Archive for February, 2007

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Living With The Living

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Ted Leo is the Billy Bragg of the 2000′s. It’s a comparison that he doesn’t seem to like, but an apt one: he’s the thoughtful punk with a conscience, he’s content to let his lyrics do all the talking and with his Pharmacists, doesn’t try to overwhelm the solid musicianship with volume and speed. He does try to branch out on his new album, Living With The Living, but the end result is the same – another great album. There’s a lot of the Ted Leo standard of “thinking man’s punk,” but on “Bomb.Repeat.Bomb” he sounds more like Dexter Holland of the Offspring – and it’s better than you’d think. His attempt at a reggae-influenced song, “The Unwanted Things,” is, unfortunately, not better than you’d think, but when he takes a stab at a dancier song with “The Lost Brigade,” it works, and well.

That’s not to say that the old formula isn’t still a good one. “Sons of Cain” is one of the best songs on the album, and “CIA,” which is to Living With The Living what “Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone” was to Hearts of Oak, is right up there with it. “Colleen” is a little slower, but still great, and “Annunciation Day/Born on Christmas Day” is faster, but still great. All in all, a simply great album that makes me want to pick up a sign and go protest.

Overall: 9/10

Man Man and Will Ferrell

Monday, February 26th, 2007

My first reaction to Man Man’s show last night was that it was like Will Ferrell playing the cowbell on Saturday Night Live times a million. It was just an exuberant, balls-to-the-walls performance which was out of this world. Bunnygrunt was great too. KWUR Week never disappoints.

Takka Takka

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

I was looking at the great elbo.ws blog aggregator, and saw, much to my surprise, that Takka Takka is listed as one of the “hot” bands. Takka Takka is a great band out of Brooklyn (represent, yo) who, much like another band, is currently sans label. They recently released a 3 song EP, Talk Faster, which is available for download on their website. It’s pretty simple, lo-fi indie music which lies somewhere between Bishop Allen and that other unsigned band out of Brooklyn. After hearing Perry Went Home, Sex Robots, and So Many Dynamos rock your socks and locks (of hair) off, I’d recommend heading over to http://takkatakkamusic.com/talkfaster/ and checking it out.

Happy 40th Kurt Cobain

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007


Kurt Cobain would have been 40 today.

Mr. Cobain came to KWUR studios back in 1991. He loved college radio.

Damn. 40. Talk about “bored and old”…

Hey, look, we’re in Pitchfork!

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Pitchfork Media overhypes pretty shitty bands and ignores lots of great music. But sometimes, they get it right.

“According to Man Man‘s MySpace, the follow-up to Six Demon Bag is “well underway,” and they’re currently recording in Chicago.

The band will take a break from recording to hit the road this Spring. And when Man Man tour, they tour hard. The dates they have scheduled start March 15 and don’t let up until April 15.

There’s also a one-off show this weekend in St. Louis.”

Dates: 02-24 St. Louis, MO – The Gargoyle (Washington University)

Yeaaaaaaaaaah KWUR Week.