I wanted the world

The Long Blondes are no more. It's sad that their break-up is based upon the guitarist's poor health. Writing on the myspace today:

We have decided to call it a day.

The main reason for this is that I suffered from a stroke in June and unfortunately I do not know when / if I will be well enough to play guitar again.

On behalf of the band I'd like to say a big thank you to anyone who ever came to one of our shows, bought one of our records or danced to one of our songs in a club. Thank you, if it wasn't for you the whole thing would have been pointless.

Finally on a personal note, thanks for all your well wishing messages.

Dorian xxx
I'll miss 'em. Here's their best jam.

[download The Long Blondes - You Could Have Both]

Asthma Squad! Inhale!

Pete Serafinowicz does fifty impressions in two minutes, of all your favourite heroes.

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Like fish and human beings

If like me, you're concerned about your dietary habits, here's an old chestnut to help you remember what not to eat. It's presented by Marilyn Manson, the popular entertainer, and is from Clone High, a long-deceased television program that if you've never seen, you really ought to seek out. It's on the Youtubes, so go there now and watch it.

And, uh, maybe there'll be a real update on here sometime soon?

[download Marilyn Manson - The Food Pyramid Song]

Sit down and shut up

There's a good reason why more bands aren't formed after near-death experiences, involving crashing cars into churches. But that's what happened to Noel Kelly, that led him to form The Hush Now. The band has an album coming out later this month, and before that, here's their single. The verse part is a little wimpy, which almost turned me off, but come the chorus, they stepped on the pedals and it rocks pretty hard. Reminded me of Film School, and that's no bad thing.

[download The Hush Now - Traditions]

[The Hush Now myspace]

A wee bit o'blarney

I found out on Friday that one of my close friends from college is very sick, and so that served to take a lot of the wind out of my weekend. Tried everything I could to take my mind off it - watched some Saxondale, went to see TL/Rx, listened to a lot of the Best Show, didn't do any work, etc. For laughs, I also listened to the new stand up CD from Andrew Daly. Dude has been a staple on the New York and L.A. scenes for a while, which explains why my only exposure to him has been on Root of All Evil and Semi-Pro. Of course, he's a lot funnier than those things allowed him to be.

'Nine Sweaters' consists of nine (actually, eleven) different characters, each very meticulously planned out, that deliver varyingly insane rants. One of them, Jerry O'Hearn, you may have heard on the Comedy Death Ray compilation which I've mentioned on here before. There's an Irishman that loves to spin a tall tale, a smalltown actor who's just arrived in L.A. and is going to make it there, an eighty-year old man with a mind in the gutter, and a comedian whose gimmick - being invisible - may not necessarily be beneficial to the craft. Best of all, and by that I mean most deliriously batshit insane of all, was a guy who is the Life of the Party. I can't really describe him, but suffice to say, he'll get you conga-ing, or die trying. I've put up the shortest clip from the CD (most are >10 mins) for your enjoyment. Unlike Hap Arden, Shooter is about to leave L.A. and this is his send-off. Enjoy!

[download Andrew Daly - Shooter's Bon Voyage Set]

[Andy Daly myspace / Buy 'Nine Sweaters']

All my accounts will be settled

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists / Future of the Left
Gainesville Common Grounds
October 5th, 2008

Firstly, I should point out that this gig was headlined by local heroes Against Me! but I left after only a couple of their songs, so I don't really have anything to say about them. Nothing against them, pun absolutely intentional - they sounded ok, and the crowd were really into it - but I was very hungry, and had seen the bands I went for. Maybe another time.

Prior to their set, I managed to have a chat with Andy Falkous from Future of the Left after I bought their live CD 'Last Night I Saved Her From Vampires'. Among other things, he suggested that, since I was a fan of his former outfit Mclusky, they might stick an old classic in their set. "By a certain previous band... and I'm not talking about Whitesnake". What a nice man. Put him on stage, though, a million miles from home, and in front of a scant and disinterested crowd, and the mood shifts. As the band plows - nay, steamrollers - through songs from their ace album 'Curses' and some new ones, you could see him and Kelson seething. "I've had better reactions alone in my bedroom" he said at one point. They opened with 'Wrigley Scott', a tale of two people who enjoyed sausage on a stick, and straight into 'Plague of Onces', and then lots of others. Very bass heavy, atonal, screamed-out, and awesome. And my special treat? Only 'Lightsaber Cocksucking Blues'! Fanfuckingtastic to hear it again. Finished with 'Cloak the Dagger' and then stormed off. Don't know if they made any new fans - too abrasive? - but they still did the business as far as I'm concerned. They've made a brand new song available for download, check the link below.

The memo about rocking harder-than-hard evidently made its way to Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. No room for the more radio-friendly likes of singles 'Me and Mia' or 'Colleen' tonight. Opening with 'The Sons of Cain', Count Violence, Little Jimmy, Big Steve and the other guy (I always forget his name) played a set high on energy and crowd enthusiasm. Songs from 'Living with the Living' - there is no way that that album is 18 months old - still sound fresh, with 'Bomb.Repeat.Bomb' being the heaviest and 'Annunciation Day / Born on Christmas Day' the awesomest. Not too much chatter from the stage, although Ted bigged up the Civic Media Center, for whom this gig was a benefit. I wish they'd have played 'Paranoia (Never Enough)' from their new EP, but who am I to complain. Finished with a rousin', audience-participatin' take on 'Rappaport's Testament', a song originally by Chumbawamba. I don't think anybody was aware of that, though. All too short, so y'all best come back soon.

Just as a final thought - this gig housed the most tattoos I've ever seen in one place.

[download Future of the Left - The Hope that House Built]
[download Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Rappaport's Testament: I Never Gave Up]

[Future of the Left official / myspace / buy 'Curses']
[Ted Leo official / myspace / buy 'Rapid Response EP']

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