Information Leafblower: July 2005 Archives

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New Digs, originally uploaded by leafblower.

Well, we're in and adjusting to our new surroundings quite nicely. Mr. Pink spent the day walking around and sniffing everything in sight. He's a bit weirded out but doing okay. He'll have more fun tomorrow when there will be lots of empty boxes to jump in and out of. As for me? Well lets just say two straight days of moving have taken their toll. I'm seriously considering selling my CD and/or vinyl collection before I move next time. Big ups to Mike for lending a helping hand today.

Back to unpacking...

Funny, I thought this was just common knowledge.

Peep the Hill Hotties for oh-five. How you doin' Miss Nagatani?

Pitchfork proves, without a doubt, they are more fucking indie than you'll ever be. Grow up kids, seriously. God forbid you like something because it's a bit mindless and kinda fun. Maybe their jeans are on too tight or something. Coolfer takes umbrage and I agree whole heartedly.

Celtics great Reggie Lewis died 12 years ago today. A career snapshot. RIP Reggie. Truth be told, the C's have never recovered from losing him.

Matt Clement got hit in the head with a line drive last night but is thankfully OK. Whew. Here's the latest Sox trade buzz. For me, the baseball season doesn't officially begin until after the trade deadline.

Moving time tomorrow and Friday. Looks like the weather will actually cooperate temprature wise. Moving is never fun (I did it three times last year) but I'm really looking forward to my new place (full story on that next week). I'm going to have my own seperate DJ room!

Man it's hot in DC. Yesterday was bad but supposedly today has been worse. But guess what? My new apartment has a community pool right outside our back door! I'm moving Thursday and Friday so tomorrow is likely my last post for the week. I'm not sure when we're getting access to the internets at my new place.

Is anyone else as shocked as I am that Andre Agassi is defecting to Adidas or am I just showing my true nature as a certified tennis dork? Agassi was easily one of Nike's most identifiable faces for the last seventeen(!!) years. Although I do want to go on record and state I NEVER had a pair of those hideous hot pink/denim combo shorts he used to wear. Even I draw the line somewhere. But I used to rock the latest Agassi model Nike's in high school, especially after Tennis Jesus retired. I used to rock those Bo Jackson's too (but mostly because Johnny Mac was in those "Bo Knows" commercials). They were tight in the late 80's/early 90's. But the undisputed best shoe ever has to be the Air Trainer One. I will not argue this.

Speaking of unthinkable. Is Darko on the block? For Al Harrington? Al...Harrington?

Jack Nicholson bans all Celtic gear from the new movie he is shooting(see sidebar). In Boston.

Lo and behold, it has come to pass. New iBooks and new Mac Mini's.

Forbes says 'Holla at ya Gothamist' in their Best of the Web picks. Yet no mention of the second most trafficked site in the -ist family. Hmmmmm. I am kinda perplexed by their picks in the music category (Hello? Chromewaves and LHB to name two) as well as their sports blogs picks.

This isn't my podcast wishlist but it's pretty damn close. I have yet to listen to a podcast, but the KCRW ones sound promising.

Full Oasis North America tour dates for September. Maybe I'll be a poseur and wear my "North America '96" tour shirt to the Baltimore date. Then again...

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new contender for Album of the Year.

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Last week, via cyberspace and the internerd, I was handed a copy of the new Elbow album, Leaders of the Free World and it has totally fucking blown me away. Just so good. I know lots of people that dug on Asleep in the Back but were rather unimpressed with Cast of Thousands, and if that was you, you'll LOVE this new one. Leaders... is like a melange of the first album with all the good bits of the second album added for seasoning. It's a total jam/prog tour de force, with heavy grooves and soaring vocals. There are two monster singles on here, Lose Myself and the title track. The percussion parts on this record sound like the Orcs marching on Helm's Deep, but there is still alot of tender, down tempo moments as well. This band has been slept on in a big way, both here and abroad, but this should be the record that gets people to sit up and take notice. You heard (about) it here first.

The Futureheads are ready to hit the studio. Sweet.

