Information Leafblower: October 2005 Archives

October 2005 Archives

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I'm sure most of you had a wild and crazy weekend, but not me. I took it easy. I stayed in on Friday, cooked some food and did some writing. Saturday I went out to dinner with L Boogie, Johnny English and some other friends in Crystal City. JE was running the marathon on Sunday, so we went out to cheer him on. We missed him (somehow) at the 12 mile mark but caught up with him around the corner at mile 14. JE actually bested his time from last year by like 20 minutes. Nice one sir. I had a great time at the race, so I wil refrain from commenting on Metro's inability to run trains at sensible intervals to ferry race watchers around the course. Jeezy Creezy. I took lots of pictures and they're up on Flickr.

My new camera is out for delivery today!

The setlist from Depeche Mode's Bowery Ballroom show.

Peep this, you can buy live Mylo DJ sets from the UK company Live Here Now. So much awesome.

Fuck yeah!!

I might have to pick this up.

Gorillaz live details.

Jarvis cockers adds "poet" to his impressive resume.

Franz Fedinand to cover Air's "Sexy Boy" on their next single.

Football legend George Best is seriously ill and fighting for his life.

Performing cats!

Also, I am FINALLY getting around to uploading all of the old archive photos from my typepad site to my current site, so I can delete my old site and save $8 a month. It's a bit repetitive, but it's something I've been putting off for over a year. Unfortunately each time I republish an entry, it resends out all the original trackback pings again, which is seriously annoying. So if you got some weird trackbacks on old posts on your blog, that's why. I'm sorry, but I have no idea why it's doing that or how to fix it. If you know how to turn this off (or fix it entirely), drop me a line or leave a comment and my seriously underpaid IT staff will get on it. Thx.

Finally, this morning someone from the fine town of Montreal logged on to the leafblower searching for pictures of Melania Knauss and became my 300,000th visitor. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Thanks to everyone that comes by and reads on a regualr basis (you know who you are). Not being one to rest on my laurels, I have some really fun and interesting things planned for November, starting with my annual NBA preview tomorrow. So stay tuned!

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Ummmmmmmmbest? How did this happen and me not know about it? OK, who can get me one of these posters ASAP? [via goldenfiddle]

How a Web site helped the Bucks acquire an All-Star.

Worst World Series ever.

You knows it!

Police force Brendan Benson to play the last half of his Berlin gig acoustically after saying his gig was "too loud".

Euros pulls a Gruff.

The Artic Monkeys do something to merit those Oasis comparisons.

Speaking of, Noel must be promoting a new single or something.

Guero remix album tracklisting.

Thank you for setting the record straight. I have problems with that too. Great post.

From today's "Make 'Em Say 'Duh'" newsfile; iPod nano lawsuit will only benefit attorneys.

iPod vending machine.

Ooh, cool.

Hey, I almost forgot! I have a contest for you all. Supergrass just released their latest record, Road to Rouen, and I'm really digging it. To celebrate, I'm giving away the following:

GRAND PRIZE: Limited edition tinymeat ipod case, a copy of Road to Rouen, magnets, pins and a "Kiss of Life" CD single.

Runner Up Prize: a copy of Road to Rouen, magnets, pins and a "Kiss of Life" CD single.

All you have to do is drop me a line and tell me what Supergrass video saw the group imagined as giant muppets. Winner will be announced in two weeks.

To tide you over here are some Supergrass links and videos:
Road to Rouen album website
"St. Petersburg" video Windoze / Real / glorious Quicktime
Finally, here is video of the band performing on Leno.

I also remembered my Forgotten Fovorite today.
Lush: Sweetness and Light (MP3)
I heart Lush and this is one of my favorite songs of theirs. Quoth the bar manager at Saint Ex when I played this last week. "Wait, is this Lush? Fucking Sweet." Indeed. And while we all know Miki was the really, really hot one (I totally have a thing for pink hair), any Lush fan worth their salt knows that Emma wrote the best songs, like "Sweetness and Light" (lyrics). Remember when VW used this in a Jetta ad? This is from the album Gala, which was the band's first three EP's all packaged together. I think Spooky is still my favorite album of theirs. Buy some Lush at Amazon.

My camera shipped last night and travelled from Maspeth, NY to Saddlebrook, NJ to Harrisburg, PA to Laurel, MD in the span of about 15 hours. Unfortunately, it's not scheduled to be delivered until Monday. Oh well.

The Red Sox are officially former World Champs. *sniff* Oh well. At least we can be 100% sure that the baseball gods hate the Cubbies. Ever wonder why it's the Red/White Sox and not Socks?

The C's ended their preseason on a high note last night. Gerald Green, take a bow. Here's to many more.

That is exactly what I wanted to hear. Thank you.

The good folk over at ProductShop NYC give us a much needed update on Jarvis Cocker, including the haps on the music from the next Harry Potter film and a download to boot. In case you forgot, I'm a big Jarvis fan.

Ooh ooh ooh, is this coming out over here too? Pretty please? I have fallen off the Rufus wagon of late but I will hop back on on Halloween night when he plays the 930 Club.

Best Idea EVER. Coolfer, what say you? [via my camera recommender]

Big ups to my homey The DCeiver, who is guest editing over at Wonkette for the next 48 hours. Nice one.

Get Front Row on any Mac.

If your 5G iPod is fucking up, turn it in now and reap the benefits.

If I knew anything about la Traviata, I would make one helacious joke out of this.

How to fight splogs. Splogs, worst term ever.

I got a new cell phone today! Now all I have to do is figure out how to get these Henry Rollins ringtones on my new toy! [via Largehearted Best]

Evergreen

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I just ordered my Canon Powershot G6! Hopefully it will be here in time for the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday.

Here is my interview with We Are Scientists. More of it will be available soon on the next DCist podcast.

I'm STILL pissed at Spoon for completely passing over DC/Baltimore on their upcoming tour. Fuckers!

Maximo Park to soon begin combing over their new record. Even though they have yet to play DC behind their first record.

Goldie Lookin' Chain, not totally a joke. Only kinda.

Liz Phair hearts podcasts.

OK, fess up. Anyone bought one of these for their iPod Shuffle?

Latest Sports Guy mailbag.

I don't have much other content today, so I'll do what I usually do when I don't know what to talk about. Talk about sports! I caught the Celtics/Nets game last night, and while the C's lost in OT, overall we looked very good. The Nets started strong but their starters faded in the third, especially after JKidd went down with a boo boo. If you were wondering, yes, Vince Carter is still a punk.

The C's looked very good at times, building up a 20 point lead with the starters in the third quarter before the bench gave it away in the 4th and OT. Rookie PG Orien Greene is going to earn some heavy PT if he keeps up his heady play (making Marcus Banks or Dan Dickau expendable). Considering he's just a rookie, he's doing really well at running the offense. Former Net (and current blogger) Brian Scalabreezy finally showed he had a pulse last night, and actually hit a few jumpers. Al Jefferson looked good in limited minutes before fouling out.

In case you can't tell, I'm looking forward to the start of the season next week.

One final note, the Milwaukee Bucks might have cemented a playoff spot by trading Desmond Mason to New Orleans for Jamaal Magloire. Great deal for the Bucks, although is this a vote of no confidence for #1 pick Andrew Bogut?

(In lieu of actual content) Here's a list of some of the things that have been occupying my time lately:

Directors Label DVD's Boxed Set Vol. 2
I scored these last week and they haven't left my DVD player since. There is some fascinating material on here, and I'm not just talking about the videos. I love listening to the director's talk about their creative process, their lighting techniques, their editing decisions, etc. In fact, I like the documentaries and commentary more than the videos themselves. I'm not exactly the biggest Mark Romanek fan in the world, but if wants to talk about his inspirations and techniques for each of his videos, I'm listening. The funniest thing about these four DVD's? Bono is interviewed on at least three of them (and he's probably on the Glazer DVD, I just need to doublecheck). The Corbijn DVD is easily my personal fave, although they left off the video for Depeche Mode's "I Feel You" (The really stark black and white one) in favor of some of his weaker work. *shrug*

Tom Vek - We Have Sound
The first few times I listened to this CD I thought half of it was brilliant and the other half was crap. A few more listens have really brought me around. His "sound" is basically playing an acoustic guitar over some drum loops and samples, but it works. He's playing the Black Cat next week and I'm very excited to see how he recreates his sound in a live setting. Especially in a room like the Black Cat's backstage.

Beta Band - The Best of the Beta Band
So best. I love this band, although I'm a bit puzzled as to why they left off "Broken Up A Dingdong" off of this disc. The extra CD with the live concert is incredible. I've been searching for a decent live version of "Dr. Baker" since their first disc came out and I finally have it! Also, best greatest hits cover art ever.

Beatles - 1962-1966
So essential. It's been on endless repeat ever since I saw Macca a few weeks ago.

Emusic - I've been using my subscription much more than I thought I would when I signed up. This really is a great option to try out new music for just $10 a month. It's hard to beat. This month I picked up the new Ladytron album, Alligator by The National, Underworld's seminal classic Second Toughest in the Infants (thanks for the heads up Coolfer), and half of the Danger Doom record.

Goldenfiddle.com
Spencer gets a special shout out (in addition to his top notch blogging skillz) for totally hooking me up with two entire discs of live Super Furry goodness. Man, I am so looking forward to their upcoming US tour (which starts next week!). Which leads me to my next item...

I think I have decided on the Canon Powershot G6 for my next camera. It's bigger than I originally wanted, but it should take much better pictures than what I'm used to. Hopefully I'll have it in time for the Super Furry tour madness at the start of next month. Thanks to Frank Chromewaves for the advice. You talked me into it.

People, it's time to party! We are making progress!

Coolfer has a We Are Scientists MP3 for your downloading pleasure.

