last night i had the pleasure of going to see some friends play a show. it was one of the all too rare occurrences where all the bands involved are friends, really talented, and most of all just thrilled to be there and watch their buddies play music they like. the lineup was as such:
norman - i’ve known and gone to school with these cats for a long time and they get better every time i see them. for reals. they also have a lap steel now which is sick.
the parson redheads - i wasn’t familiar with these gentlemen and ladies, but lindsay has been friends with the bass player since high school, both being from lovely springfield. they are from la so it was kinda bizarre that they were randomly playing a show with good buddies of mine. good stuff, kinda 60s pop psychadelia/brian jonestown massacre without the drunken brawling.
symmetry/symmetry - i can’t say enough about these kids. i love them dearly and each is a better musician than most bands put together. im sad danny never pulled off his grand heist.
i didnt watch my buddies die face down in the mud...
im not sure im comfortable with how often hollywood thinks we need to go back and re-win vietnam. maybe i mention this now because there is a new rambo movie coming out and, while technically located in burma i think, c’mon we all know what this is about. i was indifferent, aw hell, ecstatic to watch chuck norris swing in singlehandedly high-panted in the 70s to go rescue pow’s still being held for no reason whatsoever somewhere deep in charlie’s backyard, but this is getting ridiculous. i mean if we’re gonna go all revisionist and shit, we might as well at least pick the most recent intractable quagmire clusterfuck of a war. well i guess vietnam was technically a ‘police action’. anyways, my point is, if hollywood is so tapped of ideas, and lets face it we’ve known that since shanghai knights, they could at least retread an action movie that matters. thats why, instead of a new rambo, they should make a new delta force. at least that shit takes place in the desert, chuck doesnt have anything better to do, and if we’re lucky enough, movie magic cgi trickery has advanced far enough that they can put lee marvin in it again
so i saw the darjeeling limited last night and was pleased. after the comparative bungle that was life aquatic, its nice to see wes anderson back in form. i could write a whole lot or nothing, so because im sick and tired, i’ll choose the latter. instead i’ll just link it up to the pajibareview, which is pretty spot on like most of their material. i will say that the violent, direct blows to the head from the blunt hammer of symbolism at the end when the brothers are literally throwing away their father’s baggage could have been softened up a bit, but overall i give it a thumbs up.
lindsay got a chunk of pumpkin stuck down her shirt while carving a pumpkin version of rivers cuomo (i like to think its pinkerton-era rivers, not bullshit coors light commercial playboy mansion song rivers). i shall post pictures soon. my pumpkin will have a handlebar mustache. also, 28 weeks later was a SCARY movie
does anyone remember that bit they used to have on the daily show called ‘even stepvhen’? steve carell and stephen colbert were both correspondents on the show at the time and they would have mock debates about some such issue. colbert played the staunch conservative (hhmmm i wonder if he ever did anything with that character) and carell played his liberal counterpart. anyways, i liked that bit, but i cant find video of it. if anyone knows where to find it let me know. ill owe you a life debt or something
yesterday a friend of mine from back home called me because she had a dream where i was crying. she just called to ask if i was alright. i think this is a good instinct and people should do it more often, whether prompted by a dream or not.
"He is reported to have played on some 95% of Motown recordings between 1962 and 1968. He eventually performed on nearly 30 No. 1 pop hits — surpassing the record commonly attributed to The Beatles. On the R&B charts, nearly 70 of his performances went to the top….James Jamerson (as is the case with the other Funk Brothers) received little formal recognition for his lifetime contributions. In fact, it wasn’t until 1971, when he was acknowledged as "the incomparable James Jamerson" on the sleeve of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, that his name even showed up on a major Motown release.”
i got into a discussion with someone over the weekend about james jamerson, mostly cause we didnt really know each other, but we knew about james jamerson. he was one of the ‘funk brothers’ that acted as barry gordy’s personal honor guard of hitmakers throughout motown’s early days. the guy recorded my guy with the bass he used in his high school orchestra for chrissakes. anyways, i find the history of this particular group of musicians to be really incredible, especially since they have influenced now multiple generations of subsequent musicians, most of whom probably couldnt pick one of these guys out of a lineup. so i just wanted to shed some light on the history for those who dont know it. theres plenty of books and a few movies on the subject, most of which are referenced in the wiki article. more people in interviews need to say they are influenced by james jamerson.
the video you just watched made my whole day. orson welles is endlessly awesome in pretty much every way a person can be awesome. at 25 he made a film many consider to be the best movie of all time, then at some point decided to just kick it in a tuxedo all the time and devote all his energy to shoddy corporate endorsements and beard maturation. the man was a g. now i leave you with this, which will always be ranked among the first things i think of when welles’ name comes up.
