28 November 2009

Fun fact: If you conduct a google image search for this album, the first suggestion the site offers is the Arcade Fire's Neon Bible. I'm not sure what that album has to do with this one. It rules. This is the fourth AnCo album that this writer has ever purchased, which is kind of a big deal in the sense that yet another band has reached the level where they receive the sort of commitment that garners several purchases. No big words on it yet, but it has been dominating the weekend playlist. The interntets say that the whole album was done solely by Avery Tare and Panda Bear. That's a little different, and there is a slightly more intimate vibe to this affair as compared to other albums. This record may also be the last album physically purchased by this writer, at least until a new record store is found. Record and Tape Traders has fallen woefully behind in the sense that they don't stock many relevant albums. Their staff is also comprised of old dudes who used to have real jobs but because of the recession are now working at the record store. This really prevents the customer from getting any help from the people that work there. Thought-provoking commentary will come in the future, just not right now.

26 November 2009

I loathe doing this, but I need to add a new friend on last.fm
I have an irrational yet very real fear of the number thirteen, and this morning I reached that number in terms of friends on the website. This has to be eradicated. I realize that the chances of someone reading this site and seeing this, and then also being a member on last.fm is very slim but I figured it was at least worth a shot. Also, while I'm pretending that people visit this site then I may as well encourage people to leave their thoughts so that this site can become a more useful and relevant.

