Pitchfork Gives the Jet Age an 8.0!

So I just noticed that Pitchfork gave local D.C. heroes The Jet Age an 8.0 today for their stellar new album, What Did You Do During the War, Daddy?.

That’s awesome. I can’t tell you how proud I am of the boys. And I can’t emphasize enough how much this album deserves this type of credit. So pick the damn thing up already, would’ja?

And here’s hoping listening to the next Jet Age album is like witnessing the stillborn birth of a child while simultaneously having the opportunity to see her play in the afterlife on Imax.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 29 February 2008 at 7:05 pm

Glen and Marketa on Spinner’s Interface

From Spinner’s interview with Glen:

“I love being in a band, I love rocking out, I love going on tour with the boys — I love everything about it,” Hansard tells Spinner. “But I guess right now I’m just really enjoying the simplicity with what’s happened with the film and what’s happened with Marketa.”

Yeah, that makes me happy. So, new Frames album in, say, 2010? Arg.

“Falling Slowly”


“When Your Mind’s Made Up


Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 29 February 2008 at 4:28 pm

Glen Cashes In

Forget Radio City… forget the Grammys… this is what’s gonna buy Glen a big new house in Ballsbridge:

Warner Chappell Music has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with singer/songwriter duo Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, winners of this year’s “Best Original Song” Oscar for “Falling Slowly” from the film “Once”.

Under the agreement, Warner/Chappell Music will administer Hansard’s and Irglova’s catalog of work, including songs written by Hansard as a member of the band The Frames, music from Hansard’s and Irglova’s debut album, “The Swell Season” and songs from the “Once” soundtrack, as well as their future compositions.

Full story at Hypebot.

I’m saying this a lot lately, but congrats to Glen and Marketa. Sometimes decades of perseverance does pay off.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 29 February 2008 at 1:23 pm

DC Concert Update

(This list will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates will be in italics.)

Tue., 4/8: David Dondero
Tue., 4/29: American Music Club

Tickets for Iota shows are sold at the door.

Rock and Roll Hotel
Fri.3/28: The Redline Addiction, The Fif, Stea Mira, Sikamoor Rooney, Ainsley
Thu., 4/3: Robbers on High Street
Fri., 5/16: Local H
Mon., 6/9: MUDHONEY (!!!!!!!!!)

Tickets for Rock and Roll Hotel shows went on sale this morning via Ticket Alternative, except for MUDHONEY, which goes on sale next Friday at 10am.

9:30 Club
Fri., 3/21: Jah Works
Sat., 4/12: Nada Surf, Jack King
Wed., 4/16: Rogue Wave, Grand Ole Party
Tue., 4/29: Atmosphere
Thu., 5/8: El-P, Dizzy Rascal, Busdriver
Sat., 6/7: The Kooks

Tickets for 9:30 Club shows go on sale Thursday morning at 10am via Tickets.com, except for The Kooks show, which goes on sale on Monday, March 3rd at 10am.

Black Cat
Tue., 3/11: WZT Hearts, The Methamphetaines, Wealth
Wed., 3/19: The Cribs, Ra Ra Riot, Jeffrey Lewis & the Jitters (maybe not new, but I’d forgotten about RRR)
Wed., 3/26: Vandaveer, Laura Burhenn, Sean Walsh & The National Reserve
Tue., 4/1: Anousheh Khalili, The Feverfew, Sleep Station
Fri., 4/4: Les Savy Fav, The Big Sleep, The Dodos
Thu., 4/10: Yeasayer

Fri., 4/11: Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, The Wayward, Magrudergrind
Wed., 5/7: The Teenagers
Fri., 5/9: Polvo, Sir Arthur & His Royal Knights
Sat., 6/7: M83

Tickets for Black Cat shows go on sale Friday afternoon at 5pm via Ticketmaster.

Recher Theatre (Towson, MD)
Tue., 4/29: Josh Ritter

Tickets for the Josh Ritter show are supposed to go on sale tomorrow, but seem to be available already via Ticketmaster.

State Theatre (Falls Church, VA)
Thu., 5/1: Hanson (woo hoo)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 29 February 2008 at 11:45 am

Wilco Thoughts

So it’s official — I’m back on the Wilco bandwagon.

I guess I technically never really left it, but the truth is that I was starting to get worried over the last couple of years that the band was becoming much less of the rock band that I originally fell in love with. They have a ton of great musicians, and their live show is excellent, but it had been a long time since I got the type of thrill from seeing them that I did back in the ’90s. And the fact that they were playing the same 25-35 songs over and over again for most of 2006 and 2007 didn’t help either.

However, the band’s decision to start digging into its older catalog seems to have done the trick for me. I love everything the band has done, but the fact remains that there are few songs they’ve written that I love as much as those on the first few albums. Knowing that I have just as much of a shot of hearing “Pieholden Suite” as I do “Heavy Metal Drummer” is a very, very good thing. (For those playing along at home, the former hasn’t been played much in the past few years, while the latter has been played just about every time I’ve seen them since 2001.)

Notably, I thought the show started out a little slow last night — neither the band nor the crowd seemed to have a ton of energy in the first hour of the show. So even while I was happy to hear “Pot Kettle Black” and “Nothingsevergonnastandinmyway(again)”, both seemed a little subdued for my tastes. However, someone seemed to flip a switch right around 10pm, and the show became an absolute stunner. “Pieholden Suite” was utterly spectacular, and as I mentioned to some friends, the band’s version of “Box Full of Letters” (first time I’ve seen that live in close to a decade) was as good as I’ve ever seen it. In fact, I thought BFOL was so good, and the band seemed to be so into it, that I simply can’t understand why they haven’t been playing it over the last few years. This lineup seems built for this tune.

Anyway, on a Wilco-adjusted scale [where a 3 is still a 6 or 7 for most other bands], I’d probably give the show a 6.5 or 7 out of 10. The first hour registered at about a 5, whereas the rest of the show came in at 8 or 8.5. I liked the show I saw in Chicago last week more, but only because it seemed like the energy was there from start to finish.

You can hear the show for yourself over at NPR. And here’s the setlist via Via Chicago:

sunken treasure
remember the mountain bed
company in my back
you are my face
side with the seeds
she’s a jar
shot in the arm (fixed)
handshake drugs
pot kettle black
roses bloom again
impossible germany
it’s just that simple (fixed)
someday soon
box full of letters
i’m always in love
pieholden suite
jesus etc
hate it here
i’m the man who loves you
on and on

encore 1
via chicago
california stars

encore 2
casino queen
i’m a wheel

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 28 February 2008 at 4:01 pm

Wilco @ 9:30 Club, Washington, DC [2/27/08]

Setlist and discussion tomorrow.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 27 February 2008 at 10:53 pm

The Jet Age is Spin’s Artist of the Day!

Check it out!

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 27 February 2008 at 12:18 pm

Jam Out With Your Clam Out

Very NSFW. Why am I just seeing this now?

The movie is out April 25th, by the way. Cannot wait.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 26 February 2008 at 9:32 pm

What Would NPH Do?

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 26 February 2008 at 9:16 pm

Weekend Wrapup

So I guess I owe you some sort of writeup for this weekend’s shows… I’ll keep it short since it’s getting late, and I’m not really in a writin’ mood.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
I’d managed to miss Jason a couple of times over the last year and had absolutely no intention of missing him this time around. The stories of his show at the Rock and Roll Hotel here in DC last summer are near legendary. And while Friday’s show at the 9:30 Club wasn’t quite legendary, it was still excellent. They stuck primarily to Jason’s solo debut, Sirens of the Ditch, but did cover a Patterson Hood (Drive By Truckers) tune as well as Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic”.

Jason’s touring partner, Will Hoge, actually got top billing for the night, but a big chunk of the crowd (myself included) left before Hoge finished his set. Someone described his music to me as “Springsteen-influenced bar rock”, and that’s pretty much right, except the Springsteen reference is purely aspirational.

The Secret Pop Band
I hadn’t heard of these guys before finding out that they were opening for The Jet Age’s CD Release party last night. I can guarantee you that I’ll be listening to a lot more of them going forward.

The Secret Pop Band, “Come Back Now Baby (Your Data’s Good)” [BUY]

The Secret Pop Band on MySpace
Another secret song

The Jet Age
There are only a handful of bands that I go out of my way to tell people they have to check out live. I’m gonna add The Jet Age to that list. These guys are great musicians playing music from what is easily one of my favorite albums of the year, What Did You Do During the War, Daddy?. And I don’t say that because I know them – the album has been on repeat on my iTunes pretty much since I first heard it. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.

If you didn’t make it to the show last night, be sure to catch what is sure to be one of the best shows in DC all year on Saturday, March 22nd when the band plays with the incredible Wussy and The Kyle Sowashes at The Red and The Black.
Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 25 February 2008 at 7:45 pm

New These United States

One of the DC-area bands that I’ve been meaning to check out since I relocated down here last Fall is These United States. However, something has always seemed to come up when I’ve planned to see them, and they’ve remained one of those bands whose names I know without actually knowing their music.

Well, I can finally say that I’ve heard one of the band’s songs.  And, I gotta say, it’s pretty damn good.  Definitely a strong M. Ward vibe going on (with some beeps and boops mixed in), which is always cool with me.  Check it out:

These United States, “First Sight”

The song is from the band’s new album, A Picture of the Three of Us at the Gate to the Garden of Eden, which comes out on March 4th.  The band will then be doing a nationwide tour, starting with a show at Iota in Arlington, VA on Monday and wrapping up back at the Black Cat on April 13th. Catch ’em if you can.

These United States tour dates
3/3 Arlington, VA: Iota
3/4 Richmond, VA: Gallery 5
3/5 Chapel Hill, NC: Nightlight
3/6 Asheville, NC: The Rocket
3/7 Athens, GA: Flicker
3/8 Birmingham, AL : J. Benton
3/10 Shreveport, LA: Minicine
3/11 Dallas, TX: Club DaDa
3/12 Austin, TX: SXSW – Force Field PR/Terrorbird Day Party @ Emo’s Main Room
3/13 Austin, TX: SXSW – “DC Does Texas” Day Party @ Cream Vintage
3/14 Austin, TX: SXSW – AfterTheJumpFest Day Party

3/16 El Paso, TX: Ramblin Gallery
3/18 Tucson, AZ: Plush
3/19 Phoenix, AZ: Trunk Space
3/20 San Diego, CA: Epicentre
3/21 Los Angeles, CA: Echo Curio
3/22 Merced, CA: The Partisan
3/23 San Francisco, CA: Hotel Utah
3/25 Portland, OR: Mississippi Studios
3/26 Seattle, WA: Sunset Tavern
3/27 Boise, ID: This House On Fire
3/28 Salt Lake City, UT: Urban Lounge
3/29 Denver, CO: Hi-Dive
3/31 Minneapolis, MN: 400 Bar
4/1 Des Moines, IA: Vaudeville Mews
4/2 Iowa City, IA: Mission Creek Fest
4/3 Chicago, IL: The Hideout
4/4 Louisville, KY: The 930
4/5 Lexington, KY: The Dame
4/7 Providence, RI: AS220
4/8 Somerville, MA: P.A.’s Lounge
4/9 Portsmouth, NH: Studio Verte
4/10 New York, NY: Cake Shop
4/11 Brooklyn, NY: Union Hall
4/12 Baltimore, MD: Talking Head
4/13 Washington, DC: Black Cat

Edited to add: A couple of other things to note. Apparently every show of the 33-show tour will be a collaborative show with a different lineup every night. And if you throw in their 3 SXSW sets, that’s 36 completely different lineups. Madness, I say.

And speaking of SXSW, I’ve added details of their 3 festival shows to the tour schedule above.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 25 February 2008 at 6:36 pm

Sasquatch Lineup Announced

(Via Rock Daily)

This is the first time I’ve ever really wanted to go to Sasquatch. Great, great lineup. There’s about 15-20 more that I’m not even listing.

The Sasquatch Festival takes placed from May 24 to May 26 at The Gorge in Washington.

The Cure
The Flaming Lips U.F.O. Show

Death Cab For Cutie
Modest Mouse
Flight Of The Conchords
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Breeders
Built To Spill

The Hives
Tegan & Sara
The New Pornographers
Blue Scholars
The National
The Kooks
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Cold War Kids
Rogue Wave
Okkervil River

Fleet Foxes
Mates of State
Crudo (featuring Mike Patton & Dan The Automator)

White Rabbits
David Bazan
The Little Ones
Dead Confederate
The Heavenly States


Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 25 February 2008 at 3:46 pm

Human Giant @ Black Cat POSTPONED CANCELED

Just got a voicemail from the fine folks at Ticketmaster advising me that the March 5th Human Giant show at the Black Cat has been indefinitely postponed. If you have tickets to the show, you can either get a refund or hold onto your ticket for whenever the show is rescheduled. Since I plan on going whenever it is — and I don’t feel like forfeiting my Ticketmaster service fees — I’m gonna hold onto my ticket.

I checked the Human Giant website and there’s no mention of the postponement, the reason behind it, or whether it affects the rest of the tour or not. More info if and when I get it.

Edited to add: According to The Optimistic Curmudgeon, the reason is that Paul has a feature film role. And apparently they only plan to reschedule “some” dates. Arg. Maybe I will have to try to catch them at SXSW after all.

Edited again: Now Ticketmaster is saying that the entire tour has been canceled, and that refunds will be made automatically (less their fee, of course). This ain’t cool, fellas.

MTV’S HUMAN GIANT TOUR was scheduled to take place on March 5th, 2008, unfortunately that event has been cancelled. You will receive an automatic credit back to your charge card minus the non-refundable processing fee of $1.00. All delivery fees are also non-refundable. If tickets were purchased at an Outlet or the box offices please contact them directly.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 25 February 2008 at 11:57 am

The Diceman Cometh

In 1989 I would have been all over this show. In 2008… I’m considering it.

The Warner Theatre
Washington, DC
Date: Friday 4/4/2008
Time: 8:00 PM
Cost: $78-$28
On sale now

(Photo source.)

Edited to add: Crap, I’ll be in Phoenix. I hope you realize what I’m giving up to come to your wedding, Joe.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 25 February 2008 at 8:10 am

Reason #712 Why Eugene Mirman Rules

Via Brooklyn Vegan:

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Sunday 24 February 2008 at 11:22 pm

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