Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday Mixtape #4

I'll admit it. I watch the Maury show when I get home from school in the afternoon. I don't watch it intently, however I do always have it on, sort of like a hilarious trailer trash soundtrack that accompanies whatever it is happen to be doing on any given day. The best episodes are the paternity test ones, which apparently, are all they ever have. They even sell cute little onesies that your baby can wear that read "I met my Daddy on Maury!" I really wish they sold adult size t-shirts. I'd totally buy one, or give them as gag gifts for the holidays and birthdays. Anyway, when I saw the above picture I couldn't help but laugh. With Hanukkah starting on the 22nd and Christmas a mere three days after that, the joyousness of the holidays are almost upon us. So, here is the last of this years holiday mixtapes, and I hope that this one, coupled with the previous three, have made your holiday season that much better.

1. Low - Just Like Christmas
2. Sufjan Stevens - Come On! Lets Boogie to the Elf Dance!
3. Yo La Tengo - It's Christmas Time
4. Pearl Jam - Let Me Sleep
5. The Knife - Christmas Reindeer
6. Pas/Cal - Last Christmas
7. eric Metronome - Hanukkah Girl
8. The Kinks - Father Christmas
9. The Raveonettes - The Christmas Song
10. Sufjan Stevens - Sister Winter

Have a great holiday everyone, and if I forgot to include one of your favorites, I'm terribly sorry. It is very difficult to keep track of all of these tunes.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Holiday Mixtape #3: Kickass Covers

So we're all familiar with all of the holiday classics, and I think it's safe to assume that most of you share the same sentiments as I do, in the sense that they are all extremely dull and boring. The fact that we hear the same versions year after year doesn't help matters. While all the sixty-plus crowd is huddled around the fire, eyes closed, gently swaying back and forth to the sound of old Bing's voice like they were hippies at a Phish concert, the rest of us roll our eyes and wish the Holiday's didn't bring out such dullness. Well, fret not, this year will be jammed packed with classic tunes that your grandmother will recognize, but appease you as it will totally rock your socks off. Enjoy.

1. The Pretenders - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
2. Jimmy Eat World - Last Christmas
3. The Dandy Warhols - Little Drummer Boy
4. Jack Johnson - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
5. REM - Merry Xmas Everybody
6. Asobi Seksu - Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)
7. Phantom Planet - Winter Wonderland
8. Stars - Fairytale of New York
9. Pearl Jam - Someday At Christmas
10. Death Cab For Cutie - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
11. The Fray - Happy X-mas (War Is Over)

The following songs are repeats of the ones above, but they are certianly different versions, so I didn't want to deprive you of expanding your Holiday music collection, call it an alternate collection.

Grandaddy - Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland
Snowden - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Montt Mardie, Le Sport & Mr. Suitcase - Last Christmas

Simply Having a Cringeworthy Christmas Time...

So, while some of you may not enjoy my musical taste and my choices of Holiday related tunes, I decided to dedicate the next installment of the Holiday Mega Mix to the songs that I personally can't stand to hear. It seems as though it is the following collection of songs that plague the airwaves starting the day after Thanksgiving. Whether it's Paul McCartney's incessant synthesizer drone, the incredibly creepy sounding Billy Corgan singing about the rather, ahem, ambiguous, things he does on Christmas to make children happy, the incredibly lounge cheese that is Coldplay's version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", or the "punk rock" stylings of Fall Out Boy, these songs are likely to be mood killers. I swear if I hear Bing and Bowie sing "Little Drummer Boy" for the umpteenth year in a row, I am going to stick freshly sharpened #2 pencils directly into my ear canals.

1. Paul McCartney - Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time
2. Smashing Pumpkins - Christmastime
3. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
4. Coldplay - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
5. Fall Out Boy - Yule Shoot Your Eye Out
6. Cascada - Last Christmas
7. The Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)
8. Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
9. David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy

UGHHH...all I want for Christmas is for someone to make it stop...

Monday, December 08, 2008

Have Yourself a Depressing Little Christmas

So it's that time fo the year again, and as early as a few weeks before Thaknsgiving, I have been compiling some of my favorite Christmas/holiday tunes of yesteryear and today, as my friends and family tend to look forward to my annual Holiday mixes. Last year the mix was only one disc long, as I overdid it in 2006 with a four-disc monstrosity that I just couldn't seem to reproduce fast enough. Anyway, I was commissioned to play a little Holiday themed acoustic set at a private party, and while I was learning some of my favorite holiday songs, I noticed that a large number of them were sad songs, depressing really. This revelation, in turn, made me remember an article I had read a few years back that talked about how while the holiday season brought feelings of joy and sentimentality for some, others felt an increased sense of isolation and despair for a number of different reasons that I'm sure we're all familiar with. On top of that, the increased frenetic activity, namely juggling shopping, work, social obligations, etc, all lead to a rise in physical and emotional stress. So I figured that this year, instead of just making random mixes, I would make themed Holiday mixes, so to coincide with the stress and sadness we're all bound to feel at some point, here's the first holiday mixtape installment, the sad songs. Now, just because thy're melancholy doesn't mean they're bad, in fact a lot of my favorites are classified as "sad songs" so don't discriminate.

1. Coldplay - 2000 Miles
2. Feist - Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming
3. Bright Eyes - Blue Christmas
4. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Cold White Christmas
5. Ben Folds Five - Brick
6. Tiger Baby - This Christmas
7. Snow Patrol - When I Get Home For Christmas
8. Ryan Adams - Hey Parker, It's Christmas
9. Mogwai - Christmas Song
10. The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
11. Sufjan Stevens - That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!
12. Snowden - White Christmas
13. The Walkmen - The Christmas Party

So there it is folks, keep your eyes peeled for more Holiday mixtapes coming soon. And cheer up would you? Jeez.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Death Cab For Cutie @ The Oakdale 10/4/08

I've been meaning to post something about this show for months now, and I apologize that I haven't done so. I have to say that this show was absolutely incredible. Even though the venue (formerly known as the Oakdale) is called the Chevrolet Music Theatre (blah). Anyway, Ben Gibbard and company played an amzing set...definitely by all means an extremely early Christmas present. Each note played and and every word sung was guys ever get the chance to check them out do so. Anyway I forgot my camera like an idiot, so check out some video from the show below. (Sorry for shitty quality)

Clips from The New Year, Title and Registration, We Looked like Giants, Expo 86

I Will Follow You Into the Dark (full)

I Will Possess Your Heart

Summer Skin, Where Soul Meets Body


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Friendly Fires

So the band called Friendly Fires, that made somewhat of a splash in the blogosphere last year, has come out with their first full length disc. When I first heard the super sexy (but not as sexy as me) song "Paris", and saw the ridiculously absurd video for "On Board", i thought that these guys might have something and i began to eagerly await something a little more substantial than an EP release. Well, I now have something a little more substantial, and what can I say? Well, all of the songs are cut from the same mold, however, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Friendly Fires craft fun songs. They're kind of like The Kooks or The Bravery, mixed with the inane flavors of MGMT. A disco-infused band that can be reminiscent of the Klaxons at times, only less serious. You might want to look ito acquiring their debut disc if you're really into their sound, which unfortunately is one we've all heard many, many times before.

Friendly Fires - Jump In The Pool
Friendly Fires - On Board
Friendly Fires - Skeleton Boy
Friendly Fires - Paris

On Board Video

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


So, Bloc Party finally graced their highly anticipated third album with some halfway decent cover art. I know I already posted some thoughts on the new album (summarization: I said it sucked), however it seems as though I was a little too harsh the first time around. As it turns out, after a few listens, the album has grown on me. That being said it does not hold a special place in my heart like Silent Alarm or A Weekend in the City do, however Intimacy does have its moments. It lacks the cohesiveness of the previous two albums, and the fact that the songs weren't really tested out and played live, means that sometimes the songs sound mroe like demos than the finished product. You can definitely tell that Kele and the boys are trying, and sometimes they are trying way too hard. "Zephyrus" is just a complete mess, and the opener "Ares" gets lost in it's own overlays. The only reason "Mercury" (a song that is just god awful terrible) was chosen as the first single is because of the sheer repition of it's one line hook of a chorus. Intimacy is not a perfect album. It is a combination of the raw sound of Silent Alarm and the smooth production of A Weekend in the City with a little bit of "Flux" sprinkled throughout.

The physical release of the album is actually the reason why I chose to do a second review on the album because it now includes the awesome song "Talons" as the ninth track in between "Zephyrus" and "Better than Heaven", and if you get the limited edition of the disc you will get an extra two tracks "Letter to my Son" and "Your Visits Are Getting Shorter", and if you live in the U.S. like I do, you get "Flux" tacked on to the end for some reason. I read somewhere that since Bloc Party signed a four album deal with their label, each one of the albums is going to be influenced by one band member in particular. Apparently this one is the Drummer Matt Tong's baby, whatever. It's decent, but not as good as the others. There are times when Bloc Party exhibit their ability to be potentially one of the most exciting bands in the world, however they are packed in between songs that just sort of last their way. Below is the closing track off of the album (if you don't count "Flux"), and it is one of the truly great songs off of Intimacy.

Bloc Party - Ion Square

Friday, October 24, 2008

Halloween Mixtape

So, clowns are creepy. Moving on, I have assembled a pretty sweet mix of tunes for this years Halloween mixtape. And while I say it is a Halloween mixtape, do not get the impression that the songs included in this collection are solely there because they are scary. in fact, some of them aren't scary at all. The loose thread that ties them all together is that they at least have something that remotely relates to the holiday of Halloween. Anyway, hope you enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Halloween Mixtape '08

1. Bloc Party - Skeleton
2. British Sea Power - No Lucifer
3. Cat Power - Werewolf
4. Cut Copy - So Haunted
5. Bloc Party - Hunting for Witches
6. Band of Horses - Is There a Ghost?
7. Interpol - Evil
8. Wintersleep - Weighty Ghost
9. Explosions in the Sky - Greet Death
10. Muse - Dark Shines
11. Band of Horses - The Funeral
12. Spoon - The Ghost of You Lingers
13. Q Lazzarus - Goodbye Horses
14. TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me
15. Radiohead - Climbing Up the Walls
16. Mogwai - I Know What You Are But What Am I?
17. M83 - Car Chase Terror

Friday, October 17, 2008

So...Keane has a new album out...

So this past Tuesday, I decided to give the new Keane disc, Perfect Symmetry, a spin. I'll be the first person to say that I never really went for Keane's brand of what I always perceived to be, adult contemporary radio-friendly piano ballads. That and the fact that they have totally shunned the guitar, well let's just say I was never very interested *yawn*. But I decided, with nothing else really coming out this month besides the new Oasis disc (which is, as I expected, pretty amazing), I'd give Keane a shot. Besides, this is their third album, they have to be doing something right...right? Upon the first listen of the first track/single "Spiralling", I was hooked. The absence of guitar is cleverly and beautifully unnoticable. There are some moments where the boys seem to be reaching a little much...trying to evoke that sense of grandiose melancholic acceptance on an epic, deep space stage light years away, however it all pulls together and most importantly, it all comes back to Earth for an extremely pleasurable listen. And the video is the sort of 80's cheese I love. Sometimes. In moderation. Kind of reminds me of that Dire Straights song...the video I mean...I have to say that I wrote off Keane far too soon. I should've given them a shot. Oh well. I'm somewhat of a late bloomer in a lot of things. Puberty was not fun. Anyway, I highly recommend you check this out.

Keane - Spiralling Video

Keane - Spiralling mp3

Bonus Stuff!
Keane - Bend and Break
Keane - Everybody's Changing

Thursday, October 02, 2008

It's been a while...

Sorry for the delay, I realize it's been well over a month and I totally agree with you, it's been too long. I do have a valid excuse however, student teaching is officially eating up all of my free time. Those little bastards are running me ragged, all the papers and lesson plans I have to correct and prepare are very time consuming. But, in my absence, my birthday has come and gone (notice the sweet telecaster above that is now in my possession), and I have a couple of things to say about two bands that are arguably the biggest in the world.

First up...Bloc Party. Intimacy sucks. I want Silent Alarm back. Hell, even A Weekend in the City (which, may I add, the b-sides to that record are better than the actual album itself) is better than this garbage. I know some of you out there are going to rip me apart, and I understand and appreciate artists trying different things and going in "new directions" to keep things fresh and interesting, but when it sucks, it sucks. And boy does Intimacy suck. Let's just say that it's rather disheartening when your band's "second" single is a song that isn't even on the album (apparently it will be released on the physical album and I frankly don't blame them, they need some sort of selling point after the disappointment of virtually every track off the digital release). I will admit, "Talons", is a kick-ass song that I absolutely love. I want this Bloc Party back. Hopefully they're not that far off.

Bloc Party - Talons

Next up...The Killers. Everything they have done sicne their debut album has been a giant misstep. I don't even know if it is possible for me to like them anymore, and a huge part of the reason is the fatc that I think Brandon Flowers is a giant, pompous toolbag. Hey Flowers, fyi...Sam's Town blew. I read in Rolling Stone that their next album was going to be more "stripped down" whatever the fuck that means. Here's a tip for the Killers boys, bring back the synths. You aren't Bruce Springsteen. You didn't make some magnificent rock you made silly songs about my bones and your bones and his bones and her bones and everybody's bones or something equally retarded. Get back to the basics. Anyway, they have a new single out called "Human" (human...bones...humans have bones...oh my god...this...can', and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. Have a listen for yourself (and I apologize in advance for the crappy video that goes along with the song...I wasn't about to troll youtube for some sort of official video, sorry)

The Killers - Human

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Labor Day

When I conducted a Google image search of "labor day sexy", this was the first result. I thought it was mildly amusing so I decided to put it up for your viewing pleasure. Anyway, Labor Day is tomorrow, which means a whole bunch of Americans are getting drunk and consuming foods incredibly high in calories while persumably playing volleyball or swimming or whatever it is people do. We, as Americans need Labor Day because we tend to overwork ourselves, and while other countires have mid-day nap breaks and mandatory five week vacations, here in America we run on four hours of sleep, lots of caffeine and a false sense of accomplishment when we complete some arbitrary and mundane task for our employers. For me, Labor Day marks the very end of summer, as my student teaching begins the very next day. Anyway, have fun, and to celebrate Labor Day, I was able to track down the hilarious song from Team America: World Police. Enjoy and happy Labor Day and remember to do your own thing, baby.