Henry Rollins spoken word tour dates.

MIA tour dates. [via Brooklyn Vegan]

Brett Easton Ellis tour dates! But no DC? Boo!

New iBook's and Mac Mini's on the way? All signs point to yes.

US edges Panama in the Gold Cup final. That's soccer people.

The Pacers signed Sarunas Jasikevicius. They are scary good now. Depending on what Miami does this off-season, the Pacers might be the favorite in the East. Their big weakness last year was their point guard situation and now that's sorted. Plus madman Artest is back. Wow.

I'm glad someone is pointing out the ridiculous amount of money Larry Brown will be making next year if he signs a big contract with the Knicks. If they do sign LB, they'll be paying four head coaches next year, two of whom aren't even with the team anymore.


Little Helper, originally uploaded by leafblower.

Mr. Pink helps me pack.

More Mr. Pink here.

Drool

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The internet is a funny place. I found this image (and started drooling) sometime early in the week, but haven't had a chance to post it until now. And then this morning, I found this link which leads to a guy lamenting that I got the ilb url before he did. Bro, the interweb moves fast these days, you gots to step up your game. Gracias for the props though.
The internets; it's a small cyberspace afterall.

Anyways, as his entry explains jPod is the "sort of sequal" to my third favorite book of all time, Microserfs, and is the inspiration for this site. One of the characters in Microserfs lists his job title as information leafblower. When I read that two word phrase, I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever heard. So when it came time to name my blog, I chose that since my first choice had already been taken. But I think it worked out for the best in the end. Although if the other url hadn't been taken, I might not have such a ridiculous DJ name. :)

My trusty iPod just cued up "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve, a song I told myself I was over long ago because it had reached the point of oversaturation and I was sick of it. But then I saw Richard Ashcroft perform it during Live 8 with that band of fookin' stoodents and it really blew me away. I got goosebumps bigtime. And not because the piano player writes shit on his hands. It was just so, so good to see Captain Rock back onstage, working the crowd, fronting a band and rocking out. Man, I miss The Verve. In the last year or so, I've actually come to really dig Ashcroft's first solo record (sure it has it's weaknesses, but there's alot to like), but I think his follow up was fairly subpar. But I digress...

More baby panda action!

Tom explains how the ear works and how it relates to sound at concerts. Good stuff.

Jay Williams plans to make an NBA roster this year. Holla at those Twolves Jay. I think I can beat out Sam Cassell at this point.

The writing's on the wall for Mark Bellhorn. At least, let's hope it is.

Stream the new Stellastarrrr**** single Sweet Troubled Soul. Anyone remember the great Grambo/Kegzies Stellastarrrr**** debate of '03? Didn't think so.

Stream the Jagz Kooner mix of Kasabian's new single L.S.F. in Quicktime or Windoze Media.

Don't forget to enter my M.I.A. and Gorillaz contests.

My plans for the weekend? Drinking and packing. Good times.


Teenage Fanclub Setlist, originally uploaded by leafblower.

What a show last night. I almost didn't go because I was out LATE the night before, but it was well worth it. And I scored the setlist, so my streak of getting a TFC setlist on every tour I've ever seen them on is still alive. And in case you were wondering, yes, I am a huge dork.

I went a little overboard on the pictures. I took 79 overall and totally drained my camera's battery. My faves are here, here and here. Peep the full set. My review for DCist is here and pretty much covers everything. I had to go by myself since someone bailed on me, but it was still alot of fun. I probably would have stayed home myself had it been anyone other than Teenage Fanclub.

I have to leave work early today to go and sign the lease for my new place. Very excited. I'm equally excited to go home and sit on my ass all night, staying out late the last few nights has taken it's toll. It's tough being the people's champion.

In true Tony Kornheiser type fashion, I declared myself the winner of the Battle Royale last night on account that Natalya played one too many songs by the Shout Out Louds and Charles didn't even play the Wu Tang. That and I threw everyone for a loop when I busted out The Hollies' Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress. You knows it. Remember, Keats and Yeats are on your side, but you still lose, because weird lover Wilde is on mine.

My set lists were:
9PM
The Charlatans, "Feeling Holy"
Oasis, "Round Are Way"
Morrissey, "It's Hard To Walk Tall When You're Small"
Stone Roses, "Mersey Paradise"
Badly Drawn Boy, "Silent Sigh"

10PM
Happy Mondays, "Step On"
Chemical Brothers, "Loops of Fury"
New Order, "True Faith"
Primal Scream, "Miss Lucifer"
The Hollies, "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress"

11PM
Bee Gees, "Tragedy"
The Smiths, "Cemetry Gates"
Joy Division, "Dead Souls"
James, "Heavens"
Starsailor, "Good Souls"

Midnight
Morrissey, "Boxers"
elbow, "Cast of Thousands"
Oasis, "It's Getting Better (Man!!)"
Ian Brown (featuring Noel Gallagher), "Keep What Ya Got"
doves, "Lost Souls"

Of course I would be remiss if I didn't wish Miss Remain Fabulous a very happy birthday (last night).

US to extend daylight savings time and fuck up Canada in the process? [via Canadian Chromewaves]

As if his head wasn't big enough already.

Bye bye Alan Embree.

Who wants to come with me to see Teenage Fanclub tonight? Look at this set list from Chapel Thrill! I got the set list last time I saw them play in NYC as well as the first time I saw them play in 1992. Needless to say, those are prized possesions.

On occasion of this momentus show(TFC have to be one of my top five favorite bands ever and this is just the fourth time I've seen them), I give you the Which Creation Band Are You quiz. **Taken down by suggestion of Peabs as he says it installs spyware on your machine and my site has been acting weird since I put it up. I was Ride, because I am fucking awesome, obvs.

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Tonight at 9 PM, it's on at Saint Ex. Come down, have a beer and help me convice everyone that The Smiths kick the shit out of Abba and Q And Not U. You knows it!

Ack! Super Furries turn their back on pop. Well, not quite. Apparently Gruff said they left three "pop" songs off of the record (hello b-sides!), leaving their new album Love Kraft full of mellow, chilled out tunes. While all this makes good press, any Super Furry fan worth their salt will tell you the Furries always leave some choice tunes off the record. Anyone that has the two disc version of Rings Around The World will tell you the included EP of b-sides might literally be the best thing the band has ever put out. Edam Anchorman is my fucking jam!

Pitchfork is back and they review the Super Furry track Zoom, which I wrote about a while back.

Ooh, ooh, ooh! New Underworld track over at Onelouder.

Mercury Music Prize nomiations have been announced.

Nick Hornby interviews Bruce Springsteen and The Boss reveals his love of Oasis, Pulp and...Four Tet?

Is this Mr. Pink's long lost brother?

Tien Mao, cheesecake eating champion. I have to agree with the commenter that said I have never, ever, ever been more proud of you. :)

How about this for a new tagline:

Information Leafblower, as seen in the Washington Post.

They called me "hip" and "cool"!
Hey, if it's in the Post, it must be true, right?


Here's what Siren looked like this year. Coolfer was there too.

The Sun Times reviews Pitchfork's Intonation Music Fest.

The Big Ticket has some Feist goodies for your downloading pleasure.

Here's a video for Bloc Party's Pioneers.

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Bluestate is back at Saint Ex tomorrow. We're changing it up a bit this time around. Everyone is picking a musical theme and we're duking it out for supremacy in rotating 20 minute sets. Seeking Irony is doing her Nordic thing, DCSOB is going for a NYC v. DC theme, and I'll be representing Manchester UK. And it won't be all Smiths and Oasis, so come on down and help us determine the winner. Oh, did I mention we have a ton of free swag from v2 records?

And as always, don't forget the weekly bluestate giveaway contest.

Not wanting to be left out, I have two giveaway contests of my own to announce:

M.I.A. - To win a copy of the M.I.A. CD, an autographed poster, and "Galang" on 12" vinyl, send an email to leafblowergives at gmail dot com with the name of M.I.A.'s touring DJ.

Gorillaz - To win a prize pack containing "Feel Good Inc." vinyl, 7" picture vinyl, a DVD, stickers, poster, and copy of the comic book, all you have to do is email me at leafblowergives at gmail dot com and tell what baggy has been sings on the new Gorillaz single DARE.

Feel free to enter both contests, but you can only win one.

Last night's cover band show was interesting. Athens 82/83 were good, but not great. I think my expectations were too high. "Stipe" had a shaved head and they mostly played stuff from their later IRS albums, skipping must plays like "Gardening At Night", "Begin The Begin", "Cuyahoga", opting for dreck like "Superman" instead. They did do a pretty kick ass version of "Don't Go Back To Rockville" though. My biggest complaint was "Stipe" didn't even sing in a Southern accent. Seriously, WTF? But I'm totally nitpicking. Bill Berry's monobrow was a nice touch. Seeking Irony has some photos. DCSOB was there too.

Mac Attack went all out for their set. Wigs, costumes, the whole nine. They got a late start so I only stayed for four or so songs but they absolutely crushed "Rhiannon" so I was a happy camper. I only know like four Fleetwood Mac songs and they played two of them right off the bat so I decided to go home and try to get one good night's sleep this week. Still, it was a fun night and the bands should definitely think about doing this again. On A Friday.

That's all I got today.

VHS or Beta tonight, general bar hopping for Saturday. That's five nights in a row I will have been out and about. Quite the social butterfly, me. Hopefully I will rest on Sunday & Monday and then bluestate on Tuesday and Teenage Fanclub on Wednesday.

BTW, I just found out I got the apartment I was looking at, so I'll be moving at the end of the month! Arlington, here I come!

bunf.jpg The Super Furries killed it at T in the Park a few weeks ago. Peep the review here. Some great pics of their recent Somerset House gig here. That where I got this picture of my boy Bunf. L Boogie will probably like this pic. Apparently the boys didn't do too bad at the Oxygen Festival either. One review called their set "Mad as nine bags of badgers." Best! Links via Super Furry Logic.

So in order to celebrate, I played one of their new songs at iPod Jukebox last night. My full set was:

Super Furry Animals, "Frequency"
Kings of Leon, "King of the Rodeo" [go here to download]
Oasis, "Love Like A Bomb"
Wheat, "No One Ever Told Me"

Flickskinny on the Fantastic Four movie. Via Golden Fiddle.

Time for the Pooper to answer your questions!

I'm pissed the Red Sox traded Jay Payton. Wait, check that, I'm pissed we signed him in the first place. We should have kept Dave Roberts! But that doesn't matter anymore, Payton is moving to Oakland for some bullpen help.

Here are my thoughts on the Kwame Brown trade. I say buzz. For the Wizards, not the Lakers.

I still haven't been able to carve out the time I wanted to really talk about this, but I like the Brian Scalabrine signing by Danny Ainge and the Celtics. It's not a particularly sexy move but we've locked up a very competent back up power forward for the next five years at cheap money. Al Jefferson is the future and Scalabrine knows that. He'll be a good locker room guy and will know his role. With all the kids on the C's squad, we're gonna need vets like him around. He hasn't been in the league that long but has been deep into the playoffs with the Nets. In short, another good move by Ainge.

Did anyone see this interview with Al J, Big Perk and G-Money? Some great stuff here. Remember when I told you about Kendrick being so excited about the G-Money pick? Peep this:

Perkins: Listen to me, this is my draft pick really because I'm the one that told Danny to draft this dude. Ask Danny if you think I'm lying. Ask Danny what he asked me about Gerald Green.

Jefferson: Perk stood up and yelled when [Gerald] was drafted. You're happy because he's from Texas.

Moments later, Ainge walks by and jokes, ''Oh, this is bad news." Perkins takes the opportunity to set the record straight about Green.

Perkins: Tell them [Gerald] was my draft pick.

Ainge: That would have been nice to know before the draft. I did sense some enthusiasm after the pick was made.

