Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Just Call Me Ms. Thang

So, my main squeeze Matt and I had a busy busy weekend. I just spent the last 5 minutes trying to find a decent picture of Ted Leo. This picture is less than decent, but hilarious at the same time. What is this? A Civil War re-enactment?

Anyway, the weekend kicked off with a fabulous and free Ted Leo and the Rx show. I should devote this entire blog to how much I enjoy Ted. Seriously. He's awesome. Openers Tigers and Monkeys were just so-so, to be generous. But the Pharamcists were fantastic. They played Suspect Device. They played new songs, old songs, songs so new they don't have titles. Thumbs up.

Thumbs up as well to Thunderbirds are Now and Les Savy Fav. Thunderbirds put on a fantastic set. They are young, energetic, and cute. These things all work for them. They jump around the stage, I want to jump with them. Now, Matt would tell you that LSF sucked. I would argue that they are an art form. It's really a forum for Tim Harrington, the lead singer. He licks mic stands! He is crazy! Despite that, he recently got married and had his wedding announcement published in the NY Times, with a picture...so how awful could he be?

Saturday night's Of Montreal show was totally awesome. If you like your pop music in equal parts psychedelic and psychotic, then Of Montreal is for you. I've been waiting days to write that. Their most recent album, The Sunlandic Twins, is a brilliant piece of pop songwriting, and the spectacle of the live show made it soooo worthwhile.

And because my post will be better than Matt's, check out their cover of the Shins' Know Your Onion. More audio goodies can be found here.

Lastly, also saw the Minutemen documentary We Jam Econo...a reference to the fact that they toured on the cheap, in a van...gotta love Mike Watt though. He's seriously amazing, a fact that I established for sure when seeing him in concert a couple of years ago. I hope he comes back this way soon, because San Pedro has been hogging him for awhile.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Time For A Witness

I've been sick for the last 1.5 weeks. Not so sick that I have to stay in bed all the time, but sick enough so that I have done very little with my time worth mentioning to you, the general public.

The one thing I did do, however, was drag myself to NYC on Tuesday night to see this. A quasi-Feelies reunion. With Glenn Mercer and friends. The photo is a little dark, but you get the idea. Not quite being old enough to have enjoyed them the first time around, I love the Feelies a lot. They can do no wrong. So a quasi-Feelies reunion sounded like a lot of fun...and since I was so bummed that I missed their prior quasi-reunion with Yo La Tengo over last Hanukkah, this was worth the trip. I am really looking forward to the Glenn Mercer solo album I heard whispers about, and hopefully JGJR will be able to make it next time.

Antietam also played - and they were awesome. Sara made the comment that if they had been a band of twenty year old boys, it would have been boring, but because Tara Key plays like a 20 year old boy, all the better. She rocks. Her whole band rocks. I took a couple of pictures of her and her band, but it'll have to wait for another time.

This weekend will be chock full of fun stuff, so you'll be hearing from me soon.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Ladies Who Shop

Yesterday I went to Target to return a garbage can...a too-short garbage can. Anyway, as I was leaving, there was a middle aged woman talking to her older mom. Mom is well-dressed...you know, perhaps too well-dressed to be familiar with Target.

Daughter seems to be telling Mom that she's going to go to another store and she'll be right back. And somehow Mom's got 2 shopping carts. One's got her stuff in it, the other's empty. Mom's really close to the front of the store where they keep the empty carts. Only a handful of lanes are between them. She looks perplexed. What to do with the empty cart?

So, she looks around quickly. She then pushes the empty cart approximately 7 feet...into the middle of the exit aisle where EVERYONE walks to leave. She then pretends nothing has happened. While it would be easy to move the cart aside, she's thoughtlessly blocked everyone's way. She makes me mad. How hard would it have been to place the shopping cart where it belonged? Thank goodness this was in swanky Plymouth Meeting, had it been in Philadelphia someone would have kicked her nicely dressed ass.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Philadelphia is not your Borough

Oh Jessica Pressler. I hope you at least made some money for your PhiladelphiaisthenextWilliamsburg article. Because otherwise it wasn't worth it. Philadelphia will never be the next borough because we're too fat and unstylish. And we always will be. Which is why I like it here.

In all seriousness, anyone with a passing interest in this city should check out this article, which appeared in the Sunday New York Times. Yeah, some "cool" people from New York City might have moved here recently for the city's affordability and livable nature, but 3 transplanted bands does not make a trend.

In other news, I hate this hot weather! I can't wait to go see the Roots! Leftover chinese food should be eaten as soon as possible! And...

American Music Club is touring with Spoon this fall! Swoon! I swoon for Mark Eitzel and Britt and their respective bands. Sigh. I hate that it's so easy to love gay men (Eitzel, that is).

To prove it to you, listen to "If I Had a Hammer" by AMC.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Is Death Cab Dead? AKA Beard Rock!

So, the new Death Cab for Cutie album comes out in a week and a half. I've yet to uh, acquire it. Seriously!

But, I'm a little concerned about Ben and the boys. Not about the beard and Minnie Driver - is he blushing? Is he profusely sweating? I'm mostly concerned with all the shitty reviews that Death Cab has been getting. I heard some new song on the radio this morning and honestly, it was just mediocre. People are sayin' all sorts of stuff:

They've jumped the shark.

The lyrics are stupid and non-sensical.

They suck!

Fame has ruined them.

None of this matters, of course. I mean, I predicted awful things when I heard they signed to Atlantic Records. But I will still be unable to attend their concert, due to the fact it is at the Electric Factory and I can't stand it there. I'm waiting for additional dates to be announced. There are holes in their schedule. I'm thinking a private show in my backyard, with former labelmates the Long Winters. Yeah, Johnny Roderick, where have you been? You used to tour all the time, and lately it's been quiet in your camp.

In other news, the Hold Steady show I attended this past Friday night was great. Craig Finn, lead singer extraordinaire, gave a shout out to 1) people who had to get a babysitter to come see the show and 2) people who are falling in love at the show. How sweet! I can't say enough good things about the Hold Steady...they are talented and they can rock. Yet they're a bunch of guys you could go out and have a beer with...I'm sorry that their most recent tour dates don't have them coming through Philly, but they'll be back.

This weekend, get psyched for:

The Pernice Brothers
The Paul Green School of Rock, and
The Knitters

Yup, I'll be busy. And I love Joe Pernice. A lot. Even with his beard. Whoa! More beard talk, sorry!

Friday, August 05, 2005

Perhaps It's Perfect?

This is perhaps the most perfect snack ever.

Pickles? As potato chips? I ate half of my little bag yesterday, and half is in my bag to eat today. I will need to stock up as this will surely be despised by the American potato chip eating public.

It's vinegar-y, but not too much. It's dill-y, but not too much.

Ah, pickles.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Things I Learned at the Beach

1. Don't fight the lifeguards, they are always right.
2. Sunburn really really hurts, so therefore...
3. Always use lots and lots of sunblock.
4. Only challenge children under the age of 10 to Skeeball, lest you get your ass whooped.
5. Seafood chowder might be yummy to some, but it's still yucky seafood leftovers masked by broth.
6. Jack Daniels doesn't taste that bad in lemonade iced tea. From Wawa.
7. Listen to Martha when she tells you you'll hit traffic. Sorry!
8. Apples to Apples is possibly the greatest group board game ever. It's always fun!