Wednesday, November 30, 2005

I can't fucking sleeeeepppp-

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Anyone else been listening to a lot of NMH lately?

Sunday, November 27, 2005

...and a knife

theSTART "You, Me, and a Knife" (My girlfriend has been a fan of theSTART before they were even theSTART...back when they were called "Hero" I believe. Anywho, if all goes as planned, I'll be attending their show this Thursday at the Troubadour, their last show for a while as they will be heading back into the studio. I really loved the direction the band took on their last album, "Initiation"; grittier production adding a nice raw touch to the perfect pop melodies of "Life is Sweet" and "Dead End Queen". "You, Me, and a Knife" is one of the more downbeat songs on the album, trading in the energy and anger of previous songs for a more resigned, mournful tone. It's also, like, TOTALLY FUCKING AWESOME.)

Lydia Lunch "Gloomy Sunday"
Lydia Lunch "Touch My Evil"
Lydia Lunch "Lost World"
Lydia Lunch "Unearthly Delights"
Lydia Lunch and Mick Harvey "Some Velvet Morning"(Anyone else seen Fingered?)

Monday, November 21, 2005

What's on your winamp playlist?

David Bowie "Always Crashing in the Same Car"(From Low. Perhaps my favorite Bowie song)

Tenacious D "Jesus Ranch"(Cock pushups so work)

Bad Brains "Banned in DC"(Punk)

DNA "Not Moving"(No Wave)

Frank Sinatra "That's Life" (Dj Erb Remix feat. Nas)(Mash Up)

David Axelrod "Human Abstract"(Sampled in, amongst many others, DJ Shadow's "Midnight in a Perfect World")

Cody ChesnuTT "5 On A Joyride" (Indie-soul. Used in the tasteful, strangely touching teenage double-blowjob scene in Miranda July's Me and You and Everyone We Know. One of the more achingly beautiful songs on my Nano)

Madonna "Hung Up" (Best dance song of the year! I mean, it samples ABBA's best song. And the sloganeering is intentionally mindless. I love this. So much so that I officially forgive the woman for American Life. And Swept Away. And that godawful gay dad courtroom drama with Rupert Everett. And...acting in general. And...the faux-Brit accent. And...)

LL Cool J "I'm Bad" (Hip-hop)

Beastie Boys "Shadrach (Peanut Butter Wolf remix)"(Hip-hop)

Spacehog "In The Meantime"(Rock. Anyone else remember this song?)

Pixes vs. Bob Dylan "Blowin' My Mind" (Mash Up)

Beastie Boys vs. Jay Z "99 Hits" (Mash Up)

Interpol "Next Time" (The stirring first track of Interpol's otherwise dissapointing sophomore effort Antics)

Nirvana "Heartbreaker"(Led Zeppelin cover, live)

Atmosphere "The Woman with the Tattooed Hands" (From the incomparable Lucy Ford EPs, proof that Slug used to be so much more than just some "emo" rapper; sincere, heartfelt, and a million times better than anything on the last three albums)

Cypress Hill and The Fugees "Boom Biddy Bye Bye" (Hip-hop)

Geto Boys "Straight Gangsterism" (Gangsta Rap)

Prince "Let's Go Crazy (12" Dance Mix)" (I want this man's eyebrows and 'stache...maybe I'll draw them on later)

Richard Hell and the Voidoids "Time" (Check the lyrics on this one; perfection. Ask and I'll upload the D. Boon cover version)

Thursday, November 17, 2005

I'll be back in a couple of days.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Shouldn't I be in Geology class right now? Shit.

Nostalgia 77 "Seven Nation Army" (White Stripes cover)

Holy shit this is hot; puts the original to shame.

Yeah, I said it.

Hot damn.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Some gloomy/downbeat music to offset a great weekend; the Weegee exhibition at the Getty blew my mind and a party last night in El Monte was great fun. Los Angeles has been kind to me these past few days, but I can't return the favor. Orange County is still better. Hate though you may, I love...

...being surrounded by hateful conservatives whose politics are to the right of the John Birch Society
...begging my girlfriend not to make me accompany her to South Coast Plaza
...taking a swim in the dark brown waters of Huntington Beach
...and the fact that the residents are so dense that they don't bat an eye when referring to their home as "The O.C." Would you ever see San Francisco residents name-dropping a show called "'Frisco" that is set in a fictionalized-beyond-recognizablity version of the titular city but filmed in Malibu?

Iron & Wine/Calexico "Wild Horses"(Stones cover)
DJ Krush "Candle Chant (A Tribute)"
Fat Lip "What's Up, Fatlip?"
DJ Shadow "Mongrel...""...meets his maker"
RIP Arrested Development. How I'll miss your accurate portrayal of my county. And David Cross in cut-off shorts/as a Blue Man. Yum*.

*By yum, I mean hairy.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


The sound quality is really spotty and in a few places unlistenable, but Adam Yauch's x-rated boasts on the "Car Thief" demos makes it all worth it. "You was holdin' my dick while I was pissin' on yo' girl/ I got so much cum I can drown the whole world." Does he kiss the Dalai Lama with that mouth?!

1. Shake Your Rump
2. Three Minute Rule
3. Car Thief (#1)
4. Johnny Ryall (#1)
5. Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun
6.Egg Man
7.Sounds of Science
8.Johnny Ryall (#2)
9.Car Thief (#2)
10. Thirty-Three Percent God
11.Hello Brooklyn

Mysterious Skin is a must see.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Massive update, or, my does the sky looks sunny today!

