October 31, 2005

Super Furry Animals, appropriately, have Caribou opening for them on this fall’s tour. Less appropriately, they’re starting in Quebec and not in Manitoba:

Nov 01 - Montreal, QUE - Club Soda
Nov 02 - Toronto, ONT - Phoenix Concert Theatre
Nov 05 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

Nov 06 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Nov 07 - Boston, MA - The Roxy
Nov 08 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Nov 09 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Nov 10 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
Nov 11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
Nov 12 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
Nov 15 - Houston, TX - Meridian Red Room
Nov 16 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
Nov 17 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room
Nov 19 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
Nov 20 - Chicago, IL - Metro
Nov 21 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music
Nov 24 - Vancouver, BC - Richard’s on Richard
Nov 25 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
Nov 26 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Nov 28 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Nov 29 - Hollywood, CA - Avalon
Nov 30 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
Dec 01 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues

Tristeza might be concerned with border issues, but they’re going coast-to-coast this fall:

11/2/05 - Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
11/3/05 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
11/4/05 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
11/5/05 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
11/7/05 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
11/8/05 - Denver, CO @ High Dive
11/9/05 - Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s Pub
11/10/05 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
11/11/05 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
11/12/05 - Chicago, IL @ Metro (Flower 15)
11/13/05 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
11/14/05 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
11/15/05 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
11/16/05 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
11/17/05 - Providence, RI @ Century Lounge
11/18/05 - Brooklyn, NY @ North Six
11/19/05 — Philadelphia, PA @ Space 1026
11/20/05 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
11/21/05 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/22/05 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11/23/05 - Orlando, FL @ tbc
11/25/05 - Baton Rouge, LA @ The Red Star
11/26/05 - Houston, TX @ Proletariat
11/27/05 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
11/28/05 - El Paso, TX @ tbc
11/29/05 - Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
11/30/05 - Phoenix, AZ @ Modified
12/1/05 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
12/2/05 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
12/3/05 - Tijuana, Mexico @Multi Kulti (Album Release Party)

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October 28, 2005

Piebald know how to get the right kind of publicity. For their current tour, promoting the CD/DVD Killa Bros and Killa Bees, they’ve turned their van into a machine that runs on vegetable oil. Exxon weeps, Wesson rejoices.

Tour dates:

Oct. 28 Ann Arbor, Mich. - Blind Pig
Oct. 29 Cleveland Heights, Ohio - Grog Shop
Oct. 30 Chicago, Ill. - Metro/ Smart Bar
Oct. 31 Ames, Iowa - Machine Shop
Nov. 1 Lawrence, Kan. - The Bottleneck
Nov. 2 Denver, Colo. - Rock Island
Nov. 4 Seattle, Wash. - El Corazon
Nov. 5 Portland, Ore. - Hawthorne Theatre
Nov. 6 San Francisco, Calif. - Bottom of the Hill
Nov. 8 La Jolla, Calif. - The Stage at Porter’s Pub- UCSD
Nov. 9 Anaheim, Calif. - Chain Reaction
Nov. 10 Los Angeles, Calif. - Troubadour
Nov. 11 St. George, Utah - Electric Theater
Nov. 12 Tempe, Ariz. - The Clubhouse
Nov. 14 Austin, Texas - Emo’s
Nov. 15 Spring, Texas - Java Jazz
Nov. 17 St. Petersburg, Fla. - State Theatre
Nov. 18 Orlando, Fla. - The Social
Nov. 19 Atlanta, Ga. - Masquerade
Nov. 20 Carrboro, N.C. - Cat’s Cradle
Nov. 21 Virginia Beach, Va. - Club Excess
Nov. 22 Huntington, W. Va. - HYAMP
Nov. 23 Philadelphia, Pa. - Trocadero
Nov. 25 Cambridge, Mass. - The Middle East (Downstairs)
Nov. 26 New York, N.Y. - Irving Plaza
Nov. 27 New Haven, Conn. - Toad’s Place

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October 27, 2005

Everybody’s favorite excuse to use the word eclectic is about to release a remix album. Beck’s Guerolito drops on December 13, and features tracks done by Air, the Beastie Boys, Boards of Canada, El-P, and ex-Unicorns Th’ Corn Gangg.

