Entries from April 2008

Damon Albarn’s Monkey opera coming to Charleston’s Spoleto Festival

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on Damon Albarn’s Monkey opera coming to Charleston’s Spoleto Festival

After weeks of sold out shows in Europe, Damon Albarn’s opera, Monkey: Journey to the West, makes its way stateside for a brief run at Charleston’s Spoleto Festival May 22 – June 8. Tickets range from $25 to $65 and the opera will be held at the Sottile Theater at the College of Charleston. Here’s […]

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What are you listening to – April 08?

April 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Yesterday, a friend asked what I had been listening to lately. My mind went blank. We had discussed Crystal Castles earlier, but I couldn’t think of anything else. Of course, it wasn’t for lack of listening that I couldn’t name anyone in particular. I listen to music all the time. A lot of which falls […]

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Summer Sounds: The Explorers Club

April 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Ready for Summer? Apparently Summerville, South Carolina is a good place to start. Check out the retro summer sounds of The Explorers Club. “The band draws on the soul-satisfying vocal style made famous by the Beach Boys and the Association, and pairs it with arrangements patented by the likes of Phil Spector, the Left Banke […]

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Murder By Death: Staying Alive

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on Murder By Death: Staying Alive

Dwindling record sales of artists big and small doesn’t elicit a lot of sympathy from consumers these days. In an age when typing in your favorite artist into your favorite Bit Torrent engine is the de facto response to having to pay actual money for music, being in a band is more of a gamble […]

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Where is My Mind, The Ballet

April 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Where is My Mind, The Ballet

Pas de chat! Ok, it was on BoingBoing, so I’m sure everyone’s seen it, but I couldn’t not post it.

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Foals “Red Sox Pugie” live on MTV sessions

April 28th, 2008 · Comments Off on Foals “Red Sox Pugie” live on MTV sessions

This is my favorite song off my favorite record of the year so far (Foals’ Antidotes). No matter what else I get my hands on, I keep coming back to (and consequently cannot stop listening to) this record. I know the post-punk/dance-punk flavor is wearing thin for many, but Foals just do it exactly right. […]

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SELLOUT: Chris Knox? WTF

April 28th, 2008 · 6 Comments

I had the surreal pleasure of helping book Chris Knox at a Hot Dog stand in Columbia, SC way back in 1995. We picked him up at the airport, and he was wearing flip flops, short soccer shorts, and a tank top, which quickly let us know that he didn’t give a fuck- not in […]

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Maybe it’s 1993? Maybe it’s Reno!

April 25th, 2008 · 3 Comments

A new release on TEENBEAT? In 2008? From Bridget Cross and featuring Mark Robinson and Phil Krauth? WTF?! I’m not complaining or anything, but WTF?! Time to walk down the Teenbeat memory lane, I guess. (via) Maybe It’s Reno – Gravestones

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A Skin, A Night

April 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on A Skin, A Night

“The National as seen through the lens of Vincent Moon of La Blogotheque fame.” (via)

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International TweeXCore Underground

April 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on International TweeXCore Underground

“and I never cared about Ian Mackaye…” It’s silly, but amusing. (via coudal.com)

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Anyone Seen My $4.2 Billion?

April 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Anyone Seen My $4.2 Billion?

Chuck Klosterman tells it like it is. “People didn’t stop buying albums because they were philosophically opposed to how the rock business operated, and they didn’t stop buying albums because the Internet is changing the relationship between capitalism and art. People stopped buying albums because they wanted the fucking money. It’s complicated, but it’s not.”

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New Mates of State

April 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on New Mates of State

Get Better, from Re-Arrange Us. (For Pat D.)

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Replacement Replacements ReReleased

April 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Replacement Replacements ReReleased

In honor of the re-release(s). I went through a Replacements phase about 15 years ago. I think I’m ready to revisit their oeuvre.

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2m42s

April 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on 2m42s

Nice mix of songs that are 2 minutes and 42 seconds long. Including classics like There She Goes, What She Said, Echos Myron and Lovely Rita, among others. (via Wired, Wired’s playlist)

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Myspace Band of the Week: The Kiss Off

April 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Myspace Band of the Week: The Kiss Off

Influences: Bowie, Joy Division, Nine Inch Nails, Peter Gabriel, Bauhaus, King Crimson, Kate Bush, YYY’s, Celebration. From Brooklyn, of course.

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Sellout(s): Matt & Kim

April 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Sellout(s): Matt & Kim

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Sweet Beats, Troubled Sleep

April 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Sweet Beats, Troubled Sleep

Merge is giving away The Rosebuds remix album, Sweet Beats, Troubled Sleep (Night of the Furies Remixed). “Night of the Furies contained songs of despair and loss that roused friends of the band to present them with personal reconstructions of these dark tales. The resulting assortment of dance tunes and lullabies delighted Ivan and Kelly, […]

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Melody Day

April 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Melody Day

Because it’s Monday.

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Paint a Vulgar Picture

April 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Paint a Vulgar Picture

An Illustrated Discography of The Smiths and Morrissey.

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Unknown Marketing Pleasures

April 18th, 2008 · Comments Off on Unknown Marketing Pleasures

“Microsoft is said to be releasing a limited edition, Joy Division Zune featuring an adaptation of Peter Saville’s pulsating cover art from the band’s Unknown Pleasures debut. The launch is meant to parallel the June 10th release of the Joy Division DVD” (don’t worry, it’s just a mock up from Engadget)

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