May 31, 2007

I think I'm winning:

SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD - RIVERFRONT TIMES MUSIC SHOWCASE 2007

This sort of "mini-festival" consists of a numerous amount of nominees for the RFT Awards, which comes around in about 2 weeks. This is such a great idea and looks to be a huge amount of fun, massive amounts of good beer and company, and most importantly GREAT local music. Sadly, it is reminiscent of SXSW because there are plenty of good bands and a few of them all play at the same time at different venues, of course all within walking distance. However, the fact that it's $5 for a nearly 10 hour day full of music makes it that much better. My pick? The best show will be at Cicero's and that's where you will find me and the rest of the SS crew. It will be a great time there with the Dynabros and then we'll probably head over to Blueberry Hill's Duck Room for Target Market to tear it the fuck up. Come hang out with us. You have no excuse if you are in the area because I'm giving you the schedule, here.

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It's true, I have succumb to the grips of Cansei De Ser Sexy. When I first heard them, around a year or so ago, I thought they were a complete joke. So, I didn't give in because I didn't want to be "that girl that listens to that joke bands like Tenacious D". Don't ask why, I just thought that it was a joke, too weird and kitschy. And, now I'm completely head over heels. It's true. Anyway, thanks to Gorilla vs. Bear (whom seems to be one of bloginternerd loves) I've found that Lovefoxxx is possibly cuter than I ever thought. She seems to be relatively pleased with herself in nearly every scene where you can see her smiling face. Though, I must ask...why The Bloodhound Gang?


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My Old Kentucky Blog (also one of my bloginternerd loves, especially because of his use of "internerd" like me and "El Doucho") is spotted knocking on Kobe. I have never ever in my life liked Kobe Bryant and this just helps me further that hate and distrust I have of the guy. MOKB does a great job of expressing that hatred along with the general crappiness that is the NBA. Sorry, the only hoops action I can get into lies in the hands of the NCAA.
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Junior Senior have announced plans to release their latest album Hey Hey My My Yo Yo stateside on August 14th, only two years since its release over there (as the war-time song proclaimed). The now defunct Le Tigre is featured on the album, as are some of the B-52's. It's been far too long, my friends. Speaking of Le Tigre, check out this Junior Senior video featuring JD AND Peaches (it's a twofer)!!!

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I've always had a soft spot for Perry Farrell, maybe not always his bands but him as a person. I just think he's a cute little guy...or something. Anyway, I just thought I'd add this goofy video from Spinner. One of my favorites? The kid with the toaster oven.

May 17, 2007

Need your needs:

I'm extremely excited for the news I'm about to announce. Quite a few people already know about it, but I'm particularly excited and it's for all kinds of reasons. Georgie James has announced that they have signed with Saddle Creek and will be releasing their new album, Places, in September or October of this year. This is great news because not only am I a fan of Georgie James but I'm also a lame-ass, weak little Saddle Creek street teamer (still). What does that mean for me? I get promotional goodies, I get to share the wealth of good music, poster up St. Louis and surrounding areas with Georgie James/Saddle Creek stuff, and I'll get the album before you suckers do. I'm also looking forward, hopefully, to seeing them play live here in St. Louis (for free, because I'm awesome). I still miss Q and Not U (a lot) but I'm really happy for Georgie James and looking extremely forward to their future and success.

Some "upcoming" Georgie James shows:
May 26: St. Stephen's Church - Washington, D.C.
June 14: The Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
June 15: Mojo 13 - Wilmington, DE
June 16: Johnny Brenda's - Philidelphia, PA
August 11: Recher Theatre - Towson, NJ*
*With Ted Leo and Birds of Avalon (neat!)
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In the past 6 months of so I have completely fallen in love with Cansei De Ser Sexy. I must say, without sounding too awkward, I've been watching every move that CSS makes and just watching their name pile up in the "playing at _______________ festival" categories and blog posts/ music news stories. CSS was actually a huge make or break for making the decision to go to Lollapalooza or not (which I still can't, unless you'd like to donate to me/SS or I find a big bag of money...I'm a teacher). Anyway, thanks to Gorilla Vs. Bear and, in essence IHEARTCOMIX, I've found a way to quench my thirst for some new CSS information and junk. So, here it is, albeit a bit creepy because it reminds me of those nightmare-inducing things or creatures they used to just throw in randomly to children's programming...


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And now for something completely different.
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A real big "ooopsie!" from Engadget today, who temporarily cost Apple $4 million after claiming that they had recieved "information" that the iPhone and Leopard (the most recent/next version of Mac OS X). So, what sucks more? The fact that you started the rumor that sent stocks plunging...or fessing up to it like a child? Who knows, but at least they "cleared up" the misinformation later on in the day. This is why you read and reread and reread again with news like this. Hell, any kind of news. That's just a lesson in messing up, saving face, apologizing and then...being ridiculed for it later on. However, my favorite part? The fact that Engadget just declares "False Alarm" and I just want to add an exclamation point after that to show the true ridiculousness of the whole damn thing.

*Credit to MSN Money - Apple Inc. - Stock chart, Index chart.

May 16, 2007

Because you all care sooo much...


What am I listening to?

Battles - Mirrored. I remember walking around campus listening to EP C's "B+T" on my now sold-for-rent-money iPod and feeling totally encompassed by the layers and layers of sound. Mirrored does not disappoint but does disorient with all the Tyondai vocalizing (ok, mostly just in Atlas... totally jarred me when I first heard it). But hey, NME is sucking at the teat of Battles, so, I shall continue to do the same.

Lifetime - Lifetime. It's fashionable to crap all over hardcore, much less melodic hardcore punk like Lifetime. I mean, Lifetime is in some ways responsible for a lot of the bullshit being pushed out today by being influential on a lot of musicians who are massive tools. Pete Wentz, for example. His label is responsible for putting out this Lifetime album, but I'll be damned if Pete and Fall Out Boy haven't aped melodic hardcore for all it's worth and earned a huge profit... the least he can do is put out a new Lifetime album.

So Many Dynamos - Flashlights. The Dynabros are a band very near and dear to my heart. Jenn grew up a mile or two from Ryan and Norm, competed against them in jazz band competitions, and once I entered the picture, dragged me to their shows. I've been able to watch a band coalesce from a pretty rough smattering of influence worship to a cohesive group pounding out creative, original (fuck the critics who can't come up with anything better than constant comparisons to the Dismemberment Plan) tunes. This album is just another step in the progression of four dudes I really admire and think of as friends in their musical journey. I will now go extinguish myself, because that was flaming.

The Field - From Here We Go to Sublime. Eh... I don't know about this. Seems like it's missing a lot, but that's the point of minimalism. Bah. Somebody is bound to remix this if they haven't already.

Feist - The Reminder. I wrote my thesis about the role of men in the women's suffrage movement in England. An interesting dynamic was the way that sex was portrayed in the public. Before the emergence of the feminists demanding suffrage, men could do things like read, paint, consume fine wine, and really just enjoy life without being painted as "fags"... sorry, "poofs." Along comes men uncomfortable with their traditional roles being questioned and masculinity gets redefined. Feist is one of those artists that will get you painted as a poof if you say you like it to some over-compensating petrolhead jackass. I'm going to go all renaissance man and say it's quality work that deserves to be acknowledged as such. Leslie Feist is immensely talented. Boo small-penis-overcompensation! Hooray Feist!

May 14, 2007

Apologies, Apologetics.

Slamdunk Stalin apologizes for the lack of updating! We were either graduating college, celebrating those of us here graduating college, or...drinking. So, needless to say right at this moment we've got little to nothing to report or to say. Because of our extreme lack of damn near everything newsworthy I give you...me drunk and making fun of Amy Winehouse. Huzzah! We'll be back within the next day or two.

Thanks to Perez Hilton we have this very flattering picture of only the most gorgeous woman in music: *Note: We didn't add that "Oh Amy", but kudos to Perez Hilton for doing so, I guess.

And this...would be me mocking her. Blah. I must say...I know how to look damn sexy about all the time.

Also, we wanted to share some show information! Yay!

My friend Corey Goodman of Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship will be playing with YACHT this Friday for $5 at Lemp Arts Center for $5. Seriously? Awesome! Corey/Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship needs some help from anyone and everyone who can help him. First of all, he needs your votes for the Riverfront Times award for "Best Eclectic/Uncategorizable" act. Amazing! Also, Corey needs more help with touring, so if you're a kind soul and good at helping people book shows then head on over to the SFYYR myspace page to help him out! Come on, who wouldn't want to give such a hot act your help? Also, don't expect me to give up talking about the RFT awards. With the RFT showcase coming up within the near future, friends in a few of the bands and just wanting to have a good time, the talk of the RFT awards won't end until the showcase is over. I'll probably even talk about it after the showcase...

Here's that YACHT video. Get excited!

May 10, 2007

Yes, pixelated.

New Fujiya & Miyagi video for "Ankle Injuries". Just a warning: this video is very trippy, and that's about all I've got for you at this hour.



Other than a new Apostle of Hustle video, too. This one is for "National Anthem of Nowhere", titled after the album release of the same name.



Have a good night.

May 8, 2007

How to make a lot of people simultaneously angry


As a disclaimer, I subscribe to the trite phrase "love the sinner, hate the sin" (despite theological ruminations saying man cannot love completely nor hate without malice, tied together with the circular reasoning that God can simply because He's God... I look at that as a bit of a bullshit answer on the level of a first grader explaining that they broke a window because they could).

