Thursday, November 30, 2006

Pick of the Week Numero Five.

Alrighty, this week has been utterly busy, so I almost neglected the Pick of the Week! I'm going to go with a band that you may not really know, simply because they haven't played on too many bills that you'd normally find yourself attending (which I will be changing in January...). But nevertheless, they're pretty awesome. And they are Chainestereo. These guys, like I've said before, are young, and they have an interesting garage-poppy sound that's ultra intriguing and has me excited to hear what's going to come from them once they mature more as a band. I'm mentioning them because I know that they're about to release a CD in the very near future, and I honestly think you should give them some of your attention. Listen to "Magnetic South" on their MySpace page (linked above) to see what I'm talking about.

As far as Dick of the Week goes...well, no one has pissed me off, so I don't have one. It's amazing how all at once, people are becoming nicer...maybe it's the holidays or something.

**In addition to Pick of the Week today, I'm going to suggest you go check out the new design that KISS Atlanta has unveiled. It looks awesome.

**Also, WRAS is having their big benefit show on Saturday, December 2nd, at Eyedrum, and they're featuring the Selmanaires and an admitted local fav of mine, Boulevard. I'll be whooping it up and sucking down free top shelf drinks at the company Holiday Party, so that's a no go for me, but it sounds like it'll be well attended. Check out Cable and Tweed's post on it for more info.

**Lastly, you may or may not know this, but I lurve the Beatles. I haven't found the time to get on the Love release yet, but Pitchfork case you're interested. I don't think the dude really cares for it. And, as most things "Pitchfork," I'll probably disagree.

Ally and I are recording podcast 2.0 tonight. We might be drunk for it. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

what's caught my eye this week...

>>thom yorke is giving college students the opportunity to create a video for his track "the clock". if i had any skills at all i'd give it a shot.

>>bad religion will be headlining warped tour this summer. booo.

>>in a recent pitchfork interview, tom waits declares that he, " crazy for missy elliott, chamillionaire, and jay-z"

>>manchester orchestra's own jeremiah got engaged over the holiday. congrats to him!

>>WRASfest will be dec. 2 @ eyedrum with performances by: aerial2012, moresight, psyche origami, boulevard, the selmanaires, phosphorescent, & daedelus. make sure you get there by 4:30 (yeah, 4:30) because you'll receive a limited edition tote bag and some yummy album 88 cake.

>>some real freaks have developed a new twist known as corpse graffiti on the online role-playing game, warcraft. people need to get a life.

>>my morning jacket, the new amsterdams, and catpower have just been added to langerado festival line-up. the festival will be mar. 9-11 in south florida.

>>in other festival news, sxsw is quickly approaching (mar. 14-18) so it wouldn't hurt to go ahead and start planning. i'm going this year. who's with me?

so, i'm going to see matt pond pa tonight at the masquerade. he's playing with straylight run and kevin devine. doors at 7. if you see me out, feel free to say hello.

and that's all i feel like writing.

Monday, November 27, 2006

For the Love of Music.

Today, I thought I would share something that you probably don't know about that is actually very cool, and was brought to my attention at my "real" job, simply because this is all brought to you by the company I work for. I can't believe the bands that are involved in this haven't really said anything about it.

If you go to this nifty little site set up by Coca-Cola, you can sample all the latest and greatest tunes from all over North America, and other countries, in podcast form. You'll never guess who hosts it...none other than local music legend, Jay Harren, along with Kate Kiefer of Paste Magazine. So you know all the music picked has to be well beyond suck status, eh? The best part about this is that you can download songs...for FREE. Yes, free. And there's a large selection, one that includes Colour Revolt and local artists, Manchester Orchestra and Snowden. If you're into global sounds, there are podcasts for every part of the world...after all, you can find Coke in every part of the world, so of course they're going to cover music in those parts, too.

If you have a little time, check it out. It's definitely worthwhile.

And this week, shows of interest include:

*Greg Hester at Blind Willie's tomorrow, November 28th. Seriously, folks, you should be there. Broaden your horizons. I'll be there. I might need a dancing partner. Might...

*Jonathan Eller is playing a solo show at 10 High Wednesday, November 29th. Jonathan is probably one of the best musicians I personally know, and watching him play is a must...his songs are full of...well, him, and it shows. I'm going to be there, because sadly, I was wasted at his last show and don't remember much...

*On Friday, December 1, a band I happen to love that is completely under the local radar right now is playing at the 585...Chainestereo. These guys are young, and they have a sound unlike every other band you've seen ten times in the past six months, so check them out. If you don't do it Friday, then make plans to January 20th, when they'll play the blog's second ever showcase at Vinyl with Trances Arc and someone else...


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

episode 1.0 - "so... umm... yeah... errr"

it turns out that recording a podcast is extremely awkward.
but we were able to put something together.

this initial episode is going to be the start of a new era for COAMA. we're hoping, that through these podcasts, we'll be able to provide additional updates about what's going on, who's got it going on, when it's going on, and where the party is at. leah and i laughed because we sounded like a couple of drunk morons during the recording process- which now, drinking through the next session seems like a pretty smart idea...

so check it out, but remember it's ROUGH!

episode 1.0:

voxtrot - the start of something
the swear - the sleep inside
blake miller - in our own places
trances arc - don't like leaving
the pendletons - sad songs

*if you would like to hear your music on future episodes, feel free to send us an mp3.


A Plethora of Stuff for Your Enjoyment.

You'll all be very happy to know that after much planning and giggling, Ally and I have recorded the first podcast and it will be up sooner than you probably want it to be. Please listen to it and let us know what you think.

And now, I'm going to attempt to tackle all of the "work" (since when did this become work?) I've let pile up and enlighten you about a couple of albums, shows, bands, etc. that have been sent my way. It's good reading for the holidays! You can't tell me you're actually working this week...

**First up, I've mentioned this guy before, but I'm going to do it again for a couple of reasons. The first one being that he has a new CD called "Souldust" that's being released November 28th (next Tuesday). Another reason? He's having a CD Release show at Blind Willie's that same night that I will most certainly be attending because...he's awesome, and that's really all there is to it. Who is it? It's Greg Hester. I've been listening to this album, and it's seriously so full of soul...the kind that will take you back to a day where music was good, and insightful, rather than who could look the coolest and sound the most like a whiny little bitch. Hester has a way of using his deep voice (which sounds amazingly like Van shit) to reach a place that sets the mood for romance. Yes, romance. But this isn't like those compilations you see on TV late night that Time Life is trying to shove down your throat. It's the kind of thing that you make memories to, because the sound is timeless and classic, which is why this dude can pull out a crowd of people that ranges in age across decades. I've seen it first hand, and you should, too. Come to the CD release show next week, and get this CD, or at least get the CD if you can't make it to the show. You won't be disappointed, and I have a feeling Greg Hester will be a name you follow from then on.

**Secondly, I got an email the other night when I was settling in at home after being at the bar for a couple of hours, and there was a link to this video by The North Atlantic for their single called "Scientist Girl." Though I was drunk and slightly ADD, I was intrigued by this song, which happens to be a little harder than the stuff I normally listen to, but I'm going to share it anyways because, well, I just feel like it.

