Deerhunter – Microcastle

Deerhunter’s new album, Microcastle (Kranky), definitely sits at the top of my soon-to-be-compiled top-ten list of 2008. Find out why here.


Femi Kuti on Tour

He released his first solo album in seven years today, so why not a little North American tour to celebrate? Legendary Afro-pop musician Femi Kuti supports his latest, Day by Bay (Downtown), this January. Hippies and hipsters converge:

1/7/09 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
1/8/09 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
1/9/09 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
1/10/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ World CafĂ© Live
1/11/09 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall (New York GlobalFEST)
1/14/09 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
1/15/09 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
1/16/09 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
1/17/09 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
1/19/09 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
1/22/09 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
1/23/09 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
1/24/09 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

An Open Letter to the New KCRW MD

When I heard that Nic Harcourt was leaving his post as Music Director of LA’s NPR affiliate, KCRW, I was ecstatic. The popularity of his show has always astounded me. But I guess that’s not really true. The car-commercial-ready music he trafficked in for what feels like forever made perfect sense here. All people ages 30 and above had to do to feel hip and innovative was tune into Morning Becomes Eclectic, Monday through Friday from 9am – noon, and voila: Death Cab for Cutie, Kinky, Beck… The problem isn’t that these are terrible artists making crap music. In fact, many of the bands Harcourt played were of high quality. The problem I had with his show was twofold: A) it wasn’t actually “eclectic,” and B) what was passed off as edgy and “alternative” was really quite mainstream nowadays. Let’s call it what it really is and rechristen his show Morning Becomes Accepted. All anyone in LA searching for something different on the radio has to do is tune into KXLU, only a few frequencies away.

Well, it’s just been announced that DJ Jason Bentley, formerly host of the once-electronic, now-whatever show Metropolis, will take over the reigns as MD and Eclectic host. I am willing to keep an open mind, but I’ll bet that not much changes as far as playlists are concerned. Mr. Bentley, if you’re listening, why not take this opportunity to liven up LA mornings by taking some chances with your song selection, guest artists, and giveaways. You have an opportunity to expose graphic designers stuck in cubicles and middle-aged boutique owners to something truly eclectic.

The Story of the Wu

This documentary, directed by Gerald Barclay, aired last night on BET and will be released next week on DVD. Read my review here.

New Order Reissues

Rhino recently reissued the first five New Order albums with the same care they afforded The Cure and Joy Division’s back catalogues. From the JD-lite Movement to 1989’s electro-pop Technique, these are significant and groundbreaking albums that should be revisited often. Now, you have no excuse not to. Read why here.

Black Kids on tour

Despite the pug review, I’m actually kinda feeling this new Black Kids record. Look who’s playing a couple of oh-so-special shows this December.

12/6/08 – Providence, RI @ Club Hell
12/7/08 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre (WFNX show)
12/10/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia (Indie 103 show)
12/11/08 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s (KROX show)

Cut Copy on tour

This is a few months away, but Cut Copy will tour North America this March. I got the early dates here for you to peruse. This is going to be their last tour before they head back to the studio to work on their followup to In Ghost Colours. Matt and Kim will be supporting.

3/6/09 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ
3/7/09 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
3/9/09 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
3/10/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
3/11/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
3/12/09 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/13/09 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
3/15/09 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
3/17/09 – St. Louis, MO @ The Gargoyle
3/18/09 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater
3/20/09 – Toronto, ON @ Circa
3/21/09 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
3/22/09 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
3/23/09 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
3/24/09 – Carborro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
3/26/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade