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  • Lord of the Suck Suck

    4 août 2007, 14h38m

    So I headed out last night with the idea to see the Born Again Floozies at Radio Radio in Indianapolis. they are great fun always good to see live.

    Their opener was Lord Of The Yum-Yum, a guy I'd heard about before and was sort of intrigued by.

    Now imagine a family taking a Family Truckster style road trip vacation from Connecticut to California. There's Mom, Dad and Little Billy. Little Billy has ADD. But.. oh no! Mom forgot Little Billy's Ritalin!! By the time the Family Truckster gets to Nebraska, Little Billy never shuts up and is singing random gibberish sing-songs and using the seat in front of him for a drum. Mom wants to kill Little Billy, Dad wishes he'd stayed home and kept banging his Secretary and Little Billy cluelessly keeps shouting gibberish and calling it his new songs.

    THAT is Lord of the Yum-Yum.

    That is also why for the first time I up and walked out of a concert. I just couldn't stay any longer after the first few "songs". Why he got such a good reaction from the crowd I reallllly don't get.

    I really wanted to see the Floozies, but the opener was really just so terrible to me and the crowd so big that a bit of a claustrophobic feeling + unlistenable gibberish = me getting the heck out of there.

    Sorry Floozies :(
  • Man Man/Everything Now review

    3 août 2007, 19h49m

    Sun 29 Jul – Man Man, Everything, Now!

    Another review I've been putting off for lack of time. I'd never been down to The Bluebird in Bloomington, IN before. But with Man Man coming to town and Everything Now! opening (a local favorite of mine) I couldn't miss it.

    First up was Everything Now!, a band I saw play with Bryan Scary a few weeks prior. Local boys from Muncie I believe, they put on a heck of a show. I actually enjoy them live much more than I do their album Bible Universe. Live they come across as much more straight up pop/rock and less experimental. Solid show they put on and you should check them out.

    I first heard of/saw Man Man at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago in 2006. Their massive level of insanity and noise backed by catchy tunes and bizarre lyrics immediately got my attention. I picked up both their albums The Man In A Blue Turban With A Face and Six Demon Bag (the latter being far superior, IMO) after that and fell in love with the crazy.

    They did not disappoint at The Bluebird. The confined venue just enhanced the level of chaos to their show. Everything used as percussion (even one of the lights swinging from the ceiling at one point). Multi-instrumentalists switching between guitar, xylophone, trumpet, sax, random percussion, bass and keyboards. On the surface many of the songs sound like pure chaos but almost all of them have this hidden melody/tune beneath the crazy that ties it together. It basically feels like you are experiencing a show at an insane asylum where the inmates decided to form a band. You've got to experience them at least once.

    As one friend who was present at the show said "I've never been to a show that I liked so much where I still didn't want the album". That is true, to a point. Man Man is a band whose live experience just CANNOT translate to an album. But when recording an album, it seems they are forced to pull back on the crazy a bit and focus on the songs which can actually be a good thing. So I would recommend at least checking out Six Demon Bag (their later and a bit more... structured album)

    ***1/2 show, if just because the small venue almost made Man Man a little TOO loud and overwhelming at times.
  • Bryan Scary/The Hedrons/Tiger City review

    3 août 2007, 19h36m

    Fri 27 Jul – Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears, THE HEDRONS, Tiger City

    I've been meaning to post this review for a week now but just now getting the time to get around to it. Unforutantely that means it'll be a little shorter and less specifics as I would have liked.

    First band was Tigercity, with a style I never would have thought I would have liked. A poppy/funk/disco sorta sound. Barry Gibb called, he wants his voice back. ;) But in all seriousness they were crazy fun and made me wish I could dance at all in a way that wouldn't horrify and blind onlookers. Great fun and worth checking out for sure. I picked up their 6-track album Pretend Not To Love and have had alot of fun with it.

    Next up was a band I had heard some about and was looking forward to seeing in person, The Hedrons from Scotland. Wow. Holy shit. As I told the lead singer Tippi after the show at the merch table "that was fucking SPECTACULAR." Those girls rocked my socks off into next year. A great band of energetic punk rock, and not the more modern whiny faux-punk but real, honest to goodness badass punk rock songs. The stage presence of all the members was great, and Tippi knew just how to work the crowd, actually coming down into the crowd at Radio Radio with her mic during the last song of their set. Doesn't hurt that they are all incredibly gorgeous and rocking the Scottish accents. ;) You MUST see them if you have the chance.

    And the final act for the night was a band I saw not too long ago and was glad that they were making a second swing through Indy - Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears. They blew me away last time as the second to last act, and as the closer they did not disappoint. They played a number of songs from the new album they are working on (coming out in January hopefully, according to drummer Brian Bauer). Their music is so infectious and just plain FUN, and Scary's interludes and stories he wraps around the songs in a live setting make seeing them live a great experience that enhances their music when you've heard only the album (The Shredding Tears). They played an encore and the crowd got them to play one more after that even.

    Overall a spectacular show, ****. You should have been there.
  • Someone please explain The Fiery Furnaces to me

    18 jui. 2007, 4h02m

    ...because I just don't get the love from the hipster crowd for this band. Saw them live once, tried listening to their stuff. Sorry, but it's just unlistenable crap. It's like they are trying to be sooooo unlistenable that it becomes ironic or something but instead nope... sorry. still crap.

    Hate to be so contrary and disagreeable. Just don't get it. Guess i'm not indie enough. heh

    Fiery Furnaces
  • Excellent SHow Saturday at Radio Radio

    18 juin 2007, 18h30m

    Sat 16 Jun – Everthus the Deadbeats, Everything, Now!, Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears, This Is My Condition

    All ratings are out of four stars.

    Saturday night saw me at Radio Radio in Fountain Square for a show headlined by Everthus the Deadbeats.

    First up was This Is My Condition. I'm being nice when I say it was... not so good. More truthfully, it sucked. He is a one man band with a drum set, loop pedals and a guitar on his lap that he plays with the drumsticks. In the end it sounds like what happens when you give twin 6 year olds a drum set and a guitar for Christmas. Whatever his condition is, there's medicine for that now. 1/2

    Everything, Now! put on a HELL of a show, rocking the pop-rock and getting us all jazzed up after the dismal opener. The Muncie, Indiana natives filled Radio Radio with a great sound and had me buying their album, Bible Universe at their merc table. ***1/2

    Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears had the most elaborate stage setup I've ever seen at Radio Radio. A big backdrop, a sign to 'Scaryville' and a wooden ... housing(?) around Bryan Scary's keyboard. Also present were crazy costumes - the best descriptions are Zombie Wyatt Earp, Zombie Tom Petty, Zombie Communist Dude and The Hamburglar. heh although I'm sure that's not what they were going for. Anyway, their set was full of so much energy it had the crowd dancing and the venue humming with "damn these guys kick ass". The best way I can describe their sound would be Rocky Horror + Elton John + Psychedelic Rock. Maybe? If they're coming to your town DEFINITELY check them out. Worth the price of admission and more. I picked up their album The Shredding Tears after the show. ****

    Everthus The Deadbeats unfortunately had to follow up what I consider to be the best back to back sets I've ever seen at Radio Radio. They gave a solid performance, were strangely costumed and sounded really solid. I've never been a HUGE fan of theirs when I have seen them before but they are sounding a bit more polished. When they play their songs that have more structure they are much better. Unfortunately they have too many songs that trend towards experimental and noisy. **1/2
  • Last.fm bought by CBS?

    30 mai 2007, 16h28m

    So apparently Last.fm was bought by CBS.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6701863.stm

    Marvelous. I have predictions.

