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June 22, 2005

And, We're Out.

It's been real, but it's time for me to ride off into the proverbial sunset.

Remember to see good bands, don't believe the hype, and tip your bartenders.

I'll leave you with a little story about the Lone Ranger:

The Lone Ranger was ambushed and captured by an enemy Indian war party.

The Indian Chief proclaims, "So, you are the great Lone Ranger. In honor of the Harvest Festival, you will be executed in three days. [Ed- Indians everywhere rejoice] But, before I kill you, I will grant you three requests. What is your first request?"

The Lone Ranger responds, "I'd like to speak to my horse."

The Chief nods and Silver is brought before the Lone Ranger, who whispers in Silver's ear, and the horse gallops away.

Later that evening, Silver returns with a very beautiful blonde woman on his back.

As the Indian Chief watches, the blonde enters the Lone Ranger's tent and spends the night. The next morning the Indian Chief admits he's impressed.

"You have a very fine and loyal horse, but I will still kill you in two days. What is your second request?"

The Lone Ranger again asks to speak to his horse.

Silver is brought to him, and he again whispers in the horse's ear. As before, Silver takes off across the plains and disappears over the horizon.

A bit later that evening, to the Chief's surprise, Silver again returns, this time with a voluptuous brunette, even more attractive than the blonde.

She enters the Lone Ranger's tent and spends the night. The following morning the Indian Chief is again impressed.

"You are indeed a man of many talents, but I will still kill you tomorrow. What is your last request?"

The Lone Ranger responds, "I'd like to speak to my horse, . . . alone."

The Chief is curious, but he agrees, and Silver is brought to the Lone Ranger's tent.

Once they're alone, the Lone Ranger grabs Silver by both ears, looks him squarely in the eye and says, "Listen very carefully. For the last time, I said "Bring Posse!"

June 20, 2005

The Magic Carpet Loves Sexy Things


The Magic Carpet Loves The Sexy Magazines

Other than a highschool talent show in the spring of 2002 A.D., in which we played three songs and made our first appearance as the Sexy Magazines, our first real live show took place a month and a half later at CBGB's on July 1st 2002. On Wednesday June 22nd 2005 also A.D., just a few days short of 3 years later, we'll return to CB's to play with Supagroup and the Rhapsodies. So bring us cake and presents
Details are below, you'd better be there: CBGBs 315 Bowery (btw 1st and 2nd), NYC, 10003 Wednesday June 22nd 2005. Starts at 8pm, we play at 9:45pm. With Supagroup, Kilck, and The Rhapsodies. 16+. $10.00. P.S. Tell the handsome men at the door that you love the sexy magazines.

The Magic Carpet Loves The Sex Slaves

When you're at Moveable Hype tomorrow, pop downstairs to catch their set... you won't be disappointed.


* NEW CD "Bite Your Tongue" to be released on Tuesday June 21st

This Monday, June 20th is our LAST NYC show of the summer. We're going all over the U.S. on tour, so dont miss it. It's ALL AGES, so we wanna see all of you there!

also performing - FIXER & STELLAR TUESDAY
Knitting Factory
74 Leonard Street
New York City , NY 10013

June 17, 2005

June 22

Rothko 166 Suffolk Street
Village Voice Union Strike Fund Benefit
W/ performances by Jason Loewenstein (of Sebadoh), Northern State, Supagroup, and DJs Eugene Hutz (of Gogol Bordello), Fancy (of Fannypack), and Tommie Sunshine
Doors open at 8pm $10


**Seattle’s own Kinski gives us ALPINE STATIC, out July 12th on Sub Pop Records**

"Kinski is fucking massive." -

Over-driven and raw, countered with moments of eerie tension, Alpine Static hits you in the stomach, ties you up in flowing ‘70s scarves and throws you in the trunk with Catherine Deneuve and Steve McQueen. In other words: in here (points to head) or out there (points to rest of world), this thing will move you. Matt Olsen, a former Sub Pop employee and long time hombre about town, has this to say about the new record, “Alpine Static is easily Kinski’s most immediate and (though it pains me to employ the adjective) ‘rockin’’ record yet. If classic boogie riffs swerving beyond the purple veil sounds like your thing, by all means, BUY THIS RECORD. But what do I know? My life is a mess.”

This album is rock, and as purveyors of rock we would like to offer up 20 copies of SpaceLaunch for Frenchie, Kinski’s recently re-released, but formerly pretty obscure debut. Originally self-released by the band in 1999 as a limited-edition pressing, Kinski’s SpaceLaunch for Frenchie has been out of print for years. The new reissue adds 5 extra songs: the band’s previously unreleased 4-song demo tape (which includes two never-before heard songs as well as an early version of a track re-recorded for their second full-length, Be Gentle with the Warm Turtle and an alternate version of “Floundering & Fluctuating” from SpaceLaunch…) and the early outtake “She Always Made Us Work Like Dogs.” As per always, we will also generously throw in some buttons and stickers!

Alpine Static will be released on CD and double LP and is available now for pre-order on

Listen here

Website (for older mp3s): at
Playing: 8/24 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge

June 16, 2005


Live @ SHOUT!

LITTLE BARRIE (Artemis Records)
from London, England

Let's cut to the chase. Little Barrie has great credentials. The trio's frontman, Barrie, inspired Edwyn Colyns to start playing music again instead of pissing around on a computer (Edwyn also produced their album). Then, when Morrissey's guitar player got sick during his tour last Summer, he brought in Barrie as his replacement. In fact, it's not unusual to hear the reviews toss around the words "astonishing" and "startling" or to hear his guitar playing compared to Johnny Marr and John Squire. The kid can sing too. On top of all that, they know how to drop a good remix and also how to groove the old fashioned way and any band that can pull off the two of those is pretty badass if you ask us. On stage 11PM.

This is also a listening party for

Motown remixes? Didn't those things already have dancebeats to begin with? That's what we thought too . . like "great, another remix of old shit with thump-thump-thumps on top of it". But you know what? This thing is actually alright! The tracks are mostly just chopped up and reset instead of added to (if anything, they subtract). Anyway the point is, we dig it so we're playing it before the band this Sunday and giving it away for free.

Shout! Every Sunday Bar 13 35 E 13th St NYC Doors 10 PM No Cover - -

June 15, 2005

Mercury Lounge Secret Shows

Enjoy...Tickets onsale NOW

Wednesday, July 20 7:30 PM (7:00 PM doors)
Megapussi (THE SCISSOR SISTERS) plus DJ Sammy Jo

21 and over with government issued photo ID - opener subject to change

Saturday, July 16 8:30 PM (8:00 PM doors)
Ta Det Lugnt (DUNGEN) plus Endless Boogie

21 and over with government issued photo ID - opener subject to change

Note: I was just informed by the lovely Jeff that this is SOOOO five hours ago. Well, oh well.

June 14, 2005

Home is Where I Want to Be

So Pitchfork fully shit themselves today over Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the newest and not-for-long unsigned NYC blogger darlings...WHO SOUND EXACTLY LIKE THE TALKING HEADS. I guess that David Byrne's presence at Arcade Fire shows was, um, inspiring?

That said, I like them, and I'm excited to see them at Moveable Hype, but I think I just figured out something really interesting-- indie rock's love affair with all things blatantly derivative is a result of two things: (1) the sad fact that for most kids, The Rapture came before Gang of Four and (2) music critics are best at describing the aural (not oral, Helen, you fucking adorable pervert) only in terms of something they've heard before.

Now, imagine this: you're out on a date with a real cutie, and things are going just great. You lean in and have an amazing, passionate liplock. You retract your tongue, smile stupidly at said date, and say, "Wow, you kiss just like George, my ex boyfriend."

If the guy is George's twin brother, I guess you'll score a second date.
Afrika Bambaataa

Via Flavorpill:

The Root Down feat. Afrika Bambaataa
Mon 6.20 (9pm-4am) Table 50 (643 Broadway, 212.253.2560) map $10 / $5 before 10:30pm

Root Down's parties are known for their quality and eclecticism, but tonight's coup also brings hip-hop's free-form godfather Afrika Bambaataa, who still exudes vitality after two decades in the game. (JL)

June 09, 2005


From Matador:

Aside from a one-off date at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on June 22, the big
news is that Chan Marshall has been recording her next album in Memphis. Teamed
with producer Stuart Sikes (who previously worked on Cat Power's 'What Would The
Community Think'), the early reports from Tennessee have been intriguing to say
the least. And that's all we're gonna say, until we've got more to say.

