Archive for July, 2011

Michael Steele joins us Sunday night on the Moheak Music Meeting.

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Who is this bad-ass dude, you may be asking? He’s not as much as bad-ass as this pic would indicate, but Michael Steele founded and programmed the most bad-ass US commercial FM rock station of the past decade. Rolling Stone went so far as to call Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles the “coolest station in the country” several years running. Moheak Radio is programmed by TK and Darren Revell, both of whom were regulars on Indie. While the station is no longer an FM entity, the Indie spirit is alive and growing at Moheak Radio and I’m glad to be a part of it. This Sunday night (31st), Michael and Darren will join me for the 2-hour Moheak Music Meeting. We’ll rate/debate new tracks by Noel Gallagher, TeddyBears, Butch Walker, M83, Kasabian, The Drums, and more. Steele is not only a radio guru, but he’s quite the music expert as well. Come hang with us. Click here and hit “listen live”. I’ll post again Monday with the songs that did the best.

MONDAY UPDATE: The best responses in order of play, were for singles by TeddyBears, Butch Walker, M83, and a deeper Sleeper Agent track. Below is the show if you missed it and would like to check it out. Next Moheak Radio Music Meeting will be Sunday, August 14.


Moheak Radio Music Meeting, July 31 by Bruce Rave

Go Deep Show as Heard of Moheak Radio, July 29

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Here are the links and playlists from yesterday’s Go Deep show on Moheak Radio. The 2-hour program airs weekly at 1p Pacific, 4p EDT, 9p GMT. The 2-hour Moheak Music Meeting, where we rate and debate important new releases, will be on at 8p Pacific, 11p ET, and 4a Monday GMT. Guests will be original Program Director Michael Steele of the legendary Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles along with Moheak Radio Music Director Darren Revell. The show links are right here.

Hour 1

Hour 2

Noel Gallagher – The Death of You and Me (First taste from September album)
Fleet Foxes – Lorelai (First time playing this one)
Those Darlins – Be Your Bro (Live tonight at The Echo–I hear they’re insane)
Kasabian – Days Are Forgotten (First single from September album)
The Kills – Nail In My Coffin (One of my most requested bands)
Battles f/ Gary Numan – My Machines (Europe next several weeks)
Ladytron – White Elephant (First official single from upcoming disc)
Foster the People – Warrant (Lollapalooza next weekend)
The Drums – Money (Masters of bright melodies and dark lyrics)
Sleeper Agent – Proper Taste (Their “Get It Daddy” song starting to take off)
The Airborne Toxic Event – Welcome to Your Wedding Day (Gigs in the Northeast this week)
The Vaccines – Norgaard (Many US dates next few months)
She Wants Revenge – Not Just A Girl (Most meaningful song to band member Adam)
TV on the Radio – Repetition (Thanks to TV’s A&R man Jeff Sosnow for coming on Music Meeting)
TeddyBears – Get Mama A House (Band is my “Rave’s Fave of the Week”)
Amy Winehouse – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (R.I.P. Cool to hear her covers as Hour 2 begins)
Amy Winehouse – It’s My Party (Recorded with Quincy Jones)
Fitz & the Tantrums – Breakin’ The Chains of Love (Amy helped establish the current soul revival)
M83 – Midnight City (First track from fall release)
Little Dragon – Ritual Union (Lots of interest in this song)
Ida Maria – I Eat Boys Like You For Breakfast (Hoping she’ll be back in US this fall)
Cults – Make Time (Their single not my fave track on album)
Beirut – East Harlem (Canada this week, then Lolla)
Bright Eyes – Jejune Stars (Song growing after all of this time)
Cloud Control – Meditation Song #2 (Great harmonies at their live gig Wednesday)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Same Mistake (Band in a more pop direction this time around)
The Kooks – Junk of the Heart (Speaking of pop, strong radio interest in this track)

Moheak Music Meeting, Sunday July 24

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Join us this Sunday night 8-10 Pacific, 11-1 EDT, and Monday  4-6a GMT for the Moheak Music Meeting, where we’ll rate and debate important new indie releases. Guests will be Adam of She Wants Revenge, Interscope Records A&R exec Jeff Sosnow (signed TV on the Radio, Wolfmother, Cold War Kids), and also Mike Clemenza of the high-profile blog BlahBlahBlahScience (b3sci). Listen and watch us, as we’ll play newest tracks from artists like Tom Morello, Horrors, Kasabian, Bush, The Kooks, etc. Come hang, and I will post again Monday with the artists and songs that got the most positive responses from our panel.

Monday update: The national bands above mostly did pretty well, but it turns out some unsigned bands outshined the vets: The Shrine, Sleeping in the Aviary, Wild Feathers, The Californian.


