Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cool band Alert - Saintseneca (part 2!)

We have written about Saintseneca back in September) and based off some of the emails, many folks felt the same as I and kinda dug their stuff.

Good news for you today!

Here is info about the NEW Columbus, OH based band Saintseneca's new - Grey Flag EP that is being released TODAY. Paper Brigade is releasing it as a limited cassette tape and digital EP on March 30th, 2010. This is the band's second proper release and Paper Brigade's sixth release. It's available at all digital retailers / online through the Paper Brigade store. They just got done playing a bunch of shows (Horse Feathers, Vikesh Kapoor, Old Hannah and others) around the East Coast and were well received.

Grey Flag is the second EP from Saintseneca on Paper Brigade. Their self-titled debut was released last September and quickly won listeners over its convergence of banjo, dulcimer, violin, stomps, claps and layers of vocal melody all creating sudden symphonies of joyful noise. Needless to say, the vinyl pressing sold out in short order. The new EP, Grey Flag, delves deeply into themes of love and lust, war and death, rejection and escape, and a God that does or does not tie them all together. Lyrically it's about the confusion of being both enamored with and frustrated by the complexity and unknowable nature of an ideology, a lover, a history. It's a distinctly American sound rooted in the rural Appalachian environment where three of Saintseneca's members began playing music together as teenagers. One can easily imagine them discovering punk, discovering folk, recognizing the similarities between the two and applying them to the traditional instrumentation of their culture. In a live setting, Saintseneca transfixes audiences with soulful shredding and unchained melodies. They have the potential to become a truly important band and Grey Flag is clearly a step in that direction.

The song "Grey Flag" that you can download here.

The band on myspace
The label site is here
Also, there is even more information on a band site here.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Fill my head with your nonsense

Hope you might check out Forgotten Disc Friday.

This week was sort of odd. I recall buying this cd for one song (I got it used) and when I went back to listen I was blown away at the musical ability of the members. A terrific listen.

Hope you might stop over and check it out, there is a surprise this week there too.

Have a happy and safe weekend.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

DVD Giveaway - The Jacksons - A Family Dynasty

I've been offered up the chance to give away two copies of the DVD set The Jacksons - A Family Dynasty.

The A+E Series follows the famous family as they reunite after the passing of Michael.

Simple, shoot an email to laokas2002 at yahoo dot com with your mailing information. Two winners (US ONLY) will be selected at random and the DVD set will be yours.

Read more about the set on Amazon.com.

Good luck. Winner picked one week from today 12noon ET.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cool Band Alert - Freezepop and info on a Boston afternoon Show..

Special matinee show at Café 939 showcasing Boston’s own, Freezepop. (Vintage VJ/DJ delights courtesy of Videodrome Discothèque)

Freezepop will be playing a rare afternoon all-ages show on Saturday, March 27, at Cafe 939. Timed to coincide with PAX East, the humongous videogame convention that will be invading the Hynes Convention Center this weekend, Freezepop’s set will feature their videogame greatest hits” as well as a sneak preview of some of their new material. Although Freezepop have been regulars at previous installments of PAX, the convention’s rotating concert lineup meant that this installment was Freezepop’s turn to sit one out. But after hearing from fans who were sad to be in Freezepop’s hometown without a chance to actually see them play, the band decided to take the opportunity to play an intimate show nearby.

Pre- and post-Freezepop’s set, Videodrome Discothèque will be providing vintage audiovisual treats sure to get the dance party underway. Along with Liz Enthusiasm and Sean Drinkwater, filling out Freezepop’s roster are new members Robert John “Bananas” Foster and Christmas Disco-Marie Sagan. This show is a warm-up for a larger northeastern tour in April.

Freezepop are also currently recording the follow-up to their 2007 Rykodisc release and Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll winner, Future Future Future Perfect.

All the info you need:
Café 939
March 27th, 4pm
939 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 747-6038
$10 Presale / $10 Day Of
Ticket link is here.

Check out the Freezepop page here. You can find them on myspace, Facebook as well as follow them on twitter.

You can also check out Videodrome Discothèque here


Friday, March 19, 2010

You Live Just to Pull Me Down

Hope you might check out Forgotten Disc Friday.

This time around a band that, nowadays, people say were just too ahead of their time. You hear that often, but I tend to agree on this.

Hope you might stop over and check it out, there is a surprise this week there too.

Have a happy and safe weekend.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Music, tickets and rambling...

So it looks like Pearl Jam is hitting the road once more this spring. The good news for me, being a fan, is that they come to Boston on just about every tour.

Today was the fan club pre-sale option to get tickets. It was a trying process this time around but after 40+ minutes of trying I was able to get tickets.

People can slam the band for any reason they want, but they do try to cater to the fans with these pre-sales. Lucky folks are able to know if they have tickets before tickets go on sale to the general public.

