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September 26, 2006

chops bustin

so... i finished my department seminar presentation (of my research so far) yesterday that i had been stressed out about all weekend. it went ok. i'm just glad it's done with. it's intimidating to stand up and talk for an hour in front of the different faculty in the department, and peers... especially if you yourself aren't sure what you're doing half the time. after that... i had (2) 2.5 hour lectures and ended my day @ 8:30pm. it was a long day since i started @ 10am.

today i got up late and headed out for one of my lab classes which went over. then i had a teach an undergrad lab class. i'm just exhausted now. i would like to say though. i kind of like teaching. i don't know if i like it enough to actually become a teacher or professor... but it is kind of fun... especially in a small lab environment.

ummm... oh yeah. so i've just been going through the sloan site and watching all those youtube vids they put up of the making of their new record... since i don't have their new album yet... i've been kind of using this to carry me over until i hopefully get a chance to cross over the border. i know maple music is selling it, and i would order from them perhaps if it was a live album or something or something specially produced and only available from them (i have done so in the past)... but the shipping is a little pricey to the states, and i hate waiting for things after i buy them. when i buy something like music... i want it in my hands! i think it's still worth it for me to drive up and pick it up... who knows what else i'll find over @ sunrise (i prefer hmv, but there ain't an easily accessible one in the falls or in ft. erie)... and i'll get to pop the discs into the cd player in my car and have a listen when i'm driving back!

i like the vids where chris is busting on patrick.

some of the clips have longer clips of an actual song in em... and this one has one of the longer song clips... it sounds GREAT!

in regards to r2... i think tc will have a star wars-ish related post coming up... stay tuned.

hope you don't get humped (in the bad way) on your hump day.

October 28, 2006

rough 2 or so weeks

i feel like i've been sprinting the last couple weeks just trying to get past midterms, tests, lab presentations, etc. didn't help with that storm knocking power out and putting people's lives on hold, things were still hanging over my head.

i'm glad to say that i made it out intact for the most part. i have one more take home midterm i have to hand in on monday. i'm not particularly happy with how the tests all went so far... i don't think i did spectacular cause my focus just hasn't been with me since october began... but i don't think i did terrible either, so i'm ok with it. still lots of deadlines to be met, but i can return to my normal more relaxed go-with-the-flow personality instead of staying up all night to cram for tests.

so the sabres are playing tonight against the thrashers. game downtown's sold out, should be a really great environment. should they win, they will break the nhl record for most consecutive wins at the start of a season (though the sabres had a couple shoot-out wins to start off the season this year, and technically the leafs did it with actual wins as SO's weren't implemented until recently). the sabres are also on the verge of selling out their season already. quite a turnaround from the dark days of rigas ownership. even when they reached the conference finals and cup in the 98 and 99 seasons support for the team wasn't as great.

with the team on the up and up, other things are moving around in the city too, such as developer bashar issa proposing a new building replacing the hsbc tower as the tallest building in buffalo. issa is currently also redeveloping the statler towers. both projects are going to be done without public funds, and completely privately financed.

interesting to note too that ub's bioinformatics/life science complex should be fully operational with researchers moving completely into its labs as early as next month. here's a video from the center... it's kind of weird to see some of my professors in it.

so... onto the sloan. just some historical stuff that dug up. it was kind of interesting to read what the members of the band had to say about their second full length album 'twice removed', which is also my favorite one by the band. it's weird to think that patrick hated the album so much, cause one of my favorite classics is 'i can feel it'.

so the new album is quite a departure from the last two... which i think many people didn't care too much for. i on the other hand liked action pact quite a bit. it was a solid rock album, good for driving on the open road with the windows down on a nice summer day. pretty together was hit or miss... i liked half the album, mostly songs that were written by chris and patrick. the new record has sloan experimenting more with sounds, rhythm, and styles a little more. jay turns in some great songs, but i don't think it measures up to his output on between the bridges (poor boy being my yardstick for jay). it does retain a better cohesiveness like btb in the sense that some songs flow right into the next, which works well. case in point, i didn't like 'who taught you to live like that' when i heard it as a single... on the album though, the first track 'flying high again' which was a collaboration between all the members of the band runs right into 'wtytllt' without a break, and makes for a better listening experience. 'wtytllt' also works as a song a whole lot better once the entire album comes into play. andrew also turns in some songs of note on the new album. it's rare that i like how andrew's songs and will actively want to listen to them. most times, i don't mind listening to andrew songs in the background, but i don't go seeking them out. on this album though, there is a more than the usual amount of andrew material that i would probably seek out.

