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A few quick notes before I head to the gym (that's right, I'm going to the gym on my day off):

Stream the new Oasis album over at VH1. Turn Up The Sun is the first track, listen to it and let me know your thoughts.

Updated kasabian tourdates.

If you're hankering for that new White Stripes record, head over to Insound and use the coupon code "orchid15" to get 15% off the album price (offer good until June 7th). The first 100 pre-orders will get a free White Stripes 7 inch. Free vinyl people!

Don't forget to check the Gorillaz fan site to see where they are giving away the free PSP today.

Lookout Records has just added a ton of stuff to their online store, including Ted Leo hoodies.

MIA's new single Galang is the free download of the week over at the iTunes Music Store. Click here or the ad on the right for the MIA media player if you want more.

I MIGHT have a new podcast for you next week (i came up with a slamming one last week but might save it for next month) but will definitely have the June playlist up on Wednesday. In the meantime, check out some new (and live) Cartel, fresh off of their recent live performance for WOXY-FM.

Cartel: Mercury (MP3)

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mrpinklooksmean.jpg "Will you PLEASE get that effing camera out of my face for just two seconds? You know, I WAS napping peacefully before you started snapping pictures. Jerk."

Went to bed at 8 PM last night. I feel like a new person. 24 was good but I still think the whole China kidnaps the CTU guy plot thread was a bit wacky.

Sweet, sweet sunlight today after two days of gloomy, rainy, overcast drudgery. I know the doves were just in town, but c'mon. I mention this because my trusty iPod Photo just cued up my second favorite song from Don't Believe The Truth, which shares it's name with the title of this post and was written by Mr. Andy Bell. This song is so agonizingly close to being an instant classic that it pains me. It could have/should have been the backbone of this album. It has perhaps the greatest (and most apropos) opening line of any Oasis tune ever, I carry a madness / everywhere I go which sets the stage for a boot-stomping, barn-burner of a tune. It's Liam at his Lydonesque best. If I see you and I look right through / You shouldn't take it as a reflection on you. Huge guitar, thundering drums, it's ready for Glastonbury. There's just one problem and no, it's not the Love one another coda that Liam sings over and over. It's the sissy guitar intro and outro. This song needed a cracking riff that sets all hell loose, Acquiesce-steez, but instead we get some noodley, unexciting bullshit riff. So close, but still a great tune. I'll post it next week so as to not get sued by Sony today. But I have other treats for you today (see below).

Holla at ya Liverpool! Johnny English and Ian MacCulloch are happy campers today. Liam dedicated Stop Crying Your Heart Out to all the AC Milan fans at their gig last night.

Damon Albarn: still a poof, but encouraging nonetheless.

REM: Still sucking but a pretty good set list last night. Orange Crush and Me In Honey are worth the price of admission alone.

Saving Kylie's Boobs.

Dwyane Wade is a bad, bad man.

Two downloads for you today, since I have the day off tomorrow and hope to not spend it sitting in front of the computer. Both of these were recently aired at bluestate:


Delakota: The Rock (MP3) - The perfect summer song, but don't just take my word for it. Listen to what Stylus has to say on the matter. Sounds like Tim Burgess singing over The Stone Roses. This is the single edit, I just like it better than the album version.

Lali Puna: B-Movie (MP3) - This is a fun, dancey tune that I've had forever but just got around to listening to recently. Me likey. Enjoy.

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. I plan on enjoying my four day weekend as much as possible even though I'm not leaving the greater DC area. Count on lots of BBQ's and perhaps even a DC United game, we'll see. Oh, and bluestate are DJing a house party tomorrow night. If anyone wants the details, just email me.

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mrpinklooksmean.jpg "Will you PLEASE get that effing camera out of my face for just two seconds? You know, I WAS napping peacefully before you started snapping pictures. Jerk."

Went to bed at 8 PM last night. I feel like a new person. 24 was good but I still think the whole China kidnaps the CTU guy plot thread was a bit wacky.

Sweet, sweet sunlight today after two days of gloomy, rainy, overcast drudgery. I know the doves were just in town, but c'mon. I mention this because my trusty iPod Photo just cued up my second favorite song from Don't Believe The Truth, which shares it's name with the title of this post and was written by Mr. Andy Bell. This song is so agonizingly close to being an instant classic that it pains me. It could have/should have been the backbone of this album. It has perhaps the greatest (and most apropos) opening line of any Oasis tune ever, I carry a madness / everywhere I go which sets the stage for a boot-stomping, barn-burner of a tune. It's Liam at his Lydonesque best. If I see you and I look right through / You shouldn't take it as a reflection on you. Huge guitar, thundering drums, it's ready for Glastonbury. There's just one problem and no, it's not the Love one another coda that Liam sings over and over. It's the sissy guitar intro and outro. This song needed a cracking riff that sets all hell loose, Acquiesce-steez, but instead we get some noodley, unexciting bullshit riff. So close, but still a great tune. I'll post it next week so as to not get sued by Sony today. But I have other treats for you today (see below).

Holla at ya Liverpool! Johnny English and Ian MacCulloch are happy campers today. Liam dedicated Stop Crying Your Heart Out to all the AC Milan fans at their gig last night.

Damon Albarn: still a poof, but encouraging nonetheless.

REM: Still sucking but a pretty good set list last night. Orange Crush and Me In Honey are worth the price of admission alone.

Saving Kylie's Boobs.

Dwyane Wade is a bad, bad man.

Two downloads for you today, since I have the day off tomorrow and hope to not spend it sitting in front of the computer. Both of these were recently aired at bluestate:


Delakota: The Rock (MP3) - The perfect summer song, but don't just take my word for it. Listen to what Stylus has to say on the matter. Sounds like Tim Burgess singing over The Stone Roses. This is the single edit, I just like it better than the album version.

Lali Puna: B-Movie (MP3) - This is a fun, dancey tune that I've had forever but just got around to listening to recently. Me likey. Enjoy.

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. I plan on enjoying my four day weekend as much as possible even though I'm not leaving the greater DC area. Count on lots of BBQ's and perhaps even a DC United game, we'll see. Oh, and bluestate are DJing a house party tomorrow night. If anyone wants the details, just email me.

My iPod is totally on a Wu-Tang kick today, which is not a bad thing because I'm nodding off as I type this. It's been a long week and it's only Wednesday.

Thanks very much to all the peeps that came out to bluestate last night. I had a great time and was pretty pleased with our crowd considering Snow Patrol, Athlete, Snowden, Cartel and Andrew Bird were all playing gigs around town. Take that NYC! I finally got to play a Secret Machines song that had been on the last three or so playlists of mine but kept getting cut at the last minute. Full set lists will be up shortly and I'll update here whent that is the case.

I can barely put together coherent thoughts today. So looking forward to going home, finally watching 24 and then passing out at like 8 PM.

Milwaukee gets the #1 pick in the NBA Draft. Paging Marvin Williams. The Bobcats really got screwed here, dropping down to #5.

Can't wait until Saturday when I can finally see my first Phoenix Suns game of the playoffs. Too bad their series with the Spurs is all but over.

Just insane.

Uh...our bad.

agassibackintheday.jpgFor some reason I got so incredibly depressed when I read this. Even though he's been around forever, it's hard for me to think about Andre Agassi as an old man. I vividly remember watching him in the US Open quarters in either '88 or '89 (pre internets so I can't seem to find out which) when he took the first set from Ivan Lendl in amazing fashion before losing in 4 sets. I taped that match (I was a tennis geek in high school and taped every Agassi and McEnroe match on TV) and watched that first set over again and again and again to figure out how he moved his feet and got his shoulders turned so quickly. Back then, how hard Agassi hit the ball was revolutionary. Today it's commonplace and the game is worse off because of it. I'm really looking forward to seeing Agassi at Wimbledon and later this year at the US Open. It will most likely be his last time playing these events. I'll definitely be rooting for him.

I'm not gonna lie, I wasn't totally feeling Gimme Fiction at first. I thought it was good, but it just didn't burrow into my brain and refuse to let go like Britt's tunes usually do. But this weekend, it clicked (just like his records usually do). I'm particularly loving The Delicate Place. I think this record is more of a slow burner that's gonna get better with time. It's not as instantly catchy as Kill The Moonlight, but I bet the new tunes are gonna sound great live.

