Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Wow

I just don't know which is crazier: The fact that Shane McGowan is still drinking, or the fact that Lady Sovereign just got signed to Def Jam!

Make sure you catch her before she's playin big ass venues!



11-28 Boston, MA - Middle East
11-30 New York, NY - Knitting Factory
12-01 Philadelphia, PA - Silk City
12-02 Montreal, Quebec - La Tulipe

Monday, November 28, 2005

St. Patty's

I like to spend my St. Patty's day in Boston seeing the Dropkick Murphys. I will probably go do that again this year and then hopefully I will be able to catch one of the Pogues. This legendary Irish band will be playing a few shows in the states over St. Patty's weekend, or as some of us like to say, St. Patty's week. One has to wonder if they will do any joint shows together. It is nice to know that Shane McGowan is still alive.


Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 26, 2005.

Dates:

Friday March 10 Washington 9.30 Club
Saturday March 11 Atlantic City Borgata
Tuesday March 14 Boston Orpheum
Thursday March 16 New York Nokia Theatre, Times Square
Friday March 17 New York Nokia Theatre, Times Square
Saturday March 18 New York Nokia Theatre, Times Square

The Best Thing To Happen To This Town



Next Monday @ Nectars!
Screening of The Warriors from 8-10 PM


Heart

So I saw Dropkick Murphys last Monday. These guys fucking rock. (I feel like I start every concert review this way). Anyways, they played a lot of the newer stuff off of The Warriors Code such as Citizen CIA, Warriors Code, Sunshine Highway, and Captain Kelly's Highway. Older favorites were played too such as Boys On The Docks and Barroom Hero, Gang's All Here, and then everything inbetween. The girls came on stage for Spicy and everyone else for Skinhead. I've never seen a bad show by these guys. They just have so much heart. Here are the pics.









Monday, November 21, 2005

Mos Definitely Not

So the St. Mike's show for Mos Def/Talib has been officially cancelled. Tonight, is Dropkick Murphys @ Higher Ground kids. God, do I love my Dropkick.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Love Breed Mos Def



So, all you hip hoppin gamers will not be satisfied for this news. Talib & Mos Def have only played a few dates of the Breed Love Oddyssey tour so far. Those looking forward to some Black Star on December 2nd at St. Mikes should look elsewhere. Mos Def has officially dropped out of the tour, however the show must go on. Brooklyn Vegan has more info.

the tour is coming to the Ross Sports Center, December 2, 2005. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at smc.frontgatetickets.com



Not willing to spend your hard earned money on just Talib? Come to Montreal and see Lady sovereign @ La Tulipe!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Daft Punk Is Playing At ...

blah blah blah. But you know still love it! Which is why you should check out LCD Soundsystem this weekend in Montreal. This line up is ridiculous and looks like the party won't stop early.



SAT.
1195 St Laurent
Montreal, Canada

SEAN KOSA - 9-10PM
SHIT ROBOT - 10:00-10:30PM
THE JUAN MCLEAN LIVE! - 10:30-11:45AM
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM LIVE! - 11:45-1:00AM
JORDAN DARE - 1:00AM-–3AM
Special guest DJ ??? ...

Tickets are available at Admission.com.
For more information visit I Love Neon.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Here is the monster!

The IRA dinner is on Friday from 7-9pm in Cook Commons. Here is a list of the menu
items:

salad
turkey with stuffing
pernil
rice with beans
white rice
mashed patatoes
apple pie
brigadeiro
Empanadas
Pumpkin Pie
Curry chicken
Morrocan Vegetable stew w/ cus cus
lemonade
water
iced tea


Everything is free! Free Food blogging rocks!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

More Free Food!



Harvest Potluck
Where: Fireplace Lounge
When: Wed. 11/16 at 5:00 pm
Food: There will be plenty of turkey and all the fixings! Bring whatever you wish whether it be soda, chips, or something elaborate.

Walmart?



So yesterday I went to see the Walmart movie that has been getting a lot of hype lately. Personally, I thought the movie was too one-sided and I also feel that Walmart gets attacked too often. Regardless, I think the movie is worth checking out. It talks about the Waltons beings rich, sweat shop workers in China, and how grassroot organizations can help keep Walmart out of your town. The only positive that was provided is that Walmart is the largest employer in America but the rest of the movie was all attacks on Walmart, a big Michael Moore-ish.

Free Food Blogging

So I'm going to start blogging about all the free food options in Burlington that I find out about week to week, because there are tons of free food options yesterday. I got free pizza last night and I just found out that there is an opportunity on Wednesday (tomorrow). Please, be cautious about the event that is going on and try to learn something new, aside from how peppers & onions are a lot better than pepperoni pizza.



Sponsored by: LEAF
What: Meeting for Master Plan building of UVM's Peace Grove for Social and Ecological Justice
Where: Memorial Lounge, Waterman
When: Wednesday 7-8:30pm
Incentive: Pizza will be served

Monday, November 14, 2005

The Gorillaz



The Gorillaz are an interesting band. Some people will argue that they aren't even a band. They recently performed at the MTV Europe Music Awards. The performance was done with hollogram technology and they are expected to do a tour with hologram technology in 2006. Click the link below for the video clip. Also, if you don't have the new album Demon Days .. please get it.


The Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc. (live at MTV Europe Music Awards)

Heat

The Redwalls, We Are Scientists, and Hot Hot Heat are playing tonight at Higher Ground. Show time is 8 PM and tickets are $16.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

If you want drama? OSAMA!



The Pheer Skwad's homepage is up! It is largely under construction, but it is underway.

Check out the music video for Pittsburgh Is My Block.

PheerSkwad.com

An Interview with the Princess

I recently caught up with Princess Superstar (did you that New York Magazine listed her as one of the 50 most beautiful New Yorkers???!)



How have powerful female musicians (Madonna, Gwen Steffani, Deborah Harry, Peaches, Missy Elliott, Miss Kitten) influenced your career as both a studio artist and a spotlight sex symbol? Have you learned any important tricks from them?

Every single one of these artists have influenced me in different ways, musically, as a DJ , or in a business way. Peaches and I are good friends and she actually used to come to my shows in the 90's, so I think we have influenced each other. Miss Kitten is amazing and has really inspired my djing.

Do you have a preference between doing live shows vs. DJ sets?

I will always love being a live performer first and foremost, although I absolutely love Djing too. With Djing there is definitely less pressure.

How long do you take backstage to get ready for your performance?

I do my makeup and hair in 15 minutes, put on my costume in 3 minutes and stretch for 1 minute, voila!

What are some common items on your rider?

Lollipops, Socks, Bottled water. At one point I had thong underwear on there and batteries!

I enjoyed the futuristic concept of My Machine. Are there plans to adapt the
album into a theatrical aspect of the live show (in terms of visuals, robots,
clones)?

We are already doing that live, it is a whole interactive multimedia show that brings the whole concept to life. It has been the most incredible show I have ever done.

How do you feel about the modeling industry, as a whole, and the effect that
advertising trends, such as "heroin chick", might have on our youth,specifically adolescent females?

It's horrible. Almost every girl or woman I know hates their body and has eating issues. I address that in my album in songs like Perfect or Famous.

Barbie Dolls?
Ditto.

Do you feel that the agencies need to tone down their campaigns and marketing strategies? Do people need to not be so sensitive and moldable (people blaming eating disorders on models, etc.)?

I definitely think there should be options shown as to what is beautiful. Women shouldn't feel the need to look like models, who are already skinny, and then airbrushed on top of it to be even more flawless. The models shouldn't be blamed, it's the people who run magazines and make ads and even record companies and TV shows that only hire and promote thin women. There is a double standard for men and women in entertainment, although more and more that is changing and men now feel the pressure to have a 6 pack too!

In one of your songs you talk about how everyone is quick to compare you to
Lil? Kim. Does this annoy you? Are there artists that you wish you were
compared to more? Artists you wish you were compared to less?

It used to annoy me now I don't care anymore. People have to put you in little boxes to understand you. I love Lil Kim anyway. But I always felt like a hybrid of artists- like Lil Kim mixed with David Bowie. Or Kool Keith mixed with Chrissy Hynde!

There is a lot of hype about you in the indie scene, especially online
through media like Myspace.com and various blogs. Is the hip-hop scene as
responsive to your music as the indie kids are?

I definitely have fans in both the hip-hop scene, indie scene, and electronic dance scene. My last album had Bahamadia, Kool Keith, High & MIghty, etc. and this new one has Jacques Lu Cont, Armand Van Helden, Todd Terry and was executive produced by Arthur Baker. I am really happy that I can move around in different genres, because to me, good music is good music....

East coast or West coast?

East coast baby- I was born in NYC raised outside Philly and now back in NY !

In most of your interviews where dating comes up, you mention that you have
not been in a serious relationship in years and that you have trouble meeting
people. Is this still accurate? Are there new sparks in the air?

I have been dating but I haven't been in a serious relationship in a while. I may be soon though!

Can we expect any dates in VT/Montreal in the near future? You do have a fan base up here, and we do have lots of Vermont "goods" ?

I do love maple syrup, so I will see you soon!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Fun Friday.

I have a group of friends who love Fridays. Every Friday they make it their mission to just celebrate the weekend and have fun. They try to hang out with different friends they haven't seen in a while each Friday. I didn't do any of this, however, I had my own version of Fun Friday. It all started with a Facebook announcement, that announced the Bookstore Rave.







The Bookstore Rave has been going on at UVM campus for several weeks now. It happens every Friday or every other Friday and usually consists of about 3-5 people dancing to Infected Mushroom with a fog machine going off every 5 minutes in the background. However, this Friday the Bookstore Rave got bigger. There were tons of kids dancing and lots of tour groups walking by with smiles on their faces as they watched the man in the shark suit get down.







BOOKSTORE RAVE VIDEO FOOTAGE?? HEADDY...


After the Bookstore Rave, I went to Montreal to see Nine Inch Nails. The openers were two bands that I enjoy, Death From Above 1979 and Queens of the Stone Age. DFA 1979 fucking rocked. It is a drum and bass duo. The bassist plays his bass with crazy effects that make it sound like a guitar and the drummer plays really fast and sings.


They played my favorite song of theirs, Black History Month... Although it is a bit slow and I might be a fan of the Alan Braxe remix better (click me to download!).




Queens of the Stone came on second and played for a solid hour, maybe a little longer. They were sick too and their singer has crazy hip swingin' movements. They definitely had the rock star persona goin on. They play No One Knows and it rocked. Not too much to say about them, due to lack of unfamiliarity with a lot of their songs, but I do recommend people check them out. They do pretty much rock.






You know what? I love bands that rock. Nine Inch Nails' Closer was one of the first music videos I remember seeing back in the early 90s. It was very nostalgic to see NIN, but not nostalgic like seeing Dispatch or Raffi or someone you used to listen to as a kid, but nostalgic in a sense that I was seeing someone I related to on such a personal level as a kid. I was a kid with teen angst. You know, I never cut myself but I know people that did. Hearing Trent play Hurt, last night, stripped down with just keyboard and vocals, must have brought tears to all the cutters, because it got me pretty choked up. Everyone in the crowd was singing and lighters were in the air it was very emotional; Hurt was the highlight of the show. What else did they play? March of the Pigs, Head Like A Hole, The Hand That Feeds, You Know What You Are, With Teeth, Terrible Lie, Down In It, Only, Right Where It Belongs (which was also very emotional) and a million other songs. Twiggy Ramirez was playing bass with NIN this tour. My right ear still is stuffy and my legs got ripped up in the pit. Overall? Sick show. Bell Center is way too loud though, so bring ear plugs.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Isaac Hayes in Middlebury tonight!



Issac Hayes will speak at Middlebury College tonight about his life in music and social activism.

Thursday, November 10, 2005, 7:30 pm
Mead Chapel, Middlebury College
Free to the Public!!

Click here for more information: Isaac Hayes at Middlebury College

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Scene It?

Screenlife Inc. has launched a series of DVD board games entitled Scene It? . I recently bought the music edition and I had to say that it rocks. I got asked questions about Kurt Cobain and Radiohead and I got to watch a Twisted Sister music video clip. Unfortunately, very few of my friends are into board games, which I still don't understand ... But if you like board games and like music and like trivia, then this game is for you.

I don't understand

I don't understand when bands make it really hard to others to contact themselves or make it difficult for others to find information out on themselves. This is what I have:


Dual is a synthpop duo from Brooklyn, New York. Their website http://dualtheband.com tells one little information, in fact there is more information on the band's Myspace website located here: Dual on Myspace They have some streaming music on the website and I recommend listening. Permanent Hangover is really catchy. If you like Depeche Mode, Fischerspooner, TV Eyes, you might enjoy this band.



Automatic Arms is the other band that I have recently discovered. Their website is more confusing than the Donnie Darko website. They are another Brooklyn band with very little information. However, there website does contain 4 mp3s for listening. Check it out here: Automatic Arms .

Michael Franti


Musician/activist Michael Franti will be gracing the UVM campus on Friday and the only excuse not to go is if you are at Nine Inch Nails in Montreal. Franti will be in the chapel screening the film he made while in Iraq entitled, "I Know I Am Not Alone". The film was featured in Utah's Slamdance Film Festival earlier this year and Slamdance described it as a "personal diary of one man's journey to discover the 'truth' of the US war in Iraq and the war between Israel and Palestine." Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session, and then an acoustic set of music.

Friday, November 11, 2005
@ Ira Allen Chapel (UVM Campus)
$10 Students / $20 General Public
7pm doors
8pm show

To get tickets click here: (TICKETS)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Bell Orchestre/Clogs

I HATE The Arcade Fire. Wait, let me say it again. I HATE The Arcade Fire. Hate is a strong word, I agree. Maybe I don't understand the hype around them. Maybe I really aim my hate at that guy's voice, not the whole band. I don't know what it is, but that band drives me crazy and dude's voice is so whiney. That said, I am considering going to see Bell Orchestre... No singing! Clogs sounds very intriguing from the material on thier website and this looks like a solid lineup. Check out Clogs on the web by clicking here: CLOGSmusic.com


Bell Orchestre, Clogs
@ The Flynn Theatre
Saturday
November 1
8pm
$16 Adults
$10 Students

Monday, November 07, 2005

The Beer Skwad




On Saturday night, two of UVM's hottest bands got together and played a party. The Beer Helmets and the Pheer Skwad have been playing shows together since 2003. Although The Beer Helmets have seen a few lineup changes, their music is still consistent: fun 80s covers that make you want to dance. I was a little upset that they didn't play The Cars tune Just What I Needed, but they did play another Beer Helmets standard which is the Jovi anthem Livin' On A Prayer.











The Pheer Skwad's set was short but fun. For some reason I don't have too many pictures from their set, but they played one of my favorite songs, Jihad (click here for Mp3). The duo hails from Pittsburgh, PA and their music reflects their love for their homeland. Amidst the antics and humor amongst their lyrics, they are engaging the youth in hip hop, something that is somewhat present in Burlington, but definitely not enough amongst the UVM college community.







The show got rowdy and a fight broke out and someone flashed me as I was taking pictures. That's all.