Wednesday, February 21, 2007



Sunday, December 24, 2006

A Dozen Albums For A Dozen Months

I've just finished my classes for this semester so you might think that I'd finally have time to post something interesting here. The truth is that between getting family members off to the airport, shopping for Christmas, helping out with a post-op father and trying to catch up on some much needed sleep, my time today is being spent getting things together for a trip of my own.

Maggie and I are heading to Kansas City (For the last time, it's the one in Missouri) to spend Christmas and New Years with family and friends. While it should be a good time with a lot of laughter, I really can't wait to get to the part of the holiday season where we get to relax and do nothing.

Since my time is short, here's a quick list of the 12 albums that have been in heavy rotation this year (you can do the research yourselves).

12. Mogwai - Mr. Beast

11. Sparklehorse - Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain

10. The Black Angels - Passover

9. Jeremy Enigk - World Waits

8. Sean Lennon - Friendly Fire

7. The Appleseed Cast - Peregrine

6. The Black Heart Procession - The Spell

5. The Can't See - Coma Comma No More

4. Richard Ashcroft - Keys To The World

3. The Brother Kite - Waiting For The Time To Be Right

2. The Long Winters - Putting The Days To Bed

1. Silversun Pickups - Carnavas


Sunday, September 17, 2006

Booksmart Devil

I've been really busy lately with school, so I haven't had any time to post anything. I've been wanting to write a long post about Silversun Pickups but instead I'll give you the Reader's Digest version.

Since Silversun Pickups released "Carnavas" I have not gone a single day without wanting to hear it. You should check it out.

In related news, I have not been able to go a day without listening to the Long Winters album "Putting The Days To Bed".

It's also worth noting that before "Carnavas" came out, I could not stop listening to the Silversun Pickups album "Pikul" (check that one out too).

Maggie and I are going to see Silversun Pickups for my birthday in about two weeks (I can't wait...it's nice to be excited about a band again).
See you there.

Anyway, gotta get back to the studying.

Song Of The Day:
Booksmart Devil - Silversun Pickups


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Can You Dig it?

This is one of the funniest things I'’ve seen in a long time. Thanks to the son of God for making me aware of this.


Friday, July 28, 2006

Talk About Hardcore

I was under the impression that the band Lifetime was straight-edge. Now, I could be wrong, especially since I hadn't even heard of them until last week.

Straight-edge or not, I do not think that possessing human remains is acceptable.


Sunday, July 02, 2006

4th Of July Tag Party

(Via Sour Times & Busy, Busy, Busy)

1. Go to Wikipedia.
2. In the search box, type your birth month and day (but not year).
3. List three important events that happened on your birthday.
4. List two interesting birthdays and one interesting death.
5. List one holiday or observance (if none, make one up).
Three Important Events:
1905 - Albert Einstein publishes the paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?" in Annalen der physikThis paper revealed the relationship between energy and mass.

*1928 - The Republic of China is recognized by the United States.

*1964 - The Warren Commission releases its report, concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

Bonus: The Internet
1998 - Google is first established.

Two Birthdays:
*1722 - Samuel Adams, American revolutionary leader (d. 1803)
*1934 - Wilford Brimley, American actor

Bonus: Musicians
1943 - Randy Bachman
1947 - Meat Loaf
1958 - Shaun Cassidy
1982 - Lil Wayne
1984 - Avril Lavigne

One Death:
*1967 - Prince Felix Yussupov, Russian assassin of Rasputin (b. 1887)

Bonus: Musicians
1921 - Engelbert Humperdinck
1986 - Cliff Burton

One Holiday:

*Belgium - French Community Day


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Pot Calling The Kettle Black

"The Flaming Lips have accused Richard Ashcroft of being "a pompous dick," in a blistering attack on the former Verve star."
Let the battle of the egos begin!


Girls Gone Wild

While I enjoy the music of both Bjork and Tori Amos and think they are both extremely tallented musicians, I am not a die-hard fan of either. Even though I don't plan on checking out either one of these releases, I can see why they would be big deals.

And since when did Rhino start kicking so much ass?

Bjork - Surrounded (7 CD, DualDisc Box Set)(Rhino)

Tori Amos - A Piano (5 CD, Rarities Box Set)(Rhino)

Girls Gone Mild
Sleater-Kinney are calling it quits after their summer tour dates.
(Is there anything more punk than picking an ending date for your band? Yes, there is)


Thursday, June 22, 2006

For The Children

Apparently....Richard Ashcroft Loves Kids
"Richard Ashcroft (former Verve singer) was arrested this week after apparently bursting into a youth club and drunkenly demanding he be allowed to work with the children."
Why do I get the feeling that Richard Ashcroft is the new Arthur?

Songs Of The Day:
Richard Ashcroft - Buy It In Bottles.mp3
Richard Ashcroft - Break The Night With Colour.mp3
Richard Ashcroft & U.N.K.L.E. - Lonely Souls.mp3


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Check These Out

For anyone who's ever been in a long-distance relationship, this video is for you. Easily the saddest video I have ever seen.

Death Cab For Cutie - A Movie Script Ending

And now, the most entertaining video I have seen in quite some time.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California



Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Born In Chicago

I wish I was going to be in Chicago for this one. Two and a half days of Touch & Go/Quarterstick bands for super cheap. Like $35 cheap (the first 10 3-day passes sold will be $10 each and the first 250 3-day passes sold will be $25 each).

And did I mention all of the money goes to charity? Go here to check out all of the details.

Here's the lineup so far (more to be announced soon):

The Black Heart Procession
Didjits (all original members)
The Ex
Girls Against Boys (all original members)
Killdozer (all original members)
Ted Leo + Pharmacists
Man... Or Astroman? (all original members)
Negative Approach (featuring John Brannon and OP Moore)
The New Year
Scratch Acid (all original members)
The Shipping News
Three Mile Pilot


Friday, June 09, 2006

Thank God For Mental Illness

Maggie and I watched the Brian Jonestown Massacre/Dandy Warhols documentary DiG! this weekend. I highly recommend it. Never before has mental illness been so entertaining, frightening and sad at the same time.

Back in 1995, I picked up the Brian Jonestown Massacre album Methodrone and thought it was awesome, one of my favorites that year. Soon after I heard the Dandy Warhols and forgot all about the BJM. It's quite a shame really.

While watching Dig!, I was really impressed with the music of Anton Newcombe and the speed and ease at which the songs seemed to pour out of him. I am now celebrating the entire back catalog of the BJM and have them in heavy rotation.

Sure, I still love the early recordings of the Dandy Warhols but they haven't impressed me in years. Time for something new/old.

Highly recommended songs include:
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Super-Sonic.mp3
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Evergreen.mp3
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - That Girl Suicide.mp3
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Wisdom.mp3

Head over to Dead Bees Records to download these songs (if the links are down) and lots more BJM mp3s for free.

Also, head over to the BJM website to download all of their albums (free in ogg format) for your listening pleasure.


Thursday, June 01, 2006

Winging It

While browsing the internet today, I stumbled across the shittiest mixtape contest. While looking over the entries I came across a track by Wing. Now, I don’t know much about her other than she’s killing me. I can’t stop laughing! What's better, she's totally serious about all of this.

Wikipedia has written about her and has much to say, including this of her songs: “all of them (are) unencumbered by typical musical conventions like harmony, pitch and rhythm”.

Good stuff.

Check her out here and here.
Download her cover of AC/DC’s Back In Black here.


Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Six Pence For The Sauces EP

Britt Daniel, singer/guitarist for Spoon, released a cd, a cassette and a 7” EP under the name Drake Tungsten back in the mid to late ‘90’s. While these are definitely not spoon recordings, they capture Britt’s great songwriting abilities. Two of these tracks would later be re-recorded and released as spoon; Chicago At Night on Girls Can Tell and I could Be Underground on the 30-Gallon Tank single. What more can I say? Download and enjoy.

