Information Leafblower: December 2004 Archives

December 2004 Archives

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According to my iTunes:

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I'm on from 9:30 PM until 11:00 PM. Don't sleep.

Cheers to Why I Hate DC for pointing out that our country is spending more on the Presidential inauguration than we are on tsunami aid. Think about that for a moment.

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The Year In Bukowski as brought to you by yours truly:

Quotable
Preparation
The History Of A Tough Motherfucker (My personal fave)
Failure
Excerpt from Hot Water Music
The Mockingbird
$180 Gone
You Do It When You're Killing Flies
Brown And Solemn
The 8 Count Concerto

Buy some Bukowski from Amazon.

I am back in DC but won't be posting much until after New Years, except for the occasional picture of Jarvis. I hope to take advantage of this time and do some upkeep on the new site, but I'll probably just watch a bunch of DVD's every night.

I hope Santa Claus was good to everyone. He was very good to me. I have a new turntable and mixer on the way.

Quite a year in these parts. Looking back on oh four I kinda wonder how I made it through. The year got off to a very rough start for me, stayed that way most of the year before I finally got everything headed in the right direction in the Fall.

In January, while still unemployed, I announced that my (now ex) girlfriend and I were ending our five year relationship, which also meant no more Kitty. I moved out in early February, an experience I don't hope to repeat anytime soon. In April, this website celebrated it's first birthday and in May I figured out new ways of killing my downtime by agreeing to become a Sports Editor for Gothamist. Later in the month I went back to NYC to catch Moz, not once, but twice, at the legendary Apollo Theatre. My grandmother died in June, shortly after I turned the big three-oh, and that was easily the lowest point of the year for me. I was at rock bottom, but that helped me in many ways. It motivated me to move to DC, something I did in July. Soon after, I finally (finally!) got a job. In August, I celebrated by helping Grambo turn 30 and then went to see Moz yet again; in DC in late September and in Philly in October. It only got better from their as the Red Sizzle beat the Yankees in the greatest comeback in sports history (I never get tired of saying that) and then won their first World Series in 86 years. November brought us the election results, but the best thing that happened to me all year occurred just a few weeks ago...I got Jarvis The Cat!
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Before we begin the musical portion of this entry, I just want to thank everyone that comes to my little space on the interweb on a regular basis. You all helped me through the trying times I had earlier this year. I poured most of my energy into this site and it kept me going. Your support has been much appreciated. Cheers.


RECORDS OF THE YEAR
(somewhat in order)

Ted Leo / Shake The Sheets
Not sure what else I can say about this LP. I already declared it album of the year way back in October. My attitude hasn't really changed much. Some has dissed the record, saying Ted's earlier material was stronger. I couldn’t disagree more. This is the sound of someone that went into the studio knowing exactly how he wanted his new record to sound and simply getting it done. Not many other artists have tackled the state of the country with as much dignity or aplomb.

Sea Ray / Stars At Noon
Techincally I first heard this album in January and finally picked up a copy in July so it’s eligible for this years list. I'm sad they won’t be around to follow up this amazing record. Imagine if Ride and Coldplay combined to make a record with droney, Stereloab-like keyboards and then sprinkle some cello on top. Essential. Sea Ray is dead. Long live Sea Ray.

The Delays / Faded Seaside Glamour
After hearing this record, it’s like The La's never left. This album is chock full of hit singles, in all their Britpop influenced glory: Nearer Than Heaven, Hey Girl, One Night Away and Long Time Coming, which might come to be known as "that song in that diamond commercial." The band are said to have over 40 songs written for their follow up record. I for one cannot wait.

The Arcade Fire / Funeral
Overhyped? Maybe, but their word of mouth buzz seemed like much more of an organic thing, as opposed to say...The Killers. The most blogged about band of the year is also information leafblower approved and endorsed. Coming to DC in January.

elbow / Cast Of Thousands
Not as jammy or prog as their last record, yet Cast Of Thousands shows the band not resting on their laurels and refusing to simply stay with what got them here. Much like their debut, this record took a while to grow on me. Perhaps the worst part of the cancellation of Lollapalooza was that it kept elbow across the pond until next year. I have yet to see them live.

