Archive for October, 2006


Trail of Dead

October 30, 2006

Well, I can’t go to the …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead/Blood Brothers show at the Gargoyle tonight, and it was sold-out anyway, so it’s a good thing that I caught them do an in-store performance at Vintage Vinyl this afternoon. They did about 7 songs, with a very stripped-down setup. One guitar, one bass, a piano, a three-piece drum kit and a little portable drum machine. For the last three songs, they had everyone in the crowd get up nice and close (we’re talking two feet from them, with some people sitting on their amps). It was like a campfire sing-a-long with Trail of Dead. Here’s some video I took of the performance. Unfortunately, my camera was set to a lower resolution than I had intended, so the video’s not quite as good as I would have liked, but you’ll get the idea.

“Relative Ways”:

“Rest Will Follow”:



October 27, 2006

Watch for me on TV at Game 5 of the World Series tonight. Upper Deck, first row, right field foul pole.

Sweet seats, I know.

In the meantime, check out I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness’ video for “According to Plan”. How 80’s:

And Luna performing “Bewitched” from their live DVD, Tell Me Do You Miss Me:


Live Shows

October 26, 2006

Download the torrent for So Many Dynamo’s October 22nd performance at KEXP in Seattle (registration req’d)

Download The Mountain Goats’ October 23rd show at the Gargoyle in St. Louis (no registration req’d)

The Mountain Goats performing “Color In Your Cheeks” at the Gargoyle:


The Lot

October 25, 2006

Here is a short video compilation of this year’s Lot Festival that Bill Streeter at Lo-Fi St. Louis put together for us. It features live footage of the event and interviews with two of the event’s founders. Enjoy:

Bonus: Here are some songs I’ve posted recently that I like, all in one place. I’ve included some new songs so the four of you that religiously download everything I post have something new:

Baboon – Breaking Glass
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead – Stand in Silence
Grandaddy – Elevate Myself
The Arcade Fire – Intervention
Bishop Allen – Psycho Killer
Gentleman Auction House – A Hospital or Heaven
Elf Power – An Old Familiar Scene
DeVotchKa – How It Ends
The Polyphonic Spree – Lithium
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
Sex Robots – I Won’t Say I Love You Back
Reverend Horton Heat – Five-O-Ford
Centro-matic – To Unleash The Horses Now
TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
Built to Spill – Carry the Zero
Tight Pants Syndrome – Your Love Is Hot
So Many Dynamos – Search Party
We Are Scientists- Hoppipolla (live)


Drive-by Truckers & The Drams

October 24, 2006

On Wednesday, October 25, Drive-by Truckers are playing at Mississippi Nights with The Drams. The Drive-by Truckers are a touring machine and promise to put on yet another stellar show and The Drams are the newest project of 3/4’s of Slobberbone. The Drams’ debut CD, Jubilee Drive, mines the same basic musical territory as Slobberbone, but expands it into poppier territory.

Drive-by Truckers – Wednesday
Drive-by Truckers – Lookout Mountain
The Drams – Hummalong
The Drams – Crudely Drawn

Drive-by Truckers’ Tour Dates:
Oct 24 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Nightclub w/The Drams
Oct 25 – St. Louis, MO – Mississippi Nights w/The Drams
Oct 26 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium w/The Drams
Oct 27 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre w/The Drams
Oct 28 – New Orleans, LA – VooDoo Fest
Nov 3 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt w/ Be Your Own Pet
Nov 4 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt w/ The Great Horned Owls
Nov 10 – Quincy, FL – Down On The Farm Festival
Nov 25 – Birmingham, AL – The Alabama Theatre w/Lucero
Dec 30 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse w/ Centro-Matic
Dec 31 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse w/ Centro-Matic

Pretty War StL has a great picture from the Son Volt show at the Taste of St. Louis last month.



October 22, 2006

Sorry for the lack of posts recently; I have been in New York for Ms. Dividing By Zero’s book signing (shameless plug: Hoorah for the Bra). I’ve had a good time – being the only Cards fan in a bar in New York for Game 7 of the NLCS, checking out the MoMA, walking down Mercer Street a few steps behind Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, deciding to pass him so I wouldn’t seem like a stalker, only to realize I passed up my destination when I passed him, stopping to let him pass so I could backtrack to where I needed to go, and therefore seeming even more stalker-like.

