Saturday, March 24, 2007

Top 5 songs of the week (Go BUCKS!)

On this rainy saturday here in the O-H we are just killing time til Ohio State takes on Memphis in the the Elite 8 @ 4:40pm est, for a chance to make it to the Final Four. Here are some songs that we have been feeling lately:

5. (mp3) Fujiya & Miyagi - In an One Ear and Out The Other This duo are not Japanese they are actually from Brighton, England. They make music that brings to mind the sounds of Can and Kraftwerk but on the funk tip. Be sure to catch them this spring on tour with Au Revoir Simone as they open for Peter Bjorn and John.

4. (mp3) A Sunny Day in Glasgow - The Best Summer Ever This group from Philadelphia make lush laden dream pop that recalls the sounds of the Jesus and Mary Chain and electonrica bands like Mahoghony

3. (mp3) Noise for Pretend - It's oh so quiet (Bjork cover) We can't stop listening to this great jazzy cover from this Portland based indie pop trio.

2. (mp3) Notorious B.I.G. - Party & Bullshit (Ratatat Remix) This track is hands down one of the best on the new Ratatat mixtape vol #2.

1. (mp3) Charlotte Gainsbourg - The Operation I am sure you all recall her from roles in 21 Grams and more recently The Science of Sleep. This is the second album from this French Chaunteuse, this time out she worked with the likes of Air, Jarvis Cocker and Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy) to make a beautiful slice of French pop perfect for a day like this.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Tonight: Red Dot Project

Who: Young Professionals who love art

What: Red Dot Project to support Art in Northeast Ohio

Where: Wooltext Gallery at Artefino (downtown Cleveland)

When: Tonight from 5:30 - 8pm

Why: Local artists will be on display (as well as free food, cash bar, DJ)

PS: It is suggested that you wear the color red and/or polka dots :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

New Tori Album *finally* Revealed

Obviously you have been waiting with tremendous anticipation for this day to arrive: the day that Tori Amos' new album (mysteriously and strangely titled, American Doll Posse) would be revealed. Well the wait is officially over, so you can take a deep breathe and feast your eyes on the below :) For now we will just have to pace ourselves until the album's May 1st release date and the announcement of her US Tour!

Bonus: [Mp3] Tori Amos - Somewhere Over the Rainbow (live)

Tori's new studio album, American Doll Posse, will be released on May 1, 2007.

The American Doll Posse line up consists of
(see photo at the top, from left to right): Santa, Clyde, Isabel, Tori, & Pip

Click here
to download the American Doll Posse group shot.

A Message From Tori:
Click here
to download an audio message from Tori about the American Doll Posse.

The tracklisting for the new album is as follows:

1. Yo George 2. Big Wheel 3. Bouncing off Clouds 4. Teenage Hustling 5. Digital Ghost 6. You Can Bring Your Dog 7. Mr. Bad Man 8. Fat Slut 9. Girl Disappearing 10. Secret Spell 11. Devils and Gods 12. Body and Soul 13. Father's Son 14. Programmable Soda 15. Code Red 16. Roosterspur 17. Bridge 18. Beauty of Speed 19. Almost 20. Velvet Revolution 21. Dark Side of the Sun 22. Posse Bonus 23. Smokey Joe 24. Dragon

For more info visit:

Don't miss Land of Talk... Tonight!!

Tonight @ The Beachland in conjunction with the awesome Music Saves they will be serving up some of the best slices of indie rock we have had so far this. The lineup looks like this with: Land of Talk opening followed by Field Music and then band everyone is coming out to see Menomena. While we think all three bands on the bill are great we are going to focus on Land of Talk since they are the opener and we figure every hipster will be there for Menomena and as a result they would miss out on seeing the great band that is Land of Talk.

Land of talk hail from Montréal, Canada and while you might have grown tired of all these great bands having come from that city here is yet another one to add to that ever growing list. Land of talk are a three piece fronted by their lead singer Elizabeth Powell on lead vocals/guitar backed by her band mates Bucky Wheaton on drums and Chris McCaron on bass. Together they make some beautful, fuzz driven driven indie rock that brings to mind a combination Sonic Youth with of the energy of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's and the soulfulness of Cat Power. Their debut record "Applause Cheer Boo Hiss" actually came out in the states yesterday so now you can pick it up now. The show tonight starts @ 9 and costs only $10 get their early enough to see this great and upcoming band.

