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Thursday, June 30, 2005

I take it all back.....

Last night I caught THE BLOOD ARM at The Troubadour and I want to retract my big support for them in Future Sounds 19. Forgive me for believing the hype over the sound. Live, it was contrived and forced. I can say that their mighty singer works damn hard for his money, and they draw extremely well here on their home turf.

Remember this track: Do I Have Your Attention?

They are out on the road with MAXIMO PARK, who do put on a real deal show with talent, and the opener, TROUBLE HUBBLE was high energy (amazing drummer). Their record has just been released on Lookout Records and Eenie Meenie Records.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005


I love release day for anything, that incredible feeling you get as something you've worked very hard on finally goes from behind the curtain and is displayed to the world. Then you wait to see if the world receives it as you do and brace for anything. After years of doing their own thing, THE POSIES come back for real with the release of EVERY KIND OF LIGHT (Rykodisc).

Download 'Conversations' HERE.

Read what BILLBOARD said about the album HERE > Posies Shine 'Light' On New Album It was also just named album and single of the day on BBC6.

Free HEAVENLY STATES show in NYC today!

Live in Manhattan? Get on down to the VIRGIN MEGASTORE in Union Square at 4pm when they will play with Michelle Shocked.

You should remember THE HEAVENLY STATES from FS18. They just appeared in Hot List of the March 24th issue of Rolling Stone.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Moving Units
Film School
DJ Omar (DJ of the Year, SF Music Awards)

Tickets: $12 at ticketweb.com

Friday, June 10, 2005

Early review of the new POSIES CD - Every Kind Of Light

Amazon.co.uk Review

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and seven years in exile has done precious little to wilt the efflorescent flair of Washington state power-pop stalwarts The Posies. The band's comeback studio album Every Kind Of Light - composed, rehearsed and demoed in a knee-jerkingly vibrant 21 day period in early 2004 - certainly rekindles the old flame. While mainstays Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow have extended the songwriting mandate to include new recruits Matt Harris and Darius Minwalla, this germinal four-way democracy hasn't contorted the band's traditional symmetry. Thus, Every Kind Of Light balances the soft-focus rock and Brit-Invasion tunesmithery of yesteryear although the reflexive three-week recording surge has left a song like "That Don't Fly" a little more exposed than more deliberation would have afforded. On the other hand, the hastened circumstances indicate that the more superlative facets of The Posies come entirely naturally. Who would deny that "Conversations" - a stealthy, swooning, timid but climactically high-tensile ballad - is one of the greatest things to bear their name. Or that "I Finally Found A Jungle I Like" parallels the swashbuckling hubris of The Who's machinery-trashing adolescence. Or even that Ken Stringfellow's REM activities have rubbed off of him in the nicest possible fashion. The Posies are back - with a bouquet. --Kevin Maidment

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

From The Future Artists playing Live this week

Plenty of chances to catch some great live music out there this week:

SAN FRANCISCO - FILM SCHOOL @ Popscene w/ Mark Gardner (Gold Rush)
COLUMBIA, MD - THE KILLERS @ Merriweather Post Pavilion w/Keane, Louis XIV, and Regina Spektor

ALAMEDA, CA - N.LANNON @ Musik Musik w/Etereo and Petracovich
LAS VEGAS - D JON @ Roadhouse Grill

FRI 10
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - THE KILLERS @ House of Blues w/Louis XIV
LAS VEGAS - D JON @ Roadhouse Grill

SAT 11
LAS VEGAS - D JON @ West Side Amphitheater
SAN FRANCISCO - N.LANNON @ Swedish American Hall w/Lazarus, Okay, The Ants

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

THE HOURLY RADIO in NYC - June 9th @ Delancey

Some of you old time Future Sounds listers may remember THE HOURLY RADIO (FS12), but the Dallas band will be making their first trip to Manhattan to play at THE DELANCEY this Thursday.

Line up goes like this:
8PM The Robot Ate Me (Kill Rock Stars)
10PM Single Frame
11PM Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah

Click HERE to see the e-card for it:

Wednesday, June 01, 2005


Live Review: The Killers in Toronto

They're killing them softly


TORONTO - The Killers officially graduated to the big leagues last night in Toronto.

Playing in front of 16,0000 fans at a sold-out Molson Amphitheatre, the Las Vegas '80s revivalists -- whose likeable if derivative sound combines glam, new wave and garage rock -- performed their biggest show in the city yet.

Previously the quartet have played clubs since last July's release of their smash debut collection, Hot Fuss, which has been on the album charts for almost a year.

Even lead singer/synth player Brandon Flowers was moved to mention the reception to the band from their northern neighbours. "There is an awful lot of you," said Flowers, whose strangled, emotional vocals recalled Robert Smith of The Cure more often than not. "I just wanted to say the way that Canada has accepted us is unbelievable."

Speaking of the boyish if androgynous vocalist -- Flowers, not Smith -- he's something of an unlikely sex symbol. His distinctive eye makeup and smart outfit of red trench coat, skinny black tie and pants, and shiny black shoes caused all the pretty young girls around me to continually scream out their affection for him.

The night began promisingly with a statement from Flowers that would unfortunately prove to be true. "We are the hounds of hell and I promise you our bark is worse that our bite," he said before launching into the opening song, Midnight Show, from Hot Fuss.

In other words, the band, while all accomplished musicians -- particularly drummer Ronnie Vannucci whose animated pounding provided a few rare moments of excitement -- are still finding their way as dynamic live performers.

Flowers, playing on a sparkly set of keyboards, seemed way too restrained but whenever he did emote by dropping down to one knee or somewhat dejectedly placing his head in his hands, the crowd went nuts.

Playing on a red curtained set with the group's names in lights above Vannucci's kit, The Killers -- rounded out by guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer -- have the stylish surroundings, now if they could just live up to their own hype.

Most of Hot Fuss, along with a few new songs, was played and it was fun to spot the '80s influences on such lively standouts as Midnight Show (U2), Change Your Mind and Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine (The Cure), Smile Like You Mean It (New Order), their uber-hits Somebody Told Me and Mr. Brightside (Duran Duran, New Order) and the gospel-tinged encore number, All These Things I've Done (U2), which sparked a healthy crowd sing-and-clap-along.

HABITFORMING tonight in San Francisco

Love X Nowhere
The Decoration (formerly Pinq- ex Film School)
@ 12 Galaxies
9:00 pm

"SF locals The Love X Nowhere's debut 6-song ep begins with a cloud
of swirly keyboards. Visions take shape of a shimmering space ship
comin' in for landing, but as the hatch opens we're greeted with
straightforward energetic pop rocks. This first song "Unworthy" is
propelled by a driving beat and boyish vocal harmonies that sorta
reminded me of Sloan. From there things move back to the moodier,
spacier and Pink Floyd-ier sound that was hinted at by those first
few moments. Layers of trippy psych-folk-y acoustic and electric
guitars with mellow male vocals."
Aquarius Records

[a rare The Decoration appearance!!]
"While a fair amount of Spiritualized's make-music-to-take-drugs-to-
make music-to ethos runs through Quiet Games for Hot Weather, The
Decoration's space-ready rock is more shy, more urgent than simple
stonerdom would call for."
Kristy Martin, CMJ New Music Report

"Habitforming's sound varies from slow, crawling, melodic overtones
to raw, industrial strength noise crush. They use a melting pot of
different textures, time signatures, silky grooves, vocal
mp3's----> www.habitformingmusic.com/albums.php