E-Pro - remix by Homelife
Que Onda Guero - remix by Islands
Girl - remix by Octet
Missing - remix by Air
Black Tambourine - remix by Adrock (Beastie Boys)
Earthquake Weather - remix by Mario C
Hell Yes - remix by 8-Bit
Broken Drum - remix by Boards of Canada
Scarecrow - remix by El-P
Go It Alone - remix by Superthriller
Farewell Ride - remix by Subtle
Rental Car - remix by John King (Dust Brothers)
Emergency Exit - remix by Th’ Corn Gangg
Clap Hands

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October 25, 2005


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October 24, 2005

The Mae Shi are running around and are sometimes bringing The Pope with them (bubble car not included):

10.24 Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
10.25 Little Rock, AR - Whitewater Tavern
10.26 Knoxville, TN - The Pilot Light

10.27 Chalrottesville, VA - Satellite Ballroom (w/ VCR)
10.28 Middlebury, VT - Coltrane Lounge @ Middlebury
10.29 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (w/ The Mountain
10.30 Boston, MA - Eagle’s Nest @ Boston College (w/ Fat
10.31 New York, NY - Tonic (Awesome Halloween Show w/
Night Porter)
11.01 Middletown, CT - Eclectic Haus @ Weslyan University
(w/ An Albatross)
11.02 Providence, RI - AS220 (w/ Fat Day)
11.03 Brooklyn, NY - North Six (w/ No Things, Parts &
11.04 Hamilton, NY - Colgate College
11.05 Annandale-On-Hudson, NY - Bard College
11.06 Oberlin, OH - The Sco @ Oberlin College (w/
11.07 Gambier, OH - Horn Gallery @ Kenyon College (w/
11.08 Bloomington, IN - Second Story
11.09 Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
11.10 Dekalb, IL - The House
11.11 Moline, IL - Laser Mansion
11.12 Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
11.13 St. Paul, MN - Big V’s
11.14 Houghton, MI - Michigan Tech University
11.15 Madison, WI - Owl Sanctuary
11.16 Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s Oasis
11.17 St. Louis, MO - Hi-Pointe
11.18 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground
11.19 Lincoln, NE - TBA
11.20 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive (w/ The Pope)
11.21 Boise, ID - Yosada House (w/ The Pope)
11.22 Seattle, WA - Vera Project (w/ Milemarker, The Pope)
11.24 Olympia, WA - Yes Yes (w/ The Pope)
11.25 Portland, OR - Food Hole (w/ The Pope)
11.26 San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room (w/ Numbers, The Pope)
11.27 Oakland, CA - Lobot Gallery (w/ The Pope)

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October 21, 2005

Ohmega Watts riots around the world:

Fri 10/21: Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Fri 10/28: Bend OR @ The Grove
Sat 10/29: San Francisco, CA @ Olive
Sun 10/30: San Francisco, CA @ Wish
Thu 11/3: Los Angeles, CA @ Little Temple

Fri 11/4: Pittsburgh, PA @ Shadow Lounge
Sat 11/5: Cleveland, OH @ Touch Supperclub
Sun 11/6: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue w/ Digable Planets
Mon 11/7: Bloomington, IN @ TBA
Tue 11/8: Columbus, OH @ High Five Bar
Thur 11/10 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig w/ Spun
Sat 12/3 Denver, CO @ Oriental Theatre

Fri 18th Nov - The Cab, Edinburgh
Sat 19th Nov - Fat City, Cargo, London
Sun 20th Nov - The Forum, Sheffield
Weds 23rd Nov - Paris TBC
Thu 24th Nov - Paris TBC
Fri 25th Nov - Bilbao, Spain
Sat 26th Nov - Fat City, Manchester
Sun 27th Nov - Hi Fi Club, Leeds

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Who’s sick of Houston yet? Huh? Well, bollocks to you, child; the ‘Stros won the pennant. And in the purest spirit of competition, erstwhile collaborators Chamillionaire and Paul Wall have each released a single dedicated to the boys in orange. The former reworked his Scott Storch-produced breakout “Turn It Up,” while the latter rides the monster “They Don’t Know” track. Winner? Paul by a long shot. Cham’s is well-intentioned but vague (”Put the veteran up and you’ll get you a hit” - who? Ausmus? Biggio?); essentially, he’s replaced the “I”s with “they”s.