Go Deep Show as Heard on Moheak Radio, July 22

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Here are the playlist and links from the July 22 Go Deep show on Moheak Radio. Catch the show live Fridays 1-3p Pacific, 4-6p EDT, 9-11p GMT. The Moheak Music Meeting will air Sunday night 8-10 Pacific with guests Adam of She Wants Revenge and Jeff Sosnow, A&R executive at Interscope Records.

Hour 1

Hour 2

The Kooks – Is It Me (This is the UK single)
The Naked and Famous – Punching in A Dream (Will this song keep their streak going?)
The Strokes – Taken For A Fool (Word is band already back in studio)
The Horrors – I Can See Through You (Album debuts #5 in UK, this week’s Rave’s Fave)
The Airborne Toxic Event – All I Ever Wanted (Austin City Limits in September)
She Wants Revenge – Not Just A Girl (Adam from band on this Sunday’s Moheak Music Meeting)
Little Dragon – Ritual Union (Album out July 26)
TeddyBears f/ Flaming Lips – Crystal Meth Christian (Song gaining airplay traction)
Wilco – I Might (8th album dropping Sept. 27)
The Subways – It’s A Party (Promising track from upcoming 3rd album)
Justice – Civilization (Always gets good response when played)
Gang Gang Dance – Mindkilla (Great reports on their Pitchfork Fest show)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Same Mistake (3rd album out Sept. 20 in US)
Givers – Up Up Up (Early August European dates)
The Joy Formidable – Austere (Good to see their “Whirring” getting heavy US airplay)
Ladytron – Ambulances (Hour 2 begins)
Handsome Furs – Repatriated (Vancouver, Seattle this weekend)
Battles – Ice Cream (Also playing Vancouver and Seattle this weekend)
Butch Walker & the Black Widows – Summer of ’89 (2nd album with BW’s coming Aug. 31)
The Ettes – Excuse (US tour in August)
My Morning Jacket – Holding Onto Black Metal (Yes, Jim James likes black metal music)
Deerhunter – Memory Boy (Did real well at Pitchfork Festival)
Cloud Control – Gold Canary (Shows next week in NY and LA on way home to Australia)
The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love (Thankfully not a Bee Gees cover)
Ida Maria – 10,000 Lovers (Studio version of song she performed live in studio)
The Kills – Future Starts Slow (This is their future)
Black Lips – Family Tree (Eastern US next couple of weeks)
Miles Kane – Rearrange (Mostly UK dates on tap)
Cults – Bumper (Will tour with Foster the People)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Senator (“what the senator wants is a blow job”)

Recommending Foster the People, My Morning Jacket, Ida Maria, Postelles CD’s

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Predicting that Foster the People will become multi-hit masters

Four albums over the past two months really stood out for me.

Foster the PeopleTorches…Great title for this hot album. Anytime a new band blows up quickly on the strength of one hit song (“Pumped Up Kicks” in their case), the danger is that the hit will dwarf everything else the band might be up to. It’s a problem most people don’t mind having, and I think Foster the People will quickly rise above one-hit wonder status. Just about every track works with a keen sense of melody and freshness. Plus, the band pulls it off live. “Kicks” is now blowing up internationally, and this album will probably have legs leading into 2012. Besides the first hit, track tips are “Helena Beat”, “Warrant”, and “Miss You”.

My Morning JacketCircuital…MMJ has always been one of those bands that I’ve respected more than I’ve loved. This album is easily my favorite of theirs, as they seem to have hit the perfect sweet spot. “Holding On the Black Metal” is doing well for the band, and I also like title track “Circuital” and “Outta My System”, which is written in the first-person of a reformed car thief.

Ida MariaKatla…Best-known for first album songs like “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked”, Ida has returned with a bang. Butch Walker produced this ace disc, where 7 of the 8 tracks reallywork for me. Her vocals hit me like a combination of Janis Jopin and Joan Jett, and the “Bad Karma” single feels like something Joan would have a hit with. Joplin is an influence and this album has a blusier feel to it. Radio will have great success with the single once it gets played, and I also especially recommend “I Eat Boys Like You for Breakfast” and “Quite Nice People.”

The PostellesThe Postelles…These New Yorkers were discovered by Albert Hammond, Jr. of  The Strokes, and their sound feels like a more pop version of early Strokes. Hammond produced 4 tracks. Some might call this band derivative, but they’ve got the vocals, freshness, and songwriting to have a serious shot. They were originally signed to Capitol, but changes in label personnel caused this album to never be released. Now on the more indie-flavored Plus One label, things have progressed for the band.  Track tips are “123 Stop”, “White Night”, and “Stella”.

Go Deep Show as Heard on Moheak Radio, July 15

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Here’s this week’s Go Deep show, as heard Fridays on Moheak Radio at 1p Pacific, 4p EDT, 9p GMT. Listen by clicking on the links. The playlist is below. Enjoy, and I’d love to hear who any of your faves from this list might be.

