New York City Popfest 2009

Its getting on that time of year again when the NYC Popfest invades the area. The lineup, like past years, is nothing less than awesome. The event takes place from Thursday May 14 to Sunday May 17th, which ends as an all day event at NYC’s Cake Shop (we love that place!).

 Amongst the bands performing this year are Casper and the Cookies, Pants Yell!, Burning Hearts, The Icicles, The Radio Dept., Boy Genius and more. The Friday night show at Don Hill’s and the Saturday night show at the Bell House will also have an ‘Indie Dance Party’ after the bands play. Hey, even us indie folks have to dance sometimes, right?

We’ve already got our tickets and are most excited about seeing Georgia’s own Casper and the Cookies on Sunday night. Little factoid for you; Jason Nesmith the singer and guitarist of Casper used to play in Of Montreal.

And speaking of Casper and the Cookies, if you want to be involved with something exciting that afternoon send us a message or comment. We could use your help. Its going to be an afternoon of filming fun. (secret for now but we’ll let it out eventually!)

Learn more about NYC Popfest and buy tickets on their MYSPACE


Thursday May 14th
Venue: Cake Shop
Tickets $ 10

Knight School (NYC)
Soft City (NYC)
Dream Bitches (NYC)
The Metric Mile (NYC)
My Teenage Stride (NYC)

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Friday May 15th
Venue: Don Hills

Don Lennon (NYC)
The Tartans (CA)
( band T.B.A. )
Liechtenstein (SWEDEN)

+ Mondo Indie Dance Party

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Saturday Afternoon FREE show!
Saturday May 16th
Venue: Cake Shop

Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies (PA)
Hidden Ghost Balloon Ship (MI)
The Hat Company (OH)
Strega (NYC)

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Saturday May 16th
Venue: Bell House
Tickets $16 Advance / $ 20 DOS | 18+

Computer Perfection (MI)
Eux Autres (CA)
The Secret History (NYC)
Pants Yell! (MA)

+ Indiepop Dance Party

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Sunday All-Dayer
Sunday May 17th
Venue: Cake Shop

Boy Genius (NYC)
A Faulty Chromosome (TX)
Very Truly Yours (IL)
The Smittens (VT)
Rose Melberg (CANADA)
Afternoon Naps (OH)
The Drums (FL)
The Icicles (MI)
Casper and the Cookies (GA)
Burning Hearts (FINLAND)

Download Little King from Casper and the Cookie’s upcoming album, Modern Silence.

Modern Mystery’s Top 25 Songs of the Year

Finally here it is.  Modern Mystery’s Top 25 Songs of the Year! Yes this was super hard to compile, and yes we left some stuff out, but here is what we consider our personal Top 25. Our Number 1 Spot truly deserves it.

Tomorrow we reveal our Top Records. Oh what fun!

1. Miniature Tigers- Last Night’s Fake Blood
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin- Heers
3. Morning Benders- Damnit Anna
4. Chairlift-Bruises
5. MGMT- Kids
6.  Matt Pond PA- First Light
7. Of Montreal- For Our Elegant Caste
8. Casper and the Cookies- Little King
9. Sloan- Cheap Champagne
10. Ryan Adams-Fix It
11. Conor Oberst- Souled Out!!!
12. Sam Roberts Band- Them Kids
13. Okkervil River- Lost Coastlines
14. Vampire Weekend- Oxford Comma
15. Spinto Band-Summer Grof
16. Franz Ferdinand- Ulysees
17. We Are Scientists- Impatience
18. Mason Proper-Lock and Key
19. Ra Ra Riot- Dying is Fine20. Toyko Police Club- Graves
21. She & Him- Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
22. Hollerado-Americanarama
23. Annuals- Confessor
24. Santogold/NERD/Julian Casablancas- My Drivethru
25. Mae Shi- Run to Your Grave

A Modern Mystery Holiday Party with Sakamoto from Elekibass

Welcome to another installment of A Modern Mystery Holiday Party! Today we have Sakamoto from the incredible indie band from Japan, Elekibass. The band hopes to release their new record in the US in 2009, which we here at Modern Mystery can’t wait for. Elekibass has toured with the likes of Casper and the Cookies, of Montreal and Calvin Don’t Jump which is super impressive.

Here’s to more Elekibass in 2009!

Sakamoto’s Top Favorites in General for 2008

of Montreal/Gronlandic Edit
The apples in stereo/ if you want to wear a hat
Casper&the Cookies/Hey Mr. Superstar
The Olivia Tremor Control/Courtyard
From Bubblegum To Sky/Operation Big Beat
Josh Rouse/Sunshine (Come On Lady)
The Minders/The Loneliest Of Faces
Nick Lowe/Hope For Us All
Sean Lennon/Parachute
Shimmer Kids Underpop Association/Full Color Love Affair

Everysong is great!! every song is No,1

Best Thing that Happened to You in 2008

This year elekibass’s new album recording is finish!!!!! 
I want to release it in the USA. We will release it in japan next year in April.

A Modern Mystery Holiday Party with Kay Stanton of Casper and the Cookies

Christmas is approaching fast but our Holiday Party still has a few more days to go. Today’s guest at the Modern Mystery Holiday party is Kay Stanton from the incredible Casper and the Cookies!

