is it a bigger waste of time or money?
Any of you folks have an X-Box 360? I believe I'm picking one up today. I don't know if I'll be able to hook it up to the internet any time soon, but once I do I hope to tussle with and humiliate some friends in the digital realm. I'm going to get the Orange Box ($40 at Best Buy, this week only!) and would totally be up for some multi-player Team Fortress 2, once I find out what the fuck that game actually is.
If you aint doin' shit
2008 10 album list thing of tops...
I dont know why but 2007 was probably the first year since 1987 that I didnt give a shit about music. Who knows why, shit just didnt strike me like it had before. Or perhaps its because i turned fucking 30 and I'm turning into the dude I didnt want to back in high school. These are the standouts to me, you should check some of this shit out, it will be worth the effort. Also, you will notice neither Acid Mothers Temple nor Bob Pollard are anywhere on this list, what does that mean? They'll show up on the songs of the year list i got going but this shit was better, promise:
What got me about this record is the fact that it was completely written and recorded by one dude - Dan Snaith. Every piece of music he has ever done has just been done, by his dumb ass! Now go listen to one of the songs below and see what i mean. It's a skull reamer. It must take him a month to sire one song. Amazing vision, amazing instrumentation, amazing production. I've been into Caribou for a while back to when he was under the moniker Manitoba, but one thing that keep me coming back to him is his ability to craft an all encompassing gorgeous dizzying fantasy jam (and the fact that he loves double drums). Now that makes it sound like he writes 10 minute Mordor jams, but he doesn't at all - he just can cram some concise yet out there shit into 4 minutes, and have you jamming freely the whole time. Get into this band, Merge signed them for a reason. FEELING
: Like you're standing on the back of a giant eagle like bird flying over the plains with your staff zapping beers to the thirsty hordes.
9. Still Flyin
- Za Cloud Ej
My fucking anticipation for this ej was retardedly insane. Unhealthy actually. I don't know what it is but these dudes give me a feeling. Fuck bro-hood, there is something else that these songs represent. I tried to explain it to them in one of the itineraries I wrote them this year, but it probably came out as gobbidly-gook about pizza temples or some shit. Seriously though, Still Flyin' songs give the listener hope. They teach you how to have a good time in your life. Like a god damned lesson, and they aren't harshing - they are livin'. Fucking sounds cheesy, but its god damn true. These songs put you in a place that is like a capsule of awesome peace and good times. For the 25 minutes or whatever that you are listening, they give you a friend. Its like the best friend you never fucking knew because at birth his/her family left Smokeslyvania to move to Brewvillage. He/She grew up with just as much fucking jamming as you did, and now you meet them again - almost 20 years later and you go on a 9 day bender that lands you somewhere south of killer buzz. Probably should have taken out the 2,3,3,4 YAH, but whatever that blazin' personal solo comes in and you're mind is ignited. Only reason its low on the list is because it only had 5 songs. The art's not bad either. FEELING
: You go to grab a beer out of the fridge and when you open it you find your best friend crammed into the fridge and he/she steps out and hands you a key to unlock level 14 jam zone, yeah then he/she hands you the second key to your vette.
- Tio Bitar
Another one man jam bro. People didnt really latch on to this record this year as they did with previous efforts, but shit those assholes missed the fuck out and that means more space to whipthrash mosh for me. This guy probably should have been born in the 50's because if he was, all music would sound like nordic astral plane acid trips of rad and not My Chemical Jackoff. Dungen must be on roids b/c they have surpassed the amazingness of their previous efforts. More trippy folkouts and big muff freakouts = boing. The crafting is here and Dungen is better off for it. The songs are huge and riffin but also teensy and delicate. Prog elements show their ass and so do the woodland nymphs. This record is right up my alley, and probably yours too but look out they will whipcrack your ass if you arent paying attention and you wake up with some dude singing Swedish and you're drunk. FEELING
: Friday night at the bonfire wearing your fur vest ready to take on the world.
7. Thurston Moore
- Trees Outside The Academy
THE MAN is really trancin me. I look up to this dude a lot, its almost like he cant touch anything that I don't consider golden enchantment. What I love about him is how open-minded he is and how he is constantly creating. Eternally creative. On his second solo record in 11 years, he steps away from the SY beastly sound and hits us with essentially an acoustic record laced with J Mascis face melting the face off every song. The compositions are earthy and beefy but come together with sense of civil disobedience. You don't want this record to end, its honestly perfect. Moore's archetypal riffs are there and rip all Sunday afternoon. "Hones James" leaves you wanting to rip your skull out of its skin and hand it over for the cause. Haunting. This should probably be my #1 I like it so fucking much, instead im a pussy and put it at 7. FEELING
: Bros rippin on the back porch then you look back and you're writing a thesis on important shit and you know you aced the shit out of it.
6. Dr Dog
- We All Belong
Seems like 2007 was not only the year QT removed Quizzle from its drink fountain, but it was also the fucking year of the Dog. These dudes are killer bros. One of the best days of the year was when Elliott hooked up the France show in piedmont park so we could jam with them once again. I think it was a few days after they played Bonnaroo and a week after they played Letterman. This album is playfull, and smart, and happy to be here, and bouncy, and easy on the ears, and all around zapping. "My Old Ways" I think encapsulates this band perfectly: shining meticulously perfect harmonies, ramshackle recording sessions, honest wordplay, and a chord progression that could sell anyone on this band. For some reason this band remains hot and cold with fans, which amazes the shit out of me - their live shows are rousing fun experiences and they are brilliant enough to capture that intensity on records like these. Fine job lads. FEELING
: Take the time machine back to the 20's, invent the Hoagie and become hood rich.
5. Band of Horses
- Cease To Begin
/ The Shins
- Wincing The Night Away (tie)
Back in 1991 if you were to forward me ahead 16 years and play me both of these records I would have fought you and told you there was no fucking way Sub Pop would release records sounding like this shit. Today though, I'm extremely happy to still be a fan of most of the bands on Sub Pop - here are two beaming examples of how their sound has evolved and grown in leaps and bounds. Everyone took a huge shit on the Shins record when it first came out, fuck off. The absolute coolest thing about the Shins is that with each new record they deliver a sound that is nothing like the previous endeavors, yet with each record they have established a sound for themselves. Hard to describe and even harder to establish. For god's sake this album had a song with beats in it lined up next to a jam that has the production sound like it was recorded in 1957. This is L's favorite record of the year, head and shoulders above the rest - so when I initially put this record down a month or so after I bought it, she picked it up and played it all year. Thanks to that its thankfully lodged in my brain for good, and while its not the best Shins record they've released, its damn fucking close. FEELING
: Australia has always been a place I want to jam in.
I was late to warm up on Band of Horses. I wrote them off as a shitty My Morning Jacket/Shins rip. Man, could I have been more of a dumbass. They set their hooks into your flesh and its hard to shake them loose. Uh did I mention they are huge Dawg fans? So much so that the singer rocked a UGA hat on Letterman and I think Matt Gentling plays bass for them now. Zieg doesn't like this record as much as the first one but I think its way more mature and representative of a hard working & efficient band. I have deduced that these songs must come so easy to them, which makes them wizards. Lush arrangements, wide open recording, stompin' boogie jams, and a hazy constitution all add up to the perfect southern ethos on life. I'm going to see them for the first time ever next week and I couldn't be more stoked, if anything just to be surrounded by the sound of songs like these. The song "Detlef Schrempf" is hands down one of the best songs of the year. Bobby, quit hatin' and get on board dizzog. FEELING
: Gently lays you down like a lover looking for some afternoon delight on a summer afternoon.
4. Panda Bear
- Person Pitch
I was driving home from downtown one night and heard this jam come on the radio and it mind fucked the core of my soul. Almost so much so that I was thinking about pulling off on the side of the road. Was it a Beach Boys bside from of their acid trippin' experimental days? Nope, it was the full 14 minute long version of "Bros" by PB. The song had been leaked to one of the dudes who writes the "Gorilla vs. Bear" blog and he played it on his weekly Sirius show. Meaning? I raced home to try to find the song and found out it wasn't coming out for a good couple of months. FUCKSHIT BALLS! When I finally got a chance to listen to the song again it took me right back to that place it took me the first time. It was a style of music I had never heard before, ever. Fucking ever. Thats one of the gold stars the dudes from Animal Collective get, they conceive music that has never been fathomed before. Their inspirations are their frontal lobes (ok and the Beach Boys). Then Panda Bear took that thought and blew it out of the water. I think this record was way more memorable for me than the AC record this year, every song had something to give and you took it (along with the pills). His vocal work is incomprehensible. FEELING
: The beach boys knew what they were talking about when they told all the dudes to take acid and surf forth.
- Sky Blue Sky
Why does everyone hate Wilco now? Is it because that dread dude left with the stash and everyone's been trying to find some old heddy jams at some nonexistant party ever since? Upon first listen to this album Dark wrote me an email saying "Wow, somehow they found a way to be more boring then A Ghost Is Born". I think that was the general consensus for this album, which is cool cuz everyone likes their own shit, but to me I cant really explain why I just cant get enough of them. I get defensive with Wilco, and again I don't know why - everyone thinks they peaked with YHF, but really that was just a new beginning for them. Within the last 3 records this band has probably vaulted unexpectedly into my top five bands of all time. SBS came out of left field and is a lazy diatribe on making life better for yourself. "Maybe the sun will shine today / The clouds will blow away"is the eternally optimistic opening line to this record and it says a lot about Tweedy's head space. He's back from being fucked by the pill grip, and he's warily easing back into things. Nels Cline has not only taken the place of Jim O'Rourke's influence but he blasts that shit out the water with what I think boils down to more talent. I think Nels can play any instrument that has ever existed, AND he wails on it. The dueling solos between Tweedy and Cline on the end of "Possible Germany" (fully separated into left and right channels, mind you) exhibit a new relationship that has forged among two masterful musicians. Only greater things will come of it. Also, fuck you if you don't get riled up during that Grade A riffin at the end of "Walken". FEELING
: The final waning minutes of last night's hangover vanish as you get handed your first golden drink of the afternoon, you sit down in the grass and jam a flute.
- La Cucaracha
There isnt another band alive that are like these bros. One thing that I love the most about this band is how much they love and respect their fanbase. Whether it's the massive forum of fans where Gene posts all his tour photos, or Deaner posts unreleased gems from previous album sessions - (this year he posted a 30 minute "Mollusk Sessions" cdr which was basically their first round of recordings for this record that were never released. It included 2 completely unreleased songs no one had heard and different versions of songs we had. Pretty amazing.) - ot deaner's new blog where he posts the inter workings of the band and even his full on recipe for his homemade italian "sunday sauce" - this band loves its fans and in a way rewards them for sticking with them - not only with the music but the bonus shit too. Amazing bros, love em. So now onto La Cucaracha...it fucking slays your face. It had been 4 years since Quebec which was as dark as it gets for a Ween album, written at the height of their drug use and deep depression. La Cucaracha on the other hand is on the other end of the spectrum - it's a fucking party record. The boys are happy as can be, life is good, and it shows. They supposedly recorded 60+ songs for this record and gave us the 13 that fit best together. Meaning Deaner better fucking post some bsides soon! Ween yet again produces an unclassifiable album which sits head and shoulders above its compatriots. The musician ship is key on this record, not many people could shit out an album like this - its complex, demanding, sophisticated, brazen, funny, and mind blazing. The song "Woman And Man" the 10 minute beatnik prog jaunt was recorded in one take, no overdubs. It took them over 100 times to get it but what comes with the territory is a fist tight blast that shows the band at its most technically advanced. My favorite song on the album is "Spiritwalker", right up my fucking alley - an acoustic/autotuned journey through a mystic indian shaman's daily life. Woah. Every song here sounds different but works so well together, the groove it creates is deep and giving. Then it all ends with a tongue in cheek invitation to what reads like a swinger's party, complete with David Sanborn sax oozing from every pore. Oh yeah and a lot of the album has a fucking killer yacht rock sensibility. I'm seeing these dudes back to back nights next month, and I couldn't be more fucking excited. Its going to probably be my #1 & #2 best shows of ‘08. Quit writing these guys off and fucking join the party dudes, you're the one missing out. Seriously.FEELING
: You sip the llama's milk from the beasts breast and then climb upon its back and ride to the morph dude and pop a few pills to groove out. Your bro calls and is like "jaunt free unbridled" - you're like "JAM FOAM!"....rest is historic.
