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BLACK TAXI VS. DEADBEAT DARLING January 18, 2011

Black Taxi and Deadbeat Darling are two of New York City’s strongest drawing bands, and found immediate success at the Bowery Ballroom by selling out their first two performances at the venue.  They’ll return to play the Bowery Ballroom for a third time, in front of what is already approaching a sold-out crowd.

Check out Bill Mayo’s promotional video for the show:

Black Taxi recently crossed the country with their high-energy dance rock act, bringing the show as far west as LA’s Viper Room and hitting major cities in the Southwest and Midwest.  With the release of a brand new music video for “Shoeshine,” the opening track on their album “Things of that Nature,” and a busy tour schedule, BLACK TAXI is hitting the ground running in 2011.

www.blacktaxi.com

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Deadbeat Darling made their debut UK appearance in 2010, and followed the tour with a successful run at CMJ where they were named one of the top 28 acts by BlackBook Magazine.  Their showcase schedule included a sold-out show at The Studio at Webster Hall.  Over the past six months they’ve introduced a variety of new songs, many of which will be included on their forthcoming album.  The new material channels influences that are fresh to the Deadbeat Darling sound.
www.deadbeatdarling.com

 

 

Black Taxi Releases New Video for “Shoeshine” December 27, 2010

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Score!  A new video from Black Taxi.  “Shoeshine” was the title track from Things of That Nature in 2009 and is my favorite song on the album.  From Black Taxi to me to you, please enjoy the awesome video below.  Be sure to check out Black Taxi at Bowery Ballroom on January 29th, 2011, I know I’ll be there.  This will be their third time playing at the venue and I predict it will be the third time the shows sells out.  Enjoy!

 

CMJ 2010 November 9, 2010

Review by TNT

As new music filled the streets of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg during CMJ 2010, I was eager to discover something new for my ears to devour.  I did my research and planned a schedule; I was able to see majority of the bands and artists that struck my musical fancy and I will share some of those gems in just a moment.  In a future post, I will give a list of bands deemed worthy of checking out, either live or recorded, that’s your prerogative.

Its business time!

On Tuesday night, 10/19, I headed to NYU Judson Church to pick up my badge.  Walking through Washington Square Park felt like a moment of clarity and a breath of relief.  We all have our day jobs, and this year I was hitting up CMJ Tuesday through Friday immediately after mine, braving the rushing hour traffic from Jersey to NYC (averaging around an hour and a half of traffic each day).  This felt like my happy hour (minus the bar).  Working through a day job you don’t love and following it up with something you just can’t get enough of (new music, NYC, networking, meeting up with friends you don’t get to see as much as you’d like to), even knowing that you’re not going to be sleeping all week, made every second worthwhile.  Next stop was right next door, NYU Kimmel Center, for the festival guide and other various goodies.  Props to Reverend Moose and company for selecting such unbelievably fashionable travel bags.

Last but not least, I hunted down the Pure Volume House, which was conveniently located at the back alley of Extra Pl., a street I never knew existed in NYC until now.  I grabbed my pass, but am sad to say that I never made it inside.  Guess the discovery of Extra Pl. was good enough.   I saw Aunt Martha at Pianos once again.  Three members out of four played, but were still able to fill the air with their ambiance.  At least the last time I saw them there were four members, but their MySpace says three is the magic number.  But that is neither here nor there.  I always fall in love with the picture their lyrics and beats paint; it washes over me like a tidal wave.  My favorite songs were “Neighbor Song” and “Detroit City”.  They’ll be at The Living Room on 11/12 if you want to check them out live.

My favorite band at CMJ was Black Taxi.  I saw them at Bowery Electric Tuesday night and at the CMJ Gallery on Wednesday.  They always blow my mind.  Their live show is seriously not to be missed; so much energy and raw power!  Lead singer Ezra brings out a smorgasbord of instruments to keep your eyes and ears at attention.  My favorite?  The megaphone.  This man knows how to use it, especially in “Up Here for Thinking, Down There for Dancing”.  He crawled along the bar at the CMJ Gallery and jumped into the crowd.  I love Things of That Nature; every single song is a hit for me.  I dare you to not love them live, I double dog dare ya!

After surviving more rush hour traffic, I was ready hit the clubs and bars supporting CMJ on Wednesday.  One of the first bands I saw was the New Collisions @ CMJ Gallery.  This was a great band to check out live.  The lyrics were a mix between fun, carefree anthems and some darker lines.  The sound had a powerful pop rock/punk vibe with a new wave touch.  Besides their onstage energy, I thought the synth really made this band come alive.  Their catchy rhythms and beats kept the crowd moving.

I hate when you walk into a show and you know the band is on their second to last or last song.  It was a real shame with Click Clack Boom because they sounded like a band I would have wanted to catch their entire set.  I wish I could have heard more.  No use being upset, they often play in NYC.  I’m excited to hear more from this band and look forward to seeing them live again, hopefully a full set this time around.
One of the buzz bands at CMJ this year was Blood Red Shoes, whom I checked out at Le Poisson Rouge.  Minimal effects, just raw guitar riffs and drums made this rock duo from Brighton, UK a must see.  I loved what I heard on their MySpace page, but was not overly impressed with them live; I was expecting more from all the hype.  I liked that they both had a ‘I don’t care’ attitude while on stage, as if they were both in their own worlds and communicating only by looks.  Their music was pure and I would enjoy them at house party, but otherwise wouldn’t see them live again.

