Pausing this blog while life requires me elsewhere. I might or might not return one day.

Rock on.



I couldn’t help but throw in this song as I find myself and my family buried in moving boxes. The break-up lyrics I’ve just been ignoring. It’s all about brown boxes!

It was also a great way to celebrate the Spinto Band’s new EP release, Slim and Slender, out today as a digital download or 10″ vinyl record.

Brown Boxes

The group will be touring to promote the EP with their labelmates The Generationals and Pepi Ginsburg.

01 – Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s Cafe
02 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
04 – San Francisco, CA – Hardly Strictly Blue Grass Festival
05 – Brookdale, CA – Brookdale Lodge
06 – Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater
07 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
09 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
10 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Tavern
11 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
12 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
13 – St. Louis, MO – Gargoyle Club
15 – Covington, KY – Mad Hatter
16 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
17 – North Adams, MA – Mass MoCA
20 – Charlottesville, NC – The Southern
21 – Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
22 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
23 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
24 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts

Constant Surprises – Little Dragon from Little Dragon
Besides death metal bands, Gothenburg, Sweden is known for a growing number of talented bands across many genres – From the Knife, El Perro del Mar, Jose Gonzalez, and Jens Lekman. Japanese descended Yukimi Nagano and high school friends Erik Bodin, Fredrik Wallin and Håkan Wirenstrand provide an unexpected mix between indie/alt electronic rock firmly embedded in American-styled R&B. This song is super listenable with tinges of off-kilter phrasing paired with urban vocalization. It’s infectiously catchy. Beware.

Constant Surprises

Please, Baby, Please – David Bazan from Curse Your Branches

Former Pedro the Lion front man, David Bazan, wrestles with some deep emotions on his first solo release. Please, Baby, Please is a happy-sounding tune with tragically personal lyrics about Bazan’s descent into serious drinking and the problems it’s caused his wife and child. He takes his past and current issues and projects them into the future, heaping the terrible results upon his daughter’s life as warning to himself.

Please, Baby, Please

If you missed Pete and the Pirates 2008 release, Little Death , you really need to get with the program.


Here’s the latest video release from the album. The most recent in a long string of videos included below.

She Doesn’t Belong To Me


Mr. Understanding

The Pirates are on tour this October around Europe. Don’t miss them.

08 Oct 2009
| Sala Taboo | Madrid | Spain
09 Oct 2009
| La Casa Del Loco | Zaragoza | Spain
10 Oct 2009
| Club Fever | Bilbao | Spain
13 Oct 2009
| Hedon, Zwolle | Zwolle | Netherlands | Buy Tickets
14 Oct 2009
| W2 – Den Bosch | Buy Tickets
15 Oct 2009
| Paradiso (Maximo Park Support) | Amsterdam | Netherlands
16 Oct 2009
| 013 (Maximo Park Support) | Tilburg | Netherlands
17 Oct 2009
| AB (Maximo Park Support) | Brussels | Belgium
18 Oct 2009
| Bibelot – Dordrecht | Dordrecht | Netherlands
19 Oct 2009
| Den Atelier (Maximo Park Support) | Luxembourg | Luxembourg
20 Oct 2009
| Grabenhalle (Maximo Park Support) | St Gallen | Switzerland

The demo version of Arrow of Eros by London’s Golden Silvers, is less produced without the latest studio release version’s dance beat background and middle vocal section. I frankly like it better. It sounds incredibly early 90’s for some reason. It has a clean, pop sound. You can find it on eMusic.

Arrow of Eros from

This is classic, pop song by Andrew Gold. I remember it from when I was kid as catchy and singable. I never paid attention to the lyrics really. It so sums up baby-boomer generation selfishness well. Spoiled kid mourning that fact that he isn’t the center of the universe. This song make so little sense to Generation X and Y. We may have indulgent emo anthems, but we the youth of today rarely put it out in this fashion.

Lonely Boy

Damn, the 18-year-old boys in Let’s Wrestle have that catchy, wonderful british indie punk sound (straight out of the Kinks) that is difficult to fake if you aren’t the genuine teen thing. You just want to wrestle them! Buy everything of theirs before they get older and improve their musicianship.

We Are The Men You’ll Grow To Love Soon

Bitte Orca

Bought their album Bitte Orca last night. 3 listens later, I think it is one of the best complete albums I’ve heard in a long time. It’s both indie pop accessible yet jangily, off-beat with a dollop of Devendra thrown in to keep you on your creative toes. As we listened to it over dinner last night, wife kept hearing 80’s Robert Plant guitar licks and post-Mariah vocal highs, and unashamedly liked it.

The vibrant Brooklyn music scene is one of the most exciting in the country right now, with the unique sounds of Grizzly Bear, Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer, MGMT, A Place to Bury Strangers, and the Muggabears.

Temecula Sunrise

Get It Together or Leave It Alone