Friday, November 28, 2008

Hooray Black Friday!

Hope everyone had a good Turkey Day. Had my first deep fried bird and it was quite tasty. By the way, did anyone catch the Jonas Bros at halftime of the Cowboys/Seahawks game? They can't carry a tune! I guess you have to be a teenaged girl to understand the hype. One more reason to hope for a boy.

- The first wave of 2008 Best Ofs have started to roll in... Filter, Paste, Swanktastic dot org, and multiple ones from KCRW. If you haven't had a chance to listen to some of these, Amazon is offering the 50 most popular albums for $5 each... not bad.

- And the ying to the best ofs yang. The Couch and T.O. Snobs have the most disappointing albums of the year. Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan for the tip.

- Aquarium Drunkard has a handful of unreleased and live Neil Young diddies and a bonus video from 1975-6.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Hot Ghetto Mess

[120 Minute IPA + 20% ABV = 1 hell of a buzz]

Not sure if this is how I would describe Dogfish Head Brewery but if the lead brewer wants to, I think he's earned the right.

If you've never heard/seen/tasted one of Dogfish's delicious brews or liquors (that's right, they also distill rums, vodka and gin), your tastebuds and liver are truly missing out. Sam Calagione started Dogfish Head in 1995, survived some early missteps and now sells about 25 million bottles of beer per year. Still, with all of their successes, Dogfish continues to test the waters with new concoctions made from exotic ingredients like cloudberries, Chrysanthemum flowers, star anise and balsam fir tips. Some hit, some miss but who gives a shit... at least they're trying.
If I had to choo-choo-choose my favorites, they would probably be the 90 Minute IPA, Raison D'Etre, Olde School Barleywine and the lip-smackin' Brown Honey Rum. They also have Alehouses in Rehoboth Beach (DE), Gaithersburg (MD) and Falls Church (VA) with some pretty good eats. And if you're ever looking for something to do on NYE, their Rehoboth location has a kick-ass five course beer dinner. I've been twice and from what I remember, it was good times.
When you get a chance, take a gander at this article from The New Yorker on the Delaware brewery that gets more and more popular by the day (Dogfish can now be found in about half of the states). Just goes to show you that you don't necessarily need brains to be successful, just, as LBJ pointed out when he forwarded me the article, balls.

Monday, November 24, 2008

This week's late night TV lineup

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Monday - The Killer
  • Wednesday - Scott Weiland
  • Thursday - Alkaline Trio
  • Friday - Ben Folds

Tonight Show w/Jay Leno

  • Tuesday - The Killers
  • Friday - Kaiser Chiefs

Late Night w/Conan O'Brien

  • Monday - Tom Morello
  • Tuesday - Kanye West

Late Show w/Dave Letterman

  • Monday - Kanye West
  • Thursday - John Mayer

Friday, November 21, 2008

Kings of Leon - Constitution Hall (11/10/08)

I was back and forth for awhile on this concert, but ultimately decided to go because I figured this might be the last opportunity to see these guys in a venue this small. I didn't want to be kicking myself in a few years when they were playing the likes of Verizon Center or Nissan Pavilion. I've tasted that medicine with Coldplay, Foo Fighters and a few others and boy is it bitter. Plus I scored a floor ticket so I figured what the hell.

I know that Kings of Leon is huge across the pond and can't quite figure out why they haven't caught on in the states. The way they played at Constitution Hall, it's just a matter of time. They play to the crowd, but not too much. Guitar solos, but not too much. Smoke and lights, but not too much. The only thing big about the concert was their sound and it was awesome to experience in a smaller venue. My advice is to see them now, before you find yourself up in the nosebleeds and they look like ants crawling around.

Of Montreal - National (11/1/08)

Yeah it's been 3 weeks since I saw Of Montreal in Richmond, but damn was it a great show... one of the most all-around entertaining ones I've ever attended. I've seen bands do less with more and more with less, but these guys did more with more. They were all about making it both an audio and visual experience. While I didn't completely understand all of the theatrics, that shit was fun to watch. And closing the night with a balls-out cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" brought the f-ing house down. The next morning, I made a few unsuccessful attempts to describe the evening to the LOML+1 and after noticing her eyes rolling in the back of her head, deferred to the pictures at P-fork (unfortunately, the horse didn't make an appearance).

On a side note, The National is a great venue. The ground level is an open floor with two "mini" levels and the top was stadium seating (everything was general admission). Great acoustics, plenty of options and room to wander around.

Hooray Friday!

Holy shit - I have internet access! Let's take advantage...

- New music:

  • Franz Ferdinand, "Ulysses," Tonight (digital - Dec 2, CD - Jan 19), MySpace via Metro D
  • Eddie Vedder and Corin Tucker, "The Golden State," The Golden State EP (out now), Metro D

- Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash sessions from 1969. Thanks to Aquarium Drunkard.

- Stephen Malkmus and Blitzen Trapper cover the James Gang's "Funk 49" at the Fun Fun Fun festival (I think). AD with the hook up.

- Stream Lil' Wayne and DJ Drama's Dedication 3 at Gorilla vs. Bear.

- La Blogotheque has a new Takeaway Show with Fleet Foxes playing "Blue Ridge Mountain." Watch it on Gorilla vs. Bear.

- Not a huge Bon Iver fan myself, but others seem to be so... I am Fuel has the MySpace version of "For Emma" for your listening/viewing pleasure.

- Margot & the Nuclear So & Sos played a few tracks for MOKB on their radio show in 2007.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

This week's late night TV lineup

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Tuesday - Alkaline Trio
  • Wednesday - The Whigs
  • Thursday - T.I.
  • Friday - N.E.R.D.

Tonight Show w/Jay Leno

  • Friday - TV on the Radio

Late Night w/Conan O'Brien

  • Wednesday - Phil Lesh and Friends

Last Call w/Carson Daly

  • Wednesday - Yelle
  • Thursday - T.I.

Late Late Show w/Craig Ferguson

  • Friday - Eric Hutchinson

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Hooray Friday (a few days late)!

Internet connectivity has been a bitch over the last few weeks. And excuses are like assholes so let's get after it...

- New music:
  • Rachel Yamagata (w. Ray LaMontagne), “Duet,Elephants… Teeth Sinking Into Heart (available now), I am Fuel
  • Ben Sollee (w. Jim James), “Only a Song,Something Worth Keeping EP (only available on tour), I am fuel
  • Wilco (w. Fleet Foxes), "I Shall Be Released," recorded live this summer (available for download on Wilco's website if you pledge to vote), thanks to LBJ

- Listen to some old TV on the Radio songs live and acoustic thanks to Aquarium Drunkard.

- A couple of remixes of Tapes 'n Tapes' "The Dirty Dirty" courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan.

- NPR is at it again, this time with an interview and 4 song set list from Okkervil River on World Café .