What could be a better end to a night of live music then with a dance party?  Nothing, which is why my last stop Wednesday night was at Bowery Ballroom to see The Knocks.  So much fun!  I can add them to my list of bands I’d hire to play a private party.  This duo knows how to kick it into high gear and get a crowd going wild.  The Knocks have been on my ‘must see’ list for some time, and I was not let down.  I recommend checking out some music, live if you can.

Free Poutine anyone?

Turbogeist at Bruar Falls

Thursday I had my heart set on seeing only a couple of bands.  I started at Arlene’s Grocery for Braids at the M for (pour) Montreal showcase.  As I waited for the music to start, I tried some free poutine, which is the Canadian version of disco fries (cheese and gravy on french fries).  I wasn’t crazy about the poutine, as the cheese was chunky and cold, the gravy was hot, and the fries were stale.  Maybe next time Canada, but I’m gonna pass on your version of an American classic.  I was not in love with Braids, they were all about the effects and it sounded like one big experiment to me.  I respected the effort and the sound was interesting to hear.  I stayed for most of their set when I was honestly done with them after the first few songs.  It started to get a bit repetitive.  Experiments are usually fun to watch, but I just wasn’t getting down with Braids.  I decided to hit up Bruar Falls in Williamsburg to catch Turbogeist from London/SE UK.  Tonight was the last show on their tour and knew it could not be missed.  This thrash rock band had so much energy and was just the music I needed to hear after the cab ride from hell (note to self and others- do not get a hot cup of coffee for a cab ride in NYC.  It’s just not going to happen).  “Extreme Closeup” was a great song to hear live and is about Wayne’s World.  I also loved “Ice Cold Beer” and “Devil’s Barter”.  This band is must see/must hear, check them out immediately!

Friday, the last day of CMJ for TNT.  I started the night at Pianos to check out Lord Huron for my curiosity.  Their MySpace page had me intrigued with elephants swimming in the ocean.   While listening, I felt like water was flowing all around me and that I was on vacation, either in Hawaii (because of the hula dancers on-screen behind them) or Africa (music has a tribal/tropical feel to it, like I was going on a safari).  I don’t think I came to any conclusions while listening to Lord Huron, but I did like the relaxed and chilled state their music put me in.  Any kind of music that is new to my ears and can do that gets a thumbs up in my book.  I wanted to see Bonfire at The Delancey, but due to a last-minute cancellation, I stuck around to check out Midnight Spin.  I liked what I heard, but it was short-lived when a bass string broke on stage.  It happens, but I didn’t have the time to stick around because K.Flay was playing next at Fat Baby.  Man alive, this girl is talented!  She can rap like no one I’ve ever heard.  Such speed and accuracy made me pay attention long ago, but any chance to hear her live is not to be taken for granted.  She just finished up a tour w/ Passion Pit and is on tour with 3OH!3.  Phenomenal!

The band to surprise me the most was Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.  You know when you know of a bands’ existence and have heard a song or maybe two, but just never really gave them the light of day or a fair chance?  This is what DEJJ was for me, until this epic night.  I LOVED every single song they played, reminding me of a mix between OkGo and Weezer and a touch of The Beatles.  The harmonies blew me away, the sound was so in tune that it felt natural for them; the pitch was perfect.  I was shocked to see them in the racing jumpsuits; those things have to be heavy and hot.  After the show, I did confirm with Daniel Zott that it’s 100% true.  Until next year CMJ!

 

Black Taxi – Things Of That Nature June 2, 2010

Remember when we introduced you to Black Taxi?  Of course you do, it was back in April. (click here to refresh your memories)


Daniel Edwards had some things to say about Things of That Nature:

I absolutely love Black Taxi’s Things of That Nature.  I hesitate to call this engaging and varied album indie-rock for fear of people dismissing it based on that moniker, but Black Taxi takes the indie-rock sound and infuses it with their unique blend of pop, new wave, alt-rock, classic rock…the list goes on; “Pretty Mama” and “Shoeshine” incorporate ska-esque horn sections; “Can’t Bring Myself To Care” evokes a longing, harmonized country vibe.  Things of That Nature is like a conversation with the band; every track reveals a little bit more about them, painting a big colorful portrait of their sound.  I wouldn’t skip a track on the CD, and I’d pay special attention to “Head on a Pike.”  Everyone should listen to Black Taxi’s Things of That Nature.

Check out Black Taxi on June 10th, The Studio @ Webster Hall

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New Music, Listen Up. April 9, 2010

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Hello to the musically curious.  It’s Friday, so I thought you might like to sync your ears to some new music.  I’ll give you the link and some info, you decide if it’s right for you, but the important thing is to introduce something new that you might not have heard before (and I’m not talking about the new-hit-single from some over produced-auto tuned-pop-star-wannabe that no one with good musical taste would ever give a crap about).  Ready?  GO!

