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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

i forgot to write about some shows from the past few months...

i went to see Jens Lekman on October 28th at the new Music Hall of Williamsburg. the venue is really nice, maybe "too nice." also, all the bouncers/ticket takers/bartenders were super nice and funny, maybe "too nice and funny." the whole place makes me skeptical. i tried to picture the old Northsix set up. it was easy to do. the new layout is much better. there are more places to lean-n-stand and be a wallflower. but the chairs in the balcony (there were so many chairs) make too-loud fart sounds when you scoot them around. also, it's sweet that they kept the bleachers idea in the way-back balcony area as sort of an homage. there's a bar on every floor, and it kind of reminds me of Bowery's layout. it was so clean and nice that it made me feel like i was in a restaurant. i felt hungry for hot wings and french fries and burritos.

Jens was so charismatic and funny. it was an intimate fun solo show. he's less Swedish than i imagined. he seems very approachable and normal, down to earth. so cute. he played with just this older typically Swedish-looking woman on bongos and percussion, and he had just a guitar attached to a looping pedal. he messed up with the pedal a bit and told the crowd, "i'm new with this...i'm no Andrew Bird." when he said this, mentioning Andrew Bird like that, it made him seen so not Swedish for some reason. like, i saw him in this different light (it would've been cooler if he said Owen Pallett though...). i'm surprised the show wasn't sold out. i was in a really good mood too, i had a great view cos i got there early to scope out the new venue. he played a Paul Simon song, the one where Chevy Chase was in the video that was played on Vh1 ad nauseam in the 80s. Lens stage banter was perfect. also, there was audience participation, but it wasn't forced. vocal harmonizing that Jens set-up, the typical hand claps, but he brought a bag of those weird black long seed pods you see hanging from trees or on the ground around this time of year. he had never seen them before and called them little bananas. people passed the bag around and shook the pods but you could barely hear the seeds rattling inside. he made a funny comment on how that was a mistake, he thought they'd have more sound, he shook one rhythmically up to the microphone, but you heard nothing. later these annoying people showed up and sat near me. they were a buzzkill. like the girl screamed out, i want to have your baby! is that the new "i love you"? cos i hear it all the time now. how horrible. how banal. it's weird cos it forces you, the listener at a show, to picture the artist you came to hear burdened with offspring. and the offspring of a dickhead girl with a shitty shrill drunken voice, no less. i picture this fetal alcohol syndrome crying baby with a red face, probably autistic or with mild downs, and Jens, poor Jens....he has to tour incessantly to pay for this baby. he rarely writes new material and if he does it's sad and about mistakes one makes with their wiener on a rooftop in Brooklyn on a cold October night after a few too many Red Stripes. but buck up Jens! cos you said back to the screaming fan who interrupted your witty stage banter, "but i'm not ready yet," with a straight face. the crowd laughs. "maybe one day though........i think i would make a good parent," he remarks in his poetic and earnest way of talking, like he's telling just himself this fact, not a crowded, "too nice" music venue.

then i saw Film School at Mercury on October 24th. i love them. i don't care how uncool it is to love them. i also love Mercury Lounge. Land of Talk, another band i love, was supposed to perform too, but they had problems at the Canadian border. ugh, this has been the year of bands stuck at borders. missing shows. rescheduling. damn band terrorists. they played again the next night and then at Maxwell's (prob the best venue, crowd, sound, everything in the area) but i didn't get out to those shows. i can't remember, i was either too depressed or broke, or the weather was shite.

on November 8th, seeing Viva Voce at Union Hall was a bit of a disappointment and here's why...
i don't like them enough to see them perform live, but Liv "put me on the list" and how could i turn down a free show?? the drum kit was up front and it was just too loud. the female guitarist had bad fashion sense but her guitar playing looked and sounded impressive. i left after a about five songs, it just wasn't my thing. BUT i really liked the openers, Pseudosix, and i'm kicking myself for not supporting them and buying an album or EP or something. the way the lead singer's faced looked when he sang reminded me of Jeremy Enigk from the SDRE days, like in that video for Seven. that's the number thing that stuck out in my mind and made the night seem not so bad.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thursday, October 11, 2007

if i don't find it this time

last night i went to see PJ Harvey at The Beacon Theatre. it was perfect. just her and 2 beautiful guitars and a piano and keyboard and beatbox thing and cymbals and some echoy and grungey distortion pedals. wow, hearing her voice live! there is nothing like it. and she had these really cool sexy black strappy high heels and that dress from the White Chalk album cover. but the dress now has words and things stitched/sewn on it a bit, and what looked like spray paint. i could make out the words, "like" and "grow" and maybe some numbers near her neck? her in-between songs banter was good too, not too much and not corny, but just enough to seem polite and happy and witty with still remaining mysterious. i was so glad she played My Beautiful Leah. a week ago i listened to that song thinking, this is one song i bet i'll never hear her play live cos it'd be too hard to recreate. she did and it was so fucking good, better even. i never knew PJ Harvey was such an amazing performer as this. the time flew by, you'd get lost in every song, watching her, listening.....and the audience really wanted a second encore. everything seemed flawless and i was even able to block out the psycho yelling fans.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

you trust your insight

September 25th i saw Bat For Lashes at Bowery. it was a great sounding show. they're an all girl band. it's pretty much all about the lead singer, Natasha Khan. i think i read somewhere that she used to be an elementary school teacher in the UK. i thought about that while i was watching the show stand-leaning over the plastic barrier covering the soundboard pit in the balcony. i'm pretty sure i love every song on the album and the band sounded just as good live. the tracks eerily sounded exactly as they do on the album (which is a bit unusual, i think.) anyway, a lot of male bloggers are panning them....such dicks. they don't get it. i would kill to be in a band like that. is it music made by girls for girls only? i want to see NK on the cover of Bust then. no, fuck that, i want to see her on the cover of my magazine.

October 1st i saw Animal Collective at Webster Hall. i've never really gotten into them before, but this last album as a whole really made an impression on me. also, having Vampire Weekend as an opener sealed the deal (even though i didn't check out Okkervil River a few nights before cos Webster Hall is a shitastic venue for sound and reasonably priced drinks.) maybe if O.R. had a better opener, i would've gone. it heard it was a great show too. anyway, i really enjoyed Vampire Weekend but after awhile their songs sounded exactly the same. Animal Collective sounded good and the main singer guy had a lot of energy and passion, but after an hour into their set i got tired of standing. i craved lemonade and fresh air. something else i dislike about that venue is how stagnant the air is. smells like despair and fog machine smoke. when i got outside, no one was around except some people milling about at the VIP entrance/exit. when i passed by i glanced at a lot of familiar faces....mostly Brooklyn bands like Grizzly Bear and whatnot. BKLYN bands hooking each other up.

man, i gave no insight whatsoever to their performances other than a "good" and an "enjoyed." here's David Byrne writing something a lot better than what you just read--picture him typing.

Friday, July 27, 2007

NASA shaken by sabotage, drinking claims

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Guided By Voices–How's My Drinking?
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Monday, July 9, 2007

Sleepaway Camp

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Angela's Theme by Frankie Vinci
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Mr Middle, Frank did the three songs for the first Sleepaway Camp including what has been considered from silly to sublime, "You're Just What I've Been Looking For" (Angela's Theme). Ever wonder what it's like to make disco music for an 80's slasher? We caught up when I put him through the SCF routine. "I never knew there were so much sequels", he says. more...

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

that man's a balloon

last night i saw The National at Bowery. the first night of five sold out shows. i thought it might be boring. it wasn't. very dynamic, they'd play a mellow new song then something like Abel or Mr. November where the lead singer would wail. i thought i'd get to hear Friend of Mine, i had that one song in my head all day looking forward to the concert. i bought a 7 inch at the show for $2 that was made just for these five nights. i didn't know until on the way home when i opened it up. nice surprise. anyway, missed the openers unfortunately, The Broken West.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

two whales found swimming in the sacramento river

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Okkervil River--seas too far to reach
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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

last night i went to see Final Fantasy and Beirut at Bowery Ballroom. the concert was sold out but i found a nice girl to sell me a ticket on CL. the show was so good. i got there early to get a prime viewing spot in the balcony. at one point during the encore there were 22 people on stage. i came close to taking pictures, but i was too wrapped up in enjoying it. i bought a FF 7"...cos i need a souvenir of the night. during Owen Pallett's set i was struck with an idea. one that combines art and music. one that will be so great and unique in the beginning, but could easily turn shitty due to greed and capitalism. anyway, the show was so amazing. it's my third time to see FF and first (and not last) of Beirut. AND i got this great idea that is now driving me to do something more in NYC than taking bad jobs in stuffy offices.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Sunday, May 6, 2007

pet food recall widens on cross-contamination

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Cadence Weapon & Final Fantasy--Sharks
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Saturday, May 5, 2007

honey could save diabetics from amputation

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The Jesus and Mary Chain--just like honey
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Friday, May 4, 2007

Monday, March 19, 2007

Thursday, February 15, 2007

ex-monster executive pleads guilty to securities fraud

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Electric Prunes--i had too much to dream last night
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

snowstorm pounds northeast, midwest u.s.

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Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra--Jackson
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007

study suggests human immunity to bird flu possible

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i'm in Nashville for the week. last night i saw Brazilbilly at Robert's Western World.

Basil Henriques And The Waikiki Islanders--sleepwalk
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Thursday, February 8, 2007

new video games target players' mental health

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Hookers Green No. 1--on how the illustrious captain moon won the war for us
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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

astronaut charged with attempted murder

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Davie Allan & The Arrows--Blue's theme
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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

world's oldest newspaper goes digital

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Blues Magoos--(we ain't got) nothin' yet
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Blues Magoos--ad for Great Shakes
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Monday, February 5, 2007

Sunday, February 4, 2007

stomach surgeries for obese children more popular

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The Sparkles--Hipsville 29 B.C.
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Saturday, February 3, 2007

secrets of the deep: why the ocean smells

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The Green Telescope--make me stay
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