“Step right in!” he says as he leads me to the chair. “Take a seat - get comfortable.” I lean back and settle in, stiff and decidedly uncomfortable. But I’ve avoided the notices for too long and it needs to be done. “Let’s just take a look in there!” Cold metal in my mouth pries my jaw open.
He picked up his cell phone and dialed the ten digits that he had never taken the time to save in his phone. He never saw a point in saving a number he knew by heart. Why not have faith in your own facilities he figured.
The phone rang four or five times before the answering machine clicked on. He left the same message he thought anyone probably would, “Happy New Year! I hope that everyone has a great night! Be safe! I love you!”
He was ecstatic when his parents finally got an answering machine.
Sean had decided to take his wife, Beyonce, on a brief camping trip for the weekend. He understood that she liked a man who was spontaneous, and with a child on the way, he didn’t have too long to show his spontaneity.
I’m now watching a Justin Timberlake live DVD. This started out with my three other housemates, one of which is celebrating the day of their birth. She, along with the two others, are now asleep. I am still watching this DVD, and I will keep watching it until it is over because I am a good friend. Happy birthday Sandy Le!!!!
Robert entered the club with all intentions of leaving with a head that would be rather dizzy. Little did he know that he would also be leaving with two women who happen to have a case of dizzy legs. Turn in to find out what happens to Robert on ”Double Up” tonight at 10!
This song came out years ago, but it still sticks with me. This might be the only song that I can sing, straight through. Sure Bruce Springsteen did a magnificent job on the original, but it is this version that I sing to myself on a daily basis…
Honestly, I view this song as an homage from one great American Man to another… The next time I open a Schlitz I will drink it for both of you, Will Oldham and The Boss.
I would really like it if my 2011 felt like this song sounds, airy, unburdened, and free. This begins my first new year in a city that isn’t the one that raised me. I’m looking forward to new adventures and new people and the easy feeling that this song induces. Hope everyone’s year goes quite swimmingly!
Hey Internet, or the 10 or so followers that I have! You want to know who is excited about the idea of Belle and Sebastian putting out a new cd?!?!?! It’s ME. I am the one who is excited! I imagine I’m not the only one who shares this feeling, but because I’m so elated with the new music from a band that I thoroughly enjoy here is a tune off of the album! It’s a nice simmering groove, sure to make you bob your head and give you a strong desire to have wind coursing through your hair, or at least dance. Yea, actually, it will definitely make you want to dance…
When I first heard an edit of the first track, “Surf Solar,” I couldn’t help but imagine a video of a packed club with people dancing to the pulsing rhythm under flashing strobe lights. However, upon closer look, instead of dancing they are entangled in a mass brawl. Everyone slowly beating each other up in a violent yet oddly beautiful scene. This kind of describes this album for me, beautifully violent. As the rhythms heavily punch you in the gut forcing you to move along to them, the melodies raise your head to the sky with child like wonder. It’s a really heavy album, one that makes me worn out after listening to it. However, it’s also the only album this year that made me feel triumphant afterwards, and that’s always nice.
Key Tracks: "Surf Solar" and "Olympians" and as a little caveat, these tracks are a little long but still well worth it.
Here We Go Magic - “Here We Go Magic”
"You won’t accept that anything is possible. You won’t accept that you’re only human" - "Tunnelvision"
Mmmm… hazy pop. Who didn’t like this in 2009? I for one really enjoyed it. This album is one of my first brushes with it, and boy did it keep me warm through the rest of the winter/early spring. As opposed to his earlier works, Luke Temple decides to mix his voice a little bit lower into the music, giving it a warm and fuzzy feel like your favorite winter cardigan or sweater. He also uses layers upon layers of loops recorded onto a four-track to give it a nice hazy sheen like a good dream you remembered the next morning. Also like a dream, the album moves pretty fast, before you know it you’re waking up to “Everything’s Big” and walking out into the beautiful world.
"I want to speak at an intimate decibel, with the precision of an infinite decimal, to listen up and send a true echo, of something forever felt but never heard, I want that sharpened steel of truth in every word." - "This Blackest Purse"
Yoni Wolf, in his lyrics, has often come off as an oversexed, sad, lonely boy (I’m unsure if he feels that he’s made it to manhood yet.) This isn’t a complaint by any means, it’s actually kind of a compliment. This general fact also makes it so that he comes off as if he is constantly searching for something. I like to think he’s just searching for some kind of truth, something that can give him an answer to his band’s name. This might come off as rude, but I kind of hope he never gets that answer. If he did, he might not be making music this beautifully heart wrenching. Keep wearing your heart on your sleeve Mr. Wolf, and I’ll keep listening to your wonderful wordplay.
