Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Trix Are For Kids

I think we all sort of miss a certain Vermont band around this time of year. For four years they took Halloween to a whole new level by covering albums in their entirety - which upped the ante for all bands since. While lots of bands have offered themed shows and tons of covers none have honored the great tradition they started like this....

On Saturday, the Breakfast hosted their 9th Annual Fongoulish Freakout at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT. During the shows leading up to this gig, the band had performed two of its own releases in their entirety, starting with 2003's Bona Fide at Toad's Place on Thursday and then 2006's Moxie Epoxy on Friday. At Higher Ground, however, the band tipped its cap to the environs and offered up a version of Phish's Lawn Boy, which spanned two sets. (via

I feel a little weird about the whole Phish tribute band thing, but since this is a one-time deal I'll sit back listen and enjoy....

The Breakfast - 2007-10-27 - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge - South Burlington, VT


Music Video Mondays...Halloween Edition

This just seems like the obvious choice for today, here's Warren Zevon with "Werewolves Of London".....

And for good measure here's the Jerry Band and Widespread doing it as well, enjoy....

Other then the Monster Mash it's probably the perfect Halloween song.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pimp My Review

I had planned on trying to get a review up of the Umphrey's McGee show that I caught a couple of weekends ago at the Nokia Theater - the band was absolutely on fire that night, but since I don't know a Mulche's Odyssey from The Triple Wide I couldn't do it as much justice as Scotty B's excellent write up of the evenings festivities over at Hidden Track - read it here.

And definitely grab this show, I was throughly impressed with their performance....

Umphrey's McGee - 2007-10-20 - Nokia Theatre Times Square - New York, NY

I Love Tuesdays

Here are the purchases for the week....

Various Artists - I'm Not There (Soundtrack)

Levon Helm - Dirt Farmer

Monday, October 29, 2007

Music Video Mondays

This seemed like the only appropriate video for today. Here's Ryan Adams with "Halloweenhead"....

Friday, October 26, 2007

Bloggy Goodness

Not feel very inspired today. Though that doesn't mean that other people aren't, let's see what going on....

Kmmmmusic was at last Saturday night's Phil & Friends show up in Glen's Falls and gives some thoughts about Ernie's much buzzed about sit-in with the band - read it here.

After several months of being on hiatus The Weight is back and wants to you to enjoy every sandwich - find out what it means here.

has got a new series about anthems. First up the definition of what makes an anthem, an anthem - check it out here.

Come Pick Me Up is hooked on South Dakota's We Have Hooks For Hands - give them a listen here.

Don't have plans for Halloween yet? Well fear not Ear Farm is throwing their 2nd Annual Halloween show at Club Europa out in Brooklyn next Wednesday night featuring The Giraffes, Goes Cube, Hope Well and Manchino - more info here, as well as great Halloween mix.

Everybody Cares, Everyone Understands has a gigantic post honoring the memory of Elliot Smith - mp3s, YouTube videos and more - head here.

And as always head check out Hidden Track for their daily distractions, as well as my new friends over at Uncensored Interview.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Vegoose Webcast

At this point you all should know the drill when their is a major music festival odds are the folks at AT&T's Blueroom are going to be webcasting a good portion of it for your at home viewing pleasure - as is the case with Vegoose this weekend. While no official is up yet they expect sets from The Shins, Mastodon, Atmosphere, STS9, Gogol Bordello, Umphrey's McGee, Cypress Hill, Thievery Corporation, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Michael Franti - full schedule will be posted on Saturday.

Enjoy it all here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I Love Tuesdays

Here are the purchases for the week....

Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II

Ryan Adams - Follow The Lights

Vampire Weekend - Mansford Roof

Allison Krauss & Robert Plant - Raising Sand

The Redwalls
- The Redwalls

Monday, October 22, 2007

Bob Wants You To Buy An Escalade

Ok I lied about limiting my Dylan posts, mainly because this surfaced today.....

Definitely not as creepy as his last commercial.

Is That Dreidel Rock? Turn It Up

It's currently 76 degrees outside in late October, so kind of hard to look towards December and more specifically to Hanukkah - but there a number of great shows going on to celebrate the Festival Of Lights that you don't want to get shut out on. Here's what's going on....

Yo La Tengo will return to Maxwell's (after taking last year off) for an eight night stand at their hometown haunt from December 4th - 11th. Tickets for all shows go on-sale this Wednesday at noon via TicketWeb, no openers have been announced yet. More info here.

Next up Matisyahu offers up his second annual Festival Of Light Celebration, happening December 4th and 5th at Roseland Ballroom - Blues Traveler and The Wailers will open respectively. Tickets are on-sale now.

And finally from the folks at J-Dub Records and Taglit have teamed up for the multi-city concert event called The 8 - with events is New York, L.A., Boston, Seattle and Washington D.C. (and several internationl cities) - featuring the likes of The LeeVees, Apollo Sunshine, Hadag Nachash, and many more - on December 8th. Tickets go on-sale on October 26th, for more info head here.

Music Video Mondays

Neil Young takes a lot of pride in sticking it to the man and pointing out hypocrisies - and we love him for it. Case in point this fantastically tongue-in cheek skewering of the commercialism of rock, here's Neil with "This Note's For You"....

Quick fun fact this video won the 1989 VMA for Video Of The Year. Neil's new album Chrome Dreams hits stores tomorrow.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Uncensored Interview

Just want to point you in the direction of the relatively brand new music site called Uncensored Interview. Since they can do a better job then me in describing what they're all about here it is straight from their mouthes.... is an online video site for indie music artists and fans to be seen and heard in their truest form - uncensored and real. Kind of like the opposite of MTV. We showcase interviews with indie bands of all genres, picking their brains on everything from politics to dating a fan, and we do it all in the comfort of their most natural habitats, be that a music studio, apartment or favorite bar. Not only will fans get to hear what their beloved up and coming indie artists have to say, they'll get to talk back. UI's band videos and video responses(V-sponses) are the ultimate interactive platform for artists and fans to speak out and to each other. Completely uncensored, of course.

Definitely a great way to interact with your favorite band. So folks go and poke around and see what they're all about, right now they've got a bunch of CMJ coverage - head here.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Listening Party - I'm Not There Soundtrack

Ok I promise I'll limit my postings about all things Dylan, but wanted to point you in the direction of the MySpace page for the I'm Not There soundtrack where you can give a listen to four selections from the album - Jeff Tweedy, Cat Power, Jim James and Sufjan Stevens takes on Simple Twist Of Fate, Stuck Inside of Moblie With The Memphis Blues Again, Goin' To Acapulco and Ring Them Bells respectively - head here.

I'm digging what I'm hearing so far especially the Jim James track, leave some thoughts in the comments section.

For more drooling about the movie check out the New York Times Magazine article from a couple of Sundays ago, it's a great read - check it out here. And for additional coverage on the soundtrack head over The Playlist - here.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Chrome Dreams II: YouTube Preview

While Neil Young's new album Chrome Dreams II (which is actually the sequel to an unreleased album - leave it to Neil to buck the system) doesn't hit store shelves until next Tuesday you can preview four of the tracks via Neil's YouTube Channel. Give them a listen....

Spirit Road

Dirty Old Man

The Way

The Believer

Download This

Just a quick post if you've never heard the Phish Bridge School Benefit shows they are up for grabs over at bt.etree and I highly recommend grabbing them. For those of you that don't know artists are required to play acoustic sets, which is something Phish rarely did - or at least not for more then a few songs at a time. This is some of the most interesting music you'll hear them play, check it out.....

Phish -1998-10-17 - Bridge School Benefit - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA

Phish - 1998-10-18 - Bridge School Benefit - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA

In other Phish news their latest archive release Vegas '96 is currently up for pre-order. Here's some info on it.....

In December 6, 1996, Phish played their debut gig in Las Vegas at the Aladdin Theatre. It was the final show of a 35-date fall tour that stretched across the country, and it was the first in what became a loose tradition of off-the-wall, humorous and irreverent Vegas appearances. This new 3-CD set (available in both Limited and Standard Edition versions) will be released in stores on November 20th, 2007 by JEMP Records and available for download at

Vegas 96 is available for PRE-ORDER NOW at Phish Dry Goods. Everyone who pre-orders from Dry Goods will receive "Road To Vegas," an exclusive bonus CD of highlights from Phish's Fall 1996 Tour. Featuring more than three hours of music, Vegas 96 captures the spirit of a band at the peak of its powers pulling out all the stops.

