The May Fire – The List EP

San Francisco garage rockers The May Fire almost insist upon an air of pretension that isn’t negative in the least, despite every single connotation “pretension” denotes. Charismatic front woman Catty Tasso (vocals, guitar) sounds akin to Karen O, at times — most noticeably on closer “Mother/Father” — with a too cool for school attitude that she pulls off with ease.

The May Fire’s latest offering, The List EP, is the third and final release for a trilogy that the band last year determined to independently record and release within a year: drummer and vocalist El Pipe (“pee-pay”) produced, recorded and mixed the records. The previous releases include the La Victoria EP and the Plastic Army EP ; the quartet just make their own deadline with the August 5th release of The List EP.

Play “The Clone”

The EP begins with the lyrically desperate “Burning Up,” featuring slightly whiny vocals atop a driving beat and gritty, garage rock riffs. “No Clone” (download) follows, sounding like an indifferent and half-hearted attempt rebellion as Tasso sings, “I’m on the run / Try me / Chase me / Catch me, I’m on a riot” without any of the energy that a riot demands. Pipe’s beats and Rob Gwin‘s thumping bass lines coyly display the potential for a riot, yet the song remains too low key to present the riot it promises it’s on; it’s the contradictory nature of the song that makes it one of the best on the EP, though.

Title track “The List” (download) fuzzy guitars and driving bass play behind Tasso’s sultry and muted as she wistfully sings about wanting “a taste of a perfect dream.” “Under The Wave” is poppier and more melodic with smoother vocals than the previous tracks, but still retains that gritty pretension that places The May Fire a step above the generic pop rock crowd so prevalent today.

Record labels and music fans take notice: The May Fire’s The List EP drops August 5th.

01. Burning Up
02. No Clone (download)
03. The List (download)
04. Under the Wave
05. Red Unicorn
06. Mother/Father

Tour Dates: (all w/ Monte Negro and Astra Heights)
Aug 06 – San Diego, CA @ Beauty Bar (Free Show!)
Aug 07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
Aug 08 – San Clemente, CA @ OC Tavern
Aug 09 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
Aug 11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Modified
Aug 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beatles Revolution Lounge @ The Mirage
Aug 13 – Tucson, AZ @ TBA
Aug 14 – El Paso, TX @ Take 2
Aug 16 Monterrey, MX @ El Kamino
Aug 18 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Aug 19 – Houston, TX @ Wherehouse Live
Aug 22 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro
Aug 25 – St. Paul, MN @ Eclipse Records
Aug 28 – Denver, CO @ Falcon Bowl
Aug 31 – Portland, OR @ East End
Sep 02 – Seattle, WA @ High Dive
Sep 03 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
Sep 04 – San Francisco, CA @ Red Devil Lounge
Sep 05 – Walnut Creek, CA @ Betty’s Rock Club
Sep 06 – Monterey, CA @ The Lounge Underground
Sep 08 – Fresno, CA @ Audies Olympic/Club Fred
Sep 10 – Oakland, CA @ The Uptown
Sep 11 – Reno, NV @ Satellite
Sep 12 – San Jose @ Blank Club
Sep 13 – Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
Sep 14 – Victorville, CA @ Karma (5pm)

The May Fire: website | myspace | download “No Clone” | download “The List”



The Ruby Suns @ First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia

New Zealand duo The Ruby Suns have proved that the third time really is a charm. I had the pleasure of first seeing them perform this past Spring at the Barbary in Philadelphia following the release of Sea Lion. That night the venue, which self-proclaims it’s got the best sound system in the city, experienced many technical difficulties during The Ruby Suns’ set, causing the then trio a great deal of frustration.

I later caught the Ruby Suns opening Day 2 of Sub Pop’s 20th birthday party/music festival where the now duo also facially expressed their discontent with certain aspects of their performance. Everything sounded superb and the audience was totally into the performance, but Ryan McPhun and Amee Robinson would cringe occasionally. betraying a goof that went unheard by the crowd.

This past Sunday at the First Unitarian Church in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, the Ruby Suns played an outstanding set in between Pony Tail and Tilly and the Wall that McPhun, Robinson and the crowd were more than delighted with.

Ryan McPhun

The pair’s reverb-rich set featured exotic beats both synthetic and created by the Ruby Suns. Ambient and airy melodies remained grounded thanks to Robinson’s hot and pulsing bass lines. Despite the heat in the air conditioning-less basement of the Church, the audience, all smashed up against each other, danced frantically to the Ruby Suns’ funky sounds taking cues from McPhun’s non-stop energy as he obliterated his free standing floor tom.

A long standing joke in the concert world, someone in the crowd shouted “FREE BIRD!” during a brief pause as Robinson and McPhun prepared to play their last song. The request, perhaps a new phenomenon to the Down Under duo, caused McPhun to pause in bewilderment before saying, “Are you saying Free Bird? …We haven’t got any guitars.” He and Robinson then proceeded to finish out their refreshingly guitar-less set with nothing but infectious smiles on their faces.

