First of all, our pals Calla are shortlisted for the best video of 2006 that aired on MTV2's Subterranean for "It Dawned On Me." Go vote for 'em (the site's a bit flash heavy, click on vote from this landing page) and your other favorites -- there's a ton of other worthy candidates as well. Heck, the list reads like a hip blogger's best of 2006 list. No kidding. Relatedly, our pal and burgeoning superstar rock show photographer Kathryn Yu has some great pics from the band's October show at the Bowery Ballroom. Also -- look for Calla's new album in February 2007. (That was quick, actually -- last time we talked to lovely frontman Aurelio Valle earlier this summer, the band was heading out for the Euro festival circuit and recording was in the planning stages...)
Remember when we posted about I Was A Cub Scout the other day? Well, looks like the band is getting a worldwide digital release for their first single "Pink Squares" under the wing of the Beggars Group (or at least I assume so, as the press release came from XL). And, yeah, the Conor Obrest comparisons are totally going to overwhelm this band, but try not to think about that -- it's a pretty weak analogy in my opinion. Honestly, this is the kind of thing I wish I'd been able to listen to in like, 1998 or something. Sometimes genre mutations take longer than you'd expect.