Thursday, May 24, 2007

Moving Right Along

I ain't dead. Just been in the process of moving into the confides of our newly acquired StL digs. Expect plenty of posts coming in the near future. Hell, I got plenty of shit to talk about...

In the mean time, head over to the Adult Swim site to swoop a badass mp3 compilation they're giving away for free. The comp features Les Savy Fav, TV On The Radio, The Good, The Bad and The Queen, The Raveonettes, Liars, and many more. Check it out right HERE.

I'll holla at y'all soon...

Monday, May 07, 2007

DBT, G.N.'R., StL

Over the past year I've been happily swimming through the Drive-By Truckers catalog. The Mrs. and I caught their live rock show back in October... well, actually we just posted up at this bar next door to the outdoor venue and kicked back some beers with locals. Regardless, we had a blast and we were pretty amped when the Truckers released the details on their "Dirt Underneath Tour." Essentially, they wanted to do an acoustic "storytellers" type of mini-tour and, fortunately for us, the band was going to be in Austin for a couple nights.

As it turns out, we caught the second night of their Texas stay and we couldn't have been more happy with the set. It was a sit-down event, which definitely made the ol' lady happy, and what an event it was. Just before the show started some nasty storms were a brewing which lead the band to appropriately start the set off with "Tornados" off of The Dirty South. For the following 2+ hours the Truckers intimately steered through a wonderful set. They shared plenty of new jams, stories behind old ones, and passed around a jug of Jack Daniels in between. As if this type of set wasn't enough of a treat, the band brought the legendary Spooner Oldham along for the ride to hold down the keys. Homeboy's played and toured with everyone from Bob Dylan to Aretha Franklin to Wilson Pickett to Neil Young to Frank Black. Dang! Impressive...

Anywho, I'm going to go ahead and share a couple live cuts from their Georgia set, courtesy of radiokgb (very awesome site by the way--check it out). The first track, "Bob," is a Mike Cooley tune and it's wonderful. Humorous and catchy as hell--go figure. Cooley introduced it as a new one, but then confessed that he actually wrote it about 3 years ago. The next, "My Sweet Annette," is a song from Decoration Day, definitely one of the bands strongest albums as far as I'm concerned.
  • D.B.T. - bob
  • D.B.T. - my sweet annette

    While I'm in the spirit of sharing music, idolator posted the title track to mildly anticipated Guns N' Roses album, Chinese Democracy. I'd love to hate it and talk about how Axl is a total white-trash hoser that wears lame-ass hockey jerseys. Unfortunately (I guess), this song fucking rocks. Check it out:
  • Guns N' Roses - chinese democracy

    That's all I got for now. We're moving back to St. Louie this weekend. Feels weird just typing it...
  • Saturday, May 05, 2007

    The Queers - Munki Brain

    After decades of delivering goods to the punk rock masses, Joe Queer is still on top of his game. Honestly, I thought he’d been phoning it in over the past few years, however, Munki Brain erases any doubt I ever had as to whether or not Joe still “had it.” The Beach Boys influence is more prevalent on this release than any other Queers album I’m familiar with. “I Think She’s Starting To Like Me” is a prime example—an upbeat piano-driven pop tune laced with infectious vocal harmonies that would make Brian Wilson weep.

    The instrumentation is noteworthy as well. On top of the speedy power-pop-punk Queers fans are used to, Munki Brain showcases keys, brass, and even an upright bass. An interesting note: Joe sought outside help for a good portion of these songs. He even enlisted the expertise of his infamous pop punk peer on a couple tracks, Ben Weasel. The moral of the story is this: Munki Brain is a damn-fine album and I encourage any dude who’s ever dug a Queers song to swoop this gem.

  • the Queers - houston we have a problem

    Buy the album HERE.