Saturday, September 30, 2006

hooray for an all-nighter

Folks, don't forget, Nuit Blanche is TONIGHT... or less than 6 hours!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

we will come to your town, burn your house down, turn the sky brown

I went to see Be Your Own Pet with Millie on Monday at the Horseshoe. Their set was really short, but extremely fun. The crowd was really into them... actually it was probably one of the better "indie" audiences I’ve seen in a while... people were actually moshing… so much fun!!! Jemina, the vocalist was crazy, reminds me a little of Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs... sorry, I promise this is the last time I am comparing Be Your Own Pet to YYYs. Anyways, I took some very poor quality pictures as well as a video for "Bicycle, Bicycle" but due to conversion troubles, the video is not up... Oh, I also uploaded an EP I got at the show, which I had no idea they released!

1. Bicycle, Bicycle
2. Girls on TV
3. Fire Department
4. Take That Walk
5. Hillmont Avenue

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Speaking of EPs, I have also uploaded Woo! by Tilly And The Wall, an out-of-print EP recorded in Conor Oberst's basement back in 2003.

1. I Can't Believe You
2. Shake Shake
3. Do You Dream at All
4. In Bed All Day
5. Pictures of Houses
6. Sad For Day

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

if you never lose, how you gonna know when you won?

You can download P.W.'s new single below... need I say more?

Patrick Wolf - Accident & Emergency [wicked-cool song]
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hands down, this is the greatest event in toronto’s history

Back in match, I mentioned a Toronto event called Nuit Blanche that will be taking place on this Saturday. Just in case you missed that post, Nuit Blanche is a free all-night contemporary art event that's taken place from 7:01 pm on September 30 and it will last until sunrise the next day. Every single art form will be display in various settings... I am talking about paintings, illustrations, films, performance, installations, etc. are being showcased in regular galleries, museums, parks, universities, streets, sidewalk, churches... basically everywhere! I am planning to spend the entire time exploring the city. I think this is going to be the best thing that will ever happen to the city of Toronto and I seriously cannot wait!!!!!!

For more info, you can check out the Nuit Blanche website here. I got my program/guide from a Starbucks across from my school, so I guess go to your nearest Starbucks and see if those are available.

woohoo

Covers are usually really horrible or really good... here are two covers that I think are pretty damn good. I especially enjoy The Format’s version of "Wild World".

The Format - Wild World (Cat Stevens Cover)
My Chemical Romance - Song 2 (Blur Cover)

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Monday, September 25, 2006

all this time, we wait on the shallow line, for a martyr to save our lives

So I went to see Underoath with Silverstein and Moneen on Saturday night. I thought the show was great: Moneen was incredible... as always... they are one of those amazing live bands that I can never get tired of seeing, as I have mentioned in the CMW posts many months ago. Silverstein was boring (they were ridiculously popular… which is crazy to see because I remember seeing them played about four or five years ago in front of like fifty kids only). Naturally, Underoath, the headliner played a mind-blowing set!!! (I already want to see them live again!) However, the main point of this post is not about that concert, although somewhat related... well, it’s about Moneen. Seriously, I can’t believe I never wrote a review for The Red Tree yet... the new Moneen album that came out while I was still at U of T, I think that was in April. While their last release Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now? featured some really great and catchy songs, the album as a whole is mediocre. For me, it seemed like their goal was to write as many hooks as possible for that last record. With that aside, three years later, Moneen released The Red Tree. This time, they finally found the right formula in constructing a strong whole package. Without a doubt, The Red Tree is one of the best releases of the year for sure. Every song has a genuine feel of emotions as the band brought their live energetic qualities in studio recordings. The sound is more mature, the lyrics are unforgettable, and every track is solid. In my opinion, The Red Tree is not an album geared only for punk or emo fans, I think any music lovers should give it a try... and if you like the songs below, go buy the album, the artwork and packaging is absolutely beautiful!

Don't Ever Tell Locke What He Can't Do [wicked-cool song]
If Tragedy's Appealing, Then Disaster's An Addiction [wicked-cool song]
Bleed and Blister (Version 3) [wicked-cool song]
The Day No One Needed To Know [super-wicked-cool song]
This Is All Bigger Than Me
The East Has Stolen What The West May Want
There Are A Million Reasons For Why This May Not Work... And Just One Good One For Why
It Will
[wicked-cool song]
The Song I Swore To Never Sing [wicked-cool song]
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buy The Red Tree here

technical difficulties

Don't know why, but the blog was down for a few hours today... anyways, it is back up now... this is such a pointless post!!!

everything is a copy of a copy

American Distress is the major theme from a band with the same name and same disc title. The album revolves around the idea of fear and putting fear into Americans by various elites who are supposed to protect the people. It is generally a commentary on what American culture has become... hungry materialist media driven imitators (?). The album opens with a dialogue and a banging first track, "Fraudulent Times". The lyrics "everything is a copy of a copy" are probably the most memorable lyrics on any records in recent years. Listening to American Distress creates this sense of explosion; it makes you want to scream and blow your freaking mind into pieces... I guess this makes sence with track titles like "Ill Logic" and "Nerve Damage". The title track totally sums up everything about American Distress: lies and America's irreversible mess and chaos. The track that follows, "Bottles And Obscenities" features a little dialogue/skit that might be suggesting a future New York City as a chaotic wasteland. "Eternal Bullshit" is the media lies track. It features the ironically enthusiastic lines of "Yeaahhh is not real..." This is music of the armageddon, well, music about the end of American culture as we know it. Only listen to American Distress with a clear head, and even then, it might just be a little too much for veteran hardcore listeners.

Fraudulent Times [wicked-cool song]
Ill Logic
Nerve Damage
American Distress
Eternal Bullshit

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buy American Distress here

Friday, September 22, 2006

accident & emergency video

Watch a clip of Patrick Wolf's new single "Accident & Emergency" here. You can see the full lenght version in the 'media player' section at www.NME.com.

"Accident & Emergency" hits stores on October 23.

a pete doherty orgy

The Streets recently released a very special single for "Pranging Out". This particular version of the single features none-other than the music poet himself, Pete Doherty... wow, 2-Step + Pete Doherty, what’s next???

The Streets - Pranging Out (feat. Pete Doherty)

There are two other tracks that featured the lovely voice of Mr. Doherty:

Pete Doherty and Wolfman - For Lovers [wicked-cool song]
Littl'ans - Their Way (feat Pete Doherty)
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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

exclusive: the crane wife

Man, I didn't even know that The Decemberists are putting out a new record soon . The disc is entitled The Crane Wife, and according to Wikipedia:

The Crane Wife is an old Japanese folk tale. While there are many variations of the tale, a common version is that a poor man finds an injured crane on his doorstep (or outside with an arrow in it), takes it in and nurses it back to health. After releasing it, a woman appears at his doorstep who he falls in love with and marries. Because they are in need of money, his wife offers to weave great silk cloths that they could sell at the market, but only if he agrees never to watch her when she is making it. They begin to sell them and live a comfortable life, but he began to make her weave more and more. Oblivious to his wife's diminishing health, his greed increases and he eventually peeks in to see what she is doing to make the silk she weaves so desirable. He is shocked to discover that at the loom is a crane plucking feathers from her body and weaving them into the loom. The crane, seeing him, flies away and never returns.

...the entire album is inspired by the folk tale above, and you can download it below!

1. The Crane Wife 3
2. The Island
3. Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
4. O Valencia!
5. The Perfect Crime #2
6. When The War Came
7. Shankhill Butchers
8. Summersong
9. The Crane Wife 1 and 2
10. Sons and Daughters

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Check out the beautiful album cover here.
The Crane Wife hits stores on October 3, you can preorder it here.

