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Date: Saturday, 14 Apr 2007 15:50
I had a conversation recently with a co-worker and fellow music fan who had never listened to Elvis Costello, who is probably my favorite solo artist (with Ted Leo as a close runner for that title, who we're going to go see at Slim's tonight, thank you very much!). Of course, I was agog, but recognized that the "angry young man" Elvis Costello would have been releasing records when my friend was in diapers.

But then I realized, hey, Elvis Costello was before my time, too. When My Aim is True was released in 1977, I was three years old. When I got my first copy of Armed Forces, I was 15, a decade after it had been released.

Anyway a couple of days later I coincidentally ran across this little piece titled, "How Elvis Costello & the Attractions’ Armed Forces Changed My Life." One of the salient quotes: "'Green Shirt' sounds like it could have come out yesterday and appeared on a Wilco album. The cover art and sleeve seem fashionably fresh as anything out today." That made me realize that there are a lot of classic albums that everyone should have in their collection, but which would sound new and fresh even if they'd just been released today. So I started making a list of them. So if you're young and never had the benefit of an older sibling/friend to hand these down to you, here you go... the descriptions aren't mine, mostly stolen from Amazon.com or Wikipedia.

The Clash: London Calling (1979)
Bursting at the seams with creative energy, the Clash's stunning 1979 double album more than made up for the artistic and commercial disappointment of its predecessor, 1978's tried-too-hard Give 'Em Enough Rope. With ex-Mott the Hoople producer Guy Stevens harnessing their sound as never before, the band yielded what proved to be the best work of their career. Bouncing from hard rock (the apocalyptic vision of the title track) to rockabilly ("Brand New Cadillac") to reggae ("Rudy Can't Fail") to pop (the Top 40 hit "Train in Vain"), the Clash knocked down all musical walls and, in the process, ended the argument over punk's viability in the U.S. --Billy Altman

Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Armed Forces (1979)
Armed Forces was the last title in a trilogy of albums that rank with the greatest three-LP series in pop-rock history. In retrospect, it also now appears to be the one on which the young Costello's pop tendencies peaked, right before they began to "mature" and grow less accessible. "Accidents Will Happen" features a melody line as beautiful as any ever written; "Oliver's Army" easily competes with the best of Abba and Brian Wilson among pop masterpieces. This is also where Costello's early themes--most notably romantic rejection equated with the horrors of neo-Nazism and modern politics--came together most precisely (the album's working title was "Emotional Fascism"). --Bill Holdship

The Cure: Boys Don't Cry (1980)
When Robert Smith's long-running group made this debut (actually the resequenced American version of the British Three Imaginary Boys), they weren't the Goth-and-reverb, new wave heroes they later became; they were just a trio of disaffected kids who didn't like what was on the radio, because it wasn't smart enough or dark enough. Smith's lyrics are bleakly sarcastic (as when he spells out the title of "Fire in Cairo") and literate (the single "Killing an Arab," a nihilistic sketch based on a scene from Albert Camus's The Stranger). The band matches them with swift, tingling arrangements that dodge skillfully around rock's machismo and self-indulgence, even when Smith launches into the occasional gnarled little solo. --Douglas Wolk

Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (1979)
Hailing from Manchester, England, Joy Division profoundly affected the alternative music scene. Arriving as punk music was waning, Joy Division's music inhabits an eerie, twilight world. Decay and alienation envelop singer Ian Curtis, whose cavernous, but dispassionate, voice belied the intensity he brought to bear. Rolling drum patterns, thudding bass lines and uncluttered synthesizer combine to create a dank, brooding atmosphere, chillingly supporting the songs' bleak lyrics. Yet listening to Unknown Pleasures is not a depressing experience. The group generate a terse excitement, emphasising individual strengths and avoiding unnecessary embellishment. Their sense of commitment is utterly convincing and few debut albums can boast such unremitting power.

Echo & The Bunnymen: Porcupine (1983)
Hungry for the success which this charismatic band craved, 1983's 'Porcupine' witnessed Echo And The Bunnymen successfully widening their appeal whilst maintaining an inventive streak. Beginning with two strident, confident singles ('The Cutter' and 'Back Of Love') their stall was set out early on. The dark psychedelia of 'My White Devil' and the doleful joys of 'Clay' are then followed by the ambitious title track centrepiece; here Ian McCulloch's vocals run the full gamut of emotions as tears, menace and anger cast their shadow over a background of haunting violins and Will Sergeant's demonic guitar chords. -- leonardslair.co.uk

The Smiths: The Smiths (1984)
Musically, this album kicked a hole through the lip-glossed synth-pop that dominated the early-'80s music scene. Still cloaked in the lingering influences of New Romantic new wave and Clash-like punk, this album, like most great rock debuts, represents the group at its most raw and stark. But the core elements of the Smiths' sound, rooted in Morrissey's subtly off-key, morose crooning and nearly freeform lyrical arrangements floating over guitarist Johnny Marr's plucky, concise guitar riffs, are well-established here. The rhythm section displayed a similar relationship: Andy Rourke's mobile bass lines seemed almost to disregard any supportive undertones they could have lent to Mike Joyce's straight-ahead, no nonsense drum patterns. All the tugging and pulling worked brilliantly, cementing the sound that made the Smiths a landmark band of the 1980s. --Beth Bessmer

Talking Heads: Remain in Light (1980)
Way back in 1980, the original wave of Talking Heads fans were pleasantly stunned to hear Remain in Light, produced and co-written by Brian Eno, on which Byrne and company are joined by guitar god Adrian Belew, and funk legends Bernie Worrell (keyboards) and Steven Scales (percussion), among others, for a fuller, funkier sound nobody imagined they had in them. The first three songs are long, layered, full-body dance parties, with incessantly repeated phrases (musical and lyrical), and increasingly catchy melodic hooks that won't let go for days. "Once in a Lifetime" was the big hit, but the rockingest track is the third, "The Great Curve," after which the songs get more linear and subdued. It's still great stuff, right through to the especially Eno-like droner, "The Overload," but the second half is maybe better to sleep to than dance to. Which is fine: after the exuberance of the first three songs, you'll need a little nap. --Dan Leone

Roxy Music: Avalon (1982)
Hipper students of 1980s pop might pretend that Joy Division and the Smiths had a monopoly on melancholia, but for the older, more suave brooders, nothing could match the stylized desolation of Roxy Music's last album. Avalon was recorded in the wake of the band's hit version of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy." Although that song isn't on Avalon, its tortured shadow looms large over "While My Heart Is Still Beating," the title track, and the unlikely Balearic anthem "More Than This." If time has been kind to Bryan Ferry's crumpled Armani chic, it hasn't exactly been vicious to his back catalog: Avalon sounds even more sumptuous now that the CD age has caught up with Rhett Davis's pristine production. --Peter Paphides

The Jam: Sound Affects (1980)
Often regarded as The Jam's finest hour, despite the feeble title pun, Sound Affects shows Weller's writing reaching a new maturity. He was reading heavily, mainly poetry, and the line about 'the tranquility of solitude' in That's Entertainment is a reference to Shelley, his preferred poet of choice. Musically, Weller was keen to move away from the Jam's punky early sound, and Sound Affects benefits from a wider sonic palette than it's predecessors. --Stuart Maconie

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Living With the Living (2007)
Author: "GG (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "music"
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Date: Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 16:39
As Tim Goodman says in his column, "If you haven't been following "The Riches," now is your chance."

FX is airing all five episodes of the show on Friday night. Goodman says everything I would say about the show here, especially my favorite nitpick -- why not put Doug in a job that's a lot easier to BS your way through? And one where you do not have to have a state license to do it (more easily traceable)?

It's still a great show, and Eddie Izzard is so good... actually so is everyone. Even the kids. Set your TiVos.

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
Winterpills - The Light Divides (2007)
Author: "GG (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "The Riches, TV"
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Date: Sunday, 08 Apr 2007 04:25
My favorite band, The Long Winters, have been getting a lot of press lately. I'm not really sure why (although of course they deserve it), since their last album came out a year ago, but I can see how it could be a sleeper hit. Plus, they tour tirelessly, so I'm sure they generate attention whenever they come to town.

