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No Age at Don Hills (more by Leia Jospe)
No Age

In an impressive sweep of additions, both No Age and Baths will join on to Cold War Kids' upcoming show at Radio City Music Hall on March 24th. Tickets are still available.

The Radio City date is one of three NYC shows scheduled for Baths at the moment. The band is on tour with Braids all of this month and will play Knitting Factory on 2/12 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on 2/16 (tickets).

The Cold War Kids recently dropped their new LP Mine Is Yours, and performed "Louder Than Ever" on Jimmy Kimmel last week (1/26). All tour dates for all bands and some videos (including No Age's new one for 'Fever Dreaming", and the CWK Kimmel clip) are below.

Continue reading "No Age & Baths opening for Cold War Kids @ Radio City (and playing other shows --- 2011 tour dates) "

DOWNLOAD: Iron & Wine - Tree By the River (new MP3)

Iron & Wine @ Greenespace on 1/5 (more by Aaron Epstein)
Iron and Wine

Friday, January 28, 2011
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Live from SoHo: Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine's Sam Beam has become one of today's greatest musical storytellers, crafting meticulous tales full of forlorn love, religious imagery, and wistful dreams. Join us at the Apple Store for this very special live show by Iron&Wine as they perform tracks from the newly released album, "Kiss Each Other Clean." For guaranteed admission, stop by to pick up a wristband starting Thursday, January 27, at 9:00 a.m.
[Apple Store SoHo]
The free NYC Apple Store show is happening one day before Iron & Wine play their headlining show at Radio City Music Hall with Edie Brikell. Tickets are still on sale for that.

Meanwhile, those with a TV can check out Iron & Wine on Conan tonight (1/24), and those who either live in California or have an internet connection, can partake in a free show at Amoeba Records in Hollywood.

Iron & Wine (AKA Sam Beam and band) perform live at Amoeba Music Hollywood in celebration of the new album, Kiss Each Other Clean, out 1/25 on Warner Bros. This very special show will also be streamed live on amoeba.com for those who can't be there!

Fans can pre-purchase the new album starting at 5pm on 1/24 and receive a limited-edition Iron & Wine "Live at Amoeba" poster (while they last). Signing after the performance is limited to the first 100 purchasers.

Iron & Wine play live at The Wiltern January 25 & 26.
Cold War Kids play live in Amoeba on Tuesday (though it won't be streamed), and they have a Radio City show coming up too. Their new album, Mine is Yours - out that same day, is streaming at MySpace. Iron & Wine's new album is streaming at Team Coco.

Iron & Wine's 1/25 Wiltern show is with Laura Marling whose only other upcoming show is in NYC on 1/30. Iron & Wine's 1/26 Wiltern show is with The Low Anthem who also head out on the road with Iron & Wine in April, but not before playing Bowery Ballroom in March. Updated Iron & Wine tour dates (many more North American shows since we last spoke) and updated dates for Cold War Kids and Low Anthem too, below...

Continue reading "Iron & Wine on Conan & streaming from Amoeba Records, add free Apple Store show -- updated dates & Cold War Kids too"

Cold War Kids at Terminal 5 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids have the day off in Mid-Atlantic states today, but will play Charlottesville, VA Thursday and various spots in the Southeast through middle December. On January 25th the band will welcome a new LP, Mine is Yours, via Downtown Records. They'll kick off a North American tour in support in March. That tour includes a very big NYC show, March 24th at Radio City Music Hall to be exact (same month & venue as Bright Eyes). Tickets (like Bright Eyes) are currently on AMEX presale through 9AM on Friday 12/3, and go on regular sale at 11AM that same day.

All tour dates and some recent videos below...

Continue reading "Cold War Kids announce new album, 2011 dates (Radio City)"

photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer

Gorillaz Clash
Coachella

The third and final round of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival was funky, and not just because the port-a-potties reeked. Keeping a loose theme every day (see Friday & Saturday), Sunday focused on relentless rhythm and groovy basslines. The absolute golden moment belonged to Yo La Tengo's blistering final song. Rhythm that revels in repetition + guitar that tries to destroy itself = wee mind blown. Sometimes the moodiest things are the most uplifting.

Thom Yorke brought his dancing shoes, his favorite Flea, and Nigel Godrich. His band Atoms For Peace played almost every song off The Eraser, many of which featured strong world rhythm sections. When Yorke didn't have a guitar in hand, he danced, whirled, and punched the air like he was rehearsing a scene from Fame. We wanted a high kick, but it didn't arrive. King Khan & The Shrines, on the other hand, featured legs flying all over the place, DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba characters, burning money, as well as a visit from the police-who crept on stage to snap pictures. Probably the first time Khan runs into cops and doesn't leave wearing cuffs. Sunny Day Real Estate had the audience offering bids to buy property, and Phoenix had people choking on dinner as they tried to dance and eat at the same time.

King Khan Gabba Gabba
Coachella

Not every Julian Casablancas song captivated, but his band delightfully binged on rhythms. Each musician had a personal backbeat player supporting each fill. The drummer plus his sidekick especially sounded great. Matt & Kim's ebullient smiles inspired chaos in the audience, as usual. Mayer Hawthorne and the County revived Motown soulful brassiness and covered Biz Markie's "Just a Friend." The Big Pink played some new songs from next year's album, reaching out for Depeche Mode with a drummer in a pink bathing suit. Electro sweet popper Little Boots forgot her pants as well, wearing a sparkly shirt and knickers, and played with the lasers on stage. Charlotte Gainsbourg inaugurated her "first tour, first everything" with a feminine "Candy-O" sensibility, sometimes in French. Florence & the Machine rounds out the great lady performances of the day, and brought on Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids.

All clad in white, France's DJ ego-powers Club 75 demonstrated the ability to cooperate together with just a few elbows thrown. Cassius, Justice, Busy P, and DJ Mehdi still use CD's (so old school), and took turns passing on the headphones between them and finishing each other's remix sentences, trading places at each station. Backstage security bobbed along while staying tough. When it was their turn, Rusko turned the Sahara tent into a mechazoid robot battle and Orbital live-produced virtual reality anthems for Satan wearing Matrix miner lights around their heads. Infected Mushroom instructed on the benefits of "Becoming Insane" flanked by two mushrooms with red eyes.

The Middle East should not be confused with The Soft Pack, formerly The Muslims. The former may be from Australia but it sounds like a back porch band from Woodstock, and the latter offers a "Parasite" infestation that's as pure as sunshine and a neat drum set up that packs a giant tom punch. What appears as regular rock on headphones reveals its brilliance when experienced live. One of the strangest live moments of the festival belongs to Sly Stone, who played four hours late and on the wrong stage. He bitched, he slurred, he cursed, lay down, walked off, stopped songs and good grief, made a total mess of himself. But that's rock and roll.

Sly Stone made history look unable to get past its youthful drug phase, but Jonsi, Pavement, and Spoon come from a music scene that did a little bit less cocaine. Jonsi repped the awesomeness of Sigur Rós and great hats. Steve Patterson of White Rabbits joined Britt Daniels and the rest of Spoon to add percussion on "I Turn My Camera On". Spoon's tour-mate Bradford Cox (who played earlier in the day in Deerhunter) also joined Spoon on stage, like he did on their recent Kimmel appearance. Pavement ran through the hits during one of their first U.S. shows since reuniting. "That's the 90's in a nutshell," said Stephen Malkmus after the angsty "Unfair"...

"...Pavement, the iconic slacker band of the '90s, who took the main stage against what turned out to be one of the fest's chief attractions, the finally wildly popular French dance-rock band Phoenix, who wowed possibly the biggest crowd of the entire fest ... while Pavement played to a field half-full of true believers rather than the massive throngs many expected, and thought the band deserved.

No matter, though. Pavement still delivered a set that vindicated the group of prior crimes -- namely a Coachella performance near the end of their career so notoriously bad, many in attendance point to it as the moment the band decided to break up.

This night, however, they were tight, they were loud, and they sounded large on that vast field -- an odd statement, given the fact that in their heyday they were far more known for being introspectively small rather than arena-ready..." [The OC Register]

Virtual Snoop Dogg introduced the Gorillaz set, but Blur's Damon Albarn appeared in the flesh, with a few special guests including Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, De La Soul-who kicked their own old school jams earlier in the day-and Little Dragon's Yukimi. One unique rhythm transcended the next, showing the mutability of hip hop and dance music. And then that was it, suddenly. The festival ended and tens of thousands of people started wondering where they left their car keys...

