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Lofiles is a music and mp3 blog contains a collection of songs I love. MP3s are for sampling purposes only. If you like the music as much as I do, please go out and buy the records! .If you have a complaint about the ownership of a track, please contact me directly and I will be happy to take it down ASAP.
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THE LOW ANTHEM ANNOUNCE HEADLINE TOUR, DATES WITH THE AVETT BROTHERS.

January 18th, 2010

Rhode Island trio The Low Anthem will embrace an exciting new decade by headlining their first North American tour in March and April after making their US television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday, January 14th. They will also spend much of February supporting The Avett Brothers on the road. 

2009 was a benchmark year for The Low Anthem: they toured for the larger part of it behind their Nonesuch debut, ‘Oh My God, Charlie Darwin’, which was named Magnet‘s #1 Album of 2009, UNCUT‘s “Americana Album of the Year,” and ‘Boston Music Awards’ “Album of the Year.” The record figured prominently on year-end lists in ‘Paste’, MOJO, Q Magazine, and Uncut. It was also a New York Times Critic’s Pick, and NPR‘s Bob Boilen coined the song “Charlie Darwin” one of the best of the year. The nearly ceaseless tour included stints with Ray Lamontagne, Elvis Perkins, and Josh Ritter, as well as festival stops at Bonnaroo, Glastonbury and Newport Folk, among others.

On a short break from the road, the band has been busy working on the followup to Charlie Darwin, holing up in an abandoned pasta sauce factory in Central Falls, RI. The band is no stranger to recording in unique spaces, having ferried 27+ instruments over to Block Island, RI in January 2008 for the recording of Darwin. You can follow their updates at the band’s website. On January 31st, The Low Anthem will also premiere their new weekly radio show on WOXY called the “Trala-Lala Radio Hour w/ The Low Anthem.” The show will be at 10am ET on Sundays, 8pm ET Mondays. They will keep up their radio streak with a performance on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” when they’ come through LA on tour.

In keeping with their forward momentum, Ben Knox Miller also recently collaborated on Anais Mitchell’s upcoming album, Hadestown, alongside Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Greg Brown. Ani DiFranco and the Haden Triplets (Petra, Rachel, and Tanya). The band’s gorgeous stop-motion video for “Charlie Darwin” was also premiered by Stereogum, whose write-up said, “If you’re unfamiliar with the group, fans of Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes should take note. Fans of Low, too.”

THE LOW ANTHEM ON TOUR:

Thu. 1/14 New York, NY The Late Show with David Letterman

Fri. 1/15 New York, NY Abrons Art Center Festival of New Trumpet Music

Wed. 1/27 Belfast, N. IRELAND Black Box Theatre SOLD OUT

Thu. 1/28 Glasgow, SCOTLAND Old Fruitmarket – Celtic Connections

Sat. 1/30 Brussels, BELGIUM Ancienne Belgique

Sun. 1/31 Groningen, NETHERLANDS Vera

Mon. 2/01 Frankfurt, GERMANY Mousonturm

Tue. 2/02 Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS Paradiso

Wed. 2/03 Berlin, GERMANY Frannz Club

Thu. 2/04 Dresden, GERMANY Beatpol

Fri. 2/05 Ottersum, NETHERLANDS Culture Podium Roepaen

Sun. 2/07 Birmingham, UK O2 Academy Birmingham

Mon. 2/08 Dublin, IRELAND Whelan’s SOLD OUT

Tue. 2/09 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy

Thu. 2/11 London, UK Shepherds Bush Empire

Tue. 2/23 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe

Wed. 2/24 Athens, OH* Ohio University – Memorial Auditorium*

Fri. 2/26 Ithaca, NY State Theatre*

Sat. 2/27 Cleveland, OH House of Blues* SOLD OUT

Sun. 2/28 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room*

Tues. 3/02 Columbia, MO Missouri Theatre*

Wed. 3/03 Midwest City, OK Rose State College*

Fri. 3/05 Minneaapolis, MN First Avenue* SOLD OUT

Sat. 3/06 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom*

Sun. 3/07 Chicago, IL House of Blues*

Tue. 3/09 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theatre *

Thu. 3/11 Washington, DC Kennedy Center (Free)

Thu. 3/11 Washington, DC 9:30 Club (Late Show)

Fri. 3/12 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church

Sat. 3/13 Carborro, NC Cat’s Cradle

Sun. 3/14 Atlanta, GA TBD

Mon. 3/15 Nashville, TN Belcourt

Wed. 3/17 Austin, TX SXSW

Thu. 3/18 Austin, TX SXSW

Fri. 3/19 Austin, TX SXSW

Sat. 3/20 Austin, TX SXSW

Mon. 3/22 Santa Fe, NM Brewing Company

Tue. 3/23 Tucson, AZ Plush

Wed. 3/24 Los Angeles, CA Largo at the Coronet Theatre

Thu. 3/25 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theatre

Fri. 3/26 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall

Sun. 3/28 Portland, OR Doug Fir

Tue. 3/30 Vancouver, BC St. James Cathedral

Wed. 3/31 Seattle Crocodile

Fri. 4/02 Salt Lake City, UT State Room

Sat. 4/03 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre

Mon. 4/05 Rock Island, IL Daytrotter Presents at Huckleberry’s

Tue. 4/06 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall

Wed. 4/07 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark

Sat. 4/10 Toronto, ON Church of the Redeemer

Mon. 4/12 Montreal, QC Gesu

Wed. 4/14 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

Fri. 4/16 Brooklyn, NY Bell House

Sat. 4/17 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Ballroom

*w/Avett Brothers


SHOUT OUT LOUDS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

January 18th, 2010

MARCH 1ST SHOW AT MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG SOLD OUT!

Merge Records is excited to announce that Sweden’s Shout Out Louds will be embarking on a North American tour during the month of May. With the band’s new album, Work, being released on February 23, the tour begins on May 2 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, and will culminate with a performance at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA, on May 21. Before this tour begins, the band will play their first show in America to support Work on March 1 at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show is already sold out. 

In addition to the tour, the band has just released a music video for the first commercial single from Work titled “Fall Hard” (single being released digitally on February 2). Directed by Shout Out Louds bass player Ted Malmros and his brother Tom Malmros, “Fall Hard” is a colorful moving image which director Ted describes as “A Belgian cigarettes inspired TV-show deja vú…”

01 March Brooklyn, Music Hall of WIlliamsburg SOLD OUT 

02 May Washington, 9:30 Club

03 May Philadelphia, First Unitarian Church

05 May New York, Webster Hall

06 May Boston, Paradise

07 May Montreal, Cabaret Music Hall

08 May Toronto, Mod Club

10 May Chicago, Lincoln Hall

11 May Minneapolis, Varsity Theater

14 May Vancouver, Commodore Ballroom

15 May Seattle, Neumos

16 May Portland, Doug Fir

18 May San Francisco, Great American Music Hall

20 May San Diego, House of Blues

21 May Los Angeles, El Rey


The Strange Boys extend tour, add dates with Spoon & Deerhunter

January 18th, 2010

The Strange Boys are a phenomenal young group from Austin, Texas.

They are at the same time, both timeless and refreshingly avant garde. They have signed to Rough Trade Records for the world excluding the US (where they remain on In The Red Records). Set to appeal to anyone who has a liking for top quality beat and blues influenced rock n’ roll, The Strange Boys have provoked excitement and reaction in the Rough Trade offices the like of which has been unseen since the signing of The Strokes. They played their first UK shows this summer to wild reaction and their live return to the UK is hotly anticipated. Having played across Europe this summer, they’ve since returned to the US and recorded their 2nd album in Costa Mesa. Entitled, Be Brave, it is the follow up to their debut and Girls Club, which was released on In The Red in the US and became a hugely popular underground record in the UK via import copies alone.

A limited edition 7″ vinyl single to be released on January 25th in the UK and on Jan 26th in the US will precede the new album. Title track ‘Be Brave’ will be backed by different, non-album, b-sides on the UK and US editions.

02-19 Austin, TX – Emo’s *#

02-21 Marfa TX – Padre’s *

02-23 Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space *

02-24 San Diego, CA – Casbah *

02-25 Isla Vista, CA – Biko Garage *

02-26 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *

02-27 San Francisco CA – Elbo Room *$

02-28 Reno, Nevada – Rainshadow Community Charter High School *

03/02 Salem, OR – The Space *+

03/03 Olympia, WA – Northern *+

03/04 Seattle WA – Comet Tavern *&

03/05 Vancouver BC – Media Club *

03/06 Portland OR – East End *

03/07 Boise, ID – Visual Arts Collective

03/08 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge

03/09 Denver, CO – Hi Dive

03/10 Boulder, CO – University of Colorado – Club 156

03/12 Lubbock, TX – Bash Riprock’s

03-18 New Orleans, LA – Republic %@

03-19 Birmingham, AL – Workplay Soundstage %@

03-20 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle %@

03-22 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club %@

03-23 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club %@

03-24 Richmond, VA – The National %@

03-26 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall %@

03-27 Boston, MA – House of Blues %@

03-29 Toronto, Ontario – Sound Academy %@

03-30 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theater %@

* = w/ Chain and the Gang

# = w/ Yellow Fever

+ = w/ The Hive Dwellers

& = w/ Lovvers

$ = w/ Ty Segall, Nodzzz

@ = w/ Spoon

% = w/ Deerhunter


The Silent League gets remixed by Memory Tapes, announces US tour dates

January 18th, 2010

The Silent League is a difficult band to trace. Formed in 2004 in Brooklyn by Justin Russo (at the time, keyboardist for Mercury Rev during the classic Deserter’s Songs / All is Dream era), The Silent League may sometimes appear like an on-again/off-again relationship between a collective of musicians interested only in periodically making records, playing shows, and disappearing again. This may be true. While nobody in New York ever seems quite sure whether or not the band still exists (their second record, ‘Of Stars And Other Somebodies’ was never even released in N. America, and is due for re-release), the name carries weight all over the city. Lay tracks through the past 5-6 years’ worth of new music (take Arcade Fire, Beirut, St. Vincent, Stars Like Fleas, Bishop Allen…) and you’re going to run over more than a handful of people who began with or spent time creating music under the name The Silent League…many of them still do, you just don’t know it. “We don’t really care about maintaining a place in the industry. There is enough noise in the world and everyone has other work to busy themselves with”, says Russo, “we try to keep it new, detached…we make music when we think we have something to say that isn’t already being said”.

The Silent League is releasing a new record, it’s third, in Feb 2010, ..But You’ve Always Been The Caretaker. This time with the idiosyncratic producer, and band-member, Shannon Fields at the helm (founder and producer of the unclassifiable Brooklyn collective Stars Like Fleas, and whose musical credits include Helado Negro, Miho Hatori, Doveman, and many projects that ignore rock and pop altogether), the band spent time at various upstate farmhouse studios with recording and mixing engineer D. James Goodwin (Scary Mansion, The Bravery) crafting a somewhat different record. More explicit is the group’s affection for the soft rock and artrock power ballads of the 70s (the group initially bonded over a common love of ELO, Todd Rundgren, Roxy Music and Bread), but the moodier and more unhinged qualities that have always been subtexts in the band’s music have been pushed forward. It is an evocative, jarring, sometimes disturbing and densely woven record that seems nearly to ignore contemporary indierock but which sounds very little like its antecedents or any obvious contemporary reference points. Rather than chasing the endlessly tiresome “reinvention of rock”, The Silent League, with one foot in sterling songcraft and the other in the Brooklyn diaspora, has sculpted stunningly fresh new music with the decapitated pieces of rock’s MOR family tree.

01/16 – New York, NY Blender Theater at Gramercy &

01/28 – Brooklyn, NY Bruar Falls

01/30 – Syracuse, NY Westcott Theatre

02/01 – Washington, DC DC9

02/03 – Nashville, TN The Basement

02/05 – Gainsville, FL The Atlantic

02/06 – Jacksonville, FL The Sinclair

03/17-03/20 – Austin, TX SXSW


Let’s Wrestle sign to Merge! Download free MP3 now!

January 18th, 2010

On March 23rd, Merge will release In the Court of the Wrestling Let’s, the debut full-length from British rock stars Let’s Wrestle.

Let’s Wrestle met years ago and bonded over meat and records. After a while, a band was formed and soon the world shall be conquered. Let’s Wrestle have influences as vast as Black Flag, Buddy Holly, Faust, and Edith Piaf, but are ultimately trying to be as raw as possible. They try to write songs that make your soul crumble as well as making you smile, sing along and clap your hands.

Please enjoy a download of “   We are the Men You’ll Grow to Love Soon” from In the Court of the Wrestling Let’s. Singer Wesley Patrick Gonzalez describes this song as “Let’s Wrestle’s Barmitzvah from whence they turned from punk pre-teens into men who rock.”

Let’s Wrestle Are Wesley Patrick Gonzalez (Vocals and Guitar), Mike Lightning (Bass and Vocals) and Darkus Bishop (Drums)


Spoon announce North American tour!

