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Azerrad – Our Band Could Be Your Life

17 May

Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad

Our Band Could Be Your Life is probably the most compelling book on music that I’ve read since Simon Reynolds’ Rip it Up and Start Again.  Published in 2001, Michael Azerrad was the first to sing the praises of an era of music largely overlooked: the American independent scene from 1981-1991.  Our Band Could Be Your Life documents thirteen bands in particular: Black Flag, The Minutemen, Mission of Burma, Minor Threat, Hüsker Dü, The Replacements, Sonic Youth, Continue reading

Steve Aoki and Datsik at Northern Lights (2/29/2012)

6 Mar

First off, let me say that Northern Lights is and has always been a lackluster venue.  When I was first seeing concerts there almost ten years ago, it was claustrophobic and the acoustics were shitty.  Years later, the venue bought out the neighboring property, broke down a wall and now has twice the original square footage if not more.  The acoustics are still usually shitty.

Secondly, midweek concerts drive me absolutely insane.  It would be one thing if I lived in an actual metropolis, like say, New York City.  Doors open at 9 on a Wednesday night in a satellite suburb of the God-knows-why capital of New York with three acts scheduled?  I’m not happy that I’m a nine-to-fiver already; late, mid-week concerts are like a sack-tap from a chain mail glove.

Finally…February 29th.  That wonderful day afforded to us only once every four years brought garbage weather.  When I was leaving Albany Continue reading