Archive for November, 2007

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Victoria CD Release Show

November 30, 2007

DBZ contributor AJS checks in with the following:

This Saturday night (December 1st) at the Bluebird, St. Louis trio Victoria will put its garage rock frenzy on full display at the band’s CD release party, which also features The Hibernauts, Jumbling Towers and Berlin Whale. Victoria has developed a reputation for putting on high-energy stage shows, and on Saturday they’ll be releasing their first EP, a 7-song disc that features several of the tracks they’ve been playing at recent shows, including “Holy Roller Derby”.

Here’s a video for “Holy Roller Derby”
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Check out Victoria onstage at Off Broadway:

Check out their recent interview with the RFT here.

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Riddle of Steel CD Release Show

November 30, 2007

St. Louis’ very own and very-rocking Riddle of Steel is celebrating the release of their third full-length album, 1985, with a show at The Bluebird tomorrow night. Also on the bill will be faux-metal-gods Thor Axe. 1985 gets quite a bad rap for being a horrible year or music (see: Phil Collins’ No Jacket Required, Paul Young’s The Secret Of Association, DeBarge’s Rhythm of the Night, Kiss’ Asylum, Journey’s Dream After Dream), but by a whole different set of criteria, it was a GREAT year for music (The Replacements’ Tim, Husker Du’s Flip Your Wig, REM’s Fables of the Reconstruction, Minutemen’s 3-Way Tie (For Last), and Meat Puppets’ Up On The Sun), so there’s really no telling what the reference means, from a historimusical perspective. One thing you can definitely count on, though, is that the album will R.O.C.K. (A-HA! That’s it – it’s in reference to John Cougar Mellencamp’s 1985 hit Scarecrow; riddle solved). The music is quintessential, Riddle of Steel.

I saw them perform some of these new songs at The Bluebird a few months ago, and they are easily some of the best songs the band has penned yet, even if the song titles do make you suspect that they’ve been hanging out with Minus the Bear a little too much (“Who’s the Fella Owns This Shithole?”, “This Van Burns Love”). I have included an mp3 of one of the new songs, “Quiet Now”, below.

Read a great interview that Annie Z did with the band for The Riverfront Times here.

MP3s:
Riddle of Steel – Quiet Now
Riddle of Steel – Ass Kicker #1

Here are some live videos of Riddle of Steel performing some of the new songs:

Riddle of Steel – “Quiet Now” (live):

Riddle of Steel – “Who’s the Fellow Owns This Shithole?” (live):

Riddle of Steel – “This Van Burns Love” (live):

Riddle of Steel – “Loose Talk” (live):

…and here’s an old one for good measure:

Riddle of Steel – “Our Guitars Are Haunted” (live):

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The Cult at The Pageant Tonight

November 29, 2007

Please, please, please, for the love of Ian Astbury, do not forget to go to The Cult show at The Pageant tonight.

The Cult – “Fire Woman”:

The Cult – “Edie (Ciao Baby)”:

The Cult – “She Sells Sanctuary”:

The Cult – “Wild Flower”:

The Cult – “Rain”:

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Built to Spill at The Pageant

November 29, 2007
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Every Now and Then…

November 29, 2007

…you just need some Iron Maiden:

Iron Maiden – “Run to the Hills”:
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Iron Maiden – “Number of the Beast”

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This Is American Music – A Rock & Roll Revue

November 28, 2007


There’s a great FREE show this weekend at The Billiken Club, being billed as “This Is American Music – A Rock & Roll Revue” featuring The Drams, Two Cow Garage, Grand Champeen, and Glossary. All the bands will be playing each other’s songs and rotating members throughout the night. All four bands put on a great show, and it’s free, so it’ll be hard to find a reason not to go. If I wasn’t going to San Antonio this weekend, I would most definitely be there.

MP3’s:
Two Cow Garage – Should’ve California
Grand Champeen – One and Only
Grand Champeen – Threw A Fit

Two Cow Garage – “Ohio” (live CSNY cover, at Off Broadway):

Two Cow Garage – “Camo Jacket” (live at Off Broadway):

The Drams – “Unhinged” (live):

Glossary – “Shout It From The Rooftops” (live):

Grand Champeen – “Miss Out” (live):

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Mystery Mix Monday

November 26, 2007

I hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving weekend. I know I did… Mizzou is #1 for at least a week (what do the coaches know anyway?), so that is pretty amazing for us long-suffering Tigers fans.

It’s another Monday, which means it’s time for another Mystery Mix. I can’t believe I made it to #20 on these Mystery Mixes; thanks to everyone who downloads them every week and thank you for listenign and providing feedback.

MYSTERY MIX, VOL. 20

Here’s last week’s playlist:

Vol. 19

1. Cut Off Your Hands – Expectations
2. Pela – Lost to the Lonesome
3. OMD – Enola Gay
4. Yeasayer – 2080
5. Edwin Birdsong – Cola Bottle Baby
6. Bears – Wait and See
7. Luna – Freakin’ and Peakin’
8. Scala Choir – I Touch Myself
9. The Potomac Accord – A Quiet White Cut By The Longest Blue Shadows