Monday, February 26, 2007

February Favorites

My End of February Favorites:
Fields - Heretic (.mp3)
website - myspace

What Made Milwaukee Famous - Mercy Me (.mp3)
website - myspace

LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum (.mp3)
website - myspace

Explosions in the Sky - Catastrophe and the Cure (Fourtet Remix.mp3)
website - myspace

Bloc Party - Emma Kate's Accident (.mp3)
website - myspace

The Softlightes - The Microwave Song (.mp3)
website - myspace

Sea Wolf - Black Dirt (.mp3)
Sea Wolf - You're a Wolf (.mp3)
website - myspace

Guster - Satellite (Astronauts Remix .mp3)
website - myspace

Monday, February 19, 2007

The Animation Show 3

Went to see the 3rd installment of Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt's The Animation Show last Thursday at The Rialto. These are my two favorites...



Sunday, February 11, 2007

SNL's Samberg vs. Levi's Flat Eric

Watching SNL on Saturday and this Digital Short reminded me of one of my favorite commercials...I'm pretty sure its the music...although, Andy could play Flat Eric on the bigscreen.

SNL's Andy Samberg

Levi's Flat Eric

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Previously on LOST...

Woohoo! LOST is back tonight at 10pm. Thank god! I was able to last the 2+ month long hiatus and boy oh boy am I excited. Started preparing by watching the last 6 episodes over the past week (thank you Tivo). Here's some of the scoop:
  • "Not in Portland" will be a Juliet-centric episode...first episode about an Other, no?
  • Juliet arrived on the island on or close to September 11, 2001 (3 years, 2 months and 23 days ago) making the current island date December 4, 2004.
  • Ok that's enough...
Also, has an interview with the producers of the show, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Lots of good info...but is any of it spoilerish? I guess so. So don't read if you don't like some spoilers.
  • Michael and Walt will be back in the story, but "that's most likely a year 4 story."
  • Juliet came off the island and was recruited by the Others...versus some Others being born on the island.
  • The connection between the Others and Dharma gets revealed in episode 11.
  • We'll be getting more of an understanding of the apparitions (Kate's horse, Jack's Dad, etc.) during the course of this season. (and Sayid's cat will be in season 11)
  • There will be an anagram in tonight's episode that hints at a larger mythological mystery that will start to unfold later in the season.
  • In the next six episodes, the show will answer the burning question/conspiracy theory: Is Claire Jack's half sister?
  • "That's the one thing that when the show ends, you won't have a causal explanation for why did all these people interconnect."
  • "Penelope's story continues in episode 8 [Feb. 14] in Desmond's flashbacks. We put that scene at the end of the season finale for a reason, and like the anagram, they're components to a larger revelation. You'll learn more about why we put that scene at the end of season 2 by the end of season 3."
  • We will see the smoke monster again this season. Its origins, however... we'll have to wait.
JJ Abrams - LOST Opening "sound" (.mp3)

Saturday, February 03, 2007

70's SlowJam Battle

So last weekend my mom had me look up some song she used to love back in the day that she hasn't been able to find...let alone come up with the title. After finally tracking it down for her (and oh was she happy), we had a debate over which was the better slow jam. I've always been partial to the KOST classic that is Always & Forever. She obviously favors Billy Preston & Syreeta's With You I'm Born Again (yeah, I had never heard of it either). I say, let the public decide.

Billy Preston w/ Syreeta
- With You I'm Born Again (.mp3)


Heatwave - Always & Forever (.mp3)

I'd like to give Billy points for that afro...but the real ace up the sleeve goes to the video footage of Heatwave. Not only do they have AMAZING outfits, the white keyboardist. who they credit with writing the song, is...well...words can't describe...check it out:

**So the clip is no longer on youtube...bastards! I guess Boogie Nights will have to do...

Friday, February 02, 2007

PB&J @ Roxy / 2.1.07

Well I wasn't sure what to expect from Peter, Bjorn and John but needless to say, my expectations were blown away. Despite having to wait for-friggin'-ever (not that long, just got their way earlier than I needed to) and despite it being a thousand degrees and a packed house inside the Roxy (not an exaggeration), I found myself fully enjoy the band's first appearance in LA.

After listening to their latest CD for the past couple of weeks, I knew the swedes had the talent to write very catchy, fun songs. What worried me was whether they would have the entertaining stage presence that really makes a band. I only based this on the band's seemingly blah performance on Conan earlier this week. Thankfully I was relieved right from the start as they tore into Lets Call It Off and had the crowd moving. I later realized the blah-ness of the Conan performance was mostly due to the TV audience, who were unfamiliar with PB&J and a ways away from them. In the hot and friendly confines of The Roxy, Young Folks, with its whistle-track and all, absolutely killed. Anyways, you get the of the show rocked. Peter can REALLY play the guitar (didn't expect that from him). Bjorn...well, mostly felt bad for the guy during his quiet rendition of Amsterdam in which he forgot some lyrics. And John...well, John was Mr. Perfection on the percussion.

I was looking for a good vid clip from the show on YouTube and by far the best just happened to be from the brother of one of my good music buddies...unfortunately no embedding for it. So go check it out on YouTube yourself:

Peter, Bjorn and John - Let's Call it Off (live at Roxy YouTube)

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And check out the LA Times pre-show review of the band and their thoughts of being a one-hit wonder. I don't think they will be...plenty of other catchy, solid hits.

"'Maybe in 10 years we'll be one-hit wonders,' Morén said. 'But that's OK. It comes down to what sticks out. We aren't so cool, no one knows who we are.'"

SIDENOTE: The crowd, although tolerable, ultimately sucked at this show...I really hate when people go to shows and just talk loudly like they are at a bar...especially during quieter songs. Show some respect. Clearly those people weren't there for the band...probably just wanted to be at the HOT sold-out show. A welcome to our new Swedish friends. No wonder everyone hates LA.

Happy Puxatony Phil Day!

When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.
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