Thursday, December 30, 2004

President Bush's Oscar Clip

Have you seen Barney's Christmas Holiday movie? Barney Home Page.

Lynne Cheney is surprisingly convincing as the Vice President's wife.

Scott McCellen sucks! And he's a bad actor.


Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Discover the Redwalls

I love the Beatles. This band I found out about sounds a whole lot like the Beatles. The way I imagine the early Hamburg Beatles to have sounded. I was listening to Sound Opinions "Live Night Out" (Listen here) and their new songs sound good too. This track is from their other, earlier album which is on Rhapsody:

The Redwalls - It's Love You're On.mp3 (2.3 Megs)

The coolest thing ever is that you can listen right now to that entire album if you click here: Redwalls - Universal Blues player.

Here's the Redwalls home page. On Tour with Keane in Feb.


Sunday, December 26, 2004

I'm Dreaming of a White Day-After-Christmas Posted by Hello


Thursday, December 23, 2004

The Raveonettes Christmas Song live

what i'm listening to Right Now: Bo Diddley - Pretty Thing

This just in from the The Raveonettes:

Thank you for your continuous support. To show our appreciation Sharin
and I recorded a live version of "The Christmas" song especially for you!
I pulled out Joe's old Gibson semi-hollow body guitar and plugged it into
my old Gibson Falcon amp and slapped some tremolo and reverb on it and
Sharin and I sang the song right there in the room together. Hopefully
you'll find it intimate and beautiful and we promise we'll continue to
present you with treats like this in the future.

We were putting the final touches on a brand new song called "Pretty In
Black" in Joe's Studio in the West Village and we were reminiscing about
the past year. We're so grateful and fortunate to be able to do what we
were meant to do and that sort of led us to the reason why we're still
here...you guys! Without you we wouldn't be able to put out records and
tour the world and this is our way of giving some of all that love back.

Until we meet again, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Sune and Sharin

* * * * *

Listen to the song here: "Christmas Song (Live RealMedia)"

Not too different from the "real" version you can hear at Raveonettes.com and I found this article about their new album: RollingStone.com Raveonettes article


Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Spreewell Lives

Hey there dear, sweet readers! The holiday season is upon us which I already started getting you into the spirit with the Steve Martin clip I had discovered on my hard drive's "Christmas" folder. Look what else I found on my computer:

Spreewell-Secret Track.mp3 (2.7 Megs)

It's the Thong song done acoustic. I got it a long time ago from Catchdubs.com. I put this on mix tapes for people and they love it. You big-city dj's should "spin" it.


Thursday, December 16, 2004

"Bella Lea's First Show, like, ever"

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Maura at Bella Lea's First Show, like, ever. Posted by Hello

So if you live in DC, Go tonight to see Bella Lea. They play in Philly the next night, and then in New York City's Knitting Factory on Saturday.

You Must, Must, Must see them. Let me explain something to you:

 Posted by Hello

This blurry blob is their guitarist playing his guitar with a Violin Bow! DC, Philly, and NYC, you MUST go see them this week. DC, it's your night tonight.

Maura, the lead singer, used to front Denali (jenyk.com's "most searched band") and she has this opera-trained voice that is killer. Denali's tunes were sometimes too slow for me to really get into the whole albums worth. BUT, Bella Lea fixes all of that! They were like Denali sounding, but spunkier. I was proud to be at Bella Lea's first show ever, and special thanks to Eric for bringing 'em to town.

Opening the show was the lovely Laura Burhenn who Lisa and I got to sign our CD. I also scored a Bella Lea demo, but, sure enough, it's just the same songs you can hear at their Myspace.com site. Go listen to the tunes and see if it's something you would like. Go to Laura's site and hear some of her stuff. She introduced a "new song" that's not on her latest, and it was a great song. I'm going to look out for her EP that she told me she's working on.

I also picked up Joanna Newsom's new one that everyone is raging on about. I like it.


Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Gwen Stefani and Extended 31 Day Orgasms

Gwen Stefani article in Slate.com.

Steve Martin - 5 wishes for Christmas.mp3 (500 Kb)


Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Bella Lea @ Relative Theory

Ending East has put together a good lookin' show tomorrow at Relative Theory in Norfolk. Bella Lea is Maura Davis of Denali's new thing. Should be good.

10pm, Wednesday, Dec. 15.


Monday, December 13, 2004

Less Than Perfect

So I might as well tell you that I turned off the Dylan radio thing on Friday, and watched Less Than Perfect. I was even thinking of writing up a synopsis like I did last year, but....it was the same episode that I wrote up last year.

(Related funny: Andy Dick playing one of George Bush's speechwriters on Comedy Central's Last Laugh 2004 thing.)

Frozen Frog

Frozen Frog Time-Lapse Video. Holy Crap, this frog can survive being frozen into a solid block.

And I have to tell you about this new candy bar I discovered whilst road-tripping back down from Penn State town this weekend. It's called Take 5. It's unbelievably delicious. A pretzel, covered in Caramel, then Peanuts, then Peanut Butter, and then Milk Chocolate. It's like salty-sweet and it was awesome.


Friday, December 10, 2004

WFUV.ORG and 90.7 FM, Public Radio from Fordham University in New York City

WFUV.ORG is right this minute streaming (or 90.7 FM in NYC) readings from Bob Dylan's Chronicles Vol. 1.

Also, Less Than Perfect is on ABC at 9:30 so I've got some tough decisions to make tonight.


Thursday, December 09, 2004

Warlocks begat Brian JonesTown Massacre

So here's the thing. I love the Warlocks. Burning, rhythmic arcs of passion pulsating in the gentle morning sun types of feelings for the Warlocks. I bought the Punkcast VCD and am about to watch it again.

Go to that Punkcast link and watch the video. I love that guitarist in the jean jacket. He's playing a Gretsch. What effects is he using with that pedal during his solo (about 3:50 into the clip)? It sounds like a Vibrato and that pedal is controlling the speed of the effect. Or is that a wah-wah pedal that's changing the pitch? I wish I knew 'cause I wanna wail that effect in my spare bedroom. This guy:

Leave me a comment/email and tell me how to do what he does. The solo part and then before that when he stomps this thing and his guitar goes "WhoooooAAAAAHHHHH" and he just bends this one quick note (1:33 into the clip).
So I'm trying to find the Warlocks on my Rhapsody player. They only have one song and a music video. The video is cool, the song is cool, but I want more songs. So I follow the "Similar Artists" links and find this band, Brian Jonestown Massacre. They have three albums on there and one is called "Bringin It All Back Home Again." So that's a great Dylan album so I have to check it out......and I'm Very impressed! It's a country/folk psychedelic blend. Their other stuff is kinda hit and miss so far, but I'm gonna keep sampling some stuff.

So I had heard about these guys before from the Dig movie that is coming out now. It doesn't look too interesting but the website has all this talk about how the lead Jonestown Massacre kid is so prolific and other pathetic descriptions. Prolific usually means "lots of low quality songs that normally don't get released, get released." But this guy is all anti-corporate music so he has all of his Brian Jonestown Massacre stuff on his website for us to download at will. This is very cool.

www.brianjonestownmassacre.com/mp3.php is the name of the site. You can listen to the "Bringing it All Back Home Again" album in its entirety. And I really like this song from another of their albums:

Brian Jonestown Massacre - Love.mp3 (offsite link)

So go watch the Warlocks video (punkcast has lots of cool stuff, new Kimya Dawson too) and listen to some free mp3s.


Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Nellie, Nirvana, and Pixies

what i'm listening to Right Now: Nellie McKay - Really (Live at Aldrich Museum)

So I finally got around to listening to the new Live Nellie McKay (not Nelly Mckai) stuff up on Nelliemckay.net. She forgets the words for "Baby Watch Your Back" and it seems to relax her for the rest of the show. She was much more uptight in her DC show that I saw. DC is a stuffy town though. (Although this site reminds me that DC can still be a blast.)

Her album is no. 6 on Blenders top CDs of Aught-four.

Did I ever tell you that my song over there ->, "I Wish I Was A Woman" is a response to Nellie's "It's a Pose." Oh, I guess I did.

I also shoulda told you about Sound Opinions Radio show on Nirvana's Box Set. Click Here and listen to segment 4 and 5 of Nov. 23rd. It's where I heard about the feedback of that version of SLTS that I posted down lower. (Segment 1-3 of Nov. 23rd is the boys tearing into U2's newest CD, if you're interested. It sparked some good discussion in my house.)

Finally, RNRNRW operative Paul says Pixies rocked last night. I didn't see it, so I have no pictures. Anyone out there got any snaps of Ms. Deal?


Monday, December 06, 2004

Stream Indie Christmas Music

maybe this christmas tree

(via Mishie)


Friday, December 03, 2004

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Contributor: The Hit We Almost Missed

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Contributor: The Hit We Almost Missed


Thursday, December 02, 2004

Rhapsody indeed

O.K. so you've heard me go on and on about listen.com's Rhapsody player. And it just gets better and better.

First, this fella leaves me a comment one day about how he works for Rhapsody and he and his fellow employees have a blog that has nothing but Rhapsody playlists. You can make a playlist in Rhapsody, then click "Blog Playlist", and it will create a link to that playlist in your blog, and when someone clicks on it, and they have Rhapsody, they instantly start listening to your playlist in their Rhapsody player.

It's called: rhapsody Rock School.

The most recent reason I thought that Rhapsody is cool? They have the entire Nirvana Box Set available to listen to right now! For only 9.99 (and no yearly contracts, quit anytime) I can listen to the entire Nirvana Box Set (well, not the DVD of course).

And check this wicked cool rough-cut of Smells Like Teen Spirit. The differences are subtle, but listen for the feedback. The feedback squeal coming at you as the solo fades back into the last verse on this cut, and the rehearsal tape version of the same song are worth the whole cost of the Box Set, but you can get it now for just 9.99 (and, well, I guess you'd have to have a broadband connection also, so that might add to the price.)

Here is an mp3 of the rough-cut version I was telling you about:

Nirvana-Smells Like Teen Spirit (rough-cut).mp3


Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Bob Dylan to Be on 60 Minutes Sunday.

CBS News | Up Next: Bob Dylan | November 30, 2004?10:22:19

First teley interview in 19 years.

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