"We Died" - The third full length album from Long Beach post-punk project The Valley Arena will be available Tuesday May 26th, 2009 as a 7 Inch Vinyl EP + Digital LP Download.
The "We Died" 7-Inch Vinyl EP comes with 2 tracks "Bait & Switch" & "Grayscale" and includes an exclusive B. Side remix of "SOS4XOX" by Ikey Owens of The Mars Volta and Free Moral Agents. The full 10 track album is included as a digital download.
THE PARSON RED HEADS "Orangufang" 7" Vinyl
FORMATS: 7 Inch Vinyl + Digital Download Card PRICE: $5 (+ Shipping and Handling) [ORDER 7 INCH NOW]
Available NOW! Includes digital download card with exclusive ORANGUFANG EP. Only 200 copies will be made! Each 7 Inch comes in hand silk- screened envelopes all made with love by The Parson Red Heads and friends.
Please save your money and help stop Global Warming by NOT sending physical promos. If you would like to submit MP3s for consideration please send YouSendit or other file sharing links to the email address above!
The Monolators Residency Finale At Pehrspace TONIGHT! FREE PRETZELS!
Not The Monolators - but DAMN look at that suit.
It's sad to state that all good thing must inevitably come to an end. TONIGHT will be the grand finale of The Monolators month-long residency at Pehrspace - AND WE'RE GOING OUT IN STYLE. We've played songs from the first 2 records and EPs and TONIGHT It's all about Don't Dance and yes - THE UNVEILING of a new song "Hot Sleigh." The track can be purchased as part of Confessions Of A Would Be Hipsters Plastic Snow compilation. Get it for 10 bucks over on their site. All albums sales go to benefit the Midnight Mission. Awesome music for a good cause!
Tonight's theme is "Prom." I encourage all of you to bring your finest digs - so bust out that old prom dress that's collecting dust in your back closet. We will also be serving refreshments of what else "FREE HOMEMADE PRETZELS!!!"
There's so much to tell you all today that I'm sure I'm going to forget something--but, in a nutshell: tonight is the last night of our wonderful, beloved residency with Sean Carnage at Pehrspace, and this week's theme is, of course, prom! Did you know that "prom" is short for "promenade?" Well, it is!
Specifically it is the Winter Wonderland Formal Dance, and, as such, formal attire is requested (but we won't turn you away if you don't comply, you NON-COMPLIERS). It's $5 and all ages! We go on at midnight, but there are lots of other wonderful bands/activities tonight! Such as:
Milton Melvin Croissant Dugout Canoe (from Denver) Kevin Shields Ema & the Ghosts Cristina’s Puppet Show (yes, we did say PUPPET SHOW.)
And there's more! We have special corsage wristbands for the first 70 prom-goers...we have, as promised, HOMEMADE PRETZELS, and you all know what that means...and we also have the final installment of our homemade retrospective comps for sale. This time we're selling all four weeks' worth of music packaged together in one pop for fifteen bucks. LET ME REPEAT: this is almost our entire recorded output, plus extra stuff we never released, for fifteen clams!
And also as promised, we will have a slow dance jam for you all, a cover song that will also serve as our Song Of The Month for November. Shall we see you tonight?
While dreamy indie darlings Beach House are unveiling their new video for "Used To Be" over at Pitchfork TV. The video was directed by LA local Matt Amato and is for their new 7" single of the track. The band also announced dates in January with The Walkmen - Including January 20th at the Henry Fonda!
BEACH HOUSE TOUR DATES Dec. 06 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts*
Dec. 09 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Dec. 10 Providence, RI Club Hell #
Dec. 11 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall #
Dec. 12 Boston, MA Museum of Fine Arts #
Jan. 19 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern*
Jan. 20 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda*
Jan. 21 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore*
Jan. 23 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom*
Jan. 24 Seattle, WA Neumos*
HOT MP3 ALERT - Chad VanGaalen - City Of Electric Light
Chad VanGaalen (Calgary, Canada)
Sorry I didn't get around to posting yesterday. I'll be perfectly honest - I had a lost day watching Veronica Mars over at TheWB.com. They have the entire 3rd season streaming online for free and I got sucked in.
