Friday, June 29, 2007

Black Before Red

Black Before Red throws the traditional four-piece line-up a curve. Multi-instrumentalists all, they seamlessly incorporate acoustic, electric and electronic elements and seem to draw on the whole of the history of rock and pop while offering up something entirely new. Enlisting the help of friends from Okkervil River, The Lemurs and Zykos for an even fuller symphonic sound, Belgrave to Kings Circle offers a rich fabric of challenging arrangements captured in a recording that speaks of obsessive perfectionism of the best kind. Despite our love of these elements, we barely noticed them at first, too busy dancing around the living room and trying to sing along before we even knew the words.

In their hometown of Austin, Black Before Red is something of a “bandʼs band.” Their shows look a little like a local musiciansʼ convention, and have at times become de facto I Eat Records meetings. Although this is their debut album, the band can hardly be called “freshman.” They are one of those groups that seems to have been around forever, undergoing multiple lineup changes as members came and went--to join Okkervil in one case--before finally coalescing into an ideal mix and settling in to make their ideal debut album. Recommended!

Black Before Red - Underneath Gold
Black Before Red - Teenage America
Black Before Red - Halliberlin Petroleum
Black Before Red @ MySpace

Frank Black - The Cult Of Ray
Say Hi To Your Mom - Impeccable Blahs
The Sounds - Dying To Say This To YOu
+ Broken Social Scene, Air, Altura, And One, Freezepop, Oomph, Silversun Pickups, Weezer,
Throwing Muses, Ladytron, Melotron, David Bowie, Camouflage, Kaiser Chiefs, etc.
Peter Bjorn And John - Writer's Block
Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Please Desribe Yourself
Shout Out Louds - Howl Howl Gaff Gaff
+ Belle & Sebastian, Ben Harper, Muse, Kaiser Chiefs. CYHSY, etc.
The White Stripes - Icky Thump (2007) !!!
The Dead 60s - The Dead 60s
Rock En Roll En - Sjalvmordssanger (2007)
Mistress - The Glory Bitches Of Doghead (2007)
Benny Benassi - Hypnotica

Monday, June 25, 2007

Glastonbury 2007

Hi folks. The world's largest greenfield festival, Glastonbury 2007, has just finished. Thanks to Martin from Indieglo, who was so kind to contribute some of the recordings of the most interesting shows, you'll be able to feel a bit of the Glastonbury's unique atmosphere yourself. I hope you'll enjoy. Don't forget to visit Indieglo page where you can also find some of the video recordings of various performances. There is also a complete cover of Glastonbury 2007 at BBC, where you can watch and listen many of the featured shows.

C.S.S. - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Maximo Park - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Rodrigo y Gabriella - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Editors - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Iggy & The Stooges - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Babyshambles - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
The Kooks - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Lily Allen - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Pigeon Detectives - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Bloc Party - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Hot Chip - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Gogol Bordello - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Kasabian - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
The Coral - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Björk - Live @ Glastonbury 2007
Super Furry Animals - Live @ Glastonbury 2007

The White Stripes - Icky Thump (2007) !!!
Queens Of The Stone Age - Era Vulgaris (2007) !!!
Sean Lennon - Into The Sun
Angel'in Heavy Syrup - III + IV
+ And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Kasabian, Fujiya & Miyagi, CSS, Silversun Pickups, etc.
Antibalas - Security (2007) + Government Magic + Liberation Afro Beat Vol 1
Guitar - Dealing With Signal And Noise (2007)
Begushkin - Nightly Things (2007)
The Quantic Soul Orchestra - Stampede
+ Vetiver, Tortoise, Irma At Sex And The City OST, Willie Nelson, etc.
Art Brut - It's A Bit Complicated (2007) !!!
The White Stripes - Icky Thump (2007) !!!
The Libertines + Babyshambles

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


I've had sudden trip to Spain, kind of a short vacation :-). I'll be back in the end of the week. I'll continue posting from monday next week.


Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Featured Video

M.I.A. may have teased us in recent times by leaking the tracks 'XR2' and 'BirdFlu' herself but the real event comes on August 21st when the new album, KALA, is released on Interscope Records/XL Recordings. It's been worth the wait. Working with the likes of Afrikan Boy, Blaqstarr, Diplo, Morganics / The Wilcannia Mob, Switch and Timbaland, it's going to be quite an event, this one. In a preemptive strike, her new single, 'Boyz', is being released on enhanced CD and digital release including the “Boyz” video, a “making of”, photos and remix parts. There will also be a 12” vinyl release and a limited edition, M.I.A. branded USB wristband version. The Guardian Guide made it their Single of the Week at the weekend, calling it "a riotous blitz of jerky military riddims." They're not wrong. The video, shot in Jamaica, is equally riotous and features that nation's top dancers as well as some amazing graphics.

M.I.A. - Boyz

New Music

Amestory - The March, The Parade (from They Can Sing Under Water EP, June 2007)
Architecture In Helsinki - Heart It Races (from Places Like This, July 2007)
Spoon - The Underdog (from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, July 2007)
The New Pornographers - My Rights Versus Yours (from Challengers, August 2007)
Robbers On High Street - Crown Victoria (from Grand Animals, August 2007)
Shout Out Louds - Tonight I Have To Leave It (from Our Ill Wills, May 2007)
M.I.A. - Boyz (radio edit) (from Kala, August 2007)
Illinois - Missing A Piece (from Daytrotter Sessions, June 2007)
The White Stripes - Rag & Bone (from Icky Thump, June 2007)
Frank Black - Robert Onion (from Best Of Frank Black 93-03, June 2007)


Cat Power wins Shortlist music prize... (read more @ Spacelab)
Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene to release solo album... (read more @ Spacelab)
Ash confirm they are releasing their final album... (read more @ Gigwise)
Rage Against The Machine clock counting down... (read more @ MTV)
Tool tossing around ideas for surreal movie... (read more @ Billboard)
Jack Johnson get busy on new studio album... (read more @ Billboard)
Iron & Wine stretches out on 'Shepard's Dog'... (read more @ Billboard)

The Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur (2007) !!!
Caribou - The Milk Of Human Kindness
Manitoba - Up In Flames
Chris Bowden - Slightly Askew
Indie Albums: Aberfeldy, Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, Snow Patrol, My Morning Jacket,
The Fray, The Postal Service, The Shins, Goo Goo Dolls, Elvis Costello, Tracy Chapmen, etc.
The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
Mint Royale, 30 Seconds To Mars, Gratitude, VA Punk Goes 80, etc.
Jack Johnson, The Shins, Thelonious Monk, Sigur Ros
Secret Chiefs 3 - Book M + Singles !!!
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema

Monday, June 11, 2007

God Love You For A Liar

God Love You For a Liar are Gareth Moss (vocals, guitar and keyboards), Paul Cox (drums, percussion and backing vocals), Andy Natt (bass and backing vocals) and Martin Allan Grey (guitar).

A man sits in front of the TV with his wife, despite the fact she hasn't paid him (or the TV) any attention in days. A relationship is kept alive by one man’s acceptance of his own death. Fire fails to rid a community of the evil that lurks amongst them. Two lovers who are not in love hit the town for yet another night out.

Onstage, GOD LOVE YOU FOR A LIAR’s lyrical contradictions are delivered with the kind of panache and zeal normally associated with more recognised and established artists. Provincial town boredom and dead-end jobs provide a prosaic backdrop for their tales of love, death, obsession and alienation.

Owing as much to Kate Bush as they do to The Smiths, GOD LOVE YOU FOR A LIAR fluctuate between soaring pop melodies, calloused punk riffs, and moments of genuine drama and passion – all delivered with the collective debonair strut of a band on the verge of great things. “This is life, this is life, this is life”.

The band has new album. The promo CD is available free at their gigs. Some songs can be previewed via band's MySpace page. The CD contains the songs Holding You Is Like Keeping Water In My Hands, Love Like We're Lovers and remixed versions of The Hunger and London, You Owe Me This Much. Check It Out!

