Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A Few Things

Here are a few things I've been enjoying on YouTube recently.

I just discovered this gem, the video for "Pump Up the Volume" by MARRS:

If you're one of those people who have always been curious to see The Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of The Moon playing, but have never had the chance or initiative to actually take the time to put the two together, here's a 10-minute clip someone put together just for people like you:

Finally and randomly, I might add, here is the video for Wolf Parade's "Modern World":

Bouncing Souls

I know it's pretty last-minute of me to remind you that Bouncing Souls are playing tonight at the Gargoyle with Street Dogs, Whole Wheat Bread, and Left Alone, but that's exactly what I'm doing. Bouncing Souls are one punk band that I continue to listen to throughout the years, even as my music tastes change, morph, and broaden. Their knack for a brain-drilling melody and their street sense help them transcend any allegations of trendiness or bandwagon hopping.

Bouncing Souls - Gold Song
Bouncing Souls - Sing Along Forever
Bouncing Souls - Punks in Vegas
Bouncing Souls - True Believers
Bouncing Souls - Code Blue (TSOL cover)
Bouncing Souls - Night on Earth
Bouncing Souls - Kate Is Great

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

MMJ Live @ The Pageant

You can dowload My Morning Jacket's recent stellar performance at The Pageant HERE in mp3, ogg, and flac format.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Would Boris Yeltsin ever poison an ex-KGB spy? I think not. And the members of Springfield, MO-based Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin probably don't think so, either.... but I don't know for sure. Don't worry, though -- you can ask them yourself when they perform at the Creepy Crawl on Tuesday, December 12, with The Changes. You know you want to.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Oregon Girl
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - House Fire
The Changes - When I Wake

Mississippi Nights

Well, the rumor mill's at it again; this time, it's another rumor predicting the closing of Mississippi Nights. It apparently has to do with the new Casino being built on the Landing. Is this true? Are they planning on moving to a new location? Please comment if you know anything more. Hopefully, it's only a rumor.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Oranges Band

The Oranges Band are playing at Off Broadway this Tuesday, November 28th, with local bizarre-pop band Shed Shot. I'm a big fan of The Oranges Band's jangly take on pop-punk and power pop. A definite point of reference is Ted Leo, but listen to the mp3's provided below to make up your own mind. I am definitely looking forward to the show.

The Oranges Band - If These Stars Are Struck
The ORanges Band - All The Ghosts In Your House
The Oranges Band - Stars Are Ours (Stuck)

Silversun Pickups

As Annie Zaleski has astutely noted on the Riverfront Times Blog, Silversun Pickups have canceled their show with Wolfmother tonight and their in-store performance at Vintage Vinyl due to their being booked to perform on David Letterman tomorrow.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

The Conformists

One last thing for this evening - The Conformists' 10th Anniversary show is tonight at the Ground Floor in Belleville. If you have never seen The Conformists live, they are somehting to behold. A band has to be tight to play music that so sounds like it's about to derail at any given moment, and The Conformists are one of the tightest bands around.

The band's newest album, Three Hundred, was produced by Steve Albini and is coming out soon on 54º40' or Fight! Records.

The Conformists - Tax Deduction
The Conformists - Are These Flowers?
The Conformists - These Are Not Flowers

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Southside Rocks Off!

The Bandwitth Collective presents Southside Rocks Off! 2 on Saturday, November 25, 2006.

Southside Rocks Off 2 is a benefit "show of shows" in support of your community radio station 88.1 FM KDHX. The fundraiser is also to promote an up and coming nonprofit organization called Band With Collective that will represent local artists and musicians finding new and creative ways to promote St. Louis Culture.

Wristbands are $10, but you don't need one to enter the venues. All proceeds from the wristbands will be donated to KDHX, who helped make this event possible. Show your wristband and you will get deals on food, drinks and all sorts of other things at participating venues. 40 bands are playing for free to help keep community radio on the air. Please come out and buy a wristband to show your support. Also, Southside Rocks Off t-shirts will be available for purchases at the locations the wrist bands are sold. Come out and support your local artists!

Here's a partial lineup, see the full lineup at the Southside Rocks Off! website:

Café Natasha Kabob International
7:00-7:45 p.m. Ryan Powers
8:00-8:45 p.m. Geoff Koch
9:00-10:15 p.m. Megan Rooney
10:30 -11:45 p.m. Swing Set
12:00-1:00 a.m. Red Eyed Driver

City Diner
9:00-9:45 p.m. The Hibernauts
10:00-10:45 p.m. Tin Whiskey
11:00-11:45 p.m. The Bureau
12:00-1:00 a.m. Miles of Wire

7:00-7:45 p.m. Brian Vaccaro
8:00-8:45 p.m. Joe Eisenbraum
9:00-9:45 p.m. Kevin Buckley
10:00 -10:45 p.m. Red Ass Jones and the Gold Bondsmen
11:00-11:45 a.m. Shed Shot
12:00-1:00 a.m. The Monads

Mangia Italiano
10:30-11:15 p.m. The Ottomen
11:30-12:45 p.m. The Rats and People
1:00-2:00 a.m. Thee Dirty South

9:00-1:00 a.m. Bill Chott’s Film/Improv

Botanicals Design Studio (Get Wristbands Here!)
7:00-7:45 p.m. Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
8:00-9:00 p.m. 7 Shot Screamers

8:00-8:45 p.m. Fertilizer Bomb
9:00-10:00 p.m. Discount Firearm
10:15-11:00 p.m. Spiders and Cowboys
11:15-12:00 a.m. Jetpack
12:15-1:00 a.m. The Sex Robots

King & I Restaurant
7:00-7:45 p.m. The Mound City Benders
8:00-8:45 p.m. The Zodiac Lounge show
9:00-10:00 p.m. John Bonham and Friends

Coffee on Grand (Get Wristbands Here!)
7:00-7:45 p.m. Candy Razor (Winners of the St. Louis Band Scramble)
8:00-8:45 p.m. Ded Bugs
9:00-9:45 p.m. The Pubes
10:00-10:45 p.m. Hipsterphonic
11:00-11:45 p.m. Bug
12:00-1:00 a.m. Low Cycle Hum

7:00-11:45 p.m. Chippwea Chappel Open Mic

Tight Pants Syndrome

In other local music news, Tom from the Tight Pants Syndrome informed me that they are looking for a new female vocalist. So, if you are a female, can sing, and play the keyboard... and live in St. Louis, contact the band via their myspace page. But, I suppose you should know the songs before you tryout, so here's an mp3 for you:

Tight Pants Syndrome - Your Buzz Is Safe With Me ( via yousendit)

The Rock 'n' Roll Craft Show

The Third Rock 'n' Roll Craft Show is taking place this weekend at the Mad Art Gallery in Soulard. There will be tons of local artists and crafts(wo)men selling their wares in time for the holiday season. On top of that, there will be live music from some great local bands. Here's the music lineup:

Saturday, 11/25
1 pm – The Hibernauts
2 pm – Virginia Reel
3 pm – Red Eyed Driver
4 pm – The Joobs
5 pm – Ryne
6 pm – The Bearded Babies
7 pm – Devil Baby Freak Show
8 pm – TBA

Sunday, 11/26
1 pm – Ho Chi Minh Quartet Offensive
2 pm – Madahoochi Acoustic
3 pm – Gentlemen Auction House
4 pm – Fire Dog

Once again, there are a half-billion things to do in St. Louis this weekend. I've got three of them to tell you about and I'm going to separate each of these events into different posts, so bear with me. The first event I want to tell you about is the Thanksgiving Leftovers Party at Off Broadway on Saturday night. Performing that night will be SleepWalker, The Aquatic Record, and "very special roaming performances" by The Monads & Robb Steele. The event is a pot-luck party; bring your Thanksgiving leftovers and get in for $3. Doors are at 8:00pm and the event is 18+.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Coachella '07

Yep. 3 Days.

In honor of this announcement, I give you mp3's from bands that performed the 3 best Coachella performances I have witnessed over the past three years: Daft Punk, Air, and The Arcade Fire.

MP3's (all via yousendit):
Daft Punk - Face to Face
Air - Alpha Beta Gaga
The Arcade Fire - Intervention (live)

Update: see my newest posts on Coachella '07 on the front page of the blog

Of Montreal

Of Montreal will be gracing a St. Louis stage for the third time in a year when they play at Mississippi Nights on February 22 with Elekibass in support of their new CD, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, which will be released on January 23 via Polyvinyl. Of Montreal always puts on a good show, so make sure you pencil this show into your calendar now.