(mp3) Land of Talk - Speak to me bones

(mp3) Land of Talk - Seafoam (live)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Take Away Show # 40 : The National

#40.4 - THE NATIONAL -Ada
Video sent by lablogotheque

Each week the site La Blogotheque provides exclusive videos of bands peforming in France that are available for download on youtube and as a podcast. Some bands that have been featured on their "Take away shows" podcast are Cold War Kids, Tobias Froberg, My Brightest Diamond and Eagle*Seagull, next week they wil be feautring The Arcade Fire. This week their site has two unreleased songs (start a war and Ada) peformed by The National as they vacation in the South of France. Speaking of the National as you all know their new album Boxer comes on May 22nd and they will be touring in support of it and low and behold they finally are coming back to c-town @ the Beachland on June 18th. We can't wait.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Top 5 songs of the week ( St. Patrick's Day, What it do?)

I had looked so forward to this day starting last year on March 18th, 2006 because finally St. Patrick's Day was going to be on a non work day so I could just go out and get ripped. Well as luck would have it I am still under the weather so today will be just another day of basketball and rest. I do however have are some things today for you that are worth checking out.

1. The Parade it is @ 1:04pm (better bundle up or drink enough to stay warm)

2. Bier Markt : happy hour from 9am-7pm please hit that up since I can't, you might also want to hit up Great Lakes Brewery today as well since it is practical next store and have a pint of Conway's Irish Ale.

3. Tonight @ The Q the biggest traitor to walk this earth since Alger Hiss aka Carlos Boozer is making is his long over due return to Cleveland with his new team the Utah Jazz If you are going to the game please boo the sh*t out that @$$hole.

4. The Tournament, OSU vs Xavier going to be a good game

5. Indie rock for that @ss: Ratatat are playing @ The Beachland (show starts @ 9pm and it is $12 and The Slip, who we enjoyed seeing open for My Morning Jacket are playing @ The Grog show starts @ 9pm and it is $12.

6. A good place to hear traditional Irish music today would be your radio turn it to 88.7 FM WJCU and you can hear Uncle Fred's annual all day Irish broadcast and he will be taking requests so call in.

And now for the songs.....

5. (mp3) House of Pain - Jump Around (Micky Slims Speed Shamrocks Remix)
there is a good chance you will hear this song @ the bars today but you won't hear this remix

4. (mp3) The Dropkick Murphy's - I'm Shipping Up To Boston we need some music today with bagpipes in it and this song just worked so well in The Departed

3. (mp3) The Pogues - Bottles of Smoke I won't be having any this today, but I am sure do love me some Jameson,

2. (mp3) The Pogues - Irish Rover (cover) Live in Boston 1987 this one goes out to you lucky bastards who get to see them today,

1.(mp3) The Pogues - Dirty Old Town Live in Boston 1987 this is a just a really fun drunk song to sing.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Sláinte (redux )

(this is my st. patrick's day post from last year please note the mp3's have been re-upped)

Arg. I already typed this post once but I didn't save and of course blogger had to misbehave and freeze up anyways here I go again:

It is now St. Patrick's Day as I type this, the first time I typed it was not. This morning I am preparing for the day as I listen to the sounds of The Pogues while I watch highlights of the NCAA tournament from yesterday (BC almost ruined my brackets, close one). Sorry no green beer for me, I am going to have a pint of guiness or two in a little bit. I am going to be spending this St.Patrick's Day holdin it down in c-town meanwhile the rest of you will be spending it in other exciting locales such as Dublin, Ireland, New York, Boston and of course Naples, Florida ;)

Speaking of the Pogues, those of you that are going to see them with The Walkmen are damn lucky. I think that the sounds of Mr. Shane McGowan's gravelly yet beautiful voice are perfect for consuming libations on a sunny day like today (where is the snow?). One of my favorite Pogues's songs is the cover they do of "Whiskey in the Jar." I know that many artists have covered this song from Thin Lizzy to Metallica to The Grateful Dead.

(mp3) The Pogues w/The Dubliners - Whiskey in the Jar (for Becky & Paul)
(mp3) U2- Whiskey in the Jar (live)
(mp3) Thin Lizzy - Whiskey in the Jar
(mp3) Metallica- Whiskey in the Jar

Why do american guinness commericals have to suck so bad?

