The Jayhawks @ The Vic [1/28/11]

So last night I actually wrote some thoughts about a concert for the first time in months. It was kinda nice, and I need to do more of it. But I won’t be doing it tonight. Instead, you get pics.

Posted under Babystew Home,Concert Photos by Steve on Saturday 29 January 2011 at 12:19 am

The Dismemberment Plan @ 9:30 Club [1/22/11]

Catching up on some pics from last weekend.  I’ll try to do an overall writeup of the DC shows when I post about the Chicago shows in a few weeks. Yes, I’m lazy.

Posted under Babystew Home,Concert Photos by Steve on Friday 28 January 2011 at 12:41 am

The Jayhawks @ The Vic [1/27/11]

Apologies in advance for the crappy quality of the pics — I went to the show straight from work and forgot to take a real camera. Hopefully I’ll get better pics tomorrow night.

As for the show itself, it was pretty great. I’ve seen Gary and Mark perform together a couple of times since they “reunited” in 2005, but this was the first time that I’d seen them perform as The Jayhawks since the mid-90s (and, to be 100% honest, I’m not actually sure I ever saw the original lineup. I’m fairly certain I saw them in the Fall of 2006 at Mercury Lounge in NYC, but I can’t remember who was in the band at that point).

The band is playing two nights here in Chicago, and tonight they played Hollywood Town Hall in its entirety (tomorrow is Tomorrow The Green Grass).  And while I love HTH, I have to be honest — I thought the show (both their performances and the song flow) was much better after they finished the album. Maybe I’ve soured on the whole “play a full album” thing, or maybe I just like the other songs they played better.

Oh, and they also played two new songs from their forthcoming album (Gary made a point to say that the band is very much a “living entity” and not just a best-of act).  The first song was good but didn’t stand out too much, but the second, whose name I forget, was fantastic.  Another standout was the song they played from the Mystery Demos (a voluminous set of demos from the band’s pre-1996 years which has been partially released as part of the recent re-releases of HTH and TTGG).  I wish I had song titles to give ya.  For now, you’ll just have to take me at my word that I thought the band sounded better on the songs I didn’t know that well than the songs I did (aside, possibly, from “I’d Run Away”).

Enough of my babble.  Pictures.  See ya tomorrow.

Posted under Babystew Home,Concert Photos by Steve on Friday 28 January 2011 at 12:20 am

VIDEO: Apex Manor, “My My Mind”

You may remember that I was a huge (and early) supporter of L.A.’s The Broken West back around the time that this blog started in early 2006. That band sadly called it a day after its second LP, Now or Heaven, and lead singer and songwriter Ross Flournoy kinda disappeared from my radar for a couple of years — with the exception of a few SXSW sightings and this performance on the Craig Ferguson show last year.

Thankfully, Ross is back, along with Brian Whelan of The Broken West, with a brand new band called Apex Manor. Their debut album, The Year of Magical Drinking, is out TODAY on Merge Records, and I strongly recommend that you buy it. It’s fantastic.

Want proof? Here’s the video for “My My Mind”:

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Tuesday 25 January 2011 at 6:00 pm

The Dismemberment Plan @ Black Cat [1/21/11]

Just a couple of pics now. I am still pretty wrecked from last night, and the combination of Flickr slowness and iffy hotel internet is making my brain hurt.

Posted under Babystew Home,Concert Photos by Steve on Saturday 22 January 2011 at 1:39 pm

MP3: Hey Rosetta!, “Yer Spring”

Hey Rosetta, “Yer Spring”

One of my favorite discoveries of the last few years has been St. Johns, Newfoundland’s Hey Rosetta! I’ve been extolling the band’s virtues on this site (and to anyone who would listen) since 2008, and I finally had a chance to catch the band live last year at SXSW and here in Chicago opening for Hot Hot Heat. They did not disappoint.

It seems like more and more people have been catching on to the band in the last six months or so, and odds are the pace is going to pick up this Spring as the band releases its third album, Seeds, on February 15th. If the first track, “Yer Spring” (click to listen above) is any indication, the album should be pretty spectacular.

The band has a short U.S. tour scheduled for Feb/March right now, including a Chicago date at Schubas on February 25th, and I’ve also seen on the SXSW site that the band has a confirmed showcase in Austin as well. You can bet they’ll do more touring coming out of Austin as well. You’d do well to catch them.

Hey Rosetta! US Tour Dates
2/25/11 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
2/26/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
3/8/11 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
3/9/11 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
3/11/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
3/12/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite

Posted under Babystew Home,MP3s by Steve on Tuesday 18 January 2011 at 10:42 am

My Favorite Albums of 2010 [##10-1]

Dammit.  I’ve been so damn lazy on this list this year.  Well, I guess I can’t even say “this year” anymore, because I waited a full month to post my top 10 after my 11-20 (you can see albums 20-11 here).

Anyway, pushing my laziness a little further, here’s 10-1 with no commentary whatsover.  Yay blogging!

#10: Harlem, Hippies
#9: Mystery Jets, Seratonin
#8: The Capstan Shafts, Revelation Skirts

#7: The Henry Clay PeopleSomewhere On The Golden Coast
#6: Meursault, All Creatures Will Make Merry
#5: Title Tracks, It Was Easy
#4: The Besnard Lakes, The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night

#3: Medications, Completely Removed
#2: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Brutalist Bricks

#1: Superchunk, Majesty Shredding
Posted under Babystew Home,Best Of Lists by Steve on Monday 17 January 2011 at 12:04 pm

VIDEO: Archers of Loaf, “Web In Front”

There are no words.

