Day 97-- music update
Monday, December 11, 2006
- I found a CCM band that I don't hate. Well, maybe it's because they're not so much a CCM band than four Christians in a rock band. They're the Billions. I saw co-frontman Sam Billen open for Dolorean and Damien Jurado a few years ago. He had some great acoustic folk for us, and was an insanely witty, fun guy (I kept giving him thumbs up and he was directing jokes at me). I never really checked into his band until now. Wow. They're great songwriters, sound great live, and actually write good lyrics. Hint hint hint, Geneva student activities.
- Adam Parsons directed me to a great website. It gives you a good idea of how much various touring musical acts can demand. Some of the numbers are frustrating. Look at Panic! At the Disco. Then look at 16 Horsepower. I mean, booking a really good band inexpensively is cool, but certain bands should not be demanding over $50K (let alone $100K), especially when they're more than likely just flashes in the proverbial pan. Coughcoughpanicatthediscocough.
- I've been eagerly awaiting a new Dolorean album since 2004 (their last, Violence in the Snowy Fields, is a wonderful listen). Now I have a confirmed date. I'm in bliss.
- Go clueless Pitchfork staff! Go you! On Frank Black's new album, Christmass, the online hype-makers have no clue what's going on with the extra 's.' Oh, Pitchfork. Someday you guys'll learn to actually learn something other than Radiohead tour dates.
- Some good recent Austin City Limits videos (thanks Pitchfork for something, at least). The Raconteurs--"Level," and Cat Power-- "Could We." Chan Marshall really sounds like Dusty Springfield.
- Um new Dolorean? Um um um um.
- Assignment-- my co-worker/friend Megan and I were talking about top 10 favorite songs of all time this morning. That's a hard question. I'll write more about it tomorrow, but I want my readers at home to think about this and come up with a good list for me. Of all time.
posted, with grace and poise, by Jason @ 12/11/2006 08:56:00 PM,