Thursday, August 30, 2007

Hey Dude

Be sure to check here in the near future for photos and video of last weekend's Lot Festival. Bill Streeter of Lo-Fi St. Louis will also be posting a bunch of video from the event, since he (and others) did a great job helping film it.

In the meantime, Matt at Highway 61 Revised took some video of 7 Shot Screamer's take on OutKast's classic "Hey Ya!" (Lo-Fi can't post it due to copyright rules):

Part 1:

Part 2:

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

People Noise and Stella Mora

Head out to the Lucas School House to catch fellow St. Louis-blogger Your Standard Life's first showcase, uh, show this Saturday, featuring People Noise, Stella Mora and Jason House, in his first solo performance since leaving Ghost in Light.

People Noise - The Killing Fields

Terra Diablo at The Bluebird Tonight

Scotland's Terra Diablo is playing at the Bluebird tonight with Ghost in Light. This is a great show for fans of shoegaze, post-rock, grunge and otherwise moody music. DJ A to Z will be spinning music beforehand. See what Ms. A to Z had to say about the show here.

Terra Diablo - Satellites

Monday, August 27, 2007

Mystery Mix Monday


Last week's playlist:

Vol. 7

1. Wilco - Kamera (alt version)
2. Rogue Wave - Lake Michigan
3. Funland - Shitty Weather
4. Junior Senior - Can I Get Get Get
5. DATA.SELECT.PARTY - She's an Eyeful on the Alley
6. King Kong - Scooba Dooba Diver
7. Joe Jackson - I'm The Man
8. Centro-Matic - D. Boon-Free (A Ninth Grade Crime)
9. Modest Mouse - Spitting Venom

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Friday, August 24, 2007

A Few Things

I would be remiss if I failed to mention a great show at The Bluebird tonight, featuring Team Tomato, The Museum Mutters, Wake Up Report and Krafted in Korea.

So Many Dynamos have been all up in the RFT's grill over the past week.

Speaking of the Riverfront Times, be sure to vote for me in their Best of St. Louis Poll for Best Blog.

Did I mention that The LOT is taking place tomorrow?

I swear, I will get reviews of Days 2 & 3 of Lollapalooza up this weekend.

In the meantime, here are some videos to keep you occupied:

Shocking Blue - "Venus":

Murray Head - "One Night In Bangkok":

The Shins - "Breathe" (live Pink Floyd cover):

Butthole Surfers - "The Colored FBI Guy" (live):

The Dicks - "Dicks Hate The Police" (live):

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


This Saturday, August 25th, Metropolis St. Louis presents the 2007 edition of The Lot Music Festival. The event takes place outside, in the parking lot of the Schlafly Tap Room in downtown St. Louis. The event is FREE, ALL AGES, and RAIN or SHINE. This is one of our best lineups yet, so make sure you make it out on Saturday. The music starts at 5:30.

It will be good times.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Mystery Mix Monday

Another Monday, another Mystery Mix...


Last week's playlist:

Vol. 6
1. Sunset Rubdown - The Mending of the Gown
2. Ruby Isle - Teenage Riot (Sonic Youth cover)
3. Iron and Wine - Boy With A Coin
4. Dinosaur Jr. - Crumble
5. Def Leppard - Switch 625
6. Arcade Fire - (Antichrist Television Blues)
7. The Tallest Man on Earth - Walk the Line
8. Mogwai - 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

I am DJing at The Royale On Monday

You should come. I will be there from 6-9:30 p.m. It will be good times. Buy some dinner. Drink some drinks. The Royale is located at 3132 S. Kingshighway (at Arsenal) in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Friday, August 17, 2007

One For The Team at The Bluebird Tonight

Tonight, Minneapols-based One For The Team is playing at the Bluebird with Thor Axe (members of So Many Dynamos), The Ghost of The Forest, and Tree Heart Orchesstra. One For The Team plays upbeat, indie-pop in the vein of Pavement, Hockey Night (redundant, I know), and Wolf Parade. Ian Anderson, the frontman for One For the Team, also runs Afternoon Records, who released an album by St. Louis' very own Target Market. They have a new album coming out this November, and it looks to be great. "Best Supporting Actor" comes from that album.

