A few Wednesday night randoms
1) A hundred times worse than American Idol: GoogleIdol. Check out these awful, awful, wonderful videos. I voted for "Rockin' The Bury" with their well-choreographed performance of Eye Of The Tiger (wait, I'm behind this bush - no wait! that one!), although it was close with The Baylor Studs, who SO recorded that Kelly Clarkson tribute in a dorm room (and nice touch with the bubbles being blown in by someone off-camera).
2) People who like The Clash (or even worse, who sing along!!) are dangerous types. Terrorists, you're all terrorists.
3) Stereogum has a really nice, low-key "new" track from trip-hopsters Massive Attack, "Live With Me." Visit Stereogum to get the mp3.
4) There is an interesting article in Paste Magazine about Ethan Johns and his production work with Ryan Adams. Maybe this will help me understand the whole obscure concept of how production affects a record. I know, I know.
5) I am going to see Live in Denver in May and am so excited. Worth noting that they are currently on tour supporting their new album, and you definitely should check them out. I have seen them live a few times before and have always been pretty impressed (esp that one time at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley with the Counting Crows). Their new stuff sounds pretty melodic and rockin, more of a return to Throwing Copper era, and even the EXCELLENT The Distance To Here. You can download the 'Guitars Up' remix of their new song "The River" (which I heavily dig) from the excellent Fans Of Live site.
6) I've got something in the works about Continuum's excellent 33 1/3 novella series, where various writers tackle their favorite albums, sharing their thoughts and why they love that particular musical opus. Until I finish that, Largehearted Boy had the same idea and has some notes from the author (Alex Green) about the new one about The Stone Roses.
7) Remember 'zines? This guy does. Read the interesting article that took me down memory lane. I think 'zines were the first blogs. Same egalitarian fan-produced concept, eh?
8) Finally, kids, Leg 2 of the Pearl Jam tour was announced today and I am stoked. I've never been to the Pepsi Center in Denver (but just the name gives me corporate shivers). I was hoping for Red Rocks, but the Denver shows (and MN) are with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, which is RAD RAD RAD, so I have no complaints:
Jun-23 Pittsburgh, PA
Jun-24 Cincinnati, OH
(US Bank Arena)
Jun-26 & 27 St. Paul, MN
(Xcel Energy Center)
Jul-2 & 3 Denver, CO
Jul-6 Las Vegas, NV
(MGM Garden Arena)
Jul-7 San Diego, CA
Jul-13 Santa Barbara, CA
(Santa Barbara Bowl)
Jul-16 & 18 San Francisco, CA
(Bill Graham Civic Auditorium)
Jul-22 George, WA
(Gorge Amphitheater )