Archive for May, 2008

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Lucero at The Creepy Crawl Tonight

May 30, 2008

Hey, if you’re looking for soemthing to do tonight, you could do far worse than heading to The Creepy Crawl to catch Lucero.

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Mystery Mix Monday

May 26, 2008

After a month’s delay, here is the newest Mystery Mix:

MYSTERY MIX, VOL. 42

Here’s last week’s playlist:

Vol. 41

1. New Faces – My Alarm
2. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
3. Plants and Animals – Good Friend
4. Booka Shade – Night Falls
5. Santogold – Starstruck
6. The Flaming Lips – Nobody Told Me (John Lennon cover)
7. X-Ray Spex – I Am A Cliche
8. Built to Spill – Rearrange

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DeVotchKa

May 25, 2008

A to Z has some nice photos and a review of DeVotchKa’s show at The Pageant last Friday night. It was the night before I moved, so there was no feasible or responsible way for me to go. Having seen them at The Way Out Club and the Duck Room a couple times, I know the show was probably great.

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The Big Move

May 24, 2008

So the future Mrs. and I are moving from our apartment today into our first house. It’s stressful and exciting and a new experience. I had to buy a lawn mower and a hose. It’s expensive. All the little things you don’t think about, that is.

MP3: Ben Kweller – I Gotta Move
MP3: Ivy – Keep Moving
MP3: The Fall – My New House
MP3: Two Gallants – Seems Like Home To Me
MP3: XTC – No Thugs In Our House
MP3: B-52’s – Love Shack

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Midwest Mayhem TONIGHT at The City Museum

May 22, 2008

Well, the weather has just cleared up enough for you to be able to venture out of your house tonight and head over to The City Museum to take part in the 2008 edition of Midwest Mayhem, an annual fundraiser for KDHX, the most excellent public radio station here in St. Louis.

Playing at the event are So Many Dynamos, Gumbohead, Rough Shop, Caleb Travers, Chris Talley Trio, Alvin Jett and the Phat Noiz Blues Band, the Hibernauts, Dub Kitchen, Earthworms, Zimbabwe Nkenya, Jon Hardy and the Public, and the Feed. On top of that, The Alley Cat Revue, “Saint Louis’s premier burlesque troupe”, will be there too. The event starts at 7 pm.

MP3: So Many Dynamos – Progress
MP3: The Feed – Glueman
MP3: Jon Hardy & The Public – Love Gone Wrong

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New Jumbling Towers EP, Classy Entertainment

May 21, 2008

St. Louis’ Jumbling Towers just sent me a copy of their new 6-song EP, Classy Entertainment. It continues in the same vein as their excellent self-titled debut full length. Dry production, Rhodes piano, spooky synths and highly affected vocals. All in all, I like it quite a bit after just a few listens. I have included the new song, “Apartments”, below for your downloading pleasure. Download it, listen to it and see what you think.

I will have more details on how you can get a hold of the entire EP shortly, so check in often.

MP3: Jumbling Towers – Apartments

Tracklist:
1. Classy Entertainment
2. Apartments
3. Sal
4. Jeer
5. Fortune
6. Gamble

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Sappy

May 21, 2008

Back by moderate demand, the Sappy link has been updated on the right hand side of the page.

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Mystery Mix Monday on Tuesday

May 20, 2008

So, I didn’t promise anything last week for a reason, and this is why: a Mystery Mix on Tuesday, not Monday. And on top of that, it’s not a new one… I am repeating the last one I put out, Vol. 41.

MYSTERY MIX, VOL. 41

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In Which I Review Last Night’s Wilco Show

May 17, 2008

Last night was Night 2 of Wilco’s three-night stand at The Pageant. After the awesomeness that was the Radiohead show on Wednesday night, they were going to have to put on a good show just to not make me feel let down. After reading the reviews of the Thursday night show, though, I was confident that they could pull it off.

I rolled into the Pageant about halfway thought Retribution Gospel Choir’s set, which was unfortunate since I really liked what I heard of them. I love Alan Sparhawk’s voice, which doesn’t have the greatest range, but he has incredible control over it and the harmonies he produced with drummer Eric Pollard were outstanding.

After a short break between bands, Wilco took the stage and immediately started the show off on a good, if low-key, note with “Via Chicago” (make of that choice what you will…). The crowd response was great and only built when they next went into “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart”.

Throughout the whole set, the band seemed loose and seemed to genuinely be enjoying themselves onstage. Tweedy was quite talkative, asking how many people had been there the night before (before noting that they hadn’t played the next song, “Kamera”, at that show), mentioning his dad and calling out every little Illinois-side town he could think of (before “Casino Queen”), and repeatedly interacting with a (drunk?) girl that apparently had a tendency to invade the space of those around her as she danced. The same girl also was not shy at all about shouting her love for multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, who on this night was looking straight our of 1965 mod London (Tweedy, regarding the girl’s love of Pat: “Well this has never happened before…”).

Nels Cline might be one of the most entertaining people to watch in music right now. Not only is he an incredible and innovative player, he just exudes energy and excitement when playing, even when he’s playing the lap steel. He added so much to songs like “Muzzle of Bees”, “Handshake Drugs”, “Spiders (Kidsmoke)” and “Impossible Germany”.

The six gentlemen of Wilco are masters at structuring a setlist, as the flow of the show was perfect and many of the some pairings were sublime. The one-two punch of “Jesus, Etc” into “Impossible Germany” was, along with the slow-burn groove of “Handshake Drugs”, one the highlights of my evening.

I expect two encores from Wilco, but the third encore was a real treat, especially since I wouldn’t have been entirely happy if they had ended the show on “Hoodoo Voodoo”.

I don’t now how Thursday night could have been better, as this was one of my favorite Wilco shows yet (out of about 10). Those of you that were there both nights – how did the two compare?

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OH, hey there

May 15, 2008

I’ve obviously been MIA for a while now, but I promise to come back soon. Work has been crazy, I closed on a house, I went out of town for my brother’s wedding and went out to Coachella. All in the past three weeks. After 41 weeks of Mystery Mixes, I’ve missed 3 in a row. Those’ll be back next Monday. And I will get my Coachella review together ASAP, but I know better than to make any promises about anything.

See you soon…