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November 18, 2004


It's exactly what it sounds like, a DUCK cooked IN a TURkey. A Turducken. Gross!!!! Posted by Hello
Don't Take Your Guns to Town

The Clinton Presidential Center (i.e. the Clinton library) opens today in Little Rock, Arkansas. Oddly, employees who work in a nearby Little Rock office building were sent a memo asking them TO LEAVE THEIR DEER HUNTING RIFLES AT HOME because an incumbent president and three former presidents are coming to town. Nah, it's too easy.

Better Than Ezra and The North Mississippi Allstars performed last night for the dedication.

November 17, 2004


This leads me to believe that post-punk must really be on its, er, deathmetalbed. But anyway--

From the Shout! crew (who, by the way, threw the best halloween party):

This Thurs: THE BEAST stirs again - DJ ALAN TECCHIO (Hades)

hell and fire was spawned to be released at

last week was the shit!
this week we have
the singer from HADES spinning!!!
if you don't know what the fuck we're talking about check out what allmusic says:

Long-running speed metal band Hades was originally formed in 1978 by vocalist Paul Smith and guitarist Dan Lorenzo, then high schoolers in Paramus, NJ. A 1982 opening date for Twisted Sister greatly raised the band's local visibility, and with drummer Tom Coombes and bassist Lou Ciarlo on board, Hades issued its debut seven-inch Deliver Us from Evil. Appearances on the Metal Blade compilation Metal Massacre VI and Megaforce's Born to Metalize followed before the group -- now consisting of Lorenzo, Coombes, vocalist Alan Tecchio, guitarist Scott LePage and bassist Jimmy Schulman -- signed to Torrid Records and issued their debut LP Resisting Success in 1987. Guitarist Ed Fuhrman replaced LePage for the 1988 follow-up If at First You Don't Succeed, but while touring Europe Hades disbanded; Lorenzo soon formed a new group, Non-Fiction, which issued its debut EP Green in 1989. After a stint with the group Watchtower, Tecchio returned to New Jersey and joined Non-Fiction as well; each year, Hades also played a reunion show at Newark's Studio One (1991's show yielded the Live on Location disc), and when Non-Fiction dissolved upon completing their album It's a Wonderful Life, Lorenzo and Tecchio reformed Hades with Fuhrman, LePage (now on bass) and drummer Dave Lecsinsky.

Get there early for FREE TAPAS! mm-mmm!

The Beast roars in the basement of
Use side entrance @ 2 Bleeker St (Corner of Bowery)
Doors 10 PM No Cover

email THE BEAST:
Here's what I learned last night:

Sons of Sound positively SLAY live. They're pretty dramatic/Muse/Radioheadish, but still.

Snowden makes me feel like I am at a prep school talent show. Which is to say that they were pretty great, but I was a little distracted by the frontman's button-down/sweater ensemble. According to my pecorino-loving companion, "the singer looks like an extra from Everwood!"

I don't know what many bloggers look like. I recognized a few, but I would have liked to meet Brooklyn Vegan and Central Village, and I didn't really feel like going up to everyone there and asking them who they were.

The balcony at the Knitting Factory is a wonderful vantage point for seeing a show.

I like Triple 8 vodka.

I hate having my picture taken.

Asobi Sesku is really wonderful and I really should have gone to their show at CB's.

Jen Chung radiates good vibes.

November 16, 2004

Everybody Knows This (is Nowhere)

First-- Neil Young's pet company, Lionel Trains, is folding. I'm eagerly awaiting the concept album on how much American business sucks. Uh...

Also, although most people who read this blog know about this, here it is anyway.

 Posted by Hello

And some mp3s:

Asobi Sesku
Sons of Sound

November 15, 2004

Sheryl Jessica Parker

Think she'll date Mr. Big next? Posted by Hello

November 12, 2004

Friday Notes

The dudes from Jonathan Fire*Eater that didn't become The Walkmen are playing tonight at Northsix. Come to think of it, Northsix has some great shows coming up.

