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Back from holiday. *Sigh* But it was good to see Mr. Pink again. I missed him.

I'm so glad SXSW is over, if only because my inbox won't be filled with PR firms, promotion companies and other bloggers emails like "OMG!! ____ IS PLAYING A SPECIAL 25 MINUTE SET AT SXSW!!!!"

The only important thing that happened in Austin was this (review here). Dan, did you go? How was it? Ack! You did! And you saw the Bunnymen too? ON THE SAME NIGHT? I think I just had an aneurism. For fuck's sake.

Moz v. Douglas Coupland. Not exactly Leaf v. Bob Ryan, but hey...

I did get some non-SXSW emails last week:

Watch the new Eagles of Death Metal video featuring Jack Black and Dave Grohl (Quicktime)

Watch the new video from The Streets (Quicktime)

Watch the video for the new Flaming Lips song (Quicktime)

Watch the new video from We Are Scientists (Windoze Media)

Listen to the new Pearl Jam single.

Also, very important and for the record, I picked up Supernature, the new Goldfrapp record, and it is insanely good. Bordering on Mylo good. It'll definitely be in the running for my album of the year. The first three tracks are straight buttah.

More holiday photos after the jump.

Links

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Built To Spill "Conventional Wisdom" streams:
Quicktime / Windoze

Tom Vek - Things Are Here To Stay (MP3) - I think he was on the OC last night or something.

Watch the Editors video for "Munich" in Windoze Media.

Lady Sovereign MP3's:
Random
Mizz Beats Remix

Flaming Lips audio stream, for "The Wand"
Quicktime / Real

Video for Dirty on Purpose's "Mind Blindness"

The Stills - "In The Beginning" - go and listen at Myspace

New Thom Yorke/Radiohead MP3'a.

Coolfer has the haps on the new Mogwai.

In other news, Gerry McNamera is ridonkulous. Two times in tow days. Had to leave in OT, but go 'Cuse.

PP messed around and got a triple double last night. Quoth the Boston GLobe:

It's pretty hard to imagine Pierce being better than he is right now. He is on a scoring tear unseen in the storied history of the Celtics' franchise, having now scored 30 or more points in 13 of the last 14 games. He led the league in points scored in February. He is the only player in the NBA to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

Another night, another career high for Ryan Gomes. PP is avergaing 33 ppg in the 12 games started by Gomes, the team is 8-4 in those games. Ain't that a co-inkydink. The C's are 3.5 games out of a playoff spot.

My weekend in a nutshell: DJ, go to the office to do some work, shop for a shirt to wear Saturday night, DJ, go back to the office to do some work, go home to do laundry, do more work at home while watching the C's beat the hated Lakers. Fun, fun, fun 'til someone takes my turntables away.

The Agenda (now with new website linkage) was alot of fun on Friday. There were two separate girls there having birthday parties, so we had a good early crowd and they were requesting decent stuff, so it was all good.

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Saturday was even more fun. Sommer and her former housemates threw a big party at the Ellington that I'm glad I didn't stick around to clean up. The sound system in the "party room" kept overheating every so often, but that was the only downer to be had. The last time it happened, near the end of the party, just as it was getting out of hand, we were playing "Gold Digger" and the sound system in the room just shut down, leading to a slew of "Kanye is too hott for this party!" jokes for the rest of the night. I took a ton of pictures, some posted here, but all are over at Flickr.

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Parties for no reason are BEST. They're even better when everyone dresses up. Thanks Sommer!

Big ups to fellow Saturday night party attenders and all around cool kids Catherine and Tom (please resist all urges to call the TomCat) for getting their propers in el WaPo on Sunday. Respect.

Coolfer has bingo.

I had to check my internet connection and make sure everything was working properly after reading all this positive national press about the Celtics. Like Woah. PP ended the month (where he is currently leading the NBA in ppg for Feb.) with a 39 point game in his hometown to beat the Lakers. Suck it Kobe! Worth mentioning that PP has held his own v. Kobe and LeBron the last week or so. Tell me why we want to trade him again...

