4AD and The Red Hot Organization Donate $1,000,000 Thanks To The Album Dark Was The Night

As World AIDS Day on December 1st reminded us that AIDS is still a threat and continues to kill, good news came to us from the folks of 4AD and the Red Hot Foundation. In February 2009, 4AD released Dark Was The Night, a musical collaboration conceived and produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, and Red Hot founder John Carlin, and its sales have now raised $1,000,000 for charity!

The compilation is made up of 32 exclusive tracks by Arcade Fire, Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, Cat Power, The Decemberists, Dirty Projectors + David Byrne, Grizzly Bear, The New Pornographers, Spoon, and Sufjan Stevens… the list goes on. Each band has recommended a charity to which the funds raised will be donated. This is the 20th album put out by The Red Hot Foundation, which has been working to help fight AIDS since 1989. You can still purchase it HERE.

Here is the list of the charities chosen to receive Red Hot grants:
Advocates For Youth (recommended by The National)
After Hours Project, Inc (recommended by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings)
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (recommended by Bon Iver)
A Loving Spoonful (recommended by New Pornographers)
Bronx AIDS Services (recommended by The National)
Camp Amerikids (recommended by The National)
Casey House (recommended by Kevin Drew/Broken Social Scene)
Central City Concern (recommended by Decemberists)
Citta (recommended by David Byne)
Housing Works (recommended by Dirty Projectors)
Nebraska Aids Project (recommended by Conor Oberst)
Out Youth (recommended by Iron & Wine)
Partners In Health (recommended by Arcade Fire)
San Francisco AIDS Foundation (recommended by Kronos Quartet)
Tamasha (recommended by Sufjan Stevens)
In addition to Terrence Higgins Trust, PSI/YouthAIDS, and CHAI.

Holcombe Waller Offers Free Download To Celebrate New Album

In preparation for his third album entitled Into the Dark Unknown and set to release February 22, 2011, singer, songwriter, composer and video artist Holcombe Waller is offering his single “Risk of Change” as a free download. 

The San Francisco native, began his musical career while attending Yale University studying art.  During that time, he produced and mixed two albums for Bryce and Aaron Dessner and Bryan Devendor of The National fame.  Returning the favor, the three played on Waller’s debut album Advertising Space released in 1999 on Holcombe’s very own label, Napoleon Records.  In 2001, he released his second album, Extravagant Gesture

In 2005, Waller moved to Portland, Oregon.  Over the years, he has stepped outside his box of recorded music and ventured into theater, performance art and video installation.  In 2008, he embarked on a new experience performing in “In the Dark Unknown: The Hope of Chest” which toured the U.S. as well as Canada and Croatia.  During this time, Waller wrote the songs for his new album which is sure to be a melodic combination of songs and lyrics that will show off his talent as a musician and songwriter. 

For more information about Holcombe including album information and tour dates, visit his Web site here.

New York City’s Weekly Show Round Up


Klaxons, Baby Monster @ Bowery Ballroom

Emily Wells @ City Winery

Sea Wolf, Sera Cahoone, Patrick Park @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Sleigh Bells @ Studio at Webster Hall


Ra Ra Riot @ Bowery Ballroom

Pavement @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield

Jenny and Johnny, Love as Laughter @ Maxwell’s

Wavves, Christmas Island, The Babies @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Thee Oh Sees, Sex Beet, Happy Birthday, Fergus & Geronimo @ Santo’s Party House


Ra Ra Riot, Lower Dens @ Bowery Ballroom

Pavement @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield

Emily Wells, Shipa Ray @ City Winery

Spacehog @ Maxwell’s

Klaxons, Baby Monsters @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

French Horn Rebellion, Savoir Adore, Mighty Five @ The Woods

Caribou, Emeralds @ Webster Hall


The Boxer Rebellion, Amusement Parks on Fire, Augustines @ Bowery Ballroom

Pavement @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield

Tera Melos, Anamanaguchi, Pterodactyl, Fiasco @ Death by Audio

Field Music, Motel Motel @ Littlefield

Ra Ra Riot, North Highlands, We Barbarians @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Simian Mobile Disco (DJ Set) @ Santo’s Party House

