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Tue, Aug. 5th, 2003 04:27 pm
"i'm fine; half alive, such a drag that your life's getting harder..."

sometimes people ask me what i've heard lately that really good. if you are one of these people, i can tell you in two syllables: charlene. think yo la tengo meets my bloody valentine. that's what much of this s/t album sounds similar to. it's gorgeous and sprawling and honestly, one of the best records i've heard all year. i got a late start since it was released last year. i've had the 'sugarblocker' mp3 about a year now though. i had downloaded it off insound or epitonic and i've been looking for their album in record stores ever since. the first few months i had it it was in my winamp playlist forever. it's simply hypnotic. sometimes i looped that one song for hours and hours. when i got an album [the postal service - give up] i had really been anticipating around christmas time, charlene were pushed to the back burner. a few months back at soundgarden i found three 7"s by them and i picked up all three, but didn't really listen to them all that much since i wasn't home all that much. i didn't even think to look for the album that day. last week when stephanie was here, i went on a crazy selling off old music/getting new music spree and wound up with this album, the newest calla record, the newest pinback ep, and the new rob crow album (along with 8 or so other albums which are less important at the moment). anyways, this one is the one that has stood out and just sparkled. seriously. it was $9.99 at soundgarden, which is like bargain of the century. go buy this album, because it's that good and you will love it. go support them on tour as well:

Charlene

9/11/03 Thu - Toronto, CANADA - Lee's Palace
9/12/03 Fri - Detroit, MI - Shelter
9/13/03 Sat - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
9/15/03 Mon - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
9/16/03 Tue - Philadelphia, PA - The Khyber *
9/17/03 Wed - Cambridge, MA - T.T. the Bear's Place
9/18/03 Thu - TBA
9/19/03 Fri - New York, NY - Tribeca Rock Club
9/20/03 Fri - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's

All Dates w/ Mark Gardener (Ride) & Goldrush

* i'll be at one of these, depending on when i actually make it to chicago.

Current Mood: hypnotized
Current Music: charlene - sugarblocker

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thefuckingvold
thefuckingvold
the champagne of livejournal
Tue, Aug. 5th, 2003 01:33 pm (UTC)

i'll have to look for that, it sounds interesting.

could you maybe give me some leads on dc area venues besides black cat that would maybe want to book decibully? any info at all would be great!


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madflowr
madflowr
she speaks in song lyrics
Tue, Aug. 5th, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC)
YIKES

i got yr email, but aaron -- i am SO SO SO terrible with email. it's just crazy. definitely galaxy hut! seriously. it's pretty small, but it's a great space and the ppl there are all so great. it'll fill up pretty quickly though. also, the warehouse next door is where all the hipsters are playing these days. i know the kid who books there and he's super nice too. personally, i think yr sound would be better at a non 21+ place, so that would rule out the velvet lounge (dc), and iota (va). in baltimore, you should definitely go for ottobar above charm city artspace, just because it's more of a club and the promotion is better as well. anyways, definitely jump on the friendster and ask me any more questions you have. gah! i'm still not sure when my move is going to take place. if i'm still here, i would LOVE you guys to headline a make-out party. seriously. gah. we'll see. everything should start taking shape within the next week or two pretty much. xo.


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thefuckingvold
thefuckingvold
the champagne of livejournal
Tue, Aug. 5th, 2003 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: YIKES

whoa, holy links! thanks so so much for all the info, i figured you were probably pretty busy when i emailed you with maybe moving and all the d plan stuff that was going on and stephanie being in town, so it's no big deal at all that you didn't get back to me right away.

but yeah, thanks again for all the info! it's so appreciated.


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michaelpop
michaelpop
Canadian Tuxedo Optional
Tue, Aug. 5th, 2003 03:53 pm (UTC)

it's not getting much press, but shoegaze is totally making a quiet comeback this year.

now, if only kevin shields would get his shit together...


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madflowr
madflowr
she speaks in song lyrics
Wed, Aug. 6th, 2003 12:33 pm (UTC)

for real, for real.

also, isn't he? i read it somewhere...


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michaelpop
michaelpop
Canadian Tuxedo Optional
Wed, Aug. 6th, 2003 01:46 pm (UTC)

there was something in pitchfork a couple of weeks ago about them going into the studio to polish up a few new tracks for a new release of, uh, old unreleased material. so, who knows at this point.

still, fingers crossed.


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grassfire
grassfire
ch.
Tue, Aug. 5th, 2003 08:35 pm (UTC)

teehee. my boy gave me a copy of that cd because a) he really likes it and b) that's my first name [charlene] ... its good stuff. too bad they're not touring near me, and he just moved out of Ohio..


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