Ack! Opening Day is just over a month away!

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The next Bluestate is March 11th.

Unbuckled tonight. The Agenda tomorrow. Come get your leaf on.

Here are some Mylo MP3's for you via RCA:
Muscle Cars
Drop The Pressure

Best Buy had a ton of Mylo CD's in stock last night. Which is more than I can say for their William Orbit stock.

That's all I got for today. I'm like, busy and stuff. Come have a beer tonight and we'll hang out then. I'm gonna play the new Morrissey single like 14 times.

KG Skies

Caught the Wiz / Twolves game last night. Gilbert Arenas is bananas and Marcus Banks is his bitch. Went home and watched the C's win their fifth road game of the year in Utah. Wally got hurt in the first, but PP and Delonte picked it up. PP is leading the league in scoring in the month of February.

Listening to the new William Orbit album Hello Waveforms over at AOL(which has a ton of good albums available to stream) and it is teh hotness. Much more accessible than Pieces In A Modern Style. If you liked any of his Strange Cargo records, you'll love this. In the interest of full disclosure (and name dropping), I used to help manage William. And by "help manage", I mean did tons of paperwork, arranged for his gear to be shipped all over the world, talked to Dido and Gwen Stefani on the phone, delivered things to him at the studio and took one for the team every once in a while and kept Beth Orton company. Yes, it was a very demanding job. And I never got my gold record for Pieces In A Modern Style dammit.

Best! I have some decent bootlegs of this song but a studio version would be nice.

Woah. Nice move.

Get drunk with Morrissey. Also, new fan Q & A over at True To You dot net.

How do you go about choosing songs for your forthcoming tour?
Simon, Durham.
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I usually pick the songs that I'm sure people would least like to hear. And I'm never wrong. If I don't give people something to complain about then I've failed.

I think we all want a cleaner, quieter leafblower. I know I do.

In case I haven't mentioned this before, I am DJing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week. Tomorrow night is Unbuckled 2.0, Friday night is The Agenda and I'm doing a private party on Saturday. I can't wait until Sunday. Here's the Unbuckled flyer in case I haven't posted this yet.

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Come get your leaf on!

Tonight!

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Nethers @ Black Cat tonight. I'll be there with camera locked and loaded but I doubt I'll get any good pics in the Backstage.

Nethers play the Knitting Factory in NYC tomorrow with The Like, so if you're in the Big Apple, be sure to check them out.

A whole bunch of new Yeah Yeah Yeah MP3's.

It appears the Pistons are about to cut bait on Darko and ship him to the Magic with Carlos Arroyo for Kelvin Cato and a first round draft pick (lotto protection TBD). At what point does Teflon Joe Dumars start ctaching heat for his lousy draft record? Mateen Cleaves and Rodney White say hi. Check out these quotes about Darko [via Deadspin] some of which are pure gold, but sadly doesn't include Rasheed's "Darko is straight up gangsta" quote. But still fun to read. Related: Why does Chad Ford still have a job?

Also, I like the Vlad Rad for Chris Wilcox deal. For the Clippers. They need outside shooting in the worst way.

I'm with you.

Happy Birthday!

Love it, this too. Respect. Also: Related.

One extra day for Lollapalooza.

Robot funerals and spitting pennies. Best.

Uh-oh! Look out Mr. Pink. Related: Mr. Pink went to the vet on Monday and he has gained five pounds in 7 months! Yikes! Guess who is now on a diet? I also bought a lazer pointer for hours of kitty fun disguised as exercise.

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So here is the deal. Natalya and I have a new DJ night (because, you know, we aren't DJing enough) each and every Friday night at the Cue Bar on U Street. We kind of did a soft launch last week (a beta test if you will) and now it's gonna be a full time gig. Music, beer, food, pool, darts, ping pong, we got it all. So come on down and get your Agenda on. Admission is free.

Aha, that's more like it! All praise the Grizz!

Tablet Mac or new iPod?

This was the only reason to watch the Grammy's. I wish I would have seen it even if it sounds a bit anticlimactic.

Oh wait, it doesn't look like many people watched.

