Friday, March 30, 2012

Nada Surf - Live Review - The Urban Lounge, SLC 3/27/12

Photo: Nick Swenor 

Salt Lake City’s spring lineup is overflowing with talent here in 2012 and there are bound to be a few shows FPT misses. Watching March 27th creep closer on the calendar I found myself weighing the pros and cons to decide which show to see. On one hand, Sharon Van Etten promoting her stunning vocals from her new album Tramp, co-headlining with The War On Drugs still touring the rad vintage vibes of Slave Ambient. On the other hand at Urban Lounge, Nada Surf was in town for the 2nd time this decade touring their new The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy album. Having just saw War On Drugs last Halloween, I chose Nada Surf in the end, although I was still on the fence about my decision. SVE/WOD sold out their show at the State Room and I’ve only heard positive things about the show. It was a few hours before the show while I was out and about doing errands when I found out I made the right decision. Sitting on the curb near their tour bus was Matt Caws jamming out on his acoustic guitar with a small crowd gathering to watch. I joined them for maybe two minutes before Matt excused himself for dinner leaving the crowd in awe. I showed up to the show early still pumped from earlier that evening and listened to my new favorite two-piece band An Horse all the way from Australia. They seemed to have a decent following with a good portion of the crowd singing along to their anthems. I was impressed thoroughly with the drums and the atmosphere they created inside the small club for Nada Surf. 

Nada Surf brought two friends on their tour to strengthen their numbers from 3 to 5. Playing a variety of songs from all their albums, the near sellout crowd was pleased to hear all their old favorite while discovering their new favorites. Tracks like Whose Authority, Teenage Dreams, and Blonde On Blonde were sing a longs with all eyes on Matthew Caws. There were times when Lorca commanded attention strumming the neon paint splashed bass guitar that he possibly whittled himself out of a piece of driftwood.  

After 17 songs, Matt gave the crowd a little background about visiting a church in Europe and being inspired for the lyrics to See These Bones. Concerts are always better when I walk away with a story where a song came from. Learning a bit more about my favorite track from their 2008 album Lucky left me content with the entire night. The band exited the stage after See These Bones, but returned a few minutes later to play a 3 song encore. The band rode the energy of the crowd through to the end with everyone jumping up and down screaming the chorus of Blankest. 

Nada Surf is fantastic live. Just look at this set list and try not to drool. Make sure you catch them when you can, and listen to their newest album The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Walkmen's "Heaven" Preview

The Walkmen have just released this trailer for their upcoming LP, Heaven, due out on June 5. Arguably the most anticipated release of the year (at least for a couple of us at FPT) is now that much closer as we get our first glimpse at the follow-up to 2010's brilliant Lisbon.

And yes... I got goosebumps.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kishi Bashi "151a"

Kishi Bashi (K Ishibashi), a member of the critically acclaimed of Montreal and a founding member of Jupiter One, will be releasing his solo album "151a" on April 10th. He is a multi-instrumentalist who uses an array of looping in his live performances. This album is beautifully put together and well worth listening to!

Kishi Bashi "151a"
1. Intro/Pathos, Pathos
2. Manchester
3. Bright Whites
4. It All Began With a Burst
5. Wonder Woman, Wonder Me
6. Chester's Burst Over the Hamptons
7. Atticus, In the Desert
8. I Am the Antichrist to You
9. Beat the Bright Out of Me


SBTRKT has just released the video for the song “Hold On”, which premiered over on MTV. The video is directed by Sam Pilling, and is a dark homage to the photography work of Gregory Crewsdon. SBTRKT hit it big time in 2011 with the self-titled album, and became one of the standout Electronic, Dance, and Dubstep albums of the year. I would categorize the album as unique in its own right and something that was so different and refreshing at the same time.

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Arcade Fire - Horn Of Plenty

Arcade Fire have helped out The Hunger Games soundtrack a couple of times now, first we heard the closing credits song 'Abraham's Daughter' and now we get to hear 'Horn Of Plenty'. 'Horn Of Plenty' is more of an instrumental song that has a fictional National Anthem feel to it. Well it was actually played at a part in the movie where the chariots enter the stadium and was Panem's National Anthem. Frontman, Win Butler says this about the bands role on the soundtrack...

“We were interested in making music that would be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise. And there’s an anthem that runs throughout the books, the national anthem of the fascist Capitol. So as a thought experiment, we tried to write what that might sound like. It’s like the Capitol’s idea of itself, basically. It’s not a pop song or anything – more of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the Games. So we did a structure for that, and then James Newton Howard made a movie-score version of it that happens in several places in the film.”

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Feist and M. Ward Cover The Jesus and Mary Chain VIDEO

M. Ward is currently supporting Feist on the European leg of her world tour. During last Sunday's show, they treated the London crowd to a cover of "Stoned and Dethroned"- the infectious tune by The Jesus and Mary Chain featuring Mazzy Star. Feist will finish up touring overseas tonight in Glasgow then heads to California to begin the massive North American leg of her 2012 tour. In the meantime, check out the video below.

- Fr. Jones

Lost In the Trees – A Church That Fits Our Needs ALBUM REVIEW

Lost in the Trees tells a gut-wrenchingly beautiful story in their third album A Church That Fits Our Needs. Ari Picker’s distinctive voice floats through stanzas of ambitious poetry as the gentle harmonies and powerful instrumentals add emotion to the story. Stanzas become days, days become chapters, chapters become a novel most people would let collect dust in a closet, but Picker flaunts it. Exposing pages of death, cancer, and suicide as a bittersweet work of art, leaving listeners fulfilled yet asking for more.

By the fourth track it becomes clear how awe-inspiring all these instruments playing at once can be as lyrics of his mother’s twins dying at childbirth pull at your heartstrings. While an orchestra of strings hits their stride, the female harmonies stagger ever so slightly right as Picker’s vocals hit new highs in my opinion the strongest track of the album Golden Eyelids sending chills down my spine each time I listen to the record. Flipping the LP over will lead to heartbreak. The first track This Dead Bird Is Beautiful reminds me of my first pet dying when I was a child. As depressing as that moment was staring at the creature I loved most, as it lay motionless, I still had a glimmer of hope in my mind that I would find resolution. The same for this track, although the lyrics are of depression, the sound slowly builds from peaceful to serene. This quiet and composed sound swirls into Garden a fast growing work of musical genius setting up the conclusion to the story. The final track Vines acts less like a conclusion but rather as the beginning to a new story. Slowly instruments fade out as the final line is repeated. “Am I Helpless? I trust you… but where are we walking to?”

I’m biased towards Lost In The Trees being nothing short of gods at what they do, but A Church That Fits Our Needs has left me dazed. I feel it is a step above their previous two albums I may be alone in this since their sophomore album All Alone In An Empty House is loved by their fan base. Decide for yourself, here’s the video for Red directed by the band. Don’t forget to catch Lost In The Trees as they tour promoting their newest album this spring.

Album Rating: 4.6/5.0

Albrum Review by: Coleman Nicholls

New FPT Writer - Coleman Nicholls

It was when I first heard Death Cab for Cutie’s Transantlaticism that I really started my relationship with music. I continued my obsession onward through my high school years with the bands that changed the lives of my generation like the Shins and Modest Mouse. Recently the last few years I’ve been following more folky bands such as Blind Pilot, The Head & The Heart, and Mumford & Sons as they find their sound on the path to recognition as folk music makes a comeback. I am a 23yr old communication student. I was born and bred Utah. I breathe Salt Lake City and love everything about the music scene. With the quality of local bands to the amount of venues and shows the city is offered, I don’t see myself ever leaving. I’m a sucker for fresh Mexican food and passionate live music.

Writer: Coleman Nicholls
Twitter: @ColemanNicholls

The Tallest Man On Earth - There's No Leaving Now ALBUM PREVIEW

The Tallest Man On Earth has a brand new album scheduled for release on June 12th on Dead Oceans Records. The album title is There's No Leaving Now and will include 10 new tracks. Check out the album Artwork (above) and the Tracklisting (below), along with some live cuts of 'There's No Leaving Now' and 'Little Brother'.

There's No Leaving Now Tracklisting:
01. To Just Grow Away
02. Revelation Blues
03. Leading Me Now
04. 1904
05. Bright Lanterns
06. There's No Leaving Now
07. Wind and Walls
08. Little Brother
09. Criminals
10. On Every Page

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sigur Rós - Valtari ALBUM PREVIEW

Sigur Rós are back with a new album Valtari which is all set up for a May 28th release. The 'Valtari' title translates to "Steamroller" and frontman Jonsi told Q Magazine in an interview that Valtari is "the music kind of just rolls over you" but "in a good way". For any devout Sigur Rós fans, this interpretation is true for any of their music. Their music always seems to hit you like nothing else you have heard. Now listening to 'Ekki Múkk' from the upcoming album it is the same thing over again just in a beautiful new song. This is the album I have been waiting for in 2012, it is a refreshing breakaway from anything else you can hear in the world of music.

Valtari Tracklisting:

1 Êg Anda

2 Ekki Múkk

03 Varúð

04 Rembihnûtur

5 Dauðalogn
6 Varðeldur
7 Valtari
08 Fjögur Píanó

Sigur Rós - Ekki múkk from Sigur Rós on Vimeo.

CONTEST: Sharon Van Etten & The War On Drugs Tickets

Ok I have had the date March 27th marked on my calendar for sometime now in anticipation of the Sharon Van Etten & The War On Drugs Co-Headlining show at The State Room in Salt Lake City, Utah. Well it turns out that March 27th falls on the same day I have my Hockey Championship game and can't make the show (Yes I know, I am a Canadian Homer). Now I have 2 tickets to the show that I have to give away to one lucky winner, here in the Salt Lake City area. If you would like to win a pair of tickets for Sharon Van Etten & The War On Drugs at The State Room on Tuesday March 27th here is what you need to do.

Like us on Facebook here, or Follow us on Twitter @FakePlasticTune.  And also follow SVE on Facebook here.  Then post a comment in this Contest post on the Blog saying that you have entered and provide some wacky comment about Fake Plastic Tunes and what you like best about both artists.  The deadline to enter is Monday, March 26th at Noon, then I will take all the legit entries and pick my favorite post and declare it the winner.  Good Luck!

Check out the newest Sharon Van Etten video 'Leonard' below along with The War on Drugs exceptional 'Baby Missiles' video.  This is a night of live music that is a must for music fans here in SLC, UT. 

"Leonard" by Sharon Van Etten from Secretly Jag on Vimeo.

Play It Forward: Professor Penguin

Professor Penguin are the newest band out of London that I have my eye on. They have just announced that they will release their debut album 'Planes' on April 9th and you can check out the 'Pirate' single/video below. Their sound is a nice resemblance to when I first heard Keane, gives me the same type of feeling, as it is more of a lower key sound that is heavy on getting the vocals and lyrics to stand out. When listening to Professor Penguin's songs such as 'Pilot' and 'Pirate' you can see the talent the band has and how serious they go about their business in producing quality music.

Professor Penguin’s first two singles ‘Pilot’ and ‘Pirate’ have already seen the band win support from The Fly, Q Magazine’s “Track Of The Day”, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, BBC London, and XFM and have also gained the praise of Brian Eno who dubbed their debut single 'Pilot' as "a beautiful piece".

Getting to Know Professor Penguin:

Band Members:
Jonny Abraham
Toby Street
Dan Jones
Joe Reeve
Rich Legate
James Nall

Friday, March 23, 2012

Play It Forward: Evil Eyes

Play It Forward is back in a big way today, introducing a duo out of San Francisco called Evil Eyes. The band consist of Greg Mabry and Joe Frabotta, who are a Do It Yourself band in everyway, as they promote their own music and share it personally with the world to hear. Their music is a nice touch of indie and 90's shoegaze and the duo hit some smooth notes on their debut EP Evil Eyes which you can have for free over on Bandcamp. The beach harmonies and fuzzy vocals work so well together as they are layered with some catchy guitar riffs.

My favorite track out of the four on the EP would have to be 'Saw Her In The Sun' which at first listen sounds very simple, but after going back and taking some additional listens it comes at me as a jammed packed tune full of meaning and life. A good comparison for Evil Eyes would be old school Echo & The Bunnymen meets new school Beach Fossils. The music has a very homely, chill aspect to it and that is what helps connect the listener.


Getting To Know Evil Eyes:

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kasabian - Neon Noon VIDEO

Here is a fancy psychedelic video for Kasabian's new single 'Neon Noon'.
Here is what song writer/guitarist Sergio Pizzorno said about the video...
"I was at home turning off Ennio's night light and I noticed that it was projecting psychedelic images on my shirt, so I decided to shoot a little video for Neon Noon using my phone and 4 mirrors. I hope you enjoy it - Sink Like a Stone"

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

M83 - Reunion EP

M83 will release the Reunion EP on May 8th, via Mute Records. 'Reunion' is the 2nd single that is taken from the newest M83 album Hurry Up We're Dreaming. The EP will feature 7 songs, of which 6 are remixes by Mylo, Sei A, The Naked And Famous, Polly Scattergood, and White Sea.

Reunion EP tracklisting:
1. Reunion (Album Version)
2. Reunion (The Naked And Famous Remix)
3. Reunion (Sei A Remix)
4. Reunion (Polly Scattergood Mix)
5. Reunion (Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr Remix)
6. Reunion (Mylo Remix)
7. Reunion (White Sea Remix)

Beck - Looking For A Sign

Beck has not graced us with a new album for some time now. But on the bright side he has given us a new song titled 'Looking For A Sign' which will be featured on the soundtrack for the film Jeff Who Lives At Home. 'Looking For A Sign' is a throwback to what Beck gave us on his Sea Change album, which was my personal favorite album of Beck's.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Arcade Fire- "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) Remix

Arcade Fire's "Sprawl II" already boasted a disco-ey vibe, but Belgian group Soulwax doubled-down on it with an especially vibrant remix. The result sounds like the infectious lovechild of Blondie and Devo. Check it out below.

- Fr. Jones

Monday, March 19, 2012

Treefort Music Festival

This weekend I will be traveling North to cover the the inaugural Treefort Music Festival! The four day festival will be taking place in downtown Boise, Idaho March 22nd to 25th. The festival is similar to SXSW in the sense that band will be performing at local establishments.

Some of the bands include, but are not limited to: of Montreal, Built to Spill, Blitzen Trapper, Why?, Typhoon, Talkemonic, Tennis, araabMUZIK, as well as local Salt Lake City bands Spell Talk and Desert Noises. Stay posted for photos and reviews.

For more information (tickets, full lineup, schedule, etc.) visit

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Portland based indie rock band, Unknown Mortal Orchestra are a trio consisting of Ruban Nielson (Guitar/Vocals), Jake Portrait (Bass), and Julien Ehrilich (drums). In 2011 they released their debut self titled album, which made top 50 albums of the year 2011 lists and "band to watch."

Currently on tour with Girls, UMO played In the Venue (Salt Lake City) Saturday night. They have a incredibly unique lo-fi sound inspired from 60s psychedelic garage rock with distorted guitars and reverb. The sound is hard to grasp, but it works incredibly well, especially live. They played just about all the songs from their well received album including "Ffunny Ffrends," which was a crowd pleaser. They are definitely one of those unique bands you should see live with the opportunity present. At the least check out their album, you won't be disappointed.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Self Titled 2011)
1. Ffunny Ffrends
2. Bicycle
3. Thought Ballune
4. Jello And Juggernauts
5. How Can You Luv Me
6. Nerve Damage!
7. Little Blu House
8. Strangers are Strange
9. Boy Witch

Great Lake Swimmers "New Wild Everywhere"

Canadian indie folk band, Great Lake Swimmers are set to release their sixth lp "New Wild Everywhere" on April 3rd, which is their followup album to highly praised "Lost Channels."

New Wild Everywhere
1. Think That You Might Be Wrong
2. New Wild Everywhere
3. The Great Exhale
4. The Knife
5. Changes with the Wind
6. Cornflower Blue
7. Easy Come Easy Go
8. Fields of Progeny
9. Ballad of a Fisherman's Wife
10. Quiet Your Mind
11. Parkdale Blues
12. On the Water
13. Les Champs de progéniture

Daniel Rossen "Silent Hour/Golden Mile" EP

Today, Daniel Rossen (singer/songwriter/guitarist) for the critically acclaimed Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles, released "Silent Hour/Golden Mile" EP. His first solo album to date.

Daniel Rossen "Silent Hour/Golden Mile"
1. Up on High
2. Silent Song
3. Return to Form
4. Saint Nothing
5. Golden Mile

Streaming this week here:

Mumford & Sons - Where Are You Now

Mumford & Sons are back with a new song 'Where Are You Now' which the band played live at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on March 7th. Their sophomore album is about as highly anticipated as an album can be, and it doesn't even have a title or release date set yet.

Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans VIDEO

Lana Del Rey seems to never go away, with all music bloggers and the internet continuing to praise and ridicule her. Well I am a music blogger and look, here I am posting about her newest video 'Blue Jeans'.  Don't forget to check out our album review for Born To Die as well.

Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans (Official Video) from Jonny Shelby on Vimeo.

Fiona Apple - Valentine (LIVE SXSW)

Fiona Apple recently played a couple of shows at SXSW and she debuted 3 new songs in her sets; 'Anything We Want', 'Every Single Night' and 'Valentine'. I included the video for Valentine below which has great video quality and not so great audio. Apple is set to release her new album, The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do. Yes you read that right her album title is an eight-line poem, and it is set to be released later in June via Epic Records. The three new tracks she debuted at SXSW are more then likely to be included on the new album.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Barr Brothers - Beggar In The Morning

Like many other bands trying to make a name for themselves at this year's SXSW, Montreal based "The Barr Brothers" has been gaining some nice attention.

A great debut appearance this past January on David Letterman playing their song "Beggar In The Morning" has helped showcase the band's considerable talents. (See video below)

The band consists of brothers Andrew and Brad Barr, along with harpist Sarah Page and Andres Vial. Their first self titled album is available now via Secret City Records on iTunes

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mark Stoermer - Everyone Loves The Girl

The Killers bassist, Mark Stoermer is now the latest member of The Killers to come out and give us a solo album. First there was Brandon Flowers solo album, then drummer Ronnie Vannucci jumped in with his stint on Big Talk, now Stoermer delivers with his own album. Take a listen to 'Everyone Loves The Girl' which is a track from the new album Another Life. It actually is a very good lighthearted song, showing off some exceptional melodies and lyrics. We know The Killers have an abundance of talent, now we just have to get them all back together in the studio for the new album.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Clock Opera - Man Made VIDEO

Clock Opera are one of my 2012 newcomers that I have had a close eye on. They are now back with a brand new video for their upcoming single 'Man Made'. Clock Opera's debut album Ways To Forget is set to release April 23rd on Moshi Moshi/Island Records.

Radiohead - Glendale, AZ 3/15/2012 SETLIST

Radiohead will perform for the 10th time tonight on their current The King of Limbs tour at Arena in Glendale, Arizona. This will also be the last show in the first leg of the tour, which won't see the band back on stage until Seattle, WA on April 9th. Thom and company will likely dive in early with tour opener 'Bloom' and continue in the theme so far in performing a heavy dose of TKOL era tunes. So far the tour has been anything but dull or boring. Radiohead have thrilled, sold out crowds with their massive live sets performing thick and heavy newer songs. They have been featuring huge floating LCD screens that change their position and angle with each new song. With the mix of the new era of Radiohead songs and the LCD screens the live atmosphere is more of a live diary of who exactly Radiohead are in the year 2012.

Glendale, AZ 3/15/2012 SETLIST:
01. Bloom
02. 15 Step
03. Airbag
04. Little By Little
05. Myxomatosis
06. The Gloaming
07. Morning Mr Magpie
08. Pyramid Song
09. The Daily Mail
10. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
11. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box (TOUR DEBUT)
12. Identikit (NEW SONG)
13. Lotus Flower
14. There There
15. Feral
16. Idioteque
17. How To Disappear Completely
18. Kid A
19. Lucky
20. Bodysnatchers
21. Give Up The Ghost
22. Reckoner
23. Paranoid Android

The Horrors - Changing The Rain VIDEO

The Horrors just put out a new video for 'Changing The Rain' which was taken from their fantastic 2011's Skying album. If you have some time on your hands head over to their website and you can pick what avatar you want to be in the video. I must warn you the video is rather trippy and does the song justice in my opinion.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tanlines' "Mixed Emotions" Album Review

Brooklyn duo Tanlines have flown under many music lovers' radar since their formation in 2009. Granted, the group has only produced a 6-song EP (Settings, in 2010) and a healthy amount of remixes, but most of their previous works are quite accessible, featuring incredibly upbeat and boisterous beats and samples.

Mixed Emotions will be released next week (March 20, via True Panther), and it's difficult for me to imagine the duo not getting a lot of attention moving forward.

The album starts with the duo's first two singles, "Brothers" and "All of Me," both of the songs on the polar opposite ends of the album's dichotomy: "Brothers" being a more new-wave-inspired song, slower-paced and inspired track, while "All of Me" finds Tanlines right where they left off with Settings.

While Settings was a more dance-infused album, focusing mainly on catchy uses of bongos, steel drums, campy bass and guitar sections, Mixed Emotions takes lyrical content to a new level for Tanlines. Eric Emm (vocals, guitar) does an amazing job at harnessing his vocal and lyrical abilities (despite a reference to "Roll-over minutes") to fit along with each song's unique qualities, mixing bright and inspirational with dark and moody when needed to coincide with the music he and bandmate, Jesse Cohen, have created. Check out "Yes Way," where Emm does a spot-on "impersonation" of Morrisey during the chorus.

Take into consideration the dichotomy I mentioned above. On songs like "Green Grass," "All of Me" "Yes Way" and "Cactus," Emm brings a light-hearted complex into full effect. Coupled with the drums and guitars of each song, the music is fully beach-ready; what else would you expect from a band named Tanlines?

However, the songs that shimmer to me are the ones which find Tanlines testing the water (pun intended) with a more melodramatic sound. As I said before, Settings found the duo experimenting with a convivial and festive sound. Mixed Emotions features many songs that are a bit slower-paced and serious in nature. But again, the songs feature enough of the sound that Tanlines embraces so well, that your head is still bobbing along with the beats. "Brothers," "Abby," and the finale "Nonesuch" all fit into this new "movement" Tanlines is exploring. And don't even get me started on the gloriousness that is Emm's stand-alone vocals towards the end of "Not The Same," which makes the track one of the best I've heard all year.

This genuine blend of both regal and dramatic genres reminds me a lot of the New Wave movement from the 70s and 80s, so by no means am I stating that Tanlines is redefining a genre of music; we've heard music like this before.

As an avid modern-music fan, it's very exhilarating to find a band like Tanlines, who take their music very seriously, but still produce radiant and engulfing music. Very uncharacteristically, I've, in a way, kept this band to myself for the past two years. But with Mixed Emotions, Tanlines is going to make that impossible for me to do moving forward.

My Rating: 4.8/5

You can stream the album over at NPR before it's released on March 20.

Play It Forward: NO

NO is an up and coming indie rock band from Echo Park, Los Angeles. Their sound is one that resembles something of The National or could also be compared to fellow new comers We Are Augustines. They have recently released a debut EP titled 'Don't Worry, You'll Be Here Forever'. You can stream the EP below and also watch the video for the single 'Stay With Me'. There is a familiar sound here one that has meaning and purpose, one that makes me excited for this new band. The vocals are outstanding and help to hook you into their music as a whole. The 6 song EP is well worth your time to explore, and if you do anything today make sure you watch the 'Stay With Me' video.


Getting To Know NO:

Band Members:

Don't Worry, You'll Be Here Forever Tracklisting:
1. Another Life
2. There's A Glow
3. The Long Haul
4. Big Waves
5. Coming Down
6. Stay With Me

Jack White - Sixteen Saltines

Jack White has his solo album, Blunderbuss set for an April 24th release date via his own Third Man Records. He has now just debuted his second single 'Sixteen Saltines' which you can listen to below. This was also performed this song on SNL a few weeks back but now you get to hear the full album version.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Delta Spirit New Album released Today

San Diego based Delta Spirit released their third self titled full length LP today. I encourage you to listen to it, as a long time fan I am very excited about this album. One of my favorites this year this far. They are must see live kind of band so don't miss out! See tour dates here:
(Review to follow soon)

Radiohead - Broomfield, CO 3/13/2012 SETLIST

Radiohead play a soldout show at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado tonight. This will be the 9th show so far in The King Of Limbs tour. So far the tour has been a massive success and has showcased the bands darker, edgier, and dreary sounds from their modern catalog. Each show has had its own identity and that surely will be the case tonight as well. The setlist will be anywhere from 22-25 songs deep and most likely will start the evening off with tour opener 'Bloom'. From there expect a heavy dose of TKOL era tunes mixed in with some older songs, and possible a new song or two along with a couple of tour debuts. Radiohead have also made it custom to deliver two encores to end each of their sets so far on tour. It is sure to be a great night of music for fans in Colorado, enjoy the show!

I will update the setlist, pictures and video as they become available.

Broomfield, CO 3/13/2012 SETLIST:
01. Bloom
02. Little By Little
03. The National Anthem
04. The Gloaming
05. Morning Mr. Magpie 
06. Staircase
07. Separator
08. Codex
09. Nude
10. Karma Police
11. The Amazing Sounds of Orgy
12. Bodysnatchers
13. Feral
14. Lotus Flower
15. Reckoner
16. Street Spirit (Fade Out)
17. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
18. There There
19. Lucky
20. True Love Waits/Everything In It's Right Place
21. Give Up The Ghost
22. Myxomatosis
23. Idioteque

'Supercollider' (Live Kansas City 3/11/12)

The Hives - Go Right Ahead

Rolling Stone has an exclusive stream of The Hives new track 'Go Right Ahead' which you can check out here. I also found a pretty awesome live version on YouTube that is well worth your time. The new song is a great return for the band, and brings back so many memories for me as a music fan. The Hives have always had an explosive sound that continues to put a smile on my face. They continue to play their music in a very passionate way, taking pride in their sound and continue that with another loud and awesome tune.

Keane - Silenced By The Night (LIVE on Kimmel)

Keane are set to release their new album Strangeland, and they stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform the brand new track 'Silenced By The Night'.

Team Me - Show Me VIDEO

Here is the official video for 'Show Me', which is taken from Team Me's debut album To The Treetops! Team Me are a band out of Norway and have hit 2012 with the tag of one of the bands to look out for. They first caught my attention with the release of their Team Me EP last year and have only continued to ride the success from that release into electric live shows and now a full-length debut album. Look for their new album To The Treetops! to drop on March 15th.

To The Treetops! Track Listing:
01. Riding My Bicycle (From Ragnvalsbekken To Sorkedalen)
02. Show Me
03. Patrick Wolf & Daniel Johns
04. Weathervanes And Chemicals
05. Fool
06. Dear Sister
07. Favourite Ghost
08. Looking Thru The Eyes Of Sir David Brewster
09. With My Hands Covering Both Of My Eyes I Am Too Scared To Have A Look At You Now
10. Daggers

Forces of a Street - Long Shadow VIDEO

When I think of Forces of a Street I think of two things, firstly, they have a pretty sweet band name, secondly they are a band that have matured a lot since their early days. When I listen to their newest track 'Long Shadow' I get excited by its dark and mysterious tone. It has a haunting electronica feel to it, that if you listen too long it may mess with your mind just a little. It is definitely more on the experimental side of what Forces delivered on their newest album, Pro Icarus.

The video for 'Long Shadow' is very fitting when played side by side with the tracks music. It somewhat tells a story and what that story is, well that is entirely up to the audience to try to figure out. Check out the video below along with a stream of the new album Pro Icarus.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Radiohead - Kansas City, MO 3/11/2012 SETLIST

Radiohead played their 8th stop on The King Of Limbs tour last night to a sold out crowd at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. The setlist featured both 'Supercollider' and 'How To Disappear Completely' making their tour debuts. Overall it was a fairly familiar setlist as to what the band have been playing so far on the tour. Radiohead opened up with 'Bloom' and closed the night up with 'Paranoid Android', and was filled with a TKOL heavy set in between. The band also played new song 'Identikit' which started out with a false start and rolled on from there. All in all another night of music that Radiohead has made us feel unworthy of their excellence.

Kansas City, MO 3/11/2012 SETLIST:
01. Bloom
02. 15 Step
03. Morning Mr Magpie
04. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
05. All I Need
06. Pyramid Song
07. The Daily Mail
08. Supercollider (TOUR DEBUT)
09. Nude
10. Identikit (NEW SONG)
11. Lotus Flower
12. There There
13. Feral
14. How To Disappear Completely (TOUR DEBUT)
15. Reckoner
16. Separator
17. Myxomatosis
18. Idioteque
19. Lucky
20. Everything In Its Right Place
21. Give Up The Ghost
22. Paranoid Android

How To Disappear Completely


The Shins - 'Simple Song & 'It's Only Life' (Live on SNL)

With The Shins set to release their new album Port of Morrow on March 20th, they got an early jump on previewing it for the world as they dropped by Saturday Night Live on March 10th. They played two new songs 'Simple Song & 'It's Only Life', off the new album. It is sure nice to have these guys back after a 5 year break. Check out their upcoming tour schedule here.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Fake Plastic's very own Fr. Jones shoots the breeze with Bear in Heaven's Joe Stickney about the band's new album, drone sounds, jumping out of windows, and of course- Lana Del Rey.

FR: Can you tell us a little about the band name and how you guys got together?

JS: Yeah. John started it off as a solo project a long time ago. He was mostly doing ambient music solo. And one of his buddies did some artwork for an album cover. It was kind of scrambled and John asked him what it was and he said the picture was of a bear in heaven. So he went with that name- and then it turned into a band, a completely different band, in Atlanta. Several years later, the band formed in New York- I was friends with Adam in the band because we went to college together. I didn’t really know any of the other guys in the band. They were all friends from Atlanta from various different sources. Some of them went to high school together, some have known each other since childhood. James knew some of them from working for Table of the Elements, this record label that is no longer around. That’s how Adam met John and they needed a drummer when they decided to start writing music and they asked me to play.

FR: Your previous album titles come across as a little cryptic- intentional or not. Your new album title, I Love You It’s Cool- is there any significant meaning behind that?

JS: It’s pretty straightforward. We’re not trying to be cryptic here at all. It came inadvertently from our friend, Sadek, while we were writing the record. At one point, Sadek used to play with us in the band but he had to stop because he has his own graphic design company that he wanted to focus his efforts on. He came by the space one time and wanted to hear some of the demos. He drew a couple of drawings for me and John. The one for John was of this weirdo with like three eyes and four elbows that said “I love you, it’s cool”. We were kind of bouncing around a few different titles for the record- but we settled on that. It seemed to fit the intention we wanted to get across. It’s just a mood.

FR: How would you say the new album compares to the others? Your single, “Sinful Nature” feels more sensual and slightly less expansive.

JS: It’s difficult when you’re as close to it as we are to really categorize it. We’ve listened to all the songs in so many different iterations at this point. I’m sure we hear everything in an entirely different way than other people do. I feel like the categorization is best left to other people. I will say that this is the first time we’ve gotten together and written songs front to back intended for a record. The last one was written over a really long period of time and a lot of the songs changed drastically over the year and a half. I think that definitely influences us.

FR: How do you think your sound translates to a live setting?

JS: I think we do a pretty faithful job of keeping the mood of the songs. We translate it pretty faithfully. They get a little bit bigger when we play live. They get a little bit louder.

FR: You guys are getting ready for SXSW. Have you ever played that before?

JS: Yeah. The last time we were down there was two years ago. And I think we were down there a year before that. No, wait- the only time Bear in Heaven was down there was two years ago. No, that’s not true-we’ve been down there twice. Shit, I’m confused at this point. We haven’t been there in a few years. We are looking forward to going back. It’s going to be crazy. We’re playing like nine shows.

FR: Bear in Heaven has an affinity for drone. I’ve read that there is a version of the album slowed down to last several thousand hours.

JS: It’s streaming. You can check it out on the website right now.

FR: Have you tried listening to it? How far have you gotten through it?

JS: I’m mostly listened to it in chunks of late night stupor. I’ve definitely gotten sucked into it on a number of occasions. I decide to check out what’s going on with the drone and there’s some nice, trippy visuals going on at the website. You can definitely get wrapped into a meditative mindset. So I’ve listened to it in a few chunks but Adam listens to it nonstop. He’s got in his earbuds right now. He drinks a lot of Code Red and listens to the drone.

FR: Speaking of evolving sound- in the past decade, the music industry has really changed with the advent of Napster, then itunes, and now Spotify. Where does the band see the music industry going in the next ten years?

JS: Into the shitter? Is that an acceptable response?

FR: That is an acceptable response.

JS: It’s hard to say. It seems like the only way people can make money these days is through advertising which is very unfortunate because it leads to a lot of people creating music specifically intended for a commercial- like, perfectly fit for a McDonalds commercial or something. If you’re making music with the intention of putting it in a Macy’s ad, the whole kind just fucking fails.

FR: On the same note, music is available in a variety of formats- digital downloads, CDs, vinyl, even cassettes are making a comeback. Is there any method that you guys like to hear music? In which format do you feel Bear in Heaven sounds best?

JS: We just got our vinyl the other day and it sounds phenomenal. That would be my method of choice. I would say to hear it really, really loud on your home stereo on vinyl and you should probably buy the 2 terrabyte hard drive that has our entire slowed-down record on it, play that at the same time, drink a lot of Red Bulls, and jump out of a window.

FR: How do you feel about Lana Del Rey ?

JS: I could give a shit. I heard a couple songs. I thought they were boring. How do I feel about any big fucking studio artist that gets pushed in everybody’s fucking face? I try to ignore it as much as possible.

- Fr. Jones

Friday, March 9, 2012

Radiohead - St. Louis, MO 3/9/2012 SETLIST

St. Louis, Missouri is the 7th stop on Radiohead's, The King of Limbs Tour. The band have showed no signs of slowing down and continue to please crowds with setlists that are heavy on the dark, mysterious, and glorious sounds of their newest album. The venue tonight is at the Scottrade Center and marks the first Radiohead concert in St. Louis since back in 2003 & 2008.

What should fans expect tonight you might ask? Well look for the evening to get kick started with tour opener 'Bloom' and then the band to dive deep into their recent darker catalog, and give the audience a new magical journey. The combo of Feral/Idioteque will be sure to drop near the close of the set, and then a grand encore, and an even grander double encore to end the night with the possibility of 'Paranoid Android' closing things out. Could we have a few surprises in tonight's Setlist? Sure thing as the band stated in a Rolling Stone interview that they have 75+ songs waiting to be played...
"Yorke revealed that Radiohead have worked up more than 75 songs for this tour, including additional new songs and deep-track B-sides."

I will update the setlist, photos, and videos as they all become available. Enjoy the show St. Louis.

St. Louis, MO 3/9/2012 SETLIST:
01. Bloom
02. 15 Step
03. Airbag
04. Little By Little
05. Morning Mr. Magpie
06. Myxomatosis
07. Kid A
08. Videotape (TOUR DEBUT)
09. The Daily Mail
10. The Amazing Sounds of Orgy
11. Karma Police
12. Identikit (NEW SONG)
13. Lotus Flower
14. There There
15. Feral
16. Reckoner
17. Separator
18. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
19. Lucky (TOUR DEBUT)
20. Everything in its Right Place
21. Give Up The Ghost
22. You and Whose Army?
23. Idioteque

'Videotape' -- Pretty awesome visual here with all the screens floating around on stage

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Hysterical VIDEO

I will always remember the song 'The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth' from CYHSY self-titled debut album from 2005. The song was a phenomenal mix of indie sounds with a smash of intense rock music. Fast forward to 2011 and you get the third release from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah titled Hysterical. There is now a video up for the newest single 'Hysterical' which also matches the albums title. The video is an artsy type that uses fast moving images with bright paint splattered throughout to help create a perfect mix of visual with music.

Hysterical from CYHSY on Vimeo.

Hysterical Lyrics:
Here comes the newest apparition
To set fire to all the flowers
Now I should have known it was you who would call
When vainly I escaped into the ever-changing rapids
To your boat with a sign which read “get in and hold on.”

Calls for luck
Heal the weak
We should just grow up

And so I hid behind the dishes in the night
Until you woke to find me trembling like an emasculated dog
There is no sense in even trying to track the weather pattern
Is it better to leave than to blindly hold on?

Hysterical . . .

Let me out
Of the rain
Let me down
I want to make my last mistake

Hysterical . . .

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Temper Trap - Rabbit Hole

The Temper Trap are back on the music scene with their sophomore album The Temper Trap, set to release on June 5th via Glassnote/Columbia. The band had this to say about the new album on their website...

The new album was recorded at the famed Sound Factory in Los Angeles, with producer Tony Hoffer, who’s worked with the likes of Beck, M83 & Phoenix. It’s our first album as a five-piece, after we recently welcomed Joseph Greer (keyboard/guitar) to the fold as a permanent member.

Check out the albums Artwork, Tracklist, and preview the albums 10th track 'Rabbit Hole' below.

The Temper Trap Tracklisting:
01. Need Your Love
02. London’s Burning
03. Trembling Hands
04. The Sea Is Calling
05. Miracle
06. This Isn’t Happiness
07. Where Do We Go From Here
08. Never Again
09. Dreams
10. Rabbit Hole
11. I’m Gonna Wait
12. Leaving Heartbreak Hotel

The Jezabels - Rosebud VIDEO

The Jezabels come from Australia and are lead by some powerful vocals from lead singer, Hayley Mary. They have put out 3 separate EP's, and now come with their proper full-length debut album Prisoner. 'Rosebud' is the third single from the album with 'Endless Summer' and 'Try Colour' getting previous nods as singles. Mary's vocals are great in every track I hear from The Jezabels, I remember the first time hearing 'Disco Biscuit Love' and how catchy and mesmerizing her voice was. 'Rosebud' is no different it is a power packed tune that delivers in the same big way.

Beach Fossils - Shallow VIDEO

Beach Fossils newest single 'Shallow' now has a brand new video associated with it. It shows off the band on tour, showing the band on and off stage just having fun while making music. The song itself is a perfect one to just chill out to, and let all your worries wander away. The Shallow 7" is available now via Captured Tracks and also features the song 'Lessons'.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Radiohead - Austin, TX 3/7/2012 SETLIST

Austin, Texas is the bands 6th stop on the tour, and things have really heated up in the state of Texas so far. Both shows in Houston and Dallas were filled with some huge surprises as the band played 2 incredible Setlists back to back. Look for the same to hold true when it comes to Austin, Texas, as Radiohead show no signs of playing the same set over and over, night after night.

Austin, saw Radiohead perform 23 songs with a heavy dose of The King of Limbs with some Kid A mixed in.  They started off with the tours signature opener 'Bloom' and went on to play a setlist full of dark and mysterious tunes that only they can deliver.  Out of the 3 shows in Texas everyone had the privilege of closing with 'Paranoid Android', sending fans home more then happy.

Austin, TX 3/7/2012 SETLIST:
01. Bloom
02. Little By Little
03. The Daily Mail
04. Morning Mr. Magpie
05. Myxomatosis
06. The Gloaming
07. Kid A
08. The National Anthem
09. Reckoner
10. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
11. Nude
12. Identikit (NEW SONG)
13. Lotus Flower
14. There There
15. Feral
16. Idioteque
17. Separator
18. These Are My Twisted Words
19. Bodysbatchers
20. Everything In It's Right Place
21. Give Up The Ghost
22. You And Whose Army?
23. Paranoid Android

Reptar Live Review (Kilby Court March 6h)

When I first heard Reptar, they did that thing where I instantly thought, "whoa, what, wait! what and where is this amazingly unique dance driven sound coming from?!" I missed a few of their shows when they had first released Oblangle Fizz Y'all, Body Faucet, and after all the hype about their "must-see live show" I was excited to hear some of their new material, which is just as good as their previous if not better.

The six members (two guitar players, bass, keys, drums, and percussion) came on doing a brief soundcheck and dived into their first song without warning. After a few songs the band had everyone in attendance hold and raise there hands while moving closer to the stage. As the beat dropped everyone dropped their hands in dance. I've always enjoyed the intimacy at Kilby Court, which tends to make shows extra fun.

They played just about all the songs off their EP such as, "Stuck in My ID," and a personal favorite,"Blastoff" which goes into a brief jam before coming back to the main chorus. They also played a handful of new songs including "Sebastian," which was a show highlight and instant hit. The live show was everything I anticipated it to be, energetic with dance driven melodies and a little bit of everything else. The sound was on point throughout the set, the crowd danced with the band. For the last song Quiet Hooves, the opening act, came out adding additional keys and horns. Reptar is blowing up for good reason and I highly look forward to the new album "Body Faucet."

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Radiohead - Austin City Limits (3/6/2012) SETLIST

Radiohead performed last night at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas as part of their tour through Texas. The band performed on Austin City Limits and will be broadcast on PBS at a later date. The performance came in the middle of shows in Dallas on March 5th and their show tonight March 7th in Austin, Texas. The performance is a bit stripped down from what they have been playing at the various arenas but has a lot of things that are familiar to it as well. The mood is set early on with the Tour opener 'Bloom' and also see the combo of Feral and Idioteque being playing back to back. The band play two new songs 'Identikit' and 'Skirting On The Surface', and close out the set with the power chord jam 'Paranoid Android'.

Check out a full review of Austin City Limits over at Austin360

Austin City Limits 3/6/2012 SETLIST:
01. Bloom (The King of Limbs)
02. Little By Little (The King of Limbs)
03. Daily Mail (Digital release in December 2011)
04. Myxomatosis (Hail to the Thief)
05. Morning Mr. Magpie (The King of Limbs)
06. The Gloaming (Hail to the Thief)
07. The Amazing Sound of Orgy (Pyramid Song B-side)
08. Staircase (Digital release in December 2011)
09. Reckoner (In Rainbows)
10. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (In Rainbows)
11. Identikit (new song from this tour)
12. Lotus Flower (The King of Limbs)
13. There There (Hail to the Thief)
14. Feral (The King of Limbs)
15. Idioteque (Kid A)
16. Skirting on the Surface (new song debuted Monday night in Dallas)
17. Paranoid Android (OK Computer)

Check out 'Skirting On The Surface' played live March 5th in Dallas

Beach House - Myth

Beach House just posted on their website a brand new song titled, 'Myth'. Look for their new album Bloom to be out May 15th via Sub Pop, and until then just sit back and soak this great track in.

Bloom Tracklisting:
01 Myth
02 Wild
03 Lazuli
04 Other People
05 The Hours
06 Troublemaker
07 New Year
08 Wishes
09 On the Sea
10 Irene

Best Coast - The Only Place ALBUM PREVIEW

Best Coast have just announced the release of their sophomore album The Only Place which will be out May 15th via Mexican Summer. Take an early listen to the demo for 'How They Want Me To Be' which will be track number 6 on the new album. Also take a sneak peak at tracks 9 & 11 'Dreaming My Life Away' & 'Up All Night' which will give you a sense at what to expect from The Only Place.

The Only Place Tracklisting:
01 The Only Place
02 Why I Cry
03 Last Year
04 My Life
05 No One Like You
06 How They Want Me to Be
07 Better Girl
08 Do You Love Me Like You Used To
09 Dreaming My Life Away
10 Let’s Go Home
11 Up All Night