Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Late, Late Night Brew | The National

Here's another one to throw on the list of anticipated albums of this year.

The National follow up their 2005 album "Alligator" with "Boxer" to be released May 22.

From the "Alligator (Deluxe Edition)":
mp3: The National- The Thrilling of Claire"
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American Mary: The National
My Space: The National

Late Night Brew | Dr. Dog

The boys from Philly returns with this past Tuesday's release of their second full length album "We All Belong", a follow up to their album "Easy Beat" and EP "takers and leavers".
From their album "We All Belong":
mp3: Dr. Dog- "My Old Ways"

official site: Dr. Dog
My Space: Dr. Dog

Also: Daytrotter Sessions: Dr. Dog

Today's Brew | Low

The trio from Duluth Minnesota return with their follow up to The Great Destroyer. Also the return of Dave Fridmann as producer and their second release under the SubPop label.

From their album "Drums and Guns" (release date: March 20th):
mp3: Low- "Breaker"

official site: Low
My Space: Low

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Today's Brew | Rosie Thomas

I've been listening to Rosie, of late, and yes, I know I'm late on this one as well.
Her album has been out as a digital release since early December, but the official CD release is in March, here in the US.
She gets help from fellow friends like Sufjan Stevens and Denison Witmer onn this album. The album also features a couple of notable covers, a REM cover of "The One I Love" and also a Denison Witmer cover.

From her album "These Friends of Mine", a Denison Witmer cover:
mp3: Rosie Thomas- "Paper Doll"
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official site: Rosie Thomas
My Space: Rosie Thomas


Grumpy Man has pictures of a completely unannounced show in England's Mr Wolfs by Portishead. Check out the photos ovah here.
From the album compilation "Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited":
mp3: Portishead- "Requiem for Anna"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

Monday, February 26, 2007

Today's Brew | SNL: Arcade Fire

Gotta love YouTube, cuz I sure missed this one.

YouTube- Arcade Fire "Intervention"

Friday, February 23, 2007

La Biscotte | Nosfell

(entry by Anne)

Ne cherchez pas d’influences : aucune ne permettrait de définir le style de
l’ovni Nosfell sans le travestir. Passant d’un timbre caverneux à des
intonations suraïgues avec ce qui semble être une facilité déconcernante,
Nosfell créé un univers bien à lui où la voix est un instrument à part
entière au même titre que le violoncelle de Pierre le Bourgeois qui
l’accompagne, et la guitare. Nosfell vient du Klokochazia (inutile de
chercher sur une carte, le pays n’existe pas !) et a déjà conquis la France
avec deux albums très personnels, « Pomaïe klokochazia balek » et « Kälin
bla lemsnit dünfel labyanit »


Don’t try to find influences. No one could characterise UFO Nosfell’s style
without misrepresenting it. He goes from a hollow tone to shrill intonations
with a disconcerting easiness. He created a personnal universe where his
voice is an instrument in the same way as Pierre le Bourgeois’s violoncello
and guitar. Nosfell comes from the Klokochazia (needless to search it on a
map, this land doesn’t exist !) and has ever win over French public with his
two albums, « Pomaïe klokochazia balek » and « Kälin bla lemsnit dünfel
labyanit »

mp3: Nosfell- "Children of windaklo"
(YouSend- for a limited time only)

official site: Nosfell
My Space: Nosfell
To see a video of his show at the Parc des Princes in Paris (french football
stadium): go here.

Today's Brew | Ben + Vesper

These guys are from New Jersey, and are part of the Danielson Friends Network, or what I'd call [DFN], which includes contributions on the album by Sufjan Stevens who is also on the [DFN].

from More Questions EP:
mp3: Ben + Vesper- "Especially We"

from All This Could Kill You!:
mp3: Ben + Vesper- "Honest Bluff"

official site: Ben + Vesper
My Space: Ben + Vesper
Sounds Familyre site- Ben + Vesper

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Today's Brew |The Besnard Lakes

Here's another band that calls Montreal, their home.
Under The Radar lists them as one of their favorite new bands of 2007.
P' Folks gave their album a score of 8.2, which isn't bad. As P' folk wrote, "...they opened the Unicorns' 2004 North American tour, while singer/guitarist Jace Lasek's Break Glass Studio produced Wolf Parade's Apologies to the Queen Mary and Sunset Rubdown's Shut Up I Am Dreaming-- but never tasted it themselves."

Could be all hype, but I think there's definitely something, and so far from what I've heard, this could be a promising year for the other Montreal band known as The Besnard Lakes.