    1. It will start off good with a cash infusion for some dream features the creators have been wanting to do for awhile
    2. CBS will start to get antsy and want a return on investment
    3. last.fm will try to bridge the gap between a vibrant Web 2.0 community and making money for its new corporate masters. The old users will stick around but will start feeling the changes and looking for alternatives.
    4. after a year or two of trying a best of both worlds approach, CBS will demand changes to make them more money. The old users will start leaving and the users left will be new and know nothing of the community standards.
    5. The users that are left (mayeb higher numbers but less buy in and attachment to the community) will turn the social aspect into a wasteland of stupid comments, bickering and flamewars. Last.fm will slowly wither on the vine as the site transitions from community driven and vibrant web 2.0 to yet another corporate attempt at vibrant web 2.0 that fails miserably

    Ah well.

    For those curious, Flickr is currently somewhere between steps 3 and 4 after their purchance by Yahoo.
  • Battle of the Bands! Round 6

    16 nov. 2006, 14h47m

    We're down from 160 to 4. For the final four, I'm going to re-seed based on total votes so far through the whole thing. It's my battle and I'll re-seed if I want to :)

    How The Cure made it this far, I'll *never* know but the other matchup is an insanely hard decision.

    A.
    1. The Beatles (109 votes)
    4. The Clash (80 votes)

    B.
    2. Johnny Cash (95 votes)
    3. The Cure (87 votes)
  • Battle of the Bands! Round 5

    9 nov. 2006, 19h28m

    Voting is closed. Vote in Round 6 here

    Alright down to Round 5. There were a number of really close votes this time around, but no ties. I'm very disappointed that so many people really think The White Stripes are better than Beck (seriously?!), but hey, this is a vote not a dictatorship.

    On to round 5 now. Same as last time, vote for one in each group of two, the seeds were handled as if it was the NCAA tournament, no reseeding. Groups A and D are just brutal.

    A.
    1. The Beatles
    9. Radiohead

    B.
    15. The White Stripes
    26. The Cure

    C.
    19. The Clash
    6. The Smashing Pumpkins

    D.
    4. Johnny Cash
    5. Pearl Jam
  • Battle of the Bands! Round 4

    2 nov. 2006, 16h43m

    Voting is over. Vote in Round 5 here

    Alright on to round 4. For round 4, I did just like the NCAA tournament and I did NOT reseed the bands as they moved on. It makes for some tough matchups but at this stage there will naturally be a lot of tough ones. How you choose is up to you, but choose one from each pair.

    A.
    1. The Beatles
    16. Pixies

    B.
    2. Beck
    15. The White Stripes

    C.
    3. Nirvana
    19. The Clash

    D.
    4. Johnny Cash
    13. R.E.M.

    E.
    5. Pearl Jam
    12. Garbage

    F.
    6. The Smashing Pumpkins
    11. Rage Against the Machine

    G.
    23. Air
    26. The Cure

    H.
    8. Bob Dylan
    9. Radiohead



    Some REALLY tough choices here. As usual, voting will be up for one week.
  • Battle of the Bands: Round 3

    26 oct. 2006, 15h45m

    Votign is closed. Vote in Round 4 here.

    Alright thanks for the votes in Round 2! For Round 3 I'm going to 'seed' the bands by the number of votes they got through rounds 1 & 2. Vote for one in each grouping.

    A.
    1. The Beatles
    32. Death from Above 1979

    B.
    2. Beck
    31. Fiona Apple

    C.
    3. Nirvana
    30. No Doubt

    D.
    4. Johnny Cash
    29. Massive Attack

    E.
    5. Pearl Jam
    28. Bad Religion

    F.
    6. The Smashing Pumpkins
    27Dido

    G.
    7. Oasis
    26. The Cure

    H.
    8. Bob Dylan
    25. The Who

    I.
    9. Radiohead
    24. Tom Waits

    J.
    10. Gorillaz
    23. Air

    K.
    11. Rage Against the Machine
    22. The Offspring

    L.
    12. Garbage
    21. Sigur Ros

    M.
    13. R.E.M.
    20. Red Hot Chili Peppers

    N.
    14. Nine Inch Nails
    19. The Clash

    O.
    15. The White Stripes
    18. Guns N' Roses

    P.
    16. Pixies
    17. Jane's Addiction