Sunday, November 28, 2004

Lucky B@stard!

Hey, you gotta check out Chad's pictures from the Von Bondies show I missed in Richmond last Tues.

I can't believe it! I blew this one so bad! I shoulda been there!!

The best part is that my beloved Don (the drummer who I have a platonic crush on) is wearing a...Rogers Sisters shirt! I just fell in love with them Monday!

Check his pics here.


Wednesday, November 24, 2004


I missed the Von Bondies. Check it.


Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Pics from the Hives Show

what i'm listening to Right Now: CBS - The Amazing Race
(Click pics to make bigger. Hit your "Back" button to come back here.)

Ready to Rock? Yes we are. Posted by Hello

The real surprise of the night was discovering The Rogers Sisters. Posted by Hello

See how much the bassist guy was jumping around. He was great. At first we were upstairs sitting at one of the tables. They went on and they sounded bad. The sound sucked. But when we slipped back downstairs, low and behold! Bass!! You couldn't hear it right upstairs. Downstairs was better and the way they were all into it and the way each of their voices swirled around a song was great. I bought their CD at the merch table. They were all there. I should of had them sign it. Posted by Hello

Howlin' Pelle Posted by Hello

We were wipin' Pelle spittle off our brows we were so close. Jaime gave him a high-five. Posted by Hello

They were in their snappy suits. I don't know how they put on that much show every night, but I'm glad they do. Posted by Hello

The crowd was singing along to every song. They were louder than the band, and my ears are still ringing...from the sweaty high school kids yelling in my ears! I'm hoarse from yelling, and my leg muscles hurt from jumping around. I'll never get too old for this.

Here is a Hives number I like off their recent album, Tyranosaurus Hives:

The Hives - A Little More for Little You.mp3 (2.1 megs)

I (still) Heart Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell was the voice of the teenage girl in "The Incredibles"! I thought it was her so I stayed and watched the credits. It was her.

So I popped over to her website and saw that she has a new book coming out in April. Listen to some of her This American Life stuff. She wrote for Spin, and wrote a book about listening to the radio called "Radio On".


Monday, November 22, 2004

America Loves the Hives

With tickets awaiting me at the all powerfull will-call window, I wonder if I will be the same plaid-clad fella tomorrow. When I next wake, will I be able to sit in the hippest cube in America and move the same papers from one pile to the other only to move them back again next week?

Today I can say with certainty, "I have never seen the Hives live." Soon that will change. Soon, I fear, I will only be able to communicate through morse code blinks. A comatose foggy malaise will drift over me and overtake what is left of my life. I fear, dear readers, that the anticipation of the Hives has been so prevalent for so long that I will not be able to handle tomorrow. I'll have to substitute memory for anticipation, and I'm an anticipation junkie (my one vice).

I'll soon need a new fix, but for now, I'll just enjoy the blood-boiling, fiery-furnace I'm sitting on. Wish me luck.


Sunday, November 21, 2004

One, Two, Three, Fourteen


My whole life I thought "The Edge" played bass in U2.

You learn something new every day.


Saturday, November 20, 2004

Missed Nellie

Well, my stooopid VCR stopped recording after 20 minutes of the Late, Late Show, and natch, I was hoping the VCR would capture it as I was planning to sleep through the original broadcast. Oh, well.

"Don't Turn Out the Ligheeeeeeeets. Eyauo-Eyauo-Eya." That song is still in my head for some reason.


Thursday, November 18, 2004

Nellie McKay on Late Late Show Tonight

Nelly Makai (oops, Nellie McKay), remember her? How old was she again?

I was listening to her again just this morning, and then I decided to check out her website to see what she is up to. She is going to sing "Sari" on the Late Late Show on CBS tonight. I'll have to check that out. Although, D.L. Hughley was a horrible guest host last time. Has Amy Sedaris guest-hosted yet?

Test, Test


Alright, so this Rhapsody player is pretty cool. It hasn't got any less cool since I typed the same statement a few weeks ago. After Mr. McGirt died, they had an ODB sampler right up on their homepage. That's pretty cool dope fresh.

They don't have everything of course. Like when I want to hear the rest of the Arcade Fire album, but they don't have it. But they did have Elefant which came in handy recently. And they have some Mountain Goats, Fiery Furnaces, and Ted Leo (almost everyone on this top 40).

So Rhapsody has this feature wherein you select "Blog Track..." and it sticks that link up there. If you click it, you can see what track I was listening to this morning, shortly after dressing. If you are a Rhapsody subscriber, you can click on it, and low and behold, it'll play that song. Any other Rhapsody folks out there?


Here's a track for you non-Rhapsody folks:

Enrique Iglesias - Don't Turn Out The Lights.mp3 (3.1 megs)

"Don't Turn Out the Ligheeeeeeeets. Eyauo-Eyauo-Eya."


Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Posted by Hello
Elefant at the Norva. I didn't bring my "good" camera for some odd reason but I have this cell phone version.

Everytime I read the word "Elefant" it reminds me of this kids poem my mom used to tell. I found it on the internets and it includes a wicked midi version of "Baby Elephant Walk." It plays in my Opera web browser but not I.E. Check your speaker volume just in case. 

Eletelephony By Laura E. Richards

Update: Click here for the Midi "Baby Elephant Walk"


Monday, November 15, 2004

"Dylan Song Seen as Threatening President Bush"

ABC News: School Talent Show Draws Secret Service


Sunday, November 14, 2004

Things to Buy; To Be like Me, This past Week

Boy howdy, I love that Amy Poelher (Poler, Poehler????) I'm watching SNL, awaiting Modest Mouse. I'm surprisingly excited as I know nuttin aboot them as live performers. Guess I won't be able to say that after a few more sketches and a Weekend Update.

