Thursday, June 21, 2007

White Light Riot | The Alarmists | The Villains of Verona 6/23/07 @ Fine Line

Saturday, you should go:

: White Light Riot (CD Release Party) | The Alarmists | The Villiains of Verona (from Chicago)
Where: Fine Line Music Cafe
When: Sat 6/23/07 - Doors 8pm | Music 9pm
How Much:$9.50 in advance / $11.50 day of show 18+ | Ticketmaster

Atomism, White Light Riot's debut CD is available @ the Electric Fetus, CD Warehouse, Down in the Valley, Cheapo, and Treehouse records now. iTunes to follow soon...

More on the bands

White Light Riot is all over the place. City Pages yesterday. Look for a Pioneer Press article today and a Strib piece Friday.

The Alarmists. Do I need to say more? Search my blog... I think I've talked about them enough.

The Villains of Verona. Great new band from Chicago. My buddy Brody is a huge fan and works with them. The were really good last time I caught them @ Varsity.

More info on BRIAT.

White Light Riot Website | MySpace | Blog
The Alarmists Website | MySpace
The Villains of Verona Website | MySpace

WLR @ ValleyFair:

Lots more on their blog
, it's great, do check it out...

P.S. Let's hope I don't get kicked out of their gig for a change ;) FU Uptown Bar!

Before I go...

3 videos you absolutely have to watch:

1) Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave, Pete Doherty and Shane MacGowen all had a grand old time singing "Home Sweet Home" from the movie "Lady and the Tramp" at the Meltdown Festival on June 17th: (via)

2)Hillary Clinton Sopranos Spoof: (via)

3) The Go! Team - Grip Like A Vice:

I'm out, have a great week!

- Steve

Updates... Personal | The National | The Horrors | Maps

Some stuff that might interest you:
  • I really wish I could update the blog a bit more... Unfortunately/fortunately I have a pretty kick-ass corporate day job and an awesome girlfriend, and I'm super-busy. Plus, I have to enjoy the 3 months of nice weather we get here in MN per year... expect updates to be pretty slow (once per week, I'm thinking) through-out the summer.
Here's a picture of my girlfriend and my dog Ringo (He he):

A Few More National: Flickr Photos | Flickr Slideshow
  • I did love this tune by The National live (then again, I loved every tune where the bassist shouted/sang):
mp3: The National - Abel (YSI)

  • I hung out with The Horrors' lead singer-dude (I only saw 5 seconds of the band live). He's very tall and doesn't like to reveal his face. Super-nice guy, though:

  • Maps. Check 'em out. Great stuff. My favorite song at the moment:
mp3: Maps - Don't Fear (YSI)

As always, thanks for reading. You know where to find me.

- Steve

Art Brut - It's A Bit Complicated

I think they may have topped their debut album with this one... I love it.

Stream the whole album here (MySpace).

mp3: Art Brut - People In Love(YSI) - link removed per request

Art Brut Website | MySpace


Stay off the crack! Art Brut @ 7th Street Entry 3/28/06

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The White Stripes live @ Icky Thump Records

10:02pm CST Wed 6/20/07: Sorry about the late notice, check it out, it's streaming live right now here.


10:31pm CST: White Stripes are finally on. Opening track: "Icky Thump". Wow.

10:49pm CST: Setlist so far:
  1. Icky Thump
  2. When I Hear My Name
  3. Dirty Leaves On Dirty Ground
  4. ? New Song
  5. Hotel Yorba
  6. ? New Song
10:55pm CST: I'm giving up on following the setlist... I'll enjoy the show instead.

10:57pm CST: I do love this one... Jolene

11:00pm CST: John The Revelator

11:11pm CST: Jack is a genius (I think I've mentioned that before). Man, this rocks. You can still tune in.

11:15pm CST: White Stripes main set done. Encores coming up...

11:16pm CST: I actually really like watching the show on my PC. The bathroom is really close...

11:17pm CST: Encore #1: Black Math

11:26pm CST: After a brilliant second encore here comes "Seven Nation Army"... jesus.

11:31pm CST: They're playing their last tune "Boll Weevil". I have goosebumps.

11:34pm CST: Gig over.

Bloody hell, I guess I was live-blogging the event... Sorry, sometimes I get too excited.

The new White Stripes Album Icky Thump is amazing. It rocks. Hard. Go pick it up when you have a chance. Fuck the review by CityPages/Village Voice...

More Updates:

In case you missed the performance... You can probably find some of it on the Icky Thump YouTube Channel.

Meg is awesome.

