Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Sonic Parthenon Show: Episode 4 - “All My Friends, Acquaintances, and People I’ve Been Drunk In Front of”

SPS 04 – “All My Friends, Acquaintances, and People I’ve Been Drunk In Front of”


“All My Friends” by Amos Lee
“All My Friends” by LCD Soundsystem
“All My Friends” by the Dirtbombs
“All My Friends” by the XYZ Affair

Set 1
“Lo-Cal So Cal” by Cell’r Dwellr’z
“Friends” by Ween
“Impossible One” by the Yarrows
“Friends “ by Led Zeppelin
“Public Enemy No 1” by Motley Crue

Set 2
“Chop Chop” by Shwa Losben
“Flowers” by Bryan Dunn
“Just Saying” by the Hold Steady
“Sara with no H” by Andy Mac
“Until You’re Mine” by Alec Gross

Set 3
“Gates of the Old City” by Looker
“Like Sexy Dynamite” by the Orion Experience
“Absolutely Clear” by Action Painters
“Sleepy Jane” by Wormburner
“Page Six Junkie” by the Violets

Set 4
“We’re Going to be Friends” by the White Stripes
“What This Town Needs” by Blanche
“Be Like Normal” by the Sights
“Jumpy” by the Paybacks
“See and Be Scene” by the Hard Lessons

Set 5
“Don’t Turn Me Up” by Miss Alex White & the Red Orchestra
“There’s An End” by Holly Golightly & The Greenhornes
“Broken Boy Solider” by the Raconteurs
“FKS” by the Come Ons
“Stupid” by the Dirtbombs

Set 6
“Does This Mean You’re Moving On?” by the Airborne Toxic Event
“Ammunition” by the Blacks
“Move in Tight” by the Love Me Nots
“Aspidistra” by Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
“One, Two, Three, Me” by Mondo Topless

“Destruction” by the Willowz

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Sonic Parthenon Show: Episode 3 – “Bands A-Z, Volume 1”

The Sonic Parthenon Show: Episode 3 – “Bands A-Z, Volume 1”

“ABC” by The Pipettes
“Month of May” by Arcade Fire

Set 1
“Tornado Love” by Blacktop
“Hey Lloyd, I’m Ready to be Heartbroken” by Camera Obscura
“Been There All the Time” by Dinosaur Jr
“She’s White” by Electric Six

Set 2
“Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon” by Flogging Molly
“Great Expectations” by the Gaslight Anthem
“Outside Chance” by Heavy Trash
“Norman Bleik” by I Was A King

Set 3
“Darklands” by Jesus and Mary Chain
“Shake Real Low” by King Khan & BBQ Show
“Once and Never Again” by the Long Blondes
“Brother” by Murder By Death

Set 4
“True Faith” by New Order
“Our Life Is Not Like a Movie but Maybe” by Okkervil River
“Wave of Mutliation” by Pixies
“Mama we’re All Crazy Now” by Quiet Riot

Set 5
“Alex Chilton” by the Replacements
“Under Cover of Darkness” by the Strokes
“Crying” by TV on the Radio
“Don’t Kiss Me Goodbye” by Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle

Set 6
“Waiting for the Man” by the Velvet Underground
“Even If You Don’t” by Ween
“VCR” by the XX
“Hey Mr. Tough” by Yo La Tengo

“Jesus Just Left Chicago” by ZZ Top

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Sonic Parthenon Show: Episode 2 – “Gotham, My Gotham or New York I Love You But…”

The Sonic Parthenon Show: Episode 2 – “Gotham, My Gotham or New York I Love You But…”


“New York Groove” by Ace Frehley
“Talkin’ New York” by Bob Dylan

Set 1
“Miami 2017” by Billy Joel
“People Who Died” by Jim Carroll Band
“Romeo Had Juliette” by Lou Reed
“Miss You” by the Rolling Stones

Set 2
“New York I Love You” by LCD Soundsystem
“New York’s Alright If You Like Saxophones” by Fear
“Caught in New York City” by the Bamboo Kids
“New York City” by the Cult
“New York, New York” by Ryan Adams

Set 3
“New York Girls” by the Mooney Suzuki
“New York City Girls” by Reverend Horton Heat
“New York Girls” by Finbar Furey
“Brooklyn Girls” by Shwa Losben

Set 4
“The Brooklyn Bridge” by Frank Sinatra
“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” by Paul Simon
“Back to Manhattan” by Norah Jones

Set 5
“L.E.S. Artistes” by Santogold
“Avenue B” by Gogol Bordello
“Hotel Chelsea Nights” by Ryan Adams
“53rd & 3rd” by the Ramones
“Across 110th Street” by Bobby Womack

Set 6
“Personality Crisis” by the New York Dolls
“Art Star” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“Alphabet City” by Clare & the Reasons
“So Far Around the Bend” by the National

“Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z
“Why Should I Worry?” by Billy Joel

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

33 Memories of the White Stripes

1. "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground", the second time around, while walking through Center City Philadelphia.

2. Desperately trying to get a ticket to the Hammerstein Ballroom show with Loretta Lynn and some opening act named Blanche and joining an Internet message board in a last ditch effort to get one. And willing to take an Amtrak train to get there too.

3. Going to a Flaming Lips concert on the chance that they would show up, coming from the New York show. I became a fan of the Flaming Lips in the process.

4. Leaving friends behind, racing home in a cab, to catch night 4 on Conan just because I didn't trust the VCR to work.

5. The event of buying Elephant.

6. Finally seeing them for the first time, at Roseland Ballroom, the night Jack cursed out "frat fuckers" for moshing on unwilling people. Also learning that Jack purposefully leaves his guitar feedbacking on the amp to deafen the audience.

6. Jack answering my question regarding the above mentioned "Frat fuckers" - this was the first response to anything I've written and also the last response to be civil.

7. The day "Blue Orchid" came out and I told everyone this was the wrong mp3, this was actually the new Prince record, and really meaning it.

8. Beginning a steady string of internet crushes, bonding over the band, resulting in one lifelong friendship and one nearly 2-year romantic relationship with a married woman that went off the internet and into real life.

9. The endless numbing hours posting excessive comments on the board and having an entire life on there that wound up having almost nothing to do with the band except when things happened and Jack got mad.

10. The tiny-record single and tiny-player fiasco - the first time Jack accused fans of being disloyal.

11. The birth of the Raconteurs and the wristband process to see them at Tower Records - the second time Jack accused fans of being disloyal. A relative's letter.

12. Meeting the born again christian woman, whom I credit myself with converting to atheism, at the first Coney Island concert. Meeting her then-husband and little children. The woman eventually became an atheist celebrity, went on Nightline to fight Kirk Cameron, left that movement behind, and became a porn star. This is all true.

13. Dirtblanche: Two bands whose fan bases extended -in part- in having something to do with the Stripes, who sound nothing alike, who played together one night in Cleveland.

14. Delia

15. The time one of Jack's brothers told me not to bother with trying to be a voice-over actor.

16. That girl with the very weird hair with one of the brothers and...gah.

17. The time I saved Tracee Mae from a pervert who wanted to harass her. That pervert eventually got married to someone and seemed OK.

18. THE video.

19. The scandal of owning that unreleased documentary that included footage of the Bowery Ballroom shows, Jack pissing in the street, and Meg watching porn.

20. "New York Confuses Me"

21. The Irving Plaza Concert Part 1 - the hilarity of the pre-show. New York "It's all good" vs. Midwest Internet Delusions.

22. The Irving Plaza Concert Part 2 - the security guard from the Elvis Costello show who remembered me and was happy to see me.

23. The Irving Plaza Concert Part 3 - the concert itself. Black Jack Davey.

24. The Irving Plaza Concert Part 4 - the alley, after the show. "I know you - asshole."

25. The MSG Show - the ultimate moment of success, only to be upstaged by Nick Cave.

26. Back to wristbandgate: waiting on the line, a woman coming up to me to tell me she is a big fan of mine and the comments I've written on the fan site, and she is glad to just say hello.

27. The night I thought I just happened to come across the Raconteurs playing a fashion show and instead it turned into Jack thinking we were following his van. HEY! Pick a different street to drive! I was trying to get to the subway! Punk.

28. The whole I-only-know-the-Dirtbombs-because-of-them thing.

29. Feeling almost coldly indifferent to the reunion on Conan's last Late Night.

30. After all the success, and all those who got to enjoy the ride, and ironically after my own scoffing - it was just me and the Greenhornes one night in New Jersey. Fitting.

31. When they were on the MTV Awards, and Meg mumbled something, and my sister said "They're weird".

32. The first time Jack referred to himself as president of a corporation, when a dopey Chicago DJ played a record too early.

33. $80 for a .45 7" record - and it would have been at least $250 if the seller hadn't only advertised it as a Dirtbombs single. Clever.

33A: Two Words - Arthur Dottweiler

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