i really like how the album starts off with flying high again, and every band member having a little blurb to sing.

wtytllt gets a little better on each hearing for me. the rhythm is good, i like the piano in it, i'm not so big on some of the lyrics.

i've gotta try is an andrew song, overall it's a good song, though i don't particularly like the intro to the song. it gets more enjoyable as the song progresses. i think though, the blending of the first 3 songs makes this group much stronger.

everybody wants you is the first song that i really like on the album. it's got this acoustic rhythm guitar in the beginning of the song that is replaced by an electric. there are elements of the song that remind me of the clash. ahhh... there's also the great harmonizing that sloan is known for... on this one it's patrick and chris. the tempo of the song is good, rhythm changes, chord progressions, and time structure make for an interesting listen instrumentally.

listen to the radio is another one of patrick's ballads. it was an initial favorite, but after listening to some of the other tracks it's dropped a few. it's nice, and good, but not as strong as some of his other ballads. the synth is kind of interesting in that it's different, but i think it might be stronger without it. still a good one though, with patrick songs, even if they're not great... they are still better than most of the stuff out there... at least for me.

fading into obscurity. i really like this song a lot. i like how it's divided into a couple of sections, with different styles. i never really gave too much thought on lyrical word play until i was in a relationship with someone who absolutely loved chris' lyrics. the more i thought about it, the more i appreciated it. chris has some of the coolest lyrics around... lots of word play in this song... makes for an amusing... and entertaining listening experience. the end of the song is especially catchy.

i can't sleep is ok. it's not so bad because it's only a minute long, but if it didn't have that drawn out sound and vocals at the end of each phrase. i like the instrumentals on the track.

someone that i can be true with starts off pretty good, but ends up being ok only because of the repetitive nature and though chris can come up with some great lyrics for some songs, the lyrics to this song are kind of ridiculous towards the end of the song. it's not a terrible song, but i've heard better. i do like how it blends into the next track though... it makes it a little better.

right or wrong by jay... goot harmonizing, good instrumentals, above average. i particularly like the piano that goes along with this song.

something's wrong... first solid song by andrew on this album. i like the band's backup vocals on this song. interesting elements from classic rock. a little short... but it leaves you with a sense that you'd like to hear more... which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

ana lucia... from what i've read it's about sloan's manager's baby. lyrics are cute. how cool would it be if you had a rock song written about you? good song. rockin heavy guitars.

before the end of the race... first jay song on this album that i really like. the mix of instrumentals are really good on this track.

blackout is another andrew song that i like. solid rocking out, almost feels like it could've been included on their navy blues album.

i understand. this is a great patrick ballad. some lyrical elements aren't the best, but... the chorus is frickin catchy... especially with the harmonizing and handclaps! i like how patrick likes to put in horns on his songs. perhaps cutting it a little shorter would be better. good song!

you know what it's about, this and the next track golden eye kind of go together. both have elements that i like. however, of the two... golden eye stands out with better instrumentals and rhythm, though the lyrics are kind of weak.

can't you figure it out, is another jay song that is quite good. it almost feels like it could've been included on btb. love the guitars and beats on this song. catchy chorus... good moving bass line.

set in motion is kinda funny, i think my fav part of the song is the chorus.

love is all around is a different kind of sound for andrew i think. it works. i do wish though that he would stop using that effect where his voice sounds like it's 10 feet away from the microphone.

will i belong. i don't care for this song much.

ill placed trust. this is as solid a patrick song as any. i listen to this when i drive to school in the morning... cause i'm usually late getting out the door... and it pumps me up to start the day... cause lemme tell you... these days... i haven't wanted to start many of em.

live the life you're dreaming of. i like this song a lot. it's a chris ballad. "maybe i can make it happen, i can help you work and love." good chorus, and use of all member's vocals. classic harmony.

living with the masses is possibly my favorite andrew song on this album. i like the chorus a lot, and andrew sounds like he's actually close to the microphone on this one.

hfxnshc... frickin halifax, ns hardcore.... great patrick song... lots of energy, "new beat generation!"

people think they know me... it's kinda eh, but i think the chorus to the song saves it.

i know you... what's with the knowing song things with that thing? it's kinda slowish in the beginning... but speeds up. the song definitely gets better as you listen to it.

last time in love. good catchy song by chris. i like how he plays around with the down beats on this song, and changing of the times. good harmonizing... classic use of sloan handclapping. grooving bass line.

it's not the end of the world. the most folk sounding track of the album... see below.

light years... it's got catchy piano in it... it's an ok jay song... not my fav on the album though.

another way i could do it. the middle portion of this song rocks the hardest... but overall the track is quite good. i'm trying to think of who this track reminds me of... but the name is not coming to me at the moment.

so there you go... that's my review. it's quite a lengthy album... and there's a lot of variety on it. i think as a cohesive album it's not as cohesive as some of their others because of the variety. however they do try and blend things together with fading on the song... which does work for some of them. in terms of the quality of the music... there are definitely more hits than misses when taking the album as a whole. there are only a couple of songs that will be able to come off this record as singles. it's hard to assign something out of 10 for the album... because i think it depends on what kind of day i listen to it on. in terms of the concept of the album though... i'd have to give it a 9/10. i guess i'll have to wait a couple years to see how high this ranks amongst their discography, which so far looks like this: twice removed, one chord, btb, action pact, navy blues, smeared (which i like a bit... but i think many of the songs would be much better without the distortion), and pretty together... however i don't forsee it taking down twice removed as my top pick. also... hearing the songs live in the future may have some impact on how much i like the song.

everyone have a good weekend!

October 31, 2006


Wow, well J's written an amazingly in-depth review of Sloan's latest album, Never Hear the End of It. (I could probably make a stupid joke about how I thought I'd never get to the end of his review, but I seem only to be able to get away with dumb things like that at the office, where the silliness provides necessary levity. Plus I really like what he's done and don't want to besmirch it for a cheap laugh... or groan.)

I've listened to the album five times through now, each time from start to finish, and I haven't really dabbled with individual tracks. Reading the review has me listening to the album a sixth time now. (I ended up taking a break from it, and from rock music in general, and focusing on classical music for a bit. I always oscillate between the two, and sometimes the periods are longer than others. I had a really long rock music phase recently, and now I'm in a half-and-half phase.)

Anyway, I've listened to the new record enough times to have general opinions of it, but I'm not ready to do a track-by-track review yet. (I don't know when I'll have time for that.) I really don't dislike any of Sloan's releases, except perhaps the Peppermint EP, which I think they bettered in every way with the release of Smeared. However, I do think some of their albums are stronger than others. I agree with The Onion AV Club's Hall of Fame that their masterpiece is Between the Bridges (henceforth referred to as BtB). Pretty Together was hit or miss, Action Pact was rockin' but perhaps a bit monolithic in its approach, and now we have, in my estimation, Sloan's best album since BtB.

What do they have in common? Aside from blending the songs together (something that was done masterfully on Side B of The Beatles' Abbey Road) and generally keeping them short in length, there's a very musical flow to the way the songs are arranged that makes it easy to listen to the full record, despite its overall duration. When the individual members of Sloan are at the top of their songwriting game, and all four are making quality contributions, something magical happens. They provide a variety of styles, which is what makes them so fun to listen to... again like The Beatles. (Jason's gonna harp on my bringing them up like this, but they're undeniably an influence, and always have been.)

The thing that surprised me the most about this album is the number of Andrew songs in it - and how good they are! After being shut out of Action Pact, probably by choice, he's come back with a vengeance. His contributions are my favorite this time around. His voice is great, his songs don't have the occasionally self-indulgent quality that Jason was complaining about, which has been evident on some of his tracks in earlier albums. I think Andrew had some really terrific material on Pretty Together, and of course the culminating "Delivering Maybes" on BtB, so I'm happy to hear that he's carrying it forward.

Jay... Jay does his best work since BtB. His music is so unabashedly happy here! I don't want to seem to take Chris and Patrick for granted, but they've put out so much material over the course of their careers (and dominated the last album) that I don't really have anything new to say about their work. I like what they do. Patrick's been getting harder and Chris has been turning out some really pretty ballads... sort of a flip on their roles earlier in the history of the band. They are both very skilled in both genres, but I just get the impression that there's been a gradual shift of focus from one to the other.

So in summation, Andrew's work here has me going back to appreciate his earlier work, and Never Hear the End of It has me switching back and forth between it and BtB. Both albums don't work so well on iPod shuffle mode, and so what? I'm such a fan of musicians that really craft albums as a whole, and the new one falls right in line with my sensibilities. Simply, it makes me happy to listen to it, the whole blessed thing, from start to finish, every time. For a newcomer, I'd still recommend BtB first, because I don't know how the uninitiated would react to the sprawling new album (and they may not be amenable to the Sloan sound), but Never Hear the End of It would be my follow-up recommendation. Definitely.

January 14, 2007


t.c. informed me about the bonus tracks available from sloan's US release (jan 9) of nhteoi. i've listened and i give props.

it seems "best part..." is a rocking power ballad with a good beat by patrick with the band's sloanminizing ooooh's and aaaaah's interspersed between the choruses.

"even though" is a rather simple but catchy ballad starts off with jay, and ends with patrick... woo hoo more jay and patrick!

seems that patrick is making up for his lack of songs on the original album release.

March 12, 2007

Spider-Man 3 and Arcade Fire

I'm getting pretty excited about the upcoming release of Spider-Man 3, and the media blitz is feeding that anticipation. YouTube has a murky pirate of the new trailer that's attached to the ridiculous new movie 300. Ain't It Cool News has a behind-the-scenes thing. Best of all, Yahoo now has the 7-minute preview of the beginning of the movie, which was shown during NBC's Heroes (great show) last week, available to stream/download in HD.

Arcade Fire released Neon Bible last week, their much awaited follow-up to their extraordinary debut album Funeral back in 2004 (and their EP from the year before). The new album is different enough, in the best sort of way, that when you first listen to it you may be taken off-guard by how it's different from their first album. But it has really grown on me with each listen, the same way that my favorite music has always done. I'm a rabid consumer of classical music, but I'm stingier with my time and money when it comes to rock. I think a lot of rock music today is derivative and lame. Arcade Fire is the first band to truly draw me in since Jason and my freshman year roommates turned me onto Radiohead. I highly recommend that you check them out.

April 5, 2007


been listening to moby's album hotel, and some remixes of some song lately. digging the sound.

ok... office time... and sabres game on. my gel pics were met with approval from my adisor =]. what a good night.

April 17, 2007

Save Pandora & Internet Radio

Pandora is a really cool internet radio site that grew out of the Music Genome Project, which painstakingly analyzes as much rock music as it can. So what Pandora is able to do is create a play list of music for you based on songs that you tell it that you like. They're now in trouble. I'll let Pandora's founder explain the details:

Hi, it's Tim from Pandora,

I'm writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays and broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.

In response to these new and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining us.

Please sign our petition urging your Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio:

Please feel free to forward this link/email to your friends - the more petitioners we can get, the better.

Understand that we are fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and have done so since our inception. As a former touring musician myself, I'm no stranger to the challenges facing working musicians. The issue we have with the recent ruling is that it puts the cost of streaming far out of the range of ANY webcaster's business potential.

I hope you'll take just a few minutes to sign our petition - it WILL make a difference. As a young industry, we do not have the lobbying power of the RIAA. You, our listeners, are by far our biggest and most influential allies.

As always, and now more than ever, thank you for your support.

-Tim Westergren
(Pandora founder)

I signed it, and if you agree with the petition I urge you to join it as well. Cheers for now.

July 22, 2008

falsetto voice

You can't take it with you
Does it for the pleasure

You were not to blame for
Bittersweet distractors
Dare not speak his name
Dedicated to all you
All your needs

Because we separate
The ripples on a black shore
Because we separate
The ripples on a black shore


Dedicated to all you human beings

July 23, 2008

looking forward to this new album

March 17, 2009

i love the slacker-ing

instead of looking stuff up for a project i'm working on... i'm gonna do this dealie-o that christielli did on her blog. plus i haven't posted anything in a little bit, so that's another excuse to not do work.

1) What's a piece of music, any genre, any year, and form, (i.e 45, album, MP3, etc), that you often return to. Something that continually resonates throughout your life, and seems to gain greater impact as you grow older. How often do you find yourself seeking this piece?

while there are many that could be considered consistent in my musical bubble... the one constant over the last decade-plus has been sloan's twice removed. i go through phases in listening to the whole album... but there are a select couple of songs that probably get played most often including: penpals, i hate my generation, coax me, snowsuit sound, and i can feel it. although there are probably a lot of things that are different from present me than past me... this album is the one that connects me with my growing sense of independence. at that point, i didn't know how much i really loved buffalo... all i knew was i wanted to get out. it was junior year and the greater buffalo youth orchestra was playing a concert in toronto at u.t. during the few days we were there, we rehearsed, took in a tso performance, and had time to wander. i picked up this album for a cool $9.99 cdn which was like $3.50 usd at the time at an hmv. from that point on, i've been listening ever since. the album itself is a good mix of styles... i think the songwriting process of the band contributes immensely. i think that's a reason i keep going back to it.

2) Is there a specific story that relates to this?

there probably are many stories, but one i will mention. the original twice removed cd i bought at hmv got lost along the way. i think i lent it out to someone... i'm pretty sure it was someone in new york. i'm still kind of pissed about it because that was my original sloan purchase... the first one that started it all. the one i got with canadian money at an awesome exchange rate... at an hmv nonetheless (that we don't have in the states). since i wasn't in buffalo at the time... and sloan wasn't being carried by many of the big box music stores in nyc... i had to look for the album in the smaller stores. i found a copy (it's actually a promotional copy which is kind of cool) at generation records on thompson st. despite my coolio promo disc... which i would probably be ecstatic about in under other circumstances... i'm still pissed about not having my original.

3) Was there a piece of music, despite the fact that you may have "outgrown" it now that at one time changed your life? How about something you feel you'll never outgrow?

i think i have grown out of some artists... one that i can think of would probably be nine inch nails. it's not that i don't enjoy putting on a track once in awhile... i just think i've mellowed out from the angsti-ness that i previously had. i still get pissed off in real life... i just prefer that my music kind of calm me down these days.

4) Could a piece of music that you found in common with a stranger bond you for life? Is there a story behind that?

yes. there are 2 things in my life that really makes me connect to a person. music is one of them, the other is humor. the third thing might be food. i find that the people i'm most receptive to are the ones who can always recommend good new music.

5) Is there a favorite artist that you had that you gave up on only to have him or her redeem themselves?

hmmmm... i don't know if i give up on them... but i think with each album radiohead released, it was really hard for me to plug into their sound at first. i didn't really listen to the bends until months after i bought it... the same went with ok computer. i hated kid a when it came out... i didn't touch it again until amnesiac came out. in rainbows was probably the odd one in that i really latched onto the sound fairly quickly after a couple straight listens compared to the others beforehand. i think with radiohead, they always shift their sound a bit so it's more of a departure from their previous sound than i'm expecting.

6) Has music ever got you through some really tough times? How?

yes. the great thing about music is it can heighten your senses. i love listening to treble charger (w.a.b., detox) and weezer (green, maladroit) when it's sunny out with blue skies and i'm in my car and can roll the windows down. it makes the day 1000 times better. likewise... when i'm down... music can also help me work through trouble. best of all... there are songs that remind me of certain people or situations... and i guess there will always be a connection even if they leave this earth or i get old.

7) Can music change the world or is that naive wishful thinking?

music has changed the world, though maybe not physically... but as long as people can internalize it and find an application to their own lives... it can people, and indirectly change the world.

8) Is Rock and Roll dead?

no. sloan still rocks out. if you've never seen sloan... you NEED to.

9) What's the song you wish played at you wedding? How about your funeral?

wedding... along with my mustache plans for my groomsmen and myself... there are a couple songs... but i guess i'd have to go over that list with my s.o. i think that ac/dc's you shook me all night long should be one of them though. another one that i have in mind might be electic six's gay bar. funny story... so i was in the car with my advisor/mentor for this project that i'm working on. we were visiting the pharmacies that were involved in the project... and she told me to pick a station on her satellite radio... telling me how she liked listening to new music and a lot of her students have led her to discover new music etc. at first i didn't know what genre she liked so i said i'm ok with anything and just kept the station on npr. after she implored me to go ahead and choose something... i did... so i picked the indie station... and this electric six song came on. while the song's playing she asks me, "what are they saying?" and i tell her... and while i think it might not have been what she was expecting to be confirmed... i think she was ok with it and even liked the song generally speaking. i think it's a great song... very different to what you would hear in the mainstream. the video itself is hilarious.

as for the funeral there are a couple of the weakerthans songs i have kicking in my head. for now, i'll have to say psalm for the elks lodge last call.

10) What's the greatest live show you ever saw? In what year? Why? How old were you then? Did you attend with friends? Were you a skeptic going in?
Did you enter a huge fan? How about the most disappointing show? Why?

greatest show? there are a couple i'd say. the first that comes to mind. radiohead radio city music hall spring 1998. blew me away. first time i heard bishop's robes. i can't believe we got tix to this thing... the first show sold out in a minute... the 2nd opened up and sold out in 5 minutes or something like that. i remember standing in line with stocham and there were 4 people in front of us that got tix to the 1st and 2nd shows... then i think only 1 other person after us got tix. crazy. next up... sloan september 1998 in support of navy blues. this was the first time i saw sloan in new york... and first time i went to the bowery ballroom. the venue was just recently renovated and opened... the area was still quite shady. i took stocham to his first sloan show and indoctrinated him into the sloan way (SLO-OAN). christielli had posted previously about the best live mcm she's heard... well... i'd have to say this would be mine best live mcm performance i've seen/heard. LOVE the sirens as intro. lastly... i believe it was a november 1999 show... i do know it was in support of btb. the live version of poor boy was OFF THE HOOK. best live version i've heard of it hands down. all with friends, never skeptical, pretty big fan already.

i don't know if i've seen a disappointing show... but i remember the last buffalo edgefest (not cfny's edgefest up in canada) i went to with my friend jp. we were in buffalo during the summer. we felt really old. lots of young kids... like we used to be running around listening to music getting their first taste of freedom. the shows were ok... i wasn't expecting to be blown away or anything... so i can't say i was disappointed. i've never been back to an anything-fest type show again. i saw weezer at continental airlines arena once. i think the venue sucked... i don't know if i was expecting to be blown away either at this one since i generally don't like arena or stadium shows. the sound either bounces weird or dissipates all stupid. i've never been to another arena or stadium show since. i'm just gonna stick to my bowery ballroom and hope that sloan never gets too big in the states to be able to fill giants stadium.

11) Have your feelings about recorded or live music changed over the years?

recorded music is great... it makes it accessible wherever you go. i do prefer the live music if i find a band i like. i want to know if they're for real or if it's all manufactured sound.

12) Do you listen to radio? How do you listen to music?

sometimes i still tune into the radio... but it's definitely not as often as i used to. depending on my locale the way i listen changes. in boston or nyc where i didn't have a car... ipod when i'm commuting or walking the streets. in buffalo... cd's in the car. when i'm home... itunes on an nfs connection through my xubuntu box when i'm under os x, and on a samba connection through my xubuntu box when i'm under vista. music + computer nerd = happy.

