Information Leafblower: September 2004 Archives

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Mozredjacket_1 9 PM.
The house lights dim.
A Sinatra song is played. Not familiar with it but he’s singing about “the new charade.”
Then the taped, computer voice intro is played.
The giant MORRISSEY backdrop lights up.
Cue the crowd going nuts as the band and Mozzer stride confidently onto the stage. Moz is in a red (velvet?) blazer and black pants, the band are in black pants and black t-shirts that say “Jobriath”.

Moz: **It’s Wednesday. [pause] It’s Washington.

HOW SOON IS NOW – Although I am not a super fan of this song, I was blown away by their rendition of it. However good you imagine it sounding live, it was better. Big, huge percussive drums, note perfect guitars (most likely a sample but I cannot say for sure) and Moz just killing it. He drops to one knee when he sings “I am human and I need to be loved”.

**Thank You. Thank you. It’s good to be back at the 930 club.

FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE – Great choice. The crowd is going crazy and eating it up.

**(Taking off coat) Thank you. And cheers to you for thanking me for thanking you. Yes I am afraid this is a pop concert.

NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER – Three for three. Moz changes the lyric to “Yes I am a freak / but what can make all the good / all the bad that’s been done.” Boz plays an amazing clarinet solo/freak out during the breakdown near the end of the song. So best.

** Julia, how is your knee? Much better? I had to cancel some shows last week. My voice completely went. Well, it completely went. Moz hands the mic to some girl in the front row (Julia?) and she congratulates him on something that happened in the UK.

SUCH A LITTLE THING – The band are on a roll. This show is so much better than the Apollo gig.

** Thank you. You don’t need to clap if you really don’t want to. I know more than I know. Mumbles something else.

BIGMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN – A complete and total surprise. Boz breaks into this song while Moz is still mumbling and everyone is dead silent until Deano comes in with the drums. It was like they were all in shock and didn’t want to cheer incase it actually wasn’t this song. An unbelievable rendition. Note perfect. I got goosebumps. The best part? Moz changes the lyrics to “The iPod started to melt”.

** Thank you. I’m not a professional yet. Not yet. Another 20 years and I’ll even make it on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. (cheers) You’ll see.

LET ME KISS YOU

** Can I please introduce you to the American Blood, English Hearts? Here is Boz Boorer. Here is Gary Day. Deano! The incredible Jesse Tobias. And a man apart, Mikey V. Farrell. And this is completely unrelated as a matter of fact. It’s a matter of absolute fact…

THE WORLD IS FULL OF CRASHING BORES

** Now of course, politics may be the most unfortunate aspect of American life. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Europe, the Middle East, or Scandanavia? Have you?

(Piano intro leads into) LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEONE LOVED ME

** Thank you. Was that song a bit froggy? It was alright? I believe you. I believe you. I have the confidence now.

SUBWAY TRAIN into EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY
Subway train sounded different than at the Apollo. They didn’t play as much of it before launching into Sunday. I freaked for a second because I didn’t recognize the song. The entire crowd was singing along at the end. Moz has them eating out of his hand. Moz changes shirts after the song.

** I had to change because you never know. I knew that this was going to be a very nice crowd, which is occasionally a nice thing.

HOW CAN ANYONE POSSIBLY KNOW HOW I FEEL

** That was a song from our latest CD called You Are The Quarry. It’s selling quite well considering it’s me and all. I didn’t want to be me. It was thrust upon me.

NOW MY HEART IS FULL

** Have you seen a TV program called Arrested Development? Do you like it? Is it funny? I’ve not seen it.

RUBBER RING – Again, the crowd goes nuts. And again, this song sounds so much better than it did at the Apollo.

** Thank you. So…I’ve been coughing all my germs on the people in the front row. -COUGHS- So enjoy!

IRISH BLOOD, ENGLISH HEART – The band is in full on rock out mode now. Just killing it. Moz keeps gesturing wildly at the crowd. Incredible.

** Thank you. Thank you. You’re very generous but you make terrible bread. Here is another song from You Are The Quarry.

I LIKE YOU – Moz hits every damn high note at the end of the song. IF he was sick last week, you can’t tell.

I KNOW IT COULDN”T LAST – He loses the crowd a bit here and seems bored with the song half way through. Quite a few people head towards the bathroom. Moz and the band leave the stage after the song is done.

Encore
** We’re not the Grateful Dead you know. We wish we were. Thanks for listening.

THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT - The crowd erupts and quite a few cell phones are hoisted into the air. Four different stage invaders make their way to the stage. The last one gets the biggest cheers as he climbs up on the opposite side of the stage as Moz and security grabs him right away. But he will not be denied and Moz comes over to shake his hand as he struggles with security. The crowd goes nuts.

** Good Night! And Thank You!

All in all… What a gig. Incredible. Ten times as good as the Apollo gigs in May. It’s amazing how for the band has come since that time. Jesse, the new guitarist, sounds great. They were tight and on point all night, just killing it. Absolutely cannot wait to go to Philly on Saturday.

Click below to buy You Are The Quarry from the iTunes Music Store.

You Are the Quarry

I totally have Moz on the brain today. Very much looking forward to tonight’s show, particularly since it is the first of the tour and I have absolutely no idea what the set list might be. Should be interesting. This will also be my first Moz show in quite sometime time without Molly, but I don’t think that will be on my mind too much. I plan to go out and enjoy myself tonight. Tonight will be my ninth Moz show since the 1997 Maladjusted tour. Saturday in Philly will be number 10. Check back tomorrow for the full review.

I’m also kinda sad because I am about 20 pages from finishing Glamorama. Fucking hell this is a great book. It has definitely moved into my top three books of all time, joining Survivor and Microserfs in the holy trinity. I originally read Glamorama back when it was released and thought it was OK, but it’s really resonated with me upon rereading it. Cannot fucking wait for the movie.

Here’s what I don’t understand about DC. The Killers and Death Cab are sold out, but there are still tickets for Moz, The Pixies and PJ Harvey. Get your shit together people!

I disagree. Could the new Destiny’s Child joint be any hotter? Great song to listen to while I’m waiting for the bus in the morning. It’s gonna get played to death on radio though.

Ringo Starr to play drums on the next Oasis album? Also, the band are planning a full world tour once the record is released. Last year was the first year since 1995 that I didn’t see Oasis play at least once.

Um…what the fuck is up with Derek Lowe? What does this mean for the post-season pitching rotation?

Some great ideas for the name of the new DC baseball team over at DCist.

I want to give big shout outs to two blogs that I have recently become addicted to:
My Blog Is Poop – making me spit things out of my nose laughing every damn day
DCeiver – Snarkiness at it’s best. So on point. Maybe it’s a metro area thing, but I don’t think so.

Tonight!

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Mozbackstage

Clincher!

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Celebratebosox

Second Season here we come! And while we are on the subject, say hello to my little friend. I am currently working on my Outlook Calendar as to allow for maximum numbers of long lunches as soon as the playoffs start.

Peter Gammons on the last week of the season.

I can't believe this hasn't been on a NO BUZZ LIST yet, but I hereby nominate ESPN's Dream Job as the durstest show on TV (not that I've watched a single second of it). The idea of this show just nauseates me. Just because you are a sports fanatic and know a bunch of stats doesn't mean you have a presence on camera. ESPN is only hurting itself by running shows like this and hiring people that otherwise would never get a job in TV. And in the process they are demeaning their real "studio talent", a phrase I use loosely as that has gone downhill as of late. That network disgusts me more and more with each new reality show they trot out. It's like they are trying to be MTV or something. Soon there won't even be room left for sports on ESPN. Back on track, the new season of Dreamjob must be doing pretty well, since tonight's episode is airing live at MIDNIGHT. And lastly, does anyone else get the high comedy that is Stephen A-hole Smith in their last promo looking squarely into the camera and declaring "Style without substance don't mean a damn thing!" Truer words were never spoken my friends. But I digress...

The new u2 track is a pretty good song...for me to poop on. Garage rock is so three years ago.

Spector Phil Spector, indicted on murder charge. After this trial is done, he's got a meeting with the fashion police. I don't care if you created the wall of sound or not, that 'do has got to go!