Radiohead Peppers For Peace
Coachella

Daiana's Weekend Top 10:
1. Yo La Tengo's last song
2. Little Dragon's Yukimi
3. Gossip leading a revolution
4. Thom Yorke dancing to African rhythms
5. PiL giving a history lesson
6. Sly Stone wigging out
7. Bouncing penises + fat people in undies (Die Antwoord + Major Lazer)
8. Devo putting on the hats that ushered in modern pop culture for "Whip It"
9. John Waters corrupting many young minds
10. The Gorrilaz lyric: "Super fast jellyfish going super fast. You can't even see him but you wanna eat him."

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Owen Pallett, Local Natives, Miike Snow, and Yann Tiersen also played the fest Sunday. Gary Numan was among those who couldn't. Reviews & pictures from Day One, HERE and Day Two, HERE. Setlists (Thom Yorke and Pavement), pictures, and videos from Day Three, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2010 - Day Three in pics, video & review (the Thom Yorke & Pavement setlists included) "

photos by Bao Nguyen

Cold War Kids offering a free bootleg of the Terminal 5 show
Cold War Kids

CYHSY frontman Alec Ounsworth just finished opening a string of dates or Cold War Kids including two shows in NYC - January 28th show at Music Hall of Williamburg, and the 29th at Terminal 5. The pictures in this post are of CWK at Terminal 5. Bao missed Alec due to a slight ticket mix up at the door.

Cold War Kids, whose have just one upcoming date advertised at the moment (in Alaska), but Alec, who recently released two solo albums (one of which came out on ANTI-), is now on his first headlining tour...

Ounsworth's band is Matt Sutton, Peter Modavis, Brian Ashby and Jonas Oesterle. They will be playing songs from Mo Beauty, Skin and Bones as well as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's catalog.
All of those dates are below.

Cold War Kids, who didn't end up playing the Bell House Haiti relief benefit on Wednesday, January 27th, recently put out an EP called Behave Yourself. The video for the song "Audience" off that is below. The song is also downloadable at RCRDLBL. That video, more pictures and dates are below..

Continue reading "Alec Ounsworth (CYHSY) played MHOW & Terminal 5 w/ Cold War Kids (pics, bootleg), now on headlining tour (dates) "

New Pornographers

Coming on May 4: the new album from The New Pornographers, entitled Together. Their fifth full-length was produced by the band and Phil Palazzolo, and recorded in Vancouver, Brooklyn, Woodstock, and Catskill, NY. The album is comprised of 9 A.C. Newman songs and 3 Dan Bejar numbers, and features the full eight-person lineup of Carl, Dan, John Collins, Neko Case, Kurt Dahle, Kathryn Calder, Todd Fancey and Blaine Thurier. Additional musicians include Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Zach Condon (Beirut), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), and the Dap-Kings Horns, among other talents.
The artwork for the new album is posted above. There are no sounds from it available yet, but the band has posted pictures from its recording on New Pornographers' site

Lead pornographer A.C. Newman appears at The Bell House's Haiti benefit on Wednesday, January 27th. Also at the even will be The Walkmen (they replaced Cold War Kids who had to drop off), Ted Leo, The Wrens, Sondre Lerche, Eugene Mirman, Rhett Miller and Nicole Atkins. Tickets are still on sale.

Haiti

A BENEFIT FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI
100% of the proceeds will be split between Save The Children and Partners In Health.

All performers will be playing abbreviated and stripped down sets. Scheduled to appear:
JIMMY FALLON
New York State Senator DIANE SAVINO
COLD WAR KIDS
TED LEO
THE WRENS
SONDRE LERCHE
EUGENE MIRMAN
AC NEWMAN of NEW PORNOGRAPHERS with RHETT MILLER of OLD 97s and NICOLE ATKINS as THE SEEKERS.

More performers and ticket information to be announced on Monday, January 18.

The above-described event will take place on Wednesday, January 27th @ 6pm at The Bell House in Brooklyn (cost = $50).

City Winery also has some fine benefit shows coming up.

Others are raising money for Haiti with vegan baked goods.

