Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Frankie Rose - Know Me Video!

Great video for the track Know Me off Frankie Rose's incredible Interstellar album from earlier in the year! With a little support from Urban Outfitters, this video is pretty great!

8/10 Brooklyn, NY Prospect Park / Celebrate Brooklyn *
8/11 Montauk, NY Montauk Surf Lodge
9/29 Champaign, IL Pygmalion Festival

* = w/ Little Dragon

Monday, July 30, 2012

Download Mtn Tune by Trails and Ways!

Hey! Terrific band Trails and Ways is giving away a wonderful free track Mtn Tune! Take a listen!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Download The Sea & Cake "Harps" MP3!

Courtesy of Thrill Jockey, you can download the great track Harps from The Sea and Cake off their new album Runner due out September 18!

The Sea and Cake Fall Tour Dates
Thu Oct 18 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace - link
Fri Oct 19 Montreal, QC - Il Motore - link
Sat Oct 20 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall - link
Sun Oct 21 Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield - link
Mon Oct 22 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge - link
Tue Oct 23 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer - link
Wed Oct 24 Washington, DC - Black Cat - link
Thu Oct 25 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle - link
Fri Oct 26 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge - link
Sat Oct 27 Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre Ballroom - link
Sun Oct 28 St. Louis, MO - Luminary Center - link
Mon Oct 29 Chicago, IL - City Winery - link
Thu Nov 1 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre - link
Sat Nov 3 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile - link
Sun Nov 4 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge - link
Mon Nov 5 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall - link
Tue Nov 6 Arcata, CA - Jambalaya - link
Wed Nov 7 Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre - link
Thu Nov 8 San Francisco, CA - Slims - link
Fri Nov 9 Visalia, CA - Cellar Door - link
Sat Nov 10 Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Bar - link
Sun Nov 11 San Diego, CA - Casbah- link
Mon Nov 12 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress - link
Tue Nov 13 Marfa, TX - Padre's - link
Wed Nov 14 Austin, TX - Mohawk - ink
Thu Nov 15 Dallas, TX - Trees - link

Taken By Trees - Dreams Video

"Dreams" is the first single off of Taken By Trees' forthcoming album, Other Worlds. The piece was shot & directed by Amanda Marsalis, who worked closely with Trees' mastermind Victoria Bergsman while Bergsman recorded in Hawaii.

07/28/12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater, GvsB II
w/ Glass Candy + Chromatics, Twin Sister, Laurel Halo - TICKETS
08/04/12 - San Francisco, CA - Noisette at Public Works **NEW LOCATION** 
w/ The Dodos, Pillowfight, Craft Spells - TICKETS
08/24/12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, PLAY MOCA Festival
09/26/12 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater w/ Big Search
10/01/12 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theater*
10/02/12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall*
10/04/12 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix*
10/05/12 - Montreal, QB - National*
10/06/12 - Boston, MA - Royale*
10/08/12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5*
10/11/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
10/12/12 - Washington, DC - 930 Club*
10/13/12 - Richmond, VA - National*
10/15/12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*
10/16/12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety*
11/01/12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune*
11/02/12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom*
11/03/12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater*
11/05/12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore Auditorium*
11/06/12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre*
11/08/12 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern*
11/09/12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom*
11/12/12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater*
11/13/12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk*
11/14/12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's*
* = w/Jens Lekman

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #27

Great week for new music!! Check out the complete track list below! Try to catch a live broadcast sometime! Thursdays, 9pm EST on Plaza Midwood Community Radio. You can catch the stream on UStream or go direct to the station site: www.pmcradio.org

Track List:
1) Dirty Projectors  White Label Tour 7"  Buckle Up
2) Moon King  Obsession I   Only Child
3) Lord Huron  Lonesome Dreams  Time to Run
4) Eternal Summers  Correct Behavior  I Love You
5) Fergus and Geronimo   Funky Was the State of Affairs  No Parties
6) Young Moon  Navigated Like the Swan   Summit and Blue Air
7) School of Seven Bells  How To Love   How To Love
8) Crystal Castles  Plague
9) Dots Will Echo  Drunk Is the New Sober  I'm A Monkey  
10) The Mountain Goats  Transcendental Youth  Cry For Judas
11) Lawrence Arabia  The Sparrow  The Bisexual
12) Chelsea Light Moving  Frank O'Hara Hit
13) Ned Collette and Wirewalker   2  Long You Lie

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hot Chip - How Do You Do? Video!