Take that you motherscratcher! Viewers of Jon Stewart's show are more likely to have completed four years of college than people who watch "The O'Reilly Factor," according to Nielsen Media Research. Comedy Central also touted a recent study by the University of Pennsylvania's National Annenberg Election Survey, which said young viewers of "The Daily Show" were more likely to answer questions about politics correctly than those who don't.

See! I wasn't lying, there really was a Wonkette bday party.

Hey Colin...Tough crowd, huh?

CNN on Elliot Smith.

Morrissey in DC tomorrow!

Unreal

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The more I think about it, the more it pisses me off that MLB is bending over backwards to satiate douchebag in chief Peter Angelos, owner of the Baltimore Orioles, with regards to the new team in DC.

Today's WaPo says: ...Angelos did not retreat from his opposition to a Washington team, arguing that it would draw away fans, financially hobble his club and hinder its ability to compete on the field.

Here's the O's year by year record since they won the AL East in 1997:

Year / W-L / W% / GB / Attendance
2003 / 71-91 / .438 / 30.0 / 2,454,523
2002 / 67-95 / .414 / 36.5 / 2,682,439
2001 / 63-98 / .391 / 32.5 / 3,094,821
2000 / 74-88 / .457 / 13.5 / 3,297,031
1999 / 78-84 / .481 / 20.0 / 3,431,829
1998 / 79-83 / .488 / 35.0 / 3,685,194

Now, correct me if I am wrong, but it appears to me that these numbers show Angelos is driving off his own fans just fine without any competition from Les Expos. The O's haven't been less than 13 games back in six years. Wait, make that seven.

Monday Ah Monday and the start of a new work week. Everyone in the office always complains when they have to come back to work on Monday but I am happy to report that I am not there yet, although it doesn’t make getting up at 7:15 any easier. I was just handed copies of the first two magazines that will have my name in the masthead, so that is kinda exciting. Not as exciting as getting your name in the liner notes of a CD, but exciting nonetheless.

My weekend was good, although not really relaxing. I carried on with my drinking binge that started on Wednesday, which now brings my consecutive nights streak to a mind blowing five. I think I have to take a break tonight (even though we have ‘Skins v. ‘Boys esta noche on MNF as well as DCist Mike’s monthly Cheoff Geoff’s wine tasting as well as DCist Catherine’s Pub Trivia night). I am such a social fucking butterfly that I can’t stand it.

Last night I got to tag along to Wonkette’s birthday party, which, although it sounds incredibly interesting, actually wasn’t. That was mainly because 1) I really didn’t know anyone there and 2) I was half asleep from the night before and not really in a party mood. I figured I should go because you don’t get invited to one of these things every day and you never know who you might meet. Sadly, I left after an hour, one beer (a lukewarm Hoegaarden that set me back $6) and without meeting Mrs. Cox (who looked muy cute and was taller than I expected). Mike told me things picked up after I left, which is generally par for the course. But I digress…

I actually wanted to go to this last night before I was blinded by blogger star power, but from the sounds of it, it looks like I didn’t miss much.

It's almost time to go PP! Celtics training camp starts next Tuesday! Fuck yeah! Am I the only one that gets excited about training camp? Don't answer that.

Waltah chats with the fans, sadly no one asks him why he can’t get more than two boards a game.

Pitchfork hearts Interpol.

New Flaming Lips relatively soon.

More on the Johnny Cash musical.

So, who does this blog serve? America. I laughed my ass off at this. Make sure you read parts one and two as well.

Woo Hoo! Congrats.

That’s all I got for today, sorry. I am hard at work on my super secret surprise offering that will be coming your way in the semi-near future. And yes, I gonna continue to be that guy and talk it up without telling you what it is.

You could never be strong
You can only be free
And I never asked for the truth
But you owe that to me

GlamcoverMTV: "How old are you?"
ME: "Twentysomething."
MTV: "No, really. Exact."
ME: "Twen-ty-something."
MTV: "What really pisses Victor Ward off?"
ME: "The fact that David Byrne named his new album after a 'tea from Sri Lanka that's sold in Britain.' I swear to God I heard that somewhere and it drove me nuts."
MTV (after politely laughing): "No. What really makes you mad? What really gets you angry?"
ME (long pause, thinking): "Well, recently, missing DJ's, badly behaved bartenders, certain gossipy male models, the media's treatment of celebs...um..."
MTV: "We were thinking more along the lines of the war in Bosnia or the AIDS epidemic or domestic terrorism. How about the current political situation?"
ME (long pause, tiny voice): "Sloppy Rollerbladers?...The words 'dot com'?..."
MTV (long pause): "Anything else?"
ME (realizing something, relieved): "A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido."
MTV (long pause): "Did you understand the question?"
ME: "What do you mean by that?"
MTV: "Aren't there things going on-"
ME (pissed): "Maybe you misunderstood my answers."
MTV: "Okay, forget it, um-"
ME: "Just move on to the next question."
MTV: "Oh, okay-"
ME: "Shoot."
MTV (really long pause, then): "Have you ever wished that you could disappear from all of this?"

- Taken from the book Glamorama, written by Brett Easton Ellis

DC Bloggers

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I've added a new list of DC Bloggers on the right so I can keep all of those links in one place. I feel like I'm forgetting someone, so if I did, apologies. Email me or leave a comment and I'll get you added.

Little Dawn

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So I guess the playoff rotation is more important than the division title? WTF? We played three HORRIBLE games against a crappy team this week. I do feel as if the air has been taken out of this weekend's series against the Yanks. But I'll still be watching.

Bitchfork is a day late with their Super Furry News, but do drop some knowledge on the upcoming Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain deluxe edition (complete with a nice little High Fidelity reference). Wowee Zowee is still my fave Pavement record, but CR, CR is a close second.

Sad news. Franck Chromeswaves drops the bomb that is...Luna is breaking up. Their upcoming album and tour will be their last. Colour me depressed after hearing this.

Presidential Mask sales have predicted the election winner every year since 1980. [via Kottke]

Heard the new Bush campaign slogan? "Bush-Cheney 04: At Least You're Not Being Beheaded."

1115.org? Some say essential reading.

Republicans Admit Mailing Campaign Literature Saying Liberals Will Ban the Bible.

How does Ali G keep conning famous guests?

Got some incredibly jawesome news yesterday that will lead to a v. special future post here on ilb dot com. I don't want to spill the beans yet, but big things are underway. :)

But if you want to make that light
Go on and swim across the ocean
And if you want to make it right
Go on and put your plan in motion

Orlando Magic. Nomah who? Oh yeah, he hasn't played in almost two weeks. Can’t spell Nomar without DL.

In other news, Peter Angelos is a Douchebag

Shaq to MJ, Piss off old man. Well, in not so many words.

Noelshopping_1 Noel says the new Oasis hotness (lukewarmness?) will drop no later than May 26. Way to push yourself fella. “We’ve got a release date now, which is why it’s been meandering for a bit because we’ve not had a date to work to because we’re extremely successful. So they just say ‘Alright, finish when you finish’ – but it’s kind of been rambling on and not working too hard on it but now we have to have it finished by May 26." So release dates are the key to making records then. Not ‘cause, you know, you want to make music. Good to know.

Grambo finally gets some love from the Freep.
As if his head wasn’t big enough! :)
Nice to see Big Matt at the essential Motor City Rocks feel the love too. Schmobvs.
[Via largehearted boy]

Even the NY Times misses T Muffle. [via Lindsay]

I’m not even sure what to make of this.

ProductShop NYC points out a one off gig by the Modfather himself. Sadly, the one off gig at the Tower in the East Village will be his only US performance. Durst. The Mojo Magazine with the Beatles on the cover has a great interview with Weller if anyone wants to pick that up.

Are you paying attention to what former President Martin Van Buren has to say about the current election? If not you're missing out. Dude came back from the grave to kick the ka-nowledge. He's an MC to a degree that you can't get in college.

You just asked me, what I'm feeling
Should I tell you? / Nothing is for free
Can't you see / can't you see?
Everything has a price to pay

Orlando Magic. Nomah who? Oh yeah, he hasn't played in almost two weeks. Can’t spell Nomar without DL.

In other news, Peter Angelos is a Douchebag

Shaq to MJ, Piss off old man. Well, in not so many words.

Noelshopping_1 Noel says the new Oasis hotness (lukewarmness?) will drop no later than May 26. Way to push yourself fella. “We’ve got a release date now, which is why it’s been meandering for a bit because we’ve not had a date to work to because we’re extremely successful. So they just say ‘Alright, finish when you finish’ – but it’s kind of been rambling on and not working too hard on it but now we have to have it finished by May 26." So release dates are the key to making records then. Not ‘cause, you know, you want to make music. Good to know.

Grambo finally gets some love from the Freep.
As if his head wasn’t big enough! :)
Nice to see Big Matt at the essential Motor City Rocks feel the love too. Schmobvs.
[Via largehearted boy]

Even the NY Times misses T Muffle. [via Lindsay]

I’m not even sure what to make of this.

ProductShop NYC points out a one off gig by the Modfather himself. Sadly, the one off gig at the Tower in the East Village will be his only US performance. Durst. The Mojo Magazine with the Beatles on the cover has a great interview with Weller if anyone wants to pick that up.

Are you paying attention to what former President Martin Van Buren has to say about the current election? If not you're missing out. Dude came back from the grave to kick the ka-nowledge. He's an MC to a degree that you can't get in college.

You just asked me, what I'm feeling
Should I tell you? / Nothing is for free
Can't you see / can't you see?
Everything has a price to pay

Bow Down

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Is gmail running real slow for everyone else today?

Jesus, I almost had a heart attack last night. The Sox snatched victory from the jaws of defeat from the jaws of victory. Let’s just agree to get this all out of our system now fellas.

Get you old school adidas desktop wallpaper.

Super Furry Gruff to release a solo record, sung in Welsh and produced by Gorwell Owen! Muy bueno.

Also, does the OC suck a little less since they put a SFA track on one of their Mix CD's? No, but the effort is appreciated.

Check out the the cover art for the forthcoming Greatest Hits cd/DVD as well as the SFA schedule for the next month or so.

I can’t believe I missed Jon Stewart on the O’Reilly Factor. I can’t believe Stewart put up with this shit..

O'REILLY: But it is. It's true. I mean, you've got stoned slackers watching your dopey show every night, OK, and they can vote.
STEWART: Yeah.
O'REILLY: You can't stop them.
STEWART: Yeah, I just don't know how motivated they would be, these stoned slackers.
O'REILLY: Yeah, it just depends if they have to go out that day.
STEWART: What am I, a Cheech and Chong movie? Stoned slackers?
O'REILLY: Come on, you do the research, you know the research on your program.
STEWART: No, we don't.
O'REILLY: Eighty-seven percent are intoxicated when they watch it. You didn't see that?
STEWART: No, I didn't realize that.
O'REILLY: Yeah, we have that there.
STEWART: We come on right after, I believe, puppets that make crank calls...
O'REILLY: Yeah.
STEWART: ... so we are, I think, the appropriate follow up...

G_kirilenko_vt I have no reason for posting this pic of Andrei Kirilienko other than it’s scary as hell.

Are the Expos coming to DC? I hope so. I want to tell Peter Angelos to suck it. What will the new team name be? The mind races at the possibilities.

Looks like I’m gonna miss out on seeing The Director's Cut of Donnie Darko. I knew I should have gone last weekend! Argh.

If anyone wants to come have a drink with a few C list bloggers in the name of a good cause, which I think, is something like DRINK UNTIL WE FIND A CURE FOR CANCER or something like that, then by all means stop by tonight. This is where I’ll be.

Speaking of, this weekend Catherine passed the grueling interview with flying colours to become the official concert buddy of information leafblower. On Saturday night we sat through the Zutons (Ok, not great) and The Thrills (booooooring), but still had a good time. Her write up pretty much says it all. The night is notable, however, because I successfully drove from downtonwn DC back to the crib without getting lost! Yay me.

Greedo never fired!

T-Muffle, RIP

Aks Jeeves. [from tien]

Full map of Springfield. [also from tien]

The Moz camp on the KROQ cancellation.Furthermore, an anonymous reader sent in the following info regarding “that lawsuit”.
Ian Brown refused to go on unless the announcement was held until the end of his set, because he was afraid people would leave. So the station was in a pretty crazy bind. If you can't sue Creed for sucking, you can't sue over this either.

Exactly one week until Morrissey in DC!

I'm a guy from Camden town
My hair is curly / but I gel it down
My clothes are black / but my bread is brown
I’m really into early motown

Searayanne

Woo Hoo! Sea Ray, the "Official Favorite New Band" of information leafblower has just announced new tour dates for October! Yay!

Wait a minute!!??!! Where is my DC tour date??

Memo to Sea Ray:
I moved to a major metropolitan area so I could see you play MORE, not less. Please rectify this pesky no-tourdate-in-DC thing ASAP. You can play on my back deck if need be.
Muchos Gracias.

Still a fan,
ilb

Buy their amazing record Stars At Noon from the iTunes Music Store

[awesome photo by jennyk]

Today information leafblower is proud to present Part Two of our interview with Harvey Danger's Jeff Lin.

I’ve heard rumours of a King James Version re-release on Barsuk records. Care to comment on this?

We were working towards re-releasing KJV on Barsuk, with an extra disc of unreleased B-sides and other recordings to boot – things were looking pretty good, but then Warner Bros. canned the entire staff that had agreed to the licensing deal so right now it’s not clear when or if it’s going to happen. I’ll let you know if it does happen, though

Harveydanger_alt
(photo by Ryan Schierling)

Have you and the band been working on new material? Are their plans for a tour?

We’ve written a few new songs that we’ve played the couple times we’ve played out. Currently our focus is going to be on writing new material and recording material for a new album. We’re going to be working with producer Steve Fisk, and we’ve booked time in October. As far as future plans go, it all hinges on how the material turns out. I think if you look at the history of the band and how we’ve worked, we always work best when we focus just on the music-making process. We stopped working in that way when the commercial success hit (there were so many other distractions, other issues that came up), so I’m excited to see what happens now. Everything else follows from the work, and I think we’re back to a point where there’s much less distraction so that bodes well.


Have you been listening to much music during your time away from the band?

For the first two years after we took the break I didn’t listen to hardly anything at all. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of NinjaTune stuff. I’m going through an Amon Tobin phase right now. What’s interesting to me about “electronic” music is the wider sonic palette they employ. If you’re in a rock band often it’s a given that there’s going to be a voice, a guitar, a bass, and drums. Maybe you’ll run some of them through effects or something, or maybe there’ll be some embellishments somewhere, but you always start from the same baseline. Sample-based music starts from a different place altogether and it’s instructive to see how the really skillful artists put stuff together. Since there’s usually not a single focus (the way that vocals are always the focus in rock music), there’s a lot of more subtle shifts in the music. Hopefully I can learn something from that.

How do you feel about the state of the music industry right now?

I think the music industry is in the middle of a radical transition. I think it’s easy to forget that the music industry as we know it could only exist because of technological invention (cheaply produced playback media). In the same way that technological invention gave rise to the current industry, it’s going to reshape the same industry. The major labels can fight it but it’s like fighting the tide; the change is inevitable.

Hd2000
There’s a book by Clayton Christensen called “The Innovator’s Dilemma” that goes over how companies fail to make the transition when disruptive technologies make it onto the market. He goes through industries as diverse as hard disks, microprocessors and excavators, and explains why the giants of each industry perish when the next technology comes along. It’s quite a good book. In short, what happens is that the companies are set up entirely to make money in certain scales of economy; then when a disruptive technology comes along, what happens is that it is actually less profitable and so it makes no sense for the company to pursue this smaller, less profitable “niche” market. But what happens then is that the niche market grows, and at some point the original market disappears completely, at which point the company is forced to make the transition to the once-niche market. Most of the time they don’t make it.

The analogy doesn’t follow exactly for the music industry because of the nature of music, but there are an awful lot of similarities: You have these huge corporations that operate on gigantic scales of economy, where any album that sells less than 250,000 copies loses money. You also have a dearth of any sort of real A&R or artist development, so everything is very singles-oriented, but at the same time you have the growth of broadband and filesharing networks. At the same time you have companies like Apple and the iTunes music store that are happy to sell songs at 99 cents (or cheaper) since they don’t have to carry the overhead, and their main profit centers are elsewhere.

