Robyn Hitchcock: “Museum of Sex”

My thank-God-I-woke-up-today moment yesterday was receiving Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3′ Ole! Tarantula. I’m not the biggest Robyn buff in the world, but he’s got a lot of stuff that I love. On this one he’s joined by “the Venus 3,” Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, and Bill Rieflin of R.E.M/The Minus 5. The result is quite possibily one of the most solid album that has touched my ears in a long time.

MP3: Robyn Hitchcock – Museum of Sex (link removed by request)
MP3: Robyn Hitchcock – Adventure Rocket Ship
“Museum of Sex” has a great saxophone riff, and Robyn Hitchcock knows it. He tells his saxophonist to let him hear it again more than a couple of times throughout the song. But rather than seeming corny, it just comes off as timeless; and in a way that’s the feel of the entire album. Robyn Hitchcock isn’t dated, old or passe–he’s timeless. His is a style and skill that can turn even a seemingly lighthearted piece about a museum of sex into a song that will have a life far longer than its creator.

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Magnolia Electric Co: “Lonesome Valley”

There are a great number of songwriters today that deserve far more recognition than the history books are bound to give them: Will Oldham, M. Ward, Will Sheff of Okkervil River. And now with the release of Fading Trails, it’s time to turn our focus to Jason Molina of Magnolia Electric Co.

MP3: Magnolia Electric Co – Lonesome Valley
Fading Trails catches Jason at his folksy best, somewhere between the aforementioned list of his contemporaries (especially Okkervil River) and his previous band, Songs:Ohia. It’s a dreamy folk ballad that pushes my expectations for him even further. The best part is that I’m sure he’ll exceed them when the time comes.

Magnolia Electric Co. on Myspace

So yeah, sorry for the slow pace that YANP has taken over the past week. I started school again, got a new job and my girlfriend is leaving the country for three months. Put all those together and you’ve got a Matt with far less time to partake in his favorite hobby. But I promise that after this weekend it’ll start to pick back up.

The Like Young Call It Quits, Plan Final Tour

The Like Young have announced that the West Coast shows they play in support of Last Secrets will be their last.

MP3: The Like Young – For Money or Love

From their statement:

The release of Last Secrets culminated 15 years of songwriting, recording, touring, and releasing records. With our most fulfilling album behind us, Amanda and I are very happy to announce the band’s retirement.

There’s no big drama, no inner turmoil. The fact is, you can only take so much frustration and heartbreak before a once great love becomes something unpleasant and sad. The passion to create music is not what it once was for us. We’re no longer interested in being a part of an industry which, with a few exceptions, is often cold, cynical and senseless. The financial, mental, and physical strains are constant. The resulting victories are few. We need to make smart decisions at this point in our lives. Rather than continuing to struggle, we’ve decided to cut it off forever and move on. The relief (and release) that we both feel after reaching this decision is nearly impossible to convey in words.

The Like Young’s Last Tour Dates

9/01 Chicago, IL @ Hideout @
9/02 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
9/03 Omaha, NE @ O’leavers
9/04 Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater
9/05 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
9/07 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
9/08 Portland, OR @ Holocene *
9/09 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill %
9/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
9/15 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves &.
9/16 Houston, TX @ Walter’s on Washington #

* w/ The Blow, The Kingdom
% w/ Citizens Here and Abroad, Thee More Shallows.
& w/ The Long Winters
# w/ Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Spain Colored Orange.
@ w/ The Assembly

Pygmalion Music Festival Announces Line-Up

Proving yet again that 2006 is the Year of the Festival, Pygmalion, which is this year co-curated by Polyvinyl Records, has announced a stellar line-up including Of Montreal, Man Man, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, and Danielson.

Get your tickets.

Champaign-Urbana, IL Sept 20-23


CANOPY CLUB ($10/12)
Elf Power – 12:00am
Geoff Reacher – 11:00pm
Mad Science Fair 10:00pm
Dress Code – 9:00pm


CANOPY CLUB ($10/$12)
Murder By Death – 12:45am
Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s – 11:50am
Shipwreck – 11:00pm
Low Skies – 10:10pm
Metal Hearts – 9:20pm
Unwed Sailor – 8:30pm

Scurvine – 1:00am
Triple Whip – 12:10pm
Ghost in Light – 11:20
Exit Clov – 10:30pm
CoCo Coca – 9:45pm
Darrin Drda – 9:00pm


Danielson – 8:30pm
David Bazan – 7:30pm

CANOPY CLUB ($10/12)
Man Man – 12:30am
The Life and Times 11:30pm
Canada – 10:40pm
The Living Blue – 9:50pm
Watery Domestic – 9:00pm

The Beauty Shop – 12:30am
Brighton, MA – 11:30pm
Caleb Engstrom – 10:30pm
New Ruins– 9:30pm

Howling Hex 1:00am
Elsinore – 12:00am
Gentlemen Auction House – 11:00pm
Darling Disarm – 10:00pm

The City on Film – 12:00am
The Reputation – 11:00pm
Fireflies – 10:15pm
Monte Carlos 9:30pm


POLYVINYL RECORD Co. 10th Anniversary Party @ CANOPY CLUB ($15/17)
Of Montreal – 12:00am
Headlights – 11:00pm
Owen – 10:00pm
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – 9:00pm

Salaryman – 9:15pm
Bailey – 8:30pm

Lorenzo Goetz – 1:00am
Probably Vampires – 12:00am
Weird Weeds – 11:00pm
Pulsar47 – 10:00pm

Tractor Kings – 12:20pm
Rusty Pipes – 11:20pm
The Chemicals – 10:20pm
Bellcaster – 9:30pm
The Wandering Sons 12:00am
Elanors – 11:00pm
Judah Johnson10:00pm
Ellestel – 9:00pm

Lynn O’Brien

Apollo Sunshine Announce Tour Dates

Apollo Sunshine, another band I’d love to be able to check off my “must see live” list, have just posted a collection of their new (mostly West coast) dates.

