The Rub is back in action

The Rub is back in action and clued me in to the latest from Sleater-Kinney's camp. They're leaving Kill Rock Stars for Sub Pop (!) and are heading into the studio with Dave Fridmann to work on the follow-up to One Beat. I guess they took inspiration from Low, who announced the exact same thing earlier this year - their Fridmann-produced Sub Pop debut is due in early '05. Even though he's done things that sound nothing like it, Dave Fridmann and The Soft Bulletin will always go hand in hand with me so I'm very interested to see what Sleater-Kinney do with him. Likewise, I always think of grunge when I think Sub Pop even though this move beefs up their already strong indie rock roster.

It's Matador that will always have my heart though, as the new Matador at Fifteen anthology reminded me. You'd do better with Everything is Nice or What's Up Matador as far as Matador anthologies go, but the laugh-out-loud liner notes - emails, letters, etc. from the Matador archives - are almost worth retail price on their own.

Hell of a weekend with shows from Tears for Fears and LCD Soundsystem (at long last!), but more on those later...

Silent Alarm is now making the rounds

That U2 show was indeed something else yesterday - just awesome. Especially "Out of Control." I'm not sure I could envision a better setting in NYC for any event, let alone a concert (as you can probably tell from the pictures below). Brooklyn Vegan has some excellent pictures as well, and Gothamist has a nice recap of the whole day.

It looks like '05 leak season has started, with Bloc Party's Silent Alarm now making the rounds. I've been excited for this album since seeing them at the Tribeca Grand in October. After one listen I think it delivers with some excellent uptempo tunes in the post-punk vein that is all the rage, plus a few that expand their sound.

Stylus has a nice interview with Morgan Geist, who just put out an Italo disco mix called Unclassics. I barely knew the genre till I heard Italo DeRuggiero, an excellent mix from APT's music director available at Other Music, earlier this year. Geist's mix is just as good, in fact the two both drop the top-notch "Disco Special" by Discotheque early on.

Speaking of APT - Marshall Jefferson, the man behind "Move Your Body" and other Chicago house classics, will be there on Thursday, December 16. Advance tix are $9 and available at Other Music. This should be a great night.

And APT is actually a perfect place to be tonight, for the Fluxblog vs. Stereogum night. Stereogum will be on at 10:00 and midnight, and Fluxblog has a pop set at 11:00 and a "disco meltdown" at 1:15. Both sites consistently serve up excellent MP3's, so the tunes should be good all night. I just wish the meltdown would start earlier.