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Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 31 August 2006 at 10:10 pm

WOXY.COM TO SHUT DOWN

Fuck. Seriously, fuck.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 31 August 2006 at 2:26 pm

New Bob Pollard, "Supernatural Car Lover"

Thanks to Matt for pointing this out – Robert Pollard has posted an MP3 for the song “Supernatural Car Lover” from his forthcoming album, Normal Happiness. Check it out:

Robert Pollard, “Supernatural Car Lover”.

Normal Happiness comes out on Merge Records on October 10th and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 31 August 2006 at 11:55 am

Reminder! Two Great NYC Shows Tonight!

In case you forgot, there’s two great rock shows in town tonight.

First up is Le Firm at The Annex at 9pm. The Annex is located at 152 Orchard St. (between Rivington and Stanton). Here’s a map. Cover is $6.

Then follow me around the corner to The Delancey to catch The Ashford Breaks at 10:30pm for the band’s Traitor EP release party. Cover is $6.

Wow, $12 for two great bands. You’d be crazy, or extremely cheap, to miss out.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 31 August 2006 at 8:47 am

Keith Olbermann for President

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 31 August 2006 at 7:35 am

I Admit It… Sometimes I’m Wrong

When I first heard of the band Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s on WOXY.com at the beginning of this year, I disliked them right away. Not really sure why – I think it was the name. Then, the band played a Lounge Act on WOXY, and the song or two I heard I really, really disliked. Again, I don’t really know why. Likely I was just predisposed to dislike them at that point.

Then, around April of this year, one of the many great blogs out there (can’t remember which), posted an MP3 of the band’s song Skeleton Key, and I fell in love. I bought the band’s debut album, The Dust of Retreat, and it will almost certainly make my top 10 of the year (it was originally released in 2005, but re-released this year). I can’t say enough about how beautiful the album is.

Now comes news that the band’s next album, Holy Cow!, is due out in January, and My Old Kentucky Blog has MP3s of three songs likely to be on the album. Two songs are demos, and one is a live track. And they’re fantastic. Go now.

Oh, and catch the band for FREE on Sunday, September 17th at Time Out New York’s Back to School Blowout.

Buy The Dust of Retreat.
Listen to songs (including “Skeleton Key”) at MySpace.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 30 August 2006 at 4:09 pm

Dinosaur Jr.’s Gear Ganked

Welcome to New York, kids…

Apparently after last night’s Dinosaur Jr. show at the Warsaw, the band’s trailer was broken into, and pretty much everything was taken. Among the stolen:

Guitars:
1959 Fender Jazzmaster SN# 38927.
1961-3 Fender Jazzmaster SN# 62012.
1964-5 Fender Jazzmaster SN# L21581.
Fender Purple Jazzmaster new SN# R074329.
Rory Gallagher Stratocaster new SN# R25507.

Bass:
B.C. Rich Warlock Bass SN# 4242413

Cymbals:
[1] Paiste 20″ 2002 medium
[1] Paiste 20″ giant beat
[1] Paiste 20″ 2002 crash
[2] Paiste 19″ 2002 crash
[2] Paiste 15″ 2002 sound edge top hi-hats
[1] 15″ 2002 sound edge bottom hi-hats

Wow.

If you see any of this stuff in your local music shop, go here and contact the band.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 30 August 2006 at 2:11 pm

Le Firm at The Annex Tomorrow!

And so should you…

Thursday, August 31, 9pm @ The Annex
152 Orchard St., between Stanton and Rivington [MAP]

See you there!

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 30 August 2006 at 11:05 am

Black Crowes Dump Keyboardist, Delay Release

According to CNN.com (I know!), the Black Crowes have “released” longtime keyboardist Eddie Hawrysch after fifteen years. No reason is given other than “personal reasons”. Eddie will be replaced on the band’s fall tour by Rob Clores, who has played with John Popper and several other groups. Guess Chris really wanted that “ugliest member of the band” title back more than he let on.

To add insult to injury, the release of the band’s “lost classics”, the Tall Sessions and Band Sessions (to be released as The Lost Crowes), has been pushed back from yesterday until September 26th due to a “manufacturing error”.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 30 August 2006 at 10:55 am

Cheap Trick Playing Free Union County Music Fest

The legendary Cheap Trick have been announced as headliners of the Union County (NJ) Music Fest ’06 on September 16th. Other artists slated to appear are:

Roman Candle (a Chapel Hill, NC power-pop/alt-country band)
Mike Peters (of the Alarm)
The Fab Faux
Southside Johnny with LaBamba’s Big Band (it wouldn’t be Jersey without SS Johnny!)

The show is FREE, and runs from 12pm to 10pm. Cheap Trick plays from 8:30-10pm. For more info, including directions, go here.

If I weren’t seeing two shows in NYC that night already, I’d be all over this.

(Thanks to Sal for the head’s up!)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 30 August 2006 at 10:29 am

Lemonheads Tour Dates

The Lemonheads have announced a month-long tour of the U.S. in November and December, including a show here in NYC at Irving Plaza on December 15th. No on-sale info for NYC yet that I can see.

The dates:
18th November – Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana CA
19th November – Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach CA
21st/22nd November – Troubadour, Los Angeles CA
24th/25th November – Independent, San Francisco CA
27th November – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
28th November – Crocodile Cafe, Seattle WA
30th November – The Big Easy, Boise ID
1st December – The Depot, Salt Lake City UT
2nd December – Bluebird Theatre, Denver CO
4th December – Sokol Underground, Omaha NE
5th December – The 400 Bar, Minneapolis MN
7th/8th December – Double Door, Chicago IL
9th December – Grog Shop, Cleveland OH
10th December – Magic Stick, Detroit MI
12th December – Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON
13th December – North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA
14th December – The Black Cat, Washington DC
15th December – Irving Plaza, New York NY
16th December – Avalon Ballroom, Boston MA

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 30 August 2006 at 5:18 am

The Brokedown Sign to Merge

From Aversion.com comes news that one of my favorite young bands, The Brokedown, has signed to one of my favorite labels, Merge. I gotta say, this is one the best pieces of music news I’ve heard this year – a great band hooking up with a great label. Good luck to everyone involved!

The band will be releasing its debut full-length LP, I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, on January 27, 2007.

If you missed it when I posted several songs earlier this year, do yourself a favor and check out a couple songs from the band’s The Dutchman’s Gold EP, which you can buy here:

The Brokedown, “Down In the Valley”
The Brokedown, “Sparks”

Oh, and even better news for those of us here in New York – according to Merge, the band will be making their official Merge “debut” at Merge’s CMJ Showcase in early November. Can’t freakin’ wait.

Edited to add: Get over to the band’s MySpace page and take a listen to a rough mix of a new song from the band called “So It Goes”. Holy crap is it good.

Edited again! Another new song, “On the Bubble”, can be found over at Six Eyes, together with a brief interview with the band’s singer/songwriter, Ross Flournoy.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 29 August 2006 at 11:50 am

Welcome Back, Carson

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 28 August 2006 at 8:52 pm

Jeremy Enigk, "Been Here Before"

From the first moment I first discovered Sunny Day Real Estate, catching their video for “In Circles” on 120 Minutes, I’ve loved pretty much everything singer Jeremy Enigk has done.

And while I somehow missed every chance I had to see SDRE live, I did manage to catch Jeremy on tour in 1996 in support of his first solo album, The Frog Queen. If you’ve heard the album, you know that Jeremy was accompanied on several songs by a small orchestra. Well, he brought that same orchestra (or a similar one) with him on tour, and somehow fit everyone on stage at the Knitting Factory here in New York. It’s still one of the more impressive/near-disastrous things I’ve ever seen.

Anyway, here it is ten years later and Jeremy is about to release his second solo album, entitled World Waits on October 17th. The first single from the album, “Been Here Before”, was just released and it’s fantastic. Check it out:

Jeremy Enigk, “Been Here Before”

Even better is “River to Sea”, which you can hear on Jeremy’s home page [MP3] or MySpace page [streaming].

Gotta say, it’s great to see an artist you love get better as the years go on. It doesn’t happen as often as it should.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 28 August 2006 at 3:39 pm

Can’t They Please Just Send Him to Jail?

For fuck’s sake, enough already. Pete Doherty just got busted giving cocaine to a teenage detox patient while he’s already in court-ordered rehab. Seriously, why don’t they just throw him in a cell and lock the damn thing? Every second he’s free makes a mockery of the British legal system.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 28 August 2006 at 3:08 pm

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