MP3: Apollo Sunshine – Today Is The Day
MP3: Apollo Sunshine – Magnolia

Apollo Sunshine Tour Dates
Aug 29, 2006 7:30 PM Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
Aug 31, 2006 10:00 PM Neurolux Boise, Idaho
Sep 1, 2006 9:00 PM Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
Sep 2, 2006 9:00 PM Neumo’s Seattle, WA
Sep 3, 2006 9:00 PM W.O.W. Hall Eugene, OR
Sep 4, 2006 10:00 PM Ciao (patio) Reno, NV
Sep 6, 2006 10:00 PM Crystal Bay Club Crystal Bay, NV
Sep 7, 2006 9:00 PM The Independent San Francisco, CA
Sep 8, 2006 9:00 PM The Independent San Francisco, CA
Sep 9, 2006 9:00 PM The Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
Sep 10, 2006 9:00 PM The Coach House San Juan Capistrano
Sep 11, 2006 8:00 PM House of Blues San Diego, CA
Sep 12, 2006 8:00 PM Plush Tucson, AZ
Sep 14, 2006 8:00 PM Oklahoma Memorial Union Norman, OK
Sep 15, 2006 11:00 PM Stubbs Inside Austin, TX
Sep 20, 2006 8:00 PM The Paradise Boston, MA
Sep 21. 2006 11:00 PM The Terrace @ Princeton University, NJ
Sep 22, 2006 8:00 PM Iron Horse Northampton, MA
Sep 24. 2006 2:00 PM The Inner Harbor Syracuse, NY

Apollo Sunshine on Myspace

De Novo Dahl @ The Dame 8.24.06

Last time De Novo Dahl rolled through Lexington I had to miss them because I was busy making my way to Bonnaroo. With no major life-changing festivals lined up, this time I was ready to rock out with one of the South’s finest bands.

MP3: De Novo Dahl – Shout

I have heard De Novo Dahl’s concert experience described as both a “party in a box” and “unique.” There’s been talk of costumes, themes and even food being involved. So while their costumes and strings of lights might be considered high class for most bands, that was apparently a somewhat calm night for De Novo Dahl. Not, of course, that there’s anything calm about a De Novo Dahl show.

Thursday’s show was a nice showcase of older material (including “The Funk” and “Be Your Man” off Cats), but the real winners were the new songs. “Shout” and “Subject of the Kill” especially got a great crowd response, as did another one they debuted that dealt with heros.

MP3: De Novo Dahl – Subject of the Kill

MP3: De Novo Dahl – Market Place

Favourite Sons Release MP3, Tour Dates

MP3: Favourite Sons – Tall Grass

Favourite Sons Tour Dates
9/1 – NY at Union Pool
9/12 – NY Sound Fix Instore
9/14 – KEXP’s John Richards Show
9/14 – Seattle at Chop Suey
9/16 – San Francisco at Café DuNord
9/18 – Los Angeles at Spaceland
9/19 – Los Angeles at Cinespace
9/22 – NYC at Mercury Lounge

And don’t forget! The Features are doing and instore at CD Central today at 4pm and then playing at the Dame later tonight.

The Bird And The Bee: “Again & Again”

I’d been hearing a lot about The Bird and the Bee, but only now had a chance to check them out. It’s a nice male/female duo whose album is heavy on the catchy and light on the filler.

MP3: The Bird and the Bee – Again & Again
MP3: The Bird and the Bee – Because
You’ll excuse me if I ask you to overlook the first fifteen seconds in “Again & Again” due to their striking similarity to a certain Coldplay song (on the plus side, it’s Parachutes-era). If you can make it through that, you’ll be treated to a delightful and catchy look at the narrator’s examination on the inevitable repetition her relationship always seems to fall into. “Because” is a more beat-oriented tune that wouldn’t be that out of place with Klee or Annie.

The Bird and the Bee on Myspace

De Novo Dahl were great. Pictures and review to follow shortly. Don’t forget: The Features on Satuday! They’re doing an instore at CD Central at 4PM and playing at the Dame later that night.

De Novo Dahl: “Shout”

Tonight I’ll be catching the next installment of my “Nashville week” in Lexington: De Novo Dahl. They’ve just wrapped up work on their new album, and are doing a string of dates to celebrate. I’ve been told that their show in Nashville last week was awe-inspiring, so I’m really hoping this one turns out just as well. Anyone wanting to catch them can do so tonight at The Dame at 9PM with the High Water Marks opening.

MP3: De Novo Dahl – Shout
I’m a big believer that one thing that can make good music even better is understanding the details surrounding it. While not written as a direct response to De Novo Dahl’s lineup change from last year, “Shout” serves as both a positive message to their fans and a reaffirmation to the band as to why they do what they do. Within the songs’ three minute runtime, they cram more positive messages and cathartic instructions than an entire Tony Robbins tome could ever hope to contain. Top that off with an introduction that’s eerily reminiscent of the opening vocals of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up,” and you’ve got one of the best songs of the year.

MP3: De Novo Dahl – Subject of the Kill
MP3: De Novo Dahl – Market Place

De Novo Dahl on Myspace
YANP interview with De Novo Dahl