25 November 2009

The Middle 00s

In an effort to come across as focused, the music that made me excitable in the middle 2000s can be narrowed down to three bands. To me, these are huge bands. In my mind, each one of them have played a major role in shaping my taste as anything new is constantly being compared to my personal forefathers. They are not merely a part of the soundtrack of my life. These are the bands that started the motion to completely change everything. It took awhile before it started to happen, but these are the groups that got the ball rolling. 
I first heard the Velvet Underground, the day after I graduated from high school. I was with Bob, and we were driving to the beach to meet up with everyone else and go on an 8 day drinking bender. Instead of weighing the car down with too many CDs, Bob and I decided to select two albums to take on the trip. I chose the first G. Love & Special Sauce album because at the time that was my jam. Bob brought along The Velvet Underground & Nico. The second track off that record is "I'm Waiting for the Man", and immediately I was struck by how groovy it was but not in a corny way, but rather it was more than music. It was an attitude. It was oozing with swagger, and this was years before I even knew what swagger was. After the song ended, Bob told me what it was about. Now, not only did I love the sound but I also loved the subject matter. To further reinforce his point, Bob then played "Heroin" for me. Eight and a half minutes of excited frailty. It runs up and down this imaginary line, and on first listen you can't tell whether it's going to keel over and die or gain momentum and dazzle with guitar clatter. It does both, and it never gets old. As that summer continued, "White Light/White Heat", "Run Run Run", "I Can't Stand It", "Sweet Jane", "Rock and Roll", and "I'm Set Free" all became close personal favorites. As I've gotten older, "Sunday Morning", "All Tomorrow's Parties", and "What Goes On" have become obsessive favorites. 
Another time we were in the car, Bob played "The Gift" and that turned into an intense ride. As a story it's kind of bizarre, and the music in the song is used to soundtrack the story so all the focus is on this story about a guy who mails himself to his lady lover because he's worried that she's been sleeping around, and she has, and then one day a box arrives at her house, and the guy is inside the box, and the lady can't get the box open, so she goes and gets a sharp object, and she jams it into the side of the box, and it goes right through the guy's neck. If you think about it, it could be weirder. "The Gift" is off of the album, White Light/White Heat, which is the all time greatest road trip album. It doesn't even have to be a road trip. If you have a 50 minute drive ahead of you, then you would still be wise to put White Light on. In short, the Velvet Underground are king. They are to this writer what the Beatles are to many. Yeah, it's like that.
Months later and right before I left for college, I heard Radiohead. I actually heard them. I sat down and put the CD on. Technically, I had heard Radiohead before since radio stations play "Creep" all the time, but growing up I became somewhat numb to that song and for awhile I actually thought it was Silverchair or some other vaguely familiar early '90s alt rock band. I started listening to Radiohead because I worked with a guy named Matt, and at the time he used to say that Radiohead was his favorite band. I also had a friend named Mike who would vehemently swear that he hated Radiohead more than anything in the world, and knowing two people with such different stances made me curious and one day I finally asked Matt if I could borrow a Radiohead album. He lent me OK Computer, and that night after work I went home an listened to it. Long story short, I stayed up all night listening to the record. Over and over again it played. The next day, I told Matt what happened and asked him for more. He asked me what my favorite song on the album was, and said that my answer would dictate what album I would hear next. I told him "Airbag" because I'm a sucker for opening tracks. He said "Ok", and that night lent me The Bends. While it didn't leave a mark like OK Computer, it was still awesome to hear. The next time I saw Matt, I asked him what was next. He said that I needed to go to the store and buy Kid A and Amnesiac together. They were recorded around the same time, and Matt said that they played off of one another. He said to keep listening to them until I fully digested them. This took several months to accomplish as Kid A is one of the most spectacular pieces of recorded music in existence. No words by me could do it justice, but it's like one really long song. There are so many nuanced parts to it, and it's all so different but it still comes across as one cohesive block. I remember the day when this album first clicked. I was sitting in my room at school, and all of the sudden the light switch went up. I realized that I liked this more than anything else. This obsession last for many months after this, and the whole thing was consummated when I saw the band at Bonnaroo. Sadly, this obsession did not stand the test of time. Several factors were involved in the unravelling. First, I lost my copy of OK Computer. Seriously, I don't have a fucking clue where it is. This has always been my favorite Radiohead album, and as time passed without having it I turned my attention to other bands. I also had a pretty sweet live album, but that and a book by Hunter S. Thompson were taken a long time ago. Secondly, I can't listen to In Rainbows. I was living in this house when it came out, and my room shared a wall with another guy's room. Without getting into too much detail, this guy started dating this girl, and they spent their nights engaging in butt naked bongo sex, and being somewhat conscious of the other people in the house they would play music to counteract the noise, but this didn't really work, and at any rate what ended up happening was that every night I heard In Rainbows the fucking remix, and this was hard to swallow because to me Radiohead has never been a band synonymous with sex. With all the songs about disenfranchisement, paranoia, and robots it just wouldn't make sense. But then In Rainbows came out, and there's that one song where Thom says "you" and it's obvious that he is talking about another person and not an alien or a politician who is failing the people. So between that and losing other albums, my fervor for Radiohead has diminished considerably but I would still contend that they are the best band on the planet, in the sense that if the universe were to hold a battle of the bands competition and there were going to be bands from every planet then Earth would have to send Radiohead as our representative.
In the spring of my first year of college, I was inside of a Best Buy. I was walking aimlessly through the aisles picking up random CDs. This had been going on for the better part of an hour, but then one album caught my eye. It had been shelved improperly, and was sticking out above all the other CDs. I picked it up, and looked closely. It had one of those stickers on it that feature praise from various music outlets. Spin said this was one album that you had to own before death. The two other quotes said it was an instant classic and one of the top ten records of the '90s. I was intrigued, nonetheless. I spent the afternoon listening to it. It blew me away. I had never heard anything like it, but at the same time it was everything I had ever wanted to hear. It made everything else seem irrelevant. I loved this record, and I played it constantly until the semester ended. When I got home for the summer, I went to the store and bought the album that came out before the one I already owned. The two albums sounded kind of different, but that wasn't a bad thing. The debut album was more loose and frantic. The second album wasn't mellow or anything like that, but it seemed slightly more focused. I noticed more song lyrics on the second album, but I unwound more with the first one. At this juncture, I owned two albums by this band and I adored both of them and that was kind of it. About a year and a half later, I got the band's third album. This one was all over the place, and I listened to it with a feverish intensity. I was working as a delivery driver at the time, and every night I listened to the cassette on repeat. For five and six hours a night, it was the only thing I heard. With a paycheck one day, I bought the band's fourth album and later on, down the road I bought their final album. To this day, these albums still get played every day. 
The band in question is Pavement, and to me, they are the greatest. They're not terribly well-known in lots of circles, but that doesn't change the fact that they are my favorite band. Since when did the majority know what's right, anyway? It would be lazy on my part if I let MTV, Rolling Stone, and bar jukeboxes dictate my musical preferences. Just because you get drunk at a bar, and hear a song does not mean it is the best song ever. Maybe to you, but not to me. Don't try to shove some shit down my throat. I don't ask you to listen to Pavement. I don't need you to listen to Pavement. Your validation is not necessary. I mean, if you like Pavement then awesome we could be great friends and if not then, alright. I'm not one to say what is right and what is wrong, but don't tell me I'm wrong. I'll manage just fine. I know very little, but one thing I know for damn certain is who my favorite band is. I also know that it would be mildly fruitless to try and articulate why I dig them so this will have to be ok for now. Besides, I have to save something for the book.

