Sunday, October 31, 2010

Nico Vega Releases Animated Video

We all know I love Cali rockers Nico Vega. Well, if you didn't, you know now. Anyway, I've been meaning to post this video for a while now but, I got busy. Sorry! It's never too late to post good stuff though! Check out "Million Years" below.
In this animated music video Nico Vega go back in time to a "Crucible" inspired Salem Witch Trial. Will the band's message of freedom and individuality save them from their puritanical captors or will they face the gallows?

Shot entirely with an iPhone 3G and all original artwork by Sascha Ciezata. "Million Years" is off Nico Vega's self titled debut album Nico Vega.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Free Download From Killola

Y'all know I'm a Killola fan. They're an amazingly fun and insane (in the good way, not in the I need a restraining order way) band, especially live. Since the beginning the band has been extra cool about hooking their fans up with free stuff. They haven't changed. Check out the handy widget below and add the acoustic version of "Cracks In The Armor" to your Killola collection.

If you haven't already, check out their latest album Let's Get Associated and well, get associated. Should they happen to be playing near you, I recommend you go see them. They guaranteed pleasure and balls out fun.

Junip To Tour North America

Junip is hitting the road this November. They'll be making a stop in our lovely city on November 24 at Irving Plaza. In case you missed them when they were in the city the last time, want to reminisce or to get you warmed up for the upcoming show(s), Baeble Music was kind enough to film them at The Knitting Factory this summer in Brooklyn. You can check that out HERE.
Composed of Elias Araya, José González, and Tobias Winterkorn, the Swedish trio Junip is hitting the road in support of their full-length Fields. Released via Mute last month, the album has had a bevy of positive adjectives attached to it.

In conjunction with their upcoming tour Junip is teaming up with retro-photo iPhone app Hipstamatic for a photo contest themed on the title of the album Fields. Contestants are encouraged to be creative and shoot their own interpretation of FIELDS (i.e. a field of wheat, magnetic fields). The Grand Prize includes a Crosley turntable, Junip merch, Mute vinyl pack, Skullcandy headphones, Hipstamatic prizepak, Stance socks, Neff Headwear, Hard Candy iPhone case and VonZipper sunglasses. For more details and to enter visit:

November Tour Dates
  • 1 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
  • 2 – Boston, MA – Royale
  • 4 – Montreal, QC – Belmont
  • 5 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s
  • 6 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
  • 7 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
  • 10 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
  • 11 – Vancouver, BC – Neumo’s
  • 12 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
  • 13 – San Francisco, CA – Independent
  • 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Music Box
  • 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
  • 18 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
  • 19 – Huston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
  • 20 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
  • 21 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
  • 22 – Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradel
  • 23 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
  • 24 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

Abbe May Releases Video For New Single "Mammalian Locomotion"

Australian singer-songwriter Abbe May released the first single from her upcoming album this week. The song, "Mammalian Locomotion" has a fuzzy undertone. It's one of those songs that sounds vaguely familiar yet totally fresh. May's vocals remind you, or at least me, just how sexy rock 'n' roll is. I'm curious to hear the upcoming record which is scheduled for release in May 2011. In the meantime, check out the video for "Mammalian Locomotion" below.
After months in the studio with a new band, Abbe May has emerged with a whole lot of material sporting an even darker rock sound. The first single from her forthcoming album, MAMMALIAN LOCOMOTION begins to chart new musical territory for Abbe through an emotive exploration of human desire at its most fundamental level.

The MAMMALIAN LOCOMOTION film clip is a reflection of the contradictory elements of fierceness and subtle femininity found in the song. Shot in Brooklyn, New York with UK Director Zena Loxton, the clip features the ever under-stated and brooding Abbe and three snake-hipped roller dancing women from Brooklyn with moves that only women from roller-derby groups such as ‘Sisters In Motion’ could possess!