The show Cold War Kids are playing at Terminal 5 on 1/29 is sold out, so they added a 1/28 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah opens both dates. Tickets for the new one are on sale (@ noon).

Delorean are going on a tour with Miike Snow that brings them to many North American venues including Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/26), Webster Hall (3/27), and Paradise in Boston (3/31). Now add Mercury Lounge to the list. Delorean will play a Snow-less show at the smaller venue on Monday, 3/29 with Lemonade (who they shared at least 1 CMJ bill with). Tickets for the new show are on sale at noon.

people playing a piano

Cold War Kids are headlining Terminal 5 on January 29th. Tickets are now on American Express presale.

Matisyahu does his annual Hanukkah run of shows with various openers (Kevin Devine, Rana, Dub Trio, etc) at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg this year. Tickets for all dates are on sale.

Tickets are now on American Express pre-sale for the third Passion Pit show at Terminal 5

Tickets are on American Express pre-sale (@ noon) for the just-added Wolfmother / Heartless Bastards show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are still available for tonight's Raise the Roof show (10/28) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Nada Surf, They Might Be Giants & Charles Bissell.

Cold War Kids @ Rothbury Festival in July (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Cold War Kids

The Beach Rescue Concert featuring artists Joss Stone, Gavin DeGraw, Cold War Kids, and Mason Jennings is happening on Saturday, August 29th at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey from 6 to 10 p.m.

The concert is a celebration of Barefoot Wine & Surfrider Foundation's Beach Rescue Project, the 25th anniversary of Surfrider Foundation, and the 25 beach cleanups that took place across the country this summer.

RSVP is required for attendance. Tickets are limited and on a first come, first serve basis...

Beach Rescue Project has its last beach cleanup of the summer before the show from 2-4pm. Those who volunteer and are 21+ get complimentary VIP reception & treatment at the concert.Details and flyer below...

Continue reading "free Beach Rescue Concert in Asbury Park (RSVP)"

photos by Bao Nguyen

diesel party

The nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards Breakthrough Video are Anjulie, Bat For Lashes ("Daniel"), Chairlift, Cold War Kids, Death Cab For Cutie, Gnarls Barkley, Major Lazer, Matt and Kim, Passion Pit, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Bat For Lashes, who is also up for this year's Mercury Prize, and who will be back in NYC on August 12th, has a new video for the song "Sleep Alone". Check it out, with more pictures of Passion Pit playing the Diesel Party at Webster Hall on 7/30, below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit (Webster Hall pics) vs Matt & Kim vs Bat for Lashes (new video) vs others for MTV Video award"

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Rothbury 2009

"It took Patricia Mudnich and Joshua Garcia two weeks, driving their RV about 3,100 miles in a winding route from Santa Cruz, Calif., to arrive at the Rothbury music festival in West Michigan.

Cool weather and a short wait in line after the campground opened Thursday morning didn't faze them in the least. The diehard fans of The String Cheese Incident -- the popular jam band which plays its only reunion show of the summer at the second-year festival Friday -- were all smiles.

"The lineup was so impressive, we could not turn it down," said Mudnich, 41, a high school English teacher who estimated the couple spent more than $2,100 on the long trip, including festival tickets, gasoline and side trips to tourist spots such as Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. "I used to go to these festivals all the time, but now I can only fit it into the summer."

For devoted rock fans flocking this week to the remote Double JJ Ranch from far-flung places across the United States and beyond, Rothbury has become THE summer destination.

Drawing an estimated 30,000-plus people again this year, many of the festival's devotees have logged impressive road and air miles to see their favorite bands -- from The Dead to STS9 -- with clusters of enthusiastic, colorfully adorned fans making the journey from Vermont, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Colorado and all points between in everything from compact cars and pickups to dilapidated Volkwagen vans and old school buses." [Mlive.com]

Rothbury happened July 2-5. Here are some (NSFW) pictures & videos...

Continue reading "pictures from the 2009 Rothbury Festival (NSFW)"

Lollapalooza

"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr. Tollett said.

