Thursday, March 31, 2011


Still haven't quite figured out what I'm going to do with this thing without a suitable file hosting site. So, since I'm meandering around lost, here's a big ass file full of stuff I've been listening to lately that I uploaded for a friend of mine. 374MB of it. 


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Show a little love

First post I've done in quite a while. I'm still trying to find a suitable service to allow me to continue this blog in it's current format (my witty prose accompanied by streaming audio at no cost to you or me), but for now, I'm just trying to help a sister out.

You guys remember that gushy post I made about Sherree Chamberlain, right? If not, shame on you. Get edumacated...

Sherree Chamberlain - You Don't Love Me

Doesn't that just break your little heart? No? Good, because it's just a song. A song so amazing that words often fail me when I tell people about it, but still... 

What SHOULD break your heart is our wonderful songbird was recently the victim of theft when some jackass thought it would be a good idea to "liberate" her guitar from her. I don't know many independent musicians who are able to afford 1) commercial insurance to cover their gear and 2) to replace that gear on the unfortunate occasion that it gets stolen or destroyed. Based on her current predicament, I have to assume Sherree is no exception to that rule.

Luckily, there is recourse for her to raise funds to replace her lost (and very important) tool of her chosen trade. You can go to her page over at Feed the Muse and donate a few bucks to help her out. I checked out the organization and it seems legit as far as I can tell. You can donate anywhere between $5 and $500 to the cause, earning you in return everything from a simple thank you to a private performance for your family and friends (how I wish I had $500 to burn right now). She's raised just over $1,300 so far, but has a goal set of $2,000, which to a non-musician may seem a bit much, but it's not unwarranted. Anybody can go out and buy a $100 guitar and enjoy themselves, but you won't want to put it on a record... and it probably won't maintain intonation very well with itself, much less other instruments... and the tone is probably going sit somewhere between a cigar box guitar and a cardboard box with rubber bands stretched over it... You get where I'm going with this. Professional grade musicians need professional grade equipment.

So go on over and give a gift that will keep giving back to you... or at least to me. The sooner she can reach her goal, the sooner I can go back to being that creepy guy in the corner at her shows. Is that so wrong?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Test Post

You can feel free to ignore this one if you want. Just going to be some random things that I enjoy without much description. I found out recently that my favored file hosting site is going to be shutting down and every mp3 I've posted up until now will be disappearing unless I find a suitable replacement. This will simply serve as a way for me to test out a new service while posting some random nonsense.

Here's the lead singer of As I Lay Dying doing his best Arnold Schwarzenegger impression set to some total brutal music.

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So, did it work? I hope so...


Well, THAT was a spectacular failure. In the last 2 hours, I've been on google looking for acceptable alternatives and haven't found squat. In all likelihood, I'll end up having to close down this sight or actually learn how to write well. The last thing I want is a ragequit, but we'll see. It's not like anybody actually reads this thing anyway.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I Miss You More Than You'll Ever Know

Between this, the last post about Boys & Frogs and a little stop-gap filler on this blog's facebook page (which you should probably "like" if you don't already), we're sitting at three posts about music videos in a row. Will this trend continue? If groups I love keep churning out artistic, interesting, erotic and/or simply badass music videos, then yes.

Ladies and gentlemen, this video has a touch of all of those aforementioned adjectives and more.

If you'll recall, when last we saw mr. Gnome, they had just made kinky love to my earholes with their fully engorged rock and roll ding-dongs at the Conservatory. Since they wrapped that tour, they've been busy recording their third album and conceptualizing/shooting/editing their new video for "Vampires." The new album has yet to materialize, but the video launched on YouTube just a few days ago. I'm embedding it here, but I highly recommend watching it on YouTube proper so you can see the full-sized version.

mr. Gnome - Vampires (Content Warning for Language/Violence/Drug Use [see a doctor if you experience an erection lasting more than four hours])

What I love so much about this video is that it's a throwback to the days when music video's could be more than just glorified commercials. "Vampires" is a three-minute-and-change song and this video stretches to the 10 minute mark. To me, this ranks up there with epic videos like "Thriller" or "November Rain," except the song is actually good and they don't have to cramp their style to conform to MTV's lame standards and practices. Hell, I'll agree with a buddy of mine who just watched it and say that this is better than most of the movies I've seen over the last few years. It's obvious that the band had a vision and that they were dead set on executing it to perfection (read their sweet-ass blog for any length of time and you'll figure out really quickly that there's nobody who could have conceived this other than them). If you haven't watched it yet in spite of the fact that I embedded the damn thing in the middle of this wall of text, I'm not going to ruin it for you by getting into details. Suffice it to say that their small cast of characters get their due development in the short 10 minutes and none of them, save the band who are caught off guard and playing on amidst the chaos, are too sympathetic. Seriously, this is the best music video I've seen in years.

Now that I'm done jizzing all over this video's face, I should mention that mr. Gnome are set to play the Conservatory again on December 1st here in OKC and I STRONGLY recommend that you attend, buy a "mr. Gnome: Better than porn" t-shirt (funny story there) and offer to fellate them after (or before) the show. They deserve it after all. And if you don't live in Oklahoma City, peep their tour dates and see where you can catch them on this tour. You won't be disappoint.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Micropost 3

Still working on that post about repetitive music from my childhood, but felt this was worth posting. You'll remember Boys and Frogs from a prior post. If you don't remember, woe be upon you. They have a joyous sound which I still maintain reminds me of a scaled back Arcade Fire back when AF was still good. Got a message from one of the guys in the band and they just debuted their first music video in the last few weeks. It's for their latest single, "In Dreams" and I think it's delightful. 

