ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO'S MALAIKAT DAN SINGA When I wrote the review for Arrington de Dionyso, I called it the
most interesting record on my playlist, and it's true, I didn't know any "white" guy (he looks white, at least) singing songs in Indonesian. While most people might dismiss this as a joke/novelty, I feel this isn't the case with Arrington de Dionyso. I believe he's serious about his music, as much as he's serious about his paintings (of often strange beasts and nude women).
If you signed up for the K Zip Pak, you were treated to four songs (plus new artwork) from his upcoming album, Suara Naga. What I instantly liked about the preview track, "Aku di Penjara" is the girl singing in the background, while a devish-sounding Arrington sing in the foreground.
Besides from Suara Naga, Arrington de Dionyso is also reported to be working with documentary filmmaker Elisa Da Prato on two projects. Plus on top of that, he's on tour. Busy, busy guy. Sorry, I missed him when he came through town, but you know how it is having so little time... Since I don't want you to miss him, I'm including the rest of his tour dates here:
9/30/10 Montreal, Quebec @ Cabaret du Mile End w/ Shonen Knife
10/2/10 Toronto @ Silver Dollar
10/3/10 Buffalo, NY @ Soundlab/Big Orbit Gallery
10/4/10 Columbus, OH @ Bourbon St
10/5/10 Cincinnati, OH @ Mayday
10/6/10 Chattanooga, TN @ Discoteca
10/7/10 Tallahassee, FL at The Farside
10/8/10 Lafayette, LA @ Frankie Burger
10/10/10 Austin, TX @ Beerland
10/13/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
10/14/10 San Diego, CA @ Bar Pink Elephant
10/15/10 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
10/16/10 Sacramento, CA @ The Hub
10/17 San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah
10/22/10 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios with Scout Niblett
LOS CAMPESINOS! Let me get this straight: this is a Welsh band with a Spanish name. What's even stranger is that the name translate to The Farmers.
Los Campesinos! have a new four-track EP called All's Well That Ends and features reworked version of songs from their Romance is Boring album.
I am happy to report that we'll be covering them for their New York appearance. Their October tour dates as follows:
10/08/10 – Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
10/09/10 – Laval, PQ @ Maison des Arts de Laval
10/10/10 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
10/12/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
10/13/10 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
10/15/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/16/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/17/10 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
10/18/10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/20/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
10/22/10 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
10/23/10 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
10/24/10 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/26/10 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
LAZERBEAK and DOOMTREE I believe Lazerbeak may have stolen his name from Transformers. You know, Laserbeak, the robot bird that turns into a cassette. You know what cassettes are, don't you?
It doesn't matter, what you should know is that he and Doomtree are from Minneapolis. The city's really blowing up with indie hip-hip music, leading the way are Atmosphere and Doomtree. While this type of music isn't my cup of tea, I can tell you that I've attended a few Rhymesayers shows and they are astounding because their fans really get into it.
It doesn't look like Doomtree are playing Minneapolis with their "Wings & Teeth Tour", but I suspect we'll see them play here soon enough.
Doomtree Wings & Teeth Tour Dates (featuring the entire Doomtree Crew!):
11/01: Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot
11/02: Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
11/04: Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
11/05: Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
11/06: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
11/06: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
11/07: Missoula, MT @ The Palace
11/08: Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
11/09: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
11/10: Portland, OR @ Berbati's Pan
11/11: Reno, NV @ Tonic Lounge
11/12: San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
11/13: Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
11/16: Austin, TX @ Red 7
11/17: Denton, TX @ Hailey's
11/18: Shreveport, LA @ The Collective
11/19: New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's
11/20: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/21: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11/22: Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas
11/23: Washington, DC @ DC9
11/24: Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
11/26: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
11/27: Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
11/28: Portland, ME @ Space
11/30: Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
12/01: Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's
12/02: Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
12/03: Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
12/04: Grinnell, IA @ Gardner Lounge - Grinnell College
12/05: Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Strictly limited to 1,000 hand-numbered copies, so it will sell out quickly at $5 a pop. I suggest you pre-order it to secure a copy for shipment on October 29th.