Finally got the new Gorillaz album on Friday and spent most of the weekend listening to it. I don't think it's as good as the last record, but that doesn't mean this record doesn't have it's own merits. I'm not a huge Dangermouse fan (especially compared to Dan The Automator) and I think alot of the genre-tripping qualities of the first record left when Dan & Del weren't on board for this album, but there's still alot to like. This record is more trip hop focused with lots of lazy beats and slow rhymes. Actually, I think this Pitchfork review nails it quite well. The Dennis Hopper track doesn't bother me half as much as most of the reviews I've read, just FWIW. The album has grown on me alot since the first listen and I imagine it will continue to do so. Has anyone else heard it? What do you think?

I have a bunch of half written album reviews langushing at home on the trusty eMac, I'll try and get them done and posted later this week. That is after the Doves show tonight and of course bluestate tomorrow.

Also, don't anyone say one effing word to me about the ,24 season finale since I won't be able to watch it until possibly Wednesday.

Did you go vote for me today? After hanging around in 5th place for most of Friday, I've pretty much been blown off the map now. I take all this with a grain of salt since by my estimations, I probably have one of the three or four lowest readerships of all the blogs invited to participate. But I do think my kicks are the best looking. Since voting will continue throughout the week, I have refocused my energy on a new goal. Beating Coolfer!! Bragging rights will be mine ours! Help me out people. Related: At least someone recognizes the skillz.

Funny.

Sin City Two! Hella sweet. Thanking the returned and re-energized Golden Fiddle for that tidbit and also this one.

*sigh* Another day, another reason to hate u2.

With the recent #1 charting of Lyla, Oasis has cemented themselves as the most successful British act of the last decade. In other news, Noel says it's only a matter of time before The Stone Roses reform. I'll believe it when i see it. WIll they ever tour the US if so? What's Reni up to these days?

Gawky Jess, the Gothamist Interview. Nice headshot. I guess the lighting wasn't good enough in this photo. Maybe next time.

Bring back Gabe Kapler!!

OK people, I don't ask much from you, but today I need your help.

logo_nikeid.gifI was chosen, along with 20 or so other bloggers, to participate in a competiton put on by NikeID.com where we all get to design our own signature pair of Nike kicks. Needless to say I jumped at the chance. Now all the designs are displayed online and the public can vote for the best design.

Go here and vote! For me! Once a day until June 3rd.

Whoever wins gets a large amount of Nike coupons to distribute to their readers. See? There is something in it for you as well. Pretty sweet, no?

And don't even start about my lame ass shoe name or description. I had like 4 whole hours to write it. At work. Nike gets to spend months researching and developing their marketing campaigns, I had like 240 minutes. Sheesh. :)

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OK. That tears it. I held my tongue as long as I could, but u2 are just a bunch of douchebags. I hate them even more than I did yesterday (if that's at all possible). They played Vertigo dos times during their show in the Meadowlands! Two fucking times!! The height of pretentiousness if you ask me. Are they trying to sell more iPods or something? All my u2 CD's are going on eBay stat. But I will be keeping my vinyl copy of The Unforgettable Fire. I wanna rock Indian Summer Sky at a gig this summer. Bono, you're dead to me! Fuck right off!

Why am I so mad about that?

Waiting (im)patiently for Redboy's thoughts on Revenge of the Sith. What say you?

Sweetness! An idea who's time has come. Way to go guys! [link via Coolfer]

leckie.jpgThis is kinda old news, but I forgot to mention it at the time. Former Sea Ray keyboardist Jeff Sheinkopf has been added to the Longwave lineup. Congrats buddy! And if that's not enough buzz for you, any album that has the seven magical words "Produced by John Mother-Fucking Leckie, Bitches" on it has my attention.

Interesting. Not sure if I would want one but that would be alot less shit to carry from gig to gig.

MTV Cribs, Joe Pernice steez. [thanks Glamourpuss]

Shout Out Louds on tour very soon. I got an EP of theirs recently and it's good stuff. For some reason I thought they were punky and shouty (don't know where I got that from), but the EP I got was very Old 97's. Me likey.

Albums to Listen to While Reading Overwrought Pitchfork Reviews.

29 thoughts on the apparent sexiness of the iPod. Good stuff. Thanks Aubrey! My fave's:
2. But it is true that iPod culture is getting a little ridiculous. The other day my cat started nagging me about my Sufjan Stevens albums. "Dude," my cat said, "I just got an iPod mini! Hook me up, beeatch!" (Mr. Pink hearts INXS and The Smiths along with Mylo and Bloc Party, obvs.)
7. I'm annoyed at those artists like Madonna who don't put their music on the Apple Music Store because they're holding out for a better deal. Not good enough for the Apple Music Store, Madonna? Well I just burned my friend's copy of "Like a Virgin" for free. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, toots.
11. I don't mind the celebrity playlists on the Apple Music Store. But let's take it easy on whom we call a "celebrity," Apple. Danny Masterson? That's a "semi-recognizable television personality."

The writer also goes on to discuss the merits of using The Garden State Soundtrack for a booty call, which is kinda like Damore's latest entry for the Det News. Only different.

Can you say welcome back if you never really went away?

Funny. Dude, Holly is getting huge!

Woo Hoo! New Super Furry Animals record on August 15th! Let's hope the US see's it the following day. As previously reported, the album will be titled Love Kraft and will be preceded by a single entitled Laser Beam on August 1st. Sweet. For the full tracklisting click here. The band starts a short UK tour this weekend (!!!!) before hitting up the festival circuit this summer. information leafblower is seriously considering a trip to the Isle of Wight Festival in September. Moz, Supergrass, Idlewild, REM and Goldie Lookin' Chain are also on the bill. Safe as fuck!

I haven't waxed poetic about my Divo/Tivo in a few days so prepare to hear me gush. I have it set up to tape all the epidoes of Later...With Jools Holland, which might be my favorite show on TV. I love that it's all set in one big studio and the artists on the show have to stare at each other in between and during their performances. It's a very cool set up.

rufus.jpgI've seen some great bands play the show (Travis, Moz, Franzia, Radiohead, Oasis, etc.) but the one that really fucking blew me away was Rufus Wainwright. I was a huge fan of his first record and copped a copy of Poses but just never got into it like I did his previous work. Consequently I have pretty much ignored his output since then but that's about to change. In what was obviously an old episode (I think BBC America is one season behind the UK show) Rufus came on and played Vibrate, just him and his piano, and it was breathtaking. I must have rewound his performance five times. It was incredible. Really reminded me why I liked him so much to begin with. So best. In case you haven't heard the song, here it is:

  • Rufus Wainwright - Vibrate (mp3)
  • Best song ever. For today anyways. The recorded version isn't as powerful as the one he did on the show. I'll have to see if I can figure out a way to make it into an MP3.

    The Gorillaz are doing all sorts of giveaways (read:PSP's) leading up to the release of their new record on May 24th. Check here to keep on top of everything.

    Go here to pre order those Gorillaz action figures.

    Stream the new Foo Fighters single.

    That's all I got today. Slow news day.

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    Be there. Cheers to fellow Sox fan William Bragg for the original photo.

    Anyone else getting bombarded with German spam?

    Too cute. I'm quickly turning into crazy cat guy. Speaking of, is this Mr. Pink's long lost brother?

    I want this record. And this one too. And this one (second item) when it finally comes out. Got that?

    Anyone go and see Goldie Lookin' Chain in NYC last night?

    Best Wishes Kylie.

    So I got my federal tax return in the mail two weeks ago. Most of the money went straight to my credit card but I put a little aside to play with. I wanted to buy something I normally wouldn't go out of my way to purchase but I was having a hard time figuring out what that would be. Then it hit me! Art. I have all this wall space in my apartment but not much on the walls. So after looking around a bit (and determining I couldn't afford anything from John Squire or Jamie Hewlett) I found something I liked. So I bought it. It arrived yesterday so I'm going to see if I can get a frame for it tonight. V. exciting!

    Oh, and last night I went to my first Nationals game. The trek to and from RFK wasn't half as bad as I thought it would be. It was kinda dead b/c it was a Monday night and we were playing the Brewers, but the game was fun and we won! I was very impressed with Brad Wilkerson in center field. He tracked down two balls I thought he had no chance to get. Respect. The best part of RFK? The Blue Moon beer stand on the top level. Sweet!

