some guy from kenya and the loving spoonful

Posted by gregor on Thursday, May 4th, 2006


wow, that was a night!

intern steve was relased from the hospital today and of course the first place he goes is the captainsdead hq. when we saw his car pullup we went into stealth mode and pretended like we werent here. while he was incapacitated i had the locks changed and i also entered his name and personal information into every non legit looking website. he’s gonna get a real kick outta that one. he also should be getting a call from some guy kenya that needed help getting some money outta a us trust fund. apparently all this guy needs is like 50k and intern steve would get like 500k. it sounds like this guy really needs the help, so i figured what the hell.

so here we finish up the spoon rarities bonanza.

mary roachford

roller coaster


stay dont go

the way we get by

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life without computers review

Posted by gregor on Thursday, May 4th, 2006

I don?t know about you, but I seem to have quite a bit of free time on my hands. Couple that fact with being a music junkie to the highest degree, I find myself browsing myspace for what seems to be hours on end. The number of musicians with ?spaces? on myspace is absolutely mind numbing. Are there that many clubs or basements in the world to fill this staggering amount of musicians with? It?s a question for the ages. For those that ponder these types of questions, like myself, it?s like trying to figure out where the universe ends. It truly is akin a never-ending math equation.

To be realistic, for every one thousand bands, one of them might make a livable wage. I know, I know, it?s not about that all mighty dollar; it?s about the art, the passion to create, etc. I think anyone would be lying if they said that they didn?t want to make at least something off their craft, and making out with someone at the local Denny?s after the gig doesn?t count.

There are bands that should be huge, see Centro-matic, and then there are bands that sound huge. Boston?s The Bleedin Bleedins satisfies both categories. Their self-released debut Life Without Computers is a tour de force of summer time driving-with-the-top-down-singing-at-the-top-your-lungs ditties. (Wow! That was a mouthful.) Think early U2 anthems combined with The Killers rock n? hip shake and you have The Bleedin Bleedins. As far as sounding huge, they put out a racket that seems much bigger than their 3-piece status would lead the listener to believe.

Usually, it?s been my experience that records such as this contain 86% filler. While there maybe a couple of memorable ?singles? the rest of the album seems much like an after thought, made strictly to get the chicks and to get some radio play. That?s one of the reasons I typically stay away from disposable type records. Luckily, Life Without Computers is a record with nary an ounce of filler.

Filler or no, Life Without Computers does suffer in some areas. A bit of sameness runs throughout the record. It’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between tracks. There is not much difference in tone or pacing, and lead Bleedin, Mike Coen, seems to play it safe and doesn?t stretch his vocal range to often. When he does though, he has a nice set of pipes. Hopefully with each successive record, they will grow their sound in the range of instruments used. MP3s and up to date information on the band can be found on thier Myspace profile.

Will Life Without Computers be 2006?s feel good record of the summer or linger in some state of perpetual obscurity? It would be a shame if the latter occurs, because there are much worse ways, or records, that you could devote 40 minutes of your life to. All I know is that The Bleedin Bleedins have made a strong case for not ending up making out with chicks in their local Denny?s any time soon.

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when all else fails bust out the centro-matic

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006


the captainsdead mascot, the wee lad

we here at are pretty buzzed at the moment, both on beer – sweetwater IPA – and on love.? i am a sentimental fuck and for that reason i must confess that after 8 years i still am in love with my bride.? she puts up with my wiley ways and always has an encouraging word and outlook no matter the situation.

so, as the title suggests i am busting out a centro-matic themed megapost.
triggers and trash heaps

flashes and cables

argonne limit co

smelling medicinal

st. augustine

murder of tides

janitorial on channel fall

glacial slurs

ninety secretaries down

most everyone will find

huge in every city

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links for 2006-05-04

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

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the bestbuy saga and over the rhine

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006


we here at have been fighting with bestbuy all morning and it seems into the afternoon. the hq fridge is dead, going on two weeks, and while normally would not be a problem, our wee lad has probably had it up to here with graham crackers and cheese doodles. it also doesnt lend itself to having the ability to preserve milk very well. damn you, bestbuy!

fate is a funny thing, me thinks. in the captainsdead inbox just moments ago was a friend request from the ohio based, Over the Rhine. it just so happens that i was listening to their beautiful and sprawling record, ohio, just last evening. talk about an emotional record, you get the sense that there is some tug of war going on. maybe its just me? much like their upcoming tour mates, and recent captainsdead featured artist, hem, over the rhine’s lead singer karin bergquist has a most exquisite voice that could melt the heart of any man. plus, being the shallow bastard that i am, she’s quite attractive.

flown free – rare OtR tune

thank you my angel

all i need

be their friend, wont you?

side note: to the person who googled “large breasted black women” and found us, thanks. it made me laugh.

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links for 2006-05-03

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

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albino bowler, steve update, and spooning

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

its funny, sometimes messed up situations can bring about great accomplishments. take intern steve, for instance, he was in what looked like a pretty bad spot. sure, i was responsible for putting him in the hospitable, without insurance, and i still am not that crazy about him, personally. given his situation, he did what any other red blooded american would do – he made some lemonade outta those damn lemons. he went and got himself an asian girlfriend.

as it turns out this spoon festival will probably last a few more episodes. make sure you stay tuned for some other rare stuff from other killer bands within the coming weeks.

you gotta feel it

all the pretty girls..


jonathon fisk II


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i am not too concerned, new we vs death

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

the one thing about instrumental musicians is that sometimes taking a song as a “single,” outside of the scope of the album, doesn’t really work to swimmingly. in the case of we vs death’s new single, and how to translate, it not only doesnt fit that mold, it crushes it.? their new record is one of my most anticpated for the ’06.? it “drops” on may 14.

and how to translate

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bobby and furvis

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006


worst photoshop job, ever.

if pavement, in their more melodic times, had some freaky 5 way with adam duritz and then 9 months later bobby nastanovich squeezed out a little bundle of joy, he would name it furvis. bobby, he’s the sensitive one, would nuture furvis on a healthy dose of love and the finer points of being a rail bird. bobby would stroke their heads when they felt like they couldn’t get “that sound,” and when that piece of shit jim brody made fun of them in the eigth grade, bobby would call his parents and give them a serious tounge lashing. eventually, furvis was old enough to make it on their own. bobby scoured america for a safe place, and eventually he settled on cambridge, mass as the place for furvis to spread their wings and fly like an eagle.

i dont know, for sure, if that ever really happened – it may have not. nonetheless, furvis makes a pretty damn good racket. i dont know who writes the lyrics, but they are one of the things that could set these guys apart. like malkmus before, there is a lot of tounge in cheeck word play. in the wrong hands, that kind of word play could just sound dumb as hell, but they pull it off really well.

take me back

pocket full of ones

daydream rhapsody


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links for 2006-05-02

Posted by gregor on Monday, May 1st, 2006

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