Archive for March, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted

March 24, 2014

Don’t call it a come back! But “we’re getting a sequel!” I’m sure James Bobin did Jim Henson one proud with the amazingness of the last movie, and once more he delivers with something just as amazing, and in some parts more so. The first movie was a great re-introduction to those people and critters that Homer Simpson has referred to as “not quite a mop not quite a puppet, but damn.” I think that’s what the quote is, I’m sorry if it’s wrong. The main characters in the first film were certainly the non-muppet characters, but here the Muppets are back to their comic gold, and with Bret Mckenzie once more on the musical helm, the new songs are just as crazy, just as imaginative, just as infectious as Muppet songs have always been. An evil frog replaces Kermit, and the events that ensue could only happen in a Muppet movie. With great nods to jokes of Muppet’s past, and songs of Muppet’s past, the hemming and hawwing of Statler and Waldorf, The Great Gonzo and his love of chickens, Fozzie’s deadpan comedy routine, and a heck of a lot of amusing celebrity cameos, this movie has everything you could want in a film, if what you want in a film is more frogs and pigs and bears and whatevers than you can shake a stick at. Don’t take my word for it. Go feast your eyes and ears and your laughter mechanisms upon the latest Muppet masterpiece. I imagine an even stronger future for the franchise from here on out.

Favorite car jams of the past week…

March 24, 2014

“RANK” by The Smiths- If you are a fan of Morrissey or The Smiths and have never given this a listen, you should be ashamed. Just kidding. Don’t be ashamed, just do yourself a favor and listen to it. Not a fan, or never heard of them, listen anyway. This live album really proves to me what is so great about the Smiths with their mostly upbeat sounding depressing music. And listen to Morrissey growl on some of those tracks. What a voice.

Eve 6 by Eve 6- Irreverent lyrics? Check. Teen angst from the 90’s? Check. Punk sensibilities? Certainly. A few big hit songs and then very little attention paid to anything following? Oh yes indeed. The classic 90’s band story. The 90’s had a lot of good music that was so quickly and readily tossed aside after a couple years. Why is that? This album is such a gem to find because it defines the music and the mood of the late 90’s so well. And nostalgia galore. Is this album good for reasons other than nostalgia? Of course. It makes me wonder why Green Day continues to be relevant, when this one release has more punk in it than Green Day’s entire catalog. Ooops! Did I say that out loud?

The Muppets Most Wanted Soundtrack- I bought this as soon as I got out of the movie theatre. It’s infectious and good just the way a Muppet film should be. More music by Bret Mckenzie for those who loved his stuff from the first movie so much, and a good reprieve for those longing for more Flight of The Conchords. Funny and brilliant stuff here.

Listening to a lot of Death Cab tonight…

March 24, 2014

One of the coolest bands, and one of the headliners of Boston Calling. I have already seen them once before, and it was one of the most amazing shows I had ever been to, everyone in tune with one another, everyone equally into the sounds that surrounded them, and the band energized to perfection.  Seeing as there has yet to be a follow up to Codes and Keys, I can only wonder what they will pick and choose for their setlist.  And seeing as Jenny Lewis is also at Boston Calling, can there please be a Postal Service one off reunion?  Pretty please?

