Thursday, May 31, 2012

Quick News

Sad news to report, legendary Miles Davis guitarist and Vernon Reid collaborator, Pete Cosey passed away at age 68. His cause of death is unknown, but Cosey collaborated with many of music's greats including; Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, the Rotary Connection, and Etta James.

On September 18, A Fine Frenzy will release her new album PINES.

Congrats to Amanda Fucking Palmer on raising over a million bucks on Kickstarter to fund her new album. Palmer originally set the goal to be $10,000, yet the money kept pouring in from fans all around the world. Read our 2009 interview with Palmer HERE

Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah is releasing a limited edition line of skateboards and shirts with Marvel Comic's artist, Mike del Mundo. The decks and shirts will be released on June 5.

The mother of late and great DJ AM will be launching an addiction fund in her son's name called The DJ AM Fund. AM died of a overdose in the summer of 2009.

Dan Deacon has released info on his new album. His latest, America, will be released on August 28, take a look at the tracklisting below:
01 Guilford Avenue Bridge 
02 True Thrush 
03 Lots 
04 Prettyboy 
05 Crash Jam 
06 USA I: Is a Monster 
07 USA II: The Great American Desert 
08 USA III: Rail 
09 USA IV: Manifest

The Darkness have announced the full details to their comeback record. The album, Hot Cakes will be released on August 20 and it includes a cover of Radiohead's "Street Spirit." Take a look at the tracklisting below:
'Every Inch Of You'
'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us'
'With A Woman'
'Keep Me Hangin' On'
'Living Every Day Blind'
'Everybody Having A Good Time'
'She Just A Girl Eddie'
'Forbidden Love'
'Street Spirit (Fade Out)'
'Love Is Not The Answer'

Bloc Party have released the title and cover to their comeback record. The album, Four will be released on August 21. Take a look at the cover below:

AGAINST ME! Unveal New Song

Watch Against Me! Front woman Laura Jane Grace perform an acoustic version of the band's new song and title track from their forthcoming album, "Transgender Dysphoria Blues."

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Killer MikeR.A.P. Music 
Killer Mike returns with one of the years best hip-hop records and the finest album of his career. Linking up with El-P, Mike finds himself bringing back old school early 90’s delivery for an emcee and takes on everything from politicians to the war on drugs to rappers trying to make a name for themselves today. R.A.P. Music serves as a blueprint to any aspiring rapper or emcee as to how it should be done in today’s game.

GossipJoyful Noise  
Beth Ditto and Co. return for more dance, glam, and party starting anthems. Joyful Noise picks up where the band’s last record, Music for Men, left off and hears the Pacific Northwest band sustain the energy and inner beauty within their music.

El-P Cancer 4 Cure 
The Company Flow emcee brings hypnotic beats, his brilliant lyric skills and a sure fire fight to anyone who believes that the hip-hop genre is just about parties, money, and women. Cancer 4 Cure is a sucker punch delivery of El-P at his finest, a brutally intense and brilliant record, El-P is back and better than ever.

Joey Ramone - ….Ya Know 
The second posthumous release from the former Ramones front man is a nostalgic trip to the past. One of the greatest front men of all time is collected and remembered again on a new album of restored songs and demos overlooked by his estate.

Sigur RosValtari 
The Icelandic favorites return for their new album, Valtari and let nature tell its story. Valtari is a very mellow release from Sigur Ros and inspired by the awe-inspiring landscape around them in Iceland, the band gave it all a soundtrack. Valtari may not be the strongest release in the band’s immense catalogue, but it surely is one of the finest albums out this year.

The Walkmen Heaven 
The indie rockers return following the success and brilliance of their last record, Lisbon, The Walkmen triumphantly follows it up with Heaven. Heaven, which is a layered but bare-bones record for the band that hears them dabbling into folk, country and mixing it with their signature sound.

Hank and Cupcakes Naked 
The Brooklyn via Israel husband and wife duo self release their debut album, Naked, and it brings the funk, the noise and the fun. Naked captures the energy that Hank and Cupcakes deliver onstage and give an insight as to why they are one of the most talked about bands in New York City.