1. Andrew W.K.
- Close Calls With Brick Walls
What in the living fuck? First thing - this record is not what you think it is, its god damned bizarre. God damned spooky. Not many have heard this record, mainly b/c it was only released in Korea and at the latter part of ‘07 released in limited number in the US on vinyl only. I ended up spending like $20 to get the 24 track Korean version and fucking shit, it might have been the best money I spent this year. Actually its not, but I'm glad I splurged to track this down. There is a lot of breathing on this record. I'm not talking about room to breathe, or space, I'm talking about actual breathing - just AWK taking deep breaths and sounding freaky like a beast or something. Songs about ancient lords that sound nothing like AWK, they sound like hymns written at the alter of Zeus as if it's a request to cut loose, because the next song riffs straight into a hyper party jam about never going to bed - "ARE YOU READY TO GO TO SLEEP?? NO!!!!". Absurdity. Completely. AWK's song writing has transcended itself. Purposefully complex and ambiguous, yet at the same time he also leaves everything hanging out there. He makes music for people to use as a soundtrack to their lives as they fucking live it to the fullest. Trust me, there are the classic piano driven beer smashing brew cries on here, enough so that it's the album that launched a thousand parties - but its so much more advanced than that. There are probably 15 people in this world that fully understand this thing, and the rest of us are just riffin' along for the ride. Here is a list of some of the topics on this record:
- Honesty & Honor
- Prayers to Bal Harbour
- Not wanting to go to sleep, just partying more
- Getting your face worked so hard with face muscles that its stronger than it was before tonight
- Dealing drugs & the telephone girl
- "Keeping your hand on the place"
- Being tired of sisters, wanting a brother
- Las Vegas, capitol of partying
- Going Wild / Losing your mind
- Getting high & turning up the heat
- A golden eyed dog (a :28 second beatnik bass tribute)
- Desire for completion and fulfilment
- Never giving up
- not wanting to be called Andy
- Riffing a party in the background of a party
- Slamming your friend John against a brick wall
- A room that never stops moving ever, constantly shifting its walls and morphing
- Dancing on acid
- Wanting someone's face so much
- First Dates
This is the album you wished he had written after his first one, yet I don't think it would have been nearly this good if AWK hadn't had the time to mature as a songwriter and a confounder of people. This album wont be realized for another 20 years, its light years ahead of its time. I think if AWK started a cult, I might join. Cause fuck, that would be the most fucking rad jam ever, and I dont give a fuck. FEELING
: Impossible to describe the size of the heat boner. Honorable Mentions:Patton Oswalt
- I was late on this dude, and I'm pissed I've been missing out all this time. Absolutely piss your pants hilarious album - the KFC failure in a sadness bowl and the goof juice had me pissing my pants. Piss on.Sea and Cake
- Only reason this didnt make the list is b/c its so familiar, either way it has some of their best work here. Song 2 is my jam.Animal Collective
- Liked this a lot it just never fully took its grasp like previous works did. Trans Am
- The boys are back and fucking ready to jam. Best record since Surrender...Deerhunter
- damn fine record, seems like these dudes just need to concentrate on the music and not all that bullshit drama. They have the world in their hand right now, dont fuck it up with some gay shit. !!!
- people either love or hate them, and i love them - this record not as much as past but still its a beast.
Where You Jammin For NYE?
added a few mp3s to my best of list...
If you look at my list of favorite songs, you'll find a few song titles that are now links to mp3s. Go ahead and take a listen and let me know what you think.
my favorite music of 2007
I truly believe that 2007 was (and still is) one damn fantastic year. Obviously the highlight was the release of Je Suis France
's third album, Afrikan Majik
, a cultural event of such titanic proportions that the very fabric of existence itself was fundamentally altered. Some other okay records were released, too, though, and it would be unfair to them if we did not give them the recognition they are due. So ignoring the France for just the briefest of moments, here's a list of my favorite music of the year. I believe DJ will be posting his tomorrow.My 20 Favorite Records of 2007
:(I might add some commentary later on)1. Times New Viking: Present the Paisley Reich
2. Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam
3. Deerhunter: Cryptograms
4. Trans Am: Sex Change
5. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver
6. Parts and Labor: Mapmaker
7. Life Without Buildings: Live at the Annandale Hotel
8. Psychedelic Horseshit: Magic Flowers Droned
9. Still Flyin': Za Cloud
10. The Bad Trips: s/t
11. Blues Control: s/t
12. Ex-Cocaine: Esta Guerra
13. Reports: Mosquito Nets
14. Panda Bear: Person Pitch
15. Folklore: The Ghost of HW Beaverman
16. Raccoo-oo-oon: Behold Secret Kingdom
17. Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
18. Oakley Hall: I'll Follow You
19. Boris and Michio Kurihara: Rainbow
20. Wooden Shjips: Wooden ShjipsMy 20 Favorite Songs of the Year
Two songs stood out far above the rest, regularly getting stuck in my head and
tenaciously refusing to leave. These first two songs pretty much defined the year for me, musically. 1. All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
I've thought about this song a lot over the last eight months, and I feel utterly confident calling it the best song of the decade thus far. It's not just the music, which is awesome, and sounds like New Order covering something off of John Cale and Terry Riley's Church of Anthrax. The lyrics repeatedly kill me, the way they blatantly stroke nostalgia, but less to glorify or eulogize the past and more to contrast and make sense of the present and the future. Maybe it's turning 30, maybe it's living so far away from my friends that I see them maybe once a year, but this song came around and helped pave over a hole in my life that I was barely even aware of. The fact that it seems to have done the same for thousands of other people speaks either to my own lack of imagination or else to James Murphy's arrival as a genuinely excellent song-writer. 2. Teenage Lust! - Times New Viking
The rock anthem of the year, and the best GBV song Robert Pollard never wrote. 3. I'm A Flirt (Remix) - R. Kelly feat. TI and T-Pain
4. Peacebone - Animal Collective
5. Bros - Panda Bear
Tough call between these last two, but "Peacebone" gets the nod simply because I listened to it more often than "Bros".6. Someone Great - LCD Soundsystem
7. Fractured Skies - Parts and Labor
8. Friends - Ween
9. Still Alive (Portal song) - Jonathan Coulton and Ellen McLain
I've never even played Portal, but this song is extremely catchy, and even though I probably don't get all the references, still pretty damn funny. Reminds me of They Might Be Giants, back when they were good.10. Paper Planes - MIA
11. Portals - Pyschedelic Horseshit
12. You Got Yr Cherry Bomb - Spoon
13. North American Scum - LCD Soundsystem
Seriously, dude's great. I'm a total believer, now.14. The Ghost of You Lingers - Spoon
Infinitely delayed resolution: you keep waiting for that release, and they keep on denying it. 15. International Players Anthem - UGK feat. Outkast
16. White Like Heaven - Gowns
17. Freak-Out - Liars
Sloppy but great rock song in the vein of Jesus and Mary Chain, from a lazy and otherwise disappointing album.18. Good Life - Kanye West feat. T-Pain
Again, great song from a disappointing album. Graduation was probably my biggest bummer of '07. It has a couple of good songs, but otherwise it's really boring and chockful of Kanye's worst lyrics and rapping yet. "Good Life" is the clear exception, if you can get past the "ever gotten brain on a plane" line.19. Girls In Their Summer Clothes - Bruce Springsteen
Bruce channelling the Magnetic Fields. 20. Us Placers - CRS (Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Pharrell)The Five Best Shows I Saw This Year
1. Times New Viking / Reports / Psychedelic Horseshit / Black Clouds
: PA's Lounge, Somerville, MA, 4-21-072. Still Flyin' / the Lucksmiths / Ladybug Transistor
: TT the Bear's; Cambridge, MA; 9-27-073. Yo La Tengo
: MFA; Boston, MA; 11-16-074. Oneida / Kinski / Cul de Sac / Neptune
: Middle East Downstairs; Cambridge, MA; 12-1-075. Acid Mothers Temple / Mammatus
: Middle East Downstairs; Cambridge, MA; 4-28-07
Lists N' Shit
Over the next week or so all of us here at Mez: dark, me, sa, elliott, crog, brah?* are going to post some best of lists i think. Then we're going to try to get Zieg to get calculate that Matrix thing he did with the master list of all our best shit and maybe we'll make a mix of some of the best jams off the matrix list and post it here or at the extension
(where we didnt post once this year) in the new year.
*take note dudes.
Psychedelic Horseshit radio session over at WFMU's blog
Okay, you're thinking "enough with the Psychedelic Horseshit", especially since their live shows have supposedly been hit-or-miss of late (I heard their Cake Shop show in NYC earlier this month was a disaster, after less-than-stellar reviews of their show in Athens). Still, they were awesome the one time I saw them back in April, and their record is one of the best of the year. I haven't listened to this radio performance
yet, but I figure it's worth checking out if you are even remotely interested in this band. You can download it over at WFMU's blog
FD Flagpole Entry For Saturday...
Hassiotis deserves a gold star.
Ice and DJ from the the Je Suis France family jam out some acoustic tunes about good times, good drinks and the glory of post-collegiate bro-hood."
Work's finally blocked the message board
I've been spending far too much time on the last year or so. Maybe now without Lemmingtrail* to keep me from ending myself during the workday I'll return to writing posts that consist of more than just awkward photos or a few hastily assembled sentences. Hell, maybe later today I'll put my top [insert random number] songs of the year?
*: shitty name, no idea why the guy who created it named it that.
GET IT DONE SON!!!
Mitchell Report released at 2 pm...
: Okay, the report is out, and most of the guys on that earlier list are not mentioned in there. Here are the guys what are:Lenny Dykstra, David Segui, Larry Bigbie, Brian Roberts, Jack Cust, Tim Laker, Josias Manzanillo, Todd Hundley, Mark Carreon, Hal Morris, Matt Franco, Rondell White, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch, Jason Grimsley, Gregg Zaun, David Justice, F.P. Santangelo, Glenallen Hill, Mo Vaughn, Denny Neagle, Ron Villone, Ryan Franklin, Chris Donnels, Todd Williams, Phil Hiatt, Todd Pratt, Kevin Young, Mike Lansing, Cody McKay, Kent Mercker, Adam Piatt, Miguel Tejada, Jason Christiansen, Mike Stanton, Stephen Randolph, Jerry Hairston, Paul Lo Duca, Adam Riggs, Bart Miadich, Fernando Vina, Kevin Brown, Eric Gagne, Mike Bell, Matt Herges, Gary Bennett, Jr., Jim Parque
Brendan Donnelly, Chad Allen, Jeff Williams, Howie Clark, Nook Logan, Rick Ankiel, Paul Byrd, Jay Gibbons, Troy Glaus, Jose Guillen, Jerry Hairston, Jr., Gary Matthews, Jr., and Scott Schoeneweis, and former players David Bell, Jose Canseco, Jason Grimsley, Darren Holmes, John Rocker, Ismael Valdez, Matt Williams, and Steve Woodard
... but a list of names has supposedly leaked already. No telling how accurate this is, but most of the names are users we already know about. Thankfully few prominent Braves, only a few guys we already knew about, a few more who were with the team for maybe four months combined, and a guy who could probably only do further damage to his reputation by sexually assaulting Oprah. There are a few surprises, though, including a couple that'll break the heart of many a Red Sox fan.
