Saturday, April 29, 2006

Crane Fist


RegnYouth has got Life Won't Wait up, ("Rancid's Sandinista!"), so I'm going to pitch it especially because (besides that Rancid is an immensely high-quality and consistently entertaining outfit and their music is wonderful) "Crane Fist" ("exhilarating. . . [featuring] a piano battling a B3 organ" and one of their best songs) is on there.

RegnYouth Archives / Rancid - Life Won’t Wait

Sunday, April 23, 2006

the Weekend is almost over. . .

here's some live X for Caitlin: X at Endfest 2004

and here's some Dropkick Murphys: Warrior's Code

Definitely grab yourself some high quality live Clash at the excellent Another Nos. . .

and get the Jam's In the City at the fabulous Past Tense

enjoy the rest of your weekend :)


please let me know if there are any problems with the links. comments welcome!!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Prison Bound

It's been awhile since we've had some Social Distortion. So here we go-

I'm prison bound
"After a five year absence due to a lingering drug problem, Mike Ness returned to the the punk rock scene with a radically revamped Social Distorton that is far removed from Mommy's Little Monster. The band shows an impressive growth and maturity that is far removed from the LA hardcore scene of the early 80's. Jangling acoustic guitars back almost every track, epic song lengths (4-5 minutes), and Ness's country influences appear on the band's second full record." (review from here, bold mine)
It definitely is a step away from the 80s OC/LA/SoCal punk scene, and I while have to admit I appreciate the Prison Bound and on- sound more, I continue to very much enjoy the Mommy's Little Monster sound. There's some tension over this, over the departure from the messier, rawer punk sound, but Mike and Social D are at home in this style, have excelled in it, and have come to be defined by it. The idea that they are discredited by going in this new direction is ridiculous; as they've matured, the music has gotten more powerful and more impressive, Mike's vocals become more reflexive (I know some people were upset, but the quality of his voice now makes me very appreciative of the development, what if all we had was untapped potential?) and the lyrics more complex. Not to say that the music wasn't good before-- Mainliner and Mommy's Little Monster should be in every way considered as as major a part of the catalogue as the later albums, and just as fantastic; it all depends on your preference. That's the problem with discussing the change in sound; it's impossible to lean more heavily on one without sounding like you're rejecting the other. So here we go. I love all of Social D. Yessir. And they put on a great live show, so check that out if you get a chance.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

the Best of British One Pound Notes- John Lydon

Credit and thanks to mystery original uploader. It takes some time to download, but it's worth it I'm sure, as long as you don't already have all this stuff. Which you probably do.

Product Discription:

20 track standard version. There aren't many of his so-called musical peers that could boast a back catalogue as strong or diverse as John Lydon's. Whether it be with the Sex Pistols, Public Image Limited, Leftfield or as a solo artist he has made some remarkable records, and this single CD standard edition and its companion double CD special edition drawn together for the first time all the tracks that make John Lydon so special. 'Anarchy in the UK' , 'Public Image', 'This is Not a Love Song', 'Open Up'. These are just the first 4 tracks in what is a musical tour de force. Other standout tracks include "Holidays In The Sun", "Flowers of Romance" and the immortal "God Save The Queen". Through his work with the Pistols and PiL right through to his solo work Lydon has left his unmistakable stamp on everything he has touched be it through his powerful lyric, his snarling vocal or its relentless anti melody. He has bridged rock, dance and of course punk and has truly left an indelible mark on music of the last 30 years. Virgin. 2005.
A review:
If you followed both bands, bought everything they ever put out and Lydon's solo stuff and projects with Afrika Bambaataa (aka TimeZone) and Leftfield, then yeah, this is of no use to you outside of the one new song, which is the oldest trick in the book to pull on completists when releasing a best of (I happily fell for it). If you are just dipping your toe in the water and want to see what all the fuss is about over some middleaged bugeyed Irish singer with goofy hair, welcome to the party but at the same time, what took you so long, ya tosspot? That said, it's not a chronological best of. Pistols/PiL/Solo material mingle freely. . . It's a fine place to start, unless you're a fatty oldie like me, then you've been born too soon, matey.
tracklist and pass in comments. Buy here.

The consensus seems to be that for a starting point, it's pretty good. I wouldn't imagine you'd use this as a starting point to get into the Pistols. The radio plays all the Pistols stuff that's on here, so you're probably familiar with those songs already, and if you're trying to get into the Pistols you should be going for the Pistols' album. If you're trying to get into PiL or solo stuff, it probably means you're quite familiar with the Pistols, and you don't really care about the Pistols tracks on this release because you have all of them. So then you're here for the PiL stuff. And if you've already got all this stuff, like our reviewer up there, then go for the one new song, the Rabbit Song. Which is to say. . . you might as well grab it while it's up. It seems like a good mixtape-type listen.

Friday, April 14, 2006

I'm a-goin to New Jersey. . .

. . . by bus to check out where my roommate lives. . . and go to the mall. And the beach. And relax. Did you know New Jersey doesn't have a clothes tax?

Blog News
So, this is sad. Not only that it's shutting down but some of the politics and the mean-spiritedness going on all over the place, and I feel that this sort of thing is very regrettable. I missed what was going on, but I hope nobody got hurt, as it were. We'll see what happens.

In good news, Hanszunshine seems to be back up.


and here's why you came. . . the Music.


So, for the weekend, two (2) things.
First, Billy Idol - Billy Idol & Second, G.Love - The Hustle

Says Amazon:
Along with spiritual brother and surf buddy Jack Johnson, Garret "G. Love" Dutton has quietly but reliably lead a campaign for laidback but funky blues and R&B- inspired folk music. Now recording for Johnson's Brushfire label, the Philadelphia native stays tactfully on course for The Hustle, moving through the expected ballads ("Loving Me"), reggae-lite jams ("Give It to You"), and saucy BBQ anthems ("Booty Call"). It may prove disappointing to some fans that have been waiting for Love to truly stretch out the sound he debuted over 10 years ago, but it's a minor gripe. There's no faulting consistency.
If you want some Jack Johnson, check out A Clipper Ship Captain Out to Sea. And browse around there- great music to be found. The fabulous individual over there requested the G Love after I mentioned him in conversation. . . I hope he holds up to her expectations. . . I can say I like some songs better than others. My favorite is probably Astronaut, which was played on the radio. It's excellent sunny day music, though today is a little grey. Yesterday, though, was the warmest it has been since fucking October. Spring :) and allergies. . . it's worth it. In CA, it never felt like this; here in NY, it makes you never want to go back to winter again. Never ever.

**See comments for links. Have a good weekend :)

Look What I Almost Stepped In


I love the Vandals. I listened to this album at work today. Boy are you lucky Plan B has it up and the link is still working.

Vandals!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Adicts - Complete Singles Collection



Buy here (I think).
To download, see comments.

More Morrissey than You Can Handle

Need a shitload of Morrissey? Join me in grabbing it all at Bung Phe's.

Morrissey: Bona Drag, Digital Excitation, Kill Uncle, Live at Earl’s Court, Maladjusted, Ringleader of the Tormentors, Southpaw Grammar, Vauxhall and I, Viva Hate, Welcome to the West End, You Are the Quarry, Your Arsenal.

Don't know where to start? I highly recommend at least getting Your Arsenal and the new album, Ringleader of the Tormentors. Though I'm just going down the list in terms of the ones I don't have. Just straight down.

Though I'm still unhappy with Morrissey for talking shit about LA. And Canada is probably not too happy with him, either. Ah yes, bring out the Nazi comparisons, Moz.

And yet we still love him.


Remember, comments welcome and appreciated!

**Files are no longer working :( Sorry guys.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Waterloo to Anywhere

Dirty Pretty Things at El Mundo de Mimi, or go to the comments here for the link. Be sure to check out El Mundo de Mimi, lots of great stuff, including live tracks.



Dirty Pretty Things, Waterloo to Anywhere: Tracklist
link in comments &
Thanks are in order to the original uploader!

I'm liking it much more than Babyshambles already. Not that there's a major bias there. But like Babyshambles, it's not the Libertines, and I have to get out of the Please Come Back Libertines mindset.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Muse Instrumentals

. . . were a godsend yesterday as I was realizing that I couldn't focus on what I was doing if the music I was listening to had words. Of course, it is disconcerting when Matt's voice doesn't come in when it should. That probably distracted me for the first couple of songs as much as singing would have. It's interesting to hear things you never noticed before. Some things sound almost corny, or at least over-the-top (which Muse seems to be known for to some degree), but it's all part of the package. Doesn't bother me in the least.



microcuts.net, a gorgeous Muse site, has posted the backing tracks for the album Absolution.

You can download them here.

Comments are always welcome!

OK

I think I fixed it. Does your screen look like this? (But less blurry ha ha.)



I hope so. . . Anyway, we got rid of Joe. So here he is one last time.

* Great Big Thank You to the Mac user who let me know that it wasn't working there, either. Please please please follow his/her example and let me know if your screen looks like the above graphic. Should be working in Internet Explorer. . . Thank you!

Viewing problems? & Help?

Today while in lecture I borrowed a friend's computer and his wireless to do some internet housekeeping and realized that this page, when viewed on Internet Explorer, does not look like this as it does on Mozilla--



But rather, looks like this--

So now I'm wondering how many of you guys have this problem, if there are any other problems, and if anyone knows how to code the format so that everything shows up as it does in the top picture? Any advice and feedback would be appreciated! Thanks :)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Children of the Revolution

1. Breakfast on Pluto DVD is coming April 18.
2. The Cover is Hideous. Especially because I liked the ad campaign for the film.
3. I know we've been over this before.
4. But this time, there's music involved.
5. Children of the Revolution - T.Rex
6. Want more T.Rex? Cosmic Dancer - T.Rex
7. Here's London Calling, too. Just for fun.
8. Et ca? Ca c'est pour les mecs dans la rue. Bitch.

a little Crooning for your Sunday

Slightly crazed by the gorgeous day outside, the paper I'm working on, and this stuffy room I'm in, I give you-

Swing on a Star sung by the great Bing Crosby

I think this is a pretty weird song. The message is stay in school? Anyway, I'll be leaving school to go downtown soon for lunch to regain my focus and sanity. Have a good one :)

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Singin' In the Rain w. Sound



Should have put this up earlier.
Here you go.