New video for track How Do You Do? from Hot Chip's In Our Head album!

Download Free Track From The Mountain Goats' Upcoming Transcendental Youth!

The Mountain Goats' Transcendental Youth will be available in stores on CD, LP and digital on October 2nd. Starting today, the first 1,000 pre-orders from the Merge store will receive a limited edition 7-inch single with two exclusive songs: "Steal Smoked Fish" b/w "In the Shadow of the Western Hills." Performed solo by Darnielle, the songs were recorded by Brandon Eggleston at Cloud City in Portland and were tracked directly to 1/2-inch tape without overdubs. Darnielle describes the 7-inch as “the end-point of a truly live all-analog chain that was never converted at any point to ones and zeroes.” Digital versions of these tracks with ones and zeros added will be available in the future. But for now, feel free to download "Cry For Judas" off Transcendental Youth courtesy of Merge!

Click through to the Sounndcloud page for free download.

Tour Dates:
July 28 St. Petersburg, FL Antiwarpt Festival
Sept 6-8 – Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Festival
Oct 6 Durham, NC Reynolds Industries Theatre w/ Anonymous 4

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Download Lord Huron "Time to Run" MP3!!

LA-based band Lord Huron will release their highly anticipated full-length album Lonesome Dreams on October 9 (IAMSOUND Records)! Check out the fantastic preview track Time To Run! See below for tour dates.

August 24 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
September 21 /// Columbia, MO /// Mojo’s
September 25 /// Detroit, MI /// Magic Stick Lounge
September 27 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Midpoint Music Festival
September 28 /// Champaign, IL /// Pygmalion Music Festival
September 29 /// Nashville, TN /// The High Watt
September 30 /// Birmingham, AL /// The Bottletree
October 2 /// Denton, TX /// Dan’s Silverleaf
October 3 /// Austin, TX /// Stubb’s BBQ
October 5 /// Atlanta, GA /// Drunken Unicorn
October 6 /// Chapel Hill, NC /// Local 506
October 7 /// Washington, DC /// Black Cat Backstage
October 8 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Kungfu Necktie
October 9 /// New York, NY /// Mercury Lounge
October 11 /// Allston, MA /// Great Scott
October 12 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Glasslands Gallery
October 13 /// Buffalo, NY /// Mohawk Place
October 15 /// Chicago, IL /// Schubas
October 16 /// Minneapolis, MN /// 7th Street Entry
October 18 /// Denver, CO /// Larimer Lounge
October 19 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// Kilby Court
October 20 /// Boise, ID /// Neurolux
October 21 /// Seattle, WA /// Barboza
October 22 /// Portland, OR /// Doug Fir Lounge
October 24 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Independent
November 1 /// San Diego, CA /// Casbah

Chester Endersby Gwazda - World Killer Video

"World Killer" from album Shroud (2012) by Chester Endersby Gwazda.

Chester is a musician and producer based in Baltimore. He produced Dan Deacon's "Bromst" (2009) and "America" (2012), as well as albums by Future Islands, Cloud Nothings, and Ecstatic Sunshine. He plays in the Dan Deacon Ensemble, Nuclear Power Pants, and The Buttmops. Shroud is his first solo album.

Video by Farley Gwazda. See more of his videos and artwork at: farleygwazda.net

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Babies - Moonlight Mile!

The Babies shares a new song, "Moonlight Mile," from an upcoming 7" that will be released by Woodsist on August 14. This is also the first single from their upcoming album, Our House On The Hill, that will be released by Woodsist this upcoming Fall. The 7" features an exclusive B-side and is limited to 1,000 copies.

7/25 - Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly (back room) $
7/28 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool #
7/31 - Brooklyn, NY - Secret Project Robot +
8/15 - Brooklyn, NY - McCarren Park / Summerscreen (Early) *
8/15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool (Late) ^
$ with Wild Yaks, Beach Day
# with The Soft Pack
+ with Strawberry Smog
* with Ducktails
^ with Deep Time

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sleepies - Terra Firma Video

Sleepies crudely animated video for Terra Firma. The crudeness adds to the charm. Their new record Weird Wild World is due out August 12th on Godmode.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Stars Releases Another Preview Track from The North & Tour Dates!

Stars released another preview track from The North this week! Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It is pretty great. Take a listen! Also see below for their tour dates this Fall!

9/20 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall ^
9/21 - Boston, MA - Paradise ^ 
9/22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall ^ 
9/23 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^
9/25 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater ^
9/26 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle ^
9/27 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre ^
9/28 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse ^
9/29 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge ^
10/2 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall ^
10/3 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre ^
10/4 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Centre ^
10/5 - St. Louis, MO - Plush ^
10/6 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note ^
10/9 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck ^
10/10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom ^
10/11 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room ^
10/12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Upstairs ^
10/13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre ^
10/14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits *
10/17 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues ^
10/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater ^
10/19 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre ^
10/20 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ^
11/7 - Portland, OR - The Aladdin Theatre
11/8 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11/9 - Victoria, BC - Save on Centre # *
11/10 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena # *
11/12 - Kelowna, BC - Prospera Place # *
11/14 - Calgary, AB - Stampede Corral # *
11/15 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place # *
11/17 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre # *
11/19 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre # *
11/23 - Kingston, ON - K-Rock Centre # *
11/24 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre # *  
* - ticket does not include album download
^ - Diamond Rings and California Wives opening
# - with Metric

Buffetlibre feat Nick Krill - The Sun in the Shade Video

Spinto Band frontman Nick Krill joins Buffetlibre on The Sun in the Shade EP, just released July 15 on Subterfuge Records. It's really a pretty great song. Check it out! Also, be on the lookout for a full length from Buffetlibre this October!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Snowblink - Black and White Mountains MP3!

Arts and Crafts announced today that recent signee Snowblink will release its much-anticipated sophomore album, Inner Classics, on September 11, 2012.

The Toronto-based duo's latest effort was recorded in Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles and produced by Dan Goldman and vocalist Daniela Gesundheit with Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Ohbijou) and mixed by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre). Guest players on the record include friends and past collaborators of the band Barbara Gruska (Jenny Lewis Band, The Belle Brigade), Ryan Driver (Sandro Perri), Thom Gill (Owen Pallett), Misha Bower (Bruce Peninsula), and Caley Monahon-Ward (Extra Life).

Check out lead track "Black & White Mountains."

Snowblink On Tour
07/22 Brooklyn, NY | Ribbons Festival, Prospect Park
08/07 Montreal, QC | Le Divan Orange ^
08/08 Toronto, ON | The Great Hall ^
08/20 Los Angeles, CA | Bardot
08/22 Los Angeles, CA | The Bootleg
09/14 Victoria, BC | Rifflandia Fest (Alix Gooldin Hall)
09/15 Toronto, ON | Trinity-Bellwoods Park (Bicycle Music Fest)

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #26

Podcast #26 is available for streaming online or downloading and listening at your leisure! Live broadcast radio shows are 9pm Thursdays (EST) on PMCRadio.org.

1) New God  Motorcar  Drag the Lake
2) Minttu and Olli  World's Biggest Campfire  Courdoroy Boy
3) Niki and the Dover  Instinct  DJ Ease My Mind
4) Cate Le Bon  CYRK II  What is Worse
5) Opossom  Electric Hawaii  Girl
6) Supercluster  Things We Used to Drink 7"  Memory of the Future
7) Cuushe  You Know That I'm Here   I Dreamt About Silence
8) Earth Control  Ik Tolereer Je Zoals Je Bent  Mijn Nieuwe Steekkar
9) Fire Through The Window  Hey!   Hey!
10) Holy Esque  Holy Esque EP  Rose
11) Kura  Anchor
12) The Raveonettes  Observator  She Owns the Streets
13) Family of the Year  Loma Vista  In the End
14) Digits  Where Do You Belong?  Where Do You Belong?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dan Deacon - True Thrush Video - MUST WATCH!!!

The video co-directed by Ben O'Brien and Dan Deacon (making his directorial debut) is based on a drawing game popular in the Baltimore art collective Wham City, which is in turn based on the game "telephone."

Deacon's concept for the video is loosely related to the lyrics, and mirrors his use of asymmetrical repetition and evolving patterns. For the video, Dan and Ben filmed a simple 13-second scene. That scene was then shown to the next team. After seeing the video that team had 1 hour to recreate it -- characters, props, set, costumes, and actions -- as close to exactly as possible from only their memory.

With each new team the scene evolves. The energy begins to amplify and the chaos increases due to the distorting tendency of memory. The beauty of the video is in the completed arc, an arc that only exists because each team was blind to it. More details on the video are listed below.

Deacon has also announced additional shows as part of the America tour in Baltimore, New York City, Athens, and Florida. See full list below.

The cast is made up of members of  Wham City, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Future Islands, Red Room Collective, Copycat Theater, Effervescent Dance Collective, Showbeast, Annex Theater, Nuclear Power Pants, FlucT, BXDC, Bloody Panda, Foot Talk, Important Comics, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and various icons of the legendary Baltimore Arts Community.

TEAM 1: Dan Deacon and Ben O'Brien
TEAM 2: Mason Ross and Emma Alves
TEAM 3: Stefani Levin and Rachel London
TEAM 4: Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice
TEAM 5: Doreen Bolger and Gary Kachadourian
TEAM 6: Jimmy Joe Roche and Robby Rackleff
TEAM 7: Jordan Kasey and Martin Kasey
TEAM 8: Greg St. Pierre and Lily Susskind
TEAM 9: Sam Herring and Kim Tabara
TEAM 10:Stew Mostofsky and Seth Mostofksy
TEAM 11: R.M. O'Brien and Chester Gwazda
TEAM 12: Pilar Diaz and Hosey Corona
TEAM 13: Evan Moritz and Kaitlin Murphy
TEAM 14: William Cashion and Elena Johnston
TEAM 15: Person Ablach and Sam Shea
TEAM 16: Katie Truhn and Jesse Unterhalter
TEAM 17: Gerry Mak and Sophia Mak
TEAM 18: Monica Mirabile and Sigrid Lauren
TEAM 19: Dina Kelberman and Keith Lea 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Download Cate Le Bon's "What is Worse!"

Cate Le Bon's latest effort CYRK II is due out August 21st! Today she kindly released a preview track for your downloading pleasure! If What is Worse is any indication, Cate Le Bon is growing as an artist and CYRK II will be a real treat.

09/18 Toronto, ON The Rivoli
09/19 Montreal, QC Ukrainian Federation *
09/21 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
09/22 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool
09/23 Washington DC The Red Palace
09/24 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
09/25 Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade
09/26 Atlanta, GA The Earl
09/28 New Orleans, LA Circle Bar
09/29 Austin, TX Red 7
10/02 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater
 *= w/ Laetitia Sadier

Tall Ships - Gallop!

Take a listen to Gallop from the forthcoming debut Tall Ships album, 'Everything Touching', due out 8th October via Big Scary Monsters / Blood And Biscuits. I think we are going to hear a lot about this come Fall.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Music Tapes to Release Mary's Voice September 4th on Merge

Mary’s Voice, The Music Tapes’ third full-length album, is the warmest and most accessible invitation yet into Julian Koster’s world—the culmination of a vision he has been realizing for over a decade. Also, the Mary’s Voice vinyl features a return to pop-up art for both Merge and The Music Tapes since 1999′s First Imaginary Symphony for Nomad. Pre-order Mary’s Voice now on CD and LP now in the Merge store. Take a listen to The Dark is Singing Songs (Sleepy Time Down South)."

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Erika Spring - Hidden Video!

Hidden Video from Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone fame! Her self titled EP just dropped! Check it out!

Friday, July 13, 2012

ONUINU- Happy Home Video!

Onuinu's debut full-length Mirror Gazer is due out this September. Based on this Happy Home video, it's gonna be great!

Tour Dates:

7-11 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
7-12 Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall *
7-14 New York, NY - Webster Hall *
7-16 Pittsburgh,  - Rex Theater *
7-17 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups * 
7-18 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom *
7-20 Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
9-6 Portland, OR - Music Fest NW - Doug Fir Lounge 
10-15 Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club ^
10-16 San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brewing Company ^
10-17 Sacramento, CA - Harlows ^
10-19 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall ^
10-20 Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo ^
10-21 Spokane, WA - A Club ^
10-22 Pullman, WA - Bellflower Concert House ^
10-23 Boise, ID - Reef ^
10-25 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby ^
10-25 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge ^
10-27 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater ^
10-29 Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre ^
10-30 Columbia, MO - The Blue Note ^
10-31 Tulsa, OK - Cains Ballroom ^
11-1 Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room ^
11-2 Dallas, TX - Trees ^
11-5 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace ^
11-6 Santa Fe, NM - Sol at Santa Fe Brewing Company ^
11-7 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom ^
11-8 Flagstaff, AZ - The Green Room ^

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Damien Jurado's European "Museum of Flight" Video

Director Tyler Kalberg's "Museum of Flight" was filmed during Damien Jurado's recent five-week tour of Europe. Tyler served as the driver, documentarian and de facto tour manager while traveling over 7,000 miles through 10 countries, 28 concerts in 30 days, and countless baguettes and jamón. The scenery is as beautiful as the song.The album Maraqopa is out now on Secretly Canadian.

Tour Dates:
07/20/12 Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo w/ The Head & The Heart 
08/03/12 Ravenna, IT - Hana-Bi w/ Megafaun 
08/05/12 Arco di Trento, IT - Arco Summer Festival
08/06/12 Munich, DE - Muffatwerk w/ Megafaun 
08/07/12 Dresden, DE - Beatpol w/ Megafaun 
08/08/12 Berlin, DE - HBC 
08/10/12 Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel
08/11/12 Haldern , DE - Haldern Pop Festival w/ Megafaun 
08/12/12 Utrecht, NL - Tivoli w/ Bowerbirds 
08/14/12 Brighton, UK - The Blind Tiger w/ Megafaun 
08/15/12 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club w/ Megafaun 
08/16/12 Glasgow, UK - The Arches w/ Megafaun 
08/17/12 Glanusk Park, Wales, UK - Green Man Festival (AUG 17th-19th)
08/17/12 Newcastle, UK - The Cluny w/ Megafaun 
08/18/12 Liverpool, UK - The Leaf w/ Megafun 
08/19/12 Powys, Wales, UK - Green Man Festival 
08/20/12 London, UK - Dingwalls w/ Megafaun 
09/01/12 Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival  
09/07/12 Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival 
10/25/12 Washington, DC: The 930 Club w/Sharon Van Etten
10/27/12 Atlanta, GA: Terminal West w/Sharon Van Etten
10/28/12 Orlando, FL: The Social w/Sharon Van Etten
10/30/12 Tallahassee, FL: Club Downunder w/Sharon Van Etten
11/01/12 Houston, TX: Fitzgerald's w/Sharon Van Etten
11/02/12 Austin, TX: Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/03/12 Dallas, TX: Trees w/Sharon Van Etten
11/05/12 St. Louis, MO: Firebird w/Sharon Van Etten
11/07/12 Chicago, IL: Metro w/Sharon Van Etten
11/10/12 Burlington, VT: Higher Ground w/Sharon Van Etten
11/11/12 Boston, MA: Paradise w/Sharon Van Etten

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #25

Podcast #25 is available for streaming online or downloading and listening at your leisure! Live broadcast radio shows are 9pm Thursdays (EST) on PMCRadio.org.

1) The Helio Sequence Negotiations October
2) Chelsea Light Moving  Groovy and Linda
3) Future Islands  FAMOUS CLASS RECORDS / LAMC 7" SERIES LAMC # 2 Cotton Flower
4) Eternal Summers Correct Behavior You Kill
5) MNDR Feed Me Diamonds Faster Horses
6) Fawn Coastlines All The Lights
7) Gold Motel Gold Motel Musicians
8) Fulhäst Down The Deuce Robot Blood (instrumental)
9) Echo Lake Wild Peace In Dreams
10) Family Of The Year Loma Vista Living On Love
11) Mission Of Burma Unsound 7's
12) METZ METZ Headache
13) Taken By Trees  Dreams
14) Echo Lake Wild Peace Even the Blind

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Kishi Bashi - I Am The Antichrist To You Video

Watch this video! Song is from their great 151a album!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Plaza Midwood Community Radio Announces Format Change!

