Archive for January, 2008

Album Review: Dengue Fever, "Venus On Earth"

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

You will certainly not hear anything like this all year, an eclectic mix of Ethiopian jazz and Cambodian rock. Unfortunately, for all its novelty, this album just lacks energy and is hampered by terrible lyrics (“It’s 4 AM, I check my email”). Thankfully, the lead singer could sing the stupid out of George W Bush, and the band is skilled, which almost saves the album, but not quite.

Play: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10+++ (GORGEOUS ballad), 11++ (Rock ‘n roll!)

Concert calendar

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

It looks like the big venues in the St. Louis area have their lineups pretty much filled out. So without further ado, some highlights:

January 21: The Walkmen and White Rabbits at Blueberry Hill

January 25: So Many Dynamos, Maps and Atlases and Say Panther at the Billiken Club

January 30: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at Blueberry Hill (sold out)

January 31: Band of Horses and Cass McCombs at the Gargoyle

February 6: Flogging Molly at Pop’s

February 9: De Novo Dahl and Foreign Islands at the Billiken Club

February 17: Galactic at the Pageant

February 18: Health and Shooting Spires at the Billiken Club



February 29: KWUR WEEK LIKES CRAWFISH (crawfish sold separately)


March 2: Pelican at the Gargoyle

March 10: Dropkick Murphys at the Pageant and A Place to Bury Strangers and Holy Fuck at the Bluebird

March 15: Built to Spill and Meat Puppets at the Pageant

March 17: X at Pop’s

March 18: Parts and Labor and Berlin Whale at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center and Man Man and Islands at the Blue Note

March 19: Jose Gonzalez at Graham Chapel

March 29: British Sea Power at the Billiken Club and Explosions at the Sky at the Pageant

March 31: Xiu Xiu and Thao Nguyen at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center

April 6: Cursive and Capgun Coup at the Gargoyle (who at the Gargoyle has a crush on Tim Kasher?)

April 12: Dan Deacon with Ad Astra Per Aspera at the Billiken Club

April 19: New Pornographers w/Neko Case and Okkervil River at the Pageant

April 23: Enon at the Billiken Club

May 1: Caribou at the Billiken Club

At some point, in some venue: Radiohead

Let me know if I’ve missed anything, I’ll try to keep this updated as much as possible

Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

This is probably my favorite speech of his:

Hope you enjoyed your holiday. But don’t forget the reason for the season.

Megatron Now Fields Requests

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Hello KWUR, from Hawaii. Thats right, my dark blood still courses through KWUR, and after hearing the robot play one too many buzzkill tracks while sitting in my office in Honolulu, I wrote a request feature. Right now, its only scheduled during safe harbour hours on the weekends (it will still remember your requests, but it will not play them except during these times, this could be easily changed.) Here’s how it works!

1) Start/Run telnet
2) Connect to, port 10102

GNU/Linux and Mac OS X:
1) Open Terminal
2) type:
telnet 10102

3) Type the following:
something to search by
4) Be sure to press enter after the period. The robot will list all tracks matching your search with numbers in << >>. Find the track you want and remember its number. You will be disconnected from the robot, that is proper behaviour.
5) Connect to, port 10102 again
6) Type the following:
something to search by
that number
7) Be sure to type the search stuff exactly the same and press enter after you type in the number

Example robotic dialogue:

If it works, it will tell you that this track has been queued. Moreso, it will properly display in the Playlist Tracker as a requested track when it plays. Love it!


Rafter – Sex, Death, Cassette

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Rafter Roberts writes music for commercials (like Michael Bluth in Juno!*) , and he’s part of the Sufjan Stevens crew. Therefore, he already had two strikes against him as I started to listen to Sex, Death, Cassette. Fortunately, Rafter was able to come up big with two strikes. Sex, Death, Cassette obliterates any possible genre classification but still manages to sound like a cohesive album, even with upbeat indie songs like “zzzpenchant,” an Afrobeat impersonation in “Love Time Now Please,” and (shudder) Sufjan Stevens-esque folk making frequent appearances. This is a testament to how well produced this album is, not surprising given that Rafter has produced for artists like the Rapture and Fiery Furnaces. Songs like “zzzpenchant” make you want to dance, while on the other end of the spectrum, “Tropical” is more heartfelt and somehow absorbing. Sex, Death, Cassette may be coming out in the winter, but it sounds like the perfect soundtrack for a drugged-out summer adventure. Oh, to be out of the cold…

Standout tracks: zzzpenchant, No-one Home Ever, How To and Why
Rating: 7/10

* I know his real name is Jason Bateman, and that he’s been in many other things. I just refuse to accept that Arrested Development isn’t real