Of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse (from Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?)
Of Montreal - Suffer for Fashion (from Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?)(via pitchfork)

The Black Angels and Tone Rodent

For those of you that have tickets to tonight's My Morning Jacket show but are sick about not being able to catch The Black Angels and Tone Rodent at Off Broadway tonight, or just can't get enough of The Black Angels, fear not, because The Black Angels are playing an in-store performance at Vintage Vinyl at 3:00 p.m. today.

The Black Angels - The First Vietnamese War

Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Good, the Bad and the Queen

Hate Something Beautiful has some info on and the lead single from The Good, The Bad, and The Queen, the new project from Damon Albarn, DangerMouse, Paul Simonon (The Clash), Simon Tong (The Verve) and Tony Allen (Africa 70 and Fela Kuti).

Friday, November 17, 2006

Playing for the People

I likes me some Built to Spill, and I love it when Doug Martsch does stuff like this. When Built to Spill was on tour this past summer, their show in Boulder, CO was sold out. Nonetheless, there were a bunch of kids hanging out outside of the venue, in the hopes that a few extra tickets might be released. Although no additional tickets were released, Doug gave the kids a great impromtu performance outside of the theater. Check out the kid in the front row that's got a serious case of Over-Rock.

"I Would Hurt A Fly":


After their tour-concluding show in Ft. Worth, this lucky fan got some great footage of Sigur Ros jamming out by their tour bus, banjo and all:

Big Bonus:
Stream high-qulaity VIDEO of an entire Sigur Ros concert by clicking here. You can download the whole 132-minute show by going to their webpage.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

This Weekend

If you are going to be in St. Louis this weekend, you are going to have some great local music options.

Riddle of Steel

On Friday night at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, you can catch a free and wonderfully unexpected billing including post-punk guitar gods Riddle of Steel playing alongside three hip hop acts, including CunningLynguists, Midwest Avengers and Blackspade.

Gentleman Auction House

Then, on Saturday night, you can head out to Off Broadway to catch Dividing By Zero favorites Gentleman Auction House play with St. Louis' own Jon Hardy & the Public and Champaign, IL-based Headlights. I saw the Headlights a few months back. Here's what I had to say about that show:

"The most obvious musical reference would be Grandaddy, with less fuzzy
distortion. The songs were sung by both the dude guitar player and the chick
keyboard player. The chick had a great, great, voice. Breathy like Bjork, but
not quite. It fit with the music very well. They would go from keyboard-heavy
ambient moments right into bright and poppy indie rock songs. The bass player
also played keyboards and would occasionally whip out an acocrdian. I liked

Jon Hardy & the Public play straight-ahead rock that bleeds Midwest and Rock. Think The Replacements, Marah, or Neil Young. They're good, too. Real good. Check out the magnificent song "The Flood", available in convenient mp3 format, below...

Magnolia Summer

OR you could go see Magnolia Summer play at Lucas School House on Saturday night with Glossary and the Dirty 30s, three bands that all put on great shows.

Riddle of Steel - Our Guitars Are Haunted (via yousendit)
Riddle of Steel - The Gaping Jaw (via yousendit)
Gentleman Auction House - Everyone Has Taken Their Hat Off But You (via yousendit)
Jon Hardy & The Public - The Flood
Jon Hardy & the Public - Okay, Alright (Like You Say)
Jon Hardy & The Public - Lost in San Quentin
Headlights - TV
Headlights - Tokyo
Magnolia Summer - Once In A While
Glossary - Headstones and Dead Leaves

Bonus: new Of Montreal...
Of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

New Modest Mouse

You Ain't No Picasso and Hearsay have new live Modest Mouse tracks up from their recent performance at the Avalon.


Gnarls Barkley is finally playing St. Louis. Unfortunately, it'll be when they're opening for the Red Hot Chili Pappers on January 15 at the Scottsaviskiel Center.

Here's their video for their take on the Violent Femmes' classic "Gone Daddy Gone":

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Bishop Allen - October

Bishop Allen's October EP is finally here. The single they've released from this EP is a song called "Clementines" (and was previously called both "A Toast From Benefit Street” and “Come Clean”), which is also the name of the unreleased follow-up album to Charm School. The band is currently finishing up their fall tour. See the remaining tour dates and buy October and all their other EPs at their website.

