Monday, August 24, 2009

The Rural Alberta Advantage - "Edmonton" - HearYa Live Session 4/1/09 from on Vimeo.

the rural alberta advantage played millennium park tonight, and they were sublime, interjecting stories of alberta childhoods into their halfway between the best parts of neutral milk hotel and the decemberists indie/folk rock. they played the song in the video above, and it made my heart melt, and i still feel shook sitting here, in my room.

they are playing schuba's on september 26th. if you'd like to make it a charming canadian weekend, you can catch the weakerthans and rock plaza central the night before at the double door. i will be at both shows. come say hello.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


oh, there is also this.

new protomen song!

80's-tastic in the best way.

i did not buy any soul records

just three live bill evans lps from the end of his career, and mr. malmsteen's "rising force".

things you should be appraised of:

converge has posted a new song at their myspace, from their upcoming full-length "axe to fall". it is fucking awesome, sounding more blatantly metallic than anything they've done to date. converge was also one of the more recently announced bands for MDF, joining autopsy, portal, coffins, and a whole host more of awesome bands.

nakatomi plaza has released their final album on their website for free, donation requested. if you enjoy their angular brand of post-punk, it's more than worth your time. if you've never heard them, i'm not sure it's the best place to start("unsettled", their last long-playing disc is fantastic), but it's free. check it out. go see them on their last tour.

famine of peste noire did an interesting interview over at diabolical conquest. it's worth reading, especially if you wanted to know the story behind their demo titled "aryan supremacy". black metal, man. what a weird culture.

Friday, August 14, 2009

oh, chicago

dusty grooves america is having a sidewalk sale tomorrow, from noon to five. i will be there, attempting to educate myself as soul is something i dig on, but don't know much about. it's supposed to be hot as balls tomorrow, too. this is unfortunate.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

shellac played millennium park last night, and it was fantastic, though terribly surreal. millennium park shows always attract an eclectic crowd, with an emphasis on hipsters, and families. my friend patrick, who is the most charming misanthrope i know, was hoping that they'd play "prayer to god"(the song above) mostly to shock the parents in attendance. they did, gloriously, and with no acknowledgment that they were in the heart of downtown chicago. steve albini's screams of "just fucking kill him" echoed off the buildings and probably could be heard faintly by those dining at the yacht club near the lake. they were in rare form, tearing through classics like "copper", and newer songs like "the end of radio" and "steady as she goes". i entirely regret not paying more attention to their set at touch and go's 25th show.

shearwater opened, and while i am not the most familiar with them, their english-folk tinged indie rock histrionics were most enjoyable.

in other news, salome has posted their cover of fugazi's blueprint on their myspace. it's pretty fucking fantastic. they are also touring this september, so if you get a chance, you should check them out. one imagines they are crushing.

Monday, August 10, 2009

guess what i'm doing this weekend?

oh man, i am excited to finally see harvey danger.