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a slight buzz

"Last night solidified two things: I hate Fat Baby, and Nora has good taste in music."

I love Rachael. Almost as much as I love Liam and Me.

posted by n. @ 2/23/2006


not blogging is the new blogging

a conversation with Rob:

nora : NO!
rob: you promised me yesterday you would
nora: um... no i didn't
rob: you said "ok, fine, i promise i'll put up a quick post later today"
rob: and i said "YAY!"
rob: but today? NO POST
rob: you broke a promise to me
nora: you are annoying me
nora: stop that
nora: what do you want me to post about?
rob: first, you're too sick to see morning theft. then, i don't see you all weekend. then, you don't update your blog
rob: is this the end nora?
rob: are you leaving me?
nora : leaving you?
nora: the end of nora?
nora: seriously?
nora: i can't really write a blog entry about that...
rob: write about. geese
rob: and bunnies.
nora: rob my blog is about music
rob: write about how awesome it is that the test icicles broke up
nora: did they? that's awesome i did not like that band
rob: here, you can just quote this:
rob: they formed in like 2004
rob: they break up not two months into 2006
rob: they have one fucking full length out and people are crying like pearl jam just broke up note: if pearl jam broke up, i would not cry either... sorry
rob: who fucking cares?
nora: who is crying?
nora: that is not something to cry over
rob: i've seen a bunch of blog posts and comments from people upset they're not going to ever seen them
nyc nora: really? uh...

that fucking blows

i was so looking forward to the merc show w/ man man"

nora: aren't they still going to tour though?
rob: they canceled their US tour
rob: they have a couple april shows in the UK and it's done
nora: i mean... how sad for their five fans. maybe they had a fight over how bad their band's name is.

Anyways.... this weekend I was sick. I watched a lot of bad/good stuff on cable tv. I saw one good movie (The Squid and the Whale) and one bad movie, save for fleeting moments of Scott Speedman topless (Underworld 2). Then Sunday I rallied and went to Motherfucker with Craig and saw the New York Dolls, which was actually 110% awesome. Can I just say that I also actually really love Avalon? Not for clubbing of course, but for fun stuff/events like this? That place is crazy, and certain rooms totally make me feel like I'm in Willy Wonka's house minus the oompa loompas, but throw in some drag queens. I saw Kylie Minogue there once and it was fucking ridiculous. So yeah, good Motherfucker!

The DJ played this Art Brut song, which was a stroke of genius if you ask me, and people went ape shit.

Art Brut - Good Weekend

And it WAS a good weekend.

Sometime soon I'll write about the good (and mostly not so good) bands that I've seen lately, but my job has kind of started to make it difficult to write about new music. But don't worry (Rob) you haven't "lost me" yet.

Oh and I'm apparently going to appear on some crazy Japanese TV show. In it I'm drinking beer and playing Liam and Me (this is my reality... uh i guess). They are playing at Fat Baby tonight and you should probably go. 11pm.

BTW, Crackers United still have the best fliers and the best shows ever. See here.

Tired now. Need more tea. Have a good Wednesday!

posted by n. @ 2/22/2006


that's hot

Lollapalooza back in '06.

No... I mean LITERALLY it's hot. Chicago should really only have outdoor festivals in September and October.

But you know I'll most likely go anyways!

posted by n. @ 2/14/2006


valentine schmalentine

there will also be free cupcakes, first come first served!

also, "slutty martinis" is actually a menu full of different varieties of drinks that you can try out and barbara and I are currently going over our list of "love sucks" songs. any suggestions?

posted by n. @ 2/13/2006


the easy life

What a busy week this has been -- and we're on the brink of a blizzard apparently so my trip to Atlantic City this Saturday for some emo goodness may have to sadly be postponed. The GOOD thing that could come out of this is that I would be able to go see the Gaskets tear shit up (oh yesss) at Arlene's Grocery saturday night.

The Gaskets are basically like two guys with ADD who ate a bunch of pop rocks, drank a six pack of Sparks, got a sound machine and decided to put on a fucking awesome dance show. Clearly this must be seen to be believed (I've seen it, and I loved it)! Jerry is so excited about this show that he WROTE A SKIT ABOUT IT and will certainly be front and center throwing his hands in the air (like he just don't care.... i love you Jerry).

The Gaskets - The Easy Life

Spent last night having a blast and a half with the guys of my new favorite thing on the planet, the band Liam and Me. They are playing next week at my least favorite NYC venue, but we are planning to bring them back to NYC soon-ish so get excited!

Jay Goodtimes is DJing tomorrow night at Fontanas (aka FUNtanas) and his name doesn't mislead -- hell he's promising "a tits out kind of rager" and something else involving "mad robotic sexy taco." I'm not QUITE sure about that but just don't ask him to play the Killers because he'll look at you like you have 20 heads or something. I love Jay too. Head over after The Gaskets show.

