Monday, July 27, 2009

Fleet Foxes - live

I just stumbled accross this. Not only are they a wonderful band on record, they're pretty brilliant live too.

The Fleet Foxes performing White Winter Hymnal

Arctic Monkeys - Web Transmission of new album

Arctic Monkeys are pleased to announce that they will be performing tracks from their upcoming 3rd album, ‘Humbug’ in a Web Transmission on Thursday 30th July 2009 at 9.00pm GMT.

View the trailer for the transmission here.

To ensure that you do not miss the transmission you can sign-up for a reminder email that will be sent directly to your inbox in advance of the transmission. To set reminder, go here.

The Web Transmission will be broadcast in the UK on,

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Wilco - Ashes of American Flags

Sure this has been out since April, but what with the new album and all, I'm feeling in a Wilco mood. I've got their other DVDs - I Am Trying to Break Your Heart and Sunken Treasure Live and I've just watched the trailer for the new one - Ashes of American Flags. They are possbily the best live band around, and this dvd is them doing what they do best.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Best songs of 2009?

Paste magazine are starting the end of year lists kinda early.

Seeing as there is now less of 2009 ahead than behind us, Paste Magazine decided to start the half way "best of" lists.

The Decemberists come out pretty high on all the lists, as well as Passion Pit. Editor-in-chief, Josh Jackson, has listed his 20 favourite songs so far:

Best Songs of 2009 (so far)

1. "California On My Mind" - Wild Light
2. "Little Secrets" - Passion Pit
3. "My Girls" - Animal Collective
4. "Lua" - Conor Oberst with Gillian Welch (from Dark Was the Night)
5. "Charlie Darwin" - The Low Anthem
6. "Field Report" - Loch Lomond
7. "Bloodbank" - Bon Iver
8. "Two Weeks" - Grizzly Bear
9. "The Rake's Song" - The Decemberists
10. "No Wedding Cake" - Fol Chen
11. "Airstream Driver" - Gomez
12. Roman Candle - "Why Modern Radio Is A-OK"
13. "This Tornado Loves You" - Neko Case
14. "Make Light" - Passion Pit
15. "Brackett, WI" - Bon Iver (from Dark Was the Night)
16. "Doomsday" - Elvis Perkins
17. "So Far Around the Bend" - The National (from Dark Was the Night)
18. "Come Saturday" - Pains of Being Pure at Heart
19. "Belated Promise Ring" - Iron & Wine
20. "Echoes" - The Decemberists (live Pink Floyd cover, part of the "Save Paste" download vault)

The charity compilation - Dark Was The Night, features pretty heavily. You can listen to the songs and check out the rest of the lists here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

100 easiest, fastest recipes. Ever

The Guardian has a great list of their 100 easiest fastest receipes ever from chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Georgio Locatelli. Here are a couple I like:

2. Chef Gordon Ramsay, Claridge's
Slow-roasted tomatoes

We go mad whenever English tomatoes are in season - the kitchens are filled with so many that we could probably fill a bathtub with them. Slow-roasting is a great way to use them up and intensifies the flavour. Heat the oven to the lowest setting and halve the tomatoes. Arrange them, cut-side up, on a lightly oiled roasting tray and scatter over some chopped garlic, shallots and thyme leaves. Drizzle generously with olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Gently roast for an hour until tender. Serve at room temperature with pasta, fish dishes or salads or as a bruschetta topping.

6. Chef Stuart Gillies, Boxwood Cafe
Asparagus, feta and smoked salmon salad

Cut raw asparagus thinly at an angle up to the tip, then mix with crumbled feta cheese, cooked chilled peas and broad beans, watercress leaves and a white wine and olive oil vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper and serve with smoked salmon.

Read them all HERE

Beastie Boys tour cancelled

Beastie Boys tour dates cancelled; album release postponed;
Adam Yauch diagnosed with parotid gland tumor

Beastie Boys have today (20 July) issued the following statement:

'Adam "MCA" Yauch of Beastie Boys was diagnosed last week as having a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. Luckily it was caught early and is localized in one area, and as such is considered very treatable. It will however require surgery and several weeks of additional treatment. Fortunately the cancer is not in a location that will affect Yauch's vocal chords. Beastie Boys have canceled all upcoming concert appearances to allow time for Yauch's surgery and recovery. The release of the band's forthcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 will also be pushed back.

You can see the video statement yourself on

Saturday, July 18, 2009

New Music - Joshua James

I've just discovered Joshua James. He has a new album coming out soon called "Build Me This". Paste Magazine gives it 92% saying that it "hurts so good". He has a great smokey voice in the americana folk style, with great instrumentation. You can listen to his debut record on Spotify.

