Lollapalooza

Just noticed that early-bird Lollapalooza tickets go on sale on Tuesday (April 3rd). No price listed, but they say it’s “about a buck a band.” Considering that last year’s lineup had 130 bands, that suggests to this finely-tuned legal mind that we could be looking at a ticket price of around $130. Which begs the question — this is “early bird” pricing? How high do they plan on going? $200?

The initial lineup comes out on Thursday, April 12th, so I suppose you could wait a week to buy your tickets, but the cynic in me says that ticket prices will jump by at least $20 when the lineup comes out.

That said, I’m going.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 29 March 2007 at 9:00 pm

New Ted Leo Video

I’m a little surprised that Ted decided to go with “Bomb.Repeat.Bomb” as the lead video from Living With The Living. It’s not my favorite song on the album — by a longshot — and it’s definitely not the song to win him a larger audience. “Sons of Cain” would have been the obvious song to go with, or “Bottle of Buckie”, which has been getting a good amount of play over at WOXY.

But that raises the question — is Ted really the type of artist who’s going to grow his audience through a video? Indeed, aside from the gimmicky ones (ahem, OK Go), does anyone really pay much attention to videos these days, other than me?

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 29 March 2007 at 11:31 am

WOXY Done Got a Blog

All I can say is… finally!

Check out The Futurist.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 28 March 2007 at 9:54 am

New Maps of Hell

Epitaph has announced details about Bad Religion’s forthcoming album, New Maps of Hell. The album — the band’s 14th full-length release — is out on July 10th, and will sport a seventeen song tracklist:

“New Dark Ages”
“Grains of Wrath”
“Fields of Mars”
“Germs of Perfection”
“Requiem”
“Submission Complete”
“The Grand Delusion”
“Honest Goodbye”
“Prodigal Son”
“Before You Die”
“Lost Pilgrim”
“Heroes and Martyrs”
“Dearly Beloved”
“New Chapter”
“Murder”
“52 Seconds”
“Scrutiny”

I just hope I can finally catch them on tour this time around. There’s no other band that I’ve had tickets to as many times as BR and still managed not to have seen once. Hell, at this point I’ll even go to a Van’s Warped Tour show to catch them. (Well, maybe not.)

(Thanks to Aversion for the heads up!)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 27 March 2007 at 4:42 pm

Why Do You Think The Call Him Ronnie Ray-Gun?

Haven’t seen this in years. Soooo good.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 27 March 2007 at 3:55 pm

The Makes Nice

Sometimes I wonder how I’d survive without WOXY.com. Aside from playing great music 24/7 (hell, they just played a 764-HERO song — how cool is that?!), they’re always introducing me to great new bands.

My latest WOXY discovery is a band called The Makes Nice from San Francisco. For lack of a better term, I’d call the band’s sound that of pure, unadulterated lo-fi garage-y power-pop bliss. Never said I was a musicologist, folks.

I wish I could tell you more, but the band doesn’t seem to have a website, and the only somewhat useful thing that their label, Frenetic Records, has to say is that the lead singer used to be in The Fucking Champs. The label’s page for the band also has this unbelievably useful description of the band:

The Makes Nice fucking explode with music. Do you like Freakbeat Nuggets2 Kinda Stuff? Fuck off, of course you do!! LesFleurs de Lys, Creation, Small Faces, Pretty Things, The Who, Cindermen, Light, Tomorrow, Idle Race, Powder, SRC.

Yeah oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah. Psychedelic Pop Power’s blinding assault of Massive Pop Power. Soaring,Wilson-esque vocal harmony. Bashing Keith- Moon-on-11 drums. Giant Jeff Beck fuzz shred solos. Power, power, power trio.

So, err, yeah. Check out the four great songs at the band’s MySpace page. I’ll be downloading the band’s album, Candy Wrapper and 12 Other Songs on eMusic tonight, and will hopefully have more to report soon.

Edited to add: You can stream the entire album here.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 27 March 2007 at 1:16 pm

How Awesome Is This Poster

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 26 March 2007 at 8:19 pm

Catching Up With Le Firm

Been a while since I talked about Le Firm here on the blog. The band took some time off from shows around the holidays to focus on some new songs, and are now back and rarin’ to go.

Their next show is Thursday, April 5th, at The Annex. The band is actually between drummers right now, and will be joined on stage by none other than Bryan Devendorf of The National! Don’t miss it!

Oh, and be sure to head over and listen to Le Firm on the latest Next Big Hit podcast. While you’re there, be sure to vote for them on the right-hand side of the page!

Edited to add: Looks like circumstances have changed, and the April 5th show may be off. The good news, though, is that there may a show on the horizon at a higher profile club. And no, it’s not The Fillmore East at Irving Plaza.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Sunday 25 March 2007 at 5:29 pm

SXSW Replay

Just noticed that a ton of shows from SXSW (hosted by KEXP, KUT, WXPN, etc.) are available for streaming over at NPR. Thank Joboo for the magic of the internets.

