The News: Seattle Edition

8 02 2009

radiohead-usc-rehearsalReasons to watch the Grammys:

-15 Step w/ a Marching Band 

M.I.A is as due as Snoop Dogg’s homeboys. 

-Radiohead might win… They should 


-I have  never been to Seattle. I spent a week in Vancouver once before a cruise but that’s about the extent of my Pacific Northwest travels. As i do with most things, i happened to stumble over this song this morning. It’s cute, it’s short, it’s to the point. Give it a listen

The Hot Toddies-Seattle

–A list of this years’ winners at the  British Academy Awards. Here

–Wilco’s live concert film, Ashes of American Flags will be released two weeks early to coincide with Record Store Day in an effort to boost the day’s profile and to add to it’s list of exclusive releases. The film was recorded in several different locations including Washington DC! 

–BYT CONCERT COVERAGE FROM 2/3.. photos & reviews

Andrew Bird

Antony & the Johnsons

Passion Pit


–Suresh Joachim has broken his own Guinness world record for nonstop broadcast-television watching, clocking 72 hours in the Swedish capital.

“I feel fine, I drank between 25 and 30 cups of coffee,” Joachim said Sunday.

His previous record was 69 hours, 48 minutes, set in 2005.

Joachim, a Sri Lanka native who lives in Toronto, watched three seasons of the drama series “24” featuring Kiefer Sutherland, said Swedish TV4 spokeswoman Janina Witkowski.

—And to bring the whole world back to a decent level of sadness.. Here’s a song that has been featured at least twice here that just seems to keep coming back up. Perhaps we’re pushing this one  a bit too hard.. There’s just a definite soft spot for bearded, flannel-wearing, singer-songwriters.. 


A Last Note: Monday night is the Pains Of Being Pure at Heart show @ The Cat. You should go.


The News: October 28th

28 10 2008

-The Anchorage Daily News has endorsed Barack Obama for President. More

-Two pretty self-explanatory articles from The Independent on music. 

Does the World need another Indie Band?

The Difficult Third Album

-An excellent set of photos from the recent Broken Social Scene/Land of Talk concert. Here

-Why David Foster Wallace killed himself. Here


-On a lighter note, here’s Built to Spill covering “Paper Planes”



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The News: The Team Tobey Edition

16 10 2008

-Barack Obama won another debate. (3-0) 58 percent of viewers in a CNN poll agreed that Barack Obama was the better performer in yesterday’s debate.

-Salon reviews Rocknrolla. Read more

-Joel and Ethan Coen talk to The Independent.

Billboard runs through the latest Cure album.

-Kill Bill O’Reilly? The group The East Coast Avengers have written a song that literally details killing Bill O’Reilly. This song is a lot of fun and perhaps a bit much. Listen to it HERE 

Read some of the lyrics:

“I’d like you to get your mouth off of that conservative cock, long enough to sit and talk it out

Scratch that, let’s back track and stalk your house, knock you out gag your mouth, drag you out..

-Fuck making fun of you in punch-lines i’d rather kill your family in front of you by lunchtime…

-Check out M.I.A vs Pitchfork in an interview conducted a little bit ago at the Diesel Party she performed at. There’s the confirmation of her pregnancy, disgust and a protege. Since Pitchfork’ embed codes don’t work… Watch it >

Stuff Hipsters Like part III

25 09 2008

Welcome back to another installment of Stuff Hipsters Like. If you missed our first two entries be sure to check them out. Take note that this comes a day early because Friday is a very busy day. This week, we tackle the remix/mashup, skinny clothing, and obscure Bob Dylan songs.

Before that, here are a few definitions and terms to remember:

Clothesline: The same thing as a grapevine in gossip-based conversations.

“Oh man, I heard on the clothesline, that M.I.A just did the Diesel party.”

Deck: A key word for most Hipsters, similar in meaning to the antiquated fresh. To be deck is to be up on the latest trends, cutting edge, and/or hip.
“That tassel we met at the gallery opening sure looked deck in her cowboy boots.”

Chipper – a woman who’s easy
sentence: “She’s a real chipper and will sleep with anyone after one bronson.” (Bronson=Beer)

Fin – the opposite of deck, similar to outdated terms like “wack” and “lame.” Something that is fin is bad or undesirable.
sentence: “How can you like that Vin Diesel movie? Every film he’s ever starred in has been fin.”

The Frigidaire – the cold shoulder
sentence: “I don’t know what her problem is, but she gives me the frigidaire every time I see her.” 

Here we go!

7. The remix and the mash-up

With the advent of digital recording software, and the ease at which someone can just cut and copy a song, we’ve seen remix and mash-up tracks pop up everywhere. These “new ideas” don’t just occur in the realm of hip hop and rap music, they’re everywhere! We’ve seen acts like Girl Talk take the indie hipster scene by storm this year and the scene will only get bigger and bigger as time goes on. As for the remix. most itunes released indie albums include someone’s remix of one of the popular songs on the album. For instance, we have Crystal Castles remixing everyone from Liars to Uffie and let’s not forget all the remix tracks of “Paper Planes” (Yes i know that you knew about that song when Kala was released, well before Pineapple Express, and that you are a “True Fan. Listen to “Sunshowers” on Arular and claim it as your own… Give it up) 




8. Skinny Clothing

All hipsters wear skinny clothes… Mostly… All

There are a lot of rules… Skinny shirts, skinny jeans, skinny underwear, all of these fall into this hipster fave. Whether you’ve just begun wearing American Apparel’s boxer briefs or you finally picked up your 510’s, be assured that you will be declared hipster scum upon stepping onto 18th street (DC not New york). On the right we have some typical skinny jeans. 

Skinny is in. Fat is not. Go hit the Gym  dance-floor!

9. Obscure Bob Dylan material

Bob Dylan has recorded something like 7 billion songs. Outside of his major works lie bootlegs, demos, rarities and live recordings. Here we find Bob Dylan’s most obscure flashes of brilliance. Of my limited Bob Dylan knowledge i’ve chosen “Talkin Hava Negeilah Blues” for your listening pleasure. This is a great example of an obscure Dylan song to show your friends. This will help your claim the title, “Best Itunes Library ever”. If they don’t understand or believe you, go into the classic 1966 Royal Albert Hall argument. 

Talkin hava negeilah blues



Things to look forward to:

Record reviews of Kanye West, Ben Folds, The Cure, Land of Talk, High Places, Gentlemen Jesse and his Men, Of Montreal, Vivian Girls and The Sea and Cake.

A Fabakis remix of “Reckoner”

On repeat articles about The Mountain Goats, Jeff Buckley, The Byrds, and The Zombies

The Fabakis October playlist

Halloween Party!

and more articles and interviews