Zola Jesus @ Echoplex

Happy Halloween!!! Zola Jesus will be playing tonight at Echoplex, October 31st.
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The Soft Moon



Coming up on a year since their debut self-titled LP release, The Soft Moon presents Total Decay. Luis Vasquez continues to conjure a sound fueled tempest that intoxicates with its own post-apocalyptic dust in this new EP, which will be released on Halloween, fittingly. What began as a side-project has quickly gathered a cult following that has culled a spotlight in its own right, no longer in a cloaked corner.

After two stirring 7 inches and a full album, it was apparent that Vasquez is digging his own niche, an intimate well-spoken whisper, carrying a heavy load of synths that creep and drums that command an uncontrollable pull from within. This intimate peak into another world, Vasquez's mind, has garnered a number of comparisons to some of the most iconic and influential bands of the post-punk and krautrock movement.

"It's claustrophobic. It's hypnotic and exhilarating." - David Bevan, Spin Magazine

You've already heard lauded first single "Total Decay", so with the release of Total Decay just around the corner, the band has made a full stream of the EP available through Spin Magazine. Now you can hear for yourself the newest chapter of the The Soft Moon saga.

Not content just to let you hear the EP, the band has another pair of treats for you before the weekend, too.
You can now watch the haunting new video for "Total Decay", which premiered earlier today at Pitchfork. Additionally, Luis Vasquez curated a brilliant and haunting mix for Fact Magazine that just dropped this morning. It's 30 minutes of haunting cult classics from the likes of Chrome, 13th Chime, Cinema 90 and Sods perfectly suited for the holiday weekend. Watch the video for "Total Decay" and hear the band's Fact Mix below.

WATCH: "TOTAL DECAY" - http://pitchfork.com/tv/musicvideos/1543-total-decay/

"Honestly, if you're into goth, post-punk, cold wave, industrial - any morbid music of the night, in fact - you need to get your teeth into this; it's a spotless, tip-top selection, and you can take that from people who really care about this stuff." - Fact Magazine

- http://www.factmag.com/2011/10/28/fact-mix-295-the-soft-moon/


10/30 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Part Time Punks) # ^

10/31 San Francisco, CA - The Independent (Halloween EP release show!) # *

# = w/ Led Er Est

^ = w/ Frank Alpine

* = w/ Chelsea Wolfe





Oct. 31, 2011

1. Repetition

2. Alive

3. Total Decay

4. Visions

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Prince Rama: Fall shows

photo: Angel Ceballos

11/01 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall #
11/11 Brooklyn, NY 11/11/11 UTOPIA = NO TIME
Concert For The End of the World Artist Residency @ Issue Project Room
11/12 Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery*
11/13 Philadelphia, PA - Little Bar*
11/14 Pittsburgh, PA - The Shop*
11/15 Chicago, Illinois - Beat Kitchen*
11/16 Columbia, MO - Mojo's *
11/17 Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom*
11/18 Denton, TX - Rubbergloves*
11/19 Austin, TX - Mohawk Inside*!
11/20 Houston, TX - Mango's*
11/21 New Orleans, LA - Siberia*
11/22 Oxford, MS - Cats Purring Dude Ranch *
11/28 Jacksonville, FL - Burro Bar
11/29 Gainesville, FL - The Backyard (Boca Fiesta)
11/30 Orlando, FL - Will's Pub
12/01 Miami, FL - Art Basel
12/02 St. Augustine, FL - Red Moonfest

* = w/ Indian Jewelry
! = w/ Melt Banana, 400 Blows
# = w/ Omar Souleyman

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Trentemøller @ Music Box

Trentemøller is playing tonight at the Henry Fonda Music Box, October 27th.
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The Black Ryder @ Satellite

THE BLACK RYDER is playing tonight at the Satellite, October 27th.
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Portishead LIVE

All photos by Angel Ceballos
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The Black Angels in NYC Halloween 2011




If you are in NYC this week you are lucky because there is a great Halloween show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Black Angels, Exitmusic, and Psychic Ills. After you walk around on 6th avenue and check out the parade, you can head over to Williamsburg for a show to remember.

(Photos: Angel Ceballos)
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Liars curate Sonic City Festival

photo: Angel Ceballos



OCTOBER 28-30th 2011



Liars take a break from the studio, where they are currently recording the follow up to 2010’s acclaimed album Sisterworld to curate the Sonic City festival, De Kreun, Belgium happening this weekend October 28-30th.

The festival, now in its fourth year, has previously been curated by the likes of Deerhoof and Dälek, and takes place at De Kreun in Kortrijk, Belgium. The festival opens on October 28th with the European première of the movie KARP, a documentary about the now legendary underground band Kill All Redneck Pricks, directed by William Badgley.

October 29


Factory Floor


Chris & Cosey

Legendary Pink Dots

Mark Ernusius (rhythm & sound ft. Tikiman)

October 30



Washed Out


Tannhäuser Sterben & das Tod

Standish & Carlyon

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Agnes Obel + Lomography

Agnes Obel Partners with Lomography for
“The Riverside Rumble”

Fans Are Invited to Submit Photos Inspired By Her Song “Riverside” by Nov. 2

Watch the “Riverside” Music Video HERE

“Obel's music is as sparse as the snow-swept Scandinavian backcountry, and mostly scored for piano, voice and an occasional cello or harp. Yet it brims with a barely concealed passion that has helped make her quiet riot-in-the-heart album a huge European seller.” – Time Magazine

“It’s a rarity: a new album that…is great from beginning to end.”– KCRW

“…a stark, minimalist palette reminiscent of Cat Power and Joanna Newsom.” – Details
After a whirlwind year, internationally acclaimed songwriter/composer Anges Obel is happy to partner with Lomography for the “The Riverside Rumble.” Fans are invited to submit any analogue photo not digitally enhanced or manipulated that was inspired by Agnes’ song “Riverside.” Fans should upload their photos to their Lomohome, and submit them to the rumble HERE. The user with the best photos will win a signed Agnes Obel vinyl, a selection of Play It Again Sam label releases, a Twilight Blue Diana Mini camera + Flash Package, and more. “Riverside” can be heard HERE. Full rules and prizes below:
The Prizes

First Prize: A signed Agnes Obel vinyl, canvas print (vinyl size, set on wooden frame), a selection of Play It Again Sam label releases, a Twilight Blue Diana Mini and Flash Package, and Lomography Lady Grey B+W 400 film
Runners Up (5): A signed Agnes Obel vinyl, 10 piggy points on Lomography.com
The Rules

Film/Camera Type: Any analogue photo not digitally enhanced or manipulated. Please submit shots inspired by or relevant to the song "Riverside" by Agnes Obel
Upload Limit: 10 photos
Minimum Photo Dimensions: Submissions must be at least 768px in either width or height
Metadata: Must include camera, film, location & three additional tags

About Agnes Obel: Born in Copenhagen and currently based in Berlin, Agnes’ sparse chamber folk has been lauded by critics worldwide. After building substantial word-of-mouth praise across Europe and the U.S., Philharmonics was released worldwide on Play It Again Sam and [PIAS] America. The album was hailed by critics who compared Agnes to the likes of PJ Harvey, Joanna Newsom, and Roy Orbison.

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ANIKA @ Fingerprints + Echoplex

Photo: Angel Ceballos

ANIKA will be playing at FINGERPRINTS on FRIDAY October 21st 7pm. This will be a great free show to see. For those who don't live in Long Beach, we are giving away two pairs of tickets To Anika's show on October 22nd at Echoplex to you amazing LA music lovers out there. All you have to do is send your name or email address and mention Anika.

To win, please do one of the following:

1) Leave a comment below with name or email.
2) Follow us on twitter, or
3) Send an email to PORTINFINITE @ aol.com and we will pick a winner.

Don't just stand around. This is for real. Enter sooner than later. Good luck.
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Portishead "Mysterons" live

Set list:
Nylon Smile
The Rip
Sour Times
Magic Doors
Wandering Star
Machine Gun
Glory Box
Chasing the Tear
- encore -
We Carry On
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Hugh Cornwell @ Bronson Bar (canceled)

Hugh Cornwell was scheduled to play a show tonight. It has been canceled due to illness.
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Interview by Alexander Laurence / Photo by Angel Ceballos

Anika aka Annika Henderson used to be a political journalist and travel back and forth between Bristol and Berlin. She also went to college in Wales at some point and organized shows there and was a DJ too. As she was booking and promoting bands for clubs in Wales , Anika decided to try out for a band Beak> that was looking for a singer. The fellows in Beak> decided to stay instrument and to create a whole new record with Anika. They recorded the Anika in twelve days with no overdubs. They picked a bunch of cover songs including “Terry” by Lynn Ripley, “End of The World” by Skeeter Davis, “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan, “I Go To Sleep” by The Kinks, and “Yang Yang” by Yoko Ono. There were a few original songs like “No One’s There” and more. The stark confrontational style was very apparent. Anika was in the US early this year as a DJ. But now she is touring with a full band and even playing some festivals like ATP and Moog Fest. I got to speak with Anika right before she started her tour in America.

AL: How are the shows going?