One For the Team - Best Supporting Actor
One For the Team - Good Boys Don't Make Noise

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Lollapalooza, Day 1 - The Review

Well, here it is, almost a week and a half after the fact: my review of Day 1 of the 2007 Lollapalooza Music Festival, held in beautiful Chicago, Illinois, USA.


My flight arrived in Chicago from St. Louis around 10:15 a.m. on Friday morning. I hopped on the Orange line and headed up to the Loop to meet a friend of mine that works downtown for lunch, where I was to hand off my traveling bag, which he was to then take back to his place where I was staying so I could head on to the Festival. First, though, we made our way to the Billy Goat Tavern where I promptly ordered a triple cheeseburger and fries, without fully considering the implications of making such an order before heading out to an all-day music festival in the sun and 95-degree heat...


After lunch and (somehow) stops at three different Walgreen's, I made my way into the festival. I didn't make it to Lollapalooza in 2006, but I was there during the record-setting-hottness of 2005. In 2006, they more than doubled the size of the festival grounds to alleviate many of the over-crowding and sound-bleeding problems of 2005. The trade-off, of course, ended up being that it took a good 15 minutes to get from one end of the park to the other and, if your personal schedule of bands to see for the day didn't work out just right, you could find yourself walking back and forth all day, missing a chunk of each set in transit, since they didn't really buffer any time between the sets.

The first band I caught was Chin Up Chin Up. They are a great band and one I have been a fan of for a while, but have never had a chance to see live. Unfortunately, I was only able to catch the last two songs of their set, which were both quite good. They had a small but very enthusiastic crowd at their stage.

(Chin Up Chin Up)

(Chin Up Chin Up)

After CUCU, I headed over to catch the rest of the Ted Leo & The Pharmacists set, which overlapped with CUCU by about 15 minutes. They were playing "Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?" to a good size crowd (especially for 1:30 pm on Friday) when I walked up. The band was, as usual, full of energy and worked through some of my favorites songs of theirs, including "Timorous Me" and "A Bottle of Buckie".

(Ted Leo & The Pharmacists)

(Ted Leo & The Pharmacists)

After Ted Leo, I made my first park-length trek to the north side of the festival grounds to get a good spot for and catch The Polyphonic Spree and meet up with a friend. While waiting for PS to set up, I could hear the end of the Son Volt set from across the field, including set closer, "Drown." As I'm sure you've read, The Polyphonic Spree have shifted away from wearing their trademark flowing robes to wearing militant black jump suits. No worries though; the band's music is as happy and uplifting as ever. Surprisingly, they only played two or three songs from their latest album, The Fragile Army, including a great version of "Mental Cabaret" that featured the dance stylings of the Chicago Tap Theater. The Fragile Army song that benefited most from a live treatment, though, was “The Championship,” a highlight of their set. There was also an appearance during their set by Beatle Bob. For the encore, the band switched into the their traditional white robes and made their way through the crowd before playing a three-song encore. The crowd's reaction to the band's take on Nirvana's "Lithium" was one of the biggest reactions of the weekend for a non-headliner.

(The Polyphonic Spree)

(The Polyphonic Spree)

(The Polyphonic Spree)

We thought we'd catch a bit of Electric Six next, and while I enjoyed their first album quite a bit, their set wasn't quite right for the bright sunlight and heat of a Friday afternoon in August in Chicago when you are more concerned with chugging water so you don't pass out. They are more of a 1:30 in the morning, chugging beer in order to pass out sort of band. In the middle of the set, we headed over to check out the Improv stage, but the environment wasn't quite right for that either, especially since they were being drowned out by some screamo band from across the way.

Because I felt it was my duty as a self-respecting music blogger, we headed over to see M.I.A. Bad idea. She was outrageously obnoxious. The bass was so loud you could hear her voice at all and when you could, she just sounded like she was wounded whale. I'm sure it would have been much, much more enjoyable in a small club.


After abusing our eardrums at M.I.A., we made our way over to see The Rapture, who put on a great show. It was a shame they were relegated to one of the smaller stages, as it diminished the size of a lot of their new songs and suffered from a lot of sound bleeding from M.I.A.'s set.

