Sick Puppies recently stopped by Last.fm to do four acoustic songs, “All The Same”, “Odd One”, “Maybe”, and “You’re Going Down” for the site’s Discover Sessions. The band were also interviewed by Last.fm and talked about their transition from Rock to Pop radio, their songwriting technique, and the first records they owned. You can watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/gxD0Vw
Sick Puppies released their third studio album, Tri-Polar last year and just recently released the third single off the album, “Maybe.”
Super excited I couldn’t wait to get to Terminal 5 for the show on November 17th featuring Francis and The Lights and La Roux. I was stoked to find a great spot at Terminal 5, it’s a pretty weird venue, kind big but not too big, kinda small but not really. I had so many thoughts running through my head—would Elly Jackson’s hair be as red as I imagined, would she play my favorite track, and what would Francis and the Lights sound like live? As the lights went down and the last drumset was checked I was ready.
I found a great spot right by the stage watching two guys clad in black formal suits singing amongst a pretty sparse crowd. I was worried I had missed the first act, but lo and behold the set list was swapped—Francis and the Lights were on. The duo opened up with Knees to the Floor, a track with some serious Tetris vibes going on. Lead singer, and apparently the only band member, Francis Farewell Starlite looked deeply into the mic as he sang his hi-pitched falsetto notes. Bandmate, Jonathan Finlayson, skillfully played the 80’s looking piano-board with carefully calculated hands. Both Starlite and Finlayson seemed uncomfortable on stage, not making direct eye contact with audience members. The electronica indie inspired tracks were multidimensional for listeners who were actually trying to give the band some credit. Dim lights made it difficult to really see what was going on stage and every so often red lights would highlight both band members intense dedication to the music. I couldn’t help but think of Phil Collins as Starlite sang and gripped the mic singing but his awkward stage presence was unmoving for fans eagerly waiting to dance. The tempo picked up with Strawberries, which opened with heavy drums and some swaying side to side movements from Starlite. The track ended with an epic guitar solo, some high-pitched notes and a quick jump back to a keyboard part that faded to black. No one really realized that was the end to their set—it was pretty left field.
I didn’t even know what Far East Movement was—and the crowd was getting excited. I was anxious and hoping that the next act would be a little more dance friendly, Far East Movement quickly raised the bar. With flashing lights, intense energy and non-stop movement, the foursome wowed audience members. The guys were dressed to impress in killer sneakers with ties and sunglasses—celebrity status anyone? Snooki, Jersey Shore’s finest, even came out to support the “Like a G6” all-stars. The music was filled with twists and turns making their performance extremely engaging and also a huge relief from Francis and the Lights mellowed and confusing performance. While I was unfamiliar with a bunch of their tracks, it was refreshing to see an act so lively— and even though the words were foreign the overall mash-up effect was great. The group ended on a high-note and set the stage for La Roux.
Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid aka La Roux appeared amidst a green haze—it looked like the emerald city set from The Wizard of Oz. Geometric patterned shapes were used as props and Elly came out clad in a regal green velvet coat—the only thing missing was a giant gold crown. Pixie-like, Elly danced around the stage dropping the heavy kingly coat and revealing a gold-leafed blazer as Michael Jackson’s Thriller narrative played in the background. She began with Tigerlily singing “ And in the crush of the dark I’ll be your light” fans were crazed as she continued with I’m Not Your Toy. With stellar sound quality La Roux continued with Quicksand. Elly avoided crowd interaction and focused more on the music—maybe she was nervous—either way fans were dancing and moving to the ass shaking melodies. Things slowed down with Armour Love and fans mouthed all the words—Elly still awkwardly danced around but no one could tell if it was intentional or her swagger. La Roux then surprised fans with a Rolling Stones cover—Under My Thumb. While a nice attempt, I wasn’t moved. Back on track, she played In for The Kill, opening up to the audience a little more and hitting various high-notes with a perfectly modulating pitch. With endless thank you’s Jackson ended the show with Bulletproof creating a climactic end to a skeptical evening. Fans cheered for more and walked out of the venue buzzing with lyrics, humming and praising the 21 year old songstress.
Now that you’ve had your fill of turkey and stuffing (or tofurkey and .. crackers if you’re vegan), you can resume going to concerts. Tonight, the always entertaining (and sometimes controversial) Jeffree Star visits the Studio At Webster Hall. With his popularity stemming from Myspace, Jeffree has been able to sell out clubs across the country and perform on the Vans Warped Tour. If you like Mickey Avalon or Marilyn Manson, you might love (or hate) Jeffree Star but you’ll definitely have seen something unique. DEV, It Boys, Alex York and Defamed are set for support. Pick up your tickets here.
