Emiliana Torrini

The new album, Me and Armini, came out in early September and everyone has been posting “Big Jumps.” Buuuut I’m gonna go with something older. I only caught wind of Emiliana back in 2005 when I was living in Florida and my roommate Christina (a.k.a TBA because she lived in the Tampa Bay Area) introduced me to her album, Fisherman’s Woman. Then, not being too much of a Lord of the Rings fan, I finally realized it was her who sang “Gollum’s Song.” Anyway, “Sunny Road” off Fisherman’s Woman is one of my favs.

Oh, who am I kidding. I can’t hold out on you. You need to see the new stuff too.

Tuesday Night at Warehouse Live

Well, if you’re interested in seeing a band who’s lead singer does not articulate one word, therefore, you cannot understand a single thing he says, I would suggest going to see a group called Dear and the Headlights. They did a ballad towards the end of their set which was disastrous considering the words to a ballad are most important. However, the music was good and if you visit their purevolume page you can understand what he (Ian Metzger) is saying. He just has to work on his live performance I guess. Is there anyone out there who went and agrees with me? There was really only about thirty people there I would say. Anyway, the album out now is called Drunk Like Bible Times and their full-length debut from 2007 is called Small Steps, Heavy Hooves.

And the real reason for attending Tuesday night was to hear Steel Train, a group I saw open for The Hush Sound a few months back. I had met the guys and bought their album Trampoline. They started with “Firecracker” and completely rocked it out. Expecially frontman Jack Antonoff who was giving an up on his tippy-toes, neck-vein popping performance. They did my favorite song “Dakota” which surprisingly had a weaker vocal but a nice guitar solo. They played a new song called “Soldier In The Army” that will be on the next record. It was good. Watch out for these guys, the new album will be out SOON. They’re still in the peachy rising to fame stage and are so excited that I suspect things to happen rapidly.

They did one off their first album called “Road Song.” I remember this one from the last time I saw them. This song is about making it onto a national tour. Evident in the lyrics, “…send your dad a note, you made it kid, you’re on the road.” This is also the one where the crowd joins in for “…my steel train is gonna ride on ’til the end!”

They only waited a second after the set and came back on for a two-song encore. The last song was “A Magazine” which has a little Beatles “A Day in the Life” rip off in it as it has a whirling build up, a substantial pause, and then a similar piano re-entrance. It’s a great song!

Have a listen to this little performance of “Road Song.” This is how they always perform it.

1. Firecracker
2. Kill Monsters in the Rain
3. Alone on the Sea
4. Dakota
5. Soldier in the Army
6. School is for Losers
7. Road Song
8. I Feel Wierd
9. Black Eye


1. Women I Belong To
2. A Magazine

"Weightless" by Nada Surf

We have the winner of the Nada Surf “Weightless” YouTube video contest. Barsuk Records announced Richard Card and Austin Trotter as the winning directors who will receive $3,000. Congratulations guys!

And the runner-ups…

By Sean P. Rogan

By Sam Kuhn- I love this one!!!!!!!

House of Blues Concert Reviews

Brace yourself, I have two concert reviews for ya’ on this beautiful Friday. Actually, it’s only 65 degrees in Houston today. Chilly!

On Tuesday night I saw The Ting Tings at the new House of Blues in Houston. First of all, I got in for free! I was waiting in line around 8pm to purchase my ticket as the opening band was playing. The girl in front of me turned and said, “I have an extra ticket would you like it?” I later read in the Houston Press that they were offering free first-come-first-serve tickets at the HOB box office until 6pm and I didn’t feel special or lucky anymore. Anyway, the opening band was a local Houston band called The Watermarks. The only song I caught was called “Shut Down.” Then they ended with a little Janis—“Peace Of My Heart.”

And so began the LONG equipment set-up for The Ting Tings. The last thing they brought out was the huge bass drum that I knew would be used for “Shut Up and Let Me Go.” They had spelled out The Ting Tings on the drum with what looked like black electrical tape. Katie White took the stage wearing a huge wide-neck sleeveless top falling off her shoulders and belted at the waist. She had black shine leggings and black patent leather mid-calf wrinkled boots with huge silver studs along the rim. I loved the outfit. I will now probably try to copy it.

