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Linkdown: 6/30/10 by Barbecue Bros

Interview with Louis C.K., whose show “Louie” debuted last night on FX; here’s a recap

– Andy Serkis (Planet of the Apes, King Kong) cast as Caesar in the Planet of the Apes prequel

– Here’s the Interpol album art and tracklist

A guest list with Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker

My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel is releasing his debut album August 21 via ATO Records

– Alan Sepinwall has some thoughts on who could replace Steve Carell in “The Office”

– “Big Brother 12” starts its season on July 8; here is the cast

– Some of the Twitter battles that resulted from the announcement of Pitchfork’s Altered Zones blog collective (coming 7/7/10)



Photos: My Morning Jacket, 4/30/10 by Barbecue Bros
May 4, 2010, 3:57 pm
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My Morning Jacket @ Koka Booth Ampitheatre, 4/30/10, originally uploaded by twoguns.

My Morning Jacket
4/30/10
Koka Booth Ampitheatre, Cary, NC

Hilariously, Jim James kept referring to the venue as “Cocoa Booth” and riffing on the it being the birthplace of chocolate. We eventually got a great spot in the general admission pit and thankfully the battery for my Canon S90 didn’t crap out until the end of the show, despite the battery indicator flashing 5 minutes into the show.  Overall, I was really happy with the shots I was able to get.

More photos from the show:

More photos can be found in my Concerts 2010 Flickr set

Next up: Possibly Free Energy and The Miniature Tigers at Snug Harbor on 6/2 but if not, then Bonnaroo 2010(!!) from 6/10-6/13



Music Video: My Morning Jacket – “One Big Holiday” by Barbecue Bros
April 30, 2010, 2:48 pm
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From the Okonokos dvd. So pumped. Leaving in about 30 minutes to see these guys in Cary. Hoping for a sweet tailgate and an epic show.



Music Video: The Ravenna Colt – “Now to Begin” (Live at Zanzabar) by Barbecue Bros
April 15, 2010, 3:17 pm
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The Ravenna Colt is the new project by former My Morning Jacket rhythm guitarist and engineer Johnny Quaid and they are signed to Jim James’ Removodar record label. I am excited to check these guys out tonight at The Evening Muse with Roman Candle. This video was taken in Louisville, KY on 2/19/10.



Top 5: My favorite albums from 2005 by Barbecue Bros
October 2, 2009, 10:08 am
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Since this is officially the last year of “the oughts” or “the oh-oh’s” or whatever you want to call it, that means only one thing: we now need to figure out what we call the next decade (the teens, I guess?). It also means I need to figure out my top 50 or 100 or whatever albums of this decade.

Trying to keep the momentum going (2 weeks in a row!), I continue this week with 2005.


1. The National Alligator (Beggars Banquet) – This catapulted The National into one of my favorite bands, when they had just previously been a “band I dig.” Matt Berninger really started to hit his stride lyrically on this one, taking desolate and lonely moments and making them seem somehow cathartic and romantic. And the rhythm section continued its development into the most underrated part of the band. This is really an album where any of the songs could be a favorite song on the album, depending on which of your friends you talk to.


2. My Morning Jacket – Z (ATO) – I’ll admit it, I was not prepared upon my first listen of Z. Just look at the first three tracks: I wasn’t prepared for the wordless chorus in, uh, “Wordless Chorus”; I wasn’t prepared for the faux R&B in the Prince-y named “It Beats 4 U”; and I certainly wasn’t prepared for the spacey “Gideon.” And while there are moments of the “old My Morning Jacket” mixed in (“What a Wonderful Man” “Anytime”, “Lay Low”), this is where they really began a new, exciting direction as a band (which they explored further on Evil Urges).


3. Spoon – Gimme Fiction (Merge) – Spoon has my vote for most consistent band of the decade. Since 2001’s Girls Can Tell, we can expect an extremely solid album every 2 years from the band (though this one took closer to 3). The band moved back away from their minimalist production on Kill the Moonlight to a more lush, full sound. Highlights are “I Turn My Camera On” and “I Summon You.”


4. Eluvium – Talk Amongst the Trees (Temporary Residence) – A beautiful ambient album from Portland’s Matthew Cooper, perfect for nights when you shouldn’t be up as late as you are.