Paul, however, is in his damn wheelhouse namechecking every Astro in the lineup. He gets all the details deliciously right, too, referencing the train that circles Minute Maid Park; Willie Taveras’ rookie season; “Lights Out” Brad Lidge; and the team’s climb from 15 games under .500. To top it off, he offers congrats to owner Drayton MacLane Jr., and suggests that George Bush’s presence at home games is a major plus. As sports-themed ephemera goes, this one’s a lot of fun.

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October 18, 2005

Other than the fuss around “Cop Killer,” I couldn’t remember much about Body Count’s career in the early ’90s. Watching their 2003 performance on the new DVD SmokeOut Presents Body Count Featuring Ice-T does more than just remind me, because the band doesn’t seem to have changed at all. The rap-metal hybrid sounds stuck in its time. Take that for what you will. If you liked Body Count a dozen or so years ago, you’ll probably like this video; if not, they won’t win you over.

The group essential spins around Ice-T who comes onstage, does a few push-ups and then namechecks his own group more efficiently than the Game alludes to Dre. It’s okay, though, he makes up for it with an ever-present “motherfucker” ready to go. T’s more offensive than exciting throughout the group’s 30-plus-minute set. It’s a shame to see a once vital artist calling a half-interested crowd “pussies” for not be active enough. It’s dull to see him talking about the “faggot” music that’s pushed his style to the side. I’ll take faggot music over his misogyny and homophobia (note: “KKK Bitch” isn’t funny — it’s just a substitution of woman-hating for racism).

The band performs well enough. Ernie C has what he’s always had, and the rest of the group (not all the originals — the drummer, I think, has passed away) supports him and T. T tries repeatedly to rally the crowd, but they’re not as interested as the occasional mosh moments and frequent crane shots would lead you to believe. The setlist contains the tracks you want to hear (the aforementioned ad “End Game,” “Drive By,” and “There Goes the Neighborhood” are the highlights).

Visually, the disc’s only so-so. It suffers from the same ailment as so much recent concert footage — too fast cuts. Speeding up cuts doesn’t put a viewer in the middle of the action; instead, it just alienates the viewer by continually reminder her of the camera’s interpretive role.

The special features are subpar. The first contains monotonous skateboarding footage from the festival, and the second is a documentary that covers festival set-up as well as the creation of the DVD. Neither would likely be rewarding on a second viewing (and I couldn’t get through the skateboarding feature on a first).

If you’re a Body Count fan, you might enjoy seeing them in a recent incarnation. Otherwise, this disc is skippable.

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The Voltage press materials contain my favorite line of the year: “[Their music] will have you shaking your ass while simultaneously asking yourself, ‘What is my ass?’” I’m going to make them explain it to me when they come to my town this fall. Here are the dates in case you want a first-hand booty analysis, too:

4th OBERLIN OH @ Oberlin College
5th - HAMTRAMCK, MI @ The Painted Lady w/ usaisamonster, kites, tentacle lizardo
6th - TBA
7th TORONTO ON CANADA @ The Bagel w/ Sing That Yell That Spell

9th - Brooklyn/NYC @ TBA
10th NYC @ Cake Shop w/ Pterodactyl & others TBA
11th ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY @ Smog, Bard College w/ Parts and Labor, Pterodactyl
12th HAMPSHIRE MA @ Hampshire College w/ Parts and Labor, Matt and Kim, and Fugue
13th ALLSTON MA @ Great Scott w/ Plastic Constellations, Dan Friel [of Parts & Labor]
14th PHILADELPHIA PA @ Queen of Sheba II w/ Dan Friel [of Parts & Labor] & others TBA
15th - TBA
16th BALTIMORE MD @ Ottobar, w/ Big Bear, Dan Friel [of Parts & Labor]
17th CHARLOTTESVILLE VA @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar w/ Dan Friel [of Parts & Labor]
18th CHAPEL HILL NC @ The Nightlight w/ Dan Friel [of Parts & Labor], Dan Friel
and Cantwell, Gomez, and Jordan.

