don't you tell me how i feel.

flashback friday: “i do not want this” by don't you tell me how i feel.
November 15, 2013, 7:15 am
Filed under: trent

After three-plus years of opining, showgoing, flashbacking and photographing misguided graffiti, this is the end. BEAUTIFUL FRIEND.

Seriously, though. Thank you for reading.

Also, this:



steele & v

paging ian curtis by v
November 13, 2013, 7:10 am
Filed under: creepy in an awesome way, gothy shit, New music, Shit I Like

Holy Joy Division, Soviet Soviet.

hook, line, etc. by v
November 11, 2013, 10:45 am
Filed under: New music, New Shit That Sounds Old, Shit I Like | Tags:

The Hookworms are a Leeds-based, reverb-obsessed band whose new Pearl Mystic is dizzyingly good, if you’re into the whole psychedelic thing. “Since We Had Changed” has opium den written all over it.

flashback friday: “breaking the girl” by v
November 8, 2013, 7:14 am
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This, to my mind, was RHCP at their most tender-but-tough — dramatically drawn out syllables, flutes, and all that raucous percussion at the end. I don’t know that I necessarily imagine Anthony Kiedis (in a Princess Leia ‘do) and co. gallivanting among odd rock formations when I hear it, but hey. It’s basically the “Give it Away” video with more color and less skin.

FUUUUUN FACT: The inimitable Blood Sugar Sex Magik was actually recorded in the former (reportedly haunted) home of Harry Houdini, at the suggestion of a one Rick Rubin.

royal flush by v
November 6, 2013, 7:10 am
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The new Idle No More from King Khan & The Shrines is part 1960s high-school slow dance, part jubilant soul revue. In an age of computer-based everything and ethereal whisper-singing, it’s nice to to hear some unapologetic brass.

i likes what i sees by v
November 4, 2013, 7:19 am
Filed under: badass, Shit I love, Shows | Tags: , ,


Last week I finally got to see Thee Oh Sees, who have topped my please-tour-in-NYC list for some time, at Irving Plaza (only to discover that they later added a Brooklyn show, which rankled a bit).

But fiiiiirst, the openers. Minneapolis-based The Blind Shake were pretty straightforward rock — supershort songs, ample shouting, nary a bass in sight. No complaints from me.

More objectionable were OBN IIIs, an Austin band with a frontman whose obvious Iggy Pop aspirations ruined them for me in the first two minutes (no offense to Mr. Pop). He played no instruments and his voice was nothing to write home about — instead, his role was to fist pump, play air guitar, stage dive, heckle the audience, and engage in every other rock ‘n’ roll trope imaginable. So I hated him, but his band was actually great. Maybe they’ll wise up.

Thee Oh Sees were every bit the hyper-professionals I expected: John Dwyer is an insane guitar vituoso, Brigid Dawson’s harmonies are clearly the secret weapon, and the entire band sounds like they’re tripping over themselves to get through the songs — you almost feel like you can’t breathe, it’s so dizzyingly fast (but always masterfully executed). Also, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen so quite many crowd surfers or beer cups thrown at a show.

Unfortunately, the band had some sound issues that resulted in an encoreless set, and Dwyer started verbally lambasting the sound guy for texting during the performance instead of resolving the problem. Immediately after the show, you could see him onstage still yelling and gesturing angrily over it.

You can see better images of the show here.


saturday link puke by v
November 2, 2013, 11:30 am
Filed under: link puke

> Kanye postpones Yeezus tour

> Some people are, uh, not feeling the new Arcade Fire

> Laurie Anderson’s Lou Reed tribute

> Aaaaand Nas + Harvard