Archive for December, 2009

December 31, 2009

The Dead Weather – Treat Me Like Your Mother

Is it too late to say that The Dead Weather album Horehound is one of the best albums I’ve heard in ’09? Here’s my album review: Kicks fucking ass. Honestly, I like this album better than anything The Kills did. Alison Mosshart sounds amazing. Ballsy, ragged, and sexy. And, Alison Mosshart had a big hand in writing the songs, including the groovy “So Far From Your Weapon”, which she has sole writing credit. Seriously, if you like guitars, blues, funk, organs, and sexual tension, Horehound is for you. I find myself pretty bored with The Raconteurs, mostly wondering why I’m not listening to a White Stripes album. Not so with The Dead Weather. And the funny thing is that Jack White is on drums for The Dead Weather. Jack White didn’t even touch opening tracks “60 Feet Tall” and “Hang You From The Heaven”, both written by Mosshart and Dean Fertita. Fertita plays guitar here, and at times was keyboard player for Queens Of The Stone Age and The Raconteurs.

“Treat Me Like Your Mother” is the clear stand out track. And, the video is easily the most bad ass video I’ve ever seen. It was directed by Jonathan Glazer, who might be best known for directing the movie Sexy Beast and the videos for “Virtual Insanity” (remember that?), “Karma Police”, and “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”. Listen to this video on headphones, the bomb hiss at the beginning tracks channels.

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December 21, 2009

Dan Deacon sounds like Philip Glass

While sitting here listening to Dan Deacon’s new album Bromst, it occurred to me he sounds like someone. Philip Glass. Here’s a track from Bromst, and then a track from Philip Glass’ film score for Koyaanisqatsi. I think you’ll see what I mean. Dan Deacon uses a lot of repetition and uses wordless vocals on top of his music. Dan Deacon is a bit more chaotic than Philip Glass, and Glass uses much more live instrumentation. But, clearly Dan Deacon was influenced by him. This is not meant to be necessarily an insult to Deacon. Rather, if you like Dan Deacon and haven’t ever checked out Philip Glass, I greatly urge you to do so. Or, vice versa. Also, I think you’ll hear a little Philip Glass in Animal Collective as well.

Dan Deacon – Of The Mountains

Philip Glass – Pruit Igoe from Koyanisqatsi (Give this track about 2:30)

Also, here’s another Philip Glass track, from the film Powaqqatsi.
Philip Glass – Serra Pelada

December 21, 2009

Frank Rich Op-Ed on Tiger Woods

By far, this article is the most accurate opinion I’ve read about Tiger Woods. Frank Rich makes an argument that Tiger Woods is Person Of The Year. Rich says he represents the ’00 decade. He manages to connect the Tiger Woods scandal to 9/11, the Iraq War, Enron, Mark McGwire , John Edwards, the economic meltdown, and more.

Here’s the crux of his argument:

If there’s been a consistent narrative to this year and every other in this decade, it’s that most of us, Bernanke included, have been so easily bamboozled. The men who played us for suckers, whether at Citigroup or Fannie Mae, at the White House or Ted Haggard’s megachurch, are the real movers and shakers of this century’s history so far. That’s why the obvious person of the year is Tiger Woods. His sham beatific image, questioned by almost no one until it collapsed, is nothing if not the farcical reductio ad absurdum of the decade’s flimflams, from the cancerous (the subprime mortgage) to the inane (balloon boy). –Frank Rich

Here’s the best paragraph:

People wanted to believe what they wanted to believe. Tiger’s off-the-links elusiveness was no more questioned than Enron’s impenetrable balance sheets, with their “special-purpose entities” named after “Star Wars” characters. Fortune magazine named Enron as America’s “most innovative company” six years in a row. In the January issue of Golf Digest, still on the stands, some of the best and most hardheaded writers in America offer “tips Obama can take from Tiger,” who is typically characterized as so without human frailties that he “never does anything that would make him look ridiculous.” –Frank Rich


Please read the article here.

December 20, 2009

What Up With That, Mike Tyson?

I gotta say I love this skit. Of course, not enough to actually watch a full SNL episode. There’s a big surprise in this one. Watch Mike Tyson. Yes, the real one. He’s going to blow your mind.