LCD Soundsystem, Sleigh Bells @ The Wellmont Theatre

These Are Powers, Gatekeeper @ Union Pool


Gordon Voidwell @ BAM Cafe

David Bazan, The Mynabirds@ Brooklyn Bowl

Pavement @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield

The Acorn, Basia Bulat @ Littlefield

Bettie Serveert, The Art of Shooting @ Maxwell’s

Electric Six, Fall On Your Sword, Fake Problems @ Maxwell’s

Ra Ra Riot, Anamanaguchi @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Japanther, This Runs on Blood, Math the Band @ Shea Stadium

Stars, Wild Nothing @ Terminal 5

The National, Owen Pallett @ The Wellmont Theatre

Songs to Keep You Cool in the Summer Heat

In NYC it is currently 102 degrees out. To keep you cool from the obsessive heat, we put together a few songs that have to do with “Summer.” Oddly enough they all use the word in the title as well. From Pavement to The National to Neon Indian, we have it all. We hope these songs will keep you cool today, along with your air conditioner. Enjoy!

Pavement- “Summer Babe”
Pavement- “Summer Babe” by ModernMysteryBlog

Neon Indian – “Deadbeat Summer”
Neon Indian – “Deadbeat Summer” by ModernMysteryBlog

Magic Kids – “Summer”
Magic Kids – “Summer” by ModernMysteryBlog

The National with St. Vincent – “Sleep All Summer”
The National with St. Vincent – “Sleep All Summer” by ModernMysteryBlog

The Drums – “Saddest Summer”
The Drums – “Saddest Summer” by ModernMysteryBlog

Unouomedude – “Island Summer”
Unouomedude – “Island Summer” by ModernMysteryBlog

Vietnam – “Summer in the City”
Vietnam – “Summer in the City” by ModernMysteryBlog

Wild Nothing – “Summer Holiday”
Wild Nothing – “Summer Holiday” by ModernMysteryBlog

Cymbals “Summer Job”
Cymbals -“Summer Job” by ModernMysteryBlog

Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – “Face Like Summer”
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – “Face Like Summer” by ModernMysteryBlog

Laura Veirs – “Summer Is The Champion”
Laura Veirs – “Summer Is The Champion” by ModernMysteryBlog

The National Are Heading Everywhere on Their Upcoming Tour. This is No Joke.

If you like, well, love indie rock darlings, The National, then you will have no shortage of seeing them this spring and summer. This band is literally slated to drop everywhere possible, on what looks like the longest tour known to man. Touring in support of their newest release High Violet (4AD), which hits stores in the U.S. on May 10th, it’s already a proven success.

The word from The National’s label is that these aren’t even ALL of the dates the band is slated to play. There are in fact more to be announced, especially for later in the year. How do they do it? We’ll never know, but hell we’re glad that they are. They’ll be playing with everyone from Rufus Wainwright to Pavement.

Check the dates below to see when you can catch the guys rolling into your town. Also be sure to jump on tickets as fast as you can. We’re sure these will be selling out fast.