Team America - America, Fuck Yeah!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Smashing Pumpkins

Earlier today I was doing some writing and I was listening to my was set to shuffle because I like being pleasantly surprised when a hidden little gem works itself through my stereo speakers, a song that I might not have heard in a while or totally forgot I had, which is why when "That's the Way (My Love Is)", a track off of the newest Smashing Pumpkins disc, Zeitgeist, I decided to give the whole album a listen. I initally wrote the album off as being a sort of over-produced, self-indulgence that we ahve co0me to expect from Billy Corgan, and with only Jimmy Chamberlin coming back, it truly sounds and feels like a Billy Corgan project. So, with the absence of Iha and D'Arcy, it kind of feels as though Corgan was releasing this disc under the Smashing Pumpkins moniker in order to seel albums, since his previous projects came and went relatively ignored. So Zeitgeist isn't a compelling listen like Mellon Collie and Infinite Sadness or Siamese Dream, and it is much heavier than the Pumpkins' previous albums, absent are the dream-pop songs like 1979 and Thirty-three, but it shouldn't be ignored completely, granted it's not in the same league as their previous work, but the album itself is worth a listen, so if you passed it up when it came out last year, you should check it out, or at least download some of the mp3s below.

from Siamese Dream:
The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
The Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock
The Smashing Pumpkins - Today

from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness:
The Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight
The Smashing Pumpkins - Zero
The Smashing Pumpkins - Here Is No Why
The Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet with Butterfly Wings
The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
The Smashing Pumpkins - Thirty-three

from Zeitgeist:
The Smashing Pumpkins - Doomsday Clock
The Smashing Pumpkins - Tarantula
The Smashing Pumpkins - That's the Way (My Love Is)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Leroi Moore died

So if you haven't already heard, Leroi Moore, the saxophonist for Dave Matthews Band passed away a few days ago, apparently due to complications arising from an earlier ATV accident. That sucks. The guy was only 46 years years old, had a boatload of cash, was talented, and I mean just look at the know he's heard that Corey Hart song "Sunglasses at Night", but you can tell he just doesn't give a fuck. Anyway, I think its safe to say that we've all liked DMB at one point or another, and even if you didn't I'm pretty sure you never wished ill or bodily harm on any of its members (I hope not you sick bastards), but whichever side of the fence you guys happen to fall on, I'm 100% sure that all of you would agree with me when I say that it sure does suck dying from a hobby that ten year olds take part in. In conclusion, here's an old (1992, wah?!), live version of one of DMB's oldest tunes, so enjoy.

Dave Matthews Band - Minarets (live)

Monday, August 04, 2008

New Bloc Party

So the song is called "Mercury", and apparently Bloc Party released it on the Zane Lowe radio show a few days ago. After listening to it once or twice, I have found myself asking what in the world has happened to Bloc Party? This is definitely not the Bloc Party of the Silent Alarm days or even the Bloc Party of A Weekend in the City, rather this is a rather jarring listening experience, and because it is Bloc Party I'm not sure how I should react to it. I really don't want to voice any sort of opinion at all, mainly because I'm somewhat flabbergasted. Bloc Party has been a consistently interesting and progressive band, constantly changing and evolving their sound, maybe this is an indication of where the new reocrd is going, maybe it's just a product of creative imagination. One thing is for sure, don't listen to anyone else's opinion, listen to the song and decide for yourself.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Radiohead (again)

So since I've been on a bit of a Radiohead kick recently, and I have been looking for something to post about (I don't know if you were able to discern that based upon my last post which, I will admit, involved very little effort on my part), I'm devoting yet another post to Radiohead. Looking back on my rather extensive previous post, I noticed that I left out quite a few b-sides that I particularly love, and if you're a Radiohead fan who doesn't have them, well then I guess you're in luck. First I'm going to post a rather awesome video of one of my favorite Radiohead songs, along with a link to grab the mp3s from that show. Enjoy.