Drake Tungsten – Six Pence For The Sauces EP
(Peek-A-Boo Records)

Do The Manta Ray (No mp3)
Cool It You Need (mp3)
Chicago @ Night (mp3)
He Was Soon To Undergo An Experience For Which His Long Training As An Aristocrat, A Gentleman, And An Officer Had Scarcely Prepared Him (mp3)
I Could Be Underground (mp3)


Tip A Venti To My Homie

Juan Valdez to retire.
You will be missed, my friend.

Song Of The Day:
"One More Cup Of Coffee" - Bob Dylan


Sunday, May 28, 2006

Let's Make A Deal

I've got more useless crap on sale on eBay. Help me out and buy something already.


Friday, May 12, 2006

A Most Successful Formula

I have just received word that Negativland will be performing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Saturday, June 10th.

I've been thinking of how to describe Negativland to those who may not have heard them before and I can't really say it any better than their bio. Here's part of what they say:
"Negativland definitely isn't a "band," though they may look like one when you see their CDs for sale in your local shopping mall. They're more like some sort of goofy yet serious European-style artist/activist collective - an unhealthy mix of John Cage, Lenny Bruce, Pink Floyd, Bruce Connor, Firesign Theatre, Abbie Hoffman, Robert Rauschenberg, 1970's German electronic music, old school punk rock attitude, surrealist performance art, your high school science teacher…and lot's more.

Over the years Negativland's "illegal" collage and appropriation based audio and visual works have touched on many things - pranks, media hoaxes, media literacy, the evolving art of collage, creative anti-corporate activism in a media saturated multi-national world, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, artistic and humorous critiques of mass media and culture, and, of course, so-called "culture jamming" (a term now thoroughly and somewhat distastefully commodified by ADBUSTERS magazine)."

Download: Negativland - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Radio Edit).mp3"

Now, go to their website and see what else they've been up to.


Monday, May 08, 2006

I (Heart) Elliott Smith

I love Elliott Smith's music. I love Portland, Oregon.

You can guess how excited I was to hear that there would be an Elliott Smith tribute album all performed by Portland artists.

However, I do not love To:Elliott From:Portland.

In my opinion there are only two really excellent covers on this album. They should be tracked down and enjoyed:

Satellite - The Helio Sequence
The Biggest Lie - Dolorean

You've let me down, Portland


Friday, May 05, 2006

The Quasi New Pornographers

I’m usually not that interested in “pop” music but I have to admit I have a new obsession; Mates Of State.

A few months ago I downloaded the track “Fraud In The 80’s” from Barsuk’s website. At first I didn’t think much of the band other than they were trying to cash in on the popularity of bands such as the New Pornographers and Quasi. They have male and female vocals not unlike the New Pornographers Neko Case and A.C. Newman and not only the sound of mid-era Quasi but the reverse band setup of Quasi; the guy sings and plays drums while the girl plays keyboards and sings. Not to mention, they play up the “We’re so in love and aren’t we just so cute” angle. Now add in a heaping helping of pop sensibilities and you have Mates Of State. This is usually not my sort of thing.

Last week I cashed in on eMusic’s 50 free downloads at which time I downloaded the Mates Of State All Day EP. I burned it to a cd and went for a drive. The sun was out, the temperature was warm and I was immediately sucked into the music on my stereo. All at once it hit me; this is perfect music for spring and summer. It’s constantly up-tempo, happy, has lots of melody and full of sing-along lyrics with plenty of harmony.

For the last few days now I’ve been trying to find and download as many free songs by them as I can find. I find myself singing the songs in my head all day and I want to hear the music all the time. It’s definitely crack for the over 30 crowd. Let’s see if the high lasts or if it's a quick come down.

Song Of The Day:
Mates Of State - Fraud In The 80’s.mp3
(Link Is Down - Click Here To Download From Barsuk)


Saturday, April 01, 2006

Alphabet Town

Maggie and I are heading up to Portland in a few weeks for vacation. Maggie as never been and I'm quite excited to show her around. Of course, it's been about six years since I lived there....there's no telling what it will be like now. Even if it's changed a lot up there, it'll be great to get out of here for a while, spend some quality time with Maggie, see some new sights and get to visit my old home away from home.

