what? um... okay.....
it's ok, i have no buzz anyways. why are you even reading this? :)
(and actually, I gave all the credit for this to Jasper)
posted by n. @ 11/30/2005
don't like licorice, but i love snowden
Snowden have posted MP3s for their new Holiday release, entitled "The Licorice EP." You can go and download them all here. Very good listening if you happen to be in a melancholy mood during the holiday season -- although since it's 60 DEGREES OUTSIDE it's hard to believe it's the holiday season at all right now in NYC. Oh well.
They are returning to NYC to play Mercury Lounge on December 8th on an insanely good bill along with The Upwelling. See you there.
posted by n. @ 11/30/2005
pleasure before business
posted by n. @ 11/30/2005
2005/11/29I LOVE JANUARY 20th!!!!
Editors first trip to the USA has been announced as:
15/1/06 San Diego Casbah
16/1/06 Silver Lake Spaceland
17/1/06 Los Angeles Cinespace
19/1/06 San Francisco Popscene
20/1/06 New York Mercury Lounge
22/1/06 Boston Allston Great Scott
posted by n. @ 11/29/2005
holiday parties and indie rock porn
There is basically no time this week for me to write anything coherent this week, there is just so much crammed in between now and the holidays... oy! I think I dislocated my shoulder at the rock and bowl in chicago on Sunday, because I'm bad a bowling but good at drinking pitchers of shitty beer. I missed the Cribs yesterday, which is sad indeed, but I think I needed the rest anyways.
If you want to go see some great bands, see the flier above because the Loose Record crew never disappoints. And speakin of one of these bands, feel free to pop over here and take a look at the new Levy video for "On The Dancefloor".... but ONLY if you are in the mood for some porn. No.... SERIOUSLY. VERY VERY VERY NSFW!!!!!!!!
posted by n. @ 11/29/2005
i was totally planning on writing a blog entry today about something... but then I went to the dentist and they shot me with so much novocaine that I sounded like Elmer Fudd when I answered the phone at work and have felt totally out of it for the rest of the day. boo.
anyways, my friend Josh posted this video on MySpace with the headline "if this doesn't get you into the holiday spirit nothing will!"
I'm not sure if that is true or not, but it did make me spit diet coke on my monitor when it came on.
Also, I totally forgot to give birthday props to Peter, aka The Husky Gentleman. Challah to ya!
okay I may not update until I get to Chicago or get back from Chicago or whatever, but if not I hope you all have a happy gobble gobble and I shall return with lots of exciting show news -- promise!
posted by n. @ 11/22/2005
2005/11/21dance party at my desk
So okay, I know this was already posted on The Modernage, but I can't help but freak out and gush when two of my favorite things in life collide in a wonderful way -- especially musically. Sort of like when Bjork and Thom Yorke performed together, etc.
Go check this out right now!
James Iha remixes Stellastarr*'s "Sweet Troubled Soul"
holy fucking awesome.
posted by n. @ 11/21/2005
2005/11/17back to the bait shop
So last year that show The OC had a lot of hip bands on it, like Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers, etc. etc. (no Clap Your Hands Say Yeah). This season? Nada. Until tonight, that is, when one of my favorite British imports, The Subways, perform on the show. California here they come. And they are the only band performing on the show this season at all. Actually I'm not really sure what the hell is going on this season, except that they added some hipster indie kid castmembers and Anna is STILL (somehow, inexplicably) not back on the show. Whatever.
Check out the video for "Rock And Roll Queen" here:
Get tickets to their Dec 6th show @ Rothko for Vicious! here. Pretty much sure to sell out soon. They are also playing at North Six the next night.
posted by n. @ 11/17/2005
arctic monkeys part two: now with crazy moshing people
The first night, I really liked the Arctic Monkeys. Last night I loved them. How crazy were the people in the front? How crazy was I to be jumping around like a maniac with them? Yay.
Surefire.... bravo. A great loud rocking set. I have no idea about Kapow, but I kept wanting to call them Kung pow, I guess I was craving chinese food or something.
Sorry for the brief update, more pictures on my flickr acct.
Laura has a much more coherent analysis as well as more photographs. I'm glad she didn't post the photo of me from after the Monkeys left the stage, because... well... I'm just really glad.
posted by n. @ 11/17/2005
2005/11/16seven issues in heaven
If you want it in even more hilarious terms go here. I love ya Rachael.
