Freebies: Download A Track From The New Gin Blossoms Album; Stream Or, The Whale

September 23, 2010

The Gin Blossoms have a new CD, No Chocolate Cake, coming out this Tuesday (September 28).  You can download one track from it, Somewhere Tonight, without cost (but you do have to give your email address) by clicking here.  You can also go to Amazon on Monday, September 27 and purchase the entire album for $3.99.

One of my favorite bands over the past few years is Or, The Whale.  This San Francisco-based seven member alt country, rock and folk band doesn’t get to the East Coast that often but they did play a great sounding 30 minute set on NPR recently and you can stream it in its entirety just by clicking here.

Tonight: The Damnwells at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

September 2, 2010

It’s been a slow week musically, but tonight is an exception as The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 presents An Evening with The Damnwells twice.  The Damnwells had one of my Ten Best Albums of 2009, One Last Century (that’s the cover above), which was only available as a free download on the Internet (and probably still is; the link for downloading that album still works). Their followup is now in the can and the band will be performing it at two shows, a long sold out one at 7:30 and one at 10:15, which the band tells me is almost sold out.

Still not sold?  OK. The Damnwells play rock power pop with wonderful songs and great vocals.  If you need a reference point, The Gin Blossoms aren’t all that far away from them.

The Damnwells, The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit) 7:30 and 10:15, $15

Music Video: The Gin Blossoms – Hey Jealousy

August 23, 2010

It’s the dog days of August with so many people away that you can actually park in my neighborhood.  Things look they might be a little quiet this week too.  But four years ago this week, things weren’t so quiet as The Gin Blossoms (who have a new record, No Chocolate Cake, coming out at the end of September) played The Apple Store down in Soho.  In this clip from that show, taken by Jamie Eng, they perform their great song from the early 90s, Hey Jealousy.

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