FM BELFAST RELEASES LIBERATING NEW VIDEO FOR SINGLE “UNDERWEAR”

Reykjavik-based electro-pop trio FM Belfast recently debuted a brand new video for their single “Underwear,” with Stereogum (Vimeo version here), who noted that it’s “lots of fun dancing but also strikes an eerie note, since it focuses on the ideas that a) lots of people dance alone b) in their underwear and c) not many people look beautiful dancing, especially once they’re slowed down, sped up, or frozen. The result, however, is quite beautiful: Intimate, lonely, and still fun.”

“Underwear” is off the band’s US debut How to make friends, out now on Kimi Records. Directed by DANIELS (production duo Daniel Scheinert and Dan Kwan), the video features heavily-manipulated footage of interchangeably manic, bumbling and joyous solo dancers (Ani Raya-Flores, James Mackey and Marilyn Heidecker), inevitably culminating with them in their underwear.

FM Belfast is currently in the midst of a European tour, hitting up festivals across the continent, and will return to the US later this year.

For more info, please visit:
http://www.fmbelfast.com
http://www.myspace.com/fmbelfast
http://www.kimirecords.com/

Pocket Creatures (iPhone)

Once upon a time, in a land only fourty-five miles away from here, there once lived a young boy. He watched digi-mon, and saw other children of the same age playing with tamagotchi’s. Jealousy grew within the boy, then during that summer he grew up and was no longer interested in having his own little “pocket monster”. Fast forward to today – that boy is now a young man and is asked to review Tactile Entertainment’s game ‘Pocket Creature’. All those months spent watching digi-mon flood back into memory; too bad the creature in ‘Pocket Creature’ is cute rather than bad-ass like ‘Were-garurumon’, but meh. Will it match up to the hype? Does it keep you occupied? Can it break my GF’s addiction to Farmville? Let the short list begin. Continue reading “Pocket Creatures (iPhone)”

JOANNA NEWSOM GOES WEST

Joanna’s new triple album, Have One On Me, is out now on Drag City.

Thursday, July 29 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Woman’s Club

Friday, July 30 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Lobero Theatre

Saturday, July 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre

Monday, August 2 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

Wednesday, August 4 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre

Thursday, August 5 — Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theatre

Friday, August 6 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater

Saturday, August 7 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater

The full Joanna Newsom tour schedule can be viewed here: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/joanna-newsom

Joanna recently performed two new songs off of Have One On Me on Later. . . with Jools Holland in the UK – and in addition to the camerawork, she herself was awesome. Check it out below…

“Jackrabbits” — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XMJl-HCO7A

“’81” — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb5Jp_duKNM

THE ROMANY RYE HIT THE ROAD WITH DELTA SPIRIT THIS SUMMER, LAUNCHING NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR ON JUNE 7th

THE ROMANY RYE will join Delta Spirit this summer for an extensive North America tour that launches on June 7th at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, CA. Highlights include two shows in New York – June 30th at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom and July 1st at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn – and a performance at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre on July 23rd.

Tipped by Kings of Leon’s Matthew Followill as the new band to watch in NME’s 2010 New Music issue (a sentiment echoed by Matt Costa on jambands.com), THE ROMANY RYE is touring in support of its debut album, Highway 1, Looking Back Carefully, an intimate collection of songs penned by former Colour guitarist Luke MacMaster. The singer-songwriter produced and recorded the album along with Delta Spirit’s Kelly Winwrich and the two were joined in the studio by a group of friends that included Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), David Quon (We Barbarians) and Blake Mills. Shortly after completing the album, MacMaster put together the band now known as THE ROMANY RYE, inviting Judson Spillyards, Joshua Spillyards and Ryan Hitt from Christopher Denny’s former backing band, The Natives, to join him.

Raised in the rustic mountain community of Big Bear, California, located outside Los Angeles, MacMaster grew up listening to his dad’s vinyl record collection and soon began crafting his own songs. From its vintage looking album art and organic instrumentation, to its deeply personal ruminations on life, love and despair, Highway 1, Looking Back Carefully recalls the L.A. songwriters of the 60s and 70s who first fused the intimacy of folk music with the vibrancy of rock and roll – and then blows through that intersection to blaze its own path.

“If love is a language, I will cut out my tongue/no use for singing songs already been sung,” sings MacMaster on the soulful album opener, “Brother.” Gentle and melodic to the ear, a closer listen to “Dear Holly” shatters any peaceful, easy feeling as the narrator describes himself as “a ghost town with seven empty lakes.” “Marquee,” a tale of striving for fame in a city where “every diamond in the sidewalk is fighting for its time to shine,” unfolds over a lazy banjo line. It’s juxtapositions like these that brighten this journey through a dark night of the soul.

Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Date City/State Venue

With Delta Spirit:
6/7 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar
6/8 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
6/9 San Francisco, CA The Independent
6/10 Portland, OR Doug Fir
6/11 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
6/12 Vancouver, BC The Venue
6/14 Boise, ID Neurolux
6/15 Salt Lake City, UT The Urban Lounge
6/16 Boulder, CO The Blue Theatre
6/17 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
6/18 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
6/19 Chicago, IL Metro
6/21 St. Louis, MO Firebird
6/22 Indianapolis, IN Radio Room
6/23 Columbus, OH The Basement
6/24 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
6/25 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room
6/28 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs
6/30 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
7/1 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
7/2 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
7/3 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
7/5 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
7/6 Charleston, SC Pour House
7/7 St. Augustine, FL Café 11
7/8 Orlando, FL The Social
7/9 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
7/10 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
7/11 Hattiesburg, MS Thirsty Hippo
7/13 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s
7/14 Tulsa, OK Cain’e
7/15 Dallas, TX Lola’s
7/16 Houston, TX Mango’s
7/17 Austin, TX Emo’s
7/20 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Brewing Company
7/21 Tucson, AZ Plush
7/23 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
7/24 Santa Barbara, CA Velvet Jones

Jarboe – Mystery of Faith (CD)

Boy, has Jarboe been on a cleaning spree the last year, clearing our eir closet of practically all the demos and music that have been left to the wayside in the last fifteen years? Starting out the CD with “Song For Dead Time”, Jarboe’s pop-mentality allows this gothic-tinged track to soar above the fray, using ethereal vocals and continual piano lines to make for a delectable track. Following the delightful pattering on the ears that was “Song For Dead Time” with a much more plodding and depressing “Everything For Maria”, the track seems a little too heavy on the melodrama to successfully carry the momentum that the first track had. Trying to go one too many times to the same wellspring (in terms of the repetitive sequencing) on “Everything For Maria”, Jarboe finds a long dry spell soon after the disc has started. In fact, the nature of some of the tracks on the other re-releases by Atavistic seem to put “A Mystery of Faith” into a position of being a clearinghouse for the tracks that should have never seen the light of day. Of the first four tracks, only one of the tracks could be considered a success, the aforementioned “Song For Dead Time”. The much more sedate and Spartan “Still a Child” is the next success for Jarboe, as a fitting atmosphere winds its way around eir voice, adding a force that is unrivaled on the disc.

Some of the tracks are embryonic and really had no use in making it onto a serious CD – honestly, what is up with the screw-up still captured on “The Man I Love”? As the disc spins on, various differences in sound and style make their entrance, fade in power, and eventually leave – each section of these two discs feel similar to themselves instead of the disc as a whole (for example, “Dream Dream” and “I Put A Spell On You”). The disc is fairly droll, unexciting and only sparsely dotted with tracks that feel as if they were viable alternatives for what actually showed up on Jarboe’s fully-crafted projects. Tracks like “She Cries” are too hollow and fuzzy to really connect at the base level with Jarboe’s listeners, and all but the most stalwart fan will want to pick this disc up. Jarboe’s other re-releases of material maintain a semblance of order that just is not to be found on this disc; pick them up instead.

Top Tracks: Song For Dead Time, Still A Child

Rating: 4.5/10

Jarboe – Mystery of Faith / 2004 Atavistic / 29 Tracks / http://www.thelivingjarboe.com / http://www.atavistic.com / Reviewed 14 March 2005

The January Taxi – Keep Quiet, They Might Hear Us (CD)

The cover of “Keep Quiet, They Might Hear Us” is fairly low-key. This low-key look really is perfect for hiding a brand of emo meets rock (think Samiam more than Coheed here), and really allows The January Taxi to hit the gates running. “Star Light The Sun” drops the vocal focus of the previous track for a more compelling brand of arrangements that, even in its guitar-heavy state is able to tell a story. When the time comes on “Star Light The Sun”, the emotive (almost to a melodramatic point) vocals really move from the traditional role of imparting lyrics to the listener, assuming a more instrumental role in the tracks. The Blink 182-like guitar work done on “Where It Was” (at times moving into the power chords most identifiable in Weezer’s music) is slow and sedated enough to really allow the constituent parts of the band to shine when the proper times come.