How to Disappear Completely

Radiohead Live @ Canal+ mp3s

Radiohead B-sides, etc

Radiohead - Lovesick Punchdrunk Singalong
Radiohead - Permanent Daylight
Radiohead - Lozenge of Love
Radiohead - Palo Alto
Radiohead - How I Made My Millions
Radiohead - You Never Wash Up After Yourself

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Flight of the Conchords

Flight of the Conchords is a Grammy Award-winning New Zealand comedy duo composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. Billing themselves as "Formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo", the group uses a combination of witty observation, characterisation and acoustic folk guitars to work the audience. The duo's comedy and music became first the basis of a BBC radio series and then an American television series, which premiered in 2007, also called Flight of the Conchords (yea, I stole that from Wikipedia, I'm lazy and it's accurate enough so deal with it). Anyway, check out the show on HBO it's pretty hilarious, and I just recently snagged a copy of their album thanks to my brother, who insists "Businesstime" is the greatest song ever written (he lacks what most would refer to as maturity, although it is pretty funny I have to admit). So check out the video below for "The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room". and maybe when you're plastered enough you'll remember one of the lines he spits out and actually use it on a real life girl (also enjoy the mp3s posted below the video)!

The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room:

Flight of the Conchords - Business Time
Flight of the Conchords - Ladies of the World

Thursday, June 19, 2008


As anyone who knows me in the slightest bit, I am a huge Radiohead fan. I am one of those who absolutely must have every single track ever released/recorded/covered. You can call me what you like, but ever since I got The Bends (I was ten), I've been hooked. Every album is a masterpiece in my opinion and if you disagree, well that's you're opinion and you might want to skip this post. We are all familiar with the pay-whatever-you-want/publicity stunt that they pulled with their latest release, and despite the reasons/outcomes of trying it, it is truly an incredible album (hint: if you don't have it get it, but who doesn't already have it?). in the meantime their old record label is trying to cash in by releasing a box set of all of their albums and a 2-disc greatest hits package, neither of the sales derived from these two monstrosities will ever reach Radiohead's pockets, may I add, and frankly in my opinion it's another example of corporate greed and how anyone will do anything to make a buck, artistic integrity or not. Don't get me wrong I'm not some sort of art-mongering zealot on a soapbox, but seriously, skip the greatest hits album. Besides as you'll see below, I've compiled a number of my favorite Radiohead tracks, along with some of their more rare tracks and B-sides, to give you a more comprehensive summation of their career thus far. So as you can probably guess, the following tracks are choice (but then again every Radiohead track is top-notch, but I didn't know how else to describe them), and if you don't already have all of these albums, go out and buy them, because seriously, what have you been waiting for?

from Pablo Honey:

Radiohead - Thinking About You
Radiohead - Vegetable
Radiohead - Lurgee

from The Bends:

Radiohead - High & Dry
Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
Radiohead - Just
Radiohead - Street Spirit

from Ok Computer:

Radiohead - Let Down
Radiohead - No Surprises
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
Radiohead - The Tourist

from Kid A:

Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place
Radiohead - How to Disappear Completely
Radiohead - Optimistic
Radiohead - Motion Picture Soundtrack

from Amnesiac:

Radiohead - Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box
Radiohead - You and Whose Army
Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong

from Hail to the Theif:

Radiohead - 2+2=5
Radiohead - Sit Down, Stand Up
Radiohead - There There
Radiohead - Sail to the Moon

from I Might Be Wrong Live Recordings:

Radiohead - The National Album
Radiohead - Idioteque
Radiohead - Like Spinning Plates
Radiohead - True Love Waits

Some Rarities, B-Sides & Everything Else:

Radiohead - The Trickster
Radiohead - Talk Show Host
Radiohead - Kinetic
Radiohead - Follow Me Around
Radiohead - The Amazing Sound of Orgy
Radiohead - Pearly
Radiohead - Polyethylene (Parts 1&2)
Radiohead - Meeting In The Aisle
Radiohead - A Reminder

I hope everyone enjoys all that, and if you live on the East coast (like I do), check out the All Points West festival, Radiohead will be headlining Friday and Saturday (August 8th and 9th), and tickets are relatively inexpensive considering the talent they have lined up.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Teenagers in Tokyo

They're not teenagers nor are they from Tokyo, but the band hailing from Sydney, Australia who call themselves Teenagers in Tokyo are a lot of fun. They're keen sense of style don't hurt matters either, but that's hardly the issue. Whatever other folks are labeling this new band, (post-punk-electro-pop, perhaps?), they're seriously worth a listen, mainly because I said so, and since you and I both know that I have impecable taste in music, you can rest assured that you'll probably like them too. A little bit CSS, a little bit Interpol, they employ a sound that isn't necessarily unique, but fun nonetheless.

MP3: Teenagers in Tokyo - End It Tonight

Video: Very Vampyr

Monday, June 02, 2008

Stone Temple Pilots @ Mohegan Sun 5/26/07

So I finally got to see Stone Temple Pilots after eight years of wading through the terribly overrated mess that was Velvet Revolver. Stone Temple Pilots was one of the bands that I grew up with, ever since I first heard the entire album Purple when I was the tender age of eleven. Even as my musical tastes varied over the years, Stone Temple Pilots were always a fond part of my rotation, so it was great to see them come back together and perform. The energy and stage presence of the band was incredible, it was as if they hadn't spent a day apart (Scott Weiland, although an incredible performer, didn't look so great, however it did not affect his awesome performance). We had really good seats, however the last time I saw a show at Mohegan (Bob Dylan), they didn't allow the use of cameras, and although that policy didn't change for STP, it seemed as though there were a hell of a lot of people taking pictures, which I'm pissed about because I didn't bring mine. Anyway, it was a great show consisting of all of the classic tunes from their previous five albums, and let me just say that I am pretty pumped for their next release (you know it's coming). Anyway, after the show my buddies and I decided to wander around the casino for a bit to spend even more money, at which point we heard "Scott Weiland, your party is waiting for you at the lost and found desk...Scott Weiland..." over the loudspeaker, which was a pretty humorous cap to a truly fantastic show. I was able to find some video clips of the show (WARNING: not all are of the greatest quality), so check them out if you don't have the opportunity to see STP during their reunion tour.

Interstate Love Song:


Dead and Bloated (crappy quality, takes about a minute to get into it):

Wicked Garden:

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Ting Tings

The Ting Tings are a electro-pop duo out of England who craft some really catchy tunes. You might recognize their song "Shut Up And Let Me Go" as the one featured in the newest iTunes commercial. Either way, I heard about them a month or two ago, when a single of their song "Great DJ" fell into my lap. Anyway, you guys should definitely check them out, as the music they make is extremely fun and danceable. Plus, Katie White (along with Jules there in the background) is incredibly hot.

The Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let Me Go


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Album Review: The Kooks, Konk

To sum up the Kooks sophomore effort in a word, meh. Not that the album isn't good, it definitely has some stand out tracks, the first single Always Where I Need To Be of course, Shine On, Love It All, amongst others are all catchy pop songs that will delight fans to casual listeners. The thing about this album is that for me at least, it doesn't live up to the hype. I was a fan of The Kook's first album, and Konk (dumb name by the way), doesn't doesn't quite live up to it's predescessor. As I said before, there are quick catchy pop songs on this record, however there are more than a few songs which I find myself searching for the "skip" button before they even get three chords into it. Lyrically, The Kooks are still writing songs about girls and playful romps under the covers however while this worked on the first album, now it just feels a little immature. Granted I don't think The Kooks should be singing about Darfur or big oil or other heavy political issues, their songwriting capabilities, musically at least, would make such songs feel silly and contrived. Merely all I'm asking for is a little growth, you can only sing about tits and ass for so long (check the cringe worthy Do You Wanna? if you really want to see what I mean) before it starts to get old. So if you liked their first album, you'll be sure to like most of the songs present on this one, however if you found yourself wanting a little more substance over their last effort, you might want to just grab the singles.

The Bravery @ The Webster 4/15/08

Sorry about the delay...what can I say? I'm lazy I guess. I can come up with excuses if you'd like (i.e. grad school, internship to name a few), but I'm sure no one really cares all that much. Anyway, The Bravery show was fantastic, and sicne I made friends with the lesbian bartender (so hot by the way), I was completely shitfaced and don't remember getting home (thanks Schaeffer!), but still a phenomenal show. The Bravery was slated to go on at 9pm, however it was more like 10:30-11 when they finally came on, leaving some extra time for their openers Your Vegas and Fiction Plane (Sting's son's band, FYI), neither of which were bad, in fact they were both pretty decent, however as my level of inebriation grew, my tolerance of bands whose songs I had never heard before started to wear a little thin. Anyway, the pictures I took (about fifty), were all pretty decent since the Webster is fairly small (probbaly can fit about 1500-2000 heads, it used to be a movie theatre), and Scaheffer even managed to ctach the guitar pick Sam Endicott tossed into the audience at the end of the show. All in all, if you have the opportunity to go see The Bravery anytime soon, I would highly recommend that you do so.

The Bravery - Believe
The Bravery - Bad Sun
The Bravery - An Honest Mistake
The Bravery - Swollen Summer
The Bravery - No Brakes
The Bravery - The Ocean

Sunday, April 06, 2008

DJ Mix

I honestly think that I should have pursued a career as a DJ in bars and clubs and the like. I go out to bars virtually every weekend, and most of the bars in New Haven are constantly bumpin' crap that I could care less about. I mean seriously, Fergie? I swear if I hear Kanye West one more time when I go out I'm going to gouge my own eyeballs out with a spoon. So I decided that today's post would consist of up-beat, party type tunes that would definitely fuel the club hoppers need for music that will keep their hips gyrating in a vaguely sexual manner. Anyway, onto the tunes.

