Monday, August 30, 2010

There Are Performers. There Are One Man Bands. Then There's This Guy...

Lewis Floyd Henry. Last week, I came across a post of him covering Wu Tang Clan's "Protect Ya Neck" on Videogum and, needless to say, I was floored. It is one man on guitar, drums and vocals covering Staten Island's finest. Soon after, I found myself checking out his performances of Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" and Motorhead's "Ace of Spades." In addition to this, he writes and performs his own material. All of this is performed live on street corners. Trust me, you will enjoy his performances and when you do, be a friend or fan of him by clicking on those links and drop him a line.

Melvins Gets Scion A/V Remix Treatment


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Interview: Richard Patrick of Filter

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Richard Patrick of Filter to discuss the band's new album, The Trouble with Angels, the greatness of Deftones and the possibility of acting. Thanks to Richard for his time and thanks to Kymm and Alicia at Rocket Science Ventures and Filter's tour manager, Erica, for setting up the interview. This interview took place at 115 Bourbon Street on August 24, 2010.

Stream Jenny and Johnny's I'm Having Fun Now

The debut album from Jenny and Johnny (Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice) is set for release next Tuesday but you do not have to wait to hear it. NPR is streaming the album this week. Listen to the stream after the jump as well as its tracklist. Also, check out a list of tour dates to see Jenny and Johnny at a venue near you here.

Friday, August 20, 2010

...And On Guest Vocals, Norah Jones

Almost a year after the excellent release, The Fall, Norah Jones has a compilation of her various collaborations and side projects set for release on November 2 entitled ...Featuring. The 18-track collections features numbers with Foo Fighters, Outkast, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Talib Kweli and many more in addition to tracks from her side projects, The Little Willies and El Madmo, and a cover of Roxy Music's "More Than This." Absent, however, are her collaborations with Peeping Tom ("Sucker") and The Lonely Island ("Dreamgirl"). Both, I am sure, would be too odd or different for this set. Check out the tracklist after the jump.

Rock Band Just Got Real...Really Awesome

I have, on many occasions, wished for songs on the Rock Band forum or discussed with fellow Rock Band obsessed friends about what songs should be on our beloved music game. Not just what songs but what bands as well. Today, came a pretty amazing surprise in the form of a video regarding leaked setlists for the upcoming Rock Band 3. Needless to say, I will be doing more than "sitting crosslegged on the floor" when October 26 comes around. Yeah, I went there.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Jenny and Johnny's Debut Tracklist & Tour Dates

Jenny and Johnny (Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice) has a debut album set for release August 31 and a tour commencing soon after. Now, their debut, I'm Having Fun Now, has a tracklist. Also, if you pre-order the album through iTunes, you will receive "The Highs and Lows of Being #1," a bonus track featuring Elvis Costello and the Imposters.

Music Geeks, Free Scion A/V Download, Erykah Badu's Probation & Contests

Spinner made a list of the top 20 music geeks in cinema. The list ranges from the likes of the Gwar-obsessed, record clerk stoner Mark from Empire Records to cult duo of Video Aces' Josh Tager and Ivan Alexeev from one of my favorite films, Tapeheads. Bonus points go to writer Jason Persse for including American Psycho's Patrick Bateman's obsession with Huey Lewis and the News as well as Christian Slater's performance as Happy Harry Hard-on in Pump Up the Volume. The 20 cinematic geeks and their love for music can be found here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

16/30 (August 2010)

16/30 (August 2010)

Side A: 0-11
  1. Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie (1 day old)
  2. True by Spandau Ballet (2 years old)
  3. Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper (3 years old)
  4. Hello by Lionel Richie (3 years old)
  5. Wicked Game by Chris Issak (9 years old)
  6. Bust A Move by Young MC (9 years old)
  7. Poison by Bell Biv DeVoe (9 years old)
  8. Sunless Saturday by Fishbone (11 years old)

Side B: 12-30
  9. Passin' Me By by The Pharcyde (12 years old)
10. Player's Ball (Original Version) by Outkast (13 years old)
11. Sour Times by Portishead (14 years old)
12. We Trying To Stay Alive by Wyclef Jean (18 years old)
13. Someday We'll Know by New Radicals (19 years old)
14. Like A Feather by Nikka Costa (20/21 years old)
15. Lost Cause by Beck (22 years old)
16. Crazy by Gnarls Barkley (26 years old)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rob Sheffield Shares His Cool With Nerve