cold colas to coexist

I wrote a very short and inaccurate review on Decompose by The Matches a few weeks ago. On that post, I expressed that it was not a great record; however, after listening to it about a thousand times last week, I have concluded that it is absolute a wicked-cool album!!!! Decompose opens with "Salty Eyes", a nice little string intro that puts you right in with the opening lines, "Do you belong to a song? Does it drag you along by the tongue at the top of your lungs"… and it only gets better during the midway mark with "shrill notes begin, the grim violin, then from the silence a violence of sirens orchestrate the score." "Salty Eyes" is no doubt one of the best opening track I've heard this year. The second track, "Drive", is where the fun begins... thumping bassline and the whisper of “drive, drive, drive...” sets up the pace for the rest of the album. On the surface, the song seems very simple, but there are actually some very smart lyrics: "What we know about sex, learned from alcohol; what we know about sex, learned from bathroom walls…what little we know about love, stole from rock and roll." Holy crap, I was going to review every track from Decompose, but that would be way too long and most of you are probably tired of reading this already... so let me skip to "What Katie Said" - probably my favorite track as I have been singing the chorus uncontrollably. Oh, and then there’s "Sunburn Vs. The Rhinovirus"... the break ("I picked a bad day for the beach, crowds of scarcely clad sides of meat…") is absolute brilliant! Damn, again, it is really hard to not review all the tracks, but I have to skip some in order to make this post readable for those with A.D.D. Anyways, straight to the end track, "The Barbers Unhappiness". This is the only slow and low tempo song on the album (other than the intro). Despite this, it is still a great song... in fact, I think it is a fantastic way to close off such a fun, upbeat album. Oh no, I have to go to my typography class now. Enjoy the tracks below!

Salty Eyes [wicked-cool song]
Drive [wicked-cool song]
Papercut Skin
What Katie Said [wicked-cool song]
Sunburn vs. the Rhinovirus [wicked-cool song]
Lazier Than Furniture
You (Don't) Know Me
The Barber's Unhappiness
[wicked-cool song]
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buy Decompose here

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

for the werewolf: have pity, not fear, an not hate

I like this song because it’s about a werewolf.

Cat Power - Werewolf
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kind-of-new portishead track

I don’t know why I waited so long to post this, but here’s a new track by Portishead... well, it is actually several months old... but it’s still new Portishead... so enjoy!

Requiem For Anna (Un Jour Comme Un Autre - Anna)
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dashboard confessional / brand new tour

Oct. 13: Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa Amphitheatre)
Oct. 17: San Jose, Calif. (San Jose Civic Auditorium)
Oct. 18: Bakersfield, Calif. (Rabobank Arena)
Oct. 20: Las Vegas (UNLV Intramural Field)
Oct. 21: San Diego (Cox Arena)
Oct. 23: Salt Lake City (McKay Center)
Oct. 24: Denver (Magness Arena)
Oct. 25: Omaha, Neb. (Midamerica Center)
Oct. 27: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
Oct. 28: Detroit (EMU Convention Center)
Oct. 29: Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Wachovia Arena)
Oct. 31: Des Moines, Iowa (Val Air Ballroom)
Nov. 2: Morehead, Ky. (Morehead State)
Nov. 4: Fort Smith, Ark. (Fort Smith Convention Center)
Nov. 6: Birmingham, Ala. (Boutwell Civic Auditorium)
Nov. 7: Atlanta (Arena at Gwinnett Center)
Nov. 9: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
Nov. 10: Boca Raton, Fla. (Mizner Park Amphitheatre)
Nov. 11: Orlando, Fla. (UCF Arena)
Nov. 15: Winston-Salem, N.C. (Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum)
Nov. 17: Philadelphia (Tweeter Center)
Dec. 6: Toronto (Arrow Hall)
Dec. 8: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Dec. 9: Boston (Tsongas Arena)

Monday, September 18, 2006

a long awaited patrick wolf update!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My voice is currently an octave lower than it should be due to the smoke machine used in the video.. there is a reason why dry ice is used in graveyard zombie scenes and that is because it is EVIL.

But what fun the shoot was.... and quite a disco damage workout too.. although in the name of pop I decided to keep the takes where I start bleeding or almost get run over by a bus or slip over in my new baby blues and bang my skull against the wet disco floor for the dvd..

Here are some stills from the video.. Very very soon you will be able to see the final piece.. It was such an honour to have my song made visual by Maria Mochnacz.. magic is always made if the person behind the camera is a true passionate artist. I hope you are going to enjoy our little collaboration of music and film.

much love and strength x patrick

Go here for PW's new 'Accident & Emergancy' website... where you can hear a sample of a new track!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go here to see a slide show of the video shoot.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

i am a baby of the 80's

Wow, I was just listening to Ready... Break by Something Corporate the other day… and as expected, even after six long years; I still enjoy it very much! I think it is one of those records that I will love and listen to until I die... it is without a doubt, one of my favorite records of all time… and dare I say, a classic. Please, if you have never heard Something Corporate or Ready... Break, I suggest you download the songs below!

Straw Dog [wicked-cool song]
Drunk Girl [wicked-cool song]
Babies Of The 80's
Cavanaugh Park [super-wicked-cool song]
If I Die [wicked-cool song]
Ben Franklin's Kite [wicked-cool song]
Konstantine [Live] [super-wicked-cool song]
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Thursday, September 14, 2006

the wait is over!!!!!!!!!!!!

exclusive: coming home

Here you go Jesse, the new New Found Glory album. You ass... reply my emails!!!!!! Anyways, I am not really recommending this album; I gave it a try because I was a New Found Glory fan once upon a time and Jesse insisted that I review it. Yes, there are a few... actually maybe one, ok song, but the album as a whole is pretty damn boring... and it is FULL of bad and cheesy lyrics (listen to "Too Good to Be")!!!

1. Oxygen
2. Hold My Hand
3. It's Not Your Fault
4. On My Mind
5. Coming Home
6. Make Your Move
7. Taken Back by You
8. Too Good to Be
9. Love and Pain
10. Familiar Landscapes
11. When I Die
12. Connected
13. Boulders

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Coming Home hits stores on September 19, you can preorder it here.

song of therru

Remember that song from Tales of the Earthsea that I really love. You can now watch a video of Teshima Aoi singing it!!!

wow!

Fullbleed season 4 is up... kind of.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

i heart free cds

A girl from my new school gave me this Sigur Rós CD that I have never seen or heard of before. I won’t get into how or why she gave it to me... but it was freaking awesome and very nice of her!!! Thanks Stephanie!!! Go here to read about the mini-album and you can download the entire thing below.

1. Ba Ba
2. Ti Ki
3. Di Do

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

another great release day

Albums dropping today:

The Album Leaf: Into the Blue Again [wicked-cool album]
The Rapture: Pieces of the People We Love
The Matches: Decomposer
Xiu Xiu: The Air Force [wicked-cool album]
Heavens: Patent Pending
The Mars Volta: Amputechture
Emily Haines: Knives Don't Have Your Back

New records by The Album Leaf and Xiu Xiu are must haves... listen to The Rapture’s Pieces of the People We Love if you like dancepunk. I am also listening to a lot of Emily Haines and The Matches, so check those out too! Have fun record shopping!!!

Monday, September 11, 2006

millie in motion

So, some of you may know this little girl named Millie. Well, a while back, she took down her blog for no reason at all. However, the other day, she told me that she started a new one but would not tell me the url. So basically, I am trying to embarrass her in this post as a punishment for not telling me the address to her new blog.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

thank you anonymous reader!

A big... huge thanks to the person who sent me "Weather Reports". Unfortunately, I don’t have the Danger Mouse Remix of "Easy/Lucky/Free", but I do have Her Space Holiday Remix and James Figurine Remix, you can download them below.

Easy/Lucky/Free (Her Space Holiday Remix)
Easy/Lucky/Free (James Figurine Remix)

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three cheers for my morose and grieving pals

To follow up the previous post, here’s the New Album Demo that all die-hard Brand New fans been listening to for the past six plus months. Hmmm... I think I have listened to this thing like a thousand times... you should too!

1. Untitled 01 [wicked-cool song]
2. Untitled 02 [wicked-cool song]
3. Untitled 03 [super-wicked-cool song]
4. Untitled 04 [wicked-cool song]
5. Untitled 05 [wicked-cool song]
6. Untitled 06 [wicked-cool song]
7. Untitled 07 [wicked-cool song]
8. Untitled 08 [wicked-cool song]
9. Untitled 09 [wicked-cool song]
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finally...

November 21st, 2006: new Brand New album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

exclusive: ys

Once again, I should be in bed right now because I have to go back to the suburbs in the morning to visit the doctor… but anyways, I am too excited to not make this post. Joanna Newsom is putting out a new record entitled Ys on November 14... however, if you can’t wait that long, you can download the entire album below. Oh, just in case you were wondering, I did not forget to post the rest of the album, it really only contains five tracks, but their durations range from 7 minutes to almost 17 minutes; in fact, the five-songs-album is almost 60 minutes long!

1. Emily
2. Monkey & Bear
3. Sawdust & Diamonds
4. Only Skin
5. Cosmia

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Ys comes out on November 14, go buy it then.

Friday, September 08, 2006

all my friends were vampires

It was announced by Saddle Creek back in July that the next Bright Eyes release is entitled Noise Floor (CD and LP) and it will be a collection of previously unreleased tracks, covers, collaborations, etc. recorded between 1998 and 2005. So, being a huge Bright Eyes fan, I should be excited about this release... right? Well, not really... I have heard all the songs... in fact, I have all of them either on mp3s, CDs, or LPs... except for the song "Weather Reports", please get in touch with me if you have it!!!! My thought, bands and artists need to stop releasing live and b-side albums and get on with new records! Anyways, you can download all the songs below (aside from "Weather Reports")... if you don’t already have them!

1. Mirrors and Fevers from Don't Be Frightened of Turning The Page EP, 2000 [wicked-cool song]
2. I Will Be Grateful for This Day. I Will Be Grateful For Each Day To Come from Sub Pop Singles Club 7", 2001
3. The Trees Get Wheeled Away from Lost & Found, Volume 1 compilation, 2003 [super-wicked-cool song]
4. Drunk Kid Catholic from 3 Hit Songs From Bright Eyes, 2003 [wicked-cool song]
05 Spent on Rainy Days from Home Series on Post Parlo Records, 2002 [wicked-cool song]
06 The Vanishing Act from Too Much of a Good Thing 7", 1999
07 Soon You Will Be Leaving Your Man from Motion Sickness 7", 2000
08 Blue Angels Air Show from Devil In The Woods 7" split with Rilo Kiley and Sorry About Dresden, 2002
09 Weather Reports from Unreleased 7" with M. Ward
10 Seashell Tale from Unreleased 7" with M. Ward
11 Bad Blood from The Album Leaf/Bright Eyes 7", 2001
12 Amy in the White Coat from No Beginning to the Story EP, 2002
13 Devil Town (Daniel Johnston cover) from The Late Great Daniel Johnston compilation, 2004 [super-wicked-cool song]
14 I've Been Eating (For You) from 3 Hit Songs From Bright Eyes, 2001
15 Happy Birthday to Me (Feb. 15) from 3 Hit Songs From Bright Eyes, 2003
16 Motion Sickness from Motion Sickness 7", 2000 [wicked-cool song]
17 Act of Contrition from Second Thoughts compilation, 2000

bonus tracks on LP
18 Hungry for a Holiday from The Album Leaf/Bright Eyes 7", 2001
19 When the Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass Again from Sub Pop singles club 7", 2001
20 Entry Way Song from Amos House Vol. 2 compilation, 2002 [wicked-cool song]
21 It's Cool, We Can Still Be Friends from Tea At The Palaz of Hoon compilation, 2000
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Noise Floor comes out on October 24, go buy it then.

death cab on the road again

10.26 Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
10.27 Rochester, NY - Auditorium Broadway Theatre
10.28 Ottawa, Ontario - Ottawa Civic Centre
10.30 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall
10.31 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall

11.01 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
11.02 Boston, MA - Opera House
11.04 Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center
11.06 Washington, DC - Constitution Hall
11.08 New York, NY - Theatre at Madison Square Garden
11.10 Norfolk, VA - NorVA
11.11 Belle Vernon, PA - Ice Garden Arena
11.13 Columbus, OH - PromoWest Pavilion
11.14 Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
11.15 Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre
11.16 Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall
11.17 Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
11.18 Clemson, SC - Littlejohn Coliseum at Clemson University
11.19 Orlando, FL - University of Central Florida
11.20 Coral Gables, FL - University of Miami
11.26 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
11.27 St. Louis, MO - Pageant
11.28 Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
11.29 New Orleans, LA - Republic New Orleans
11.30 Houston, TX - Hobby Center (Sarofim Hall)
12.02 Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheater
12.03 Las Vegas, NV - Joint
12.05 Irvine, CA - Bren Events Center
12.06 Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre
12.09 Seattle, WA - Key Arena

the album leaf fall/winter tour

9.14.06 Whistle Stop Bar release/ listening party! Album Leaf DJ's - San Diego, ca
9.15.06 RECORD RELEASE SHOW!! @ the Casbah -San Diego, CA
10.05.06 Museum of Contemporary Art (downtown, all ages) - San Diego, Ca
10.08.06 Troubadour - Santa Monica, Ca
10.18.06 Rhythm room - Phoenix, AZ
10.20.06 Parish - Austin, TX
10.21.06 Proletariat - Houston, TX
10.22.06 Hailey's - Denton, TX
10.24.06 Bottle Tree - Birmingham, AL
10.25.06 Club Downunder - Tallahassee, FL
10.26.06 Respectable Street - West Palm Beach, FL
10.27.06 Social - Orlando, FL
10.28.06 Orpheum - Tampa, FL
10.29.06 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
10.30.06 Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC
11.01.06 Jonny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
11.02.06 Bowery Ballroom (CMJ Sub Pop Showcase!) - New York, NY
11.03.06 Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
11.06.06 North Six - Brooklyn, NY
11.07.06 Middle East (Downstairs) - Boston, MA
11.08.06 Main Hall - Montreal, Canada
11.09.06 Lee's Palace - Toronto, Canada
11.10.06 Big Orbits - Buffalo, NY
11.12.06 Lakeshore Theatre - Chicago, IL
11.13.06 400 bar - Minneapolis, MN
11.16.06 Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
11.17.06 The Plaza - Vancouver, Canada
11.18.06 Doug Fir - Portland, OR
11.21.06 The Independent - San Francisco, CA
12.01.06 TBA - Mexico City, MX
12.02.06 TBA - Guadalajara, MX
1.12.07 Sunsui - Osaka, Japan
1.13.07 Liquid Room - Tokyo, Japan

Don't forget, Into The Blue Again comes out next Tuesday!

doctors played your dosage like a card trick

Holy crap, I am finally going to see The Weakerthans live!!!!! I have been wanting to see them for like ever… they played a few shows last year in Toronto, but I could not find anyone to go with me (so sad)... I missed them again this summer because I was in Japan… but in about sixteen hours, I get to see them for free at U of T... and guess what, Metric is playing also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry folks, the show is for U of T students only (even though I don’t go there anymore… but I still have my student card!) I can’t wait! I have posted some songs from one of the best albums in the past five years, Reconstruction Site, check them out!

The Reasons
Reconstruction Site
Our Retired Explorer
[wicked-cool song]
Time's Arrow
(Hospital Vespers)
[super-wicked-cool song]
One Great City! [wicked-cool song]
Benediction
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buy Reconstruction Site here

Thursday, September 07, 2006

son when you grow up, will you be the savior of the broken, the beaten and the damned?

In case you missed my post last week... you can listen to the new and amazing My Chemical Romance single, "Welcome To The Black Parade" on their MySpace page. Oh... but wait, that was last week... why listen to it online when you can download it from this blog!!! Don't forget, MCR's new disc, The Black Parade, hits stores on October 24.

My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade [wicked-cool song]
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tiff 2006

The Toronto International Film Festival starts today. What film(s) are you seeing? What do you what to see? I want to see this Australia film called 2:37, but unfortunately, it is sold out... but I got tickets to a "teen horror" called All The Boys Love Mandy Lane. I also want to see this amazing looking animated film called Renaissance, and three Canadian films: Citizen Duane, Everything’s Gone Green, and Trapped Ashes.

i think i'm turning japanese

I downloaded the entire Asian Kung-Fu Generation discography. So far, I have listened to their new album, Funclub, Kimi Tsunagi Five M, and the Rewrite Single. I am so into them right now... which is kind of weird because I have no idea what the songs are about.

