Information Leafblower: April 2005 Archives

April 2005 Archives

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Swizzamped at work. V. much looking forward to this weekend, much of what I'll be doing is in the DCist weekend preview, which I helped write. So is Paul Westerberg sober or not?

Anyways, my plan for the weekend:

Tonight: Stars & Ivy at the Black Cat. I've never heard either band but have heard good things about both. And I really need to hang out at the Black Cat more.
Saturday: Celtics v. Pacers, Razzmatazz
Sunday: The Wedding Present at the Black Cat. I was gonna skip the show but Frank got me all excited about it. Waiting for Brad to chime in.

My own personal Coachella if you will. Only with no scorching heat or Stereophonics!

RE: that game last night, the esteemed Bob Cook and I have been going back and forth all morning (and he's being way too nice to me) but let's just say that Doc Rivers put on a coaching job of Isiah Thomas like proportions and the team as a whole gave Wizardsian effort on defense. If we don't make changes for Game 4, it'll be too late.

Have a great weekend everyone.

liamtwofingers.jpg Our kid's at it again (as he usually is right before an album release): Like Damore, he's not into Franzia; "“He reminds me of fucking Right Said Fred. You put on 'I’m To Sexy For My Fucking Thing' next to their records and I bet you any money it’s the same person. It’s the same fucking person! He’s just gone on the Atkins diet and grown his hair! Not my thing at all. I don’t like quirky, weird music. It’s not my cup of tea all that nonsense, million miles an hour music that’s not going anywhere.”

He goes on to spout off about Bloc Party (who's CD I am ADDICTED to), Kaiser Chiefs (not so much, they're pretty fucking lame), Scissor Sisters and everyone's favorite useless smackhead, Pete (not relation to Matt) Doherty! But he doesn't hate everyone. Not at all; "It's Charlotte Church for me, man,” he stated. “She could be the next Liam. She's got a great voice and she f**king has it. She knows how to get f**king hammered and she freaks people out."

ooooohhhhhhhkay. Moving on...

Coachella Set Times. Last year I was muy jealous that I couldn't go. This year? Not so much. But it would be cool if everyone decides to see Bloc Party and Spoon instead of Coldplay.

Here's a few rescheduled Doves dates.

Warning! Sounds less than Promising.

New Redboy DJ Mix.

Lindsay gives some sex advice from a blogger.

A Brief History of a Quarter Century of Washington Basketball. Great stuff. [via Catchdubs]

Let's wind up Bob Cook shall we?
Stephen Jackson sprained his knee in Game 2. He's gonna give it a go tonight but it looks like PP will be guarded by (dramatic pause) Reggie Miller!
JO is STILL fucking complaining about his shoulder. Listen you whiny fucker, shut up or go out there and play.
The Sport Guy says Reggie Miller, A SuperDuperStar? Not so much. Above average? That's more like it. Spot on if you ask me. But I liked him when he used to kill the Knicks and he had all those fucked up hairdo's.

How to give your iPod the brushed look.

As promised, more Mr. Pink for your viewing pleasure.

Gruff talks to NME about the NEW (!!!) Super Furry record, Love Kraft. He describes it as “very uplifting, but also our least poppy record. It’s more textured and atmospheric”.

The Modernage saw a live acoustic show by The Futureheads.

Jarvis Cocker's desert island discs. [via LHB]

MTV talks to Spoon about Gimme Fiction, which one of my readers described as "so good, it'll make you puke."

The Sports Guy echoes my sentiments about Doc Rivers.

Jeezy Creezy!

Apple upgrades their G5 desktop line.

Chucky P on Banksy, why Radiohead doesn't play Creep anymore and "The Church of Stories".

Wacky. How did he get up there? Did he have help? He must have, right?

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You know, like when the website you help edit and write for throws a party and you and your DJ friends get to spin records at it. Should be fun. Be there! Yes, I will be playing Ring Of Fire. I'm also determined to play The Connells One Simple Word which came on the iPod yesterday and gave me a big ol' smile. Cheers to Holly for the flyer design.

The first half of the Doves tour has been cancelled. Yes, including Coachella. Don't sweat it DC, we're on the tail end. Speaking of, those injured Manc lads have a new EP out today. It has live versions of Pounding, There Goes the Fear, Words, Catch the Sun, Caught By the River and Here it Comes and is only in select, cooler than you, indie record stores.

Tonight, local boys The Fatales are playing with the much buzzed about Canadian outfit Stars, in the Darfur Benefit at Northsix in Brooklyn. Get you tickets from Ticketweb.

Coldplay and Franzia to tour together?

The Landlord will patrol the paint in Durham for his senior season. A wise decision sir.

Doc decided he didn't want to win Game Two last night. How else do you explain only nine minutes for Al Jefferson and twice that for Mark Blount? The announcers for last night's game(John Thompson and Rex Chapman - who knew he was still alive?) were making me nauseous. I think Thompson was rubbing ICYHOT on JO's shoulder during the timeouts. It would have been less conspicuous if they had pulled down his pants and given him an HoJo. Jeezy Creezy. I loved JO's acting job after Al blocked his shot in the first half. Also, memo to TNT: Reggie Miller is retiring after we win the series and send his sorry ass home for good. We get it.

Hopefully in Game Three, GP will remember to run the pick and roll with Raef and Marcus Banks will start going to the rim again. Perhaps Doc won't play PP and Tione the ENTIRE SECOND HALF. It's not like we have a good bench or anything.

One thing is certain, Bob Cook and I will continue to talk shit to each other.

