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Thursday, January 05, 2006
 
TEST:

バンドからプロモーター(べニュー)への契約書

ツアーの日程表に数字が明記されていますが、ギャラは必ず支払ってチケットセールスによって更にボーナスの収入があるということです

Loudnessがヘッドライナーの時は30枚のフリーチケット、それ以外の場合は20枚のフリーチケットを要求。ここはべニューによって数字が希望通りにならないことはあります

べニューから最低1人グッズの販売を手伝う人を要求。また、べニューのとるマーチのコミッションは10%以下を要求

詳しく記入ください。ベース以外持込です

ロードから本番まで楽器はLoudness以外の方は触れてはいけないということですね。

安全、何かおこったらべニューが責任をとるということ

電気系統についてお知らせください。

4取材がある場合は演奏終了後でお願いします
各会場のPA 照明 設備の確認よろしくお願いします。
ビデオを撮影するのにふさわしい(規模など、見栄えのする)会場の選択をしなければいけないので、どこがベストかお聞きください。

日本から持っていく楽器100V用に、ダウントランスを2つ。容量3Kの電源3口
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
 

Moving In Stereo: Volume 15
as heard by Darren Paltrowitz

Since Moving In Stereo: Volume 14 hit browsers, shelves, and tables around the world, a lot of worthwhile and attention-worthy releases have reached the office CD player, including:
- The Repercussions “Modern Sounds” (ESCHE)
- Slunt “Get A Load Of This” (Repossession Records)
- Dinosaur Jr. “Bug” (Merge Records)
- Bel & The Dragon “Judah” (Greytank Records)
- “Lookout” Joe Hasan “That’s Funny: A “Lookout” Joe Hasan Retrospective” (Gene Klein Productions)

…From The Stage
As openers for Hot Hot Heat at Webster Hall, The Blue Van mostly showcased from its latest full-length, “The Art Of Rolling.” Based in Denmark, this quartet surely won over new fans with its 1960’s R&B-driven rock sound. It was truly a shame that The Blue Van was forced into a pre-sundown set that had them play for less than half of the evening’s capacity crowd…Several nights later at Webster Hall – as part of a sold-out five-night residency – Saddle Creek Records was represented by a triple-bill featuring Bright Eyes, The Faint, and recent Team Love signing Mars Black. Especially impressive to this attendee was The Faint, the new wave-influenced quintet from Omaha, as its combination of hook-laden dance-rock and movie screen visuals was at times hypnotizing. Supplementing several songs with a string section, the group couldn’t do any wrong as it played most of 2004’s “Wet From Birth.” However, in concert, songs like “Paranoiattack” and “Dropkick The Punks” come across not only as heavier, but as more energetic than in recorded form. This band is a must-see…Speaking of sold-out shows, with a new CD in stores, “America’s Funnyman” Neil Hamburger played two of them at Manhattan hotspot Pianos. In the process of bringing out a horde of new material, the comedian attracted the usual heckles and callbacks from audience members that leads to “anti-comedy” gold. Surprisingly, Hamburger’s opening act,
Pleaseeeausaur, proved to be as captivating at times; a visit to www.pleaseeasaur.com will show you what I mean, unless you already plan on picking up the “Action Spectacular” DVD. Pianos must be commended for booking a pairing as alternative yet captivating as this.

…From The Screen
A recent release from Shout Factory, “The Fearless Freaks” is a DVD documentary chronicling The Flaming Lips and their long journey towards success. In the process of getting to big stages and respectable sales figures, there’s been a lot of turmoil (e.g. family troubles, lineup changes), and Bradley Beesley has been there capturing such for more than a decade as a video director and friend to the band. Bittersweet in the veign of Wilco film, “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart,” Beesley’s work will definitely show you a new side to this legendary band…Heavy on the DVD releases, as per usual, is Music Video Distributors. Rather than chronicling artists at the high point or low point of their careers, MVD’s titles tend to be somewhere in the middle. Cases in point: “It Takes A Nation: London Invasion 1987” from Public Enemy and “Live San Fran 1981” from Iggy Pop. MVD may not beef up its titles with extras and special features, but it does put out videos for a lot of interesting artists at consumer-friendly prices. Fans of groups as diverse as Beulah, Murder City Devils, and the Michael Schenker Group may want to take a visit to www.musicvideodistributors.com to hear about some new additions to the company’s catalogue.

If you have news to report for the next edition of Moving In Stereo, press releases and all other correspondence should be sent to darren.paltrowitz@gmail.com.

Copyright 2005 – Column used with permission from Darren Paltrowitz. All right reserved.

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Moving In Stereo: Volume 15 Contest Giveaways

The following albums will be given away to readers of Moving In Stereo:

- Vans Warped Tour ’05 "2005 Tour Compilation" (Side One Dummy Records)
- Magnolia Electric Company "What Comes After The Blues "(Secretly Canadian Records)
- The Forecast "Late Night Conversations" (Victory Records)

To enter into the drawing, visit http://www.cityzen.tv/content/missubscribe.php.


Thursday, April 21, 2005
 
Moving In Stereo: Volume 14
as heard by Darren Paltrowitz

Springtime has finally hit New York and with that comes the expected flood of summer concert announcements and reunion tours. While that alone is great, Moving In Stereo is pleased to announce that it has three albums to give away – more details on that can be found below.

Before things get underway, however, here are some recommended titles that have been playing around the office since Volume 13 hit browsers, shelves, and tables around the world:
- Dinosaur Jr. You’re Living All Over Me (Merge Records)
- Motion City Soundtrack Commit This To Memory (Epitaph Records)
- Tracy Bonham Blink The Brightest (Zoe Records)
- Tsar Band – Girls – Money (TVT Records)
- Reel Big Fish We’re Not Happy ‘Til You’re Not Happy (Jive Records)

…From The Island
A Long Island five-piece that recently inked a deal with Hotfoot Records, Novemberkills has resurfaced with a new lead vocalist, Dave Deceglie, and a new full length, Russian Roulette. Produced by Mike Watts, who also has work with Hopesfall and As Tall As Lions to his credit, Roulette showcases an on-the-rise band that ought to go far thanks to its hooks and its DIY work ethic…A protégé of John Gatto, who helped formed The Good Rats, Anne-Regina is a shamelessly-pop artist that’s earned rave reviews from writers in Good Times, Aural Fix, and The Long Island Press. Best Kept Secret is Anne-Regina’s recent release and amongst its 12 tracks is a song provided by the publishing company of Paul McCartney…A new addition to the Deep Elm roster is the Huntington-based Latterman. The three songs featured on the quartet’s recent EP are said to be featured on No Matter Where We Go, which will hit stores this summer. Until then, MP3’s of Latterman can be previewed at http://www.purevolume.com/latterman.

…From The Stage
On a triple bill at Webster Hall headlined by New Found Glory, Eisley performed first of three before a near-sold-out all-ages crowd. Sticking entirely to music from Room Noises – one of the finer Warner Brothers releases to come out this year – the Texas quintet’s rich harmonies and haunting melodies definitely won over some new fans. More direct and far less serious was Reggie & The Full Effect, as fronted by Get Up Kids (and New Found Glory) keyboardist James DeWees. Although there in support of Songs Not To Get Married To, the Easter Bunny-suit-wearing collective also incorporated a fair amount of favorites from Greatest Hits 1984-1987, Promotional Copy, and 2003’s Under The Tray. However, an undeniable set highlight was the act’s Moog-heavy reworking of Slayer favorite “Raining Blood.”…Also part of a three-act evening, the L.A.-based Alaska! began their set to a near-empty room that slowly built out to a capacity crowd. Featuring ex-members of Sebadoh, Red Aunts, and Lowercase, Alaska! is fronted by the hard-not-to-watch Imaad Wasif. Always flailing limbs and antagonizing show-watchers when not at the microphone, Wasif is a star in the making and “Kiss You” is a song that ought to bring this trio more attention. Co-headlining with The Bravery, Ash filled its hour-plus set with as many selections from Meltdown as favorites from Trailer, 1977, Nu-Clear Sounds, and Free All Angels. 20-somethings that initially formed in the early 1990’s, Ash puts on a high-energy show that manages to be devoid of clichés and pointless banter. Listeners of classic rock radio ought to have appreciated the cover of fellow countrymen Thin Lizzy in the mid-encore’s “The Boys Are Back In Town”…Superdrag went on hiatus in late 2003, but the time since has seen all of its members play on released recordings. Frontman John Davis, especially, has been keeping busy between session work and his self-titled solo album, as recently put out by Rambler Records. Headlining at The Mercury Lounge, Davis – whose band included Sixpence None The Richer’s Matt Slocum – showcased a well-received new song, “I Need Someone,” amongst would-be singles like “Me & My Girl” and “Nothing Gets Me Down.”

