Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Coachella 2006!

Here it is straight from the horse's mouth (that being Paul Tollett)

The official line up:

Saturday, April 29:
Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros, Common, Damian Marley, Atmosphere, Carl Cox, My Morning Jacket, Ladytron , Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Tosca, Cat Power, Animal Collective, Hard-Fi, Derrick Carter, Devendra Banhart, She Wants Revenge, The Walkmen, The Juan Maclean, Audio Bullys, Imogen Heap, Lady Sovereign, Deerhoof, The Duke Spirit, Editors, stellastarr*, Lyrics Born, Matt Costa, The New Amsterdams, The Zutons, Platinum Pied Pipers, White Rose Movement, Chris Liberator, Colette, Joey Beltram, Hybrid, Wolfmother, The Like, Living Things, Nine Black Alps, The Section Quartet, Infadels, Youth Group, Shy FX & T Power, Infusion

Sunday, April 30:
Tool, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bloc Party, Paul Oakenfold, Scissor Sisters, Matisyahu, James Blunt, TV on the Radio, Sleater-Kinney , Mogwai, Coheed and Cambria, Gnarls Barkley, Coldcut, Phoenix, Digable Planets, Amadou & Mariam, Little Louie Vega, Mylo (DJ Set), Seu Jorge, Wolf Parade, The Go! Team, Kaskade, Metric, Art Brut, Dungen, The Dears, Jamie Lidell, The Magic Numbers, Los Amigos Invisibles, Jazzanova, Michael Mayer, Mates of State, Gilles Peterson, Gabriel & Dresden, The Subways, Minus the Bear, Be Your Own Pet, Giant Drag, Kristina Sky, The Octopus Project

Sweet Buttermilk Pancakes I'm excited!

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Tool Playing Coachella!?
I've been trying to keep my composure this morning at work, but if the strong rumors of Tool playing Coachella are correct I might just have an epileptic fit (in a good way). I'm not one to count my money at the poker table so we'll just leave this post as rumor, but it's looking pretty good... pretty, pretty, pretty... pretty good.

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Test Icicles Rumored to Split
According to gigwise.com Test Icicles are going to pack up and leave the music world once they are done with their US tour.

First off - fuck!

The big question for me is whether their last batch of shows will be halfass or kickass. Either way this should make for an interesting finale at Spaceland. See you there.

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Goodbye 2005!
Decemberists – Picaresque
Colin Meloy writes bedtime stories for scenesters. Picture the Count of Monte Cristo sportin an indie haircut – blasphemy perhaps but you know you love it.
Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake
Bright Eyes haters BEWARE: this paragraph is going to be packed with emotion and heart. You've been warned.
My dear friend Spencer called me the other day with a revelation about why he relates more to heroin addicts then mainstream society dwellers. He elegantly divulged that unlike the average citizen, the heroin addict is willing to outwardly display humanity’s inward sufferings. That’s my basic argument for why I love Conor Oberst. I'll leave it at that.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah– Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The warble is making a comeback and CYHSY is leading the pack.
I have danced on both coasts to "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth," and declare it my favorite song of the year.
Sufjan Stevens – Come Feel the Illinoise
When Sufjan released Seven Swans last year I figured his intentions for writing the 50 state records must have been a joke; however, only a year later we have with us Illinois - easily his best release to date.
Animal Collective – Feels

Hands down, Feels holds the freshest sound of 2005. It is one of those benchmark albums that we see once every couple of years (Funeral did it last year and Moon & Antartica a few years before that). Those who loved Sung Tungs will be taken to both familiar and foreign places with this release, and those new to Animal Collective should be blown away altogether.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

A night with Vetiver

Conspiracy. Scandal. Deceit. I think all of those words passed through the minds of those who attended Vetiver's set at the Echo on Monday night. Basically it wasn't what anyone expected.

Vetiver came on stage as any other band would. I was eager to see the indie god of fairy folk, Devendra Banhart, take his place at guitar and begin his warbling yoddle behind lead singer, Andy Cabic, but the moment never came. But how could this be? I thought to myself. He is in the band, isn't he?

Suddenly I began to look at the guitar player in a new light. Hidden under a brown beanie was a familiar smile wrapped in a warm, dark beard. He lingered in the background as if trying to hide his real identity but little by little it became apparent that our beloved Devendra was playing hide and seek with the audience.

