Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Crime and Punishment

All the clamoring for me to come back and post some more has not fallen on deaf ears, so here I am.

Thought it best to start out light with a little soccer news:

Carlos Tevez, the 22 year old Argentinian forward, has been subjected to a truly bizarre punishment for his walk out at London club West Ham this weekend. Check it out here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Wilco's Tweedy slaps rowdy fan at Missouri show

Sounds like it's really true: apparently last night at a show in Springfield, MO, Wilco leadsinger/Stalinist Jeff Tweedy grabbed a fan by the throat and then slapped him. The fan had made his way onto the stage and moved towards Tweedy, apparently to kiss his cheek. Read more about it here.

Hopefully one of few hundred folks who bought Wilco tickets for Wednesday's 930 Club show in the 4 minute window before they sold out, only to resale them at triple their face value, will suffer a similar fate.

DAM! Festival in DC next week

Those of you residing in the DC area take note -- an excellent lineup of shows is coming to town courtesy of the DAM! Festival (standing for District's Awake! Music Festival, which, I'm guessing, is a spin on the Postal Service track). I'll hopefully be covering some of it for the DCist, but amongst the highlights are Bishop Allen and the Oranges Band. I've gotten into the latter recently, via a copy of The World and Everything In It, courtesy of my younger sister. And, best of all, c/s folk hero Craig Finn gives them a ringing endorsement. I'll let some fellow Kentuckians tell you about Bishop Allen at MOKB and YANP.

But that's not all. Check out the DAM! website for more details here.

Something to sample:
The Oranges Band - Ride the Nuclear Wave

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Hold Steady c/s review on DCist

The fine folks at the DCist keep posting my concert reviews, and I greatly appreciate it.

I went to see the Hold Steady at Ottobar in Baltimore on Monday and did a review for them. First off, Ottobar is a great little place -- cheap Natty Boh and Pabst, good sound system, really intimate, easy to park on the street nearby. Second, the Hold Steady were terrific. Big Sleep opened up and I'd describe them as "abrasive". Sean Na Na -- a sort of musical alter ego of Har Mar Superstar -- and played a very good punk/pop set, equally informed my the Jam and the Lemonheads.

For more, you can find my full review of the Hold Steady's set here.

I link to them a lot, you should also, be sure to check out the full DCist page regularly for all that's going on inside the Beltway.

Fox labels Mark Foley as a Dem

There will surely be plenty of folks calling this an honest mistake, and maybe it is. But given that former Congressman Mark Foley wasn't exactly a household name, it seems either a very convenient one or a case of downright deception.

Fox News showed graphics yesterday labelling -- literally -- Foley as a Democrat. This, of course, comes on the heels of his resignation following a scandal involving a 16 year old House Page.

Fox labels Mark Foley as a Democrat

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

New Hold Steady and Polyphonic Spree

As we eagerly count down to Tuesday's release of the Hold Steady's much-awaited follow up to Separation Sunday, Boys and Girls in America , I found another track from the upcoming album.

This one's a bit of a departure. Yes, those are strings, and yes, it sorta sounds like Ben Folds. It's a bit of a departure, but I had been expecting some more complex arrangements to compliment their usual bar band stuff. Even if you don't like it initially, stick with it until the end.

The Hold Steady - "First Night"

Also recently discovered that Tim Delaughter's current band, Polyphonic Spree, have covered his old band, Tripping Daisy, on their just released Wait EP. The song is "Sonic Bloom", a true all time favorite. It comes from the Daisy's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, which is a true underrated power-pop classic if there ever was one. It also fits his new group well, as there's lots of room for backup vocals and Penny Lane horn flourishes.

Polyphonic Spree - "Sonic Bloom"

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Thin Lizzy Lives!

Pitchfork -- ever vigilant and omnipresent -- beat (most of) the rest of us to another band, Brooklyn's Thin Lizzy devotees Stylofone. They just reviewed a new cut from them called "Helen Keller". I'll confirm all the rumors and tell you that they really do sound a lot like Thin Lizzy. Beyond that, there isn't a lot more to share. Where the Hold Steady copped some Lizzy licks and maybe a lead part or two, Stylofone take almost everyting. But I still like it. A lot.

Stylofone MySpace page (three songs streaming)

Also, the Riff Market blog has a hilarious little thing on how Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll Part 2" has been banned from NFL stadia. Check it out here.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Rehashed Treasures: Jeff Tweedy DVD

Just caught the trailer for the new Jeff Tweedy DVD, Sunken Treasure: Live in the Pacific Northwest. View it yourself here. Did you like I Am Trying to Break Your Heart? Did you buy it on DVD? How many times have you seen the outtakes? If you answered "not enough" to this last question, the Sunken Treasure filmmakers are thankful indeed. Yes, the trailer for this latest Wilco-related release bears a strong resemblance to IATTBYH. In addition to the new film's title track (played solo, also in the Pacific Northwest, on IATTBYH), it appears this one will include other similarities like scenes driving in cars, Tweedy's wry sense of humor on the streets, and lots of fascination with geometrically-oriented shots of our nation's cities in gloomy weather.

But seriously, I will no doubt see this movie, probably enjoy it a lot, and maybe even buy it. Even though I'm still pretty angry about their DC show selling out in 4 minutes. To hell with you folks (I didn't post that, by the way) on Craigslist who scarfed up all the tickets only to scalp them and make some easy cash. I'm boycotting.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

TV on the Radio on mp3 on various blogs...

Stopped by a local record store the other day and sampled some of TV on the Radio's latest release, Return to Cookie Mountain. Always one of those bands I'd enjoy hearing on a college radio station or something but never something I'd pursue, the track "Wolf Like Me" has me reconsidering. Yes, it's rife with the same hyper-seriousness I just got done lamenting last week, but there's something more in there. The production is fussy and busy, almost hiding the melody behind a layer of static. But it's there, and while the guitars sound a little too familiar, it's more bombastic than anything Wolf Parade, Interpol, or the Dears have put out.

TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me

Whole Wide World: Coup in Thailand

Just got word that tanks have appeared in Bangkok, a possible military coup. Right now there ain't a lot happening on the wires, but the BBC has this. Drudge Report also links to something on Breitbart here.

I'll save you the time of actually following those links if you like: China's official news agency has reported movements of the Thai 3rd and 5th Army areas' four battalions. Though supposedly simply some kind of "personnel rotation", the BBC is saying this morning that tanks have appeared in Bangkok. I'll try to keep updating, but stay tuned to Drudge and BBC for details.

*It's been a while since I've done a segment of Whole Wide World, so here you go:

Whole Wide World...

PAPUA NEW GUINEA - This country of 5.9 million people is the world's most linguistically diverse, with over 700 native tongues. Only 1% of the land is currently fit for cash crops. There's lots of rain forest, which means lots of lumber, which means lots of environmentalist groups crying foul, lots of dangerous-run off and erosion. Gold and copper resources haven't been accessed. The country still maintains very close ties with Australia, which governed the island state until 1975. The capital is Port Moresby and the Gross Nat'l Income per capita is 660 bucks.