Thursday, July 29, 2010

[review] Toadies @ Showbox (7-28-2010)

Seattle Loves the Toadies

Seattle has time and again shown their appreciation towards Fort Worth's very own Toadies. It's this affection, expressed in fist pumps and hollers, that creates the perfect environment for an all-around good show.

Wednesday night's concert was no exception. From the moment the Toadies took the stage at the Showbox, an eruption of elation occurred. You have to understand, for hardcore Toadies fans, the idea of a Feeler tour equates to the same emotions brought on by Brian Wilson's SMiLE, or GNR's Chinese Democracy. And feeding off the crowd's energy, the band immediately broke into the classics to get the night moving in a good direction. The Toadies kicked the set off with "Backslider," and lead singer Todd Lewis's voice never sounded so good. But that's what you come to expect at a Toadies show - don't let drummer Mark Reznicek's hair color fool you - these guys sound as young as they did back in '94.

Since the band was promoting their new album Feeler, we got to hear a fair number of hits off the LP, including "Dead Boy," "City of Hate," "Suck Magic," "ATF Theme," "Waterfall," and "Mine." To give a quick back-story behind this ill-fated album, the band originally recorded Feeler in '97 as a follow-up to Rubberneck, but Interscope deemed the record ill-fit for release. The Toadies lost the rights to the songs and had to re-record the entire album, and after 13 years it finally gets its proper release. You could almost see the triumph in lead guitarist Clark Vogeler's eyes as if to say, "yeah, we knew these songs would be liked."

Highlights from the night included the Rubberneck gems "Away," "Possum Kingdom," and "Tyler," and surprise favorites like "Push the Hand" and "Heel" sounded incredible. I was happy to hear some of the stronger songs from No Deliverance ("Nothing to Cry About" and the title track), and I thought all the Feeler jams were excellent. Really my only complaint of the night came during the encore when they covered the Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down." It's not to say I didn't like the song, but I felt like they didn't need to throw it in there. If you buy Feeler through iTunes, you get this track as a bonus tune, so I understand why they played it. But I digress...

All in all, this one amazing show from a band that I'm so happy decided to make music again. At the end of the night, Vogeler thanked Seattle for being "the best fucking rock city in the country," and I think he was actually sincere about that comment. Mosh pits were erupting on the main floor, and the crowd was jumping up and down so much the band kept commenting on how the stage was literally shaking. A full set list is posted below, and as you can see, it's loaded with non-stop hits, and it ended with a crowd-favorite, "I Come From the Water."

Toadies set list (7-28-2010):
Backslider
Little Sin
Dead Boy
Away
Nothing to Cry About
Push the Hand
Doll Skin
City of Hate
Happy Face
Suck Magic
ATF Theme
Heel
Waterfall
Mister Love
Pressed Against the Sky
Possum Kingdom
Song I Hate
Mine
Tyler
Encore
Don't Let Me Down (Beatles cover)
I Burn
No Deliverance
Pink
I Come From the Water

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

[concert] Gorillaz @ Key Arena! (11-2-2010)

Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour 2010

Just announced via P4K, it looks like the Gorillaz will finally be taking their show through Seattle. And what venue could possibly accommodate such a large, orchestrated production? Looks like only Key Arena can contain such an extravagant show. Other dates are posted below, but make sure you mark November 2 and 3 on your calendar if you happen to live in the Northwest. Gorillaz hit Seattle on November 2, and Vancouver, BC on November 3. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 20, but if you're a member of the Gorillaz fan club (sign up here), you'll get early access to some good seats.

