Archive for February, 2010

Getting Run Over By A Brand New Range Rover

Rivers Cuomo: Great musician or greatest musician?  I don’t know yet.  Should he release another album on par with their first self titled album or Pinkerton then he will most likely cement his legacy.  In recent years Weezer has only put out a few worthy songs, but even those don’t compare to some of the b-sides and out-takes from their nineties heyday.

Next month, Geffen records will be releasing Pinkerton: Deluxe Edition, which will include a remastered Pinkerton plus unreleased songs and b-sides.  One of the unreleased songs, ‘Getting Up & Leaving,’ is a song I flew halfway across the country to hear, but the n00bs attending what should have been a l33t fest hindered that attempt dramatically.  Fortunately, though, we did get to hear (and sing along to) the Weezer masterpiece, “Waiting on You.”  I wholeheartedly believe this is one of the top five Weezer songs of all time and it’s a shame the general public is largely unaware of its existence.

Waiting On You

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This was a rough valentines night performance , took place at station 40 in san francisco, a venue i will most likely perform in the future. It was an intimate co-op sort of setting. Quite fun. interesting.  This song starts a lil sappy, and then transitions into some synth freestylin’.

The Happier The Fatter Tuesday

1682 – La Salle claims Mississippi River basin for France
1803 – Jefferson cuts Napoleon a check in an effort to rid The New World of ragout
1907 – the Dixie Brewing Company is founded

Artist: Donna Angelle & The Zydeco Possé
Track: “Blackberry”

Artist: Geno Delafose
Track: “Gotta Find My Woman”

has anyone seen my wife?

Nick Drake

'i saw it written, and i saw it say.'

It has been said time and time again that people never harness true recognition until they meet their deaths. That somehow bereavement serves to immortalize them as legend. Born from unlikely beginnings in Rangoon, Burma (well unless you consider the full impact of the British Empire on the modern world) British Folk musician Nick Drake seems to exemplify that truth behind posthumous fame. Perhaps it was the pace at which his career unfolded, producing three magnificent heart-wrenching albums of somber/ambient genius over the course of only three years. Regardless he’s now thankfully being seen for his contribution to not only the genre of Brit Folk, but for his all-embracing aesthetic gift to music.

Pink Moon
Milk And Honey
Northern Sky
From The Morning
Time of No Reply
Blossom
Fly
Hazey Jane I

Metal Machine Music, Pt. 5

I never really lived with my sister when I shared an apartment with her in 2005.  Instead, I spent pretty much every day at Grant, Lea, and Shaheen’s place right next to UTSA.  I ate their food when they weren’t looking and I drank their beer if I could sneak it out.  But, although they might dismiss this claim, I did contribute to their overall well-being.  When I was bored I would write short stories for them (mostly 2-3 pages in length) and those stories all had one similar theme: Lou Reed.  Love stories about breaking up, finding friends in high school, and carousing in New York- all of the stories ended up with Lou Reed as the centerpiece.  Lou never appeared in these stories; his music/persona would be some underlying element that would either unite or disrupt the two central characters.  I never saved any of these on my computer (god dammit!) and I doubt the physical copies survived the bathroom of Cody Shaheen, but perhaps one day I will reconnect with what was probably my true calling in life.

People who are stupid will tell you that, aside from Transformer, Lou Reed’s solo material isn’t worth noting.  I personally enjoy pretty much everything he’s ever done and I think he hit VU moments at certain points throughout his entire career.  Some albums are completely flawless (Street Hassle, Coney Island Baby) and some require skipping at various points (Legendary Hearts, Magic & Loss) but the fact remains that Lou Reed has never done anything completely dismissible (even Mistrial has “Outside”).

I spent too much time thinking about what song to upload here.  My original inclanation was to post “The Power of Positive Drinking” since it doesn’t get any recognition.  “Like A Possum,” “Temporary Thing,” and “Waves of Fear” also came to mind.  But I settled on “Gimme Some Good Times” from my personal favorite, Street Hassle, because I think it’s a strong album opener and Lou’s opening dialogue is sheer genius.

Lou Reed – Gimme Some Good Times download

Breadsticks

You can call them baguettes, but you can’t fool Old Greg. Since we are going to use Old Greg’s original nomenclature, its best that we also use Old Greg’s original treatise on the musical spectrum and, according to Old Greg, all music can be placed somewhere on this linear spectrum.

At one end you have a living creature known as the Funk. At the other end you have the very rigid, very lifeless Breadstick. Both the Funk and the Breadstick hark a perfection existing only in Plato’s realm of the forms. Parliament, having acquired the Funk’s creamy produce achieved the only recorded transcendence of the form, but when George Clinton kicked the funk overboard the music returned to mortality.

Today we are concerned with the opposite end of the spectrum. The Breadstick. The first time the Puts really sat down with the intention of writing a song a there was some noodling and then Dylan played a progression and said, “Well, at least it’s not a stick.” That progression became a song called Happy/Fat and its conception is revealing of the nature of the stick.

It would be easy to write off all sticks and avoid them entirely. But so you aren’t sailing a vessel of bigotry, I’d like to post a few notable breadsticks…

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HEADSHOTS

dope track, one of Atmosphere’s manifestations.

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