My most listened to bands of 2012

Some old stuff/new stuff: Explosions in the Sky//Fiona Apple-Anything We Want//Grimes-Genesis//M83//Neil Young//Passion Pit-Take a Walk//Frightened Rabbit-Fuck this Place//Washed Out//Youth Lagoon//Rihanna//Gorillaz-Dare//The Whitest Boy Alive-Burning//Clap your Hands Say Yeah-Skin of my Yellow Country Teeth//St. Vincent & David Byrne-Who//Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Soft Shock//Foster the People//MGMT-Weekend Wars//Moonface-Return to the Violence of the Ocean Floor//Zola Jesus//Beruit-Santa Fe//The Antlers-I Don’t Want Love//Kendrick Lamar-Swimming Pools//Calvin Harris-So Close//Little Dragon//Phantogram-Don’t Move//Tupac-Get Around//Paul Simon-50 Ways to Leave your Lover//4 Non Blondes-What’s Up?//Head and the Heart//Crystal Fighters-At Home

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With the recent music video release of “I’m Not the Phoenix Yet” from my favorite Spencer Krug, it seemed a good time to share photos from July 20 concert @ Bowery Ballroom. Spencer’s/Moonface’s second album with Siinai is unlike the first: Organ Music Not a Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped.

In fact, they only played one song from the first album, “Fast Peter” – which is a great song, but so is the rest of the album, and I wanted to hear more. But as I have said before Spencer is an always evolving artist and he never disappoints, even when he moves on to something else, or reads a book to the audience in the middle of a rock out session, somehow it just works. Or maybe I have the blinders on, but they’re some pretty fine blinders.

Little Dragon performs at Prospect Park Bandshell for the Celebrate Brooklyn Summer Series on Aug. 10.

Little Dragon = best outdoor dance party of the summer. the end.

Excellent photos by Ryan Muir (NPR Music), from Little Dragon & this summer’s Celebrate Brooklyn shows, can be found here on his Flickr page All Songs.

And for your viewing and listening enjoyment, for after the dance party, a slowed down version of Little Man: Presents: Little Dragon “Little Man” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

M83 @ SummerStage Central Park NYC

Posted: August 9, 2012 by kbwrote in concerts


The city is my church! M83 concert was awesome, it was epic…what I could hear anyway. I know as a short person (5′ 3 and I like to wear flats) that my view options at concerts are going to be considerably limited but seriously people with the iPhones, taking videos that no one is going to watch on You Tube, have to go!

What ever happened to just enjoying the concert and taking it all in and being present in the experience? I know as a (sometimes) blogger that I too am guilty of the snapshot here or there – but I take a few and then I put it away. My friend Greg & I were talking about proper concert etiquette – when there is a quieter song with strings in the background like Wait or My Tears Are Becoming a Sea – that is not an opportunity to talk and tell everyone how long the beer line was sheesh! I guess I’m a music purist or a snob, call me whatever you want but get that iPhone out of my face. Please. 🙂

M83 did put on an amazing show complete with stringed instruments, creepy masks, and a laser light show – it was a complete experience. I’m looking forward to seeing them indoors @ Hammerstein, Oct 2. Tickets still available here.

photo by Reid Whitten

Fiona knows. Such a powerful concert. I am still thinking about it. By far the most powerful song of the night was “I Know” from When the Pawn…her second album. My eyes got watery, I shit you not. The new album, The Idler Wheel…(gotta love Fiona and the epic long album titles that they need ellipses) is more guttural sounding and raspy than before…

From the new album, LISTEN to:

There’s also a great article on her written by Dan Lee in June 17 issue of New York Magazine (‘I Just Want to Feel Everything’: Hiding Out With Fiona Apple, Musical Hermit).

Fiona is on tour now.

My friends who have had the pleasure of being a passenger in my car know that I secretly (or not so secretly) wish to be a race car driver. So it should come as no surprise that I think both this music video and this movie featuring cool car tricks or speeding car chases, respectively, would be my latest obsession.

It’s only an added bonus that the 80s inspired soundtrack for Drive is good. If you liked that scorpion embroidered jacket you’ll like this. Just embrace it. It feels good.

Listen to: A Real Hero (feat. Electric Youth), College

Under Your Spell, Desire

Nightcall, Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx

“I’ve played dumb when I knew better/ tried too hard just to be clever.”

“Desperate don’t look good on you/ neither does your virtue.”

some of my favorite St. Vincent lyrics and actually the first sentence is from a song off the new album, Strange Mercy, and it might be my new anthem. Ha so might the second one, just kidding.

What you need to know. 1. Chloe in the Afternoon – based off the Eric Romer film, the final of a series of six moral tales. Never seen the film but I like the song.

2. Cruel – I know the story behind this video.

3. Annie Erin Clark likes to crowd surf with her guitar, maybe while playing it, she has a sick voice and awesome cheek bones.

4. Her drummer’s name is Mark Johnson but he kinda looks like the lead singer from the National, but he’s not.

5. St. Vincent (Annie) has great stories that involve the Holiday Inn Express in D.C., a graveyard and some white tailed deer. But the way she tells the story is key – “and it might have been Halloween and we might have been drinking and we might have climbed the wall into the graveyard, and we might have seen deer and we might have thought we could catch them.”

6. She played an entire show and encore without playing some of my favorites including Paris is Burning, The Strangers, but I didn’t care, her new album rocks and she put on a great show. Better than the last time I saw her in DC of all places.

NPR music on Strange Mercy – agreed guitar solos are pretty cool. Listen. Find out tour stuff.

Went to soundtrack series last week, my first. I realized listening, that not only did the people among me “understand” – right there with you Dana Rossi – and appreciate November Rain as I had but I felt like they were my people, there was this shared experience, maybe that’s because they were such good story tellers – I felt that joy, sadness, internal angst, anxiety and uncertainly as we awaited the ending of the story. I was impressed and amazed by the quality of the talent and the range. It’s about the love of music sure – about that connection we all make with a remembered song, how it can help bring us back to a certain time, an emotion – but I was surprised to find that it wasn’t just about the songs it was little slices of life and without getting too deep you just have to go and see a show for yourself.

A special thank you to performers Ben Lillie (you made me cry, in a good way), Lisa Kirchner, Hallie Haglund, Peter Aguero (Kool ice!); and bartender Renee Rogoff – who has excellent taste in music btw, her playlist is nearly identical to mine, minus the M83 which I have just recently learned of thanks to her and will be investigating shortly.

Next Soundtrack Series to be held at Le Poisson Rouge November 30th.

More info (spotlight features on the performers) and podcasts from the series are found on their website:

According to the New York Magazine approval matrix Twin Sister’s new video is pretty close to brilliant. One thing is for sure, those eyes really creep me out. Hmm have I just found my Halloween costume for this year? possibly.

Austin City Limits 2011

Posted: September 20, 2011 by kbwrote in concerts
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A-W-E-S-O-M-E. The end.

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Favs from the festival…James Blake/Foster the People/Santigold/The Antlers (if I were there in time)/J. Roddy Walston & The Business/Alexander/Alison Krauss/TV on the Radio (redeemed)/My Morning Jacket/Yellow Ostrich/Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr./The Head and the Heart/Broken Social Scene/Fleet Foxes/Empire of the Sun/Arcade Fire…and others I am probably forgetting.