Something I Doubt Conor Saw

I was just watching the recap of the Yankees/Red Sox game on Sportscenter, and heard the following: "Conor Oberst is to Bright Eyes as Edgar Rentaria is to the Red Sox". If they compare Francona to Mogis I'm gonna freak the fuck out.


Modest Mouse to play the Borgata

The mouse will go to their happy place on June 17th and play a venue with 1,000 seats, their smallest tri-state venue show since their Rolling Stone sponsored show at Bowery last year. The $40 tix guarantee you'll be the only one to yell out "Fakes!" during Trailer Trash, and are on sale here.


iTunes Celebrity Playlist Roundup

195 musicians, actors and writers have been kind enough to give us a glimpse into their musical sensabilities by creating virtual mixtapes on iTunes. Reading them all as I did means wading through tons of gutsy endorsements of Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and Otis Redding. I've catalogued the few nuggets of interest for you and present them in no particular order:

Many Indie Rockers like Hip-Hop.

Fred Durst likes Interpol. Interpol does not like Fred Durst.

Richard Marx finds it "so hard to pick a favorite Aerosmith song". Fifth-Grade me agrees.

Jody Watley, Barry Manilow and Sammy Hagar recommend themselves.

Anita Baker loves Marvin Gaye, hates gay people(is it the extra e?)

My Chemical Romance are huge Pavement fans.

Kanye West wanted to mix his album like the Strokes, called "Seven-Nation Army" all black people's favorite white song, and said he can't wait to see Franz Ferdinand live. Quick someone make him a mix that will ruin popular music for him.

Ed Norton's list is just two complete albums and then a 2,000 word essay about them(read:douchebag).

Mischa Barton likes Moon & Antarctica!!!

When an actor tells their agent that they want to be a rock star, the agent's response is "Make an iTunes Playlist!" (see Russell Crowe, Minnie Driver, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr. and, say it with me, Kevin Bacon)

Liz Phair & John Cusack did a combo list because he desperately wants to be known as a music snob, and she wants to fuck any celebrity until their dick is blue.

Avril Lavigne likes to "get drunk and mosh" to Nirvana's "Rape Me".

DJ Mark Ronson's list is the only one with an interesting concept: an old school hip-hop song, followed by the contemporary song that sampled it.

Danny Masterson(That 70's Show) prefers to be called DJ Donkeypizzle and claims to be totally indie-fied even though he uttered the most un-indie statement ever in Spin: "Scientology really helped me stop being introverted in large crowds."

The best lists for my ninety-nine cents are by: Jesse Harris, Nick Hornby, Flaming Lips, Pedro the Lion and Mouse.

Worst go to Tom Brady, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez(7 songs and Maroon 5 made the cut?), Jennifer Garner(who I think just submitted a Now That's What I Call Music tracklist)

Classical Musicians want nothing to do with this.


Song of the Summer

Okay, I think last year the entire country agreed it was "Float on" as Isaac Brock made back all the money that fake Jamaican stole from him.

Year before that, a lot of people gave it to "Me and Giuliani down by the schoolyard" and who am I to argue with !!! fans.

So the criteria seems to be a mid-spring release, possibly a leak, that is perfect for either a backyard bbq at 3PM or a sweaty dancefloor at 3AM, and may eventually be graced with a cover by the Kidz Bop crew.

If it had been released this week instead of two months ago, Belle & Sebastian's "Your Cover's Blown" would have cleaned some clocks. It's a ridiculously danceable and catchy apology for their last album.

So the only song that fits the bill for me right now would have to be "Baby C'mon"(hold down option to download on macs) by Stephen Malkmus for it's swelling garage-iness, SM's return-to-form shoutiness, and the lyrics "Give it to me, Timmy, I'm out here on a limby. Baby C'mon!"

Seriously Timmy, just give it to him.