Entries from September 2008

Magic Wands – Teenage Love

September 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I’m with Big Stereo, it tugs slightly at the strings of youth, but isn’t quite there. I do like her voice, though.

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SELLOUT: Interpol shills for Armani

September 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on SELLOUT: Interpol shills for Armani

Unsurprising, really. Interpol has always seemingly positioned itself as a band that strived to appeal to those who appreciate the finer things. Slick threads, slick shoes, etc. Even though its musical roots adhere to a post-punk thread, its ideals never seemed married to the underground in any real way. 

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Silkworm drummer’s murderer being set free

September 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on Silkworm drummer’s murderer being set free

Oh, this is maddening. The woman who killed three Chicago musicians, including Silkworm’s Michael Dahlquist, is being released from prison after serving less than half of her eight-year sentence. According to the Chicago Tribune [via Pitchfork], this is how she’s getting off so easy: “Sliwinski’s time in prison was reduced by a sentencing law that […]

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Foals "Red Socks Pugie" on Jimmy Kimmel Live 9-24-08

September 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on Foals "Red Socks Pugie" on Jimmy Kimmel Live 9-24-08

I DVR’d Jimmy Kimmel Live last night hoping to catch Foals, but the preceding show ran over, which, of course, effed my chances. I was less than thrilled as I fast-forwarded through Kimmel’s blathering only to confirm my fear that, indeed, there would be no Foals for me. So, it was with great pleasure I […]

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Walkmen interview + video for "What’s in it for Me?"

September 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on Walkmen interview + video for "What’s in it for Me?"

Good Walkmen interview over at Brooklynvegan. I haven’t had a chance to absorb the band’s latest, You & Me, fully quite yet, but they’re one of my favorite bands. I’m not sure why it took me so long to order the record; I’ve just been slow to buy music this year.  But even with my […]

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POSTER: Love Will Tear Us Apart. Again.

September 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This poster by Martin Dominguez charts each instrument second by second in Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” Man, designers are all over this song lately.

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MBV Reunited, Loud and Finding the Love

September 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on MBV Reunited, Loud and Finding the Love

NYT profile on MBV post-ATP. “Loveless” was difficult and expensive to make. Its songs are filled with emotional turmoil and enveloped in otherworldly sounds that had Mr. Shields recording in studio after studio, perpetually dissatisfied. The album’s cost has been estimated at £250,000, about $458,000, which helped to bankrupt its independent record label, Creation. “It […]

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Devo, GG Allin, Plasmatics vinyl reissues via MVD

September 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Devo, GG Allin, Plasmatics vinyl reissues via MVD

Based on plans by big box shithouses like Best Buy to begin stocking vinyl anachronistically, MVD entertainment has a few vinyl releases on deck, featuring new and rare music by Devo, GG Allin, The Dwarves, and Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics. The vinyl resurgence is making money for many of those labels whose CD […]

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Ed Westwick a closet Pete Doherty?

September 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Ed Westwick a closet Pete Doherty?

Chuck Bass is hands-down the best reason to indulge in the farcical drama of Gossip Girl, so it’s intriguing to discover that the man behind those flash threads is a burgeoning rocker. And English to boot. Really? Ed Westwick’s band, The Filthy Youth, predates Gossip Girl, so you can’t completely slag him off for trying […]

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Joshua Ferris’ tribute to David Foster Wallace

September 23rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

Josh Ferris, author of one of last year’s finest novels, Then We Came to the End, recalls his days as a student news reporter when he had the opportunity to interview David Foster Wallace for the Daily Iowan. Excerpt: Some recollections from my interview: he shared his office with another teacher; he drove a beat-to-hell […]

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Even the knighted need to slamdance sometimes

September 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Even the knighted need to slamdance sometimes

Sir Ben Kingsley STOMPS into the shoes of Minor Threat’s Ian MacKaye from Mean Magazine on Vimeo. Not sure what to make of this video tribute to punk legends Minor Threat by Mean Magazine. Sir Ben Kingsley stars as Ian MacKaye. Well, at the very least, he’s got the haircut down pat. [via punknews]

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Battles, live

September 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Battles, live

From one of the best albums of 2007.

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Blur’s "complicated" future

September 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Blur’s "complicated" future

Blur guitarist Graham Coxon has responded to erstwhile bandleader Damon Albarn’s premature claim that “Blur is over.” Who knows what the fuck is going on in these guys’ heads, but it’s interesting to see Graham actually defensive about Blur’s future. That’s progress.  It’s probably just a pissing contest with Damon, but if it leads to […]

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REVIEW: The Avett Brothers, The Gleam II, Ramseur

September 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on REVIEW: The Avett Brothers, The Gleam II, Ramseur

What are a few country boys to do? Following their defining release, 2007’s Introducing: Emotionalism, Concord N.C.’s The Avett Brothers have enjoyed what most burgeoning bands would consider one hell of a year: National TV appearances, sold out shows in mid-sized venues across the U.S., a mention on Perez Hilton, and a move to the […]

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Shoes inspired by Stephin Merritt?

September 19th, 2008 · 7 Comments

There’s a whole line of them. WTF?! I’m so perplexed by this sort of thing. I mean, time was I loved Stephin Merritt as much as the next vaguely gay indiepop twee/twugster, but I’d be hard pressed to buy, let alone wear, shoes inspired by the man I once put on the lyrical pedestal. Tres […]

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Record Cabinet Nirvana

September 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

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Chairlift Sells out to Apple

September 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on Chairlift Sells out to Apple

Wow.  New iPod, new “flavour of the month.”  Out with the Canadian chick and in with the Brooklyn Twee.  (not that I’m complaining.)

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Blair Waldorf sings!

September 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I was expecting this cover of Kim Carnes’ 1981 #1 hit “Bettie Davis’ Eyes” to be beyond awful, but Leighton Meester a/k/a Blair Waldorf of Gossip Girl can actually sing. And pretty damn well. With decent phrasing and everything. The music is sort of cheesy electro faddish, but Meester’s vocals save it. Apparently, she’s working […]

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Sea & Cake, Something for the Weekend

September 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments

This new song from The Sea & Cake is pretty damn catchy. I’ve kinda lost track of them over the years. I loved the first couple albums and liked each subsequent one less, but this definitely makes me want to check out Car Alarm.

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Bridget Cross: indie rock Renaissance woman

September 11th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Since her relatively low-maintenance days as bassist and lead singer of Velocity Girl, Bridget Cross has mapped out an impressive life trajectory, as this Juneau Empire article details. If you’re old enough, you may know her best as bassist and some-time singer for Unrest, the pioneers of the D.C. indie rock scene from the early […]

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