Song of the Day – 4/30

April 30, 2010

Sea Wolf – Black Leaf Falls

Oh hi, didn’t see you there! So yeah, I’m going to see this band tonight. They’re playing with (or opening for) The Album Leaf. It’s totally convenient since I like both bands. So yep, I don’t have a ton to say. Sea Wolf was a side project of some band and then it became this dude’s actual band. The Album Leaf was totally on The OC at one point. I found both of these bands through other means. Music and stuff, yeah.

– Wayne!


Song of the Day- 4/29

April 29, 2010

Something Corporate– Watch the Sky

Remember when piano rock was really popular? Well I do, and I have Something Corporate to thank for it. They were the first band that I ever saw in concert that wasn’t with my parents. The 8th grade version of me was into some pretty shitty music, but Something Corporate was my gateway drug into the hard stuff. I never would have listened to Ben Folds or Keane if it wasn’t for those dudes. Unfortunately, the band broke up and lead singer Andrew McMahon made Jack’s Mannequin. Now sad girls everywhere are enjoying a piece of my adolescence. Fail.


Song of the Day and Stuff

April 29, 2010

Just as a quick update, I took a bit of time and created an archive section for our ‘Song of the Day’ category. I figured that it would be easier to navigate this way. I also included some information under that tab that helps you better understand Song of the Day and what it’s all about.

Click here or the Song of the Day tab to take a look.

Also as a side note, if you’ve clicked our About section you’ve probably noticed that it sucks and tells you absolutely nothing about either of us. I’ll be updating that at some point in the near future as well.

In the meantime, here’s an awkward picture of a Mareep just because I can.

"MaaaaAAAAAaaaaaa-reep!"

– Wayne!


Song of the Day – 4/28

April 28, 2010

Metric – On the Sly

Metric’s first studio album “Grow Up and Blow Away” was recorded in 2001 but never actually released until 2007. According to good ol’ Wikipedia – “The album was recorded in 2001, but delayed for years by their record label. As the years passed, the band’s sound changed to the point where they no longer felt the album would be what the fans expected to hear, so Metric recorded a completely new album, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, and released that instead.”

Pretty interesting right? Well, kinda. I’m a big Metric fan personally so it’s just a cool little tid bit to know about the band. I actually like the sound off their first album more then any of their other releases, and this album is on my list of ‘albums I need to buy but can’t fucking find for the life of me’. Anyways, enjoy!

– Wayne!


Case Study: Mall Thugs

April 27, 2010

After many years of painstaking research, it is finally time to reveal my findings on one of nature’s most territorial species- The Mall Thug.

I have studied the different phylum of the mall for quite some time, but few of its inhabitants are as interesting as the mall thug. Mall thugs are distant cousins to actual thugs, a common mistake made by novice shoppers. If you are having trouble identifying a mall thug from someone who might actually stab you, just look for a few tell tale signs. First, actual thugs don’t have a lot of free time for leisure and shopping, so if you spot a thug in a mall you know said thug isn’t very dangerous. Second, notice how the mall thug lacks the self confidence and intimidating presence that a real thug would possess. The third and final test for determining the validity of the thug in question is a simple but effective observation: If the subject is under the age of 16 and can’t control the bagginess of their pants or the volume of their voice, you have in your sights a mall thug.
Now that we have identified the mall thug, let us discuss some of its behavior and social habits. The mall thug can often be seen congregating in packs around Champs or Finish Line. Footwear is an essential part of mall thug culture. Because most mall thugs lack the size or confidence to be intimidating, they have resorted to matching their shoe laces to their hats in order to show authority. Matching colors is how young mall thugs attract desperate females, similar to a peacock. The mall thug will make strange hand gestures and noises to get the female’s attention, and then hope she notices the outline on his jacket matches his Jordans.

Anthropologists have often noted the extremely aggressive and territorial nature of the mall thug. They travel in groups, ranging from four to eight members, giving intimidating stares to all they pass. They will often attempt to approach the girlfriends of other mall thugs. This usually results in a brief exchange of angry words, with both males in question often backing down awkwardly. During my research, I noticed that most mall thugs are actually very gentle, but are misunderstood because of their strange behavior and interesting fashion choices. Because mall thugs are often rather annoying and occasionally too physical, I have developed a system for visiting the mall without incident: Avoidance, Escape, and Confrontation.

Avoidance– The key to navigating the mall without detection is to know where the packs are most likely to strike. Avoid places like phone kiosks, as they are often run by friends of thugs. Any place that sells cubic zirconia (such as Piercing Pagoda), should be avoided, as this imitation diamond is often all that a mall thug can afford. And by all means, stay away from Lids. Lids is where all beginner mall thugs go to purchase their first flat brimmed hat, a ceremonial rite of passage.
Escape– Outrunning a mall thug can be difficult, as many are on j.v. football or basketball teams. Fortunately, a key flaw to the mall thug’s attire is limited maneuverability. Because they wear their pants so low, they may find it difficult to keep up in a long winded pursuit. If they start gaining on you, use an escalator. Mall thugs will be rendered immobile on an escalator, as they cant resist the opportunity to pose while moving.
Confrontation– Nearly all mall thugs lack any fighting ability or weaponry. Also, each member of the pack is a separate entity, and they will rarely help each other in an actual fight. If you have to fight a mall thug, try to avoid the slew of rapid fire “punches” they will throw in every direction. A useful technique is to always carry a copy of Brian De Palma’s Scarface. Mall thugs will be mesmerized and distracted at the sight of it, giving you the opportunity for the first strike.

I hope these techniques and information will help you in navigating the mall. The mall thug is an important part of the delicate mall ecosystem, without whom there would be chaos. Without the noble mall thug, there would be no one to keep the goth and scene kids from overrunning the average shopper. As a scientist, I greatly appreciate the mall thug for his impact on the vapid, pathetic world he lives in.
-Ryan


Song of the Day- 4/27

April 27, 2010

Brendan Canning– Hit the Wall

In between Broken Social Scene records, Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew needed something to do. So, both of these bearded indie legends made their own solo albums. Each of the respective records has everything you would expect from BSS- shoegazing, jam rock at its finest. “Hit the Wall”  is the first single off Canning’s Something for All of Us. If you are feeling a tad antsy waiting for Forgiveness Rock Record, then hopefully this song and the above video will help you ease the pain.

-Ryan


Lemmings: Not Really a Fan of the Whole Killing Themselves Thing

April 27, 2010

I’m not sure how I feel about Disney. They’ve got this weird thing for ducks, but man do they hate lemmings. I mean, they friggin’ murdered the poor bastards.

Omg, it's fat and cute.

I’ve never been one to care much about lemmings. Who would? They don’t really do anything interesting. They’re just fat little rodents. They’re kind of adorable, but they’re still just fat little rodents that don’t do anything. That being, it really is unfortunate that I spent my entire childhood thinking that lemmings were mentally handicapped mice whose only interests included foraging and mass suicide. Truth be told, however, that while it’s no doubt that these chubby little guys aren’t exactly the brightest, they still don’t blindly kill themselves en masse like I once thought. Admittedly, I’ve known that lemmings aren’t really a huge fan of  the whole suicide thing for quite a while, but I never knew that Disney was the blame for my childhood ignorance.

Apparently, back in 1958 people really sucked at filming nature documentaries. From what I’ve gathered it seems that the Disney documentary White Wilderness was shot over the course of three years. Along the way some guy was all like, “Yo, you know what’s nuts? These silly little rodents called lemmings run over cliffs and kill themselves. That shit is mad entertaining. Let’s film that.” Unfortunately, they never found any lemmings jumping to their deaths, so some asshole decided to take the matter into his own hands by first faking footage of lemmings migrating and then faking footage of lemmings killing themselves. This popularized the myth that every three or four years lemmings get extremely bored and decide to go throw themselves off a cliff for shits and giggles.

Now, I want you to watch this three minute long clip from White Wilderness. I want you to watch this clip with the full knowledge that these lemmings aren’t killing themselves unassisted.

Yeah, that’s right. This shit happened. Hell, this shit won an Academy Award.  Man, all I can think of when I watch this video is that there’s some fat guy pushing these things off that cliff with a stick. This is the most terrible thing I’ve ever seen. The worst part of the video has to be the fact that it seems like the narrator is trying to talk you through it, “It’s okay guys, sometimes nature is just severally retarded. It’s not like we’re shoving them off the edge of this cliff or anything.”

Man, now I’m wicked sad. Thanks Disney. Thanks.

Turns out, Lemmings don’t murder themselves.

– Wayne!