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July 30, 2004

Smells Like Something Foul

So, since this blog has become the bastard child of music and politics, with a little criminal justice ranting thrown in, I've decided to break my silence on the whole Courtney Love extravaganza. NME reported this morning that Love will be performing in Japan this weekend after an LA judge neatly consolidated her cases and declared her enough of a nonthreat to be released on bond pending felony charges. Fine. Good. We should balance the relative danger of criminal defendants in determining what type of pretrial custody is appropriate. But let me ask you this... do you think for a SECOND that if Ms. Love were a 17-25 year old black male, given her repeat offender status, her tendency to get in shouting matches with police, her drug addiction, her assualt record and the fact that she is facing felony charges that she wouldn't be rotting her Prada-swathed ass at Rikers? No, no, if you're a white celeb, instead you get to leave the country, no questions asked.

July 29, 2004

Garden State

Soundtrack Listing:

1. Don't Panic - Coldplay
2. Caring Is Creepy - The Shins
3. In The Waiting Line - Zero 7
4. New Slang - The Shins
5. I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You - Colin Hay
6. Blue Eyes - Cary Brothers
7. Fair - Remy Zero
8. One Of These Things First - Nick Drake
9. Lebanese Blonde - Thievery Corporation
10. The Only Living Boy In New York - Simon & Garfunkel
11. Such Great Heights - Iron and Wine
12. Let Go - Frou Frou
13. Winding Road - Bonnie Somerville

Zach Braff is to the Shins as which Hollywood heiress is to My Bloody Valentine?
Eduardo Delacruz

Yesterday, New York City Police officer Eduardo Delacruz faced administrative charges for refusing to arrest a homeless man who was sleeping in a parking garage in November 2002. Delacruz was taken off the force following his refusal to participate in that arrest, instead providing the homeless man with a bag of warm clothing. Delacruz was part of the police department's Homeless Outreach Unit, and felt it morally wrong to arrest an undomiciled person for the mere fact that he had nowhere to go.

According to the A.P. story, police lawyer David Green argued yesterday that Delacruz's personal beliefs are "completely irrelevant" and the case "begins and ends with the refusal of an order."

Two words: Abu Gharib.

Courage and compassion should be rewarded, not punished.

July 28, 2004

Thee Fine Lines

Here's an mp3 link for the killer song "Something Right" off the debut full-length from Thee Fine Lines. Beware, it's hot and noisy as hell and will make you hurl your stapler at the window in a beatnik punk fit.

Thanks to a broken link. Sorry about that, but do yourself a favor and listen to this song right now.
Band I want to listen to them all the time: I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness. From their EP "Emperor Jones #61" (incidentally, produced by Britt Daniel), here's an mp3 of "When You Go Out"-- pure distressed Hacienda-infused cool kid melacholy at its Texas best. 

July 27, 2004

Graham Smith

If you like Mssrs. A.C. Newman, James Mercer, and Robert Pollard, you'll like Graham Smith, and this tune, USHC Brand Men's Jeans from his recently released Final Battle LP. He plays Sin-e in New York on 08/17.
Welcome to the Demonstration Zone

Bill Clinton gave a wonderful speech last night that made me feel hopeful about living in a democracy again. But I keep reading about how the powers that be seem to find it fit to shit all over the First Amendment during the DNC, electing to keep protestors in a CAGE.

PS--If anyone has a decent photo of the cage, email me and I'll post it.

July 26, 2004

"Future Soundtrack for America"

 Posted by Hello
From is co-sponsoring an album featuring powerful and political songs -- most of them unreleased until now -- from some of the best artists around. It's called the "Future Soundtrack for America." Blink-182, Bright Eyes, David Byrne, Laura Cantrell, Clem Snide, Death Cab for Cutie, Mike Doughty, The Flaming Lips, Fountains of Wayne, Jimmy Eat World, Ben Kweller, The Long Winters, Nada Surf, OK Go, Old 97's, R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney, They Might Be Giants, Tom Waits, of The Black Eyed Peas, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are all featured. In addition, the family of Elliott Smith contributed a mix of "A Distorted Reality Is Now A Necessity To Be Free," a song from Smith's as-yet-unreleased last record, and the first release of new material since his death in late 2003.

