Major Matt asks Dibson T. Hoffweiler (Dibs, Urban Barnyard, Old Hat) 5 questions (#8)


1. How did we meet?
In 2002, I went to the Sidewalk Cafe to see The Babyskins and Barry Bliss, whom I had seen open for the Moldy Peaches at the Bowery Ballroom. I thought I needed to be there for the whole night, so I showed up at 7:30 and saw some guy play some songs. Over the weeks, I came to learn he's the one who runs Olive Juice Music.

Being the young, motivated self I wasn't, I talked to Matt about interning in his studio. At the time I wanted to learn more about recording, and I thought that doing some work with Matt would be a good way to do that. Matt had me over for a recording session with Karen Hancock/Knot Pinebox. I realized that I wanted to learn about recording, but I had few projects to apply those learnings to. I never followed up. Read more »

The Rise and Fall of The Christian Pirate Puppets


It saddens me to report that everyone's fourth favorite Toby Goodshank side-project, The Christian Pirate Puppets, is going on an hiatus of undetermined length. Yes, my friends, Camelot is no more. Read more »

4 Days with The Vaselines


Just a little blog recap of my recent experience with Schwervon! opening up for The Vaselines on the last 4 dates of their recent North American Tour from October 28th to the 31st.
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4 Read more »

Playing in NY for the first time (on tour from Canada)


Hey everyone,
My name is Chloe and I am on tour of the North East with my bassist. We are from Canada and this will be our first time playing in NY, thus we do not know many people and are trying to find some people who might be interested in what we do. Since we are playing at the Sidewalk I thought you may be interested.

Our shows are:
Nov 3rd, Banjo Jims, 11pm, Manhattan, NY
Nov 4th, Hello Goodbye Blue Monday, 9:30pm, Brooklyn, NY
Nov 7th, Sidewalk Cafe, 9pm, Manhattan, NY

Would love to meet some NY people.
Hope to see someone there!

Major Matt asks Angela Carlucci (Baby Skins, Double Deuce, Little Cobweb) 5 questions (#7)


1. How did we meet?
We met at the Sidewalk Cafe, of course! I think it was in 2001. I had been listening to "Me Me Me" way before I even met you. Toby (my brother) gave it to me because he thought I would like it. And I did! I didn't really know anyone when I first moved to New York, and being very shy, it took me a long time to make friends that I felt like I could hang out with. So everyday after work at The Museum of Natural History, I used to just walk around the city until I either started to get hungry, or until I tired myself out. I remember listening to that album on a lot on my epic three-hour walks! Now when I revisit that album, it brings back lots of good memories! Walking and observing is still one of my favorite things to do here

2. 3 things that make you happy?
a.) To give love and to be loved in return. So, sharing love!
b.) Making the people that I care about laugh.
c.) Either dancing so hard that I sweat, or slow dancing in my apartment.

3. 3 things that make you sad? Read more »

John Peel (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004)


PeelSessions_90x90.jpg My first exposure to John Peel were those odd looking records, usually in the bargan bin, with all the writing on them, at my local independent record store back in a suburb of Kansas City, KS in the late 80's. They confused me as a kid and, to be honest, I typically steered clear of them. It wasn't until many years later that I understood the significance of these records and the man behind them. In all the interviews I've seen or read of John Peel he was a man that oozed genuineness. His love and respect for not just the music but the cultural importance of the music for my generation and beyond is unparalleled. And I'm a bit embarrassed to say, even years after his death, I'm still discovering the immense influence his work has had on me. Better late than never I guess. Read more »

Nov. 2nd is Election Day!


It's mid term election time. The AARP has an excellent online tool to find out about elections that relate to you most directly and the great thing is you don't have to be retired to use it.: I found this to be a really great resource for getting a bit of info about the candidates. You can even build your own ballot, print it out, or have it sent to you by email, and take it with you to the voting booth.

Here's a couple of other links that can be really helpful in finding more info about the elections like polling hours and the closest polling center near you:

Edinburgh Man Podcast Double Bill


I was a bit lax last week so this is a double bill of podcast goodness with recent (and not so recent) releases from the world of indie music.

Last week's show included ruminations about suicide (of all things), a new single from Deerhoof, an instrumental track by OJ artist Vincent Nifigance, and a great collaboration from Animal Magic Tricks, King Creosote and Meursault on Edinburgh's Song By Toad records.
Listen to Episode 30

This week's show is an indie-pop special. Gordon McIntyre from Edinburgh based Ballboy is organising a Popfest in the city this weekend, so all the tracks on the show are from bands who will be performing over the three days. Darren Hayman, Bearsuit, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names and The Second Hand Marching Band to name just a few. I have a co-host on this show too. Another Gordon... this one is Canadian. So there's a lot of shambling chat to match the shambling pop.
Listen to Episode 31 - Edinburgh Popfest Special

Major Matt asks Barry Bliss 5 questions (#6)


1. How did we meet?
Actually shaking hands and saying hello? I do not recall. First memory of you is you on stage with Lach signing a contract.

2. 3 things that make you happy?
Telling the truth, helping others, and getting rid of something I have that I don't need.

3. 3 things that make you sad?
If I am greedy I am sad. If I am selfish I am sad. If I hide I am sad.

4. What is your favorite color?
To quote an old zen patriarch "Preferences are a sickness of the mind."

5. 3 people who inspire you?
People alive and growing/thriving right now? Heyzeus909 aka Mountain Man. Anton Krupicka. Journalist and Former War Correspondent Chris Hedges.

Linda Draper To Perform @ CMJ Tue. Oct. 19 @ Knitting Factory, 6 PM! Free Special CD's for the first 20 People!



I am so incredibly stoked to be sharing this news with you: I will be performing in CMJ on Tue. Oct. 19 at 6 PM!!!

This will be part of the SINISTER FOXY Showcase at KNITTING FACTORY (361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211)

And...I'll be joined by Scott Fragala on Bass and Eric Puente on Drums!

Here's a sneak peek of a couple songs we will be performing:

SLEEPWALKERS - Performed at WEBSTER HALL in July 2010 (Eric Puente on drums, Scott Fragala on Bass) Read more »

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