Friday, August 31, 2007

Tonight @ Mercury Lounge : Eli Escobar

Tonight @ The Mercury Lounge: Me Him & Her Presents Eli Escobar

Check Out his cool electro remix with old skool punk band clips of The Teddybear's (ft Iggy Pop) Punk Rocker:

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tonight: The One AM Radio @ B Side

Who: The One AM Radio

What: Beautifully reflective and peaceful lo-fi music

When: Tonight at 9pm

Where: B Side Liquor Lounge in Coventry

Why: Just listen to these hypnotically gorgeous melodies and you'll be hooked. . .

[Mp3] The One AM Radio - Lest I Forget Highly Recommended*
[Mp3] The One AM Radio - I Didn't Speak the Language A haunting favorite*

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Why The Brunettes are better than ever*

After accidentally setting our iPod alarm to "Loopy Loopy Love" by The Brunettes and consequently having that adorabley infectious song replay in our heads everyday, it is no surprise that this New Zealand twee pop duo was both consciously (and subconsciously) smack in the middle of our music radar. And, good thing it was -- because we recently picked up their latest release, Structure and Cosmetics, and absolutely cannot get enough of it!

If you are a sucker for fun yet sophisticated guy/girl vocals like us (think along the lines of The Lucksmiths crossed with The Concretes), then you seriously need to give these tracks a listen. . .

[Mp3] The Brunettes - Obligatory Road Song
[Mp3] The Brunettes - Her Hairagamy Set

Our wake-up call:
[Mp3] The Brunettes - Loopy Loopy Love

Bonus: Pitchfork's and AllMusic's Reviews of Structure and Cosmetics

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Top 5 Songs as of this moment...

Pretty slow Saturday, we both had to work today which meant getting up early (yuck). Tonight we are finally going to see Superbad, Speaking of Superbad you too can have a Mclovin ID. Tommorow we are going to B-Side to check DJ Rico aka Richard the drummer from Belle and Sebastian. Monday we are going to The Jake to see the tribe take on The Twins (hopefully the offense shows up too) and Wednesday we are headed back to B-side to see One Am Radio w/ Lymbyc System & Montag.

5. (mp3) One Am Radio - Mercury (Lymbyc System Remix) Dreamy low-fi indie pop from MA remixed by their tourmate both coming to B-Side this Wednesday.

4. (mp3) Standfast - The Unknown this Swedish duo make beautiful pop clever pop music, that reminds us of the cardigans early material.

3. (mp3) Petra Haden - Don't Stop Belivein a great accapela cover of one of Journey's finest jams

2. (mp3) Malajube - 40C Last week while on vacation we were talking about this song since it is now in a Radio Shack commercial, If you have not checked out their album Trompe L'oeil, you are missing out.

1. (mp3) Rilo Kiley - Give A Little Love a lot of things have been said so far about the new Rilo Kiley new album and we have found this track from it to be a nice little slice of 90's influence R n B casio driven pop.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Upon our return. . .

So, we have returned from the Jersey Shore and actually almost didn't make it due to Philly's sanity-testing traffic. Other than that, the trip was pretty much beyond awesome not having to work and just hanging out at the beach all week :) We didn't even go online once -- being the addicts we are, that says A LOT*

However, since our return it hasn't taken us very long to immerse ourselves in current and upcoming events. . .

As far as shows, it seems as though each day more and more good ones are being announced and (more importantly) coming to C-town. Among those at the top of our list are Flaming Lips, Minus The Bear (playing two, count 'em two, sets in one night at The Grog Shop), Enon, Matt Pond PA, Jose Gonzalez (YES!) and Regina Spektor's bitch ass finally coming our way.

But actually, the thing that has us the most excited is the selection of top notch movies coming out throughout the next few weeks. Below are a some of the flicks we are looking forward to with especially great anticipation. Definitely be sure to take a moment and check these out --

Dedication: Trailer [click here]

Interview: Trailer [click here]

Across the Universe: Trailer [click here]

Two Days in Paris: Trailer [click here]

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Kickin it in Jersey

Right now we should be asleep but we are not because we are packing to go to on vacation. We are heading to the Jersey Shore to spend some time with Jose's family. We have to get up to leave in about 4 hours so we have to make this quick. First we are very dissapointed that we are going to miss The Band of Horses/Modest Mouse/Love as Laughter show next week @ Tower City Parking Lot as much as we hate Tower City Parking Lot we both agree that Band of Horses was one of our favorite shows of 2006. We are only going to be gone a week so don't fret if you actually enjoy this blog. Till then these jams will have to hold you over...

(mp3) Clear Tigers - Igloo This Brooklyn Based band is dropping their first LP this fall jump on the bandwagon now.

(mp3) Throw Me The Statue - Lolita catchy as hell one man band like The Shins meeting Andrew Bird with some Spinto Band thrown in for fun.

(mp3) Great Nothern - Telling Lies This L.A. based band is really starting to make some noise with their great male/female vocals layering on top of lush orchestration and 90's esque guitars

(mp3) Flight of The Conchords - Sellotape (pencils in the wind) Brown paper, white paper, Stick it together with cellotape, uh huh.