Ffa Coffi Pawb / Am Byth
This album is a reissue of tracks from these seminal Welsh popsters which featured a pre-SFA Gruff Rhys and Daffyd Ieuan as well as future Gorky's Zygotic Mynci guitarist Rhodri Puw. You can hear the seeds of the Super Furries being sewn on these tracks. Their Starbucks-like logo makes me laugh every time I look at it. Translated from Welsh, their name means "Everybody's Coffee Beans" although phonetically, it sounds like "Fuck Off Everyone." So best.

Luna / Rendevous
Another great band that called it quits this year. I think Luna ultimately got the short end of the stick in their career. They were just always around, and therefore, I think, a bit underrated. And, like always, you don't know what you got 'til it’s gone. I quit going to see them for the last few years because I had seen them so many times. This record was a return to form for the band, I love the organic sound. It's as if the band were all recorded while playing in the same room.

Morrissey / You Are The Quarry
Perhaps the most satisfying thing about this year was seeing the Mighty Mozzer finally get his due after laying low for so long. However, You Are The Quarry was, for me personally, a bit of a letdown. Probably because of all of the immense hype surrounding this record and Boz telling the press that it sounded like a cross between Your Arsenal and Vauxhall and I, which upon listening, it clearly is not. What it is is overproduced with a sheen and sparkle unlike any of Moz's previous work. With Jerry Finn producing, I expected a record with more rawk, instead we got drum loops and samples. Sometime it works (I Like You) but most of the time it doesn't (America Is Not The World). However some of the B-Sides from these sessions are the best thing Moz has done in 10 years. Rumours say this might have been it for Stephen Patrick Morrissey. Let's hope not.

Beta Band / Heroes To Zeroes
Fucksticks. Another one of my favorite bands that called it quit this year. Not even an opening slot for Radiohead or that unforgettable plug in High Fidelity could save the crazy Scots from obscurity. I have been all over them ever since Noel Gallagher was dropping their name (and stealing their sound in Go Let It Out) before their first ever proper CD came out.

Goldie Lookin' Chain / Greatest Hits
A cultural phenomenon in the UK and yet to be released on these shores. This Welsh rap collective turned the UK music industry on it's ear with their brash humour and crazy, infectious singles (Your Mother's Got A Penis, Guns Don't Kill People, Soap Bar). Probably too much of an in-joke to get the attention it deserves on these shores, but one can always hope. Sample Lyrics : Justin Timberlake it's time to take a fuckin' break / You touched Britney Spears, you had your piece of cake / I'd rather put my tongue across the face of Ricki Lake / than sample your music by lifting your break

GIGS OF THE YEAR

1) Guided By Voices / 930 Club - I'd seen GBV twice before but they never kicked my ass like this. Pollard was in top form and the band played for three hours. T h r e e hours. I had to leave at 1:30 in the AM to catch my subway home and the band played like 9 songs after I left. Dayum.
2) Ted Leo / Black Cat (July) - This is the show that made me a believer. I took a psuedo-date to this gig and I left her to go rock out up front. That's how good it was.
3) Sea Ray / SIn-E - The show that saved music for me. Also my last show in NYC.
4) Morrissey / DAR Hall - My third Moz show of the year but by far the best. The band was much tighter than when I saw him in May and Bigmouth Strikes Again was just to die for.
5) ...Trail of Dead / 930 Club - The second loudest show I went to this year. Their sound has dramatically improved with the addition of the second drummer. Can't wait for the new record. I took the best pictures I have ever taken at a concert at this gig.
6) The Pixies / Dar Hall - The loudest gig I went to all year. Is anyone in indie rock cooler than Kim Deal? That's a rhetorical question.
7) Morrissey / Apollo Theatre (Saturday Night) - Anytime you get to hear the Mighty Mozzer belt out The Headmaster Ritual and Jack The Ripper in the same night, you just can't go wrong.
8) The Strokes / Grady Cole Center - One of the three concerts I saw in NC during my four month stay there. Only Julian's drunken rambling kept this gig so low on the list, the band were in TOP form.
9) Super Furry Animals / Cat's Cradle - Not the group's best gig, but I hadn't been to the Cat's Cradle since 1997 or so, making the night one big trip down memory lane. Also the night I met L Boogie.
10) PJ Harvey / 930 Club - Not as good as the last time I saw her, but damn she looked sexy in that little yellow dress.

I'll have my round up of the best songs of the year in January when I reveal the January playlist.

So that's it for me. I'm heading home for some R & R with the 'rents. I'll be back next week, but until then I'll leave you with a few downloads.
Sea Ray - Lashes (live) This is one of the reasons I'm so depressed about the band's break up. This is a new song (as yet unreleased) and it's easily one of the best things they've ever done. This file is in Apple's AAC format
And lastly, since it's the holidays and all:
James Dean Bradfield - Last Christmas Eff Jimmy Eat World, this acoustic version of the Wham! classic by the Manic Street Preachers frontman is FOCUSED.

PS - Did anyone else see my plug on Fimoculous? Hey now! Congrats Grambo!

A little warmer today. It was only 13 degrees with the windchill this morning. People were acting like the world was coming to and yesterday because it was so cold. I was loving it. Snowboarding season is not far away.

Ummmm...this is like a block away from my office. Yikes.

Bye Bye Orlando. Have fun in sunny San Diego Mr. Roberts. Jay, Ramon, welcome to Beantown. Can't fault Dave for being excited about going home to play. I wanted the Sox to keep him but he wouldn't have played much next year.

I don't believe this crap at all. (second item)

Stop the presses!

Why doesn't MTV play videos anymore?

PJ Harvey...not going anywhere. [via Productshop]

You know...I actually contemplated calling this space Leaves of Information Aloft, Dancing Like a Plastic Bag in that Movie with the Girl from Ghost World but I figured it wouldn't fit on the marquee.

Finally! I Like You to be the next single for the Mighty Mozzer in the US.

super_furries150.jpgFucking Hell Right! The Super Furry Songbook wil be released in the US via Beggars Banquet on January 25th, complete with DVD! L Boogie has the import (which she *cough*STILL hasn't screened for me*cough*) and sadly informed me that I was nowhere to be seen in the bonus footage. Rats.

Nice try douchebag. (4th item)

The original screenplay for Fight Club (complete with notes for the future revisions) sold on ebay for $4,050 large.

I decided to return that turntable I bought last week because it's in sad shape (the STOP button doesn't work, when you press it, it speeds up to 45 rpm) so my all vinyl, beat matched set at bluestate is in serious jeopardy. I'm trolling ebay for 1200's as we speak.
And if anyone knows a good, reliable mixer for under $200, holla.
I did buy a new DJ bag yesterday. It's hella sweet.

So the interweb was abuzz yesterday with Sea Ray's big news. Leave it to my esteemed colleague Frank Chromewaves to put this all in perspective:

I was saying to Janelle yesterday that this is the first blogger-adopted band that hasn't busted out big. It appears we don't have superpowers after all.

Sad but true. But we had them moving in the right direction.

Here is an AAC file of Sea Ray performing Nicholas Ray at the Earl in Atlanta earlier this year. I'll have two unreleased tracks available either tomorrow or later tonight. Chromewaves has Sister Gone available for download as well.

Sometime life is just not fair.

Limp Bizkit? Determined to make new music
Maroon 5? Selling like hotcakes
Hoobastank? Released yet another single

Luna? Last tour ever
Beta Band? Broke up
Sea Ray? Just Broke up!!!

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Yes true believers, I speak the truth. The band sent out an email to some of their friends today letting everyone in on their decision. A formal email to their mailing list will go out shortly. One of the members of the band was nice enough to email me on Friday and clue me in, and, needless to say, the news put a big damper on my weekend. And yes I am aware this type of news should not affect me so, but I am a big dork so piss off. It seems like only last week I was asked who I thought "the next big thing" was going to be and I answered with this very Brooklyn group with their intriguing sound and tons of potential. Oh wait, that did happen last week.

I only got turned on to this band in January, thanks to Coolfer. I was majorly jaded on music in general, having just lost my job in the industry, and seeing this band live was nothing less than a revelation. They literally saved music for me. I only got to see them one other time. I am kicking myself for not going to see them in Baltimore last month, but so be it.

The band cited financial strain as one of the major factors in their decision, and as a former manager of a band, it's something I can understand completely. Buzz does not put money directly into your pockets.

Mark your calendars, because the band will be giving us all a proper send off at the (ugh) Mercury Lounge on Friday, January 21st. And I'm happy to say that I plan on attending. I have been looking for an excuse to go back to the Big Apple since I got settled here in DC and it looks like this is it.

And in honor of the next big thing that never was, I'll be offering some live tracks that were recorded in Atlanta earlier this year here for everyone to download, including an unreleased track or two. The first one's will be posted tomorrow.