Gotham Girls Roller Derby. Beat Down in the Boogie Down. Manhattan Mayhem vs. the Brooklyn Bombshells. Sex Slaves are playing. Skate Key Skate and Dance Family Center, 220 E. 138th St., 8 p.m., $12.

Also, for anyone that thinks I was being ironic about the whole why-go-see-Arcade-Fire-when-you-could-go-see-Slayer thing, I wasn't. I saw Slayer last night. A angel dust addled drunk bald man head butted me and the raining wall of blood was kinda unimpressive (at least from the mezzanine), but it still totally fucking ruled.

Rothko is reopening this weekend.

And finally, The Who are BACK.

November 10, 2004

Rothko Sucks Long Live...

So poor Brooklyn Vegan writes today that he got totally hosed by the problems over at Rothko-- the herbivorous blogger sold his Muse tickets to see Chin Up Chin Up only to wait around until really fucking late and after he could have seen Muse. Also, Chin Up Chin Up's Rothko gig is OFF.

That is so not cool.

Not to rant, but times are tougher than they used to be for fans of so-called indie rock-- things become white-hot almost instantaneously, all the good shows sell out, bitch, whine, moan, etc. I just want this to be an open statement to all the venues, bookers, and club owners out there:


Times are good for music now, but it wasn't always like this. Be nice. Play fair. Even W knows about the 'internets.' USE IT. Make show announcements. Don't fuck over the fans. We hate it. Really. And the bands don't like it either. I once had the founder of Tiger Style give me his own door ticket to their label showcase as a press pass, while he had to buy his own because the club screwed him over. It's a little too crazy sometimes, and that's when it ceases to be fun. Ever sell your plasma to get tickets to some hot-shit sold out show to see the place packed with industry types and wannabes who talk to each other during the entire set? That's the worst.

Okay, I'm done ranting for now. Oh, and Stereogum has a new Bright Eyes mp3 today. He and Matthew Fluxblog are DJing at APT on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.


Other things apparently ran amok at The Delancey last night. From Coolfer:

P.S. A note to The Delancey: Don't expect Coolfer to (A) frequent your club any time soon, or (B) mention another one of your shows on this website until you can fix whatever problems you've got over there. If your website says a band is playing, I'm going to show up assuming that the band is indeed playing. Get it together, people. You're not building a Mars lander, you host live bands. (Or, in some cases, unfortunately, you don't host live bands.) There's room for error here, but getting the wrong band on the marquee is a bit much.


No Elkland last night at Delancey, despite being on the bill. Some double booking problem. Nice job, guys. Who're you trying to be... Plaid?

November 09, 2004

Posted by Hello

So that's what happened in the election. All the cities voted blue, for the most part. Click on the image for a better view.
Pac Man Ablaze

Things are getting nutty over on craigslist as people desperately seek Arcade Fire tickets. Hell-o people, Slayer is playing in NYC that night AND they're doing the wall of blood... sounds like an easy choice to me!

Also, one craigslister claims that the AF's self released cd ep just went for $1,000 on ebay. What. the. hell. I love this band too, but this is madness.

November 08, 2004

Bright Eyes

Hooray for Conor Oberst, boy genius and wonderful human being.

And in related indie rock news, The Tigers Have Spoken, the new album from the inimitable Neko Case hits stores tomorrow. Every one of her records is a gem. You can download "If You Knew" off her new record here.

November 05, 2004

Kenobi/Yoda 2008

Star Wars Episode III Trailer. Link via PogueGo.

whatever you are doing and read this.

November 04, 2004

Reason to Hit the Delancey?

Their stage is in the basement, and they hit people, but this looks like a great lineup.

Tue 11/09
8:00 PM
Elkland, Chin Up Chin Up, Old Canes, Free Republic of Soul
The Delancey
21+ $7

Show announcement via Oh My Rockness, newfound obsession with Chin Up Chin Up via Brooklyn Vegan.

November 03, 2004

The Death of Common Sense

Get your black armbands here.