Although I am very mich an East Coast kind of guy, IF I lived on the West Coast, I would be making some plans to catch The Silver Sun Pickups touring with Brendan Benson. That is a great bill with two artists I'm dying to see. Benson's latest record, The Alternative To Love is climbing my year end Top 10 list by leaps and bounds each time I listen to it.

Loving these concert posters. [via Largehearted Best]

Oh no! I'm 100% sure I'm the only person on the planet that cares about this, but now who's going to annouce the second round of next year's NBA Draft? Yes, these are things I think about.

My We Are Scientists interview will be up on DCist later today.

Not to keep harping on this subject (especially since I really don't have enough time to do it justice) but I'm getting more and more confused by the blogger buzz in NYC and who it is heaped upon. On Saturday I had the pleasure of seeing We Are Scientists open for Ambulance, LTD. at the Black Cat and they really blew me away. I left wondering why these guys have received so little blog love from the 212 and surrounding areas. I interviewed them prior to the gig (highlights on DCist tomorrow, audio on the forthcoming DCist podcast #2) and they told me they had played 150 gigs in NYC in the last four years. I had no idea.

By their own admission, the band doesn't exactly feel like part of "the scene" and they have spent the majority of 2005 in the UK due to some heavy airplay from Steve Lamacq. I went to a few of the major NYC music blogs and clicked around but none of them had done much of anything on the band. Not sure exactly where I'm going with this - "Wow, there are so many bands in NYC, some of them aren't getting the proper coverage!"...Just pointing it out I guess.

Anyways, the show was just awesome. The band sound like a punkier version of Blur if they tried to jump on the "dance rock" bandwagon. And I mean that in a good way. These guys have tunes for days, are super tight and have boundless energy on stage. I was impressed with their ferocity for being just a three piece. They are the total package. Super cute lead singer (no homo) that can belt out a tune, bass player with ultra ironic porn mustache and requisite geeky glasses and a drummer that rides the high hat like Reni. I walked out a believer. They are heading up the East Coast now and will be back in the States in mid to late November. Catch them if you can. I have some craptastic photos here. I'll save my rant on the stage lighting at the Black Cat for another time.

I stuck around for the first three or four songs of Ambulance and was less than impressed. The songs they were playing were quiet and droney and were putting me to sleep. So we went downstairs to Bliss to catch Will Eastman DJ. He played Mylo's "In My Arms" so I was a happy camper.

One band I really want to check out is Cut Copy. Onelouder has seen them twice in the last week. Be sure to check out this pic, I like it alot.

This is either going to be really cool or really, really bad. At least Coldplay aren't involved.

Ruh roh!

2006 Red Sox season schedule.

Tonight!

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Represent, bitches.

Furthering our Clap Your Hands Say Meh™ discussion from yesterday (somebody called me a dork and thought I would be insulted!), DCeiver has a very, very good read on the role of blogs, the hype machine in NYC that they have created and feed and asks if it's actually a good thing for a band to be so abuzz after a month long residency at Piano's and the like. Bloggers in NYC everywhere should do themselves a favor to read it. This was a topic of debate on the night of the Clap Your Hands Say Meh™ show and I have to say I agree. You want to make it big? Get your ass out on tour and see how the crowds react. Preaching to the converted week in and week out in NYC might get you signed (hey, $8 a CD - or whatever it is - is hella good, so respect for that) but ultimately you're going to have to get in the van and show and prove. And if you can't, then expect people to call you on it. I especially liked Jason's point about the Strokes. I think it's dead on.

And yes, I'm aware that I tend to gush over bands I love, but I'm just as likely to take them to task whenever they make a mis-step (see: Oasis for the last 4 years, Cartel's name change, etc.)

And while I'm giving my propers to local bloggers, let me mention Sommer's awesome beatdown of WAMU's pledge drive.

"Let There Be Love" wil be the next Oasis single.

So pissed that Spoon isn't returning to DC on this tour. They have a day off in between Brooklyn and Athens. Boo!

Pitchfork says Depeche Mode's new album is pretty okay.

Yay! New Mogwai!

Josh Homme, soon to be decorating a room at the W Hotel near you?

Bye bye Dale Svuem.

New G5's and Powerbooks over at Apple. Man, they are cranking out the new products over there.

Not sure what to make of this.

Another great blog bites the dust. Respect.

Yes, I am reusing the DCist headline, because I came up with it and I am officially trademarking it. You have to pay me a penny nickel every time you use it.

Now, about the concert. Let me first query WHY THE FUCK IS NYC GOING GA GA OVER THIS SHITE? I will stop short of calling Clap Your Hands Say Meh™ the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked, but only just. Seriously, what is this mountain of hype about? Is it because they can barely play their own tunes? That it takes them 5 minutes to tune guitars in between songs? Their complete and utter lack of stage presence? That the singer sings like a stuck pig (and that's being kind)?

Now I REALLY wish I could have seen the tour they did with The National (but I didn't because The National HATE Washington DC for some reason. I sent an email to their manager asking why they hate DC, but she hasn't gotten back to me), because I'm positive they would have wiped the floor with these hacks. The next Arcade Fire? They aren't even the next Sea Ray. And yes, I'm STILL bitter they broke up.

The Black Cat was sold out but I've never seen such a lack of buzz in a packed room. Some people were dancing and were really into it, but it seemed like they were doing so because they felt like they were supposed to. There was a flock of disinterested patrons near the back of the venue.

Buzz is a powerful thing and the band has used it well, but it also places very high expectations on them wherever and whenever they perform. I likened it to going to see a movie that EVERYONE has told you is the greatest. movie. ever., but when you see it, you're all like "Ummmm....what's the big deal? Vince Vaughn has played this character four times before and it was funnier when he was Double Down Trent." I expected big things, but I went to see Clap Your Hands Say Meh™ and all I got was an under-rehearsed bunch of dorks riding this young tidal wave of undeserved hype. Purchase tickets to see them at your own risk.

Whew, I feel better now. Thanks for listening.

grahamcartoon.jpg New Blur EP this year? First of all, let me applaud the band for thinking about releasing an EP. EP's are a great tactic for bands in between major relases and not enough bands take advantage of them, instead tacking on crappy songs to make an worthy EP a lackluster album. u2 and the Super Furries are two examples of bands that have put some of their best work on EP's. That live Radiohead EP wasn't too shabby either. That being said, Blur still sucks without Graham!

The Delays are gearing up for their upcoming record.

Reissue, repackage, repackage.

Torr has an Elbow radio session from XFM that looks tasty.

That didn't take long. Mark Cuban has a much better thought out response to the NBA dress code.

Delonte West has the early lead in the race to be the Celtics starting point guard.

Best Idea EVAH!

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I'm sorry for neglecting you all. It's been a busy day and my head is going to explode if I read one more digital camera review. They all contradict each other and it drives me crazy. "Doesn't focus well in low light", "Takes amazing low light pictures!", "Screen broke after two weeks", "Sturdy construction", etc. Argh. The more I read, the more confused I get and I feel my desire for a new camera slipping away. The further I go, the less I know.

Best free fonts. I am such a font dork.

I present to you (dramatic pause) the ubertap! Unfortunately, it's about 10 years too late for me to do anything with this.

My cell phone plan runs out at the end of the month, so you know what that means...new phone! If I was in the UK, maybe I would get the Oasis mobile phone to go along with my Mylo iPod.

It's about time!

Reissue, repackage, repackage!

Peep the Quicktime video for the Magic Numbers track "Forever Lost".

Oscar Wilde action figure. Straight gully.

What's a vingle?

Marcus Banks is out three months! Luckily we have 247 other point guards on the Celtics roster.

Arkansas St. player refuses to wear adidas.

Coolfer took great pleasure in informing me this happened right by my old crib in the 718.

I had big plans going into this weekend, but I spent almost all of it fighting off an impending cold. Friday night I braved the sports bar, despite my failing health, to check out some pre-season Celtics basketball. Not the most exciting game, but I'm convinced Ryan Gomes is going to be a player in this league. If he doesn't become a starter at some point this year, I'll be shocked. Also, keep an eye on Orien Greene.

This scared me off from going into the city on Saturday, so I stayed in Arlington, had lunch with Mike and ran some errands. Saturday night I started watching my new set of Director's Label DVD's (full report coming soon) and the occasional inning or two of the MLB playoffs. Sunday was more of the same although I did make it into the city for a short while.

I also had this weird, psuedo ear infection for most of the weekend that made me apprehensive to stick on the ear goggles and make with the Podcast. It was weird, my right ear kept doing this dull popping sound thing all weekend. Could I make up any more excuses for this thing? All the new records I was gonna use for this thing are old news by now. Grumblegrumblegrumble.

Whatevs takes Bill Simmons to task (nice pic!) with his usual wit and wisdom. Although keep in mind he's a Jim Rome groupie. I keed Grambo, I keed. To each his own.

You mission today (and should you choose to accept it, you will be handsomely rewarded) is to download this Super Furry set from the John Peel concert and burn it on disc (or convert it to MP3) and hook a leafblower up! I'm serious, I will ply you with goods in exchange.

Also via Largehearted Best, Stylus plays God with The Verve's Urban Hymns, but strangely leaves off the two best songs from that era, those being "So Sister" and "Lord, I Guess I'll Never Know", one set of b-sides from the "Bittersweet Symphony" singles.

I was Morrissey's drummer.

Copycats.

Radiohead start making concert plans, but I bet they don't involve the US.

"New" Elliott Smith?

The LA Times takes a look at my new favorite band, Giant Drag. [via Coolfer, who disses them by comparing them to Letters to Cleo. Ouch!]

That sound you hear? It's Tekserve letting out a big sigh of relief. For the record, I'm a big, big fan of Tekserve. They do good work there.

So jealous.

D'town, holler at your Weinke!

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40,000 flies

torn by a temporary wind
we come back together again

check walls and ceilings for cracks and
the eternal spiders

wonder if there will be one more
woman

now
40,000 flies running the arms of my
soul
singing
I met a million dollar baby in a
5 and 10 cent
store

arms of my soul?
flies?
singing?

what kind of shit is
this?

it's so easy to be a poet
and so hard to be
a man.

- written by Charles Bukowski, taken from his book Play The Piano Drunk Like A Percussion Instrument Until The Fingers Start To Bleed A Bit.

Not so much. Tons of good news today!

Info on the new Outkast record. Big Boi says it will be out by the end of the year. Arista (or whatever label they're on nowadays) says "ThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyou" and offers to pay for a new Boom Boom Room.

What??? Oasis in We're not as lazy as you effing stoodents think we are shocker! Get this, Noel is considering putting out a standalone single (their first since "Whatever") after the band finish promoting Don't Believe The Truth. The kicker? The song, "The Boy With The Blues", was written by our kid Liam. It MIGHT be out next year but Noel isn't sure yet. All of which makes me anxoius. At times unbearably so.

New Futureheads EP! Sweet. The three track EP (isn't that more like a single?) will include "Area" a song they've played at both shows I've seen them play in DC along with two other new songs, one each sung by Ross and Jaff. And the band is working with Ben Hillier on a new record and it's scheduled to be done by February.

There's a new James Bond.

How Bob Iger saved broadcast television.

Sawyer robbed at gunpoint!

Have a great weekend everyone. No MP3's for you today but hopefully I will have a new podcast for you on Monday.

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Arlington At Night, originally uploaded by leafblower.

I have a few issues that I was hoping to get some feedback on so feel free to chime in.

1) I'm in the market for a new digicam. My Nikon has done me well, but I'm ready to up my megapixel count and get some better shots. I'm looking for a compact camera in the 5 to 7 megapixel range that takes (relatively) good shots in lowlight. Some camera's that I'm considering:
Canon Powershot S70
Canon Powershot SD 500
Sony Cybershot DSCP 150
Sony Cybershot DSC W7
Anyone have any experience with these models? Care to recommend something else?

2) I finally jumped on the podcast bandwagon and downloaded a few last night. Anyone have a favorite podcast? I'm looking for a good one from the BBC (like from Steve Lamacq or someone like that) that will keep me up to date on all the new British stuff out there. Some readers have sent me their podcasts and I'll check those out when i get a chance.

I downloaded the KEXP / Music That Matters Vol. 2 podcast last night and am listening to it now and it's already paying off. They open the podcast with a track by the Silver Sun Pickups that is really great. I think everyone knows how I feel about indie rock bands with cello's! Their website says they have an EP on iTunes, I'll have to check that out tonight. Here is their myspace page.

3) What is everyone's RSS reader of choice? Bloglines is too slow and outdated for me. Anyone have a better suggestion?

Stream the new Depeche Mode record over at their myspace page. [via Onelouder]

Drool. New Order played a full set of Joy Division songs at their John Peel Day concert. The Super Furries played a set of John Peel faves and actually missed the Wales v. Azerbaijan match. A true scarifice indeed.

The Village Voice's Best of 2005 list. Here's the music portion.

Has Google peaked?

I was watching Lost last night so I missed all of this. But...yikes! It's the playoffs. How does MLB let something like this happen?

All eyes on Coach K.

It's all about perspective, you see.

How to create your own iPod videos.

Apple pulls new Eminem ad.

Steve is at it again.

Video iPods and slimmer iMacs with built in iSight and remote control.

Gizmodo has the scoop here and here.

The new front row feature looks way cool.

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Since I haven't addressed this yet, my thoughts on the Sox this year...I hate to say it but I didn't get as excited about the postseason this year as I did the previous two. Mostly because, unlike the previous two years, I didn't really believe that we had the horses to go all the way. I said all year our pitching stunk, and it let us down in the playoffs. And when your pitching and defense are below average and your bats don't show up, it figures to be a quick series. Credit the White Sox for playing three great games. Respect. The Red Sox never even got started. I think Deadspin put it best when he said now Sox fans know how Cards fans felt last year in the Series. It was over before it began. I expect big changes on the team next year. I assume resigning Theo is just a formality, so he'll have his work cut out for him. The pitching staff needs to be redone, and no more betting on iffy propositions like Wade Miller. And don't even get me started on Orlando Cabrera.

The C's started their pre-season slate last night and lost to the LeBron-less Cavs. I would have loved to watch the game but effing Comcast "doesn't have any info" on their NBA season pass yet. By perusing the box score, it looks like Mark Blount has a pulse (12 pts, 5 bords), Kendrink Perkins should earn some PT this year (9 boards in 19 minutes) and Brian Scalabrine was wasted money. He shot *cough*2-11*cough*.

Ummm...like woah? [via deadspin]

Please lord let this be true. *fingers crossed*

Oasis win the Best Album and People's Choice awards at the Q Awards.

Radiohead has a new tune called Rubbernecks.

