Monday, November 23, 2009

Good Night, Keith Moon

The Teaches of Peaches

Peaches and Amanda Blank performed at the Metro last Friday. There was crowdwalking. That's all I'm going to say. Take a look at Tankboy's photos here; they do a pretty good job of capturing the absurdity and fabulousness of the entire night.

Hardware = Records

A new record store is opening in Logan Square (although I can't understand why anyone would open a new store in this musical economic climate), and wouldn't you know, it's right near my new house.

Logan Hardware (2410 W. Fullerton) offically opens in January, but The Reader's Peter Margasak talks about their soft opening here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lady Gaga Infiltrates My iTunes

Sometimes I feel way involved in music, then other times I feel way behind the times. I admittedly ignore most of what's popular and just listen to what I like--stumbling on it my own way instead of listening to other people (much like my life... Hi Dad!). But occasionally I'll pick up on something that's been hot for a while, and then I get my sisters going "I thought you knew everything about music." Enter Lady Gaga. I'm not going to say she's my favorite musician of the year or anything, but I just couldn't deny the draw of all those hit singles anymore. Hey, maybe I thought "Poker Face" would be a one-off and she would fade away like most popsters, but she didn't. Instead, more singles kept being released and they were all pretty damn catchy.

I'm the same way with online media. Sure I work on a Macbook, but I also resisted the push to Facebook (and Twitter) at first. I just joined Lala after a suggestion from my friend Jeremy. I'm not sure about how it all works, but given the new partnership with Google, it could become a crucial place to pick up and share music tips (especially with it's tether to Facebook, bc the last thing I need is another social network site to keep up with).

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Tankboy informed me that the new Them Crooked Vultures album leaked yesterday, then he informed me that it was awesome, and from what I've heard of it, I completely agree. I think track one sums it up best (particularly around 2:44):

P.S. The entire album is streaming on YouTube.

Wow. Just wow.

Ever wonder what Wayne Coyne looks like naked? Find out plus much, much, MUCH more in the new Flaming Lips video for "Watching The Planets." As Stereogum said: (NSFW. VERY.) obvs. You can bet this one won't be showing up on MTV.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's Frightening how much these guys sound like a darker Spoon.

White Rabbits' It's Frightening might just be my new favorite album, and I just found out it was produced by Britt Daniel (Spoon) which now that I know, I can't not hear his influence on the album--and that is NOT a bad thing. The sextet is based in Brooklyn but originally formed in Columbia, Missouri, the two frontmen having met at MU, which I was surprised to find out because that's my alma mater and looks as if they got together right after I skipped town. Man, sure wish I could have caught these guys at Mojos... Read my preview of their Schubas/Lincoln Hall shows here. A bit to add that I didn't fit in the write-up--I just noticed the heavy use of piano on the album, which I was surprised that I didn't notice before bc usually I can not STAND a lot of piano (just brings me shudders of Billy Joel) but here it doesnt annoy me, then I realized THAT is what gives it that Spoon-esque pop sound.

Plus, this video is a MUST SEE.

In other news, I'm really digging this new OK GO single, "WTF?". Stream it here.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lazy Sunday

Its Sunday and as Tankboy and I sit on the couch I wonder if I should read my new book (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), my new magazine (Narural Health), start writing my posts to go up on Transmission this week, or just veg in front of the tv. Tv looks like it just might win out, but to be fair, we are watching newly discovered VH1 Classic. Yesterday we were sucked into the 7 Ages of Rock and we were just watching a documentary on the making of U2's Joshua Tree. So, I'm enriching myself on a topic I love AND relaxing at the same time, right?

UPDATE: Now it's a doc on The Who. Not a bad Sunday.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I like Weezer.

I like Weezer. I do. But after a while Weezer could get a little too, well, weezery. This song not as much. I like it. A lot. I also like the new dog meme. Enjoy.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Thought I would come back from vacation all rested and ready to rock? Think again! The last couple of weeks Tankboy and I have been so busy apartment hunting I haven't had time to think about much else! But good news--the search is over! But, that just means we'll be busy packing, moving and unpacking for the next two months. Oh, and Thanksgiving and Christmas (and my birthday) happen somewhere in there don't they... Oi.

This past weekend was Halloween, my very favorite holiday, but I was lazy this year and reused an old black cat costume (I'll make up for it next year, I swear!). Friday night we went to Double Door's annual Halloween show where current bands cover old bands. It was super fun. Our friends in The Midnight Shows (including some members of America's #1 Sweethearts) were great as Huey Lewis and the News. Catfish Haven rocked as Nirvana too, but they're the only other group I remember really well.

What were you for Halloween?