So I swear on my grave to all five of the people that read this site occasionally, I will return to my cynical ways very soon. I’ve been beset by all things job and school. If you find the desire to know whats on my mind so unbearable that you are going into with-drawls, then check out the sidebar cause I still mark my favorite blogs and they are occasionally funny. Aside from that, here are a few tracks to get you through your day.
Archive for the 'Stuff To Hear' Category
Tags: Avett, Common Market, Dr. Dog, M. Ward
Tags: Kiss your friends Goodbye, Myrtle Beach, Onelouder
I came across what I consider to be buried treasure while trying to track down a picture on my home comp. This won’t mean diddly to some of you, but some of you will enjoy it.
I believe this to be the only recording of this one anywhere. Quality is SO SO at best….but what can you do when about five minutes before this you thought the camera was broken because it was upside down….too much sauce.
Onelouder – Kiss your friends goodbye.
Tags: Black Cab Sessions, Fleet Foxes, Langhorne, Lightspeed Champion, My morning jacket, The national
The Black Cab Sessions are a group of guys in London that make a habit of nabbing very talented singer songwriter types and taking them for a little ride that is about one take and one song long. There are some pretty amazing performances on here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. These are some of my favorites. Check Out all the sessions here.
MORE FAVES AFTER THE JUMP!!
Tags: Bo Diddley
Tags: Louden Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright
I guess it must be nice for your father to be Louden Wainwright and your brother is Rufus. It must also be nice to have Linda Thompson and Emmylou Harris play at your wedding. Maybe its also nice to have a quirky and amazing sound. It never hurts to be pretty darn hot too. So I guess it must be nice to be Martha Wainwright. Quirky and kinda fun….AND!!!…..there is a song on the new album called “The George Song”. Finally!!….
Tags: Ducklings, M. Ward, Sam Cooke, She & Him, Wedding Anniversary, Zooey Deschanel
So my parents had their 37th wedding anniversary yesterday. I can’t even get the same chick to talk to me for 3 days in a row. Genetics is Bullshit!!
And…I saw a mama duck with six little ducklings strolling down the sidewalk on hwy 544 this morning..right in front of the pawn shop. How much can you get for a duckling? It was pretty random.
Ducks eat for free at Subway!!
I want to talk about the She & Him album so bad I can’t even sit still. But I’m let you make up your own mind. Plus….how cute is Zooey Deschanel?!!
And in case you never heard me say it before. “Sam Cooke – Bring it on home to me” is my favorite song of all time. The only definate musical statement you’ll probably ever here me make.
Tags: Langhorne Slim
Tags: Halftime, Superbowl, Tom Petty
I just wanted to throw a quick prop out to the halftime coordinators for the Superbowl over the past couple of years. Last year Prince was out there swinging his ass around and basically punching America in the face for trying to forget what a damn ridiculous musician he is. Shame on us. It was pretty kick ass. While this year’s show was a complete 180, it was still probably the most memorable for me in quite some time. I’ll go ahead and say that I particularly like Tom Petty, and I may be biased. However, I’ve been reading all morning about how it was boring and how old he looked. Who cares, he sounded as rock solid as ever. I mean if you really want to see a bunch of midgets doing cartwheels or other crazy shit(which I’ll admit, sounds pretty awesome), go rent Midget Madness.
My particular experience with the halftime show from this year was something as near to that kid in a candy store sensation as I can remember having in a long time. I’ll admit that the show probably wasn’t as poignant for those at home without the show cranked way up, but you were still singing along. I know that everyone will be shocked when I say that I was in a bar watching the Superbowl, but I was, and the sound was great…and quite loud. The entire bar was completely into the halftime show(lots of alcohol I’m sure), and right about the time that the chorus from “free fallin” came around, every person in the place was up and singing along as loud as possible. I sat back and was thinking, you know…I bet that just happened in about every bar in this country, and I think that’s pretty damn awesome in my book. It just seemed to be the right song, the right crowd and the right moment. I won’t lie, there were tingles. Perfect!!