Hour 1

Hour 2

The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love (First taste from their new one)
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (Srong summer festival reactions)
The KickDrums – Perfect World (RZA handles the rap in the middle)
Beirut – East Harlem (Outside Lands festival in August)
My Morning Jacket – Outta My System (UK dates this weekend)
Battles f/ Gary Numan – My Machines (New single)
Ida Maria – I Eat Boys Like You For Breakfast (My choice for second single)
Foster the People – Miss You (Band rapidly spreading internationally)
The Wombats – Anti-D (Band planning US dates in fall)
The Horrors – You Said (New album drops later this month)
She Wants Revenge – Take the World (Song added to station powerhouse KROQ)
Arctic Monkeys – The Hellcat Spangled Shalala (New UK single)
Tom Morello: The Night Watchman – It Begins Tonight (Tom is in Rage form)
The Kills – You Don’t Own the Road (West Coast in early September)
Kasabian – Switchblade Smile (Song seems to have 7 different sections)
The Kooks – Junk of the Heart (New single has a huge hook)
Friendly Fires – Hawaiian Air (Very strong live reactions to this song)
TeddyBears – Get Mama A House (They call their genre “regional Mexican”)
The Vaccines – All In White (Latest UK single)
Gomez – Options (Playing at Australia’s Splendour in the Grass)
Yacht – Utopia (Uptempo album opener)
Ladytron – Ambulances (New track a pretty change of pace)
The Naked and Famous – Young Blood (White Sea remix) (Original version now top 10 nationally)
Viva Brother – Still Here (Long-awaited album out next month)
The Drums – Money (New album in September)
Sleeper Agent – Get It Daddy (Very strong Moheak Music Meeting reaction)
Those Darlins – Be Your Bro (Tennessee band in central US right now)
My Morning Jacket – True Love Ways (Holly cover from “Rave On”)
The Raveonettes – My Times Up (and my time is up for this week)

Adam from She Wants Revenge on Moheak Music Meeting tonight

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Tonight’s Moheak Music Meeting will rate and debate some of the most important new indie releases. Our panel will be all Moheak Radio dj’s this time. Adam from She Wants Revenge now has a Friday evening show with us, and he’s fresh off of the KROQ add of their single “Take the World”. KROQ in Los Angeles is one more the most influential FM stations in the world. Two of the best free-form music shows I know of, are hosted by Paul V. and Larry G. on Moheak. Both of them will be on hand tonight. Come watch and listen! 8-10p Pacific, 11-1a EDT, 4-6a Monday GMT.  I will update this post on Monday with a few tracks that got the best reactions.

Post show update: Adam had to cancel at the last minute due to a conflicting gig but he’ll be on the show in the very near future. Paul and Larry brought some top-tier tuneage. Among the national artists getting the most positive reaction were Justice, TeddyBears, Sleeper Agent, Ladytron, and The Rapture.   Love Grenades, YR Shadow, and Sebastian also did real well with our panel. Paul posted a link to this show, which you can hear by clicking right here. The next Moheak Music Meeting will be July 24.

Go Deep Show as Heard on Moheak Radio, July 8

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Here’s this week’s Go Deep show, as heard on Moheak Radio. Go Deep can be heard weekly on Fridays 1-3p Pacific, 4-6p EDT, 9-11p GMT. The Postelles interview special starts at the beginning of hour 2. Playlist is below. Tune in this Sunday night for the Moheak Music Meeting, where we will rate and debate some of the most important new indie releases. Guests will include Adam from She Wants Revenge. Here are the show links and playlist:

Hour 1

Hour 2

She Wants Revenge – Up In Flames (Congrats on their KROQ add this week)
The Kills – Nail In My Coffin (Lots of strong reaction to this album)
Sleeper Agent – Get It Daddy (Summer dates with Cage the Elephant)
Cults – Make Time (Lollapalooza next month in Chicago)
Fleet Foxes – Battery Kinzie (CD continues strong sales)
Yacht – Dystopia (Amsterdam, France, Spain this week)
The Kooks – The Saboteur (First track from new album)
Florence & the Machine – Not Fade Away (Heavy fave from “Rave On” tribute album)
Battles – Ice Cream (Another popular track from their new album)
Handsome Furs – Repatriated (Wolf Parade side project for husband and wife)
The Airborne Toxic Event – All At Once (Great reaction to their Summerfest show in Milwakuee)
Arctic Monkeys – Library Pictures (Guys take hometown buddies on the road with them)
Cold Cave – Icons of Summer (Album continues to thrive in the indie world)
Moving Units – Until She Says (Singer Blake moving to Paris in fall)
My Morning Jacket – You Wanna Freak Out (Lots of deeper tracks)
The Postelles – 123 Stop (Single begins Postelles interview special)
The Postelles – White Night (Band’s first single was produced by Hammond, Jr.)
The Postelles – Sound the Alarms (Heaviest Srokes vibe but not produced by Hammond, Jr. )
The Postelles – Stella (Personal fave on album)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Morning Thought (Lead track from new album)
Foster the People – Warrant (Playing second of two sold-out LA shows tonight)
Trent Rezor/Karen O. – Imigrant Song (Cover song in “Girl With the Golden Tattoo” movie trailer)
TeddyBears f/ Flaming Lips – Crystal Meth Christian (Christians wouldn’t think of it, would they?)
Wilco – I Might (Brand new single)
The Ettes – Excuse (Good response from last week’s spin)
TV on the Radio – Second Song (A personal fave on album)
Ida Maria – Quite Nice People (She’s had this personal song for a long time)
Ida Maria – It’s Okay (As performed live here last week, first time ever played live)