Rufus WainwrightOut of the Game 
Rufus teams up with Mark Ronson for a record that is part Wainright part Ronson but all Rufus. Out of the Game hears Wainwright catching more of a blues atmosphere and combining it with his signature symphonic style.

The New York City duo release their debut and it is as seductive as a good lover. Passage is an intensely sexual and hypnotic album that combines the innocent playfulness of The xx and the swelling epic scales of Sigur Ros and brings forth a hell of a debut.

The Maccabees Given to the Wild 
The London band has caused a buzz back home with Given to the Wild, but it is not as brilliant as the British press has lead on. The Maccabees are a moody rock band that manages to combine some Britpop as well as symphonic melodies ala Coldplay into their latest but it lacks the serious punch one was expecting.

GarbageNot Your Kind of People 
The unexpected comeback from one of the 90’s most unexpected bands. Garbage never really sank nor swam when they arrived on the scene in the mid-90’s, they had it all, killer riffs, clever lyrics, amazing production and Shirley Manson fronting the band, yet they were never the biggest band in the world. Now, after a few years on hiatus, they return and it is a welcomed return but much like their initial embrace to pop culture, it is a return that is not as big as Stone Roses but not as dull as a Hootie and the Blowfish pickup. Not Your Kind of People is Garbage doing what they do best, just being themselves.

Regina Spektor What we Saw from the Cheap Seats
The New York Russian beauty returns and it Regina being Regina. Nothing new but nothing awful about the pianists’ latest release, it is just more of her exposing her chops.

Ladyhawke is back and if you listen to her self-titled debut album, you heard Anxiety. What a massive disappointment to one of music’s most acclaimed and exciting artists. When Ladyhawke arrived into our hearts and ears in 2008, she was more than a breath of fresh air, she was a total DIY funky woman with tons of attitude and tons of talent. After a few years away from the limelight she returns with Anxiety, which for some odd reason, sound EXACTLY like her debut from the beats down to the song flow, it is one thing to have one form and stick to it, but this close?

Scissor SistersMagic Hour 
New York City’s favorite glam rockers since The New York Dolls return with album number four and despite a heavy array of electronic producers, the album is about as exciting as a Black Eyed Peas song. From producers like Calvin Harris, Diplo, the Neptunes, and Boys Noize, it was a tease that Scissor Sisters would be giving us hard hitting club beats or something that every DJ would be spinning all summer, yet, instead they create a very uninspired and dull record that is filled with sub-par disappointing songs.

Death GripsThe Money Store 
The current indie sensations release their debut and it can be filed under flavor of the month. Remember when you were a kid and had a Casino keyboard and would just loop various beats and random synth attacks and think it was cool? Well, if you didn’t, just picture a kid playing around with a keyboard and microphone for the first time and you have Death Grips. The Money Store may actually be one of the most random collections of songs ever assembled.


On Tuesday, legendary singer Bob Dylan along with 12 other recipients that included author Toni Morrison and astronaut and former Senator John Glenn received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian honor any American citizen can receive.

Frank Turner and his band, The Sleeping Souls have confirmed via Twitter, they are rehearsing for recording sessions of Turner's new album. In related Turner news, he will release his Live from Wembley DVD this summer.

The Vaccines will release their new album, The Vaccines Come of Age in September.

The Killers have named their fourth album, the record Battle Born is currently being recorded in the band's Vegas studio of the same name. The Killers hope to have it out by the fall.

Mumford and Sons have confirmed they will release their new, still untitled record, this September.

Indie rapper P.O.S. will release his new album, We Don't Even Live Here on September 18.

After coming out as transgender, Against Me! front man formerly known as Tommy Gabel, played her first show as Laura Jane Grace over the weekend in San Diego. The band also confirmed that their new album will be called Transgender Dysphoria Blues. No word on a release date, but the band did play six new tracks off the record, which leads to speculation that it will arrive sometime this year.

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, John Fruscante will release an EP Letur-Lefr, this summer and then a full length record this fall entitled PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone.


The amazing Fitz and the Tantrums are currently in the studio recording their second album. In the meantime, to hold fans over, they are giving away a 5-song EP! Very awesome, just simply follow the instructions in the widget above and download!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

EXCLUSIVE! Ghost Thrower INTV!

