So today is Tom McGeveran’s and Josh Benson’s last day at The New York Observer. Tom is like the super cool older cousin who gave you your first Sonic Youth tape when you were 12. More importantly, he gave me a job and taught me a lot and is the best drinking buddy a guy could ask for. Josh is like the favorite high school sports coach I never had. And, same as with Tom, I can say that...
The Court Tavern was saved
I spent many nights and played many shows at this place during the first half of the decade. From Brooklyn Vegan via nj.com: For nearly 50 years the Court Tavern has been a New Brunswick fixture. Since the early 1980s it also has been a vital part of the state’s rock scene, hosting up-and-coming bands such as the Smithereens, which later returned the favor by donating one of its platinum...
These Are My Top 10 Albums of the '00s
10. Morrissey - Ringleader of the Tormentors. The second installment in Morrissey’s “comeback” phase of the mid-’00s. On March 13, 2006, I was at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla., when he played many of these songs live for the first time. This one still fucks me up a little: 9. The Black Heart Procession - Three. I was only casually into BHP when this album came...
I used to talk to one of those girls on MySpace.– My younger brother at Christmas Eve dinner referring to Snooki from ‘Jersey Shore’
There is a perception that this odd colony of bloggers and journalists and...– The End of the 00s: The Stupid Kids of 1999, By Will Leitch (The Awl)
One learns something new about his significant other every day… infinitejess: I have always been a Hardcore Commemorator, which is why I feel like I have a right, if not an obligation, to be constructing “top” lists at this time of the year even if it’s something that’s getting really old right about now. It’s just something I was born doing. In elementary school I would sit at the...
Christmas Songs Part 1: Fucked Up - “David...
Papa Steve drops some year-end knowledge →
Listicle Without Commentary: The 30 Best Punk... →
Yet another punk rock post. Sorry!
I Want a Lot Now (So Come on)
Came into work to find the following in my Gmail inbox: see you in the pit, bitches Adam Rathe: to me, lyssa.thompson show details 10:48 AM (9 minutes ago) http://www.nypress.com/blog-5523-murder-city-takes-new-york-city.html Oh, what a Valentine’s Day it will be! The reformed Murder City Devils (which we caught in Austin recently and were completely blown away by) will play New...
Re: my earlier reblog… youngmanhattanite: ….It pains me to say but I do agree with your friend’s “just OK” assessment which was frustrating since the Thorns of Life material was soooo good and I thought I had read somewhere before (or maybe it was just wishful thinking) that they were carrying over at least some of those songs. I couldn’t have been more prepared to jump on the backs...
Re: Embarrassing iPhone footage
Joe: uh oh BUSTED
my spot is blown up
shoulda just worn the snuggie
Took off work on Thursday and am heading down to P.Rex for the first time in forevs. Then to Triumph Brewery for the seven-beer sampler! Some random (and all pretty good!) CDs that are going to the used bin: Television, Marquee Moon; MC5, Kick Out the Jams; The Only Ones, Special View; The Jam, This is the Modern World; Magazine, Real Life and Secondhand Daylight; Dub Narcotic Sound System w/ The...
In the middle of an impromptu Friday night ’90s hardcore/emo/screamo vinyl nostalgia fest with infinite jess. So far: Jawbreaker. Jets to Brazil. Braid. The Promise Ring. Piebald. Instil. The Jazz June. I Hate Myself. C.R. Avail. Up next: Charles Bronson and Los Crudos.
Two dreams last night: One was this recurring zombie adventure semi-nightmare I have every few months or so. That was followed by a less frequent recurring dream in which I’m shaving but the razor is dull and I can’t get all the stubble off my face so I get really frustrated. (I did in fact shave yesterday.) What do these mean?
Initial thoughts: I would put “Sunny” and “Sing Your Life” waaaaaay higher on the list and nix a lot of the Quarry/Ringleader-era b-sides altogether. I’m also slightly disturbed by the conspicuous absence of “Speedway” and “The Boy Racer.” Still awesome though. Choire Sicha: Listicle without Commentary: The 85 Best Morrissey Solo Songs, In...
From Pitchfork TV via The Awl: The Dirty Three In A Hotel Room, With Nick Cave On Keys
Simon Doonan is decking the halls of the White House: Mr. Doonan, the creative director of Barneys New York and a tart-tongued columnist in The New York Observer, was selected several months ago to organize this year’s public displays for the holidays, the Obamas’ first in the White House, according to a person familiar with the planning. [NYT]