Together, the songs present a passionate rallying cry for all of us to take our country back. Mike Doughty's song "Move On" hones in on the passion that drives all of our activism, singing "I love my country so much, like an exasperating friend." Tom Waits' contribution is a heartbreaking song about a letter home from a soldier in Iraq. R.E.M. takes on Bush and the war in Iraq, and They Might Be Giants (whose John Flansburgh pulled the project together) revisit a campaign song from the Presidential campaign of 1840.

The album is a joint project between and the good folks at Music for America and Barsuk Records. MoveOn PAC has purchased a large quantity of CDs from Barsuk Records to give away to PAC contributors. You can order the album right now and help run ads to defeat Bush here.
The Heart of Rock and Roll is in... Where?

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, some of the artists eligible in 2005 for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Iron Maiden, Pat Benatar, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, and Simple Minds. The criteria for rock's highest honor are "the influence and significance of the artist’s contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll." And so, twenty-five years later, Pour Some Sugar On Me may become elevated to art.

Apparently, metal fans are not too crazy about the Hall of Fame, after slights to Kiss, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Rush. I'm betting on Iron Maiden to make it in as a peace offering, but Pat Benatar is the real slam dunk.

July 23, 2004

If You Want Music You've Got It

Photo courtesy newrockmagazine Posted by Hello

It's hot and cloudy today in NYC (wtf?), so it seems apt to post the new song Everybody Thinks I'm a Raincloud (When I'm Not Looking) from Guided By Voices' upcoming release. I am so unbelievably sad that this band's prolific career is coming to a close at the end of the year. They've marched right through everything as the wise old seers of so-called indie rock, and we're all better for it. Their sound is almost inexplicably perfect, and I can honestly say that if some evil fairy godmother told me that I could only listen to one band for the rest of my life, I'd pick them. Then I'd kick the old bag in the nuts.

Anyway, here's the final track listing for their next and final release Half Smiles of the Decomposed. The album is due out August 24th on Matador Records.

Everybody Thinks I'm a Raincloud (When I'm Not Looking)
Sleep Over Jack
Girls of Wild Strawberries
Gonna Never Have To Die
Window of My World
The Closets of Henry
Tour Guide at the Winston Churchill Memorial
Asia Minor
Sons of Apollo
Sing for Your Meat
Asphyxiated Circle
A Second Spurt of Growth
(S)mothering and Coaching
Huffman Prairie Flying Field

July 22, 2004

They're At It Again

Boy, you gotta hand it to those bigoted Republicans. Between hitting this blog looking for Chelsea sublet housing for the Republican National Convention (ha, ha bitches, I may be #10 on that google search but I'm no friend of yours!!!), how on earth do they find time to keep pushing hate legisaltion??? From the A.P.:

House Takes Up Gay Marriage Issue Again

Published: July 22, 2004

Filed at 12:28 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal judges should keep their hands off marriage, House Republicans said Thursday, pressing for passage of legislation to give states final say over recognizing same-sex unions sanctioned elsewhere.

Federal judges, unelected and given lifetime appointments, ``must not be allowed to rewrite marriage policy for the states,'' Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., said at the start of a debate tinged by election-year politics.

Republican leaders predicted easy passage for the Marriage Protection Act, a week after the Senate dealt gay marriage opponents a setback by failing to advance a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex unions.

The legislation would strip the Supreme Court and other federal courts of their jurisdiction to rule on challenges to state bans on gay marriages under a provision of a 1996 federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

The Bush administration supports the measure.

Democrats said the bill's supporters were trying to change the subject from GOP failures to pass a budget and other major legislation, while at the same time appealing to socially conservative voters who are a key Republican constituency.

