Brooklyn band Xylos are going to be perform at Hiro Ballroom Thursday Jan.26 as the co-headliner of the 2012 NYC Arctic Ball. Meanwhile, the band is also working on a new project and will also be performing at this year’s SXSW. For info, check out their Web site.
The Best Music Writing has been an annual series published by Da Capo Press for over a decade, spotlighting the best in music journalism; past installments have been guest edited by such esteemed writers as Ann Powers, Nick Hornby, Alex Ross, Greil Marcus and Nelson George. This time around, the 2012 edition and future installments of the series will be independently published, and series editor Daphne Carr is trying to raise funds through Kickstarter to make that happen. As of Jan. 18, 2012, she has raised $3,208 to reach a goal of $15,000 by Jan. 31. Help keep the series going by making a contribution to its Kickstarter page; some cool incentives are being offered for donations. For more information, visit this Web site; and to make a donation, please check out the Kickstarter page.
NewBeats’ Noteworthy Reissues of 2011 (in no particular order)
The Dark Side of the Moon (Immersion Box): Pink Floyd
Nevermind (Deluxe Edition): Nirvana
Young Man with the Big Beat: Elvis Presley
Complete Albums Collection: Billy Joel
Queen 40 (Vol. 1): Queen
Winterland: Jimi Hendrix
Wish You Were Here (Immersionn Box): Pink Floyd
Faith (Special Edition): George Michael
McCartney: Paul McCartney
Check out the new single “Who Are You?” by Kathryn Calder (The New Pornographers), off of her upcoming solo album “Bright and Vivid,” due out Oct. 25. It is the follow-up to last year’s “Are You My Mother?”
Check out Feist’s new single, “How Come You Never Go There,” from her upcoming album Metals, due out Oct. 4 (click on the link below or YouTube).
My friend Paula from the cool blog Ad hoc MOM is sponsoring a “Date Night Give Away!”, in which you can win two tickets to see singer Eli “Paperboy” Reed at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on Aug. 11. The package also includes a CD and a $50.00 AMEX gift card.
Click HERE for complete details from Ad hoc MOM:
WOOM is the New York/Massachusetts duo of Eben Portnoy and Sara Magenheimer, whose previous credit was the group Fertile Crescent. Their music could be described as angular, experimental and minimalist indie rock with a touch of melodies. WOOM’s new album “Muu’s Way” is scheduled for release July 6.
Here’s a brief performance video of “Quetzalcoatl’s Ship”:
The group will be playing next week in New York before heading off for some tour dates with Xiu Xiu in Europe.
5/18 @ Cake Shop, NYC
5/19 @ Death by Audio, NYC
5/23 @ Dal Verme, Rome, Italy
5/24 @ Fanfulla 101, Rome, Italy
5/28 @ San Martino Spino Festival, Italy
6/01 @ Brtfabrik, Frankfurt, Germany w/ Xiu Xiu
6/02 @ Steinbruch, Duisburg, Germany w/ Xiu Xiu
6/03 @ Ekko, Utrecht, Germany w/ Xiu Xiu
6/04 @ Exhaus, Trier, Germany w/ Xiu Xiu
6/05 @ King George, Koln, Germany w/ Xiu Xiu
6/06 @ Plan B, London, England w/ Xiu Xiu
6/07 @ Cave Aux Poetes, Roubaix, France w/ Xiu Xiu
6/09 @ Pop In, Paris, France
6/10 @ Le Motel, Paris, France
6/12 @ Ker Boui Boui, Rennes, France
6/13 @ Cafe Violon Dingue, Nantes, France
6/15 @ Fialho’s Hideaway, Bordeaux, France
6/16 @ El Boqueron, Bordeaux, France
6/23 @ ZDB, Lisbon, Portugal
6/25 @ NORTHSIDE FEST, NYC
6/26 @ NORTHSIDE FEST, NYC
For more info and music, check out WOOM’s MySpace page.
Here is a brand new Sarah McLachlan song, “Loving You Is Easy,” from the upcoming record “The Laws of Illusion,” out on June 10. Take a listen!
This is the Rolling Stones’ “Plundered My Soul,” which was released as a 45 single on Record Store Day; it will appear on the upcoming reissue of Exile on Main Street.
Record Store Day has now come and passed. This year’s event on Apr. 17 seemed more memorable compared to last year’s as far as special items and rarities were concerned, from a numbered 45 single of the Rolling Stones’ “Plundered My Soul” to the Flaming Lips’ tribute to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
So taking a page from my Microphone Memory Emotion coverage of the event from last year, I returned back to the two places participating on Record Store Day. First I waited on line at City Hall’s J&R Music World a half-hour before the store’s open behind 10 other people who were already there. I was glad to arrive early since the Village’s Other Music wasn’t going to open until 11 a.m. View full article »