the Hot IQs
I just returned from the South Park Music Festival, and I had a great time. The views were obviously amazing, and I had the chance to meet some awesome people. And despite being unfamiliar with about 99% of the bands playing the festival, there were definitely some musical highlights. Up first, Denver's Hot IQs:
The Hot IQs
The Hot IQs play intelligent, danceable, fuzzed-out power-pop that the band calls "wit rock" . The IQs have shared the stage with everyone from Built To Spill to Rogue Wave to AC Newman, and their sound is sure to appeal to fans of the new Thermals record. I had a chance to meet drummer Elaine Acosta at the panel I was speaking on, and needless to say, she was one of the highlights of the fest. In addition to the obvious reasons (see above photo), she was also one of the most enthusiastic and genuine artists I've ever met. She gave me a copy of the band's soon to be released, insanely catchy, and impossibly fun Dangling Modifier EP. I'm not sure if these are the finished versions, so I'll share a track from their debut full-length instead:
The Hot IQs Firecracker mp3
Watch the "Firecracker" video here. Highly recommended. Seriously.
Buy the record here. Or buy some Hot IQs panties. Either way. The Hot IQs will also be playing CMJ this year. Check them out if you get the chance.
WTF happened when I was gone? Apparently Austin LaRoche's last column caused some of you guys (mostly the anonymous ones. go figure.) to get all bent out of shape. Well in today's column, Austin responds to some of your comments, and in an unprecedented move on the blogosphere (especially on this blog), he admits when he was wrong!
These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty
Following up on College Radio Football
By: Austin LaRoche
Well, well, well, that College Radio Football column really riled a few of you up, didn't it? I really wanted to construct the official rules of concert etiquette this weekend, but I feel like we need to address this controversial column. . .
(click read more link for Austin's full column)
First and foremost, college football fans. My foot tastes pretty nice, Ohio State proved they were for real, and Texas proved they are a young team. I have 3 programs I hate, and in this order. . .
2. Ohio State
So as you can see, two of the three already have a loss. Ohio State may go on to win the national title, they truly looked like a great team, I have to admit. Maybe they aren't Death Cab after all, you guys can come up with a new band for them, I've already offered my ideas.
And also, FSU is nowhere close to number 6. I will make no excuses, our offense just isn't championship caliber, even if our D is. I guess us Ryan Adams fans need to hold our breath on that next album, right?
Now, back to the actual column. . .
I'm learning every week more and more about writing on the internet. I've realized there are some things I need to be prepared for. The first thing is how serious you all take these columns. I mean, the first installment of the For the Love of the Sound series aside, these columns are a ton of fun to write, and generally written to be something for you guys to read to break up your day, make you laugh from time to time, and to hopefully make you want to read more. For most of you, I feel I succeed almost every time. I get a ton of emails from fans telling me how much they enjoy the column, and if you ask anyone who writes in, they'll tell you I generally respond to their messages. I mean, who doesn't love fans? You guys are the readers, this stuff is for you.
But for a few people, who I'll call the "19 year-olds with no friends in their dorms who go online and write on message boards anonymously all day," these guys are really getting pissed off here, and as funny as it is, it's also pretty sad. For most readers, you don't understand them either. You don't fathom how someone could read an article like this last one, and get so mad, that you go on a message board and call the writer a "fucking idiot." I used to do that—when I was 15. My buddy and I thought we were funny doing stuff like that on message boards…and then we grew up. I thought the indie rock crowd was above all that, and for the most part, they are, it's always those few jackasses. So here's my question to the awesome readers (who are like 98% of you): do you know anyone you respect who goes on message boards and acts like a 15 year old? Yeah, me neither.
Likewise, while criticism is always appreciated, let's make it intelligent. C'mon, the column was "gay?" Back to the 15 year old comparison. I think most of you would agree that this site is above people like that. Yeah, that's right, I pulled out the "we're better" card, and I mean every word of it. GVB is an amazing site and a very important site to the music scene. You want to be one of those "that's gay" people, head over to Spin Magazine or Blender Magazine's sites and argue with the Fall Out Boy fans.
But enough spending time on the 2% of people who read these things, let's talk about the intentions behind this last column. Remember in High Fidelity (the movie version) when Jack Black comes in rocking around the store to "Walking on Sunshine" and then Rob destroys the tape and dismisses it? Then Jack Black says "I made this tape so it could be a fucking conversation stimulator, I was going to see your Top 5 favorite songs to play on Monday morning." That's what the column was intended to be. Conversation stimulator. I thought we'd get a lot more "while there were a few comparisons I agreed with, I think Louisville is more like Destroyer" type responses. I put a lot of thought into my comparisons, but I bet most hardcore fans of their teams know better comparisons than I would. Like the girl who went to LSU and mentioned the rowdy crowds and how she thought the Tigers were more like The Thermals than Wilco. I liked that. Don't know if I agree, but she responded the way I hoped everyone else would.
Doesn't anyone else think the internet is fun? I thought that's why we are such a "lists and polls" crazy culture. You learn something new every day.
Anyway, you could tell by reading the comments after the column that this thing received mixed reviews. I'd like to respond to a few of those comments for you all...
Which sucks more, being a poser or being a fucking idiot?
I’m sorry no one in your dorm room/cubicle likes you. But tell you what, you and your four friends can boycott GVB if you'd like, I don't think anyone would miss you. Go over to Blender until you grew up a few years.
I can't express how much I appreciate this post. It was the perfect (or as perfect as you can get) synthesis of two of my favorite things at the moment.
Thanks, Michael, hope you enjoyed the football weekend.
Didnt everyone already do this column with simpson characters? next week can you do epl teams and the grime rappers they are akin too? ps. this was gay.
Hey Derek, we appreciate you putting your name up there, most people like to go anon-a-non. I didn't know about the Simpsons thing (editor's note: Me either), perhaps a link? Regardless, hopefully you read above and can hang out with my mother over at Blender from now on.
Texas with an easy schedule? garbage.
texas tech, nebraska, okalahoma and texas a&m are all BCS quality teams. the big 12 is ridiculiusly loaded. every sigle team has talent, even down to lowly baylor.
watered down conference? take a look at the pac10.
Nebraska may have a team this year, but I don’t think Oklahoma is anything to be scared of. I like the Pac-10 this year, excluding Cal, I think there's some decent squads. Besides, betting on the "over" in a Pac-10 is money in the bank, maybe that's why I'm biased.
Those girls have boobs shaped like giant M&Ms.
Every girl on that campus hates the Cowgirls, I mean HATES. And I had a buddy who used to date one of them, pre-boob job, and everyone made fun of him because she looked like an alien. True story.
Is this a blog, or a fucking book? Why are your posts so damn long?
This is something I really want to apologize for. Chris just gave me his info and I plugged it into Blogger and couldn't figure out how to do the "Read More" option. My apologies. (editor's note: oops, i forgot)
Ugh... i'll leave all my nit-picking aside except for...
who the hell says anything about "i will sing you songs"?!?!?!
that song is a fucking masterpiece!!!!!!! i cannot believe....okay...i said i would leave it at that and i will....
1) you don't know too much about music.
2) you are pretentious when it comes to sports. knowing a couple players names on each big team doesn't impress me.
Congrats, anon, you won the award for the most contradictory response of the week! Now you call me a pretentious sports fan for knowing the players, eh? I didn't know my love for college football and the crazy research I do each season watching games and reading different preview magazines would ever make me "pretentious." I looked "pretentious" up for its official definition. Here ya go...
Pretentious--acting as though more important, valuable, or special than is warranted, or appearing to have an unrealistically high self-image. (Encarta)
Now would you call someone "pretentious" who wrote an article with music and sports opinions in which he describes that said article as "goofy" and even had this sentence in the intro, "Anyway, due to your emails and comments, I've realized a good number of you all out there in the indie blogosphere are sports fans as well, so this one's for you guys." Does that sound pretentious to you? Or would you call someone who flat out tells someone they don't know anything about music "pretentious?" How's that foot? (I'll get to mine in a second.)
