albino bowler, steve update, and spooning

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


i am not too concerned, new we vs death

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

bobby and furvis


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


the heathens

let me just start right off by saying that i am a sucker for banjos, understated horn fills, organs and fiddles. so, its no surprise that i am an immediate fan of the heathens. this orlando band incorporates everything i am a sucker for into each song, which is quite unheard of, truthfully. although, it means nothing if the songs suck. luckily, for me and them, they dont.

stickin around

sucker or a lover

below the streets

the heathens myspace page

photo credit –

helen thomas or the devils dish


even in his frail and disgusting state, intern steve still finds the time to find lil nuggets of funny or sexy from time to time. here is a my hero, stephen colbert, at the washington press dinner love fest. his mock press conference is just to die for or something.

i dont know about you people but i am truly diggin this spoon stuff. i particularly like the jonathon fisk demo. i would truly love to hear them do a stripped down type of record with nothing used other than acoustic based instruments, and maybe a hammond thrown in for good measure.

rainy taxi

small stakes

text later

vittorio e

you get yours

two spoon records to grow on

girls can tell

gimme fiction

aimee mann, obscure no more


aimee mann’s inclusion in paul thomas anderson’s difficult flick, magnolia, was more or less a re-introduction to the finnicky music buying population. let’s face it most people had not thought of aimee much since being labeled as “that chick with crazy hair in the one video,” all the way back in the 80’s. i, of course, referring to til tuesday’s voices carry video. even with two well recieved solo records under her belt, whatever and i’m with stupid, she still lingered in a bit of obscurity. admittedly, i had not given aimee much thought, before magnolia, for much of the decade. i pride myself on being up on just about everything, and if she was out of my mind, i am sure she was all but forgotten by 99.9% of people.

magnolia was decent, the magnolia soundtrack was most excellent. not only did it add so much to mood of the film, but the songs even without the backdrop of the film were magnficent. which leads me to 2000’s release, bachelor #2, the first “real” aimee mann record i had physically/monetarily purchased. it’s a lush and intimate record that was recorded around the same time as the magnolia soundtrack, which i guess is the reason why they hold roughly the same qualities in terms of orchestration.

lost in space is a piece of work that was a bit of a let down when it was released. i was still riding high on bachelor #2, and i was ill prepared for the quasi concept record that is lost in space. like most of her songs subject matter, the main theme running through lost in space is lost and despair. its a real bummer of a record, but have since grown to love it.

if it weren’t for lucero’s nobody’s darlings, the forgotten arm would have been my favorite record of the ’05. a record that revolves around a boxer, and his dealings with abuse, self doubt, and hopefully the thoughts of recovery. lyrically mann is at the top of her game, the subject matter flows elegantly from track to track. creating a world that i know i wouldnt want to inhabit. as an outsider looking in to the world mann created, one is left to wonder how much of her is in her songs?

this is a collection of recordings for two seperate radio sessions.
girls talk – mp3

say anything – mp3

tracks 01-05 recorded at JPR 1 (NOB Studio) in Hilversum on March 10, 1994.

tracks 06-07 recorded at NOB radiostudio in Hilversum on June 7, 1993. sessions recorded for the Dutch radio program “2 Meter Sessies”.

01 Girls Talk (Dave Edmunds/ Lowe)

02 Say Anything

03 50 Years After The Fair

04 I Should Have Known

05 4th Of July

06 Stupid Thing

07 I Know There’s A Word

flac rar file

thanks to the original

the bleedin bleedins


so, men of the bleedin bleedins you guys think you’re hot shit eh? fame is a bitch, guys, are you ready for that? which one of you is going to develop a habit and then end up in the tabloids ala pete doherty? if anyone of you guys nails scarlett johansson, i want pictures!

i dont know where i was going with that, but boston’s the bleedin bleedin’s sound like that’s where they are headed. whether or not any of the above mentioned scenario’s ever play out(crosses fingers for johansson pics), the bleedin bleedins sound big. much much bigger than their 3 piece status. i can picture people takin long drives and carefree summer days blastin the bleedin bleedins. one thing i cant see is small clubs holding these guys for very long. this shit is meant to bang rafters and swirl throughout madison square garden. this is not arena rock, by any means, just rock thats bigger than the sum of its parts.
their self released debut record, life without computers, is out now.

darkest day

the lights are out

darkest days remix