Friday, April 30, 2010
This is a real thing that is real:
Some new jams:
Band is "Freelance Whales" and the album is 'Weathervanes'
Do not listen if you don't like Fleet Foxes making out with The Postal Service in a used instruments pawnshop/defunct Radio Shack while the Beach Boys' "Wild Honey" LP plays on a turntable in the background.
Also: Band is "Free Energy" and album is 'Stuck on Nothing'
Sounds like Fountains of Wayne borrowed John Oates' mustache and then re-recorded Boston's first album.
Bonus: super-cute video with the aforementioned awesome mustache
This drunk guy is trying REALLY hard to get his flip-flop on.
(in this case “getting his flip-flop on” has nothing to do with sex or dancing,
he really just can’t get his sandal on his foot.)
What's that? Christina Hendricks is the Sexiest Woman alive?
Some of us knew this years ago when she fake married Captain Tightpants.
ICP now hawking Glade Plug-ins:
"Its all around you and you don't even know it."
New Hold Steady album is streaming at NPR.
Didn't grab me at first but I was also sober and at work. I'll try it again under proper laboratory conditions.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Record Store Day is this weekend.
What does this mean for me? Well I'll tell you again. One of my earliest pre-teen memories was going to a record store that was the Wazoo Annex which was on State Street in Ann Arbor across from Lane Hall (above what is now BW3 but was once In Flight and the Cat's Meow and a bunch of other crazy shit) with my dad.
We were looking for Black Sabbath's Paranoid on vinyl (not 8-Track which was the other option at the time). It had a pink circular sticker on it that said "3-" and I remember taking it home, pulling the LP out of the sleeve, and queuing up Iron Man for the first time.
This was the first Record Store experience that my mental database remembers and I never want that possibility to be denied to other grumpy white kids.
If you are looking for a good spot, I recommend Underground Sounds in Ann Arbor right next to Afternoon Delight...Liberty and whatever that is...across from the Post Office. I worked for the owner, Matt Bradish, (christ) 17 years ago at That Total Age records in Ypsilanti. He's still going and his store is better than ever.
I'm likely going to pick up:
Vampire Weekend - "Contra"
Massive Attack - "Heligoland"
Mumford & Sons - "Sigh No More"
The Hold Steady - "Heaven Is Whenever" (This comes out in May, but figured I'd add it to the wish list)
Black Keys - "Attack & Release"
Rogue Wave - "Permalight"
Drive-By Truckers - "The Big To-Do"
Laura Marling - "I Speak Because I Can"
matt pond pa - "The Dark Leaves"
and then whatever else catches my eye.
I get a whole lot of music that streams into my face free of charge due to the career choices I've made, the availability of the internets and the friends I have. When I drop $40, $80, $100 at a real honest-to-golly record store once every 6 months, I never have buyer's remorse. I always feel like I am supporting the machine that I still want to pay into.
I'm not lining the coffers of the fat-cats at the record labels or the glitzy A&R men, I feel like I'm supporting a community service...the old-school record store that we remember running off to after school with our allowance money.
whatever I can do to make it so my son has the same opportunity (to buy MP3s or plug the input directly into the medulla oblongata...I don't fucking care)...to go down to Matt's store and buy some hip-hop/AvantGrime/BlackDeathMetal record that I'll hate. That's what I want.
Cool stuff that will be available:
Monsters of Folk - Double LP set on clear blue vinyl (2,000 available)
Wilco - Kicking Television deluxe package vinyl reissue box set with 4 LPs, 8 extra tracks, and extra CD (1,000 available)
TV On The Radio - vinyl reissue of Dear Science with bonus Hot Chip remix plus MP3 download.
Soundgarden - reissue of 1987 debut single "Hunted Down" b/w "Nothing to Say", on orange translucent vinyl
Superchunk - "Misfits and Mistakes" b/w "Misfits and Mistakes" (Meatwad Version) Originally released in 2007 in extremely limited quantity, "Misfits and Mistakes" is the first and only picture disc we have ever produced. Recorded for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, "Misfits and Mistakes" is performed by Superchunk and covered on side B by Meatwad himself! Each 7-inch picture disc arrives in stores autographed by all four members of Superchunk and is available at a special price exclusively for Record Store Day!
ARCTIC MONKEYS – MY PROPELLER 10”
BLACK KEYS – TIGHTEN UP 12”
BUILT TO SPILL – WATER SLEEPERS 7”
COSTELLO, ELVIS – LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD HIGH 7”
DA – EXCLAMATION POINT LP
DEVO – DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE LP
DEVO – DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE CD
DOORS – PEOPLE ARE STRANGE 7”
DRIVE BY TRUCKERS –YOUR WOMAN IS A LIVING THING 7”
ERICKSON, ROKY & OKKERVIL RIVER – TRUE LOVE CAST OUT ALL EVIL LP
FANFARLO – YOU ARE ONE OF THE FEW OUTSIDE 7”
FLAMING LIPS – DARK SIDE OF THE MOON LP
FLOGGING MOLLY – DEVIL’S DANCE FLOOR 7”
FOUR TET – SING 12”
GAINSBOURG, CHARLOTTE – HEAVEN CAN WAIT 7”
JAPANDROIDS – POST-NOTHING LP white vinyl
JENNINGS, SHOOTER – DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS CD
KUTI, FELA – FELA FELA FEL 10”
JAPANDROIDS – ARTS & CZARS 7”
MAGNETIC FIELDS – 69 LOVE SONGS 10” box set
MASTODON – BLOOD MOUNTAIN LP colored vinyl
MASTODON – BLOOD MOUNTAIN LP deluxe on 45rpm vinyl
MUSE – EXOGENESIS 12”
OF MONTREAL – BACK TO SCHOOL 7”
PHOENIX – FENCES 12”
RAMONES – MANIA LP
RODRIGUEZ – INNER CITY BLUES 7”
SEA WOLF – GET TO THE RIVER BEFORE IT RUNS TOO LOW 10”
SOFT PACK – SOFT PACK 7” box set of the entire album
SONIC YOUTH – HITS ARE FOR SQUARES LP
STRUMMER, JOE – GLOBAL A-GO-GO LP
STRUMMER, JOE – STREETCORE LP
TEGAN & SARA – AOL SESSIONS 7”
TV ON THE RADIO – DEAR SCIENCE LP
WAITS, TOM – MULE VARIATIONS LP 180 gram limited edition
WHITE RABBITS / ANTLERS – SPLIT 7”
WILCO – KICKING TELEVISION LP box set
YEAH YEAH YEAHS / SKELETONS – SPLIT 7”
YOUNG, NEIL – HEART OF GOLD 7”
Underground Sounds (Ann Arbor)
255 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Also entertaining: His YouTube Comments:
"Dude, are you writing comments? to yourself using different accounts, and then replying to your own comments?"
Some fun photos and quotes from the new Entertainment Weekly about filming Empire:
"Eric Idle had just returned from Tunisia, where Monty Python were shooting Life of Brian. And he bought over what I believe he called 'Tunisian Table-Cleaner', which was a beverage. Well, Harrison came over and The Rolling Stones came over, and I think we stayed up most of the night. So when we arrived at Cloud City, we were very happy." - Carrie Fisher
The Name Of The Year 2010 brackets are available now.
Who will win?
Dirk Cool or Nojay Nimpson?
Roy Spancake or Dr. Speedy Nutz?
Magnum Rolle or Gregor Schwinghammer Jr.?
Charity Beaver or Lolita Respectnothing?
2009 Juvyline Cubangbang (NOTY High Committee)
2009 Barkevious Mingo (The People)
2008 Destiny Frankenstein (NOTY High Committee)
2008 Spaceman Africa (The People)
2007 Vanilla Dong
2006 Princess Nocandy
2005 Tanqueray Beavers
2004 Jerome Fruithandler
2003 Jew Don Boney Jr.
2002 Miracle Wanzo
2001 Tokyo Sexwale
2000 Nimrod Weiselfish
1999 Licentious Beastie (INVALIDATED 2006; Runner-up: Dick Surprise)
1998 L.A. St. Louis
1997 Courage Shabalala
1996 Honka Monka
1995 Ballots missing
1994 Mummenschontz Bitterbeetle (INVALIDATED 2006; Runner-up: Scientific Mapp)
1993 Crescent Dragonwagon
1992 Excellent Raymond
1992 Assumption Bulltron (Name of the Decade)
1991 Doby Chrotchtangle
1990 Otis Overcash
1989 Magnus Pelkowski
1985 Godfrey Sithole
1983 Hector Camacho
Inge = T1000
The Hold Steady have a couple new tunes on some website called MySpace and will be Performing on Letterman and Colbert in upcoming weeks.
The Hold Steady will perform on The Late Show with David Letterman on Friday, April 30, and sit down for an interview as well as perform on The Colbert Report Thursday, May 14. The band will play songs from their new album Heaven Is Whenever, out May 4 on Vagrant Records.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Some photos of Dolly Parton