Sunday, March 13, 2005

San Diego Shows Update

Shows I'll be making an appearance at:

3/20: Tristeza, Mono, Sleeping People, Tarantel at the Casbah
3/21: The Kills, The Sights, The Get Hustle at the Casbah
3/26: M. Ward, Scout Niblett at the Casbah
4/02: Ariel Pink, The Peppermints at the Casbah
4/14: Crooked Fingers, Dolorean at the Casbah
4/28: Magnolia Electric Co., Court and Spark, Milton Mapes at the Casbah
5/03: British Sea Power at the Casbah
5/22: Caribou, Junior Boys, Russian Futurists (!)

Thursday, March 10, 2005

See You In A Few

No updates until I get back from San Francisco.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Tractor Rope Chain

Was browsing Stylus as I do every day, and came across the current article in their "On First Listen" column, where they have a writer listen to a band for the first time that they aren't familiar with. The writer basically said that he thought that after listening to Human Amusement At Hourly Rates, Robert Pollard is an excellent songwriter, but that Guided By Voices' overall progression over the years they were together lacks endearing differences between the eras. Completely understandable, and I would agree. This is the that quote really stole my heart:
It's just that it's hard to have much confidence in someone who makes you feel like their whole, prolific creative output can be so easily captured.
Very well put. I'm going to get working on my Flaming Lips chronological compilation that I've been meaning to put together, while I wait impatiently for the Soft Bulletin 5.1 DVD that they are reportedly working on.

In other Stylus news, they gave the overhyped Kaiser Chiefs a C+. I can't say I agree or disagree. I can't say I've listened to the Kaiser Chiefs. I can't really say that I ever will, I just know that I've heard the name "Kaiser Chiefs" way too often.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

The Two Faces Of Monsier Valentine

I know, everyones talking about it. I know, I'm late to report on it. But if anyone isn't aware quite yet, the legendary NYC venue CBGB is in a few battles with their landlord and is at the risk of eviction. No way is it going to happen, though. From what I've heard, they're around $90k in debt as of now, which with all the major punk rock bands of the past and present that owe their careers to CBGB isn't too far out of reach (Strokes benefit show, anyone?). An excerpt from a NYT article:
"We're an institution," said Hilly Kristal, the grandfatherly 73-year-old who started CBGB - with plans to stage "country, bluegrass and blues," not punk - in late 1973. "I think we're an important part of this community. The city uses us in their Olympics ad, along with the Statue of Liberty."
The release date for MIA's "Arular" has been confirmed to be March 22, and will be on New York-based XL Recordings, not Interscope. Full article from Billboard here.

Original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock is sick and fucking tired of all the cussing on British television. Read the short, stupid story here.

Fabrizio Moretti, drummer of that one band no one's ever heard of called the Strokes, has started a foundation to support education on juvenile diabetes.

San Diego bands Bunky and the Castanets will be playing the 2005 SXSW festival. You can download a 750-song SXSW showcase playlist for your iPod via the SXSW website.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Bono Strikes Back

For a band that's more than 20 years old, U2 are getting way too much damn attention. Everyone's favorite Irish boy with those god awful sunglasses will be doing a duet with BB King for his 80th birthday celebration, which also includes performances by the likes of Sting, Elton John and Van Morrison. Check out the full story at NME. Then, in retrospect, read how Maddox feels about U2.

50 Cent has is his own custom Nintendo DS. Why, Pitchfork, why?

Gawker is being sued by Fred Durst after they aired his secret scandalous sex tape for two fucking hours last week. CNN is on the scene. The word is that the hacker who found Durst's dick (or lack thereof) may be tied to the one who found the wet kitten's phonebook.

Funny bit of stupidness to look at: MSN Encarta's definition of kraut rock.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Some Newish Ideas

Today was a highly productive day (surprisingly). Got lots of homework-esque things done, although I still have a little more to do before I retire my eyes for the day. Anyway, on to the important stuff:

I am really enjoying the new Spoon, particularly this song called "Sister Jack" that is erupting from my speakers right now. The album in general is much more influenced by the Velvet Underground and the Beach Boys than any of their older stuff. Very reminiscent of late 60s music, and essentially much more melodic than their other works.

Tonight was my first radio show, and despite a lot of shit that I fucked up, I still had a good time, and you should listen to it. It's on sundays from 6-8pm, and you can listen to it from

Saw Polysics this week, and they brought the fucking rock. At one point, Hayashi chugged a beer than continued to nail a guitar solo with the empty beer glass. Soon as I get a camera, pictures of amazing feats like this are coming up on this site. Hopefully I'll have one by the next M. Ward show at the Casbah.