Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ten Facts About The Airborne Toxic Event’s Debut Album

The Airborne Toxic Event are once more in the process of working on a new album, but before that they are slated to take up a residency at The Fillmore in San Fransisco, CA before heading out of their last tour of 2014. Lead singer and primary song writer for the band, Mikel Jollett, has taken to the band’s facebook page to share with fans one fact about each song that the band has released to date, spanning all three full length albums. We’ve gathered together the facts from the band’s self-titled debut album for you in one spot for your reading pleasure.


Wishing Well: I used to play this song for my neighbor’s cat.

Papillon – We recorded this song in one take, in friend’s living room, while Daren was on his lunch break from work.

Gasoline: The static sound at the top of the song is a finger being placed on a guitar chord then removed. It’s a song about my high school sweetheart, she heard it and later told me to stop telling people it was about “high school sex.” “It was more than that.” True. But you know, artistic license…

Does This Mean You’re Moving On? – I played a very early demo of this song for the guy who founded The National’s first record label. “This sounds like Pavement,” he said. First and last time we’ve received this comparison (though Pavement is one my and Steven’s all time favorite bands).

Happiness is Overrated – The acoustic video for this song was shot in my old apartment. We found some red fabric and pinned it to the walls, then played while the one-man camera crew rotated flashlights around to look like spotlights.. 

This is Nowhere – The eponymous first record was almost called This is Nowhere. In fact, that name remains on all of the final mixes before submitting them to iTunes. At the last minute, it was decided that our band name was long enough and we didn’t need any more verbiage crowding the cover. This song is about the characters in the short story The Crack.

Sometime Around Midnight – The song is a true story. The band playing the melancholy music was a Silver Lake scene band called Le Switch. The bar was the now-closed Safari Sam’s and the event marked the closure of Sea Level records, a former East Side staple vinyl store. 

Something New – I wrote this song in a flurry with three songs about the same person and situation (Happiness is Overrated and Missy were the others). It was a busy week.

Missy – Missy is the middle name of the person this song is about. She was from Atlanta, Georgia and she actually was with me while I wrote it, scribbling down the lyrics by hand in a small leather-bound notebook as I sung them.

Innocence – The intro that was included in the Disney Hall version of the song was actually a completely different song called “Heaven is a Map.” Once I realized the two songs were in the same key, we combined them since one seemed to be like a prelude to the other.

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Bear’s Den Announce UK Album Preview Tour & US/CA Tour Dates

British indie trio Bear’s Den have announced a slew of shows in support of their debut album, Islands, which is out October 20th on Communion Records & Caroline International. The band is playing a series of album preview shows in the UK and Europe before the album drops in October and will head out on a headlining tour of the US and Canada in October/November.


For a full list of live dates be sure to check the band’s facebook page.

You can also check out our review of the band’s set at the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY back in August of 2013.


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Cold War Kids Announce “Hold My Home” Release Date, Track Listing

Cold War Kids have decided not to wait too long to follow up their 2013 effort Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. The California-born indie rock band, which burst onto the scene with their 2006 debut album Robbers & Cowards (featuring the hit single “Hang Me Up to Dry”) have announced that they will be releasing their fifth studio effort, Hold My Home, on October 21, just 18 months after their last album. You can stream a new music video for “All This Could Be Yours” and check out the album art and track listing below. Additionally, the band is offering an instant download of two new songs instantly (“All This Could Be Yours” and “First”) if you preorder the album on iTunes


1. All This Could Be Yours
2. First
3. Hot Coals
4. Drive Desparate
5. Hotel Anywhere
6. Go Quietly
7. Nights & Weekends
8. Hold My Home
9. Flower Drum Song
10. Harold Bloom
11. Hear My Baby Call

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Arctic Monkeys – “Knee Socks” (with outro to “My Propeller”)

Though for the most part they preferred to play new music on their latest tour, during the last half of their AM Tour the Arctic Monkeys did bring back fan favorite “My Propeller”. The band transitions into the song by a clever outro following the song “Knee Socks.” Check out this video of the band performing the songs live at Lollapalooza 2014.