Throw into this mix the fact that kids are growing up downloading music instead of buying CDs – that’s how they’re used to getting music. Even those of us that grew up buying CDs are using them less and less; I own tons of CDs, but I can’t tell you the last time I played one, since I rip everything onto my iPod anyway. Extrapolate all these trends, add in the fact that most major labels are technologically clueless and it’s clear that the current music industry has a limited lifespan.

How do you feel about downloading and legal online music stores like the iTunes Music Store?

I think the iTunes music store is brilliant. I’m a pretty big fan of Apple and specifically their approach to things – it’s very innovative and creative. Contrast that to a company like, say, Microsoft, which is very reactive and focus-group-driven. Apple will always lead the way and others will follow. I think you’re seeing that now. I remember when people dismissed online music purchasing as unworkable, but now that Apple’s done it right, tons of other people are emulating them, as you can see.

The other thing that’s interesting to note is that Apple looks on iTunes and the music store as a way to sell more iPods. This is a very different approach than the labels, which look on singles as a way to sell albums. Especially with the consolidation of major labels into major corporations with different product arms (look at Sony), I think you’re going to see companies with different agendas promoting different distribution methods for music and movies. I mean, the other day I bought a Big Mac meal at McDonalds and got a code to download this Queens of the Stone Age song that’s been stuck in my head. How all this is going to stabilize is unclear right now, but it’s going to be really interesting to watch.

As far as filesharing and downloading is concerned, people are always going to do it. In a way it’s a challenge to the artist: producing just one catchy song isn’t going to be enough; now you have to produce works that are deep enough to sustain people’s interest beyond just one song. But for those who do rise to the challenge, the same technology that allows people to download your music for free (not always a bad thing either) is also the same technology that allows an artist to retain and build a sustainable fan base -- without outside support -- over the course of years, even a career. Personally, I think this is a very good thing.

Is it better to be on an indie right now, rather than a major?

I’d definitely say the advantage is swinging to the smaller indie labels right now, but that’s kind of a gross generalization. Again, the problem with the major labels is that a “success” for them is an album that sells at least 1 million copies; contrast this with an indie label, where a big success100,000+ copies.

In general, I think the problem with most record labels attempting to transition into whatever the next thing is, is that the traditional CD-selling is so ingrained in their mentality that it’s hard for them to imagine doing things in a completely different way. This is the case for most industries that are being remade by the internet: newspapers try to put a version of a newspaper on the web; tv stations try and put tv on the web.

On the other hand, the problem with technology companies attempting to get into the record business is that they fail to understand that music (or any sort of creative work) is fundamentally different from other technological industries – you can’t substitute one thing with another; if people want the Beatles, you can’t swap in the Monkees and think people are going to go for it just because it costs half as much. Contrast this with another “content” industry, news – most people aren’t going to mind if you substitute a Reuters story for an Associated Press story.

It seems to me that there’s space in the industry for a business- and technology-savvy label to set up shop on a scale somewhere between the independent labels and the major labels. It’s going to require a complete rethinking of the basic mechanics of distribution, promotion, and even the relationship between the artist and label – but it needs to understand the quirks inherent in this business. The indie labels seem to understand the target market and the artists better, but the problem is always that they lack the business acumen and are chronically under-capitalized to take advantage of their position. So I guess basically I think technologically-savvy, well-capitalized indie labels will be the “majors” of the future.

What was it like to be in the middle of a major label bidding war?

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We actually decided to forgo the process of a major label bidding war. When "Flagpole Sitta" was added to the local radio station (KNDD-FM in Seattle) rotation, London Records immediately flew us out and made several overtures. Within the next couple months, as the song spread to more stations, things got crazier -- (HD lead singer)Sean and I would get all manner of phone calls from A&R reps from different record labels at our repsective jobs. it was really crazy -- but we'd pretty much decided that we were going to stick with London Records since they were willing to 1) put out the existing album as it was, and quickly (one of our concerns was other labels would want the song re-tracked or want us to add "Sad Sweetheart of the Rodeo" to it, which in our minds was a song for our next album), and 2) they seemed like they understood what we wanted to do as far as the second album was concerned, and that, to us, was what we really wanted out of a major-label deal -- to be able to go into a big studio and record an album proper. Personally, that was what I most wanted out of the deal, to be able to make a big-budget studio album, to do the kind of thing we'd only read about in books and magazines. You can always make money, but the opportunity to go and record like that, with those resources -- that's the kind of thing we would daydream about when we were starting out.

Now, in hindsight (and even during the process), a lot of people thought we should have held out and gone for the bidding war, the big-money deal. I can only speak for myself, but I've never regretted that decision -- on the one hand, we passed up a lot of money, and others make a pretty good argument that a better/bigger label would have resulted in more sales of Merrymakers; on the other hand, there are never any guarantees, and we did end up with a No. 1 single and a gold record, as well as the chance to record the second album the way we did. Plus I got to meet some really cool people at London -- some of whom are very good friends to this day -- and that's not something you can put a price on.

What band would you like to see reunite?

I would say Portishead, but I don’t think they’ve broken up, I think they’re just taking their time (and more power to them for that). So I’d have to say My Bloody Valentine. I’ve always been really curious what Kevin Shields’ next step was going to be after Loveless came out. You can really chart the evolution of their sound from the first couple EPs through Loveless, and I was pretty excited to see what was next. Unfortunately, it seems like he was also aware of the amount of expectation as well, and it seemed like it was a real mindjob, so it seems like he took a side step. So the rumors that they might be doing something new is very welcome.

- Harvey Danger play the KNDD EndFest at White River Amphitheater (near Seattle, WA) on Sept. 25th.

- Buy King James Version through the iTunes Music Store.

- Download the exclusive Harvey Danger Xmas song Sometimes You Have To Work On Xmas (Sometimes). This song is previously unavailable in any format. Many thanks to the band for letting me offer it to everyone here, and cheers to Jeff for taking time out of his hectic schedule to do this interview.

You know I'm all about publishing rumour and innuendo here, so check it:
Is KROQ getting sued for waiting seven hours before announcing Morrissey's cancellation? Apparently, they made upwards of $14 million in concessions during this time. Interestingly, Ian Brown was the one who broke the news to the crowd and his set was mysteriously cut short soon after he made the announcement.

Oh, and in other news, The Sawx blew it and the Panthers got 'er done.

Anonymous Yankees fans that like to boast behind their bogus email addresses can use the comments below to gloat about winning the division. But unlike your team, you're still fucking losers.

PS - Have fun with Johan Santana.

Interview with Jeff Lin from Harvey Danger

HdgroupOne of the best learning experiences I had during my tenure in the music industry was working for the management company that looked after the Seattle band Harvey Danger during the start of their career which saw the band rise from utter obscurity to national headliners due to their hit Flagpole Sitta. Here they were, a bunch of "fookin' students" from the Northwest that write a batch of incredibly hooky songs, get championed by local DJ's, find themselves in the middle of a major label bidding war, watch their single blow the fuck up and enjoy the ride. Their debut album Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone? was certified as a Gold Record in the US and the band soon themselves touring the world. As with most debut's, the album is spotty at times but during the moments where it works, the band really shines.

It was when the band released their version of Save It For Later on the 200 Cigarettes Soundtrack that I was really impressed by the band's muscianship. I guess it's amazing what you can do with a proper recording budget. String samples, drum loops; it proved that Harvey Danger could flip the script Gang Starr steez.

Soon the band went in the studio to record their follow up and bypassed the dreaded sophomore slump by releasing the criminally underrated King James Version. It was the first CD to ever feature my name in the liner notes and I couldn't have been more proud of the band for the record they made. Musically, it was light years ahead of their previous efforts. Packed with sharp, intelligent, rocky numbers that name drop Morrissey back when it wasn't cool, I felt this record had hit written all over it. Proving why maybe it's not a bad thing that I no longer work in the industry, the record stalled out of the gate and never got the props or chance it deserved. The first single, Sad Sweetheart Of The Rodeo didn't light radio on fire and MTV all but ignored the clever video which featured a newly single Ione Skye. The kicker was the label spent their entire advertising budget on trade magazine ads, leaving nothing left for consumer mags like Spin, Alternative Press and the like. Soon it was all over and the band went their separate ways. Jump cut to earlier this year, the band reconvened and started working on new material. They did a in studio performace for KEXP which you can listen to here and recently played a few proper gigs in honor of their 10th anniversary as a band.

So now, information leafblower brings you an exclusive interview with good friend Jeff Lin, Harvey Danger's guitarist/musician extrodanaire. I've broken down the interview into two parts. Today's section will concentrate on what happened to the band, and what they are up to now and everything in between. Tomorrow Jeff will talk about the state of the music industry.

I guess the most obvious question is what have you been up to since the last record came out? What are you doing now?

Well, after the album went pretty much nowhere, the band decided to go “on hiatus.” You can call it a break, or you can call it a breakup, I guess it depends how you look at it. I always thought of it as a break, but in retrospect I guess it was a more like the band broke up. Intraband personal relations had been pretty strained for a while, so without external pressure or reason to stay together, it seemed like the best thing would be to take a break for a bit. Just like in any sort of long-term relationship, sometimes the only way you can get a clear view of things and an appreciation of the other person is to take a long break from each other. We’d been at that point for quite some time, but since we were making our living from the band, it wasn’t practical to break things off. Without the external pressure it was then just a matter of time.

So we all scattered and did different things. Aaron, Evan, and Sean all jumped into other bands; I pretty much took the exact opposite tack and took what amounts to an almost complete break from music for almost two years. Which was weird since Aaron and I started the band together because we just thought the music we were listening was so cool we wanted to play it. It’s a weird thing for me, music that I love to listen to I will really want to play – it’s like getting one step closer to the music itself; instead of listening to something external to yourself, by playing it, in a way you get to listen to it as it goes through you -- you develop a more intimate relationship with it. That may sound weird, but I think it’s true for a lot of musicians. Either that or I’m really strange.

So when the break happened, I had no desire to play or listen to any music for quite some time. Instead I started taking classes and applied to get a second bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in computer science. Luckily they accepted me and now I’m almost finished. They say there’s a strong correlation between logical and musical intelligence; maybe the same is true of creative energies – perhaps I just channeled it all into my studies instead of music. Who knows?

Was having some time apart a good or bad thing?

I think it was crucial. As I said earlier, you really need a lot of time apart in order to appreciate everyone’s individual strengths and contributions to the group. And it also helps to have other experiences to compare and contrast with, in order to realize when you have a special chemistry that exceeds the sum of the parts. The relationship analogy holds here as well.

Was there any one thing that brought about the band getting back together?

Sean and I had written a couple of songs last summer and we went over them with Aaron – it wasn’t anything specific, but what really did it was that we got a day up at Bear Creek Studios and recorded basic tracks for two of the songs (since Evan had moved to Chicago we cut one of the songs without drums and we used Nada Surf’s Ira Elliot on the other). I think we were all a little worried how it was going to work out; as it turned out, the old chemistry was there and they turned out really great. It was really a terrific experience, since that feeling had been gone from the music-making process (at least for me) for years and years; I remember at the time thinking, “Oh yeah, *that’s* why we kept at it for all those years.” I think everyone else felt the same thing and our 10-year anniversary was coming up and it just seemed natural to play an anniversary show, and that went great; as far as performance experiences go, it has to rank as one of my all-time highlights. Other stuff just started happening after that and it seemed to gather a momentum of its own.

It’s my understanding that Evan Sult will not be participating in the band anymore. What’s the story there?

Evan moved to Chicago a couple years ago; currently he’s doing well with his new band, The Bound Stems. You should check them out.

Fair or not, I’ve heard Harvey Danger referred to as a one hit wonder. How do you feel about this?

HdcoverThere’s really not much we can do about it. I can only speak for myself, but even having a “hit song” was something that I never thought about when we were writing/recording the first album. I was recently reading a book by Viktor Frankl and in the introduction he talks about how success is not something that is pursued but is rather something that ensues as a byproduct of the work you do; if you aim for it you’ll inevitably miss it. That mirrors our experience exactly; that we even had one hit still amazes me. We certainly weren’t trying to write a hit song.

We may never have another hit, we may have ten; to me there’s no way to determine or affect that. All I can do is work on the music; as long as that is satisfying then it’s worth doing. On the other hand, if the work is not satisfying but is commercially successful, it’s really no different than a day job, is it?

I’m pretty sure that quite a few of the people that bought Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone? , don’t even know that you ever released King James Version. How does this make you feel?

I’m sure of the people that bought Merrymakers, quite a few bought for “Flagpole Sitta” and didn’t really care for the rest. In which case they probably wouldn’t have been down with KJV, so that doesn’t make much difference. But it’s those that really “got” what we were doing that I hope got their hands on a copy of KJV, because I think they’d probably dig it. Hopefully we can find some way to do that. KJV certainly has some problems, but I think it holds up pretty well listening back to it.

Harvey Danger missed out on the “geek rock” revival and emo revolution by about a year and a half. If the change in musical tastes tilted towards your favor sooner and things with King James Version had gone better, do you think that the band would have stayed together?

507060jeffguitarI think it would have only delayed things. At some point you really do need to take a break from each other – we certainly did. Some of the intra-band stressors might have been related to success issues, but certainly the intrapersonal issues had nothing to do with external factors. In some ways I really do think that how things turned out wasn’t necessarily all bad. There’s a Taoist saying that nothing is completely good and nothing is completely bad; there’s always something good to be found in “negative” events, and something bad in “positive” events. Who knows? Maybe it’s because KJV fizzled like it did that allowed us to take the breather necessary for us to get back together and work more like the way we used to.

What was the vibe at the 10 year anniversary show? How did it feel to be back on stage again?

It was really great. It was amazing to see how many people were there and how much they were into the material. It’s easy to forget when you toil away in a basement that the work has any relationship to the outside world, so that was nice. It was also really rewarding because I think the performance was really good – I’d say it ranks among the best we’ve ever given. I’d always felt we were very spotty as a live band and that is one of the things I always regretted and was very dissatisfied with. So it was deeply gratifying to step up and deliver a great performance as a group.

For me, there are really only two reasons to be doing this: one is the satisfaction of creation -- of working in the studio and coming up with something you feel is really good. The other is the satisfaction of performing well, of creating a moving and/or enjoyable experience for others. I suppose they are both derived from the joy of creating; in one you’re creating something permanent, in the other you create something transient. If you find that you’re not doing either, that’s when it’s time to hang it up and move on to something else.

Buy King James Version through the iTunes Music Store. It's $10 well spent my friends.

Join us for Part Two of the interview tomorrow when we talk with Jeff about Harvey Danger's future and his take on the music industry in general.

Morrissey Press Release

Morrissey is unable to perform at KROQ's Inland Invasion today as scheduled. He was seen this morning at 11 am by Dr Joe Sugarman who diagnosed him with sinusitis, acute laryngitus and a high fever and advised that he not attempt to speak for the next 48 hours at a minimum. Morrissey is very disappointed and sends his apologies to his LA fans and friends at KROQ. He wants to make this up to everyone asap, plans are already being made and we hope to make an announcement next week on KROQ.

Please hold on to your ticket stubs, they will be your admission to a make up show with Morrissey to be announced in the future. Keep listening to KROQ and check KROQ.Com for details.

Can you say...no buzz? Motherfucker better be ready to go on the 29th.

**UPDATE** Eagle-eyed ilb reader Dominic points out to us that tinymixtapes has new tour dates listed for Nov. after Moz's upcoming tour ends. If these dates are right, Moz could be coming back and doing smaller venues.

Dominic explains: the tinymixtapes.com dates start 11.3 and go through 12.2.  i am not saying tinymixtapes.com are right, but it's not inconceivable. i checked some of the other venues on the tinymixtapes.com list and none of those places have announced shows for those particular dates at which morrissey is supposed to perform.

As with all things Moz related, I will believe it when i see it. Thanks Dominic!

