• And a newfound love for Jell-O commercials? (thanks, wikipedia)

    31 Dic 2009, 6:31

    Jenny Lewis and the various Jenny Lewis-related projects are like a recurring "sleeper" in my iTunes. I hated With Arms Outstretched until sometime over the past few months, and I'm pretty sure I didn't even like We Will Become Silhouettes (as Postal Service songs go) until later on. Maybe I'm going to have a resurgence of 80s and 90s sitcoms/films in my life, too.

    anyways, I just wanted to keep this somewhere:

    Lines I really like (if at least inexplicably) from Rise Up with Fists!!!
    What are you changing?
    Who do you think you're changing?
    You can't change things, we're all stuck in our ways
    It's like trying to clean the ocean
    What do you think you can drain it?
    Well it was poison and dry long before you came

    It was not pretty, but she was
    (not your wife)
    But she will wake up wealthy
    And you will wake up forty-five

    Like when you wake up behind the bar
    Trying to remember where you are
    Having crushed all the pretty things
    There but for the grace of God, go I
  • blame it on...

    30 Nov 2009, 19:24

    ...my friend Kris
    ...western pitch delineation and the finitude it creates
    ...the Communists

    My friend Kris once played Blame It On The Tetons right after The Bitter End to point out the similarity of chords and melody, and now I can't listen to one without following it with the other. So distracting.

    (I haven't journaled in forever, and this is what I leave you?)
  • "Art is such a different language of describing who you are and I feel like I have…

    15 Jul 2008, 3:18

    This shameless plug is overdue.

    atmospheric electronic rock from Colorado
    read the full interview // download their full album

    A few favorite quotes and moments: (some were edited out)

    "(Isom) We want people to have Thanksgiving dinner at our shows." "(Matt) Literally have Thanksgiving dinner." "Like, we have our own stains on our sofa and our own moldy cottage cheese but it's, like, ours, you know? We're still working towards that too, but that's what we want to do."

    "Matt has looked, like, twenty-three since he was about fourteen, and he looks pretty much like exactly the same. And I was, like, this [gestures] tall." "You still look like that."

    "Songwriting has to be selfish in order for people to really have a grasp of it. If it's so meaningful to you, it becomes like, 'This is obviously written with so much into it that I can't deny this.'"

    "India changed my perspective of life. I went thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean and then realized that people are just the same, all over the world. They believe in the same things, they live for the same giant concept. I think everyone has these micro-themes that they live for, but...I thought, 'Wow. Billions of people in the world are all people living under God and people still believe in the same big thing.' It really opened my eyes. It was very inspiring, to know that people feel happiness and sadness all over the world. To actually realize that and see that firsthand is really cool."

    "Going on tour and playing shows, I feel so honored when people are standing in front of us. ... We want to hang out with you guys. I want to get to know you guys as much as possible because we're the same kind of people that come to our shows and we just want to be friends with them. Be a big family. That's what we want to be."

    "(Isom) August Jesus Depression...well you get a milkshake, a Volkswagen and, uh..." "(Matt) You find some butter, and you get some whipped mayonnaise..."
  • Fact:

    6 May 2008, 3:06

    tt Lester is my favorite band ever.
    I can't get over it.

    Fact #2: "Chariots of Fire" is a really epic way to start the day.
  • Catalogue of My Personal Vinyl Record Collection (aka, that which makes me hip)

    7 Abr 2008, 20:07

    As some of you may know (not likely), a glorious thing did happen on the eighth of March, two thousand and eight, common era. It was a sunny Saturday morning in the suburbs of Denver when I was finally presented with my very first fully functioning record player.

    Back in the day, my dad used to run the phonograph on Saturday and Sunday mornings, blasting John Philip Sousa at a volume not unlike if the marching band had been playing in our own home. It was kind of a cruel way to wake up the kids for church, but it could've been worse.

    Eventually, though, the needle broke, and by then cassette tapes and CDs were so cool you couldn't buy a stylus at a Radio Shack anymore. So we gave up, and a fat stack of records sat and warped themselves in our garage for a good many years.

    Of course, the post-post-modern search for authenticity brought a returning rise to the popularity of the vinyl record, which of course is exactly all a teenage girl needs to hear to jump on the bandwagon. And thus began my search for a good record player.

    I hastily laid ten dollars at a garage sale on a full stereo set (complete with two boxy, wood panel speakers up to my waist), until I realized it, too, was missing a needle. And I really had no idea want specs it required, nor even what brand this stereo was. This, of course, was the first record player I saw, and thereafter I learned to be much more careful in my thrift hopping.

    On March 8th I only owned two records. They were used, and I bought them this past summer for, like, a buck apiece at a favorite indie store, waiting for the day I'd actually be able to play them. This was actually sometime in between buying the stereo and figuring

    In a month, my collection has quintupled through possibly the most impulsive set of purchases I have ever made (save for the first stereo set), plus we found out that the old records still play (and should they ruin my needle, I know where to order them and what kind). That means I can wake up to Sousa on the weekends again, or even Barbra Streisand. Yesssss!

    Anyways, a list. This is obviously for my purposes, not so much yours, and if anyone reads this you're probably going to make fun of me. This isn't hip at all if John Denver is on the list. But I freaking love him.

    My Records: (updated 2009.05.23 in a fit of fleeting procrastination)
    (I have no idea what order this is in.)
    • Fort Nightly by White Rabbits
    • either/or by Elliott Smith
    • Back Home Again by John Denver
    • Eastbourne Performance (live) by Duke Ellington
    • a lot of Ritchie Valens. a lot.
    • Buddy Holly Lives, a "greatest" collection of Buddy Holly & The Crickets
    • Caravanserai by Santana (apparently most people think it's the worst album they ever made. this happens to be the one I bought for a buck before my record player worked)
    • Oldies But Goodies Volume 11. This too was a buck, but something about "Louie Louie" on vinyl was really the coolest thing ever. I think my jaw literally dropped for that one.
    • Some recording of Rhapsody in Blue that's really old and really unlistenable
    • Soundtrack to Chariots of Fire. I bought this one for college. I'm already anticipating my first finals week. (I'm sure this will get played sooner than that.) [UPDATE: Yes, it did get played sooner than that. No, I'm not allowed to play it when my roommate's around. Actually, I haven't tried.]
    • Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever by Explosions in the Sky
    • Tim by The Replacements
    • self-titled by Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground
    • Hold Time by M. Ward
    • Hazards of Love by The Decemberists
    • self-titled by Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
    • Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective

    Records I Find Myself Regularly Borrowing From My Parents:
    • Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits
    • The Beatles 1962-1966
    • The Best of Glenn Miller
    • This Is Sinatra! (Frank Sinatra)
    • Dvorak: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.95 "From The New World", performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Forget you, Freddy Fender.

    6 Abr 2008, 20:37

    I used to derile the notion that bass was meant only to be felt and never heard, that poor old Paul or Jaco or Andy Rourke was meant to be silenced, muted and left for only a physical role.

    But now I get it.

    And I finally understood it not from some funk record or jazz night or a deep house rave. I learned it from Explosions in the Sky traveling deeply up my calves and through my knees and over my stomach and into my strongest arteries.

    Front and center. It was one of the most mind-blowing concert experiences I've ever had.

    I loved the hopeless grins on every performer that night, including (especially) Lichens. Every sense of mine was swept away, from the inspiring mania that my eyes witnessed to the sonic epic Explosions always delivers, the unpleasant reek of weed and the taste of my own sweat, and again, the bass whip burning through my body, treble trembling and shaking my skin.

    Explosions in the Sky at The Ogden (Denver), 2008/03/26
  • dreams come true

    11 Dic 2007, 4:09

    I'M SEEING Explosions in the Sky LIVE. FOR MY BIRTHDAY.


    This is kind of a dream. They are on a short list of bands I absolutely must see live (only one other band immediately comes to mind), and it's ten days after my birthday, and it's on my spring break, and I am absolutely thrilled.

    My brother bought me two tickets. It's my birthday present, since the Denver show is ten days after. I don't know who to take. I don't know who would really share my enthusiasm without annoying me. Does that sound awful? It probably is awful. But honestly...

    So I'm listening to Band of Horses right now, and I can't tell if I really like them or I'm just trying to like them because that's the hip thing to do. Part of it is probably related to my recent obsession with Seattle, undoubtedly related to the fact that I'm probably going to college there.

    Anyhow, I can dig.


    (check out Ruckus & the Trousers)
  • Musings From Monolith, Day II

    30 Sep 2007, 6:30

    Monolith Festival at Red Rocks

    Two weeks later...

    If you've never heard a singer's passion echo off the mountains and into a crowd of 9,000, or felt the vibration of a bass seep through your feet and into geological history, or caught the Denver lights from a thousand feet above the mile high city, put Red Rocks Ampitheatre on your list of destinations before you die. On September 14th and 15th Monolith Festival made its Red Rocks debut with over 50 bands, including Cake, The Decemberists, Kings Of Leon, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Art Brut, and a slew of independent acts from California to the UK.

    The bands I saw:

    Via Audio - I don't remember much about their set besides the fact that I liked them and that their bassist was especially entertaining to watch. Scores for this though: The room started with no more than a couple dozen spread-out stragglers, and ended with me pushed up against the back wall, jumping in an attempt to see. Grabbed them and kept them.
    Bob Log III - When I walked in on Bob Log III, there were two women effectually lap dancing on a man wearing what appeared to be a space helmet. I'm sure many-a pimply teenage boy has fantasized that moment. I caught the end of his set, which involved said lap dance, suggestive heavy breathing, and him elaborately playing himself off the stage. Take that as you will.
    Meese - It's always a pleasure to watch Patrick Meese strut the stage like a polo-clad dominatrix. This set was made even more entertaining by the two middle-aged men up front attempting to relive their glory days.
    Margot & the Nuclear So and So's - No matter how many rows up I sat, I felt wrapped up and washed into the sound. I don't think I was totally won over at the time, perhaps because I was in some sort of awe-inspired trance, but I've since been listening to them online quite a bi.
    Otis Gibbs - Solid. Clear message, clear story, clear sound. Exactly what folk should be.
    nathan & stephen - The last time I saw them, I wasn't rabid, but I swore I'd see them again. Though the small stage is always a bit tight with nine people, I think this group has more fun than any band in Denver.
    Art Brut - This IS new punk. With time for a few more songs, these three would incite a riot. Any freshman in tight pants could not dare try to tell me to stick it to the man if he were standing anywhere near these guys. Warped guitar, fierce rhythm section, and a voc so utterly sick of society...
    Hot IQs - I knew I liked them beforehand, but I've recently become obsessed. Their solid, catchy indie pop takes Weezer and Rooney, occasionally scales the sound back about three or four decades (see: Eli Mishkin's suit), and slaps in New Wave drone tone vocals to make you feel a little less bubblegum (although the bubble-blowing drummer might crush all your attempts).
    The Flaming Lips - Um, he crowd-surfed in a plastic bubble. End of story.

    Three overall notes:
    1.) EPIIIIIIC!!!
    2.) Brooklyn are Indianapolis are now ruling my music radar.
    3.) Could've used more genre diversity, but otherwise, EPIIIIIIC!!!
  • A vent on Christian rock. Here we go again...

    9 Ago 2007, 6:37

    Well I wrote this a few weeks ago, but anyways...
    As I'm in the middle of some reviews (and in the middle of some writer's block), I felt like venting about some of the things that have been annoying me with some Christian music.
    -Bands that sound like: matchbox twenty, Train, Vertical Horizon, 3 Doors Down, Coldplay, Augustana...
    -Bands that sound like bands that no one listens to anymore, such as matchbox twenty, Train, Vertical Horizon...
    -The line "I've been here before" and things like it. Because I know my ears have too.
    -Cue: epic strings, approximately 40% into the song.
    -"You just change 'Jesus' to 'baby'"--and vice versa. I was reading the lyrics booklet to a band who call themselves Christian in their bio, and I realized that all these songs that I thought were worship songs were definitely for "baby." There's a place to throw in songs about agape in your marriage, but trust me, that is not what this was.
    -And on that note, what is Christian music? If half your songs are about how she broke your heart anyway, what makes you different from those bands on the other radio station? And if artists like Switchfoot, This Providence, Sufjan Stevens, MuteMath, The Rocket Summer and Underoath can spill their spirituality and collect their plays among those outside of "Christian pop culture," why stay inside that line? A friend in a band once told me that it often bothers him when bands get onstage, rock the house out, and then, to your surprise, gush, "And we do it all for Jesus!" He admitted frankly, "I love Jesus, but that's not the only reason I play. I do it because it's fun. And I think God can respect that too."

    Don't get me wrong. I listen to Christian-labeled music and Christian-labeled radio, but not exclusively. Those were just a few things that are bugging me tonight. And there's certainly a lot of good stuff out there. Check out Edison Glass for rock as searing in its sound as in its message. I've also been listening to a lot of Wavorly (via Discman, so it hasn't been in my charts), who've written a few great songs based on the writings of C.S. Lewis.
    Any other recs for great new artists with a clear message and a fresh sound?
    What do you guys think?
  • BROOMSTOCK! [shameless]

    6 Jun 2007, 7:38

    No? No one else going to Broomstock? Seriously, it's free, pizza's only a buck, there are booths and student art and thirty-three great local (Colorado) bands!

    11-11:15 The Lasting Effect
    11:15-11:30 Whaler
    11:30-11:45 Mighty Minnesota
    11:45-12 The BloodShed Ensemble
    12-12:30 Me Llamo Rosa
    12:30-12:45 The Uninvited
    12:45-1 The Great White Fleet
    1-1:15 Auburn Avenue
    1:15-1:45 The Contender Series
    1:45-2 Jim Starr
    2-2:15 Animal Crowd
    2:15-2:30 Monroe
    2:30-3 Animo
    3-3:15 Run for Your Life
    3:15-3:30 Aloft In The Sundry
    3:30-4 Jason Vigil
    4-4:15 The Decaying Process
    4:15-4:45 Saving Verona
    4:45-5 Kemper
    5-5:30 Tickle Me Pink
    5:30-5:45 abiline
    5:45-6 Reunion
    6-6:15 EFFSTARDEE
    6:15-6:30 Breathe Carolina
    6:30-6:45 The Masquerade Scene
    6:45-7 Roe
    7-7:30 University
    7:30-7:45 Le Ballet
    7:45-8 Left in the Fire
    8-8:30 The Axe That Chopped The Cherry Tree
    8:30-9 The Autobiography
    9-9:30 The Titan Courageous
    9:30-10 No Fair Fights

    If you see this journal at all, it's because you support at least one of these artists. So be there!