Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Replacements - I'm in love, what's that song?

Wow, I reminisce about my Minnesota youth for two seconds (that's my max) and all of a sudden this guy is talking about the Replacements on kexp. Take a moment to picture young me, braces on my teeth, my first concert ever, Paul W and the gang on the stage in their flannels, just about to break up, Minneapolis 1991.*

Two things stand out to me about today's kexp interview: a) the Replacements survive time in great shape without their mythology distorting their innate goodness and b) kids today aren't listening to the Mats.

Children of America! Listen to Bastards of Young!

Srsly, the newly remastered best of deserves your attention. Buy it.

As I'm writing this kexp plays September Gurls followed by Alex Chilton. The synergy that makes Replacements fans love Big Star is also what makes me love music. And the whole package made high school worth living.

*What, you want a setlist? The internet provides!
Minneapolis, Orpheum 02/06/91
(I Don't Know / I Will Dare / Achin' To Be / Bent Out of Shape / Merry Go Round / Satellite / Happy Town / Swingin' Party / One Wink at a Time / Waitress in the Sky / Skyway / When it Began / Someone Take the Wheel / Talent Show / Can't Hardly wait / (T-REX tune) / Kiss me on the Bus / If only you were Lonely / Asking Me Lies / I'll Be You/ Nobody / Within Your Reach / I.O.U.)

Vampire Weekend - headed for Denver and a backlash?

The interwebs are talking about an inevitable Vampire Weekend backlash today (thx to Julio for the tip)...

No backlash here, as I kind of never understood the Vampire Weekend allure to begin with. Given my past, I can safely say I'm comfortable with their preppiness, and lord knows I enjoyed some Paul Simon before, during and after my preppy days.

The album just doesn't click with me. What am I missing? Hoped to see their last live show but weather being what it is at 7220 feet, did not make it.

Fill me in on why I should love Vampire Weekend. Please.

Sounds like they're making another Mile High appearance, I need to check it out in person.

Vampire Weekend U.S. dates 2008
Jan 30 2008 - 8:00P
Bowery Ballroom [21+] w/Aa, Plastic Little (SOLD OUT)
New York, NY
Jan 31 2008 - 8:00P
San Francisco, California
Feb 1 2008 - 7:00P
Amoeba Music
San Francisco, California
Feb 4 2008 - 7:00P
Amoeba Music
Los Angeles, California
Feb 6 2008 - 8:00P
The Rock and Roll Hotel (SOLD OUT)
Washington DC, Washington DC
Feb 7 2008 - 8:00P
First Unitarian Church (SOLD OUT)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 8 2008 - 8:00P
Willams College
Willamstown, Massachusetts
Feb 9 2008 - 8:00P
Museum of Fine Arts (SOLD OUT)
Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 11 2008 - 8:00P
Horseshoe Tavern
Toronto, Ontario
Feb 12 2008 - 8:00P
The Blind Pig
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Feb 13 2008 - 8:00P
Gypsy Hut
Feb 14 2008 - 8:00P
Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbus, Ohio
Feb 15 2008 - 8:00P
Andy Warhol Museum
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar 6 2008 - 8:00P
The Social w/ THE WALKMEN
Mar 7 2008 - 8:00P
Langerado Festival-Big Cypress Indian Reservation
Clewiston, Florida
Mar 8 2008 - 8:00P
Cafe Eleven w/ THE WALKMEN
St. Augustine, Florida
Mar 9 2008 - 8:00P
Mar 10 2008 - 8:00P
The Bottletree w/ THE WALKMEN
Mar 19 2008 - 8:00P
The Casbah
San Diego, California
Mar 20 2008 - 8:00P
Los Angeles, California
Mar 22 2008 - 8:00P
The Independent
San Francisco, California
Mar 23 2008 - 8:00P
Rickshaw Shop
San Francisco, California
Mar 25 2008 - 8:00P
Doug Fir Lounge
Portland, Oregon
Mar 26 2008 - 8:00P
Seattle, Washington
Mar 27 2008 - 8:00P
Richards on Richards
Vancouver, British Columbia
Mar 29 2008 - 8:00P
The Badlander
Missoula, Montana
Mar 30 2008 - 8:00P
Boise, Idaho
Apr 1 2008 - 8:00P
Bluebird Theater
Denver, Colorado
Apr 25 2008 - 1:00P
Indio, California

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Upcoming shows- February/March Edition

Wow, February and March are shaping up! Julio, Mystik and Ricardo all put together nice preview lists recently. Here's my big wish list. Obviously by February I need to a) win the lottery and b) build a time machine. Also maybe c) create a clone to go to work for me the day after shows.

February 1: Editors & Hot Hot Heat @ Ogden
Liars @ Marquis
Talib Kweli @ Gothic

February 4: Yeasayer & MGMT @ Hi-Dive (kexp thinks you should go!)

February 13: Supersuckers @ Gothic

February 14: Devotchka @ Fox Theatre (this is the only chance to see them in U.S. for months)

February 16: Everything Absent or Distorted @ Hi-Dive
Black Lips @ Bluebird (+twist&shout in-store Feb 17)

February 22: Drive-by Truckers @ Ogden
February 23: Drive-by Truckers @ Fox Theatre

February 26: Hives @ Ogden

February 28: Built to Spill w/ Meat Puppets @ Gothic

March 10: Pela @ Hi-Dive

March 4: Grand Archives @ Hi-Dive

March 7: Place to Bury Strangers & Holy Fuck @ Larimer Lounge

March 11: Xiu Xiu @ Hi-Dive
Helio Sequence @ Larimer Lounge

March 22: Beach House @ Hi-Dive
Justice @ Ogden
Bob Mould @ Fox Theatre

March 31: Sons & Daughters @ Hi-Dive