After the breakup of Boston post-hardcore outfit, Therefore I Am, the dust settled on the band members and out of the ashes came Ghost Thrower. Ghost Thrower are a band featuring former Therefore I Am guitarist Travis Alexander and drummer Chris Fernandes. Alexander, who now takes center stage in the new band, released their debut album, 10 Songs in 2011 and a handful of EPs. While the band are currently demoing new material, we had the opportunity to speak with Alexander about restarting, his influences and his other work as one of the founders and creators of Venture Guitars, a company that has made custom made guitars for various faces within the punk and hardcore community. Take a look at our interview with Alexander below:

To go from Therefore I Am to Ghost Thrower, how different was the transition?

As far as the genre goes, it was easy. Ghost Thrower speaks to me in a much different way than therefore I am did. As far as performance goes, it was nerve racking and completely different. I went from playing guitar to singing and playing guitar. 

Where did the name Ghost Thrower derive from?

I have a million different ties to the name at this point but ultimately, it means nothing. I threw a piece of cellophane out of a car window once and someone in the car called me Ghost Thrower. Or someone else threw it out and I called them Ghost Thrower? Either way, the name stuck with me and weaved its way in and out of our lyrics. ("You threw me out like a white lighter", "need to put you behind my mind in a place where I only go to find the ghost you threw away", "Go Slower") I've always been into scary movies, ghosts and ghouls. I really just liked the vibe of the 2 words together. But again, ultimate, it means nothing.

 How did you end up linking up with the gentleman playing in the band now?

Chris played in Therefore I Am, Nick and I met through a girl I used to date and Ben was from a town near me in Maine. I basically showed them the songs and everyone really responded positively so we put it together. Initially, our friends Robbie and Alex played Drums and Guitar (respectively). Robbie is training in the military and has a wife and kid, Alex has a band called "The Tower and the Fool". Both of their lives seem to be kicking ass without Ghost Thrower so power to them and no hard feelings!

There are tons of various elements from punk to hardcore to rock in Ghost Thrower, who influenced your music?

Both EP's from 10 songs were written solely by me when I was super bummed out on life. At the time, I was listening to a lot of Jawbreaker, Hole, Murder City Devils, Fugazi, Crime in Stereo. I think my biggest writing influences would be Jawbreaker and Saves the Day. I love dark sarcastic smart punk rock and I think we're doing a good job of carrying the torch for our predecessors. 

What was it like making music on your own for the first time?

Relieving and fun! Its nice to have a lot of input on music but ultimately, music is art and with art, you can't always have too many cooks in the kitchen. I also believe that a piece of art shouldn't be criticized until its finished. How can many people collaborate without criticizing before hearing the finished product?

The band stemmed from a series of demo’s you did in an attic, did you find inspiration in this location?

Haha perhaps in a way, but ultimately I was only up there because I had never really sang or yelled before and I didn't want the friend I was staying with to hear it. I was embarrassed. But I did end up spending a lot of time up there over the course of last fall.  

For fans of Therefore I Am, how different is Ghost Thrower?

Therefore I am stood for a lot of different things- positivity, progression, unity... Ghost Thrower is a selfish endeavor. I wrote these songs to help me through a tough time and every word on every song is completely personal. Therefore I Am wanted everyone to know that we're all the same. Ghost Thrower wants everyone to know what a bad time I was having. 

Musically, we're also really dumbed down. Again, 5 heads vs. 1. I wasn't thinking for more than just myself when I wrote these songs.

Do you still keep in touch with the guys from Therefore I Am?

Absolutely! They're 4 of my best friends and our memories will last forever. We were only in a rough spot immediately following our break up. Chris plays in Ghost Thrower, I see Alex twice a week, I love seeing Jim when he's not busy and I text dirty things to Brian on a regular basis.

How excited and / or nervous are you about this project?

I am extremely excited about this! We have our next album written and I'm stoked to let the world hear it. With prior bands, I used to think "If you don't like it, its just not your thing. No big deal!" but I can honestly say Ghost Thrower is my favorite band ever. If it wasn't, I wouldn't play in it. 

What has been the best thing about Ghost Thrower thus far?

The no pressure aspect of playing music. We can play in Ghost Thrower and still have lives outside of music. With Therefore I Am, my life WAS Therefore I Am. 

You also started Venture Guitars and making your own custom guitars, what is your process on this?

We buy wood and shape it into whatever the customer's heart desires! Nothing is outsourced besides pick ups and hardware. Lenny is our master builder, the entire shop fits into his mom's two car garage, yet some how, things are turning out splendidly!

What do you like better, playing the instrument or crafting it?

Playing of course! Without the instrument, there would be nothing to craft/maintain. 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Quick News

Just before his passing, Adam "MCA" Yauch recorded new music with Beastie Boys in late 2011. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mike D said, "Adam instigated it. It could only come from him, in terms of where he was at with his cancer treatment. He wasn’t sure he was able to do vocals but after a bit we ended up doing them. It was a way for him to say, 'Yeah, I'm doing it'. He had us fooled in the most beautiful way. I believed, up to last week, that Adam was somehow coming back. But I wouldn't trade that optimism for anything, because the other option is no fun." No word as to when or if the music will ever be released.

Some good news - legendary singer Bobby Womack has been given the all clear from doctors and is free of colon cancer.

Public Enemy will mark their 25th anniversary with two albums. The legendary hip-hop group will release a pair of concept records to celebrate their milestone.

Jay-Z & Kanye West plan to release a sequel to their successful Watch the Throne album. Producer Mike Dean, who co-produced Watch the Throne, confirms plans are in the pipeline for a second collaboration album.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Anywhere Cover & Tracklisting

On July 24, Anywhere will release their self-titled debut album. The band, comprised of Christian Eric Beaulieu and Mars Volta / At the Drive-in front man Cedric Bixler Zavala and Minutemen / Stooges / fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt, formed in 2011 and will now release their debut. Take a look at the cover above and the tracklisting below:

1. Pyramid Mirrors
2. Rosa Rugosa
3. Khamsin
4. Dead Golden West
5. Anywhere
6. Shaman Mantra
7. Infrared Moses

Graffiti6 on Kimmel!

Watch Graffiti6 perform "Free" and "Stare Into the Sun" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Live Review - Hot Water Music @ Gramercy Theater

Eight years ago as the screamo/emo scene was at it's peak, many bands were unfairly lumped into the whole charade of the next wave of popular punk. Many of those bands that were placed in that category were far from what the scene stood for or was about, yet, because they shared fans with other bands that were spearheading the trend, they were placed within the catagory. Just as whiny kids were raiding the airways, Gainsville, Florida's Hot Water Music went on hiatus. The band, who had many fans from the screamo/emo scene, were never placed in that category, and rightfully so, however, just as things heated up for their peers, they went away. Hot Water Music are a band truly unique to their craft - they are punk, post-hardcore, thrash, rock, rockabilly, they are really anything they want to be. Now, eight years later, while most of the bands that were "Flash in the pan" and struck big have now faded away as Hot Water Music return and are back and better than ever.

Having just released what could be their greatest work, Exister, the band played two back-to-back sold-out gigs at New York's Gramercy Theater. In the second of the sold-out gigs, the band fired on all cylinders from the get-go. As if they just exploded out of a cannon, Hot Water Music officially made their comeback mark on New York City. With singer Chuck Ragan, who was last in the city in March headlining the Revival Tour, screamed his lungs out in the mic, all anyone could think of was, "How is he doing this two nights in a row?" Ragan, who we have spoken with in the past, is a very humble and genuine man, but once he gets into his persona on stage with this band, he is a monster. He and I joked after the show, that he was Dr. Chuck and Mr. Ragan, unleashing his inner beast. He told me, "These songs I have been playing since I was a kid. So, if I don't rock out to them and get into it, it's like I am not playing, brother." While the band barnstormed through their set, consisting mainly off songs from Exister, one also would have never guessed that this is a band who have not really played much together in a very long time, they sound tight and so in synch with each other, it was as if you were watching a well oiled machine that does nothing but play. Then again, with all the touring that this band has done in their career, this is like riding a bicycle for the band, they never forget. The crowd simply loved every second of it, with pits breaking out all across the floor and security acting like they have never been to a punk gig before, many fans were halted away from the guards. The band saw what was happening on stage and Ragan would scream to security, "Easy does it! Easy does it!," while guitarist and singer Chris Wollard would plead for everyone to be safe and take care of each other. The raucousness of the show would not diminish and in fact, only grew. For the hour and fifteen minutes Hot Water Music blasted their fans with their sound, nothing was going to stop anyone from savoring this moment. Bassist Jason Black told me after the gig, "It's been great to be back. The shows have been great!" It seems as if the past is just a memory for Hot Water Music as they look forward to showing their fans what they got. "These guys are my boys," Ragan said to me and the camaraderie they are showing now only will strengthen their future together - again. 

