Brush up on your X-Wife

I'm off to spend a couple days in Iowa on account of work - this is the stuff that dreams are made of. If you have any suggestions on things to do in Des Moines, please EMAIL ME at And in return, here are a couple things to do while I'm gone:

See Asobi Seksu on Tuesday night at the Knitting Factory. Asobi is one of the best live bands in NYC, and this is the homecoming gig of their first extended tour. I'm sure it'll be great, and I'm bummed to miss it.

Listen to DFA Compilation #2. But you knew that already.

Brush up on your X-Wife. They will be playing their first-ever gigs in the U.S. this Friday (11/19) at Rothko and Sunday (11/21) at Sin-e, with a live session on WFMU in between on Saturday. I am really *quite* excited to see these guys live - they're from Portugal and criminally obscure here, and these shows are something I never thought would happen. Hopefully some label rep will catch them live and make their record easier to find in this country. (Other Music is going to start carrying it later this week.)

The album in question is Feeding the Machine, their first full-length and a definite '04 favorite of mine. I always say they sound like Clinic, but with a more electronic sound (all guitar/synths/drum machines) plus way more variety in their songs. The MP3 of "Eno" you can find here will give you a good taste - check it out.

The end of the show

It's almost been a week since my last post. Admittedly I've been in a lull, but my concert plans for the next seven days should inspire me to be more prolific. First there's the NYC debut of Menomena on Thursday night and then Interpol on Friday. I still haven't come around to Antics, but they always put on a good show, so I expect to enjoy it.

The week of shows actually began Saturday night when Rajeev, Nina and I went to see Apostle of Hustle play a short set at Tonic down in the Lower East Side. Apostle is a three-piece fronted by Broken Social Scene's guitarist Andrew Whiteman along with BSS drummer Dean Stone and (non-BSS) bassist Julian Brown. Their debut album Folkfloric feel has been a One Louder favorite for awhile now.

Knowing BSS, you can quickly recognize the basic elements of Apostle's sound. Whiteman adds to the palette with subtle Cuban inflections, picked up from a two-month stay in the country. Before you call John Ashcroft, BSS are from Toronto, so Whiteman wasn't on some covert CIA mission or locked up in Guantanamo. Anyways, the set was highlighted by two outstanding tracks from Folkloric, "Sleepwalking Ballad" and "Animal Fat." Manically stomping and twisting the effect pedals, Whiteman built "Sleepwalking" into a guitar tidal wave. A slow, sad Latin rhythm underpinned "Animal Fat," which cast a Mediterranean spell over the small crowd.

Unfortunately the show seemed to end just as it gained speed. I'm going to miss out on the BSS show at the Bowery in December, so this will have to hold me over until they put out their next album. In the meantime, Apostle will more than do.