December 15, 2003

Belle & Sebastian - Fans Only DVD, North American Release, January 20, 2004

The jam-packed 'Fans Only' DVD contains all the band's videos, documentary footage, interviews, performances all over the world both live and on television and much more. Region 1, NTSC. Out January 20, 2004.

The DVD is over 2 hours long and mainly consists of a feature-length documentary that stitches together pieces of interview footage, all the promo videos, live performances, interviews, outtakes, TV appearances, early documentary footage, exclusive material and behind-the-scenes insights into the evolution of the band.

It is possible to access the various bits and pieces directly by using the "scene selection" feature. In addition, there are several "extras" beyond the documentary itself, featuring, for example, the press release that the band held in London in 2000 to announce the release of 'Fold Your Hands Child You Walk Like A Peasant.'

Although the back of the DVD lists 16 tracks, this is purely for aesthetic reasons. In fact over 75 songs are featured on the disc. Some are fragmentary, but some of these fragments are unreleased songs or covers not available elsewhere. Some of the unreleased songs actually play in the background during menus or scene selections.

The live footage comes from Glastonbury, Bowlie Weekender at Cambersands, the Coachella festival and many other sources. The TV appearances include live performances and interviews on British, French, American and Brazilian TV, as well as a 1996 Scottish TV program about the band entitled "Don't Look Down".

The band can be heard performing covers of "Darlin'" by the Beach Boys, "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell, "The Kids Are Alright" by The Who, "Poup»e de cire, poup»e de son" by Serge Gainsbourg, "A Minha, Menina" by Jorge Ben and "Baby" by Caetano Veloso.

Preorder the "Fans Only" DVD now from the Matador Store, and get a buck off our already low price.

Cat Power - solo dates in the lovely state of Florida, this week
If you've not heard, Chan Marshall has the following solo performances scheduled this week:

Dec. 18th - Orlando - The Social
Dec. 20th - Miami - I/O

Guided By Voices - if their van could talk... would say, "I prefer Shell Optimax, thanks." As the world gets hip to the splendor of GBV recordings old and new, the band hit the road this January for the following dates:

Thu-Jan-08 Nashville, TN Exit In
Fri-Jan-09 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
Sat-Jan-10 Gainesville, FL Market Street Pub
Mon-Jan-12 Orlando, FL The Social
Tue-Jan-13 Jacksonville, FL Jackrabbits
Wed-Jan-14 Tallahassee, FL Beta Bar
Fri-Jan-16 Houston, TX Engine Room
Sat-Jan-17 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
Sun-Jan-18 Dallas, TX Trees
Tue-Jan-20 Columbia, MO Blue Note
Wed-Jan-21 St. Louis, MO Mississippi Nights
Fri-Jan-23 Louisville, KY Headliners
Sat-Jan-24 Columbus, OH Little Bros

New Content On Our Award-Winning Website:

the killer video for the New Pornographers "All For Swinging You Around" (and coming next month, an interview with the guy who was killed while watching it):

MP3's from Guided By Voices - "The Best Of Jill Hives" (album version) and "Of Mites And Men" (Nate Farley Sessions version)

a bunch of quicktime videos of The Wisdom Of Harry toiling their musical trade, deep in the woods. No grizzlies, many trees.

M. Ward - on your radio this week.
"M. Ward's recording session for NPR's World Cafe with David Dye can be heard on December 17, 2003 on more than 160 stations nationwide. You can find your local station at"

End of Year News for Seachange:
To end our year we are playing the second annual Why Can't We Just All Get Along Christmas Covers party. Its at Junktion 7 , Nottingham on Friday 19th December, entrance is the princely sum of £2 and also playing are: Richard Dytch, Saint Joan, Burning Man, The Chemistry Experiment and Line. The tradition is that bands can't divulge what covers they are going to play, so can't tell you anymore I'm afraid.

current listening favorites of the powerful few:


Patrick Amory's Listening Pile for December 15th

1. Wayne Rogers -- Constant Displacement (Twisted Village LP)
2. Ravel/Yvonne Lef»bure (Coup d'Archet 180 gm mono LP)
3. Franck, Ravel/Johanna Martzy (Coup d'Archet 180 gm mono LP)
4. Oranges Band -- All Around (Amish LP)
5. Fuschia -- Fuschia (Pegasus LP)
6. Vaclav Talich and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Supraphon ZB6 dbl LP)
7. Joan Manuel Serrat -- Joan Manuel Serrat (Novola/Zafiro LP)
8. Mission of Burma -- Vs. (Ace of Hearts LP)
9. Sundry French children's songs EPs and LPs
10. Beethoven/Kleiber 7th (Deutsche Grammaphon GT2 LP) (how did I miss this the first time around?!)

