5 Acts: November 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

It's A Musical - The Music Makes Me Sick

Why? - A Sky For Shoeing Horses Under

Architecture In Helsinki - That Beep

Beach House - Used To Be

Uh Huh Her - Explode

Saturday, November 29, 2008

saturday shuffle

tonight at 9:30

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Chop Chop

Hooray For Earth

The Death Set

Baltimore, MD

Musical transplants, Australia to Baltimore.

"Had A Bird"

The Death Set on MySpace

The Death Set on The Hype Machine

The Bodies Obtained

Ruby Isle

Athens, GA / Minneapolis, MN

Their take on The Raveonettes.

"Aly, Walk With Me"

Ruby Isle on MySpace

Ruby Isle on The Hype Machine

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mason Proper - Lock And Key

The Spinto Band - Pumpkins & Paisley

Matt And Kim - Daylight

Secret Machines - Atomic Heels

The Postmarks - 11:59

Saturday, November 22, 2008

tonight at Black Cat: Bliss Dance Party

tonight at Black Cat: These United States

Go check out These United States on the mainstage tonight at Black Cat for the last show of their tour. Doors open at 9:00, openers are Cotton Jones and The Cassettes.

These United States on MySpace

These United States on The Hype Machine

tonight: Title Tracks at Talking Head Club

If you're living and/or loving in Baltimore tonight, make sure to stop by Talking Head Club and give a listen to Title Tracks, one of DC's latest and finest offerings. John Davis and friends will be playing in between Abby Mott and The Courtesy Line. Doors open at 8:00 and the show starts at 9:00.

Title Tracks on MySpace

Title Tracks on The Hype Machine

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Lucksmiths

Melbourne, Australia

Delicate and delightful pop music.

"Up With The Sun"

The Lucksmiths on MySpace

The Lucksmiths on The Hype Machine

The End Of The World

Pretty & Nice

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Windy & Carl


Horse Feathers


Glasgow, Scotland

"Broken Mirror"

Travis on MySpace

Travis on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, November 18, 2008



Manda Rin


King Tuff

Monday, November 17, 2008

We Landed On The Moon!

Little Joy

Love Is Chemicals

International Jetsetters

Daniel Martin Moore

Friday, November 14, 2008

Now, Now Every Children - Friends With My Sister

Army Navy - My Thin Sides

Mock Orange - World Of Machines

State Bird - I Saw The Light

Brendan Canning - Churches Under The Stairs

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Hollywood Reporter / Billboard
Film and TV Music Conference

I arrived in L.A. today for the 7th Annual Film and TV Music Conference, taking place tomorrow and Friday. The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard join forces to deliver a cutting-edge, two-day seminar on the role of music in film and television. The event provides a dynamic forum for the exchange of ideas among film, TV and music professionals. Also featured will be live artist performances, roundtable discussions, and networking cocktail parties. See below for a complete schedule.

The Hollywood Reporter / Billboard Film & TV Music Conference
November 13 & 14, 2008
Sofitel LA
(schedule subject to change)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Conference Sessions - Beverly Ballroom, Level 2

8:00am - 4:30pm

8:00am – 9:00am
Continental Breakfast - Beverly Lounge, Level 2
Sponsored by FirstCom Music

9:00am - 9:15am
Welcome Address
Howard Appelbaum, Publisher, Billboard

9:15am - 10:00am
A Conversation with Marc Streitenfeld
Marc Streitenfeld discusses his working relationship with longtime
collaborator Ridley Scott about the creative elements of crafting successful scores and soundtracks.
Randy Grimmett, Senior Vice-President, Domestic Membership Group, ASCAP
Marc Streitenfeld, Composer

10:00am – 10:45am
The Secrets Behind TV Music
Sponsored by Killer Tracks
Some have called TV the new radio - the place where bands can break songs and build a fan base. Panelists will discuss the importance of music in TV, and dissect the differences in working on network and cable shows.
Elizabeth Guider, Editor, The Hollywood Reporter
Jason Alexander, Hit the Ground Running
PJ Bloom, Music Supervisor, Neophonic
Rudy Chung, Music Supervisor, Hit the Ground Running
Billy Gottlieb, Owner, Playback Music Supervision
Todd King, Head of Film/TV, Killer Tracks
Dawn Soler, VP Music, ABC Studios
Russell Zeicker, VP of TV Music, Lionsgate

11:00am – 12:00pm
Master Class
From selecting the right artists, negotiating 360 deals, launching labels and publishing companies, to writing and performing songs, this line-up of the top film & television music executives and artists discuss the state of the business.
Bill Werde, Editorial Director, Billboard
Jay Faires, President of Music & Publishing, Lionsgate
Jeffrey Jampol, Manager, The Doors Music Co, The Janis Joplin Estate, The Gram Parsons Estate
Alexandra Patsavas, President, Chop Shop
Steven Vincent, VP, Music and Soundtracks, Disney Channel

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Backbeat: The Creation of Gossip Girl's Music
The process of deconstructing a hit TV show and the creative process used in uniting audio with visual.
Ann Donahue, Senior Editor, Billboard
Josh Schwartz, Executive Producer, Gossip Girl
Stephanie Savage, Executive Producer, Gossip Girl
Transcenders, Terence Yoshiaki, Brian Lapin, Mike Fratantuno, Composers
Alex Greenwald, Lead Singer, Phantom Planet
Alexandra Patsavas, Music Supervisor/President, Chop Shop

1:00pm - 2:00pm

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Director/Composer Line
Director Darren Aronofsky and composer Clint Mansell speak about their award-winning film "The Wrestler," moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross, VP of film/tv relations at BMI. Besides "The Wrestler" Aronofsky and Mansell have worked together on three films, including 1998's "Pi," 2000's "Requiem For a Dream" and 2006's "The Fountain," for which Mansell-once the lead singer and guitarist of British band Pop Will Eat Itself-received a Golden Globe nomination for best original score.
Doreen Ringer Ross, VP Film/TV Relations, BMI
Darren Aronofsky, Director, The Wrestler
Clint Mansell, Composer, The Wrestler

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Q&A with Hans Zimmer
Presentation of Maestro Award
Hans Zimmer's journey to the top of the film music world has been extraordinary. Moving effortlessly from challenging, provocative material like Ridley Scott's "Blackhawk Down," to lighthearted romantic comedies like Nancy Meyer's "Something's Gotta Give," global blockbusters like the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise and animated fare like this year's “Madagascar 2" and 1994's "The Lion King," for which he took home a Best Original Score Oscar. In the last 12 months he's composed the music for "Batman: The Dark Knight," the animated hit "Kung Fu Panda" and the highly-anticipated "Frost/Nixon. The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard will present Zimmer with its inaugural Maestro Award for his tireless commitment to excellence that continues to place him in a league of his own.
Kevin Cassidy, Senior Features Editor, International, The Hollywood Reporter

3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Indie Revolution
The links between showcasing indie film and music are stronger than ever. But with smaller budgets and limited resources, does creating music for indies outweigh the financial constraints? Indie filmmakers, artists, labels and publishers talk about this booming sector.
Bill Werde, Editorial Director, Billboard
Allison Anders, Director (Four Rooms, Mi Vida Loca, Sugar Town)
Cliff Chenfeld, Co-founder, Razor and Tie
Fred Croshal, President & Owner, Croshal Entertainment Group
Richard Gottehrer, Composer, Producer, Chief Creative Officer of Digital Distributor, The Orchard
Tracy McKnight, Vice President Film Music, Lionsgate Music
Robert Messinger, Partner, First Artists Management
Peter Shane, Vice President of Creative Services, Spirit Music Group

4:30pm - 5:00pm
Showcase & Coffee Break
Live Performance by Recording Artist/Actor (Ugly Betty), Val Emmich

Roundtable Workshops: Learn the Biz
Enjoy dynamic discussions on the hottest topics of the day with peers and experts in the industry. Topics include:

Getting Your Music Placed In Commercials
Bonny Dolan, Executive Producer/Artist Liaison, Comma Music

Understanding Music Libraries
Ken Nelson, Executive Producer/Senior Vice President, Roadside Couch Records

Getting Started in Music Supervision
Jonathan McHugh, Music Supervisor, Song Stew

Getting Your Music Placed, How to Pitch
Marina Mena, Director, Film & TV, FirstCom Music

Peter Golub, Director of Film Music Program, Sundance

Charting Soundtracks
Silvio Pietroluongo, Director of Charts, Billboard
Keith Caulfield, Chart Manager, Billboard

Opportunities for Emerging Artists
Carl Peel, VP of Production, Killer Tracks

Master and Synch Rights and Copyrights
Richard Glasser, Executive in Charge of Music, Yari Film Group

Licensing Music
Carl Barc, Composer, The Distillery
Pawel Sek, Partner, The Distillery

Hunnypot Party
6801 Hollywood Blvd., 4th Floor (must be 21 to enter)
The Hunnypot symbolizes an electrifying, exhilarating and stimulating experience for the entire creative community. Come rub shoulders with some of the most innovative and influential figures in the pop culture business.
Performances By:
Matt Wertz
The Bird and the Bee
Dr. Hollywood
DJs: PJ Bloom, Hot Tub, Coleman, ¡Manolo!, Mia Moretti

Friday, November 14, 2008

8:30am - 5:00pm

8:30am - 9:30am
Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by SSPMC

9:30am - 10:30am
Director Ken Kwapis, composer Cliff Eidelman and Grammy-winning producer/music supervisor Danny Bramson discuss the challenges and rewards of collaborating on films. They worked together on the upcoming, romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You." Kwapis and Eidelman also collaborated on "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," "Sexual Life" and "The Beautician and the Beast."
Gail Mitchell, R&B Senior Correspondent, Billboard
Danny Bramson, Grammy-winning producer/music supervisor
Cliff Eidelman, Composer
Ken Kwapis, Director

10:30am - 11:15am
The Secrets Behind Feature Films Composition
How do you score a film so the music is rich, but not overwhelming?
Panelists will discuss the process of creating the right music fitting the
film's genre and intent.
Elizabeth Guider, Editor, The Hollywood Reporter
George Acogny, Composer
Patrick Arn, President, Gotham Records
Maureen Crowe, Music Supervisor, GTM
Joel C. High, President, Creative Control Entertainment
Randy Spendlove, President, Motion Picture Music

11:30am - 12:30pm
The Secrets Behind Trailer Songs and Underscores
Producing trailers is an industry in and of itself. A panel of experts will dissect the trailer business including song and score placement as well as critique audience submissions.
Gail Mitchell, R&B Senior Correspondent, Billboard
Jeffrey Fayman, Co-Founder/Composer/Producer, Immediate Music
Richard Glasser, Executive in Charge of Music, Yari Film Group
Yoav Goren, Co-Founder/Composer/Producer, Immediate Music
Jonathan McHugh, Music Supervisor, Song Stew

12:30pm - 1:15pm
Q&A with Award Winning Songwriter Diane Warren
Sponsored by ASCAP
Presentation of Film & TV Music Career Achievement Award. Warren will be honored for her overall career achievements in film and TV music and her continuing influence on the industry.
Brendan Okrent, Assistant Vice President, Creative Affairs/Membership Group, ASCAP
Ann Donahue, Senior Editor, Billboard

1:15pm – 2:30pm

2:30pm – 3:15pm
Shoot Presents Music for Commercials - and Beyond
Perspectives on the evolving commercials marketplace from the ad agency side, the licensed music biz and spot music/sound design house entrepreneurs. Company diversification within and beyond the ad sector will also be explored. Plus a look at some of the leading works that made SHOOT's quarterly Top Ten Spot Tracks charts this year.
Bob Goldrich, Editor, SHOOT Magazine
Carianne Brown, Senior Creative Licensing, SONGS Music Publishing
Andrew Feltenstein, Co-founder, Composer/Creative Director, Beacon Street Studios
Robert Miller, Composer, Stimmüng
Liz Myers, Co-Founder, Trivers/Myers Music
Josh Rabinowitz, SVP/Director of Music, Grey Group

3:15pm – 4:00pm
Keynote: Edward Zwick and James Newton Howard
Academy Award-winning producer/director/writer Edward Zwick (“Shakespeare in Love,” "Glory," “The Last Samurai,” “Blood Diamond”) and seven-time Academy Award-nominated composer James Newton Howard (“The Dark Knight,” “Michael Clayton,” “The Fugitive”) discuss their next film, “Defiance,” ‹ based on the true story of the largest rescue of Jews by Jews during World War II ‹ which stars Daniel Craig.
Ann Donahue, Senior Editor, Billboard

