Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sonic Treat of the Day: Eulogies' "Two Can Play"

Photo: Brantley Gutierrez

Eulogies are playing Spaceland tonight. Tickets are still available and are $10 online or $12 at the door. In the meantime, get yourself all geared up for the show and enjoy this free download.

Eulogies - "Two Can Play"
Dangerbird Records

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Timbre Timbre Records Acoustic Songs For Indie 103.1

Photos: Monica Alvarez
Timber Timbre
Indie 103.1 Studios with Chuck P.
October 28, 2009

I stopped by the Indie studios earlier this afternoon to catch Timber Timbre record some special treats for you devoted listeners and fans. One word: INCREDIBLE. Chuck and I were especially excited to hear a unique version of our favorite track, "Lay Down In The Tall Grass." We were totally giddy and it was awesome. Uh, I mean, I was totally giddy and Chuck was excited in a very manly manner.

Tune in to Indie via internet or iTunes Radio on Thursday, October 29th, from 1-3pm PST, to hear the tracks that the trio recorded earlier this afternoon. In the meantime, enjoy some shots I was able to capture for your viewing pleasure. What's with the lack of decent pics? Let's just say the lead singer was, eh hem, "camera shy," okay? Yeah. Okay.

Also, don't forget that the band will be opening up for The Antlers tomorrow night at the Bootleg Theatre. Sounds like it's sold out and is bound to be an awesome show.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sonic Treat of the Day: The Heavy's "Short Change Hero"

I'm really digging the first half of The Heavy's new album, 'The House That Dirt Built.' Yes, I have a mild case of the A.D.D. What of it? Seriously, guys. Go on and check out the band's show tonight at The Echo and see for yourselves. My buddy, Viktor Phoenix, called them "the U.K. indie rock answer to Sly and the Family Stone" over at Bronson's Buzz Bands blog and I couldn't agree any more.

My fave tracks off the new album, 'The House That Dirt Built' are as follows:
"How You Like Me Now"
"Short Change Hero" (which you can download for free when you visit our friends at URB Magazine)

Go on. Get your free download on. Oh, and you're welcome.

Sho Nuff Show Shots: Local Natives & Peter Bjorn and John in Paris

Photos: Kristy Sparow
Local Natives & Peter Bjorn and John
October 15, 2009
Le Maroquinerie
Paris, France

From Kristy:

"After the show I spoke with Peter (lead singer) and John (drums). Both, amazingly wonderful guys! During their set they said 'what an amazing band' the Local Natives are."

Indeed they are. The boys are making the rounds at CMJ and will return to Los Angeles on November 2nd to play the El Rey with Glass Ghost and White Rabbits. AWESOME line up. This show is definitely a must see. In the mean time, enjoy these awesome images from our beloved, Kristy Sparow.

Urbanology - Class Is In Session: Rihanna's "Russian Roulette"

Rihanna -- Russian Roulette
By Crystal Holt

I like this song. I like it even more that Ne-Yo wrote it, but isn't singing ON it. People want standard Rihanna dance/hype music. Um, she's a battered woman. She's bound to be a little moody, dark and brooding for a while. Chill the frick out. A good video will shut up all the neigh sayers. But I have seen the production stills and apparently she was rocking that Cody Maverick, Surf's Up do. I don't know about that one.

I can see this being an anthem for breakups everywhere. I would put this in my Fuck Him rotation. Right in between Justin Timberlake's "What Comes Around Goes Around" (yeah, skank whore Britney broke Justin and now he's a serially monogamous dumper) and Mos Def's "You Are the One ... You're the OOOONNNNEEE ... FUCK YOU!" Damn, I love that song.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Eye Candy: Vincent Moon's "Temporary Copenhagen"

TEMPORARY COPENHAGEN _ an experiment from vincent moon / temporary areas on Vimeo.

Please take some time from your mundane Monday to enjoy Vincent Moon's New Project, "Temporary Copenhagen" - a wonderful way to spend your lunch break whether at your desk or on the go via your fancy pants mobile device.

What is "Temporary Copenhagen," you ask? 9 Bands + 30 Minutes + 1 Take = sonic and visual goodness!!

Vincent Moon took performances by Efterklang, Slaraffenland, Choir of Young Believers, Sad Lovers, Thulebasen, Valby Vokalgruppe, Chimes and Bells, Murder & Jong Pang and made a 30 minute video. It was shot in 1 take (if you know what this means then you know how awesome of an accomplishment that is). Seriously. Just watch it. Or don't. Just LISTEN. It's absolutely beautiful.

Slaraffenland opening with 'Falling Out'
Efterklang following with Mirror Mirror'
Sad Lovers performing 'Bring in the Light'
Thulebasen slowly entering with 'Extract'
Valby Vokalgruppe ritualising 'Gøgen fra Kina'
Chimes and Bells exchanging 'You shall not pass'
Murder bringing 'Providence' to life
Jong Pang exciting his 'New Order'
Choir of Young Believers ending with 'Yamagata'

Friday, October 16, 2009

Urbanology - Class Is In Session: N.E.R.D. "Soldier" featuring Santigold and Lil Wayne

N.E.R.D. – Soldier feat Santigold and Lil Wayne
By Crystal Holt

More fuel for the N.E.R.D.-Army that will fold nicely into their live shows. Get ready to dance and jump and sing, slow it down to a wind and rev that mofo back up again. Whatchu mean you never been to a N.E.R.D. concert? Whatchu mean you thought Pharrell was just some dude that sung hooks for rap songz? Whatchu mean you’re an idiot? Well that last one I’ll give you. I need to learn a little more about this Santigold chick. You want to broaden your audience and your brand and add some hip hop followers? Sing a hook. Now, I’m off looking her up and downloading her songs. Sorry to say Lil Wayne’s verse is a throwaway verse. His reign seems to be coming to an end. He’ll still be relevant. He just won’t be #1 (see: stretched too thin / overexposed). You hear that sax. That’s Chad. I’m ready for hip/hop to move exclusively in the next level of being backed by a live band. That shit is raw. Leave the play back to pop/R&B stars.

Urbanology - Class Is In Session: Brandy's "Good Night Good Morning"

Brandy – Good Night Good Morning
By Crystal Holt

No one wants a Brandy comeback more than me (well, maybe Brandy). Okay, so, I’d rather have a really good mainstream Monica comeback. But I like me some Brandy, too. Hey, “I Wanna Be Down” was my jam. She continues to make good music that gets largely ignored. Why? Fake marriage aside, I think she’s too squeaky clean and wholesome. She needs some dirt on her. Not a lot. Just a little pizzazz. She needs to put some stank on it. This song is hot. What it needs is a hot video with an ultrahot love interest that ISN’T Ne-Yo. Get your own beard! Gone Brandy. Get your grove back. I can definitely see this being a club anthem for white people (djs play an entirely different genre of stank whore music in the club for an exclusively black crowd). I can totally see some blonde bimbo in a pussy belt using this song to signal that fake movie producer in the corner “Are we one night standing it or what?” Poor bastard, he doesn’t know whether or not he wants Thai, Soul Food or Apple Pie. Brandy, help him out.

Urbanology - Class Is In Session: Robin Thicke's "Sex Therapy"

Robin Thicke – Sex Therapy
By Crystal Holt

This here is baby making music. Get ready for your repeat button to be broken on your iPod, walk around with an extra pair of panties in your purse, fantasizing about an extramarital affair and/or a threesome with Paula Patton and Mr. Thicke (Hey, I don’t know how you roll!). Here’s hoping that he lives up to that surname. Or, you know, you can put this on while you practice making your love child with your actual boyfriend/fiancé/husband/sperm donor. Do YOU! But marry anyone who wants to give you “sex therapy” as a way to wash that stressful day right out of your head. Much better than those stupid orgasmic shampoo commercials. I’m going to chose to ignore/forgive the Twilight reference in this song. He pulls it off, but only because he’s fricking scrumptious.

Urbanology - Class Is In Session: Alicia Keys' "Doesn't Mean Anything"

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Alicia Keys – Doesn’t Mean Anything

Let’s face fact, it’s hard to top “Fallin”. This doesn’t even come close. That’s not to say this is a bad song. It’s just a standard Alicia Keys song – a little socially conscious, a little anthem-y, a little adult contemporary … a little boring. But hey, once you got those 40-year-old white dollars, its hard to turn back. Who am I hate? Keep plucking away on those ivories. Want a little more Alicia Keys excitement? Check out Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” Made Lil Mama stage crash at the VMAs without fear of a bitchslap from Hova. I'm guessing it was Keys' vocals - like lemmings to a cliff. That's what her first single should have done.

Urbanology - Eric Benet's "Chocolate Legs"

Eric Benet – Chocolate Legs
By Crystal Holt

Call me a grudge holding hater, but anyone cheating on Halle Berry with her entire staff is not getting gold stars in my book. This song is standard Benet. It’s not exciting, it’s not new or out of his comfort zone. It just is. You don’t deserve chocolate legs Mr. Benet. Your chocolate legs are wrapped around Gabriel Aubrey. Eric Benet is Freddie Jackson to Maxwell’s Luther Vandross – a pale boring imitation.

Eric Benet "Chocolate Legs" Official Video

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Sonic Treat of the Day: Wax Tailor's "Say Yes"

Wax Tailor is another Frenchie I'm really digging right now. If you dig Z Trip and even Portishead, then you might want to check out the hip hop and waxy sampling stylistics of Wax Tailor. "No Pity" is a track that's streaming on the site that I'm really digging. Lil vocal goodness mixed with some awesome hip hip samples finessed in a trip hop sort of way. I dig. He's worth checking out.

Wax Tailor will be in town tomorrow night for his show at The Troubadour. Tickets are still available so get on it. McQ and I will be there to enjoy the sonic goodness. Hope to see you there!!

Enjoy a free download of "Say Yes" HERE - it's not my favorite track on the album (in fact, it's one of my least faves) but the label was kind enough to give it to you guys for free.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

McQ's Point of View: Buzz Bands' Birthday Party

Photos: Joe McQuillen
Samuel Stewart, Voxhaul Broadcast, Eastern Conference Champions and Radio FreQ
September 30, 2009
The Echo

1 year gone by.
1 night.
4 awesome bands.
4 new EPs.
LOTS of people.

Thanks to all of you who came out to wish my squeeze, Kevin Bronson, and his Buzz Bands blog a very happy birthday. It was great to see you all. Also, it was so nice to witness you guys supporting the bands by buying all the merchandise that you guys did. You're awesome. And how about those free goodies, courtesy of Downtown Records, eh? Nice!!

Be sure to check out the bands' myspace pages and get their new EPs. ALL worth checking out.