Friday, March 24, 2006

The Lovely Tina

Sherman declared yesterday as "Tina Dico Day" in Seattle. Headed over to Borders at noon to check out her instore appearance! Great set! Had the opportunity to spend some time with her in between her Borders gig and a set at our office. She's is not only incredibly talented and beautiful, but a delightful person, as well. Her set in our offices consisted of "Break of Day" and three requests of mine. Talk about a treat! She did "Give In" and "Room With A View" from her In The Red release, but the moment that won't soon be forgotten came when she did an acoustic version of "Home" from the Zero 7 release When It Falls. I am still recovering from that one. Hearing her play this record solo is fantastic. I love the disc, but the songs take on a different tone and texture when it is just a songwriter and her guitar. Her show at Chop Suey last night was a great success! An appreciative audience full of folks singing along and actually dancing was more than welcomed by her. You could see her feed off of everyone's energy. Between her amazing voice, sly smile and playfulness, she had the audience in the palm of her hand. She even hung out afterwards and signed autographs and took pictures with all of her fans!

If you have not had the opportunity to hear her solo performances, look for a forthcoming iTunes session in April! Thanks Tina! Yesterday is a day we will all treasure!

Just heard the new Gotan Project disc Lunatico, and was very impressed. It's a much more organic approach to tango than previous releases. There is a wonderful balance between the strings, piano and electronics. This release has an air of sophistication and depth not heard on their debut release La Revancha Del Tango. This record sees guest performances from Calexico and Argentinean rappers Koxmoz. They are also featured in the latest issue of Straight No Chaser. Look for their new cd on April 11th in the US.

Rumors are already swirling regarding this year's Bumbershoot and each and everyone is a good one! Stay tuned to Sherman's Corner for updates as they become available. Let's just say this could be the strongest festival in years.

Check out Imogen Heap's new Moblog (mobile-blog)! She is looking for photos/video from her last tour to post on the blog. Simply email them to imogenheap@moblg.net.

Check out !K7's slick new website! Loads of music!

Some time ago, Sherman picked the track "Shame, Shame, Shame" as a guilty pleasure. Well...check this version!!!! It's a diva-a-thon!


Ok gang, Sherman hits the road tomorrow morning for a week of R & R! There will be a few reports from the road as time permits! Happy weekend! Sherman loves you!!! Here's a little photo chosen by Sprout for your enjoyment!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Death Cab on BBC

Check out this archive of Death Cab For Cutie on BBC Radio 2. Their live performance is towards the end of the show hosted by Zoe Ball. Great cover of REM's Driver 8!

Concretes' Dates

The Concretes are coming to the US! Check and see if they are coming to your town.
Thu. May 4: Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Fri. May 5: Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
Sun. May 7: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Mon. May 8: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Wed. May 10: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Thu. May 11: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of The Living Arts
Sat. May 13: Chicago, IL @ Martyr's
Sun. May 14: Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
Wed. May 17: Vancouver, BC @ Richard's On Richards
Thu. May 18: Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
Fri. May 19: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Sat. May 20: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Tue. May 23: Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
Wed. May 24: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah



Check out what the kids are diggin' in the UK right now!!!! His name is Nathan Fake and he's a 22 year old electronic whiz kid. Comparisons to big names are being tossed all over the place. You be the judge! BBC Collective has compiled some great audio and visual of his work. His latest CD dropped Monday in the UK.

Easy Street Queen Anne welcomes Calexico to their store on April 13th at 9 PM. They are stopping by in support of their new release Garden Ruin.

Haven't heard many positive reports from the folks Sherman knows who attended SXSW. Here are the key words many have used: obnoxious, rude, drunk, crowded, denied, smelly, overwhelming, cranky, drugs, and done. I think Sherman's choice of going next week is a wise one! Too bad that all good things eventually get ruined isn't it??

Sherman recently made a couple purchases from Lemonade Maid and wanted to share their site with you! Great stuff!!!!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Return of the Brand New Heavies

Just got word from Giant Step that Brand New Heavies have reformed including N'Dea Davenport! They will be releasing Get Used To It on June 27th!

