Free Bob Dylan

You may have heard some time back that Bob Dylan was doing a weekly radio show for XM Satellite Radio called the “Theme Time Radio Hour”. Like me, though, you may not have wanted to spend $10 per month to hear it.

Well, you no longer have to live your life without the soothing sounds of Bob’s 65-year old voice. (Yeah, that’s sarcasm.) Billboard is reporting that AOL has obtained the right to simulcast Dylan’s show on Wednesday mornings at 10am, starting this week. Then, starting Friday, AOL will also be airing repeats of the 18 episodes Bob has already done.

The shows will be aired on AOL Radio. I’ve never listened to it before now, but the first channel it put me on was the “All Luther Vandross” channel. I may never need to listen to another channel again.

Oh, and while I see how this helps AOL (like I said, I’d never listened to AOL Radio before this announcement), how exactly is XM helping its subscriber numbers when it keeps losing exclusivity to its top shows? (Dylan, Opie & Anthony.)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 28 August 2006 at 1:00 pm

Around the Web

I’ve had a few interesting links building up for the last week or so, and figured it was about time to post them… haven’t done enough of this lately, sorry.

Daytrotter, which I don’t check nearly enough, has a 4-song live set from the Cold War Kids, including two new songs.

Perhaps this blog thing has gone too far when individual albums get their own blogs. Apparently the 40th Anniversary re-issue of Pet Sounds has its own blog. The blog is having weekly podcasts until October 10th. (Via Coolfer)

I keep meaning to check out AOL’s Interface offering. From what I’ve seen, it looks like a series of in-studio performances from up and coming artists. Quality stuff, but what kind of world is this where AOL is becoming a leading light in indie rock? There are several other bands up, but the one everyone’s been talking about is Mew’s.

Oh, and speaking of weird indie connections (and the “Second Alternative Wave” I mentioned last night), I noticed on Starz (the movie channel) this weekend that they are starting a new indie rock series called Musaic, showing various indie-oriented movies (e.g., the Death Cab move, Low in Europe, etc.) and other interviews and pieces. I don’t know if this is a good thing or not.

Keep Hope Inside has a new Bloc Party demo called “Song For Clay”.

Kingblind points out that Sub Pop is offering an MP3 of “A Pillar of Salt” from the new Thermals, which I hear is great.

Finally, do yourself a favor and head over to I Am Fuel, You Are Friends. Heather’s posted a veritable crapload of songs from Sub Pop’s now-defunct Singles Club, which ran from 1988 to 1993, and again from 1998 to 2002. There’s some real great forgotten songs in there from Nirvana, Mudhoney, the Flaming Lips, J Mascis, Iron and Wine, and many others. Including L7, if you remember them. Go now.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 28 August 2006 at 10:52 am

Trey Anastasio to Play Two Nights at Webster

Trey Anastasio, formerly of Phish, is playing at Webster Hall on Sunday, October 8th and Monday, October 9th. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday at noon.

Damn, five years ago this would have excited the bejesus out of me. Now all it does is warn me not to go anywhere near 3rd Avenue and 11th Street those two nights, for fear of a patchouli overdose.

Oh, and tickets are also $42.50 each. When did Trey completely lose touch with reality? Phish tickets weren’t this expensive, and they were actually good (prior to their 2000 “hiatus”, that is).

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 28 August 2006 at 9:13 am

AOL Roundup (Week of August 28)

Halfway decent week of stuff, if you exclude the kiddy Coldplay stuff.

Bob Dylan, Modern Times
The Roots, Game Theory
Pete Yorn, Nightcrawler
Ray LaMontagne, Till the Sun Turns Black
The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (40th Anniversary)
Michael Armstrong, Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Coldplay (music to kill yourself to)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 28 August 2006 at 7:25 am

The Return of Ned’s Atomic Dustbin

If you’re under the age of, oh, let’s say 25, there’s a good chance you don’t remember Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. The British band was active in the early 90’s, and had a minor MTV hit with “Grey Cell Green”. However, despite a bunch of buzz, and the rise of the “alternative” movement in the U.S., the band never really caught on in the States, and split up in 1995 after three albums. Their main claim to fame was the fact that they had 2 bassists. They were also part of the so-called grebo movement, though I didn’t know that until yesterday.

“Kill Your Television” [from God Fodder]
“Premonition” [from Brainbloodvolume]

(The band’s best album, IMO, was Are You Normal?, but that’s the one album I don’t have on CD…)

As bands are wont to do these days, the band regrouped (with a few new members here and there) a few years ago, and started playing annual Christmas shows. There was talk of a new album at one point, but nothing ever came of it, and I basically forgot about the band again.

Then, the other day, played a new song from the band called “Hibernation”, and it was pretty darn good. Head over to the band’s MySpace page to hear a clip of the new song for yourself. The digital single (no album yet) can be purchased here.

I’m not one to look a gift-horse in the mouth, but are all of these 80’s and 90’s rock bands reforming solely to take advantage of our current “Second Alternative Wave”? And will this second wave result in as many crappy, sound-a-like bands as the last one? (I’m looking at you, Sponge, Third Eye Blind, Candlebox, Seven Mary Three, etc. etc.)

And the most important question – will Bush get back together too? That may be the only thing in the world worse than Iran getting a nuclear bomb.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Sunday 27 August 2006 at 7:46 pm

Ted Leo @ South Street Seaport [8/25/06]

So last night was the annual free Ted Leo show at South Street Seaport. I’ve seen Ted a bunch of times, and this was the longest set I’ve ever seen him do. Rather than the usual hour and 15 minutes, Ted played close to two hours, and would have kept going if they hadn’t pretty much kicked him off the stage.

The set was pretty varied, including songs from his last 3 albums, as well as 8 (9?) new songs. All the new songs sounded good, but my favorites were the military-themed ones: “Army Bound”, “The Lost Brigade” and “C.I.A.” The last of these, which Ted dedicated to a high school teacher of his who was in the crowd, repeated a refrain along the lines of “C.I.A., you don’t know what you do”, and at the end sang “But the Afghanis do… and the Guatemalans do… and the Nicaraguans do…” I’m paraphrasing, of course, but it’s classic political Ted wrapped up in a kick-ass song. Can’t wait for the album.

I got there early to catch blog-favorites Tokyo Police Club. I like their debut EP, A Lesson in Crime. Unfortunately, their live show has yet to really gel, and they were just kinda meh. Like I said, though, it’s a good EP, and you should still check them out. The second openers, DC Snipers, were pretty decent, early 80’s-oriented punk. Nothing to write home about though. The lead singer did look like a chubbier Mac McCaughan.


Tokyo Police Club

D.C. Snipers

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Saturday 26 August 2006 at 1:13 pm

Another Le Firm / Ashford Breaks Double Header

Strangely, it seems like two of my favorite local bands, Le Firm and The Ashford Breaks, have an affinity for playing separate venues on the same night. It happened last month, and it’s happening again next Thursday (Aug. 31). Luckily, they have different set times, and the shows are within walking distance of each other, so join me at both, won’t you?

First up is Le Firm at The Annex at 9pm. Join the band as they celebrate the fact that they’re aaaaalmost done with their debut EP. The Annex is located at 152 Orchard St. between Stanton and Rivington. Tickets should be $7/8.

Second is the Ashford Breaks at The Delancey at 10:30pm. Join the band as they celebrate the release of their new EP, Traitor. The EP officially comes out on September 5th, but the band will be selling copies at the show (at least that’s what their MySpace page says). The Delancey is located at 168 Delancey between Clinton and Attorney. Tickets should be $6.

So mark it down — Thursday, August 31st, the night the rock comes back to NYC.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 25 August 2006 at 8:52 am

Frames Update

Yeah, I know I write about these guys a lot. But guess what? They’re that good. Besides, isn’t it nice to hear me say nice things about a band, rather than spending my time ripping on bands/artists I don’t like? (Panic at the Disco, Priestess, Good Charlotte, the Doodlebops, etc.)

Onto the news, via the band’s latest newsletter:

The new album, The Cost, is out in Ireland next month (9/22), and will follow in the rest of the world in February 2007. The delay gives them (and their labels) time to work the album up-front, which they don’t exactly need in Ireland, where they are huuuuuuuuge.

Tracklisting for The Cost:

Song for Someone
Falling Slowly
People Get Ready
When Your Mind’s Made Up
Sad Songs
The Cost
The Side You Never Get to See
Bad Bone.

Glen is streaming two songs on one of his MySpace pages.

Then there’s also the CD single coming out that I mentioned earlier this week. For those concerned, the song on the single called “No More I Love Yous” is not a Eurythmics cover. We can all breathe again.

The band tours Ireland in Sept/Oct. Glen then tours the US in support of his solo disc in October. The band then tours on and off in Europe in November and February.

Then, barring unforeseen circumstances, the band will come back West for a full US/Canadian tour in April/May of next year. Yes, it’s a way off, but there’s nothing stopping me from jumping a plane to Europe.. Oh, and the band also expects to play at next year’s SXSW too. Yet another reason to book my flight now.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 25 August 2006 at 8:50 am

Buy My ACL Fest Tickets!