January 18th, 2010

As the January 19th release of Spoon’s eagerly anticipated new album, Transference, grows near, Spoon has announced the itinerary of its 2010 North American tour. The dates kick off with a March 17th headlining appearance at Stubb’s in Austin as part of the annual South by Southwest conference, and include the band’s first ever headline engagement at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Transference, the seventh Spoon album and the first produced by the band itself, began streaming in its entirety today as an NPR First Listen. Also, Spoon will commemorate Transference’s release with a January 19 appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

Pre-order the CD or LP from the Merge store and don’t forget to add the limited edition 7″ with the exclusive b-side, “Mean Red Spider” to your cart! While you listen, read the fantastic NY Times cover feature on Spoon from this Sunday’s Arts & Leisure section!

SPOON North America Tour 2010

3/17 Stubbs Austin, TX SXSW

3/18 Republic New Orleans, LA

3/19 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, AL

3/20 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA

3/22 9:30 Club Washington, DC

3/23 9:30 Club Washington, DC

3/24 The National Richmond, VA

3/26 Radio City Music Hall New York, NY

3/27 House of Blues Boston, MA, USA

3/29 Sound Academy Toronto, ON

3/30 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI

4/1 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL

4/2 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN

4/3 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN

4/5 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO

4/6 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO

4/7 In the Venue Salt Lake City, UT

4/9 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA

4/10 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA

4/11 Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, BC

4/13 Fox Theater Oakland, CA

*Deerhunter direct support on all dates.

*New Orleans – Royal Oak w/ The Strange Boys

*Chicago – Oakland w/ Micachu & the Shapes

 


YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND Play Brooklyn Academy Of Music, February 16th, 8 PM

January 18th, 2010

On Tuesday, February 16, 2010, Yoko will perform a very special concert featuring the “new” Plastic Ono Band, along with original members Eric Clapton and Klaus Voorman, plus an intriguing cast of special guests, friends & accomplices. It promises to be a unique, unpredictable and unforgettable evening.

Launched in 1969 with the single “Give Peace a Chance”, Plastic Ono Band is known worldwide for its avant-garde music, film, art and activism. Early ’70s albums by the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band have proven to be influential and ahead-of-their-time. 40 years later, Yoko has revived the name and spirit of Plastic Ono Band, joined by son and co-producer Sean Lennon along with the creative Japanese musicians Haruomi Hosono,Yuka Honda and Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada, Hirotaka Shimizu and Yuko Araki). Between My Head And The Sky (released 9/29/09) has garnered impressive critical acclaim, including four & five-star reviews from Rolling Stone, Mojo, Spin, Uncut, Q, NME, Nylon and others. Last year, Yoko was recognized with the prestigious Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Biennale, and the Mojo Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award.

February 16, 2010
Gilman Opera House
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn NY 11217
Tickets on sale January 12, 10am
For Tickets: 718-636-4100 or
www.BAM.com


Soundtrack heaven

January 16th, 2010

I was walking down this main street in Tel Aviv and I have stumbled upon a funky used record store (‘Off the record’), and found all those great soundtracks I my collection was missing. So I bought David Lynch`s ‘Wild at heart’, ‘The deer hunter‘, Ennio Morricone`s ‘la Scorta`s soundtrack, Zbigniew Priesner ‘The double life of Veronique’, John Corigliano`s The red violin, David Holmes Ocean`s thirteen, Blixa Bargeld, Nick Cave & Mick Harvey`s ‘To have and to hold’, and The crying game. What a weekend I had. I didn’t know what to put on first, and I chose to share with you this 30`s style tune of ‘Wild at heart’, by Glen Gray & the Casa Loma Orchestra.

Smoke_Rings

 


Lena Chamamyan

January 16th, 2010

Lena Chamamyan Was born in Damascus city. She has graduated from the higher institution of music in Damascus as a classical vocalist in 2007. Throughout her university education, she attended classical music workshops , one with Gloria Skalki (Italy), one with Karmen Filarna (Italy), and with Mia Bits (Netherlands). She also attended Jazz workshops, most importantly, with the German Accordionist Manfred Leuschter, with whom she collaborated on many mutual recording projects. Lena attempts to revive Syrian folk music, and deliver it in a contemporary style and arrangement on one hand, and to keep the originality of the tunes and the lyrics on the other hand, in order to create a link between monotonous oriental classic music and contemporary world music. She believes this will make it easier for western audience to comprehend and listen to a’ harder to digest’ Arabic music. I have received a mail from a dear friend this afternoon with a link to this beautiful song of hers. Check it out…


Intimacy

January 14th, 2010

Last night we have spent an intimate night at this cozy little bar/café (Byalik café), enjoyed frozen Vodka shots, while listening and video shooting this Local singer/ songwriter, Michal Lotan.