5. M.I.A. – Arular (XL) – A few years before “Paper Planes” brought her into the mainstream, M.I.A. released an album which I consider to be better than Kala, from where “Paper Planes” hails. In 2005 it sounded fresh and bizarre and awesome, mixing dancehall, dub, reggae, electro, rap and so much more. Basically, its an aural representation of the cover art (or perhaps its vice versa).

Others receiving votes: Broken Social Scene – s/t (Arts and Crafts), Ryan Adams and the Cardinals – Jacksonville City Nights (Lost Highway), Sigur Ros – Takk… (Geffen), Kings of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak (RCA)



Top 5: My favorite albums from 2003 by Barbecue Bros
August 28, 2009, 1:03 pm
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Since this is officially the last year of “the oughts” or “the oh-oh’s” or whatever you want to call it, that means only one thing: we now need to figure out what we call the next decade (the teens, I guess?). It also means I need to figure out my top 50 or 100 or whatever albums of this decade.

After taking last week off, I look back to 2003 where I seemingly started to branch out a little bit more as evidenced by the albums in my top 5.


1. Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (La Face) – It’s sad to me that there hasn’t been a proper Outkast album since 2003. I’m still excited to see where they go next.


2. Adam C. Forkner – [[[[VVRRSNN]]]] (K) – A wonderful, underrated gem of pop, electronic and dance music.


3. My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves (ATO) – Actually my gateway album to My Morning Jacket, and while I do enjoy the direction the band has taken since this album, I miss the reverb-soaked, Southern rock music they made for their first three albums.


4. Lightning Bolt – Wonderful Rainbow (Load) – The album that introduced me into noise music.


5. Cornelius – Point (Matador) – Not quite the cartoony mash-up of his awesome album Fantasma. A more organic, mature follow up.

Others receiving votes: cLOUDDEAD – Ten (Mush), Gregor Samsa – 27:36 (Iodine), Drive-By Truckers – Decoration Day (New West)



Top 5: My favorite albums of 2001 by Barbecue Bros

Since this is officially the last year of “the oughts” or “the oh-oh’s” or whatever you want to call it, that means only one thing: we now need to figure out what we call the next decade (the teens, I guess?). It also means I need to figure out my top 50 or 100 or whatever albums of this decade.

I continue this week with the year 2001, obviously a weird year in history but one with a ton of quality albums with a chance to make my top 100 of the decade.


1. My Morning Jacket – At Dawn (Darla) – Unfortunately, I didn’t hear this album until after the year 2001. But since then, My Morning Jacket has become one of my favorite bands, both live and on record. And this is probably my favorite album of theirs, with my favorite My Morning Jacket song, “Phone Went West.”


2. Low – Things We Lost in the Fire (Kranky) – At the time, this was my favorite album of 2001. Low has dropped off my radar for the most part due to sub par followups (at least for me), but this is their crowning achievement in my eyes. A haunting and gorgeous slowcore album that forgoes some of the lengthy compositions found in earlier albums for more focused songwriting.


3. The Strokes – Is This It (RCA) – One of the coolest debuts since I’ve been paying attention to music. It had the undeniably catchy songs – “The Modern Age,” “Some Day,” “Last Nite,” “Hard to Explain” – and the cool influences – Television, The Velvet Underground and The Stooges – to go along with the flash and swagger of the band.


4. Papa M – Whatever, Mortal (Drag City) – A moody, sparse folk album from the ex-Slint member who had moved from instrumental pieces towards folk since leaving Tortoise. I think its amazing and simple, and Allmusic has this to say: “But Whatever, Mortal is nothing less than one of the defining folk albums of its decade, worthy to be placed beside Van Morrison‘s Astral Weeks, Cohen‘s Songs From a Room, and Bob Dylan‘s later work like Time out of Mind and Love and Theft.”


5. Explosions in the Sky – Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever (Temporary Residence) – Remember how I said I loved post-rock in college? This album only deepened that love with an even more bombastic sound than Godspeed You Black Emperor or Giardini di Miro. Now whenever I hear “Greet Death” I am taken back to listening to this album for the first time and am blown away every time.

Others receiving votes: The Dismemberment Plan – Change (DeSoto), Lift to Experience – The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads (Bella Union), The Shins – Oh, Inverted World (Sub Pop), The White Stripes – White Blood Cells (Sympathy for the Record Industry), The Beta Band – Hot Shots II (Astralwerks)