Lots to do today but to start the morning off I thought I would introduce you to another track off Chad VanGaalen's unbelievable album Soft Airplane. "City Of Electric Light" is more up-tempo and dare I say "happier" than his usual haunting ballads of death and destruction. It's still slightly twisted which is exactly what you would expect from the visual artist and troubadour.
Chad is heading over to the UK and Europe with label mates WOMEN. Check out dates below! Soft Airplane is out now via Sup Pop.
European and UK Tour Dates
Nov 20 – Groningen, The Netherlands @ Vera w/ WOMEN
Nov 21 – Den Haag, The Netherlands @ Crossing Borders Festival
Nov 22 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix w/ WOMEN
Nov 24 – Paris, France @ La Fleche D’Or w/ WOMEN
Nov 25 – London, England @ The Borderline w/ WOMEN
Nov 27 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The Captain’s Rest w/WOMEN
Nov 28 – Belfast, Ireland @ Limelight w/WOMEN
Nov 29 – Galway, Ireland @ Rosin Dubh w/ WOMEN
Nov 30 – Dublin, Ireland @ Crawdaddy w/ WOMEN
Dec 01 – London, England @ Club 100 w/ Wolf Parade
Dec 02 – Manchester, England @ Night and Day Café w/ WOMEN
Dec 03 – Gothenborg, Sweden @ Pusterviksbaren
Dec 04 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser
BONUS VIDEO: Chad VanGaalen - Molten Light
VanGaalen is also an accomplished artist and did all the visuals for his latest video for "Molten Light." "I'll Find You And I'll Kill You" if you don't watch it.
Part Time Punks Fest This Sunday In Echo Park! Win Tickets!
Part Time Punk Fest will invade The Echo and Echoplex this Sunday from 2pm-2am. If you've ever wandered into the Echo on a Sunday you probably walked squarely into their insanely diverse dance party filled with great music, great live bands, and awesome people.
To celebrate the Fest we're giving away TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS to Sundays show.
TO ENTER: Send in your FULL NAME to email@example.com. Two winners will be chosen at random and will recieve a pair of tickets. Contest ends tomorrow at Noon!
I have been getting so much good music lately that it's almost impossible to keep up. Yesterday I received this new download from Antony And The Johnsons. "Another World" is a song about needing an escape (YES PLEASE!) and showcases Antony's unusual warble and melancholy keys to perfection. People there is a reason he won the Mercury Prize in 2005.
"Another World" is off his forthcoming full length The Crying Light which will be out January 20th, 2009 on Secretly Canadian.
I mentioned this show last week The (International) Noise Conspiracy will be playing at El Cid TONIGHT with Nighthorse. I have to miss the show but don't worry but you can also catch them at the Center For The Arts in Eagle Rock on Friday. That show is presented by F Yeah Fest and Eagle Rock Music Fest with performances from Moonrats and Slang Chickens.
Cobra Lilies, The Health Club, Vital Transformation, BoxViolet, The Golden Ratio @ Mr T's Bowl - Flagrant self promotion. Cobra Lilies will be playing at Mr. T's tonight. We're playing the cleanup slot so stay late. Did I mention we're busting out new songs and the show is TOTALLY FREE?
EDIT: Haha sorry I had a TOTAL blonde moment. Little Teeth are on Absolutely Kosher and not Asthmatic Kitty. Still an awesome band you should check out though. Thanks Cory for catching the error!
Fol Chen will be releasing their debut length Part 1: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made in February of next year.
Tracklisting is listed below. Congrats guys!! [MP3] Fol Chen - Cable TV
Fol Chen Part 1: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made (Asthmatic Kitty) Street date: Feb. 03, 2009
1.The Believers 2.No Wedding Cake 3.You and Your Sister in Jericho 4.The Idiot 5.Red Skies Over Garden City (The Ballad of Donna Donna) 6.Winter, That's All 7.Cable TV 8.Please, John, You're Killing Me 9.The Longer U Wait (Version) 10.If Tuesday Comes
VIDEO: Deerhoof - Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back
Deerhoof (San Francisco, CA)
Just the other day I was running errands and felt the need to bust out The Runners Four. I must say I love Deerhoof's early experimental music but their new more pop focused tunes are just magnificent.