He was playing guitar in a totally new fashion. When he sang, the reverb was turned up so high on his mic that all intonation of his usual larynx bending notes became impossible to distinguish. His shortly cropped hair peaking out from under his beanie distanced the crowd from any discernable assessment as to the guitarist's real identity. All I know is that if this wasn't Devendra than he looked a hell of a lot like him.

As Andy introduced the band he came to Devendra last and introduced him as Sanders Trippe. I looked at Nick and we both shrugged our shoulders silently trying to decipher who was who and if he was he, nearly missing the music we had come there to see.

As Andy announced the closing of the set Nick turned to me and whispered, 'its definately Devendra' and my opinion became set in stone. Just then a strange named soul was asked to join them on stage for the last two songs. Like a missing brother once thought lost at war, the real Devendra pranced onto the stage in all his happy pirate child attire. As the Devendra stunt double stood next to the real Mr. Banhart, my mind began to calculate faster than a Pentium chip after an Epi Pen injection and sent my synapse snaps into overdrive. So in other words I got mindskunked (for lack of a more appropriate expletive term - hey I got a little sister reading this).

The last two songs were pure joy and made the evening all that I had hoped it would be. The band played through "Los Pajores del Rio", a song cowritten by Andy and Devendra, and ended the night with a jam of "Crazy Love."

It was a perfect finish to an evening filled with mind boggles that I still believe to be conspiratory. But like I would really give up my pride over something like this.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006


and so we continue down our list...


Iron & Wine - Woman King
Sam Beam is unstoppable. He may only have one sound, but I think it might just be the voice of God. It's that intoxicating.
Sigur Ros - Takk...

Speaking of bands with one sound... Sigur Ros has been pegged as a band that rarely strays far from their signature style; however, even though Takk isn't a huge transformation, there is definitely a growing maturity in the song writing. People criticized Radiohead for not progressing enough with Hail to the Thief, but I think there is something to be said about taking time to fine tune instead of constantly redefine.


Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

It feels like years since the first time I heard "Banquet." I remember thinking- my God listen to those guitars. It was like watching a tennis match coming through my speakers. The riff battling back and forth from left to right until finally the chorus is able to unite the two - putting the soul at ease.


Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow First off this guy is my hero, and I mean that on so many levels: He is freer than any of us will ever be, he makes beautiful music, and he hangs out with a huge posse of hippies. With Cripple Crow Devendra solidifies himself as one of the major song writers of our generation. Leaving behind his sparse acoustic work for a fresh soulful sound, Devendra preaches words of life and hope inside every verse.


Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

My moment of zen at the recent Wolf Parade show came when an extended version of "Runner" merged directly into "Fancy Claps" without a seconds notice. My heart stopped dead in its tracks. That is why I go to shows. Now every time I listen to Apologies I try to skip from the end of track one to track five as quickly as possible to try and recreate the moment, but it is never quite the same. This album was a long time and a ton of hype in the making, but I must say it was well worth the wait.

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Monday, January 23, 2006

So It Begins... 11-15

So the year 2005 is long gone, and I'd say we are about the last website on Earth to get an end of the year list up; however, the Content begs you to forgive us and give our list a chance. Thank you.

New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Antony and the Johnsons - I am a Bird now
Okkervil River
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll
(We decided that only the top 10 get the pleasure of being commented on. It's not that we don't love these albums. It's more like the hands of time hate us.)

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

The List That Wasn't Good Enough (Supposedly)

So there is a large list of albums that came out this year that have never been taken off my iPod and that I continually turn to for a good listen. Unfortunately some of these albums didn't make it onto our Top 15 but I (the King) still wanted to let you know that they rocked and rolled my soul. So here you go:

LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem

The Hold Steady - Seperation Sunday

Calexico and Iron & Wine - In The Reins

Doves - Some Cities

M.I.A. - Arular

Caribou - Milk of Human Kindness

The Books - "Lost and Safe"

Architecture in Helsinki - "In Case We Die"

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Coachella Film Premiere

So we just got back from the amazingly beautiful Orpheum Theatre (I love when places do the whole "re" thing), and Drew Thomas' film was a perfect portrayal of what Coachella is all about. The main focus was on the music (thank God) so there were a lot of full length songs, but it was also great to hear the artists talk about the positive energy that's flowing around that huge polo field.
I didn't really believe the hype until I witnessed it first hand last year, and let me tell you the hype is fact.

Nick, out.

