Dumbest Political Ad Ever?
Honestly, MoveOn... it's time to just move on. Nothing you do is relevant or helpful.
Honestly, MoveOn... it's time to just move on. Nothing you do is relevant or helpful.
Just noticed this over at the Sonar website:
Just noticed on the Black Cat schedule that Birdmonster has been added to the October 5th backstage show with The Rumble Strips.
I'll update throughout the week. My picks in bold. Updates in italics.
Just when I think I couldn't love WOXY any more, they go and do this --
Bob Dylan is set to release the eighth installment of his Bootleg Series, entitled Tell Tale Signs, on October 7th.
Some great footage of The Jet Age's in-studio performance for KEXP a few weeks back.
Probably. But the mention of Brandon Tartikoff got me thinking about all the good that his shows did for mankind. How he never got a Nobel Prize I have no idea.
Randomly found this while looking for on-sale info for Matthew Sweet --
Just caught this over at Rock Daily:
My picks in bold.
In honor of Sub Pop's recent 20th Anniversary party, Eugene Mirman put together a short, moving video tribute to the label and the "movement" that it helped spawn. Check it out:
Startin' early this week...
Head over to The Little Ones' MySpace page to listen to the band's brand new, debut LP entitled Morning Tide.
Julie Ocean and The Antiques are performing on WMUC's Third Rail Radio show this Sunday night, July 27th, from 6pm to 9pm.
Before The Secret Life of Sofia there was The Antlers, my favorite discovery out of Brooklyn in 2007.
One of the better bands I've come across lately, Brooklyn's Secret Life of Sofia, is headed out on a short tour starting tomorrow. Sadly, no DC date, but I think they were just here a month or so ago (before I knew who they were), so I can't be too upset.
I've been wanting to see Dig! since it came out, but for some reason I never got around to it.
Just got a voicemail from Ticketmaster that Tim Rogers' scheduled August 12th show at the Black Cat in DC has been CANCELLED.
Estelle Getty, legendary star of stage and screen, has died today at the age of 84.
Awesome, awesome news via Digital Spy:
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the creative team behind Anchorman, have revealed that a sequel to the 2004 newsroom comedy is on the way. Speaking to Coming Soon, Ferrell said that the popularity of the first instalment had prompted him to consider revisiting the Ron Burgundy character. He said: "We just had so much fun making that movie, and it was hard to get made, but what's been great is that it's taken on such a life of its own. At least the feedback we get is it's beloved, so yeah, it's just one of those that feels like an evergreen thing that we can go back and do it again."Bark twice if this makes you as happy as it does me.
Just saw this in the 9:30 Club email...
The VH1 Rock Honors show in celebration of The Who was a few days ago. Yeah, I didn't realize (or particularly care about) that either.
I'm not a huge Radiohead fan, but I am a little surprised that I missed this when it came out a week or two ago...
In Radiohead's new video for "House of Cards", no cameras or lights were used. Instead, 3D plotting technologies collected information about the shapes and relative distances of objects. The video was created entirely with visualizations of that data.More here.
There's a halfway decent free show at the Knitting Factory (in NYC) this Saturday night (8pm).
It's been rumored for a while, but Paste Magazine confirmed today that a brand new album by former-Jayhawks Gary Louris and Mark Olson is due in September.
As for the Jayhawks, Louris claims that chapter is basically finished. But for at least one day this year, the old band will share a stage. The 1994-1995 line-up of Olson, Louris, Perlman, O’Reagan and Karen Grotberg will reunite for the Azquena Festival in Spain. “If it’s so much fun we can’t stand it,” Louris says, “maybe we’ll do something similar, but at this point, it’s a one-time only thing, and we’ll see where it goes.”
According to Billboard, former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio will be appearing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 7th.
The Mercury Prize, formerly the Mercury Music Prize and currently known as the Nationwide Mercury Prize for sponsorship reasons, is an annual music prize awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom or Ireland.(Via Wikipedia.)
... and I somehow missed it.
