Friday, October 31, 2003

I totally OWN Tinymixtapes today! Ok, not exactly, but I do have both a news story and a concert review up. So check 'em out.

American Analog Set was great. Really chill, really beautiful music that fit in perfectly in a coffeehouse setting . . . until the bat got in. Kudos to the band for being able to continue playing with a crazed bat flapping in their (and our) faces.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Emmie is finally OUT!!!! PLEASE pick up a copy at almost any location, Grainger, Humanities, B-Side, the Catacombs, Ingraham, Espresso Royale, etc. etc. etc. and then flip to my interview with the All Girl Summer Fun Band. The issue looks real good.

And now I'm off to see the American Analog Set at the Catacombs . . . alone, because I can't find anyone to go with me. Damn you, Tori, Liz and Maggie, for leaving!!! :(
I would almost be glad that this week from hell was almost over if i didn't have so much to get done this weekend- and i don't even know if i'll have time to go out for halloween! I want to see the freaks in the village!

Anyway, so i've been uber busy but wanted to tell you all how fantabulous death cab for cutie was on monday night at the bowery ballroom- which is by the way an awesome venue if you ever get the chance to see a show there-small yet big enough with high ceilings, a little balcony and great sound. The mates of state opened who were pretty fun and played good music but lacked a certain crowd appeal... then death cab came out and were great and did a fabulous encore of 405; i also really liked the old stuff they played -which christine said she'd burn for me apparently she has everything- yipee!

In addition to being fabulous musicians, they were actually quite witty too- at one point ben gibbard spoke of a women who was at the show the night before who apparently was upset because he said he felt like he had been "hit by a train"--apparently this women had been hit by a train that morning...on rollerblades- i think she must have been from jersey...
I have returned, completely exhausted. I haven't had a spare minute in the past two days. Here's a brief synopsis of my trip to Seattle:
Fly to Seattle. Get picked up with a man holding a sign with my name on it (yes!) who takes me in a Lincoln TownCar to the Fairmont, formerly the 4 Seasons, where I clearly don't belong. Rush off to the office, meet other interviewees, including a married mormon from BYU, go to incredibly expensive dinner (probably around 70 or 80 bucks), see my friend John, fail to sleep at night. Next day: check out of ridiculous hotel, go to office, see presentations, get interviewed by strange Argentinian woman, get interviewed again, get half a lunch at a super nice restaurant, rush off early to the airport (in another Lincoln TownCar) to fly home. Wore suit on plane.
So I pretty much got to see a 4 block radius of Seattle during my time there. No rain though!

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Everyone I've talked to has said the same about the new Strokes- that they didn't want to like it, but they just can't help it. That means it must be pretty good. Though I saw the video for 12:51, and while it was a cool video, I couldn't understand a word Julian Casablancas said due to the mumbling.

I'm off to the Pacific Northwest- everyone pray I get this job so I don't have to live in a cardboard box for the rest of my life! (Ok, just a bit dramatic, but whatever)

p.s. There is talk of a potential Shins interview in November . . . stay tuned!

Monday, October 27, 2003

so, i'm listening to the new strokes cd now...i didn't think i'd like it, but i can't help it - it's too catchy!
nicole, GOOD LUCK IN SEATTLE! you are going to rock out that interview! i want all details of your trip
Confidential to Becky: There is a band named "Girl Scout Heroin"! I think Skanky Baker and the Girl Scout Explosion is still a viable band name.
You could try emailing the WSUM webmaster at for advice, I've gotten a lot of help from him for this website.
Well, I went to check up on the show I posted, and found that the mirror site I had running was shut down due to a "Terms of Service Violation." That's not cool. Looks like its back to the drawing board. The good news is I still have digitized shows on backup CDs.
Clem Snide and Califone last night rocked. Joan Jett of Arc was played, which pleased me. Ice Cube was not played, which did not please me. Eef Barzelay is the man. He's not as weird as he'd like you to think. Review up whenever the hell I feel like it. Look for a solo Eef performance in Milwaukee on December 13 with 3 other prominent frontmen. Last year it was Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers and former Archers of Loaf, and Davey Van Bohlen of the Promise Ring. So screw finals week and go to Milwaukee with me that night!
I'm uber disappointed- I woke up today, checked the blogger to become immediately guiddy at the thought of actually being able to listen to partial show but apparently angelfre doesn't want to let me! Rockey why you got to bring my hopes up??? I think you should try to fix this soon...

