Archive for March, 2008


Mystery Mix Monday

March 31, 2008


Here’s last week’s playlist:

Vol. 37

1. We Are Scientists – Let’s See It
2. Wussy – Rigor Mortis
3. The Hands – Best
4. Wooden Kites – Suicide Weather
5. Adam Green – Drowning Head First
6. Silver Jews – Aloyisius, Bluegrass Drummer
7. Class – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
8. Two Gallants – Age of Assassins


In Which I Belatedly and Briefly Review the Recent Built to Spill Show

March 27, 2008

So, I saw BTS at The Pageant here in St. Louis two weeks ago. I missed opener Helvetia, but made it in time to see Meat Puppets, who were great. They opened with “Sam”. They played “Plateau”, “Lake of Fire” and “Oh, Me”, and the crowd definitely responded to those. Those and “Backwater”. They really liked that one. They played a full 70-minute set and were really good. They made me kind of mad I didn’t go see them at the Duck Room last fall, despite the fact that I think they veer into ZZ Top-style boogie a little too much.


This was possibly the most enjoyable BTS show I’ve been to, partially due to the fact that it was on a Saturday, and I didn’t have to worry about getting up the next day, and the fact that we had a big group of people and the fact that it was a great song selection. The setlist below is accurate… to the extent an incomplete recollection can be accurate. Doug dedicated “Twin Falls” to his mom, who, oddly enough, happened to be in teh audience. They played Brian Eno’s “Third Uncle” and a new song called “Canada,” which I recall enjoying quite a bit. There was another song I wasn’t familiar with and after “Stab” they played a song that I knew, but cannot recall due to the booze. Maybe it was “Distopian Dream Girl”? The last four songs were great, as the show’s momentum had really built to a peak. “Carry the Zero” is always good to hear live and I much prefer them closing with “Stop the Show” to “Velvet Waltz” or “Untrustable” as they often do.

Three Years Ago Today
In the Morning
Goin Against Your Mind
Third Uncle
Twin Falls
Fly Around My Pretty Little
(I knew it, but forget)
(didn’t know this one)
You Were Right
Big Dipper
Carry The Zero
Stop the Show


The Paper Chase at The Bluebird Tonight

March 25, 2008

The Paper Chase are playing at The Bluebird tonight. I will unfortunately have to miss the show, as I will be in, of all places, the band’s home state of Texas for work. Ahh, the borderline, but-not-quite irony. The band is great live, and I highly recommend you go out and see them tonight.

MP3: The Paper Chase – We Know Where You Sleep
MP3: The Paper Chase – Said the Spider to the Fly
MP3: The Paper Chase – I’m Gonna Spend the Rest of My Life Lying


Mystery Mix Monday

March 24, 2008


Here’s last week’s playlist:

Vol. 36

1. Man Man – Easy Eats Or Dirty Doctor Galapagos
2. They Live By Nights – Endless Summer
3. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Glue Girls
4. Manic Street Preachers – Umbrella
5. These United States – First Sight
6. The Tallest Man On Earth – Pistol Dream
7. Whip – White Wedding (Billy Idol cover)
8. Modest Mouse – Night On the Sun


Magnolia Summer at Off Broadway Tonight

March 22, 2008

Head out to Off Broadway tonight to catch an increasingly rare Magnolia Summer show. The Cush are also on the bill.

Magnolia Summer – “The Sum of All Fears” (live)

MP3: Magnolia Summer – Words for War


Black Mountain and Birds of Avalon at The Bluebird Tonight

March 21, 2008

Black Mountain and Birds of Avalon are playing at The Bluebird tonight. I am not that familiar with Black Mountain, but they are getting all sorts of props from the cool kids across the internets. I saw Birds of Avalon open for The Flaming Lips here in St. louis last year and was rather impressed by them; I specifically remember thinking, “I bet they be great in a smaller, more intimate venue…”

MP3: Black Mountain – Tyrants
MP3: Black Mountain – Druganaut
MP3: Birds of Avalon – Measure of the Same


Dividing By Zero TONIGHT

March 18, 2008

Be sure to listen to my radio show, Dividing By Zero Will Get You Nowhere TONIGHT, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on 90.3 FM (on the dial in St. Louis) and online at


Mystery Mix Monday

March 17, 2008

Well, this one is truly in by a hair — it’s barely still Monday, but it’s Monday nonetheless. And so, here it is, your Mystery Mix for this Monday:


Here’s last week’s playlist:

Vol. 35

1. The Swimmers – Heaven
2. Tim Fite – Big Mistake
3. Bullship – From the Ashes
4. Tokyo Police Club – Nursery Academy
5. Samamidon – Head Over Heals
6. Built to Spill – Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
7. Dead Kennedys – Holiday in Cambodia
8. Pelican – City of Echoes


Wilco at The Pageant on May 15 & 16

March 16, 2008

Finally, Wilco has decided to play two nights in St. Louis. It’s no five-night residency, but, hey. They will be playing at The Pageant on May 15 and 16. With Radiohead playing on the 14th, that will be a great three-day stretch.

Tickets go on sale next Friday.


Built to Spill and Meat Puppets at The Pageant Tonight

March 15, 2008

Built to Spill and Meat Puppets are playing at The Pageant tonight. I am quite excited about this… I am a huge BTS fan and I unfortunately missed the Meat Puppets when they played at the Duck Room last fall. And it’s a Saturday-night show, too, so that’s nice. Helvetia is on the bill, as well.

MP3: Built to Spill – Good Ol’ Boredom (live)
MP3: Built to Spill – They Got Away
MP3: Built to Spill – Get A Life
MP3: Built to Spill – Else
MP3: Meat Puppets – Whirlpool
MP3: Meat Puppets – We Don’t Exist

Built to Spill – “Re-Arrange” (live):

Built to Spill – “Stop the Show” (live):

Built to Spill – “Carry the Zero” (live):

They’ve been covering Brian Eno’s “Third Uncle” on this tour. Here’s a clip of them playing it in Edmonton last year:

Built to Spill – “Third Uncle” (live):

…and I’ve seen Built to Spil’s setlists for this past tour, and a song called “No Lullaby” has shown up on a few of them. Could it be Jethro Tull’s “No Lullaby”? Doug is beginning to look like any number of the members of JT:

Jethro Tull – “No Lullaby”: