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.