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December 16, 2009

I’m Going To Europe This Summer

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, the Big Four, are all going to share one bill at at least two European festival dates. Of course, it would be really interesting if Mustaine joined Metallica on stage. So, who is going to pay for my airfare and hotel room?!?

Article From Pitchfork

December 15, 2009

Glenn Beck Is A Whore

Definitive proof.

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December 11, 2009

“A Little Wine With Your Beets”

The new Kanye West / Chris Brown collabo.

December 10, 2009

25 Favorite Songs Of 2009

The xx


Every year I do a Top 10 Favorite Albums list. Frankly, I had a hard time listening to all the music I wanted to this year. This is partially due to it being an extremely strong year for music. It’s really one big cliche now, but in this day and age, I found myself much more listening to specific songs on my iPod, instead of whole albums. So, instead, I bring you the 25 songs I loved the most this year. I recommend all host albums as well.

1. Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes: For a long time I aggressively didn’t “get” Animal Collective, partially as a “fuck you” posture. This song was the key, because it’s an art-rave track. Art-rave. Merriweather Post Pavillion makes the rest of their albums make sense.

2. Annie – Don’t Stop: Annie does intelligent indie electropop, which she calls “pop with strange edges”. This song is one of three truly new songs on her 2009 version of the album Don’t Stop. The heavy (but not in your face) beat, the twinkling synths, the whole production by Paul Epworth add up to a pop song that doesn’t sound pop. Her breathy sweet vocal on top ties it together. Few singers can sing breathy AND with bravado like she does. That is why Annie is special.

3. Bat For Lashes – Sleep Alone: Natasha Khan mixes some Indian guitar, a huge bassline, a stuttering pounding beat, some maracas, synths, and her gorgeously sad voice for a bewitching track about her literally casting a spell to combat her loneliness. She deserves to be said in the same company as Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks, and I point to a track like this as proof. Except Natasha Khan can do beats better than most electronic producers.

4. The Big Pink – Velvet: The British do epic electronic rock better than anyone else, and this track comes in line with that grand tradition. Headphone filling.

5. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career: Phil Spector reverb. And Campbell’s vocals which say her maudlin career is over, but sound like it’s not. Yeah, that’s Camera Obscura. What made me love this song is that twinkling upward piano line that runs throughout.

6. Neko Case – This Tornado Loves Me: It’s a obsessed love song expressed by a personified tornado. And it breaks your heart. Enough said.

7. Delorean – Seasun: This house song makes the world feel glorious. It sounds like sunrise over an ocean. Such a thrill when that beat drops halfway through.

8. Franz Ferdinand – Live Alone: It’s just a classic FF track. Lots of swagger, great synth chorus that sends the song skyward, and lyrics that somehow make not moving in together sound totally awesome.

9. Girls Aloud – The Loving Kind: Co-written with the Pet Shop Boys. If the Spice Girls had had songs that sounded this effortlessly good to your ears, they might still be around. Girls Aloud knocked this song out on their FIFTH album. Girl group perfection.

10. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks: If the Beach Boys were still together and went indie-rock.

11. The Juan MacLean – Tonight: Disco house epic. Easily one of the very best tracks out of the DFA house so far. It’s how I feel about going out in song form: Melancholy, but hopeful and glad. I’ve played the song many times driving fast down the highway on my way out or back home late at night. The trumpet solo 5:30 – 6:45 makes life feel infinite.

12. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance: The first 35 seconds dominate. Frankly, this is the peak of Lady Gaga. It’s her on all cylinders, and makes me believe she’s a contender despite her bullshit. Sure, rave has existed for 20 years, but she’s managed to bring it to the masses like few else. Oh, and “Ra-ra-ah-ahah-roma-ro-mama-ga-ga-ooh-la-la.”