The Studio At Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
DATE : November 29, 2010
DOOR : 6:30 PM
AGE : 16+
TICKETS : $14
The Decemberists have partnered with The Impossible Project and photographer Autumn de Wilde to create a DELUXE BOX EDITION of The King Is Dead, their forthcoming Capitol Records album which will be released on January 18, 2011. Rough Trade Records will be releasing The King Is Dead in the UK and Europe on January 17. The preorder of the set has launched today exclusively at Decemberists.com.
Each of the 2,500 limited edition box sets will be unique, with every one containing a one-of-a-kind original Polaroid photo by de Wilde (Check a few out below). The linen-wrapped clamshell box will have a foil-stamped cover, and will also include the CD, 180-gram white vinyl with an exclusive cover design, the DVD Pendarvia (a 30-minute short film by Aaron Rose documenting the making of the album), a 72-page hardcover book featuring over 250 photos by de Wilde and illustrations by Carson Ellis, and a signed Giclée print of an exclusive illustration by Ellis. A sample of the DELUXE BOX EDITION can be viewed at Decemberists.com.
The project was made possible by Impossible, who provided de Wilde with the vintage Type 100 “peel-apart” Polaroid film necessary to capture the 2,500 individual photos that were taken during the album’s recording sessions at Pendarvis Farm outside of Portland, Oregon, and in de Wilde’s hometown of Los Angeles, California.
Impossible keeps analog instant photography alive by passionately manufacturing various brand new and unique analog instant films for Vintage Polaroid cameras. Other than the highly standardized, traditional Polaroid film, Impossible films push analog instant photography beyond all traditional limits and offer a new, broad range of possibilities, characteristics and results. Therewith Impossible prevents more than 300,000,000 perfectly functioning Polaroid cameras from becoming obsolete, changes the world of photography and keeps variety, tangibility and analog creativity and possibilities alive. Learn more at www.the-impossible-project.com.
Autumn de Wilde is a Los Angeles based photographer and videographer best known for her portraits of musicians. In addition to The Decemberists, de Wilde has worked with the likes of Arcade Fire, Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Elliott Smith, Fiona Apple, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, The White Stripes, Wilco, and Willie Nelson. Visit her website at www.autumndewilde.com.
The Decemberists are a rock band from Portland, Oregon. The King Is Dead is their third album for EMI’s Capitol Records, and their sixth album overall. It marks a deliberate turn towards simplicity after the band’s wildly ambitious and widely acclaimed 2009 song-cycle The Hazards of Love. Produced by Tucker Martine, the album features Americana luminary Gillian Welch on seven tracks and R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck on three tracks. Rolling Stone has already called it “the most pastoral, rustic record they’ve ever made,” while SPIN declared it “a bold, straight-up folk-rock record, perhaps their most accessible one yet.”
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS has just released Rosewood, the sixth and final look into their upcoming short film for “Hurricane,” a track from the band’s latest album release, This Is War. The recently exposed clip takes you through the mind of a mysterious man and what seems to be a deep “secret” that he holds and is aimed at giving fans an inside look into the full-length film and each character featured. Be sure to watch the clip and look for the full version of “Hurricane coming very soon!
In celebration of the release of their highly anticipated full-length, Varuna, The Republic of Wolves are exclusively debuting two tracks to their fans. To download “You Missed the Point” for FREE, click here: http://bit.ly/hBBc61. To listen to “Sea Smoke,” click here: http://bit.ly/eb937x.
They will be releasing Varuna on November 30th, and it is available for preorder here: http://simplestereo.com/therepublicofwolves.
The Long Island natives have been one of the most talked about bands in 2010. After an unknown source leaked some of their tracks on YouTube marked under another similar Long Island band named Brand New, they started receiving recognition immediately. Music listeners were thirsty for something new and The Republic of Wolves was it.
After several separate studio and solo projects, The Republic of Wolves including Mason Maggio (vocals/guitar), Gregg Andrew DellaRocca (guitar/vocals), Christian Van Deurs (guitar/vocals), Billy Duprey (keyboard/vocals) and Chris Wall (drums) convened in July 2009 and in just a year created a praised EP, His Old Branches and a highly anticipated new album, Varuna.
Varuna is a musical masterpiece – instrumentally, rhythmically and lyrically. Fans of His Old Branches will embrace this album for its beautiful melodies and cohesive arrangements. Varuna does stem away from their last EP, with more experimentation musically including interesting new sounds and effects. With its musical variety and impeccable production, Varuna is a contender as one of the best albums of 2010.