Apple posts a $430 million profit for the past quarter. For those counting beans at home, that was THEIR BEST QUARTER EVAH.

Since I am now officially a high falootin' MP3 blogger, I guess I should make with some music.

Stream the much overdue SFA v. Beach Boys mashup:
Caroline v. Long Gone. [thanks L Boogie]

And since he's all I've been listening to for the last three days, here is some live Macca for you from his Philly show on 9/22.
Paul McCartney: I Will (MP3)
Paul McCartney: Band On The Run (MP3)
You can get the entire show here.
Check Flickr for the 2005 Tour photo pool.

Remember that time when I saw Macca on the street in NYC?

I could really get used to four day weekends.

On Friday night I DJed my first ever wedding, something I was quite nervous about. It's a fair amount of pressure, I think, to provide the music at someone's nuptials. My mindset was pretty much "Just don't mess it up" and hope everyone drank alot. I only agreed to provide my services after being assured by the bride that she wanted an indie rock slant to the proceedings, which eased my fears quite a bit.

I played 2 hours of dinner music; AIR, The Shins, Massive Attack, Mylo, Portishead, Nouvelle Vague, Morrissey, Radiohead, etc. and followed that up with 2 hours of dance music; Outkast, Joe Jackson, Postal Service, The Supremes, The Beatles, Phoenix, Mylo, The Cure, etc. It all went really well and I was relieved that I didn't screw up Cyndi and Kenji's special day. Congrats you two! And if anyone out there needs an indie rock DJ for your wedding, just holler.

Saturday I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing the one and only Sir Paul McCartney in concert at the MCI Center. A friend scored some primo (and I mean primo) seats on Friday and invited me. We had third row seats off the side of the stage! It was pretty unreal being about 10 or 15 yards away from a Beatle while he was belting out a bunch of songs I never figured on hearing live. I really wish I would have brought my camera.

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And Macca puts on one hell of a show. It was equal part Beatles, Wings and newer solo stuff. He played most of the newer material early and to be honest, it sounded just fine. After about halfway through the set, it was hit after hit after hit. The highlights for me were a killer, technicolor version of "Band On The Run"(a leafblower favorite from way back), a solo "I Will" (maybe my favorite Beatles tune) and a nice little story about NASA waking up the astronauts on the Discovery space shuttle with "Good Day Sunshine" on the day the crew were finally able to land the shuttle in California. Other Beatles tunes he played were "Magical Mystery Tour", "Drive My Car", "The Long and Winding Road", "Blackbird", "Eleanor Rigby", "Yesterday", "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window", "Penny Lane", "Back In The USSR", "Hey Jude", "Get Back", "Please Please Me", "Sgt. Pepper", "Helter Skelter", "The End". It goes without saying I was creaming my pants the entire time. "Please Please Me" was just incredible. That was a "Like, woah" moment, no doubt.

There was also a surreal moment when the band and everyone inside MCI sang "Happy Birthday" to John, who's 65th birthday was Sunday. Macca played for about 2 and a half hours. The show felt like it would never end. In a good way. The show was so good, I almost forgave him for this and the whole "McCartney/Lennon" shite. Almost. Here's the WaPo review.

It was going to be hard to top seeing Macca in the flesh so I spent the rest of the weekend drinking(wine and champagne), watching movies(The Incredibles, The Machinist and Discs 1 and 2 of Lost). I need more four day weekends like this.

Kasabian hearts Oasis. Ok guys, we get it. If this keeps up, we're going to need a few "No homo" comments thrown in just so we're all straight. No pun intended.

Shut it, you ponce.

Fuck. This makes me want to take back all the bad things I've said recently about REM. Cool as fuck.

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Big stage, huh?, originally uploaded by leafblower.

Unlike Tuesday night, last night was alot of fun. Got there right before Cartel Cedars went on and went right up front to stake out a spot. They quickly came onstage, played (what I think was) a new song and followed up with "Fleets". It sounded great coming out the 930's soundsystem. The drums were absolutely banging and the keyboard flourishes sounded much more fleshed out than usual. The local boys put up a great set and looked right at home on that big stage. Hopefully this is a precursor of future 930 gigs for them. Also, they gave shouts to both bluestate and DCist, but strangely not to information leafblower dot com slash blog(kidding!), and that was much appreciated. Flickr's acting weird today so I can't link to my photos tagged with "Cedars", but just go to my photostream and check out my digital photos from last night.

In between sets, someone came up to me and asked me "Are you information leafblower?", so that was kinda wild. Ryan and his friend Marissa said they recognized me because I was using my new toy. They were both really cool and very friendly, so we made plans to go see Tom Vek at the Black Cat next month (Sunday, Nov 6th!!). I took about 13 photos with the fisheye, so hopefully I will take the rest of the roll this weekend and get them developed early next week.

Giant Drag were after Cedars and they were so much awesome. I had read somewhere that Annie, the singer, rants and raves alot on stage and she didn't disappoint last night. She was barely coherent during most of the set. It's hard to describe, but if you go read the bio on their website, you'll get the idea.