(The Rapture)

On our way over to catch Blonde Redhead, we caught two songs from Silversun Pickups, including the ubiquitous "Lazy Eye." Meh. Blonde Redhead, on the other hand, was one of the best surprises of the weekend for me. Their latest album, 23, is one of my favorites of this year, but I was really surprised at how well the droning, haunting melodies were translated into a live setting. They sounded great. Kazu Makino was an engaging front woman… and she used a stuffed horse for her piano bench – you gotta give her some credit for that.

(Blonde Redhead)

It was at this point that my Festival Friend had to leave, since he had a show that night, so I headed over in the general direction of The Black Keys (on the complete other side of the park), where I planned on getting some food as well. I never made it much closer to the stage on which The Black Keys were playing than a few hundred yards; I was being overly ambitious in my walking plans and decided to park it near the food stand. I grabbed a bite to eat and enjoyed the sweet sounds of the Black Keys (mental note: do NOT pass up a chance to see them in a small club setting) from a distance. I didn’t stick around for more than a handful of songs, as I was determined to get a good spot for the next band…

(LCD Soundsystem)

LCD Soundsystem. I was obsessed with their latest album, Sound of Silver, for pretty much all of May and June and I had heard only good things about their live performances. But before they took the stage, we had to wait for Satellite Party to finish on the big stage. How people like this band, I guess I’ll never know. They did play “Been Caught Stealing,” though.

Finally, the band, minus James Murphy, took the stage. The band quickly locked into the deep groove of “Us v. Them”. Soon, Mr. Murphy emerged from the back of the stage, making a pit stop on his way to the front and center to turn up bassist Phil Skarich’s bass amp. This would mark the first of many moments throughout the set in which Murphy – a known perfectionist – would micromanage his band, peering over the shoulders of his bandmates’, adjusting and tweaking their instruments and settings. This performance proved to be the true revelation of the weekend for me.

(LCD Soundsystem)

They next tore into “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House,” which everyone, of course, was waiting for since Daft Punk was actually playing after them, across the field, on the big stage; Murphy noted that this was “kind of funny, I guess”. The crowd went absolutely nuts during “All My Friends,” a performance that was a definite highlight of the weekend for me. Other standout performances included “North American Scum” and the awesomeness that is “Yeah” performed live.

(LCD Soundsystem)

(LCD Soundsystem)

Daft Punk finished out Day 1 of Lollapalooza 2007. It was incredible. What I would have given to be seeing them for the first time again… I will never be able to top seeing them at Coachella in 2006, though, when nobody in the crowd had any idea of what to expect (read my review of that performance here). Their stage show is now well-documented and near-legendary. Nonetheless, there is no denying the power and intensity and pure awesomeness of Daft Punk live. You could have only heard Daft Punk songs in your life via going out to bars, hanging out in dorm rooms, and watching TV commercials, and you still would have sworn you had a religious experience after seeing them live. They’re THAT good live.

(Daft Punk)

(Daft Punk)

(Daft Punk)

(Daft Punk)

All in all, it was a good first day – hot, dirty, and tired.

I swear my reviews of Day 2 and 3 will be shorter, though.

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The Flaming Lips at The Pageant on 9/28

The Flaming Lips have just announced a show at The Pageant on Septemeber 28th. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

The Flaming Lips - "She Don't Use Jelly (live)":

The Flaming Lips - "Do You Realize?"

The Flaming Lips - "Fight Test":

The Flaming Lips - "Yoshimi Fights The Pink Robots, Part 1":

The Flaming Lips - "Bohemian Rhapsody (live)":

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Lot Pre-Party

In addition to the outstanding lineup of the previously-blogged about Lot Festival, we are also putting on a Pre-Party to get everyone excited about the main event. The Pre-Party is taking place this Wednesday, August 15th, at the Lucas School House and features Sex Robots, Upright Animals and Grand Beauty.

Sex Robots - Take Me Out Dancin'
Sex Robots - Jet Awesome

Mystery Mix Monday

Here it is - the sixth podcast in my Mystery Mix Monday series.


