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Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses and Iron & Wine's Sam Beam are old friends and have now made an album together, titled Sing into My Mouth, which will be out at some point this sumnmer. On it, Sam and Ben take on other people's songs, including ones by Talking Heads, Pete Seeger, Spiratualized, Sade, John Cale, JJ Cale, and more. Says Ben:

As excited as I was at the prospect of finally working together, I was unsure of the possibility of us both finding the time. Luckily for me, Sam was persistent with the idea of recording some of our favorite tunes that we'd always wanted to cover. This is truly a 'full circle' moment for me... I've always wanted us to sing together and finally I have that dream realized. I couldn't be more excited to continue this project at the upcoming shows to take it even further while playing some of our original songs together.
Sam adds:

Ben and I started our careers together and had been threatening to work with one another for years," Beam adds. "When we finally conceived of the covers project and carved out some time, it was nostalgic and fun from top to bottom--the process of picking the songs to cover was really reminiscent of more than 15 years ago when we used to mail each other cassettes and CDs of music we were into--and the end of every recording day found us cutting up with friends the way we used to when we'd cross paths in South Carolina. He's always been one of the funniest people I know.
Full tracklist for Sing Into My Mouth is below.

Bridwell and Beam will be playing shows together as well, including the Newport Folk Festival July 24, Detroit's MoPop Festival on July 25, and Montreal's Osheaga Fest on July 31.

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El Perro Del Mar's self-titled debut turns 10 this year and will be getting a deluxe reissue on February 17 via The Control Group. The new version comes with 10 extra tracks, including demos, unreleased songs and radio sessions. You can stream one of the bonus tracks, the demo of "An Eye for Gold," below.

It's been a little over two years since EPDM released her last album, Pale Fire. Let's hope we get new music as well this year. Meanwhile, one of her songs will be featured on an upcoming episode of Girls, so keep an ear out for that. Check out the reissue's tracklist and song stream below...

Continue reading "El Perro Del Mar readies 10th anniversary deluxe edition of her debut album (stream a track)"

TPOBPAH @ Bowery Ballroom, Sept. 2012 (more by Diana Wong)

UMO @t Austin's Mohawk last week (more by Tim Griffin)

today in NYC
* Dave Hill @ UCB
* Foxygen @ Pianos
* Rebellum @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Karina Colis Band @ Barbes
* Wynton Marslis @ Joe's Pub
* John Hodgman @ Union Hall
* The Skatalites @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lost in the Trees @ The Allen Room
* Margo Valiante @ Pete's Candy Store
* Street Smells, Chainwave, Kalen @ Pianos
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ City Winery
* Janeane Garofalo @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Natureboy, Star Rover, Saint Rich @ Big Snow
* Swedish House Mafia @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Burnt Sugar Cinefhonic Strike Force @ The Stone
* Mavrothi Kontanis' Mild Mannered Rebel @ Barbes
* The Who, Elvis Costello @ Madison Square Garden
* Vietnam, TV Baby, Hectors Pets @ Mercury Lounge
* Flyleaf, Drowning Pool, Stars in Stereo @ Irving Plaza
* Zedd, Alex Metric, Tommie Sunshine @ Webster Hall
* Clint Michigan, Howth, Common Prayer @ Union Pool
* The Netherlands, Low Fat Getting High @ Grand Victory
* Dabrye, House Shoes, Lamin Fofana @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Family Photos, Napoleon, Field Mouse, AK @ La Piazzetta
* Cellular Chaos, Advaeta, DDBH, Mick Barr @ Death By Audio
* Khaled, Colorform, Baker Street, Shanna Jones @ Cake Shop
* Profligate, YOU, Marshstepper, Foreplay, Soren @ Saint Vitus
* Roomrunner, Speedy Ortiz, STATS, Sea Monsters @ FUZZ NYC
* Red Hook Ramblers, Shilpa Ray, Erika Spring @ Knitting Factory
* Charlie Parr, Alicia Lemke, Frances Cone @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foxygen, Wampire @ Bowery Ballroom
* Selebrities, Rush Midnight, Bowmont, Wildarms (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Man Man, Murder By Death, Samantha Crain @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Boy Girl Party, Toys and Tiny Instruments, Late Cambrian @ The Rock Shop
* Pharaohs, Jonas Reinhardt, Shams, Suzanna Kraft (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
* Quiet Loudly, Haybaby, Easter Hollows, Butchers and Bakers @ Shea Stadium
* "Input" w/ DJs Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Rory Phillips, Nick Hook @ Output
* The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Swearin', Waxahatchee, Potty Mouth, Weed Hounds @ 285 Kent

The Indie Pop Prom is tonight at 285 Kent with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Waxahatchee, Swearin', Potty Mouth, and Weed Hounds. Unfortunately it's sold out. If you're going tonight, have you prepared by streaming Waxahatchee's new album?

You can also catch Potty Mouth again in NYC when they play New Museum tomorrow. Another Swearin' NYC-area show was recently announced too (with Screaming Females and more).

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El Perro del Mar made a video for her song "I Was a Boy," which is from last year's very good Pale Fire. You can watch it below.

Melody's Echo Chamber have a new video too, for "Crystalized" which is from last year's terrific self-titled debut. You can watch it below.

Solange played The Late Show with David Letterman last night performing True's "Don't Let Me Down." Watch it below.

What else?

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James Blake @ MHOW, 10/6/2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
James Blake

today in NYC
* Von @ Saint Vitus
* Masta Killa @ Drom
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* Avi Avital Trio @ Barbes
* DJ Shadow @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Alex Clare @ Irving Plaza
* Simon Townshend @ Joe's Pub
* Heathered Pearls @ Glasslands
* Andrew Bird @ The Riverside Church
* Solange Knowles, KELELA @ Bowery Ballroom
* Night Beds, Snowmine, St. Claire @ Pianos
* Vandaveer, Leda, Yoni Gordon @ Cameo Art Gallery
* James Blake, FaltyDL @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Erik Deutsch/Rene Hart/Allison Miller @ The Stone
* Band of Horses @ The Grand at The Manhattan Center
* Of Montreal, Foxygen, French Horn Rebellion @ Webster Hall
* Rewards, Diane Birch, Seaven Teares, Rowan @ Bowery Electric
* Lazyeyes, Life Size Maps, Kissing Is A Crime, Spires @ 285 Kent
* Band of Horses, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Tinsel Teeth, Life Size Maps, Kissing Is A Crime, Spires @ Big Snow
* Diarrhea Planet, Hunters, Desert Sharks, Doris Gang @ Death By Audio
* Johanna & The Dusty Floor, Deb Oh & The Cavaliers @ The Mercury Lounge
* Harvey Eyeballs, Elijah Ocean, Rosehips & Ships, James Tweedy @ Cake Shop
* Thurston Moore, John Moloney, Ryan Sawyer, Ben Vida, Nate Wooley, Speedy Ortiz @ Union Pool
* The Del Lords, Laura Cantrell, Anders and Kendall, Amy Allison, Tammy Faye Starlite, Jimmy Ryan & Mark Spencer & Spike Priggen @ The Rock Shop

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El Perro Del Mar just released a video for her single "Hold Off the Dawn" from her new album Pale Fire. You can watch it below.

What else?

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by Bill Pearis

El Perro Del Mar

El Perro Del Mar's new album Pale Fire is out next week (11/13) via The Control Group. Once again working with Studio's Rasmus Hägg, Sarah Assbring moves even further away from her folky beginning into full on dancepop, albiet still with sad, doe-eyed halo around it. Terrific first single "Walk on By" borders on Sade territory and the whole record is a pretty great listen. You can stream the whole thing ahead of its release below via The Hype Machine. Also below is the "Walk on By" video plus a couple remixes of the song, one by Saint Etienne and another by W. Pontonen that takes it into Portishead-land.

No specific North American tour dates yet for El Perro Del Mar but word is Winter 2013 she'll be making a visit. Until then, streams and video are below .

Continue reading "stream El Perro Del Mar's new album 'Pale Fire'"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: El Perro Del Mar - Change of Heart (Rakamonie Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Taken By Trees - Watch The Waves (MP3)

El Perro Del Mar

There's a double-dose of Swedes in town: El Perro Del Mar and Taken by Trees are playing together tonight (2/16) at Le Poisson Rouge and tomorrow (2/17) Knitting Factory and both have good, new-ish albums out. I loved El Perro Del Mar's debut EP but found her first album a bit drowning in dourness, as if it was an audition for Peter Gabriel or something. Her voice has a sad quality to it already, the music doesn't need to wallow too. Which is why I think last year's Love Is Not Pop works so much better. Working with the Balearic-loving guys of Studio, the record is both lighter and more mysterious-sounding, and some of it you could imagine being used in an '80s Michael Mann film.

The same could be said for Taken by Trees' second album, East of Eden, which was recorded in Pakistan (also with some Studio help) and is a little more rhythmic and engaging than Victoria Bergsman's first post-Concretes effort (which I also liked). I don't know if "fun" is the right word for it, but it's definitely more playful. And I think I might actually like "My Boys" better than Animal Collective's original. She also covered Guns n' Roses' "Sweet Child of Mine" which became a modest UK hit.


More hot Swedish action tonight (2/16) at The Filmore at Irving Plaza with The Soundtrack of Our Lives who are one of my favorite live bands of the last ten years. Their latest CD, the double-disc Communion, is jam-packed with power chords, acid-rock, trippy ballads and psychobabble lyrics. Sure it's an amalgam of every great rock band from '67 - '73, but they do it so well and are so much fun to watch (windmills, stick-twirls, etc) that originality doesn't even enter the picture. If you've never seen them live, you should really check them out tonight.

If you can't make it to Irving Plaza because, say, you're home watching LOST but are free later, TSOOL are playing an acoustic set later at the official afterparty at Norwood Club in Chelsea. It's open to the public -- just print out this flyer. Doors are at 9:30 and Scary Mansion and Nico Vega are also on the bill. I'd imagine TSOOL will go on pretty late (more details below).

TSOOL will also be playing Noise Pop in San Francisco on Feb. 27 and we're giving away tickets here. Videos, flyers and dates below...

Continue reading "El Perro Del Mar, Taken By Trees & The Soundtrack of our Lives are here (all with 2 shows) - updated 2010 dates, MP3s"

DOWNLOAD: Anna Ternheim - You Mean Nothing To Me Anymore (live)(MP3)
DOWNLOAD: El Perro Del Mar - Change of Heart (Rakamonie Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Taken By Trees - Watch The Waves (MP3)

Anna Ternheim @ Bowery Ballroom in October 2009 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Anna Ternheim

El Perro del Mar will be joined on her previously-announced February dates by fellow Swede and singer Anna Ternheim and Taken by Trees, who is another one-woman Swede, Victoria Bergsman (formerly of Concretes).

UPDATE: Anna is not on this tour. She was originally, but has been replaced by Taken by Trees.

Taken by Trees released her new album, East Of Eden, via Rough Trade in September. Included on that album is a cover/interpretation of Animal Collective's "My Girls" called "My Boys". Check out the video for that song below. "Watch The Waves" is a free download above. Taken By Trees plays a pre-tour show at Union Hall in Brooklyn on February 13th. Tickets for that are on sale.

All three (Taken/Anna/Del Mar) Both (Taken/Del Mar) then play NYC on February 16th at (Le) Poisson Rouge (tickets on sale) and February 17th at Knitting Factory (tickets on sale).

For New Year's, Anna posted a free live version of her song "You Mean Nothing To Me Anymore" recorded at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, November 27th 2009. MP3 of that above. Video below.

Robyn, another female Swedish artist, recently completed her first remix of another artist. Robyn's remixer alias is Rakamonie (same name as her 2006 EP). Her remix subject is El Perro Del Mar. Grab "Change of Heart" above. All dates and stuff below...

Continue reading "Taken By Trees (Victoria Bergsman), Anna Ternheim & El Perro Del Mar - dates, Robyn remix, Animal Collective cover"

El Perro del Mar

El Perro del Mar, Swedish pop singer/songwriter Sarah Assbring, will be touring North America this February. Her trip has two NYC shows: one on February 16th at (Le) Poisson Rouge (tickets are on sale), and one February 17th at Knitting Factory Brooklyn (tickets also on sale).

Her last NYC appearance was a November 9th show at Webster Hall opening for Peter Bjorn and John. She was originally scheduled to play Joe's Pub that night, but it was bumped for the other show, which moved a day up and changed locations from Terminal 5.

Her upcoming dates, which run from Philly to California, are posted below. There's also a collection of videos including the new official video for "Change Of Heart," EPDM singing with PB&J live, an in-store performance, and an interview that susses out her newest album's Last Tango in Paris inspiration (and also addresses its short length) below...

Continue reading "El Perro del Mar - 2010 tour dates & a bunch of videos "

Peter & Bjorn @ Cake Shop in August (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Peter Bjorn And John

It was 10 years ago this November that Peter Morén, Björn Yttling and John Eriksson decided to form a band called "Peter Bjorn And John". On November 21, 1999 the band had their first rehearsal. Now, to celebrate the fact that they are still playing together after 10 years, PB&J are going to do a special "surprise birthday tour" in select cities around North America.
"Young Folks" was first released in 2006, making the band seven years older than that song. Peter Bjorn and John's b-day tour with El Perro del Mar comes to Webster Hall tonight (11/9). The Suzan also opens. Tickets are still on sale for the show which was originally scheduled for Tuesday at Terminal 5.

The Surprise Birthday Tour was originally just a tour. What it means is that PB&J are now planning guests and "surprises" for each stop. In Philly last night (11/8), the band brought out guests "spank rock, amanda blank, rose and the alien with the beer baby bong!" Another prize is the chance to sing and/or whistle "Young Kids" on stage with the band. More details below.

In August, Peter Bjorn and John supplemented their two Depeche Mode-opening shows with a pair of small NYC club shows at Cake Shop and Rockwood Music Hall.

Details and poster for PB&J's 10th anniversary tour and updated tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Peter Bjorn & John are 10 (they are?) - adding surprises on current tour (which is at Webster Hall tonight)"

by Andrew Frisicano

El Perro Del Mar

If looking for a way to see some of CMJ's top bands without a badge or tickets, three stores - Sound Fix, Other Music and Apple Store Soho - are all offering free in-store performances through the week.

Other Music in Manhattan hosts El Perro Del Mar tonight (10/20 @ 8pm). El Perro - real name Sarah Assbring - was to play a Joe's Pub show on November 9th. That's been canceled. She's opening for Peter, Bjorn & John this November - their Nov. 10th show was moved from Terminal 5 to Webster Hall and bumped a day earlier (now Nov. 9th).

If you're out today (10/20), El Perro Del Mar will be DJing (4-5pm) at Pianos this afternoon. Perhaps she'll spin something from her new record, Love Is Not Pop, which is out today (there's some nice dance remixes on at the end of it).

Also at Other Music, The Very Best play a daytime in-store (noon) on Thursday (10/22), which is probably less than 12 hours after they play (Le) Poisson Rouge's Green Owl CMJ showcase on Wednesday night with Theophilus London, Violens, Grandchildren, Ninjasonik and Nat Geo Music (the late show after LPR's New Amsterdam/Cantaloupe Recs showcase).

At Sound Fix (all shows 7pm), Antlers play a short acoustic set on Wednesday (they also play a BV showcase tonight, 10/20, at Music Hall of Williamsburg), and Cymbals Eat Guitars (at BV Pianos party Saturday afternoon) perform on Thursday. Tonight (10/20) at Sound Fix, you can catch Brooklyn's own Bell. More dates below.

At the Apple Store Soho, the extremely busy the xx play on Thursday and Portugal. The Man on Friday. More details below.

Speaking of the xx's busy schedule, let's just go through it: They're also at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (10/21), Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday with School of Seven Bells (now sold out) and a late-night Tribeca Grand party on October 23rd with FIXED's DJ JDH + Dave P (RSVP).

If you're after the Antlers and the xx together in one convenient spot, they're both playing a late-night NME CMJ party on Thursday, October 22nd at The Delancey with We Are Enfant Terrible, Reni Lane, Yes Giantesses and Ultra Violent Lights. The xx are the "special guest" on that show.

All times for the CMJ in-stores, tour dates and details are below...

Continue reading "CMJ in-stores @ Apple Store, Sound Fix, Other Music & other shows w/ El Perro Del Mar, Very Best, Antlers, xx & more"

Peter Bjorn and John @ Webster Hall in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Peter Bjorn and John

Oops! Peter Bjorn and John's November 10th Terminal 5 show has been moved down to the smaller Webster Hall one day earlier (November 9th). El Perro Del Mar and Brooklyn (via Japan)'s The Suzan open the show. All T5 tix will be honored, and some are still on sale too.

El Perro Del Mar was supposed to play Joe's Pub on November 9th, so that was also canceled with this change.

The Suzan...

"was formed by two Japanese girls, RIE(Guitar) and SAORI(Vocal) in the summer of 2003. They had been sicking and tired of recent Japanese POP idol music. So they decided to produce their own songs and bring the movement and revolution to the music scene of not only Japan but also the world by their sound."
Based on watching one of their videos (below), I'm not sure how soon they'll be making a name for themselves in the world, but somehow they got on this T5 bill, and on one of the two Fool's Gold CMJ parties this year. The flyer and more info below...

Continue reading "Peter Bjorn & John's Terminal 5 show moved to Webster Hall -- The Suzan opening, playing Fool's Gold CMJ (flyer)"

Peter Bjorn & John @ MSG on 8/4 (more by Tim Griffin)
Peter Bjorn and John

Peter, Bjorn and John are still on their Depeche Mode-supporting tour that brought the band to NYC for two large shows at Madison Square Garden, and two smaller ones at Cake Shop and Rockwood Music Hall. When they return again, they have now confirmed that it will be during their promised November tour with El Perro Del Mar, and that it will be at Terminal 5 on November 10th. Tickets go on presale today (Aug 12) at 11am. General sale starts Friday, August 14th at noon. All dates below.

One day before that gig, on November 9th, El Perro Del Mar will play a headlining show at Joe's Pub. Tickets are now on sale.

A video of PB&J at Rockwood (doing a super-subdued version of "Amsterdam") and clips of El Perro Del Mar are below...

Continue reading "Peter Bjorn & John & El Perro Del Mar dates (T5 & Joe's Pub)"

El Perro Del Mar @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Bao Nguyen)
El Perro Del Mar

Sweden-based El Perro Del Mar, known informally as Sarah Assbring, is set to release her third full-length album Love Is Not Pop (The Control Group) on October 20, 2009. Following the album release, El Perro Del Mar will be supporting Peter Bjorn and John on their North American tour in November. Further details on those dates are to come.
The PB & J tour referenced above has not yet been announced. In the meantime the group is opening a series of shows on the North American leg of Depeche Mode's massive 2009 tour. That includes the DM's shows on August 3rd and 4th at MSG. Tickets to both (Aug 3 and Aug 4) are still on sale.

El Perro Del Mar has confirmed a pair of headlining shows for NYC and LA in November. One of those will be at Joe's Pub on November 9th. No ticket info yet. All dates below.

The first two singles off EPDM's new record (which came out in April in Sweden) are currently streaming on her Myspace. Two are also embedded in videos below.

Album art, tracklist, a note from Sarah about the record, two sample tracks and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "El Perro Del Mar - new album coming, upcoming shows include Joe's Pub & an unannounced Peter Bjorn & John tour"

photos by Bao Nguyen

El Perro Del Mar

joined on stage by Lykke Li

Bao told me that...

Lykke Li's affectuous pop paired with her bouncing dance moves were the highlight of the evening. El Perro Del Mar ended the Swedish Invasion night with an inspired, yet less energizing set. It wasn't until Lykke Li came back to join her for a couple of songs that the energy came back to fill the room.
Anna Ternheim played first of three at this Swedish ladies show (@ Bowery Ballroom) that is part of a Swedish ladies tour. More pictures from last night (May 8, 2008) below....

Continue reading "Lykke Li & El Perro Del Mar @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - pics"

photos by Bao Nguyen

DOWNLOAD: Anna Ternheim - To Be Gone (MP3)


The gloomy Swede, starved for sunlight, is a cliché, she insisted. It takes resolve not to mention that the cover photograph for Ms. Ternheim's American debut, "Halfway to Five Points" (Decca), features the singer-songwriter with her head bowed, standing beneath a sky of blackening clouds. But we've only just met.

"Some part of it is true, of course," she said. "I don't know why, but all Swedish folk music has that melancholy to it. Also, there's a lot of melody to Swedish pop music while not as much rhythm. There's definitely a color to the Nordic music. We don't surprise people. It's like, I'm the Swedish singer-songwriter girl from Sweden in the north, singing sad melancholic songs!" [NY Sun]

Like her tour-mates Lykke Li and El Perro Del Mar, Anna Ternheim is from Sweden, but she recently moved to NYC. Last night the aforementioned tour hit Bowery Ballroom in Anna's new hometown (May 8, 2008). More pictures of Anna playing that show below....

Continue reading "Anna Ternheim @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - pics, MP3"

Lykke Li @ mahiki 20th Feb 2008 (Max Tollworthy)
Lykke Li

Although watching the below video made me like Lykke Li a "little bit" less, I still think catching her with El Perro Del Mar and Anna Ternheim in the intimate setting that is Joe's Pub seems like a worthwhile endeavor.

