• How to Disappear Completely

    19. Okt. 2010, 17:54

    Radiohead - How to Disappear Completely

    I can comfortably say this song is one of (if not the) only songs I can listen to regularly -- in a normal state of mind -- and enjoy, while at the same time being 100% convinced that, were I to ever decide to off myself (I won't), it would be the soundtrack to that event.

    Related note: Kid A? Easily my favorite Radiohead album. It's not even a close race.
  • Life soundtrack nonsense.

    22. Aug. 2010, 0:33

    These things are silly, I know, but some of the 'answers' worked out pretty amusingly.

    1. Open your library.
    2. Put it on shuffle.
    3. Press play.
    4. For every question, type the song that’s playing.
    5. New question – press the next button.
    6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool.


    Opening credits:
    My Glowing Morning Dreams - As Tall As Lions

    Waking up:
    Dammit - Blink 182
    Welp, this is perfect.

    First day at school:
    Wasted - Lil' Wayne

    Falling in love:
    Golden Skans - Klaxons

    Breaking up:
    Make a Run For It - Hit the Lights

    Possibility - Lykke Li

    Life’s okay:
    Down On the Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Mental breakdown:
    The Bitch Is Back - Elton John

    If Music Could Talk - The Clash

    Shape of My Heart - Noah and the Whale

    Getting back together:
    It's Not a Side Effect of the Cocaine, I Am Thinking It Must Be Love - Fall Out Boy

    Film Noir - The Gaslight Anthem

    Birth of child:
    Angels We Have Heard On High - Sufjan Stevens

    Final battle:
    Who Knew - Eminem

    Death scene:
    Do Better - Say Anything

    Funeral song:
    Butterfly - Weezer

    End credits:
    Light As a Feather - Norah Jones
  • Belle & Sebastian - Storytelling

    18. Aug. 2010, 3:32

    This is the soundtrack to my dreams. What a criminally underrated record.
  • More for my own amusement.

    4. Aug. 2010, 2:48

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    Gimme What You Got

    2. What song makes you sad?
    neutral milk hotel - oh, comely, hallelujah - jeff buckley, everything off matt pryor's 'confidence man'

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    there's usually something in the top 40 rotation that should be mercy-killed.

    4. Your all-time favorite band?
    saves the day

    5. Your favorite newly discovered band is?
    if 'in the past few months' is sufficiently new: local natives

    6. Best female voice?
    sherri eisley (eisley), amy winehouse

    7. Best male voice?
    matt berninger

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    indie rock staples, electropop, dirty rap

    9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?
    i make playlists for this purpose. the usual suspects include: bloc party, sleigh bells, major lazer, lil' kim, girl talk

    10. What do you listen to when you want to calm down?
    jose gonzales, ray lamontagne

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    the gaslight anthem at the wiltern theater in los angeles.

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
    lately: interpol, neutral milk hotel, broken social scene

    13. Most hated band?
    meh, do your thang, just don't expect me to pay attention.

    14. Song that makes you think?
    radiohead and neutral milk hotel tend to have this effect on me.

    15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
    i'm selfish. like your own damn music, plebe.

    16. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?
    oh gossshh. depends on the mood?

    17. Can you play a musical instrument?
    it's been a few years, but i figure i can still find my way around a flute/piccolo.

    18. Ever been in a mosh pit?
    not (deliberately) since the late 90s

    19. Are you in a band?

    20. Ever dated a musician?

    21. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
    i'm a retired musician...? also an aspiring guitarist. have the guitar, need the skills(z).

    22. Best chick band you know of?
    interpreting this in my own way (female vocalist), i'll go with the xx

    23. Last song that you heard on the radio?
    no idea, i was zoned out on the way home

    24. What do you think of classical music?
    i adore it. i NEED it.

    25. What do you think of country music?
    sometimes, in moments of weakness, i can dig it. if we're talking modern pop-country, that is. give me alt country all day, er'ryday.

    26. What do you think of death metal?
    not my bag

    27. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?
    sure: sigur ros, yelle, bjork

    28. What famous musician would you like to fuck?
    i'm pretty fond of the gaslight anthem's brian fallon.

    29. Worst concert moment?
    nothing comes to mind

    30. Funny concert moment?

    31. Best local act you can think of?
    does las vegas even have a local scene? i hate this town.

    32. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?

    33. Do you listen to the radio?
    i like it for ambient noise while driving.

    34. Do you watch music TV?

    35. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?
    follow? no. occasionally dabble, usually when alcohol is involved? yes.