With that in mind, I admonish my youthful peers to practice safe sex if they feel they must have sex. The reasons are a bit selfish, I will admit. I am not so concerned about you contracting STDs because that immediately becomes your problem and not mine. I am not going to be having sex with you anyway, but I empathize with your predicament.

The reason I urge you all to wear protection is because I partially grew up in Oklahoma and I received zero sexual education. Yes, no abstinence only education; no free condoms in school; nothing. Parents of the prior generation didn't seem to bother to teach their children about sex either, so, kids were receiving no kind of information other than what they garnered through the media. Needless to say, they learned by doing.

This learning by doing led to innumerable shotgun weddings involving my graduating class alone. Kids did not learn about sex at home, did not learn about it at school, and learned at church that sex is bad, unless you're married. So young women found themselves pregnant and young men found themselves looking at the prospect of being socially required to marry the girl because "it's the right thing to do."

Really, I'm sick to death of this. I'm tired of watching my friends throw their potential away because they were too stupid to think about wearing a condom, taking a pill, much less abstaining from sex. I'm tired of hearing about people "having" to get married to legitimize the potential bastard in their belly.

This is made even more ironic considering the pious Sunday face that this state puts on. Senator James Inhofe talks about how there has never been a homosexual in his family like a badge of honor and admitting that he would fire any homosexuals found on his staff; that gives you a bit of the two-faced climate in this state. There is all of this talk about loving people as they are until they actually commit a sin or a crime, and then it's like all bets or off.

So everybody, be safe.

And atheists, I swear we're not all that ridiculous.

May 7, 2007

Possbily Maybe


With good reason everyone is geeking out about Bjork lately, especially this week to coincide with the release of her newest album Volta. I've been a fan of Brooklyn Vegan for a while, but even more so with the complete and total obsession with Bjork as of late. I think it's cute. Anyway, I'm not saying that people shouldn't be excited about the release of Volta, but what I do want to say is that we should not forget about two other very good and interesting album releases this week. (Oh, and you can check out more Bjork by going and listening to Bjork's recording on NPR.)

The posthumous release of Elliott Smith's New Moon is coming out this week. This is a 2-disc set, including a combined 24 songs. It's pretty interesting to hear a bit "behind the music", so I'd suggest/recommend checking out Amazon for a track by track description.





Also, Of Montreal has an EP coming out this week, titled Icons, Abstract Thee. I gather, from looking at various descriptions of the 5 song EP, that these songs were left overs from the Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? recording. Turns out they were selling this during tour and with this release it is now going "public" through retail sale. Sweet!

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Multiple websites and blogs have reported rumors of Amy Winehouse being pegged as the "next Bond Girl". I know that these are obvious rumors, as does Stereogum (HA) and we all know what happens with those...but here is my main concern. What. The. Fuck. Have you people seen this chick? I don't know how many times I have to say it! She really isn't THAT good looking!. I mean, I know that I'm no pristine image of beauty...but my god. Amy Winehouse is a creepy bitch with her primary amount of weight stemming from her hair and make up, who really just needs to eat a damn sandwich. You saw the mail pictures we posted up here. Do I need to do it again? Just because the girl has a voice doesn't mean she has the sweet cheek looks to go along with it...


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Turns out that the Austin City Limit line up has been "confirmed" and put up on their website. I'm not too sure that you could count me in, for me there just isn't enough. I'm not trying to say that they all suck or anything, just that it's not enough for me to be totally into it to go from St. Louis to Austin just to see a few bands that I could probably see up here, granted at all different times, but whatever. Go to the ACL website for more information.

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DISCLAIMER: I was about 18 or 19 when this picture was taken. So, yeah about 4 years ago. You know how I mentioned I was no pristine image of beauty? this proves it. I have since gotten...a little better looking. So that's that. Fuck off. Lastly, I have something else I've found thanks to Stereogum. Damn, I love you Stereogum. Thank you! Anyway, they have put up something that they had found from another blog CONCERNING Ben Gibbard. Yes, I went through all that to tell you that somewhere, floating around on the internerd, is some new solo Ben Gibbard stuff. Gibbard has been playing his solo song "Casino Blues" on tour with David Bazan (of old Pedro the Lion fame, yes). Go to It's Hard to Find a Friend to listen to an MP3 of the folky new Gibbard solo song. Enjoy.
Oh, and here are the remaining dates for this tour:
05-07 Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
05-08 New York, NY - Town Hall
05-09 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
05-10 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05-11 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
05-12 Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
05-13 Nashville, TN - City Hall
05-14 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
05-15 Austin, TX - Emo's
05-17 Los Angeles, CA - Royce Hall
05-18 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
05-19 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
05-20 Seattle, WA - Showbox

May 3, 2007

Most interesting news today?:

