Look, I can't tell you, OK? It's not that I don't want to, but when I tell someone it's "off the record," it's off the record. It's not like divulging the day job of Nicole Laurenne, super-saucy singer and Farfisa player for the Love Me Nots, would be some kind of huge, Valerie Plamestyle leak, but I refuse to be the Scooter Libby here. Let's just say she wants to keep her professional and garage-rock lives separate. Brain surgeon? Test pilot? Miniskirted, go-go-booted commando, doing the swim behind enemy lines? "Just tell them I'm a spy. Read more »
When I call Tim Harrington, he's in a meeting. It's 6 p.m. in New York, and for some reason, I guess because he's Les Savy Fav's vocalist, I assume this is some kind of band meeting or rehearsal. When I call back in an hour, he's still in the meeting.
"Do you want me to call back tomorrow?" I ask.
"That's OK," he says. "I have just declared my professional day over." His professional day, it turns out, ends in a meeting room at VH1 headquarters in Manhattan, not in a practice space in LSF's native Williamsburg. Read more »
PREVIEW For Austin, Texas, rockers the Sword, the cumbersome descriptor "epic fantasy metal" ain't no joke; it really is the story of their lives. Check out the lyrics to "How Heavy This Axe," from their second full-length, Gods of the Earth (Kemado): "So many men have fallen / So many more must die ... Read more »
How would you feel? Your band has been together since 1999, struggling through lineup changes, two US tours, hundreds of shows, an album and two EPs, without so much as a write-up in the local weekly. Read more »
In the category of coolest stuff in the world, Sasha Wizansky recently sent a copy of Meatpaper (subtitled Your Journal of Meat Culture), a magazine she coedits with Amy Standen, to the Guardian offices. The magazine is a veritable cornucopia, nay, a butcher shop of fascinating articles, from an interview with meat inspectors to found meat photography and a beef heart recipe. I immediately contacted Ms. Wizansky and proposed marriage. Read more »
PREVIEW Let's say you're a fan of dub the remixed reggae subgenre pioneered by the studio experimentalism of King Tubby and Lee "Scratch" Perry and I say to you, "Hey, come over. You have to hear this new dub CD I've got." Excited, but in a laid-back, dubby way, you roll a semistereotypical joint and skate down to my place on a longboard with big, soft wheels, smoking all the way. I throw on Another Sound Is Dying (Ipecac), the new Dub Trio CD. Read more »
My ex-girlfriend hipped me to TopR, short for Top Ramen, around 2003. We were driving in her car, and she cracked open the newly released Burning the Candle at Both Ends (Earthlings/DWA) and slid it into the dash. I'd like to say it changed my life, but to be honest, I can't remember it. I do remember that she described TopR as this homeless, couch-surfing rapper who'd slept on her previous boyfriend's couch. Read more »
Usually around Halloween, I start a top 10 list in my head of the best musical moments of the past year, both live and recorded. Maybe it's my fucked-up state of late I'm not feeling too thrilled about anything but the idea of making such a list didn't cross my mind until a week ago. I had no obsessions, no CD that wouldn't leave the deck. But I could remember a few dismal concertgoing experiences:
Jan. 26: The Heartless Bastards play 12 Galaxies on a Friday at the end of a crappy workweek, wherein I was nearly moved to violence against one of my coworkers. Read more »