September 30, 2005

On February 7, 2006, Expunged Records will release To: Elliott From: Portland, a tribute to Smith featuring the following performances (not in tracklist order):

1) The Decemberists - Clementine
2) Helio Sequence - Satellite
3) The Thermals - Ballad of Big Nothing
4) Crosstide - Angeles
5) Amelia - Between the Bars
6) Dolorean - The Biggest Lie
7) Sexton Blake - Rose Parade
8) Swords - I Didnąt Understand
9) Sean Croghan - High Times (previously unreleased track)
10) Lifesavas - Happiness
11) Jeff Trott ­- Wouldnąt Mama Be Proud
12) Society of People of Ambiance and Elegance - Speed Trials
13) To Live and Die in LA - Kings Crossing
14) We Are Telephone - Division Days
15) Eric Matthews - Needle in the Hay

Robbie Fulks’s new song “Fountains of Wayne Hotline” started as an in-joke, became a live favorite, and is now about to be a real song (proven by its existence on iTunes). I think it’s fantastic (at least the live version I’ve heard), and apparently Fountains of Wayne get a kick out of it, too. Get the full story here:

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September 29, 2005

The Dead Science and their upright bass are touring. Some dates include 31 Knots or Xiu Xiu:

10/14-Portland, OR @ Holocene w/31 Knots, Jim Yoshii Pileup
10/15-Seattle, WA @ The Paradox w/31 Knots, JYPU, Emma Zunz(”Frost Giant” album release show)
10/19-Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
10/20-Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/Home Recording Project
10/21-Detroit, MI @ Motor City Brewing Works
10/22-Troy, NY @ RPI

10/25-Boston, MA @ Great Scott
10/26-North Adams, MA @ Mass MoCA w/Magik Markers
10/28-Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head
10/31-Grand Rapids, MI @ DAAC
11/3-Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
11/5-Boise, ID @ Neurolux
11/10-Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/Subtle, Jel
11-27 - Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture w/Xiu Xiu
11-29 - Austin, TX @ Parish w/Xiu Xiu
11-30 - Houston, TX @ Mary Jane’s w/Xiu Xiu
12-2 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Down Under w/Xiu Xiu
12-7 - Durham, NC @ Duke Coffee House w/Xiu Xiu
12-8 - Atlanta, GA @ MJQ w/Xiu Xiu
12-10 - Denton, TX @ Hailey’s w/Xiu Xiu

Biirdie is releasing a couple of free downloads. The first track is called “Estelle” and the second is a cover of Saturday Looks Good to Me’s “We Can’t Work It Out.” Both tracks are available at their website, and you can also get a stream of the debut album Morning Kills the Dark.

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September 28, 2005

I generally try to post news on bands that I care about, but today’s acts are two I especially like. Just so you know.

John Vanderslice is hitting the road, and he’s got good bands traveling with him. These shows will also be one of your few opportunities to pick up the limited edition 2xLP version of Pixel Revolt:

September 30, Portland, OR
Doug Fir Lounge w/ Crystal Skulls, Lackthereof

October 1, Seattle, WA
Crocodile Cafe w/ The Double, Crystal Skulls

October 3, Salt Lake City, UT
Kilby Court w/ The Double, Spanky Van Dyke

October 4, Denver, CO
Hi-Dive w/ The Double

October 6, Omaha, NE
Sokol Underground w/ The Double, McCarthy Trenching

October 7, Minneapolis, MN
7th St Entry w/ The Double

October 8, Chicago, IL
Schubas w/ The Double

October 9, Kalamazoo, MI
Kraftbrau Brewery w/ Found Magazine

October 10, Toronto, ON
Horseshoe Tavern | Buy Tickets

October 12, Philadelphia, PA
First Unitarian Church w/ Capitol Years and Mobius Band

October 14 | New York, NY
Knitting Factory w/ Portastatic

October 15 | Brooklyn NY
Southpaw w/ Portastatic

October 16 | Cambridge MA
Middle East Downstairs w/ Portastatic

October 17 | Washington, DC
Black Cat w/ Portastatic

October 18 | Carrboro NC
Cat’s Cradle w/ Portastatic

October 19 | Mt. Pleasant SC
The Village Tavern w/ Portastatic

October 20 | Atlanta GA
The Earl w/ Portastatic

October 21 | St. Augustine FL
Cafe Eleven w/ Portastatic

October 22 | Tallahassee FL
Club Downunder / Florida State w/ Portastatic

October 23 | Orlando FL
The Social w/ Portastatic and The National

October 24 | Gainesville FL
Common Grounds w/ Portastatic

October 26 | Houston TX
Walter’s on Washington w/ Portastatic

October 27 | Austin TX
The Parish w/ Portastatic, Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves

October 28 | Denton TX
Hailey’s w/ Bosque Brown

October 29 | Fayetteville AR
Dickson Theater

October 30 | Norman OK
The Opolis

October 31 | Lubbock TX
Space 1110

November 2 | Tucson, AZ
Club Congress

November 3 | Phoenix, AZ

November 4, Los Angeles, CA
Knitting Factory

November 5 | San Francisco CA
The Independent

Also on tour this fall, Eastern-Euro-Southwest-American-Gypsy rockers Devotchka:

10/2/05 Grand Rapids, MI @ Monroe Gallery (duo)
10/3/05 Chicago, IL @ Hothouse (duo)
10/4/05 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom (duo)
10/6/05 New York, NY @ Symphony Space (duo)
10/12/05 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre* (duo)
10/13/05 Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theatre*
10/14/05 Iowa City, IA @ Englert Theatre*
10/15/05 Chicago, IL @ Metro*
10/17/05 Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theater*
10/18/05 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection*
10/20/05 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall*
10/21/05 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall*
10/22/05 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater
10/23/05 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom*
10/25/05 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club Theatre*
10/26/05 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda*
10/27/05 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground*
10/28/05 New York, NY @ Webster Hall*
10/29/05 Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel*
10/31/05 Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom*

*with the Dresden Dolls

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September 27, 2005

The Magic Numbers album is finally getting a legit US release on Oct. 4. Starting in November, the band will be traveling around the States and making a couple cursory visits to Canada:

11/1 - LA - Troubadour
11/3 - San Francisco, CA - Popscene
11/5 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11/6 - Vancouver, BC - Richard’s On Richards
11/7 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
11/11 - Minneapolis, MN - Ascot Room @ the Quest
11/12 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
11/14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

11/15 - Louisbille, KY - W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre
11/16 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
11/17 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
11/18 - Washington DC - DAR Constitution Hall
11/19 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
11/20 - Portland, ME - Merrill Auditorium at City Hall
11/21 - Buffalo, NY - Center for the Arts
11/22 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
11/23 - Concord, NH - Capitol Center for the Arts
11/25 - Jersey City, NJ - Loews Theatre
11/26 - Jersey City, NJ - Loews Theatre

11/28 - NYC - Bowery Ballroom
11/29 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
12/1 - Toronto, ONT - Lee’s Palace

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September 26, 2005

Some time left to see Bob Mould touring this fall:

9/27 Mississippi Nights St. Louis, MO
9/28 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
9/29 Metro Chicago, IL
9/30 Metro Chicago, IL
10/1 St. Andrews Detroit, MI
10/2 Mod Club Toronto, ON
10/4 Paradise Boston, MA
10/5 Irving Plaza New York, NY
10/6 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
10/7 9:30 Club Washington, DC
10/11 Neumo’s Seattle, WA
10/12 Doug Fir Portland, OR
10/14 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
10/15 El Rey Los Angeles, CA

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September 23, 2005

Maybe by now, some of you indie-boys have healed from your fantasy girl going pristine. If so, you can see Liz Phair on tour this fall in support of Somebody’s Miracle:

10/6 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
10/7 Orlando, FL House of Blues
10/8 Tampa, FL Janus Landing
10/10 Atlanta, GA Roxy Theatre
10/12 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

10/14 Boston, MA Avalon
10/16 Philadelphia, PA TLA
10/17, 18 New York, NY Irving Plaza
10/20 Buffalo, NY Center For The Arts
10/22 Montreal, QC Café Campus
10/23 Toronto, ON Phoenix
10/25 Chicago, IL Vic Theater
10/26 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
10/27 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
10/29 Denver, CO Gothic Theater
10/31 Dallas, TX Gypsy Ballroom
11/1 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
11/2 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
11/7 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
11/8 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
11/11 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
11/12 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
11/13 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
11/15 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
11/16 San Diego, CA House of Blues
11/17 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues

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September 21, 2005

Come get your freak on at Club Freak(folk) On:

Devendra Banhart and the Hairy Fairy
Oct 06 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Attic
Oct 07 - Hollywood, CA - Vanguard Theater
Oct 08 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
Oct 10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
Oct 11 - Houston, TX - Walter’s on Washington
Oct 12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks CANCELLED
Oct 12 - Dallas, TX - Cavern Club
Oct 14 - Nashville, TN - Exit/Inn
Oct 15 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
Oct 17 - Philadelphia, Pa - TLA

Oct 18 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Ballroom
Oct 19 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theater
Oct 20 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Oct 22 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
Oct 24 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
Oct 25 - Minneapolis, MN - Fineline Music Cafe
Oct 26 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
Oct 28 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
Oct 29 - Las Vegas, NV - Vegoose Festival @ Sam Boyd Stadium*
Oct 30 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 club
all dates except * with opener The Bunny Brains

On a less hirsute note, Calla is on the road with Celebration. I’m completely into one of these bands, but you’ll have to wait a week to find out which one. Dates:

Oct 05 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Oct 06 - Chapel Hill, NC - Wetlands Dance Hall
Oct 07 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
Oct 08 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
Oct 09 - Orlando, FL - The Social
Oct 10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder @ FSU
Oct 13 - Austin, TX - The Parish Room
Oct 14 - Denton, TX - Hailey’s
Oct 16 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
Oct 17 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
Oct 19 - Pomona, CA - Glass House
Oct 20 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Oct 21 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
Oct 22 - Portland, OR - Dour Fir Lounge
Oct 23 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
Oct 24 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
Oct 27 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
Oct 28 - Grinnel, IA - Gardner Main Hall @ Grinnell College
Oct 29 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club
Oct 30 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
Oct 31 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
Nov 01- Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
Nov 02 - Toronto, ONT - Horsehoe Tavern
Nov 03 - Montreal, QUE - Main Hall
Nov 04 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East (upstairs)
Nov 05 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

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September 20, 2005

LCD Soundsystem and The Juan Maclean are going on tour together. Since LCD’s got an incredible live show and since right-thinking people like The Juan’s debut album, it should be worthwhile. Here are the dates:

10/11 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/12 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

10/13 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
10/14 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon Hollywood
10/17 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
10/19 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/20 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
10/21 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
10/22 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
10/26 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
10/27 Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom
10/28 Houston, TX @ Meridian
10/29 New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Festival
11/11 Nashville, TN @ City Hall
11/12 Atlanta, GA @ Earthlink Live
11/14 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/15 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
11/16 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
11/20 Boston, MA @ Roxy

Label 4AD is celebrating its 25th anniversary this November. Along with a compilation album titled 1980 Forward and a deluxe Cocteau Twins 4-CD box set, the label’s putting on a series of “1980 Forward” shows in London:

November 17th
The Scala
TV On The Radio (plus special guests)

November 18th
The Luminaire
Minotaur Shock & Magnétophone (plus special guests)

November 19th
The Breeders (plus special guests)
Blackheath Halls
(also : an exhibition of the artwork of Vaughan Oliver / v23)

November 20th
The Breeders (plus special guests)
Blackheath Halls
(also : an exhibition of the artwork of Vaughan Oliver / v23)

November 21st
Kristin Hersh performing the songs of Throwing Muses
The Scala

November 22nd
Kristin Hersh performing songs from Hips And Makers onwards
The Scala

November 23rd
The Mountain Goats (plus special guests)
Bush Hall

November 24th
Celebration (plus special guests)
The Water Rats

November 25th
Mojave 3 & Mark Kozelek performing the songs of Red House Painters
Conway Hall

November 27th
Blonde Redhead & Johann Johannsson
The Scala

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September 19, 2005

I got in after the opening act but before APSCI took the stage. I stumbled my way through a rude beer line and found a comfortable place to stand. In 15 minutes, I saw someone wearing a Kanye t-shirt and someone in a Titleist hat. Yep, UVa was back in session.

I also saw plenty of clothing I’d make fun of if only I knew what any of it was called.

APSCI was atrocious, partly because of their performance, but primarily because the sound was a disaster. I was nervous — I didn’t squeeze into the club for squelchy mikes and unintelligible mud. I shouldn’t have worried. I don’t know if the rumor was true that Blackalicious had brought their own soundmen, but, for the most part they sounded good.

The crowd reacted immediately to the opening of “Paragraph President” and stayed up the whole evening. The crowd also seemed to love the tracks off the upcoming release The Craft, especially “Rhythm Sticks” and “Supreme People.” The new tracks sounded tight, probably because the group (Gab and Xcel with two singers and a keyboard player) has been on the road for three weeks.

At one point Gab stopped the show to ask for a moment of silence for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. For the most part the audience acquiesced (although the rude beer line shovers, one of whom I say pretending to be drunk before he had drunk his first, didn’t fully comply). Gab when back to work after that, although he might have needed the break. He never sounded tired, but he stood stock-still for nearly the whole show.

After that, Xcel and the keyboard player gave us a fine duet (which had the unfortunate and unintended effect of showing how far APSCI’s DJ has to go). Shortly after that we got a singalong on the “Alphabet Song” (not “Alphabet Aerobics, just that one that goes A-B-C-D-E-F-G — you know it). The show continued on with pretty high energy, and even a fair amount of hippie dancing (this is jam-band country, after all).

When they left the stage, all I was thinking was that the older I get, the longer it seems to take between the main set and the encore. During this interlude, Xcel came back first to make the 427th reference to The Craft (you’re touring weeks before it streets — you’re not gonna sell many this way), and took his salesmanship one step to far.

Xcel said something to the effect of: “Buy our CD. Don’t download it. If you don’t buy our CDs, then we can’t come out here and provide you with these shows.” I’m 100% in favor of buying music from artists you like, but I don’t want to hear an audience lied to in order to sell records. CD purchases don’t support an act’s ability to tour; if anything, tour profits are where the money’s at. Contrary to what Xcel said, Blackalicious wasn’t visiting Cville out of the kindness of their heart, spending their final nickels so we could enjoy ourselves. They were there to make some money (and to have fun performing). Performance and fanbase-building sell records, not wares-hawking worthy of a nervous, unsigned folkie.

So it left a sour taste in my mouth at the end of a fun concert. Fortunately Gab dropped an amazing freestyle (the second, and better, of the night) and then sincerely thanked us. Eh, good enough.

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Below is the tracklist for the new John Lennon anthology, due out Oct. 4. The question of the day is: “Was John Lennon really ‘working class’?”

Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon
Disc One
1. (Just Like) Starting Over
2. Imagine
3. Watching The Wheels
4. Jealous Guy
5. Instant Karma!
6. Stand By Me
7. Working Class Hero

8. Power To The People
9. Oh My Love
10. Oh Yoko
11. Nobody Loves You When You’re Down And Out
12. Nobody Told Me
13. Bless You
14. Come Together (Live)
15. New York City
16. I’m Stepping Out
17. You Are Here
18. Borrowed Time
19. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Disc Two
1. Woman
2. Mind Games
3. Out Of The Blue
4. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
5. Love
6. Mother
7. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
8. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
9. God
10. Scared
11. #9 Dream
12. I’m Losing You (Anthology Version)
13. Isolation
14. Cold Turkey
15. Intuition
16. Gimme Some Truth
17. Give Peace A Chance
18. Real Love
19. Grow Old With Me

The Mars Volta have a live album, scabdates due out Nov. 8. Tracks are taken from various shows and surprisingly fit on one disc:

1. abrasions mount the timpani
2. take the veil cerpin taxt
3. a) gust of mutts
4. b) and ghosted pouts
5. caviglia
6. concertina
7. haruspex
8 cicatriz
9. a) pt I
10. b) pt II
11. c) pt III
12. d) pt IV

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September 18, 2005

Shanghai’s VIP Room filled up quickly Thursday night as several hundred locals and Scandinavian expats got together for a Finnish electro showcase. It was all too clear no one knew quite what to expect. Obviously Absolut Vodka’s local marketing manager - the event’s sponsor - didn’t. She spent half Ovali Virta’s show asking me whether it was a “successful” performance.

Cleaning Women were first up. Three guys on homemade instruments dressed as angry girls, complete with Doc Marten boots, short shrill pigtails and black stockings. An electrified clothes drying rack, a guitar made out of an Illy coffee tin, drums built from stainless steel colanders, pots and rubbish bins. On paper it sounds closer to performance art - and they are killer on stage - but it’s musically interesting too, the clattering, harsh rhythms add up to something like Einsturzende Neubauten.

They get an amazing sound out of the homemade guitars, and when vocals somewhere between Tim Buckley, Ian Curtis and Souxsie Souix glide over a seductive metal samba it all adds up to something newer, a fascinating punk jazz with a crazed, almost hymnal feeling.

It was strange though, to watch this uncompromising group in such an elitist venue. Owned by one of China’s most famous actors, the VIP Rooms are pitched somewhere between elite lounge bar and super club glam. A winding maze of paneled rooms and alcoves lead to increasingly exclusive rooms each level, up to the coveted fifth floor. The drinks are frightfully expensive, even for Shanghai, and the advertising around the room seems more important than the music.

Ovali Virta took the stage in matching black jeans, white shirts and black cravats to the theme song from Dallas. Crowded in around a laptop, it was obvious they are not as comfortable onstage as Cleaning Women, but their music was far more accessible: club-friendly electro, guitar riffs and infectious vocals. One of them did crazy dance steps, but it all seemed like a band who have been told: “You can make great music, but you’ve gotta put on a good performance.”

If people were there to see a particular performer, it was Finland’s best-known DJ and one of its longest running electronic musicians, Jori Hulkkonen. But it’s easy to imagine that few punters noticed him as he slid onto the decks in a cloud of smoke at the end of Ovali Virta’s set. It was tough to avoid the music though. Hulkkonen played a lush set of deep garage that touched on acid, electro, techno, heavy EBM, bottomless bass and always the spectre of Chicago and Detroit house. Industrial tracks melt seamlessly into Depeche Mode in a blink of an eye, then it’s onto Cajmere. It’s perfectly mixed, though you can always tell when a new track is coming into the mix. None of that monotony created by DJs who might as well be playing the same track for an hour. The sashaying dancers responded in kind, flooding the dancefloor for one of the best DJs to have played the club.

Music downloads and real-time video camera moblogging at the tour blog.

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September 16, 2005

The merch stall sold out of Moodymann Live in Japan t-shirts in moments flat, the supply of 12″ singles went soon after. It’s the long awaited Kenny Dixon Jr/Mahogani Music night in Tokyo at the Liquid Rooms’ new home in Ebisu, I stayed in Tokyo an extra fortnight to be here.

I am disappointed when my stalling means I miss out on the goodies. Still into the cavernous club to the sound of dreadlocks-waving, sharp move strutting DJ Pirahnahead. Hard to believe it is only late Sunday afternoon as he cuts through a virtual Detroit jukebox: Jaguar, I Can’t Kick This Feeling, Aril Brikha and a killer mashup of Voodoo Ray and Tricky Disco. Lurching repetitive beats gradually give way to Nina Simone’s aching voice at one moment, then sharp handclaps and deep techno. DJs like this make something more out of the music. He tweaks the EQ and you can see he’s completely aware that each subtle movement is intimately linked to the carnage it’ll cause on the dancefloor. He keeps teasing with the bassline from Teddy Pendergrass’s You Can’t Hide From Yourself, but when he finally lets the entire track drop the crowd explodes. Everyone’s waiting for Moodymann though, Kenny Dixon Jr. What will he play? Who will be there? The gig’s billed as Moodymann & Guests, so we’re wondering just who he’ll bring on stage. So we’re loving Pirahnahead’s set, but equally dying for it to finish.

But the gig feels like a Mahogani Variety Show. Perhaps it’s just a twisted self-indulgent element of Dixon’s huge ego? With a huge cast of talented musicians, what does Dixon do? He sends them out one by one, Roberta Sweed sings over a DAT, Pirahnahead sings and plays keys over a recorded track from somewhere else. It’s bizarre and hugely disappointing.

Pirahnahead’s first out for a set of soppy Dwele-style balladry, it’s hard to believe that the awesome DJ only 30 minutes before is now playing such rubbish. The guy with such an instinct for the dynamics of a dancefloor and fine-tuned manipulation of rhythm is now crooning weak R&B by numbers.

