March, 2014 Archives


Friday Fun: Watch Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel Perform “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” with an iPad

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Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and whomever they choose to bring into their musical funhouse have brought us some of the more enjoyable, fun-filled musical moments on late night television (if you don’t believe us, check out this with Carly Rae Jepsen).  Since it’s Friday, we’ll look past our Billy Joel “meh” and invite you to view the performance last night on The Tonight Show by J-Fal and Joel, with assistance from the iPad app Loopy HD and The Roots.  All in good fun.  Check it out.  And then get back to being serious and overwrought, will ya?!


Watch Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Perform Unplugged and Unadorned

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We’ve been earnestly impressed for quite some time by the phenomenal Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr.  With their Beatles- and Beach Boys-isms and inventiveness, their songs are an entire cut above the standard pop rabble currently on display.  And these bright boys always bring the sugared-noise live in particular.  We had, however, grown weary of the amount of added vocal/effects tracks used by the band live, all of which contributed to a canned-set sense.  Don’t get us wrong: we understand the economics inherent in touring these days (what up-and-coming band can afford to tour with more than its core members?) and the need for the synthesized assist.  Still, you don’t want your audience having to always guess what is real and what is just plain Vanilli.  Do ya?

Yet beyond all these added tracks and effects, we knew that these were seriously-talented lads so we recently went looking for unplugged performances sans effects, and were justly rewarded as you’ll see below.  Our hope is that DEJJ will become so (deservedly) successful that they can hire background singers and add instrumentalists and organically take over the pop world’s concert stage.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

Check out some their superb unplugged performances below, starting with their sublime cover of Brian Wilson’s God Only Knows and move on from there.  The simplified (though not completely without additions) version of hit single If You Didn’t See Me, Then You Weren’t On the Dance Floor is dramatically improved by subtraction.  And the reality riches don’t stop.  While you’re at it, go over and buy their outstanding recent album The Speed Of Things HERE.  For more samples and additional immersion into the DJEE world, go HERE and listen to a great mix of studio tracks and mixes.


Watch Joan as Police Woman’s New “Holy City” Video–New Album “The Classic” Out Now

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As mentioned awhile back, after a hiatus Joan As Police Woman has an impending new album entitled The Classic.  In support of the new album, the talented Joan (Wassner) and band recently released the enjoyable video for throw-back song Holy City.  Check it out below.


Watch The War On Drugs on WFUV

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Apparently it’s been decided:  The War On Drugs’ new album Lost in the Dream is the album of the year.  Their new album is gaining near-universal high-praise, and we are firmly seat-belted into that bandwagon.  As with their last album, Slave Ambient, Adam Granduciel and band have delivered a superb and moving collection of songs that slow-build and brood and release all down the line, led by Granduciel’s updated Knopfler-Dylan-Springsteen mien.  The band is now out on tour in support of their superb new album, and you can get a feel for their captivating live act below as they perform songs from the new album at WFUV and the World Cafe.  Their impending tour dates are at bottom, and we will be at the Troubadour in LA on 4/4.  Look us up; we can’t wait for the show.  To hear the full WFUV session, you can go HERE.

Red Eyes:

Eyes To The Wind:

Under Pressure:

An Ocean Between The Waves:

03-18 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
03-20 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03-21 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-22 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar
03-23 Chicago, IL – Metro
03-26 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
03-28 Seattle, WA – Neptune
03-29 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore Cabaret
03-30 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
04-01 San Francisco, CA – Independent
04-04 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
04-05 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
04-06 San Diego, CA – Casbah
04-07 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
04-08 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
04-10 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
04-11 Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century
04-12 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
04-13 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
04-14 Toronto, Ontario – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
04-17 Boston, MA – Paradise
04-18 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club


Future Islands–You Make The Call

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The music blogosphere has (again) jumped on the Future Islands bandwagon following their recent performance on the Letterman Show (see below).  We can’t make up our minds about Future Islands and the musical merit thereof, and so we’re reaching out to you for a straw vote.

On the plus side, Future Islands write some devouring ditties, and lead singer Samuel T. Herring certainly gives everything he’s got on stage between his vocal gravel and grift, and prowling prance.  And he’s been doing it for years.  We’ve seen the band a couple times, including before 100 or so fans at Muddy Waters here in Santa Barbara a few years back (when they were first atop that bandwagon).  Even in front of that small crowd, Herring strutted and raged maniacally throughout the band’s set.  So A+ for effort.  And afterwards out on the sidewalk, Herring was the consummate gentleman, gracious and giving to fans.  We were taken aback though by Herring’s recurring schizophrenic shifts (mid-songs) from croon to mania, and left scratching our heads about the genuineness and drive behind the band.

Fast forward a few years, and Future Islands is back with a new album Singles that is again garnering critical huzzahs.  And then they made their late night debut on Letterman, and that performance gained them repeated “best-ever-on-TV” raves.  So watch below, and let us know your thoughts ’cause we ain’t thinkin’ straight on the matter.  Is Herring’s a performance that is forged from the heart and bared well via his unique delivery?  Or is it just that:  performance theater without genuineness to support the antics?  Does Herring strike you simply as one of those theater kids you couldn’t stand in high school?  With his Jack-Black-does-Morrissey-impersonating-Marlon-Brando-in-On-The-Waterfront facade on Letterman drive you to drink or cause you to run to your digital emporium?

Three years later, we still can’t make up our minds.  Watch below and make the call for yourself.


Watch Sylvan Esso Perform “Hey Mami” on Moog Sound Lab

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As mentioned repeatedly, we are hopelessly enamored with the heady and hip-y sounds found on the impending Sylvan Esso (Amelia Meath from  Mountain Man and Nick Sanborn of Megafaun).  To get a feel, check out their scintillating live performance below of opening track Hey Mami from their session at the Mood Sound Lab.


Watch Damon Albarn on Jimmy Kimmel at SXSW

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In support of his first solo album, Everyday Robots, the great Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) appeared on Jimmy Kimmel at SXSW (where the show is set all week).  Watch below as Albarn, backed by a crack band with strings, performed up-tempo Mr. Tempo and ballad Lonely Press Play off the new album (which will be released on April 28th).  Check ’em out below.




While You Are Streaming: Stream Fantastic New Album From Sisyphus (Sufjan Stevens) and Watch New “Alcohol” Video

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In addition to the two other great albums currently streaming, the pick of the litter is the eponymous new album from Sisyphus (Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti).  We’ve been enamored by this amalgam since we first heard about itSisyphus has begun streaming its self-titled debut album, which will be released on March 18th on Asthmatic Kitty.  We love the intelligence and breadth of the entire album.  Listen to the trio’s superb avant-hip/hop-experimental-soul melange below.  About the project, Stevens has said:  “We have so little in common but we have deep love for each other and we are pushing that stone together.”  Advisory:  there will be “obscenities.”

At bottom, check out a new Stevens-endorsed video featuring Sisyphus’s affecting booze track Alcohol.  The song and video may be more effective than an Al-Anon meeting.  Add that to Kendrick Lamar’s Swimming Pools (Drank) and Al-Anon has two powerful new songs at their disposal.

You can also stream the album over at CBC HERE.



Watch The National and Sufjan Stevens Perform Together Last Night at Tibet House Benefit Concert

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Last night at Carnegie Hall, The National’s Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, and Bryce Dessner were joined by Sufjan Stevens on stage and Iggy Pop, New Order, and Patti Smith performed at this year’s Tibet House US Benefit Concert in New York City.  Proceeds from the concert benefit the Tibet House US, a nonprofit educational institution whose mission is to help preserve and restore Tibetan civilization and culture.

One of the highlights of the evening was the combination of two of America’s best artists when Sufjan Stevens joined The National dudes onstage for rending readings of This Is The Last Time (hear Stevens show his formidable vocal worth on the song beginning at 3:24) and Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks (with Stevens again aiding).




Watch Warpaint Make Talkshow Debut on Conan

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Brit-band Warpaint have earned their rock ‘n roll stripes and are regularly heralded for their live shows (including mesmerizingly gifted 10-15 minute song stretchouts).  They’ve been favorites of ours for quite some time.  The band made their late-night debut last night on Conan and performed a shimmering version of Love is to Die off of their eponymously-titled second album released in January.  Check it out below.

Warpaint now heads to SXSW to kick off a long tour in support of their album (which you can buy HERE), including headlining shows and opening slots for The National and Nick Cave.  And festivals.  Speaking of which:  Southern and Central California?  Once again, Corpchella advises you to “suck it and see.”  The band’s tour dates (exclusive of Southern and Central California) are listed at bottom.


FRI 03/14/14 AUSTIN, US — ATC/House Of Vans SXSW at The Mohawk
FRI 03/14/14 AUSTIN, US — SPIN Showcase SXSW at Stubb’s
FRI 03/21/14 NEW YORK, US — Webster Hall
SAT 03/22/14 PHILADELPHIA, US — Union Transfer
MON 03/24/14 WASHINGTON, US — Black Cat
TUE 03/25/14 TORONTO, CANADA — Danforth
WED 03/26/14 DETROIT, US — Magic Stick
FRI 03/28/14 CHICAGO, US — Metro
SAT 03/29/14 MINNEAPOLIS, US — First Ave
SUN 03/30/14 MADISON, UK — High Noon Saloon
TUE 04/01/14 IOWA CITY, US — Gabes
WED 04/02/14 OMAHA, US — The Waiting Room
FRI 04/04/14 DENVER, US — Snowball Festival
THU 04/10/14 LAS VEGAS, US — The Pool – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
SAT 04/12/14 CALIFORNIA, US — Coachella
THU 04/17/14 SAN FRANCISCO, US — w/ QOTSA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
SAT 04/19/14 CALIFORNIA, US — Coachella
THU 04/24/14 HOUSTON, US — Fitzgerald’s
SAT 04/26/14 DALLAS, US — Trees
MON 04/28/14 ASPEN, US — Belly Up
TUE 04/29/14 SALT LAKE CITY, US — Urban Lounge
THU 05/01/14 PORTLAND, US — Wonder Ballroom
FRI 05/02/14 SEATTLE, US — Neumos
SAT 05/03/14 BELLINGHAM, US — The Wild Buffalo
SUN 05/04/14 VANCOUVER, CANADA — The Rickshaw Theatre
SAT 05/24/14 BOSTON, US — Boston Calling
THU 05/29/14 BARCELONA, SPAIN — Primavera Sound
SAT 05/31/14 MANNHEIM, GERMANY — Maifeld Derby
WED 06/04/14 NORWICH, UK — UEA
FRI 06/06/14 PORTO, PORTUGAL — Optimus Primavera Sound
SUN 06/08/14 MANCHESTER, UK — Parklife Festival
WED 06/18/14 KANSAS CITY, US — w/ Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at The Midland
SUN 06/29/14 BEUNINGEN, NETHERLANDS — Down The Rabbit Hole Festival
THU 07/03/14 LEUVEN, BELGIUM — Rock Werchter
THU 07/03/14 ROSKILDE, DENMARK — Roskilde Festival
SAT 07/05/14 GDYNIA, PL — Open’er Festival
SAT 08/16/14 HAMBURG, GERMANY — Dockville Festival
FRI 08/22/14 READING, UK — Reading Festival
SAT 08/23/14 LEEDS, UK — Leeds Festival
SUN 08/24/14 PARIS, FRANCE — Rock En Seine