Thursday, November 30, 2006
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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tonight Bronques from Last Nights Party is the special guest host. That means two things 1) there will be more girls then guys and 2) those girls will have their titties out most of the night. If you're single you shouldn't miss this unless you have a severe social phobia and/or STD...although the latter doesn't stop the regulars from coming out.
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via Boing Boing
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Holy shit! When you hear the concept of this band you're going to kick yourself in the nuts for not thinking of it yourself - mock Christian rock. Sure people have made a few jabs here and there about Christian Rock but none, that I'm aware of, created a band around the idea. They sorta remind me of Tenacious D when they were still funny. My favorite tune by these guys is "Thou Shall Not Not Rock," which is an instant classic.
Sin Destroyers have recorded a new Christmas track and will debut the video at The Lazy Catfish in Brooklyn on Saturday, Dec. 1st. There will be free beer and other assorted goodies.
Here is the trailer for the video:
Monday, November 27, 2006
John Joseph is the singer of hardcore legends Cro-Mags and currently sings for Fearless Vampire Killers. John Joseph recently wrote a book called "The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon" if you don't have time to read it download this file and give it a listen. Warning: it's 4 hours long.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
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I’ve never understood the indie rock exposure that …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead gets. I honestly believe they owe most of it to their badass name. When Source Tags & Codes came out I was intrigued to find out what kind of bizarre storm of whirlwind rock could warrant such a heroic and frightening title. I heard their live shows were monumental. I heard they were a good band. That wasn’t what I heard when I listened to them. I heard pretentious ex-metalheads trying to fool everyone into thinking they write dark epic masterpieces. I found them mediocre at best; them or Godspeed! You Black Emperor, or Death From Above 1979 or My Mom Is Napoleon’s Penis (I’m not sure if that last one is real or not). But I also heard that this new album was going to be a new direction for the band, with a more traditional song-oriented approach of eclectic influences. Once again what I heard was way off.
On their near death bed as a band after the poor sales of their last album, Trail of Dead went into the studio to record a last hoorah EP. They came out with a full-length album that should have been an EP. They took mediocre songs, some even bordering on that foulest of musical styles: Emo Mallrock, and threw in interludes of bland orchestration to keep up with their own “epicness.” They even managed to make one of my favorite Guided By Voices songs sound pretentious by spewing cheeseball strings and piano all over it. What makes Bee Thousand such a great record is what it doesn’t say. The brain is the biggest erogenous zone, Trail of Dead, please try to keep in mind that sometimes less is actually more.
Disagree, I hated this band before I heard this album. I think this was a step in the right direction. But I agree that they're WAY over-hyped.
Friday, November 17, 2006
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Thursday, November 16, 2006
The rumor of the night was that Wu-Tang was going to perform. Actually it was more then a rumor, it was printed on the flyers. Plus I was told by an employee of Canal Room that it was confirmed, so I went. Hell, for ODB I would have went even if Wu-Tang wasn't performing.
I got to Canal Room around 11PM and headed towards the bar. Normally these parties at Canal Room have free booze so I asked the bartender what was free for the open bar and he told me nothing. Damn it! I was not looking forward to buying drinks at a venue because it's not very cheap usually. So I ordered a Red Stripe (for Tom) and a can of Rheingold for myself - $13 for both!!! Fuck! It's in a fucking can for God's sake.
So as I slowly sipped my beer we hung out and waited for Wu-Tang. Then a bunch of dudes went on stage and started rapping. One of the guys said he used to work with ODB in a warehouse in Florida, so it was clear they were letting anybody up there. After that it was even more people I didn't recognize. Then they brought up Papa Wu and the whole place sung "Happy Birthday" to ODB.
It was starting to get late and there was no sign of Wu-Tang. I was a huge fan of Wu back in the day so I know what these mother fuckers look like and I didn't see a single one of them. So around 1:15 or so I gave up and headed home very disappointed and very worried they might go on after I left. This morning I found out I made the right move since Wu-Tang never took the stage last night. What a shame...ODB, happy birthday.
I got to the Knitting Factory right at 10PM, which is when they were scheduled to go on. Of course they didn't go on until about 15 minutes after 10. So I only got to hear 3 songs but I think that was all I needed to hear to pass judgement.
Dead Child is what I think people mean when they say "hipster metal". It was what metal would sound like if non-metalheads did a spoof of metal. It was like every metal cliche rolled into one and it wasn't terribly good, or funny. I honestly couldn't tell if they were serious or being ironic. The riffs were the easiest power chord palm mute shit I have EVER heard. Considering I grew up a metalhead I've heard my fair share of half ass riffing.
Now the question is "did they suck?". The answer is no, they didn't suck but I wouldn't recommend seeing them. They kinda sound like a decent quality high school metal band. It really amazes me that indie people are into dumbed down metal like this when they take such pride in the cerebral nature of indie rock. Go see Lamb Of God if you want to hear metal.
"Ahead of her time" - Now that is rich. I think if you substituted "crazy" in for that it would make more sense. Yoko Ono is a god damn no talent hack who should have never been allowed near a studio. Sorry but screeching jibberish yelled into a microphone is NOT music, or at least not good music. If Yoko Ono is "ahead of her time" then the future is a scary place. Here is who took part in this wretchedness.
Hence the new Astralwerks release, Yes, I’m A Witch, a totally different kind of collaboration with some of
today’s most exciting musicians.
Each artist was given her catalog to listen to, and upon selecting a cut, was provided with the vocals and
whatever other instrumental elements attracted them from that cut. Almost all the artists chose just the
vocals. They then produced entirely new musical tracks that make it clear just how ahead of her time her
compositions and performances were, and how they remain so.
Yes, I'm a Witch - Tracklisting
1. Witch Shocktronica Intro / Hank Shocklee 1:47
2. Kiss Kiss Kiss / Peaches 3:18
3. O'Oh / Shitake Monkey 3:39
4. Everyman…Everywoman / Blow Up 4:02
5. Sisters O Sisters / Le Tigre 2:47
6. Death Of Samantha / Porcupine Tree 4:36
7. Rising / DJ Spooky 4:37
8. No One Can See Me Like You Do / Apples In Stereo 3:56
9. Yes I'm A Witch / The Brother Brothers 3:49
10. Revelations / Cat Power 4:22
11. You And I / Polyphonic Spree 3:27
12. Walking On Thin Ice / Jason Pierce (Spiritualized) 5:07
13. Toy Boat / Antony (Antony And The Johnsons) and Hahn Rowe 4:25
14. Cambridge 1969/2007 / The Flaming Lips 5:36
15. I'm Moving On / The Sleepy Jackson 5:01
16. Witch Shocktronica Outro / Hank Shocklee :32
17. Shiranakatta (I Didn't Know) / Craig Armstrong 3:09
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
I got to the show kinda early and went to the bar and had a few Kronenbourg's. A&A were scheduled to take the stage at 11PM so around 10:30 or so we headed into the main stage room. Some band was on stage setting up who were not Apes and Androids. The band was Bad Veins from Cincinnati. I'll start by being nice and telling you that they sounded decent. They were far from spectacular but they didn't suck either.
What pissed me off about these guys was the douche level. It was like they took every hipster music nerd cliche and rolled it up into one. First they start with a damn reel-to-reel tape player as a backing track. Which is dumb for two reasons, the first being they don't even make reel-to-reel tape any more. So these guys have to go out of their way just to record a damn backing track when they could easily do it on a digital format. Which brings up the second part, "Analogue is so much better sounding, man" - I mean come on dicks, maybe analogue is better but fucking reel-to-reel? Do you really think you look cool because a reel-to-reel tape deck is your third member.
Then it got even better, the singer starts off the song singing into a fucking megaphone. Come on! The best part is that the thing was feeding back like crazy and yet he stuck with it. Then on the next song he switched to a telephone he had hooked up to a mic stand. What I didn't get was that he was singing into the speaker end. Which means he either rewired the phone that way or his vocals were actually being picked up by the mic right next to it and he was just faking the phone thing.
Oh and here's the final kicker for these guys. The singer sounded almost exactly like Julian Casablancas. He was even using the distortion Julian uses. You know, where it sounds like he's singing through a fucking drive through speaker? Which was funny because in between songs he was talking to the crowd but no one could understand what the fuck he was saying.
After that whole thing ended I went for another beer and waited for Apes and Androids to get set up. After they finished tuning up and shit they all left the stage. Then the house music went down and a weird chanting chorus thing came on. It was the chorus of "Hot Kathy" but done in a very Viking-esque style. Then the band comes out into the crowd wearing black robes and carrying a boat above their heads. The boat was covered in black light paint and was glowing as they went in circles through the crowd.
After a few rounds with the boat they brought back stage and went on to perform. This is were I'm going to jump ahead a bit because they just played for a while. They were fucking spectacular but the only semi-weird thing that happened during mid-set was the glowing orbs got passed around.
At the end of the set they played the outro track they often close with. I was kinda surprised because they didn't play "Hot Kathy" which is by far their best tune. When they finished the outro they all kinda put down everything and there was a pause in the performance. In my prior experience this pause usually means something insane is about to happen.
Then out from the stage door came three horn players. You see "Hot Kathy" has a section with horns which are usually just done on the keyboards. I thought it was cool that they added live horns but I was expecting a bit more. Despite my slight disappointment "Hot Kathy" sounded amazing. And then it happened, towards the end of the song the stage door opens again and out come a troupe of Asian drummers. They were wearing what I assume is traditional costume for this sort of troupe. Then they started jamming with Apes & Androids to finish off "Hot Kathy". It was A&A, three horns, and about 6 Asian drummers - it was unbelievably awesome.
After they finished the song the drum troupe kept playing while the band members stood around watching. The crowd was still going crazy and you could tell by the looks on everyone's faces that this was one of the best shows they had ever seen. When it was all over a guy towards the front yelled out "Apes & Androids, you made me cream my pants" - which is a fair assessment of this show. I've seen some amazing performance by this band but this was probably the best one. Apes & Androids - I'll see you next year!
Apes & Androids
Full Set on BSC Flickr
A review from someone who has never seen them before and doesn't like the songs on MySpace - for all you doubters out there.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Gothamist Movable Hype 10.0
Monday, November 13, 2006
More on BSC Flickr