February 23, 2010

More records in the office today!

Felix Obelix – The Tick of the Clock, the Beat in the Chest
Baby Baby – Long Live the Swagmonsta
The Dig – Electric Toys
Blasfemea – Galaxia Tropicalia
The Shondes – My Dear One
Equaleyes – While I’m Alive
Hear Kitty Kitty – Tails from the Alley
Eryn Shewell – 4th & Broadway
Stereo Transmitted Disease – Generation Nothing
Beware! The Other Head of Science – Big American Godzilla Party
Valerie Janlois – No Drop of Love (Is Ever Wasted)
A Faulty Chromosome – Craving To Be Coddled so We Feel Fake-safe
This Moment in Black History – Public Square
Mama Lion – Gamble, Gamble, Die
Walter Jr – Standing on the Word
Linfinity – Martian’s Bloom
The Idaho Falls – The Spark
One High Five – Here, Hear!
Ashley Joelle Jordan – Simple Love
Kal Marks – Recovering After The Storm
Dirt Mall – Pacifuego
Mars – Embracing Imperfection

February 19, 2010

Look at All the Records We Got in the Office Today!

Big East: Condita

Tom Wise: In Love, At War

NeuHuman: NeHuman

Chris O’Brien: Little Red

Charlie Christos: Widow’s Gun

Ken Berman: Looking Forward

The Whole New Usuals: Every Whole New Usual Will Die

Nathan Leigh: Glitch EP

The Dirty Dishes: The Dirty Dishes

The Falcon Lords: Straight From the Center of their Volcano Air

Mattie McGrail: The Long Road of Doris Voxy

Quadron: Quadron

After Edmund: Spaceships and Submarines: The Lively Sessions

Jason and the Scorchers: Halcyon Times

Anomopoly: Anomopoly

Veil Veil Vanish: Change in the Neon Lights

Static People: Static People

Transient Songs: Cave Syndrome

Antioquia: My piano ate the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle

Hardly Art: Cracked Love & Other Drugs

Adrien and the Fine Print: Tennessee Swing

Thirty Second Pulse: Oil of the Whale

The One Smith: Just Because

February 12, 2010

Check out the stellar records we got in the office today!

Dave Ellis: drama per orgasm

Cobblestone Jazz: The Modern Deep Left Quartet

Christian Prommer: Drumlesson Zwei

Jeremy Haladyna: Selections from the Mayan Cycle

Denman Maroney: Music for Words, Perhaps

Chris Marsol: Butterflies, Lipstick, and Hand Grenades

Reagan Browne: Daydreams in Stereo

Fight the Quiet: Let Me In

Jen Olive: Warm Robot

Baylock: One Good to Be Told

Full Body Anchor: Full Body Anchor

The One Smith: The One Smith

K’Lonisky: Controversy

Naked on Rollerskates: Sugar

February 9, 2010

Check out what records we got in the office today

The Full-Time Dreamers – Too Loud at Any Volume

The Blessed Unrest – Ashes Time

The Ted Painter Band - Keepin’ It Real

Plants and Animals – La La Land

Monster Movie – Everyone is a Ghost

Marshan – The Jellyfish Will Succeed Where The Monkeys Have Failed

Modena – self-titled

Avi Buffalo – self-titled

April Smith and the Great Picture Show – Songs for a Sinking Ship

Jay Psaros – Tripping and Running

Animatronique – Stasis

Dosh – Tommy

Paul Dougherty – Grace Under Water

The Burning Hotels – Novels

Old Bricks – Farmers

Undo – self-titled

Andy Mason – Stories Told

Carrie Ferguson – Riding on the Back of the Wind

Die Among Heroes – self-titled

Confessions of a Corn Silo – Stretches of Concrete

MayFlys - A Life in a Day

Warning Light – Further On

Terminal Muse – Red

These New Puritans - Hidden

February 3, 2010

West Coast Shows

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Two excellent Performer Presents shows coming up this month for you West Coast fans!

Los Angeles @ Echo on February 12
Fitz & the Tantrums w/ Love Grenades

San Francisco @ Kimo's Penthouse Lounge on February 13
Paranoids w/ Tokyo Raid and Siddhartha

February 2, 2010

Check out what records we got in the office today

Sofia Rei Koutsovitis – Sube Azul
Dangermaker – self-titled
Stereo Freakout – If Wishes Were Fishes
Scraping for Change – Breaking the Silence EP
Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Steps Ahead
Stygian – Fury Rising
Throwback Suburbia – self-titled
Michael Perry and the Long Beds – Tiny Pilot
Girlfriends – self-titled
Nite Nite – How To Touch the Moon
Ellis Paul – The Day After Everything Changed
Dana Wells – The Evergreen EP
Jay Matsueda – Eat Your Sad

February is Up

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January 29, 2010

News: Act now to prevent smoking bans outside bars in San Francisco

Like to light up at some of your favorite hot spots in San Francisco? Smokers should be aware of a non-smoking ordinance currently under review that will attempt to ban smoking on the patios of places such as the Hemlock Tavern, Bottom of the Hill, Thee Parkside, El Rio, Eagle SF, Lucky 13, Zeitgeist and many more.

