VIDEO: Ceramic Dog’s “Lies My Body Told Me”

The dirty, the sleazy, the raw, the ugly: sometimes when you want really good raunch’n’roll, you have to dig deeper than you have ever done before. Ceramic Dog understands what you’re looking for, which is why they’re supplying it directly to you and other consumers. “Lies My Body Told Me” is about being in denial of what you’re feeling, but you end up saying “eh, fuck it”.

Saying “fuck it” is Marc Ribot, who heads Ceramic Dog alongside Ches Smith and Shahzad Ismaily, and they’re trying something that may not be new, but it’s needed for the now people who find everything too old and musty. This is dusty yet trusty, and as a trio they will be playing a small string of shows in Japan this week before returning to the U.S. for a few other performances. Don’t believe me? Proof:

May 1… Tokyo, Japan (Club Quattro)
May 2… Nagoya, Japan (Club Quattro)
May 3… Umeda, Japan (Club Quattro)
May 5… New York, NY (Le Poisson Rouge) *
May 27… Chicago, IL (Pritzker Pavilion) @
May 28… Chicago, IL (Constellation)

* w/ Hubble
@ w/ Lee Ranaldo

The album is called Your Turn (Northern Spy) and will you listen to it? You should, as it is your turn to check them, which you’re able to do when the album is released on April 30th.

SOME STUFFS: Woodsist Festival to be held at two venues this year

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With help from the good people at Folk Yeah, the Woodsist Festival will be returning this year to the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California but as an added treat, a third day has been added at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, California. The venues are about seven to eight hours away from one another, but it will give people in each area to catch some great music. If you are able to make the drive or flight from one city to the other, awesome.

The Big Sur shows (tickets will be available here) will have six bands per day, while the Pioneertown show (tickets to be sold here) will have a total of seven. The festival begins just after the first day of fall, here is the list of scheduled performers for each show:

Sunday, September 22 – Big Sur
White Fence
Michael Hurley
Skygreen Leopards
Jessica Pratt

Monday, September 23 – Big Sur
Real Estate
The Fresh and Onlys
Peaking Lights
Little Wings
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks

Saturday, September 28 – Pioneertown
Real Estate
Fresh and Onlys
White Fence
The Babies
Jessica Pratt
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
& more TBA

While you are able to do your research for lodging options, here are a few that Woodsist and Folk Yeah are suggesting for tentative attendees of the festival:

Fernwood Resort (Big Sur)
47200 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2422

Big Sur Camping
Glen Oaks (Big Sur)
Big Sur River Inn

Bottchers Gap Campground
Camping Big Sur

Andrew Molera State Park
Hwy 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2315

Kirk Creek Campground
Hwy 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(805) 434-1996

For those planning on attending in Pioneertown:
Travel Lodge
54850 Twentynine Palms Hwy
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
(760) 365-3311

VIDEO: Lady Lazarus’ “Gleam”

It looks like something you might have caught on USA Network’s Night Flight or public access, or maybe you made it with your VHS camcorder. Or maybe you just found some random footage on YouTube and said “I’ll make a video”. Regardless of the input, the output of Lady Lazarus’ “Gleam” is eerie, charming, and remarkable, all thanks to Miss Lazarus herself, Melissa Ann Sweat. Her music has been described as “intimate miniatures, mostly for solo voice and electric piano, and then slowly drowns them in oceans of reverb”, and as simple as that sounds (or can sound), it works. Imagine a bit of Andrew Poppy’s minimalism with Kate Bush’s deep tales of adventure, and this may be what you’ll hear in this song. The visuals may not fit in with the music and lyrics precisely, but let them flow in and out of your mind as you watch and listen. Perhaps it will make you think of something else, while it leads you back to where you started.

The song is from Lady Lazarus’ album All My Love In Half Light, which is out now.

VIDEO: Dangerous Boys Club’s “Tranzilvania”

Deep and rich: are these words you would use to describe a band that creates music that’s a bit on the goth-y, synth pop-ish, and new wave sides? This is what I hear in this very cool video by the Dangerous Boys Club, and this one is an endurance test but one that will be worth the 11 minute viewing. It’s called “Tranzilvania”, but you do not have to fear its grasp.

VIDEO: Uptown XO’s “Needs & Wants”

Apartment arguing, outdoor love: these are some of the things you’ll see in the brand new video by the cool Uptown XO called “Needs & Wants”, where one can examine from afar the needs and wants of a loving couple who aren’t sure what’s right or wrong, or what’s best, all backed by a nice song to make you think. NOTE: There’s footage of a rubber tire in this one.

SOME STUFFS: Hey Anna make moving pop/rock for fun and themselves

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A band consisting of three sisters and “two long-time best friends”: sounds fun, right? It is when you are Hey Anna, a quintet from NYC who enjoy mixing up rock with nice shades of pop to create the music they can proudly call their own. In a live setting, the sisters will switch instruments between songs, showing their collective talents as sisters and as individual musicians. If that sounds interesting to you, you may download the exciting “Dance Until Three” by clicking here. If you’d like to hear more, check out the music on their official Bandcamp page.

VIDEO: Day’s “VQ”

Erick Lee has managed to capture the serene beauty of a desert and place it in the new video by DJ Day, whoo basically says the music and the visuals represent his daily way of being, and without it, he would not be who he is. You may see dry grass and trees, DJ Day sees it as a way of being “laid back” and perhaps… free. The song is taken from his awesome Land Of 1000 Chances album, my review of which can be read here.

(The vinyl pressing of Land Of 1000 Chances can be ordered directly from

FREE MP3 DL: Picture Day’s “One Of Us”

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Every Day Is Picture Day is the best way to describe what Picture Day have to say, and it’s okay. This St. Louis band have a lot to say, and their new EP (which I reviewed here is out and ready for the world to hear, but if you need a bit more of an egging, listen to a track from it called “One Of Us”. Brian Leigert says he and the rest of the group have a wide range of influences, and that “we reserve the right to be a product of our combined influences.” It looks like they’re off to a fantastic start.

SOME STUFFS: U.S. tour on its way for Barbarossa, bringing Junip along

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The release of Barbarossa‘s “The Load” single on Memphis Industries has lead to London’s Barbarossa arriving in North America for shows beginning in late May. James Mathé may be the way he signs his checks, but as Barbarossa he is bringing his style of electronic pop so he has the potential to sign on into your heart (awwwwww) with his music.

The tour will also welcome Junip, ON AN ON, and Quadron, check and see where each of them will be playing.

May 29-30 Los Angeles, CA (Troubadour) *#
May 31 Santa Cruz, CA (Rio Theatre) *#
June 1 San Francisco, CA (Bimbos 365 Club) *#
June 2 Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge) *#
June 4 Vancouver, BC (The Rio Theatre) *#
June 5 Seattle, WA (Neumos) *#
June 8 Minneapolis, MN (Cedar Cultural Center) *
June 9 Chicago, IL (Lincoln Hall) *
June 10 Toronto, ON (The Great Hall) *
June 12 Boston, MA (Brighton Music Hall) *^
June 13 New York, NY (Highline Ballroom) *^
June 15 Washington DC (9:30 Club) *^
June 16 Philadelphia, PA (Union Transfer) *^

* = w/ Junip
# = w/ ON AN ON
^ = w/ Quadron