Amee Robinson

Amee Robinson

You can catch the Ruby Suns on tour with Tilly and the Wall for another week. In November they head overseas with another PopWreckoning favorite, The Dodos.

Tour Dates:
Jul 31 – Paradise Rock Club / Boston #
Aug 01 – Mohawk Place / Buffalo #
Aug 02 – Mod Club / Toronto #
Aug 03 – Hartwood Acres / Pittsburgh #
Aug 05 – The Magic Stick / Detroit #
Aug 06 – The Abbey Pub / Chicago #
Aug 07 – Sokol Auditorium / Omaha, Nebraska #
Aug 09 – Daytrotter Session / Rock Island, Il.
Nov 14 – Point Ephemere / Paris *
Nov 17 – Nachtleben / Frankfurt *
Nov 18 – Headcrash / Hamburg *
Nov 19 – Voxhall / Aarhus *
Nov 20 – Loppen / Copenhagen *
Nov 21 – Knaack / Berlin *
Nov 22 – kropolis / Prague *
Nov 23 – 59-1 / Munich *
Nov 24 – Chelsea / Vienna *
Nov 25 – Stalker / Padova *
Nov 26 – Casa 139 / Milan *
Dec 04 – King’s Arms / Auckland
Dec 05 – Spectrum / Sydney
Dec 06 – Northcote Social Club / Melbourne (w/ Pikelet and AIH djs)
Dec 29 – Rhythm & Vines Festival / Gisborne

# w/ Tilly and the Wall
* w/ The Dodos

The Ruby Suns: website | myspace | Sea Lion review | live review | Sub Pop 20
Sub Pop Records: website


Fiasco “Native Canadians” Album, Tour

Brooklyn-based power trio Fiasco will be touring (dates below) and ripping up the East Coast with their roaring spaz noise rock in support of forthcoming release Native Canadians on Impose Records, following the selling out of two pressings of their full length debut, God Loves Fiasco, on their own imprint Beautiful Records.

Fiasco, all Brooklyn natives, formed when they were barely teenagers in 2005. Since then, they have self-released a wildly successful album, received lots of critical praise and have shared the stage with the likes of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Parts & Labor, Kimya Dawson, Yacht and more.

Play “Oh You Horny Monster”

These kids are sure to blow up.

Look for Native Canadians set to drop on October 14, 2008.

Tour Dates:
Aug 02 – The Bodega / Brooklyn (My Open Bar) [w/ MONOTONIX]
Aug 05 – Market Hotel / Brooklyn [w/ Ninjasonik, The Homosexuals, Pony Pants]
Aug 06 – International Waters / Philadelphia [w/ Pony Pants]
Aug 07 – The Talking Head / Baltimore [w/Eyeball Skeleton, Smarts]
Aug 08 – Comet Pizza and Ping Pong [w/ The Apes, Double Dagger!]- DC, Washington DC
Aug 09 – AD Lib / Lancaster, Pa. [w/ DEERHUNTER, Times New Viking, Hot Guts]
Aug 10 – John Boyle O’Reilly Club Parking Lot / Springfield, MA [w/ Bat Attack & American Business Machines!]
Aug 11 – AS220 / Providence, RI [w/ The Brown Book & Bat Attack]
Aug 12 – House party / Boston, MA
Aug 13 – The Bakery / Burlington, VT [w/ Bat Attack + more tba!]
Aug 14 – Daniel St Club / Milford, CT [w/ PANTHER & Digital Leather]
Aug 15 – Silent Barn / Brooklyn [w/ Future Islands, EAR PWR, more]

Fiasco: website | myspace | download “Oh You Horny Monster”


Supergrass Autographed CD Giveaway!

So the Pineapple Express soundtracks posters went like hotcakes. Never happy with not offering you darling readers free stuff, today we’ve got 4, count ’em 4 autographed copies of Supergrass‘ latest offering Diamond Hoo Ha to give away!

Diamond Hoo Ha is the long time band’s sixth studio album and in conjunction, has released four exclusive clips from the Supergrass rockumentary Diamond Hoo Ha Men – Glange Fever. The rockumentary follows the Diamond Hoo Ha Men (a.k.a. front man Gaz Coombes and drummer Danny Goffey) through their live club tour last December.

You can check out a clip from Glange Fever here. The rockumentary was shown at the band’s album release party earlier this year and, due to high demand from the Supergrass fan base (including Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke), will be released on August 4th. The DVD contains the full 30 minute documentary PLUS over 1 hour of outtakes and extras (including 9 live tracks and the promo video for Diamond Hoo Ha Man).

To win an autographed copy of Diamond Hoo Ha, email Jessica with the answer to this question:
*What monikers do Coombes and Goffey use when they play as the Diamond Hoo Ha Men?

Watch “Diamond Hoo Ha Man”

Supergrass: website | myspace | nme | watch, preorder Gland Fever (live)


Free Yr Radio Concerts

The Free Yr Radio campaign (which we unwittingly covered last fall), created by Toyota Yaris and Urban Outfitters to generate awareness and support for partner independent radio stations, have announced three additional concert dates that will benefit independent radio stations in Philadelphia, Omaha, and Salt Lake City.

Hosted by each partner station, the upcoming Free Yr Radio concerts are free to the public and include:

Philadelphia // WPRB (link)
Tuesday, August 12 – 7 p.m.
@ Urban Outfitters
110 S. 36th St., Philadelphia, PA.
DJ Dave P with The Secret Machines

Omaha // KIWR (link)
Sunday, September 7 – 8 p.m.
@ Slowdown, next door to the Urban Outfitters
745 N 14th St., Omaha, NE.
Dan Deacon

Salt Lake City // KRCL (link)
Wednesday, September 24 – time tbd
@ Urban Outfitters
12 S. 400 W. St., Salt Lake City, UT.
Tokyo Police Club

Secret Machines, Dan Deacon and Tokyo Police Club join previously-announced Free Yr Radio 2008 artists White Williams, !!!, Mudhoney, No Age and Yeasayer.

Each aspect of the Free Yr Radio campaign is designed to give partner independent stations tools to build awareness and help raise additional funds from their listener communities. Partner stations co-host concerts as a means to increase exposure, introduce themselves to new listeners, and generate support.

The campaign also features a vehicle sweepstakes that enables stations to award a brand new Yaris to one listener during their fundraising or awareness-boosting activities. The final component of the Free Yr Radio campaign is the benefit compilation album. Slated for release in late summer, this year’s compilation will feature tracks donated by participating bands and other artists interested in the mission to support independent radio. All proceeds from the album are divided equally among the participating stations.

All Free Yr Radio concerts are free of charge, though show-goers must print and present an e-ticket available through Free Yr Radio’s website for entry. Guests will be admitted until the venue is full. This year’s Free Yr Radio concert series will run from May through October. Details about more of the upcoming concerts—including participating bands and cities—will be announced in the coming months.

Tonight, Yeasayer will be playing in the Urban Outfitters located at 3006 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. at 7 p.m. to benefit KMCP The Current.

Free Yr Radio: website


Tilly and the Wall @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg

Remember how we recently posted SPIN’s current top 25 live bands? Well, Tilly and the Wall should be on that list. Their set is always high energy, ridiculously fun, and totally dance-worthy. Plus, there’s always confetti [Ed. Note: Unless you were at the First Unitarian Church on Sunday night when the R5 guys requested that confetti not happen – anything else went, though].


Too Excited
Rainbows In The Dark
Falling Without Knowing
Bad Education
Beat Control
Dust Me Off
Tall Tall Grass
Big Gust
Pot Kettle Black
Sing Songs Along
Lost Girls
Fell Down the Stairs
Nights Of The Living Dead

Here are some photos:

Kianna AlaridPhotos: Dese'Rae Stage

Neely Jenkins and Jamie Presnall

Jamie Presnall

Derek Presnall

I’ll be interviewing them and checking out their show tonight (yes, again) at the Bowery Ballroom, too. Stay tuned.

Tilly & the Wall: website | myspace | O review | live review


Pineapple Express Giveaway!

By now, you’ve no doubt seen trailers and movie posters for Pineapple Express, the latest Seth Rogen comedy hitting theaters next Wednesday, August 6th. Well in honor of the movie’s release, we’ve got (2) Pineapple Express soundtracks, which drops next Tuesday, August 5th, to give away along with (2) high gloss Pineapple Express posters.

To win a soundtrack/poster pack, email Jessica! This contest has ended, all prizes are won

01. Pineapple Express – Huey Lewis & The News (win | quicktime | real)
02. Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant
03. Dr. Greenthumb – Cypress Hill
04. Lost At Birth – Public Enemy
05. Poison – Bell Biv Devoe
06. Wanted Dread Or Alive – Peter Tosh
07. Don’t Look Around – Mountain
08. Pineapple Chase (aka The Reprise of the Phoenix) – Graeme Revell
09. Bird’s Lament – Moondog & The London Saxophonic
10. Coconut Girl – Brother Nolan
11. Hilawe – Arthur Lyman
12. Tha Crossroads – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
13. Pineapple Fight (aka The Nemesis Proclaimed) – Graeme Revell
14. I Didn’t Mean To Hurt You – Spiritualized
15. Woke Up Laughing – Robert Palmer

Pineapple Express: website | soundtrack myspace | stream “Pineapple Express” in win, quicktime, real