I was engrossed in the game and my Divo'd episode of 24 last night, so expect more pictures of Mr. Pink tomorrow.

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Here it is(finally). Download or stream it here. Tracklisting:

1) Gorillaz - Feel Good, Inc.
2) Mylo - Drop The Pressure
3) Kasabian - Reason Is Treason
4) LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
5) The Bravery - An Honest Mistake
6) The Police - De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
7) Bloc Party - Banquet

If you haven't already, check out Volume One while it's still available.

I'll have some outtakes from Mr. Pink's impromptu photoshoot available on Flickr tomorrow. He's my #1 fan! His bed is located under one of the turntables, and whenever I start practicing he gets in it and lies there listening. It's very cool.

Ahem. OWNED. For the record, we were up by as much as 37 points in that game. Poor wittle Reggie wooked wike he was gonna cry! Thanks for reminding everyone what a punk ass little bitch you are. I will take great pleasure when the Celtics end your career. All the C's have to do now is stay focused, Catchdubs steez. We just need more of the same from Marcus Banks and Al Jefferson.

In case anyone was wondering, Divo is awesome. I taped Dawn of the Dead, Kill Bill Volume 1, The Return Of The King and two episodes of Later...with Jools Holland (one with the Beta Band and Morrissey!) over the weekend. I am hooked.

Don't sleep on all the contests and free stuff out there for you:

Kasabian (from me)
Mary Timony (from bluestate)
Verve Remixed (from bluestate)

Is gmail acting wacky for everyone else today or is it just me?

Bukbeer

this is important enough:
to get your feelings down
it is better than shaving
or cooking beans with garlic
it is the little we can do
this small bravery of knowledge
and there is of course
madness and terror too
in knowing
that some part of you
wound up like a clock
can never be wound again
once it stops.
but now
there's a ticking under your shirt
and you whirl the beans with a spoon,
one love dead, one love departed
another love...
ah! as many loves as beans
yes, count them now
sad, sad
your feelings boiling over flame,
get this down.

- Written by Charles Bukowski, taken from his book Burning In Water, Drowning In Flame.

Ahem...First place, bitches!

Last night's game was great, with a few exceptions.
1) It took us THREE HOURS to get to Baltimore (thus missing the ENTIRE first inning) and we left work an hour early. Yep, that's right, 180 minutes to drive 48.5 miles. Can we bring this up as Exhibit A the next time Peter Angelos starts complaining on how people in DC should only come to O's games? Until he builds me a dedicated freeway that will insure me being able to see the first pitch, he can suck it.
2) I stood in line to get food for an inning and a half only to get some chicken tenders and cold french fries. And by the time I got up there, they had no hot dogs ready. It's like the food services people were shocked people wanted to order food to eat. Jeezy Creezy.
3) They only sold beer, CrackerJacks and cotton candy in the stands. Again, no dogs. No ice cream. No nothin'. If I didn't know better, I would think they are trying to promote alcoholism.

But enough complaining. The game last night at Camden Fenway Yards at Oriole Red Sox Park was alot of fun. I would estimate the Sox fans to O's fans ratio where we were sitting (left field stands) was about 80/20 in favor of the good guys. We got a very loud "Let's Go Red Sox" chant going every inning. The Sox fans were rowdy and funny too. The guy behind me kept yelling "Shut up, you look up to Washington DC!" everytime O's fans got a little to vocal. Some people behind us were saying it was cheaper for them to fly down to Baltimore from Boston and go to this game than it was to scalp tickets to Fenway. There were thousands of WORLD CHAMPS shirts in the crowd. It was a good night to fly your colors. I took some photos, the best of which are here.

The game itself was great. Matt Clement got 'er done, just like I said he would. Can't wait to go back on July 8th! That's a Friday night game BTW, but we have summer hours then so I'll start heading up 295 at 1 PM with hopes of seeing the first pitch.

Yeah, whatever.

Oasis quotes. [via Ultragrrrl]

Airtoons [via The DCeiver]

Best. Headline. Ever.

NBA Playoffs start tomorrow. The C's play the Pacers at 8 PM. The esteemed Bob Cook and myself are trying to fashion some sort of wager on said series, which will be grand 'cause we're so gonna beat that ass. Who's gonna win the whole thing? The Sports Guy weighs in and notes the Reggie Miller is shooting under .400 for the last month.

Any MT savvy people out there want to walk me through hooking up my flickr account to my blog? Cheers.

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Believe it or not, as of today I've been using the internerd to blow them leaves for two whole years. Holla! And although he just joined the crew, Mr. Pink is just as excited as me.

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I'm not the only one having a birthday today either.

I'm celebrating by ordering a Divo (which will be installed tomorrow) and traveling to Baltimore tonight to see THE MOTHER FUCKING WORLD CHAMPION RED SOX. Recognize! Matt Clement is gonna do the damn thing.

Here is something I never hope I say: "I've strained my groin before but I've never felt anything like this."

I made three attempts at Mixtape #2 last night, none of which I was totally happy with, so look for it on Monday.

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OK everyone. I did indeed get three of the "leaked" Oasis tracks. The verdict? Collectively I'd rate them just like Lou Reed's solo stuff: No, it's not bad, but it's not great either. From the six tracks I've heard (the following three, Lyla - which leaked last week - and the live versions of A Bell Will Ring and The Meaning Of Soul that have been floating around since last year) no way is this the best record the band has ever done (get real Noel). My thoughts:

Let There Be Love - Slow weepy in the vein of Born On A Different Cloud that has Liam and Noel trading of verses, Acquiesce steez. Starts out with a sparse piano riff and some acoustic guitar with Liam singing "Who kicked a hole in the sky so the heavens would cry over me?" and the like. Liam has two verses before the drums kick in Noel comes in and sings his verse, which ends on a "We'd love to turn you ooooonnnnnn"-type flasetto. Right after this, about 2 and a half minutes in to the song, it kinda peters out and you expect the track to end before Liam starts back up again with the first verse. A slow and gradual buildup begins and runs through the rest of the track with Liam singing "Let there be love" over and over. A decent tune, but it sounds unfinished, like they couldn't really decide if they just wanted this to be a slow song or make it into a Don't Look Back In Anger type stadium anthem. The result is something in between.

Keep The Dream Alive (written by Andy Bell)- A typical Oasis rocker (and that's good thing). Kind of like a slower Roll With It or a better (Probably) All In The Mind (which I originally thought was written by Andy Bell). Finally some Oasis type lyrics, "I'm at the crossroads / waiting for a sign / My life is standing still / but I'm still alive". Liam's singing is superb and Noel's back up vocals really add alot to the song. Big fuck off chorus makes this stadium ready, complete with signature semi-noodley Noel guitar solo. Liam brings it all home near the end of the song with some "na na na na's" and your author is smiling profusely as he types this and counting the days until I see them in Detroit. A song worthy of being included in the Oasis catalog.

Mucky Fingers - (written by Noel) A blatant and subpar stab at Noel writing I'm Waiting For The Man sans the onetwofifth reference. Rides the Velvet Underground groove repeatedly throughout the song. I kept waiting for it to really take off and go somewhere but it never really does. The chorus is Noel singing "It's alright" over and over again (something that cannot be said for his songwriting lately). There's even a harmonica solo after the bridge. Why do I have a sinking suspicion that the worst songs on the album are all going to belong to Noel? Bottom line: a disappointment.

So from this batch, that gives us one ace tune, one good album track and yet another clunker from Noel.

Also yesterday friend of ILB Mark sent along the new Coldplay single The Speed Of Sound. I have a love/hate relationship with Coldplay. I love their music (being the huge dork I am) but I hate it when that fookin' student opens his mouth to the press. I still stand by my claim that they are the most boring live band on the planet. Their new single sounds like Clocks (admittedly a fave of mine) except with more guitars. It starts out with a short piano intro before the student starts singing over some Echo & The Bunnymen type drums and the pianos come back in after the verse. Midway through the next verse the guitars come in and the student breaks out the falsetto as they approach the chorus. Stadium ready Coldplay by the numbers. Thus, I love it.

Some other treats that have been flooding my inbox:

New Ash E Card

M.I.A. videos in Real Player:
Sunshowers
Galang
*taken down at the label's request (why put them up and send them out in the first place?)

The Raveonettes "Love In A Trash Can" video (Quicktime)

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the passing of former Panthers great Sam Mills. In a town full of Alonzo Mourning, Kerry Collins, Rae Carruth, Fred Lane and many others Mills was the cornerstone of the Panthers franchise and a force in the community as well as on the field. He will be missed.

Tomorrow: Red Sox v. O's in Baltimore! Also, I hope to have the new mixtape/podcast up for your downloading pleasure. Be sure to go get the first one if you haven't already.

For some reason the internerd has been flooded with posts/mentions/info about The Bravery today. Strange. I said I liked The Bravery way back in January (pre hype train) but even back then I pegged them as an amalgam of most of the current now sound alternative type bands. I saw them again in March (post hype build-up) and I still liked them and I'm not changing my views now. It seems too many people are wrapped up in their look (yes, they do look like they were put together by a record label) and influences, but I look at it this way; At least bands like The Bravery and their ilk are ripping off INXS, The Cure and early u2 instead of being one of the endless Coldplay/Travis clones coming out of the UK for the last three years. Purely from a DJ point of view, you can dance to it and people dig it, so I'm cool with it. Also, I give Endicott props for producing their debut album, it sounds superb. Whether you like the tunes or not is up to you. But I digress...

Check out this Boston Phoenix piece on the Killers v. The Bravery. One of the guys on CSI: Miami was in Skabba The Hut. Who knew? I think too much is made of this whole ska thing. The lead singer of the Mooney Suzuki was once one of the rap guys in 2 Skinnee J's before he decided to rock out and no one really cared about that. Or maybe no one cares about The Mooney Suzuki. Who knows? [link via Catchdubs]

Predictably, Pitchfork gives The Bravery's album a sub-6 rating. That's actually tough to argue with though, because the clunkers on that record are BAD.

But haters, take heart, apparently The Bravery aren't THAT big yet. Witness this report from Gawker. On a somewhat related note, I'm very excited to finally see The Information. Last week at iPod Jukebox, Holly mentioned to me that they were coming to town soon, and sure enough, Bliss is hosting them at DC9 on May 12th.

Some other stuff to get excited about:
- The setlist from a recent Manic Street Preachers show. Hottness. Faster would definitely get a mention from me an a "Greatest Song Ever To Namecheck Mensa, Miller, Mailer, Plaith and Pinter" discussion.

- Parts of the Oasis album have leaked online! Did you get them? I have three of the tracks (thanks L Boogie) but no way to listen to them at work. I'd like to present this as Exhibit A in the band and label's furtive attempts to prove to fans that the record will be better than the first single. "Leaked" my ass. I'll have a report soon if what I have is indeed the real thing.

- Quoth Liam: Fookin' Students! [via Stereogum]

- The La's to play Glastonbury? DROOL.

- Gnarls Barkely. Best. Name. Ever.

- Umm...who are these hotties and why didn't I see them at bluestate?

Three albums I've been really into lately:
Kings Of Leon: HATED this record the first few times I listened to it. I just couldn't get over the singers extremely nasal voice and pronounced Southern accent. But once I did, the album really opened up to me. The interplay between the guitars on this record is really amazing. I could see me playing this on a sunny day as I'm embarking on a road trip with the windows down.

Bloc Party: I finally caved and bought this album via iTunes and it's as good as the hype surrounding the band. I love the relentless pace. 75% of this I could play at bluestate, so I just ordered it on wax.

Beck: I am no Beck fan. I gave up on him a long time ago, but I popped Guero in to my car's CD player last night and was pleasently surprised at what eminated from the speakers. Lots of stuff that sounds like The New Pollution (meaning more singing, less rapping). It's also reassuring to see the Dust Brothers haven't lost it either. I'm going to listen to this record much more than I thought I would.

Yo, if anyone out there wants to give your favorite leafblower a free pro flickr account, just get at me.

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OK kiddies, listen up. Because you all have been so good, I'm doing a Kasabian giveaway contest to reward you. Here's the booty:

GRAND PRIZE:
- Autographed red Kasabian poster (approximately 3' x 5') showcasing image from the album cover
- Club Foot single on 10" vinyl
- Sticker pack and pins

RUNNER UP:
- Club Foot single on 10" vinyl
- Sticker pack and pins

To win, all you have to do is send an email to leafblowergives@gmail.com by midnight on Wednesday, May 11th. The winners will be notified the next day, which coincidentally is when Kasabian plays the 930 Club.

Good Luck!

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Last week after I did my Oasis post, I started feeling bad about this big Super Furry post I had conceptualized in my head but never got around to write. And no, I'm not going to recount all 20+ times I've seen the band (I honestly couldn't even if I wanted to) or recall the times I've been onstage with them (peep the bottom row of photos, that's me in the green gorilla costume) or recap the multiple weekends I spent with them in the studio while they recorded Rings Around The World or the time they dedicated my favorite SFA song to me in Dublin and they had only played it twice before so Gruff couldn't remember the words or anything like that. I've already done that, albeit briefly. No, the inspiration for this post was touched off by this absolutely amazing article from Under The Radar Magazine (download the 8 page pdf here). It's one of the most in-depth articles about the band I've ever read. Very thorough. I LOVE reading about the Furries (robvs.), they always have something to say. Gruff always comes up with these incredibly vibrant and intelligent quotes that never fail to get me salivating over whatever new release they have coming up. I can't believe their new record isn't due out until August! That's way too far away for me. It seems like a lifetime. But I digress..

In the article, they of course cover some of the songs on the new record. One of them is a song called Zoom, which has been kicking around in one form or another for over four years and the article calls "perhaps the most impressive song on the new album". Of course I, ever the completist, have a live copy of the song from when the band debuted it live in John Peel's backyard on July 12th of 2001. They literally wrote it on the way to Peel's house, so it isn't necessarily a stunner in its early form, but I've always wondered what happened to this song and I'm excited to hear what the final version sounds like. Here it is along with some other live tracks from that performance:

Super Furry Animals Live From Peel Acres
Zoom (MP3)
Nythod Cacwn (MP3)
Run! Christian, Run! (MP3)

Lastly, here is an ultra rare Beach Boys cover the Furries did on a BBC Radio 1 Evening Session in June of 2001

The Warmth Of The Sun (MP3)

Who loves ya?

Also not to be missed is the left over quotes from the Under The Radar piece. Parts of it are pure gold.

On Tom Jones...
UTR: Does [Tom Jones] even speak Welsh?
Guto: Oh, hell no. No.

Too funny.

And be sure to check out the quotes from the fans they interviewed for the article, including the one and only L Boogie (who's first name they got wrong, BTW). Sweet!

Big ups to everyone that came out to bluestate on Saturday. We had a fairly sizeable crowd and it was alot of fun. My setlist (beatmatched, natch) was:

Interpol, "Narc"
Daft Punk, "Around The World"
Arcade Fire, "Rebellion (Lies)"
VHS or Beta, "Night On Fire"
The Cure, "The Walk"
Mylo, "Destroy Rock N' Roll"
Echo & The Bunnymen, "Lips Like Sugar"
Prince, "I Would Die 4 U / Baby I'm A Star"
The Bravery, "An Honest Mistake"
Kasabian, "Reason Is Treason"
The Police, "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"
Franz Ferdinand, "This Fire (Playgroup Remix)"
R.E.M., "Radio Free Europe"
Bloc Party, "Banquet (Phones Disco Edit)"
The Postal Service, "We Will Become Silhouettes"
David Bowie, "Modern Love"
Lindsey Buckingham, "Holiday Road"
Gorillaz, "Feel Good, Inc."

I know everyone already hates The Bravery, but "An Honest Mistake" sounds damn good over a loud soundsystem, particularly when it's mixed in with some old skool Prince. "Holiday Road" was the super secret 12 inch and it predictably cleared the dance floor. Effing youngsters. We have two, count 'em two, gigs in May so keep your eyes on the bluestate website. Everyone else's set lists will be up soon.

Ladeez and Gents, your Atlantic Division Champions for the 2004-2005 season. For those of you counting at home, this is the C's first division title since Larry Bird was still roaming the parquet.

At least it is according to the Washington City Paper! Peep this shit:

In what many are calling "Punkgate," a pair of unnamed music bloggers recently posted evidence allegedly proving that Britain's latest dance-punk hype the Stalinistas were nothing more than a lip-synching front. Using documents, rough audio samples, and an unnamed source they call "Acid Burn" (in reference to Angelina Jolie's Hackers character), the stalwart bloggers reported that the Stalinistas have been performing and releasing long-lost Gang of Four tunes as their own. Thank God D.C. bloggers DJ Leafblower, DCSOB, WeirdCurves, and Seeking Irony come nowhere near such muckraking buzzkill. For them, it's just about the music, man—digging Hot Hot Heat, clinging to those crushes on Oasis and Buffalo Tom, and linking readers to corporate giveaways. (OK, so sometimes it's about the industry.) Tonight, said bloggers will turn off their PowerBooks and instead spin DJ sets. To judge from their e-diary entries, expect lots of authentic dance punk, projected photos of cats, Sin City raves, an iPod shuffle or two, and, because they're indie like that, fliers and crap. The spin starts at 9:30 p.m. on the Black Cat's Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. Free.

Anonymous shout outs to Mr. Pink are so effing best. Cheers Jason.

And since I already know your next question, here is the schedule for Saturday night along with some of the other press we've garnered this week. I'm on from 11 PM until midnight. Expect lots of Mylo, some Echo & The Bunnymen and some Postal Service among others. I also have a super secret surprise 12 inch that will either have everyone going nuts or completely clear the dancefloor.

As if my head wasn't big enough right now, be sure to check out the mighty DCeiver's Cockblocking The Bloc Party (A Play In Three Acts) in which yours truly warrants a speaking role! So sweet. For the record I want Liev Schrieber to play me in the big screen movie version with David Fincher directing. I will of course be overseeing the soundtrack. Robvs.

Anyone else catch the Fandemoneum at Fenway last night? I thought it was pretty innocent but The Dirt Dogs disagree.

See you Saturday!

*sigh*

Another day, another $170 spent on tickets. That's the bad news, the good news is I'm going to see Doves and Mercury Rev in May and Oasis in September. Surprisingly, I didn't forget that Oasis tickets went on sale today (thanks to the FOUR people that sent me the ticket pre-sale info today - reasons like this are why I started this damn thing), and I actually got decent seats.

Even though their new song kinda blows (cheers to Golden Fiddle for calling Noel on his lame excuses) I am so looking forward to seeing my former favorite band on the planet again. I even went so far as to buy a ticket to their show in Detroit Rock City for the opening night of the tour in June. Yes, I am a dork. I haven't seen them since 2002 and I wouldn't be so excited if that show wasn't so impressive. I went in with very low expectations but their new material really sounded great.

By my count, these two gigs will be the 14th and 15th times I've seen this band, not counting the infamous NC gig in 1996 that they cancelled when Noel took the daily flight from Charlotte to London Gatwick and scrapped that entire tour. I drove 6 hours to go to that show only to be handed a piece of paper upon arriving at the venue that said "Tonight's show has been cancelled." Fuckers. I've been an Oasis fan for 10 YEARS. That's scary in and unto itself. My Oasis gigiography:

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1995
17th February Carrboro, NC, United States,Cat's Cradle - I still have the ticket stub for this show. It cost like $8. One of the loudest shows I've ever been to.
5th March Virginia Beach, VA, United States,The Abyss - The first time I met the group. Liam and Bonehead were riding go-carts at the track next to the venue and I went right up and introduced myself. They both signed my copy of Definitely Maybe and I watched them film part of the Rock N Roll Star video. Bonehead was impressed with my extensive knowledge of their B-sides. They played (It's Good) To Be Free and Fade Away at this show and Liam forgot some of the words to Columbia.
10th October Baltimore, MD, United States,Hammerjack's - This is where the above picture was taken - check out the story behind it, that's me on the right, obvs. The first time I got to hear the Morning Glory album live. A stunner.
1996
8th September Long Island, NY, United States,Jones Beach Theatre - They played my favorite Oasis track, Listen Up at this gig. I screamed like I was at an NSYNC gig. The Manic Street Preachers opened.
1997
7th October New York, NY, United States,Hammerstein Ballroom - Previewing Be Here Now. Little did I know I'd never hear any of those songs live ever again.
8th October New York, NY, United States,Hammerstein Ballroom - Ditto.
1998
12th January E Rutherford, NJ, United States,Continental Airlines Arena - Cornershop opened. The last gig I saw Noel do one his 4 song acoustic sets in the middle of the show. I miss them. he covered The Jam's To Be Someone prompting me to go out and buy every record by The Jam that I could get my hands on.
1999
3rd December Philadelphia, PA, United States,First Union Center - First ever gig with Gem and Andy Bell. This was a radio show where they only played 5 songs, but it was still great.
2000
1st May New York, NY, United States,Radio City Music Hall - Travis opened, otherwise not much to speak of. This was the Standing On The Shoulder of Giants tour. My least favorite record of theirs. I went to this gig with Redboy.
25th August Reading, United Kingdom,Reading Festival - Worst gig I ever saw them do, although the did play Step Out.
2001
27th May Wallingford, CT, United States,SNET Oakdale Theater - The tour with the Black Crowes. A great gig. Liam was in top form. They played alot of old stuff, rekindling my love for the band. I bootlegged this show.
9th June New York, NY, United States,Radio City Music Hall - Best gig I ever saw them do. Alan White's older brother Steve (Paul Weller's drummer) filled in for him and absolutely killed it. They sounded like a new band. Just amazing. Oh, and they played Columbia.
2002
11th August New York, NY, United States,Roseland Ballroom - Every song from Heathen Chemistry got new life during this show. Better Man and Born On A Different Cloud were just amazing. The production on that record is complete shite. The songs are there, but they sound horrible.

I was sad in 2003 when my streak of seeing them at least once a year for seven straight years was broken. The only band I've seen more times than Oasis is the Super Furries (I'm guessing I've seen them 22 times), but then again I don't usually have to pay for tickets to see them and I can sometimes snag a ride on the tour bus, so it makes seeing them a bit easier. But I digress...

Had fun last night at iPod Jukebox. My set was:

Feist - One Evening
Massive Attack - Daydreaming
Cartel - Fleets

Why am I so excited about a new Depeche Mode record?

Interview with Norman from Teenage Fanclub. [via Chromewaves]

Any of my DC peeps wanna go see the Brazilian Girls in NYC? OK how about if the trip is free, courtesy of your favorite group of DJ's? I just got the CD in the mail yesterday. I've heard good things.

The Celtics clinched a playoff birth last night. Sweet. Is a first round match up against the Washington Wizards in the cards?

Bloc Party tickets for their June show at the 930 Club are on sale now.

Other readers may be interested in the following shows that will go on sale tomorrow at 10AM:

The Stereophonics: May 19, 2005
The Dresden Dolls: May 20, 2005, 6:30pm show
Gang of Four: May 20, 2005, 10:00pm show
Doves: May 23, 2005
GZA: May 25, 2005
Old 97s: June 11, 2005
Alkaline Trio: June 29, 2005

Don't sleep! Go to Tickets.com for more info.

The Mighty DCeiver has more info.

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In company-wide corporate meetings most of the day today.
Mr. Pink says hello.

Owned.

Oasis in Baltimore on September 29th!!

I had quite the weekend, thanks for asking.

Friday night I took in the cinematic achievement that is Sin City with my roommate. This movie kicked my ass, plain and simple. I loved the black and white aesthetic and the incredible voiceovers throughout the flick. So much awesome. Powers Boothe was great! Mickey Rourke was incredible and that's an understatement. More importantly, who knew Karen Sisco was so damn hott? Jeezy Creezy. The Clive Owen story was my least favorite but I still think it added alot to the movie. Go see this movie tonight if you haven't already. I hope this means Frank Miller will be more involved with any further adaptations from his work, I'm a big fan. This DVD will be in my collection the week it's released.

Saturday I accompanied Miss Glamourpuss on a shopping spree that included a trip to the Arlington Apple Store so she could procure herself a Mac Mini. It was crazy carrying her new machine, new mouse and new keyboard all in one little shopping bag as we left the store. We went back to her place and I had that little sucker up and running in less than 10 minutes. It took longer to unpack it than it did to hook it up. Sweet. Another convert!

Saturday night, of course, was the Bloc Party gig at the Black Cat. It was PACKED near the stage (so no photos), but less so in the back so I lingered around the soundboard for most of the gig. As for the show...it was good, but it wasn't the greatest thing I'd ever seen in my life or anything. The group had a good amount of energy despite this being the end of the tour and the band was tight (Banquet was amazing), BUT, I was honestly more impressed when I saw the Futureheads. *shrug* The crowd (yes, many of whom were wearing Nautica polo shirts) was really into it and dancing throughout the show. The band seemed to enjoy themselves, so...

After the gig, I hung around outside and gave out flyers to the next bluestate gig, which is this Saturday. I spent Sunday putting together my set list and putting some of my new records through the paces. Speaking of, if you need that new Dizzee Rascal and you want it for free, we can hook you up.

If you're in NYC, go see Annie for free. Fuckers. No, I'm not bitter.

Radiohead to Warner Bros.? They really do want to be the next REM. So I guess their next few records will give them (in order of each release) their biggest hit, the best record of their career, a return to the rawk, and a misunderstood and mismarketed masterpiece before someone leaves the group and they disappear up their own asses.

Funny! [via Goldenfiddle]

Central Village has a new home. Perhaps now I will finally add them to my blog roll. My bad dude.
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Oh, I almost forgot! Today your WORLD CHAMPION BOSTON RED SOX host the Yankees at Fenway for the home opener and the official ring ceremony. I actually got an email from a reader chastising me for my lack of Sox coverage, and you know what, they're right. It's not officially baseball season for me until basketball is over (although that might change after next Thursday when I travel to B'more to see said Sox take on Angelos's O's). But I am very happy for my boy Tim Wakefield who gets to pitch his first home opener in his 213 years with the club. :) And best of all, he'll pass Roger Clemens for second place all time in Fenway appearances. Roger that!

I still owe you guys some old REM songs, I haven't forgotten.

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Last week I forgot to mention that sometime in the early hours of Friday morning, information leafblower welcomed its 200,000th visitor. That kinda blows my mind. Big ups for everyone that has come by an visited this website, blog, hobby/obsession/pursuit of happiness. And special thanks for everyone that's been here through version one and version two.

Onwards and upwards.

mrpinkeyes.jpg I had the most gigantic sinus headache of all time last night so I sold my ticket to Trail of Dead in order to go home and do what Mr. Pink is doing here.

It was hard to skip the show, especially since I loved their last show in DC, going as far as proclaiming it as one of the Top Five shows I saw last year, but I spent alot of time with their newest record Worlds Apart this week, and frankly, I don't like it. There are only two songs I really like, the rest is pretty boring. I'm all for bands evolving their sound and moving forward, but I guess I'm not following what they're trying to do. Too much moaning and crooning on this record and not enough rawk. Mistakes & Regrets came on my iPod this morning and I thought to myself that none of their current soungs sound that fresh or urgent. I'm going to give it a few more listens, but it's most likely going to be going to to that great eBay sale in the sky.

Similarly, I wasn't digging the new Doves record Some Cities the first few times I listened to it. It just seemed bland and very samey, but last weekend, while it was raining, I drove around NoVa running some errands and it just clicked for me. I'm sure the Manchester-like weather had something to do with it, but it was just one of those things were you just suddenly get it. I think it's more of a headphones record, it sounds great on the iPod. The two singles Some Cities and Black & White Town are total keepers and now I'm really digging Snowden and Almost Forgot Myself (as evidenced by this months playlist). In short, go buy it if you haven't already, but keep in mind, it's a grower.

After finally seeing them live, I went out and picked up Lullabies to Paralyze, the latest from Queens of the Stone Age. While it's no match, sonically or artistically, for Songs For The Deaf, there's alot to like. Lullabies is missing the thunderous low end of that record, but the guitar riffs are much better, even if they are a bit repetitive. The back end of the record goes all wacky psychoprog on us, but the first seven or eight songs are brilliant. Again, it's worth your money.

Lastly, I was passed a copy of the OC Mix 4 featuring tracks by the likes of The Futureheads, Pinback, Sufjan Stevens, Beck, Humble Rodent, and a Champagne Supernova cover by Matt Pond PA. As much as I loathe the show, they've done a great job with these mixes (can't front on them for repping for the Super Furries in the past) and this can serve as a good primer for you if you have been meaning to check out any of the bands mentioned above. It plays like a mix tape you would make for a friend, and everyone likes those, right?

I finally assimilated and got my own Flickr page. Expect lots of cat photos. If you use Flickr too, add me to your buddy list so I don't feel like a total loser who only posts pictures of his cat.

Hot on the heels of his Velocity Girl postings, Frank Chromewaves tells us that Buffalo Tom might be returning to action. I fucking heart Buffalo Tom. I must have worn my Let Me Come Over shirt roughly 42 million times in college. It's all streched and faded now, but I just can't bring myself to part with it. I bought it the second week of school my freshman year. Yes, I'm a dork.

He's not the only one.

Wonder how the team will react after the first extra inning baseball game when everyone has to leave early to take the Metro home? {Last two links from DCist, obvs.]

The Sports Guy on the NBA MVP race.

I'm jealous.

Well, I was right when I said Super Furry tour in May, but unfortunately, it's in the UK. New record due out in August.

Mortimer has long legs.

Another reason to hate Mitch Albom.

Ack! Time to go local, I guess. [via Becca]

Duck Cheney.

Sox Win (finally)! Tito hospitilized. Rivera is done and Bono is a lunatic. Nothing new here. Next.

I don't know karate, but I know crazy.

Respect.

Unca Grambo interviews Danny Boyle! So Hott.

Very cool [via The Pita]

Lanegan out. Seeing him with the band last week was a highlight.

Trail of Dead at the Black Cat tonight.

This doesn't sound good. Thanks to 718 Vegan for the heads up.

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That's Delonte West's mother sitting in front of me at last night's Celtics game. The row in front of me was empty (except for these two little hotties that I never got to talk to) until about 5 minutes after the tip when this group of like 10 people came and sat down in front of me. Two of them had on Delonte jerseys from St. Joe's (home and away, natch) and then his mom was rocking the green and white. I yelled for Delonte after he made a good play and she turned around and gave me a pound and told me who she was. She (like the rest of her crew) was super cool and was giving everyone high fives all night. According to her, Delonte loves Boston and is really happy to be heathly and finally getting some PT. He was really down earlier in the year when he got hurt (especially the second time) but it's all good right now. In the fourth quarter, she pulled out some pics of young Delonte from his childhood along with his high school graduation photo. It was so best. And the C's won too! Delonte scored 15 in his fifth career start. When I left, I told her to tell her son to keep shooting that jumper and crashing the boards.

Don't front like you got plans for the 16th. Be there bitches.

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Funny enough, my iPod just cued up Changer from Stereloab's absolutely amazing ABC Radio Sessions album. I love this song's slow groove and how Latetia sings "Changer" in her French accent so it sounds like "Jean-jhee". I melt everytime I hear it.

I'm not too happy about UNC winning the title last night, but on the bright side, Illinois was denied their 38th win, so they are tied with the 1986 Duke team and a few others with the most victories ever in a season. So it's not all bad.

Sean May was nigh unstoppable and Felton only had 2 turnovers, although he dribbled off his foot at least three times. Shouldn't a point guard be able to dribble the ball? Since Bruce Weber took over, Illinois has only lost two games when they've scored over 70 points. Both of them have been to UNC.

But I was right on one thing. Not much love for Matt Doherty.

Hubba hubba.

Ack! I just dropped him from my fantasy team. grumblegrumble

The Credit Card prank. [via Sushi High] Did I already post this?

Pitchfork reviews the Ffa Coffi Pawb record and gets it mostly right. That record was in my Top 10 from 2004. See, I'm cooler than you and bought the import. Actually L Boogie bought it for me when she was in the UK, so she is the one that's cooler than you.

Pitchfork reviews the live Phoenix record (which I don't yet own) and gets it mostly wrong. Am I wrong or did this record come out last year or at least months ago?

C's @ Wizards tonight. I'll be in the house.




How binoculars was the Hour Of Bauer last night? Wowee Zowee.

It's No Good

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As you can probably tell, the extra space on my iPod is being filled up with a bunch of CD's in my collection that I didn't have space for until now, so this month's playlist reflects some of the things I've recently added to my iTunes library. But enough explanation, time to give the people what they want:

The Bravery - Unconditional (MP3) - Two things that are unconditional for me.
1) I effing hate Bernie Williams
2) Hideki Matsui scares me every time he steps to the plate.

Bloc Party -Modern Love (MP3) - Playing the Black Cat this weekend. I still haven't bought the CD.

Cartel - Fleets (MP3) - I saw these guys play a week or so ago and they were the goods. Download it and check out one of DC's best local bands. Very Doves-y.

Phoenix - Holdin On Together (MP3) - Phoenix rocked my world in concert last week. Those Maroon 5 comparisons may not be too far off, but these guys are French, so you expect them to be douchebags.

Feist - One Evening (MP3) - Big ups to Coolfer for turning me onto Feist compliments of his "Best of 04" mix. I had prepared to write a long diatribe about how if Feist isn't signed to a huge American record deal and if this song doesn't go to #1 in the Hot 100 that the music industry as a whole is just a sham. I still think the song is that good, but I've calmed down about it a bit.

iTunes says I've played this song 26 times since I loaded it onto my computer on March 25th. Multiply that by two for the times I've listened to it in the car and by two again for all the times I've rocked it on my iPod. Simply put, this is the best song I've heard all year (even if, technically, it came out last year). Make room on the blogger bandwagon for me! Britney, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, they all wish they had a song as great as this. Download it and see for yourself. When you're done, check out the history of Feist.

Spoon tour dates and a download to boot.

Best. Photo. Ever.

You don't have to live in DC to appreciate the DCeiver. I'm just glad he's on my side. Literally (sorry, couldn't resist).

Two wasted hours of my life. And I don't want to talk about last night. College basketball isn't even over yet. I'm not ready for baseball.

Tonight I see Deron Williams d'ing up Rashad McCants and Raymond Felton with at least 6 turnovers (if not more). Sean May will have a big game but it will all be for nought. And despite all the articles saying that Bruce Weber didn't recruit this Illinois team, I will keep searching the media for articles that point out that Roy Williams didn't recruit this UNC team, but I won't find them. It's curious that Matt Doherty, whom I believe is a basketball analyst/announcer, hasn't been seen once this week and given kudos for the team he assembled at UNC. But I digress...

I still can't believe it's opening day. I still have my Red Sox stuff from the World Series up in my cubicle. I guess it's time to redecorate.

, ,

mrpinkschin.jpg in grevious deity my cat
walks around
he walks around and around
with
electric tail and
push-button
eyes

he is
alive and
plush and
final as a plum tree

neither of us understands
cathedrals or
the man outside
watering his
lawn

if I were all the man
that he is
cat -
if there were men
like this
the world could
begin

he leaps up on the couch
and walks through
porticoes of my
admiration.

- Written by Charles Bukowski, taken from his book Burning In Water, Drowning In Flame.

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I was so tempted to stay in last night but I'm very happy that I didn't. Coolfer laid down the directive to me last week: "Thou must go seeeth Phoenix!" Coolfer doesn't gush about bands very often, and he lavished a heaping of praise on Phoenix's live show, so I took his advce and went.

Openers Long-view were better than a band named after a Green Day song should be but they sound like the Manchester version of Switchfoot (who's radio singles, for the record, I don't hate). They had good (albeit s l o w) tunes and a decent stage presence and I can totally see them blowing up, but does the world need another Snow Patrol/Coldplay clone? Travis have been doing it longer and better. And no, I'm not bitter. Next.

Hot Dogs Die In Autos Without AC are just as bad as their name suggests. They are a peppy junior college version of the Talking Heads. I didn't like them at all but much of the audience did. Next.

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Nobody else in the group I was with had ever even heard of Phoenix before, much less heard any of their music. But I made them all stay for the show and everyone was enthralled. Before their set I described them as an Islands In The Sun type Weezer band, only French and with drum loops behind them. But no one ever told me they have the French version of ?uestlove drumming for them. That dude was kickin' like chicken all night long. From now on I will describe them as "If the Boo Radleys had tweaked their sound like this, they'd have been HUGE!" On record Phoenix sound very French and kinda robotic; very polished with a bright sheen. But their live show was just a revelation. It was funky at times, poppy at others and entertaining throughout. I'm not sure how long they've been together but their show was very polished, with lots of theatrics and stop/start moments added for emphasis. And they opened with their "hit", that song from the Lost In Translation Soundtrack. Respect. The venue was only about 3/4 of the way full, but everyone in that place was dancing before the end of the night. If this tour is coming to your town, be sure to hit it up. You won't be disappointed (with Phoenix anyways).

This old man has been out past my bedtime three nights this week. Very much looking forward to crashing on the couch tonight, doing some laundry (down to my last clean pair of Calvins) and spending some QT with Mr. Pink, who incidentally gave me the evil eye when I headed out last night. He's got something planned, I know it. I haven't seen my beloved Celtics play in two weeks! They get the Hawks tonight.

Wow Noel, you've only said this four other times. Methinks you'll do better if you quit comparing all of your current output to your past glories.

Woo Hoo! Come to DC dude!

Pitchfork to the Mozzer: I Like You.

I'll have this month's playlist and a whole bunch of new downloads for everyone on Monday. Have a great weekend everyone. Go Spartans!