In addition to the three-disc Standard Edition containing the entire concert, a Special Limited Edition Vegas 96 Box Set includes a bonus DVD of archival footage from the show and an extensive 40-page bound photo book in deluxe packaging. The extended "Harpua" encore included on the bonus DVD features a host of special guests onstage including Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde of Primus, multi-instrumentalist John McEuen, yodelers and four Elvis impersonators in a legendary display of Vegas-style sensory overload.

Click here to PRE-ORDER PHISH VEGAS 96 from Phish Dry Goods. We also have a handful of new Vegas goodies at Dry Goods to commemorate this release including T-Shirts, Phish playing cards and dice.

Order here

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I'm Not There: In Concert

Where are you going to be November 7th? Well if you're a Dylan fan the answer most certainly be the Beacon Theater for the I'm Not There: In Concert. Check out this ridiculous line-up, culled from the movie's soundtrack.....

Cat Power
The Roots
My Morning Jacket
J Mascis
Yo La Tengo with Buckwheat Zydeco
Mason Jennings
Joe Henry
John Doe
Michelle Shocked & Jimmy LaFave
Mark Lanegan
Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Al Kooper & Funky Faculty
Ian Ball & Olly Peacock (Of Gomez)
Lee Ranaldo & the Million Dollar Bashers

Tickets are on-sale now, and thanks for Hidden Track for the heads up!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Name That Tune

Everyone's favorite one-man band Keller Williams is offering up the chance for his fans to pick the setlist for a special intimate show at the Aggie Theatre on December 1st - with the catch that it has to be a cover song. As I've experienced before Keller is already quite the human iPod, so get thinking and submit your request here.

KEXP Live From CMJ

As was the case last year Seattle's fantastic radio station KEXP will once again be broadcasting live in-studio performances from this year's CMJ Music Marathon that kicks off this week here in New York. Here's their list of scheduled performances that you should tune in to....

Monday 10-15
10 a.m. ET - The Epochs
12 noon ET - The Panda Band
2 p.m. ET - Brian Bonz
4 p.m. ET - Le Loup

Tuesday 10-16
10 a.m. ET - Harlem Shakes
12 noon ET - Pela
2 p.m. ET - Eagle Seagull
4 p.m. ET - The Hold Steady

Wednesday 10-17
10 a.m. ET - I Like Trains
12 noon - Sons and Daughters
2 p.m. ET - Dead Confederate
4 p.m. ET - The Blakes

Thursday 10-18
10 a.m. ET - The Sammies
12 noon - The Poison Control Center
2 p.m. ET - Yeasayer
4 p.m. ET - Simian Mobile Disco

Friday 10-19
10 a.m. ET - Wild Sweet Orange
12 p.m. ET - The Maccabees
2 p.m. ET - Band of Horses
4 p.m. ET - Foals

They will also be hosting a party at Hi-Fi on Wednesday night (10/17) from 6 - 9 PM - so drop on by if you're in the area.

Music Video Mondays

If there is one album that has been getting a lot of play on the 'ol iPod lately it's been Okkervil River's The Stage Names. For the second week in a row I'm going to make an Arcade Fire reference, but they sort of have the same vibe - big sweeping bombastic songs, quirky instruments, etc. Here they are with "Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe"....

Be prepared to see this album pop up on a lot of best of's at the end of the year. Want more here's a recent soundboard show to check out....

Okkervil River - 2007-10-04 - Club Downunder - Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL

Or stream this one via NPR.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

I've been really trying to avoid posting anything about the new Radiohead album since there has been no shortage of posts about it (and shhh don't tell anyone I've never really been into them). With that being said Gigwise ran a post today that they album has sold 1.2 million copies of the name your own price album- which is pretty damn impressive - read about it here.

If you didn't understand the pounds to dollars conversion to buy it, you can listen to the tracks via these YouTube links....

15 Step
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
All I Need
Faust Arp
House of Cards
Jigsaw Falling Into Place

You can pick up your very own copy of the album here.


There aren't very many things that get me as excited as the words Beer Festival. Especially when said fest it's right in my own backyard (ok crosstown, but close enough), as is the case with Brewtopia. So if you're in the New York City area and have nothing to do on the October 26th or 27th you might want to consider heading there. Here's some info....

For an unprecedented 5th time NYC hosts the Brewtopia Great World
Beer Festival. New York's longest running and most successful beer
tasting festival features the world's best beers, hand crafted both
here in the United States and across the pond in England, Belgium and
Germany as well as far-flung countries not often associated with beer
production like Japan and Thailand.

Where: This year's Brewtopia will be held in the Show Piers at Pier 92.
Rain or shine, brewery representatives and festival attendees will be
comfortable in our beautiful New York City location. Three sessions
ensure an uncrowded, easy to manage atmosphere for both guests and
brewers. For once, there is a festival where tasting the beer is the
primary focus of the event.

When: Session I will be on Friday, October 26th, 2006 from 7 PM until
11 PM. On Saturday, October 27th there will be two four hour
sessions, the first from 12:00 PM till 4:00 PM. The evening session
begins at 5:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM. The tickets can be purchased in advance HERE or by calling 800-935-8537.

Check out the list of the breweries here - which includes lots of great small and larger hand crafted breweries.

Also be their friend on MySpace here.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I Love Tuesdays

Only picked up one thing this week....

Band of Horse - Cease To Begin

Monday, October 08, 2007

Music Video Mondays

Since the Arcade Fire won't be making their return to NYC for awhile, let's get acquainted with another Canadian band - Malajube. Ok these guys sing in French, so I have no clue what their songs are about, but doesn't mean that it still can't be catchy. Here they are with "Montreal -40C"....

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Bloggy Goodness

Here's what some other people are writing about this week....

Off The Record wants you to know about the mysterious band the Crystal Slits - head here for what little info there is about them and some MP3s.

Debating picking up the new Devendra Banhart album well The Runout Groove has a few reasons why you should - check it out here.

This week's edition of Thurdays and Covers over at i guess i'm floating features Lil' Wayne, Bono and Citizen Cope - give them a listen here.

Over at nyctaper you can grab both nights of the Animal Collective's two night stand at Webster Hall - September 30th and October 1st.

Stereogum has put together a hell of a tribute album for R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People called Drive XV - featuring the likes of Dr. Dog, Blitzen Trapper and the Shout Out Louds - go and check it out here.

I guess you can make a mix for just about every occasion as proved by MFR's one for Apple Fest 2007 - find out what's on it here.

And as always head on over to Hidden Track for their daily distractions - The B List, Pullin' Tubes, Friday Mix Tape, MP3 Boot Camp, etc.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Girl - Video & Beck Remix

It's been awhile since I've posted about Dr. Dog, but they've got a new video, a remix and are about to head out on a lengthy headlining tour that starts tonight. First up here's their latest video for "The Girl".....

Everyone's favorite Scientologist Beck has also done a remix of this song too. Give it a listen....

The Girl (Beck Remix)

Seriously go see these guys when they hit your town - they put on a great live show. If you need some more convincing download this great sounding show from when they opened for Wilco....

Dr. Dog - 2007-09-21 - Louisville Slugger Field - Louisville, KY

Ok I'll stop gushing now.

No Wilco, But A Good Cause

Last month music blogs were abuzz (including this one) with the news that Billy Bragg and Wilco would reunite on October 17th for a Woody Guthrie tribute for the Huntington's Disease Society of America. While that rumor turned out to be false (Billy Bragg is still on it) they've added a couple more acts to the bill - Brad (with Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam), Steve Earle and the promise of special guests - tickets are on-sale now.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

I Love Tuesdays

Here's the only purchase for the week....

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
- Magic

Monday, October 01, 2007

Music Video Mondays

This video is just fantastic - unless of course you're afraid of clowns, then you probably should stay away. Here's the Arctic Monkeys with "Fluorescent Adolescent".....