Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A couple pieces of writing I just had published.

A review of the Sick Puppies' Dressed Up as Life on Mix Down.

A preview of Tom Jones at Terminal 5 in New York City for Flavorpill.

Monday, February 16, 2009

I got some cool records.

There's a place on Passyunk called the Beautiful World Syndicate (check their MySpace) that I like. They have a ton of old vinyl, $5 used CDs, DVDs, etc. It can be a lot of work looking through all the titles, sometimes pulling out vinyl one at a time because the bins are so full or they're under a table, but it pays off sometimes and you find a gem or three.

I got a Gang Starr record called Daily Operation from '92. So sick. It's got some of the best '90s hip hop songs to speak of: "The Place Where We Dwell," "Ex Girl to Next Girl," and "Take It Personal."

I also got some weird compilations on vinyl. I found Volume 2 of Super Disco Brake's, which I think is just songs that people sample. Here are the songs:

James Brown's "Funky Drummer"
Juice's "Catch a Groove"
Harlem Underground Band's "Smokin' Cheeba Cheeba"
Bill Withers' "Use Me"
Cymande's "Dove" (used by the Fugees on The Score)
Ann Winley's "Watch Dog"
Meters' "Sophisticated Cissy"

The real gem, though, is an LP called Breakdancing. That's it. No artist or anything. It's from 1984 and it reports to be based on the Avon book Breakdancing. Not only are there instructions between songs, there's a diagram sleeve that I have photographed and posted here. Here's that song lineup:

Malcolm McLaren and the World Famous Supreme Team's "Buffalo Gals"
Herbie Hancock's "Rockit"
Lisa-Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force's "I Wonder If I Take You Home"
George Kranz's "Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa)"
Run-D.M.C.'s "It's Like That"
John Rocca's "I Want It To Be Real"
Kid Savage and the Supreme Rockers' "Drive Me Crazy"
C-Bank's "One More Shot"
Grand Master Melle Mel and the Furious Five's "White Lines (Don't Do It)"
The Rocksteady Crew's "Hey You (The Rocksteady Crew)"

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I'm excited and/or curious about these shows in Philadelphia.


Thurs., 5 - Black Keys (@ the Electric Factory)
Fri., 6 - The Pretenders (@ the Electric Factory)
Sun., 8 - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (@ Kungfu Necktie)
Fri., 20 - M. Ward (@ the Troc)
Sat., 28 - Tapes n' Tapes (@ Johnny Brendas)

Sun., 1 - Blitzen Trapper w/ Alela Diane (@ First Church)
Mon., 2 - Plants and Animals (@ Johnny Brendas)
Fri., 13 - The Feelies (@ Johnny Brendas)
Mon., 16 - Takka Takka (@ Kungfu Necktie)
Thurs., 19 - The Ting Tings (@ First Church)
Sat., 21 - Bloc Party (@ the Electric Factory)
Sun., 29 - Asobi Seksu (@ Johnny Brendas)

Wed., 1 - Lady GaGa (@ the Electric Factory)
Fri., 3 - Dan Deacon (@ First Church)
Sat., 4 - Kool Keith as Dr. Octogon vs. Dr. Doom (@ Johnny Brendas)
Wed., 22 - Of Montreal (@ the Troc)

Tues., 12 - Animal Collective (@ the Electric Factory)

I don't care what you try to say - she is fierce and talented.

I bought some things today.

On compact disc I bought:
Erykah Badu's "Baduism"
A Tribe Called Quest's "The Love Movement"
El-P's "I'll Sleep When You're Dead"
The Black Keys' "Attack and Release"
Spank Rock's "Yoyoyoyoyo"

And on vinyl:
TV on the Radio's "Dear Science"

Plus in print: