Tonight Performer Magazine presents Birds And Batteries at the Hemlock Tavern in SF! Also on the bill are The Rooftop Vigil and The Special Goodbye.
Side note: The Rooftop Vigil actually used to be Parasol until they got slapped with a lawsuit - this is their first show with the new name, so let's make sure it sticks!
Birds And Batteries - After A Flood
Birds And Batteries - I'll Never Sleep Again
Birds And Batteries on MySpace
The Rooftop Vigil on MySpace
RCRD LBL's got a new Professor Murder track - they'll be gradually releasing three tracks from the new Prof. Murder EP! Check out "Flex-it Formula" - it was also produced by The Brothers production team we know and love.
Professor Murder - Flex-it Formula
Professor Murder - That's How They Getcha (Chinkuzi Riddim Version)
Professor Murder official site
Professor Murder on MySpace
Philadelphia's The Capitol Years came to my attention recently. When I first heard "Mirage People", I thought they were singing "it's a rash, people look". Obviously I was mistaken. Even though I misheard the lyrics I was highly impressed by the sweet and uncliched vocal harmonies. Simply beautiful!
The Capitol Years - Mirage People
The Capitol Years - Let Them Drink
The Capitol Years official site
The Capitol Years on MySpace
Thanksgiving is tomorrow and things are winding down around here...check out some songs I've been enjoying recently!
Mystery Jets - Flakes
Johnny Foreigner - Another Ghost Another Planet
Blunderbuss - I Am A Prayer
Radiohead - Unravel (Pocket Mix)
The Velvet Teen is an indie rock band from northern California. Over the years their sound has bounced from guitar-based pop rock to orchestral baroque pop to loud noise rock...I saw them live about a month ago and was taken aback by how brash their new sound was. However, careful listening to their latest album, Cum Laude, reveals their pop sensibilities are still at core. Check out "Tokyoto" for something new, and "Caspian Can Wait" for something old...
The Velvet Teen - Tokyoto
The Velvet Teen - Caspian Can Wait
The Velvet Teen official site
The Velvet Teen on MySpace
It's Friday, time for a knife fight! In this corner we've got The Knife from Sweden...and in the opposite corner we've got "Knife" by Grizzly Bear! It doesn't work perfectly, but it is genius in concept.
PARRKA - Knife/Heartbeats (Grizzly Bear vs The Knife)
Grizzly Bear on MySpace
The Knife on MySpace
I don't usually hear too much out of Tampa that I have been enjoying lately, but Zillionaire is a well-noted exception to the rule. They play classic indie rock with strong influences from Versus, Polvo, and Bedhead. Their debut album, "The Street Lights Have Been Turned Down" will be released on January 15, 2008! Check below for a sneak peak:
Zillionaire - The Gardener
Zillionaire - No Contest
Zillionaire label site
Zillionaire on MySpace
Team LSF was on hand for the well received Robbers On High Street Show last Friday night...
RoHS rocked through some of the highlights from their latest album, including "The Fatalist", "The Ramp" and "Crown Victoria".
Putting on a tight show, RoHS won over more than a few new fans with their take on 60s and 70s pop!
Robbers On High Street - Crown Victoria
Robbers On High Street official site
Robbers On High Street on MySpace
Well, seems like Dan Bejar has embarked on another ambitious project - Hello, Blue Roses finds him combining songwriting efforts with his romantic partner, Sydney Vermont. Wait, didn't I do this story earlier this year? When it was Dan Boecker starting Handsome Furs with his girlfriend Alexei Perry? Must have caught it through Spencer Krug...
In short, "Shadow Falls" is quite romantic. Vote Chris Christmas Rodriguez to replace Santa this year!
Hello, Blue Roses - Shadow Falls
Destroyer - European Oils
Hello, Blue Roses on MySpace
Destroyer on MySpace
Looks like our favorite britpop/afrodub Swedes have remixed Kylie's "2 Hearts", changing the lounge stomper into a chill (but sexy) club mix. Check it!
Kylie Minogue - 2 Hearts (Version by Studio)
Kylie Minogue official site
Studio official site
It was quite a treat to spend Halloween night this year with The Pipettes. Who needs candy when you've got sugary lyrics and
infectious hooks from the prettiest girls you've ever met. When we got to the venue, we were expecting more people in the audience, but a couple hundred people seemed justified given that (1) it was Halloween and (2) The Pipettes are just making a splash in the US.
Gwenno, RiotBecki, and Rosay trotted onto the stage at around 10:15. They started things out solidly with one of their new songs, "Dance and Boogie". Sporting their trademark polka dots and spouting their three-part harmonies, how could you not fall in love with them? Their set was filled with clapping, snapping, and synchronized dance moves. It was incredible to see them keep up their energy from start to finish.
They covered just about all the songs from their album and then some. Their backing band The Cassette were tight and held it down for the girls. After 20 songs, there was a brief break before the encore. They came back with "ABC" and "I Like a Boy in Uniform (School Uniform)". Their set was about an hour long, but it didn't feel short at all. We're loving this 60's girl pop revival, and we hope to see The Pipettes again real soon.
Dance and Boogie
Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me
Because It's Not Love (But It's Still a Feeling)
Baby Don't Leave Me
It Hurts to See You Dance So Well
Tell Me What You Want
Guess Who Ran Off With the Milkman?
Your Love For Me
Why Did You Stay?
Don't Forget Me
The Burning Ambition of Early Diuretics
I Love You
True Love Waits Patiently for a Miracle
By My Side
One Night Stand
We Are the Pipettes
I Like a Boy in Uniform (School Uniform)
"Guess Who Ran Off With The Milkman?"
"Your Love For Me"
"I Love You"
- predatory wasp
The Pipettes - Guess Who Ran Away With The Milkman?
The Pipettes official site
The Pipettes on MySpace
The Brothers are a label/production/remix team from Brooklyn. They are responsible for producing records for Professor Murder, !!!, The Apes, and Radio 4. Oh, and they also write their own music too! If you liked the band Studio I've recently blogged about, check out some of The Brothers' indie-house music...
!!! - Heart of Hearts (The Brothers Mix)
Golan Globus - Blazer (Version 1)
The Brothers official site
The Brothers on MySpace