The National Tour Dates:
05-05 London, England – Electric Ballroom $
05-06 London, England – Royal Albert Hall $
05-07 Paris, France – Le Zenith *
05-08 Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s Neue Welt $
05-09 Berlin, Germany – Astra $
05-21 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern #
05-22 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern #
05-23 San Diego, CA – Spreckels Theatre #
05-26 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
05-27 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre #
05-29 Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Festival
06-02 Boston, MA – House of Blues %
06-03 Boston, MA – House of Blues %
06-04 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory %
06-05 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory %
06-06 Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall %
06-08 Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall %
06-09 Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall %
06-11-13 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
06-16 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall %
06-18 Buffalo, NY Albright-Knox Gallery @
06-26 Pilton, England – Glastonbury Festival
07-01-04 Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
07-06 Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Paradiso
07-08 Hamburg, Germany – Stadtpark !~
07-09 Brighton, England – Corn Exchange
07-12-13 Lyon, France – Les Nuits de Fourviere
07-14 Munich, Germany – Rathausplatz
07-16 Southwold, England – Latitude Festival
07-17-18 Lisbon, Portugal – Super Bock Super Rock
07-27 Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park ^
07-31 Montreal, Quebec – Osheaga Festival
08-02 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion %
08-03 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Theatre %
08-04 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre %
08-05-06 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue %
08-06-08 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08-11 Oslo, Norway – Oya Festival
08-13 Gothenburg, Sweden – Way Out West Festival
08-14 Haldern, Germany – Haldern Pop Festival
08-15 St. Malo, France – Le Route du Rock
08-18 Vienna, Austria – Arena
08-21 Hasselt-Kiewit, Belgium – Pukkelpop Festival
08-22 Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
09-03-05 Stradbally, Ireland – Electric Picnic
09-10 Vancouver, British Columbia – Malkin Bowl +
09-11 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Amphitheater >

$ with Buke and Gass
* with Pavement
# with Ramona Falls
% with the Antlers
^ with Beach House
@ with Rufus Wainwright
! with Midlake
~ with the Middle East
+ with the Walkmen
> with Okkervil River

Listen to and download “Blood Bath Ohio,” from the new record!

The National “Blood Buzz Ohio” by modernmysteryblog

Lollapalooza Announces 2010 Lineup

Lollapalooza is almost here! The festival just announced this morning the full line up, and we must say, it’s the best batch of bands we’ve seen in years. It makes us wish this was still a show that went on tour. The fun all goes down from August 6th to 8th at Grant Park in Chicago.

Reunions and big name stars will be gracing the stage and you won’t know where to go first. Some of the bands and artists that will be appearing include the recently reunited Soundgarden, The Strokes, Lady Gaga, MGMT, New Pornographers, The Morning Benders, Arcade Fire, Spoon, The National, Gogol Bordello, Mutemath, Metric, Dirty Projectors, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Phoenix, the xx, Blitzen Trapper, The Miniature Tigers, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Waaves, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Javelin, Harlem, Hockey and TONS more.

The tickets will only set you back $ 215 at the Lollapalooza site.

Check out the full lineup!

Green Day
Lady Gaga
Arcade Fire
The Strokes
Social Distortion
Jimmy Cliff
Hot Chip
The Black Keys
The National
Cypress Hill
Cut Copy
The New Pornographers
Erykah Badu
Slightly Stoopid
Grizzly Bear
Gogol Bordello
X Japan
Dirty Projectors
Mavis Staples
Matt & Kim
The xx
Drive-By Truckers
Blues Traveler
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Temper Trap
Jamie Lidell
Frightened Rabbit
F**k Buttons
Deer Tick
Blitzen Trapper
Raphael Saadiq
The Cribs
Minus the Bear
The Walkmen
Mumford & Sons
Wild Beasts
Rogue Wave
Los Amigos Invisibles
The Big Pink
The Dodos
Cymbals Eat Guitars
The Antlers
The Soft Pack
Balkan Beat Box
American Bang
The Ike Reilly Assassination
Company of Thieves
The Constellations
Miniature Tigers
Mimicking Birds
The Kissaway Trail
The Morning Benders
Foxy Shazam
Violent Soho
Royal Bangs
Freelance Whales
Semi Precious Weapons
Dan Black
The Band of Heathens
My Dear Disco
Shawn Fisher
Neon Hitch
The Ettes
Jukebox the Ghost
These United States
Empire of the Sun
Perry Farrell
Felix da Housecat
Erol Alkan
Wolfgang Gartner
Joachim Garraud
Mexican Institute of Sound
Peanut Butter Wolf
Dirty South
Cut Copy (DJ Set)
Beats Antique
Steve Porter
Didi Gutman of Brazilian Girls
Ancient Astronauts
Ana Sia
Team Bayside High
Dani Deahl
DJ Mel
Only Children
Lance Herbstrong