Wednesday, June 29, 2005


BOB DYLAN will release Bob Dylan: Live at the Gaslight 1962, on August 30th through Starbucks. The CD will feature ten tracks recorded early in the singer-songwriter's career at the Gaslight Cafe located in New York's Greenwich Village ...

SONIC YOUTH, SLEATER-KINNEY, the BLACK KEYS, OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL and CAT POWER will headline the Arthurfest in Los Angeles on September 4th and 5th ...

MAN MAN, the UNICORNS, LEWIS AND CLARKE and PAPER LIONS are featured on the Solid PR Presents Volume 1, a double-disc charity CD benefiting multiple sclerosis, due July 12th ...

PETE YORN will play a string of dates beginning July 8th in Minneapolis, finishing up July 16th in Columbus, Ohio ...

The DANDY WARHOLS will release their fifth studio album, Odditorium or Warlords of Mars, on September 13th ...

SAUL WILLIAMS, AMBULANCE LTD and BE YOUR OWN PET will join SPOON, BRENDAN BENSON, Q AND NOT U, VHS OR BETA and the DEARS at the fifth annual Village Voice Siren Music Festival in Coney Island, New York, on July 16th ...

Twin Freaks

Twin Freaks is a collection of some of Paul McCartney's best-loved classics alongside some hidden gems from music's most envied back catalogue. Twin Freaks features studio wizardry of DJ and producer The Freelance Hellraiser best known for his unforgettable mash-up the 2002 bootleg 'A Stroke of Genius'. Hellraiser has since become one of the most sought after remixers and last year he came to the attention of music legend Paul McCartney. Read more at official site.

Preview the album:
Twin Freaks - ST (Vinyl)

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Live Update

Monday, June 27, 2005

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah + Okkervil River

There is a buzz created recently around the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah self-titled and self-released album that is similiar to those of Arcade Fire's Funeral in the last year. I took some time to listen to the songs from this album and my first impressions were quite positive. I could say it's a damn good album, but compared to Funeral it misses a bit of an emotion and diversity that made the Arcade Fire so great. Nevertheless it's worth having it and I can recommend it to everyone.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - S/T | 2

The Okkervil River band's name comes from an obscure Russian story and the album title comes from a song by fallen '60s folk hero Tim Hardin, but the haunting music here is purely the Austin collective's own. Like tour partners the Decemberists and soul mate Alasdair Roberts, Okkervil River deals primarily in dark string instruments and even darker poetry.

Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
Check PD for Louis XIV album.
Okkervil River - Live Shows

Friday, June 24, 2005

Live: Radiohead + The Comas + Phish

Radiohead - Live
Radiohead - Videos

The Comas - Live @ KEXP (zip)

Phish - Live @ MSG NY

Bonus Albums:

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Butterfly Boucher + Eisley + KEXP Selection

OK. You've listened to all those girls bands playing soft and hard rock, you liked female artist like PJ Harvey, bands like Rilo Kiley, etc. So now is the time to meet the Butterfly Boucher.

Born in the middle of a seven-daughter family with creative and free-spirited parents, Butterfly Boucher's first name was suggested by some divine intervention her mother was experiencing. A picture on an elementary school wall, a print on a dance teacher's leotard, and a 45rpm single of "The Butterfly Song," brought home by one of her other daughters, all pointed to the name. Her father had pursued a professional career in music but when that failed, all their possessions were given away and the family piled into the car and traveled to Australia's outback. Things settled down, but the wandering spirit stuck with Butterfly. Since most of her young friends had little interest in creating music, Butterfly was left to play all the instruments herself when she started experimenting with a four-track recorder at the age of ten. She later joined her sister's band, the Mercy Bell, on bass, but when a record deal fell through some of the siblings headed to Europe to form a busking "street theater" group. A friend and fellow musician Mike Dixon appreciated Butterfly's stage presence and talent and suggested she try a solo career. Spending every bit of money she had, Butterfly bought a laptop for recording and headed to Stockton, England to refine her writing and playing. She recorded demos, playing every instrument once again, and through Dixon's connections in the business, she ended up with a contract with A&M records. The fully realized demos didn't need much added to them, and appeared mostly untouched on her debut, Flutterby, released in late 2003. ~ David Jeffries, All Music Guide

Butterfly Boucher - Collection

Eisley makes one of the most impressive, entertaining and instantly accessible full-length album debuts in recent memories with Room Noises. With guitar pop-rock from three sisters, their brother and a best friend, most still teenagers, Room Noises justifies what the buzz is about-the future.

Eisley - Room Noises

British Sea Power - Live @ KEXP
Robyn Hithcock - Live @ KEXP
The Plains - Live @ KEXP
Firewater - Live @ KEXP + concerts

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Live: KEXP Selection + Counting Crows

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Live @ KEXP (pass: bbcj)

Belle & Sebastian - Live @ KEXP (pass: bbcj)

Calexico - Live @ KEXP (pass: bbcj)

Counting Crows - Live in London

Rapidshare Links:
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods | 2 | 3
Richard Ashkroft - Human Conditions | 2 (pass: qwerty)
Billy Corgan - The Future Embrace | 2 | 3 (pass: sth1435)

Interpol, The Unseen, etc.

Butthole Surfers, Coldplay, Creed, etc.

A Perfect Circle, Sevendust, Breaking Benjamin, etc.

Alcaline Trio, Gorillaz, Anberlin, etc.
Air, Alanis Morrisette, etc.
Beck - Guero (Retail)


Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Streaming Videos


AUTOLUX will open for NINE INCH NAILS and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE on the bands' North American tour, which kicks off September 16th in San Diego, California ...

PRIMUS will join the PIXIES, BILLY IDOL, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, the BRAVERY, KAISER CHIEFS, CAKE, the ARCADE FIRE, LOUIS XIV and WEEZER at this year's Lollapalooza festival on July 23rd and 24th in Chicago ...

The original lineup of DINOSAUR JR kicks off its West coast tour on August 13th in Las Vegas, wrapping up in Vancouver on August 22nd ...

The CURE, OASIS, KEANE, DINOSAUR JR, the KILLS, DOVES, KAISER CHIEFS and HOT HOT HEAT will perform at the eleventh annual Benicassim festival in Spain on August 4th to 7th ...

Monday, June 20, 2005

Live Update

Live: Death Cab + Coldplay + Grant Lee Buffalo

Today's update brings you live performances from Death Cab and Grant Lee, and Coldplay's appereance at Jools Holland show. Check the beautiful electronica release from icelandic Mum as well.

Death Cab For Cutie - Live

Coldplay - Later with Jools Holland 2005 (pass:AlienOnAcid)

Grant Lee Buffalo - Live

Mum - Finally We Are No One

Rapidshare Links:
Bad Religion - Suffer
TV on the Radio - Young Liars EP
TV on the Radio - OK Calculator | 2 | 3 | 4
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema | 2

Hip Hop
Tonedeff, Cage

Alternative Rock
Audioslave, Seether, Alter Bridge

Friday, June 17, 2005

Live Update

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Live: SOAD + Manu Chao

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Iron & Wine

Sam Beam lives in Miami, FL and makes music under the name Iron and Wine. He is a father of two (both daughters) and teaches cinematography at a local college. September 2002 saw the release of his debut album, The Creek Drank the Cradle. That record was/is hushed, literate, intimate, melodic: a quiet treasure which, with its unaffected candor and depth, found fans all over. (Entertainment Weekly: "Based in Miami, of all places, [Beam] launches balloons of sweetly whispered regret over trance-inducing backwoods string arrangements and watches them float away, his heart in tow." The Onion: "Equally assured with sweetly lilting pop and doomstruck ballads, Beam invests these songs with hypnotic beauty and sparkling melody, making them as accessible as they are affecting.") Both in the bio for the first record and in (perhaps an unwitting, self-fulfilling prophecy set in motion by that bio…) subsequent press surrounding the record, a fair amount of focus has been narrowed on these two facts: Sam Beam lives in Miami, and most of his music is home-recorded. This lends some interesting context, but really, these things are solely that: context. The simple explanation is that Sam likes the warm weather and home is where the four-track is (it also happens to be where his family is).

In September of 2003, we at Sub Pop released a 5-song EP culled from the recordings that made up The Creek Drank the Cradle as The Sea and The Rhythm. And, some discerned a new undercurrent of optimism within these (Pitchfork: "...Beam pushes trembling expectation, ecstatic abandon, and plain-faced repentance"). Between now and the first record, Sam spent a far amount of time on the road, both solo (touring together with Rosie Thomas, Love as Laughter’s Sam Jayne, and James Mercer from The Shins) and with a band. Iron and Wine have played or toured with Holopaw, Broadcast, The Shins, Ugly Casanova, The Decemberists, Fruit Bats, and others.

Our Endless Numbered Days
is the second full-length album from Iron and Wine and it was recorded both at Sam's Miami home and in Chicago's Engine Studios with Brian Deck (Red Red Meat, Modest Mouse, Ugly Casanova, Holopaw, etc.) On it, Sam is aided and abetted by his regular touring and recording conspirators: sister Sara Beam, Patrick McKinney, Jeff McGriff, EJ Holowicki, and Jonathan Bradley. No grand gestures here, instead the record is filled with tiny moments, little windows into our shared mortality in a way that serves to sharpen the hunger for love and connection over time rather than dull or defeat it. Listening to Our Endless Numbered Days makes plain Sam's deft touch with words and melody; one that allows him to turn out stories about love, loss, faith, or the lack of it that are at once personal and universal, set to music that is sweetly haunting and timeless.

Iron & Wine - Live Shows and Home Recordings

Tuesday, June 14, 2005


BJORK penned and produced eleven songs for the soundtrack to the upcoming Japanese themed Matthew Barney film, Drawing Restraint 9. The soundtrack is due in late July ...

Icelandic pop group SIGUR ROS will kick off their North American tour on September 6th in Atlanta ...

Psychedelic icon ROKY ERICKSON will join COLDPLAY, OASIS, WILCO, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE and ARCADE FIRE at the fourth annual Austin City Limits Festival on September 23rd to 25th in Austin, Texas. The performance will be Erickson's first full concert appearance in almost twenty years ...

Manchester trio DOVES wrap their American tour this week, before heading off to play a string of summer festivals in the U.K. and Japan ...

STAIND lead singer AARON LEWIS and wife Vanessa had their second daughter, Nyla Rae, on June 9th in New Hampshire. The band plans to release its new album, Chapter V, on August 9th ...

Deep Puddle Dynamics + Portishead Live

In todays selection a gem of indie hip-hop music - Deep Puddle Dynamics. Read the review here.

Deep Puddle Dynamics - The Taste of Rain... Why Kneel (rar)

Portishead - Live @ Roseland, NY

Monday, June 13, 2005

The Wallflowers + Drive Like Jehu

In todays selection I present you the fifth album from The Wallflowers produced by Brendan O'Brian. Read the review at PopMatters. An excellent album from Drive Like Jehu rated 9.0 from Pitchfork is certainly worth to check. Read the PF Review.

The Wallflowers - Rebel, Sweethearts (zip)

Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime

Blink 182 - Live @ Orlando 2004

Amon Tobin - Out from Out Where
Blood Brothers - Crimes (rar)

Brian Eno - Another Day on Earth
Dalek - Absence
Detritus - Enogenous