It was the week White America lost its mind, as did the guy who wrote a song called “Kill Harvilla” and sent us both the lyrics (not bad) and the instrumental MP3 (very bad). But we here at SOTC prefer more constructive exercises, like listing every ’90s band that hasn’t reunited yet. A lot of That Dog fans out there, surprisingly, but we’re still pulling for Jawbreaker or the Afghan Whigs. And, yes, Belly.
In civilian-activism news, we chatted with the guy leading a protest march against Atlantic Records because they won’t release the new Lupe Fiasco record and the guy who planned to protest M.I.A.’s Terminal 5 show, but called it off when her long-threatened free show was finally announced for next week, though that didn’t stop Casey Spooner from talking trash on Facebook.To relax, we also talked to No Age’s Dean Spunt about the band’s famed rainbow-log tee and documented the year in indie pets, which earned us a shout out from Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino that very night at Bowery Ballroom on behalf of her beloved cat, Snacks.
In free music news, Rockapella (yeah, those guys) covered Vampire Weekend, YIMBY got us tracks from the “ultraviolent” and “spooktacular” Yvette and psych/prog/metal dudes Titan, and former Miami Heat center Rony Seikaly is a DJ now.
It was a huge week for live shows: Belle and Sebastian joined Teenage Fanclub at East River State Park, Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield discussed their (nonexistent) sex life at Mercury Lounge, Miranda Lambert covered “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” at Terminal 5, Drake brought out Jay-Z and Fabolous at Radio City, James triggered mass euphoria at Webster Hall, M.I.A.’s Terminal 5 show was also surprisingly not a disaster), and Liquid Liquid’s Salvatore Principato DJ’d at Treehouse, among, you know, a few others.
And that’s it for us this week — enjoy the streaming concerts from Matador at 21, and we’ll see you Monday.