Tuesday, June 28, 2005

witness my mad blog redesign skillz! w00t!

As you can see, the blank space is gone. Apparently, the blank space was caused when Blogger added some new feature that I'll never use. I have no idea how it made it so the text wouldn't wrap around the sidebar, but it did.

Anyway, I'm glad I've resolved this issue and I mourn for the new fans who might have been turned away when they thought my blog wasn't working. Argh!

The blog is essentially the same (even though the sidebar is now on the left instead of the right), with one important exception: the comments links.

When I started doing this, Blogger didn't have its own commenting system, so I had to get my commenting capabilities from Haloscan. Haloscan was okay for me, but not totally reliable because it didn't always show the accurate number of comments posted. Now, Blogger has its own commenting system, so I've decided that this would be the perfect occasion to make the switch. Therefore, all your old comments will no longer be displayed.

I did see all the new comments before changing over. One person did give me a question to ask Tammy from Dressy Bessy. That question concerns their drummer situation. Their original drummer, Darren Albert, quit after the release of their last album. When they came to town during the tour for that album, they had a woman drumming in Darren's place. Her name was Becki, and she's from a band called Poundsign. Now, Becki is no longer drumming with the band, and this listener wants to know what's up with the drummer situation and if these drummers have been leaving because of animosity within the band.

I did actually ask Tammy at their last Cleveland show why Darren quit. She said it was because he was tired for touring.

As for Becki, my guess is that she left because of Poundsign, and I believe she's also in another band called Scrabbel.

I'll definitely ask about that to make sure, though, and I'll ask about where Darren is now. I miss him because he was actually the member of Dressy Bessy that I'd talk to the most whenever they came to town.

If there are any other questions that I should ask Tammy, please post them in the comments links. In fact, please post something in the comments link because I want to try out this new Blogger commenting system. I'd also like you to comment about the latest Scruggscorp Radio episode that I've posted. Didn't anyone listen to it?

And that's it for now. I still don't have a confirmed date for the Tammy interview, so keep watching for that.

really good news!

I'm going to be interviewing Tammy Ealom from Dressy Bessy live on the air!

I don't know the exact date yet. It might be on July 4th, but I'm trying to avoid that because I know a lot of you will want to sleep in that day. So, hopefully, it'll be on the 11th.

But in any case, this is definitely going to be happening. Of course, I'll tell you more details when I know for sure. Most likely, the interview will take place sometime during the 10:00 hour so Tammy doesn't have to get up too early (DB is on tour right now, so they do need their sleep in a bad way), so it might be around 10:30.

Any Dressy Bessy fans out there have any questions that you think I should ask Tammy? I don't know if I'm going to be able to let listeners ask her questions over the air, so just click on the comments link below and tell me now if there's something you want to know!

In other news, I obviously still haven't fixed the stupid blank space problem. I just have no clue why the blog just decided to stop wordwrapping to the left of the sidebar. I didn't do anything that I wouldn't normally do. I might have to redesign this thing or see if I can ask the Blogger people for help. Thanks to anyone who had the patience to scroll down and find this text!

Anyway, as soon as I find out the exact date and time of the interview with Tammy, I'll post it here.

Monday, June 27, 2005

forgot something

Remember when I did reviews for Mundane Sounds? Well, I never actually quit, but I just haven't done a review in a while. Until now. Here's a review of the Duplex CD.

la la la, la la! ringalingaling!

Sorry about the blank space. I don't have time right now to figure out why it suddenly appeared after I started posting the playlist today.

So, there was supposed to be a Dressy Bessy show at the Grog Shop (with the Twilight opening!), but that fell through for some reason. Shit, I forgot to ask the Twilight why it fell through. But anyway, that just fucking blows. There's this gap in Dressy Bessy's tour itinerary on July 17th and 18th, right before a show in Columbus. There's something at the top of Dressy Bessy's tour page about the possibility of a Cleveland date in that gap. So, why the fuck is there no Cleveland date? Is there no venue that would have Dressy Bessy?! So many people would show up!

