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October 12, 2007

Worst. Interview. Ever.

Sigur Ros on NPR. Maybe they should have started answering questions in their invented language.

October 16, 2007

CMJ? Meh

This year's CMJ lineup is pretty underwhelming. Maybe I'm just out of touch with which bands are getting deserved buzz, but there aren't many lineups that are interesting top to bottom. Or maybe I'm just excited to see BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN tomorrow.

Here are a few of the bands who I would see again or I've heard good things about. I'm sure people more plugged into the scene might be able to find more of interest. It looks like making best use of a badge requires schlepping back and forth between Manhattan and Williamsburg.

The Delancey 7:30pm The Head Set

Luna Lounge
11:15pm Tigers and Monkeys

10:30pm The Octagon
11:15pm Sam Champion

8:30pm Death of Jason Brody

Avalon 11:10pm The Walkmen

Canal Room
11:30pm Die Romantik

9:30pm The Vandelles

Luna Lounge
11:00pm Saturday Looks Good To Me

Music Hall of Williamsburg
10:00pm Sam Champion

White Rabbit
6:45pm Charles Bissell (of The Wrens)

Bowery Ballroom 11:00pm Pela

10:30pm The Big Sleep

White Rabbit
2:15pm The Muggabears
3:45pm The Teeth
4:30pm The Big Sleep

Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza 9:40pm Earl Greyhound

Mercury Lounge
12:00am The Walkmen

10:45pm The Capitol Years
11:30pm The Teeth

White Rabbit
3:45pm Jukebox The Ghost
5:15pm The Mugs

Alphabet Lounge 9:00pm The Attorneys

The Delancey
6:00pm Chop Shop
7:00pm The Secret Life of Sofia
8:00pm Gold Streets
9:00pm Mancino
10:00pm Man In Gray
11:00pm A Place to Bury Strangers
12:00am Up the Empire
1:00am El Jezel

10:00pm Goes Cube

Music Hall of Williamsburg
12:00am Matt & Kim

Union Hall
10:00pm The Beat Radio
11:00pm The Mugs

Why is indie rock generally lame?

In the New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones wonders why indie rock is so lame and, well, white. A Paler Shade of White: How indie rock lost its soul

In the past few years, I’ve spent too many evenings at indie concerts waiting in vain for vigor, for rhythm, for a musical effect that could justify all the preciousness.

How did rhythm come to be discounted in an art form that was born as a celebration of rhythm’s possibilities? Where is the impulse to reach out to an audience—to entertain? I can imagine James Brown writing dull material. I can even imagine the Meters wearing out their fans by playing a little too long. But I can’t imagine any of these musicians retreating inward and settling for the lassitude and monotony that so many indie acts seem to confuse with authenticity and significance.

Is this a new segregation of music between the black (beats and rhymes) and white (precious and dreary tones)?

October 19, 2007

When backing tracks go wrong

Here's a clip of Van Halen playing Jump on their reunion tour earlier this month in Greensboro, NC:

Something sounds off.

It seems that the synthesizer part is played on a pre-recorded backing track, and at that show it was played back at 48 khz instead of 44.1 khz. RW370, Jump (in pitch)! "Eddie tries to transpose on the fly and match the wildly fucked up keyboards but the great thing there is the difference in pitch is non-musical - about 1.5 semitones sharp. So there’s no frets he can choose to fix the problem!"

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