More New Whigs


Get thee to The Whigs’ MySpace page to hear two more new songs – “Hot Bed” and “Already Young” – from their forthcoming Mission Control LP.

Gotta say… fantastic songs. Can’t wait to hear this album. It comes out January 22nd.

So now I’m considering skipping Elvis Perkins and Bon Iver next week to see The Whigs again. Hmm….

Edited to add: You can hear yet another new song from the album, entitled “Right Hand on My Heart”, over at Spin. If you’ve seen them live, you should recognize it.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 30 November 2007 at 6:15 pm

It Ain’t In n’ Out, But I’ll Take It


Fatburger coming to Metro D.C.

(Photo source.)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 30 November 2007 at 4:59 pm

Dinosaur Jr., Dead Confederate @ Black Cat [11/27/07]

Know I’m a little late on this, but wanted to do a real quick wrapup of the Dinosaur Jr. show at the Black Cat the other night.

First off, let me repeat what I said the other night — Dead Confederate are incredible. I’d heard good things about them prior to the show, and had meant to catch their show at The Red and The Black a month or so ago, but for one reason or another kept missing them.

Simply put, they blew me away. They’re loud, they’re tight, they’ve got great songs, and their live show is amazing. If you want proof, check out this set they did for KEXP a couple of months ago. (I can’t find a link on the KEXP site itself, otherwise I’d post that link directly. That said, if you haven’t subscribed already, be sure to sign up for KEXP’s podcast series, and definitely check out Thurston Moore’s fantastic recent set.)

The band is scheduled to start recording their debut LP in January. For now, I can’t recommend their EP enough.


As for Dinosaur Jr., they were pretty fantastic as well. This was, I think, the fourth time I’ve seen them since they reunited two years ago, and it was one of the best. This was the first time that I remembered to actually bring ear plugs with me, and it’s a good thing I did — I could barely tell I was wearing them. I can only imagine how loud it would have been without them.

The set list was essentially the same that they’ve been playing since releasing Beyond earlier this year, i.e., switching back and forth from new song to old song. While it’s still weird to see Lou play them, I’m thrilled that they’ve added “Out There” and “Feel the Pain” into the set. Sadly, I had to skip out before the encore in order to make the last Metro of the night (friggin’ D.C.), so I missed “Freak Scene”, “Tarpit” and “Chunks” (or at least that’s what the setlist said).

My pics from the Dino set were pretty unspectacular, so here’s a video of the band playing “Tarpit” instead:

Oh, and Awesome Color were the second opener. My friend Matt really liked them, and I’ll admit they were a pretty fierce trio, but there are only a couple bands who can do the “1 riff for 6 minutes straight” thing, and Awesome Color isn’t one of them. (For future reference – The Stooges and Mudhoney.)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 29 November 2007 at 2:29 pm

Who’s Playing SXSW 2008?

I mentioned the other day that I might try to do this. Since names of bands are just now starting to leak out, it seems like it might be a reasonable thing to try to attempt. I’m sure I’ll give up long before the full list of 1,000+ bands is announced.

I can’t even pretend to link to all of the sources, so just assume I either found it on the bands’ individual sites or, more likely, via Brooklyn Vegan.

Bands Playing SXSW 2008 (specific dates if available)
Wussy
The Cribs (3/13-14)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 29 November 2007 at 11:53 am

Foo Fighters @ MSG Presale

Foo Fighters have never done a whole lot for me. I’m more interested in knowing if Nate Mendel’s other band, The Fire Theft, is gonna put out a second album (and if so, when).

But for those of you so inclined, and in the New York area, presale tickets go on sale tomorrow (Thurs., 11/28) at 10am via Ticketmaster. Password is: patience

Public onsale is Friday.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 28 November 2007 at 8:51 pm

New Pornographers Playing Soho Apple Store

Haven’t seen this anywhere yet… apparently The New Pornographers are playing a free in-store set at the Apple Store in Soho on Tuesday, December 11th. Show starts at 8pm, but you’re probably gonna want to get there a whole lot earlier to make sure you get in.

