Monthly Archives: January 2010

ARTIST PROFILE: AVA LUNA

by john ziegler Much digital space has been filled trying to describe Ava Luna’s sound. Critics and commentators have called it electro-doo-whop, electro-pop soul, post-punk dance-a-tronic pop-a-whop, and other combinations of the words electro, pop, soul, and doo and whop.  When the band lists its own influences (James Brown, Stax, Fugazi) it’s easy to see where [...]

SURFER BLOOD: ASTROCOAST

by joel chaffee Two electric guitars. Or three? It is something I wonder throughout Surfer Blood’s debut LP, Astrocoast. Opener “Floating Vibes” is a fine introduction: electric guitar following the vocal melody, a guitar climax. This is accessible garage rock, and at times it is grand. Artist: Surfer Blood Song: Neighbour Riffs .. Astrocoast is [...]

DEAD BANDS: MUMM-RA

by chuck bell It is hard to ignore the irony in writing a Dead Bands profile on a group that took their name from the Thundercats villain, “Mumm-Ra the Everliving.” Despite the immortality that their name implied, after nearly eight years of playing together, Mumm-Ra decided to call it quits. Although they had been gaining [...]

QC COMIC: THIRD EYE BLIND’S FINAL PERFORMANCE

by d sherm.

RAUELSSON: LA SIEMBRA LA ESPERA Y LA COSECHA

by joel chaffee Being an English-speaking American, I don’t understand a word of Rauelsson’s debut LP, La Siembra La Espera Y La Cosecha. This is no harm, for it is music after all, and Cosecha is a lovely and powerful piece of it. Acoustic guitar picking through arpeggios are a staple, joined by vocals (often [...]

KNICKERBOCKER ORCHESTRA W/ NEIL GAIMAN

post and pics by Marc Evan (with Janina Stegmeyer) This weekend at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra along with very special guests (author Neil Gaiman and tenor Jason Danieley) took the stage to provide a well-rounded and highly entertaining evening for fans of music, art, and culture of all ages. [...]

QUICK HITS: SANTIGOLD / TORO Y MOI / BEACH HOUSE

by ranka ► Updating a previous item, David Byrne has dropped the first single off his new compilation Here Lies Love with Fatboy Slim. Stacked with guest vocalists, this first track is Santigold’s contribution to the record. Pre-order the music package here. Artist: Santigold Song: Please Don’t ..

QC MIXTAPE VOL. 64 (DEC 14 – JAN 19)

by bmac Pop Out Player “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ►Mahatma Gandhi Our first mixtape of 2010 is a MONSTER.  Get over a month’s worth of music in in a single glorious click – mixtape 64.zip.

HANGOVER MUSIC, SPANISH STYLE

by shannon moore Don’t we all need some world music outside of waify French songbirds this year? Last Sunday hangover, while endlessly refreshing my Tumblr with glazed eyes and dirty bed head, I caught a blog entry by any random European hipster on what seemed to be David Bazan’s Spanish doppelganger, folk artist Bigott. I [...]

THE BRAIN CHILDREN

by tim howard (reporting from the uk) There’s that music journo cliché of saying a band sound likes/influences are/looks like/whatever another one that’s more famous. It’s lazy and hackneyed and should be avoided at all costs. Never do it. So when I do use such a lame old trait here, I’m going to use a [...]