For the record, though, this Tuesday night is promising: Metal Hearts and A Featherweight Burden open for the utterly dull Say Hi To Your Mom at Emo's. Wednesday, naturally, we'll be at the Chain Drive to
Later in the week you might be forgiven if you think it's 1995 or something -- Bettie Serveert plays La Zona Rosa and KMFDM is at outside at Emo's on Thursday; Built To Spill is at Stubb's Friday and The Pet Shop Boys are at the Backyard Saturday. Naturally, we'll probably be seeing LA's own glam trash former (?) junkie hooker Mickey Avalon in Emo's lounge on Friday. But, if you're a music blog reading-type, I suppose you might be more interested to know that current buzzters and coffehouse indie superstardom contenders Oakley Hall (along with Brothers and Sisters, Li'l Cap'n Travis, and Pink Nasty) are at Emo's Friday; Saturday's a cointoss between Ladytron and CSS at Stubbs, and Emo's hostst the NYC power combo of comedians Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and Todd Barry on the outside stage and spazz-rockers Thunderbirds Are Now! (with Rescue, Prom Nite, and The Always Already) inside.
So, plenty to do this week -- meanwhile, all we care about is the opening of Marie Antoinette. The soundtrack (released last Tuesday, but good luck finding one at Waterloo -- looks like someone didn't order enough...) scored our errand-running activities around town this weekend -- with the playlist compressed to fit the two discs on one burned CD (I nipped out the bits of quiet score), it's just about the best mix ever -- the kind given with a wink and a blush from a knowing older sister. Be sure to snag our fave hidden gems from Sofia's movie playlist below.
In HIGH DEMAND today:
Windsor For The Derby -- The Melody of a Fallen Tree. (From the Marie Antoinette soundtrack.) WFTD was one of Austin's most unassuming and constantly morphing bands -- until they moved away, that is. (Does anyone know if they're still based in Philly?) WFTD excel at creating pretty and sometimes bombastic post-rock loveliness. This song was originally on 2004's We Fight Til Death (aka the first record without I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness frontman Christian Goyer) -- it's 8 minutes of unbelievably gorgeous pastoral rock. Secretly Canadian's re-released two of the band's mid-90's efforts, Calm Hades Float and Minnie Greutzfeldt this year, complete with new art and bonus tracks. Highly recommended. (site)
The Radio Dep't -- Keen On Boys. (From the Marie Antoinette soundtrack) Buzzy guitars, faded vocals, atmospheric percussion. Gorgeous. (MySpace)
Feist -- Inside And Out (BeeGees cover). I found this buried in the middle of an otherwise unremarkable BeeGees tribute record from the UK titled To Love Somebody that also features Girls Aloud doing "Grease" (I'll post that if you're very, very good little readers), as well as assorted schlockmeisters like Boyzone, Michael Bouble, and Michael Bolton and other surprises -- like Swede teenpopsters M2M. I'd completely forgotten this song was on Ms. Feist's 2004 album Let It Die. (Site)
Oxfam Glamour Models -- Postmodern Star. If you like your disposable NME-fave, British Indie to be heavy in the rhythm section, than this track (the b-side to the so-retro-it's-brand-new "Kick Out The Grams"), which is kind of a dark, bitter, straight version of Rufus Wainwright's "Oh, What A World," is totally for you. (MySpace)
Boyskout -- Everybody Knew. More girl-group pop than some of the band's darker efforts, here's something to make up for all the gloom and dredgy guitars I've foisted on you today. You can stream the band's entire debut record, Another Life, behind this link. They're on tour through most of November and December, though Austin doesn't seem to be on their route (though Dallas is...). (MySpace)
Lo-Fi-Fnk -- Wake Up (Ola Salo and Jens Anderson Remix). Because this entry wouldn't be complete without a nod to yet another one of the latest Swedish sensations in the music blog universe. This remix transmogrfies "Wake Up" into something you'd swear was a lost synthpop gem, circa 1986 or so. (MySpace)
BONUS: KMFDM -- Dogma. I only have this track because gloomcookie poet and sultry spoken-wordstress Nicole Blackman (see also: her work with The Golden Palominos) is on it. No, really!!! (info)
ETA: Via my mom, the NYT Style section weighs in on black nail polish, which I guess means it's all over now. THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG! It isn't a horrible thing, though, because it's all chipping off. (Heh.) But then again, if anyone wants to send me a bottle of the coveted Chanel Black Satin, or Remedy's Revamped, I wouldn't turn it down.