Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Upcoming Show: Stephen Malkmus +the Jicks w/ Blitzen Trapper

Once again Madison brings in another artist from this summer’s Lollapalooza festival. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks will be hitting the High Noon Saloon on October 30th with Blitzen Trapper.

Take a listen to some choice tracks:

Malkmus fronted one of my favorite bands (Pavement) 20 years ago and since then, has put out some of indie rocks best albums. His guitar work since breaking away from Pavement (1999) has only gotten more brilliant and creative upon each release. There is evidence of SM's best ax-wielding on Pig Lib (2003) one of my personal favorites.

We caught SM +Jicks last time they came though the state at the Pabst Theater on March 20th. This was not only a great performance but it was the first time I had seen SM. The show was incredible (everything I had expected), SM’s guitar work was immaculate and it was great to see ex-Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Wiess with the Jicks adding vocals and beat to the mix.

Here is listing of Malkmus’ work other than Pavement:

With Silver Jews

* Dime Map of the Reef (1992) 7"ep
* The Sabellion Rebellion & Old New York (1993) 7"
* The Arizona Record (1993) 12"
* Starlite Walker (1994)
* American Water (1998)
* Hot as Hell - Live 1993 (1999) CD/7" Single
* Tanglewood Numbers (appears on "The Farmer's Hotel") (2005)

With The Crust Brothers

* Marquee Mark (1998)

With The Jicks

* Stephen Malkmus (2001)
* Pig Lib (2003)
* Face the Truth (2005)*
* Real Emotional Trash (2008)

This has to be one of the hottest tickets to get this year. I am thinking it will sell out so get your tickets as soon as you can here.

- fS/above photo fS

When: 10/30/08 @ 8:30pm
Cost: $16 adv., $18 d.o.s. (18+)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

We've got free tickets for you!

Do you want a pair of tickets to any of these upcoming shows?
Alejandro Escovedo - Oct 16 - High Noon Saloon
Jennifer O'Connor - Oct 19 - Cafe Montmartre
. . . courtesy of True Endeavors

Yael Naim - Oct 25 - Wisconsin Union Theater
. . . courtesy of Atlantic Records
You should! Send an email to tickets@madisonmusicreview.com.
Winners will be notified by email at least 24 hours before the show.

For show details and previews, visit madisonmusicreview.com

Monday, October 06, 2008

Upcoming Show: The Broken Social Scene - Oct. 11, 2008 - Memorial Union Theater; 8PM

The Broken Social Scene, the award winning Canadian indie supergroup will be making their way though the Madison area on October 11 performing at the wonderful Wisconsin Union Theater. BSS is characterized by a very large number of sounds, grand orchestrations featuring guitars, horns, woodwinds, and violins, unusual song structures, upbeat tempos and an experimental, and sometimes chaotic production style from David Newfeld.

This show will be one of the hottest tickets of 2008 and is highly recommended. For those of you who caught their performance at Lollapalooza 2008, you know what I mean.

Most of you might recognize one the BSS members, Leslie Feist by the ever famous iPod Nano commerical featuring her hit, "1234". That album, The Reminder has sold worldwide over 1,000,000 copies and is certified gold in the U.S.

Touring with the BSS this time around will be: Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin, Sam Goldberg, Amy Millan, Evan Cranley, Elizabeth Powell.

This year I picked up a two pack of cd's that contained Kevin Drew's Spirit If... (which is pure bliss) and Brendan Canning's Something For All of Us (brilliant as well). These two releases fullfilled my BSS fix for the year. If you do not own them yet, get out to the show and get them there.

BSS Family of Acts include:

Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew – Kevin Drew
Broken Social Scene Presents: Brendan Canning - Brendan Canning
K.C. Accidental (now defunct) – Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin
Apostle of Hustle – Andrew Whiteman
Feist – Leslie Feist
Jason Collett
Do Make Say Think – Charles Spearin, Julie Penner and Ohad Benchetrit
Junior Blue – Justin Peroff, Brendan Canning, Kevin Drew and Dylan Hudecki
Metric – James Shaw and Emily Haines
Raising the Fawn – John Crossingham
Stars – Evan Cranley, Amy Millan, and Torquil Campbell
Valley of the Giants – Brendan Canning and Charles Spearin
The Weakerthans – Jason Tait
The FemBots – Jason Tait and Julie Penner
Reverie Sound Revue – Lisa Lobsinger
The Dears – Murray Lightburn
Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - Emily Haines
The American Analog Set - Andrew Kenny, Lee Gillespie, Mark Smith, Sean Ripple, Craig McCaffrey
The Priddle Concern - Bill Priddle, Mitch Bowden
Don Vail - Bill Priddle, Mitch Bowden

Upcoming Show: Jennifer O'Connor - October 19; Cafe Montmartre; 9PM

Jennifer O'Connor's most recent album "Here With Me" has received critical raves!

She is seemingly always on the road, most recently for a spell on the west coast with Damien Jurado. Next she will head homeward (she now calls Brooklyn, NY home) for some east coast dates, leading to the midwest, and then back to the east coast, veering south for some dates supporting Amy Ray!
"Here With Me" is out now on Matador Records!

Check out her TOUR DATES and more links below!

New website!

