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Tonight is my favortist night of the entire year. The NBA Draft! What wonders of front office management will Danny Ainge pull off tonight? Can't wait to find out. The best idea I've heard? Taking Roko Leni Ukic with #18 and then trading him to Atlanta for the first pick int he second round and using that on Ryan Gomes (should he still be available). Failing that, I bet we go for a PF. Coolfer might be interested to hear there is quite a bit of Paul Pierce for Peja trade talk floating around the internets in the last 48 hours.
Hayden and I concocted the first ever DCist NBA Mock Draft, expect half of it to be wrong tomorrow.
Oasis pick the wrong song for their new single. I dunno, maybe it's just me. Everyone else seems to dig it. *shrug*
New Dandy Warhols on the way.
Jimmy Chamberlain is apparently willing to put his own craptastic band on hold to join the reunion no one cares about or even wants.
Does everyone else enjoy Waiter Rant as much as me? It's sharp, concise and well written. Three things I can't say about this blog.
Say it with me now...FIRST PLACE COMMA BITCHES. A co-worker informs me Curt Schilling will be making his first red Sox start in ages on July 9th in Baltimore. Of course I have tickets for the 8th. Oh well.
Today's post will be semi-short. I have a mega post to get ready for DCist. The NBA Draft is tomorrow which means it's mock draft time. The DCist mock draft will be posted shortly, until then, have you been reading Chris's weekly column on the Nats? It's good stuff.
I did absolutely nothing this weekend. Less than that actually. Friday, Goldenfiddle made me go out and buy the expanded DVD edition of American Psycho. So I stayed in and watched that. Saturday I rented The Aviator, despite the fact that I don't like Leo that much and have pretty much given up on Scorcese. It was actually really good, if only a little too long. And I wanted more wacky Howard Hughes. They glossed over that pretty quickly, but otherwise the best thing ol' Marty has done in years. Sunday I finally got to see Batman Begins and it was jawesome. So, so good. Great cast, great plot, great writing. Just loved it. My only two complaints: 1) the cowl looked really bad, and 2) Christian Bale's "Batman voice" was kinda laughable. But other than that, count on me seeing that sucker again. Ras Al Ghul rules. Robvs. Miss Gl*mrocker couldn't get past the Katie Holmes crooked mouth. I told her not to worry, I'm sure Scientology would straighten it right out.
This seems a bit weird, but the upside is we won't have to listen to him announce any games on TNT in the future. Worth it if you ask me.
NBA Draft tomorrow. It's my favorite day of the year!
Called in sick yesterday. My weeklong birthday
celebration drinkathon finally came to a close on Tuesday night so let us never speak of it again. I seriously can't remember ever being more tired than I am right now. After two concerts, four nights of massive drinking displays, one DJ gig, a truly regretable quote and not enough sleep, I'm seriously hurting.
Big ups to everyone that came to bluestate on Tuesday. I'm trying not to take the fact that it was one of our more sparsely attended events ever personally. Actually it was better to have more friends than randoms in the room when it was all said and done. Special shout out to Catherine for the cupcakes (a big hit with everyone, obvs.) and L Boogie and Johnny English for the Cakelove and the presents.
In my sleep deprived state I forgot to bring in my birthday set list, so it will be revealed tomorrow. Until then, peep the photos.
As if that wasn't enough stuff filling up my schedule, we have exterminators coming to our apaprtment sometime this week (hopefully today) so I've had to find new homes for Mr. Pink. Miss Gl*mrocker was kind enough to take him from Monday until last night, but of course the bug people never showed up. So today I had to take him to the local vets and board him for the day. I spent the extra $4 and upgraded him from the "mid size cage" to the "junior suite" and also paid $8 so he could get half an hour of playtime in the "catnasium". All this and he's still going to be majorly pissed at me when I go pick him up this afternoon. *sigh* Kids.
Big Game 7 tonight. Who's gonna step up? Are the Spurs gonna choke? No team has ever won two Game 7's on the road in one year, so while momentum is on the Piston's side, history is not. Too bad I'll be asleep before the final buzzer. These 9:20ish tip off times = no buzz.
