Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Punch-Up at a Nirvana Show

Some time back, I posted a clip of the infamous Nirvana show at Trees in Dallas, TX in which a bouncer beat Kurt Cobain's face for smashing the house's soundboard in a hissy fit. That was 1991. I was living in Dallas at the time, but was a few years too young to make it into the club. Boo for me. That bouncer, Turner Scott Van Blarcum, was in a band in Dallas called Ethyl Merman... until they received a cease and desist order from the late Ms. Merman's estate and changed their name to Pump'n Ethyl. He wrote a song about the incident called "Bleached."

Pump'n Ethyl - Bleached (via yousendit)

Well, the whole show is now up on youtube. Here it is, in eight parts.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:

Part 6:

Part 7:

Part 8:

Pump'n Ethyl - "Betty Ford Clinic":

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Deathray Davies

Anyone know what's going on with them?

For serious.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Mystery Mix Monday


Here's last week's playlist:

Vol. 11

1. VHS or Beta - She Says
2. Vicious Vicious - We Don't Call It Love
3. Arthur and Yu - 1000 Words
4. Birdmonster - Balcony
5. The Misfits - Horror Business
6. The Kinks - Well Respected Man
7. The Bottle Rockets - Thousand Dollar Car
8. Old 97's - Jagged
9. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Cortez the Killer

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Pictures from The Lot

So, I posted some video from this year's Lot Festival earlier this week, and tonight I am going to post some GREAT photos taken at this year's event by Jim Courrier (see all of his flickr photos here and his myspace page here). He managed to snap pictures of all but one of the bands that night and, as usual, his photos are top-notch.

7 Shot Screamers:

Jumbling Towers:

Nite Owl:


Say Panther:

Tenement Ruth:

Everything Else:


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Modest Mouse at The Pageant

Modest Mouse just announced a show at The Pageant on November 14th. Woot Woot.

Play:stl, Pygmalion and ME

This weekend, the good folks at Playback:Stl are putting on their first annual Play:Stl Festival. It is going to take place at various clubs along The Delmar Loop in University City this Friday and Saturday. For putting this together in such a short period, they managed to pull together a pretty good lineup, featuring Margot and the Nuclear So & So's, King Thief, The Hibernauts, and many, many more.

Also, if you happen to be... not in St. Louis this weekend, you could head to Urbana-Champaign, Illinois for the Pygmalion Music Festival, which started yesterday and features several St. Louis bands playing, as well, including Gentleman Auction House and Jumbling Towers. The Festival has a great lineup, featuring Okkervil River, Andrew Bird, Damien Jurardo, Margot & the Nuclear So & So's, ?uestlove, Foundry Field Recordings, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Bound Stems, Shapes and Sizes, Headlights, and Owen.

Fianlly, be sure to head up to The Royale this Thursday, from 6:00 - 10: 00 p.m. while I DJ. Come up and say hi.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Video from the LOT

Hey there -- Bill Streeter of Lo-fi St. Louis did a great job documenting this year's Lot Festival, and annual local outdoor music festival that I help put on each year, and posted a few clips on hiw wonderful website a few weeks ago... I have included three performances here for your viewing pleasure:

Jumbling Towers:

7 Shot Screamers:


Monday, September 17, 2007

Mystery Mix Monday

Thanks to everyone who has been listening to these Mixes -- I have gotten a ton of positive feedback. One of the reasons I decided to do these is because I missed the sense of discovery and reliance on a DJ that I got when I listened to community radio or college radio. You didn't know what song was coming and you knew a good DJ would put thought into the flow of his or her show. Nowadays (wow I sound old...), the combination of the blogosphere culture and iTunes technolgy gives you so much control over what you hear, you often actually miss out on really good music. A lot of this has to do with the fact that you can immediately skip over a song if you don't like it within the first thirty seconds. Other times, you may have a preconceived notion of what a band sounds like, so you don't really give them a fair chance. You also may listen to a slow, ambient piece right after a bit of fast angular post-punk. Yes, angular. That sort of juxtaposition does neither you nor the music any favors (which certainly isn't to say some jarring juxtapositions don't work wonderfully sometimes). I wanted to bring back the idea of giving every song a fair shake, with out the baggage that so often comes along with bands in this era of over-hyped music where people have made up their minds before they even hear a band's music.

