Monthly Archives: January 2009

Download: Inward Eye


I saw this trio of Canadian brothers two years ago at Lollapalooza on one of the side stages and they stood out among the plethora of bands that I saw as one of the most promising. The brothers Erickson of Inward Eye were fed a heavy diet of The Clash, The Kinks, and The Stones and you can feel the influences raging through their rambunctious sound. They recently released a self-titled EP which rings of enough promise and energy to make this listener look out for the full-length coming out later this year. What will win over more fans will be their high-energy live shows and with being added to the Vans Warped Tour, Inward Eye will be sure to attract many a rebellious youth.

Chicago Tour Date:
Aug. 1 Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater (Vans Warped Tour)

DOWNLOAD: Inward Eye – “Shame” – [MP3]

Inward Eye on Myspace | Website | Buy the Inward Eye EP on iTunes

Video: Asobi Seksu – “Me and Mary”

Fresh off the presses, here is the new video from NYC’s Asobi Seksu, “Me and Mary” a single off their forthcoming third LP HUSH out Feb 17th on Polyvinyl Records, which should prove to be a further exploration of their signature brand of dreamy, expansive pop that is adventurously guided by the sweet vocals of lead singer Yuki Chikudate. She could sing me to sleep (in a good way) if I wasn’t reeling from the spacey and rumbling accompaniment from James Hanna and friends. Asobi Seksu hits the Empty Bottle on March, 5th.

Chicago Tour Date:
Mar 05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

Asobi Seksu on Myspace | Pre-Order HUSH here.

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Chairlift … to Chicago

Brooklyn dream-pop trio Chairlift is bringing their dark, yet bouncy electronic-infused pop to Chicago, when they play Schubas on March 14th with YACHT. If you are still digging on Casio drum machines and all the joy they bring, don’t miss this outing.

For those of you with a TV, you may recognize their catchy pop song “Bruises” from the iPod Nano-Chromatic commercial.

Check out some free downloads from their recent Daytrotter Session, including a fun little rendition of said “Bruises”.

Chicago Tour Dates for Chairlift:
Sat. Mar. 14 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s w/YACHT
Thurs. April 23 – Chicago, IL – Metro w/Peter Bjorn & John

Chairlift on Myspace | Website | Buy Chairlift Music

Video: Thunderheist – “Jerk It”

Dance it down with Thunderheist, tonight (1/17) at Schubas in Chicago.

*(No roosters were harmed in this posting)

Download: Lost in the Trees


Lost in the Trees is a fantastically, robust folk orchestra from Chapel Hill, NC led by composer/songwriter Ari Picker. Their music embodies the perfect union of americana folk and classical music arrangements, that is altogether haunting and hopeful. I can confidently recommend Lost in the Trees to the fans of Andrew Bird, Danny Elfman, and The Decemberists as there are elements that will delight fans of all three. But, listen for yourselves!

DOWNLOAD: Lost in the Trees – “Tall Trees” – (from Time Taunts Me) – [MP3]

DOWNLOAD: Lost in the Trees – “Fireplace” – (from All Alone in an Empty House) – [MP3]

Lost in the Trees on Myspace | Website | Purchase Lost in the Trees Music

favorite albums of aught eight

The basis for my top albums of 2008 is the number of times I went back to these albums to listen, re-listen, and listen to some more.

My favorite albums of 2008.

1. Glasvegas, “Glasvegas” (Columbia UK)
Fuzzy guitars create a thick wall of sound, Scottish brogue infused vocals, and some Buddy Holly and 60’s doo-wop sentiments makes this Glasgow four piece’s debut my #1 go-to album for 2008.
2. The Botticellis, “Old Home Movies” (Antenna Farm)
A great pop album from this California quintet! Sweet melodies torn from the pages of The Beach Boys & Big Star, with vocal harmonies with the charm of Fleet Foxes.

3. The Dodos, “Visiter” (French Kiss)
4. Department of Eagles, “In Ear Park” (4AD Records)
5. Fujiya & Miyagi, “Lightbulbs” (Deaf Dumb & Blind)
6. The Morning Benders, “Talking through Tin Cans” (+1 Records)
7. Vampire Weekend, “Vampire Weekend” (XL Recordings)
8. Ra Ra Riot, “The Rhumb Line” (Barsuk)
9. Lykke Li, “Youth Novels” (Atlantic)
10. XX Teens, “Welcome to Goon Island” (Mute)
11. Titus Andronicus, “The Airing of Grievances” (Troubleman Unlimited)
12. Port O’Brien, “All We Could Do Was Sing” (Self Released)
13. Fleet Foxes, “Fleet Foxes” (Subpop)
14. The Republic Tigers, “Keep Color” (Chop Shop Records)
15. Hawksley Workman, “Between the Beautifuls” (Universal)

Honorable Mentions:

Parenthetical Girls, “Entanglements” (Tomlab)
Frightened Rabbit, “The Midnight Organ Fight” (Fat Cat)
Pale Young Gentlemen, “Black Forest” (Science of Sound)
Bon Iver, “For Emma, Forever Ago” (Jagjaguwar)
Elbow, “The Seldom Seen Kid” (Fiction/Geffen)