Earlier this week, Melanie Safka’s “Brand New Key” came on the radio while I was driving some friends around. They laughed when I turned it up, but I genuinely do love this song (and did so before I ever saw Boogie Nights). Here’s a video of Melanie performing her hit live in 1971 at the DeMille Theater.
Now two episodes deep into their second season on HBO, Flight of the Conchords have announced their April-May tour dates. They’re going all around America, so catch them while you’re able! Fingers crossed for a Bonnaroo show…
Flight of the Conchords Tour Dates
4/6/09 Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center* Tampa, FL
4/7/09 University of Miami BankUnited Center* Coral Gables, FL
4/8/09 UCF Arena* Orlando, FL
4/10/09 Ryman Auditorium* Nashville, TN
4/11/09 Fox Theatre* Atlanta, GA
4/13/09 Constitution Hall* Washington, D.C.
4/14/09 Radio City Music Hall* New York, NY
4/17/09 Agganis Arena* Boston, MA
4/18/09 Tower Theatre (2 shows)* Philadelphia, PA
4/19/09 Kent State University* Kent, OH
4/21/09 Massey Hall** Toronto, ON
4/22/09 Massey Hall** Toronto, ON
4/24/09 Fox Theatre** Detroit, MI
4/25/09 IU Auditorium** Bloomington, IN
4/26/09 Overture Center for the Arts** Madison, WI
4/28/09 Aerie Crown** Chicago, IL
4/30/09 Fox Theatre** St. Louis, MO
5/2/09 Riverside Theatre (2 shows)** Milwaukee, WI
5/3/09 Northrop Auditorium** Minneapolis, MN
5/5/09 Nokia Theatre** Dallas, TX
5/6/09 Jones Hall** Houston, TX
5/7/09 Bass Concert Hall** Austin, TX
5/10/09 Center in Vancouver for the Performing Arts*** Vancouver, BC
5/11/09 Paramount Theatre*** Seattle, WA
5/12/09 Paramount Theatre*** Seattle, WA
5/14/09 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall*** Portland, OR
5/16/09 Red Rocks Amphitheatre**** Denver, CO
5/17/09 Abravanel Hall*** Salt Lake City, UT
5/19/09 Dodge Theatre*** Phoenix, AZ
5/20/09 RIMAC Arena*** San Diego, CA
5/22/09 County Bowl*** Santa Barbara, CA
5/23/09 The Joint*** Las Vegas, NV
5/24/09 Greek Theatre*** Los Angeles, CA
5/25/09 Berkeley Community Theatre (2 shows)*** Berkeley, CA
* = Kristen Schaal
** = Eugene Mirman
*** = Arj Barker
**** = 1st Support: Iron & Wine, 2nd Support: Arj Barker
Of Montreal already had a very select US tour this year, but they’re hopping back on the horse (har har) to do another, fuller round of touring in April. First they’ll be hitting up Australia and Asia, but with SXSW and tons of concerts between now and then, I think I’ll be able to wait patiently.
MP3: Of Montreal – Head On (Jesus and Mary Chain cover)
And, of course, Of Montreal’s Jon Brion Remixes EP is on sale now.
Of Montreal Tour Dates
2/1 — Strasbourg, France — La Laiterie
2/19 — Pomona, CA — The Glasshouse
2/21 — Honolulu, HI — Loft Gallery & Lounge
2/25 — Auckland, NZ — King Arms
2/26 — Wellington, NZ — San Francisco Bath House
2/28 — Perth, AU — Perth International Arts Festiva
3/3 — Sydney, AU — Manning Bar
3/4 — Brisbane, AU — The Zoo
3/5 — Melbourne, AU — The Hi Fi
3/7 — Golden Plains, AU — Golden Plains Festival
3/10 – Osaka, JP — Club Quattro
3/12 — Tokyo, JP — Duo Music Exchange
3/15 — Singapore, SG — Mosaic Music Festival / Esplanade Theatre
4/13 — Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle
4/14 — Baltimore, MD — Sonar
4/15 — New York, NY — Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/16 — New York, NY — Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/17 — New York, NY — Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/19 — New Haven, CT — Toad’s Place
4/20 — Boston, MA — Paradise
4/21 — Boston, MA — Paradise
4/22 — Philadelphia, PA — Trocadero
4/23 — Covington, KY — Madison Theater
4/24 — Columbia, MO — The Blue Note
4/25 — Norman, OK — Norman Music Festival
I posted on Anni Rossi not long ago and have since run across this video of her playing “Wheelpusher” live. It’s a good showcase of both her songwriting ability and her live performance solo with just a violin. If you want to boil her down to just a few words, I’d go with “Final Fantasy + Joanna Newsom!”
I got Deerhoof’s iTunes session in my mailbox the other day and wasted no time popping it in. Not only am I a huge Deerhoof lover, but it also has a new track on it called “Makko Shobu” that features Greg Saunier trading his drums for a piano and Satomi providing beautiful vocals. The song selected for sharing is another gem, too; “Blue Cash” is the closing track of my favorite Deerhoof record, Apple O.
MP3: Deerhoof – Blue Cash
The album version of “Blue Cash” is very rough — though enjoyable — but here they get to flesh it out more and really come up holding a fantastic finished product. Though “Blue Cash” isn’t the first track I’d suggest a new listener to Deerhoof start with on their iTunes session, this version is undoubtedly going to be of much interest to longtime fans of theirs.
A quick word on “Makko Shobu” while I’m at it. Deerhoof has strong jazz leanings not so much in sound but in thought. They’re very much a rock and roll band, but they play around with song structure and key more than most. On “Makko Shobu” they sound like they could be actually filed in the Jazz section though. Deerhoof have slow songs and they have beautiful songs, but this might be the slowest and most beautiful out of them all. It’s entirely in Japanese and the absolute cherry of the EP.
You can download Deerhoof’s iTunes EP February 3rd from iTunes.
I’m a little slow to this since I thought The United States of Tara looked like garbage (and apparently it is!), but the Polyphonic Spree’s Tim Delaughter composed the series’ theme song. It’s minus the Spree’s backing oomph, but is pretty nice on its own.
One of the best Dark Was the Night songs in theory is, surprise surprise, one of the best songs in actuality too. Here Leslie Feist, Edward Droste and the rest of Grizzly Bear team up to rework a song Ed wrote four years ago for Horn of Plenty. The result is beautiful.
Asobi Seksu’s new material is absolutely great. I think I still might prefer Citrus, but it’s not by too much. “Me and Mary” is a great song and has a sweet video to back it up. There’s lots of feathers, drawing and even some slow sequences. It’s as sweet and beautiful as the music it backs up.
Thanks to BrianRaferty.com for this video of Spoon’s Britt Daniels singing Wire’s “1 2 x U” with backing help from a punk rock/heavy metal karaoke band.