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Apr 8 2005

Asleep From The Day

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.

Posted by Kyle in Mr. Pink | Permalink


manchester bands = better when it's raining.

the o.c. = megahot all the time.

Posted by: nm at April 8, 2005 4:55 PM

B Tom at the Channel (the day LMCO came out)was one of the greatest shows I have ever seen. And Bill is as nice as they come. Go Sox!

Posted by: Steve at April 8, 2005 5:35 PM

trail of dead were just as amazing as last time.. if not more being at the black cat.. two drummers, kicked over drum set.. 50 people on stage for the last song.. anyone know if anyone blogged it? posted photos? i forgot my camera.

Posted by: chad at April 8, 2005 7:27 PM

the Doves record is definitely a grower. it definitely shouldn't be dismissed on the first listen.

Posted by: satellite at April 9, 2005 5:11 PM

oc = crap [but i watch anyway b/c of the music]. their music tastes = cred.
pinback on the oc was shocking at first, but, got over it quickly b/c they're among greatness as far as the other bands on it as well.

the reason your cat pics don't suck and are "cat bloggish" is because mr. pink is actually very good-looking and has a beard and you take good pics of him.

Posted by: melina at April 10, 2005 1:05 AM

oh. hope y'alls feel better quick-like. sinus headaches ruin all plans.

Posted by: melina at April 10, 2005 1:06 AM

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