The game was good to.
Tags: Bon Iver, MTV
Here’s a nice little something to get you through the afternoon.
Also……A nice humorous way to kill an hour reminiscing.
Okay so I’m pretty sure that this little instrumental tidbit I chopped from a Saturday Looks Good To Me song, would be the theme song to my life (if such a thing was possible). Every thing about it seems to ring true with how I think and view myself and my situations in life most of the time. I’m thinking that where the organy part starts in was maybe around high school or some point when everything got a little more interesting and maybe I started to think about things differently. And where the organy parts get a little weirder was maybe college or so. I’m basically praying that I’m still in the build up somewhere. God I hope so.
What excites me the most about this idea is that I absolutely cannot wait to see what that glorious melodic fuzz that comes in around 55 seconds into it turns out to be.
Anyways, I know this is kinda silly, buts its fun to think about.
Tags: Georgie James
Can you get an STD from pop music?
Sometimes my musical promiscuity astounds even me. The sheets haven’t even cooled from the last affair and I’m already answering to a new mistress. It seems I treat every group like a conjugal visit to my own personal death row. Until the next one. I’m hoping for a pardon.
Good Band + Cute Girl in band = Trouble. *isn’t math fun.
Tags: Band Of Horses, Blitzen Trapper, British Sea Power, Coconut records, Detroit Cobras, Dr. Dog, Josh Ritter, Kelly Willis, Of Montreal, Romantica, Saturday Looks good to me, The Hold Steady, Vampire Weekend
It always amazes me that I hear cd’s all the time and it doesn’t do it for me and I kinda toss them to the side. Then from some other source, or by accident, I hear a song I haven’t heard yet or just something I guess I wasn’t ready to hear the first time round….and BANG!! What was I thinking, how did I not love this from the first note. All the lost time that I could have been soaking this in…gone…just gone. Anyhow….this happens all the time, it really shouldn’t surprise me anymore. On this note, I’m going to try and do a year in review type thing of cd’s I really liked. Some aren’t brand new, but maybe they were new to me…or maybe I just decided to like them the fourth time around. Before I begin the list, I’ve got a couple of new songs maybe you can listen to while you read….and just maybe you like the first time around. Two of them fall into the “I didn’t like at first”(or didn’t hear correctly), and two of them were instant love. I was also lucky enough to find two of them on the same poster….excellent. Artwork by Dan Stiles.
Favorite Albums of the year after the jump!!!
Tags: Cole Gerst, Covers, Petra Haden, Sam Cooke, Spoon
Even though I was not lucky enough to stay in bed this morning, I was fortunately able to stumble upon a couple of really fun covers. The first is a no brain-er when it comes to crowd pleasers, and you should definitely go check out their fabulous a’cappella treats. The second is one of my favorite songs by one of the few people I feel comfortable labeling as one of my all time favorite artists. Even though I’m not much of a Spoon fan, this is pretty damn awesome. As always, accompanying artwork by Cole Gerst.
Tags: America, Coddling, Little League, Youth
I had this tidbit up on another blog a long time ago, but it came back up in a conversation today and I remembered that I liked my opinion so much that I would repost it…..enjoy.
I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a perfectly logical explanation for the apparent downfall of the youth of america. Simply put, they are being coddled. In days of yore, we weren’t required to wear helmets when riding bikes, I don’t remember television shows being regarded as too violent or graphic. Or, having to basically wear a football helmet when up to bat in little league. These overly protective parents and apparently bored media have driven the masses to believe that there is famine and plague lurking in every backyard and on every sideline, bench and dugout of the all-american sports played by generations of youth. These people have obviously never witnessed many character building activities such as the ditch game or the entire catalog of trampoline activities that would be considered far too dangerous by today’s standards. Hell, I’m not even sure if trampolines are still legal. Due to this apparent breakdown in the common sense of authority figures, we have subverted one of nature’s most effective survival rituals, the culling of the herd.
