Monday, December 11, 2006

Wankers Bollocks Up Clinic Gig

A Clinic-headlined show, scheduled for the 14th at Central St. Martin's College in London, has been cancelled due to "pressure from a small minority of students, who saw the show as a perceived disruption to their studies and were threatening to stage a sit-in protest," according to Domino's website. Also slated to perform in the label showcase were Archie Bronson Outfit, These New Puritans and some DJs.

The Liverpudlian Art rockers have been officially rejected by CSM, adding to the long history of legitimate brilliance snubbed by the university. Really, though, which term is the greater oxymoron, "art rock" or "art school?" Art students who already bought tickets are invited to see the band somewhere else in London in February, still to be decided, but they are advised to finish their art homework first. Blimey.

If you're not sure what the school is, think back to Jarvis Cocker's Greek girlfriend in Common People or that building right across from my old flat in London. If only I still lived there, we could all get together and throw eggs from my balcony.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Rudolph Tonight

Tonight marks the 42nd anniversary of the first broadcast of animated classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It comes too early in the christmas season to be noticed by the adult world, so I'd like to take a moment to remind the world that it's on.

It's worth watching for Burl Ives' Sam the Snowman alone. Sam is, after all, the greatest singing snowman ever.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

VU & Nico Acetate on eBay Auction

"In September of 2002 Warren Hill of Montreal Canada was perusing a box of records at a Chelsea, New York street sale when he happened upon a nice Leadbelly 10" on Folkways, a water damaged copy of the first Modern Lovers LP on Beserkely, and a brittle 12" piece of acetone-covered aluminum with the words "Velvet Underground. 4-25-66. Att N. Dolph" written on the label. He purchased the three records for 75 cents each."

And until the end of December 8, every man, woman and child with access to Nazi gold and the internet has a chance to make it their own.

As I write this, the bid has raised to over $100,500, making it already the third most valuable record in existence, just passing the infamous "butcher" sleeve alternate version of The Beatles' Yesterday and Today. Its value is rapidl y gaining weight, approaching a 1958 Quarrymen acetate of That'll Be The Day ($180,000) and the astronomically valuable pressing of John and Yoko's Double Fantasy ($505,000), autographed less than 5 hours before Lennon's assassination.

The record is so valuable because of its rarity--it's the only one--but its story is even more remarkable. It's likely that the record's true history will never be known, which is a fortunate case for the extremely unfortunate, who were completely unaware of their possession and essentially threw away what could possibly become the most valuable record of all time.

This record's future, and more importantly, its content's, is currently uncertain. It contains alternate versions and mixes of nearly every song on the Andy Warhol produced album, including a "much more poppy" version of Femme Fatale, completely different versions of European Son and Heroin, as well as other great stuff. In other words, we might see some lost Velvet Fucking Underground tracks come to light but it's also just possible that David Bowie will buy the record and only play it for members of Arcade Fire.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Dec Releases

This December promises a total lack of interesting rock releases. Use this time to reflect on the year to date and save your cash for January, which will be loaded with new cds to get. Clinic, Deerhoof, Of Montreal, The Shins, Lily Allen, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, just to name a few, all have new albums planned for January.

In the meantime, I'll be planning my Top 10 of 2006, which luckily won't be interrupted by any remarkable new releases.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving Part II

I am also thankful for this video.

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm thankful for this video.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Sufjan Stevens' Songs For Christmas

My review for The L Magazine... and beyond!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Dean & Britta Plan

Of the three major incarnations of Dean--that is, Galaxie 500, Luna, and simply Dean Wareham, chronologically--you might suppose that the latter is the least remarkable. After all, when artists revert to the name's their parents gave them, it's a kiss of death, a sad and slow deterioration into obscurity. Will this be the beginning of indie rock 'n roll retirement? No, silly!

Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips are still relevant after all these years. Which brings me to my point (besides reminding you of their general brilliance). They're planning more work. An EP, Words You Used to Say, was just released to promote an upcoming LP.

I'll stake my credibility on it being very good, probably even better than L'Avventura. Why? A hunch. Geraldo Rivera twice bet his mustache on miracles, once on Bush regaining the White House and another time on a not-guilty verdict for Michael Jackson. Maybe I should bet something a little more substantial than my credibility, like my Member's Only jacket collection.
The EP has one new song, which you can hear on their myspace page, and some covers.

They're known now simply as Dean & Britta, fittingly, because their first names enough. If you're, like, "Dean and Britta who?"... Seriously.