30
Aug

Watch Sharon Van Etten Last Night on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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One of the first glimpses we were given of Sharon Van Etten’s terrific Best of 2014 album Are We There was exactly one year ago via the track Tarifa (check our post our HERE to see an unplugged version and Van Etten’s explanation of the song).  Last night SVE brought matters full circle by performing Tarifa on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Watch below as SVE and fine band perform Tarifa and Break Me.  She’s one of our best, as is Are We There.  We look forward to catching SVE at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival on October 3rd.

29
Aug

Song of the Week: Watch Interpol Render a Raging “All The Rage Back Home” for NPR/KCRW

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It’s been four years since Interpol released its last album, but on September 9th the band will release their new, anagrammatically-entitled album El Pintor.  Like many, we’ve followed this band and their alt-J(oy Division) musical sounds since the early millennium.  We admit, however, to losing touch with the band a bit over time.  Well, that time is over.  We’ve been listening to as much of El Pintor as possible and find ourselves hopelessly smitten with the band’s new songs (we’ll have a review of the album near-term).

Earlier this summer we were thrilled to hear Interpol’s new song All The Rage Back Home, and watch its atmospheric official video (see below) with its black-and-white embellished surf frames.  But as is often the case, live the band takes the song to another level entirely.  In support, the band recently ventured into the historic Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake to perform new songs from the imminent album plus some older favorites.  The evening was part of the streamable NPR’s First Listen Live.  Watch below as vocalist Paul Banks, tremolo-maestro guitarist Daniel Kessler and drummer Sam Fogerino nail the song down and lift it up beyond the studio version.  We particularly love keyboardist Brandon Curtis’s added backing vocals and MC-like inflections (hey hey hey hey!).  The song is all the rage at Chez Lefort and is our Song of the Week.

Watch/listen to the full session via KCRW below or HERE.  The song’s lyrics are at bottom.  The band is out on tour and coming to Cali next month–check out the dates HERE.

Lyrics:

“When she went then love come over,
My head abounds,
Oh, the feelings.
And she wept, hold me again,
I made no sound.
Oh, the beating.
And she swore love is never gone, so easily.
Then we went over again,
My head abounds
Oh, the feeling.

She sang, you don’t need time,
Be tame, you won’t meet your mate inside.
My faith won’t lie.

He sang you don’t need need mine,
Behave, you wanna leave my lady lovers,
of my 18 summers, alone.

She said you don’t read minds,
Be patient.
You won’t leave me shaken,
Leave me shaken.

I keep falling,
Maybe half the time,
Maybe half the time.

I keep falling,
Maybe half the time,
Maybe half the time.

It’s all the rage back home,
It’s all the rage back home.

When she sang, love come over,
My head abounds, oh the feeling.

She said you wanna refine, be paid,
you wanna see my face in lights,
My faith won’t lie.

But my sweet, you don’t read minds,
Do away, and just say you love me,
just say you love me, alone.

She said you don’t read minds, be patient,
you won’t see me shaken,
Well I’ve been mistaken.

I keep falling,
Maybe half the time,
Maybe half the time.

I keep falling,
Maybe half the time,
Maybe half the time.

It’s all the rage back home,
It’s all the rage back home.

All the rage back home,
All the rage back home.

I keep falling,
Maybe half the time,
Maybe half the time.

It’s all the rage back home,
All the rage back home,
All the rage back home.

Falling,
Maybe half the time,
Maybe half the time.

It’s all the rage back home.
All the rage back home,
All the rage back home,
All the rage back home.”

28
Aug

Watch Bob Mould On Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Bob Mould and Husker Du provided seminal punk rock gems when we needed them most back in the day.  We last caught Mould live at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in 2012 when he captivated the crowd while playing solo electric guitar (yep).  Last night Mould showed up  on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and regaled the lively audience with songs from his most recent album Beauty & Ruin.   Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins ably filled in for the absent Jon Wurster.  Watch below as Mould and crew thrash out their winning takes on  The War (off the recent album) and Hey Mr. Grey.  Now THAT’S  our kind of war.  Mould is out on tour and you can check the upcoming dates HERE.

28
Aug

Watch Conor Oberst, Taylor Goldsmith and First Aid Kit Perform “Lua”

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Conor Oberst has written some of the best songs of his generation.  Amongst the touchstones is his ever-affecting and oft-performed Lua.  Watch below a recent live version captured by Cardinal Sessions at the Haldern Pop Festival in which Oberst is supported superbly by Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith on guitar and the First Aid Kit sisters.  We’ve seen Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings perform the song with Oberst several times (always bringing down the house and a filling up some eyes), but this version is similarly winning.  Watch as Goldsmith does his own fine take on Rawlings’-esque inflections and First Aid Kit adds a pop/tart touch to the vocals.  Superb.

If you like what you hear, you might want to show up at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco on Friday, October 3rd when Oberst will curate a stage featuring Goldsmith’s Dawes, Sharon Van Etten (if anyone was ever meant to sing Lua, it’s SVE), Waxahatchee, The Good Life and Jonathan Wilson.

Oberst is out on tour now with Dawes and the dates can be found HERE.

27
Aug

Who Is This Miley Cyrus? Watch Mates of State Two-Up Miley

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We haven’t heard from one of our favorite pop duos, Mates of State, since their much-hailed 2011 album Mountaintops.  But yesterday, “in honor of giving up twerking” (according to their label, Barsuk), the married duo released a superb, tongue-in-cheek (s0 to speak) cover of Miley Cyrus’s song We Can’t Stop, all as recorded live in their living room.  Watch below as the duo’s harmonies once again mesh well (and they toss in a snippet from Frozen at the 3:11 mark).  Love it.  We hope the duo also has a new album in the works, but for now they just announced adding a series of tour dates, which you can find HERE.

