Sunday, July 29, 2007
dc space reunion preview
The list of performers reads like a who's-who of mostly-old-school DC goodness:
Rambling Shadows (ex-Crippled Pilgrims, High Back Chairs, Velvet Monkeys)
The Beatnik Flies
Mark Noone (ex-Slickee Boys - supposedly being backed-up by The Beatnik Flies)
Chuck Brown (Go-Go legend and Kennedy Center honoree)
Ruthie & the Wranglers
Rustbuckit (ex-Black Market Baby, Government Issue)
Tiny Desk Unit (first band to ever play the OLD 9:30 Club)
The Howling Mad (ex-Razz)
9353 (ex-covering the entire city in colorful flyers)
Ottley (ex-Slickees - Martha! and Marshall)
plus former members of Murder Ink, Urban Verbs and lots more. And these are just the names I recognize.
The downside is that it looks like each act is only getting 10 minutes. The show looks like it's running from 4:30pm-1:00am. Yowza. And that's if everything goes smoothly.
I just realized that there's not a Dischord-related person to be seen in the full list of performers (with the exception of one member of The Rambling Shadows, who was in the wonderful High Back Chairs). Kind of surprising. Not sure what's going on there.
Still - no complaints. I'll probably never get the chance to see Tiny Desk Unit again. I'll gladly pay $20 to see 9353 play for 10 minutes. Besides - It's a benefit for Tom Terrell. Learn more about Tom from the Post link above.
It looks like it's gonna be a fun night. I'll probably get there around 8:00. If you know me - say hi. It's gonna be a long night to hang out by myself.
I was going to put up a pic of the old dc space, but a Google image search quickly returned 2 pictures of Starbucks. That just depresses me.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
The Return of Faraquet?
The members of Faraquet have announced plans to re-unite for a Brazilian tour this September and are gathering recordings from their various singles to look into re-issuing them onto a CD compilation. The Brazilian shows will feature a line-up featuring original members, Chad Molter and Devin Ocampo -- but not Jeff Boswell. However, the band hopes to play DC area shows upon the release of the CD with the full original line-up. Faraquet tour dates will be posted on the tours page as soon as they are confirmed.
Faraquet is like the jazzy older brother of Medications. Amazing band that I regrettably missed the first time around.
hmmm...According to the Medications website their drummer left the band. That's a shame. He was amazing to watch play. I'm glad I saw them at Fort Reno last week. "...medications will exist in a drummer-less state for the time being." Rats.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
John Stabb - former leader of harDCore legends Government Issue and later of The Factory Incident - was assaulted by 5 teenagers a block from his house last week. You can read the details here. It sounds like there's going to be some extensive surgery involved in his recovery. There's a website setup here for donations and what looks like a possible upcoming benefit. It's kind of early for any details on that. Keep checking back.
(photo taken from Dischord)
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Baseball, You Bet
You fry it - I'll eat it.
You fry it and smother it with Old Bay - I'll fight you to the death for it.
Night Out At The Nationals was fun. They actually won. Go figure.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Benefit for Tom Terrell
d.c. space reunion to benefit Tom Terrell
Sunday 7/29 at the 9:30 Club
featuring music, poetry, art, and films from:
Ajax • Amy Pickering • Avery Steck • Beatnik Flies • Bill Kamens • Bill Warrell • Hamiet Bluiett • Bobby Donovan • Charles Blume • Cynthia Connolly • Darryl Burrell • Dave Hammerly • Dody DiSanto • Dot & Charles Steck • E Ethelbert Miller • Esmirelda • Guy Picciotto • The Howling Mad • I Am I/ Paul Bishow • Iona Brown • Jalani Horton • James Schneider • The Jazz Trio • Jean Homza • Jeff Krulik • Jen Semo & Jenn Thomas & Tommy Osborne • Jenny Toomey • Joyce Lacovara • Juliana Luecking • Karl Straub • King Giant • Lucy Murphy • Mark Noone • Morley • 9353 • Oliver Lake • Ottley • The Pietasters • Rambling Shadows • Reuben Jackson • Rustbuckit • Ruthie & Wranglers • Sunny Sumter • Sylvana Straw • Tom Fry • Tom Terrell • Traciana Graves • Virginia & The Blue Dots • Willy Yowaiski • and more to be announced!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Thank You. Come Again.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Smashing Pumpkins at 9:30
I didn't plan on going. I didn't even bother trying to get tickets when they went on sale. But on Monday somebody pointed out to me that they released a bunch of tickets. click-click-click. 3 minutes later I had a pair. Excellent. I'm all for minimal-effort.
We timed everything pretty much perfectly. I took off work a little early, so we had time for dinner. Got in line at 8:00. Inside by 9:00. Got a decent spot and had just started beer #2 when they came on around 9:40.
The show was setup like a big political rally. I missed the hijinx before the show, but inside the club was covered in flags, red, white and blue bunting and balloons. Before the band came out a barbershop quartet came out for a few tunes.
The show was fantastic. A little bit of everything. All the hits, deeper cuts, new stuff, a mini-acoustic set, unreleased stuff and a surprising about of jamming. The rockers rocked hard. The dreamy and acoustic stuff was sweet.
I never realized that Billy is actually a good guitar player. Jimmy is a monster on drums. It's no secret that the rest of the band are pretty much hired-guns, but I don't care. I have no emotional attachment to the band. I just came to rock. Say what you want about Corgan and his ego-driven, power-hungry, money-grubbing ways - the man brought the rock in a big way on Tuesday.
29 songs in just over 3 hours. Yes - THREE hours. A bit too long, IMHO. Especially when you consider that 1 of the 3 encores was an unreleased 20+ minute psychedelic jam. People were leaving in droves by that point. I was actually digging that for a while (and it was great to have that extra space) but it went on at least 5 minutes too long. I know it seems lame to complain about getting too much music, but you want people to leave thinking "Wow! That was great!" - not thinking to themselves "Ugh - I've had enough. I'd rather be home in bed."
So the show was an unexpected treat. Dinger loved it. Me too. MUCH better than the fiasco of a show we saw the last time we saw them. Most crowded show ever and not a hit song to be seen. Ugh.
Here's the Post's review. This guy's an ass. It's pretty obvious he decided it was going to suck before he got there.
Decent video of "Today" and "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" here.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
...looking at the peaches
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Make Way For Monster Jealousy
That thumping sound you hear is me banging my head on my desk. R.E.M. is killing me with these Dublin shows.
West of the Fields
f-cking Kohoutek????? They haven't played that in over 20 years!
Just shoot me now.
(The photo is taken from REMhq. I assume it's by Chris Bilheimer, but I'm not 100% sure.)
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
| w/ Kristeen Young|
Tuesday, July 3
Morrissey’s concert at Rams Head Live scheduled for tonight, the 3rd of July, has been POSTPONED due to illness.
Monday, July 02, 2007
This Is Not A Show
This just makes me want to cry. I can't believe I didn't go to these.
R.E.M. debuts new "guitar-heavy" material in Dublin. They're playing 5-nights, testing out new songs for their upcoming record. They're calling it a "working-rehearsal."
Word is that it harkens back to the heavier, Hi-Fi and Monster-era guitar sound. In a small theater. In Europe. sigh... The older tracks filling out the shows include nuggets like "Little America", "Sitting Still", "Second Guessing", "Maps and Legends", "Letter Never Sent", "1,000,000" and more. And there are still 2 more shows to go.
Please, please, please come home and do something like this. I'd be on a plane in a heartbeat.
(pic blatantly taken from the Rolling Stone link above.)