Too Drunk To Dream

…ain’t no drinking when the bottle’s dry…

NPR picks Top 10 "Smart Rock" albums, Jameson needs to shuffle his own list some….

In lieu of a potential plagiarism accusation, Jameson may have to re-evaluate his soon-to-be-released/yet-to-be-finalized best of 2008 list.

From NPR : Not Art Rock: Top 10 ‘Smart Rock’ Albums of 2008

There’s indie rock. And then there’s indie rock in horn-rimmed glasses. Not quite art rock, but “smart rock.” According to the lexicographers at Urban Dictionary, smart rock is:

“…music that appeals to a discerning, educated audience … often mellow yet complex … the antonym of “dude rock.

“Instead of studying their AP English Literature homework, William and Sara made out to Smart rock on the couch.”

The only ‘smart’ thing about me is my love of Smart Rock…..

I’ve gonna go. I gotta swing by the library and drop some Decemberists lyrics on some college girls.

Okkervil River – from ‘The Stand-Ins’ – Calling and Not Calling My Ex.mp3
The Hold Steady – from ‘Stay Positive’ – Slapped Actress.mp3
Shearwater – from ‘Rook’ – The Snow Leopard.mp3

December 3, 2008 Posted by | art rock, jameson, okkervil river, shearwater, smart rock, the hold steady, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment

Underground/DIY artists use their voice in support of Obama for President

This is an excerpt from the homepage. Please follow the (large) link in the center of your screen to check out many more artist testimonials and consider leaving your experiences on their contribution page.
– Jameson

Those of us in the underground/DIY arts community
need to consider what is important for the
future of the US
just as much as any other citizen.

A climate of tolerance, a strong economy, and a world that inspires us to do
greater things are all things that make it easier to be a noise artist.
A vote for Barack Obama will encourage these things. This website collects statements
from different noise artists, noise rockers,underground show promoters,
DIY label heads, mom and pop record shop owners, and
underground music fans about why they are voting for Barack Obama this
November. If you have not decided about voting yet,
please read through these statements and consider if you agree
that voting for Obama will help the community
and this music and art you love. If you have decided to
vote for Obama, and
would like to share your thoughts,
please visit our contribution page.

“Political non-participation in my social sphere often stems from not wanting to
‘play the game.’ But I’m pretty sure that if you are standing in a city,
driving a car down a public road, emailing whoever for whatever, or
eating food not grown within walking distance (and even then) you ARE
playing the game.

“Earth (and beyond) is the board, and it needs your
help to stay a cool place to play. Your town, the country, the entire
planet is interconnected now more than ever. We share resources across
the globe and we need to participate in our little corner to hold the
whole puzzle together. It would probably take me about half a day to
walk to Boston or half a day to fly to China. One big neighborhood. I
vote in all my local and national elections, and though it won’t solve
my every problem, it might effect something. It might mean more money
for science, or a more flexible, inspired educational system. It might
mean marriage rights for all or government incentives for new energy
research. Sure it’s a “maybe”, but it’s an easy one to reach for.
Picture a huge heavy ball with hundreds of people trying to push it, add
your little bit of weight and at that moment it may give, the ball is
rolling. Four years ago Lightning Bolt was in on tour in Europe right
before the election watching the debates when we could, I specifically
remember watching Edwards debate Cheney. Cheney, his pals probably
seizing contracts to rebuild Iraq already. What a scheme they had, blow
a country up and get everyone to pay you to put it back together. At
this point I wouldn’t be surprised if Bush had an adviser with a bodybag
company. These people are my representatives? Touring in Europe and
apologizing to everyone for being from the USA. My country, a country
that invades sovereign nations. A country that from the rest of the
world’s perspective is a thuggish bully with the capacity to nuke the
planet to atoms.

My eyes welled up with tears listening to Obama speak at the DNC, finally a
person who I can be proud of, a figurehead who respects intelligence and
speaks with intelligence. Politicians constantly promise this that and
the other thing so I listen between the lines, trying to judge if this
person has the ability to reason, learn, listen and empathize and has a
humanitarian perspective. But of course while a president needs first
and foremost to be able to filter information they don’t work in a void,
they have a wealth of experience around them. Hillary will be there
with all her fire and knowledge; McCain (for better or worse) will be
there with his military experience. Biden will be there with his grip on
foreign policy, Kucinich will be there with his vision of peace, but
Obama will tie it together and make the mature decisions to put us on
the path towards reason and renewal.

And on top of that I love voting. Providence always moves my spot around. Me being in
a not so wealthy area, they are probably trying to shake us off the
trail. So I’ll wander into whatever school gym or apartment complex
lobby I’m assigned too and say “chippendale” and the volunteers will all
giggle and I’ll make a joke about my rich stripper uncle or something
like that. Then I’ll vote, we will all smile and I’ll get my “I voted”
sticker and walk out happy that I shared a moment with a few new people
from some other walk of life. All of us participating in this grand
democratic experiment. “

– Brian Chippendale (
Lightning Bolt, Black Pus) 8/30/2008

Obama is good for us. i don’t know if i can speak for this whole country or the whole world, but his views on foreign policy,his views on health care, his views on abortion and so on are right where we think things need to be. The last few elections have been real tough, we were so excited to nominate Gore, then again with Kerry, but in the real scheme of things we were choosing the lesser of two evils. Obama is a real human, and we believe in him and his decisions for the better of our country. The human country. Please vote