(mp3) Van Morrison - Astral Weeks We have been listening to him A LOT lately because VAN IS THE MAN, listen to this whole album if you have not.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

What is a Sea Wolf?

Tonight @ The Agora, Sea Wolf is opening for The Silversun Pickups. Unfortunately, we are not going to be in attendance, although we highly recommend that you catch this show when it comes to your town. For example, the next time to catch them in the O-H will be in a few days on August 11th @ CD101's Summerfest along with The Silversun Pickups, Vhs Or Beta and several other bands for just $5. We just discovered Sea Wolf the other night and we have been loving his music ever since. Sea Wolf, which takes its name from the Jack London novel of the same name, is the new project of Alex Brown Church who you might remember from the indie rock band Irving. Speaking of Jack London, remember Ethan Hawke in White Fang?

While we were working on this post, we were curious as to what a sea wolf actually is. So, we thought we would share with you our various discoveries: a sea wolf is. . .a U.S. Navy Submarine, the mascot of SUNY Stonebrook, a 1976 arcade game, and also the name of a fish AKA the sea cat. Wow.

Okay, now back to the music. . .Sea Wolf's ep was produced by the famous Phil Ek who has also produced the likes of Built To Spill, The Shins, Modest Mouse and Pretty Girls Make Graves. As far as Sea Wolf's sound -- it is a pretty mix of lo-fi a la American Analog Set or The Eels and possesses the indie folk stylings of Stephen Merritt, Sondre Lerche, and Ian Love. See for yourself and enjoy*

(mp3) Sea Wolf - Ses Monuments

(mp3) Sea Wolf - Middle Distance Runner


(mp3) American Analog Set - Hard to Find

(mp3) Sondre Lerche - Suffused with Love

(mp3) Ian Love - Sky to Fall

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Top 5 Songs of The Week (Is it really August?)

This summer has flown by incredibly quicker than past summers have. . . Back in May, we saw a flyer @ The Cedar Lee advertising their Cult Movie Series where we perked up when seeing that in August they would be showing Wet Hot American Summer and at the time, it seemed as though that day would never arrive. . .But now it is upon us :)

The aforementioned hilarious film is showing twice this evening at The Cedar Lee at 9:30 and at 12am for a mere $5. Plus there is a special video introduction given by Shaker Heights' very own David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer's director, aka writer and director of the beloved The State) who's new film The Ten just opened nationwide yesterday. If you aren't really in the mood to see a film tonight, you should go see Blonde Redhead at the House of Blues. Also, worth mentioning is that Cleveland's awesome local band Roue is opening. They both own live.

5. (mp3) Monomen - Drum of Glass This foursome hails from Norway and makes awesome synth drive new wave electronic music. The vocals really make us think of Editors (of course a Joy Division reference but that is kind of played out) but the music is much catchier.

4. (mp3) Art in Manila - Set The Woods on Fire This is Orenda Fink's (formerly of Kelly's favorite, Azure Ray) new band. Along for the ride are ex-members of The Anniversary and The Good Life. They create some beautiful ballads, but at the same time they are not afraid to let the rock in.

3. (mp3) Oreskaband - 20 Tips Back in the day, Jose used to eat this stuff up. This all girl band hails from Japan playing 3rd wave ska with some traditional and 2nd wave influence. They are on The Warped Tour this year and when it came it to c-town this past week the kids got SOAKED (click here to see).

2. (mp3) Maritime - For Science Fiction This is the 3rd album for Davey from The Promise Ring's current band. Their new album comes out October 16th. If this song is any indication of all his other material, he still has a tight hold on making great melodies.

1. (mp3) The Lionheart Brothers - 50 Souls and A Discobowl When you have a band comprised of ex members of Serena Maneesh and 120 Days you might expect them to sound pretty heavy and slightly hard on the ears. However, this group is quite the contrary with beautiful dream pop and touches of shoegaze -- kind of like Belle & Sebastian meets My Bloody Valentine.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

This evening, as we prepare our dinner, we are listening to the sounds of the famous Rolling Stones live album: Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out. This album was their first ever official live release in the United States and for quite some time it was out of print. While we enjoy the Stones as our food cooks, we are sucking down some of our favorite Belgian beer aka the one and only delicious (and unusually frothy) Duvel. We suggest you go to the site to read up on how to make the perfect pour, because Jose was unable to. . .

In truth, we have not really been up to very much this week, however we did book our hotel for our Montreal excursion (viva Osheaga Festival!) and purchased our Feist tickets for her Pittsburgh show at The Carnegie Music Hall upon the week we return to the States. Speaking of Feist, one day we were killing time on you tube and discovered her kitchy video for One Evening. Kelly has observed that Feist really enjoys creating "DIY" (to phrase it kindly) dance-choreographed number's, such as her video for 1 2 3 4.

For now, we hope you all are enjoying your evening with superb music, food, and beverages like us :) While you're doing so, definitely check out these choice tunes:

[Mp3] The Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil
[Mp3] The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women
[Mp3] Feist - One Evening
[Mp3] Feist - 1 2 3 4