The band released their new video for "Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back" today. The track is off their new album Offend Maggie which is out now via Kill Rock Stars. I thought it would be damn near impossible for Deerhoof to top last years' Friend Opportunity which was easily one of my favorite albums of 2007. Offend Maggie certainly rises to the occasion.
Funemployment Freebies!!! Limited Edition TV On The Radio Poster
Win This TV on the Radio Poster Designed By Singer Tunde Adebimpe
The fun continues as we give away tons of awesome stuff all week long. Hell, everyone loves FREE SHIT! Especially when you're broke!
Today one lucky reader is going to walk away with this limited edition TV On The Radio poster designed by singer Tunde Adebimpe himself. The poster was designed for the release of their new album Dear Science which is available now.
I'm also choosing to run this contest just so I can post this video from Hulu - which I've decided is one of the best new websites around. Hulu is a joint venture between NBC and FOX (read article) and offers full episodes, movies, and clips for streaming. The advertising based model is the first to get streaming video online right. I got rid of my cable a few weeks ago and must say I don't miss it one bit! Watch video of TV On The Radio's performance on The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno.
TO ENTER: Send your full name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org subject line: TVOTR GIVEAWAY.
Check One Two has officially moved their night from The Viper Room to The Echoplex and will now be called "Check One Tuesdays." TONIGHT is the official kickoff with performances from Earlimart, Afternoons, Red Cortez, and Dazzler. The event is FREE before 10:30pm and only $5 bucks after! Next week's lineup is also looking stellar with The Henry Clay People, Everest, and Nico Stai.
Classical Geek Theatre broke the news yesterday that Spaceland Productions is asking Elaine to take down all her videos of local acts shot inside their venues which include Spacelad, The Echo, and The Echoplex. Read the post here. This really makes me upset.
Elaine's videos are shot with a simple still camera and while the video is not high quality it means the WORLD to bands around Los Angeles. She provides a service and a great deal of free promotion to the venues. She does not make any money off her videos so I honestly don't see what the harm in leaving these up when hundreds of cell phones videos from shows make their way onto the web everyday.
Starting today all her videos from the venues will be taken down. This will include footage from pretty much every local band in Los Angeles including footage from residencies for bands like Death To Anders, Rademacher, Mezzanine Owls, The PIty Party, Radars To The Sky, and CD release shows for Henry Clay People, and even The Monolators.
Spaceland as a public cry if you don't want people to shoot inside your venue without approval from now I'm fine with that. But PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE don't make Elaine take her videos down.
If this bothers you as much as it bothers me please speak up and let youre voice be heard.
VIDEO: the archaeology of the monolators 2002-2004, part 1
VIDEO: the archaeology of the monolators 2002-2004, part 2
Funemployment Freebies! "Christmas On Mars" DVD Giveaway
Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips in "Christmas On Mars"
Tomorrow I am going to go see a screening of The Flaming Lips long awaited film "Christmas On Mars" at the Nike Sportswear Project at The Montlabán Theater. It's all part of their Cinema Tuesdays screenings which will be going on through the rest of 2008.
The film finally hits DVD and CD/DVD this week. Wayne Coyne has spent the last 7-8 years making this film from scratch in his backyard including building sets and enlisting friends, band mates, and family members for parts in the film.
Click here for further details on the film and to pre-order the DVD.
Read a super stellar interview with Wayne about the film with the LA Times.
To celebrate the release we're giving away a copy of the DVD to one lucky Rock Insider reader!
To Enter: Send your full name and mailing address to email@example.com. One winner will be chosen at random to recieve the prize. Extra points if you're currently unemployed!!!
VIDEO: The Flaming Lips - Christmas On Mars Trailer
The Return Of The Monday Mix - Now In Podcast Form!
After a long hiatus The Rock Insider Monday Mixtape is back and n0w available in PODCAST FORM!!!!!
After last week's history making election Republicans are no doubt sinking into a funk (Heidi and Spencer I'm worried about you. Seriously.) I decided to extend the olive branch by making a upbeat mix tape that everyone can enjoy.
Download the podcast below as well as individual tracks!!
1. Wavves - Beach Demon [mp3] 2. Dead Heart Bloom - I'm Going To Go Meet Jesus [mp3] 3. The Soft Hands - Harbor [mp3] 4. caUSE Co-MOTION! - Which Way Is Up [mp3] 5. Happy Hollows - Labyrinth [mp3] 6. O'Death - Lowtide [mp3] 7. The Zookeepers - Babies With Babies [mp3] 8. Violens - Already Over [mp3] 9. Houseguest - Iron Oar [mp3] 10. Frank Hoier - Jesus Don't Give Tax Breaks To The Rich [mp3]
The Monolators (Los Angeles, CA) Photo By Sean Carnage
The Monolators Residency at pehrspace presented by Sean Carnage continues this week with performances from Billygoat, The Health Club, Manhattan Murder Mystery, and 60 Watt Kid. Last week good friend and mascot Cupcake The Bear stopped by to boogie down with the crew and managed to lose his diaper. This week more great things are in store!
Check out an in depth interview + two exclusive live tracks from last weeks show over at Web In Front[READ INTERVIEW]
Mouse has a recap of last week's show over at Classical Geek Theatre[READ REVIEW]
Sean Carnage has photos and insight on his blog [VIEW PHOTOS]
Monday, November 10th Sean Carnage presents…
The Monolators 60 Watt Kid Manhattan Murder Mystery Billy Goat Health Club
Week Two: Rejection Inevitably Followed by Tears (2005-2006)
For our second week we examine the remainder of the Rejection strata and the metamorphosis of the trio format into a simple duo, resulting (among other things) in the document entitled Our Tears Have Wings. Whereas live performances of this epoch were strictly confined to drums and guitar, the historically-correct studio presence of von Bogdon is once again represented by the Marquis himself in live setting, and the gracious, post-contemporaneous contributions of Sir Dennis and Dr. Jex are faithfully depicted.
Of especial note is the aesthetic preference of the age for artifacts of outer space exploration, and the resulting (and uncharacteristically lengthy) dirge “Let’s Be Best Friends In Space” will be unearthed, although sadly without the accompaniment of a 350-member children’s choir as originally intended. The ensemble is also pleased to present the spirited holiday ode “Santa Claus Versus Dave Matthews.”
This week’s featured symposia: 60watt kid Health club Manhattan Murder Mystery Billygoat
Mainstream Indie Update: Oasis Unveil New Video, Cold War Kids Webcast From Amsterdam
Oasis (London, UK)
Here at Rock Insider we focus so heavily on the local LA scene that occasionally I feel the need to clue you in to what is happening out there in the more mainstream indie world (is that an oxymoron or what!). Wuick updates below!
Oasis have a new video for "I'm Outta Time" off their new album Dig Out Your Soul. Surreal moonscape video. [WATCH NOW]
Man I'd Totally forgotten about the video for "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" video until it randomly came up in a youtube search. This video played NON STOP on The Box when I was a kid (We were way too broke for cable). Smashing Pumpkins are releasing a new Live DVD callled "If All Goes Wrong" tomorrow. Pre-order it right here.
Cold War Kids will be pulling a Radiohead by doing a live webcast TODAY from Paradiso Hall in Amsterdam. Due to the time difference It actually starts in less than one hour!! Tune in at 11:30 PST! [WATCH NOW]
Rock Insider has had a long love affair with The Dodos. First as members of the backing band for Peter And The Wolf, then as Dodo Bird, and now as much praised and loved Dodos. Their latest release Visiter is easily one of top records of the year for not just me but half of bloggerdom.
I've watched this band go from playing small shows at the Silverlake Lounge and 6th Street Warehouse to playing the Natural History Museum to well over 600 people. TOMORROW NIGHT the band will headline their first show at The Echoplex. I'm beaming like a proud mom. These guys so deserve it.
Restaurant and Dreamdate will also be performing. This is also their first show in Southern California since the beginning of MAY!
As you could guess we will be out in full force and we're hooking you up with tickets! Enter below for your chance to win a pair of tickets. Winners will be chosen by 4pm today so please ENTER NOW!
TO ENTER: Send your FULL NAME to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4PM PST Today. This contest is only open to Southern California residents.
Protesters basically shut down Santa Monica Blvd yesterday creating a traffic nightmare to march on the Mormon Temple and Santa Monica and Overland. LDS church members at the urging of their leadership donated an estimated $20 Million Dollars to the "Say Yes On 8" Campaign." More protest rallies are planned for this weekend including a giant one at Sunset Junction on Saturday.
Watch video of the marchers arriving at the gates of the Temple at CNN.com.
Marches in West Hollywood also made traffic a nightmare. It's days like yesterday that make me so grateful for being unemployed. I don't have to commute! WOOT!
A website has been established to help raise funds to overturn Prop 8 Find out more at invalidateprop8.org
Oh and PS. That traffic snarl in Echo Park last night was because of the Madonna concert at Dodger Stadium. Folks, let me introduce you to your new favorite street - TEMPLE. This magical street saved my life numerous times while stuck in traffic getting home due to Dodger games. Click here for a map showing you how to take Temple from Silverlake.
LAist has video footage and photos from last night's Proposition 8 protests rallies in West Hollywood and Hollywood. An estimated crowd of 3,000 joined together chanting "Equal Rights." 8 arrests were made. Read more right here.
Starting next Monday Future Sounds' radio program will move from Little Radio over at Woxy.com. The program can be heard 4 times per week and will be available as a podcast. Find out who their first guest is!!!! [READ ARTICLE]
Tonight is also their monthly Rumble featuring performances from Birds and Batteries, The Yelling, and The Blacks. Admission is free if you RSVP.
French fashion and electronic music label Kitsuné just released their 6th Kitsuné Maison Compilation mix. The mix features new and rare dance tracks from Heartsrevolution, Lo Fi-Fnk, Digitalism, Fischerspooner, We Have Band and more. It's a blipsters wet dream.
Happy Hollows (No longer with the "The" at the beginning) will be celebrating the release of their new Imaginary EP TONIGHT at The Echo with The Strange Boys, The Soft Hands, and Die Rockers Die.
The EP was released via the new Heart label and is by far their strongest offering to date.
The band also released the album using a Noisetrade widget where if you send it to 5 friends you can download the album for free. You can also set the price you want to pay for the album between $1-$25 dollars. 90% of the sale goes to the band directly.
Enter To Win: A pair of tickets to The Happy Hollows CD release show TONIGHT at The Echo w/ The Soft Hands and Strange Boys. To enter simply send your FULL NAME and e-mail to email@example.com SUBJECT LINE: Happy Hollows Tickets. Winner will be chosen by 5PM TONIGHT!
9 PM The SoftHands 10PM The Strange Boys 11PM The Happy Hollows 12 PM Die Rockers Die
The show is $5 and 18+ The Echo is at 1822 W Sunset Blvd., LA, CA 90026
The Pity Party after suffering a set back due to M's bike accident, are heading back to the UK for a string of shows around London. Dates are listed below. Across the pond readers I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU MAKE IT OUT TO ONE OF THEIR SHOWS!!!
The band recently released their new HOTWORK EP as a totally FREE DOWNLOAD. Fill out the mailing list form below to get all 4 free tracks plus a bonus digital booklet.
