Saturday, December 31, 2005
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
"The Strokes will be coming to downtown Chicago on January 3rd to play an exclusive Q101 Show at a very small venue. Listen to Q101 Thursday (12/29) at 5pm for the official concert annoucement including venue location, onsale info for the general public, etc."
Hmmm, wonder what their definition of a "very small venue" is?
Seriously, I think Coldplay tickets at the Metro didn't go for much more than that. Aren't indie rockers supposed to be poor? And smart enough to realize that they'll be back again in 2006 at a reasonably-sized venue such as the Metro?
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
The show scene has been unbelievably dry for awhile now, though a few are starting to pop up on the horizon (horizon being February and March). Here's some I'll have my eye on:
Friday, February 17: Stars at the Metro
Sunday, February 26: Cat Power w/ the Memphis Blues Band at the Vic Theatre (word is she's getting less shy on stage!)
Friday, March 3: Matthew Dear as Audion at the Smart Bar (I have still to check out the Audion album, but I hear it's quality sexed-up techno-rock, so this could be a hotttt time)
Saturday, March 11: Stereolab at the Vic Theatre
Saturday, March 18: Akron/Family w/ Larsen at the Empty Bottle (very excited for this, I've heard their live show is amazing and if I hadn't gotten their album so late in the year, it probably would have made my top 25)
Friday, March 24: Scout Niblett at Schubas (she's FABULOUSLY weird live)
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Here's my top 25:
25. Spoon- Gimme Fiction
24. Royksopp- The Understanding
23. Bloc Party- Silent Alarm
22. Xiu Xiu- La Foret
21. Stars- Set Yourself on Fire
20. M83- Before the Dawn Heals Us
19. MIA- Arular
18. Broken Social Scene- Broken Social Scene
17. Caribou- Milk of Human Kindness
16. Thunderbirds Are Now!- Justamustache
15. Robot Ate Me- Carousel Waltz
14. Architecture in Helsinki- In Case We Die
13. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
12. Bonnie Prince Billy and Matt Sweeney- Superwolf
11. New Pornographers- Twin Cinema
10. Antony and the Johnsons- I Am a Bird Now
09. LCD Soundsystem- LCD Soundsystem
08. The Hold Steady- Separation Sunday
07. Sleater-Kinney- The Woods
06. The Decemberists- Picaresque
05. Andrew Bird- & the Mysterious Production of Eggs
04. The National- Alligator
03. Sufjan Stevens- Illinois
01. Animal Collective- Feels (tie)
01. Wolf Parade- Apologies to the Queen Mary (tie)
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
I'm down with Sufjan as #1, but much of the rest of their list leaves some things to be desired. I still don't get this Art Brut band and what makes them so fascinating, other than they're supposed to be ironic or something. I don't get why albums that they consider "best new music" during the year don't even make the top 50 (Architecture in Helsinki, Black Mountain, Caribou). Andrew Bird is sorely missing, even though the site raved about him fairly regularly and gave "Fake Palindromes" five stars.
The idea of a top singles list also doesn't make total sense to me, since I'm not sure what makes something a "single" anymore. I'll stand by Kelly Clarkson at #4, Antony's "Hope There's Someone" was a nice change of pace at #1, but most of it is mainstream rap singles with random indie stuff thrown in the midst. Why is Animal Collective's "Grass" considered a single while nothing from Illinois can get single status? Stylus Magazine's top singles were also very, very odd choices.
Still have no clue what will be on TMT's top 25 tomorrow, other than Sufjan of course! We have a nice "song" list that is purely writers blurbing about some of our favorite songs of the year. Once again, take a wild guess what I added to the list.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Sigh . . . if only DJ Lazer were coming home for New Year's Eve again . . .
Meanwhile, while I thankfully didn't make out with anyone or trash the CEO's car, I did start drinking at 4 PM, get soaked in white wine, call someone I'd just met by the entirely wrong name several times, and end up on the bathroom floor calling in sick at 2 am (a message that certainly must have made it around the office Friday morning). At least I was instructed by my boss that I could only call in sick if it was from the bathroom floor, so no harm done. I requested Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" from the DJ, but he ignored my plea :( .
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I think Valentine's Day this year falls on a Tuesday, so you can expect a killer anti-Valentine's Day theme show that morning!
Monday, December 12, 2005
Actually, it'll be from one of my favorite albums, since this year I've got a tie for first. I just couldn't decide!
Craziness ensues this week as I try to get through work, studying, editing end-of-the-year tinymixtapes articles for our big year-end issue, and X-Mas shopping I still have yet to do. I think a sick day may be in order . . .
Friday, December 09, 2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Also, ahem, Andrew’s last show of the year is actually NOT on December 17th, it is on December 18th.
However, I am not at liberty to announce the location of this show until December 17th. SO you must check the website on the 17th for more info, OK?
Scroll down farther to see the sexy priest calendar, which is "available now (unlike the models)". HA!
Anonymous sources tell me: Pitchfork and Intonation have "split ways" and realized they are both trying to run their own summer festivals for 2006 when they both attempted to book Feist. Where's the indie rock love?
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Either way, I'll post my top 25 sometime next week.
Monday, December 05, 2005
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Now that I'm halfway towards becoming a certified public accountant, I think I need to find some way to combine my love of music with, you know, being an accountant. Maybe I should start some sort of music club for CPAs. "CPAs for the Advancement of Independent Music" or "Rock n' Roll CPAs" or something. We could have stickers and buttons and tshirts, monthly meetings and club dues. I should put a call out on craigslist.
This is probably just the post-4 hour accounting exam delirium talking, though.
Maybe I should write an article for TMT about the struggle between leading the indie rock lifestyle and having a professional corporate job- no one on either side really gets what you're doing, exactly. I don't think I've even told anyone at work I have a radio show! And once I told some pretentious artist girl I worked in finance and she wrinkled her nose at me. Oh well, I'll just claim I'm being "ironic."
Monday, November 28, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Maggie O'Meara, chair of the orginal PFFR fan club, celebrated her birthday last night and it was a blast.
Armand Van Helden played a live DJ set at club Avalon this past Sat night. First he played a remix of Franz Ferdinand "Do you want me" then mixed Blur "Song 3" into the White Stripes "Seven Nation Army" into INXS "I need you tonight." It was bloody brillant.
New Rapture material heard live sounds different. Think more experimental electronica (?).
Go Team! played Webster hall live. Lots of running around on stage and great music. Definitely worth seeing.
New Annie single, "Wedding," is excellent live. Should be released very soon.
New Junior Senior song "We are the handclaps" is also excellent. Don't know when it will be released.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Last night I saw the Plastic Constellations and the Driftless Pony Club at Beat Kitchen. I hadn't seen DPC in at least a year and a half, and they played all new songs I'd never heard before (ok, I'd heard one before, once). They were good. Very good. I especially liked the one that ended with Craig yelling. Meanwhile, I've now seen the Plastic Consty's in a Ukranian Village basement and now one of the smallest venues in Chicago. After their Frenchkiss Records debut comes out January 24 and Pitchfork gives it an 8.5 and a "best new music" tag, they'll be headlining shows at Schubas or the Bottle, then opening for Les Savy Fav or the Hold Steady at the Metro or something. Get on the wagon now.
"Poor little fucker. My sister sees him all the time, so there's affection as a family for him. I don't really want to go into that because it's not fair on the kids or the mother."
In other news, they're putting the lights up on Michigan Avenue!
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Note: If you're not a salon.com member, you'll have to watch a 15-second commercial to read the full article. That's 15 seconds, NOT 15 minutes.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
It also appears that Brian Peterson, the owner of MP Shows and promoter for the Bottom Lounge has started booking shows at Beat Kitchen, which explains the recent rash of great lineups that have been popping up at that venue.
Friday, November 11, 2005
November 17- Plastic Constellations w/ Driftless Pony Club @ Beat Kitchen. I already plugged this show once before, but the PCs are seriously on their way up. They have a new label, a new album coming out this winter, and lots of buzz.
December 2- Islands @ Beat Kitchen. Remember the Unicorns? Crazy quirk-pop Canadians from Montreal that dressed in pink? They broke up and two of the members started this new band that's been sort of shrouded in mystery. Word is members of the Arcade Fire are pitching in on their debut album.
December 17- Single Frame @ the Red Line Tap. I don't even know where the Red Line Tap is. But I love Single Frame.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
"I was at the Philly stop of kanye west's tour, and during 'Bring Me Down' they had a huge screen that scrolled exerpts from negative reviews of Late Registration. and which quote was first? 'Let's get this out of the way right up front: Kanye West is narcissistic and egotistical.' - Tiny Mix Tapes "
Awesome! What better publicity than that?
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
GUIDED BY VOICES PRE-RELEASE PARTY
FOR THE ELECTRIFYING CONCLUSION DVD
Come to this FREE special screening of the new DVD of GBV's final show, filmed at Metro on New Years Eve 2004. Pre-order the DVD and receive a free GBV shot glass and poster!
Free Pabst Blue Ribbon from 7-8PM!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2005
7PM-10PM / 21+OVER / FREE!
SMARTBAR / 3730 N CLARK ST / CHICAGO
or perhaps if you're a Laguna Beach fan, like Liz is, you can go hang with them at Crobar.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Win a chance to open for Bon Jovi!
Press kits due by Nov. 4 at 5 pm
The WUD Music Committee is asking local bands to submit a biography, two original songs on a CD, contact information, references and performance history. Entries can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at WUD Music Committee, ATTN: Stacey Lansig / Bon Jovi Contest, Room 514 Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706
The students will select a winner to open for Bon Jovi when their Have A Nice Day World Tour comes to Madison. The winner will also be entered in a national competition, where one band will be selected to open for Bon Jovi at Giants Stadium in the summer of 2006.
The Arcade Fire
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
65 Days Of Static
Super Furry Animals
The White Stripes
Death Cab For Cutie
De La Soul
TV On The Radio
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Explosions In The Sky
Monday, November 07, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Monday, October 31, 2005
In other online 'zine news, looks like P4k is throwing a New Year's party/10th anniversary party at the Viaduct Theater 12/30 and 12/31. It's pretty cheap ($20/$35) and the lineup ain't bad:
>> Friday, December 30
>> Saturday, December 31
Blood on the Wall
I don't normally see bands twice in the same few months, but I'd see Wolf Parade again in a second. Add this to the list of growing New Year's shows to choose from, and prepare to read about it every week in some self-referencing way in every P4k news story!
Sunday, October 30, 2005
The four musicians that make up Broken Social Scene's horn section came out for a brief introduction before the rest of the 10+ members made their way out to start things off with "Jimmy and the Photocall" and then "KC Accidental." The setlist mostly featured the most rocking tunes from You Forgot It In People and the new self-titled album. The ever-growing band featured two new members to the live lineup, a violinist and a new female vocalist. The violin added a nice touch, but the vocalist, a virtual Kirsten Dunst-look-a-like sporting a very odd Princess Leia-esque hairdo, proved to be incredibly bland and boring on stage, a strong contradiction to the rest of the bands' infectious energy. After having seen Emily Haines of Metric and Amy Millan of Stars sing "Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl" at the Coachella and Intonation festivals, both bringing an incredibly energy and passion to the song, the new girl's rigid, blank presence on stage made for a huge disappointment. When Feist eventually made her way back on stage to sing "Almost Crimes" and "Shoreline 7/4," it was obvious who did and who didn't fit in. After the anthemic "Almost Crimes" brought the entire band out to sing along with every ounce of joy they had, I was sure the show was over- a better ending couldn't have been had. Unfortunately, the band dragged the show out about 20 more minutes with a sudden change toward the mellow- "Lovers Spit" and an ill-prepared cover of "You've Got a Friend" ended the show, and the encore featured a lot of silliness in the form of a down-tempo dance number, a made up country song, "I'm Still Your Fag," and some overdone Bush-bashing, before finally bringing back the energy with "It's All Gonna Break."
The best part about Broken Social Scene live is seeing 10+ musicians lined up across the stage, playing their hearts out and having a blast. The guitarists played like they've been practicing their guitar moves and kicks in front of the mirror since they were 9, and it really made for a fun environment. BSS's only real flaw of the night was not knowing when it was time to stop, but can you really fault them for that?
Friday, October 28, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Friday, October 28th
Featuring... CATSPLASH (as Radiohead)
ANDROGYNOUS MUSTACHE (as Loverboy)
CANDIDATE (as Blur)
THE BON MOTS (as Elvis Costello)
EPICYCLE (as The Wings)
ALL CITY AFFAIRS (as David Bowie)
9pm, $8, 21 & Over
...featuring six of your favorite local bandsperforming as six or rock's most legendary artists!
Saturday, October 29th
Featuring...DEAD ELECTRIC (as AC/DC)
PENTHOUSE SWEETS (as The Misfits)
DOPPLER SHIFT (as Morphine)
THE WEBSTIRS (as The Fixx)
THE DELAFIELDS (as Talking Heads)
INCHWORM (as Neil Young)
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
MY SLOW DESCENT... INTO APPENDICITIS??
New Pornographers Tour Suspended Due To Bassist's Exploding Appendix
Disaster struck the New Pornographers as they prepared to take the stage attheir sold-out show on Thursday October 20th at the Metro in Chicago. New Pornographers bassist and producer John Collins complained of pain in his abdomen, saying to drummer Kurt Dahle "I think it's my appendix or something". Collins perservered and played the show in various degrees of pain, but declined to party with the band after the show, instead retiring to his hotel room. Soon Collins could stand the pain no longer and called himself an ambulance. He was then rushed to hospital where an appendectomy was performed, including a laprascopic surgery that involves "three holes". Collins does not have extended medical insurance for the United States. The New Pornographers were in the final stages of wrapping up a sold-out North American tour in support of their new album "Twin Cinema". Also on the tour was Immaculate Machine and Destroyer. The final two shows of the tour, scheduled in Minneapolis and Madison, were postponed. John Collins has flown home from Chicago and is currently recovering in Vancouver, reportedly feeling "a bit sore", but otherwise on track for a full if costly recovery. The New Pornographers' next scheduled shows are Nov 1 & 3 in the UK. There is no immediate word on whether Collins will be able to make the trip.
Local H as Hall and Oates
Giant Step as the Kinks
Ness as the Smiths
The Last Vegas as Jane's Addiction
The 8th Grade as Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
San Tropez as Fleetwood Mac
Blackbox as the Smashing Pumpkins
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Last Thursday we received some distressing news--the kind of news that made our very bones ache when we heard it; the kind of news that felt so significant we simply couldn't function after it sank in.
With a few days time and the ability to process it, we decided it's news worth sharing: It was a letter from the president of the Independent Press Association, the not-for-profit organization that owns the company that distributes the majority of Punk Planet's copies, BigTop Newsstand Services. The letter acknowledged the truth of a rumor that had been running through indie publishing circles for months now: the distributor was having cash flow problems. Payments to publishers for magazines already distributed had been and would continue to be effected for an unknown amount of time. In case you don't operate a magazine, the money coming in from newsstand sales is vital to publishers' bottom line. For a magazine like Punk Planet, where our ad rates remain very low to cater to independent businesses, those distributor payments are even more critical.
This news leaves us in a tight spot: BigTop is the last distributor that specializes in distributing independent press magazines like Punk Planet. When we started 12 years ago, there were close to a half dozen such distributors; each one that has gone belly up dragged a few magazines with it. Because BigTop is owned by the IPA, an organization whose mission is to "amplify" the voice of the independent press, we don't expect that they will go out of business; but we also don't know when we will see the money we are owed.
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Monday, October 24, 2005
GET RICH OR DIE TRYING: The rapper Cameron "Cam'ron" Giles, who was in Washington, D.C., over the weekend for Howard University's homecoming, was shot early Sunday morning while driving in his Lamborghini. According to today's Washington Post, he seems to be keeping things in perspective:
"I got shot three times and my album comes out Nov. 22," Giles said as he left Howard University Hospital yesterday afternoon with an entourage of friends, fellow rappers and bodyguards. "We love Howard."
Friday, October 21, 2005
Destroyer opened, and I wanted to check their set out to see if it would help me get more into them. Some people seem to really love Destroyer, and I haven't been able to get on board. I hoped a live set might show me what I was supposed to be missing. Sadly, that was not to be- I found Dan Bejar & Co. to be just as boring as I do on CD. Oh well.
The six members of the New Pornographers eventually made their way up on stage and each took their place, never again to move from their respective spots. For such a fun band, I was surprised they didn't move around a bit more on stage- it seemed a bit low energy, at least during their main set; things seemed to pick up a bit during their two encores. They started things off with "Twin Cinema" and "Use It" and proceeded to play a set sampling fairly equally from all three of their albums, with a slight emphasis on Twin Cinema. Hilariously, every few songs or so, Dan Bejar would make his way on stage to sing "Jackie Dressed in Cobras," and every time he'd come out progressively more tanked, with a new drink in his hand. By the time he made it out for the second encore to sing "Jackie," he could hardly stand or open his eyes, prompting jokes from Neko and Carl Newman about his drunken attempts backstage to pick up an English woman.