I'm in an aggressively sentimental mood. As of next month I will have been with her for a year a half. Considering we are both strong, often difficult personalities, it is no small feat that we've lasted this long without killing each other. I realize with each passing day how lucky I am to have her--is your girlfriend so cool that she listens to hip music without succumbing to a trendy haircut and lame boho threads? Whenever we get around to going to the Getty, I'll throw up some pics.

I Am Spoonbender "Stopwatch Static"

Fiona Apple "Better Version of Me" (Jon Brion Version)
Fiona Apple "Better Version of Me" (Mike Elizondo version)

Let me know what y'all think, but for me, the better version of "Better Version of Me" is without a doubt Brion's. The album version drops the organic nature and whimsy of Brion's production in lieu of a rougher-edged feel that suits Apple's edgier vocals, but doesn't do the song itself any favors.

James Iha "Lover, Lover"

Why? "Darla"
It took me a while to fully embrace Yoni Wolf's acoustic-hop indie-pop, but now that I have, it's practically all I listen to. This is perhaps the most thoughtful, sensitive song you'll ever hear about poultry.

Why? "Bad Entropy"
If you download one song and one song only from this post, let it be this one. I can't adequetly describe in words what an amazing track this is- one part poetry, one part shoegaze, and wholly amazing; conjures up emotions of young love, childhood and memories you wish to recapture but never will.

Themselves "Good People Check"
More avant-garde hip-hop from the good folks at Anticon.

The Capricorns "The New Sound"
Quite the infectious little ditty; lo-fi organ-heavy garage new wave.

Slayer "Raining Blood"
Elliott the Letter Ostrich "Do the Reign in Blood"

They Might Be Giants "Ana Ng"
As with most TMBG songs I only have the slightest idea of what this song is "about", not that it matters. It's unbearably catchy. "I don't want the world, I just want your half." Beautiful.

Ol' Dirty Bastard "Brooklyn Zoo"

The Clash "The Guns of Brixton"

The Carpenters "Rainbow Connection"(Kermit the Frog cover)
Diamanda Galas "Gloomy Sunday"
Cafe Tacuba "Las Flores (Unplugged)"
Busdriver "Imaginary Places"

IF ANYONE CAN HOOK ME UP WITH A GOOD-QUALITY MP3 of the Zit Remedy's "Everybody Wants Something", I will be FOREVER GRATEFUL.

I'm a hopeless Degrassi fanatic and Joey Jeremiah is God. Yes, I realize that to admit this is nerdy beyond repair and drops my indie cool level down to about a two. Okay, okay, a negative two. Seriously, I'm only .5 away from being a Paul Mitchell student who digs the "scene look", listens to The Killers and wears girls' pants. Then again, I do have panic attacks when separated from my flat iron for more than an hour and I do refer to the patchy facial hair I've grown to make myself look less fat as an "indie beard." Who am I to judge?

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Long live the new flesh.

Since I have almost no classes this upcoming week and am therefore in a brilliant mood:

Beastie Boys "Rock Hard" (Beasties sample AC/DC)
Refused "Back in Black" (Refused covers AC/DC)
Madonna "Hung Up" (Madonna samples ABBA)
White Stripes "Walking with a Ghost" (Jack and Meg cover Tegan and Sara)
14 Iced Bears "Summer Nights" (Shoegazey Grease cover with just a dash of "Wild Thing")
Iggy Pop and Francoise Hardy "I'll Be Seeing You" (Iggy and Hardy do Kahal and Fain's WW2 standard)
Nirvana "Song of a Gun" (Nirvana takes on the Vaselines)
String Quartet Tribute to The Pixies "Here Comes Your Man" (The title is kind of self-explanatory)
Clipse "One Thing" (Clipse and others dropping napalm all over Amerie's "One Thing"...which in turn samples The Meters. Insta-boner.)
Xper.Xr "Wu-chu-tung" (A possibly schizophrenic Chinese man's take on EMF's "Unbelievable")
Sonic Youth "Personality Crisis" (I love the fact that Sonic Youth would willingly release this--little more than Kim Gordon mumbling over a tape of the New York Dolls original. Shitty, but shitty in the good way that only a great band could be. Or something.)


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Themselves "Grass Skirt, Fruit Hat"

I'm speechless. Perhaps the most awkward thing I have ever seen. This isn't a slam on Asians, gays, young people, or erotic posing. That is just...everyone in this picture seems so genuinely uncomfortable that it in turn makes you feel a's like when the student teacher massages your neck for just a bit too long when you stay behind after class for "help." Well, the guy on the bottom right doesn't look too ill at ease. Which makes things just a bit odder. Its as if he coerced his friends into a picture they had no desire to take just so he could have the other dude sit on him.

"Grass Skirt, Fruit Hat" seems the only song surreal enough to accompany this astounding work of art. God bless that conniving little cad for tricking his pals into satisfying his closeted homosexuality and providing us with puzzled looks, muffled laughs, and taste of Lynchian surreality I'm always on the lookout for in everday life.

Bonus batter.

The Ramones "53rd and 3rd"

I think I'm making a political statement or something. Nah, I'm just laughing because I know how Bush feels. No sane guy can turn down a blowjob.

Elections are coming up in a week or two. I'm going to vote as liberally as vain that my tuition doesn't increase nearly 40% again.

Well I was dressed for SUCK...cess it never comes...

Pavement "Here"

It might be more appropriate to post the Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation", but today is a much more "Here" day for me. Much like Malkmus often seemed too lazy to write "real" lyrics for his song, I'm too lazy to blah blah blah. Look at the big wave! Whoa.