I had a difficult time putting together a list of top albums from this past year. All the albums I would have put on this list were good on their own, but to compare them to other albums that might not even be in the same genre was a little ridiculous for me. So instead, I felt it best to just tell you what I thought the better albums of the year were in no particular order. So for the next couple of posts you’ll get my favorite albums of the past year and a couple of key tracks from each. Hope you enjoy.
Bill Callahan - “Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle”
"I started telling the story without knowing the end." - "Jim Cain"
I never really got into Bill Callahan until a few months after his last album, “Awoke on a Whale Heart,” came out and he came through Hattiesburg on tour. His voice was what really caught my ear. He has this soothing, rich baritone that gives life and subtle beauty to his songs. On record he has a little bit more to back him up, so even though his voice is still upfront there is more of a backbone to the songs. The orchestration of every song is beautiful and not too overwhelming, giving just enough room for the words to fill the rest of the space.
"Dry and dusty I am a capsule of energy." - "Dry and Dusty"
This album was one of the first albums this year that got me infatuated with dark, warm bass tones. There is something eerie yet comforting and welcoming about this album. When played loudly the deep tones driving the songs begin to envelop you as if the song is trying to give you a big hug. The lyrics are rather mysterious and the voice of the singer, Karin Dreijer Andersson, is heavily vocodered helping to give the album a very David Lynch like feel. This album can come across like a big dream, fairly hazy, everything seems familiar so you are comfortable, but something seems to be a little off and you can’t quite put your finger on what it is.
"Suburban dogs are in love with their chains" - "Suburban Dogs"
Oh the sound of summer! It was all over the place this year, and man did it aggravate me a little. I’m not too terribly fond of the Hattiesburg summers that I have been through. It’s always too hot to really enjoy being outside, so instead I find myself constantly trying to find ways to stay cool. All this album did was make me long for the couple of weeks or so around October or November where the weather would be comfortably in the 60s, and I could lounge around outside relaxing to these easy tunes. This album relaxes me on the days where it isn’t nice outside at least, it reminds me that there are nicer days ahead. If this album makes me think about summer it is mainly in that it makes me think of carefree good times. The easy flowing rhythms take you down a comfortable easy stream in the warm sunlight, what could be nicer?
TOP 5 ARTISTS THAT SHOULD HAVE PUT OUT ALBUMS IN 2009
Let’s all be honest with ourselves. We know that we have all had something missing from our lives for the past couple of years. You may not have known what exactly it was that was missing, but let me tell you… it was a DMX album. It’s been since 2006 and I’ve been hurting all the while. I guess he’s just been too busy training for his fight against Mr. Eric Martinez, which he apparently backed out of…
4. Shaquille O’Neal
We all heard the great “Kobe tell me how my ass tastes” jam. Now how can you not follow up that great track with a legitimate album, what a horrible thing to do, leaving your fans hanging from a proverbial basketball goal upon which you just slammed. Highly distasteful.
3. Aaron Carter
I mean look at him… he’s FUCKING GOLD!!! You can’t just photoshop that… He did put out some pretty good albums too. Who can forget that great party album of 2000, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)”? I’ve been wanting more ever since, and I know a lot of other people have as well.
2. Lou Bega
Everyone remembers loving the classic “Mambo No. 5.” How could you forget a song so good? Well, we’ve all been waiting for a follow up. I can only assume that “Mambo No. 6” and/or 7 will be as good if not better. I remember not thinking 10 years ago that I needed something like “A Little bit of Mambo,” but I can tell you now that I definitely know that what we all need, in these tough times, is a little bit more mambo…
1. Kenny Rogers
I heard rumor this year that the Gambler himself was going to be making a sequel to his greatest album ever, “The Gambler.” I was super pumped. I had learned so many important life lessons from the song “The Gambler” that I was curious as to what other thoughtful nuggets of wisdom the Gambler had left to impart to the eager masses. Boy am I disappointed, sitting here not even a week before 2010 and not listening to “The Gambler 2.”
So it’s the end of the year which means it’s LIST TIME!!!!!!! Who doesn’t love lists? If you were to look at me and say that you didn’t like lists I would probably call you a liar because that is what you would be because everyone loves lists. This is a scientific fact I believe. So from here until the end of the year I’m going to be compiling a bunch of end of the year lists!!! Get excited because it’s going to be list-tastic!! So let’s get this ball rolling!!!! WITH A LIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TOP 5 FRUITS OF 2009!!!!!!!!
