Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rilo Kiley - Pictures of Success

by Jay Allbritton

Science Vs. Romance Robot

by Jay Allbritton

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Elected - Go For the Throat

by Jay Allbritton
"No one could touch me in my prime..."

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

La Chasse - Acid Tongue (Jenny Lewis Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
"There was no snake oil cure for unlucky in love..."

Monday, February 25, 2013

Within You Without You

by Hector Diego

The dude plays a didgeridoo and a sitar simultaneously.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter

by Jay Allbritton
I heard a young man with an acoustic guitar playing an excellent rendition of this song out on Turlington Plaza here on the campus of the University of Florida. I wish I would have stopped and filmed it. Instead, here's the genuine article playing it back in late 2002 in Seattle.

Pearl Jam's Ten Goes over 10 Million Sold in U.S.

by Jay Allbritton
Pearl Jam's 1991 debut Ten just went over 10 million sold in the U.S. 

Hard to say which song is my favorite from that great album, but today I want to hear "Release."

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rainvest - Rise Up With Fists (Jenny Lewis cover)

by Jay Allbritton
This cover was performed live last month at Little Notes in New York.

The Girls - Rich Girl

by Jay Allbritton
Alison Brie has the temerity to be in two of my all time favorite shows--Community and Mad Men. Then, last night on The Daily Show she mentioned that she's singing in a cover band called The Girls. So you know I'm all over that.

This was the first thing by The Girls that I found on YouTube. I apologize for the infrared camera this was filmed with. Apparently there were some kind of war games taking place at Meltdown Comics in L.A.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hear New Old Rilo Kiley Song "Let Me Back In" From Forthcoming Album RKives

by Jay Allbritton
Spin has it.

The band played a version of it on Austin City Limits back in 2005. There's tap dancing on it, also strings and bass. It's a very auspicious beginning to this process, which culminates in the April 2 release of RKives.

This performance is from the 2007-2008 tour, probably at one of the Southern California shows. 

Daughter - Youth

by Jay Allbritton
Back in 2011, Daughter played the song "Youth" live for The Amazing Sessions on Amazing Radio. It's a bleak assessment of love that comes right out and says what most other songs only hint at. 

The great old blog You Ain't No Picasso has the studio version.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Company of Thieves - The Bends (Radiohead Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Woke up with one of Radiohead's greatest songs, "The Bends" in my head, so I set out to find a really cover of it. After much searching, I found this lovely version offered up back in 2009.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lisa Loeb Pays a Visit to Dining With Doug and Karen

by Jay Allbritton
Comedians Doug Benson and Karen Anderson welcome pop sweetheart Lisa Loeb over for some grub courtesy of Wolvesmouth.

And while we're at it, here's Loeb doing "Stay" live on the San Diego MTS Trolley.

Rilo Kiley - American Wife

by Hector Diego

At least TV is better now...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It's All Too Much

by Hector Diego

I'm amazed that anything exists.

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Memory of Light Q and A Session.

by Jay Allbritton
Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson and the rest of Team Jordan gave a Q and A session on January 7th at Provo High School a few hours before the final book in The Wheel of Time Series was released. Here are some highlights from the event.

The full session is here.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

First Aid Kit - Universal Soldier

by Hector Diego

They changed the words a bit, but it's the same message. And great vocals!

Friday, February 08, 2013

The Mynabirds NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

by Jay Allbritton
Outstanding set from 2010 by Laura Burhenn's group The Mynabirds.

Night Terrors of 1927 - Dust and Bones

by Jay Allbritton
The good folks at Spin have the new video for "Dust and Bones" by Night Terrors of 1927, Blake Sennett's new concern.

Won't be long before this baby turns up in commercials, feature films and TV shows.


by Hector Diego

I would like to try a strawberry pie!

Carina Round - The Last Time

by Jay Allbritton
Looked into Round because she's a member of one of Tool singer Maynard James Keenan's other bands, Puscifer. She's got quite a sound in her own right.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Jame Forbes - The Seed 2.0

by Jay Allbritton
It's a bit jarring to see an artist doing a cover manage to do so much at one time. Handling Black Thought's rapping, Cody Chesnutt's vocals and guitar all at once is astonishing.  

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Bob Marley - Concrete Jungle

by Hector Diego

Today is the birthday of the late, great Bob Marley. Where is the love to be found?

Rilo Kiley - 85

by Jay Allbritton
@rilokiley is now live on twitter. Welcome to the sandbox. This song is from their self-produced debut.