No shit sherlock.

W00t!

Also, this just in from the fine folk at Earfarm...They have informed us that Mancino will be playing a free show at Chief Ike's Mambo Room on Saturday. "But leafblower, why is this notable?" you may ask, and I'm glad you did. Apparently singer/guitarist Mike is "a big time Celts fan." Say no more!

Away Game

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Went and saw Feist last night. I have a review up at DCist.

Say what? The grammy's were on last night? I missed them. Wait, let me guess, u2 won alot and Bono wouldn't shut up. Am I right?

It's the Wu comin' through...

Radiohead to play London.

Current obsession Matt Pond PA at the 930 club in March. That's the night I get back from my snowboarding holiday. I'll have to play that one by ear. Only $10 though...

PP is an All Star but Kendrick Perkins separated his shoulder in practice. What a craptastic season this has been.

Go here to download the Morrissey single "You Have Killed Me". Sounds like a rip directly from MySpace, but at least you don't have to stream it. Worth noting that this is the first of the three new songs that I really like. Although it's too short.

Also loving that Diplo remix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Download you some Daft Punk.

hahahahahah.
Pitchfork: That was your last show until this spring. It seems like you spent the entire year on the road.
Berninger: We toured about 10 months and finished right before the holidays. We're just kinda trying to stay home and relax and start work on the new record.
So The National toured for 10 months and played DC a grand total of ZERO TIMES. I bet they played like 37 shows in NYC and Philly in that time. But are you ready for the ultimate irony? I'm not going to be in town when they play DC. I'll be snowbaording in Utah. Can you believe that shit? I don't even like that band that much but this thing has taken on a life of it's own. I already bought a ticket so if you need one, holler at me. Voxtrot are next on my list. They cancelled their show here and still haven't made it up, despite booking other shows on the East Coast.

Dubya does not heart PBS.

Sweet!

New iPod Nanos.

Now this is good stuff. More please. And yes, that sums up the Celtics season nicely.

I waited all weekend for a recap and this is all I get? Oh well, I guess everybody's a VIP to someone.

I'm sorry, if we're going to continue with this post, we're going to have to go off the record.

Exhibit A with whats wrong with today's NBA. I'm one of the biggest sports fans you'll find but this is just ridiculous. The Pacers have to put their foot down here. Tell Artest, that he's got what he wanted, he's been traded. He as 24 hours to report and take a physical. After 24 hours his pay (yes, he's been getting paid this entire time) will be suspended until he takes his physical. If he doesn't report, he doesn't get paid. He shouldn't be allowed to control his fate like this, especially after all he's done to get to this point. The Pacers better hope this trade goes through, otherwise Artest's value drops considerably and making a deal, any deal, becomes considerably harder. BTW, I don't like the deal from Indy's side. Peja is soft, just like the Pacers. But I digress...

Exhibit B with what is wrong with the NBA today. I doubt this will even stick.

Some songs I'm currently obsessed with and figure to be on the February playlist:

Art Brut | Good Weekend (MP3) - This song is FUCKING BEST. Love the unbridled energy. There is a band coming to DC this weekend that's been trying (and failing) to write songs like this for the last couple of years. Art Brut tosses them off with ease.
Buy the Art Brut album at Amazon or download it from eMusic.

Okkervil River | No Key, No Plan (MP3) - I wasn't impressed when I saw them live, but did hear a Buffalo Tom influence, which is apparent on this track, hence it's undeniable hookiness. I bought this EP off of eMusic and I like about half of it. The uptempo stuff really grabs me, but they lose me on the slower tunes. But this song is a keeper.
Buy the Okkervil River EP from Amazon or download it from eMusic.

We Are Scientists | This Scene Is Dead (MP3) - I cannot quit listening to this song. Download and listen only if you are prepared for it to burrow into your frontal lobe.
Buy the We Are Scientists album from Amazon.

Damn, wish I could've been there.

No DC date for the Strokes tour.

Are you reading the "Where Have All The Baggys Gone" columns over at Oneloudernyc? No? Shame on you.

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