Archive for November, 2007

Why Rock Band is still fun (even if it’s not real)

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

So Sleater-Kinney’s guitarist did this awesome review of Rock Band. It’s a really good read, so I thought I would be nice enough to post it here.

Walkmen and White Rabbits to play Blue Hill

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

This should be interesting. The Riverfront Times is reporting that the Walkmen will be playing at the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill on January 21. Opening will be the White Rabbits. The White Rabbits’ great new album, Fort Nightly, is, um, influenced by the Walkmen (by influenced, I mean shamelessly rips off, not that that’s necessarily a bad thing). Can the student surpass the teacher? It’s something I definitely want to find out.

Also, check out Dylan’s review of the first track off Fort Nightly, “Kid On My Shoulders,” just a few posts down.

New Professor Murder

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Head on over to RCRD LBL (can they please get at least one vowel in their name? Put a U in there, I really don’t care, I just die a little on the inside whenever I type that. Please?) to hear a new Professor Murder track. Professor Murder is a Brooklyn-based band that is the heir apparent to the dance-punk throne. Fans of !!!, Rapture, Radio 4, etc should take notice, if they haven’t already. Their debut EP, Professor Murder Rides The Subway, was released last year on Kanine Records.

Charts – 11/26 (Caring about the old folks)

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
1 SOUNDTRACK I’m Not There Columbia-Sony
2 MOST SERENE REPUBLIC Population Arts And Crafts
3 GRIZZLY BEAR Friend [EP] Warp
4 BABYSHAMBLES Shotter’s Nation Parlophone
5 BAND OF HORSES Cease To Begin SUB POP
6 FRANK TURNER Campfire Punk Rock Welcome Home
7 VIVA VOCE Lovers, Lead The Way!/The Heat Can Melt Your Brain Amore! Phonics
8 MINIPOP A New Hope Take Root
9 ZOOKEEPER Becoming All Things Bellecitypop
10 WUSSY Left For Dead Shake It!-Shake It
11 VIRGINS ’07 Self-Released
12 WIRE Read And Burn 03 Pink Flag
13 ELECTRIC SIX I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being The Master Metropolis
14 DUST GALAXY Dust Galaxy ESL
15 HANGAR 18 Sweep The Leg Definitive Jux
16 LONEY, DEAR Sologne Rebel Group
17 HAMMER NO MORE THE FINGERS Hammer No More The Fingers Power Team-Sharon Collins
18 ENON Grass Geysers… Carbon Clouds Touch And Go
19 VARIOUS ARTISTS Free Yr Radio Free Yr Radio
20 WHITE RABBITS Fort Nightly Say Hey
21 THURSDAY Kill The House Lights Victory
22 CLIPD BEAKS Hoarse Lords Lovepump United
23 PLEASE QUIET OURSELVES Please Quiet Ourselves Mushpot
24 DIVISION DAY Beartrap Island Eenie Meenie
25 MUSCLES Guns Babes Lemonade Modular
26 SAUL WILLIAMS The Inevitable Rise And Liberation Of Niggy Tardust Fader
27 VANDELLES The Vandelles [EP] Self-Released
28 PLEASURES OF MERELY CIRCULATING Pleasures Of Merely Circulating Ettabelle
29 BLACK DICE Load Blown Paw Tracks
30 POLYSICS Polysics Or Die: Vista MySpace

A New Use For Those New-Fangled Moving Pictures

Monday, November 26th, 2007

So music videos have been a big part of music in the past couple of decades, but most really don’t serve that big of a purpose. I mean MTV and VH1 hardly shows music videos anymore, and even when they do, its mostly bigger name (read:shit) songs. Well now-a-days artists don’t have to even be on MTV to be popular. YouTube sparked things like the OK Go music video, and record companies and artists have started to take notice. And while music videos have been on youtube before, most of the time they’re grainy and not great quality. Well now record companies have started to post the music videos themselves, in good quality. I can’t complain, there have been countless times when I’ve wanted to watch a music video, only to not be able to find it anywhere, let alone in good quality. It works out for everyone; I get to watch the videos, artists get out there, and the record companies get a slightly better return on their investment. Just another way that the internet has helped rather then hinder music.

Here’s an example: LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends