Elbow: The Seldom Seen Kid, out April 22 in U.S.


According to Billboard, Elbow has hooked up with Geffen for a U.S. release of The Seldom Seen Kid, due out April 22. A single for One Day Like This will be available digitally on March 18.

The band will follow with some tour dates, with a May 9 date in Los Angeles the closest they will get to Phoenix:

April 26: New York (Webster Hall).
April 27: Washington, D.C. (Sixth & I Historic Synagogue).
April 29: Chicago (Park West).
April 30: Minneapolis (Fine Line).
May 8: San Francisco (Bimbo’s 365).
May 9: Los Angeles (Avalon).

Twisted Ear has singer Guy Garvey’s track-by-track breakdown of the record.

You can also go to theseldomseenkid.com to hear a new song (Audience With the Pope) by clicking the cubes to, as Elbow puts it, “build the tune track-by-track until the full glory of the song is revealed.” Or you can just furiously press your mouse button all over the screen like I did.

In case you missed it, here’s a radio rip I recorded of Grounds for Divorce.

And here’s a video of Elbow performing said song on Jonathan Ross’ show:

Incoming: Rogue Wave, April 24

Rogue Wave owed one to Stateside Presents after backing out of a show scheduled for Jan. 22 and hooking up with a local radio station’s corporate-backed Tempe Third Thursdays night.

I went to the show, and it was about as horrible as you’d expect. Not Rogue Wave, mind you, but the commercial culture surrounding the show. My guess is Rogue Wave realized it, too. In that regard, they’re coming back April 24 to the Rhythm Room, where the Jan. 22 show was supposed to happen. Grand Ole Party opens. Tickets are $12.

New Cadence Weapon: Real Estate


Thanks to the new Anti blog, you can download a label sampler, which includes a new Cadence Weapon track from his forthcoming LP Afterparty Babies (due out March 4, which, wow, yeah, is Tuesday).

Now that I’ve heard Real Estate, I’m sure Cadence Weapon performed it when he last came through Phoenix in October with DJ Weez-l, who handles all the cuts on the new record. CW also has made another new track, House Music, available for download on his MySpace even though it was just released for sale digitally at iTunes. So that’s three tracks you can download/preview off the new record (get In Search of the Youth Crew here).

Remember: Cadence Weapon and Born Ruffians, brought to you by Faux Show, at Rhythm Room on March 17, the same night as Nada Surf/Sea Wolf at the Clubhouse and Living Legends at the Brickhouse. Tickets for CW/Born Ruffians are $10.

  • Cadence Weapon | Real Estate
  • Cadence Weapon | House Music

Everything Flows (Cadence Weapon remix).
My interview with/story on Cadence Weapon.

UPDATE: Saturday’s Diplo show has been moved to the Clubhouse in Tempe. Buy your tickets ($15) at the Faux Show site.

The Dino-5: Baby Loves Hip-Hop

dino5.jpgI’ve always thought that if I were to introduce hip-hop to my three nieces, that it would probably consist of a supergroup of Prince Paul, Chali 2na, Ladybug Mecca, Scratch and Wordsworth, and they would probably take on the personas of animated dinosaurs, and … oh, what? This already exists?

Yes, yes it does. They’re called the Dino-5. And, honestly, I don’t know what to make of it, either. It’s part of the Baby Loves Music series that is geared toward, yeah, babies. But with a lineup like that, how can adults resist?

So these five have gotten together to “tell the story of prehistoric hip-hop.” Prince Paul is DJ Steogosaurus; Chali 2na is MC T-Rex; Ladybug is Tracy Triceratops; Scratch (from the Roots) is TEO Pterodactyl and Wordsworth is Billy Brontosaurus. Sounds cheesy, I know. But, come on … how else are you gonna break your kids into this? And at this point, I’ll take anything from Ladybug (what’s with that Digable Planets reunion already?).

Look for an album from the Dino-5 this spring. In the meantime, their theme song is below.

  • The Dino-5 | theme song

New Atmosphere: Shoulda Known


Just a couple days after talking about Atmosphere’s May 5 date in Tempe, I’ve got a handle on a new track from his forthcoming album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (April 22, Rhymesayers).

