Darren Hanlon Imaginary Scoop

Brand new Darren Hanlon video

How exactly is it Memorial Day weekend? It’s super gross outside. Lots of you are probably headed to Sasquatch, where the weather will hopefully be nicer, but those of us staying in Seattle are probably going to have soggy grill-outs. But, we’re headed into a 3-day weekend, and here’s a bit of cheer to help you get there faster! It’s a brand new Darren Hanlon video!

I’ve often waxed on about how much I love his wonderfully honest and beautiful pop songs that always through in a joke right after the most heart wrenching thing you’ve ever heard. Plus, he really is just one of the most charming men ever. Check out this adorable video for a brand new song called “All These Things”. It warms my musical-loving heart. Enjoy!


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Wish I'd Kept A Scrapbook: Tullycraft covers comp

photo by steve louie

{Tullycraft photo by Steve Louie}

Holy indie pop incredibleness! Do you miss Tullycraft as much as I do? It’s only been less than a year since their farewell set at San Francisco Popfest (which still gives me chills just thinking about), but just knowing that there may be another chance to sing along to such glorious pop gems makes me happy. Well, this isn’t a new Tullycraft record, but the next best thing: all your favorite (well, at least my favorite) indie pop bands together on one comp covering their favorite Tullycraft songs!

The wonderful folks who are putting the comp together put up an experiment of sorts on the site Kickstarter (a great website for getting funding for projects!) to see if they could raise a little scratch to make this cover compilation huge; to spread the love of Tullycraft to the masses! Only if they raise their amount will you be charged. Think of it like a pre-order: by paying in advance, you get tons of awesome benefits!

Full band list after the jump.

Darren Hanlon & Rose Melberg (just thinking about this makes me swoon so hard!)
Hot Lava
The Medusa Snare (members of Manhattan Love Suicides)
Galactic Heroes
The Smittens
Casper & The Cookies (ex Of Montreal)
Folklore (Jimmy from Elf Power)
Hotpants Romance
The Special Places (Corianton & Jenny from Tullycraft, getting a little meta there)
LA Tool & Die
The Besties (their last recorded song!)
Poison Control Center
The Awesomelies
Math & Physics Club (get a sneak peek at their song if you pick up their Record Store Day only floppy 7″ at Jigsaw Records!)
Japanese Master Track
Sprites (when was the last time this band put something out?!)
Moustache of Insanity

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listmania continues: keenan's top 20 favorite albums of the decade

photo by trickshot photography

{Long Winters photo by Trickshot Photography}

Because I’m some kind of masochist and a total nerd, I’ve been slaving over this list, keeping it brief (harder than you’d think!) at my favorite 20 albums of the decade without duplicating a band (even harder). Side note: I’ve probably forgotten something I really, really love, so let’s just call this how I feel right this minute. These are the albums I know every note and breath of by heart and I love as complete albums with all of my soul. These are albums that in my humble opinion have no skipable track and are works of beauty in their entirety. I’d also like to point out that these are my favorite albums, as I tend to shy away from calling them “the best”, as really, it’s just my opinion, and who am I to tell you that you’re wrong for not liking these records? (Though, if you catch me in a potentially altered state, I may completely negate that and call any number of these THE GREATEST of all time and call you wrong to your face if you disagree.) I digress. Here they are!

1. More Parts Per Million – The Thermals
2. The Worst You Can Do Is Harm – The Long Winters
3. Go Ahead And Say It – Racetrack
4. Mass Romantic – The New Pornographers
5. The Coast Is Never Clear – Beulah
6. Figure 8 – Elliott Smith
7. Albatross: How We Failed to Save the Lonestar State With the Power of Rock and Roll – Fishboy
8. We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes – Death Cab for Cutie
9. Warmer Corners – The Lucksmiths
10. Allison Statton – Pants Yell
11. Every Night – Saturday Looks Good to Me
12. All Hands On the Bad One – Sleater-Kinney
13. King James Version – Harvey Danger
14. Velocity of Sound – Apples in Stereo
15. Every Scene Needs A Center – Tullycraft
16. Oh, Inverted World – The Shins
17. Reconstruction Site – The Weakerthans
18. Here’s to Shutting Up – Superchunk
19. Little Chills – Darren Hanlon
20. Is This It? – The Strokes

Please feel free to post your own lists in the comments! And look out for my 50 favorite songs of the decade! (Still painstakingly working on that one!)

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Win tickets to see Darren Hanlon and Rose Melberg in Seattle on Friday, November 13th!

Darren Hanlon {from his presskit}

{photo from Darren’s press kit}

It is my pleasure to announce that Australia’s unbelievably talented and charming pinball champion/songsmith Darren Hanlon will be joining us in our fair city on Friday, November 13th at the Fremont Abbey! You may have caught Darren when he opened up for the Magnetic Fields on the i tour in 2004 (which happened to be where I fell in love with his songs myself). His songs are beautifullly penned stories, sometimes sad, sometimes silly, and often feature a “punchline”, just as you’re about to succumb to weeping on the floor. Here’s a video of one of my favorites of his, “The Unmade Bed” from 2004’s Little Chills.


