Archive for September, 2006


Futureheads Show Cancelled

September 29, 2006

The Futureheads have cancelled their Fall tour, including their Oct. 19th show at Mississippi Nights.


Ray LaMontagne

September 28, 2006

Ray LaMontagne will be playing at The Pageant on Thursday, December 7. Ray’s recently released Till the Sun Turns Black is another solid album from this increasingly popular singer/songwriter/guitar player from New Hampshire. While his sound is certainly steeped in the folk-rock tradition, it is a melancholy affair, featuring violins, cellos, keyboards and horns to accentuate his whispering Nick Drake-like vocal delivery.

Ray LaMontagne – Three More Days
Ray LaMontagne – Be Here Now
Ray LaMontagne – Crazy (Gnarls Barkley cover)


More Stuff

September 27, 2006

Don’t forget about the Richard Buckner/Eric Bachmann show at the Duck Room tonight (see my previous post here, with mp3’s). And here’s the RFT write-up on Richard Buckner.

This is a video clip I found on YouTube of the Descendents performing their song “Clean Sheets” at Mississippi Nights in 1987:

While the video is better than I would expect for a show like this (what’s the source of this?), it’s certainly not the best performance from the band, but I thought it was cool, nonetheless (and I’m a big Descendents fan).



September 27, 2006

Ouch. This picture has no relation to the post. I don’t like posts without pictures, though.

The Riverfront Times, has recently started up a blog, which you can read here. Music editor Annie Zaleski’s posts are a great resource for local music goings-on; she even gave me a tip of the hat, so here’s to her on that. Be sure to add it to your daily website/blog reading regimen.

The Lineup for this year’s CMJ Music Marathon, which takes place in New York from October 31 until November 4, features such bands as The Shins, The Black Keys ,Ben Lee, Deerhoof, Blonde Redhead, Architecture In Helsinki, Tapes N Tapes and Cansei de Ser Sexy (and a few hundred more).

This year, based on my initial, cusory glance at the lineup, St. Louis has one band performing at the Marathon, Bunnygrunt. If I missed any other St. Louis bands, please let me know. Springfield, MO’s Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (see their MySpace page) is also playing.

Bunnygrunt – Me and My Vampire Friends
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – House Fire

Here are two cover songs for you, both of which are rocking my face right now:
Bishop Allen – Psycho Killer (live Talking Heads cover)
The Polyphonic Spree – Lithium (Nirvana cover from the Spree’s new EP, Wait)


Two Gallants

September 26, 2006

Two Gallants will be playing at Off Broadway on Thursday, October 12th with Langhorne Slim and Trainwreck Riders . I have never seen Two Gallants live, but have only heard good things about the San Francisco duo’s live show. The band delivers its take on folk rock with punk rock intensity that has drawn comparisons to The Pogues. As an interviewer said in a recent interview with the band, “You guys write awesome drinking songs.” That should sum it up.

Two Gallants – Las Cruces Jail
Two Gallants – Waves of Grain

Ever wondered what The Beatles’ “Revolution #9” sounded like backwards, but were too lazy or too lacking in a proper turntable? Well, this guy has done it for you and has provided MP3’s.

Double Bonus:
Me as a kid:


French Kicks

September 25, 2006

The new French Kicks album, Two Thousand, came out this summer and shows the band poppier than ever. They’ve gotten some good press, and I have yet to write about them, so consider this my recommendation. You can even make up your own mind:

French Kicks – Keep It Amazed
French Kicks – Also Ran

Here’s the video for French Kicks’ “So Far We Are”:


Say Panther and The Lemp Arts Center

September 22, 2006

I recently discovered local postpunkdiscorockers Say Panther and was quite impressed with the young band’s take on the whole make-the-indie-kids-dance genre that was all the rage in New York a few years ago. I imagine the distorted vocals (think Julian Casablancas of The Strokes) would get old after a whole album, but hopefully they will eventually phase that technique out on future releases as the singer gets more confident with his singing voice.

They are playing at the Biliken Club on October 7 with Real Live Tigers and Emperor X.

Here are some mp3’s from Say Panther:
Say Panther – Chik Chika
Say Panther – If It’s So Hard
Say Panther – Cologne

Also, tonight, at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, come out and see Berlin Whale, who recently blew the roof off at Riddle’s as part of the RFT Music Awards Showcase (and are friends with the aforementioned Say Panther), Puppet Show and God Fodder for a fundraiser for the Center. $5.