Scientist Girl Video - The North Atlantic

**Thirdly, I just found this email stuffed in with a million others (help! I'm drowning in a sea of email!)...but I went and listened to a couple of mp3s from a band from Connecticut called Titles, and I'm actually digging the songs. The one called "Dust" is pretty sweet because the music changes so drastically throughout the song. I also like lead singer Brad Amorosino's slightly raspy vocals. If you want to listen, here's a couple of links:
"Dust" - Titles
"Pink Pair of Shoes" - Titles

**Next, a band out of New York called the Lisps are touring around and landing in Atlanta next Wednesday, November 29th at the EARL. I'll put a couple links of their stuff up as well. This music is...hmm...very cheeky. Yeah, that's the word. I'm hearing lots of clapping and electronic music with both male and female vocals in their single, "Pepper Spray." The music can also be described as poppy, and certainly has a catchy little beat to it that kind of makes me want to dance, in response to some kind of anger I might harbor for the opposite sex, but that I'm not really aware of until I listen to this song. The second song has a bit of a Weezer-esque feel to it. I'm also going to compare it to that of one of my favorite 90s bands, the Murmurs (remember that song, "You Suck"? Think along those lines.) I'd definitely be interested in catching them live, because I have a feeling it's probably as fun to watch as it is to listen to. I mean, they're called "The Lisps" for Pete's sake. The Lisps. C'mon.
"Pepper Spray" - The Lisps
"The Winter That I Missed" - The Lisps

That's all I could get to right now without music overload. There is a show tomorrow night at Smith's Olde Bar...Tim Brantley, Trances Arc, and Beautiful Mess. I might as well announce the "Pick of the Week" while I'm at it. This week, I pick Trances Arc, because they've been debuting new material that has a tendency to stray from their older stuff, but it still manages to sound like them, and it's getting better all the time. If you'd like to read more about them (at least, what I think about them), then click here.

Monday, November 20, 2006

"i'm only concerned, don't take it the wrong way my friend..."

ahh thanksgiving. i kind of hate this holiday. it seems like with every passing year i just become more and more of an outcast in my family. i'm pretty sure the kicker was when i quit eating meat. it's really quite a depressing time for me. anyway...

as leah mentioned, the turkey jam will be a great excuse to get away from the fam. just think about it.

the other day i received an album by a guy named blake miller. i kept putting off listening to it, but i'm so glad i finally did because it's really good.

stylistically, he's very similar to devendra banhart. almost too similar, actually. but i really love devendra so i don't mind. they differ in that together with cats is just blake and his guitar, making it a rather dark LP. kind of like nick drake circa pink moon. whatever the case, give him a listen.

tomorrow the NEW brand new cd comes out. it's incredible. go buy it. while you're out, pick up the new beatles cirque du soleil:LOVE cd. the concept behind it is really cool. basically, sir george martin used the master tapes at abbey road studios and completely reworked them into new, experimental tracks for the circus. read more and check the track listing here. i cannot wait to hear the whole thing.

Free Tickets!

Okay, I've been slammed lately, but Ally and I are getting together tonight to try and attempt this podcast business.

I will also be setting aside time over the holiday to finally listen to the massive amounts of CDs and other fun marketing material I've received recently, so that's another thing for you to look forward to.

Right now, though, I have a little contest for you. The prize? Two tickets to the 1st Annual Turkey Jam that will take place at Vinyl and the Loft this coming Friday, November 24th. They're calling it "Turkey Jam," I'm calling it "Ditch Your Family Jam," because this is a good excuse to do just that. Think about the fact that in another month, you're going to be subjected to the "When are you getting married?" and "How's your job going?" inquiries all over again, so cut your Thanksgiving time short with this amazing show.

All you have to do is tell me which of the bands that are playing this ginormous show had the pleasure of playing 99X's MAIN stage at Music Midtown 2005. It was the same year the Killers played, and also the last year the festival happened. Email your answer and contact information to Put "Turkey Jam Contest" in the subject. This prize is a $20 value, and the line-up is impressive. You want to know more? Visit the venues' websites. If you are planning to go to the show, it's $12 for tickets the day of, but you can get $2 off with 3 canned goods that'll end up at the Atlanta Community Food Bank along with the proceeds from the door. When the bands are done playing, a DJ will be around to spin some hits for the true rockstars. Oh, and here's a list of the bands playing (obviously one of them is the answer to the trivia question):

Red Letter Agent

Obsession Day


Jil Station

The Joy Requiem

The Booze



Taking Lottie Home

You have until Wednesday, November 22nd to enter. Good Luck!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Pick of the Week #3.

This week, the Pick of the Week has already played, but they have another show coming up soon, so don’t fret, you can still check them out in the near future. With all of these Internet calendars popping up, there’s no way you can forget anything anymore, eh?

This band half hails from Atlanta, half from Lakeland, FL, making it a strong obstacle for them to get together to play shows. But they do it. They deserve a gold star for their efforts in trying to break into the Atlanta market. The band is called Estates, and they’re simply magnificent, if I do say so. They have this sound that kind of reminds me of Snow Patrol a little bit. They make good use of the keys and the drums are quite possibly the best I’ve heard ever. Yes, ever. Andrew Lee is phenomenal on them, making the live show literally mesmerizing. Though they’ve only been together for a year, Estates already has a six song EP called Be Fair that you can purchase here or at one of their shows, and I’m telling you right now after listening to it for a solid two days, you need to place your hands on it real quick-like.

Estates is exactly what this scene needs, because they can be appealing to a wide variety of listeners, and they don’t suck. Not only that, but they also don’t have a sound that’s generic to anything else around here. Of course, you’ll draw similarities of your own upon listening to them (which, as always, you can do on MySpace...check out "Houses"), but I’m telling you right now, they surpass most seasoned acts by a long stretch, so you’re doing yourself an immense favor by checking them out. You can catch them live next on December 10th at the 585, or on December 12th at Smith’s Olde Bar.

Annnnd...if you're looking for shows this week:
Tonight, Wednesday, November 15th: Plain Jane Automobile from Orlando is at Smith's Olde Bar, and a friend of mine has recommended another artist from Orlando...John Frank, who will be over at 10 High and will play at 9:45.

Friday, November 17th: Harrison Hudson will be at the 585, like I said earlier this week...or Slushco will be playing Lenny's.

That's all I got. Don't forget to sign up for the handy dandy mailing list over to the right ---> somewhere.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

"life can be hard, life can be tough, life can be an elephant's tusk..."

i'm just gonna get right into this-

last week i received the new full length from band marino called the sea & the beast. so far, the best description i've been able to come up with is banjo twangin' nasal-rock. luckily for them, i dig all things banjo.

the band hails from orlando, fl where they will release their album on dec. 2. nathan bond handles the vox and is also the main songwriter. as for that magical banjo i mentioned earlier, that's courtesy of jonathan nee (the one in the hat). the entire cd is so... so, um... unusally awesome, that it's hard to pick a favorite song. i will say that "como se dice, senorita act 1: the laymen's lament" and "feel it in the air" are quickly growing on me. check it out for yourself and then head over to their myspace to stream more.

fans of the boy least likely to feast your ears:

band marino - "como se dice, senorita act 1: the laymen's lament"

geez, this week has been lame. hopefully, leah and i will have our podcast up and streaming by this weekend. get pumped.

Monday, November 13, 2006

News...You Still Need It.

Lots of stuff going on that you might want to know about. I'd also like to thank anyone who came out to 10 High Friday night for our first sponsored show. Steve Craig bailed, so guess who got to fill in? So, if you were there, you got to see me make an ass of myself on stage. I'm sure that was fun for everyone involved.

And now, the news:

*League of Evil has been named "Unsigned Band of the Month" on this website. Hey, that's more incentive for you to check them out next month when they play our first blog showcase! Score!

*Calling all Snowden fans: BreakThru Radio is airing a recording of Snowden's acoustic set from the White Rabbit during CMJ on DJ L's "In the Mix" show. You can listen to that TODAY! There will also be songs from Lindsay Rae Spurlock, Ryan McDougall, All the Saints, and Variac, amongst others.

*99X is actually doing something that's pretty awesome to promote our local scene. Sunday School is hosting a show at 10 High every Thursday this month with local bands. This week is the Preakness, and the Workouts are also playing. I caught the Workouts during Open Mic Madness, and I thought they were excellent. I also like whatever I've heard from the Preakness, so if you're looking for end of the week outings, hit this one.

*WRAS 88.5 is having a benefit show to celebrate their 35th anniversary, and they'll be announcing the line-up sometime today.

*Dead Confederate has posted new songs on their MySpace site if you want to take a listen to see what they've been up to.

*This Friday, November 17th, Harrison Hudson, formerly a resident of Atlanta, now a resident of Nashville, is going to be playing at the 585 if you want to go say hello to him. His new album, Angel on One Side and the Other on the Other, is a pretty sweet combination of folky, almost country-like tunes that are very Johnny Cash-ish.

*Also happening on Friday, November 17th, Decatur CD is turning three years old, and they're having a performance from the Selmanaires at 7 p.m. in the store to celebrate. That's in addition to the Terrapin they'll be serving up.

*The Futurists are halfway into their tour of the Midwest, and those crazy goons have posted a video for the world to see how rockstars live. Click on their name to view it. Hah!

*In Stereo's latest release, Return to Alternative, will be available for purchase beginning tomorrow. You can buy it here.

*ATF Records is looking for interns and street teamers for their Atlanta office. If you're interested, visit their website or email

*Heavy Mojo won a Global Battle of the Bands contest for the whole country, so now they get to bring their 'acid hop' to London next month. Congratulations to them.

That's all I got right now.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Pick of the Week #2.

This week, I'm going to have two picks because there are two shows this weekend that you should hit. Also, I'm being incredibly lazy because this week has absolutely killed me between work work and hobby work. I've already posted about both my picks, so I'll just refer you to those, because I'd like to write about an album I just got that I'm actually (and surprisingly) fond of. And there is no "Dick of the Week" because I haven't had anyone piss me off in the past 7 days. Amazing, right?

The first pick is a band who is playing the 10 High tomorrow night, and I rave about them more than anyone else because they are awesome, and I promise, anyone who has heeded my advice on that will tell you I'm not lying. Rantings of Eva is numero uno on my favorite local acts list. Sorry, but I do play favorites. So that's your assignment for Friday night.

The second pick is an out-of-town band that is simply stellar with dirty rock that somewhat reminds me of Jet (not the new album, but Get Born...when it was actually good, raw rock). Hailing from Charleston, Leslie will be at the 585 Saturday night with Dead Confederate (winners of Open Mic Madness 2006) and the Judies. The write-up you'll be referred to is based on the recorded stuff, but I've seen them live twice now, and it's basically like crack. It'll make you focus on them so intently, but still allow for some serious head bobbing action.

And now, for the mention of an artist that you may know if you have previously enjoyed the sounds of Nickel Creek. Thanks to Sugar Hill Records for sending me the Chris Thile solo album, How to Grow a Woman, because even though I'm not exactly keen on the whole bluegrass-honkey sound, this showing of it has me appreciating the sound more than ever. The music isn't exactly centered around vocals, but more on the use of all the stringed instruments, which were all recorded live to two-track, according to Thile. This is a stripped down sound that works really, really well, as I listen to it, I can almost smell the horse manure and hay that are generally present at mountain festivals & gatherings, or the wood burning my poor little weenie (get your mind out of the gutter...I'm speaking of a hot dog weenie) around a late night campfire. Thile certainly shows off that he knows what he's doing with a mandolin, and I highly admire that. If you've ever marveled at this sound of somehow upbeat heartbreak spoken through the folk family of strings, then this is an album you should have. I can't even believe I'm so drawn to it...I think this is a first for me. I might even try to hop over to the Variety Playhouse on November 17th to catch them live.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

"my tongue will taste of gin and malicious intent..."

is it really possible that i'm wide awake right now???