Not only are his songs amazing, but his live shows are hilarious and wonderful, often filled with stories. He’ll be joined by Vancouver’s Rose Melberg (the Softies/Go Sailor/Tiger Trap). Her voice can make me spontaneously burst into tears, whether it’s a beautiful lullaby or a tale of love gone wrong. Here’s a video of her performing “Irene” from the Softies’ Holiday in Rhode Island.


And, to round out the charm of the evening, The Special Places (Corianton and Jenny from Tullycraft) are opening. If you missed their “once yearly show” opening for BOAT a few weeks ago, you’re in luck with another rare opportunity to see them!

And, to top it all off, we have a pair of tickets to give away! E-mail [email protected] by Thursday at 9am with the subject line “WeOnlyTouchedElbows” (all one word please), and please include your full name, especially if your e-mail address is something like [email protected] See you at the Fremont Abbey!

Darren Hanlon Live Show Review Sunset Tavern

Darren Hanlon was so charming last night

Anyone who was distanced by the lack of Okkervil River banter at Monday night's show should be been at the Sunset last night. The Australian in residence, Darren Hanlon, marked the final show on his three-month world tour (he's got an unofficial show in Bellingham tonight, but even he labeled last night's show as the closing of the tour) by recounting some of the most memorable snapshots of the tour in between songs.

He started of the show recounting his first show in the US ever, at Seattle's Eye and Ear Control as an intro to "Record Store." From there he smattered the set with a variety of songs from his four-album catalog and throughout the set he took requests (as randomly shouted out by the audience) that resulted in charming renditions of "The Kickstand Song" and "Brooklyn Bridge."

The two highpoints included his "Manilla NSW," in which he took off the guitar and with only keyboard accompaniment (supplied by nice-guy Portlander Corey) theatrically crooned the lyrics to the delight of the entire audience, and his recounting of his visit to Shorty's — a place he called heaven on earth (he's a hopeless pinball fanatic).

Here are some civilian pictures of the whole event…

Darren Hanlon at the Sunset

Darren Hanlon at the Sunset

Darren Hanlon Imaginary Scoop Sunset Tavern

Hot Aussie action at the Sunset tonight

Darren Hanlon -- thanks MySpace!

There hasn't been much fuss made, but TONIGHT IS THE DARREN HANLON SHOW at the Sunset!

Some of you might remember Darren as the opener for the Magnetic Fields on their last tour, or know him as a labelmate of the Lucksmiths (on the now defunct Candle Records), or because he's be known to pop up on mix tapes near and wide with his quirky songs, heartfelt songs about the every day (and punk rock roommates). And he's super cute and has a killer accent… and kind of resembles Russell Crowe's younger indie-folk brother. What's not to love?

Yes, if you shake Darren's hand tonight you WILL BE one degree of separation from Stephin Merritt… and you'll hear songs about squash (the sport).

And if that doesn't convince you, go listen to songs like "Happiness Is A Chemical," "Elbows," "Hiccups," or "I Wish That I Was Beautiful For You" on his website (there's also songs on his MySpace ripe for the sampling).

Also on the bill: Jen Wood (headlining) and Blue Light Curtain (opening) — neither of whom have ties to Australia (as far as I know).

See you there?

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Athens Popfest 2007 details announced!

Athens Popfest 2007Thanks to Pitchfork for the deets on the Athens Popfest 2007! I can't seem to find a schedule anywhere, but here's the info that's gone public so far:

The Popfest will fill up two Athens venues (40 Watt Club and Little Kings Shuffle Club) from August 8-11, 2007 and will, as always, be brought to us by the fine Happy Happy Birthday to Me folks.

So far, the folks confirmed include:

Ted Leo and his Pharmacists
Daniel Johnston
Circulatory System
American Revolution (featuring Robert Schneider of the Apples in Stereo)
Ideal Free Distribution
Dark Meat
Casper & the Cookies
Poison Control Center
High Water Marks (Apples offshoot band)
Red Pony Clock
Cars Can Be Blue
Baby Calendar
The Smittens
Venice Is Sinking
New Sound of Numbers
Yellow Fever
M Coast
Darren Hanlon
We Versus the Shark
How I Became the Bomb
Velcro Stars
Kite Flying Society
Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Ryan Anderson
Birds of Avalon
Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies
Titans of Filth
Patience Please
Hat Company
Christopher's Liver
Black Kids
Jerk Alert

The full schedules (yes, there's rumored to be even more people added to the line-up!) will be announced on the fest's website soon!

Feeling nostalgic?