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Did you miss yesterday's show. The first half is here Yes, the file is huge. I'm working on it. This is my rough draft. If anyone downloads it please let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Nicole: Once upon a time I did land a gig dancing a la the guy from the Mighty Bosstones. Expect the band I danced for played punk music. In basements. And I wore a gas mask. True Story.
Last night I ended up at a gay bar with a prominent local news anchor. It's not every day you can say that. Three cheers to Annie!

Also last night I found an MBA who says he'll teach me to play the bass. My School of Rock fantasies may happen yet!

Friday, October 24, 2003

DJing on the mall today was cool. I got the best response the minute I put on "Heaven" by the Rapture- suddenly the whole mall started dancing like crazy! Well, no, but you could visibly see heads perk up when the song started, and one guy came up and asked who it was. The small Elliott Smith tribute at the end also garnered quite a bit of attention.
Check out my first news item on tinymixtapes!!! I'm moving up in the world. Oh, those crazy Green Day boys.

Rockey: An even more ideal job would be the guy in the Mighty Mighty Bosstones that just dances. Playing the cowbell is more work.
Up late studying for Physics and caught the Rapture playing "House of Jealous Lovers" on Jimmy Kimmel Live. One guy danced and played the cowbell the entire song. Maybe I should look into getting that kind of job.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

So every morning when i go into lab, i enter an elevator, which has posted in it a sign with a picture of a hand with a circle and slash through it. Now although this sign isn't a warning sign against the dangers of masturbation in elevators, and only for the banal purpose of telling people to take off lab gloves- it still makes me chuckle everytime...

I just thought i'd share that with the rest of you. Have a happy weekend all!
To all our Chicago area readers: I made a massive update to the Chicago section of the upcoming concerts page. There can't possibly be a concert worth seeing that I haven't put up there yet. And if there is, let me know!
Hey everyone! FYI, I'm going to be DJing tomorrow on Library Mall from 12-2 PM. No, I won't be spinning discs, just playing good music as we sell raffle tickets for the WantSUM campaign.

What is the WantSUM campaign, you ask? Well, this fall the station is going hardcore with the fundraising so we can get better transmission, start webcasting again, get the station in the dorms, and most importantly to me, make Party in the Park absolutely HUGE. So from 12-2PM every Friday you can buy 2$ raffle tickets for a prize of a semester of free tuition or $1500 cash. The winning ticket will be drawn on Nov. 15 at Union South before the football game and announced on the air. Want SUM more info (sorry, I couldn't resist)? Go here.
Hell yeah! I've just been trained on booking for the union, and emailed a bunch of my favorite bands that I thought would be reasonably priced. Both the Deathray Davies and Single Frame emailed me back and are interested!!! Huzzah!

Also, sad news, the Emmie is a little delayed and won't be out until next week.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

This has just been a day of great news! The Perfect Face for Radio will soon be available online in archive form, and . . .


Bless you, PricewaterhouseCoopers. The waiting has been driving me insane. Lucky for PFFR fans (but unlucky for my professors, my grades, and my time management abilities), I'll be flying out there next Tuesday morning and returning Wednesday night, so no perfect show will be spared in my hunt for a job.
The PFFR gets online 10.26.03.
Holy shit! I gots to get my hands on this cd today! I've been waiting!

Monday, October 20, 2003

Who wants to get a Mifflin neighborhoodie with me?
I met this guy today in the computer lab whose friend lives with Irulan and Alton from the Real World in LA. Apparently they just sit around all day and go out partying all night, their rationale being that if they go out during the day, people will recognize them and bother them. Great reason for not getting a job. Oh, but Alton is working on a script. HA!