…From The Screen
As one of the more mysterious figures in classic rock, Syd Barrett is profiled in the insightful Voiceprint-released DVD titled The Pink Floyd And Syd Barrett Story. Featuring members of Pink Floyd, Humble Pie’s Jerry Shirley, Blur’s Graham Coxon, and Robyn Hitchcock, this collection of interviews and rare early footage was originally aired by the BBC in 2001. But those who view the 25 minutes of extras on this home video will be treated to acoustic versions of three Barrett-penned songs by Coxon and Hitchcock…Cinderella hasn’t put out a new full-length within the past 5 years, but long-time fans should be thrilled with the group’s new home video, Rocked, Wired & Bluesed. Showing the band at various phases of its career, Rocked features 10 music videos, commentary from Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham, and behind-the-scenes studio footage from 1990’s Heartbreak Station. Those craving more of present-day Cinderella can see the group on 2005’s Rock Never Stops Tour…Featuring more than three hours of footage, Bigg Snoop Dogg’s Puff Puff Pass Tour DVD shows a world tour of Snoop Dogg with both on-stage and off-stage clips. Alternating between performances of Snoop’s big hits, on-the-road goofing around, and the occasional sentimental moment, viewers of this release are bound to start missing Doggy Fizzle Televizzle.

If you have news to report for the next edition of Moving In Stereo, press releases and all other correspondence should be sent to movinginstereonews@gmail.com.

Copyright 2005 – Column used with permission from Darren Paltrowitz. All right reserved.

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As per the contest mentioned above, the following albums will be given away to readers of Moving In Stereo:

- Action Action Don’t Cut Your Fabric To This Year’s Fashion (Victory Records)
- Tiger Beat Wolf Tiger Beat Wolf (Hello Sir Records)
- Zox Take Me Home (Zox Music)

To enter into the drawing, send an e-mail to movinginstereonews@gmail.com with your name, town and state of residence, favorite website, five favorite artists, and any feedback you have for Darren. Three winners – one CD per person – will be selected at random and notified.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
 
Moving In Stereo: Volume 13
as heard by Darren Paltrowitz

The month and a half since the last Moving In Stereo brought the Superbowl, Grammys, Oscars, and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony into our lives. While apologies are extended for that absence, this edition aims to bring more “new” to the table. Or, at the very least, more quality.

…From The Island
An off-shoot of Knock Knock Records, Insubordination Records already has a lot in store for 2005. After recent high-grade discs from Even In Blackouts, The Travoltas, and Dirt Bike Annie – beyond just-released discs from The Copyrights and Big In Japan – the Patchogue-based label will be putting out Oh Me Of Little Faith, the long-awaited sophomore effort from the Bay Area’s The Plus Ones…Several months following its acclaimed Transistor compilation, which showcased some fine regional rock acts, Huntington’s American Laundromat Records has some indie icons lined up for High School Reunion. In addition to the liner notes by Chris Gore from Ultimate Film Fanatic on IFC, The Bennies and Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses (now in 50 Foot Wave) will be amongst those covering soundtrack classics from The Pixies, The Replacements, Tom Petty, and Iggy Pop.

…From The Stereo
Despite the fact they’ve often hit the U.K.’s Top 40 charts since the mid-1990’s, Ash still has yet to reach the masses in the States. If music does all the talking, however, this may very well change with Meltdown, the quartet’s fifth full-length. Featuring ultra-poppy – yet borderline-metallic – tracks like “Clones,” “Detonator,” and first single “Orpheus,” the American version of Meltdown features bonus tracks and a DVD with four music videos and behind-the-scenes footage of Tim Wheeler and crew… Survivor of a major label deal as a teenager, Michal Towber has a jazz and soul-tinged album in store for those seeking a follow-up to Coma. Desireless is not likely the upbeat album that fans of Sky With Stars were expecting, but the rich vocals, sincere lyrics and inventive piano accompaniment of the Daytime Emmy-nominee cannot disappoint a true musician’s ear. “Solution” and the title track might make great starting points for a new listener…The latest from The A-Sides is a prime example of a studio masterpiece done on a shoestring budget. As the credits of Hello Hello note that “Headphones are suggested,” those that dare to follow this recommendation will be met with a multi-dimensional sound that’s full of keyboards, percussion, and layered vocals. Those who prefer regular speakers, however, should still enjoy the sometimes-psychedelic power-pop of a group that would sound at home on the Garden State soundtrack. Fans of The Shins should consider this Prison Jazz title a wise investment.

…From The Stage
Recently making its live debut in style at Manhattan’s Sin-E, Explorer is comprised of members of Arbor Day and Random Computer on rotated instrumental duties. While a previous Moving In Stereo pointed out the influence of Phil Spector within the overall Arbor Day sound, Explorer’s sound carries a shoegazer vibe in the tradition of Ride. Favoring guitar feedback and extended jams to verse/chorus-oriented singles, this collective would not be out of place on a billing with The Soft Explosions. Extra kudos go to the group for being able to pull off a captivating set even after falling victim to equipment theft earlier in the day…Whenever The Figgs play a show in downstate New York – which tends to be two or three times per calendar year – it’s guaranteed to be checked out by a near-capacity crowd. There was no exception at Southpaw on this Saturday night as the power-trio mixed in “Mold,” a rarely-played song, alongside live staples like “Blame It All Senseless” and “Simon Simone.” The Heartless Bastards opened up the evening with a set full of songs from the Fat Possum-released Stairs & Elevators – as showcasing the intense and intimidating vocals of frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom – and the “Raspberries-meets-Ramones” jangle-pop of True Love. Folks that like guitar-driven three-piece acts really hit the jackpot with this billing in Brooklyn.

…From The Screen
Lee & Margaret Pine Chabowski
have hit on something pleasantly nostalgic with The What Goes On! Show. A 43-minute DVD that describes itself as being “like a mix tape from your best friend,” What Goes On is an Ed Sullivan Show-esque variety program spotlighting 10 New York musical acts performing in a gimmick-free setting. As there are few effects or tricks for the artists to hide behind, the Chabowskis aim (and successfully achieve) for the angle of “what you see is what you get” and still manage to make it entertaining. You can find out about future “episodes” at www.whatgoeson.tvThe Cardigans were only three studio albums into their existence when Live In London was filmed in 1996, but most of the group’s staples and fan favorites were in the repertoire nine years ago. Opening and closing with Black Sabbath covers, the Swedish quintet exudes liveliness on this 18-song concert release. The extras may be limited to one music video (“Been It”) and one “short film” on First Band On The Moon, but is there really more needed to enhance an already-great home video when Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound is an option?

If you have news to report for the next edition of Moving In Stereo, press releases and all other correspondence for Darren should be sent to darren.paltrowitz@gmail.com.

Copyright 2005 – Column used with permission from Darren Paltrowitz. All right reserved.
Monday, February 14, 2005
 
Moving In Stereo: Volume 12
as heard by Darren Paltrowitz

As stated in “Volume 11” of Moving In Stereo, the first-quarter of a new year tends to be the most exciting. Proving to be on-target with that thought, there has been no shortage of thrills thus far in 2005. Even if the year has already brought us the unexpected breakup of Vagrant Records’ Hey Mercedes.

…From The Island
While Joy Zipper is already headlining venues in the U.K., the Long Island-bred duo – which never gigged in these parts – is finally releasing their second full-length, American Whip, in the U.S. after more than a year of lawyer-related delays. Amongst those featured on the 12 tracks of Whip are David Holmes and My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields. Fans of The Jesus & Mary Chain and the aforementioned MBV ought to take note of this album…Speaking of the U.K., just back from over the pond is 5 Cent Deposit. Although in the midst of finishing a follow-up to We Have Your Daughter!, the Entertainment Weekly-reviewed trio is currently out with Sarcasm…Congratulations are due to Lido Beach native (and L.A. transplant) Scott Waldman, who has inked a record deal with Sony offshoot We The People Records as bassist for The City Drive. As the trio’s major label debut won’t be out until the summer – at the earliest – do yourself a favor and pick up the band’s demos as they feature the production of Chris Fudurich (Nada Surf, Finch, Ozma) and the backing vocals of that dog’s Rachel Haden…Despite his recent departure from Glassjaw, guitarist Todd Weinstock has landed on his feet with the announcement of his new band, Torpedo. Although not confirmed at press time if the quintet’s latest recordings will be put out through Warner Brothers, Weinstock is certain to be playing amongst keyboardist Nick Hook, vocalist T.J. Penzone (Descendre), bassist Rick Penzone (The Reunion Show), and drummer David Sullivan-Kaplan (Action Action).