23 November 2009

Animal Collective released a box set awhile back entitled Animal Crack Box, and apparently it included artwork similar to what is pictured above. Seen Studios, based in Brooklyn, was responsible for it and now they are selling limited edition silkscreen prints of it. If anything, I'm posting this so that I remember to buy the new EP when it comes out in a few weeks. 

22 November 2009

Under Construction

It has been determined that the site needs some sort of makeover, and in order to do this I have asked Gary for assistance. We are looking over various designs and considering many concepts. The goal is to make things better.

18 November 2009

It's A Hectic World

This should be a quality post because nothing has been posted in a few days, but early indicators suggest that this will be sub-par. A few things though.
The Dudes Who Used to be in Jay Reatard's band have joined Wavves
A few weeks back the bassist and drummer for Jay Reatard's band quit, and it was slightly shocking at least in the sense that Gary and I had seen Jay with said band only a week earlier and things seemed to be going along swimmingly. Anyway, they left and then Jay tweeted that he didn't give a shit. There was no report about it on this site because if Jay said he didn't give a shit then this writer doesn't give a shit either. However, the internets is reporting today that Stephen Pope and Billy Hayes have joined forces with Nathan Williams p.k.a. Wavves, and there's even a video to prove it. It's at least mildly interesting that Wavves went from being one bro's bedroom project into a duo with an incredible drummer to a full-fledged band. This also mildly amusing because there's this 20 minute documentary about Jay, and they interview the bass player and he starts talking about how he doesn't really know how to play the bass and he has to put tape on the neck of his guitar to indicate the notes. It leaves the viewer with the general impression that this dude wouldn't be playing bass in any capacity if it weren't for Jay Reatard, and now he's a part of Wavves. It remains to be seen how this will pan out, but now at least you know about it. 

For the record, Wavves sounded better when this writer saw him live and it was only a duo, but it's entirely possible that the whole set was quite good and this is just one of those flip cam things where the music isn't necessarily captured in the moment per se, but rather whoever was filming got to a point where they said to themself, "Shit, man. I should record this before I forget via getting crazy drunk. Then, I can watch it later on and reflect on how I thought the show was amazing via them playing all my favorite songs. After that, I'll upload it onto a popular video sharing website and others will see it." (The guy who recorded this might be really chill, but speculating is always fun.)

The Velvet Underground Are Kind of Getting Back Together for a Sit-Down
John Cale isn't a part of this, but Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, and Doug Yule are going to meet up with David Fricke and talk about this new coffee table book that is coming out and that coincidentally is about the band. David Fricke writes for Rolling Stone, and he's been around forever and as a result he's developed a pretty decent ear for music. As an enormous VU fan, he probably wouldn't be my first choice for this kind of thing but then again I'm not in a position to be making decisions like this. Either way, it's cool. The Velvet Underground is pretty much the best band ever. If I ever had to make a list of my top 2o favorite songs of all time, VU would occupy at least 12 spots. Seriously.

New Atlas Sound Video
This isn't an official video or anything like that, but no one is complaining and 4AD, the record label that released the album, has given the go-ahead so, here it is. The song is called "Quick Canal" off of Bradford Cox's latest record Logos, and it features Laetitia Sadier from Stereolab. Spotted over at Gorilla Vs Bear. The name of the director is Fitz Vladich, and one has to wonder whether he is an Atlas Sound fan or a Stereolab fan. Similar to how "Walkabout" kind of sounds like a Panda Bear song even though it's on the Atlas Sound album, "Quick Canal" kind of sounds like Stereolab. At least that's what the internets says because this writer has never heard Stereolab before. The video isn't bad, and the song is quite good. It's almost nine minutes long, but it feels like four. On the album, at least. The video definitely seems to take almost ten minutes, but that probably has more to do with the fact that Bradford isn't in the video and it's just seemingly archived footage of domesticity. Highlights include the part where they're making breakfast food.

15 November 2009

Times New Viking/The Axemen, Talking Head Club, Baltimore, MD 11/14/09

The other night I was told, that since I have never left the country I know nothing about what constitutes good taste. I was also told that I was a loser for listening to Pavement. With that being said, I went to Baltimore on Saturday to see a band, who clearly must be shitty, and hung out with a bunch of other losers. 
The first two bands, Mr Moccasin and Slow Jerks, are both local products. I only heard two songs from Mr Moccasin, but between that and what I heard on their Myspace, they sounded alright. People, who were there and had seen this band before, said that the group sounded better than they had in the past. I had tried listening to Slow Jerks earlier in the day, but my internet research skills failed me and I found nothing. It's entirely possible that this was by design, though. Seeing these dudes live, I got the impression that perhaps they wanted to do everything DIY and gradually work their way up. If that's the case, then props are in order. 
The Axemen are from New Zealand, and apparently they formed back in 1981 as a means of protesting the fact that some South African rugby team was playing matches in New Zealand which violated an agreement of some sort. They were pretty tight live, and it wasn't until the end of the set that I realized that my head had been bobbing the entire time. This may have been a nervous reaction because early on in the set it occurred to me that the girl from Times New Viking was standing next to me. All the members of the band were in my general vicinity, in fact, and as a result I drank accordingly. What struck me the most about The Axemen was how they came across as a band with the best of intentions. It all just seemed so honest. They brought the one dude from Times New Viking up on stage to do a song at one point, and that was pretty rad. Towards the end, the guitarist took his shirt off and wiped the brow of the lead singer. The best of intentions. The whole set was a good time, and the forty people in attendance all seemed to dig it. 
Times New Viking are quite possibly the loudest band that I listen to, and I went to this show to see how loud it could get. It was quite loud, and this was accentuated by the fact that the Talking Head is about the size of a hallway and the only difference between the club and an actual hallway is the fact that the Talking Head has a bathroom. I had done some preliminary research about what TNV was like live, but all I found was that they get loud and that the drummer talks too much. Looking back, the drummer didn't say a whole lot once the set got underway so maybe the internets was wrong about that. 
TNV might be better live than they are on record. They are a band of sounds, and that's awesome on it's own, but in concert the melodies are much more apparent. I do have to admit that I don't own the latest record, and it's entirely possible that they were just playing songs off of it and it's also quite possible that the new disc is slightly more hi-fi than previous albums. I know for a fact that didn't play all new songs because I recognized several and also because at one point they said, "Now, we're going to play some old songs." 
Everyone was into it. There was more moving around at this show then at anything else I've seen all year, for the most part. There was this one girl, and she seemed really tapped into the whole thing. She swayed and spun her way through every song. I think she had her eyes closed, but it didn't really matter because the way she was dancing it was like an act of surrender. It was like what Nietzsche had described. She was on the edge of the proverbial cliff, but instead of being frightened or concerned, she was reveling in the chaos. Loving every minute of it, and dancing like it would never stop. It's how I generally feel on the inside, but since I'm such an uncouth deadbeat unfit for the public, it's better for me to just keep my head down and try not to piss anyone off. 

13 November 2009

New Video

Animal Collective have made a video for "In the Flowers", which is sequentially the first track on Merriweather Post Pavilion


Last night, a crowd gathered in St. Louis to catch a show at Off-Broadway only to discover that the headlining act was never going to arrive. Arish Khan and Mark Sultan, better known as the King Khan & BBQ Show, along with their tour manager were arrested somewhere between Nashville and St. Louis, according to sources. 

The band had missed their soundcheck earlier in the day, and no one had contact with them in the hours leading up to the show. Drug possession is rumored to be the charge, but this has yet to be confirmed. Below is a picture of the group during happier times.

King Khan and BBQ were scheduled to play in Lawrence, KS tonight, but it has since been reported that they would not be performing tonight either. However, the show is still being head. Opening act Those Darlins is still going to play, and they intend on kicking ass. "we're still planning on playin' the craziest fuckin' show in hopes of lifting any KKBBQ fans spirits and keepin' this badass tour on the move. We are so proud to be playing with this band and just want to keep the tour rollin'," Jessi Darlin said earlier today somewhere, but later on quoted as saying it over at BrooklynVegan. 