I felt like being a consumer this past week. Had to do my part to add some spark and vitality to our stagnant economy. For you see, I've been attacked by an intense malaise lately. Something about the chill of winter mixed with the stress of buying my first home, mixed with this stagnant economy....and you can see how this is a vicious cycle.

First up was "Bob Dylan and The Beatles" by "The Blacklisted Journalist" Al Aronowitz. I've linked this fella before (a couple times before, if you're a long-time reader).

Al Aronowitz was the first manager of the Velvet Underground.

Anywho, his Volume One is just a book that contains articles from the website I just linked. His website is the most un-comprehensible piece of bull-shite I've ever "surfed" but with stories like how Bob Dylan wrote Mr. Tambourine Man in his kitchen....well...it's worth the hassle. It cost me 25 (+ shipping) but now I don't have to slog that silly website to find the articles.

"Mr. Tambourine Man" played on the DVD I watched today. It was called "Breakfast with Hunter." Ahhhhh, I have seen the Owl Farm.

The best part for me (a guy who is reading The Great Gatsby for the first time (a printing from 1953 though)) was the "extras" menu with excerpts of the editing of "Fear And Loathing in America". "The Proud Highway" is better though (although F&L in America opens with the great "year of the hippy" article in which Hunty declares "Mr. Tambourine Man" to be the hippy national anthem).
Holy crap, this "Deaf Comedian" premise on Weekend Update is brilliant!!!!! Maybe not funny, but smart. You can't always get what you want, sometimes you get what you need.


O.K. Well I've been wanting to post this Enrique Iglesias cut, but now I've been talking about Mr. Tambourine Man all through this post. But Mr. Tambourine Man is 6 megs and I don't have 6 megs free right this second....BUT I remembered this review I wrote for Snap and Clap that ended up not running, and since I worked hard on it and would hate to see it got to waste, here it is:

Dylan at the Norva - Review.rtf Rich Text Format (5Kb)


Thursday, November 11, 2004

This Post is Un-Ironically Cool

Historical inaccuracies in a galaxy far, far away.


Tuesday, November 09, 2004

"Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride"

The Good Doctor comments on this election.


Monday, November 08, 2004

VB's on MNF

I heard the Von Bondies "Cmon Cmon" on a promo for Monday Night Football tonight. I miss that song. I will listen to that album tomorrow in the hippest cube in America. I've been listening to a lot of Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Dean Martin, and Tito Puente this past few weeks.

They are coming to Richmond's Canal Club on Nov. 23rd. With their new bassist no doubt. The Hives on the 22nd. PLUS/MINUS this pretty cool indie band called Saturday Looks Good to Me is playing in Richmond.

Oh crap I just remembered Elefant and Delegate are coming to town on Nov 15 so I better get ready for that one. Check out endingeast.com for some FREE mp3s from them.

That could mean three shows in one month, plus I have to pay for my out of state hunting license in order to kill legally up in West Virginia. All this and I might be buying this little yellow house i'm sitting in. I might have to be a bit tighter with my bread this winter.

Here is a super great song from my childhood:

They Might Be Giants - Dead.mp3 (2.5megs)

Buy one of my favorite albums of all time, They Might Be Giants Flood @ Amazon or iTunes


Thursday, November 04, 2004

Free Music...Literally

Tonight on Conan the Music is playing. The Music is also the free download this week on iTunes. It's pretty good. Guns n Roses-esqe? 80's hair-metal at least. But sometimes that's what you need. "It ain't where you're from that counts, it's where you're going." -- said the rodeo cowboy to Ramblin Jack Elliot (who's still touring!!).

More important (if there is something more important than rock n roll, it's comedy) Sarah Vowell will be on Conan Friday, Nov 5. I Heart Sarah Vowell. Also, Andrew Sullivan will be on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher Friday night. Federalism is our only hope.


And Congrats to My Blog is Poop on his promotion.


Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Times are tough

what i'm listening to Right Now: Abcnews - Vote 2004

Whew. That's all I can say. I'm scared to wake up tomorrow.


I heard Interpol on my local alternative rock station. "Mr. Brightside" by the Killers was playing the other day. This is is good, but bad too.

Good because my fellow NewportNews-ians are hearing the good stuff, but bad because I started this blog based on how hard it is to find out about all this great music. Back in the day I took 10 hour round trips to see the Strokes in Baltimore. I saw them at the Norva the other month. EndingEast.com is a angel though and we all need to support him. Wait, why is this bad? Never mind!

If you're local, send me a comment and let me know you read. I know Kate, from Virgina Beach, Joe from Newport News, and Paul from Williamsburg. Is the target audiance of this blog here my wife and friends? Most likely, huh?

Anywho.......I'm just feeling depressed thinking of what I might wake up to. Either way, no matter who wins, I already have reservations for a hotel room on Inauguration Day. I had a blast at the last one.


I wish I had more RnR for you. I do have this one little thing. The other week.....uh....two weeks ago sweet-lisa scored FREE tickets to a Incubus show. Not that she cared much for Incubus. Ben Kweller was opening!! I didn't even hear about this show and neither did she till she got lucky enough to score free tickets (he was apparantly replacing The Vines). Now sweet-lisa is a HUGE Ben Kweller fan and she turned me on to all his stuff. Well, I wrote a song about what happened to her that night.

Email me to hear how Kweller didn't make it to the show.Ben Kweller Never Showed by Matthew Cox.mp3 (3.1Mbps)

This is my first experiment with GarageBand on my new PowerBook. Echo-y huh? Too bad GarageBand doesn't have pitch-correction though.

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