Tuesday, November 23, 2010

You Remember?: Monsters on Television, The Greenhornes, Friction + MSCB, Turbo Fruits & the Rock 'n' Roll Poll [Newsy/Vidsy Bits]

Posted By on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 3:43 PM

* You remember Monsters on Television? I’ll bet you do and just don’t realize it. MOT have probably provided the soundtrack for at least one of the questionable late-night offings at Springwater you now only sorta remember. Mysterious local songsmith and multi-instrumentalist “Mr. Sunflower” has backed prominent locals including Dave Cloud and The Mattoid, and now his solo effort, Monsters on Television’s Life Is So Bizarre, is available via Cleft Music. Says Cleft: “Sunflower's first offering, Life Is So Bizarre, is filled with straight-forward ’70s punk-pop, metal shredding, angsty So-Cal fist-pumpers, and even humorous missives … The jackets are hand-screened by our friends at Grand Palace silk screening and a download card is included.”

* You remember when The Greenhornes did that Grimey’s in-store to celebrate the release of ★★★★? Despite the fact that my computer still can’t seem to figure out how display that record title correctly, YouTube user Corwick4 remembers. In fact, (s)he’s posted footage of the songs “My Sparrow” and “Under Estimator.”

* You remember the ’90s? How about The Offspring’s song “Come Out and Play”? My So-Called Band and Pink Spider/Dozen Dime Matt Friction remember. See a video of said gem recorded at their Cannery Ballroom appearance a few weeks back.

* You remember to get me something for Christmas? There’s still time! Pitchfork posted a pretty great staff-picks list of holiday gifts, which included some posters from Chicago-based screen-print studio Sonnenzimmer. Among P4k’s faves? Nick Butcher’s Surfer Blood/Turbo Fruits tour poster from earlier this year.

* You remember to fill out the Rock 'n' Roll Poll we sent you? If you write or play or book shows or hang out a lot, check your inbox. Steve, Gold and I probably sent you our annual Rock 'n' Roll Poll. Fill it out. If you don't see anything in your inbox ... then, um, never mind. Forget I said anything.

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