Yay for apples! A good, solid fruit. Never before has a fruit been so resilient that year after year it shows up on these lists. It hit a peak back in 2001 with the boom in patriotism. Everyone needed something good to represent the country that they loved. Ever since it’s been riding a cool steady stream on the “fruit charts.” If it weren’t for the occasional mealy apple this would have made it higher on the list. The problem with mealy apples can always be solved by making it into apple sauce though, which is a nice substitute. Also apple juice is a favorite juice of mine. A tasty fruit that makes a good beverage that’s gotten me through lots of rough mornings.
What a tasty fruit. It is also a very versatile snack. Not only is it delicious on it’s own but try dipping it in chocolate or even cutting it up and putting it into a smoothie. I also recall a song from my childhood that my sister liked and would play a lot in the car on family trips called “Strawberry Wine.” If I’m correct the singer seemed to like this strawberry wine, and that it would remind her of other times like when she was 17 I believe. See, now there’s a good fruit!
Oh what a delicious summertime fruit. However this fruit isn’t just good in the summertime, it happens to be quite nice whenever you can get your hands on it. The other great thing about a watermelon is the seeds, turning a sweet treat into a tiny weapon. The watermelon, not only a delicious fruit, but a fun time that can be had by all.
Before I get into how good grapes are, let me thank www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com for bringing us this photo of an obviously super cool homemade costume. THANKS!!! Grapes are just really good, and this year grapes really went above and beyond. By this I mean I just ate a lot more grapes this year than the past, and they were delicious. I always feel like a giant when I eat grapes straight off of the stem. Hanging the bushel of them above my head for my teeth to delicately pluck the round fruit off the stem. What a great fruit, not to mention the fact that it’s the main ingredient to everyone’s favorite, wine!
This cartoon is hilarious because it’s true! We can all agree with the kid who finds a satsuma in his stocking and exclaims, “WOW! A SATSUMA!” Everybody gets excited when they get a satsuma, everybody! This is why it should come as no surprise that the satsuma is number 1 this year, it’s been topping charts everywhere for years. There isn’t much to say about the delicious fruit that hasn’t already been said before. However, if you find yourself doubting this fruit I implore you to easily peel away the peel of a Satsuma, lightly tear off a piece of the delectable fruit, and taste the deliciously juicy nectar of the gods, then say that this fruit isn’t amazing! You can’t do it. Well I guess that you can, but you would be lying to yourself and no one wants to do that. Thank you Japan for introducing this spectacular fruit to the West.
This song, “Lady in the Wires,” is probably my favorite off of the Small Black EP. A good way to end a very promising EP. The hazy mix of keyboards and vocals waft atop a driving rhythm section creating a good dancy mix. I can now hope that this band won’t disappoint like so many have after their first EP. Hopefully I don’t have to cross my fingers…
Small Black is an alright band that you may have heard of. They are getting some pretty good press from some of the “heavy hitters” such as Pitchfork and Stereogum… at least that is where I came across them at. They are apparently part of the new “glo-fi” scene, or whatever it is being called, and I don’t find much of a problem with that. I’ve been enjoying most of the music that has come out of the “scene” so far, and this is another enjoyable addition. Catchy hooks, rhythms that you can move your hips to, and an easy going vibe make their EP hard to put down. If you haven’t had a chance to hear them, have a listen to a few of these tracks.
So this new band, Suckers, wants to release an album with a reworked version of their lead singer’s song?!?!?!?!
If only I could actually be mad. No! In fact, I really like the music that Suckers and their lead singer, Quinn Walker, put out. I, being the superficial music fan that I am, feel that I must choose between one or the other version though…
At the moment I’d choose the solo version, but this is just because it has had more time to sit with me. I like the obvious fact that the original was done solo, as opposed to with a full band. The full band seems to take away from how personal this song might have been to the author. I feel that the original version of this song comes off as a bedroom recording, and that only adds to the emotion, no matter how silly the song may get.
This is my first blog. I’ve been contemplating this for a while and I was finally bored enough to go through with it so there…
I’ll at least make this sort of interesting by starting off with a song that has gotten me pretty pumped today. The song, “Good Thing It’s a Ghost Town Around Here” by Still Flyin, put a smile on my face and made it a lot easier to go about my day. Maybe it can do the same for you…