As I've already mentioned, the band played two encores, one they dubbed the "Electric Version super-set" with "Testament to Youth and Verse" and "Miss Teen Wordpower" and one the "Mass Romantic super-set" with "Jackie," "Body Says No" and, thankfully, "Letter From an Occupant" (I don't think I would have forgiven them if they hadn't played that, but it was such an obvious closer I wasn't too worried about it). Those last three songs were probably the best of the night, when the band seemed to be having the most fun on stage, Neko's voice was strongest, and Dan Bejar was totally trashed.
Final note: looks like the New Pornos are coming back to the Metro for New Years Eve- $60 a ticket (a steal! said head Porno Carl Newman). Hopefully there'll be a lot of great new year's shows to choose from this year!
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
She played a full (~80-90 min.) set, facing the crowd, trading off between guitar and piano, and even engaging in a little bit of banter. Example: when at one point she couldn't figure out what to play, she was bombarded with about a dozen requests, so she chuckled "Okay" and sang a couple lines from "Freebird". I don't know about antidepressents, but at one point she said, "Does anyone have some scotch, maybe, with no ice," and she was presented with a flask from which she drank quite frequently for the rest of the show. There was no encore, but, you know, everybody was pretty much glad she didn't cry and run off the stage.
Perhaps her stage fright is improving?
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Wolf Parade's songs are mostly split between two singers, guitarist Dan Boeckner and keyboardist Spencer Krug. Before going into the show, I didn't really notice a difference in vocals from song to song, but on Friday it became completely clear to me that all of my favorite songs were sung by Spencer. Dan had a great rough, smoky, Springsteen-esque rock voice, but Spencer's was weird and unique and beautiful- it was obvious he brought the more experimental force to the band, and his Frog Eyes influences were clear. In fact, I could hardly keep my eyes off of Spencer the entire night because everything about him was so fascinating- it was almost as if he was in a totally different band on stage. While the rest of the 4 band members (including a former member of Hot Hot Heat who took a break between songs to take a piss in the alleyway) rocked out like all good rock bands do, Spencer sat quietly in a corner behind his two keyboards, singing intensely with his eyes closed the entire show. He and his voice gave me chills. Their last song before the encore was the utterly amazing "I'll Believe in Anything," which seriously brought tears to my eyes. The song is one of my favorites of the year, and the band couldn't have done it more justice than they did. It's an anthem. My $12 were worth it for that song alone.
During their set, Wolf Parade debuted a brand new song (featuring Spencer on vocals) that absolutely blew me away. If that song is representative of the road WP is going down, I want to hear more.
The show wasn't perfect- a couple songs were nothing special, and they should have skipped out on the encore and just ended with "I'll Believe in Anything," since it was pretty obvious they'd run through all their good material during the main set. But I think you can forgive those sorts of things with a new band, so you know they have room to improve and grow. No one wants to see a band peak with one album and never live up to it again.
After the show, I went back and read the Pitchfork review of Apologies to the Queen Mary, and I must say it almost perfectly captures how I feel about the album. It's rare that I give a P4k review credit for more than wordy, self-referencing hooey, but this time I think they got it right.
Friday, October 14, 2005
In other news, Calexico and Iron and Wine are coming to the Congress Theater on December 11! Huzzah! I've never been to that venue, does it suck?
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Maybe it's time to start doing concerts for earthquake relief in Pakistan- from what I understand, the Red Cross has received too much money for Katrina!
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Monday, October 10, 2005
Friday, October 07, 2005
Speaking of WOXY, I think it's quickly becoming my favorite internet radio station. I've been testing a few out on days that I don't bring my iPod to work, and I think WOXY has been consistently better than KEXP in playing music I want to hear, both new stuff I haven't heard yet as well as songs I know and love.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Broken Social Scene- Broken Social Scene: There are some really good songs, and some songs that I didn't really notice as the album played. The artwork is neat. The bonus EP seems a bit gratuitous. I'm a fan of off-key singing (also see: Prefuse 73- Now You're Leaving).
Franz Ferdinand- You Could Have It So Much Better: I actually downloaded this album because I knew I wouldn't buy it, but I was curious to hear it. From what I understood from reviews, it sounds much like the first album. I'd say that's correct. I'll have to listen more to see if the catchiness overrules the lack of originality.
Metric- Live It Out: More Broken Social Scene-related goodness. I'm liking it. There's one song on it where the beginning guitar riff sounds just like the Driftless Pony Club- very strange, because Metric sounds nothing like the Driftless Pony Club, and neither does the rest of the song- just that first 30 seconds. Very odd. I saw Metric live last year when I didn't know most of their music, and Emily Haines is unbelievably cute and entertaining, making it a good show to watch when you didn't know the songs.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
the new Broken Social Scene: 8.4
the new Animal Collective: 8.9
Someone on my forum accurately guessed the score for both Big Star and Liz Phair. BSS's new one comes out tomorrow, we'll see how I do!