**Afternoon Update**Apparantly those dates are for the JSBX.

BukThe post reading party was the same as always, professors and students, bland and dim. Professor Kragmartz got me in the breakfast nook, began asking questions as the groupies slithered about. No I told him, no, well, yes, parts of T.S.Eliot were good. We were too tough on Eliot. Pound, yes, well, we were finding out that Pound was not quite what we thought. No, I couldn't think of any outstanding contemporary American poets, sorry. Concrete poetry? Well, yes, concrete poetry was just like concrete anything else. What, Celine? An old crank with withered testicles. Only one good book, the first one. What? Yes, of course, it's enough. I mean, you haven't written one have you? Why do I pick on Creeley? I don't anymore. Creeley's built a body of work, that's more than most of his critics have done. Yes, I drink, doesn't everybody? How the hell you going to make it otherwise? Women? Oh yes, women, oh yes, of course. You can't write about fireplugs and empty India Ink bottles. Yes, I know the red wheelbarrow in the rain. Look Kragmartz, I don't want you to hog me entirely. I better move around.

- Taken from the book Hot Water Music

At this point he's starting to sound like a broken record.

Memo to Peter: Work on those research techniques.

Especially when you talk about Gary Payton and "his underwhelming, two-month stint in Milwaukee".

Oh, you mean those two months when he averaged 19.6 ppg, 7.4 apg, 3 rpg, 2 TO, 1.4 stls, and 46%FG.

Try again.

Morrissey will release his new single Let Me Kiss You in the UK on Oct. 11th. There will be two CD singles released with the following tracklistings:

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1. Let Me Kiss You
2. Friday Mourning
3. I Am Two People

1. Let Me Kiss You
2. Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice


Additonally, the nominations for the Q Awards have been announced. Irish Blood, English Heart is up for Best Single and Jerry Finn is up for Producer of the Year.

...and all I got was lost on my way to the bar.

Last night's DCist Happy Hour was tons o' fun. I met quite a few people, drank quite a few beers, and best of all, my roomie was in attendance so I got a ride home (thanks Kristina)! All in all, a rousing success I must say.

And let me state now for the record I am much more in line with the DC mentality of Let's-go-out-and-get-shitfaced-right-after-work-so-we-can-take-advantage-of-Happy-Hour-prices-and-still-be-in-home-and-in-bed-by-11PM-as-to-avoid-a-raging-hangover-the-next-day than NYC's We-don't-start-drinking-here-until-10PM-so-you-have-to-stay-out-until-4AM-on-a-weeknight mantra. Me likey.

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Sadly, I spent so much time drinking I forgot to snap many photos. Fear not, Rob Goodspeed was on the case and we should have some more photos up on Dcist later in the day.

Curt Schilling won numero twenty last night. Everyone knows what this weekend's Sox/Yanks tilt in the Bronx means. Yep, another Dan Shaughnessy column.

My plans for the weekend include watching all three games, drinking beer and maybe catching the Zutons/Thrills show Saturday at the Black Cat.

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Come out and drink with me and the rest of the DCist staff tonight! Do it!

Some DC Bloggers that I have been reading lately:

Weird Curves
Why I Hate DC
DC SOB
DCeiver
Unrequited Narcissism
Simply Becca
Grammar Police
Outside The Beltway
UPDATE: Seeking Irony
UPDATE: Vividblurry
UPDATE: Ms Lauren
If you have a blog in DC that I didn't list, leave me a comment below.

Check out all of these upcoming shows!
09/18 - The Thrills @ Black Cat
09/24 - The Fiery Furnaces @ Black Cat
09/26 - Old 97's @ 930 Club
09/29 - Morrissey @ Dar Constitution Hall
09/29 - Supergrass @ 930 Club
09/29 - Hollertronix @ Black Cat
10/01 - Morrissey in Philly
10/02 - Morrissey in Philly
10/10 - Rilo Kiley @ Black Cat
10/13 - PJ Harvey @ 930 Club
10/16 - Living Colour and Public Enemy @ 930 Club
10/18 - ...trail of dead @ 930 Club
10/19 - Libertines @ 930 Club
10/21 - Ted Leo in Baltimore
10/22 - De La Soul @ 930 Club
10/23 - Death Cab For Cutie @ 930 Club
11/09 - Interpol @ 930 Club
11/14 - Delgados/Crooked Fingers @ Black Cat
12/01 - Ted Leo @ Black Cat
12/02 - Ted Leo @ Black Cat
12/10 - Ted Leo in Philly

I'm holding tickets for the shows in bold. If you are in DC and attending any of these shows, holla at your boy.

First, their songs sucked, now they have too many! Which is it Noel? My suggestion would be to get rid of any song that mentions Meg. The new album sessions are with Dave Sardy (the Thrils).

Lastly, Johnny Ramone, RIP.

PS - How did I get to the #2 google ranking for "kroq inland invasion"?

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Fucking genius. More here.

Now that this is out of the way, I'm looking forward to hearing more quotes like, "Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country."

Next on Fox, When Baseball Players Attack, followed by When GM's Get Convicted of Battery! More on players v. fans.

NY Giants czar Tom Coughlin fined three players for not showing up early enough to a meeting. What is happening here people? Next you'll be telling me that they are trying to ban beer ads from college football games!

And now we're listening to fucking Blaire tell us how to discipline our children. Cripes.

Someone has been a bad boy.

The Sports Guy on HBO's Entourage.

Great...Week One and the fucking season is already over. TMQB looks back at Week One.

Beatles v. iTunes? Are the Fab Four targeting Apple Jacks next?

Hear the "new" Verve song.

Graham Coxon's art exhibit.

Wu Tang DVD!

The House voted to give itself a raise.

Confession time loyal readers. I got a promotion! Actually, I got it a week ago (after exactly one month on the new gig). This is a good and a bad thing. It's good because I now have more responsibility and I know I'm doing well in my new environment (last week, the department head saw me in the hall and said "I hear you're kicking ass over there", which was nice). It's a bad thing because now my workload has literally doubled. Thus, I'm not sure if I'll be able to keep writing for three different websites. So for now, I am taking a hiatus from Gothamist Sports until closer to basketball season and will continue to post here and for DCist. Don't worry, I'm not going away or anything like that and this site will always be my first priority. I just have to see what my new gig does to my free time. Thanks for understanding.

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Due to losing my first draft of this post, I did this volume a bit differently. I approached it as a writing exercise. I wrote whatever came into my head for the duration of the song. Once the song was over, I couldn't add anything else and moved on to the next tune.

Before I start, I need to clear up something that Matt 5500 kindly pointed out in Volume One. I misspoke when I said that Volume One was pre-Britpop, since it actually included Brit Pop. And yes, I'm aware I didn't put anything from Parklife on there. That will be explained below. So...without further ado, here is The Best Mix Tape Ever, Volume Two.

Track One: I have been begging, literally, for the band to play this song for over five years now. Still no joy. But I will persist. Probably my favorite Super Furry tune. When I was interning at Epic and heard Fuzzy Logic for the first time, this song really stood out and was stuck in my head for days. Everyone at the label hated this record, I couldn't have liked it any more than I did. I still remember seeing the Furries play their first ever show in America at the Mercury Lounge during CMJ later that summer. It was intense. I couldn't understand a single word they said and I loved every minute of it.
Key Lyric: I had my frisbee sharpened and honed / I had it galvanised and chromed / Decapitate and bury your toys / My frisbee brings the noise

Track Two: I personally like under-produced, lo-fi Elliott Smith as opposed to his later efforts. When I saw Elliott for the first time at Tramps right before X/O was released, everyone kept shushing the people in the audience that dare speak while Elliott was singing. I went to Portland twice in 2002 and this song reminds me of my brief time there.
Key Lyric: A ridiculous marching band started playing / and got me singing along with some half-hearted victory song

Windsor_park Track Three: The most beautiful song ever written and it's by a band no one has ever heard of. One of the last signings to Creation records, this band proved tome that Alan McGee still had ears. The one time I attempted to see this band, Emilie Leake and I went and got shitfaced at a Mexican place and showed up to the Knitting Facotry just in time to hear the last song of the set. So I spent the rest of the night pestering the band in the bar. I know I annoyed them (I was wa-hay-sted) but I think they liked the fact that at least I knew who they were. I love the Eno-esque bit of feedback at the end of this song that lies underneath everything. This is a favorite of mine when I come home from the bar lat at night.
Key Lyric: And if / I could go back to the start / I want to live in Windsor Park