Gorillaz tour dates:
10-03 // Montreal, Quebec // Bell Centre
10-05 // Wallingford, CT // Oakdale Theatre
10-06 // Boston, MA // Agganis Arena
10-08 // New York, NY // Madison Square Garden
10-10 // Camden, NJ // Susquehanna Bank Center
10-11 // Fairfax, VA // Patriot Center
10-13 // Detroit, MI // Fox Theatre
10-14 // Toronto, Ontario // Air Canada Centre
10-16 // Chicago, IL // UIC Pavilion
10-17 // Minneapolis, MN // Target Center
10-19 // Houston, TX // Toyota Center
10-20 // Dallas, TX // Verizon Theatre
10-22 // Austin, TX // Frank Erwin Center
10-24 // Denver, CO // Wells Fargo Theatre
10-26 // Phoenix, AZ // Dodge Theatre
10-27 // Los Angeles, CA // Gibson Amphitheatre
10-30 // Oakland, CA // Oracle Arena
11-02 // Seattle, WA // Key Arena
11-03 // Vancouver, BC // Rogers Arena
11-11 // Dublin, Ireland // O2 Arena
11-12 // Manchester, England // Evening News Arena
11-14 // London, England // O2 Arena
11-15 // Amsterdam, Netherlands // Heineken Music Hall
11-17 // Birmingham, England // NIA
11-18 // Brighton, England // Centre
11-21 // Berlin, Germany // Velodrom
11-23 // Paris, France // Zenith
11-25 // Antwerp, Belgium // Lotto
12-06 // Perth, Australia // Burswood Dome
12-08 // Adelaide, Australia // Entertainment Centre
12-11 // Melbourne, Australia // Rod Laver
12-16 // Sydney, Australia // Entertainment Centre
12-19 // Brisbane, Australia // Entertainment Centre
12-21 // Auckland, New Zealand // Vector Arena

[concert] Toadies @ Showbox Market Tonight (7-28-2010)

Toadies Return to Seattle

After having finally completed the thought-to-be-lost Feeler album, the Toadies have put together a mini-US tour with a stop tonight in Seattle. Tickets are still available (here) at the Showbox, and if you want to prime yourself for some of the tunes you'll be hearing, Amazon is selling Feeler digitally right now (here).

If you'd like to sample a couple of the tracks off this new LP, head over to Spin and AOL to listen/download the tracks "City of Hate" and "Mine."

Don't miss this show, it's going to be a blast.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

[review] Wolf Parde @ Showbox (7-26-2010)

Wolf Parade delivers the "Royal Mix"

Last night Wolf Parade treated Seattleites with another fantastic show at the Showbox. To give a little historical significance, my first Wolf Parade "live experience" occurred at the Showbox in August of '06 - WP had just released Apologies to the Queen Mary and were touring with Frog Eyes and Whale Bones on the "Spiritual Animal Tour." During that show, I remember feeling that WP was on the verge of something big. It would take a few years of insane touring and numerous side projects before Wolf Parade garnered the respect and notoriety that the talented five-some deserved. In that time, other WP appearances in Seattle occurred in '07 with Holy Fuck, followed by the surprise show after the Sub Pop Fest in '08 with Foals.

So after what felt like a long drought, WP finally made their way back to Jet City in support of their 3rd LP Expo 86. For some reason, it seemed very fittingly to be back at the Showbox. The set list is posted below, and I'd have to say I was very happy with the tunes they showcased last night. A few songs into the set, lead singer/keyboardist Spencer Krug informed the audience that we'd be getting an even mix of old and new songs, which lead singer/guitarist Dan Boeckner dubbed as the "Royal Mix." The old tunes still had that new song smell to them (revamped and rejuvinated), and the new tunes were full of energy which kept the night fresh. Highlights of the set included the very well-received "Ghost Pressure" (which featured Krug on omnichord), "Fine Young Cannibals," and the rarely performed "In the Direction of the Moon." What struck me most was how amazing each song from At Mount Zoomer sounded in concert. I really wish Zoomer had been recorded live like Apologies and Expo; hearing those songs performed at a show sound so much better than the studio cuts.

And the band was really on fire last night. Boeckner as always looked like a Fraggle rocker on steroids - full of energy and spastically churning out the hits. Krug was a young Beethoven-incarnate, complete with wild hair and his ear only inches from the keys. At some point in the night drummer Arlen Thompson must have called upon the thunder gods, which invoked a dance party with his skillful stick-play, and Dante DeCaro kept the rhythm section together by filling in the missing space left behind after the departure of Hadji Bakara.

All in all, those who attended last night's show left with smiles on their faces. The encore set contained one song from each of the band's three LPs. I was thrilled to hear the classic "You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son" followed by "Yulia," and the night ended with an unabridged performance of "Kissing the Beehive" in all its 11 minutes of glory. As always, Wolf Parade did not disappoint.

Wolf Parade set list (7-26-2010)
Soldier's Grin
What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)
Palm Road
Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
Ghost Pressure
Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
Fine Young Cannibals
In the Direction of the Moon
This Heart's On Fire
I'll Believe In Anything
Pobody's Nerfect
California Dreamer
Encore
You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son
Yulia
Kissing the Beehive

Photos :: courtesy of Laura Musselman

Monday, July 26, 2010

[new music] Plains - "Stuck In The Night"

Plains - "Innovator" b/w "Stuck In The Night"

Plains, the one-song-sensation from Miami, Florida, is set to release their very first 7" single. Only 100 limited copies of "Innovator" b/w "Stuck In The Night" will drop sometime this August via Discosoma Records. To hear the band's second song/b-side, go to their MySpace page (here). It's not as catchy as "Innovator," but it's still a quality track. Of course, to hear "Innovator" or watch the very cool video, look below. Good things are going to come from these guys.

<a href="http://plainsmiami.bandcamp.com/track/innovator">Innovator by Plains</a>

[concert] Wolf Parade @ Showbox Market Tonight (7-26-2010)

Wolf Parade tonight!

Just a reminder: tonight is the night for Wolf Parade's sold out concert at the Showbox Market. Doors open at 8pm, and stage support includes the Moools.

If you haven't listened to WP's new LP, go here and get yourself a copy.

Buy :: Wolf Parade - Expo 86

Oh, and here's the first single off Expo 86, which you'll definitely hear tonight if you go to the show:

Wolf Parade - "Ghost Pressure"


UPDATE :: The show is no longer listed as sold out. Tickets are still available.

[mp3] Spoon - "Something To Look Forward To" July Bonus Track

New Tunes From Spoon

Well, it's been over 6 months since we were last treated with some Spoon bonus tracks, but you can now visit their website for a new track for the month of July. This month's offering is an early demo version of Kill the Moonlight's "Something To Look Forward To." Check it out below.

MP3: Spoon - "Something To Look Forward To" (early demo)
(July Bonus Track)

Friday, July 23, 2010

[news] Plants and Animals to tour with Frightened Rabbit

New tour dates announced for P&A

Seattle is going to get a double dose of Plants and Animals this fall. First at Bumbershoot 2010 on September 4 (along with The Budos Band), and now on October 7 at the Showbox. The latter date includes stage support from Scotland's very own Frightened Rabbit. Both shows are bound to great since I've seen P&A absolutely kill at both the festival setting and the intimate club setting.

After Bumbershoot, Plants and Animals will head across the Atlantic for a number of EU shows before returning in October to complete their US leg. Check them out in a city near you (more dates posted below) and if you still haven't listened to their newest LP La La Land, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today.

Buy :: Plants and Animals - La La Land

Plants and Animals tour dates:
July 30
Aug 1
Aug 5
Aug 6
Aug 7
Aug 9
Aug 10
Aug 11
Aug 14
Aug 15
Sept 4
Sept 9
Sept 10
Sept 15
Sept 16
Sept 17
Sept 18
Sept 19
Sept 23
Sept 24
Sept 25
Oct 7
Oct 8
Oct 9
Oct 10
Oct 13
Oct 14
Oct 15
Oct 16
Oct 17
Oct 19
Oct 20
Oct 21
Oct 22
Oct 23
Oct 26
Oct 28
Oct 29
Oct 30
Nov 1
Nov 2
Nov 3

Chattanooga, TN
Chicago, IL
London, UK
London, UK
Standon, UK
Potsdam, DE
Dresden, DE
Darmstadt, DE
Preganziol, IT
Cesantico, IT
Seattle, WA
London, UK
Dorset, UK
Rees-Haldern, DE
Utrecht, NL
Berlin, DE
Paris, FR
Tilburg, NL
Manchester, UK
Glasgow, UK
Leeds, UK
Seattle, WA
Vancouver, BC
Portland, OR
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
Anaheim, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Tempe, AZ
Dallas, TX
Austin, TX
Houston, TX
New Orleans, LA
Gainesville, FL
Athens, GA
Philadelphia, PA
Boston, MA
New York, NY
Washington, DC
Pittsburgh, PA
Detroit, MI
Nightfall Series at Miller Plaza (tix)
Wicker Park Festival
The Lexington w/ El Guincho (tix)
The Brixton Windmill (tix)
Standon Calling Festival (tix)
Lindenpark* (tix)
Beatpol* (tix)
Centralstation* (tix)
Macaco in the Country
Retro Pop Live

Bumbershoot Festival (tix)
Bush Hall (tix)
End of the Road Festival (tix)
Haldern Pop Bar
dB's
Introducing at Magnet
La Fl├Ęche D'or
Incubate Festival (tix)
The Ruby Lounge+ (tix)
King Tut's+ (tix)
The Brudenell Social Club+ (tix)
The Showbox~
The Vogue Theatre~
Wonder Ballroom~
The Fillmore~
Mayan Theater~
House of Blues~
House of Blues~
The Beauty Bar~
The Clubhouse~
The Loft~
Stubb's BBQ~
Walter's on Washington~
Tipitina's~
Common Grounds~
40 Watt Club~
Starlight Ballroom~
Paradise~
Terminal 5~
9:30 Club~
Diesel Club~
Magic Stick~



* w/ Portugal. The Man
+ w/ Shout Out Louds
~ w/ Frightened Rabbit

Thursday, July 22, 2010

[new music] The Budos Band - The Budos Band III

Music To Get Excited About

Next month, The Budos Band will release their highly anticipated 3rd LP, fittingly titled The Budos Band III. The Staten Island-based Afro beat groovemeisters are offering up a special deal for those who pre-order their album now at Daptone's online store. The first 800 pre-orders will come with a free 45 single of "Kakal" from The Budos Band III by way of "Hidden Hand" from last year's The Budos Band EP.

The Budos Band III won't hit shelves until August 10th, but you can hear the first single, "Unbroken, Unshaven," below.



Also exciting news, for those who would like to catch this amazingly energetic live show in Seattle, look no more. The Budos Band will be playing the first night of Bumbershoot 2010 on September 4. Other dates posted below:

The Budos Band tour dates:
21 July // Johnny Brenda's // Philadelphia, PA
22 July // The Abbey Bar At ABC // Harrisburg, PA
23 July // Floydfest // Floyd, VA
24 July // Black Cat // Washington DC
7 Aug // Prospect Park Bandshell // Celebrate Brooklyn
11 Aug // The Casbah // San Diego, CA
12 Aug // Levitt Pavilion // Los Angeles, CA
13 Aug // Levitt Pavilion // Pasadena, CA
14 Aug // Downtown Brewing Co // San Luis Obispo, CA
15 Aug // Outside Lands @ Golden Gate Park // San Francisco, CA
17 Aug // The Sail Inn // Tempe, AZ
21 Aug // The Mohawk // Austin, TX
22 Aug // Granada Theater // Dallas, TX
24 Aug // The Conservatory // Oklahoma City, OK
25 Aug // Record Bar // Kansas City, MO
27 Aug // Larimer Lounge // Denver, CO
28 Aug // Fox Theater // Boulder, CO
29 Aug // Abbey Theatre // Durango, CO
31 Aug // State Room // Salt Lake City, UT
1 Sept // The Grove Plaza // Boise, ID
2 Sept // W.O.W. Hall // Eugene, OR
3 Sept // Dante's // Portland, OR
4 Sept // Bumbershoot // Seattle, WA

Monday, July 19, 2010

[new music] Toadies - Feeler Has Arrived!

After over 12 years, it's finally here

As mentioned earlier, the Toadies have finally completed the thought-to-be-lost Feeler album. CD copies can be purchased at Kirtland Records and are shipping now, and vinyl copies can be pre-ordered, but their delivery date is still TBD. If you'd like to hear one of the tracks off this new LP, head over to Spin and listen/download the track "City of Hate." It sounds so much better than the rough recording I bought off eBay years ago. Also, here's the official track listing for the album.

Feeler track listing:
01. Trust Game
02. Waterfall
03. Dead Boy
04. City of Hate
05. Mine
06. Suck Magic
07. ATF Theme
08. Joey Let’s Go
09. Pink

Take advantage of this early ship date, because if you wait for the official release, it won't hit shelves until August 10.

Also, check out the tour dates posted below - the Toadies could be coming to a city near you. Seattleites take notice of the July 28 appearance at the Showbox (tickets $18).

Buy :: Toadies - Feeler (via Kirtland Records)

Toadies tour dates:
7-15 // The Venue at The Down Under // Tyler, TX
7-16 // Bully's Grill // Wichita Falls, TX
7-17 // House of Blues // Houston, TX
7-21 // Club 101 // El Paso, TX
7-22 // Club Congress Tucson, AZ
7-23 // Galaxy Theater Santa Ana, CA
7-24 // The Troubadour // West Hollywood, CA
7-25 // Bottom of the Hill // San Francisco, CA
7-27 // Berbati's Pan // Portland, OR
7-28 // The Showbox // Seattle, WA
7-31 // Gothic Theatre // Denver, CO
8-01 // Midnight Rodeo // Amarillo, TX
8-07 // The Palladium Ballroom // Dallas, TX
8-27 // White Water Amphitheater // New Braunfels, TX
8-28 // White Water Amphitheatre // New Braunfels, TX
8-28 // Dia De Los Toadies // New Braunfels, TX
8-28 // White Water Amphitheater // New Braunfels, TX

UPDATE :: You can now purchase the album digitally for instant gratification via Amazon ($6.99) or iTunes ($9.99). The iTunes package comes with the bonus Beatles cover of "Don't Let Me Down."

Monday, July 5, 2010

[video] Handsome Furs - "Best Of"


It's been a great ride, thanks for taking us along...

Well, for those of you who've been following the Handsome Furs' CNN mini-documentary, it has finally come to the end. Capturing the adventures of two happy newlyweds whose passion for music and world travel took them to wonderful new places, Handsome Furs: Indie Asia was a really fun look into one of my favorite bands. To see a "greatest hits" video compilation, watch Episode 8: "Best Of" above. As for the future of this band, according to Exlaim.ca, even though Wolf Parade is in the midst of a world tour, Dan stated this:
I’m not [slowing down]. I’m working on new Handsome Furs stuff. I’m working on a handful of new songs, a new setup for the band and instrumentation, so... I’m actually insanely busy right now.
Perhaps a new album is in the works? One can only hope.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

[news] Cave Singers Sign to Jagjaguwar

The Cave Singers Jump Labels

After two albums with Matador, The Cave Singers have switched labels to Bloomington, Indiana's Jagjaguwar. The band plans to enter the studio this summer with Seattle producer Randall Dunn, the man behind the boards with bands like Sunn O))), Boris, and Black Mountain. With the help of Dunn, they hope to create a record more akin to The Cave Singers' incredible live shows. The recording session will manifest itself with a Jagjaguwar debut LP early next year.

"Everything's more electrified on this record, and just louder," Fudesco recently told Seattle Weekly. "We wanted to work with someone who we felt could have a bit thicker production, and working with someone who does a lot of heavier records, [we thought] even our quieter songs would probably come off more like we play 'em live."

The Cave Singers have a handful of live shows where you could get to hear some new jams road-tested.

TOUR DATES:
08-06 // Happy Valley, OR // Pickathon Festival
08-07 // Happy Valley, OR // Pickathon Festival
08-08 // Happy Valley, OR // Pickathon Festival
08-21 // Redmond, WA- Marymoor Park // No Depression Festival

Friday, July 2, 2010

[news] White Denim Update - New Song, LP in the Works

White Denim tracking new album!

Earlier this year, White Denim returned to the studios to record a follow-up album to last year's amazing Fits. According to their website (as of today), the band has the basic tracking complete. While the album is probably far from being finished and on shelves, it's nice to see new jams have been recorded.

And for those of you who'd like to get your ears on a new WD song, the band has contributed "Yo-Yo" to the Elysium benefit CD (purchased here via iTunes). Elysium is an institution that encourages working actors, artists, and musicians to volunteer their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions and injury. While "Yo-Yo" isn't quite "new," US fans can finally get their hands on this UK b-side from the "I Start To Run" single. It's a great song, and buying it goes to a good cause. Other musicians on the compilation include Sonic Youth, Sleigh Bells, The Kills, and Black Mountain. Check it out.

Buy :: Elysium: A Benefit for the Art of Elysium