Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Before Jens, Concretes, Peter, Bjorn and John...

...there was Bettie Serveert. In 1992 they released Palomine. A great album. Very different then the rest of the stuff that was out there then.

This isn't the best track on that album...I think "kid's alright" was better. But I could not find a video for that song.

Bettie Serveert has a new cd coming out called 'Bare Stripped Naked'.

I like the second track, 'Hell=Other People'. If ya like it, go buy the cd. These guys deserve yr hard earned cash in my opinion.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Boys Skate.

Remember going to Garrettsville Roller Rink every Friday night in 8th grade?

Remember wearing the navy blue Gap cords and rainbow striped velour blouse with a tab collar?

Remember having the big 'ol comb in yr back pocket and Love's Baby Soft sprayed on yr neck?

Remember how angry you would get when the DJ would play 'Black Betty' and then announce that it was a "boy's skate" and you would roll to the snack bar and watch the guys skate soooooo fast around the rink to that RAWKIN song?!?!

I do.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Cleveland to Conneaut

This past weekend I did a one day roadtrip along Lake Erie.
I tried to drive along the shore as much as possible.

After about 60 miles of driving along Lake Erie there is only about 5 miles where you can actually see the lake.

That kind of stinks don't ya think?

The high point of the trip was a stop at the White Turkey Drive In. A cheeseburger and rootbeer.

What more could a girl ask for?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Song for the summer of '06

Originally uploaded by bitterbutter.

I was wondering just the other day, "What is the song for the summer of '06"?

I found it.

I found it thanks to Mark who listens to my show from England. he requested it today on my radio show.

The song is by the band Peter Bjorn and John. They are from Sweden, natch.

This song features vocal by the former Concretes vocalist Victoria Bergsman. This song, called The Young Folks by the way, also features bongos and whistling.

What more could you want for a summer song.

Go to their MySpace page and check out the video for the song. Very cute.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Butch Factory

Butch Factory
Originally uploaded by bitterbutter.
On the way to work this morning I stopped and took a picture of the Lakeshore Generating Station.

I did not know exactly what the building was until I asked a co-worker, Brian, who is the expert on all things Cleveland.

He proceeded to tell me that it is a 500 megawatt station, the smallest of the 5 that serve the Cleveland area.

He then proceeded to tell me about the other ones. I had to interupt him.

Anywho...I just wanted to show you the picture I took. I call it 'Butch Factory'.

'Butch Factory' was what my friend LuAnn wanted to name a band that we joked about starting.

It never started.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


Originally uploaded by bitterbutter.
This past weekend Monica and I went to Saugatuck on Lake Michigan. It's really a lovely little town.

I have to admit tho...I saw more bad art there then I have seen anywhere in a long time.

We went to Oval Beach and took a swim in the Great Lake. Afterwards we went back to town and ate and drank too much at "The Butler".

On Sunday we walked around Saugatuck poking our noses in art galleries and shops and restaurants.

We had lunch at a place with a guy playing guitar. I thought it would be awful but he was playing Gillian Welch, Elliot Smith and other pretty good selections.

Okay...this is a lame post and I apologize.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

"Repent or rejoice... I'll choose to rejoice."

Amy Linton, where are you? Why are you not making new music? If you are when will I get to hear it?

Here is an Aislers Set song from a new various artist cd called "Slaying since 1996"

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

TracyAnn, I'm ready to be heartbroken.

I got the chance to go see Camera Obscura at the Grog Shop last Saturday. I enjoyed the show, although not as much as I would have liked to enjoy the show.

There were too many people talking too much and too loudly while the band was playing slow, quiet songs. What is wrong with you people? Shut UP!

I've seen bands in other cities and it seems like people in other cities know how to be a considerate audience. Weird. Why pay 12 bucks to go to a club and talk over a band.

The band also complained about the sound. I guess there wasn't a whole lot coming out of their monitors. The lead singer, TracyAnn did not seem too happy about that.

The Bears, a local cleveland tweepop band opened for them. They are very good. Check 'em out.

I just found out today that there is an "indie pop fest" going on in Toledo this Thursday and Friday. They aren't doing an awful lot of advertising are they? Why can't we do something like this in Cleveland?