Posts Tagged ‘music’

Good Shit.

December 20, 2010

This photographic gem was taken by Ray Suen

If theres anything I like the French for, its their abuse of butter in cooking and their music. A friend once told me “French sounds like you’re taking a dump“, but when French people are singing, at least its kind of like they’re shitting roses.

Below the cut are some French bands I’ve been enjoying lately.

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I Love Women.

November 5, 2010

This song has been pleasantly stuck in my head all day.

I wish rappers like SkillitKenan Bell, and Smoov E were more publicly known. The rap music blasting into my room from the streets at 7am, would be so much more tolerable if it was influenced by good hip hop.

Not to mention how much more visually entertaining, things could be.

 

ohJoy!

July 2, 2010

  • Batali has a Meatless Monday dish at all 14 of his restaurants.
  • Fireworks being set off indoors.
  • Spitting off historical cartoon facts when asked to talk about something I love for a seamless 60 seconds.

wearing socks into dive bars

  • Who You Gonna Call? (especially the guy 0:55 seconds into the video) I believe I was walking down the street with Krysti when we passed them on their way to film this. Oh, if only we had followed them.
  • The minimal design of the Digital Holga camera
  • Watching a random episode of Lost while having someone try to fill me in, as it goes. It was a bit like having a personal Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • two cute!
  • The Brothers Bloom. All the details about it were so well done. The wardrobe, the sets, the soundtrack, Bang Bang, the ending.
  • “I don’t know about “truths.” A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells, the less you know.”
  • the spine bracelet.
  • “I’m too sad to kill you, today”
  • Band shirt care packages from New York

Taking photos from the car as we drive from San Francisco to LA on the 101 Highway, listening to Television

  • Books on Shirt.
  • Dancing in the middle of my office when I start getting tired, mid day
  • This Gorillaz commercial. Hey Damon, What with the cute outfit choice and  why isn’t Hewlett wearing it?

  • Having someone who can sense when I’m down and surprise me with a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, black coffee, and a collectors edition Takashi Miike film, when I wake up
  • Brits trying to impersonate my American accent.
  • Not having access to my iPhone for several weeks.

creative ways to create cause awareness. Like this one for Campaign Against Land Mines.

“…and I have learned to live, as it were, with the idea that I will never find peace and happiness, either. But as long as I know there’s a pretty good chance I can get my hands on either one of them every once in a while, I do the best I can between high spots.”

Hunter S. Thompson

  • Growing a gardenia plant on my balcony
  • Having a very caring friend send me my favorite coffee from New York
  • this photo I took of Randi

I like this song…maybe I don’t. I haven’t been able to tell for the three weeks its been stuck in my head. Here are some musical gems that I am positive that my ears find appealing:

Roy:[humming] We don’t need no education.
Moss:Yes you do, you’ve just used a double negative.

-the IT Crowd

Mr. Bungle (music Monday)

June 21, 2010

California- Mr. Bungle: Air Conditioned Nightmare: (1999) California was Mr. Bungles last and best album. Its spastic but I find every strange and abrupt cut to be enjoyable. This song specifically is like some type of slightly erie 1960’s surfing song for people with A.D.D.

Television Personalities (music monday)

June 14, 2010

…And Don’t The Kids Just Love It- Television Personalities: The Angry Silence:(1981) This is an amazing little punk song with some doo-wop in it. This album really satisfies my cravings for both old punk and that type of rock music that was just becoming predominant through out the early 1960s.

Music Mondays: Wire

June 7, 2010

Pink Flag- Wire: 12XU: (1977) It sounds like every Ramones song ever made, but the right way. Its gritty and fuels emotion. Pink Flag is one of my all time favorite albums because of its diversity. Its an album that obviously inspired a lot of other amazing artist. For instanceMinor Treat went on to do a cover of 12XU. I personally didn’t care for Rollins Band era Henry, but I did enjoy his cover of Wires song Ex Lion Tamer. The Minutemen looked to this album for inspiration in writing short songs.

Music Mondays

May 31, 2010

Photo by Ye Rin Mok

When I try to discover new music, I try to find someone whose taste I really trust to introduce it to me. I look to that person to hand over their personal favorite song from a great album. The one song can kind of lead you into understanding the album, and in turn, the artist.

Now, I’m not gonna say I have good taste in music by any means. I can’t play a single instrument and seem to be the only person on earth who thinks that Sigur Ros is just horrible. Despite this fact, I’ve decided to make my average ole’ Mondays into Music Mondays.

The day where I pick one of my personal favorite songs off of one of my personal favorite albums. Like this(!):

Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights- Raymond Scott: (1937) You know that you’ve heard this song before. If you grew up watching Looney Tunes or Ren & Stimpy, its probably ingrained in your memory without your knowledge. Back when Scott composed music, his one of a kind music style was considered ‘experimental’. For me, this album (along side Toonerville Trolley) is one of the most unique jazz records ever made. Every song title fits the image that your mind congers up while listening to it. Raymond Scott was an amazing composer who has influenced pop culture from every outlet.

Dawning of a New Era

April 23, 2010

Post Specials Show self portrait

Can I share a moment, here? ok thanks.

The Specials was my palate band. Ya know…that band where you realize that you actually like a type of music and not just what you hear on the radio.

I was maybe 10 or 11 years old. While on the way to the mall, I saw the cassette laying by my feet in the back of a friends moms car. I liked the simplicity of the art work and asked if we could put it in.  I didn’t know anything about what I was hearing other than it had somehow instantly made me happier than ice cream and creepy crawlers ever could again. All I could seem to do was kind of let tears seep from my eyes and occasionally kick my feet with joy. I didn’t want that car ride to end because nothing could make me as happy as hearing that music for the first time just had.

What was your palate band? (I love knowing these little things about people!)

While some of my friends were on a munchie hunt on 4/20, my friend Smo and I went to see the Specials!

It was amazing to see a slew of men over 50 years old with more energy than I’ve had since I first heard their music. I had spent so many years just knowing I would probably never get the chance to see them though, that nothing about the show wasn’t amazing for me.

photo by Ryan Muir

When we left and I came to, I realized a few things:

  • my jacket got a beating
  • my Chucks are destroyed
  • my mouth was bleeding
  • I’d lost my voice
  • ……….I may have “skanked”

I regret nothing, except for not trying to weasel my way back in for day two of the show.

But my single regret won’t hold for long, because I was reminded that I will soon be heading back for their FREE show in Central Park on August 22nd!

Check out some impressive photos from the show: here.

and this kind of odd video someone put together: here.

How Rude.

April 20, 2010

It is a very Special day!

I Was Kidnapped.

April 16, 2010

Last week I was kidnapped! An old friend from the west coast came through New York while working, then took my shoes hostage, and took me along with him for a few days. From what I hear, they’re supposed to lock you up in a basement, give you a slice of Wonder bread, and send poorly composed letters to your family out of newspaper clippings, right? Well luckily for me, these guys had it all wrong…

I warn you that there is a lot of photos behind the cut

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Better Never Than Late (62/365)

February 1, 2010

I’ve already had way too much coffee, and eaten all the chocolate out of some vegan cookie. I’ve been listening to Charles Bronson in my highly caffeinated state and now Im pretty sure I could sprint from Massachusetts back to New York, before dark.

Heres some genius Charles Bronson song titles:

  • What The Fuck Are You Going to Do When It’s Cool to Be Yourself?
  • Phil Anselmo’s Pain Burns In The Heart of My Little Brother
  • Drunk Punks Is Hippies
  • Let’s Start A Revolution So I Can Break Some Shit
  • The Great Pet Rock Comeback
  • Better Never Than Late
  • Marriage Can Suck It
  • The Painful, Yet Unavoidable, Deathstar Comparison
  • The Only Time I Think About Romance Is When I Wonder Why I Don’t Think About It
  • Fuck Technology, I’ll Keep My Pocket Change
  • Let’s Start Another War So I Sing About Stopping It
  • I Just Can’t Avoid The Void In “Avoid”
  • So What If I Puked Up McDonald’s?
  • Ralph On Ralph
  • Cous Cous On The Loose Loose
  • I Can’t Be Friends With You Because You Like Epitaph
  • They Should Legalize Drugs So You Can Hurry Up And Fucking Die

SPEAKINGOFCOFFEE!!!!!

New Yorkers: Check out this website on places to get free coffee all month long!

Death is Retarded.

January 13, 2010

Jay Retarded was a eclectic lo-fi musician. I gatewayed into music he was involved with because, to me, it was in the vain of Wreckless Eric and Wire.

He died last night, in his sleep.

photo by the amazing Josh Anderson

He had a unique and cynical outlook on life. He once said that he would rather be able to do many things half assed than do one thing really well, because the monotony of doing one thing just becomes too tedious. I appreciated that.

Rest in peace, Mr. Lindsey.

Coalesce (31/365)

December 31, 2009

Naam (18/365)

December 13, 2009