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Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Nowhere To Collapse The Lung

Looking for video of Dinosaur Jr’s performance on The Late Late Show Friday? Go here to download a video clips of the reunited band play “The Lung” on national television. Yeah, you have to register, but think about it – if that’s the worst thing that happens to you today, you’re doing alright. The band sounded so good and had just the right amount of slop – now I really want them to announce a Toronto date. But I wonder, will they only play Lou-era material, or will they play stuff from the Warner albums? ‘Cause I do love me some Green Mind and Where You Been… Thanks to Jeremy for passing on the link.

Pitchfork gets some more details about the new Broken Social Scene record and deflates the idea that there might be a triptych of new albums released over the next year. Kevin Drew calls it, “Raw fucking puke and love” – the boy has a way with words, does he not?

Junkmedia chit-chats with Will Johnson in the context of frontman for South San Gabriel. Their new album The Carlton Chronicles: Not Until The Operation’s Through came out last month. Coincidentally, Pitchfork has a lukewarm review of the record today.

Mean Street talks to Andy Williams, drummer for Doves, about working with an outside producer for the first time on Some Cities. The band will release the Live In Eden EP next week, but you won’t find it on Amazon or in HMV. Like Death Cab’s recent The John Byrd EP, it’s only available through select indie record stores in the US (like this one). I don’t know how much of an effort I’ll make to get this – I have the Where We’re Calling From DVD and this is just an audio document of the same show featured therein. A CD version would be nice but probably not worth the effort it’d take to get a copy.

Following up from yesterday, I am currently addicted to Questionable Content. Or I was, now that I’ve read all 341 comic strips in one day, I have to be content with the one new one a day. Taking aim at indie kids, emo kids, goth kids, geeks and the lovelorn in general, it’s painfully obvious that I am a target market with this strip, but I don’t care – it’s great. Even though it’s by a guest artist, this one would have made me snort milk up my nose had I been drinking milk. So good. I simply have to get one of these Sad Guitar t-shirts. It looks like my Jazzmaster! But mine red, not yellow, and it is happy, not sad. It does crave new strings, however, and I must oblige.

24: The day is 3/4 done! This Marwan fellow – word on the street is that he’s the man responsible for today’s events. There needs to be a 24 drinking game where you have a shot anytime someone says that. Okay, here’s my theory on how Palmer gets back in the picture – since they’re making Logan a ridiculous charicature of an incompotent president (the buggy eyes are a nice touch), Mike is gonna take a page out of Jack’s playbook and taser him in the washroom, then sneak his old boss into the bunker through the catering entrance. And it was good to see the return of Badass Jack – not a man I would want waiting for me at the jungle gym at recess, no way no how. I think he somehow managed to break more than five of that dude’s fingers. Maybe he broke some of the broken ones even moreso? I don’t know my US geography so well, what’s within an hour or two of Jefferson City, Iowa that’d be worth blowing up?

np – M Ward / Transistor Radio

By : Frank Yang at 9:12 am
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  1. Dave or somethin says:

    Does it bother anyone else that a jeep managed to get away from a helicopter when it was less than 5 minutes away… in a deserted area where the only lights would be… that same jeep getting away? I mean it’s not like they can even "off-road" this shit, so they must’ve been on very specific roads & directions. I’m shocked. shocked

  2. Michael says:

    Have you seen the latest Coor’s commercial with Janes Addiction’s "Mountain Song"? Also, have you heard the new Judas Priest song, "Revolution", that rips the riff from "Mountain Song"? Crazy, crazy world.

  3. kyle says:

    My guess is that Palmer is within a few hours of Jefferson City, and they’re going to blow him up something good.

  4. monkeyinabox says:

    VP Logan is scary. It’s almost like the old fears of Dan Quayle becoming president. He’s going to have a nervous breakdown when he finds out what Jack did. That will be good TV.

  5. Brandon says:

    Frank, you totally hooked me on Questionable Content too. I read every single strip yesterday. I’m having withdrawal actually. I kind of want to read another 300 today. I’m not even a comic book fan.

  6. Frank says:

    I think Logan freaking out is inevitable. I only hope they have to subdue him with force rather than him step down willingly. That’d be fun.

  7. TS says:

    the VP reminds me of when Robert Redford became President in the movie ‘The Candidate’…I think the last words of the movie are ‘what now’?

  8. Matt says:

    I got hooked on Questionable Content a couple of days before you mentioned it (I guess that makes me more indie than you, haha). I’ve been trying to stretch out reading it for as long as possible, but it is very addictive.

    Not only does it make some wry observations about the indie scene, the characters are pretty likable and have an amount of depth you wouldn’t expect from a strip of that nature.

  9. tom says:

    I was at the surprise Dinosaur Jr show here in LA over the weekend and the setlist was songs during the period Lou and J were together. No Green Mind or later material was played.

  10. DJ says:

    That’s good to know. In fact even if they only play YLAOM from end-to-end when I see them in London I’ll be ecstatic. That was my 80’s zeitgeist!