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Bat(man) Out of Hell

October 3, 2009

So I’m sitting here late on a Friday night, trying to put my thoughts together for my regular Saturday post, and I’m ready to take a baseball bat and beat myself senseless.  Have you ever had to try to convince a wide awake two-year-old that sleep is preferable to play?  If not, try convincing your hungry puppy that eating’s not a good idea.  Then you’ll know my pain.

When baby finally goes to sleep sometime after midnight, Mama calls to tell me she wrecked my car on the way to work this afternoon.  “Don’t worry, the damage isn’t too bad,” she tells me.  Yeah, that’s what they all say.  I look at the clock and it’s WAY past my bedtime.  I still have nothing written for this post other than some lame lines about Kanye and Lady GaGa’s “Fame Kills” tour being cancelled this week and how I’m convinced that GaGa has actually eaten Ye, who will now slowly digest for a thousand years.

Then all of the sudden, a ray of light shone down from the heavens and changed my fortunes completely.  Thanks to the boys at Muzzle of Bees, I got to hear a free MP3 from Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson’s new Summer of Fear album.  The track is simply called “The Sound.”  Robinson is a young, tortured soul who currently hails from Brooklyn and who has already worked with members of Grizzly Bear and TV On The Radio in his short career.  I don’t really know what “The Sound” is about other than the opening organ (reminiscent of Supertramp) made me smile and I proceeded to listen to the song about three times in a row.  By the time Mama got home with my wrecked car, I was in a much better humour.  You can download “The Sound” at MOB and improve your life at any time.

Other tidbits from the music world this week include the digital release of Nirvana’s “Scoff”, which was previously restricted to whatever bootleg tapes fans could get their hands on.  Nirvana fans are psyched that Seattle’s Sub Pop records has remastered Bleach, Nirvana’s first album.  Bleach will drop in November.

One might consider Vampire Weekend to be just about as far from Nirvana as a band can get.  But to hear VW frontman Ezra Koenig tell it in an interview with Pitchfork, the boys from Cape Cod are always hard.  Koenig is promoting VW’s new album Contra, which hits in January 2010, and he promises an edgier, punkier sound on the band’s sophomore effort.  Unfortunately, the interview ended abruptly when the interviewer threatened to beat Koenig up and the singer ran away squealing like a pig.

Keep close to your local NPR station Saturday afternoon folks, as two American icons will meet for the first, no second, time as Wilco plays Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.  Yes, you heard it here first, or maybe second, but nonetheless you should be excited.

Lastly, I know this has nothing at all to do with music, but I just can’t help myself.  How many people here liked The Dark Knight?  Most of you, I see.  Well, now you can represent like no other in the official Dark Knight leather motorcycle suit.  You heard me right, gents, now YOU can cruise around in a leather replica of the Batsuit.  Imagine yourself pulling into the Little Sturgis bike rally, blinged out in Batman gear, ready for anything.  Now imagine a bunch of drunk Harley riders kicking your…well let’s just stop there.  Go to this site, watch the video, and be amazed that our wonderful country allows things like this to exist.  Until next time, compadres!

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