The Moments - Love On A Two-Way Street

by Hector Diego

I woke up this morning with this song in my head, and so the Golden Age of Motown lives on!

Kendra Morris - Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd cover)

by Jay Allbritton
This cover of the Pink Floyd classic is featured in the trailer for the movie Dead Man Down. It captured my attention.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Laura Burhenn - This Is Our Year

by Jay Allbritton
Mynabirds singer covers The Zombies.

Burhenn and Jenny Lewis will be joining The Postal Service on their upcoming tour, making the band a four piece.

Jesus Is My Super Hero

by Hector Diego

You gotta hear this, Station Agent.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Rilo Kiley B-Sides Collection RKives Track List Released

by Jay Allbritton
In an interview in 2011 with Spinner, Blake Sennett said this about a Rilo Kiley rarities collection, "I think we're going to try and release a two-disc set of 40 songs, or something. I think that can be more considered like our last release, to me. But I don't know."

The prospect of 40 songs was exciting, but any fanboy would have to be a fool to believe that such a wonderful thing could exist in this life. So, when I saw the tracklist for the vinyl, titled RKives, which is posted on Amazon, I wasn't the least bit surprised to see that there are only 16 tracks.

Here's they are:

1. Let Me Back In
2. It'll Get You There
3. Runnin' Around
4. All the Drugs
5. Bury, Bury, Bury Another
6. Well, You Left
7. Draggin Around
8. I Remember you
9. Dejalo (Zondo Remix Featuring Too $hort)
10. A Town Called Luckey
11. Emotional
12. American Wife
13. Patiently
14. Rest of my Life (demo)
15. About the Moon
16. The Frug

Of these, only six are songs that the RK fan community doesn't already know. "Let Me Back In" is most definitely the beloved track formerly known as "I Love LA," which the band played on their Austin City Limits appearance.

Tracks 2-6 and 8 are unheard. The demo version of the Sennett-fronted "Rest of My Life" is intriguing to be sure. The inclusion of any version of "Dejalo," is frustrating, but I must admit that I am curious to hear rapper and Lewis favorite Too Short's contribution.

The songs that are missing include proper studio versions of fan favorites from live sets--"Pull Me In Tighter" and "Room 8". Those remain the twin white whales of my music collection. It's also curious that one of the great RK b-sides, "Jenny, You're Barely Alive," from the Saddle Creek 50 compilation is nowhere to be found.

"Draggin' Around," "A Town Called Luckey," "Emotional," "American Wife," "Patiently," and "About the Moon" are all fine songs that most hard core fans gathered long ago. "The Frug" earned the band early air time on MTV and gives the record an early touchstone, but it is essentially a wasted spot.

What is so frustrating is the unshakable feeling that this is just the tip of the iceberg, but considering the state of the band, broken up or not, this is probably all we're going to get. Ever. Nevertheless, I will gladly take it and hope for the best.

Here's another one left off--"Xmas Cake"

The Postal Service Tour Dates Announced

by Jay Allbritton
Guess who's not happy. ME. I knew that a Florida show was against the odds, but they have only one show in this time zone, and it's in New York City. Doesn't look like I'm going to be able to make that one.

Making matters worse, Jenny Lewis is confirmed for the tour. Hopefully this whole deal winds up on YouTube or, even better, commercially released at some point.

UPDATE: Ben Gibbard tweets that more dates are coming. Good to know.

Postal Service 2013 Tour Dates (h/t CoS):
04/09 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Theatre
04/10 – Davis, CA @ Mondavi Center
04/13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04/12 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Madonna Expo Center
04/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
04/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan
04/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
05/18 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
05/20 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/21 – Paris, FR @ Trianon
05/23 – Barcelona, SP @ Primavera Sound
06/14 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center 

Here's Against All Odds, because that's what I got to face. Take a good look at me now...

Saturday, February 02, 2013

The Weepies -- This Is Not Your Year

by Hector Diego

I don't know if this is even my century...

The Mountain Goats - This Year

by Jay Allbritton
NPR posted this overpowering performance of what I consider to be one the finest songs ever written, "This Year" by The Mountain Goats.

First Aid Kit - Kathy's Song (Paul Simon Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Not many could pull off a cover of this masterpiece. (h/t TwentyFourBit)

Friday, February 01, 2013

MC Yogi - Give Love

by Hector Diego

Give it away!


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