Archive for February, 2010

February 28, 2010

Talking Heads deserve royalties from Friendly Fires

“In The Hospital” is so close to “Crosseyed and Painless” I may as well listen to “Crosseyed and Painless”.
Friendly Fires – In The Hospital

Talking Heads – Crosseyed And Painless

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February 28, 2010

Lady Gaga on GMA (and Jonathan Ross)

I think this might be the best interview I’ve seen with Lady Gaga, talking about AIDS awareness. Stephanopoulos tries to ask the typical “OMG, what’s it like to be Lady Gaga” questions, and she refuses to lose focus. She certainly can be very articulate when she wants to be. BTW, I still hear about people not using condoms and it blows my mind.

Compare that interview to her on Jonathan Ross, where she’s a tad nutty.

February 26, 2010

Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me

Have One On Me

This is the album I’ve known she’s been capable of. It’s a sprawling three disc, two hour epic. On Have One On Me Joanna Newsom strikes me as being the heir of Joni Mitchell’s folk and classical pop crown. All you have to do is listen to the first song, “Easy”, and you’ll hear what I mean. On “Good Intentions Paving Co.”, Newsom flirts with the kind of jazzy arrangement that Mitchell was known for too. Instead of complete reliance on harp, Joanna Newsom plays piano on some songs, like on “Soft As Chalk” or “Does Not Suffice”. Her harp is still her primary instrument, as you can hear on “’81”, which I posted below. Her harp playing is particularly gorgeous at the end of “Go Long”. Joanna Newsom’s voice on this album is the biggest, and most welcome, change. On The Milk-Eyed Monster, her voice could be irritating depending on your mood. It felt like she was singing in a quirky way for quirk’s sake. I liked Ys more, because I could appreciate the artistry of the baroque pop on it. But on Have One On Me she turns the quirk way down, and her voice is all the more beautiful for it. As on Ys, Have One On Me has strings, horns and woodwinds. A regular drumset occasionally accompanies the music. The arrangements are less ornate than they were on Ys, which strove to be baroque. Occasionally, as on “Esme”, it’s just Newsom and her piano. As you can see, there’s enough variety in the arrangements so that the album is never boring. Seriously, what I can say to you is that if you like chamber pop and folk, I haven’t heard much better than this album. If you’ve been turned off by Newsom’s singing before, I don’t think you will be on Have One On Me.

’81 (Disc 1)

In California (Disc 2)

Soft As Chalk (Disc 3)

February 26, 2010

Holy Shit

I’ve never seen Jon Stewart laugh so hard and so much during an interview. And I’ve seen every Daily Show.

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February 25, 2010

Major Lazer – Keep it Goin’ Louder video

A friend just posted this, and occurred to me that I never did. This video, directed by Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric, is just…. wow… and I thought his video for Pon De Floor was nuts. You just want to watch it over and over again, it’s hypnotic. Of course, the song is bangin’, so that helps. Tim & Eric is hit or miss for me, mostly hit. But, based on his music videos so far Eric Wareheim is all hit for me. Probably NSFW. Do yourself a favor, click through and watch it on HD on vimeo.

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February 24, 2010

Shit “Drag Me To Hell” was a good movie.

I loved it. Raimi knows how to do horror. The ending was so awesome it made me laugh. One of the best horror movies I’ve ever seen.

February 23, 2010

Yeah… this is great.

From The Superficial: How To Accept A Marriage Proposal

BJ

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February 22, 2010

Really, it’s unpatriotic!

Damn right.

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February 19, 2010

Lindstrøm & Christabelle – Real Life Is No Cool

Real Life is No Cool

“What should we do? Should we start? Should we stop? Looking for what?” is how Christabelle opens the first track, “Looking For What?”. She sounds languid, and very sexy. She repeats this throughout the song over Lindstrøm’s bed of cascading and rising synth pulses and disco beats. At some point she says, “want you to come give me some”. This dreamy sensuality flows through the entire album. The pace may quicken, like on third track “Let It Happen” (a Vangelis cover), where Christabelle wants you to “throw away fear” and to “love life”. But, Real Life Is No Cool is here to seduce you with Christabelle’s European accented half-awake coos and come-ons and Lindstrøm’s disco beats, synth washes and bass throbs. The whole album sounds effortless. Lindstrøm has been doing this kind of spacey disco and ambient for a number of years now, some of his songs stretching past 20 minutes. He even managed to take a cover of “Little Drummer Boy” to the 42 minute mark. Yes, really. But, this album is meant to be a pop album with relatively normal song structures. “Lovesick” and “Music In My Mind” feature a huge thump and synth funk basslines. “Baby Don’t Stop” is on par with Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”. It has horn stabs, a wiggly guitar line, a synth bassline, and Christabelle’s confidently sexy vocals. “Let’s Practise” (sic), my favorite song on here, is built on Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” iconic synth line, and here Christabelle wails in borderline sexual desperation, “lost myself back there, don’t know what to do with out you. I’m so alone without you”. The whole album has a sensual, erotic mood. And, it sounds decadent and rich. Like the album says, real life is no cool. For an hour, this sex haze of an album will lull you out of your life and into its heady world of sensuality. Oh, and you can dance to it.

Lovesick

Let’s Practise

February 19, 2010

Bill Hicks Re: Tiger Woods

Not that I think Tiger Woods should really be killed. I just agree with the overall point of these fevered egos tainting our collective unconscious.