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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"

Amy MillanAmy Millan

Amy Millan is set to release her sophomore full-length, Masters Of The Burial, on September 8 through Arts and Crafts International. The follow up to her acclaimed 2006 debut, Honey From The Tombs, was recorded earlier this year with renowned producer/sound technician Martin Davis Kinack (Apostle of Hustle/Sarah Harmer/Broken Social Scene) in rural Ontario.
Following the release of that record, Amy will set out on a tour of Canada and the US. That trip brings her to NYC for a Thursday, November 5th show at the Mercury Lounge and a November 6th show at the Bell House. Tickets go on sale for the Mercury Lounge show Friday, August 7th at noon. Bell House tickets are on sale now.

This summer Amy has been playing in Broken Social Scene including at Rothbury and at the July 11th Toronto show that had her back on stage alongside fellow BSS-alums Feist and Emily Haines. She also performed a free solo show at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto on July 25th. The setlist of that show (below) included a cover of Death Cab For Cutie's "I Will Follow You into the Dark" which is a song that also happens to appear on her new album.

Video of that performance, with all tour dates, and the full new album tracklist, below..

Continue reading "Amy Millan (BSS) - new album, Death Cab cover & tour dates "

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)"

photos by Tim Griffin

DeVotchKa @ Webster Hall - January 24, 2009

1. Death Cab For Cutie - "Love Song" (Cure cover)
2. Katy Perry - "Black And Gold" (Sam Sparro cover)
3. DeVotchKa - "Hot Burrito #1" (Flying Burrito Brothers cover)
4. Department Of Eagles - "Love Me" (Elvis Presley cover)
5. Jessica Lea Mayfield - "Words Of Love" (Buddy Holly cover)
6. Ben Bridwell - "Your Love Is Forever" (George Harrison cover)
7. Kate Tucker - "I'm On Fire" (Bruce Springsteen cover)
8. Rogue Wave - "Maps" (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)
9. A.C. Newman - "Take On Me" (a-ha cover)
10. Jem - "Yellow" (Coldplay cover)
11. Richard Hawley - "Early Morning Rain" (Gordon Lightfoot cover)
12. Daniel Martin Moore - "I Hear Music" (Billie Holiday cover)
13. She & Him - "I Put A Spell On You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins cover)
14. Lila Downs - "My One And Only Love" (Frank Sinatra cover)

The above cover art and tracklist is from the previously-mentioned Starbucks Sweetheart CD they're putting out this year for Valentine's Day.

The makers of track #3, DeVotchKa, recently announced some dates with Les Clapool, played an NPR-streamable show in Philly on Friday, and played Webster Hall in NYC one night later (1/24). More pictures from that show below...

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DOWNLOAD: Postal Service - Against All Odds (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Death Cab For Cutie - Someday You Will Be Loved (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel - Baby, It's Cold Outside (MP3)

Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel

Was there any Death Cab For Cutie on that mixtape Zooey Deschanel made for Yo La Tengo fans (and charity)? Because, according to US Magazine (and just about every other website on the Internet at this point), she is now engaged to Ben Gibbard! Congrats to the happy couple.

M Ward (Him) (best man?) is playing the Apollo Theatre on February 19th. All dates HERE.

Ben and Zooey sing "Dream" together in the video below...

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MIA @ MoMA (more by Ryan Muir)

Best Alternative Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Modern Guilt
[DGC Records/XL Recordings/Interscope]

Narrow Stairs
Death Cab For Cutie

The Odd Couple
Gnarls Barkley

Evil Urges
My Morning Jacket
[ATO Records]

In Rainbows
[TBD Records]

M.I.A. and Adele are up for Record of the Year which is not to be confused with Album of the Year which Radiohead is up for in addition to the "Best Alternative Music Album" category you see listed above. Radiohead's "House of Cards" is also up for "Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals", "Best Rock Song" and "Best Short Form Music Video". Radiohead also placed in "Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package" and "Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical" for a total of seven nominations. Make that eight if you count Jonny Greenwood's Best Score nomination for There Will Be Blood. Juno is up for Best Compilation Soundtrack. No Age is up for "Best Recording Package". Hot Chip, Daft Punk and Sam Sparro are competing for Best Dance Recording. All nominees HERE.

Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Frightened Rabbit

Scotland's Frightened Rabbit's great performance at Austin's Fun Fun Fun fest on Sunday was also their last on their most recent North American tour with the Spinto Band. It won't be their last for long though. This band tours more than rabbits procreate, so after they spend the rest of November-into-December touring Europe with and without Death Cab For Cutie, they'll eventually make their way to Australia for New Years Eve and then back to the US for some January shows that include the 17th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on sale. More FFF Fest pics and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Frightened Rabbit - 2008/09 Tour Dates, more FFF Fest pics"

Photos by Eric M. Townsend

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie played Radio City Music Hall in NYC on Monday night (10/6) - their second, large, headlining show in NYC in less than four months, though this one didn't have to end early because of the weather.

"What a dump this place is," quipped Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, perched atop the magnificent stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall last night. Then, unsure if people caught his sarcasm, he added, "No, really, this is an honor."

That anxious, awkward moment capped the first third of Death Cab's show, as both band and audience took their time acclimating to the legendary room. After the first five songs -- an admittedly slow build-up that included "The Employment Pages" and "We Laugh Indoors," two of the band's older tunes -- most of the 6,000 patrons at the sold-out gig remained seated, but not in a docile, complacent way: They were totally engaged, singing and bobbing atop Radio City's plush cushions. [SPIN]

St. Vincent opened and it was Annie Clark's second NYC show less than two weeks. More pictures and the setlist from the show below...

Continue reading "Death Cab For Cutie & St. Vincent @ Radio City Music Hall - pics & setlist"

photos by Chris Graham


Booking hometown heroes Death Cab for Cutie to headline the final day of Bumbershoot was a wise and appropriate choice, considering the band and festival are rising rapidly from local to national prominence.

Touring behind the album "Narrow Stairs" and playing in front of a backdrop displaying the record's cover art, Death Cab delivered big during its largest Seattle performance to date.

Hearing the band's sublime songs under a dark, cloudy sky with the Space Needle overlooking Memorial Stadium during the last night of Bumbershoot created the perfect Emerald City scenario. It doesn't get much more Seattle than that.

Throughout the group's 90-minute set it was clear the band has completed its transformation from that group of indie kids only trendy scenesters knew about to a full-blown, stadium-packing rock band. The set included material from "Narrow Stairs" as well as older records, giving both new and old fans something to enjoy. [Seattle PI]

Tickets are still on sale for the upcoming Death Cab For Cutie shows at Radio City Music Hall and House of Blues in Atlantic City - two of the four shows that St. Vincent was recently announced as opener on. Death Cab's upcoming tour also includes dates where Death Cab is opening for Neil Young and St. Vincent has an upcoming show at BAM.

More Bumbershoot pics and all St. Vincent dates, below...

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Neil Young

Live Nation announced today that music icon Neil Young will embark on a North American tour commencing October 14th in St. Paul, Minnesota and continuing for eight weeks, culminating at New York's Madison Square Garden on December 15th. The new tour comes on the heels of Young's hugely successful 2008 European tour that brought him before audiences in 14 countries over the course of three months...

...The concerts will feature Young with the same band that so ably backed him in Europe -- Ben Keith, Rick Rosas, Chad Cromwell, Anthony Crawford and Pegi Young. Song sets are expected to be eclectic, featuring both newer material and classic Neil Young hits. Death Cab For Cutie and Everest will support dates from October 14 through November 5; Wilco and Everest are on the bill for dates starting November 29 through the tour's conclusion, with the exception of the December 9 Chicago date which will feature (TBD) and Everest in support.

All shows for this tour will be general admission floor with reserved seating in the stands. General admission tickets will be prices at $75.00 with reserved stand tickets ranging in price from $45.00 to $250.00 (plus all applicable service charges).

