09 Mar 2011 @ 1:20 PM 

When I’m not looking around for new bands to pique my interest, I occasionally come across singles from bands I know and love. So today I’m highlighting 4 exceptional tracks from that group and if they’re new to you, all the better. Thats what I’m here for.

Explosions In The Sky – Trembling Hands

Not only is Explosions In The Sky one of the most popular post-rock bands ever, they’re also releasing another LP next month. April 26th, to be exact. Every one of their records has either met or surpassed expectation, so Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, though redundantly titled, should be no different.

Washed Out – New Theory (RAC remix)

Remix Artist Collective(RAC) is a band that likes to remix songs from other bands and makes those tracks available for download. Thats it. Not terribly creative, you say? Not quite. At least, not once you’ve heard the final product, that is. Case in point, take Washed Out‘s New Theory. If there was any doubt of how good a remix could be after hearing this, I haven’t found one.

TOBACCO – Super Gum

Before TOBACCO released Maniac Meat last year, he was selling a little DVD called Fucked Up Friends 2 on his tour. This DVD/Blu-Ray had many of his new songs synced to some of his freaked-out videos that he likes so much. There was one, however, that stood out among the rest. I’m of course talking about the infamous German E.T. sex video which he synced with his song, Super Gum. Despite being the weirdest video I’ve ever seen, the song was actually really good and made me excited for the new record. Then to my dismay, it wasn’t included on the album. Thanks to him whenever I hear this, I still can’t get that video out of my head. Other than that, great song.

Okkervil River – Mermaid

Okkervil River hasn’t put out a proper release in nearly 3 years until now… sorta. Mermaid is just a single to whet our appetite for their May 10th release of I Am Very Far. Though merely a B-side, Mermaid is a beautiful reminder of how much I’ve missed their work and the potential it has to be the best album of 2011. If Mermaid is any indication, this ought to be interesting…

 07 Mar 2011 @ 11:35 AM 

The Oscars were last week and though predictably unfunny, the most common thing that united this year’s Academy Awards with every other year’s shows were the music nominees– They were terrible, as always. Even when someone gets nominated who’s worth a shit, ‘Nope, the asshole who wrote the soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire wins because he is amazing!’ Does it make sense? Not in the least unless you consider that the people voting for the songs know so much about movies that somehow that same knowledge has pushed out their artistic intuition to recognize good music. I mean, these guys can’t be bothered to listen to anything other than the radio; they’re too busy making Transformers 3! So, should Hollywood give up their best song category? Yeah, but they won’t. If they did, we’d probably have to sit through even more jokes about how rich and beautiful everyone is in the room… hilarious. That being said, I’ve decided to highlight some of my favorite songs and artists from over the years who for some reason weren’t nominated or managed to make it to the Oscars and lost to awful, awful musicians… and Bob Dylan.

The Graduate (1967)

Simon And Garfunkel: The Sound Of Silence

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Simple Minds: Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Pretty In Pink (1986)

The Psychedelic Furs: Pretty In Pink

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Elliott Smith: Miss Misery

Dancer In The Dark (2000)

Björk w/Thom Yorke: I’ve Seen It All

 05 Feb 2011 @ 4:28 PM 

Way back in the early to late 90s, some things never changed. I, on the other hand, changed plenty. Thats right, my voice changed, my clothes changed… yes, my clothes. Why you ask? Well, I too like many before me and since then dramatically changed the music I listened-to… almost on a year to year basis. So its because of this nostalgia that I thought I’d showcase a few of my favorite songs from each year of high school. I may be blocking out nearly everything else that happened back then, but the music will always have a special place in my memories.

1994

I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That

Award Tour

Quiet

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1995

Depression

Pity

Linoleum

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1996

Can’t Get Out of Bed

I Confess

Planet Telex

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1997

Turnover

Jimmy Eat World – Opener

Picture Postcard

…and then I graduated at long last. The End.

 19 Sep 2010 @ 12:29 AM 

I’m not sure what it is about a Back To The Future marathon that seems to always catch my attention. Maybe its the scientifically impossible coming to life, or the bad overdubbing of cuss words to less offensive phrases like,’Holy Geez’, but I always stop and watch every minute of them if I can. Then once I’m there, I’m suddenly bombarded with a shitload of 80s nostalgia and songs from Huey Lewis and The News. I can’t really remember for certain whether or not Huey Lewis was in every movie from the 80s, but it definitely felt like it… or maybe I’m just blurring them together with the themes from Perfect Strangers and Full House. Whatever. What I’m trying to say is that I love those songs. So, I’m going to highlight my 3 favorite Huey Lewis songs and drag my 80s nostalgia into the forefront of your mind too.

The Power Of Love

Back In Time

and just because this song reminds me of multiple theme songs from the 80s, like Perfect Strangers…

If This Is It

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 25 Jul 2010 @ 2:42 PM 

Like most people, I believe in a whole host of mythical creatures. So, its not unusual that someone like me might get caught up in all of the endless vampire hype and latch-on to the undead much like they might latch-on to an attractive blonde on a moonlit night. Well… thats not true. You see, all of what I just said is actually bullshit. And I say all of this in small type instead of BOLD letters as to not upset the angry hordes of daydreaming housewives and over-emotional teenagers who are obsessed with those sexy, sexy vampires and that probably don’t give 2 shits about this blog post. The thing is, there is an important exception to all of the werewolf and vampire series out there. True Blood.

Now, you might be saying to yourself,’Well, I’ve never seen True Blood and I don’t have to. I know it sucks without having to watch it because its about vampires’. This was your first mistake. Yeah, True Blood is about vampires but remember, this is HBO we’re talking about here. Did the Sopranos suck because it came after The Godfather? No. Did Curb Your Enthusiasm suck because it took 7 seasons to include Jerry Seinfeld on the show? Hardly. Did Tales From The Crypt suck because… well, okay I can’t defend that one. What a piece of shit!

True Blood, unlike Tales From The Crypt, is HBO perfecting horror. Sure mistakes were made, but hey, so long as they don’t bring the crypt keeper on as Sookie’s new boyfriend, HBO and I will stay on good terms.

In the meantime, while you’re waiting for the newest episode to come on, I’ve assembled a themed mixtape about vampires, werewolves and other True Blood related material because really, the songs on that show suck. Enjoy.

Side A

Starlight by At The Drive-In

All The Way To The Bloodbank by Blaster The Rocket Man

Nosferatu Man by Slint

Post Coitus Rock by Joan of Arc

Beating by Silver Scooter

Side B

American Werewolf by Blaster The Rocket Man

Sucker And Dry by Cursive

Trailer Trash by Modest Mouse

She’s Hearing Voices by Bloc Party

You Only Live Twice by Bjork


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