Plaza Midwood Community Radio, the wonderfully eclectic Charlotte, NC station founded by and completely staffed by musicians, DJs, artists, and political radicals, announced an adjustment in their format today. PMCR will still have all the specialty shows, but rather than exclusively playing local music when those shows aren't airing, they are moving to a more college radio format featuring the latest in indie rock, americana, indie hip hop, experimental, and anything else that is new and exciting. This format change fills a huge void in the Charlotte market. Of course, there will still be a healthy sampling of local fare, too. You can stream Plaza Midwood Community Radio 24/7 at:

Dan Deacon - True Thrush!

True Thrush is the second track to be made available from Dan Deacon's forthcoming album America out August 28th (North America) / August 27th (Rest of the world) on Domino. Take a listen! It's fantastic!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Mission of Burma - Unsound

Unsound, the new record from post-punk legends Mission of Burma is due out tomorrow on Fire Records! Preview two tracks from the record below and look for them on tour this Fall! It's inspiring to see that a band started in 1979 is still making great records.

Tour Dates:
08.03 Prospect Park (Brooklyn, NY) w/ Wild Flag
09.07 Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA
09.08 Black Cat (Washington, DC)
09.13 Fitzgerald's (Houston, TX)
09.14 Dan's Silverleaf (Denton, TX)
09.15 Antone's (Austin, TX)
09.27 400 Bar (Minneapolis, MN)
09.28 High Noon Saloon (Madison, WI)
09.29 Lincoln Hall (Chicago, IL)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Alpaca Sports - She'll Come Back For Indian Summer Video

More great indie pop from the Swedes! Alpaca Sports has a really fun video out for their charming release She'll Come Back For Indian Summer! Check it out!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #24

Podcast #24 is available for streaming online or downloading and listening at your leisure! Live broadcast radio shows are 9pm Thursdays (EST) on PMCRadio.org.

1) Love Riot  Tilly and the Wall  2012 LP 
2) Diversity  Family Of The Year  Loma Vista 
3) Never Have To Fall In Love Again  Eleni Mandell w/ Benji Hughes  I Can See The Future 
4) Rice and Beans (But No Beans)  The Welcome Wagon  Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices 
5) Like a Fire  Erika Spring  Erika Spring 
6) Young Silence  Echo Lake  Wild Peace 
7) Waitin' 4 U  Foxygen  Take the Kids Off Broadway 
8) Violence Now  Milk Music
9) One-Sided  Arc in Round  Arc in Round
10) Beaches  A Lull   Meat Mountain - EP 
11) Trouble  Iron and Wine   7" 
12) OwlShark  Doseone  G is for Deep 
13) Pixels  Fawn  Coastlines 
14) Midnight Men  CAN  The Lost Tapes Sampler 
15) Close To None  Future Islands  On The Water

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tilly and the Wall - Love Riot MP3!

Tilly and the Wall have been quiet since their debut back in 2008. They finally have a new album due out this Fall called Heavy Mood. Download their great preview track Love Riot free!

Monday, July 2, 2012

7 Silly Questions w/ The Smittens!

Full disclosure: I have been having a love affair with The Smittens for many, many years. The fact that they don't know it or actively participate is besides the point. Their brand of indie pop/twee is so much fun that it should be illegal. Don't beleive me? Listen for yourself!

With the upcoming release of their album Believe Me this July on Fika Recordings, a  3 track digital single, a European tour, playing the Indietracks Festival, and having songs on two compilations, it is a shock that The Smittens had time to participate in an interview. Thankfully, I had trained kittens sneak into their homes and steal their passports. I refused to give them back in time for their tour unless they thoroughly answered my ridiculous questions.

