Posted by: on November 7, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Seriously. They just called on our secret red batphone and said to put you and a friend on their list for the show Monday at the Stick. Small problem; they don’t know your name. They remember you from Rock City, though. Medium height. Freckles. Pseudo-hot. Got a thing for pudgy bloggers. Email us and let us know if you want in; we promise not to stalk you:

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Posted by: on November 7, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Finally. The Detroit answer to the Baltimore Round Robin. Only it’s all acoustic. And the artists are playing on a stage, not in “the round.” Whatevs. It’s definitely the place to be tonight and Jay will be dressed up as Dan Deacon doing shots of whatever you hand him. Beware, this is what happens after the fifth shot of Apple Pucker…

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Posted by: on November 6, 2008 at 10:00 am

The Sea and Cake, Car Alarm (Thrill Jockey)

MP3: “Weekend”

Not really famous for straying the course, Car Alarm is an album that you would expect to come from Chicago’s the Sea and Cake. If you’re into the band, then odds are you know exactly what to expect, and you will dig it. And why wouldn’t you? All the key elements have been assembled for a typically great Sea and Cake record: Sam Prekop’s smooth, breathy vocals, Eric Claridge’s impressive and tight bass playing, John McEntire’s jazzy and precise drumming and the jangly guitars of Prekop and Archer Prewitt. Like all their records, it is a combination of indie rock, pop, jazz and tropicalia. It is the obvious next step the band could have taken after 2007’s awesomely poppy Everybody, with a very subtle return to some of the electronic sounds of the previous few records (check “Weekend” for some oscillating keyboard work that makes us yearn for some of the blippity-bloop jams from 1997′s The Fawn).

After almost 16 years worth of stellar, reliable releases, Car Alarm mostly sticks to the same strategy the band always has. But, we’re huge fans, so we couldn’t care less. Never change, boys. — Aaron Quillen

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Posted by: on November 5, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Child Bite, “Barracuda Mouth” (Suburban Sprawl Music, 2008)

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