Thursday, September 27, 2007

Results from the Radiohead Poll

Well, the results are in and the first era of Radiohead dominated over the second era. It received 75% of the votes from the four categories.
I should probably note that it was out of four votes, and one voted for "I don't like Radiohead" (darn you Alex and the way you hate things...).
I still love Radiohead. You can't bring me down, man.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Seventh

Here is Thrice's newest promo video for The Alchemy Index.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Sad Day...

For years, I have been telling people that The Carpenters' song "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" was broadcast out into space on World Contact Day. Well, according to Wikipedia (*see explanation of Wikipedia below), it is actually just a cover of a song written about the first World Contact Day (originally written by Klaatu and called "The Recognized Anthem for World Contact Day" in the hopes that if there was a second World Contact Day, the song would be the natural choice for the anthem). This is my formal apology to any that I have misinformed.

Hopefully this music video can make amends.

The Carpenters - "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft"

Explanation of Wikipedia (by Michael Scott)

The New Amsterdams

Today they released their new album - At the Foot of My Rival. For a short time, they are playing the whole cd on their myspace. It is a delightful album. I shall let it begin a new feature here on my blog, where I review albums (both old and new), and give them a rating. I won't give the review until the end of the month, though. I always need a good month with an album before I can fully decide how I feel about it (I'm a fickle man, I know...).

Here is one of their videos, though. Hopefully it will tide you over until I get the review up.

The New Amsterdams - "The Spoils of the Spoiled" (live on Letterman)

The Difference

I was thinking today about how much music I have listened to over the span of my life. Some of those songs/albums/bands have become permanent fixtures that are still the bands I list when people ask for my favorite bands. Others have had their heyday, but in time I moved on. It essentially divides into four groups for me:

- Timeless Music - Those bands/albums/songs that never grow old to me, and are consistently in my shuffle (even after however many years I've been listening to them. Easily identifiable by the fact that I will still rush out to buy their new releases). Ex. Jimmy Eat World
- Filler Music - The music that fills my life and shuffle for a time, but then eventually dies out (bands that I even considered my favorite or will always think of fondly, but cease to put in my group of all-time favorite bands. Also identifiable by the fact that I won't rush out to buy their new releases). Ex. Pearl Jam
- Other Peoples' Music - This doesn't mean "bad." In fact, quite often it is quite good. Yet, I don't seem to make any effort to go get a copy of my own. I'll most often hear it driving in someone else's car or on the radio. Ex. Relient K
- Crap Music - Self-explanatory. Music that I just don't like. (The fact that I have it on my computer doesn't mean anything; I keep a decent amount of Crap Music on my compy for comedic value). Ex. Baja Men's - "Who Let the Dogs Out?"

The reason I was thinking of this, is that I hope for my music to be Timeless Music. Writing music is such a strange balance of letting it be natural (and in that sense, letting it create itself), while still demanding that it be the very best that you can do. All song-writers have their own process for this, so I'm sure that many would argue against everything I'm saying. I don't care. I am so grateful for the music that is Timeless Music. It is the music that inspires me to write my own. Filler Music is also inspiring to me, but in a different way. My vain hope (although I try to think of it as pure) is that my music would touch someone else the way that countless other songs have touched me.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Part 3

Boys and girls I really have been out of it. I forgot to keep you all updated on the Thrice - Alchemy Index Video Diary Blog/Promotional Video spots. (I need to figure out a shorter way to say that...). Here are the third and forth ones. Also (and in all of its "p.s." glory), they have put one song from each of the two first discs to be released on their myspace. Go and listen. They will numb your bottom with joy.



Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Procrastination is a Minx

So, I had this excited debate all planned out for which is funnier: Flight of the Conchords, or Tenacious D. Here's the deal, I got married and went on a honeymoon and frankly lost interest in doing that piece. That, my friends, is the real danger of procrastination--it will suck the desire from you. The longer I put it off, the less exciting it became. So instead of the debate, I'm just gonna give the answer: they are both hilarious. One is high-energy and very offensive, the other is awkward and subtle. Pick your poison.

I also thought I'd put up a clip from Dimitri martin's stand-up (it's the one where he shows a pie-chart of procrastination that is empty and says, "I was gonna make a pie chart for procrastination, but..."). I couldn't find it. So instead, just enjoy his cameo in the season finale of Flight of the Conchords.