Friday, March 31, 2006

the Streets and some X Ray Spex

What with the advanced copy of the new release floating around all over the place (look and you'll find) WoS has kindly posted the other two albums--
A Grand Don't Come for Free & Original Pirate Material @ Weapon of Sound

[Oh- and go grab Germ Free Adolescents by X-Ray Spex here]



"Zelda now coming in fall."

Friday's turning out to be Geek Day, isn't it. Either way, have a good one. :) Hopefully this will be like the Gary Oldman news. Post it here, next day it is negated. Cool.

Weekend Movie

If you need something to check out because you aren't doing anything tonight (no partying for you), I'm going to come out, say that I'm kind of a geek (why else would I have this blog thing), and suggest checking out Serenity.

Which, by the way, got an 80% at RottenTomatoes.

I have not seen the series, Firefly. It got good reviews, I remember, but was quickly dropped after some drama and studio this-and-that bullshit. Since seeing the film, I am definitely interested in the series, though I'm afraid it will be hit-and-miss like Buffy and Angel tend to be, though it seems more mature.

I saw Serenity for the first time last week at a free on-campus screening and, though the sound was about a millisecond off from the picture, found myself enjoying it much more than I expected. I like a good sci-fi/fantasy film, and had expressed interest in seeing Serenity when it came out but never got around to it, though I do remember the LATimes giving it a positive review. The film is described as a futuristic Western, which is fitting. It has "aimed at a specific audience" written all over it. I don't know if it's a cult movie in the making, but its appeal will definitely depend on taste.

It's a darker film than I expected. The setting is a planetary system dominated by the Alliance, which has roped in the outer planets under their government after putting down resistance. For the hordes of Firefly fans amongst my hordes of readers, let me know if I'm getting the details wrong. Actually, we'll just go straight to quoting Wikipedia:

All the planets are controlled by the supposedly peace-loving, but actually authoritarian, Alliance. But a frontier justice still holds sway farther from the "core planets", where outlaws like the crew of Serenity can scrape out a living if they keep clear of Alliance forces and the Reavers, savage and cannibalistic humans who dwell beyond the outer planets and raid the Alliance worlds around the rim.
Wikipedia sums up the movie as so:
Set 500 years in the future, Serenity is the story of the captain and crew of a transport and cargo ship. Their lives of petty crime are interrupted by a psychic passenger who carries a dangerous secret.
An abstract that neglects to mention the scary cannibals and the whole government cover-up part, plus the fairly high body count.

So I enjoyed it and if you're a sci-fi/fantasy fan, you may like it too. I'm suprised at the positive reviews it got not because I don't think it deserves them, but because I feel that movies like this aren't always taken seriously. It's a solid picture, has good dialogue, and keeps you involved for its entirety. I was worried that they were going to turn the character of River into some sort of Lara Croft-esque omg I can do anything I want thing (why should a piece of shit film like that do so well at the box office and not this film? Well, that brings in a whole other issue), but they steer clear of it and present, as Joss Whedon often does, a strong, developed cast of characters.

Ok, you can go back to watching your art house and foreign movies now. I'll probably be checking out Brick tonight. It had better be good. When you start drawing comparisons to Dashiell Hammett, you definitely get my attention.

Which reminds me-- I saw Serenity in the same room I saw 2046, a thoroughly exhausting film. I'd recommend it for its quality but not because it was enjoyable.

Pos Reviews:
"This material cobbles together elements of Westerns, space epics, new-age mysticism and even zombie-horror films. And it's to the credit of screenwriter/director Joss Whedon that it all feels cohesive, coherent and believable."
Neg Reviews:
"An amiable B-level spinoff of a cult sci-fi series whose reach clearly exceeds its grasp."

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Nirvana, Unplugged in New York

Haven't listened to these kids much after getting out of high school. Maybe that says something. . . not, of course, to say that Nirvana didn't give us some great music. My favorites here are Man Who Sold the World and Lake of Fire, both covers. I think I prefer some of these acoustic versions to the studio recordings. Enjoy.

Link and Pass in Comments

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

the Smiths: A Working Link

hopefully. . .

Unfortunately, the other links don't seem to be working, but the second Queen is Dead one looks good still. Head on over.

Snow Patrol & then the Raconteurs

Haven't had much free time. . . so more traffic directing posts. . . This time I direct you to some new Snow Patrol. It's been popping up all over the place (like daisies!). Here's a megaupload offering. Enjoy :) I think of Snow Patrol as pretty girly music. I don't know if that's true. . . We listened to one of their songs in my Music Humanities class. Then went straight to Hildegard and Leoninus and Palestrina. Maybe I'll post those.

