June Spotify Playlist of the Month


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Making Newport Dangerous Again: Predictions for NFF’s Speak Out Set


On May 4th, Newport Folk quietly announced “Speak Out,” a set scheduled for Sunday evening, just before the headliner. Not much has been officially Read More

July Spotify Playlist of the Month


Coming back at you in July with another big-time playlist. This month features 65 fresh jams from the likes of Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Read More

Band of Horses Debut “Dilly” Video

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Band of Horses debuted the music video for the song “Dilly” off of their latest release Infinite Arms today. Hilariously violent mix of Easy Rider and The Devil’s Rejects with the ending. Nontheless still one of the best songs to come off Infinite Arms. Check it out exclusively on IMDb, maybe its actually a trailer for a feature full length with BOH contributing the soundtrack. Or not.

http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2086312217/

Kings of Leon 11/14/10 @ The TD Banknorth Garden

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I got the news from by brother yesterday afternoon that he had an extra ticket for Kings of Leon later that night.  Although I had already seen them earlier this year at Bonnaroo and knew the show wouldn’t be quite at the same level of awesomeness, I accepted the very generous offer (did I mention they were general admission on the floor).

We got to the show fairly early so we could get a good spot on the floor.  We ended up about 10-15 rows back, dead center (The pic above is one that my brother took).  To my surprise, there were no outrageously tall people blocking my view of all of the Followill’s pounding drinks and rocking out. I joked with my bro that the reason for all the short people is because all their fans are now little kids and girls (Thanks KISS 108).

KOL decided to play a plethora of songs off their past 2 albums, Come Around Sundown and Only by the Night (as expected).  They kicked things off with “Mary”, “Crawl” and “Radioactive” which got the crowd into it right away.  They moved through the show mixing new songs with classics such as, “Fans”, “The Bucket” and one of my personal favorites “Knocked Up.” They ended the first set with the all so familiar “Use Somebody,” leaving the crowd begging for an encore.  The encore consisted of “The End” which is one my favorite tracks off the new album, followed by “Sex on Fire” and lastly “Black Thumbnail.”  Luckily for me, a lot of people left after “Sex on Fire” so I had plenty of room to rock out during “Black Thumbnail,” which included fireworks  at the very end.

Overall I was pleased with the show.  I knew it wasn’t going to be anywhere near as epic as the Bonnaroo show.  I was hoping for “Trani” (just ask the people around me), ” Charmer” or “McFearless,” but you can’t get everything you want.

SIDE NOTE- My bro pointed out to me this absolute dingus who was trying to silence the crowd and was holding up the oh-so-devastating thumbs-down sign duringUse Somebody.” Listen buddy, we know that it was/is extremely overplayed, but there’s no reason to ruin it for the fans that want to hear it (not saying that I’m one of them), just stand there, not make any noise and wait for them to play a jam that you like. Nobody paid money to see you act like an idiot.

New Music Mondays: Silver Swans

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Silver Swans have been making some waves recently in the music world and if you haven’t heard of them, they are a “dream pop” duo out of San Francisco and you can listen to the title track off of their new Secrets EP below. This track really caught my attention when I first heard it and you can definitely tell why it is classified as dream pop. Listening to this song makes you feel like lead singer Ann Yu (also singer of LoveLikeFire) is whispering to you during a dream…yes it’s that good. The Silver Swans also do a cover of “Anyone’s Ghost” by the National which you can listen to below as well. Any band who does a great cover of the National is ok in my book. Thanks to Britt for the suggestion.

Foo Fighters’ Team Up With Novoselic and Vig

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As reported in this months issue of Rollingstone, former Nirvana bassit, Krist Novoselic will join the Foo Fighters in the recording studio.  Also joining them is former Nirvana producer, Butch Vig.  Together they plan on making the heaviest Foo Fighters’ album yet.  Vig, Grohl and Novoselic haven’t all worked on a record together since Nirvana’s critically acclaimed album Nevermind.  They plan to finish recording the new Foo album December 1st.

This is exciting news for Foo fans. Grohl had his fun playing drums for Them Crooked Vultures, but now he’s back doing what we all want him to be doing, making a true Foo album, heavy and fast paced.  All I can hope for now is that Novoselic goes on tour with them so we can see some awesome bass throwing skills.

SOUNDGARDEN ANNOUNCE EPIC REUNION TOUR

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False. But at least I got your attention, and while I’m on the topic what was up with Soundgarden’s performance last night on Conan O’Brien’s new show? I stayed up late like a little kid waiting for Soundgarden to give me a good night face melting, but all I got was three old looking dudes and an out of place, over-enthusiastic Matt Cameron. It was especially heart-breaking because I had been keeping my hopes alive for some new tour dates to be announced, but now I’m not even sure I would pay for the no-doubt extremely overpriced ticket. Sure, all my favorite jams would probably be there, but to watch Chris Cornell run on a half tank in front of a band that was his heart and soul…well, I’d just as soon go see a Journey reunion show. Maybe not that far, but you get the point. Overall, my point is: what happened to you Chris Cornell? First the monstrosity of a solo effort that was Scream, now this? Kim Thayil could probably shred forever and he’s a chill dude anyways, Ben Shepard was supposedly homeless before this mini-reunion, so he’s just happy to be there, Matt Cameron’s got Pearl Jam and he’s still out there having a good time….so what gives Chris? Watch the video below

The Good Ole Days

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I am working on a research project about 1960s American counterculture and its music and I came across this gem while looking for some inspiration. God I wish I was in college in the ’60s.