M83 - Teen Angst
Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Bloc Party - The Prayer
Test Icicles - Circle, Square, Triangle (Simian Mobile Disco Remix)
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
We Are Scientists - Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt
Chromeo - Fancy Footwork
Mute Math - Typical
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends

Aside from that little collection, if you're ever going to throw a house party and the people who are going to be in attendance tend to have varying degrees of appreciation of musical genres, download a few of these "Sixx Mixx". Apparently the guy who mashed these up did so for a radio show he was hosting. He doesn't do it anymore so the songs aren't necessarily new, however these mixes include some classics, and they are very well done.

Sixx Mixx 88 5/27/05

Go here if you want to check out a few more Sixx Mixxes along with their tracklistings (recommended)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Two Man Gentlemen Band

So, I'm not entirely sure who these guys are, or if they're even halfway serious. What I do know is that they have songs with awesome titles such as "William Howard Taft" and "The Hindenberg Disaster". Their self-described music is "uptempo, original, old time, two man music, at a reasonable volume", and I have to say that it definitely encapsulates their sound. Kozma had initially told me about these guys, and while I can't say that I'm a die hard fan, I can say if you have a penchant for former presidents or all things kazoo-related, well then you should definitely check these guys out. I guess they'd be fun at a bar or something. If I was drunk. Or passed out in a stall in the bathroom.

The Two Man Gentlemen Band - William Howard Taft
The Two Man Gentlemen Band - The Hindenberg Disaster
The Two Man Gentlemen Band - The Memphis Flu
The Two Man Gentlemen Band - Queens County
The Two Man Gentlemen Band - Shotgun Wedding
The Two Man Gentlemen Band - Slow, Jesus

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Helio Sequence

The Helio Sequence is a band that I know virtually nothing about, but I heard their song Can't Say No and I knew that i had to hear more. So I picked up their latest album (apparently their fourth, how is it that I had never heard of these guys before?) The album is, in a word, impressive considering there is only two guys in the entire band, but with nimble use of effects pedals and a drummer who alos plays keys, the result is daydreamy pop-bliss (if that makes any sort of sense to you, I tip my hat to you). I seriously recommend checking these guys out.

The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
The Helio Sequence - Blood Bleeds
The Helio Sequence - Everyone Knows Everyone

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Valentine's/Singles Awareness Day Mixtape '08

I know it's a little late, and to tell you the truth I wasn't going to do a Valentine's/Singles Awareness Day mix this year, love, in a singular sense tends to leave a sour taste in my mouth, that and crushing cynicism that makes me bitter and overwhelmingly depressed at times. But, I figured what the hell, no use crying about it. So this year is definitely focused more on some of the sadder love songs as opposed to some of the happier songs included on V-day mixes from yesteryear. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this mix and hopefully your Valentine's Day was a little better than mine.

1. Asobi Seksu - Walk on the Moon
2. Iron and Wine - Naked As We Came
3. Bright Eyes - Lover I Don't Have to Love
4. The Album Leaf - Always for You
5. Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You Into the Dark
6. Patrick Watson - Luscious Life
7. Muse - Endlessly
8. Stellastarr* - Untitled
9. The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
10. David Gray - Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
11. Explosions in the Sky - Your Hand In Mine

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Two sausages kissing... what I fondly refer Sigur Ros' third album as (Google Image "Sigur Ros album art" and you'll see what I'm talking about), and with news of their fifth outing being recorded as I write this, you can imagine how giddy I am quickly becoming. Sigur Ros is just one of those bands that you can just get totally lost in. The hauntingly beautiful ethereal music they create, coupled with Jonsi's incredible falsetto, is just incredible. They somehow manage to combine post-rock, experimental, classical and minimalist elements and craft them into truly breath-taking songs, but you already knew that didn't you? So we'll have to wait for the new Sigur Ros album until late this year, which means that we might not get to see it until next year, but until then you can pick up that documentary DVD/CD combo they released this year (try eBay), or just throw in one of their four albums and wait patiently.

Sigur Ros - Hljomalind
Sigur Ros - Untitled #8 (The Pop Song)
Sigur Ros - Staralfur
Sigur Ros - Olsen Olsen
Sigur Ros - Untitled #4 (The Nothing Song)
Sigur Ros - Von

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Feeling sorry for yourself?

