I'm trying to lose five pounds today by pedaling under my desk so I can gain it back on Thursday. In the mean time, a few newsy bits for your perusal.
* Taco Bell has chosen the hapless gastrointestinal tracts of The Features, Roman Candle and Those Darlins (along with Forever the Sickest Kids and a bunch more) for their "Feed the Beat" promotion. All of the bands get "$500 in Taco Bell Bucks for free Fourthmeal, the late night meal between dinner and breakfast." That's probably just a way to mention "Fourthmeal," but it would be funny if you weren't allowed to use your fake Taco Bell money during the day. Makes choosing your collective junk food easier.
You had to have seen this one coming from miles away. Best quote: "The only thing that coulda made it better would be acid [sic]." As a current enthusiast of Springsteen and former enthusiast of acid, I concur.
So there's a new Paramore video, for the song "Brick by Boring Brick." You can go watch it online (apparently there's a garden gnome in it), but there's just one catch: You have to enter your Twitter account information on the band's website, and once you've done that, "You'll automatically ReTweet #paramore and a link to this page, which will unlock your exclusive access to the never-before-seen video."
Uh, no thanks. I'm all for new media (usually, or at least sometimes) and new ways of doing things and a new model and all that, and I know it's cool to be a trending topic, but I will not automatically ReTweet about a video I haven't seen. Give me a button to click after I've watched the video, and if I liked it, I'll totes ReTweet the shit out of that shit. But even if I did feel cool entering my account information into a third-party website for no good reason (which I don't), I still wouldn't want any site automatically posting anything to my Twitter account, knawmsayn?
If you're feeling a little too clean and proper, and need to get your metaphysical fingernails a little dirty, give a listen to Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs doing "Devil Do," a rollicking, satanic, slide-tastic slice of deep woods rock 'n' roll, as recorded for the special Americana Music Association installment of the Lake Fever Sessions, shot during this year's AMA conference/festival. It'll set you crooked again. Other performers included in the sesh: Elizabeth Cook, Joe Pug, Hot Club of Cowtown and Elliott Brood. Check 'em out!
We arrived at Mercy Lounge early enough Friday night to catch most of the first band--if it weren't for the line that awaited us as we strolled up the Cannery Row parking lot. The line wasn't nearly as epic as the queue for the Protomen release show a couple months back, but it did stretch as far as the chain link fence. We kept ourselves busy by counting how many people uttered a variation of "It's sold out? Fuck!" before skulking back to their cars, clearly pissed that they blew $3 on parking for a show they couldn't get into. (Eight, not including the hangers-on hoping for a spare ticket to fall from the sky.)
And the Relatives frontman and noted hottie Andrew Brassell will be on WRVU's Out the Other from 7-9 tonight, promoting his new project Slowmotions. Rather than a full-on rock venture, it's not unlike recent of Montreal outings, though more loop-based and a lot less gay. Read about here, listen to it here, and make sure to listen to him wax poetic about who knows what tonight. Community DJs!
P.S. Rumor* has it he's going to spin nothing but Cliff Richard singles. Congratulations, Brassell!
Got any plans tonight? No? Wanna see some introspective instrumental music that is definitely "more on the 'out there' tip"? We've got just the thing for you. Tonight at Little Hamilton, fleet-fingered guitarist William Tyler--known for his work with Lambchop, Silver Jews and Tim Chad and Sherry--will be playing some of his solo material as The Paper Hats. Also present will be fellow instrumentalists Ben Reynolds (from Glasgow), Mike Tamburo (from Pittsburgh) and Keenan Lawler (from Louisville). These guys are prepared to make you feel things without uttering so much as a single lyric. I hope you can handle that. Five dollars American will grant you access.
We were busy. Honest.
Bonnaroo. I know, it ended, like, last week but it's already time to talk about the next one, which they just announced will be Jun. 10-13, 2010. The presale will save you $40 on your ticket. You know what you can get with $40, right? Right? The bad news is that said ticket will still set you back $209.50, even with the early-bird discount. Presale starts Fri., Nov. 27, the day after you act all thankful for America by eating way more food than you even want to eat, just because you can.
2. Big Ears Fest announces legendary minimalist hero Terry Riley as artist-in-residence. Road Trip to Knoxville time: Mar. 26-28. Other acts will be announced in December.
w/Justin Townes Earle & Jessica Lea Mayfield at Cannery Ballroom.
Half of Black Keys and "one of the chief ambassadors of modern
blues-infused rock 'n' roll."
The Black Hollies w/Brian Scary, The Shredding Tears & Oblio at The End. You're going to want to buy earplugs. Trust us.
w/Across Tundras at Springwater. Don't let the stoner metal association
turn you away, Matt Sullivan says "Lo-Pan place greater emphasis on the
classic rock influence, eschewing
the harsher vocals of many of their contemporaries for a sound more
akin to Josh Homme's Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age canon."
The Running CD Release w/Paradise Daze, DJ Wick-It & The V.A.B. at Exit/In.
DJ Bowie & Beat Repeat at 12th & Porter. We mostly just think
"Bitch Please" is a great name for a band, even if they are
Check the listings for more, and leave a comment if we're missing anything.
We know that Thanksgiving is next week, but we're celebrating early for a couple of reasons: A) Bloggers have families too. Contrary to popular belief, we're not engineered in a lab, designed only to hate on active rock bands, so we're taking Thanksgiving off. And B) we wanted to put Gold in a turkey suit. A noble excuse, indeed. Here are your options for tonight:
w/Les Honky More Tonkies & Doop and the Inside Outlaws at The 5
Spot. We hear that Les Honky More Tonkies is going to be performing Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty.
Cash's sense of humor is criminally over-looked. Thanks for this.
"Johnny Cash" is the pseudonym for Joaquin Phoenix, right?
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