27
Aug

In Harmony News: Watch The Staves Sing “In the Long Run”–Working on New Justin Vernon-Produced Album

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We have written repeatedly about the English sister-group The Staves.  Like many we have been anxiously awaiting the group’s second album, which is being produced by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.  After a hiatus, The Staves appear to be back in Wisconsin (we assume with Vernon–see the capture below) working on the album anew.  We’ll hope for its release near-term.  In the meantime, KDHX has just released a harmonic vignette of the sistren last year performing In The Long Run (off of their debut album).  Check it out below.   Beauty.

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26
Aug

Watch Spoon Perform “I Just Don’t Understand” with Dale Watson at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on 8/8

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Regrets, we’ve had a few more. At the end of our recently declared Spoon Week (the first week in August in honor of the release of their fantastic new album, They Want My Soul), Spoon played at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  We tried our best to make it, but the stars and spoons just would not align that night.  This morning the band thankfully highlighted a fan video of one of the songs from that set, I Just Don’t Understand, with opener Dale Watson aiding and abetting on vocals and guitar.  Check it out below, and while you’re at it, check out our favorite song, Inside Out, and the grinding Do You, all off the new album.  We won’t miss ‘em the next time they come around.

Photo by Debi Del Grande

26
Aug

Watch Toad The Wet Sprocket’s Official (Santa Barbara-Centric) Video for “California Wasted”

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Toad the Wet Sprocket’s most recent album, New Constellation, is their first independent release since their first album way back when.  Yesterday (via Paste) the band released their first music video in 17 years for their song California Wasted off that album.  The video by Matthew Ward is a paean to Santa Barbara (aka California) and our failure to notice/appreciate that which surrounds us.  A great reminder.  To further help you avoid/notice, check out the video below (featuring, amongst other things, the Presidio, Alice Keck Park Park, and Jeff Shelton’s Vera Cruz House).  And then venture outside without your device and see what awaits.

Toad is currently out out on tour, and you can see the dates and check out the song’s lyrics below the video.  We’ll admit:  life is oft-times wasted on us.

Toad the Wet Sprocket Tour Dates:

August
27 – Wellfleet, Mass. @ Beachcomber
28 – Hartford, Conn. @ Infinity Hall
29 – Norwalk, Conn. @ Norwalk Concert Hall
30 – Newburyport, Mass. @ Riverfront Music Festival
October
11 – Solvang @ Solvang Festival Theater
November
8 – Solana Beach @ Belly Up Tavern
14 – Las Vegas @ Brooklyn Bowl Vegas
15 – San Juan Capistrano @ Coach House
20 – Kansas City @ Uptown Theater
21 – Wichita @ Orpheum Theatre
22 – Denver @ Ogden Theatre
23 – Aspen @ Wheeler Opera House
29 – Los Angeles @ The Fonda Theatre

California Wasted:

“No time, where did the time go?
What was I thinking?
No compass, no maps
No sail on the mast
And this boat is sinking
We’re going down

There’s too much in my head right now
I’ve got no way to slow it down
And no one’s gonna pull me out
But I still make the same mistakes
California’s wasted on me

I’ll stare at the sun
Let the fire fill my eyes
See nothing but light
An endless day
To banish the night
I could set this right

But there’s too much in my head right now
I’ve got no way to slow it down
And no one’s gonna pull me out
But I still make the same mistakes
California’s wasted on me

On the line where the ocean meets the sky
I’ve been hoping I could see a sign,
Hoping I could see a sign

There’s too much in my head right now
I’ve got no way to slow it down
And no one’s gonna pull me out
And I still make the same mistakes
California’s wasted on me
I still make the same mistakes
I’m wasted out in California

I’m too much in my head right now
California’s wasted on me”

24
Aug

Watch/Listen to New Songs From Angus & Julia Stone’s New Rick Rubin-Produced Album

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We first became fans of siblings Angus & Julia Stone after they released their subtly infectious album Down The Way in 2010 and its jet-fueled song Big Jet Plane, which was one of our Best Songs of 2010.  We have only heard smatterings from them until this month when they released their eponymous new Rick Rubin-produced album on American Recordings.  Evidently, Rubin had to coax the siblings back into the studio to record.  Thankfully, Rubin was successful on several fronts.  The album, which has already attained Number 1 status in their native Australia and in France, is now available HERE, HERE, HERE and elsewhere.

To get a feel for the new album, check out below the recently premiered video for their driving/loping single A Heartbreak, followed by an outstanding live performance of Heart Beats Slow (replete with perfect, sibling-abetted harmonies), and finally the breezy Grizzly Bear audio track.  All three superb songs can be found on the new album.

Angus & Julia Stone are currently on a worldwide tour that will bring them to North America next month.  Check the dates at bottom.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
10/06 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
10/07 – The Regent – Los Angeles, CA – SOLD OUT
10/08 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA – SOLD OUT
10/10 – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
10/11 – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
10/12 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
10/14 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
10/15 – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
10/17 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
10/18 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
10/19 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
10/21 – Opera House – Toronto, ON
10/22 – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC – SOLD OUT
10/23 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
10/25 – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue – Washington, DC
10/27 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY – SOLD OUT
10/28 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY – SOLD OUT
10/29 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

24
Aug

Watch Kate Bush Documentary

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Kate Bush is a uniquely talented artist and a seminal influence in modern music.  She has given us some of the best songs of her generation, including Running Up That Hill, The Man With The Child in His Eyes, and her Peter Gabriel-collaboration Don’t Give Up.  The BBC recently produced a captivating hour-long documentary (Running Up That Hill) on Ms. Bush in which various heavy hitters of rock sing the praise of the singer.  In addition there’s great vintage footage of various influencers on Bush including David Bowie.  Check it out below while you can.