Friday, September 30, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
In non-music related topics, the top story on ABCNews.com today is "Will Deadly Virus Plague the World?" Talk about building a culture of fear. It reminded me of this guy I saw on the Daily Show a few weeks ago, Barry Glassner, who wrote a book called The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
A cold may be sidelining me as far as going to Schubas tonight goes, though there's still a chance that I'll recover in time. If anyone else plans on going and/or is going to be taking pictures, feel free to tell me how it goes if I don't make it!
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Speaking of Wolf Parade, Pitchfork's completely expected glowing 9.2 review of their debut album of course means this band is about to be huge. Not that being released on Sub Pop and being produced by Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse hurts. I'm going to pick up the album today and see what I think, though I do like what I've heard from their earlier EPs. They're headlining their own show at Schubas on Friday, October 14, so I'd suggest getting tickets now before they're headlining the Riviera next year with the next "next big thing" opening.
Monday, September 26, 2005
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Final Show @ Schuba's
For reasons, both physical and personal, the band has decided to make next thursday, september 29th at Schuba's the final Troubled Hubble show. it's been an amazing journey for all of us over the last six years, and we're so thankful to all of our friends and family for supporting us along the way, not to mention all the amazing friends and fans we've met all over the country. you have no idea how much we'll miss seeing you!as for the show, happily it's all ages, so anybody willing and able can attend. if you want to be sure to make the show (especially if you're traveling), we suggest you buy tickets ahead of time here.it's going to be a great show, and we're excited for the opportunity to end a career that we're so proud of on a high note. with any luck, we'll see you there.
The crowd thinned a bit for the National, with the true fans clearly up front while a lot of people rudely spent their set talking loudly in the back. Unfortunately, the good sound from CYHSY didn't carry over to the headliner, as the bass was way, wayyyy too loud. Singer Matt Berninger was by far one of the most intense singers I have ever seen- he sang every song with his eyes tightly closed, appearing to be on the verge of tears at any moment. Clearly, his songs mean a lot to him. The other highlight was their violinist, who was the most rockin' violinist I've seen yet in a rock band. Most of the set came from their latest album, Alligator, except for my two favorite songs of course, "Karen" and "Friends of Mine." An audience member called twice for them to play Karen; Matt claimed they forgot how to play the song, and dedicated the next song to "'Karen,' that song we forgot how to play." Bummer.
Friday, September 23, 2005
I took some great pictures, including one of us with Thax, which I'll post later tonight. Also stay tuned for pictures from tonight's National/CYHSY show at Schubas!
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
To Music Fans:
I very rarely, if ever, write an e-mail specifically touting one show. I apologize if this is intrusive, but I must encourage people to come see the Vancouver based super rock group Black Mountain TONIGHT at Schubas. Black Mountain has managed to make one of my favorite albums of the year, which gets heavy play on Schubas' juke box, and they also played the best show I have seen at Schubas this year back in April. All of this occurred long before pop super group Coldplay personally asked Black Mountain to kick off their North American tour. The band impressed and, likely, confused many Coldplay fans for a month straight, all the while garnering critical praise, which is much deserved. If my word doesn't sell you, then maybe the indie rock holy book that is Pitchfork will:http://pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/b/black-mountain/black-mountain.shtml
How often does that happen? It almost makes me want to go to the show. Almost.
In other musical reality television news, I caught the end of "Rock Star: INXS" last night to see Chicago's Marty Casey lose out to JD to become the lead singer of INXS. But apparently his band, the Lovehammers, once known as the Swinging Lovehammers (worst . . . name . . . ever . . .), gets to open for INXS on their upcoming WORLD TOUR! So they can finally get out of their regular gig at the Double Door. Marty seemed nice, but his voice was a little too Creed for me. The robotic, lifeless Brooke Burke announced at the end that you can send in a tape to be on the next Rock Star- what band could possibly be next?
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
The shows are finally heating up again in Chicago after a long hiatus since the summer festivals of July, and I'll be hitting up my third in a week this Friday with the National and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Schubas. Pitchfork posted a live review of the show today and said that the crowd cut in half after CYHSY ended their set; as the reviewer said himself, those people who left are idiots, because the National are fantastic and have been long-overlooked in the indie scene. I'm so excited for this show.