Quick News

In a surprise, free performance to fans, The Stone Roses played their first reunion show in 16 years Warrington Parr Hall in England. The gig, which happened on Wednesday night, had mobs of fans hoping to get in. According to NME, here is the band's set list:
'I Wanna Be Adored'
'Mersey Paradise'
'Sally Cinnamon'
'Made Of Stone'
'(Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister'
'Where Angels Play'
'Shoot You Down'
'She Bangs The Drums'
'Love Spreads'

Speaking to NME, producer William Orbit has given an update on the new Blur record, basically telling fans, don't hold your breath. Orbit said, "The new stuff sounded amazing. Then it all stopped suddenly. It was all over with Damon [Albarn], and the rest of the band were like, 'Is this it?'"Blur are set to perform at the Olympic's Closing Ceremonies in London in August.

Justin Timberlake is making a move back to music! Well, not the way you think. The singer and actor will be scoring his first film, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, the film stars his wife-to-be Jessica Biel.

The Flaming Lips are attempting to break Jay-Z's Guinness World Record of "Most Live Concerts in 24 hours in Multiple Cities." In a press release, Lips singer, Wayne Conye said, "I've accepted the attempt at breaking the world record of performing eight shows in 24 hours. And I've explained to the music freaks at MTV, VH1 and CMT that I am not a host… But, I always liked the way Jerry Lewis would get all sweaty toward the end of his yearly telethon… To play and sing Flaming Lips songs at eight in the morning… Well, I'm open to new experiences…"

Gossip on Letterman

To celebrate the release of their new album, Joyful Noise, Gossip hit up Letterman to perform, "Move in the Right Direction." Take a look

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


 The legendary Jimmy Cliff was on also a guest on Later...With Jools Holland. Watch Cliff perform his classic song, "World Upside Down."

Beach House on Jools Holland

 Also on Jools this week were Beach House and they performed "Myth," take a look!

The Hives on Jools Holland

 Swedish garage rockers The Hives returned to Jools Holland to perform their new single, "1000 Answers," take a look!

Paloma Faith on Jools Holland

 British singer Paloma Faith played her new single, "Just Be" off her forthcoming album, Fall From Grace on Later...With Jools Holland. Take a look!

In Conversation With Morning Parade

Weather-wise New York City has been looking like its much wiser, older brother – London, the last few weeks. On one of the rarely occasional perfect spring days, English band Morning Parade performed on the rooftop of EMI. The Essex band, who released their self-titled debut album earlier this year via EMI, have been enjoying much buzz since their arrival to the U.S. in March with fellow Englishmen, The Kooks, and a blitzkrieg six performances at SXSW. The band was back to promote a forthcoming U.S. tour and the U.S. release of their album.

Just after they played high above 5th Avenue, singer Steven Sparrow, bassist Phil Titus and keyboardist Ben Giddings and I sat down to discuss their career and the whirlwind trip this all has been for them. Normally a five-piece, but these three lads came over to make a name for the guys back home and the hard work everyone in Morning Parade have been doing. Hard work is just what got Morning Parade to where they are and where they want to be. “I was working in a warehouse with Phil and then we got the call and two months later we were in Damon Albarn’s studio recording,” said Sparrow. That call was from their major label saying they wanted to sign them. The band, whose songs are very heartfelt and deep have grasped the attention of European audiences for a few years and now across the pond, people are starting to pay attention. For their debut, Morning Parade recorded in Blur / Gorillaz front man Damon Albarn’s 13 Studios in London, “It has a weird vibe, but its pretty special,” Titus said of the studio. Sparrow said, “I had Blur’s ‘Parklife’ record as a kid and it was weird to be in there with him [Albarn] there. But it was also very good.”

