30 01 2009




Well..  Morrissey, all of Morrissey for that matter, isn’t just throwing his arms around Paris anymore, he’s letting it all hang out. The man, the myth, and the legend is heading out on tour to support his latest release which is titled, Years of Refusal. The album is due out February 16 on Polydor in the UK and will be released the next day on Lost Highway stateside. His tour dates are listed below.

Why Boz are you backed in the corner?

l_40be7b728703452891a3d2e09a1cc68aOn a complete side note, here’s a song that’s been kicking around for a few days ago that you should check out.  The song is by Wavves, AKA, 22-year-old San Diego kid Nathan Williams. He’s got a new album due out February 3rd via De Stijl. Give the song a listen and look around for his new album, the buzz is good. 



Wavves-No Hope Kids



02-28 Boca Raton, FL – Mizner Park 
03-01 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live 
03-03 Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theater 
03-04 St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing 
03-06 Myrtle Beach SC – House of Blues 
03-07 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse 
03-09 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
03-11 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center 
03-13 Richmond, VA – The National 
03-14 Washington, DC – Warner Theater 
03-16 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater 
03-17 Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall 
03-19 Buffalo, NY – University of Buffalo Center for the Arts !
03-21 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom !
03-22 Philadelphia, PA – Academy of Music !
03-25 New York, NY – Webster Hall !
03-26 New York, NY – Carnegie Hall !
03-28 Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods 
03-29 Boston, MA – House of Blues !
03-31 Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater !
04-01 Columbus, OH – Palace Theater !
04-03 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom !
04-04 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom !
04-06 Minneapolis, MN – State Theater !
04-07 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theater !
04-08 St Louis, MO – Pageant Theater !
04-10 Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom !
04-11 Houston, TX – Jesse H Jones Hall !
04-12 Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall !
04-14 El Paso, TX – Chavez Theater !
04-15 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater !
04-28 Killarney, Ireland – INEC
04-29 Galway, Ireland – Leisureland
05-01 Omagh, Northern Ireland – Leisure Centre
05-02 Belfast, Northern Ireland – Waterfront
05-04 Stirling, Scotland – Albert Hall *
05-05 Dundee, Scotland – Caird Hall *
05-07 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowlands *
05-08 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowlands *
05-10 Liverpool, England – Empire *
05-11 London, England – Royal Albert Hall *
05-13 Great Yarmouth, England – Brittania Pier *
05-16 Cambridge, England – Corn Exchange *
05-19 Hull, England – Hull Arena *
05-20 Hartlepool, England – Borough Hall *
05-22 Manchester, England – Apollo *
05-23 Manchester, England – Apollo *
05-25 Salisbury, England – City Hall *
05-26 London, England – Troxy Ballroom *
05-28 London, England – Brixton Academy *
05-29 London, England – Brixton Academy *
05-30 London, England – Brixton Academy *
06-02 Paris, France – Grand Rex
06-03 Lille, France – Aeronef
06-05 Luxembourg – Rockhal Club
06-06 Rotterdam, Holland – Watt
06-08 Antwerp, Belgium – Elizabeth Hall
06-09 Offenbach, Germany – Capitol
06-11 Cologne, Germany – Palladium
06-12 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
06-14 Bremen, Germany – Pier 2
06-20 Oslo, Norway – Senstrumscene
06-24 Stockholm, Sweden – Hovet
06-30 St. Petersburg, Russia – Maneshe
07-01 Moscow, Russia – B1 Club


Pitchfork is Down!

29 01 2009

UPDATE: At 3:29 PM…

Pitchfork is back online!

After several weeks of intermittent service, it appears that Pitchfork has gone down. Upon entering the URL, I encountered a “Not Found! 6” message.. Maybe someone unplugged something, or perhaps it was simple overload of the server. Whatever the case, the music world can only hope and pray for a safe and fast recovery. Just so you know, 

What will the world do without Pitchfork? 

*Potential Reasons Why Pitchfork is Down*


-Someone spotted Jeff Magnum

-Brooklyn/Chicago/Manhattan are on fire

-Carles took out Ryan Schrieber (sp?)

-My girls? More like “my hurls”… … …

-The staff are celebrating Sacha Distel’s 76th birthday/listening to the Here We Go Magic album in the dark and deciding on it’s rating.. I’m guessing that the number being floated around are 7.6 and  8.9.


Please note: Pitchfork TV is still up and running, you can check that out here.


So if you need to waste those ten minutes at the office, or in your basement, here is a list of other decent music sites to read today. Check it out after the jump. Enjoy!















Brightest Young Things (not necessarily about music)


An Aquarium Drunkard 

Wired’s Listening Post Blog

Gorilla vs. Bear

Dancing about Architecture 

The New York Rock Market

You Aint No Picasso


These should keep you busy for at least five minutes a piece.


If not…

The Mountain Goats-Going to Georgia 

The Hold Steady-Cheyenne Sunrise 


BMSR-Sun Lips

The West Wing Vs. The Real World

29 01 2009

Did Eli Attie knowingly predict the future? The real world parallels between this past election and the fictional election on the final season of The West Wing are nothing short of fascinating. The long-shot Democratic challenger upsets the long favored rival and wins the national election against a moderate Republican. The campaign that refuses to use negativity, instead choosing to project a message of hope and change to record numbers of devotees. The list goes on and on and is below. A side note, both Eli Attie and Jimmy Smits have said in prior interviews, that they drew influence and inspiration from Barack Obama. 

Now, a week into the Obama administration and outside of the realm of The West Wing, it’s time to reflect. 

(from the nyt) Santos is a coalition-building Congressional newcomer who feels frustrated by the polarization of Washington. A telegenic and popular fortysomething with two young children, Santos enters the presidential race and eventually beats established candidates in a long primary campaign.

Sound familiar?


A short list of similar plot lines:


-The Young non-white candidate (Santos) is running against the  maverick-y moderate west coast conservative (Vinick) in the national election.

-Both candidates are senators, an oddity because senators aren’t exactly ideal presidential candidates. 

-Arnold Vinick, the Republican candidate, picks an unheard of and extremely conservative Governor from an unimportant state to be his running mate. Ray Sullivan, the Governor of West Virginia is Vinick’s running mate on the show and his real-life counterpart is/was Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska.


-Vinick and Mccain aren’t trusted by the conservative base for several of their core beliefs. They also share shaky religious views and don’t attend church regularly to allow for more time for mavericky things.

-John Mccain, like Arnold Vinick, is a veteran west coast Senator. 

-The Vice Presidential Candidate on the Democratic ticket, Leo Mcgarry, is a much more experienced “Washington Insider” in comparison to the top of the ticket. Joe Biden fits the same mold as the twenty year political veteran, running along side the Junior Senator.

-A long primary season sees the longshot, Matthew Santos, beat out several more experienced and likely candidates. Both Hoynes and Russell end up loosing in similar fashion to Clinton, Richardson and Edwards. 

-Mike Huckabee=Don Butler

-The real world and fictional Democratic campaigns utilize buzz-word messages of Hope and Change.


-Following the election, both real world and fictional president-elect(s), pick their rival to be their Secretary of State in the form of Hillary Clinton and Arnold Vinick.

Like Obama, Santos faced questions early on about his lack of experience in an executive position. 

-The Democratic conventions were both marred by a split base of delegates.

-Matthew Santos began his political career as a community organizer in Houston like Obama did in Chicago.

– Matthew Santos and Barack Obama both enjoy Bob Dylan’s music.

-The fictional nuclear crisis ends up playing a major role in the voter’s decision of who to vote for in a similar fashion to the current, real-world economic climate. One could also compare the fictional situation in Kazakhstan to the situation in The Middle East. 

-One of the first things that Barack Obama set out to do in office was to change the way that lobbyists worked with the Federal Government. On the show, Matthew Santos wanted his first act in office to be eliminating lobbyists from government all together. 

-Oh and the line by John Mccain in the debate, “This Pen” appeared in a similar fashion three years prior on the West Wing’s live debate episode. You can watch both clips below.

November 6, 2005: The West Wing’s Arnold Vinick: (skip to 3:55)

September 27th, 2008: John Mccain

And what debates should be:


-In closing, you could make several more comparisons between real-life politicians/family members and their West Wing Counterparts.

-First Lady Abbey Bartlett was an accomplished medical professional who gave up regular practice to assume her National role. Likewise, Michelle Obama is a highly educated lawyer whose previous employers include Sidley Austin and The University of Chicago. She later left her positions to join Barack on the road.

david-axelrod1– Bruno Gianelli could be compared to David Axlerod/Plouffe. All three political operatives share keen abilities and talents that are highly publicized. However, Axlerod and Plouffe don’t change sides… Bruno’s character was loosely based on Clinton strategist Dick Morris. He’s only slightly more attractive than David Axlerod.

-Like John Edwards, John Hoynes was involved in an affair that went public. John Hoynes was the Vice President under Josiah Bartlett while John Edwards was the Vice Presidential nominee for the unsuccessful Kerry/Edwards ticket. They’re both handsome men as well.

-Press Secretary C.J Cregg’s character was loosely based on Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers.

tim_matheson-Rahm Emmanuel and Josh Lyman are actually the same person. Josh also happens to have the same name as a character in Doonesbury. There’s a framed comic strip of Doonesbury in Lyman’s office.

And just think, if Extreme Makeover: Home Edition hadn’t taken the same time slot, Matt Santos would be running the fictional United States of America in your living room every week. After another season of The West Wing: The Santos Years, there would be another campaign season in which Rob Lowe returns and runs for President successfully with CJ Cregg as his Vice Presidential nominee.

The News: Out of Our Heads Edition

29 01 2009


The most recent “Sevens” post at Aquarium Drunkard focuses on The Rolling Stones song “I just Want to See His Face”.

You can read it  Here

-Cocaine snorting “Kills sniffer dog” Read More 

-This year’s Brit Award nominees have been announced. Read 

-^The Vatican has a youtube channel.. The default language on the page is Italian and the site features a personal dialogue with the pope.^

-Starbucks Corp. will close another 300 stores and cut nearly 7,000 workers as it continues to reel from overexpansion and a sharp sales slowdown.

The coffee chain reported Wednesday that revenue in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 28 fell 6% to $2.6 billion, with sales at stores open more than a year falling 9%.

-The Hold Steady are apparently playing Rachel Ray’s SXSW party this year.. Last year, Holy Fuck graced her stage (and perhaps her pants) The show, still unconfirmed, would take place March 21st. There will be a pre- SXSW show in New York at the Santos Party House featuring,  Semi-Precious Weaponsthe Orion Experience, and the Cringe.


-I ❤ Craigslist.. (NSFW)

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-Bruce Springsteen will be going on tour for a few months after he brings down the house in Tampa at the Super Bowl. I predict a live tour DVD by Christmas.

02-01 Tampa, FL – Super Bowl XLIII
04-01 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion at San Jose
04-03 Glendale, CA – Center
04-05 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center 
04-07 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center 
04-08 Houston, TX – Toyota Center 
04-10 Denver, CO – Pepsi Arena 
04-15 Los Angeles, CA – LA Memorial Sports Arena 
04-21 Boston, MA – TD Banknorth Garden
04-22 Boston, MA – TD Banknorth Garden 
04-24 Hartford, CT – XL Center 
04-26 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
04-28 Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Spectrum 
04-29 Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Spectrum 
05-02 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum 
05-04 Hempstead, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
05-05 Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena 
05-07 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre 
05-08 University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center 
05-11 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center 
05-12 Chicago, IL – United Center 
05-14 Albany, NY – Times Union Center 
05-15 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium 
05-18 Washington, DC – Verizon Center 
05-19 Pittsburgh, PA – Mellon Arena 
05-21 East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center 
05-23 East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center 
05-30 Landgraaf, Holland – Pink Pop Festival 
06-02 Tampere, Finland – Ratinan Stadion 
06-04 Stockholm, Sweden – Stockholm Stadium
06-05 Stockholm, Sweden – Stockholm Stadium 
06-07 Stockholm, Sweden – Stockholm Stadium 
06-09 Bergen, Norway – Koengen 
06-10 Bergen, Norway – Koengen 
07-02 Munich, Germany – Olympiastadion 
07-03 Frankfurt, Germany – Commerzbank Arena
07-05 Vienna, Austria – Ernst Happel Stadion 
07-08 Herning, Denmark – Herning MCH 
07-11 Dublin, Ireland – RDS 
07-16 Carhaix, France – Festival des Vielles Charrues
07-19 Rome, Italy – Stadio Olimpico 
07-21 Turino, Italy – Olimpico di Torino 
07-23 Udine, Italy – Stadio Friuli 
07-26 Bilbao, Spain – San Mames Stadium
07-28 Benidorm, Spain – Estadio Municipal de Foietes 
07-30 Sevilla, Spain – La Cartuja Olympic Stadium 
08-01 Valladolid, Spain – Estadio Jose Zorrilla
08-02 Santiago, Spain – Monte Del Gozo

The News: Snow Edition

27 01 2009

-Wale is back in the studio! DC’s rapper (singular at this point) is apparently working with a star-studded cast of beatmakers including Best Kept Secret, Mark Ronson, Glitch Mob, Cool & Dre, Ryan Leslie, Green Lantern, Sean C and LV. Here’s the kicker, one of the other more notable names working on the album is Dave Sitek, you might know of him, he’s in TV on the Radio. While Sitek has produced albums for numerous artists, he’s never before manned the board for a rapper. Stay tuned for updates.


If anyone would like an intern for their PR company or Recording studio. Look no further. Check the About section for information.

Animal Collective- My Girls


-SNOW! A personal photo from the “porch” of the studio.

Fabakis Playlist: Check it out HERE

or there.

Listen to Soldier On Dear Friend at their Myspace 


p2790_john-elen-High School is bad enough as it is. From the NYT, an article about teenage sex and how the statistics are on the way down. Here 

-DiS goes through Andrew Bird’s latest album, Noble Beast, one track at a time. Here

-Obama’s speechwriter is dating a maxim girl? It’s true. Read more at BYT

-An essay by John Darnielle about his five favorite Mountain Goats characters (this should’ve been posted a long time ago) Here

-Speaking of John Darnielle, he will be embarking on a two-man tour with studio buddy John Vanderslice this spring. As always, it’s best put by the man himself:

“We are going to light out for the Territories in a van with two acoustic guitars, some notebooks, our soundman Brandon and a pouch full of charms against ill omen. We are going to get elemental. We are going to stomp our feet and hammer at the strings until we get what we want from them. We, a couple of guys named John, are going to tour, is what we’re going to do. We’re going to stand alone onstage and play our guitars and sing old songs & new, and then we’ll probably play together. We are going to sit side by side with our acoustic guitars like two out of the five guys on the Five Man Acoustical Jam album, only with fewer Tesla songs. Because the whole point of playing an acoustic guitar is not to unplug. It’s to get raw and draw blood.”


18 – Asheville, NC, the Grey Eagle
20 – Norfolk, VA, the Atticus Theatre
21 – Washington, DC, Sixth and I Synagogue
24 – Northampton, MA, Pearl Street
25 – Somerville, MA, the Sommerville Theatre
27 – New York, NY, the Society for Ethical Culture (part of the Wordless Music series)
29 – Gambier, OH, Kenyon College
30 – Oberlin, OH, Oberlin College
1 – Chicago, IL, Epiphany Episcopal (tickets here)
2 – Champaign, IL, Courtyard Café at University of Illinois
3 – Iowa City, IA, the Mill, Mission Creek Music Festival
4 – Richmond, IN, Earlham College
6 – Bloomington IN, Buskirk-Chumley Theater

The News: This Will Be Our Year Edition

27 01 2009

andrewbird090202_560-A man murders his ex-wife for changing her facebook status to single. Read More

-Star Trek’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, will spend eternity in Space with his wife… The two, both deceased, will have their cremated remains rocketed into orbit in the near future. Read More 

-The Black Lips are full of shit. Well not entirely..  Read More 

PopMatters lists their 25 favorite Motown singles. Here

-Andrew Bird talks influences with NY Mag


Upcoming DC Area Events:

Jan 31st: Lykee LI @ Sixth and I

Feb 3rd: Andrew Bird/Lonely Dear @930 (sold out)

Feb 3rd: Antony & The Johnsons @ Sixth and I

Feb 3rd: Passion Pit @ The Cat

Feb 8th: Cat Power @930 (sold out)


Since WordPress doesn’t allow Imeem playlists to be embedded, check out our new playlist outside the box. 

Check it out HERE

Here’s the actual Playlist. 

1. The Zombies-This Will be Our Year

2. M83-Run into Flowers 

3. The Mountain Goats-Going to Georgia

4. Black Moth- When the Sun Grows On Your Tounge

5. Here We Go Magic-Fangela

6. Animal Collective-Bluish

7. Passion Pit-Sleepyhead

8. MGMT-Time to Pretend 

9. The Rolling Stones-Mercy Mercy

10. Charlie Rich-Who Will the Next Fool Be?

11. The Books-Smells Like Content

12. Horse Feathers- Curs in the Weeds

13. School of Seven Bells- Half Asleep

14. Neil Young-On The Way Home (live @ Sugar Mountain)

15. The Rolling Stones- Stupid Girl

16. Los Campesinos!- Drop it Doe Eyes

17. The Owls- Air

18. Bob Dylan-Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You

The News: SugarCubes Edition

24 01 2009


Stereogum chats with Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Swan Lake, Sunset Rubdown) about his upcoming Swan Lake release. Here 

-DC hookers and cocaine dealers on business spiking for the Inauguration. @ NY MAG

-The AV Club interviews Andrew Bird. Here 

-Get yo self a Jack Kerouac quote at any time of day (there are like eight of them) Here 

JK: Suffice to say I just eat every 12 hours, sleep every 20 hours, masturbate every 8 hours and otherwise just sit on the train and stare ahead without a thought…

-Craig Finn and Tad Kubler’s pre-Hold Steady band Lifter Puller will be putting out an anthology of sorts sometime this year. 

Yo Yo Ma is a sideshow hack… That and it was very windy and cold on Janurary 20th. The song played by the all star quartet at the inauguration was pre-recorded due to the extreme weather and it’s potential effects on the performance.