Shit Going On In The World

Armageddon 2012: NASA Says It’s No Big Deal

Gray Hurlburt :: Thursday, November 12th, 2009 5:40 pm

Just when you thought something incredible was about to happen in your lifetime, science or NASA has to come along and take a piss on your imagination. Remember when we thought there was cheese on the moon? Yeah, NASA had to ruin that party. Those Martian canals and that eerie face on the Red Planet?: Rock formations. So here we are, minding our business, waiting for Earth to align with the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, the dead to rise up and the world to end…then NASA has to raise its hand and open its big, nerdy mouth. According to them, the world’s not going to end in 2012, and we’re going to have to stick around here for a long time after next year. Yeah, boring!



Free Download: Jaguar Love “Up All Night”

Gray Hurlburt :: Friday, November 6th, 2009 5:00 pm

Jaguar Love, that squeaky, energetic super-group from Portland, has a new single out on the web for your downloading pleasure. It’s called “Up All Night” and is unsurprisingly shrill, amalgamated and chock full of synth. Love em’ or hate em’, what they give you is an mp3 that would go hand-in-hand with a 22 oz. bottle of energy drink. Jaguar Love is going on tour this November. Tour dates after the jump. MORE »



The Black Lips, Here They Come Again

Gray Hurlburt :: Friday, November 6th, 2009 1:10 pm

The drug train is leaving the station again! and The Black Lips want everyone that likes their sloppy styles to come aboard. What does this mean? Well, the nefarious band is poised to get back on tour is what it is. They kick it off on the last day of 2009 in their hometown, Atlanta, GA, then steam up the west coast with five more shows in the Golden State, the ostensible pot den of America. But that seems to be all the time they have for us yanks, for they’ll be heading over to the equally indulgent continent of Australia for several other gigs. Dates for The Black Lips provided after the jump. MORE »


Events, Issue 22, Magazine

The XX at CMJ Plus the Death+Taxes Interview

Gray Hurlburt :: Friday, October 23rd, 2009 2:30 pm

On a scorched afternoon in early August I met with The xx, a young, soft-spoken bunch of Londoners who dress in mishmash black attire, at a retro diner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On account of the stifling weather, the allure of air conditioning and starchy food just seemed called for. I was hungover and tired, which, as it turns out, so were they.

When they came in through the glass door, bassist Oliver Sim had to duck his elongated body through the frame, and the rest followed in right behind. Together they looked like an adolescent combination of the Jesus & Mary Chain and Bauhaus. And like those rock stars, who could chronologically be their fathers, The xx already bore the physical strain of supporting a new album—replete with drooped shoulders and raccoon eyes. This brunch came after a long tour through Europe’s summer festival circuit, five shows in New York City (one the previous night with Friendly Fires), and two photo shoots that morning. MORE »


Should I Listen?

The Flaming Lips: Embryonic

Gray Hurlburt :: Thursday, October 15th, 2009 8:08 pm

The Flaming Lips’ newest iteration as a band, Embryonic, doesn’t lend well to crowd scenarios. Having friends around while this is on will ensue a quick diaspora from the apartment. What the listener gets is a droll, dusky, bass-hook-driven cloud of distorted instruments, hoots and other weird utterances. It’s another animal all together. And that’s what’s right about Embryonic, it’s right for the right kind of day: rain, solitude, highway driving. Coyne & Co. are here for bad weather. Should I listen?

We say, Yes.

They say, Yes / Total Score: 77.


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