– No age 9/10/08


“Every time I tour the US playing music there is at least
one long drive where I realize how lucky I am to live in
a country where I can do this. Somehow, with almost no income to speak of I am
able to do what I want with my
life. It is never easy, but it is awesome that I can make art the way I want to
and share it with people all over the place
just by working hard at it. If America continues to have stupid presidents like
George Bush though, my hard work
alone might not be enough any more. I am voting for Obama because I believe he
will help keep the US a place
where DIY artists like my friends and I can afford to get by, can afford the
energy it takes to tour, and aren’t surrounded
by hateful people that don’t support our true freedom. I know, with hard how it
is to be an artist, that apathy over voting is easy
to have. But if Obama is not elected president, it will become more than hard to
be an artist. It will become near impossible as
the Republican party continues to insist on the use of oil, making the cost of
living go up and the attitude of society more mean
and bitter. If you enjoy noise music and all the other DIY arts please vote for

– Brian Miller (
Foot Village/Deathbomb Arc) 8/29/2008

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September 11, 2008 Posted by | art rock, barack obama, blog, indie, jameson, jamesonian, mog, noise for obama, noiseforobama, obama, rock | Leave a comment

Today is a Big Star kinda day

I wrote a long, beautiful fucking post about Big Star and I fucking hit paste instead of copy at some point and destroyed the whole fucking thing.  So what I’m left with is exhaustion, and some kick-ass links. 

What I was trying to say was that up until a year ago, I had no idea that Big Star carried the influence that they do.  They didn’t just put out a couple of masterpiece albums while facing utter commercial failure only to become hugely popular in the late 80’s-early 90’s alt-rock scene…..they WERE the late 80’s-early 90’s alt-rock scene, in 1972.  So here’s to them, and here’s to a post that’s floating around in the cache of my computer somewhere.   I’m gonna have a beer tonight, at pub trivia, for Big Star.

Big Star – 16 Kanga Roo.mp3

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Jeff Buckley – 08 Kanga-Roo.MP3

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Big Star – 12 September Gurls.mp3

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Of Montreal – 02 September gurls.mp3

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Big Star – 14 O, Dana.mp3

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Okkervil River 03 o, dana [big star].mp3

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Big Star – 04 Thirteen.mp3

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elliott smith – 12 – thirteen.mp3

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September 9, 2008 Posted by | #1 Record, acoustic, alex chilton, americana, art rock, big star, blog, indie, jameson, jamesonian, jeff buckley, jeff tweedy, jim james, mog, my morning jacket, of montreal, okkervil river, radio city, rock, singer songwriter, wilco | Leave a comment

Ray LaMontagne just touched me in my special area

Everyone’s favorite backwoodsman, Ray LaMontagne has returned with a HIGHLY-anticipated new album of material, titled Gossip in the Grain, being released on October 14, 2008 on RCA Records. Here is the second song to be previewed off of the album, titled “Let It Be Me”, and, yes, once again, the bearded one has touched me in my ‘special area’, my cardiac area.


Ray LaMontagne – Let It Be Me [from Gossip In The Grain].mp3


There comes a time, a time in everyone’s life
Where nothin’ seems to go your way
Where nothing seems to turn out right
There may come a time, you just can’t seem to find your place
For every door you walk open, seems like you get two slammed in your face.

That’s when you need someone, someone that you can call.
And when all your faith is gone
Feels like you can’t go on
Let it be me
Let it be me
If it’s a friend that you need
Let it be me
Let it be me

Feels like your always comin’ up last
Pockets full of nothin’, ain’t got no cash
No matter where you turn you ain’t got no place to stand
Reach out for something and they slap your hand
I remember all too well
Just how it feels to be all alone
You feel like you’d give anything
For just a little place you can call your own
That’s when you need someone, someone that you can call

And when all your faith is gone
Feels like you can’t go on
Let it be me
Let it be me
If it’s a friend you need
Let it be me
Let it be me.


and a little added bonus for today (I couldn’t pass it up)

Ray LaMontagne w/ Damien Rice – To Love Somebody (Bee Gees)[live]
…till next time…

August 23, 2008 Posted by | acoustic, art rock, gossip in the grain, indie, let it be me, new album, ray lamontagne, singer songwriter | Leave a comment

"Falling Slowly" , from the movie Once, wins Academy Award for Best Song

Video of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s performance, followed by their acceptance speech. Just a wonderful, wonderful movie.


February 26, 2008 Posted by | academy awards, art rock, falling slowly, frames, glen hansard, independent movie, indie, marketa irglova, once, oscars | Leave a comment

Saying OK to Yeasayer

Yeasayer : All Hour Cymbals [We Are Free, 2007]

Brooklyn can be found all over this. TVOTR can be found all over this. Animal Collective, and Grizzly Bear, and yes, Clap Your Hands can all be found all over this. Have we heard this music before….kind of. Sort of… but I’m still listening, and I’m still interested….

Yeasayer’s debut disc, All Hour Cymbals is an exercise on the eardrums. With layers and layers of sonical landscapes, pierced by vocal harmonies reminiscent of some of the Beach Boys’ twisted, experimental harmonics, the Radio City 4-piece reaches hard to employ every blip, every knob turn, every Middle Eastern-Peter Gabriel worldbeat rhythm. I’m enjoying every minute of it.

Yeasayer_AllHourCymbals 08_WaitForTheWintertime.mp3

Get the full album from Emusic for CHEAP!
Or Amazon….
Or Itunes…..

February 21, 2008 Posted by | animal collective, art rock, brooklyn, grizzly bear, psychedelic rock, yeasayer | Leave a comment