We Are Scientists Among Bands Contributing To Ben Sherman’s V.I.P. Charity for Trekstock

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Mod British clothing company, Ben Sherman is about to open up a second round of auctions for their V.I.P. (Very Important Plectrum) charity.  As it was the first time around 100% of the proceeds will be kindly contributed to a worthy cause.  The focus for this auction is Trekstock, a UK-based foundation that specializes in this kind of thing.  Trekstock works with Cancer Research UK, collecting donations and raising awareness for youth with cancer through shows, music and fashion collaboration, and the like.

Participating artists in the auction will offer up their signed plectrums, otherwise known as picks — but think more than just guitars! harpsichords, mandolins, and ukuleles need to be plucked too.  To name a few bands involved: We Are Scientists, Anna Calvi, Band Of Horses, Interpol, and Broken Social Scene.  Check the poster above to see all participating artists, and go to Ben Sherman’s VIP site or Trekstock’s site to learn more.

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Band of Horses Hit Up Austin City Limits

Band Of Horses played Austin City Limits this past October as part of the Austin City Limits festival. The performance was recorded and now has a date to air.

You can see the Grammy-nominated band on January 15th on local PBS stations. The performance is one of the last to be played on the original Austin City Limits stage and features material from all three of the band’s albums: Cease To Begin, Everything All The Time, and the Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms.

Look for Band of Horses on ACL this January. In case you haven’t heard this song (it’s been everywhere) enjoy.

Band of Horses Cover The Replacements “Can’t Hardly Wait”


The Replacements have always been a band near and dear to my hear. Paul Westerberg is a true poet and writes some of the saddest songs known to man.  This week indie Gods, Band of Horses, who just released their new record Infinite Arms (Brown Records/Fat Possum/Columbia), decided to try their hand at playing a cover of “Can’t Hardly Wait.” Yes this is one of the most well known Mats songs so I can only imagine the pressure was on. Band of Horses claims it was their first time playing the song, and boy did they nail it. Talk about having the ability to make a song even sadder sounding. The band played the song live on Columbus, Ohio’s CD101.1FM radio station.

Watch it below, or download it. As far as we know we’re the only one who has an MP3 of it right now. Sneaky, eh? Enjoy.

Band of Horses – “Can’t Hardly Wait” (Replacements Cover) by modernmysteryblog

Broken Social Scene Reveals New LP Details

Somehow five years have passed since Canadian indie supergroup Broken Social Scene graced us with their last record. Now, the band is back and ready to roll. Releasing their newest record on their longtime home of Arts & Crafts Records on May 4th. The yet to be titled album is possibly going to blow your socks right off. As we all know BSS has a revolving door of artists that come in and out of the group, six key members are currently holding down the main fort. Kevin Drew, Andrew Whiteman, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin and Sam Goldberg.

Who else is on board you may ask? Well, get ready for a mouthful of artists. Leslie Feist, Amy Milan, Evan Cranley, Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Jason Collett, Ohad Benchetrit, John Crossingham, Marty Kinack, Julie Penner, Leon Kingstone, and Lisa Lobsinger are all back in action. The list doesn’t end there. There are several outside contributors making their way onto the album including Sea and Cake’s Sam Prekop, Tortoise’s Doug McCombs, Pavement’s Spiral Stairs, Death From Above 1979 singer-drummer Sebastien Grainger, the Weakerthans’ Jason Tait amongst others. John McEntire of Tortoise and the Sea and Cake produced the new record in Chicago and Toronto with the band last year. Phew. Tour dates are already starting to gain momentum including with one with Pavement…so check them out below!

Broken Social Scene Tour Dates:

05-01 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
05-03 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
05-07 New York, NY – Webster Hall
05-13 London, England – Brixton Academy *
05-14 Minehead, England – All Tomorrow’s Parties
05-17 London, England – Heaven
05-18 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
05-19 Cologne, Germany – Burgerhaus Stollwerck
05-21 Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
06-19 Toronto, Ontario – Toronto Island *#

* with Pavement
# with Band of Horses

Lollapalooza 2009 Lineup Announced

Ah, remember the days when Lollapalooza got, well to say the least really crappy and they toured with the festival and no one cared to see it anymore? Well since Lollapalooza has stationed itself permanently as a festival in Chicago, the quality of bands have been getting better every year. Thus, making me wish that  Lollapalooza actually was a touring venture again. Just reading the lineup for the three day event makes my head want to explode with excitement. The best thing about the show is the wide range of bands.

Here are some of our top picks for each day of the festival:

Friday:  Of Montreal, Kings of Leon, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, Crystal Castles, and Kevin Devine.

Saturday: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Chairlift, Langhorne Slim, The Living Things, The Constantines, TV on the Radio, Santongold, Lykke Li and Animal Collective.

Sunday:  Sam Roberts Band, Passion Pit, Friendly Fires, Neko Case, Dan Auerbach, Cold War Kids, Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant, Bat for Lashes, Dan Deacon, Dearhunter, Ra Ra Riot, Silversun Pickups, and Band of Horses.

The festival takes place at Grant Park in Chicago from August 7th to August 9th. Unless a bag of money falls from the sky there is no possible way for us to be there. Sad. Let us know how it goes kids.

Check out all of the details on the festival’s main site HERE

Lollapalooza 2009, We Want to Go There

Lollapalooza’s 2009 lineup has recently been announced, and with 130 bands, it leaves little room to complain. Start saving up now for August’s shows in Chicago which includes such bands as Of Montreal, Kings of Leon, Beastie Boys, Cold War Kids, The Killers, TV on the Radio, Andrew Bird, Vampire Weekend, Decemberists, Neko Case, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Chairlift, Los Campesinos!, Crystal Castles, Santogold and so many more.  This is perhaps the best Lolla lineup we’ve ever seen.

The tickets run about $190 for all 3 days. Pretty sweet deal if you ask us. See you there hopefully!

For more information go to www.lollapalooza.com