Alright, most of you are probably wondering what the hell is Asian Kung-Fu Generation. Well, Asian Kung-Fu Generation is a pop-rock/alternative band from Japan. I don’t know what is it... maybe it’s their catchy guitar riffs or maybe it’s their fast and energetic tempo... but I have been listening to them a lot during the last few days... despite the fact that I have absolutely no idea what the vocals mean. I have to admit, Asian Kung-Fu Generation is not for everyone, solely for the language part. Download a few tracks and decide for yourself... they might just be that foreign band you have been waiting for your whole life.

from Kimi Tsunagi Five M (2003)
Furasshubakku
Mirai no Kakera
Sono Wake o
Jihei Tansaku
Kimi to iu Hana


from Rewrite Single (2004)
Rewrite

from Funclub (2006)
Angou no Waltz
World Apart
Sakurasou
Butterfly
Gekkou

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

exclusive: knives don't have your back

I should totally be in bed right now... actually, probably like two hours ago... I have class at eight in the morning... oh well. I know a lot of you out there are going to be thrill about this post. As the title suggested, it is Knives Don't Have Your Back, the long-awaited, highly-anticipated solo debut by Emily Haines!!!! Enjoy!

1. Our Hell
2. Doctor Blind
3. Crowd Surf Off A Cliff
4. Detective's Daughter
5. The Lottery
6. The Maid Needs A Maid
7. Mostly Waving
8. Reading In Bed
9. Nothing And Nowhere
10. The Last Page
11. Winning

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Knives Don't Have Your Back comes out on September 12 in Canada and September 26 in the US, go but it.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

oh dear

I don’t like The Dears. I find them boring and... well... very boring. However, while I was sick in bed a couple of weeks ago, I saw a video for the song "22: The Death Of All Romance" and I actually thought it was pretty good. I especially like the female vocal in it.

The Dears - 22: The Death Of All Romance
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someone screwed paris... big time!

Guerrilla artist, Banksy, pulled a prank on a crap load of Paris Hilton albums by modifying the artworks and taking out the actual CDs and replacing them with his version of the disc. You can check out pictures of the tampered album here.

Monday, September 04, 2006

i claim "new religion" is my song, she doesn't get it... it's all before she was born

The Format posted a mini-live set on their street team site. Live From The Living Room: Volume One features five wonderful acoustic tracks: four from Dog Problems plus a XTC cover. It is a great set, so download it!

1. She Doesn't Get It
2. The Compromise
3. 1,000 Umbrellas (XTC Cover)
4. Pick Me Up
5. If Work Permits

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buy Dog Problems here

nintendo ds fall preview

IGN is now running a feature on Nintendo DS Games of Fall 2006. I am sooooo looking forward for Final Fantasy III and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin... mostly FFIII... damnit, the game is out in Japan already, but it is not coming till November 14 in North America.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

you've got standards girl, what the hell are you doing with me?

I have been dying to hear Decomposer by The Matches for a while now. So of course, I was pretty ecstatic when I got my hands on it mid-last-week. Although it is not a great record, I was definitely not disappointed with Decomposer. It is fun, poppy, and dancy… oh, and lead vocal Shawn Harris can hit some very high notes! Anyways, I am going to make this review short because I am going to Ikea with my roommate... so, check this album out if you like Say Anything and the new Head Automatica disc.

Salty Eyes
Drive
What Katie Said
Sunburn Vs. The Rhinovirus
You (Don't) Know Me
My Soft & Deep

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Decomposer comes out on September 12, you can preorder it here.

this song is so awesome!

You can now listen to the new My Chemical Romance's single, "Welcome To The Black Parade" on their MySpace page. Their new disc, The Black Parade, hits stores on October 24.

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Ew.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

exclusive: pieces of the people we love

Here is The Rapture's new disc, Pieces of the People We Love. I’ve listened to the thing twice now, and I think it might just be good enough to contend with their 2003 groundbreaking release, Echoes.

