Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Meredith Bragg And The Terminals

Meredith Bragg got his first guitar the summer before 8th grade. On the ride home from the music store he learned how to play the three-note NBC theme in the back of the van. He wrote his first song a few weeks later and hasn't come up for air since. Today Meredith is regularly backed up by his band The Terminals, consisting of Brian Minter on piano/keyboards, Jonathan Roth on drums, and Elizabeth Olson on cello. Hailing from the eastern seaboard, Meredith Bragg and The Terminals play acoustic indie-rock to those fortunate enough to be in earshot.

The Departures EP is the highly anticipated follow up to the critically acclaimed debut full length, Volume 1. Bragg continues to wield his astounding songwriting skills and innate grasp of atmospherics. The EP was recorded in the spring of 2005 by Chad Clark and T.J. Lipple (Dismemberment Plan, Aloha, Minus Story, Beauty Pill) at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, Virginia.

Meredith Bragg and the Terminals - Talk Me Down [radio edit]
Meredith Bragg and the Terminals - Before the Storm
Meredith Bragg and the Terminals - Work and Winter
Meredith Bragg ant the Terminals @ MySpace

Carissa's Wierd - You Should Be At Home Here
+ Mount Eerie, Ogre You A**hole, Reindeer, Woelv
Indie Music
Racoon - Another Day
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Kanye West - Late Registration
Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane
Maroon 5 - Live Acoustic
Chill Out Compilations

Monday, January 30, 2006


The Arctic Monkeys have broken the record for the biggest selling debut album ever. The band's No 1 album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, sold 363,735 copies in one week - beating the total sold by Hear'say in 2001. In comparison Richard Ashcroft's No 2 album, Keys To The World, sold 75,000 copies. The Monkeys sold more than the rest of the Top 20 albums combined. However, they were toppled from the No 1 spot on the hit40uk singles chart by Notorious B.I.G. ...

Pete Doherty has been remanded in custody after admitting possession of heroin in court. It means the rest of Babyshambles current tour is off, reports NME.com. Babyshambles had been due to play Glasgow Barrowlands (January 27), Bristol Academy (28) and London Shepherds Bush Empire (29). Babyshambles also missed gigs in Leeds and Newcastle this week. Doherty will be sentenced on February 8 ...

Paul Weller has angrily rejected an offer to perform a duet with James Blunt at the Brit Awards. Weller, to receive an Outstanding Contribution To Music award on the night, is not Blunt's biggest fan. He told the Mirror: "I'd rather eat my own s*** than duet with James Blunt." And a spokesman for Weller's record company V2 added: "James isn't exactly the coolest singer around at the moment - he's the last person Paul would sing with." Blunt is up for five Brits and boasts the biggest-selling album of 2005 with his acclaimed Back To Bedlam debut. "He'll be doing a selection of songs on the night - there might be a Jam song or two in there as well," his record company revealed ...

Noel Gallagher says children are "devil brats". The Oasis frontman, who has a five-year-old daughter Anais added: "They are idiots are they not? "They're f***ing idiots...they're small, noisy, smelly, small, devil brats! "They take too much time and they cry all the time." Noel says that becoming a dad had made him bored reports The Sun. He said: "Many people become so boring when they get kids, they seem to want to take over the house you live in. "You have to be quiet when the babies are asleep... f**k that! It's my house and I am the boss in my house." In the outspoken interview with a Norwegian newspaper, he also has attacks his brother he said: "Liam is not a good person. No one is funnier than him, but he's evil. "When he walks into a room everything freezes." ...

Jenny Lewis And The Watson Twins - Rabbit For Coat
Tilly & The Wall - Wild Like Children
David Dondero - South Of The South
Craig Wedren - Lapland
Mars Black - Folks Music
Coldplay - X & Y
Bloodhound Gang - Hefty Fine
Country: Hog Wild Music

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Bright Eyes - Live Concert

Bright Eyes is the musical vehicle of Conor Oberst, a young singer-songwriter from Nebraska, who first attracted the attention of the indie music world in 1994 -- when he was just 14-years old -- as the singer and guitarist for Commander Venus. After releasing two albums, Commander Venus broke up, but not before the band members started their own record label, Saddle Creek. Since then, Saddle Creek has served as the outlet for such bands as Cursive and Lullaby for the Working Class, as well as Oberst's current project, Bright Eyes. Incorporating a rotating line-up of players, Bright Eyes is anchored by Oberst's frayed lyrics and his shivering, unnerving voice. Bright Eyes' first two albums, A Collection of songs written and recorded between 1995-1997 and Letting Off the Happiness were released in 1998. The latter was recorded with help from members of Neutral Milk Hotel and Of Montreal among others. The EP Every Day and Every Night followed in 1999, and in mid-2000 Bright Eyes released the acclaimed Fevers and Mirrors. Oh Holy Fools was issued a year later. Oberst took time to dedicate to his Desaparecidos project before returning to the studio in 2002. Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground was released that summer. In 2004, Bright Eyes released several EPs, including Home, Vol.4, a collaboration with Spoon's Britt Daniel and One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels. Early the following year, Oberst returned with a pair of albums released on the same day -- I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and the electronic-slanted Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. Presented is a high-quality (192K) bootleg from Bright Eyes, a must for every true BE fan.

Bright Eyes - 9:30 Club - Washington - 2005-01-29

Placebo - Meds
Ministry - Rantology
Bullet For My Valentine - Hand Of Blood [EP]
Crossbreed - Newslavenation [EP]
Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins - Rabbit For Coat
Ladytron - Witching Hour
Erasure - Cowboy
The Butterfly Effect - Begins Here
Maudlin Of The Well - Bath
Albums: The Advantage, Mae, Over It, etc.
The Sweet - Sweet Fanny Adams
Sean Paul - The Trinity

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

People In Planes + The Exit

People in Planes originates from Cardiff, Wales and have been receiving major buzz in the US – especially after their recent tour with The Bravery. It's a 5-piece outfit playing well-crafted and smoothed alternative rock. People in Planes are putting out their debut album on March 28 entitled "As Far As The Eye Can See..." which is produced by Sam Williams (Supergrass – “I Should Coco”). In the meantime you can check People In Planes EP and the single 'Talking Heads'. People in Planes recently had a great opportunity in having Joaquin Phoenix (Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line”) direct the band’s debut video for "If You Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode)" .

People In Planes - If You Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode)
People In Planes - Audio & Video (stream)

The Exit, an alternative rock trio from New York, caught a lot of buzz with the release of their album “Home For An Island” and their first single entitled “Don’t Push”. The Exit function similarly to the Clash or Husker Du. Two individual songwriters, that each posses their own unique sound and point of view, while complimenting each other. Home For An Island is a significant leap forward from their 2001 debut New Beat. According to Brewer, fans said that their first album was “good, but this is nothing like you guys are live.” The Exit is now putting forth a 2nd single (and video for) “Soldier”, an emotional acoustic ballad about the nonsense of war.

The Exit - Don't Push
The Exit - Soldier
The Exit - Songs (stream)

Flyleaf - Flyleaf
The Veronicas - Secret Life Of
Motion City Soundtrack - Commit This To Memory
The Forecast - Late Night Conversations
Iconoclast - Burn Your Bridges
Anberlin - Never Take Friendships Personally
Cauterize - So Far From Real
Steve Burns - Songs For Dustmites

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Micah P Hinsen + Ester Drang

Micah Paul Hinsen was born in Memphis, Tennessee and as a teenager moved to Abilene, Texas, where he became a member of the local music scene. That's where Micah first met his then muse – a Vogue cover model and widow of a notable local rock star. Introduced to her, and in turn Valium and other narcotics, it was not long before Micah’s muse turned into the ‘Black Widow’ as he now refers to her, and he hit a horrible twist of events. In the Spring of 2000, he was caught forging prescriptions and was sent to county jail.

At the age of 19, Micah found himself homeless and penniless, wandering from pillar to post, sleeping on friends’ floors. He was eventually forced to declare himself bankrupt and moved into a motel and acquired a mundane telemarketing job. During this period, Micah still managed to write around 30 songs on borrowed instruments and equipment. In the winter of 2003, with help from his old friends from Texas, The Earlies, Micah revisited these songs from his ‘lost’ period to record his debut album, ‘Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress’. As producers of the record (under their ‘Names On Records’ guise), The Earlies’ trademark of lush strings, beautiful keyboards and eerie backdrops harmonised perfectly with Micah’s honest and exposed style. ‘Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress’ was released in September 2004 on Sketchbook to a wealth of critical acclaim, with the NME describing it as ‘an astonishing debut album of country noir’. Following three sold out tours of the UK in the autumn/winter of 2004 with The Earlies, Iron and Wine and a full band headline tour, the year ended with the ‘Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress’ album being voted into numerous end of year best of polls including Uncut, Time Out, Independent - it even reached number 5 in Rough Trade Shop’s 100 best albums of 2004 poll!

Micah P Hinsen joined Jade Tree collective and will release the EP, The Baby and the Satellite, for the first time in the US. The Baby and the Satellite was actually the recording Micah made during his much documented 'lost' period, with his then muse.

Micah P Hinson - The Leading Guy

On January 24th, Jade Tree will release the third full length from Ester Drang, Rocinate, an album that catapults the band even further into their patented synth-dripped rhythms, throbbing percussion, rising horns and post-gazer grandeur, having as much in common with Brian Eno's mournful drone as they do The Notwist's passionate textures. Rocinate affords these Oklahomans the freedom to orchestrate their imagination into a beautiful ensemble of tracks; proving that songs not only have the power to elevate, to leave you infiltrated, but when properly strung together can be as transcendent as they are moving.

Ester Drang - Come Back Alive
Ester Drang @ MySpace
Ester Drang @ PureVolume

Royksopp - Melody A.M
Royksopp - The Understanding
Billy Corgan - The Future Embrace
Enya - Amarantine
Enya - A Day Without Rain + The Best Of
VA - Love Is Stronger Than Death
Lord Of The Rings - OST
The Last Samurai - OST (Hans Zimmer)
Indie Compilations
David Gray - White Ladder

Monday, January 23, 2006

The Crimea + Sleeper

The Crimea began life as The Crocketts, signed to UK major label, V2 in 1998. Their output was prolific, to say the least, with some 30 releases in a little under 3 years, including two full-length albums, “We May be Skinny and Wirey” and “The Great Brain Robbery”. Both albums met with tremendous critical acclaim, both in the UK, where they sold a respectable 50 thousand copies, and in the USA and Japan, where they quickly became some of the most sought-after export-only UK releases in a decade. The Crocketts quickly amassed a huge following, on the back of almost non-stop touring (including supports with The Stereophonics and The Levellers), most of whom have remained loyal to the band through their transformation into The Crimea. In late 2001, The Crocketts fell prey to the failing fortunes of V2, who dropped almost half of their roster as part of a ‘rationalisation’ plan. Unwilling to lay down in the face of such a huge setback, Davey and Owen holed themselves up in the rehearsal studio to re-write their musical CV, and emerged late in 2002 with the beginnings of the debut Crimea long-player, “Tragedy Rocks”. Comparisons came quickly, with everyone from Dusty Springfield, Leonard Cohen, The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev and The Pixies getting a mention.