Anyhoo, they were great. So 90's alternarock, but in a good way. Annie, who is a total cutie BTW, plays guitar and Micah (who I couldn't get a decent picture of) plays drums and the keyboards. At. the. same. time. It was hard for me to decide who to watch, the do it all drumboardist or the cute girl with the guitar. I seriously recommend going to see this band if you get the chance.

I was pretty beat by that point in the night, so I skipped Stellastarr* and went home to play with The Mister.

Last night was a fiasco on so many levels. And I'm not even talking about the game. They ran. out. of. books. You know, at the BOOK SIGNING?

I got to the ESPN Zone around 5:30 in anticipation for The Sports Guy's book signing, which was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Once I arrived, the line was about halfway down the block, but not too bad. Since it wasn't very long (yet) I decided to go into the Barnes & Noble next door and get a copy of The Sports Guy's book so I'd have something to read while I was in line and I wouldn't have to worry about buying one when I got inside. I went upstairs to the customer service desk, and the first person behind the desk walked away as soon as I approached them. I got another person's attention and asked her where I could find the book. "Is this the Red Sox book?" she asked me. I replied yes. "Oh, we pulled those from the shelves, you'll have to buy it next door." This confused me, but I went and got back in line lest it get too long. I'd guess about 20 people got in line in the time it took me to do that. I looked at my cell phone, it was 5:41.

A little after 6:00, the line started moving in short bursts every 15 minutes or so. I kept checking my cell phone for updates on the game, but every time I did, the score would get worse, so eventually I stopped. Every so often, someone from the ESPN Zone would come by the line and tell everyone that there would be books inside for purchase if we didn't already have a copy and that we could purchase them for $25 with cash or credit card. Cool.

I got inside and within TV view around 7:00 and saw "Brandon" Arroyo promptly give up a dinger to A.J. Pierzynski. Wonderful. Soon after, I made my way around the corner and into the final stretch of people before TSG. Once I made the corner, I could see the table where they were selling books. As the line inched closer to the table, I started to get a sinking feeling because I saw a few empty boxes behind them and didn't see any books. There was one on the table, which the women in front of me bought. And that's the kicker. That was THE LAST BOOK. When I realized what was happening, I thought to myself, no way can that be the last book. They probably just needed to bring out the rest of the copies that are stored in the back room, right? Well, I wouldn't know because there was no announcement that they ran out of books or anything like that. The people at the table just packed up their shit and left.

When I finally got up to the table, I saw a poor attempt at an order form that the ESPN people wanted everyone to fill out if they wanted to get an inscribed book mailed to them at a later date. I really wish I would have taken a picture of the form, it looked like something they made up on the spot. It was practically handwritten. They expected us to give them our credit card info and shipping address and whatever we wanted the inscription to be. Right, I just waited two hours in line to buy a book and get it signed and I'm going to write my credit card info on a little homemade form like that and wait 4-6 weeks. Sure thing.

I seriously have a hard time getting my head around the fact that this was a BOOK SIGNING and THEY RAN OUT OF BOOKS in roughly 80 minutes!! Shouldn't someone be on top of things like this? They ran out of books at the NYC signing, so whoever was in charge of this fiasco had to have a heads up that something like this could happen.

So when it was finally my turn, I was pretty pissed off but it was too late to turn back now. So I walked up to Bill:
Me: "Hi Bill"
TSG: "Hi, how you doing?" Shakes my hand.
Me: OK, but I'm kinda pissed that they ran out of books. That woman there bought the last one"
TSG: "What, they ran out again?"
Me: "Yeah, you need a new agent or something."
TSG: "It's not my agent, it's Barnes & Noble."
Me: "Funny you say that. I went there right before I got in line and they told me I had to buy my book here. That was two hours ago."
TSG: "I'm really sorry. I'm going to come back and make it up to everyone."
Me: "Um...great..I'll know to buy my copy beforehand next time." Trying to salvage my allotted 30 seconds. "Why do you hate Danny Ainge?"
TSG: Still apologizing..."Wait, What? I don't hate Danny Ainge."
ME: "I know. Gimme some Celtics dirt."
TSG: "Hmmmmm...some Celtics dirt..."
ME: "Are we gonna trade Tony Allen?"
TSG: "Ummm..Yeah, I think we are."


He's A Fan, originally uploaded by leafblower.

The way he said that didn't lead me to believe that at all. Which doesn't mean that we won't be trading Tony this year, but he didn't sound like he had any inside info on the matter. I wanted to tell him to write something positive about Paul Pierce this year, but I was being shooed away, so I quickly made with the sign and he complied. He apologized again as I walked away, and I don't hold it against him, but someone should be worried about their job security over this. Seriously. He's doing this book tour for one reason, to sell books. The book is currently ranked #41 at Amazon, so it's obviously popular. They organizers had to expect a large crowd to show up. It is the baseball postseason afterall. The Sox were playing during the book signing.

