April 26, 2007

STL Cards + good tunes = bases covered.

Sorry for the lame baseball pun. That's just how we roll here. After a stunning, exciting and rainy victory over the Reds, 7-5, the truth later came out as to why Chris Duncan didn't start, or play at all for that matter, today. Chris Duncan was injured, no thanks to his roof, and had to miss the game to get a dozen or so stiches. Also, because the Cards scored over 6 runs...that means .25 cent sodas, coffee and slushes at participating Mobil gas stations. Which means I'm going to load up on Coke all day to get amped for the Cards/Cubs showdown, also known as (hopefully) an ass-whopping. I really hope I don't have to eat my words.

In other ST. LOUIS news: The RFT (Riverfront Times) ran an article about John Vanderslice, in preparation for h is May 2nd show here at The Billiken Club (which is FREE). Turns out he will be encouraging fans to come up on stage and sing his songs for him. Count me IN! Not to mention...ST. VINCENT IS TOURING WITH HIM. Hello! FREE, SINGING, JV, ST.VINCENT...I really don't see how it could get better.

Also, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran an interview with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah front man, Alec Ounsworth. Apparently the show scheduled for May 2nd at The Pageant has been cancelled due to apparent "scheduling conflicts", whatever that's supposed to mean...

For more Chris Duncan fun, go to the RFT website and see "What is Chris Duncan dry-humping this week?".

Hot shit! My favorite author, Haruki Murakami, is releasing his latest novel, After Dark, on May 8th. Countdown: 12 days. And yes, I plan on waiting at the bookstore for it. ANYWAY, Knopf has put up an excerpt of the novel.


Lastly, Spinner's videos have recently become something I actually really look forward to. And yes, it really is the small things in life that please me. Anyway, here's the latest. Where can you go wrong with a Spinner video, Huey Lewis, and the oh-so-campy Jaime Kennedy (totally kidding about Kennedy, and not the campy part).

Vestiges of youth

Growing up in Sacramento, CA, with a baseball crazed mother and a Air Force retiree father, my family would frequently buy Oakland A's tickets from Mcclellen Air Force Base (which is no longer an Air Force base due to the Clinton era base closings) and take a base provided shuttle bus for the hour and a half ride down to Oakland.

A's games in the early 90s were a real treat. It was before Mark McGwire bulked up into some kind of Incredible Hulk impersonator and before Jose Canseco killed his career by being himself. The A's had won the World Series in '89 over the cross-bridge Giants. I remember there being hats that were half Green and gold and half black and orange. We really couldn't pick one or the other to support. They got swept in 1990 by the fucking Cincinnati Reds (I still, STILL hate the Reds).

But for somebody who gets so caught up in visuals, the view was amazing. The rolling foothills were out past center field and made for a wonderful escape from the play on the field. This picture is taken roughly where we always would get seats.

But I'll be damned if motherfucking Al Davis didn't have to ruin my childhood memories by bringing his god-forsaken Raiders back to Oakland. He demanded that they alter the Coliseum so his Raiders could make more money off attendance. So, you have this abomination lurking out past centerfield.

So if I ever go to an A's game again while they're still in Oakland (I hear Fremont is offering them a nice deal), I'll be staring down that big waste of space and money. Al Davis, you have killed my childhood more than you could have ever killed your shitty football team.

April 24, 2007

Oh, the perils of home...

First, I'd like to apologize for the small break as a mini-memorial that sadly turned into a week long hiatus. We are back.
So, apparently Amy Winehouse has taken to answering the door in her bra? Ok, that's fucking disgusting. Bitch needs to eat a sandwich. Don't tell me they don't have enough varieties of butties to help you in the weight department. I especially like how she looks terrified, disgusted, confused, horrified - all of the above. Well, Amy, did it ever occur to you that you could always, oh...answer the door NOT in a bra. Or not answer the door. Or just stop ripping off people's music.


I'm a fan of Damon Albarn, not gonna lie. Love him, think he's great, used to have a little crush on him. Anyway, enough about me. Apparently, after speaking with BBC2, Albarn claims the end of times for Gorillaz will be culminated in the form of "a film score. There will be no pop record". Interesting. I'll anxiously await the music, not just because I like Albarn, but because I'm a huge music dork. While music will still come of the group, it's sort of sad to see Gorillaz just go like that.


It has been rumored recently that Tokyo Police Club are a possible band to be signed to Saddle Creek Records of Omaha, Nebraska. Tokyo Police Club are currently signed to Paperbag Records out of Canada but are making great strides on their own. Who knows? It would be pretty sweet, though. Two things I quite enjoy.


Lastly, this came out today: Dntel's Dumb Luck. Ok, go buy it. Why? It's Dntel and it has Jenny Lewis and she is the supreme goddess of music. Another album I'm excited about? FEIST - THE REMINDER. Totally getting her new album the day it comes out, MAY FIRST. Go get it. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.

April 16, 2007

Today was a day of monumental proportions:

As many of us know, a massacre occurred today on the campus of Virginia Tech. 33 lives were lost and there, when last heard from/about, were 29 people in the hospital.

As all of us here at SS are college students we are kind of under the impression that there are more important things to do than discuss music, movies or literature at the time being.

Take this non-update as our moment of silence. I reassure you that we will be back in the next day or two and our "quality" of writing will not be lost during this time. Thank you all for your understanding.

"I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?"

April 15, 2007

Let the haters hate (mirrored)

I have no desire to see Grindhouse.

B-movies are not my bag and an homage to B-movie thrillers is not going to get me to drop down cash to do my own Mystery Science Theater 3000 rendition in the theater.

I'm sorry to burst any bubbles or, more likely, play right into preconceived notions about my tastes (or perceived lack thereof).

Besides, I don't really like Seinfeld (show with no plot). Why would I like Grindhouse (movie with no point)?

It's nice and quiet...

BUT! Bjork will be performing on Satruday Night Live on Saturday, April 21. Bjork is the musical guest, with Scarlett Johansson as host.

Bjork is still set to release her follow up to Medulla on May 7th, 2007, titled Volta. Apparently Volta will feature spots with Timbaland, Antony Hegarty, Chris Corsano, Mark Bell, just to name a few, as well as "a ten piece female brass section consisting of Icleandic musicians". Which, is pretty rad considering a few of us here were brass players/band nerds in high school. Anyway, this is the tentative cover for Volta, as there have been rumors surrounding supposed anger in the cover and title of the album leaking.

Of Montreal has been playing "karaoke" shows recently. I must say I'm very intrigued and my interest has been fulfilled thanks to Cable & Tweed's mp3's.

My personal favorite, of course, is Andy Lemaster singing INXS' "Need You Tonight". And, what I also really enjoy are all the other voices we hear singing along. Of course, if you were in a car with half the people in that crowd and any of these songs came on they would probably be somewhat embarassed to belt out songs like that. Awesome.

Apparently the set list is as follows (thank you, Stereogum):

Of Montreal's Master Karaoke Playlist
ABBA - "Dancing Queen"
Big Star - "September Gurls"
Boston - "More Than A Feeling"
Buzzcocks - "Ever Fallen In Love"
Cheap Trick - "Surrender"
Clash - "Train in Vain"
David Bowie - "Moonage Daydream"
David Bowie - "Starman"
David Bowie - "Suffragette City"
David Bowie - "Hang On To Yourself"
Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers - "Islands In The Stream"
ELO - "Don't Bring Me Down"
Fleetwood Mac - "Little Lies"
Foreigner - "Hot Blooded"
Gnarls Barkley - "Crazy"
Guided by Voices - "Motor Away"
Guns N Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"
INXS - "Need You Tonight"
Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'" (performed by Griffin Walker)
Kinks - "All Day And All Of The Night"
Marvin Gaye - "Let's Get It On"
Pavement - "Cut Your Hair"
Pixies - "Here Comes Your Man"
Prince - "Raspberry Beret"
Spinal Tap - "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight"
Steve Miller - "The Joker"
Violent Femmes - "Blister In The Sun"
Rolling Stones - "Rocks Off"

Of Montreal Songs that may be sung if you don't choose anything from above list:
"Party's Crashing Us"
"Requiem for O.M.M. 2"
"Suffer For Fashion"
"Bunny Ain't No Kind Of Ryder"

Lastly, it turns out Wilco has had some toys made resembling themselves. Jeff Tweedy is a big UNKL toy collector and when UNKL heard they rung Tweedy up, asked permission to make these cute little lego-man reminiscent toys and boom. The little guys measure in at about two inches and are set to be available for purchase to the public at San Diego's Comic Con. (Again, thank you Stereogum, you are wonderful.)

April 12, 2007

Also, the state of things.

I also just saw that Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday. Is it sad that I went to look up information on this by typing into google...and the first thing that popped up was from an Australian newspaper?

I guess it really is just the state of things. I mean, I know the man was a legendary American literary figure, but shouldn't we be seeing this a bit more in OUR OWN media? Who knows. We'd rather focus on sensationalized pop stars and lacrosse rape charges...


Make a plan to love me?

Ugh. What can I say? I gave Cassadaga a listen and I kind of feel cheated. Maybe I'm just one of those Bright Eyes fans...but my favorites are still going to be Fevers and Mirrors and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. So sue me. As one of my fellow contributors stated, "Dylan was better the first time around." Which is interesting because I'm not a huge Dylan fan (again, so fucking sue me). I just feel as if it's a bit too polished, a bit too much, a wee bit too boring with nothing left to spark any interest or desire. It's kind of all been done before...and by himself. Eh.

Anyway, that's it for Cassadaga. I can give you the following information, though:

Thanks to largehearted boy, I found out that NPR has put up an interview with Conor about the newest release.

And thanks to Pitchfork, we found out that Costco are selling these ridiculous "autographed" guitars, apparently signed by Mr. Oberst himself. You'd just have to check it out for yourself to believe the silliness! Insert random 16 year old girl "teehee"...anywhere.


Season Two of The Henry Rollins Show is set to debut on Friday the 13th at 11p. I'm sure Rollins will have something to say about that. About what, you may ask? Exactly.

Rollins will be addressing the Columbine tragedy with special guest, Marilyn Manson, who will also be speaking about his new album (count me...out). Musical guest? Peaches. What an interesting show. I mean, I know a lot of us here at SS are fans of Mr. Henry Rollins and we really could care less about Manson. He's just there. But when you add Peaches brand of lesbefriendly-electro-rock music into the mix...hilarity will ensue. That's all I'll say. I can't wait to watch.


Lollapalooza's line-up "leaked" over the internerd a day early and this is what we all got:

Pearl Jam
Daft Punk
Ben Harper
Iggy & The Stooges
Modest Mouse
My Morning Jacket
Satellite Party
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Snow Patrol
The Roots
Patti Smith
Kings Of Leon
The Black Keys
Regina Spektor
Lupe Fiasco
TV On The Radio
Pete Yorn
G. Love
Paolo Nutini
Amy Winehouse
LCD Soundsystem
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Femi Kuti
Yo La Tengo
Hold Steady
Jack's Mannequin
Stephen Marley
Slightly Stoopid
Blonde Redhead
Sean Lennon
Blue October
Son Volt
Motion City Soundtrack
The Polyphonic Spree
Peter Bjorn & John
Silversun Pickups
Cansei De Ser Sexy
The Rapture
The Wailers
Roky Erickson
Tapes 'N Tapes
Heartless Bastards
The View
The Cribs
The Fratellis
Ghostland Observatory
Tokyo Police Club
Cold War Kids
Electric Six
Jim Noir
Elvis Perkins
Sam Roberts
Black Angels
Charlie Musselwhite
Juliette & The Licks
Viva Voce
David Vandervelde
Los Campesinos!
Chin Up Chin Up
Ryan Shaw
Colour Revolt
Satin Peaches
Mickey Avalon
The 1900s
Bang Bang Bang
Bound Stems
High Class Elite
Carey Ott
Matt Roan

This year's Lollapalooza will be held August 3rd-5th, at it's home in Grant Park, Chicago. Earlybird tickets are on sale for $165, but soon prices will go up to their normal fee of $195. For (a bit) more information and some pretty funny/interesting comments, go to Sterogum's website.

I just took off my robe, jackass.

"You're going to be up against people who have an opinion, a modem, and a bathrobe. All of my life, developing credentials to cover my field of work, and now I'm up against a guy named Vinny in an efficiency apartment in the Bronx who hasn't left the efficiency apartment in two years"
-Brian Williams, anchor of the "NBC Nightly News," speaking before New York University journalism students on the challenges traditional journalism faces from online media.

It's hilarious that a largely irrelevant college dropout television newscaster has the gall to call out bloggers for being pathetic.

Seriously, though. Who am I going to believe? The fact checking, meticulous blogger or the talking head who just reads what's on the teleprompter?

April 10, 2007

The elephant in the room

In sports, there is a great concern over steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. Baseball is singled out by Congress because none of them were born within the last generation or two and don't understand that baseball has lost its status as number one.

I however do care about baseball. Maybe it's because I'm a 60 year old trapped inside a 23 year old body. I've been a fan of the Bay Area (read: California, not Boston) teams since I was growing up in Northern California. It was hard to pick either one, so, I have an affinity for both. However, I ally more strongly towards the Giants.

Being a Giants fan carries some heavy baggage. That being Barry Bonds' huge, 'roided up noggin. Everybody has kicked that dead horse and I'm not going to continue. We know Barroids was on something. There is no other way to explain how a baseball player reaches his peak after the age of 35. Ok, I lied. I just kicked it again.

You know, that reminds me of somebody else who has cemented their Hall of Fame status late in their career: Roger Clemens.

The ol' Texas prick has obvious anger problems. Normal people don't get thrown out of under-10 games. Normal people don't make racist cracks about Asians and dry cleaning during international baseball. Normal people aren't still pitching at 45 without serious help from the medical community. Conditioning and working out doesn't help your body do what Clemens' has been doing.

Give up the ghost, Rog. You can't fool everybody all the time... but God knows you've fooled the sports media.

April 9, 2007

Ethanol is not the answer

I'm telling you now, ethanol is not the answer to aiding "America's dependency on foreign oil."

Reports are coming out showing that food prices are set to rise because corn previously used for soda (corn syrup), feeding cattle (beef, milk), and other products are being snapped up to be used for ethanol production... despite the fact a majority of cars in this country cannot run E-86 fuel.

Naturally, America's farmers want you to know nothing is going to change

Why do I care? Because America's soft drink companies decided it was a cheaper qua better for them to sweeten their colas with corn syrup instead of sugar. Sugar is more costly to obtain and corn has always been incredibly cheap... until now. Will soda companies go back to using sugar? God I hope so. Why should the rest of the world get Coke better than we get? Mexican Coke is like a breath of fresh air. Same with Dublin Dr. Pepper (made with Imperial Sugar).

So, ethanol is not the answer to pollution or foreign oil because it raises the price of my soda. Saving the environment? Get real. I'm trying to save some change.

New things for tomorrow:

Tommorrow Bright Eyes' new CD, Cassadaga will be available for public consumption.

And you know? I've had this album for about 3 weeks or so now. And, no, not a leak. The actual album, casing and leaflet and all...and I have honestly not listened to it once. Why, you ask? I have no clue. I guess after I received the promotional copy of the Four Winds EP I wanted nothing to do with Bright Eyes anymore. I know it sounds harsh, but to me it just seemed too much, too predictable, too overdone and almost boring. Nothing at all stuck out. However, after hearing what all the other music bloggers (ew) have had to say...I'm intrigued by Cassadaga. I guess I have to listen to it tonight and I'll give you an opinion later...


Also to be released tomorrow?
The quirky, fun and oh-so-unpredictable Danielson Famile DVD featuring some Sufjan Stevens in the mix. Danielson: a Family Move {or make a joyful noise HERE} is a documentary that has been "in the making" for years now (including 2003's Cornerstone festival, when I was a wee little lass and saw them there) and features the then unbeknownst to the indie rock world, Sufjan Stevens. Interesting...count me in.


The alleged "nicest guy in music, indie rock, rock and roll", John Vanderslice, has begun his Spring 2007 tour. Along for the ride is Ms. Annie Clark (member of Polyphonic Spree as well as a guitarist for Sufjan Stevens' (2 mentions in one posting, congratulations, Sufjan) touring band) to help promote her upcoming album Marry Me.

Many music bloggers are all aglow with St. Vincent's upcomer, set to release July 10th. Go check out St. Vincent on tour with John Vanderslice:

4/10/07 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
4/12/07 Ames, IA - The M Shop
4/13/07 Chicago, IL - Lake Shore Theater
4/14/07 Grand Rapids, MI - Ladies Literary Club
4/15/07 Athens, OH - Ohio University
4/17/07 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
4/18/07 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
4/19/07 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
4/20/07 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
4/21/07 Hamden, CT - The Space
4/24/07 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
4/25/07 Washington D.C. - The Rock and Roll Hotel
4/26/07 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
4/28/07 Charleston, SC - The Map Room
4/29/07 Columbia, SC - The (Art) Garage
4/30/07 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
5/01/07 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
5/02/07 St. Louis, MO - St. Louis University's Biliken Club
5/03/07 Springfield, MO - Randy Bacon Gallery
5/05/07 Denton, TX - Dan's Silverleaf
5/06/07 Austin, TX - Emo's

Remember: This is the tour that St. Vincent is on WITH John Vanderslice. For full dates, check Annie's myspace or blog.

