Friday, December 2nd, 2005


I think they’ll take away my indie snob decoder ring if I don’t report on these Neutral Milk Hotel demos which have suddenly surfaced, like so much early Christmas presents for the indie kids. Basically, the story is as follows – Skipgoshannon moved into a house formerly occupied by one Jeff Mangum, and came into possession of a number of cassettes featuring demos by the future King Of Carrot Flowers. Eleven years later, it has dawned on her what she has in her possession, and the tracks are slowly being converted into digital form for sharing. What a lovely story, no? She has some of the tracks available to download, as do, My Old Kentucky Blog and You Ain’t No Picasso. I’m sure that before long, all the tracks will be happily converted to 1s and 0s and collected together in an easy to carry bit torrent form. But if you like doing the whole scavenger hunt thing, go to it. Those tracks are out there. Somewhere.

Harp puts one Mr Neil Young on their cover of their new issue, and the world is a better place for it. The extensive feature article is now online. Also in the new issue, Jeff Tweedy ranks his top-ten greatest all-time live albums… and topping the list is one Live Rust, by the aforementioned Mr Young. I had a copy of that CD taped from the library way back when I first started getting heavily into music, and damn if I didn’t wear that thing out.

Popmatters talks football, Noo Yawk and Harry Potter with American Analog Set’s Andrew Kenny.

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle pays tribute to The Days Of Our Lives for Nerve.

Largehearted Boy has unleashed his year-end list on the world. I have finalized my top 10, and am going to start on the writeups, um, soon. I’ve set a personal deadline for getting that finished though, so barring catastrophe it should be ready in the near future. Meanwhile, the wet blankets at Pitchfork wonder why we even bother. Easy – to get out of having to write new content for a day.

LA Weekly considers the role of blogs in breaking new bands. Via Coolfer.

Londonist has what they claim is inside information on NME fixing their year end list, and a wonderful shitstorm ensues. Now considering how high I hold the NME‘s journalistic integrity, I’m fully prepared to believe the story, but Londonist does themselves no favours by offering no evidence or proof of their accusations. It’s still an entertaining read, though.

Ooh, more random award nominations! Gridskipper, allegedly an “urban travel guide”, is running something called The Urbs: 2005 Urban Blogging Awards, and I’m nominated for World’s Best Urban Music Blog. Hear that? THE WORLD. Oooooh.

np – Bruce Springsteen / The Essential Bruce Springsteen

By : Frank Yang at 8:54 am
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  1. david says:

    Here is an interesting discussion on the Mangum demos at the Last Plane to jakarta forum (where John Darnielle swears to burn every demo he has ever made):


  2. Trish says:

    Londonist has removed the NME post after a "communication" from NME. Would you care to elaborate on the wonderful shitstorm for those of us who missed it?

  3. Frank says:

    well that’s unfortunate, but not unexpected. Basically, Londonist claimed to have two NME year-end lists – one that was tabulated from votes from their writers, panelists, whatever, and one that was actually going to print. They were not the same (or so Londonist alleged – since they wouldn’t post the lists, there was no way to confirm what they were saying). Apparently certain bands that you could say NME had a vested interest in promoting – hello Bloc Party – had been moved up in rankings, regardless of the voted results.

    Someone purporting to be the NME’s editor showed up in the comments, suitably outraged, and demanded Londonist reveal their sources, Londonist refused, accusations of journalistic intergrity (and lack thereof) went flying, fun fun fun. I didn’t get a chance to read the more recent comments before they pulled the post, though. alas. I bet lawyers got involved.

  4. Frank says:

    google has it cached!

  5. Rick says:

    The NME thing doesn’t surprise me one bit. It brings to mind a couple of instances of (alleged) review fixing by the same paper in the past year. You can read more about this on <a href="">The Indie Credential</a>.

  6. Chris says:

    No offense, but wouldn’t the title "World’s Best Urban Music Blog" insinuate that the music covered is of an Urban nature? I am confused..

    Congrats by any means, it is definitely my favorite!

  7. Frank says:

    what, are you saying I’m not urban? I’m not street? Yo?

    I think they mean urban as in city-centric. Meaning I don’t often write about cattle midwifery. Or not as much as I should.