``This bill is quite simply a mean-spirited, misguided and discriminatory distraction,'' Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. ``The leadership of the House has decided to throw its political base some red meat.''

McGovern said Republicans' desire to rein in federal judges rings hollow three years after the 5-4 Supreme Court decision that handed George W. Bush the presidency. ``They had no problem with activist judges in Bush versus Gore,'' he said.

Adding to Democrats' sense that the House legislation is motivated by politics is that no federal court has yet ruled on the 1996 law, the Defense of Marriage Act. ``The legislation is premature,'' Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., told the House Rules Committee Wednesday.

Nadler said he believes the legislation is unconstitutional, but legal scholars said the constitutional question of stripping jurisdiction from federal courts is unresolved.

``My sense is that Congress has explicit authority in the Constitution ... but it is a largely unexercised power,'' said Douglas Kmiec, a Pepperdine University constitutional law professor and former legal adviser to Republican presidents.

While Republicans defended states' rights, Democrats said the phrase recalled Southern opposition to desegregation, which was propelled by a series of federal court rulings.

``Today, it's gay marriage. Tomorrow, it could be something else. It's very dangerous for any Congress to move down this road,'' said Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a civil rights leader.

Some Republicans also cited their desire to avoid setting a precedent that could used by a Congress controlled by Democrats to satisfy their allies or by lawmakers who wanted to shield future unconstitutional legislation from federal court review.

However, Rep. John Hostettler, R-Ind., author of the bill, said the issue is too important to ignore. ``Simply put, if federal courts don't have jurisdiction over marriage issues, they can't hear them. And if they can't hear cases regarding marriage policy, they can't redefine this sacred institution,'' Hostettler said when he introduced the legislation in May.


The bill is H.R. 3313


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July 21, 2004

More Emo than Me

In today's New York Observer, there's a great srticle aptly titled,
"Stuff It, Emo Boy!" by Rachel Donadio, Sheelah Kolhatkar and Anna Schneider-Mayerson. Best quote EVER:

"The emo archetype is actually a French man—ambiguously sexual, creative intellectual types, tortured poets, they might say, who are actually deeply misogynistic and harbor the most archaic notions of femininity or male-female interaction. They have a terrible penchant for public displays of affection, listening to Robbie Williams, but also for anal sex—which is more or less the only way men see they can dominate women fully and aggressively."

Thanks, Charles for the link!!!

Band I want to listen to them all the time: I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness. From their EP "Emperor Jones #61" (incidentally, produced by Britt Daniel), here's an mp3 of "When You Go Out"-- pure distressed Hacienda-infused cool kid melacholy at its Texas best. 

July 20, 2004

This just in from the Knitting Factory:

Hey guys! Im sure that by now youve heard of this cool project we are working on called Involver, but may be wondering exactly what it is. So let me take a minute to tell you about it. Involver is an alliance between The Knitting Factory, Music for America, various facets of the independent arts and entertainment community and a wide range of youth political organizations who are pissed off about the state of our country and who are taking action to change it. For our part we are following through with our commitment to presenting the best in live music and have begun staging a series of shows at The Knitting Factory in NYC, and in L.A. featuring such compelling & exciting acts as Slick Rick, OK Go, Pedro the Lion, and Matthew Dear to name a few. Additionally, comedian David Cross we will be hosting an all-star event of music and comedy at one of NYCs grandest venues The Beacon Theatre during the RNC in New York. Music for America will be on hand at each event providing information on voter registration, and offering ways to take action that will make a difference and make the country work for us. But this isnt just about NYC & LA; this is an organic, ever-growing movement that takes in the entire nation.

Find out about New York Events at!!!  Here's a sampling of some cool music-related stuff coming up:

Deficit Disorder: A Night of Short Bursts of Musical Genius to Keep the Clock Ticking on the Bush Administration

when: Fri 7.16 (9pm)

where: Volume (99 N 13th St, Williamsburg)

price: $13 adv, $15 day of show (proceeds go to Downtown For Democracy)

info: Downtown for Democracy

VICE Magazine and Downtown for Democracy present a ridiculously diverse lineup of 10 bands playing 10-minute sets each. Highlights include psych-guitarist PG Six, noise-rock god Glenn Branca's Branca-Bloor, the dark stone-y folk rock of Ned Oldham's Amomoanon, Hisham of Black Dice's new band Among Natives, tough post-punk from the Rogers Sisters, Roc-A-Fella Records' unsung rap genius Juelz Santana, plus Early Man, Blood On The Wall, Battletorn, Mike Fellows/Mighty Flashlight Band and more. With video art by Cory Arcangel, Paper Rad and Devin Flynn, and silkscreen posters by Ian Vanek of Japanther. Sure to be one of the year's best events.

Matthew Dear

when: Fri 7.16 (11pm)
where: Knitting Factory (74 Leonard St, 212.219.3006)
price: $12

An INVOLVER event. Ghostly International Records could very well be the most exciting Detroit techno label in the world, but that's only a small part of it: Ghostly's stable of dance-floor bangers, shoegaze rockers, and outside thinkers make the characters that create such eclectic electronic music fascinating to watch. Matthew Dear creates beautiful, melodic microhouse, and has even been singing recently. This show also features the glitchy, beat-driven Dabrye (Tad Mullinix), the dodgy "we are trying to rock now" theatrics of Dykehouse, and Kill Memory Crash. To get into this show for free, go to Music for America to volunteer to register voters and spread the message.

Also don't miss:

Concerts for Kerry nights with David Poe, Duncan Sheik, Joseph Arthur Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, Joe McGinty of Loser's Lounge, Rachel Loshak, Richard Julian, and more Tue 7.20 - Sun 7.25 @ Living Room;

Pernice Brothers Thu 7.29 @ Mercury Lounge (benefit for Kerry)

Let there be hate mail

My review of the Fiery Furnaces' "Blueberry Boat" ran today on Junkmedia. I didn't love it. They came to take away my indie rock badge today.

July 16, 2004

Slave for U
I used to read Craigslist's missed connections when I had the jones for killer-snarky-fall-out-of-your-chair-tragic-comedy-that-is-life. But now when I feel the need to confirm that people are crazy, I just read the comments on Stereogum's Britney posts. Hooray!

July 15, 2004

Rogue Wave

Death Cab's melodic guitar layers a la Photo Album spliced with James Mercer's longing indifference, divided by some Sonic-Youthish insistent progression = Rogue Wave. Their stunning album, Out of the Shadow, was just re-released on Sub Pop, here's the single: Endless Shovel.

July 14, 2004

I Was Born a Unicorn

In case you've been napping under a rock, this is the place to be tomorrow, again, WE LOVE YOU INSOUND!!!!

Presented by Insound & Connect

Plus special guests.

Thursday, July 15 (tomorrow!)
$2 door plus free Red Stripe while it lasts. That's right. TWO DOLLARS!

99 North 13th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Now It's Overhead

Here's my latest piece for Junkmedia on uberkid Andy LeMaster's Now It's Overhead. LeMaster, a touring member of Bright Eyes who counts Michael Stipe among his friends, has just put out a simply lovely record called Fall Back Open. Enjoy!

July 13, 2004

Sublet Actually

So how many of the Republican National Convention delegates do you think will end up subletting apartments in Chelsea for their NYC convention stay? I'm so freaking disgusted with their bigotry and the push for a constitutional amendment denying equal rights. Not to mention their impending locust-like descendance on our fair city. But I have to snicker at the purely perfect irony of their holier-than-thou attitude while they are nonetheless content to rest their fat heads on the pillows of those whom they wish to disgrace.
God Save the Queen

From the music. Well, what else can we expect from the rogue state that gave us Soho House?

July 12, 2004

Make a difference

I got this email today, asking for my help:

From: "Tom's Petition Team"
Subject: Blog Alert: Six Degrees from Columbine

I am writing to you and a few other bloggers asking for help. My name is Tom Mauser and my son Daniel was killed at Columbine High School. If we don’t stand up to President Bush and the NRA right now, the assault weapons ban will expire and AK47s and Uzis will be back on our streets.


