December 7, 2009
So, in advance of my trip overseas for New Years, I figured I should clean house on my CD collection and sell some on eBay. With the advice from TeeCycle Tim, I bundled them in groups of 5 to 10 based on categories. Some of the categories are a bit of a stretch, but I think I did a good job. If you’re curious…
- 6 Rap / Hip Hop CD Bundle here*
- 6 CD Bundle: Folk and Indie Singer/Songwriters here
- 9 CD Bundle: Emo Punk Rock here
- 6 CD Bundle: Brit Pop and Brit Rock here
- 9 CD Bundle: Alternative Grunge 90s Rock here
- 6 CD Bundle: Female Singer/Songwriters here
- 7 CD Bundle: GREATEST Rock Artists of All Time here
- 8 CD-DVD Bundle: Rock and Pop here **
- 5 CD Bundle: Punk Indie here
- 6 CD Bundle: Punk Indie Emo here
- 7 CD Bundle: Indie / Pop here
- 8 CD Bundle: Indie/Electro here
- 6 CD Bundle: Indie Rock here
*(yes, I purchased a Limp Bizkit album. I was young).
**(Hilarious. Though, I will defend to death why I bought each of these albums)
February 6, 2009
New stuff added to the “Bored People Are Boring” things to-do list…
Very suprised to see what bands will be making the rounds in the Spring. Namely industiral music originators Throbbing Gristle will do two back-to-back shows at Epiphany (yes, that church place)… after playing NY and Cochella shows.
- Throbbing Gristle, “What a Day” MP3 (c/o blog Farced)
Next on the suprise turn-back-the-clock list is Chicago’s own Red Red Meat. The band’s roster is a who’s-who of Chicago indie rock icons, including Tim Rutili, Ben Massarella and Tim Hurley (of Califone), plus beloved producer Brian Deck (Liz Phair [when she was cool], Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, Modest Mouse).
Lastly in the old-news-made-new-news list this week, Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes, City on Film) has a new full-band type project with ‘Mercedes bandmate Damon Atkinson called Certain People I Know and he’s twittering his little heart out about it. As of right now, CPIK ranks as my third-favorite Smith-referencing bandname… right behind The Boy Least Likely To and Pretty Girls Make Graves. Fittingly, the pride of the Illini are playing their first show in Urbana on March 13th at Courtyard Cafe and then make they’re way up to Chicago to play at The Beat Kitchen on the 19th.
*NOT The Cardigans.
Also of note is a band I randomly came across on The Next Big Sound site, Raise High the Roof Beam. They’re doing not one, but TWO shows in the upcoming months. The production value on these songs are iffy at best, but I do enjoy the sound. It has the strum-and-pluck of solid indie pop (as the Salinger reference would infer) but I also hear a little bit of playful Johnathan Richman, and I can almost gurantee they’re fans of Wes Anderson. Just a hunch.
All dates added on 2/6:
Raise High The Roof Beam
Certain People I Know
Red Red Meat
Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
Raise High The Roof Beam
Flight of the Conchords
August 6, 2008
Boat shoes, fencing, polos, crew shorts, over-the-shoulder sweaters, oxfords, wayfarers, and indie rock. Wait… what?
You have to love Vampire Weekend’s “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” video. It’s a nice reminder that at the height of the 80’s New Wave scene U.S. culture has re-fallen in love with, there was another wholly opposite trend also at it’s epitome — the Super-Prep. As it is the nature of nostalgia to forget the bad portions of two decade year-old trends, it’s not surprising to see a resurgence of both of these styles right now.
Both cliques are equally-reviled but by different crowds. But ask yourself if the sulking/satanic Goth-Punk kids at the ending of “Kwassa Kwassa” are any more or less ridiculous than their preppy counterparts? V.W. kindly reminds us that, as this generation mines John Hughes movies for style pointers, that super-priss Molly Ringwald was adored just as much as misunderstood alterno-rocker Ally Sheedy. And if I recall, in Hughes idealized world, Ringwald’s prep was the heroine of a lot more movies than Sheedy’s dark dandruff artiste.
and, just for old time’s sake, back when this used to be more of a joke:
July 25, 2008
So, here’s the deal. I kept referring to my past Pitchfork commentary, but then I realized my MySpace blog is torturously slow (and some of the pics are missing). So, I’ve rescued it from that page, updated some of the pics, reformatted, and voila… a year-old piece that still makes fun of festival-goers effectively. (A topic that, apparently, is timeless.) Away we go!
Originally posted 8/9/07
In and Out
Well………. both Pitchfork and Lolla have occured and aside from all the music I wanted to see, a bonus for going is the people-watching. Trends come and go, but never are they more embraced (badly or not) than at music festivals.
I’m not dismissing and ESPECIALLY not condoning any of these, but here’s a little heads up about what the art undergrads and coffeeshop workers near you will be sporting and/or name-dropping over the next few months:
In: White/plastic-framed sun-glasses, and the glasses David Duchovney’s wore in Zoolander
Out: The Baumer
In: The Smooth Sailor
Out: Truckers Caps
In: Painters Caps
In: low-cc pedal-start motorbikes
Out: Soccer jerseys
In: old-school soccer / tennis / basketball shorts
Out: the urban cowboy
In: the urban lumberjack
Out: useless terms like “electroclash”
In: useless terms like “futureshock”