God Love You For A Liar - How Much Is Enough? (free album download)
God Love You For A Liar @ MySpace

Sonic Youth - Sonic Youth + Early Live
Dinosaur Jr - Beyond
Meat Puppets - Up On The Sun
Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
+ Ramones, Youth Brigade, Afghan Wings, etc.
Sonic Youth - Dirty
Junior Boys - Last Exit

Thursday, June 07, 2007


Formed in '97 by Jeremy Wrenn, Airiel was initially a solo project supported by various drum machines. However, he had dreams of entertaining the masses located outside of the confines of his bedroom, so he drafted local music scene veterans Cory Osborne and John Rungger on bass and drums. But the heady mélange was not completed until guitarist Chris De Brizzio entered the fray.

Many bands today are an exercise in minimalism, stripping everything down to the bone and sinew. Airiel takes a different approach. Injecting their well-crafted songs with enough effects to level a small village, they stretch and expand the sonic boundaries of the genre until the listener is completely deluged by an aural wave of reverb, distortion and sweat. They are advancing the art of sheer sonic energy while utilizing the power of a good melody to provide a basis for the effects, never forgetting the innate human desire to shake one’s ass. In short, it’s loud, it’s beautiful, and you can dance to it.

Airiel released a series of 4-song EP’s titled Winks & Kisses. The EP’s were also sold as a limited edition box set, capturing the evolution of Airiel into its current form. In June of 2005 Airiel released their newest EP. This self-titled EP further illustrates Airiel’s ever-evolving sound and provides a glimpse at their promise with blistering waves of gorgeous guitars, kinetic drum beats and soaring vocal harmonies. The group was also asked to contribute to several international compilation cds, including the “Never Lose That Feeling” compilation by Club AC30(UK).

Now with Highwheel Records, the band has put together The Battle of Sealand, a mind-blowing full length album, capturing the raw energy that the band produces live, in 11 tracks of sonic bliss. Utilizing video projection (courtesy of Arturo Valle of Panic Films) and amps that go up to eleven, they are able to win hearts and minds even in the most hostile of hipster po-mo environments. In addition to playing such local Chicago landmarks as the Double Door, Empty Bottle, and The Metro, they have begun plying their trade farther afield. In 2005, they embarked on their first tour of the East Coast, hitting New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and points in between. Airiel has also opened for some high-profile acts, including The Dears, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Annuals, Snowden and Voxtrot. Their first full-length album, "The Battle for Sealand," will be released Summer '07. Recommended!

Airiel - Cinnamon (from Airiel EP)
Airiel - Kiss Me Slowly (from Winks & Kisses: Frosted EP)
Airiel - Stratosphere (
from Winks & Kisses: Dizzy EP)
Airiel - Firefly (
from Winks & Kisses: Melted EP)
Airiel - Airtight Angels (
from Winks & Kisses: Crackled EP)
Airiel - Thinktank (from The Battle Of Sealand)
Airiel @ MySpace

Op8 (feat Lisa Germano) - Slush !!!
Bloc Party - A Weekend In The City
Axelle Renoir - Magnum Et Matinees Dansantes

Unkle Bob - Sugar And Spite !!!
UNKLE - Psyence Fiction
Guillemots - Through The Windowpane
Tv On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
Thom Yorke - The Eraser
Dj Shadow - The Private Press
Muse - Black Holes And Revelations
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I'm, That's What I'm Not
Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future
Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman
The Mars Volta - Deloused In Comatorium
Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet (2007)
Gojira - From Mars To Sirius
Paatos - Timelos
Porcupine Tree, Pelican, Red Sparowes, Katatonia, Explosions In The Sky, Leviathan, etc.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Formed in 2002, in the back room of a Chicago Ukrainian Village apartment, fledgling three-piece Arks consisted of bassist Mat Biscan and drummer Bo Altes piecing together minimalist, reverb-laden, ethereal songs based on singer/guitarist Paul Hornschemeier’s four track recordings.

Over the course of the next three years the group buckled and stretched, recording their first EP Or Else It’s Not There in 2004, adding then engineer Lanny Oswalt on guitar, and infusing new energy into the percussion with drummer Glenn Rischke. This growth stripped away the reverb and fog, moving to the forefront the group’s penchant for driving rhythm made jagged and danceable by wrangled noise. Galvanized by the band’s evolution and cemented lineup, Arks entered the studio to graph their progress. The result is their first full-length album, The International. Recommended!

