Tuesday, June 29, 2004

fill-in show

I'm filling in for Garageland tomorrow evening. That's from 5:30 to 7. Tune in on your long drive home! Or just after getting home perhaps. Or just after waking up.

glasses fetish?

Yes, I never did get around to doing a post show entry last week. Honestly, I just didn't feel like it. Let's just say that morale has been low around here recently. Partly because of the failure of Cassettefest Fest, but for other reasons. If you wonder why I don't make this blog more personal, it's mostly because it would be quite a bitchfest. (But it's also because my life is boring and uninteresting, too.)

So, yes, Cassettefest Fest was a failure. Just a commercial failure, though. It was good artistically and people missed some excellent bands they've never heard of. But anyway, we did make a little over $100, and we're going to use it to finally get that Sonic Youth Dirty 2-CD set. We need that. Besides that, I don't know what else we're going to get.

In more recent news, the details of the Pants Yell! show are almost all taken care of. The Twilight is going to play, and the show will be their CD release party. (If that's wrong, feel free to say so on the comment link, guys!) And it's going to be at Pat's in the Flats. I just need one more band to play there (we're probably going to stick someone else from Van Gogh Round, the Twilight's label, on the bill) and figure out where Pants Yell! is going to sleep that night.

You may have noticed that I played the Thermals today. I may never do that again. I actually don't like them. For some reason, people just don't understand that the All Girl Summer Fun Band is better. I say that because the drummer for the Thermals, Kathy Foster, is also in AGSFB. Anyway, I played that because the guy who requested it touted himself as an indie geek. I was just happy to get a call from someone in the target audience who hadn't called before.

No, I don't really have age requirements for my target audience. I just want indie geeks or people willing to be converted to the belief system of indie geekism.

I have links for you...

Remember Tilly and the Wall? My review for their CD was posted on Mundane Sounds last week. Also, you can download their "Woo" 6-song demo in MP3 format from a site called oftherecord.org. Click on the features section to find it.

Also, I did a review of the new Call and Response CD that was posted on Mundane Sounds today.

That's it for now.

Monday, June 28, 2004

playlist for june 28, 2004

set 1 (9:05-9:32)

Liarbird "Bombs" Superba Menura
Tilly and the Wall "Let It Rain" Wild Like Children
Azure Ray "Don't Make a Sound" Azure Ray
Call and Response "Station" Winds Take No Shape
Snoozer "1000x" Songs
Pants Yell! "My Boyfriend Writes Plays" Live on WERS
Marine Girls "Love to Know" Lazy Ways
Yo La Tengo "You Can Have It All" And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

set 2 (9:42-10:02)

Tracy + The Plastics "Happens" Culture For Pigeon
Northern State "All the Same" Dying In Stereo
I Am the World Trade Center "Rock It" The Cover Up
Freezepop "I Am Not Your Gameboy" Fancy Ultra-Fresh
The Pancakes "Rock Guitar" Global Indie Clubpop
Asobi Seksu "Umi No Jisatsu" Asobi Seksu

set 3 (10:10-11:00)

X-Ray Spex "Oh Bondage, Up Yours" Germ Free Adolescents
Le Tigre "Mediocrity Rules" From the Desk of Mr. Lady EP
Le Tigre "My My Metrocard" Le Tigre
Boyskout "Jesse James" School of Etiquette
Sonic Youth "Silver Rocket" Daydream Nation
The Thermals "Out of the Old and Thin" More Parts Per Million
All Girl Summer Fun Band "Dear Mr. & Mrs. Troublemaker" 2
Tiger Trap "Don't Ask" Sour Grass EP
The Speedtrain "Untitled" Starlight
L.A. Tool and Die "Lucky For Me" Fashion for the Evildoer
Reddy Kilowatt "Funny How" Just For Day
The Twilight "Amsterdam" live on Elixir Is Zog
Brian Jonestown Massacre "Whatever Hippie Bitch" Zero EP
Harry and the Potters "The Yule Ball" Harry and the Potters
Harry and the Potters "Platform 9 and 3/4" Harry and the Potters
I Am the World Trade Center "Going Underground" The Cover Up


Monday, June 21, 2004

playlist for june 21, 2004

set 1 (9:06-9:33)

The Frogs "Bad Daddy" Hopscotch Lollipop Sunday Surprise
Harvey + Felix "Reading Rainbow" Farm Aid
Harvey + Felix "Bowling Alone" Farm Aid
Of Montreal "Spanish Dance Troupe" Bonus CD
The French Horns "45" Clouds and Balloons
Magnetic Fields "I Thought You Were My Boyfriend" i
I am the World Trade Center "Silent Film Stars" The Cover Up
Miss Kittin "Professional Distortion" I Com
Ladytron "jet age" 604

set 2 (9:50-10:00)

Black Cabbage "Moebius Strip of Sucking" Proto Neo Post Wave Rock Core!
Tracy + The Plastics "this is dog-city" culture of pigeon
Boyskout "Back to Bed" School of Etiquette
All Girl Summer Fun Band "Charm Bracelet" Summer of '98 EP
All Girl Summer Fun Band "Lipsmacker Kiss" Summer of '98 EP

set 3 (10:12-11:00)

Northern State "A Thousand Words" Dying In Stereo
Electric Grandmother "Milkshake" Sin City Sex Mix
Electric Grandmother "I'm Insane, Ben's to Blame, Growing Pains" Sin City Sex Mix
Oval-Teen "Hip Hip Hooray (I'm In Love Today)" A Million Shades of Oval-Teen
L.A. Tool and Die "Galaxy High School" Fashion for the Evildoer
Call and Response "All Night Long" Call and Response
Call and Response "Silhouette" Winds Take No Shape
Magnetic Fields "In an Operetta" i
Pants Yell! "Untitled Newer Song" Live on WERS
Lucksmiths "The Sandringham Line" Naturaliste
Tilly and the Wall "You and I Misbehaving" Wild Like Children
Would-Be-Goods "1999" Brief Lives
I am the World Trade Center "Great Escape" The Cover Up


Sunday, June 20, 2004

momentous breaking news


Thanks to everyone who helped to come up with ideas of places for them to play.

Harry and the Potters are also trying to see if they can get a library show for in the afternoon. Apparently, their mom has a friend in the Cleveland area who is a librarian, so they'll have help with that.

That's all that I want to say for now. I could talk about Cassettefest Fest, but you'll probably hear about it tomorrow.

I just want to stop typing because I have a bad headache right now and want to take a nap. (No, I was not drinking at Cassettefest Fest. I actually don't drink at all because I'm a boring pussy.)

Anyway, I hope you'll all start telling your friends about July 30th. This is something that they'll really want to see. It's not every day that a Harry Potter-themed indiepop band comes through town.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

post-show post (one day late)

I would have done this sooner, but I had some important stuff to do after the show yesterday.

Anyway, first of all, I forgot to make an important announcement on my show yesterday. The Twilight is releasing its first real album (EP, actually) on Saturday (this Saturday, the 19th) at a show at the West Side Market. It's a part of this Van Gogh Round Day there (Van Gogh Round being the label that's releasing this EP). Three other bands (including the Dreadful Yawns) will be playing there, as well. The whole thing is going to be from 10 until 4, and the Twilight's set is scheduled for 11:30 to 12:45. That's all during the day, and not at night, by the way.

Edit: If you read the comments link to this post, you'll find that members of the Twilight said that the EP will not be released on Saturday as originally planned. They say that instead, the CD should be ready sometime within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for updates on that.

My apologies to the Twilight for not mentioning that during the show. I forgot about it because I was being self-centered, since WCSB is having its own little festival on Saturday. That would be the Cassettefest Fest at Pat's in the Flats. I don't know if I'll be able to go to the Twilight show because of that. I just hope I'll be able to get that EP soon.

Oh, and in case you need to know the order of bands at Cassettefest Fest, here they are from first to last: Dolly's Crotch, Neonatal Death, Thursday Club, Love Spank, Dead Peasant Insurance, Black Cabbage, the Pinheads, Harvey + Felix, and the Electric Grandmother. Those last four bands are the ones that I'm really excited about seeing. All the bands are playing for 35 minutes because it seems that Pat really does want it to end at 10. I really do recommend that you see the last four bands at least. The Electric Grandmother and the Pinheads will be interesting because they're both in this small musical clique called "sitcom-core". Basically, that means that a bunch of their songs are about sitcoms. The two bands do different styles of music, though. The Pinheads are humorous, lo-fi punk, and the Electric Grandmother is a one-man drum machine pop band. Oh, and now that I think of it, read this because that page has background about sitcom-core. As for Harvey + Felix, I thought they just did funny covers, but as you heard on the last show, they had a really good original song. I have no idea what their live shows are like, or if they've even played a live show before, so I'm really excited about seeing them. As for Black Cabbage, you know they're the most relevant of all the neo-no wave bands out there.

Did any of you listen to Chris and Thea before my show this week? Apparently, Chris has been on a Neutral Milk Hotel kick lately, and he asked what's been going on with Neutral Milk Hotel because they haven't made a studio album since 1997's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Of course, I knew, and I told him about what was in this Pitchfork interview, as well as the fact that Jeff Mangum had a radio show on WFMU for a while.