For obvious reasons, this news sucks. While never having witnessed King Khan & BBQ live, this writer firmly believes that they put on a magnificent show. Seeing King Khan & the Shrines last summer in Chicago was quite the experience as it completely changed the standards for what live shows should be while also being one of the raddest shows ever. Hopefully everything works out. King Khan & BBQ just released an album last week, entitled Invisible Girl and available wherever it is you buy your records. 

11 November 2009

Album Review

Wale, Attention Deficit, (2009)
 Almost a year ago, XXL Magazine announced a list of ten rappers who were going to change the game. They called it the "Class of 09", and at the time it was a very solid list of promising performers. In the time that has passed, some of these dudes are still relevant while others have completely fallen off the face of the earth. All ten entered with a fair amount of buzz, but the internets wasn't kind to all of them. Kid Cudi had a smash hit with "Day N Nite", but his album was kind of flat and even a co-sign from Kanye couldn't save him from some middling MTV tour with Paramore. B.o.B.'s talent is undeniable, and B.o.B. Vs Bobby Ray was one of the doper mixtapes of the year, but the constant name-changing between B.o.B. and Bobby Ray proved to be mildly irritating, and as a result this dude spent the fall opening for Shwayze on tour. Charles Hamilton was already wack, but in 2009 he showed all the world that he was truly a waste of time. Asher Roth started to build a following, but then he released "Lark on my Go-Kart", which sucked, and after that he made a comment about nappy-headed hoes, and as Don Imus already proved, white men in America cannot say that. The list goes on, but there is one exception. 
In the interview with XXL, Wale talks about the industry "game". What stands out the most from that conversation, is when Mr. Folarin says that he isn't going to conform to anyone's standards, and even if it takes him longer he is still going to do his own thing. It's reminiscent of the movie Ghost Dog, which stars Forrest Whitaker in the title role of a gangster samurai who lives on a rooftop with a horde of pigeons. That is a man, who is truly doing his own thing. And, that's important because there is only the way. For any one person, there is only one way that they can get it done. In a way, this is what makes Wale's debut album all the more impressive, but at the same time it's also what holds it back. 
The haters say that Wale has no personality. What they're really saying is that Wale has no gimmick. He doesn't use Auto-Tune. He doesn't rap about hustling. In fact, when compared to his constituents, Wale doesn't even talk that much shit. There are moments, but he's never cocky or arrogant for long stretches of time. For all intents and purposes, Wale is hip hop's answer to being a bro. He's a regular guy, for the most part. He's from D.C., so thats what he likes to rap about. He also talks about women, mainly because he likes women. However, Wale's debut album is not an hour full of go-go beats and songs dedicated to women. There's some go-go, and the subject of women does come up, but for the most part this album is kind of all over the place. 
Leading up to Attention Deficit's release, Wale had a great resume. He rapped over a Justice song. He released a Seinfeld-themed mixtape, he did a song with The Roots. Then came the singles for Attention Deficit. "Chillin" was released first, and featured Lady Gaga on the hook. Wale gets some props since it's the only hip hop song that Lady Gaga has done, but at the same time it's not that great of a song and Lady Gaga's role on it revolves around trying to sound like Santigold. The next single was "World Tour", and had Jazmine Sullivan on it. The internets say that this track is supposed to be some sort of tribute to A Tribe Called Quest, and while that may be the case, this song is still kind of boring. The third single was the Gucci Mane assisted "Pretty Girls". This is a catchy song, even if it sounds like Gucci's part was pasted on after the song was complete. For someone who says they want to do their own thing, Wale has a funny way of showing it. Gucci Mane may be quite popular at the moment, but is he really needed for this? Fortunately, three songs do not make an album and despite these missteps Wale manages to create a quality product.
TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Mark Ronson, Pharrell, and Green Lantern all produce tracks on Attention Deficit, and these songs are among the best. Haters could argue that while this is an impressive list of producers, there's still no Kanye on it and general rule of thumb dictates that hot hip hop albums have Kanye on them. Sitek's album opener, "Triumph", is especially dope and seems to suggest that Attention Deficit is going to be one of the freshest hip hop albums of the last few years, but that sentiment doesn't last for the disc's entirety. Ronson produced "Mirrors", and this is another good one. Wale has a crazy stuttered flow, and it has Bun B on it. Sitek and Wale team up once more for "TV in the Radio", the best song on the album. K'Naan spits a guest verse, and he and Wale prove themselves as cats that should be listened to. The Pharrell song is called "Let It Loose", and it sounds exactly like a Pharrell song which isn't necessarily a bad thing but at the same time it leaves the listener wanting just a little more. 
It's not all about dope beats, though. "Diary" and "Shades" both stand out as thinking man type rap songs, and are among the better tracks for the whole album. "90210" might be about bulimia and coke abuse. "Beautiful Bliss" has J. Cole on it and the production is credited to Green Lantern, but for whatever reason it still misses the mark. "Contemplate" samples Rihanna, and works on most levels but might have been better if it actually had Rihanna on it.
Given all the push-backs for this album, one would be safe in assuming that Wale lost a considerable amount of sleep fretting over Attention Deficit. He probably listened to these tracks over and over again, while trying to put together a perfect album. He definitely tried, but it's almost like he was so involved with this project he missed some other stuff. It just seems like he was so dead set on making a huge album, and as a result he lost sight of what this should have been. Gucci Mane and Lady Gaga have no business being on a rapper's debut album. "Pretty Girls" could be a hit song without Gucci. The album could be better if "Chillin" wasn't on it. Some mistakes were made, but it's not the end of the world. This is still an entertaining record. It stacks up favorably against any other hip hop album that came out in 2009, with the exception of the Raekwon album, but thats one of the best albums of the last five or ten years so that almost doesn't even count. For the last few years, people have been saying that Wale was going to be the one who put D.C. on the hip hop map. He's already done that, kind of. Attention Deficit hammers it home to the point where it's irrefutable. And given the internets feverish tendencies, they're probably ready for even more.