But it’s time to get back to business. DeVotchKa is playing at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room with My Brightest Diamond on Sunday, December 3rd. DeVotchKa always puts on a great show and I have only heard great things about My Brightest Diamond, who most recently played in St. Louis as an opening band for Sufjan Stevens at the Pageant this past September. Boulder, Colorado-based DeVotchka plays a wonderful mix of worldly folk-music (mariachi-gypsy-jazz-rock, if you will) and my Brightest Diamond is essentially Shara Worden’s project, mixing rock, pop, opera and caberet into a beautiful mess.

DeVotchKa – How It Ends
DeVotchKa – You Love Me
My Brightest Diamond – Something of an End


The Mountain Goats are playing Monday night at the Gargoyle.

Go Cards.

The Arcade Fire – Intervention (live from a Morning Becomes Eclectic appearance on KCRW in January 2005.)



October 18, 2006

Since there seems to be all sorts of news about bands getting in fights with police/fans/whomever (Two Gallants, Jeff Tweedy, Juan Macclean), not to mention that I just posted clips of the infamous Guns ‘n’ Roses riot in St. Louis before news of these three incidents came out, I figured it was time I posted a clip of one of the most notorious on-stage punch-ups out there: Kurt Cobain getting pounded by a bouncer at a show at Trees in Dallas in 1991.

The Polyphonic Spree – Lithium


Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

October 17, 2006

I first discovered Me First and the Gimme Gimmes when I was a DJ at KCOU in Coulmbia, Missouri in late ’97/early ’98, just after they released their debut CD, …Have a Ball. That album, which featured punk-rock takes on soft-rock hits of the 70’s, seemed to be an outlet for a one-off side-gig for guys in far more succesful bands (including Swinging Utters, NOFX, Lagwagon, Rich Kids on LSD, and the Foo Fighters). Now, six albums into the punk-rock cover-song business, this band likely provides more income to the majority of its members that their “main” bands. Their sixth album, Love Their Country, comes out today, October 17th (in the U.S., anyway), and features twelve takes on classic country and western songs, including songs by Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and Hank Sr.

I’m a sucker for covers and melodic punk-rock, so mixing the two together seemed to be a perfectly logical combo to me when I first discovered them. Now everybody knows who they are, which is good, of course, but it also means everybody thinks they can do a punk-rock cover. Not so. So, while more pop-punk bands and their mascara-wearing little brothers’ emo bands cover popular 80’s songs than should legally be allowed to, remember this is the band that showed the world how well it could be done and know that very few live up to the MFATGG standard.

I have many, many good memories wrapped up in this band, from finding a way into a sold-out show at the Garage in London in the Fall of 1998, to sneaking on stage during their performance at the 2001 Warped Tour, drinking from the tiki-bar ten feet away from the band as they performed, that I’ll have to save sharing those memories for another time.

In the meantime, here are some examples of cover songs done right:

From Love Their Country:
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (originally performed by Johnny Cash/Gene Autry/others)
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Goodbye Earl (originally performed by the Dixie Chicks)

From previous albums:
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Wild World
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Leaving on a Jet Plane
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – The Longest Time
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – End of the Road


Two Gallants

October 16, 2006

In case you somehow haven’t heard about this yet, apparently a Two Gallants show in Houston was derailed by a cop trying to shut it down. Pandemonium ensues.

Read an account of it and see video of it here.

I missed their show here last Thursday, unfortunately. Anyone else catch it?


Good Morning

October 16, 2006

My head is still spinning from the disaster that was the Cardinals-Mets game last night, but in the meantime I thought I’d throw some stuff out there to help you forget about it.

This is the fifth part in the unreleased Modest Mouse documentary that I oringally posted on about two months ago here. I originally posted the first four parts and only recently discovered the fifth. Here it is:

Bonus: Various clips from the infamous Guns ‘n’ Roses riot in St. Louis in 1991.

The offending incident:

The riot shot from backstage (part 1):

The riot shot from backstage (part 2):

The riot shot from backstage (part 3):