Also, leave it to Seattle to sell out the "Intimate Acoustic Evening With Erasure" at the Showbox. I find that really funny for some reason.

Massive Announcement

Massive Attack is coming to Seattle's Paramount Theatre on April 26th!!!!!

Fans of Stars will be happy to learn that Amy Millan's solo disc Honey From The Tombs will be available on May 30th in her home of Canada and August 29th here in the US. Head over to her site for a free single download! Stars continue their tour of Europe throughout March and April. They will also be on the bill for Lollapalooza this summer!


Ok, Sherman's addiction to You Tube continues. Look what he can do with Guilty Pleasures now. B R I L L I A N T !


PS. Sherman meets Tina Dico this Thursday!!!!!!

Have you all seen Super Milk Chan!!!?? She's a five year old superhero!!!

Monday, March 20, 2006

You know the type....

Sherman sends big thanks to eb in New York for this one!

Austin next week???

Ok, so Sherman didn't have the stamina to attempt SXSW this year. Instead, he's going there this coming weekend to view the wreckage. Actually, things should be back to normal by the time of touch down. Just going for some R & R and tex and mex! I have had some scattered reports on this years SXSW, but nothing too tangible yet. Today is typically the day people either enter rehab or sleep until Tuesday in order to recover. Sherman has discovered a blog that has provided some great info and links from this year's events. The best part of it all is that they filmed their time in Austin. Really looking forward to that. Thanks to all at Liquid Generation!!!! More SXSW blogs here.



This week brings the next marathon of music. Miami's Winter Music Conference will attack South Florida this weekend! Sherman will have a "reporter" (thanks bf) in the trenches dancing their a** off for all of us!!! Reports will be shared when said reporter can come up for air. I know we can expect news on the OM parties and Buzzin' Fly too! Word from the Buzzin' Fly camp is that Ben Watt has put the finishing touches on his third Buzzin' Fly Mix. Due for release on June 5th, there is no word on a tracklist yet. Expect loads of homegrown talent on Watt's latest installment.


Run to the record store tomorrow for the latest release from Swayzak! It is out of control!!! Remixes, rarities and all around INSANITY!! This is a must for any fan of Brun and JT. This two disc set is so good it actually hurts. The first disc contains 12 of their finest remixes. Their touch on tracks by Slam, Senor Coconut, Tahiti 80 and others truly reflect the sound that we have all come to know as their own. There's a slight darkness and depth that is added to each mix. The second disc is where we get to hear tunes from the Swayzak archives. These two have been working together since '93 which provides ample time to amass a collection of unreleased material. Go find Route De La Slack. Thank me later.

While you're shopping, pick up the new release from Ben Harper entitled Both Sides of The Gun, Madlib's Beat Condukta Vol. 1-2 and Ms John Soda's Notes And The Like. That should keep you busy for awhile. Each one is exceptional! Great to hear Ben Harper harken back to his original sound. Madlib is pure genius and Ms. John Soda is another genre breaking release from Morr Music. You will fall in love with Stefani Bohm!!! It never ceases to amaze me that I continue to hear groundbreaking music from the Morr label. They believe in music that many US labels wouldn't even consider. Danke Schoen!!!

You all know Sherman's love for Valley of the Cnuties and the work of Craig Robinson. Well, check out this great online interview to learn more about the creator of Flip Flop Flyin'.

Big kiss goes out to King Britt for providing a super sexy pre-WMC mix courtesy of My Space. My Space may have it's issues, but if you use it for the music, you can't go wrong!!!! Sherman can't speak for the other reasons folks use it.

Night night!!!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Stones Throw

Hey guys! Head over to iTunes podcast section or Stones Throw and find their podcast tribute to J Dilla. It's available for download now!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Soulstice Pix

A few photos of last night's Soulstice gig in SF (courtesy of Mei-Lwun).



We can do without Kanye

Super excited to see the Lollapalooza line up for this year with one exception....Kanye West. Other than that, it's pretty off the hook. Great to see names like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, Broken Social Scene, SONIC YOUTH, Iron & Wine, The New Pornographers, The Flaming Lips, etc. Chicago's Grant Park will be the ideal setting for this summer extravaganza! Hope the weather cooperates and there's at least a lake breeze. Tickets are on sale now!!!!




