Archive | July, 2010

New Blood Red Shoes Album, Fire Like This

20 Jul

Blood Red Shoes are much like a good wine; they get better with age. After the success of their first record, Box Of Secrets; the band is ready to give us a taste of Fire Like This. The sophomore record, which was released in the U.K in March will make waves in North America on October 12th(via V2 Records). Produced by long time collaborator Mike Crossey; the record sound is a lot more raw and invigorated. Singles like Don’t Ask And Colours Fade stay true to their punk roots, but showcase their immense talents and ambitions going forward. Steven(one half of Blood Red Shoes with Laura-Mary) spoke about the transition from D.I.Y punk to big band success saying :

“You know, we’ve come from a punk rock, underground scene – everyone has pretty strict ethical rules, about selling out and that. We want to make music that matters, that’s credible, and artistic. But we’re also really ambitious. We definitely want to be a big band.”

The Brighton duo also have plans to tour the U.S in the fall, which will give North American fans a chance to experience them live. Tour dates have not been announced, but we’ll keep on eye out and let you know.

Posted by : Max Mohenu


Interview : Film School

18 Jul

Since their formation in the late 1990s, San Francisco’s Film School have seen changes in both sound and lineup, evolving along with the industry and embracing each transition as it comes to pass.  Now set to release their fourth full-length album, Fission, later this month, the Californian band has taken yet another direction, channelling the freedom associated with leaving their former label and the energetic mindset that came along with it.  Enthused about their latest endeavour, Dirtbag caught up with Film School a few weeks back to discuss the departure from Beggars, the affinity for all things Californian and the integral role played by social media.

Dirtbag Journalism: You guys have been established in California since the 90s, but it’s only really now that the west coast has become en vogue for music.  What are your thoughts on this recent and overdue attention that’s come to the west coast?

Greg Bertens:  Well, I remember when we were playing in San Francisco, people were writing about us and they thought we were a New York band.  I really didn’t know what to make of that, actually, because I thought there were a lot of bands that had the same energy as us on the west coast, but they weren’t getting attention for some reason – I don’t know why.  I think there’s a really vibrant scene in Los Angeles right now. There’s a lot of really talented stuff coming out of here, so I think it’s cool.  It’s great.

DJ: Do you find your band has a distinct “Californian” vibe or does that even exist?

GB: Well, I think that when we were getting compared to some of the New York bands, our music and our vibe was a little bit darker.  This album, to me, has a lot of energy and it’s a little bit more positive, I guess.  I don’t think it’s sunny and easy, but I think that in general maybe the west coast has a little bit more levity in their music, but I don’t know if there’s genres based on locations anymore just because there’s so many bands and sounds going on.

I guess it’s whatever’s popular in general is sort of found wherever.   And I think that maybe some of the bands coming out of LA right now are energetic and real spazzy.

DJ: Well, your new album, Fission, is coming out this month, and your previous releases have been with Beggars.  Have you found since leaving Beggars you were able to approach Fission differently than when you were with them?

GB:  I think there were a few things that happened over the past couple years that just generally has a freeing effect, and just allowed me to feel some kind of new energy and inspiration in music. And part of that was just leaving a label that we weren’t totally jiving with.

And the idea of Fission – this wasn’t intended when I named the album – but it is like when splits happen; I think I started listening to the album and kind of reflecting on the past couple years and I think that title just seemed appropriate and one of the reasons why was because of our split with Beggars.  I felt a lot of energy and excitement and passion and I think it’s reflected on this album.

DJ: It’s almost like you’re starting a new band because there are no previous connotations or expectations associated with anything – it’s just you guys.

GB: Exactly.  We were kind of free to do whatever we wanted.  And you know, Beggars never really told us we had to do anything in particular, it was just more in that feeling of when you break up with someone you feel really free, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that other person, you just feel like you’re ready to move on and do new things, and that’s how I felt at the end of all of this.

DJ: Since you’ve been around since the 90s, have you found you’ve been able to express yourselves better musically as time’s gone on?  Is your approach different?

GB: Well, you know, music’s changed so much in nine years.  The ability to release your own record and do it in a good way, in a solid way that’s the most profound change.   And I think that being able to work directly with fans or speak directly with fans is one of the most exciting parts about music in general for me now because it always seemed like it had to be through a label or you had to be working with people in the industry.

And I do think that the industry’s shifting as well, but as an artist you can reach people directly and communicate with them directly, and that’s something’s that’s really cool.

DJ: Do you pride yourselves as an interactive band?

GB: I don’t think you can do it without it today – it’s not really a choice.  If you want to make it as a band in any sort of way beyond your hometown, you have to be involved in it.  Personally, I really enjoy it, I design stuff, too, so I’ve always had a fascination with the Web and its social media aspects.

I mean, some bands do want to be as private or mysterious as possible, but I don’t know – that’s not really what I’m interested in doing.  I really enjoy interacting with fans, and every time people go to our Facebook page and write things I always read them, and I love writing back and saying hi and stuff like that – that’s just kind of how I am.

Posted by : Anne T. Donahue

Beach Fossils Needs A Guitarist

13 Jul

Captured Tracks has just posted on their twitter that Beach Fossils guitarist has left the band. The tweet reads :

Hey everyone, sad to report that Chris is leaving Beach Fossils. He just needed a break and wants to focus on his music. He left on good terms with the band and will be missed!

SO if you or someone you know is an awesome guitarist get in touch with Beach Fossils or comment on here as well.

The band will be rescheduling a few of their dates. Their show in Toronto at Wrongbar on August 11th with Javelin and Warpaint is still on from what we know. If you think you have what it takes to be in the band, you should email them. It couldn’t hurt.