2003 Highlights, As Chosen By Staff, Artists and Management-Types.

Greg Netter, Matador Records

Records: The Shins, Four tet, Dead Meadow
Concerts: GBV (Phili 9/5, Brooklyn 11/14) Buzzcocks (NY Dec.03) Interpol (NYC Nov.03)
Food: Vietnamese Sandwiches (Mott St. + Broom St.NYC)

Shelby Bacchus, Beggars Group
my very best of 2003:
10. - get disappointed when they DON'T trump our press releases
9. fenders, bicycle fenders
8. office shelving
7. Turbo Negro 'Scandinavian Leather' and 1998's: ›'Darkness Forever' (live)
6. Animal Planet 'Americas Funniest Animals' - plenty of dogs in various clothing, sunglasses, the works
5. FUSE 'Oven Fresh' programming and online coverage + 'Indie MXTP Mixdown'... small playlist, but tons of great taste!
4. (#4 on my charts, 3 years running!)
3. never did I ever think I'd say this: ›MTV Rules ›(MTV2 programming, news, online presence - HUGE shoutout to Subterranean)
2. office shelving
1. Christmas on the beach

Mark O, Matador Records
J.J. Cale, "Anyway The Wind Blows: The Anthology", Polygram Records
Trad Gras Och Stenar, "Live 1972", 1/2 Special
Dead Meadow, "L.A. Sessions", (Demo Recordings)
Junior Kimbrough, "Meet Me In The City", Fat Possum Records
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, "Pig Lib", Matador Records
Public Nuisance, "Gotta Survive", Shadoks Music
Red Foxx, Is Sex Here To Stay?", MF Records
Various Artists, "Darker Blues", Fat Possum Records
Lifeguards, "Mist King Urth", Fading Captain
Cass McCombs, "A", Monitor

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group / Amish Records
Fiery Furnances "Gallowsbird's Bark"
Neil Young "On the Beach" Reissue (Reprise)
The Shins "Chutes to Narrow" (Subpop)
The Oranges Band "All Around" (Lookout!)
Hala Strana s/t (Emperor Jones)
Young People "War Prayers" (Dim Mak)
Manitoba "Up in Flames" (Domino Records)
Death Comet Crew "DCC In America 12" (Troubleman)
Cass McCombs "A" (Monitor Records)
Rogers Sisters "Purely Evil" (Troubleman)
Live: Pretty Girls Make Graves / The Hold Steady / Measles, Mumps, Rubella /
Fiery Furnances / White Magic / Ratatat / Ted Leo / Black Dice / Samara
The Office (BBC America)

Fred Navarrete, Beggars Group
Top Ten of 2003:
Cat Power - You Are Free - Matador
Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power - XL/Beggars
Idlewild - Remote Part - Capitol
Mars Volta ›- De-loused in the Comatorium - Strummer/Universal
Starlight Mints - Built on Squares - Pias
Enon - Hocus Pocus - Touch and Go
Elbow - Cast of Thousands - V2
Clearlake - Cedars - Domino
The Constantines - Shine a light - Sub Pop
Tommy Guerrero - Soul Food Taqueria - Mo Wax/Beggars

Honorable Mention:
Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People - Matador
Stars - Heart - Arts & Crafts
Postal Service - Give Up - Sub Pop
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Pig Lib - Matador
+/- - You Are Here - Teen Beat
Mojave 3 - Spoon and Rafter - 4AD/Beggars
British Sea Power - The Decline of British Sea Power - Rough Trade
Cursive - the Ugly Organ - Saddle Creek
Beulah - Yoko - Velocette
Apollo Sunshine - Katonah - Spin Art

Alex Moreno, Beggars Group
(Dude at front desk)

Top Ten Things of 2003.
10) Waking up in Tompkins Square Park after the Pretty Girls Make Graves
after-party at Drinkland.
9) Being at my desk at 9:30am the next day albeit with leaves on my hair.
8) A group of 10 HUGE hip-hop dudes dubbed Really Tight Productions (logo
was a big booty wearing a tight mini skirt) coming in, laying a boom-box on
my desk and commencing to perform.
7) The fact that I finally got rid of them.
6) Japas not chugging my secret Santa gift (bottle of Johnny Walker) I
drunkenly left behind at the post-x-mas party party.
5) Arab Strap's "Shy Retirer" EP and performance at Bowery on December 7th.
4) Interpol live at the opening of Plaid (substitute Field Day show).
3) Beggars Group/Matador Records CMJ after-party at Route 85a.
2) Endless Boogies' 4 song, 45 minute set at Union Pool in Williamsburg.
1) Some nappy haired guy crawling in here like a spider, handing me his
demo, then crawling back out without saying a word. The demo sucked by they
way. Gave me a chuckle though.

Dave Martin, Matador Direct
New Music
1. Cobra Verde Easy Listening - Muscle Tone
2. Speaking Canaries Get Out Alive: The Last Type Story - Scat/12XU
3. Modey Lemon Thunder & Lightning - Birdman
4. Miminokoto Live - Last Visible Dog
5. Brother JT3 Hang In There Baby - Drag City
6. Dirtbombs Dangerous Magical Noise - In The Red
7. Deadly Snakes Ode To Joy - In The Red
8. Major Stars 4 - CDR
9. Bardo Pond On The Elipse - All Tomorrow's Parties
10.Gillian Welch Soul Journey -Acony

Old Music
1. Swamp Rats Disco Still Sucks - Get Hip
2. Television Live At The Old Waldorf - Rhino Handmade
3. TrĒd GrĒs Och Stenar - Mors Mors, Djungelns Lag & Live 1972 - 1/2 Special
4. Mike Rep & the Quotas Mama Was A Schizo... 7"
5. Wayne Rogers Constant Displacement - Drag City
6. Eleventh Dream Day Prairie School Freakout/Wayne - Thrill Jockey
7. Urban Waste S/T - Hungry Eye/Mad At the World
8. Jacks Live - Orange Doubledome
9. Stud Cole› Burn Baby Burn - Norton
10.Them Belfast Gypsies - Rev-Ola

Live Music
1. Miminokoto & Wayne Rogers Unit Live @ Tonic
2. TrĒd GrĒs Och Stenar @ Tonic (Tues show) & Other Music In store
3. Rocket From the Tombs @ Maxwell's
4. Television @ Irving Plaza
5. Stooges @ Roseland

Jennifer Lanchart, Beggars Group
1. Being an extra in an indie film w/ Johnny Depp, then meeting him.
2. Seeing so many amazing shows, including Interpol @ Shepherds Bush in
London, & @ Hammerstein, Joseph Arthur @ Bowery Ballroom & Housing Works,
Super Furries In San Diego, Spiritualized @ Irving, BDB in Brooklyn & loads
more I'm forgetting.
3. Going to Glasto w/ my girls.
4. That amazing & beautiful train ride to Wales to see SFAs.
5. Travelling more w/ our bands on the road...Those LA trips were good
6. Manchester for the first time.
7. Getting that call from JAs peeps.
8. Listening to that Mars Volta album an outrageous amt. of time in the
office & letting it "grow" on me.
9. Seeing Retreat from Moscow w/ my folks.
10. Discovering the endless choices of Digital Cable!

Nils Bernstein, Beggars Group
1) television - live at the old waldorf (rhino handmade)
2) richard thompson - old kit bag
3) stars - heart
4) mars volta - de-loused in the comatorium
5) the bloodbrothers - burn, piano island, burn!
6) outkast - "hey ya"
7) califone - quicksand/cradlesnakes
8) spoon - the way we get by
9) true love - i was accident
10) sonicare toothbrushes

james mcnew, yo la tengo
favorite sandwich-related spots 2003:
1. an dong banh mi, brooklyn
2. pat's steaks, philadelphia
3. george's, philadelphia
4. johnny's italian beef, chicago
5. central grocery, new orleans
6. pink's, los angeles
7. crumpet shop, seattle
8. delfonte's, brooklyn
9. fiore's, hoboken
10. piccolo's market, ridgewood, nj

records and such 2003:
Murs, The End Of the Beginning (Def Jux)
Majesticons, Beauty Party (Big Dada)
Mike Ladd & Vijay Ayer, In What Language?
Beans, Tomorrow Right Now (Warp)
Lali Puna, "Left-Handed" (Morr)
Bjorn Olsson, s/t (Gravitation)
Deerhoof, Apple O (Kill Rock Stars)
Nobukazu Takemura, 10th (Thrill Jockey)
Brokeback, Looks At The Bird (Thrill Jockey)
Daedalus, Rethinking The Weather (Mush)
Aesop Rock, Bazooka Tooth (Def Jux)
"Outkast," "Hey Ya" (Arista)

The Clean, El-P, Aislers Set, Tinkle, Eleventh Dream Day, Majesticons, The Dishes, OOIOO.

