I’m a procrastinator. If there isn’t any grade or deadline or money pushing me to do something, often it doesn’t get done. Thus, months without blogging here. I’d apologize, but who really reads this anyways? Any how many times can one person read another damn blog post about the guilt garnered from not posting. Seriously, there are bigger fish to fry in the skillet of life an no one will really suffer at the hands of me, lagging in my blogging skills. Ranting aside, there is so much happening musically that my little fingers can hardly sustain their excitement.

Tampa is in the thick of an epic concert season. Personally, the summer extravangaza of Bonnaroo left little to be desired in the following months. I had the pleasure of covering Bonnaroo 2010 for Creative Loafing with friend and classmate Andrew Silverstein.

As we all know, my trip last year with Jerrad McLeod from Grand National Championships rivaled many of the historical greek tragedies.

Note this excerpt following our return:

“We are sitting amongst various blankets and bags on the side of a road in Lake City, Florida. Four tow trucks later and several hundred dollars gone-we are still not home-luckily my cousin Bradley is on his way to pick us up. My mother’s 2005 Suzuki Vitara’s illness still remains unknown-perhaps the computer for the whole car is broken-perhaps there is sugar in the gas tank. It was towed to a dealership in Gainsville about two hours ago-at my father’s expense-39 miles at 5 dollars a mile.

And yet our voyage has been dotted with ominous and wise characters very similar to the Odyssey-Mainly tow truck drivers or grease dipped mechanics. Honest people-doing honest work, helping us to the best of their ability. Racism is rampant in these parts and so inherently part of the culture it catches me off guard regulary. Its not even sugar-coated, like our gas tank may be, its just there-real and raw.

Those lessons were hard, I was but a naive little ‘Roo”gin”. Not this year. Read my preview blog on what to do and NOT DO while attending Bonnaroo.

Attending my second Bonnaroo, I knew the ropes better and was able to work during the day interviewing and writing and get out at night to check out the shows. You can read our full coverage here-

Artful Dodgings is back on the blogosphere, sorry for the hiatus folks I have been one busy and yet simultaneously lazy radio personality.

Photo by Lily Reisman

Here what’s up:


Stickers are in, I’ve got neon colors: yellow, green, pink and orange. I also have straight jet black.

Remember marathon is in three weeks! Artful Dodgings is at it’s three year mark and I would really love to make my goal this year.

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Must have musical freshness

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck collaboration. Gainsbourg’s voice is utterly haunting and Beck is well….Beck.

Wye Oak is a new obsession. They played here with Holy Slow Train a couple months ago. But Will Quinlan just burnt me a copy on Sunday and I have been listening non-stop since then. She shreds on guitar and lulls you in with her voice.

Shows coming up that you should go to:

Mike Doughty: February 11 at the Orpheum

Flogging Molly: February 14 at the Ritz

Against Me!: February 20 at State

They Might Be Giants: February 26 at Ritz in Ybor

Next week on the show: An interview with Mike Doughty, a musical visit with Lily Reisman and new tracks galore.

February 16-I will be out at Casa Tina’s in Dunedin waitressing at Mardi Gras!

February 23-Local musician/artist Nick White will grace the studio with his music. Video of the studio session will be made available!

That’s all for now folks-as always thank you for your support and tune in!

</aI replied to all my jail mail by sending stickers-unfortunately, it turns out they aren’t allowed to receive stickers, sorry Hardee Correctional Instution inmates. What am I supposed to send instead? Pictures of me making kissy faces in headphones? I would write back, but I don’t think my penmanship can compete with someone who has all day to write perfectly-which they do.

Sarge and the Aeromen graced my studio with their fully attired presence this week. I was a hot, sweaty mess from my bike ride. But these fellas’ definitely dressed up for the occasion.

Chris Pack, the band’s drummer and his wife Juliet have been regulars of mine at Casa Tina’s since I started working there almost two years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the insightful explanation of where the song, “Get off my ballz,” originated.

Their Cd release show was this past Saturday at the Dunedin Brewery. The room was so packed with people, that even the hip swing dancing crowd had to minimalize their showing off. I enjoyed both the music and the people watching.

Buy a copy of their debut album and hear more here—->

Playlist for January 26, 2010

Artist Track Album/CD
BOAT The Name Tossers Setting The Paces Buy from Amazon
The Bloodsugars Sleep Well (Cottage Industry) I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On Buy from Amazon
HotChaCha Ticket Away From Prague The Worlds Hardest Working Telescope & The Violent Birth of Stars Buy from Amazon
Franz Ferdinand Van Tango Darts Of Pleasure [EP] Buy from Amazon
set break
Broadfield Marchers Conquering Major Miles Displayed in Reflections Buy from Amazon
Fujiya & Miyagi Dishwasher Lightbulbs Buy from Amazon
the davincis friend request see you tonight Buy from Amazon
The Semis Rock Ready Back To The Beach Buy from Amazon
The Format The first single EP Buy from Amazon
Vampire Weekend Horchata Contra Buy from Amazon
Spoon I saw the light Transference Buy from Amazon
set break
Mimicking Birds Rivers, Veins, & Roots Mimic King Birds Buy from Amazon
Bellflur Last Quarter Of The 20th Century Blues Asleep Asleep EP Buy from Amazon
The Antlers Bear (Clean radio edit) Bear Buy from Amazon
Wilco Wilco (the song) Wilco (the album) Buy from Amazon
Old Canes Sweet Feral Harmonic Buy from Amazon
set break
Animal Collective Queen in My Pictures Campfire Songs Buy from Amazon
the frames new partner the roads outgrown Buy from Amazon
The Holy Slow Train Wire (Evangeline) Melancholia Buy from Amazon
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Final Fantasy Oh Heartland, Up Yours! Heartland Buy from Amazon
Oh No Ono The Tea Party Eggs Buy from Amazon
David Bowie Never Get Old A Reality Tour Buy from Amazon
Hockey Learn to Lose Mind Chaos Buy from Amazon
DJ Rupture & Matt Shadetek Blue Night Solar Life Raft Buy from Amazon
BlakRoc What You Do to Me (Jim Jones, Nicole Wray, Billy Danse) BlakRoc Buy from Amazon
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Special thanks to Ryan I. and Jeff S. for coming on the show.

Daft Punk “Something About Us” on: Discovery
The xx “Intro” on: XX
Dirty Projectors “two doves” on: Bitte Orca
Spoon “I saw the light” on: Transference
The Cure “Close To Me” on: Retrospective
TV on the radio “Poppy” on: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Amy Winehouse “Me & Mr. Jones” on: Back to Black
BlakRoc “Coochie” on: BlakRoc
The Beatles “Ticket To Ride” on: Help! [2009 Stereo Remaster]
The Flaming Lips “The Ego’s Last Stand” on: Embryonic
The Breeders “Cannonball” on: Last Splash
Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Down Boy” on: Is Is E.P
Cursive “Bad Sects” on: Happy Hollow
Weezer “the world has turned and left me here” on:blue album
Metric “Combat Baby” on:Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?
Jay Reatard “A Whisper (There Is No Sun)” on:Watch Me Fall
The Thermals “Here’s Your Future” on:The Body,The Blood, The Machine
Le Tigre “Much Finer (The Flaxdalass Mix)” on: Remix
M.I.A. “Sunshowers” on: Arular
Mercury Program “Gently Turned On Your Head” on: A Data Learn the Language
hooverphonic “2 Wicky” on:A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Animal Kingdom “Walls Of Jericho” on:Signs And Wonders
LCD Soundsystem “New York, I Love You” on:Sound Of Silver
Apostle Of Hustle “National Anthem Of Nowhere” on:The National Anthem Of Nowhere
Fiona Apple “Slow Like Honey” Tidal