Friday, August 18, 2006

My favorite new animated band: Dethklock

Metalocalypse debuted on Adult Swim two weeks ago. The show is about the worlds heaviest heavy metal band Dethklock. This is easily my favorite Adult Swim show currently. The first and second episode were simply brilliant. If you aren't familiar with Adult Swim it is Cartoon Networks late night programming. It has featured such great cartoons as Space Ghost: Coast To Coast, Aquateen Hunger Force and many more. The third episode of Metalocalypse will air at 11:45pm on Sunday.

Here is a clip form the second episode:

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Jim James solo tour and live download

Today My Morning Jacket began a short tour through Europe. I gave serious thought about heading over to London to catch the final show. But I decide to hold out, in hopes of a late fall and winter tour in support of the upcoming live album "Okonokos". This album is awesome. It is sure melt many faces and blow thousands of minds.
But before a possible fall tour could start Jim James will head out on the road with John Prine for 5 shows. He will also play the 2nd annual Vegoose Festival. If you have never seen Jim solo I strongly suggest you get to one or more of these shows. To help convince you here is a great performance from Jim recorded for KEXP.

Jim James
Easy Street Records
Seattle WA

Intro with Kevin Cole
It Beats 4 U
What A Wonderful Man
Bermuda Highway
Into The Woods

And if this isn't enough Jim for you head on over to Sweet Oblivion to download Jim's recent set at WXPN music Festival.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Ryan Adams: Live at the Norva Video and Download

A lot of people have been asking what the best concert I saw this summer was and I continue to respond Ryan Adams. Most people then respond back by saying "Ryan Adams you mean he didn't have a breakdown on stage". I really hate when people say this because the fact is Ryan is a great performer and yes from time to time he has problems on stage but Ryan is playing better than ever. He and the Cardinals are becoming a force to be reckoned with. So with this mind I offer you two examples his awesomeness. The first this great video of "I See Monsters" at the Norva. The second example is the complete show from the same night. This recording is amazing and features great covers, new material and very old material. Behold the power of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals.

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
July 22, 2006
Norfolk, Va

Set 1
Love Is Hell
Let It Ride
When The Stars Go Blue
What Sin
Please Do Not Let Me Go
A Kiss Before I Go
He's Gone
Shakedown On 9th Street
The End
Blue Hotel
Magnolia Mountain
Mining Town
I See Monsters

Set 2
Breakdown into the Resolve
Two Hearts
Everybody Knows
Mockingbird Song
This Is It
Note To Self, Don't Die
Wish You Were Here
Dear Chicago
New York, NY
Beautiful Sorta
Anybody Wanna Take Me Home?
Hard Way To Fall
Strawberry Wine

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Sonic Youth @ McCarren Pool

After work this past Friday I ran home changed clothes and headed over to McCarren Pool to see Sonic Youth. I arrived during the last half of Blood on the Wall. Who's set in my opinion was pretty good.
I have been a big Sonic Youth fan for a long time, however I wasn't wowed by Friday's show. I think the main reason was because it was almost the same exact set they played at Lollapalooza less than a week earlier. The set featured mostly material from "Rather Ripped". Which was nice to hear but I wouldn't have minded hearing some older stuff considering I had just heard most of these songs. It seemed like everyone in attendance adn on stage was having a great. So I guess what I am trying to say is that I will probably space out my next Sonic Youth shows a little better.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Anti Folk Festival in Thompson Square Park

On Saturday I decide to head over to Thompson Square Park to check out the Anti Folk Festival. The weather was perfect for this even which last all day. I was there from about 1 until 3:30. The show began with all of the days performers parading in singing together. From there each performer played 1 or 2 pieces. The festival was put on by Sidewalk Cafe and is going on this week.

McCarren Pool Party with Deerhoof and more

Yesterday I spent another great Sunday at the Pool Parties at McCarren Pool. It was a beautiful day and everyone played great sets. My favorites were Apollo Sunshine and Deerhoof both played very energetic sets. This was my first time seeing Deerhoof as 3 piece band. They sounded as good as usual. Beirut were also good but their live set need a lot of work. It came off sounding very sloppy. Also most of the songs sounded far to similar for my taste. Overall it was a great way to end a really fun weekend of music (I also saw Sonic Youth, Blood on the Walls, and the Anti Folk Festival).
Quest Love
The Harlem Shakes
Apollo Sunshine
See more photo here.