Saturday, December 26, 2009

RIP Vic Chesnutt

This news bummed me out:
Musician Vic Chesnutt Dies

10 of the Coolest Occurences in the Year 2009, Part One is easily the best musical website on the internet and they recently posted their 20 Most Surreal/Ironic/Hilarious Moments of 2009.

Chunklet started out as a pretty stellar music zine, based outta the Athens, Georgia area.

I'm going to steal their year-ender idea and simplify it into my 20 coolest parts of 2009.

Here's part one, look out for part 2 the next couple days.

10 Kool Things:

1. Reading everything I could find by Lester Bangs, the best music critic I've ever stumbled across.

2. Watching Inglorious Basterds, Big Fan, and A Serious Man, my three favorite films of the year, in that order.

3. Getting annihilated by Dan Deacon at his performance in Pawtucket, RI, at Machines with Magnets, with a big group of friends. Guest appearances by White Mice, The What Cheer? Brigade, and fire made the night pretty nuts.

4. Buying The Jesus and Mary Chain's Honey is Dead (above) and The Vaselines' The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History, both on cassette at Turn it Up! Records in Northampton.

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Reverence

5. Moshing at Dinosaur Jr at the Middle East in Boston with my friend Corey.

6. Purchasing The Sonics' Here are the Sonics and Blue Cheer's Vincebus Eruptum on vinyl at Mystery Train Records in Amherst. RIP Dickie Peterson.

7. Smashing my head to Lightning Bolt TWICE, once at UMass-Amherst, once in Providence.

8. Watching Jersey Shore, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Lost, my top three television shows of 2009, in that order.

9. Chugging a Yaeger Bomb after the Bulls-Celtics Game 6 went into triple OT. During the first OT I promised my friend Chris I would throw down said drink if we went into triple OT. Best NBA series I've ever seen.

Here's a picture of Kevin Garnett almost committing murder:

10. Enjoying WMUA-hosted concerts: Parts and Labor at the Blue Wall and Lightning Bolt with a buncha other grand bands at the Chaos First Fest. God Bless College Radio.

Jersey Shore Stripper - I Think We Have a Situation

The single greatest reality television program of all-time, MTV's Jersey Shore, has given us some of the most inspirational entertainment of this century.

Now there's footage of Mike "The Situation" as a stripper before his days on Jersey Shore.

New Rule: I will only post TMZ reports relating to Jersey Shore.

Voyeurism has never felt so greasy!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Christmas Crap Continued: Screaming Females Live has some of the best music journalism around. Their year-end awards are right-on and hilarious. They don't take themselves too seriously.

Here's a video they put up of the Screaming Females pulling off "Bell" live on some MTV channel.

Follow that up with the legendary MTV clip of a high-as-hell Beck getting the interview treatment from Thurston Moore. Mike D guest stars.

Deerhunter Live at McCarren Park 8-3-2008

Dear Bradford Cox,
I attended your gig with Deerhunter at AS220 in Providence, RI, in July 2007. That was the summer after Cryptograms dropped and boy that ambient kraut-rock weirdness made an indentation on my fragile, sophomore-in-college brain. That record and Person Pitch collectively lit my consciousness on fire more than any other stimuli I came in contact with that year. But that concert was a messy mess, Mr. Cox. You came out babbling about Brown University, Pitchfork, and demanding more alcohol, while your band looped the music to Cryptograms, in hopes that you would FOCUS and start playing that damn song. I watched you barf up a couple drinks, smash the ceiling with your mic stand, and make out with one of the guitarists. I had to pee, and when I was finishing up at the urination station I could've sworn your guitarist was next to me. The exchange: "Hey, dude, umm, why aren't you on stage?"
"We had some sound problems and had to end early."
Twenty minutes of drunk Bradford Cox and that was the night. So, Mr. Cox, I was annoyed with you. Until this morning, when I stumbled across this On Demand on Comcast cable:

Watch the full concert at

There's a couple feet of snow on the ground, I'm stranded in my house on my only day off of the week, and I hate snow. I hate snow.
In conclusion, Mr. Cox, I am not annoyed with you anymore. I forgive you!

Happy Holidayze!

Set List:
Calvary Scans
Never Stops
Spring Hall Concert/Hazel Street
Nothing Ever Happened
Fluorescent Grey
Saved By The Old Times

Monday, December 14, 2009

Beavis and Butthead Nail Radiohead

Radiohead - Creep

A Few Reasons Why I Love Providence

If you aren't from the greater Providence, RI, area, you might not be aware of the recent law legislators passed banning indoor prostitution from the great capitol city.

