Family of faggot fans fly the flag

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The Faggot Family
Our favorite story of the week: From the BBC

A West Midlands family is playing a central role in the quest to raise the profile of a forgotten British dish – faggots.
The Doody family from Wolverhampton has been crowned The Faggot Family in a national competition, and to kick off their reign they will launch National Faggot Week.
The family will be touring the country extolling the virtues of the dish, which is best-known for its links with the Black Country.
The Doody family were chosen to front the campaign after impressing judges at the Savoy Hotel in London in November. They displayed their fanaticism for the delicacy during quizzes, role-plays and mock commercials.
“The nation knows that the Cornish pasty, Yorkshire pudding, haggis and fish and chips are great British dishes, but all too often the faggot is left off that list,” said Janet Doody.
Her husband Fred added: “It’s unfair because faggots were a British delicacy long before any of the others.
“The great British faggot is full of flavour and a great belly warmer at this time of year.”

Calla at the Bowery Ballroom Saturday night

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Free Williamsburg first interviewed Calla in July of 2003 (http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/july_2003/calla.html), and oddly, not much has changed since then. Calla’s new record, the dreamy ‚”Strength in Numbers,” sounds very similar to 2005’s ‚”Collisions” and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Calla has their slow, creeping, slightly psychedelic formula down pat, and they are smart enough to realize that it’s a formula that works. The last show I saw them play was at Brooklyn Lyceum way back in the fall of ’05, and they broke out the smoke machines and turned the bass high enough to make my insides vibrate. Their show at the Bowery tonight hopefully won’t be much of a departure.
Mp3s: http://www.myspace.com/callamusic
Show details: Sat 4/14 8:00 PM Calla, Dirty on Purpose, The Sugar Report Bowery Ballroom 18+ $15
-Cortney Harding

Rest In Peace, Mr. Vonnegut

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The New York Times has a nice overview of his life here.

Kaiser Chiefs and The Walkmen at Roseland Ballroom 4/12

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I don’t know if Kaiser Chiefs front man Ricky Wilson has ever spilled his methadone supply in an airport and wound up smoking crack in it’s absence, but he sure has quite a few other traits in common with the Happy Mondays Shaun Ryder. The Chiefs, named after a South African rugby team, have the usual Brit-Pop influences (the Clash, anyone?), but manage to sound pretty fresh. I’m underwhelmed by their new record, but their debut album, ‚”Employment,” still merits pretty regular spins.
Show deets: Thu 4/12 6:45 PM Kaiser Chiefs, The Walkmen, Annuals Roseland Ballroom All Ages $31
mp3s: http://www.kaiserchiefs.co.uk/txp/index.php?s=audio
-Cortney Harding

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St. Vincent

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She’s done backup vocals for the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens. Now Annie Clark (under the moniker of St. Vincent) is about to release a debut record that’s all her own. You can check out the first single here. We’ve been loving it and can’t wait to hear the whole thing when it’s released July 10. More track streams are available on her MySpace page.

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone


Just in time for Easter, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone resurrected my faith in music. There are a whole lot of perks to being a rock critic – free records, free shows, and working in sweatpants most of time among them – but the problem is that after a while, you begin to hate music. Polite, boring, faceless guitar bands begin to irritate you. The raft of CDs that arrive in the mail start piling up in the corner, still wrapped in plastic weeks later. You forget why you even started doing this in the first place.
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Then a show like Sunday night’s Casiotone gig rolls around, and you remember with a stunning sort of clarity. Casiotone, who is actually a bespectacled dude named Owen Ashworth, has been a favorite of mine for a while; his last record topped all my year end critics poll lists, and I’ve called him the next Springsteen in multiple publications. His lyrics have the narrative quality missing from so much music today; Ashworth is first and foremost a storyteller. His set at the Bowery started off with ‚”Cold White Christmas,” a song about post-college malaise and homesickness. He then played ‚”Nashville Parthenon,” which chronicles the feelings of a young gay boy whose lover is forced to leave town, and ‚”Scattered Pearls,” disco track about broken necklaces. At this point, the crowd had swelled to fill the room, and most of them were dancing. The beat of the next track, ‚”Young Shields,” sounded just like a heartbeat, and the audience went nuts when he brought out Carolee from Xiu Xiu to sing Prince’s ‚”When U Were Mine” with him. The next track, ‚”Bobby Malone Moves Home,” is the anthem of every confused kid who needs a couple months on the couch to figure things out; ‚”New Year’s Kiss” perfectly encapsulated the crashing letdown that is the first morning of the year. He finished strong with the quiet, wrenching ‚”Last Night Was a Disaster,” and closed the set with a new, untitled track that bore a strong eighties vibe.
Casiotone is playing tonight at the Raven’s Den in Bushwick. Do yourself a favor and go check him out.
Show details: Tuesday April 10th @ SILENT BARN
:: special secret band for the painfully alone
:::: High Places
:::::: Golden Ghost ——–> Laura from Castanets
[ SILENT BARN ] aka Raven’s Den aka Club Krib
915 Wyckoff Ave @ Hancock | Ridgewood/Bushwick, QNS/BKLYN
L-Halsey or M-Myrtle/Wyckoff | 8pm | all ages | –> $3 <-- mp3s: http://www.myspace.com/cftpa

Thanks to Jeff Stokvis for the photos.
-Cortney Harding

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