Did you see The White Stripes on Conan? It was A+. Unfortunately NBC is taking down YouTube vids left and right, so I give you the same 2 tunes from Jools Holland (just as great):

The White Stripes - Icky Thump (live Jools Holland)

The White Stripes - Effect and Cause (live Jools Holland)

OK, Conan was cooler:

The White Stripes - Effect and Cause (live Conan O'Brien):

The White Stripes Website | MySpace

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Albert Hammond, Jr. live @ Station 4, 6/7/07

You may know Albert as the guitar player for The Strokes. How did he fare as a solo performer? Absolutely brilliant; fantastic live. I think I liked his gig last Thursday at Station 4 in St. Paul more than the last Strokes show. From hearing the band rehearse above the venue before the concert, to hanging out with Albert after the show, I had a great time. Did you know Steve, the guitarist/singer from Longwave plays guitar in Albert's live band? You do now, and yes, he rocks...

Albert Hammond, Jr. enjoying a "Pabst tall-boy":

Albert Hammond, Jr.:

Albert Hammond, Jr.:

Steve rockin' the ukulele:

Albert Hammond, Jr. and the band rockin' out:

Albert Hammond, Jr. hanging out in his pajamas after the show:

Albert Hammond, Jr. Setlist:

Dead Trees (opening band):

More Albert/Dead Trees: Flickr Photos | Flickr Slideshow

A couple of pretty cool vids from the show:

Albert Hammond, Jr. - "Everyone Gets A Star" live @ Station 4:

Albert Hammond, Jr. - "In Transit" live @ Station 4:

More coverage over on Brody's blog. He had a good time as well...

Albert Hammond, Jr.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Pics: Voxtrot | Sound Team | Au Revoir Simone live @ Triple Rock Social Club 6/5/07

Sound Team:



More Sound Team: Flickr Photos | Flickr Slideshow






More Voxtrot: Flickr Photos | Flickr Slideshow

I missed Au Revoir Simone. They joined Voxtrot on stage later in the evening, though (see picture above)...

Brody and Vu have the reviews.

Voxtrot Website | MySpace
Sound Team Website | MySpace
Au Revoir Simone Website | MySpace

Have a great Thursday. Don't forget, Albert Hammond, Jr. is @ Station 4 tonight. Don't miss it...

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New Video/Single: Arctic Monkeys - "Fluorescent Adolescent"

Here's the brand-new Arctic Monkeys video for "Fluorescent Adolescent", the 2nd single to be released from their brilliant sophomore album Favourite Worst Nightmare.

Arctic Monkyes - "Fluorescent Adolescent":

YouTube version here. Domino version here.

"The lyrical narration is supported by a striking video directed by Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd/Nathan Barley) , starring Stephen ‘Scummy Man’ Graham (Snatch/Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels) and a rather scary bunch of clowns."

Have I mentioned before I really don't like clowns? I do really love the tune, though.

Arctic Monkeys - "Fluorescent Adolescent" live @ First Avenue 5/7/07:


mp3: Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent (YSI)

The official single drops July 9 via Domino.

CD & 10" Tracklisting
1. Fluorescent Adolescent
2. The Bakery
3. Plastic Tramp
4. Too Much To Ask

7” Vinyl Tracklisting
A. Fluorescent Adolescent
B. The Bakery

Bonus Audio:

Arctic Monkeys live acoustic on The Current 5/7/07:

mp3: Arctic Monkeys - The Bakery (YSI)

mp3: Arctic Monkeys - Only Ones Who Know (YSI)

mp3: Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent (YSI)

From the CD-Single Brianstorm:

mp3: Arctic Monkeys - If You Found This It's Probably Too Late (YSI)

From the Japanese Import Favourite Worst Nightmare:

mp3: Arctic Monkeys - Da Frame 2R (YSI)

mp3: Arctic Monkeys - Matador (YSI)

Arctic Monkeys Website | MySpace | The Riot Van | Domino


Friday, June 01, 2007

Happy 2nd Birthday! my blog. Yes, I started this shit 2 years ago, today. To celebrate, three random songs I've listened to a lot over the years...

David Bowie - Rock 'n' Roll Suicide (live - Japan 1972):

Travis - All I Want To Do Is Rock (live - Glasgow 2001):

Oasis - Slide Away (live - Chicago 1994):

(You thought I'd post "Rock 'n' Roll Star", didn't you?)

Falco - Rock Me Amadeus (live - Salzburg 1986)

RIP Falco (1957 - 1998).

In case you haven't noticed, I'm currently on "blog vacation". Regular posting to resume next week...

Thanks for reading, you #@$% rock!

~ Steve