Wussy East Coast Dates!!

Was about to shut down the computer to head to the airport when I did my weekly check of Wussy’s MySpace page and what do you know? The East Coast tour dates are up!

Wussy Tour Dates
1/19: Newport, KY (Southgate House)
1/25: Lexington, KY (The Dame)
1/26: Asheville, NC (New French Bar)
3/14: Austin, TX (SXSW – TBA)
3/21: Pittsburgh, PA (Bloomfield Bridge Tavern)
3/22: Washington, DC (The Red and the Black)
3/24: Baltimore, MD (Talking Head)
3/25: Philadelphia, PA (TBA)
3/27: New York, NY (TBA)
3/28: Boston, MA (TBA)
3/29: Providence, RI (TBA)

Also, the band is going to be putting out a short EP around the time of the tour. Awesome.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 28 December 2007 at 10:35 am

Quick Thought

Packing for Ireland and listening to WOXY and they’re playing “The Equestrian” by Les Savy Fav.

Does John Reis know they stole his song?

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 28 December 2007 at 8:52 am

Checking In

Yep, I’m still here. Just got back into town last night and leave tomorrow for Dublin to see The Frames on New Year’s Eve. Can’t wait.

Figured since I’ve been remiss in updating, the least I could do is give you a song in my absence. I discovered a short set of demos from The National’s Boxer LP floating around on the internet today. Very interesting stuff. Most interesting, to me at least, is a radically different version of “Slow Show”. The album version is my favorite song on the CD, but there’s something about this version that I really like too (maybe it’s simply just a great song, no matter how they play it).

The National, “Slow Show” (demo)

Have a great New Years, and see you in 2008!

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 27 December 2007 at 11:44 pm

Ricky Gervais Returns to the US

Yet another reason I should be in New York.

Sat., 7/12: Hollywood, CA (Kodak Theatre)
Mon., 7/14: New York, NY (Theatre at MSG)
Tue., 7/15: New York, NY (Theatre at MSG)

(Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan for the heads up.)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 25 December 2007 at 11:59 pm

Show Alert — Beanstalk Library

One of the DC-area bands that I’ve discovered since moving to town, but have yet to see live, is The Beanstalk Library. The band’s debut LP, America At Night (which you can stream here), reminds me a lot of early Wilco and the Broken West — i.e., Americana-oriented with solid songwriting.

The band is playing the Black Cat tomorrow night (Wednesday) with John Wayne Hero. I get back into town around 5pm, and as long as I feel OK, I plan on trying to catch them. If you’re around town, you should too.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 25 December 2007 at 8:46 pm

Short Break

Taking a short break from the blog due to a death in the family and the impending Christmas holiday (always a good combo).

So no full “DC Show Update” this week, though you should note that 9:30 Club tix for Marah, Jason Isbell, The Pogues and Liars (separate shows, of course) went on sale today. Also Vandaveer has a January 15th show at the Black Cat, and Jens Lenkman has an April 2nd Black Cat show (both on sale tomorrow).

Finally, I think I was a bit premature in posting my “Best Books” list — I finished Cormac McCarthy’s The Road today, and it was spectacular. Depressing and scary as hell, but spectacular. And contrary to my earlier position, I started my 4th Haruki Murakami book, Norwegian Wood. I’m gonna run out of books of his to read soon.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 20 December 2007 at 9:09 pm

Wilco Playing 2 Nights at 9:30 Club

Matt just pointed out to me that Wilco’s tour page now lists two shows at the 9:30 Club in DC on February 26th and 27th (a Tuesday and Wednesday).

Pre-sale starts on Wednesday, January 8th, and public on-sale is listed as Thursday, January 10th. This isn’t the first time the band’s site has had, err, inconsistent dates. I’m guessing they mean that the public on-sale is Friday, January 10th.

Anyway, now I’m conflicted as hell. I have a ticket to see them in Chicago for one of their big “we’re playing our whole catalog” shows, and then another ticket to see them in Philly a week later. I think I may be selling the latter now. I saw them 5 times in 2007 — do I need to see them 4 times in the space of a month in 2008?


Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 19 December 2007 at 8:26 am

Bob Mould Tour Dates

I figured I may as well post Bob’s entire tour schedule rather than just mentioning the DC show. He’s gotta do more touring later in the year, right?

Tour (and Record Release) Dates
Tue., 2/5: District Line released on Anti Records
Wed., 3/5: Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)
Thu., 3/6: Milwaukee, WI (Shank Hall)
Fri., 3/7: Chicago, IL (Metro)
Mon., 3/10: Toronto, ON (Mod Club Theatre)
Wed., 3/12: Boston, MA (Paradise Rock Club)
Thu., 3/13: New York, NY (Irving Plaza)
Sat., 3/15: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)

Gotta assume there may be second nights added in Chicago and New York based on the empty dates on the schedule.

Edited to add: Spinner has a preview track from Bob’s new album called “The Distance Between Us”. It pretty much kicks ass (esp. the chorus). Really looking forward to this album.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 18 December 2007 at 3:20 pm

Bob Mould @ 9:30 Club

I’d heard he was touring in the Spring, and just noticed that tickets have gone on sale for Bob Mould’s show at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, March 15th.

Sadly, I’ll miss the show because I’ll be in Austin at South By Southwest (coincidentally, the last place I saw Mould perform).

Tickets are $20 before service fees. I’d imagine this one will sell out being his adoptive hometown and all.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 17 December 2007 at 9:23 pm

New Key Party EP!

(My apologies: I drafted this post a couple of weeks ago but completely forgot to put it up.)

You may remember Darren Gaines of The Key Party from his days in the criminally underrated The Great Shakes. Or you may have caught my post last year about The Key Party’s excellent debut LP.

Well, I just discovered that Darren and the gang have released a brand new 5-song Demo EP. All of the songs are available for stream and free download at MySpace.

I gotta say — this is a great bunch of songs. And my favorite of the bunch, “Hallelujahville”, has quickly become one of my favorite songs of the year (then again, I’ve always been a sucker for a slide guitar).

Darren Gaines and the Key Party, “Hallelujahville”

Here’s hoping that this EP gets Darren et al. the attention they deserve.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 17 December 2007 at 4:26 pm

My Best of 2007 (1-5)

Sorry for the delay between ##6-10 and this post. Things have been a tad hectic.

Anyway, if you’ve been reading the blog this year (and watching the “What I’m Listening To” feature in the sidebar), you probably won’t be too surprised by my top five. That said, if you haven’t had a chance to listen to buy any of these albums yet, I can’t recommend strongly enough that you do so now.

5. Wussy, Left For Dead
Another unbelievable album from the most underrated band in the country. If there’s any fairness in the world, these guys are gonna be a hit at SXSW in March and make a lot of fans on their East Coast tour. If there’s only a modicum of fairness in the world, then at minimum I’ll have a chance to see them do a show this tour that’s longer than 20 minutes.

4. Earlimart, Mentor Tormentor
I’ve liked Earlimart’s earlier albums, but prior to Mentor Tormentor I would never really have labeled myself a “fan” of the band. That has changed, drastically. I mentioned the other day that I’ve been reading a lot of Haruki Murakami this year. This album has been the perfect soundtrack to his books — beautiful, dreamlike, yet with an undercurrent of dislocation and alienation. I haven’t stopped listening to it for the last 6 months.

3. Nothington, All In
I’d never heard of Nothington before Eric at Can You See The Sunset From The Southside? posted about them a few months ago. There have been few days since then that I haven’t listened to at least one song from this album. Easily the most visceral, powerful, sing-along, pure rock and roll album that I’ve heard this year. I can’t wait to finally have a chance to see them play live.

2. The Antlers, In the Attic of the Universe
I listen to a lot of music, and make an effort to continually find new music and new bands. Yet I can’t remember the last time I discovered a band that left me so speechless, so amazed and so in awe as The Antlers’ In the Attic of the Universe. The fact that this album was made by a 21-year old makes it even more astounding. While only #2 on my list, this may in my opinion be the most important release of the year, as it marks the arrival of what could be a truly great American band. My neverending thanks to Chris for turning me onto this album.

1. The National, Boxer
What can I say about this album that hasn’t already been said by everyone else in the world? This album was the definitive “grower” for me — I didn’t love it the first few times I listened to it. But with each listen I noticed something different about the album; on each listen a different song, or a different melody, or a different passage would sink its hooks into me. Before I knew it Boxer had become not only my favorite National album, but my favorite album of the year. And their live performances this year were phenomenal. Truly a band at the absolute peak of its powers.

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Posted under Babystew Home,Best Of Lists by Steve on Monday 17 December 2007 at 3:07 pm

I For One Welcome Our New Football Overlord

Go Blue!

Edited to add: As Brian at MGoBlog correctly points out, it is indeed Peanut Butter Jelly Time.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Sunday 16 December 2007 at 1:39 pm

My Year in Books

I know I still need to post my Top 5 albums of the year… the list itself is done, but I haven’t had a chance to finish the post yet. It should come on Monday.

Until then, I figured now was as good as any to do a quick book post. There are a few of you out there that I’ve spoken to on occasion about books. While 2007 wasn’t as heavy of a reading year for me as usual, by and large I did a pretty good job of finding books that I liked. In fact, I don’t think there was a single book that I read that I disliked this year. That makes me pretty happy – there are fews things I hate more than a bad book that I waste weeks (or sometimes months) on.

So, without further ado, the books I read in 2007, in order of how much I liked them.

1. The Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Lethem
2. Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
3. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
4. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
5. After Dark, Haruki Murakami
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
7. The Broom of the System, David Foster Wallace
8. The Night Gardener, George Pelecanos
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
10. East, West, Salman Rushdie

One note — I had never read Murakami before The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and I enjoyed that book so much that I ended up reading it, Kafka on the Shore and After Dark in just over a two month period. I’m tempted to keep reading more of his, but I’m also worried about running out of his books to read. So I’m taking a short Murakami break.

I actually just started Cormac McCarthy’s The Road yesterday, so I very well may finish that before the end of the year too (there’s only so much I can do in Ohio over the holidays), so I’ll have to wait and see where it fits on this list.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Saturday 15 December 2007 at 10:54 am

More New Shows

Big night over on the Black Cat website. To save time, I’ll just cut and paste:

Thu Jan 31- NINA NASTASIA $10 Backstage 9:00 (on sale 12/21)

Thu Mar 6- STRIKE ANYWHERE, PAINT IT BLACK $12 Mainstage 8:00 (on sale 12/21)

Sat Mar 15- BLACK LIPS, QUINTRON MISS PUSSYCAT $13 Mainstage 9:00 (on sale 12/21)

Wed Mar 19- THE CRIBS $15 Mainstage 8:00 (on sale 12/21)

Fri Mar 21- LE LOUP, BODIES OF WATER $10 Mainstage 9:00 (on sale 12/21)

Sat Mar 29- THE RAVEONETTES $15 Mainstage 9:00 (on sale 12/21)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 14 December 2007 at 7:25 pm

Drug Rug

Next to Vampire Weekend, the band with the most blog buzz these days may very well be Boston’s Drug Rug. I haven’t heard much from the band yet, though what I’ve heard I seem to remember liking. I’m gonna have to spend some time with the songs on the band’s MySpace page.

Anyway, the reason for this post is that the band (along with Carol Bui) has been announced as an opener for The Rosebuds’ show at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday, January 17th.

I’ve been waiting to see who was announced as the opener before buying tickets for this show. Guess I’ll be buying tickets now.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 14 December 2007 at 5:40 pm

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