Friday, February 26, 2010

Dream Concert: Cursive

Over the years I have seen many of my favorite bands live but there is a growing list of bands I just have to see. With this Dream Concert feature, I have listed the set list and venue of my choice for one of my favorite bands that I have yet to experience live. My selection this month is Cursive. I have been a fan since Domestica and have had a couple chances to see them live but life happens...

As for the venue I would choose Newport Music Hall in Columbus. Which also happens to be the place where I will see them on March 3rd with Alkaline Trio and The Dear & Departed. I also chose Newport because I have seen some great shows there in the early 2000’s, including Modest Mouse and Sunny Day Real Estate and I wish I had seen Cursive at that time as well. Here is the set list I would choose if I were the one writing it out for the band the night of the show.


The Casualty

From The Hips


A Gentleman Caller

Some Red Handed Sleight of Hand

The Martyr

Dorothy At Forty


Bad Sects

I Couldn't Love You

The Radiator Hums


Let Me up

The Recluse

The Lament of Pretty Baby

The Game of Who Needs Who the Worst

The Rhyme Scheme

Sink to the Beat

I don't know how well that all would flow but it would sound great to me!

Hey, it could happen!

Check out Cursive's tour dates here:

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

3 Songs: Remixes

1. Shout Out Louds - "Fall Hard (Passion Pit Summertime Radio Remix)" (Passion Pit applies liberal amounts of synths to Shout Out Loud's first single.)


2. Magic Wands - "Warrior (The xx Remix)" (Moody minimalists, The xx remix the first single from the upcoming Magic Wands full-length album.)


3. CANT - "Ghosts (Remix by Class Actress)" (Label-mates, Class Actress show the love by remixing Chris Taylor's (Grizzly Bear) solo project.)


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Local Natives - "Gorilla Manor"

This week Frenchkiss Records released Gorilla Manor, the highly anticipated debut by So Cal’s Local Natives. Already a hit in the UK after last year’s stand-out SXSW performances, they are ready to capitalize on the buzz and Gorilla Manor does not disappoint.

“Wide Eyes” opens the album with shimmery guitars and vocal harmonies along with jittery, clicking percussion for a great introduction to the band’s sound. “Airplanes” has a loose, good-time vibe that runs throughout the album even though the vivid lyrics deal with the loss of a grandfather. One of the standout tracks on an album filled with them is “Sun Hands” with sunny harmonies and a freak-out bridge with shouted group vocals and an out of left field guitar solo. The vocal harmonies on “World News” reach to the sky for a big, enthusiastic sound with galloping drums and a guitar line just as catchy as the chorus. Songs like “Shape Shifter” and “Cubism Dream” are more moody and emotional with beautiful vocal that harness the grace of Jeff Buckley. The rhythm section races on “Camera Talk” before pulling into the pit stop for a one-note organ breakdown on the chorus to great effect. A nice surprise is their cover of Talking Heads’ “Warning Sign”, the three-part harmonies that replace the original’s nervous vocals makes the song theirs without inducing eye-rolls and becoming a distraction from the rest of the album.

Combining the sophisticated harmonies and song structures of Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes with the tribal rhythms of The Dodos, they have created a blogger’s dream record and an album of the year contender.

Download “Sun Hands” here:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

3 Songs: New Music (and a Video)

1. Adam Green - "Castles and Tassels" (The ex-Moldy Peach continues to distance himself from his immature past and molds himself as a 70's-style singer-songwriter on his 6th solo album.)


2. A Weather - "Giant Stairs" (More hushed folk-pop from their sophomore album, Everyday Balloons out 3/2 on Team Love.)


3. Bettie Serveert - "Deny All" (The first single from their first release in 4 years. Dust Bunnies is still one of my favorite records of the late 90's!)


Bonus: Title Tracks - "Steady Love" (Solo project of John Davis of Q And Not U and Georgie James. This song is the definition of power-pop. I can't and won't get it out of my head!)


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

3 Songs: Cover Songs

1. Enemy Logic - "Ring Of Fire" (A blistering metalcore cover of the Johnny Cash favorite from Ireland's heaviest melodic death metal band.)


2. Or, The Whale - "Toxic" (The Britney Spears dance hit is flipped on its side with swooning and soaring vocal harmonies and their Neil Young-inspired folk rock. Recorded for Coke Machine Glow's Fantast Podcast.)


3. Little Girls - "10 Mile Stereo" (Josh McIntyre aka Little Girls has released his cover of this Beach House track from their new album to pay tribute since he is a big fan of the band.)