I won't bore you with all the Celtics related players playing in this series. Like how we cut Ben Wallace (ML Carr wanted to make him a shooting guard) three times as well as Bruce Bowen (actually, that's a good thing). And how we had the worst record in the L the year Tim Duncan was the top overall pick. The Celtics had two lottery picks that year and could have walked away with Duncan and someone like Keith Van Horn or Tracy McGrady, but instead got stuck with the third and sixth pick and Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer respectively. Rick Pitino traded Billups in his rookie year saying he'd never be able to run a team. He was 2004 Playoff MVP. Idiot. Lastly, Chris Wallace wanted to draft Tony Parker with the last of the team's three draft picks in 2001, but Celtics matriarch Red Auerbach over-ruled him and took Joe effing Forte. We won't discuss how Chris Wallace decided to take the Nuggets pick that year (from a previous trade) when could have rolled it over until the next year (we could have drafted Amare Stoudamire with that pick) or the following year when the Nuggets took Carmelo Anthony with their pick, third overall.
PS - We took Kedrick Brown with that 2001 pick. But I'm not bitter. Not at all.
But I think the big question about Game 7 is will Peabs pull another Michael Stipe?
One round trip airfare to Detroit: $160.00
One ticket to see Oasis: $25.50
Facility surcharge: $3.00
"Convenience" surcharge: $8.40(!!!)
Order processing charge: 3.90
Seeing these two fuckers for the first time since 2002?
Well, let's just hope they show up first. Expect an exhaustive recap on Monday.
Busy night last night, so I was unable to upload the entire Oasis acoustic set like I wanted to. Howver, I do have some Wonderwall goodness for you to peruse. Remember yesterday when i said Noel has basically copied Ryan Adams cover and now sings his signature song in a very similar way? Here's your proof:
Noel Gallagher - Wonderwall (MP3) - This is from the infamous August 23rd, 1996 Oasis MTV Unplugged gig when Liam decided at the last minute to not sing because of "his sore throat". Instead he sat in the audience and smoked and drank. As you do.
Ryan Adams - Wonderwall (MP3) - This is the Ryan Adams cover he released on his Love Is Hell EP. Upon hearing this version, Noel went as far to say "he(Adams) owns the songs now". As if Ryan Adams needs a bigger head.
Noel Gallagher - Wonderwall (MP3) This was recorded on June 3rd of this year. Notice any similarities?
So about last night...Rushed home and finally finished Podcast #3, which will be uploaded for your downloading pleasure on Tuesday. All that made me late for pre game drinks at DC9, with most of DCist and Natalya. We headed over to the 930 around 9:30 to catch some of The Engineers. They were pretty good, in a we're like Luna in that we play kinda slow but it totally effing rocks kinda way. Very jammy, but not in a DMB kinda way, more in a classic Pink Floyd kinda way. One complaint: the bass was turned up to about 14 and was overpowering EVERYTHING. Yes, you rock, but tone it down a bit so we can, you know, hear it and shit.
Bloc Party had many of the same sound problems(at least from our vantage point downstairs). We were way up on the right and all I could hear was the bass and the bass drum, so after five songs, I tried the back of the venue by the soundboard. I could faintly make out the guitar riffs from here, but I finally gave up and went upstairs, where everything sounded wonderful. Bloc Party are great in concert, totally energetic and super tight, but I just wasn't as into it as I should have been. Kinda like when i saw them at the Black Cat. I doubt I'll go see them again. But The Price of Gas was amazing. The band looked like they had fun during the show, so more power to them.
If you missed the gig, you can peep it over on NPR.
Woo Hoo! Primal Scream have given me my first birthday present. On Monday they are entering the studio to begin work on the follow up to Evil Heat. Sweet.
Cartel play Southpaw tonight for all of those in my (beloved) old hood of the 718.
Oasis (all of them) are in Canada. They played a short, Liam-less set for The Edge yesterday before their proper gig sponsored by Molson Canadian later that night.
The Edge set list(all Noel, all acoustic):
Live Forever / Wonderwall / One Way Road / Talk Tonight(!!!!) / The Importance of Being Idle
Worth noting was this exchange from Noel,"Does anyone know a song called 'Rockin Chair'(to which there were some cheers)?" Noel then said "Well we're not playin' that. Does anyone know a song called 'One Way Road'(to which there were not as many cheers)? Noel then said "I guess we chose the wrong song then hahaha". It's worth noting that 'Rockin Chair' is one of my favortist Oasis songs ever and I've never heard them play it live. If by chance they drop that one in D-town, I advise you to clear the area immediately because I might spontaneously combust. You think I'm kidding.
Hunting for the MP3's right now. If you have them, hit me up. I found an MP3 of a similar radio gig that the full Oasis lineup did in Europe (which I will post tomorrow) and it's worth noting that Noel is playing Wonderwall very similarly to how Ryan Adams does his cover, right down to the phrasing and everything. Copycat!
The (unconfirmed) set from the full show (which Liam participated in):
F*ckin' in the Bushes / Turn up the Sun / Lyla / Bring it on Down (Yay!) / Morning Glory (w00t!) / Mucky Fingers / The Importance of Being Idle / A Bell Will Ring / Cigarettes and Alcohol / Little by Little (worst. song. ever.) / Champagne Supernova / Rock n Roll Star / ENCORE: Songbird (Yay!) / Wonderwall / Don't Look Back in Anger / My Generation
I think this is missing a few songs. Still no 'Hindu Times'. Apparently Dave Grohl was in attendance. I have no idea why I felt compelled to mention that.
If you think this is bad, you better be glad I didn't have a blog back in 1996. For serious.
I haven't plugged a column by the Sports Guy in quite a while, but his new one is good stuff. It mentions Chris Corchiani, Mr. Peepers and the contains following sentence:
By the way, every time they show that Dockers commercial with The The's "This Is the Day" playing in the background, a little piece of my soul dies.
Anyone remember when Corchiani was at NC State and his shorts said "Corch" on the front in little white letters? Hilarious.
Too Funny. I'm not that bad. Yet.
Bloc Party tonight. Reviews from NYC were somewhat mixed, but were mostly complaining about the crowd and the venue.
Pre Game drinks at DC9 around 8:15 if you're up fer it.
All quiet on the Oasis front today. Hopefully the boys are on a plane to the land of Chromewaves and preparing to bring the rock to Detroit on Saturday. Oh wait, Noel had to get the last shot in: "I don't talk to Liam any more. I can't. It always ends in a fight. He screams like some juvenile to get attention. It's so sad. He's so defiant all the time. Lately, it's been like he's lost interest. I mean, he's wearing shorts on stage. Who the hell wears shorts on stage? It's a scandal. He's also got this ridiculous hat I can't even tell you how foolish it looks."
Watch the video for Spoon's I Turn My Camera On.
Paging Damore! Kanye calls Franzia "white crunk".
Feist will be on the World Cafe on June 23rd.
Listened to the new Longwave disc last night and it's pretty good. It has your standard, clear and crisp John Leckie guitar sound, of which I am a sucker for. This new disc sounds a bit more focused than their earlier efforts, which seemed to wander aimlessly at times (at least to me). It's worth mentioning that I would have gone with Tell Me I'm Wrong as the first single. Make sure you peep friend of information leafblower (I'm a name dropper!) and newest Longwaver Jeff Sheinkopf's behind the scenes video. And check them on tour in a town near you. *trying hard not to mention how much I still heart Sea Ray* Crap.
File under: sad, sad sad! Breakfast at Wimbledon will be a bit bittersweet this year. Andre Agassi pulled out of of the tournament yesterday with an undisclosed injury. This was probably Andre's last chance to play Wimbledon, which is incredibly depressing. I hope he can get it together for the US Open in the fall. *sniff*
It must be the water down in Tallahassee.
