Going to a show at Santos Party House during CMJ is only worthwhile if you’re going to stay the whole night there or if you’re going to see something amazing. Since Santos isn’t near the real scene of shows (Arlene’s, Piano’s, Living Room, Crash Mansion), it’s annoying to head over there but we still made the trek out to catch Surfer Blood. We were “treated” to a twenty minute set of mumbled uninspired music. If you wanted to see a band that wasn’t feeling it, you just had to be at Santos Party House at 9pm to see Surfer Blood. Maybe the guys were dreading playing almost a dozen shows for the full week but it would’ve been nice to see some energy out of the band for the first night of CMJ. Are they better than their performance this night? Yes, but anyone who witnessed this performance may not know that. Check out a few pics below.
Lights Resolve played the first night of CMJ at the Bowery Ballroom on 10/21. They were filling in for The Black And White Years from Austin (who couldn’t make the trip, sucks!). The lineup originally also had Hockey but you know how these CMJ shows change all the time. Anyways, despite being added on 12 hours before the show (we know this because we were reminded a few times by the band), Lights Resolve amazed the somewhat sparse crowd. Few up and coming bands can compare to Lights Resolve. Not only does this band have solid hooks and complete hit rock songs, but they also possess the “IT”/je ne sais quoi that bands need to reach the top. They also have a good image and great live show that may slightly emit a bit of cockiness but we didn’t mind. The total package, Lights Resolve is sure to be signed soon. Check out the photos below (thanks to Meimi Yeung!)
Gigantic Music (The Walkmen, Harlem Shakes) is pleased to announce the long-awaited release of ARMS (Todd Goldstein, guitarist for Harlem Shakes)’ full-length debut, Kids Aflame, in the US! Previously only available on import through Melodic Records in the UK, the US version of Kids Aflame, complete with bonus tracks, is out this week digitally through Gigantic Music! In celebration of Kids Aflame’s release, Todd is giving away a free mp3 Download for the song “Tiger Tamer” off the record. After several perfomances at CMJ last week, ARMS will also be playing a CD release show in NYC at Pianos on Thursday, November 12th.
To people with a passing interest in such things, Todd Goldstein is the guitarist in the Brooklyn indie-pop band Harlem Shakes. To those who listen closely, though, Todd Goldstein is ARMS, a persona he’s been crafting since 2004. As ARMS, Goldstein takes up a decidedly slower, sweeter, sloppier endeavor, working alone and singing in a sad, idiosyncratic baritone. By most definitions of the well-worn term, Kids Aflame is a lo-fi album-Goldstein cobbled the record together over three years, holing up with a single microphone and a laptop in a series of rickety bedroom recording spaces. And yet, the songs speak to something grander than lo-fi’s usual emotional vocabulary, harnessing elements of shoegaze and classic country,
For all of the labels that could apply to ARMS, Goldstein’s mission is simple: to build music that keeps lonely listeners company and guides them safely through the night.
Download “Kids Aflame” here and “Tiger Tamer” here or stream them below:
“Bedroom-crafted gems that range from Juno-ready ukulele jams to spazzy freak outs.” – SPIN.com “25 Must-Hear Artists from the CMJ Festival”
“a one-man pop confectionary machine created by Todd Goldstein… ARMS’ debut has already been warmly embraced in the UK, but now those in need of swoon-appropriate melancholy-pop can finally get their paws on this little gem.” – Interview Magazine
“…quite impressive” – Huffington Post
“A fine debut album matching both the romantic streak of Conor Oberst and multi-instrumental sophistication of Sufjan Stevens” –Q Magazine (**** ‘Recommended’)
“…understated and intricately crafted folk bound by unpretentious harmonies, tambourines and a chorus of finger-snapping. Over the course of the album Goldstein develops his deeply textured landscape, adding handclaps, palm pats and other unorthodox percussion to his homegrown sonics while creating a signature sound that should launch his solo career.” – CMJ
“New York indie rock vet Todd Goldstein pops out a solo project that… refuses to settle on one sound…an effervescent affair with a proper dose of gravity…to which we say: Amen.” – Black Book
“You could dig through a whole month’s worth of fuzzy, home-recorded pop and not find a record as sweetly weird, as intelligently eccentric as this one. (Some of us have.) ‘Kids Aflame’ is the good stuff, as loosely played as it is meticulously plotted.” –Dusted Magazine
With no better way to kick-off Halloween, AFI brings fans a golden performance of “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” live from mtvU’s Ulalume festival. The Morrissey-esque track comes from AFI’s newly released album, Crash Love which also features the single “Medicate.” The Ulalume event, which took place in Columbia, Maryland, also features Paramore, Dead By Sunrise and Kid Cudi. More performances from AFI can be seen Friday, October 30 at 9pm ET/PT on MTV, 10pm ET/PT on MTV2 and 11pm ET/PT on mtvU during the “Ulalume: Howling at New Moon” special. Repeats of the special will air Halloween 10/31 at 2:30am and 6pm
Japanese DJs, 80kidz, have added their touch to Metric’s hit “Help I’m Alive.” Having already created remixes for CSS, Simian Mobile Disco, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Dan Black, and more, 80kidz now partner with Metric. Take Metric’s original and add 80kidz’ catchy synth loops and bouncy drums and you have a winner. Click HERE for your free download.
Metric’s brand new acoustic EP, Plug In, Plug Out, is available now on Amazon. Preview the new EP by clicking HERE or the image of the embeddable widget below.
It’s only a couple of weeks until Metric is back in the US. Check out the tour dates below. More dates to be announced very soon.
10.28.09 â€“ Burton Cummings Theatre â€“ Winnipeg, MB
10.29.09 â€“ The Odeon â€“ Saskatoon, SK
10.30.09 â€“ Big 4 (Stampede Park) â€“ Calgary, AB
10.31.09 â€“ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium â€“ Edmonton, AB
11.02.09 â€“ Kelowna Community Theatre â€“ Kelowna, BC
11.03.09 â€“ Orpheum Theatre â€“ Vancouver, BC
11.16.09 â€“ Town Ballroom â€“ Buffalo, NY
11.17.09 â€“ Portland City Music Hall â€“ Portland, ME
11.18.09 â€“ Webster â€“ Hartford, CT
11.19.09 â€“ Lupoâ€™s â€“ Providence, RI
11.20.09 â€“ House of Blues â€“ Boston, MA
11.21.09 â€“ Northern Lights â€“ Clifton Park, NY
11.23.09 â€“ Ramâ€™s Head Live! â€“ Baltimore, MD
11.24.09 â€“ Mr. Smallâ€™s â€“ Pittsburgh, PA
11.25.09 â€“ Electric Factory â€“ Philadelphia, PA
11.27.09 â€“ Neighborhood Theatre â€“ Charlotte, NC
11.28.09 â€“ Center Stage â€“ Atlanta, GA
11.29.09 â€“ Republic â€“ New Orleans, LA
11.30.09 â€“ Warehouse Live â€“ Houston, TX
12.01.09 â€“ La Zona Rosa â€“ Austin, TX
12.02.09 â€“ Palladium Ballroom â€“ Dallas, TX