13. & 14. Major Lazer – Hold The Line / When You Hear The Bassline: Diplo and Switch’s dancehall creation was my favorite driving album this year. Shit is hot. The first two songs are the perfect example of how you start a mix. Atmospheric spaghetti western guitars begin “Hold The Line”, then the dancehall beat hits, and Mr Lex and Santigold sound badass. Love that Nokia vibration sound. It really makes your head vibrate. “When You Hear The Bassline” turns shit way up with that pounding… er bassline. I’ll put these two songs, and the entire album, against any hiphop, dancehall shit you play me, and it’ll be hotter.
Hold The Line:

When You Hear The Bassline:

15. Monsters Of Folk – Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.): Jim James, M. Ward, and Conor Oberst do some sorta trip hop sensual song. As a letter to God. I saw them live this year, and this song is gorgeous live.

16. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – The Tenure Itch: This to me is the sweetest, prettiest track off their album. For a debut album, they did their My Bloody Valentine indebted (heavily) thing really well, and this was my favorite moment. A song this romantic and shy is why their band name is the best name they could have.

17. The Phenomenal Handclap Band – All Of The Above: From an album that sounds like it was recorded in the 70’s, I think I listened to this song the most because of the strutting bassline that kicks in 47 seconds in.

18. The Raveonettes – Suicide: Their In And Out Of Control album was the Raveonettes embracing the pop part of their, in my opinion, iconic style. Which is appropriate, given Lust Lust Lust’s embrace of their feedback part. “Suicide” blew me away, because it is the sweetest, prettiest singing of the word “suicide” that has probably ever been committed to tape. And, the lyric is “Lick your lips and fuck suicide”, for the record. Only The Raveonettes.

19. Saint Etienne – The Sea: This track comes from the double disc reissue of a 1997 album that was previously Japan only, called Continental. “The Sea” comes late in an album filled with Saint Etienne’s usual pristine take on house and pop. Suddenly, Etienne drop a drum ‘n’ bass track. And, it’ll stand up to any drum ‘n’ bass track you’ll play me. Such is the greatness of Saint Etienne.

20. Saint Etienne – Girl VII (Richard X Remix): Taken from Richard X’s Foxbase Beta album, a remix of Saint Etienne’s entire debut album Foxbase Alpha. According to the commentary track to Foxbase Beta (yes, really), Saint Etienne say they wrote “Girl VII” to represent their impression of the glamour of London. Richard X takes “Girl VII” to such lush heights, you feel the glamour all the more. It’s one track on Foxbase Beta that I truly prefer to the original. And, that is rare in a remix. Somehow Richard X recreates “Girl VII” into a 4:30 minute constantly evolving and changing beast, yet all the elements came from, and follow, the original track. Epic. Perhaps the best remix I’ve ever heard.

21. Sally Shapiro – Mircale: Like others, I wasn’t as enamored with My Guilty Pleasure as much as Sally Shapiro’s debut. That’s what happens when you create a debut that’s borderline perfect. But, this electro track will always rank as one of her best. It’s Sally Shapiro at her most muscular and anthemic. And, for someone as breathy and shy as her, it was a welcome surprise.

22. Britney Spears – Womanizer: Why Britney is Britney.

23. The xx – Crystalized: I’m a huge sucker for male/female vocals. The way The xx weave their vocals together on “Crystalized” is magical. They do the atmospheric, minimalist, dreampop thing so well, and listening to this track and its host album breaks my heart in the best way possible.

24. Yacht – Afterlife: Here’s some sing-songy jaded female sung funky techno indie guitar shit. I’m still waiting for The DFA to get their due as a label. People mention labels like Jagjaguwar, Secretly Canadian, and Saddle Creek. The DFA constantly shepherd incredible dance music, and I never hear their name mentioned unless LCD Soundsystem release music. Shame.

25. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero: Answered the question, “What if the YYYs added synthesizers?” Answer: Sound like the YYYs. Happily confirmed when the synthesizers become guitars after the first chorus. What a rush. They’re one of the very best bands we have right now.

December 8, 2009

Yes, that’s real.

Lady Gaga and Queen

Here’s an article about her meeting with the Queen from Telegraph.co.uk
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December 7, 2009

Anthrax – Belly Of The Beast

I’ve been listening to the Anthrax album Persistence Of Time for the first time in like ten years. Man, it is so pop sounding to me now. Their songs are often very hummable and almost singsongy. Seriously, give it a try, hum along to this.

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