We have effectively abolished the many weed out activities that have evolved through the years with the single purpose of extracting the weak youths from society. Children that will now grow to become a drain on society, unable to complete even the most daily tasks without the aid of drugs and therapy ritualistically used to combat ADD and other such mythical syndromes. Terms such as “suck it up”, “walk it off”, and “special ed” have become antiquated and unused. It is my opinion that should we continue basking in the false sense of comfort and compassion acquired while treading this self appointed path of safety, not only will we suffer, but our offspring will also be made to suffer by being exposed to the many debilitated youths that should have been picked off by the metaphorical lioness somewhere between the age of 8 and 15.
Tags: Band Of Horses, Cease to Begin, Josh Ritter, Kelly Willis, Poster, Poster Art, Translated From love
When its time to get in trouble…we know just what to doBand of Horse – Windows Blues
So I realized a wile ago that I have completely shifted gears in musical interests. Or, should say what I feel like hearing. Lately its been Americana, Alt Country(I feel cool throwing that title out), and more Indie stuff than ever before. I’m not really sure who to blame for this preference revolution. I can think of a few females, and a few breaks (both good and bad), but maybe I’m just getting old or something. Damn I hope that’s not it.
I’m always listening, reading about, and basically digging for new music and whatever else is cool that I can find. I’ll be the first to admit that while I’m open to all types of stuff, I also have pretty ingrained biases and am quick to judge. I’m working on this and hopefully one day I’ll get past it.
But for now it is what it is.
On that note, three cd’s I’ve been listening nonstop for a while now. I’ve talked about a couple of them before, but not really in any detail. They are listed in order of personal preference, but I wouldn’t be writing about it if I wasn’t already addicted, so that should count for something….right?
As always. My pick on poster art accompanying each artist.
Tags: Band Of Horses, Ben Wilson, Cease to Begin, Poster
I’ve been mentally punishing myself since yesterday for forgetting that the new album, Cease to Begin, from the Band of Horses came out yesterday. However, it was a nice surprise. I’ve had plenty to say about them in the past, and once I’ve properly perused this new album, I’m sure I will have plenty more to say. But until I have properly assimilated this new material, I’ll just leave with these tidbits and promise that I’ll get back to you. And as always, POSTER ART by Ben Wilson!
Tags: HE MAN, MTV, Rilo Kiley
So what’s up with me seeing a Rilo Kiley live clip and some of their other music as the segue between shows as I’m flipping past MTV last night. Also, I happened to spot a shot of Steve Aoki in the commercial for some other show. Now I don’t much care about the Aoki spotting, just thought that was random enough to mention. But, this whole Rilo Kiley thing has me a little peeved. Its not just Rilo, its every band that I thoroughly enjoy and then am forced to listen to ravings and opinions from every jerk I know who can’t even look past their own radio dial.
Back to the point at hand though. I know they just put out an album out on a major label, even though it is my least favorite of their catalogue, which they have been accumulating since 99 in case everyone forgets that. However, I don’t know if it’s just an overwhelming desire for things to stay the same, or if I just don’t want a bunch of assholes talking about and listening to stuff I actually consider good. I’m not sure where this overwhelming feeling comes from, but I can’t deny the miserable sensation that forms in the pit of my stomach on the occasions that I come across these travesties. And to be honest, it’s not about the band, I don’t blame them for being on TV or garnering new fans, I just know I’m going to hate the new fans though. It never fails. I feel like that kid whose mom is forcing them to share their toys with some cousin they don’t even know, and he settles right down behind Castle Greyskull. It’s just plain bullshit!!
Ultra random old Rilo picture after the jump. I bet this isn’t what i’ll be seeing between The Real World and The Hills. Also, I promised a while back that if I talked about music or bands or anything such as, that I would also post some posters for them since I do have a strange fetish for gigposters in general. So I also included some of that after the jump as well.