slow down, we’ve got time left to be lazy

I was lucky to have been on Twitter just in time to catch this and record it. The excellent fun. debut (Nate from The Format, Jack from Steel Train, Andrew from Anathallo) album Aim and Ignite releases tomorrow, and in honor of the release, they played an informal acoustic set this afternoon for JamBase. I’ve uploaded it here, banter and all.

fun. Live on JamBase
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1. Benson Hedges
2. “You Might Want to Pawn This”
3. Walking the Dog
4. “Man Cleavage”
5. All the Pretty Girls
6. “Bigger Than Shark Week”
7. The Gambler
8. “Dan Goldstein”
9. At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used to Be)
10. “You Can’t Say 69 For the Number”
11. Take Your Time (Coming Home)

(Sorry about the low bitrate, but it was a webcast, so anything higher would have hardly made a difference, anyway.)

fun. is currently on tour; you can find the dates on their MySpace. I’ll be at the ATL show!

since the beat done gone

So I’ve had a terribly lazy summer. Late nights, late mornings, and the paychecks kept rolling in (how?!). I’ve also had an awfully hard time getting settled in anywhere. I’m hoping that both will change in the next few weeks.

I’d like to take a break from our un-regularly, unscheduled program.

I’ve kind of gotten used to living in the South in recent years. There are two things that will keep me here, if I do keep myself here: the most classic food anywhere, and Athens. What a town. There’s an Athens band I’ve loved for several years now called Modern Skirts, which if you pay attention to the Athens scene at all, you know them. Their most recent album All of Us in Our Night was released nationwide in January. And, wouldn’t you know it, the boys just got done recording another brand new batch of songs in New Orleans.

Before that, though, they recorded this wonderful live session at Ardent Studios in Memphis. This is the best peek you’ll get, right now, at the new stuff. And it’s wonderful; quite possibly the most adventurous songs they’ve done. “DUI” has every member on percussion, and it’s a blast to see live. “Happy 81” is arguably the most catchy song they’ve done. The less recent songs in this set (I can’t call them old just yet) sound better than ever; perhaps better than on the record, really proving the Skirts prowess as a live act. I’ve been going to their shows for years; they’re loads of fun and the coolest guys.

The set is officially up for download in MP3 format at the link above, but there’s one inconvenient thing about it: it’s not exactly iTunes-friendly, as the songs aren’t split up. I’ve gone ahead and split them up for you here; you’ll want to put this on your iPod or burn it, or something. (Needless to say, all credit goes to Modern Skirts/Ardent Studios in Memphis.)

Modern Skirts Live at Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN
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1. Intro
2. DUI
3. Hitler on Wheels
4. Radio Breaks
5. Chanel
6. Bridges and Overpasses
7. Happy 81
8. Eveready
9. Soft Pedals
10. Yugo
11. Like Lunatics