Anika: We had one so far at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. It has been going reasonably well. We are on are way to Princeton. We are playing with Factory Floor and Dirty Beaches. We added a show at Glasslands since we are coming back to NYC anyway. We have toured extensively in Europe. We played a lot of festivals in Spain, France, and Switzerland. It’s harder to come over here because you have to deal with visa issues.

AL: How has the response been to music? Is there much difference in playing France and America?

Anika: It depends on what people like. You get cultural differences across France the same way you do across America. It will be interesting to see what happens when we play different parts of America. It was a surprise to see how exciteable New Yorkers were the other night. We will see how the LA shows goes.

AL: I heard that people were yelling out between songs in New York?

Anika: Yes. It was mental. It was crazy.

AL: When many English bands come over here, it’s often singers like Coldplay and Keane. It’s like emotional English ballads…. When someone doesn’t do something like that….

Anika: Actually some of our songs are based on stuff that Keane and Coldplay do. We want that kind of atmosphere. It’s great.

AL: You take these emotional songs and give them a disaffected treatment. It’s almost like Brechtian theater?

Anika: Yeah. There was a lot of thinjgs that I didn’t want to do when I started playing with the guys in Beak>. As an ex-promoter at clubs it would annoy me watching bands with spangly catsuits and guitars. I didn’t want to that sort of thing. It’s apparent to anyone who has heard the songs. I would probably not get through an X-Factor audition. But that doesn’t make it any less credible than a pop star. It’s like if you put Andy Warhol into a painting competition, he probably wouldn’t have won at the time. If there was someone who didn’t neccesarily replicate reality, it doesn’t make them any less credible or acceptable, because they are doing something different.

AL: Are you inspired by a specific period in music?

Anika: No. There are many good records coming out now. There was about ten years of really boring music. The last ten years has been quite predicable. It’s been safe and comfortable in the US and also England. The music was very bland.

AL: Was it a problem of copycats? Many successful bands would come out like Oasis and Libertines, and then there would be several copycats.

Anika: It was interesting when Oasis first came out. That was the 1990s. Blur and Oasis came out before the whole Britpop thing. They were challenging what was going on. They were mooning people at the Brit Awards. Then came the whole Lad culture of indie music and the whole point of it got lost. It got hijacked by people with nothing to say. There is always room for pop music. But all these people like Simon Cowell come along with the perfect recipe for music. When the experts come in with their ideas of pop perfection, it becomes predictable.

AL: So if I understand it right: Beak> was already a band. They were looking for a lead singer and you came in?

Anika: Then it became it’s own thing. It was a strange scenario. I wasn’t looking to form a band. I had written a load of lyrics. My friend called me up and said this band in Bristol is looking for a singer, and I should go and meet them. I didn’t know what Beak> was and I didn’t know Geoff Barrow.

AL: So when you first played with them, they started playing, and you did your vocal bit, did they look up and say “What the hell is this?”

Anika: That was what made it good. I just did the vocals like I would do when no one was around. They didn’t question it or try to understand it. They just said “great” and “let’s do another one.” That was nice. That is why it worked so well. We would just walk in and record it and walk out. We didn’t talk about it. I didn’t listen to it for a year. I was also jamming with another band in Cardiff. I had written loads of songs. It didn’t work and they didn’t understand what I was doing.

AL: How did you decide what songs you were going to do?

Anika: We would get to the studio. We would look through some songs on youtube. We would pick a few songs that we could mess with. We would print out the lyrics. We would try out several songs and record the songs. At the time I didn’t think it would get released. I didn’t do it in a way where I was thinking “People are going to love this.” We were experimental.

AL: How did you write songs together?

Anika: We listened to the track once. And everyone interpreted it in their own way. The whole point for me was I was against the way people were releasing records. It was a rejection of the way records were recorded and marketed. Why change the lyrics if you are going to distract people? Why do a cover song when you got the original to refer to? If I used all my lyrics if would have scared people away. The record might have not been noticed. It’s funny how everyone dwells on the cover songs. The amount of bands now that rip off songs and don’t declare that they do. It was more obvious what is going on in our band.

AL: So you were in the dark about the album for a year?

Anika: Yeah. I moved to Berlin right after that and I didn’t think about it very much. And then Geoff sent me some artwork to okay. I thought: “What is this? You are going to release a record?” Now it’s out there and we are playing shows. It has happened very fast.

AL: Are you doing another record?

Anika: Yeah. We are working on some new songs at the moment.

AL: Do you still DJ?

Anika: Sometimes. I think there is a lot of music that people forget about. It’s important to remind people about certain movements.

AL: Are you still doing journalism?

Anika: I have given up my job as a political journalist. We have been touring for a year. I don’t have as much time to make updates or read The Economist. I was living in Berlin. I have written about all about policy reform.

