the only way to go is underground
Gogol Bordello. Tonite @ the Fine Line. Can you say ka-blamo?
While it's hard to pass up the Animal Collective gig at the Triple Rock (or the Electric Six/VHS or Beta double-bill at First Ave), I can't resist the NYC-based gypsy punks, who put on my favorite show of 2004 at the 7th Street Entry last May. While I've got a lot of sh** to do right now (understatement), it's pretty damn hard to see how I can justify missing this show.
Here's a quieter side of Gogol Bordello, which begins with wily frontman Eugene Hutz strumming his guitar & singing about immigrant peculiarities & other such nonsense. The rest of the band joins in on the fun, but it's a more laid back, folk-like affair. From 2002's Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony LP.
Now this is the wilder side of Gogol Bordello. This Manu Chao cover (produced by Steve Albini) captures just a smidgen of the balls-out energy & decadence of a GB live show, which is damn near guaranteed to leave you breathless after some serious dancing & jumping around. This song is off the recently released East Infection EP, which I posted about last month.
Update: On second thought, I may not end up going. Jeez, this is a toughie.
Those pesky liberal elites out in Princeton, NJ are up to some good. Josh Marshall tipped me off to a student protest by Campus Progress. They have been holding their own filibuster for over two days now at the Frist Campus Center (yup, that Frist) to fight back against the Senate majority leader's "nuclear option" to eliminate the filibuster. You can see what's going on with this live webcam & you can read some more about it at the Princeton Progressive Review, who has sort of been live-blogging the protest.
Our highly unpopular president will be interrupting our pleasant O.C. viewing this evening, so he can yap on about whatever (perhaps his recent man-date). This will be his first nationally televised press conference since last April's debacle, and it will undoubtably be Must-Cringe-TV. Oy.
Think Progress will be live-blogging, debunking Dubya's lies & more lies.
Some people don't think much of President Bush (via the Majority Report).
New New Porn! Pitchfork has the details on Twin Cinema, out August 23rd. Hooray!! BTW: This is worksafe, in case you were unsure about clicking.
And for those of you out there who enjoyed Tuesday's Sufjan Stevens track, another song from the forthcoming Illinois LP leads off the latest Pop77 mix, which has been lovingly assembled as-per-usual. Check it out, whydontya.
ETA: Sean Said The Gramophone, Scott Stereogum & Jen Daily Refill all have more songs from & enthusiastic applause for Illinois. Buzzzzzz...