Archive for February, 2007


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

February 28, 2007

According to the RFT Blog (and The Pageant’s website, apparently) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are playing at The Pageant on Wednesday, May 2nd. If I may interject here, I have to say that this is unacceptable. On May 2nd alone, CYHSY are playing at the Pageant, M Ward is playing at the Fox Theater and John Vanderslice is playing at the Biliken Club. And I mean, seriously. Let’s get with it, kids. How is this possible? Edit: Electric Six is playing that night, too, at the Creepy Crawl.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Love Song No. 7
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Underwater (You and Me)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Ove and Over Again (Lost and Found)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood


Modest Mouse – Dashboard

February 28, 2007

In case you don’t get MTVu, which is apparently the only station in the US showing it, here is Modest Mouse’s video for “Dashboard”, the first single from the most excellent We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. Listen to my most recent podcast to hear what, in my opinion, is the best song off the album, “Spitting Venom”.



February 27, 2007

The Long Winters and The Broken West

February 27, 2007

The Long Winters, whose latest album, Putting the Days to Bed, was one of my favorite albums of 2006 are playing at the Duck Room on Saturday, April 7 with current blog-hypers The Broken West. Both bands combine a potent combo of power-pop hooks and americana color to create completely listenable and enjoyable albums, from beginning to end. Listen for yourself here:

The Long Winters – Teaspoon
The Long Winters – Honest
The Long Winters – Stupid
The Long Winters – Scent of Lime
The Broken West – On the Bubble
The Broken West – So It Goes


Fake Post Sunday

February 26, 2007

On Monday. As usual.

This week, I’m putting up some footage of some old Def Leppard concerts. I am not at all ashamed to admit that I love Def Leppard. The first CD I ever bought was Hysteria. I think On Through the Night and High ‘n’ Dry are incredibly underrated pieces of New Wave of British Heavy Metal magic.

Def Leppard – “Billy’s Got a Gun”:

Def Leppard – “Wasted”:

Def Leppard’s video for “Let It Go”:


Yo La Tengo

February 25, 2007

Yo La Tengo is playing at The Pageant on Tuesday, April 12. They are touring in support of their excellent latest album, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass. Yo La Tengo shows are always a treat and you will never know what you’ll get from show to show. The last time I saw them, they were playing at Battery Park in New York City on the 4th of July with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks; it was a jammy, comfortable show. The last time I saw them in St. Louis, at Mississippi Nights, I was sitting at the very back of the room, thoroughly enjoying the show with a few friends when the band encountered some technical problems and left the stage. We figured they were momentarily leaving the stage until the problems were fixed, so we filled up our beers and started into an obnoxiously loud conversation about the Cardinals, music, or something else that did not need to be talked about at the volume we were talking. A few minutes later, a few people in front of us started giving us dirty looks, and we had no idea why; the band still hadn’t retaken the stage. They had, however, brought acoustic guitars out to the soundboard — which was about 15 feet from us — and proceeded to play three or four songs, sans amps, inthe middle of the crowd. As we were about to respond to the “unwaranted” looks, we realized WE were the asses in the situation. Oops. They played a few covers, and the entire audience listened quietly and intently. After that, they headed back up tot he stage to contnuing rocking our faces off.

In other words, you should check this show out.

Yo La Tengo – Beanbag Chair
Yo La Tengo – Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
Yo La Tengo – Little Eyes


Dividing By Zero Podcast

February 21, 2007

Earlier tonight I subbed for a DJ on my old radio station, KWUR. Here is the playlist for the show. You can download the podcast of the show here:

Dividing By Zero Podcast

  • Band of Horses – Wicked Gil – Everything All the Time
  • The Hold Steady – You Can Make Him Like You – Boys and Girls in America
  • Rob Crow – I Hate You , Rob Crow – Living Well
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Mama, Won’t You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning? – Some Loud Thunder
  • The Decemberists – Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) – The Crane Wife
  • Modest Mouse – Spitting Venom – We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
  • Elf Power – Walking With The Beggar Boys – Walking With The Beggar Boys
  • Bunnygrunt – Downbeat for Danger – Jen-Fi
  • Bishop Allen – Winter Coat – March
  • TV On the Radio – Wolf Like Me – Return to Cookie Mountain
  • The Shins – Turn On Me – Wincing the Night Away
  • Yo La Tengo – The Race is On Again – I am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
  • Oxford Collapse – Loser City – Remeber the Night Parties
  • Baboon – Saturday – Baboon
  • Hot Chip – And I Was A Boy From School – The Warning
  • Ratatat – Wildcat – Classics
  • Of Montreal – A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger – Hissing Fauna, Are you the Destroyer?
  • Fool’s Face – Won’t Make It Hard
  • Gentleman Auction House – A Hospital Or Heaven – The Rules Were Handed Down
  • The Gentleman Callers – I’ve Got Mine – Don’t Say What it Is
  • Midlake – Head Home – The Trials of Van Occupanther
  • the paper chase – You Will Never Take Me Alive – Now You Are One of Us
  • Ghost In Light – The Snow Is Soaking My Shoes – After Fox Meadow
  • Somme – Massless – Weight
  • Mogwai – 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong – Rock Action



February 20, 2007

This is week is the annual event known as KWUR Week. KWUR Week is put on by the kids at KWUR 90.3 FM, the college radio station at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and is one of the two college radio stations I am an alumni of (KCOU 88.1 in Columbia, MO is the other).

KWUR week actually began on Sunday, but I’ve been a slacker about getting the info posted. KWUR Week features music, movies and more throughout the week on the campus of Washington University, with most events taking place at The Gargoyle, and culminates with Man Man and Bunnygrunt performing this Saturday at The Gargoyle.

Here is the schedule ofr the rest of the week:

** Tuesday February 20th ** ( Movie Night )
Ira Cohen’s “Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda”
Harry Smith’s “Early Abstractions”
Kenneth Anger’s “Puce Moment”
WPBT’s “Drugs Are Like That”
Ursa’s Stage Side on the South 40
Free for Everyone

** Wednesday February 21st ** ( St. Louis band Showcase )
Perry Went Home
Sex Robots
So Many Dynamos
The Gargoyle in Mallinckrodt Center
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM
Free for Wash U / $5 Public

** Thursday February 22nd ** ( Hip-Hop Show )
One Be Lo, formerly of Binary Star
The Gargoyle in Mallinckrodt Center
Doors 8:30PM, Show 9PM
Free for Wash U / $5 Public

** Friday February 23rd ** ( Experimental Show )
Rich O’Donnell w/ Dave Stone and Spencer Yeh, of Burning Star Core
The Gargoyle in Mallinckrodt Center
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM
Free for Wash U / $5 Public

** Saturday February 24th ** ( Wave (aka Rock) Show )
Man Man w/ Bunnygrunt
The Gargoyle in Mallinckrodt Center
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM
Free for Wash U / $5 Public

Man Man – I, Manface
Man Man – Van Helsing Boombox
So Many Dynamos – Search Party
So Many Dynamos – In Every Direction
Sex Robots – Jet Awesome
Sex Robots – Take Me Out Dancin’
Perry Went Home – No Reason
Perry Went Home – Positive Face

Man Man – “Push the Eagle’s Stomach”:

Man Man – “Bulls on Parade”:

Speaking of KWUR, I will be subbing for a DJ tonight from 8-10 p.m. So, tune in to hear me TONIGHT in all my old college radio glory, online at from 8-10 p.m., central standard time. It’ll be good times.


Fake Post Sunday on Monday

February 19, 2007

Mogwai – “Glasgow Megasnake”:

the paper chase – “Now You’re Going to Get It”:

Here’s the Drive-by Truckers performing “Lookout Mountain” live at the Metro in Chicago on Halloween in 2003. I was at the show, which was nearly three hours long, and had a great time. Centro-matic opened.


Like Whoa

February 14, 2007

So, for a variety of reasons — but primarily a combination of being busy at work, being sick, and being a lazy procrastinator and then being busy at work again — I haven’t posted in over a week. At the beginning of last week, I was all set to scoop the Ben Kweller show at The Gargoyle on Feb. 28th and comment on the M Ward show at the Fabulous Fox Theater with Norah Jones and note that a $50-60 ticket price is outrageous for that show, but on last Tuesday, the RFT Blog scooped my scoop and I was deflated. I couldn’t muster up the energy to post again for a few days, and then the lethal combination of busy, sick, lazy and busy hit me. ANYWAY, I am ready to go again. I’m well rested. Breathing deeply and fully stretched to avoid any injuries. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s how records are made:

Part 1:

Part 2: