Saturday, September 29, 2007

Bachelor Party prep

I'll be honest, bachelor parties scare me a little bit... which was one of the reasons I didn't want one. Something about being with a group of guys drinking... I have a hard time turning down shots even when my liver and brain have thrown in the towel.

Anyway, I'm mentally preparing for tonight's activities. A stop to the bank for a wad of George Washington's and I'm off to B-more. Here's to hoping I don't feel like this lady tomorrow.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Horray Friday!

For the 3rd week in a row, posts have been fairly non-existent due to the house and office moves. I've also become fairly obsessed with the Phightin' Phils as they bum-rush the Mets at the top of the NL East. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything returns to normal next week, although I'm heading to B-more for a bachelor party this weekend so it may take me a bit to recover from the impending debauchery. Enough sniveling though, let's get after it...

- Of Montreal covers Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" in their upcoming digital only EP. Check it out on Aquarium Drunkard. I definitely favor the original, but I'll give them points for trying.

- Pink Floyd nuts take note before shelling out your greenbacks for the 40th anniversary release of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. MOKB has a review of the rerelease and whether or not you really need it.

- I'm seriously digging Iron and Wine's The Shepard's Dog. A nudy bar is one of the few things that could keep me from their concert at the 9:30 Club this Saturday and it just so happens that's where I'll be instead of the concert. Oh well, maybe I'll ask the DJ to spin one of their tracks in between Beyonce's "Bootylicious" and the Divinyls' "I Touch Myself". Blogs are for Dogs has a couple of tracks posted here.

- The Austin City Limits TV schedule through next year has been released. There are definitely some dates that I'm marking on my calendar. Ultra8201 provides the nourishment.

- Does anyone else remember the actress Gina Gershon and did anyone else think she was hot? If you answered yes to both of those and don't want your image of her ruined, don't look at this from Brooklyn Vegan. I guess she finally realized that she's not the greatest actress and has taken up music. She has a handful of dates scheduled and dammit, not a one is in the DC area. A funny comment about the picture from BV, "they look like porn versions of the olsen twins!" Now my mind is sidetracked thinking about the Olsen twins doing porn...

Monday, September 24, 2007

This week's late night TV lineup

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Tonight Show w/Jay Leno

Late Night w/Conan O'Brien

Late Late Show w/Craig Ferguson

Friday, September 21, 2007

Hooray Friday!

- Pearl Jam's live DVD, "Immagine in Cornice" (Picture in a Frame) which was shot during last year's European tour (Italy shows to be exact) is being screened at a handful of locations on Tuesday, Sept 25th. No love for the DC area unfortunately. Check out the locations as well as the setlist here. The DVD will be released on the same day.
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- Reviews/comments are rolling in all over from Austin City Limits and Monolith festivals. I have yet to attend one of these things and I fear I may be past my prime. Every fall without fail, I say to myself, "Next summer I'm going to got to one of those." Maybe saying it to you this year will make it a reality. In any event, here's a laundry list of reviews...

- Like Deerhoof? How about free music? If you answered yes to at least one of those, this will make you happy. Thanks to Earfarm for the knowledge.

- NYC Taper has posted The Hold Steady concert in NYC here complete with download instructions. Great sound quality.
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- NPR has audio from the Apples in Stereo concert at the 9:30 Club earlier this week posted here. They will also be webcasting the Rilo Kiley concert from the same venue on Sep 26.

Monday, September 17, 2007

This week's late night TV lineup

Late Show w/David Letterman

Tonight Show w/Jay Leno

Late Night w/Conan O'Brien

Last Call w/Carson Daly

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hooray Friday! (a day early)

I apologize for my lack of communication this week. I'm in the process of moving houses and offices so things are a bit hectic. I'll make this short and sweet (but hopefully informative)...

- The Into the Wild soundtrack by Eddie Vedder is streaming on the WROV website. Official release is Sep 18th. Thanks to Metro D for the heads-up.

- The White Stripes cancelled their upcoming tour due to Meg White having acute anxiety. No rescheduling information was given.

- An Aquarium Drunkard has a pretty good review of the Spoon concert in LA this week. I may end up heading to Maryland to catch them and the Sins at Merriweather. I wish they didn't cancel their 9:30 Club dates though.

- A new Wu-Tang track has surfaced from their upcoming 8 Diagrams release. Check it out on Blogs are for Dogs.

Monday, September 10, 2007

This week's late night TV lineup

Late Show w/David Letterman

Late Late Show w/Craid Ferguson

Tonight Show w/Jay Leno

Last Call w/Carson Daly

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Hooray Friday!

- I went to see the National last night for their second of two shows at the 9:30 Club. While I wasn't quite as blown away as I was the last time I saw them, it was still a hell of a show. They look a little tired though... but I guess that's what being on the road since May will do to a band (and they have dates scheduled until the beginning of Dec). In any event, the Washington Post had an article on them last week that gives some insight on the differences between Alligator and Boxer.

- Spank Rock is releasing a new EP, Bangers & Cash sometime soon. The news is not so much the music as it is the album cover. YIKES - there are some serious motors in the back of those Hondas! Gorilla vs. Bear has it posted, but beware - this is probably not something you want popping up on your screen at work.

- Aquarium Drunkard has posted the tracks from Neil Young's live album, Time Fades Away. The sounds quality on this vinyl transfer is pretty damn good. This is vintage Neil Young at its finest.
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- Here's a Philly shout out for you. From NPR.org: "Philadelphia native Adam Dorn, a.k.a. Mocean Worker, has assembled a collection of Manhattan's most revered underground soul, jazz and funk players to perform blissfully funky jazz rave-ups on his new album, Cinco de MoWo!" You can listen to their concert from WXPN and World Cup Cafe here.

- The MTV Video Music Awards are on this Sunday. MTV just announced that Britney Spears will open the VMA this Sunday from Las Vegas. Shouldn't she be home watching her kids or something?? I'll be checking it out, but only for a possible Scarlett Johansson sighting.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

On the Road turns 50

I remember RatBat Bear handing me his copy of Jack Kerouac's On the Road after I graduated college. Ironically enough, I was preparing for a road trip of my own from Philly to Oklahoma. I was never (and still really am not) a big reader. I mostly stick to magazine and newspaper articles - their lengths seem to work more with my ever-diminishing attention span. But On the Road was different. It just flowed... made reading not seem as much like work. It's amazing that Kerouac spent years "researching" for the novel and then cranked out such a gem in less than 3 weeks (good enough to be named by Time as one of the All-Time 100 Novels). Wouldn't we all like a shot of productivity like that?

Lisa Birman from Naropa University summed it up when she said, "On the Road is one of those books that every generation discovers without fail." I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. I'm convinced that On the Road will be kicking around forever. Hell, 100,000 copies are still purchased each year. I'm not one of them though - I have RatBat Bear's copy.

Check out some of the articles that have been popping up over the past week or so:

Sunday, September 2, 2007

This week's late night TV lineup

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Tonight Show w/Jay Leno

Late Night w/Conan O'Brien

Last Call w/Carson Daly

Late Show w/David Letterman

Late Late Show w/Craig Ferguson