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May 20, 2006

Street Scene '06 Lineup

Thanks to reader Peter D Lai, (who is certainly "D" Man), for finding this Street Scene lineup graphic on the Street Scene website while they were updating. Looks like the lineup has hit a few days early, so no more rumors, here's the real deal. What does everybody think? The Wu is an nice surprise...But it's surprising that with half of Snoop Dogg's lyrics being instructions how to spell his name that one could possibly leave the Double G off the poster.

Presale tickets are available for $100, up $15 from last year, plus the $10 convenience fee. They also say the price will increase on Monday. How much more than $110 can the price possibly increase to? Looks like they will go up $10 dollars on Monday, to $110 probably also with a $10 charge. Buy em here.

The website files also indicate that there will be four stages this year, which I believe is one more than last year.

What do people think?


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Transcribed it looks like this, click the link to go someplace to hear the artists. For the first half it takes you to their Hype Machine page, where you can download or stream their music, and about halfway through it goes to myspace sites:

Tool
Kanye West
Social Distortion
Snoop Dogg
Sean Paul
AFI
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Modest Mouse
Queens of the Stone Age
My Chemical Romance
Wu Tang Clan
Bad Religion
G Love & Special Sauce
Yellowcard
Slightly Stoopid
Bloc Party
Tricky
The Subways
Matchbook Romance
Donavon Frankenreiter
The Futureheads
Editors
Rock Kills Kid
Bedouin Soundclash
West Indian Girl
Tapes 'N Tapes
Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited
What Made Milwaukee Famous
Cheb I Sabbah & 1002 Nights
Margot & The Nuclear So & So's
Dirty On Purpose
The Shys
The Colour
Particle
Lydia
Yard Dogs Road Show
Ska Cubano
The Mutaytor
Lupe Fiasco

May 19, 2006

Friday Charts - 5/19/06

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You can't make stuff up like the comments a few entries below. For the past three weeks or so I emailed a few different people at the Street Scene, hoping to hear some tips on bands that were playing or maybe even get some tickets to give away to readers of this website. I didn't hear anything until today when the design and media director of the Street Scene read my blog and called me "retarted" and "a joke" for suggesting that a Replacements reunion at the Street Scene might be an event worth getting excited about. I don't imagine that this kind of confrontation happened before the rise of the internet, and I think that we're all better for the chance to be randomly insulted by a grown man.

Intimate Secretary - Maybe my favorite song on the album (It's better live)

Secondly, tickets for the Raconteurs July 19th show at Soma go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM...technically...They are also available right now at the Raconteurs presale site. You need a password to get in, but I'll spare you the 10 seconds that took to obtain - it is "brokenboy". Tickets are a slightly pricey meat-a ball, at $30 a pop, especially for an album that didn't particularly distinguish itself the first couple of times you listen to it, but check out the ridiculous solos in the above video. I'm not one to doubt Jack White's powers. Bad things happen to the last guy who did that.

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Thirdly, I saw the above image on BoingBoing today. I'm not sure what it was specifically referencing, but it made me think about the recent lawsuit filed by the RIAA against XM radio. It's broken down very well here, but basically the RIAA has decided to sue XM for making devices like the XM radio I have, that essentially act as Tivo's for your radio, allowing you to record 5 hours of music. You can't take the music off, you can't give it to a friend, five hours is a pretty short amount of music to record, and it's not CD quality. But that doesn't stop the RIAA, whose next logical plan would have to be to seek out and sue all the widows of Gulf War veterans, just in case there are people out there who they haven't alienated yet. It's one thing when the poor guy who opens up the Authentic Kazakhstan Restaurant in Pacific Beach's business fails, you kind of feel sorry for that poor guy. When its a bunch of dicks like the RIAA who seem completely unwilling to seize upon the advances and goodwill exhibted by the public towards the exciting future of music and music technology, there's just no sympathy to be had. XM has a good rebuttal of their own right here, they come across as 100% pro consumer. I wonder what the RIAA's message to their consumers would be...

