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Friday, March 7, 2008

Come ON, Washington!

I have to gripe this time because I'm afraid that if I don't, I may go insane. Tonight I had the privilege of seeing one of my favorite bands that I hadn't seen live before: Exit Clov. For one reason or another, despite the fact that they're from DC, something always came up preventing me from seeing them-- that is, until tonight. All I can say is, well done guys! I have the same things to say about Exit Clov live as most others do: great energy, look like they're enjoying themselves, wish set was longer. In that sense, this post is nothing new.

There is something I feel is worth mentioning, though. Exit Clov opened for HelloGoodbye in the Grand Ballroom on campus here at UMD College Park. Naturally, the crowd was filled with the kind of people who go to see a HelloGoodbye show. Let me state that I woke up this morning never having heard a single HelloGoodbye song, and I had no interest in breaking my embargo. This is probably as bad as my ignorance gets, but it's one of those situations where you know the name of the band and you know the audience, so based on that I've decided I don't care to go out of my way to hear their music. But the crowd made it clear tonight that they didn't go out of the way to hear any music by the other band on the bill, either...

For the thirty minutes before the show started and for the duration of Exit Clov's set, I heard some rough comments from some of these kids (I use that word intentionally). They're not really worth mentioning here, but they essentially make my ignorance pale in comparison. At least I don't stand there shouting things at the band or commenting to the people around me every few minutes about 'how terrible this band is' or 'when the hell are they getting off the stage?' Things like that are uncalled for. So, I did my usual thing and just absorbed the good and blocked out the bad. And I ignored the girl next to me when she said that 'there are too many girls in this band.' Really? I think the fact that they have two female musicians allows the harmonies to have more depth and makes the band more versatile because they both are multi-instrumentalists. That's just me... (gripe over)

Exit Clov played a curious set, specifically because they didn't play exactly what I wanted to hear, haha. I have a number of songs I'm very close to, because early in my fandom I had a select few that I listened to over and over again. I missed 'Working Class Hero,' 'Talkin Radio,' 'Band Seeking' and 'Violent Berries.' That said, 'MK Ultra,' 'DIY' and 'Killer Starfish' worked really well for me. Plus, the two new tracks they played (the names are escaping me now) sounded great (aside from my difficulty hearing the violin on the second one). Overall, a quality show from a great band (that deserves much more from an audience). I believe that tomorrow night at The Annex in NY and the LoFi Social Club in Baltimore on Sunday will prove to be much more hospitable an atmosphere for a truly superb band. Here's the latest video for 'MK Ultra,' a live clip, and a couple links for purchasing various items...

Exit Clov's homepage (can get all their albums and merch here) ;
Myspace ;

PS- How did I miss that they played in DC last week with Dengue Fever?? Why am I not on their mailing list already?? ARGH.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Oh, hey!

So it's been a long time since anything filled this space with new material. Blame study abroad, blame a rough fall semester finally ending, blame the innocuous beauty of life.

That said, I have a few things to cover.

First, this:

Wow. All I can say. Is it possible for Justice to make anything less than an awesome video?

In addition, I recently attended a fantastic concert with my father and my friend, his brother and father. Here's a couple clips:

One of my favorites, Little Wing is. Clapton's (Derek & The Dominoes) version is a completely different song from Hendrix', but both are amazing. Really comes out here.

Winwood solo time:

Winwood covering good ol' Ray Charles. Very powerful stuff. Not sure you get the full effect via YouTube, but worth noting nonetheless. Anyone else find irony in their group being called Blind Faith and Winwood rocking out on an organ that has a distinctly 'church-y' sound to it?

NOW, in the next couple months I have some shows I'm really looking forward to. The month of April will be especially busy. I'm going to go in chronological order, here.
First up is one of my favorites, DC's own Exit Clov.

Exit Clov - Violent Berries
Exit Clov - MK Ultra

Very excited to be seeing them here on campus @ UMD College Park this Friday, 3/7.
Buy everything they have here and here.

Next, the first weekend in April is a trip up to Manhattanville College just north of NYC. In addition to checking out my friend's play, I'll be partaking in a Matt Nathanson concert. For anyone who doesn't know, Mr. Nathanson is one of the most entertaining and engaging live acts touring these days. He's in the middle of promoting his most recent release, Some Mad Hope. He's been featured on countless blogs, and even made an appearance on Fox Business Network (who knew there was such a thing?) talking about the state of the music industry. Very intelligent guy, definitely worth listening to. I consider his live album At the Point one of my favorites. Here's a track from Some Mad Hope, followed by an excellent cover. Purchase Some Mad Hope and other gems here.

Matt Nathanson - Still
Matt Nathanson - Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead Cover)

Next up is Spoon on April 10 in Philly. Been dying to see them for quite some time, and finally the opportunity fits in with my too-busy life! Hooray! Most are familiar with these fellas from Texas, so I'll just post one quick mp3 from their latest, Ga Ga Ga Ga (I think that's enough Ga's). Purchase all their music here.

Spoon - My Little Japanese Cigarette Case

After the Spoonage is the super hyped but super awesome band, Tapes 'n Tapes. The Loon continues to be a favorite of mine, even after about 1.2 million plays. Definitely worth investigating. In addition, they have their much-anticipated full-length coming out on April 8th, titled Walk it Off. Pre-order Walk it Off and purchase the Loon here.

Tapes 'n Tapes - Insistor

Closing out my massively massive month, April concludes with Tokyo Police Club in DC on the 29th. I hold TPC and T'nT in similar regards. Both produced fantastic EPs, both are coming out with full-lengths this year (Tokyo Police Club's Elephant Shell comes out April 22nd), both of which are highly-anticipated. Plus, I get to see both within a week of each-other. Aweshum. For all your Tokyo Police Club music needs, check it here.

Tokyo Police Club - Nature of the Experiment

April is going to be a busy month. On top of all that I have research papers due in addition to working on the senior thesis. Should be a fun time! Oh, senior year...

'Til next time, true-believers!