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Sep 25 2005

Wine, Women and Song

Or more appropriately, Vodka, Friends and DJing. Spinning tunes during brunch at Asylum might soon become my favorite pasttime. We were repping hard in there(Jeff, Miss Remain Fabulous, Mike, Kanishka, Wendy and her crew, etc.) and having some fun. And drinks. Lots and lots of drinks. I was going to post my entire set (we ended up DJing until like 5:30) but I can't be arsed. I will tell you I got props for playing Brendan Benson, Fantastic Plastic Machine, Paul Weller and Supergrass, inquiries when I played the new Harvey Danger and a genuine spazz out when I played "Lucid Anne" by Self. Oh, and I played Fleetwood Mac too! And Mylo, obvs. If/when we get our next gig there, it is not to be missed. Especially since I'll probably need someone to drive me home afterwards.

After we were finally done, Jeff and Miss Remain Fabulous and I headed down to Operation Ceasefire. It was OK. But I got a quick fix of Ted Leo so I was happy.

Vote for Miss Indie Rock 2005. Guess who I voted for? [via T-Muffle]

Finally got around to listening to some music this weekend. Here are some quick thoughts:

Living Things: Ahead of the Lions - Glammed up garage rock that will appeal to Velvet Revolver fans. Riding a wave of press hype but not sure if it will work.

Metric : Live It Out- Known of the band for a long time but this is the first time I've ever heard any of their stuff. Female fronted rock with a kick. I liked it but didn't love it. I want to give this a few more spins.

The Joggers: With A Cape and A Cane - At this point, I'm starting to get sick of new bands from New York bands from Portland lamely trying to reinvent Pavement (thanks for the correction shmedd). Didn't like this disc at all. They sound like a reformed jam band trying to go inide.

Grandaddy: Excerpts from the Diary of Todd Zilla - More of the same from this California crew. If you liked their first two, you'll dig the new one. Here's the Pitchfork review.

Bloc Party Remix Album - Not many of these remixes change the song around very much much. All they do is change the backing track, the vocals are the same. I got bored with this pretty quickly. For Bloc Party die hards only.

The Like: Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking? - Fuzzy female fronted indie rock (although they're on a major label - wait, is Geffen still considered a major?). I liked a few different tracks on this disc, but it wasn't really attention grabbing.

Giant Drag: Hearts & Unicorns - More female fronted indie rock, but this outfit sounds straight outta 1997. They're like the band Alternative Nation forgot. Love the track "Pretty Little Neighbor".

Greg Dulli:Amber Headlights - Downloaded this from eMusic on recommendation from Chris. I need to give it a few more spins, but so far it sounds like Afghan Whigs-lite. Kinda like Steve Malkmus' solo stuff is watered down Pavement, only this is less lame and depressing. Much like Richard Ashcroft, rock needs Greg Dulli.

Echo & the Bunnymen:Siberia - Given it a solid five spins all the way through and while it's not as good as 1997's Evergreen, I'm liking it. The guitars on this record are burrowing into my brain, and I mean that in a good way. I won't complain when they play this stuff in November, these songs will sound right at home with their older material. Not sure of this is the record to take the Bunnymen to a You Are The Quarry level comeback, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't pick this record up (especially if you're on eMusic). No matter what Pitchfork says.

I have a full week this week. Mark Gardener + Lemonheads on Wednesday and O-motherfucking-Asis on Thursday. Safe as fuck!

Posted by Kyle in CD Reviews | Permalink


the Joggers are from Portland

Posted by: shmedd at September 26, 2005 6:03 PM

Re: Metric

Track down and download (it was never commercially released) thier album Grow Up And Blow Away. Beter than either of their official releases and one of my favorite albums EVAR!!1

Posted by: Jasper at September 26, 2005 7:49 PM

Grow Up and Blow Away is indeed fantastic, but I do like their official stuff too. My fave track on the new album is "Poster of a Girl."

Man, you listened to a lot of music this weekend...

Posted by: seeking irony at September 27, 2005 2:09 PM

Now, if you could only correct your opinion of the band and its music :-)

Posted by: shmedd at September 28, 2005 3:16 PM

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