Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Mickey Avalon - So Rich So Pretty

My roomie told me today "Mickey is a #@$%^ genius". I think I agree:

I'm done for tonight. Have a great day.

Timbaland ft JT & Nelly Furtado - Give It To Me

A whole lot of trash-talking in this song/video, I guess... even Pitchfork took down their story? What's going on? Ahhhh, who cares. Any video with Nelly Furtado in it, is good enough to post:

MN Music Artists @ SxSW 2007

I'm not going. Just not enough good bands playing ;)

Andrea had a great post on MN Artists at SxSW 2007 recently. Please allow me to add to it; here are the tunes and other related links:

Birthday Suits
Genre: Punk
Website / MySpace

Blackhearted Force
Genre: Punk
mp3: Blackhearted Force - Drop Low

Brother Ali
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
mp3: Brother Ali - Truth Is
Website / MySpace

Cloud Cult
Genre: Rock
Website / MySpace

The Deaths
Genre: Pop
mp3: The Deaths - Turn for the Worst
Website / MySpace

Genre: Rock
mp3: Dosh - Um, Circles and Squares
Website / MySpace

Genre: Pop
mp3: Honeydogs - Rattling My Tin Cup
Website / MySpace

Little Man
Genre: Rock
mp3: Little Man - Undertow
Website / MySpace

The Melismatics
Genre: Pop
mp3: Industry Of Cool
Website / MySpace

The Pines
Genre: Alt Country
Website / MySpace

The Slats
Genre: Punk
mp3: Call My Telephone
Website / MySpace

Genre: Pop
Website / MySpace

Is that everybody, or did I forget anyone? Corrections/additions welcome. Let me know...

Local artists in the blogosphere today

New feature. News I found on MN artists in the global (non-local) blogosphere:

Q's List of 100 Places To Find Music Online

Great post (including links) by Largehearted Boy, my roomie's favorite music blog ;)

New Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm

My boys didn't disappoint on the BBC today:
  • Radio Rip: Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm Stream / Mp3
The new album "Favourite Worst Nightmare" drops 4/23/07 in the UK. You think I'm excited!?

Arctic Monkeys Website / MySpace

Mickey Avalon - Jane Fonda - Live

So I saw this guy on Kimmel last week. My roommate and I laughed our asses off. Unfortunately, the video isn't up on YouTube yet, so this will have do. I still can't decide if this is the best or worst shit I've ever seen/heard.

Unnecessary Censorship
was pretty funny too...

Mickey Avalon Website / MySpace

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Mando Diao Announces US Tour Dates & EP

I've long been been a Mando Diao fan, so I figured I'd pass on the following tour dates:

March 15: Austin, TX: SXSW: Antone’s (Spaceland Party)
March 15: Austin, TX: SXSW: Dirty Dog (Official SXSW Showcase)
(more SXSW dates to be announced soon)

April 29: Indio, CA: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
May 1: San Francisco, CA: Bottom of the Hill
May 3: Portland, OR: Dante’s
May 4: Seattle, WA: Crocodile Café
May 5: Vancouver, BC: The Plaza Club
May 8: Minneapolis, MN: The 400 Bar
May 9: Chicago, IL: Double Door
May 11: Ann Arbor, MI: Blind Pig
May 12: Toronto, ONT: The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
May 13: Montreal, QUE: Petit Campus
May 14: New York, NY: Bowery Ballroom
May 16: Hoboken, NJ: Maxwell's
May 17: Washington, DC: Black Cat
May 18: Philadelphia, PA: Johnny Brenda's
May 19: Cambridge, MA: T.T. the Bear's

Also, in the US, the Swedish Pop/Rocksters are releasing an EP 3/6/07 "Long Before Rock ‘n’ Roll", before their new album "Ode To Ochrasy" hits the shelves 4/24/07. Here's the tracklisting of the EP:

WM / Real: 1. Long Before Rock’n’Roll
2. Popovic
3. Cinderella
4. Chet Baker
5. Long Before Rock’n’Roll (live)
YouTube: 6. VIDEO: Long Before Rock’n’Roll

I've actually had the new album for a while now, as I picked it up in Europe last year. The CD is ok, nothing too mind-blowingly new... I definitely still love "Hurricane Bar" material best:

Mando Diao - You Can't Steal My Love

Then again, they're great live, so do check them out at a venue near you soon. I'll see ya' at 400 Bar May 8th.

Mando Diao Website / MySpace
Mando Diao YouTube
Mando Diao perform in Studio on the Current 5/2/05 (very funny and awkward - Mary Lucia doesn't do so well with the Scandanavians)

Twelve Moons on Gichigami

Twelve Moons on Gichigami. 1 year of Lake Superior Canal Park web-cam shots from Duluth, Minnesota. Kind of cool, the music sucks, but yo', I went to college there for a couple of years.