Kay is one of my favorite women in rock and roll. Actually, she is my favorite.  From making music to art, there is nothing this girl can’t do. Kay kindly shared with us her Top 10 Albums of the Year as well as a beautiful Christmas memory.

I can’t wait to hear Casper and the Cookies’ Modern Silence that is due out next month!

Kay’s Top 10 albums (in no particular order)

1. Everthus the Deadbeats – John Kill and the Microscopic Lullaby
3. Keith John Adams – Unclever
4. Atlas Sound – Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
5. Big Fresh – BFF (Big Fresh Forever)
6. Dead Confederate – Wrecking Ball
7. The Flaming Lips – Christmas on Mars
8. Okay – Huggable Dust
9. Lake – Oh the Places We’ll Go
10. Deerhoof – Offend Maggie

Best Show:

Yo La Tengo @ The Melting Point, Athens, GA, 1/14/08

Best Thing that Happened to You This Year:

The best thing that happened to me this year was probably getting to do a small Japanese tour back in February with the Cookies. It was a pretty amazing trip, despite (or maybe because of) blizzards, small spaces, strange toilets, and crazy rides. We got to play shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto, squeezing in as much sightseeing and eating as possible.

Weirdest Thing that Happened to You This Year:

Weird stuff happens to me all the time, but I suppose the weirdest thing that’s happened to me recently was being bitten by my pet frog, Wayne (yes, he’s named after Wayne Coyne). I guess he mistook my fingers for lunch, latched on and wouldn’t let go. Wayne is an Argentina Horned frog (aka Pac Man frog) and he doesn’t have teeth, exactly, but he has a bony ridge that feels kind of like a series of razor blades. So, I would have been feeling like a fool with this large frog attached to my hand if I hadn’t been shocked by how much it freakin’ hurt. I got him to let go, and my hand was bleeding, and it felt like it was covered in extra sticky snot. Maybe I should do a remake of the Flaming Lips’ ‘Spiderbite Song,’ but call it the ‘Frogbite Song.’

Favorite Holiday Memory:

My favorite holiday memory is of hanging ornaments on my grandparents’ tree in Pennsylvania. I was probably only five or six, but I remember it being dusk outside, but I could still sort of see the snow glowing bluish (and that was a pretty amazing thing to a kid who was born in Georgia). The ornaments were these beautiful glass bells and baubles; some of them had the little starburst cut-outs that some ornaments have. It was warm, and I was with my sister, and the whole family. I’ve had lots of good ones, but that’s still gotta be my favorite.

A Modern Mystery Holiday Party with Jim Hix of Casper and the Cookies

Welcome to another installment of a Modern Mystery Holiday Party! Today our guest is Jim Hix!

Jim Hix is the phenomenal guitar player of indie rock darlings, Casper and the Cookies.  The band will release thier much anticipated new record this winter, which I personally cannot wait for. Just hearing a few of the new tracks off of the record like ‘Little King’ has me excited to hear the rest.

Jim was so very kind to take time out and share with us his ‘Top Eight’ for 2008. Very clever indeed. Here is what Jim had to say.

I agreed to write this a few weeks ago, but I have since forgotten what exactly it was I supposed to write.  I’m pretty sure it was a list of eight, but exactly what the list was escapes me now.  So, what I’ve decided to do instead is just go ahead and make just a general list, my TOP EIGHT THINGS OF 2008!!!!



Now, first, let me put a few qualifiers in here.  Maybe some of this stuff actually came out in 07 or something, I don’t care, this is stuff I was turned on to in 2008 and it felt current enough to me.  I’m going to try and list these things in some kind of order, but for real, it’ll be pretty random. 



#8:  The Moldy Peaches on the View!

This was real bizarre on many obvious levels, but I have to admit that there was a part of me that was really happy to see the peaches enjoy a little success from their inclusion on the Juno soundtrack, however late and from such bizarre sources, when they appeared on the view in January.  (These feeling, by the way, would not extend to the horrible travel commercial thing that would feature the horrible cover of the mouldy peaches song including a verse changed to, “let’s go swimming with some dolphins!”)  This first time I saw or heard of the mouldy peaches was in 2001 when they opened for the Strokes when I was working at the forty watt.  Their performance that night was awesome plus they left a CD with the cleaning crew that we would jam while mopping the floor for months to come.  I’m afraid they might be one of those bands that’s really good but spawns a ton of horrible bands of imitators, but 08 was the year they got to jam with whoppi.


#7  Girl Talk releases Feed the Animals:

Man, people are always talking about a record that you can put on and instantly start a party, well, this is IT to me!  I’ve never really been all about mash-ups before, I honestly really just didn’t care, but this is something really genius and special.  The way that the guy mixes genres and eras in such comfortable and effecting ways blew me away.  Oh yeah, and it was free!  How killer is that, not to mention, of the time. 


