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: http://www.soundtrackseries.com/


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.

Broken Social Scene at Williamsburg Waterfront

It was like being greeted by an old friend, or should I say group of friends. Regardless if it’s a song from their new album, Forgiveness Rock Record, or one of their classics Broken Social Scene is a band you can count on.

Lisa Lobsinger (newest female lead) still has the crazy hair and nonchalant attitude but she has seemed to mesh with the group a bit more, they are now all part of the BSS family unit. The only regret I have about the show is that they were the opener and not the headliner.  TV on the Radio, who was actually the only band listed on the ticket, sounds great on an album but live they weren’t as exciting and they didn’t share the same camaraderie on stage that BSS is known for.

BSS also played a cover of Modest Mouse‘s The World at Large, which the crowd seemed to really get into. You can watch a video of them in the studio recording this song here:

Broken Social Scene » Modest Mouse from The Voice Project on Vimeo.

Sufjan Stevens at Celebrate Brooklyn! photo taken by Ryan Muir

I don’t know how it happened, but it did. Summer is officially over and while there are a few outdoor concerts still remaining most programs have come to a close. Celebrate Brooklyn! was my favorite find. Andrew Bird, Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens concerts were epic and I dare say the best concerts I saw all Summer. Unless you count Moonface, but we won’t since it was indoors. The sound was great and I will never forget the cherished wristbands that gave me access to the VIP tent, delicious beer and mini lamb sausages from that hipster organic place. I raise a glass of Shock Top to Celebrate Brooklyn!, look forward to next year.

See the neon that was the Sufjan Stevens show here.

Bon Iver photos and review (from TimeOut NY) here.

Photo roll from Celebrate Brooklyn’s 2010 season here.

Info about becoming a friend and securing VIP access for next CB music season here.

photos by Toby Tenenbaum for Brooklyn Vegan

Three things: Fog machines, lasers, drum machine…oh and side kicks and special K (not the cereal) – so 1,2,3,4,5…five things.  Psychedelic electronic rock I guess you could call it.

Super high energy intense love affair between the husband and wife duo – Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry – the music, the crowd and lasers it was the dance party made for indie rock enthusiasts. And it might bring back the glow stick, maybe.

For those unaware, Dan Boeckner formally of Wolf Parade – a band collaboration with Spencer Krug (Moonface, Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake) has just released the Handsome Furs’ third album, Sound Kapital. Interesting to compare the differences and departures from his former collaborator, Spencer Krug. Where as, in my mind, Spencer is more about the lyrics and progression of climax in the song, Boeckner seems more about the raw and dirty sound, the rocking out.

Alexei and her man are in sync on this as evidenced by her intensity on stage complete with side kicks and collapse to the ground at the close of (almost) every song. And they are able to fill the stage with just the two of them – they are dynamic and they can put that drum machine to work.

The enthusiasm of Boeckner and Alexei on stage was mirrored in the crowd. There are some stellar pics provided by a Toby Tenenbaum/Brooklyn Vegan.

For more Handsome Furs info (tour dates, album stuff, etc.), go here.  I think my favorite Handsome Furs song will still be Radio Kaliningrad – how could it not be?

t-shirts were pretty cool too.

Twin Sister at McCarren Park, Brooklyn - photo by Kelly Berry

Lead singer, Andrea Estella sounds a little like a Bjork that whispers. She’s young, maybe whimsical you could say, she definitely has the cool rocker haircut going for her. After seeing them open for FBDO – that’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off free movie night at McCarren Park – even Estella made reference of this fact – I’m curious to hear more and you should too.

For color on the quirkiness of the band, read this interview from Pitchfork. Pitchfork article includes good sampling of Twin Sister songs – All Around and Away We Go, Ginger, I Want a House. For even more check out the Twin Sister website – full of demos and a weird video that looks like it was just an excuse to throw a party with a pinata and call it a “music video”. More power to them. Who doesn’t like pinatas?