September 21, 2006

Grovefest is taking place this weekend on the stretch of Manchester Road that is now being called the “Grove”, from noon until midnight. They didn’t really do a very good job of promoting this, so I am going to go ahead and give it a mention on here; not only are there some great bands playing, but the Arch Rival Roller Girls will be playing an exhibition match, there will be a beer garden (duh), there will be a “grape stomp”, and a food court featuring food from neighborhood restaurants. The imagery from the website suggests that this is a music festival, but the press release suggests more of a block party vibe. I will be out of town this weekend, but if anybody goes, please report back here. I hope it’s a huge success turns into an annual event – St. Louis needs as many neighborhood street festivals as it can get – I just hope people show up to it.

Here’s the Music Lineup:

  • Gentlemen Auction House
  • Bunnygrunt
  • Seven Shot Screamers
  • The Bureau
  • Casey Reid
  • The Vultures
  • Javier Mendoza
  • Dogtown All Stars
  • Johnny O and the Jerks
  • Tom Hall
  • Soulard Blues Band

Here’s the press release:

Forest Park Southeast is one of the most exciting areas of rejuvenation in St. Louis. The neighborhood enjoys many of the best proximities in the metropolitan area. Conveniently located between both major highways, 40 and 44, Forest Park Southeast is also adjacent to the finest cultural institutions the city offers; the Saint Louis Science Center, The Missouri Botanical Gardens, Forest Park, and all of the Grand Center attractions. The Washington University Medical complex is within walking distance and the Saint Louis University is just around the corner. An envisioned bio-tech corridor is progressing just across highway 40 under the Cortex initiative. And established neighborhoods nearby such as the Central West End, Tower Grove, and Lafayette Square serve as excellent role models for this neighborhoods revitalization.
Manchester Avenue as the central corridor to Forest Park Southeast offers similar building character and streetscape potential to another popular local urban and culturally diverse destination “The Loop”. A retail, dining, and entertainment district is indeed emerging along Manchester in Forest Park Southeast and is on track to become an important asset for St. Louis in much the same way The Loop has. The Forest Park Southeast Business Association has begun the grassroots work of positioning this stretch of Manchester Avenue as “The Grove” derived from adjacent Adams Grove and Tower Grove.

With this progression in mind it seemed an opportune time to hold an annual festival that celebrates the city and the uniqueness of “The Grove”. Known as the Grove Fest, the annual neighborhood showcase invites the St. Louis metropolitan area to enjoy a day of food, music, art and activities with a spot light on what’s new and what’s coming to Forest Park Southeast.

Proceeds will support the effort to continue the revitalization of Manchester Avenue by funding sidewalk and curb repair/replacement, sidewalk enlargement for outdoor seating, improved signage, streetscape trees and lighting, street furniture, parking lot improvements, and traffic light enhancements.
On behalf of the Grove Fest Committee (dedicated business owners and stakeholders in Forest Park Southeast) we whole heartedly invite you to explore this exciting neighborhoods possibility and support the 1st annual Grove Fest. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, September 23rd on Manchester between Sarah and Boyle noon to midnight.

…So there you go.


TV on the Radio

September 19, 2006

TV on the Radio just released the excellent Return to Cookie Mountain. Several of the songs leaked earlier this summer, including the blazing “Wolf Like Me” (often tagged with the title “Playhouses” on the leaked versions). They played this song on Letterman last week, and tore it up. While one could envision hearing the recorded version of “Wolf Like Me” on dancefloors everywhere, the live version from Letterman’s show was essentially a punk rock song.

From The Late Show with David Letterman:

TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me [MP3]


Man Man

September 18, 2006

The Man Man show I wrote about here is now scheduled to take place at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center on Wednesday night instead of the recently closed Hi-Pointe. They will be playing with Coyote, Casey Reid, and Super Fun Yeah Yeah Rocketship. I saw Casey Reid for the first time at Cicero’s during the RFT Music Awards showcase, and was quite impressed with his set. I also say Super Fun Yeah Yeah Rocketship that day and was, at the very least, quite entertained by him.