2 DC things:
1. I had the jingle from the Jhoon Rhee commercial stuck in my head. Now it's in yours.
2. Go Caps!
Back in college, I discovered Rodan's Rusty sitting in the bin of never-reviewed promo CDs at the newspaper. I recognized the Quarterstick label (which was always a good sign) and had heard their great contribution to the Simple Machines series, which compelled me to take it back to my dorm room and give it a spin. After the quiet introduction of Bible Silver Corner, the jolt of Shiner hit me and by the time Rusty was finished playing things were never quite the same again, musically speaking. Just the other day, I stumbled across a Rodan fansite that had a bunch of live songs for download, which was pretty cool. More importantly, it had their Peel Session, which I had never heard before. Hearing some new music from one of your favorite bands of all time is no small thing, especially when they produced so little recorded music before breaking up. Listening to Before The Train was like uncovering a time capsule full of buried treasure from the mid90s. Seriously, get over there, download the Peel Session and settle in for an incredible flashback.
It's beautiful outside, what are you doing in here?
A friend of mine started up a little project (called Pre-Durst) where he is remembering songs from when he was in high school with little notes like: "This is the first song I listened to after getting dumped for the first time. (It was extra hard for me because her mom was our postwoman. The drama! NO MOM I WILL NOT GET THE MAIL. IT HURTS TOO MUCH.)" It's kind of been cracking me up all day. Start out by reading a story about Smashing Pumpkins, Mesopotamia and humiliation, and then be extremely thankful you're all grown up now.
The Surge is playing at the BC tonight, don't pretend you have something to do, it's Monday night!
A friend has been on a Sonic Youth tear lately, which has lead to me going back and listening to a lot of old SY stuff. I'm not sure what festival this is at, but go watch this great live version of Teenage Riot.
Congratulations to WRCT for making it to 60 years of broadcasting and 35 years on the FM dial without getting kicked off the air by CMU's administration or the FCC! News of this weekend's anniversary party kind of makes me want to drive up to Pittsburgh this weekend, it's been way too long.