31 March 2007
25 March 2007
Andrew Bird -as- Dr. Stringz
This week's sideways maneuver features Andrew Bird, appearing on the children's show, Jack's Big Music Show, which is on the Noggin cable channel. On the show, he appears as "Dr. Stringz", sings a song, and goes along his way. Enjoy!
24 March 2007
Something 4 The Weekend #31
21 March 2007
So Here's The Thing
16 March 2007
Something 4 The Weekend # 30
The Stooges: "Real Cool Time": 128k mp3
History is fluid, and so are opinions and marketing campaigns, and here we are in 2007 with a new Stooges album, The Weirdness, and heightened talk about the band's importance and influence is flooding through the culture again...Of course time is firmly on The Stooges' side, so I've got no worries, but ya still gotta ask, what's taking so long????? If I did the math right, they were first eligible in 1994...If my memory still serves, REM was pushing their faux-grunge Monster album on the masses in 1994...Iggy Pop must hurt, sometimes...
Anyways, this post hasn't come, half-baked and undercooked from my noodle, to bury Patti Smith and Michael Stipe...No, this post is a celebration of the fact that three old dudes, and one kinda old dude (Mike Watt) have delivered a disc of greasy garage energy and a real cool time for a full 40+ minutes, outshining their peers, for sure, and even showing the kids a thing or two...
The Stooges: "ATM": 128k mp3
So, this weekend we've got two Stooges song, one old, one new, 38 years removed from each other in time, brought together to say "Get yr shit together, Hall of Fame committee"...
15 March 2007
He's a cook at Cowboy Coffee Cafe in some small town up in British Columbia, Canada, and the other day, after roasting some peppers in the oven, he saw the face of Jesus Christ, in profile, on a pepper grease stain left on the baking sheet.
Remembering the Florida woman who sold a half-eaten grilled cheese sandwich with the face of the Virgin Mary for $28,000 on eBay, Aaron naturally had visions of hard currency dancing in his head.
And so Aaron got himself a business partner (a coworker at the cafe), and put the baking sheet on eBay with a starting price of $49.99 (plus shipping), because when miracles happen, there's money to be made.
The young man also hopes to land a movie deal, and knowing the lame state of Hollywood these days, he might just get it.
Good luck, Aaron! Jesus died for your fiscal gain!
14 March 2007
12 March 2007
You're gonna have to take my word for it, but back when I was in high school (1980-1984) I told all my friends that REM was destined to be one of the greatest and biggest bands in rock'n'roll history...Of course, my friends were all metal heads and punks, and they laughed their asses off, and I can certainly recall the term "fag rock" being bandied about on numerous occasions, but I didn't care.
So, when it was announced several months ago that REM had been inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame, you can bet yr ass that I contacted the few friends I still maintain from those years and basically rubbed it in their fucking faces. And in hindsight, all those hair metal bands and their requisite spandex looked a hella lot more homosexual than the boys in REM.
Their debut EP, Chronic Town, was good, and I liked it, but it wasn't until the release of Murmur that I was convinced of their greatness then, and their potential to become legendary. That was also the album that made REM my favorite band, which they remained for the next decade. These days, REM is no longer my favorite band, but I always say they'll always remain my "sentimental favorite", and I still listen to 'em with regularity. And who knows, if Bill Berry had remained in the band, they may still be my favorite band to this day, which is my way of saying that they lost a hella lot more than anyone thought when Berry left. He and Mills were an ass-tight rhythm section, dig?
In hindsight, what's important to know about REM, aside from the great music, is what they meant to "indie rock", or as it was called back then, "college rock". You see, the indie scene as we know and love it today, didn't really exist the way it does now. It took REM, and a small handful of similar bands, to prove to the music industry as a whole that smaller bands could thrive, and labels could make money, underneath the radar of the mainstream media and the Billboard charts. This was the era when college radio coalesced and rallied around these bands, and conversely, when these bands began enjoying this newfound network of stations. One hand washed the other, so to speak, and everyone's profile increased. We're seeing the same dynamic at work today with the blogosphere, where "marginal" bands can find at least a certain level of success that can sustain them. Where would The Hold Steady, Arcade Fire, or The Decemberists be without the internet? Hard to say for sure, but I'd be willing to bet their successes wouldn't be nearly as noticeable. That's what college radio meant to REM back then, but in this chicken and egg scenario, college radio would never have exploded the way it did back then without REM. Name any other band you want from that decade, and I will tell you without hesitation that REM was far and away the most important band of that era. That they were a truly great band was just the icing. I could write all night about how and what they meant to me personally, but I've really got to get to bed.