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Forward, Russia vs. The Boy Least Likely To: Round 1


So good news sometimes leads to strange news. Last week Brooklyn Vegan reported that The Boy Least Likely To was going to be making a stop in LA on their very first U.S. tour. I immediately penciled in the date (3/20 @ Spaceland) and continued on with my doings.

Then things got shaky...

According to their website,
Forward, Russia have a date set to play LA for their first time too; however, the coincidence doesn't end there. Forward, Russia is also scheduled to play Spaceland on 3/20, which leads many fan to question their loyalty as to who they would rather see play. I think I am going to put my money on Forward, Russia beating out the Boy but we might see a David over Goliath victory here for the Boy Least Likely To.

The only thing better than seeing one of the two seperately would be seeing them both together.

Love thy neighbor and come see them bring it down together (maybe).

3/20/06 - Spaceland (Forward, Russia or The Boy Least Likely To...or both!)
3/21/06 - Cinespace (Forard, Russia)

P.S. of course we will let you know how this all turns out.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Slacking, Indecision and Work

So to remedy our lack of top 25 list here is a list of bands on my personal list that did not make it to our final list. With any luck the King Kerwin will post his own list tomorrow, but for now here is a list of bands too loud for just about everyone from the BWH Ferrall himself:

The Locust - Safety Second, Body Last

Deerhoof - The Runner Four

The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower - Love in the Fascist Brothel

Black Dice - Broken Ear Record

Thunderbirds Are Now! - Justamustache

Neon Blonde - Chandeliers in the Savannah

Sleater Kinney – The Woods

Bright Eyes - Digital Ash in a Digital Urn

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Friday, January 13, 2006

The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower

I love this band. Just writing their name makes me all giddy and ready to rock. If you haven't seen this band - go see this band. I'm not saying you're going to like them by any means, but I promise you their live experience will be rewarding either way.

Yes they are playing soon. Why else would I be writing this?

The date is Feb. 24
The place is
The Smell

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Head Automatica... Finally

So I'm sure a lot of you were really excited to see Daryl and the gang strut their stuff at the Troub last year, only to find out soon after buying your ticket that the show had been cancelled. Any fan of HA or Glassjaw is painfully aware that show cancellations can be last minute and often due to Daryl Palumbo's ongoing battle with Crohn's Disease.

With that in mind lets all cross our fingers and hope that evil Dr. Crohn will die and let HA play a kick ass show at the Roxy on Jan. 27th

tickets here

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Macbook Pro is here!

Feast your eyes on King Jobs' latest creation.

The only reason this is relevant to the site is because I plan on purchasing one of these babies and I just wanted to make everyone jealous. This is probably the best apple release I have seen in a while, and actually worthy of purchase. With the new dual intel processor it is said to run 4.5 x faster than the old Powerbook G4.

Oh baby...

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Coachella on the Big Screen

So once again The Content waited to get tickets to an event before telling all of you. Hey, no one ever said we were generous. Coachella will finally have its day on the big screen and if you get to ticketmaster RIGHT NOW you just still might get tickets. The film is a collection of footage taken by Drew Thomas over the last 6 years, and should be a fun dose of nostalgia for everyone who loves the festival.

The premiere event is taking place on Thursday Jan 19th 8:00 PM at the Orpheum Theatre.

The presale password is surprisingly ORPHEUM. Oh those ticketmaster suits sure know how to throw a curve ball.

Grab tickets

For more info about the film check out the Coachella website

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Serena Maneesh: The Gypsies get Spacey

So for all of you that didn't want to fork over the extra dough you had saved up over the holidays to buy the import only release from Serena Maneesh now have no excuse.

Norway's beloved Loveless-gone-gypsy-pop quintet are allowing us to rub their nomadic elbows and hear their lush, plush noise at last. At nearly half the price of their album you can actually hear them play live and breath in their foreign born patchouli stank at no extra charge. Oh how ripe that will be (its a long flight over from Norway).

Here's the info:

3/19/06 - Spaceland (get your tickets

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Friday, January 06, 2006

Arctic Monkeys bring the freeze!

If you've been outside in the last few days you will have noticed that there is a crazy heat wave sweeping through LA. Call it global warming or a change of temperature in the Pacific upwelling but the only odd thing about any of this is that...


If you noticed the exclamation point you will understand that this is no laughing matter but rather a time to call on a higher power.

Drastic times call for drastic measures. Luckily for us someone threw up the "monkey signal" and a welcome response just arrived: the Arctic Monkeys are on their way and yes they are going to save the day.