New Music Mondays: Generationals

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The New Orleans band Generationals are releasing a new EP tomorrow called Trust. Take a listen to one of the new tracks “Victim of Trap” below.

Dawes Royale Boston 11/6/2010

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Tonight I went to see Dawes play at the Royale, formerly the Roxy, in Boston. Earlier in the day the Goldsmith brothers played a free acoustic set at Newbury Comics in Faneuil Hall which I was able to attend as well. Both sets featured songs from their debut release North Hills as well as their forthcoming disc which is due out next year. The second set kicked off with “My Girl to Me” and a whole lot of Springsteen swagger from Taylor Goldsmith. The band sounded very tight and rambled through tracks like “That Western Skyline,” and the harmonious “Bedside Manner” from their debut album and also some new tracks like “Time Spent in Los Angeles” and  “How Far We’ve Come,” which featured Griffin Goldsmith on lead vocals. The hard-hitting “Fire Away” along with the epic buildup of “Peace in the Valley” combined to bring the house down and make the crowd beg for the ensuing three song encore. The encore featured the fan favorite “When My Time Comes,” as well as a new song called “A Little Bit of Everything.” They ended the night with a shoutout to the Newport Folk Festival and a rendition of “I’ve Got a Feeling” which got the crowd involved in a full on sing along. Overall the show was very solid and I cannot wait for Dawes’ new release next year. Below is a video of “Ive Got a Feeling” from their set at Newport this year (which in my opinion was the best set of the weekend) and also a Nick Drake cover from the first opening act of the night, Peter Wolf Crier.

Review–The Return of the King(s): KOL release Come Around Sundown

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When it comes to the Kings Of Leon, everyone falls into one of four categories. 1.) You’re a diehard fan, and always have been. 2.) You knew “The Bucket” and “Molly’s Chambers”, but the exposure of Only By the Night turned you on to deeper cuts. 3.)You used to like them but now you think they’re a bunch of sellouts. 4.) You hate them.

Now, I find it a little strange concerning the recent surge in the population of category 3 fans. Granted everyone, including the entire Followill family, was quick to change the dial when the all too familiar opening licks of “Use Somebody” came up on the local station. Nothing can kill the initial uniqueness of a song like hearing a song three times a day, every day. But in all honesty, there were too many “fans” who directly associated the mainstream death of  “Use Somebody” with KOLs alleged agenda to become the next big thing. When it comes down to it, I would like for all these category 3 fans to show me a band who, when posed with the question “Do you guys want to make a record that will absolutley blow you up?” would say no thanks. Because no matter how indie your band’s indentity is, exposure is everything. KOL was on the brink  and Only By the Night was the logical step forward, and I can’t fault them for that especially when all things considered, its a solid record. And one more thing on this rant while I’m at it. The whole bird poop incident that went down in St. Louis when the band caught flak for stopping a show short on account of multiple bird doodoos to the face and mouth. The consensus of the internet seems to say KOL are a bunch of pussies and don’t know how to rock, because of course any other true group of rockers would have stuck it out “for the fans”. Give me a break. It is a venues resposibility to make sure the setting for the show is safe and sanitary and if they knew the pigeon situation from the get-go, KOL should have never even been allowed on stage to begin with. Again, show me a band that will gladly stay up on the stage and rock the shit out of it while eating and showering in bird poop. Unless you’re into Cannibal Corpse or GWAR, then of course you’re a freak anyways and should probably go watch some poop eating videos on the internet. I’ve been to a few KOL shows and believe me, they can bring the heat. 

Now, onto the music which is what its all about, baby. Come Around Sundown was released last month to fairly mixed reviews as best. They didn’t pull a MGMT and start playing songs in 13/15 time signatures and they didn’t relapse back to Because of the Times steady stream of stadium rock jams or Aha Shake Heartbreak‘s good ol’ boy southern garage rock. They went in a direction not many people expected them to go: the mainstream route. There are no “Charmer”s showcasing Caleb’s raspy/scary yelp and there are no “Knocked Up”s to rock out/sing along to on a long car ride. Its just chill, brah. “The End” is curiously similar to  OBTN’s opener “Closer” and almost makes one wonder if Caleb is being serious when he asks if “this could be the end.” I don’t want it to be, but “Radioactive” is on its way to becoming the next “Use Somebody” with its gospel-praise chorus chant and radio friendly guitar riffs. Then, the almost haunting opening hits for “The Face” seem to take the record down a different path, with Caleb’s vocals stringing you along. “If you give up New York, I’ll give you Tennessee”. Oh, what a southern gentleman. “Mary” harkens back to a previous time, both in KOLs past and the past of music in general. My attention span with the record grows a little thin after “The Immortals” aka “McFearless”s chill brother, with “Pony Up” and “No Money” providing some boring guitar riffs and plucky basslines. Overall, a disappointment for me in a spot where it was really make or break for KOL to choose a direction, but something tells me they won’t forget their roots.

Rating: 6.3/10


New Music Mondays: Kite Club

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Kite Club, which is actually just the musical moniker for Aussie artists Nicholas Futcher, has been all over the blogosphere recently and I believe that it would be a shame if we didn’t post about him on Maimed and Tamed. He very well could be the next Passion Pit or dare I say Animal Collective for all of you die hard freaks out there. Listen to the tracks below and download them for free here: http://kiteclub.bandcamp.com/album/goodtime-tea-show