First things first, last night I swung into Pittsburgh after my classes had finished and saw The Books (with Lymbc System, and there's not much more to be said about them then they seemed kind of interesting and were polite) at my new favorite venue, the Warhol. which makes me sound awful douchey but WHATEV. The Books were pretty good! not like, a band I could ever become fanatical about, but I appreciate them and enjoy them ("Be Good to Them Always," "Enjoy Your Worries You May Never Have Them Again"). Glad I at least got the opportunity to watch them. They put on one hell of a visually-rich live show. They played their guitar and cello in front of a collage of constantly-changing film. Didn't expect that at all so it was cool. Kept things very interesting, otherwise I'm sure I would have gotten bored after a while. But yeah. Good! They played some stuff of their new album, which will be out next year. And I was a little drunk so I started falling asleep during one of the songs. what can I say! they were relaxing! that's a good thing!
Then, tomorrow, in Cleveland, I am seeing Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche! which I didn't expect at all but tickets are cheap and there's a few people interested in going with me. his new album, Heartbeat Radio, just came out and although I haven't liked some of the past things he's worked on, I feel like it's a callback to his roots on Faces Down (favorite Sondre album!) and Two Way Monologue. Tickets are $13 and it's at the Beachland. there's a good track-by-track review of the album up at my dear friend Wenli's blog, the Grill. check it out!
And, come October 2 in Buffalo, I will be seeing Matt & Kim! craziness. not exactly a huge fan but what I've heard has been good, so. I know you care SO much.
It was just announced that in Erie that Train (UGH) will play at the Warner on November 7th with Pittsburgh band the Clarks opening. UGH. I am just including this. I hate them. no! no bias! never!
Lastly, Spiderman 4 is coming out next May. I know, I know.
coming soon (for me at least): Annie, Sally Shapiro, a late summer/early fall (you can feel it now!) playlist....other things....