Snow Patrol - Eyes Open @ Music Bar

& & &
And then there is this. . . thinking of getting tickets, if I can. Not sure though. Would be nice, and Irving Plaza is a nice venue. The crowd when I went (saw two awful starting bands and then a subdued OKGo) wasn't too fun. I'm not sitting on my computer tomorrow waiting for tickets or anything though. So just a heads up to those of in NYC you who want to catch these boys.

Raconteurs Ready to Confront the Hype
Much-anticipated JACK WHITE side project the RACONTEURS will play their first U.S. gig at New York's Irving Plaza on April 7th. Tickets for the gig go on sale through Ticketmaster this Thursday. This is only the second U.S. date announced thus far -- they're also playing Chicago's Lollapalooza on August 4th. Their debut, Broken Boy Soldiers, surfaces May 16th, with the single "Steady, As She Goes," hitting stores May 9th.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Mando Diao - Hurricane Bar

Say Hello to the Angels has posted the excellent Hurricane Bar from the fantastic Mando Diao. . .

Go check it out and enjoy! And don't forget to thank Colin.

Monday, March 27, 2006


Link in Comments

Buy it here. I of course adore it.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Darfur Drawn

"The Conflict in Darfur Through Children's Eyes"
"On mission along the border of Chad and Darfur, Human Rights Watch researchers gave children notebooks and crayons to keep them occupied while they spoke with the children’s parents. Without any instruction or guidance, the children drew scenes from their experiences of the war in Darfur: the attacks by the Janjaweed, the bombings by Sudanese government forces, the shootings, the burning of entire villages, and the flight to Chad.

"As Sparrow and Bercault visited schools in refugee camps in Chad, many children between the ages of 8 and 17 shared the drawings they had done in their school notebooks, often alongside their lessons in Arabic or math. Schoolchildren from seven refugee camps and the border town of Tine offered Human Rights Watch’s researchers hundreds of drawings in the hope that the rest of the world would see their stories as described in their own unique visual vocabulary of war."

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Sex Pistols

Haven't tested the link, but seems a Mr Ic3Demon (whoever he is. . .) posted some Pistols for the kids out there. . . Buy it because you'll probably want a copy in your collection. (You probably already have it. I know you do.)

Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols

Also, Modern Music has posted the big fancy one with 8 bonus tracks of outtakes, demos, rehearsals.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Live at the Roxy - Social Distortion

Well, the paper is turned in, having been written to a fucking lot of the Smiths, Morrissey, the Clash, and the Mamas and the Papas. Which makes for one strange paper. Luckily for me, I've got one due next week, too! So we'll see who I'll be addicted to listening to this weekend.

Very good live recording. Recommended for any Social D fan or those wanting to get into them. Also, Social D puts on a wonderful live show. Tremendous energy. I saw them at the Time Square Nokia theater, saw Johnny by the bathroom while hiding from the awful opening acts. And to explain that-- the men and women's rooms were next to each other. Johnny was not hanging around the women's room like I make it sound every time I tell this story. Uh, I think that's it. I'd love to catch them back home in SoCal.

Buy it. Social D is worth every penny.

Link and pass in comments :)

Monday, March 20, 2006

Pogues. Gary Oldman. the Adicts.

1 - the Pogues show was amazing. Absolutely fucking fantastic.

2- I'm swamped. Boo.

3- Some random news just because I'm a Gary Oldman fan:
Unless an offer is made by next week, Gary Oldman will not be reprising his role as Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. A deadline has been put in place for early next week, Mr. Urbanski told Dissendium. He said that the desire on Warner Brother's part has been low since the beginning, even though the money Oldman wants to reprise his role is little. He added that it is unfair for Oldman to wait, as other films have assumed he is apart of the next Potter film, and, like the rest of us, he needs work for the summer. As of this moment, Gary Oldman is not a part of Order of the Phoenix, has never been, and unless anything changes next week, will not be a part of this X
So if Mr Oldman's not in it. . . I should go see it Why?

4- Here's the Very Best of the Adicts (rar). Pass: united.

5- I promise I'll update the sidebar. . . soon. Someday.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

good for them

The Smiths turn down overpriced, too hot, nasty little Coachella which gets Madonna instead. Take that you little hipster kids. Though I guess hipster kids like whispering about their mainstream guilty pleasures.

Of course, if I had tickets, I would be disappointed. But I don't.

flat pack philosophy

alrighty. haven't downloaded it yet, just used up this 76 minute set's limit ten minutes ago but now i'm all a-quiver with excitement, energy i will soon divert to writing my paper and cooking dinner. hopefully it's what we're hoping for. including a working link and password.

look in comments for link and pass!

Amazon says:
Judged against the exceptional standards of the group's own catalog, this album is not so good. The Buzzcocks, after all, invented and perfected a very smartass, insanely catchy ideal of poppy, ultra-energetic punk rock and half your favorite bands have stolen from them liberally. But judged against other reunion records, it's definitely a fun album, and is easily their best post-breakup album. Steve Shelley's infamous high-pitched vocals sound more like a strange old geezer than a hyperactive kid, but that should not come as much of a surprise. Not surprisingly, the lyrics range from society to love. The songs are mostly mid-tempo, pleasant punk rock. You could do a lot worse, but they could do a lot better. --Mike McGonigal

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Flogging Molly, everyone's favorite LA-based Irish punk band who recently participated in the badly organized Guinness (Black/Green 17) tour.
Why was it badly organized? Because the only show in NYC was the 21+ show so that those who need a scannable fID but can't afford one could not get in. And sneaking into the Nokia theater would require some skill. And then they had that nonsense about the younger fans versus the older fans. Do I blame F'g Molly, Guinness, or SideOneDummy? Oh well.

Flogging Molly Live at Lowlands Festival

Have a good St Patrick's Day and be (as) responsible (as possible).

Also, check out Bring Me the Heads for more Flogging Molly plus some Dropkick Murphys and Stiff Little Fingers.

Today I learned that if you want to go to the 830am St Patrick's Day mass at St Patrick's Cathedral (located near Rockefeller Center, it's America's largest Gothic cathedral and absolutely gorgeous) you should probably get there around, like 6am.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

that's what they said last year. . .

Indy 4 Script Ready

I have mixed feelings about an Indy 4. We'll have to see what happens.

Gogol Bordello download from 1031

Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple

Indie1031 and SideOneDummy - a beautiful friendship. We get Complete Control :)

the Goonies OST

I love this movie. :) The soundtrack has its ups and downs. The themes are great, but about halfway through, we start to get some synth. Yes, the 80s were a magical time. I assume. . .

Goonies Soundtrack (dir)

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Buddy Holly Oh Boy!

by request-

Buddy Holly - From the Original Master Tapes

The album is also posted here along with pictures from a fellow blogger's trip to Lubbock:
hans GENE blog: a Little side trip to Lubbock Texas

some News

"Music fans, beware: Do not mess with Ryan Adams or he will come down on you with the full-litigious force of the United States government. Or, more accurately, Universal Music Group ain't nothin' to fuck with.

A pair of Adams fans have been indicted by a federal grand jury for leaking tracks from Jacksonville City Nights to an Adams fan site last August, a month before the album's September release date. Now Robert Thomas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Jared Bowser of Jacksonville, Florida each face up to 11 years in prison for violating the 2005 Family Entertainment and Copyright Act (FECA), according to the Associated Press and the Hollywood Reporter."

FreakyFrenchie posted this news recently. Kinda sorta scary:
Incoherent Ramblings from a Confused Frenchman: To B(log) or Not to B(log)

Sunday, March 12, 2006

jonesy :) & johnny

Mr Lydon was on Jonesy's Jukebox the other day. . . Got a quick mention here. Hope to hear a podcast or something of it soon, didn't catch it on-line (you people back home in LA are lucky!). Will always love Jonesy; am still a little upset with Johnny. . . Oh Jonesy! :) Pictures here. (And Scott Weiland was on Camp Freddy. . .)

Also, for anyone interested, check out the Night Watch 2 trailer.

spring break


I'm on Spring Break (finally), so there will be a lull in posts while I'm out having fun (hopefully).

So to keep you going through the week, here's. . .

1st Ukrainian Rockabilly & Psychobilly Comp (1998)

I downloaded it but have only listened to maybe two songs and I've liked what I've heard. Quite intriguing. And if you're wondering about the Ukraine. . . The Comp link is from another blog but I can't remember where it's from, so to wherever this came from, thank you :)

Okay, enjoy. Let me know how you like it.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade OST sampler

Another fantastic soundtrack from Mr John Williams. I adore Indiana Jones and I adore John Williams' work (he's the guy who did Star Wars, Jaws, the first three Harry Potters, Superman, ET. . . and so on.) Sure, he's starting to recycle themes (compare "No Ticket" and the Crabbe and Goyle track, I think, from Chamber of Secrets), but he's been at it for a really long time.

So- here's a sampler from the Last Crusade soundtrack, tracks 1, 3, 5, and 13. If there's interest expressed, I can post more. Buy it here.

We named the dog Indiana.

1. Indy's Very First Adventure
2. X Marks The Spot
3. Scherzo For Motorcycle & Orchestra
4. Ah, Rats!!!
5. Escape From Venice
6. No Ticket
7. The Keeper Of The Grail
8. Keeping Up With The Joneses
9. Brother Of The Cruciform Sword
10. Belly Of The Steel Beast
11. The Canyon Of The Crescent Moon
12. The Penitent Man Will Pass
13. End Credits (Raiders March)

Asps. Very dangerous. You go first.

Last night I got to see the Last Crusade on the big screen (I haven't seen any of the Indy movies in the theater), had a lot of fun. The Ziegfeld theater at 54th between 6th and 7th Avenue was showing the trilogy this past week; the run ended today. I had wanted to catch all three but thanks to my fantastically frustrating class schedule, I only got to see Last Crusade and Raiders.

Though I almost didn't make it to Raiders. I got back today from a discussion section, turned on the computer, saw that my 6pm discussion section was cancelled. This was at 4:45pm. At the same moment, I decided I was going to catch the 5pm (the last) Raiders showing no matter what. Got on the 1, arrived at Columbus Circle at 5:05pm-ish and ran down to 54th and 6/7th Avenue. Sprinted, which is hard in Converse (no support). Got in just as Indy yells, "There's a snake in the plane!"

Who doesn't want to be Indiana Jones when he/she grows up? :)

Last Crusade sound clips:
"What's this one. . ."

"Who's gonna save you?"
"They come in through the door"
more. . .

Ever wonder. . .
James Bond vesus Indiana Jones

PS - the Ziegfeld is showing Singin in the Rain next, an outstanding and amazing film. If anyone has a link to the soundtrack and is willing to share, I'd be very happy. I also highly recommend catching a show at the Ziegfeld. It's huge, shows are running at $7.50 right now, and it's always fun to see older movies on the big screen.

Fun House

the Stooges - Fun House

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Dirty Pretty Things

A single is set to debut April 24, according to Dirty Pretty Things is what happens when your co-singer and -guitarist decides to let drugs come before your friends and the music. You end up with Babyshambles (who don't produce quite as exciting music as the Libertines though it's often nice and melodic) and Dirty Pretty Things.

Speaking of Kate Moss (we were), look how classy she is. It's disgusting.

Ringleader Take 2

This one downloads a lot faster, I'm in the middle of downloading it so can't tell you about the quality yet. Let me know how this one works out and don't forget to tell Freaky Frenchie Thank You.

Incoherent Ramblings from a Confused Frenchman: More Morrissey!

& he's also got up You Are the Quarry

Ringleader arrives April 4, buy it here

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

while it's hot

Mamushka Dogs Records has posted the new Morrissey, so if you hurry hurry super scurry over you might get it before it's taken down. I've just started to download it so I can't tell you anything except, grab it while you can. The fabulous Modern Music put it up the other day and by the time I got there, it was gone. Flagged and gone.

Morrissey - Ringleader of the Tormentors

I think the cover is hilarious.

ps. this thing is taking forever to download. and i have to be at work in half an hour. No-oo.
<edit> it truly does take a long time to download, and on my file, track 5 doesn't work; just a heads up. if it works for you, i'd be very excited if you could send me a link for track 5.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Begin Here - the Zombies

Thanks to Regnyouth for the link! You can either go there to open up the file that opens up turboupload thing for the other file that tells you the three Rapidshare links etc or you can look in the comments. I figure if he hid it that well, I should at least stick it in the comments. Anyway, of course give Regnyouth a visit.

Click for tracklist, starts off with a couple of covers. This has 31 tracks, and luckily for you and me, not labeled at all! Have fun :)

(I think this is the product info)
Product Description
German digipak reissue of the British Invasion act's 1965 album with 17 bonus tracks, 'You Make Me Feel Good', 'Leave Me Be', 'Tell Her No', 'She's Coming Home', 'I Must Move', 'Kind Of A Girl', 'It's Alright With Me', 'Sometimes', 'Whenever You're Ready', 'I Love You', 'Is This The Dream', 'Don't Go Away', 'Remember You', 'Just Out Of Reach', 'Indication', 'How Were We Before' & 'I'm Going Home'. Digipack. 2001 release.

& remember, comments greatly appreciated! (desperation)

Sunday, March 05, 2006

and the obligatory Red Carpet Post (minimal)

(pictures stolen from the LATimes)
1 - When did Will Smith decide to start getting old? Where is my childhood??

