Monday, June 18, 2007

Mark Ronson @ Hard Rock Times Square 6/19

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Mark Ronson - Stop Me ft Daniel Merriweather.mp3

This should be dope... Come thru

The Pigeon Detectives: My New Favorite Band... for the next 15 minutes

So, I heard about this band thru the In the City showcase that they were having after the panels in NYC last week. The Pigeon Detectives were supposed to play the Nokia Theatre with The Happy Mondays but THM cancelled the week before the show. They ended up playing the Knitting Factory with The Rakes last Wednesday night- I missed it for Razorlight which is a completely different story that I will post about later.
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Hailing from Leeds, this band formed in 2002 taking a path that very likely will lead them into rockstardom- well at least for a brief while. Getting on some great tours having supported Dirty Pretty Things whilst they toured in Spring 2006 and Kaiser Chiefs in early November 2006, this band is getting major "buzz" as summer festival season nears. Their debut album "Wait For Me" was just released last month in the UK produced by Will Jackson (Kaiser Chiefs/Embrace) and mixed in part by Cenzo Townshend (Snow Patrol/Kaiser Chiefs/Bloc Party) and Steve Harris (The Automatic/U2). From what I've heard so far (haven’t picked up the CD yet) is some solid catchy pop/rock. Their songs are all really similar (aka sound the same) but that doesn’t bother me since I find them to be infectious and full of energy. Last week, I couldn't get "I Found Out" out of my head playing it at work over and over again. Unfortunately, they are not slated to gig in the US any time in the future, as I hear their live show takes the recorded songs to new heights with charismatic lead singer, Matt Bowman’s stage antics, crowd surfing etc. I assume as they get bigger, The Pigeon Detectives will be making trips to NY to showcase for a US label deal (if they don't already have one in the works).

The Pigeon Detectives - Wait For Me.mp3
The Pigeon Detectives - I Found Out.mp3
The Pigeon Detectives - Im Not Sorry.mp3

In the New York area there are limited copies of the album available from the following stores:

Generation Records
210 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 254-1100

Other Music
15 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-8150

Summertime Music from my Youth mix

1. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime.mp3
2. Souls of Mischief - 93 til Infinity.mp3
3. SWV - Im So Into You.mp3
4. Soul For Real - Every Little Thing I Do.mp3
5. P.M. Dawn - Set Adrift On Memory Bliss.mp3
6. Tevin Campbell - Round And Round.mp3
7. Jade - Dont Walk Away.mp3
8. Leschea - Fulton Street.mp3
9. Positive K - I Got a Man.mp3
10. Snow - Informer.mp3
11. Color Me Badd - I Adore Mi Amor.mp3

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Wax Fang @ Mercury Lounge 6/6

Wax Fang played last week with The Features at Mercury Lounge and I was blown away by the sheer musicianship that this Louisville, KY 3-piece displayed. Their sound is so epic, crisp and tight. Originally a solo project for Scott Carney (vox, theremin, guitar) developed in his basement playing all the instruments himself until he eventually added Kevin Ratterman (drums) and Jake Heustis (bass, keys) to round out this retro/but updated indie rock outfit.

Carney sounds Michael Stipe-ish when he sings as some of the songs are instrumental or with lyrics with little regard for the traditional chorus, verse, bridge, chorus etc formula (below are two songs with lyrics). Their influences seem to range from southern 60s rock, to the obscure indie rock. They have recently toured with My Morning Jacket. Here's what Jim James of MMJ had to say about Wax Fang:

"’s got futuristic energy, a lot of elements I’ve never heard work before. A combo of all these things you remember from the past. You can sense some David Bowie in it. It’s so unique, it’s hard to place. The cool thing about it is he [Carney] made it by himself. Every single instrument is played by him and he paid attention to the details….The production is amazing, the songs are amazing. It takes you to a different place." - Jim James of My Morning Jacket from the New York Times

MP3:Wax Fang - Sweet Bloody Murder.mp3
MP3:Wax Fang - Bi-Polar Bear.mp3

He's So Fuckin Disco, Motherfucker He's Too Damn Fly

The Pase Rock has a new track and remix for you.

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The Pase Rock - So Fucking Disco.mp3
This track was played in his Live in Miami track and I've been listening to snippets of it for a while but the full length track is so hot and I couldn't be happier that I have it now for my iPod

Also, this is a remix of one of my favorite artists, Cody ChesnuTT, by Pasey Pase:

Cody ChesnuTT - Bitch Im broke (Pase Rock remix).mp3

Cody ChesnuTT - Look Good In Leather.mp3
Cody ChesnuTT - Can We Teach Each Other.mp3