    No Bukowski today, but I've got something just as good for ya! The wise words uttered by the Brothers Gallagher in their recent Mojo Magazine interview:

    Liam: "I take time to wonder what makes us do what we do. Call me weird. I don't smoke pot. I don't take mind-bending drugs. I just drink lager and have a cigarette and talk a load of crap."

    Liam on Noel: "But love is the same kind of thing. If you love someone you respect someone, you respect someone you love someone. It all comes in the same...sandwich."

    More Liam on Noel: "I don't like him. He's a fucking smug cunt. And he don't like me because I'm a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. I embarrass him because I don't take things quite as serious as he does."

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    Noel on a meeting with an Epic rep from the USA: "We go to a posh restaurant. He's asking 'Why can we not get this record done?' And I'm telling him how it doesn't sound right, and how I'm going to write more songs, and he says 'You know who you sound like? Right now, just sitting there? Do you know who you sound like?' Well, I'm scrolling through the Sony acts thinking, Is he going to say Dylan? I'll go as low as Bruce Springsteen...Anyway, I go Who? He says 'Anastacia!'
    "It didn't compute for a minute. Again, I went WHO?, and there it was again,'Anastacia.' So I poured another glass of wine, necked it in one, looked at him and said, I've got to fucking go now, 'cos I've just broken out in a rash. As I was looking at him, I thought, You will never see my face again, and I will never lay eyes on you. Whoever you fucking are, and whatever your fucking name is this is where it finishes for me and you. I walk off, down Knightsbridge, collar up, pissing down with fucking rain. Just when it can't get worse, a black cab pulls up and goes 'All right, Liam!"

    Noel on Don't Believe The Truth producer Dave Sardy: "Plus, he kind of explained a few things to me about my songwriting that I had forgotten about. He said 'The thing about your songs is, why write another verse when three choruses will do?' I was going (taken aback) That's correct man. Who listens to verses anyway? Verses are shit. He was also better at massaging Liam's ego, getting the right performance. Every time I say to Liam, You might want to try and back off on that, the words he hears in his head are, "Your two sons are lesbian Nazis.'"

    Noel on Liam's attitude: "We were at this awards ceremony and our table was kind of in the middle of the room, so everyone had to circumnavigate our table. So a lot of these people tap me on the shoulder and say hi. And out of the corner of your ear you hear...'Fucking cunt...fucking cunt.' I think he gets himself into a shamanic mantra of the word 'cunt'. That's his mantra: 'He's a cunt and they''re shit." He's not into other people getting nine out of 10 for album reviews, let's put it like that."

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    Liam on his legacy: "But I don't sit and dwell about it. I tell you for fucking why. I'd rather look back on my career - or whatever the fucking hell it is - in 20 years time and sit next to Bono and Coldplay geezer and all these other fucking lightweights and go, Well you didn't save the world, so you can fuck off...and you-you! - you can wash your hand. I'll be sitting there and I'll know I HAD IT. And maybe you didn't balls it up ever. You might still be fucking Sting or you may be fucking Batman, but I'll be fucking Liam G, man. And I AM STILL HAVING IT."

    Owen Morris on Wonderwall: "Wonderwall took about six hours to record. Noel had a more complicated arrangement which we agreed wasn't right. Alan probably took one take to do the drums. I'm convinced we got where the drums come in wrong - it should have been on the word "backbeat" - but there we were. I wrote the cello part, Bonehead insisted on playing it on the Mellotron, Liam sang it in four goes. I did the repeat echo part. It was mixed on MDMA in Rockfield after seeing The Bluetones in Hereford. We did a mx and Liam came in and said turn down the vocal. That was the master mix."

    Good stuff! Be sure to pick up the new issue of Mojo with Oasis on the cover. Well worth my $8.99. I downloaded Don't Believe The Truth on Friday, and you know what? It's pretty damn good. One thing about it that has shaken me to my very core is that Noel's three songs are the worst on the record. Scary. I'm interested to hear the b-sides, as that is how I judge every Oasis record. How did the songs that didn't make the record sound?

    I'll have more on the new record next week. And if you're a Wonderwall fan, pick up a copy of the version Ryan Adams did. So much awesome.

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