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Posted by gregor on Monday, April 10th, 2006

when i first heard that stephen colbert was spinning off of the daily show, i was very skeptical.? i loved his 2 – 3 minute bits but a whole show of absolute sarcasm i thought was pushing it way too far.? admittedly, i was very wrong.? not only do i think he is the smartest/funniest person on tv, i think he kicks the daily show’s ass, nightly.? yeah, i think stewart is funny/engaging/smart/etc, but colbert makes me actually care about some book by some dude that has a blog.? his interview style, while not for most, lends itself well to the pace of the show.? maybe its just my “raised on the MTV” mind, but i like quick get to the god damn point aspects of the colbert report.? now, if colbert could get samantha bee or rob cordry on his show, it would be pure bliss. (128)

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add girth

Posted by gregor on Sunday, April 9th, 2006


the ladies of sleater kinney, lovely dames, they are.
entertain off The Woods

one beat off One Beat

you’re no rock n roll fun off All Hands on the Bad One

get up off The Hot Rock

words and guitars off Dig Me Out (117)

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Posted by gregor on Sunday, April 9th, 2006

in 1988 i was 14 and i think either a freshman or sophmore at chicago christian high school. why i was at a “christian” school is another story for another time. it was a cold friday night during the halftime of my high school’s football game, i took a drag off my first cigarette, a newport, and heard for the first time the record that would change my life for ever. his name was john lobezoo, or something like that, he was a skinny white dude from Palos Heights that drove a mid 80′s monte carlo or something like that. in any event, we had went over to the local college, that was like 4 blocks away, to sneak our smokes or in the words of john “hey, i smoke with my mom so fuck them” i guess referring to the school authorities. so, i guess he was looking out for our own good, what a swell guy. given that it was a cold night and also that i was too lazy to walk back, i took a ride in john’s sweet ride back to the “stadium.” half way through the ride he popped in a casette and from the speakers came the most glorious noise i had ever heard.

this monsterous voice came blaring through the car, i was in complete awe. i had no idea that i was black, until i heard this record. this guy was bustin and hatin on people more than i was at 14, but at the same time he came across as misunderstood. he just wanted to get his point across, and it seemed that his knowledge was fallin on deaf ears. this is the shit i was feelin. i sat there in the car, while everyone else went to the game. i had gone to meet a girl, but this discovery was far too important. sadly, i still think i would pick music over some girl, but thats easy for me to say now. this wall of sound was hypnotizing, those god damn sirens had me. so as i sat, this dude was spoutin out names that i had never heard Malcolm X, Farrakhan, FOI, etc. i needed to know more, and like right then and there. flash gordon intro! what the hell is Yeaaaaaaaa Boyeeeeeeeee all about?

the next time i saw my saviour, john lobezoo, i grilled him to no end regarding It Takes a Nation Of Millions to Hold Us Back. the best he could come up with was “yeah, i think they hate white people.” which, at the time, sounded awesome cause i hated white people too. i still needed to know more, so i ventured to a few of the “black” hoods to inquire further. my line of questioning was all based off of one listen, cause i still didnt have the record in my possession at the time, but as soon as i got $9.68 in my pocket it was all mine. even with the sincerest of intentions, i was shut out at all the record shops i went to. most often my questions were met with blank stares from the dude behind the counter, all black dudes mind you.

not one to give up too quickly, i would save that quality for my late twenties, i decided to head to the library and check this stuff out. needless to say, my head was spinning after leaving the library and really changed the way i felt about certain heavy topics.

with $9.68 in hand i headed to my local record shop and walked out with the object of my desire. in 6 months i would have to shell out cash for another copy cause i had worn it out, but this time i bought the cd. that was 1988 and til this day, Nation of Millions.. has never been out of reach or outta my mind.

the importance of Nation of Millions has never been more evident than now. the state of hip hop and music in general is in the shits. the shit that is pushed on the general public on a daily basis is sorry, and the pushers should be ashamed of themselves. if you dont know you are getting raped, then whats to stop the rapists? it should be mandatory that everyone get a copy of it once the pubes start poppin out or when that pre adolosence rage starts to flair up.

it should be the measuring stick on which all other records are compared. forget dylan, the beatles, the stones, etc. anything in their respective catalogues pale in comparison.

night of the living baseheads

dont believe the hype (119)

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Posted by gregor on Saturday, April 8th, 2006

one of my favorite and most listened to records in the couple of years is Chin Up Chin Up’s Skyscraper record, its a much longer title than that but i am much too lazy to type it all out, although me explaining that its a long title has actually been much longer if i would have just typed it out. but whatev! i cant even think of anyone to liken them too, maybe its the few Sweetwater 420′s i have taken in thus far this evening, but take my word for it they are the goods.
We Should Have Never Lived…

Virginia, Dont Drown (108)

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Posted by gregor on Saturday, April 8th, 2006

it appears that Uncle Bob will be opening for Pearl Jam for a few dates in the upcoming future.? one of the all time underappreciated artists, Tommy Keene, is part of Bob’s new band as is Jon from superchunk.? i am really interested to see or hear what the PJ crowds make of Bob and his cockstar ways.

gbv tunes

things i will keep (demo)

official ironman rally song (demo)

tommy keene tunes

circumstance

hanging over my head (86)

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Posted by gregor on Friday, April 7th, 2006

if this movie is anything like the game, its going to scare the hell outta me. the first two silent hill games were freaky, and if i were playing them at night i would have to have at least one light on. yeah i am a pussy. i am both psyched and concerned (87)

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ADVANCE WARNING

Posted by gregor on Friday, April 7th, 2006

mark yr calendars for June 5, cause my main negro Greg Dulli is coming to town with the Twilight Singers to Smith’s Olde Bar.? the afghan whigs will be subject of not one but two albums i wish i would have recorded coming up in the near future. (80)

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lets talk about

Posted by gregor on Friday, April 7th, 2006

the flaming lips, briefly.? never have a band been so full of potential, but yet disappoint so much on a semi-regular basis.? their new record At War with the Mystics is not good as a whole, although upon first listen i was slighty entertained.? after many listens, i found myself skipping through most of the albums and in the end, feeling like a gay dude on prom night.? sure its not without its rewards, but they are too far and too in between.? their last record, Yoshimi, contained one of the best songs of that year, Do You Realize.? again, but on a whole hugely disappointing.? even the hugely jizzed over, The Soft Bulletin, is spotty and if anyone could use an editor its Wayne Coyne.? I could go on and on and further into their catalogue,? but i wont.? me thinks people are truly in love with the possibilities of Mr Coyne and Co. more than they are with their actual output.? maybe its just me, but color me unimpressed. (111)

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Posted by gregor on Friday, April 7th, 2006

my first “real” concert was dinosaur jr, at the metro, all the way back in 1989 or 1990.? babes in toyland was first on the bill, they did suck, but next on the bill was my bloody valentine.? i had never heard of kevin shields, nor mbv, but i swear if by the end of the set i was high as hell.? no drugs were involved but they put me in some fucked up trance, not only by the music but the visuals that were playing behind them, it was truly an experience.? not to be outdone, dino jr kicked all kinds of ass and was one of the loudest shows, next to the truckers, that i have ever witnessed.? if you are in the atlanta area, please go see them at the variety tomorrow night, and pour some of your PBR in the urinal for a homey that could not make it. (99)

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Posted by gregor on Friday, April 7th, 2006

devotion and doubt was my introduction to richard buckner, and also the beginning of my not so secret man crush on the big hulking man. i cant remember why or where i picked it up, usually i can remember where i bought a particular cd/record, but not in this case. it just kinda appeared one day.

if there is any record in my collection that i want to know absolutely nothing, more than i already do, about the backstory its devotion and doubt. maybe its just me but its a painful record to listen to sometimes, especially when copious amounts of alcohol have been consumed. a tear or two have been knowned to well up in these eyes, especially during Ed’s Song. 4 a.m. has the same effect, but as where Ed’s Song makes it seem as if all hope is lost, 4 a.m. gives a bit of hope, if only brief. as you could probably tell by the title the record has a running theme, and while its really nothing new to the realm of music, buckner makes it his own and we all are better for it.

musically devotion and doubt is very sparce, but his voice and the tales he weaves are the main centerpiece. you have to have a hella voice to be able to pull of this kind of record, and buckner does. for all these reasons, devotion and doubt is one record i wish i would have made, if i were talented and had a voice.

lil wallet picture

ed’s song (148)

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