The Van Pelt | Bielefeld @ AJZ | Nov 26 1997

Doesn’t cut much deeper than this for me. Chris Leo was a great friend and advisor during my high school years (1993-1997), and when I’m honest with myself I admit that that the Van Pelt’s sound (and Chris’ lyrical/vocal style) was massively important in my thinking, hearing and playing. (My first real “punk” band, semi-finals, was particularly indebted to the talk-sing/big-bottom strategy employed in the first track here.) This really, really takes me back. ‘God, I stole a lot of moves from this guy, but never came close to anything this rad. I must’ve seen this band 20 times in those 4 years.


Jason Molina – What Comes After the Blues

consider this our Pship anthem until you hear otherwise.


The “pocket,” here: obscene.

The Night Marchers – I Wanna Deatbeat You

Most excited I’ve been about a straight-up-the-middle “punk rock” band since who, The Pharmacists? Jawbreaker? New “Bomb” Turks? This is John and co. from Hot Snakes, RFTC, Drive Like Jehu and several other San Diego luminaries. Get the record, cuz it features the gtr tones that make this group so exemplary.

This record is subtractive, in my mind, where the Fucked Up alb is additive. If the Fucked Up record purportedly shows the hardcore kids how to add in a few doses of drone-y art-rock sheen with their punk, the Night Marchers reminds Lex of what can be done with pure barre chords in the hands of rock veterans and a worthy frontman and writer. My recent power pop excavating is really making me realize how much punk rock I’ve reactionarily cast aside in favor of other adventures. No more!

clip from a television program that will now be attracting my glassy, post-Tina Fey, startled gaze every Thoisday night at 10:30 on le Gartune Nedwerk.

Inglorious Bastards (2009) Trailer

Uh, this trailer does not inspire a lot of confidence in me.

Prindle’s “Best ’73 Since ’73” results’re In…

…And odd if they aren’t weighted down with lotsa 2000s-era pitchfork rock. I guess those’re the albs that we interweb-blogg-geeks have in common…but really, Radiohead made two of the ten best albums of the last 36 years? You should click here for the full list (and more), but here’s nos. 25-2 to whet your thing:

25. Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy
24. Ween – The Mollusk
23. Replacements – Let It Be
22. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
21. Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
20. Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power
19. King Crimson – Red
18. Wire – Pink Flag
17. Husker Du – Zen Arcade
16. Ramones – S/T
15. Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks
14. Meat Puppets – II
13. Minutemen – Double Nickels On The Dime
12. Pink Floyd – Animals
11. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
10. Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols
9. Nirvana – Nevermind
8. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
7. Radiohead – OK Computer
6. Pixies – Surfer Rosa
5. Talking Heads – Remain In Light
4. The Clash – London Calling
3. Radiohead – Kid A
2. Television – Marquee Moon