Congratulations Mike, Bill, Michael and Peter. You've earned it all.
10 March 2007
Something 4 The Weekend # 29
RIP Jean Baudrillard
08 March 2007
RIP John Inman
Ahh, The Dutch...
There's really nothing that can be said about this Dutch television commercial except that I once dated a Dutch woman (hey, this is Wisconsin, and we're swimmin' in Dutch women), and well, um...Yeah, I dated a Dutch woman...
If yr at work, I recommend turning up the volume on yr PC as loud as it will go, and then dance around yr office/cubicle with yr junk hanging out...It'll be yr own 30 second sexy dance party, and then you'll get to go on unemployment for awhile...
02 March 2007
The Pretenders: Brass In Pocket
So, it's 1979, I'm 13 years old, and MTV is still 2 years away...
8th Grade, and Cory McC____ , John C___, and me would ride our bikes home from John Long Middle School, NO HANDS style, and yeah, it was a contest, every day after school, who could ride the longest with no hands...The three of us were all capable of making it all the way back to Cory's house, where we'd sit around the living room, chewing Copenhagen and watching Speed Racer...At 4, a half-hour music video program would air, a precursor to MTV, but damn if I can remember the program's name...Anyways, The Pretenders had three or four video off their debut album, this one, which is definitely one of the early conceptual music videos, and a live in studio video for "Tattoed Love Boys" which I can't seem to find on the YouTubes...They also had videos for "Precious" and "Talk Of The Town", so yeah, video definitely didn't kill The Pretenders, it actually made 'em stars...
Of course, heroin killed half the band by 1983, and if ya wanna read a bit about that, head to the Wiki, right?
1979, and The Pretenders were already on our television, three, four times a week...So were Quarterflash, who were bigger stars than they ever, ever, ever should have been...There were also videos by the likes of Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath...Hell yeah...
4:30 and I'd walk down the block to my house, mom making dinner for 5:15, when my dad got home...I'd sit in the dining room, where my mom had her stereo, spinning stuff like The Supremes, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette...And yeah, Elvis, Sinatra, Beatles, Beach Boys...She liked Hendrix and The Doors, but hated The Rolling Stones...She thought Marc Bolan was cute, but she also thought Kenny Rogers and Mac Davis were hot...Her undying crush on Kris Kristofferson is definitely understandable...
I'd sit there at the dining room table, listening to her records while she worked the stove, five feet away in the kitchen...I'd draw, or read the liner notes and lyrics of the album being played, and my mom and I would go through the "how was school today" routine...My sister Stacy was often involved in all of this...
So innocent, you'd think, but I was thirteen, and when Chrissie sang about knowing what her mouth was for, I understood...I wonder if my mom knew that I knew...She probably did...
EVERYTHINGATHON! March 2007
Donnas: Do You Wanna Hit It?
Much more than a sideways maneuver, this is parallel...Same song, "Do You Wanna Hit It?" in animated video format...Making this week's Something 4 The Weekend audio file pretty much obsolete...Except that it's better quality audio...
Boys and girls - The Donnas!
Something 4 The Weekend # 28
The Donnas: Do You Wanna Hit It?: 128k mp3
As I write this, I imagine Nort's fucking some semi-random chick at a swinger party in the greater Chicago area. That's his main game, if I'm not mistaken, and if I am, then I'd have to imagine that he's drinking hard liquor at a metal dive, though the odds are better it's a sports bar, cuz hey, it's the greater Chicago area. But for my musings tonight, he's banging some quasi-strange chick at a swinger party, and right now, the image of a rose tattoo on a blonde's pelvis throbs through my mind...
What brings this all together is the fact that The Donnas play sex music. Oh sure, it's also party/drinking music, driving music, stripping music, sporting arena music, and video game music, but mostly it's sex music. But not just any kind of sex. It's leaning up against a wall in the alley behind that sports bar kinda sex...It's backseat '77 Chevy Impala kinda sex...It's a bathroom blowjob at a party kinda sex...Do you wanna hit it? Meet me behind the garage in 5 minutes...