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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