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For this week’s top concert picks, we are dedicating the entire week to All Points West. K and I each have a 3-day pass, and we’re ready to see a bunch of bands that we haven’t seen yet. The ones we are most excited about are…
sl’s Top 5:
kc’s Top 5:
…and who I am NOT excited to see — The Honey Brothers.
“This is not a love story…it’s a story about love.”
That’s the tagline for 500 Days of Summer, a new film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, which hit theaters this past weekend. We happened to catch the Gen Art screening here in NYC a few weeks back, where one of the writers, Michael Weber, was on hand to introduce his film and answer questions following the screening.
All we can say is wow! This is by far one of the best films we’ve seen in a while.
500 Days of Summer tells the story of “Boy meets girl…Boy falls in love…Girl doesn’t…in Momento,” as Weber put it. The film jumps back and forth over the course of the 500 days the two main characters are together. Following the film, someone in the audience asked if it was written this way, or if the “Momento-effect” was added during production. Weber explained that it was written intentionally, to depict how one remembers a relationship. You never remember things exactly as they happened or linearly. Rather, memories are the result of how you choose to remember a situation. Effects were added throughout the film to augment this, including an “Expectation vs. Reality” split screen, and a kick ass, hilarious “dream sequence” set to Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams.”
We also asked a question, about the soundtrack, which is phenomenal. Regina Spektor’s unique, sweet and haunting voice opens the film, and one of our favorite tracks is Wolfmother’s “Vagabond.” Here’s the full track listing:
1. A Story of Boy Meets Girl – Mychael Danna and Rob Simonsen
2. Us – Regina Spektor
3. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
4. Bad Kids – Black Lips
5. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want – The Smiths
6. There Goes The Fear – Doves
7. You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
8. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
9. Quelqu’un M’a Dit – Carla Bruni
10. Mushaboom – Feist
11. Hero – Regina Spektor
12. Bookends – Simon & Garfunkel
13. Vagabond – Wolfmother
14. She’s Got You High – Mumm-Ra
15. Here Comes Your Man – Meaghan Smith
16. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want – She & Him
You’ll definitely want to pick this up, especially for the unreleased cover of The Smiths by She & Him, Zooey Deschanel’s band with M. Ward. It’s the last track on here, but it’s not featured in the film.
Today is the day for Cincinnati-based, indie pop duo Bad Veins, comprised of Benjamin Davis (vocals, guitar, keys), Sebastian Schulz (drums) and a 1973 reel-to-reel named Irene. Dangerbird Records is debuting the band’s first full-length (and self-titled) album, now in stores and on iTunes – and we couldn’t be more excited.
We can finally retire the EP we’ve been listening to ever since Bad Veins rocked the first forthebeat showcase in April, playing with Paul and the Patients and Nite Club. BV kicked off their set with the song “Found,” my favorite on the album, and captivated our audience, utilizing a backwards-wired telephone and a megaphone to create a sound much larger than what we expected from the two-piece act.
Dubbed CMJ’s “breakout act” last year and having already toured with another forthebeat favorite Snowden, Bad Veins is excited to continue playing live, embarking on a North American summer tour and stopping at The Mercury Lounge here in NYC on August 6th (with Now, Now Every Children).
In a recent interview, Bad Veins explained that they’ve already accomplished more than they ever imagined. “If we can spend this next year on the road and see the world by playing the music we want to play,” said Davis, “then we’ve already succeeded.”
Our top concert picks for this week include:
2. July 24: Junior Boys
Webster Hall, 125 E. 11 Street @ 9 pm
3. July 22: Paul and the Patients
The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn @ 8pm
*5. WishList: July 21: Paul McCartney Citi Field @ 9 pm
Citi Field @ 9 pm
Calvin Harris‘ second studio album drops August 17th. The first single off the album “I’m Not Alone” is already a #1. “Ready for the Weekend” is the second single to be released on August 10th.
“Ready for the Weekend” is just: awesome. The single features Mary Pearce singing my favorite line of the song which is the hook, repeated over and over: “I put on my shoes and I’m ready for the weekend.”
Harris was recently interviewed by The Sun (UK) and had this to say about the track: “The hook’s sung by a woman called Mary Pearce, who’s a diva. She’s got this great big voice and it’s like a nod to an old dance classic. I love underground dance music but I also have an extreme love of commercial dance music. But only the good stuff.”
This is the good stuff.
Best played on REPEAT, enjoy:
Soulful, futuristic, dream-like and epic, The Big Pink caught our attention a few weeks ago when they played their first-ever North American show at The Mercury Lounge, joined live by Daniel O’Sullivan from Guapo and SunnO, Jo Apps from the Planet Mu label, drummer Akiko Matsuura of Pre and Comanechi, and Al O’Connell producer/engineer for the likes of The Rapture and Klaxons.
In a recent interview with BBC 6music, the band explained “every song is a love song to some degree, about every different aspect of love. The good, the bad, the boring, the exciting, the dreams, the nightmares, the whole thing and I guess that’s what encompasses the whole album, and we have a song called A Brief History Of Love, so it’s apt.”
Spending the beginning of the summer recording here in New York City at Electric Lady Studios (now putting the finishing touches on the LP), The Big Pink is preparing to embark on a tour, mostly European festivals, including the Leeds Festival, Glastonbury Festival and Reading Festival. Damn we’d love to follow them around. Check out their schedule here: http://www.myspace.com/musicfromthebigpink
Also, take a look at a few of their videos — beautiful, artistic and dark, they perfectly complement the dream-like anthems.
Yup, there’s also a brilliant remix for your listening pleasure — Velvet (Gang Gang Dance Remix)
Last night, we went to check out our friends Your Vegas, a 5-piece English rock band, currently based in New York. The night started out with NO COVER and $20 all you can drink. Thank you The Studio @ Webster Hall for “No Cover Mondays” – a great way to start off the week, not that a drink special was really needed after 4th of July weekend.
U.S. Royalty, a Washington D.C. act that just signed to Engine Room Recordings, opened the show. These guys were one of the better opening acts we’ve seen in a while, and we’ll certainly be hearing more about them in the near future. The rest of the summer, they’ll be hitting up small festivals in Kentucky and Illinois, as well as heading back to D.C. to play a hometown show. Be sure to check out their EP Midsommar due out on August 25th, available digitally and on 7″ vinyl. Right now, take a look at the new video for their song Raincoats here: Nylon Magazine video for Raincoats
Then, sounding a bit like actual Vegas native and The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, Coyle Girelli took the stage with his band Your Vegas and played for a crowd of New York City fans who have been waiting for an opportunity to catch this act live. Having already established a big following in their native England, Your Vegas has recently gained recognition in the U.S., touring with The Bravery, Duran Duran and Shiny Toy Guns over the past two years – pretty sweet gigs. However, they haven’t had a lot of time to play in their adopted hometown. Focusing now on recording their second album, Your Vegas will be devoting time this summer to debuting new material at a bunch of shows in NYC, including an acoustic run at Rockwood Music Hall.
After a great set, the boys left the stage, but came back out to rock a cover of Cindi Lauper’s “I Drove All Night” for their encore. Yes, the song was originally written for Roy Orbison, and Celine Dion also covered it. Well, add Your Vegas to the list.
Finally, because a day doesn’t go by when we don’t find a great remix, check out In My Head (WeRD2 Remix).
The June mix is also there, and you can download both *for free* by clicking on “telecharger” – just right click, save to your desktop and “open” to play in your iTunes.
1. Feist – My Moon My Man (Boyz Noize Remix)
2. We Have Band – Hear It In the Cans (DIY Version)
3. Sleigh Bells – Ring Ring
4. Holy Ghost – Hold On
5. James Yuill – No Surprise
6. Paul and the Patients – Blogspot (Nick Seely Remix)
7. The Big Pink – Velvet
8. Zambri – Easier
9. Jack Peñate – Tonight’s Today
10. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
11. Breakbot – Summer Party
12. Bat for Lashes – Trophy
13. La Roux – Bulletproof (Live at Glastonbury)
14. Three Leaves and A Head – Radiohead Reckoner
artwork by Hannah Jensen
f o r t h e b e a t presents
la fievre du samedi
a day of d a n c i n g and drinking
special performance by Electric Tickle Machine
dj sets by Z Studios + f**k shirts
saturday, july 25th
doors at 2 pm
new brooklyn space
show up to 213 North 8th Street (between Driggs & Roebling)
$6 if you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
$8 at the door
Electric Tickle Machine on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/electricticklemachine
Here’s a link to download free ETM tracks!! http://electricticklemachine.bandcamp.com/