Dar Williams Unleashes Video For "As Cool As I Am"

Dar Williams released her latest record, Many Great Companions, earlier this month. Now, she has released a video for the song "As Cool As I Am" with Gary Louris. Check it out below.
Many Great Companions is a new album of Dar Williams classics recorded acoustically with special guests, with an additional disc of Williams’ most significant songs. Songs span Dar’s impressive career from 1993’s The Honesty Room through 2008’s Promised Land.

MP3 Grab: "If I Wrote You"

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals Announce Dates

Dates for the 2011 Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival have been set. Fe
stival producer George Wein announced today that the folk festival will take place July 29 - 31 and the jazz festival is set for August 5 - 7. Road-trip to Rhode Island anyone?

“We will announce additional information in the coming months, but we wanted to make sure that music fans throughout the area and around the world have the 2011 dates on their calendars,” said Wein, who has produced the jazz and folk festivals since their inceptions in 1954 and 1959, respectively.

For more information on the festivals, visit and To learn more about other events produced by George Wein, log on to

Thursday, October 21, 2010

April Smith and the Great Picture Show Unleashes New Video

The video for the April Smith and the Great Picture Show song "Terrible Things" premiered today on The song is off of the bands latest album Songs For A Sinking Ship and has been featured in promos for the cable program Weeds. Check out the video below.

Tour Dates
  • 11/04: TT The Bears, Cambridge, MA
  • 11/05: Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ supporting the Honey Brothers
  • 11/06: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY supporting the Honey Brothers
  • 11/07: World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
  • 11/08: Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 11/09: The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
  • 11/11: The Milestone, Charlotte, NC
  • 11/12: The Basement, Nashville, TN
  • 11/13: Star Bar, Atlanta, GA
  • 11/14: Circle Bar, New Orleans, LA
  • 11/16: Mohawk Inside, Austin TX
  • 11/19: Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA supporting Tunng
  • 11/21: Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA
  • 11/23: Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
  • 11/24: Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA
  • 11/26: Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane, WA
  • 11/27: Filling Station, Bozeman, MT
  • 11/29: 400 Bar, Minneapolis, MN
  • 11/30: Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Song Of The Day: A Million Years - Suspicious

New York based rockers A Million Years have invaded my head. Well, their song has. And because I've had this song, "Suspicious," stuck in my head for the last two + hours, I've decided to share it with you and declare it my song of the day. I'd like to thank them personally for the invasion and subsequent takeover of my head. Oh, and in case you've forgotten, the band will be at Spike Hill in Brooklyn this Saturday, October 23 at 5:15. Go check them out.

New Bob Schneider Video - The Bringdown

Bob Schneider has released a video for his song "The Bringdown." Check it out below and enjoy the goodness of that which is BS. It was directed by Joey Boukadakis and Paul Boukadakis.

Buddy Guy Releases New Video Featuring B.B. King

Blues legend Buddy Guy is releasing his 11th studio album, Living Proof on October 26. Earlier this week, a video for the song "Stay Around A Little Longer" premiered on Guy is joined by fellow blues legend B.B. King on this, the first single from the album. The song marks the first time the two legends and long time friends have performed and sung together on a studio release. Guy is currently on tour so catch him if you can. Check out the video below and enjoy.

Live Video From The Duke Spirit + New EP To Be Released In December

The Duke Spirit will be releasing a new EP, Kusama, in December. The three track EP will be released exclusively via iTunes on December 7. It will be available via other digital outlets on December 21. The Duke Spirit's full length album is scheduled for release in February and will be their first since their critically acclaimed 2008 release Neptune.

The band will be doing some select shows, one in Los Angeles before heading to New York. These shows will offer fans the first opportunity to hear the quintet's new material. The dates are below.

The Duke Spirit will be premiering brand new songs during select shows in New York and LA in the coming weeks. The rock band, fronted by the fierce and enigmatic front-woman Liela Moss, is crossing the Atlantic for select appearances. The Duke Spirit are scheduled to co-headline the KCRW Halloween Masquerade Costume Ball on October 30 in LA before heading cross country for a special performance at Santos Party House in NYC on November 3.