Fourthly, we arrive at the Charts. Some major releases have been hapening lately. Let's see what the ten most seeded albums are at a certain file sharing portal. Links go someplace with album samples, live bootlegs, crazy remixes, criticism, maybe ALL FOUR!

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
2. Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
3. Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
4. Tool - 10,000 Days
5. Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam
6. The Walkmen - A Hundred Miles Off
7. The Streets - The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living
8. The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
9. Neil Young - Living With War
10. Angels & Airwaves - We Don't Need To Whisper

No real comments, many of these albums have been around for a while. What's more interesting to me is what didn't turn up on the list. Pitchfork has given out a few highly touted reviews lately, giving Shogun Kunitoki, Beirut and the Futureheads "recommended" status and Scott Walker and Danielson "Best New Music" status. These are usually enough to catapault something into the top ten, like has happened to Band of Horses, or Tapes 'n Tapes. I don't know if it necessarily signifies a decline in the influence of Pitchfork on peoples downloading habits, but it is interesting to note.

Finally, three of these bands are rumored to be playing the Street Scene, #s 2, 4 and 10. I didn't even realize that Angels & Airwaves was a Blink 182 related project until I looked for MP3s to link to. I guess when you are retarded, you tend to be fuzzy on the details.

May 17, 2006

The Hits Keep On Coming - Fifty On Their Heels

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UPDATE: I've posted the Street Scene lineup, with MP3 links, here.

You know the feeling you get as you sit in an airport waiting for you flight to take off when you have a connecting flight you have to make? You're there an hour early, sitting in the terminal waiting. You notice the airplane hasn't arrived yet. No matter, you've still got plenty of time. As long as you take off no less than an hour late, you'll still be fine for your connection. But it gradually become a battle between optimism and reality, and as the clock starts ticking down, you come to the grim realization ten minutes before your deadline that the plane's not coming, you're going to miss your connection, and your vacation is ruined.

Well that's what this past week has been like watching the Street Scene rumors trickle in. The latest, collected nicely for us at the UT's Liner Notes, indicate that She Wants Revenge, My Chemical Romance, Yellowcard and possibly Tool are added to the lineup. The possibility of pulling off an event to rival Lollapalooza that same August weekend appears to have evaporated almost laughably quickly, and as the clock ticks down towards the Monday lineup annoucement, one can only hope that whoever is piloting the Street Scene plane pulls off some Chuck Yeager style heroics to bring the bird in safely. What is most unsettling about the whole thing is not the lack fo indie buzz bands, or major headliners, but rather that the Street Scene seems completely focused in the absolute nadir of shitty genres: the emo/punk bands.

The problem with these bands, none of which I have ever listened to and could not name a song or album by, is that they forgot something about the very basics of punk. Though the Sex Pistols were angry, and the Ramones could only play three chords, both of these bands were essentially pop music gone horribly awry. If you take away the sneering vocals, some of the distortion and slow it all down a wee bit, you've got a sixties pop song. Maybe take out the abortion and glue sniffing subject matter, but anyways. Bands like The Clash would further expound upon the inherent poppiness in early punk music, creating songs that build, segue, flow, you know, songs that behave like Beatles songs. I remember in 8th grade when Green Day came out with Dookie, and all the magazines talked about was the "return of punk." I was confused then, and only now realize that what they meant was the return of punk that you can actually listen to. Nobody's saying you have to puss out to make a pop-esque punk album. But at some point in time, I imagine that artists get a bit tired of playing unpleasant music, and decide that more ambitious goals (the long rumored fourth chord!) are worth a shot.

