In case you were wondering, my blog is named after the Boo Radleys song. I remember buying that single in Caen, France while I was going to university there for the semester back in…well, that doesn’t matter. The EP was called Every Heaven, and it came out on Rough Trade. Anyway, this blog is based in Seattle, USA. It’s mostly about music, but other things sneak in here and there. I originally started the thing to write about gigs, the problem is though I can never seem to get to see everything I would like to see. I’m always looking for reviews of the ones I miss, and appreciate it when somebody has taken the time to post a review of show they went to. So the original (and still current) intent was to fill in the gaps, you know, in case you may have missed your favorite band that played last night.

You can email me with questions/suggestions/ephemera, but no insults please (actually I can take the insults), at finestkiss{at}gmail{dot}com



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  1. Yay, Toby!

  2. yay, yay toby

  3. Hey Toby! Mat passed along your link; it’s been fun following your musical exploits from afar. Just might invite myself along to some shows with you after I move back at Christmas. Wish I’d seen Kelley Stolz; he provided the soundtrack to my summer. Take care- Desiree

  4. Toby!
    Your end of year letter found me at my new place in Saratoga. I just frittered away a couple prep periods catching up with some of your reviews and the family blog. I should get a clue about keeping in touch with people. Thanks for the letter and the photo!!

  5. Hey Toby,

    We added the Finest Kiss to our indieRSS feed.

    three imaginary girls

  6. Hey Toby! I was wondering if you’d be interested in getting press releases/updates/promos from FANATIC PROMOTION? e-mail me fanaticnewmedia(at)fanaticpromotion(dot)com – Clyde

  7. Hey Toby–This is just about the best music blog I’ve ever seen. Just linked to The Finest Kiss to give my political blog some cultcha!

  8. Hi!

    I want to send you a CD of one of my artists, Ali Wesley! What’s your contact / mailing info?


    Xtian Gunther
    Artist Manager
    M1 Group

  9. This blog rules my life…thank you.

  10. The new basementcast is fantastic! XO

  11. You might want to check out “the Saucy Jacks” on Chocolate Covered Records. They are really great!

  12. My debut EP is being released this week, and I wanted to see what you guys thought of it. Please let me know if there is a way to mail you a copy, or send a zipdrive in a way that won’t clog up your email. I’m playing on the BMI stage this Sunday for the Austin City Limits music festival, then head west after that. Matt Vaughn of Easy Street Records will be selling copies of it, and I’ll eventually have an album release party at one of his stores.
    I hope you like it and look forward to hearing from you.
    -Jesse Woods

  13. http://www.myspace.com/jessewoodsband

  14. Hello Toby,

    Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful, informative and well-written article on Velez Manifesto and the ‘mid-80’s Underground RailRoad music scene’ we were all a part of here in Morgantown, WV back then.

    What magickal memories and joyous thoughts you brought back to me! I really appreciate your work!

    Cheers to you and yours and many blessings for a magickal 2010!

    LovEternaL, Walter STACY Bernoski

  15. Cats on Fire tonight at SF pop fest was fucking magical!

  16. Just recently stumbled upon your blog, and it’s totally awesome! Thanks for posting so much great stuff.

  17. Hiya Toby,
    Just a wee message to say thank you for your review of our record. We have found the music press to be a desolate wasteland of indifference and perfume so your blog is a ‘pepto-bismol’ in a pool of the abysmal (as you Yanks might say). Keep on keeping strong kidda, Chris (Les Cox Sportifs)

  18. I just discovered your blog, and it’s spot on everything I like!
    Coincidentally, my hometown is Caen and I went to univesity there too. And I bought Boo Radleys records probably from that same shop. Keep up the great work!

  19. Hi Toby- I’ve been following you blog for a while and wanted to follow up with you to see if you might be interested in reviewing my album. I am happy to send it to you through the mail, or if you prefer I have a digital download available as well. I’ve begun work on a second album, but would love to get your thoughts and insights on my first album. I hope you like it and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  20. Hey guys,

    My band “Carousel” would like to send you one of our songs that has been circulating among some blogs this past week. Please let us know what you think and if you would consider posting our music on your site. Thanks a lot, we really enjoy your blog.

    Kevin Friedman


    Here is a direct link to one of our songs, “Games”

    [audio src="http://carouselmusicpage.com/Games.mp3" /]


  21. Hey Toby!

    Effin’ wow! Wonderful discovering an amazing local music blog via KCRW in Santa Monica, CA (they’re my fav to listen to when in the LA/Long Beach area). I really appreciate the music clips. I’m up in Shoreline, so it’s tough not being close to the nerve center. We do have Darrell’s Tavern, but that’s all. Keep up the good work. Love your taste in music!


  22. hey tobyy, interesting blog! let me share something, hope u enjoy it!

  23. Hi!
    I think you’ll like it

  24. Thanks Toby for your job & your enthusiasm. Thank you also for the discovery of Dream Boys and their excellent LP.
    Vince, from Bordeaux, France.

  25. Saw your post on tumblr, The Coneheads are most certinatley not from Germany. Northwest Indiana! Go see em live sometime, you close!

  26. Got your link off of KCRW website. I thought you were one of the better blogs off that page. I am helping manage a unique indie electronic rock band called TV Movie. I think you will find this concept album very different from what is out there. Thanks for your time. Keep this awesome blog going, music needs this kind of voices out there. Here is the full album link http://tvmovieband.com/album/reel1

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