Just caught this over at Rock Daily:
WOXY.com has two great Lounge Acts today that you should be sure to check out.
In deference to the artist being posted, this is a one-song To The Nuts post. More new music later in the day.
Many, many thanks to Sal C. for pointing this one out --
It's one MP3 file, with a whole mess of songs, so even though it's only one download, you're getting plenty of songs. Some things to note: In order to get the album for $0.49 (rather than the whopping price of $0.89), you need to use the link I posted above and:I'm downloading it now. Can't wait to hear it.
Click on the "Buy MP3 album with 1-Click" button
Download Amazon's MP3 Downloader (takes 1 minute)
Proceed with purchase
Because of the way it's entered in the system ($0.89 for the 'song' and $0.49 for the 'album'), if you don't do it this way, you will be charged $0.89 (which is also a massive bargin).
WARNING: DO NOT LISTEN WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE
THIS PRODUCT IS NOT FAULTY - ALL SOUNDS ARE INTENTIONAL AND VALID AS A WORK OF ART
Thank freaking god. I can't stand any more Metalocalypse, unless it's Dr. Rockso.
I have no idea why I'm just finding out about this now.
Here are some of the more interesting (to me) shows going on around DC this week...
Hot on the heels of last year's excellent Left For Dead album, Cincinnati's Wussy are set to release their brand new Rigor Mortis EP.
I don't think I've posted about this before, and, honestly, I can't remember if I'd even heard about before. But I just noticed that Billy Bragg is playing the 9:30 Club on Monday, October 27th. Tickets are on sale now.
I know there are a lot of folks out there still on the fence (or simply way far away from the fence) about Titus Andronicus. Personally, I like them a lot. Anyone that makes me think of Madonna-era ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of the Dead is gonna be aces in my book.
I was just over on the Merge Records website looking for pre-sale info for the new Broken West album (nothing yet) when I noticed that they're streaming Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes, the new album by Julian Koster of Neutral Milk Hotel.
I meant to post about this last week, and ended up missing the first show. Oh well.
I keep hearing about how the new Futureheads is a departure from their first few albums, but it all sounds about the same to me. I like it well enough, but there's no question that my favorite thing about the video is the puppets, whereas I've always loved the song behind the second video. But then again, I'm a geek for that band.
For those of you who have kept up with this blog over the past year or two, you may remember that, whenever possible, I used to like to rely on my friend Matt to say all the things about music that I simply didn't (and still don't) have the ability to put as clearly and cogently.
Sorry for the relative silence around here the last few days... I've been falling into some old, bad habits which have distracted me from my duties around here.
I'd normally post this in my weekly DC Show Update, but I'm actually really excited about it.
A few interesting pieces of news this afternoon... figured I'd throw 'em all together in one post.
If you're in the San Diego area, tomorrow is your lucky day.
Let me get the bad news out of the way first -- still no Best Drama nomination for The Wire, a/k/a the best show ever broadcast on American television. What the hell is wrong with these people? In fact, the show got only one single nomination this year, for writing. Unbelievable.
Great news over at Pitchfork this morning -- Wire is touring, and hitting the 9:30 Club here in DC on October 11th.
Like I said, I've been getting a bunch of really good music lately.
For a music blog, I sure don't post enough actual music. Sure, I'll post tour info, and album info, and link to the occasional song, but it's been a long time since I regularly posted music from new, up-and-coming bands on this blog.
Sorry I'm late this week - I'm on "vacation."
Just saw this...
After months of rumors, it looks like the Knitting Factory's move from Manhattan to Brooklyn is finally official.
I still think I like his first album better, but the new one is definitely growing on me. And this is my favorite song from the disc.
So I'm about to run out the door to the airport, but wanted to make sure I posted this before I forget.
One of my favorite discoveries from 2007 was Brooklyn's The Antlers, whose album, In The Attic of the Universe, was my second favorite CD of the year.
Man... this band just keeps moving further and further away from what I used to love about them. They're obviously free to follow their own muse, but I'm not sure I'm gonna go with 'em.
Yet another new song that I missed a couple of weeks ago.
Can't say how happy I am that Futurama is back, even though it's technically only in the form of four new movies rather than seasons of episodes.
So I bought a ticket a while ago for Okkervil River's October 6th show at Webster Hall in New York on the theory that I very well may be living in New York again by then. Add to that the fact that they're not hitting DC on this tour (the closest they're getting is Richmond), and I figured I was likely to find a way to the show whether I'm living in NYC or not.
Just noticed over at the Silver Jews' website that Monotonix are set to open for SJ for a couple of weeks this Fall, including at the September 10th show at the Black Cat.
There's a couple of really cool shows going on next weekend (7/11 and 7/12) that I wanted to bring to your attention. Since I'm heading out of town for the week on Tuesday, I figured I'd post about them now.
Minisnap, "Leave It To You"
For those of you in New York, I've got some exciting news...
Been meaning to post this for a couple of weeks...
Just saw over at Brooklyn Vegan that Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford and Zack Galifianakis - a/k/a, The Comedians of Comedy - are officially calling it quits in a few weeks.
IT'S BETTER TO BURN AWAYSo does this mean we can expect Ratatouille 2? Or a new Just Shoot Me! spinoff?
In twenty-four days, we're doing the last ever Comedians of Comedy show.
It's been a fun, four-year run. A feature film, two concert movies, a TV show, a set at Coachella -- not bad.
Things have greater value when they have an ending. And the whole reason for doing the tour in the first place was to give all of us wider exposure. And it worked. Zach and Maria are blowing up and busy. And Brian and I can barely keep our Stork 'n' Stumpy's Plum Fritters on the shelf. It's unfair, now that all of us have benefited from the tour, to herd everyone back into a cramped van three or four times a year. The scheduling hassles are becoming un-workable. And we don't ever want this to become a chore.
So we're doing our farewell show Saturday, July 26th. That's twenty four days from when this is being written. We're doing in in San Diego, at the Spreckels Theatre, where we figure the most number of our fans will be gathered within the same zip code. And there's going to be some monumental special guests on the show.
We've been touched and inspired by all the support, and especially the hassle so many of you have gone through to travel and see us. Since there were so many cities we DIDN'T get to visit, this is chance to see the biggest number of people who've MySpaced us through the years.
And who knows? There might be sporadic get-togethers in the coming years. Patton's curating the comedy at this year's All Tomorrow's Parties in upstate New York. And Coachella eventually wants us back. But those'll be special occasions.
And none of us, individually, will ever stop touring. And you can bet each of us will have openers, young comedians we like and want to give more exposure to. So think of this as the Comedians of Comedy tour splitting into four pieces, still wandering the countryside, just not as cramped when driving.
Plus, there's probably four as-yet-unknown young comedians out there, figuring out a way to do their own tour. This kind of stuff never ends. Who wants to discover everything cool all at once? It'll keep coming. Stay alert.
Just a reminder that Eef Barzelay, formerly of Clem Snide, is playing at Iota in Arlington tonight in support of his fantastic new CD, Lose Big. If you're in town and don't already have plans, I can't recommend this show strongly enough.
Just caught this over on the 9:30 Club boards...
It just kills me that the Buckethead show is the same night as The Wedding Present.
San Francisco's Birdmonster have posted a third song from their forthcoming LP, From The Mountain To The Sea, on their MySpace page.
Excellent news... Tim Rogers of Australian rockers You Am I has announced a short U.S. tour in August, including a local stop at the Black Cat. These shows are in support of Tim's 2007 solo release, Luxury of Hysteria, which you can order here.
I'm still not sure exactly where I come down on David Ford. He has a tendency to get a little dramatic and weepy a la James Blunt, but he's a significantly better songwriter than Blunt and he brings a real rawness to his songs that reminds me of a time before Damien Rice started to suck.
Just saw this...
I've been pretty bad lately with the whole post-show discussion thing. I post a few photos, promise to discuss the show the next day, and then completely forget about it (or actually just choose not to do it).
Discussion tomorrow. Absolutely beat.