That's why this town fucking sucks. Too obsessed with punk and hard rock to care about cuteness! I have to start a band and teach this town a fucking lesson in how to make the rest of the country go "Awwwww, that's so cute!" when they think of Cleveland. It'll be a much better PR booster than the washed up rock and roll city image that we do have.

So, did you have a problem with the political content of today's show? You better not have had a problem! Fugazi's eminent domain song ("Cashout") rules!

Anyway, here are the links to today's show:

Part 1
Part 2

And please, leave a comment about the Scruggscorp Radio episode if you've listened to it! I really need feedback about it. If that episode sucks, I have another one I can post.

That's it for now. I'll try and fix the blank space later.

playlist for june 27, 2005

set 1 (9:04-9:43)

Virgins Live, Sluts Die "Cold Cold Water" (I don't know, it came from somewhere)
Dream Bitches "Love Letter Lullaby" Sanfransisters
Gene Defcon "Mr. President" Throw Up & Die
The Pancakes "Rock Guitar" Global Indie Clubpop
Colin Clary "of the stars" Sweater Weather or Not, These Are the Songs I Got
The Icicles "Sugar Sweet" A Hundred Patterns
Dressy Bessy "Ringalingaling" Electrified
The Brunettes "Your Heart Dies" Mars Loves Venus
Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham "Moonshot" L'Avventura
Maximilian Hecker "Daze of Nothing" Lady Sleep
The Field Mice "Song Six" Skywriting

set 2 (9:58-10:22)

Fugazi "Cashout" The Argument
The Wiggins "Lying" Greatest Apes EP
Luna "1995" Romantica
Dinosaur Jr. "Budge" BUG
Ciccone Youth "Two Cool Chicks Listening to Neu" The Whitey Album
The Blow "Hey Boy" Poor Aim: Love Songs
The Halo Benders "Bombshelter Pt. 2" Don't Tell Me Now

set 3 (10:32-11:00)

Lil Pocket Knife "Disco Dancer" Pants Control
The Mathletes "Diaperland" Diaperland + 9 EP
kanda "arctic" all the good meetings are taken
The Salteens "Emptyhead" KXLU 88.9 FM Los Angeles Live Volume Six
Tullycraft "The Last Song" Disenchanted Hearts Unite
Colin Clary "8 kisses" Sweater Weather or Not, These Are the Songs I Got
Duplex "Multiplication Treehouse" Ablum
Duplex "Bethlehem" Ablum
Maximilian Hecker "Today" Infinite Love Songs
Sloan "Everything You've Done Wrong" A-Sides Win

I don't know why there's that blank space at the top of the page. I'll have to figure it out later.

Monday, June 20, 2005

i shouldn't refer to myself as a genius so much

But then again, I keep telling everyone how horrible I am and how shitty the show is. I need to make up my fucking mind.

I was going to make fun of the Mirah cover and never play it again, but after that guy called to say that it sucked and asked me to never play it again, I had to say how awesome it was and threaten to play it every week. Really, I was planning to play it just once, and I think it could have been better, but I didn't think it was that bad. So, I just had to pretend that it was the best fucking thing I played on the show today just to spite that asshole.

But really, the best thing I played on the show today was "Salad Song".

Or maybe "In Love".

So... here's the show for anyone not awake or out of the listening area.

Part 1
Part 2

Hopefully, I'll actually wake up before 9 a.m. tomorrow and do the fill-in this week.

Hey, did anyone download the Scruggscorp show that I posted last week? I was hoping that someone would comment about it.

playlist for june 20, 2005

set 1 (9:06-9:45)

Maria Taylor "Two of Those Too" 11:11
Deerhoof "Spiral Golden Town" Green Cosmos
? "Cruel Angel's Thesis" Neon Genesis Evangelion
Swans "Love Will Tear Us Apart" Forever Burned
The Brunettes "Polyester Meets Acetate" Mars Loves Venus
A Small Buffet "Arctic Summer" Asaurus EP Club #9
The Diskettes "Cabin by the Sea" Weeknights at Island View Beach
Ed in the Refridgerators "Ice Cream Girl" Not Songs
Duplex "Salad Song" Ablum
Duplex "Best Little Boy" Ablum
Virgins Live Sluts Die "Cold Cold Water" blah
Fear of Pop "In Love" Fear of Pop Volume 1

set 2 (9:54-10:22)

Mirah "Cold Cold Water" Advisory Committee
Aberdeen "The Boy Has Gone Away" The Boy Has Gone Away EP
Dressy Bessy "Electrified" Electrified
Gene Defcon "Rockin' Your Bones" Throw Up & Die
Gene Defcon "Yesses and Nose" Throw Up & Die
The Wiggins "Johnny" Greatest Apes
Junior Varsity "My Boyfriend" Bam Bam Bam!
Kiddo "Through Being Cool" Boyarm Does Devo
may project "shame on me" may project
Dances With Wolves "Thirty" South East

set 3 (10:25-11:00)

lil A gets nasty "i heart you" lick my key
Electric Grandmother "Small Wonder (By Popular Demand)" Pee Sells... But Who's Buying?
The Frogs "I Only Play For Money" Live From a Dead Campus (WFMU)
Tullycraft "Every Little Thing" Disenchanted Hearts Unite
Miss Mary "Ordinary, All the Same" Ready 2 Pop
Duplex "Lookit Me!" Ablum
Of Montreal "Friends of Mine" If He Is Protecting Our Nation, Then Who Will Project Big Oil, Our Children?

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

america's amsterdam

Argh! I overslept on Tuesday, so I didn't do the fill-in show. Hence, I wasn't able to upload the new Scruggscorp episode like I said I would.

But it's here now!

This edition of Scruggscorp is in the form of Sy Thomas's "Tropical Rainforest of Radio" (or "Rainforest Radio" for short). Sy Thomas temporarily replaced Jerry Waldaman after Jerry supposedly had a bad showing during Radiothon. (There are allegations that Jerry didn't really have a bad Radiothon and that Scruggscorp's accountants modified the donation total so that Tiny Scruggs could have an excuse to kick him off the air.) Anyway, on this episode of Rainforest Radio, Sy Thomas interviews an urban developer who wants to make Cleveland into the Amsterdam of America. If you like vice and sin, you'll love this show!

I don't like vice, but I'm cool with sin.

I also just got an episode of Jerry Waldaman from last month that I can upload, but I'm not going to upload it right now. I don't know when I'll upload it in fact.

So, here are the links to the newly uploaded edition of Scruggscorp Radio:

America's Amsterdam Part 1
America's Amsterdam Part 2

Oh, sorry to those who clicked on the link to the Icicles' cover of "Talk Dirty to Me". I accidentally spelled "me" in l33t speak (m3). Whoops! Here's the corrected link.

Harry and the Potters were great on Monday. They only played one new song and used the CD player again instead of having a drummer (I hope they can bring a drummer to Cleveland sometime), but it was just great to see them live again. The things they say on stage make it worth it. Like when the younger Harry ripped the knee of his jeans while thrashing around and said "Jeans reparo!" afterwards.

The new song was about the troll in book 1. It was an audience participation number where they had one side of the audience yell the words "big" and "large" and the other half yelled "ugly" and "gruesome". Those weren't the only lyrics, though. It was a great song and I hope to hear a recorded version sometime.

There are some new shows on the concert calendar (that's on the sidebar to the right, scroll down until you see it). Why the fuck is Le Tigre playing at Peabody's?! Can they really fit a Le Tigre show in that godforsaken place? They seriously need a change of venue. Were the Beachland and/or Agora already booked for that night? I guess I'll have to go there early.

I think I've run out of things to say. If you haven't already, you should look at the comments section of the post before this one. It's classic!

Monday, June 13, 2005

and the world is beautiful, just look around

If you're in Cleveland and you like Harry Potter, you'd better go to Mac's Backs tonight at 7:00 to see Harry and the Potters! It's a free show! There's just no excuse. Unless you have no means of transportation. Or the basement of Mac's gets filled to capacity.

