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  • Warped Dates

    14 feb 2009, 08:23

    every year a bazillion different events for Warped Tour pop up in every city. I'm gonna do my best to personally create the events as soon as the locations are released, and maintain the lineups myself. Here are the links to Warped events at real locations that may or may not have been created by me. If you happen upon this post, please help to keep your local Warped lineup neat and tidy!

    Jun 26 Pomona, CA
    Jun 27 San Fansisco, CA
    Jun 28 Ventura, CA
    Jun 30 Phoenix, AZ
    Jul 01 Las Cruces, NM
    Jul 02 San Antonio, TX
    Jul 03 Houston, TX
    Jul 05 Dallas, TX
    Jul 07 Indianapolis, IN
    Jul 08 Pittsburgh, PA
    Jul 09 Cleveland, OH
    Jul 10 Toronto, ON
    Jul 11 Montreal, QC
    Jul 12 Hartford, CT
    Jul 14 Washington, DC
    Jul 15 Scranton, PA
    Jul 16 Buffalo, NY
    Jul 17 Camden, NJ
    Jul 18 Uniondale, NY
    Jul 19 Oceanport, NJ
    Jul 21 Mansfield, MA
    Jul 22 Virginia Beach, VA
    Jul 23 Charlotte, NC
    Jul 24 Orlando, FL
    Jul 25 Miami, FL
    Jul 26 Tampa, FL
    Jul 28 Atlanta, GA
    Jul 29 Cincinnati, OH
    Jul 30 Milwaukee,WI
    Jul 31 Detroit, MI
    Aug 01 Tinley Park, IL
    Aug 02 Minneapolis, MN
    Aug 03 St. Louis, MO
    Aug 04 Bonner Springs, MO
    Aug 07 Boise, ID
    Aug 08 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug 09 Denver, CO
    Aug 12 Calgary, AB
    Aug 14 Vancouver, BC
    Aug 15 Seattle, WA
    Aug 16 Portland, OR
    Aug 19 Fresno, CA
    Aug 20 Mountain View, CA
    Aug 21 Sacramento, CA
    Aug 22 San Diego, CA
    Aug 23 Los Angeles, CA
  • Summer is nigh, you guys.

    26 apr 2008, 19:59

    Things have kind of turned around for the better. The weather is beautiful, I'm in a better emotional place than I was, and the first of my friends is back safely from overseas. Plus, I got my tax refund, my check from Unborn, and my first decent work check of the year, so my bank account won't be empty until I buy all my summer concert tickets. I feel good about this.

    Kim and I saw Charlie Deets last night at South Union Arts and this is the event page. Not in order: we danced and wore newspaper hats and looked at a study of girls doing the Soulja Boy dance on webcam and passed out flyers and got to talk to Charlie way more than usual at a show and then we left because a really bad band played after him.

    Cincinnati Warped Tour on July 30th looks especially promising. I got a bunch of Warped music from Erica and Ellen, and i've been enjoying going through it (Four Year Strong is my MVP). And then two of my personal favorites, Disco Ensemble and Does It Offend You, Yeah?, got added. On top of that, I've been itching for a ginormous roadtrip like this for a while. We leave the evening of the 29th and party in Dayton, wake up bright and early the next day and go to the festival, and then go home the next day, probably after a communal breakfast of some sort. so far i count 8 of us trucking it from Illinois to Ohio, and i'm sure that number will grow. Let me know if any of you want a CD of the Warped bands i'm looking forward to.

    It seems like everyone will be around this summer except Jared. Hopefully I can convince him to come in for Lollapalooza, because on lolla saturday last year, he was one of the best festival buddies I've ever had.

    80/35 Festival in Des Moines is going to be where I celebrate my birthday. The Flaming Lips will play and there will be fireworks and my mind will splode. This is a good thing.

    The Street Thieves (official Company Of Thieves Street Team) are kicking into full swing, and I am officially the head of the operation... for now. We're pushing the Reggies show very very hard, and then they're throwing a very intimate pizza party to officially kick off the team on May 5th. We're stealing a lot of our ideas from The Dog & Everything team, cause I really like the way they were (are?) set up. I even got them to commit to paying attention to the suburbs this summer, which is something that they've never even tried to do. They treat a show in Naperville like they're on tour, haha. I'm very excited about everything going on, and if you want in, we'd like you to add us on myspace. www.myspace.com/cotstreetteam

    Speaking of Company of Thieves: to anyone who will be in town and enjoys them, they're playing Madison Square Garden this weekend, and then they come back to Chicago to do a hometown show on May 2nd at Reggies. PBRs are $2 if you have a student ID. You need to be there in order to be cool, so think long and hard about whether you're happy with your current social status.
  • All-Ages music, and a HelloGoodbye show.

    7 apr 2008, 05:05

    A lot of my friends have been down on all-ages music recently. I am here in its defense.

    A week ago, I went to Lewis University to see my friends play with HelloGoodbye (Sat 29 Mar – Hellogoodbye, Ludo, Last Fast Action). After a number of dropoffs from my original roster, I picked up Katrina and Lisa and we went on our merry way. I had been dreading the commute, but it was actually an easy drive. It helps that I don't speed anymore, since receiving a speeding ticket on Easter. My course of action was focused, but not urgent. Katrina made an awesome CD for the ride, and I was reminded of how much I like Disco Ensemble. They're like the European version of Dr. Manhattan.

    I decided not to park too close, because it was beautiful outside. It wasn't a long walk, but it was great. As soon as we figured out what was going on, we went upstairs and bought our tickets. Immediately, we saw Dan and Andrew and Ando and Tasha. Hugzzz. The bathrooms at the Lewis Fieldhouse are super nice. We stood in line for a little while with a lot of different kids: college bros, high school scene girls, and a mishmash of other people who found nothing else to do in Romeoville that night. When we walked in, we saw Augie. Hugzzz.

    After a little while listening to Daft Punk in a crowd of people who could've been my half-drunk closest friends, that stupid Imogen Heap song came on, and Last Fast Action tore into their first song. They played a really high energy set, and it reminded me of a lot of my favorite concerts. Their cover of Digital Love was even better than i remembered it. Dan worked very hard to keep the crowd involved, and he nailed it better than I've ever seen him do since LFA started. We talked to the band and their awesome merch machines after the set, and finally ran into Convy. Hugzzz. Lisa payed for gas with soda, and it was an awesome arrangement. A girl named Kelsey asked Lisa if she was Gen from Company Of Thieves, and we had a good laugh and got her to sign up for the street team. Ludo started with a warm crowd, and they managed to maintain the enthusiasm throughout. Andrew was hilarious as always, if not a little raspy. "How many people have seen us before? How many people are seeing us for the first time? Awesome, you guys should fight." Save Our City was the song that won over most of the crowd, as is the case with a lot of Ludo shows. Ferrell was really loud, but also a total rockstar. They mentioned towards the end that they'd be back on tour with Steel Train and The Spill Canvas. We had to wait in line to give our hugs, but eventually we got to say hello to our bestest St. Louis bandfriends. Hellogoodbye was exactly what I expected: awkward white guys who know how to throw a party. A really strong setlist, capped off with Touchdown Turnaround (Don't Give Up On Me) as the encore.

    This concert really put some perspective on a few things. I had already bought 100 strawberry scented tealights and some fresh strawberries for my original plan to ask Maggie to prom, and I thought it was a slam dunk, but it hinged on Maggie coming over to my house. Try as I might, she didn't make it over. Maggie and I got in a fight, because I misread some hints she dropped about asking her. I thought she wanted me to ask her to prom, like all her friends, in some public fashion, and I was freaking out about a way to do it that wouldn't piss off her parents or her school administration. I had already called Company of Marc to help me record an acoustic demo of Radar Love, but I wasn't satisfied with that plan. This show, though, provided something else Maggie and I had talked about: clarity. I realized that I didn't want to just be cute. I wanted to involve other people, and I wanted them to know that what Maggie and I had was special, and I wanted to blow her away. I don't know why, but the show and the music that I knew we both love made things seem simpler. So I asked Dan (LFA), Andrew (Ludo), and Forrest (HGb) to ask my girlfriend to go to prom with me, and they all were totally on board with it. Andrew and Dan sang two of the best love songs of all time. Forrest swore a lot. I spent the rest of the evening on Cloud 9, talking to friends, and to Maggie. We drove back to Lisa's and watched Lost. This night was a victory.

    All-ages music may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for all of its overdrama, I know that all-ages music can be as artful and as fun as any other genre, if not moreso. And all-ages will always be a great mechanism to help articulate when a boy is happy, depressed, angry, horny, drunk, or completely and totally in love.
  • Q101's March Music Madness 2008

    21 mar 2008, 22:25

    So Q101, the alternative radio station in Chicago, has a contest every year called March Music Madness. It's a big deal for me to turn the dial back to Q101 since they altered their format, but I'm giving it a shot.

    Basically, they randomly select and rank 64 bands and set up a tournament bracket online. People fill out the bracket to enter the contest, and then Q101 holds call-in/text votes on the air to determine who wins the matchups (one matchup per hour, every hour from March 24-28). Points are awarded based on how correct your bracket is, just like a basketball pool.

    The Top Seeds are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, and U2.
    In the Foo Fighters bracket, Rage Against the Machine is seeded at #3, and Radiohead is #4.
    Nine Inch Nails, last year's champions, are seeded #8 in U2's bracket.
    Pearl Jam is #8 in Foo Fighters.
    Metallica is #8 in RHCP.
    Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, and Nirvana are all in Linkin Park's bracket.

    The first round matchups I found most interesting:
    Silverchair vs. Social Distortion
    Staind vs. Oasis
    Beastie Boys vs. Jane's Addiction
    Linkin Park vs. Local H (not difficult on paper, but Local H always pulls big upsets early on)
    Alice in Chains vs. Queens of the Stone Age
    Tool vs. Weezer
    U2 vs. R.E.M.
    Smashing Pumpkins vs. The White Stripes
    The Ramones vs. The Flaming Lips


    If you want to see the entire bracket, click here. My picks are filled in, and your input is appreciated.

    If you want to fill out a bracket, click here and register. And then post a link in the comments so we can compete for bragging rights (and whatever fabulous prize Q101 is offering).

    It will be interesting to see how some of these matchups are reflected by Lollapalooza. On April 8th, Perry Farrell is announcing the official 2008 lineup on Q101's morning show. Heavy favorites for the headliner slots include Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Wilco, Kanye West or Child Rebel Soldier (CRS), and Miley Cyrus.
  • Q101's Format Change

    21 sep 2007, 23:12

    This entry is a crosspost of an e-mail conversation i had with Spike, the music director for Chicago alternative radio station Q101. I included a playlist of what Q101 played on the day i wrote the first e-mail to them. If you agree or disagree with any of the points here, be sure to let me know in the comments and let Spike know via e-mail.

    How it started:
    subj: Q101 MUSIC CHANGES FOR YOU!
    Hey! What we like to pride ourselves on at Q101 is listening to you. This is your radio station, we just come to the office every day and put it on the air. We're not here to tell you what to like, we're here to tell you what's there, and you tell us what you like. You've told us some things you want more of from Q101, and we've responded by making some changes in the music we play. We're all really excited for you to hear it, so if you notice a difference, please give us a call on the request lines, shoot us a text, or you can even send me an email personally spike@q101.com. Thanks again for being in this with us, and for taking the time to let us know what you think! Also, the new Avenged Sevenfold song is awesome. Ok, that's all. Thanks again.
    ---Spike
    Music Director


