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Hey, that’s right about where I was standing. Calling it a medley is a little generous. It sounded like they just kind of played each song to the point where it didn’t know how it went anymore, almost liked they worked them up before the encore. That might sound like a criticism, but it’s not. It came off like a really cool off the cuff tribute, and everyone loved it.

Only band I’ve ever seen give a legitimate encore. As in, they played the planned encore(s), they left the stage, the lights came on, about a 1/3 of the crowd left, and they only came back to play songs because the 2/3 that remained were aching for it. Really nice guys too from the times I’ve met them. Can’t wait for this album.

 0Posted on Jun 6th | re: Is Apple Abandoning The Standard Headphone Jack? (22 comments)

By the time the remove the jack, most people will be using bluetooth headphones anyway, or whatever the next generation of wireless figures to be.

Man, that sucks. I missed them in Chicago a couple weeks ago and was really looking forward to their Pitchfork set.

 0Posted on Apr 24th | re: Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop's B-List (88 comments)

Back of the envelope….

9. Dark Days/Light Years
8. Mwng
7. Love Kraft (though it has arguably my favorite SFA song).
6. Hey Venus!
5. Fuzzy Logic
4. Radiator
3. Phantom Power
2. Rings Around the World
1. Guerrilla

 0Posted on Apr 24th | re: The 10 Best Verve Songs (57 comments)

Not a bad list. Blue and Slide Away are probably my favorite Verve songs. I probably would have found a place on this list for So It Goes as well. Really love the guitar part about half way through that song.

 0Posted on Apr 23rd | re: Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop's B-List (88 comments)

Saw the Longpigs open for Echo and the Bunnymen in San Diego around 1997, and they were pretty good. Really like that first album.

Echobelly has been a long time favorite of mine. I always loved Sonya’s vocal style, and I actually think People Are Expensive may have been their best album. Bums me out that I never got a chance to see them live.

 +1Posted on Apr 23rd | re: Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop's B-List (88 comments)

Seven? I count nine. Fuzzy Logic, Radiator, Guerrilla, Mwng, Rings, Phantom Power, Love Kraft, Hey Venus!, and Dark Days/Light Years. Unless you don’t consider Mwng a real album and didn’t care for the last one, which is defensible.

 +1Posted on Apr 23rd | re: Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop's B-List (88 comments)

Or maybe John Power’s other band, the La’s, who were actually much better than Cast (thanks mostly to Lee Mavers).

 +1Posted on Apr 23rd | re: Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop's B-List (88 comments)

Are they really Brit-Pop? I kind of figured they were of a different era. Though I’d disagree that none of their albums are perfect. I think Rings Around the World is one of the best albums I’ve ever heard. Guerrilla is phenomenal as well, and they did some really great stuff when they started working with Sean O’Hagan (Frequency has probably my favorite string section ever). Really awesome live band as well.

They’re in a completely different class than any of the bands on this list (except maybe Supergrass).