It's been quite a while since I've pulled together one of those 'music miscellany' posts, in which I gather all the various music-related news and links that have struck a chord with me, and there's a pretty straightforward reason: The 'Nac Twitter account. It's been fulfilling my compulsion to share the cool, quick stuff, but it leaves the 'Nac slightly neglected, and leaves you surfers and RSS-readers out entirely. So, despite my distaste for the word 'tweet', I'll be firing off a compilation of them under this title every weekend.
It won't strictly be a cut-and-paste -- I'll be expanding beyond Twitter's character-constraints to include more details and full links, and I'll be editing the 'real time' items to make more sense in retrospect. I may also occasionally throw in something that didn't get, um, tweeted, and will probably include random non-music links I love as well (and by probably, I mean definitely. See bullet #1 below).
So here's the first installment, my past 7 days on Twitter, for the 2nd week of November, 2009...
Attention Boston: The 1st-ever East Coast edition of the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX East!) takes place from March 26th-28th, 2010 at the Hynes Convention Center. Gabe & Tycho say it best: "PAX East is not an event run by some giant corporate entity; it's a big party we throw for the gaming community in general and PA readers in particular." And it's a can't-miss. Early registration is officially open.
Totally digging on the new Pants Yell! album right now. Another hi-quality notch on the Slumberland Records belt. The label celebrates their 20th anniversary on Friday the 13th in D.C. and on Saturday the 14th in NYC. Pop Tarts Suck Toasted has got the occasion covered, with some fantastic features and Q&As with Slumberland bands past & present.
File under "Fascinating": Boston's Mayor has declared Saturday, November 14, 2009 to be "Leonard Nimoy Day" in our fair city. View the text of the proclamation right here. Nimoy is appearing at this weekend's New England Fan Experience here in town (@nefanx).
Great news from @MergeRecords: Next week they'll be releasing professionally documented audio & video of Lambchop's glorious, fest-stealing set from the XXMerge 20th Anniversary fest that I was lucky enough to attend over the summer. Check out the trailer, which consists of set-ender "Give It" (incorporating some "Once In A Lifetime" lyrics for good measure). The collection has a great cover shot by photog PJ Sykes.