As I mentioned a while back, I was all set to go to Austin for this year’s Austin City Limits festival when I saw the lineup for Lollapalooza and fell in love. Not that there’s anything wrong with the ACL lineup, which is great (Shins, Ted Leo, Long Winters, Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, etc. etc.), but at the end of the day, I was more interested in seeing Wilco and The Frames than Tom Petty.

Anyway, long story short, I have two ACL tickets which I’m not using, and I’ve posted them up on eBay, here and here.

The auctions for both end tonight, and while one ticket has generated a bunch of interest, the second is still languishing at the low, low price of $51. So if you’re looking for a deal on a 3-day ACL Fest pass, you just might be able to get one if you play your eBay cards right. Of course, this assumes that the ticket doesn’t get bid up over the next few hours, but it’s worth checking out, right? Right. :^)

Self-serving announcement over.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 24 August 2006 at 1:44 pm


That sound you just heard is thousands of hipsters simultaneously jumping off the Bloc Party bandwagon and running as fast as humanly possible in the opposite direction.
Of course, they’re hipsters, so no one wants to run so quickly as to – gasp – break a sweat, or worse, rip their Diesel jeans. Still, though, there’s a lot of ’em. And they’re running. Or at least walking quickly.

Why all the panic, you ask?

You just nailed it on the head, I respond.

Bloc Party have announced that they will be returning to the U.S. in the fall for a tour with.. wait for it.. Panic at the Disco.

The bands will be hitting New York on November 13th and 14th at the Theatre at MSG.

I won’t be there, but I’m sure your 14-year old sister will be.

(Props to Brooklyn Vegan for the info.)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 24 August 2006 at 1:02 pm

The Tyde, Three’s Co.

If you’re like me, you already ordered the new Tyde album, Three’s Co., from Rough Trade several months ago when it was released in the UK. If you didn’t, though, don’t fret – the album’s finally coming out in the U.S. next Tuesday on Rough Trade America.

If you’re unfamiliar with The Tyde, think of the catchiest, poppiest rock song you’ve ever heard and add a California surfer vibe to the mix. Alternatively, you can go with Rough Trade’s description, which states that Three’s Co. “connects the dots between Bob Dylan, the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Felt.” Either way, the Tyde make some great rock and roll, and I strongly suggest you check them out.

For a sneak peak of the new album, head here to listen to three tracks (“Brock Landers”, “Do It Again”, and “Separate Cars). Also, if you’re on the West Coast, be sure to catch the band on tour over the next couple of weeks. Dates:

8/27: The Echo (LA) [album release party]
9/4: The Independent (San Francisco)**
9/5: The Independent (San Francisco)**
9/7: Crystal Ballroom (Portland)##
9/8: The Showbox (Seattle)
9/13: Spaceland (LA)**
9/21: The Casbah (San Diego)**

** = with The Brian Jonetown Massacre
## = with The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols (good times!)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 23 August 2006 at 7:54 pm

It’s Official – Drew Henson is a Piece of Human Garbage

Already permanently out of baseball, loser for life Drew Henson is apparently just about done with football too. He certainly won’t be playing for Dallas this year. Ain’t karma a bitch, Drew?

Go Blue!

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 23 August 2006 at 1:12 pm

Pete Doherty/Kate Moss Wedding Ends in Tears, Violence

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a lot of news in the world of ex-Libertine Pete Doherty these days, and none of it involves music. Apparently, despite statements that their relationship was over, Pete and model Kate Moss were scheduled to get married in Bali last week. The wedding got called off, despite that Kate, family and friends were already in Bali, when Pete got busted and sent to rehab.

Kate, understandably, is “in tatters.” (Oh you silly Brits and your slang.)

Pete’s not taking it too well either. He’s so upset, he punched his nurse at rehab.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 23 August 2006 at 12:22 pm

The Lemonheads, "No Backbone"

Get yourself over to the, ahem, AOL music blog Musically Left, But Always Right, to hear the Lemonhead’s new song, “No Backbone”. It’s pretty great.

I don’t see it credited anywhere, but that is so J Mascis.

The band’s self-titled album will be released on Vagrant Records on September 26th. Oh, and Evan played a 3-song set at AOL’s Interface recently. You can stream him performing “My Drug Buddy” here.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 23 August 2006 at 12:01 pm

A Concert Addendum

Forgot to mention a few newly announced shows in my post last night. Hope these haven’t sold out yet…

Thurs., Sept. 14: The Whigs at Maxwell’s (also at Mercury 9/16)
Wed., Oct. 18 & Thurs., Oct. 19: You Am I at Mercury Lounge
Thurs., Nov. 9: Lucero at Maxwell’s

I’m gonna skip Lucero at Maxwell’s (probably), as they’re playing Bowery on Sunday, November 12th. Arg, Sunday shows suck. Maybe I will go to Hoboken.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 23 August 2006 at 9:51 am

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