The proliferation of big festivals, like Bonnaroo near Nashville and Lollapalooza in Chicago, has not been without casualties. This year Langerado in Miami shut down, citing the economy. The Pemberton Festival in British Columbia is on hiatus after only one year, although its promoter, Live Nation, said the problem was permit delays." [NY Times]

With all the leaks of bands playing Lollapalooza this year, there are almost no surprises in the official lineup announcement, except maybe the Animal Collective DJ set... The whole thing below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2009 - the official & complete lineup"

Rothbury

The name Rothbury confuses me. I immediately think it's a European festival, but in fact, the jam-band heavy music festival that premiered in 2008 takes place in Rothbury, Michigan. This year's lineup was just announced...

The Dead (their ONLY summer appearance!), Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, and The Black Crowes will top the bill of over 60 diverse and stellar artists at the second annual ROTHBURY Festival at the Double JJ Ranch in Michigan on July 2-3-4-5, 2009.

Also on the bill are Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas, STS9 (2 shows: full band/Live PA Set), G. Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Broken Social Scene, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Guster, Les Claypool, Chromeo, Girl Talk, The Hold Steady, Ani DiFranco and many others.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Michigan's Rothbury Festival - 2009 artist lineup "

photos by Mike Lerner

Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids were coming to NYC to play Conan O'Brien so they scheduled a small show at Mercury Lounge for that same day (yesterday, Wenesday, January 28th). I say it was "small" because the band is now headlining the much larger Terminal 5 (and going on a tour with Death Cab who are even crazier bigger). More pictures from last night below...

Continue reading "Cold War Kids @ Mercury Lounge, NYC - pics"

Doug Gillard (by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Doug Gillard

today in NYC
* DANCE
* Louis CK @ Caroline's
* Annuals @ Bowery Ballroom
* Nightmares on Wax at MHOW
* Cold War Kids @ Mercury Lounge
* Andrew Bird & Dosh @ Carnegie Hall
* Doug Gillard, Mascott & The Octagon @ Pianos
* TK Webb and The Visions @ the Studio @ Webster Hall
* The Depreciation Guild & Black Diamond Bay @ Fontana's
* Kylesa, Tombs, Tournament, Black Anvil & The Brass @ The Charleston

Last chance to catch one of Doug Gillard's residency shows at Pianos tonight.

"Andrew Bird's Noble Beast (Fat Possum) has landed at #12 on the U.S. album chart, selling over 25,000 units in its opening week. The debut is the highest of the week for an independent label release and second only to Mariah Carey's Ballads. It is also the #1 seller of the week in Bird's hometown of Chicago."

Cold War Kids are also on Conan tonight.

Ben Kweller appeared the other night on Letterman. Video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

Cold War KidsTickets are back on sale for tonight's Cold War Kids show at Mercury Lounge.

Cold War Kids are opening all Death Cab For Cutie dates from April 7th to April 29th. Four days before that begins, CWK headline Terminal 5 (a much larger venue then the one they're headlining tonight).

DOWNLOAD: Ra Ra Riot - Ghost Under Rocks (Passion Pit remix) (MP3)

Ra Ra Riot @ Bowery Ballroom - Jan 22, 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ra Ra Riot

Death Cab For Cutie annnounced a whole bunch of tour dates. Openers on various dates of the tour include Cold War Kids, Matt Costa, and Ra Ra Riot. The Ra Ra Riot dates are in addition to Ra Ra's previously announced dates, but still no new NYC date. No Death Cab NYC date either, though I'm sure they all have something secretly planned - maybe for the summer.

Passion Pit is currently out on tour with Cale Parks and remixed the Ra Ra Riot track you can download for free above.

Death Cab cover the Cure on the new Sweetheart comp, out January 30th at Starbucks. Ra Ra Riot will be releasing a CD single of "Can You Tell" via Barsuk Records on March 3rd. Tracklist below.

Death Cab fan club members can order pre-sale tickets at ArtistArena. All dates below...

Continue reading "DEATH CAB For Cutie tour dates, many w/ RA RA RIOT who were remixed by PASSION PIT (MP3, dates, presale)"

Besides some shows in Australia in February, Cold War Kids have at least two shows coming up. There's the one at the massive Terminal 5 on April 3rd, and the one at the much smaller... Mercury Lounge on January 28th. Tickets appear to be on sale (despite Ticketmaster saying a presale doesn't even start until Tuesday). All dates below...

Continue reading "Cold War Kids are playing Mercury Lounge..."