    My Reply:
    Spike,

    I don't get it. A few years after you guys choked out the Zone because you guys went on shuffle and diversified your catalog while they painted themselves into a grunge/nu-metal corner, it feels like you guys are making the same mistakes they did. After receiving my 101 Club e-mail that said you were changing up your catalog, I listened for about sixteen hours straight today (from the time I woke up, all through work, until now) because I really believe that Chicago music is the best alternative scene in the US, and you guys have always been really good at speaking to all level of that amazing scene. The conclusion I drew from listening is that you're about twelve all-ages bands and a handful of 90's mainstays away from being 2001-era The Zone.

    Looking at the Last.fm Top 40, I just can't fathom how this happened. Since you guys shook things up by adding all those titles to your catalog for the shuffle angle, it's been apparent to me that your airstaff has understood what's going on in modern music, and you've always had a history with bringing the best indie rock to the surface. Now, in 2007, indie rock is at the forefront, and it feels like you've all but abandoned it. Where's The Arcade Fire? Where are The Shins? Where are the Arctic Monkeys, Decemberists, Interpol, Bloc Party, and the rest of the list that I'm depressing myself by rewriting? How can you go from exhausting the Modest Mouse and Cold War Kids singles on the air to refusing to acknowledge they exist with one play in a 24 hour period? It's not that I don't like metal, and I would be totally cool with you rotating in Slayer and Lamb of God (a guy can dream), but I definitely feel like the harder end of alternative is getting unfair representation, especially in comparison to a genre that's been selling much better lately (Neon Bible wasn't the only indie album to debut close to the top this year).

    I've only been listening for a day, and from what I've heard I think it's safe to assume the punk legends you were spinning as recently as a month ago (Rancid, Bad Religion, The Ramones, sometimes Fugazi) are still in your catalog. I get that you guys are still playing a lot of roots pop-punk, and I respect that. I also get that you're leaning on the all-ages punk spinoffs like Quietdrive and RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, but you've had big holes on that end since you started playing them (Motion City Soundtrack? Spitalfield?). When the station that broke The Flaming Lips in Chicago (arguably keeping them from getting dropped, and thus allowing them to write The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi) forgets about half of the biggest bands from the Lollapalooza crowd, it feels like you've intentionally turned your back.

    When Radiohead, one of the most important bands in the history of alternative, releases their new album, are you gonna play it, or ignore it in favor of Nickelback and Trapt?

    ---Miller



    Spike's Reply:
    Miller,

    Ok, here's my first comment about bands like Arcade Fire, Shins, etc...

    Generally, the fans of those bands are in part fans of those bands because they're NOT on the radio. From what I've experienced with people who are into that scene, is that a lot of what they appreciate is the notion that it isn't a mainstream thing to be into. The moment that the band becomes more popular, and gets on the radio, is the same moment they move on to another bands. I noticed the same thing when I worked at a hard rock station with metal bands. All the metal fans did before we played Slipknot was call us and tell us to play Slipknot. Then the minute we began to play Wait And Bleed, to a lot of those fans, Slipknot were sellouts. Or we were playing the wrong song. Or we didn't play it enough. There was always something wrong with what we were doing.

    In addition, the other factor is that it seems like no amount of airplay builds new fans for those bands. They have their fans, and their culture, which they can grown within, but it's usually pretty rare for it to grow out of that culture and into a bigger fanbase, and a fanbase that actually listens to the radio. Again, to build another comparison, a lot of the younger focused, harder, punk bands are like this (or screamo or whatever you want to call it). There are countless numbers of those bands who have sold 200,000-300,000 records, and if they get a lot of airplay, they'll sell the same exact number of records. Because no matter how much we play them, a 26 or 27 year old dude is not going to get into that music.

    That being said, we do have a spot for it, every night on Crash Test Radio at 11pm (every night besides Saturday). Ryan plays plenty of indie bands, plenty of unsigned bands, and often times has them in for visits in the studio.

    That being said, when one of those bands writes a song that we think could be big, we'll play it. I still think Hang Me Up to Dry was a great song, and was a great song to play. It's a song by song basis. I do though think that us mixing a ton of that stuff into the regular playlist is probably not the right recipe.

    I don't think turning our back is the right way to put it. I do though, think that taking the perspective that we're a reflection on society. The fact is that there is a dedicated, loyal

    And yes, when there's a new Radiohead record, we'll play it. Promise. Well, mostly promise :)

    Spike


    My Reply to Spike's Reply:
    Spike,

    I posted your letter on the blog. I think part of one of your thoughts got cut off in your second to last paragraph after "dedicated, loyal" so if you want to finish your thought I'd be happy to add it into the blog post (and reply to it).

    While they both have celebrated undergrounds, I don't think metal and indie are comparable in the way you compared them here. I was totally one of those kids who was upset that Wait And Bleed was on the radio, but I was upset because that song, especially the radio cut with the singing instead of the screaming, wasn't anything like the rest of the album. It was a "sellout" move to push that single because it was a watered down version of themselves, and that's what got to metal fans. Lamb of God recently wrote a similarly weak song to get play on Fuse, and they're getting a lot of heat for it. With Slipknot early on, it must have been really hard to satisfy their fans, because Surfacing was the song that really defined their sound, and it couldn't possibly work on the radio. The best metal from the last decade doesn't seem to get along well with the FCC, or with casual listeners.

    Indie does not have that same unavoidable inaccessability. Indie is everywhere in ways that metal never was and never could be. Indie largely makes up the soundtracks for shows like Grey's Anatomy and movies like Garden State. Aside from action movies, metal doesn't have that benefit. There will always be a subset like the Animal Collectives and Wolf Parades that aren't as radio ready, but those aren't the bands I would expect on the radio. I would expect The Postal Service and New Pornographers.

    The other difference about the indie underground is that it really isn't very underground anymore. Of course there are hipsters that hate things soley on the basis of their popularity, but the popularity of Peter Bjorn and John and bands of the like is skyrocketing, and they don't seem to be dropping any fans or missing out on mainstream attention. Lollapalooza is a perfect example of the fact that you can do both. As eclectic as the lineup is, a solid majority of the artists who've performed in the last 3 years at least have indie leanings (especially towards the top of the bill). There are only 2 other annual rock music festivals in the US that even come close to being as huge as Lollapalooza, both of which also rely heavily on indie artists. It felt like you guys gave a lot of ground up to XRT at this year's Lolla, and I was also kinda sad to see that, after a very long and loving relationship between you and The Flaming Lips, XRT was the sponsor for their show here in early September, too. Are they invading your turf or are you giving it up?

    You may be right about radio play and indie rock sales (though I'm skeptical), but radio play definitely does sell all-ages records. National numbers from Motion City Soundtrack's last album will show you that. Everything Is Alright got played in a handful of cities pretty regularly, and where it got played, they sold a lot more. I dunno if they just got played because people liked them better in those towns or if it was the other way around. I do know that it's a crowded, generic, Victory-Records-dominated field in the all-ages genre right now, and radio play is one of the only things that can catch the ear of someone who isn't actively looking for their new favorite band.

    After your reply, I understand a little better what you guys are going for. I just really feel like it's the wrong call to make. I've always thought you guys and WLUW (which I can't get in the burbs) were the only things left going on for Chicago radio, so I'm still giving the new playlist a chance for now, but I can't promise that I won't just turn turn the radio off until Crash Test Radio and Local 101. Best of luck.

    ---Miller



    Rise Against - Life Less Frightening (x2), Ready To Fall (x2), Swing Life Away (x2), The Good Left Undone (x2), Prayer of the Refugee, Give It All
    The White Stripes - You Don't Know What Love Is (x3), Icky Thump (x2), Seven Nation Army
    Foo Fighters - The Pretender (x5), D.O.A.
    Three Days Grace - Never Too Late (x6)
    Quietdrive - Time After Time (x6)
    Green Day - Walking Contradiction, When I Come Around, Brain Stew, American Idiot, Basket Case
    Tool - Schism, Aenima, The Pot, 46 and 2, Sober
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away, Otherside, Higher Ground, Under the Bridge
    311 - Down, Don't Tread On Me, Beautiful Disaster, You Wouldn't Believe
    Incubus - Stellar, Drive, Pardon Me, Oil And Water
    Staind - It's Been Awhile, For You, So Far Away, Outside
    Nirvana - Lithium (x2), Come as You Are, All Apologies
    Papa Roach - Forever (x2), Last Resort, Scars
    30 Seconds to Mars - The Kill (x2), A Beautiful Lie (x2)
    Silverchair - Straight Lines (x4)
    Pearl Jam - Better Man, Dissident, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter
    Metallica - Nothing Else Matters, The Memory Remains, Hero of the Day
    Smashing Pumpkins - Today, Thirty-Three, Landslide
    Blink 182 - All The Small Things, Dammit, First Date
    Soundgarden - Jesus Christ Pose, Black Hole Sun, Pretty Noose
    Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug, Head Like A Hole, The Hand That Feeds
    Sublime - Smoke Two Joints, Date Rape, What I Got
    Beck - Where It's At, E-Pro, Loser
    Stone Temple Pilots - Creep, Plush, Wicked Garden
    Rage Against the Machine - Bulls on Parade, Bombtrack, Testify
    Linkin Park - What I've Done (x2), Papercut
    The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Your Guardian Angel (x2), Face Down
    Avenged Sevenfold - Critical Acclaim (x3)
    Flyleaf - All Around Me (x3)
    Serj Tankian - Empty Walls (x3)
    Finger Eleven - Paralyzer (x3)
    Live - Pain Lies On The Riverside, White Discussion
    System of a Down - Toxicity, B.Y.O.B.
    Weezer - El Scorcho, Buddy Holly
    Alice in Chains - I Stay Away, Sea Of Sorrow
    Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American, Big Casino
    Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike, Say Hello 2 Heaven
    Oasis - D'You Know What I Mean?, Don't Look Back In Anger
    Offspring - Want You Bad, Gone Away
    Seether - Fine Again, Fake It
    Beastie Boys - So Whatcha Want, Fight For Your Right
    Fatboy Slim - Weapon Of Choice, The Rockafeller Skank
    Bush - Glycerine, Everything Zen
    Muse - Supermassive Black Hole (x2)
    The Killers - Read My Mind (x2)
    Paramore - Misery Business (x2)
    Chevelle - I Get It (x2)
    Blind Melon - No Rain (x2)
    Limp Bizkit - Nookie
    Underworld - Born Slippy
    Butthole Surfers - Pepper
    Gravity Kills - Guilty
    Primus - Wynona's Big Brown Beaver
    The Crystal Method ft. Filter - Trip Like I Do
    Atreyu - Becoming the Bull
    U2 - Bullet the Blue Sky
    Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
    Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
    Hoobastank - Out Of Control
    Jim Lynam - Yeah
    R.E.M. - Orange Crush
    Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People
    Treaty Of Paris - Waking The Dead
    Trapt - Headstrong
    Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
    Radiohead - Creep
    King Missile - Detachable Penis
    Johnny Cash - Hurt
    Material Issue - Valerie Loves Me
    A Perfect Circle - Judith
    Nickelback - How You Remind Me
    Boys Like Girls - The Great Escape
    Local H - Bound For The Floor
    Strata - Stay Young
    Rob Zombie - Superbeast
    Disturbed - Down With the Sickness
    Goldfinger - Here In Your Bedroom
    The Starting Line - Island (Float Away)
    Tripping Daisy - I Got A Girl
    Satellite Party - Hard Life Easy
    Toadies - Possum Kingdom
    Cake - I Will Survive
    VHS or Beta - Can't Believe A Single Word
    Coldplay - Clocks
    Against Me! - Thrash Unreal
    Fall Out Boy - Hum Hallelujah
    Sum 41 - Walking Disaster
    Stabbing Westward - What Do I Have to Do?
  • Jack White vs. Q101

    22 jun 2007, 00:37

    I know I'm a little late weighing in on this, but i feel like now that the RedEye has picked it up, it's become a lot more relevant to a music junkie from .