The Austinist revealed a few more names that have been added to the line up for the Austin City Limits festival. The White Stripes, Björk, The Decemberists, Peter, Bjorn, and John, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Robert Earl Keen, Joss Stone, Andrew Bird, Rose Hill Drive, Gotan Project, Indigo Girls, Heartless Bastards, Augustana, Beau Soleil, Andy Palacio and Blonde Redhead are the artists that were revealed through a clever little crossword puzzle that was printed in the Austin Chronicle today. Kings Of Leon, Raul Malo, Stephen Marley, Ben Kweller, Rev. Horton Heat, Asleep At The Wheel, The Little Ones, Charlie Musselwhite, The Jellydots, and Sara Hickman were artists that had already been slated to play. Go to the ACL Rumor/News Blog for more information concerning this years festival. I haven't decided if it's something I'd like to head to yet...we'll see if it's worth it later.

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Michael Chabon's newest novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union came out this week and everyone has been talking about it. Ironically, I'm reading Wonder Boys right now and I really want to finish it because not only do I love it, I'm intrigued by this newest novel. A lot of people have been talking about it, so check out the articles and check out the novel.

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Seriously?
So, Rolling Stone put this list out about the top 25 under appreciated artists ever. There are a few on the list that I just don't see but that doesn't mean I couldn't be swayed to believe the same and that they are in fact under appreciated. I'm most confused about Tom Waits, Fugazi, Wilco and Devo. I mean, I'd have to say...they aren't over appreciated or rated, but I just don't see the under appreciation. We could talk and argue about it for days, but, go do read or do something else.

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Lastly? Brooklyn Vegan completely geeks out over Bjork. And I'm a fan of both Bjork and Brooklyn Vegan. It's totally cute. Oh, and Volta comes out on May 7th. And Feist's album The Reminder came out May 2nd...and I love it.

May 2, 2007

Mary Kay... "forget" that.



Please don't use social networking sites to sell your Mary Kay trash.

I respect you less as a human being and really get urked when you parrot back trite lines like, "when you invest in someone else's success, your own is guaranteed" or "I know that all things are possible through faith, because whatever you can conceive and believe you can achieve!" Come up with your own talking points.

Besides, is it really a coincidence that "Mary Kay" and "Pyramid Scheme" are frequently used in the same breath?

May 1, 2007

Happy MayDay!

And sadly I don't mean the Saddle Creek band, featuring that cute and cuddly Ted Stevens. Moving on...

This week in quick "review":
- Feist releases The Reminder (May 1)
- John Vanderslice and St. Vincent play at St. Louis University (May 2)
- So Many Dynamos STICKER RELEASE SHOW w/ Target Market, The Humanoids and The Bureau (May 3)
- The Starlight Mints at Blueberry Hill's Duckroom (May 4)

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Last night I saw a new commercial for Lexus, as I like to keep up with overpriced gas guzzling cars and their prices, etc...
Anyway, I saw Elvis Costello talking about - music. At least I think. I was just surprised to see him on television and even more surprised to see him on a Lexus commercial, so what he had to say kind of escapes my mind at the moment. I just thought it relevant to mention as Mr. Costello has a bunch of reissues available this week. In fact, I have a handy list:
- Elvis Costello: Almost Blue
- Elvis Costello: Armed Forces
- Elvis Costello: The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years
- Elvis Costello: Blood & Chocolate
- Elvis Costello: Elvis Costello Collector's Box Set - Limited Edition
- Elvis Costello: Get Happy!!
- Elvis Costello: Goodbye Cruel World
- Elvis Costello: Imperial Bedroom
- Elvis Costello: King of America
- Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True
- Elvis Costello: Punch the Clock
- Elvis Costello: Rock & Roll Music
- Elvis Costello: This Year's Model
- Elvis Costello: Trust

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Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear kept a "diary" of the/his going-ons at Coachella. My personal favorites? When he talks about Mika being "definitely gay", him bashing Lily Allen and calling her a "mall rat", all the Cansei De Ser Sexy communication, seeing Paris Hilton and Peaches. Oh hell, just go read it already. It's here on Rolling Stone's website. Hooray! Musicians we can all relate to!

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So, I'm making my rounds and at My Old Kentucky Blog I see that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah may have a reason for cancelling their shows, including the one here in St. Louis. Strangely enough it could be because they are busy filming a movie? Some kind of...movie? A film, a video, a movie, a music video, a doocumentary...? Who knows, not me and not MOKB, but that's what he hears.

Speaking of MOKB...for those few of you who like sports and read blogs/like good music, MOKB has gone through all the teams in the NFL and took their draft picks and kind of broke them down. To sweeten the deal there is an MP3 related to each team/draft pick selection. Hats off, my friend.

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Zach Galifinakis was seen wearing a cute Little Orphan Annie reminiscent dress. And on top of that he went off on...well, a number of things. Here's the video, you can check it out yourself. Thank you Stereogum.