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Now Playing: Coheed And Cambria – “Devil In Jersey City”

now playing: Coheed And Cambria – The Second Stage Turbine Blade – Devil In Jersey City

I skipped the show Saturday nite in favor of laundry; I figured I hadn’t spent a night in to myself in over a month, so I was due, right? And this week is actually really quiet; I might go see Joan of Arc tomorrow nite, but that’s about the only decent show coming through this week (the next few weeks more than make up for it however).

originally posted 3/03/03

Onelinedrawing Live Review

now playing: Bad Religion – No Control [spotify] – I Want To Conquer The World [spotify]

Saturday night’s show was fucking great. Openers Waiting for Autumn were fantastic; they were pretty generic emo-rock stuff, alternated screaming/singing, big choruses, that kind of thing, but they pulled it off really well, and they’ve got the instrumental chops for it. Definitely enjoyed them. Hopesfall were kind of similar, a little more on the screamo edge; not my kind of thing, but they were energetic, and the kids were into them, so what the hell.

I don’t think I could rave enough about Onelinedrawing. Jonah (onelinedrawing is his one-man show, just him on electric guitar accompanied by a drum machine taped to R2D2’s head) has a fantastic voice, and just this phenomenal intensity. He’s one of those guys who can stand on stage all by themselves and have no trouble commanding the attention of the room. Lots of interaction with the audience (including stopping in the middle of songs frequently to chat). Came out without a setlist and just played requests for the full set. Who knew a solo electric Deftones cover could sound so fucking amazing. Plus, he leaks charisma out the ass like it was made of Olestra. (How’s that for a fucked up simile?) As he left the stage, he apologized for not having time to play everyones requests and promised to play more in the parking lot after the show.

Coheed and Cambria were good. Not amazing, but very solid. The crowd was fucking rabid for them however, and that makes all the difference; pretty much everyone was singing along the whole set. Sadly, their sound was kind of muddy, and they played a really short set (maybe 50 minutes). I think there were time issues or something, because they didn’t encore and never played Time Consumer. Still, they sounded great, played almost all of The Second Stage Turbine Blade (highlights included 33, Everything Evil and a sick sick run through Devil in Jersey City), and played one new track which sounded really excellent.

[A]s promised, after about half an hour Jonah came out to the parking lot with a little battery powered amp and played a 45 minute campfire-style set to the 60 or so kids who stuck around for him. Amazingly, the parking lot set was even better than the indoor set; intimate works really well for him, he played some quieter stuff, a couple unrecorded tracks that will have me preordering his new CD whenever he gets around to recording it. He said he’ll be back through town next month, and I’m gonna make a point to get out to see him.

originally posted 2/17/03

Now Playing: Radio 4 – “Get Set To Fall Out”

Radio 4 – The New Song And Dance [spotify] – Get Set To Fall Out [spotify]

The world has caught up with me and I don’t know what to do!!

This month’s SPIN magazine, with Chris Carrabba on the cover, includes features on:

Travis from Piebald, Ted Leo,Coheed & Cambria, The Mars Volta, the Blood Brothers, the Von Bondies, Polyphonic Spree, Radio 4, Desaparecidos, Rilo Kiley, and much much more.

What do you do when you’re no longer ahead of the curve??

originally written 2/05/03

Alkaline Trio – “Armageddon”

Alkaline Trio – From Here To Infirmary [spotify] – Armageddon [spotify]


So one of the downsides to always posting from work is that I never get to use that cool little “what music are you listening to now” feature. This office could use some music, BTW, cuz right now it’s so quiet I can actually hear the air conditioner going. Anyways, I’ll take this opportunity to update what I’ve been listening to lately:

Blood Brothers – Burn Piano Island, Burn
I know I’ve gone on and on about them already, but this album is gonna put them on the map. Amazing melodic hardcore, somewhere between Husker Du and At The Drive In and The Locust.

Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon
Kind of hit-or-miss, but when they hit, damn. Pretty standard pop-punk, but some of the most biting lyrics I’ve ever heard.

Wilco – Being There
After listening to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot for a year, Being There suddenly makes a lot more sense; you can see how the odd bits of ambient noise and the subtle production quirks led them to where they’re at today. Disc One is fantastic in and of itself; Misunderstood is as strong an album opener as I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, I Got You and Outta Site (Outta Mind) are perfect country-pop-rock, Forget the Flowers and Red Eyed and Blue are both Americana at its best.

Alkaline Trio – From Here to Infirmary
Like all of Alk3’s stuff, it can be spotty, but its far and away the best thing they’ve done to date, thanks to a couple really standout trtracks (Private Eye, Stupid Kid, Armageddon). Only when I’m in the right mood. Which has been quite often lately.

Kevin Seconds – Matt Skiba/Kevin Seconds split
As I said above, Alk3’s stuff can be spotty, and most of the Skiba tracks are pretty weak. But the five contributions from Kevin Seconds make for a fantastic EP. Upbeat acoustic pop with a little bit of edge and some wry lyrics, I need to check out more of his stuff.

Coheed & Cambria – The Second Stage Turbine Blade
I’ve definitely talked about this one in an earlier entry, but Devil in Jersey City kicks my butt every time I hear it, I’m sooo psyched to be seeing them in a couple weeks!

I’m sure there’s more, but thats all I can think of off the top of my head. But I think I gotta do this more regularly; it reminds me how much I miss writing about music. I did close to 100 reviews over two years of writing at Brandeis, I would love to have the opportunity to do it again.

I suppose I should get back to work…

originally written 1/16/03

Coheed and Cambria – “Time Consumer”

Coheed And Cambria – The Second Stage Turbine Blade – Time Consumer


Sat in the lobby by the bar-thing (which wasn’t open for some odd reason) for a good two hours, reading a magazine (Big Takeover 51, Paul Westerberg on the cover – thank god for Jack Rabid, the man is a beacon of light for music fans across the globe).


If you don’t have Coheed and Cambria’s “The Second Stage Turbine Blade,” you MUST download it. I’ve gotten completely hooked on this album in a week’s time – it’s kinda proggy, though they don’t have the chops of a Rush or Yes or Dream Theater, but it’s also hooky as all hell, and there’s just something absurdly addictive about the whole thing. Definitely a better-than-the-sum-of-its-parts kind of album.


The Counting Crows, keep going further and further downhill. August and Everything After and Recovering the Satellites were both fantastic, but it’s just been suck city since. Mediocre albums, terrible Adam Duritz cameos, and now they somehow manage to fuck up Big Yellow Taxi, a song so perfect that I didn’t know it was possible to screw it up. Don’t it always seem to go wrong indeed.


originally posted 12/29/02

OK Go – “Get Over It”

OK Go – OK Go [spotify] – Get Over It [spotify]


I went apeshit a couple days ago and ordered up an assload of concert tix for the next two months. So if anyone is interested in seeing:

Coheed & Cambria
Hot Hot Heat
Division of Laura Lee
Neil Finn w Rhett Miller *swoon*
Henry Rollins spoken word

during the next two months and wants to make a trip to San Diego, come along with me!
Also, I’ll be attempting to score tickets for:

Blood Brothers
From Autumn to Ashes
Drive-By Truckers
Glassjaw/Sparta/Hot Water Music

as well.


originally posted 1/04/03


(feat. track – Cartel – “Save Us (Alternate Take)”)

So for the next 4 days I’m going to post my Top 10 lists from the past 4 years, along with one cut from my choice for top album of each year.  Remember, these were the lists as I made them at the time.  In retrospect, there are a lot of great albums from some of these years that I didn’t discover until later, and some of my choices haven’t held up, but that’s the danger anytime you try and make a list I suppose.  These things naturally change over time. So consider these lists a snapshot of my view on each year in music, right at the conclusion of that year.

So with that said, my Top 10 Albums Of 2005 (originally published Jan 2006)

Top 10 Albums of 2005:

10. Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
9. Mae – The Everglow
8. Gratitude – Gratitude
7. Bright Eyes- I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning
6. Bob Mould – Body Of Song
5. The Rocket Summer – Hello Good Friend
4. Fall Out Boy – From Under the Cork Tree
3. Adam Richman – Patience And Science
2. Gatsby’s American Dream – Volcano

and the number one album of 2005 is…

Honorable Mentions:
Alkaline Trio – Crimson
Coheed And Cambria – Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness
Death Cab For Cutie – Plans
The Higher – Histrionics
Marathon – Marathon
Maria Taylor – 11:11
The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree
Pitty Sing – Pitty Sing

Song of the Year:
Maria Taylor – One For The Shareholder
Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark

(I should also note, I’m cheating just a tad here.  The version of Save Us I posted was originally recorded for Chroma, but it was later rerecorded in a different key.  My understanding is that vocalist Will Pugh couldn’t sing it in the original key night after night without shredding his voice – listening, it should be pretty clear why, and also clear why this version not only destroys the album cut but might also be my favorite thing Cartel has ever done).

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