Euvin Weeber, Beggars Group
Assorted random memories and highlights of 2003:
Iggy and the Stooges at Roseland
July 4th roof top barbeque party Williamsburg
Dead Meadow performance at the aforementioned BBQ
Aereogramme w/the Delgados at Bowery Ballroom
Sausage and Mash London UK
Gibson Les Paul's
Hanging on the beach during the Siren Festival 03
All things Curtis Mayfield
Mogwai at Southpaw
Super Furry Animals 'Phantom Power'
Parsley Sound 'S/T'
Led Zeppelin DVD
M Ward 'Transfiguration of Vincent'
Comets On Fire 'Field Recordings From the Sun'
CMX 'Aurinko'
Beer Garden in Muir Woods CA
'Stoked: The rise and fall of Gator'
The band tentatively known as Wing-Ed Elf
David Bowie 'Ziggy Stardust OST'
Cat Power 'You Are Free'
Finding the Frogs 'My Daughter the Broad' on CD (I've only had a cassette
copy for years)
Vicodin Leftovers from my Tonsil Operation
Mississippi John Hurt 'The Avalon recordings'
Beatles Anthology on DVD
Cherry Valence Live - Good
Cherry Valence album - Bad
Vice Fashion Show 03
Queens of Stone Age 'Songs For The Deaf'
Beck 'Sea Change'
Johnny Cash RIP
Gay Bar video featuring George W. Bush and Tony Blair
James Gang 'Yer Album'

Lyle Hysen, Beggars Group
Top 10 things (or so) and stuff:
The Wrens -"Meadowlands" (Absolutely Kosher)
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists-"Hearts of Oak" (Lookout!)
Arrested Development (Fox TV)
Stephensons BBQ (Somewhere in North Carolina)
Nada Surf-"Lets Go" (Barsuk)
Elizabeth Mitchell- "You Are My Sunshine" (Last Affair)
Jason Moran "Bandwagon" (Bandland)
Stooges at Roseland
Taboo the Musical (Broadway)
Cheap Trick "Special One" (Big 3 Records)
Gillian Welch-Soul Journey (Acony)

Lucy Hurst, Matador Records
Postal Service - Give Up
Rilo Kiley - The Execution of All Things
Bonnie Prince Billy - Master and Everyone
Cursive - Ugly Organ
Mirah - Cold Cold Water
Azure Ray - Hold On Love
Belle and Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Iron and Wine - The Creek Drank The Cradle
Smog - Supper
Radio Department - Lesser Matters
Guther - I know You Know
Calexico - Feast of Wire
Microphones - Mount Eerie
The Books - The Lemon of Pink

It's been a bumper crop this year, and that's not including any of my favourite Matador releases (Cat Power, Dead Meadow, Pretty Girls Make Graves, M Ward, tons of GBV and of course Yo La Tengo!)

Douglas Coupland - Hey Nostradamus
Jonathan Safran Foer - Everything is Illuminated
discovering Murakami

Belleville Rendez-Vous
City of God

Six Feet Under Series One Box Set
Space Ghost from Coast To Coast Volume 1

Mike Holdsworth, Matador Records
without a doubt 2003 has been an excellent vintage for Matador Records. So many of my favourite records this year, the ones I keep returning to listen to are by Matador artists - non Matador faves include and in no particular order

rilo kiley - the execution of all things
califone - quicksand/cradlesnakes
white stripes - elephant
led zeppelin - how the west was won
neil young - on the beach
scavengers - scavengers
the saints - wild about you
50 cent - get rich or die tryin'
gene clark - no other

plus a constant shuffle through all manner of rocksteady, roots rockers, and dub

J Lesser
Top 10 overheard topics of tableside conversation at Mickaboo Parrot
Rescue's Holiday Fundraiser:
Bud or Bud Light
Procurement of parrot themed scarf
Why God gives us the parrots
references of birds in songs available for karaoke
When does St. Mick appear?
Number of pet parrot boasts
discovery of parrot excrement on holiday finery
Number of pet parrot bite scars
she thinks she's human
flamingo system

Sujan Hong, Beggars Group
My favorite albums of the year and the current baseball players they remind me of. (Consultation from the living baseball encyclopedia that is my fiance.)