Those interested voicing their opinion can speak out this Monday, Feb. 1, at city hall in room 263 at 2 p.m.

This movement of smoking bans is spreading across California, with Los Angeles smokers recently losing their ability to light up in outdoor cafes and food courts after a city council meeting on Jan. 20. Other locations that have already banned smoking in outdoor dining facilities include Burbank, Beverly Hills, Calabasas and Santa Monica.

The Hemlock Tavern is attempting to create a grandfather clause to exempt current smoking patios at bars. For more information on general smoking rights, visit www.smokinglobby.com.

Live Review: Love in Stockholm // The Phix // Re-Up // Joy Daniels

The Middle East Downstairs // Cambridge, MA // Jan. 21, 2010

Love in Stockholm - Music Video Premiere at the Middle East from Love in Stockholm on Vimeo.

Jazz and soul was alive and well this past Saturday as several bands took the stage to celebrate the release of Boston's own Love in Stockholm's brand new video “Ordinary Man.” Close friends (and media alike) joined the band right before the scheduled concert to get a peek at the vid for their latest single, which was shot over only a couple days. The video, which features the band pouring their hearts out in a performance under a stream of Christmas lights, was followed by a live acoustic performance of the same song – which was one of the most intimate moments of the evening (if not the only one).

Love in Stockholm

Opening up was the powerful Joy Daniels. Equipped with tight instrumentation and a stage presence comparable to quite frankly nothing else, Joy shook the audience with songs that were not only upbeat and melodic, but packed with a powerful message as well. Songs like “Crazy” and “Do You Know What It's Like” packed an off-the-wall (and considerably brief) set right before Re-Up hit the stage. Combining soul with their own eclectic view of hip-hop, the audience was completely consumed with their relaxed-but-passionate demeanor as they crooned songs like the bittersweet love ballad “Still” and the ultra-slick “Bad Motherfucker.”

Following them were the Phix and the energy completely shifted from that of a laid-back concert-goer to a wild dance party. The Phix are masters of taking genres and flipping them on their heads. Fusing hip-hop together with pop, a little bit of rock and adding a dash of auto-tune sounds like too many ingredients in the pot to actually produce something you can successfully consume, but somehow they pull it off flawlessly. Cruising through tunes like “Boomerang” and “Fell in Love (In the Club)” with endless amounts of energy, they provided an interesting contrast to the final act of the night, Love In Stockholm. 

The Phix

The last band of the evening was greeted to a packed room of true fans or intrigued  listeners, and rose to the occasion practically without breaking a sweat. Fusing soul and beats that can't help but make you move, the boys put their acoustic side away and kept up the high-paced energy anointed to them previously by the Phix. Playing songs like “Don't Be Fooled” and “The Collector” from last year's Too Much Love EP, LIS gave it their all and the audience were quite appreciative. Trumpets mixed with harmonicas mixed with guitars and soulful vocals perfectly channeled their core sound of R&B/jazz. Overall, the boys put on a show they could be proud of.

-Review and photos by Candace McDuffie

January 28, 2010

New Records in the Office Today!

Vaus – The Floating Celebration

Derek Frank- Let the Games Begin

Mass Solo Revolt- Bend in Time

The Besnard Lakes- Are the Roaring Night

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The Hammond Group- Bailout!

Jennie Arnau- Chasing Giants

The Organ Beats – Sleep When We Are Dead

Faith and the Muse- :ankoku butoh:

Three Day Threshold- Straight out of the Barrel

Joey Stuckley- So Far

Tokyo Rosenthal- Ghosts

Cagle and Nash- Soul Complete

Libby Johnson- The Perfect View

Trades- The Short Version

La Chansons- The King and Queen of the Dance Floor

Aloha- Home Acres

Joy Kills Sorrow- Darkness Sure Becomes This City

January 26, 2010

Check out what records we got in the office today

My Flea Circus – Flee Flaa Floo

DJ Rap – Synthesis

Rafter – Animal Feelings

Dave Daniels – Just Like Ghosts

Judgement Day – Peacocks/Pink Monsters

Okapi – Love Him

Chris Pureka – How I Learned To See In The Dark

Jennifer Leonhardt – Minstrel’s Daughter

Randal Bramblett – The Meantime

Çatarina dos Santos – No balanco do mar

The Villains – self-titled

Brendan Kelley – Music From the Motion Picture

7 Million Jigawatts – Taking Flight

The Strange Boys – Be Brave

Absinthe Rose – Diggin Ditches & Escaping Holes

Zamza – Manga Rock

Chris Laubis – Balance

Peggo – In Love

Melanie Mitrano – All Things Gold

Jes Perry – The Way That I Feel

Jamie McLean Band – Completely

Cinetrope – Once I Ruled The World

Jesse Liam – Father From A Man

Memphis 59 – Ragged But Right

Jonathan Badger – Unsung Stories From Lilly’s Days as a Solar Astronaut

Josiah Wolf – Jet Lag

The American Dollar – Atlas

Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness – Lots of Fun!