Listen on Spotify (http link)

Or the direct Spotify link

Friday, July 17, 2009

Iron & Wine - Around the Well

My finger obviously isn't really on the pulse like it used to be. Somehow my favourite band, Iron & Wine have released a new record and I didn't even know. Thanks to my good friends at Spotify I can listen to it. And you can too

Open Spotify and listen

Thursday, July 16, 2009


North Carolina based rock band, The Avett Brothers, are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated American Recordings/Columbia Records debut, I and Love and You, which hits stores on Tuesday, September 29, 2009. I and Love and You was recorded in Malibu, California and produced by multi-Grammy Award winning producer, Rick Rubin. The thirteen songs that make up this new record defy pigeonholing and can best be described as an amalgam of rock, folk, pop and country. The band has spent years touring, recording, performing and perfecting this blend of music styles with their signature lyrics and vocals. I and Love and You will also be available at participating Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada and wherever music is sold.

beginning Tuesday, September 22, 2009, NPR Music will host an Exclusive First Listen of I and Love and You on their website,, where fans will be able to get a sneak peak of the new album a week prior to release. . NPR Music’s distinctive Exclusive First Listen series recently showcased new music from such innovators as Wilco, Moby, Bjork and Neko Case

The story of The Avett Brothers has been told by word of mouth until now. Come witness what thousands have been loyally following and speaking about for years…


7/09 Norfolk, VA Harrison Opera House

7/10 Richmond, VA The National

7/11 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre

7/12 Louisville, KY The Riverfront Belvedere

7/16 Saint Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre

7/17 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues

7/18 Tampa, FL The Cuban Club

7/19 Fort Lauderdale, FL Parker Playhouse

7/24 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues

7/25 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues

7/30 Buffalo, NY Lafayette Square

7/31 Syracuse, NY The Westcott

8/01 Newport, RI Fort Adams State Park (Newport Folk Festival)

8/02 Northampton, MA Calvin Theater

8/04 Dewey Beach, DE Bottle & Cork

8/08 Charlotte, NC Bojangles Coliseum

8/14 Ozark, AR Mulberry Mountain (Festival)

8/15 Kansas City, MO The Crossroads

8/16 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium/Underground

8/19 Telluride, CO Sunset Plaza @ Mountain Village

8/20 Steamboat Springs, CO Summer Concert Series (Howelson Hills Amp)

8/21 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater

8/22 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

8/25 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden

8/26 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House

8/28 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre

8/29 Jacksonville, OR Britt Festival

8/30 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Music Festival

9/01 Arcata, CA HSU Van Duzer Theater

9/03 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Theater

9/04 Camp Mather, CA Strawberry Music Festival

9/05 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre

9/17 North Charleston, SC North Charleston P.A.C.

9/18 Augusta, GA Westobou Festival/Riverwalk

9/19 Tallahassee, FL The Moon

9/20 Tuscaloosa, AL Bama Theatre

9/22 Oxford, MS The Lyric Oxford

9/24 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall

9/25 Little Rock, AR Robinson Center Music Hall

9/26 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom

9/27 Dallas, TX Granada Theater

9/29 Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge River Center Theatre

10/1 New Orleans, LA House of Blues

10/2 Austin, TX Austin City Limits

10/3 Midwest City, OK Rose State PAC

10/5 Murray, KY Lovett Auditorium Center

10/15 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live

10/16 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

10/17 New York, NY Terminal 5

10/18 Boston, MA House of Blues

10/20 Iowa City, IA The Englert Theatre

10/21 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre

10/22 Urbana, IL Canopy Club

10/29 Huntington, WV Keith Albee Theatre

10/30 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace

10/31 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium

Coldplay - Strawberry Swing video teaser

Coldplay are set to premiere the video for "Strawberry Swing" on Babelgum on July 20th. You can check out a sneak peak of the video here:

Friday, July 03, 2009

Wilco reminder: Light Fuse and Get Away

Wilco fans - do your bit!

The new album is out today. Go out and buy it.

WIlco say - "e don't normally push this hard for you to actually "close the deal" -- there are many things we're happy to give away or suggest you donate to charity in exchange, whatever. But every few years, we need you to step up and do us a solid. This is one of those times. Wilco (the album) is, in our not-so-humble opinion, a must have. And with your help, the band could potentially have it's best ev! er first week. Note the gorgeously-packaged super hi-fi 180-gram vinyl version contains a free copy of the cd inside."