Track Four: Another band no one has heard of. An acquaintance of mine passed this record along to me when he was an A&R man at Island Records. He wanted to sign them and since I am Brit-pop fan numero uno, he asked me what I thought. I told him, "It sounds amazing, but it won't sell anything." This track sounds like a blues version of the Stone Roses being fronted by Tim Burgess of the Charlatans. A perfect summer song for lazy afternoons on the deck drinking beer.
Key Lyric: 'Cause nothing keeps me grounded / and I'm itching for distraction / if there's a boat or plane out of here / I'll be leaving

Jackther Track Five: Can I go out on a limb and declare this the best bit of guitar work not written by Johnny Marr that Morrissey has ever graced his voice with? They axe work in this tune sounds like a bunch of buzzsaws going to town. And then they sound like they are trying to climb a mountain when Moz goes into the hook. Pure sonic genius. The mighty Mozzer has taken this out of the set, but I got to hear it twice at the Apollo in May. When he introduced the song, he said "This song is about the '80's. [dramatic pause] The 1880's."
Key Lyric: Crash into my arms / I want you / You don't agree / But you don't refuse

Dearest Readers,

With all that I have been through in the last year and a half or so, I'm sure you'll actually be happy for me today that I am too busy at work to put up a proper post instead of being angry at the denial of your needed, nay deserved, dose of buzz from the interweb. Trust me, it's a good thing.

And I know I promised you Volume Two of The Best Mixtape Ever, but my computer ate the almost finished product yesterday afternoon so I had to start the whole damn thing over again. I got halfway through it last night before I passed out. All will be revealed tomorrow. Trust me.

I am working on a review of the GBV show I saw on Saturday, but that will be posted on the hallowed bandwidth of DCist.com, not here. I'll update this space when that goes up. Until then, I leave you with some Bob Pollard Hotness. Big shout out to Connie NYC for doing it up DC stylie at the show. This photo looked great at home on my eMac, but no so good here at work with crappy IE and my ancient video card.

UPDATE: Here it is.

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Tonight is GBV @ the 930 Club. Last year I saw Ted Leo and the lovely and talented Rebcca Gates at the Knitting Factory.

Um...Hello? Why didn't any of you fuckers tell me about this? I am so going to Best Buy after work. I love me some Continental and champagna.

Ha! This is pretty genius if I do say so myself.

While disussing Coupling last night, I wondered what happened to Jeff in the new season. He's been replaced by Oliver. Well, apparently Jeff just didn't show up when the new season began taping. That's a bit depressing when you see this:

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JEFF MURDOCH. The craziest of the bunch, you have a
tendency to embarrass the hell out of yourself
while making no relevant sense whatsoever. But
that's what makes you interesting, right? When
you're not talking about Captain Subtext, Melty
Man, or the giggle loop, you're probably making
a horribly bad attempt at picking up a girl.
Let's just hope in the future, you won't say
anything as bad as that time with the Israeli
girl and her interpreter in the pub...


Which 'Coupling' character are you?
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Although if you believe series creator Steve Moffat, I'm actually a bit more like Oliver. He's just at an awkward stage - at the end of a long relationship, out of practice with women, no longer young enough for that to be endearing. And full of the misplaced anger of The Dumped Man, which just makes him look ridiculous. When he's not trying to make a point, or impress someone, he's actually quite a clued-up, witty guy.

I have 6 4 more gmail invites to give out. Leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Lastly, did a plane really fly into the Pentagon on 9/11? Maybe not.
I love shit like this.

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Superb! (I Heart) Ted Leo just announced a new tour!! He's at the Black Cat for two, count 'em two nights at the start of December!! Could I be more excited about something that is happening 4 months from now?
12/01/04 - Black Cat
12/02/04 - Black Cat
12/10/04 - Philly

And it gets better! PJ Harvey at the 930 club on Oct 13th!

Interpol at the 930 on Nov. 9th.

New Oasis album next February? Noel, perhaps you should follow some of your own advice when making this record. Remember when you said this?
Noel: That's bullshit. Bullshit. Bullshit. Bullshit!
Liam: It's not bullshit. It's bullshit in your world, but in my world it's fucking...
Noel: It's bullshit. Nah, it's bullshit.
Liam: Shut the fuck up. What you've been ranting on about, right, is bullshit to me.
Noel: If you think rock'n'roll is... if you think rock'n'roll... about being arrested and all that...
Liam: Rock'n'roll is about being yourself.
Noel: No it's not...
Liam: And I went on that fuckin' boat, I had a drink, I had too much beer and I got in a fight and that was it.
Noel: Rock'n'roll is about music. Music. Music. Music. It's not about you, it's not about me, it's not about Oasis. It's about the songs.
I was right chuffed after reading this. Brought back alot of memories for me.

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Super Furry Logic has a treasure trove of recent Furry activity and coverage. Listen to this audio interview or peep the info for their upcoming "Greatest Hits" DVD and the new Man Don't Give A Fuck single that features a 20 minute live version of the song recorded at the Apollo in London in 2004. L Boogie and Johnny English got to see the Furries at Reading and also their pre-festival warm up gig in Oxford (pictured below). Yes, I am very jealous. But they bought me the new Ffa Coffi Pawb CD, a copy of Phantom Phorce, and a Welsh National Team jersey while they were there, so they are back in my good graces now. And if you don't feel like dropping 55 bones of the Phantom Phorce import, just wait for the limited edition domestic version from the good folks at Beggars Banquet Records.
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Two new Verve songs will be tacked on to their Greatest Hits package due in November.

God help us, Jet plan "more annoying" second album. Dude, nothing could be more annoying that "Cold Hearted Bitch". Seriously.

Crooked Fingers and the Delgados at the Black Cat on Nov. 14th! New Crooked Fingers album early next year.

Cave-In splits with RCA. That was a much ballyhooed signing at the time. Then the record came out and...pffffffffffft. Nada.

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Clicky for downloads of Crashing Bores, First of the Gang and I Like You.

Here is the set from his Sept. 7th show in Newcastle:
How Soon is Now? / First Of The Gang To Die / Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice / Shakespeare's Sister / November Spawned A Monster / Munich Air Disaster 1958 / Let Me Kiss You / Subway Train (into) Everyday is like Sunday / I Like You / Now My Heart Is Full / You Know I Couldn't Last / How Can Anyone Possibly Know How I Feel? / Rubber Ring / I Have Forgiven Jesus / I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday / Irish Blood, English Heart // There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

How do you like your NFL previews? With Goodfella references or in haiku?

Ha! Ho hum, we won again last night. can you say Boston Red Sizzle? Boston has won four straight, 14 of 15 and 26 of 31.

Cause I'm a specializer / rhyme reviser / ain't selling out to advertisers

Speaking of kicking lyrics right as rain, check out the latest salvo from Shaq Deisel: Even with wings you never as fly as me / you remind me of Kobe Bryant trying to be as high as me / but you can't, even if you get me traded / wherever I'm at, I'm Puffy; you Mase and you're still hated Oooooh snap! Can't wait to hear K-O-B-E's rebuttal single hit the streets.

UPDATE: Former Dukie Nate James surfaces in Philly.

This is a brilliant idea that makes sense on so many levels. If they're gonna do it anyways, why not try and make a little coin from it? [link via Productshop NYC]

You can get a three minute album sampler from REM via iTunes. For Free! I'll go out on a limb and say more artists are gonna start doing this in the future...

The other day Matt 1115 asked me why the hell I would move away from NYC. Well situations like this and this are a good start. That shit totally missed DC. It didn't get above a sprinkle here all day long. And as far as My Blog Is Poop is concerned, nothing could be farther from the truth (even if he did come down to DC and totally NOT holla at ya bizzle).

Welcome back dude. Hope the move wasn't too bad.

