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Man, this fucks! I just checked MySpace, and found this message in my inbox from the other day:

Jfly -

Sadly after such a short run - Mariah is moving to England to get married by the end of the summer, so thus endeth The Shortcuts as we know it.

As one of the few awesome folks who appreciated us -- and better yet suppported us out loud! -- outside of the Twin Cities, send me your snail mail address and we'll send y'all a CD of our second (and last?) effort! Thank you for you taking notice of the Mpls scene.

Cheers and thanks! Monet and the rest of The Shortcuts

That totally blows. I really dug their self-titled CD, and was hoping they'd make a more national tour- or at least a northeast tour- happen, but alas! Totally cool that they're sending me some music, though!

If you never checked them out, do it, why don't ya? They played some exceedingly fun pop-punk.

Maybe I should take a trip out to Minneapolis... :P

Tunes: Frank Turner - Substitute

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Two things:

First, I finally sat down and actually listened to Frank Turner, former singer for British hardcore band Million Dead turned singer-songwriter. His latest album, Love Ire & Song is goddamned awesome. Please don't be like me and continue to miss out on this wonderful album. Go. Listen now.

Second, the Suburban Home Records Tour is kicking off at the end of July. Dates are here. On 8/17, Austin Lucas will be hitting the Middle East upstairs with Jon Snodgrass (Drag the River) and Two Cow Garage. Come on down! These guys are doing some of the best underground alt-country out there. Austin's Somebody Loves You LP is one of my favorite albums of the year.

AND TO TIE IT ALL TOGETHER: I also got in the mail today Suburban Home's 8th Under the Influence 7", featuring Frank Turner covering Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road," and Austin Lucas tackling Dolly Parton's "To Daddy." It rules.

Tunes: Frank Turner - Thunder Road

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I will start off this Monday morning with a kitten. ZOMG.

After seeing an ad for it in the latest Razorcake, I picked up Side B: The Music Lover's Comic Anthology at Newbury Comics. It's pretty great! It features a several page comic by Mitch Clem (rainofbastards) depicting his interpretation of the Mr. T Experience's song "Checkers Speech," along with comics by Jim Mahfood (GRRL Scouts, "Stupid Comics," the Clerks comic books, etc.), Megan Rose Gedris (Yu+Me, Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space), and many others. I recommend checking it out.

Tony, from the Boston Jolly Pirates, hooked us up with a leak of the new Big D and the Kids Table album, Fluent in Stroll, recently. It's... different. A lot different. They had said at some point that the new album would be similar to their Shot by Lammi split full-length, but I don't know what they're talking about. Maybe it was opposite day at the time. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. Their live show is going to be interesting. They really seem to be moving away from the ska-punk sound that dominated their early (read: pre-Strictly Rude) albums. Which is a bummer, since they don't do the Westbound Train thing all that well.

Tunes: MTX - Book of Revelation

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First, the Amanda Palmer show was so freaking good. Great, intimate setting; a fairly new recording studio on Mass Ave toward the Alewife Brook Parkway. She had the Army of Broken Toys opening, and they were cool. She took requests, played some new songs, and answered questions from the crowd. All in all, really great show. Crappy pictures are here!

Second, someone from the Bosstones forum just posted this video: The Bosstones performing their cover of Slapshot's "What's At Stake" from last year's Hometown Throwdown 11, with Choke (Slapshot's vocalist). Observe Choke bleeding from the head, due to an accident involving a mic stand during his own band's opening set.

Tunes: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - What's At Stake (live, feat. Choke)

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Most effective promo ever:

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Some shows you should know about:

The Phenomenauts, The Re-Volts
Middle East (upstairs)
18+ $9adv/$10door


The Pet Shop Boys
House of Blues

Shows that you don't care about (but should): Read more...Collapse )

Go see some live music.

Tunes: Dead to Me - Special Professional

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Apple keynote gets going in about 15 minutes, folks.

Engadget will be liveblogging, as usual. Check it here.

Tunes: Bruce Springsteen - Backstreets

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Hi kids!

Last night I saw Lemuria at Great Scott. Jeff was supposed to come, but got so involved in his personal statement, he failed. Alas!
At any rate, the show was good. I didn't watch the first band, Bread & Roses. The second band, Movers & Shakers, were fun. I kinda wish I had bought their album. Alas! The Serious Geniuses continue to be better live than recorded, but are still pretty meh. They always remind me of a cut-rate version of a band I like better; last night, I felt comparisons to the Menzingers, for some reason. (btw, the Menzingers' A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology is awesome. Check it out)
Finally, Lemuria took the stage. There was a part of the crowd who really didn't appreciate the more rambunctious members of the audience bumping into their with their excited dancing. To those lame-os, I say suck it! The band put on a great, energetic show that seemed to favor their older (non-Get Better) material. Though I was sad to not hear "Origamists, Too." They rocked our faces clean off with "In a World of Ghosts..." and "Beespit." Like just about everyone else there, I have a crush on Sheena Ozzella.

While looking up that link, I saw the banner for this site on Mitch's site: Punkmatch.com, a dating site for punks.

Tunes: The Ergs! - See Him Again

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I trust you have all seen this, the opening cinematic to The Beatles: Rock Band?

If not, GET TO IT.
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Today in the mail, I got a split 7" from Brickfight and Shang-A-Lang, on Facepalm Records. This was in the box with it:

Backstage Pass

Pretty sweet, amirite?

Strung Out kind of rule. I'm sad I'm not seeing them tonight.

Tunes: Strung Out - Alone

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Holy shit. RiotFest announced some of the bands playing this year's fest:







and MORE.

I'd pretty much assumed that I would never in my life get a shot at seeing Screeching Weasel live. I will not miss this. I am going back to Chicago. Goddamn yes!


Tunes: Screeching Weasel - Peter Brady

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They're remaking The Secret of Monkey Island, one of the best PC games ever. They're not changing the plot or anything, just the UI and graphics, it seems. Check the trailer here. I think this looks fantastic.

Speaking of remakes, on July 22nd, Ubisoft is dropping Turtles in Time Re-shelled on the Xbox Live Arcade. The game is (obviously) a remake of the classic SNES game, TMNT: Turtles in Time. Some screenshots are available over at Epic Battle Axe. The 3D is cool, though I would have preferred just a 2D HD update, a la Super Street Fighter 2 HD Remix that Capcom put out on the XBLA last year.

Speaking of the Xbox, one of the things Microsoft announced at E3 was Twitter and Facebook integration on their popular gaming console. Maybe if I were cool enough to own the Xbox 360 keyboard attachment, that would seem cool. As I'm not, it doesn't.

Universal is making a film based on Where's Waldo?. Hrm.

Tunes: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Cowboy Coffee

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Will any of you see Drag Me to Hell with me?

Tunes: Bad Religion - Hear It

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Man, I'm not a fan of this weather. I had been thinking of having people over for drinks on the porch, but it's too cold and rainy for those sorts of shenanigans.

So Somerville is changing their parking, making all streets resident only, and pushing the meters to 10pm.

So the Nightmare On Elm Street remake is casting for a "tasteful" topless pool party scene. Ladies, line forms to the left!

The Houston Press 16 albums based on literature. I did not expect to see Bad Religion on there! I think it's kind of a stretch to call The Empire Strikes First that based on any piece of literature. There are a couple of Orwell quotes in the liner notes, but that's more because they work with the overall theme of the album.

Tunes: Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First

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This might be the best advertisement ever.
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