The New Pornographers - Electric Version (Matador): Electric indeed, and all over the place. Came out of nowhere to knock my (high) socks off. In a name, Dontrelle Willis.

The Hidden Cameras - The Smell of Our Own (Rough Trade): Roberto Alomar, but when he was good. Slick and pretty, impertinent and pouty and erm, "happy" as hell.

Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress (Rough Trade): ›The obvious answer would be to say Mike Piazza, who is so loved by the band they named a song after him. Instead, DCW makes me think of sweet little Miguel Cabrera, the darling of this year's post-season. ›Both are very huggable but also have surprising ferocity.

The Thermals - More Parts Per Million (Sub Pop): Jeromy Burnitz's uppercut of a homerun swing. Violent and good and impressive and raw.

Rufus Wainwright - Want One (Dreamworks): ›Lots of ass. ›And there is no player more of an ass than Kevin Brown.

Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power (XL Recordings/Beggars Group): His numbers may have been so-so this year, but no doubt Greg Maddux is a HOF bound pitcher. ›And anyone who's looked at his doughy face and dumpy body wonder where he gets his skills. ›I can't believe I just compared a Brave to something I like. ›Oy. Also, I am not calling the members of SFA dumpy.

The Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic (Dirtnap): Despite his horrid John Mayer/Dave Matthews-esque mini-performances on late night talk shows, Barry Zito seems like an ok guy. He can handle a guitar. He sorta has that punky-poppy thing going on (as far as baseball players go). And he's dreamy and exciting. Just like this record.

Deerhoof - Apple O' (5RC): Confounding and awesome. Says crazy things you can't really understand. Ichiro!

The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow (Sub Pop): Cerebral and intense, but able to cut loose and be one of the guys. Mark Prior.

Mojave 3 - Spoon and Rafter (4AD/Beggars Group): Jamie Moyer - Reliable and trusty year after year. Gets better with age. Lulls you to sleep with excellence.

Alan English, Matador Records
The Postal Service - Give Up (Sub Pop)
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlantcism (Fierce Panda)
Cursive - The Ugly Organ (Saddle Creek)
The Mass - City Of Dis (Monotreme)
Rachel's - Systems/Layers (Quarterstick)
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow (Sub Pop)
Animal Collective - Spirit They've Gone Spirit They've Vanished (Fatcat)
Rilo Kiley - The Execution Of All Things (Saddle Creek)
The Radio Dept - Lesser Matters (Labrador)
Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner (XL)

10 Favourite shows of 2003:
Hrvatski / Keith Fullerton Whitman @High Wycombe White Horse, March
Knifehandchop @High Wycombe White Horse, April
Donna Summer / The Bug @an abandoned cash & carry in Acton, June
The Postal Service @London Spitz, June
The Edmund Fitzgerald @Oxford Truckfest, July
The Locust / Orthrelm @Manchester Granby, August
Cex @Oxford Cellar, August
Calvin Johnson @Oxford Port Mahon, September
Venetian Snares / Lesser / Ardisson @Oxford Cellar, October
Animal Collective @Oxford Wheatsheaf, October

Christy Simpson, Beggars Group
1. Reno 911
2. The Office - Season 2
3. Death Cab for Cutie "Transatlanticism"
4. Papa: Hemingway in Key West by James McLendon
5. Pretty Girls Make Graves at Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco
6. Kiehl's Coriander Deluxe Hand and Body Lotion
7. A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain
8. Family Guy Volume 2 DVD
9. Baby goat lasagne at Peasant
10. Lola Montez: A Life by Bruce Seymour
11. VMA's. Champagne. Shelby. Nils? Carson from Queer Eye? What happened?
12. Interpol in Miami
13. The Dirtbombs at Siren Fest, Coney Island
14. British Sea Power "The Decline of British Sea Power"
15. The New Pornographers "Electric Version"
16. Adopting the kitty love of my life, Ruby
17. Cantaloupe italian ice at Uncle Louie G's, Carroll Gardens
18 The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine by Tom Standage
19. The Mars Volta "De-Loused In The Comatorium"
20. Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives online -
21. Spoon at Castle Clinton
22. New episodes of Good Eats with Alton Brown
23. The Shins "Chutes Too Narrow"
24. Carnivale
25. Strangers with Candy, Seasons 1 and 2 DVDs

Ben Goldberg, Beggars Group
Malcolm Middleton - 5:14 Fluxytine Seagull Alcohol John Nico - Malcolm finally lets his sad side show. These are far from whiny singer-songwriter crap, as many have full-band accompaniment and his usual deft songwriting. FINALLY issued here in the States recently.

