Friday, July 27, 2007

classic vintage video.
the Go-Go's: "Get Up and Go" (1982)
the little clay versions of them are like the weemees of 1982. fun fun fun.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Mick Harvey: Two of Diamonds (Mute)
release: July 31, 2007
style: haunting folk singing songwriting
similar: Nick Cave, the Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" . rating: ****
Although it wouldn't be as effective as Johnny Cash, the co-founder of the Birthday Party and the Bad Seeds could have easily thrown in a version of NIN's "Hurt" on Two of Diamonds. It really would make sense since there are several covers here. With reserved instrumentation (acoustic guitar, brush-stick drums, blah blah), Harvey's country-folk-blues is appropriate for a Tarantino or Lynch film. Like Johnny Cash, Harvey is impressively still doing something that's sincere and moving (even when it's a cover), three decades into his career. And that's rare in a time where Bon Jovi has lost its heart writing a song like "Have a Nice Day". -Kenyon
65daysofstatic: The Destruction of Small Ideas (Monotreme)
release: May 1, 2007
style: post-rock experimental instrumental
rating: ***1/2
65daysofstatic --the name comes from an unreleased John Carpenter film--is opening for the Cure. Holy gee! How in the world did that happen. The last time i saw the Cure they didn't even HAVE an opener. Although this British band's complex instrumental rock is on the dark side, i'm skeptical how it's going to go over with most of the Cure fans. Because it's instrumental. and experimental. Like, i bet a lot of them will just be talking, finding their seats and not appreciating the intricate interplay of 65days' guitar, drums, bass, piano and electronics. If the stage lighting can somehow coincide with the music, then there's a good chance that enough people will be staring at the stage thinking, oh man this band is amazing, too bad this jerk is drinking a beer and looking at his cell phone. Count your blessings and be thankful you're seeing this band. -Kenyon

The Boggs: Forts (Gigantic)
release: May 8, 2007
style: Boggy bogg rock
similar: Art Brut, Metric
rating: ***
Somewhere along the way from the Boggs' first album (which wasn't the easiest listen) to Forts, they made a huge transition, letting go of the street-folk and blues and instead writing songs that could be considered indie pop! "Little Windows", with its deep male voice and girl voice is, unbelievably, reminiscent of Beat Happening or the Vaselines. Elsewhere, Forts still has smatterings of the Pogues and some just-drank-four-beers vocals. The difference is that this is something you can really party to. A pleasant surprise indeed. I'm totally wasted right now. -Kenyon

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Deas Vail at a church in Port Jefferson Station last nite.

check out that bass guitar action.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

girl you know it's new.

Suzanne Vega- "Frank and Ava." yea, Suzanne "Luka" Vega. or should i say Suzanne "SHERYL CROW" Vega. incidentally, Sheryl Crow's middle name is Suzanne. and here's what i title the song- "Frank and Ava (it's not enough to be in love)". cause that's what she says a lot in the song. it's not enough to be in love. from seventh album out July 17, 2007. lots of guests on album, including Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth (!).

Friday, July 13, 2007

interpol at msg. wow. that's kinda wacked. obviously plenty of seats still available. file this next to morrissey and muse.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

They Might Be Giants: The Else (Idlewild/Rounder)
release: July 10, 2007 (today!)
style: they might be giants
Factory Showroom, John Henry, Mink Car
rating: **
It's incredible that the two Johns have already written hundreds of songs and still more incred that they have another album 22 years after the debut. They are indeed writing decent songs here, but The Else is nothing more than safe pop-rock with a very very slight piece of quirk from TMBG. It's probably the band maturing. After all, they've been doing this for a long time now and have played countless shows. Most of the songs themselves (aside from a couple like "Feign Amnesia") are sleepy and the shared vocals on The Else are calm calm calm ("Upside Down Frown" is pretty darn cute though). Most of the time it sounds like they are holding back big time- especially John Linell. Although "With the Dark" is quite unusual, the excitement and curiosity of the first few albums are a different era. -Kenyon

Saturday, July 07, 2007

its 7.7.07 baby! time to party! oh i mean, it's time for awareness about our effed up planet. look at live earth. i call it "earth aid". segments are on several regular tv channels too. this will keep you busy the entire day. i'm super duper serial.

Friday, July 06, 2007

classic vintage video. the Cars- "Since You're Gone" (1982). this is what happens when you miss someone. hallucinations. ps> *benjamin orr forever*.

and because benjamin orr is barely in that video and because we got the earth aid this weekend>>> "Just What I Needed" at Live Aid 1985. "the new cars" can kiss my *ss.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

big benefit show with Kenyon DJing 8.23.07
Thursday, August 23, 2007 at Mulcahy's. Wantagh, Long Island
benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
with: Autumn Thieves (NYC) + Black Hole/White Hole (Charlotte, NC) + James Kiwi (LI, NY) + Long Island Drone Orchestra (LI, NY) + Reality Serum (LI, NY) + Sisters Free From Bondage + (LI, NY) + Soundpool (NYC) + Kenyon DJing.


oh wow wow wow.
WHITE LION + guests at the Crazy Donkey, Farmingdale, LI. July 25, 2007. expect photos for serious.

update>>> sh*t sh*t sh*t. mike tramp is the only original member doing this. fudge this.

they might be giants. doing stuff in nyc and long island. record out next week.

7/03: San Jose, CA @ Discovery Meadow Park
7/18: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
7/19: Dewey Beach, DE @ Bottle & Cork
7/20: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
7/21: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
7/22: Detroit, MI @ Max Fischer Music Center (Concert of Colors) FREE
7/25: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
7/26: Seaside Park, NJ @ The Green Room
7/27: Wellfleet, MA @ Beachcomber
7/28: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino FREE
8/01: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
8/03: Amagansett, NY @ Stephen Talkhouse
8/04: Oyster Bay, NY @ Planting Fields Arboretum FOTA Pavilion FAMILY SHOW
8/04: Oyster Bay, NY @ Planting Fields Arboretum FOTA Pavilion
8/08: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Daft Punk is playing at Keyspan Park, Brooklyn. make this cool by singing it like "daft punk is playing at my house" by lcd soundsystem. Thursday August 9, 2007
Smashing Pumpkins touring in the fall. incomplete line-up. eh who cares. add to the list of incompletes. yea. put them next to White Lion.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

clara clara--from france!--at ryan's house thursday nite. fun times.