[MP3] Fleet Foxes: “Helplessness Blues”

The long wait is over. Fleet Foxes just posted the title track from their upcoming album Helplessness Blues. The album’s out May 3rd of this year, and there’s a bunch of tour dates now available. Download the MP3 here, then check out the tour dates below.

MP3: Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Tour dates below.

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Daniel Martin Moore @ CD Central 1.29.11

I showed up about one minute into Daniel Martin Moore’s instore session at CD Central and felt like a stampeding elephant coming through the back door. Apparently the PA was on the fritz, so DMM and company did this performance with no amplification — thus my embarrassment at the sound of the back door slamming shut. But all was well; the crowd was more respectful than any I’ve been a part of in a while.

This was Daniel’s third time playing at CD Central, and really I might argue that it was the best. He did a few older songs, a load of new ones and a cover of “My Rifle, My Pony and Me” from Rio Bravo. The real highlight of the set was his performance of the title track to his new LP The Cool of the Day. He sang while Dan Dorf played a beautiful keyboard accompaniment.

More photos after the break

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PS22 covers Ariel Pink’s “Round & Round”

Which is more unlikely: a public school choir covering Ariel Pink, or that resulting video getting over 1 million hits? Well if this one goes the way of their other videos, that’s a question we may very well have to answer. Cheers to the kids for doing a great job with this one and enjoying it more than most adults enjoy anything in their lives!

Thanks to Matt for the heads up!

The Kickback @ Al’s Bar 1.27.11

I didn’t really plan it this way, but this was a great show to have as my first of 2011 and my first in over a month. I knew almost nothing about the Kickback before the show, but quickly fell in love. Live, the Kickback are like a younger, more reckless version of the Walkmen. There’s energy being thrown at the audience nonstop — so much so that it made me sad to see that almost no one came within 10 feet of the stage.

There were one or two songs that really bowled me over, but unfortunately I’m a little light on their song titles. The one that really rocked me had a sharp, stabbing chorus that sounded like “Rob a house! Rob it!” but most likely wasn’t. It was a standout track in a powerful set.

Oh, and I’d be a failure of a nerd if I didn’t mention how great the lead singer’s Alpha Flight shirt was. Obviously I had to get a photo. Turns out that the band also has a song called “Alpha Flight,” so bonus points for that.

We Are Scientists to play Weezer’s Green Album

File this under Highly Unexpected. We Are Scientists and friends will be covering Weezer’s Green Album next week. I can only assume they were sad it wasn’t getting much attention during Weezer’s Blinkerton tour…

We Are Scientists + friends
cover Weezer’s Green Album
other bands tba
Bruar Falls (245 Grand St)
Wed, Feb 2
$?, 21+, 8pm to 12am