This Is The Most Juvenile Thing We've Seen In A While….

So of course we love it: [via]

Starting Lineup Announced For 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival

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The folks at Pitchfork have announced the first few bands on the bill for their 2k9 musical festival, and the lineup looks solid thus far. In addition to FREEwilliamsburg friends the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Grizzly Bear, the Chicago festival will feature the first American performance by the Jesus Lizard in over a decade. The bands announced today:
Friday, July 17
Built to Spill
The Jesus Lizard
Yo La Tengo
Tortoise
Saturday, July 18
The National
Pharoahe Monch
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Sunday, July 19
Grizzly Bear
The Walkmen
Vivian Girls
Also, if you shell out for a ticket, you’ll be able to vote online for what songs you want the four first-night bands to play. Not quite as cool of a gimmick as seeing Public Enemy perform It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back in its entirety, but it’s not without its charms. Tickets go on sale 3/13.

Requiem For a Day Off


The hopes and dreams of three ambitious people are shattered when their school-day adventures begin spiraling out of control.

This banner ad is :'(

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Damn.

The Times Is Tough


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And not just for us… even Hollywood is reeling from the recession. First Shannen Doherty decides to take a second job as art director for a magazine. Then Michael auctions off some classics at Julien’s. And now, Kanye contemplates his roots as a video game designer:

“My game was very sexual,” West told Details Magazine. “The main character was, like, a giant penis. It was like Mario Brothers, but the ghosts were, like, vaginas. Mind you, I’m 12 years old, and this is stuff 30-year-olds are programming. You’d have to draw in and program every little step — it literally took me all night to do a step, ’cause the penis, y’know, had little feet and eyes.”

Well, I guess Kanye is pretty well off at this point and prooooobably doesn’t need to return to his previous *ahem* passion ’cause Kanye, y’know, has his game on.

My friend Andrew, I miss him

Sometimes it’s a Thursday after a goddamn blizzard in March and you’re thinking, “Why am I looking forward to summer? What is so great about it being really hot out and wearing t-shirts?” Then you remember, “Oh yeah, The Gathering of The Juggalos!” I mean, if you were me you’d probably think all that. But after you see this video the “you” won’t be “me,” it’ll be YOU! You will be excited for The Gathering of The Juggalos! Because of Andrew WK! Because he killed it at The Gathering of The Juggalos just last summer and I bet you didn’t know that!

Guy needs to write a book (and you know he’d write one 8 inches thick) about how to turn irrelevancy into irreverance(y) as a freaking career.
I’m just gonna end all my posts with sweet pics.
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Peace & Happiness, & Long Live Eraserhead


[thanks And I Am Not Lying]

New Music Picks: The Antlers and Neko Case

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We’ve been enjoying the new record by The Antlers, Hospice, released March 3. All Songs Considered puts it at the top of their best music of 2009 (thus far) list. The project is essentially one person, 23 year old Peter Silberman, but he’ll be playing with his band (Michael Lerner, Darby Cicci) tonight at Union Hall. The entire album is steaming over at Bandcamp and here’s a couple of MP3s:
DOWNLOAD: The Antlers: Bear (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Antlers: Two (MP3)
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We’ve also been enjoying Neko Case’s latest, Middle Cyclone. It’s her strongest work since Blacklisted and contains some of her best songs to date. We can’t stop listening to “This Tornado Loves You.”
Here’s a great in the studio video of the first single, “People Got a Lot of Nerve:”

DOWNLOAD: Neko Case – People Got a Lot of Nerve (MP3)
After the jump, Neko Case ‘Middle Cyclone’ Making of Documentary EPK- Directed by Ruth Leitman. [Hat tip Rumproast… who also has a link to a cool Harry Nilsson cover by Neko]

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