THE PITY PARTY DO LONDON
Thursday, 6 November Once Bitten @ The Macbeth 70 Hoxton St, London w/ I HAUNT WIZARDS, LITTLE DEATH, KILKANE set time: 9.30
Friday, 7 November TimeOut London On The Up @ The Barfly 49 Chalk Farm Road, Camden w/ GOLDILOCKS, DRUMS OF DEATH, TOD HART set time: 9.15
Wednesday, 12 November DanceMagicDance @ Old Blue Last 38 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch w/ THE VIRGINS, SPUTNIKO, KEN KOBAYASHI set time: tba
Thursday, 13 November This is Music London @ The Macbeth 70 Hoxton St, London w/ VIOLENS, MIDDLE CLASS RUT set time: tba
I make no secret that I was once a Refused loving post punk and hardcore kid growing up in Salt Lake City. It's actually something I consider a badge of honor. So when a few days ago my good friend Dany sent me music from Oslo, Norway's Simon Says No! and listed Refused as an influence my ears perked up.
The band recently made U.S. landfall at the CMJ Music Marathon and were met with rave reviews. With their epic psychedelic rock and soaring fuzz driven guitars I really don't see how that's not possible.
Upon first listen people could easily classify Simon Says No! as a shoegaze band. They would definitely fit well with the My Bloody Valentines of the world. There sound is definitely a lot more angular than the traditional powerhouses of the shoegaze era. This slightly left of center approach is what I think appeals to me most.
Download "Sleeping Heart" below and added to your latest "Across The Pond" mix. This is a definitely a band to watch in 2009. Be sure to catch them at SXSW next year.
BONUS: Classic Refused video for "New Noise" video posted below. CAN I SCREAM!!!!! Former Refused singer Dennis Lyxzén's new band The (International) Noise Conspiracy will be playing at El Cid on Nov 12th and are playing 3 shows in Los Angeles next week. Be sure to catch at least one.
I'm all for ingenious ways to sell and promote music online. Which is why when I received an e-mail stating that The Vacation had teamed up with Playboy to give away their new album for free my ears more than perked up.
Last Thursday The Vacation released a widget in partnership with Playboy that allows users to download their new full length album Get Used for FREE.
This widget is powered by TrueAnthem, but there are a lot of companies launching based on a similar premise. My favorite to pop up thus far is TopSpin. Check out what they've done with Jubilee. There is also of course RCRD LBL which provides an online destination for free downloads but they haven't quite grasped the in-widget download quite yet.
So let's focus on the general idea - The "Sponsored Download Widget." The upside to marketers - Well first off, YOU GET PAID by your sponsor (Ca-Ching!). In some cases they also allow you to collect user information, up sell ringtones, tickets to shows, and pretty much whatever you want.
For the user all you're asked is to sign up for a service and give up your first name, e-mail address, and birth date to receive your free MP3s.
Now back to The Vacation free download. The downsides? You can only download the tracks individually - which is a pain in the neck but hey FREE doesn't necessarily mean EASY. There are also audio messages from the band throughout the album (Poor Steve) mentioning that Playboy is the sponsor.
As for quality - 128 kbps isnt exactly stereo sound but for my MP3 player it'll do.
I know it's free but the fact that I have to go in and use Garageband to cut out the message before I can use it in a podcast or DJ set just irritates me. Most users won't even know how do that. I also like 320 kbps or higher for my DJ sets and would rather not spend 10 minutes trying to download when I have cable internet.
I guess that's what their counting on when the record is available in stores and for digital download on traditional services later on. If I want virgin tracks at a high bit rate I should expect to pay a premium. Beggars can't be choosers right? Well for a band like RADIOHEAD that would be true, but this is a developing act! If you want to get the music out there you got to make it as easy as possible to access!
I love the idea of the sponsored download widget as a way for bands to offer up their records for free while still making a bit of money - especially if the sponsor makes sense. If you've ever seen The Vacation live you would know that PLAYBOY is damn near the perfect sponsor for them.
However, I think adding audio messages before the music plays and keeping the quality of the MP3 low is unnecessary and will ultimately lead to dissatisfaction among end users - You know those pesky individuals usually referred to as THE FANS.
Get Used is destined to become a total guilty pleasure. The album is the epitome of the Sunset Strip and is actually fabulously trashy, but the audio messages leave it coming off as cheap and commercial - which actually when I think about is kind of genius. This whole campaign is deliciously overdone. For The Vacation - i works. I'd love to see the same campaign done with Beirut - Somehow I don't think it would have the same effect.
