Start this week out right…..

Today, Tomorrow, and Wednesday there are some fantastique concerts that you should go check out. That is, if you have the tickets………
TONIGHT:
Cut Copy/The Presets @ Webster Hall
(Damn each one of you that have tix to this. Want to give me one?)
My Bloody Valentine @ Roseland
(They are also playing tomorrow! And it’s sold out as well. Again, I’d appreciate a free ticket. Kthnx.)
TOMORROW:
Kings of Leon @ Webster Hall
(Their shows always get mixed reviews, but they’ll surely be playing some new material from ‚”Only By The Night,” which actually is released on Tuesday as well — special special! So yeah. if you like that ‚”Sex on Fire” song, which I’m still debating, then here ya go.)
Shugo Tokumaru @ Mercury Lounge
(The Japanese instrumentalist is playing with a full cast of special guests from local bands like Beirut, The National, and So Percussion.)
NKOTB @ Izod Center
(Why not? They were BREATHTAKING on the View Last Week:

Where is the Izod Center, anyway? Oh — just checked, it’s in NJ, over by Giants’ Stadium. Def not worth it.)
WEDNESDAY:
French Kicks/Passion Pit/Salt + Samovar @ Bowery Ballroom
(Three awesomely talented, awesomely hyped, awesomely awesome groups all on one bill. Hit it!)
Calexico/Oakley Hall @ Webster Hall
(These two are like peas and carrots – Calexico and Oakley Hall compliment each other perfectly. Loving fans have likely seen them play together in the past, and the evening is guaranteed to please.)

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Chock Full ‘o Shows

It’s one busy Friday, full of options for live music. Here are three of our faves:
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c/o ATP
1. All Tomorrow’s Parties NY
The British festival has finally made its way over to the East Coast for the first year ever, and takes place this weekend at Kutshers Country Club in Monticello, NY. It’s a bit of a hike out of NYC, but it’ll be worth the journey. Bands will be playing today, tomorrow, and Sunday—and include My Bloody Valentine, Fuck Buttons, Les Savy Fav, Mogwai, Yo La Tengo, Meat Puppets, Built to Spill, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Dinosaur Jr., amongst many many others! Get your booty upstate!
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c/o Stereogum
2. INDIAN JEWELRY
Indian Jewelry are playing at the Knitting Factory tonight, with special guests White Magic and Talk Normal. Expect to hear intense pysch/drone, and perhaps even expect to see some people have seizures as Indian Jewelry’s hallucinatory strobe-lit stage act can induce some serious reactions.
8 pm tonight at The Knitting Factory
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c/o Mugison
3. MUGISON
Iceland’s Mugison has been gaining notoriety for his besrerk one-man-band act ‚Äì which incorporates a bluesy psych influence along with computers, screams, and pummeling percussion. He’s playing two sets in our fair city this weekend:
8 pm Saturday at Mercury Lounge
8 pm Sunday at Union Pool

New Blog: Approximately As Many People as Wasilla

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via all i saw farm
A new blog has sprouted up from the seeds of Things Younger Than McCain, documenting all things in the world with approximately as many people as Wasilla, Alaska. Among them:
People Who Saw Hottie and the Nottie in Theaters
The Number of People Applying to Work at a new WalMart
The Number of People in the World’s Largest Peace Sign
The Number of People Living in Dorms near Henrietta, NY
First Week Sales of Kevin Federline’s Debut Album
and of course
Members in the Facebook group ‚”A Vote For Sarah Palin is NOT a Vote for Women’s Rights.” which notes “There are 5,590 members in the Facebook group ‚”A Vote For Sarah Palin is NOT a Vote for Women’s Rights.” She’s probably qualified to be the administrator of a group that size.”
Brooklyn, as heavily populated as it is, has about 10,000 people per square mile. Meaning, Sarah Palin could probably successfully govern a little over half a square mile of Brooklyn residents.
Visit: Approximately as many people as Wasilla

Mudflats: Tiptoeing Through the Muck of Alaskan Politics

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Mudflats is an excellent blog chronicling the corruption in Alaskan politics. We love their post on the “Alaska Women Reject Palin” rally:

I attended the Welcome Home rally for Sarah Palin this morning. Hooo. It was an experience. About a thousand (maybe) hard-core Palin supporters showed up to hear her speak at the new Dena’ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage. … The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee. It made me wonder what other things have started with small groups of women talking over coffee. It’s probably an impressive list. These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets. One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host. Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally ‚”a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots”, and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought. The women, of course, received many nasty, harassing and threatening messages. …
Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage. The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators). This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state. I was absolutely stunned. …
So, if you’ve been doing the math… Yes. The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was significantly bigger than Palin’s rally that got all the national media coverage!

We’ve posted a video of the rally below. The blog is a great window into Alaskan politics so definitively check it out.

Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York

This looks great. Its out in New York on October 24. Directed by Charlie Kaufman (Academy Award-winning writer of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener,Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton and Hope Davis. Higher quality version here.

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[hat tip Wonkette & Rumproast]

Ok, you can breathe now…

Obama’s back in the lead.

The Sept. 14-16 Gallup Poll Daily tracking update shows Barack Obama regaining a slight, although not statistically significant, edge over John McCain, 47% to 45%, among registered voters, marking the first time since the week of the Republican National Convention that McCain has not held at least a one percentage point margin over Obama.

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[Thanks Anna]