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The Stereotypes Get Literal

Photo credit: Jen Jansen

San Diego’s The Stereotypes will play Bar Pink on Saturday, March 5, but it isn’t just a show — it’s an after-party.

Any logician will explain to you — usually smugly — that you can’t have an after-party without first having a party, and the Stereotypes shindig is no exception. The main event is a book reading by Greg Gerding — author of Piss Artist and The Idiot Parade — to be held at North Park’s Agitprop art space. A former resident of San Diego, Gerding has drawn comparisons to Charles Bukowski with his down-to-earth, whiskey-soaked approach to poetry. The reading starts at 7:00pm. Continue reading…

Noah & The Whale ‘Spring’ Into Action (MP3)

Noah & The Whale

The marriage of indie rock and corporate advertising can be a strange coupling. Of Montreal, Modest Mouse, and The New Pornographers are just a few bands that have had their tunes co-opted to hock steaks, cars, and beer. If you watched any television last year, chances are you caught the commercial for the Saturn Outlook, which prominently featured a bubbly little tune called “5 Years Time”. Catchy as it was, the advertisement gave little indication that the band behind the jingle, London folk rock act Noah & The Whale, had created one of 2008’s best albums: Peaceful,The World Lays Me Down.

Sounding like a poppier version of Scottish soul mates—and Owl&Bear album of the year winner—Frightened Rabbit, Noah & The Whale use acoustic guitars and mournful vocals to craft aching confessionals that would break your heart if you weren’t so busy tapping your foot. The band is set to release its sophomore album, entitled The First Days of Spring, on August 31st in the UK and October 6th in the US.

As a companion piece for the album, the band has created a film version of The First Days of Spring, which will be screened at select locations in August and September, and will also be available as part of the album’s deluxe edition. You can watch a trailer for the Wes Anderson-inspired film, as well as download a Twelves remix of the song “Blue Skies”, after the jump. No Saturns were harmed during the making of the film. Continue reading

Download: Owl and Bear’s Honorable Mention of 2008

Owl and Bear’s list of albums that almost made the cut in 2008.

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2007 (II)

Note: Photos in this essay depict re-enactments of actual events, not the events themselves.

Thursday, July 12
McCaskill picked me up at my folks’ house at 9PM. We weren’t planning to leave Jackson until about 1 or 2AM, but we’d decided to hang out a while and say goodbyes because, naturally, we may never come back.

Instead of going to the bar, for obvious reasons, we opted for dinner. Regardless, as with alcohol, we are both bottomless pits for food. The meal was uneventful, save for the fact that our waitress had apparently served McCaskill once before, and had taken offense to a conversation about foreskins. Despite this, the food was palatable and (hopefully) spit-free.

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