Archive for November, 2013

It has been decided..

November 28, 2013

That I think I actually want a tattoo now.  I have never been against them or in any way opposed to them on other people, but I never felt strongly enough about something to keep on my skin permanently.  An experience the other day changed my mind, and not only did it change my mind, but it showed me a clear picture in my third eye, of just what it should look like.  I was bringing my smelly compost to the community composting bin by the recycling center, and upon a branch above the dumpster that houses the compost was this big ass crow.  And I couldn’t help but think about how elegant he seemed.  Elegant isn’t typically a word ascribed to such a bird, being the ultimate scavenger, or as I tend to call them, the death bird.  But the crow’s symbol conveys the message: Life out of death, or from the end it is the time to begin.   And that symbolism resonates oh so strongly with the way that I feel and the way I choose to live my life.  Instead of moping over my problems, I find a way to take these problems and put them to use in the next phase of living as it were.  But then there is this fire this passion for life, that permeates all I do and all I hope to accomplish, as part of this community, as an individual, and furthermore as an artist. Reinvention, rebirth, resurrection, all resonate with my inner workings so strongly.  But I realized I already made the crow the symbol of rebirth, so how could I incorporate the fire without overdoing it?  Unlike the Phoenix my crow isn’t rising from the ashes but from the fire itself, the fire which is his passion and his drive, his very soul. Or something like that. I have this picture so perfect in my head, but I do not have the ability to draw it but it is also a long way off I’m sure.  Thoughts?

Why I love.. Queens of The Stone Age

November 28, 2013

Fuzzed out stoner rock with a retro feel that exemplifies everything from early psychedelia, to blues, to metal, to soaring pop hooks.  Josh Homme and co. have such a tight sound too. All in all a very peculiar and amazing band. Not all of the albums feel that solid to me, but they have so many good songs.  And the albums that hold up well on the whole are some of the best albums i have ever had the pleasure of listening to. 

Don’t. Just don’t.

November 28, 2013

The stores don’t need to be open tomorrow.  Don’t play into the capitalist’s filthy games, it’s stupid to do so.  Besides the fact that Thanksgiving should be spent with your families, and the ones you love, and last time I checked money is this thing that is cold and dead, it doesn’t love you, and you certainly won’t love it, when you leave the warmth of your family’s table and head out to the store to buy things just because they are on sale, and not because you actually really  needed or wanted them.  You can wait till Friday, okay?  Reevaluate your life I guess is what I’m saying.  

The Format War

November 27, 2013

If a format war broke out at this moment, would people take to the streets with their turntables, their ipods and their ghetto blasters, wielding them like weapons, against those who favored a format other than their favorite?  Probably not, people like their music to much to hurt their audio devices, but it’s still an amusing picture to think about.  I thought on the onset of the digital age, that we were in the midst of a format war, with the seeming end to casette tapes, the rise in vinyl sales and production, and digital files up the wazoo, or whatever you want to call it.  But anymore, I think people  will always have their own preferences. And yes CD’s seem ultimately bound to fade into the mist, but I don’t see it happening too soon.  I love my vinyl and my CD’s as much as my digital music library.  And in the case of a physical library, it still is important in that computers can fail and cause you to lose all your well earned  eargasms.  But all the same, I would say in this day and age, while vinyl is still typically superior sound-quality wise and fits better on your shelf than most physical formats, and can be acquired in mass quantities at really decent price in your local independent record store, I rely on my mp3s and my CD’s to come on the road with me.  And in this way, it has come to my attention that maybe the format war is a big lie.  Vinyl that gets crackly with age sounds so amazing to me, and it’s like going back in time, it’s like a listening wormhole or something.  Music is life!    

My most recent vinyl acquisition:  Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde

Let’s say I’m a real happy music freak at finding this for 4 bucks!

Playlist time: Wicked Cool

November 26, 2013

I compiled 18 awesome tracks that are equal parts chill and rowdy.