Great news from up North. Boards of Canada are releasing an EP due in June. We can expect to see Trans Canada Higway on June 6th here in the US.



Head over to Pitchfork for daily updates from SXSW!! Hip Hop fans should check Matt Sonzala's blog for updates on what he's checking out while in Austin.

Next Tuesday will see the release of Roots Manuva's Alternately Deep. This is a collection assembled from music created during the Awfully Deep Sessions. Everything Sherman has heard is out of this world!!! There's some b side material and download only exclusives, as well as, tracks that did not fit on the initial release. UK hip hop at it's finest! Look for Roots Manuva to stop by Cielo on April 6th for an exclusive DJ set!

Guilty Pleasure song for this weekend...."Slip Slidin' Away". That choice is for so very many reasons.

Later gators. Here's something from one of Sherman's many crushes to take you through the weekend.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Better late....

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SNAPPY DO!
Bon Voyage to eb! What a week
this has been!

Tomorrow is Friday! You know the drill...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Soulstice in SF

Lucky, lucky San Francisco residents have this to look forward to tomorrow night. Sherman is green with jealousy! This will no doubt be a special night!!!


Good cause alert!!!!
There are many T-shirts now being sold which are benefitting the fund for J Dilla/Maureen Yancey. Don't buy any off the street that are only benefitting a guy off the street. Check out I LOVE DILLA tee's designed by Waajeed at Bling47 in the states, Philippe & Serge of Plus41's WE LOVE DONUTS TOO from Low Rider TeeShirt over in Europe, and DILLA DONUTS designed by Jeff Jank at The Giant Peach. Heart/Dilla (design by Marie Sano) is coming soon to The Giant Peach.

Possible career for Sprout!



It's good to know that with a little practice, Sprout could star in a video one day!

Oh to be in New York next Monday!!!!!!!!! Good cause and great music!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Zero 7 is back!!!!

Hi to all of you partying in Austin this week for SXSW! Drink a few for Sherman, will ya!!!!?? Check out the Austinist for updates throughout the non-stop Red Bull induced music marathon!!

Woke up to word that Zero 7 released the first single from the upcoming release The Garden (out May 15th in the UK)! It is only available in the UK at the moment, but sneaky people can find it for download. It's great. Jose Gonzalez provides vocals on "Futures". The single features a b-side with vocals from Sia! (hope you have your tix to her show at the Crocodile April 7th)

Look for J Dilla's release The Shining due out in July! This album was complete at the time of his death and will be released by his mother and collaborator Karriem Riggins. He put them both in charge of this during his illness. Look for appearances by Madlib, Busta Rhymes and Common.

Heard an amazing piece of music last night. Guitar's Tokyo on Onitor. This is gorgeous! (thanks eb) A beautiful combination of Western Pop and traditional Japanese music. The sounds of Koto and Pipa guitars, pop sensibilities and the addition of vocals provided by Ayako Akashiba result in sounds I can't stop listening to. This will appeal to anyone who favors sparse beauty and delicate instrumentation. This is a must hear record!!!! This is what Sherman's Tokyo would sound like!!! Look at the CD cover too. (awwwwwww.....)

Lots of great tunes out there right now. Sherman is lovin' the following:

Isolee - Western Shore
Chicken Lips - Making Faces
Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Iron Chefs (Daly City Records)
Roy Ayers - Virgin Ubiquity Remixed
Fila Brazillia - Retrospective (1990-2006)
Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra of Bubbles


Can't get enough of the Agriculture Label right now!!! QPE's Boolean Logic is out of this world. I have yet to hear a bad track from these folks out of Brooklyn! You can't go wrong with this label!!! Hit their site and take a listen to all they have to offer.

Ok gang, some news from Sherman now. Looks like this may not be a daily blog for awhile. There is an overwhelming amount of "stuff" happening at the moment which makes it tough to give a daily fix. We'll do our best to continue to fill your ears with music and you hearts with a smile, but it just may not happen each and every day. Thanks for understanding! It's all good, right??!!

Check out Married to the Sea from the folks who brought you Toothpaste For Dinner and Natalie Dee.

