Friday, December 15, 2006

"...these little demons ain't the reasons for the bruises on your soul..."

Oh finals week you are one serious sunuvabeesting. Between countless hours reading about biology, the art of acting and rock 'n' roll I've been on facebook way too much, watched Dexter episodes (Showtime's on a roll for reals) and spent alot of time on the hipinion forums (what's good sean, thanks for the tip). I've had this study mix on itunes that's been playing for most of the past few days. Also, J Dilla's "Donuts" and Thom Yorke's "Eraser" are good background tunes for studies.

Andrew Osenga- Kankakee
Neko Case- At Last
Brad Paisley- When I Get Where I'm Going
Stars- Reunion
Billy Bragg & Wilco- Another Man's Done Gone
Josh Ritter- Good Man
Bright Eyes- Landlocked Blues
Bloc Party- This Modern Love
Antony & The Johnsons- Fistful of Love
The Arcade Fire- Une Anee Sans Lamiere
The Decemberists- Yankee Bayonet
The National-All The Wine
The Shins- Red Rabbits
The Drive By Truckers- Gravity's Gone
Grizzly Bear- Knife
Tom Waits- San Diego Serenade
LCD Soundsystem- All My Friends
Bruce Springsteen- The River
Death Cab- Brothers On A Hotel Bed
R.E.M.- Nightswimming
The Righteous Brothers- Unchained Melody
Paula Cole- I Don't Want To Wait (sup Dawson's Creek)
Damien Rice- Coconut Skins
M.Ward- To Go Home
The Kinks- Animal Farm
Spoon- June's Foriegn Spell
Bloc Party- Always New Depths
Matt Wertz- Counting to 100
The Notwist- One With The Freaks
Counting Crows- Perfect Blue Buildings
Bob Dylan- Simple Twist of Fate
Sufjan- The Avalanche
Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire- Two Way Action
Exploding Hearts- Sleeping Aides and Razorblades
The Mountain Goats- Up The Wolves
Destroyer- Your Blood
The Hold Steady- First Night

Monday, December 11, 2006

Just bought a Cadillac

Here's a quick list of some of my favorite songs of the year. If you can tell me what song the title of my blog comes from I'll hook you up with the new LCD Soundsystem record.

M. Ward- Magic Trick
Josh Ritter- Girl in the War
Clipse- Keys Open Doors
Project Pat- How It Goes in the Gutta
Nas feat. Jay-Z - Black Republican
Crime Mobb- What is Love
Lil' Wayne- Famous
TI- Top Back
Young Jeezy- 3 am
Bloc Party- Song For Clay (disappear here)
Cam'ron- Weekend
Damien Rice- Coconut Skins
The Decemberists- The Crane Wife 3
Destroyer- Looter's Follies
Field Mob- Blacker the Berry
The Futureheads- Burnt
The Game feat. Kanye West- Wouldn't Get Far
Ghostface Killah- Whip You With a Strap
Girl Talk- Smash Your Head
Gnarls Barkley- Just a Thought
Grizzly Bear- Knife
Guster- C'mon
The Hold Steady- Southtown Girls
Hot Chip- The Warning
Islands- Rough Gem
JR Writer- Grill 'em
Jay-Z - Trouble
Juelz Santana feat. Young Jeezy and Lil' Wayne- Make it Work for ya
Justin Timberlake- What Goes Around/Comes Back Around
Juvenile- Break a Brick Down
Killer Mike- Deuces Wild
The Knife- We Share Our Mother's Health
Lily Allen- LDN
The Long Winters- Fire Island, AK
Lucero- I Can Get Us Outta Here Tonight
Lupe Fiasco- Kick, Push
Midlake- Roscoe
Mistah FAB- Hey
My Chemical Romance- Teenagers
Neko Case- Hold On, Hold On
Nelly Furtado- Promiscuous Remix feat. Lil Wayne
Nump feat. M.I.A.- I Got Grapes remix
Okkervil River- The President's Dead
Outkast- Hollywood Divorce
Peter, Bjorn and John- Young Folks
The Pipettes- Pull Shapes
Plan B- Kidz
Razorlight- America
Rhymefest- Dynomite (Goin' Postal)
Rich Boy- Throw Some D's
Rocky Votolato- White Daisy Passing
The Roots- Don't Feel Right
The Shins- Red Rabbits
Snoop Dogg feat. The Game- Gangbangin' 101
Sonic Youth- Jams Run Free
The Streets- Pranging Out
The Thermals- Pillar of Salt
Thom Yorke- Atoms for Peace
Trae- Real Talk
TV on the Radio- I Was a Lover
LCD Soundsystem- All My Friends