Roberta Sweed slinks out in a sparkly clingy dress, straight out of your local drag show, and sings second-rate cabaret songs. She keeps reminding everyone why she’s there, humming the chorus from ‘Runaway’ or even singing it right through a couple of times. Fortunately, Slum Village/Mahogani lynchpin, Andrez has percussion locked down. He is by far the most interesting guest, rarely overdoing anything and, alongside the Detroit Experiment’s Paul Randolph on guitar, knocks out some killer live broken beat. Randolph is mostly great too. Camp and theatrical, but he does a few too many soppy love songs, like his disappointing Kirk Degiorgio collab ‘I Love You’. Hell Dixon even brought his grandmother on tour, she spent most of the night swanning around the stage in her baggy tracksuit and looking out incredulously at the sea of Japanese faces.

I feel like the one thing to take away from the show is Dixon must be an incredible producer to carve his magic out of such a mess. When they’re left to their own volition it’s self-indulgent, but the bigger picture is it’s Dixon’s own ego on show. Everyone was there to see him and when he was on stage he electrified the whole club, but damn! He was only on stage for three songs. It was cool when he was up though. It was cool, but it wasn’t enough.

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If “Don’t Save Us from the Flames” has convinced you to buy a Pontiac, then you’ll have the wheels to get to one of these M83 shows:

09/22 Thu Houston Numbers
09/23 Fri Austin Emo’s
09/24 Sat Denton, TX Hailey’s
09/25 Sun Austin Austin City Limits Festival
09/27 Tue Los Angeles Avalon, presented by KCRW
09/28 Wed Los Angeles Ground Zero, USC
09/29 Thu San Francisco Mezzanine
09/30 Fri Portland Berbatis Pan
10/01 Sat Seattle Neumo’s, KEXP Seattle’s John In The Morning At Night Benefit

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September 15, 2005

Black Dice roll:
9/15/05 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
9/16/05 Pittsburgh, PA @ Andy Warhol Museum Theater
9/22/05 Columbus, OH @ Little Brothers
9/23/05 Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
9/24/05 Minneapolis, MN @ Walker Arts Center
9/25/05 Kansas City, MO @ The Black Door
9/26/05 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

9/27/05 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
9/28/05 Missoula , MT @ Elks Lounge
9/30/05 Calgary, AB @ Underground Night Club
10/1/05 Edmonton, AB @ Victory Lounge
10/3/05 Vancouver, BC @ Mesa Luna
10/4/05 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
10/5/05 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
10/7/05 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
10/8/05 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
10/9/05 San Diego, CA @ Epicenter
10/10/05 Tucson, AZ @ Solar Cultural
10/12/05 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/14/05 Houston, TX @ Mary Jane’s Fat Cat
10/15/05 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
10/16/05 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
10/17/05 Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/18/05 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
10/19/05 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/28/05 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Opinions differ on the full-length (smart people agree with me that it’s good), but no matter what you think, Mobius Band is coming near your town:
* = supporting Matisyahu
# = w/ Dykehouse
%= w/ Spectacular Fantastic
9/15/05 Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
9/16/05 Missoula, MT @ Higgens Alley
9/19/05 Seattle, WA @ Showbox*
9/20/05 Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre*
9/21/05 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall*
9/22/05 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues*
9/24/05 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up*
9/25/05 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre*
9/26/05 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre*
9/27/05 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre*
9/28/05 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone*
9/29/05 Nashville, TN @ Exit Inn*
9/30/05 Newport, KY @ Southgate House%
10/1/05 Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Nightclub*

Deerhoofin’ it:
September 2005
15 - New York, NY @ Cakeshop (Blue Ghost Publicity/5RC
16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Verizon Theater @ The Kimmel
17 - Richmond, VA @ University of Richmond Greek
18 - Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcode
19 - Atlanta, GA @ MJQ Drunken Unicorn Room
20 - Nashville, TN @ The End
21 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
22 - Grinnell, IA @ Gardener Lounge (at Grinnell College)
23 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club (early
24 - Milawukee, WI @ Onopa*
25 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
26 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House**
27 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street
28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Northsix
October 2005
15 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
26 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
27 - Vancouber BC @ Richards on Richards
28 - Portland, OR @ Berbati’s Pan
November 2005
08 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
09 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
10 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
11 - Denton, TX @ Hailey’s
12 - Houston, TX @ Mary Jane’s Fat Cat
14 - Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
15 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Down Under
17 - Orlando, FL @ TBA
19 - Austin, TX @ Emos
21 - Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echo (early show)

• w/ why? / Numbers / Limited Express (has gone?)
** w/ Numbers / Limited Express (has gone?)
*** w/The Roots TV on the Radio

[Wait a minute. People get to see Deerhoof, the Roots, and TV on the Radio on the same bill?]

Otis Taylor’s got the best blues album of the year, and he’s on the road now. In concert, he’s like Jekyll and Hyde — nice, polite, and soft-spoken until he tears into one of his tracks. So far, all these dates are with a full-band, which fits with the sound of the new album. If you come to Charlottesville, say hi — I’ll be the guy eating the homemade cookies and spilling his coffee.

Otis Taylor Dates:
Sept 19 Don Quixote’s Inernational Music Hall Felton, CA
Sept 20 Monterey Live Monterey, CA
Sept 21 Biscuits & Blues San Francisco, CA
Sept 22 The Palms Winters, CA
Sept 25 Sacramento Blues Society Sacramento, CA
Sept 30 Humphrey’s By The Bay w/ Etta James San Diego, CA
Oct 1 San Juan Cap. Library San Juan Capistrano, CA
Oct 2 Mississippi Studios Portland, OR
Oct 3 Sunset Tavern Seattle, WA
Oct 5 Satalla New York, NY
Oct 6 River Street Jazz Cafe Plains, PA
Oct 7 World Cafe Philadelphia, PA
Oct 8 King Biscuit Blues Festival Helena, AR
Oct 11 State Theater w/ John Scofield Falls Church, VA
Oct 12 Funk Box Baltimore, MD
Oct 13 Prism Coffee House Charlottesville, VA
Oct 15 Columbia Blues Festival Columbia, SC
Nov 5 Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Justin Cober-Lake | 10:24 am | Comments Off

September 14, 2005

In the most recent industry-birthed lawsuit against a P2P operator, the Taiwan District Court found the popular Kuro network guilty of copyright infringement. A family business, it looks like brothers James and Victor Chen will be able to continue their fraternal hijinx together on a three year stint in jail. When kids hit the big house, I’m always tempted to invoke the personally influential “Dad I’m in Jail,” from the 1988 Was (Not Was) album What Up, Dog?, whose choice lyrics include “Hi Dad, happy birthday, I’M IN JAIL” or “I like it here,” but in this case, it’s in vain: Chen Senior, the president of the company, will be serving two years along with his sons.

The verdict follows on the heels of similar cases, including MGM v. Grokster in the US, the recent filtering of the Kazaa service in Australia, and the shutting down of the Korean P2P Koribada. Still, the Kuro executives issued a statement to The China Post yesterday, saying “We will not stop advertising… We will worry about [the jail sentences] when the appeals verdict is handed down.” Ballsy.

Mike Powell | 9:45 am | Comments Off

September 13, 2005

Today’s news is brought to you by Ticketmaster. Well, not really, but it should be.

10/12 Oberlin OH Dionysus
10/13 Baltimore MD Ottobar
10/14 Charlottesville VA Satellite Ballroom
10/16 Asheville NC Orange Peel
10/17 Nashville TN Mercy Ballroom
10/18 Memphis TN Hi-Tone Cafe
10/20 Springfield MO Randy Bacon Gallery
10/21 Columbia MO Mojo’s
10/22 Champaign IL Canopy Club
10/23 Chicago IL Park West
10/25 Columbus OH Wexner Center For The Arts
10/26 Louisville KY Bomhard Theatre
11/14 New York NY Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr

CAVE IN w/ Doomriders
11/27 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
11/28 Detroit, MI @ Shelter
11/29 Chicago, IL @ Beats Kitchen
11/30 St Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
12/1 Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
12/2 Denver, CO @ Rock Island
12/3 Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi
12/4 Boise, ID @ The Venue
12/6 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
12/7 Portland,OR @ Loveland
12/8 San Francisco, CA @ TBA
12/9 Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
12/10 Ana, CA @ Chain Reaction
12/11 San Diego,CA @ Casbah
12/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Modified
12/13 Alb, NM @ Launchpad
12/15 Austin, TX @ Emos(small room)
12/16 Houston, TX @ Mary Janes
12/17 Dallas, TX @ Trees
12/18 Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
12/19 Nashville, TN @ The End
12/20 Richmond, VA @ Nanci Raygun
12/21 TBA
12/22 Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
12/23 Boston, MA @ Middle East

13-Oct London, Call the Office W/ Magneta Lane
14-Oct Hamilton, The Underground W/ Magneta Lane
15-Oct Sudbury, Townehouse W/ Magneta Lane
17-Oct Thunder Bay, Apollo W/ Magneta Lane
19-Oct Winnipeg, Collective Cabaret W/ Magneta Lane
20-Oct Saskatoon, Louis Pub W/ Magneta Lane
21-Oct Calgary, Broken City W/ Magneta Lane
22-Oct Edmonton, Victory Lounge W/ Magneta Lane
23-Oct Edmonton, Victory W/ Magneta Lane
25-Oct Victoria, Lucky W/ Magneta Lane
26-Oct Nanaimo, Queens Pub W/ Magneta Lane
27-Oct Vancouver, Red Room W/ Magneta Lane
29-Oct Regina, O’Hanlan’s W/ Magneta Lane
3-Nov Kingston, Grad Club W/ Magneta Lane
4-Nov Ottawa, Zahpod’s W/ Magneta Lane
5-Nov Montreal, Main Hall W/ Magneta Lane
9-Nov Fredricton, Bugaboo W/ Magneta Lane
10-Nov St.John, Tapps W/ Magneta Lane
11-Nov Moncton, Paramount W/ Magneta Lane
12-Nov Halifax, Pavilion (All Ages) W/ Magneta Lane
12-Nov Halifax, Stage Nine W/ Magneta Lane

Justin Cober-Lake | 10:02 am | Comments Off

September 12, 2005

Okay, so I know this sounds absolutely bonkers, but Coca-Cola has partnered with UK-based Inspired Broadcast Networks to experiment with vending machines that will offer digital music downloads in addition to the normal, you know, soda. The first five machines will be set up in Ireland, go figure. Customers will be able to download to their cell phones or to a mobile network through Bluetooth, though later versions will be outfit for flash memory cards as well. The gray, unflinching eyes of the future are staring at you. Enjoy.

Mike Powell | 2:16 pm | Comments Off

Spoon leaves Texas:
10.27 * Thu. * Louisville, KY @ Headliners w/ Mary Timony
10.28 * Fri . * Urbana, IL @ UIC Foellinger Auditorium w/ Mary Timony
10.29 * Sat . * Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall w/ Mary Timony
10.30 * Sun. * Las Vegas, NV @ Sam Boyd Stadium (VEGOOSE) w/ The Flaming Lips, The Arcade Fire, The Shins
11.01 * Tue. * Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre w/ Mary Timony
11.02 * Wed. * Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda w/ Mary Timony
11.03 * Thu. * Boston, MA @ Avalon w/ Mary Timony
11.04 * Fri. * Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street w/ Mary Timony
11.05 * Sat. * New York, NY @ Nokia Live w/ American Music Club, Mary Timony
11.06 * Sun. * Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw w/ American Music Club, Mary Timony
11.08 * Tue. * Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club w/ American Music Club
11.09 * Wed. * Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel w/ American Music Club
11.10 * Thu. * Columbia, MO @ Blue Note w/ American Music Club
11.11 * Fri. * Omaha, NE @ Orpheum Theatre w/ Bright Eyes
11.12 * Sat. * Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre w/ American Music Club
11.14 * Mon. * Salt Lake City, UT @ Velvet Room w/ American Music Club
11.16 * Wed. * San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre w/ American Music Club
11.17 * Thu. * Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre w/ American Music Club
11.18 * Fri. * San Diego, CA @ Canes w/ American Music Club
11.19 * Sat. * Phoenix, AZ @ TBA

John Wilkes Booze leaves Indiana:
September 2005
11 - Cedar Rapids @ 1109 House a/a
12 - Iowa City @ Gabes Oasis w/ Gossip a/a
13 - Lincoln, NE @ Knickerbockers
14 - Fort Collins, CO @ Surfside 7
15 - Boise @ Neuroux a/a
17 - Olympia, WA @ Yes Yes a/a
18 - Vancouver, BC @ Pub 340
19 - Portland @ Foodhole
20 - Davis, CA @ The G Street Pub
21 - Santa Cruz @ The Blue Lagoon
22 - Riverside, CA @ Pixel Palace
23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Il Corral a/a
24 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
26 - Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby a/a
29 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
30 - Lawrence, KS @ The Replay
October 2005
01 - Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
03 - Bloomington, IN @ Rhino’s a/a
05 - Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light

The Gossip visit Texas, skip Indiana:
September 2005
11 - Fargo, ND @ Great Northern Brewery w/ Frog Eyes a/a
12 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis w/ John Wilkes Booze,
The Slats a/a
13 - Dekalb, IL @ The House Cafe
14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artswork
16 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory - KRS/CMJ Showcase
17 - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse w/ We Are Wolves a/a
18 - Providence, RI @ Living Room W/ We Are Wolves a/a
19 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott w/ We Are Wolves
20 - Portland, ME @ Space Gallery w/ We Are Wolves 18+
21 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
22 - Montreal, QUE @ El Salon w/ We Are Wolves
23 - Ottawa, ONT @ Babylon Nightclub w/ We Are Wolves
24 - Toronto, ONT @ X-Space w/ We Are Wolves
25 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ We Are Wolves a/a
26 - Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar w/ We Are Wolves a/a
27 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ We Are Wolves 18+
28 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ We Are Wolves a/a
29 - Columbus, OH @ LIttle Brother’s w/ We Are Wolves
30 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall w/ The
October 2005
01 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
03 - Orlando, FL @ Screamers
04 - Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds a/a
05 - Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar a/a
06 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
07 - Houston, TX @ Mary Jane’s Fat Cat
08 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
09 - Denton, TX @ Hailey’s
10 - Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
11 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck w/ Sleater-Kinney a/a
12 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground w/ Sleater-Kinney
14 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge w/ We Are Wolves
15 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad w/ We Are Wolves 21+
16 - Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse w/ We Are Wolves a/a
17 - Tucson, AZ @ Plush w/ We Are Wolves
20 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour w/ We Are Wolves
21 - Long Beach, CA @ Koo’s Cafe w/ We Are Wolves a/a
22 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill w/ We Are
Wolves a/a
23 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall w/ We Are Wolves

(of special note are the shows with WAW — that should be a fun double bill)

Justin Cober-Lake | 10:24 am | Comments Off

The man who made my favorite record of 2003, Antique Glow, has his debut Sub Pop release set for October 11. Entitled The Sun Comes Through, it’s an EP with one track from the forthcoming longplayer and four new tracks because Kelley is your quality man when it counts. If it’s anything like the previous record, it’ll be basement pop at its best: integrating Skip Spence, Ray Davies, and Neu! while remaining utterly charming and whistleable.

Kelley’s website
The Sun Comes Through on Sub Pop

Brad Shoup | 10:13 am | Comments (3)

This is going to be huge. I don’t know how many people yet know of this, but there’s a service offered by Apple whereby you can download individual tracks for 99 cents. Stack of Bibles, this is true. It’s called “iTunes,” and this past Saturday, upon getting some birthday cash and downloading their music jukebox, I went all crazy, Charlotte Church-like, and bought four tracks. I know! Now I’m the proud, legal owner of:

The Damned, “Neat Neat Neat”
Diplo, “Big Lost”
Geto Boys, “Six Feet Deep (screwed)”
Washington Phillips, “A Mother’s Last Word to Her Daughter”

I may end up buying Diplo’s full-length Florida some day, but upon first listen, the track that really stood out was the DJ Shadow-y orchestral workout “Big Lost”. The Phillips track is to tide me over until I find an album full of his ethereal, mournful, merciful gospel compositions. And the Geto Boys? An absolute classic. From the greatest hits comp, screwed by DJ Michael 5000 Watts, I believe. The guitar and “What’s Going On” sample gain like five new dimensions screwed, the falling “I…”s are heartbreaking every time, and the upbeat brass-deploys keep the whole affair from sinking too far down the drain.

Legal music on the Interzone! No more S.W.A.T teams kicking in my doors, no sir!

Anyway, I hear that you can assemble your songs and “cast” them out onto the web like a radio show, so I’m going to spend the next seven months looking into that. Have a super day!

Brad Shoup | 7:35 am | Comments (2)

September 9, 2005

Help: A Day in the Life is available today for download and on September 26 on CD to raise money for the charity War Child. Tracklist:

2. BELLE & SEBASTIAN - The Eighth Station of the Cross Kebab House
3. BLOC PARTY - The Present
4. THE CORAL (produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley) - It Was Nothing
5. DAMIEN RICE - Crosseyed Bear
6. ELBOW - Snowball
8. THE GO! TEAM - Phantom Broadcast
9. GORILLAZ - Hong Kong
10. HARD-FI - Help Me Please
11. KAISER CHIEFS - I Heard It Through the Grapevine
12. KEANE AND FAULTLINE - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
13. THE MAGIC NUMBERS - Gone Are the Days
15. MAXIMO PARK - Wasteland
16. MYLO - to be confirmed
17. RADIOHEAD - I Want None of It
18. RAZORLIGHT - Kirby’s House
19. TINARIWEN - to be confirmed
20. THE ZUTONS - Hello Conscience

This isn’t just a charity news blog, really.

Justin Cober-Lake | 12:51 pm | Comments Off

September 8, 2005

Mercurial Johnsons streak through North America. Your chance to see them now that it’s too late to say you were listening to them before they were winners. Dates:

9/15/05 Vancouver, BC @ St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church
9/17/05 Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
9/20/05 San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts
9/22/05 Los Angeles, CA @ Vista Theater
9/23/05 San Diego, CA @ San Diego Women’s Club
9/28/05 Boston, MA @ Paradise
9/29/05 Montreal, QC @ Cabaret La Tulipe
10/1/05 Toronto, ON @ Trinity @ St. Paul’s Centre
10/3/05 Detroit,MI @ Gem Theatre
10/4/05 Chicago, IL @ Park West
10/13/05 New York,NY @ Carnegie Hall

Justin Cober-Lake | 11:15 am | Comments (1)

September 7, 2005

Cocky Swedish rockers Mando Diao are working out their Kinks back in the US for a few dates this fall:

Sat 10/01 Keyspan Park Coney Island, NY
Mon 10/03 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA (Presented by KDLD)
Tues 10/4 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
Fri 10/7 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
Sat 10/8 T. T. the Bear’s Boston, MA

Catch one of these shows to find out if the band is as great as they say they are.

The Octopus Project are touring nowhere near me, but they’re visiting 7 cities I’ve been to, so I’ll pass on the news:

09/07 Wed - Houston, TX Mary @ Jane’s Fat Cat w/ Go Spread Your Wings
09/08 Thu - Shreveport, LA @ Lil Joe’s Tavern w/ The Drains
09/09 Fri - Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn w/ Cinemechanica
09/10 Sat - Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light w/ Cue
09/11 Sun - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 w/ The Life and Times
09/12 Mon - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
09/13 Tue - Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber Pass
09/14 Wed - Brooklyn, NY @ Rothco w/ Acid Mother’s Temple
09/16 Fri - Cambridge, MA @ TT the Bears w/ The National, Pela
09/17 Sat - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse w/ The Gossip, We Are Wolves
09/18 Sun - Montreal, QB, Canada @ Zoobizarre
09/19 Mon - Toronto, ON, Canada @ Horseshoe Tavern
09/20 Tue - Bowling Green, OH @ Howard’s Club H
09/21 Wed - Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge w/ Sybris, The Hazzards
09/22 Thu - Champaign, IL @ Cowboy Monkey w/ The Makers
09/23 Fri - Fayetteville, AR @ JR’s Dickson Theater w/ The Tickle
09/24 Sat - Denton, TX @ Haily’s w/ M83, The Double
09/30 Fri - Austin, TX @ Emo’s w/ Voxtrot, Tree Wave

Justin Cober-Lake | 9:44 am | Comments Off

September 6, 2005

Considering all the mystery surrounding Moodymann (who hardly plays live or gives interviews,) it’s a surprise to find this, a live concert from July of this year, streaming on the ‘ole internet. Apparently this is taken from the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, and it features most of his partners in crime (Andres, Paul Randolph, Roberta Sweed etc.)