    36. Have you met any famous musicians?
    i sort of met some fairly popular country singer a few weeks ago, not popular enough for me to remember his name though

    37. Are any of your friends/family/etc. musicians?
    not really

    38. Song that best describes your feelings right now?
    right now/always: jimmy eat world - disintegration

    39. Song that describes your life?
    interpol - NYC

    40. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?

    41. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
    absolutely not.

    42. Favorite movie soundtrack?
    wristcutters: a love story, brokedown palace

    43. Any musician pet peeves?
    unappreciative/self important ones

    44. What do your parents listen to?
    mom: soft rock - celine dion, phil collins, et al.
    dad: pop country radio, christian rock
    stepdad: the fucking classics. zep, cream, stones, et al.

    45. What are you listening to right now?
    yeah yeah yeahs

    46. Do you wear band T-shirts?
    i own some, yes

    47. What do you think of people who do?
    do your thang

    48. What music sub-culture do you feel like you belong to?
    the elitist indie "i don't fit any particular mold, pitchfork sucks, and i literally get aroused by anything j. mascis touches" mold.

    49. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    since it's on, yeah yeah yeahs - gold lion

    50. Do you sing in the shower?

    51. If so, what? If not, why not?
    borderline PTSD after discovering circa 1992 that my mom could HEAR me when i sang in the shower.

    52. Would you rather marry a musician or be one yourself?
    yes, please.

    53. How important is your partner's taste in music to you?
    #3, right after male status (#1) and physical attraction (#2)

    54. Sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll, you dig?
    as long as there's sex and rock 'n roll, i can do without the drugs.
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Is Is EP

    30. Jul. 2010, 16:49

    Seasoned Yeah Yeah Yeahs fans are probably already familiar with the outfit's trio of EPs - self titled, Gold Lion, and Is Is EP. I've always liked their sound, but have only just recently delved past the full-lengths into this stuff, and the latter has quickly become a favorite. Karen O's traditionally bratty vocals are harnessed into something much more frenetically sexy - more minor key tonality? A pervasive Interpol-esque drone? I can't quite put a finger on it, but this little 5-song EP is distinctly more moody than anything else in the band's catalog. Delicious.
  • Wavv(vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv)es

    12. Jul. 2010, 0:51

    I hated - really, really hated - Wavves' previous album. I'm all for distorted, fuzzy, grungy lo-fi, but for some reason, the only emotion it gave me was somewhere between 'headache' and 'abject hatred'. The new one is pretty stellar, though. There's a beachy pop sensibility and plenty of catchy little melodies that place it comfortably in this season's crop of chillwave wonders. Nice job, guys.

    ...I am full of self-loathing at this entry title. I blame it on the hangover.
  • Victory!

    18. Jun. 2010, 17:39

    I believe, a few entries back, I bitched about all of The xx's California shows being sold out and how they'd never come to Vegas. Some of this is still true, some is not. They will still (presumably) never come here because Vegas lacks appreciation for such awesomeness. BUT! A show in September at the Hollywood Palladium went onsale today and I was all over it.

  • xx(xxxxxxxxxxx) X

    24. Mai. 2010, 21:07

    You know, The xx would have 5 (FIVE!!) completely sold-out shows in the coastal California area in a couple weeks. Do you know why this is? This is because they're a fantastic and hugely promising band with the best debut album of last year (and one of the best overall), because LA has a huge population of indie-minded folks (I won't say hipsters, because that leaves a negative taste in my mouth or on my keyboard or whatever), and because LA gets every single awesome band every time they tour the US. Also, because both LA and San Diego are perfectly driveable cities to which I'd make a weekend/one night trip just to see the XX, and my luck is just that bad.

    So, all you lucky LA-area folks going to one of these shows, or one of the many amazing and generally sold-out shows that happen there regularly, please enjoy, and have a PBR for me. I'll be sitting here in my cultureless town counting the days 'til I can get the fuck out.
  • ...but you still don't have to rename your albums.

    20. Mai. 2010, 22:04

    Along with Saves the Day, the Get Up Kids, Brand New, and Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World was one of my formative bands through high school. Clarity, especially, is an absolute classic, but for some reason, in the years during and since college, I've kind of put these guys on the back burner. The other day, a friend sent me a link to 'Disintegration', off the Stay on My Side EP which, to my utter shock (and dismay), I had literally never heard of. Color me ashamed, because it is completely amazing. It's probably the most intense and haunting 5 songs I've ever heard. After spinning it at work this morning, I've been on a JEW kick all day. Albums I own but rarely listen to - Chase This Light, Bleed American, pretty much all of the EPs - are blowing my mind right now.

    Note to self: when in doubt, always go back to the classics.
  • The eye of the beholder

    13. Mai. 2010, 16:17

    I mean, maybe it's just me, but something just... doesn't seem quite right here.