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 Oct 2010 @ 7:47 PM 

Anyone who knows me knows that there are 2 things that I focus on in life: Fashion and music. Well, music and occasionally Project Runway. Recently during London’s Fashion Week, a memorial service was held at St. Paul’s cathedral to commemorate the life of Alexander McQueen who died earlier this year. Björk was in attendance and even performed a special song. In case you weren’t aware(and why would you be), McQueen designed multiple dresses for Björk over the years including the dress/make-up she wore on the cover of Homogenic. Ironically, he also designed for noted arch-villain and friend of evil, Lady Gaga. No matter, the reason I bring all of this up is because of the song that Björk performed: Gloomy Sunday. Gloomy Sunday is originally a Billie Holiday song and as I mentioned before I’m a purist when it comes to songs I love and thats a big reason I hate covers about 98% of the time. I usually find them about as pleasant as a mosquito bite on my temple. But every once in a while someone gets it right… so right that I like the cover as much or more than the original. Bands like The Get Up Kids and Sun Kil Moon know how to perfectly execute them and so does Björk. Gloomy Sunday wasn’t a song I was familiar with before, but I’m glad I found it. And hell, I’ll even share some of my other favorite covers, or the exceptions to my no-covers rule.

Björk – Gloomy Sunday (Billie Holiday Cover)

Sun Kil Moon – Ocean Breathes Salty (Modest Mouse Cover)

Damien Jurado – Place To Be (Nick Drake Cover)

The Get Up Kids - Alec Eiffel (Pixies Cover)

Deastro – Dr. Who Original Theme Song (some 60s sci-fi theme song writer guy… cover)

 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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