What to expect? Much more jazz than house. The first 15 minutes is Paul Randolph singing over a backing track pretending to play a bass. Next, a blinding white screen is put up and all you see is shadows of female dancers dancing. Moodymann comes on stage to tell all of us how much he loves us, and introduces Roberta Sweed backed only by a set of bongos. Then the actual band comes out for some cool vocal jazz standards. I’m impressed, considering how much of a train wreck Moodymann is rumored to be live. Hope you enjoy it.

Michael F. Gill | 5:46 am | Comments (1)

September 5, 2005

The implication of the “new wave” in the late 1970s was, of course, that there was an old guard, and that it had to be replaced. And with the rise of these new groups, everything before them had to adapt or go down with guns blazing. I can’t help but feel that Styx was trying to do both with “Mr. Roboto” in 1983.

“Mr. Roboto” puts forth the less-than-original idea that in this topsy-turvy modern world, technology’s wonders can come back to bite their masters in their neoteric butts. In case “Roboto” listeners had somehow avoided the flood of movies and books espousing similar ideas at the time, Dennis DeYoung shouts “Machines dehumanize!” a few times to underscore his thesis. And why not? Styx was watching its contemporaries drop like flies to foppish haircuts and Roland Jupiter-8s. If the band’s members didn’t want to become museum pieces themselves, they had to adapt.

“Mr. Roboto” has dated poorly, Beetle commercial notwithstanding. It doesn’t measure up very well against Yes’ juicier “Owner of a Lonely Heart”: At a particularly pecuniary point in that band’s career, with Yes half-disintegrated, the members were wise enough to call in a professional for their new wave crossover. Styx soldiered on alone and “Roboto” is nonetheless an entry point for a younger generation that had never heard “Babe” or “Blue Collar Man” or even “Lady.” To young listeners, it is simultaneously the band’s greatest achievement and its greatest shame. At a July White Sox game, my friend spotted former Styx singer Dennis DeYoung walking through the parking lot at U.S. Cellular Field, near the Roseland neighborhood where he and some of the other members of Styx grew up. My friend yelled “Mr. Roboto!” at the top of his lungs. Dennis did not turn around.

The song itself? Solid, predictable, but weighted with one frequently overlooked highlight. Everyone is familiar with the titular robot chant, but on top of that, at the 3:50 minute mark, DeYoung breaks from the mechanical “Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto” to sing “thank you very much Mr. Roboto, for helping me escape” and then operatically wail “When I needed to, thank you… Thank you, thank you, I want to thank you…”

What comes next – “The problem’s plain to see / too much technology” – seems redundant by comparison.

The Turntable | 12:48 pm | Comments Off

September 2, 2005

Wanting to donate to hurricane relief but needing a little incentive? Here are two options:

Through the end of the year, Putumayo World Music is donating all of its proceeds from its albums New Orleans and Mississippi Blues to relief efforts in the area. The first album features traditional jazz and blues from artists like Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong, and Dr. John. The second contains just what it says. Artists include John Lee Hooker, Bobby Bland, Chris Thomas King, and Mississippi John Hurt.

Blow Up Hollywood has also said that all the profits from purchases of their cds at CD Baby will go directly to the American Red Cross to help the victims of the Hurricane disaster.

If the disaster has put you in the Christmas spirit, let me also recommend the double-disc Solid PR Presents, Volume One. Available here, proceeds from this disc benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Style of acts are wide-ranging and include the Unicorns, Man Man, Mommy and Daddy, the Flashlight Arcade, Hella, I Am the World Trade Center, and Crystal Skulls.

Justin Cober-Lake | 10:14 am | Comments Off

September 1, 2005

For some reason I thought these guys weren’t working together anymore, but Barsuk says the Long Winters have an EP on the way and the band’s about to tour.

Tour dates with Keane:

9/20 Atlanta Tabernacle
9/21 Nashville Ryman Auditorium
9/25 St. Louis Pageant
9/29 San Diego House of Blues
9/30 Los Angeles Greek Theater

The EP, due out Oct. 11 is called Ultimatum, and the group will have a new full-length out next year.

I saw a duo version play at SXSW, but apparently I wasn’t paying attention.

Hella’s just announced a tour, including dates with the Mars Volta and System of a Down:

08/28 Sun, Portland OR
Holocene w/ Blues Goblins, Tasteful Nudes

08/29 Mon, Olympia WA
Yes Yes w/ Blues Goblins

08/30 Tue, Vancouver BC
Lamplighter w/ Killer Whales, Hot Loins

08/31 Wed, Seattle WA
Neumos w/ Blues Goblins, Sean

09/02 Fri, Salt Lake City UT
Kilby Court w/ Airliner

09/03 Sat, Denver CO
Larimer Lounge w/ Stereotyperider, Cost of Living

09/06 Tue, Los Angeles CA
Knitting Factory w/ Wires on Fire

09/07 Wed, Santa Cruz CA
Santa Cruz Vets Hall

09/17 Sat, Vancouver BC
Pacific Coliseum w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

09/19 Mon, Calgary AB
Pendgrowth Saddledome w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

09/20 Tue, Edmonton AB
Rexall Place w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

09/22 Thu, Winnipeg MB
MTS Centre w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

09/23 Fri, St. Paul MN
Xcel Energy Center w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

09/25 Sun, Columbus OH
Nationwide Arena w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

09/26 Mon, Cleveland OH
Wolstein Center @ Cleveland State University w/ System Of A Down, The Mars

09/27 Tue, Lansing MI
Mac’s Bar w/ The Robot Ate Me, Bear vs Shark

09/28 Wed, Grand Rapids MI
Van Andel Arena w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

09/29 Thu, Detroit MI
Joe Louis Arena w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

09/30 Fri, Rosemount IL
Allstate Arena w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

10/02 Sun, Denver CO
Pepsi Center w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

10/05 Wed, Seattle WA
Key Arena w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

10/06 Thu, Portland OR
Rose Garden Arena w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

10/08 Sat, Oakland CA
Oakland Arena w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

10/09 Sun, Sacramento CA
ARCO Arena w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

10/11 Tue, Fresno CA
Savemart Center w/ System Of A Down, The Mars Volta

Justin Cober-Lake | 1:03 pm | Comments Off

Details here.