Sunday, October 19, 2003

I've been really into the new Books album, The Lemon of Pink. So much so that I put it on the recommended listening page. Something a little different. Check it out.
You can now feel free to call my cell phone again, at any time of day. I upgraded to a plan with more minutes and got a tiny new color phone in the process.

Meanwhile, last night I stayed in and reviewed 25 rock cds for the station, because the rock box was overflowing like crazy. I think a member of WSUM owes me a pie for doing this. And yes, I'm a dork. At least I didn't reorganize my excel spreadsheet of cds while I was at it, right?

Saturday, October 18, 2003

For those of you wondering, "when are these 'Heavenly States'" going to be back in Madison?" the answer is Wednesday, November 26. So hold off on the Thanksgiving fun for one night to see this awesome band. Driftless Pony Club and Vox Humana will be opening. There will also be a phone interview with Ted, HS singer, on our show the Saturday before the show. We'll be sure to keep you all updated!

Oh, and speaking of Single Frame, I'm writing a review on their CD for the December Emmie issue. The October Emmie issue will be distributed around town this Thursday night!
portland concert update!
last night, our dear friends, the heavenly states played with the planet the and 31 knots. it was a fantastic show and the heavenly states were superb. my friends said they were the best and the "most dynamic" of the three bands (i would agree).
the planet the was v. entertaining. if i had to describe them, i would say that they are a (slightly) weirder, new wave version of single frame.
31 knots, who fans of PFFR should know (like the heavenly states), is considered "math rock." now, i've never liked math, but i thought they were great. made me almost want to whip out some algebra.
bottom line: see heavenly states when they are back in madison (you could even take law stdents).

Friday, October 17, 2003

Ah, now this article has the right amount of sarcasm...
The son of a family friend, who I believe is in high school now, has a band called "Spry Specter" that will be on Anna Filipek's show, the Local Music Showcase, on Sunday at 2 PM on 91.7. They'll be playing a live set. How awesome is that? So tune in everyone!

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Matt Modell had so much sarcasm in that article I can't figure out his point. He did sound much like an asshole. And Starbucks really sucks...they should put a Rocky's back in that location...or another drinking establishment. One more day till weekend of booze...

Also, I highly recommend the new Outkast double album "Speakerboxx/The Love Below", but don't listen to it more than twice within a week or you will never get it out of your head. It's been almost four days and it's still in my head. I like the tune "Roses"
Last interview OVER!!!! Now I just sit back and wait for the rejections to roll in. I think this waiting could potentially be worse than the interview process. I keep checking my email like, every 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, I'm wearing my suit here at work and an MBA just told me I look "very nice today." Score!

Oh, and Matt Modell is still an asshole.
This article in the Badger Herald has to be one of the most moronic and ridiculous things Matt Modell has ever written. What an asshole.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Guess who was at the Music Committee meeting today? POSER JULIA. Her bangs are a little bit longer, and she appears to have gained some weight, but she is clearly still the same groupie she always was. She told us that she was Meg White for Halloween, and of course had to throw in that Meg White saw her in her costume. Figures.
We had a meeting for the "rock" genre last night at WSUM. (And where were you, Rockey?) Big things in store. Music Director Anna Filipek has high hopes for this year's Party in the Park, and with enough corporate funding, we're hoping to have some incredibly big bands play, more vendors, WSUM merchandise for sale, etc. Our own mini SXSW or Bumbershoot festival, perhaps! I'm definitely going to get very involved this year, because anyone who went last year knows we need more rock bands and less jam bands.
Also, Rockey, I learned the rationale behind not saying the name of the song you are about to play before you play it on the air; it's for webcasting reasons, so a listener doesn't pop a CD into the CD burner just before it's about to play . . . stupid, I know. Why not just burn our whole show? We play more than one good song, you know.
Killer shows in Madison this weekend! Check it out:

Friday, October 17: The Electric Six w/ Junior Senior and the Supagroup at the Annex
Saturday, October 18: Longwave w/ Calla, Ludo and Fist-a-Cuffs at Club 770
Saturday, October 18: Decibully w/ [[[VVrssnn]]], Kissing Tigers, and the Dirty Projectors at the Catacombs Coffehouse
Saturday, October 18: The Jayhawks w/ the Redwalls at Luther's Blues
Sunday, October 19: The Dub Narcotic Sound System w/ Old Time Relijun, Bobby Birdman and YACHT at the Nottingham Co-op
Sunday, October 19: The Young People w/ His and Her Vanities at the Glass Nickel

However will you choose between them all???

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Public Service Announcement: This is quite entertaining...

In case you meet anybody who you don't want to give your telephone number to, but you do anyway because you feel bad - try this instead: Rejection line: If you are a woman/man and are constantly approached by unattractive or undesirable women/men asking for your phone number, give them this number:

Washington, DC: 202-452-7468
Atlanta: 770-908-7383
Boston: 617-658-7083
Charlotte: 704-559-4169
Chicago: 773-509-5096
Cleveland: 216-556-0051
Denver: 303-575-1696
Las Vegas: 702-387-2619
Los Angeles: 310-217-7638
Miami: 305-460-3285
New York City: 212-479-7990
San Francisco: 415-356-9833
Seattle: 206-781-3928

When the person calls this number they get a friendly message saying that they were rejected. Call the phone number. It's hilarious.
Sweet! I get to be involved with the Emmie's (The WUD Music Committee's music journal) end-of-the-year Top 10 list. Any suggestions for your favorite albums of the year? Post them here. Speaking of the Emmie, the first issue of the year should be coming out shortly, and my All Girl Summer Fun Band interview will be in it. So look for it on the newsstands sometime soon.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Tonight was the last (and my first) WSUM Kugelee Birds soccer game. We managed a 1-1 tie, partly because my brother and his friend helped us out. His friend thought the name "The Hipster DJs" would be a good team name. I thought it would be a good band name.
Tori sent me this interesting article on being single, check it out.
sadly, i've been deprived of blogger for a few days as my sad computer got an unfortunate update which actually just preped it have to be erased and everything put back on again. But it's back so I'm back...

I'm entertained by the fact that someone else watched that futurama nicole- i saw it and laughed my arse off but was unable to do it justice when trying to let sam relive it- i'm glad there's someone else apprecieting it.

Anyway, thanks for all the Death Cab info- i've listened to some of the cd and agree it's quite good and i'm molto excited that the concert was excellent as well- hopefully they'll give me a good show on sunday...

and by the way, i'm going to start stalking all you mifflin girls...not that i didn't already have this number- i think it will just be fun!

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Nicole, did you realize that you just put your phone number on the internet? Hmmm, somebody is getting desperate for friends. Or stalkers. Whichever.
Alright my friends who read this blog. I've gone way over on my minutes last month and am about to do so again this month. So please this month, if possible, call my home phone number first before trying my cell phone unless it's after 9 or a weekend! 256-9428. Thanks!
I realized last night that I've never actually purchased any of the cds of my 5 favorite bands, they are all burned. However, I have seen 4 of the 5, and purchased merchandise at said shows, so I don't feel quite so bad.

Death Cab was absolutely fantastic. One of the best shows I've ever seen, that's for sure. Review up sometime soon.
I had a dream last night that I went to the show to host it by myself but it was in the wrong station and I played a, gasp, swear word after which the cycle police came by. Yikes!

Big shout out to Coleen for pinch hitting for the PFFR last night too! Thanks!

Saturday, October 11, 2003

An interesting take on sweatshops.

Friday, October 10, 2003

...and another review on the Death Cab album. This reviewer from The Daily Cardinal didn't think it was that great. He goes as far as to say that a newcomer shouldn't even bother to listen to it, but as a new listener I beg to differ. And on another note....damn John Stewart for getting sick and cancelling his show tonight!
Rockey- I'm currently listening to DJ Spooky and it's awesome!!! I can't believe they have a song called Soylent Green. That's just cool.
Interpol review up on tinymixtapes!

Thursday, October 09, 2003

Killer quote on Futurama tonight:
Monkey: "I just want to be a monkey of moderate intelligence who wears a suit. That's why I'm transferring to business school!"
Professor: "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!"
One more interview left this week! HUZZAH!!!!!
How cool is this? For my audit class, we are supposed to do a presentation about risk in an organization we have worked in. I thought, of course, that I'd have to do Best Buy. I had absolutely no idea what the assignment was asking for, so I emailed my professor for clarification, and he gave me some examples of paths I could take with Best Buy or THE RADIO STATION. How cool is my (65ish, mind you) professor? So I've secured some WSUM financial statements and am going to give the coolest presentation Audit 631 has ever seen. And plugging my show in the meantime. We'll get those business students into it yet.
ohhh...i remember midterms. i wish i had midterms again. one test for your entire grade is NOT cool. also, i don't care what pitchfork says, i really like the new death cab cd (if i had my top ten list, i think i would include a lack of color). i did enjoy the TMT review and agree that there is an element of postal service in this cd...

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

OK, not to overburden you with talk about Death Cab, but I just read the Onion review of the new cd, and they claim it to be the best Death Cab cd yet. Shocking!
My first interview went FABULOUSLY!!!!

Check out the TMT review of Death Cab's new cd, Transatlanticism. Much better than the Pitchfork review, which made absolutely no sense to me. The TMT one is hilarious and it somehow sums up exactly how I feel about the cd. Death Cab talk on the blog is CRAZY this week!
Huzzah! I bought my ticket to go with Becky, Nicole and Ben to Death Cab this weekend! Yay for weekends away! And in 8 more grueling hours I will be done with midterms! I would rather wear a suit and have a job interview instead of having a lab report, 15 min presentation, and exam all in one day. Want to switch Nicole???
I've become one of those suit people in the business school, wearing it to class. I'll be one for the next three days.

Maggie- is Sam coming to visit anytime soon? I could burn a copy and pass it on to him. Otherwise, it is worth purchasing, I've been listening to it non-stop to prep myself for the concert, and it gets better every time!

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

so is there anyway you can pass on the Transatlanticism love to NY? I actually almost bought the cd on amazon when i heard it was soon to be out but i wussed out thinking that i could borrow it from someone else- at least tell me if you think it's worth purchasing...

In other news, I'm deeply disturbed by the current projections that arnold is now the gov of CA. It just seems to dirty and wrong! I feel creepy...
Is there any chance you could get retroactive shadow status? Hopefully I'll get two more shows in before my rash of weekends away!!!! (There better be weekends away, or there will be hell to pay)
That aircheck tape better be damn cool. Be sure to update us with what songs you choose to put on it. Perhaps some applause after you introduce yourself.
Once again, all welcome to join me for ice skating at the Shell this Thursday at 11:15 PM to 12:45 AM. Either before or afterwards, there is talk of going to Bullfeather's for dancing as well.

Training Status: For completion I need only shadow Nicole twice more, fill out some mumbo jumbo form, and make an air check tape. I guarantee at least one “toilet flush” sound effect on my air check tape. Any other suggestions?
Hooray Maggie! Becky, Ben and I are going to Death Cab this Saturday. I'll be sure to let you know what to expect. I also have an advanced copy of their new cd, Transatlanticism, courtesy of the station (officially comes out on Thursday). Nothing new and exciting, just more good songs from one of my fav bands. Also, Hot Hot Heat is soooooooooooo much fun live, and the singer looks like Matt Kebbekus, so I highly suggest you go to that too, money be damned.

Monday, October 06, 2003

Yeah! I found a partner in crime! I'm going to death cab for cutie in a few weeks with a particularly cool second year who shares my love for them- we're not all geeks here, yeah!!! And while looking up this show i realized that hot hot heat is also going to be playing here next weekend and the sunday show is not yet sold out... Now i'm really not going to have any money left!
Nicole, I'm concerned by the underrepresentation of the east coast on your list of places to interview...if nothing else, get a free trip out to see us!

In other news I'm increadibly sad that I only just recently found out that radiohead will be in madison square garden this weekend and the tickets are sold out :( Now that I no longer live with people who keep track of these things, I find I have to do it all myself- my life is so lost without my roomies!
Art Paul Schlosser, famed musician that can be seen on the corner of Frances and State Street playing such classics as "Purple Bananas on the Moon," has emailed the Perfect Face for Radio! I love the idea of Art Paul checking out our website. I thought I'd pass on what he had to say to the masses, in case you want to check him out in more detail.

