This blog is intended to showcase the widely overlooked weirdness in Baltimore. At one point in time a friend mentioned that he wanted to publish a book entitled the Psychedelic Tour of Baltimore, this site is inspired by and dedicated to Uncle Lead. I often post others photos out of admiration. If I have posted one of your photos against your liking, please let me know and I will remove it as soon as I can. If you don't mind me posting them let me know and thank you for your amazing photos.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Cuttin' Grass at the Friendly Inn

On Saturday I went out to western Howard County to see my mandolin teachers band, Cuttin' Grass. I had seen them before at bluegrass on the grass, but this was before I started taking lessons. If you are in the Baltimore area and like bluegrass, the Friendly Inn has quite a lineup. The Inn is an intimate setting and was quite comfortable. Cuttin' Grass went from full blown fiddle tunes to slower ballads with even a guest appearance or two. All in all it was a great night, and I'm looking forward to going back.



Friday, August 26, 2005

New from SubPop

Sub Pop has released lots of new material, the first of which is a music video from Sleater-Kinney available ony at MySpace. The video is for their song Jumpers from 'The Woods'

Also out at the Sub Pop website are videos by Kinski, The Fruit Bats, and Chad Van Gaalen. Also of note, are the new mp3's up by Rogue Wave, Rosie Thomas, and Holopaw.

Wathc This:
Fruit Bats - Lives of Crime
Chad Van Gaalen - Clinically Dead
Kinski - The Wives of Artie Shaw

Listen Up:
Rosie Thomas - Pretty Dress
Rogue Wave - 10:1
Chad Van Gaalen - Clinically Dead
Holopaw - Curious

On WinAmp Now: Built To Spill - Temporarily Blind

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Pilot: Scott Tracy

Just came across Pilot: Scott Tracy today. They are a pretty weird mix of musical styles. They have a touch of the grunge mixed with the B-52's and a healthy dose of Casio magic. They tie in a healthy dose of post-punk madness with a generous portion of synth-pop from the 80's. (The good stuff like Devo.)

The band hails themselves as the inflight band on PST airlines. The band poses as pilots and flight attendants. They have an album on Morphius Records - 'We Tried But We Couldn't Get It Off The Ground' as well as one on Alternative Tentacles - 'Any City'

Listen up:
Human Earthquake
The Time Has Come
Love Is Animal

Friday, August 19, 2005

Murphy's Law at the Ottobar

Murphy's Law

Last night we went to see Murphy's Law at the Ottobar. It was a bit of nostalgia for me. I have not really listened to hardcore for about 10 years. To put you in the frame of mind, the singer said that last week was his 40th birthday and they were still celebrating. The music was just as I remembered. They are very tight and extremely funny. The music is heavy, but not screechy high school band howling. Throughout the night, the band handed out beers and shots of Jagermeister, and had a great time playing. Probably as much as I did seeing them.

Here's a brief recording from my phone.

This was my first attempt at audio blogging and the show was real loud, so please take the recording with a grain of salt.

How bout some music?
Shut Up
What Will The Neighbors Think?

On Winamp now: The Modern Lovers - Pablo Picasso

Fin de Semana Mix

1. Kings of Leon - King of the Rodeo (2:25)
2. Shout Out Louds - 100ยบ (3:50)
3. Spoon - I Turn My Camera On (3:32)
4. The Decemberists - 16 Military Wives (4:52)
5. Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict a Riot (3:55)
6. The Kills - Fried My Little Brains (2:08)
7. The Mooney Suzuki - I Say I Love You (2:09)
8. The New Pornographers - The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism (3:56)
9. The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog (3:09)
10. Tom Jones - Lust for Life (feat. The Pretenders) (3:42)
11. Trey Anastasio - Cayman Review (4:15)
12. Smog - Hit the Ground Running (6:56)
13. A.M. Sixty - Big As The Sky (3:39)
14. Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) (5:12)
15. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - In This Home on Ice (3:58)
16. Gorillaz - White Light (2:08)
17. Superchunk - Slack Motherfucker (2:53)
18. Modest Mouse - Dramamine (5:42)
19. moe. - She Sends Me (3:55)
20. Pavement - Range Life (4:56)

amBiguous mix

amBiguous City Records
Moviegoer - The Brand New #2
Pulaski - The Cruelest Lullabye
The Scott Farkus Affair - Professing The Composites
landspeedrecord! - Accident
The Slow Wire - Crossed Wires
The Jack McCoys - A Star Is
The Maginot Line - Working Hard To Make A Bad Life Worse
Clydesdale - (You Can't Handle) The New Disco
Sparks Fly From A Kiss - Beat The Artist
Like Moving Insects - The Witching Hour
All the Dead Pilots - Cloudy
Avec - Dejectile
Single Spies - Ten Days After

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Magnolia Electric Co. and Grand Buffet