Sagor & Swing - Allt hĒnger samman - The best part of listening to this Swedish band is not worrying they're going to sing in Swedish (or English). Beautiful Hammond organ goodness, for any of you who are fans of Bo Hansson or like that Ennio Morricone grandiose sound.

Thor - Triumphant - I really wanted to like The Darkness record before hearing it, seeing how they're not being ironic and all, but there just aren't any songs there. I mean, do they really need to exist since there are bands that still really mean it? For the real thing, and by that I mean keeping-it-real-since-the-early-'70s, give a listen to former Mr. Canada himself Thor's new one.

Voivod - Voivod - Hope diminished with Angel Rat and flew right out the window with The Outer Limits, but Voivod finally made a record to rival HĒtross. Jason Newstead is the only Metallica member who is still alive that I now respect.

James Orr Complex - Chori's Bundle - Beautiful acoustic ballads from this Glasgowian, sad and soft and whimper-inducing.

That South Park Episode That Tells The History Of Mormonism - Greatest South Park episode ever, considering that even my mother found it funny.

Samara solo record - Samara is from Hall Of Fame. This record is more melody-based, revolving around folksy guitar playing at scattered additional instrumentation. Considering some of the dreck that was released this year, even by "reputable" labels, it's hard to believe this hasn't actually come out yet.

A Frames - S/T - I haven't heard their second record which came out this year, but their first one is as much Wire as every other band who has been compared to them isn't. And by that, I mean that it's clever and original and good and jagged.

Franz Ferdinand - Darts of Pleasure EP - Kind of the same thing I just said about A Frames, but more melodic, with much smoother deep-voiced vocals and an absolutely incredible live show.

Jesper Ekow, Matador Records

• Träd Gräs och Stenar US tour - thanks to the BAND, and to all the people who helped making it such a great success.
• Magnus Mills 'All Quiet on The Orient Express' and 'The Restraint of Beasts'
• Italo Calvino 'Hermit In Paris'
• Christopher Hitchens and his war on knee-jerk bullshit
• TK Webb - The Ungodly Hours CD & live show
• Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Pig Lib album plus live shows
• Black Dick For President 3xLP
• Pappo's Blues first LP
• November live CD
• Adolf Wölfli exhibit American Folk Art Museum, NYC
• Ingmar Bergman - Saraband TV film (from this year!) plus documentary
• Darts (the pastime)
• another glorious year for Endless Boogie
• TOKYO - serious eating (Shima, Sumibi Yakiniku) and above all Tsukiji fish market
• They have really great sandwiches (and snaps) at Husmann's Vinstue in København, Denmark, so if you happen to go there in, say, July, and Ida Davidsen is closed, you do not have to despair.

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
Consonant - Love & Affliction (Fenway)
Howard Hello - Don't Drink His Blood (Temporary Residence)
Wire - Send (Pink Flag)
James Orr Complex - Chori's Bundle (Rock Action)
Blood Brothers - Burn Piano Island Burn (Artist Direct)
Chris Brokaw - Wandering As Water (Return To Sender)
The Fall - Country On The Click (Action)
Richard Buckner - Impasse (Overcoat)
Califone - Quicksand/Cradlesnakes (Thrill Jockey)
Dump - A Grown Ass Man (Shrimper)
Sensational - Natural Shine (Wordsound)
Styrofoam - I'm What's There To Show That Something's Missing (Morr Music)

Televised Laff Riot of 2003: Ch. 4's "Peep Show".
Yes indeed, those Queer Eye dudes are funny when they're making fun of some schmoe who really just needs a maid or a haircut. But for something less formulaic, I submit the deeply troubled odd couple, Mark and Jeremy. In "Peep Show", these flatmates take sociopathic behavior to ghastly new lows. Ricky Gervais & Larry David, take a seat, Cringe City has new 2 new mayors.

Social Commentary of 2003: Natasha Lyonne dissing TV buffs as lazy sports fans and couch potatoes. The truth fucking hurts, but unlike watching television at home, if you go to a dark movie theatre, you can't read interviews with Natasha Lyonne.


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