Go to www.republicofwolves.com for more updates.
One of the music world’s most recognizable voices, Michael McDonald performs a special Christmas-themed episode of “SoundStage” on his new DVD and Blu-ray “This Christmas Live In Chicago” in stores now. Opening the show with the Doobie Brothers’ classic “It Keeps You Runnin’”, McDonald jumps into two selections from his solo career, before launching into a dozen Christmas songs. Many of these songs appeared on his 2009 holiday album “This Christmas”. The set ends with three Doobie Brothers classics and a cover of the Leonard Cohen classic “Hallelujah” is included as well.
1. It Keeps You Runnin’
2. I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)
3. Sweet Freedom
4. Every Time Christmas Comes Around
5. On This Night
6. This Christmas
7. Come, O Come Emanuel
8. Wexford Carol
9. Christmas On The Bayou
10. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
11. That’s What Christmas Means To Me
12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
14. White Christmas/ Winter Wonderland
15. Minute By Minute
16. What A Fool Believes
17. Takin’ It To The Streets Bonus: Hallelujah
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Before everyone disperses for the holiday season, MNDR will be playing four select shows on the east and west coast, beginning on December 9, bringing some much needed noise to your lonely wintery nights. Right now, they are offering fans a free download of their own Cold mix of electro-pop gem “Caligula” via www.mndrmndr.com.
Since we announced the arrival of MNDR’s debut EP in the Spring, entitled E.P.E, both sides of the Atlantic have been ablaze with the beats, the moves, and the music of the New York two-piece. In addition to their music infiltrating the Web over 2010, they received instant praise from both the music community and beyond, from culture and tastemaker outlets such as The Fader, The New York Times, Pitchfork, Paper and Interview. MNDR has headlined shows in the US and the UK, opened for Miike Snow and Massive Attack in the US, and performed around the globe with Mark Ronson and The Business INTL whom MNDR collaborated with on ice cool summer hit “Bang Bang Bang.”
Along with touring, MNDR, a.k.a Amanda Warner, has been nearing the completion of the first full length album in NYC with producer and co-writer Peter Wade, to be readied for release in Spring/Summer 2011. To pass the time, MNDR will be releasing digital singles, 7 inches, and music videos along the way and will also be embarking on a month long jaunt across the US with Montreal’s Chromeo on January 19th, 2011.
Amanda Warner’s incredible melodic sense and underground noise and art influences coupled with Peter Wade’s interest in combining non-traditional sounds with polished songcraft prove to be a perfect marriage of minds. Live, Amanda commands the stage, bending back and forth between her keyboard rig and microphone as she belts out their deceptively simple and undeniably addictive hits. Her fearless individuality and larger than life personality puts the live show is in a class all its own. Add their original audio reactive visuals into the mix (commissioned by MNDR from visual artist Jamie Carreiro), and you’ve got one electrifying show.
www.mndrmndr.com ** www.myspace.com/mndr
Recent media praise for MNDR:
“Right now MNDR is our favorite electronic pop singer/producer and gear head who crafts effervescent jams we simply cannot shake from our brains…” – FADER
“The one-person dance machine Amanda Warner, who unlike the other acts on the bill, had no interest in obscuring anything. Her music was blunt and ecstatic, an antidote to boys in hiding.” New York Times
“…dynamic electro-pop…” – Pitchfork
“…she can build you an amp out of spare parts and then blast all manner of engrossing egghead dance-floor ephemera through it. Here’s your Lady Gaga in training, if she doesn’t morph into something weirder, flashier, better.” – Village Voice
“MNDR has given electro the kiss of life.”- NME
December US Dates in Full:
12/9/10 San Francisco, CA @ Popscene
12/10/10 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
12/17/10 New York, NY @ Santos Party House
12/18/10 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Chromeo/MNDR 2011 Tour Dates:
1/20/11 Montreal, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
1/21/11 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
1/ 22/11 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
2/3/11 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
2/ 5/11 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
2/ 10/11 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
2/ 12/11 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
2/ 17/11 Reno, NV @ @Knitting Factory
2/18/11 Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
2/19/11 Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater
Lifehouse will perform live during halftime at tonight’s Monday Night Football game, as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Arizona Cardials at University of Phoenix Stadium. The game starts at 8:30 pm Eastern/5:30 Pacific – tune in to ESPN for all the action.
The band just wrapped up a nationwide tour in support of their fifth studio album Smoke & Mirrors (iTunes), which features the successful singles “All In” and “Halfway Gone.” Visit LifehouseMusic.com to get the latest news and updates from the band.