Hi,I'm ART PAUL SCHLOSSER and I'm running for President !
My new song Vote for Me/It's a Joke was in the Funny 5 of the Dr Demento show see
Also on October 10th I'll be at the 770 Club at Union South performing here in Madison with the German Art Students and on Saturday October 11th I'll be in Milwaukee at the Tasting Room for Trash Fest 2003
& if you care about the Madison Hostel show up at the King Club 114 king st here in Madison October 26 6pm til 10pm
Last but least LA fans look for a new complitation disc put out by demolisten with an ART PAUL song on it.
Now remember you can still request Vote for Me/It's a Joke on Dr Demento at or call 1-562-ODD-TUNE and now the song is availible on record,cassette tape and CD at

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Now begins my week of hell. I have 4 interviews in three days for jobs in Portland, Seattle, and Chicago, and 3 pre-interview employer briefings. Then next week, two more of each. My future depends on my ability to answer questions like "tell me a time when you were unable to achieve a goal you had set for yourself." Hopefully in a little over a month I'll know where I'm going to be in a year.

Jen and I went to see Howard Dean this afternoon at the Kohl Center. We were only like 10 feet away, it was pretty cool. Before he came out, we were warmed up with such stellar music as the Ataris' "Boys of Summer." Nothing pumps me up for politics like the Ataris.

Saturday, October 04, 2003

Yesterday was an exciting day for me. In class yesterday, I was amused like the sad, juvenile dork that I am when my prof proclaimed, "all you need is nut."
Later that evening I went to an 80s mod themed bar where I found heaven- on the large list of cheezy 80s and early 90s novelty appetizers and drinks there appeared the "Tang-tini." That's right, someone has finally realized what i have known all along- Tang is the most underrated and underappreciated mixer around. And let me tell you, that Tang-tini was damn tastey!
My life is now complete.
Last night I saw "School of Rock" with Jack Black. If you get even the slightest enjoyment out of music, you must see this movie. It was wonderful. It ROCKED. I've been inspired by a 10-year old girl to pick up the bass and become a rock star.

Friday, October 03, 2003

Great concerts coming up in Madison:

Thursday, October 9: The Scene Creamers w/ the Treats at the Annex
Friday, October 10: Local Indie Rock Showcase, w/ the German Art Students, Art Paul Schlosser, Colony of Watts, Farwell to Twilight, and The Mercy Chord at Union South Club 770
Saturday, October 11: Grickle Grass CD Release Party w/ the Driftless Pony Club, Echo Static, and Choplogic at the Anchor Inn
Saturday, October 18: Longwave w/ Calla, Ludo and Fist-a-Cuffs at the Memorial Union

And new concerts a little farther down the road:

Sunday, October 26: Clem Snide w/ Califone at Luther's Blues
Thursday, October 30: Earlimart w/ the Steve Kimock Band at the Annex
Sunday, November 16: Pedro the Lion at the Catacombs Coffehouse
Wednesday, November 19: Guided by Voices w/ the Go at the Annex

Thursday, October 02, 2003

December 5-6 at Union South will be "Hardcore Fest," two days of hardcore bands, videos, and political stuff. Last night at the Music Committee meeting, the girl who presented Hardcore Fest to us played some samples of "hardcore," "metalcore," "emocore," and "grindcore." Apparently missing was "noisecore," which she claimed was similar to "grindcore." Apparently, metalcore has more heavy metal guitars and emocore has more whining. My untrained ear could not really tell the difference. But really, what do I know?

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Actual quote from my TA to explain my, primarily male, physics 208 discussion section’s poor performance on the last exam: “As boys, you might be more playful when you are not working in class.”
WSUM is undertaking a massive fundraising campaign this fall on campus. We'll be selling raffle tickets on library mall every Friday from 12-2 PM for the next month; the winner gets free tuition for a semester or $1500 cash. More info here.
This makes me so mad. I hate SUVs.