May 18, 2010
Band of Horses– Laredo
So I’m taking a break from copious amounts of Red Dead Redemption to give you some ear candy. The song is Laredo, which came off of Band of Horse’s new album that came out today. These dudes kinda look like cowboys and I have spent the last 5 hours riding on digital horses so I thought it would be fitting. Well I got to go, I have a Gossip Girl marathon ahead of me that I just can’t miss.
May 10, 2010
Just an update, me and Wayne are hitting the road! Starting tomorrow we will be going Kerouac on your ass. I apologize ahead of time for the lack of witty posts this week, but we need a road trip something fierce. We will be back Friday-ish, so hopefully one of us will be awake enough to give you guys Song of the Day or possibly a rehashing of our adventures.
May 6, 2010
Lil Wayne– Receipt
Remember Tha Carter II? Yea that shit was bomb. You have to hand it to Lil Wayne, that guy went viral when he first got big. For the last couple of years, he has been featured in like 80% of rap songs worth listening to. After Tha Carter 3 the guy has been unstoppable. Lil Wayne is the hardest working rapper in the industry, he puts out more mixtapes then McDonald’s puts out burgers. Unfortunately like any rapper worth his salt, he is doing a little jail time. I have a feeling this summer is going to be kinda lame for rap music when one of it’s biggest stars is locked up. We will miss you Lil Wayne, no blunt cruise would be complete without you.
May 4, 2010
The Paper Raincoat– Rough Cut
I just found this band like 10 minutes ago. So far so good. Paste is giving away one free download a week from their new album. “Rough Cut” sounds an awful lot like a Frou Frou song, so that may be why I like it so much. It’s a beautiful day so enjoy some beautiful music!
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May 3, 2010
Alice in Wonderland has been pretty frickin popular the last couple of months, which I think is more of a testament to the 3D experience and less about the movie itself. Tim Burton made a movie with over saturated colors, a Danny Elfman score, moody undertones, starring Jonny Depp– that shit was crazy original! I’m happy Burton could stray so far from his directing norm! Sarcastic exclamation points!!!
Aside from my annoyance with the recent film adaptation, I really love Alice in Wonderland. I read the book in sophomore year, and me and Wayne had a brief obsession with how cool Lewis Carol was. The book is loaded with satire and most of the characters are based on exaggerations of real people, the most awesome of these being the Mad Hatter. The tea swigging lunatic is based on Theophilus Carter, an inventor and top hat enthusiast who lived in Oxford around the same time Carol did.
Theophilus Carter was a furniture salesman/crazy person, so he decided to combine the two into one totally awesome invention. He invented an alarm clock bed that tossed you out of bed in the morning and into a bath full of cold water. Yup, awesome. That is clearly the worst idea anyone has ever had. I can’t fathom why anyone would ever want to wake up like that, but Theophilus thought it would be a big hit. He was so confident that he brought his invention to the Great Exhibition of 1851. Needless to say, people weren’t stoked about waking up to a bath full of ice water every morning.
Theophilus became pretty famous around town, mostly because he stood outside his furniture shop screaming at people. He was pretty easy to spot, since he always wore a giant top hat on the back of his head. Carol brought his illustrator, Sir John Tenniel, to Oxford to get a good look at Carter so he could draw him for Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The term “mad as a hatter” was pretty popular back then because most hat makers got mercury poison and went insane, but Theophilus was just good old fashion crazy. Crazy awesome. I’m not sure how we would feel knowing that one day Jonny Depp would be running around in makeup and a wig pretending to be like him. All I can say is hats off to Theophilus for being great, and Lewis Carol for immortalizing his madness.
Clean cup, clean cup. Move down.
May 2, 2010
Silversun Pickups– Substitution
Hey dudes, I know I’m breaking Uncle Vernon’s rule of “no post on Sunday,” but I had no time yesterday to give you song of the day. “Substitution” is the song I always use to try and convince myself I might like Silversun Pickups. In actuality, this band is pretty mediocre, but from time to time they give you something catchy. The video definitely helps, it features the sexiest game of musical chairs every played.
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.