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October 17, 2005

Lichens (aka Rob Lowe, but not that Rob Lowe) is on tour with Soft Circle and Grizzly Bear:

Thu. Nov. 3 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church “Small Chapel”
Fri. Nov. 4 Norfolk, VA Relative Theory Records
Sat. Nov. 5 Baltimore, MD Talking Head

Sun. Nov. 6 Buffalo, NY Soundlab
Mon. Nov. 7 Pittsburgh, PA tba
Tue. Nov. 8 Oberlin, OH tba
Wed. Nov. 9 Bloomington, IN The Church
Thu. Nov. 10 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle

The noirishly-named Kiss Me Deadly will release their new full-length in about a week on Alien8, and they’re covering two-thirds of North America in honor of it:

Nov 10 Hamilton, ON The Underground
Nov 11 London, ON Call The Office
Nov 12 Grand Rapids, MI Division Ave Arts Cooperative
Nov 13 Lansing, MI Mac’s Bar
Nov 15 Cincinnati, OH The Comet
Nov 17 Bloomington, IN The Church
Nov 18 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
Nov 19 Minneapolis, MN The Whole - CMU
Nov 22 Champaign, IL Cowboy Monkey
Nov 25 Atlanta, GA Lenny’s
Nov 26 Athens, GA Caledonia Lounge
Nov 27 Norfolk, VA Relative Theory Records
Nov 28 Washington, DC DC9
Nov 29 Morgantown, WV 123 Pleasant Street
Dec 1 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Dec 2 Bennington, VT Downcaf
Dec 3 Northampton, MA Pearl Street
Dec 4 New Haven, CT BAR
Dec 5 Cambridge, MA The Middle East Upstairs
Dec 8 Toronto, ON Sneaky Dee’s
Dec 9 Montreal, Quebec La Sala Rossa

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October 14, 2005

I noticed early on last night that Otis Taylor wasn’t providing as forceful vocals as he had when I saw him a year ago. I thought he was going for a new vibe, but it turned out he was just sick. It didn’t stop him from doing his thing, though, which is putting on about as fun a show as you can catch right now, at least if you’re into audience engagement and the [excuse the overused genre descriptor] trance-blues.

Taylor’s new album features a full band, and for this tour, he’s got a bassist and guitarist with him, who play on about 3/4 of the numbers. He played surprisingly little off Below the Fold, maybe because of the difficulty of re-imagining some of those tracks in a smaller setting (but come one, “Feel the Lightning” — please!). He also repeated much of his material from last year, including the “hambone” audience participation song and, much to my pleasure, “Please Come Home Before it Rains.”

It didn’t matter. Taylor is a fascinating entertainer, charming between songs and intense during them. His repetitive riffs build to great effect, often released last night by lead guitarist Jack Hadley’s work.

Taylor appears to enjoy indulging requests, playing his saddest song last night, one about a woman named Martha going to gather the body of her lynched and dismembered husband. Later he tried a requested mandolin-based song that neither of his bandmates had ever played in public before (and one of them had never heard it). After a couple false starts, they got a groove going, and Taylor asked if the woman who requested it was still here and if she was into it. She replied, “Don’t you do this on banjo?”, which broke up the audience and prompted an amused Taylor to announce that he was just going to do what he wanted to do.

As we were leaving the concert, I told my wife that I was disappointed he didn’t play longer, and wondered if it was because he was sick. She pointed out that he played for an hour and a half. That’s to Taylor’s credit that he played a full set despite a cough, stuffy nose, and fever, but to my dismay that 90 minutes isn’t enough for me.

Justin Cober-Lake | 12:23 pm | Comments (2)

October 13, 2005

Controller.Controller and Magneta Lane are touring together throughout their homeland. Maybe one day they’ll head south. Dates:

13-Oct London, Call the Office
14-Oct Hamilton, The Underground
15-Oct Sudbury, Townehouse
16-Oct Sault St. Marie, Downbeat

17-Oct Thunder Bay, Apollo
19-Oct Winnipeg, Collective Cabaret
20-Oct Saskatoon, Louis Pub
21-Oct Calgary, Broken City
22-Oct Edmonton, Victory Lounge
23-Oct Edmonton, Victory
25-Oct Victoria, Lucky
26-Oct Nanaimo, Queens Pub
27-Oct Vancouver, Red Room
29-Oct Regina, O’Hanlon’s
3-Nov Kingston, Grad Club
4-Nov Ottawa, Zahpod’s
5-Nov Montreal, Main Hall
6-Nov Laval, Bar Mad Max
8-Nov Charlottetown, Myron’s
9-Nov Fredricton, Bugaboo Creek
10-Nov St.John, Tapps
11-Nov Moncton, Paramount
12-Nov Halifax, Pavilion (All Ages)
12-Nov Halifax, Stage Nine

The Deadly Snakes are gorging on Roman pork products in your town. If you live in one of these few Canadian towns:

Mon Oct 17 Hamilton, Casbah w/ Tangiers
Tues Oct 18 London, Call The Office w/ Tangiers
Wed Oct 19 Waterloo, Starlite w/ Tangiers
Thurs Oct 20 Kingston, Grad Club w/ Tangiers
Fri Oct 21 Montreal, Main Hall w/ Tangiers
Sat Oct 22 Ottawa, Zaphod’s w/ Tangiers
Mon Oct 24 Sudbury, Townehouse w/ Tangiers
Tues Oct 25 Thunder Bay, Apollo w/ Tangiers
Wed Oct 26 Winnipeg, Collective w/ Tangiers
Thurs Oct 27 Saskatoon, Louis (U of S) w/ Tangiers
Fri Oct 28 Edmonton, Victory w/ Tangiers
Sat Oct 29 Calgary, Hi Fi w/ Tangiers
Mon Oct 31 Vancouver, Red Room w/ Tangiers

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October 12, 2005

San Francisco’s Thee More Shallows are heading east. And also north:

October 12th - Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Tavern
October 13th - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
October 14th - Dubuque, IA - Busted Lift
October 15th - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center w/ Why? & FOG
October 16th - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ FOG
October 17th - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ FOG

October 18th - Indianapolis, IN @ Bog Car Gallery
October 19th - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
October 20th - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
October 21st - Toronto, ONT @ Silver Dollar
October 22nd - Montreal, QE @ Casa del Popolo
October 23rd - Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear’s w/ Marah
October 25th - New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine w/ The Plus Ones
October 26th - Providence, RI @ AS220 w/ 31 Knots
October 27th - Bennington, VT @ Downcaf w/ Jim Yoshi Pile Up
October 28th - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Jim Yoshi Pile Up
October 30th - Durham, NC @ Duke Coffeehouse w/ Jim Yoshi Pile Up
November 2nd - Oklahoma City. OK @ Conservatory w/ 31 Knots

Decibully and friends Lucero and Blackpool Lights are on the road again:

10/13 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
10/14 Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
10/15 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Darkside
10/16 Englewood (Denver), CO @ Gothic Theatre
10/17 Fort Collins, CO @ The Starlight
10/19 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10/20 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
10/21 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Caf
10/22 Portland, OR @ Dante’s
10/25 San Francisco, CA @ Slims
10/28 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
10/29 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
10/30 Tempe, AZ @ Big Fish Pub
11/01 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Backroom
11/04 San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
11/05 Austin, TX @ Emo’s

It’s a label with few songs that could work as traditional singles, so Kranky might be wise to be running its own podcast:


The podcast contains 51 minutes of music from the new fall releases. Tracks from Boduf Songs, Lichens, Christopher Bissonnette, Dawn Smithson, Brian McBride and Windy & Carl. My pick of the bunch is Windy & Carl.

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October 10, 2005

According to Billboard.com, half of the 20,000 copies of Gang Of Four’s “Return The Gift” CD that are scheduled to ship on release will include a crisp, new $1 bill folded into the booklet, making it undetecable from outside of the package. Given the fact that the album is a re-recording of GoF’s past glories, perhaps the free money is a tongue-in-cheek statement of sorts?

Frankly, they’d need to put a bit more than $1 to get me to want to hear it over the originals, but I give them points for… well, for something.

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October 5, 2005

Can’t wait for the release? Then you can stream Young Buck’s forthcoming album right now:


Steve Dawson and his surprisingly good pop are making a run through Canada:

05-Oct-05 Hamilton, ON Pepper Jacks
06-Oct-05 Toronto, ON TBA
07-Oct-05 Wakefield, PQ Black Sheep Inn

08-Oct-05 Maberly, ON Maberly Hall
09-Oct-05 Kingston, ON Brew Pub
27-Oct-05 Victoria, BC Logan’s Pub
28-Oct-05 Nanaimo, BC Cambie Inn
29-Oct-05 Cumberland, BC The Abbey
30-Oct-05 Duncan, BC Garage Showroom
21-Nov-05 Sherwood Park, AB Festival Place

Harvey Danger is taking it straight to the fans, providing a free, legal download of their third album, Little By Little…:


The album’s also available in stores with full packaging and a bonus disc, and you can contribute directly through the website if you like what you hear. The band explains why they’re doing it this way. The whole explanation is worth reading, but the key moments are these:

“We embark on this experiment with both enthusiasm and curiosityand, ok, maybe a twinge of anxiety. Why are we doing this? The short answer is simply that we want a lot of people to hear the record.

“However, its important that people understand the free download concept isnt a frivolous act. Its a key part of our promotional campaign, along with radio and press promotion, live shows, and videos. Its a bet that the resources of the Internet can make possible a new way for musicians to find their audience and forge a meaningful artistic career built on support from cooperative, not adversarial, relationships.”

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October 4, 2005

Ive heard it on the radio and seen the video a couple of times but didnt want to comment on it till Id actually been out and bought the single no Bloc Party song has impressed me on first media exposure (or even via MP3 that much), theyve all taken a proper listening, preferably with either headphones or serious volume. I think this is because Bloc Party dont write songs as much as they make records its all about the layers, the arrangement, the production, the filters and compression. Or it is for me at least.

Even so I was surprised that Two More Years was picked as the post-album single, the next step from last years next years Next Big Thing, because it resolutely fails to blow open what Bloc Party are. Maybe Im just expecting too much, using the Fools Gold stylistic statement as the blueprint for any bands follow-up to a hyped debut. Because aside from being a little less claustrophobic, Two More years could easily fit on Silent Alarm, and in truth doesnt quite have that sudden emotional rush and pull of the likes of Blue Light or This Modern Love, that moment when suddenly they break into a shockingly beautiful gallop and you realise that theres more to these photogenic Londoners than pointed postpunk proselytising.

Thats not to say that Two More Years isnt moving, despite the muted chorus and unmemorable riff theres an intensifying synth-stab (or something) which works better than a riff could, and a moment when Kele tumbles a cross-lyric that should be in its own middle-eight across a later chorus. And of course the drums are too fast and the bass ululations unexpected, which amps the whole thing up way beyond the capabilities of the likes of Coldplay (hysterical melancholy always beating placid melancholy).

Which means that So Here We Are is still their best single, and that Bloc Party still sound like Bloc Party. This sounds like a let-down, doesnt it, like Im disappointed? Im not Two More Years is great, and a grower, and adds further to a catalogue of wonderful songs not present on Silent Alarm (Tulips, The Marshals Are Dead, Little Thoughts, Always New Depths). The best band in the world today? They certainly trounce the bloomin Arctic Monkeys.

Nick Southall | 11:29 am | Comments (4)

October 3, 2005

The Bigger Lovers apparently loved too big, because they’re now spent. They’re breaking up after a final show on Saturday 11/05 at Indre Studios.

On the flip side, Deerhoof are going as strong as ever. With a new album about to drop and a new tour underway, they’ve made an album of people covering them. I’m on my way here to download it now, but I’ll put my money on Nels Cline’s version of “Eagle Rockers” being the raddest track.

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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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