Grand BuffetLast night we went to see Magnolia Electric Co. at the Ottobar. We seem to be going there a lot lately. I was not that familiar with Magnolia, but we went there with neighbors. Magnolia put on a great show. They are a little more country than I typically listen to, but they stepped over to rock with most of their songs. They had a sound reminiscent of The Big Wu, a band I am more familiar with.
Touring with Magnolia Electric Co. was Grand Buffet from Pittsburgh. They are two white guys and a CD player named Curtis. They were more up my alley. They played the entirety of their back up music on Curtis, their CD player. They ripped off hip-hop the likes of I haven't seen since The Bloodhound Gang. The set even included a ten minute accapela when Curtis ran out of batteries. After the show, I picked up their CD - Five Years of Fireworks. A quick listen to it on the ride home got five thumbs up.
I think the highlight of the night was Magnolia's encore when from Grand Buffet came out and they performed a rousing rendition of Running With The Devil.
All in all a great night. Unfortunately I left the camera at home.
Listen Up:
Grand Buffet - Americus
Grand Buffet - Candy Bars
Magnolia Electric Co. - The Dark Don’t Hide It
Magnolia Electric Co. - Leave the City

On Winamp now: The Dandy Warhols - We Used To Be Friends

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Smog at the Ottobar

On Sunday, I went to see Smog at the Ottobar. We got there fairly late and they had already gone on, but I don't think we missed too much. The show was incredible. The deep voice of Bill Callahan was floating over the crowd as we entered. The first half of the set was primarily acoustic, while the second half tended to feature more of the electric guitar. The show culminated with an encore bringing out the opening act 'feathers' to play with Smog in an insane rendition of 'Cold Blooded Old Times'.

On Winamp now: Built To Spill - Time Trap

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Doors of the 21st Century

As I posted earlier, I saw the doors last night. They were far better than I could have imagined. I had high hopes going into the show, and they were met easily. I never expected the Doors to jam out as much as they did. Ian was just enough of Jim Morrison without trying to be Morrison. He got the spirit down while keeping to his own persona. All in all a great show.

On Winamp now: Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag

Monday, August 8, 2005

New Music Video from Coldplay

Check out the new music video from ColdplayFix You

On Winamp now: The New Pornographers - The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism

Sonar GO

Sonar is having their grand re-opening. I went their first a while ago to see Built To Spill, and the place was pretty cool.
On Winamp Now: Built To Spill - Sidewalk
(purely coincidental)

I'm going to see the doors

This morning I got a call from my buddy Rick. He said that through an unfortunate turn of events for someone else, he had an extra ticket. So I'm going.
The Doors of the 21st Century featuring Ray Manzarek • Ian Astbury • Robby Krieger
with special guest Robert Mirabal
at the 9:30 club in DC. I'll post on Wednesday with pictures from the show. My wife is going Wednesday to see the Shout Out Louds at Sonar. I might go but I have mondolin lessons until 8.
On Winamp now: The Apples In Stereo - Show The World

This Week In Indie Call Tag


Thursday, August 4, 2005

moe. at the 9:30 club

I'm just checking out the photo upload tool. This is a picture I took at the 9:30 club in DC.

On Winamp now: Superchunk - Beat My Guest

Wednesday, August 3, 2005


Just listening to the Hairspray soundtrack, and thought I'd share it. I'm a big John Waters fan, and loved the movie. I know this is not what you might expect from here, but it is a Baltimore musical product.

Mash Up at Fletcher's

Some Fridays we head downtown to Fells Point. We like to go to Fletcher's and see DJs Landis and Jeff. Jeff turned me on to mash ups and particularly Party Ben. It's a guilty pleasure but it is way addictive.

On Winamp now: The Dandy Warhols - Cool As Kim Deal

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

The Next Newest Thing

I recently got a new printer. An Epson Stylus Photo R200. It prints directly to CD's. Really cool! Since then I have gone ape with mix cd's. Here is the latest playlist:
1. Cake - Jolene (5:19)
2. The 88 - How Good It Can Be? (3:53)
3. Smog - Cold Blooded Old Times (4:11)
4. Shout Out Louds - Please Please Please (3:30)
5. Radiohead - Karma Police (4:18)
6. Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows (4:47)
7. Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl (3:38)
8. G. Love & Special Sauce - Rodeo Clowns (2:58)
9. Desaparecidos - Greater Omaha (4:14)
10. Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get Retarded (3:35)
11. Aqualung - Brighter Than Sunshine (4:01)
12. 2 Skinnee J's - Love Like Mountains (3:17)
13. Velvet Crush - Superstar (3:46)
14. The Thermals - Back to Gray (2:14)
15. The Stills - Still In Love Song (3:44)
16. Creeper Lagoon - Under The Tracks (4:16)
17. The Apples in Stereo - Glowworm (3:02)
18. The Anniversary - Crooked Crown (3:56)
19. Caviar - On the DL (3:46)
20. N.E.R.D. - Maybe (4:15)
21. The Mooney Suzuki - Alive and Amplified (3:02)

Well I'm here

Thanks for stopping by for my first post. I hope to make this a site about music. Specifically indie music and music from Baltimore whenever possible. I guess I'll start with the band I saw this weekend. 23 Skadoo They were a ska band that focused on covers. Some were ska songs such as beer by Reel Big Fish, and some were pop songs like Just Like Heaven. I saw them at the Inner Harbor ampitheatre of all places. It was free but weird. Old people skankin with young kids. Here is a little taste:

Shook Me All Night Long

On Winamp now: Spoon - I Summon You