Tuesday, July 21, 2009


  • The Flaming Lips' new song, "Trembling Silver Hands", is streaming on their myspace page. Might be too early to say 'return-to-form', but it's an exciting first taste of what is surely to be an intriguing album.
  • The Avett Brothers play the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach this weekend; and my ticket goes to waste due to a previously scheduled work retreat. The sound you hear is my head pounding repeatedly against my keyboard. UPDATE!: Work outing was shortened due to complaints...made it to the show, and in case you're reading this blog backwards, look up and see a review.
  • For the second summer in a row, the Red House Painters' Ocean Beach is leading the way in spin volume. A 90s alt-rock/slowcore masterpiece, and the first of the RHPs more refined era, the album gets a firm endorsement from us.
  • Apparently the National will have a new album out in early 2010. Already holding a spot for it in my Best of 2010 list.
  • My favorite line from the Beck/Tom Waits interview posted on the former's website: "Where does this "Best" thing come from? Is that human? Is that American? Is it all over the world? Everyone wants the best eye surgeon, the best babysitter, the best vehicle, the best prosthetic arm, and the best hat. There's also the worst of all those things available and they're doing rather well. (Laughs.) Denny's is doing great. It's always crowded. You have to wait for a table." Even if you're not a Waits fan, all his interviews offer fascinating observations and streams of thought.
  • As much of a Jack White fan I am when he's within the confines of the White Stripes, I've never been able to glom onto his myriad side projects. Looking forward to a new Stripes album next year.
  • Andrew Bird and St. Vincent will visit the Music Farm here in Charleston come october. Bird will be a treat, although some recent boning-up on St. Vincent proved somewhat disappointing.
  • The first Monsters of Folk track was posted over at their website. Sounds pretty good I guess, but at this point I'm stillmore interested in Jim "Yim Yames" James' upcoming George Harrison tribute.
  • Heavy rotation has been given to the Replacement's Please to Meet Me in recent weeks. I've always been more into Tim, but PTMM has finally clicked.

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