Last week on the Poser-Free Podcast (Episode 2) we talked about a band that rocks from Brooklyn called Black Taxi and featured their song “Head On A Pike”.  *IF YOU’RE  IN THE NYC AREA AND HAVE NOTHING TO DO TONIGHT (4/9/10), GO CHECK THEM OUT AT THE CAMEO GALLERY IN BROOKLYN!* Support this band and go DL some of their music, they’re on iTunes.  Some other songs that I love by Black Taxi include “Up Here For Thinking, Down There For Dancing” (video below) and “Love Song For A Ghost”.
I love Black Taxi because:
A) they have a slight punk rock vibe without getting on my nerves (extremely rare for indie acts)
B) they have a good use of cowbell and great placement of trumpets (“I gotta have more cowbell!”)
C) they’re an indie rock band that has a good handle on what kind of sound they’re going for (I think)
D) they cross many genres, meaning there’s something here for everyone.
E) their lyrics are great, so listen closely.

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More music soon, but for now, enjoy Black Taxi

– TNT

 

Top 5 New Artists/Songs March 30, 2010

There’s always new music to be talked about here at NVMP and this week a few of us wanted to share some of the new music we can’t get enough of.   Whether it be new bands or new songs from some of the greats, you should listen in.  I’ve provided you with the band links, so click away and listen my friends.  Tell us what your new favorite bands or songs are.  Go ahead, I dare you.      – TNT

Tina’s Top 5
5. Jukebox the Ghost – song suggestion “Schizophrenia” – This is a new one from the D.C. natives, addicting keys with a vocal styling to make you lose your mind.  This whole song is just infectious, love it.
4. Ed Zealous – song suggestion “Talk With Your Hands”
3. April Smith and the Great Picture Show – song suggestion “Movie Loves A Screen” – Such a great beat the lyrics could give you cavities.  This band (and song) makes me get up and dance, perhaps a little jitterbuggin’.
2. Black Taxi – song suggestion – “Head on a Pike” – This song kicks ass.  You NEED to check it out.  NOW!  GO!  CLICK!
1. Local Natives – song suggestion “Airplanes” – Love the crescendos, every element in this song shines through so majestically.  This is the best song I’ve heard in a while; it’s simple, it’s catchy, it’s in my head 24/7.

Dan’s Top 5
5. “Fembot” by Robyn – She’s not a new discovery, but her latest song making its way around the internet is fantastic.  Fans of her last album will love it.
4. The Go Find – song suggestion “City Dreamer” – Heard it over Pandora one afternoon and loved it. Haven’t listened their other music, but I can’t get enough of this song.
3. RJD2 – song suggestion “Games You Can Win (featuring Kenna)” – It’s not surprising Kenna works with RJD2 since they both blend many genres to create something that defies them all.  RJD2’s music is mostly beats and instrumentals, but he does feature some guest vocalists on some tracks of The Colossus.  This is my favorite song off the album.
2. Sam Sparro – song suggestion “Black & Gold” – My boyfriend made this song suggestion to me, and then I needed the entire album.  Sam Sparro has an alternative funk vibe that makes for some easy and enjoyable listening.
1. Alphabeat – song suggestion “Boyfriend” – After I heard “Boyfriend” I was hooked on Alphabeat.  Their sound is an upbeat electronica throwback to early 90s pop and I cannot get enough of it.  The video for “Boyfriend” is adorable.

Klone’s Top 5
5. Bear McCreary – Composer of the music for SyFy shows “Battlestar Galactica” and “Caprica”, his adaptation of “All Along The Watchtower” for the Season 3 BSG
finale was simply amazing.  This is definitely a tv/film score composer to keep an eye on over the next few years.
4. The Temper Trapsong suggestion “Sweet Disposition” – It’s a sweet, pop song with a male vocalist singing the entire thing in falsetto.
3. Alice in Chains – song suggestion “Take Her Out” – Off their latest album Black Gives Way to Blue, the first since the passing of original front man Layne Staley, this track sounds like a classic Alice In Chains tune, and was the first to really get my attention when I bought the CD home and listened to it for the first time.
2. Stone Temple Pilots – song suggestion “Between The Lines” – They’re broken up, they’re together, Weiland’s in Rehab, he’s out, they’re together, they’re broken up…they’re together again.  This song is so good, you’d never know any of that ever happened…and I’m taking that as a good sign.
1. Muse – song suggestion “Undisclosed Desires” – This song is an ultimate and extreme throw-back to the likes of Depeche Mode and Joy Division/New Order…the new wave movement of the 80s, but done in that uniquely modern way that is becoming second nature to Muse.  Epic seems to be built into the group’s song-writing mantra, even when borrowing influences from musical movements of decades past.  This song could help you drink yourself into a deep depression, or get you to disrobe while tearing up the dance floor at a nightclub.  Pick your poison…or pleasure…and Muse will be your perfect soundtrack.