HERE'S THE BEAK> INTERVIEW FROM LAST YEAR: http://portable-infinite.blogspot.com/2010/10/beak-interview.html

ANIKA will be playing the Echoplex on October 22nd, 2011.
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Prince Rama "Golden Silence"

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PLAID: us tour

Plaid Announces North American Tour Dates

New Album Scintilli Out Now On Warp Records

Download: "Missing" from Scintilli

Listen: Plaid Fact Magazine Mix

Since the release of 2003’s Spokes, Plaid have scored two of Michael Arias’ award-winning films, released Greedy Baby, an ambitious audio-visual collaboration, continued to perform around the world (including a landmark performance at Warp Records’ 20th anniversary celebrations) – and just recently released their latest album Scintilli. Plaid just announced a North American tour in support of Scintilli which includes stops at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge and Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre.

Latin in origin, the word Scintilli can be translated as ‘I am many sparks’. A self-affirming mantra Plaid (aka Ed Handley and Andy Turner) claim to chant for two hours every morning, before starting work in their newly built studio in North London. Every beat of the work has been carefully crafted: they’ve calculated that each beat has taken approximately one day to construct - from the announcement of the laying down of the first foundation beat in early 2009, to the rendering of the final decay earlier this year. ‘This labour intensive process will guarantee long lasting pieces of music that can withstand the restless tensions placed upon them by modern playback devices’, they insist.

“There’s a fierce intelligence working here” - Q

Scintilli is Plaid’s most confident-sounding album to date and certainly among their best work.” - Exclaim

“Perhaps an explanation for the beautiful noise emanating from Scintilli, Ed Handley and Andy Turner’s ninth album, can be found in their attention to detail.” - Mojo

Plaid Tour Dates

11.09 - Montreal, QC @ SAT
11.10 - Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
11.11 - New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
11.12 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
11.13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
11.15 - Houston, TX @ Stereo Live
11.16 - Austin, TX @ND Studios
11.18 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
11.19 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird
11.21 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
11.22 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
11.23 - Portland, OR @ Holocene
11.25 - San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
11.26 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey

Warp Records

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ANIKA @ Echoplex October 22nd

Due to a slight change in our schedule, we have decided to move the date and venue of our show in L.A.
The show will now take place on Sat, Oct 22nd at The Echoplex.
This means that we will now be able to add Stones Throw’s PEANUT BUTTER WOLF to the bill!
More to be announced shortly…
The Echoplex, 1822 w. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

10th CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA (LIVE) - Empty Bottle w/ Slowdance
14th PORTLAND, OREGON, USA (LIVE) - Mississippi Studios
16th SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA (LIVE) - The Crocodile
18th ARCATA, CALIFORNIA, USA (LIVE) - The Jambalaya
26th LOUISIANA, NEW ORLEANS, USA (LIVE) - Siberia w/ Zola Jesus
27th ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA (LIVE) - The Basement

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Band of Skulls: new album, new video, new year

Band Of Skulls Logo

Band Of Skulls Sign To Vagrant Records In The U.S.

New Single To Be Released December 6th

'The Devil Takes Care Of His Own' From Forthcoming Album Out 2012

New Video For Track Online Now!

October 11, 2011 - Band of Skulls have announced today that they have signed with Vagrant Records for the upcoming release of their anticipated and as yet untitled second album. This album will be the follow-up to their debut album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey which was universally embraced by the U.S. media with early supporters at Entertainment Weekly naming them "Your Next Favorite Band." The band's live show was also repeatedly highlighted by the likes of SPIN (Best of Coachella) and Rolling Stone (Best of SXSW) amongst many others.

Following the success of Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, the band retreated to a studio in Norfolk UK to begin writing the follow-up. They returned to their home studio in Southampton to start the recording which they completed in Wales at Rockfield Studios. The album was produced by Ian Davenport (Supergrass, Badly Drawn Boy) and mixed by Nick Launay (Grinderman, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire). The album will be released in 2012 through the band's label in conjunction with Vagrant on Electric Blues Recordings/Vagrant Records.

Prior to that on December 6th, the band will release the first single 'The Devil Takes Care Of His Own' off of the new album which will be available as a download at iTunes and other digital download stores.

Fans can click here now to see a rather unique kung-fu themed video which has been produced to accompany the single:


Band of Skulls - The Devil Takes Care of His Own (Official Video)
Band of Skulls - The Devil Takes Care of His Own (Official Video)
This summer saw the band play the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee as well as two sold-out shows in Los Angeles and two sold-out shows in New York City. Additionally their music continues to be scooped up by the licensing community and is currently being used in both the new Hugo Boss commercial and on the trailer for the film, The Hangover Part II.

Band Of Skulls are: Russell Marsden (guitar & vocals), Emma Richardson (bass & vocals) & Matt Hayward (drums).

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Trentemøller US TOUR

Trentemøller Kicks Off North American Fall Tour With Full Band
This Week Behind Reworked / Remixed Double CD

"...the biggest breakout of Coachella 2011 was Danish electronic artist Trentemøller...Coachella's ultimate underdog, stunning all onlookers and becoming the toast of the fest, with Twitter absolutely exploding with raves and recommendations by his set's conclusion...the biggest revelation of the entire weekend. Perhaps he'll be headlining Coachella in 2012." - Yahoo! Live Review (Coachella 2011)

Download Trentemøller's Remix of "Neverglade"

Watch the Trentemøller Fall 2011 Tour Trailer Video at YouTube

Danish electronic artist Anders Trentemøller will once again join forces with his full live band, kicking off a North American fall tour this week in support of his forthcoming double CD, Reworked / Remixed. Joined by guitarist/bassist Mikael Simpson, guitarist Lisbet Fritze, drummer Jakob Høyer, and vocalists Josephine Philip and Marie Fisker,this set of dates sees Trentemøller revisiting the major markets he circulated through on his sensational coast to coast debut US tour this past spring, of which UR Chicago said he and hsi band "proved that they can dominate any space they take on." This tour will also include a special NYC performance at Webster Hall on 10/14 featuring expert theremin player Dorit Chrysler and Coco Sumner (I Blame Coco).

Reworked / Remixed will be released on Trentemøller's own label In My Room and is due out on November 8th. The double CD features UNKLE, I Blame Coco, Depeche Mode, Modeselektor with Thom Yorke, Efterklang, Mew, Kasper Bjørke and many more, celebrating some of the producer's favorite remixes he's crafted for other artists, as well as his own songs that other musicians have reworked.

Featuring three-dimensional layers, cinematic lighting and unique special effects, Trentemøller's ever-evolving live performances were lauded at this year's SXSW, Ultra Music Festival, and Coachella, resulting in Yahoo! Music saying he was the "biggest breakout of Coachella 2011...perhaps he'll be headlining Coachella in 2012." The full lineup consists of:
Jakob Høyer / drums, Marie fisker / vocal, guitar, Mikael Simpson / guitar, bass, Lisbet Fritze / guitar and Josephine Philipp / vocal (only on the West coast). To get an idea of what to expect on this tour, watch the incredible live video of his performance of "Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!" in front of 50,000 fans at Roskilde Festival.

Trentemøller w/ Full Band Live In Concert

10/12 - Boston, MA - Royale
10/13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
10/14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10/15 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
10/16 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
10/18 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10/19 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
10/21 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
10/22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Complex
10/ 25 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee
10/26 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
10/27 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
10/29 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
10/31 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
11/01 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
11 /02- Vancouver, BA - Commodore
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VH1 Greatest Songs of the 00s

VH1's reminds us what mainstream radio will be playing for the next 100 years
By Alexander Laurence

I just caught this show on VH1 in between football games. It was hosted by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. Wentz was supposed to be some hot rock star five years ago. Now he seems like some creepy child molester. When I look at this list I see a bunch of forgettable club anthems, Timbaland and Pharrell soundalikes, and a bunch of cheesy songs that were on this list because some record company paid to be on this list. I can't understand why some more inspired stuff like The Walkmen, Annie, The Rapture, The Knife, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Basement Jaxx, Burial, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand, TV on The Radio, Portishead, Beach House, Feist, Modest Mouse, The Raconteurs, Anthony and the Johnsons, Bat For Lashes, The Strokes, Miike Snow, and other greats weren't on this list.

I will make a few comments on this list and figure out if any of these songs really belong on this list.

