Tragedy – All Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gee

I’m a little embarassed at how much I like this.  They manage to make “Stayin’ Alive” sound like AC/DC wrote it.  Per the MySpace page: “Audiences today are craving a metal Bee Gees experience more than ever, and Tragedy delivers.”


Tragedy on Myspace

(hat tip: Lisa Soto)

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No. 908: Hasselt, BE

Pukkelpop 2009

August 21, 2009

Hasselt, Belgium

Pukkelpop Festival (Shelter Stage)

Hank III & Assjack
The Get Up Kids
the Jesus Lizard
Face to Face
The Living End
Future of the Left
A Place to Bury Strangers
And So I Watch You from Afar

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The Jesus Lizard on Sound Opinions

Sound Opinions

The Jesus Lizard’s interview on the NPR’s Sound Opinions begins airing today.  We did an interview with hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis and recorded three songs in the WBEZ studios.  The podcast will be available on August 24 from the Sound Opinions web site and the iTunes store.

Stations that air Sound Opinions

Sound Opinions podcast download page

Sound Opinions web site

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"Sycamore" by David Daniell and Doug McComb Released Today

"Sycamore," by David Daniell and Doug McComb

“Sycamore,” the first album by David Daniell and Doug McComb, is officially released today.   I got an advance copy a couple of weeks ago and have been listening nonstop.  It’s that kind of abstract instrumental music that creeps into you so you hear different things ever time you listen.

The CD and vinyl versions are each limited to 1,000 copies, so don’t dillydally on this, okay?

Buy “Sycamore” here.

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Danny MacAskill in Edinburgh

When I’m in Edinburgh, I just walk around and drink beer, maybe eat some fried candy bars.  This boggles my tiny brain.  I love the stuff he does off the trees.

(hat tip: How the World Works)

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NYT Review and Video of Rhys Chatham's "A Crimson Grail" at the Lincoln Center

Rhys Chatham’s performance of “A Crimson Grail” at the Lincoln Center was a gorgeous, mind-altering experience.  I have to thank Kurt Wolf, Regina Greene, and David Daniell for getting me involved.

The New York Times review:
Guitarist by the Hundreds, With a Funk Chaser, Power an Outdoor Concert

Video of the show by lonelycubicle:

Video of soundcheck by me, to give you an idea of the scope and layout of the thing:

(hat tip: Matthew Taylor)

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U.S. Premiere of Rhys Chatham Piece for 200 Guitars and 16 Basses

Rhys Chatham

I have a feeling this is going to be very, very cool.  Experimental composer Rhys Chatham will be at the Damrosch Park Bandshell at the Lincoln Center this Saturday, August 8, for the U.S. premiere of “A Crimson Grail,” his piece for 200 guitars and 16 basses.  The show starts at 7:30 PM and is free to the public.  I’ll be there with my white shirt and new amp.  216 electric guitars and basses, people!  You need to hear this!

Chatham tried to perform this piece last year, but it was rained out.  This year they will have a tent and better electrical infrastructure.  “A Crimson Grail” has only been performed one other time, in 2005, a 400-guitar version at the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris.  The piece that will be played Saturday has been reduced in size and revised for outdoor acoustics.

Here is a link to the New York Times article about the performance: “What is the Sound of 200 Guitars Wailing?”

Here is more information from the Lincoln Center’s web site: Lincoln Center Out of Doors – August 8

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No. 907: Seattle, WA

2009 Capitol Hill Block Party

July 24, 2009

Seattle, WA

Capitol Hill Block Party (Main Stage)

the Jesus Lizard
Built to Spill
Black Lips
The Dutchess and the Duke

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Mike White's Photos of the Nashville Show

Photographer Mike White has a nice gallery of photos from our show in Nashville last Tuesday.


Photo by Mike White

Photo by Mike White

Photo by Mike White

Mike White photo gallery

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Dangerpuss: "Di Di Mao"

1921 Soviet Stamp

Another song from Dangerpuss:

Click the link to play a song or right-click and select “Save Link As…” to download: Di Di Mao (7.8 MB MP3)

The guests:

Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard, Legendary Shack Shakers, Tomahawk)

Jason Wolford (Teledubgnosis, Machmen)

Click here or the Dangerpuss link at the top of the page for the MP3 archive.

Copyright: David Wm. Sims (BMI) and Jason Wolford (ASCAP)

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No 906: Chicago, IL

July 17, 2009

Chicago, IL

Pitchfork Music Festival

Built to Spill
the Jesus Lizard
Yo La Tengo

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No. 905: Nashville, TN

Maus Mit Bombe Tattoo

July 14, 2009

Nashville, TN


the Jesus Lizard
Pine Hill Haints

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Don't Hold Back, Jesster.

We have evidently ruined Jessica Hopper’s entire year by playing at the Pitchfork festival:

I saw the Jesus Lizard at least five times between the ages of 15-20, and my opinion (previously chronicled in Hit it or Quit it issues #3 and #4) still stands: a killer rhythm section and Yow furiously tugging on his own penis do not make for the best show I have ever seen. Not even top 50. I remember enjoying Rollins Band shows more than JL. The last time I saw JL, Tanner opened and were better. So, no, their reunion is not the highlight of my summer.

So, you’re saying we have a killer rhythm section, right?   Cool.  I think I missed that in my careful study of HIOQI issues #3 and #4.  See ya at Fucked Up!

(hat tip: flux-rad, for the link, and for the slightly incoherent props for “refusing neo-classical economic models of sustenance.” Hell, yeah, we did!  Jeez, Louise.)

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Next Dan Brown Book Cover Revealed. Just Shoot Me Now, Okay?


