Thursday, May 18, 2006

For Ben...

Sorry I have not had anything interesting to say for the past three weeks. Langerado planning for 2007 is underway big time... So here's what I've been listening according to my LastFM site... Obviously I am on a sickening Grandaddy Kick. I bought an actual album for the first time in what seems like years last week, their finale, Just Like The Fambly Cat... Some gorgeous music on there... They are so Sunny... that's a good word to describe them. Actually, I woud describe them as a partly overcast day with beams of sunshin breaking through the clouds. And the spot where my cat finds sun to lie in is where Grandaddy lies. I am so pissed at myself for not finding out about this band before they broke up. I suck.

1 Wilco 243
2 Grandaddy 134
3 Awesome New Republic 127
4 Phish 110
5 The White Stripes 83
6 Fiona Apple 80
7 Coldplay 79
8 Spiritualized 76
9 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 73
10 Four Tet 64
11 Secret Machines 55
12 Pearl Jam 54
13 Brothers Past 51
14 Spoon 45
15 Ben Folds Five 43
15 Explosions in the Sky 43
15 Seu Jorge 43
18 The Benevento/Russo Duo 42
19 My Morning Jacket 41
20 Yo La Tengo 37
20 U2 37
20 Franz Ferdinand 37
23 Ween 35
24 Perpetual Groove 33
25 Pavement 31
25 The Flaming Lips 31
27 Pink Floyd 30
28 Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks 26
28 The Shins 26
28 Rana 26
31 The Disco Biscuits 23
32 Dave Attell 21
32 Arctic Monkeys 21
34 The Beatles 19
34 The Smashing Pumpkins 19
36 Stephen Malkmus 18
37 Skeletons & The Girl-Faced Boys 17
38 Nine Inch Nails 16
38 The Bays 16
40 Beck 15
40 Zero 7 15
40 Thievery Corporation 15
40 The Who 15
44 Air 14
44 Disco Biscuits 14
44 Wolf Parade 14
44 Conspirator 14
48 Spacemen 3 13
48 Sigur Rós 13
48 Amadou & Mariam

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Who's running this bitch now!

Yet another reason why I love Survivor!

The best Jerry. The best.

Things I read, saw and listened to this week

The Worst President in History? - hmmm...

The DaVinci Code - Everyone else is doing it...

American Dreamz mmm... Mandy Moore...

Pretty Persuasion mmm... Evan Rachel Wood

Amadou & Mariam - Great live show... world, funk, rock and roll...

Friday, April 21, 2006

Darwin Awards semi-finalist

Oregon Man Survives 12 Nails to the Head

PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon man who went to a hospital complaining of a headache was found to have 12 nails embedded in his skull from a suicide attempt with a nail gun, doctors say.

Surgeons removed the nails with needle-nosed pliers and a drill, and the man survived with no serious lasting effects, according to a report on the medical oddity in the current issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery.

The unidentified 33-year-old man was suicidal and high on methamphetamine last year when he fired the nails into his head one by one.

The nails were not visible when doctors first examined the man in the emergency room of an unidentified Oregon hospital a day later. Doctors were surprised when X-rays revealed six nails clustered between his right eye and ear, two below his right ear and four on the left side of his head.

No one before is known to have survived after intentionally firing so many foreign objects into the head, according to the report, written by Dr. G. Alexander West, the neurosurgeon who oversaw the treatment of the patient.

The man at first told doctors he had had a nail gun accident, but later admitted it was a suicide attempt.

The nails came close to major blood vessels and the brain stem but did not pierce them. The patient was in remarkably good condition when he was transferred to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, where the nails were removed.

The patient was later transferred to psychiatric care and stayed under court order for nearly a month before leaving against doctors' orders.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Comcast On Demand concert spotlight...

This week...

The Disco Biscuits vs. The White Stripes

So Comcast On Demand broadcasts concert DVD's - usually like 30 minutes of soon to be or recently released show. I have rarely used the on-demand feature of my DVR... It was a long drawn out story of how I finally got it working, needless to say it ended in me losing most of the pay channels I was getting for free. Never kick a gift horse in the mouth they say. That's a story for another day.

I just watched two 30 minute videos. One was The Disco Biscuits from this last Camp Bisco - the other was the White Stripes "Under Blackpool Lights." Let me preface this by saying I am a big fan of both bands... one particularly more so than the other. Those who know me know which one that is. For those that don't it is the band that accepted my offer to play at Langerado this year. No harm no foul for the other... Hopefully they can play in the future. I wont hold it against them.

Anyhoo, I gotta say I was pretty disapointed in the Biscuits release. Granted, I was at the show and it was, in my eyes, a spectacular way to say goodbye to Sammy, their drummer of ten years who was leaving the band. The Comcast thing shows a really strong inverted Nughuffer. My problem is in the production quality of the show. The shots seemd forced, too many edits for no other reason than to cut. The sound was great, but it just seemed weird that all these shots were just thrown out there. Random shots of Bisco wooks - the master shot from the soundboard didn't even seem centered to me. The Disco Biscuits are on the forefront of the musical revolution. There is only one other band that has made me weak in the knees from the very first moment I saw them. They should be utlizing technology for their video releases the way they incorporate it into their music. The quality of the video footage, the blown out shots when the lights overpowered the lenses... I am so excited that the Biscuits are back in full force with Allen, and hope that they utlize the fan base they have for good - There are so many different people who follow and support this band that they should be able to work something out with someone who has the technology. They have been rebuilt. Faster. Stronger. Louder. Scarier. Let the video tell the truth about this band.

Now onto the White Stripes. A band that relishes the past. I loved this video. Shot in grainy film stock, this video is a love letter to everything Jack White holds sacred. It looks and feels like and old 60's concert film you might see late night on VH1. And that's just the way it should. The White Stripes love affair with the dirty sounds of the 60's and 70's heavy British Blues comes through in this video, a hot sweaty mess shot in a tight concert hall in England.

I recommend buying the White Stripes - Under Blackpool Lights DVD and holdnig out for the Disco Biscuits - In the meantime you can get the new Disco Biscuits album Wind at Four to Fly which has some strong strong jams throughout. And you don't have to look at Brownstein.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Why can't I think of this?

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

I admit it. I am a crackhead.

Yes, I can finally admit it. I have a problem. Every year with the Jewish holiday of Passover comes a tradition in my family that I cannot run from.

Matzoh. Butter. Salt.

For one week, while the jewish people are supposed to abstain from leavened bread, we are forced to eat matzoh.

Since I was a little kid I would look forward to Passover for weeks, anticipating the days when I could eat Matzoh, Butter and Salt. The trick though, the crack that makes it so good is the butter. You must use the following.

Breakstone's Whipped Unsalted butter.

Honestly, the smell of the butter gives me the shakes. Combine it with the matzoh and the perfect amount of salt, and even the most hardcore drug addict would forgo a fix of heroin for a fix of this stuff. Don't believe me? Go get some Manichevietz. Get some Striets. Not the egg matzoh, the regular stuff. Get yourself some Breakstones Whipped Unsalted. then throw a nice fine layer of salt on that bitch.

You will thank me later. Luckily Passover only lasts one week and I can usually be content after going through one box. Then the countdown is on until the next year.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Thank You For Smoking

both read and saw "Thank You For Smoking" this week... Loved them both. I am a huge fan of Alexander Payne's movies (Citizen Ruth, Election, and somewhat less Sideways...) and Thank You had that same feel of skewring both sides of the issue with equal aplomb... Having been a smoker for about 5 years and quitting once I coughed up something big round and black, I now hate the smell of cigarettes, but really, I cannot be on of those people who thinks smoking should be outlawed... As Nick Naylor, so eliquently(sp?) played by Aaron Eckhardt with the perfect amount of sleaziness and authenticity says when asked by Katie Holmes (returning to my list... but lets see what happens after the lizard baby pops out of her stomach) why he does what he does, "Population Control."

No one is right in this war. Like Naylor says, it's not about who's right and who's wrong, it's about winning the argument. He doesn't have to prove he is right, he just has to prove you wrong.

I wholeheartedly recommend seeing Thank You For Smoking. A great cast, a sharp and witty commentary on an important social issue, and neither side comes out on top. Also, if you haven;t done so yet, rent Citizen Ruth and see one of Laura Dern's best performances...