Friday, March 31, 2006

Band of Horses

Wow, I love this song. It's called "The Funeral" and it's by a band called Band of Horses, who hail from Seattle, WA. They have been getting a ton of hype recently, in particular, surrounding their performance at SXSW and the recent glowing review in Pitchfork. I think the closest comparison (for this song, anyway, is My Morning Jacket). Check it out for yourself.

Band of Horses - The Funeral

3/28/06 Playlist

Here is the playlist for Dividing By Zero Will Get You Nowhere on March 28, 2006. LIsten online every Tuesday Night from 8-10 p.m. on KWUR 90.3 FM or

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  • Bell Orchestre - Throw It On A Fire - Bell Orchestre
  • The Secret Machines - Alone, Jealous, and Stoned - Ten Silver Drops
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth - s/t
  • Bishop Allen - The Rabbit - January
  • The Deathray Davies - I Regret the Day I Tried to Steal Daniel's Ego - Midnight at the Black Nail Polish Factory
  • Tight Pants Syndrome - Your Buzz Is Safe With Me - demo
  • Spoon - Fitted Shirt - Girls Can Tell
  • Eels - Pretty Ballerina -Live at Town Hall
  • Jens Lekman - You Are the Light - When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog
  • The Light Footwork - Rapture Good, Rapture Bad - One State, Two State
  • Band of Horses - The Funeral - Everything All the Time
  • Built to Spill - Conventional Wisdom - You in Reverse
  • Destroyer - Priest's Knees - Destroyer's Rubies
  • Butthole Surfers - The Colored FBI Guy - Widowmaker EP
  • Head of Femur - Percy - Hysterical Stars
  • Dozemarypool - Girl From Okinawa - s/t
  • Buzzcocks - Have You Ever Fallen In Love? - Love Bites
  • Circle Jerks - In Your Eyes - Gig
  • Operation Ivy - Sound System - Energy
  • Mogwai - Friend of the Night - Mr. Beast
  • Sullen - Strawberry Blonde - Paint the Moon
  • Tarkio - Eva Luna - Omnibus - Kill Rock Stars
  • The Cloud Room - We Sleep in the Ocean - The Cloud Room
  • Midlake - Roscoe - Midlake
  • Grizzly Bear - Owner of a Lonely Heart - Sorry for the Delay
  • Drive-by Truckers - Wednesday - A Blessing and a Curse

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Diamond Nights live

Diamond Nights
March 27, 2006 - The Gargoyle

I think I finally figured out the difference between Diamond Nights and The Darkness -- the choruses. The Darkness writes hella choruses. Magnificent and soaring. Diamond Nights on the other hand, write great bridges, packed with accelerating tension and anticipation, but once the chorus arrives, they don't kick it up a notch - they bring it back down, playing it calm with a sly smile. On one hand, it's frustrating, but on the other, if you are in the right mood (and I haven't quite pinpointed what mood that is), there is a certain coolness and satisfaction to it. This revelation came to me hen I saw Diamond Nights play at Wash U's Gargoyle on Monday, March 27, 2006. They were sandwiched between an awful emo/screamo/crappy band (My American Heart) and a passable, far less annoying emo band (Head Automatica). It seemed like an incredibly odd billing. Singer Morgan Phalen
seemed (understandably) skeptical of the crowd when the show started, but it became obvious that there was a definite contingent in the crowd there specifically to see Diamond Nights (stage right). However, there was also a significant part of the crowd that clearly did not "get" the band and its Thin Lizzy-isms (stage left). As the crowd warmed up, the band got more and more into the performance, with Phalen making his way into the crowd by the end of the set. They played through all the highlights of their latest album, including "The Girl's Attractive," "Saturday Fantastic," and ""Diamond Destination." They dedicated the song "Dirty Thief" to the "dirty, dirty girls" at a "dirty club in the middle of the woods on the East Side" that they visited the last time they were in town, lamenting the fact that they did not leave a bread crumb trail so they could find their way back this time around. By the end of the set the crowd was enthusiastic despite the idiot that yelled "Head Automatica" at a quiet moment at the end of the show, when the band and the crowd were clearly clicking. Oh well...

Monday, March 27, 2006

Listen to my radio shows anytime!