Live: Black Lips, Postelles, Ida Maria

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Ida can definitely mix it up during her shows

Three good ones in 7 days:

Black Lips played at the Henry Fonda Music Box at a show presented by Moheak Radio. They’re famous for being good live, and also for some of their onstage antics. This event was relatively reserved, except when about 20 people began hurling toilet paper into the crowd from the stage. These guys know how to play, but the sound was muddy enough where almost everything began to sound too similar. It was a good omen that the soaring chorus of their “Modern Art” single did stand out.

The Postelles from New York are a band I first saw last year when I was in a club to check out another band. Their songs, playing, melodies, and vocals stand out for me. Rather than just hanging around for a couple of songs, I hung in for their entire set. Following delays created by a change of labels, their album finally dropped in late May, 2011. The band was discovered by Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes, and these guys certainly exude a more pop version of the early Strokes vibe. Their Echo show drew a pretty good-sized crowd. The show was solid but might have been slightly lower energy than what I remembered from last time. It was almost the end of their first headlining tour, and perhaps the guys were a little tired. I had a good chat with them before their soundcheck, and the interview special with music included will run this coming Friday around 2pm Pacific time on my July 8 Go Deep Show.

Ida Maria packed The Roxy last Thursday. She delivered on her reputation for great live shows. Ida has this highly relatable, down to earth quality but she’s also one who totally throws herself into her songs. The band was very strong. The first half of the show might have been slightly softer compared to her gigs from a few years back, but there was no lack of overall energy. The double-encore of her famous songs “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” and “Oh My God” left everyone saying “omg” and wanting more. Ida was the in-studio guest on my July 1 Go Deep Show. You can hear the interview and performance on this blog’s July 2 post.

Go Deep Show as Heard on Moheak Radio, July 1

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Here you go, fellow Ravers. This is the playlist along with both hourly links to this week’s Go Deep show on Moheak Radio. A new program airs every Friday at 1p Pacific, 4p EDT, 9p GMT. This week’s second hour featured an in-studio appearance by Ida Maria.

Hour 1

Hour 2

Trent Rezor/Karen O. – Immigrant Song (Trailer song for “Girl With the Golden Tattoo”)
Justice – Civilization (Album coming later in year)
The Ettes – Excuse (First single from new album)
The Airborne Toxic Event – Numb (Playing Summerfest in Milwaukee tomorrow night)
The Horrors – Still Life (Strong performer on Moheak Music Meeting show)
Dead Sara – Weatherman (Strong LA band)
Ida Maria – Cherry Red (Ida will be in studio next hour)
Brother – Darling Buds of May (Album still over a month away)
The Postelles – Stella (Interview special on next week’s show)
The KickDrums – Perfect World (Infectious track from Brooklyn band)
Cold Cave – Villians of the Moon (New York band as well)
The Wombats – Schumacher the Champagne (Strong Glastonbury gig last week)
My Morning Jacket – Holding Onto Black Metal (Possibly their most successful album)
Battles f/ Gary Numan – My Machines (Strong Moheak Music Meeting reaction)
Friendly Fires – Blue Cassette (Beginning of Hour 2)
The Vaccines – Post Break-Up Sex (US radio wouldn’t touch this UK hit)
Black Lips – Family Tree (Added to Pacific Festival in Orange County this August)
Poly Styrene – Thrash City (We miss her)
Yacht – Dystopia (Getting the most attention off of new album)
Gang Gang Dance – Mindkilla (Pitchfork in a couple of weeks)
The Strokes – Machu Picchu (Europe next few weeks)
Ida Maria – I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked (Probably her best known song)
Ida Maria – I Eat Boys Like You For Breakfast (My pick for second single)
Ida Maria – Quite Nice People (Played live in studio)
Ida Maria – 10,000 Lovers (Played live in studio)
Ida Maria – Bad Karma (First single will be a hit if played)
Ida Maria – Stella (Played live in studio)
Ida Maria – It’s Okay (New song not performed before)
Ida Maria – Oh My God (Studio version, final encore at Roxy last night)