Keep your eyes peeled for the newly launched Seattle Sound Magazine!!

Sad news for Blondie fans. They are embarking on their final US tour EVER!

Check out Filter Mag's Music Appreciation Nights around the country! Very cool idea!

Thanks all!! Remember that Sherman loves you!!!!

Friday, March 10, 2006

Happy Long Weekend for Sherm

Out of work early today so taking a long weekend! Make it a great one everybody! Back on Monday with music-a-plenty!

Be safe!

Until Monday, check out this new video for Mark Ronson's Radiohead cover "Just"! Purists may freak out, but it is worth
watching!!!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Short, but sweet

Hey, the new Neko Case is awesome! She's on Leno tonight as well.

The new CD from the Swedish band The Sounds is set for release here in the US on March 21st. You can sample a bit of Dying To Say This To You here. They are amazing live, but it looks like tour dates won't bring them through the Northwest.

And if you haven't seen this yet...

Isobel Goes Easy




Isobel Campbell will be gracing the Queen Anne Easy Street with her gorgeous presence this evening at 6 PM!!!!

Professor Sprout has a ball!!!

I spoke too soon last night when I said that Sprout was sleeping and not really up for anything. After my post, Sherman settled in with some Nightmares on Wax and Sprout woke up! Next thing I know she's in her ball cruising around the place! She loved it! She's so tiny that she gets going a bit too fast sometimes, but it's too much. (memories of seeing the Flaming Lips at Coachella) Next step is trying to get Sherman and Sprout to pose for a photo op!

More later!

Hey only one more day until the weekend!!!!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

"Everyone knows it's windy..."

Dang! It is so windy here today. They've even closed one of the bridges in the city right during rush hour! It's madness! Snowstorm in the mountains, rain around the city and wind on top of it all. Oh, Seattle must your winters be so harsh? I say the best thing to do is curl up with a good piece of music and snuggle with the one you love (or at least like).

Sherman has the perfect album for such an occasion! Finally heard the entire new release from Nightmares on Wax! Wow! The bits and pieces I had already digested were only the tip of this iceberg. George is back! In A Space Outta Sound is classic NOW. Not the Mind Elevation debacle 2002. This is the sound we fell in love with. I don't think there will ever be another Carboot Soul or Smoker's Delight, and I'm okay with that. It's just great to get that classic NOW sound back. This combines all that makes Evelyn so damn good at what he does. There is the laidback instrumental grooves and the funkier vocal chunks that create a sound unique to NOW. All of the sounds and textures could trainwreck, but never in the hands of this artist. This is his fifth studio album and pays homage to past work, but accents that with modern twists. I can't stop listening to this. This will join his classic releases as an album to pull out years from now and enjoy with the same vigor you do today! Go buy this record!!!

After spending some time listening to NOW, check out this classic dub mix featuring some of the greats!

Great news for Styrofoam fans! He is readying the now untitled release that has been 3 years in the making. He and Fat Jon have been working on this together and will release the results this Fall. Expect a US tour to follow! Could they BE any cuter together??!?! This is will be worth the wait!


A few show announcements for Seattle:
Trespassers William @ Chop Suey March 29th
Sigur Ros @ Benaroya Hall May 3rd
Lyrics Born @ Neumos May 19th
Miguel Migs & Guests @ Chop Suey May 20th

PS: I know that Jenny Lewis is in town tonight, but will be seeing her in Austin at the end of the month! If you are seeing her tonight, tell her Sherman will see her soon!!!!

Those of you out there who are curious about Sherman's new pet, "Sprout", there's not much to report. I guess the world of a dwarf hamster is not an exciting one. She sleeps ALL day and wakes up around bedtime. That's when the wheel running and digging around begins. She's incredibly nearsighted and doesn't notice when anyone walks in the room and has yet to react to music of any kind. There was some secret hope that she liked to get her groove on, but gettin' her sleep in is about all right no. There will be photo updates if she ever decides to be awake during the day! There may also be a little adventure in the hamster ball to report on soon! Stay tuned for Sherman's Wild Kingdom!