“O’Connor’s greatest strength as a songwriter is her surgical choice of detail, her ability to render a moment both terribly personal and easily relatable by picking just the right minutia to focus on.” PopMatters (8/10) 

"(O'Connor's} unflinching lyrics and stunningly strong voice leap from distressing folk ballads to buzzing rock with ease...Here With Me peers into romance with the bittersweet dexterity of Elliott Smith and Aimee Mann." SPIN

October 13 Philadelphia, PA M Room
October 14 Pittsburgh, PA Howler's Coyote Cafe w/David Dondero
October 15 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
October 16 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room w/The New Year
October 17 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle w/The New Year
October 18 Milwaukee, WI YNOT2 
October 19 Madison, WI Cafe Montmartre
October 21 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
October 23 Columbia, MO The Blue Fugue w/The Black Fortys
October 24 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway
October 25 Lexington, KY Al's Bar
October 26 Covington, KY Molly Malone's w/Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts
November 02 Buffalo, NY The Tralf Music Hall w/Amy Ray
November 04 Toronto, ON CA Mod Club Theatre w/Amy Ray
November 05 Burlington, VT Higher Ground S. w/Amy Ray
November 07 Sommerville, MA Somerville Theatre w/Amy Ray
November 15 Richmond, VA Capitol Alehouse w/Amy Ray
November 18 Virginia Beach, VA The Jewish Mother
November 19 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle w/Amy Ray
November 21 Asheville, NC Orange Peel w/Amy Ray
November 22 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse w/Amy Ray
More Jennifer O'Connor Links

Spin.com - Artist of the Day!  8/22/08
Daytrotter Session:
Stereogum premiere for her video "Always in Your Mind"
NPR song of the day 8/11/08
NY Times "Popcast" on 7/30
See videos of James McNew interviewing Jennifer here:

Sunday, October 05, 2008

The Rumble Strips at Der Rathskellar; Oct. 25th 2008

The Rumble Strips (English band from Tavistock, Devon) Have a very eighties feel to the music - but not like everyone else is putting outright now. When I listen to them it brings to mind Supergrass, Belle & Sebastian with a touch of Adam & The Ants (remember those cats?) - I dig the brass section. Nevertheless, this is catchy, energetic brit-rock that seems like it will stick around.

Three time grammy award winning DJ/producer Mark Ronson has been recently quoted speaking about his current work projects, Ronson says "... I'm also working round the clock with The Rumble Strips. I'm just keeping really busy."

Listen and Download (MP3):

Go catch their amazing live show that everyone is raving about. I sure we will not catch them live at such a small and intimate venue when they catch fire.


"Trumpet, sax and a whole lot of weirdness" - NME - Link to Review
"Off-kilter yet no less sublime, life-affirming music" - 
Xfm - Link to Review
"Single of the week!" - 
PlayLouder.com - Link to Review
"If you see The Rumblestrips [sic] live, I defy you not to have a good time" - 
Drowned In Sound - Link to Review
"Single of the month" -
 Wide Open Road - Link to Review

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Photos: Dr. Dog at High Noon Saloon - Oct., 1st, 2008

Playing to a packed house on a Wednesday night, Dr. Dog once again captured us all up in their nostalgic net. Anyone who has experienced this band in a club setting knows that the energy level is intense and the performance is always tight. Throughout the night the band mostly picked from the Fate and We All Belong song catalog and for the encore brought out the band members from Delta Spirit (photo 1 & 2) and Hacienda for a one last goodbye.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

X MAS on Mars - Flaming Lips Movie in Madison, WI

See Xmas On Mars In Theaters!
See the movie in the Theaters in Madison, Wisconsin at The Orpheum, October 21-24

The film tells the story of the experiences of Major Syrtis during the first Christmas on a newly-colonized Mars. Coyne has described the film as "Maybe Eraserhead or Dead Man crossed with some kind of fantasy and space aspects, like The Wizard of Oz and maybe A Space Odyssey, except done without real actors or money, and set at Christmas-time. The story that unfolds is intended to hint at childlike magic within a tragic and realistic situation."[3]
Coyne elaborated to Rolling Stone magazine: "It's sometime in the future, Mars has been sort of conquered and there's a space station on it but the space program has gone into decline and these people are kind of stuck up there. They're in the process of converting the spaceships that took them there into a place to live in and that process doesn't go too smoothly. The whole thing ends up very dilapidated, very un-futuristic, un-'2001'. There's an element of confidence among the scientists, but the overall view is that things seem kind of doomed."
The main character, Major Syrtis (played by Steven Drozd, the band's multi-instrumentalist and arranger/composer), is trying to organise a Christmas pageant to celebrate the birth of the first colonist baby. Coyne explains that this birth is also special for other reasons, "The hype they've added to this Mars mission is that this beautiful woman is giving birth to this sort of artificial impregnation from this bubble that she wears on her stomach, which is the way infants are gonna be born in the future. It's all scientifically timed so she gives birth to this baby the second it hits midnight on Christmas. So it's symbolically the beginning of a new civilization. But instead of being born from religious ideas it's born from a science idea."
Wayne further elaborated to MTV.com: "Against a background of descending madness, Major Syrtis is trying to use the pageant to provide hope amongst the colonists, and the film tells the story of his struggle. You see his humiliation and his self-doubt because there are all these haphazard things that keep getting in the way of his determination to celebrate this first Christmas on Mars. A lot of the people are committing suicide, and one of them is this sort of Santa Claus that's supposed to preside over this big celebration. He dies right at the beginning and this presents Steven's character with several problems." Fortunately, Major Syrtis finds an unlikely ally in Coyne's strange and mysterious character, a "Martian that lands, but the Martian isn't really perceived as a Martian. People just sort of think he's another crazy guy who's flipped and turned himself green. They can't find a quick replacement for Santa so they just use this Martian guy. So the Martian guy becomes the Martian and Santa Claus at the same time."