The windchill was negative 11 when I walked out to the bus stop this morning. Yes, negative 11.

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information leafblower would like to wish a very happy 47th birthday to Mr. William Bloke. Good on ya. [via Miss Glamourpuss]

Have you seen Morrissey's mobile phone ringtone store?

*cough* St. Louis Cardinals building a new stadium with almost all private funds. *cough* [via Why I Hate DC]

Have I mentioned January 8th lately? I'm on the decks from 9:30 until 11 PM.

More DCist Happy Hour photos.

Yes!
Nooooooooo!

Not sure what to say about this... [Via Mainly Food]

Gothamist has a new look. Me likey.

Congrats on the Vince trade New Jersey. This is the type of player you are getting. That is some fucked up shit.

So...the weekend...Friday night I went to Catherine and Tom's Xmas party, which was packed to the gills with cute girls. Yet, for some reason, I stayed in the corner and talked to Mike and Kanishka all night. *shrug*

Saturday was Luna at the 930 Club. Their farewell gig. I was pretty pumped up (the Celtics beat the Cavs in OT earlier in the night) but as Catherine is wont to say, concert nirvana was not reached. The band sounded good, and the club was packed to the gills, but something about the whole night was just a bit off. Chromewaves review of the Toronto show led me to believe that the band would play alot of old stuff, and they did play almost half of Penthouse - which was awesome - but they played alot of new stuff - which sounded good - but I don't recall hearing anything from Pup Tent. I was just all geeked up to hear Tracy I love You or Bobby Peru but it was not to be. This is why I stopped going to see Luna after The Days Of Our Nights, because no matter what they played, I would never be happy about the set. And nothing will ever top that show they played in front of the World Trade Center (scroll down). Still, I fucking rocked out to Sideshow By The Seashore and 23 Minutes In Brussells so the night wasn't a total waste.

Sunday I went and watched some football, helped a friend celebrate their birthday and then came home and started working on the big "Best of 2004" post, which should be revealed on Wednesday.

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she is an old woman
now
still quite beautiful
she has known many
famous
men.

we are sitting in a Mexican cafe
and she tells me,
"Hemingway was an amazing
man, he'd sit and
make these off-hand remarks,
one after another, these
astonishing truthful statements..."

I like that.
but I have nothing to
say.

well, I do. I tell her: "the red
sauce in the little bowl
is very hot so
don't use it unless you
like that sort of
thing."

- such statements don't
create a legend
but for ordinary mortals
they still have a
rather
sturdy
worth.

- Written by Charles Bukowski, taken from his book Bone Palace Ballet.
Buy more Bukowski at Amazon.

Air Newark?

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Vince Carter to NJ for 'Zo, the rotting corpses of Eric and Aaron Williams + 2 first round picks?

Can't see how 'Zo is gonna be a happy camper about this.

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DCist Happy Hour tonight. Represent yo. Come introduce yourself and say hi.

DC baseball is on the tips of everyone's tongues today. Lots of good discussion on the subject. Personally I hope we do get a team, but I don't think the district needs to build a stadium for a group of uber-rich owners to field a team full of millionaires. Let the new owners foot the bill.

This is literally the funniest thing I have ever read. Seriously. Guess what rap song these translated lyrics belong to:
As a general rule, I perform deviant sexual acts with women of all kinds, including but not limited to those with limited intellect, nude magazine models, and prostitutes. I particularly enjoy sexual encounters with the latter group as they are generally disappointed in the fact that they only receive penile intercourse and nothing more, unless of course, they douche on a consistent basis. Although I am extremely unattractive, I am able to engage in these types of sexual acts with some regularity. Perhaps my sexuality is somehow related to my fancy and expensive jewelry.

I enjoy playing my music loudly on my car stereo. Apparently, women enjoy this also because they become sexually aroused when they see me driving. Oddly enough, when I visit the Native American reservations, some of the more sexually promiscuous Indian women attempt to seduce me in their homes. Their intent is to divest me of my earnings. Such actions are unacceptable.

Understand this fact: you can have neither my money, nor my weapons. I suggest that you inform your peers that we engaged in violent sexual acts. Currently, I am rapping with my associates, the Junior Mafia. I’m having some difficulty understanding why you refuse to approach me. I am attempting to make eye contact with you through my expensive glasses, and as soon as you respond with a smile, I will approach you. The answer is here.


Best of oh four from Productshop Enwhysee.

Nike disses Kobe. Get in line.

Apple copying Windoze? That's unpossible!

Give Me Centrism Or Give Me Death! Good stuff. The paragraph on Ton Loc is worth the price of admission alone. And it's free.

It's amazing where the Top 40 List ends up being discussed.

Arcade Fire tour news (did I already post this?) as well as Johnny Cash DVD info right below that.

MJ to marry Donnie Darko and Bill Murray, pot smuggler(yes, that Bill Murray). Both from Golden Fiddle.

Woo Hoo! Two signs that winter is upon us: 1)It's cold a fuck outside (finally) and 2) It's December 15th! For those non-NBA geeks, Dec. 15th is the offical opening of trade season as it's the first day that draft picks and free agents signed over the summer can be dealt. You may remember this day last year as the day the Ricky Davis trade went down. What will Danny do this year? We need a rebounder and a good defender at small forward. Lots of Wince Carter speculation out there (I'm looking at you Isiah Thomas) but right now the only imminent deal is Frank Williams to the Pistons, although Michael Redd might be in play.

Bah!

Theo starts making moves.

Gammons to Pedro: This will end badly.

Justice is served.

Ha! Part One and Part Two

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So incredibly best evs: "If the guy next to you ever bought a Counting Crows album, punch him in the face!" This is what I got to hear at the DC show. Photo from Guided By Bob Pollard [via Chromewaves]

The Tears make their debut.

Andy Bell is HIV positive. No, not that Andy Bell.

Info on the next Doves release.

They are already naming some of the performers for SXSW.

So jealous of Catchdubs who has already copped the new Gruff Rhys record. Hello? Rough Trade? Holla at me. Check out a track by track preview by Gruff himself. Love that cover art.

Hehehehehehehe. You said Jeezy Creezy.

Hurry over to Bradley's Almanac and get those live Ted Leo tracks!

Computers make kids dumb.

Lastly, but most importantly, don't sleep on the DCist Happy Hour on Thursday evening! Be there and come say hi.

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Well, actually no one demanded it, but I just assumed it was in the back of your mind. Here are two more snaps of Jarvis The Cat getting used to his new surroundings. He is still liking the whole under the couch thing but he's become much more social since I got him a week or so ago. So far he has been really good about not scratching the hell out of everything. I hope this isn't something he'll grow out of. I still haven't been able to buy a toy he wants to play with, but rest assured my bank account will not rest until he has toys that he likes! No matter how much other crap I have to buy and then later give away.

Redboy sets us straight, make your own iPod photo thingy in Photoshop.

Speaking of, have you seen the new celebrity edition iPods? The Guns N' Roses one will be released in 2007! [via The Best Janelle]

Looks like all the pub did him no good. Ron Artest's label, Truwarrier Records (hehehehe), only sold 1,200 copies nationally of that Allure joint in its first two weeks of release. As in 600 a week.

Pedro to the Mets = Bad Idea Jeans. Queens are where careers go to die. But for four guarenteed years, you can have him and his torn labrum. In other news, no Schilling until May.

The Celtics beat the Clippers in double OT last night in what some are calling the most entertaining game of the year. PP scored 33 and fouled out early in the 4th! Ricky Davis took over from there and ended up with 34, including 18 in the fourth as he brought them team back from 12 down. I, of course, thought the game was a lost cause and went to bed at halftime. D'oh! Divo take me away!

NFL 2k5 RIP.

Blockbuster dropping late fee's.

Year End's/Best Of's from Chromewaves, Coolfer and 1115 dot org. Mine will be up next week when my insane workload finally goes back to normal.

Wake Up!

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You heard it here third! Cheers to The Upstate Life for breaking the news that tickets are on sale for The Arcade Fire's January 30th gig at the 930 Club even though the club has not made an official type announcement yet. $12 bones is just my steez. Get 'em while they're hot kids! Thanks to Catherine for the heads up.

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Sick Boy: It's certainly a phenomenon in all walks of life.
Renton: What do you mean?
Sick Boy: Well, at one time, you've got it, and then you lose it, and it's gone forever. All walks of life: George Best, for example. Had it, lost it. Or David Bowie, or Lou Reed...
Renton: Some of his solo stuff's not bad.
Sick Boy: No, it's not bad, but it's not great either. And in your heart you kind of know that although it sounds all right, it's actually just shite.
Renton: So who else?
Sick Boy: Charlie Nicholas, David Niven, Malcolm McLaren, Elvis Presley...
Renton: OK, OK, so what's the point you're trying to make?
Sick Boy: All I'm trying to do is help you understand that The Name of The Rose is merely a blip on an otherwise uninterrupted downward trajectory.
Renton: What about The Untouchables?
Sick Boy: I don't rate that at all.
Renton: Despite the Academy Award?
Sick Boy: That means fuck all. The sympathy vote.
Renton: Right. So we all get old and then we can't hack it anymore. Is that it?
Sick Boy: Yeah.
Renton: That's your theory?
Sick Boy: Yeah. Beautifully fucking illustrated.

Easily my favorite part of one of my favorite movies. Such a great scene, with Primal Scream's Trainspotting playing in the background. I used to use this snippet of dialogue as a bumper on my college radio show all the time. So best. And good call Bob.

If anyone else but Kobe was invloved in this, you'd probably call bullshit. But Kobe is invloved and somehow I bet it's true.

Shaq has 50g's with Damon Jones name on it if he wins the 3 point shooting contest on All Star Weekend.

Respect.

Damn you Rebecca Gates for doing a three city tour and not including DC! You play frigging Baltimore, but not the Capitol? WTF? [thanks to Coolfer for the heads up]

The Big Ticket is putting together a helacious MP3 mix, one track and one post at a time.

So very best. I'm about to try this thing out. [via Slatch]

The company holiday party was off the heezy. I lost countof how many G&T's I consumed. To my knowledge, I didn't make a fool of myself. When it got to the prize giveaway portion of the evening, I won $100 Borders Gift Card. Holla! I am putting together a shopping list as we speak, I know this will definitely be on there and I'm thinking so will this, but the rest is still up in the air.
Saturday I spent recovering from the night before and staying up late and watching the Celtics beat the Sonics for the second time this season.
Sunday I bought a used 1200 so now I have 2 turntables. Now all I need is a mixer and I'm good to g-o.

Official Swamped At Work Edition

Red Sox sign Matt Mantei. Schilling pumped.

Pedro's not going anywhere.

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More goodness from BDD(scroll down): Major League Baseball does not own Red Sox Nation. It's not theirs to sell. Period.

Have I mentioned that I loves me some 1115.org lately? First site I go to on the interweb each and every weekday. For realz.

It's that time again. The Onion submits their Top 10's of the year. From Chromewaves.

You knew it was bound to happen. Sons of the Sports Guy Messageboard. [via reader tip]

Can you say Bad Idea Jeans?

Yo, Pichfork gets paid! [via Catherine]

Schweet! [via DC Catherine and Tom]

Not only do they all think alike, they fucking dress alike too! [via Wonkette]

Have a great, Xmas party filled weekend.

The AP reports:

A man walked onstage in a crowded nightclub during a rock concert Wednesday night and opened fire on the band, killing at least four people and wounding at least two others. The gunman then began firing into the crowd before he was shot to death by police, authorities said.

Members of the heavy metal band Damageplan had just begun their first song at the Alrosa Villa when the man opened fire, initially targeting guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, a witness said. According to the band's Web site, Abbott and another member, drummer Vinnie Paul, also played for the heavy metal band Pantera.

Sad, sad, sad.

The Sports Guy on that Latrell Spreewell incident. I was holding off writing about this until I found out what he actually said. Now I know. But that's not the best part. This is:

Not only does Scot Pollard look like Morrissey, he was actually dressed like him on the bench. That led to three straight hours of Morrissey/Pollard jokes from me and my buddy Nick, including knee-slappers like "Teammate in a coma I know, I know, it's serious" and "It was a good lay-up, good lay-up ... it was a good lay-up, good lay-up." I'm not proud of these jokes, but if you were looking at Scot Pollard and remotely familiar with Morrissey's career, you would have laughed.

Ron Artest smells his fingers.

GP calls out PP. Meltdown here we come?

Don Nelson got ejected 93 seconds into last night's game.

Strange no mention of this on Whatevs, but Tigers outfielder Craig Monroe arrested for shoplifting a $29.99 belt.

Wilco, coming back to DC in February. Maybe I'll care by then. Probably not.

Ian Brown to re-record Where Angles Play.

This year's Grammy noms. Snooze.

50 Quid Bloke, the British Coolfer?

I'm going to bombard you with this shit. Just accept it. The first bluestate flyer. And look! There we are on the Black Cat schedule page! January 8th, ya heard. I'll be on from 9:30 until 11 PM. I figured I would go on early so all of my friends can't make excuses about not making it out and also so I don't fall alseep on the turntables at 1 AM.

The Pixies were just binoculars last night. Hit after hit after hit after hit after hit. Dayum. No La La Love You but I did get UMass and also a rousing version of Hey!. And I finally know what happened when preachy preach talked to kissy kiss. My review for DCist can be found here.

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Tonight!

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I'm hoping for "La La Love You" and "UMass" to be somewhere in the set tonight. *fingers crossed* Looks like I have some amazing seats so hopefully I will have a plethora of pictures tomorrow.

Shannan and I did some more work on the site last night (well, actually she did most of it, I just said "OK" and "looks good" a bunch of times) so the scroll bar at the bottom and the logo should both be fixed on IE. If anyone has any problems, please leave me a comment.

C's dropped a heartbreaker to the lowly Warriors last night in Oakland. Add this to the smackdown they got in Sacto the previous night after dropping 60 points in the first half and that means an 0-2 start on their road trip. Surprisingly, no snide comments from Coolfer about that. Respect.

If you don't think Barry Bonds is on steroids, click here. End of story.

No surprise here. 1115 dot org kicks the kanowledge on the subject.

Can't wait for the soundtrack to The Life Aquatic. I walked next door to The Virgin Megastore in Union Square and bought The Royal Tenenbaums soundtrack right after I saw the movie. Speaking of, check out Gothamist's interview with Wes Anderson!

The 10th anniversary reissue of The Holy Bible is packed with goodies and, thus, will not be released on these shores. Not my favorite Manics record (That would be Everything Must Go) but I loves me some Faster. Any song that namechecks Mensa, Miller, Mailer, Plath and Pinter is A-OK in my book(no pun intended).

Will the new Oasis record be out next year? Well, they're touring so maybe they will play some new stuff. Noel must need a new Bentley or something.

Ash are touring the US next year when their last record finally gets a stateside release! Woo Hoo! In a related story, Free All Angels got repeat play in the leafblower-mobile over the weekend.

New details about the upcoming Mercury Rev album.

Nas doesn't heart Kobe.

Pearl Jam to BMG? Disappointing if so. I want them to do their own thing and show the labels how it's done. Help us Radiohead, you're our only hope!

Black Friday was very good to Apple.

If you're not incredibly hungover on Saturday like I'll be (company holiday party on Friday night), go check out the opening of the Apple Store in Bethesda.

Stressed out? Try some virtual bubble wrap.

Have I mentioned I'm DJing at the Black Cat in January? I have? Well, have I mentioned we have a website?

Lastly...Jarvis the cat, revealed!
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The Blind Stagger

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I know this is a week late, but hey, I've been trying to launch information leafblower 3.0, so cut me some slack. So what do you think? There are still quite a few things to be tweaked here and there, but, for the most part, this is how the new site will look and feel. I wanted to do something a little different from the "typical blog design" and still stay true to a few of my inspirations. And since I don't know the first thing about ftp (or movable type for that matter), I could not have done this without the help of two people, so Shannan and Aaron, take a bow.

So...welcome...and bear with me as I tweak, adjust and fine-tune my new home. I also have to carve out a big chunk of time to go back and reload ALL of my jpeg's to my new site. Typepad (unfortunately) does not have a function that lets you export your files (only the text in the posts and comments themselves), so until I do that, the old site (and my pictures) will stay online but will not be updated any further.

And if this wasn't keeping me busy enough, I got a cat this weekend! I was in serious kitty withdrawl, and my anti-kitty roommate moved out at the first of the month, so I talked my other roomies into letting me get a new furball. I went to a friends adoption shelter on Saturday and picked out a new friend. He came up to me while I was playing with another cat and was kinda like "Me, me me! Pick me!" so how could I resist? Saturday night was a bit rough as he hid in the corners of my room all night, meowed constantly from 3 AM until about dawn, and took a rather large poop in my loft. But he came around a lot since then when I broke out the one thing no cat can resist playing with, a shoelace, and that really broke the ice. Since then he's letting me pet him and hold him has finally started purring. His name was Frankie, but I have re-christened him Jarvis. Jarvis is 8 months old and a white/orange/cream domestic short hair. Pictures to follow once he quits hiding under everything.

So how was everyone else's weekends?

[Rant] I get less impressed with the Mozilla Firefox web browser every day that I use it. Tabbed browsing is nice but what good does it do when it crashes everytime you try to open a movie file or pdf? This is my third attempt at writing today's entry. I guess I'll have to start saving after every paragraph. Why is it so effing hard to create a decent web broswer for Windoze? But I digress...[/Rant]

Ted Leo is a rock star, but what else is new? Ted +R/X played a loud and rapid, although somewhat abbreviated set last night at the Black Cat to kick off the second leg of his Shake The Sheets tour. To the dismay of no one, the set relied primarily on material from his first two records, although he played cracking versions of Me and Mia and Little Dawn and a very loose and scattershot rendition of Shake The Sheets to close out the set. Don't get me wrong, I don't think I'll ever get sick of My Vein Illin and Where Have All The Rudeboys Gone, but this was one show where I wanted him to disregard his old stuff and tackle his new material head on. Maybe tonight.

Before I get to the bad part of the night, let me try and describe how awesome the unfortunately named openers Washington Social Club were. Imagine if "garage rock" didn't sound incredibly tired and dated, then mix in some Ramones, early (read:good) Jimmy Eat World, and a large chuck of Britpop almost were's The 60 Foot Dolls and you're close to what these three lads and bass playing lass sound like. Quite simply, they kicked my ass. There is hope for the DC music scene! Only my cab ride to the Metro station kept me from picking up their CD on Badman records (you know I HAD to cop Shake The Sheets on vinyl -from Chris Leo no less- for just 8 clams). Washington Social Club, information leafblower endorsed and approved!

Now, the bad part of the evening. I know I am an old fucking codger but isn't throwing your headline act onstage at 11:30 in the PM a little late for a school night? I was dead fucking tired all night and had to leave during the encore to make the last train home. And I barely made it, by less than 2 minutes, and only because it was running late. I know not everyone in DC uses Metro to get home, but shouldn't you give your customers that option? Half the people in attendance had left halfway through Ted's set because it was midnight by the time he started his 6th song of the set. Why not start earlier and get people home sooner? But I digress....

I have a few pics from last night, but after finally arriving home at 1:22 in the AM, i didn't feel like uploading them. Maybe tonight.

Chromewaves waxes nostalgic about Ride.

Schmobvs. Honestly, does this surprise anyone?

I was at the gig and totally missed it, but the shit hit the fan in Boston last night. The C's beat the Bucks but there was some drama in the fourth when Doc Rivers lifted PP with about 4 minutes left because he wasn't getting out and running on the fast break. PP was, understandably, not a happy camper. But Doc put him in a little later and PP hit a big three pointer to help the C's pull away. This is, as they say, developing. I personally don't think it's a big issue and hope it stay that way. Doc is the coach, PP wasn't following directions. Pretty simple.
I think this will be a good thing for PP. He always plays better when he is challenged, something Fatoine Walker was never scared to do to him. GP is slowly starting to do this and the sooner he solidifies that role, the better. I hope PP doesn't take this personally and comes back brighter. Worth watching. Also worht noting...Mark Blount had a great game and PP refused to talk to the media after the game.

Tonight!

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It's on tonight, bitches. I'm rolling up to the Black Cat something like 10 deep. If you're not in on the fun, holla at your boy. The best part? I get to do it again tomorrow night.

Owned. Mixmaster Peabs has been strangely silent lately.

I could give a rats ass about Notre Dame but this is muy fucked up. I guess going 21-15 over three years won't cut it anymore. Yes, I know USC handed them there asses three straight years, but quotes like this are just binoculars: "In a lot of ways," the (Notre Dame) athletic director said, "this program hasn't been this healthy in a long time."
But writer Pat Forde does him one better: Athletic directors, presidents and alums everywhere want the big lie: they want Harvard during the week and Oklahoma on the weekends.

This fine gentleman was robbed! Robbed I say. Surely Bob Cook is with me on this.

Some guys have all the luck.

Wanna be in Gorillaz?

The Delays have written over 40 songs for their next record. Look for it in April of 2005.

Is this the Coachella 2005 line up?