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Darren Haymen {Hefner} does Vic Chesnutt

We’re all still reeling from the sudden death of beloved songster Vic Chesnutt. He had a true talent for writing songs that resonated with both frail emotion and solitary strength, and he’ll be greatly missed.

Darren Hayman {Mr. Hefner} recently recorded one of Vic’s songs in rememberance and has shared it with all of us. Below is a video of his version of “Gravity of the Situation” (recorded at home with violinist Dan Mayfield) and an MP3 of the song is available on the Hefner / Hayman website.

If you haven’t done so already, mark your calendar for February 28. A bunch of stellar local folks have put together a Vic Chesnutt tribute and benefit night at the Tractor with folks like Ian Moore, Jason Dodson of The Maldives, Marc Olsen, Mike Dumovich, Your Heart Breaks, and more are set to take the stage. All proceeds will go directly to Chesnutt’s family to help pay off his remaining medical bills.


ballboy BOAT Bright Eyes Carissa's Wierd Clinic David and the Citizens Desaparecidos Fishboy Galactic Heroes Girl Talk Hefner Her Space Holiday Imaginary Scoop Los Campesinos! Los Halos Math and Physics Club Matt & Kim mclusky Nana Grizol Okkervil River She and Him Starlight Mints The Arcade Fire The Eames Era The Lucksmiths The Mountain Goats The Postal Service The Thermals The White Stripes Tullycraft Visqueen Wilco

imaginary liz’s favorite albums of the last decade

The Thermals by Bobby McHugh

Yesterday I divulged my favorite albums of the year. Today I am ready to let go of my latest obsession: My album recap of how I spent my 00’s.

The below listage rant is my own little time capsule to remind myself why 2000-2009 musically ruled. As with my other list posts, I’m certain I totally forgot to add something really important to my end-all-be-all-recap. It’s up to you to remind me by posting your favs of the 00’s below.

  1. Bright EyesFevers and Mirrors
  2. The ThermalsMore Parts Per Million
  3. TullycraftDisenchanted Hearts Unite
  4. Nana GrizolLove It Love It
  5. Los CampesinosHold On Now, Youngster
  6. Matt & KimGrand
  7. Her Space HolidayThe Young Machines
  8. ballboyClub Anthems
  9. The LucksmithsWhy That Doesn’t Surprise Me
  10. David & the CitizensUntil the Sadness is Gone
  11. Okkervil RiverDon’t Fall in Love with Everyone You See
  12. DesaparecidosRead Music/Speak Spanish
  13. WilcoYankee Hotel Foxtrot
  14. The White StripesWhite Blood Cells
  15. BOATSongs That You Might Not Like
  16. ClinicInternal Wrangler
  17. VisqueenMessage to Garcia
  18. Los HalosLeaving Va.
  19. Math and Physics ClubMath and Physics Club
  20. She and HimVolume 1
  21. The Galactic HeroesEvery Sidewalk
  22. FishboyAlbatross: How We Failed To Save The Lone Star State With The Power Of Rock And Roll
  23. HefnerDead Media
  24. The Mountain GoatsThe Coroner’s Gambit
  25. Carissa’s WierdSongs About Leaving
  26. The Postal ServiceGive Up
  27. Arcade FireFuneral
  28. The Eames EraDouble Dutch
  29. mcluskyMclusky Do Dallas
  30. Starlight MintsThe Dream That Stuff Was Made Of


#31-#50 (in alphabetical order)

  • – Bright EyesI’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
  • – Bright EyesLifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
  • – The CatchGet Cool
  • – The FratellisCostello Music
  • – The Go! TeamThunder, Lightning, Strike
  • – Girl TalkFeed the Animals
  • – GrandaddyThe Sophtware Slump
  • – The HivesVeni Vidi Vicious
  • – Hot Hot HeatMake Up the Breakdown
  • – The Long WintersWhen I Pretend to Fall
  • – Los Campesinos!We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
  • – Matt & KimMatt & Kim
  • – Stéphane PompougnacHotel Costes (Vol 3)
  • – The Saturday KnightsMingle
  • – The ShinsOh, Inverted World
  • – The StrokesIs This It
  • – Suburban Kids with Biblical Names#3
  • – Tegan & SarahSo Jealous
  • – The ThermalsFuckin A
  • – TullycraftBeat Surf Fun


#51-#75 (in alphabetical order)

  • – Lily AllenAlright, Still
  • – Belle & SebastianFold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant
  • – Cars Can Be BlueAll the Stuff We Do
  • – CineramaDisco Volante
  • – ClearlakeCedars
  • – The Dandy WarholsThirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
  • – The FeaturesExhibit A
  • – GorillazGorillaz
  • – The GossipStanding in the Way of Control
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack
  • – Jarvis CockerJarvis
  • – The Long WintersThe Worst You Can Do Is Harm
  • – Miniature TigersTell It To The Volcano
  • – Noah and the WhalePeaceful, The World Lays Me Down
  • – The Pains of Being Pure at HeartThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart
  • – The PharmacyChoose Yr Own Adventure
  • – QuasiThe Sword of God
  • – The RaptureOut of the Races & Onto the Tracks
  • – The Scotland Yard Gospel ChoirThe Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
  • – Snow PatrolWhen It’s All Over We Still Have to Clear Up
  • – TelekinesisTelekinesis!
  • – The ThermalsThe Body The Blood The Machine
  • – The TrucksThe Trucks
  • – The White StripesElephant
  • – VisqueenKing Me
Tomorrow the plan is to list out my favorite locals of the decade… I wonder who will top the list?
{Photo by Bobby McHugh}

Darren Hayman Hefner Imaginary Scoop

Good Band, Bad Website Design

Hefner rulesYou know how there's all those extreme home makeover / what NOT to wear shows that help people ditch their not-so-stylish ways?

I think there there should be a Ty Pennington (or someone a bit less annoying, but just as enthusiastic) to burst through someone's office door and give their website an extreme makeover.

How many times have you gone to a band or label site excited to see what they have to offer (especially after hearing some killer songs on their MySpace page) to find a page that is overtly reliant on tables and a wacko color scheme?

Take, for example, the website of Darren Hayman — the fellow from Hefner. I sooo dig his Hefner and French songs. I am on his mailing list and love hearing all about his shows (always in fancy Euro locales) and listening to new songs posted on his site or videos on YouTube — and he is quite a nice fellow. But I have to admit, I have a hard time sending folks to check out website because the design isn't so friendly.

For a while I treated it like the table-format'd site was like that on purpose. But today when I was looking for a link to his MP3s, I realized that I can't explain it away. Is it designed to follow the Menomena tradition of web design (which may cause one to launch into spasms while navigating through)? Can Web-Ty blast into his flat and take his site to the next level?

Let's face it, no matter what you think of their music, the They Might Be Giants website is a masterpiece of interactivity and a pretty resource for fans and newbies. They actually have multiple sites to manage it all and even their 'temp' site puts others to shame. It'd be great if Darren/ could wow folks with pretty colors, organized links and images with proper resolution.

I know that we're all busy (and that my own sites aren't winning webbies just yet) and I also know that there are a ton other sites out there that fall victim to this; Aren't there some design students who need internship credit that can jump in and save these visually afflicted sites? Or should bands just jump on blogspot and wysiwyg it? And, as someone who can barely match her knee socks, am I coming off like a picky lame-o? Yes, I know I am. Is this web-nerd-core?

On a related note… I am super excited about the release of Darren Haymen's latest effort: Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern. They're releasing a single (only available on seven inch) and limited to 500 numbered copies. It's not available in the shops but you can buy it from (there's a button for it somewhere) or Unpopular Records. Also, they're rumored to be working on a full-length album. YAY!