Arks - Stator/Asymptote
Arks @ MySpace

Hefner - Dead Media + We Love The City !!!
The Notwist - Neon Golden
Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future
Simian - Chemistry Is What We Are !!!
The Rakes - Ten New Messages (2007) !!!
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007) !!!
Superbus - Wow (2006) !!!
Mypollux - Contraire (2007)
Avril Lavrigne - The Best Damn Thing (2007)
Bjork - Volta
The Rakes - Capture Release
The Used - Lies For The Liars (2007)
Architecture In Helsinki - We Died, They Remixed
Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Ever Sank
Weird Al Yankovic - Straight Outta Lynwood

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Joan As Police Woman

Joan As Police Woman is the solo project of superfoxxx and indie rock icon Joan Wasser. She changed the profile of the violin in rock music and now extends this innovative strength to singing and song writing. Joan, a groundbreaking artist who defies easy classification, is a rock-jazz-punk-folk-soul-r-singer, songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist and violinist. Her voice, songs and stage presence have garnered comparisons to Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Prince and Chrissie Hynde -- but comparisons will never do justice to her unique voice and brazen attitude. Wasser's spare and dynamic arrangements are complimented by poetic, emotional lyrics sung at one moment in a deep throaty swoon and the next in a high wail. Joan leads her trio on guitar and wurlitzer accompanied by Rainy Orteca on bass and Ben Perowsky on drums.

She took up the violin when she was 8 and began to burn through the classical scene and was quite possibly the first and last to lead her youth orchestra with a platinum mohawk. While studying classical music in college, her love for Mahler and Shostakovich opened her mind to the fact that the violin was not only good for fluffy ornamentation. From there distortion pedals entered her life. Beginning in the historic '90s, Joan was in The Lotus Eaters, The Dambuilders, Those Bastard Souls, Mind Science Of The Mind and Black Beetle. After many major label and indie releases and much national and international touring as a violinist, she started Black Beetle as a songwriter and frontwoman. This led to spots on MTV's "You Hear It First" and VH1.

Joan has recorded and/ or played live with Sheryl Crow, Lou Reed, Tanya Donnelly, Nick Cave, Soul Asylum, Sebadoh, Helium, Laurie Anderson, Sparklehorse, Juliana Hatfield, Shudder to Think, David Gahan, Scissor Sisters, Antony and the Johnsons, Joseph Arthur, The Elevator Drops, Fan Modine, Adam Green, Sex Mob, Weezer, Elton John, Mary Timony, Rufus Wainwright, MMW, Cardigans, Mascott, Angela Mcklusky, The Grifters, played for the Dalai Lama, did Lollapolooza, Montreal Jazz Fest, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Letterman and The Late Late Show.

In 2000, she began playing solo shows and experienced the sheer joy of musical autonomy which prompted JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN in 2002, named after the '70s TV series "Police Woman" starring Angie Dickenson as an undercover cop. Joan recently opened solo for Rufus Wainwright and Joseph Arthur's national and international tours, playing such prestigious venues as the Beacon Theatre in New York and The Fillmore in San Francisco. This past summer, she was the musical director for Hal Willner's Neil Young Tribute in Prospect Park which drew 15,000 people.

Her JxAxPxWx trio performed a sold-out EP release at Joe's Pub and continues to rock NYC at Tonic, Fez, and Bowery Ballroom. In June 2004, she recorded a critically acclaimed EP with producer Bryce Goggin (The Lemonheads, Pavement, Spacehogg) which the Boston Globe described as "gentle, pulsing, discordant, sexy, strident and soothing". Joan is currently recording a full length album with Mr.Goggin which will be released this year. The new record (called Real Life) features Antony and also Joseph Arthur on a bunch of tracks. Recommended!