There are a few small issues the band/management could do to make things a little better. First and foremost is they almost ALWAYS play two shows in Boston, yet every pre-sale only covers one show. That causes such a bottle neck for that one show. You could get a password to use and it can only be used once. It is simple enough to do. They had it set up where I tried to get on to more than one session to get tickets today and when I went to the second session it warned me I was already logged on. It would be nice to see them go this route.

Also, as much as I am THRILLED that Band of Horses will open up for them it might be time for Pearl Jam to go to the no opener 2 set sorta deal. Pipe dream I know and many fans would argue how do you get a band to slow down, then stop for 20 minutes, but why not? By not going on stage until 9pm you are locked in to a 11pm curfew in most cities anyway.

I lucked out on tickets which is nice..but got a few months to wait (and pay for the tickets).

Friday, March 12, 2010

What a great world, we all live in.

Hope you might check out Forgotten Disc Friday.

This week a record/artist many probably have not hear of, but for a while this band meant a lot to me. Never got a good run in the US, but listening back, it really is a great record.

Hope you might stop over and check it out, there is a surprise this week there too.

Have a happy and safe weekend.

Monday, March 8, 2010

In The News

Tourists can pay $65 to take a guided tour of Los Angeles gang turf. They do need to sign a waiver.

A British Department Store has launched a registry for couples calling it quits. It is being sold as a way to help friends "begin a new life".

At least 13 states have active secessionist movements - The Atlantic Monthly

Good new an old space shuttle can be yours for 28.2 Million, down from 42 Million. - Washington Post

In the 174 minutes of an average football telecast viewers see about 60 minutes of commercials, 75 minutes of players huddling or milling around between snaps, 17 minutes of replays and just 11 minutes of actual football - Wall St. Journal.

32 of 50 US Governors use Twitter. Governor Schwarzenegger has the most followers at over 1.6 million. USA Today

55 million Americans have become ill from swine flu. About 11,500 have died. Only one in 5 Americans received the swine flu vaccine. - Associated Press

53% of Americans with at least $250,000 to invest worry they will outlive their retirement income. - Bloomberg.com

The movie "Avatar" broke the world box office record in just 39 days. It brought in $1.86 billion at that point.

A California elementary school has taken dictionaries out of the classes because a parent complained there was a definition for "oral sex".

A Texas town of 250,000 lost it's only local bookstore recently. The next closest town with a bookstore is 150 miles away.

The Federal government spends $2.00 for every $1.00 taken in. USA Today

Bank Robberies were down 20% on 1999. - USA Today

After doing a remake of the 1985 song "We are the World" rapper Lil Wayne, who was involved with the new recording, said "I don't know how to sing".

Tickets to the first Superbowl in 1967 were $12.00 each and the game didn't sell out. Auction prices for the 2010 Superbowl hovered around $2,700. - New York Times

A New York woman filed a lawsuit against her former supervisor claiming he "Frequently broke wind".

The highest paid employee in Madison WI was a bus driver who earned $159,258 in 2009, including $109,892 in overtime and other extra pay. Seven other bus drivers made more than $100,000 in 2009.

About 5 billion was wagered both legally and illegally on the 2010 Superbowl. - Philadelphia Inquirer

University of Southern California has offered a football scholarship to a a schoolboy quarterback. The boy can't sign the letter of intent until 2015 because he is 13 and in 7th grade. - LA Times.

The Average American Family will spend nearly $1,000 on cable TV, Internet and video games this year. This is up from about $770 in 2004. When you add in the average cell phone yearly bill of $1,000 Americans pay as much to stay connected as they do for gasoline. New York Times

Credit card debt has fallen and fewer "new cards" have been opened. Accounts fell 46% from the prior year. USA Today

The famous swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated has generated about 1 billion for it's parent company since the issue's inception in 1964. In 2009 the online version drew 46 million views. Marketwatch.com

68% of New York City residents in a recent survey said they'd overheard a neighbor having sex.

At one point in February 49 states of the 50 in the US were partially covered with snow. The lone hold out was Hawaii. - Associated Press

The components in the cheapest Apple Ipad will be about 229.05 and it will retail for $499. It will give apple a gross profit margin of 54%. Typical margins are 15-25% in the industry. - Business week

40% of AT+T's wireless broadband capacity is taken up by just 3% of the networks users. - The Economist

Friday, March 5, 2010

Above the planet on a wing and a prayer

Hope you might check out Forgotten Disc Friday.

This week is a look at a cd from a band probably everyone you know has at least one cd from, but maybe not this one.

The blog is taking a bad hit by not hosting mp3's so it might be time to move it. I am not sure what I want to do. I don't get many/any comments so I am not sure people are even reading. Ah well, woe is me right?

Hope you might stop over and check it out.
Have a happy and safe weekend.