Monday, January 31, 2005

The Bravery - Better Photos

Sam Endicott Singing 2
Originally uploaded by Minimalist.
Amy Salzman was kind enough to email me some much better photos of The Bravery from the January 29, 2005 concert at Northsix in Brooklyn. I might have taken this photo, or it might have been the tall guy standing next to us. Or Amy might have taken it. Who cares... it is much better than the crappy one below.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Brouwerij 't IJ

Brouwerij 't IJ
Originally uploaded by Minimalist.
One more from the archives... The charter members of the Secret Order of the Narwhal at Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam in February 2002. I believe that this was the first of several visits in less than a week.

Smoking No! Nosepicking Yes!

Smoking No! Nosepicking Yes!
Originally uploaded by Minimalist.
I've decided to upload some of my favorite pictures to flickr and now I'm in a photoblogging mood.

This is a pictogram from a German train. It seems that smoking is verboten but nosepicking is okay. Or at least that's one interpretation

The Bravery @ Northsix

The Bravery
Originally uploaded by Minimalist.
Saw The Bravery last night at Northsix in Brooklyn. I do believe they are the "Real Deal". Unfortunately, the pix I took suck as I forgot to bring in the digital camera and was forced to use my Palm Zire 71 which takes shit pictures in low light. Fortunately Amy Salzman was with us and had a good camera. Once she emails them to me I'll put them up here.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Best New Music of 2005

I intend to post my list of best music and best concerts of 2004 but have not yet had the time to put together a truly thoughtful list. In the meantime I've found two really cool bands that deserve to be huge.

First is Bloc Party. I've been hearing a buzz about these guys for several months in the UK music press and caught their video for "Banquet" on MTV2's Subterranean. Snatch the following tracks:

The Answer
Banquet (Phones Disco Edit)
Staying Fat

Or stream videos of Banquet (Windows Media) or Little Thoughts (Real Player).

Too lazy to download? Well, they sound a bit like Gang of Four crossed with Joy Division, punked up. Unfortunately Bloc Party does not have any announced dates in the US yet. But their album Silent Alarm comes out on March 22, 2005 so keep your ears open for tour announcements.

So I'm looking for more info on Bloc Party and I come across this BBC article, Sound of 2005, where they asked critics to predict the top music acts of 2005. Well, they were pretty successful in 2004 in tapping Keane and Franz Ferdinand. Anyhow, Bloc Party is only listed at number 2. The act tipped at number one is The Bravery. Even though they're from NYC, somehow these guys flew totally under my radar but damn if they aren't good. Think Strokes crossed with Interpol. Stream their music at their website.

And The Bravery is playing Brooklyn's Northsix on Saturday, January 29, 2005 and as I post this, tickets are still available!

It looks like they might also be opening for Ash in a few months time.

Time to start my Best of 2005 list right now....

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Union Solidarity

Vito and Norman
Originally uploaded by Minimalist.
At least he's smiling....

Para el control de la enfermedad!

Stop the Spread of Disease
Originally uploaded by Minimalist.
Came across this sign today in the restroom of a Panera Bread. What disease(s) are they trying to control??? And, more importantly, why are spanish speakers being told to wash but not told why? I'm glad I've finally been taught why I'm supposed to wash... I always thought it was to make my hands smell like flowers....

Sunday, January 02, 2005

iTunes Playlist

Want to know what music Joe and Shelly are listening to right now? Go here to find out.


Deadly tsunamis in S.E. Asia ..... 62˚F in North Jersey on New Year's Day??? I do believe the end is nigh....