Man, it sure has been a long time since I’ve done one of these “odds and ends” posts. I used to do these every few days, and use them to aggregate a bunch of short pieces of news and information that might not otherwise warrant their own blog posts. But then I met Twitter, and all my extraneous bits and pieces of knowledge (and lack of knowledge) starting going there instead.
And while I can’t say that that’s necessarily going to change, I want to start doing “odds and ends” posts again to make sure that news doesn’t get buried in a Twitter feed that (a) you might not follow, and/or (b) might move too fast for you to keep up.
So without further ado, here’s some news:
Local DC indie-pop band Bellman Barker
has posted three brand new demos over at their MySpace page
, and they’re really, really good. Especially “Last Name”, which might be the best thing I’ve heard from the band. Hopefully they fight the urge to change it much when they record the non-demo version, because it’s absolutely lovely as is.
In other local news, in case you missed it, Title Tracks
released their debut 7″ last week for the songs “Every Little Bit Hurts” and “Found Out”. As a fan of John’s former bands (Q and Not U
and Georgie James
), as well as a devoted listener to his radio show
, I may be a little biased, but I think it’s great. You can order it for $4 from Dischord
. Oh, and be sure to head to the band’s MySpace page
to listen to the demo for “Black Bubblegum”, which is gonna be a great song to play loud in my car someday.
has released a new song called “Take It In”
from its forthcoming second album, The Knot
. I admit to completely skipping over the band the first time around, but if this song is any indication of what the album is going to be like, consider me on board. Oh, and for those in DC, the band plays the Black Cat backstage on May 11th with Cincinnati’s Pomegranates
. Looks like I’ll be there.
Sadly for me, 5-day passes for the Merge 20th Anniversary shows this summer have SOLD OUT
. I completely forgot about getting a pass. They’ll be announcing single-day tickets soon, but I don’t think they’re going to be announcing daily lineups ahead of time. Bands announced to be playing include Superchunk
, Conor Oberst
, M. Ward
(!!), The Broken West
, and many more. There are also rumors and rumblings about The Arcade Fire
and, ahem, Neutral Milk Hotel
, but we’ll just have to wait and see about those… Personally, I’d love to see Butterglory
reunion, but that’s just me.
I guess that’s it for now. More odds and ends soon.