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Festival Season Brings an End to ‘AM’ Tour

by Cherie

As the 2014 festival season winds down, so too does the Arctic Monkey’s tour for their 2013 album AM. The band has toured the album extensively in the United States, causing some to remark that the British rock band have finally “broken America.” The band played a headlining set at Reading and Leeds this past weekend, but those are the last confirmed dates for the band in the near future. The band has promoted the new album heavily on their most recent tour, preferring to play the newer tracks rather than delve into the band’s lengthy back catalog.


AM is the fifth full length studio album from the Sheffield rock band. The album debuted at #1 in the UK charts, making the Arctic Monkeys the first band on an independent label to have five consecutive #1 albums.

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The Swellers Announce “Call It A Night” Tour

Michigan-based punk band The Swellers have released the dates for their “Call It a Night” tour, following the announcement earlier this year that they would be “retiring”. Unlike most hiatus announcements, this news came with more of a feeling of finality, as the band announced via twitter on July 28 “we’re just… retiring. We are just done, and it was good”. The Swellers stated that these will be the last shows they play in these cities, which so far includes Buffalo, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit. Check out the band’s music video for “The Best I Ever Had” and kick your week off right with this anthemic, nostalgic look back at the happiest memories the band’s lyricist has experienced. Check out the dates and cities below to see if The Swellers will be making their way to your hometown; the band will be adding more dates in the coming weeks, so no need to fret if your city isn’t listed!


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Rob Lynch Announces UK Fall Tour 2014

Rob Lynch, label mate to Frank Turner, has announced a fall tour of the UK this September and October. You can preorder his new album, All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul, is out September 22nd on Xtra Mile Recordings. You can see the full list of tour dates below.


05 Frome @ Cheese & Grain (supporting Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.)
09 Cambridge @ Portland Arms
10 Norwic @ Owl Sanctuary
11 Liverpool @ Maguire’s Pizza Bar
22 London @ The Monarch (free entry)

25 Southampton @ Talking Heads
26 Plymouth @ Tiki Bar & Diner
27 Bristol @ The Exchange
28 Kingston @ The Cricketers
29 Birmingham @ Asylum
30 Sheffield @ Academy 2

01 Manchester @ Sound Control
02 Newcastle @ Think Tank
03 Leeds @ Cockpit
04 Leicester @ Scholar
05 Stoke @ Sugarmill
06 London @ Underworld

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Will the Super Bowl XLIX Half Time Performer Pay to Play?



The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, pinning the two best football teams against one another for the chance to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. On top of the game and the beloved Super Bowl commercials, the half time show is a big part of what makes the Super Bowl such a celebrated event. Some of the most talked-about performances from U2, Prince, Michael Jackson, and The Rolling Stones happened on the Super Bowl stage. With the 2015 Super Bowl only six months away, the NFL has narrowed the choices down to Rihanna, Coldplay, and Katy Perry. However, in a curious move, the NFL may be asking the three choices to pay for the right to play the event, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, the NFL asked “at least some” of the potential choices to contribute some of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the National Football League, a move that has been met with some head-scratching. This is a first for the Super Bowl Half Time show; it is still too early to tell if the league will go threw with the request to the artists. What do you think of the unprecedented move… fair or foul?

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Ben Howard Releases New Single and Announces October 20th Release Date For Eagerly Anticipated Second Album

Just a couple months ago I was lamenting the fact that we had no news on a follow up album by Ben Howard from 2011’s Every Kingdom. Well, the wait is over! Just yesterday Ben released a new song, “I Forget Where We Were” which is taken from his upcoming album of the same name. The new album comes out October 20th, and you can preorder if now from Ben’s official website. UK/EIRE fans who preorder the album will also get exclusive access to preorder tickets to Ben’s soon to be announced tour.

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Passenger – “I Hate” live

We all have things we hate and Michael David Rosenberg doesn’t hesitate to lay them out in his song “I Hate.” The only recorded version of this song that exists is taken from this very live performance at The Borderline in London.

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