Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Coachella line-up = bush league bullshit

Whoa and WTF? Right now I feel like we the people have been hosed. This years Coachella lineup seems way below average to me and a lot of other angry/disappointed concert-goers right now. Apparently another couple of big bands are still in the works, but c'mon Golden Voice is this all you have for us right now? It seems as if whoever did the booking was just extremely lazy or got an extremely late start this year. I will not accept that this festival has jumped the shark already. Its just normally I look at the list each year and get very fired up and I really can't say that about most of these bands this year. Now, don't get me wrong, its not horrible by any stretch, but its just not very exciting. Tool as a headliner is just insulting. Where are all the new bands that will be at SXSW? Don't the Arctic Monkeys seem like a logical choice to be playing ? Do I really need to see Bloc Party again right now? The only really acts that I'm really interested in seem to be My Morning Jacket, Gnarls Barkley, Wolf Parade, Dangerdoom and maybe Seu Jorge. Couldn't they have booked the Silver Jews? Or Supergrass? The Raconteurs, anyone? That would have made some sense. I feel like I could go on and on right now, but I'll stop. I'm sure the weekend will still be amazing, I'm just not sure how much time I'll be spending at the Polo Fields.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

If you could have anything you wanted for your birthday...

What would it be? Someone posed this question to me the other day and I've still been trying to think of a good answer. Kittens? Porn? A jet? Whirled peas? Feel free to post in the comments section and remember the sky's the limit. It could be anything that crosses your mind. Anyway, thanks to everyone who sent me kind birthday wishes and presents and cupcakes, they were all fantastic.


Dana: 'Wicked Light Sleeper'- The Joggers

Mere: 'Hard to Beat'- Hard-Fi

Rach: 'Islands in the Sun'- Weezer

Del: 'Islands in the Stream'- Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Sunday, January 8, 2006

SCORE!!! (I'm obvs not talking about the Giants- ouch...too soon?)

Last night my fellow TPMer Rach and I witnessed a true Festivus miracle- - a band lived up to its hype- weeeeeeeeee!

Ever since Del told me about Tapes 'N Tapes back in November, I've been waiting in hot anticipation for Jan. 7th- knowing that my favorite Minneapolis band would be taking the stage just around the corner from my apt. There have been many bands that I've been sweet on that have failed to deliver in a live setting (cough...clap your hands..cough) and to me- that'll always leave a sour taste in my mouth.

So when Tapes 'n Tapes took the stage last night and broke into 'Just Drums', I couldn't help but act like a giddy school girl who just made out for the first time (with tongue). They rock so hard and deliver their songs with amazing intensity. And they have this great Midwestern humbleness to them- when we talked to them after the show, they seemed shocked by the hype surrounding them, but completely appreciative. I can't love a band more that has no other motive than to play great music. I'm sorry, but I'm really sick of bands that feel the need to look a certain way or have a certain attitude in order to play music. Last time I checked, your stylish mullet isn't the one playing the guitar. Puhleeeasee.

Anyway- they played almost all of their songs, but we were assured that 'Omaha' and 'In Houston' will be jammed during their next three shows. If you are on the fence about seeing TNT this week- don't be an ass- go see them.

Pay attention to the drummer, he has the greatest drumming style/face since Benjy from The Helio Sequence. Oh and when was the last time you saw a baritone tuba in a rock band- holler!

Tapes 'n Tapes- Cowbell

Tapes 'n Tapes- Insistor

Tapes 'n Tapes- Omaha

NYC shows not to be missed:

1/8- Piano's

1/9- Mercury Lounge

1/12- Rothko

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Dance Party USA

Happy first day of work for 2006. WEEEEEEEE!

Anywho- check out my preview for Tapes n' Tapes upcoming shows on Loose Record. Sweet, I've been published. Actually I've been published once before. Check out the killer photo I took.

And don't forget to watch Wolf Parade on Craig Ferguson tonight. Sorry Will & Grace, I promise to switch back.

Anywho here's a fun dance sequence for you. Words can't explain so I'll let you fill in the blanks like mad libs.

Perry (verb) Mere.

Merida and Noah (verb) it down.

Dana (anything you want to write- I'm at a loss...)