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Friday, October 24, 2008

Tonight in Music: Jeffrey Lewis, Ted Leo and Against Me!, Flo Rida

posted by on October 24 at 9:00 AM

Jeffrey Lewis - “Anxiety Attack”
Jeffrey Lewis & the Jackals
Jeffrey Lewis’s Crass covers record, 12 Crass Songs, is pure, unfettered genius—as many people have been converted to Crass through the album’s flattering acoustic treatments as introduced to Lewis. Everyone wins! But Lewis’s own songs are, if not as anarchically charged, every bit as compelling as his covers, describing with comic (and sometimes comic-strip) detail subjects ranging from psychologically fraught encounters with Will Oldham to the nature of life itself. With witchy, apocalyptic howler Arrington de Dionyso of Old Time Relijun. (Comet, 922 E Pike St, 322-9272. 9 pm, $8, 21+.) ERIC GRANDY
Flo Rida - “Low”
Flo Rida, DJ Phase, Miguel Alvarado, Kippy
(Trinity) Fuck Florida, chief. Not only did Florida deliver Bush an election, but right now in 2008, the Sunshine State dominates “urban” radio with the shitty likes of T-Pain, Plies, Rick Ross, and the evil DJ Khaled. Near the top of the list of Khaled’s offenses to humanity is his creation of the soulless club-rap robot known as Flo Rida. I really do think Khaled created him Weird Science–style—plugging a pile of Ed Hardy shirts, sunglasses, and tattoo sketches into Auto-Tune and letting it rip. Then, armed with the slickest of Top 40 production, the plum-dumbest of hooks, and the utter absence of a personality, Flo Rida’s “Low” crowned the Billboard chart for 10 weeks—thus destroying the fabric of democracy and ensuring God’s continuing wrath in the form of hurricanes. LARRY MIZELL JR.
Future of the Left - “Manchasm”
Against Me!, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Future of the Left
(Showbox at the Market) You’re paying to see Ted Leo and Against Me! because you already know you love those bands. But you didn’t know that tonight’s show comes with a gift: Future of the Left. It was a sad day for rock and roll when Mclusky announced they were breaking up in 2005. The Welsh rockers had everything—biting, cocky lyrics, addictive guitar riffs, humor. But when one door closes, another one etc., and Future of the Left are rising from Mclusky’s ashes. FOTL deliver some of the same playful humor and snotty rock as Mclusky did. For example, they have a song (“Manchasm”) that seems to be about a cat: “Colin is a pussy, a very pretty pussy. Colin is a very pretty pussycat.” I love bands that make me laugh and dance at the same time. MEGAN SELING

Read my interview with Against Me!’s Tom Gabel here, and read my Suggest for tonight’s show here. Can you tell I’m stoked for this show? Because I am.

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Despite the maximum suckage that was New Wave, I'm really excited for the show too! I'm especially excited to get to see Future of the Left finally!

Posted by bunnypuncher | October 24, 2008 1:06 PM

I'm sorry but isn't there something charming about the sheer awfulness of DJ Khaled? I mean half the time I think he has to be joking, right?

Posted by Lee | October 25, 2008 8:49 PM

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