Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Plugging

So I'm reading this book, and it's like the best book ever. It's called Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, and the main man behind it is Legs McNeil, co-founder of Punk magazine, and the original person to call that music punk. Anyway, this book is awesome, here's an exerpt from it, I love it:
Damita [Groupie], on the night she meets Joey Ramone: ... Joey says to me, "Oh, are we going home now?"
This girl was following us right to his door and Joey goes, "Well, we're going to bed."
She goes, "Oh, that's it! And I took the train all the way in from the Bronx!"
So we said, "Okay, come on up."
We were sitting on his bed giggling and kissing and she was sitting on the corner of the bed crying.
Joey said to her, "Hey, do you want to watch TV? Just keep it low, so Arturo don't wake up."
The girl went off and we heard her fumbling around in the dark. She knocked a bunch of stuff over and Arturo jumped up screaming and threw her out. Me and Joey were just laughing our heads off, but trying to be quiet so Arturo didn't scream at us.
I ended up fucking Joey, but it was like really awkward the next morning. He was looking for his glasses. I couldn't find my bra.
Anyway, the whole book is like this. Amazing. Some of the shit about the Dead Boys, the drugs and the fights are just sick. Makes me realize how NOT punk rock I am, sitting here at my office job typing on a blog. Oh well!

Oh yea, apparently Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces) is now a model for Miu Miu (fashion label by Miuicci Prada), alongside some other famous names.


Full story here.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

New Pornography

It has recently been announced that August 23rd, 2005 will see the release of the new album by the New Pornographers, titled Twin Cinema. If any of you haven't heard the wonderfully oversaturated electric rainbow that is this band, I highly suggest that you start hitting that shit up. The absolutely most important part of this news that the band will be touring in support of the album and for the first time, singer/songwriter/contributer Dan Bejar (of Destroyer fame) will be hitting the stage with the band. Just to make it all more exciting, Destroyer will be playing an opening set. Bejar is a crazy dude, and I'm stoked to see him with the Pornos, but the closest show is in LA on the 29th of September. Neko Case won't be making the shows, but.. but.. Dan Bejar! Hell, I think I'll listen to Electric Version right now.

In other news, my hair looks very different today. I think I like it.

So according to the Billboard Album chart, Coldplay's mediocre new release X & Y is at #1 in the USA, ahead of both the Foo Fighters and the Backstreet Boys, proving that America likes nothing more than more of the same. We don't expect them to understand, anyway.

The New Pornographers Official Website
Full NP Story on Rolling Stone
Billboard Review of Electric Version

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

More Clapping Of Hands

In other CYHSY news, it just doesn't stop! Not lately, anyway. Pitchfork reviewed their self-release, gave it a 9.0 and stuck it in the Best New Music section. Woot!

I saw Enon and Thunderbirds Are Now! last night - both bands rocked. Enon played every song that I wanted to hear minus Window Display. I'm spoiled. In This City... amazing.

Here's my top five albums so far this year:

1. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
2. Spoon - Gimme Fiction
3. The Fiery Furnaces - EP
4. Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird And The Mysterious Production Of Eggs
5. Out Hud - Let Us Never Speak Of It Again

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Predictability?!

So today I read that Billy Corgan, the man whom everyone's talking about, (the blog, the album, and now this!) has some news. Corgan has made it loud and clear that he wants to reform the Smashing Pumpkins. Corgan: "I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams. In this desire I feel I have come home again.”

Check out the story here.

He's the man, and he's busy. Richard Hell is putting out an anthology of his carreer on Rhino Records on August 2nd. The 21 tracks of fully remastered/unreleased/remixed glory is called "Spurts," and you can check out the Rolling Stone story that I got this from here.

Lastly, Stylus reviewed Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (the album I was raving about just two days ago). Don't ask me how they give this beauty a B+ but put Kelly Osbourne at A- minus ranking and the coveted "Album of the Week" title. In any case it's a good review.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Goin' Through Changes

All over. And it's starting with the format around here. I like the new colors. I'm a little disheartened today, and probably will be all week. Everyone's disconnected from me at the moment. Not enough time with work schedule to hang with Murrieta friends, and the amount of people to see around San Diego this summer is at an all-time low. This was supposed to be the Summer of Brian! Kidding. It will be. Just you wait.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

That's actually the name of the band. If you haven't heard anything about them yet - now you have. And I'm not posting that photo of them tangled up in the lights here. They're from Brooklyn, and they haven't released a real debut, but have a self-release that's been circulating for a few months. They're sittin on something huge - I highly suggest you check them out. I fucking love it. Do they sound like the Talking Heads to you? Everyone on the planet it comparing singer Alec Ounsworth to David Byrne. Not that I don't agree, but I know I'm going to get sick of hearing about it, just like I'm sick of hearing how Interpol sounds just like Joy Division. I'm over them anyway.

Here are a couple links for you:

Official Website

Pitchfork Track Review with mp3

Gothamist Interview