A lot of my time at this year was spent trying to convince anyone I chatted about the power of podcasting — and using a free service like FeedBurner to help you distribute those — especially when most bands are already relinquishing control and letting their onto MySpace as it is. It was one of the reasons I got to go in the first place, so it was one of my goals while soaking up all the fun that occurs around you in the meantime.

While I got a lot of blank stares and dumb looks in response to my elevator pitch, I think my words resonated fairly well a small subset of the people I got to meet down there. “You, as a band, should make your own and submit it to . Let the label sell your — you should give away the rest!” I’ll admit that pitch is rather selfish which I normally talked around as, “well, you’ll see my thought process rear itself harder once the entitled generation figures out how they want to consume your and help you make money, because it’s NOT going to be from record (in case you didn’t know that already).”

Thankfully, some bands are already way ahead of this curve. has been a Blog favorite for a while and they just released their new ; I was blown away by the third track…

The song is called, “Abcees,” which I had never heard before today. It’s very dubbed-out yet driving, so it kind just made me start grooving at my desk before I ever realized what I listening to. It sounds like has really been playing amazing lately and they’re pulling out all the stops for their , including playing five sold-out shows in without repeating one song throughout the entire run. There are some photos from that epicness here and here.

Be sure to catch these guys out on the road sometime soon; upcoming after the jump…


2007 :

03/31/07 :: , WA – PA SET @ Fenix Undergound – , WA

04/12/07 :: Dallas, @ Granada Theater – Dallas,
04/13/07 :: Houston, @ The Meridian – Houston,
04/14/07 :: , TX @ Stubb’s BBQ – , TX
04/17/07 :: , LA @ Varsity Theatre – , LA
04/18/07 :: Mobile, AL @ Kitchen – Mobile, AL
04/19/07 :: Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theatre – Birmingham, AL
04/20/07 :: , MO @ – Saint Louis, MO
04/21/07 :: , TN @ City Hall – , TN
04/24/07 :: Columbia, MO @ The – Columbia, MO
04/25/07 :: Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
04/26/07 :: Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
04/27/07 :: Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium – Asheville, NC
04/28/07 :: Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN
04/29/07 :: , LA @ Tipitina’s , LA

05/25/07 :: City – PA SET @ Studio Mezmor (formerly Crobar) – City, NY

06/15/07 :: , TN @ Music , TN

07/13/07 :: Masontown, WV @ 2007, Marvin’s Mountaintop – Masontown, WV

09/06/07 :: , CO @ , CO
09/07/07 :: Morrison, CO @ Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
09/08/07 :: Morrison, CO @ Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO

Here’s the track list from the podcast above…

TRACK LISTING for THE BEST OF THE LEFT:

BIGS – live from Seattle – 02/23/07
RENT – live from – 02/17/07
ABCEES – live from Seattle – 02/23/07
FROM ON – live from San Diego – 02/16/07
TRINOCULAR – live from – 02/20/07
VIBYL – live from – 02/20/07
MOBSTERS – live from – 02/22/07
SURREALITY – live from – 02/22/07
EB – live from Portland – 02/22/07
ARIGATO – live from Santa Ana – 02/15/07


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