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The New Pornographers and Okkervil River — Write Your Own Review

The New Pornographers (with Neko Case) and Okkervil River performed Thursday, April 17, at the Georgia Theater. Gigs on this tour have been reviewed by music bloggers before (Chromewaves, ChartAttack, The Wheel’s Still In Spin). Now it’s your turn.


Instead of reviewing the show, I am asking my fellow concert-goers to post their own reviews and reactions in the comments section of this post. So bring it on, folks! Enthuse, critique, swoon, and/or squabble at will!

For those of you who don’t know, the beautiful cauldron of musical ferment that is Athens, Georgia, spawned R.E.M., The B-52s, Pylon, Widespread Panic, Neutral Milk Hotel, Indigo Girls, Drive-By Truckers, Danger Mouse, etc.

Watch a ten-minute taste of the 1987 documentary Athens, GA: Inside/Out about the camaraderie of the artists active in this mid-80s in this college town. And if you really want to geek on the Athens music scene, take a musical history tour.


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Record Store Day

Record Store Day is Saturday!!!


Find your local brick-and-mortar purveyor of shiny silver (and sometimes hefty black) discs-o-music in this list to determine if there is any performing, DJing, or autographing going on near you.

Examples include a Metallica meet-and-greet at Berkeley’s Rasputin Music, Collections Of Colonies Of Bees performing with many other acts at Milwaulkee’s Atomic Records, The Donnas DJing at Hollywood’s famed Amoeba Records, The New Pornographers performing among others at St. Louis’ Vintage Vinyl, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club performing among others at CD Central in Lexington, KY.

EVERYONE within range of an independent record store can enjoy goodie bags and give-aways.

And besides the discs you’ve been procrastinating buying, you can purchase a Record-Store-Day exclusive 7″ (two songs) from Vampire Weekend and a 10″ (three songs) from Stephen Malkmus. Oh, and in case you’re not excited yet, 7″es from Built to Spill, R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, and The Black Keys. Good grief! Find track listings here and here, respectively.

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Matador Compilation Download

Matador Records‘ compilation albums were a great way to get into new music, particularly before I used the internet for such things and because my friends are not mixtape makers by trade or inclination. But now Matador is leveraging the internet and offering a comp album for free download here. Yea!

Here’s the low-down:

1. Jay Reatard – Always Wanting More (from 7″ #3, due out June 17)
2. Times New Viking – DROP-OUT (from Rip It Off, released January 22)
3. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Cold Son (from Real Emotional Trash, released March 4)
4. Shearwater – Leviathan, Bound (from Rook, due out June 3)
5. Cat Power – Metal Heart (from Jukebox, released January 22)
6. Matmos – Polychords (from Supreme Balloon, due out May 6)
7. Mission Of Burma – That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate (from Vs.: The Definitive Edition, released today, March 18)
8. Jaguar Love – Bats Over The Pacific Ocean (from Take Me To The Sea, due out this summer)
9. The Cave Singers – Helen (from Invitation Songs, released last September)
10. Dead Meadow – I’m Gone (from Old Growth, released February 5)
11. The New Pornographers – All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth (live) (from Live From Soho (iTunes Exclusive), released March 11)
12. Earles & Jensen – Bleachy Is Back In Town, Look Out (from Just Farr A Laugh Vols. 1 & 2: The Greatest Prank Phone Calls Ever!, due out April 22)

Thanks to GvsB for this most excellent tip.

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Basia Bulat, Wolf Parade, and The New Pornographers

I’m content to let other bloggers do some work for me today regarding three Canadian bands. Cheers to them.

You can download songs by Basia Bulat from her Radio3 performance in Toronto. I think she’s fantastic. They have been transformed into magically delicious mp3s for you from i (heart) music. Once you’re hooked, buy her album.

I await Wolf Parade‘s next album, due in June, with a variety of adverbs (anxiously, eagerly, demandingly, etc.). Snakes Got a Blog did the painstaking work of ferreting out the songs that WP have performed live that will probably be on the new album, turning them into digital format, making a set list, and then posting the whole chunk for download. Buy Wolf Parade’s last full-length album, Apologies to the Queen Mary here.

I dig the new video of Myriad Harbour by The New Pornographers posted by Gorilla vs. Bear (download the song there, too). Myriad Harbour comes from the CD Challengers, which you can buy here. The video reminds me of a combination of the two videos for the Gnarls Barkley song Crazy: this one (my favorite) and this one (better sound quality).


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Okkervil River and The New Pornographers

Okkervil River and The New Pornographers are touring together; some tickets are already on sale. Each band had a quality 2007 album. Get excited!

April 09 – Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 10 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
April 11 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
April 12 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall in Homestead
April 13 – Ithaca, NY – The State Theater of Ithaca
April 14 – Washington, DC – 930 Club
April 16 – Richmond, VA – Toad’s Place
April 17 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
April 18 – Nashville, TN – The Cannery
April 19 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
April 20 – Chicago, IL – Riviera
April 21 – Madison, WI – Orpheum
April 22 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

Pull up both bands‘ MySpaces in sequence to pretend you’re already at the show. Or just buy their discs.

To download live material from these groups courtesy of member-supported public radio, visit NPR’s World Cafe or NPR’s concerts (this one at D.C.’s Rock and Roll Hotel) for Okkervil River and NPR’s World Cafe and MPR’s The Current for The New Pornographers.

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Favorite Albums of 2007

I am so incensed by the exclusion of Into the Wild’s soundtrack from year-end lists, I am creating a 2007 best albums list. Everyone else thinks they’re righting the world’s wrongs, too, but so be it.

stellasplice’s favorite albums of 2007:

Boxer ~ The National
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Music for the Motion Picture Into the Wild ~ Eddie Vedder
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The Shepherd’s Dog ~ Iron & Wine
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Because of the Times ~ Kings of Leon
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Marry Me ~ St. Vincent
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Glory Hope Mountain ~ The Acorn
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Buckle in the Bible Belt ~ Ha Ha Tonka
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Oh, My Darling ~ Basia Bulat
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Music for the Motion Picture Once ~ Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard
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Rust Belt Blues ~ Oliver Buck
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The Stage Names ~ Okkervil River
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These two were quite good, but I unfairly wanted them to be Wolf Parade and The Shins, respectively, so I never could fall for them wholeheartedly:
Random Spirit Lover ~ Sunset Rubdown
Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? ~ Of Montreal (though it is my fav. Of Montreal disc)

I love the following artists. However good their 2007 discs may have been, they did not measure up to the artists’ previous releases, so they have been relegated to addendum status:
The White Stripes
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
José González
The New Pornographers
Beirut (he swallowed up Alaska in Winter, too)
Modest Mouse
The Shins
Elliott Smith
The Polyphonic Spree


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