China Becomes a Democracy on 11/25?

So are these articles actually right?

Is this thing finally coming out?

Is it gonna be any good?

Will I actually go to a Best Buy to purchase one?

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Sunday 28 September 2008 at 9:06 pm

Free Rock Show on Saturday!

If you’re in DC this weekend, I recommend heading over to Dahlak in Adams Morgan to check out some great, FREE rock music.

The show starts at 10pm with Kalem Jones (singer-songwriter/shoegaze), followed by Stew faves The Jet Age at 10:30pm, and then 7 Door Sedan (T-Rex-y guitar heroics). THEN, if you’re still not satisfied, you might just get a second helping of The Jet Age at midnight.

So, err, yeah. Go. It’s at 18th and U. You can grab a jumbo slice afterwards.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 25 September 2008 at 8:02 pm

Rally With Barack Obama and Joe Biden in VA on Saturday!

RSVP here.

Change We Need Rally
with Barack Obama and Joe Biden

This Saturday, September 27th, please join Barack Obama and Joe Biden in Fredericksburg, where they will talk about their vision for creating the kind of change we need.

Ball Circle
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Ave.
Fredericksburg, VA [MAP]

Saturday, September 27th
Gates Open: 3:00 p.m.
Program Begins: 5:15 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required; however, an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

For security reasons, do not bring bags and please limit personal items. No signs or banners are permitted. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 25 September 2008 at 10:11 am

DC Show Update

Sorry I’m running late on this this week. My picks in bold.

Black Cat
Thu., 10/16: Paul Michel (backstage)
Fri., 10/17: The Cassettes (mainstage)
Sun., 11/2: The Andalusians, The Bickersons (backstage)
Tue., 11/18: Little Joy (ft. Fabrizio of the Strokes), The Dead Trees (backstage)
Sun., 12/7: Radar Bros. (backstage)
Mon., 12/29: The Damned, Theo and the Skyscrapers, Electric Frankenstein (mainstage)

Unless otherwise noted, all Black Cat shows go on sale on Friday (9/26) at 5pm Eastern via Ticketmaster.

Rock and Roll Hotel
Sun., 11/2: To Write Love On Her Arms, Nevertheless (and others)
Sat., 11/15: The Dance Party
Fri., 11/21: Subtle, Zach Hill, Pattern Is Movement
Sun., 11/23: Municipal Waste
Fri., 12/5: Hayes Caril
Sat., 12/6: Darker My Love
Sun., 12/7: ohGr

Unless otherwise noted, all RnR Hotel shows go on sale on Friday (9/26) at 10am Eastern via Ticket Alternative.

DC9
Mon., 11/17: Butch Walker (on sale 10/3 at noon)

Unless otherwise noted, DC9 shows are sold at the door only.

Iota
Thu., 11/13: Blue Mountain

Unless otherwise noted, tickets for Iota shows are sold at the door only.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 25 September 2008 at 9:42 am

Obama’s Brisket Is Beyond

Awesome.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 25 September 2008 at 7:09 am

Letterman Skewers McCain

This is spectacular.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 24 September 2008 at 7:10 pm

My Bloody Valentine @ Roseland Ballroom, NYC [9/22/08]

Wow, I seriously haven’t been this busy since my days as a lawyer. Between volunteering for the Obama campaign for about 60 hours a week, and my 24-hour trip to NYC this week, I’ve been seriously slacking on the blog here… my apologies.

Anyway, here’s some pics from Monday night’s My Bloody Valentine show at Roseland Ballroom in New York. I gotta tell ya… I’ve been to hundreds of concerts, and this was, quite simply, the LOUDEST show I have ever been to in my life. Especially the last 10 minutes or so, when the band turned everything up even louder and just pummeled us with noise. I was about 15 feet back from the stage, and the pressure coming from through the air literally made it hard to breathe. Just astounding.

As for the music itself, the band sounded fantastic. As I mentioned to my friend Matt after the show — if they can still play this well, and with this much passion, why the hell did it take them 16 years to tour again? I don’t even really care if we ever get new music. When you can put on this type of show, it’s almost a crime not to be playing more often.

My pics are just terrible, unfortunately. A mixture of my crappy camera, poor lighting (for photography), and my general poor photography skills. But that Roseland sign photo sure did come out well.



Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 24 September 2008 at 9:44 am

Random Thoughts… About Glasvegas

Ah, another 12+ hour day on the campaign trail… fun stuff. (Seriously. I’ll have to post some pics and stories eventually. And all of you in the DC area should come out and volunteer for a few hours in the Old Town Alexandria office at 1307 King Street. Odds are I’ll be there.)

Anyway, I spent some time today listening to this new Glasvegas album that’s been getting all kinds of buzz. And, honestly, I just don’t get it. The album sounds like a Scottish guy fronting The Stills. It’s not bad, but I have yet to be really impressed by anything on the album other than the single, “Daddy’s Gone”, which is admittedly a cool throw-back tune.

Of course, it took me a while to “get” The Shout Out Louds’ Our Ill Wills last year, but I’m not convinced I’m ever gonna “get” this one.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Saturday 20 September 2008 at 9:01 pm

I Shall Not Partake In Talk Like A Pirate Day

It’s today, by the way.

But I just won’t do it.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 19 September 2008 at 8:49 am

DC Show Update

Post will be updated throughout the week in italics. My picks in bold.

9:30 Club
Fri., 10/31: The Pietasters, The Toasters, Deal’s Gone Bad
Sat., 11/1: Rhys Darby
Sun., 11/2: Hercules and Love Affair
Tue., 11/4: Flobots, Blue Scholars
Tue., 12/2: Vampire Weekend (2nd show added – on sale now)
Fri., 1/2: Gogol Bordello
Sat., 1/3: Gogol Bordello

Unless otherwise noted, all 9:30 Club shows go on sale on Thursday (9/18) at 10am Eastern via Tickets.com.

Black Cat
Mon., 10/20: Benjy Ferree, The Griefs (backstage)
Sun., 11/9: Ben Kenney (of Incubus) (?!?!) (mainstage)
Fri., 11/21: French Kicks (mainstage)

Unless otherwise noted, all Black Cat shows go on sale on Friday (9/19) at 5pm Eastern via Ticketmaster.

DC9
Sun., 11/9: The Shaky Hands

Unless otherwise noted, DC9 tickets are sold at the door only.

Rock and Roll Hotel
Sat., 10/18: US Royalty, Bear Hands, Blonde Acid Cult, Fever
Mon., 11/3: Illinois
Sun., 11/9: Stellastarr
Fri., 11/14: Chopteeth
Sat., 11/15: The Dance Party
Tue., 12/2: Illinois
Thu., 12/11: My Brightest Diamond, Clare & The Reasons

Unless otherwise noted, all RnR Hotel shows go on sale on Friday (9/19) at 10am Eastern via Ticket Alternative.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 19 September 2008 at 8:45 am

A Very Good Ad

I’ve found a bunch of Obama’s ads to be a little too unfocused. This one, however, packs a bunch of good info into a very direct, clear 30-second spot. I like it a lot.

I also like Obama’s new intro. It sounds more serious, and a tad more urgent.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 18 September 2008 at 8:49 pm

They’re Back!

In case you’d forgotten, those crazy kids from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia are back with Season 4 on FX starting TOMORROW NIGHT at 10pm.

A reminder of why you absolutely must watch this show:

See more funny videos at Funny or Die
Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 17 September 2008 at 7:45 am

Miracle Fortress & Title Tracks @ Black Cat, DC [9/16/08]

Quick pics before I head to bed. Discussion tomorrow, probably.

Miracle Fortress

Title Tracks

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 16 September 2008 at 9:33 pm

Julie Ocean Playing With From The Jam Next Week!

Figured this post went well with my wrapup of the Weller show…

Think I mentioned this in one of my earlier DC Show Update posts, but From The Jam – the band featuring 2/3 of The Jam that doesn’t include Paul Weller (i.e., Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler) – is playing at the State Theatre in Falls Church next Wednesday night, 9/24.

I haven’t seen these guys yet, but I’ve heard that they’re fantastic. And you don’t have to sit through jammy versions of new Paul Weller songs. You can listen for yourself over at the band’s MySpace page.

Oh, and if that’s not enough for you, DC’s own Julie Ocean is opening the show. So you really have no excuse for not going (unless you’re going to the Broken West show like me).

Buy tickets via the State Theatre’s home page.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 16 September 2008 at 9:24 am

Paul Weller @ 9:30 Club, DC [9/13/08]

Meant to post some thoughts about this show on Sunday, but got caught up with some other things.

This was my first time seeing Paul, and the show was pretty much exactly what I expected – professional, tight, and not particularly exciting. To be fair, the band played with a lot of energy, and the first half of the show was excellent despite that not much of the audience (myself included) was familiar with the material, which came primarily from Paul’s latest album, 22 Dreams. (Which I’m told is very good, BTW.)

Unfortunately, at about the 50-minute mark of the set, the band veered off in a jammy direction, and the last few songs of the main set (as well as part of the first encore) were unnecessarily drawn-out. At one point I thought they were actually doing their own version of Drums/Space.

Thankfully, things picked up again, and the band surprised absolutely no one by ending the night with a rollicking, crowd-interactive version of “Town Called Malice”. Even my friend Matt, who I don’t think I’ve ever seen clap along with a crowd before in a decade of going to shows, clapped along. That’s how good this song is.

A couple of so-so picks from halfway back on the floor.


Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 16 September 2008 at 9:06 am

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