Posted by : Max Mohenu

Dirtbag Debut : The Dream – Yamaha/Nicki Pt.2/Abyss (Trilogy)

13 Jul

Receiving an 8.6 on Pitchfork is no shock to us because R&B’s newest king, The Dream has been decimating the music world since the very beginning of his career. After two solid singles(Love King And Make Up Bag) of his new LP, Love King; The Dream has decided to combine the three most powerful songs off the new record into one very awesome video. Trapped In The Closet may be old news after people see this. Also, Yamaha is the 2010 version of R.Kelly’s single, You Remind Me Of Somethin. Listen closely and you’ll hear the inspiration.

Posted by : Max Mohenu

Yellow Fever Continue Tour After Being Released From Jail

13 Jul

Yellow Fever is an engaged duo from Austin Texas. These kids haven’t been on the scene very long, but their quirky art pop style has them on bills with bands like Titus Andronicus, The Oh Sees, among other amazing bands. Their music is lovely and they seem like darlings themselves, but what happened to last week wasn’t so great. While trying to catch their flight to play a show at South Street Seaport, Jennifer Moore and her beau Adam Jones were detained by airport security. It seems as though Jennifer, who enjoys cooking on tour as appose to eating out all the time, had her kitchen knife in her bag. Talk about a crazy situation eh ? Jennifer released this statement(via Force Field PR) :

“After enjoying the fine facilities at the Harris County Jail, bologna sandwiches, cute orange outfits, new friends, and *very* public restrooms, we are pleased to announce that we will be continuing our tour tonight in New York!  We intended to kick off our tour by flying to NY to play the Seaport show, and returning to Texas to drive our hippy camp-wagon through the glorious South over the 4th of July weekend, but were rudely interrupted by the TSA who decided to cart me off to jail for forgetting a kitchen knife in my backpack and accidentally carrying it through airport security.  Anyway, after our brief meeting with The Man in court Tuesday morning we drove straight to New York.” – Jennifer Moore, YellowFever

The band will be playing a show tomorrow with Titus Andronicus at the Horseshoe Tavern.  The rest of their tour dates can be found below :

07/16 – Columbus, OH – The Summit
07/17 – Carbondale, IL – Handsome Fest
07/18 – Lawrence, KS – Jackpot
07/19 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
07/20 – Madison, WI – Project Lodge
07/21 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
07/22 – St Louis, MO – Antartica
07/23 – Nashville, TN – Little Hamilton
07/25 – Hot Springs, AR – The Exchange +
07/26 – Norman, OK – The Opolis
07/27 – Denton, TX – TBA
07/29 – San Antonio, TX – Korova Basement
07/30 – Laredo, TX – Old No. 2
07/31 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
08/01 – El Paso, TX – Hideaway Lounge
08/02 – Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space
08/03 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
08/04 – Los Angeles, CA – The Smell ^
08/05 – Los Angeles, CA – Day Off – Going to Disneyland!
08/06 – Sacramento, CA – The Hub
08/07 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent !
08/08 – Klamath Falls, OR – Contemporary Arts Kitchen
08/09 – Portland, OR – East End
08/10 – Olympia, WA – Northern
08/12 – Vancouver, BC – Honey
08/13 – Seattle, WA – Cairo
08/14 – Provo, UT – The Compound
08/15 – Denver, CO – Rhinoceropolis
08/16 – Albuquerque, NM – Wunderkind
08/17 – Lubbock, TX – Bash Riprocks

% = w/ Titus Andronicus
+ = w/ Halloween Swim Team
^ = w/ Ty Segall, Royal Baths
! = w/ Thee Oh Sees

Their self released EP, Bermuda Triangle is out now.  Listen to the title track here

Posted by : Max Mohenu

Dirtbag Journalism Is Looking For Contributors

8 Jul

In the next month or so; Dirtbag Journalism is going to take a new direction. I’m looking for freelancers who want to be apart of it. If your a :




Or just want to throw something our way, that would be awesome.

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Next Level : Altered Zones

8 Jul

Pitchfork Media has made itself a creditable source for independent music news since 1995. In the last 15 years; indie music has seen more transformations and crazy sub genres than you’d care to memorize. It’s been really beneficial for our generation to have this beacon of up to date information be available to us at all times.

The music scene has changed a lot  more in the past few years and some of these new bands are doing things on a much smaller scale, which makes it hard for a lot of different types of music lovers to check them out. Underground, extremely overlooked and sometimes completely off the radar; these fresh faces are making very unique, leftfield music that’s not reaching the masses. But now a group of awesome bloggers are about to change all that.

On June 29th, 2010, Pitchfork announced that they will launch a sister site called Altered Zones. This site will give readers a chance to dwell into the emerging D.I.Y music scene that has been slowly growing more and more over the last several years. 14 different blogs will post new tracks, explore new genres, and showcase a flood of new bands that are making their way on the underground scene. Blogs like : Friendship Bracelet, Gorilla Vs Bear, Get Off The Coast, among others are going to share all their awesome music with us. From psych pop, drone, tropical, African beats; nothing is off-limits on Altered Zones. You’ll have 10 favorite new bands after one visit to that site.

Sounds good right ? You don’t know how awesome it really is until you check out the site itself. Beautifully displayed, amazing content and music, and every blogger gives thorough information about the band they’ve posted. For the site launch; the bloggers posted their favorite albums, cassettes, and tracks of the first half of the year. The regular post schedule will start on Monday.

Altered Zones is going to change the game that is music blogging. It’s the pinnacle of what Dirtbag Journalism strives for and it’s about time that we recognize the contributions of these D.I.Y musicians and the people who love them. Altered Zones plan for world domination starts now. Good on you dudes!

Posted by : Max Mohenu