Monday, June 30, 2008

This week's late night TV lineup

Tonight Show w/Jay Leno

Late Night w/Conan O'Brien

Last Call w/Carson Palmer

Late Show w/David Letterman

Late Late Show w/Craig Ferguson

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hooray Friday!

- Band of Horses played the Accelerator Festival this week in Stockholm and let loose on an unreleased song. Check out the video at P-fork.

- All reports from Bonnaroo are that MMJ killed with a 3+ hour set. I've been back and forth on seeing them when they swing through DC for their "An Evening with..." tour and I think this sealed the deal for me. Have a listen for yourself at You Ain't No Picasso.

- If you're looking for some new music to check out, head over to Sixeyes who has the list of nominees for the Polaris Music Prize which is given to the best Canadian album released in the last year.

- Not sure if I've already posted this, but Radiohead's April concert at the BBC Radio Theatre is available for download on Sixeyes.

- And the trifecta for Sixeyes! Some Shins live tracks from a concert last year are up and available for your listening/downloading pleasure.

- Spoon recorded a Daytrotter session which includes a cover of Paul Simon's "Peace Like a River" and three other songs.

- The Editors cover Calvin Harris' "Acceptable in the 80s". Thanks to Lets Sexy Fighting for the love.

- More covers from Lets Sexy Fighting. Grizzly Bear takes a crack at "Owner of a Lonely Heart" - can't wait to hear to this one.

- Take a listen to Blitz Trappen's title track off of their upcoming release Furr, due out in September. Thanks to You Ain't No Picasso.

- Another Peel Session from Aquarium Drunkard, this one courtesy of Fugazi from 1988.

- Aaaand the first of the 1/2 year lists are out.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pearl Jam - Verizon Center (6/22/08)

I needed this. My last few concerts experiences have been… well, average. Good music, boring crowd (the Raconteurs); Okay sound, hot as hell (DCFC); Never made it (Radiohead). So I was itching to get back on track and see a barn-burner of a show. Cue Pearl Jam. When you’re looking for a 25-30 song, 3 hour concert – these guys are as close as it comes to a sure thing.

A few cool notes:
- During “All Along the Watchtower”, Eddie brought a kid (early teens maybe?) up on stage and handed him his guitar so the kid could play with the band. Are you f-ing kidding me?? Talk about inspiration for this lucky little shit. Don’t be surprised if in 10-15 years you read an article about a kid who played with PJ at his first concert and it motivated him to become the next Hendrix or something. More details and a picture at I am fuel.
- Also at I am fuel is a link to a PJ tour blog that a guy just out of college is doing for Spin. So let me get this straight – this guy's first "real" job is touring the country on someone else’s dime, going to PJ concerts for free, probably getting paid a salary as well and all he has to do is blog about it? I must have missed the job postings like that when I graduated college. Jealousy is a bitch.

SETLIST: Hard To Imagine, Severed Hand, Hail Hail, Do The Evolution, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Evacuation, Corduroy, I'm Open, I Am Mine, I Got Id, Daughter, Light Years, Even Flow, Green Disease, You Are, U, Who You Are, Why Go

ENCORE 1: Comatose, Sad, Given To Fly, Come Back, Grievance, Black, Rearviewmirror
ENCORE 2: No More (Eddie solo), Last Kiss, Crazy Mary, Alive, All Along The Watchtower, Yellow Ledbetter

Monday, June 23, 2008

This week's late night TV lineup

Tonight Show w/Jay Leno

Late Night w/Conan O'Brien

Last Call w/Carson Palmer

Late Show w/David Letterman

Late Late Show w/Craig Ferguson

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Friday, June 20, 2008

Hooray Friday!

- Tokyo Police Club covers The Rentals' "Friend of P" in support of Friends of P, who raises awareness funds with the Lupus Foundation of America. Thanks to Butter Team for the mp3 and links.

- Good stuff here! "Be Mine Everyone" by Sam Champion is a must listen. MOKTB goes one step further and hooks us up with the link to a free EP on the Sam Champion website.

- Pink Floyd fans rejoice! Aquarium Drunkard has their Peel Session which aired on BBC radio in 1970.

- Coldplay played a free concert at Brixton Academy on Monday to celebrate the release of Viva La Vida. I still have yet to make it through the entire album - just not that impressed yet. Thanks to I am full for zipping it up for us.

- Double shot for I am fuel who's posted a live set from Kings of Leon, who just completed their fourth album.

- Those crazy kids in Radiohead are just full of ideas. They're having a contest where fans were asked to create animated videos for the songs from In Rainbows and have narrowed it down to 13 finalists. Check them out and vote here. Thanks to Ultra 8201 for the K.

- Clipse's first single, "Fast Life" from their upcoming release is out and Gorilla vs. Bear provides the love.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Death Cab for Cutie - Merriweather Post Pavilion (6/9/08)

After a stop for burgers, onion rings and milkshakes at Cheeburger Cheeburger, we headed to Merriweather with general admission pit tickets for the Death Cab for Cutie concert. Last time we saw them, it was 6th row at Constitution Hall so I was curious to see 1) how DCFC would come across at a bigger venue and 2) how many people they would try to pack into the pit.

We arrived in plenty of time to catch a good bit of Rogue Wave’s set which sounded pretty solid. After milling about in between sets for a little, I headed to the pit to check out the scene. Hot, steamy, smelly and crowded – that about sums it up. Man, I hate people sometimes. I settled into one of the few open areas and made some room for the LOML as Death Cab opened with “ Bixby Canyon Bridge ” (good call, LOML). We split time between the pit and the lawn – partially because it was crazy hot and also because the sound where we were standing in the pit was horrible. I think DCFC does a great job with their setlists, pulling tunes from earlier in their career and sprinkling them throughout their more popular songs.

As far as how they came across in the bigger venue, they just didn’t look comfortable. Maybe they were trying too hard; maybe it was because it was balls-ass hot and humid; maybe the stage was too big… I don’t know what it was but something just didn’t seem right. With that being said, they put together a hell of a set and encore.

SETLIST (thanks to LY&MT)
Bixby Canyon Bridge
The New Year
Why You’d Want to Live Here
Photobooth
Crooked Teeth
Long Division
Grapevine Fires
A Movie Script Ending
Company Calls
Soul Meets Body
I Will Follow You Into the Dark
I Will Possess Your Heart
Cath…
Pictures in an Exhibition
The Sound of Settling
Marching Bands of Manhattan

ENCORE
Your Bruise
Title and Registration
No Sunlight
Tiny Vessels
Transatlanticism

Monday, June 16, 2008

This week's late night TV lineup

Tonight Show w/Jay Leno

Late Night w/Conan O'Brien

Last Call w/Carson Palmer

Late Show w/David Letterman

Late Late Show w/Craig Ferguson

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Hooray Friday (the hung-over edition)!

- Black Dominoes remixed Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal". Thanks to I am fuel.

- Radiohead covered Portishead's "The Rip". Thanks to Gorilla vs Bear, who also has live video of "Super Collider" that they performed in Dublin.

- The AT&T Blue Room is webcasting Bonnaroo performances this weekend. Looks like they have some good bands on the schedule for today and tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Congrats on #600

I think Ken Griffey Jr. will always be my favorite baseball player. Brings back memories of when I was a youngin and going to baseball card shows with my Pops. Upper Deck, 1989, Card #1 - Ken Griffey Jr.'s rookie card. Upper Deck sure picked a winner to kick off the set for their inaugural year in the sport card industry. I'm not sure if collecting cards was the "cool" thing to do, but man we had some fecking good times doing it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

This week's late night TV lineup

Late Late Show w/Craig Ferguson

Late Night w/Conan O'Brien

Last Call w/Carson Daly

Friday, June 6, 2008

Hooray Friday!

- Coldplay fans can stream Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends on their mySpace page starting tonight (it actually might be just tonight). Thanks to NME for the K. In other news, it sounds like they in the process of finishing up a follow-up album to be released in the near future ala Kid A/Amnesiac according to Twisted Ear.

- The Kooks cover Peter Bjorn & John's "Young Folks" and MOKB provides the love.

- M Ward, Jim James of MMJ and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes got together in 2004 for a "Monsters of Folk" tour. The bootleg has individual sets and a threesome (not that kind, you pervs) jam at the end. Thanks to I am fuel.

- If you're looking for a live Radiohead fix, look no further. Okay, you'll have to make a few more clicks of the mouse, but I can't imagine it's not worth the effort. Ultra 8201 as always is on top of it.

- Same blog, different band. NIN is all about giving free shit away nowadays. This is an EP containing songs from bands that will be opening for them on their tour: A Place to Bury Strangers; Does It Offend You, Yeah?; Crystal Castles; and Deerhunter.

- The trifecta from Ultra 8201! I've heard about this before, but it got lost somewhere in my mind. If you haven't done so already, check out Black Cab Sessions for nifty performances from Bon Iver, MMJ, Death Cab, Spoon and others.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Mid-week humor

The Washington Post runs a weekly contest in its style section called the "Style Invitational." The requirements this particular week were to use the two words 'Lewinsky' (the world's most famous intern) and 'Kaczynski' (the Unabomber) in the same limerick. Ahhh, the creativity...

3rd place:
There once was a girl named Lewinsky,
Who played on a flute like Stravinsky.
Twas "Hail to the Chief",
On this flute made of beef,
That stole the front page from Kaczynski.

2nd place:
Said Clinton to young Ms. Lewinsky,
"We don't want to leave clues like Kaczynski,
Since you made such a mess,
Use the hem of your dress,
And please wipe that stuff off your chinsky."

And the winning entry:
Lewinsky and Clinton have shown,
What Kaczynski must surely have known:
That an intern is better,
Than a bomb in a letter,
When deciding how best to be blown.

Monday, June 2, 2008

This week's late night TV lineup

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Wednesday - Coldplay

Tonight Show w/Jay Leno

  • Thursday - Flobots
  • Friday - Ed Harcourt

Late Night w/Conan O'Brien

  • Monday - The Raconteurs
  • Thursday - Jackie Greene
  • friday - Lightspeed Champion

Last Call w/Carson Daly

  • Monday - Does It Offend You, Yeah?
  • Friday - The Heavy

Late Late Show w/Craig Ferguson

  • Monday - Matt Costa