Guilty Pleasures time! I know there has been a touch of negligence in the area of guilty pleasures, but they are not a forced venture. They have to come from the heart. Today is truly hearfelt and one that I take delight in sharing. The Captain & Tennille are primarily known for playful chart hits like "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Muskrat Love". It's not those hits that Sherman speaks of here. It's the one hit that proved they could capture a more adult and sexy sound. One that would result in the #1 hit "Do That To Me One More Time"! Muskrats were not doing things like this. No way! That was child's play compared to what Tennille sang of on this track. Toni Tennille propelled herself into another career with this hit. One in which she could do nightclub gigs and start singing standards and classics attracting a more mature audience and utilizing big bands and strappy gowns!. Actually that was a perfect segue for her. She's still out there doing it to us one more time! She and the Captain (Daryl Dragon) have been together since 1971 and last year they celebrated the 30th anniversary of their debut release. They continue to tour together and Toni does many shows on her own, as well. I guess love really does keep you together!

Have you purchased your Sasquatch tix yet???????

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

RIP Ali Farka Toure'



Hi gang! This is going to be a quickie today. For those of you, like myself, who were jazzed about seeing Dangerdoom this Spring, looks like show by show the tour is being cancelled. Seattle and San Francisco are off for sure. Not sure what will happen with the rest. Bummer.

We knew that Sonic Youth was releasing their new cd in June, but did we know they are touring from June-September in the US, as well. Thurston Moore confirmed the news and even mentioned there will a few dates with The Flaming Lips! CANNOT wait!




One last thing...fans of Ron Trent (hopefully lots of you) need to check out this mix from February of this year out in Tokyo! Courtesy of the kind folks at Prescription World!





Seattle residents should head out to Rebar tonight for their 16th Anniversary Party! It's free from 8 PM-2 AM! Lots o' local DJ's and drink specials all night long. They are asking folks to wear red.

Gotta run! Have a great night! Buy something new at the record store tonight! I don't care what it is. Just something you haven't heard and enjoy!

Monday, March 06, 2006

New arrival!!!

Sherman adopted a pet this weekend! Yes, he wants to see how much of a caregiver he can be. He went to the Seattle Animal Shelter and walked out with Professor Lucy Sprout. She's a dwarf hamster who was all alone and dangerously close to a giant lizard tank and a huge white rat! Sherman would not stand for that and took her home. She's a touch camera shy, so here's all we have so far.

She spends her days sleeping and then turns into a crazy one at night. She is nocturnal so she would be ideal for after hours! She is up on her wheel all night long! Man, she does not stop! Crazy! Well, one saved dwarf hamster is a good feeling!

Last week, Sherman talked about QPE on Agriculture Records. Well, all it took was one release to start to his latest label obsession. There is nothing weak on this label. I have spent time with both the DJ Olive release Bodega and David Last's The Push Pull. Foreign critics describe this music as "the sound of a Brooklyn street corner." I love them both! DJ Olive has worked with Kim Gordon, Bill Laswell, John Zorn and others before folks started pressing him to create his own releases. After the tragic events in NYC, he created Buoy as a little something to help his friends get to sleep at night. Don't be mistaken, this isn't a snoozer, it's a soul soother. It just makes you feel good. Bodega does this and more. His experiementation with sound is alive and well on this release. There's a certain feeling that washes over you when you are listening to ambient dub. It's that "every little thing's gonna be alright" feeling. This is the sound of DJ Olive. David Last's music has a bit more grit to it. It's chunky, a bit more urban and full of trippy percussion and sound. At times The Push Pull is a bit playful with it's beats and vocals. There's an underlying rhythmic organic vibe you don't find in electronic music. Check out the label site for some free downloads and their latest podcast! Watch out for this label!!! Really great stuff guys! Keep it comin'. We'll need more of this sound for our summer parties!

Before I forget, here's a little somethin' for you. This blog is bubbling over with tons and tons of live DJ sets! Enjoy! Many are current, but hit up some of the older ones, that's where you find the good stuff!

