Iron and Wine/Calexico - So, there's this really cool indie radio station called kexp. KEXP is a radio station out of Washingtion state, sponsored by the University of Washington that broadcasts all the latest and greatest indie music. Cool thing is, its also broadcasted free over the internet at kexp.org. Another cool thing is they have in studio guests play either a few songs or an entire concert. These concerts are then available for streaming On Demand at their web site. I just finished listening to a stream of an Iron and Wine/Calexico concert that is EXCELLENT. I highly recomment you check it out. I'll leave a link in a sec. "He Lays In the Reins" and "Red Dust" are particular highlights of this laid back set.
Iron and Wine with Calexico live at KEXP
Arcade Fire - They just released a new album on Tuesday and Pitchfork has already given it a rating of 8.4, meaning one of two things....either (1) the album is really, really good....or (2) its really cool to like Arcade Fire right now. I'll let you be the judge. I don't personally have the album yet, but I have the first one and absolutely loved in for like a month and then stopped listening to it for no explainable reason. I'll give this one a try, but until I do, check out this old Arcade Fire song and let me know what you think.....Arcade Fire - Wake Up.
The Long Winters - The Long Winters just announced they are going on tour. I suggest that if they are venturing your way, and you have a spare $20 that you go to this show....even if you've never listened to a single Long Winters song. It is my belief that you will not see a wittier, more entertaining show all year. Actually.....
The Long Winters - Blue Diamonds
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There....now you've heard at least two of their songs, so no excuses. A couple of notable stops on their tour include: Zagreb, Croatia (I hear they have a very big Long Winters following there), SanFran, St. Louis, and Newport, Ky (but i think we can skip the crap and just say Cincinnati).
Ryan Adams - Nothing I read will surprise me anymore with this dude. Pitchfork said today that he's going to play a concert at Stonehendge.....not even sure what I think of that.
Fall Out Boy - That's right, and finally, Green Day/Blink182 wannabees Fall Out Boy. A couple of weeks ago, I was shopping at a mall with my wife and we happen to stroll into an Aeropostale store to look for a pair of jeans. Not two seconds after we walk through the door we were greeted with, "Hello, welcome to Aeropostale! Would you like to purchase a copy of the new Fall Out Boy cd for only $15?!?!?" First off....NO! Second off....if I did, why the hell would I go to an clothing store to purchase this cd? That makes no sense to me. Nothing says "sell out" more than selling your cd in a trendy clothing store. I've been thinking about this for a couple of weeks now, and realized that nothing has pissed me off more in the past two months than seeing that. Now, this is not to say I was ever a Fall Out Boy fan or even like their music at all, but this basically sealed their fate with me in that sense. I probably would never have mentioned it had it not been for this douchebaggery of a Rolling Stone cover I saw today...
Put on a shirt, ass------------------>
Now, before I sign off, I want to add that if I later find out that Fall Out Boy and Aeropostale teamed up to sell this CD and in turn were donating the proceeds to cure some disease (i.e. cancer), I will rescind these comments and admit error on my part. But until then I am officially declaring Fall Out Boy my least favorite band on the planet.