Archive for October, 2009

October 30, 2009

30 Rock (Katrina Bowden is hot)

I’ve finally started watching 30 Rock for the first time. I don’t have cable, but I do have Netflix, and all three seasons are View Instantly. Yes, it’s great etc and Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan make the show, etc and Tina Fey is hot, etc, and Jack McBreyer is funny and adorable, etc.

And, of course I’m going to use this clip…

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October 26, 2009

Celebrity Yearbook Photos!

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Courtney Cox hasn’t aged a bit, which clearly is at least partially due to good genes.
Courtney Cox

The link is courtesy of the blog I Don’t Like You In That Way, which I don’t really endorse since it tends to be a bit racist and overly sexist.

October 25, 2009

Grado SR60i Headphones

Grado
Grado SR60i Headphones

I decided it was time to ditch the shitty iPod earbuds and get decent headphones. First, I tried these Monster Turbines. But, I couldn’t get the right fit with any of the tips they provided. Either it didn’t fit right, or when it did it would hurt and/or fall out. It’s too bad, because when they were in right, they sounded wonderful. Then in my research I came across these Grado headphones. The sound is perfect. I do not have one single qualm. You notice bits of your music you never have before. You’ll understand lyrics you’ve never been able to before. The bass is strong, but never overwhelms the rest of the music. And, on a song where the bass should be heavy it is. On a song where the bass is not supposed to be dominant, it isn’t. How they do this I do not know. The foam earcups are very comfortable, and sometimes when I stop the music I’ll leave them on absentmindedly. One warning, the cord is thick and relatively long. I’d say the cord is a little less thick than a pen, if you want a comparison. These are not for people who want earbud portability. Of course, the reason the cord is so thick is because of durability, and the connections to the headphone jack and the earcups feel very strong and secure. The head strap also feels very durable and strong, but comfortable. In conclusion, I’ve always read that Grado headphones are legendary. It’s 100% deserved. Especially for $79.

October 22, 2009

Monsters Of Folk at Orpheum Theater

Monsters Of Folk is Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, and M. Ward of himself. I saw it at the gorgeous Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix. It has been around since 1929, and use to host vaudeville acts. Here are some pictures. All the members of the band where dressed in suits, and much of the show the crowd sat for. The atmosphere was “Professional”. Given the young hipster age of the crowd, this may have been a bit unusual for them. Most of the time I felt like Monsters Of Folk were saying “we’re the modern vanguard of exceptional artistic indie-rock music”, and rightfully so for the most part. It was a very serious, quiet affair, until the last 7 or so songs where the band “kicked out the jams” a little. And, finally the crowd rose to its feet. After each song, the lights would go dark, and you’d often find one less or one more member of the band on the stage when the lights came up. They would do a M.O.F. song or two, then a few M. Ward songs and then a few Bright Eyes songs, etc etc. It was a very seamless transition. The band can play, and the sound was just about the cleanest, most professional sound I’ve heard during a concert. There wasn’t a bad note, mic feedback, or misstep to be found. Jim James truly has one the the most beautiful male singing voices I’ve ever heard live, and I’m thrilled they played “Golden” by My Morning Jacket. M. Ward can play guitar like a motherfucker, which he made plain with opening song “Man Named Truth”, a Monsters Of Folk song. And, I’ve never been big on Conor Oberst, but live his tortured, cracked emotional singing takes on a resonance that I grew to appreciate more. The highlight for me was “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)”, which was even more sensual live. Those trip hop beats and harp sample are undeniably sexy. Which is saying something, because these are not sexy dudes. This is likely a once in a lifetime thing, so I’m very glad I went.

This is a pretty good quality video of the song.

October 18, 2009

Politician Yearbook Photos.

I found a blog that has a collection of yearbook photos and other early photos of well known politicians. Now I don’t feel so weird for thinking Nancy Pelosi is pretty. Also has Bill and Hillary, Michelle and Barack, Sarah Palin, John and Elizabeth Edwards, John Kerry, Dick Cheney, Mike Huckabee, Al Gore, etc.

Click here for the blog post.

Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi

October 17, 2009

Lady Gaga wore dresses once.

Lady Gaga from some MTV prank show called Boiling Point in 2005. She’s the brunette in the black top. Turns out before Lady Gaga, she was a reasonably cute NY Italian chick.

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October 16, 2009

Meghan McCain has huge boobs.

Who knew? I love that the right wing has taken one of the only people they have that is young, intelligent, moderate, relatable and hot and maligned her because of one picture that reminds people she isn’t an angry, rich, old white man like the rest of them.

Meghan McCain

Taken from The Superficial who took it from Meghan McCain’s Twitter.

October 10, 2009

The Raveonettes – In And Out Of Control

In And Out Of Control

The Raveonettes are one of my very favorite bands. Why? It’s in the wicked reverb guitar solo in “Gone Forever” and the blistering guitar line that opens “Heart Of Stone”. It’s how sweetly they can sing a line like, “boys who rape should all be destroyed” in the song of that name. I’ve never heard another band sing a line like, “lick your lips and fuck suicide” in such a singsongy, and convincing, way. I also love them because they wear their influences like a badge of honor. “Bang!” directly takes its guitar line in the verses from The Crystals’ “Then He Kissed Me” and marries it to a huge thump of a beat during the chorus. In And Out Of Control embraces their pop side, in stark contrast to their previous album Lust Lust Lust. That album was filled with dark, jaded shoegaze, embracing their love of Jesus And Mary Chain and The Velvet Underground. Their trademark feedback is still all over In And Out, most prominently in the beginning 1:30 of “Break Up Girls!”. That song in particular seems there to remind you they can still do an “Attack Of The Ghost Riders”, but “Break Up Girls!” is more mature and refined. It’s as if when writing a song, they can turn a dial in one direction or the other, and get different shades and permutations in their shoegaze / 50’s rockabilly / Ronettes spectrum. But, their girl group pop sensibilities are the clear focus here. With The Raveonettes, it’s very easy to list their influences. They’re in their very name. But, in my opinion The Raveonettes have an acute sense of melody that sets them apart from other genre aping bands like The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. It’s in the almost Beach Boys like woos and the bells of “Last Dance” and the ahs of “Suicide”. I point to The Raveonettes as maybe the finest example of a band that flouts their influences in such a way that transcends them. This is a great album, another in a growing career of them.

Bang!

Heart Of Stone

October 5, 2009

Thom Yorke… and Flea

Thom Yorke clearly just wants to do whatever his heart desires, which includes forming a group with Flea. Also, serious rock band superproducer Nigel Godrich, and Beck drummer Joey Warnoker. I think The Red Hot Chili Peppers have about one and a half good albums, but I’l try to listen with open ears because it’s Thom Yorke. But seriously, look at this photo. Worlds colliding, right?

Thom Yorke and Flea

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October 4, 2009

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart @ Webster Hall

I saw The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart last night at Webster Hall. I missed the first opening band, Cymbals Eat Guitars, but caught about half of Depreciation Guild. I liked what I heard, but my friend pointed out they use preprogrammed computers instead of a real keyboard player, which I have to agree is a bit lazy. Also, they sound even more like My Bloody Valentine (and Cocteau Twins) than The Pains. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart sound pretty much like they do on record, except their songs in a live setting tend to lose a bit of color. The keyboard parts get drowned out in the guitar feedback, so the songs don’t stand out as much from one to the next. You can hear that in this live youtube clip. But, The Pains were very enthusiastic and happy, clearly overwhelmed by the attention they’ve gotten this past year, and enjoying the hometown show. And, that showed in the songs. All in all, I went home having enjoyed myself. BTW, Asian chick keyboard player, natch.