All in all I think the technolgy is progressive and could be one of several key solutions to the ever changing role of music in the digital space. There will always be those who buy music from iTUNES, or buy CDs in stores. Hell, there are people out there who still buy strictly on cassette. This is a great solution for the right kind of band and could be adapted further in the future.
What do you guys think of the sponsored download widget?
Funemployment Freebies! Win Cold War Kids' Shoes!!!
Cold War Kids (Long Beach, CA)
Given the current state of the economy and impending election I figured y'all could use a pick me up and some free swag.
Enter below to win a pair of Clarks Wallabees (pictured below) from Cold War Kids courtesy of Clarks Originals and Cornerstone Promotion. They are the brand of shoes the band actually wear and are both comfortable and stylish.
TO ENTER: Send in your full name, mailing address, and shoe size (VERY IMPORTANT) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put "CWK GIVEAWAY" in the subject line. One lucky winner will get the pair. Contest ends TOMORROW at noon PST!
VIDEO: Cold War Kids - Something Is Not Right With Me"
Nestled somewhere 'twixt the Mezotonic Era, when spiders of terrible size and ferocity roamed the earth and carved out ocean bed and mountain range alike with their fiery breath, and the Present Time, wherein men and ladies of Science discovered the Secret of Electricity and the extra month after Christmas, lies the Age of the Monolator–when frail, sickly fops of terrible size and ferocity roamed the earth and carved out ocean bed and mountain range alike with their fiery breath. In this new, weekly exhibition, we attempt to uncover the true history of this little-known age, and reveal the civilizations and appurtenances that flourished therein.
Most scholars, barring a rogue and fanatic few, divide the chronology of the Monolators into four distinct dynasties, or epochs. We commence, therefore, at the beginning, and note that all dates, places, and musical depictions are strictly approximate.
Week One: Prehistory and Rejection (representing the years 2002-2004)
In this first exhibition, we review the dawn of the Era and the musical detritus remaining thereof. In this earliest incarnation the Monolators took a tri-fold form, with a standard drum and bass configuration (originally represented by Dr. Mary Chartkoff and her menial day laborer Eli respectively) augmented by the presence of an electric guitar, originally in the hands of the esteemed Sir Michael Dennis, whose performance tonight represents his first stage appearance in several years. [Editor's note: Although not technically correct in historical terms, for the purposes of enhanced fidelity we gladly note the presence of Dr. Ashley Jex and the Marquis Thomas von Bogdon on bass and electric guitar respectively. Dr. Mary will oversee the percussion ensemble while Eli will provide additional guitar chores and light caterwauling.] The major work of the period, Rejection Set Me Free, is broached, preceded by two minor compositions of slightly earlier vintage, the now almost totally obscure "Spandex Hitman" and "In My Dreams."
Also of note for the week is the unique recreation of the popular hymn, "Take It Outside," along with its beloved mascot, Cupcake The Bear. Cupcake will make a special appearance to assist in the celebration of birthday festivities for the Curator, Dr. Carnage. Light refreshments will be served.
This week's featured symposia: Pizza! Mabson Zombelle Creekbird
Now that I don't have to commute out to Santa Monica everyday I can now take in early shows on the east side of town. This Tuesday, November 4th (Election Day!) HoneyHoney will celebrate the release of "First Rodeo" their latest full LP at Hotel Cafe with support from friends The Sweet Hurt and Miss Willie Brown.
"Little Toy Gun" the first single off the new album is a fantastic track with a desperado feel. Suzanne Santo's vocals are the perfect marriage of cabaret, bluegrass, and soul. Definitely the highlight of the record for me.
Charlie Wadhams new EP In A Goldmine could be the perfect album for the month of November. His smooth voice resembles the bliss and charisma of falling leaves. It's no wonder heavyweights like Inara George, Mike Andrews, and Eleni Mandell are listed among fans.
Somber yet hope-filled in tone on Goldmine Wadhams oozes so much class there is not one doubt in my mind you'll want to listen to it again and again.
The first track on the EP "Someone To Kiss" is one of the most achingly beautiful tracks I've heard in the longest time. Download it below.