2 - Rachel Weisz is positively lovely and absolutely classy.

3 - Keira's dress: the top isn't working for me, but the bottom is fun. I hope she doesn't win.
I actually didn't follow the Awards this year and I won't be watching them. I think Joaquin Phoenix should get something. . . That's about it. Oh, and Keira shouldn't win (did I say that already?). Why isn't Cillian up for something? (As in Best Actor for Breakfast on Pluto?)

And for anybody who is interested, USA is having an SVU marathon right now. Funnily enough, they had an SVU marathon on the weekend before my finals last semester. Ha ha, very funny USA.

A Game of Feelin' Good

If you've been following me through the week, you may have noticed by journey through "Feelin' Good." You may have also played the Comment Trail Game.

Luckily for you, courtesy of Jim of Bring Me the Heads, there's more!

So, in summary:

Have fun :) Hope your weekend has been saturated with Feelin' Good.

PS: Don't forget to show Mr Jim your appreciation!

the Pogues!

most excellent. don't forget to tell the lovely man behind Bring Me the Heads thank you!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Feeling Good?

cough cough *one of my favorite Muse songs is a cover* cough cough
cough cough *and I didn't know it* cough cough

As the gentlemen from Bring Me the Heads pointed out, Feelin' Good is a cover.

But I guess what I said about the song still applies. It is quite twisted, isn't it? Even when Nina Simone sings it, it still sounds dark. Like the warm fuzzy feeling good feeling came at the expense of someone else's. And that's just hot. :p A sense of triumph.

Anyway, Jim of Bring Me the Heads was kind enough, after pointing this little fact out, to put up a link to a Muse Live for BBC Radio recording of this song. So I'll pass it on to you. Thank you, Jim :) And go check out his blog. Most excellent. And remember to tell him thank you.

AND. . .
Here is Nina Simone singing Feeling Good. Very Hot and Sultry.

new Blanche coming :)

Since I totally missed the Morrissey news, I've decided to do a better job of keeping track of new releases. So here we go: unnamed Blanche album news! reported on February 20. Because I'm on top of things.
"We recorded 12 songs, there's a Feeny penned number that uses the Drop D tuning, a mournful song Little Jack wrote and sang, a song that Tracee wrote, a bunch of Dan's numbers, and perhaps a cover or two. We will let them marinate a bit, and then finish the overdubs and mixing at Feeny's laboratory, the Tempermill, here in town. It should be released in August. We don't have a name for the album yet." - from Blanche official site news

Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls - Tie One On! Live EP

1 - Say Anything
2 - Lamar Vannoy
3 - Kate Is Great
4 - Chunksong
5 - East Coast Fuck You
6 - Argyle
7 - Born To Lose
8 - Here We Go
9 - Kid
+ fun onstage playful banter!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Feeling Good

This is one of my favorite Muse songs. Very sexy, very untrustworthy. If Matt Bellamy says he's feeling good, you shouldn't trust him. He just has one of those voices. Desperate, lovely.

Enjoy. Comments welcome!
Seriously- What's your favorite Muse song? Do you even like Muse?

Jello Biafra and NoMeansNo

i want my mommy

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

new Morrissey

So I completely missed this news, so to make up. . . here's a link to a fabulous blog that posted 3 tracks. Seems like it's getting positive reviews. Hope to see some copies popping up soon, I'll keep you updated.

go to Pop Music for 3 new Morrissey tracks!
"As if it is us he loves for loving him again, he rewards us with 12 wilfully harrowing songs crowded with verbal brilliance. Twelve songs about ordeals - and love is the greatest ordeal of all for Morrissey, something else that will die - to be endured. Songs with titles like 'Dear God, Please Help Me', 'You Have Killed Me', 'Life is a Pigsty', 'To Me You Are a Work if Art', 'At Last I am Born'." X
Drops: April 4, 2006

Ella Fitzgerald

The Cole Porter Songbook (1956)
"Fitzgerald's songbook collections of various composers--a series that was started by the success of this set--are all wonderful, but her natural wit and intelligence was at its most perfect with Cole Porter's erudite, urbane songs. While not as scat-oriented as her small group outings, these Porter sets offer her most realized pop performances." X
Part I & Part II

thank you to Musica do Bem for the links. Pay them a visit- fantastic stuff.

Dead Kennedys - 1978 Demos

The California Uber Alles! demo is so slow

tracklist in comments. & your comments are always appreciated. have a good wednesday :)

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