Monday, February 26, 2007

Jets Overhead

Jets Overhead are a Canadian band hailing from Victoria, BC. They formed in 2003 and released Bridges last year. I am a big fan of this band. It seems like they took everything that is good about indie rock and combined it to make one really good package. To see what I mean, check out the tracks below. If you like what you hear, you can purchase it at Amie Street. If you want to go that route, check out the piece I wrote on Amie Street to get a promo code that will give you some free cash.

Seems So Far
Killing Time



Posts may have been rather sparse over recent weeks (I'm back now, I swear), but I did not stop listening to new music and checking out live shows. One of the bands that sent me some new material was Baltimore's OFM. I am not quite sure how to describe their sound, because they take pieces of many different things and create something unique. Their myspace describes it as "Phylum-Bending Undie Rock" and since I don't have any other words for it, that will have to do. One thing that I can say for certain about them, is that they definitely have talent. It will be see interesting to see how it evolves. In the meantime, enjoy a couple of their new tracks.

If Only You Weren't Human
Another Body


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Hourly Radio/City-State Contest

On Monday, there is a pretty good show coming to Black Cat. An excellent Dallas band called The Hourly Radio will be headlining and DC's own City-State will be providing the support. In honor of the event, I will be giving away 2 tickets to the show. All you have to do to win is send me an e-mail with your name and location. Winner will be notified by the end of the week. Good luck and enjoy some tunes.

The Hourly Radio - Deaf Ears
The Hourly Radio - Say Something (Acoustic James Cover)
City-State - Atrophy

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Contest: Middle Distance Runner @ 9:30 Club

As many of you have heard, Middle Distance Runner scored a headlining date at the legendary 9:30 Club on Friday February 23. They will be playing a late show (doors open @ 10) and The Dance Party is opening. To celebrate, we have another contest. MDR wants you to win 2 tickets to the show and they will throw in a copy of Plane In Flames, a t-shirt, a sticker and a button. To win, all you have to do is send me an e-mail with your name and location. The winner will be announced next week.

In related news, here is an interesting video clip reviewing their track "That's A Lie." Like always, some audio follows.

Middle Distance Runner - That's A Lie

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Throwback Thursday Flashback - Prince

Editor's Note: Due to the high demand caused by his Super Bowl appearance, I decided to repost Prince's Throwback from November. I promise to be back next week with an all new Throwback. Enjoy!

I am not ashamed to admit it, I am definitely a Prince fan. In college, my girlfriend (at the time) and I had a game called who's better, Prince or Michael Jackson? I was convinced that I was right then and time has proven my point. Hmm, Neverland Ranch, freak shows and melting faces or one of the greatest songwriters of his generation? Whether it's Little Red Corvette, When Doves Cry, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Kiss or any of the countless others, the guy rules. I'll leave you with a walk down memory lane.

For You (1978)
Soft and Wet

Prince (1979)
I Wanna Be Your Lover

Dirty Mind (1980)
When You Were Mine

1999 (1982)
Little Red Corvette

Purple Rain (1984)
When Doves Cry
Purple Rain

Around The World In A Day (1985)
Pop Life
Raspberry Beret

Parade (1986)

Sign 'O' The Times (1987)
I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man
If I Was Your Girlfriend

Alphabet St.

Diamonds and Pearls (1991)
Diamonds and Pearls

Past Throwbacks:
1/25/07: Radiohead
1/18/07: The Police
1/11/07: Smashing Pumpkins
1/4/07: Ryan Adams
12/28/06: The Replacements
12/14/06: Talking Heads
12/07/06: Peter Gabriel
11/30/06: The Pixies
11/16/06: Prince
11/09/06: Ben Folds Five
11/02/06: Beastie Boys
10/26/06: Joy Division
10/19/06: They Might Be Giants
10/12/06: The Psychedelic Furs
10/05/06: The Clash
09/28/06: The Smiths
09/21/06: A Tribe Called Quest
09/14/06: R.E.M.
09/07/06: The Cure
08/31/06: Morphine
08/24/06: The Lemonheads
08/17/06: Depeche Mode
08/10/06: New Order

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist

Today, Billy Corgan announced the title and release date of the sixth Smashing Pumpkins record.

July 7, 2007 will see the release of


Get excited.

For Smashing Pumpkins tunes, go here.


Not So New Release Tuesday: My Aim Is True

For this week's classic album, I decided to go back to the 70's and hit Elvis Costello's debut LP. My Aim Is True came out in 1977 (1978 in the states) and it is one of my favorite records. It took Declan Patrick MacManus (Elvis Costello) 7 years to get this album out. Thirty years later and he is still going strong. This is where it all began and it is still a great listen today.

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Watching The Detectives (added for US release)

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Saturday @ Chameleon Club - Contest

I am sorry that the site has been so silent lately. I have been really busy, but I promise that things will get better very soon. As a matter of fact, I have come to make it up to you.

One of the things that has been taking up a lot of my time, is the show that I helped put together for this Saturday. It really is a great bill. Middle Distance Runner, Two if by Sea, The April Skies and Kheris are the bands. It is at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA. The tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. The main floor is over 21 and the balcony is all ages. Doors open @ 8 and the music starts at 8:30 or so.

For those of you who do not read the site regularly, let me give a little breakdown on the bands...

Two if by Sea is from Baltimore. They released Safety last fall and I have probably mentioned that CD half a dozen times since then. When I saw them in November, I was blown away. They are the loudest band on the bill, they play first and you do not want to miss them.

Middle Distance Runner has been mentioned on IA more than any other band. They are from DC and were the breakout band of 2006. Plane in Flames was one of the best CDs released last year and by the end of last year, everybody (Paste, KCRW, etc) was starting to give them love. They are the kind of band that makes the girls swoon, yet are also adored by the guys. Amazing live show. They will have people dancing. See them now, before they get big. Seriously...

Kheris is the hometown Lancaster band and they are the band that I am least familiar with. A couple weeks ago, Jake (from the April Skies) and I were putting together this bill and he sent me to see them. I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a really good indie rock band. They put on a fine show and they have soul.

The April Skies are from Hershey, PA and they are the headliners. This band began in the late 80's. They were all over the place and played with bands like Ride and Lush. They went on hiatus in the late 90's and returned with a vengeance a few years ago. Last fall, they released How It All Played Out and it was the best release of their storied career. They are a south central PA institution and they will be returning to the stage that they have played so many times over the years. I have seen them many times and they always deliver.

For those who are not familiar with The Chameleon Club, it is THE historic venue in south central PA. More national bands have played there than I care to count. It is also the place that spawned the careers of bands like The Ocean Blue, Live and The Innocence Mission. The place is 10,000 square feet, with 3 floors and 5 bars. It is also an amazing place to see a show.

There you have it. I would really appreciate it if you supported us and original music. This bill is ridiculously good and if we can pull this off, you will be seeing many more of these shows. Tickets are only $6!! Send an e-mail if you are interested and we'll figure out how to get tickets to you. The venue is not very far from Philly and Baltimore, so please don't hesitate to road trip.

Now for the contest... Over the next few days, I will be giving away several pairs of tickets and various merchandise from bands on the bill. All you have to do is send me an e-mail with your name and location. Winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by Friday morning. Now enjoy some music...

Two if by Sea - White Zin On-Ice
Two if by Sea - All The Reasons To Leave
Two if by Sea - The Affair, Act II
Middle Distance Runner - Naturally
Middle Distance Runner - Man Of The People
Middle Distance Runner - That's A Lie
Middle Distance Runner - Out Of Here
The April Skies - My Love Is In This House
The April Skies - Here Comes The Rush
The April Skies - Unstoppable

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