Ok, now onto a quick word on the new Stereolab disc Fab Four Suture. Sherman promised to spend some time with it. Well, not feeling this one. Not sure why, but it just isn't grabbing me. You can definitely feel that there is a new cohesiveness to the group, like they are finally getting back on their feet, but it's just not enough for me. I can't seem to formulate the words as to why this isn't tripping my trigger, but something is missing for me. I think Sherman does better when speaking of things he loves rather than the opposite. Let's leave it at that.

A word about the Oscars. Jon Stewart was fantastic! He added a touch of class and intelligence it has missed over the last few years. The only issues were the following: boring acceptance speeches with horrible music playing right over them, dolly parton not winning (how 'bout that pantsuit people), couples who showed no affection for each other (um, Reese & Ryan), actresses wearing dresses that matched their haircolor and skin tone (nearly all of them) and, of course, Joan Rivers. Other than that, things were just fine.

Hey Seattle! Magnet will be performing at East Street on Queen Anne this Friday night at 7 PM! This is not to be missed. The current record, The Tourniquet is outstanding! Magnet is Even Jobansen, yet another talented Norwegian creating music that needs to be heard. This cavalcade of acoustic instrumentation, soft vocals and electronic beats makes for a truly beautiful record. Unfortunately, I think this will remain on the fringe when it really is something accessible for all. The opening track "Hold On" is a melodic invitation into the record. The disc continues to enrapture from that point forward. It's like sitting in front of a fire at the beach. It's warm, feels good and usually involves lovers or friends. If you can't seem him at the Triple Door on Thursday (opening for Ms. Isobel Campbell), swing by Easy Street for a freebie!

Need to smile??? We all do. Check out the illustrations created by German artist Judith Drews! Still grinning over bears drinking with straws!!!

Sherman's listening to a live Belle & Sebastian show on NPR tonight. They are archiving the entire show so head over and check it out soon! If you haven't visited their site lately, they got heaps of great music for you to download and stream!

Well, time to check on Professor Sprout! I'm sure she's back on her wheel! See you tommorrow!!!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Hip Hop Nouveau

Hey folks! Sorry about missing a post yesterday. Sherm had quite a day and needed some rest! Hope you are all having a stupendous Friday! Here it is, the weekend once again! Ya-flippin-hoo!!! Or is that hootie hoo???

A bit of something for Sherman to get off his chest today. Starbucks is moving it's music division (Starbucks Entertainment/Hear Music) to LA! Can I just say that sucks?!? Not good for our little city. When homegrown companies start moving away, that does not bode well for the city. I know, I know, the labels are down there, it's an industry town down there etc, but I still think it's bad. Here's something from today's Digital Music news that explains a few things.

"Starbucks recently confirmed the exit of music head Don MacKinnon, who left for "personal reasons". The vice president of Music and Entertainment reportedly departed on February 27th, along with director of Artists and Repertoire Brenda Walker, who left the week prior. Meanwhile, Starbucks also confirmed that it would be shifting a portion of its entertainment staff to Los Angeles, a move designed to position the company more closely to label and studio executives."

No matter how you slice this, I don't like it. Seattle needs business to stay here and to grow. Yes, I am as bitter as Starbucks coffee on this one! There is a ton of talent in this city that should be given a chance. LA has enough already! I will now step off the soapbox.

Onward and upward. Music. Ok, a couple of weeks ago, the kind folks at Other Music sent out their weekly new release newsletter (please tell me you get these). In that newsletter I read of a release from QPE entitled Gentrifried. This is one I would purchase based on title alone. I searched my local record stores to no avail. I then ordered it from the NY based retailer and received it this week. It's fantastic! QPE (Quiet Personal Electronics) is an underground composer (Kacy Wiggins) from NYC. His style of music is being called Hip Hop Nouveau. I call it downbeat-electronic-dubbed-out-ambient-hip hop! AKA green tennis shoe music if you know what I mean! This is some good stuff. I think you can tell what I am talkin' about. This is late night groovin' music. His inspiration comes from the infamous Brooklyn rooftop party scene. This is for fans of that Kruder & Dorfmeister, Nightmares on Wax, Deadbeat crowd. This one will be on Sherman for some time to come!

