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Unless I scam some free tickets (c'mon promo people, hook a blogga up!), I'm not going to Across The Narrows. Why? The Lemonheads are at the Black Cat on September 27th! w00t!

That's quite the week.
Tues, Sept 27 - White Stripes & The Shins
Tues, Sept 27 - Sufjan Stevens
Wed, Sept 28 - The Lemonheads
Wed, Sept 28 - BRMC & Mark Gardener
Thur, Sept 29 - Brendan Benson & The Greenehornes
Thur, Sept 29 - O-motherfucking-Asis

I respectfully ask you to suck it New York.

Normally I'd be really bummed if two bands I really wanted to see were playing on the same night (see Sept 11th: Idlewild @ Black Cat, Feist @ Birchmere) but I think I can go see Mark Gardener early on the 28th and still have plenty of time to jet over to the Black Cat to catch The Lemonheads. Hott.

How do I love all the Brit Pop reminiscing on the internets? Let me count the ways:
Blur v. Oasis timeline
Brit Pop highlights of 1995
How America started Brit Pop

Ian McCulloch, how do you feel about the new Bunnymen record? "It's a masterpiece! It's not supposed to happen to a band at this point, but it's the most complete album we've ever made. Ummm...I know he's going to say that about whatever they release, but I'm still drooling. You can listen to samples of the new record over at the band's website.

Here is the new White Stripes video in glorious Quicktime.

Also, here is the video for Longwave's "There's a Fire", which was featured in this months playlist. They are back on tour, opening for the Doves, starting next month. Unfortunately, no DC date.

Even though some people hate Safari (haven't upgraded my OS yet so it doesn't affect me), Apple still leads in customer service. Related: iTunes + Google?

What's a splog?

CDR's v. p2p.

Episodes af Ricky Gervias's new sitcom Extras were leaked online. If you didn't get them, don't fret. The show will be HBO in the fall.

Brits steal carloads of Fucking Austrian roadsigns.

Turning to the NBA, here are your amnesty rule casualties. Don't feel bad for these players. If they latch on with another team next year, they'll be getting two paychecks.

My home internet connection went kaput over the weekend and all I got for my troubles was 47 lousy trackback spams. But other than that, I had a fun filled weekend. Coolfer came down to DC for the weekend to enjoy suffer in the heat. Good lord it was hot this weekend. But we didn't let that stop us from trekking all over the city. Friday we went bar-hopping on U Street with Senor Grass, Natalya and Gl*mrocker. Quite a few beers were consumed and after closing down DC9 we made our way over to the world famous Ben's Chili Bowl. This was my first ever trip to the Chili Bowl, and seeing as I'm not a big fan of chili, I stuck with a cheeseburger and cheese fries. The verdict? Mmmmmmm...yummy.

Saturday we slept in, ate a very late lunch and stayed inside and watched a movie, lest we melt outside. later that evening, we headed to the latest in a long line of going away dinners for Johnny English and L Boogie. This one was in Crystal City at Jaleo, and it was super yummy. I stuck to mostly safe meat products, but did get some shark. Randi dragged us to a party in Cleveland Park when we were done. We didn't get there until it was technically over, but they had COLD beer so it wasn't so bad. After sucking down two Corona's, we went barhopping in CP and ended up at the 4P's, a cool Irish Pub. Again, we got crunked (although I look strangely sober here) closed that place down and took the subway Metro home.

Sunday was Ethiopian brunch followed by some power sight-seeing before Coolfer's bus home. We checked out the Vietnam, Lincoln, Korean, World War II and Jefferson Memorials along with the Reflecting Pool. It was hella hot out (the heat index was in the triple digits) but we managed to get all that done in a little under 3 hours. We ended up walking about six miles in that time. Strangely, I left my camera at home the entire weekend. internet goes out and I sleep until noon all weekend and I miss the Clips/TWolves trade. I like this move alot for the TWolves. Not so much for the Clips.

Big ups to workaholic Grambo for his props in this Chris Handyside article. But let me go on record saying that yours truly came up with "She mars on your Joe Dumars." Obvs. As for Grambo's recent dearth of posting, I fail the see the big deal. He'll post when he can.

Lots of stuff happening involving Morrissey, but still no word on that "big announcement". *shrug* But in the meantime, he's moved out of his house in LA and put it on the market for just under $2 mils. Apparently Moz is in Rome working with Alain Whyte on new material! Yay! And this new material may or may not be a collaboration with Madness.

There's a Best Of The Beta Band set on the way. Sweet.

Oh...almost forgot! Ha ha!

Hope you don't have plans for the last Tuesday in August.
Also, peep the latest bluestate giveaway.

File this under "Most Brilliant Idea Ever". Banksy, the infamous UK artist, travelled to Israel's West Bank border and painted, among other things, "satirical" pictures of what life is like on the other side of the wall. Fucking Brilliant. More pics here. So Best. Banksy is getting mad press lately, including this profile in the recent issue of Wired. I love his take on paparazzi. Make sure you click around on his website, there's some brilliant work on there.

Staying with Wired; Fed Ex furniture causes fits.

Blur V oasis.jpg OK, I feel really old now. Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the "Country House" v. "Roll With It" chart battle. Seems like everyone's been celebrating Brit Pop's 10 year anniversary for a few years now, but I'm not complaining. That movement obviously shaped my musical tastes back then and still does today. Remember when I said 1995 was the best year for music EVER. I stand by it. Make sure you click through on the article though. Good stuff. It talks about how Brit Pop ate it's own underbelly and Blur really launched Oasis into the stratosphere(thanks Damon!). And most importantly, how Noel and "Wonderwall" are not responsible for Coldplay.

Ah, the all important tracklisting press release. This time from Depeche Mode.

w00t! New Paul Weller. He's the keeper, Of the lantern. Stone believer, It’s a passion. And he knows it.
Has any artist out there aged as well as the Modfather?

Oooh, ooh. Me want!

My favoritist Radiohead songs? Glad you asked:
I Might Be Wrong | True Love Waits | Black Star | How Can You Be Sure | Meeting In The Aisle | Knives Out | No Surprises | Thinking About You | Talk Show Host | Big ideas
And yes, I win because my list has more b-sides and unreleased songs. Try as I might, I simply cannot get into Belle & Sebastian.


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This is the single greatest website on the internet. I will not argue this. [Thx Gl*mrocker]

Via Gawker, here is some Peter Jennings from 9/11 and the days after. Good stuff.

Wait, Britpop lives? Sweet![via Coolfer]

CBGB gets legal reprieve, but hey, who cares?

Mark Gardener (he used to be in this band) is opening for BRMC at the 930 Club on Sept. 28th. Only $15 too! So when I leave during the headliners, I won't feel so bad.

Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers (and formerly of the single greatest band ever from the planet earth) is opening for Rasputina at the Black Cat on Sept. 17th.

The Dandy Warhols are back.

Speaking of back on the scene, friends of information leafblower Harvey Danger will have a new record out soon, and I for one, cannot wait. Jeff Lin, who I interviewed a while back(part one and part two), lays out the band's record release strategy on his blog. One suggestion: Send a track out to some bloggers before the street date to build up some buzz. The internets are here for you to use.

A little overdue, but here are my photos from last Friday's show.
Washington Social Club

Cartel, originally uploaded by leafblower.

Calling iTunes.

Micro$oft teams up with THREE other companies to try YET AGAIN to make that elusive iPod Killer.

NYT reviews the new Brett Easton Ellis novel. Like I care what they think. Prediction: I'll read it in 2 days or less, hate it, pick it up 4 years from now and it will blow my mind.

My iPod has cued up the Sonic Youth track "Stones" more than once today. Not a huge fan of SY, but this track is awesome. It's from their last record, Sonic Nurse.

Nothing like a jolt of poppy goodness from the Boo Radleys to get me out of my post burrito-for-lunch daze. Thanks iPod.

ESPN caves. Sort of. [via DCist]

I just like the headline. I'm sick of Kevin Millar.

Like Woah. Riddle me this Rod Thorn: You won't sign SAR to a deal because you are concerned about a POTENTIAL condition in his knee that MIGHT flare up before the end of the contract you are about to offer him, BUT you had no problem whatsoever throwing obscene money at Alonzo Mourning who missed an entire season after getting a kidney replacement and who's condition was such that a relapse would definitely cause him to miss extended amounts of time if not retire altogether?
Strange things are afoot at the Meadowlands.

No sympathy. [via M&M]

Killer Features vs. Pseudo Features.

Hilarious, although maybe only to NY'ers, or former NY'ers - like me.

So I recently started using Bloglines (thanks Catherine!) and one of the sites on my feed is Quotes of the Day, which I'm digging quite bit. Everyone knows what a big fan I am of good quotes(or song lyrics). Today's was pretty good:

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
- Gustave Flaubert

Boredom Numbs The Work Place. [via Martin]

Panda cub update; cuter by the day. [via C&T]

So, incredibly, insanely jealous, and I mean that in a good way. BEE listens to Ash and Turin Brakes!

Operation Ceasefire = free music! And by free music, I mean FREE TED LEO!

Wind Up Records v. The Wrens.

DCFC tourdates. [via Upstate Life through DCeiver]

Rufus Wainwright, back in DC on Halloween?

I can't believe I'm not going to see Brain Wilson tonight. Shame on me.

Still on the fence about the Across The Narrows Festival. I figured out the one band that would make my attendance mandatory. Echo & The Bunnymen. Sign them up and I'm there. I mention this because a little birdie told me that they will be in the DC area before the year is out and not playing the venue you'd think they'd be playing.

Back to the festival, I think it would be more appealing if everyone on the bill wasn't already in the middle of a tour or finishing one up. Coolfer and I were going back and forth about this today over email, but as far as I can tell, other than Belle & Sebastian (and maybe Built To Spill), every other band worth mentioning has played NYC (or other parts of the East Coast) in the last few months. The lineup would be better served as a chance to bring over some UK acts that don't get props on these shores (Teenage Fanclub, Paul Weller, The Coral, GLC, etc.) and put them all in one place for everyone to see.

Sanctuary Music in deep doo doo money-wise. And what's this about a big Morrissey announcement? Out with it already!

Seymour Stein's first impressions of The Smiths.

The new Warchild album sounds fantastic. I really enjoyed the first one. I still listen to it occasionally.

Hottest site on the web right now? It has to be Stuff On My Cat. I've seen four or five blogs mention it lately. This one is my fave. Yes, I'm creepy cat guy.

Cheers to Catchdubs for pointing our

How to get Google Maps on your iPod Photo. And by that, I mean MY iPod photo.

Sox make a trade for some lefty bullpen help. Holla at ya Tony G.

I don't know what's funnier, this whole thing or the fact that the girl they quoted was named Kimmie. Apropos, no?

I know I say this over and over and over again, but the interweb is a weird place. Earlier today I read about a recent comeback show in the UK by The Lemonheads and started drooling over the setlist, which was comprised of mostly songs from their It's a Shame About Ray era work. That record incidentally was the soundtrack to my freshman year at college and I heart it the mostest.

Then I read about how Oasis are suddenly VERY big Kasabian fans (the feeling is mutual), going as far to switch set times at two recent festivals so Noel can watch them play. Strange. Anyways, I start thinking too bad I won't be seeing Kasabian in September when they open for Oasis because there is no way in hell I'm sitting through Jet, who are the middle band.

Then a little bit later, via Coolfer, I read that the Across The Pond Festival in NYC has been renamed the Across the Narrows and the line up has been announced.

Saturday, Oct 1
Brooklyn: The Pixies, Gang Of Four, Built To Spill, Rilo Kiley, Death From Above 1979, Mando Diao and Nine Black Alps
Staten Island: Killers, Interpol, The New York Dolls, British Sea Power, Lake Trout, Tegan & Sara and the Ordinary Boys

Sunday, Oct 2
Brooklyn: Beck, Belle & Sebastian, The Polyphonic Spree, The Raveonettes, Gang Gang Dance, and Whirlwind Heat
Staten Island: Oasis, Jet, Doves, The Lemonheads, Kasabian, Jesse Malin, and The Redwalls

oasistongue.jpg Lookee there. Kasabian, Oasis and The Lemonheads on one bill! Plus Doves. Overall not too shabby, but not enough to make me go buy a ticket immediately (presale Thursday, on sale Friday BTW). I'm kinda torn. I'll be seeing Oasis the Thursday prior here in DC (Maryland actually) and it's basically the same bill in NYC plus Lemonheads and Doves for $15 extra. Also worth noting is that there is a band to be named for each gig on Sunday. They need to quit fucking around and book Mylo or Elbow but I doubt that would happen. Or the Super Furries. Obvs.

So I don't know. Should I go? Anyone else up for a roadtrip? Can I scam free tix and passes? Is my Oasis buddy considering going? Will there be gin and tonics on sale at the gig? Will the Oasis ice cream truck be there? What are the odds Noel and Evan Dando would sing Purple Parallelogram together? There's nothing I'm dying to see on Saturday so I might just skip that and go Sunday.

Goldie Lookin' Chain's new record, titled Safe As Fuck, will be out in the UK on Sept 19th.

The Secret Machines / Kings of Leon show on Thursday will be webcast on NPR. I was thinking of going to that gig, anyone wanna come with?

Annie on tour with Royskopp, and skipping DC. Fuckers.

Jen has a DCFC MP3 for your listening and or downloading pleasure.

One Louder has the haps on the On The Road movie.

iTunes prices to go up in 2006? Only if the music industry is as stupid as we think they are.

Also worth mentioning today is the passing of Ibriham Ferrer who I know mostly because he played on the first Gorillaz record, as well as anchorman Peter Jennings. Not to sound like a complete dork, but when September 11th was going down, I was sitting at home, four blocks from the WTC, and watching Jennings on ESPN since all of the local NYC channels were running local anchors. Jennings composed on air manner really helped me stay calm while buildings with their own zip codes were collpasing right outside, enough so that it's something I distinctly remember from that day. Sitting in front of my old computer, emailing everyone while I was watching him on the TV. I kept on watching him later that night after I decamped uptown to Molly's cousin's place. I was shocked to hear he passed this morning. He was only 67. One thing about him I never knew, he was married four times.

In case you haven't seen them, here are my pictures from September 11th.

Who else is with me?

I'll be on hand with some of the DCist crew selling DCist merch and generally wandering about. Come up and say "Hi"!

You knew it was inevitable. Mr. Pink has his own Catster page. Holler at him if you want to be his friend. I created the page yesterday and I already have close to 10 people wanting to be his "friend". *sigh* What's a parent to do? This is why I never joined Friendster. I'm no good with peer pressure. I think I will continue down the long road to becoming "creepy cat guy" and make a page for Jarvis too.

The O's, from first to fourth. Lee Mazilli got the short stick here. Did they even have one decent pitcher the two years he was manager?

This is old news to their loyal readers (of which you should be one) but the fine folk at are taking Dubya to task again over his vacation time. He's taking a five week break this year, the longest by a President in 36 years. Read that last sentence again. When he's done, he will have taken more holiday time in five years than Reagan did in eight.

Speaking of Ronnie, it looks like DCist broke the news about Ronnie Reagan Avenue, even if the WaPo would only attribute it to "neighborhood Web logs".

Liam to Pete Doherty, You're dead to me. That makes two of us!

Kings of Leon have seven or eight songs ready for their next album.

Graham Coxon has finished his new record. Let's all collectively hope that Damon apologizes to him and reunites Blur. I know, I don't see him doing that either, but we can hope.

Windows Vista (Viruses, Infections, Spyware, Trojans and Adware) is enjoying it's first virus and it's not even out yet.

PSX3 to support Mac OSX?

Lastly, let's ad Rae to the list of "leaving or have already left" friends fleeing from DC this month. She's taking her stuff and her blog to NYC, which is too bad because I just got to know her and she's good company if you go to a baseball game and it has a three hour rain delay. Best wishes in NYC!

