beatnik filmstars i thought thee were dead

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

a band that i thought was dead and gone, beatnik filmstars are back with a new record in great shape. and while its not as good as boss disque or in hospitable, there is still some really good tracks that makes the listen at least half worth it. although considering there are like 20+ tracks on it, they could have left half off to make it more memorable.
really quite bizarre

milkshake (305)

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hard corey

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

the hunter s thompson of the rock world, Craig Finn and his band of merry men, the hold steady are offering a remix of The Swish, off their debut record Almost Killed Me, and a new song? curves and nerves.? dont know who remixed the swish or why, but its available here or if you are too lazy like me then look about inch below.? thanks to the fine folks on the yahoo group LifterSteady for pointing it out.
the swish (remix)

curves and nerves (147)

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cannibal sea

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

one of my favorite, if not one of the catchiest, records this year is cannibal sea by the brooklyn band the essex green. if you dig belle and sebastian, paul simon – dont know if he’s an influence but i hear it, the byrds and according to their myspace page, the monkees then these fine germs and lady are right up your alley.

this isnt farmlife

green slope
they are also on tour at the moment with recent indie darling Tapes N’ Tapes supporting them at the show in Chicago.

4/27 – Lexington, KY @ The Dame

4/28 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean (w/ Tapes N’ Tapes)

4/29 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club

5/2 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe (w/ Irving)

5/3 – Portland, OR @ Holocene (w/ Irving)

5/4 – Redding, CA @ The Dip (w/ Irving)

5/5 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Attic (w/ Irving)

5/6 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop (w/ Irving)

5/7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland (w/ Irving)

5/8 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture

5/10 – Austin, TX @ The Parrish

5/11 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s

5/12 – Dallas. TX @ The Cavern

5/13 – Jackson, MS @ Martin’s

5/14 – Chattanooga, TN @ Lamar’s

5/15 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s

5/16 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat

5/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber

5/18 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (110)

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Posted by gregor on Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

last year, outta nowhere, came a record that i absolutely loved, for some reason. usually a band like lightning bolt is not my thing, but there is something intoxicating and refreshing in hyper magic mountain’s madness.? if you think that lightning bolt is a bit too crazy for your liking, then check out wizardzz, a side project of the band, that i know very little about.? the album is a bit more mild mannered than hyper magic mountain, and incorporates some 80′s type of blips and bleeps.

2 morro morro land

magic mountain (165)

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crashing the ether

Posted by gregor on Monday, April 10th, 2006

got my paws on tommy keene’s new record today, and it is absolutely stellar. highly recommended for those that love smart power pop.
warren in the 60′s

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i am glad he pointed out the ear

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. (172)

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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 (155)

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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 (157)

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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 (149)

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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


hanging over my head (104)

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