Oct 262009

Screw Disneyland

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This girl has the right idea:

“A teenage girl had a smashing time when a bizarre wish she made from her sickbed allowed her to destroy garden gnomes with a guitar while dressed as a rocker from the band AC/DC.

Paige Jones, who made the request to a charity while recovering from a jaw operation, whacked her way through dozens of the garden ornaments with a bass guitar.

The 14-year-old, who dressed up as guitarist Angus Young in a school uniform and shorts, admitted she may have been under the influence of anaesthetic when she made the request to Russells Hall Wishing Well charity.”

Beats the hell out of a boring old theme park, I’d say.  In the spirit of smashing shit with guitars, here’s some Smashing Pumpkins.  (Yeah, I know, it’s a stretch.  Work with me here.)  This is their song “Eye” off the Lost Highway soundtrack.

Oct 252009

Please stand by…

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A lot of changes are afoot in my various blogs/online presences.  When the dust settles, I hope that the result will be better blogs, with more frequent and more content-laden updates.

In the meantime here’s an awesome tune that I found via ErnestThing’s blog.  It’s roughly a million different varieties of groovy.

Mr. Scruff and Quantic, “It’s Dancing Time”:

Oct 212009

Updating WP Again

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Hey, updating WordPress to 2.8.5 here in a few minutes.  Give me a holler if it breaks anything.

In the meantime, here’s Neko Case performing “Hold On, Hold On” from her excellent album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood:

(Hat tip to my friend Ann for reminding me today just how awesome this tune is.)

Oct 182009

You look like you could use something bouncy.  Here you go:

Thousand Yard Stare, “Buttermouth”
Oct 152009

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth”

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Listening to some Clap Your Hands Say Yeah today, and I fall in love with this tune again.  It’s called “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth” off of their self-titled debut album:

Oct 092009

Flogging Molly – The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA – 2009.9.16

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Unknown openers for a major act are, almost by definition, a hit-or-miss prospect.  Which is one of the reasons why it can be such an exhilarating experience to encounter a band you’ve never heard before that totally rocks your socks off.  The Flogging Molly last week at the Knitting Factory had in store two such bands.

The first, a Motown band from LA called Fitz and the Tantrums (MySpace), takes everything I like about Motown (the energy, the vocal dynamism, the groovy bass lines) and replaces everything else with polished, energetic pop sensibilities. They are highly recommended for anyone who likes funk, fusion, Motown, etc. Hit the link to their MySpace above to sample some of the awesome.

Next up were an groovy ska combo called Hepcat.  (MySpace – Be sure to check out their version of “Dance Wit’ Me”).  Apparently they’re fairly well known in LA and in the ska scene, but this was my first exposure to them.  They were well-coordinated, talented, and charming.  They were also very high energy, managing to get a fair portion of the crowd jumping around and dancing.  They certainly weren’t doing anything revolutionary with the genre, but when the genre is one that’s as effortlessly enjoyable as ska, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  They’re truly masters of form.  They know what they do, and they do it amazingly well.

So after a couple topnotch openers, Flogging Molly took the stage.  And, continuing the momentum of the evening, they certainly did not disappoint.  They played a good mix of newer and older material, focusing mostly on their punkier, more high-energy stuff.

Highlights of their set included “What’s Left of the Flag”, “Drunken Lullabies” and “Lightning Storm” which they dedicated to Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, and Ronnie Drew.  I was also a big fan of their live rendition of “If I Ever Leave This World Alive”, which lead to a giant round of cheesy swaying-and-shoulder-hugging camaraderie in the audience.

Definitely an awesome show.  Easily one of the best I’ve been too in ages, and probably a strong candidate for my top 10 of all time.  The combination of two brilliant and unexpected openers and a headliner who know their audience and are professional and talented to boot made for a truly epic show.  Aside from a few audience members being complete twats*a good time was had by all.

*Seriously guys, shoving people who don’t want to be in the pit into it isn’t funny, clever, cool, badass, etc.  It just flat makes you an immature jackass.

Oct 052009

Please Remember Me

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This is for my friend (and until an hour ago, roommate) Kenlyn, who’s leaving to move to DC. She’s moving there for a great job and a great opportunity and all, but DAMN I am going to miss her.

Bye, Kenlyn. You’re amazing, and I hope you have a great trip and a fantastic time in DC.

Oct 042009

Shoegazing on a Saturday Night

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Offered with no further comment – Slowdive, “When the Sun Hits”: