Odds and Ends

A few notable things from around the web:

Good tickets are still available for The Decemberists’ two shows at the Loews Landmark in Jersey City. Shows are on Wed. 3/21 and Thurs. 3/22, with My Brightest Diamond opening. Thanks to Matt for reminding me about this before all the good seats were gone.

The lead single from the new Stooges (!!!) album, The Weirdness, is making the rounds. Head over to Spinner to hear “My Idea of Fun”. The album is out on March 6th.

The Shins sold 118,000 copies of Wincing the Night Away last week. Wow. Now you know why Fox 5, Comedy Central, and everyone else in the world is playing the crap out of Scrubs reruns.

The Mystery Jets have signed to Dim Mak in the United States. The band will be releasing the 4-song Diamonds in the Dark EP on April 10th, followed by a full-length EP entitled Zoo Time on May 8th. The LP is made up primarily of songs from last year’s Making Dens LP, which wasn’t released domestically. Does that mean we won’t be getting a truly new album for another year or two? Hope not.

Lots of big new albums have leaked over the last couple of days: Apples in Stereo, Arcade Fire, Idlewild, Lifetime… I like the Apples and Arcade Fire discs so far. Idlewild nearly put me to sleep. Lifetime, well, just hasn’t grabbed me like the old stuff yet.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 31 January 2007 at 1:26 pm

Frames North American Tour Dates?

A poster over at the WOXY boards posted what appears to be a full North American tour for The Frames. I haven’t found verification for any of the dates outside of Boise, Somerville and New York yet. Some of you may not be too happy:

Fri 04/06: Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
Sat 04/07: San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Mon 04/09: Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
Wed 04/11: Seattle, WA The Showbox
Thu 04/12: Vancouver, BC The Plaza Club
Fri 04/13: Boise, ID Egyptian Theatre
Sun 04/15: Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
Tue 04/17: Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
Wed 04/18: Chicago, IL Metro / Smart Bar
Fri 04/20: Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
Sat 04/21: Montreal, QC National Cabaret
Sun 04/22: Somerville, MA Somerville Theatre
Tue 04/24: New York, NY Town Hall
Wed 04/25: Philadelphia, PA Theater Of Living Arts
Thu 04/26: Washington, DC 9:30 Club

Guess I should buy a ticket to the 9:30 Club show to be safe. And maybe a Metro ticket too.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 30 January 2007 at 12:46 pm

Peter Bjorn & John on Conan

I like these guys fine enough, but really, how have they gotten so big so fast?

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 30 January 2007 at 12:14 pm

Revisiting 1992 (or Thereabouts)

For some reason I’ve been on an early-90’s kick lately, including both “alternative” and non-“alternative” bands I was listening to at the time. It’s pretty interesting to go back and hear some of those songs again after so long. For better or worse, they’ll forever remind me of high school.

Dinosaur Jr.: “The Wagon”

Thelonius Monster: “Blood Is Thicker Than Water”

(Is there a more criminally-overlooked musician than Bob Forrest?)

Life, Sex and Death: “Tank”

Saigon Kick: “What You Say”

PM Dawn: “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss”

Color Me Badd: “I Wanna Sex You Up”

And perhaps the greatest song of the 90’s….

Snow: “Informer”

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 29 January 2007 at 4:11 pm

SXSW Shows I Won’t Be Seeing

At some point, I’m really going to need someone to explain the whole Menomena thing to me. If the name isn’t bad enough, their live show just about put me in a coma.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 29 January 2007 at 12:33 pm

Complimentary Rocktails, Anyone?

Consider me a maybe. And by maybe I mean there’s no chance in hell.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 29 January 2007 at 8:34 am

AOL Roundup (Week of January 30th)

Only a few CDs worth checking out over at AOL this week. Personally, I’m gonna be spending some time with the new Arcade Fire album this week, which is now making the rounds. As penance for my download, I made sure to pre-order the disc from Merge Records.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Some Loud Thunder

Youth Group, Casino Twilight Dogs

Skinny Puppy, Mythmaker

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 29 January 2007 at 6:34 am

Two New Union Hall Shows

Thanks to a heads up from Chris, I went over to Ticketweb to check the details on the upcoming Long Winters / Broken West show. While I was there, I noticed an equally compelling, but even more surprising show:

Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 PM (8:00 PM doors)
Emma Pollock (from the Delgados) plus guests
On sale: Friday, January 26 at 12:00 PM Eastern (Tix)

So are we finally going to be hearing new music soon? Hope so. And, as for the Long Winters…

Monday, April 2 at 8:00 PM (8:00 PM doors)
The Long Winters with The Broken West
On sale: Friday, January 26 at 12:00 PM Eastern (Tix)

Gotta think on this one. Don’t want to spend too much money on April shows if I ain’t gonna live with 200 miles of the show.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 25 January 2007 at 8:47 pm

News From Nashville

Couple of interesting news items from Nashville’s Theory 8 Records.

