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i stood in the corner and watched you for almost two hours

NP: “Catch The Beat”Planning By Numbers. I had never heard (or even heard of) this early pop record on Beggars Banquet until i bought it a couple of weeks ago for $4 based entirely on the packaging and the fact that it was an early Beggars thing that I had never heard of. I won’t say it was a life-changing experience, but… it seems to me that this song should have been a hit. (forgive the vinyl rip… there’s only one instance of this album up on the internet that i could find [and i’m good at that sort of thing], and it’s a fuzzy vinyl rip.)
NP: “The Horse Song”Iggy Pop. I just really love the Zombie Birdhouse record all the way through, but this one song ALWAYS puts me in a good mood.
NP: “If You Wanna (demo)”The Vaccines. I got to work with The Vaccines a couple of weekends ago. Pretty much exactly the third/third/third split between Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, and The Ramones that I thought it would be, but… that’s not a bad thing. Album not out yet, so here’s a demo version of the first single.
NP: “Dig A Little Deeper”Peter Bjorn And John. I’ll be touring with Peter Bjorn And John in April/May, but… professional allegiances aside, damn if they didn’t make a pretty great power pop record. This isn’t the best song on the record, but it is the catchiest.
NP: “Away Frm U”Oberhofer. Oberhofer opened for The Vaccines both nights. New single. Catchy.
NP: “Colors In The Whites Of Your Eyes”Heaven. New NYC band… total Ride thing, but… they do it REALLY WELL, so… it’s damn alright in my book.
NP: “All You Need”True Widow. Austin band people are really going crazy about… and they’re quite good. They sound an awful lot like a lot of things I liked in 1993 while not sounding retro at all. They get the word “metal” tossed around in descriptions a lot, which, truthfully, is absolutely laughable. True Widow (at least on album… I haven’t seen them live) are only metal if you call Bitch Magnet, Eric’s Trip, and Swervedriver metal, too. We’re not even in Fudge Tunnel or Thee Hypnotics territory. Anyway, this is from their self-released record from 2 years ago… look for a new record on Kemado soon.
NP: “Seeded (‘tween Bone And Bark)”Giant Sand. Went and listened to this one right before or after that OP8 album last week. Is this metal?
NP: “We Got More”Anonymous. Small press psych masterpiece that people pay hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for. I don’t own it, but am going to keep my eyes open for the magic dollar bin find sometime in my life. It’s like Nazz meets Fleetwood Mac or something? Pretty great.
NP: “Reborn Not Gone”Matt Bauder. More jazz for you… Current this time! NYC-by-way-of-Chicago, I met Matt personally and then heard his music, but if it had been the other way around I still would have liked this.
NP: “Sketch”Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Rock Plaza Central kept getting comparisons to this band, and I kept forgetting to look them up. Finally just saw a copy for cheap on vinyl and picked it up on a lark. It’s good, but… sorta trying too hard to be Talk Talk at times. But, it still has its moments (even though i still WAY prefer Rock Plaza Central).
NP: “Sawed A Seed”These Trails. Another small press record that the collectors go crazy for, but… this one only goes for like $150 when it sells. If you like those Linda Perhacs or more info

Propinquity re-issues of the last few years, you should check this out. Also, Joanna Newson fans should give a listen.
NP: “Gate/Gate/Paragate”Secret Mountains. Baltimore band… a friend told me to check them out, so I did. A bit too cloying / by-the-numbers at times, but not quite croissant rock… I do like it, I just want to hear some more before I form a more nuanced opinion.
NP: “Sleep Song”Hooded Fang. New LP from Canada’s Hooded Fang… not as fun as their EP that I really liked last year, but still a pretty good listen.
NP: “Virginia”Ed’s Redeeming Qualities. From the days before we called it outsider art. We still called it novelty then, eh? I actually went to go see these guys play a couple of times, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I really liked the night they announced an instrumental called “Extinction”, wound up a wind-up dinosaur and let it go across the floor of the club, and then matched the rhythm of the song to the ever-slowing steps of the toy. Naturally, the song ended when the dinosaur stopped. Performance art!
NP: “The Carroll County Accident”Porter Wagoner. We should all listen to more Porter Wagoner.
NP: “TL’s Sleepwalk”Terry Lee. I found this creepy and wonderful masterpiece via the Office Naps blog. Paul’s brother-in-law is the awesome 45 collector dude Dominic Welhouse, and he guest-hosted this entry. You should check out the background over there… I love scholarly research about such obscurities!
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. [74.6 MB, 64:11 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [101.0 MB]

NR: still finishing up “Arrowsmith” by Sinclair Lewis. This is going to be one of the ones that i’m going to be really sad when it’s done, because I’ve really enjoyed the process, and I’m going to feel like a visiting old friend has gone back home.

NW: Super Bowl. Duh.

NE: Bon Chon chicken wings
NE: my own delicious guacamole.

ND: 12 oz. bottles of Yuengling. The way it should be.
ND: d’Arenberg 2006 “The Ironstone Pressings” – Australian red. So good.


special announcement! i’m back on the DJ wagon, at least for the month!

every Wednesday in February i will be DJing happy hour at Lit, from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. I will be spinning exclusively from vinyl 7″‘s released between 1985 and 1999.

For the second week, this Wednesday, February 9th, i will play only records by artist names starting with the letters G-M. Of course, this is based on my alphabetizing schema, not yours, so it’s possible that we might disagree about some arbitrary filing decision i’ve made (but i’ll be right). just in the interest of full disclosure, of course.

So, we’re talking about Grifters, Helium, Ida, Jawbox, Karate, Les Savy Fav, The Meices, etc. if you know me, you know what i like, so… come on out if you want to have a beer and hear some grandfatherly indie rock and emo singles. And still get home by your bedtime.

With your bartender Donovan and your owner Erik!

Here’s the Facebook Event Page.

Lit Lounge
93 2nd Ave.
New York, NY

I really hope you can come out and have a beer!


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