From their album "The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse":
mp3:The Besnard Lakes- "And You Lied To Me"

My Space: The Besnard Lakes

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Today's Brew | Explosions in the Sky

The reflective instrumental quartet from Austin, Texas return with a new album.
Music to meditate, study, make love, go on road trips, and trip out on.
I've actually never seen them perform, but from what I've heard their live performances are quite intense and worth checking out.

From their album "All of A Sudden I Miss Everyone":
mp3: Explosions in the Sky- "Welcome Ghosts"

From their 2005 album "The Rescue":
mp3: Explosions in the Sky- "Day 1"
mp3: Explosions in the Sky- "Day 2"

official site: Explosions in the Sky
My Space: Explosions in the Sky (unofficial site)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Today's Brew | LA Weekly: Grizzly Bear

If you haven't already read the article, it's worth checkin' out.
LA Weekly's subheading reads Meet Grizzly Bear, indie rock’s best “gay-straight-straight-straight quadrant”. LA Weekly talked to Droste and bandmate Daniel Rossen about sonics, vocals, the gay press and other topics of urgent interest.

(LA Weekly article by Alec Hanley Bemis)

LA Weekly: Hey, you have your own genre! A related question: Do the lyrics connect to the fact that Ed is something of a rarity — a gay indie rocker in a scene that can be very asexual?

DROSTE: “Plans” is about a boy, and that’s about it. [“Juan from Argentina, such a strange predicament we find ourselves in/Baby it’s a long way to South America . . .”] The first album [2004’s Horn of Plenty] is definitely more about gay-centric relationships.

LA Weekly: A few months back, though, a very gay-centric interview between you and Owen Pallet from Final Fantasy and the Arcade Fire did make its way around the Internet.

DROSTE: That wasn’t meant for everyone to read. I don’t regret doing it — I’ve done a bunch of gay press — but when things get posted on the Web and people start Googling, suddenly a story meant for one audience is in general circulation. All of a sudden, journalists start asking about it.

ROSSEN: We are a gay-straight-straight-straight quadrant.

DROSTE: Quadrant? Bloc Party’s lead singer, Kele, just came out of the closet, so you know . . . add another one to the list! [Fake enthusiasm.] Yeah, sweet. [Everyone laughs loudly.]

Read the full article ovah here.

mp3: Grizzly Bear- "Plans (KEXP live performance)"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

Grizzly Bear plays a soldout show at the Troubadour tomorrow (Wed, Feb. 21).

Monday, February 19, 2007

Late Night Brew | Peel

For those who are fellow Mac users, well here's another reason why its nice to have one rather than a PC.

-Subscribe to blogs around the web and get notified when new music becomes available
-Download and add your favorite music directly to iTunes with a click of a button
-A single way to easily stream any web page and listen to new music

Get Peel.

Second Cup | The Low Lows

This week, The Take-Away Show from La Blogotheque feature The Low Lows. I find the whole series of videos by La Blogotheque fascinating, as they find clever ways to bring live performances on video in its rawness. Especially with public interaction.

From their album "Fire on the Bright Sky" (2006):
mp3: The Low Lows- "Dear Flies Love Spider"
My previous entries about them ovah here.

Today's Brew | Richard Swift...yes, again

One of my favorite album releases this year will be hitting the record shops on Feb 20th (that's tomorrow), Richard Swift's new album Dressed Up For The Letdown.

Stream the whole album ovah here.

From his album Dressed Up For The Letdown:
mp3: Richard Swift- "Kisses for the Misses"
From his album The Novelist / Walking Without Effort:
mp3:Richard Swift- "As I Go"

My previous entry about him ovah here

On a different note:
Gorilla vs Bear has the new Blonde Redhead song "23", not sure if its all tied to this whole new Jim Carrey movie called "23" either.

Friday, February 16, 2007

La Biscotte | An Pierlé

As we mentioned last Friday, we welcomed Anne (from Kawaii) as our featured guest resident blogger here at ADD. We thought we give her own cool series title name, sorta running with the theme of coffee. As we've been attempting to do at this site. And as we also mentioned last week, her entries will be bilingual- both in French and English.