The progression of the arrangement on the track is simplistic but in a good way – it is a sly ploy to incorporate listeners, and really succeeds in accomplishing its goal. It seems like each track on “Keep Quiet, They Might Hear Us” uses this slow and hook approach, as the bass and guitar team up to do much of the same in the slightly alt-country-tinged “The Hello’s”. While there are ties to the more current age of emo and emotive rock, The January Taxi have seen a lot happen in the decade that they’ve been a band. To a degree, this experience is captured in “Keep Quiet, They Might Hear Us”. For example, the epic track “Jome” contains a brand of sedate yet strongly expressed instrumentation, building up into a fury at times that really has more to do with the mid to late nineties “emo” movement (namely bands like The Appleseed Cast and Lewis).

“Keep Quiet” may only have eight tracks, but the average amount of material that drives a track is so dense that the replay value is higher than comparable disc; if one just listens to “This Impossible Dream”, a fuzz mixes along with a stop-start drum line, a steady bass line and an echoing set of vocals. “Keep Quiet” is a disc that works on a number of levels, incorporating a number of bands from a number of ages without The January Taxi allowing this diverse bunch to dicta how the band is going to sound. Here’s to hoping that The January Taxi breaks out in this, the beginning of the second decade of their existence.

Top Tracks: Threading The Needle, Where It Was

Rating: 7.4/10

The January Taxi – Keep Quiet, They Might Hear Us / 2005 Vacant Cage / 8 Tracks / http://www.thejanuarytaxi.com / http://www.vacantcagerecords.com / Reviewed 17 September 2005

The Dillinger Escape Plan Tour Throughout The Year

11 Jun 10 Nickelsdorf (AT) Novarock Festival
12 Jun 10 Interlaken (CH) Greenfield Festival
13 Jun 10 Donington Park (UK) Download Festival
15 Jun 10 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo
16 Jun 10 Sneek (NL) Bolkwerk
17 Jun 10 Göteborg (SE) West Coast Riot
18 Jun 10 Flensburg (DE) Volxbad
19 Jun 10 Trier (DE) Ex-Haus (Summerblast Festiv)
20 Jun 10 Clisson (FR) Hellfest (Terrorizer Tent)
24 Jun 10 San Diego, CA (US) Cricket Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
25 Jun 10 Pomona, CA (US) Pomona Fairplex (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
26 Jun 10 Mountain View, CA (US) Shoreline Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
27 Jun 10 Ventura, CA (US) Seaside Park (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
29 Jun 10 Phoenix, AZ (US) Cricket Pavilion (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
30 Jun 10 Las Cruces, NM (US) N.M.S.U. Practice Field (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
01 Jul 10 San Antonio, TX (US) AT&T Center (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
02 Jul 10 Houston, TX (US) The Showgrounds At Sam Houston Race Park (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
03 Jul 10 Dallas, TX (US) Superpages.com Center (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
05 Jul 10 St.Louis, MO (US) Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
06 Jul 10 Indianapolis, IN (US) Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
07 Jul 10 Burgettstown, PA (US) Post Gazette Pavilion (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
08 Jul 10 Cleveland, OH (US) Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
09 Jul 10 Toronto, ON (US) Arrow Hall (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
10 Jul 10 Montreal, QC (US) Parc Jean Drapeau (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
11 Jul 10 Hartford, CT (US) Comcast Theater (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
13 Jul 10 Mansfield, MA (US) Comcast Center (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
14 Jul 10 Darien Center, NY (US) Darien Lake P.A.C. (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
15 Jul 10 Scranton, PA (US) Toyota Pavilion (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
16 Jul 10 Camden, NJ (US) Susquehanna Bank Center (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
17 Jul 10 Uniondale, NY (US) Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
18 Jul 10 Oceanport, NJ (US) Monmou Park Racetrack (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
20 Jul 10 Columbia, MD (US) Merriweather Post Pavilion (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
21 Jul 10 Virginia Beach, VA (US) Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
22 Jul 10 Charlotte, NC (US) Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
23 Jul 10 St. Petersburg, FL (US) Vinoy Park (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
24 Jul 10 West Palm Beach, FL (US) Cruzan Amphitheater (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
25 Jul 10 Orlando, FL (US) Central Florida Fairgrounds (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
26 Jul 10 Atlanta, GA (US) Lakewood Amphitheater (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
28 Jul 10 Cincinnati, OH (US) Riverbend Music Center (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
29 Jul 10 Milwaukee, WI (US) Marcus Amphitheater (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
30 Jul 10 Detroit, MI (US) Comerica Park (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
31 Jul 10 Tinley Park, IL (US) First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
01 Aug 10 Shakopee, MN (US) Canterbury Park (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
02 Aug 10 Bonner Springs, KS (US) Sandstone Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
05 Aug 10 Calgary, AB (US) Race City Speedway (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
07 Aug 10 Salt Lake City, UT (US) Utah State Fairgrounds (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
08 Aug 10 Denver, CO (US) Invesco Field (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
11 Aug 10 Los Angeles, CA (US) Home Depot Center (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
12 Aug 10 Wheatland, CA (US) Sleep Train Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
13 Aug 10 Nampa, ID (US) Idaho Center Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
14 Aug 10 George, WA (US) Gorge Amphitheater (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )
15 Aug 10 Hillsboro, OR (US) Washington County Fairgrounds (Vans Warped Tour 2010 )

Janez Detd – Like Cold Rain Kills a Summer Day (CD)

The instrumental interlude that starts off “Like Cold Rain Kills a Summer Day” is something that I would never recommend a band to do. The minute of instrumental opening feels like eons whenever an act does it. Start from a 0 level, but don’t let a few minutes go by before kicking into the disc. Still, even with this early black mark against the band, Janez Detd is able to put forth an emocore track in “Killing Me (II)” that mixes together Avenged Sevenfold with Matchbook Romance to make something dark but deeply emotional.

“Anti-Anthem’ is a track that should have been on the last Blink 182 album; down to the power chords and slightly-snotty lead vocals, the band seems to parallel Blink at every turn. Sure, the Blink that the band reveres on this track is the more “emo” Blink than that found on “Enema of the State”, but Janez Detd is still able to put up some serious fury even with their emo trappings. The band will be huge in the United States just as soon as their video breaks on TRL; “Deep (These Are The Days)” seems to pull the best pieces of acts like Simple Plan and The All-American Rejects to create a song that all the preteens and teens alike will be singing along with, feeling rejected and like outcasts. It is not hard to understand why “Like Cold Rain Kills a Summer Day” sounds so damn good; Janez Detd has been around since at least 1998, the year that their “Bleenies and Blockheads” was first released.

Like their musical counterparts Sum 41, a track like “In These Days” marries together a pop-punk sound with a harder metal edge to come up with something fast yet not sharply-edged. The band drops their metal edge as fast as they assumed it, with a song like “Raise Your Fist” tying together the pop-punk of a “Josie”-era Blink 182 with the harder rock stylings of an act like Incubus. The positive message of “Raise Your Fist” seems to be more along the line of a Philmore or Dogwood, but without all the Christian mythology tied along with it. Janez Detd has been doing the grind in their home country for years, but it may just be that “Like Cold Rain Kills a Summer Day” is their key for surviving and thriving in the United States market.

Top Tracks: Raise Your Fist, Deep

Rating: 7.6/10

Janez Detd – Like Cold Rain Kills a Summer Day / 2006 I Scream / 14 Tracks / http://www.janezdetd.com / http://www.iscreamrecords.com / Reviewed 26 July 2006

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Leiana Partners With Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society To Help Save The City’s Homeless and Abandoned Dogs

During her down time in between recording and touring, FOF Recording artist Leiana is doing her part to help save some of Philadelphia’s animals. Leiana has been volunteering at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society to help rescue pit bulls that have been abandoned or neglected by owners throughout the area.

“Rescuing pit bulls is one my passions. They are a very misunderstood breed.
I rescued my first living in Hollywood, and up until then, I had little knowledge about the breed. I discovered that they are one of the most gentle and loving dogs out there,” commented Leiana. “I volunteer at PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society), which is one of the only no-kill shelters in the city that rescues pits. PAWS has also recently started the Save-a-Bull Initiative which is geared towards educating the public about bully breeds, and promoting their responsible adoption and ownership. The goal is to reduce the number of dogs killed in shelters.”

PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is Philadelphia’s largest rescue organization and is working to make Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. For more information on the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society please visit www.phillypaws.org.

Leiana’s new album, “Lucky #3”, was released through FOF Label Group/EMI. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, CA with producer Eddie Wohl (Smile Empty Soul, Anthrax), and features guest appearances by Rob Caggiano (Anthrax), Brett Scallions (Fuel), John Tempesta (The Cult, White Zombie), and Ken Schalk (Candiria). Leiana’s video for the track “Nothing=You” online at http://new.music.yahoo.com/videos/leiana/nothing-you–218646221.

Leiana has partnered with Ultimate-Guitar and FOF Label Group to offer fans the chance to win a signed Schecter guitar http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/contests/leiana_contest.html