Thursday, April 17, 2008

Gone Fishing

I'm going to be traveling in Ghana for about a month. I'm not taking my laptop (gasp!), and I'm not going to check my email every five seconds (double gasp!!), and I'm not going to be updating this blog (GASP, GASP, GASPAAAAH!!!!)

Instead, I'm going to do plenty of sight-seeing and spend time with friends and family. I hope I'll have lots of great stories and music to share with you all when I return. See you later, kids.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Meho Plaza

California band Meho Plaza reminds me a lot of Times New Viking. Maybe that's because they are the most recent band that comes to mind that is also doing the eerie distortion, loud abrasive thing, but in a completely cohesive and direct way.

Meho Plaza - I Sold My Organs

Meho Plaza - The Beach

The band's self-titled full length is due out on May 6.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Do You Muxtape?

I've finally made a Muxtape, and I don't mean to brag, but it's kind of a big deal. We're talking some of my best playlist action yet. Not really, but click here for a listen.

A lot of what I've been listening to lately; some Sound Team (STILL bummed that they've broken up),

Sound Team - Afterglow Years

some Santogold, some Lightspeed Champion,

Lightspeed Champion - Galaxy of the Lost

and some other very good things.

Youtubing: We've Got to Do Something!

Infant Sorrow is the faux band featured in the upcoming funny film Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The lead singer of Infant Sorrow is a guy by the name of Russell Brand, whose decadent rock star persona has been featured in British media for years. I can't for the life of me figure out if his schtick is art imitating life, life imitating art, or both, but here goes the music video for the song, "We've got to do something:"

Forgetting Sarah Marshall
(written by Marshall from How I Met Your Mother :) opens this Friday.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Nada Surf is Lucky

So Nada Surf did something really interesting with the liner notes for their latest album, Lucky. There are all of these lovely little quotes from various anonymous sources defining their luckiness. Says one quote:

"If you're reading this, there's a 99.9% chance you're lucky. To be able to rejoice in the medium of music, to be able to read, write and communicate in a number of ways... Most people don't think about these things, but our sheer healthy, privileged existence is the luckiest thing in the world."

And then there's a letter from lead singer Matthew Caws detailing the reasoning behind naming the album Lucky:

"From a zillion angles we are lucky, we should remember that we are, we need to be reminded that we are. If we forget, we have to be reminded again. The band is lucky. We're lucky to have each other. And off the record, we've all had some really rotten luck over the last few years, and still have to manage to get up in the morning and feel good. Not easy. But if you remember how lucky you are to have what you do have..."

In addition to all of this soul-searching, Lucky is a really fantastic album. Stream a live Nada Surf concert over at NPR's All Songs Considered.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Baby Mama

Tina Fey is on the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly issue. She discusses navigating her way through the fame game, her gig on 30 Rock (now back with new episodes, holler), and her upcoming film, Baby Mama:

''This woman came up to me — I should have known she was odd because she was carrying a broken Discman, and it is 2008. She was like, 'You're a great actress.' And I was like, 'Oh, I don't think so, but thank you.' And she said, 'No, I'm asking you, you're an actress, right?' I said, 'Oh, don't worry about it.' All I could think of to say was 'Don't worry about it.'''

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Trip to the Record Store

So, my trip to a record store that shall remain nameless this afternoon went as follows:

Me: Hi, I can't seem to find a CD, it came out today?
Employee of record store, standing next to a computer: Alright, I can look it up for you. Who's the record by?
M: Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin.
E: [Starts punching in numbers] What'd you say that last name was?
M: Um, well, the last word I said was Yeltsin--
E: Shelton?
M: Yeltsin?
E: Sheldon?
M: Yeltsin, as in the former Russian president.
E: [with perplexed look on his face] okay, spell it for me
M: Y-e-l-t-s-i-n.
E: Okay. [types in letters]
M: [trying to be helpful] The album title is actually "Pershing," maybe it'd be easier to search for that?
E: I can't search the database by album title, ma'am.
M: Oh.
E: No search results for the term, "Yeltsin."
M: Well, um--
E: And I put out the CDs this morning and I didn't see nothin' called "Yeltsin," so...
M: Okay, well--
E: Sorry, ma'am.
M: That's okay, thank you for your time.
E: You're welcome, ma'am.

I guess I'll have to spend my dollar another day.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Youtubing: Pershing!

Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin's new record, Pershing, is out in stores tomorrow. I love this song, (I tend to love what these guys do,) and I love this video, featuring some members of Eisley as the lads' menacing love interests. These guys have a demonstrative skill for creating polished melodic songs that are truly timeless.

Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin - Think I Wanna Die

Hope Gangloff

I liked the illustration of This is Ivy League in my previous post so much, that I looked up the artist. Hope Gangloff is an illustrator from New York, whose work has appeared in publications like New York Magazine (the above portrait of Anna Wintour was commissioned by the New York Times,) as well as her own artist shows at galleries.

You can check out Gangloff's webpage for more illustrations and learn more about Gangloff in a very cool interview she did with Chief Magazine a few years ago.

I think I like Gangloff's work so much because while her drawings capture human flaws and less graceful moments, there's also a real beauty to the normalcy they convey, too.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

This is Ivy League

Alex Suarez and Ryland Blackinton [illustrated!] call themselves This is Ivy League and make wistful songs with detailed sunny harmonies and jangly guitar, like this one

This is Ivy League - London Bridge

You wouldn't know it, but the makers of the breezy number posted above are also members in Cobra Starship. Cobra, being the makers of the theme song to the film, Snakes on a Plane. Yeah.

The Ivy Leaguers released their debut full-length on April Fool's Day.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Decisions Based on Information

Now, if only all decisions were based on actual information. Sigh...

Anyway, Decisions Based on Information is the brilliant title belonging to a lovely lovely new album by musician Bess Rogers [pictured]. The record is quirky and bubbling with whimsy charm, but it also possesses a depth and musical acumen to be reckoned with (Rogers studied studio composition at SUNY Purchase and has backed Ingrid Michaelson and Jenny Owens Young, so I believe she knows her stuff.)

Bess Rogers - See You? See Me!

You can buy Decisions Based on Information on iTunes or on CDBaby.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Youtubing: The Black Keys

This music video makes me chuckle...

The song is called "Strange Times" and appears on the Black Keys' new album, Attack and Release, (the record they did with DANGERMOUSE!!!)