Oh yeah, look for a full report on this place when we get back from vacation.

Song Of The Day:
"Memory Lane" - Elliott Smith


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Print Edition

For one of my classes at SRJC I had to create a newsletter. Since I haven't had time to write anything of any importance lately, I'll just post that newsletter.

Who Wants False Teeth?

After having a lot of tooth pain last month, I went to the dentist to see what was going on. It turns out that I need to have a root canal. Having a root canal doesn’t really scare me; the part that scares me is that I have no way to pay for it. I’m a student and I am unemployed. This makes it very hard to have either medical or dental insurance. And really, who could come up with $1,500 at the drop of a hat?

I figured that someone would be able to set up some sort of payment plan for me where I could pay off the procedure over a few months. It turns out that the dentists who do root canals expect payment in full at the time of service.

After weeks of calling dentists, looking for someone who could help, I finally called my parent’s dentist. They said they’d be able to set me up with a payment plan since they knew my family. The only bad part is that the dentist in the office that does molar root canals just went on vacation for three weeks. So, maybe I’ll get this tooth taken care of next month.

Mo’ Money

I finally received some money for school. After a long wait, I received some Pell Grant money and was able to buy books and supplies for school. That’s really good news because it’s hard to go to school without supplies. In related news, I should be hearing about my federal student loans later this week. Wish me luck.

In Heavy Rotation

The Jealous Sound

“Kill Them With Kindness”

The Jealous Sound is better that the sum of its parts. Featuring ex-members of Knapsack, Morphine, Shudder To Think, Sunday’s Best, Neither Trumpets Nor Drums and Pulley. Referred to as “The rock you must have” by Spin magazine, this album sound like equal parts Catherine Wheel, the Anniversary and Jimmy Eat World. Standout tracks include “Hope For Us”, “Anxious Arms” and “The Fold Out”. If you’re a fan of any of the bands listed above, this cd is well worth your time and money.

Let Them Eat War

On March 18, 2006, the third anniversary of the “Shock and Awe” invasion of Iraq, there will be anti-war protests worldwide. Come to the rally in San Francisco and show the government what you think of their war on Iraq.

Saturday, March 18 @ 11a.m. in San Francisco
Civic Center, at Grove and Larkin Streets (near Civic Center BART)


Thursday, January 26, 2006

Another One Lost

There was a concert last night that I wish I had been able to go to. It was at the Independent in San Francisco and for $10 I could have seen Lake Trout, Benzos, Send For Help and Viva K. I really wanted to see Lake Trout and Send For Help. Oh well, I'm sure they'll play in town again sometime soon.

The first song I heard by Lake Trout was "Throw Me The Whip". It's this funky little instrumental number with a great bassline over really solid drumming; a great song for driving. Not to mention, it's got one of the best jazz flute leads in recent music. I heard this song and was blown away; I rushed out and bought the "Another One Lost" album. On the version of the cd I bought, there was a free mp3 for a live track called "Lakelive @ XM Studios" clocking in at 31:06. This song was also a fantastic instrumental and I thought these guys could do no wrong. But, upon listening to the actual cd for "Another One Lost" I was disappointed to find that they weren't an instrumental band at all. They sounded more like some weird cross between Coldplay, Blur and Grotus; not quite what I was hoping for. But I have heard that they put on a great live show.

Send for help are a newish band from San Francisco I recently ran across. I frequently visit their myspace page to listen and I can't seem to get enough. Reccomended if you like bands such as Pinback, The Rum Diary or Built To Spill.

The following songs are highly recommend, please check them out.

Lake Trout - Lakelive@XM Studios (mp3)
Lake Trout - Throw Me The Whip (mp3)
Send For Help - Burmese Tiger Pit (mp3)


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Indie English Class

This one's for Maggie.

Ok people, let's try and get these words straight. You can't just throw words around all willy-nilly.

Slander (slndr) n.
Opinion (-pnyn) n.

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