What's the most embarrassing band you loved as a kid?
David: When I was in high school I really liked this Boston based funk band called Chucklehead. In retrospect they were pretty awful. 
Max: I don't know if i have one. I wasn't really into pop music at all until freshman year of high school and I entered on the top floor with REM. I refuse to be embarrassed by liking 10,000 Maniacs and Indigo Girls. Stay tuned for more on the latter...
Dana: Does Biz Markie count as a band? I definitely knew all the words to 'Just a Friend.' My cool factor drops when people learn that I was a Phish-head in high school. I followed them around for a while - saw 36 shows in total.
Holly: I guess I would have to say Tiffany. I also had a brief Bangles period too.
Colin: I don't know if this counts, but I did go to see Twisted Sister and Great White (and maybe) Y and T when I was in high school and I bought a Twisted Sister t-shirt that said "Love is for Suckers." My mom wouldn't let me wear it to school, so it became a sleep shirt. I don't think I am embarrassed by any bands I ever loved, tho. I remember loving the song "Cool it Now" by New Edition. Most songs I loved I still love, tho, including that one. 

What is the first record you bought?
David: Michael Jackson - Thriller
Max: Do you count the Vogue maxi single or my beloved cassette of the Brandenburgs? If not, REM -- Out of Time
Dana: Do you mean legit LP? I remember playing the shit out of Squeeze, Singles 45's and under. I definitely grew up listening to a lot of Peter, Paul and Mary and Simon and Garfunkel. I thank my dad for that!
Holly: Probably Madonna's Like a Virgin
Colin: I don't think I remember. I used to listen to my mom's albums all the time. When I finally got to getting an album of my own, I probably picked Men at Work Business as Usual and I also had The Steve Miller Band Album that had Abracadabra on it. I remember buying the singles of Cat's in the Cradle and Heart of Gold. Meanwhile my younger brother was buying Van Halen's Jump and Jukebox Hero by Foreigner and Since You're Gone by the Cars. I was lucky he had good taste, too!

Unicorns vs. Narwhals? Who would win in a fight? 
David - This is a trick question. The answer is whichever one was out of its element. The fight is going to have to take place on either dry land or in the water. Which would have to be settled by a coin toss. So really, the winner of the coin toss.
Max: Narwhals are real, so I'd go with them.
Dana: What's a narwhal?
Holly: Unicorns! They have feet! Run away!
Colin: I have to go with unicorns on this one. Because I love them and what if it's the only one? Are you saying there are a bunch of unicorns and narwhals? I bet unicorns don't feel the cold, so maybe they could work together and the unicorns could break the ice for the narwhals to swim through! They would be an awesome team.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you on the road?
David: This one one time we put "Putgarten" rather than "Puttgarden" into Mrs G (Mrs G is the name of our GPS) and ended up on an island in the middle of the Baltic sea at the most eastern point of Germany. Seven hours later we finally got to the correct ferry. Birds started pooping on us.
Max: David's answer didn't really feel funny at the time, until stress-induced giddiness set in. That day continued and included an in-van dance party whilst stuck in traffic somewhere in Germany. After 18 hours on the road, arriving at the Copenhagen club we were supposed to be at many hours before, literally running in and onto stage for the briefest of line checks. We didn't play for long, but it was probably the best-earned show we ever played. A few other memories: playing a green, carbon-neutral prom in a barn in Vermont, where the kids had to wear recycled clothing and get there on foot, bikes, or horses. Because someone was filming it we had to play the same song over and over and over. The kids, jacked up on organic fair trade coffee, just got more and more into it. And also the time we played in Birmingham, England during an invasion of flying ants, or "flants," as people were calling them.
Holly: What the gang said. I may or may not have taken some free candy like pills in Germany courtesy of our host there that are totally legal there and been really hyper when we finally made it to Copenhagen for our 20 minute set after 18 hours on the road. What a crazy adventure.
Dana: And during said trip we definitely wrote a song about our misadventures - to the tune of Jonathan Richmans "New England." Let's just say I'm glad we didn't record that one, though we did choose to play it when we got to the venue. My favorite van games are "name that Facebook status update" and "cutest person at the show that night" - we've had some good laughs during those. And there's a running joke about stashing a box of Depends in the car so that those with small bladders don't hold up our arrival times places... I suppose if we ever actually put that system in effect it would be hilarious for a minute, and then just stinky.
Colin: There is always some amusement wherever we go. I don't know if the funniest things translate well to seem funny to other people. I do remember running through the streets of Hamburg with Allo Darlin' trying to ring the bells on all the parked bicycles. In my mind it's pretty epic, but I have a good imagination, Maybe it was just a couple blocks. I probably wasn't running. Maybe I was just bearing witness and trying to get the the bar. I laugh a lot on tour whenever I am not reading or rocking or complaining.

Who has the worst van etiquette?
David: Define "Van Etiquette?" There is one of us that is a very loud eater. We have to say "Can you be mindful of your chewing." But I am not naming names.
Max: Part of van etiquette is the infamous "No Mountain Goats" rule. Again, not naming names on who'd be most likely to violate this one.
Dana: Hmm... no comment? ...We definitely each have our special needs and areas of high maintenance when it comes to van travel. Max and I are high maintenance in the nausea department, so we tend to require seats up front or by windows that open. Colin has a pillow-dependence. Holly has a smaller bladder. And David likes to be our DJ.
Holly: Hey, I'm little! But it's true. I usually am asleep though so I don't notice much around me.
Colin: I don't think this is a fair question - and it depends on East coast or West coast. On the East coast, we used to take my old van, so I probably got a little testy about things, like when the heat didn't work, I would get bummed when folks said they were cold! Or when the A/C would leak. Worst etiquette, tho? Not Me! I have good manners when I'm not the driver. I try not to step on peoples stuff when getting in and out of the van and I try to remember to take out my trash. I hate the middle seat - I like to be either way back or up front.

Who is in heavy rotation on your iPod?
David: Architecture in Helsinki, The Just Joans, Jens Lekman, the Labrador 100 comp and Donovan.
Max: Right now, The European, the new Cats on Fire record, Burning Hearts, Elli and Jacno, Hidrogenesse, Cris Williamson's "The Changer and The Changed" and the best of Richard and Mimi Farina.
Dana: My i-Pod is an i-Phone. Currently listening to a lot of the new Allo Darlin and Burning Hearts albums, the Motifs, Elton John, and Joan Armatrading. I was DJ'ing at our local college radio station this past year, so that required making lots of playlists that I've gone back to with some frequency. It's like a new mix tape every week.
Holly: Darren Hanlon, Architecture in Helsinki, The School and Allo Darlin'
Colin: Well, I generally listen to whatever is the newest recordings we've made, and otherwise use shuffle play a lot for variety. In the kitchen we listen to a lot of Standard Fare, Allo Darlin' The Just Joans, and Withered Hand. Those ones, our house has common ground love of. I've also been trying to develop a deeper appreciation of Trout Mask Replica, so I make myself listen to that about weekly. Otherwise, it's been the Indietracks Comp and another secret comp that is coming out soon that we participated in. Just got the new Middle Ones album in the mail and am looking forward to getting loads of new records on tour, too. Oh yeah, that album by The Beets is awesome.

What is the worst fight over nothing that you got into with each other after being road weary and exhausted?
David: What happens on tour stays on tour.
Max: Yeah, not worth getting into. Anything like that really would have been about nothing. Leaving gear at venues and realizing it when you're hundreds of miles away is always fun, though.
Dana: What's a fight? We don't have those. I mean, we are merely a consensus-based band of dear friends that have been doing this for ten years..... no fights allowed!
Holly: I think we have our little bickers and snaps and we let those happen so it allows us to not have any big blow outs. We're family!
Colin: I feel like each person takes a turn having a rough day - I feel like I have one per tour. We are so like family that when we get on each other's nerves, it can get rough. But we also do try to take care of each other and bring each other up. I am pretty non-confrontational, so I tend to avoid fights, but we still kinda grate on each in little ways - it's kinda like being in a couple with 5 people. I sat on a curb for a while outside a club in Goteborg because I got worn out, then got cranky, then we had some mixed signals and I was actually mad. I got over it the next day and it was fine. Sometimes a lack of alone time can make anyone crazy. By far the pros outweigh the cons of doing this - but it also takes some work from each of us, like any good relationship.