Yep, that's right: if you wanted to pay for sex, Providence and parts of Nevada were, for years, the only places in the country where legally, anything could happen.

Providence's strip clubs were popular among the rich and famous, including Mo Vaughn, Danny DeVito (totally unconfirmed rumor), Dennis Haskins (Saved by the Bell, probably true) and Robert De Niro (also unconfirmed).

Plus a lot of skeezy people from New England spent lots of paychecks in Providence.

The economy is in the shitter of this great town. I think we just lost another chunk of income.

Not to be forgotten in the whole ordeal, our beloved New England Patriot's mascot was caught in a prostitution ring, getting screwed over for the new regulations.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Five More Records You Should Hear From The Year 2009

I can't think of an underlying thread that exists between these five records besides the fact that they were released between January 1, 2009 and December 8, 2009.

And so this wraps up my twenty favorite records of the year countdown, cut from twenty-five because I can't think of anything else makes the list that I can post without feeling like a booger. Read here, here, and here to see my other fifteen. Thanks for reading and big ups to largeheartedboy for linking to my crucial commentary on the past year in music.

Last Five Records:

Beirut: Mark of the Zapotec - Pompeii Records

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone: Vs. Children - Tomlab Records

Handsome Furs: Face Control - Sub Pop Records

Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard: Em Are I - Rough Trade Records

The Thermals: Now We Can See - Kill Rock Stars Records

Jeff Mangum Gets Jiggy With It

Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum Returns With Chris Knox Cover

Merge Records, you sly dogs. You reissue the Neutral Milk Hotel Records on 180 gram, post mysterious video footage of the Elephant Six legends on your blog (watch below), and now a new tune!!! Plus, it's a cover of Chrix Knox, a very cool New Zealand musician who helped spawn one the better punk rock scenes of the 1980's.

Merge Records, are you hinting that something unbelievable might be happening soon?

Look, I don't feel like Jeff Mangum owes us a Neutral Milk Hotel reunion. Sometimes music this pure and brilliant is only captured for a couple years and then disappears. Mr. Mangum almost had a nervous breakdown from the attention his deeply personal musical explorations received. He turned down Michael Stipe's offer to open for R.E.M.

But if he does one day get the group back together, and they have any type of performance, I'll crush anything that stands in my way to get there.

In the meantime, let's enjoy this recently released live footage and please, fucking stop singing Holland, 1945 at every faux-hipster party.

April 8th

Two-Headed Boy

The Fool

King of Carrot Flowers Pts 2 & 3

Oh Comely

Tiger Tiger Woods, Ya'll

Dear Tiger Woods,
Thanks for providing fodder to the American people for the past two weeks and beyond. The Michael Jackson death story recently, well, died. Now we're rolling again.
You da man Tiger. You da MAN.
The American Media


Sonic Youth Tell the Story of the Chode

Sonic Youth - Dirty Boots

Sonic Youth - Bull in the Heather (Featuring Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill, Dancing on Thurston Moore's wiener)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Best Driving Around Music: 2009 Version

Recap: So far my top records of the 2009 countdown has slapped you with my favorite rock dinosaurs and the rookies of the year.

Now, feast your eyes on my favorite five albums I blasted in 2009 while driving around in my killer blue 95 Dodge Caravan.

Atlas Sound: Logos - Kranky/4AD

Circulatory System: Signal Morning - Cloud Recordings

Dan Deacon: Bromst - Carpark Records

Jeremy Jay: Slow Dance - K Records

Sunset Rubdown: Dragonslayer - Jagjaguwar Records

Beavis and Butthead Meet John Spencer

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Five Rookies from the Year 2009

Monday I brought you the top five records by old farts circa 2009.

Here are my Rookies of the Year, or, five bands that debuted their music in 2009 that I enjoyed and you should check out:

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: S/T - Slumberland Records

Nobunny: Love Visions - 1234! Go! Records

The Strange Boys: And Girls Club - In the Red Records


Hornet Leg: Ribbon of Fear - K Records

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Magnetic Fields Announce New Album

The Magnetic Fields announced they have a new record coming out early January, called Realism. Cover art found above. Their last album, Distortion, was one of my favorites of 2008.

Hit this link if you want to hear some good covers, and originals, from the Magnetic Fields, including an excellent version of "Take Ecstasy With Me" by !!!.