    Icky Thump is the New album from The White Stripes. It was released to the public on Tuesday. It's a weirder album than the usual White Stripes stuff. It's a lot less conventional. Thusly, there is no doubt in my mind that it's the coolest album they've done since they signed to a major. I'm buying it.

    Here's the Thing: at 2 PM on Wednesday, May 30th, Q101 on-air personality Electra played Icky Thump, beginning to end on the radio. Q101 obtained the album illegally from a full-album download site (not unlike the recently shut down Kinixtion). An hour after they played it, Jack White called Electra from Spain, where the Stripes are currently touring. He chastised Electra for playing the album on the air before its release. He didn't yell, but he was angry. He used the words "coward" and "naive" among others, and told her that she is part of the reason that the music business is in so much trouble. Then he hung up. The call was off air, and Q101 has respected Jack's wishes to not air it, although the airstaff has openly talked about what was said. Electra blogged about the whole thing here.

    Jack talked about it in a recent interview that got picked up today by the RedEye, so now people other than blog addicts, hardcore White Stripes fans, and people who listen to Q101 know about it, and may or may not care. But when i found other excerpts of the interview on MTV.com, i got pissed about one particular quote:

    "I think everyone is like, 'Big deal, it's not my fault. Everyone's doing it. Everyone's downloading,' but it's about the rules and who chooses to follow them. We're all in the business together — record labels and musicians and songwriters and radio stations and MTV — everyone's in that together. And if they don't all respect each other, the foundation crumbles. It's obvious."

    Okay. I wanna start my reply by pointing out that this quote is probably the least rock and roll thing said by any rockstar, ever. That said, three things:

    1) Electra did an amazing thing for alternative radio by playing that album. There's a huge filesharing problem in America, and the thing about the "everyone's doing it" mentality is that it's pretty close to accurate. Everyone who matters to the continued survival of the music industry is doing it. The research that's done is really not directed the right way. From a synthesis of results of different surveys I've seen, I'd guess that if you did research that was weighted towards fans of music (the people who buy merch and concert tickets and keep fully abreast of at least 10 of their favorite bands while doing anything they can to get their hands on any material of theirs), you'd see well over half of them stealing a good portion of their music in some capacity. The mindset of these people, myself included, is that it's stupid to not use a technology that exists, if it can open doors to new music. So if I could download Icky Thump now, why would I wait until the release to hear it on the radio? This is the contradiction that radio faces. If radio stations are expected not to suck (and nationwide, most alt stations do suck), they have to keep up. If no one is addressing the filesharing problem, why should the radio station be bound by the same laws? it's not fair that they're more visible then the thousands of iPod owners doing it. I used to hate Electra, but I've slowly come to realize that she's the real deal. She's a Chicagoan who loves music. Things like Electra playing Icky Thump keeps Q101 viable, and I say bravo. Jack's anger should be directed towards the person who leaked the album onto the internet in the first place (advance copies are all individually watermarked, so they can look it up if they really care.)

    2) Jack White should be thrilled people still care this much about his band. Elephant was a good album, but they've been going steadily downhill since the third single from that album (which sounded mysteriously like the first single), and Get Behind Me Satan was just terrible (despite the Grammy award).

