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So, Clint, Caitie, Laurie and I checked out Anathallo (actually pronounced Ann-uh-THALL-oh. Surprise!) at The Middle East upstairs. I’ve only been to the downstairs venue, which despite the usual crowd and lack of climate control, I really like. The upstairs part was like a secret back room club, sandwiched between TT the Bear’s (where someone was clearly playing louder than opener Sam Amidon, who was in the same room as me) and the basement, and the front part of the restaurant/bar/ZuZu. Sam Amidon… well, he made some interesting noise. Let’s just say that I’ve never been at a show of any size where people in the crowd actually SHUSHED other people. Caitie, on the other hand, loved Sam Amidon. I think it kinda turned her on, or something. 

Anyhow, Anathallo was amazing. Absolutely amazing. It was really cool to see the band jammed up on the tiny stage, making all that beautiful noise with all their drums and horns and moogs, etc. They clearly had a great time playing, and the TheraFlu induced “good time” being had by frontman Matt only added to the fun (at one point, he was jamming out so hardcore he forgot that he was supposed to be playing guitar). Long story short, the evening was a great mix of Floating World and Canopy Glow, which was really nice. SUCH a good band. It was really cool “being there” to hear some of the Floating World stuff – that album is way close to the top of my all-time list. Overall, it was a great show, and it was a lot of fun. Check this band out, support them, Buy their records and merch. Like Clint said in an earlier post, this band deserves a LOT more credit than they are getting, so let’s turn it up for them!

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…The Avalon. For real. But it’s bigger. It’s better. On steroids, almost. But lovable steroids. Like they did it the RIGHT way. There is a balcony, with two levels of seats for those people who don’t like mosh pits. There are more bars on either sides. They lined the walkway inside with blues legends from the ever-present Johnny Winter to Etta James to Billie Holiday to everyone else… The acoustics were beautiful… like REALLY BEAUTIFUL.. like, listening to screaming blues harmonica and guitar without earplugs, even though I’m a baby and don’t want to lose any more of my hearing beautiful

 

…I was impressed.

 

I’d only seen the Format and The Receiving End of Sirens (both may they Rest In Peace) at the Avalon, but I without a doubt would come and see any show here. Any show. Any night. It was an absolute pleasure being there last night, and in what I thought was so cool, what I thought was just so neat, was seeing a piece of history: Brother Elwood and Blood Brother Zee themselves – The Blues Brothers. Jim Belushi was scary as a stand-in for his late brother John, and Dan Aykroyd was just as you’d expect him – awesome. These guys were amazing, true showmen, in every aspect. Capped by an evening featuring Jimmy Wood of the Imperial Crowns (not to be confused with Connecticut’s Crowns of Kings), and James Montgomery (of Boston’s James Montgomery Trio), even Paul Shaffer came out for an awesome and always different version of Booker T & The MG’s “Green Onions,” “Soul Man,” and the encore…

Not having expected this/really having had it on my radar, when the opportunity came up, I found myself really just soaking in the awesomeness of the whole act – which is what it was – but it was so much more – it was a spectacle; a piece of history on stage, and the fact that they took such joy and ownership of the whole set, and the whole night was just so damn cool. If you haven’t seen the movie, go see it, it’s cool, it’s American, the whole deal… it was just a lot of fun, which was really nice. Check out this venue, people. I was super bummed, but I must say… I am impressed.

 

Scan the archives for Morrisey’s dates/info, I’m sure Clint’s got them up in here somewhere.

 

As they say in the movie,

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we‘re wearing sunglasses…”

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So I just found this yesterday, although you fools probably heard about it awhile ago when it first showed up. White Antelope is Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold’s solo project. It’s really cool stuff from what I’ve heard. No worries though, Fleet Foxes fans – White Antelope is apparently just an informal kind of title for Pecknold to use for covers and stuff. Listen to the really awesome cover of Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” here, at Vulture, since WordPress sucks and won’t let me embed.

White Antelope’s MySpace page with a couple more tracks is here.

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From Vulture, NY Mag’s Entertainment&Culture blog:

The Not-Quite Dream Team: In a move many (okay, so far only us) are calling “the reverse supergroup,” a crew of odds, ends, and low-key front men — Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, Taylor “The Dude From Hanson” Hanson, and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger — have formed the band Tinted Windows. They’ve already recorded their debut album, which will be out this spring, and will play their first big show next month at South by Southwest. Surely this has already pissed off Billy Corgan somehow. [Billboard]

HA!

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David Letterman has had some great acts stop by The Late Show recently.

First, Beirut stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman this past Friday to perform “A Sunday Smile” from the awesome “The Flying Club Cup”


www.myspace.com/beruit

The Gaslight Anthem were also on The Late Show to play the title track from “The ’59 Sound”


www.myspace.com/thegaslightanthem

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Not Cool.

It looks like the merge between Live Nation and Ticketmaster is gonna happen.  This basically gives them most, if not all, of the power when it comes to selling tickets for concerts.  Hopefully, the government will step in and make sure this bullshit doesn’t happen.  And fuck this shit about them trying to protect themselves froma a recession.  As if $15 in service fees weren’t enough.  Buy tickets from other sites whenever possible.  Full story after the jump via Reuters. (more…)

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FUCK. YES.

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Blink-182 is back.  They just announced it during the Grammys.  Travis Barker said, “We use to play music together, and we decided we’re gonna play music together again.”  New album and tour in 2009.  Soooo stoked for this.  Here’s hoping for another New Found Glory/Blink-182 tour this summer.  Band message and more awesomeness after the jump. (more…)

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