Last night thecheappop.com paid a visit to P.S. 1 in Queens for the M.I.A. release party for “Maya.” The Sri Lanka Bed Sty talent stopped by to perform tunes off her new record. People don’t say record anymore. Remember records back in the day? They were cool, but skipped all the time. Anyway, here’s some video stuff from the event. Stay tuned for more down the road.
Rival Consoles is a one-man dance machine named Ryan Lee West out of -where else – the UK. Everyone in the UK is super cool. That is my theory and until I’m proven otherwise, that’s what I’m going with. In any event I spoke with this talent briefly and found his answers quite delicious. Here it goes.
What’s your take on “Erased Tapes,” which you’re featured on?
Erased Tapes Records is basically Robert Raths, who is a good friend of mine; and like me we both share the hope of making, creating and obsessing over art.
How’d you come up with your band name?
The name was whispered to me by God in the early hours of the morning.
Chances are you’ve seen Nick Swardson before, and he’s made you laugh and perhaps made you feel a little uneasy. The actor, comedian and writer is arguably best known for his roles as prostitute on wheels in “Reno 911!,” as a man-boy attracted to old ladies in “Grandma’s Boy,” and as a stalker in the Will Ferrell figure skating comedy “Blades of Glory.” But there’s more to Swardson than hilariously disturbing roles. He released a successful comedy CD a few years back called “Party,” and later this month will release another with an accompanying DVD. The CD/DVD combo comes with perhaps the best album title ever: “Seriously, Who Farted?”
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-chattman/nick-swardson-my-ass-is-t_b_312207.html
Rather than working to put together a brand new album all at once, The Postmarks took a more leisurely route with their sophomore release, By-the-Numbers, covering a different song each month of 2008 and then compiling the result into an album. The project features songs whose titles contain the number of the month they were released in (“Three Little Birds” for March, “Eight Miles High” for August, etc.) but other than that there seems to be no pattern in the songs that the band chose to perform. Continue reading
We’ve been talking up Wild Sweet Orange for some time (the band, not the Tazo tea) for quite some time, but something tells us you’re not getting the hint. Click the photo above and get a free download of their song “Either/Or.” And be sure to check out WSO on tour this fall with Audrye Sessions, Counting Crows, and more. Date after the fold. Continue reading
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By Jon Chattman
Having been together as a folk/rock duo for 20 years, one would wonder if the Indigo Girls had begun to get sick of one other. As Emily Saliers (pictured right)and Amy Ray currently tour in promotion of their last album “Despite Our Differences” and put the finishing touches on their next, their eleventh CD, that’s clearly not the case.
“We’ve known each other since we were in elementary school. We have a respect for each other and we’re like family,” Saliers explained in a recent interview. “We’re like sisters, [but] very different. We have separate groups of friends. Amy lives out in the country, [while] I’m more of a city girl. She’s more of a rocker – more post-punk influence and I’m more R&B groove/Joni Mitchell- influenced. It’s very unusual it’s kind of ying/yang.”
The ying and the yang will perform at The Ridgefield Playhouse at 80 East Ridge on Thursday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
Two weeks ago, the Brooklyn-based band Lonely Ghost hosted a CD release show at a residential loft off the L line to celebrate their recent single, “Subterranean.” The intimate space became crowded quickly, overflowing with friends and fellow musicians – and random fans, like myself, a new acquaintance eager to experience something far from mainstream and seemingly worlds away from Manhattan, maybe even planet Earth.
After much anticipation, the musicians assumed their respective positions and the audience ceased their chattering. All drew their attention away from the myriad fish tanks, skittish kitties and perplexed pups scurrying to and fro, over wires, under tables, in between legs. I too forced myself to focus, balancing my beverage and clutching my camera in hopes of securing a decent photo to accompany this piece. Continue reading
Celtic and American pride going strong
By Jon Chattman
In many ways, Black 47 are the Energizer bunnies of Celtic rock. The group, who formed in 1989, are still going strong, touring more than most mainstream bands could ever possibly handle, inspiring in a new crop of Irish punk rockers, and staying true to their roots and more importantly, their audience. The NYC boys are back with yet another album, and it’s arguably their best. At the very least, it’s their most personal and provocative – and that’s saying quite a lot.
The appropriately titled Iraq finds the group attacking Bush’s war, and incorporating true stories from soldiers abroad who have no clue what they’re fighting for. Thecheappop.com recently spoke with 47 frontman Larry Kirwan and asked him all about the new album, the band’s lifespan, and what we can expect from them in the future.