    3) The way it worked for the White Stripes is not how it usually works. The White Stripes slipped through the cracks of a label-dominated system. The only reason the White Stripes have the leeway to write an album like Icky Thump and have a good portion of pop culture care about it is "Fell In Love With A Girl." They piggybacked on a trend into the Billboard charts and built a cult following from the top down, instead of from the ground up. Lots of successful indie artists have used this technique. They're all very lucky. Most of them don't stick, and go back to square one (Flaming Lips couldn't follow "She Don't Use Jelly," Nada Surf got chewed up and spit out by their label, etc). If Elephant had been the Stripes' major label debut, they wouldn't be selling out arenas in New York. It's a lot easier to defend the current business when it worked so well for you, but Jacks' standpoint is exactly the changefearing mindset that the industry has fucked itself over with.

    Radio stations and labels and artists and (most importantly) fans are not "in the business together" as it currently stands. Jack wants to follow the rules so the major label system can do its job, because it worked for the White Stripes. But its job is to rob artists and flood airwaves with crap, because that's how they can make the most money under the current system. Our generation is on the cusp of bringing that system down.
  • my imaginary festival.

    25 apr 2007, 04:31

    this is seriously intense.

    RULES FOR BOOKING YOU IMAGINARY FESTIVAL:
    The festival is 2 days long, with 12 bands on each day (1 headliner, 2 main support, 4 secondary support, 5 smaller bands). no more than 2 speculative reunions, and all key members must be alive/able to perform. keep marketability and ticket price in mind! repost when you're done!

    Day 1
    The Flaming Lips
    Oingo Boingo
    The Futureheads
    Animal Collective
    Motion City Soundtrack
    DragonForce
    The Faint

    The Matches
    Bomb the Music Industry!
    The Countdown
    Sally
    The Sun

    Day 2
    Electric Light Orchestra
    Flogging Molly
    Dinosaur Jr.
    Rollins Band
    OK Go
    Mindless Self Indulgence
    Ludo

    Be Your Own Pet
    Suburban Legends
    Apollo Sunshine
    Company Of Thieves
    The Turnbull ACs
  • Q101's March Music Madness

    31 mar 2007, 07:01

  • Some Chicago indie bands you should check out (free mp3s)

    13 sep 2006, 05:48

    1. Sally (paribus records)
    imagine Sonic Youth and Radiohead wrote songs together and Smashing Pumpkins performed them. The Picardy Third EP, their latest, is probably the most indicative of their live show, but The Attrition EP and their self-titled debut are both astoundingly good. their lastfm page is kind of confusing, because there's another band called Sally. at any rate, download these songs.
    Thank God For Sunglasses
    Abundant Sunshine

    2. The Changes (Drama Club records)
    i first saw these guys with Futureheads, then with the Redwalls, then with blues legend Buddy Guy, and eventually i got hooked on their catchy, fun tunes. They guys have an album called Today Is Tonight coming out, and if their self-titled effort is any indication, it's gonna be some fun dream pop stuff. there are a lot of bands called Changes or The Changes, do not get confused. have some tracks off The Changes, and check out [url="http://www.spin.com/features/heythisisawesome/2006/08/060830_thechanges/";]Spin.com for new shit.
    When I Wake
    Her, You, And I

    3. The Hush Sound (Fueled By Ramen / Decaydance)
    whether this band is an indie band or not is a hotly debated topic, but i don't think there's any other way to define them, and at any rate, they're amazing. i've been following these guys since they formed, and they're starting to gain some national buzz (momentum, if you will) after tours earlier this year with Fall Out Boy, All-American Rejects, Panic! at the Disco, OK Go, and The Dresden Dolls. check out a track from each album.
    City Traffic Puzzle
    Lions Roar

    4. The Countdown (Invisible Records)
    in the Mates of State / of Montreal vein, these guys will make you dance. Brandon from The Machine wrote that they "made everyone want to fight and fuck at the same time." i hear they're married, which is kinda cool. i don't have any of their tracks that i can put up for free, because i'm waiting for the damn album to come in the mail, and there's nothing free online, except the song clips on [url="http://www.thecountdown.net]their site. i strongly recommend the video for "My Poison." check em.

    <3 miller