June 08, 2005

Melinda, Melinda

Returning from the Caribbean yesterday, I watched the above-referenced Woody Allen film. Not his best, but I found it quite amusing that not one, but two, women threatened to pitch themselves out of apartment windows.

Why am I telling you this?

As of late, I have been considering taking the rash measure of ending this blog. I like to read and write about music, and I like to participate in nightlife and pop culture chatter, but I'm finding this whole enterprise a bit annoying lately. And I barely have time to even do it. Also, as a NYC music blogger who doesn't really like Bloc Party, I gotta say, what's the fucking point.

I'm not too sure where I'm going to go with all of this, but stay posted. My guess is that I'll continue to post about shows and parties, and that'll be pretty much it.

Oh, and Music Bloggerati-- In apporximately 14-21 days, you will all become really into The Dead 60's. You heard it here first.

June 01, 2005

June 10

The Studios @ Tribeca Grand (June 10: 10pm-4am)
SwedePop! w/ The Shout Out Louds Live! and Fox and Wolf Live!
plus DJ David Lindwall (Stunners International)
Tonight... Don Hill's. 10:30pm. Bound to be a great time. But if I miss my 7 am flight....

We'll be performing songs from our new record, including "Kiss Me", "All Nite Long", "Search + Destroy", "We're Goin out Tonite", and some old favorites...

there will be FREE JACK DANIELS and beer all nite long because the guys at the label love our song "Thank God for Jack Daniels" so much, and we'll have some advance copies of our new record "Bite Your Tongue" available. "Bite Your Tongue" will be released by Radical Records on June 21st, kicking off our huge summer/fall tour. we might not see you back here until december...
this will truly be a fucking crazy nite-- SuperMorgan was quoted as saying "it's gonna be the show of the year" and SuperMorgan don't lie... we hope to see you all there!!

May 31, 2005


It's Lord of the Flies! I think I'll wait for the whole thing to implode and an In Touch blogger special, thanks.

May 27, 2005


Star Wars, meet your maker.

I can't WAIT until someone has the bad judgment to fuck with me.

May 26, 2005

May 24, 2005

Rock This

So I got the new The National album and I like it. Jeff Central Village reviewed this record over a month ago, and he was spot-on, so I won't wax further on it. Except to say, I read somewhere, I'm not sure where, but someone called the album "a rock album." Um, no. Unless your definition of "rock" is The Cure ca. Wish.... then it might be a "rock" album.

Anyway, they're playing June 16 and 17 at Mercury Lounge.



And I don't think I'm supposed to tell anyone, but the Wallflowers are playing tomorrow at the W. Bye!

May 20, 2005

Pop Quiz Friday


1) Do you own a "vintage" T-shirt purchased at Urban Outfitters?
No. Yet I have a stable of heavy metal tees at my disposal. Eat it, poseurs.

2) Have you been "on the list" at a rock show at least once in the past month?

3) Are your white iPod earbuds a source of pride?

4) Do you know what "grime" is?
the reason for soap.

5) Have you ever done a Web search to find the name of a song used in a VW ad?

6) Do you have a Gmail account?
yes but I don't use it.

7) Did "Garden State" speak to you as no other film ever as?
I can't watch it.

8) Do you own at least one white belt?

9) Do you have a fully articulated stance on Bright Eyes?
Is love a stance?

10) Do you regularly read Paste, the NME, and/or the New Yorker?

11) Do you have a TiVO?

12) If yes, do you have a season pass to one or more of the following: "The O.C.," "Best Week Ever," "Gilmore Girls," "Britney & Kevin: Chaotic?"
No. Molto Mario and South Park.

13) Have you ever paid more than $50 for one pair of jeans?
My answer to this question secures my condo in hell.

14) Do you have a blog?

15) Are you confused as to whether or not it's OK to like Coldplay?
Be what you’re like, Be like yourself.
Lost in Translation

"The crusaders' hag came to sully the land
of the caliphate." - Al-Zarqawi on Condoleeza Rice

I think this means: Bush's bitch has come to fuck up the temporal ruler of the Islamic state's crib.