What I’ve Been Spinning…3/23/08

Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends – When I first heard of this band, I thought they were some shitty French pop trio. The I saw them on Conan and their very overweight singer started taking his clothes off to a wicked jam. I was wrong on both accounts. They’re American, and a rock and roll band. At that point, I decided I probably should give this record a spin. Good stuff.

Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation’s Dark – The DBT’s are a band I’d heard a lot about but never got around to. This record is great, a mixture of bittersweet ballads and kickass rockers. “Two Daughters and A Beautiful Wife” is one of my favorite songs of the year so far.

The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree – Just listen to “This Year” and you’ll understand.

Les Savy Fav – The Year Before The Year 2000 (mp3)

Drive By Truckers – Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife (mp3)

The Mountain Goats – This Year (mp3)

Am I Just Hotter Here, Or is it The Excessive Moisture in the Air?

My mum played basketball for Louisiana State University. She was recruited from her small, rural hometown in Australia and is immortalized in the basketball hall of heroes. Thus, I grew up rooting for LSU.

When the time came, I applied to her alma mater for kicks and jumped at the full-tuition scholarship offer.

I’ve been berated for saying “pop” ever since.

People in this neck of the woods do lots of crazy shit. They call pop “cokes,” only require one license plate on automobiles, are confused by vegetarians and have crowded bars every night of the week.

On the bright side, Baton Rouge is full of coffee shops, seafood and friendly people.

But they’re all crazy.

I can’t afford the therapist necessary to deal with this, so I plan to pour my heart out to you. You can sit back and take it all in, and give me your thoughts as you see fit. Prescriptions – medical and therapeutic – may only be given by those qualified to do so.

Let’s hold hands and get through this together. I’ve still got another year …

The Hold Steady Wiki

It’s no secret I’m an avowed Hold Steady fan. This site is the official Hold Steady Wiki. It’s chock full of references, show dates, setlists and the norm. Like any wiki, it’s still under construction, but if you’re a fan of the band it’s definately a cool place to check out. If you get lost, just click on the band’s name and it should bring you to the table of contents.