The Crimea - Radio 2 Sessions 02-01-2006
The Crimea @ Inaudible
The Crimea @ MySpace

Sleeper is composed of Louise Wener (vocals, guitar), Jon Stewart (guitar), Andy Maclure (drums) and Diid Osman (bass). Wener and Stewart met at while studying politics at school in Manchester, England. Relocating to London, the two recruited Osman and Maclure and began playing Wener's original songs. The group made its debut in 1993, which led to a series of positive reviews in the British music weeklies. By November of 1993, the group had released an independent single ("Alice in Vain"). In February 1994, the band released "Swallow," which charted in the Top 100; the following May, "Delicious" was released and it became a number one independent single. During May, Sleeper supported Blur on the London band's enormously successful Parklife tour. In February 1995, Sleeper released their debut album, Smart, which entered the U.K. album chart at number five and the independent chart at number one; it would be certified a silver album in four months. Smart was released in the U.S. in March to positive reviews, yet it failed to duplicate the band's British commercial success. In the late spring of 1996, Sleeper released their second album, The It Girl. Again, the album was a major hit in the U.K., yet it barely made an impact in the U.S.

Sleeper - B-Sides & Rarities

Alternative/Rock Albums
Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock'n'Roll
Bent - Ariels
Keane - Hopes And Fears
Royce da 5'9" - Death Is Certain
Faithless - Sunday 8pm
Jamie Foxx - Unpredictable
Matt Nathanson - Beneath This Fireworks
Hot Hot Heat - Elevator
Albums: Death In Vegas, Portishead, U.N.K.L.E, Tokio Hotel

Friday, January 20, 2006

Arctic Monkeys

All the hype around Arctic Monkeys created primarily from NME you should believe. Arctic Monkeys are here, with the new album, fresh and ready to kick some ass. Today is the official release date in Europe for the new album 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'. By default good old Amazon sends the copies of pre-ordered releases some days before official release date, so my copy has alredy arrived. The album comes out in US at 26. of January. The album is released for the independant UK label Domino Records, the home of The Kills, Franz Ferdinand, Pavement, etc. It contains 13 songs of a pure rock, groovy riffs, catchy bass lines and solid vocals. It opens with 'The View From The Afternoon' a song to warm up followed by 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor' - a mega hit and the first single from the album. Other highlights are slow 'Riot Van', catchy 'Mardy Bum', the second hit single 'When The Sun Goes Down (Scummy), 'From The Ritz To The Rubble' and closing song 'A Certain Romance'. Some songs that you may have heard as demos like 'Cigarette Smoke' or 'Choo Choo' are not on the album. Arctic Monkeys are at the moment one of my favorites, one of the candidates for the best of 2006 and I highly recommend them.

Arctic Monkeys - Live & Demos
Arctic Monkeys - Rare, Live, Videos, Demos

Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy Appendix
Belle And Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Whipping Boy - Heartworm
Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
Dios (Malos) - Dios (Malos)
Hot Chip - Coming On Strong
Kerbdog - On The Run
Mates Of State - All Day [EP]
Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
Sigur Ros - Takk
Niel Young - Prairie Wind
Live: Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Pearl Jam, etc.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Muse - Live & Rare

The English rock trio Muse consists of guitarist/vocalist Matthew Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenhome and drummer Dominic Howard. Bored by the sleepy life their hometown of Teignmouth, Devon provided, the three friends began playing music together. They started the first incarnation of their band when they were all 13, changing the name of the group from Gothic Plague to Fixed Penalty to Rocket Baby Dolls as time passed. By 1997 the band settled on the name Muse and released their self-titled debut EP on Dangerous Records, followed by the Muscle Museum EP in 1998. The group's emotive, Radiohead-like sound and live dates drew critical acclaim and industry buzz, and after a trip to New York's CMJ festival, Muse signed a deal with Maverick Records. Singles like "Cave" and "Uno" preceded their debut full-length album Showbiz, which was released toward the end of 1999. Two years later, Muse issued The Origin of Symmetry and had a major hit with "Hyper Music." In 2002, fans were treated to the double-disc live set Hullabaloo. Muse's fourth album, Absolution, got the usual royal treatment upon its late-2003 release. Stateside fans finally got a taste of Absolution when it was released on Warner Bros. the following March. A short North American tour in the spring coincided Muse's spot on the fifth annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival in May 2004.