Terp fans: Still deluded (see comments section) after all these years.
A little late on this but Matt, loving your new site design. Less is more!
*cough* Where's my postcard? *cough* :)
Am I destined to wait until September to see #14? Our kid Liam walked off stage during Chapgne Supernova at a festival in Italy last night. Thanks to the ever vigilant Goldenfiddle for the heads up. Now as the UK press machine works itself into a tizzy about the UK dates the band has in late June and early July, I'm left wondering what will become of the US tour scheduled to start ON FRIDAY. For fuck's sake. Dammit Liam, keep the dream alive!
Here's what I WAS going to post about today. Liam, Gem and a bunch of
fellow has-beens effing stoodents.
Most linked story of the day? X3 doesn't look so hot.
How come I have to get my Pixies in DC news from ProductshopNYC? C'mon people.
Mylo to play Reading. There's a reason his CD has been on my iPod list (to the right) for over 4 months now. It's fucking good.
The La's have been added to the V Festival. I just emailed the Super Furries to check on tickets. I think that's too good to pass up. Kinda like in the mid 90's when I went to Reading to see a reformed Verve play one of their first gigs as a reunited band. We'll know after Mavers and Co. play Glasto next weekend. Apparently they played a few dates earlier this month in Ireland but I haven't heard anything about them.
How was everyone's weekend? Mine was pretty laid back (as usual). My parents were in town for the day on Saturday, so I got some QT with them. We went and saw Mr. & Mrs. Smith and it honestly wasn't too bad for a big budget, big studio summer movie. Sunday I spent some time working on Podcast #3, hopefully I'll get that up by Friday.
Also, I wanted to clear the record as this post seems to have confused everyone. My birthday is actually a week from today. We're gonna party like it's my birthday the next night at bluestate, hence the cupcake on the flyer. I also spent a sizable chunk of time over the weekend figuring out what my birthday set would be. Gl*mrocker talked me out of doing an all Oasis set, but there will be plenty of music from Manchester that night, don't you worry. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to leave them below.
My Birthday festivities get started on Thursday at the Bloc Party show before I fly out to Motown on Friday to see Oasis on Saturday at Meadowbrook with the Whatevs-nation. Yes, I'm a name dropper, how the hell else do you think this waste of bandwidth stays in the Creme de la Creme? All that should lead in quite well with next week's activities here in The District.
How to buy a proper pint.
Understatement of the year: This type of shit doesn't happen in Bethesda Ya think?
Destiny's Child, RIP.
Hella sweet! Thanks Apple. You should get sued more often.
Memo to Larry Brown and your busted-ass team: If Bruce Bowen is matching the output of your team's leading scorer, you is in deep doo doo.
Random thought: Karma Police came on the iPod today and I went and listened to OK Computer for the first time in eons and it fucking gave me chills. I also broke out Urban Hymns over the weekend for the first time in ages. I still think it's way overproduced, but it hits all the right notes. Weeping Willow...so focused.
Dammit, life is not fair! This morning I got some news that made me want to put a stainless steel pot on my head, grab a large wooden spoon and start banging the two together as I run around shouting "Oklahoma! Oklahoma! Oklahoma! Oklahoma!" like Rupert the Monkey Boy.
The Super Furries are opening for Oasis!!! Normally that would be a good thing, but here's the kicker.
I can't go.
I have a gig that day, so I'll be there instead. And so should you!
Totally swamped at work so excuse the brevity of this post. But fear not, big things are afoot! More soon.
What's the one thing that can make me happier than new Teenage Fanclub tourdates for the USA? How about this?
From what I have read (Warning: Spoilers!) this book sounds deliciously twisted.
What? Not good enough for you? Fine then. How about some Brett Easton Ellis tourdates? Holla at ya DC! I already have a 1st edition hardcover copy of Glamorama(quite possibly my fave book ever) with his John Hancock, so maybe he'll agree to hold up an ILB sign. I'm going to the Nick Hornby reading tomorrow so maybe I'll try and get him to do it to. Blog Whore revealed!