Todd Burns | 5:43 am | Comments (1)

Current Listening / Watching / Reading

Stewart Voegtlin
WOLFMANGLER, Protected by the Ejaculations of Wolves [Split CD w/ M0SS]
NEGATIVE PLANE, Et in Saecula Saeculorum
MORTEM, De Natura Deamonum

Theon Weber
The Hold Steady - Seperation Sunday
Annuals - Be He Me
Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food

Ethan White
Bruce Nauman - Raw Materials
Ennio Morricone - The Red Tent OST
Stereolab - Serene Velocity

Bryan Berge
DJ Olive - Sleep
The Chap - Ham
V/A - Trap Door is an International Psychedelic Mystery Mix

Jonathan Bradley
Green Day - American Idiot
Fall Out Boy - From Under The Cork Tree
Brand New - Deja Entendu

Justin Cober-Lake
Stevie Wonder - Music of My Mind
Keith Moon - Two Sides of the Moon
Allen Toussaint - Life, Love and Faith

Ian Cohen
Maritime- We, The Vehicles
Mannie Fresh- The Mind Of Mannie Fresh
Lupe Fiasco- Food And Liquor

Elizabeth Colville
Magnetic Fields - Get Lost
Joan as Police Woman - Real Life
John Vanderslice - Pixel Revolt

Iain Forrester
The Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia...
Hot Chip - Coming On Strong
The Knife - Deep Cuts

Andrew Gaerig
Trick Daddy - Thugs Are Us
Broadcast - The Future Crayon
V/A - Rio Baile Funk: More Favela Booty Beats

Todd Hutlock
Uncle Tupelo - March 16-20, 1992
Rockpile - Seconds of Pleasure
Andrew Weatherall - Hypercity

Andrew Iliff
Thom Yorke - The Eraser
Mr Lif - Mo' Mega
Tricky - Live at Leeds Town and Country

Thomas Inskeep
Cameo - The 12" Collection and More
Sonic Youth - Really Ripped
Panic! at the Disco - A Fever You Can't Sweat Out

Josh Love
Cassie - Me & U
Paris Hilton - Paris
Alan Jackson - Greatest Hits Collection

Evan McGarvey
Juvenile - Tha G-Code
Ghostface - Fishscale
Wilderness - Vessel States

Ian Mathers
Muslimgauze - Lo Fi India Abuse
The Cure - The Head On The Door
The Wedding Present - Seamonsters

Sandro Matosevic
Ladytron - Witching Hour
The Moaners - Dark Snack
San Serac - Tyrant

Derek Miller
120 Days - 120 Days
VA - Superlongevity 2
Hot Chip - Various b-sides

Mallory O'Donnell
Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
Beyonce - B'Day
Kashmere Stage Band - Texas Thunder Soul

Fergal O'Reilly
The Auteurs - How I Learned To Love The Bootboys
Kitsune Maison Vol. 2
Sparks - Indiscreet

Cameron Octigan
Nathan Fake - Drowning in a Sea of Love
Alex Smoke - Paradolia
Ricardo Villalobos - Achso EP

Mike Orme
Guillemots - Through the Windowpane
Colleen - Colleen et Les Boîtes à Musique
Hot Chip - The Warning

Peter Parrish
Psychedelic Furs - Forever Now
The House of Love - Complete Peel Sessions
Catherine Wheel - Adam & Eve

Mike Powell
Scritti Politti - White Bread, Black Beer
Miles Davis - Get Up With It
Boredoms - Soul Discharge

Tal Rosenberg
M83 - Before The Dawn Heals Us
The Roots - Game Theory
Brian Jonestown Massacre - Give It Back!

Barry Schwartz
Tahiti 80 - Fosbury
Portastatic - I Hope Your Heart is Not Brittle
Tokyo Police Club - A Lesson in Crime

Brad Shoup
Michael Nesmith - From a Radio Engine to the Photon Wing
The Tear Garden - Sheila Liked the Rodeo EP
Sam Moore - Plenty Good Lovin': The Lost Solo Album

Alfred Soto
Kirsty MacColl - Electric Landlady
Junior Boys - So This is Goodbye
50 Cent - Get Rich...

Nick Southall
Final Fantsay - He Poos Clouds
TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
Embrace - "Thank God You Were Mean To Me"

Josh Timmermann
Prince - 3121
Prince - Graffiti Bridge
Prince - Lovesexy


Tal Rosenberg
Arrested Development Season 2
Wedding Crashers

Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Little Miss Sunshine
Von Ryan's Express
A Knight's Tale

Brad Shoup
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Alfred Soto
Arrested Development: Season One
The Flowers of Shanghai

Nick Southall

Josh Timmermann
Inside Man
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
My Sex Life...or How I Got Into an Argument

Stewart Voegtlin
Dog Soldiers

Theon Weber
House, M.D. - season two
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season two

Ethan White
The Tenant
Mr. Arkadin
Punishment Park

Justin Cober-Lake
One Day in September
Passage to India

Elizabeth Colville
My Summer of Love
Pride & Prejudice
Trust the Man

L. Michael Foote
Wild At Heart
Bad Timing
The Witches

Todd Hutlock
Arrested Development Season 3
Tod Browning's Freaks

Ian Mathers
Seeing Other People
Sapphire & Steel, series 1
Death Race 2000

Dave Micevic
Inside Man

Derek Miller
My Life Unravel

Jay Millikan
Superman Returns

Mallory O'Donnell
Snakes On A Plane

Fergal O'Reilly
Peep Show Series 1
The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Mike Orme
Bringing Up Baby
The Third Man
Frasier reruns, Lifetime

Mike Powell
Sherman's March


Elizabeth Colville
Swann's Way - Marcel Proust
The New Yorker, Sept 18, 2006
The Bounty - Derek Walcott

L. Michael Foote
Fanny, Edmund White
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon

Todd Hutlock
John Cale & Victor Bockris - What's Welsh For Zen?

Thomas Inskeep
Andrew Beaujon - Body Piercing Saved My Life
Tim Lawrence - Love Saves the Day
Dave White - Exile in Guyville

Josh Love
Henry Adams - The Education of Henry Adams

Ian Mathers
Spinoza - Ethics
Plato - Phaedo
Greg Rucka/Jesus Saiz - Checkmate

Sandro Matosevic
JT Leroy - The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

Ron Mashate
Samuel Beckett - Murphy
William Gaddis - A Frolic Of His Own

Dave Micevic
Thomas Pynchon - V.

Derek Miller
Thomas Wolfe - You Can't Go Home Again

Jay Millikan
Richard Price - Clockers
Randy Shilts - And the Band Played On

Mallory O'Donnell
Simon Reynolds - Generation Ecstasy
Simon Frith - Music For Pleasure
Simon Reynolds - Rip It Up & Start Again

Fergal O'Reilly
David Peace - Nineteen Seventy-Four

Mike Orme
Salman Rushdie - The Ground Beneath her Feet

Peter Parrish
Raymond Chandler - The Big Sleep

Mike Powell
WG Sebald - The Rings of Saturn

Tal Rosenberg
Sarah Vowell - Take the Cannoli

Barry Schwartz
Philip Roth - American Pastoral

Brad Shoup
Earl Conrad - Typoo

Alfred Soto
Anthony Summers - The Arrogance of Power

Nick Southall
Stephen King - The Calling of the Three
Kurt Vonnegut - Breakfast of Champions

Josh Timmermann
Jonathan Franzen - The Twenty-Seventh City

Stewart Voegtlin
Cormac McCarthy, Suttree

Theon Weber
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead

Ethan White
Linda Williams - Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the Frenzy of the Visible

Justin Cober-Lake
Umberto Eco - Baudolino
C.S. Lewis - The Screwtape Letters

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