Continue reading "Lykke Li - Joe's Pub show on sale, street corner video"


This May, three of Sweden's most talented women - El Perro Del Mar, Lykke Li, and Anna Ternheim - are embarking on a two week North American tour together.

SwedenEl Perro Del Mar, known informally as Sarah Assbring, will be releasing From The Valley To The Stars, the follow-up album to her self-titled US debut which won raves from fans and critics alike, on April 22nd. The album is a 16-track opus, chock-full of non-traditional folk songs that explore the world at large.

SwedenLykke Li is one of the most internationally buzzed about Swedish artists at the moment. She just recently released her critically acclaimed debut album Youth Novels (produced by Bjorn Yttling, of Peter, Bjorn, John), in Sweden and will see the single for her incredible song "Little Bit" released by Moshi Moshi in the UK this week. There will soon be US release announcements from Lykke Li.

Anna Ternheim, one of the most appreciated and accomplished Swedish solo female artists, will join the tour as a very special guest. The singer songwriter will make her US album debut with Halfway to Fivepoints, released by Decca on April 22nd.

Tickets are on sale for a May 8th show at Bowery Ballroom. Lykke Li will also be all over the place at SXSW this year. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "El Perro Del Mar, Lykke Li, & Anna Ternheim - Tour Dates"

El Perro Del Mar

Speaking of icy (kidding!) Swedish singer-songwriters, El Perro Del Mar is coming out with a new album....

Continue reading "El Perro Del Mar - "From The Valley To The Stars""

DOWNLOAD: El Perro Del Mar - God Knows (MP3)

"This album really took me by surprise. For some reason I initially wrote it off as something twee and not my cup of tea, but then I gave it a second shot and after a few listens found myself hooked on her brand of melancholia. The songs are simple, repetitive, yet weirdly have infinite playability for me. I have yet to get sick of this one...not sure if I will anytime soon." [Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste on El Perro Del Mar]

El Perro Del Mar @ Joe's Pub | Nov 13, 2006
El Perro Del Mar @ Joes Pub

I saw El Perro Del Mar play Joe's Pub back in November when she played 4 NYC shows in a row. I don't think I ever posted about it because this website was all messed up at the time. It was also around the time I was obsessively listening to her self-titled album (the one Ed Droste expresses his love for above) - it was that obsessive period that led me to list her album as one of my favorites of 2006.

The Joe's Pub show was good - not spectacular or anything - she sounded like the album, so see her if you like the album (which at least one person I'm close to DOESN'T).

Is El Perro Del Mar big enough to play Bowery Ballroom? (are Under Byen?). Because that's where she's playing on March 1st. All tour dates & more pics below....

Continue reading "El Perro Del Mar | 2007 Tour Dates (SXSW?) + Joe's Pub pics"

2006 Albums

I hated making this list. Keep in mind that the below albums were my favorites - most of all because I liked listening to them - at least at some point in the year, and in one setting or another. I would never claim any album is the "best", and I respect all opinions. I think music is subjective, situational, right-time-right-place, etc.. One reason an album might not be on the list = I didn't hear it.

All albums on the list are split into equal groups of ten. Grizzly Bear=Destroyer=Scott Walker=Califone, etc... (I know that pisses some people off.) Here are my 40 favorite albums of 2006....

1-10) Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
1-10) Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
1-10) Peter, Bjorn & John - Writer's Block
1-10) Britta Persson - Top Quality Bones and a Little Terrorist
1-10) Scott Walker - The Drift
1-10) Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor
1-10) Hot Chip - The Warning
1-10) Lily Allen - Alright Still
1-10) Califone - Roots and Crowns
1-10) Land of Talk - Applause Cheer Boo Hiss (EP?)

