He’s Single and Ready to Mingle

Why, oh why, did I stop reading Buddyhead gossip regularly? Maybe it’s because they post 3 times a year? Whatever. I’m still upset I missed this post from January.

Courtesy of Buddyhead, check out James Brown being interviewed on CNN (late 80s? early 90s?) and very, very clearly being out of his mind on cocaine.

My apologies to JB if he was not on coke at the time, but, seriously, he can’t be this much of an idiot, can he?

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 31 May 2006 at 3:25 pm

Cordalene, The Star Ledger

As I’ve mentioned previously, Philadelphia’s Cordalene have a new album coming out on June 13th on Dalloway Records called The Star Ledger.

If you haven’t heard Cordalene yet, now’s your chance — The Star Ledger is now streaming at the band’s site.

And I gotta tell ya — it’s fantastic, and easily one of my favorite albums of the year. As much as I liked the band’s two early Blue and Red EPs, this blows them out of the water. It’s a much more mature, expansive effort than those early EPs, yet at the same time it retains the band’s traditional energy and charm. Seriously, do yourself a solid and go take a listen.

And if you’re in Philly, be sure to catch the band’s CD release show at Spirit Wind Studio next Saturday, June 10th. Hopefully they’ll be coming to NYC soon…

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 31 May 2006 at 10:46 am

Birdmonster Live on WOXY

Not sure if this is new or not, but I just noticed that Birdmonster is scheduled to do a live in-studio set at WOXY.com on Friday, June 16th at 4pm. Very cool.

I’m really enjoying the band’s new album, No Midnight, and looking forward to seeing them (twice?) in New York at the end of the month. If you still haven’t heard them, do yourself a favor and check out some songs at their sites:

“Resurrection Song” is at their main page

“Cause You Can,” “No Midnight,” and “Bar in the Back” are all streaming at their MySpace page.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 31 May 2006 at 7:38 am

Quick Roundup

Despite most bloggers’ downtime over the weekend, including my own, there was surprisingly little of interest around the web today. Maybe things will pick up as the week goes on. Then again, this is my first summer as a blogger — maybe summer’s as slow for bloggers as it (usually) is for lawyers?

The good stuff:

Bradley’s Almanac provides the best exception to the rule, posting two great live sets today, one from The Twilight Singers and one from The Wedding Present in 1988. I’ve liked this site quite a bit for a while, but it’s been on a fantastic tear lately with good live shows, and it’s near the top of my list right now.

Torr has several b-sides from the latest Delays album. Still no word when it’s coming out here, but if you liked Faded Seaside Glamour, I suggest you go order the new disc from Amazon UK.

Following up on my ACL Fest 2004 pics from before, one of my favorite sets that weekend was from My Morning Jacket. Captain’s Dead has another MMJ set from Austin, but this time on the Austin City Limits tv show,

Moroccan Role has another new Long Winters song called “Teaspoon.” Don’t love it, but I’ll keep listening. Apparently promo CDs are showing up in mailboxes now. If you or anyone you love knows the Long Winters, tell ’em to send a copy my way!

So Much Silence has the recent Walkmen show from NPR up in individual MP3s.

And, on a sad (but not entirely unexpected) note, official word comes from Colin Meloy that Petra Haden has left The Decemberists. Too bad. She’s damn cute, has a hell of a voice, and plays a mean violin. The word from Colin:

“it’s an amicable thing; we still are friends. For one thing, we initially had asked her to come aboard as a touring musician for just the Picaresque tours. We hadn’t really expected to take her on as a full-time part of the band. There was some talk about that happening, but in the end, after the tours were over and we were back in the comforts of our homes it didn’t necessarily still make sense”.

PS: I didn’t see it, but apparently The Learning Channel (or someone) did a show about “The Man Whose Arms Exploded.” I believe that’s him in the picture. I need to see that show.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 30 May 2006 at 7:40 pm

Yacht Rock Returns!

After a one-month break, the kids at Channel 101 return with a whole new slew of shows this month, including the now-legendary Yacht Rock.