Todays' post will be short in the sense that I will be focusing primarily on my personal life instead of offering witty remarks about music and/or other forms of popular culture that I happen to be consuming at the moment. I have come to the conclusion that I am in desperate need of change so I have been looking into moving overseas to teach for a year or so. Someone once accused me of "running away", however I explained to her that I have nothing here to run away from so that couldn't be possible. Anyway, my life has been reduced to this sort of vicious cycle of making me feel depressed and generally bored with whats going on. I'm sure everyone can relate, you get up do the same thing every day of the week, then on the weekends you go out and do the typical drinking/partying only to wake up the next morning and realizing that nothing you did changed anything and you still have to drag yourself through the same shitty week without any sort of reprieve all because she's not with you. I know that I sound like I need Zoloft or something, I can cope with my distress fairly well, besides I'm too busy to complain about anything for any significant period of time, let alone be crippled by sadness. I'm a victim of my own devices, as we all pretty much are, and we all tend to do things that do nothing save for hurt us in the long run. We all need some sanctuary, if you ask me. (What a totally awesome segue into today's song, which I'm a huge fan of by the way, but sure enough I can't make you download anything, although I can really recommend it, and since my opinions are the only ones that matter, you should take it as a sign that you should be clicking on the link below, if you haven't already)

The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Rogue Wave

I have been listening to Rogue Wave for a couple of years now, I picked up their second album Descended Like Vultures, and immediately fell in love with it. I have yet to pick up their newest disc, but from what I've read it seems as though it's pretty good. I know the lead off single Lake Michigan is pretty damn catchy. Some of Zach Rogue's lyrics are pretty cryptic, well I'll be honest, I have absolutely no idea what some of their songs are about, but aside from that, there is no denying that their brand of lo-fi pop songs coupled with Zach Rogue's achingly fragile voice, is hard to beat. Have you heard similar stuff before? Probably. But it doesn't mater because Rogue Wave manages to capture my interest and satisfy my auditory needs. So I would highly recommend you check them out if you haven't already.

Rogue Wave - 10:1
Rogue Wave - Every Moment
Rogue Wave - Endless Shovel
Rogue Wave - Publish My Love
Rogue Wave - Sightlines
Rogue Wave - Everyday
Rogue Wave - Wait For It
Rogue Wave - Falcon Settles Me

There are many things that I would like to say to you...

Oasis - Wonderwall
Cat Power - Wonderwall
Ryan Adams - Wonderwall

Saturday, January 19, 2008


So I just saw Cloverfield, and if you don't know what that is, well then I don't know why you're bothering reading this. You might be asking yourself, well Ryan, I certainly know what Cloverfield is, how was it? I would answer you by saying that it was exactly what I expected, nothing more, nothing less. The movie is seen through the eyes of a single handheld camcorder so it does suffer from The Blair Witch syndrome, however you get used to it pretty quick. Before you ask, yes you see the monster. What I can tell you is that it is not an epic monster movie, but rather the focus is on a group of friends and their attempt to make it out of Manhattan alive. I'm not going to go as far as to say that it is a milestone of modern cinema, but I will say that it is enjoyable and a pretty good popcorn movie, or in my case, Sprees (I used to love them when I was a kid and they all but disappeared from my meory when I spotted them in the candy aisle of my local Walgreens...yay me!). The only music in the film is heard during the going away party which comprises the bulk of the films first thirty minutes. I have to say that the filmmakers have pretty good taste in that department. Overall, a pretty good movie that is satisfying that will kill at the box office because of it's clever marketing've done it again J.J. Abrams! Now if only Lost coughed up some answers...

music from the sexay partay in Cloverfield

Spoon - The Underdog

Saturday, January 05, 2008

2007 in review

So another year has passed us by and I'm sure that if you're anything like me, you have a lot of regrets that totally overshadow any sort of accomplishments/happy times you might have had. But it's a new year and I try not to pessimistic all year round so I figure if there is any time to be looking towards the future with some sort of idealized fantasy-laden optimism, this is the time of the year to do it. In all seriousness, I hope this year brings all of you the same joy and happiness I'm expecting...because it's about damn time...Moving right along, I have compiled some of my favorite tracks of the past year in mp3 format so if, in the off chance you don't happen to already have one of these gems, you can download it now and enjoy for the new year. This list by no means is representative of all of my favorite tracks of the year, but merely the ones I was able to find floating about on the internet. Until next time (hopefully it won't be until next year...I realize I post rather sporadically but, well lets just say I hope it doesn't come to that).

Bloc Party - Flux
Mute Math - Typical
MGMT - Time to Pretend
The Shins - Turn on Me

Blonde Redhead - 23
Union of Knives - Taste of Harmony
Spoon - The Underdog
Mark Ronson (feat. Lily Allen) - Oh My God
Radiohead - Reckoner