Andrew Bird
The Apples In Stereo
Beirut
The Early Years
Future Clouds and Radar
Ghostland Observatory
Mew
Okkervil River
Peter, Bjorn and John
The Ponys
Sondre Lerche
Steve Earle
The Stooges
Under Byen

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Sunday 25 March 2007 at 1:05 pm

Weekend Videos

Twenty-six days until I retire to become a man of leisure. Here’s some videos to pass some of that time.

The Hold Steady, “Stuck Between Stations”

Grand Champeen, “The Sound That Made My Year”

The Eames Era, “Watson On Your Side”

Mew, “Special”

The Afghan Whigs, “You My Flower”

Wussy, “Rigor Mortis” (Live)

Ass Ponys, “Little Bastard”

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Sunday 25 March 2007 at 9:43 am

Final SXSW Thoughts

So this was my first time heading down to SXSW. And while I plan to go again (and again, and again), I have to say — it’s not quite what I expected. I guess there were three big things that disappointed me:

(1) I didn’t really discover anyone new. Part of that was my fault, given that I tended to see shows by bands I had already heard. Part of it was also that I wasn’t that impressed by any of the bands I was hearing for the first time (the only exceptions to this rule were You Am I and Grand Champeen, who I had heard (thanks Sal!) but not seen prior to SXSW.) Finally, and most importantly, there’s just too many bands. When you have 1,000+ bands to choose from, the only way to try to make sense out of it is to go with what you know. And, given that there really wasn’t much in the way of buzz for any new bands, I ended up playing it safe.

(2) Austin’s venues are disappointing. Outside of Stubb’s, I don’t think I went to a single club that I’d ever want to go back to again. Emo’s is a complete and utter hell-hole, with the CBGB’s-esque bathroom to boot. Antone’s acoustics were terrible, and the room has zero personality. The Mohawk? The locals say the space is cursed, and I see why — small, cramped, and it feels like a ski lodge. And then there’s the Dirty Dog. Ah, yes, the Dirty Dog. The classy sports bar whose logo is a scantily-clad lady with a dog humping her leg. Worst venue ever? Close.

(3) Disappointing performances. Unlike CMJ, where a lot of the bands I saw put on incredible performances (Silversun Pickups, Birdmonster, Apples In Stereo acoustic, Figgs, Asobi Seksu, Thermals, etc.), there were very few performances that really blew me away. The few exceptions would be the Buzzcocks, You Am I and the second Figgs set (and the full-band Clem Snide was pretty cool too). Everyone else? Just ok. Birdmonster, The Little Ones, Asobi Seksu, and The Broken West, who I’ve seen put on excellent shows, were all kinda average this time out.

At the end of the day, I just didn’t see that much memorable music. My memories of SXSW will be Smitty’s BBQ, the Buzzcocks (and Matt’s brilliant job getting us in), meeting Mike from WOXY, and the incredibly unfriendly night manager of the hotel we were staying at. (Indeed, the same jackass who got a Walkman arrested.) Hopefully next year my memories will be a lot more focused on the music.

That said, waking up, eating BBQ, drinking beer and watching bands from 1pm to 1am is pretty hard to screw up. So, yeah, I’m goin’ back next year.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 21 March 2007 at 8:54 pm

SXSW Pics (Saturday)

Last set of SXSW photos:

Frog Eyes (I think)

Page France (through the side of the bar)

The Ponys

Asobi Seksu

Grand Champeen

The Buzzcocks

The Capitol Years

The Figgs (again!)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 21 March 2007 at 8:43 pm

SXSW Pics (Friday)

Sorry I’ve been pretty quiet the last few days. Still have a bit of a SXSW hangover. Add to that the fact that I gave notice at my job on Monday, and you can probably imagine that I haven’t had a whole lot of free time the last few days. Once April 20th rolls around, though, I’ll have all the time in the world. (Sorta.) Woo hoo!

Anyway, pics from Friday at SXSW:

The Figgs

Graham Parker (w/ The Figgs)

The Hoodoo Gurus

WOXY Day Party – Zach Galifinakis, Broken West, Alexi Murdoch, Bob Mould




Rock Plaza Central

Robyn Hitchcock & Peter Buck

You Am I

Sloan

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 21 March 2007 at 1:16 pm

SXSW Pics (Thursday)

Here’s some pics from last Thursday’s festivities at SXSW. I’m still annoyed at myself for forgetting to take my camera to shows on Wednesday night, but what can you do. My full set of Thursday pics can be found here.

Prototypes

David Vandervelde

Clem Snide

Maritime

Ra Ra Riot

Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos

Birdmonster

Small Sins

Sondre Lerche

The Little Ones

Voxtrot

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 20 March 2007 at 11:05 am

The Key Party @ Gershwin Hotel

I still owe you folks a recap of the recent Key Party album — it’s excellent, btw — but for now you’ll have to settle for catch the band for yourself at the living room at The Gershwin Hotel next Tuesday, March 27th at 8pm (sharp).

The Gershwin Hotel
7 East 27th St.
NYC

If you don’t remember my earlier posts, the Key Party is the new project of Darren Gaines of the dearly departed Great Shakes. Check them out at their MySpace page.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 19 March 2007 at 2:43 pm

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