With St. Patrick's Day being tommorow of course guinness is in our minds, our hearts and we can almost all nearly taste it on our lips. Speaking of St Patrick's day, I heard that the parade here in c-town is the 5th longest running in the United States (also of note New York has the longest running St. Patrick's day parade with this year being year their 246th) and I think that is definately something we should hang our hat on here in these parts. This year will mark our 140th St Patrick's day parade and it starts @ 1:04pm est.

Now back to the guinness if you were ever able to to leave this country and go somewhere like say Ireland , you might see a good guiness commerical like this:

I thought I would also let you guys know that I am sick still sick and yesterday I called that VCU victory over Duke but other than that my bracket took some hits. However today I am loving the fact that Winthrop whom I picked up to beat the fighting Irish are leading them to start the second half.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Playing hookey from work!

Today marks the opening of two great annaul events: The 2007 NCAA divsion I basketball tournament aka March Madness (maybe my brackets won't suck this year) and the 31st annual Cleveland Film Festival. Today also marks the first sick day ( i have cough, no for real i do and it is nasty) from work of have taken this year, could all these things possibly be related? perhaps. This year we are especially looking to the showing of David Wain's new film " The Ten" .

The movie is his take on the ten commandments told thru ten skit and it looks pretty funny. The film has so many great actors who are in it including Paul Rudd, Famke Jansen, Liev Schreiber, Winona Rider and Ken Marino who co-wrote the film. David Wain if you did not know is actually from Cleveland where he attended Shaker Heights High School (sadly I did not get to because my family moved but I did live in Shaker Heights for half of my pre college life). His film will be showing the 24th and 25th so be sure to check it out because he will be in town for the showings.

Here is an interview w/ David Wain, Ken Marino, Gretchen Mol, Famke Jansen and Paul Rudd

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Some Delorentos for your Tuesday

Tommorow in Austin, Texas the music portion of this year SXSW's festival starts and I wish we were going to be there in attendance. If you are lucky enough to be going to be going to the festival, one band you should check out for sure (because we sure as hell would be) are The Delorentos they hail from Dublin, Ireland and they own. Incidently if you are in New York City tonight they are playing @ Piano's and you should go see them because we can't. This band has drawn comparisons to Talking Heads, Interpol and Television. . .whatever you want to call them I am sure after this year's SXSW people will be talking about them.

Check out their video for their great song "The Rules"

(mp3) Delorentos - Stop

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Top 5 Songs of the Week!!

Last night while driving around town, one of our favorite songs of all time came up on shuffle: "Just Like Honey" by The Jesus and Mary Chain. This brought another favorite song to mind of a similar title by Ms. Fiona Apple: "Slow Like Honey". . .thus the inspiration for this post -- not to mention, our love of honey in general :)

5. [Mp3] Moby - Honey A song with great energy to get you moving in the morning

4. [Mp3] The Lucksmiths - Honey Honey Honey A pretty twee song that makes us smile

3. [Mp3] Feist - Honey Honey A standout track from her new album, The Reminder

2. [Mp3] Fiona Apple - Slow Like Honey Sultry and moving

1. [Mp3] The Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey As Jose put it, "this song fucking owns"

Bonus #1: [Mp3] Minus the Bear - Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse Just because we have a ton of love for this song too (check this awesome video out)

Bonus #2: [Mp3] U2 - Wild Honey Reminds of one of our favorite dogs ever (and her mom, Becky)!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

It's Thursday. . .got nothing to do, go see Asobi Seksu

Tonight @ The House of Blues here in C-town, Asobi Seksu will be making their second appearance to our fair city this winter. If you were like us and had the privilege of seeing their last performance in January @ The Grog (click here for some pictures) then you know just how awesome they are live and if you have not seen them before you should head down to the show and prepared to be blown away. The doors open @ 7pm and the band is scheduled to go on @ 9pm. the cost is $15 they are opening for The Atari's (<--- yes we know what the f? is that all about) While we are on the topic of live Asobi Seksu you should head over to the site Schedule Two based on Minneapolis. This site has live videos in quicktime that can download to your ipod from such artists as Asobi Seksu, Mates of State, Voxtrot and Jason Collet amongst many others who have performed at various venues in the Twin Cities along with selected live mp3s available for download.

(mp3) Asobi Seksu - Then he kissed me (live) They closed with this one last time and we hope they do the same tonight!