#6  Vampire Weekend delivers their debut record:

There are always these bands that I hear about for weeks and months that I don’t really hear them, but they’re really popular on the blogs, bands like clap your hands and Boris Yeltsin and such stuff, but vampire weekend, for me, really delivered.  I know they’re huge now and probably not at all cool to like anymore, but I thought their debut was excellent and was happy to see them pop up on MTV and enjoy some mainstream exposure.  I agree, I don’t really care for their image, a combination of north east prep, eighties throwback and intellectualism, but the songs are great.


#5  The song Miami Ice by the Icy Demons:

In my perfect world this would have been the biggest hit of the year.  From the crushing opening synth riff, to the delicate harmonies to the pounding interludes, I HEART this song.  It’s one of those songs that from the very first second I heard it, on my friend, Emily’s, myspace page, I loved it and have only grown to appreciate it more over time.


#4  The Internet finally takes over EVERYTHING!:

This year, I really basically abandoned all other forms of media.  All the TV shows I want to watch, old or current, are available almost immediately.    Did you know every episode of Southpark ever is available to be streamed for free online, as is  all the frontline PBS documentaries, and Michael More’s latest film.  Did you know there’s a whole other CNN channel broadcast live on the Internet through the CNN  web page?  I watched that on election night to get my results!  Do you know about sites like hype machine and seeqpod where you can stream songs on demand?  The future is hear, people, and all you need do is take advantage!


#3 MGMT- Oracular Spectacular:

There’s not a lot more to say than this was and is an AMAZING record.  The songs are just so good.  Period.  I almost always wanna listen to them, and this record, produced by the flaming lips’ own David Fridmann, sounds so great!  If you didn’t get this record, I really recommend you give it a try, I think it’s destined to be a classic!


#2 Of Montreal releases the Skeletal Lamping experience onto the world!:

When Of Montreal released Skeletal Lamping earlier this year, some complained that the songs and the sequencing were all over the place.  What they didn’t realize is that the record is only part of the experience.  To truly appreciate Skeletal Lamping, one must see the current Of Montreal live show.  For the uninitiated, let’s just say the show is a bit of a production.  Get on Flickr and look at some pictures, or better yet, watch some live video on youtube.  The pictures and video can’t begin to compare to actually being at a show, but at least you will get an idea of what they’re up to.  I also want to mention the fact that OM released this record in six or seven different formats, experimenting with the business model of selling indie rock records in this post file sharing world we live in now.  The record has been a huge success for them and I’m so proud of them!


#1 Election night 2008

I still find myself smiling uncontrollably when I think about the events of early November.  As September and October crept by, I found myself logging on to a couple times a day, then more and more until I was basically on there every ten minutes.  It seemed in those last few months of campaigns that had lasted years, I really had the feeling that, far more than usual, the fate of the world really hung in the balance.  To me, this election really served as an indicator of what direction this country might take for the next thirty years or so.  Obama really did represent change for me, and while my preference was clear immediately, I was very invested in how America, at large, was going to vote.  In the end, we all made history, electing the first African American to the white house, effectively closing a chapter and starting a new one in the book that is the history of this country.  I find Barack Obama to be incredibly intelligent and inspirational and now find myself feeling the very unfamiliar tingle that I assume to be patriotism.  It’s so nice when your country can pleasantly surprise you.  I’m actually looking forward to the next four (eight) years and seeing what progress Obama brings to our nation.



So there you go, my top eight.  I’m sure I forgot some things that should have been on this list, and I’m sure I’m over-hyping some of the things that did make the list, but that was it: my top eight THINGS of 2008.

Merry Mixmas!

Merry Christmas

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. One of the things I enjoy about the season, is Holiday music. But of course, the Modern Mystery version of Christmas music is a bit different from Lou Monte and Peggy Lee. I always find great amusement out of indie bands’ versions of Christmas songs. They just seem to put an unusual and surprising twist on Holiday tunes that get me into the Christmas spirit. Move over Perry Como, there are some new kids in town….

Below for your downloading convience, are some of my favorite indie Christmas songs. Enjoy!

Casper and the Cookies- “Kiss Me Beneath the Christmas Tree”
My First Keyboard- “Christmas Time is Good if You Are a Girl (Boy)”
Bright Eyes- “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Phantom Planet- “Winter Wonderland”
Ryan Adams- “Hey Parker, Its Christmas”
OK Go- “Father Christmas”
The Raveonettes- “Christmas Song”
Death Cab for Cutie- “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
Ladybug Transistor- “Holiday Extravangza”
Of Montreal- “My Favorite Christmas (in 100 Words or Less)”
Sufjan Stevens- “Come On, Lets Boogie to the Elf Dance”
Rooney – “Merry Christmas Everybody”
Essex Green- “Deck the Halls”
The Bird and the Bee- “Carol of the Bells”
The Features- “Christmas Wishbook”
Frightened Rabbit- “Its Christmas So We’ll Stop”
Matt Pond PA- “Snow Day”
Old 97’s -“Holly Jolly Christmas”
Reigning Sound-  “If Christmas Can’t Bring You Home”
Rogue Wave- “Christmas”
Reindeer Section- ” You Are My Joy”
Dressy Bessy- “All the Right Reasons”
Pete Yorn- “Do They Know Its Christmas?”