Journalist/Author Rob Sheffield shared a little of his pop culture coolness with Nerve in a piece entitled "Improve You Taste With..." In the piece, Sheffield discusses films starring Charles Bronson and Ann-Margaret and LCD Soundsystem's recent album, This is Happening. Best of all, Oran "Juice" Jones' hit single and "One Hit Wonder or One Hit Blunder" entry, "The Rain," is best summed up by Sheffield by saying "They just don't do break-up songs like that anymore."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Deftones' Vocalist Chino Moreno Reflects On White Pony

In the current issue of Alternative Press (AP 266), Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno discusses the band's breakthrough album, White Pony. In the piece, Moreno muses over the album's recording process from the tension between him and guitarist Stephen Carpenter and the band's interest in expanding their sound. Read a excerpt from the interview below as well as check out a link to the full interview after the jump. If you do not own White Pony, do not go any further until you do. It, like the album here, are definitely two great albums from that year as is Glassjaw's Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence (also featured in AP 266).

Amazon Deals For Under $6

Looking for new music at very low prices? For less than $6, you can download new albums from LCD Soundsystem, Gorillaz, Spoon, Rodrigo y Gabriela and The Like as well as catalog selections from My Morning Jacket, Radiohead, The Kills and The Black Keys. After the jump, check out a list of some of the albums you can download for under $6 as there are over 1,000 albums you can purchase. At this price, get two or three and enjoy some new music for whatever and wherever the day takes you. This amazing deal runs throughout August.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Free Primus E.P. & Tour Dates

I am not sure how this has slipped through the cracks but Primus has a free, live E.P. for download. The four-track E.P. consists tracks recorded during a June 2010 rehearsal and features the band's current lineup of Les Claypool (bass/vocals), Larry LaLonde (guitar) and Primus/Sausage drummer Jay Lane. In addition to this, Primus are currently on the road. The Oddity Faire Tour began last week and continues tonight in Kansas City, MO with openers from Gogol Bordello and The Dead Kenny G's. Dates and a download for the new EP can be found after the jump.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Janelle Monae Premieres "Cold War" On Pitchfork

Janelle Monae premiered the video for "Cold War" at Pitchfork TV. The video features just her and was recorded in one take. It is definitely worth a viewing as it is a) Janelle Monae and b) a video shot in one take.

Lollapalooza Alternatives

Are you not going to Lollapalooza?  Did you not get a ticket? Perhaps, you want to kill some time for the later acts? Well, fear not as there are a variety of different things going on throughout the city. Here is a small sample of what else you can do this weekend.

Video Scrapbooking With Peggy Sue

I have raved about Peggy Sue's debut, Fossils and Other Phantoms, since its release in June and consider it to be one of the best albums of the year. After wrapping up their recent U.S. tour, the trio recently put together a video scrapbook of them performing a song in a different city and at various places like dressing rooms, on r.v.'s, and in skateparks. Check out the performances for "Long Division Blues" and "Green Grow the Rushes" after the jump.

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Talks About Relationship Of Command

Former At The Drive-In and current The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez recently spoke to Alternative Press about ATDI's breakthrough and final album, Relationship of Command. In the current issue (AP 266), Rodriguez-Lopez discusses recording with Ross Robinson, being on Grand Royal and, of course, the demise of the band shortly after the album's release. Read an excerpt from the interview as well as click on the link to the full interview after the jump. Also, if you do not already own Relationship of Command, you should probably buy it, period.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Free Indie Hip Hop Downloads

Free hip hop? Yes and from the likes of Central Services (El-P and Camu Tao of S.A. Smash's 2005 project), Educated Consumers and Psalm One, both whom were reviewed in concert here. Also, up and coming artists Childish Gambino and Mega=Kane. Definitely check them out while they are available and show the artist some support by telling friends about the downloads, leaving them e-mails and definitely coming out to the shows. It is the least you can do for something free and worth your time. The links are available after the jump.

End Your Summer With These August Releases.

Arcade Fire...!!!...Iron Maiden...El-P...Heart? This month is going to rock. Here are a few new releases to help you enjoy the end of your Summer.