This month’s ep isn’t quite up there with their best, but they definitely needed to start trying some new things, so I can’t blame them too much. Plus, there’s one line that may be the funniest thing they’ve ever done.

Though I do have to say, Eddie and Dave look a little too similar to Hall and Oates. Can’t believe I never noticed that before. Go check it out.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 30 May 2006 at 2:42 pm

The Magic of the Internet

Not too much time for a full update right now, but I wanted to share some pictures that I just found stowed away in my “Sent” mail at GMail. These are all from the 2004 Austin City Limits festival. I originally had over 100 pictures, but lost them all when my hard drive died last year. I just discovered that, apparently, I’d emailed 13 of them to a friend back in 2004, and they were still in my mailbox. Score.

Check out a few. The rest will be up at the Flickr account later today.

My Morning Jacket

Old 97’s



Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 30 May 2006 at 11:44 am

Last GNR Update (For Now)

AOL is now streaming the entire Guns n’ Roses set from Saturday at Rock in Rio. Check it out.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 29 May 2006 at 7:27 pm

Quick Update

Still out of town, but wanted to make sure folks knew about this —

New GNR.com has some incredible video and audio from Guns n’ Roses’ performance at Rock in Rio yesterday. I just watched the video for “Nighttrain”, and Axl and the band sounded incredible. Go here to check it out.

And, yes, I do realize that this here little indie blog is verging on becoming a GNR blog. Deal with it. :^)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 29 May 2006 at 7:10 am

This Man Wants to Kiss You… or Have a Good Cry (He’s Not Quite Sure)

I don’t know whether or not I’m ashamed of this fact, but I was once a fan of Dashboard Confessional.

You see, there was a time about 5 or 6 years ago when I was a huge emo fan, in all its variations. Alkaline Trio, Braid, Chamberlain, Get Up Kids, Hot Water Music, Mineral, Small Brown Bike, Sunny Day Real Estate, etc. etc. It wasn’t the only thing I was listening to, but it was close. I liked emo’s catharsis — emotion through power chords and catchy songs. I was young and boy did I feel.

Dashboard Confessional’s first album, The Swiss Army Romance, was a little different that the emo I was listening to. The album was essentially just Chris Carraba and an acoustic guitar, with a bunch of sad songs with big choruses. And although it was different from the other emo bands — DC was one of the first emo bands I listened to that I couldn’t pretend was “post-punk”, whatever that meant — it still had the whole catharsis thing. And, fuck me, I liked it. (In my defense, I’d just broken up with a somewhat long-term girlfriend, and mid-20’s sad boys were, after all, the original key emo demographic.)

Anyway, it wasn’t much later that I soured on emo. In large part, it was Dashboard Confessional’s fault. The band got huge, and emo got huge with it. Almost overnight, the median age at an emo show went from 23 to 17. And don’t even get me started on the sing-a-longs. I had no idea that 17-year old girls could sing so loudly at the same time they were crying. So my music listening shifted to other genres, and I haven’t really listened to much emo since. Luckily, though, most of the bands playing emo these days suck donkey testicles. I’m looking at you, Fall Out Boy.

So, when Stereogum linked to a new AOL Sessions performance by the band today, I decided to give it a shot and see how I felt about the band 5 years later. The verdict? Not awful. Well, let me amend that. The band’s 2 original songs aren’t awful, but their cover of “In a Big Country” is.

And then I decided to check out the band’s MySpace page to see if any other new songs are floating around. There aren’t. But it did have one of the most mind-blowing statistics that I’ve ever seen. The band has had 51,000 plays TODAY alone. Their new song, “Don’t Wait”, has been played more than 241,000 times. And their two older songs have been played more than 1 and 2 million times, respectively.

These are astounding numbers. If there was any doubt that this album is going to be huge, well, that doubt should now be gone. I don’t keep up with MySpace stats, but these are the biggest numbers I’ve ever seen for a band. Like I said, it’s astounding. Rich Egan must be shitting himself right now about how lucky he is that Carraba didn’t jump to a major.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 26 May 2006 at 8:54 pm

Gone Fishin’

Took the day off from work today, and I’m headed out of town in the morning for the long weekend. Soooo, don’t expect too much in the way of updates until Tuesday. If I find something special, I’ll try to post it, but otherwise, it’ll be radio silence.

