Wednesday, January 31, 2007

New DJ Spork podcast and Tris McCall 2006 poll

If you are hitting this page and wondering why it has not been updated as frequently and why my 25 list is incomplete it is because I have been spending quality blog time hanging out and posting on the mog. I did find time to squeeze in a podcast show recently so you should be listening too the results right now. You can subscribe via rss to it or view descriptions of some of the other djspork shows here.

OTHER NEWS STUFF:The circle of trust for critics choice poll is smallish but the first set of results in. Tris McCall’s put a lot of effort into the editorialization is quite good about describing the state of music:

Top 2006 Album

1. Belle & Sebastian > The Life Pursuit

2. Camera Obscura > Let’s Get Out Of This Country

3. Ghostface Killah > Fishscale

4. The Hold Steady > Boys And Girls In America

5. Neko Case > Fox Confessor Brings The Flood

Read the full top 2006 album report here. I’m not disgruntled too much that my number one album didn’t get on the radar with this bunch in the top 20 but at least The Hold Steady made the top 5 and Tom Waits—Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards number 29. I’m looking forward to the smart ass question results personally as it is more telling of our times. [ read my mog write-up here on all the juicy questions in the poll ]

In other sad, sad news rbally has turned down his awesome bootleg site and is currently just displaying an empty shell.

Friday, January 12, 2007

and you will know me by the size of my post: Chavez, Starlight mints, Portastatic, the Walkmen

When you reach out to a friend he/she doesn't answer. Insulated in their little world so you figure you'll make a post for those that are listening. I have honestly been neglecting you bloggy and spending a lot more time on your mog pages but here is a little something for your belly. Of course post is duplicated on mog but whatever...

Your three pointer for the week:

1) There is a free single called "Another one goes by: from The Walkmen off of one of their older releases on emusic, Another One goes by. Very good stuff if you ever wondered what Dylan would do w/ alternative music and a different slant on VU interpretations.

2) In a 3 band twist-up, there are some nice nuggets by the starlight mints, The Winks and Portastatic on i guess I'm floating's mp3 site as part of his Reach Around postings.

3) And my final offering from a electrical boards posting and for the few guitar indie snobs around here:
chavez their whole Warsaw set from their recent brooklyn show. I asked Rbally to take the mv4 files and give them a little more gain, so lets see if he does. I posted a review of said Dec 2006 show before, but in case you missed it, and in recap, it reminded me why so many bands are week in scope and you should really just break up your band if there is no sort of hit, greatness or if the chicks don't dig it. Chavez have always been 2/3 in this band qualifications in that respect. The wreckage is filled with some incredible guitar and drum work, with a zero tolerence nod to prog and is the place where the quick math rock geek might have reared itself first in me (don cab and shellac aside). They enable the type of guitarscapes where sonic tone actually speaks to me, in way that lets say mission of burma, gang of four or even jimmy page's studio work. There is a certain way players handle a piece of wood and carve out music by the very way they touch it, bend strings, set-up the knobs, and well you just say, F it I could never do that. [start english accent here] "Do you know what i mean?"

"Anybody can turn up to 11." [end]
- Enjoy.