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October 8, 2009

Bye, Geroni

Filed under: Misc. — Teddy @ 8:57 pm

How To Be So Real

I just wanted to say that this blog is officially over. Is that bad news? NO! As we now post at:
How To Be So Real
Right now it’s me, Ryan, and our friend Simon. We would like two (give or take) more people! The idea of this new blog is to be way cleaner than Geroni and have more updates. So far so good I’d say. I also want to say that I handled Geroni pretty poorly. Updates were few and far and post quality was just not well done.

Anyways, I know we were just starting to actually get some traffic but whatevs! How To Be So Real should be better and bigger, and that’s exactly what we’re going for. Catch ya on the flip side!

Love,
Teddy

Remember, I’m always with you. Just here now.

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September 30, 2009

Everybody Who Lives In Birmingham…

Filed under: Misc. — Teddy @ 11:13 pm

Had better fucking see Dan Deacon this weekend.

Buy Tickets

Dan’s Myspace

It’s an all-ages show brought to you by Dan himself. There are no excuses for absences.

September 24, 2009

I’m Seeing “We Fun” This Weekend

Filed under: Misc. — Teddy @ 5:06 pm

If you don’t know about it then check out these two trailers:

Should be awesome.

August 29, 2009

What’s Up, Geroni?

Filed under: Misc. — Teddy @ 8:44 pm

I guess I should explain. I’ve started my junior year of high school. This is probably the most essential and important year of my life thus far. So, a music blog is not at the top of my priorities. This means I will not be posting on Geroni and for the most part ending it. This is also why there has been an abundant lack of albums from me. I’m assuming Zissou will still post, though he does not have to. I’m going to try to post during the weekends, but there may only be one update a month. I want to go out with a bang though, and that’s why you will be seeing a lot of albums coming soon; including discographies from two of my favorite bands (Hint: they both start with M and they’ve been posted before). It’s been a fun couple of months, but I think there’s no point in letting you guys hang on to nothing. Thank you to everyone who came here, commented (good or bad), and just downloaded an album or two. It’s been fun discovering new music and going to shows. Love,
Teddy

P.S. Do check back every so often. There is going to be a new music blog run by me when I do have free time.

August 6, 2009

WE ONLY HAVE ONE RULE ON THIS BLOG…

Filed under: Misc. — Teddy @ 8:30 am

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AND THAT IS TO PASS THE BALL TO TUCKER

June 22, 2009

Show Review: Math The Band

Filed under: Misc. — Teddy @ 7:38 pm

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After about a month and a half of planning and waiting in excitement Math The Band finally played Birmingham, Alabama. The venue was Greencup Books and it just so happened to rival Lynyrd Skynyrd playing in Birmingham’s biggest music festival of the year, City Stages. I think in the end Math The Band was the better show.

I got to the venue at about 7:30 with my younger brother and my friend Will. I’ll try not to name anyone else, because the show was made up of my friends. The show was set to begin at 8:00, I figured this wasn’t going to happen, but whatever. Anyways, we waited and waited and more friends arrived. Two hours later, with all friends outside anticipating the arrival, Math The Band showed up. Their drive from Texas to Alabama was a whopping 11 hours, so we forgave them quickly for the lateness.

The opening act was this local guy who we chatted up before the show. He said he did acapella/harmonica Tom Waits style folk. We were thinking it was going to be awesome. My oh my how we were mistaken. We all headed from the bookstore portion of the space up to the venue to witness what would ultimately be a disaster and a half. The guy got us to start beating on the ground and clapping. Then in a fucked up sort of way, he began to cover “We Will Rock You”. Giggles emerged and I looked up and down the row of my friends, we all grinned at one another. After getting us to say “Whoa” and “Math The Band” during “We Will Rock You” we had to do a weird hissing sound thing for his second song. Actually it was more hissing meets doo-wop meets a siren; he also poorly played an Irish whistle flute. Now Math The Band leaders/members Kevin and Justine were watching in the audience and participating. After his second song he called it quits, Kevin and Justine looked at each other and said, “That’s it?” I regret buying 2 of his CDs for $1 before the show began.

We all went downstairs to the bookstore while Math The Band set up, which brings me to this point. The bookstore portion of Greencup is air conditioned while the venue is not. This meant that Math The Band had a fan pointed on them while we did not. And trust me, in the month of June in Alabama it’s hot. We didn’t let that get our spirits down as Kevin said, “Hey everybody we’re Math The Band” to which we all cheered. “From Massachusetts and I uh guess this is our first song,” then the slow first notes played, someone had to break the dancing tension. Math The Band is total upbeat synthpop you HAVE to dance. So our little front row started to shake and jump then once they hit the meaty loudness of the song everyone went FUCKING INSANE. And there was a good reason, the first song was a cover of “It’s Time To Party” by Andrew WK.

We were tired after the first song. Next came “Hang Out Hang Ten” off of their new album. The dancing was crazy, mainly twenty five or so of us jumping, wiggling, sort-of moshing, running around in circles. By the end of the second song an employee informed Math The Band we had to spread out otherwise we could break the ceiling/floor. Kevin instructed us to spin around and if we could touch anyone then we were too close! It should also be noted that we were dying by this time, I cannot stress how much dancing was done. Next I believe was “Bigfoot” actually it was “Bigfoot”. Our spread outness was totaled after the first minute and everyone was back to doing their own thing.

After “Bigfoot” people started sitting and lying down. No air conditioning + intense dancing= people cramping in the stomach. But Kevin said they had 23 more songs to go (not true) and we had to keep going! The requested “Werewolf Fever” was next, I ran around all of my friends in circles during the intro. Kevin broke a guitar string and only had three out of five left. I wanted to hear “Cardboard Room” but they said they couldn’t do it because of the three strings, bummer. Anyways more songs were played “Everyone’s Embarrassing”, “Why Didn’t You Get A Haircut?”, “Tour De Friends”. The crazy dancing continued; I’ve never seen so much fun non-violent movement to music in my life. Before “Tour De Friends” we passed around the water jug Kevin and Justine were drinking out of, everyone in the venue was so damn dehydrated. And Kevin pointed to my friend Crayton lying on the ground and told him, “Get up Jeff, come on Jeff, we only have two more songs, you can do it!” Crayton got up and said, “Hey, my name’s not Jeff, that’s-” to which they cut him off with the song. Laughs followed.

The last song was “It’s Gonna Be Awesome”, by this point I was really feeling the pain of near throw-up and lack of water, but it didn’t matter, I danced my fucking heart out. After that all us kids tumbled over and headed downstairs. I bought a t-shirt, passed around bottles of water with everyone, and discussed the craziness that had just happened. But what was really fun was that one group of friends talked with Kevin for about 45 minutes and we talked to Justine for about 45 minutes. She had some funny stories about Austin, Texas, baby-sitting Adam Goren’s kid, and getting her tonsils taken out. She’s very nice and extremely cool, a real people person, Kevin was also very nice, and very tired.

All in all, it was the best show I’ve ever been to. Despite the fact it was only 25 minutes, it felt like two hours. The intensity levels were off the chart; I couldn’t imagine myself going on for another ten minutes. I also can’t see another show where every single member of the crowd runs around and dances like pre-schoolers. If you ever get a chance to see them then go. Math The Band is something that needs to be experienced by all. Throw out your ego, dignity, and whatever else is holding you back and have a party.

Some other things:
-It was all my friends, no one else was there. This I think made the show better.
-Kevin said his guitar amp was messing up and it could go out at any time. He was surprised he made it through the first song.
-After the second song someone knocked a string and the lightbulb that was hanging on it went out.
-Kevin broke a string and had only three left on his guitar. My friend Ben got the string.
-About halfway through the show the same employee put up a sign (that can be seen below/when I have a chance to upload pictures) in front of Justine.
-Kevin said they have four acoustic albums done. He plans to release them via cassette and download. These will be the last acoustic albums.
-Andrew WK is going to tour again, mark my words.

I cannot stress this enough, if you have the chance SEE MATH THE BAND!
Love,
Teddy
P.S. My computer at the moment has no SD card, I’ll upload the two pics in a day or two.

June 18, 2009

Your Attention, Please

Filed under: Misc. — Teddy @ 9:45 pm

From now on all download links can be accessed by clicking on the album art. Previous links will not be moved.
<3,
Teddy

May 19, 2009

How I feel when I listen to music…

Filed under: Misc. — zissoutripfag @ 3:56 pm

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I think that pretty much sums it up.

May 18, 2009

I Love Not Being Able To Support My Favorite Bands

Filed under: Misc. — Teddy @ 8:39 pm

http://www.ticketbiscuit.com/bottletree/eventspotlight.aspx

http://www.myspace.com/bottletreecafe

December 2008. One of my favorite band’s, Deerhunter, had just put out a great new LP and was touring the country in support of it. The last US show for the year was here in Birmingham, Alabama at a local venue called The Bottletree. I had known about The Bottletree for a bit but had never been there, so I was excited to see what it was all about. I got my tickets and noticed on the site there’s a little “18+” point. No problem, I had questioned my friend who had previously been to shows at Bottletree. He claimed he got in hassle free, they don’t mind “underage” kids. Still, being 16 years old and trying to get in was going to be an ordeal, I suspected. So I show up with my friend Witt an hour and a half before the show. We go up to the door and the guy working there says, “Hey, uh, you guys can’t come in yet, they still have to soundcheck.” I plea with him to let us in, it’s cold out. “Well, oh alright.” We take a seat in the back of the venue and watch Deerhunter soundcheck (Never Stops, Vox Celeste, and a mixture of the Saved By Old Times “We are a…” part and White Ink for those curious). At this point I’m thinking, “Wow, what a cool place. Just a place for everyone to have a good time.” I should also mention the venue is a vegan/vegetarian cafe, and a bar. I’ve been a vegetarian my entire life so this really was Cloud 9. Just when I think things can’t get better I find myself talking Captain Beefheart with a bartender. Everything was just fucking awesome.

My, how things so ever quickly change. I’m stoked about The Bottletree at this point. In fact, I tell everyone I know about it. Hell, I’m heading back in a month to catch Los Campesinos! The show comes up and I head down to the venue. Walk in, smile at the guy working the door. He kinda stares at me and asks, “Hey, how old are you?” “Me? I’m 16. Why?” He pauses for a sec, then says, “No…no, you can’t come in, only 18+.” I just stood there for a second. I couldn’t believe what was happening. I let out a, “Wait…what?” And then suddenly big muscles manager comes out of FUCKING NOWHERE! “Hey man, how old are you?” “I’m 16? What’s going on?” “Nope, you can’t come in.” “No, I was just here last month.” “Sorry, it’s just company policy.” “Come on! I was here just last month for Deerhunter!” “Look man, I don’t want to be the prick that tells you this, but you can’t come in. Sorry, you’ve got to go.” I leave, fucking depressed. Honestly depressed.

About a month later the Black Lips are in town. No way in hell I’m missing this show. I can’t seem to shake the fact that I was kicked out, especially when everyone was so damn cool only a month earlier. I bought my Black Lips tickets, then called the venue earlier that day. “Nope, it’s 18+, you can’t get in no matter what.” “Well can I at least get my money?” “Well…yeah you can but you have to go online…” the rest is the explanation on how to get my money back which is very long and not clear. Disappointment arises once again. BUT March Dan Deacon is playing in my city at The Bottletree. NO WAY IN FUCKING HELL AM I MISSING THIS SHOW! I bought my tickets, but I took extra pre-caution. Knowing how damn cool Dan Deacon is, I chatted him up on Facebook. I asked if he could change the ages, and if he wanted it to be 18+ I understand. Dan gives me this reply, “let’s get that changed as soon as possibly”. This gave me hope for this show (and humanity as well). Skip to the day of the show, I call the venue. “Hey the show tonight is all ages right?” “No, it’s 18+.” “Well, I know Dan was trying to get the show all ages, what about that?” “No, all shows here are 18+, goodbye.” I got treated like dirt because I’m a year and a half short of getting into the damn place.

Now, the reasons Bottletree gives for making the shows 18+ are these:
-Curfew
-Alcohol
-Policy
The curfew is bullshit. I saw Mogwai a month ago at another local venue and was out well past 12 AM. The curfew is at 10 P.M. People underage go to shows here that run past the curfew, hell people go to sporting events that go past the curfew. The curfew is bullshit that our corrupt mayor’s office (not joking, our local community political team is really fucked up) feels the need to implement to keep gangster kids’ in the ghetto in their homes. I can’t begin to imagine when a thug is going to stop, check his watch, and exclaim, “Shucks, 10:01, guess I had better head home!” What the fuck is the alcohol shit they spew at me? 18 year-olds can’t drink, hell they can’t cigarettes. Just a total lie. And finally policy. I’m not sure if it gets your indie-cred up to keep 16 year-olds out of a venue, but something in the policy is very fishy.

The real reason I’m posting this (and not studying for my health exam) is because I feel bad not being able to support my favorite artists. In the next month I would be going to three shows at The Bottletree. Three shows, hell maybe more if I had a night off. I think something happened in that one month of The Bottletree. It’s like they left their indie label to sign with a major. It went from being about fun and great music to a money-grabbing scheme. What’s even worst is the fact I’ve been treated like a dick each time. So, I encourage bands to go to a new venue in Birmingham, Greencup Books (link at the bottom). It’s entirely all-ages, it’s entirely DUI, it’s entirely awesome. On the wall they have a Home Movies Franz Kafka reference. I nearly creamed my pants when I saw it. But seriously, I will throw support at any great band that goes by Greencup. As for The Bottletree, I’ll sit and wait for my “adult-hood” to hit me. I’ll have to pick out which shows I can afford to go to Atlanta to see, which means missing some of my favorites. Why is being a young music lover so fucking difficult?
SUPPORT THIS PLACE: http://www.greencupbooks.org/

May 12, 2009

School Is For Losers

Filed under: Misc. — Teddy @ 4:46 pm

Hello all. I’ll be taking off this week and next Monday due to exams. Next week will be summer vacation which means more albums for everyone! Hopefully Zissou can fill my absentee this week (though I doubt it, he doesn’t do anything). See you next week.
-Teddy AKA mr_knucklehead

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