09 November 2009

So, I start a new job tomorrow and if it goes the way I think it well, then posts are here might become a little more scarce. All is not lost as the weekends will now be the birthing ground. There will still be show reviews, with Times New Viking playing in town on Saturday and then the Pixies will be here two weeks and two days after that. In order to take full-advantage of this present discourse, I've been in a writing slump. Nothing has been up to par, and it's getting to a point where I'm doubting any and all ideas. For instance, I was just thinking about doing an imaginary review of Mastodon's Leviathan, because I used to own it and I've heard it several times but I no longer have it so I can't listen to it at this instant when I am kind of in the mood to listen to it. I bought El-P's Fantastic Damages for less than a pack of cigarettes on Amazon weeks ago, but I've been at a lost at to what to say. Today, it dawned on me. The album is about beats. All the beats on this record are out of this world. El-P is a producer, and a rapper too. Maybe when I'm older I'll know more, but right now, here, today, I'm saying that I like this album and it's because of the beats. The words will come to me one day, but now, it's all about sounds. I also thought about writing a new review of Atlas Sound's Logos, but thought better of it. 
With a new job comes a new paycheck, so more album reviews may come in the future. A strong contender for the title of next album to be reviewed is this.

Other things may be in store as well. I talked to Gary last night, and he was telling me about Jesus Lizard and from what I heard, I am pretty amped to hear more. Gary described them as a cross between Mudhoney and the Melvins, and I was left with the impression that by saying Mudhoney Gary was trying to say a "better version of Mudhoney". Either way, it seems like there may be potential. 
There are also going to more lists in the future. I apologize in advance, but it has to be done.

06 November 2009

Regrettably, I hadn't heard anything off of Jarvis Cocker's last album, Further Complications, until today. A video has been made for the title track, and it is featured below. It's three and a half minutes of Jarvis dancing around, and Jarvis getting folded up and put in tight places, and basically, it's Jarvis being Jarvis. It kind of reminds me of seeing Jarvis live, when he was owning the whole stage with his general awesomeness. It is becoming apparent that I must hear this more of this album. 

And if one video is going up, then may as well post another. And if it's going to be just one more video, then it should probably be a Grizzly Bear video. And while they do have a song on the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack, which is actually pretty ok since Thom Yorke is on it as well; this band is still a personal favorite. With that being said, the video featured below is interesting. It was done by artist, Allison Schulnik, and it is quite the visual. It's in the woods, and there are these blob things and it goes from there. Some might say it's strange, actually most probably would, but I don't think it's too weird and I think it's definitely worth watching at least once. 