 

1. Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked- Cage The Elephant

2. Dream On- Depeche Mode

3. Summertime Sadness- Lana Del Rey

4.  All People- Michael Franti & Spearhead

5. Tennis Court- Lorde

6. Get Along- Mike Doughty

7. Teen Angst(What The World Needs Now)- Cracker

8. I’ve Been Waiting For You- David Bowie (Neil Young cover)

9. Gigantic- Pixies

10, Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago- Soul Coughing

11. Heal- Catherine Wheel

12. Maladjusted- Morrissey

13. Brand New Cadillac- The Clash

14. There’s No Home For You Here- White Stripes

15. Bus To Beelzebub- Soul Coughing

16. You And Who’s Army- Radiohead

17. When Yer 22- Flaming Lips

18. Month of May- Arcade Fire

Playlist time: Girl power or something like that.

November 25, 2013

18 tracks compiled from a few of my favorite female vocalists, from Shirley Manson of Garbage, Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to ZZ Ward, Regina Spektor, and Florence and The Machine among others, it’s quite the amazing musical trip.

 

1. The Divide- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

2. Home- ZZ Ward

3. You Know I’m No Good- Amy Winehouse

4. Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up) – Florence and The Machine

5. 1234- Feist

6. Dickhead- Kate Nash

7. Runaway- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

8. Bad Drug- Tristan Prettyman

9. It’s A Hit- Rilo Kiley

10.  Why Do You Love Me- Garbage

11. Save My Life- ZZ Ward

12. Machine- Regina Spektor

13. Only if For A Night- Florence and The Machine

14. Figure 8- Ellie Goulding

15. Black Tongue- Yeah Yeah Yeahs

16. Morning Light- Ida Maria

17. Shit Song- Kate Nash

18. Stars- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

 

Hope your ears get much joy from this!

Albums I Love: Sleeps With Angels

November 17, 2013

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s masterpiece, Sleeps With Angels is a tour de force, of which by it’s release in 1994 we were already accustomed to expect from Neil and co.  The Godfather of grunge delivers a tour de force, that mixes the best of the old and of the new, his first real grunge album I guess, you could say.  Or maybe you couldn’t, it’s all up for debate.  But hard rocking tracks like Prime of Life, and Sleeps With Angels, as well as soft tinged emotional tracks, like Driveby and Change Your Mind, make this a well rounded album that is a mix of everything we love about Neil Young: great lyrics, soaring instrumentations, and raw emotional power.  There are also a few humble nods to the late Kurt Cobain who died that year. So not only is it a great Neil Young and Crazy Horse album, but a great timepiece to the rise and all too early fall of one of grunge’s most talented children. Take a listen, you won’t regret it, regardless of how you feel about Neil Young, or music from the 90’s. 

My Post Halloween Post

November 1, 2013

So I was curious about this:  Do most horror movies exist on this continuum where horror movies don’t exist?  Don’t enter that room, don’t turn out the light, don’t read from that book, don’t watch that damn video, don’t play with that creepy looking artifact.  Bad stuff will happen guys, what are you doing?  Haven’t you seen enough movies like the one you’re in to understand the conventions by now?  I mean seriously, why are these people so absurdly dumb about these things?  And then you get to slasher movies, where the virginal ones are always the last to go, or the people left alive at the end of it. Every character with a sex scene ends up not being long for the world.  So don’t do it kiddos, it’s not worth it.  But then again, I think it’s actually saying if you have unsafe sex, this is what will surely happen to you?  Something sketchy and confusing like that.  I mean you rarely get the idea in movies in general that anyone uses protection.  If the awful disease doesn’t get you, Jason will. You can be sure of that.  But  here’s the other part of it.  Folks like Jason, Michael Myers and the like?  Most of them move very slowly, yet a person runs away full tilt.  But they still get their asses handed to them by the end.  Such a slow moving baddie, may be easy to stop, but no, I’m just gonna keep running until I’m so worn out that I move slower than them. OOps.   I mean all in all, most horror  movies are really fun to watch.  The scary and the cheesy alike. While others, are just really really really really dumb and not worth anyone’s time.  But that all depends on your tastes then.  But while we are still on the subject of slow moving baddies, what about classic zombie movies where they are all slower than fuck?  I mean seriously, all that time you spent boarding up your house, you could have been oh so far away by now.  Sucks to be you I guess.   So what I think would be really fun to see would be the horror movie, where everything that should put you in mortal peril ends up being harmless, more or less, and everything that should be harmless is what will kill you.  Case in point, a group of friends go to a haunted house, the people that know better refuse to go in, only those that went in survive. I don’t know maybe I’m just kind of silly, but it is an amusing thing to think about.  Happy day after Halloween folks!