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  • Latest CD Purchases

    4. Aug. 2006, 20:08

    A slight Sonic Youth binge:
    Rather Ripped - a solid album by one of my favorites. I don't know if anything will ever live up to [album]Daydream Nation[/album] or [album]Goo[/album] but that's is probably because i was listening to those in college, and nothing sounds as good.

    Psychic Hearts - Haven't given this one much of a listen, but from what i did hear, i like it.

    Live At The Palace - I am going to listen to this right now actually, though i expect nothing less than a great performance by Shannon and the rest. I still get depressed thinking about his death and some of the good music the world is missing out on because of it.

    Plans - I keep trying to give Death Cab a chance, i like a couple of their songs, but i think i'm just not depressed enough to be a fan. I mostly got it because it was available on YourMusic and for 5.99 you can't really go too wrong.
  • Latest Emusic Downloads - July, 2006

    25. Jul. 2006, 18:56

    New Wind - I usually try to download anything Kevin Seconds does, but he's done better than this. It's listenable though.

    Impeach My Bush - I originally wasn't going to bother with this one, but I saw her on the Henry Rollins show and she was much more intelligent and interesting than her first two albums made her sound so I decided to give it a go. A couple of the tracks are pretty good, the rest need some time to grown on me.

    The Loon - This is my first Tapes 'n Tapes album and I like what I hear.

    A Lesson In Crime - A new album by a new band, an advance copy on emusic actually. Decent punk rock type stuff, slightly poppy but still good. I look forward to hearing more from them.
  • Classic Rock Hour

    18. Jul. 2006, 20:18

    So I watched "The Devil's Rejects" last night, there is something appealing about those Rob Zombie movies, and I mean something more than just his wife.

    Anyway, he used a bunch of classic rock songs on the soundtrack and it reminded me how much i like some of those tunes and that i haven't listed to any of it in a while. So to remedy that, i created a playlist with some tunes that take me back.

    Here's a sample of my playlist:
    Freebird - love those birds chirping. And because some girl i worked with in a photo lab 20 years ago used to listen to a mix-tape that had this song first, i always think of -
    Blister In The Sun - so of course it has to be next. Not quite classic rock, but certainly a classic.
    Going to California - There was a great article about Led Zepplin IV in Uncut (some UK music mag my wife picked up for me) that talked about the creation of this great album. I especially liked the quote by John Paul Jones about the Runes they picked out for themselves and how unbeknowst to him and Bonham Robert and Jimmy had theirs custom designed, "Typical" was his quote.
    And It Stoned Me - usually this kind of stuff is too slow for my taste, but i have a soft spot for Van Morrison.
    Fly on a Windshield - A great tune by a one-time-great band. Unfortunately the magic didn't last and they turned quite poppy after a while.
    Mother - It's tough to include a Floyd song because all the song i like of theirs feel so out of context when played by themselves and not in the original album, but i felt this song might actually fit in.
    Dead Flowers - one of my favorite stones tracks, probably because of the cover Axyl did on some GnR album i can't remember.

    There's more but i'm tired of typing. I think the only song on this list that was actually in the movie was Freebird by the way, but the vibe is there.
  • Don't You Hate It When...

    15. Jun. 2006, 17:19

    Being a big fan of music, music being one of my few obsessions, one thing that really annoys me is when I want to buy a cd and can't because it just isn't available.

    I used to have a tape of this album called "The Men" by a band call, interestingly enough the "Men". Try doing that google search and finding something useful. It was over a decade ago, and that tape has since been lost/stolen/destroyed/thrown away.

    Back in 1992-93 the Men had a semi-hit-single called Church of Logic, Sin and Love. It was a great track and coming back from lunch today listening to WCCC, the only radio station in CT worth listening to that has a decent signal, they played it. I've scoured the internet for this cd before, but I couldn't find it. I tried again just now, and couldn't find it.

    Annoying.

    Boring story, I know, but I had to gripe. If you happen to know of a place where I can pick this cd up, please let me know. And if you get the chance, give the song a listen, its a good one.

    Update:
    As it turned out, I found it on half.com. I had searched eBay with no luck, but forgot about half. I also found a couple of interesting places like lala.com for trading cds.
  • Jumping on the Mainstreamosity Bandwagon

    18. Apr. 2006, 18:24

    I saw this little post from rossjman1 and figured I'd give it a whirl, I don't have anything better to do, not true, actually, I have tons of things to do, but I'm procrastinating, so here it goes.

    Formula to determine my Mainstreamosity:
    Step 1. Take your top ten and the number of LastFM listeners for them:
    1 Sonic Youth 95,371
    2 The Donnas 28,967
    3 Yeah Yeah Yeahs 95,011
    4 Tegan and Sara 48,289
    5 Juliana Hatfield 5,675
    6 Gorillaz 202,335
    7 Free Kitten 2,592
    8 Kittie 20,642
    9 The White Stripes 225,326
    10 Vedera 174

    Step 2. Add 'em up and divide by ten to get the average:
    Total/10: 72,437

    Step 3. Divide by the number of listeners of the LastFM top ten (currently 231,390):
    31% Mainstream

    Things about this that surprised me:
    1. Besides the obvious (White Stripes, Gorillaz), Sonic Youth is the most popular of my top ten among LastFM listeners. I haven't checked for any demographics on LastFM but either the crowd here is older than I thought, or Sonic Youth has maintained their popularity for a lot longer than I would've thought.
    2. The Donnas have less listeners than Tegan and Sarah.
    3. Juliana Hatfield with only 5,675? Maybe it shouldn't surprise me since she probably hit her high mark in the 90's and is probably more popular locally.

    Just as a side note and to remark on my last post, Bran Van 3000 has 16,348 listeners on LastFM which would put them below Kittie, but above Vedera, Free Kitten, and Juliana Hatfield, not too surprising, I suppose.

    Of course all of this means nothing and changes weekly, but for some reason I'm fascinated by statistics, especially around social networks.
  • Bran Van 3000, the best band you never heard?

    16. Apr. 2006, 23:56

    So, I haven't written anything about Bran Van 3000 yet, but then again I haven't really written much of anything at all.

    I first heard BV3 when a magazine I subscribed to, AP (Alternative Press, I believe), arrived at my door with a tape single attached to it that had Bran Van 3000, Drinking in LA on it, as well as their "cover" of "Cum On Feel the Noize". I was hooked by the cover which was the same as the album cover for Glee. That must of been in the summer of 1997. Anyway, Drinking in LA was one of my favorite songs that year, and it's been one of my all-time favorite standbys ever since.

    I bought the album as soon as I could find it, and was hooked by the entire thing. My tastes are pretty varied, and they've ranged from classic rock when I was in middle school, old school Metallicain high school, to The Cure, The Smiths, The Sex Pistols, Def Leppard, Sonic Youth and everything inbetween.

    Recently, I've been hooked on the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, The Killers, and Tegan and Sarah, and I'll go for months without listening to a BV3 song, but I always find myself coming back to those two albums and wishing there was more.

    Lately, Discosis has been my album of choice, I keep hearing new things in it. Of course, you won't find it in my charts here for the week since it's what I've been listening to constantly for the last 3 days in my car through the ipod, but songs like Loaded, Speed, and Loop Me just get me hooked all over again.

    So I scour the internet to see what James Di Salvio and EP Bergen, and even Jean Leloup and Stephane Moraille are up to, and I see Stephane has a new song which you can find at her myspace page, but it just isn't the same or enough or something.

    I find it sad and little pathetic that I'm even writing such a tribute. I'm sure there are better things I could do with my time, but since whenever I start to get to know someone's musical taste I find myself looking for an excuse to get them to listen to Bran Van 3000, I figured this would be the best place to get it out there to anyone who's into music and likes to listen new things. So try it, and maybe someday you'll find yourself wondering why you're listening to something not so different from Disco in the year 2006 and actually enjoying it.
  • More for the Collection From Emusic

    22. Mär. 2006, 19:40

    Recent additions from one of my favorite music sites:

    Mr. Beast - the new Mogwai, haven't really been able to get into it.

    Hissing Prigs in Static Couture & Electro-shock For President - Haven't even listend yet and I can't remember what enticed me to download two Brainiac albums, I'm sure I'll get around to it at some point.

    Never Good Enough For You - On some levels I like it, I like the sampling and the guitar sounds, but some of it is actually a little disturbing. I probably will download the other album out there though.

    Pete Rock - The Surviving Elements_ From Soul Survivor II Sessions - recommended by a friend, not bad stuff either.
  • Latest Additions to the Collection

    10. Mär. 2006, 17:24

    OPM For Them Asses - I've always had a soft sport for these guys, ever since El Capitan.

    Two recomendations from a friend:
    Never Take Friendship Personal
    Vedera The Weight of an Empty Room

    Other:
    50FootWave FreeMusic - Downloaded from the Throwing Muses website and I like it.


    The Dials - Flex Time - another decent female fronted punk rock band.