They started with “We Walk” and she played her compact keyboard. I guess that’s what it was. Although, it very well could have been something fabulous that I know nothing about as I lack instrumental knowledge. Both she and drummer Jules De Martino are great musicians. They play several instruments and their stuff includes a lot of percussion. When they did “Traffic Light” Katie said, ‘…and this is what it’s like when The Ting Tings do a slow song.” When it came time for the encore Jules came back onstage with his camera recording the crowd saying he had a lot of friends back in the UK that he wanted us to say hello to.

To put my British vocabulary to use, all in all I thought the performance was brilliant! It was very high-energy and the drum beats and repeated lyrics make the songs very catchy.

1. We Walk
2. Great DJ
3. Fruit Machine
4. Keep Your Head
5. Traffic Light
6. Be The One
7. We Started Nothing
8. Shut Up And Let Me Go

1. Impacilla Carpisung
2. That’s Not My Name

Have a listen to “Traffic Light”

Last night I went back to the HOB to see Sara Bareilles and Marc Broussard. I have seen Sara before at the Parrish in Austin, TX but I had never seen Mr. Broussard. I showed up when the opening band was performing as I always do. I did not get a free ticket this time and it was a little pricy for my taste. Usually my shows cost $12 to $18. This one was $25. Anyway, it was worth it.

Raining Jane was the name of the opening act. I walked in on what they later described as the Jam Session they like to call “Brown Town” which is a celebration of their ethnicity. One of the girls in the group was Persian. Then they sang ‘a little ditty about first love’ called “Papercut.” The lyrics were cute and the harmonizing was cute. It was altogether a cute song. They made me want to show up on time to every concert I go to because, while I hate waiting, I also hate to miss being introduced to something great. They co-wrote “A Beautiful Mess” with Jason Mraz and a version of it is available on iTunes. Their EP is called Paper Nest. They ended with a song called “Pinball.” All these songs can be found on their MySpace page if you follow the link above.

Marc Broussard followed Raining Jane and started with “Rocksteady” from the album Carencro. His first album on Atlantic Records, third full-length altogether, is called Keep Coming Back and was released on September 16, 2008. When he played “Another Night Alone” he told us that this was his favorite song off the new album. I bought his new LP and listened again when I got home last night. I love his pop-funk-blues mix of sound.

1. Rocksteady
2. The Wanderer
3. Real Good Thing
4. Another Night Alone
5. Home
6. Gavin’s Song
7. Going Home

Have a listen to “Home”

Sara B. came on-stage wearing a black pencil shirt and a white blouse looking like a business woman. Her lead guitar player wore a D.A.R.E tee-shirt. She started with my favorite song, “Vegas.” The whole night I knew what was coming next because I stood right near the sound equipment where the crew had a copy of the setlist. They included a little funk guitar when they performed “Morningside.” Then she did a song called “Love On The Rocks” and had a band member playing organ to her piano.

She then asked for a moment of our time to explain the ‘Vote for Eve’ buttons she had displayed on her merch table. Apparently she supports a non-profit whose sales proceeds go to the National Eating Disorders Association and by voting you may help Eve win $10,000 for her cause.

“Between The Lines,” she explained, is about always missing love. For instance, not being ready to love when someone loves you, or being in love with someone when they have just found someone else. Her song “August Moon” is about being cheated on by her high school boyfriend.

When she sang “Little Voices” she ended with ‘I used to rule the world, seas would rise when I gave the word’—yeah, she threw in a little two-line Coldplay teaser. Strobe lights flashed during “Come Round Soon” and I thought to myself, ‘as if I’m not already immersed by the music alone.’ She ended the song with, ‘I kissed a girl and I liked it.’ Okay, now she was just having fun. I could have done without the Katy Perry cameo. She sang “Love Song” exactly the way it is on the album which I thought was nice. Why change something everyone already loves as it is? She ended the set with “Many The Miles” and Marc Broussard joined her on-stage and they made it the little we-sing-you-repeat crowd interactive number of the night.