Muse - Bootlegs, B-Sides, EPs, Remixes, Rare

The Strokes - First Impressions Of Earth
Plastik - Volle Packung
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm Remixed
M.I.A. - Arular
Death From Above 1979 - Romance Bloody Romance
The Juan Maclean - Less Than Human
Cake - Fashion Nugget
John Vanderslice - Cellar Door
Albums: Blink 182, Offspring, Boomfunk M.C.
Arcade Fire - Funeral + EP
Tom Waits - Bone Machine + Franks Wild Years + Swordfishtrombones
Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site
Stateside - Phonograph
Tom Petty - Wildflowers
Nick Drake - Way To Blue: An Introduction To Nick Drake
+ Fiona Apple, The Killers, Garden State OST, etc.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Tiger Bear Wolf + furiousBall

For a long time I didn't hear a good old rock'n'roll. Tiger Bear Wolf are 4-piece outfit from Greensboro, NC and as they say themself are in the mission of saving rock'n'roll. Their garage rock is influenced by the music of Led Zeppelin, The Stooges, Fugazi, Polvo, etc. Combining two vocals and the guitars from Jonathon Moore and Noah Howard, supported by Matt Bostick on bass and Lawrence Holdsworth playing drums, the band delivers a raw energy and the sound that makes your heart beats faster. TBF are on Hello Sir Records label and have released self-titled debut that you can purchase on HSR page.

Tiger Bear Wolf - Wrong Lens Wrong Film
Tiger Bear Wolf - Input, Output
Tiger Bear Wolf - You Play Guitar

furiousBall is a one-man experimental electronic music project. The man behind furiousBall is Van Kapeghian, a 35-years old software developer. furiousBall creates very inspirative ambiental/chill-out music that diverse from the typical patterns and is well-crafted composition of various rhytms and samples carefully developed and mixed. The rhytms vary from slow to funky. The sounds from a synth and electric and acoustic guitars are frequently used. Some songs (After The Beep, TrailGuideHand) include guest vocals and are discovering another dimension of furiousBall's sound. furiousBall has released a self-titled album and is working on the second "Myself, 5 minutes ago", planned to be released in this year. You can purchase furiousBall CD here.

furiousBall - furiousBall (stream)

The Strokes - First Impressions Of Earth
The Bravery - The Bravery
Junior Boys - Last Exit
Isolee - Live
Boards Of Canada - Campfire Headphase
Kraftwerk - Minimum-Maximum
Albums: Rogue Wave, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade, Andrew Bird
The Beta Band - Heros To Zeros
High Fidelity - OST
Lagwagon - Resolve
Fischerspooner - #1 + Odyssey
Dispatch - Bang Bang
Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth

Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Fiona Apple, Arcade Fire, the Decemberists, Bloc Party, Death Cab For Cutie, Kings Of Leon, Sufjan Stevens, M.I.A., Animal Collective and Antony And The Johnsons are all nominated for this year's New Pantheon Music Prize. The award, which will be announced on February 6th in Los Angeles, is given to "the most creative and artistic records of the year." The winner will be chosen by a select panel, which includes Beck, John Legend, Elton John, Ric Ocasek, the Roots' ?Uestlove, Keith Urban and Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard -- who may be tempted to vote for his own band ...

Pete Doherty's latest arrest cost him £50,000 when he wasn't released in time to play a gig in Austria. Austria's FM4 radio station was even more out of pocket as they had hired a private jet for Pete and also had to refund tickets. FM4 had hired a Learjet and crew, and kept it on stand-by for five hours at Luton - at a cost of £20,000. But Pete wasn't released on bail in time, leaving the station having to refund the price of the tickets, which amounted to £100,000. The Daily Mirror's source said: "Pete's bandmates, Drew McConnell and Adam Ficek, flew to Graz without Pete on Saturday afternoon because they thought he'd be released in time to join them for the gig. "The promoters organised the jet for 6pm. It was held for five hours... until it became clear Pete wasn't going to make it." Pete had been held on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and possession of class A and class C narcotics ...

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, who recently starred in his own back-to-school reality TV show Tommy Lee Goes to College, will head to the big screen in a documentary about his life. The as-yet untitled film is the brainchild of filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky, one of the directors behind the rock-umentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, which tracked the rock band during its tense and emotional recording of St. Anger ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers plan to release the follow-up to 2002's multiplatinum By the Way, dubbed Stadium Arcadium, in early May. Originally conceived as a trilogy of thirty-eight songs, the Rick Rubin-produced effort will be a twenty-four-track double album. Song titles include "Charlie," "Snow," "Animal Bar," "Wet Sand," "Desecration Smile," "Hard to Concentrate" and "Dani California," the album's first single ...

Brother-sister act Fiery Furnaces will hit the road for an eighteen-date North American tour in support of their latest release, Rehearsing My Choir, in New Haven, Connecticut, on February 10th. The duo are set to release Choir's follow-up, Bitter Tea, later in the year ...

Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary
Eels - Souljacker
Placebo - Black Market Music
Rage Against The Machine - Renegades
Snoop Dogg - 5 Albums
+ more
Albums: Jewel, Alice In Chains, RHCP, Björk, Better Than Ezra, Bob Marley,
Splender, Savage Garden, Utah Saints, The Crystal Method, Letters To Cleo,
Sheril Crow, Cher, Beyonce, Missy Elliot, Moby, No Doubt, Linkin Park, etc.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Fiona Apple Live

Tidal, Fiona Apple's major label debut, came out when the singer-songwriter was only 18, yet she managed to sound old beyond her years, hooking in listeners all over the age spectrum and bypassing the teen pop ghetto that comes with a fiercely enforced "sell-by" date. Her debut single, the darkly baroque "Shadowboxer," was a moderate hit on both alternative rock and adult contemporary radio and along with Apple's often harsh back story and moody, highly photogenic beauty, Tidal became a worldwide hit. Apple's follow-up LP was hindered by having an entire poem as its song title and a cover shot that downplayed her austere beauty. If that seemed like a deliberate attempt to make listeners concentrate on the music, it worked -- especially when When the Pawn... went on to win rave reviews and shoot up to No. 1 on the then-new Internet sales chart. Once again, Apple's pained songcraft slightly obscured how good she really is.

She wasn't heard from again until 2002-'03, when word spread throughout the Internet that Sony was unhappy with Apple's newest songs. (By now the Apple cult had grown immensely, helped along by blogs and message boards.) The controversy continued through 2004, with the facts about who was responsible for the griping - Apple, her label, or the Internet rumor mill - ranging from murky to downright unclear. But tracks had leaked, that was for sure, and while they were apparently unfinished, the fan response was mostly rabid. Apple could now add Internet sensation to her lengthy list of titles (prodigy, tease, true songwriting talent, etc.) The new album finally got the name Extraordinary Machine and was released in 2005.

Fiona Apple - Live In LA 11-26-05

Jet - Get Born
Lifehouse - Lifehouse
Sugababes - Taller In More Ways
Shaggy - Clothes Drop
Death Metal Albums
Eric Prydz - Executive Mix Vol.2

Friday, January 13, 2006

The Offspring Bootlegs

The Offspring's metal-inflected punk became a popular sensation in 1994, selling over four million albums on an independent record label. While the group's credentials and approach follow the indie rock tradition of the '80s, sonically they sound more like an edgy, hard-driving heavy metal band, with their precise, pulsing power chords and Dexter Holland's flat vocals.

The Offspring - Bootlegs

Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Sarah McLachlan - The Freedom Sessions [EP]
Julieta Venegas - Si
Emperor Penguin - Mysterious Pony
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow + Oh Inverted World
Dream Theatre - Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
Paul Colman Trio - New Map Of The World
Marta Wainwright - Marta Wainwright
Symphonic Beatles
Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) With The Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
Albums: Common, Kanye West, RHCP, Manu Chao, Jem, etc.
New Order - Waiting For The Sirens Call
+ more albums
Nightwish - 3 Albums
Madonna - Confessions On A Dance Floor

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Tori Amos Live

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) was one of several female singer/songwriters who combined the stark lyrical attack of alternative rock with a distinctly '70s musical approach. Her music falls between the orchestrated meditations of Kate Bush and the stripped-down poetics of Joni Mitchell. In addition to reviving the singer/songwriter traditions of the '70s, Amos revived the piano as a rock & roll instrument. She released 8 full-length albums. The latest, released in 2005, was an autobiographical record titled The Beekeeper.