I think this puts us at about Reason #1,214 why I miss New York.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 28 November 2007 at 6:56 pm

Tereu Tereu / Light Footwork Split EP

It’s been a while since I posted about The Light Footwork. It’s been hours since I posted about Tereu Tereu.

The two bands have a brand new, 6-song split EP which I’ve been listening to a lot over the last week or so. You should go buy it now.

I’ve been going back and forth trying to decide which band’s contributions are better than the other’s. Let’s just call this one a draw.

The Light Footwork, “Rebellion Time”
Tereu Tereu, “Don’t Be Sore, Farmer John”

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 28 November 2007 at 6:38 pm

DC Concert Update

Ah, there it is… Early 2008 is finally starting to fill out a bit.

As always, I’ll add new shows if and when they’re announced. Updates will be in italics.

9:30 Club
Thu., 1/10: Killswitch Engage, Dillinger Escape Plan, Everytime I Die
Tue., 1/15: Editors, Hot Hot Heat, Louis XIV
Wed., 1/16: Blonde Redhead, School of Seven Bells

9:30 Club tickets go on sale via Tickets.com tomorrow at 10am.

Black Cat
Mon., 1/14: Tereu Tereu, Perfect Souvenir, The Bronze Episode
Mon., 1/21: The Birthday Massacre, Schoolyard Heroes, Creature Feature
Sun., 1/27: The Max Levine Ensemble (CD release), Pink Razors, Turboslut
Thu., 2/7: The Loved Ones, Gaslight Anthem, The Ergs
Wed., 2/27: Dean and Britta, Keren Ann

Black Cat tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on Friday at 5pm.

A quick note — I just recently got turned on to Tereu Tereu, and am really liking what I’m hearing. I’ll post something from them soon. I also saw that they’re playing at Murky Coffee in Arlington on Saturday. Considering that I spend much of my waking life at Murky these days, I think I just might have to stop by…

Ram’s Head Live (Baltimore)
Sat., 4/26/08: Ministry, Meshuggah, Hemlock

Rock and Roll Hotel
Thu., 1/17: The Rosebuds
Sun., 1/27: Bedouin Soundclash, Westbound Train, Beat Union
Tue., 2/26: St. Vincent, Foreign Born

Rock and Roll Hotel tickets go on sale on Friday at 10am via Ticket Alternative, except for the St. Vincent show, which goes on sale on Friday, 12/7 at 10am.

The Barns at Wolf Trap
Sat., 2/2/08: Jeff Daniels (two shows) (ed: really?)
Thu., 2/21/08: John Waite (ed: I was just wondering what happened to him. seriously.)
Sun., 4/6/08: Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen
Thu., 4/10/08: Roger McGuinn

Wolf Trap tickets are available here.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 28 November 2007 at 2:29 pm

Zeppelin


While this doesn’t excite me as much as most of the rest of the world, it’s still pretty cool to see these guys together again. And, yeah, I’ll definitely put serious thought into seeing them if they come to the U.S. as rumored.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 28 November 2007 at 1:41 pm

Snoop Goes 1983

Awe. some. Except for the vocoder/auto-tune. Why, Snoop, why? We don’t care what your damn voice sounds like.

Thanks to Rock Daily for the heads up.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 28 November 2007 at 11:33 am

Chuck Ragan / Ben Nichols Tour in January

As I’ve mentioned here before, Chuck Ragan, the once and future member of Hot Water Music, has been touring in support of his excellent solo debut, Feast or Famine.

I just noticed that Chuck has added a short series of dates in January with Ben Nichols of Lucero. Sadly, there’s no DC date as of now, but I guess that makes sense considering that Chuck is playing the Black Cat this Friday already.

Chuck Ragan Dates

Wed., 11/28: Carrboro, NC (Cat’s Cradle)
Thu., 11/29: Richmond, VA (The Camel)
Fri., 11/30: Washington, DC (Black Cat)
Sat., 12/1: West Babylon, NY (Looney Tunes Records) [ed: it’s reopened already?!]
Sun., 12/2: Philadelphia (First Unitarian Church)

Mon., 1/21: Atlanta (Vinyl), w/ Ben Nichols
Tue., 1/22: Wilmington, NC (Soapbox Laundrolounge), w/ Ben Nichols
Thu., 1/24: Hoboken, NJ (Maxwell’s), w/ Ben Nichols
Sun., 1/27: Boston (Middle East Upstairs), w/ Ben Nichols
Tue., 1/29: Cleveland, OH (Grog Shop), w/ Ben Nichols
Thu., 1/31: Chicago, IL (Schuba’s), w/ Ben Nichols

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 28 November 2007 at 11:19 am

Zookeeper Tonight at The Red and The Black

Zookeeper is the new project from Chris Simpson of Mineral and The Gloria Record, two of my favorite bands of the last decade. Unlike those bands, however, Zookeeper has very little to do with emo — instead, the band has a looser, organic, rollicking Americana vibe. However, like those earlier bands, though, Zookeeper is pretty great.

The band’s debut album, Becoming All Things, was released on the Belle City Pop! label on November 6th [BUY]. I’m currently trying to figure out where it fits on my year-end list.

The band is playing tonight in Washington D.C. at The Red and The Black. If work permits, I plan on being there. They’re also in New York, Boston and Chicago over the next week or so, so be sure to catch them if you can.

Zookeeper, “Snow In Berlin”

Zookeeper Tour Dates
Wed., 11/28: Washington DC (The Red and The Black)
Thu., 11/29: New York (Pianos)
Fri., 11/30: Rutgers University, NJ (House Party)
Sat., 12/1: Boston (House Party)
Sun., 12/2: Brooklyn (Sound Fix)
Wed., 12/5: Chicago (Beat Kitchen)
Thu., 12/6: Des Moines, IA (Vaudeville Mews)

For info on the Rutgers and Boston house parties, go here.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 28 November 2007 at 9:11 am

Fell In Love With a Band

Fucking A… Dead Confederate. Start with “The Rat” and go from there. Wow.

More about them (and Dinosaur Jr.) tomorrow.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 27 November 2007 at 10:48 pm

A New Viewpoint on the BCS

Dear god this is awesome. AWESOME I tell you.

Thanks to JoVa for pointing me to the always excellent Every Day Should Be Saturday blog, and for EDSBS for finding the clip in the first place.

I wonder who Hand Banana would like to see in the BCS championship…

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 27 November 2007 at 10:22 pm

Lollapajersey

As if it weren’t hard enough already to decide each year between SXSW, Lollapalooza, ACL Fest, Bonnaroo, Noise Pop, Bumbershoot, Coachella and Moe. Down (I kid!), there is apparently a new entrant into the field of music festivals — the Vineland Music Festival.

The new festival, which is being put together by the same folks behind Lollapalooza and ACL Fest, will take place in Vineland, New Jersey on the weekend of August 8-10, 2008 (the weekend right after Lollapalooza in Chicago, and about 5 weeks before ACL Fest in Austin). This is apparently their “fallback” plan after a year’s worth of discussions about doing a festival in Philadelphia recently fell apart.

You can find more info on the festival here.

I still love visiting Chicago in the summer, so I may still lean towards Lollapalooza, but you gotta assume they’re gonna pull out their big guns for the inaugural festival and that the Vineland lineup will be great. Plus, Festival Republic (the folks who book Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds) are involved in the show as well, so it’s a good bet Vineland will get some top British acts as well (cough cough Radiohead). We’ll see…

Edited to add: The press release for the festival claims that “[t]he festival will be held on a 550-acre private farm within an hour’s driving distance of New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C..” Maybe I’m not too good at geography, but how exactly is that possible? Wouldn’t that mean I could drive from D.C. to New York in 2 hours? That would rock.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 27 November 2007 at 4:35 pm

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