Monday, September 19, 2005
More info over at RFC; the Rock for Kids website has complete details and a list of donors.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
This weekend I caught Sufjan Stevens on the first of his two sold-out shows at the Metro from the Metro's balcony. After a long-winded set from Laura Viers, who was a good musician but otherwise unremarkable (though backed up by the notable Karl Blau, a very large bottled-blond with pigtails), Sufjan and his numerous bandmates came out in their Illinois cheerleader outfits, with Sufjan taking a few numbers in some sort of Captain America pajamas or something. The set was made up almost entirely of songs from "Illinois," not surprisingly, save for "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and a solo encore of "To Be Alone With You," both from Seven Swans. "Jacksonville," "Decatur," "Metropolis," and "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." all made the set list, and as would be expected at a show in Chicago, Sufjan ended the show with "Chicago." Had they not played the song, a riot surely would have broken out. The crowd was a bit excessive in their excitement to hear every Illinois reference, with cheers breaking out when an Illinois flag was placed on stage and pretty much every time the word "Chicago" was uttered, but it could have been worse. Before several songs, Sufjan led the band in a cheer, at one point constructing a human pyramid on the already very busy stage, at another point rhyming "Metropolis" with "Balki Bartocomus." Regardless of what you think of the gimmickry of the whole 50 states thing, there is no denying that Sufjan's voices is unbelievable. Oh, to be serenaded to sleep every night by that voice.
Unfortunately, since I was on the balcony, I couldn't get close enough for any great pictures, but check out the photoblog for a dozen pics of the night.
Friday, September 16, 2005
Thursday, September 15, 2005
7 p.m.: The Autumn Defense
8 p.m.: The Lamentations
8:30 p.m.: Freakwater
9:30 p.m.: Devil in a Woodpile
3 p.m.: Kevin O'Donnell's Ensemble General
4 p.m.: Eleventh Dream Day
5 p.m.: The Sam Roberts Band
6 p.m.: The dB's
7 p.m.: The Ponys
7:45 p.m.: The M's
8:30 p.m.: The Redwalls
9:30 p.m.: Nomo
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
Friday, September 09, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Meanwhile, after a few nights of poor sleep, I forgot to record my show today. So get last week's if you haven't yet and call me next Tuesday at 4:30 AM to remind me.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Friday, September 02, 2005
The Onion & Schubas present:
Season Premiere Screening
A DVD Screening Of Palm Picture's Directors Label v.4 - v.7
featuring the work of...Anton Corbijn, Jonathan Glazer, Mark Romanek and Stephane Sednaoui
Monday, September 19 - 7:00 p.m. - FREE
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
"When you see a band that is two pieces, husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, you think, 'Oh, I see.' ... When they're brother and sister, you go, 'Oh, that's interesting.' You care more about the music, not the relationship -- whether they're trying to save their relationship by being in a band."
Monday, August 29, 2005
To make a mountain of your life
Is just a choice
But I never learned enough
to listen to the voice that told me
Always love…hate will get you every time
Always love…Don’t wait till the finish line
I can't write anymore without getting ill, but the full lyrics are here.
The new New Pornographers is pretty great. The only thing missing is the big Neko Case number, a la "Letter From an Occupant" or "The Laws Have Changed." Her songs this time around are more of the ballads rather than the big numbers. But they are still excellent. Also, "Jackie Dressed in Cobras," a sequel to Mass Romantic's "Jackie," is about a zillion times better.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
The Empty Bottle, in conjunction with our Norwegian 'sister club' Blå, is pleased to announce an ambitious club exchange program to be held in concurrence with the Norwegian centennial celebration. This 'exchange' program will first bring the Empty Bottle itself to Blå, where we will transform the space in the hopes of offering Oslo the opportunity to experience a night at the Empty Bottle first hand, in real time. The second program installment will bring Blå to Chicago, where we'll all have the opportunity to experience a night out at the venerable Norwegian institution here within the walls of the Empty Bottle. (So, yeah, wildly ambitious, we know - totally crazy, right?) The staff of the Empty Bottle - bartenders, doormen, production persons, et al - will leave for Oslo to set up shop in Blå for a special 'Chicago' program curated in-house by the Empty Bottle that will take place on Friday, September 2nd. The show will include live performances from PIT ER PAT, DIVERSE and LICHENS. Then the crew from Blå will come to Chicago to begin familiarizing themselves with our space, in preparation for a live program taking place on Saturday, September 17th, one that will feature JR EWING and deejay JOAKIM HAUGLAND. Customers will be greeted at the door by Blå employees and their drinks will be served by Norwegian bartenders, making for a rare, transformative concert going experience. The event taking place here at the Empty Bottle will be free of charge, so we're encouraging all Chicagoans to come out and support this auspicious endeavor. And, of course, we here at the Empty Bottle would love to see some familiar faces in Oslo as well.
