrash metal whatever they call growling, grunting, and screaming into a mic. [Don't get me wrong, metal is cool. Metalica... I can sing to that.] Most of the most historically popular songs are relatively easy to sing along with. "At Last," "Moon River," "Hard Day's Night," "Imagine," and "Proud Mary" are all examples of hugely popular songs, instantly recognizable, and easy to sing along with.

Along with "singability," there has to be musicality. Inherently, everyone knows when a song is just a little off. Something that is just not quite right and makes you squirm a bit in your chair. We've all heard it, and most likely during the auditions segment of American Idol. Sometimes I come across an artist on My Space that could be really really great if maybe their song was a bit smoother.

I'll just add that I'm a sucker for a clever and thoughtful lyricas well. Radiant is one of my favorite local bands here in Dallas, and Levi Smith writes some of the best lyrics. Lyrics that I want to quote and that inspire me. That makes an impression on me as a listener.

Of course, all the spit shine polish that a snazzy producer can bring won't make a lick of difference if the song is a dud.

Now I turn it over to you, Reader. I want to know what you think are important elements to a POPular song.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Wanna learn music theory?

A young man that I highly respect for his amazing guitar playing skills has started a blog for music theory. Thom is a cool guy, so you should check it out if you're interested in learning music theory from someone who is light years cooler than your college professor.

The H Is Silent

Friday, February 29, 2008

PLUG Awards on March 6th

Tickets to the PLUG Awards sold out in minutes, everyone to catch the show live on March 6 @ 8pm EST exclusively at the Dell Lounge. Winners will be announced, Patton Oswalt will host, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, St. Vincent, Dizzee Rascal, José Gonzalez, The Forms, DiVinci and guest DJ Sally Shapiro will all perform.

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Oscars, the Irish, and the Brits

The Oscars were last night. You probably already know that. I enjoyed the glitz and glamour from an Oscar party with fellow movie nerds. I tied for second in the Oscar pool [I really wish Juno had won Best Picture]. That blasted Disney sugar rush called Enchanted was up for 3 nominations in Best Original Song. I was cheering for "Falling Slowly" from Once. I am so overjoyed that Glen and Marketa won. I really think they deserved it.

Another award show of interest is the Brit Awards. It was last Wednesday, but BBC America will broadcast it for those of us stuck on this side of the Pond on Sunday, March 9th at 8pm E/7pm C.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

SXSW... need advice.

Dear Readers,

I am in need of your help. I want to go to SXSW, but I have very (stress the VERY) limited funds. If any of you have been to SXSW before, give a girl some advice on how to see the shows without forking over $650.

Thanks!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Top 50 British Albums... just in time for the Brit Awards

I was pointed in the direction of this article today. Of course it's about British music, so I clicked the link without hesitation. Unlike most people who just want to see the list, I gave the whole article a nice read, and then went through the list. Of course, there are a few artists I'd like to see higher on the list, but you could take it as a Top 50 in no particular order.

"The point of list like this is to stimulate debate."

And debate they have, the comments board under the article it steaming. Every one's a critic. The poll was of the public, so you only have the British to blame... who, by the way, provide that same music for your listening pleasure. Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Again, I'm not disappointed by this list, my top favorite albums by my top favorite band of all time occupies the top 2 spots. I feel quite vindicated for 12 years of support. After all, Oasis is the band that changed my life as a lowly freshman. They gave me the dream of working in the music industry, as well as that not so far off dream of moving to England someday. So yah, I'm well pleased.

Here's the article in all it's musical glory.

The Brit Awards are this Wednesday. While they may not be telecast here on the day, I'm sure BBC America or some other cable/satellite channel will give us some love here in a couple of weeks.

The music poll closed today. UK took the lead with "Somewhere Else" taking second. Again, well pleased. :-)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day

It's Thursday and I'm short on cash
So I thought I'd give you a little Kate Nash
Let this be my special way
Of wishing you a Happy Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Radiohead announces US Tour Dates... with stop in Dallas!