Joan As Police Woman - Eternal Flame
Joan As Police Woman - The Ride
Joan As Police Woman @ MySpace

PlayRadioPlay! - Frequency [EP] (2007) !!!
Lovedrug - Everything Starts Where It Ends (2007) !!!
Sherwood - A Different Light (2007) !!!
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007) !!!
The Whitest Boy Alive - Dreams !!!
Wolfmother - Wolfmother
Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future (2007) !!!
Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The Beatles, Fall Out Boy, Arrested Development, Nelly Furtado, Pink Floyd, etc.
Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing The Hands + Cripple Crow !!!
Nouvelle Vague - Nouvelle Vague + Bande A Part
Feist - Let It Die
+ Vitalic, Gotan Project, Amon Tobin, etc.
Paul McCartney - Memory Almost Full (2007)
Papa Roach, The Used, Lost Prophets, Mushroomhead, etc.
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Jacquemort - Dent De Lait
Fear Factory - Albums
Gotan Project, Zero 7, Tierney Sutton, Ben Folds Five, etc.

Monday, June 04, 2007


Hymns for a Dark Horse is the first album from Raleigh, N.C., trio Bowerbirds. Indicative of the music they make, Bowerbirds were born of unequal parts conflict and sweetness.

Phil Moore and Mark Paulson had moved east from Iowa to form a band, Ticonderoga. In Raleigh, Phil met Beth Tacular--a collected and published painter. Both were weary from the recent collapse of their long term relationships but saw something special in each other. Not long before Ticonderoga disinegrated on tour somewhere in Alabama, Phil and Beth moved in together.

While taking a summer job in the swamps of South Carolina, Phil and Beth painted pictures and wrote songs and sang them. They started Bowerbirds and asked Mark to join them whenever possible.

They've toured the country once in a minivan, playing small clubs and coffee shops and street corners and camping in forests and deserts beneath the stars. They live in an Airstream trailer in the woods, and they're ecstatic.

Built on the belief that our limited earth ("In Our Talons") is as sacred as the unlimited love that we can find within it ("Human Hands"), Bowerbirds make acoustic music that feels good and aware and powerful and hopeful, offering a shelter from the apathy so rampant these days. Highly Recommended!

Bowerbirds - In Our Talons
Bowerbirds - Dark Horse
Bowerbirds @ MySpace

Barcelona - Simon Basic + Zero One Infinity !!!
Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha (2007)
Explosions In The Sky - All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone (2007)
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (2007)
Saez - God Blesse
Travis - The Boy With No Name
VA - The Elliott Smith Tribute CD
Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
U2 - All That You Can Leave + How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb + Live

Friday, June 01, 2007

Kurt Hagardorn

Like most kids growing up in the seventies, Kurt Hagardorn watched Saturday morning cartoons. In his house the difference is what came after. "Every Saturday my mother would put on a record really loud and clean the house. She vacuumed to Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and dusted to Lou Reed's Rock and Roll Animal, "says Kurt, whose pop songs draw their inspiration from those perfect records from the 60's and 70's, listened to over and over again growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Later, as a teenager in East Tennessee, Kurt formed Brian and the Nightmares, whose devastating live shows and well written country rock careened around the South and Midwest from 1985 to 1990, selling thousands of records from the foot of the stage.

In 1994, Kurt moved to Chapel Hill North Carolina, releasing two records with the critically acclaimed indie-pop group Gumption, as well as touring as a guitarist for country artists Thad Cockrell and Caitlan Cary.

In between shows with Cockrell, Kurt gradually began recording a solo record, with a simple philosophy in mind. "The Song is King", says Kurt. "I only recorded when I knew I had a great song". Recorded between 2000 and 2006 in North Carolina and Portland Oregon, Ten Singles is a seamless hybrid of Beatlesque pop, classic country and indiepop, stylistically varied and lovingly produced. Dozens of guest musicians lent their talent to Ten Singles, including Portland bassist Michael Papillo of 3 Legged Torso.

Ten Singles will be released in July, 2007 on Portland based label, Bladen County Records. Kurt resides in Portland Oregon with his wife Amy and son Milo. He is pleased to be making music in the Rose City.

Kurt Hagardorn - You Are My Girl
Kurt Hagardorn - Yesterday And Tomorrow
Kurt Hagardorn - Please Make It Last
Kurt Hagardorn @ MySpace

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) !!!
The Mars Volta - Amputechture
The Cat Empire - The Cat Empire
Explosions In The Sky - Travel In Constants Vol.21: Rescue
Xploding Plastix - Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live Concerts
Björk - Volta (2007)
Ladytron - 604
Mountain Goats - Full Force Galesburg