the kids would all sing, he would take the wrong key


Soul Asylum was in town here in Boston for Earthfest, a music/greening festival hosted by WBOS. With only a few hours of hard labor to put in on Saturday, Tommy Stinson (now on bass for SA) and Dave Pirner sandwiched in some play – and playing – at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain at the Figgs sold-out two-night stand.

First night, Stinson got up on bass for a few Figgs songs, including the oui-c’est bon Hayes tune, “Je T’Adore.” Second night, vid below, Stinson got up to do “My Generation,” which Soul Asylum, errr, semi-stumbled through earlier in the day at the Hatch Shell. This is semi-stumbled, too, in that perfect hole in the wall rock haunt kind of way, but with ohhhhh a couple hundred thousand fewer people were looking on. They also did the Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks,” which, save the digital monkey comments, cuts off. Pirner only jumped up momentarily during the night, on either “Happy Jack” or “Bungalow Bill” I forget.


I know there are some Figgs fans on here so I’ll try to post some of the other vids. You’ll also be glad to know our good buddy Brad of Bradley’s Almanac was at the show (fucker owes me $13 and a review of “Palais”) will be posting a full aud recording of the show in the near or far future. Good things come to those who wait (and those who buy Figgs records).

new stuff from a hawk and a hacksaw

A HAWK AND A HACKSAW: I am not a gambling man from Home is Wherever You Are on Vimeo.

i am not a gambling man

hey right here! the sun here in new orleans, to co-op a boston term, is wicked hot. yet, i sit here in the africa-like heat. i just got around to listening to a hawk and a hacksaw’s latest release, delivrance. it was released either this past week, or the week before, via the leaf. for those that dont know, a hawk and a hacksaw is comprised of ex-neutral milk hotel drummer, jeremy barnes, and violinist, heather trost. either you will totally dig their balkan/eastern european ways, or you wont. i dont think there’s any in between. i definitely fall into the former camp.

both videos were filmed by john longmire in a ahaah’s native land of new mexico.

raggle taggle

A HAWK AND A HACKSAW: Raggle Taggle from Home is Wherever You Are on Vimeo.

son volt's down to the wire


evening, everyone. i am going to partake in some grilling of brats and drinking of beer, but wanted to pass this along to ya. this being the first single off son volt’s most excellent upcoming release american central dust. i have been listening to it for the past 2/3 weeks and i gotta say, me thinks this is one of farrar’s best. american central dust is due out on 7.7 via rounder. y’all have a great night, and be safe!

down to the wire

hayden's the place where we lived


paul hayden desser aka hayden, is nothing if not consistent. not like some people i know – see below. i have listened to, and continue to with semi-regularity, every record that he’s put out since his debut, everything i long for. they are all good to great records and dont try to be something that they’re not. he’s not changing up the formula, he’s not challenging the listener, he’s just doing what he does and thats ok.

his latest, the place where we live, was released this past tuesday, 5.26. its everything you have come to expect from a hayden record. to be honest i find that pretty comforting.

the place where we lived

dan auerbach's heartbroken in disrepair video

i have always kinda liked the black keys, but never really “got em.” whats there to “get” you ask? shit i dont know? the point i am getting at is that auerbach’s recently released keep it hid, i get, or something that resembles “getting.” in fact its pretty damn awesome, and that up there is the video for one of my favorite songs of the year “heartbroken in disrepair.”

magnolia electric co's josephine

photo by will claytor

who is close to, if not, tops on my list of most frustrating musicians? yay! you guessed correctly! jason molina, to me, is either freakin brilliant or, well, the complete opposite. you just never know what you are going to get with him, which can either be looked at as exciting or a disappointment waiting in the wings. i will say, he’s more brilliant than the opposite, but why cant he be awesome all the time? he’s got it in him, for christ sakes.

enough of that, he’s got a new record coming out on secretly canadian called josephine on 7.21 – steve albini engineered the affair. more about the record here via secretly canadian, and he sat down with someone from pfork to talk about what he’s been up to. apparently he’s got 6 records in the can, including the highly anticipated, at least by me, record with will johnson. that record is due out in november – thats what i was told via centro-matic’s recent q&a session on twitter.


hey, they’re touring! no new orleans! fuckers!
07/10 – Bloomington, IN @ Russian Recording *
07/11 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas *
07/12 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout *
07/14 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House *
07/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Andy Warhol Museum *
07/16 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk *
07/17 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East *
07/18 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse *
07/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Pool Party *
07/20 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
07/21 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 *
07/22 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club *
07/23 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone *
07/24 – Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves *
07/25 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk *
07/27 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture *
07/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo *
07/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *
07/31 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir *
08/01 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile *
08/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
08/04 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive *
08/05 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar *
08/06 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room *
08/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
08/08 – Dubuque, IA @ Busted Lift *
* w/ The Donkeys

music blog: the label


i, at one time, wanted to start my own label, but i had to be honest with myself and admit that i dont have that kind of freakin time to dedicate to something like that. as much as i would love to venture into something like that, i just dont need another distraction that could lead to another mild obsession. i still may try to put out a few things here and there, but nothing like the scope that i would ideally like to get into.

some of my fellow constituents have done just that, parlayed their respective blogger success into starting up their own label. each label has their own pricing structure, but usually run from a mere 3 bucks to $10 with some pretty even featuring some awesome silkscreened covers, bonus discs, dvd’s, etc. not too shabby of a deal if you axe me. here’s a rundown of a few blog/blog labels that i know of – i am sure there are more.

the catbirdseat / catbird records

george washington brown myspace / catbird records
a guess, rewind off ep

maneshevitz myspace / catbird records
dead birds off east to east

moviola site / catbird records
rudy off dead knowledge

matthew sawyer and the ghosts myspace / catbird records
penny falls of blue birds blood

maestro echoplex myspace / catbird records
my eyes are disconnected from my head disconnected from my body off last night i saw god on the dance floor

mp3hugger / indiecater

the rest on indiecater
walk on water off everyone all at once

the very most myspace / indiecater
you’re in love with the sun off summer ep

south ambulance via indiecater
davey crockett off ep #4

mumblin deaf ro via indiecater
the hero is a graduate off senor, my friend

75 or less / 75 or less records

coma coma myspace
4th of july off live at jakes

coltrane motion site
the year with out summer off the year without summer

propellers myspace
lifted off 2

minky starshine* myspace *i wrote about these guys before, great stuff
good to me off unidentified hit record
millennium wheel

suicide bill and the liquors* myspace *also real good stuff
original lonely off a little bit….burned?
alligator arms

aquarium drunkard
/ autumntone

le switch site / autumn tone
living in another world off and now…le switch
monkberry moon delight off ad’s ram on la

travel by sea site / autumn tone
when it slowly fades
truth was
the backseat of my car off ram on la

sharon van etten's for you


for some reason or another, i have never really talked about sharon van etten. i think i may have posted one song before, i cant remember. figured now we would be an appropriate time, seeing as she has a new record out called because i was in love, which was released last week via language of stone. i have only listened to it once, and that was over at mbv where they are streaming it in it’s entirety. initial reaction is that its lovely, quite lovely. musically, van etten doesnt tread any new ground outside of your typical singer/songwriter/folky fare, but when you have a voice as gorgeous as hers, she could sing me the diary of anne frank and i would get mildly aroused.

for you

portastatic @ the duke coffee house, 8.9.94


hey, howdy, hi! t-minus 17 days until family vacation fun time! we are packing up the family subaru and heading up to somewhere near knoxville, tn. not necessarily my idea of the most awesome vacation spot, but it wasnt my call. we are meeting up with all of the bride’s family at a 30 acre private estate for the week – here it is if you care. if you recall, you probably dont though, we did this two summers ago, but met up in cambridge, maryland. im really not into hiking, especially in places where they have shit that can eat you, and the local fishing hole is like 30 miles away, bummer. it does have interents, which is great to hear. for some reason the place we had in maryland, did not. which sucked all kinds of ass….

found this sound board portastatic show, from 8.9.94 at the duke coffee house in durham, buried deep in a folder which i lovingly named “stf.” i think “stf” may mean “stuff to file” which of course i never got around to.

magnet recently talked with mac regarding the state of merge, the music biz, superchunk, portastatic, and more! check it out here.

echos myron gbv cover – via magnet

1. codes, runes, dunes
2. your own cloud
3. beer and chocolate bars
4. isnt that the way
5. running water
6. naked pilsners
7. a bear that chokes
8. polaroid

the palace at 4 a.m. rough mixes


afternoon, everyone. hope you all, at least those in the good ol us of a, had a good to great memorial day. mine was just fine, thanks… i really dont have much of anything today for ya, im freakin beat, but here are the rough mixes for mr bennett and edward burch’s the palace at 4 am.

btw, head on over to ohmpark for an awesome jay/jeff show from toronto on 11.20.96.

the palace at 4 am rough mixes in zip form

1. puzzle heart
2. shakin sugar
3. whispers or screams
4. fireworks
5. venus stopped the train
6. junior
7. like a photograph
8. drinkin on your dime
9. c.t.m.
10. the wait
11. my darlin
12. curiosity
13. no church tonight
14. california
15. forgiven
16. little white cottage
17. it hurts