Brady Anderson, Manny Alexander, Rick Ankiel, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Aaron Boone, Rafaeil Bettancourt, Bret Boone, Milton B radley, David Bell, Dante Bichette, Albert Belle, Paul Byrd, Wil Cordero, Ken Caminiti, Mike Cameron, Ramon Castro, Jose and Ozz ie Canseco, Roger Clemens, Paxton Crawford, Wilson Delgado, Lenn y Dykstra, Johnny Damon, Carl Everett, Kyle Farnsoworth, Ryan Fr anklin, Rich Garces, Jason Grimsley, Troy Glaus, Juan Gonzalez, Eric Gagne, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi, Jose Guillen, Jay Gibbons, Juan Gon zalez, Clay Hensley, Jerry Hairston, Felix Heredia, Jr., Darren Holmes, Wally Joyner, Darryl Kile, Matt Lawton, Raul Mondesi, Ma rk McGwire, Guillermo Mota, Robert Machado, Damian Moss, Abraham Nunez, Trot Nixon, Jose Offerman, Andy Pettitte, Mark Prior, Neifi Perez, Rafael Palmiero, Albert Pujols, Brian Roberts, Juan Rincon, John Rocker, Pudge Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Scott S c hoenweiis, David Segui, Alex Sanchez, Gary Sheffield, Miguel Tejada, Julian Tavarez,Fernando Tatis, Maurice Vaughn, Jason Varitek, Ismael Valdez, Matt Williams and Kerry Wood
Christmas came early (and the anniversary gift did too)
I picked this awesome Ace-tone Top 3 Phenix organ up on Sunday night, from Mike of Clawjob
. It sounds awesome, like a gushing river of hot maple syrup, or something. It's all thick and warm and utterly planet-realligning. You shall all hear it soon when the France releases its next cd-r, Dekalog
, an alternate bubblegum pop soundtrack to Kieslowski's film series of the same name. 'Cuz Zbigniew Preisner's original score can eat a dang.
Zeppelin slayed last night apparently...
SETLIST with some notes from the official fanclub:'Good Times Bad Times'
"The set started with a clip from 'The Song Remains The Same' DVD with an American news clip telling of they broke The Beatles' attendance record for a gig in 1973 in California. Simple stage set, video screen behind the band." 'Ramble On'
"'Ramble On' done in extremely slow, bluesy manner, with shards of electric guitar from Jimmy Page." 'Black Dog'
"Page wearing dark shades, quite muddy sound. Crowd singing the 'ah-ah' bits back at Plant." 'In My Time Of Dying'
"Page is playing bottleneck guitar. Plant spoke for the first time before song, saying 'Good evening'." 'For Your Life'
"That's not something you get to hear often these days, Led Zeppelin giving a song its live debut." 'Trampled Under Foot'
"Before starting Plant told the crowd it was the band's attempt to sound like Robert Johnson's 'Terraplane Blues'." 'Nobody's Fault But Mine'
"There are huge screen's dominating the O2 Arena, they split into four sometimes, goes monochrome, colour etc...quite spectacular." 'No Quarter'
"Following the song Plant paid tribute to John Paul Jones, who played keyboards and bass on the track." 'Since I've Been Loving You'
"A bit of a style guide for you, all the band are dressed in black bar Page who is rocking a white shirt. As for the song they gone for the epic version....very bluesy." 'Dazed And Confused'
"Settle yourselves in, we're expecting a ten minute version of this classic... it was. At the end of it of the song Plant told the audience 'On guitar Jimmy Page, just as he did on 'The Song Remains The Same' DVD which was filmed in Madison Square Garden in the 70s." 'Stairway To Heaven'
"What do you think happened? Right! From the moment those opening notes rang out the whole audience went absolutely crazy. The atmosphere is electric. Afterwards Plant said "Ahmet, we did it!" 'The Song Remains The Same'
"A fairly straight version of the classic. The sound is still a bit muddy and quiet though." 'Misty Mountain Hop'
"Plant kicked this one off by praising the job drummer Jason Bonham has been doing, stepping into his late father's shoes tonight." 'Kashmir'
"Yet another epic, as this song cracks the ten minute mark. Plant introduced this one declaring 'We've got people from 50 countries here and this is the 51st'. Afterwards they left the stage to loud applause. Will they do an encore? What do you reckon..." ENCORE:'Whole Lotta Love'
"... of course they come back to deafening applause. And it's an extended version of the old 'Top Of The Pops' theme. Then once more the band leave the stage with a visibly emotional Plant declaring:
'Thanks to everybody. Thanks Ahmet Ertegun, this one for is Ahmet Ertegun as we remember the days when Atlantic Records was the best label on the planet!'." 'Rock And Roll'
"Just time for one more, as after two hours the night reaches its climax, and what a stomper to go out on."
NEXT STOP TOUR? They have signed on for Bonnaroo
Athens has changed, man...(Tittania Storytellers)
Was up in the spot this weekend to do some France recording and I realized how much that place has changed in just the 5 years since I left it. I don't know if thats good or bad, its just weird. Had fun, ate some good familiar food - just seemed off. Oh well, we've found a new(ish) studio that we love way more than our old one and I know for a fact good things will come from this. Still drink the same amount of beer throughout the sesh, & thats always paramount. Its not a France sesh without a ton of beer and friends to laugh your fucking ass off with. I really dont know that anything in my time has been as funny as some of the individual days the dudes are together in the studio. Typically recording can be as boring as watching paint dry, but its a different experience with the France. Throw a case of beer in a room with us and some guitars and you come away with stomach muscles that ache and about 64 new jams. Saturday made me really nostalgic for the time period in 2000 (I think) where we had finished recording Fantastic Area
and were putting the finishing touches on the Ice Age 7"
. I specifically remember how incredibly fun that time was, and how tight the France was at the time. That and the recording sessions for Tittania. Tittania was fun b/c it was me, flip, ice, griggs, jeremy, and ken making this "surprise album" for dark, crog, and SA. As we were recording those covers, we all had this feeling of longing for our other 3 dudes to be there with us. However, we were making something we knew they would laugh their fucking asses off to, so they were as good as there in spirit. We recorded every second of Tittania over a two day period in February 2004, and I have countless memories from that weekend. A few that stand out:
1) Doing the Scatman vocals in one take (the take you hear on the song). We had a rough outline of what we were going to do and we pressed record and the majik just happened. Griggs and Ice were superstars. At one point Jeremy lost it in the middle of this and we were all laughing so hard we had to keep it in the song. "SKU-AT"...also - Scoutboy / Scatboy - classic.
2) Flip's first appearance on the ep was on "I Love LA"...Right after we recorded the final vocals for this, we were listening back to it and Flip in a rather flamboyant voice exclaimes "We fuckin' love it!" - we all died, and immediately marched him in the vocal mic room and he layed it down.
3) Ice and Jeff doing the vocals for "Careless Whisper" - another one take masterpiece. Ok well maybe it was a few, but no more than 3 takes. The final one was absolute gold. Flip, myself, & jeremy were in the control room on the floor in pain after they really got into their groove in the end chorus parts. Then the whole thing ends with Griggs' line: "Let me put it inside you and let it stay there forever!" to end the song. People, i dont think I have ever laughed that hard in my life. I think you can hear us laughing in the background of every song on this record.
4) Flip and I hatching the idea for the background vocals for "Careless". It was the day after we caught Sadam Hussain. Therefore we had to sing the vocals: "Oh ah, we got em we got em / Ooh ah, Bin Laden Bin Laden / Ooh, ah Bin Laden and Sadam / Cheeseburger with a side of Bin Laden / Cheeseburger with Bin Laden and Sadam"...wow.
5) The space jam middle section of "Thank You For Being A Friend" - Ice freestyled this on the first take and it stuck..."when we smooookkkeee and get so hiiiigh" that and "Stank you for being a friend"...laughter exploding. Hurk Furk too.
There are probably tons other that would take too long to write about, but I thought i would at least put these down. Dont really know why I wrote about this today other than the fact that I love recording days with the France, no matter who is there - its magical. I cant specifically recall ever being in a fight while in the studio, thats a cool thing to say. Mainly we're friends first, band second - so we get together to hang - and music happens.