Broken Social Scene is playing at the Metro on Friday, October 28 w/ Feist (a.k.a. Leslie Feist, the female singer on "Almost Crimes" and others, whose album I've been meaning to check out for awhile). Also that night, the Hold Steady and Constantines are playing at Logan Square Auditorium. Now, I've already seen the Hold Steady twice, but I've been trying to see the Constantines for over a year now, always with a conflict. I've seen BSS twice as well, but both times in festival settings. What do I do? Has anyone see Constantines who can tell me if their live show is worth skipping BSS over? Maybe I'll wait for the new Constantines and BSS albums, see which is better and pick a show based on that.
What to do?
This one today about the Mountain Goats is especially hilarious for anyone who is a fan of Seinfeld or J Peterman clothing.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Friday, August 19, 2005
Standard Shipping (Item Ships by Monday, Sep 14) $0.00
Rush Shipping (Item Ships by Tuesday, Aug 27) $20.00
Presidential Deluxe - CEO Michael De Zayas will hand-deliver your item (Item Ships by Friday, Aug 30) $350.00
The presidential deluxe is funny, but seriously- it may take over three weeks just to get the CD, and my only other option is $20 for it to take a week instead? A three week wait isn't worth the 2 or so dollars it would cost for me to go to Reckless and buy it there instead of on the day it comes out. I guess I'm willing to pay for a bit of instant gratification.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
"Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will be signing to 4AD in the very near future, and will eventually open up for the Pixies in Japan."
Do what you want with it, and hopefully I'll have more confirmed info in the future!
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Monday, August 15, 2005
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Friday, August 12, 2005
ARCADE FIRE take CBS by storm!
For your viewing pleasure!
Fashion Rocks returns! The Conde' Nast Media Group will kick off New York Fall Fashion Week in style, presenting the second annual Fashion Rocks live concert. The star-studded concert at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, September 8, 2005, will honor the extraordinary relationship between fashion and music and feature a host of rock’s most glamorous trendsetters. CBS will air a two-hour primetime Fashion Rocks special on Friday, September 9, 2005, from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST.
In addition to Arcade Fire, the September 8th concert will feature live performances at Radio City Music Hall by David Bowie, Destiny's Child, Duran Duran, Billy Idol, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw, Nelly, Shakira, Gwen Stefani, Joss Stone, and Rob Thomas.
No word yet if Derek Zoolander will be in attendance, but look for the Arcade Fire's Tim Kingsbury doing "The Blue Steel" during the band's performance...
Also, Arcade Fire will be taping The Late Show with David Letterman on September 14th! More details when we have them, but set your TIVO!
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Tuesday, October 4: Antony and the Johnsons at Park West
Thursday, October 6: Sleater-Kinney w/ the Ponys at the Metro
-Gosh darn it, I just went and saw them at the stupid Riviera and now they play the Metro?
Saturday, October 8: John Vanderslice w/ the Double at Schubas
-I love John Vanderslice, and I sure hope his upcoming album Pixel Revolt is good.
Friday, October 14: Wolf Parade w/ Robbers on High Street and King of France at Schubas
-Get in now on another "next big thing," Wolf Parade, aka "the Arcade Fire."
Friday, October 28: Dios Malos at Subterranean
Friday, October 28: The Hold Steady w/ Constantines at Logan Square Auditorium
-I adore the Hold Steady and I've been trying to see the Constantines unsuccessfully for over a year now. Holy crap, will this show rock so hard.
Saturday, November 12: RJD2 at the Abbey Pub
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Further investigation (have you heard of this wikipedia thing? It's great!): It was written by a British songstress named "Elkie Brooks," and has since been sang by a ton of people, most notably Nina Simone (who 's version actually nspired the Jeff Buckley cover). I looked it some of the different versions on ITunes, where you can also find the Album Leaf Remix of Nina Simone's version. Seriously.
Not only that, a 3rd album is in the works for release in Spring 2006! My Menomena cravings will soon be satiated.