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What's to say that hasn't already been said about the My Bloody Valentine show? It was LOUD. The last band I'd heard that threatened to liquefy the audience was Pan Sonic when they opened for Mogwai years ago. The gratis earplugs were a lifesaver.

I don't know if it's age or what, but I don't really like going to see live music that much anymore. The majority of the shows I see are ones that I'm performing at. Going to see shows is a lot like going to work for me. Why go on your days off? The sound is seldom very good, and all the standing around makes my feet and back hurt, not to mention the ear fatigue. Maybe I'm going to turn into a studio rat or end up like Steely Dan or Alan Parsons - make records but never play live. Meh. Probably not. 
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I've gotten totally obsessed with David Axelrod (the composer, not Obama's right hand man). I picked up a copy of his Songs of Innocence LP at Sonic Boom the other night, and I can't stop listening to it. It's just funky as hell. Come Record Store Day, I may go back and get Songs of Experience and Earth Rot (20% off on vinyl!), and I want to see if I can track down a copy of David McCallum's (the dude from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and NCIS) Music: A Bit More of Me, which Axelrod produced.
p0tat0es: (welcome to the terrordome)
I bought a turntable today from Hawthorne Stereo on Roosevelt. It's this oddball Technics with the tonearm built into the lid and a mechanism that moves it across the record like an old word processor. It's tiny. I'm getting some weird white noise out of the right channel, but I don't think it's the table itself that's causing it. I'm just happy that I have something to listen to vinyl on now.

First albums played: AC/DC's High Voltage and Glen Campbell's Witchita Lineman.
p0tat0es: (bass in yr face)
There's no way I'm making it to all of these: )

So I'd be going from Ice Cube straight to Dave Bazan, and Billy Bragg straight to High On Fire. Jarring.
p0tat0es: (spaced needle)


An issue of The Rocket from exactly 10 years ago.



NOFX was coming to town.



Modest Mouse had the number one record in the Northwest.

Sorry the pics are so blurry. I think the list goes as such:


  1. Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West

  2. Everclear -

  3. Sarah MacLachlan -

  4. Elliott Smith -

  5. Unwound - Challenge For A Civilized Society

  6. Built To Spill - Perfect From Now On

  7. Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out

  8. Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape

  9. Soundgarden - A-Sides

  10. Ken Stringfellow -

  11. Murder City Devils - Murder City Devils

  12. Silkworm - Even A Blind Chicken Finds A Kernel Of Corn Now And Then

  13. Pure Joy -

  14. Harvey Danger - Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?

  15. ?

  16. Calobo -

  17. Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Zoot Suit Riot

  18. Nightcaps -

  19. 764-Hero -

  20. ?



I don't have it on hand to fill in the missing info.

Neat, huh?

Ha!

Aug. 12th, 2007 06:27 pm
p0tat0es: (Chaim Witz)
Read Kurt Larson (the dude with the crazy hair from Information Society)'s hilarious skewering of VH-1 and their Bands Reunited series.
p0tat0es: (nope)
I came into Fiore to get some goddamned coffee and check my goddamned email, and they're blasting some goddamned Christian rock.  At least it sounded like Christian rock.  It was all like "I look to the sky, and I know You'll be there" or some shit.

Well, now they've skipped over Elton John and Billy Joel (both acceptible) for something vaguely R&B sounding.

This is, of course, the one time I forget to bring my headphones.

Meh.

(edit: aah! They're at it again! I wish Jesus would step in and help the faithful write less shitty music.)
p0tat0es: (eraserhead)
Ever wonder what happened to Dave Riley (the bass player from Big Black)? No? Well, I did, ever since I first read an article about said band in Spin about a million years ago. The article stated that his whereabouts were unknown, and that he had likely overdosed.

Turns out he'd had a stroke. He's alive, and is blogging about it.
p0tat0es: (fawk you arsehole)
Is this another round of late-spring sickness? I was sick maybe three weeks ago. I thought the sneeze attack I had on Friday was just allergies. But it hasn't gone away. I feel like scheiße.

In other 'news', I've been listening the fuck out of the Dave Chapelle's Block Party soundtrack, and a Kemado Records sampler (Dungen, The Sword, Priestbird, etc.). That Vietnam band that I keep reading about? Kinda sucky. I dunno. I think they're lame. The Sword is another unintentional Sabbath tribute band, but they still kick ass regardless.
p0tat0es: (bass in yr face)
I'm obsessed with strings for some reason. Like, orchestra strings. I want to put them on lots of songs. I've always liked the sound of a drum kit paired with strings (see: Rachel's*, Godspeed You Black Emperor!), and to a lesser extent, the string arrangements on disco and R&B records (see: Chic, Love Unlimited Orchestra). Blonde Redhead's Misery Is A Butterfly record has lots of cool string arrangements, courtesy of one Eyvind Kang, who happens to be a fantastic composer in his own right.

Now that the second KNS record is going to finally come out, we're all sufficiently sick of the songs on it and are working on new material. I would love to have strings and/or Mellotron and/or Chamberlin on it. Maybe some horns. I guess this signals where the band enters its bloated prog rock phase. Seven-necked guitars and miniature replicas of Stonehenge are right around the corner, I'm sure.




*It has always irritated the shit out of me that Rachel's has this possessive "S" thing happening with their name. I know they were all smarty-pantsed college kids when they started the band, and thusly they should have known the proper use of the apostrophe. Maybe they were just trying to be different. Visually, their name is the KoЯn of hipster chamber rock.
p0tat0es: (kings of metal)
I've had the Cavalcade of Horrible Music in my head today: Roxette, Kenny G, the Bartell Drugs "Be Happy" jingle...this is fucking horrible.

Crap.

May. 10th, 2006 01:19 pm
p0tat0es: (kings of metal)
I just listened to a song that I liked a one point. It involves lots of screaming and thrashing about and whatnot.

I found myself feeling that I could do without the screaming.

Prior to that, I was listening to Ronnie Spector. "Be My Little Baby" et al., and enjoying it greatly.



Is it official? Am I too old to rock? No more rockin' for me?
p0tat0es: (Brel)
Jacques Brel makes me happy.
p0tat0es: (hello shlong)
 



The image “http://tinypic.com/8y8cph.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.  IS THE NEW
 
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from [livejournal.com profile] guitargeek

639-Year Concert Lets Loose 2nd Chord


Oh, that wacky John Cage. Whottl'e think of next?
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ASOW re-entered Soundhouse Recording on Tuesday with musical mensch Jack Endino working the board to resume work on our forthcoming debut album/greatest hits package.

geekiness ensues. enter at your own risk. )
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I've been rocking out to the Swarming Hordes EP for three days straight now. I don't even know if they're still around. I know the CD is waaaaay out of print. Five songs and 10 minutes of the most awesome instru-metal ev4r.
p0tat0es: (I'm a gentleman)
Put another dime dollar in the jukebox, baby.

I was thinking about retitling my journal with a quote from this Mooney Suzuki song - "In a young man's mind it's a simple world/There's a little room for music and the rest is girls". 'Cause, ya know, that's pretty much what it's been lately. It feels like that's all I talk about up in this sumbitch, at least.

There are probably nobler pursuits, sure, but I doubt there are as many that are as fun.
p0tat0es: (bass in yr face)
Scott posted a demo version of our song "Polka Dots" on our MySpace page.  It's not really mixed, and it lacks my guitar part and Joe's accordion, but you can at least get an idea of what it sounds like.

Go here to hear.
p0tat0es: (smokin' and bassin')
Key Note Speaker and Kate Tucker both get props on MSNBC.

Looky here.

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