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Friday, April 25, 2008

Big Dipper & Great Plains playing at Southpaw in Brooklyn tonight!

“Faith Healer” from Big Dipper’s Boo-Boo, quite possibly the best EP ever released

Thank god I thumbed through the latest Time Out New York this morning or I wouldn’t have known that two of my favorite indie pop bands of the 80’s, Big Dipper & Great Plains, are playing tonight at Southpaw in Park Slope. Boston’s Big Dipper released their first three exceptionally solid pop masterpieces in the late 80’s on the legendary (and long-gone) Homestead Records label and Merge Records was recently kind enough to re-release all of that out-of-print material and a slew of great bonus material on an insanely cheap 3-disc box set called Supercluster: The Big Dipper Anthology. Columbus, OH’s Great Plains were under-appreciated fractured pop masters, churning out smart n’ snarky clingers like “Letter to a Fanzine” (chorus: “Why do punk rock guys go out with new wave girls?”), “Dick Clark” and “Martin Luther King/Martin Luther Drinking”. Old 3C’s wonderful 2-CD retrospective Length of Growth 1981-89 is unfortunately out-of-print and fetches $99 or more online, but you can obtain a CD-R version of it from the label and apparently MP3 downloads are still available via eMusic and iTunes.

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MORE: Here’s a review of Big Dipper’s show last night at Maxwell’s.

ATTENTION NYC MUSIC FANS: Might as well shoehorn this in here ... Rumproast will be giving away a pair of tix for the May 1st show featuring I’m From Barcelona & Thao Nguyen at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn in the very near future.  If you want to go (or know someone who does), keep an eye on this blog for details.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/25/08 at 02:27 PM
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Carolina Chocolate Drops playing at Celebrate Brooklyn

I know I’m easy, but the fact that this video by the Carolina Chocolate Drops already has 37,000 views on YouTube gives me new faith in humanity. These guys are playing Celebrate Brooklyn on June 26th with the Dixie Hummingbirds. I’ll be there.

(via FREEwillemdafoe)

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/23/08 at 10:32 PM
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Monday, April 21, 2008

The most important thing happening tomorrow will *not* be the Pennsylvania primary

Fuck politics, let’s rock…

The Replacements

Tomorrow Rhino Records will finally release remastered and expanded deluxe editions of the Replacement’s first four Twin/Tone releases: Stink, Hootenany, Let it Be and, my personal favorite, Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash. I still think only one rock band has put out four better studio releases in a row and that’s the Rolling Stones (Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St.). Feel free to point out how completely wrong I am about that in the comments.

FLASHBACK: The Replacements—Live at the 7th Street Entry (1981)

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/21/08 at 05:40 AM
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