Someone got a haircut. And a site redesign. One I like and the other I'm not so sure about...
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GBV is this Saturday at the 930. This totally snuck up on me. Connie NYC is coming down for the gig and we are gonna do it up! I am not that well versed in GBV-land. Many hard core GBV'ers will shudder to hear that my favorite record of theirs is Do The Collapse. I saw them twice on that tour. One shit hot set at Roseland opening for Cheap Trick and one awful performance later that year at Irving Plaza. Hopefully they will play Surgical Focus, I am A Tree and My Valuable Hunting Knife, but we'll see...Here are some other upcoming shows in DC. I was planning on Snow Patrol this Friday, but I've had a long week at work so I think I'm gonna skip it.


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Now that it's taken forever / I insist
Until I get it, I can't breathe
Climbing high upon the rocky cliffs / We fly
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Personally, I'm much more worried about this curse than anything the Babe can do:

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Meanwhile, the Evil Empire is busy acting like little bitches they are.

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The Best Mix Tape, Ever! Volume One

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I wanted to do something different for this month's mix CD. There was plenty of new music to use in order to make a regular mix, but I've been in a reminiscing sort of mood lately, and I wanted to go back and kinda explore some of the songs that have shaped my musical tastes over the years. Since all of my 1000+ CD's are still boxed up in my parent's garage back in NC, I'll just use what's loaded into the 14.75 gigs of music I have on my heard drive.

My goal was to create a mix that I will never get sick of. And of course, since I am a Gemini, I had to have two CD's, not just one. I have pretty fickle music tastes and am constantly looking for new stuff to listen to because I get sick of things after a while. So for this mix, I wanted to put together a collection of songs I will NEVER get sick of. This, however, does not neccesarily make them my FAVORITE songs. If I made a mix of that, it would basically be a collection of Everything, Everything, The Bends, Your Arsenal and all the pre Be Here Now Oasis B-Sides. So no multiple songs from the same records, although there are three artists that have two songs (Radiohead, Morrissey and Ted Leo) included. All in all, I trimmed 2976 songs down to 39. Below is Volume One. I'll unveil Volume Two on Monday the 13th. Oh, also, all songs are in chronological order and the volumes are broken down into pre and post Brit-Pop musical era's since that's how I look at the musical landscape. [Click the playlist for a larger, more readable version]

Track One - Picking my favorite Smiths song was very hard, but I just love the bassline on this song. Everyone talks about Morrissey and Marr, but for me, The Smiths are all about that smackhead Andy Rourke, so my fave Smiths tunes all feature him prominently. As cool as I pretend to be about knowing all this stuff about music, I didn't start listening to the Smiths until my sophomore year in college. This song beat out all the others because of one of the greatest lyrics in the history of music. Positively Genius.
Key Lyric: Write my name on your arm with a fountain pen / This means you really love me

Track Two - Although my love for REM has waned greatly over the last few years (what happened to breaking up on New Years Eve of 1999?), it was REM that started me on my journey to the "Alternative Nation". Before REM, I listened to Public Enemy, NWA, and Boogie Down Productions. I never had a hair band phase. Alot of the cool kids on my high school soccer and tennis teams listened to REM, so naturally I got curious and Will Wilhelm let me borrow his cassette of Green. I just heard something in that album that I could relate to, as opposed to something like Unskinny Bop. Mike Mills backing vocals were unlike anything I had ever heard.
Key Lyric: Given the choice / Given the heart / Given the truth

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The Mockingbird

the mockingbird had been following the cat
all summer
mocking mocking mocking
teasing and cocksure;
the cat crawled under rockers on porches
tail flashing
and said something angry to the mockingbird
which I didn't understand.

yesterday the cat walked calmly up the driveway
with the mockingbird alive in it's mouth,
wings fanned, beautiful wings fanned and flopping,
feathers parted like a woman's legs,
and the bird was no longer mocking,
it was asking, it was praying
but the cat
striding down through the centuries
would not listen.

I saw it crawl under a yellow car
with the bird
to bargain it to another place

summer was over.

- Written by Charles Bukowski
taken from the book Mockingbird Wish Me Luck

information leafblower would like to wish respective Happy Birthday's to Anna Daly and Guto Pryce, two of my mostest favoritist people in the whole wide world.

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Can you say Boston Red Sizzle? Ten in a row bitches!

And I quote:
The Red Sox, who have won 16 of 17 and 22 of 26, has not been this close to first place since before games of June 12. The Yankees lost to Baltimore 3-1.

And that dumbass Kevin Brown broke his non pitching hand punching a wall!!! Are the Yanks conceding the division?

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I am so not at work today. But you are, ha!

Kill some time by joining The Sports Guy in reminiscing about 1984. Good Stuff.

Hello" (Lionel Ritchie) -- This was the one where Lionel falls for the blind girl who made the bust that looked nothing like him. Remember that one? She told him, "This is what I see when I see you," then she showed him a sculpture of Barry Sanders, who wasn't even famous yet. This video is RIOTOUSLY funny now. It slays me. Absolutely kills me. I wish they had made a deleted scene where Lionel says, "Hey, just so you know, that looks nothing like me -- I have swollen lips and horrible gheri-curls!", just for the blind girl's reaction.

Come on, tell me you didn't like these songs: "99 Luftballoons" . . . "Darling Nikki" . . . "Cruel Summer" . . . "Yah Mo Be There" . . . "Sister Christian" . . . "Sunglasses at Night" . . . "Relax" . . . "Head over Heels" . . . "Pride (In the Name of Love)" . . . "Caribbean Queen" . . . "Panama" . . . "Billie Jean" . . . "Hot for Teacher" . . . "Somebody's Watching Me" . . . "Boys of Summer" . . . "Jungle Love" . . . "Missing You." Like you wouldn't download those for your iPod. Come on.

The Terminator" -- Surprisingly, disturbingly dated now, on a number of levels, including the fact that the one-man killing machine now governs an entire state.

By the way, the final list of "People and things in their absolute primes in '84": Bird, Bernard, Montana, McEnroe, Gretzky, Sam Malone, Hulk Hogan, Letterman, Sonny Crockett, Jason Bateman, Springsteen, Prince, U2, Murphy, Schwarzenegger, Michael Jackson, Morrissey, Robert Smith, Kathleen Turner, Shannon Tweed, Billy Zabka, Traci Lords, Ginger Lynn, Christy Canyon, Ronald Reagan, Heather Thomas, Heather Locklear, Paulina Porizkova, the Cold War.

More genius stuff from BostonDirtDogs.

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Welcome back Trot! Is Scott Williamson close to returning?

I'm sure there is plenty of buzz going on in the world right now, but I am swamped at work so you'll have to wait.

PS - I'm doing something special for August's September's Monthly Mix CD. The hottness will be revealed on Monday Tuesday.

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Last night the sellout crowd in the Bronx got to witness the worst loss in Yankee history which also tied the record for the worst shutout in major-league history since 1900. Is the sky falling in NYC?

The Red Sizzle won 21 games last month, including last nights game. We are as close as we've been since I was still 29. I don't want to turn into Dan Shaughnessy, but do you believe?

What say ye Sports Guy?

**UPDATE** - Ask, and ye shall recieve. This column's worth a click through:

I wasn't shocked when the Good Guys made up seven games in less than three weeks, coming together faster than the Bad News Bears in Houston after Kelly Leak's father took over.

Imagine if the roles were reversed, if the Yankees were the ones making a late charge? Would Yankee fans be complaining about things like "We can't catch them, their schedule is too easy in September," as my Dad and others were saying as recently as last weekend? Of course not. Yankee fans would expect to catch the Red Sox and act accordingly -- sending taunting e-mails, giving co-workers crap, calling "Mike and the Mad Dog" and making brash predictions, even springing for expensive Paula Jones-style haircuts for their girlfriends. They would be LOVING this. And nobody in New England would be breathing.

The mystifying thing about Yankee fans? Their improbable sense of superiority, as if they're better people because they root for a baseball team only because A.) they grew up within two hours of Yankee Stadium; B.) they jumped on the bandwagon as a kid because they wanted to be associated with a winner; or C.) they have no soul. As one of my readers wrote last year, it's like rooting for the house in blackjack.

After Boone's climactic home run, they reacted with a level of emotion that had only been reached in those post-9/11 games against Arizona -- I can still see Rivera slumped by the first base line, completely spent, like he had just escaped from the Nakatomi tower in "Die Hard."