4:00pm – 5:00pm
The Secrets Behind Video Game Music
Top names share secrets and strategies for integrating and composing music for games as well as critique submissions from audience members.
Greg O'Connor-Read, Founder, Music4Games, Inc.
Tyler Bates, Composer/Artist/Innovator (300, Watchmen, Rise of the Argonauts)
Rich Goldman, Founder & President, Riptide Music
Paul Haslinger, Composer (X-Men Origins:Wolverine, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Far Cry Instincts)
Adam Levenson, Director, Talent and Audio Management Group, Activision (Call of Duty 4: Modern Combat)
Nile Rodgers, Label Founder & Music Producer, Sumthing Else Music Works (Halo, Hitman, Gears Of War)

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Closing Happy Hour, Beverly Foyer

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Stockholm, Sweden

More sweet sounds from Labrador.


Pallers on MySpace

Pallers on The Hype Machine

It's A Musical

Berlin, Germany

New project featuring Ella Blixt.

"Bad Day"

It's A Musical on MySpace

It's A Musical on The Hype Machine

Now, Now Every Children

All Girl Summer Fun Band

Jessica Lea Mayfield

Monday, November 10, 2008

tonight at Black Cat: Mason Proper

Olly Oxen Free is one of my favorite albums this year, and the geniuses behind it are playing Black Cat tonight with Exit Clov and Cloud Cult. Doors open at 8:00 and Mason Proper kicks it off at 8:30.

Mason Proper on MySpace

Mason Proper on The Hype Machine

Sunday, November 09, 2008

sunday shuffle: fish

Saturday, November 08, 2008

The Music Tapes - Majesty

Florence And The Machine - Dog Days Are Over

James Yuill - This Sweet Love

Deerhoof - Offend Maggie

Wye Oak - Please Concrete

Friday, November 07, 2008

acoustic: "Geraldine" by Glasvegas

free EP: What Made Milwaukee Famous

What Made Milwaukee Famous's SugarHill Sessions EP is available now via eMusic and barsuk.com and free to download until November 17.


Tour Dates:
11/10 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
11/11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11/13 - San Francisco, CA - Popscene
11/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
11/15 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar

What Made Milwaukee Famous on MySpace

What Made Milwaukee Famous on The Hype Machine

Dar Williams at The Birchmere

In support of her latest album, Promised Land, Dar Williams will be playing at The Birchmere tonight and tomorrow night. Additional tour dates below.

11/18 - Spalding Auditorium - Hanover, NH
11/21 - Blueberry Hill - St. Louis, MO
11/22 - 3rd and Lindsley - Nashville, TN
11/23 - Clifton Center - Louisville, KY
12/06 - Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
12/12 - Bearsville Theater - Woodstock, NY
12/13 - Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA
12/14 - The Opera House - Skowhegan, ME
12/26 - The Iron Horse - Northampton, MA (7:00pm)
12/26 - The Iron Horse - Northampton, MA (9:30pm)
12/27 - Southpaw - Brooklyn, NY

Dar Williams on MySpace

Dar Williams on The Hype Machine

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Caithlin De Marrais

Faded Paper Figures

The Mugs

The Sea And Cake


Pittsburgh, PA

Guest vocalist Aesop Rock here...


Tobacco on MySpace

Tobacco on The Hype Machine

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Bloodsugars in DC

Before the end of 2008, DC settlers have not one but two chances to catch a live show from The Bloodsugars, one of my favorite Brooklyn bands. First up they'll be at Dahlak (1771 U St NW) on Saturday night (November 8) with The Lisps and Mittenfields. Next month they'll be playing with Poor But Sexy and Typefighter - Velvet Lounge on December 11.

The Bloodsugars on MySpace

The Bloodsugars on The Hype Machine

You Know What To Do...

Monday, November 03, 2008

WOXY.com: Cale Parks Guest DJs Today

Tune in to WOXY.com today from 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET for a guest DJ set from Cale Parks. He'll also be discussing his new album, which I've been in love with for several weeks now. Sparklace is out tomorrow via Polyvinyl. Make sure to pick it up right after you vote (for Obama).

PS - That nice picture of Cale was taken by DC-based photographer Shervin Lainez. If you're a musician or hot shot in need of some new promo pics, check him out!

Cale Parks on MySpace

Cale Parks on The Hype Machine

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Fredrik - 11 Years

Stricken City - Lost Art

Sky Larkin - Fossil, I

Abe Vigoda - Skeleton

Those Dancing Days - Hitten