Anyway, those are my thoughts and thanks for listening.

Without further ado, here is Mystery Mix, Vol. 11:


Here's last week's playlist:

Vol. 10

1. The Octopus Project - I Saw The Bright Shines
2. Enon - Mirror On You
3. Earlimart - Nevermind The Phonecalls
4. The Gunshy - March 7, 1945, There's No Love in This War
5. Agent Orange - Living In Darkness
6. The Reverend Horton Heat - Baddest of the Bad
7. Kite Flying Society - If I Could Spit
8. Dirty Projectors - Police Story
9. Pavement - Embassy Row
10. Eels - It's A Motherfucker
11. Built to Spill - Carry The Zero

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Grovefest 2

Grovefest 2 is happening this weekend along the stretch of Manchester Road between Sarah and Boyle known as The Grove. There's all sorts of cool stuff going on, including performances by a bunch of great local bands. It's a two day event. Once again (like last year) they don't really provide much information as to when any of the bands are playing (or even which day they're playing), but here are some the bands lined up to play:

Left Arm
Walkie Talkie U.S.A.
Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
Caleb Travers + Big City Lights
The Museum Mutters
Rough Shop
Melody Den

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Hibernauts at The Bluebird

This Saturday, The Hibernauts are playing with Victoria, Cold War Direction, and Dead Elephants at The Bluebird. Enjoy. I had never heard the Cold War Direction until I downloaded their songs five minutes before I made this post, and their Black Rebel Motorcycle Club-isms won me over completely. You should check them out.


The Hibernauts - Into the Storm/Out to the Sea
The Cold War Direction - Untitled Demo
The Cold War Direction - Say It Loud
Victoria - Holly Roller Derby

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

An Under Cover Weekend, Night 2

So after a first night that blew away all of my expectations, I made it back to Off Broadway last Saturday for Night 2 of An Under Cover Weekend. Unfortunately, I missed Fattback's take on The Cars, but I heard was great. Bad Blogger, Bad. (I apologize that the video from this night wasn't of that good quality...) Be sure to check out my review of Night 1 here.

Fortunately, I was able to catch all of The Feed's outstandingly awesome set as The Clash. The Feed was the one band playing this weekend that I had never heard before. The band is a trio: a drummer, piano player and sax player/bassist. They tore through a great, great set of The Clash's best songs, including "London Calling", "Rock the Casbah", "Complete Control", "The Magnificent 7", and "Train in Vain" (with Mike Tomko on guitar). The drummer was crazy good, and the piano player was rocking out guitar solos on his Rhodes... perfectly. It was the set of the night.

The Feed as The Clash:








Ghost in Light was up next with their intense and moody Cure set. They definitely stayed away from the "hits" (with one or two exceptions) and played to the multitude of "true" Cure fans in attendance. It was yet another great set from this weekend.

Ghost in Light as the Cure:





We went from Goth to New Wave pretty quickly when The Bureau came up with a tight set of Duran Duran songs. They started off with "Girls on Film" and, of course, rocked out to "Rio" and "Hungry Like a Wolf."

The Bureau as Duran Duran:




7 Shot Screamers finished out the night with a sloppy set of Ringo-fronted Beatles songs... But no Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da... Hmmm. Despite this glaring omission, it was actually a great set, minus the overlong breaks between songs. You also got the feeling that guitarist Deano Sabella really wantd to be covering Black Sabbath...

7 Shot Screamers as the Beatles:





Read Annie Zaleski's re-cap of Night 2 HERE.

OMG!!!! It's Simon LeBon at The Clash show!!!!


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