11-20) Isolee - Western Store
11-20) J Dilla - Donuts
11-20) The Knife - Silent Shout
11-20) Mew - Mew and the glass handed kites
11-20) Arctic Monkeys - Whatever people say i am, that's what i'm not
11-20) Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope
11-20) TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
11-20) Love is All - Nine Times That Same Song
11-20) The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine
11-20) Tokyo Police Club - A Lesson in Crime EP

21-30) Professor Murder - Rides the Subway EP
21-30) Bob Dylan - Modern Times
21-30) Neil Young - Living With War
21-30) El Perro Del Mar - El Perro Del Mar
21-30) The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
21-30) Silversun Pickups - Carnavas
21-30) The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
21-30) Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I am Dreaming
21-30) Band of Horses - Everything All the Time
21-30) Cat Power - The Greatest

31-40) M-Ward - Post War
31-40) Tapes N Tapes - The Loon
31-40) Final Fantasy - He Poos Clouds
31-40) Malajube - Trompe L'oeil
31-40) Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That
31-40) Archie Bronson Outfit - Derdang Derdang
31-40) Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
31-40) Nellie McKay - Pretty Little Head
31-40) Voxtrot - Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives EP
31-40) Spank Rock - YoYoYoYoYo


Continue reading "My 40 favorite albums of 2006 & then some"

DOWNLOAD: El Perro Del Mar - God Knows (MP3)

Like Frida Hynvonen and Jose Gonzalez before her (on this blog), Sarah Assbring, aka El Perro Del Mar, is a sweet sounding Swedish musician who is friends with Jens Lekman. In fact, Jens & Sarah released a split-EP together on Secretly Canadian in 2004. Jens talked about her and Jose in the interview we did here on BrooklynVegan. Jose and her have toured together. She of course also knows the Concretes, etc, etc...

And like Jens Lekman, her most recent LP is a compilation of singles and EP's. The self-titled debut album came out in Sweden in May 2005. It came out here in the USA thanks to Memphis Industries in August...or is it thanks to the Control Group in November?...either way it's out now. Pitchfork gave it an impressive 8.1 in June. I'm listening to it as I write this, and I like it a lot too.

Songs:Illinois says, "These songs sound like they're right out of an early 60's film soundtrack". Good description. Listen at MySpace or at this e-card thing and watch this live video and this not-live video....and if you're in NYC check her out for yourself....

Nov 12 @ Zebulon (Brooklyn) w/ The Raven Mayhem
Nov 13 @ Joe's Pub (Manhattan) w/ Emilie Simon
Nov 14 @ Union Hall (Brooklyn) w/ Jaymay
Nov 16 @ Mercury Lounge (Manhattan) w/ Evangelicals & Annuals

In a June 2006 interview with Lunapark6, she said, "Last year I went to New York. I was kind of expecting to fall headoverheels in love with the city but I didn’t. I still haven’t figured out why. May have been because of the heat and the humidity. I tend to be overly irritated when it’s hot. I don’t know. I really like New York, but it wasn’t love at first sight. Think I need to go back there when it’s fall or winter." I hope she likes it better this time.

She also says in the above interview that she loves Peter Bjorn & John. She reiterates that love in a recent Pitchfork feature. And lastly here's a picture of El Perro Del Mar and a peacock.

* NPR - The Sounds of Motown Via Sweden
* MOKB - El Perro Del Mar
* OMR - El Perro Del Mar

I see a lot of concerts, so it's hard to feel bad about missing one of them, but of all the shows I miss this year, the Jens Lekman (with band)/Beirut show at Bowery Ballroom Friday night (July 21, 2006) will probably be the one I regret not seeing the most. Then again, I saw Jens (solo) at Mercury Lounge just two days earler, and I've seen Beirut before, AND I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities to see both of them again (especially Beirut who lives in NYC). In fact, Jens (who lives in Sweden) is playing NYC one more time (but not with a band) when he finishes the rest of his tour - the tour that took him from NYC (without Beirut) to Boston to play TT the Bear's Saturday night (July 22). That's where Mike (who interviewed Beirut while they were in Boston) caught up with Jens before he took the stage....

Jens Lekman @ Bowery Ballroom

BrooklynVegan Mike: Listening to your songs, I get the impression that most, if not all, of them are 1st person. Do you have a desire to write 3rd person, or completely fictional songs?

Jens: All of the songs I write are 1st person, with some fictional elements. The songs I write are my interpretation of events that have occurred in my life. How I perceived that reality to me. There is some fiction in there. After a while, I forget what parts are real and what parts are not.

BrooklynVegan Mike: Since the songs then deal with people you know or have had experiences with, how has the reaction been from the subjects?

Jens: They have been fine. Some people don't mind, others did. I have told everyone that if anyone was offended or didn't like being the subject of a song to please tell me. I really would like to know.

BrooklynVegan Mike: I am thinking of the girl in "Psycho Girl," does she know?

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