Oh and I know you can't read it very well, but I'm DJing.
posted by n. @ 11/16/2005
monkey see monkey dance
Somehow, totally unplanned, I ended up inside Mercury Lounge last night to see the Arctic Monkey's first US show. It was hot, it was sweaty, but it was pretty damn fun also! But wow these boys are YOUNG. They are like babies! And it def shows and they seemed to be totally aware of all the ridiculous hype surrounding their arrival across the pond and not entirely comfortable in it either. My feelings about the whole show pretty much echoed Brooklyn Vegan's, and I think they will grow on me even more.
They were a fun band to see, and I'm glad I caught them in a smaller venue before tonight's Bowery show. I would say that there a big things to come for these boys, but isn't that just stating the obvious?
Tonight after the show you should stop by Fat Baby becase Aurelio from Calla will be DJing.
Here's one more track:
Arctic Monkeys - A Certain Romance
posted by n. @ 11/16/2005
2005/11/14it has been a while
but just wanted to point out that the UK kids are finally catching on to the much deserved buzz of The Changes.
stay tuned for more...
oh and also, Kitty Cannon. My top score so far is 711. what an exciting day I'm having.
posted by n. @ 11/14/2005
new surefire music is here (and ok, so is winter, but whatever)
Big things are happening for two bands playing Bowery Ballroom this week. The obvious of the two is Arctic Monkeys who, faster than you can say "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah" have jumped on the hype wagon and rode it seemingly overnight into two sold out NYC shows (that I have no tickets for, BOO!). But on top of all that, one of my super favorites -- which you obviously know if you have been paying any attention at all -- Surefire, have been chosen as their openers for the Bowery date. I could not be more excited for these boys, and trust me you do not want to miss this set because this venue brings something out of the band that is without a doubt remarkable.
So in celebration, here are two tracks for you to download from their new EP that I am completely impressed by. And if anyone wants a date to Bowery on the 16th well... you know who to call okay (but um... not in the creepy Craigslist kind of way).
Surefire - Love On The Inside
Surefire - What Else Could I Say
And, for good measure, here is my hands down favorite song to DJ right now.
Arctic Monkeys - Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Update: Got a ticket to Bowery. So I'll be one of the 28395729837235 bloggers there. YAY!
posted by n. @ 11/14/2005
2005/11/10nora is really freakin' lazy...
...so lazy that she's asked me to do a blog entry for her. leave some comments for her to tell her how awful of an idea this is.
first off, i still don't think nora gave proper coverage to the snowden show last week. i've had the pleasure of seeing these guys in NYC a few times as well as their hometown of hot-lanta, but none of those shows measure up to the level of awesomeness acheived at fat baby.
snowden was far more confident on stage. they knew they had the room in the palm of their hands. somewhere in the past five months the band wrote a bunch of new songs that just absolutely rule. i'll go on record as saying they're the best unsigned band out there right now. let's see how long they remain unsigned.
anyways, move quickly NOW! to their myspace page and stream some of their new demos (dave has told me they will be up for only a short while). "anti anti" is probably my fav, although they have a new song called "filler", which is sadly not streaming, that will make your ass shake like there's no tomorrow.
if you're in NYC this coming friday, go to arlene's grocery at midnight to catch richmond, VA's own the gaskets. my band played a show with them in norfolk, VA a few months ago and they were probably the most fun we've ever had at a show. two doods + one synth/programmer = rad. they had the whole club dancing and having fun. NYC concert-goers don't really seem to have fun at shows anymore. so yeah. go see them. check out some demos from their forthcoming CD at their myspace account as well.
nora wants me to post a bunch of other mp3s and stuff, so i'm going to pimp as many bands as i can. i'm going home to boston for a weekend trip on saturday, so today i'm going to give you some great stuff from boston that no one talks about. enjoy.
- the static age - "amphibian"
- dear leader - "raging red"
- the good north - "always works out wrong"
- read yellow - "the association"
- read yellow - "bigmouth strikes again (smiths cover)"
- taxpayer - "cut it again"
- the bon savants - "atomic age"
- the plain janes - "sublunary"
oh, and while nora will pimp her DJ'ing slot on fri, 11/18, you should come see me and the rest of morning theft for a hurricane katrina benefit @ sin-e. 10pm. here's an mp3, if you haven't heard us. thanks!
i may be lazy, but i'm not so lazy that i can't edit this post and add a picture of rob handling jocelyn's cat. i would say something like "rob holmes loves pussy".. but i wouldn't do that!
posted by n. @ 11/10/2005
2005/11/08you were always the one
Rob Holmes ordered me to update this website today, so about 9 hours later I'm actually doing it. Mostly because I'm really tired after getting pulverized in the DFA1979 mosh pit last night at Club Exit (scariest polish night club eeeever). If anyone found a fossil watch in there somewhere or half a cellphone... yeah that would be mine. Oops!
In better news, The Cribs are coming back!
Here are some Cribs songs, come to Rothko tonight, and if anyone wants to go see Suicide Machines with me tomorrow night, let me know. Apparently I have a thing for moshing right now.
The Cribs Baby Don't Sweat
The Cribs - You Were Always The One
posted by n. @ 11/08/2005
I had so much fun DJing at the Crackers United Katrina benefit last month that I was thrilled to have the chance to DJ for them again at their new monthly showcase at Rothko. This month's line up is pretty awesome too, I have to say. I have had The Walk-Up's ep on constant iTunes repeat since their sold out release party @ Fat Baby last week. And though I haven't yet seen Aeroplane Pageant, their manager brings me gum and sandwiches (heavy on the onion) at my desk even though I (sort of) ignored his very nice email to me months ago (sorry!). Furthermore, they have a really nice EP out on Inner Flight Records that I like very much.
All in all, this should be a really great show. Please come!
Read more about the bands and hear more tunes here
The Walk Up - Run and Hide
Aeroplane Pageant - Kind As Killers
Last night's Snowden show @ Fat Baby was a last minute (we're talking about four days) round of complete awesomeness. I have loved this band since the first time they ever played New York at the (awful, dank, gross basement of) Siberia in midtown over a year ago. Truth be told, the band has gone through a complete metamorphosis since back then, and last night they sounded fabulous and tighter than ever. AND they brought back a revamped "Victim Card" much to my delight. Yay Snowden, please come back soon.
The iOs also COMPLETELY blew me away with their happy boy meets girl pop songs that are perfectly 1995 in many excellent ways. The band just signed to Kanine, which is so exciting for them, and they are putting out an album soon. YAY.
The iOs - Every Waking Moment
Two other songs here.
And finally, PS... oh how I have missed you. The band has been whittled down to Patrick and the lovely Ursula, but together they present PS's songs in such a pure and startlingly gorgeous way that no one should count this band as out of the game -- not even close.
Well despite a week of... not a whole lot, hopefully this post will tide you over and forgive me for the lack of attention I've paid to this blog lately. Sometimes living the music takes time away from writing about it, but I like to share so stay tuned would ya?
Oh and I'm djing at The Skinny on Saturday. After party for the Saints and Lovers show @ Sin-e with The Picture and Bravo Silva -- could not recommend that you go to that show more.
I'll be on the decks at 174 Orchard from 10 til... whenever. Come say hi, and have a fantastic weekend.
posted by n. @ 11/04/2005
2005/11/02blog entry written in manic three minutes
It's November. How the hell did that happen? Halloween lasted for four days, which were all pretty awesome (I have to say our sold out show at Fat Baby was the highlight for me -- could Morning Theft have been any more phenomenal as Weezer? Dan Byrne even busted out the argyle sweater!), but now I'm glad it's over. Working two jobs is hard enough without having to worry about what ridiculous costume I'm going to wear while doing them.
Anyways, tonight you should go to Gothamist's Movable Hype show. Obviously I am not the first nor the last person to mention this, but seriously, Gothamist is awesome (I mean how else would I know about radio for cats??? AWESOME... the photo... wow). It's the one year anniversary of these shows too, which I think is the paper anniversary so maybe you should bring a nice card with you or draw something pretty on the napkin you put your free beer on (YEP FREE BEER. COOL.).
Ok that's all I have time to offer today, but if you love Snowden tonight and you love me or you love bands or whatever... oh just go to this show please. Thank you.
posted by n. @ 11/02/2005
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