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Monday, July 31, 2006

What a very sleepy day.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Can't seem to wake myself up, no matter how much coffee I consume.

Here's the best I can do:

Synth god Jan Hammer's Miami Vice theme missing from new film.

And:

Hasslehoff & KIT rock your shit. (Thanks, MC).

I know, I know: Not so fascinating.

In other news, Kranky just sent me a new disc by a 21-year old Midwestener going by the name Benoit Pioulard. It's not dissimilar to The Contrarian, actually. Maybe a little more gooey/hazy. And better.

I like it.

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Friday, July 28, 2006

Sloganeering, etc.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2006 at 11:39 AM

I saw three great bumper stickers in the last 24 hours, two of which were on the same vehicle.

The first one was yesterday afternoon. It read simply, "If you're in a folk song, DON'T GO TO THE RIVER!"

So true. How many acoustic ballads have ended in romantic tragedy by running water? A damn few, for sure.

The next two I peeped this morning. One said, "Ban Republican Marriage," the other, "Practice Compassionate Impeachment."

Cathy just reminded me of the "Republicans for Voldemort" sticker/tee shirt. Arch.

On another note, I'm realizing that my musical tastes are extremist. On the one hand, I can't get enough of Harry Nilsson ballads. On the other, I think the new Gorgoroth (thanks Chris!) is the best black metal album of all time.

If Stevie Nicks joined Sunn O))), I'd be all set.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Hope, sweet Hope.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2006 at 10:01 AM


Casey + Hope = TLA

Murf over at False 45th has a fine post about the Jesus & Mary Chain, with links to live MP3s.

Seeing Hope Sandoval in J&MCs "Sometime Always" video made me reminisce about the wee lass and her hazy, lazy voice.

Yes indeed, I had a serious crush back in the day. Anyone who says guys don't fantasize about running through the heather chasing butterflies with an ethereal moon pixie are full of shit.

I recently watched an old clip of Mazzy Star performing on "Conan O' Brien." After they finish playing, Conan comes over to congratulate the musicians, as he's wont to do. Hope just stares at him confusedly, like he's got two heads. I swear she was under sedation for the band's entire career. Then again, so was I.

I saw them live in 1994. So lovely and enveloping.

In tribute to the queen of narcotic soft rock:

The day before my birthday, 1994:

Sunday, July 23, 2006

OK- I'm getting obsessed.

Posted By on Sun, Jul 23, 2006 at 6:09 PM

I found this clip of the aforeposted DragonForce on YouTube. It features the band's two guitarists playing the solo to the song "Through Fire and Flames." The best part is that they actually put a box at the bottom of the screen so you can watch their hands close up. What geeks!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Tomorrow.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2006 at 4:12 PM

I wasn't able to editorialize about it in this last issue, but tomorrow there's a fun little concert at Battery Park. It's called "Art Zoo," and features Anna Pardenik, Rob Koier, Momster, the 78s, Magic Sparkle, the Cush, and more.

I'll definitely be there. It's right by my house, so I can stumble out in my bathrobe, BW style.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Thine Chalice Runneth Over.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2006 at 11:00 AM


"wheedle-ee-wheedle-ee-wheedle-ee!"

I've always found "power metal" (or "adventure metal," as it's sometimes known) to be the most ridiculous of hard-rock genres. With all their neo-classical riffing and quasi-operatic vocals, bands of this variety are practically begging to be poked fun at.

Still, I admit to being compelled by D&D-inspired rockers. What would make a man (or woman) sing of wizards and battlements, anyway? The answer may never be clear. At least not to me.

Yesterday, while struggling to choose the spotlights for next week's issue, I discovered that British power metallers DragonForce are playing at Higher Ground. It's in the Ballroom, so they must be expecting some kind of turnout. I had no idea this kind of sound was a draw in sleepy Vermont. Maybe there are orcs in these here hills.

Anyway, here's one of their tunes: "Through the Fire & Flames"

It's totally goofy, no?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Ups, downs and back-arounds.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2006 at 1:49 PM

I recently reconnected with my old friend and musical mentor Mark G. Cooley. To say he was a major influence on me is putting it mildly. From Sonic Youth to Segovia, the dude primed me for a life in music.

Mark is one of the most humble, talented and gracious individuals I've known in my entire life. Close to the only one!

I fell out of touch with him at least ten years ago, due to geographical distance and personal negligence. In the meantime, he's had gallery installations all over the country, and continues to create and record some mighty fine music. As a matter of fact, it's a lot like the shit I've been listening to over the last few years.

Anyway, I'm gonna hang out with him in a couple of weeks, and we're getting ready to start a long-distance musical collaboration that I'm guessing may be the greatest thing ever put to hard drive. If it goes well, I'm actually gonna push it a lot further than B-town, where I rarely push at all.

So that's cool.

But everything else is a pain in the ass: tracking down photos of bands for the paper (sometimes harder than you can imagine), meeting deadlines, and generally trying to stay above water. I've also been having a hard time getting hold of people who I need to do some basic business with.

But here is here, and now is now.

Someday — and hopefully not too long — we'll be in a different space entirely. Looking forward to that.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Rock Opera tonite.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2006 at 11:40 AM

Steve Tremblay of Cave Bees is playing his epic song cycle "Famous Alligator" tonight at 1/2 Lounge. Chances are I'll be at Higher Ground for Konono no. 1, but it's a tough call. The fact that I'm nearly broke will likely be a factor in my decision. Drinks at Half are kinda pricey.

Here's more info, straight from the horse's mouth:

Hey everybody,
please come down to the AIR CONDITIONED 1/2 bar on
Tuesday to see Steve play his rock opera, FAMOUS
ALLIGATOR in its entirety.

There will be booklets available containing all the
pertinent information (character descriptions, lyrics,
which character is singing what), so you can read
along and find out what this rock opera is all about.

Fans of the CAVE BEES will recognize about half of the
songs from the rock opera, as they make up about 3/4
of the CAVE BEES set.

Famous Alligator is written in 3 acts, and between
acts there will be intermission entertainment provided
by MORTAL WOUND AND THE BOBOS, Chris Beneke's one-man
garage band.

This gig was only listed in the paper as MORTAL WOUND
AND THE BOBOS, so I'd appreciate it if you'd all
forward this along to all the local rock supporters to
get the word out.(thanks)

Come on down, 7/18 Tuesday night 9pm, to the 1/2
lounge at 136 1/2 Church st., Burlington.

yours in rock,
Steve

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Far out git-box.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2006 at 11:31 AM

EO blogs about the TRITARE!

I better start savin' up.

A chunk o' random.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2006 at 9:55 AM

I wonder if any of my blog readership attended the Trey/Mike/Phil Lesh & His Hired Guns concert at the fairgrounds last night. Heard it was pretty muddy. The Godz of Jam must have a rule that all such shows Shall Be Rained On.

Anyway, here are a couple of related tidbits:

Last night when I got home, I discovered a credit card "pre-approval" letter in my mailbox. Nothing strange there, I get 'em every day. The weird thing is that it was for an American Express Business Gold Rewards Card.

Stranger still was its intended recipient:

Phish
XX X Street
Burlington, VT
05401

Yep, that's my address, with critical details omitted for "security" reasons. I don't trust you internet lot.

But why was it for a defunct B-town jam band? A depraved joke, or cosmic coincidence? And why did it arrive on the eve of Anastasio and Gordon's local performance?

I think I'm gonna torch the sucker. It's bad juju.

Onwards. I found out via The Onion's pop culture blog "The Hater" that psychotic, right-wing bimbo Anne Coulter was a Deadhead in college. This doesn't actually surprise me. In fact, the spoiled-rotten, whitebread, trust fund assholes clamoring around that scene in the late '80s and early '90s kept me from listening to the band for at least a decade.

Completely unrelated:

I received an e-mail this morning from one KM, with the subject line "I used to love the outro music to WKRP in Cincinatti." That's a reference to a post from back in April.

Its author claims to have "played that guitar."

Is that you, Mr. Meaker? If so, great work!

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