The encore came and she brought Raining Jane on-stage with her and they did “Sullivan Street.” She had been on tour with Counting Crows and that is her favorite Counting Crows song so she chose to include it in the encore. Then she finished with a solo of “Gravity.” It was a neat way to end the show. She just belted out this beautiful ballad while everyone stood still and silent listening, including all other band members and opening acts that I could see were standing just inside the stage curtain.

Have a listen to “Fairytale”

1. Vegas
2. Bottle It Up
3. Morningside
4. Love On The Rocks
5. Between The Lines
6. Fairytale
7. Feel It All
8. August Moon
9. Little Voice
10. City
11. Come Round Soon
12. Love Song
13. Many The Miles

1. Sullivan Street (Counting Crows cover)
2. Gravity

“Be The One” by The Ting Tings

Tonight I am going to see The Ting Tings at the Houston House of Blues. Yes, Houston now has a House of Blues. Its’ grand opening was on Friday and unfortunately I had to work that night. This British indie-pop duo has released four singles off their debut, We Started Something, and this song is the latest one released October 13, 2008. It’s a myspece video so you may have to enjoy the little advertisement before it plays.

By the way, if you remember the Apple iTunes commercial– the ‘Shut Up And Let Me Go’ one…yeah, that’s them. “Shut Up And Let Me Go” was the third single.

The Ting Tings – Be The One

“Mighty Storm” by The Duhks

The Duhks

I heard this song today on the NPR program “The World Cafe.” I wish I had known about this one for my IKE post. It’s a remix of an old song titled “Wasn’t That A Mighty Storm.” It was about the last major storm directed at Galveston in 1900. The Duhks have done a version of the song for thier 2008 album, Fast Paced World. On The Duhks website I found that these guys and gals have had 5 albums since 2002 and they have collaborated live with Sarah Watkins of Nickel Creek at a Bluegrass Festival called Grey Fox in New York.

I couldn’t actually find a video for the song but I found a ‘Making of the Album’ video that includes the song. Sorry, it’s long.

“The Perfect Boy” by The Cure

Ok, seeing as we’re getting closer to the album release date and I have ignored the other three singles off 4:13 Dream, AND because I have no other ideas for today, I think I’ll give ya’ the fourth single “The Perfect Boy.” In all honesty I really like this song. I’ve always just liked the more low key crowd pleasers like “Lullaby,” “Lovesong,” “Just Like Heaven,” and “Friday Im in Love.” This song should end up being one of those memorable tracks. Oh, and of course “Close to Me” is another favorite. Buuuut, they otherwise tend to bore me with thier long intros and unhappy moods. The album will be released two weeks from Tuesday.

"Oh My Life" by Beth Rowley

Today I thought I’d go with a little rhythm and blues by the sweet Bristol born diva, Beth Rowley. Little Dreamer is the first full studio album by the English singer-songwriter who is now on tour supporting David Gray. It was released on May, 20 2008. She sings a handfull of cover songs written by the likes of Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson and the remainder of the tracks consist of her own compositions. This neo-soul/ jazz number, “So Sublime,” is her second single.

"The Shock of the Lightning" by Oasis

Just had to post this one cuz the album came out today. This is the first single from Oasis’ seventh studio album, Dig Out Your Soul. Is it just me or is this song similar to “Lyla” off the 2005 Don’t Believe The Truth?

“Right Hand On My Heart” by The Whigs

On Friday night I went to the Meridian to see the Kooks. After checking the website hours before the show I learned that the Kooks cancelled due to illness and that the opening band, The Whigs, were going to play for free as the Headliner. So, I went. I couldn’t turn down a free show even if I was disappointed that I waited months to see the Kooks. I think I bought the tickets back in July.

Anyway, The Whigs did a good job filling in. They’re nice guys too. They were workin’ their own merch table and I bought the album, Mission Control, from them. I had them sign it and they offered to hold it until the end of the show so I wouldn’t have to lug it around all night. Oh, by the way, they did a cover of Rolling Stones “Get Off My Cloud” towards the end of their set. Below is the song “Right Hand On My Heart” from the album which was released on January 22, 2008.