RADIOHEAD has confirmed the dates and venues to be visited on the first segment of its upcoming North American tour. They are:

May 5 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, Florida
May 6 - Ford Amphitheatre - Tampa, Florida
May 8 - Lakewood Amphitheatre - Atlanta, Georgia
May 9 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Charlotte, North Carolina
May 11 - Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge - Bristow, Virginia
May 14 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - St Louis, Missouri
May 17 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, Texas
May 18 - Superpages.com Center - Dallas, Texas

Pre-sale for the above dates will begin February 14 via W.A.S.T.E. with general on-sales following on February 16.

The second half of the North American tour will follow the band's summer tour of the UK and Europe.

While I am beside myself with excitement... where in the freakin' H-E-double hockey stick is Superpages.com Center?!

Question answered: Superpages.com is the new Smirnoff.

Well dang. I kinda liked Smirnoff.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Grammys celebrate 50!

No real rhyme or reason to this. Just a stream of consciousness type blog while watching the Grammys.

I'm really happy that the WGA decided to allow the show go on for the Grammys.

I've just gotta say... Alicia Keys "playing" with Frank Sinatra was a spectacular kind of awesome. I gotta give this girl props for giving props to God first in her acceptance speech for Female R&B Artist of the Year. That always sits cool in my book.

Carrie Underwood had something that looked like Stomp going on behind her that was kinda cool, and yet a tad distracting.

Amy Winehouse made it out of rehab in time, but her visa wasn't ready in time for her to get to the Grammys. Good on her for snagging Best New Artist, even though I was pulling for Feist, I'm well pleased. I'm thrilled for her winning Song of the Year.

Jimmy Jam reuniting with The Time... oh goodness, I felt like a kid again!

Cirque de Sole is always wonderful to see, especially when combined with the timeless music of the Beatles. The soulful gospel rendition of Let It Be made me misty-eyed. [Seriously thought about breaking down and having some church right then. Phew.]

Holy snappin' crackers!!! Kanye and Daft Punk doing "Stronger".... *falls over* I seriously don't think I have words for the awesomeness witnessed when Daft Punk hits the stage. Kanye also did a touching tribute to his mom singing "Momma."

Fergie was ok. She's never really stood out in my opinion. Over-marketed mediocrity if you ask me. Possibly the musical equivalent of chicken broth, not that great on its own, but good when you cook with it with other ingredients. [If that makes sense to you. I tend to make strange associations.]

While I was absolutely pulling for the soundtrack to Once, George and Giles Martin getting the Grammy for Love is a fitting tribute to the lads from Liverpool. Ringo is so cool, and it was a treat to see him get up there with the Martins.

Beyonce paid tribute to some of the awesome soulful ladies of music, but then Tina Turner had to come out... and damn... she looks good for her age. I've always preferred Tina's version of "Proud Mary," especially when it gets "nice and rough."

Burt Bacarach winning a Lifetime Achievement is one of those "it's about time."

My choice for My Grammy Moment won. Anne Marie Calhoun got her Grammy moment with the always great Foo Fighters. What's funny is that I'm sitting here with my parents, and my scifi lovin' dad doesn't get the UFO reference of the Foo Fighters' name. Pat Smear was on stage too! I've always liked Pat.

I might be Texan, but I'm not the biggest fan of country music. Thanks to Brad Paisley (God bless his cute country heart and paisley print guitar), I now have more ammo against country music. Brad, I'm sorry, but a song about ticks will not win points with the ladies. They're only screaming because "I'd like to check you for ticks" is the worst pick up line in the history of worst ever pickup lines. In the words of Virgin Radio UK's Anabelle Port, "It's really badly rubbish."

Aretha. If I didn't have to stop and have church before, I had to now. Never gonna break my faith! That was some powerful stuff. Israel Houghton always writes some fun worship tunes. Makes you wanna dance.

Who didn't love the stripped down acoustic "1,2,3,4" by Feist? I think that's the test for great songs. It's in how they sound in the most basic form.

I love big bands and jazz, and I'm just tickled that Kid Rock was up there singing jazz... and fabulously might I add.

Gershwin always ranks high in my book. That was a superb performance of Rhapsody In Blue. Piano music has a special place in my heart.

*COUGH* Sorry, Chevy has been cramming Malibu commercials down my throat all night.

