the magic carpet

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April 29, 2005

Project X

There's been a bit of a hubbub in my work life lately, so once again this magic carpet isn't really in flight. There's always fun shows, though, even for those of us who aren't in Indio.


Local-- The Compulsions (11pm at what used to be the Acme Underground, now Ace of Clubs)
Insane-- TV on the Radio at Exit
Sold Out-- The Wedding Present


Go see Anne Heaton play with Joe Pernice of The Pernice Brothers at the Mercury Lounge. You won't be sorry.


Patti Smith at CB's. Thanks Brooklyn Vegan for the heads up, natch.

April 22, 2005

Friday Haiku Wrap-Up

Dinosaur Jr.
Broken Social Scene playing
Pass the Mastercard

Brand new gay sportsbar
You can take my friends to GYM class
Pass the Budweiser

Boys room Bust party
I hate the Upper East Side
Pass the go-go boots

Bad taste blogfucking
Pass the internerd

Bloc Party now sold out
Everyone loves the Bravery
Pass the beer nuts, Norm

Fucking Champs tonight
Metal mania indie rock
Life is good once again

April 15, 2005

Be there. Last show with Steve. Sadness.
Dinosaur Jr. reunion performance will air tonight on CBS's Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Pop the corn and set the DVR!

April 14, 2005

I'm a Loser

Fucking Ticketweb.

I hate corporate fraud. Because, see, if there were no corporate fraud, I wouldn't have to spend an afternoon watching a video of a toga party, and then I'd have Beck tickets. Fuck. Seriously, though, you should watch the video at the link above. Tell-all book forthcoming.

In other notes, I got to see Martha Wainwright sing karaoke on Tuesday. It was awesome, and here's a hot tip: if you want to go to a Joe's pub afterparty, just walk through the kitchen and right into the party room. Free Johnny Black for everyone.

Don't forget to go see the Giraffes blow the doors off the Delancey tonight!!!

April 12, 2005

Sonic Youth Hiro Ballroom NYC

They played a lot of songs off Sonic Nurse, which was fine by me. What else?? I can't find a setlist, but we got Teenage Riot, PCH, Expressway, Shadow of a Doubt, Eric's was a solid show, and it's my favorite venue in NYC, 'cause it's cool and a block from home. Thurston was in a good mood, the audience was pretty cool, if a little sedated.

The weirdest thing about the show: "The Cops." A three-piece with no bass, they played 2 chord garage, BADLY, and I'm pretty sure it was a joke slamming the hipster scene. They kept yelling "we're from Brooklyn!" It was amazing. I'll take bad garage over formula nu-wave any day.

Martha Wainwright (sister of Rufus) tonight.... Go check out her ep "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole" on Rhapsody. It's AWESOME.

April 11, 2005

White Nights


The, er (I really wish I could take credit for this) "East Infection" tour:

Gogol Bordello, Devotchka, Skampida
Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Fri, May 6, 2005


April 08, 2005

There's a Thin Line

What a fine weekend of shows we have coming up. Hate me because I get to live in New York. No, actually hate me because the most difficult decision I have to make is whether to see The Kills or ...Trail of the Dead on Saturday. Then M. Ward and Devotchka on Sunday. Then Sonic Youth on Monday. Then Martha Wainwright on Tuesday. Then The Girrafes on Thurday. Then Magnolia Electric Co. on Saturday. Then Drag Citizen on Sunday. Actually, love me instead because I'm still doggedly giving you album picks.

All those Dinosaur Jr. reissues have me back in the 1990s, big time.

Archers of Loaf: Icky Mettle.
For the newsters out there, this is the band that put Crooked Fingers' Eric Bachmann on the map. Quite a lot like Pavement, but grittier and less abstruse. Addictive. Makes you want to drink beer and wear cool jeans. Does that make any sense? Do you think I care?

In keeping with the Dinosaur Jr. theme, I have to say that one of my ALL-TIME favorite albums EVER is:
Sebadoh's Harmacy.

Sebadoh rose from the ashes of Dinosaur's dust, and established Lou Barlow as a lo-fi hero. But don't confuse lo-fi with lo-energy or lo-volume. There's an edge to this record that's absent in wh-emo completely. Songs like Prince-S and Crystal Gypsy stand out as a rock rescue against the gut-wrenching honesty of Willing to Wait and On Fire. A brilliant, infinitely listenable classic.

April 05, 2005

Dream Pop

It might be the jetlag-redeye-daylight savings haze I'm in, but last night, I had my first dream in which my Ipod played a starring role. I was waiting in line somewhere, and the strangest thing happened. You know those dreams where you have to scream and nothing comes out? Well, this was some fucked up inverse-- I wanted to stop singing along (badly, off-key and true to life) to Emmylou Harris, but I COULDN'T. It was awful. Thankfully, my darling gato chose precisely that moment to have a coughing fit, so I woke up. Ipod dream. Fuck.

Today's album picks:

In honor of the dream, I'll recommend Emmylou's Blue Kentucky Girl. If you don't know Emmylou Harris, please don't read my sad little blog anymore.

In honor of dream-pop, I'll gush for a sec about Galaxie 500. They are what became Luna, and they did for indie rock what the New York Dolls did for hair metal-- they created it pretty much before its time. Go get Galaxie's We Are Galaxie 500and exchange your Viceguide for a novel.