If anyone told the guys in Morning Parade that they would one-day record in Albarn’s studio, they may have laughed, it is an unusual modest sense that keeps the band grounded. “We don’t read what is written about us,” Giddings said, “We have to focus. Good press or bad press is one person’s opinion and we avoid the buzz band thing.” Titus concurred, “We are like a horse with blinders on, just focus on what is ahead.”

They each come from blue-collar backgrounds and have done everything from work in factories, warehouses and day laborers to fund their dream. Their dream is imprinted in the music they make and the skin on their bodies; each member has a tattoo of the band’s logo. “The have been the best years of my life. I feel like a child, to be able to do the one thing I have always wanted,” said Sparrow. The band, who have been together for four years used to get together after work and jam in a nearby studio for £40, once they got tighter as a group, they got serious with their craft. 

While Morning Parade produce great radio-friendly rock and pop, the band take inspiration from everyone ranging from Radiohead, Muse, and Queens of the Stone Age. “My parents were into pop, it’s always in the back of my mind. Then, when I grew-up, it was all the Britpop and indie,” Sparrow said, “You cannot deny who you are, I am not afraid of a melody.” While pop maybe a dirty word for journalists this side of the Atlantic, Giddings said, “You have to go back and listen to ‘The Bends’ by Radiohead, it is a pop record. Radiohead have an element of pop to them.” “We like a big sound, a big massive sound,” said Titus, because of that sound; the band was able to make quick fans on their maiden voyage to the States earlier this year. When they made their first U.S. appearance, it was when they opened for The Kooks in front of a sold-out New York crowd at Terminal 5, hardly anyone in the room knew who the band was, after their performance, everyone in the room was asking who they were. Sparrow admitted, “The day before [the show] our album had come out in the U.K. and played to thousands of people in London. We got drunk, got three hours of sleep, got to the airport and by the time we got in, we had to soundcheck then go on stage. We felt like zombies, we were worried.” Titus said, “We were walking out and going ‘Fucking hell! How are we going to do this?’” They managed to pull it off without anyone realizing the cyclone-like schedule they just endured. 

For Morning Parade the dream they always wanted is only in it’s infant stages, “I get to play live and tour with my best friends,” said Sparrow, a testament to what is important for this band – not the money, not the fame

Quick News

Michael Jackson's estate will be re-releasing his seminal album, Bad. The deluxe edition of the album - Bad 25 celebrating its 25th anniversary will feature never-before-seen footage of the late King of Pop in concert at Wembley Stadium from 1988. The concert was attended by the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

Last week, indie band The Handsome Furs split up. Now, in the wake of the break-up, Dan Boeckner of Furs has formed a new band with Spoon frontman Britt Daniel. The band, Divine Fits, are currently working on their debut LP.

British indie band, Spector have announced details of their debut album. The record, Enjoy it While it Lasts will be out in the UK on August 13, no word on a US release yet. Take a look at the tracklisting below:
'True Love (For Now)'
'Chevy Thunder'
'Grey Shirt & Tie'
'Twenty Nothing'
'Friday Night, Don't Ever Let It End'
'Lay Low'
'Upset Boulevard'
'No Adventure'
'What You Wanted'
'Grim Reefer'
'Never Fade Away'

Yeasayer will release their new album, Fragrant World, on August 21. Take a look at the tracklisting below:
01 Fingers Never Bleed 
02 Longevity 
03 Blue Paper 
04 Henrietta 
05 Devil and the Deed 
06 No Bones 
07 Reagan's Skeleton 
08 Demon Road 
09 Damaged Goods 
10 Folk Hero Shtick 
11 Glass of the Microscope

Monday, May 21, 2012

Quick News

After the passings of Adam "MCA" Yauch and Donna Summer, another legend passed away. Robin Gibb of The Bee-Gee's passed after a long battle with cancer. He was 62-years-old. Our thoughts go out to his family and fans around the world.

Also, another passing over the weekend, Crowded House drummer, Peter Jones passed away at 45-years-old. The band said on a statement on their website, "We are in mourning today for the death of Peter Jones. We remember him as a warm-hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House. He played with style and spirit. We salute him and send our love and best thoughts to his family and friends." Jones was the second drummer in the band and passed from a battle with brain cancer.