It's a quarter til 4am in the UK, and there are actually people up watching the Grammys and Amy Winehouse. I'll give it to her, Miss Winehouse can rock. Very interesting to hear her perform "Rehab" after her recent stay. She obviously got the irony because she was smiling through the song. It's safe to say that she was gobsmacked to win Record of the Year. She looked like she was about to cry.

Josh Groban and Andre Bocelli singing "The Prayer" was magnificent!! If I had thought the Celine Dion version was good, this one just blew it out of the water. Wow.

Jerry Lee Lewis can still churn out the "Great Balls of Fire," but man, I don't think it had the original umph. But good golly Miss Molly, Little Richard can still kick it like it's still 1955! John Fogerty is always cool.

It's a nod to all the greats that Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters got the top award. Amy Winehouse had a great night getting 5 awards.

Here's a link to the complete list of winners.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

2 1/2 concerts in one week!

Golly! This last week got busy in a hurry. An acoustic set and two concerts kept me running around like a loony.

First thing was the acoustic set on Wednesday, courtesy of Switches and my friend Carissa. The crowd was smallish, and we all stood behind the racks so as not to crowd the band. The lads played songs that I recognized (because I did my research beforehand, thank you very much). I really enjoyed the harmonies. Joel was right about the touches of Franz Ferdinand and Supergrass. I heard a fair amount of British Invasion influence there too. The songs are hooky, and I am still singing them days later. I think my favorite was "Lay Down the Law." "Drama Queen" is fun, as well as "Snakes and Ladders." Fast forward to the concert at Granada with all instruments plugged in and electrified. I stood front row as I had been instructed earlier in the afternoon. They are very energetic and fun to watch on stage. I really enjoy bands who write music you can dance along to.

Wednesday night was a good night to be at Granada. Electric Touch was the first band of the evening. I think, with the exception of The Bravery, it was British night (and I'm certainly not complaining! lol!) Electric Touch is from Austin, except the singer, who is British. I thought they sounded like a rocked up version of Keane with guitars. I liked the song "Saved" which is about the singer living in England. They did an awesome cover of "Come Together." While they may have sang about "putting the fire out," Electric Touch set Granada on fire for the night.

Your Vegas, from Leeds, was next up. I enjoyed hearing them, even though the singer was extremely sick from the flu. I liked their song "This Is Your Vegas" as it makes a great intro to the band. They reminded me of David Bowie and a dash of The Smiths, with a smattering of those fabulous bands from Manchester's famous Factory Records [see the movie "24 Hour Party People" for your education]. I can't wait until they make it back to Dallas firing on all cylinders. They have an album coming out April 22nd.

I have a confession to make. Until this week, I'd never really listened to The Bravery. I know! I know. Before you string me up by my toes, let me try to make amends. I will endeavor to listen to a newly acquired cd, and report back later in the week. It's fitting that my favorite song of the night was "An Honest Mistake." I will say that I enjoyed their set. I wanted to dance along, but it was a tad cramped for room up in the little box in the back. They have a cd coming out soon... that is a remix of their last cd.

All in all, it was a great night. I recommend going to see Switches if you get the chance. They are a blast to hang out with and fun to dance and sing along to. Switches and Electric Touch will be at SXSW, so Texas, you have no excuse not to be there!

And now for something completely different...

Friday was another early music day. There was a luncheon with an acoustic set by Ludo at the Universal offices. For those of you who are not children of the 80s, such as myself, you may not remember a movie starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connolly, and a ton of Jim Henson's muppets called "Labyrinth." There was a rather large furry and friendly creature named Ludo, and he found himself stuck in the Bog of Eternal Stench (Yah, I still have the storybook, so back off!)

It's safe to say that this band does not share their namesake's fate. Ludo is clever, sarcastic, and hilarious! They remind me of Relient K and Weezer. Their single, "Love Me Dead," is witty, tongue-in-cheek, and sour like a mouthful of Sweet Tarts. Andrew Volpe is a riot to watch perform with crazy faces and snarky lyrics. Their cd "You're Awful, I Love You" comes out Feb 26th.

