Martin Sexton —"Wild Angels"
From Seeds on Kitchen Table
Renowned as a die-hard road warrior, Sexton has traveled the globe with his guitar slung on his back and a heart full of soul. His songs are intricate and spirited… His fans range from teenage students to jocks to musicians, from the East Village to Wall Street, tradesmen to doctors, black, white, young and old, all singing together in three-part harmony. To see the crowd at a Martin Sexton concert is to witness a cross-section of America.
Air —"Once Upon a Time"
From Pocket Symphony on Astralwerks
Now entering the 10th year of a highly illustrious career that has seen the band grow in stature to become one of the most instantly recognizable names in music, Parisian duo Air (Nicolas Godin and JB Dunckel) return with Pocket Symphony, a career masterpiece and their most seductive and accomplished work to date. Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin are modernists. Air embrace the new. Their music is intellectually stimulating yet intuitively simple; elegiac and triumphal; beyond pop and yet resolutely of it, too.
Prosser —"I Met a Girl"
From Prosser: Self-Titled on spinART Prosser is the new project from Eric Woodruff (formerly of Bellingham, WA, space rock band Delay). His self-titled debut release is a melding of Indie Rock and Alt-Country, with some psychedelic and folk influences thrown in for good measure. Fans of Nick Drake, Cracker, Elliot Smith, Wilco, and heartbreak-induced whiskey drinking music will not be able to resist.
Arcade Fire —"Black Mirror"
From Neon Bible on Merge
The Arcade Fire spent most of 2006 holed up in a small church in a small town outside of Montreal. They were recording their second album Neon Bible. It was a slow year, mostly.
“Chicken on a Raft is Thom Moore (Moore Brothers, Nedelle and Thom) and Tommy Carns (Billy Talbott Band). Sharing a mutual love for traditional folk music, the duo began playing music in the tradition of the Watersons, reviving folk music culled from wax cylinders and the Library of Congress. Their debut album is a collection of American Traditionals, ballads, and popular tunes that have passed down from generation to generation, each iteration providing it’s own input to the meaning of a lyric and melody. They tell stories of loves lost, political intrigue, and lingering mysteries that are as true and applicable today as when first sung by a long forgotten minstrel. ”—Antenna Farm Records
04/03/07 Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret w/ The Constantines
04/04/07 Regina, Saskatchewan - The Exchange w/ The Constantines
04/05/07 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Louis’ Pub w/ The Constantines
04/06/07 Edmonton, Alberta - The Starlite Room w/ The Constantines
04/07/07 Calgary, Alberta - The Hi-Fi Club w/ The Constantines
04/08/07 Calgary, Alberta - The Hi-Fi Club w/ The Constantines
04/09/07 Canmore, Alberta - Canmore Hotel w/ The Constantines
04/12/07 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Plaza Club w/ The Constantines
04/13/07 Victoria, British Columbia - Sugar Nightclub w/ The Constantines
04/14/07 Tofino, British Columbia - The Legion w/ The Constantines
05/02/07 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/04/07 Portland, OR - Dante’s w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/05/07 Seattle, WA - Neumo’s Crystal Ballroom w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/06/07 Vancouver, British Columbia - Plaza Club w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/09/07 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/10/07 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/11/07 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/12/07 Chicago, IL - Abbey Pub w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/14/07 Ottawa, Ontario - Barrymore’s w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/15/07 Montreal, Quebec - Le National w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/16/07 Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/17/07 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/18/07 New York, NY - Irving Plaza w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/19/07 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/22/07 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/23/07 Columbus, OH - The Basement w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/24/07 Newport, KY - Southgate House w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
Billy Martin and John Medeski
Crustaceatron [MP3] from Mago
Organist John Medeski and drummer Billy Martin celebrate almost two decades since their first musical meeting (a duet session at Martin’s Brooklyn loft back in 1989). Finally, they made the record they vowed to do before their popular band, Medeski Martin and Wood, kept them so busy. The first and last tracks are expansive free-flowing spontaneous compositions they do with such grace and passion, but the majority of the tracks are filled with head-nodding booty-shaking grooves that only they could have created.
Human Giant, the new MTV comedy series staring Aziz Ansari, Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel
The first episode [iTunes]
MTV’s new short film comedy Human Giant takes over the network with its own style of fast-paced, hard-hitting comedy beginning April 5 at 10:30 PM/ET. Consisting of four members—Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, and Jason Woliner—Human Giant delivers a unique brand of comedy in short film-style. The eight-episode series premieres as part of MTV’s new Thursday night comedy line-up featuring new series Adventures in HollyHood and Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz, as well as a new season of Pimp My Ride.
Andy Partridge —"I Lovely Cosmonaut"
From Monstrance on Ape House
Over a year ago, XTC founder/guitarist Andy Partridge, original XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews and drummer Martyn Barker (longtime bandmate of Barry’s in Shriekback) began to discuss convening as a trio to make improvisational music under the name “Monstrance”. These three finally got together to record live for three days amassing nearly eight hours of material which was subsequently sorted and mixed by Future Sound Of London guitarist Stuart Rowe and engineer Merv Carswell yielding Monstrance’s self-titled debut, a two disc set of overdub/edit-free music.
The Rosebuds —"Get Up Get Out"
From Night of the Furies on Merge Night of the Furies is the third full-length from The Rosebuds, and will have fans heading for the dance floor with “Get Up Get Out” and “Hold on to This Coat.” Stylistically, however, Night of the Furies follows a logical progression from their earlier work, The Rosebuds Make Out (2003) and Birds Make Good Neighbors (2005). The danceable beats meld with catchy melodies built on themes both dark and seductive. Thematically, the songs are presented as individual and random parts of a larger story. The mood is ominous yet enticing; dangerous yet enchanting. Lyrics explore revolution and struggle, actions and consequences, but also love and redemption. One could easily just bounce along on the infectious pop hooks. Dig a little deeper, however, and a larger story and unified themes begin to unfold.
From The Adventures of Ghosthorse & Stillborn on Touch and Go
This album is a departure from the obscured blur of stained glass rêve to a more self-exploitive memoir. Parts are dreamy and parts are savage, but, as with an opera where death represents a secret heaven, the whole record feels like a black diamond in the snow. From her humble beginnings in the South of France, the saga sailed the Seven Seas all the way to that icy crack in the Earth’s crust just outside of Reykjavik. Upon her return to her Parisian homeland, she shared a mystical rendezvous with beautiful sailors Pierre et Gilles, the album cover being the consequence of that affair.