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 where fans can vote until May 1st.

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