not dead yet and dead hot workshop

Posted by gregor on Friday, April 28th, 2006


as it turns out, steve is not dead. he’s just badly injured, and apparently horribly disfigured. frankly, he is not wanted around these parts anymore if he’s any uglier. i am sure i would lose my lunch if that were the case.

one thing we love doing here at hq is going through old cd boxes that we haven’t looked at in years. since we are almost completely digital now, we really dont have any need to look through these boxes that often. every once in awhile though, we get bored and need something to do.

a record that i used to love that was pulled out of the wreckage is tempe’s dead hot workshop’s 1001. i am not ashamed to say that i loved the gin blossom’s new miserable experience, and dead hot workshop is in the same vein. while new miserable experience was pure pop bliss, 1001 is a wee bit dirtier and not as poppy, but just as good in it’s own right. after that record though, they seemed to have fallen off the map. as it turns out they have put out two more records, that i cannot vouch for, but the mp3’s on their site sound pretty all right.

river otis

jesus revisited

sex with strangers (520)

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steve update and pavement in montana

Posted by gregor on Friday, April 28th, 2006

steve, the intern, is dead. long live steve!!!!

it should come to no surprise that being of the early 30’s demographic that i am, one of my favorite, if not my favorite, bands is pavement. depending on the day it fluctuates between pavement, guided by voices, superchunk, wilco and a few others. it’s sad to admit, but i am an aging hipster. one day i woke up and was married, had a mortgage, two car payments, and a wee lad. all of this and i still feel like i am 15, at least mentally. dont think it wont happen to you, people!

hearing slanted and enchanted for the first time struck me the same way as it takes a nation of millions. it was a glorious racket that was an absolute mess, not unlike my life at the time. it sounded as if everything could fall apart at any moment, but they kept on moving forward regardless. it truly was a life affirming record. if i thought that slanted and enchanted was life affirming, then crooked rain was life changing. we’ll touch on that at a later date.


missoula, mt


passat dream

grave architecture

gold soundzzzz

shady lane

heaven’s a truck

date with ikea

the hexx

black out


transport is arranged

kennel district

old to begin

westy cant drum

gangstas and prankstas

type slowly

summer babe

blue hawaiian


we are underused

in other news.

why does american apparel ads use such big breasted women?? they taunt me. (477)

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links for 2006-04-28

Posted by gregor on Thursday, April 27th, 2006


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tomorrow on

Posted by gregor on Thursday, April 27th, 2006

a great pavement show from 97 in montanta

picking up where we left off with the spoon stuff

bands i totally forgot about, pt 2

mp3 o’ the day

probably my favorite song of the year, from one of the best records of the year, rabbit fur coat by jenny lewis and the watson twins.

rise up with fists – live (289)

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the wynn brothers, its a family affair

Posted by gregor on Thursday, April 27th, 2006


we here at are much like elephants in the fact that we never forget, nor do we ever forgive. we once met a guy that ruined it for the rest of man kind, or anyone that happens to carry this certain trait. he was what we called a fucking know it all. oh man, you could not tell this guy nothing. he had some crazy, and i mean crazy, crackpot ideas on stuff. off the wall ideas are good, half baked crazy ideas not so good. which brings me around to that one trait. he was a carrier of the white guy with dreads disease, or trustafarian disease. since then i have been unable to trust any guy inflicted with this disease.

so, given the history here, i should be very wary of orlando’s the wynn brothers. its a shame, too, that i saw thomas wynn’s photo before actually listening. god damn you myspace! as you probably figured out by now, i actually did listen, but pictured the lead singer looking like don knotts – dont ask me why. to my surprise, the wynn bros, are pretty damn good. if you are in the market for allman bros flavored rock, then these guys will itch where right you scratch. they sound like a band from a different time and place, completely outta step with todays musical landscape. landscapes be damned!

these are streams, btw.

summer song

cant get over you (325)

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links for 2006-04-27

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, April 26th, 2006


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time travel, toonces, spoon, etc…

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

i feel i am may have been a little harsh on my boys in spoon this morning. after cutting steve the intern’s brake lines, i started feeling a little guilty about how i treated britt and co. then my thoughts quickly turned to time travel and how totally kick ass that would be. after pondering time travel for 2 hours, my thoughts came back to spoon’s gifts to the world. the views of other people’s work is always to disect from the cheap seats, and while their catalogue as a whole still frustrates me, it’s better than being spoon fed everything – no pun intended.

dont let it get you down

everythings gonna be well alright

he was soon to undergo an experience


i could be underground

buy spoon stuff, bitches. (550)

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spoon rarities and how i learned to accept

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, April 26th, 2006


this morning here at hq, i dared intern steve to eat peanuts although i know he is deathly allergic to them. knowing that he aims to please, he ate the peanuts anyway. his throat closed up, and i just laughed, and laughed. after 6 hours at the hospital we are finally back safe and sound.

one band of merry men that frustrates the hell outta me is spoon. sure, they put out the minor classic girls can tell, but how about some consistency, guys. is that too much to ask? i want to love you long time, i really, really do. there are absolute glimpses of absolute greatness on each record, but then shit that just falls flat. i know, i know, what the fuck am i doing to change the world? not much, sadly. i will keep half heartedly loving you guys, but please dont make me end up feeling like one legged man in an ass kicking contest.

here is the first in a 5 part series of spoon rarities, demos, outtakes.


back to the fire

chicago at night

cool it, you need to relax

do the manta ray

by the way, people. if you have not heard springsteen’s seeger sessions disc, you need to like yesterday. it’s absolutely fantastic. it is definitely his best work in years. (685)

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links for 2006-04-26

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, April 25th, 2006


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threads, ye must gather round

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

you ever to go to someone’s house and upon stepping foot in the joint you get the feeling that something just aint right? well, maybe you’re drunk at a party and you open a door thinkin its the toilet and just walk in on some people gettin it on, or that there is some secret being pass around and you aint in on it. that’s the feeling i get when listening to threads, a band straight outta south portland, maine.

threads remind me of the first time i listened to the massacre. they strike me more like a movement than a band. if that makes sense? i always felt that anton wanted the populus has his disciples, and threads rings that chord in me. are they striving for the same thing? i dont know? in my opinion, we need more musical movements. i wish the “indie” rock scene could follow in hip hop’s footsteps in the fact their are a lot of collaborations between artists, whether they be good or bad is not the point. they are atleast getting together, throwing ideas off each other and putting shit to tape, forging alliances and bringing people together.

whether or not threads is out for world domination, or just to make people think they are, they are an interesting listen. the one thing i really like is their seemingly “who gives a fuck attitude.” they sound as if every song could sound completely different every night, and i like that. oh yeah, if you like the mountain goats check these peeps out.


three or more

toknight (465)

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