Lots of pics over at the ol' Myspace (You do have to be logged in to Myspace to see these. Strange Myspace policy)
Electric Touch & Your Vegas
Switches & The Bravery
Ludo

MySpace linkage:
Electric Touch
Your Vegas
Switches
The Bravery
Ludo


Thom from Switches


Ollie and Steve from Switches


Ludo! These guys crack me up!!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

South By Southwest Showcase Artists Announced!

I've been kinda antsy to see who all is going to be at this year's SXSW. I hope that I'll get to go this year, even though I have never been.

Here's the list.

There are the obvious heavy hitting musical greats that everyone is beside themselves to see, but here are a few that I'm personally giddy about seeing (with appropriate links).

Sons & Daughters (loud, gutsy, and Scottish!)
The Russian Futurists
Tokyo Police Club
Switches
Peggy Sue and The Pirates
The Ting Tings
Castledoor
Passenger
The Pillows (I have a strange love for Japanese music since I went to Tokyo)
The Answer
The Black Keys
British Sea Power
Immigrant
People in Planes

Those are just a few. I keep finding more every time I go through the list.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Good Ol' Face Melting Guitar Rock

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have found The Answer!

The Answer, as in a loud, classic rocking, need a shovel to scrape your face off the floor, band from Northern Ireland with a kick @$$ cover of Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion."

They sound like Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, and Van Halen on the rocks, shaken, not stirred.

Give'em a listen.
myspace.com/theanswerrock

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Step by Step back to The Right Stuff

Full disclosure: My first concert was at Texas Stadium in August of 1989. The band.... New Kids on the Block.

Yes, I was only 8, and I was going with my older cousin and my mom, but that was the point when I found my own tastes in music. It was the point when my parents' music wasn't all my music. Granted, I still loved the oldies and what little bit of the 80s New Wave that came through the lite rock station, but I broke away into the pop/dance/r&b world of the early 90s. New Kids on the Block paved the way to where I am today. [I won't go into my parents falling into the NKOTB marketing ploys to decorate my room, get me a Joey doll, an NKOTB boardgame, or the fact that I loved the cartoon. Yes, I was a born a geek.]

Ladies, Donnie, Danny, Jordan, Jon, and Joey are reuniting!

I was watching the announcement on Good Morning America, and I wanted to laugh because they got some of the facts wrong. They said that Jordan was in real estate when it was actually Jon who went into real estate. Jordan actually did some solo stuff in the late 90s, and I have the cd to prove it. *ahem*

It's kind of exciting that they are getting back together. Donnie will have a chance to climb back up and out of his brother Mark's shadow (does anyone remember when Mark Wahlberg was Marky Mark, he had a Funky Bunch, and posed in his Calvins?)

I'm sure I'll be there with millions of other ladies of a certain age reliving our youth and screaming like we did when we had The Right Stuff.

Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go watch Hangin' Tough Live.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Go vote in the Plug Awards

www.plugawards.com

Go vote for your favorite independent music!!!

Those Schwartzman brothers

Some of you might remember Phantom Planet and their anthem to California that was a theme song for one of those cheesy teen soap operas that never caught my interest long enough to care to learn the name of the show. Actor Jason Schwartzman was the drummer of that band at one time.

Well, he's back at it again. A friend pointed me in the direction of the Coconut Records myspace to have a listen. The songs remind me of Phantom Planet. The same sunny SoCal happy beach blanket and palm trees kind of pop. "West Coast" is the single. The album is available through iTunes and eMusic, or you can check the myspace to see where it's available near you.

Jason's brother Robert (I forget what surname he uses these days), from Rooney, also is up to new things under the moniker Solobob. He's only got one song one his myspace called "The Victim," and it reminds of early incarnations of Rooney's "Blue Side."

I'm happy to see these talented brothers bringing forth more great music.

As always, I shall point the way...

http://www.myspace.com/coconutrecords
http://www.myspace.com/solobob

Friday, January 25, 2008

Tom Petty launching major summer US tour

OMG!!! *sputters* *faints*

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS announce an upcoming summer tour that will take the band through the U.S. and Canada. The news comes as the Heartbreakers prepare for the biggest show in live entertainment, the SUPER BOWL XLII HALFTIME SHOW, broadcast live on FOX Sunday, February 3. All tour tickets, with a few exceptions (see below) will go on sale February 4th, the day after the Super Bowl festivities. Watched by nearly 140 million people in the U.S. and one billion in 230 countries and territories worldwide, the Halftime Show will give the world a preview of the legendary live act that will storm the U.S. and Canada in a few short months. This summer tour continues Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' tradition of great musical packages, with legend Steve Winwood opening every show. For more information, people can go to tompetty.com or simply pick up tickets at ticketmaster.com.

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Tickets for the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' 2008 North American Tour go on sale soon, but fans will be able to jump to the front of the line and purchase tickets before the general public.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON TICKET PRESALES AND TICKET PACKAGES

2008 TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS TOUR WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST STEVE WINWOOD

May 30- Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
May 31- The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
June 03- Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
June 05- Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
June 08- Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA
June 10- Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
June 11- New England Dodge Music Center, Hartford, CT
June 13- TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
June 17- Madison Square Garden, New York, NY %
June 18- Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
June 21- Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
June 22- Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
June 25- Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
July 02- United Center, Chicago, IL
July 03- Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
July 08- Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
July 09- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Atlanta, GA ****
July 11- Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
July 12- Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
July 15- BankAtlantic Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
July 16- St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
July 19- TBD, Denver, CO ****
July 20- Quest Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
July 22- Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
July 23- Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
August 07- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
August 09- MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
August 11- Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB
August 12- Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
August 15- The Gorge, George, WA
August 16- The Gorge, George, WA
August 20- Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ ****
August 22- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
August 23- TBD, San Francisco, CA ****
August 26- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Selma, TX
August 27- American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
August 29- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX

**** Tickets for these shows on sale TBA.
% Date/Time Subject to change.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Blink and you'll miss it

For those of you who watch Two and a Half Men or The Big Bang Theory....

I like Chuck Lorre. He produces great tv shows. If you watch all the way to the end of the show, there is usually a white screen with a lot of writing on it which is his signature "vanity" card at the end of his shows. If you are lucky enough to have digital cable with a dvr box, pressing pause allows you to read these cards.

Normally, one of my parents has the remote and/or I forget to press pause because I'm still laughing at the last joke, so I miss them or only catch the first few words. The first time, it puzzled me that it wasn't legal mumbojumbo. They're actually kinda funny and odd.

I have discovered the library of vanity cards on Chuck Lorre's website.

Go forth and enjoy!

Quick!! Kate Nash on Yahoo

If you're quick you can see a live performance of Kate Nash on Yahoo Music

There's a performance and interview as well as some pics.

What are you just sitting there for? Go go go!

"They tried to make me go to rehab... okay, okay I'll go"


Daddy must not think that Amy Winehouse is okay any more because she's finally going to rehab. She's finally broken down and found the 17 days to get some help that don't come in a shot glass.

Apparently, her dad tried to have her "sectioned". If you don't know how the British mental healthcare system works, it's the equivalent of being committed. However, a person can only legally be "sectioned" in the UK if they are a danger to themselves. Unfortunately, the authorities do not view drug abuse as a personal danger.

I think it's great that she's finally going. She's got to be at her best to appear at the Grammys.

Amy, I wish you all the best, lady.

Yahoo UK
NME.com

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Poll at Left

I'm kinda tickled that people have actually voted in my little poll. I'm more tickled that someone voted for "somewhere else" to find great music.

When I created that option, I was trying to squeeze Africa, Middle East, and South Pacific into one little catagory while also thinking that maybe you could find good music on another planet. The geek in me thinks the Cantina Band on Tatooine rocks.

Anyways, now I'm curious. Explain yourself, sir or madame.


I have a small feeling that curiosity will kill the cat.

Surfing Myspace

My myspace has 305 friends. I might know that many people, but I'd hardly consider all of them friends. That's probably an inflated number considering that I've collected a fair share of bands into my little list.

