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