Tuesday, July 31, 2007

It's what you do to me.

I vow to try to have new songs for you tomorrow. Until then, please enjoy this animatronic bear "covering" the new emo smash ballad (that I hate, particularly thanks to the crappy "poetic" backward sentence structure of "even more in love with me you'd fall"), "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's:

Somehow the song improves when bear-sung.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Burnin' a hole in my pocket.

Well, my guilt at disappearing for so long came to a head today and I'm back! I was inexplicably social and busy job hunting for a couple of weeks there and then took a week to decompress.

One of the things I did in the weeks I was absent was attend the first night of the Pitchfork Music Festival with my best pals Ryan and Lisa. Good times, if you ignore the fact that the sound was way too quiet for a Sonic Youth show. Or any other show for that matter, really. Whatevs. (Yeah, I said it.) They played Daydream Nation in its entirety and that's all that matters.

Before my unplanned sabbatical, I promised a slew of SY covers and today I deliver. The timing seems particularly right since rumor (or should I say rumour?) has it the Guardian mentioned C,R? recently and that, obviously, rules. Welcome to any new readers/listeners!

  • Black Tape for a Blue Girl "Shadow of a Doubt" (Sonic Youth cover)

  • The Faint "Mote" (Sonic Youth cover)

  • Camper Van Beethoven "I Love Her All the Time" (Sonic Youth cover)

  • BM Linx "100 Percent" (Sonic Youth cover)

  • Vincent Gillioz "Silver Rocket" (Sonic Youth cover)

  • Red Martian "Chapel Hill" (Sonic Youth cover)

  • Charlotte Greig "Cotton Crown" (Sonic Youth cover)

  • Stationary Odyssey "Dirty Boots" (Sonic Youth cover)

  • The Go! Team "Bull in the Heather" (Sonic Youth cover)

  • Mudhoney "Halloween" (Sonic Youth cover)

  • Brother James "White Cross" (Sonic Youth cover)

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs "The Diamond Sea" (Sonic Youth cover)
  • Sunday, July 08, 2007

    Extra thick, extra long, the way we were wasted.

    I was MIA there for a while, huh? I guess my plan to accept all affordable social invitations in the face of perhaps being forced to leave Chicago due to lack of viable employment is in full effect. So, yeah, in the midst of Pride weekend, "celebrating" my birthday, trying to get/preparing to go to interviews and having friends cool enough to buy tons and tons of drinks, I almost forgot about the blog. Sorry, kids.

    One of the cool things I did recently (as recently as last night, even), was attend the aforementioned cover-fest at the Beat Kitchen. And while the awesome GBV tributalicious Textbook Committee delivered as usual, I was also extremely pleasantly surprised by the musical prowess of a band I'd never seen before: Farewell Captain. Seriously, their all-cover set was so awesome that I remarked to my friend Jessica (who I have to thank profusely because I was initially waffling on whether to go out into the sweltering night with very little pocket money and she offered to be my sugar daddy and encouraged me to go) that if they were a real indie cover band that played every week, I would go see them every time. (Of course, even if they don't play covers, I will check out their non-cover sets should the opportunity arise.)

    Among many other favorite moments, their rendition of Teenage Fanclub's "The Concept" was particularly phenomenal. Sadly, I missed the first half the song because we came late, but whatever. What I saw the rest of their set ruled as well. Such as this cover of "Web in Front" by the Archers of Loaf that features a few extra vocals from my new friend John Sellers, author of Perfect From Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life, which you should totally buy:

    A good drunken time indeed!

    I'll be busy this week as well with job interviews, a visiting friend, Sonic Youth at Pitchfork and karaoke, but I'll try to post a few tracks in the next day or two.