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.


Anonymous said...

Oh how I miss the Archers of Loaf. Thanks for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

I got to meet John Sellers when he was in Ann Arbor. A classy lassie with a classy chassis for sure.

Blonde on Blonde said...

That was a pretty cool video. If anyone is looking for some cool music, the Lovemakers are dropping a new album soon and its going to be great! Keep an eye out, because the album drops soon and they are going to tour as well.

Anonymous said...

Totally unrelated, but did you hear about Stereogum's free tribute album to Radiohead's OK Computer?
It's available for download here: . Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Hey C--Thought you might be interested in my post today: The biggest random cover post in the history of the internet.

Of course, it's an unverified boast.....


Anonymous said...

From your first paragraph, I think you'd get along well in Athens, Georgia. Frequently we experience what I sometimes call the "drive-by party," in which one starts out broke and ends up drunk :)

Ellis said...

@emöjk: you're absolutely right man, with John Vanderslice and Cold War Kids.

Anonymous said...

This is a list from NY Post. Do your best!

A greek friend

01 "Stairway to Heaven" - Dolly Parton (Led Zeppelin)
02 "Baby Got Back" - Jonathan Coulton (Sir Mix-A-Lot)
03 "Hazy Shade of Winter" - The Bangles (Simon and Garfunkel)
04 "Nothing Compares 2 U" - Sinead O'Connor (Prince)
05 "Showroom Dummies" - Señor Coconut & His Orchestra (Kraftwerk)
06 "Smooth Criminal" - Alien Ant Farm (Michael Jackson)
07 "Personal Jesus" - Johnny Cash (Depeche Mode)
08 "Against All Odds" - The Postal Service (Phil Collins)
09 "Easy (Like Sunday Morning)" - Faith No More (The Commodores)
10 "Tainted Love" - Soft Cell (Gloria Jones)
11 "Tainted Love" - Marilyn Manson (Gloria Jones)
12 "Under Pressure" - My Chemical Romance and the Used (Queen and David Bowie)
13 "Mah Na Mah Na" - Cake (Piero Umiliani)
14 "Wicked Game" - H.I.M. (Chris Isaak)
15 "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" - Muse (The Smiths)
16 "Blue Monday" - Orgy (New Order)
17 "Satisfaction" - Devo (The Rolling Stones)
18 "I Want Candy" - Good Charlotte (The Strangeloves)
19 "How Soon Is Now" - Love Spit Love (The Smiths)
20 "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Paul Anka (Nirvana)
21 "Walk" - Avenged Sevenfold (Pantera)
22 "Let Down" - Radiodread (Radiohead)
23 "Crazy Train" - Bullet for My Valentine (Ozzy Osbourne)
24 "All Along the Watchtower" - Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan)
25 "Helpless" - k.d. lang (Neil Young)
26 "Louie Louie" - The Kingsmen (Richard Berry)
27 "Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)" - The Doors (Weill/Brecht)
28 "Wonderwall" - Ryan Adams (Oasis)
29 "Take Me to the River" - Talking Heads (Al Green)
30 "Walk This Way" - Run DMC (Aerosmith)
31 "Me and Bobby McGee" - Janis Joplin (Kris Kristofferson)
32 "Gloria" - Patti Smith (Van Morrison's Them)
33 "I Fought the Law" - The Clash (Bobby Fuller Four)
34 "Star-Spangled Banner" - Jimi Hendrix (Francis Scott Key)
35 "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" - Saint Etienne (Neil Young)
36 "Bring Tha Noize" - Anthrax (Public Enemy)
37 "Satisfaction" - Cat Power (Rolling Stones)
38 "You're No Good" - Linda Ronstadt (Betty Everett)
39 "Another Brick in the Wall Parts 1, 2, 3" - Korn (Pink Floyd)
40 "Hallelujah" - Jeff Buckley (Leonard Cohen)
41 "My Way" - Sid Vicious (Frank Sinatra)
42 "Always on My Mind" - Pet Shop Boys (Brenda Lee)
43 "Oh, Pretty Woman" - Van Halen (Roy Orbison)
44. ". . . Baby One More Time" - Travis (Britney Spears)
45 "Boys of Summer" - The Ataris (Don Henley)
46 "Eight Miles High" - Roxy Music (The Byrds)
47 "Superstar" - Sonic Youth (The Carpenters)
48 "John the Revelator" - Depeche Mode (Spiritual)
49 "My Favorite Things" - John Coltrane (Mary Martin)
50 "If You Leave" - Nada Surf (OMD)
51 "Everybody's Talking" - Harry Nilsson (Fred Neil)
52 "Respect" - Aretha Franklin (Otis Redding)
53 "Crazy Mary" - Pearl Jam (Victoria Williams)
54 "Working Class Hero" - Green Day (John Lennon)
55 "Comfortably Numb" - Scissor Sisters (Pink Floyd)
56 "Jolene" - The White Stripes (Dolly Parton)
57 "Darling Nikki" - Foo Fighters (Prince)
58 "Spider-Man" - The Ramones (for 1967 TV cartoon series)
59 "I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston (Dolly Parton)
60 "It Was A Very Good Year" - William Shatner (Frank Sinatra)
61 "Sweet Child O' Mine" - Luna (Guns N' Roses)
62 "Landslide" - Dixie Chicks (Fleetwood Mac)
63 "King of the Road" - R.E.M. (Roger Miller)
64 "Nobody Does It Better" - Radiohead (Carly Simon)
65. "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding" - Elvis Costello and the Attractions (Nick Lowe)
66 "Stop Your Sobbing" - The Pretenders (The Kinks)
67 "I Shall Be Released" - The Band (Bob Dylan)
68 "Chelsea Hotel" - Lloyd Cole (Leonard Cohen)
69 "Proud Mary" - Ike and Tina Turner (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
70 "Just" - Mark Ronson with Alex Greenwald (Radiohead)
71 "Jimmy Loves MaryAnn" - Josie Cotton (Looking Glass)
72 "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" - Elton John (The Beatles)
73 "Venus" - Bananarama (Shocking Blue)
74 "Jackie Blue" - Smashing Pumpkins (Ozark Mountain Daredevils)
75 "Love Hurts" - Nazareth (The Everly Brothers)
76 "Blinded by the Light" - Manfred Mann's Earth Band (Bruce Springsteen)
77 "Baker Street" - Foo Fighters (Gerry Rafferty)
78 "Ain't That a Shame" - Cheap Trick (Fats Domino)
79 "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" - Isaac Hayes (Glen Campbell)
80 "Dear Prudence" - Siouxsie and the Banshees (The Beatles)
81 "Twist and Shout" - The Beatles (The Isley Brothers)
82 "Helter Skelter" - U2 (The Beatles)
83 "Imagine" - A Perfect Circle (John Lennon)
84 "Eleanor Rigby" - Thrice (The Beatles)
85 "Live and Let Die" - Guns N' Roses (Wings)
86 "With a Little Help From My Friends" - Joe Cocker (The Beatles)
87 "Hurt" - Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nails)
88 "Enjoy the Silence" - Lacuna Coil (Depeche Mode)
89 "I Will Survive" - Cake (Gloria Gaynor)
90 "Rock el Casbah" - Rachid Taha (The Clash)
91 "Sex (I'm A)" - Peaches (Berlin)
92 "Caldonia" - Mos Def (Cab Calloway)
93 "Wasted" - Camper Van Beethoven (Black Flag)
94 "Low Rider" - Drunken Boat (War)
95 "Turn, Turn, Turn" - The Byrds (Pete Seeger)
96 "Don't Give Up" - Willie Nelson & Sinead O'Connor (Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush)
97 "Glamorous Life" - The Fever (Sheila E.)
98 "Stairway to Heaven" - Rodrigo y Gabriela (Led Zeppelin)
99 "Since U Been Gone" - Ted Leo (Kelly Clarkson)
100 "Star Wars Theme" - Bill Murray (John Williams)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the mention in The Guardian newspaper Saturday Weekend Guide magazine ("Cover Blog Roll").


s said...

I keep waiting eagerly for your next post!!!

Lobstar said...

Anon Greek Friend- Do my best at what? Looking at that list? I have most of those and have posted a few of them. Where you wanting me to post them all? I hope not, because that won't happen. Sorry.

DC- Thanks for the heads-up. I've been away from my computer a lot the past few weeks and didn't even know!

Syma- Wait no more!