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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Phantom Planet breaks up

Very Sad. Here's the details from their Myspace blog:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Last Phantom Planet Show.

This could be the most difficult piece of news we have ever had to post. Sadly, Phantom Planet will be playing our last show, December 12, at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the same venue that we played our very first live all ages gig, back in 1994. We have had an amazing time playing together for 15 years, but we have officially decided to go on hiatus, and will not be playing any more live shows or making any new records, indefinitely. There is so much more to write, but at this time, we just want to say thank you, to everyone, for their support, friendship, inspiration, attendance, and love.

-alex, darren, jeff and sam.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Vampire Weekend Does Conan O'Brien

One of my favorite tracks off the album

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Colin Meloy of the Decemberists talks about the new album

Very exciting stuff. Meloy even refers to it as a "Rock Opera" Read the full story from Rolling Stone.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Get Up Kids reunite!

Holy wow! Don't get too excited though - its only for one show, this Sunday night, in Kansas City. I took the Mrs. down to their last farewell show back in 2005, but don't think I'll be able to swing this one.

Read more HERE

and HERE

Sunday, November 9, 2008

No Sunlight - New Death Cab for Cutie Video

No Sunlight

Here's some Death Cab for Cutie to purchase

Or, hows about some Postal Service?

Or solo Ben Gibbard?

New Blue Scholars interview

Add them to your collection!

Also, consider their associated act Common Market (same DJ, different MC)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Sigur Rós - Við spilum endalaust - Offficial Video Released on

That's right. View it HERE

J. Tillman - Vacilando Territory Blues - Album Review

Initial Thoughts Album Review #5

Unpretentious album reviews that forgo the big words, analogies and obscure music-references to simply voice some initial thoughts and gut reactions.

J. Tillman - Vacilando Territory Blues

I was introduced to J. Tillman via the band he currently drums for, Fleet Foxes. I first got Minor Works (a gift from McGreggor) and from there went through and acquired his full back catalog. Minor Works was good - really good. However, he laid the pedal steel on a little thick for my tastes. The back catalog (I Will Return, Long May You Run, J. Tillman, and Cancer and Delirium) were great, but a bit lo-fi for my tastes.

His latest release, Vacilando Territory Blues, currently available digitally, improves on both of these complaints. The heavy pedal steel sound, and the recording quality is up to par with his likely expanded budget. So now I can enjoy Tillman's uber-mellow vocals, simple orchestrations, and believably heartfelt lyrics without any annoying distractions.

Standout tracks are Firstborn, James Blues, Barter Blues (my favorite) and Master's House. Highly recommended for anyone that likes Damien Jurado or the likes.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Death Cab does Leno

This is one of the better live late-show venue performances for Death Cab. Enjoy.

Here's some Death Cab for Cutie to purchase

Or, hows about some Postal Service?

Or solo Ben Gibbard?