Saturday, December 09, 2006

If the Sun comes up and I still don't wanna stagger home...

Daft Punk played at his house

I've gotten tons of tunes in the past couple of days.

The new LCD Soundsystem is quite enjoyable after the first couple of listens. More dancey goodness from Mr. Murphy. My favorite track, All My Friends, will not get the dancefloor movin'. It begins with some piano then the rest of the band joins in, one instrument at a time. This song and a couple of others give me a earlier New Order vibe, quality stuff. All My Friends is one of my favorite songs this year, but it doesn't really come out until next year, so I'll worry about that later.

Next up, TOM WAITS. I picked up The Heart of Saturday Night and it's the first time I've ever really, really enjoyed a Tom Waits record. Maybe I'm just getting old and can appreciate the guy more now?

Other stuff I picked up that's gooooood: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- Tender Prey, Ghostface Killah- More Fish (full post on this later), Exploding Hearts- Guitar Romantic (been looking for this since I lost my copy in high school), Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire- The Swimming Hour and M. Ward- Post War

Thursday, December 07, 2006

If you love livin' yo life, leave me alone

So, The Hold Steady on Tuesday night? AMAZING!!! After the first time I saw Wilco, this is the best show I've ever witnessed. It was magical watching a band enjoy playing their music sooo much. All band members just looked to be having such a good time on stage, rocking and drinking heavily. The setlist was heavy on new songs but still fair to songs from the first two records. The new tracks sounded great in a live setting also. One reason I really loved this show is how happy everyone there was. There was some people there that are acquaintances or I know through people who I've seen at shows before who just look like they'd rather be anywhere else. But, everybody was feeling the Steady on Tuesday. Fistpumps and serious head nodding was going on. Being there felt like seeing Kanye on his Late Registration tour, something truly special. If these guys are anywhere near you in the future GO SEE THEM!

The new Z-Ro record, I'm Still Livin' is some fiyaaaah. I'd put it up there right with Trae's Restless as one of the best southern rap albums of the year. Every song is dark and sad and his flow is just real dirty.

I'm downloading the new LCD Soundsystem right now, let y'all know how it is later.

rock n roll,


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Go Getta

I'm goin' to see The Hold Steady tonight! I'm incredibly excited for this, I'm expecting one of the best shows I've ever seen. Catfish Haven is opening and I've heard a few tracks from them that are pretty good, so I'm looking forward to seeing them too.

The new Young Jeezy record, The Inspiration leaked and it's awesome. Basically picking up from where Thug Motivation 101 left off, it's huge and dark and is full of more dope boy imagery. If Hip Hop is Dead is as good as I expect this has been one helluva fourth quarter for hip hop.

Two new Clap Your Hands songs popped up today and they're not bad. I'm not falling in love like when I heard their debut but they sound pretty good, more melodic would be a good start I think.

Oh, Heros is BA, eff a midseason I wanna keep watching this show.

I didn't have class today so I stayed up a little later than usual last night after studying and watched Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming. Baumbach is the man behind The Squid and the Whale, a great movie in its own right. Kicking was his debut and it's a look at the lives of some friends after they graduate college and are basically stuck in life. It's pretty funny and wonderfully acted. Check it out if you have time.

Lots of studying to do, I'll see if I can't post about the show on here tomorrow.

rock n roll,