Okay, okay....the trade. I'm sure Celtic haters will accuse me of drinking more of Danny Ainge's Kool Aid, and I know it looks like we got hosed in this deal but let's get a few things straight. Antoine was not coming back to Boston. No way Danny signs him for 6 years, $52 million. That's insane. He could have just signed with Miami for the Mid Level Exception and we would have gotten zilch in return. Instead we got 3 prospects, two 2nd round draft picks and a huge trade exception. This gives the C's flexibility in deals down the road, so that's a good thing. Also, this increases Danny's rep around the league as being player friendly. He helped 'Toine get as much money as he could. Remember when 'Toine called Danny "a snake" when he traded him the first time. You didn't hear any of that crap this time around, did you? It never hurts to be thought of as player friendly when you're an NBA GM.

And let's be clear, Ainge did not just hand the Heat the NBA title next year. If anyone did, it's Jerry West and Memphis. James Posey and Jason Williams for Eddie Jones? That's just robbery. If Posey returns to his 2004 form, he's better than Jones straight up.

I think Danny has another deal lined up, hopefully for Mark Blount. We'll see. Overall this offseason has been unspectacular and the C's will be relying heavily on their young players next year but I think some of them (Tony Allen and Ryan Gomes to name two) are headed for a breakout year. Al Jefferson will start at PF in 'Toine's absence.

I would love to hear what Paul Pierce thought of this deal. He can't be happy. Stay tuned...

Dude, you are so busted.

Watch the video for the new Elbow track I'm slobbering all over, Forget Myself.

The other side of the Green Day v. Lookout! argument.

Anyone have any info on this?

Last night we went out to celebrate Johnny English's last day at work. He and L Boogie are moving to Raleigh at the end of the month. I'm sad for me but happy for them. At least we got nice and crunked last night. Between them and Catherine leaving, that's three of the first six people I met in DC leaving town all at once! I know DCeiver always says "Drink whenever someone calls DC a 'transient city'" but this is a little ridiculous. Oh well, I guess it's time to go make some new friends.

I was all set to write about how awesome my new commute is (I can sleep in until 7:50 in the AM!), especially my new bus route, but then I got to the Pentagon and waited 25 minutes for a subway Metro train (DC'ers get all ornery if you refer to the train as a SUBWAY, because it's like, so NOT a subway, it's "THE METRO") and was forced to travel to work packt like a sardine in a crushd tin box.

People on crowded trains absolutely kill me. They usually break down into one of these groups
1) People that push their way on a train when there obviously isn't any room, saying "sorry, sorry, sorry" the whole time, crushing the people unfortunate enough to be in front of the door.
2) People that still insist on leaning on one of the poles and claiming it as their own as opposed to, you know, using one hand to give them a point to steady themselves and letting everyone else use it too.
3) People that INSIST on reading the newspaper even though everyone is standing shoulder to shoulder. People that do this while reading the Express are twice as bad.
4) People with huge backpacks that won't take them off and place them between their feet like sensible human beings. Instead, they batter the people around them everytime they turn around.
5) The tourists that complain how effing crowded the train is when they have Mom, Dad, little Suzy, young Bobby, Gramma and Grampa and a baby in an oversized stroller taking up approximately nine seats in the car.

Umm...what are you doing on Friday? *coughcough* WSC_blackcat_8_5_05.jpg

Is Green Day killing Lookout Records?

I hate The Real Janelle. That's not true, I'm just jealous. I heard Ted ripped shit up at CBGB's last night.

Leave it to to REALLY break down the whole Raffi/steroids brouhaha. To me, the big issue here is how this actually gives Jose Canseco's book a whole new whiff of credibility. What does this mean for Jason Giambi and Mark McGwire? Nothing good I'm sure.

Whatever you do, DO NOT tell a cute girl, walking along minding her own business, to "smile" if she looks unhappy. That is if you don't want to get punched in the face.

Be still my heart.

New features for Flickr.

I owe you people some downloads! I haven't posted any in quite a while. I'm blaming it (like everything else) on the move. I had originally planned to work on the August playlist last night but I got sidetracked by...unpacking (are you tired of me talking about the move yet?). So I'll try and get it up on Thursday.

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