Full Setlist
1) Audiowhore
2) Harnessed In Slums
3) Revenge
4) Nostalgia
5) Lowest Part Is Free
6) Freezing Point
7) Greatest Of All Time
8 ) You and Me
9) Might
10) Web In Front
11) Wrong
12) Slow Worm

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Sunday 16 January 2011 at 11:36 am

VIDEO: Hume, “Inverse Fireworks”

Brand new video from the highly-buzzed Washington D.C. band. The song is from the band’s new 7″, due out later this month. You can pick up the band’s most recent release, Penumbra, over at the Socket Records site.

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Friday 14 January 2011 at 3:04 pm

VIDEO: Retribution Gospel Choir, “Your Bird”

I missed this when it came out a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t heard Retribution Gospel Choir’s excellent 2010 album 2, then I suggest you head over to Sub Pop and buy it now.

Oh, and be sure to catch the band on tour with Peter Wolf Crier right NOW. Tour dates below.

Retribution Gospel Choir Tour Dates
1/14/2011 Friday Portland Doug Fir
1/15/2011 Saturday Seattle High-Dive
1/16/2011 Sunday Vancouver Media Club
1/19/2011 Wednesday Santa Cruz Crepe Place
1/20/2011 Thursday San Francisco Bottom of the Hill
1/21/2011 Friday Los Angeles Echo
1/22/2011 Saturday Santa Barbara Muddy Waters
1/23/2011 Sunday San Diego The Loft
1/24/2011 Monday Tucson Solar Culture
1/25/2011 Tuesday Santa Fe Corazon
1/27/2011 Thursday Houston Fitzgerald’s
1/28/2011 Friday Denton Hailey’s Club
1/31/2011 Monday Little Rock Sticky Fingers
2/1/2011 Tuesday St. Louis, MO Billiken Club
2/2/2011 Wednesday Iowa City, IA The Mill
2/3/2011 Thursday Minneapolis Cedar Cultural Center
2/4/2011 Friday Milwaukee Shank Hall
2/5/2011 Saturday Chicago Schubas

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Friday 14 January 2011 at 2:33 pm

VIDEO: Yuck, “Georgia”

Not sure how I’ve slept on this band for so long. This song has been on replay for me most of the day today. Clearly going to have to dig up as much from them as I can.

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Thursday 13 January 2011 at 6:11 pm

VIDEO: The Dears, “Omega Dog”

Brand new video via Spin:



Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Thursday 13 January 2011 at 5:10 pm

VIDEO: Broken Records, “You Know You’re Not Dead”

From one of my favorite albums of 2010 (I swear I’ll post 1-10 this week), though, technically it just came out in the U.S. this week. See the full 5-song performance here.

Broken Records hits Schubas here in Chicago on Saturday, February 26th, and you should really, really go. Full U.S. tour dates follow the video below.

Via Parasites & Sycophants.

Broken Records U.S. Tour Dates
2/20: Washington, DC – Black Cat (backstage)
2/21: Philadelphia PA – North Star Bar
2/22: New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
2/23: Brooklyn, NY – The Rock Shop
2/24: Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
2/26: Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
2/27: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
3/2: Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
3/3: Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
3/5: San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
3/6: Los Angeles, CA – Satellite Club

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Tuesday 11 January 2011 at 11:00 am

This Week In Chicago – Tomorrow Never Knows Fest

No full listing this week (I do plan on starting them up again eventually, just not yet), but I wanted to make sure to show some love for the excellent Tomorrow Never Knows festival happening this week at Schubas, Lincoln Hall and Metro.

The festival has expanded to five days and three venues this year, and showcases a bunch of really fantastic established and up-and-coming artists.  Think of it almost like a (much) smaller, more carefully curated version of CMJ.  These are all artists you’re going to be hearing more about in the future, and I highly recommend getting out this week and catching them in small venues while you can.

Tickets for most of the shows are still available, as are 5-day passes.

Here’s the full schedule with my recommendations in bold.

Wednesday, 1/12
Lincoln Hall: The Helio Sequence, Sun Airway, Houses, California Wives
Schubas: Magic Kids, Generationals, Pet Lions, In Tall Buildings

Thursday, 1/13
Lincoln Hall: The Besnard Lakes, Frankie Rose & The Outs, Lia Ices, A Lull
Schubas: Marketa Irglova, Sam Amidon, Jeremy Messersmith, Bone & Bell [SOLD OUT]

Friday, 1/14
Lincoln Hall: Mister Heavenly, Screaming Females, Title Tracks, The Dig
Metro: Freddie Gibbs, Shad, Rita J, DJ RTC
Schubas: Twin Shadow, Fol Chen, BRAHMS, Apache Beat [SOLD OUT]

Saturday, 1/15
Lincoln Hall: Handsome Furs, Jaill, Oberhofer, Cloud Nothings
Metro: Tanlines, Reptar, Young Empires, Yawn Kid Color
Schubas (3pm): Boogers
Schubas (9pm): The Concretes, Seapony, Kopecky Family Band, The Red River

Sunday, 1/16
Lincoln Hall: Little Dragon, Alex Winston, Billygoat, Mister Joshua
Schubas (3pm): Human-Tim + Robot-Tim
Schubas (9pm): S. Carey, Darwin Deez, Young Man, Lionlimb

Oh, and I’d be remiss if I also didn’t mention that Robbie Fulks‘ Monday night residency at The Hideout is happening this week too, featuring “Dapper and Deffer” with Beau Sample.  I recommend seeing Robbie any time and in any capacity that you can.

Posted under Babystew Home,This Week In Chicago by Steve on Sunday 9 January 2011 at 7:16 pm

Watch The Trailer For The New Big Star Doc

Via Kosmo Wren.

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Wednesday 5 January 2011 at 11:19 pm

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