An oldie but a goodie: Playlist from a party that never happened

March 24, 2014

1. Fine Art- The Limousines

2. Fur Lined- How To Destroy Angels

3. It’s Showtime!- Electric Six

4. Tiny Cities Made of Ashes- Modest Mouse

5. Glitter Freeze- Gorillaz

6. Rebel Yell- Billy Idol

7. Cobrastyle- The Teddy Bears

8. Planet Home- Jamiroqui

9. Young Folks- Peter, Bjorn and John

10. 1901- Phoenix

11. Debbie- Architecture in Helsinki

12. Month of May-  Arcade Fire

13. Dancing At Her Funeral- The Limousines

14. Marlene- Lightspeed Champion

15. Swimming In The Flood- Passion Pit

16. Animal- Miike Snow

My dilemma, or I guess it’s not quite my dilemma…

March 14, 2014

As some people who read this know, I work in the sporting goods department.  As such, one of the common items I have to sell that I keep under lock and key, is ammunition.  My feelings about guns and their like are mixed at best, but either way, I thought our box limit was more than fair.  Or rather, having a limit in general seems fair, and I may be mistaken but isn’t there a legal limit to how much you can have on your person at once? Just sayin.  I also thought that with boxes of differing sizes, our limit should not have been the number of boxes, but the number of rounds, since the boxes have anywhere from five rounds of something, to maybe about 1,000 per box.  Think about it.  Well anyways, our limit was lifted from three, to a free for all, take as many as you want as long as you can pay for them.  Okay, more product per purchase generates more sales.  I understand that.  But no limit on ammo sales?  Liability?  Not to mention, if you could care less about limiting it, why would you make us lock it up?  Fair question right?  Now, instead of buying three each, some people come in and buy 25 boxes or more on some days. Is that fair? No.  Is it safe?  Not any less safe than a person with bad ideas buying only three boxes.  See I understand that, but if you are just into shooting for the sport of shooting, and go to the range a couple times a week, yada yada,  shouldn’t you only take what you need?  Is the government going to take your guns away?  Not if it makes them money.  So if you stop buying into the myth and only buy what you  need, the government will still generate money, and you will still get to go have fun shooting your targets, won’t you?

The 802

March 14, 2014

It’s very hard to come up with a band name simply because you want something original(ish) and also something that truly belongs to you on a deeper level. Maybe you don’t. I mean, if that were the case most of the really good bands wouldn’t exist. But I do like the idea of coming up with things that really mean something to me. And then it struck me. Why can’t it be something really simple?  The 802 popped into my head, being a lifelong Vermont body and a person who truly wants to let that flag fly as part of his identity. So expect the album sometime in the next ten years.  But don’t expect us to have the name The 802.  Lord knows I’ll change it by then. 😉

Shameless Plug for hitRECord!

March 14, 2014

Ever since joining the online artist’s den that is hitRECord, I have felt so much more creative and so much more in tune with my artistic skills and passions than I have in such a ridiculously long time.  If you are a writer, a musician, a photographer, or any number of other things in combination with one another or just all alone, or if you just play around with a camera, you should join. It’s easy, and fun. And revolutionary. So what are you waiting for? hitRECord!

Yet another new playlist: Ooh La La

March 7, 2014

1.Paris (Ooh La La)- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

2. Book Of Endings- Adam Pascal

3. Happy- Pharrell Williams

4. Believer- American Authors

5. Things We Lost In The Fire- Bastille

6. Boys- The Beatles

7. Every Teardrop is A Waterfall- Coldplay

8. Mahna Mahna- CAKE

9. Nothing But Trouble- Phantogram

10. Lose Yourself To Dance- Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams

11. The Only Way- Filter

12. Pilot Can At The Queer of God- The Flaming Lips

13. Only Happy When It Rains- Garbage

14. Barrel of A Gun- Guster

15. Harder To Breathe- Maroon 5

16. Animal- Miike Snow

17. Lovecraft in Brooklyn- The Mountain Goats

18. Skinny Love- Birdy

19. These Streets- Paolo Nutini

Playlist: Sassy Assed

March 6, 2014

I was feeling sassy and saucy and all manner of other fun adjectives at work tonight, and this playlist is my means to blow off steam and just share some great music, with those who may also feel overly sassy with their situation in life.

1. The Mirror Of The Signs- BUSH

2. James Brown- Cage The Elephant

3. Kangaroo Court- Capital Cities

4. Out of My League- Fitz and The Tantrums

5. Good Thing- Fine Young Cannibals

6. Stuck Between Stations- The Hold Steady

7. Long Ride Home- Michael Franti and Spearhead

8. Fort Hood- Mike Doughty

9. Oasis- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

10. I Almost Killed You- Billy Bragg

11. Round Here- Counting Crows

12. Everlong- Foo Fighters

13. Queer- Garbage

14. Buttercups- Fran Healy

15. Gone Gone Gone(Done Moved On)- Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

16, Casiotone Nation- Soul Coughing

17. In The Waiting Line- Zero 7

18. Ottoman- Vampire Weekend

19, My Body- Young The Giant


Snake Oil Salesman

March 6, 2014

I have decided that if my career path continues to dead end itself that my best course of action would be to become a snake oil salesman, a concocter of miracle cures, deceiving the masses with placeboes, something “good” for what ails you. Something that can pad my wallet, can cure your broken heart, and make your hair grow back, and boost your confidence all at once. Step right up sir or madam, and try Craig’s restorative tonic. You know you want to. It’s only fifty bucks a bottle.  Yeah, the public eats everything else up these days, isn’t it an even better age for snake oil than any time in history?