That means NYC gets Wilco. MSG tickets go on sale September 15th. Other dates go on sale even sooner. Death Cab's next NYC show is at Radio City Music Hall. Wilco's last NYC show was at McCarren Pool. Neil Young's last NYC shows were at United Palace. All Neil Young tour dates below...

Continue reading "Neil Young, Wilco & Death Cab For Cutie - 2008 Tour Dates"

'Jack Johnson Rocks!!' @ Baltimore Virgin Fest (by Bao Nguyen)
Jack Johnson Rocks

Tickets are on sale for Death Cab For Cutie's Radio City show.

Tickets are on sale for both of Yeasayer's upcoming NYC shows.

Tickets are on sale for the October 15th Danzig show at Roseland Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale for a September 5th Fratellis show at Roseland Ballroom.

Both Andrew Bird shows sold right out Wednesday.

Check the free show calendar for FREE SHOWS.

DCFC @ McCarren Pool (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Death Cab For Cutie

Tickets go on sale Friday for an October 6th Death Cab For Cutie show at Radio City Music Hall. There's also a fanclub presale. All dates below...

Continue reading "Death Cab For Cutie - 2008 Tour Dates (Radio City)"

Thurston Moore @ Starbucks - June 13, 2008 (cred)
Thurston Moore @ Starbucks

Renegade Craft Fair, McCarren Pool, Brooklyn, NY - June 14, 2008 (cred)
Renegade Craft Fair

Thurston Moore signing his new book near KF - June 13, 2008 (cred)
Thurston Moore signing

today in NYC
* Sigur Ros @ Grand Ballroom
* The Muslims @ Mercury Lounge
* Jose Gonzalez @ The Stone Pony
* Martha Wainwright @ Barnes & Noble
* Ted Leo & the Pharmacists & Variety Shac @ Maxwell's
* Love is All, Versus & Crystal Stilts @ Bowery Ballroom
* Rickie Lee Jones & Erik Friedlander @ (le) poisson rouge

Did you go to (le) poisson rouge yet? Damon & Naomi played last night. How is it?

The above paparazzi picture of Thurston @ Starbucks happened on Friday. I wonder if he has a free-coffee-for-life card. Later that night he played Knitting Factory.

It rained on R.E.M. It rained on My Morning Jacket. It rained on Vampire Weekend. It rained on Death Cab For Cutie. It rained on Adam Green's parade. A member of Sigur Ros was in the hospital. Iron Maiden lost their sound.

Knitting Factory is coming to Brooklyn.

"New York F*cking City" (NSFW)

Videos of Death Cab For Cutie playing Bonnaroo below.

What else?

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photos by Elizabeth Weinberg

Death Cab For Cutie @ McCarren Pool

Death Cab For Cutie @ McCarren Pool

Death Cab For Cutie @ McCarren Pool

The concert ended thirty minutes early as high winds started pulling the rigged lights down, a situation unsafe for band and crew. The last song Death Cab played was "The Sound of Settling." This is a completely average song, BUT something about the juxtaposition of the wind and the swirling purple clouds and the lighting made it seem frenetic and panicked. Immediately after DCFC left the stage, it started pouring big, sloppy raindrops. [SCOPE Productions]
More pictures from last night's Death Cab For Cutie show (June 10, 2008) at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn below...

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To some, Kozelek may come across as a recluse, but he's anything but: since the release of Sun Kil Moon's debut--2003's extraordinary Ghosts of the Great Highway--he's scored a film, acted in the movie Shopgirl, and put out a double-disc live album as well as a Sun Kil Moon record consisting of nothing but Modest Mouse songs. [Popmatters]

Ben Mark

Ben Gibbard: When I was in my early 20s, I saw people in their 30s or 40s very differently than I do now. There's a level of confusion that is never really quelled as you get older.

Mark Kozelek: I hear what you're saying about the confusion of it all. A part of you feels like you haven't grown up as much as you should at this age. I'm really in a strange position, where I'm 41, still don't know how to drive a car, I'm not married, I don't have kids. When I go back to Ohio, that's where it really kicks in. Everyone around there is dealing with their mortgages and their kids and all these things. That's where I really feel the confusion, and I really feel like the odd man out. There, nobody really cares about my record deals or my little bit parts in movies or these little blurbs I get in magazines. Everything's more like, "If you don't have kids, and you don't have religion, and you don't go to church, and you don't drive a car, and you don't own a home, and you're not married, you just don't have shit." [Laughs.]

The rest of that conversation is at the Onion.

Ben Gibbard plays McCarren Pool tonight. Mark Kozelek plays Highline Ballroom on Friday (the 13th). All of Mark's tour dates are below....

Continue reading "Ben Gibbard vs. Mark Kozelek (Highline Friday) (tour dates)"

photos by Chris Graham


In case you don't recognize him, that's Ben Gibbard at the Sasquatch Festival in Washington this past Sunday (May 25). He is a member of the #1 band in America Death Cab For Cutie who are playing a show at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn on June 10th with Rogue Wave (who also played Sasquatch). After the McCarren show, the party continues at Music Hall of Williamsburg:

Post Death Cab For Cutie Show!

The XYZ Affair
Action Painters

Tue 6/10, 18+, Doors 9pm / Show 10pm, FREE

More pictures and video from Sasquatch below...

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DCFC @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ruan Muir)
Death Cab For Cutie @ Coachella

Death Cab for Cutie were the live wires on this week's album chart, debuting on top with 144,000 units sold for their seventh full-length album, Narrow Stairs. That's a broad step up from the 90,000 that their last album, Plans, opened with in 2005. In retrospect, releasing an eight-and-a-half-minute single ('I Will Possess Your Heart') doesn't seem like such a disastrous move after all, does it? [EW Hollywood Insider]
Last night's Kimmel performance below...

Continue reading "#1 band in America, DCFC played Kimmel (video) "

DCFC and David Letterman

Death Cab For Cutie's new album is streaming at Spinner. It came out yeterday - the same day they played Letterman. Watch the video below....

Continue reading "Death Cab For Cutie - new album stream & Letterman video "

photos by Bao Nguyen

Tegan and Sara @ Terminal 5

When their touring dates are finished, Sara jokes that their summer will contain "beverages and bikinis," but in truth, they will be hard at work on other projects. "Tegan and I are both writing furiously for the next record," she says. "I have always felt like I was squeezing songs out of me slowly, but lately I've been writing a lot. We recently played a show with Death Cab For Cutie, where we talked with [guitarist/producer] Chris Walla who worked on our last record. We're pretty much signed up to work on our next record with him again." [Spinner]
Speaking of Death Cab For Cutie (and Spinner), their new album is out today and streaming at Spinner.

Tegan and Sara played a sold out show at Terminal 5 in NYC last night (May 12, 2008). More tour dates HERE. More pictures from the show below....

Continue reading "Tegan & Sara @ Terminal 5, NYC (pics) ++ new record coming"

Death Cab for Cutie's Narrow Stairs is the marquee music release this week.

Also out this week is the Black Angels' Directions To See A Ghost. The band's performance at its "Psychfest" show was the highlight of SXSW for me, and this album is one of 2008's musical bright spots.

From what I have already heard, I can also strongly recommend Dosh's Wolves and Wishes, Duffy's Rockferry, The Instruments' Dark Smaland, and Vetiver's Thing of the Past. The new Old 97s disc, Blame It on Gravity (I had just about given up on the band after their last couple of albums, but this is a wonderful return to form by Rhett Miller & company).

I'll be paying import prices for the overseas releases of Gemma Hayes' Hollow of Morning and the Delays' Everything's the Rush (the band's Faded Seaside Glamour was one of my favorite albums of 2004).

The only reissue of note this week is Hush's release of Nick Jaina's 2006 album, The 7 Stations.

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

Rogue Wave rocking kids @ Living Room, NYC - April 13, 2008 (Maryanne Ventrice)
Rogue Wave

Rogue Wave is opening for Death Cab For Cutie at McCarren Pool on June 10th. Tickets are on sale. More DC tour dates here.