Pas/Cal

I have to be in the right mood to listen to this, or else it's too sweet and too sunshine-y. Which is a bad way to start off a post about music that I am recommending. . .

The band's site's own review of their product dedicates a good paragraph to each track, if you're curious. The mention of a Wes Anderson film seems fitting; it has that pastel feel.

I originally found out about them through Regnyouth (now .com), and here's what was said there :
The darling Detroit outfit’s second EP, 'Oh Honey, We’re Ridiculous', has a super chic happiness that proves itself just as addictive as it is immaculate. . . Pas/Cal's airtight pop and crunchy guitar noodling seems to frolic. From the perky handclaps to the final fade, Pas/Cal’s aural sunshine never finds a cloud.

Oh Honey, We're Ridiculous

Downloads Available from the Band Site:
What Happened to the Sands (Oh Honey EP)
The Bronze Beached Boys (Handbag Memoirs EP)

Friday, April 07, 2006

I renamed my iPod

It went from being called Jimmy Jazz to Coma Girl. Who knows what it will be next week? The Shadow knows.

Coma Girl by Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros.

Weekend Movie

Don't have much time so you don't get paragraphs of me gushing over this one, but I can say it is my favorite musical and one of my favorite movies. And I'm not really one for musicals. And I luckily got to see it on the big screen a few weeks ago at the Clearview Ziegfeld. I really can't think of anything negative about this film. Even if you don't like musicals, I recommend it. The singing and dancing is amazing. Donald O'Connor more than holds his own against the great Gene Kelly; I'd say I enjoy his dance numbers more, even ("Make 'Em Laugh").

Singin' in the Rain

> > I Can't Stand 'im (audio)


Wednesday, April 05, 2006

for the legions of GL fans that stop off here

. . . all 2 of you


Big Kyle fan.
But here's the new mask.

Written World takes it on in "Why can't poor Kyle ever cut a break?"
The author of that post remains optimistic: "And I'm almost positive that face obscuration is not a mask, but [weird] lighting. I hope." (ha ha)

the Fall

see link in comments. buy it here.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

a Cover

Since everyone has done this one, even fucking Colin Farrell (you can hear it at the end of Intermission- great film).

Green Day - I Fought the Law

Grab It While You Can

Raconteurs' Broken Boy Soldiers can be found at Open Your Arms and Welcome

You'll recall that the Raconteurs = Jack White, Brendan Benson, and some of the Greenhornes (Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler) + part of Blanche (Jack Lawrence). This is of course a post to encourage you to sample and then purchase the item when it comes out on May 16th.

Regarding the file, everything seems to be in order. Enjoy :)

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Cinematatat

Brick

I saw Brick and thoroughly enjoyed it. There were many echoes of old Bogart noir films, and it did a great job of capturing the audience. The high school-element didn't feel too forced or stiffling, though it abandoned the high school part of high school and focused completely on the social part. And lots of punching in this film, too. About the third of the audience insisted on laughing when nothing was happening. I don't know if they were trying to show that they were sharp and clever--? Also, about half of the audience thought the dropped Tolkien reference was outrageously witty, but I thought it was a little forced and didn't fit in with the rest of the film. If this had been a Wes Anderson film, ok, but when you're going with the noir-detective film. . . Honestly, that Tolkien line is my only complaint, but it didn't ruin the film, just stuck out. So as not to end on a negative note, I enjoyed the film very much and definitely recommend it.

& & &
as for films I did not see--

The Notorious Bettie Page

This film looks interesting, about the life of Bettie Page. Getting mixed reviews. I'm not very familiar with her story, just know of her though did once read an LATimes piece on her, so I'd like to check this film out, see what's up.

Lady Vengeance

Also saw the trailer for this. My friend said it looks like Amelie. Yeah, ok. With, like, killing and stuff. I'd very much like to see it. Check out the trailer.

Pure Ella



This comes to you from the excellent Music Bar. Check out the original post here. Download here. Buy here.

"The flawless lyricism of Ellis Larkins's piano provides an ideal frame for Ella Fitzgerald's maturing art on the two sessions that make up this CD. The first, from 1950, is an all-Gershwin program, while the second, from 1954, includes songs from other masters of the popular ballad, like Sammy Kahn, Cole Porter, and Hoagy Carmichael. Fitzgerald's voice was an ineffable combination of breadth of sound and lightness of delivery. Larkins's spare and sympathetic settings let her caress each song, and her subtle melodic variations and superb diction make each rendering a musical gem." X
 

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