Beavis and Butthead Sip on Gin and Juice

Why I Missed The Latest Pixies Reunion

The Pixies are currently touring behind their 1989 release Doolittle, personally my favorite record by the band. Alas, I refuse to see them on this tour, or any future tours for that matter, and here's a couple reasons why:

1. I saw the documentary, loudQUIETloud, filmed while the Pixies were on their first reunion tour. I cannot think of a more depressing movie about music. It beats out Dig! Drummer David Lovering comes across as a very sad drug-addicted bastard, Kim Deal and Frank Black still despise each other, and Jose Santiago is pissed that he has to deal with these three nitwits. It's clear from minute number one that the only reason they're touring again is to make some money. Of course, they hadn't made any in their original incarnation and were all kinda broke before they got back together. I found this is as an acceptable consequence of what occurs in the commercial music business and didn't care about the selling-out aspect. It was more depressing how money degraded the band's dynamic into an episode of the Real World/Road Rules challenge. After seeing loudQUIETloud, I had an image in my mind of the Pixies as some of the saddest people ever invented.

2. Then I saw Kim Deal perform with The Breeders and she was happy and goofy the entire performance. Making it much more obvious how much she hates Frank Black. I like Kim Deal after seeing her play in The Breeders. Frank Black, the jury is still out on that bald guy.

3. At 50$ a pop, in this battered economy, that seems a tad steep.

OK, so I AM jealous of the people who saw the Pixies, they are a cool band. I'll contradict myself. Most of the reason I didn't see them lies in answer #3. Still, that movie is an embarrassment. Don't see it, it'll make you hate the Pixies a little.

Here is a video of them performing Debaser (Via An Uncontrollable Urge):

Also, check out An Uncontrollable Urge interview The Soft Pack (formerly known as The Muslims)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Celtics' Marquis Daniels = Movie Star

New Boston Celtics phenom Marquis Daniels has landed a big-time role in James Cameron's newest epic Avatar:

Cameron used tons of new really sweet technology to make Daniels look blue. WHICH MEANS HES AN ALIEN!!! IT'S SYMBOLISM!!!

Beavis and Butthead Do The Ramones

Best Reaction Ever:

Death Panels Threaten Rock n' Roll Kings

2009 was a scary year for the elderly. Health Care reform inevitably has produced death panels: government officials will decide whether your granddaddy will get his liposuction.

Let's hope when the following five bands are brought up to trial, the jury will consider the following musical recordings, released in the past year, before rendering their decisions.

Five Albums From 2009 By Old People That I Liked:

Mission of Burma
: The Sound, the Speed, The Light - Matador Records

Sonic Youth: The Eternal - Matador Records

Dinosaur Jr
: Farm - Jagjaguwar Records

Pissed Jeans
: King of Jeans - Sub Pop

Califone: All My Friends are Funeral Singers - Dead Oceans

An Exercise in Snobbery: The Best Records of the Year

Dear Readers,
The next week I intend to present my favorite records of the year in order to unearth them from the tedious cycle that is the hipster-wheel of doom. Sick isn't it? A band releases a record, a few people mutter incoherently about their uninformed reactions, and we forget about it all two months later.

I am fighting against the ignorance for you, bands who don't know me and probably never will.

Warning: The following list I have compiled doesn't have an arbitrary ranking system.

I'm already a fraud for publishing any sort of list. Rankings would make me a fool.

Do not panic. I am doing this intentionally.

I promise: it's in order to spread the word about recordings that, after a decent year in music, should be heard by all interested parties. Plus it might've slipped by yah.

I'm going to throw up five a day until I run out. It could amount to twenty-five.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

God Bless Sleater-Kinney

OK so Sleater-Kinney broke up this decade waa-waa I'm a baby they were awesome I miss them, etc.

Carrie Brownstein still represents the old school Northwest goodness on her NPR Blog, Monitor Mix.

Recently she interviewed a whole buncha cool, underrated artists and industry moguls about the past decade, including Jean Smith of Mecca Normal and Hutch Harris from The Thermals.

Read the post here.

Plus, if you're interested in behind-the-scenes information like me, check out this round table discussion Carrie did with all the leaders of some of the best underground rock record labels.

Glenn Beck Vs. Sarah Palin is a Hooot

I don't know why I find this way funny, but then again, I do love America.
Why don't you decide:

Leon + Kramer = Comedic Masterpiece

Haven't watched Curb Your Enthusiasm? Never saw Seinfeld? Doesn't matter. Watch this clip from Episode 9 of this past season of Curb. You don't need to know the context, that's how gosh-darn pee my pants funny you will find it:

The Avalanches Have New Music - Time to Freak Out

The vinyl sample kings The Avalanches have a brand new twenty-three minute dance number called "Brains (Teazer)" that is grand and must be heard by everyone.

I could never quite pinpoint why The Avalanches' last record Since I Left You was so damn good until I heard this new material. These Aussies know how to run the dance music game with carnal beats, dense production, and a certain giddy addictive element that makes me hit the replay button.

Check out the new song here. (Via Stereogum)

Gotta give credit when credit is due. Stereogum showcased this new number as part of their 25 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010 List which has a few interesting tidbits of information about bands I like. Worth a glance.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Providence, Concerts, Blah Blah Blah

Went to this show last night:

I liked this band:


That's all I have to say about that.

Circulatory System - A Little Bit Different

Circulatory System! New Record! Signal Morning!

FYI: Circulatory System are William Cullen Hart's musical project, a dude from the original Elephant 6 collective. Last record came from Hart over seven years ago, due to the fact he's been battling multiple sclerosis.

I've listened to this album once a day for the past week. Signal Morning is the best Elephant 6-related piece of music to come out in the past five years and stands up well against the classics from Neutral Milk Hotel and Olivia Tremor Control.

Here is my review, via

Monday, November 23, 2009

I Like Music, If You Didn't Notice

Jeffrey Lewis, one of the better modern songwriters out there, tells the story of early NYC Punk:

Vivian Girls, Brooklyn punk rockers, play a pretty-sounding set, recorded by a good film maker:

Nirvana, that Seattle grunge band, rock the fuck out. Note Dave Grohl's drumming chops:

Check out the review of their new DVD, Live at Reading.

Breaking Bad = Recommended TV Show

Today I finished watching Season 1 of the AMC series Breaking Bad.

I rate the show as an instant classic in the realm of artistically challenging and entertaining television.

I know Mad Men, also on AMC, has gotten a lot of accolades of late. If you like Mad Men, you should try and catch this show.

Watch out for March 2010, when Season 3 of Breaking Bad starts. Catch it before everyone else does, if you want to be hip like me! Or at least to support intelligent television.

More fans + high ratings = the continuation of great TV.

Brian Cranston (above), won a best actor Emmy for his role as a chemistry teacher who learns he has lung cancer and decides to cook crystal meth to save up some cash for his family if/when he dies. It's hard to believe he's the same person who starred as Hal in Malcolm in the Middle.

The show makes Weeds, another dark comedy about selling drugs in America suburbia, look like a glorified porno. And I like that show. (Worth noting: Weeds has a lot of nudity and is very much over-the-top).

The acting, writing, and camera work in Breaking Bad are all top notch.

The storyline is fresh without being outrageous, heartfelt without being overly-sentimental, and dramatic without being slow-motion boring.

The Soprano's is one show that is a very close companion to Breaking Bad: in the most basic summary, it's a fascinating drama about families dealing with the difficulties of the real world.

And Cranston does steal the show. He acts his ass off and is dominant on all levels, but especially on his concentration on humanistic details. Facial expressions, body language, and voice levels aid the overall quality of Cranston's bad-ass role.

If you're bored and want to start watching a new show, try to hunt down the pilot of Breaking Bad. It sucked me right in, right off the bat, in the first scene, of the first episode, and if your a fan of high quality television, you won't be disappointed.

Note: Season 2 of Breaking Bad will be released on January 5. Try to watch Season 1 first, it is the type of show you want to see in the correct order.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

These are Two of My Favorite Things...

Sarah Palin and 2012? Give it to me baby.


I changed the TV to the live music channel and was quite pleased to see my boy Neil Young singing "Heart of Gold." Not my favorite track by him but solid nonetheless.

I looked down at my computer to check my email. Then I looked up to check what song Neil was playing next and guess who's staring at me?

Robert Plant. Circa 2006. He looks like this:

Apparently, the shows had changed over. I had caught the tail end of a Neil Young show, the beginning of a Robert Plant special. What a disparity in musical talent.

I am suffering from some serious disappointment, yes-sir. Sucks more than Octa-Mom.

Most disappointing portion of my otherwise chill weekend.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Califone - Funeral Singers

Califone are one of my favorite contemporary bands.
They have a new record out:
"All My Friends Are Funeral Singers."

Read my review.

Check Out the New Music Video (via Pfork)

Fugazi - Waiting Room

I had to post this video of early Fugazi performing "Waiting Room." Via my homie David's blog, Uncontrollable Urge. Blast dis joint right here:

Friday, November 20, 2009

MTV Wins Booby Prize

The best show ever invented, MTV's "Jersey Shore," premieres on December 3.

It may be the single greatest achievement of the 21st century.

Sociologists ain't got nothin' on MTV Reality.

Here is the first trailer:

If Aliens were real, they'd be from New Jersey. And blitzed out from huffin' on hair products.

If all television was this good, there would be a zero percent unemployment rate.

"Jersey Shore" crosses over cultural boundaries, linking all species together, in order to point and laugh at ridiculous guidos.

It is the most American television show ever.

Here is the second trailer:

I am more excited about "Jersey Shore" than the Super Bowl.

Mick Foley on The Daily Show

Somewhere, my seventh grade self is smiling:

Gaywatch - Peter Vadala & William Phillips
The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorHealth Care Crisis

Don't Look Back: Oh Mi Oh My

Guess I'm selling my Pavement tickets:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Concert Poster Here, A Concert Poster There


I love me a good concert poster.

Here's one from a concert I'm going to tonight, followed by a couple old ones, from shows I've been to the past month or so. Enjoy!

Conan O'Brien Kills

I am a big ol' Conan O'Brien fan, from the days when he was on at 1230 and re-aired on Comedy Central. (Whatever happened to that?)

That dweeb hit me in all the right places on my funny bone.

Whoever thought moving to 1130 was a good idea should be put on heavy tranquilizers and be forced to watch every episode of the Craig Ferguson show on repeat for several days. Shit's rough.

I'm disappointed by the lack of energy from Conan since the move.

The guy seems pissed off he that he got moved, mostly cuz he had to tone his shtick down a helluva lot.

At first, his attitude seemed downtrodden and pathetic. The dude was bummed out, his main strength, left-field wackiness, had been de-balled.

The Network made Conan go towards the middle road, trying to rope in people who watched Leno. That didn't work, cuz Leno is, respectfully, lame and tacky.

That's a reflection of his audience. He falls back on jokes that are not challenging and simple-minded. Did I mention lame?

So, Conan got screwed cuz even his middle-of-the-road shit is way out there compared to Leno.

In the end, his real time-slot is 1230, a niche that he dominates cuz people who are still up at that time are looking for something interesting, something new.

Well, evidence from the following videos makes it seem like his bitterness has started to creep into his comedy a bit.

Maybe his attitude started to turn a little after he fell and got that concussion.

Either way, he's starting to take out his anger on celebrities, something he's pretty damn good at. He wrote for The Simpsons, after all.

I don't know if he's fighting with the Network about his guests, but it seems pretty clear that he disliked Heidi and Spencer, stars of The Hills.

I've never seen Conan hate on guests as much as he does in the following videos.

Bonus: Check out the third video, where he reacts to Kirstie Alley's twitter heckling.

Kirstie Alley Vid:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

On the Rise - Freddie Gibbs

I've been so bored with 95% of new hip hop lately.

I have zero patience with any of it and when it's on my iPod I usually get ADD and change it to Sonic Chicken 4 before I start getting pissy.

That has changed with the recent discovery of the new Freddie Gibbs mixtape/album, midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik.

This is a Banging LP, my friends. Download it and bump it, loudly, in your ride, preferably while smoking multiple bluntz. That's how Gibbs would want it.

He has another one out, The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, which I haven't heard yet but will, in due time.

Why I like it: It sounds like UGK. 'Nuff said.

Check out track 3 on midwest... and you'll prob agree with me.

Bob Dylan - Must Be Santa Claus

Bob Dylan, singing a Christmas song, dressed in a wig, dancing.

I laughed so hard I cried. Please watch.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Common Sense

Sarah Palin is a Southern goddess and can say and do whatever the fuck she feels like doing, any time, any place, any where.

She's from Alaska, prick, ain't nobody that can touch that shit.

Mt. Olympus for rednecks.

Ya ever hear of an Evangelical punk rocker? She's the motherfucking first.

Rock out, Mrs. Palin. Read her recent remarks here:
Rush Interviews Sarah, Common Sense Pervades Conversation.

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