Friday, February 2, 2007

Things that make you go: "Uhhhhh...(blink..blink)"

This girl apparently likes those ninja turtles. A lot. She only eats what they ate on the show. Check out the pizza she puts like half a jar of mayo on. Holy shit.

Sunset Rubdown...not a hawaiian porn flick?

Sunset Rubdown & Xiu Xiu | 2007 Tour Dates
04-12 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
04-13 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
04-14 Bloomington, IN - WUIX Culture Shock at Indiana University
04-16 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
04-17 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04-19 Seattle, WA - Neumos
04-20 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
04-22 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
04-23 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
04-24 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour

Sunset Rubdown & Katie Eastburn | 2007 Tour Dates

04-25 Phoenix, AZ - Modified
04-27 Austin, TX - Emo's
04-28 Denton, TX - Hailey's
04-30 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
05-01 Charleston, SC - Map Room
05-02 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
05-03 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
05-04 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05-05 Cambridge, MA - Middle East

Sunset Rubdown was definitely one of my top 3 shows of last year, hands down. The vibe was spectacular and infectious. Oh, and if you go, don't talk to Spencer about Wolf Parade...he doesn't like that at all. No sir, not at all.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Mastodon, Converge, Priestess @ The 40 Watt: SHOW REVIEW

So no post yesterday due to hectic schedule, and seeing Mastodon at the 40 Watt in Athens last night. So how was it? Brutal. They fucking destroyed. Priestess started the evening out with some pretty raw, heavy riffage. Simple straight up rock. Their sound is kind of a throwback to 70's heavy metal with a little sludge thrown in for good measure. I wasn't familiar with their music before seeing them live, so consider me pleasantly surprised. Next up was Converge. I had never seen them live, but I own most of their albums and was excited to see them translated into a live set. Amazing. Their ability to energize the crowd, whipping them into a frothing pit of sweat and testosterone was mesmerizing. Their albums must just be practice for their live shows. The musicianship is intense and calculated while still allowing for the improvisational elements that make live shows worth going to. Totally sick. Definitely a must see live band! Mastodon was the main act and got on stage around midnight, and treated the sold-out crowd to an hour and a half of pure prog-metal bliss. Complex and technical fret work, odd time signatures, thrashy hardcore, sludge covered metal....this band doesn't garner major attention for nothing. Every member is right on point. Their drummer, Brann Dailor, unleashed some of the sickest drumming I've ever seen. Guitar player & part-time vocalist, Brent Hinds wowed us with his intricate, perfectly executed Maiden-like guitarwork...while thrashing about & lovin' every minute of it. Well Brent, we were lovin' every minute of it too. I left around 2:00am, big grin and a loud buzzing in my ears. Hooray.
(Hopefully I'll be getting some live pics from the show soon, and I'll try to post them tonight)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

It's always happy days over at

So anyone who hasn't heard of Daytrotter by now, should. Tell your friends, and tell them to tell their friends who aren't your friends. offers some of the usual fare one would expect from an MP3 blog/website: album reviews, cartoons, MP3s, etc. Except the MP3s are exclusive live recordings brought to you by Sean Moeller & Patrick Stolley over at Daytrotter. They're recorded over at Futureappletree Studio 1, in Rock Island, Illinois (Daytrotter HQ). Basically Sean kidnaps unsuspecting indie rock bands on their way through rural Illinois, makes them perform in his studio, and releases them back into the wild. He's not unlike the Crocodile Hunter in some aspects. Some of the members of the "capture & release program" are: Of Montreal, Sunset Rubdown, Maritime, P.O.S., Frog Eyes, Annuals, Page France, The Velvet Teen, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, The Elected, Cold War Kids, Two Gallants and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Get over there and get in on that MP3 action! Oh, and check out the rest of the site while you're over there, it's pretty sweet.
(Click on the above pic to magically send you there!)

Monday, January 29, 2007

A record player & the Karate Kid's kidding

UK trio, Fujiya & Miyagi, have put out one of the best electronica albums that I've heard in awhile, "Transparent Things". I actually listened to it for the first time while I was at the gym. Like all good music should, it made the hour and a half fly by. The music's got a little krautrock influence (Can & Neu!), but it mainly reminds me of modern electronica artists like Air, Ladytron, LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip. "Reminds me of" doesn't mean "sounds just like", just to put that out there. Great all around album, although tracks like "Cassettesingle", "Transparent Things" & "Collarbone" really stand out. I love the the singer's broken english/odd vocal rhythm throughout, wacky brits. Cool shit, check it out, shake your ass to it, break a sweat to it, drive around aimlessly to it.
Download "Collarbone" here. (Via P'fork)