DETAILS: Saturday, Feb 11 (9:30pm)
@ Fontana's (FREE)
105 Eldridge (btwn Grand and Broome)

Next week I'm actually having a party! So tell your Valentine's "date" to fuck off (though not via text message because that is just rude) and come to The Skinny on Tuesday. Sexy tacos may infact be involved with this also, cupcakes are gurantee. Details TBA!

And finally for Friday, new LEVY tune here... it's sad and beautiful. And that's the kind of day today is in a lot of ways, so here you go:

Levy - Rector Street

posted by n. @ 2/10/2006


keeping it local (well almost)

Ok I have to admit the severed groundhog kinda gives me the heebie jeebies, but otherwise this seems like a cool show that you should go to. The Crackers United guys never disappoint.

I had a crazy weekend, witnessed three fights at Orchard bar in one night, and DJed at the Skinny the next night which is always a blast. Seriously, I don't know what I would do without that bar and the people who work there -- and they have JENGA. Forreals. And then Sunday I hooked Laura up with my Jenny Lewis ticket and caught some much needed Z's instead. I love Jenny, don't get me wrong, but I was tired. Good thing is, Laura wrote a great review and used her fantastic camera to snap some amazing photos. I have camera envy.


Some shows featuring great local talent that you should check out this week include:

the iOs @ Rothko on Thursday. later this month they will kick off a Pianos residency and are planning to release their full length album entitled "In Sunday Songs" on May 2nd on the fantastic Kanine label.

To perhaps help illuminate how cute and awesome this band is, check out their Crashin-in interview... with singer Autumn's cat Squalkers. I think maybe if I'm ever interviewed for anything I should just let Zoe do the talking for me.

Stream four songs on their Myspace.

also our "old" favorites (which is weird to say, but I haven't talked about them in a while) Benzos are playing a special acoustic show at Pianos at 8pm Thursday and it's FREE! If I had actually bothered to make a top 10 or 20 list of my favorite albums from last year I think their record Morning Stanzas would def. be on it.

Benzos - Glass Souls

And I should have probably mentioned this a million years ago, but The Changes (finally!) signed to indie label Drama Club. Back in college I knew a few people who could have started their own drama clubs (if you know what I mean)... but seriously, congrats to the band and we should have a full length album to dance around too very very soon.

posted by n. @ 2/07/2006


the skinny this saturday... i'm djing with jenny lewis!

okay.. actually just me.

174 orchard between stanton and houston
this saturday @ the skinny
10-4 or 5 am
cheap drinks
fun tunes

etc. etc.
come hang out with me

oh and i went to the Plug awards last night and left after about half an hour or so and had no idea what was going on while I was there so I have nothing that exciting to report. (Brooklyn Vegan has covered like every five seconds of what went on there today if you're curious -- that's why he was nominated and I was not obviously! It's too bad that he lost to Myspace, though Myspace IS taking over the world, kind of like Pinky and the Brain....okay what was I even talking about...) My apologies to the lovely person who put me on the guest list... Here's what was in the gift bags as reported to me by Shawn who stuck around:

Shawn: a whole box of emergen-c
Nora: ew
Shawn: umm
Shawn: some vinyl
Shawn: some magazine about silkscreening
Shawn: sub pop sampler
Shawn: myspace hat
Shawn: some other samplers
Shawn: living things
Shawn: sampler
Shawn: some other stuff
Shawn: it was really all about the giant box of emergen-c

(thrilling huh?)

My boss is going to the Grammy Awards next week and I'm pretty sure the gift bags for that will be way more exciting

I also ran into the band Modernage last night and encourage you to come to their show @ Pianos tonight. 10:30.

And finally, my girl Melissa says the Smashing Pumpkins reunion is ON. Possibly for Lollapalooza if that even happens this year. Thanks to my future husband Rob Holmes for this info...

posted by n. @ 2/03/2006


i'll be as gentle on you as baby shampoo

Okay... since I don't really know what to talk about this week and I haven't been into either of the last two bands I saw enough to write indepth entries about them... let me pose a question here.

When I was home in Chicago for the holidays, Q101 did this "13 years in 13 days" thing where they played the top 101 songs for every year starting when the station launched in 1993. Obviously this was crazy awesome for the nostalgia factor (until you got to the late 90s and things really started to suck... you know, when Sugar Ray had the number one song in whatever year... depressing).

Anyways, there was this one song back in the 90s that was a HUGE radio hit (at least in Chicago) called "Tangerine Speedo" by the band Caviar. It was a ridiculous song... about a tangerine colored swimsuit I guess, and yet everyone in Chicago seemed to fucking love it. And I never would have remembered it if not for the "13 years in 13 days thing" and now I have subjected my intern to it for the past three or four hours.

Caviar - Tangerine Speedo

Anyone else remember this song?

posted by n. @ 2/02/2006

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