Songwriter Marty Donald described "Get-to-Bed Birds" as, ironically, the last song he wrote for The Lucksmiths. The song paints a picture of New Year's Day, and stumbling around through the suburbs in the new day. Hardcore fans would probably have a copy of this song from the The Matinée Grand Prix compilation.
The 7" is backed by "The World of Professional Golf 1994", described as their "contribution to the fourth issue of The Lifted Brow, a Melbourne-based literary journal."
The followup to BJ Block’s debut album, Glitterball, was released yesterday, September 27th. Joined by Soul Syndicate frontwoman Dawn Pemberton, the album is called The Land of Make Believe.
If you followed my previous review, you’ll remember that I noted BJ Block has a distinctly jazzy sound; in this collaboration with Pemberton providing vocals, the music takes funky and soulful overtones. It is decidedly more upbeat than Glitterball and in my opinion, it has the potential to reach a much broader audience.
The biography I received seemed to highlight why I think this music will stand out in the independent music scene. It was pointed out that the tunes debuted in a gritty east side Vancouver (B.C.) club that was much more accustomed to hard rock than soul. After an opening show by the Soul Syndicate. “Let It Be” and “Turn It Around” were performed during a sound check, thereafter drawing enthusiastic applause.
The concept of the album is a “children’s album for grownups”, addressing adult challenges through the eyes of a child. I am including the track “You Happy?”, which features sound samples of a little boy. As with Glitterball, this new album is featured at CD Baby (incidentally, the page for Glitterball uses my review here at W♥M). The Land of Make Believe can also be purchased through iTunes and Amazon.com.
"Those Darlins are the greatest thing since, like, I don't know what. Holy crap! I love 'em!"
Those Darlins came to town, and doing the things they do best: singin', drinkin', swearin', and havin' a good great time.
Warming up the audience was Henry Wagons, of Wagons, he was a delight to listen and watch. He's from Melbourne, but apparently was heavily influenced by American Country music (of the Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson variety). He spoke after each and every song, which I did not mind because they're all pretty hilarious, what he has to say. I think Wagons would make a better comedian than a country singer, I don't know what that says about his singing career, but he definitely is an entertainer.
Turbo Fruits were four young lads, who were loud rock music, sometime even punkish sounding. This actually doesn't surprise me, because I've previously seen the band in their earlier incarnation as Be Your Own Pet (who actually deeply impressed me more than Arctic Monkeys). One thing I'd like to mention is that I could not, for the life of me, understand a single word singer Jonas Stein said. It would be "mummblbe mumbble whiskey mumthankee". Thankfully someone else understood him, and bought them a round of whiskey.
Those Darlins came on stage about eleven, and by this time, the small 7th Street started filling up. I saw a lot of familiar faces, but some new ones as well. I'm assuming the new faces were there to see what all the buzz was about, especially since the band got a nice brief writeup in the Star Tribune newspaper.
I should also point out that the band now has an extra guitar player called Shane Spresser, who was there to fill in for Nikki's arm. I did get a chance to look at her arm, they cut a straight line along the center to draft the metal pins, as seen on the cover of Night Jogger 7", which incidentally I picked up at the show for $5.
Anyway, the first set was mostly new songs. Fortunately, they played "Cannonball Blues", in the middle of the solid eight new songs. So it's understandable that the audience was still trying to follow the songs. Of the new songs, I was keen on "Hives".
The old fans started warmed up to the second set, when the familiar songs started trickling in. It started with "Wild One", and it just build and build from there.
Big crowd pleasers were "The Whole Damn Thing" aka "The Chicken Song" (which, incidentally, was not on the setlist) and "Red Light Love". Officially, the setlist ended with "Night Jogger", which sounds awesome live, as expected. But the fun didn't end there. The band didn't even do that fake "leave and come back for the encore" thing, they just kept playing.
From what I can remember, the encores were "Funstix Party" and their signature outro song, "Shakin' All Over".
So fun, see you next time gals.
(Video of "Night Jogger" live at 7th Street appears after the break.)
Allen Toussaint is one of those musicians you may have never heard of but you know his work. His collaborations run from Patti LaBelle and Otis Redding to The O’Jays and The Rolling Stones. He wrote the Grammy nominated song, “Southern Lights”, famously sung by country singer, Glen Campbell. Recently he did an album with Elvis Costello and even appeared with Cyndi Lauper on David Letterman. Songwriter, producer, musician, there isn’t a facet or genre Toussaint hasn’t touched in his forty years in the business, but what drew my attention was an album he released a couple years ago, “The Bright Mississippi.”
Even though the name references the next door neighbor, Toussaint pays tribute to the musicians of New Orleans like Jelly Roll Morton, Sydney Bechet, King Oliver and the other king, Louis Armstrong. The songs may have been played a thousand times by many others, but Toussaint somehow, “…has transfixed himself on an old and yellowing map and by doing so conjured it to be a living, changing landscape.” So says Joe Henry in the liner notes.
If you don’t know much about jazz, I can think of no better introduction. I especially like Toussaint’s interpretation of “St. James Infirmary”, a traditional dirge of a funeral march, but he picks a pace between a skip and a strut. If he’s off to a funeral, he’s promising a good time. What more can you say about New Orleans?
TONIGHT - 9/25 I like what Susstones Records is doing with their series of EPs from BNLX. Each release is hand-assembled with extras like pins and stickers, all for under three bucks, so it's cheap enough for you to take a chance on. And speaking of affordable, their shows are usually packed full of bands, with that affordable pricing ($5).
Tonight, they're playing a show at The 501 Club, with Red Pens and Blue Sky Blackout. Doors at 9pm, which means you probably won't get home until 2am.
SUNDAY - 9/26 Those Darlins are back at 7th Street Entry. I've already mentioned them quite a few times, so see previous articles. Can't wait!
MONDAY - 9/27 Canadian band, Caribou returns to the States with Swim, they're playing here in Minneapolis on Monday. Here's there North American dates:
Sep 26 Chicago IL – Metro*
Sep 27 Minneapolis MN – First Avenue*
Sep 28 Winnipeg MB – West End Cultural Center*
Sep 29 Saskatoon SK – Amigos*
Sep 30 Edmonton AB – Starlite*
Oct 01 Calgary AB – Republik*
Oct 03 Vancouver BC – Vogue*
Oct 04 Seattle WA – Showbox*
Oct 05 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *
Oct 06 San Francisco CA – Regency*
Oct 07 Los Angeles CA – Dance Right @ La Cita
Oct 08 Los Angeles CA – Music Box*
Oct 09 Tempe AZ – The Clubhouse
Oct 11 Salt Lake City UT – Urban Lounge
Oct 12 Boulder CO – Fox Theatre*
Oct 14 Austin TX – La Zona Rosa
Oct 15 Baton Rouge LA – Spanish Moon
Oct 16 Tallahassee FL – Engine Room
Oct 17 Tampa FL – Crowbar
Oct 18 Orlando FL – Backbooth
Oct 19 Miami FL – Grand Central
Oct 21 Guanajuanto, Mexico – Mutek/Cervantino Festival
Oct 23 Santiago, Chile – Festival Fauna Primavera
Oct 27 Sao Paulo, BR – Clash Club
Oct 28 Bogota, Colombia – Downtown
Oct 30 Asheville NC – Moog Festival
Oct 31 Chapel Hill NC – Cat’s Cradle*
^With Russian Futurists
TUESDAY - 9/28 Remember Papa Roach ? Of course you do. They have a new album called Time For Annihilation, released at the end of August. The album debut at #1 on the Independent charts and #23 on the Top 200, so quite a few people still remember this hard rock band.
Papa Roach and Trap are playing at The Epic in Minneapolis as part of the "Monsters of Annihilation" tour.
09/25 Fontana, CA Epicenter
09/28 Minneapolis, MN The Epic
09/29 Southbend, IN Club Fever
10/01 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues*
10/02 Tampa, FL Jannus Live
10/03 Mobile, AL Bayfest
10/05 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live*
10/06 Wallingford, CT The Dome*
10/08 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights*
10/09 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
10/10 Worcester, MA Palladium*
10/12 Rochester, NY The Main Street Armory*
10/13 Toledo, OH John F. Savage Hall*
10/14 Moline, IL iWireless Center*
10/16 Waterloo, IA McElroy Auditorium *
10/17 Kansas City, MO The Midland *
10/19 St. Louis, MO Pageant*
10/20 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom *
10/23 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Check out the latest single and video for "Kick In The Teeth":
WEDNESDAY - 9/29 I like their name, Beats Antique, it reminds me of folktronic, which is basically new (electronic) vs old (folk). I believe that's exactly what Beats Antique is trying to achieve with their band.
In just three years, they've released two albums (with a third one coming out soon) and two EPs. Look for these releases when you see them live:
Sept. 28th – The Aquarium – Fargo, ND
Sept. 29th – The Loft at Barfly – Minneapolis, MN
Sept. 30th – Majestic Live – Madison, WI
Oct. 1 – Miramar Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 2 – Abbey Pub – Chicago, IL
Oct. 3 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
Oct. 6 – The Republic – New Orleans, LA
Oct. 9 – Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
Oct. 9 – Momo’s Club – Austin, TX
Oct. 11 – Alabama Music Box – Mobile, AL
Oct. 12 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
Oct. 13 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
Oct. 14 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
Oct. 15 – The Pour House – Charleston, SC
Oct. 16 – New Earth Music Hall – Athens, GA
Oct. 17 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Oct. 20 – Awful Arthur’s – Blacksburg, VA
Oct. 21 – BX10 – Baltimore, MD
Oct. 22 – Harper’s Ferry – Allston, MA
Oct. 23 – Pearl Street – Northampton, MA
Oct. 24 – Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT
Oct. 28 – The Underground – Reno, NV
Oct. 29 – Blu Nightclub – Stateline, NV
Oct. 30 – Music Box – Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 4 – Hat Factory – Richmond, VA*
Nov. 5 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA*
Nov. 6 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY*
Nov. 10 – Spirit Bar – Nelson, BC*
Nov. 11 – The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC*
Nov. 12 – The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB*
Nov. 13 – Royal Canadian Legion – Calgary, AB*
Nov. 14 – The Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB*
THURSDAY - 9/30 Unicycle Loves You are from Chicago, so they seem to come up to Minneapolis quite a bit. According to what I've read, their second album, Mirror, Mirror, is heavily influenced by cult horror and sci-fi films.
Although the band have shared the stages with such great acts like The Raveonettes and Art Brut, expect their status to go way up after they play with Weezer tonight!
09/25/10 Peoria, IL Bradley University Arena w/ Weezer 09/28/10 Iowa City, IA The Mill w/ The Wheelers 09/29/10 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Club 09/30/10 St. Paul. MN Station 4 10/01/10 De Pere. WI Baba Louie's 10/02/10 St. Paul, MN University of St. Thomas Student only 10/05/10 Indianapolis, IN Vollrath Tavern 10/06/10 DeKalb, IL The House Cafe w/ Elephant Gun 10/07/10 Champaign, IL Mike & Molly's 10/08/10 Kansas City, MO Record Bar 10/09/10 St. Louis, MO Lemmon's 10/11/10 Louisville, KY The Louisville Palace 10/13/10 Indianapolis, IN The Murat Theater 10/20/10 Brooklyn, NY Spike Hill CMJ Music Marathon