Mickey

Apes & Androids are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 30th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Cold War Kids are playing Terminal 5 on April 3rd. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

White Rabbits are playing two shows at Mercury Lounge in February. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Mystery Jets are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 24th. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for both Blitzen Trapper / Plants & Animals shows happening in NYC.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Throwing Muses show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Presets show at Webster Hall.

Tickets go on sale at noon for a February 13th Deer Tick show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are also still on sale for the Deer Tick show happening on New Years Eve.

Tickets are on sale for the Meshuggah show at Irving Plaza.

Some Morrissey dates have started going on sale, but not Bowery Ballroom or Webster Hall.

Beirut tickets also went on sale today (@ noon).

Black KidsGhostland Observatory

KTXT (88.1 FM) out of Texas posted their list of the 10 most disappointing albums of 2008 on their blog The Couch. This is what they came up with...

10. Weezer - The Red Album
9. The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
8. Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath
7. Black Kids - Partie Traumatic
6. CSS - Donkey
5. Ghostland Observatory - Robotique Majestique
4. Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
3. Beck - Modern Guilt
2. Cold War Kids - Loyalty to Loyalty
1. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals - Cardinology
What does your list look like? Where does Chinese Democracy rank on it?

What are your favorites?

CSS play Webster Hall on December 17th & 18th. Tickets are still on sale. Ghostland Obersvatory are playing Terminal 5 in NYC on December 12th. Tickets are still on sale. Black Kids are playing a private party at Bowery Ballroom on December 9th (no tickets). If you weren't too disappointed, the rest of the BK & GO tour dates below...

Continue reading "What were the most disappointing albums of 2008?"

This weekly post was really just meant to be an (arguably) interesting news roundup of where (mostly BV-covered) music and musicians are showing up besides in our stereos/computers/headphones/players/etc. Like all news, it might be positive, negative or neither depending on your point of view. Whether or not an artist is "selling out" by licensing their song to a particular product advertisement and/or TV show is always going to be a valid issue/argument/debate, but I removed "It's Not Selling Out Anymore" from the post title because, lighthearted or not, I think it was making this post into something it's not. Most importantly, I didn't want the title to be misconstrued as an official BrooklynVegan position on anything. There will always be (arguably) cringe-worthy examples of licensing (see Of Montreal + Outback Steakhouse) and licensing-related broken (fan's) hearts (see The Moldy Peaches + Atlantis resorts), but a lot of licensing news (as you can see below), is (arguably) pretty neutral. Are there any Modest Mouse fans offended that a Modest Mouse song appears in a snowboarding video game? I doubt it. Does it bother anyone that Stars of the Lid gave a song to the Environmental Defense Fund? Probably only people that are anti-polar bear... That's all I wanted to say.... I won't write intros to these posts after this week (please try to keep the conspiracy theories to a minimum!), so without further ado... it's "This Week in Music Licensing"...

by Ryan Barkan

Battles @ Irving Plaza (more by Bao Nguyen)
Battles @ irving Plaza

42 Below likes to do things because they can, like make Vodka and wear white suits. The New Zealand spirit maker just launched a campaign and website around the brand's mantra, "Because We Can" - living by your own rules and following your dreams. Pretty deep. The web-based campaign consists of five short films and a user-generated video contest.

Each of the five short films have a few things in common - men in all white suits, left-of-center creative, art installations, cool music, and no relation whatsoever to Vodka. Carpet Cupcake uses Battles' 2007 jam "Atlas". Two different Boards Of Canada songs are used in Beach Dolls and Car Wrap. Domino artist Four Tet provides the sonic background to Mountain Rainbow, a spot where the white suit men create a huge arch of colored plastic chairs on top of a snowy mountain. South African electronic artist Felix Laband is used in Crate UFO.

Do you have a "because I can attitude"? Do you also like to make your own videos? Do you want to win some money for doing those things ($4200)? If so, you can head to the campaign's website to find out more about the contest.

Other Notable Licensing News:

Tokyo Police ClubTokyo Police Club think it is "really cool and really awesome" that they made a cameo on Sunday night's (11/16) episode of Desperate Housewives. They entered a "battle of the bands" contest, performed "In A Cave", and had two of their song titles ("Shoulders And Arms" and "Cut Cut Paste") featured on the club walls as faux band posters. Even more, two band members have lines in the dialogue. Stereogum has the video. In semi-related news, TPC's Graham Wright just released a solo EP online as a free and/or pay download.