(all text below by Anne)

An Pierlé est une chanteuse belge. Elle a commencé le piano à 9 ans et n’a
visiblement jamais arrêté depuis. Avec sa formation classique et sa voix aux
intonations intimistes et enchanteresses, elle aurait très bien pu devenir
un des ténors de la variété belge. Mais non. La dame se plaît dans les
ambiances éclectiques et sophistiquées. Après avoir évolué pendant plusieurs
années en solo, An Pierlé rencontre aujourd’hui un succès d’estime avec son
nouveau projet An Pierlé and White Velvet, un duo avec Koen Gisen. Mais
c’est un titre de son second album, Helium Sunset (2002) que vous pourrez
écouter aujourd’hui…


An Pierlé is a Belgian singer. She played the piano since she was 9 years old
and she obviously never stopped since then. With her classic education and
her intimistbewitching voice, she could have became one big name of Belgian
light music. But she didn’t. The lady enjoys eclectic and sophisticated ambiances. After having played alone for several years, An Pierlé has received praise from the critics with her new project An Pierlé and White Velvet, a duo with Koen Gisen. But that’s a title from her second album that you can listen to today…

mp3: An Pierlé- "Helium Sunset"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

official site: An Pierlé
My Space: An Pierlé

official site: An Pierlé and White Velvet
My Space: An Pierlé and White Velvet

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Late Night Brew | NPR: Arcade Fire Live at Feb. 17th

As part of the NPR Live Concert Series, Arcade Fire will be in concert. And for a live webcast- be sure to check out on Feb. 17 beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET.
I'm sure in a shortly after this event, the mp3 version of this performance will be floating freely among us.

So bookmark this page ovah here:
NPR: Arcade Fire Live

From the Six Feet Under - Everything Ends Soundtrack:
mp3: Arcade Fire- "Cold Wind"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

Today's Brew | Chan at Chanel

Some images from the Chanel: Spring-Summer 2007 Haute Coutre
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
featuring Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall)

I'm sure alot of folks in the crowd weren't really paying attention to Chan performing as much as they were watching the show, and I'm sure Chan was enjoying the show as she was giving her show. The performance includes a more groovier version of "Could We" and an upbeat version of "Satisfaction".

To check out the video footage of the whole spectacle, go ovah here.
Click on "Fashion Shows" --> "Spring-Summer 2007 Haute Couture" --> "Videos"
(videos is located at the bottom right)

My previous entry about this event ovah here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Today's Brew | Au Revoir Simone

Okay, I'm definitely really late in the game on this one. I've heard their name buzzin around the past year, but never really got around to listening to them. Their new album "The Bird of Music" is set to be released in early March. (first, as an import? according to Strange, since the keyboard-driven band is based in NY, i suppose that seems to be the trend of late.

From their album "Verses of Comfort, Assurance and Salvation":
mp3: Au Revoir Simone- "Through the Backyards"

official site: Au Revoir Simone
My Space: Aur Revoir Simone

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Late Night Brew | Labrador 100

Swedish label Labrador releases an extensive 4 CD Box to commemorate their 100th release and 10 years as a label, with over 100 songs. The release date in Europe is on: Feb. 14th, not sure about the US.
Labrador is home of the Acid House Kings, The Radio Dept, Sambassadeur to name a few.

mp3: Club 8: "Everlasting Love"
mp3: The Radio Dept.: "Against The TIde"
mp3: Suburban Kids With Biblical Names: "Trumpets and Violins"
mp3: Sambassadeur: "Ice and Snow"
(links all courtesy of Labrador)
official site: Labrador

Today's Brew | Great Northern

LA based foursome brings their airy pop sound. I have to admit, I've heard the name floating around the past year, and never really thought too much about listening to them. My curiosity finally gave in.
LA Weekly article about them ovah here

From their first full-length album "Trading Twilight for Daylight" (May 15):
mp3: Great Northern- "Home"

My Space: Great Northern
official site: Great Northern

Monday, February 12, 2007

Late Night Brew | PB Wolf V Day Mix

A special mix of 22 minutes of non-stop lovin' - just in time for V-day.
mp3:Peanut Butter Wolf- "V-Day Mix"

Today's Brew | J Dilla's Ruff Draft

Considered a turning point album for Dilla, Ruff Draft will be released on 2/CD and 2/LP in March. The audio is taken from the original master tapes. I'll just shut up and let you listen- check it out.

J Dilla- "Make Em NV"

Friday, February 09, 2007

Today's Brew | Mansfield TYA

We'd like to welcome La Loutre (aka Anne) from the French outfit Kawaii as our featured guest resident blogger.
She'll be bringing a fresh new flavor to our site, particularly music from Europe, and at times from her own native country, France. So we're really excited to have her on board and we'll feature an entry by her once a week, and another interesting spin to this featured entry will be--it'll be bilingual. There might be a very slight disparity and variation between the French to English translation, but we hope to make the adjustments in the coming weeks.
Hopefully, those who know a little French, can brush up in your lingusitic skills.