When I left, at 7:23 p.m., I walked outside, and the line was all the way down the block, around the corner and halfway down the next block. I'm guessing I was about the 250th person through the line and there were another 750 in line behind me. And I'd estimate about 100 people in front of me already had books. So they sold about 150 books before they ran out. So, using those numbers (and I'm totally guessing here) that means about 475 of the 750 people outside came to this and were unable to buy books. So that's close to $12,000 in book sales they lost out on last night (assuming everyone needing books only bought one copy). Things like that make me wonder how people keep their jobs.

Thank god I had a fall back with the sign and picture, otherwise, what's the point? Wait in line for hours to talk to Bill for 30 seconds? I heard one of the ESPN people say that about 50 people had already given up and gone home since there were no more books for him to sign. I was really excited for the book signing when it was announced, but when I found out that it would happen at the ESPN Zone, my expectations were lowered greatly. So I guess I really shouldn't be surprised at how last night unfolded.

Other big fans of information leafblower:
Brett Easton Ellis
Chuck Palahniuk

The lowdown for today:

Sox start playoffs. Time to get back in the saddle.

I am equally excited about the Celtics start training camp. Mark Blount may actually show up this year. From what I saw of media day, PP looks slimmed down, maybe for a move back to the 2?

Sports Guy book signing tonight. Planning out what my sign will say...

My new toy should be delivered tomorrow.

Morrissey has named his new album Ringleader of the Tormentors. Doesn't actually roll off the tongue now does it? Tony Visconti has been brought in to produce, taking over for Jeff Saltzman. Check out some of these song titles for older tunes that never made it on a proper album, "Stay As You Are", "Laughing Annie", "Nightmare", "Hanratty", "Fast Car, Sharp Bend, Goodbye" and "The Leeches Go On Removing".

And to top it off, we were just informed we have Friday and Monday off. Sweet!

The word on Arcade Fire.

De La to perform with the Gorillaz. Hott.

Hilarious! Not much fun to be on the wrong end of a fuzzy math tiebreaker, is it? Have I mentioned that I hate Yankees? Why do they ALWAYS get to play the primetime game?

Special shoutout to friend and (good natured) adversary Bob Cook, who is now writing for MSNBC. Nice one. Now if he can do something about the absurd amount of time it takes for MSNBC's page to load on my computer...

What I'm Looking For

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This month's image is kinda big, so click on the thumbnail for an image that's readable. Boy, these monthly mixes have gotten much better now that I'm actually getting some new music. Goodies:

Brendan Benson: What I'm Looking For (MP3) - I'm going to let you in on a little secret, one that I just found out myself. This Brendan Benson record is effing incredible. Go buy it. I don't want say there's no way you won't like it, but that's kinda how I feel about it. I got it on Friday and listened to it all weekend. It's like some weird 70's-centric radio station that plays album cuts by bands you've never heard of but all the songs sound kinda familiar. And so, so good. This better be the second single.

Harvey Danger: Wine, Women and Song (MP3) - Remember that band that wrote that really catchy and great song that got overplayed to death so you ended up kinda not liking them? Well, they've released other material since then, and it's better. I'm hoping these guys have a Nada Surf-esque return to the music public's consciousness, because they've done similar things, it just seems like no one knows about it. I played this song at our brunch gig last week and two or three people came up and asked me what it was. Typical Sean: We hit the wall, it was not resilient / She said that she was hungry and I was brilliant / And who the hell am I to disagree? / Didn't you used to be someone who meant something to me?

Supergrass: Kick In The Teeth (MP3) - This was the other record I listened to all weekend. I fell for all the super enthusiastic record reviews for their last album, Life on Other Planets, bought it, and hated it. My expectations were very low for this record, but the band slowed their tempo and changed up their sound to great effect. Dare I say that Supergrass have made a mature record? I'm not sure, but the band that's always been in search for a decent verse to go with their killer choruses has made a great, laid back record.

Suede: Asbestos (MP3) - I was never a huge fan while they were around, but I've been OD'ing on the Suede catalog lately. Killer line in this song: The suburban girls / and they're making noise / And they're making eyes / at suburban boys

So I'm really torn about the Super Furry show in NYC. I want to go, but I've heard less than stellar things about Webster Hall and tickets are $18. Plus, the only two delivery options are either 2nd day UPS ($14!!!) or will call. Has it always been like this on Ticketweb? Can they not put a frickin' stamp on my tickets and mail them to me?

Remember that Giant Drag CD I said I liked last week? We're giving away an autographed copy over at bluestate.

Mine! Muahahahahahaha! I got so excited I bought this and this since the seller was nice enough to let me combine shipping on everything.

When did Rolling Stone start selling MP3's?

A loss on Saturday and some fuzzy math gave the division to the Evil Empire, but the Sox still sealed the deal on Sunday. Man, is it October already? Last October was such a crazy time, I'm not sure I'm ready to hop back on that train again. Wait, who am I kidding, of course I am!

An excellent question. If you find out, be sure to let me know.