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New and Free: Saint Motel’s “Puzzle Pieces”. Get.This.NOW(!)


I don’t have time to write about how awesome Saint Motel is, because:  i) I have to go to work and ii) I’m too excited to get this free download into your hands to worry about couching it in a whole bunch of garbage/band history/woes etc.  If you want to read a real article about Saint Motel, use the Buzz Bands L.A. link at the lower right hand corner of this page.

Trust me. GO GET PUZZLE PIECES. Then, when the douchebag in your office begins to yammer about this ‘great little cab‘ he swilled at a wine tasting event last night, simply put in your earphones and have an internal party(!)

Other office coping strategies coming soon on sPikeR(!)’s sister blog: “i-don’t-have-a-real-job-but-i-can-imagine-one.blergspot.grr”



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Watch The Strokes Debut “Under Cover of Darkness” on SNL (!)

Hey, they’re The Strokes. Did you expect them to sound like someone else?  Although some critics claim that their new tracks pattern too closely the sound created on Is This It, my grandpa would say , “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  …and The Strokes ain’t broke.

As you watch them debut “Under Cover of Darkness” from their new record, pay special attention to both the guitar dissonance at the beginning (a little naughty, mostly nice) and Casablanca’s use of the F word on national TV at the end (all naughty).  Their new album, Angles, is due out March 22.  A review on sPikeR(!) can be expected, since I’ll probably just have to cut and paste most of my review from Is This It. #lazyblogger


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Radiohead. The King of Limbs. Available Today (!)

Woooohooooo!  The big day is here……1 day early. Thanks to an alert from THE KEXP BLOG in Seattle (another reason to love the Pacific Northwest) I snagged the new Radiohead, The King of Limbs, a day early.  Listening now and, seriously, I’m feverish.

Get Radiohead, The King of Limbs here (!)

….and this is how I felt while waiting the 2 minutes it took for the WAV file to download (scroll to 1:20 for actual footage of me- sort of):

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New Release (!) Telekinesis. 12 Desperate Straight Lines.


What’s a straight line if it ain’t desperate? That’s what I always say.

Today, Merge Records (Have you heard of The Arcade Fire?) released 12 Desperate Straight Lines from one of my favorite rule-breaking bands, Telekinesis.  Listen to Jason Narducy’s (Bob Mould band)  filthy bass on “Car Crash” and tell me this doesn’t qualify.

Buy it from Merge Records. Right now.

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Happy Hour (!) Junip. Fields. $5.00.

Seductive. Unique. Beautiful. Warm, but not cozy. Smells like freshly sanded walnut with a hint of one-hour-old Narcissus. I’m pretty much in love with the way Junip’s first full-length record makes me feel. Junip’s Fields on Amazon MP3.

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KCRW & sPikeR Love Tame Impala (!)

Tame Impala.

See? I told you Tame Impala is amazing. Jason Bentley thinks so too…and blogs about them on KCRW.

Read the review in the October archives of sPikeR (!)

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Harper Blynn. Genre: Awesome (!)

Harper Blynn

Members:  Pete Harper, J.Blynn, Sarab Singh, Whynot

Brooklyn, New York.

A sneak peek at the tracks from Harper Blynn’s latest self-titled EP tells me something I already knew: these guys are gonna be huge.  In fact, their debut full-length record, Loneliest Generation, produced by David Kahne (The Strokes, Stevie Nicks, Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor) made a splash with the music industry and gained them a myriad of fans ranging from age 10 to the Baby Boomer generation.  Why such a following?  This band knows the secret formula: everybody loves a melody.  That’s right…in the sometimes austere indie rock scene where sheer mopery  (prnc’d “mope .. er .. ee”) and self-flogging are essential ingredients, Harper Blynn bravely steps into the spotlight with fantastically crafted songs full of melodies and strong hooks that traverse the mind and brighten the outlook.  Pete and J. use a tough-love approach in their song-writing, inspiring listeners to take responsibility for their lives and relationships with lyrics like: “There’s no time to be fearful.  There is no time to be untrue, so look me in the eye and say an honest word or two…” from “Bound to Break; and from “Loneliest Generation”, the number one music video on this summer, “We are children laughing, peeking through the wall…knock it over now! Just let us stand alone and if we fall, it’s never over…”   In a world with plenty of self-pity and blame-shifting, Harper Blynn makes a clear point to remind the individual of their own power.  That’s not always the easiest concept to swallow, but it’s always the most rewarding.

Their new EP allows us to peek into the darker corners of Harper Blynn where we see a little more lyrical depth and a sharper sonic edge compared to their debut. With dramatic synth, guitar effects from fuzz to straight-up shredding, strong, sometimes playful bass lines, and some damn tight percussion (listen to the end of “Bound to Break”), their musical acuity and lyrical intelligence will attract even the most die-hard anti-popsters.  For their next LP, I’m hoping this band will illuminate even more of their dark corners to produce a poignant, eerily insightful record with an edgy grace that will become them nicely.  We shall wait.

Check out the “Loneliest Generation” music video which sailed past Justin Bieber’s hair and Katy Perry with her foam-shooting cans to the number one spot on this summer.

Harper Blynn. Loneliest Generation.

The foursome, Pete Harper, J.Blynn, Whynot and Sarab Singh, operating out of Brooklyn, have been tearing up the highways, touring with the likes of Cary Brothers and Greg Laswell, as well as opening shows for Corinne Bailey Rae among others.  After their busy week at CMJ 2010, they set sail again for a Fall tour.  Check out their schedule below and DO.NOT. miss this band if they are anywhere near you. Not only are they a jackpot of original music, but they also  pull off some of the best covers I’ve heard, ranging from Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin’”, to Beyonce’s “Halo”.  Check out the YouTube video below and tell me J.Blynn doesn’t have one of the best voices in rock today. (btw – I capital HATE the sound quality on all YouTube vids, including this one, but I’m hoping this will at least entice you to see the live version.)

Download two tracks off their new, self-produced EP, Harper Blynn.

Buy Loneliest Generation on iTunes.

Harper Blynn Fall Tour (!)

Date City Venue Ticket Links
10/19 New York, NY Mercury Lounge (CMJ showcase – 9 pm) Buy tickets 
10/20 New York, NY CMJ – The Living Room (4:30 pm)
10/22 New York, NY CMJ – The Living Room (11:30 pm)
10/23 Brooklyn, NY Rock Shop – Gothamist CMJ Party (3 pm)
10/23 New York, NY CMJ – Rockwood Stage 1 (10 pm)
10/28 Cleveland, OH Cambridge Room (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
10/29 Columbus, OH The Basement (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
10/30 Toronto, Canada El Mocambo (w/ Greg Laswell)
11/1 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/3 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/4 St. Paul, MN Turf Club (w/ Greg Laswell)
11/5 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/5 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/6 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/8 Sparks, NV The Alley (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/9 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp (w/ Greg Laswell)
11/10 San Francisco, CA The Independent (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/12 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theater (w/ Greg Laswell)
11/16 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/18 Boston, MA Cafe 939 (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/20 New York, NY Highline Ballroom (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets

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New Music: Harper Blynn (!)








…found a little present in my inbox this morning:  Harper Blynn’s new self-produced, self-titled EP, which is due out in a week.  Stay tuned for a full review, tour dates and any other news I can find on this incredible band….coming this weekend (!)

Until then, follow the link to their Facebook page, where you can listen to two of the new tracks now.

Harper Blynn on Facebook (!)


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