Information Leafblower: June 2006 Archives

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So stressed. Moving tomorrow, Futureheads tonight and if that wasn't stressful enough, now the Celtics are trying to trade for Allen Iverson!! And offering Gerald Green and Al Jefferson (depending on who you listen to). Barf! Danny, don't do it. Wally + #7 is fine, but not Al and GG. What are we, the Knicks?

Other players the C's have been linked to in the last two weeks: KG, Chris Duhon and Sebastian Telfair. I'd rather have Carlos Boozer or Rashard Lewis, both of whose names have been bandied about quite a bit lately.

The C's have the #7 pick in tonights draft and you better believe the pick is in play. And I have to go see the Futurheads tonight! That's by no means a bad thing, just bad timing. I'm going to try and stick around until after the C's pick before I head to the venue. The Iverson deal, if it goes down, might not happen until July 1 (when free agents are eligible to be signed) anyways. I'm hoping Philly asked for Al and GG and Danny countered with Wally and #7. Ok, I'll stop.

Like I said, I moving tomorrow so I might not be online again until the middle of next week. It's all up to Comcast. *shudder*

Sports Guy's Mock draft. I'm all for Randy Foye, but I bet we take Sheldon Williams tonight.

Pedro back to Fenway tonight.

Worst.

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Oh no. Peter Gammons is currently undergoing surgery after having an aneurysm earlier today.

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I am the first person to admit that the last Bunnymen show in D.C. was underwhelming. It never got its legs and took off. Last night was much different. Maybe it was the crazy weather outside. Maybe it was the late start time (Jeebus, I'm old) but last night was everything the previous show was not. The Bunnies ripped through a set that focused mostly on their vast catalog, so much so, that I was actually disappointed not to hear more from Siberia, but I will stop short of complaining. "The Cutter" was to die for. And the transition form "Scissors In the Sand" right into "All That Jazz" was just incredible. Yes, I'm gushing. But hey, the Bunnies were in fine form last night. They are quickly rocketing up the Favorite Band Ever list for yours truly. Will Sargeant is just amazing. I could watch and listen to him play guitar all day, every day. Mac was in typical proto-Liam form. He was just oozing cool in every direction.

Going Up / Show of Strength / Stormy Weather / Seven Seas / Bring on the Dancing Horses / The Disease / Scissors in the Sand / All That Jazz / The Back of Love / All My Colours (Zimbo) / The Killing Moon / Do It Clean / Never Stop / Villiers Terrace(Roadhouse Blues) / Rescue / The Cutter / Nothing Lasts Forever(Walk on the Wild Side) // Lips Like Sugar // Ocean Rain

More pics here. I could not get a decent shot of Ian to save my life.

Boy Kills Boy were the definition of 'meh.' If Maximo Park sucked, they would sound like Boy Kill Boy.

Here's another MP3 for everyone, and oldie but goodie.
Echo & the Bunneymen | Never Stop (MP3) - This is live from Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo, Japan on Jan. 17th, 1984. It rules.

Roomba!

I've wanted one for ages, so I finally bought a Roomba (for fairly cheap) a week or so ago. This thing is teh awesome! It picks up cat hair like there's no tomorrow. I run it every two or three days and my carpets look brand new. Mr. Pink is still getting used to it though.

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Echo & The Bunnymen at the Black Cat tonight. I was led to believe I was going to get an interview with Will Sargeant but I never heard back from the Bunnymen PR company with a firm time or date. Which is too bad because I had some great questions for him. If nothing else I hoped to finally end the controversy of Ampersand or "the." Alas, it was not to be.

For those of you not lucky enough to be in the DC area tonight(or, if we're talking about the weather, lucky enough to be nowhere near here), I have some downloadable goodies for you:

Echo & the Bunnymen | Going Up (MP3) - They are opening each show with this, the opening track from Crocodiles.

Nouvelle Vague | The Killing Moon (MP3) - I loved their first record, but am not liking Bande A Part as much. Maybe it has to do with the song selection. Most of it is too upbeat, and I liked the slower stuff off the first record.

Anyways, the good folk at Ear Farm have a full live set from Nouvelle Vague, so go grab your favorites. The set includes some Blondie, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and The Smiths!

Beasley, you suck!  Sod off!Bruce Arena out...Jurgen Klinsmann in? Funny, I was just talking to DCeiver about this very thing! I'm all for it, he's against it. Can we get rid of DeMarcus Beasley too?
Related: Buh-bye.
Also related: Babes of the World Cup.

Not related: FreeDarko drops the NBA science over at McSweeney's.

So true.

Go download some great B-sides by The Smiths, Pulp and others.

Ruh-roh.

Go to the 14th Floor to get some new Futureheads tracks.

Sonic Youth on Morning Becomes Eclectic from 2002.
Sonic Youth on KCRW from 2004.

Metro Distortion has Silversun Pickup tour dates and a SSPU MP3 for you to download. Is it me or do these guys sound like what would have happened if Billy Corgan wanted to be a humble indie rocker instead of a SuperDuper Rawk Star?

Secrets of the Radiohead set list. I'm actually coping well with not being able to see them on this tour. Better than I thought I would. Of course, I'm avoiding all the new material like the plague...

Stream the Racontuers video for "Steady As She Goes."

We Are Scientists video tour journal. Looks like I'm going to miss them when they play DC. I have two other shows that week and I'm moving, so something had to give.

Download:
Razorlight | In The Morning (MP3)

Worst.

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Groan. I'm turning 32 today. I guess that's not so bad. Here are some of the small things I'm feeling thankful for today:

1) I'm moving! In like 10 days. And best of all, no more roommates! This will be my fourth move in the last three years (and my record collection just keeps getting bigger and heavier) but I'm really psyched to move into my own place. I signed the lease and got the keys today.
2) New Portishead album!
3) Buffalo Tom in NYC on July 14th. Ms. Smith and I might be in town for that. I haven't seen them since like 1996 or so.
4) The Luna documentary is released today.
5) Fishscale. I listen to this album like 14 times a day. So far in '06 Ghostface and Goldfrapp are neck and neck for album of the year as far as I'm concerned. If you don't have this record then you are missing out.
6) The World Cup! Obvs.

And without turning into to a big cornball, I'm thankful for everyone stopping by here and reading what I have to say. I went over the 400,000 visitor mark a week or so ago and that, to me, is just mind boggling. When I started this slice of the interweb, I didn't think anyone other than me would read it. Ha!

Also, do I lose all of my cool points if I say the new Keane single isn't half bad? You can go here and download it.

And of course:
Cracker | Happy Birthday To Me(MP3)

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How about that USA v. Italy match? It's like DCeiver said, "Italy ain't been hungry since Supreme Clientele." Inserting Clint Dempsey into the starting line up really paid dividends, in my mind. He and Bobby Convey are the only players on our team that can take the ball and get around somebody. Both of them also stay wide and open up the middle for Reyna, McBride and little Landon. Nice to see Kasey Keller finally show up as well. If we win and advance, I say bring on Brazil. They haven't impressed me at all.

Related: Fonts on football jerseys.

As for the NBA finals, fist I present you with this statistic.
Dwyane Wade last night: 25 free throw attempts
The Dallas Mavericks last night: 25 free throw attempts
Now allow me to point out this passage from The Sports Guy on June 8th:

And that's the thing that bothers me about this series: No team depends on the refs quite like the Heat. When the refs are calling all the bumps on Shaq and protecting Wade on every drive, they're unstoppable. When they're calling everything fairly, they're eminently beatable. If they're not getting any calls, they're just about hopeless. I could see the refs swinging two games in Miami's favor during this series, possibly three. In fact, I'm already depressed about it and the series hasn't even started yet.

I would comment more on last night's game, but I went to bed shortly after midnight, right before OT started. Yes I am an old fogey (more on that tomorrow) but I can't see a single reason for a Sunday night NBA Playoff game to last until the wee hours of Monday morning.

I went to see the Nats take on the Evil Empire last Friday. Here are some pictures.

Free up space on your Mac with Disk Inventory X.

Create your own false identity.

Douglas Coupland Explains JPod Title.

Love this Spank Rock photo. Beautiful.

Oh, before I forget, Pitchfork is now a photo blog. And a crappy one at that.

Perhaps by hiring a copy editor?

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Paging Tuning Fork!

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murdered in the alley of the land
frost-bitten against flagpoles
pawned by females

educated in the dark for the dark

vomiting into plugged toilets
in rented rooms full of roaches and mice

no wonder we seldom sing
day noon or night

the useless wars
the useless years
the useless loves

and they ask us,
why do you drink so much?

well, I suppose if the days were made
to be wasted
the years and the loves were made
to be wasted

we can't cry, and it helps to laugh -
it's like letting out
dreams, ideals,
poisons

don't ask us to sing,
laughing and singing to us,
you see, it is a terrible joke

Christ should have laughed on the cross,
it would have petrified his killers

now there are more killers than ever
and I write poems for them.
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Written by Charles Bukowski, taken from his book Burning In Water, Drowning In Flame

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Sonic Youth were teh awesome last night. Jeezy Creezy. I had a very bad day yesterday and was in no mood to see a show but they, along with spunky youngsters Be Your Own Pet, turned that around real quicklike. I'm not a huge SY fan, I don't even own a single album of theirs (bye bye cool points!), but I enjoy seeing them in concert. Last night was undoubtedly the best show I've ever seen them do. BYOP were great as well. So full of energy. They only have one gear, full speed ahead, but they know how to use it.