I know I've mentioned before that Kate Nash is one of my new favorite artists. She posted a blog in her myspace yesterday, which I find refreshing that it was a true blog post. It wasn't one of those posts generated by some intern advertising a tour or some other promotion. She talked of her tour, posted pics, and fun little comments to the pics. She seems like a sweet and amazing lady, and I wouldn't mind making her acquaintance someday.

Anywho, I was intrigued by a schedule in the background of one of the pics which featured the name of an opening act. This inspired me today, and so I went in search of some of her musical myspace friends.
I highly recommend this practice if you don't already go rifling through your favorite artists' myspace friends looking for similar artists.

I digress. My fruit of the morning myspace rifling has caught a few great artists. Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly (that's a mouthful) is one guy with some nice accoustic songs. I listened to "Call Me Ishmael"

Peggy Sue and the Pirates is really just two ladies who sound a bit like Bjork and Billie Holiday trying to do punk or imitate Eux Autres (yet another myspace find from rifling a year or two ago). They will be at SXSW on March 14th, and I'm planning on setting aside some money to see them.

Talk Taxis is another one of those artists that caught my eye from one of Kate Nash's photos. First listen sounded a lot like the Clash, but what can you expect. They are all from England, which solidifies my theory that the water in England is a lot more potent than the water in Texas.

I'm off to do more rifling. Go forth, dear readers, and rifle for yourself!

http://www.myspace.com/katenashmusic
http://www.myspace.com/getcapewearcapefly
http://www.myspace.com/talktaxis
http://www.myspace.com/peggysueandthepirates

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heath Ledger 1979-2008

So sad to see someone go so young... and not even much older than me. What's sad is that he's the second celebrity death this year that was way before his time and drug related. Time to wake up Hollywood.

RIP Heath Ledger
'79-'08

Friday, January 11, 2008

Once - Great movie! Great music!


I was itching to see this movie after I caught the preview at the Angelika one night. A Guy and a Girl meet on the streets of Dublin and spend two weeks together writing and recording songs. They become entwined in each other's lives. The Guy is a vacuum repairman by day and a street musician by night. The Girl is a Czech immigrant that sells roses and cleans houses.

Now, for you romantic hopefuls like me, I'll warn you now that Once isn't really a love story. It is a musical with a heart-warming story about strangers finding an unexpected friendship in the midst of their mixed up lives.

It's shot kinda like a documentary, and one of the things they mention in the DVD was that people would come up to the actors after screenings and ask about how things turned out for such and such. The really awesome bit is that the lead actors are not professional actors, but rather musicians. Glen Hansard plays The Guy, and he is in a band called The Frames (which I would recommend checking them out).

The soundtrack to this film is amazing. "Falling Slowly" is a sort of hopeful love song that has quickly become a favorite. All the songs in the film are fantastic, and you'll have a great time seeing them come together through the movie.

Exercise music (For the Ladies)

This week, I started working out on my parents' treadmill. I've discovered the power of a 20 minute workout has on me. It's awesome and I haven't been lazy all week... which is a first for me.

Anyways, it's tough to find good music to get your sweat on to. I tried the dance music channel from the selections offered through my local cable provider. Passable for background noise and the occasional sing-a-long. Next, I tried shuffling my iTunes playlist. Again, background noise and necessarily conducive to workout mind frame. Especially when Sigur Ros comes on.

Yesterday, I pulled out a CD from my stereo. I chose Mantaray by Souixsie. I love her voice because it's really sexy, and it makes you want to strut on the treadmill. I think it's a great mental inspiration for a workout because don't we all want sexy bodies.

Come on... Admit it... Yes you do.

I highly recommend this album for your next workout.

Next on workouts with music: Yoga with Sigur Ros.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

You say it's your birthday!

Warm birthday wishes go out to Elvis Presley (He's still the King, baby!) and David Bowie.



Also, to my best friend from high school, Miss Kristy. :-)

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Emma Pollock

One day, a couple of years ago, I was reading a music blog, not too different from this one. The guy was talking about a Scottish band called The Delgados. It caught my attention that a band from Glasgow would use a Spanish word for "thin" as their name. 1 point of cool for them.

Intrigued, I went out to the web in search of their music, found it, listened, and fell in love. It was brilliant. "Coming In From the Cold" grabbed me and is still my favorite song by them. It features Emma Pollock on vocals. I love her voice, the way she sings. I really connected to The Delgados and their music, loving the fact that a chick could rock along with the boys. [I've always loved bands with girl singers]

Sadly, it wasn't too long after I discovered them that they disbanded. Stink. Somehow I knew to keep an eye, and ear, out for Emma. I was pleased to note that she was at SXSW back in March. Anyways, she's got an album out called Watch the Fireworks (Available on iTunes!!). I haven't got it yet (no money, lol), but I will be getting it soon. I know it'll be brilliant just from what I've heard on her myspace.

Here's a video so you can have a taste.



Here's some links.
www.emmapollock.com
www.myspace.com/emmapollock
www.delgados.co.uk
www.myspace.com/getaction2

Off the deep end...

After watching the tabloid fodder last night, I think it's pretty safe to say that Britney Spears is an official candidate for the nearest loony bin. Do they have loony bins for celebrities? Are they more posh than regular loony bins? Maybe they should open one. Frankie's Fabulous Funny Farm for Famous Folks feeling Famously Foolish.

Link.

Frankie says Relax.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

New Year, New Blog

It was suggested that I start a music blog of sorts, so here I am with yet another blog to a long list of random blogs. It's a new year, and my theme is fresh starts and things I've never done before. Seems fitting that I do this since I never have.

I've been watching a lot of High Fidelity lately (great movie, btw, lots of music), so in honor of that and the new year, let's look back at some Top 5s of 2007.

Top 5 Albums of 2007
In no particular order
  • In Rainbows - Radiohead
    • A genius marketing tool to offer the album online at whatever price you feel like paying. Even people who aren't Radiohead fans participated in support of the brave strategy. Besides, it's Radiohead, so you're guaranteed bloody brilliant music at any price. I have a hard time choosing one song that I like because they are all suberb. I would have to say it's a toss up between 15 Steps, Bodysnatchers, and All I Need.
  • Sky Blue Sky - Wilco
    • Seems like Wilco took a hint from Moby's Play and licensed the heck out this album. I will say that it made some of those car commercials enjoyable. Brilliant album. One of those albums you can turn on and relax to. Shake It Off is probably my favorite track because of the kind stop/start of the chorus. Impossible Germany is one of those titles that will stick in your head.
  • Easy Tiger - Ryan Adams
    • I will admit that I am late getting on the Ryan Adams bandwagon as many of my friends have been fans for a good long while. I finally got around to this one out, and I'm sold. It's another feel good record to relax to. Goodnight Rose, Halloweenhead, and Rip Off are my faves. Rip Off has a really interesting melody that continues to intrigue me everytime I listen to it.
  • Mantaray - Souxsie
    • Absolutely awesome. If you remember how cool Souxie and the Banshees were in the 80s, then you will adore this album. Heck, you'll love it anyways. It's one of those kick ass girl albums. Sexy, confident, and cool. So many great tracks on this one too. Heaven and Alchemy is a song that could just go on forever. Into a Swan kicks ass as the opening track and sets up the awesome.
  • The Reminder - Feist
    • Another awesome lady of 2007. Feist has a uniquely beautiful voice. I love how she uses her voice on some of the songs. On Honey Honey, she uses her voice to sound like the doldrums. Sealion Woman drags you in to chanting sealion along with her. Of course the singles are awesome. 1234 is a fun little ditty, and is a great introduction to her music thanks to the Apple commercial. My Moon, My Man is one of my faves. The Limit to Your Love is a wonderful song. I want to say that this album is my top fave right now just because I feel like it describes me and my personality.

Now... looking forward to the new year. Kate Nash is a lady to look out for. Her London accent and very simple melodies make for great simple girly music. Her single Foundations is available here in the States, and it has some great songs you won't find on the upcoming album. Caroline Is a Victim is fun and catchy, but it's Habanera that will have you singing it long after it's over. The single Foundations is a fun dig at a dying relationship. There are some great lyrics in the song. "Yah, intellegent input dahlin'" and the bit about lemons are some of my fave moments in the song.

Hope yall have a great 2008!