Rock On

In most cases, anyone with the twelve dollars to get in the door can rock. This does not mean just because you feel the frat boy next to you lacks the depth and sensitivity to appreciate Ben Kweller’s tortured soul, or the drunk chick attending with her three identically dressed friends who collectively only know one Ethyline song because it was once on Dawson’s Creek (while naturally you were into Sludgeworth back when you were 15) that they have any less right to be in attendance than you.

From A Brief Catechism of Rock Shows, Part I by Leslie Harpold. [via The Morning News]

R.E.M. Announce North American Tour

I’m not sure what the name of the album is they’ll be supporting on this tour, but judging from the size of the venues, I guess they’re planning on it being a big hit. I’m all for big hits, but why do they have to play the Hollywood Bowl? Why? I’m so not going (unless I’m really close to the front).

09.01 – Bumbershoot Festival , Seattle , WA
09.03 – West Valley Amphitheater , Portland , OR (w/Wilco)
09.06 – Shoreline Amphitheatre , San Francisco , CA (w/Wilco)
09.07 – San Diego Street Scene , San Diego , CA
09.10 – The Hollywood Bowl , Los Angeles , CA (w/Wilco)
09.11 – Thomas and Mack Center , Las Vegas , NV (w/Wilco)
09.13 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre , Denver , CO (w/Wilco)
09.14 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre , Denver , CO (w/Ed Harcourt)
09.16 – Xcel Energy Center , Minneapolis , MN (w/Ed Harcourt)
09.17 – Starlight Theatre Kansas City , MO (w/Ed Harcourt)
09.19 – NextStage at Grand Prarie , Dallas , TX (w/Ed Harcourt)
09.20 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion , Houston , TX (w/Ed Harcourt)
09.21 – Austin City Limits Music Festival , Austin , TX
09.23 – Lakefront Arena , New Orleans , LA (w/Sparklehorse)
09.24 – Oak Mountain Amphitheater , Birmingham , AL (w/Sparklehorse)
09.26 – United Center , Chicago , IL (w/Sparklehorse)
09.27 – Blossom Music Centers , Cleveland , OH (w/Sparklehorse)
09.28 – Palace of Auburn Hills , Detroit , MI (w/Sparklehorse)
09.30 – Air Canada Centre , Toronto , ON (w/Sparklehorse)
10.01 – Mann Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia , PA
10.03 – Liberty Park , New York , NY
10.04 – Liberty Park , New York , NY (w/Sparklehorse)
10.05 – Tweeter Center , Boston , MA
10.08 – MCI Center , Washington , DC
10.09 – Dean E. Smith Center , Chapel Hill , NC
10.11 – Philips Arena , Atlanta , GA

Watch The Man Sing

Joey, lead singer of Wild Gift, will be playing a solo acoustic (?) show at Molly Malone’s – 575 S. Fairfax Ave tomorow night, March 26 at 8:30pm. $5 will get you in to see what will be a very special evening. And no, this doesn’t mean Wild Gift is breaking up. As a matter of fact they’ve been working on some recordings lately.

Radiohead Album Details

Radiohead revealed that the title of the new album will be Hail To The Thief and will be released June 10th (or whenever someone gets their hands on it and uploads it to the Infosuperweb). The tracklisting will be:

2 + 2 = 5
Sit Down. Stand Up
Sail To The Moon
Backdrifts
Go To Sleep
Where I End And You Begin
We Suck Young Blood
The Gloaming
There There
I Will
A Punch-Up at a Wedding
Myxamatosis
Scatterbrain
A Wolf At The Door

The first single from the album will be “There There,” and will be released on May 27th.

Dumb Bullies

There’s a reason I don’t watch much TV, but this made me want to stop reading what’s going on in the world.

[A] recent New York Times/CBS News Poll showed that nearly half of Americans said they believed that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. A Knight Ridder poll taken in early January showed that half said they believed at least some of the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11 were Iraqis. None were.

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Traffic Report

It’s interesting that within a few days of switching the site around, my traffic has dropped 50%. Oh, wait…I don’t have the monthly mixes up anymore. That must be it.

On a related note, it is refreshing that even though site traffic is down, the top three searches are for the words ‘jeans,’ ‘t-shirt,’ and ‘fuck.’ I guess that would explain why 40% of my email has to do with fucking, getting fucked, wanting to fuck, better ways to fuck and a bunch of email from Asian folks (written in their native languege) asking me about buying or selling jeans and/or t-shirts. It’s all very interesting.