Perkins: Hold on. Hold on. Do I have to go all the way back to the time I walked into your office and you said, 'What y'all think of Gerald Green?' Do you remember that?

Ainge: Yeah.

Perkins: Do you remember me saying, 'That's my guy?'

Ainge: Yeah, I do remember that.

Jefferson: OK.

Ainge: But everybody says, 'This is my guy.' You've got like 100 'my guys.' What I think is really happening here is he's trying to get Gerald thinking he owes Perk something, so he will throw him the ball inside.

Good stuff!

Anyone see that Gerald Green dunk? Everyone else has [thanks Zack]It's insane. I'll upload the video tomorrow if I can.

Who else is going to Mac Attack and Athens 83 tonight? Holla.

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Above is a screen shot from the new Gorillaz video for their latest single, Dare. It's premiering over the weekend. Listen to the audio (Windoze Media) here.

Peep the new video the Chemical Brothers track Boxer here.

MIA video for Bucky Done Gone here.

Echo & The Bunnymen to tour the UK. I saw them a while back up in Pennsylvania, best show of the year (so far).

New Grandaddy EP.

New Order DVD comp.

Sleater-Kinney to open for Pearl Jam? I didn't even know PJ was on tour.

Longwave gets a concert review from Filter. Promising.

Curious. ESPN hires an ombudsman.

Viral marketing in the All Star Game. I didn't watch it. I knew who was going to win.

OMG! How awesome does this sound?
MAC ATTACK AND ATHENS 83 @ DC9 (July 14)
Members of the DC bands The Carlsonics and Washington Social Club team up to form a Fleetwood Mac tribute band called "Mac Attack." And guess who is opening for them? "Athens 83", naturally. They are an REM tribute band consisting of members of two other DC bands, The Beauty Pill and The Hard Tomorrows.

I am so there. iPod Jukebox tonight. VHS or Beta on Friday?

Baby pandas, not as cute as you'd think. Are you in the panda death pool?

Debut

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Mr. Pink made his debut on Dcist today. Go check it out.

Busy at work. Real content will return soon. Maybe I'll even get around to talking about the Scalabrine signing. I haven't forgotten.


bluestate july9 031, originally uploaded by natalyam.

To those of you that passed on bluestate on Saturday, your bad. The night started out with an ominous tone when the club manager told us the club was empty the night before. And then about 20 people showed up before 11 PM. The night kinda looked bleak, but little by little people started staying after they did the walk through to check out the scene. We had a decent sized crowd by about midnight. By then people were getting buzzed and everyone started to get loose. Then after NM was done with her second set, the fuses for the house lights blew and it was like we were at some random cheesy dance club. But this was a good thing! People started streaming in and slowly everyone started inching out onto the floor to get their collective groove on. SOB did his part, keeping shit going during his set (that M.I.A. song was hott) and I did my part keeping everything and everyone moving until closing.

At first NM thought she had done something to the fuses but that ultimately proved to not be the case, although that didn't stop me from teasing her ruthlessly for the rest of the night. Eventually the staff brought out some lamps and placed them strategically around the room. For those of you counting at home, we've broken toilets and now blown fuses. Keep this in mind next time you need to throw a jammy jam. We aim to please.

Never thought I would say this but I was bummed to have to pull the plug at 2 AM, because we had a great crowd and definitely could have kept going. Everyone was mad for it. And when closing time rolled around, we had no house lights to turn on, so everyone kinda turned to me with the "Dude, what the fuck are you doing, keep it going!" face.

Many thanks to everyone that came out, especially our crack dance team that never fail to get other people's butts moving. All in all, a good time. We're back at Saint Ex next Tuesday.

Peep the setlists and more photos here. NM got some good ones.

Funny enough, the two songs that I thought would kill were my worst received songs. I guess the young 'uns don't like Culture Club or the Stone Roses. But my Born Slippy into The Devil Inside mix fucking ruled!


Hi There, originally uploaded by leafblower.

More Mr. Pink here.


Terrorist Attack, originally uploaded by replicam.

In an utterly craptastic mood today. Woke up to the London news, which is scary enough in and unto itself, trudged to work and then got the news that two of my good friends will be moving away in the next month or two. Allow me to be a selfish prick for a second (big change from the norm, I know, I know) but THIS SUCKS. And yes, I know you two read this sight, so let me be clear, THIS SUCKS. But I am happy for you.

OK, I feel a little better now.

Oh wait, I forgot about this: leafblower ban to take effect. I guess I'm not welcome in Palo Alto. [via the good folk at 1115 dot org]

You would think I'd be over the moon today. Last night I got a copy of Love Kraft, the new Super Furry Animals album. I've only listened to it twice, so I will refrain from offering up my thoughts right now. Side note: My iPod is on "shuffle songs" right now and a song from Love Kraft just came on. No lie. But I digress...OK, that's a lie. Imagine if Brian Wilson teamed up with Steely Dan and ELO to make their own version of Kid A. That might be Love Kraft. It's totally doing my head in. Many, many thanks to the numerous people that emailed me offering downloads, yousendit's and bit torrents. Also, please go buy this record when it comes out if you, like me, choose to download it before the street date.

Quite a letdown if you ask me.

TIME names the 50 coolest websites. Unsurprisingly, I'm not on there.

Why I stay away from Adams Morgan.

Schilling to the bullpen, Foulke to the DL.

OK, this makes me feel a bit better.

Hey, that's me (and the other KG). More Unbuckled photos from Drew here.


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More pics here.

Work is a bit crazed today. The short work week is already rearing it's ugly head.

Go ahead, start arguing. I already added my comments. I might have to make my own effing list if only to convince people that OK Computer is useless dreck when compared to the roaring majesty that is The Bends. How can the best (non Beatles) record ever continually be so underrated? And don't even get me started on A Nothern Soul v. Urban Hymns.

Drool.

The Delays are back!

This just in. Steve Jobs has a heart. Or at least knows a publicity opportunity when he sees one.

Seen the wooden iPod? [via Glamourpuss]

Effing hilarious.

Apparently this says that Beno Udrih's brother said that the Celtics have signed Lithuanian PG Sarunas "Saras" Jasikevicius, the former Maryland PG that absolutely ate Team USA up in the Olympics this summer. Yes, but can he play defense?

Whew.

Wow, imagine that. Duke's got one helluva recruting class headed to Durham in '06.

Ever wonder what it's like to be a Hawks fan? Me either.

PS - Don't forget!
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Everybody else is doing it, yada yada yada. Although for the record, I wrote this entry on Friday. Here are the five albums I've been digging the most this year.

1) Mylo - Destroy Rock N' Roll
Record of the year, no doubt (keep in mind I'm saying this with a Super Furry release on the horizon). Dance music for people that don't really like dance music. I listen to exactly two "dance records" on a semi-regular basis (Exit Planet Dust and Everything, Everything), this will be the third. I got this record back in February and I haven't stopped listening to it since. They need to hurry up and release this domestically before I've made copies for all my friends and they have no reason to go out and buy it.
Download: Mylo v. Tegan & Sara - Walking With a Ghost In Paris (mp3)

2) Kings Of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak
I absolutely hated this record the first two times I listened to it. The singer's pronounced Southern accent really turned me off, but their fantastic guitar playing kept drawing me back in. These guys out-stroke The Strokes in that department. Their axes don't exactly shred, but they fit together perfectly and they have some killer riffage, dude. Part of me wishes I was still in NC, because this is probably one band I could turn all of my DMB listening college friends on to no problem. I can't recommend this record enough. I also like that the longest song on the entire CD is exactly four minutes long.
Download:King Of The Rodeo (mp3)

3) Spoon - Gimme Fiction
Not as immediately attention grabbing (at least to me) as their last two records, but Gimme Fiction still wormed it's way into my brain after a few listens. This is the sound of Spoon going for it, but Britt never strays far from his tried and true "less is more" formula. The record has a bigger sound than any of his past work, but that's mostly because of the production. There are some killer songs on here, and best of all, it's good entry point for anyone wanting to give the band a try.
Download: The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentin (mp3)

4) Feist - Let It Die
Yes, there's alot of covers on here, but when I first listened to this record, I had no idea they were other people songs. Feist steps in and out of genre's like she owns them. This is another record I've turned alot of people on to since I heard it. And every one of them has liked it.
Download: Secret Heart (mp3)

5) Futureheads - self titled
Technically this record came out in October of last year, but I didn't hear it until this year. When I saw them earlier in the year, I described them as "Teenage Fanclub if they started a Jam cover band and dressed in business casual wear from J Crew," and I'm sticking to it. The four part harmonies on this record are great, but what really gets you is the energy in the songs. It's really infectious. I can't listen to this CD on the metro because I start playing air guitar and dancing around and everyone starts inching away from me.
Download: First Day (mp3)

Some media links I've been meaning to run for a while now:
The Fader is running a contest for some MIA vinyl.

Watch the new Kasabian video for "L.S.F." in Real Media or Quicktime.

Watch the new video for Louis XIV's "God Killed The Queen" in Windoze Media.

Stream the new Jonathan Rice track "So Sweet" in Quicktime.

New Doves video for Snowden in Quicktime or Real Media.

Win you some Ren & Stimpy DVD's, all free like.

w00t! Billy Bragg reissues on Yep Roc.

How was everyone's weekend? Mine was v. relaxing. I watched a bunch of movies (again with the movies!), went to Kanishka and Martin's cookout on Sunday, started preparing my setlist for this Saturday and then watched the (quite underwhelming) DC fireworks display last night. I got home too late to post any pics, but I did snap this one yesterday during my practice time on the 1's and 2's:


Best Picture Ever?, originally uploaded by leafblower.

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some people never go crazy.
me, sometimes I'll lie down behind the couch
for 3 or 4 days.
they'll find me there.
it's Cherub, they'll say, and
they pour wine down my throat
rub my chest
sprinkle me with oils.

then, I'll rise with a roar,
rant, rage -
curse them and the universe
as I send them scattering over the
lawn.
I'll feel much better,
sit down to toast and eggs,
hum a little tune,
suddenly become as lovable as a
pink
overfed whale.

some people never go crazy.
what truly horrible lives
they must lead.

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

More Bukowski here.

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All the fretting and butterflies in the stomach paid off last night. We had over 200 people come check out Bicycle Thieves and Cartel, both of whom put on great shows.

Bicycle Thieves, who I was not that familiar with going into the event, were just great. Really tight and upbeat pop songs played ragtag steez. The crowd loved them. More than one person compared them to Better Than Ezra ( I was leaning more towards a rockier Fountains of Wayne) and I think that's definitely in the ballpark. And yes, that comparison is a good thing. Ever see Better Than Ezra live? I did, and they rocked. Surprisingly so in fact. But I digress...Bicycle Thieves, information leafblower approved and endorsed!

Cartel was spot on as well. They didn't fuck around when they took the stage. They played Fleets first and never let up. I was running around, tending to 200 things at once so I didn't get to see as much of their set as I would have liked, but everyone was really into it. They are at Iota on Sunday. I'll be there, will you?

My pics are here, more over at flickr.

Big shout out to Catherine, who helped me put this little shindig together and was never afraid to email me and stay on me until everything got done. Nice job.

I hope everyone that came had fun and got some free CD's and posters. We had plenty.

I made some mix CD's for the before and in between bands downtime, here is a (large - 32 megs) MP3 download of what I played during the set change. Tracklist:

Idlewild - The Nothing I know
REM - Letter Never Sent
Futureheads - Meantime
Afghan Whigs - Going To Town
Bloc Party - Little Thoughts
Beta Band - Assessment
Stone Roses - Elephant Stone

I made a longer mix for the start of the night, I'll post it next week.

Again, thanks to everyone that came out last night!

I have the day off, enjoy your long weekend everyone.