Currently Rocking: Walken - Wilco

April 8, 2007

New Bjork. New Chuck. New mish-mash of it all.

I've got a little bit of everything to report in our absence over the weekend:

Chuck Palahniuk is set to release his new book, Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey, on May 1st.
It wouldn't be a Palahniuk book if it didn't have some oddities and gore - Buster Casey is a now dead serial murderer and this book recounts his life through stories told by families, friends and enemies who survive him. Expect a bit of humor sprinkled throughout the haunting themes that usually trail in Palahniuk's novels.

Go here. to find more information about Chuck Palahniuk's tour to support the book and how to pre-order the book from Amazon, Powell's and Barnes and Noble.


Bjork's single, Earth Intruders, from her newest release, Volta, will be available for digital download today. Volta is set to be released May 8th. Here is a sample found with the help of both Stereogum and Spinner.


The (predominantly) Athens, GA group, Summerbirds in the Cellar, will be headed out on tour this spring.
These guys went on tour with Now It's Overhead last summer and I'd highly recommend going to a show if they are in your area. You'll be sorry you missed out. Check out their latest release, with the hands of the hunter it all becomes dead, produced by Andy LeMaster of NIO. You could also check them out on their myspace page.

4/17/07 Tallahassee, FL - Beta Bar
4/18/07 Jacksonville, FL - Jackrabbits
4/19/07 Ybor City, FL - Crowbar
4/20/07 Orlando, FL - The Social
4/21/07 Gainsville, FL - 1982
4/22/07 Lakeland, FL - Lillian's
4/27/07 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
4/28/07 Athens, GA - 40 Watt
4/29/07 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
4/30/07 Washington D.C. - DC9
5/01/07 Philadelphia, PA - Khyber
5/02/07 Cambridge, Ma - TT the Bear's
5/03/07 Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
5/05/07 Manhattan, NY - Piano's
5/06/07 Baltimore, MD - Lo-Fi Social Club
5/08/07 Greenville, NC - Turducken House
5/09/07 Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
5/11/07 Athens, GA - Caledonia
6/15/07 Athens, GA - 40 Watt

Currently Rocking: Come on! Feel the Illinoise! - Sufjan Stevens (Thank you, Left of Center on Sirius Ch. 26!)

April 6, 2007

tour info. out tha' wazoo

I have quite a bit of tour information for you today. Spring is most definitely here and in full swing, as all the good tours crawl out the woodwork for our pleasure.
Apostle of Hustle, Andrew Whiteman's band that isn't Broken Social Scene, will be headed out on an America/Canada tour, to support their newest release National Anthem of Nowhere. Dates will be played with one of four different bands, including Andrew Bird and Memphis (yet another band including members of Broken Social Scene).

4/14/07 Ottawa, Ontario - Zaphod Beeblebrox
4/20/07 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
4/21/07 Milwaukee, WI - Pitman Theater
4/22/07 Columbia, MO - Blue Note
4/23/07 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground
4/25/07 Boulder, CO - Bart's CD Cellar
4/25/07 Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
4/27/07 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
5/01/07San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
5/02/07 San Francisco, CA - Amoeba Records
5/04/07 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
5/05/07 Seattle, WA - Sonic Boom Records
5/05/07 Seattle, WA - Showbox Theater
5/06/07 Vancouver, British Columbia - Zulu Records
5/06/07 Vancouver, British Columbia - Red Room
5/08/07 Victoria, British Columbia - The Lucky Bar
5/09/07 Kelowna, British Columbia - Habitat
5/10/07 Edmonton, Alberta - Velvet Underground
5/11/07 Canmore, Alberta - Canmore Hotel
5/12/07 Calgary, Alberta - The Hi Fi Club
5/13/07 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Amigo's
5/14/07 Regina, Saskatchewan - The Exchange
5/15/07 Winnipeg, Manitoba - Collective Cabaret
5/18/07 Toronto, Ontario - Lula Lounge

Notice, some of the dates are doubled as AoH will be playing in-store shows at record shops as well as in club venues. Also, check out where AoH will be stopping by, because nearly everynight the supporting band with them may change. I get lucky and have Andrew Bird at the Columbia show.


Another tour to support a new release: The Klaxons, who put out an album more recently than Apostle of Hustle, will begin touring this Sunday in Toronto to support the U.S. release of Myths of the Near Future.

And like any good band from the UK who comes to tour the U.S., they will be ending their U.S. dates with a performance at a great festival. Indio, CA, home of Coachella, will be the final resting place of the Klaxons U.S. tour. After that, they will go home and have big, sexy parties - a.k.a. shows at home in the UK.

4/08/07 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
4/10/07 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
4/11/07 Boston, MA - Great Scott
4/13/07 Brooklyn, NY - Studio B
4/14/07 Philadelphia, PA - Transit
4/15/07 Chicago, IL - Urban Outfitters
4/16/07 Chicago, IL - Schubas
4/19/07 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
4/21/07 Los Angeles, CA - El Plex
4/22/07 Vancouver, British Columbia - Richard's on Richards
4/23/07 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Café
4/24/07 Portland, OR - Dante's
4/26/07 San Francisco, CA - Popscene
4/29/07 Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field - COACHELLA

A few of these shows will be played with either Bonde do Role or Soulwax Nite Versions. The Philadelphia, PA show at Transit will have both Bonde do Role and Soulwax Nite Versions.


The Flaming Lips will be heading out this next week for a "mini"-tour. Here are the dates for those of you lucky enough to be around/travel to these areas:

4/11/07 Athens, FL - Classic Center
4/12/07 Orlando, FL - House of Blues Orlando
4/13/07 Pompano Beach, FL - Pompando Beach Ampitheater
4/14/07 Saint Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
4/15/07 Gainesville, FL - Flavet Field at University of Florida
4/17/07 N. Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues Myrtle Beach
4/18/07 Raleigh, NC - Disco Rodeo
4/19/07 Norfolk, VA - The Norva
4/21/07 Providence, Rhode Island - Main Green Brown University

How many "House of Blues" venues are there?! And I guess it was too much for the lips to play on April 20th...

April 5, 2007

LA, you always let me back in


Turns out Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) gets awards other than the ones I just randomly make up in my head for her...

Yes, she is one of my idols. So sue me. MS. JENNY LEWIS has received an award from her contributions to the town of Los Angeles, CA. As board president of the LA City Council, Eric Garcetti, stated she was honored for "outstanding community service and accomplishments...that continue to expand opportunities for generations to come". Nice! It makes me love her even more. You should, too.

You can find the full, but short, article here.

the way the cookie crumbles.

I just got an email informing me of Ms. Lily Allen's wonderful presence gracing St. Louis in June. Yes, I'm going. And everyone who has the chance to see her should go as well. I'd like to make it easier on you by giving you these dates.

4/7/07 Boston, MA - Roxy
4/10/07 Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
4/11/07 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
5/15/07 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
5/21/07 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
5/22/07 Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
5/23/07 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
5/26/07 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
5/27/07 Detroit, MI - Majestic Thatre
5/28/07 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
5/30/07 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
6/04/07 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues Cleveland
6/05/07 Indianapolis, IN - Vogue Theatre
6/06/07 Saint Louis, MO - The Pageant
6/08/07 Dallas, TX - The Palladium Ballroom
6/12/07 Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
6/13/07 Orlando, FL - House of Blues Orlando


In other news:

As many fans of the Mates of State might know, the two song/love birds Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner have a young (read: maybe 2 years old?) daughter. They have decided to tour...with baby in tow.

Babble.com has picked the band up as a type of guest columnist. Kori and Jason divulge into various topics surrounding taking a small child on tour, including diaper runs, soundchecks, who watches Magnolia while they are on stage, tour bussing and many more interesting areas.

Columns of note, at least for me, are:
#3 - touring with Death Cab/The Starlight Mints (who also have a young girl)
#5 - Magnolia's stage debut and a "slimy little" English man
#6 - 14 things they love/hate about the UK (pretty damn funny)
#13 - Potty training Magnolia and the beginning of the "This American Life" tour
#14 - The "Rock and Roll Parenting Manifesto" created by Kori, the rant is actually pretty funny (it's easy to see both sides of the story, however, I like her ideas and side of the story more than anyone else's)


Oh, and I just flipped through the television stations and found that David Spade's "The Showbiz Show" just reported the news about K.I.T.T. from Knightrider being on sale. So, there I beat Spade to it. And I wasn't making jokes that only he thought was funny in doing so...

Currently Rocking: The Klaxons - Totem on the Timeline

April 4, 2007

and we don't care about the young folks

It never fails that commercials incessantly ruin prime television time for all viewers. So, tonight as I'm watching the ball game (Go Cards!) I hear a whistling tune, which sounds strikingly familiar to my ears, as the main "track" on a commercial.

I tell myself "No, it's just someone trying to be cute and mock a 'chinese' ringtone...", and then proceed to ignore it. My ears are most definitely in check, then I focus my eyes in to see the cover of the album "Writers Block" by none other than those Swedish "heart throbs" Peter Bjorn & John.

Thank you, AT&T. You haven't made me want to buy any of your services or products, however, you have made me want to listen to more Peter Bjorn & John.

Being as cool as I really am, I went to Wikipedia to check out where else, other than on my iTunes collection and Sirius Radio, I may have heard this song. Turns out, this song has been used on Grey's Anatomy (yuck) and How I Met Your Mother (two disgustingly cute thumbs up). Interesting...

Anway, I was feeling the Peter Bjorn & John love all night. So, I'd like to share the video for "Young Folks". It kind of gives of a Scooby Doo meets Sealab 2021 meets Swedish indie pop meets give everyone something cute to relate to type of vibe. Check it out for yourself.

April 3, 2007

Got a spare $149,995?

Well, you could always buy K.I.T.T of Knightrider fame.

Though none of the buttons don't actually work, the buttons all light up in their green, red and yellow splendor. The car also boasts two working video screens on the dash and non-working buttons including "ski mode, rocket boost, micro jam, silent mode, oil slick and eject". It's too bad none of those work. If you ask me, those alone are selling points.

Keep in mind, if you do end up buying it, that K.I.T.T. is not street legal due to its modifications. Which should make all of us very sad.

Oh, and Der Hoff sat in it a few times.

April 2, 2007

What is your contribution again, honey?

Honestly. What is Avril's problem? Did she suddenly realize the guy she married is from Sum 41, got really upset and took it out on the rest of the world?

All I know is that if I ever raised my daughter to do that kind of crap to an upstanding, albeit terrifying in the hair department, British pop music fan/gentleman...I'd smack her. On air.

Only are people who actually sell records allowed to act anything remotely like that. And really, that's quite debatable. I guess she's just still trying to prove to the world that she's TOtaLLy PuNx RAwK! All the while playing cute, flitty, songs about...you know what? I'll just let you take a peek into some lyrics from her upcoming album:

You’re so fine
I want you mine
You’re so delicious
I think about ya all the time
You’re so addictive
Don’t you know what I could do to make you feel alright?
Don’t pretend I think you know I’m damn precious
And Hell Yeah
I’m the motherfucking princess
I can tell you like me too and you know I’m right

Ahhh...such refreshing, punk rock, thoughtful and meaningful lyrics. Avril Lavigne, you give the young punk rocker girls something to aspire to.

Currently Rocking: The Pipettes - Pull Shapes

Do not ever be a toolbag

I speak from experience on this subject. I'm not proud to admit such, but truth is ultimately truth.

You should not, under any set of circumstances, harbor any kind of feelings beyond friendship for another person while you yourself are in a committed relationship with another person. There is zero justification beyond simple selfishness. You are being the biggest toolbag on the planet if you mention these fleeting thoughts to another person and don't let your partner in on your feelings.

ESPECIALLY if you're preparing to skip out of the world for a while. In my case, I wasn't leaving anywhere. Things were difficult in the relationship and I buckled mentally. I never actually did anything aside from feel idiotic feelings.

The responsible thing is to grow the hell up. Decide if you want to keep the person you're with. If you do, excellent. If you don't, end it. It's not fair to the other person in the relationship to be subjected to your indecisive whims.

Do not ever be a toolbag.

And personal hygiene goes a long way, dudes.