Thursday, November 26, 2009
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Don't you just wish on certain days you can explode just like that ice sculpture and still make it look sexy? Look for The Big Pink's album debuting in the states on September 15, 2009.
While you're at it, look to the left where all the bomb-ass artists are, and listen to some of the tuneage. A lot of my favorite bands are part of the Yellow Bird Project, and have designed bomb-ass tees for your liking. Go now!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
"I'm an air bag in a dashboard, packed up layer upon layer in readiness for that moment when I get to explode, expand all over you, fill every available space. Unlike an airbag, though, I'm repacked the moment I've exploded, am tensed and ready to explode-like some safety-film footage cut into a loop, all I do is compress and release, over and over, never saving or satisfying anyone, least myself. Yet the tape plays on pointlessly, obsessive air bag exploding again and again while life itself goes on elsewhere, outside the range of these antic expenditures."
Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn, page 262. What a fantastic, hilarious book!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
How many bands is this now, three?
Friday, August 21, 2009
CRYSTAL CASTLES - Crimewave (new official video)
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
"There are days when I get up in the morning and stagger into the bathroom and begin running water and then I look up and I don't even recognize my own toothbrush in the mirror. I mean, the object looks strange, oddly particular it its design, strange tapered handle and slotted, miter-cut bristles, and I wonder if I've ever looked at it closely before or whether someone snuck in overnight and substituted this new toothbrush for my old one. I have this relationship to objects in general-they will sometimes become uncontrollably new and vivid to me, and I don't know whether this is a symptom of Tourette's or not. I've never seen it described in the literature. Here's the strangeness of having Tourette's brain, then: no control in my personal experiment of self. What might be only strangeness must always be auditioned for relegation to the domain of symptom, just as symptoms always push into other domains, demanding the chance to audition for their moment of acuity or relevance, their brief shot-coulda been a contender!-at centrality. Personalityness. There's a lot of traffic in my head, and it's two-way. "
Page 131, Motherless Brooklyn.
So excited!! This will be my third time seeing Animal Collective, but my first time seeing the mind-boggling group on my home turf. Looking foward to it, Panda Bear.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The new album is produced by genius Rick Rubin, and is sure to be a little more catchy and a little less sappy compared to 2007's Emotionalism. Supposedly Rubin found out about the bros on youtube, but seeing Ruby work his magic on these folksy arm chair, bearded dudes might be just what my ears need. I'm looking forward to a sound with a lot of emotion but without sounding emotional, if that makes sense. There's quite a difference between hearing whining vocals with a banjo versus hearing the pain peek through southern (and cute) drawls with a rockier edge and harsher tone-of-voice. Right now I'm thinking about their lyrics off there new single, "I and Love and You," and how even though I'm not driving North from North Carolina, I still want the same things.
All one foot in and one foot back
But it don't pay, to live like that
So I cut the ties and I jumped the tracks
For never to return
Brooklyn Brooklyn take me in
Are you aware the shape I'm in
My hands they shake my head it spins
Brooklyn Brooklyn take me in
To acquire a little noise history on the Avett Brothers, take a listen to "Pretty Girl from Chile" and "The Ballad of Love and Hate" off Emotionalism, as well as a personal favorite, "Murder In the City" off The Second Gleam. And if you go to their concerts, make sure to bring a helmet and a sturdy flask.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Everyone should try and visit Bethel, NY - it really is a quaint and subdued place - kind of like the Secret Garden. Walking through the streets you can feel a secret looming behind the doors and underneath the pavement, itching to tell its story. Yes, there are rich, artsy and in shape residents who glare at tourists and passersby alike, but walking through the mountains and being in such a momentous and generation defining locale really does have its perks. Go here to get information on visiting Bethel, NY, the home of peace and music.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Current Party Shuffle mix: Modest Mouse's "Horn Intro" into Modest Mouse's "Bukowski," both feat. on Good News For People Who Love Bad News.
Today, I'm dedicating this post to Postal Service and Qdoba.
I remember sitting in the Mexican semi-fast food joint on Washington Street in Hoboken and being told of, then searching for, Ben Gibbard's eclectic and one-time-only band.
Thank you, Party Shuffle, for turning to "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" and thus initiating this post.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Monday, July 13, 2009
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Thursday, July 9, 2009
I want to try to keep writing for you. As you already know it is hard for me to put things into works. I often have to close my eyes, and just let the words try to flow through my fingertips. It doesn’t always work. It’s like choking on my own thoughts.
I thought of a great phrase yesterday, and I have already forgotten it. I am sorry I did not write it down. I hope you keep writing. I hope you may be the keeper of many good memories.
Here is the Michael J Fox experience:
'Always Looking Up', his book based on optimism.
ABC produced a one-hour mini documentary loosely based on the theme of his book.
I was simply asked to mix the show.
As many people my age, I grew up with MJF, remembering him as a smart alec young man on Family Ties to Back to the Future. Here was an amazing young actor with a sharp mind and sense of humor. He had it all going on. Then the news came of his diagnosis with Parkinson Disease.
This struck a chord, we are about the same age. How does this happen to someone so vibrant, so young?
I was happy to be asked to participate on the production of this show. I met MJF briefly as we had to record some narration lines. Because of the extreme deadline we were facing I had the studio preset and ready to role as soon as Michael was ready to record. There was a slight hitch due to a communication gap, and I was somewhat taken aback as to how this particular concern was not thought of or addressed prior to recording. Michael’s Parkinson’s is accompanied with uncontrollable movement. Therefore, when in a recording booth, this movement is unfortunately picked up by the microphone. I had not been made aware of his preference to sit on a stool. Had I known that I would have found one that did not squeak. A total snafu on our end. But the professionalism of Michael and the production team, including great editors enabled us to continue unencumbered by a squeaky stool. I was not thrilled, but happy that the performance was captured without upsetting the talent or affecting the outcome of the production.
What stood out the most was how incredibly smart and down to earth he was. Above and beyond all, was his optimism. After working with him and working on the show, and meeting he and his wife at the post gathering, I came away with the feeling that I should never waste time on looking back, but spend more time looking forward, and looking up. Keeping the good things in mind and pushing away the negative. I doesn’t always come easy, but I will tell you that right now, as I am writing these words to you, it is working for me.
MJF is a fine example of a person who is not giving up on life. One who seems to embrace each and every moment. A man who is proactive in finding a cure for the disease that has so affected his life and that of those who surround him with profound love and support.
Once again, I have been lucky to come into contact, however briefly, with a special talent. One of many who have inspired me throughout the years.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
It's a great experience to go to bed in a tent listening to "All the ducks are swimming in the water fal da ral da ral da"
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
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Monday, June 8, 2009
What iTunes did: The end of The Roots' "Rolling With Heat" ends with a woman speaking as if she was hosting a radio broadcast. She says, "It's the top of the hour, we're about to prepare you for another two hours of music-free commercials." AND THEN the break in the track stopped for oh about .5 seconds, only to drop the down beat of a soft bongo drum. Enter angelic psychedelic Shepherd's Dog "Lovesong Of The Buzzard". The twangs of hippie strings after The Roots' mean muggin' rhythms seemed to purrfect to be accidental. The space between the two songs was spot on because it gave the listener a moment to breath while transitioning with the previous artist's words. Both songs have a constant rhythm, thought created with different instruments, therefore, the ease of the beats just flowed one into the other- " The Lovesong of Heat" or "Rolling with the Buzzard" could be the name. Post-mix, I day-dreamed a DJ playing this transition, and saw everyone raising their lighters and exhaling.
If you have those two songs (which ya most definitely should!), try listening to them back to back- I think you'll like it.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Goodrich.
The most bad ass opening sequence I've ever seen for a TV show. I love the shots of the bayou mixed with the innocence of children, the eccentricities of the church, the notion of sex that's associated with vampires without including a shot of an actual vampire, the creepy myths of the south, metaphors of the death and re-birth of bugs and animals, and the drawl of Jace Everett's voice.
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Why: Atypical sound, folkie without the hay, youthful arrangements, open road material
Tracks: Take It from Me, Citywide Rodeo, Riga Girls, Living in Twilight, Not Your Year, Painting By Chagall, Love Doesn't Last Too Long