1. Don Gon Do It
2. Pieces of the People We Love
3. Get Myself Into It
4. First Gear
5. The Devil
6. Whoo! Alright - Yeah...Uh Huh.
7. Calling Me
8. Down For So Long
9. The Sound
10. Live In Sunshine

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Pieces of the People We Love comes out on September 12, you can preorder it here.

i'd like to dedicate this to my grandpa, who taught me all of my moves

I saw Little Miss Sunshine last night... I thought it was great... really hilarious. If you like off-beat dysfunctional family comedy like The Royal Tenenbaums, you should definitely check out Little Miss Sunshine.

dear fenrir, my saviour, come and eat the ones, we know who taste the best

Plus 44 (Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker from Blink 182) has posted a new song on their site... and the song is called "Lycanthrope" ...I like that title. Their debut album, When Your Heart Stops Beating, is coming out on the 14th of November.

Friday, September 01, 2006

sick of themselves and sick of their slums, give everybody a gun and put it on the television, that's reality tv i'd pay to see

The Japanese version of The Libertines' The Libertines contains a great b-side called "Cyclops".

The Libertines - Cyclops [wicked-cool song]

And just because I feel like it, here are two songs from the same album that I enjoy tremendously!

Music When The Lights Go Out [wicked-cool song]
What Katie Did [wicked-cool song]
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new patrick wolf myspace picture

This is kind of old news, but Patrick Wolf has a new MySpace photo up. It was taken by the very famous Gered Mankowitz.

that was fast!

Alright, here is MCR debuting "Welcome To The Black Parade" at VMAs pre-show last night... so incediablely awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hell yes!

Goddamnit Jesse, stop complaining about my recommendations... anyways, here’s one that will sure make you happy.
Alkaline Trio is planning to release a retrospective compilation titled Remains sometimes by the end of the year. The thing will be full of b-sides, covers, and rare tracks. The tracklist for the album has been released by Vagrant; and since Alkaline Trio is one of my favorite bands of all time, I have all the songs... and since I like to share, here they are... enjoy!

1. Hell Yes from Hell Yes 7" (2001)
2. My Standard Break From Life from Hell Yes 7" (2001) [wicked-cool song]
3. Dead End Road from Living Tomorrow Today : A Benefit for Ty Cambra compilation (2001)
4. The Metro (Berlin Cover)
5. Jaked On Green Bears from Atticus Dragging The Lake compilation (2002)
6. Queen Of Pain from Alkaline Trio/Hot Water Music Split (2002) [wicked-cool song]
7. While You're Waiting from Alkaline Trio/Hot Water Music Split (2002)
8. Rooftops (Hot Water Music Cover) from Alkaline Trio/Hot Water Music Split (2002)
9. Old School Reasons from Oil: Chicago Punk Refined compilation (2003) [wicked-cool song]
10. Warbrain from Rock Against Bush Vol 1 compilation (2004)
11. Fine Without You from Alkaline Trio/One Man Army Split Series Vol. 5 (2004)
12. Hating Every Minute from Alkaline Trio/One Man Army Split Series Vol. 5 (2004)
13. Dead And Broken from Alkaline Trio/One Man Army Split Series Vol. 5 (2004)
14. Sadie from Alkaline Trio/One Man Army Split Series Vol. 5 (2004) [wicked-cool song]
15. If You Had A Bad Time from Alkaline Trio/One Man Army Split Series Vol. 5 (2004)
16. Wait For The Blackout (The Damned Cover) from Alkaline Trio/One Man Army Split Series Vol. 5 (2004)
17. We Can Never Break Up from Time To Waste Single (2005)
18. Don't Say You Won't from Time To Waste Single (2005)
19. Buried from Mercy Me Single (2005)
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go buy Remains when it comes out

snails see the benefits, the beauty in every inch, so why, why, why, oh why are you quick to kiss?

Here is an early version of one of my favorite songs from Dog Problems, "Snails". This version is taken from Snails EP.

The Format - Snails (early version) [wicked-cool song]
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buy Snails EP here