Blair – Die Young

Jimmy Landry – New Day

The Greening – (She’s So) Electric EP

January 20, 2010

Love In Stockholm Video Premiere

Boston's very own Love in Stockholm will premier their brand new music video, 'Ordinary Man', at the Middle East Downstairs this Saturday. A special acoustic performance of will also take place during the night!

Show starts at 7pm

January 19, 2010

New records in the office today

Birdsong at Morning – Vigil
Clogs – The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton
Slowearth – Vault
Umek – Responding to Dynamic
James Keyes – Ruminations
Jonka – Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Social Hero – The Famous
Thick Shakes – Ooh Mommy
Adrian and the Sickness – B.F.D.
Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
The Ruby Suns – Fight Softly
Kathy Sanborn – Small Galaxy
Will Kimbrough – Wings
Pinsky – States/The Only Ones
Roy Davis – We Are a Lightning Bolt
Fleeting Trance – Self-titled
Shake It Like a Caveman – When You Smile I See Your Fangs
Trench Party – News
Trench Party – Untitled
Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra – self-titled
Past Lives – Tapestry of Webs
AC Deathstrike – Last Picture Show
Madecipha – Word is Bond
Ben Thompson – Time Traveler
Glenton Davis – Are You Ready
The Mallard – The Quick, The Dirty
Tired Old Bones – Self-titled
The Scott Little Band – Barbed Wire and Engine Blocks
Ventid – Rain Dance For Your Wedding

January 14, 2010

Check out the records we got in the office today...

Mindset X - Thread
Brenda Xu - A Little Illusion
Dillon $ Paten Locke - Studies in Hunger
Merry Ellen Kirk - Invisible Wars
Greg Lato - Monday Morning Breakdown
Ken Will Morton - True Grit
Eclectic Dance Orchestra - Instruments of Change
Seven Saturdays - self-titled
Robert Valente - Alive
iLa Mawana - self-titled
LOAM - Nervous Grooming Gestures
Rachel McCartney - New Days Nightly (EP)
Eddie Japan - four by six
Saints of Ruin - Nightmare
Ernest Gonzales - Been Meaning To Tell you
CUBIST - shapes and sounds of time
Double Nines - self-titled
Hearts and Minutes - self-titled
ITtheverb - Happy Mediums
Kid Tested - Pop Era Laundry
Doug Spears - Welcome Home
Gooding - The Return
Adam Green - Minor Love
Our Own Ghosts - The House That Silence Built
John Shipe - Yellow House
Happy Birthday - self-titled
Shredding the Envelope - The Call of The Flames
The Souljazz Orchestra - Rising Sun
Nightmare River Band - Call the Cops!!
Mark Growden - Saint Judas
Anais Mitchell - Hadestown
John Stein - Raising the Roof
Kasey Anderson - Nowhere Nights
All Time Low - MTV Unplugged
Sister Grizzly - All Of This Is True
Adam Ezra Group - View From The Root
Galactic - ya-ka-may

January 11, 2010

Contest to win a brand new tube amp

Blackheart wants to hook up a guitarist with a new 100W tube amp. All you have to do to score this vintage-inspired head and cab is play some shows with it and write about it online. The more photos, videos and posts, the better.

Tell us why you should be the test driver for the BH100H head and BH412SL cab. Send your entry to info@performermag.com (subject: Blackheart).

January 7, 2010

This Saturday: PseudoDiscord at Eyedrum featuring Stokeswood

-- A little bit about the bands at Eyedrum this Saturday --

Stokeswood is "An eclectic mix of percussion, strong vocals, story telling lyrics, powerful electric guitar and driving synths Stokeswood's sound is described as a "Cosmic Waltz."

Before The Solstice:"Melodic progressive rock with the ability to entrance, make you dance, or punch a hole in the wall! They call it Quantum Rock."

Damon Moon and The Whispering Drifters
"His simple acoustic guitar, with layered electrics, subtle keys of all kinds, dreamy bass lines, and drum sounds that roll in and out like the tide on the California coast, all perfectly set the stage for Damon's warm, gentle voice."

Naomi Lavender