Fabulist has Bishop Allen's 11/6/06 show at the Troubadour in L.A. available for download.

Bishop Allen - Clementines

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Here is the Playlist and Podcast for Dividing By Zero Will Get You Nowhere on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. I was subbing for another DJ. It felt good. I was a little rusty, and I didn't have any background music (which I usually do), but I think it went well.

It's been a while since I was in the station, and I was happy to see that the station was looking great and was well-organized (anyone in college radio knows that it is a perpetual uphill battle to get people to put things away and put them in the right place).

Here's the playlist. The podcast starts about 30 seconds into "Goin' Against Your Mind." You can download the podcast below the playlist.

  • Built to Spill - Goin' Against Your Mind - You In Reverse
  • Chin Up Chin Up - Mansioned - This Harness Can't Ride Anything
  • ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - Wasted State of Mind - So Divided
  • Baboon - Breaking Glass - Baboon
  • Ben Kweller - Run - Ben Kweller
  • Gentleman Auction House - A Hospital or Heaven - The Rules Were Handed Down
  • The Decemberists - Sons and Daughters - The Crane Wife
  • Bishop Allen - Black Suburbans - June EP
  • R.E.M. - All The Right Friends (alternate version) - And I Feel Fine... The Best of the IRS Years
  • Hockey Night - Greet the Dawn - Keep Guessin'
  • Yo La Tengo - Beanbag Chair - I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
  • M Ward - To Go Home - Post-War
  • CSS - Off the Hook - Cansei de Ser Sexy
  • Scissor Sisters - Ooh - Ta-Dah
  • Brazilian Girls - Le Territoire - Talk To La Bomb
  • Of Montreal - The Part's Crashing Us (I Am the World Trade Center remix) - Satanic Twins
  • Birdmonster - Cause You Can - No Midnight
  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Jolene - Love Their Country
  • Bouncing Souls - Lean on Sheena - Gold Record
  • Cold War Kids - Hang Me Up To Dry - Robbers and Cowards
  • The Black Heart Procession - Not Just Words - The Spell
  • Midlake - Roscoe - The Trials of Van Occupanther
  • Centro-matic - D. Boon-Free (A Ninth Grade Crime) - The Static vs. Strings Vol. 1
  • The Spinto Band - Crack the Whip - Nice and Nicely Done
  • Elliot Smith - Waltz #2 - X.O.
  • Pegasus Now - Spiders Walk - demo
  • Baboon - Saturday - Baboon

Dividing By Zero Will Get You Nowhere Podcast

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


I've been swamped with work, but I feel like I've got to get something up here or you'll never come back...

First and foremost, I will be doing the radio version of Dividing By Zero Will Get You Nowhere TONIGHT, from 8-10 p.m. (central). It's been awhile since I've been on the air, so forgive me if I'm a littly dusty and/or rusty. You can listen online at

Second, don't forget about the Centro-matic/Bobby Bare, Jr. show at Off Broadway on Thursday night.

Third, I just saw The Departed. I'm still trying figure out how I feel about it. I do know, however, that it was very good.

Finally, a little somethin for you to watch:

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes performing "I Believe I Can Fly" and "Country Roads" at Summer Sonic in 2005:

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Owen Pye

The most immediate comparisons that enter one's head upon listening to Highland, Illinois-native Owen Pye's debut CD, If That's Cool With You, are Rhett Miller and Conor Oberst. From the vocal delivery to the production values, he does both comparisons justice. His youthfulness and enthusiasm are evident throughout the CD. The songs primarily and prominently feature just Owen's voice and guitar, but effectively utilize backing instruments and musicians to make an earthy, intimate recording.

Owen played in several bands, including Cat, Jump! (who were featured many a time on previsou Dividing By Zero radio shows) before embarking on his solo career. He's ambitious, too - he's planning a national tour for next spring. Check out his myspace page if you want to help bring him to your town.

He is playing tonight at the Lemp Arts Center with Nicole Lau and Miles Malloy.

You can purchase If That's Cool With You on Secondplace Records' website.

Note: Ezarchive is making life for bloggers all over the country difficult, so, for the time being, I will be posting songs via yousendit, which means you can't right-click to save; you'll have to click on the link, and then download it from the new page.

Owen Pye - California (via yousendit)