Archive for July, 2009


The Constantines’ Canada Day Performance Available for Download



According to witnesses, the sets performed by Canadian indie icons Chad VanGaleen and The Constantines were explosive. Having witnessed the Cons blow the Weakerthans out of the water earlier this year during the Rolling Tundra Revue tour, hearing that their performances continue to leave people awe struck is not that surprising. For those who are unlucky enough to be unable to hear them live, CBC Radio 3 has made the Constantines and Chad VanGaleen’s  Canada Day performances at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto available for stream and download here. The Cons will be finishing up their tour with a few dates in Western Canada before they appear at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 8th.


Friday July 24th, 2009    Bengough, SK – Gateway Festival
Saturday July 25th, 2009    Brandon, MB – Brandon Folk Festival
Saturday August 8th, 2009    Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza




New Frightened Rabbit – “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”


Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchinson must be tired of playing material from last year’s Midnight Organ Fight. For a session with the Edinburgh based website Off The Beaten Tracks, Hutchinson opted instead to play an old classic, a cover, and a brand new song. Sandwiched between Sing The Greys standout “Be Less Rude” and an excellent cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Song Against Sex”  is  the newbie “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”, which may appear on the Scottish band’s upcoming album that is being produced by Peter Katis (The National’s Boxer). No title or release date has been set for the album. The session can be found here.

In other Frightened Rabbit news, they have teamed up with fellow Scots The Twilight Sad and We Were Promised Jetpacks for a North American Tour, resulting in one of the greatest lineups for a non-Festival I have ever heard of.


Frightened Rabbit solo:

07.17.09 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
07.18.09 – Brooklyn, NY – Siren Festival
07.19.09 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Festival
07.21.09 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
07.22.09 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
07.23.09 – Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
07.24.09 – Providence, RI – Jerky’s
07.25.09 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
09.12.09 – Morrison, CO – Monolith Festival

Frightened Rabbit, Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks:

09.14.09 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
09.15.09 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
09.16.09 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
09.17.09 – Portland, OR – Dante’s (Musicfest NW)
09.18.09 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
09.20.09 – Los Angeles, CA – Knitting Factory
09.22.09 – Tucson, AZ – Plush
09.24.09 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
09.26.09 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
09.27.09 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
09.28.09 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
09.29.09 – Orlando, FL – The Social

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A New Friend: Bandstand Busking


Bandstand Busking

Another new friend today, though this time not a band – a website. Similar to the excellent French website La Blogotheque and it’s Take Away Shows, London based website Bandstand Busking has filmed a wide variety of excellent bands playing on rundown bandstands in London. Featuring performances by Frightened Rabbit, Asobi Seksu, Of Montreal and Wild Beasts (to name a few), Bandstand Busking provides veiwers  with videos of great artists playing some of their best songs. While the quality is not always the best, especially the earliest performances, many of the videos are diamonds in the rough and contain a lot of great moments.

A few personal favourites;

Laura Groves (Blue Roses)
Frightened Rabbit
We Were Promised Jetpacks


New Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Song



Via their Twitter account, Missouri’s greatest indie pop/rock band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have spread word about a post made on The Catbirdseat that includes a link to a brand new SSLYBY tune. The cleverly titled “Cardinal Rules” was written about the band’s hometown minor-league baseball team, the Springfield Cardinals. While trying to meet or exceed the quality of Pershing will be a difficult task for the band to pull off, as their hit and miss split 7″ with Liverpool band Puzzle has demonstrated, SSLYBY is definitely pushing in the right direction with “Cardinal Rules”.

Cardinal Rules.mp3

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New Rayographs Single and 7″



My original post about the Rayographs was one of the very first posts I made on this blog, my first New Friend and their mp3s still remain among the most downloaded. Now, several months after that post, they are releasing a new 7″ featuring the single “Francis” and its B-Side “Yellow Hair”. In addition, their debut 7″ with “Hidden Doors”/”Gold Light” is now available on iTunes with an added bonus track “The Sea”. All of this information comes from the latest edition of Stereogum’s Quit Your Day Job segment which features an interesting interview with the girls, in which they discuss their lives outside the Rayographs, as well a stream of the two new songs.

The new hand-numbered, limited edition of 500 7″ is out 7/20 and can be pre-ordered from:

Photo by Polly Clegg


Stream The Dead Weather’s Debut LP


Dead Weather

Possibly as a reaction to it’s recent leak, Horehound, the debut album from The Dead Weather (featuring Jack White and members from The Kills, Queens of the Stone Age and The Raconteurs) is now streaming from the band’s iLke/Facebook page. The album is set to be released everywhere on July 14th.


Florence & The Machine – “Hospital Beds” (Cold War Kids Cover)



Florence Welch has blown up. With help from the BBC and NME, who added Florence & The Machine to the bill for their annual Awards Tour, Florence and her backing band have erupted onto the blog scene recently, complete with an extravagent ad at Stereogum that covers as much of the page as the content does. While their album, Lungs, deserves as much attention as it is getting, Florence’s cover of the Cold War Kids tune “Hospital Beds” rivals the original. Her soul inspired vocals soar above the stripped down instrumentation – all of the attention is focused on Florence’s beautiful voice. Below are Florence’s cover and the album version of the Cold War Kids original (a slightly different version appears on their EP, Up In Rags).

Florence & The Machine – Hospital Beds.mp3

Cold War Kids – Hospital Beds.mp3

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