Hey house heads! Look for the re-release of the debut record from Tortured Soul, Introducing Tortured Soul. These pioneers of live soulful house have added a couple remixes to this disc. Look for some help from Osunlade and DJ Spinna on this one. This is a great record that was overlooked on it's initial release. This group has been embraced by artists like Gilles Peterson, Kaskade and Roger Sanchez and has shared the stage with everyone from Roni Size to the Wailers. There are three members who are all producers, writers and musicians. You have heard them on many house comps and have probably shakin' it to them at some point. Go out and buy this record. It will put a smile on your face! It's worth it just to hear "Fall In Love" and "How's Your Life".

Heard some bits and pieces of the remixed Mia Doi Todd release La Ninja: Amor & Other Dreams of Manzanita! Really good stuff! Eager for this one to drop! Which brings me to a question, when will iTunes figure out all the licensing issues and allow us to download from other countries?? That would be AWESOME! SO much is out in other countries and by allowing us to search and play on the foreign iTunes site, it whets Sherm's appetite for more music.

Head over to Groove Parlor for a new one hour mix from Jay-J! Perfect for the weekend!!! Hoping Jay-J and Latrice make their way to Seattle soon to promote her new release!

Here's hoping that Dolly Parton gets an Oscar on Sunday for her them song from "Transamercia", "Travelin' Thru". How cool would that be??? Can't wait to see what she'll wear to the show!!! Your guilty pleasure assignment this weekend is to listen to any classic Dolly song you can find! If it happens to be "Two Doors Down" that'll score you extra points!!!!




Check out the incredible audio from the Below The Radar sessions. It's an on air music festival in the UK consisting of underground music.





Picture if you will Antony (of Antony & the Johnsons), Sufjan Stevens, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Allen Toussaint and Damien Rice sharing the stage at Carnegie Hall. Such was the case this past Wednesday for the 2006 Tibet House Benefit Concert. Sounds like it was quite a night. Can you imagine Antony singing Whitney's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"? Well, it happened. I wish I could have heard Lou & Antony do "Candy Says"!!!

Are we done with Arctic Monkeys yet????

Seattle stuff to do this weekend: Lichtenstein Exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery / Ben Lee & Leona Naess @ Chop Suey tonight / read a good book / Stereolab & Hot Chip @ Showbox Monday / Seek out some sunshine!

Gotta run! Hugs from Sherman!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The show will go on

The boys from Matt Pond PA will be at the Croc as scheduled tonight! What troopers! Head out to the show, love on them big and enjoy the show!! If you are in need of more music afterwards, Belle & Sebastian are on Conan tonight. Should be a good one!

A couple things to look forward to very soon. Matthew Dear as Audion will be providing the next installment for Fabric! It's out in the UK next week and if you are a Fabric member. RIGHT ON! We can also look forward to the return of Swayzak with Route De La Slack! This two cd set will include new music, remixes and lost treats! Two of the nicest guys you will ever know. Perfect releases for Spring!!!

Ok, so everyone knows that I am a huge Milosh fan. Spent most of last night and a good chunk of this morning adoring his new release, Meme. I know, there is quite a bit of gushing on this blog regarding this artist, but it is well deserved. The new record is beautiful. He is creating a new genre, "electronic balladeering". The album opens with "It's Over" and despite it's title can have a truly optimistic feeling behind it. "The City" is an ideal soundtrack for trolling. The attention to detail in "Coudn't Sleep" makes this a standout track for me. It just feels so crafted to me. Be sure to hit up iTunes for the bonus track "In My Arms". Put this on your iPod and walk and walk and walk. This provides a soundtrack for a grey day of city roaming and observing. Thank you Milosh! Big wet kisses from Sherman!!!!

ATTN: Fashionistas with video iPods!! You can get all the latest from the runways at the iTunes music store. Just search for Style.com and download for FREE!

Gotta run! See you tomorrow! Here's a little something that adds to my list of reasons to love the UK. Enjoy!

Madonna + Coachella = INSANITY

Coachella just added Madonna to their lineup! That's crazy! She will perform in the Sahara dance tent on Sunday! I can't even imagine the crowd that day! The tent will explode. I saw (or heard) Beck in one of the tent a couple years ago and it was so packed. Madonna??? You've really got to be kidding. And this is the year Sherman isn't going.