Archive for December, 2006

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MU330 and The Pubes

December 22, 2006

Despite the fact that lead singer and guitarist Dan Potthast now resides in LA, MU330 still manage to play home town shows in St. Louis around the holidays, and this year, they will be playing a show at the Creepy Crawl tomorrow night, Decemebr 23, with The Pubes (who will also be playing at the Creepy Crawl on New Years Eve) and Burnt Ninja. The Pubes are quite possibly my favorite punk rock band playing around in St. Louis right now; they have a great sense of humor and and play short, fast, loud and catchy blasts of punk rock in spirit of The Circle Jerks and the Zero Boys. Burnt Ninja is a little less punk and more straight rock, but are good as well.

Additionally, Potthast will be playing solo shows at the Creepy Crawl on December 29 and at the Royale on December 30.

MP3’s:
MU330 – Deeper
MU330 – Raw Fish
MU330 – Favorite Show
MU330 – Tune Me Out
MU330 – Ireland
The Pubes – Emo Girls
The Pubes – Robot Girl

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Christmas Show!

December 19, 2006

On Friday, December 22, be sure to make it out to Off Broadway to catch two great local bands — Gentleman Auction House and Walkie Talkie USA — and a great band from Champaign, Elsinore. GAH always puts on a good show and WTUSA having been making a name for themselves over the past 8 months (although, with members from several classic St. Louis bands making up the ranks of the band, including The Phonocaptors, Sexicolor and Nadine, they were bound to be good). I just discovered Elsinore and I have liked every song I’ve heard of theirs so far; they play piano/guitar/drums-based indie rock in the vein of Ben Folds, Wilco and even The Long Winters. You can hear some of their songs on their myspace page.

If you are in town this weekend, definitely try and make it out to Off Broadway.

MP3’s (via yousendit):
Gentleman Auction House – A Hospital or Heaven
Gentleman Auction House – Everyone Has Taken Their Hat Off But You
Walkie Talkie USA – Devil Dogs
Walkie Talkie USA – Earth To You


Bonus:

Check out this great, laid-back, and nearly unrecognizable version of “New York, New York” Ryan Adams and the Cardinals recently performed at a show in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Dodge at My Old Kentucky Blog has the entire show available for download; it’s a great, great performance and full of wonderful takes on songs from his whole catalogue.

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals- New York, New York (live in Ludwigshafen, Germany) (via yousendit)

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U2 – "Window in the Skies"

December 18, 2006

Spot the Rockstar:

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Patience is… something

December 18, 2006

Sorry for the lack of posts – I have been super busy and had several engagements and Christmas parties to deal with this weekend. Stay tuned for some super-cool posts, including my best 2006 lists.

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Black Tie Dynasty, Berry, & The Hibernauts

December 14, 2006

Tonight at Off Broadway, Ft. Worth, Tx’s Black Tie Dynasty plays with locals Berry and The Hibernauts. While Black Tie Dynasty likes their synths gloomy and their eye-liner black, they also can kick out a serious hook or three, as evidenced on their latest album, Movements, released on Dallas’ Idol Records. Think The Cure, The Smiths, and Joy Division.

Berry are great — I have seen them live a few times and I can certainly recommend catching them. They play moody, even “dreamy” indie rock that evokes Radiohead, Red House Painters, or even meloncholy Built to Spill. The Hibernauts rock out a bit more, but are no less affecting. This is a good triple bill you’ll definitely want to check out tonight. You can hear songs from Berry and The Hibernauts on their respective myspace pages, located here and here.

MP3’s:
Black Tie Dynasty – Die
Black Tie Dynasty and [DARYL] – Bloody Basin

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A Show Review and Husker Du

December 13, 2006

The Changes & Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin12/12/06 – The Creepy Crawl, St. Louis, MO

Last night, I made my way out to The Creepy Crawl to see The Changes and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. This was my first visit to the Creepy Crawl’s new location in Grand Center; due to schedule conflicts I’ve missed some great shows in the location’s first six months, including Tapes ‘n’ Tapes, Tilly and the Wall, and The Stills. It’s a good space for live music, and I’m glad there’s a cool music venue in that part of town, but it just isn’t The Creepy Crawl, lacking the appropriate levels of grime and, uh, “character”. I kind of feel like they should have given it a new name and let the Creepy Crawl reside in a happy place in our collective memory.

ANYWAY, I got there near set’s end of the third band of the evening, Troubadour Dali. They are local and decent. They seemed very young. Good music, but the vocals were a little shaky. WIth time, I have a feeling they will end up sounding pretty good. That’s one of the great things aobut the Creepy Crawl, though – they let unproven local bands share the stage with touring bands way more than pretty much any other venue in town. The Changes were up next. They ruled my face. I highly recommend them. They were very engaging with the crowd, and seemed to be good people all around. They started the set off with the opening track from their album, Today Is Tonight, “When I Wake” and closed out the 40 minute set with “Her, You and I”, a song that, on record, seemed to be an obvious set closer. In between at least songs, the band played “House Fire” by SSLYBY via an iPod hooked up to a PA to pimp SSLYBY, which was cool in an odd sort of way.

SSLYBY, from Springfield, Missouri, was good, too, but not as good as The Changes. They seemed very young and not entirely comfortable on stage, but that changed as the set went on and the band gained steam – by the end, they almost seemed like a different band than the one that had started plying 45 minutes earlier. I imagine they are getting better live with each and every show, so that’s good to see. If you get a chance, you should definitely check out both bands.


Man, I love YouTube. Here’s some great footage of Husker Du performing on “Live In London”.

The clips are divided into seven parts. Enjoy.

“New Days Rising” and “It’s Not Funny Anymore”:

“Everything Falls Apart” and “The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill”:

“Terms of Psychic Warfare”, “Powerline” and “Books About UFOs”:

“I Apologize”, “If I Told You” and “Folklore”:

“Chartered Trips”:

“Diane”:

“Celebrated Summer”:

And, as a bonus, here is footage of Husker Du performing in San Francisco in 1985:

“Diane”, “Hate Paper Doll”, and “Green Eyes”:

“Divide And Conquer”, “Pink Turns To Blue”, and “Eight Miles High”:

“Makes No Sense At All”, “Louie, Louie” (featuring Minutemen and Meat Puppets):

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Tonight

December 11, 2006

Tonight at Off Broadway, Gentleman Auction House are playing with The Ten Thousand and The Blunts. The Ten Thousand features Mic Boshans of the late, great St. Louis band The Floating City, but don’t expect to hear hear anything like the dreamy, slow-core stylings of The Floating City; The Ten Thousand play considerably louder and more upbeat music in the vain of Cursive and Sunny Day Real Estate… except they apparently use an accordian sometimes. If you’re reading my blog and don’t know how great Gentleman Auction House are, then you’re not reading hard enough.


Also, don’t forget about the Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin/The Changes show at the Creepy Crawl tomorrow night.