Friday, January 30, 2004

toole.blogspot.com is good everyday, but this is extra-extra good.


Thursday, January 29, 2004


what i'm listening to Right Now: Stellastarr* - Somewhere Across Forever

"Great article Derek! But I think how funny the act of yelling "Freebird" can be is inversely proportional to how much the style of the band resembles Skynyrd's. In other words, if you were to yell it at a Jackyl show it wouldn't be funny at all, because they had it slotted for later in the set anyway - after the chainsaw solo of course. But if you yelled it at an Interpol show, instant hilarity.

Posted by: Herbert R. Tarlek Jr. on January 27, 2004 08:47 AM "

Man, reading the comments to this great article made me laugh. Last time I heard someone yell "freebird" was at the Regina Spektor show in August. It's a tradition that just won't die. It's not clever anymore. I like the idea of yelling "It's Raining Men" which seems pretty funny.

Also, this ties into The Onion this week. Concert Ruined by Guy Enjoying Himself.

Ahh, a few light-hearted things to counter-balance my politico rant earlier.

Dean's Iowa Speech from the Crowd

That damn liberal media blew that Dean Speech all out of proportion. See the speech from the crowds perspective. He seems like a normal guy to me. Not like Kerry's dreadful speeches. Kerry's such a Flip-Flopper. I don't think Kerry knows what he believes.

Although, deangoesnuts.com has some pretty funny stuff. (I like the Doctors Dean and Dre one from 1/22/04), Plus I like how the creators of the site are pro-Dean.

Mark my words, a vote for Kerry is a vote for Bush. No WAY that guy wins back the white house. Dean or Edwards are the Dems only chances. Fight Fire with Fire, I Say.

Disclaimer: I'm a registered Republican, but NOT a Bush supporter. I live in a state where anyone, regardless of party, can vote in the primary. I'm not fully decided yet, but I'm leaning towards Dean. But I want to pay more attention to Edwards in the next two weeks (VA's primary is Feb. 10).


Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Just go Buy it Already

I was lookin' over my web stats, and someone keeps hitting this site lookin' for Liz Phair Why Can't I wavs/mp3s.

Hey, if you really want to hear that song, turn on a radio, wait five minutes.

If you really want to listen to some Liz Phair, go over to one of the Legal download sites, like Itunes or Napster or MusicMatch (or even Walmart), and download it, and while you're there, get Firewalker since that's actually a good song of her recent album. Just email me already, and I'll buy it for you.

And while we're on legal download services, what is the deal with not being able to listen to the tracks in my player of choice? I've used Winamp for the longest. I have my entire library set up for Winamp. I try to import tracks into MusicMatch, Itunes, Media Player etc. It creates this jumbled mess of artist names, I don't know what to do with it (I'm a computer professional, and it ain't worth my time to redo my huge library of songs to fit their silly system of so-called organization). They take up a huge amount of memory, they take up precious taskbar space. Nothing is as good as Winamp.

Well, I thought I could use Napster to get wma files into Winamp (plus I have an Old-school RCA K@zoo mp3 player that plays wma) so I tried that. Doesn't play in Winamp because of the copy protection.

So, Long story/rant short, Itunes m4p files will play in Winamp 5 which just came out. But you have to have a plugin. So go get winamp 5. Go get the plugin here. and use Itunes. Napster needs to get off their arses and get wma's that'll work in winamp (and my RCA K@zoo) or they'll never see me again.


Friday, January 23, 2004

The greatest thing I've ever seen. (via ultragrrl)

Von Bondies to be digitally released 1 month early

Just in From Von Bondies. I've bolded the interesting parts (The part where you get free Walkmen tracks!!):


The Von Bondies' new album Pawn Shoppe Heart hits stores on February 9th in the UK and in North America on March 9th.

On February 2nd, the maxi single of "C'mon, C'mon" will hit stores in the UK and features two other non-album tracks ("Love Is Like A Drug" and "Heartless Hopeless") and the video to "C'mon, C'mon." It will be available for purchase in US online at digital retailers like iTunes, MusicMatch and Napster on February 3rd.


On February 10th, a full month before the album is available in stores, you can buy Pawn Shoppe Heart digitally in the US at all digital retailers. Plus, you'll get a free digital sampler with songs from bands like The Walkmen, Secret Machines, and more.

Check out the new look to The Von Bondies' site and look out for journals from the road.


The band is currently on the road in the UK on the NME Awards tour. They'll be heading back to the States to tour around the country.

02-13: The Annex, Madison, WI
02-18: Michigan State University - Union Ballroom, East Lansing, MI
02-20: Lee's Palace, Toronto, Ontario
02-21: Dominion Tavern, Ottowa, Ontario
02-22: Petit Campus, Montreal, Quebec
02-23: Middle East, Cambridge, MA
02-25: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
02-25: The Khyber, Philadelphia, PA
02-27: Fletcher's, Baltimore, MD
02-28: The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC
03-01: Echo Lounge, Atlanta, GA
03-02: 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA
03-06: Southgate House, Newport, KY
03-07: Little Brother's, Columbus, OH
03-08: Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
03-09: Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
03-11: Onopa Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI
03-15: Jackpot Saloon, Lawrence, KS
03-18: Gypsy Tea Room, Dallas, TX
03-23: Mason Jar, Phoenix, AZ
03-28: The Casbah, San Diego, CA
03-29: Troubador, L.A., CA



Thursday, January 22, 2004

I heart Amy Sedaris

Say it just like Holly Hunter in Raising Arizona,
I LOVE HER SO MUCH!! (click to read Onion interview)

Salon tackles the decline of the mix-tape (get the day pass to finish reading)

And oddtodd's Song for Thursday is an Interpol track (Say Hello to the Angels). Get it, while it lasts!


Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Hey, Ho, Lets Go - to Hot Topic that is!

(via BlackTable)


Monday, January 19, 2004

Slate on Jack White's pretention.

Washington Post talks about online music sales.

The best game in town

"That pose is out, too, Sonny Jim. The new thing is to care passionately, and be right wing." -Simon to George, A Hard Day's Night

Iowa Cacaus's today. State of the Union tomorrow. I'm a politics junky, what can I say.


Sunday, January 18, 2004

I just heard the new Von Bondies single "Cmon, Cmon" on a promo for a Bravo show called Keen Eddie.

Warlocks Video

what i'm listening to Right Now: The Sounds, Living in America - Rock N' Roll

Holy Moly!! Since I got the Warlocks cd on Christmas Day, I've been obsessed!

Check this Amazing footage of them live. (via punkcast)

The guitarist with the jean jacket on (the one workin' that flanger) looks a whole lot like Jim Morrison. He's wearin' cool boots too.


Friday, January 16, 2004

From Franz Ferdinand

Support your Favorite Bands!

Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 06:40:55 -0500
From: Franz Ferdinand
To: mcox@pcs.cnu.edu
Subject: Franz at NUMBER 1 in the charts!!!

Hello everyone!

This is some good and bad news from Franz Ferdinand, but you can turn
that all around.

Fot those of you that did not know, or didn't believe the rumours, you
can now hear it from us. Franz have been placed at no.2 in the midweek
Top 40 chart count all week, until NOW. Kelis has jumped ahead of us,
but only by 140 ish sales. Seriously, 140 extra copies!

Michelle from Pop Academy Idol (whatever) is at number 1 and making her
owners very happy. Things have become very crazy with Franz Ferdinand
recently, it could only become history in the making for our little
band on a tiny TRULY independent label like Domino to hit number 1.

We all know it's possible to download the track and therefore we let
you download our FIRST single off the site but it would be so great if
everyone on this mailing list grabbed an actual copy. The CD is ?1.99
and the 7" is only 99p. What are you waiting for? BUY! BUY! BUY!
(before Saturday please) and then we will invite as many of you as we
are allowed to Top Of The Pops. If everyone that has downloaded Darts
Of Pleasure went out and bought Take Me Out then we would be number

ps: No members of this band have ever been double glazing salesmen.


Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Sweet Gold. Tracey Gold!!

Oh, Tracey. I'm so glad you didn't get voted out! I have serious grambo/bynes love for this girl!

Celebrity Mole.


Tuesday, January 13, 2004

A Pitchforkian Record Review

what i'm listening to Right Now: Bob Dylan, Live 1966 - I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)

I don't know I if I told you, but I'm wanna those people that are feeding the Franz Ferdinand hype monster. Their album comes out in the UK on Feb. 9th. And I thought I would pop over to Pitchforkmedia.com and see what they had to say about Franz Ferdinand.

Well, they're still looking for writers, and I clicked on that link and seriously considered throwing my hat into that ring of rock pretention.

Then I read the Franz Ferdinand review:

"Strikingly Interpolian as they lunge in alongside a healthy drum..."

Later on, in a blurb for Ellen Allien:

"...Kraftwerkian in its precision..."

Interpolian?? Kraftwerkian???

I don't think I should review records in any published way. A weblog is my own place to take a stand. To be given a record and told to review it seven days later, well, heck, that doesn't sound like fun at all. Sounds like it sucks the fun right out of listening to music.

So I guess I'll just read reviews, and leave the writing of them to the Pitchforkians out there.

Whatevs.org tells his pitchfork story.


Friday, January 09, 2004

Free Carlsonics MP3s

Carlsonics are a cool band from DC.

Here is a cool song they sing:

Tonight we dine on fumes.mp3

And a few more:

Ice People.mp3

Senator Trudge and the Clap Division.mp3


Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Celeb Mole is Back!

Oh crap! Just as I was getting started on my TV-is-evil discussion with Anise, Celeb Mole is back on the air. Looks like two hours of TV a week for me (the other hour being "Less then Perfect" and "King of Queens"). Of course, it might not be any good without Kathy Griffin. We'll see.

I think the world would be a better place if everyone just watched two hours of TV a week.

Oh, and here's my top albums of 2003 list (you see I had to wait till the year was over to post it):

5) Kimya Dawson - My Cute Friend Sweet Princess
Man, I love this!

4) The Sounds - Living in America
See this is a best album list. Every track on this is good.

3) Mando Diao - bring em in
Super surprising late-in-the-year find.

2) The Strokes - Room on Fire
Yep, this is a great album. After "I Can't Win" I'm DYING for more!

1) Longwave - The Strangest Things
YES!!! All you Sorry bastards paid this no mind. But that's why you're all lucky to have me! I'm telling you that "Less than Perfect" is worth your time, and that Longwave's album is the best of the year. Go out see for yourself!


Friday, January 02, 2004

Greatest Week in Rock History

Salon makes it's case for the Greatest Week in Rock History.

As for me, since it's a new year, or so I hear, I wanted to post my own lists that seem to be all the rage this time of year.

Top 5 Live shows I saw in 2003:

5) Oct. 12: Strokes/Kings Of Leon/Regina Spektor in Baltimore
Strokes always put on a good live show, but Regina Spektor and the Kings of Leon are what put this show on the list.

4) Nov 5: Rooney/The Sounds @ the Norva
Awesome show. The Norva is the greatest venue I've been to yet, and it's just across the river! The Sounds opened, and impressed me greatly. I listen to their stuff a lot more than Rooney now. Sorry Rooney. (Although "If it were up to me" by Rooney is one of the best tracks of the year).

3) July 19: Dirtbombs @ Siren Festival, Coney Island
What an adventure this trip was. The 24 Hours in NYC trip. All of Siren was cool, but The Dirtbombs show (on the "small" stage too!) were so great that it gets number 3 on my list.

2) Mar. 19: Mooney Suzuki/Raveonettes/Longwave at America University
The Iraq war deadline was this night. On the campus of American University, a few blocks from the White House. No Cover. Maybe thirty people in the crowd. Watching CNN with Sune from the Raveonettes. Just an amazing night!

1) Oct 7: Kimya Dawson/Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players in Charlottesville
The best discovery of the year for me. Kimya Dawson is an amazing talent! I'm gonna save up and hire her to come play in my town. If I could get a few hundred together, I bet she'd come on down, huh? She could sleep in my spare bedroom, and I could book her into all the local coffee places. I could open the shows with four of five of my songs, and then my friend Paul could play four or five of his, and then Kimya would be the big attraction. Yeah, I bet the William and Mary crowd would dig that. Kimya could probably sell a bunch of cds after the shows. People around here just haven't heard her stuff.

Kimya Dawson was the best show I saw this year.

*Special Mention: Feb 18 Richie Havens @ Starr Hill. The man is a legend, and he don't put on no nostalgia show. This is a modern, relevant, amazing performer!

Ryan Adams Throws Hissy-Fit....Again

Listen to Ryan Adams on Chicago Tribune rock critic's VoiceMail message.

And read Jim's original review.

And read Ryan's response to the answering machine message.

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