Hall of Fame

  • Bands I've Seen Four Times or More:
    • Arcade Fire
    • Nicole Atkins & The Sea
    • Beck
    • Black Angels
    • Black Hollies
    • Bloc Party
    • Blur
    • Broken Social Scene
    • The Brunettes
    • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    • Cults
    • Death Cab for Cutie
    • The Decemberists
    • The Dig
    • Doves
    • The Duke Spirit
    • Dum Dum Girls
    • Editors
    • Feist
    • Franz Ferdinand
    • French Kicks
    • Gorillaz
    • Grand National
    • The Grates
    • Holy Fuck
    • Immaculate Machine
    • Langhorne Slim
    • Les Sans Culottes
    • Love Is All
    • Kaiser Chiefs
    • Mates of State
    • Kate Nash
    • Neko Case
    • The New Pornographers
    • Northern State
    • Nouvellas
    • The Parlor Mob
    • Pavement
    • Phoenix
    • The Pipettes
    • The Puppini Sisters
    • Radiohead
    • The Rakes
    • Ra Ra Riot
    • Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves
    • The Roots
    • Royksopp
    • Salt & Samovar
    • Secret Machines
    • The Shins
    • Slow Club
    • Sons & Daughters
    • Bruce Springsteen
    • Supergrass
    • They Might Be Giants
    • Tilly & The Wall
    • The Tings Tings
    • Titus Andronicus
    • Vampire Weekend
    • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    • Yo La Tengo

Guitar Pick Recipients

  • Recipients of the MusicSnobbery.com Guitar Pick
    • Damon Albarn
    • Nicole Atkins
    • Win Butler of Arcade Fire
    • Laura Cantrell
    • Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes
    • Inara George of The Bird & The Bee
    • Justin Hayward-Young of The Vaccines
    • Dave Hollinghurst of Nicole Atkins & The Sea
    • Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds
    • Dev Hynes of Lightspeed Champion
    • Sam Isaac
    • JayMay
    • Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand
    • Langhorne Slim
    • Sondre Lerche
    • Emanuel Lundgren of I'm From Barcelona
    • Moby
    • David Moltz of Salt & Samovar
    • Peter Morén of Peter Bjorn & John
    • Keith Murray of We Are Scientists
    • Kate Nash
    • Carl Newman of The New Pornographers
    • Jack Peñate
    • Juanita Stein of Howling Bells
    • Anna Ternheim
    • Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes
    • Katie White of The Ting Tings
    • Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John

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July 10, 2008


I thought just the bass player was from Belle & Sebastian, or at least that was how Eugene made it look. Are you sure the drummer & Guitar player are as well?

From Southpaw last night.....

Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam

Son of a Gun

You Think You're A Man


Great post on a great show. I hope you don't mind - I linked to your photo of Richard in my blog post on the show. I was excited about his Amoeba Music T-Shirt.


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Hi P- I tried your Parfait recipe last night had some Indian fernids over. Soaked the blueberries in Baileys and used the Mango option. The orange rind in the cream was sublime:). I didnt go for yogurt as didnt have time for the hung bit, but next time will plan in advance. Also used your Pizza recipe to try out Naan , with garlic and coriander- was nice as Naan cant wait to try it as Pizza !!! Your blog is very cool and so easy to follow, do go on and on and you make it seem so easy, thats the best part ! xxx


Skate was heavy set, about 5'10 , sandy blond hair.Ben was skinny, about 6'1 , curly, unlruy brown hair.It's funny you mention Bauhaus, Public Image, LTD., Killing Joke as being standards. Heck, in 2008 they are Classic Rock.But in 1985 you simply couldn't hear those songs on the radio. Sure, WHFS would spin one or two once in awhile, but they had that lingering Deadhead/Hippy vibe, along with what would become Americana. There was no Internet, no Usenet, no way to spread the word about great bands.It's impossible to describe. There was NO way to find out about bands. Either you worked at a record store, you had friends who did, you knew bands, went to shows or were turned onto artists by a friend.So the Back Alley was kind of like a radio station fulfilling an unmet market. The age group was 14-30, so everyone had vague memories of 1960 s hits, and the cool old' stuff was from 1979. So I could spin a set that was The Who/The Clash/Funkadelic/Ramones/Led Zeppelin/James Brown/REM/Dumptruck/Liquid Liquid/Vigil and everyone would dance.It looks tame today, but in 1985 such a set was as cutting edge and out there as possible. Situated in the Golden Triangle of 1970 s-era DC watering holes, we got lots of foot traffic of lookie lou's and interns slumming from Rumours.I don't think you can do that anymore in a dance club.I moved onto Cagney's after BA closed, then BA II. When Nirvana got big, we took off. I would play Teen Spirit and people would scream, jump up off their seats and dance.That only happened during one period of my career, and only for that song, for about 6 weeks in the Fall of 1991.Well, now REM, U2, Elvis Costello and Nirvana are AAA, and my setlists would seem trite to the average 20 year old. No matter. At least bands like The Clash and Pistols now get their due and the respect they deserve. In 1978 I would get grief at HS for listening to that New Wave, Punk Rock faggot bulls*it . Now those bands are in the Rock Canon.We came, we saw, we conquered, we danced, we had a great time, and now it is in the past.


Crystal ~ momaziggy - Great post Michelle! I am a short cut key JUNKIE! My hands fly over my keabyord faster than I type when I'm editing and eveythign that can be done by short cut key, I do. And I've made a bunch for myself too for the things I do regularly. I didn't know about the alt/snapsot option tho and am SO glad to learn that. I take a lot of snapshots and hate having to go in and name it. This will save even more time. My fav trick is the alt/mask tip to see the mask full screen! Thanks again!

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