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Completely NSFW (language).
Just saw this over at Brooklyn Vegan:
Another reminder about tonight's Frightened Rabbit, Takka Takka and Oxford Collapse show at the Black Cat.
Since we're coming up on the halfway point of 2008, I thought it might be interesting to take stock of the music I've been listening to so far this year. This isn't an official "Best Of" list, but more of an informal listing of my favorite music so far.
Matthew Sweet is set to release his first album in four years without Susanna Hoffs, Pete Droge or Shawn Mullins, and the world is a much better place for it.
I just discovered Blogotheque and their fantastic Take-Away Show series. Not sure how I hadn't heard about this before.
In case I forget to mention them over the weekend, I wanted to remind everyone about two big DC-related music events on Monday.
If you weren't able to catch Wussy when they toured the East Coast earlier this year, do yourself a favor and check out these videos from their show at the Mad Hatter in Covington, KY the other day.
So, um, yeah.
Starting early because of a huge list of new Black Cat dates that came out today. (Thanks to David for the heads up!)
Billboard is reporting that Phish may be on the verge of reuniting to record an album with Steve Lillywhite (who is currently in Dublin recording with U2).
According to Billboard, ...And You Will Know Us by The Trail Of Dead is launching its own label, Richter Scale Records, and will be releasing a new album in January 2009.
If you're not listening to WOXY.com, you're missing out on a ton of great new music.
So only one of the half-dozen or so pictures that I took with my phone at Sunday's Pearl Jam show was even halfway decent. And by halfway, I mean not at all. But here it is anyway.
I've listened to this song about 20 times since seeing Ted Leo play it last night. I'm amazed it didn't get me a speeding ticket today.
As you may or may not recall, Earlimart's excellent Mentor Tormentor was my 4th favorite album of 2007.
Excellent news - Ohio's criminally-underlooked Two Cow Garage is releasing its fourth album, Speaking in Cursive, on September 30th.
Michiganders Mason Proper are set to release their second album, Olly Oxen Free, on Dovecote Records on September 23rd.
This is from the band's set at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC last night (6/22/08).
I'm a few weeks late on this, but Dirty Pretty Things have a video for "Tired of England", the lead single from their forthcoming second album, Romance at Short Notice (out in the US as an import on 6/31).
Head over to The Broken West's MySpace page to hear a brand new track from the band called "Perfect Games".
Believe it or not, but I'd never seen Pearl Jam live before tonight.
Once again, Bob, lots of "oldies", and a fantastic show.
I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again... The National are one of the best rock bands on Earth right now.
I'm still in New York and am borrowing a friend's computer, so I haven't had a chance to upload my pictures from last night's REM and National show (I sat near the bar for the entirety of Modest Mouse's set, and it's the best thing I've done in years). Fantastic sets by both bands.
I only tend to read Bob Lefsetz's blog once or twice a month these days. I used to get a kick out of him, but somewhere along the way I just got tired of his schtick; tired of his endless tirades; tired of his posts which were 50% or more IN CAPS SO YOU COULD TELL HE WAS REALLY, REALLY SERIOUS AND ANGRY; tired of him endlessly bitching about how there's no good new music, and that the only good music was apparently made in the 60's.
Now a bunch of the band’s fans are bitching that R.E.M. isn’t playing enough oldies on this tour. I’m with them.Umm, Bob, who exactly are these "fans" you've been talking to?
Play all of "Out Of Time" or "Automatic For The People" and I’m there (I know, you want to hear "Document", but this isn’t a test of my hipness…) But I don’t want to pay an exorbitant price to sit through your new album so you can try to convince me you’re not a has-been, that you still matter. I’LL make that decision…Well, Bob, you just contradicted yourself. First you condemned the band because they were angering certain unnamed, likely non-existent "fans" because they're not playing enough "oldies". Then you turn around and say that you don't care about the "oldies", but only want to hear songs from the band's two best-selling albums. Which one is it?
I really don’t get it, why these bands are still living in the nineties. They’re like bookstore owners, convinced electronic readers will never conquer print. Acts hole themselves up in studios for six months or a year, polish these turds, and think we want complete albums. WE DON’T! Certainly not R.E.M.’s overhyped new collection. They appeared everywhere, even SXSW, and they’ve only sold 275,000 copies… That’s piss poor. I think they were swinging for the fences so Warner Brothers would write them another big check, but that was a fallacious concept. Don’t they realize, money is now made on the ROAD?Yes, Bob, you're right - 275,000 copies is nowhere near what R.E.M. sold in their peak years. But as you yourself constantly point out, almost no one is selling a big number of records these days.
Starting early this week because the 9:30 Club email seems to have gone out a day earlier than usual. Plus I won't be around on Thursday or Friday, as I'm headed up to NYC to see REM and The National.
Just as I enter what may be the home-stretch of my stay in the D.C. area, DCist is reporting that one of my favorite "fast food"-type restaurants may be coming to D.C. - Wagamama.
After swearing off touring a couple of years ago, Bob Pollard is returning to the road this fall with his brand new band, Boston Spaceships.
One of my favorite DC-area bands (The Jet Age), who've put out one of my favorite albums of the year so far (What Did You Do During the War, Daddy?), is heading out on the road next week for a two-week tour.
I've been seeing the name The Muslims around the blogs for a few months now, but for some reason never got around to checking the band out until yesterday.
Not sure how I missed this last week. Maybe it was a last-minute add?
Shearwater were friggin' awesome tonight. Just absolutely killed it.
How is it possible that I've never seen any of these videos?
Starting early this week because Black Cat starting updating its schedule early. Will update throughout the week. Also, my post last week mistakenly listed the wrong on-sale date for a couple of Black Cat shows. My bad.
Yep, R. Kelly has been acquitted on all counts.
You may remember the Judson Memorial Church from when Arcade Fire played there last year.
So there's a pre-sale for My Morning Jacket's September 3rd show at D.A.R. Constitution Hall, and it runs tomorrow (Thu., 6/12) from 10am to 10pm.
Another winner from Videogum.
Both via Stereogum.
I really want to like Jukebox the Ghost. They seem like a good bunch of guys, they put on an entertaining live show, and they've got a handful of really good songs. And, on top of it all, they're one of DC-area's hottest young bands, and it's good to see local bands getting national recognition.
Remember a year or so ago when Live Nation started changing the names of many of its clubs to "The Fillmore at ____"?
Great news - one of my favorite young bands, The Broken West, have set a September 9th release date for their second LP, entitled Now or Heaven. The band's debut album, I Can't Go On I'll Go On was my #6 album of 2007.
Yet another interesting NYC show that I have to miss because, well, I don't live in NYC. For the time being.
Here are some of the more notable shows coming up in the DC-area this week. Shows in bold are shows I plan to attend.
Lucero is touring this summer. Shocking, I know. These guys take about 3 weeks off the road per year.
This is what happens when I go a month without logging onto MySpace... I miss a ton of band bulletins.
It's almost getting ridiculous how much great, free music Peter Silberman has given us over the last year or so. By my count, we've gotten three EPs (Cold War, Uprooted and the February Tape), and one utterly incredible mini-LP (In The Attic Of The Universe).
I meant to post about this show earlier, but completely blanked on it.
One of my favorite releases of 2006 was The Hiders' Valentine, an album of stark, post-Neil Young country-rock beauty.
Just noticed over at Shout Factory that a bunch of dates have been announced for Earlimart's late summer tour in support of their new album, Hymn and Her (out July 1st). You can pre-order the album here.
Just noticed this over at Brooklyn Vegan - Clell Tickle himself, Aziz Ansari, is joining the cast of Scrubs next season.
It's starting to become clear to me how awesome the June 30th show at the Black Cat is going to be.
Fantastic show at the Black Cat tonight. One of the best shows I've seen this year.
Just noticed this while I was checking the door time for tonight's Lightspeed Champion (and others) show at the Black Cat.
Tue June 3- At the band's request, tonight's show has been moved to the Backstage. ADAM GREEN, LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION, FLOWERS FOREVER $13 Adv/ $15 DOS Backstage 8:00On one hand I'm kinda happy about this - I've still never been a show backstage, and I imagine that the smaller room will be better for Lightspeed Champion.
Although I haven't really enjoyed anything The Strokes have done since Is This It, I immensely enjoyed guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr.'s 2006 solo album, Yours To Keep.
Two of rock's unstoppable forces are banding together!
Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days. I was in Ohio for my youngest brother's high school graduation. Man do I feel old.