Archive for December, 2008

A lot of bands toured this year and made stops at venues in New York City, so I got to see a bunch of great shows. Here are my top picks for 2008: Best Free Concert: The Avett Brothers @ Stuyvesant High School Although thunderstorms threatened to cancel this free outdoor concert, the show still […]


Please just look at this track listing for this 2-disc compilation CD. I swear I am not making it up. These songs were recorded exclusively for Dark Was the Night, an upcoming album produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner (both of The National). The profits from sales of this album will go to the Red […]


If you’re sick of the current holiday music fare playing on the radio and in every store you walk into, Sufjan Stevens may be able to help you out. His label, Asthmatic Kitty, has created a special web page that offers up some holiday cheer in the form of games, songs, videos, e-cards, and holiday […]


It has been a long wait since the end of Season 1 of Flight of the Conchords. I knew that the writer’s strike had put things on hold, but then there was my realization that producing a second season might take a while, mainly because it pretty much involves making an album and a TV […]


Last night Bon Iver made me forget I that I was in New York City. That’s not easy to do at a theater in the middle of Times Square. But the band’s music, at times delicate and at other times momentous, transported me to a musical enclave somewhere in the…do I dare say, the woods. […]


Will Sheff (of Okkervil River) played a short set at Other Music in NYC last night. It was kind of a preview of coming attractions as he is playing solo at the Music Hall of WIlliamsburg tonight. Sheff was casual, bearded, and seemed pretty comfortable playing at the low-key show. He had only a guitar […]


It’s not like I needed another reason to watch “Gossip Girl,” but tonight’s episode made me think about a couple of albums that have gathered a bit of dust in my iTunes library. The show featured songs from Bloc Party (“Signs” from Intimacy) and The National (“Slow Show” from Boxer). It’s been a while since […]