two quick recommendations cause im wicked busy. these are fantastic albums i had forgotten about for a little while but have rediscovered with great zeal. you should listen to them cause not enough people do:
my friend had an idea at breakfast yesterday that made me laugh. she wants to make a sign for her car window that reads, ‘tune to 93.7. requests?’ followed by her phone number. the numbers refer to the station she has her itrip tuner at so people driving next to her could call her up and ask her to play a song. and, presumably as long as they stayed within the range of the tuner, they could listen to the music she played. i thought this was funny mainly because of the mental image i got of five cars hovering around her little civic on the highway, all vying for a spot in tiny blanket of reception, their drivers all calling her at once.
so by this point, i’m assuming everyone has downloaded the new radiohead album in rainbows, seeing as figures from inside the band’s camp claimed 1.2 million downloads in its first 2 days of release. personally, i think this is an amazing thing, not just for fans but for the band. i’d like to say i’m not one of the masses that kneels at the altar of yorke, but what else can you say? not only are they operating completely outside of the agreed upon record-release avenues dictated by a shady cabal in the boardrooms of the big 5 record companies, but they’ve managed to trust their fan base enough to leave the fate of a record that took years to make in their hands.
politics aside, i still don’t know how i feel about the record. i’m suspicious of how much i like it immediately. its been my experience that alot of the records that have the most longevity in my playlist are ones that take time and many listens to unlock, the ones that dont stick right away but will reward you immensely for having the dedication to try and understand the vision that went into it. that’s why i say i’m suspicious. i like this new record alot really quickly, so i think the real test will be in a couple of weeks when i finally take it off repeat on itunes.
i was gonna post about this, but my good friend henry beat me to the brush clearing joke so i figured i’d just link it up. he makes a good point about the post-presidency accomplishments of clinton, bush, and gore though. its ironic that its only when they are relieved of the position intended to give them the power to change things that they actually have the freedom to do it. just look at clinton (not to downplay the accomplishments of the aforementioned other two, especially since one of em just won a damn nobel prize), but the amount of work he’s gotten done and the amount of funds he’s raised for global aide, particularly HIV, is staggering. i understand that he’s removed somewhat from forming the policies that some would claim ultimately make the difference in scenarios like that, but at the same time you can’t argue with the immediate good being done.
here are just 4 of the now innumerable fictional bands i am in:
crystal hammer - fantasy metal invocation of loki’s sinister trickery played with guitars whose bodies are ideally made of real dragon scales
luscious cox and the connoisseurs - silky smooth early 90s r&b a la keith sweat. imagine falling into a ball pit of silk pillows that smells alot like cocoa butter and a little like lube
blunt intsruments - a fairly standard ‘white kids playing reggae outfit’, which means a redoubling of the ongoing efforts to rhyme ‘jah’ with ‘irony’. mostly we just snickered at the name we came up with and went with it
da fudge dropz - durty south krunk at its best. be sure to pick up the smash hit single ‘dump it and stur it’ including the slammin b-side ‘getchyo d wet’. a music video is in the works, but its deceivingly hard to scare up hoes in bikinis willing to dump comical amounts of kool-aide on themselves in oregon in the fall. fill up those gas cans with colt .45, son.
if i were a famous writer, i think i’d like to write the most cryptic story or poem ever that purposely has no meaning whatsoever, then never provide any comment or insight in interviews. then when i’m a ghost, i’d spend all my time laughing at what english students and scholars think i meant
is it just me, or does the idea of a private security force founded by an ex navy seal scare the hell out of anyone else? everything i hear about blackwater just cements my opinion that the organization materialized out of dick cheney’s id: ominous moniker, questionable tactics often referred to most lightly as ‘excessive’, complete lack of public transparency or oversight, the list goes on. but then again if dick cheney ran it then he would really get to make up security level codes and like he tried to do in the white house. anyway, my point, i guess, is the stunning lack of accountability for these fucking mercenaries all of whom probably didn’t really give much thought to gunning down 17 people
i think the only thing myspace is any good for is immediately sampling a band’s music. it used to be a good networking tool for booking shows on a tour, but that dried up a while ago when every band got one of those robo-friender things. anyways, go listen to 2 bands i’ve been into:
its really a valid point, asking bush to enter an environment that will be just as socially combative as the one ahmadinejad did a while ago. i think its sort of a cop out for the president to say he’s not even entertaining the notion because iran’s viewpoints clash so blatantly with our own, when his iranian counterpart did just that; he travelled to a country where many high level cabinet members and elected officials have called for nothing less than his execution (that’s us, kids). i also a real problem with how columbia’s president handled his insult-laden introduction of president ahmadinejad. i mean that’s not really fostering the notion of an academic forum of ideas, which was the whole point of the visit to begin with.