Here is what you can do to help:

1) Sign my petition to extend the assault weapon ban:
When you sign up, we will automatically create a bloggable Personal Petition Page.

2) Link to your Personal Petition Page from your site and encourage your readers to sign up. Our special petition software will show you the number of people that sign up because of your effort, and even generate a map showing how the supporters are distributed across America.


Help honor the legacy of my son and prove that bloggers can make a difference!

Thank you,
Tom Mauser

I'm from Colorado, and I'll never forget the churning feeling I had that day that the massacre was so unbelievably senseless. Assualt weapons aren't about freedom, they're killing machines.

July 09, 2004

Happy Friday

Les Georges Leningrad for your audio, uh, enjoyment. Chicks on Speed on PCP.

July 08, 2004

Who is John Edwards?

So I paid very little attention to Edwards during the early part of the primary season, (yeah, we're still in, it, that's why "presumptive" precedes Kerry's nominee status), and anyway, I didn't know all that much about the guy. Since I'd be voting for Kerry if he picked Alf as his running mate, I thought it would be fun to find out some more unusual facts about this guy.

Photo via Posted by Hello

Here's the basic bio (from his US Senate Bio Sheet:

NAME: John Edwards
BORN: June 10, 1953
ELECTED: November 3, 1998
FAMILY: Married Elizabeth Anania Edwards in 1977; daughters,Catharine and Emma Claire;sons, Wade (1979-1996) and Jack
RELIGION: Methodist
EDUCATION: North Carolina State University BS with honors 1974; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,JD with honors 1977
PARENTS: Bobbie and Wallace Edwards

Here's the more interesting stuff:

Okay, so he's a lawyer. Shock! But seriously, he was a plaintiff's lawyer, like the Erin Brockovitch representing guy. So he was a lawyer, but not a sellout.

Edwards was the first person in his family ever to go to college.

He lost his oldest son, Wade, at 16 to a car accident. Prior to his death, he and Wade climed Mt. Kilimanjaro together.

His wife was 50 when she had their youngest child.

People Magazine named Edwards the "Sexiest Politican" in 2000.

He has admitted to smoking grass. And inhaling.

His favorite album is "The Essential Bruce Springsteen"

July 07, 2004

Polyphonic Spree

Courtesy of those darlings at Insound:

"Insound is previewing The Polyphonic Spree's new album, "Together We're Heavy." You can hear the new album in full before it's in stores, get some prizes, and drink free booze. Kind of a fun deal, right? Anyway, it's free to Insounders, as long as you RSVP. But you MUST RSVP to attend."

Wed. July 7th, 7-9PM Table 50 643 Broadway NYC In conjunction with Flyer Magazine.

party RSVP :

July 02, 2004

Free Summer Shows

Photo courtesy Mike's News Quips Posted by Hello

Prefix Magazine has a comprehensive list of free and or really really cheap NYC rock shows this summer. Enjoy, and remember your fire safety technique this weekend!

July 01, 2004

Off like a Prom Dress

Ew. Gawker reports today on the rash of prom parties that have engulfed downtown nightlife. Ew. Ew. Ew. Ew. Somebody bring back Kenny Melman, PLEASE. This is just too fucking stupid, even for the NYU set.

Oh, and p.s.--- if the Post is writing about it, it's really fucking stupid and really fucking over already.
Mouse on Mars

Photo courtesy Posted by Hello

These dudes are DJing tonight at APT and performing with The Mobius Band at the Mercury Lounge on July 13. Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner formed Mouse on Mars way back in 1993. Legend has is these two superfly Kraut-electro wunderkids met at either at a death metal concert or a health food store. They've been looking behind them through a cloud of dust at the kids whose footsteps they hear on the decks ever since. So go, it'll be crazy fun, and it's only $5. Tickets are available at Other Music.