(Videos via P4K)

02 November 2009

How was your halloween? Mine was alright. I drank too much coffee before I went out, and ended up crashing at some point on the ride to the city. I was completely out of it for the whole night. I didn't know whether I was coming or going, and this fact became especially clear at the end when I suddenly stopped drinking beer and started slurping whiskey. 
Anyway, I don't mean to prattle on about personal matters. VICE magazine had a 20th anniversary party in New York on Halloween night. I know this because it was all over the internets this morning. Jesus Lizard and Bad Brains headlined, and reports say that all the booze was free. Titus Andronicus played as well, and their frontman had a shitty time. In a fantastically titled post, "The VICE Halloween Party is Decadent and Depraved", Patrick Stickles explains how he was mistreated by security at the party, and he talks about how there were lots of people, presumably several bros, who were decked out in American Apparel and doing mountains of drugs. He paints a pretty vivid picture of debauchery, and he's from Jersey so if he's saying something is foul, then it must be pretty bad. I've tried to see Titus Andronicus on at least four different occasions in the last year, and something has gone awry every time. Reading the re-cap, I'm just glad I didn't do anything foolish like trek up to NY for this to see them because that may not have turned out so well, and the traveling thought crossed my mind at least once. Other reports of the night seem to suggest that the party wasn't so bad, if you showed up early enough and didn't get kicked out at any point. Apparently, Stickles went as Ulysses S. Grant in leggings for Halloween, and security wouldn't let him in because he was using an American flag as part of his costume. The logic that would prevent him from getting in is kind of puzzling, especially since he is in one of the bands that is playing the show.
Reading about this, I was struck by several things. First off, security seems pretty lame. That would be the big thing, first and foremost. Then, I read another article that was talking about how it cost $250,000 to throw this party. That seems expensive, but on the site where I read this, someone left a comment saying that it wasn't really that much when you think about it. They said Jesus Lizard and Bad Brains probably got about $25,000 each to play the gig, and when you add that in with the free booze and security and other miscellaneous shit then the final number is probably around $250K. This got me to thinking. If I were throwing a party, who would I book? While I don't necessarily regret anything about college, there are two things I would have done differently. I would have started writing for the paper earlier, because in this day and age one year's worth of clips isn't enough to secure a job, and secondly I would have worked at the radio station longer than three weeks. If I had done the latter, then it seems plausible that a show could have been staged. When you work at a radio station, you get to host concerts, right? Could this possibly apply to fledgling blogs?
The type of party would definitely dictate the performers. If it were my birthday, and the party was truly about celebrating what I dig, then Deerhunter would get the call. They're essentially my favorite band, that is together at the moment and still releasing new material. That's an easy one, but what if I just wanted to put on a show and let everyone have a sweaty, good time. For that, No Age is the first band that pops into my head. They're rad, and a show by them would definitely kick ass. Titus Andronicus also stands out for a show like this, but that might have to do more with the fact that I haven't seen them live before and if booked them and they came then I would definitely get to see it. It would pretty cool, though. I wouldn't feel comfortable trying to get a band like Pavement to play anything because I can't shake the feeling that they wouldn't be into it. It took this long, just to get some reunion shows, so it's not like they would play my fictional gig because even in a fantasy world, I'm an unpublished writer with a poorly maintained blog. That being said, if I were hosting an outdoor festival type show in my fantasy world I would definitely want Dinosaur Jr to play. That would rule. My math is atrocious, but if Jesus Lizard fetches $25K for a show then Dino probably commands something similar. Now, I just need to go to Parks and Recreation and get the necessary permits so that I can put this in motion. Just need to do that, and, oh, you know, get a job and some credibility. 
I was in a shit mood for most of the weekend, but this video had me giggling. 

Jay and the Beans Talk from jeff on Vimeo.

(Spotted at Nah Right, Courtesy of It's the Real)

01 November 2009

Considerable excitement led to the Dum Dum Girls post the other day, and now, here's yet more reason why it was a good call. No one on the internets seems to know the name of this track, but that is somewhat of a non point because the track in question is dope. Reports from this show are saying that there is a new lineup in place for the band, but it appears that Frankie Rose is still the drummer. 

Dum Dum Girls- "untitled" from the great pumpkin on Vimeo.

(Video spotted at Gorilla Vs Bear, and information from The Great Pumpkin)