Call it Friendo…

November 2, 2010

I heard this song in a video game commercial on TV. I googled the commercial and found the song name and band. Then I googled the song name and band and found a fan video made from clips of a movie made from one of my favorite books that I read when I was in Montana. Now a guy from the California knows about a band from Austin, Texas. Then I posted this video and the above information to this blog. This all occurred within the last 11 minutes. In ten years, that will be 10 minutes too long.

Good night and good luck.

Alex


Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

March 23, 2010

Coming soon to a theater near you. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. I know the Oscars just wrapped up but I think this should be a strong contender for next year. It’s time the world new the story behind one of music’s greatest geniuses. Here’s the trailer.


My Favorite Songs of the Year of the Ox

February 23, 2010

It’s about a week into the year of the Tiger. RAWR!!!

Lets look back at the year of the Ox.

Although many excellent albums were released during this most Bovine of lunar cycles, a few stand out in my mind as truly noteworthy. The nameless decade (I refuse to call it Oughts [fucking Steam Punks]) is over people! A new age is a brewin, three years ago I would have predicted a Grunge revival following the 70’s revival in the 90’s and the 80’s revival in the 00’s, a 90’s revival in the 10’s seemed logical. However, the fact that bands like “Nickleback”, “Creed”, and “Staind”, with the help of the corporate asshats at KROQ, managed to milk Grunge well after the teats of the Puget Sound’s sound shriveled and died off, the 90’s managed to morph into the early 00’s and it might be another 5 to 10 years until the flannel is flyin’ again. Frankly I hope I’m dead by then. I know Neil Young will be.

Well it’s time these youngsters came up with something new (as new as any modern Western music can be anyway). With that in mind, one album stands out in my mind that may help to define this “new” sound I’m looking for. Manners, the first full length album from the band “Passion Pit” was one of the first of what I hope will help to define this new sound that seems to be coming out of the East, hatched in dorm rooms, lofts, and Vermont hippie collectives on Macbook Pros by lovelorn lads and lasses (Passion Pit), Canadian Expats (Metric), College sophomores on LSD (MGMT) and plain old fashioned Freaky McFreaker’s like “Dirty Projectors”, “Animal Collective” and “Yeasayer”.

Anyway, that’s what the kids tell me and the last time I checked the kids are still alright.

Oh and just because it has synthesizers in it doesn’t mean its “80’s”. That’s a shortcut to thinking. How can a decade monopolize a musical instrument?

Passion Pit: Moth’s Wings

Yeasayer: Amblin Alp

Metric: Help I’m Alive


Dirty Projectors: Stillness is the Move

Animal Collective: Summertime Clothes

Enjoy, I’m going to eat some Nutella on Wonder Bread because I’m White.


Broken Bells

February 21, 2010

Jay Mercer front-man and lyricist for “the Shins” teams up with Danger Mouse of “Gnarls Barkley” for an blah blah blah(just listen to the song). I was able to get my hands on the album which will be released on March 9th of 2010 and it is excellent. Mercer, in my opinion, is one of the best lyricist around. His epically sweet and self-deprecating lyrics inspire sympathy and awe simultaneously such as these lines from “Pink Bullet” off 2003’s Chutes too Narrow: “since then it’s been a book, you read in reverse, so understand less as the pages turn, or a movie so crass, and awkwardly cast, that even I could have been the star”. I could pretty much quote the entire album as it was all I listened to for the entire year of 2004. Here’s a little taste. Let me know what YOU think it sounds like.

Track 1: The High Road

Go down to wait all night
She’s bound to run him out
The rest of the nothing of any how
To each his own
The garden is sorting out
She curls her lips on a bar
I don’t know if you’re dead or not
If you’re anyone

Come on and get the minimum
Before you open up your eyes
It’s all being served in your hands
Your addled eyes
Come on and get to open yours
Collected at the borderlines
They want to get up in your hair

[Chorus]
Cause they know, so do I
The high road is hard to find
A detour in your new life
Tell all of your friends getting warm

The dogs who ran all night
The son who hoped it would
Break from the warfare in your house
To each his own
The soldier is bailing out
And curled his lips on a bar
And I don’t know if the dead can talk
To anyone

Come on and get the minimum
Before you open up your eyes
It’s all being served in your hands
Are you one of us
Come on and get to open yours
Collected at the borderlines
They want to get up in your hair

[Chorus]
cause they know, so do I
The high road is hard to find
A detour in your new life
Tell all of your friends getting warm

It’s too late to change your mind
You let laws be your guide
(repeat)

Track 2: Vaporize

What amounts to a dream anymore?
A crude device; A veil on our eyes
A simple plan we’d be different from the rest
And never resign to a typical life

Common fears start to multiply
We realize we’re paralyzed
Where’d it go, All that precious time?
Did we even try to stem the tide?

Why should we waste it on
Buying into the same old lies?
The longer we wait around
The faster the years go by

It’s not too late
To feel a little more alive
Make an escape
Before we start to vaporize

Doubtless, we’ve been through this
So if you want to follow me you should know
I was lost then and I am lost now
And I doubt I’ll ever know which way to go


The Hotrats cover (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)

February 20, 2010

I just picked up “The Hotrats” aka “Supergrass” album Turn Ons featuring all covers. Unfortunately, I was expecting some Zappa given their nome de plum, alas, not this time. However, I do dig their version of “The Crystal Ship”.

Here’s the track list.

  1. “I Can’t Stand It” (Lou Reed) – 2:40
  2. “Big Sky” (Ray Davies) – 3:00
  3. The Crystal Ship“(Jim Morrison/Ray Manzarek/John Densmore/Robby Krieger) – 2:34
  4. (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” (Adam Horovitz/Adam Yauch/Michael Diamond/Rick Rubin) – 2:41
  5. “Damaged Goods” (Dave Allen/Hugo Burnham/Andy Gill/Jon King) – 3:07
  6. Love Is the Drug” (Bryan Ferry/Andrew Mackay) – 3:42
  7. Bike” (Syd Barrett) – 2:42
  8. Pump It Up” (Declan MacManus) – 2:41
  9. The Lovecats“(Robert Smith) – 3:03
  10. Queen Bitch” (David Bowie) – 3:02
    • Originally recorded by David Bowie
  11. “E.M.I.” (Steve Jones/Paul Cook/Glen Matlock/John Lydon) – 3:24
  12. Up The Junction” (Chris Difford/Glenn Tilbrook) – 3:21

Michael Jackson is Dead

June 25, 2009

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After a few sketchy reports within the last 45 minutes. It’s being confirmed by multiple reports that Michael Jackson, The King of Pop is dead at age 50 after being rushed to UCLA Medical Center in a deep coma as a result of sudden cardiac arrest. As of right now, the most extensive information is being updated by the LA Times.

Update (GW): We have an in-person report from the memorial service here. We also have a look back at MJ’s musical legacy.


Kanye West is a Gay Fish

April 15, 2009

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If you happened to catch South Park last week, you saw a hilarious send up of Kanye West’s massive ego. If you haven’t seen the whole episode check it out here. If you are to lazy to watch it and/or your parents won’t let you, here is a synopsis. Jimmy comes up with the funniest (4th grade) joke of all time. Question: “Do you like fish sticks?” (pronounced fish dicks) Answer: “What are you a Gay fish?”. Eric Cartman (and Carlos Mencia) steal credit for the joke and it turns into a media phenomenon. Everyone on the planet gets it except for Kanye West. Eventually, Eric admits that stealing the joke was wrong and goes off on soliloquy about overinflated egos (directed at Mr. West). At the end of the episode, Kanye, still unable to comprehend why people keep asking him if he is a Gay fish, comes to the startling conclusion that he must himself be a Gay fish and dives into the ocean to a hilarious parody of his song “Heartless” where he proceeds to get his freak on with various male fishes.

Kanye surprisingly responded positively to this this episode on his blog the next day in a post titled “South Parked Murdered Me Last Night”. Mr. West, in a rather humble and thoughtful way, gives his reasons for the perception that people have of his ego and vows to try and be a more humble super-star in the future.  See the blog response and the entire, unedited Gay Fish song in the video below.

Kanye, for the record, I don’t think you’re huge douche. Keep it real, dog.

Your friend,

Alex


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