DC Show Update

Gonna make this quick since it’s late. I’ll round out tomorrow.

9:30 Club
Sat., 7/12 (early): Alejandro Escovedo
Sat., 7/12 (late): Brazilian Girls
Wed., 7/16: DJ Shadow
Fri., 7/25: Spiritualized

Tickets for 9:30 Club shows go on sale tomorrow (Thu. 5/29) at 10am via Tickets.com.

Black Cat
Sun., 7/13: 127 (Tehran) (backstage)
Sat., 7/19: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Bellman Barker
Wed., 8/6: Neil Hamburger, Daiquiri (backstage)
Fri., 8/15: El Vez
Sat., 8/23: Oneida, Dirty Faces (backstage)

Tickets for Black Cat shows go on sale Friday (5/30) at 5pm via Ticketmaster.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 28 May 2008 at 8:30 pm

3 Reasons I May Skip Dead Confederate

I’m not happy about the prospect of missing Dead Confederate at DC9 tonight. They’re one of my favorite young bands going, and have impressed the hell out of me both times I’ve seen them.

However, there are three compelling reasons which may end up convincing me to skip the show.

Reason #1: Game 3 starts at 8pm.

Edited to add: Crap. 3-2, Penguins. Sloppy, half-hearted play until they were already down 3-1.

Reason #2: Game 5 starts at 8:30pm.

Edited to add: Crap. 106-102, Celtics. Similar story – awful performance until great (near) comeback at end.

Reason #3: Tonight’s show, with 3 bands, starts at 10pm, meaning that the only band I care to see, Dead Confederate, won’t be on until at least midnight. I stay up pretty late, and in New York, this would be completely fine. But considering that the DC subway system stops running at midnight, this kinda limits your options. You can drive (have fun parking), or you can take a cab (have an even better time trying to catch a cab at 1am on U Street). Have I mentioned that I don’t like DC?

Edited to add: Yep, skipped it.

So, yeah, I’m probably out for this show.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 28 May 2008 at 10:38 am

Online Gambling Prop of the Day

I love gambling. Not for the actual gambling side of it — I don’t tend to gamble unless I’m in Vegas, and even then I tend to stick to the blackjack table where I can bet slowly and keep getting free drinks.

No, I love gambling for the proposition bets. The pure, unadulterated nonsense of the proposition bets.

The one thing I make sure I do every time I’m in Vegas is to go to the Imperial Palace. Their sportsbook is ancient, with handwritten boards instead of fancy new electronic ones like everywhere else on the strip, and the atmosphere is pure 1972. And the smell… oh, the smell.

But the IP is also the absolute center of the universe (in Vegas, at least) for prop bets. Wanna bet that Kobe Bryant will score more points in tomorrow’s game than Barack Obama’s percentage in next week’s Puerto Rico primary? Wanna bet the over/under on how many American athletes will get busted for steroids at the Beijing Olympics? Odds are you can do it at the IP. And when you’re bored, you can go see The Blues Brothers or search around for Nazi paraphernalia.

For those who can’t make it to Vegas, but have a hankering for making nonsense prop bets, thankfully you can also find some interesting props on the internet. I was just perusing an online sportsbook to see the numbers for tonight’s NBA and NHL games (Go Wings! Go Pistons!) and came upon these props. Awesome.

I may have to take some of this action. There’s no way he stays out of a casino.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 28 May 2008 at 7:04 am

Seriously, Rivers?

OK, so I’m two songs into the Red Album, and holy crap… it’s terrible.

What’s the deal with all the advance rumors of it being a return to the band’s earlier sound? Granted, the reviews haven’t been stellar, but I’ve heard a bunch of comparisons to the Green Album, which would have been just fine with me.

But man, this is awful. I’m now on song 4. Ech.

And what the hell are these lyrics?

Dammit, Rivers. Dammit.

Edited to add: OK, song #6 (“Dreamin”) is decent. Not great, but decent. Add that to the decency of song #3 (the single, “Pork and Beans”), and there’s two decent songs. Awesome.

Edited again: One more. Song #7 (“Thought I Knew”) is good. But it’s Brian Bell singing, not Rivers. Who knew that control-freak Rivers would let someone else sing?

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 27 May 2008 at 8:35 pm

Grand Archives on Late Late Show

Did I ever post this? Can’t remember.

I am unbelievably torn between these guys and Shearwater on June 15th. The Grand Archives is far and away one of my favorite albums so far this year, and this may be my favorite song of the year.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 27 May 2008 at 10:19 am

New Birdmonster Songs!

Head over to Birdmonster’s MySpace page to hear two brand new tracks from their forthcoming album, From The Mountain To The Sea.

If you’ve seen the band at all this year, you’ve probably heard the first song, “I Might Have Guessed” (i.e., the mandolin song). I don’t think I’ve seen them play the second song, “The Iditarod”, before, but it’s excellent as well.

Can’t wait to see these guys on the East Coast at some point.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 26 May 2008 at 11:39 am

This Week In DC

Meant to post this yesterday, but the long weekend is playing tricks on me.

Iota: Ida, Michael Hurley

9:30 Club: Raconteurs, The Black Lips
Black Cat: The Bellrays, Architects, The Future Fags

9:30 Club: Raconteurs, The Black Lips
Black Cat (mainstage): Clinic, BBQ
Black Cat (backstage): Joe Lally, Glorytellers
DC9: Dead Confederate, All The Saints, Once Okay Twice

9:30 Club: Filter (why?!)
State Theatre: Bill Kreutzmann, Oteil Burbridge and Scott Murawski

9:30 Club: She Wants Revenge, Be Your Own Pet, The Virgins, Switches
Iota: J Roddy Walston and the Business, Thing-One

9:30 Club: MSTRKRFT, Will Eastman, Noveau Riche
Black Cat: Exit Clov, Bryan Cary & The Shredding Tears, Zulu Pearls

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 26 May 2008 at 11:09 am

WOXY’s Modern Rock 500

Completely forgot to mention this yesterday…

Given that it’s Memorial Day weekend, that means it’s time again for WOXY.com’s annual Modern Rock 500 countdown!

The Modern Rock 500 is a countdown of the 500 best modern rock songs of all time, running more than 30 hours over three days. It runs today from 10am to Midnight Eastern, tomorrow from 10am to Midnight Eastern, and on Monday from 10am until whenever they hit the #1 song. If you miss it this weekend, they’ll be replaying the whole thing in a few weeks.

WOXY has been doing this for 19 years, and I fondly remember sitting in front of a radio in high school (or sitting in my car) listening to the early-90’s editions of the countdown. Ah, good times.

Anyway, head over to the WOXY Vintage channel to start listening!

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Saturday 24 May 2008 at 7:49 am

How Have I Never Heard of Mrs. Miller?

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 22 May 2008 at 7:00 pm

DC Show Update

I’ll update this list throughout the week, with new additions in italics. My “picks” are in bold.

9:30 Club
Sat., 6/14: Battles (is this new? on sale now)
Fri., 6/20: Hil St. Soul, Ayo
Sat., 6/21: Pat Mahoney, Will Eastman, The Dance Party
Sat., 6/28: emmet swimming w/ ebo (reunion show), Hypersonic Secret
Sat., 7/5: Kidz Bop
Tue., 7/8: RZA as Bobby Digital
Fri., 7/11: Steel Pulse
Tue., 7/29: The Old 97’s
Mon., 10/6: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (second show added – on sale now)
Wed., 10/8: Hot Chip

Most 9:30 Club tickets go on sale on Thursday, 5/22 at 10am East via Tickets.com. However, Hot Chip tickets go on sale on Friday, 5/23 at 10am Eastern.

There’s a pre-sale for the Old 97’s show going on right now here. No idea when regular tickets go on sale.

Black Cat
Wed., 6/18: F Yeah Tour – Dan Deacon, Matt & Kim, The Death Set, Monotonix, Team Robespierre, Mannequin Men, Reggie Watts, Jonah Ray
Sat., 6/21: Grupo Fantasma, Bio Ritmo
Fri., 6/27: Burning Brides, Year Long Disaster
Sun., 6/29: Ultra Dolphins, Now Sleepyhead, Kathy Cashel, Eric Gamlem (backstage)
Mon., 6/30: Oxford Collapse, Frightened Rabbit, Takka Takka (previously announced and on sale, but Takka Takka just added)
Wed., 7/2: 16 Volt, Bella Morte, Hollowboy (backstage)
Sun., 7/27: Valient Thorr, Early Man, Monotonix (only listed on VT MySpace page)

Black Cat tickets go on sale on Friday, 5/23 at 5pm Eastern via Ticketmaster.

Thu., 6/19: Annuals, Hymns

Iota tickets are sold at the door.

Rock and Roll Hotel
Thu., 7/10: Elf Power, Ham 1

Rock and Roll Hotel tickets go on sale on Friday, 5/23 at 10am Eastern via Ticket Alternative.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 22 May 2008 at 5:39 pm

The Most Intelligent Thing I’ve Read Today

Short, to the point, and absolutely spot-on.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 21 May 2008 at 6:04 pm

New Birdmonster LP Due August 5th

Awesome news…

San Francisco’s Birdmonster have announced a title and release date for their second album. The album will be called From the Mountain to the Sea, and will see a release on August 5th. There aren’t any advance tracks available yet, but I’ll definitely post one as soon as there is.

The band is also going to be in New York next week for some official business (label? mastering?), and is going to be playing an invite-only gig at Mercury Lounge next Wednesday, 5/28. To get on the list, RSVP to birdmonstertickets@gmail.com ASAP.

If you’re on the west coast, the bands has three other dates scheduled right now (although I’m sure many more are coming):

June 1: San Francisco (Bottom of the Hill w/ Superdrag)
June 2: San Francisco (Bottom of the Hill w/ Superdrag)
August 7: St. Helena, CA (Music in the Park)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 21 May 2008 at 11:52 am

The Vaselines Return

As you may have heard, Scotland’s The Vaselines are reuniting after nearly twenty years, and will be playing a few U.S. shows in July.

I won’t pretend to have been a fan of the band back in the day, although I absolutely loved Nirvana’s version of “Son of a Gun”, and I was a big fan of Eugene Kelly’s later band, Eugenius. Nonetheless, for some reason took me until last year to finally pick up The Way of the Vaselines (which compiled the band’s entire recorded output onto one album). I shouldn’t have waited so long.

Unless the band adds more dates, it looks like they’re only going to be in New York and Seattle (for the Sub Pop 20th anniversary show). It also looks like I might have to cancel a trip in order to see them in New York. Hmmm…

Vaselines U.S. Dates
Wed., 7/9: Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ)
Thu., 7/10: Southpaw (Brooklyn)
Sat., 7/12: Redmond, WA (Sub Pop party)

And here’s some video of the band performing the aforementioned “Son of a Gun” in Scotland earlier this year.

Edited to add: Oh, and while we’re at it, here’s Nirvana’s version of “Son of a Gun”.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 20 May 2008 at 6:36 pm

New Hold Steady, "Sequestered in Memphis"

If you haven’t seen this elsewhere, the Hold Steady have a new song called “Sequestered in Memphis” up at their MySpace page.

I just finished listening to it for the first time… it’s OK. Love the guitars, but I’m not sure whether I like Craig’s continued effort to actually sing. It just sounds weird to me, and I’m not sure whether it’s because (a) I’m not used to it, or (b) he’s just not that good a singer.

And even more important than Craig’s vocals is the fact that it just doesn’t seem like that compelling a song. The chorus is pretty uninteresting, and the horns just sound forced to me.

I’ll definitely listen to it a lot more. I may even end up loving the song, who knows. But my first impression is just so-so.

Edited to add: I was able to find a streaming version using SeeqPod. Not sure if the source blog is authorized to post it, so it might get pulled at some point. But for now it seems to be working:

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 20 May 2008 at 5:44 pm

Joey Tempest Cannot Be Happy

Oh, and if you’re a Birdmonster fan in New York, you ought to go here ASAP.

Edited to add: I am shocked and dismayed to find out that Joey Tempest is not, in reality, Joey Tempest’s real name. His real name is Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson (according to Wikipedia). So I suppose the title of this post should be “Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson Cannot Be Happy”.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 20 May 2008 at 4:16 pm

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