Here is last week's playlist:

Vol. 5

1. Art Brut - People In Love
2. Gentleman Auction House - Your Days and Our Nights
3. Kings of Leon - Fans
4. Mission of Burma - Einstein's Day
5. Two Gallants - Seems Like Home To Me
6. Kevin Drew - Safety Bricks
7. UFOFU - A Letter
8. Rodrigo y Gabriela - Orion

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Friday, August 10, 2007

The Bureau CD Release Party

The Bureau is celebrating the release of the debut full-length album, We Make Plans In Secret, at the Bluebird tomorrow night, Saturday, August 11. They will be playing with Riddle of Steel and the Roman Numerals. I'll be there. You should be, too.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Lot

The 2007 edition of The Lot Festival is taking place on Saturday, August 25th at the Schlafly Tap Room from 5:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. The event is ALL AGES and FREE. The lineup is outstanding with local stalwarts Bunygrunt and 7 Shot Screamers, hip-hop allstar Nite Owl, the young indie rockers in Jumbling Towers and Say Panther, the slick sounds of Jonathon Cour and the country-influenced Tenement Ruth rounding out the lineup.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Emerging Artists: On the Verge

This Friday night, head out to Lucas School House to see Matthew Santos, Jumbling Towers and Gentleman Auction House. It will be good times.

Lollapalooza review coming soon!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Mystery Mix Monday

It's Monday, so it's time for another Mystery Mix...


Last week's tracklisting:

Vol. 4
1. Throw Me The Statue - Lolita
2. Ratatat - Lex
3. Super Furry Animals - Baby Ate My Eightball
4. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Need Some Air
5. Butthole Surfers - The Annoying Song
6. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists - Bottle of Buckie
7. Oh No! Oh My! - Finally Found A Home
8. Of Montreal - The Past is a Grotesque Animal

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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Lollapalooza quick check-in...

Top Three Performances of Day 1 at Lollapalooza 2007*:

1. LCD Soundsystem
2. The Polyphonic Spree
3. Blonde Redhead

* I am keeping Daft Punk out the running for this honor for two reasons: 1) it simply would not be fair to the rest of the performers to compare them to Daft Punk and 2) I have seen them before, at Coachella 2006 (see my review of that show here), and that was easily the best show I'd seen in the past decade, if not ever, so my Lolla 2007 experience was informed by that experience. Expectations are a bitch.

Ted Leo, The Rapture, and The Black Keys were also really good, too.

My whole body is sore today: my feet, my back, my sinuses.

Friday, August 03, 2007



Hey kids, I am up in Chicago this weekend for Lollapalooza. I will try and check in with some quick posts and pictures... but if I don't, you will definitely be getting a full-on review and and a ton of pictures next week.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Tonight at Cicero's

There's a great show at Cicero's tonight featuring some excellent St. Louis- and Columbia-based bands. I have previously written many a school-girl-on-her-notebook-like love letters to many of the bands playing, including Gentleman Auction House, Witch's Hat, The Hibernauts, and Jumbling Towers. All are outstanding live performers. If you have not caught Witch's Hat live, you are truly missing out. I am only unfamiliar with the final band rounding out the bill, The Overtones, but from the songs I've heard of theirs online, I think they will fit in just fine.

Annie Z recently spoke with Mike Tomko about Gentleman Auction House's plans to record their first full-length album this fall...

Witch's Hat - Bomb Squad
Witch's Hat - Supply and Demand
Gentleman Auction House - A Hospital Or Heaven
The Hibernauts - Into The Storm/Out to the Sea
Jumbling Towers - He's A Cop Now
The Overtones - Jungle

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


About 4 years ago, Maritime was considered a bit of an "indie super group", being, as it was, formed out of members of The Promise Ring and The Dismemberment Plan. In 2004, they released their debut album, Glass Floor, which was a nice bit of indie-pop. In 2006, they released their follow-up, We, The Vehicles, which continued down the guitar-pop path.

But the band never quite made the splash that you would expect of a band with a pedigree like theirs. That just might change with the release of their third album, Heresy and the Hotel Choir, which should appeal to the likes of Death Cab for Cutie fans...

Maritime - Guns of Navarone
Maritime - Science Fiction
Maritime - Parade of Punk Rock T-Shirts