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***June Sixteenth Two Thousand and Six***


Firstly, those crazy Japanese have done it again - they've taught crows to play soccer.  But still no flying car?
What kind of bullshit is that?  I want my flying car, my robot maid, and my sterile world full of cold, emotionless
cyborg women.


*** The Rat Traps ***

Punk rock trio from Tennessee came through recently and played with my good friends The Mothballs.  They
were pretty damn great - high energy and all that.  Plus it was an afternoon show, perfectly suited to people too
lazy to go out late, such as myself.  You can listen to them over on their nerdspace page here.  

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Everyone likes free music.

Chuck Berry - Maybellene.  
            It's fucking Chuck Berry, the very original rock-n-roller, what can you say about him?  He made it all pos-
            sible.  Also, he liked to piss on people, so he had that going for him.
Ghostface Killah - Kilo.  
            While the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan has released little of merit in many years, Ghostface continues to churn
            out top-notch hip-hop year after year.  This track is the highlight off of his newest album.
The Eagles of Death Metal - I Want You Soo Hard.  
            This is rock-n-roll the way it was always meant to be.  Just got back from seeing these cats live the other
            night and jesus christmas, do they put on a fantastic show.
The M's - Plan of the Man.  
            This Chicago band could probably be filed in that large manilla folder entitled "Kinks Worshippers", but
            shit you could have worse accusations thrown at you.  Plus they do it quite well.
The Time Flys - Teenage Tears.  
            This cover of the Ly Dells is a slight departure for Oakland's fuzzy punk band The Time Flys, but it's my
            favorite track on the album.  Something about doowop-tinged rock songs sound so very right to me lately
            (see also BBQ).
The Van Pelt - It's a Suffering.
            I'm almost 100% positive I've wrote about the Van Pelt and the Lapse and all those Chris Leo bands, so
            I'm not going to go into much detail other than to say this was one of my favorite songs of theirs, and it
            sounds just as good to me now as it did when I first heard it in the mid-90s.





***June Second Two Thousand and Six***



(Photo of Todd by Andrew Paynter)

Yeah, I got nothing in the way of photos, I've been well lazy, so I poached one of my friend Drew's shots.

...Coupla new photo journal entries if yer bored.  


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10-track minimix of shit I been digging lately...

1.   Aberdeen City - God Is Going To Get Sick Of Me.  
(Radio-friendly indie rock from Boston that surprisingly doesn't suck)

2.   Greg Dulli - Cigarettes.  
(The best track from the solo album of one of my top heroes)

3.   Hey Mercedes - Our Weekend Starts On Wednesday.  
(I loved Braid, this band has a bunch of Braid-ers, you do the math)

4.   Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins - Born Secular.  
(Never liked Rilo Kiley but this album may be in my year-end top 10 it's so great)

5.   Jonathan Richman - Love Me Like I Love.  
(If his wonderful quirkyness catches you in the right mood it's the best music in the world)

6.   The National - Lit Up.  
(medicore album, but this and Mr. November are two of the best songs ever)

7.   The Black Crowes - Sometimes Salvation.  
(Despite how well known they are I still say the Crowes have never been fully appreciated)

8.   The Embrooks - You've Been Unfair.  
(Kinks worship has never been so right)

9.   The Warlocks - It's Just Like Surgery.
(I wish this whole album was as unbelievable as this track)

10. Trans Am - Carboforce.  
(The best song on their 2nd record - the first three albums are all perfect)




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