…From The Stage
A touring entity for nearly 20 years, LaserSpectacular Featuring The Music Of Pink Floyd – a.k.a. the original “Laser Floyd” – played to a near-capacity crowd at The Beacon Theater. As the show was upgraded since the previous year’s appearance in Manhattan, attendees were treated to a lot of fresh additions within the 90-or-so minutes of visuals. Even those that are not always blown away by the music of Pink Floyd ought to catch this touring show; this multimedia presentation truly puts a fresh spin on the nostalgia that most tribute-oriented gigs bring you – samples can be viewed online at www.laserspectacular.com…Although playing the backroom of The Luna Lounge, just as interesting as LaserSpectacular to yours truly was New York City's own Arbor Day. Having changed their lineup and instrumentation since their early days at the ACME Underground – with gigs alongside Of Montreal and Tilly & The Wall to their credit since then – the group plays soulful, 1960’s-influenced power-pop that often brings the music produced by Phil Spector to mind. However, the originality of the quintet is commendable as Arbor Day is successfully able to cohesively blend the trombone and theremin work of Andy Levine into the mix. 2005 will see a new EP from these guys in addition to output from the other band of bassist Joe Hasan, Random Computer.

…From The Stereo
Featuring former members of The Promise Ring and Camden, Decibully is a Milwaukee-based seven-piece that runs the gamuts of indie-rock, singer/songwriter folk, and alt-country on its latest, Sing Out America. The hooks may not be as apparent as they were in the old bands of the Decibully folks, but the quality and craft is. Fans of the Polyvinyl Records roster have themselves a worthwhile purchase with this disc…After Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes declared them the “best bloody band” he’d seen “in ages,” it’s become apparent that Rocket Science – not to be confused with The Rocket Summer, which also has new music hitting stores – have friends in high places. Eternal Holiday is the latest from this Melbourne, Australia-based ensemble, which has drawn a lot of comparisons to Lime Spiders and The Vines. Along with the infectious energy that the act is known for, Holiday brings psychedelia to the table…A fellow countryman of Rocket Science, Ben Lee, has a new record to speak of with Awake Is The New Sleep. Despite collaborations with Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, Har Mar Superstar, Jason Falkner and ex-Phantom Planet drummer Jason Schwartzman, Awake is a mostly-serious, reflective collection. All in all, it often sounds like it’s the gathering of the previously-unspoken thoughts of a 20-something artist that’s been in the spotlight for 12 years. Not specifically poppy like Breathing Tornados, electronically-oriented like the Dan The Automator-produced hey you. yes you, or entirely-acoustic like Something To Remember Me By, the majority of these 14 songs are mid-tempo and mixed so that Lee’s lyrics are the focal point. Those looking for some witty yet laid-back music that doesn’t bore would be right to add this Awake to their shopping list.

If you have news to report for the next edition of Moving In Stereo, press releases and all other correspondence for Darren should be sent to darren.paltrowitz@gmail.com.

Copyright 2005 – Column used with permission from Darren Paltrowitz. All right reserved.
Thursday, January 06, 2005
 
Moving In Stereo: Volume 11
as heard by Darren Paltrowitz

With 2004 and its holiday season behind us, the first-quarter of any year – 2005 seemingly included – tends to be when a lot of announcements start to surface while new artists begin to break-out. Seeing a lot of great things ahead for all of us, Volume 11 is here with everything but the nostalgia that Volume 10 brought along.

…From The Island
It was erroneously reported on several websites that Glassjaw had disbanded after its December run of shows was cancelled and long-time guitarist Todd Weinstock had announced his departure from the Long Island-based group. While the cancellations were said to be due to the recurring illness of frontman Daryl Palumbo, the vocalist appears to be keeping busy between Head Automatica, a cameo on the upcoming Cage album for the Def Jux label, and rumored participation in a scream/grind project with Thursday’s Geoff Rickly, Eyeball Records’ Alex Saavedra, Kiss It Goodbye’s Eric Cooper, and Chree of The Number Twelve Looks Like YouBayside has also undergone a change in membership, welcoming new bassist Nick Ghanbarian and drummer John Beatz. Beyond upcoming dates with My Chemical Romance, an exclusive demo has been posted to the Victory Records band’s Purevolume site…Bandcamp’s Matt Bair may only be 17 years old, but in addition to his endorsement with Gibson Guitars, he and group now have a deal with Atlantic Records subsidiary E.V.L.A. Bandcamp is now recording its debut full-length in Los Angeles along with producer Dave McNair as a Summer 2005 release date is projected.

…From The Stage
Even though the band never scored a hit and only has one gold record to its credit, perhaps it isn’t all that shocking that The Pixies closed out their 2004 tour with eight sold-out shows at Manhattan’s The Hammerstein Ballroom. Filled with spectators of all ages and demographics, this particular gig had the Boston quartet hit the stage at 1:15am, wrapping up nearly 90 minutes later. It’s tough to say what was more impressive about the show: the fact that a band could go on so late without any dipping in energy, or that The Pixies sounded tighter than ever. From the slow and fast versions of “Wave Of Mutilation” to the recent iTunes-exclusive track “Bam Thwok,” there were no obvious omissions from this performance’s setlist…Jim Norton may be best known for being the on-air sidekick to radio hosts Opie & Anthony, but few stand-up comics have as devoted of a following as he. Playing two packed shows at The Downtown, Norton rattled off a set that largely reflected on where he had been in the year since he had played in Farmingdale. There was the brothel in Brazil, the co-hosting gig at the AVN Awards in Las Vegas, the time spent entertainment U.S. troops in Iraq along with Colin Quinn and, well, all the usual frustration, self-deprecation and crowd heckles in the midst of it all. Those who prefer stand-up to be fast-paced and politically-incorrect, while still somewhat intellectual, ought to check out Norton online at http://www.eatabullet.com/…While New Year’s Eve concerts are generally predictable and boring, Irving Plaza hosted a diverse billing that would have pleased many kinds of people. Although Peelander-Z is a noisy punk rock group with all of its members being transplants from Japan, costumes and eccentricity aside, the trio has little in common musically with the mysterious, KFC bucket-wearing Buckethead, the mostly-instrumental, improvisation-heavy jam-rock of Particle, or the brilliant pro-wrestling satire that is Kaiju Big Battel. Buckethead ought to have been named the evening’s MVP as the former Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist also provided an impressive shred-solo cameo during Particle’s first set.

…From The Stereo
Formerly known as The People, The Golden Republic is a four-piece that’s logged tour-time with Nada Surf, Interpol and Sondre Lerche. The Kansas-bred quartet’s new full-length was recorded with Peter Katis (Interpol, The Get Up Kids) and is suitable for power-pop fans that also have an appreciation for 1970’s glam and garage-rock; the lyrical wit is there at all times along with the hooks…Ivy may now be a side-project for Adam Schlssinger when he’s not at it with Fountains Of Wayne or writing and producing elsewhere, but In The Clear is a beautiful release showcasing the charming vocals of Dominique Durand above music that is generally laid-back. While flowing and cohesive for more than 40 minutes, the disc also includes guest appearances from Smashing Pumpkins/A Perfect Circle’s James Iha, The Astrojet’s Jody Porter, and Scott McLoud, formerly of Girls Against Boys…Arguably, one act that never quite got its due was The Cars; fortunately photographer Peter Kuehl took this idea to heart a few years back and began organizing Substitution Mass Confusion for Not Lame Recordings. A tribute benefiting the American Cancer Society – a cause in honor of the passing of Cars bassist/vocalist Benjamin Orr – contributing artists include Butch Walker, Action Action, Gigolo Aunts, The Bravery, sparkle*jets u.k., Jason Falkner and The Posies’ Jon Auer. Each of the compilation’s 21 songs can be sampled online at www.notlame.com/thecars.htm.

If you have news to report for the next edition of Moving In Stereo, press releases and all other correspondence for Darren should be sent to darren.paltrowitz@gmail.com.

Copyright 2005 – Column used with permission from Darren Paltrowitz. All right reserved.