The cover has been revealed for the next book by Dan Brown, the author of “The Da Vinci Code,” a somewhat popular conspiracy thriller you might have heard of a while back.

This takes me back to Geoffrey Pullum’s hilarious posts in Language Log about how painful reading Brown’s prose can be:

Well, actually, there is someone else around, but we only learn that three paragraphs down, after “a thundering iron gate” has fallen (by the way, it’s the fall that makes a thundering noise: there’s no such thing as a thundering gate). “The curator” (his profession is now named a second time in case you missed it) “…crawled out from under the canvas and scanned the cavernous space for someplace to hide” (the colloquial American “someplace” seems very odd here as compared with standard “somewhere”). Then:

Only fifteen feet away, outside the sealed gate, the mountainous silhouette of his attacker stared through the iron bars. He was broad and tall, with ghost-pale skin and thinning white hair. His irises were pink with dark red pupils.

On his hands and knees, the curator froze, turning his head slowly.

A voice spoke, chillingly close. “Do not move.”

Just count the infelicities here. A voice doesn’t speak —a person speaks; a voice is what a person speaks with. “Chillingly close” would be right in your ear, whereas this voice is fifteen feet away behind the thundering gate. The curator (do we really need to be told his profession a third time?) cannot slowly turn his head if he has frozen; freezing (as a voluntary human action) means temporarily ceasing all muscular movements. And crucially, a silhouette does not stare! A silhouette is a shadow. If Saunière can see the man’s pale skin, thinning hair, iris color, and red pupils (all at fifteen feet), the man cannot possibly be in silhouette.

Brown’s writing is not just bad; it is staggeringly, clumsily, thoughtlessly, almost ingeniously bad. In some passages scarcely a word or phrase seems to have been carefully selected or compared with alternatives.

The entire post is here, and it has a list of other Language Log posts about Brown’s writing at the bottom:

The Dan Brown Code

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Momma Squirrel vs. Dog

Photos of fierce little momma squirrel by Nanny Baka:

Photo by Nanny Baka

Photo by Nanny Baka

Photo by Nanny Baka

Photo by Nanny Baka

(hat tip: Mike Watt)

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Awww, Putten-Tooties

Cat catches treats.  Yep, that’s what he does.

And while we’re at it, here’s Ninja Cat:

(hat tip: Preacher)

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Joyce's "Ulysses" as a Graphic Novel


Throwaway Horse is producing a web-based graphic novel of “Ulysses.” They’ve only posted the first chapter so far.   I’m very interested to see how this progresses and can’t wait to see the Cyclops episode.

Ulysses “Seen” homepage

Episode 1: Telemachus

(hat tip: Mike Watt)

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Total Eclipse of the Heart

It has to be asked: when did spazzing out qualify as a dance?

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Dangerpuss: "Ghost Clock"

Photo by Patrick Boland

Another song from Dangerpuss:

I ran the bass through a Lexicon MPX 500 and played with the tap delays and octave settings.

Click the link to play a song or right-click and select “Save Link As…” to download: Ghost Clock (7.0 MB MP3)

Click here or the Dangerpuss link at the top of the page for the MP3 archive.

(photo: Patrick Boland)

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The Jesus Lizard Album Reissue Track Listings

Touch & Go Records is going to reissue the Pure EP and the albums Head, Goat, Liar, and Down on September 22, 2009.  These records have been remastered and sound noticeably better than the original releases.  All of the albums will include songs from the 7″ singles  and other rarities as bonus tracks.  Here are the track listings:

Pure EP (comes with Head CD or available as a separate vinyl EP):


1. “Blockbuster”
2. “Bloody Mary”
3. “Rabid Pigs”
4. “Starlet”
5. “Happy Bunny Goes Fluff-Fluff Along”
6. “Bloody Mary
(live) *



1. “One Evening”
2. “S.D.B.J.”
3. “My Own Urine”
4. “If You Had Lips”
5. “7 vs. 8”
6. “Pastoral”
7. “Waxeater”
8. “Good Thing”
9. “Tight ‘N Shiny”
10. “Killer McHann”
11. “Chrome” *
12. “Killer McHann (live)” *



1. “Then Comes Dudley”
2. “Mouth Breather”
3. “Nub”
4. “Seasick”
5. “Monkey Trick”
6. “Karpis”
7. “South Mouth”
8. “Lady Shoes”
9. “Rodeo in Joliet”
10. “Sunday You Need Love” *
11. “Pop Song” (Amphetamine Reptile compilation track) *
12. “Seasick (live) *
13. “Lady Shoes (live) *
14. “Monkey Trick(live) *


1. “Boilermaker”
2. “Gladiator”
3. “The Art of Self-Defense”
4. “Slave Ship”
5. “Puss”
6. “Whirl”
7. “Rope”
8. “Perk”
9. “Zachariah”
10. “Dancing Naked Ladies”
11. “Wheelchair Epidemic” *
12. “Dancing Naked Ladies(single version) *
13. “Gladiator (Insipid Record 7″) *
14. “Boilermaker (Insipid Record 7″) *


1. “Fly on the Wall”
2. “Mistletoe”
3. “Countless Backs of Sad Losers”
4. “Queen for a Day”
5. “The Associate”
6. “Destroy Before Reading”
7. “Low Rider”
8. “50¢ ”
9. “American BB”
10. “Horse”
11. “Din”
12. “Elegy”
13. “The Best Parts”
14. “White Hole” *
15. “Glamorous” *
16. “Deaf as a Bat” *
17. “Panic in Cicero” (Clerks soundtrack) *

* bonus track

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