Beach House playing Lexington tonight — venue change!

For whatever reason, tonight’s Beach House show in Lexington has been moved to Al’s Bar. I guess the Hop Hop just wasn’t ready or up to code. But I’ve been told that there’s an improved sound system at Al’s, so get ready for an elbow-rubbingly intimate show with Beach House. Their SXSW performance was fantastic; I’m hoping tonight’s show recaptures a bit of that magic.

MP3: Beach House – Play The Game (Queen cover)

Beach House
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Al’s Bar — Lexington, KY
$5 – All Ages

[MP3] Of Montreal covers Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”

It seems like Of Montreal already covered this song, right? Well, unless my 80+ collection of Of Montreal covers is overly lacking, we’ve yet to get a recorded copy of one. But thanks to Of Montreal fan Christine, we’ve finally got something to hold on to.

MP3: Of Montreal – Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie)

Of Montreal are getting ready to jump back onto a North American tour. They’ve got a Kentucky date and a lot more.

Stephen Malkmus covers James Gang for Daytrotter

What a great discovery right before I have to head off to work. Stephen Malkmus stopped by the Daytrotter studios to record a session that includes, among his own songs, a cover of the James Gang’s classic “Funk 49.” You might remember that video of him playing it with Blitzen Trapper, but this is a better recording.

Stephen Malkmus on Daytrotter

Jenny Lewis to play Louisville with Heartless Bastards

Looks like our summer in Kentucky just keeps getting better and better. Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley, if you needed the context) will be playing Headliner’s in Louisville this July with Heartless Bastards. I love Jenny’s solo record, her work with Rilo Kiley and her song from Bolt. I’m going to resist the urge to bit at the “special guest” bate and just assume that’s code for “an opening band we haven’t booked yet,” rather than “any one of Jenny’s super-awesome musical buddies.”

Jenny Lewis w/Heartless Bastards, Special Guest
Headliner’s – Louisville, KY
Monday, July 6th @ 8pm
(doors 7pm) – Adv: $18 / Dos: $20 All Ages

[MP3] Rod Thomas: “Same Old Lines”

ROD Thomas… not ROB Thomas. Just getting that out there early so it’ll clear up things in your RSS readers.

Rod Thomas was one of my SXSW takeaways, but it’s odd because I never actually saw him play. My friend Brad introduced me to Rod while we were hanging out in Austin and then I ran into him again later at 5am in the Austin airport. I checked him out on Myspace when I got home and was pretty pleasantly surprised.

MP3: Rod Thomas – Same Old Lines
This song makes me want to email The Boy Least Likely To or Noah and the Whale and let them know that I’ve got the perfect opening act to set them up with for their next tour. Maybe I’ll luck out and they’ve got a Google Alert on their band name. But even if not, at least I’m prepared for the day to come when they need my help. And if it never comes, at least I’ve got Rod Thomas’ music to hold me over.

Rod Thomas on Myspace

The Bicycles go on indefinite hiatus

In way sad news, I found out via Singing Lamb that Canadian pop act The Bicycles are going on indefinite hiatus. Most of the band will still be playing actively as a part of Gentleman Reg, Born Ruffians and Sebastien Grainger’s band, but that might be it for the Bicycles. I was actually shocked that we got a follow-up to the Good, the Bad and the Cuddly, so I consider us lucky to have Oh No, It’s Love.

MP3: The Bicycles – Won’t She Be Surprised

And just so I don’t imply that they’re more done than they actually are, here’s the exact words from the band’s myspace post:

little fyi: this friday’s cmw show at the horseshoe will be the last bicycles show for a loooong time… and… maybe… forever (or maybe not forever. you never know).

Here’s hoping it’s a very brief hiatus.

Captain Beefheart’s 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing

WFMU posted mad genius Captain Beefheart’s 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing. As you might expect, it contains nothing about notes, scales, rhythm or solos. It does, however, include bits of advice like this:

3. Practice in front of a bush
Wait until the moon is out, then go outside, eat a multi-grained bread and play your guitar to a bush. If the bush dosen’t shake, eat another piece of bread.

Read the full list at WFMU

And if you find yourself wondering why you should care about a batty list of guitar rules handed down from a weird dude, watch this video and then go buy Safe as Milk. He’s the reason we have Man Man and why Tom Waits sounds the way he does on every album since Rain Dogs.

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band: “Electricity” (live)

[SXSW] Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head @ One Night in Austin 3.21.09

Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head was the last band I saw at SXSW. Shortly after their set I copped out and wound up getting a ride back to my hotel with Matt, the Ice Cream Man. But before hopping in the ice cream truck I saw a very sweet show by NPSH.

I only knew one NPSH song, “Beard Lust,” but enjoyed the full set. Even though NPSH are still a relatively small band, they ran, jumped and demanded your attention like they were superstars. They managed to combine the sleek, glitz of Perez Hilton’s event with the wild, cool, free-spirited nature of SXSW. Also, I’ve got to say that they did a great job of mic-sharing. I’m not 100% sure who was the lead singer because it seemed like everyone got a turn to sing and show off on the stage. Nothing like a little equality with your rock.