Boys and Frogs "In Dreams" from Boys and Frogs on Vimeo.

So yeah. Cruise on over to their vimeo page and watch it there at a larger size. And buy their music if you haven't already. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sometimes I Try to Pretend

This will mark my third post about Hurricane Bells and, unless Steve Schiltz goes on a crazy streak of insane productivity (which is not necessarily out of the question given that it's been about a year since the first HB release), it may be the last one dedicated to them for a while. Now, I know in my last post I promised that I would be talking about "bleeps and bloops," but I felt that I needed to move this one to the front burner. I mentioned not long ago that this EP was coming out and, as expected, it's outstanding. More blissful, low-key stuff that's perfect for autumn and doesn't stray away from the formula that, in my opinion, made "Tonight is the Ghost" so great. However, this doesn't really showcase Schiltz songwriting chops as much as HB's debut as 3 of the 5 tracks are covers.

Hurricane Bells - Waiting Song

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If you'll also recall when I made the preview post for this EP I was pretty ambivalent about the cover of Blue October's "Into the Ocean" being included on the disc. It turns out that I really had nothing to worry about. Steve takes a song that I didn't really care for at all to begin with and turned it into one of the highlights on the record.

Hurricane Bells - Into the Ocean

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See? That wasn't so bad, now was it? If you feel inclined to purchase this, I recommend doing so directly through the band's website. Whether you buy the physical version or the digital download, you'll receive the "Ghost Stories" EP as a free bonus, which is just 5 remixes of previously released material. Being the completist that I am when it comes to Steve's work, I had to have it. And track 3 is actually pretty awesome to boot. Win-win!

Hurricane Bells - Winters in New York (Carlos Anthony Molina Remix)

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There you have it. 2 EPs for the price of one. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some 16-bit blinking, blonking stuff to listen to for the next post. For real this time.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

All My Life Spent Alone

Okay, so it's over a week. Congratulations to those of you who bet against me. You've won. Anyway, I had considerable trouble when trying to come up with the subject for this post. Then Autumn happened. I stepped outside Sunday morning and was immediately taken with how crisp and clean the air was. I love this time of year. It makes me want to huddle close to someone on a park bench and watch the sun go down as a brisk breeze blows over us by the lake. It makes me want to fall in love.

And so last night, I did what I always do when I feel all dovey and nostalgic for a past that's not yet behind me. I put James Iha's "Let it Come Down" on the turntable.

James Iha - Be Strong Now

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For anybody who somehow doesn't know, Iha was a guitarist in The Smashing Pumpkins before they broke up and subsequently "reformed" without him. He went on to work with an eclectic variety of musicians including A Perfect Circle and members of Hanson and Cheap Trick (yes, THAT Hanson). But in 1998, before the Pumpkins' released "Adore" he quietly released this solo album. Critical reaction was mixed and it didn't sell very well. To be honest, I was a HUGE Pumpkins fan and I didn't bother to buy the album until after the band broke up, but it eventually found its way into my collection.

James Iha - Sound of Love

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I remember going to some awful record store on the south side of OKC that was run by a local promoter when I was first getting into vinyl. The shop is long-since gone and the former owner has done less than his fair share of jail time, but that's another story for another day. Anyway, I was thumbing through everything they had when I happened upon a used copy of this record. I'd never listened to it, but I knew right then and there that I had to have it. I put it on as soon as I got home and immediately fell in love with it.

James Iha - Silver String

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There are few things that hit the spot like this album does for me. Sure, it's kinda cornball, James' voice isn't the strongest thing in the world and the word "love" makes more appearances than "sun" on a Polyphonic Spree record, but (and this is important) it feels sincere. So often, I listen to a record that's this heavy on "love" songs and it sounds forced or contrived. Not so here. It has that same honest, heart-on-the-sleeve quality that I love so much about all of The Avett Brothers' records. James genuinely sounds like a young dude head-over-heels for some sweet little thing from a small town in the midwest who has a good relationship with her father and loves "Pet Sounds" and Fleet Foxes in equal measure. But enough about me. All in all, this record is a fantastic little slab of alt country that would stand up well next to most of Ryan Adams' and Wilco's early respective outputs. Sappy, sweet and saccharine love songs that would make any feeling person with good taste melt a little on the inside.

James Iha - No One's Gonna Hurt You

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The bad news is that It's out of print and it's not on iTunes, but with rumors circulating that he's working on a second solo album (over ten years later mind you), it might be a good time for him to consider a deluxe reissue with bonus tracks and such. Otherwise, it's readily available used on ebay and amazon or, if you feel so inclined, illegally. And since you won't be taking any money out of his pocket by downloading an album that's been out of print for some time now, I see no harm in linking you to this. Yeah, I know that I'm asking for trouble, but whatever. Just don't expect me to make a habit out of this sort of thing. Bear in mind that the songs are probably out of order and I can't vouch for the bitrate. I may up a higher quality version with some bonus tracks eventually if I can track down my CD copy. Just keep checking back and you'll probably see it here at some point.

For a preview of coming attractions: More Nostalgia!!!


Changed the last link since the video got taken down due to a "terms of use violation." Looks like Square is really living up to their name/reputation.