On their way from battling the evil Atlantic Jetstream in Britain, the Arctic Monkeys are bringing their frozen dance floor beats to Los Angeles just in time. This is the Arctic Monkeys' second time around in the past couple of months. After a minor warm spell at Spaceland last fall, the boys have moved on to bigger and badder venues to display their vicious attack on the elements.

I bet they look good on the dance floor but why don't you let me know.

3/15/06 - Henry Fonda Theatre (tix not yet available)

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Need your Devendra fix?

As if hearing your parents talk about the birds and the bees and Animal Planet's hunting after crocodiles wasn't enough, someone had to go ahead and make music about all those fuzzy creatures that we love to eat and eat to...um, feel good (as you can tell I don't ever visit Native Foods - soy what!?!).

Well if you're feeling the itch, the scratch, or the tick to hear anything from our most beloved, bearded, fairy god than you can fulfill your cravings with one intimate night at the

The only catch is that this time Devendra will be taking the back seat and playing guitar for his other band Vetiver. They're dusty, they're folky, and they've got some melody to share. They also be prettay, prettay, prettay good so go give them a listen. You know you want to.

1/23/06 - Echo (

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Animal Collective Gather at the Vanguard

We told you March was going to be a great month, and here is more evidence backing that claim. Animal Collective are making their way back into town on March 7th to play the delightfully soulful Vanguard.

If you missed Panda Bear and the gang last time around then you might not understand the magnitude of the Animal Collective experience, and if you caught the show then I'm sure you've already bought tickets (like us)- so this post is for the casual and non-fan who needs that extra push before committing to a show.

I'm not sure how to elaborate on this, but I highly suggest you attend this concert. It will be like taking your eardrums out on a fancy date, and when is the last time you really spoiled them rotten?

Buy tickets here

Also check them out on the cover of this month's Res (this was the only picture I could find online - you get the idea). The always brilliant Autumn de Wilde is responsible for the photo shoot and even constructed the background art for the shoot. Damn she's good.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Content has a To-Do List


1) Make this to-do list (that one was for Spencer).

2) Buy mini disc recorder so we can post live shows (Donations?).

3) Tell the world how sweet the Wolf Parade show was last night.

4) Get the Top 20 of 2005 list up.

Just didn't want to keep anyone in the dark.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Mothers Gone Mad

At what point did the whole world go completely insane? Everyone loves to blame their children's mental and physical downfalls on someone else, and here is another perfect example of a paranoid watchdog group doing exactly that. Mothers Against Noise is a group of women trying to spread the message that "noise bands" are destroying our youth.

"Noise is a dangerous musical trend that is hell bent on destroying civilized culture, this anti cultural movement is quickly sweeping the globe, and is very dangerous to our youth."

The lady even goes on to invoke 9-11 into her argument!

"In this post 9-11 world we have to fight harder and smarter than our enemies. We must arm our self with knowledge and seek to shine light where there is only darkness. "

(remember to pick your jaw up off the floor before proceeding)

I like Wolf Eyes, The Locust, Lightning Bolt, Black Dice, Radiohead (I only place them on the list because MAN says they are a "gateway band" to worse noise- unbelievable). Big deal. I'm not asking anyone else to like them, but for God's sake please find something better to do with your time then rip off the MADD logo (a group that actually does something productive)

So the good news to this story is that a group of musicians have taken it upon themselves to make an anti- MAN website, using the press from the original site as a jumping off point.

Touché crafty youth!

They even have a free cd being released on Jan 7th featuring all your noise making favorites.

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Where in the world is Jose Gonzalez?

So who does this guy think he is anyway? Yeah, sure his name sounds like he is from south of the border and if you met him you would probably want to ask him “como estas?” So why the heck is he saying he is from Sweden? Everybody knows they don’t make Spanish people in Sweden.

Any hoo, our boy of questionable descent is going to be gracing our presence here in Los Angeles for two nights come March ‘06. Here’s your opportunity to finally crack the case of where in the world is
Jose Gonzalez really from? And you get to hear some pretty darn good tunes also.

Tickets aren’t on sale yet but the Content likes to be ahead of schedule with their um…schedule. Here are the dates:

03/20/06 Hollywood, CA
Hotel Cafe
03/21/06 Los Angeles, CA

And hears a little taste for the ears of the sounds you will hear.

*4 live songs found
here via songs:Illinois
*Jose has also done a version of 'Teardrop' by Massive Attack found
here via Audio for Drinking

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