Until then, Go Pistons! And enjoy the last installment of the 5/15 Guns n’ Roses show:


“You Could Be Mine”
“November Rain”
Richard Fortus solo
“Chinese Democracy”
Robin Finck solo
“Paradise City”

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 26 May 2006 at 2:50 pm

I Have No Title for This Post

Other folks have good stuff to check out, so I will rely on them..

I Am Fuel, You Are Friends posts the fourth in a series of five Ryan Adams “Bedhead” sets. Lots of good stuff. Go listen.

Stereogum points out that there’s another new song, “Bus Named Desire”, up at Soul Asylum’s MySpace page. I wish I could say that’s it’s better than it is… it doesn’t even really sound like Pirner.

If you’re like me, the idea of subliminal messages and backmasking in songs has always been intriguing. From hints of Paul McCartney’s death to messages about the everlasting majesty of Satan, there have been no end of theories and rumors over the years. Well, someone — Jeff Milner, apparently — has now digitally recorded some of the more controversial songs and made the backwards tracks available for anyone to hear. Very cool. Check it out.

I stopped shopping at IKEA when the very first thing I bought there, a short 3-drawer dresser, fell apart within a month of when I bought it. I’ve never really regretted the decision. Until now, that is. Apparently, if you take the free shuttle from Penn Station to IKEA in Jersey, you get to watch Sondre Lerche write new songs. I suppose I could just ride the train and not actually buy any of that crap…

I skipped seeing Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos at Mercury Lounge the other night. Had a long day and just wasn’t in the mood to trek down to Houston St. I kinda wish I’d gone, but, luckily, Bradley’s Almanac has posted audio from the band’s show in Boston the night before. Excellent stuff.

Plagiarism or not? There’s growing talk that the new song from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Dani California”, which sucks, by the way, is ripped off from Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”. That song wasn’t so good, either, and I had to listen to it 3,482 times in my freshman year of college. Are there similarities? Sure. Plagiarism? I’m not convinced… Compare for yourself.

Finally, new discovery Music Glob has a great cover of Bloc Party’s “Pioneers” by Mystery Jets. I’m loving the Jets’ new album, Making Dens, and they really take possession of this song and make it their own. Be sure to check it out, especially if you like the original. You may not really recognize it.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 25 May 2006 at 6:43 pm

Your Day of Rockening is Here

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 25 May 2006 at 9:33 am

Ohio State Fans are Violent Perverts

Seriously, watch the whole thing. These 4 minutes of television pack 20 times the drama of 2 hours of that 24 finale.

Go Blue!

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 25 May 2006 at 9:10 am

GNR @ Hammerstein, Part 2

The part where Robin gets his due..


“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
Robin Finck solo
“Sweet Child O’ Mine”
“Something” (piano solo)
“The Blues”
“Out Ta Get Me”
Richard Fortus/Robin Finck solo
“Rocket Queen”
“My Michelle” (w/ Sebastian Bach)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 25 May 2006 at 7:41 am

Eric Bachmann’s Fingers Now Appear to Be Straight

CMJ (yes, they do still exist) reports that Eric Bachmann is set to release his debut “solo” album, To The Races, on August 22nd on Saddle Creek Records. You can hit CMJ for the full 10-song tracklist.

No explanation is given for why Bachmann has decided to ditch the Crooked Fingers moniker this time out, although CMJ does cryptically state that the new album “is to be a departure from his 2005 LP, Dignity And Shame…”

Does that mean it’s closer to the slower, more dirge-y songs on the first few CF discs, or is this something altogether different? If they know, CMJ ain’t telling. I suppose you could take a guess, though, based on the tidbits that:

(a) Bachmann wrote the album while living in the back of his touring van; and
(b) He’ll be doing a co-headlining tour in the fall with Richard Buckner.

Survey says… it’s wrist-slittin’ music.

Personally, I’m still waiting for him to do an album of Neil Diamond covers.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 24 May 2006 at 12:41 pm

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