These shows will be fans first opportunity to hear the London quintet’s bold new material before a three-track EP, entitled Kusama, is released exclusively via iTunes on December 7. Kusama will be available across all digital platforms on December 21 and the full length album is due for release in February 2011 on Shangri-La Music.

The Duke Spirit are offering up goodies. Head on over to their website ( and get a free download of the new single "Everybody’s Under Your Spell." Also, check out a live video of the song below.

Tour Dates
  • 10/30 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Park Plaza (KCRW Halloween show)
  • 11/3 -- New York, NY @ Santos Party House

Bryan Ferry To Release New Album, October 25

Super suave Bryan Ferry will be releasing his latest album, Olympia next week. The first time I heard Ferry as a younger chick, I thought his music sounded sophisticated and sexy. I'm still of that opinion as a significantly older chick. NPR is streaming the record in its entirety. Click HERE to listen. Olympia sees Ferry collaborating with a number of musicians even reuniting on record with members of Roxy Music.

The album features musical contributions from Nile Rodgers, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Groove Armada, Scissor Sisters, Marcus Miller, Flea, ex Stone Roses Mani (Primal Scream) and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. It also sees Bryan Ferry reunite on record with members of Roxy Music, including Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, and Andy Mackay.

Ferry has released a video for "Shameless" from the upcoming album. The video was directed by Ferry Gouw and the song features electronic duo Groove Aramada. Check it out below.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger To Release Debut Album, October 26 + MP3

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (GOASTT), the moniker that duo Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl record under, are set to release their debut album. Acoustic Sessions, comes out on October 26 and will be released on the duo's Chimera Music label.

Lennon, who is often compared to his legendary father when it comes to anything musical (though I find his approach to his craft more akin to his mother's), along with Muhl has put together a delightful folk record that reminds me of some of the quirky Brit folk from the 60's. The album is full of delicate melodies and charming harmonies which are a treat. The highlights on the record for me are "Candy Necklace" and "Schroedinger's Cat." By genetic default, many insist on imposing unreasonable expectations. But, I think with this record and partnership, Lennon has found his own place in the sun.

Acoustic Sessions shows the duo’s love of quirky and whimsical '60s folk pop, reminiscent at times of Syd Barrett, Incredible String Band and Simon & Garfunkel. Sean and Charlotte’s creative minds eloquently draw from what is fascinating about the everyday mundane and bring to the forefront what is extraordinary in the ordinary. Acoustic Sessions carries you from a quaint French café, to a left-of-center universe that feels as if it is out of the mind of Tim Burton. Curiouser and curiouser, GOASTT’s world is a beguiling Wonderland and one stunning debut.

For your listening pleasure, we have "Jardin du Luxembourg" in our MP3 Grab below.

Tour Dates
  • 10/22/10 New York, NY @ Union Hall (CMJ)
  • 10/28/10 New York, NY @ Nublu

MP3 Grab: "Jardin du Luxembourg"

Out Now, The Heavy's How You Like Me Now? EP + Free MP3

UK band The Heavy released their, How You Like Me Now? EP, today! The EP features t
wo previously unreleased songs, crowd favorite "Big Bad Wolf," which always gets the audience going (whatchu say?!) and "Strong Enough," a song I haven't heard live for a couple of years. It also contains new versions of majorly popular favorites. Former tour mates, The Dap-Kings Horns, who also joined them onstage for their recent shows in New York, add their funkiness to the new versions of "How You Like Me Now?" and "Coleen." To give you a little taste of the EP, we have "That Kind Of Man (1.1)" below in our MP3 Grab. What are you waiting for, go download it!