Monday, February 26, 2007

New video from Radio 4

Radio 4 - Too Much To Ask For. Great show last time I saw them.

Snowden / Malajube live @ Triple Rock Social Club 2/24/07 :: The Apples in Stereo live @ Varsity Theater 2/24/07

Who decides to get back into all things "live rock 'n' roll" during the biggest snowstorm of the season? Yep, that would be me. Slightly insane, actually. Saturday night turned out to be really fun, though, even if my car got stuck in my friend's parking lot at the end of the night.

The festivities kicked off early at Triple Rock Social Club with Malajube and Snowden. I watched about half of Malajube's set, and really enjoyed their set. These French-Canadians (from Montreal) really have personality, as their in-between-songs stage banter was hilarious. They don't speak a whole lot of English, that's for sure. Snowden definitely is my kind of music. Their live show and energy reminded me quite a bit of The Editors... And yeah, I can't forget to mention this: Bassist Corrine Lee is a little cutie pie.

After a brief pitstop at the Cabooze (don't ask), my friends and I decided to cruise over to 400 Bar to check out Annuals. Unfortunately, once we got there we found out they had canceled due to the weather. So instead we wound up watching this guy for a few minutes:

As far as I know, it wasn't Randy Dangers, the opener for Annuals. I'm not really sure who he was, but his music was "kind of" entertaining...

A little while later we finally made it over to the Varsity Theater for the Apples in Stereo. Unfortunately, once again, a band had canceled. This time it was the opening band, Casper & the Cookies who didn't make it. I'm not really familiar with the band, so no big deal. Apples in Stereo were well worth the wait and delivered a great set. I really wasn't that big of a fan of the band before the gig, but the live show really converted me. Good stuff.

Thanks to all the great friends that came out Saturday! I really enjoyed hanging out with you and getting back into the Rock 'n' Roll thing. It's good to be back.

Photos and related links below. More pics on my Flickr. Even more commentary, photos, setlist, and other musings over on Brody's and Vu's blogs.


Flickr Photos | Flickr Slideshow
mp3: Malajube - Etienne D'Aout
YouTube: Malajube - Montreal -40°C
Malajube Website / MySpace


Flickr Photos | Flickr Slideshow
mp3: Snowden - Anti Anti
YouTube: Snowden - Anti Anti
Snowden Website / MySpace

The Apples in Stereo

Flickr Photos | Flickr Slideshow
mp3: The Apples in Stereo - Energy
YouTube: The Apples in Stereo - Energy
The Apples in Stereo Website / MySpace

Saturday, February 24, 2007

New videos from Protoypes and The Rakes

A couple of new videos I found on YouTube today:
DVR/TiVo Alert: The Arcade Fire is on SNL tonight (along with "Dwight" from The Office)!

Great stuff live tonight in Minneapolis/St. Paul:
Weather-permitting (the big snowstorm apparently has begun), I'll be at a couple of these. Have a nice Saturday.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Arcade Fire / Nouvelle Vague / Bananarama / The Game

(Photo courtesy of MoreCowbell.Net)

So Kyle saw the Arcade Fire 3 (!) times last week in NYC and ran into David Byrne and Lou Reed! Awesome... I watch(ed) American Idol. Kyle wins.

Head on over to Kyle's blog and give him shit for not seeing them 5 (!) nights in a row. Weak ;)

The Arcade Fire - Wake Up - Judson Memorial Church 2/17/07:

Arcade Fire Website / MySpace

New Album drops 3/6/07: Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Arcade Fire on SNL 2/24/07
NPR: (Download) The Arcade Fire in Concert
ProductShopNYC: The Arcade Fire in Concert (individual mp3s)


I've been digging Nouvelle Vague lately, oui?

You've heard them. They're also featured in this commercial.

Nouvelle Vague Website / MySpace

Nouvelle Vague on KCRW (audio/video)

Have a great weekend! I'll try to update some more soon...

P.S. NSFW: The Sexiest Music Videos Of All Time

P.P.S. 'Cause I'm an 80's boy... Sexiest Video from the 80's:

Bananarama Website / MySpace

Just kidding, wow! I keep thinking "Borderline" when I watch that video... Times have changed ;) Leave it up to me to post a tune called "Cruel Summer" at the end of February... I don't get it either. That's why it's good I'm blogging again!?

P.P.P.S. Ok, I checked out Bananarama's website... looks like they're back!? They look slutty!? What gives? More info please...

P.P.P.P.S. And the night wouldn't be complete without one video from the "west-side":

I'm out...

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Back from hibernation...

OK, Ana Beatriz Barros, anything for you! Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2007

The 3D glasses work really well ;)

And this seems like an appropriate "blogging again" video (via):

More to come...