On a positive note, thousands of spectators turned out to see rockers Muse carry the Olympic Torch as it arrived in England this weekend. The sci-fi power-trio ran over local landmark Shaldon Bridge into Teignmouth.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Live Pix - The Great GoogaMooga

We were on hand to cover the second day of the 1st Great GoogaMooga festival in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Take a look at some of our pix! 


The Great GoogaMooga Dancers
Fitz & the Tantrums

Lez Zeppelin 

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

EXCLUSIVE! This Many Boyfriends INTV!

Many indie bands have their first big year, for England's This Many Boyfriends, 2011 was their first taste of success and buzz. The band from the North took their garage rock sound all around the U.K and Europe and eventually landed them onto the iPods of critics and fans in the U.S. This Many Boyfriends take catchy hooks and raw energy and super charge them the best way they can. While last year may have been their first big year, in terms of buzz and success, this year see's the band sustaining the buzz and as they work on their next step we had a chance to speak to singer Richard Boyfriend (Yes, like the Ramones, they have all adopted part of the band's name as their last name). Richard and I spoke about the band's acclaim, music and how many boyfriends is too many boyfriends. Take a look!

2011 was an interesting year for you with the amount of praise and buzz you have been receiving. How do you respond to the high praise?

 There seems to be something new and exciting happening every day! As far as high praise goes we try to take it all in context and not let it go to our heads. We're still just a little indiepop band after all!

Hailing from Leeds, so many bands have come from that city and made a mark and name for themselves. Do you feel that you have to live up to the legacy of bands that made their mark there?

Not really. We're more excited about the bands that are around us in Leeds right now, like Just Handshakes (We're British), The Birthday Kiss and The Seven Inches. I just guess historically there just isn't that much of a legacy of Leeds bands to us, not as much as there is in, say, Manchester.

There have been many comparisons to you and The Cribs, after a while does it get annoying or are you flattered to be compared to the Jarman clan?

The Cribs are an excellent, ground breaking Northern pop group so we don't mind the comparison at all! It's flattering to be compared to someone so good and that we really love and admire.

You wear your influences on your sleeve. With you writing a song about Paul Simon, taking your name from a Beat Happening tune, discussing The Pastels in a song, do you feel this is a way to pay tribute to those that have shaped you?

Definitely. It's just a big part of my life, it has always seemed natural to write about my favourite bands because that is my life experience. I'd love to be as wonderfully experienced as a writer like Bruce Springsteen and write songs about working until my fingers bled and life on great American highways but my life is pop records and working putting files in cabinets!

Who else has been a big influence?

We're influenced in various contrasting ways by people like Jonathan Richman, Daniel Johnston, PJ Harvey, Otis Redding and Jackie Wilson and bands like Gang Of Four, Hefner, Spearmint,The Slits, Joy Division and tons more.

How exciting right now is it to be in a band coming from UK with the current boom of artists coming from your country?

It's pretty exciting, no more than normal. I think the UK has always had an amazing live scene because each town has a dedicated core of people putting on DIY nights so they can hear the music they want to in their small town. And its pretty easy and quick to get anywhere in the UK, especially the north where most of the big cities are only an hour or two away from each other. So its exciting that we get the opportunity to play to new people quite a lot. 

 Is it a big deal to still try and make it in the US?

I think so. Its still seen as the next step for UK bands to try and make it in America and always will be. Its one of those things where you prove yourself as a 'real' band. And the UK is so immersed in US culture, especially music, so its natural that UK bands would aspire to go to America. America is so vast compared to where we're from that it seems like a bit of a challenge but we love a challenge! 

What has been the best thing about being in this band?

Having fun! Gigs are basically a chance for us to hang out and mess around, and the fact that people like seeing us do that on stage is amazing! Anyone at all taking an interest in the music we make outside of our family and friends is just ridiculous and so flattering. I think that is the best thing.

BURNING QUESTION: How many boyfriends is this many boyfriends?


Garbage on Fallon

 To celebrate the release of their new record, Not Your Kind of People, Garbage hit up Fallon. Take a look!

The Cult on Kimmel

 The Cult were on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform "For the Animals," take a look!

Beach House on Letterman

 To celebrate the release of their new album, Bloom, Beach House hit up Letterman to perform "Myth." Take a look!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Recommended Reading - Cash

The second installment to our new monthly feature, is a book about "The Man in Black" by "The Man in Black." Much like Keith Richards Life, which we picked last month as our inaugural post, Cash by Johnny Cash feels like the singer is right in the room with you dictating his whole life. Released in 1998 and the basis for the hit film, Walk the Line, Cash is a deep tale from a man with so much to say and who did so much. The country legend takes us from his humble childhood in Arkansas to his travels to Nashville and all the roads he walked to get become one of music's all time legends. Cash did not hold anything back, he talks about his addictions, his sins, his problems with his first marriage and how he all came to redeem himself and heal himself. His adventures on the road and encounters with people like Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, and of course, his wife June Carter, and the roles they played. He discusses his faith, his love of nature, his disdain for vanity and why he loves black so much. From record label success and disputes to finding his voice and passion again with Rick Rubin, who would eventually introduce Cash to a whole new generation of listeners. From the darkest corners life could bring someone to the biggest lights and stages around the world, Johnny Cash had seen it all and explains what brought him there. Easily one of the greatest music autobiographies you will ever read.

Great Soundtracks - The Crow

A soundtrack at the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts? It happened! In 1994, right when the cult classic, The Crow was released to theaters at the end of March, its brilliant soundtrack took everyone in the music world but surprise, not just on how great it is, but by how many units it sold and where it landed on the charts that year.

The soundtrack, which features popular and rising alternative bands of the late 80's and early 90's, helped convey the films iconic dark and gothic image and gave it a beat. With contributions from The Cure, Stone Temple Pilots, Helmet, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Violent Femmes, Rage Against the Machine and covers from Nine Inch Nails doing Joy Division's "Dead Souls," Rollins Band doing Suicide's "Ghost Rider" and Pantera doing Poison Idea's "The Badge." The music conveyed the mood, not just of the characters in the film, but of the misfit and outcasted 90's youth and brought it to the pop culture forefront.  Still after all these years, The Crow soundtrack is one of the defining moments of the 90's and one of the greatest soundtracks and compilations ever assembled.

Paul Weller on Fallon!

The Modfather Paul Weller hit up Jimmy Fallon to play new tunes off his latest, Sonik Kicks. Take a look!

Regina Spektor on Letterman

Regina Spektor returned to Letterman last night to perform her new single, "All the Rainbows." Take a look!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


We felt it was just about time for our May Playlist, take a look and listen on SPOTIFY as to what we have in store for you!

Quick News

Sad news to report - The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer passed away at age 63 of cancer. The singer, who had a number of hits including, "Last Dance," pioneered the disco sound in the 70's and her music has lived on every dance floor that has been built from the moment she started her career. She will be missed.

Late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch received a high honor from New York State Senate this week. Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Yauch's Brooklyn Heights neighborhood introduced a resolution to honor the late musician. The resolution was passed on Thursday and you can read the full thing HERE.

In other Yauch memorial news, this Saturday in New York's Union Square will be MCA DAY. It will be an event where fans and friends can come together to celebrate the life and legacy of MCA, the event is free and starts at 11 a.m.

Black Sabbath have issued a statement on the departure of drummer Bill Ward, who will not be taking part in the band's reunion. The band said:
We have decided not to make any detailed comment on Bill's latest statement. There are two sides to every story. We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after Tony's treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows. See you at Download." --Black Sabbath, 5/17/12

Sparta released their first new single in six years, "Chemical Feel." Take a listen the track below: Chemical Feel by Spartatheband

Two Wounded Birds Cover & Tracklisting

On June 24, UK buzz band Two Wounded Birds will release their debut on Jacob Graham of The Drums' label - Holiday Friends Recording Company. Take a look at the cover above and the tracklisting below:

Together Forever 
My Lonesome 
To Be Young 
It’s Not Up To You 
Daddy’s Junk 
Night Patrol 
The Last Supper 
I’m No Saviour 
If Only We Remain 
No Goodbye’s 
The Outer World