Coolfer has posted a link to #50-#25 of Blender Magazine's top 50 records of '04 (24-01 being available in the magazine itself). Well, I guess you can't accuse them of being eliteist, but a quick glance at the list goes a long way towards explaining why I'll only read Blender on a train.
It was recently brought to my attention that Tonic is hosting a Tag Sale this Sunday described as a 'hipster holiday shopping dream come true.' Nice.
The December 11th Ted Leo and the Pharmacists gig at the Bowery Ballroom has been sold out for quite some time. But ever the People's Rocker, he's added a second, not sold out show on Sunday the 12th. Furthermore, it's 16+, so you can expose your younger siblings to the joy of watching a lanky, balding 34-year old completely destroy everything in his path with the ROCK. His recent Shake the Sheets isn't nearly as awful as some indie sites have made it out to be (big fanbase = hopelessly high expectations).
But if you need to get bowled over by the ROCK sooner, Isis is playing a Bowery show with These Arms Are Snakes this Saturday. All you need to know about TAAS is that they toured with the Blood Brothers, although their recent (and extremely cumbersomely titled) Oxeneers or the Lion Sleeps When its Antelope Go is a pretty excellent scream-o/intelligent hardcore in it's own right. Isis are a brutally heavy band who write 8 minute epics suitable for when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. I have yet to hear their recent Panopticon, but I assume it would kick my ass. There's some dude opening this gig named Tim Hecker too, but I have no idea who he is. Chances are he's heavy. I'd probably attend this show had I not already made plans.
And finally, 12/2/04 is the nine year anniversary of 12/2/95. Phish played the New Haven Coliseum that night, and produced the greatest version of the song "Tweezer" that this reformed Phishhead ever saw (and I saw them play that song roughly 15 times). The rest of the show was subpar by Phishy standards, but for 14 minutes in the second set, my mind was completely blown to pieces. Whatever. I'm still not too bummed that they called it quits.