Interested in filling a rock club to the rafters? Simple: Just have Nada Surf and Destroyer play back to back sometime. People were stuffed asses to elbows at Volume night club for the first day of the Stereogum/PASTE party, although the free libations helped ease the heat. Nada did it unplugged-style, Destroyer most definitely did… More »
The excellent WFMU is in the midst of their 50th anniversary pledge drive, so last night the unlikely trio listed above variously stopped by Tom Scharpling’s The Best Show to help raise cash. You can hear the 3-hour broadcast — all pledge shout outs included! — by heading here. Ted could always raise money with… More »
Every now and then, you should remind yourself how lucky we are to have a band like Yo La Tengo chugging along. For the past 20-something years, they’ve been belting out their gorgeous Hoboken art-rock ‘n’ roll, managing to reinvent themselves constantly, remaining at home with each shift. As much as that NJ ambition, you… More »
This weekend, amid the writer’s strike, the SNL cast performed in Chelsea in the Upright Citizens Brigade theater to an audience of less than 200 peeps, though their numbers included Julian Casablancas, Jon Glaser, Will Arnett, and John Krasinski. Guests included Norah Jones and the folks mentioned in this post’s headline. The cast performed previously… More »
At some point we called this year’s Austin City Limits festival “Friday and Sunday heavy,” but that shit ain’t right; this year’s ACL dance-card was tilted entirely toward the tail end. In fact, pretty sure we saw more bands on Sunday than the first two days combined. Generally that means bailing on a… More »
The night before the mainstream music industry self-fellated on worldwide television, the indie scene had a little backslapping of its own at Irving Plaza for the PLUG Awards show which, despite being rough around the edges, was a decent time. We went for the great lineup (Tokyo Police Club, El-P, Deerhoof, Silversun Pickups, Stephen “Josephius”… More »
People really win at Stereogum Dot Com.
On Friday night we met up with Ellen and Jeremy, the winners of Stereogum’s I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will FLY Your Ass Sweepstakes. Along with their guests Steve and Mandy, and Adam from Beggars/Matador, we took a private helicopter to Yo La Tengo’… More »
Based on track titles alone. Via eMusic:Yo La Tengo’s debut CD, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass: The Florence Nightingale Story is filled with the cranky meanderings of today’s new nu rock. Forged in hubris and leather, this New Jersey (and Brooklyn!?) trio consisting of the fat guy and… More »
First off, congratulations to Andres, who won our Spin-Off Sweepstakes ($250 Guitar Center Giftcard, Technics SL-1200 MKII turnables, and Technics headphones), to Nate, who won a 30Gig video iPod loaded with every Outkast album and video, and to Kat and J, who each won a pair of tickets to the Virgin Festival.
And now… More »
Via Pitchfork: Hold steady launches “social networking site” boysandgirlsinamerica.com:This whole album is about guys, girls, love, and growing up in america. We want to you know about what you think about the opposite sex, relationships, love, the whole shebang.
We want to see you!
We want you to make a video testimonial. Post… More »
That Pitchforkmedia must be doing something right; 19,000 people a day hit up their Festival for 18 hours of music over two days, despite some serious heat and humidity. Whether that’s a testament to the awesome lineup or the show-going tenacity of hipster nation, we heard the weekend was well run and chock-full of indie… More »
If you heard “Beanbag Chair” (MP3) and thought, “This new Yo La Tengo album is gonna be awesome!” you thought right.
All the familiar reference points are covered: twee ditties with moaning guitars, feedback-happy garage anthems, and are a handful of beautiful piano ballads with swelling strings that’ll stop you in your tracks. But… More »