Moving In Stereo: Volume 10
as heard by Darren Paltrowitz

While the fourth quarter isn’t the time of year for record labels to break new artists, it is when a lot of new albums and videos are released. But here’s some “nostalgia” to kick off Volume 10:

5 Great, Overlooked Albums Of 2004:
Candy Butchers "Hang On Mike"
Imaginary Baseball League "Revive"
Cake "Pressure Chief"
Fastball "Keep Your Wig On"
The Pettit Project "cheeROCKracy

5 Unforgettable Performances Of 2004
David Lee Roth at Shibuya Kokkaido - Tokyo, Japan
Surferosa at Rothko - NYC, New York
Hey Mercedes at The Mercury Lounge – NYC, New York
The Figgs at Crash Mansion (CMJ) - NYC, New York
The Suburban Legends at The Downtown - Farmingdale, New York

…From The Island
A Long Island band truly on the verge of “the next level” is Tripside. With secure management from the Sanctuary Artist Management Group (Iron Maiden, Jane’s Addiction, Cave In) and booking handled by Fantasma, it’s no wonder the quartet recently showcased to labels at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. A follow-up to Take You Home, a new demo EP was recently finished with Alien Ant Farm drummer Mike Cosgrove in the producer’s chair…Featuring East Meadow native Jeffrey Dammit Tobias in the lineup, Ruin Everything! is the recently-released 10-song full-length from the Georgia-based We Versus The Shark. Fans of The Minutemen, Q & Not U and other experimental-yet-cohesive, DIY-styled acts may have a new favorite band; or at least 36 more minutes of interesting, distinct and unpredictable indie-rock to not be disillusioned about…Based in Staten Island with family ties to L.I., Seymour Glass has some bragging rights in their first album, Note To Self, coming out on 456 Entertainment; 456 being the high-profile record label venture of Carson Daly and Jonathan Rifkind. Beyond two week’s worth of dates with Kill Hannah, the four-piece also has an appearance on Daly’s late-night NBC series to its credit.

…From The Ex’s
Formed out of the ashes of The Anniversary along with members of Some Girls and Hot Rod Circuit, The Only Children sound nothing like any of the bands its members had played in. Instead, alt-country and roots-rock fans are targeted with Change Of Living, which was produced by 34 Satellite and Carrier visionary Marc Benning. From opener “Sky Begins To Storm” to closer “The Circle Will Not Be Broken,” this is an interesting listening-alternative indeed…With his former bandmates moving onto other bands – like Maritime – there’s definitely life beyond The Dismemberment Plan for Travis Morrison. Co-produced by the prolific D.C.-based Don Zientara and Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla, Travistan features the creative-as-ever lyrics of Morrison paired up with a sound that alternates between “old” and “new.” Core fans of The Plan may have mixed views about this release, but its eclectic nature deserves attention…Although their pair of Thanksgiving weekend shows at Mr. Beery’s were not necessarily their last, various members of The Arrogant Sons Of Bitches have announced plans for new bands and the like. Four new ASOB-related groups to keep an eye out for are Bomb The Music Industry, Bashi-Bazouk, The Falcon and Wingless Angel, while keyboardist and backup vocalist J.T. Turret will simply be joining High School Football Heroes.

…From The Stereo
theCOLOURS are a U.K. trio that have earned spins on London’s XFM, positive press in NME and industry attention from Universal and Atlantic. Their two-song demo – featuring “Piano Song” and “Hazy” – shows plenty of influence from Mercury Rev, JJ72 and Coldplay, being sensitive and meaningful yet poppy…After months of sitting around mastered in a completed state, The Kites’ debut full-length, Bump, is finally being self-released. Full-length MP3’s can be previewed on the band’s MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/thekites…While re-recorded versions of hit songs tend to be watered down and lacking, Twisted Sister have managed to pull off a rare feat in re-recording a classic album with it being far superior to the original. Produced by bassist Mark Mendoza, Still Hungry is essentially a re-working of 1984’s Stay Hungry – as known for classics like “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “I Wanna Rock” and “Burn In Hell” – with five previously-unreleased bonus tracks. The songs undoubtedly sound better with their louder-in-the-mix gang vocals and altogether thicker production, yet the expanded liner notes provide another reason to pick this up if you hadn’t picked it up in the first place.

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Thursday, October 28, 2004
 
Moving In Stereo: Volume 9
as heard by Darren Paltrowitz


Only two months have gone by since Volume 8 of Moving In Stereo, but as planned, that time has seen my enrollment in a Masters program, a re-location to Suffolk County and yet another financially-burdening (while relaxing) trip to Japan. But with a lot happening within the various fields of entertainment during that “downtime,” there’s much to report yet – as per usual – a word limit to adhere to.

…From The Island
Recent winners of a Battle Of The Bands at The Downtown, SGT recently wrapped up a new five-song EP, Two Hearts, with Diffuser frontman, Never-Enders bassist and Hollywood Records A&R rep Tomas Costanza at the helm. First single, “Spinning,” has already earned some spins on WLIR…Featuring ex-members of Skycamefalling, The Sleeping has been getting a lot of rave reviews for Believe What We Tell You, as out through One Day Savior Recordings. Filled with screams and undeniable hardcore energy yet hooks and thick guitars, Believe also contains impressive conceptual artwork. I’d prefer not to ruin the surprise of the latter…Sprout and Sunday Luck fans might be surprised to see that it’s Jordan Plosky behind the kit for Ryan Cabrera. High-profile appearances have already been made by the drummer on programs like The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Live With Regis & Kelly and TRL; updates from the road can be regularly spotted at www.jordanplosky.com…Under the name Transistor, the Huntington-based American Laundromat Records has a new 16-song compilation out. My favorite of the eight bands featured is The Modifiers whose Replacements-esque “Favorite Waitress” is a stand-out…Congratulations are extended to ASOB – The Arrogant Sons Of Bitches – whose Discography has just earned distribution through Fat Wreck Japan; a tour out in the Far East indeed may be in store for the ska veterans.

…From The Shelf
Whether you’re a musician looking for more exposure, a writer in search of new outlets, or just a regular person craving to know more about the music biz, The Indie Bible is a must-have for those of the aforementioned folks with a bookshelf. Compiled and updated annually by David Wimble, the regularly-updated Bible contains listings for thousands of outlets throughout the world, in addition to exclusive articles and essays…Although an unauthorized biography, I had trouble putting down the latest from John D. Luerssen. Titled Rivers’ Edge, Luerssen’s book is an investigative look into the world of Rivers Cuomo, the eccentric, unpredictable and undisputed leader of Weezer. Featuring interviews with members – past and present – of Weezer, rare photos and exclusive anecdotes are also utilized from tour-mates and contemporaries. I assure that this book will teach message board-reading die-hards more than a few things…Even In Blackouts mouthpiece (and former Screeching Weasel sideman) John “Jughead” Pierson is taking a unique approach by posting the first three chapters of Weasels In A Box, an in-progress semi-non-fiction work, online at http://weaselsinabox.blogspot.com. No word yet on when the next installment of Weasels will be up.

…From The Stage
As part of the annual CMJ Marathon in New York City, I was able to catch a pair of shows during Night #2. After experiencing a powerful set from Dutch quintet Oil -- whose aggressive and confrontational brand of metallic punk rock positively stood out from the poppy bands also part of the Amsterdam Calling showcase -- it was time for The Figgs at Crash Mansion. Hitting the stage promptly after King Of France, the Boston-based power-pop trio played an entirely different set than this columnist had witnessed two months earlier at The Knitting Factory. But as per usual, lead vocals were contributed by all three Figgs and extended versions of “Inside The Disco” and “One Hit Wonder” were show highlights. Live bands don’t get much tighter nor more exciting than The Figgs (whose guitarist Mike Gent contributes part of his tour diary to Rivers’ Edge), so it’s a wonder why the group hasn’t yet showcased such with a proper live CD…Although not in attendance of the reportedly unforgettable CMJ set from Surferosa at Don Hill’s, I was amongst those shoved and spit on by frontwoman Mariann at Rothko. Switching off between new, yet-to-be-recorded material and selections from the new wave-y Shangai Moon, a performance from this Norweigan band is not one that any act without pyro would want to follow. Whether in concert or in recorded form, “Saturday Night” is an undeniable pop-metal anthem, while Mariann’s skin-tight wardrobe and antagonizing of the audience ought to get her in some legal trouble soon; or, at the very least, get the band a U.S. record deal in the near-future…In support of Live At The El Rey, his Moving In Stereo-approved DVD, Stephen Lynch co-headlined two sold-out gigs with Mitch Hedburg at Town Hall in the midst of CMJ’s madness. Rob Cantrell, the self-proclaimed “comedy fluffer” (as best known for his appearances on Last Comic Standing and Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn), opened the evening to a rousing response without resorting to cheap laughs or hack material. While Lynch’s twisted yet melodic songs brought on countless applause breaks – an early walk-on from Mark Teich during the late show nearly warranted another one – Hedburg’s hour of one-liners, quick-paced anecdotes and improvised fire-backs stole the show. But regardless of one’s preference out of these comics, rarely do comedy shows come along that are this well-rounded and entertaining, yet also economical.

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