Anyway none of these links were really worth posting individually but I thought I'd throw them all together in one post.

First of all there's about a 15 minute video podcast interview with John Roderick on The Merlin Show (that being Merlin Mann of 43 Folders fame) here. It's not that entertaining, but a not-that-entertaining John Roderick is still a lot more entertaining than most people.

Second, there was the best write-up about the band that I've seen in awhile, where John describes his own music in the most succinct and accurate way I've ever heard it described by anyone -- "I write about the feelings that most of us have, the vague sense that we might be really (messing) up except that no one else seems to be noticing.": link

Third, there's an actual in-depth two-page article on the band here from a St. Louis newspaper, which features the sad but true comment, "It's one of the ways in which we kind of sabotage ourselves with the MP3 generation. You're not gonna really get any of our songs until you listen to 'em five times, and that's maybe more of a commitment than most people are willing to put into it."

Now here's the rest:
A short write-up worth reading from the Village Voice: link
A nice article from the Salt Lake Tribune: link
More about the problems with complexity from Chartattack: link
A show review that was going just fine until the reviewer called "Cinnamon" "Counting Crows-ish" (uh... wha???): link

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
Portastatic - Be Still Please (2006)
Author: "GG (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "long winters, music"
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Date: Wednesday, 04 Apr 2007 17:27
This article is a very thought-provoking read for any music lover, even those who aren't fans of James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem or DFA:

The Village Voice: Status Ain't Hood

The interview covers a lot of great thoughts about the experience of being a musician, his perspective on music at 37, the business, etc. He's a very interesting guy.

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
The Rapture - Pieces of the People We Love (2007)
Author: "GG (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "james murphy, lcd soundsystem, music"
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Date: Sunday, 01 Apr 2007 21:42
Why are you reading this drivel when you could be reading the thoughts (and viewing the pictures!) of the one, the only, MC Hammer? Yes, that's right, MC Hammer has a blog: http://mchammer.blogspot.com/

The best part clearly is that he signs off each post with "Hammertime."

Indeed, it is.

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Living with the Living (2007)
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Date: Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 10:47
Remember how the always-awesome WOXY died, and then came back to life? Well, now they also have a blog called The Futurist.

They even have some Ted Leo MP3s you can download from his in-studio performance. Woo hoo!

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
Fink - Biscuits for Breakfast (2006)
Author: "GG (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "music, websites, woxy"
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Date: Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 10:04
Exciting news from Voxtrot -- they also announced they'll be playing the Great American Music Hall on May 30:

"Next, we're excited to announce that our first full-length record is complete! We recorded it with the amazing Victor Van Vugt (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Luna) in Austin and NYC. The record is 11 tracks long, eponymously titled Voxtrot, and will be released worldwide on May 22nd via The Beggars Group/Playlouder. The first single from the record is called "Blood Red Blood" and will be released in Europe on May 14th on 7-inch/download formats.

You can catch a sneak peak of Voxtrot by heading over to our Myspace page to hear a track from it called "Kid Gloves". We've also added "Kid Gloves" to www.voxtrot.net as a free MP3 download."

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - Mo' Living EP (2007)
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Date: Saturday, 24 Mar 2007 10:04
Sometimes I get frustrated with debates about tort reform because so often people are ready to completely dismiss the importance of our legal system with snap judgments like, "Nobody deserves to get a multi-million dollar award for getting burned by spilled coffee!" and "Health care costs are so out of control because of all the lawsuits!"

I don't dismiss these points, but they tend to miss the larger picture, one that I think is well-illustrated in this week's egregious actions by Menu Foods. Understanding that it happened because animals are not meaningfully protected by the legal system and the potential for liability lawsuits is the key to understanding the complexity of the tort reform debate.

We (well, at least not I) no longer live in an agrarian society where we see the food we eat growing on a farm, we see how it is processed, and we are a part of that process. Almost everything we eat comes from far away, grown by people we don't know, and is processed in big factories where we have no idea what goes on. As a result, buying food at the grocery store and putting it in our mouths every day is an act of trust. We have to trust that whoever is making and processing our food is doing so safely, because it would be impractical to conduct elaborate safety tests on everything before we eat it.

