Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lisa Hannigan Sea Sew

I listened to the unbelievably cute Lisa Hannigan's latest album Sea Sew on the metro today. The challenge to listening to something on the metro is that it has to be pretty engaging to compete with a group of Hare Krishnas or a crazy eyed Frenchwoman eyeing the seat next to one of your kids.
I only know Hannigan from her amazingly beautiful work with Damian Rice and was expecting the same sort of sound from this solo album. I was pleasently surprised to find that this album isn't simply a one note production capitulizing on her work with Rice. While the album has its slow and delicate parts she quickly reveals a real heartfelt, playful sound. At several points in the album she brought to mind Edie Brickell(I mean that as a compliment). I've gotta say it held up very well on a chaotic metro ride.

You gotta love an Iron & Wine cover.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hooper's Electric

Those of you who know me know that I love tattoos. If I had more money I'd probably be covered.
I recently came across Thomas Hooper, a tattooist from England now working in NYC. His work is phenomenal, I spent the last two days working my way through his blog Hooper's Electric it is full of amazing pictures of his work. He also has some amazing t shirts that you can buy here.
Check out that zombie crow.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Check out this Flaming Lips cover of Madonna's Borderline. Pretty amazing work, It reminds me of the Tortoise/Bonnie "Prince" Billy covers album from a few years ago.

Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power

Last week Phil and I went to the Vic Chesnutt show at Cafe De la Danse. Teitur opened the show followed by Elf Power who also acted as Vic's backing band.
Teitur played amazingly beautiful singer songwriter fare. He explained that he didn't usually play these songs on a guitar(It was just him and a guitar) instead he was a piano guy. Regardless, it sounded great.
Elf Power was next and they sounded great.
Finally Vic Chesnutt took the stage and put on a great show. He and Elf Power made a record together and the majority of the set was from the ew album but he did dip into his back catalog a few times. Vic was very candid and chatty between songs covering subjects from Micheal Stipe and the recording of his first album to Independence day.

Vic and Elf Power Performing I'm Mean.

Independence Day

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Todays Selection

As I've said before I love the shuffle feature on the ipod and if I'm not listening to a podcast or a French lesson I'm shuffling. No one but me will find this interesting(I know, my wife told me so) but these are the songs my Ipod played for me today.
Moon Sailing on the Water - Mason Jennings
Song for Today - Pete and the Pirates
Campus - Vampire Weekend
Hold onto your friends - Morrissey
Just Saying Hi - Ryan Adams
Easy - Faith No More
Sleeping In - Postal Service
The Skin of my yellow country teeth - Clap your hands say yeah
Sweet Illusions - Ryan Adams
History of Lovers - Iron & Wine
Death take your fiddle - Spiritualized
Yesterday - Atmosphere
Somebody Remembers the Rose - Whiskeytown
Talet Show - The Replacements
Fuel for Fire - M. Ward
The Absence of God - RiloKiley
Tramp the Dirt Down - Elvis Costello
We All Lose One Another - Jason Collett
If You've Got the Money Honey - Willie Nelson
Of Angels and Angles - The Decemberists
Way Over Yonder In the Minor Key - Billy Bragg and Wilco
Reason To Lie - Whiskeytown
Catapult - R.E.M.
Rastabilly - The Dead Milkmen
Hank - Jay Bennett
Instant Pleasure - Rufus Wainwright
Thunderbolts - A.C. Newman
9 Crimes - Damien Rice
For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica
Everybody Hurts - The Meat Puppets
Rhythm & Soul - Spoon
Drummer - Coconut Records
The Good Times Are Killing Me - Modest Mouse
Fake Empire - The NAtional
Devil's Johnson - Ethyl Meatplow
Marduk T-Shirt Men's Room - Mountain Goats
Blue Flower/Blue Flame - Destroyer
Etienne D'Aout - Malajube
Fix - Pedro the Lion
Parental Discretion Iz Advised - NWA
Avalanche - Ryan Adams
From Me to You - Ryan Adams
I am part of a large family - Great Lake Swimmers
I turn my camera on - Spoon
Ceiling fan in my spoon - The Lemoneads
Be the One - Ting Tings
Joyful Girls - Ani Difranco
More Adventurous - Rilo Kiley
Please Forgive Me - David Gray
Manniquin Republic - At the Drive -In
Aftenoons and Coffeespoons - Crashtest Dummies
Saint Jerome - Coconut Records
Dirt On Your New Shoes - Bishop Allen
Hand In Glove - The Smiths
Superman - R.E.M.
In the Aeroplane over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
The Idea of Growing Old - The Features
One Armed Scissor - At the Drive In
Pink Night - Jason Collett
Scorpio - Grandmaster FLash
Boomboxes and Dictionaries - The Gaslight Anthem

Stipes Digs

I'm a little behind on this but The Selby(an awesome site that photography creative people in their work/home environment) has pictures of Michael Stipe and Thomas Dozol's place in NYC. Pretty cool digs. Check it here.