Next year we're planning on recording our 4th record and we're going to rent a cabin in the middle of nowhere and hole up for 5 days and hammer it out. I know for a fact it will be insane fun with my bros. So the moral of this post?? If you ever want to just come hang out for some laughs, bring a twelver over to our studio. Promise you it will be better than a kick in the nuts (or punch to the tits).
Last year I wrote about the MLB winter meetings every day. I should've done that this year. I enjoy talking about baseball, even though I know nothing about it.
The Braves don't seem to have been too active, but then you hardly ever hear about Braves talks until they're officially announced to the press. Who knows what Frank Wren discussed and who he discussed it with. We do know that the team dealt relief prospect Jose Ascanio to the Cubs for lefty reliever Will Ohman and utility infielder Omar Infante. Ascanio was fantastic in the minors last year, but mediocre during his few major league call-ups. He'll have the most long-term value of any of these players, but there's no telling how he'll pan out. Ohman had mediocre numbers overall, but his home-road and righty-lefty splits are crazy; he was absolutely brutal in Wrigley, racking up an ERA in the high sixes, whereas on the road he averaged less than two runs per nine innings. And lefties struggle mightily against the dude, so he'll fit the bill fine as Atlanta's LOOGY. Infante had a promising rookie campaign with the Tigers in '04, but has mostly floundered since; he can hit for a decent average, and can play anywhere in the infield, but his power, speed, and on-base percentage are all negligible. Those two will add a few million to the Braves' payroll, but with the additional flexibility provided by new owners Liberty Media that apparently is not much of an issue. Overall, this is a solid trade for Atlanta; yes, they traded away a promising prospect, but his departure fills two glaring holes, so I support this move.
Other than that, we have no idea what the Braves did in Nashville. They apparently talked to Pittsburgh about centerfielders Chris Duffy and Nate McLouth, but no deals are imminent. And Kansas City has labelled David DeJesus untouchable, for some reason, so that was a no-go. I hope they can acquire a proven player to man center until Jordan Schaefer or Gorkys Hernandez are ready in a year or two, but won't be too distraught if they have to make a go with Josh Anderson or Gregor Blanco at the start of the season. And one more reliable starter would be great, but I don't expect that to happen. I'm cautiously optimistic about the rotation, but between the ages of Smoltz and Glavine, Hampton's unceasing injuries, James' lack of endurance, the inexperience of Jurrjens/Reyes/Bennett, and my skepticism over Hudson's return to form, another proven starter would be nice.
It would be amazing if they could deal Hudson to LA for, say, Jonathan Meloan and either Matt Kemp or Andy LaRoche, then send Kemp or Laroche, James or Jurrjens, Devine or Meloan, and Schaefer or Hernandez to Minnesota for Johan Santana, but, um, there's no way in hell that would ever happen.
's headline on Stockhausen's death: "Avant-garde composer on 'Pepper' cover dies". blech.
this is the most brilliant ad campaign ever
If my Papa were still alive today he would be proud of how ingeniously R.J. Reynolds has alienated the most odious people on Earth
. As depressing as it is to see an institution as fine as R.J. Reynolds apparently kowtow to Arcade Fire fans, it all makes sense and is made alright once you understand the company's true intentions. Yes, for this is a brilliant bit of anti-advertising. RJR realize that your typical MP3-blogging, next-big-thing-hopping "indie rock" fan hates advertising that appropriates "indie" "culture" almost as much as music made by black people. By purposefully pissing that demographic off with an idiotic and transparently inflammatory ad, RJR no longer has to worry about being associated with these depressing people. Yes, the ad is completely ridiculous on the surface, but Reynolds is willing to take that hit today to insure a future free from the Brooklyn Vegans of the world, a future where the Camel brand makes one think of only the finest music the world has to offer, music like Halen and Heap and maybe a little bit of Def Lep (y'know, for the ladies).
Apparently Hillary is a big fan of Big Head Todd & the Monsters
Psychedelic Horseshit in Athens TONIGHT
Tonight's that big Dinosaur Jr / Awesome Color show at the 40 Watt, and most people should be fuckin' excited. Before heading to that, though, anybody still in or around Athens should go to the Caledonia for the Psychedelic Horseshit / Lickity Splits show. It starts around 8 pm
, and will be at least as good as that other show. Psychedelic Horseshit are awesome, folks, and anybody into good noisy-yet-catchy proto-indie-rock like the Clean and Swell Maps and very early Fall should dig 'em. Here are a couple of mp3s:Both Sides NowPortals
Download 'em, listen to 'em, go to the show, buy the band's record Magic Flowers Droned
(c'mon, it's on Siltbreeze, maybe you'll be able to sell it for like $200 on eBay in five years), etc.
WHAT THE FUCK, IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?!?!?!?!?!?