But the marketplace is competitive. Food producers want to save money wherever they can, so they can increase profits or market share by selling at a lower cost. Saving money often translates into doing things less carefully, eliminating seemingly unnecessary steps, hiring fewer workers so that the ones they have may no longer be able to take that extra minute to double-check things.

From purely an efficiency standpoint, this makes sense. The likelihood that poison, disease pathogens, or foreign bodies would get into the food is generally pretty remote if the system works as it should. Because cats and dogs are not protected by our legal system in any meaningful way (and, as a consequence, neither are the owners, who suffer significant loss as they are forced to powerlessly watch their loved one suffer and die), for pet food producers like Menu Foods, the thinking can stop there. It's a remote possibility, so there's no need to spend extra money that could otherwise be saved by taking steps such as redundant safety testing that would prevent the occurrence.

Here's where I get to my point. Imagine if the dozens of animals killed by Menu Foods were instead human children. There would be hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in liability. Menu Foods would be forced into bankruptcy. The punishment in terms of tort liability would far outweigh any fines imposed by the FDA and other governmental agencies.

Knowing that this result would have been a possibility, Menu Foods (like all companies that produce human food) would have spent those extra dollars on safety instead of cutting costs. Because when you introduce the threat of unlimited tort liability, a rational actor would spend more to reduce that threat even though the possibility of its occurrence is remote -- because the result is so extreme.

For the consumer, knowing that companies have assessed this possibility and are forced to spend more than they would otherwise prefer on safety enables us to trust them to sell us safe food at the supermarket. The system works.

I'm not saying that there aren't other systems in place (such as government oversight) that encourage responsible behavior on the part of these companies, but in a free market society, making extra safety spending an economically rational act (because it is an attempt to avoid significant, unlimited liability) bridges the gap that arises from the reality that government inspectors can't catch every safety violation. In my view, that's worth some wasted dollars on judgments that appear outsized. I imagine that those people currently mourning the deaths of their beloved pet -- and knowing that they really have no recourse against Menu Foods, despite the egregiousness of its conduct -- would agree.

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (2007)
Author: "GG (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "off-topic, rants"
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Date: Friday, 23 Mar 2007 09:46
Don't forget!

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (2007)
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Date: Thursday, 22 Mar 2007 15:49
In honor of the most awesome vegan around releasing a fantabulous new album this week,* Wolfgang Puck made the announcement that from now on, his more than one hundred restaurants, take-out eateries and catering venues will serve animal products raised/killed/caught according to various policies designed to reduce cruelty: Link.

The policies include only serving eggs laid by free-roaming hens and veal that has not been caged, and not serving foie gras at all. Some conservation-minded changes are also being made, such as only serving sustainable seafood and offering more vegetarian choices. Here's the whole press release in the form of a YouTube video created by Wolfgang's PR agency:

This is great news. If you're going to kill animals for food, there is absolutely no reason to torture them beforehand. And Wolfgang Puck is influential enough to (hopefully) start a trend.

Show your support by having dinner at a Wolfgang Puck restaurant tonight! I'm going to! By the way, his "fast casual" Wolfgang Puck Express places are really tasty. We used to have lunch there all the time when I worked nearby (at 170 O'Farrell near the Powell Street mall). Or treat yourself to Postrio on Union Square.

Go Wolfgang!

*I made that up. I doubt Wolfgang Puck has ever heard of Ted Leo. But wouldn't that be nifty?

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Living With the Living (2007)
Author: "GG (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "animals, food, san francisco"
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Date: Sunday, 18 Mar 2007 09:58
What are Sundays for if not for looking at funny cat pictures with captions?

If you're a fan of the "I'm in your base killin your d00dz" style of meme humor (picture + caption that's a variation on a common theme + intentional internet-common misspellings), and also a fan of cat pictures, you will love a site I recently discovered called I Can Has Cheezburger?

The title was inspired by this pic:

The pics are mostly cats but occasionally other animals, for example:

Anyway I love it. Totally check it out.