100 Sisqó – “Thong Song” - Perhaps the most obnoxious novelty song of all time: a mix of Sir Mix-a-lot and "The Streak" by Ray Stevens. No thanks.
99 Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats” - Good female break up songs are good when you are 17 but they are not so good revisited. You can only eat so much ice cream and watch so many chick flicks. Get over it and move on I say.
98 3 Doors Down “Kryptonite” - You have to be kidding?
97 Shaggy “It Wasn’t Me” - Actually a great song.
96 Pussycat Dolls (Feat. Busta Rhymes) “Don’t Cha” - A female Milli Vanilli.
95 James Blunt – “You’re Beautiful” - One hit wonder. Keane and Coldplay and pretty much anyone from England is more talented than James Blunt.
94 Daughtry – “It’s Not Over” - Pass.
93 OK Go – “Here It Goes Again” - The video band. I saw these guys recently at Outside Lands. They were about 10% as intersting as Arctic Monkeys and Black Keys.
92 Flo Rida (Feat. T-Pain) – “Low” - Forgettable.
91 Creed – “With Arms Wide Open” - This is a joke.
90 Mystikal – “Shake Ya Ass” - I vaguely remember this one.
89 M.I.A. – “Paper Planes” - MIA was the next big thing a few years ago. Now people are trying to severe any ties to her, because the MIA uncool factor is like a bad stench.
88 Fountains of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom” - I am going to see these guys this week.
87 The Darkness – “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” - This band seemed like the coolest band ever in 2003. But they kicked out the coolest looking member and made a crappy second album.
86 Aerosmith – “Jaded” - American Idol paid for this plug.
85 Macy Gray – “I Try” - Do people still take her seriously?
84 Linkin Park – “In the End” - A staple on modern rock station KROQ. They play this band once every hour. They are emotional. Someone is dying in all their videos.
83 D’Angelo – “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” - This was suppose to be sexy at one point.
82 Matchbox Twenty – “Unwell” - Horrible.
81 Bruce Springsteen – “The Rising” - A reminder that old men are still making music. Might as well get Bob Dylan and Neil Young in here.
80 Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz (Feat. Ying Yang Twins) – “Get Low” - This was another song endlessly played by MTV when they still played videos. It was like water boarding.
79 Enrique Iglesias – “Hero” - Is Anna Kournokova in this video?
78 Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah” - Pass.
77 Nickelback – “How You Remind Me” - Creed, Pearl Jam, Nickelback = shit.
76 T.I. ft Rihanna – “Live Your Life” - This might be good.
77 Gavin DeGraw – “I Don’t Want to Be” (silence).
74 Chamillionaire (Feat. Krayzie Bone) – “Ridin’” Yawn.
73 Nelly Furtado (Feat. Timbaland) – “Promiscuous” - Gotta love it.
72 Jet – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” - If Jet is on here, why not The Strokes, The Vines, The Datsuns, and others?
71 Colbie Caillat – “Bubbly” - Myspace is so five years ago.
70 Chris Brown (Feat. Juelz Santana) – “Run It!” - This guy is cool.
69 Evanescence – “Bring Me to Life” - More emotional videos about death.
68 Ludacris (Feat. Shawnna) – “Stand Up” - Chicken, butts, alcohol.
67 Leona Lewis – “Bleeding Love” - She looks more like a porn star than a singer.
66 Snoop Dogg (Feat. Pharrell) – “Drop It Like It’s Hot” - Good but shouldn't be on this list.
65 Aaliyah – “Try Again” - Amazing.
64 Jennifer Lopez (Feat. Ja Rule) – “I’m Real (Murder Remix)” - Ironic?
63 Andrew W.K. – “Party Hard”- Great song. Great artist.
62 Avril Lavigne – “Complicated” - Sort of like a modern Tiffany or Debbie Gibson. Avril Lavigne is to punk rock what Tiffany is to New Wave, a soft option.
61 Kelis – “Milkshake” -Great song.
60 Ke$ha – “Tik Tok” -Maybe to early to tell if this is great?
59 Justin Timberlake – “Cry Me a River” -Artist of the decade.
58 Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours” -Boring.
57 Mary J. Blige – “Family Affair” Pass.
56 DMX – “Party Up (Up In Here)” -DMX had a great song. This is not it.
55 The Killers – “Mr. Brightside” -Okay.
54 Norah Jones – “Don’t Know Why” -You can't hate this.
53 Blink-182 – “All the Small Things” -If this is the alternative to Backstreet Boys, I would prefer silence.
52 Shakira (Feat. Wyclef) – “Hips Don’t Lie” -Shakira is cool but is this her best song?
51 Natasha Bedingfield – “Pocketful of Sunshine” -Amy Winehouse is rolling in her grave.

50 Taylor Swift – “You Belong With Me” -A real snoozer.
49 Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance” -A have a feeling that Lady Gaga wore out her welcome after two good songs. It's possible that Gaga will be as omnipresent as Toni Braxton or Cathy Dennis for a few years, then pretty forgettable ten years from now.
48 Kings Of Leon – “Sex On Fire” -It's great to see some musicians on here, but this is an annoying song.
47 Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink – “Lady Marmalade” -Hasn't aged well.
46 Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow – “Picture” -Kid Rock didn't have a better song than this in the past decade? Probably not.
45 Eve (Feat. Gwen Stefani) – “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” -Gwen's solo record rules.
44 Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Californication” -Horrible.
43 Katy Perry – “I Kissed A Girl” -Huh?
42 Train – “Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)” -I thought this song was by Maroon 5?
41 R. Kelly – “Trapped In The Closet” -I am asleep.
40 Fall Out Boy – “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” -Already forgotten.
39 Adele – “Chasing Pavements” -Greatest singer on here.
38 Miley Cyrus – “Party In The U.S.A.” -SHIT
37 Britney Spears – “Oops! … I Did It Again” -SHIT
36 *NSYNC – “Bye Bye Bye” -SHIT
35 John Mayer – “Daughters” -SHIT
34 Janet Jackson – “All For You” -Are all these songs picked by 8 yr old girls?
33 Johnny Cash – “Hurt” -I am not sure why everyone likes this song?
32 Maroon 5 – “This Love” -Great stuff.
31 Amy Winehouse – “Rehab” -Worst song on the album, but you have to love Amy.
30 Gwen Stefani – “Hollaback Girl” -Awesome!
29 Foo Fighters – “Best Of You”-I feel frozen in time.
28 Madonna – “Music” -This reminds me that Madonna has been in a slump for a long time.
27 Usher (Feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris) – “Yeah!” -Okay.
26 The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army” -You are shocked that this is on here. The White Stripes did six albums: almost every song is great. There has to be at least a hundred that are better that "Seven Nation Army."
25 Nelly – “Hot in Herre” -This is one of those club songs. They sound great if you are fucked up and people are dancing. Or if you are on drugs. But these songs give you a headache otherwise.
24 Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On” -This still sounds fresh.
23 Pink – “Get the Party Started” -This sounds stale.
22 Alicia Keys – “Fallin’” -Over-rated.
21 Jay-Z – “99 Problems” -Fine.
20 Britney Spears – “Toxic” -Best song ever by Britney. It would be better if there were no vocals.
19 Destiny’s Child – “Bootylicious” -Horrible very dated song.
18 Christina Aguilera – “Beautiful” -A ham fisted moment.
17 Coldplay – “Clocks” -Isn't this song by Keane?
16 Beyoncé – “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” -It seems like everyone is single nowadays. So there are a lot of crazy listeners out there who can relate.
15 U2 – “Beautiful Day” -All their songs are rehashed from the same four chords.
14 Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy” -Best song on here.
13 Green Day – “American Idiot” -Not very subtle.
12 Black Eyed Peas – “I Gotta Feeling” -A song for a cheesy wedding party.
11 Rihanna (Feat. Jay-Z) – “Umbrella” -Nice pop song.
10 50 Cent – “In Da Club” -Not feeling it.
09 Mariah Carey – “We Belong Together” (neutral).
08 Jay-Z (Feat. Alicia Keys) – “Empire State Of Mind” -This song may become annoying at some point.
07 Justin Timberlake (Feat Timbaland) – “SexyBack” -YES. Genius.
06 Kanye West (Feat. Jamie Foxx) – “Gold Digger” -I need more Kanye.
05 Kelly Clarkson – “Since U Been Gone” -This is an aberration.
04 Eminem – “Lose Yourself” -I don't need to hear this again.
03 Lady Gaga – “Poker Face” -I look forward to a tragic accident.
02 OutKast – “Hey Ya!” -Outkast was the greatest band of this decade.
01 Beyoncé (Feat. Jay-Z) – “Crazy In Love” -Major song.

(via VH1)

A new list by me would be cut down to this:

20 (some song I forgot about belongs here)
19 Shaggy “It Wasn’t Me”
18 M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”
17 The Darkness – “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”
16 Andrew W.K. – “Party Hard”
15 Justin Timberlake – “Cry Me a River”
14The Killers – “Mr. Brightside” -Okay.
13 Shakira (Feat. Wyclef) – “Hips Don’t Lie”
12Amy Winehouse – “Rehab”
11 Gwen Stefani – “Hollaback Girl”
10The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
09 Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
08 Jay-Z – “99 Problems”
07 Norah Jones – “Don’t Know Why”
06 Rihanna (Feat. Jay-Z) – “Umbrella”
05 Aaliyah – “Try Again” - Amazing.
04 Justin Timberlake (Feat Timbaland) – “SexyBack”
03 Beyoncé (Feat. Jay-Z) – “Crazy In Love”
02 Adele – “Chasing Pavements”
01 Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”

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EMA + Wild Beasts @ Echoplex

EMA and Wild Beasts will be playing at the ECHOPLEX on THURSDAY October 13th. This will be a major show of the month. In celebration of all those great shows over this year, we are giving away two pairs of tickets to you amazing LA music lovers out there. All you have to do is send your name or email address and mention EMA.

To win, please do one of the following:

1) Leave a comment below with name or email.
2) Follow us on twitter, or
3) Send an email to PORTINFINITE @ aol.com and we will pick a winner.

Don't just stand around. This is for real. Enter sooner than later. Good luck.
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Band of Skulls "Devil Takes Care of His Own"

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KCRW "Are Friends Electric?"

Tickets for KCRW’s Holiday Benefit Shows on Sale TODAY
To KCRW Members Only
**Public Sale Starts October 11**

"Are Friends Eclectic?"
At the Orpheum Theatre
December 2 & December 3

Jimmy Cliff and Iron & Wine will headline the shows,
each with a different lineup and special guests.

Proceeds to Benefit KCRW

LA public radio station KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) will celebrate the holiday season by bringing together some of our favorite artists for two nights of music at the intimate Orpheum Theatre, a beautifully-restored Downtown landmark celebrating it’s 85th anniversary this year.

KCRW Members get the first chance at tickets to the "Are Friends Eclectic?" concerts, which will take place on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 with different lineups each night and special guests.

As a benefit to KCRW supporters, members can take advantage of reduced ticket fees by purchasing tickets directly from the Orpheum box office for two days only – October 4 and 5 -- from 10am to 7pm. Members can purchase tickets online during that time as well here:

Tickets will be available to the general public starting October 11. It’s an all ages show and proceeds will go towards supporting the station’s programming.

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff will headline on December 2, joined by the joyful pop sounds of Brett Dennen, LA's favorite world fusion band Fool's Gold, the slightly psychedelic, occasionally funky White Denim, the epic chamber pop of Oklahoma’s Other Lives – who recently opened for Bon Iver - and the sensual and spiritual stylings of Mia Doi Todd.

The December 3 lineup features folk-rock renaissance man Sam Beam with his band Iron & Wine, along with the ear-pleasing harmonies of local favorites The Belle Brigade, jaw-dropping guitar and vocals from UK blues diva Anna Calvi, darling Malaysian pop crooner Zee Avi, and the homespun retro-country sound of The Secret Sisters, who have opened for Paul Simon and count T Bone Burnett and Jack White amongst their fans.

“When envisioning a holiday concert to celebrate KCRW, I wanted to bring it back to basics and create an event that resonated with the spirit of the season. It’s simply a stellar lineup of artists we’re really excited about, capturing an intimacy to stir the soul,“ said KCRW Music Director and Host of Morning Becomes Eclectic Jason Bentley.

WHAT: "Are Friends Eclectic?" Holiday Shows
WHEN: Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3
WHERE: Orpheum Theatre
842 S Broadway
Los Angeles, California 90014
TIME: Doors at 6:45, Show Starts at 7:45 pm
TICKETS: From $55 to $200 (All Ages)
DETAILS & TICKETS: http://www.kcrw.com/holidayshow

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Portishead "Chase The Tear"


Worldwide 12” vinyl release on November 14 2011.

200 signed copies available in advance at
New York’s Independent Label Market on October 8

XL Recordings are set to release Portishead’s ‘Chase The Tear’ on vinyl for the first time. ‘Chase The Tear’ – which Portishead performed live on the Jimmy Fallon Show last night (October 5th) – will be made available on limited edition 12” vinyl and comes backed with a version of the track by Toronto’s Doldrums.

Fans’ first chance to get hold of a copy of the limited edition 12” vinyl release will be on Saturday October 8. 200 signed copies will be available to buy at the XL Recordings stall at the Independent Label Market in New York.

The inaugural Independent Label Market took place in London on May 21st when the UK’s leading independent labels took over London’s Berwick Street market to sell a combination of new, old and exclusive releases. Full details of the US Independent Label Market are at: http://independentlabelmarket.tumblr.com

‘Chase The Tear’ will then get a full worldwide release on November 14 2011. The vinyl will come with a download code to download the mp3 version and will also be available to buy at Portishead live shows.

All proceeds from the release will go to Amnesty International

The original ‘Chase The Tear’ video can be viewed on Portishead’s official site; http://www.portishead.co.uk/category/news/videopromo/

Full release details:
‘Chase The Tear’
Released November 14 2011 on XL Recordings

12” Vinyl (XL 557)
A. Chase The Tear
B. Chase The Tear – Doldrums Reimagine

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Little Dragon @ Avalon

LITTLE DRAGON is playing tonight and tomorrow October 6th and 7th.
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Morning After Girls @ Taix

MORNING AFTER GIRLS are playing at Taix tonight, October 6th.

It's part of the Culture Collide festival.
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Bert Jansch RIP

Hebert "Bert" Jansch 1943-2011
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Zola Jesus @ Amoeba 7pm

ZOLA JESUS plays at Amoeba tonight October 4th 7pm. Her new album CONATUS is out!
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Toro Y Moi @ El Rey

TORO Y MOI is playing at the El Rey Theater tonight October 3rd.
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MGMT "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything"

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Crocodiles @ Detroit Bar

CROCODILES playing with Dum Dum Girls at Detroit Bar tonight, October 2nd.
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