Of Montreal Appear on Jimmy Fallon with Solange Knowles

Last night everyone’s favorite glittery rockers, Of Montreal, took the stage at “Jimmy Fallon,” performing “Sex Karma,” with sometimes live collaborator and Beyonce’s little sis, Solange. There are a few noticable changes in Of Montreal. For one, there are more band members then they’ve ever had, and longtime drummer James Husband is no longer playing drums with the band as he has left to pursue his solo career. Sad, we know, but we wish him luck. Of Montreal was dressed in all white except for singer Kevin Barnes, but the band, in their theatrical sense, all had matching white painted faces.

The band releases their newest album, False Priest on Polyvinyl, September 14th, and fans are eagerly awaiting to hear the final version. Of Montreal has stepped back a bit from the glittery dance party they’ve been putting on for the past few years and have gone with a 1970’s vibe so they’ve said. This is really noticable in the performance with Solange. “Sex Karma” is up to watch as well is the song that did not appear on “Jimmy Fallon” broadcast last night, the first single “Coquet Coquette.” You can view both down below.

Until the website stops messing with my embedding, watch “Coquet Coquette” HERE.


Neon Indian Reissues “Psychic Chasms”

Though it’s not completely necessary to do such a thing, Neon Indian fans are pretty excited right now. Myself included. Neon Indian will be releasing, well, re-releasing Psychic Chasms as Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed.

The record will be released as remastered deluxe edition on CD and for you vinyl heads, on double Vinyl on September 28th. The album will be out digitally on August 31 on the FADER Label / Static Tongues. The new record contains nine bonus tracks which has exclusive remixes and cover versions by Toro Y Moi, DNTEL, Bibio, Javelin, YACHT and more. Talk about a Chillwave fest.

Neon Indian will be emarking on another tour this Fall with Prefuse 73 and Modern Mystery favorites, Miniature Tigers, in addition to their previously announced tour dates they will be headlining with Chromeo and Phoenix.

Singer/songwriter Jesse Woods has also recently done a highly acclaimed cover of Neon Indian’s “Mind, Drip,” which you can listen to below, as well as the original.

Neon Indian Tour Dates
07/30/2010 House of Blues, Boston, MA *
07/31/2010 Metropolis, Montreal, QC *
08/14/2010 The Beach @ Governors Island, New York, NY
09/19/2010 Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA #
09/21/2010 SDSU Open Air Theatre, San Diego, CA #
09/22/2010 The Pearl Concert Theater, Las Vegas, NV #
09/23/2010 The Rail Event Center, Salt Lake City, UT #
09/25/2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Columbia, MO
09/26/2010 PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC #
09/27/2010 Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA !
09/28/2010 Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR !
09/30/2010 Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA !
10/01/2010 Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles, CA !
10/02/2010 Club Congress, Tucson, AZ !
10/03/2010 Black Market, El Paso, TX !
10/05/2010 Granada Theater, Dallas, TX !
10/06/2010 Argentum (Formerly The Engine Room), Houston, TX !
10/08/2010 Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge, LA !
10/09/2010 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA !
10/10/2010 Southgate House, Newport, KY !
10/11/2010 Metro, Chicago, IL !
10/12/2010 Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ONT !
10/14/2010 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV *

* = w/ Chromeo
# = w/ Phoenix
! = w/ Prefuse 73 & Miniature Tigers

Neon indian – “Mind, Drips” by ModernMysteryBlog

Jesse Woods – “Mind Drips” by ModernMysteryBlog

The Drums Co-Headline Fall Tour with Surfer Blood

….yep and our little heads just exploded. Two of the hottest bands to come out of the indie scene in quite some time have announced that they will be doing a co-headlining tour in the fall with each other. The Drums, who started gaining attention at CMJ 2008, and Surfer Blood, who started being a blogger’s dream at CMJ 2009 (Yea we did their first ever interview. Jealous?), are taking the nation by storm for about two solid months. Hipsters everywhere are celebrating we’re sure of it. Since their CMJ hype, The Drums have become one of the most talked about band in the UK and Surfer Blood have become the most notable band of the year with their debut, Astrocoast (Kanine).

The tickets will be on sale TOMORROW MORNING, and they are expected to go fast. This may be the hottest show of the fall. The Drums and Surfer Blood hit up Webster Hall in NYC on October 22nd. This does sound like a CMJ showcase to us. Why not? It’s what launched both of them in a big way. Surfer Blood is also set to play NYC on October 19th, the first day of CMJ. Hmmmm…..

You can get your tickets starting tomorrow here at thedrumsandsurferblood.com

Fall never felt so good.

The Drums/Surfer Blood 2010 North American Tour Dates

9/11 Providence, RI @ Jerky’s Live Music Hall
9/12: Washington, DC @ The 9:30 Club
9/13 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
9/15: Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
9/17: Orlando, FL @ Social
9/18: Miami, FL @ Grand Central
9/19: Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
9/20 Gainesville, FL @ Common Ground Coffeehouse
9/21: Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
9/23: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s (The Drums ONLY)
9/24: Dallas, TX @ The Loft (The Drums ONLY)
9/25: Austin, TX @ ND (The Drums ONLY)
9/27: Phoenix, AZ @ Clubhouse
9/28 Pomona, CA @ Glass House
9/29: Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box
10/01: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent (The Drums ONLY)
10/03: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/04: Seattle, WA @ Neumos (The Drums ONLY)
10/05: Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret
10/07: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
10/08: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/10: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/13: Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theater
10/14: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/16: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club (The Drums ONLY)
10/17: Montreal, QB @ Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire (The Drums ONLY)
10/18: Boston, MA @ Paradise (The Drums ONLY)
10/20: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time

The Drums – Forever And Ever Amen (Thieves Like Us Remix)
The Drums – Forever And Ever Amen (Thieves Like Us Remix) by ModernMysteryBlog

Surfer Blood – Twin Peaks (Golden Ages Remix)
Surfer Blood – Twin Peaks (Golden Ages Remix) by ModernMysteryBlog

Toro y Moi @ Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY -7/1/2010

I don’t know what’s to be said on a band’s live performance compared
to their album itself. It’s all personal preference, and I guess varies
from group to group. Toro y Moi played two shows in New York on July 1st and 2nd. One at the Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg, and the other at the Whitney Museum in Manhattan.

I was able to catch the Glasslands show, and it was the first time I got to see Toro Y Moi as a three piece band. They opened with “Blessa,” and while the crowd was ecstatic, the
tempo seemed awkwardly fast compared to the record. Even Chaz Bundick,the lead singer, bobbed like a human metronome to keep the beat. Every song was played at this accelerated pace that I was not expecting, and I’m assuming it was just a decision by the band. It did not live up to the “Chill wave” moniker this type of music has be labeled with, although when I had a brief chance to talk with the bassist and drummer they told me the name was a joke.

When they began to play “You Hid,” what I believe to be the chill anthem (there’s no better phrasing for it sorry) of the year, even that had a disappointingly fast beat to it.

That all being said, the venue was jam packed, and I still had a great
time. The music was still miles above most of what’s out there, and I’m
glad I got to see them before they headed off to Europe.

The band, for some reason, asked me not to talk about their clothes so
I’m gonna honor that.

Finally, on an awesome note, one of the band member’s parents were
there, and the mother informed me that she and her husband met through an ad in the Village voice. I thought that was cool.

-Joe Paolucci

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Release New Track, “Banned (By the Man)”

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has just released a sneak peak at another song on their highly anticipated third Polyvinyl release, Let It Sway. The track is titled “Banned (By the Man)” and is a nice follow up to the first song they put out as the single, “Sink/Let It Sway.” SSLYBY can do indie pop like no other band out there. Each song is infectious and their talents are proven in every song. “Banned (By the Man)” featurs amazing harmonies on the band’s part which they really haven’t played around with too much in the past. The Chris Walla produced record will be out on August 17th. The Yeltsins are about to become HUGE.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin “Banned (By the Man)” by ModernMysteryBlog

“Echotone,” the Movie. The Experience.

When I was a young teenager, I was obsessed with a little documentry called Hype! that was put out about the Seattle Grunge scene. I made everyone who came into my path watch it. And I mean everyone (sorry Grandpa!). I remember it made me feel excited about music and fall fully in love with every single aspect of it. No documentry has ever hit me like that until Friday afternoon when I attended a screening of the upcoming film Echotone. Looking around the room, everyone gave it their full attention as it captivated all of us.

Based on the Austin music scene in the present day, Echotone takes you on a ride with bands such as {{{Sunset}}}, Belaire, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, The Octopus Project, The White White Lights and more. Though there are other bands featured, the story is told for a good portion by Bill Baird of {{{Sunset}}}, Black Joe Lewis and Cari Palazzolo of Belaire. All three bring up different struggles in the Austin scene.

Baird, who was formerly in the now disbanded Sound Team, who released one album on Capitol Records, now plays in {{{Sunset}}}, a dreamy musical experience for your ears. He tells the tale of being screwed by the man, and then rebuilding himself as a musician. Lewis, delivers fish in the daytime and plays to packed crowds at night. Palazzolo struggles with not making Belaire a commercial band and trying to hold back at offers. She even makes the band’s cd covers by hand and tee shirts. In the midst of all of this, skyscrapers are being built around some of Austin’s best clubs for music, which to the artists, take away from the musical landscape. Neighbors complain about music from the venues blaring into their house, in which one man even refers to it as a form of “terrorism” (c’mon really??). It’s a struggle for the musicians on a daily basis. When the topic of SXSW is brought up, everyone seems less than thrilled that people are taking over their city for the week. Actually that could be an understatement. For the most part Baird and Palazzolo seem especially outraged by it.

Though the film is set in Austin, you do not have to live there to appreciate the scene. The live footage is specatacular, and the interviews and pieces with the musicians are very heartfelt and personal. You can tell how passionate they are about their music, and how much they want to share it, but still keep it very close to their heart without letting the outside elements exploit it in a fashion they see to be unfit. The music used throught the documentry flows perfectly as the story is told, shaping and molding it into a moving piece. It will make you appreciate music in a way that most people have forgotten.

The tale of Austin is far from over. Quite frankily, as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” it never will be.

Echotone comes out this Fall to the public. It was made by Nathan Christ in conjunction with Reversal Films.

Watch the trailer for the film below:

For more about Echotone visit the official site HERE

Bill Baird of {{{Sunset}}}


Black Joe Lewis