So as an antidote for the shitty punk/emo that the Street Scene is offering up, I present to you San Diego's own Fifty On Their Heels. Listening to these guys the past couple days has really made me aware of the fact that a record does't have to go by at 120 mph and be shoved down your throat to be punk. The singer has a voice that you'll feel like you've heard many times before, sort of snotty, faux British. But where the band really shines is the music, which manages to never sound the same, and even accomplishes the ultimate punk coup of incorporating different musical passages and even different instruments into the same song. You know how on American Idiot, Green Day had a couple nine minute song "suites" that sounded like 6 different songs put together? Well my favorite song on the album, Occupation, pulls off a similar trick in just three and a half minutes. I hear traces of Rancid in the beginning, and Sex Pistols in the vocals, with a Strokes kind of guitar lick for the chorus and a Clash style breakdown all before it builds to an utterly triumphant, cut off too brief finale.

The guys sound like they're having fun. Which is important. But more important, they sound like the kind of band that you could have fun going to see. Fortunately for you, they're playing two shows in San Diego in June, and will be playing lots more all summer long. Check out the myspace page for dates, a few more streaming songs as well as info on where to get their new CD. San Diego has been on a roll with local bands lately. It's too bad that the major summer festival looks headed in the opposite direction.

Dowload MP3 of Fifty On Their Heels - Occupation
http://www.myspace.com/fiftyontheirheels
June 13th @ The Casbah

Snoop @ The Street Scene

UPDATE: I've posted the Street Scene lineup, with MP3 links, here.

Pollstar has added Snoop Dogg and Steel Pulse to the lineup. Snoop was there last year, I don't know who Steel Pulse is. CityBeat also came out today, with some speculation:

In the pure rumor department, we’ve heard strong “chatter” about Tom Petty, Tool, Modest Mouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Angels & Airwaves. And Vegas odds favor Wilco, Matisyahu, Kanye West and Gnarls Barkley also showing up.

All four of those "Vegas Odds" guys are already at Lollapalooza that weekend, so maybe they will share a plane. There's still nobody on there that's got me excited. Trying to pick who the "headliner" would be is difficult, there's nobody that is "Brag worthy" so to speak. Tom Petty in particular screams mediocrity. One thing that did hit me at some point in time was the fact that The Replacements are releasing two new songs on a new greatest hits album soon. You figure that them playing a live show isn't out of the question, and a huge summer festival would probably be the place to do it...

May 16, 2006

A Good Way To Get People To Talk About Your CD

Within a month of starting this website, I got an email from a random Northern band. They wanted to know if I would like a copy of their album, ostensibly to check out and hopefully hype on the website. Well of course I wanted it. The novelty of a band wanting to send me their CD was pretty neat, and even if they didn't come from San Diego, maybe I could learn about something new and bask in the shallow, thankless, reflective glory that is being the "first person" to tell you about a band.

Well, it turns out that I didn't particularly like the CD. It wasn't god awful, but it wasn't something I was going to stick my neck out and talk about just because they sent me a CD. It actually arrived while I was visiting New York, so it had been sitting in the mailbox when I got home, along with an email from the band asking if I'd got it yet. I replied that I had, but had been out of town and was going to listen the first chance I got. Not having a job, this was not a problem. I listened a few times. Nothing struck me. But I got a few more emails, asking what I thought. Then one of the guys IM'd me. He told me that he'd read my review of "A Confederacy of Dunces" at amazon.com. I read a Confederacy of Dunces in 1999, my senior year in high school, and did not remember writing a brief review of it at Amazon.com

Needless to say, I did not respond. In fact, I think I made sure my windows were locked. Anyways, this is a textbook way to not get someone to write about your CD.

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A good way to GET someone to write about your CD is to send them a really good CD. And someone did that to me just yesterday: Nathan Asher & The Infantry - Sex Without Love. The hype aroudn the album stresses that one of the songs had won two potentially made up songwriting competitions that I had never heard of. Having Won numerous blog competitions myself, most notably the Conor Lastowka Blog Writing Award, and the My Cat's Butt Invitational, this did not impress me. But the quality of the song "Thursday Night/Friday Morning" (not the award winner) did. It's the album closer, and builds from a quiet song mainly featuring the singers Oberst-like wavery vocals (a good thing), into a great drum and key heavy fake-ending-climax-then-reprise, which, as we all know, is the only proper way to end an album.

