Wednesday, July 28, 2010

And speaking of Andrew Bird...

He's performing at the Newport Folk Festival this year. Here's the relevant information for you:

Friday, Tennis Hall of Fame, doors 6:30p, music 8p
Sat. and Sunday, Fort Adams State Park, parking 8a, doors 10a, music 11:30a

For line-up and more info, visit

It looks like an incredible line-up (Jim James, Calexico, Richie Havens and Levon Helm, to name a few), and here are our top five reasons to show:

5. Because the line-up is incredible. And you're in New England. Duh.
4. American Idol's off for the night, and it's time to get your fill of real music. Don't worry, we won't tell.
3. Brandi Carlile needs YOU to be out there clapping for her. She requested specifically.
2. So you can meet this infamous blog-owner mushing it up with all the great musicians. And knock him one for the bad review.
1. Because you want to make right to Yim Yames for being an arse a couple years back. Oops.

So bring your blanket and cooler (no glass!) and come sit out in the blistering sun. We're also a huge fan of the Newport Jazz Festival the weekend after (HUUUGE fan), but we're going to be off for that week. Feel free to email your stories at the email provided in the title, we'd love to hear them. Peace, love, and good music,

New article: Andrew Bird!

My article on Andrew Bird is in the Newport Mercury ( so go and check it out! It's pretty good, this one.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tragedy stikes Vampire Weekend

Okay, so not "tragedy" tragedy, but still something pretty quite bad:

Turns out someone forgot to get permission to use that Polaroid as their cover art. Costly mistake, it may turn out to be.
Though we didn't really dig the album too much, here's no hard feelings. Just wondering if the model on the cover (one Ann Kirsten Kennis) wouldn't first try to right the wrong without going to court. It's her right to, of course, but I'd think it'd be nice to get her manager in contact with the record label to see who dropped the ball on this one. That's probably what I'd try to do first.
Though, come to think of it, you're always supposed to get permission when you use a photo/ likeness/ caricature for commercial purposes. It might not seem like much, but it's a pretty glaring omission, to be quite frank about it. It's like not paying a band for their music on one of those "Now this is Music #137" compilations.
As Karen O might put it, "Heads will roll." Oops.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Still B-b-b-b-bad to the bone

Hey y'all, check out the new article in the Newport Mercury on George Thorogood (aka Thorogross):

Hope you all enjoy,

Friday, July 9, 2010

School of Seven Bells connect with "Disconnect"

School of Seven Bells - "Disconnect from Desire"
Vagrant Records
-out July 13
4 / 5

When dream-pop trio School of Seven Bells mix fluid beats with ethereal vocals from twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, the result is the easily accessible "Disconnect from Desire," their second full-length attempt. The group has a natural way about establishing flow, utilizing synth effectively to the backdrop of guitar and percussion, and while easy to pick up, there's no reason to assume that this album is simple. "Dust Devil" helps to highlight the careful layering of effects, not drowning the listener in an overabundance of sounds, but filling the sound with only what's necessary to support the song. "I L U," with a strong retro feel, would be destined for cheesiness in less able hands, but instead shows that SVIIB can sway gentle pop melodies without fumbling. It's an impressive trick, and to use a horrible, bland word to describe it, it can be very pretty: pleasant, enjoyable, and not overgushing. It's a fine balance that the group maintains, and will doubtlessly claim quite a few fans in the genre. Fun, able, and recommended.

Listen to "Windstorm":

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Chap's done a good (but not great) job

The Chap - "Well Done Europe"
Lo Recordings
-out now
3 / 5

The most infectious of these beats, "We Work in Bars," has such a strong chorus that it props up the song just a bit too long; the opposite is the case with much of the rest of "Well Done Europe," London-based The Chap's fourth album. It is good, certainly, but is it great? We're saying no, and while its whimsical instrumentation and somewhat sordid lyrics can etch out a smile here and there, the final verdict is this: there just isn't enough material here (sonically, lyrically) to pull you in and leave a lasting impression. The fondest impression it leaves is, at best, fleeting, but there are still moments to this album: "Nethertheless, The Chap," with its Fol Chen pop-beat, whistling and harmonies; "Obviously" and its retro dance feel. But, as with every review we do, ultimately we've got to decide whether this album is worth your dollar (quid, yuan), and the best measure of that is memory. Not much sticks out here as sheer brilliance, despite the strong effort, and if you had to put "Well Done Europe" in a lineup with Fol Chen, the Talking Heads, and other off-kilter electronic-based bands, The Chap is, well, just another chap. Good, but not good enough for a recommendation.