And beyond that, let's talk about "I Will Sing Your Songs" as a "masterpiece"? Masterpiece? C'mon. I understand you're a big MMJ fan and all, but shouldn't we save "masterpiece" for stuff like "Desolation Row" or "London Calling?" You know, stuff, that actually goes beyond music? Regardless, I'm not going to nit pick, just those few things...
i usually hate your shit, but good work on this one.
buster davis was all over the place on monday night, but i don't think that game is a indication of how any team will do.
great comparison between miami and the strokes.
my fave team and my fave band, and as much as i hate to admit it you were spot on.
Thanks so much, Jordan. I usually hate your shit, too, but good work with this comment. Really great. Kidding aside, a Miami and Strokes fan? Wow, we'd get along about as well as an MTV reality couple. Keep reading, I'm sure you'll like 1 out of 7 columns. And PS, thanks for including your name and even a link, you'd have no idea how many people are uncomfortable doing this. We appreciate opposing opinions, especially when someone will back them up.
A)The Buckeyes will roll this weekend... by 10.
B) The Big XII does suck. Colorado lost to Montana State and Kansas State almost lost (24-23) to Illinois State. K-State didn't even score an offensive TD. Both Montana St. & ISU are D-1 AA schools... doesn't bode well for the Big XII.
C) The Big 10 is undefeated coming in to the weekend. Not a one of their 11 teams lost to anyone last weekend.
D) Ted Ginn could be one of the fastest players to ever play college football. Anthony Gonzales could be faster.
E) And finally, I'm no 'Nole fan, but those girls boobs were ri-dic-u-lous. I'm thinkin' about making a visit to the sunshine state.
-Tom Busler (No anonymity here)
Congrats Tom Busler, you win the "how do you like me NOW, I'm right, you're wrong, mini-wave in celebration of me" award. You called it, you were right, and I've enjoyed swallowing my foot all weekend (boy I've used that foot swallowing thing a bit too much, eh?). Congrats again, and by the way...make that visit, we've got the prettiest girls in the country. (This is where SEC schools start sending me the "No one is hotter than Auburn chicks" or "UGA chicks are the hottest" emails.)
I thought this column wasn't going to rip off Bill Simmons.
Although I understood your rationales for picking them, couldn't you have swapped the Sufjan and Spoon comparisons, given the perfect geographical matches that would have resulted?
Anyhow, I appreciate the effort that went into this truly massive post - just a little constructive criticism for ya.
Something I should mention--I didn't take geography into consideration, I was looking more at status and recent history, although with REM and Athens and Spoon in Austin, there are possibilities galore. Maybe because the only band to ever come out of Tallahassee, Florida was Creed and I didn't want to have to post that.
Sorry if you thought it was Simmons-ish, I've seen him, Klosterman, and even this new guy on si.com named Pete McEntegart do a lot of pop culture/athlete/TV-comparison stuff. I thought this was an open door, or can I no longer compare music and sports and pop culture with anything? How much leeway am I allowed? And I'm being serious, here. I haven't seen anyone using the indie music scene this way, which is kind of why I started, and unless there's someone using it in THIS SCENE, I don't understand. Thanks for your props on the effort, I spent a ton of time on this thing, and I can't promise I won't have the Simmons influence, but I won't rip him off. I mean, I'm not calling my girlfriend the "Indie Gal," am I? I respect the call, Josh, I know I can tread that line a little too close sometimes.
This was an email...
eat that fucking foot you goddamn piece of shit
-Julian Cesar from THE Ohio State University
I got a feeling Julian's about as cool as a hand job. Big J, do us a favor and grab a few drinks over at the Blender Lounge with Derek and my mother. I hear they serve a great Shirley Temple, ya know, for the fifteen year olds.
PS--I will never respond to the 2% ever again. The "fucking idiot," "gay," and "piece of shit" people aren't on the GVB level and really don't deserve acknowledgement. I just felt like the ground rules for you clowns needed to be set, and they have. Done and done.
But alas, indie world, this week was just a breather, the last column took a lot out of me, so I had to make a light post this week. Next week, though, I'll give you my 2006-2007 Official Concert Rules of Etiquette and we can have a laugh…and yes, I have to tell you guys what I'm writing a week in advance so you can email me with the "so and so did something like that, you're a fucking gay idiot piece of shit."
Internet writing is fun. I'll see you all next week.