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I have pics and a review over at DCist. See all my photos from last night at Flickr.

PS - Mark Ibold! Best.

Zulkey v. Nick Hornby.

Sweet. [thanks Ms. Smith]

A detailed guide to backing up a Mac.

Microsoft finds 60% infection rate in PCs. So buy a Mac, just not the new Macbook.

FLickr v. screenshots.

Sports Big Papi Illustrated. Best.

Did the Blazers John Patterson slander Al Jefferson? Very interesting stuff. At least to me. I heart Big Al.

Tryouts for the Celtics Dance Team. Groan.

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The best teams I saw in Week One of the World Cup:
1) Czech Republic
2) Sweden
3) Croatia
It's worth noting that I only watched about 40% of the matches and that the three teams above won, drew and lost.

Nethers tonight at the Black Cat! Best. More photos of Nikki with hair in her face! So much awesome.

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I doubt the US could have played any worse yesterday. It was genuinely the worst case scenario, especially with Italy's 2-0 win over Ghana. Now we're five goals down on differential. We showed flashes at time but couldn't put anything together against a clearly superior Czech team. I only saw the games from Saturday over the weekend, but they were the best team I've seen play so far. That Rosicky guy is insane (and aptly named). Apparently Arsenal just signed him. The two goals he scored against the US were amazing. They were the type of goals that Casey Keller generally stops.

If I'm Bruce Arena I make the following changes for Saturday(discussed at length with DCeiver on the post-game walk back from the bar):
1) Bench DeMarcus Beasely and sub out Brian McBride at halftime. Beasley is on the field because of his speed but was routinely beaten by the much bigger and more physical Czech players yesterday. He was basically useless and putting him on the left hurts the play of Bobby Convey, easily the USA's best player yesterday (which I called on the walk over to the bar BTW). McBride is ineffective if he does't get the ball served to him, which never happened yesterday. He doesn't come back for the ball much and isn't effective out of the opposing team's box.
2) Move Landon Donavan back to the midfield so he can get the ball more.
3) Move Bobby Convey back to the left. Convey was the bright spot yesterday. He can get by anyone and serves the ball well from the wing. He's a tiny dude but not intimidated by anyone.
4) More PT for Eddie Johnson please. He is just as one dimensional as McBride, but at least the defense has to account for him when the ball is at his foot. He came close to scoring twice in limited time yesterday.
5) Get John O'Brien on the field. He's one of the few US players that can get the ball and keep it.
6) I also want to go on the record saying I hate Eddie Lewis playing defense.
7) Is it too late to start reminiscing about Brad Freidel?
8) Lastly, let me state my surprise that the World Cup was the lead story on ESPN.com after Ben Brothelsburger pulled a Jay Williams.

We have to beat Italy to have any hope of advancing. Saturday should be interesting. My feelings are that going into match play, Keller would give up no more than four or maybe five goals in match play. I still believe that to be true. But it would definitely help if the defense, you know, stepped to the ball when the opposition has it.

Where is everyone watching the Italy match on Saturday?

Michael Davies is writing a World Cup blog for ESPN.com that is very entertaining. Be sure to check it out.
Grant Wahl on how effed we are (and this was written before the game yesterday).
DCeiver's two cents. Alexi Asshat indeed.

Also, if DCeiver and I ever start a band, it will be named "Clay Court Specialist."

Ruh roh.

Raconteurs + Gnarls Barkey + Horseracing? Maybe we're crazy. Probably.

Nethers tour diary! They play DC tomorrow. Yes, I am going to see them yet again. Expect more pictures.

Oh, I also found out that I'll be attending the early show on Thursday when Be Your Own Pet opens for the mighty Sonic Youth. Best!

Stream Primal Scream's "Country Girl" here (QT) and here (Windoze). I'm scared it's gonna suck. Someone tell me if they like it or not.

I've had a big album review post half written for about a month now, but one sampler I got that I liked alot was from Regina Spektor. Stream her track "Summer In The City" here (QT) and here (Windoze).

May 2006 In Photos

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the dead flowers of myself

bulls strut in pinwheel glory,
rockets stun the sky,
but I don't know
quite what to make
of the dead flowers
of myself,
whether to dump them
out of the bowl
or
press them between
these blank pages
and go on;
well, all grief comes down
to hard death
and weeping finally ends.
thank the god
who made
it.

-- Written by Charles Bukowski, taken from the book Betting On the Muse
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Sorry for being MIA last week. My aunt died very unexpectedly early in the week and my mind was elsewhere. Ms. Smith was nice enough to accompany me to NC this weekend for the funeral.

I haven't posted any Buk since last August. I'm seriously slacking.
Back to work tomorrow.

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Wayne Rooney is a go.

Divorcing Pedro and Nomar.

Why?

Wiley Wiggins on D & C; The Criterion Edition.

Argh! I wish I could have gone.

Obvs. Hurry hurry, one day left.

Let me go on the record right now.
Mavs in six.

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Here are some pics taken while wandering around NYC. The top collage and the large pic in the middle were taken near Wall Street at night near the Spiderman shoot. They had all sorts of lights set up everywhere and it was as bright as day down there. Sadly, we couldn't get close enough to see what kind of scene they were shooting. And I have no idea what the hell this is.

The lower collage was taken on Sunday morning while we were killing time before heading home. VW was shooting an ad for the new Rabbit and the more we walked around, the more Spiderman cast trailers we saw. It was kinda weird walking around that area, as it was my old neighborhood and I hadn't been back there since moving to Brooklyn in early '02. I didn't even get pissed off at all the tourists at Ground Zero.

In other news, I am officially excited about the World Cup, mad for it even. Where is everyone watching the England v. Paraguay match at 9 a.m. on Saturday? Guinness before noon, people! Dceiver and I are taking suggestions on where to go, so if you want in, just holler. Also, I am putting together my World CUp fantasy team, Fishscale FC, so if there's a player I definitely need on my team, let me know. I'm fairly well versed in the European players, but that's about it.

We were so close! Driving up to NYC on Friday, we had clear, albeit mostly drab and grey, skies all the way until Newark, when the sky opened up. The weather alternated between drizzly and pouring for the rest of the night. There was a 10 minute break in the rain while Mike, L Boogie, Ms. Smith and I were across the street from the Seaport having a drink in the Heartland Brewery with Les, Super Furry Roadie Extraordinaire, and he lept up and dashed to the stage to get the band ready, but alas, they couldn't get everything set up before it started raining again.

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The Furries ended up playing three songs before the torrential downpour did them in, which was unfortunate, becuase they gave it their all. But understandably, standing in large puddles with an electric guitar slung over your shoulder is not exactly the safest thing to do on a Friday night. So the gig was pulled after three songs, but Gruff, God bless him, grabbed his acoustic guitar and jumped down from the stage and performed four songs acoustically for the small crowd that remained. So some people went home happy.

That was the bad news. The good news was that the Furries didn't have to pull the show entirely, something they proudly noted they've never done in the band's entire career, and more importantly, we simply started the after-party earlier. So we eventually went around the corner to a local bar on Beakman Street and set up shop. We stayed there until the wee hours of the morning and I tired to drink my weight in Boddingtons. The result: Close but no cigar.

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Despite the show being so short and abrupt, it was a really fun night. I got to see Chris Shaw and a few friends and former co-workers that I hadn't been in contact with since moving from NYC two years ago, had a heated debate with Guto over the best Wu-Tang solo record (he voted for Liquid Swords, I was repping the new Ghostface record) and heard Bunf profess his love for vodka gimlets numerous times over the course of the night. I also vaguely recall Coolfer turning up before the end of the night. Actually, Friday night was so fun that I spent most of Saturday in bed.

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The rest of the weekend was spent tooling around Manhattan desperately trying to rid myself of my hangover, eating pizza (Two Boots and Grimaldi's) and attempting to stay dry. Paramount had most of the Wall Street area blocked off while they were shooting the new Spiderman movie and we also stumbled across a crew shooting a new VW ad, so I'll have those pics tomorrow.

To see all my pics from Friday night, head over to Flickr.

Bah. Looks like it's going to rain all weekend, so I'm not sure what will happen to the gig tonight. Oh well. If I get to hang with the guys, I'll be happy.

Some music for the weather:
R.E.M. | Have You Ever Seen The Rain (MP3)

Bette Seveert | Ray Ray Rain (MP3)

Guided By Voices | Everybody Thinks I'm A Raincloud (MP3)

Not sure if anyone heard it or not, but I just got an over the air shout-out from Barb at WOXY after she played "Golden Retriever." Hott. Excellent choice Barb! It's D.C. by the way, not NYC (although I will be in NYC over the weekend).

Thanks!

That's about all I got today, although I should go on record saying I called Heat in 6 yesterday. DCeiver can back me up on this.