Speaking of Neutral Milk Hotel, if you didn't read the comments section for the latest episode, I guess I should tell you that another Neutral Milk Hotel demo has made it onto that one MP3 site. It's labeled as "The 'other' unknown demo" on that site.

I found an interesting site recently. It's http://www.songmeanings.net. On this site, people post the lyrics to songs and then write comments about what they think the song means. It's interesting because they do have indie bands on there in addition to corporate shit. They do have Neutral Milk Hotel and Sonic Youth on there, which is cool. So, that'll provide you with some amusement for a while.

And while I'm at it, I've got another interesting site, especially if you're a Harry and the Potters fan. And it's the bad sort of interesting, too. It's a site dedicated to counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until Emma Watson's 18th birthday. Emma Watson, for those who don't know, plays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. That's just some crazy shit.

By the way, I do have a little update for you on the Harry and the Potters show in Cleveland. It's definitely going to happen, but now the question is when. Mac's in Coventry hasn't replied to them yet, but they have talked to Teresa at Doubting Thomas. If the show is going to be at Doubting Thomas, then they can't do it on July 5th or 6th like they wanted to before. If it's there, then it'll be at the end of July, around the 29th, while they're coming back from shows on the west coast (as opposed to playing on their way to the west coast).

I think that's all that I have to say for now. I hope to see you at Cassettefest Fest on Saturday at Pat's in the Flats. It's only $5, so you'll probably be able to afford band merch, too. Now, you can go read my latest review, which is for the L.A. Tool and Die CD.

By the way, I am unhappy that the decision to excise "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance was struck down. Maybe I'll say some things about that later.

Monday, June 14, 2004

playlist for june 14, 2004

set 1 (9:06-9:32)

Morrissey "America Is Not the World" You Are the Quarry
Neutral Milk Hotel "Life Is Neverending" (?) Jeff's Curious Collection of Mysterious Music
Call and Response "Silent Chill" Winds Take No Shape
Snowglobe "Comforted" Metaphysics For Beginners
Brad Postlethwaite "Just Cause" Welcome to the Occupation
Brad Postlethwaite "Guitars and Organs" Welcome to the Occupation
Tilly and the Wall "Fell Down the Stairs" Wild Like Children
Asobi Seksu "Sooner" Asobi Seksu

set 2 (9:45-10:03)

Harvey + Felix "America Will Punch You" (unreleased?)
Harvey + Felix "Frobee" Cassettefest Entry
Tullycraft "Sweet" (live) Songs For Cassavetes Soundtrack
Harry and the Potters "Problem Solving Skillz (Skillz to Pay the Billz version)" (it was on their website, but not anymore. you missed it.)
Colin Clary "The Single Tear Is True!" Asaurus Records EP Club #5
Radiohead "Lucky" OK Computer

set 3 (10:15-11:00)

L.A. Tool and Die "Jesus Saved Me at the Record Show" Fashion for the Evildoer
L.A. Tool and Die "I'll Give You Three" Fashion for the Evildoer
Halo Benders "Canned Oxygen" God Don't Make No Junk
Ladytron "Oops Oh My" Softcore Jukebox
Sonic Youth "Mariah Carey and the Arthur Doyle Handcream" Sonic Nurse
Black Cabbage "Notice of Take Staircase" (live) Grog Shop 3-17-04
The Pinheads "Scott Baio Is My Hero" Cassettefest 2004 entry
Electric Grandmother "Danny Tanner Had a Wife-Revisited" My Imaginary Audience
Electric Grandmother "Dance Party" Dickalis
Electric Grandmother "96 Summers" Dickalis
Black Cabbage "Emotional Cripple" Proto Neo Post Wave Rock Core!
Black Cabbage "Theme from Green Acres" (live) Rockwood 4-24-2004
The Pinheads "Iron Maiden" WCSB Best and Worst of Cassettefest 2002
Ray Charles "I Can't Stop Loving You" (album title?)
Pants Yell! "My Boyfriend Writes Plays" Live at WERS


Monday, June 07, 2004

we begin bombing in 5 minutes

We live in a country that loves to kill.
And our government expects to foot the bill.
Foot the bill (one time!)
Foot the bill (two times!)
Don't pay your taxes, try to rebel.
Guess where you'll be.
Living in jail.
Living in jail (one time!)
Living in jail (two times!)
Don't pay their taxes.
Don't join their army.
Our president is a redneck.
But Ronald was a cowboy.
Ronald was a cowboy (one time!)
Ronald was a cowboy (two times!)
(That's it!)

-from "Ronald Was a Cowboy" by Devon

That was the punk rock song with which I began the show today. It was written circa 1997, but I think it's even more appropriate in these times. Now, I'm not sure if I'd count Dubya as a redneck like people said Clinton was, but just look at the way he talks. "Bring it on!" Yeah, that's the redneck spirit! Them's fighting words!

I don't know if Devon was being cynical or reverent by saying that Ronald was a cowboy, but I thought that would be a great song to open up with today. A nice little Reagan-related ditty appropriate for our times that probably no one else would play. It's just obscure. Devon was this punk rock band from some Philadelphia suburb. But I actually encountered their stuff somehow and listened to it in high school. I used to have a lot more respect and admiration for punk than I do now. Anyway...

Did you like hearing the clip of Ronald Reagan saying "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation today that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes."? I read about that on Saturday and I knew that I had to play that today. Would you like to have that clip, too. You can get it from the Maine College Republicans website, among other places.

I hope some of you thought my bullshitting about Tetris being more responsible than Ronald Reagan for bringing on the downfall of communism in the Soviet Union is funny. I don't know if it's true, but I still think Tetris should run for president in 2004. Actually, it probably can't because it's still a teenager. It's over 18, though. But it has to be 35.

Want to know more about the background behind Tetris. This is an interesting read.

I'm sorry if you all wanted a really crazy anti-Reagan show, but I'm not the person to do it. Get someone who was at least a teenager in the '80s for that. I'm just not old enough and haven't studied enough of Reagan's political career to know all the reasons why he sucked. And I'm sure I don't even know a tenth of the good anti-Reagan songs from the '80s. But I'm sure someone else could come up with a great show chronicling all the underground music with anti-Reagan lyrics. They could also play some Reagan Youth, too.

I'm still hoping for the contact info for Doubting Thomas. La la la.

Still no word on any upcoming Harry and the Potters show in Cleveland. If they don't come to Cleveland, I guess I'll see them in Pennsylvania. I think they're going to Pittsburgh.

I can't think of anything else to say right now.

Go ahead and read that review of the Freezepop CD that's on Mundane Sounds if you haven't read it already.

playlist for june 7, 2004

I'm not going to be able to do a live playlist today. The computer in main air is down for some reason. Just comment on the show here. I might still be able to answer comments during the show.

Check for the full playlist after the show.

My review of the new Freezepop CD is on Mundane Sounds today. So, that'll give you something to read during the show if no one clicks the comments link. ^_^

set 1 (9:00 hour)

Devon "Ronald Was a Cowboy" Oh God, It's Devon
L.A. Tool and Die "Jesus Saved Me at the Indie Rock Show" Fashion For the Evildoer
Freezepop "Chess King" Fancy Ultra-Fresh
Boyskout "Identity" School of Etiquette
Snoozer "Labor Day" Winter Stops All Sound
Sebadoh "Think (let tomorrow bee)" Bubble and Scrape
Of Montreal "Climb the Ladder" Satanic Panic In the Attic
Pants Yell! "Untitled New Song" Live at WERS
Pants Yell! "Public Gardens" Live at WERS
The Frogs "G-A-Y" Made Up Songs
The Frogs "Dragon" Pat's Session 1-19-86
The Last Hard Men "School's Out" The Last Hard Men
Scene Creamers "Luxembourg" I Suck On That Emotion
Weird War "Baby It's the Best" Weird War
The Make Up "We Can't Be Contained" After Dark

set 2 (10:00 hour)

Churchbuilder "Vespa" Patty Darling
Color Bars "Eliza" Making Playthings
Call and Response "Landscapes" Winds Take No Shape
Chester Copperpot "The Big Surprise" The Kings of Kirby
The Twilight "Where I'm Going to Be" (unreleased studio version)
Junior Varsity "Package Store" Bam Bam Bam
Hot Pursuit "Mousetime USA" The Thrill Department
Heartworms "Visiting Hours" During
Dressy Bessy "Baby Six String" 9/20/03 Cleveland bootleg
L.A. Tool and Die "Eaten By the Monster of Love" Fashion For the Evildoer
Harry and the Potters "My Teacher Is a Werewolf" Harry and the Potters
Harry and the Potters "The Godfather" Harry and the Potters
Violent Femmes "Old Mother Reagan" (live) Viva Wisconsin
The Ramones "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg" Animal Boy


Friday, June 04, 2004

churchbuilder for cheap

Well, this is kind of funny. Anyone here like Churchbuilder, but never got around to buying their full-length album, Patty Darling, and/or the EP they released after that, Microdancer? Well, now seems like the perfect time to buy them. Churchbuilder's label, Shelflife Records, is having a clearance sale, and those two CDs are among the merchandise they're trying to clear out in favor of newer releases.

The site says that Patty Darling is now $6, and Microdancer is now $2.

Anyone know if Denise Grollmus is doing anything right now besides writing for the Akron Beacon Journal? Anything musically, I mean. Just checking to see if anyone has heard anything since I did that one "Churchbuilder: Where are they now?" post.

other news

TOS! Look at the post before this one! I need your help!

Anyway, I really don't have much other news about the show. I didn't really do a talk show. I held myself back because I don't know how many personal details about my life I really want to give away, and I don't want to just make any up.

I thought about talking about this horrible version of the movie Dazed and Confused that I saw before. It was on the Oxygen channel. I don't actually watch that channel, but when I saw on the TV Guide channel that they were showing Dazed and Confused, I decided to watch it. (Actually, I have seen a little bit of that channel before. I watched the softcore porn they have on Sunday nights a couple of times. Yeah. They have softcore porn. Weird.) Well... they fucking butchered it! I couldn't believe the extent they went to censoring it. You know how you were able to say "bitch" and "slut" on television before? Well, they actually dubbed the word "bimbo" over the word "bitch", and the word "slob" over the word "slut". That's really sad that it had to get up to that level of repression. But that's not all. They took out all references to marijuana. For example, there's the one part where that older guy asked Mitch if he has a joint, and when Mitch said no, he said, "It would be cool if you did." They changed the word "joint" to "smoke". That's fucked up. I don't know how you could have Dazed and Confused without the marijuana. Oh, and you remember all the paddles that the seniors were hitting the freshmen with? One of them orginally said "FAH Q" (that's a phonetic spelling of "fuck you", in case you don't realize it), but they airbrushed out the "Q". And besides that, they dubbed the word "butt" over the word "ass". What the fuck?! I could list more, but I think I've said enough. Were they making this version specifically for a middle school audience?

I'd say that if you'd have to subject Dazed and Confused to that much censorship to make it suitable for (cable!) television, then I'd say that you should just forget about showing it at all.

Please, please, please, let the conservatives fucking die off so all of our art doesn't have to be subjected to that much bastardization in order to be deemed fit for mass consumption.

So, I could have went on about that, but I just didn't feel like talking about it on the show.

In other news, look at the Kiddo website. The picture that comes up on the first page is priceless!

If you didn't click on the comments link under the latest playlist... you're not missing much. Except that Phoenix has given us another band to add to the list of great Michigan bands (like New Grenada, the Twilight, the Trembling, etc.). This band is called Showdown at the Equator. You'll want to check out the website because there are a bunch of MP3s on it.

On the next show, I'll have tickets to see Weird War and the Color Bars at the Beachland on Monday night (the 7th), plus tickets to see the Twilight in their first show in the Beachland BALLROOM on Wednesday (the 9th).

I think that's all I have to say for now.


TOS, i seriously need your assistance here!

Okay, everyone. Remember when I was talking about this band called Pants Yell! that was thinking about coming to Cleveland. They say they're coming here on July 14th (that's a Wednesday night). However, there's a problem. They don't know where they're going to play yet and they want me to arrange the show for them. So, I need to come up with a place for them to play, plus bands for them to play with (any Cleveland bands want to volunteer?).

Right now, I'm thinking that my best option venue-wise is Doubting Thomas. But I need the phone number and/or e-mail address to get in touch with the people in charge of that.

I'll try Pat's, but I hear that some guy has been hogging all the booking for the summer there, so I don't know if that would work.

I could try the Beachland and Grog Shop, but I don't know if either of them would jump for it, and I think I'll at least need a failsafe in case they would say "no".

I do know one good band they could play with. I'm looking at you, tato. ^_^

I don't know what other band I could have play, too.

If anyone has any ideas about other bands or venues, I would really appreciate suggestions.

Oh, and if you're looking for Pants Yell! sound samples, they're on the discography page of their website. They're all streams, though. It sucks that you can't download them, but at least you'll be able to hear what they sound like.

Anyway, HEEEEEEEEEEELP!!! If you have any suggestions, please click the comments link and make them known. If you're in a band and would like to do this show, go ahead and either click the comment link, or I'll take e-mails if you want to keep everything private. TOS, e-mail me with the Doubting Thomas contact info! If you give it to me, I'll also give it to Harry and the Potters so they can use it, too.

I'll just take e-mails at my old e-mail address, sergiovan+at+aol_dot_com. I'm not sure if I'm going to make the gmail address permanent.

Okay, start commenting and such!

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