Tuesday, June 28, 2005

By request.

Sometimes I take pictures of other things. This is from Wildwood.

Head of Femur at the First Unitarian Church.

Dead Meadow, this past Friday night, at the Trocadero.

Dreamy Robert Forster standing above me at Southpaw.

More of the Go-Betweens at Southpaw.

It's been raining all night. Sometimes I like zoning out and listening to the rain but tonight it's been drowned out by neighboring air conditioners. Good night.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Freddy was a rock and roll groupie

Seriously, what's the deal with Fred Armisen? He does this thing where he dresses up and puts on a phony accent and inserts himself in the middle of a concert, for comedic effect.

Don't get me wrong, I like Fred Armisen a lot. He's the closest to indie rock that SNL gets right now, and they seem to let him be as wacky as he wants. But last night, between Dead Meadow and Sleater Kinney's sets, there he was. He put on a fake Spanish accent, took off his glasses, and said something along the lines of "Whee, it's Sleater Kinney!" Seriously, he said no more than 3 or 4 sentences. And then after the show he was out at the merch table. I should have asked for a picture, but all I've got are red blurry ones. Instead, here's some more photography from the last couple of days...

Wilco. They're awesome. Jeff Tweedy told us he had gas, and frankly, it didn't bother me at all.

Ted Leo, was this past Wednesday night. You've already heard all about that.

And with that, I have to go help some people move. And eat breakfast, I'm starving!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

More Cowbell!

Last night's show was terrific. Truly. I thought everyone's sets were spot-on. I thank Devin O'Campo for bringing the rock back into his girlfriend's life. As much as I enjoy Mary Timony's recent past work, it can be rather timid, and in a return to form Ex Hex is a lot of noisy fun. I'd recommend it wholeheartedly.

See, look how cute those two are together. You can stream some Mary Timony and Helium songs at her site, and I'm sure if you scratch your head for a minute or two, you can download them and keep them forever.

Or, you can be really lazy and just do your clicky thing here, get yourself Friend to J.C. straight from the source.

Radio 4, awesome with the cowbell. Anthony didn't wear a cap, but he's still endearing just the same. I thought I heard a new song in there, but since I haven't listened much to their latest album, I can't be sure. I feel like they've perhaps stalled a bit, since Stealing of a Nation didn't take off like it could have. And Ted Leo, he's always great. If his Sunday night show wasn't sold out, I might hang around New York City to see him again. I think it's going to have to wait until August. South Street Seaport, baby!

Tonight: Wilco with My Morning Jacket. I love the noodly Wilco. I hope they noodle all night long.

I saw their bass player, John Stiratt, eating lunch at Zingerman's once. In Ann Arbor. I left the guy alone. I always do, I'm awful with the rock fandom small talk. I've never seen My Morning Jacket but I'm excited to see them too.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Tonight's Got Me Happy

Tee hee. I'm going to see Ted Leo tonight. I'm very excited! But it's not just for Ted Leo and his Pharmacists, who I've seen a dozen times (and who never disappoint).

It's because I'm seeing Radio 4 too!

Look how cute they are!

Here's their song Eyes Wide Open off their album Gotham (which is far better than their most recent album). It rocks! See you tonight!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Whoa, here's a far more arty one of the Danielson Family. Posted by Hello

Photos From My Recent Past

Robert Forster of the Go-Betweens Posted by Hello

Hey! I took this picture!

This is from the show I recently saw at Southpaw. Robert Forster is so cute!

You know what's not cute? Shows that sell out. I have so little patience for large sweaty crowds. Even when they're sweating for someone like Sam Beam. Sorry! Here's hoping that the Ted Leo show on Wednesday is just me staring at you, Ted.

The best music news I came across today is that John Vanderslice is touring with Portastatic. As much as I adore John Vanderslice, I adore Mac that much more. I inch ever closer to seeing Superchunk in concert. Really, I do.

And, for amusement, this Tom Cruise gets squirted in the face thing is kinda cute.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Playing Catch-Up

It's been so hot out lately, I've been very uninspired to do anything after I leave work. Which means I have yet to start uploading my own clever photography onto this site. One day though, I promise, the meager few who see this site will be treated to something very special.

I went to see the Go-Betweens on Saturday night. In Brooklyn. I think a show in Philadelphia would have been nice, but since they are Australian and don't tour much, I had to make the effort. I like Brooklyn. Well, I like hanging out in Park Slope. It's pretty and green, there's lots of expensive housing, and it hosts lots of exciting activities while lacking much of Manhattan's pretentiousness.

Anyway, the Go-Betweens are great. They are an underappreciated band with excellent, catchy songs and a back catalog worth purchasing if you haven't already. Their new album, Ocean's Apart, is worth checking out.

Monday night, M.I.A. She was good, but it was hot at Transit, and I couldn't see her. Okay, mostly it was hot. But it was that much better when I was at the Uki and didn't have to be grossed out by other people's sweaty bodies. Spotted there, the awesomeness that is Charles Burns, graphic novelist extraordinaire.

Spotted Charles Burns again last night at the Daniel Clowes lecture at the library. Another hot and sweaty concert after that with Head of Femur, Dr. Dog and Architecture in Helsinki. But I left halfway through AIH's set - too much hotness! All of these bands were really good, but Dr. Dog was really really good. So much better than the last time I saw, a drunken love fest at the Khyber. This time they were sober and it showed. Their songs sound really good with the oomph of a live band. Since they can't play the Peach Pit, I'm pretty sure they are destined for a set on the O.C.

Friday, June 03, 2005


My summer vacation just got that much cooler. Granted, it's really more like an extended solo road trip. And originally it was all about going to see Yo La Tengo perform the Sounds of Science at MassMOCA, waaaaaay far away in Massachusetts. But now, golly, it's also about seeing Dinosaur Redux in Northampton! It's as close to a hometown Dinosaur Jr show as I'm gonna get, and it means I don't have to see them at the Electric Factory here in Philadelphia.

Because as much as it is about YLT, it's about Lou Barlow. His self-deprecation takes on new meaning when its Dinosaur Jr and they aren't playing anything post-Bug.

Anyway, go here if you'd like to stream some Lou Barlow mp3s. I'm sure there's some way of capturing them but I'll have to figure that out some other time.

Hit Me Baby 1 More Time...

Wow. This show will revolutionize my summer t.v. watching.
A Flock of Seagulls? Tiffany?
Thank goodness Arrested Development was so awesome, I'm glad they won.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Sometimes it's the art.

I had a busy weekend. Aside from spending a lovely day in Wildwood with the always bubbly Ryan, I went to NYC to see the Diane Arbus exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I suppose not everyone likes photography or Diane Arbus' photography but I do. Her pictures seem to center around naked people, freaky people, or naked freaky people. The above is of a young boy in Central Park, and my sister proclaimed that she never wants her babies to look like he does. But then a kindly visitor told us that he grew up to be just fine, he just happens to have been photographed with this weird look on his face. So don't fret, folks. He's okay and you're okay too.

In other news, I hate the person or people who broke my car's back windshield. Really, what was the point? My car's not worth stealing. It's an Oldsmobile!

Tonight, I'm wavering as to whether or not I should go see The National. I do really like them, and I like their new album. You'd probably like it too, so check out this song, Slipping Husband.

And, what's up with the lame line up for Philadelphia's Live 8 concert? Philadelphia, the only place in the entire country that gets a show, and I couldn't care at all for any artist playing. Maybe half a care for the Kaiser Chiefs, but they are young and haven't wowed me that much. Thom Yorke, where are you with all your political correctness? You've got this band that would be terrific for a free show in Philadelphia.