Jan 24, 2007

Fujiya & Miyagi downloads

This morning I've stumbled upon a couple of Fugiya & Miyagi downloads over at Pitchfork that are rather well-timed given yesterday's post:

Fujiya & Miyagi downloads.

The songs available are Collarbone (which is on their album that came out yesterday) and Electro Karaoke in the Negative Style which was done exclusively for Pitchfork. Also, obviously, if you like them, go buy the album!


Jan 23, 2007


Only I didn't say fudge.

So...I have somehow gotten sick. Fever, stuffy nose, the works. It's probably not wise to go to the Tim Fite show tomorrow...and a late night out at Hiro Thursday is out of the question. Grr.

Fortunately the Glass have a few other New York shows coming up soon:

Feb. 1st at Heroine Chic party at Galapagos. Flyer here.
Feb. 9th Ruff Club at the Annex

Other things of note:

Fujiya & Miyagi are coming to New York! They're playing the Mercury Lounge on March 18th. I have to say, initially I was not too crazy about them. The first song that I heard was "Ankle Injuries". I liked the music, and the lyrics...but really disliked how it started up with them saying "Fujiya & Miyagi" repeatedly. But then I kept reading about them, and thought maybe I was a bit harsh. I checked out some more of their songs...and no chanting! Just nice rock with hints of electro...really well balanced. So now I am really looking forward to that date and I absolutely must pick up their record.

New Inouk shows:

Feb. 8th at the Annex. Flyer here
Feb. 22nd at Galapagos
Feb 28th at the Annex

Super exciting news:

Simian Mobile Disco are dj-ing the Fixed Party on March 10th at Studio B.


Jan 22, 2007


Simian Mobile Disco is coming out with a new single. Further info (with more to come) can be found here.


Jan 21, 2007

Club NME

So...the club NME night at Hiro this coming Thursday (1/25) will not be featuring SMD as I had hoped...but alas, the Glass will be there...along with Johanna Fateman of Le Tigre dj-ing, and Pagoda (Live).

Anyway...made it to both the Hollis Browne show at Arlene's Grocery, and Professor Murder at Hiro. Hollis Browne was really great (again). Such a nice change from what has become the typical "indie-rock" fare...they have a nice, classic rock, with a hint of blues sound. Some chick from TVT records was supposed to be there. Would love it if they got a deal. I think I caught their entire set, if not I only missed one song. They played "Without Your Love", which you can hear at their myspace, some other stuff I've heard before (I haven't gotten my hands on a physical copy of any of their songs yet, or even a download, so I'm still rusty on id-ing them), along with some brand new stuff.

Also...was able to make it to P-murder at Hiro after Hollis Browne's set. I really enjoyed them, despite initially being deterred by many a drunken, singing-along hipster. They are just one of those upbeat, feel good, dance yourself happy bands. Also, today I could not stop listening to all of their stuff on my ipod, so there you go.

Fortunately/unfortunately, I missed the Juan Maclean's dj set to chat over burgers with what seems to be a nice fellow so far. Time will tell if it was worth it.

Anyway...this week, so far:

Tim Fite at Knitting Factory Wednesday
The Glass at Hiro Thursday


Jan 17, 2007

So yeah...it's Wednesday

I am saddened by the lack of Inouk show tonight...though they have a quite a few coming up soon, and now I have time to do my laundry and rest up for the insanity that will be me seeing Hollis Browne at Arlene's Grocery tomorrow night, then scurrying up and across town to catch Professor Murder, dance my ass off to some fine jams spun by the Juan Maclean, and then wake up in time for work at 9 am on friday!...plus it's fucking brick out here in NYC today (as it very well should be, with it being winter and all)...kind of glad I don't have a reason the brave it this evening.

Anyway...a few things. The lovely Ryan Jones over at Electric Zoo posted a nice review of the label, I Can Count Music. I'm still in the midst of checking out all the songs he posted along with it, but so far one of 'em has caught my attention: Popmart by Pea Green Boat. I'll admit, I was all over it when I read it was "Mylo-Esq electronica". And I can safely say it lives up to that description. So if you like Mylo, you'll probably like that track.

Also, check out his mini-mix for Annie Mac in the post prior to that one. It is a fun 5 minute ride through about 20 songs.

If you are looking for something more mellow, I just read (via a myspace bulletin) that Ulrich Schnauss is putting the final touches on his new album, with a release date to be announced soon. In the meantime, I just discovered he has some of his earlier stuff for download on his site.

Oh! I am currently checking out the Whitest Boy Alive's "Dreams". I've only given it a few full spins so far, but I really like it. For those of you who don't know:

"the whitest boy alive started as an electronic dance music project in 2003. it has slowly developed into a band without any programmed elements." -thewhitestboyalive.com

It's members are Erlend Oye, Marcin Oz, Sebastian Maschat, and Daniel Nentwig. So far it reminds me a bit of a mash up of the electro qualities of Erlend Oye's solo album, Unrest, combined with acoustic guitar-ish qualities of the Kings of Convenience with a bit of a rock/pop edge. I find it to be very catchy and easy to like and listen to.


Jan 16, 2007

Tomorrow's Inouk show cancelled!

Via a myspace bulletin from the band:

subject: we're not playing piano's tomorrow (1/17)

"Ezra is in the hospital and we had to cancel. Sorry y'all. We'll be playing 2 shows in feb. and much more to come."


:( feel better Ezra


Jan 14, 2007

this and that

After suddenly having no plans for tonight when I don't have to be into work until 11 tomorrrow, I have been hitting up myspace for something interesting to do. I have come across a number of interesting things to blog about, but nothing to do yet...

Firstly, A Touch of Class is coming out with a new comp - A Touch of Class Still Sucks (the title's supposed to be making fun of the whole "Disco Sucks" era) and touring all over Europe in support of it. Kind of sucks for us here in NYC, but they are usually kicking about here pretty regularly anyway. The comp comes out Feb. 27th here, and January 29th in Europe.

Other things of note: I have some updated info for all the GBH parties at Hiro I posted about recently. The Juan Maclean dj set this Thursday night has been coupled with a live performance by Professor Murder. I am really excited about this b/c I missed Professor Murder (on purpose...stupid move!!!) when they opened for Radio 4 at some point this summer. I've since heard and liked their song "Champion" and am really eager to see them live.

The other GBH related happening is that the Presets will be performing live on the Ed Banger night on March 29th. I haven't been too crazy about any of the Presets stuff I've heard. I don't dislike it, but I haven't really been blown away or gotten what all the fuss is about...so we shall see.

I have also just become even more excited about the Montreal sequel (aka the Boys Noize, Para One, Drop the Lime night at Hiro on March 15) because I just stumbled upon Drop the Lime's (whose stuff I've never heard before) myspace...and a song of his was playing in the background as I went through the 47 tabs I had open...when about two minutes in I realize I am totally rocking out to and loving a remix of "Died in Your Arms" by Cutting Crew...I am very impressed by that. Check it out! Also, he's dj-ing a few nights in the BK soon:
Feb. 3rd - Trouble & Bass #6 w/ guest Starkey at 168 Marcy Ave.
Feb 21st - We Are Your Friends at Fontanas
Feb. 22nd - Live set at Modular Monthly, 70 North 6th St., $5.

Some other good shit: new stuff from the Glass. I've only listened to "Mad at You" so far, but it seemed pretty bangin'. Hopefully the rest of their stuff up there follows suit.

More Inouk dates:

Feb 22nd at Galapagos
Feb 28th at the Annex

Grand Mal Feb. 2nd at Pete's Candy Store.

TK Webb:

January 20th at Tonic
January 31st at Club Europa
Feb 1st at Cake Shop

And finally...when I moved to Queens in June, I decided it was the opportune time to go nuts and organize my cd's autobiographically (like in High Fidelity)...well, during the mass importing of songs to my ipod (finally got one after years of resisting) the order has gone awry...and I don't know where my Chemical Brothers "Live in Sweden" album should go. I am blaming Anthony (my roommate). He was trying to expand his musical horizons earlier today by looking for my Cardigans' "First Band on the Moon"...which is suspiciously near the area where the Chems album should be... maybe.... ahh!! I can't remember!


Jan 3, 2007

Heaven in '07

Hello! Hope you had an awesome New Year! I spent NYE having a grand ol' time with an apartment full of friends, and then proceeded to dance my ass off at the Radio 4 show at the Mercury Lounge.

I'm hoping that night is an indication of what 2007 is going to be like. So far it looks promising. There are so many shows I want to go to in just this month alone- not just bands I am thinking of checking out, but a lot of my favorites. Here are some shows I just found out about that I am really excited over:

Radio 4 and the Big Sleep - 1/31 at Northsix. It's the final Northsix show EVER btw. I am pretty unphased by that factor because I have never been there before, but I'm very excited for the show. I see a lot of different bands, and Radio 4 is one that is always consistently awesome. I end up dancing like crazy and having a great time whenever I see them. It really is a shame that people can't get the "they're biting off the Clash and Gang of Four" stick out of their ass long enough to actually go to one of their shows and hear how great they are. Also...I was listening to the Libertines the other day and if anyone should be given shit for trying to sound like the Clash it's them.

The folks over at GBH have some great DJ's scheduled for January and the months to come:

1/18 - The Juan Maclean at Hiro
1/25 - Club NME (haven't announed who's going to be there yet, but according to NME, "...expect the latest cool bands from Britain and the world, special guest DJs, cool visuals and clubbers as sexy and up-for-it as you are"...riiight. Seriously though...I am just crossing my fingers and hoping that will include Simian Mobile Disco. They mixed the cd that came with NME's October 7th issue and it is one of the best mixes I've heard in a long time...I'm on the verge of overplaying it at this point. I also had the pleasure of witnessing SMD open for the Chemical Brothers at CMJ in 2002, and also saw them dj a few nights later at APT. They really know how to get you moving. I really hope they'll be at Hiro.
3/15 - Boys Noize and Para One aka a rehash of two of the best parts of my trip to Montreal in September.
3/29 - Ed Banger night w/ Justice, DJ Medhi, Sebastain and Busy P. Woohoo Justice!!!

Also...on March 6th Air's new album "Pocket Symphony" comes out. Once Upon a Time, the new single is on their myspace. They're supposed to be touring Europe in mid-March, followed by the US from mid-April to mid-May. I just started listening to Air this summer so I'm still getting used to their stuff. I can't really imagine what they are like live.

Feb. 6th Sondre Lerche's "Phantom Punch" comes out in the US. It should be interesting to hear a more "rocking" Sondre record.


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