First, one of the more promising young bands I’ve heard in the past couple of years, De Novo Dahl, managed to flip their van on ice yesterday while driving home from a show in Washington D.C.. Everyone is OK, thankfully, but the band’s van and various instrumentation were destroyed. No word yet on whether those silly outfits survived or not.

Second, Forget Cassettes has signed a European deal with One Little Indian Records and Tangled Up Recordings (home to Bjork, The Twilight Singers and The Pernice Brothers), and will be releasing their excellent Salt album in Europe on March 5th. The band will be touring Europe with And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead in February and March. The band is now a two-piece with Beth and former/now-current drummer Doni Schroader (who also drums for Trail of Dead). Former Bassist Jay Phillips is focusing more time on his band, Apollo Up!m and drummer Aaron Ford is touring with Bobby Bare Jr.

De Novo Dahl, “All Over Town”
Forget Cassettes, “The Catch”

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 23 January 2007 at 10:01 pm

More Streaming Albums

Looks like AOL ain’t the only game in town this week. Head over to Secretly Canadian Records to check out the new albums from David Vandervelde and The Earlies.

Vandervelde’s album, The Moonstation House Band, is easily my second favorite album of the week. In any other week, it would be #1. Holy Beatles. Do yourself a favor and check it out. At minimum, be sure to check out this song:

“Jacket”

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 23 January 2007 at 9:04 pm

Broken West Video

Who knew there was a Twister board on the wall backstage at the Bowery Knitting Factory? Not I.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 23 January 2007 at 8:44 pm

New Releases on eMusic

In my recent drive to cut my personal expenses, one of the things I’ve managed to do pretty well is reduce the number of physical CDs I buy. There was a point not long ago that I was dropping, on average, $100 or more each week on new CDs. Luckily, eMusic and LaLa have made it pretty easy for me to get most of the CDs I want, and still make sure that the artist is getting its well-deserved royalty.

I didn’t expect this to be the case, but it turns out that a lot of the CDs coming out today that I want are actually available on eMusic. I’ll probably still pick up a couple of these at the store (I still have a Christmas gift card), but it’s good to see how up-to-date eMusic is.

Today’s interesting eMusic releases:

The Broken West, I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
David Vandervelde, The Moonstation House Band
The Honeydogs, Amygdala (I think this came out today, but could be wrong)
You Am I, Convicts

A couple of these are “incomplete” at eMusic, but I’m sure that will be remedied soon.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 23 January 2007 at 10:30 am

AOL Roundup, Part Two (Spinner Strikes Back)

I spoke too soon about the quality of AOL’s music offerings this week. It turns out that they’re debuting a Spinner-branded album listening station this week, and all the stuff you (well, I) really want to hear is over there.

Check it out.

Current offerings include:

The Broken West, “I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On”

The Shins, “Wincing The Night Away”

Mew, “Frengers”

The Good, The Bad & The Queen, “The Good, The Bad & The Queen”

Of Montreal, “Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?”

America, “Here & Now” (why is everyone buying into this whole America-is-indie thing?)

Deerhoof, “Friend Opportunity”

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 22 January 2007 at 4:20 pm

AOL Roundup (Week of January 23rd)

I stopped doing my weekly AOL Roundups for a while because the new releases have been few and far between. There’s still not a ton of stuff this week (and, in my opinion, AOL is missing the week’s most important release), but I figured it’s time to bring this sucker back into the lineup. So without further ado:

The Shins, Wincing the Night Away

The Grateful Dead, Live At The Cow Palace: New Years Eve 1976

Various Artists, Soundtrack to Catch and Release (feat. songs from The Magic Numbers, Death Cab For Cutie, The Lemonheads and others)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 22 January 2007 at 6:04 am

Farewell, JSpaceman

If you’ve spent any time over at the WOXY.com message boards, you are without a doubt familiar with Sean “JSpaceman”, one of the biggest posters and biggest supporters of the station. Sean also ran the excellent Kill Your Coworkers music blog.

Sadly, I just heard that Sean died yesterday when his apartment building caught on fire. While his neighbors were thankfully able to escape in time, Sean was not. He was 34 years old.

Although I didn’t know Sean personally, I’ve read hundreds of his posts on the WOXY boards and I’ve been a regular reader of his blog. He, like hundreds of other WOXY-ites, was a part of my musical family. He will be missed.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Sunday 21 January 2007 at 5:34 pm

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