Monday, January 30, 2006
My Picture in the Papers
(I was typing this post as he was snapping away.)
I wore my beard t-shirt, and I told them they should talk about the beard contest. So if you are coming here from the daily press website. Check out whiskerino2005.com. Fun stuff, even if you don't have a beard.
It's up, today only, at www.dailypress.com. But here's a copy/paste on my part of the article:
First there were Web logs, now there are video versions. Local bloggers tell us which are particularly entertaining.
By Lisa Deaderick
January 30, 2006
Photo by Kenneth Silver/Daily Press.
Rock n Roll in the Real World by Matthew Cox
Where on earth: Newport News
And in cyberspace: www.keyofe.blogspot.com
About: Lots of music with some television, movies and funny cartoons tossed in.
Comments: People tell him how much they like his posts and music choices. He's even beginning to get a lot of e-mails from people in promotions about music and videos online that they think he should check out.
Coming to video? He'd love to, though it may not be steady like Rocketboom or The Richard Show. He just doesn't have the Web space to store video yet.
Bookmark factor: Medium to High. What's nice about Matthew is that his blog isn't just an excuse to see how many acerbic one-liners he can come up with. When he really likes something (NBC's "The Office"), he gushes endearingly. When he really doesn't like something ("The Family Stone"), his disdain is quick and to the point.
A little about Matthew
First computer: Tandy 1000
Time to post: Not every day, more like three times a week; posted every day when he has something to say; started out planning to post only once a week
Some favorite blogs: stereogum, pink is the new blog and relativediamond.com
Friday, January 27, 2006
Meet the Shaggs
It's so bad, but so sweet. Hearing it makes me feel complete. It's like, if this was out there, just think what else you'll learn about...sometime...eventually.
You know it's like those Sonic Drive In commercials that I love. Some don't like them, but they are wrong. Those Sonic commercials are amazingly, simply funny. They're funny, but they work as advertising too. Now, for the first time ever, when I'm in the mood for fast food, I actually think of Sonic. Like when we were dog-sitting again the other weekend and we put the seats up in the Honda Element and picnicked at the Sonic.
Anywho, the newer ones with the man and woman are even better than the original ones where the two guys talk. The one where the guy (Brian Huskey) is telling his sexy, funny wife (Molly Erdman) how happy he is about this new breakfast sandwich because he finally found "the number one" thing in his life (in his case, the new "breakfast bistro sandwich"). I googled and googled and I couldn't find a clip on the internets.
I did find this article about the Chicago Improv comedians who star in the Sonic commercials.
Then I found this AWESOME parody commercial that these two girls put on youtube.com. Check out this slushy one. They capture the brilliant deadpan of the actual Sonic ads:
Sonic Drive-In Parody Commercial - Brain Freeze
Then watch this one about curly fries:
Sonic Drive-In Parody Commercial - Curly Fries
I think the girl from these parody commercials is from Lynchburg, VA because she says so at her blog that I'm going check out:
There are three other Sonic Parody videos that her and her friend did, and they're all good (check 'em all).
The very funny Molly Erdman:
All that being said, hearing the Shaggs for the first time makes me feel just like Brian Huskey said to sweet, dear Molly Erdman in the Sonic commercials, "It's great to find number one". Not that listening to it is easy, and it's not like I would listen to it very often. It's just knowing it's out there. Sitting there. So baffling. So bad. So sincere. So true.
If you want to know the back story to this unbelievable band, try these sites:
The Shaggs, All-Girl Band 1968-1973
(and now if someone could find me a place to watch all the Sonic commercials).
Monday, January 23, 2006
Ask a Ninja
It's funny stuff: www.askaninja.com
Friday, January 20, 2006
Wilson Pickett's Best Song
Here's his best song:
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Julian Casablancas Interview Podcast
Sound Opinions Podcast - Strokes Interview mp3 file or Stream via Real Player
Also, it's the last 10 days of hearing the entire Strokes album over at Radio-Indie-Pop.com
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
The Donna's First Album Podcast
Monday, January 16, 2006
Morningwood Shuffle Test
So what I did Saturday morning is pull the ole shuffle test. I logged in to my trusty Rhapsody Player and queued up Patti Smith's Horses, Morningwood, and the Donnas first CD. Remove any of the known weak songs. Then shuffle away.
This type of test is a sure-fire way to tell if a CD sucks or not. It works like this: Of course Horses is awesome. Birdland, Gloria, Kimberly. Great stuff. The Donnas first album is a brilliant work of art that stays in my rotation to this day. I Don't Want to go to School No More, Get Rid of That Girl, I'm Gonna Make Him Mine. (The backup vocals on "Lets Go Mano" cannot be created in any studio by even the best producer. It must simply be captured in the moment. The excitement of this teenage girls rock'n and rollin'. It's so amazing when I hear those screaming back-up vocals "M! A! N-O! LETS! GO! MA-NO!")
So with this line-up in shuffle mode, you find out really quick if Morningwood sucks or not because you'll be pissed off that some crappy song is interrupting the good stuff. So, what of Morningwood? They passed. They change styles for each song ("Easy" sounds like it's trying to be an American Minor southern rock song) but my foot kept tapping so that's good enough for me being that it's winter time here in America.
Here are the two songs off the album. If you like them, buy the record and enjoy.
For you Rhapsody folks, here is the shuffle test playlist:
Donnas Patti Smith face off with new Morningwood
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Death Cab Singer Sargent
Death Cab is on SNL. My hero Will Forte proved his genius once again with his Duluth song. Death Cab has another song coming up and that will make the second Death Cab song I've ever heard. I think they could be BIG!
Next week on SNL is Peter Sarsgaard who is my hero and a half since I "discovered" him just after doing this:
He was so unbelievable in that movie where Lord Vader made up those articles in the New Republic magazine (but I did have to see his...
Anywho, that picture is from my fun night in Richmond all those years ago (read about my viewing of Shattered Glass in a great old Richmond Theatre).
Oh and some band called the Storkes or Stroke or something that will be on the show with Sarsgaard too. Good luck to them heh?
Friday, January 13, 2006
Daily Press is Here
Lots and lots of pictrures for which they will no doubt use only one. Maybe they'll use the picture of me typing this. Or the one where I'm stroking my beard. We'll see.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Milk - Knife Song.mp3 - Pay it forward!
I've updated the top google search for "Milk knife song mp3"
I've updated the link to the song with a caveat.
Pay it forward people. Find the song here. I'm trusting you people.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Strongly Worded Letter to The Colbert Report
Yesterday was "Beard Charades". You post a picture and people guess which phrase, movie, etc you are referring too. Can you guess mine? Don't read the comments 'till you've made your guess:
I had a blast trying to guess some of them. I got Davis' correct, but only after a lot of thinking.
Today, wilcoxjd posted his "Strongly Worded Letter to the Colbert Report" taking issue with Colbert's inclusion of "Men with Beards" on Colbert's "Dead To Me" board.
See the video on Comedy Central's "Motherload." (It's the one called "A Glaring Omission".)
here's' the letter wilcoxjd sent:
A STRONGLY WORDED LETTER TO THE COLBERT REPORT
Normally, I am "hip" to your subtle brand of news, politics and daily show knock offs. I find your humor irreverent and normally insightful, and WELL DESERVING of your 11:30 pm, cable-network time slot.
however, i was disappointed to see your "Dead to Me" list on the 9.1.06 show. While certain things on the list certainly deserved to be there, your inclusion of "Men With Beards" was disturbing and, well, slightly irresponsible.
As a member of the Whiskerino 2005 community and a long time bearded man, I was hurt by your anti-beardism - are you not aware that with your MASSIVE audience of late night cable TV addicts and stoned out college students, that such inclusion of bearded men on your list is, essentially, you giving carte blanche for people to commit hate crimes against us, your bearded brethren. In a time period of such blatant discrimination against the bearded, your inclusion of us on your list is irresponsible and, well, painful.
WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ATTACKS UPON THE BEARDED AND WE WILL NOT BE MOCKED BY THE LIKES OF YOU, GOOD SIR.
I invite you to take some time and come to our bearded community (www.whiskerino2005.com) and find out, first, how much you might like growing a beard, and secondly, just how nice your bearded brethren are.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Strokes Reviewed in Slate
"I want to steal your innocence"
I'm putting myself on an all Strokes diet today. (Except for a few bouts of the Carter Family) I will listen to all three Strokes albums at some time today.
Favorite Strokes songs? Um, there's too many good ones. I Can't Win is way up there. Barely Legal from the EP. Last Nite. 12:51 is great too. Alone, Together. So many.
And I really like Juicebox from this new one. Jaime and I spent our holidays just randomly saying "Standing in the light field, standing in the light field" and then the other one of us would call back "Waiting for some action, waiting for some action."
We're Strokes fans.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
The Kevins - mp3s
But now I wanted to let you know about this band called "The Kevins". Pretty cool stuff. Interesting. Worst bio ever. Songs have a laid back charm that make me keep listening.
Monday, January 02, 2006
Download entire Strokes album right now
Go to Radio-indie-pop.com and click "Album of the Month".
Nellie McKay Dropped by Columbia
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