it might have something to do with the anticipation brewing inside of me for the BRAND NEW show tonight. most of you basically know nothing about me, but know this- i love brand new. this band is a major reason why i love music. your favorite weapon was brilliant, but i think deja entendu is quite possibly one of the greatest albums ever made. every single song from that album is so far ahead of it's time both lyrically and mechanically. i heard from a very reliable source tonight that they will be touring next year with both manchester orchestra and colour revolt. the new album, the devil and god are raging inside me, comes out nov. 21. if "sowing season" is any indication of how amazing it's going to be, then i cannot wait.

in other news- if you aren't going to gwinnett tonight, then i recommend heading over to smith's for snowden and the modern society. snowden's new album is fantastic. the best way to describe it is animal collective meets wolf parade, which happen to be two of my favorites. as for the moso's, i know they've been busy touring, but when i saw them at the loft during atlantis they played a new song called "black daisies" which was pretty badass. so check it out.

wednesday, white whale is playing at the earl. believe me, this show will be awesome. you should go. then thursday should be devoted to the elected and margot & the nuclear so and so's at the drunken unicorn. of course, that's provided they don't cancel like they have the past 15 times they've been scheduled to play here...

friday, if you know what's good for you, you'll go to the 10 high @ 9pm and support rantings of eva, the swear, halo stereo, and overwhelmed. of course if you want to be really adventurous, you could go by the 585 first for taking lottie home's cd release show @ 8pm. they will be playing with foreverdown and joshua fletcher & the six-shot romance. the show should be good. it's actually foreverdown's first full band show.

now, in order to satiate your listening palate(or maybe just mine)-

brand new - "me vs. maradona vs. elvis"

Friday, November 03, 2006

News: It Keeps You In The Know.

Here's a small collection of newsworthy tidbits surrounding our buzzing scene:


*The Futurists kick off a sweet tour through the midwest on Monday at the Masquerade with The Working Title.

*Second Shift is doing quite well with their "Power in Numbers" video, which was directed by Elizabeth Starkey. They entered Paper Magazine & Jack Spade 1st Annual Un-Hollywood Digital Film Contest and made the final top 6 videos. Very cool.

*I talked to the guys in the Beggars' Guild last weekend, and they're currently in the studio laying down some tracks, which is awesome, because I want the CD. Anxiously awaiting...

*Next Friday night, Bain Mattox will be playing an acoustic show at the Loft. It's early, at 7:00pm, so you can catch it before you head to 10 High for Election Day of the Dead (because I know that's where you plan to be).

*Next Saturday night, the 11th, Atlanta will be lucky enough to host Leslie from Charleston. One of the last times they were in town, their van was involved in some kind of gangster shootout, and bears bullet holes from the whole experience. They're playing the 585.

*Jon Harris & The Sin Hounds must be doing something right, because their album, Story to Tell, is one of the top 25 in rotation on WRFG 89.3 FM.

*Greg Hester (if you don't know who he is, you should change that) has set his CD Release party for his latest, Souldust, at Blind Willie's on November 28th.

*The Loft/Vinyl is throwing this huge after Thanksgiving thing on November 24th called Turkey Jam. I'll have more info on it later, but right now, I know there will be 10 bands, and lots of alcohol, and it provides an excuse to get away from the family.

*Kill Gordon put new songs off their impending album up on MySpace.

*Snowden will be returning to Atlanta from CMJ in NY to play Smith's Olde Bar on Tuesday night, November 7th. I'll be downstairs in the Atlanta room to see Jonathan Eller.

*Like Clockwork has a podcast on iTunes. They're also looking for a bass player, and one that doesn't suck ass. If that's you, then contact them.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Pick of the Week #1.

**PICK OF THE WEEK: I think it's a super idea to highlight a band I plan to see each week, because, let's face it, there's never a week where I see no bands. There's just not. This week, I've decided to harp on Gates of Berlin because they're playing Friday (that's tomorrow) at 10 High, and I haven't really given my opinion of them yet. Here goes...the thing I like about this band is that they're not in one place. I go to their MySpace site to sample their songs, and I hear an all out rock tune at first that reminds me of older bands that laid the foundation of what rock is today. I was also somewhat reminded of Seven Mary Three on "Can't Get Off." I'm a fan of Seven Mary Three, so that's not a blow of any sort there. Then I listen to "The Curse of the Kiss," and I get the feeling that I'm listening to some kind of cheeky cabaret inspired song that's nicely fused with vocals that are pure rock instead of a pansy-sounding emo kid, as opposed to another band I can think of that's banking on the whole 'cabaret' thing (cough...Panic! at the Disco...cough). I like bands that can delve into a wide range of sounds and genres in one sitting, because it keeps me on my toes, always wondering what's going to be presented next. I'm anxious to give them another good listen tomorrow, since it's been almost a year since I caught one of their sets. There's that whole free beer thing from 9:00-11:00, too, so that should get me nice and sauced.

**DICK OF THE WEEK: I also had this brilliant idea to, if I feel so inclined, implement "Dick of the Week" to follow-up the "Pick of the Week." This week's award goes to a band bearing a name that sounds an awful lot like a collection of stringed instruments. Yeah, I know that's vague, but you can do the math on your own.

Someone in their camp felt it necessary to point out to me that on this lovely blog, I posted something not so nice about their music. They compared that to a blog from the past week that stated their music was great. Yes, well, I guess if you read the entire thing instead of only skipping to the part where your precious name is, then you would've saved yourself some embarrassment, because you would've seen that it was not me that said I liked your music. It was Ally. Which the post clearly states. I'm open to times when people ask me to take another listen, or to reconsider what I think about a band, but approaching me with the amount of cockiness I felt was present is really not the right direction to take, because if there is one thing I cannot stand, it's people, especially musicians, who think they're better than everyone else and let everyone know it. Sorry, but I'm fed up with egos.

The lesson here is that you should do your homework before you test me. Capisce?

I'll leave with a couple of Beck photos...(thanks to Katie for snapping them)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

"cause they all know i'm in love with the sun..."

i would also like to reiterate just how brilliant beck was last night. the show will probably go down as one of my top 5 of the year. there's certainly no denying that beck is one of the most unique and innovative artists out today. i think what made the show so special(aside from my "morning after/walk of shame" costume), was the crowd participation. the majority of the show was done by audience request. of course there were the freaks who hollered out, "SABBATH!!!", but then there were also many good requests such as, "tropicalia". great, great, great show.

lately, i've been on a folk/alternative kick and the rosewood thieves are partly to blame.

the band is a 5-piece out of new york and their debut EP, from the decker house, has been getting some heavy rotation on my itunes. if you're up in ny for all the cmj action, i definitely recommend catching their show tonight @ 8 at the ace of clubs. their sound is very beatlesque, perhaps that is why i'm fond of them, but i'll let you all decide for yourselves. here is a track off their EP called "los angeles".

the rosewood thieves - "los angeles"

I'm Not a Loser, Baby.

Whoa. Just so you know, Beck is pretty much the epitome of amazing. I think it's the way he can stand in front of a crowd dressed like a pirate and ad lib so easily about "Debra," but still stick to the manual when belting out "Loser." I think everyone who was in the Loft last night felt blessed to be there, and I also thought that it was really cool of everyone (minus a couple of spoil sports) to wear costumes and get into the spirit of Halloween. I went as Wednesday Addams, and was with a magician and his assistant, and a guy resembling Munson from Kingpin in a very fetching blue polyester suit. It was a blast. Beck is probably the closest you'll get me to anything resembling rap, simply because rather than busting it up about poppin' a cap in someone's ass, he's going on about beer cans and the like.

So, there you have it. Well worth the $12.00 ticket to catch Beck and his pirate outfit, complete with bling.

Oh, we have a mailing list now. You should join it. I imagine if I had it set up before this show had happened, I would've sent out an email with the info about getting the tickets ahead of time. You never know... Sign up for it here.