The Heavy are on tour. I highly recommend you go see them if you haven't already. If you have, go see them again! Their blend of funky soul and rock will have you dancing from start to finish. The dates are below. They're worth a road-trip if they aren't playing near you.

Track Listing
  • How You Like Me Now? (featuring The Dap-Kings Horns)
  • That Kind Of Man (1.1)
  • Big Bad Wolf
  • Strong Enough
  • Coleen (featuring The Dap-Kings Horns)
  • How You Like Me Now? (Original)
Tour Dates
  • October 19, 2010 | Boston, MA The Heavy @ Paradise Rock Club*
  • October 20, 2010 | Albany, NY The Heavy @ Jillian's^
  • October 21, 2010 | Washington, DC The Heavy @ The Black Cat*
  • October 22, 2010 | Atlanta, GA The Heavy @ The Masquerade*
  • October 23, 2010 | Birmingham, AL The Heavy @ The Bottletree*
  • October 24, 2010 | Nashville, TN The Heavy @ Mercy Lounge*
  • October 25, 2010 | Asheville, NC The Heavy @ The Orange Peel*
  • October 27, 2010 | New Orleans, LA The Heavy @ One Eyed Jack's^
  • October 28, 2010 | Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds^
  • October 29, 2010 | Austin, TX The Heavy @ The Mohawk^
  • October 30, 2010 | Scottsdale, AZ The Heavy @ Martini Ranch^
  • October 31, 2010 | Las Vegas, NV The Heavy @ Hard Rock Cafe^
  • November 3, 2010 | Seattle, WA The Heavy @ The Showbox at The Market^
  • November 4, 2010 | Portland, OR The Heavy @ Wonder Ballroom^
  • November 5, 2010 | Sacramento, CA The Heavy @ Blue Lamp^
  • November 6, 2010 | Los Angeles, CA The Heavy @ El Rey Theatre^
  • November 7, 2010 | San Diego, CA The Heavy @ The Casbah^
  • November 8, 2010 | San Francisco, CA The Heavy @ The Independent^
  • November 9, 2010 | Salt Lake City, UT The Heavy @ Club Sound^
  • November 10, 2010 | Denver, CO The Heavy @ The Bluebird Theater^
  • November 11, 2010 | Lawrence, KS The Heavy @ The Bottleneck^
  • November 12, 2010 | Minneapolis, MN The Heavy @ Fine Line Music Cafe^
  • November 13, 2010 | Chicago, IL The Heavy @ Double Door^
  • November 14, 2010 | Milwaukee, WI The Heavy @ Turner Hall^
* co-headline w/ Mayer Hawthorne & the County, presented by MAZDA2
^ The Heavy headlining

MP3 Grab: "That Kind Of Man (1.1)"

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Million Years To Play Arlene's Grocery & Spike Hill This Week

New York rockers A Million Years will be taking the stage in New York twice this week. It's CMJ time folks so get your badges out and go see these guys! You can catch them on the LES at Arlene's Grocery on Tuesday, October 19. They're on at 9PM. If you can't make that one or just want to see them again (you know you do and they'd love you for it), they'll be over in Brooklyn at Spike Hill. That show is on Saturday, October 23 at 5:15PM. Go show them some love. They're going on tour and won't be around for a while so send them off in style with a massive amount of mad love.

Tour Dates

Monday October 25
House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC
opening for Phoenix

Thursday November 11
University of Delaware - Clark, DE

Friday November 12
Ohio University - Athens, OH

United Kingdom w/Jesse Malin

Thursday December 2
The Albert - Brighton, UK

Friday December 3
02 Academy2 - Sheffield, UK

Saturday December 4
Sound Control - Manchester, UK

Sunday December 5
King Tut's Wah Wah Hut - Glasgow, UK

Tuesday December 7
02 Academy2 - Leicester, UK

Wednesday December 8
02 Academy Islington - London, UK

Sweaty Fun With The Heavy At The Bowery Ballroom

The Heavy: October 17 @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

Sunday night and things were hot at the Bowery Ballroom. UK band The Heavy came back to NYC and rocked out. It was sold out folks. If you missed it, you missed a good one. Y'all know I love The Heavy ... if you don't know that, well then you haven't been paying attention or, you're new here. I even provided visuals. For you're viewing pleasure, there are some questionable pocket camera photos ... we'll call it old school QNYC photography. You should also know by now that me trying to take photos of The Heavy is a pointless exercise as you can't take photos and dance!

For those who aren't familiar, I'm going to tell you what I've been telling you since I first saw them in 2008 ... they are "bad-ass hot stanky fun ... yeah, they're that damn good." Judging by my fellow audience members, I'm not the only one of that opinion.

The band, Kelvin Swaby (vocals), Dan Taylor (guitar), Spencer Page (bass) and Chris Ellul (drums) were once again joined by the horn section and vocal powerhouses Kimberly Nichole and Myoshi.

The Heavy are a tight band and Swaby is a sweat and swagger, high energy soul singer who can sing to me anytime ... seriously. There were minor changes since June. Ellul's kit wasn't on a riser this time around. And, Taylor didn't sing "Love Like That" which I kind of missed. By the way, is it okay with y'all that I might have a wee bit of a crush on Taylor? Shh, don't tell! They did make me squeal when they played "Set Me Free." The minute I heard the cowbell start, I squealed. So, color me happy I got to hear the song that hooked me on them the minute I heard it back when! They didn't play that the last time I saw them and that had been the only flaw in their otherwise stellar set. Other than that, the set was the same, just shuffled around a bit.

I danced. I sang. I was hot and sweaty. I had a damn good time. If you haven't seen The Heavy play yet, put them on your list of need to see live bands. You won't regret it.

Set List
  • Short Change Hero
  • What You Want Me To Do?
  • Big Bad Wolf
  • Sixteen
  • Coleen
  • Set Me Free
  • Girl
  • In The Morning
  • That Kind Of Man
  • No Time
  • Oh No! Not You Again!
  • Brukpockets Lament
  • She Got To Go (they may have done this before Brukpockets can't read my scribbling)
  • How You Like Me Now?
Kicking things off was Childish Gambino. I wasn't familiar with him but he's apparently on a TV show called Community. I'm not into rap. So, needless to say, he wasn't my cup of tea but he wasn't annoying and my fellow audience members really liked him.

After him came Mayer Hawthorne & The County. I wasn't familiar with them either. I asked the person next to me what kind of music they played and she said Motown type stuff. Okay, I can hang with Motown. They weren't bad. They had a lot of fans showing them massive love. I wasn't so much into Hawthorne's vocals but The County was a tight band ... guitar player gets extra props. Anyway, I was hanging well enough with them until they covered the Doobie Brothers, whom I like. But, the bad part was, they didn't even cover one of the good Doobie songs! Oh well.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tuesday Night Fun With Doppelgänger

Doppelgänger: October 12 @ Mercury Lounge, New York, NY

Tuesday night, I made my way to Mercury Lounge to catch one of my faves, Doppelgänger, rock out. If you weren't there, you missed a hell of a show. If you haven't made yourself familiar with these guys, you really should. They have an energy that's matched by few on the scene.

More photos HERE

Version 2 for those who have a tolerance for amateur (and some would say, me for example, obnoxious) blogger chick special effects.

Happy Anniversary Quirky NY Chick!

Another year has come and gone in my quirky little world. No, it's not the new year yet. It's our anniversary! Two years ago, in the wee hours of the morn, I decided a blog sounded like a good idea. And thus, was born!

Over the two years, I've met some great people, heard a lot of great music and in general, I've had a bang up good time. I look forward to many more years of the same.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

ResidentBand Episode 029: The Deadlies - Lesson In Futility

Our friends at ResidentBand have released Episode 029. It's features The Deadlies and their song "Lesson In Futility." Kind folks that The Deadlies and ResidentBand are, they're offering the song for free download HERE. Check out the episode below.

Skye Claire And The High Society @ Crash Mansion Tomorrow, 10/15!

Skye Claire and the High Society will be at Crash Mansion tomorrow night, Friday, October 15. It'll cost you $10.

Dar Williams Live Chat Tomorrow, October 15!

Dar Williams is doing a live streaming Q&A session tomorrow, October 15 at 12:30pm Eastern time. Conveniently, you can partake using the handy widget below.

New York, Williams will be at City Winery tomorrow and Saturday, October 15 & 16. She's on tour supporting her new record, Many Great Companions that came out earlier this week. It's a terrific acoustic working of classics that shows off Williams' remarkable talent and gives listeners the feeling of seeing her live in terms of intimacy. You don't even have to be a fan to appreciate this record. Old fan, new fan or uninitiated, this is an album that should be on your list of need to listen to records.

MP3 Grab: "If I Wrote You"

Watch live streaming video from darwilliams at

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Photo Gallery: Alex Mallett At Parkside Lounge

Alex Mallett: October 12 @ Parkside Lounge, New York, NY

One man, one banjo ...

After a fun set by Gaz Ellis at Parkside Lounge last night, Alex Mallett took the stage. I was completely unfamiliar with Mallett but was curious. Anyone with a banjo in New York makes me curious. But, fellow native Midwesterner Mallett, cured my curiosity.

Mallett launched into a set of moderately jazzy, country with robust vocals full of charm and laced with a sense of humor. It was an intimate yet lively show. Mallett announced he had learned a new song and went on to play a cover of the Beatles "Help." Okay, so maybe he only kind of learned it but, that didn't matter. It turned into a sing-a-long with the audience cheerfully helping him along. He ended his set with "Baby's Too Busy" giving the audience another chance to sing-a-along with its church revival stomp and clap chorus.

More photos HERE

Gaz Ellis At The Parkside Lounge

Gaz Ellis: October 12 @ Parkside Lounge,
New York, NY

Last night, I made my way to the LES to take in a show. The English Gentleman, Gaz Ellis took the stage at Parkside Lounge for a laid back and charming acoustic set. Ellis was supposed to be joined by a piano player who apparently was doing a grand imitation of Houdini. No matter though, Ellis was just fine without the added instrumentation.

I was introduced to Ellis' work when I saw him perform earlier this year at BritFest and was hooked. For those who aren't familiar with this folk delight, check out the clips below from last night's show. Fans of singer/songwriter music should have a listen to this gentle voiced gentleman, he's a delight.

More photos HERE

(I really like this song and the funky riff he tosses in there)

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Romany Rye To Tour With Dawes + MP3

The Romany Rye will be taking to the road later this month for a fall tour with Dawes. Tour dates are below. Alas New York, there are no dates for us.

They're finishing up work on a full-length record that is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2011. To tide you over until spring, download "Untitled (Love Song) below.
  • 10/22 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
  • 10/23 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Herman Hall
  • 10/24 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack
  • 10/26 - St. Louis, MO - The Gargoyle
  • 10/27 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
  • 11/12 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
  • 11/13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
  • 11/14 - Ames, IA - The Maintenance Shop
  • 11/15 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
  • 11/16 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
  • 11/18 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
  • 11/19 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
  • 11/20 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
  • 11/21 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club
  • 11/26 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
  • 11/27 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Gaz Ellis To Play Parkside Lounge, Tuesday, 10/12

Singer/song-writer Gaz Ellis will be taking the stage at Parkside Lounge this coming Tuesday, October 12. Joining him on piano will be Nick Sims. The gig is FREE. Ellis is on at 8PM. Swing by and check him out, he's quite the talented gentleman.

For those who haven't had a chance to check Ellis out, have a look at the video below from his appearance at this year's BritFest.

Hot Seconds Releases Long Awaited Video

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Hot Seconds unleashes their five minute mini-movie. Gangsters, coppers, brothel's, gambling and trippiness ... oh my!

Sometime last year, I want to say the early part of last year, I heard these words, 'we're going to make another video' or something along those lines. Cool I thought. I like Hot Seconds and was curious to see what they would put together. The words trench coats and fedoras passed through my ears ... so did green screen and bowling ally. June of that year came around, director Marcel Simoneau showed me some bits and pieces of the video on his cell phone. Interesting, I thought. Jump ahead to earlier this year and I hear the words, 'we're almost finished with the video' or something along those lines. There were chuckles about the mustache that's now apparently infamous and has a name, though not credited for its work on guitarist Eran Westwood's upper lip. And then I heard the words it's finished!

Witness for yourself the trench coats, the fedora's, the brothel and some trippy green screen action ... a reaction to some bad moonshine is my nearest guess. Check out "Pieces of You" below. Watch, enjoy, ponder and watch again.

Directed & Edited by Marcel Simoneau

Featuring Hot Seconds:
James Love
Eran Westwood
Ian Hudgins
Marcel Simoneau

Also featuring:
May Oishi-Simoneau
Alexis Neophitydes
Catilin Pexa
Marc Bonan
Joe Lazenby
Simon Fernandez
Harold Simoneau
Andrew Gauthier
Kweighbaye Kotee
Owen Rapaport
Bob Troia

Kathryn Bringle
Courtney Cook
Beth Edwards
Hsiao-jou Tang
Lindsay Fisher
Sarah Bumgarner
Kathryn Logan

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Mr. Lennon

Today marks what would have been the 70th Birthday of John Lennon. To commemorate the occasion, his solo works have been digitally re-mastered and re-released as part of the Gimme Some Truth campaign. So, if for some reason you don't already own some or all of Lennon's solo work, now is a good chance to pick it up.

The "Happy Birthday Mr. Lennon" playlist at QNYC headquarters ...

I Found Out
Well Well Well
Cold Turkey
Don't Let Me Down
Yer Blues
Mind Games
Hold On
Jealous Guy
Whatever Gets you Thru The Night
I'm Losing You

Happy birthday to his son Sean as well. We'll spin "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" in his honor today as well.

Adam Taylor Plays "Oliver" In His Living Room

Folk rock troubadour Adam Taylor has given his fans a treat! He has posted a video of himself performing "Oliver" in his living room. In the video description, Taylor describes it as a "shotty" version of the song ... whatever you say Adam! At any rate, this is one of my favorite songs to hear live. I found myself singing along ... sadly, I'm no Kate! Y'all know I love Adam's work, check out the video below and experience a slice of brilliant, pure, raw talent.

Juliette Lewis Releases Video For "Terra Incognita"

Rocker Juliette Lewis released a video for the title track of her record Terra Incognit
a this week. The video was directed by Lightfield Lewis and features, Michael Des Barres, Kojii Helnwein, Roxy Richardson, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Check it out below.

In other Lewis news, the singer was banged up earlier this week in a hit and run accident where the car she was riding in was run into and totaled. Reports are she's home and resting. Our best wishes to Ms. Lewis.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Caught My Ear: Peter Doran - "Twisted Freak"

Singer-songwriter Peter Doran released his latest album Sleepless Street this past July 23rd. If you like indie folk-pop, you might dig this Irishman's work. "Twisted Freak" from the record caught my ear. Something about that song reminded me of The Jayhawks for some reason. Check it out below.

Photo Gallrey: Vs. Antelope

Vs. Antelope: August 23 @ Mercury Lounge, New York, NY

Back in August, I had the pleasure of watching Vs. Antelope rock the Mercury Lounge stage. Check out some photos of the gig below. Catch them live if you get the chance. They'll be over at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 13 supporting Samiam.