Monthly Archives: March 2011

History Lesson Part II

Minutemen, “History Lesson Part II,” from Double Nickels on the Dime (SST, 1984)

Thanks to everyone for coming out to Freddy’s last night for Thunderegg’s latest installment in the History Lesson concert series. Such a fun and supportive and, dare I say, physically attractive crowd.

The set list: “Ephemeral” (Universal Nut, 1995); “The Girl Who Has Everything” (New England Music, 1996); “Will Bite” (Personnel Envelo-file, 1997); “I Died Today (for Just a Minute)” (Thunderegg, 1997); “Ceiling Fan” (demo version is on Powder to the People, 1998); “It Took a Week and a Day (to Drink Those Twelve Sodas)” (In Yanistin, 2000); “Pardon Your French” (The Envelope Pushes Back, 2000); “If You Knew Me So Well” (Sweetest One, 2004); “If I Went on a Diet,” featuring Jake (A Very Fine Sample of What’s Available at the Mine, 2005); “If You Were Paper” (This Week, 2007); “Glass of Water” (Line Line, 2011); “Retarty” (Platinum, 2011); “Your Shoes Are Stupid” (Gazillion, 2012); “I’d Stay” (C’mon Thunder, 2012).

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Thunderegg History Lesson, Part Two: Tonight!

In March 2010, I launched the Thunderegg History Lesson concert series at Freddy’s Backroom in Brooklyn. About three weeks later, they tore the place down. But tonight, in honor of my imminent departure for the West Coast (I leave Friday), the series returns at the fancy new Freddy’s in the fabulous South Slope.

Thunderegg History Lesson Part Two: Farewell to Thunderegg
Tonight: Tuesday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.
Freddy’s Bar
627 Fifth Avenue, between 17th and 18th streets, Brooklyn

To explain the History Lesson part. Like last time, I’ll be playing one song from each Thunderegg album, in chronological order, and then wrapping up with an assortment of newer stuff. But this set will be completely different from the previous iteration. That’s the beauty of Thunderegg History Lesson. It’s possible to do exactly eighteen gazillion COMPLETELY DIFFERENT song sequences. We had real math people figure that out. Continue reading

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The PS 22 chorus sings “Round and Round” by Ariel Pink

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Urban decay as documented by Google Street View, pt. 5

Lucy Avenue between Latham and Sardis streets, Memphis.

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Groundhogs, “Earth Shanty,” from Hogwash (UA, 1972)

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So THAT’S how you do it

Foxx, whose last CD, Intuition, featured the Grammy-winning single “Blame It,” says teaming up with top rappers and R&B artists is the secret to making hit records.

—from “Jamie Foxx: His Secret to Making Hit Records,” Jet, January 24-31, 2011

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XTC, “Statue of Liberty” (live on The Old Grey Whistle Test, c. 1978)

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