Tori Amos - Live In Dallas 11-03-01
Tori Amos - Live In Manchester 12-06-01

Architecture In Helsinki - In Case We Die
Mylo - Destroy Rock And Roll
3 Doors Down - Seventeen Days
3 Doors Down - Another 700 Miles [EP]
Muse - Absolution
VA - Cafe Del Mar Vol.7

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Nest + Crix Crax Crux

Nest is a 5-piece indie pop outfit from LA that has just released their self-titled debut EP. The music is dominated by the beautiful voice of the leading singer Ayana Haviv that in some cases reminds on Fiona Apple or even Alanis Morissette. The songs are melodic, mainly keyboard-driven, with occasional insertion of acoustic and electronic sounds. The new EP can be purchased at band's homepage.

Nest @ MySpace

The music of Crix Crax Crux could be described as experimental/indie rock that has some influences from Violent Femmes and David Bowie but has it's own flavor and is certainly worth a try. The band is under Frigital Records independant label. The two songs are presented from the upcoming release Mountainears.

Crix Crax Crux - Radio On
Crix Crax Crux - Moth (edit)

Hawthorne Heights - If Only You Were Lonely
Simple Plan - Still Not Getting Any ...
Sum 41 - Chuck
My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
SOAD - Hypnotize + Mezmerize
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway
Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Business
+ Gorillaz, Fall Out Boy, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Coldplay, etc.
The Mad Capsule Markets - Park
Nashville Pussy - Say Something Nasty
Calexico - Feast Of Wire
Ben Folds - Rockin The Suburbs
Akon - Trouble
Mr And Mrs Smith - OST

Monday, January 09, 2006


Melancholy singer-songwriter Morrissey will release his eighth solo album, Ringleaders of the Tormentors, on April 4th. The former SMITHS frontman recorded this latest effort in Rome with the help of producer Tony Visconti (T. Rex, David Bowie) ...

Scottish pop band Belle And Sebastian will release their new album, The Life Pursuit, on February 7th. The seven-piece act is gearing up for a U.K. trek, beginning January 15th ...

Los Angeles alt-rockers Eels will release Eels With Strings: Live at Town Hall on February 21st. The live CD/DVD features songs spanning the Los Angeles alt-rockers' decade-long career, including material off 2005's Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, with a string quartet thrown into the mix ...

Coldplay have confirmed they will perform at this year's Brit Awards. The Kaiser Chiefs, James Blunt, KT Tunstall, Kelly Clarkson, Kanye West and Paul Weller will also perform at the event ...

Richard Ashcroft says he feels like Jesus Christ. According to The Sun he said: "I love the man, I feel like him." The Verve frontman continued: "There's only Richard Ashcroft and Liam Gallagher who know what it feels like. We're the only ones who know how many people we've touched and how powerful that is. "I feel like I'm on a one-man mission. I'm here to use my tools and my gift to take them to a higher level." ...

Rock/Alternative Albums
Eels - 3 Albums
Nada Surf - 2 Albums
Radiohead - Me And This Army Remixes
Johnny Cash - Unearthed Boxset
Yellow Card - Ocean Avenue + One For The Kids
Disturbed - Ten Thousand Fists
System Of A Down - Hypnotize
Gogol Bordello - Gypsy Punk Underdog World Strike
Pulp Fiction - OST
Sum 41 - Does This Look Infected
Elliott Smith Tribute CD
Albums: The Kleptones, Beatallica
The Dresden Dolls - The Dresden Dolls
VA - Help: A Day In The Life
VA - Balkan Beat Box