Archive for February, 2014

Fun Playlists This Week: Boston Calling!!

February 24, 2014

At the end of May I am going to see a number of really awesome bands and artists at Boston Calling Music Festival.  And as preparation have put together a few playlists of some notable tracks by a number of these amazing artists such as:  Warpaint, Tegan and Sara, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Bastille, and The Neighbourhood.  

1. Keep It Healthy- Warpaint

2. Bixby Canyon Bridge- Death Cab For Cutie

3. No Grey- The Neighbourhood

4. Things We Lost In The Fire- Bastille

5. Acid Tongue- Jenny Lewis

6. Love Is To Die- Warpaint

7. Knife Going In- Tegan And Sara

8. The View- Modest Mouse

9. Bad Blood- Bastille

10. West Coast- The Neighbourhood

11. Float On- Modest Mouse

12. Up From Below- Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes

13. Some Boys- Death Cab For Cutie

14. $ting- The Neighbourhood

15. Icarus- Bastille

16. I Know I Know I Know- Tegan and Sara

17. Carpetbaggers- Jenny Lewis ft. Elvis Costello

18. What Sarah Said- Death Cab For Cutie

19. Gravity Rides Everything- Modest Mouse

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Being Reinvented by… The Wheel

February 24, 2014

We didn’t create fire, we stole it.  But that stealing of fire, set into motion a world of ideas and creations by our hands.  Set into motion by that which is long disputed as one of our oldest human inventions: the wheel.  Quicker movement of goods and ideas, as well as people from place to place.  And from wheels it becomes chariots, buggies, automobiles.  And from there we do the thing that the ancients always scoffed at, and take to the skies like the birds.  From there it went to the things that allow us to do all of this great interchange of ideas and services, without moving an inch.  Thus the computer age truly picked up momentum by sitting still.  Internet on our tv’s our game systems, our phones.   Oh, it isn’t just for computers anymore folks.  Instagram, flappy bird, social media all over the place.  Social media but loss of social elements that truly make us feel alive.  Not in every case of course, but generally speaking.  We get weather updates every minute, we have fickle arguments with people we can’t even take the time to meet, and we think some of the simplest tasks are beneath us.  It’s like taking extra time on a break for a job that you don’t even perform properly in the first place.  And yes I see it every day.  But that’s not the point either. The point simply is this, we haven’t reinvented the wheel, we have been invented and reinvented by THE WHEEL.  So if you think about that, start using these amazing incredible things at our fingertips as actual tools and not as a means to pretend you are alive. What do you think?

Valentine’s Day Playlist! It’s good.

February 14, 2014

Laughing, crying, dancing, loving, hating, feeling, being?  It’s all there. And as always it crosses genres, blurs lines, and all that good shit.  Music is music after all. And Music being the food of love, and Valentine’s Day being a day for love, if not just a day to sell more cards, music is a perfect fit for this day of all days. 

1. Take Me Back- Aloe Blacc

2. Staring At The Stars- Passenger

3. Get Lucky- Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams

4. We Are Young- FUN (with Janelle Monae)

5. Up All Night- Razorlight

6. Break Myself- Something Corporate

7. Happy- Pharrell Williams

8. Blind Mary- Gnarls Barkley

9. Tighten Up- The Black Keys

10. All Of Me- John Legend

11. Bridges- Broods

12. Pompeii- Bastille

13. Something- The Beatles

14. Dangerous Animals- Arctic Monkeys

15. Map of Your Head- Muse

16. I Can’t Get Next To You- The Temptations

17. Got To Get You Into My Life- The Beatles

18. Who’s Gonna Ride Your WIld Horses?- U2

19. Too Old To Die Young- Brother Dege

Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2014

It’s a day to laugh to cry, to hold to love.  A day to like, a day to share, a day to engorge yourself on chocolates.  It is a day that many see as not a real holiday, because it’s yet another excuse for America to say, “Hey, you, buy something!”  And you aren’t wrong to think that, I think it most of the time as well, but I will say that if you are one of the lucky ones who don’t coin Valentine’s as “singles awareness day, and are in a relationship, silly, casual, fun, serious, or a married for years sort of arrangement, you should do something with your person today, because after all, if you already love them or like them a lot, you’d want to go out and do something with them, so today is a perfect excuse to spend time together, real holiday or not!  Every kiss does not begin with Kay, because Kay is not a letter, K is.  And buying shit from Jared?  Who cares?  I know he lost a lot of weight on the Subway diet(yes I know it’s a different Jared), but why must we buy expensive crap from him to have a good day?  We don’t. Don’t give in to the lie, unless you really have the money to spare. ” Money can’t buy me love,” remember?

Playlist time: Night Work

February 3, 2014

I don’t have any creative title for this one, but I am very proud of what I came up with in an extremely rushed and slapdash manner.  It’s delightfully queer, with a plethora of robotic noises, Album of The Year winners (Daft Punk), my favorite Broadway star of all time,  the lady that makes us go gaga, Glamtastic fun, Industrial, grungey and very dancy, delightfully American and International in equal portions.  Enjoy!

1. Night Work- Scissor Sisters

2. Do What U Want- Lady Gaga and R. Kelly

3. Civilian- Adam Pascal

4. Instant Crush- Daft Punk with Julian Casablancas( of The Strokes)

5. Heart In A Cage- The Strokes

6. I Am The Walrus- The Beatles

7. Midnight Radio- Hedwig and The Angry Inch

8. Harder You Get- Scissor Sisters

9. Artpop- Lady Gaga

10. Survival- Muse

11. Stupid Girl- Neil Young and Crazy Horse

12. The Distance- CAKE

13. Radio- Lana Del Rey

14. Recognizer- Daft Punk

15. How- The Neighbourhood

16. Home Is A Fire- Death Cab For Cutie

17. Tell Me How To Live- Capital Cities

18. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box- Radiohead

19. Sin- Nine Inch Nails

 

 

A few of my least favorite Things…

February 3, 2014

Public bathrooms are awful, and that’s putting it lightly.  To quote Obi-Wan Kenobi out of context, “There is not a more wretched hive of scum and villainy in all the galaxy.” Public bathrooms, restrooms, washrooms, facilities, whatever the fuck you want to call them, are the nastiest things in all existence, or so it seems.  Are people less careful, as it were, because they know they aren’t responsible for cleaning it?  Or are human beings predominantly disgusting across the board?  I would like to think not, since I have a lot of faith in humanity most of the time. More than most people I seem to interact with do.  So public restrooms, eew!  But to add insult to injury, or something like that, insert some better cliche there if you’d rather, I would like to say that, if you want to pee in the stall, why the hell would you keep the door open.  Embarassing and disgusting enough moments already abound in such places.  So let’s use a little common sense. Okay?

My latest Netflix obsession

February 2, 2014

Lie To Me, stars Tim Roth as a deception expert, a man who makes a living finding out if people are telling the truth.  His character Dr. Lightman has poor social skills in the best of circumstances but is really good at what he does.  And more often than not he helps the police and The FBI and various other organi zations get to the bottom of cases that would otherwise remain uncrackable.  Unlike a lot of shows from the post 2000 era, this show is comprised almost entirely of stand alone episodes.  There is a lot of character growth and development even with that being said.  And all of the main characters are equally exciting for several different reasons.  Especially interesting is Lightman’s relationship with his ex wife Zoe, and his assistant Dr. Foster.  Things get downright volatile between him and his coworkers at times, but you can always see the good inside him no matter what he does.  The first season gains momentum near the end, as the cases get more intense, and more dangerous.  The second season follows suit with the intensity, but the third and final season seems to flatten out, though I have yet to see all the episodes therein, but I sure hope it picks up, because until this point I haven’t been able to take my eyes away.  This show is a welcome release from having to watch every single episode of something to understand what you are watching, and with only three seasons, it won’t take nearly as long to watch as other things.  So take a break between your big story shows and watch this one.  It’s worth it.  

Watching… Silver Linings Playbook

February 2, 2014

This is one of the movies that really hits the nail on the head about the human condition, that mental illness is something that effects the majority of the population, that even the darkest clouds must have a silver lining somewhere, that life is really for the living, and by the end, makes you want nothing more but to fall in love.  And it doesn’t do all of these things, tugging our heart strings, throwing out more OMG moments than any standard romantic movie would, by sticking to the sappy and the sentimental, but dealing with the more raw edged parts of our lives, our break ups, and insecurities, frustrations, family issues, you name it.  Just life stuff. And that is what truly makes this film a triumph, that in combination with a perfect cast, great cinematography and a really kick ass Indie fueled soundtrack.  If you haven’t seen this movie, watch it.  If you have seen this movie, watch it again.  If this movie makes you feel any amazing life changing feelings, and even if it doesn’t make everyone you know watch it.  

Watching… Silver Linings Playbook

February 2, 2014

This is one of the movies that really hits the nail on the head about the human condition, that mental illness is something that effects the majority of the population, that even the darkest clouds must have a silver lining somewhere, that life is really for the living, and by the end, makes you want nothing more but to fall in love.  And it doesn’t do all of these things, tugging our heart strings, throwing out more OMG moments than any standard romantic movie would, by sticking to the sappy and the sentimental, but dealing with the more raw edged parts of our lives, our break ups, and insecurities, frustrations, family issues, you name it.  Just life stuff. And that is what truly makes this film a triumph, that in combination with a perfect cast, great cinematography and a really kick ass Indie fueled soundtrack.  If you haven’t seen this movie, watch it.  If you have seen this movie, watch it again.  If this movie makes you feel any amazing life changing feelings, and even if it doesn’t make everyone you know watch it.  

Watch Public Television

February 2, 2014

I spent my last hour listening to the sounds of Austin City Limits on PBS.  One of my favorite live music programs on television, especially considering there aren’t all that many anymore.  I can’t wait to see Austin one day.  And PBS helped me realize just how awesome of a place it must be for music and art. But really, how could you not like watching PBS regardless. The more you support them, the less you will be spammed with pledge drives mid program. Think about it. 😉  Also new Season of Sherlock is currently airing on Masterpiece Mystery!  Watch it fools!