13) Has the amount of time you listen to music changed over the years? To what extent?

i guess over the years it may have increased a little more? the ipod helps when you live in a city where you spend a lot of time walking. cd's were ok... but sometimes they'd skip and you could really only have one disc in the player itself while you were walking. ipods and the like changed the game.

14) In these tough economic stressful times do you gravitate towards a different kind of music, i.e happy, nostalgic, the blues, then you did say, 4 years ago?


15) You're stuck on a desert isle, you've got a mix Cd with 10 songs you're stuck with until your dying day, (or at least until you're rescued) what are those 10 songs and why?

i'm getting tired... so i'm just gonna list 10 songs without explanations.

1) coax me - sloan

2) fallow - the weakerthans

3) karma police - radiohead

4) nostalgia - cracker

5) foo fighters - everlong

6) black - sarah mclachlan

7) never meant any harm - the golden dogs

8) how to say goodby - paul tiernan

9) weezer - island in the sun

10) trip like i do - the crystal method (i was trying to decide between this or a moby or nin song)

June 22, 2009

bands that last and persevere

i was wonding this afternoon while i was listening to some sloan as i was riding the T, "if i were to play all my sloan songs... how many hours would that take?" after starting up my itunes i found that it was a little less than 12 hours. my collection consists of all their full releases, their live albums, "party album", demos, some b-sides, but i don't have all of their "greatest hits" because really... how can you make a "greatest hits" while the band is still going?

anyways... it's just so rare that bands can stay together for so long these days with the same line-up. their first full length release came out in 1993! the peppermint ep came out in 1992, and was recorded in 1991! it's only 2 more years until the 20 year mark. they've been around for almost 2/3rds of my life. so i was thinking about other bands who've also been around awhile and are still going. there are a few that continue to release studio albums fairly consistently, and though some have changed line-ups... some have also been steady. the ones i could think of off the top of my head: 1) rem 2) radiohead 3) the cure 4) u2

June 28, 2009


i think music has the ability to enhance things, which is why people enjoy it so much. the correct combination of notes can stir up something inside one's soul, which i've always found amazing. i feel like the soundtracks to movies can really push them from a good movie to a great movie. for instance take kill bill vol 1, i've always been a fan of tarantino, but i thought the soundtrack put that movie over the top. the scene with hattori hanzo after the sword is finished, or the entrance of o-ren ishii with her crew into the restaurant, or the o-ren ishii battle with the bride... great music used to complement the scene and/or what's happening on screen. in a similar fashion, i've found that the effective use and placement of soundtracks on tv commercials can also add another layer. off the top of my head i can think of the old ford edge commercial with a snippet of the song 'the funeral' by band of horses, or reaching way back... an old volkswagen commercial with hooverphonic's 'renaissance affair'. a more recent example which i think was a visually interesting ad combined with great music is canon's ad for it's rebel xsi. i really like how they used pictures taken to put together a continuous story. there's something about photos that i love. they're like a summary of a thought, idea, emotion at a certain point in one's life. while films can be powerful and moving... i feel that photographs have the ability to surpass films because the viewer is forced to really focus on the frozen image at hand and interpret it for themselves. anyways... i found the making of the commercial really interesting. the song behind the ad arcs with and complements the action and the announcer in the background effectively.

April 4, 2010

easter and music from the 90s

hope everyone who celebrates easter is enjoying it, and those who are celebrating pesach also have a good last 2 days of passover.

the last couple months or so, i've put some old music back into rotation (stuff that i haven't heard in 7 or 8 years). a lot of it has withstood the test of time, and some of it hasn't. it made me realize how great the music scene was in the 90s. there seemed to be a lot of female led acts that could rock out at a pretty high level. not that there aren't any now, but it definitely seems different now. i think belly was probably my favorite of all those acts. anyways, here are a couple videos from the youtube of some old songs.

juliana hatfield three



i've also been following up with my friend bern who's out in southeast asia doing some volunteer work. sounds like he's having a pretty good time. he's blogging about it here.

hope your sunday weather is as great as it is where i am. i think i'll be hitting up anderson's for some custard this afternoon.

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