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look, there goes Art Carney again…

NP: “Skill”The Desperate Bicycles. “You don’t need skill, just the desire…”. 1978 DIY at its finest.
NP: “My Night Out”The Homosexuals. More 1978 obscurity and randomness. This stuff should have been as *almost* as big as Wire, XTC, etc.
NP: “Celebrity Art Party”The Embarrassment. 1981 Wichita weirdness. No, i’m not going chronologically. But i did just read this fun quote: “[The Embarrassment were] a bunch of four-eyed, messy misfits that made the Feelies look like body-builders.”
NP: “Hank Is Dead”Chevy Heston. Shout-out to Leigh Lust in song! Hi, Leigh!
NP: “Far Pavilions”…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. From the most recent Trail Of Dead record. It’s hard to get excited about another Trail Of Dead record, but, you know… if somebody played it for you and told you it was some new band from Chicago or a b-side by Japandroids, i bet you’d like it a whole lot.
NP: “Suggestion (live w/ Amy Pickering on vocals)”Fugazi. If you ever got to see Fugazi live in DC in the early 90’s (or maybe even late 80’s), you may have gotten to see them do this version of “Suggestion” with Amy Pickering of Fire Party on vocals. This is ripped from a youtube video. Low volume, but… god damn.
NP: “Death Kit”Karate. Vinyl rip of the first release of The Self-Starter Foundation. January, 1995. Officially a lifetime ago.
NP: “Machines”Biffy Clyro. Sad Biffy song.
NP: “Sigh’s Smell Of Farewell”Cocteau Twins. I’ve got Cocteau Fever!
NP: “Fishing Bird (Empty Gutted In The Evening Breeze)”Grouper. Somewhere between getting Cocteau Fever and going to see El Perro Del Mar, i decided to go back and listen to some Grouper.
NP: “Kill The Action”East River Pipe. From the record with one of my favorite album covers of all time. The back cover, as seen on this poster makes it even better.
NP: “Jimmy Jazz”The Clash. It made sense at the time.
NP: “Stuart”The Dead Milkmen. “You know what, Stuart: I like you.”
NP: “Sweet Jane”Mott The Hoople. Nobody does contemporary covers anymore. I mean… Velvet Underground released “Loaded” in September, 1970, and Mott The Hoople recorded “All The Young Dudes” in May, 1972. I guess i don’t really want a bunch of Animal Collective or Les Savy Fav covers hitting the streets any minute, but… it seems like the only covers of contemporary songs you ever hear are ironic, and that seems strange to me.
NP: “Against Pollution (Live)”The Mountain Goats. Live at The Bell House on the last show of the last tour. I still prefer the old solo shows, but this was the best of the full-band shows i’ve seen him (them?) do. Unfortunately this recording doesn’t quite capture the brilliance of the un-mic’d show-stealing Steely Dan-esque guitar solo dropped by the “other guy” from Final Fantasy, but you can hear it over the final 150 seconds if you listen closely.
NP: “Click!”Das Damen. Always preferred Das Damen to Sonic Youth. Still do.
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [71.2 MB, 62:14 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [86.3 MB]

NR: nothing! too much time touring, not enough time to read.

NW: Iron Man and Iron Man 2 double feature last Thursday. not enough baseball.


will be back in NYC for at least a couple of weeks in June and July. Fingers crossed!


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