On the tube, Gossip Girl featured three tracks from the new Kings Of Leon album, Only By The Night; One Tree Hill for the second week in a row used a song by Margot & the Nuclear So-So's and also had a song by Earlimart; 90210 went with Kanye West, and Stereolab; CSI Miami used both Jenny Lewis and Bloc Party; NUMB3RS had Cold War Kids; Privileged used CSS; Grey's Anatomy had The Coral Sea. All this week Letterman is featuring cover bands.

Nissan'snew Canadian commercial "Morning Light" goes singer-songwriter with Alexi Murdoch's "Breathe". Nice song but I think they could have found a similar style track with a better lyrical match. Watch the video here.

Crystal CastlesToshiba's UK agency breaks the broadcast mold a bit with a commercial featuring Matrix-esque cinematography while using the Crystal Castles song "Air War". Watch the video below.

Stars Of The Lid hit NYC's (le) Poisson Rouge on Friday 11/21; I wonder if they will play the serenely spatial "A Meaningful Moment Through A Meaningless Process", a song used by the Environmental Defense Fund to help fight global warming. The web commercial was released at the end of August. The powerful Polar Bear spot can be seen below.

What do 2008 Mercury Prize winning band Elbow and Electronic Arts have to do with each other? Elbow's song "Grounds For Divorce" is the soundtrack to the commercial announcing EA's new first person shooter, Left 4 Dead; the game hits shelves this upcoming week. Video is below.

Ubisoft Montreal just released Shaun White Snowboarding in North America. The game's soundtrack is a good mix of classic (Bob Dylan, Heart, Blue Öyster Cult, Living Colour, Run DMC, Harry Nilsson) and modern (Modest Mouse, MGMT, The Ting Tings, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) bands. Check out the full soundtrack at Wikipedia. Bob Dylan plays NYC this Friday night (11/21).

Interesting downloadable content (DLC) was made available this week via Xbox Live and Playstation Network for both Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2: GH got both a Jimi Hendrix and Smashing Pumpkins three song pack and RB2 fans can now play the entire Foo Fighters album The Colour and the Shape.

Videos below...

Continue reading "This Week in Music Licensing (Crystal Castles, Stars of the Lid, Elbow, Battles, Tokyo Police Club, and more) "

Photos by Zach Stern

Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids played the first of their two NYC shows last night was at Webster Hall (10/15). Tonight (10/16) it's at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Mr. AA Bondy opened last night and does so again tonight and will be back soon to play some more soon. More pictures from last night, including one of the setlist, below...

Continue reading "AA Bondy, Cold War Kids @ Webster Hall, NYC - pics, setlist"

Pwrfl Power @ Union Hall (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Pwrfl People

today in NYC
* DANCE
* Tobacco @ Purchase
* Hot Chip @ Terminal 5
* Madonna @ the Izod Center
* Jimmy Scott @ Iridium Jazz Club
* A-Trak, Boys Noize @ Webster Hall
* Mary J Blige @ Radio City Music Hall
* Voter Registration party @ Sound Fix
* a Showpaper benefit with "Secret '579' Guest"
* Dark Meat, Vivian Girls @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* The Kills, Magic Wands @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Lucinda Williams, Buick 6 @ Madison Square Garden
* Vaz, Skull Defekts, Talk Normal, Lary 7 @ Death By Audio
* Stereolab, Antipop Consortium, Hospitality @ The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
* Tyvek, Blues Control, Thomas Function, Liquor Store @ Cake Shop

Talib Kweli was born on this day in 1975.

The Showpaper benefit at Alpha(Beta) (170 Greenpoint Ave) lists Fiasco side project Runtime Error on the bill, though Runtime Error says that it is actually a Runtime Error side project playing the show, so maybe Fiasco is playing it and maybe they are who the "Secret '579' Guest" is or maybe there are two secret guests or who knows (do you?)...

I posted a preview of What's Going on Saturday too.

The gang from Sulimays reviewed The Walkmen and Cold War Kids. Watch the video below...

What else?

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