Ces deux demoiselles sont certainement le duo féminin le plus singulier de
la production musicale française actuelle : Manfield TYA tire son nom de
June Mansfield, amie d’Anaïs Nin et femme d’Henri Miller, écrivain américain
dont les romans jugés trop pornographiques ont été censurés. Le décor est
planté. Du haut de sa voix écorchée, Julia se fait le témoin du spleen et de
la mélancolie d’histoires d’amour déçues. Toujours sur le fil, Julia et
Carla nourrissent une ambiance intimiste et ténébreuse de leurs ballades
folk-rock. Au gré de leurs envies, la guitare électrique se frotte aux
cordes baroques d’un violon ou aux mélodies douces et romantiques d’un
harmonium indien ou d’un piano. On pense à Cat Power, Shannon Wright ou aux sœur Cassidy de CocoRosie. Leur point commun ? Cette sensibilité à fleur de peau qui a la classe de ne jamais tomber dans la sensiblerie fleur bleue. Il suffit d’écouter « En secret » (reprise de Dominique A), extraits de leur tout dernier EP, pour s’en convaincre.


These two ladies must be the most singular female duo of French present
music production : Mansfield TYA takes their name from June Mansfield, Anaïs Nin’s friend and the wife of Henri Miller, that American writer whose books considered too pornographic had been censored in the last century. The scene is set. With her flayed alive voice, Julia describes disappointed love stories’ with spleen and melancholy. In French or in English, Julia and Carla
build the intimist and dark ambiances of their folk-rock ballades. According
to their moods, the electric guitar flirts with the baroque strings of the
violin, piano or indian harmonium romantic and soft melodies. It can make
you think to Cat Power, Shannon Wright or Cassidy sisters from CocoRosie.

official site: Mansfield TYA
My Space: Mansfield YA

mp3: Mansfield TYA- "En Secret"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Second Cup | Blog Hoppin'

Time to do some hoppin', and thought I save you some time, to some that are worth checkin':

BBC Collective:

Features one of my favorite artists- Anselm Kiefer with a video interview about his current work and show.
Anselm Kiefer - Aperiatur Terra is at White Cube, Mason's Yard, and the Royal Academy until 17 March 07.

More indie bands are viewing TV commercials as a harmless way to make money, but fans argue that the music becomes controlled by advertising directors rather than driven by the artist.
(Morning Edition, February 8, 2007, by Joel Rose)

Follow the link and listen to the broadcast:
NPR: Indie Bands Weigh Commercial Deals

Captain's Dead:
Has the BBC radio one session of Bloc Party

Serves up their Thursday Sessions with Whispertown 2000 ovah here.

Today's Brew | Chan-el-ized

This is old news now, love it or hate it, but Chan Marshall aka Cat Power is now CHAN-elized, as she participated in the Couture Sensation in Paris. And yes, yours truly gave her the coveted best album of 2006. I still think it is.

Check out the CHAN-elized event article ovah here:
V Magazine

From the album "Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited":
mp3: Cat Power featuring Karen Elson- "I Love You (Me Either)"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

Buy the album ovah here.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Today's Brew | Under Byen + Frida

From their album "Samme Stof Som Stof" (2006):
mp3: Under Byen- "Af Samme Stof Som Stof"
The Danish ensemble that sounds a bit like Bjork and Sigur Ros. Gotta love the nordic music scene. Visit their my space site, to stream and download more of their music.

My Space: Under Byen
official site: Under Byen

Coming to the West:
03/15/07 8:00P Emo's Austin, Texas (SXSW)
03/18/07 Los Angeles, CA - Factory w/ Frida Hyvonen

QT: Frida Hyvonen- "I Drive My Friend"

Making their way to the West:
03/15/07 Austin, TX- Mohawk w/ SXSW SC/Jag Showcase
03/18/07 Los Angeles, CA - Factory w/ Under Byen
03/19/07 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall w/ Under Byen

My previous entries about Frida Hyvonen ovah here.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Late Night Brew | Chrome Children vol. 2

[adult swim] along with stones throw label has put together yet another volume of chrome children.
and believe it or not, vol. 2 is now available absolutely free...yes, free!!!

visit ovah here and download the whole album:
Chrome Children vol. 2
features production by dabrye, four tet, and many more...

tracks include:
mp3:Madlib the Beat Konducta - Chrome Dreams
MED - Rhymes with an L
Roc C - Living for the City
Chocolate Star - Stay with Me MP3
produced by Gary Davis
Percee P - Reverse Part Two MP3
Oh No - Gitback
Guilty Simpson - Money Motivated Movements
Madlib the Beat Konducta - Selah's Children
Baron Zen - Theme (Danny Breaks Remix)
Aloe Blacc - Happy Now?
J.Rocc - Bubbha's Dance
Gary Wilson - Soul Traveling
Clifford Nyren - Keep Running Away (Egon's Edit)
The Jazzistics - Marcus, Martin and Malcolm
James Pants - Murder
Arabian Prince - Strange Life

Today's Brew | Kawaii

Influenced by the Dragibus and Deerhoof, this French duo samples and uses a variety of different types of instruments. Stream more of their music by visiting their My Space site.

mp3: Kawaii- "Draw Me An Atomic Bomb"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

MySpace: Kawaii

Monday, February 05, 2007

Guest Blogger- CBJ: On PB & J at Fingerprints

So since I was unable to go to this show, I coerced my friend Cowbell Junkie to write a quick blurb of the show as she took some pics, and vid (via YouTube).

PB+J came out to Long Beach's Fingerprints Friday night for a very
short and intimate performance. The only way of getting in was if you
had a cute yellow wristband completely customized with their initials
and a drawn image of an old typewriter.

Sadly, there was no sign of Victoria and the 30-minute acoustic set consisted of the 3 guys just jamming along for a handful loving fans. They played 4 songs from Writer's Blocks, including Amsterdam, Paris 2004, Objects of Affection, and Young Folks.

The last song was an old (American?) folk song, which Peter said was one of the first songs he ever learned. Although the acoustics minimalized PB+J's textured, harmonious, and dreamy sound, it didn't stop the crowd from singing along, clapping to percussion, and whistling.

Peter became Bjorn and Bjorn became Peter– a joke that started because of Bjorn having mic problems andconstantly wanting to switch places with Peter. Their humor really set the show off with a lighthearted air. Who knew these Swedes were so playful! Yes, they forgot some lyrics and teased each other in Swedish, but it was their mess-ups and informality that made the night so friendly.

Visit her site for a vid of "Objects of My Affection" ovah here.

Peter Bjorn & John- "Objects of My Affection"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

Their album "Writer's Block" gets a domestic (US) release and drops tomorrow (Feb. 6th).

Today's Brew | Daytrotter: MBD

Our good friends ovah at Daytrotter serve up this Monday's Daytrotter Session with one of my favorite artist of last year, Shara Worden aka My Brightest Diamond.
A definite treat.
Check it the session ovah here.

mp3: My Brightest Diamond- "Something of An End" (Daytrotter Session)

My previous entry about her ovah here.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Today's Brew | Peter Bjorn + John

Peter Bjorn + John are in LA for a two day show, they played a soldout show at the Roxy last night, and will be playing this evening at an in-store performance at Fingerprints Music in Long Beach. The show is a wristband event, and reserved for those who pre-ordered a copy of the domestic release of "Writer's Block". Unfortunately I won't be attending, which I was really looking forward t going, but due to conflict in schedule, I have a couple of friends who will be. Hopefully, we'll have some pictures to share, and a review of the show.

(PB + J with Victoria on Conan O' Brien)

mp3: Peter, Bjorn + John- "Up Against The Wall"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

official site: Peter Bjorn and John
My Space: Peter Bjorn and John

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Late Night Brew | Oliver Future

Oliver Future are from LA, but have roots in Austin. They just finished a record with Adam Lasus producer of the first Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah record. It will be release officially in April in LA, then nationwide this summer.

mp3:Oliver Future- "Happiness Machine"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)
Also stream other tracks from their My Space site.

My Space: Oliver Future

Second Cup Brew | Midnight Movies

Our local faves Midnight Movies drop by Spaceland tonight for a show.

mp3: Midnight Movies- "Patient Eye"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

My previous entry about them ovah here.

Today's Brew | IFILM: SuperBowl Ads

We interrupt our regular program for yet another non-music entry.
In the spirit of the SuperBowl euphoria, we all know the real reason why people watch the game, its not because the teams are the best, but a time when the big corporate giants and the little ones too, dish out the big bucks to give us a few seconds of thrills, chills and spills.

Behind the Scenes look at the GoDaddy's Superbowl ad:

And one of my past faves: Reebok: Terry Tate: Office Linebacker

Visit IFILM: for the complete Superbowl Ads coverage.