According to a one-sheet, the album is based on fictional narratives that deal with societal issues, including parenthood (as heard on Shoulda Known). The album includes a 40-page hard-cover book that includes a children’s story by Slug. (Probably different than this children’s story.)

Remember to submit questions to Atmosphere for Slug and Ant’s weekly Paint it Gold video series.

  • Atmosphere | Shoulda Known
  • Atmosphere | Shoulda Known (instrumental)

New Alejandro Escovedo: Fall Apart (stream)


It’s so great to hear more new music from Alejandro Escovedo, who, in 2003, became ill after a show in Tempe and was diagnosed with hepatitis C, which caused advanced cirrhosis of his liver.

He’s apparently in recovery mode after releasing 2006′s The Boxing Mirror, which included the song Arizona. On June 10, he’ll release his ninth album, Real Animal on Back Porch Records. Not sure if this new track, Fall Apart, on his MySpace page will be on the album, but a bulletin says it’s a “solo acoustic performance recorded at Alejandro’s home studio on a sunny Sunday afternoon in the Texas Hill Country.”

Not surprisingly, Escovedo reflects on his health and the indiscretions of his younger days (he also references Phoenix in the song):

“Everything’s so strange / my body doesn’t feel the same.” And then: “I had a few, a few hundred drinks too many / I’m at the point of no return.”

STREAM: Alejandro Escovedo | Fall Apart

Here’s a video with Escovedo and producer Tony Visconti in the studio:

The National on Fair Game from PRI

The National, creators of my favorite album of 2007 (and 2005 for that matter), stopped in for an interview/session on PRI’s Fair Game with Faith Salie, which kindly made mp3s of the performance available for download.

My good friend from high school texted me Friday night after seeing the National in Brooklyn, a show we damn near flew out to New York for. “Just got out of the national show. Brilliant.” Sigh. Although I spent my evening with a nice seat for the Celtics-Suns game, I’d much rather have been in Brooklyn.

Maybe they’ll come to Arizona soon. Maybe? Please?

The National on Fair Game from PRI, 2/19/08:

  • Fake Empire
  • Slow Show
  • Start a War
  • You’ve Done it Again Virginia

Incoming: Atmosphere, May 5

Slug and Ant, better known as Atmosphere, are hitting the Marquee Theatre on May 5 as part of a tour to promote their sixth full-length album with one of the greatest titles: When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (April 22, Rhymesayers).

Check out Atmosphere on their first episode of Paint It Gold, in which you can submit questions to the group.

04.22 Chicago, IL The Metro
04.23 Chicago, IL The Metro
04.24 Toronto, ON Opera House
04.26 Boston, MA The Roxy
04.27 New York, NY Webster Hall
04.29 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
05.02 Austin, TX Emo’s
05.03 Austin, TX Emo’s
05.05 TempePhoenix, AZ MarqueeMarquis Theatre (sigh, no respect)
05.06 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre
05.07 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre
05.08 San Francisco, CA The Regency
05.09 San Francisco, CA The Regency
05.12 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
05.13 Seattle, WA Showbox
05.14 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
05.16 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
05.17 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
05.18 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

Also download Atmosphere’s Strictly Leakage – “thirteen songs to chase away the winter doldrums.”

Bon Iver: Skinny Love (live in D.C.)


NPR streamed a Webcast of the Black Mountain/Bon Iver show Tuesday night in Washington D.C. By Wednesday, a podcast of the Bon Iver set was available.

It’s great timing because I just picked up the newly released Bon Iver record, For Emma, Forever Ago (at eMusic on Jagjaguwar). Well, I know it’s not exactly new seeing as how Justin Vernon self-released it last year, but it’s new to me because I didn’t give it a whirl until just this week. And I’m growing obsessed.

I’m sure all the five-dollar adjectives have been used to describe this one, so I won’t even try. It’s music that moves you, for sure. And I’ve only been able to give it my partial attention. It sounds like a record written that could have been written in the cold, isolated woods of Wisconsin … oh, wait. It was.

Here’s Skinny Love from the NPR Webcast. Listen to the full performance here.

And here’s Vernon performing Flume at 89.3 The Current:

Veron also answered some questions for Muzzle of Bees and My Old Kentucky Blog last year.