Thursday, January 25, 2007

Of Montreal "Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer?"

So I also wanted to mention that the new Of Montreal album, "Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer?" is way awesome as well. Local guys and gals making absolutely bad-ass music. I have to say it's definitely one of my favorites so far this year. Pitchfork gave it a 8.7. Athens represent.

Buy it at Insound,
or Criminal Records.

Accessible is not a dirty word

So I just bought the new Deerhoof album, "Friend Opportunity". No, I didn't download it when it leaked like 4 months ago..not that I don't do that kind of thing (sample purposes only..I buy, I swear!!), I just wanted to wait. I sometimes get a little nostalgic about going to the record store the day something comes out, you know...other people there buying the same record, talking about the band in line with some stranger, the guy behind the counter playing the album in the store's stereo, anxiously waiting to buy the CD and aimlessly drive around for an hour playing it. Ahh, memories. So I'm glad I waited. This album fucking kicks. No fucking really kills. Amazing, and every other word for amazing: astounding, stunning, staggering, shocking, breathtaking, sensational, remarkable and FUCKIN' AWESOME!! I read some reviews of it, and one word that seems to get used a lot is accessible. Like, "the new Deerhoof album is their most accessible to date". So what do they mean by accessible? Does "accessible" mean you access the album, or does the album access you (more specifically, the "happy center" part your brain). I like to think it's the latter. And man has my "happy center" been accessed. Yeah the art rock spazziness is not as art-rocky. So? Now their spazziness is hard-rock-alicious. Hooray for my "happy center"!
I do have to say it was fun driving around listening to this album full blast. Especially when I would pull up next to someone at a light. I wonder if they thought "Tinky Winky" just put out rock album.

Buy it at Insound,
or Criminal Records.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Menomena announce tour

Menomena, whose new album "Friend or Foe" just came out yesterday, announced their North American tour plans. "Friend or Foe" is quickly becoming a contender for my album of year least so far. I highly recommend seeing them live, here are the dates:

01-28 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
02-02 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
02-03 Vancouver, British Columbia - Pat's Pub
03-09 San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord
03-10 Los Angeles, CA - Echo
03-20 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
03-21 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
03-23 Toronto, Ontario - El Mocambo
03-24 Ottawa, Ontario - Zaphod Beeblebrox
03-25 Montreal, Quebec - Main Hall
03-27 Allston, MA - Great Scott
03-28 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03-29 Princeton, NJ - Princeton University
03-30 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
03-31 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
04-01 Carrboro, NC - Local 506
04-03 Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn
04-07 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive

Menomena - website
Menomena - Myspace

Monday, January 22, 2007

Criminal Records Midnight Sale tonight!!

Just a friendly reminder that Criminal Records will hosting a midnight sale/party tonight. The new Shins album 9 hours before everyone else? Free cake too? Sold.

"Don't forget our big midnight sale (and belated birthdays party) this Monday around 11:59PM. You are all invited, even if you don't know whose birthdays we're belatedly celebrating and even if you don't plan on buying the new Shins or new anything. (Not that I'm going to discourage you from buying stuff if that's what you want to do. You can buy whatever you want. Or not. No pressure, that's all. It'll just be a nice little get-together. With the option to buy stuff. If you want.) There'll be cake. Actually, there will two cakes, baked by our friend, Garland! And there will be ice cream, various beverages, and other goodies. See, I told you it was a party!"

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