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Guess what I did yesterday? Sat on the couch, watched football and drank beer. All day. It was glorious. The only thing that would have been better was having some baseball on yesterday as well. BTW, you're welcome Philly.
Did you know Radiohead has a new record coming out in 9 days? And you can pay whatever you want for the download version? Probably not, unless you were on the internet. Because it's on every effing site everywhere. Good lord. While I'm excited for the new record, I'm more curious as to what this means for the industry.
Some people were rather unimpressed:
"Oh...about the ordering. How did it go? It was miserable. The site was slow, I had to re-enter my credit card number and I had to make six attempts at the security code before my order was accepted."
Some [via Dead Flowers] declared the end of days for the record industry:
"This feels like yet another death knell," emailed an A&R executive at a major European label. "If the best band in the world doesn't want a part of us, I'm not sure what's left for this business."
I love quotes like this, because God fucking forbid any of these labels even try something innovative like this. They sit around doing the same thing for every record they release and wonder why it's not working.
Lastly, some people said it was about effing time:
"R.E.M. went for the cash They could have gone indie. Turns out re-signing with Warner was a good move, for they never sold tonnage again, despite getting PAID for selling tonnage. Springsteen went for the check. As did Neil Young...This is big news. This says the major labels are fucked. Untrustworthy with a worthless business model. Radiohead doesn’t seem to care if the music is free. Not that they believe it will be. Because believers will give you ALL THEIR MONEY!"
Curiously, The Charlatans are flat out giving away their new record, but aren't getting anywhere near the press in the blogosphere. But that's nothing new for The Charlies, is it?
TV networks discover life without iTunes. I've never downloaded any TV shows from iTunes, but after reading this bit of news about NBC, I'm skeptical if this will work. I'm constantly amazed at how senior execs in the entertainment industry don't pay attention.
We paved paradise. So why can't we find any place to park? Because parking is one of the biggest boondoggles -- and environmental disasters -- in our country. Interesting read.
Let's all wish Ms. Smith a very happy birthday!
We had the birhday party/housewarming party last night. Thanks to everyone for coming out. I'll be contacting you all very soon to plan the follow up party so we can drink all the leftover booze.
Now that the party is over, I can officially call to a close three of the most hectic weeks in recent memory. Here's a list of some of the things I won't be doing in the next few days:
Tonight: Le Loup & These United States @ Black Cat
Sunday: Okkervil River @ RocknRoll Hotel (gave my tickets to Jason)
Monday: Matt Pond PA @ 9:30 and Patrick Wolf @ Black Cat
Tuesday: Jose Gonzalez @ 9:30 Club
Nope, none of that. I'm taking a few days off.
I will however be wearing my Red Sox hat with pride.
A few people have asked if I was planning anything special today as it's the sixth anniversary of 9/11. I don't think so. I said everything I needed to say last year. I'm not sure I have anything to add right now. So instead I'll point you to a few things and let you go to work:
I had hoped to have my wedding photos from last weekend up today but last night's storm knocked out my internet for most of the night so look for them tomorrow.
Instead, here is some music apropos for today:
[MP3] Elbow | Any Day Now
[MP3] The Spinanes | Sunday
I will totally buy one of the new iPod Touch models that was released today...as soon as they increase the storage from a paltry 16 gb. I've been telling Ms. Smith I'd be interested in the iPhone without the phone part, and that's exactly what this is. If only the storage capacity wasn't so crappy.
More over at Gizmodo.
Tonight brings us an early drinkathon at the D.C. Sports Blogger Happy Hour (which I never got around to making a flyer for - sorry Jamie).
The late drinkathon brings us to a house party on or around O street. Tomorrow morning's gonna hurt.
Still waiting on word about my White Stripes tickets, they are playing at GMU's Patriot Center.
If that falls through The Velvet Lounge has an excellent show that will be my back-up plan. Donny Hue & the Colors, Nethers Nikki solo and the Griznar Musical Collective. Donny Hue & the Colors features Aaron and Mike of Nethers and Olivia and Randy from Washington Social Club. I still haven't seen Nethers perform this year (!!!!) and this looks to be my best chance for the foreseeable future. Plus Nikki and Olivia are two of my favorite artists (if not my two favorite artists) in the city, so I'm hoping I can maybe see both shows.
After sleeping in, I have a sports filled night ahead of me. I'm thinking about heading out The Goodman League in the early afternoon to see if I can get a spot for the 7 p.m. game which is supposed to feature Agent Zero v. Kevin Durant. Like Woah. D.C. United face Mexico's Club America at RFK in Superliga action at 8 p.m.
No rest for the weary!
And that new rule is from now on I'm keeping my fucking mouth shut until after the fact whenever big things happen or I get big news. Otherwise the news keeps getting rescheduled. First the Morrissey gigs and now the thing yesterday, which I can't talk about because it might still happen. But I digress...
Not sure what everyone else's plans for the weekend are, but I'll be heading to the land of people that don't drive so good, aka Maryland, to take in Whartscape, which gets shadier and shadier the more I find out about it. If there are no posts on this site on Monday, call the cops. But since I'm a music blogger, I guess I'm duty bound to go check out Dan Deacon. Seriously though, seeing Spankrock should be fun.
Did anyone else watch the MLS All-Star game last night? If not you missed the interview with David Beckham at halftime. The one in which he said he probably wouldn't play on Saturday against Chelsea. While he was saying that ESPN ran a graphic on the screen that said "Will make his U.S. debut Saturday v. Chelsea." So I guess this weekend we'll find out who's really running things in the Beckham camp.
Two other news items of note, both regarding photography.
First is the NFL making photographers wear vests with sponsor logos, which is total BS. That's a good way to be seen as impartial, no? Wearing a vest with Reebok and Canon logos on it?
Second is the whole Band of Horses hates cameraphones, which I totally agree with. I always find it funny how publicists stress to me "NO FLASH" whenever I get a photo pass at the 9:30 Club. I never say it, but the people they really need to worry about are everyone with Point and Shoots and cameraphones. They're the ones snapping away with their flashes. Not the "pros"* (with a few notable exceptions). I also can never understand why people standing at the back of the venue try and take pictures on their cell phones. They're way too far away from the action and it just comes out as this big unidentifiable glob of bad lighting. And yes, I am a camera snob.
At the same time, I realize that more and more people are bringing their cameras to shows and it can get annoying. That said, I rarely go to a show without my camera. DSLR's are fairly cheap now and more and more people are getting into photography. I'm not sure what the breaking point is going to be, but we'll get their soon.
For bigger shows, I just try and get my shots and get out of the way so people can enjoy the show. That's why I don't mind the "First three / no flash" rule at concerts for photo passes. I can never tell you what happens during the first three songs of a show I'm shooting, because I'm busy working and not really paying attention to the music. At the Travis show I totally forgot they played "Writing to Reach You" because they played it third and I was too busy working my way to the center of the venue to get a better vantage point to stop and listen. So I totally buy the "People are too busy messing with their cameras to enjoy the show" argument. But after the third song, I put my camera away and enjoy the show like everyone else. In most cases I also move to the back of the venue, so if I grabbed someone else's spot while I was battling for position up front, I can give it back to them. People are generally cool with that and I certainly try and be as unobtrusive as I can be (given the fact that I have all this gear hanging around my neck and waist). There are right ways and wrong ways to go about all of this. I guess what I'm trying to day is get your shots early and then put everything away and enjoy the show. A win/win for everyone.
* Please note I don't consider myself a "pro." I always tell people I'm a professional amateur, which I think is about right.