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This is all good news.

01. A new Cake On Cake album, due out Oct. 1st, with new songs to stream at her Myspace! I dance with Swedish glee!

Cake On Cake — Come On Rainbow

02. LAist has a nice new podcast called “Advanced Afrobeat For Beginners.”

03. I decided to suck it up and go see Flogging Molly at the House of Blues next month. Only Dave King & co. would get me out of the house in the face of Disneyland parking, traffic on the 5, and crazy kids wanting to mosh into me. I am waaaay too old to mosh. Get out of my personal space, you kids!

Flogging Molly — Black Friday Rule

04. More Decemberists! Now in handy pretentious three-volume set. Hey, I’ll take what I can get. Coincidentally (or not, maybe), YANP linked to some new live songs that Meloy has been playing lately. “Valery Plame” gets on my nerves, but maybe with some drums it will be better.

My favorite so far is definitely “Night/Rake.” No one gets the joke of this site’s title (Bon Ton is named after the Upper Ten Thousand of regency romance novels), but I love hearing songs about really nasty rakes, like the dubious character in the Mariner’s Revenge Song who leeches off the narrator’s mother and absconds, leaving all his debts for her to pay. This new guy sounds even worse, though. Whew.

05. My secret punk-rock boyfriend, Matt Pryor, has a new album out. I have a very soft spot for Mr. Pryor and his sweet, off-key singing, but it’s not everyone’s cuppa so I won’t go on for ages about it. It’s called “Confidence Man” and is put out by Vagrant records. I just missed Matt at the Troubadour too, sigh, so I will have to listen to the album in lieu of going down to WeHo to stare at his tattoos hear him sing.

The Get Up Kids — Mass Pike

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Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know about Flogging Molly? If you don’t, well, it’s crazy smart punk Irish music, based out of LA and backed up by a plethora of instruments. Dave King, leader and awesome songwriter, can switch it up from stomping anthems to sweet love songs, and in March he and his bandmates will put out a new album, entitled “Float.” Starting this month, they also will be touring across the US and then heading to Europe. If you get a chance to see the show, it looks like the opener is The Rev. Payton’s Big Damn Band, which rocks!! Double exclamation point! What an awesome show; I’m jealous.

“Float” revisits the themes King has been touching on for years: love, politics, disillusionment, and (of course) drinking till you fall over. All classic Irish numbers, but given that special Flogging Molly touch — King’s enthusiasm and authenticity make the old new again. I’m always on the lookout for a new sea chanty, but sadly there wasn’t anything nautical; even the quasi-historical songs were few and far between (though there is a very interesting bit at the end of “Punch Drunk Grinning Love”). Still, fans will thrill to the familiar beats and sounds of “Paddy’s Lament” and “Man With No Country,” and ballads like “Float” with its gorgeous violin. Sláinte to Flogging Molly, and raise what’s left of the flag for me!

Flogging Molly — Site | Myspace | Label (SideOneDummy)

Flogging Molly — Float

Floggin Molly — Requiem For A Dying Song



AE Housman

The half-moon westers low, my love,
And the wind brings up the rain;
And wide apart lie we, my love,
And seas between the twain.

I know not if it rains, my love,
In the land where you do lie;
And oh, so sound you sleep, my love,
You know no more than I.

Colin Meloy — Eli, the Barrow Boy (live, the Zoo, Seattle WA — 8.10.05)

Flogging Molly — Far Away, Boys

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We now return this site to its regularly scheduled program! And boy oh boy, you leave for two weeks and a million things happen. Lance Bass is gay, people!!! (Ok, ok, that’s old news). Pam and Kid Rock got married!!! (Even white trash might hesitate to claim those people). And there was some other stuff, possibly related to the world of indie music! So here’s my catchup post, part one.


Via Best Week Ever, OK Go’s video for “Here It Goes Again,” a fabulous video for a basically forgettable song. HOWEVER! As someone who has tried to jump on a moving treadmill and almost smashed her face against the control panel, I know this treadmill-dancing stuff is not as easy as it looks. If they featured this sort of thing on “So You Think You Can Dance,” I wouldn’t barf up my guts every time my mother-in-law turned it on.

Of course I have to go on vacation right when the new Justin Timberlake video comes out for “SexyBack” (or as the video has it, “Sexy Back,” which makes more sense, but hey). Justin, looking his usual inscrutably troubled self, getting it on with a hot girl and balancing a glass of whiskey caaarrreefulllyyy on a door handle. Right on! (He could have used the trick from “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” but that involved a hair across a refrigerator door, and as we can all see, he doesn’t have enough hair.) Via Stereogum.

Surfing around on Jagjaguwar records, I found a video for Okkervil River’s “For Real.” The monster crying flames is my favorite part. (Download “For Real” at Jagjaguar.)


If you like being Indier Than Thou, you’ll hit the holy grail with new band (collaboration? side project?) Swan Lake. It’s made up of Canadian sweethearts Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes), Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown), and Dan Bejar (Destroyer, New Pornographers). These name-droppable folks will be releasing their debut album, “Beast Moans,” on Nov. 21st. Preview with “All Fires” at Mocking Music.

New Live Flogging Molly album is out! And someday I am going to SEE them live, no matter how many drunken people bump into me and scream into my ear during the set.

Via I Am Fuel, we learn of Ryan Adams streaming a new song on his site. It’s called “France.” The new song, not his site. But I haven’t listened to it yet, because my desktop is literally full to the gills with music.

Via Mars Needs Guitars:
U2 Live in London, 1982
and U2 Live at the Ritz, March 17, 1982
Part One
Part Two


Good Hodgkins presents the Pitchfork Music Festival in a neat little package, including lovely photos of our favorite indie folks (i.e. Band of Horses, Tapes N Tapes, Mountain Goats, Destroyer, etc., etc.)

Lollapalooza photos at My Old Kentucky Blog and Muzzle of Bees


I’m surfing for a ringtone (and I can’t find one I like … where are all the Decemberists ringtones? I’d totally pay for a horrible high-octave keyboard remix of “engine driver,” man) and I’m seeing a weird trend in top-40 rock recently. Between Staind, Mudvayne, and Trapt, I’m kind of disturbed (get it? disturbed? Ha ha). Do they all meet at the Krispy Kreme? Do they drink lite beer? Do they prefer krab? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH SPELLING THINGS RIGHT? IN MY DAY, WE SPELLED OUR ROCK BANDS RIGHT DAMMIT.

via Binky the Doormat, I learn about a new TMNT movie coming next summer. !!!!!! Donatello!!! I love you! I wish we could run off to Jamaica and have half-turtle babies together. Except, you know, you’re a teenager, and The Man would just suppress our love. I guess it doesn’t count that you’ve been a teenager for like, 15 years? Sigh.

Awesome fashion blog that I started reading somewhere: The Sartorialist. Includes the Dress Sock Theory (i.e., that the British always wear maroon dress socks, no matter what color their suit is. Heh).

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I feel like I really ought to say something profound and interesting. But, having gorged on an entire bag of TJ’s chocolate pretzels, my brain can only say, “BZZZZZZZZ.”

So! I was at the gym the other day, and listening to the Mountain Goats while watching an insanely thin girl doing her workout. The super duper thing about gyms in L.A. is that there is a very high percentage of Beautiful People, doing their crunches and whatnot while you sweat through your workout, grind your teeth, and hate them.

Therefore, I present our first mix: songs referencing body parts in their titles. Make no mistake about it, I have more songs than this. However, I thought I’d spare you the live VH-1 version I have of Kelly Clarkson singing “Behind These Hazel Eyes.” Oddly enough, this mix referenced mostly the top half of the body. Why do I have so many songs about teeth? Freaky.

Welcome to Bon Ton! BZZZZZZZZ

Twin High Maintenance Machines: A Bon Ton Mix

[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you’d like a copy.]

1. Neutral Milk Hotel – Two Headed Boy
2. Ryan Adams – Expressway To Yr Skull
3. Mountain Goats – Lion’s Teeth
4. Tarkio – Devil’s Elbow
5. the New Amsterdams – All Ears
6. Rocky Votolato – Without Eyes Still Seeing
7. Iron & Wine – Teeth In the Grass
8. The Format – Sore Thumb
9. the Decemberists – Red Right Ankle ( Live at the Quad in London 11/15/2004)
10. The Old 97’s – Big Brown Eyes
11. Flogging Molly – Rebels of the Sacred Heart
12. Blanche – Redhead
13. Air – Dead Bodies
14. Bishop Allen – Corazon
15. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! – Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth

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