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
Apostle of Hustle - Folkloric Feel (2004)
Author: "GG (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "cats, websites"
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Date: Saturday, 17 Mar 2007 09:02
I've previously written multiple posts about various music recommendation services, most of which consist of (1) a little application that launches whenever iTunes launches, and automatically records your listening habits and uploads them to the service, (2) some sort of analysis of your listening patterns, whether via internal algorithms or comparisons with others' listening patterns and (3) an end result that recommends bands/music you may not have heard of but that you might like based on the analysis in (2).

It's a great idea, especially given the type of music I like, which isn't really played on the radio (at least in the Bay Area -- we have a couple of mainstream "alternative rock" stations but both of them suck). But there's always been the inherent limitation that the data is recorded via iTunes on one's home PC, and even though when I listen to music at home I generally play it through the PC, I'm not at home that much. 90% of the time, I listen to music on my iPod while out and about or while in my office on my Bose Sound Dock.

Enter Last.fm and iSproggler. iSproggler is a free, third-party app that pulls data for upload to music recommendation service Last.fm everytime you sync your iPod. Now, Last.fm can get the full picture of what I'm listening to and, presumably, give me more accurate recommendations.

So far, this hasn't exactly been the case -- Last.fm only recommends music of which I have already heard. But I have to cut them some slack, one of my major hobbies is listening to and learning about new music. For the average joe, I think the recommender would be a great way to learn about new bands. And to give them credit, most of what the engine recommends to me is stuff that I already like. So if I hadn't already heard of their recommendations, they would be pretty right-on. Plus, you can play tracks from each of their recommendations via a stand-alone player.

I guess the bottom line is that I really like Last.fm when used in conjunction with iSproggler. It has a lot of social networking features (I think soooooomebody saw all that money being thrown at MySpace!) that aren't really my thing but could be useful to some (you can recommend music to your friends or groups you belong to, for example). But I think it's worth checking out. Just my two cents.

P.S. I know that services like this are yet another layer of armor for the growing monopoly that Apple has on this market, being that they make people even more dependent on iTunes (most of these services work only with iTunes), but I'm willing to put up with this because they are so useful even though I think Apple is evil.

And I can't pretend not to be part of the machine -- I sucked it up and bought another new iPod this week. The most recent one crapped out after only a year and a half (crashes constantly, dock is screwed up, still under my Best Buy warranty but I'm going to get it fixed up and give it to my friend who wants it). I'm just too tied to iTunes and the library that I have built with it. And I'm the first one to admit that the iPod, despite its fragility and short life-span, is still the best MP3 device on the market so far. It'll be a Zune NEXT TIME.... really.....

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position (2007)
Author: "GG (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "music, websites"
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Date: Wednesday, 14 Mar 2007 21:12
I thought I had had it when I heard The The's "This is the Day" in a commercial for Dockers.

Then I thought I had really had it when I heard Modern English's generation-defining "I Melt With You" in a car commercial.

But this is really it. This is enough to make me want to smash a hammer through my TV and truly give it all up for good. I am at the absolute end of my rope.

I just heard "Blister in the Sun" in a FUCKING WENDY'S COMMERCIAL.

"Blister in the Sun"! Possibly the most instantly recognizable, repeatedly-replayed song of my youth that everyone could sing along to at a party, no matter whether they were Violent Femmes fans or listened to alternative music at all.

"Blister in the Sun"... co-opted to sell some disgusting, greasy pseudo-food.

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.

Nothing will ever be the same again.

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (2007)
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Date: Wednesday, 14 Mar 2007 21:01
I'm so excited! If I don't get tickets to the live taping, I may have to kill someone and steal theirs.

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (2007)
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Date: Tuesday, 13 Mar 2007 13:55
[Preface: If you came here from this site they linked here without asking me, I have nothing to do with them and am not anti-Kaiser generally. In fact they are usually pretty good.]

I just have to vent. This is an actual conversation I just had with Kaiser Permanente, trying to make an appointment regarding a foot problem I am having. I think I have a pinched nerve and it is really painful to walk. I was trying to make an appointment for tomorrow.

A conversation asking me about my symptoms ensued.

Me: ... so I would like to come in tomorrow and get it looked at.
Robot Lady: We have an appointment at 10:00, or 10:30...
M: Tomorrow?
RL: No this is for today.
M: I'm already at work in the city today [The clinic is by my house]. I'm going to stay home tomorrow so I can come in. I need to make an appointment for tomorrow.
RL: You could call back tomorrow morning and ask for a same-day appointment.
M: I don't want to stay home from work and then find out that you don't have any appointments available that day. That's why I'm making an appointment for tomorrow.
RL: The protocol for the symptoms you gave me is for a same-day appointment.
M: I'm already at work. I can't come in today. I need to make an appointment for tomorrow.
RL: I'm at a call center in Vallejo. I can only follow the protocol which is for a same-day appointment. Otherwise I have to send a message to Kaiser and they will get back to you.
M: OK, well what symptoms would I have to say to have the protocol be for an appointment for a next day appointment?
RL: Well they can hear you, this call is being recorded.
M: OK, well if I call back, and say what my symptoms are, what symptoms would result in me making an appointment for tomorrow? For example, if instead of saying I was having a hard time walking, if I had said that I could walk just fine, then would I be able to make an appointment for tomorrow?
RL: I can send a message to Kaiser for you.
M: Obviously, you are following some sort of set of instructions. Obviously, some people call you and result in your following the instructions and making a future appointment for them that isn't for the same day. What characteristics do those people have?
RL: All I can do is send a message to Kaiser for you and they will call you back.

I am still waiting for Kaiser to call me back.

If only I could punch people in the face remotely, using only the power of my mind.

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
Broken Social Scene - s/t (2005)
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Date: Tuesday, 13 Mar 2007 09:30
Nick at Albondigas was kind enough to post a video of The Long Winters doing "Ultimatum" at the Saturday show here: link.

See my previous post here for the full audio experience (well, as close as you can currently get without being there) of the greatness that is a Long Winters live performance!

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
Teddybears - Soft Machine (2006)
Author: "GG (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "long winters, music, shows"
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Date: Sunday, 11 Mar 2007 19:26
I was so excited to see that somebody is making a documentary about my favorite band, The Long Winters! Check it out: link

I love John Roderick's quote from the 10-minute preview: "To this day I've never really written a song that has much of a happy ending."

From the site:

"The Long Winters are a swirling vortex of incredible songwriting and musicianship, with a healthy dose of utter rock star demystification.

"To begin to tell the story of The Long Winters, you really have to start with the story of their frontman, John Roderick.

"After reaching local fame in the Western State Hurricanes, the band's break-up during the peak of their popularity was a catalyst for John's five month walk from London to Istanbul. Returning bearded and emaciated, he vowed never to play music again.

"But John had some unfinished business, and after recording the album The Worst You Can Do Is Harm, forming The Long Winters became that business.

"This film will tell a compelling story of self-destruction and resignation, of ambition and second chances, and of burned bridges and taking the long way around."

We saw them last night at the Independent and as always, they were amazing, so tight and energetic, incredibly friendly and nice when they hung out after the show, and a huge treat to see live. John doesn't like to do encores because "it's a convention" (I so agree) so instead they just played straight through a solid two hours. Anyone who might be reading this and is on the fence about their music as recorded owes it to themselves to check out the show if the band comes to town, because it will make you a believer!

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
The Apples in Stereo - New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
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Date: Sunday, 11 Mar 2007 19:26
Sir Mix-A-Lot and the Hoodoo Gurus each get a double (WTF?)... also it makes me very sad that The Walkmen are *opening* for the Kaiser Chiefs.

Mar. 14 - Clipse at the Mezzanine
Mar. 15 - Bobby Bare Jr. w/ Dr. Dog at Cafe du Nord
Mar. 16 - Sir Mix-A-Lot at the Red Devil Lounge
Mar. 16 - The Ditty Bops at the Swedish Hall (above Cafe du Nord)
Mar. 19 - Thomas Dolby at the Red Devil Lounge
Mar. 22 - The Bravery at Popscene
Mar. 23 - Casiotone for the Painfully Alone w/Page France and the Headlights at Cafe du Nord
Mar. 23 - Badly Drawn Boy at the Great American Music Hall
Mar. 23 - Casiotone for the Painfully Alone w/Page France
Mar. 23 - Sondre Lerche at the Fillmore
Mar. 26 - The Tragically Hip at the Fillmore
Mar. 27 - Veruca Salt at the Red Devil Lounge
Mar. 28-29 - TV on the Radio w/the Noisettes at the Fillmore
Mar. 30 - Son Volt w/Magnolia Electric Co. at the Fillmore
Mar. 30 - Ratatat at Bimbo's
Mar. 31 - Hoodoo Gurus at Cafe du Nord

Apr. 2 - Lily Allen w/The Bird and the Bee at the Fillmore
Apr. 3 - De La Soul at the Red Devil Lounge
Apr. 5 - Teddybears at Popscene
Apr. 6 - Mew w/Oh No! Oh My! at the Fillmore
Apr. 7 - The Frames w/the Submarines at the Fillmore
Apr. 7 - The Killers at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Apr. 9 - Muse at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Apr. 10 - Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 at Slim's
Apr. 14 - Ted Leo and the Pharmacists w/The Don'ts at Slim's
Apr. 15 - Wolfmother at the Warfield
Apr. 15 - Saves the Day at Slim's
Apr. 16-17 - The Shins w/Viva Voce at the Warfield
Apr. 23 - Placebo at the Fillmore
Apr. 23 - The Books at the Great American Music Hall
Apr. 23-24 - Blonde Redhead w/The Annuals at Bimbo's
Apr. 24 - Mute Math w/Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Apr. 25 - Junior Boys at the Mezzanine
Apr. 25-26 - The Decemberists at the Warfield
Apr. 26 - Klaxons at Popscene
Apr. 27 - Kaiser Chiefs w/the Walkmen at the Warfield

May 1 - Andrew Bird w/Apostle of Hustle at the Fillmore
May 1 - Cocorosie at Bimbo's
May 1 - Explosions in the Sky at Slim's
May 3 - Elvis Costello and the Impostors at the Warfield
May 15-16 - Peter Bjorn & John at Bimbo's
May 18 - Ben Gibbard, David Bazan and Johnathan Rice at the Fillmore

June 27 - The National at Bimbo's

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
The Postmarks - s/t (2007)
Author: "GG (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "music, shows"
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Date: Sunday, 11 Mar 2007 11:24
Come on March 20!

March 20
Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Living With the Living
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
Low - Drums and Guns
The Ponys - Turn the Lights Out

March 27
Kaiser Chiefs - Yours Truly, Angry Mob

The Clientele - God Save the Clientele

April 10
Bright Eyes - Cassadaga
Blonde Redhead - 23
Cloud Cult - The Meaning of 8
CocoRosie - The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn
Laura Veirs - Saltbreakers
Menomena - Wet and Rusting EP

April 24
Midnight Movies - Lion the Girl
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Dntel - Dumb Luck
Electric Soft Parade - No Need To Be Downhearted
Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters

May 1
Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond
Dungen - Tito Bitar
Feist - The Reminder

May 8
Bjork - Volta
Elliot Smith - New Moon (???)
Lavender Diamond - Imagine Our Love
Maximo Park - Our Earthly Pleasures
Page France - And the Family Telephone
Sea and Cake - Everybody

May 15
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

May 22
The National - Boxer
Voxtrot - Voxtrot (LP)
The Bravery - The Sun and the Moon

June 2007
Bob Mould - TBD

June 19
Rocky Votolato - The Brag & Cuss

September 2007
Chris Walla - It's Unsustainable

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
!!! - Myth Takes (2007)
Author: "GG (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "music, upcoming releases"
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Date: Wednesday, 07 Mar 2007 10:15
I generally really agree with Stylus Magazine's reviews, but I thought this one in particular said everything that I wanted to say about Neon Bible:

The Arcade Fire: Neon Bible Review

That said, what is it about Bruce Springsteen being the new black? First every reviewer was comparing The Killers' Sam's Town to Springsteen, now it's The Arcade Fire. I'm not saying that Born to Run-era Bruce isn't something special (despite the downhill slide that culminated with Born in the U.S.A., ahem), but are these comparisons really apt? Or is he just the easy-to-make comparison of the moment?

what I'm listening to right this very minute:
The Postmarks - s/t (2007)
Author: "GG (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, music"
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