And you'd really better go to the WCSB benefit on Wednesday night at the Beachland! We need to get more obscure imports and we need to get them now!

We need to get the album Rock by the Violent Femmes. I hear that was a really good album, but it was never released in America.

I should also mention that because of the strife mentioned two posts down, I also will not be playing "Oops Oh My" by Ladytron again anytime soon. It's also the reason why I haven't played the Icicles version of "Talk Dirty to Me" at all. Otherwise, you'd be really sick of it by now.

And now, here's the show:

Part 1
Part 2

By the way, I'll upload that new Scruggscorp episode tomorrow during my fill-in, okay?

playlist for june 13, 2005

set 1 (9:06-9:41)

Harry and the Potters "Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!
Dandy Warhols "Good Morning" The Dandy Warhols Come Down
Beauty Pageant "Girlfriend on Fire" Magic By Error
The Wiggins "Lying" Greatest Apes
Sleater-Kinney "What's Mine Is Yours" The Woods
Harry and the Potters "Keeping Secrets From Me" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!
The Brunettes "Best Friend Envy" Mars Loves Venus
Duplex "Multiplication Treehouse" Ablum
Duplex "Camels in the Desert" Ablum
The State of Samuel "I Still Love You" Mutiny on Mercury
The Twilight "I've Got Something to Say" Summer Sweet Summer
Harry and the Potters "The Missing Arm of Viktor Krum" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!

set 2 (9:50-10:23)

The Frogs "Bad Daddy" Hopscotch Lollipop Sunday Surprise
The Mathletes "My Record Collection" You Already Have Way Too Many CD-Rs
Dressy Bessy "Try Try Try Again" Electrified
Harry and the Potters "The Foil (Malfoy)" Harry and the Potters
Jens Lekman "Pocketful of Money" download from Department of Forgotten Songs
Beat Happening "Gravedigger Blues" Black Candy
Sleater-Kinney "Words and Guitars" (live) Songs For Cassavetes Soundtack
Sleater-Kinney "Dance Song '97" (live) Yoyo A Go Go
Harry and the Potters "Dumbledore's Army" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!
Dream Bitches "Black and Gray" Sanfransisters

set 3 (10:31-11:00)

Harry and the Potters "Fred and George" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!
Harry and the Potters "The Wrath of Hermione" (Internet-only single)
Tullycraft "Secretly Minnesotan" Disenchanted Hearts Unite
Kiddo "This Could Take Forever" Boompa Vol. 1
The Twilight "Where I'm Going to Be" (unreleased)
The Twilight "Laid" (live on Elixir Is Zog)
Fur Cups For Teeth "Mystery Train" Allergic 2 Fur
Harry and the Potters "These Days Are Dark" Harry and the Potters

Thursday, June 09, 2005

waiting for the liberal anti-censorship backlash

Okay, you may have noticed that I said something about the show starting an hour early next week. Scratch that. I think I'll still be doing the fill-in on Tuesday morning, though. I'm sorry that I haven't been providing an archive of that, but I've only got so much storage space, so much bandwidth, and I have a feeling that if I record it, it'll totally suck. And I haven't been entering playlists for it here because I don't know if anyone wants to see them, and I just feel like letting that show be more relaxed because I've been quite tired when I go in to do that show. I'm just not a morning person, and it's more draining than I thought it would be to have to get up early like that twice in a row. Yes, that is early for me.

Besides that, I have some bad news that I've been putting off telling you. Due to recent indecency policy changes at the station, I will no longer play certain songs that I've played in the past. Let's just say that the political climate here is quite unfavorable right now, so everyone at the station has to clean up their act a little bit. To my knowledge, no one has ever complained about my show (even though I have indeed fucked up a few times), but the current situation necessitates caution. Anyway, the point is that I will no longer be able to play songs like "I Heard You Got Action" and "Matthew Modine" by Pony Up! Not even in their censored forms. As you know, anyone who likes girls gets quite aroused whenever they hear those songs, including conservative activists. Conservative activists think they have to save us from arousing things on the radio (and other media) because they lead to the perversion of society and could quite possibly lead to the country's damnation. Sex in any context outside heterosexual marriage (for the purpose of reproduction, of course) is immoral, and these people might just trample me and WCSB in their quest to uphold the nation's morality. So, I must be careful.

I'm still trying to figure out if I can play "Come On Petunia" by the Blow, though. However, I believe I can still get away with "Later Operator", though. Anyone want to hear "Later Operator" next week?

I do have good news, though. I discovered a compilation of Canadian bands which features a demo version of "I Heard You Got Action". Since I can't play it on the air, I've decided to once again act like an MP3 blog and post it for you to download. It's a great song, and even in its demo version, it sounds genius. So, I highly recommend that you just download it right now (unless you're at work). Click here to download.

I hope y'all weren't too annoyed at me for playing "Heart-Shaped Box" this week. I've been listening to In Utero this week and I just realized how amazing it is that an album like that got released on a major label. Just look at "Heart-Shaped Box"... "Meat-eating orchids forgive no one just yet. Cut myself on Angel's Hair and Baby's Breath. Broken hymen of your highness I'm left black. Throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back."

What the fuck?! That got radio and MTV airplay?!

Nirvana rules!

I also noticed that during the guitar solo on "Heart-Shaped Box", the bass plays the same notes as the guitar (albeit at a lower octave). That just sounds so awesome!

Monday, June 06, 2005

playlist for june 6, 2005

set 1 (9:07-9:40)

Nirvana "Heart-Shaped Box" In Utero
Duplex "Yr Mama" Ablum
Elliott the Letter Ostrich "Pink Dracula" Blood Cape
Maria Taylor "Light House" 11:11
Shonen Knife "Seiuchi" Candy Rock
Beauty Pageant "Girlfriend on Fire" Magic By Error
The Ramones "I Don't Want to Grow Up" Adios Amigos
Dressy Bessy "Call It Even" Electrified
Harry and the Potters "I am a Wizard" Harry and the Potters
Harry and the Potters "Platform 9 and 3/4" Harry and the Potters

set 2 (9:53-10:23)

The Twilight "Amsterdam" Summer Sweet Summer
Of Montreal "Art Snob Solutions" The Sunlandic Twins
The Pastels "Truck Train Tractor" Truckload of Trouble
Tullycraft "Polaroids From Mars" Disenchanted Hearts Unite
All Girl Summer Fun Band "Becky" The Way Things Change Vol. 6
Tullycraft "Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend's Too Stupid to Know About" Old Traditions, New Standards
All Girl Summer Fun Band "Grass Skirt" Summer of '98
The Brunettes "Too Big For Gidget" Mars Loves Venus
Harry and the Potters "The Dark Lord Lament" Harry and the Potters
Harry and the Potters "Fluffy" Harry and the Potters
Harry and the Potters "Wizard Chess" Harry and the Potters

set 3 (10:31-11:00)

Violent Femmes "Old Mother Reagan" Viva Wisconsin
Violent Femmes "Breakin' Up" Violent Femmes (reissue)
Sleater-Kinney "Wilderness" The Woods
Duplex "Camels in the Desert" Ablum
Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers "Ice Cream Man" Rock 'n' Roll With the Modern Lovers
The Lil' Hospital "Summer Reading" I Wanna Be Well
Dressy Bessy "Ringalingaling" Electrified
Harry and the Potters "Problem Solving Skillz" Harry and the Potters
Harry and the Potters "Save Ginny Weasley" Harry and the Potters
Ed in the Refridgerators "The Pope Song" Get Excommunicated!

Friday, June 03, 2005

voldemort can't stop the rock!

Harry and the Potters are playing at Mac's Backs in Coventry on June 13th at 7 p.m. sharp! If you have no idea why you should be feeling like it's Christmas, the 4th of July, and Halloween all rolled into one, go here and find out why this is a big fucking deal!

Oh, and it is a free show, too. So, you'll have money to afford a CD, or maybe get a book or zine from Mac's.

Believe me, their recorded stuff is great, but you do have to see their live show at least once in your life.

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