Yeah, that's right, we are finally archiving the shows on the radio station. For the time being, you can listen to my March 21, 2006 show here. The first song on the file is actually the last song from the show before, so my show doesn't start until about 4:14 into the file. I'm working on editing it down and turning it into a podcast, so enjoy for the time being.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Diamond Nights

Diamond Nights are playing at the The Gargoyle on Monday, March 27 with Head Automatica. Diamond Nights play music in the vein of Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, or even the Rolling Stones but deliver it with the attitude of The Darkness. It should be a good show...

Diamond Nights - The Girl's Attractive
Diamond Nights - Dirty Thief
Diamond Nights - Destination Diamonds

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Built to Spill Show Rescheduled

The Built to Spill show scheduled to occur on April 16, 2006 at Mississippi Nights has been rescheduled to September 17, 2006 and will presumably also occur at Mississippi Nights. The band had to postpone several weeks of their spring tour due to an eye injury suffered by Doug Martsch while playing basketball. September 17 is a Sunday for those of you keeping track of that sort of thing...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

3/21/06 Playlist

Here is the playlist for Dividing By Zero Will Get You Nowhere on Tuesday, March 21, 2006. Listen online every Tuesday night from 8-10 pm at, or, if you are near Washington University, the old fashioned way at 90.3 on the FM dial.

  • The Darkness - Girlfriend - One Way Ticket To Hell... and Back
  • The Boy Least Likely To - I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon To Your Star - The Best Party Ever
  • Berry - Broken Machine - Marriage
  • Mates of State - Nature and the Wreck - Bring It Back
  • Mission of Burma - Einstein's Day - Vs.
  • Page France - Junkyard - Hello, Dear Wind
  • The M's - Shawnee Dupree - Future Women
  • Calexico - All Systems Red - Garden Ruins
  • Drive-by Truckers - Easy on Yourself - A Blessing and A Curse
  • DeVotchKa - Queen of the Surface Streets - Una Volta
  • Crooked Fingers - Call to Love - Dignity & Shame
  • M Ward - Sad Sad Song - Transfiguration Of Vincent
  • Blanche - Do You Trust Me? - If We Can't Trust the Doctors
  • The Raconteurs - Steady As She Goes - single
  • The Wood Brothers - Chocolate On My Tongue - Ways Not To Lose
  • Spinto Band - Oh Mandy - Nice and Nicely Done
  • Tapes 'n' Tapes - Insistor - The Loon
  • Stephen Malkmus - Baby C'mon - Face the Truth
  • Mates of State - Fraud in the 80's - Bring It Back
  • Devo - Jerkin Back'n'Forth - New Traditionalists
  • Of Montreal - The Party's Crashing Us - The Sunlandic Twins
  • Hockey Night - Tubin' - Keep Guessin'
  • Owls - Everyone is My Friend - s/t
  • Diamond Nights - The Girls Attractive - Popsicle
  • The Go! Team - Huddle Flash - Audio Assault Course: The College Radio Sessions
  • Doves - Gone 'Till November - BBC Sessions

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


So I saw Wilco at The Pageant here on Sunday night. This show sold out in a few hours. I will never understand why they don't play more than one night in St. Louis, because St. Louis loves them some Wilco. It was a great set, and they played some older songs - "Monday", "Passenger Side", "Casino Queen", and Uncle Tupelo's "New Madrid"... Tweedy was more manic than depressive this show, which is nice as a fan. It was a way more upbeat song than the show they did at the Fox Theater in 2004. Tweedy's parents were in attendence and, as he usually does when his dad is there, he played a song for his dad. At the Fox show, it was "Casino Queen". At this show it was "Walken", a new song that they recently wrote and I saw them play in Austin last September at Stubb's and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and is now apparently his dad's favorite song.

The whole setlist, from WilcoBase:

1. Airline To Heaven
2. Kingpin
3. Handshake Drugs
4. A Shot In The Arm
5. At Least That's What You Said
6. Hell Is Chrome
7. Spiders (Kidsmoke)
8. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
9. Forget The Flowers
10. War On War
11. Jesus, Etc.
12. Hummingbird
13. The Good Part
14. Walken
15. Heavy Metal Drummer
16. Theologians
17. I'm The Man Who Loves You
18. Monday

Encore 1:
19. Passenger Side
20. New Madrid
21. California Stars
22. The Late Greats

Encore 2:
23. Casino Queen
24. I'm A Wheel

Saturday, March 18, 2006


The lineup for this year's Lollapalooza was announced this week. While there is a lot to scoff at, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, Broken Social Scene, The New Pornographers, The Secret Machines, The Shins, Eels, The Go! Team, Death Cab For Cutie, Iron & Wine, Mates of State, Calexico, Ween, Reverend Horton Heat, The Smoking Popes, Andrew Bird, Gnarls Barkley, Stars, Of Montreal, The Raconteurs (Jack White and Brendan Benson) all make for a solid festival.

This year, the fest is being expanded to three days. We can only hope it won't be 110 degrees out like it was last year....

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Manu Chao, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, The Raconteurs, The Flaming Lips, Ween, Queens of the Stone Age, The Shins, Common, Matisyahu, Ryan Adams, Umphrey's McGee, Sonic Youth, Thievery Corporation, Sleater-Kinney, Nickel Creek, Blues Traveler, Broken Social Scene, The New Pornographers, Iron & Wine, Poi Dog Pondering, The Secret Machines, Eels, Panic! At the Disco, The Disco Biscuits, Reverend Horton Heat, The Smoking Popes, Andrew Bird, Gnarls Barkley, Stars, Cursive, Blackalicious, Editors, Lyrics Born, Lady Sovereign, Calexico, Nada Surf, Feist, Aqualung, The Frames, The Hold Steady, The Go! Team, Mates of State, Pepper, Particle, The Redwalls, Mute Math, Wolfmother, Sparta, The Subways, Of Montreal, Blue October, Jeremy Enigk, Living Things, Sound Team, The M's, Hot Chip, The Benevento-Russo Duo, Matt Costa, The New Amsterdams, deadboy & the Elephantmen, Sybris, Anathallo, The Burden Brothers, What Made
Milwaukee Famous, Manishevitz, Husky Rescue, The Towers of London, Ohmega Watts, Boy Kill Boy, Jim Noir, The Standard, Be Your Own Pet, Elvis Perkins, Trevor Hall, and Midlake.

March Madness

I am only doing one bracket this year, which makes it a lot easier to watch games. In the past, when I would have three or four brackets, I could always justify not being upset when a pick lost, because I probably picked the winner in one of my other brackets. That being said, I am 27-5 in first round games this year.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Arch Rival Rollergirls

Arch Rival Rollergirls is St. Louis' all-girl Roller Derby League. On Saturday, March 18, 2006, they are having a benefit show featuring Riddle of Steel, The UnMutuals, and The Bureau. Should be a lot of Rock in the room that. So go out, support the team, drink some beer and enjoy the Rock. The last Arch Rival Benefit sold out super fast, so be sure to get there early.

Riddle of Steel - Deeper Still
Riddle of Steel - Our Guitars Are Haunted
Riddle of Steel - One Inch Deep

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Berry is from Greenville, Illinois, which is located about 50 miles east of St. Louis. They play music that ranges from atmospheric and moody to upbeat and almost poppy. They have recently remastered their debut full length, Marriage, which is available in stores today. You can check out their website or their myspace page for details. They play around town fairly frequently, so you should definitely check them out. If you listen to my radio show, you know I'm a fan of these guys. They are playing the Wall of Sound Festival on April 8 in Ft. Worth with Okkervil River, Low, Starlight Mints, The Deathray Davies, the paper chase, and Baboon.

Berry - Broken Machine
Berry - Fiftyeight

Good Day, Tater

Monday, March 13, 2006

Spring Break

I won't be doing a show this week, as the University is on Spring Break. I hope those crazy kids are having fun. I'll be watching Scrubs.

The Boy Least Likely To

The Boy Least Likely To is a great band from England. Veering precariously close to twee, the self-described indie-folk band plays bright and poppy music employing everything from banjos to mandolins to recorders to glockenspiels. You can check out their myspace page here. The band is currently touring the U.S., with a show at South by Southwest in Austin this week. The closest they come to St. Louis is a show in Chicago on March 25, 2006, at the Riviera Theater.

The Boy Least Likely To - Be Gentle With Me
The Boy Least Likely To - I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon To Your Star

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Serena Maneesh

Norwegian (deep breath...) psychedelic-indie-pop-shoegaze band Serena Maneesh will be playing at the Creepy Crawl this Sunday, March 12 with Crown Atlantic, August In December, Eclectic Fusion, and Say Panther at the Creepy Crawl. It should be a good show (or at least, interesting). If I wasn't going to be on a plane heading back from a wedding in Texas Sunday, I would definitely check them out. I mean, they're from Norway, right?

Serena Maneesh - Un-Deux

3/7/06 Playlist

This is the Playlist for Dividing By Zero Will Get You Nowhere on March 7, 2006:

  • Neko Case - Star Witness - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
  • My Morning Jacket - Lay Low - Z
  • Page France - Jesus - Hello Dear Wind
  • Belle and Sebastian - The Blues are Still Blue - The Life Pursuit
  • The Secret Machines - Lightning Blue Eyes - Ten Silver Drops
  • Slow Parade - Will, Not - Over the Bear
  • The Boy Least Likely To - Be Gentle With Me - The Best Party Ever
  • Mates of State - Goods (All in Your Head) - All Day
  • Ghosts In Light - Evil Happy Jack - Dead Eyes and A Traveling Mind
  • The Polyphonic Spree - Move Away and Shine - Thumbsucker
  • Modest Mouse - Paper Thin Walls - The Moon and Antarctica
  • Centro-matic - Triggers and Trash Heaps - Fort Recovery
  • The Flaming Lips - The W.A.N.D. - At War With the Mystics
  • I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - According to Plan - Fear Is On Our Side
  • Arab Strap - Dream Sequence - The Last Romance
  • Head of Femur - Manhattan - Hysterical Stars
  • Starlight Mints - Seventeen Devils - Drowaton
  • The Paper Chase - God Is in the House - The Paper Chase and Xiu Xiu Cover Nick Cave
  • The Fiery Furnaces -I'm In No Mood - Bitter Tea
  • Laurie Anderson - O Superman - O Superman
  • Columbus - Free Girl - Debut EP
  • The Holy Hand Grenades - Yellow Jacket - Wrong Move
  • Def Leppard - High 'n Dry (Saturday Night) - High 'n' Dry

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Bachelor Party, minus Tom Hanks

So, I went to a buddy's bachelor party in Kansas City this weekend. It was good times - relatively tame. Poker on Friday night, laziness on Saturday afternoon. We were supposed to play golf, but the weather was crap so we didn't. Instead, we decided to go to the Boats (casinos, for those of you not in Missouri) at 3:00pm or so, before we went to dinner. Almost all of us won money (Blackjack and craps....), which was nice. But here's the weird thing-- when I walked into the bathroom, "Step Into My Office, Baby" by Belle and Sebastian was playing on the speakers. WTF? That seemed an incredibly random song for me to be hearing at a Harrah's casino in the middle of nowhere. Anyway, I enjoyed it while I could and tried not to think about it too much... So, I moved along, we left the casino, ate some barbeque, went to some bars, came back home and started another poker game around 3:15am (which I won). All in all, a pretty good weekend.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

2/28/06 Playlist

Here's the playlist for Dividing By Zero Will Get You Nowhere on February 28, 2006. I was having some severe technical difficulties in the studio with the board and monitor, so I apologize to those that listened for any problems with the broadcast.

  • The Black Heart Procession - The Letter - The Spell
  • m83 - A Guitar and a Heart - Before the Dawn Heals Us
  • Mogwai - Friend of the Night - Mr. Beast
  • Built to Spill - Goin' Against Your Mind - You In Reverse
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dudley - Show Your Bones
  • Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins - The Big Guns - Rabbit Fur Coat
  • Neko Case - Star Witness - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
  • Mellowdrone - Oh My - Box
  • Depeche Mode - John the Revelator - Playing the Angel
  • Bishop Allen - The Rabbit - January
  • Team Tomato - Newlywed Deception - Lie Down With Dogs
  • Arctic Monkeys - The View From the Afternoon - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
  • UFOFU - The Skies Magnify Me - UFOFU
  • Sun Kil Moon - Never Ending Math Equation - Tiny Cities
  • Tarkio - Helena Won't Get Stoned - Omnibus
  • Sonic Youth - Simpson's Theme - All Tommorrow's Parties
  • NOFX - Everything in Moderation (Especially Moderation) - Never Trust a Hippy
  • Baboon - Evil - Something Good Is Going to Happen To You
  • The Darkness - Girlfriend - One Way Ticket to Hell... and Back
  • Super Furry Animals - Lazer Beam - Love Kraft
  • Broken Social Scene - Fire Eye'd Boy - s/t
  • The Clientele - Since K Got Over Me - Strange Geometry
  • dios (malos) - I want it ALL - s/t
  • Head of Femur - Ringodom or Protector - Hysterical Stars
  • We Are Scientists - Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt - With Love and Squalor
  • Arab Strap - There Is No Ending - The Last Romance