Sensory Overload

The Black Swans do Daytrotter

Posted by Chris DeVille


Daytrotter is a pleasant and delightful indie rock cottage industry based in Rock Island, Illinois. Each day they welcome in touring bands of some repute to record special live sessions for online consumption. A quick peak into their archives might end up devouring an entire weekend.

Columbus folk outsiders The Black Swans stopped by in trio form (Jerry DeCicca, Canaan Faulkner & Tyler Evans) to record a session featuring three selections from this year's brilliant "Don't Blame the Stars" plus a number from last year's "Words Are Stupid." Have a listen, won't you?

The Black Swans - Daytrotter Session


For a few minutes last night, the vast lawn at the LC was an intimate living room. Lighters and cell phones hoisted, a few thousand sticky people sang along to with a solo, acoustic Ben Gibbard through “I Will Follow You Into the Dark.” The moment was clear, genuine, unflawed. Moments like these are what Death Cab for Cutie’s loyal fans crave: the brutal, gentle expression of their innermost feelings through words and music. When this band is at its best, the show is a symphony of exquisite anxiety, regret, longing and love, filled with peaks and valleys of swelling sound.

Under that seductive spell, equipment failure is a rude awakening.

The show Tuesday night was plagued with interruptions, which were graciously explained and apologized for by the band. Their equipment was apparently damaged in the widely publicized stage collapse July 17 at Bluesfest in Ottowa; the collapse scrapped the band’s appearance at the festival.

Death Cab has a sympathetic following, and fans this morning are recounting their favorite moments. But my hunch is they won’t count this among their favorite performances by this band.

Band members (Gibbard in particular) clearly were frustrated by the technical gaffes, which forced the band off the stage late in the show, just as the band struck the first chord of “Cath…,” one of the best tunes on the “Narrow Stairs” album.

When they came back minutes later, all the anticipation had flown from the place, and they spent the next five songs rebuilding it before concluding with the “Transatlanticism” title track. And that last song was gorgeous: Its pulsing buildup is custom-built for a live performance. It’s the perfect last song, and it should have been the gong smash at the end of a frenzied, tortured buildup.

The band gave plenty of love to longtime fans, getting five songs deep into the set before playing a tune from the new “Codes and Keys.” The new album is a natural progression from “Narrow Stairs,” surging deeper into electronic sound, but its music is more challenging for a four-piece band to pull off live. So the crowd last night was treated to ghostly vocal samples on a few “Codes and Keys” tracks. The effect felt strange; I’m used to consuming these guys as a pretty straight-up band, not as something filtered through fancy machines.

A performance of the sharp-witted and bass-punctuated “Long Division” mid-show was the start of a long arc of songs that wove in and out of fresh and vintage material. The singalong reached its unsurprising pinnacle with “Soul Meets Body.”

The band played — swampy, stale air and all — 24 songs. For all they said, all they played and all the glitches they valiantly pushed through, there was so much more to say. They could have played all night, and we would have stayed, listening, sympathizing and singing along.

Death Cab for Cutie set list

Posted by Brad Keefe

Hope everyone is basking in air conditioning after a swampy night at the LC. Despite multiple technical snags, Death Cab for Cutie pulled off a sweeping show tonight.

The complete set list is below, for those of you who like to make a playlist for the morning after. Look for a full review of the show, with photos, on Thursday.

I Will Possess Your Heart (Narrow Stairs) The New Year (Transatlanticism) We Laugh Indoors (The Photo Album) Crooked Teeth (Plans) Photobooth (The Forbidden Love EP) Doors Unlocked and Open (Codes and Keys) Long Division (Narrow Stairs) Codes and Keys (Codes and Keys)a What Sarah Said (Plans) I Will Follow You Into the Dark (Plans) Title Track (We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes) You Are A Tourist (Codes and Keys) Underneath the Sycamore (Codes and Keys) Title and Registration (Transatlanticism) A Movie Script Ending (The Photo Album) Soul Meets Body (Plans) Stay Young, Go Dancing (Codes and Keys) Cath… (Narrow Stairs) The Sound of Settling (Transatlanticism) Home is a Fire (Codes and Keys) Expo ’86 (Transatlanticism) Marching Bands of Manhattan (Plans) Transatlanticism (Transatlanticism)

Chill out with new Neon Indian

Posted by Jackie Mantey

Chillwave's coolest, Neon Indian, has a new song on its website available for download. "Fallout" is from the album "Era Extrana," due out Sept. 13. Swoon.

Stalley's "Pound" video is truly great

Posted by Chris DeVille

LxE for the Uncool | BORDƏƋUX VIIs from Arris Productions on Vimeo.

You may have noticed LxE for the Uncool in our big Columbus hip-hop cover story. Dude is staying busy, releasing another new video this week for “Bordeaux VIIs," which you can watch above.

LxE also appeared alongside his homey P. Blackk on a new track by Chozin Beatz called "Ohio Classic." Cop it here.

This hilarious "deleted scene" from "Lost" aired at Comic-Con. If you were/are a "Lost" fanatic, you should watch it. If you're strange and aren't a fan (or haven't finished watching the series), don't watch it.


Another day, another honor for local weiner temple Dirty Frank's. Localicious has named them among the "10 Most Popular Hot Dog Spots in America."

The company, who launched a neighborhood-centric app now available for Android, says they "used Localicious and Foursquare" to determine their list. I guess those check-ins really count for something, huh?

It was only a month ago that PETA honored DF's among the Top Five Veggie Dogs in the country.

Amy Winehouse dead at 27

Posted by Brad Keefe

Heard the news a while ago that Amy Winehouse, talented and troubled, has died in London. What a shame.

I found this pretty recording of "Love is a Losing Game" on YouTube. (If you're more interested in snide comments and snickering, you'll find plenty on Twitter.)

Return of the Great Cornholio!

Posted by Jackie Mantey

The new season of "Beavis and Butt-head" is set to premiere in October, and MTV posted this sneak peek of the long-lost metal head dumb-dumbs. It appears Mike Judge is still a master of the art of fart jokes. Plus, they mock "Jersey Shore," and that's always fun.

The dude that wrote "Gattaca" and "The Truman Show," Andrew Niccol, is back with another awesome-looking fantasy flick, "In Time." In the film, money doesn't exist. Instead, people only live until they're 25 unless they work to literally buy themselves more time. Cool premise, right?

Justin Timberlake basically looks like a Robin Hood who steals time from the "rich" and gives it to the short-lived. Even though I can't say I'm a fan of Timberlake's acting skills, "In Time" has a pretty sweet cast: Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy (the creepy guy from "The Dark Knight"), Olivia Wilde and Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell from "Mad Men"). I can't wait to see this one.

A fix for you "Mad Men" fans

Posted by Jackie Mantey

This cool re-imagining of the "Mad Men" opening credits is by graphic artist Paul Rogers. As silky smooth as it is to watch, I prefer the original... you just can't beat the drama of "A Beautiful Mine," the song in the real credits by Columbus native RJD2.

Mad Men Opening Titles Re-Design from Paul Rogers on Vimeo.