It would be foolish to base an album recommendation just that one song, (see Spacehog - In The Meantime), so don't just take my word for it. Kwaya Na Kisser recommends the album as well, and has a few more MP3s for you to check out. I think that any band that has it together enough to pull off the album closer they do is worth giving a chance to the rest of their material. So if you want, check out the CD at CDBaby.

And seriously, check out A Confederacy Of Dunces. I stand by that recommendation from my 18 year old self.

Street Scene Lineup!!! is coming on May 22nd

UPDATE: I've posted the Street Scene lineup, with MP3 links, here.

An announcement on the Street Scene myspace page says that the line up will be announced on May 22nd, which is Monday. No other surprised have reared their heads lately, but the Raconteurs won't be part of the mix. They announced tour dates today, and will be in scenic Michigan and Cleveland during the Street Scene.

You know how at the end of the Wizard of Oz, after the Wizard has given the other three guys their things, Dorothy says something to the effect of "I don't think you can fit what I want in that bag"? Well unless they're pulling some serious strings, or entering into Frankenstein-esque resurrection territory with the line up, I'm not quite sure what they're gonna pull out of that bag on Monday is going to prove to be that exciting. Guns n' Roses would be sweet though...

More info on bands that we know about here, here, here, and here.

May 15, 2006

Effi Briest, We Hardly Knew Ye OR A Few Good Concerts This Week

We had an interesting experience trying to go check out Grand Ole Party at Gelato Vero Saturday night. In yet another case where knowing when a band might actually take the stage being the most vital bit of information you could possibly know, we arrived as the first band was winding down. Terrific, since we were told the band we came to see would be playing second. So we sat around, talked about dentists, drank beer out of paper bags, and waited for the band to start.

Right about the time someone knocked a clarinet over while they were setting up, the horrible realization set in that the next band wasn't going to be GOP, but rather Effi Briest, who are named after German realist Theodor Fontane's masterpiece and who choose the following sentence to entice you to their shows: "It's got touches of psychedelia but also it's seven women and we have a very full explorative sound."

So if you were wondering who the four people who came to Gelato Vera for an hour, drank beers out of paper bags, and left right before the band started, that was us.

Moving on to what will hopefully be an eventful week of interesting musical events:

-On Wednesday, May 17th, there is an event called Diva Nova at the Winston's in OB, featuring "17 Women Who Rock Your World."

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The info page over at Beach Music Mafia claims that:
San Diego has been a beacon for some of the best musicians and singer-songwriters in the country. Specifically female musicians and singer-songwriters. There must be something in the air or maybe it’s the benevolent music scene that nurtures the artists’ soul and begets that fine blend of talent, style, beauty and grace.

Telling me this is like the equivilent of saying that below temperatures of 223 Kelvin, it is impossible for Hydrogren and Carbon atoms to form covalent bonds. It's very possible that you might be correct, so I will slowly nod my head. But there's been an exciting amount of good music in the area going on these days, so I figure I'll keep the good vibe going. Performers include Podunk Nowhere, Anna Troy and Lisa Sanders.

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Then we have Thursday night at the Casbah, where Fox Rox is putting on a show to celebrate their 200th episode. They've got Transfer, Gram Rabbit, and The Bloody Hollies lined up to play, and it promises to be a damn good time. I talked to Wesley Doyle from the Bloody Hollies back in the first couple weeks I started this website, and after getting shut out of the first show I tried to go see them at, I've been waiting for another chance. Check out the show, or at least just acknowledge and respect the guys at Fox Rox for making it to 200 episodes. Just think, every other city in America is watching King Of The Hill reruns on Fox on Thursdays at midnight.

MP3s:

Transfer - Henry Doesn't Stand
Gram Rabbit - Witness & Dirty Horse
The Bloody Hollies - Swing

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