birdmonster + division day: live in dallas
(flier by Garrison Reid)
My favorite left-coasters, Birdmonster, are making their triumphant return to Dallas this week to play the Doublewide. This time, they're bringing their friends from L.A., Division Day, who are making their first trip east of California. We (and everyone else) have lauded the greatness of Birdmonster's live show since we first saw them back in March, and we can't wait to see how the songs from Division Day's awesome debut LP, Beartrap Island, sound live. See you kids there!
Division Day Tigers mp3
Birdmonster 'Cause You Can mp3
Daytrotter had Cold War Kids drop by to do an in-studio performance, and they've posted the mp3s, including two unreleased songs. Check 'em out.
Finally, most of you guys have loved our boy Austin LaRoche's contributions so far (the Hipster Test, Pitchfork & Lolla observations from a 'non-indie' dude). Dude has even gotten some real press for his young column. But, we feel like we've sort of thrown him out into the wild (you know, anonymous commenters and all) without making a proper introduction. This week, we let him remedy that with his new column, Allow Myself to Introduce... Myself.
"Okay, I'm not gonna lie. This is a "get it out of the way" column. We're going to spend the next couple of minutes doing a little "meet and greet," and I'm going to explain what I'm aiming for with this thing and also throw you guys some potential ideas for future pieces. Alright, let's get this puppy started..." (click Read More link)
General Info--My name's Austin LaRoche. I work for my family's special needs non-profit organization and live in Chicago with my girlfriend, Rachael, who will undoubtedly be a running character in my work. (You guys will love Rach, she's related to Jessi Spano...I'm not even kidding.) I'm also an amateur photographer who will hopefully have a business running soon that I will certainly link the second the webpage is up. Okay, now that the "nobody really cares, dude" section of this piece is over, we'll move on to the column.
Column Info--First...we need a name. I debated on whether to call it "The Goose of Beverley Road" or "Whatever Happened to my Rock n' Roll?" for two weeks, changing my mind every two seconds. Now, we're scratching those. What I want to do is hold a contest, where I let the readers name the column. You know, in the spirit of community and everything. So if you have an idea (and please feel free to even send funny ones like "you're the worst writer in the world, get off GVB and poke needles in your retinas," I'm up for anything) throw it my way at AustinLaRoche@gmail.com.
(Funny note about gmail: Am I the only one who thinks this is the perfect thing for those of us who had goofy email names like Gatorfan64 and QTchik10938 to make professional email addresses we would show employers? You know, because our generation--people in their early 20s--were the pioneers of the net and now we're all grown up and we have to give up on those. RIP Jesuswasme@mindspring.com.)
One of the big ideas I have for this column is to make it interactive. I like the idea of doing mailbags, having contests, and enjoying and discussing music together. You've got my email, so shoot me over a funny question or two, remember, the more random the better. For instance, this would be a great question...
"Who is the sports equivalent to Voxtrot?"
The obvious answer is Reggie Bush...but that will take 700 words to explain, so I'll save it for a mailbag. But hopefully you get the idea. And please don't be afraid to send anything too random or off topic--you never know what I'll answer and how I'll answer it.
Okay, we've covered the mailbag. How about a vision? I've reviewed two festivals and created a test, what else do I have up my sleeve? Well, I don't want to get too into it, but I will give a few random insights into upcoming columns.
--If you like The Strokes, you may not like this column. I once wrote an 8 page paper in college about the Strokes and how they are contrived, overrated, and I even think I used the word "posers" in it. I'm a huge proponent of the Ron Burgundy "agree to disagree" mentality, so I hope you Strokesters will be as well.
--I think every music fan has a love/hate relationship with Pitchfork. Everyone writes about them. As much as I'd like to avoid them at all costs, they too will be picked on periodically. They've become too important in the music world to avoid, and much too arrogant, inconsistent, and "anti-blogger" for me to be nice to. So if somehow there's a big Pitchfork fan out there, be prepared.
--I love to make fun of things that I do. For instance, in the hipster test, someone asked why I picked on Ryan Adams. Ryan Adams is my favorite musician of the modern era, but he's certainly someone we can laugh about a lot as well. I mean, did anyone else hear his lame "egg speech" at Lollapalooza? Has anyone ever been "un-funnier" at a concert? Also, I made a few facebook cracks. I love facebook. On the same note, Rachael already has the season premiere of "Laguna Beach" scheduled to be TiVo-ed, so every time I make LC and Heidi jokes, know that I've had to watch at least some of it. This is something I'm not proud of. At all. In fact, I think Chris may have just fired me.
--I am a pop culture junkie and will make lots of TV and sports references. Not everyone will get every joke. This is okay.
(PS--Did anyone else watch the World Series of Pop Culture? Was there ever an event that sounded so cool but ended up being so boring and dull? Where did that announced come from? The morgue? Regardless, I will enter the World Series at some point in my life and I will win. You have my official guarantee right here.)
--I love the (Quick note: yada yada yada) off-topic ramblings. It's fun for me. And the more random the better. Random is always fun. See The Hipster Test.
--Although I will be serious on some columns, I never want to come off as "preachy." Please send the hate emails if I start telling everybody what to do, where to buy, or to boycott a product. I hate those people. See Fox News nightly broadcasters.
--I don't like as much music as bloggers do. I could never list 50 albums I've loved this year because I think I've only liked 6-7. Not to say anyone is wrong for loving 50 albums, because we all know "that guy" who loves every album you ever give him. This guy is always fun and I hope every crowd has one. In fact, I think 42% of MP3 bloggers are "that guy."
--- I don't think I will ever laugh harder while writing a column than I did with "The Hipster Test." This means that I don't think, at least comically, I can ever top that piece. You know, for those of you who took it as a comical piece of irony instead of being pissed off that you're a bit hipper than you thought. Anyway, don't expect to laugh AS HARD each time.
(Quick note: I hate having to get all of this out of the way. But it's necessary. We need to kick this thing off with an "intro" column. Here's my grandmother's favorite joke for those of you still around waiting for a laugh--"What's teenier than a teeny-weeny ant? An ant's teeny weeny!" Now you have a little more insight into the bloodline I inherited.)
--I contradict myself. I am a hypocrite. Not on purpose, but we're all human. I'd bet that I've already been preachy with something in this column. I'm just saying, sometimes everything won't line up in my arguments. It's life. I'd love to meet one person who doesn't contradict themselves. But hey, call me out on it, it's the right move.
Okay, I'm feeling like we've covered enough ground for this "intro" column. Chris and I have agreed on posting the column every Monday. Depending on the response, we'll see if we need more or less columns each week. In the mean time, please send me your ideas for the name of the column, I'll talk to Chris about a possible prize for the winner (I'm thinking the GVB franchise can shell out a new car or something at this point, right?) and don't be afraid to shoot me a couple random questions for the first mailbag.
Phew. This thing is over. I feel like we didn't laugh enough together this week. So here's a few "replacement questions" for the hipster test, assuming you thought a few of the preguntas were unfair or unfitting. Until next time...
Your favorite character on Family Guy is...
1. I've hated that show since they started picking on President Bush
2. Who doesn't have Stewie as their favorite?
5. Cartoon characters are faker than Hollywood actors! Except for a few ninja cartoons from the Ukrainian underground. The smartest writing you'll ever experience.
1. Is that guy who sang "You're a loser, baby," that's my favorite one-hit wonder
2. Not too good--besides, who likes Scientologists?
3. Has like 15-20 songs I like
4. Musical genius, musical icon
5. I don't think we're talking about the same "Beck" here, but there's a "Beck" from Greenland with the best reggae album of all time, When Ya Bleak, Ya Bleak
We meet at a music festival. You have taken the Hipster Test and you know that I am the creator of that said test. When we meet, you...
1. Tell me that Jason and Steven from Laguna Beach are better looking and richer than I'll ever be and making fun of people for liking them is why I'm going to hell.
2. Tell me you didn't get everything, laughed a few times, and would like to offer me a beer.
3. Tell me you thought it was hilarious, fair, and you enjoyed the Hipster Test experience fully. You ask what I like to drink, and then offer to buy me that Captain and coke.
4. Tell me it's lame to put questions like this into a column in an attempt to get free drinks at music festivals.
5. Blind-side me with a kick to the groin, hand me your 100 page thesis on the Jakota, Oregon blind hip-hop scene, and run away screaming "Hipster my ass!"