The News: Going to Mexico

28 03 2009

l_4ad137a5ffe54bc68b9bd892ff25fde8-Pree! Dc’s newest indie darling. A lovely combination of Regina Spektor, Thao Nyguen, Modest Mouse, Joanna Newsom etc… She’s cute, she’s talented, she has a new EP out via Park Slope/DC’s Kora Records. Check it out and watch some live videos.

-Dennis Quaid will play Bill Clinton in HBO’s upcoming film The Special Relationship. Read More

-10 or so Russian Torture Devices. Here

-Mountain Goats tabs! Here



-Drinkers’ red face may signal cancer risk. Here

JV-Numbered Lithographs


The News: Welcome Back (again) Edition

5 03 2009

Crack wouldn’t be good for the book so welcome back. 

we apologize for the inconsistency.


We’ll resume real posts in the near future. In the meantime, visit our best buds Soldier On Dear Friend at their myspace and tune in for record reviews of the black lips, wavves, the  dark was the night comp and james yorkston.


Enjoy these ridiculous videos..


Bon Iver- Your Love (Outfield Cover)

15 02 2009

Because no one else can pull off a cover like Justin Vernon. 


12 02 2009














we’re not getting any younger.

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.

Enjoy the Weekend!

6 02 2009

It’s vintage radio pop ca. 2000!

Courtesy of Barry, Burns and Mcnally aka. BB Mak, two videos that will bring you back to the days of listening to awful pop music on the radio. (Don’t Judge Me)

I wish that i was pretty and british. 







I’m still on your side

Record Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart- S/T

6 02 2009

148850tpobph_394The Pains of Being Pure at Heart-

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 

[Slumberland Records; 2009]

Buy at Insound


The indie music scene has hit us with some pretty awful and cringe-inducing band names, none of which seem come close to The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart.. A band name so awful that it gets people talking. Fortunately for POBPAH, their music is infectious enough to let the poor choice of name slide.

thepainsofbeingpureatheartshot_03_006The record is only thirty four minutes long, perhaps the perfect length. None of the album feels like filler, the songs are both short and appropriate. Some might find the whole idea, that being the name and the rather dream-pop like style of songs like “Stay Alive” a bit much for their taste. I will say this.. I spent a lot of my high school years in total, wet-dream love with The Cure which might explain my love for this album. Do you know what that does to a kid? It sets him/her up for years of emotional scrutiny, visible vulnerability and an uneasy amount of wavering attention deficit disorder. 

and back to the album…


At times, the production can get unbearable. Some of the songs get a little to close to sounding like the theme song to a hip 90’s teen tv show. However, the majority of the album is filled with hooky pop songs that flirt with the shoegaze genre. This album is immediately enjoyable, a feat that is both rare and unexpected. It’s filled with cute lines like:


You’re taking toffee with your vicodin, something sweet to forget about him

All ten of the songs are filled with the type of hooks that grab the listener and shake them about. They’re infectious so get infected. They cite influences like The Pastels and The Ramones. They play songs that sound like The Cure mixed with a little Jesus and Mary Chain and even like The Replacements at their poppiest. (sp?) It’s fun! It’s a pop record. They should be given the kind of clearance that we gave Robert Smith for the better part of decade.POBPAH are going to be huge. MTV 2 here they come. After they put out three mediocre records we’re all going to look back and admire the craftsmanship of songs like “This Love is Fucking Right” and swoon. Let this record play over and over again in the bedroom that you spent your high school years in. Think about the happy days that were the 10th grade. Sitting in class in the afternoon, half-asleep, arms crossed over your Biology book, wondering what you were going to do with your friends after school let out. 


Wear your tattered emotions on your sleeve, see POBPAH before they become everyone else’s favorite band.

Fabakis Rating: 9.1


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