Tony the Bookie: “5 Classic Songs I Want To Hear Covered by Local Bands”1_“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Drug Rug2_“Leader of the Pack” by Elizabeth Butters with Indian Style3_“Perfect Day” by Ryan Lee Crosby4_“My Funny Valentine” by Keys to the Streets of Fear5_“I Shall Be Released” by Faces on Film
John Flax of the Perennials: “Top Five Summer ’08 Barbecue Boombox Picks”
1_Various Artists, Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal2_Sam Cooke, Live at the Harlem Square Club, 19633_Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours4_The Misfits, Static Age5_Various Artists, An England Story, From Dancehall to Grime: 25 Years of the MC in the UK 1983–2008
Our old pals (and former PHX tourbloggers) Tigersaw are off again, this time to Europe (dates below for our Continental peoples), but they threw down at PA's Lounge before embarking, and trotted out a new song, "Words Not Used In Books," that'll be on their next album.
Y'know, with all the blabbity blab about blogs and breaking new bands, we still have a real, real strong affection for college radio. Especially WMBR. Every time we get sick of the internet echo chamber chorusing about some pretentiously named new discovery, we flip to the left of the FM dial. Inevitably, we find that not only have college radio DJs not drunk the bloggity kool-aid, but that they've got better kung-fu.
Tommy Allen of Drug Rug: “Best bands seen while working
either the Middle East
or P.A.’s Lounge this year”
1_ The Subjects
4_ Baba Yaga
5_ Tony the Bookie’s Daniel
Drug Rug celebrate the release of their debut album at P.
No downloads yet from Stephen "Cave In" Brodsky's solo/band album The Octave Museum -- which HydraHead, at least, is treating as an album title, not a band name -- but songs are streaming at their MySpace page. It's the best thing he's done since Static Intellect, which never came out so we don't know why we keep bringing it up, except that it's real good.
Under the moniker Tartar Lamb, TOBY DRIVER, frontman for local avant-metal faves Kayo Dot -- probably the most unsung genius band in town -- performs his "60 Metonymies," the "long-form violin-and-electric-guitar duet" he premiered last summer at John Zorn’s East Village performance space the Stone.
DOWNLOAD: Finian McKean, "Oh, My Heart Is Heavy" (mp3)
Back when he was with the Boston indie-rock group Push Kings, on former Dambuilders’ guitarist Eric Masunaga’s label, Finian McKean went by the name Finn Moore Gerety. Now he’s moved to Brooklyn, where he’s crafting sad, spare, Heartbreaker-grade indie-folk ballads alone at the piano.
DOWNLOAD: Township, "House In the Sky" (mp3)
Marc Pinansky of Runner and the Thermodynamics returns with a supergroup -- Cancer Conspiracy's Greg Beadle, Radar Eyes' Jason Gillis, Spitzz's John Sheeran -- and, by jones, it sounds like one. This song, an exclusive preview of Township's forthcoming debut EP, begins with an Afro-Latin twist and builds into a transcendent bout of '70s stadium rock that sounds like the Who on steroids.