Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
It's certainly not going to be everyone's cup of proverbial tea, but I like it and I run things around here. It's been this type of week.
I really love when musicians leave their comfort zone and decide to play with other people to create a new sound. This is really what it means to play music in my opinion...stay hungry, stay curious, stay dangerous. Create something new.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Ayds — an appetite suppressant candy — enjoyed strong sales for much of the 1970s and 80s, until — alas — that other AIDS came along. At that point, the Campana Company decided to change the name to Diet Ayds.
That obviously didn't work.
And here is a bonus commercial!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
I'm having a super busy day at work so I've been neglecting the blog here, but I'll do my best to change that next week.
As far as music this week, I think it's time for some locals on this page.
Here is Carbon Leaf and a song called "Mary Mac."
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Well it appears I have an answer!
As always, click to enlarge.
Friday, December 3, 2010
This is a supergroup of sorts, but this time, it's pretty good. The band is Mister Heavenly and they're playing a show here in Portland.
See if you recognize the genlteman on bass.
Mister Heavenly is:
Honus Honus (Man Man)
Nick Thorburn (Unicorns / Islands)
Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse)
+ Michael Cera on Bass
Here are some other blogs that I enjoy. Two of them crack me up while the other is a sweet place to find simplistic wallpapers for your computer.
Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things
High F*cking Five
Sorry I have been slacking on updating this, but this is the busiest time of the year for my job. Unfortunately.
I came across this band while listening to Pandora. Initially intrigued by their awesome name, I listened more intently. This was a good decision.
Here is We Were Promised Jetpacks and their song, "Quiet Little Voices."
Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
This looks even more gross than regular Four Loko.
Another reason not to drink Four Loko? B/c apparently it clouds your judgment and could possibly trick you into thinking you should make some music.
Donald Glover is an actor, writer, comedian, and (lastly) a musician. He's probably best known for his role on Community, which if you're not watching...well, then you are missing out. He has also written for 30 Rock. He started writing for the massively successful show at the ripe age of twenty-five. Excuse me while I look at what I've done with my life up until twenty-five.
Obviously I'm not putting Donald up for Friday's music because he is a great writer, actor, or comedian. He also raps under the name Childish Gambino. At first you may find this amusing, but he wanted a different name so that people wouldn't immediately think he is just joking around and so that he would be taken seriously. How did he arrive at this name? Well, by using the Wu-Tang Clan Name Generator, of course! Go ahead and Wu yourself.
His music is honest, straight-forward...and simply, disgustingly good. I am honestly surprised he is not more popular for his music than he is, but then again...it's not like this is the only thing he is doing.
Here are my two favorite songs that he has on his album Culdesac, which you can download for free from his blog. Note: that's only the Childish Gambino blog. Here is Donald Glover's, which is fantastic.
This first song, "I Be On That," really shows his word play and how underrated of a rapper he is. I can't stop listening to this.
This second song, "Fuck It All," is one of the most honest songs that I have ever heard. I share many of the same concerns that he discusses.
The best thing? He just gives all of his music away for free because he loves doing it.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Despite a very public Four Loko crusade by Senator Chuck Schumer, the FDA, and even the White House, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz just didn't know whether kids really understood that Four Loko is bad for you. So he sacrificed his time, and his body, to prove how damaging it can be. With NBC News cameras recording it for posterity, and a doctor measuring his vital signs every fifteen minutes, Ortiz downed two and a half 23.5-ounce cans of Four Loko in one hour. The results? He was drunk, obviously! His blood pressure and heartbeat increased, and then he threw up (off camera, sadly). So now we know that drinking the equivalent of ten beers in an hour will mess you up. Thanks for the enlightenment, Assemblyman.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Let alone the fact that The Situation has never found something he wouldn't have sex with, I can't get over Bristol Palin making an abstinence PSA.
Also...could you imagine having to take a drink everytime someone says the word "Situation?"
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
This video is hilarious. This cat loves nothing else than a box and it doesn't matter the shape or size.
Anyway. I'm heading up to New York to hang out with Marques this weekend and I couldn't be more excited. I love going to NYC and always have a great time. I'm going up to see a show and then back on Sunday to see another one here in Baltimore. Then Redskins on Monday Night Football, so it's going to be an action packed three days.
Since I'm going to see two shows, I figured I would put a video up of each act that I'm going to see. And, they couldn't be two different kinds of shows.
Up first is Wiz Khalifa. Coming off the success of his mixtape, Kush and Orange Juice, Wiz has been gaining steady buzz and just had his latest song, "Black and Yellow," debut on the Billboard 100. It is a track that finds Wiz rapping about his hometown Pittsburgh, one of my favorite cities in the country.
Here is his song, "In the Cut."
Up next is a band that I have enjoyed since my sophomore year in college. The John Butler Trio hails from Australia and have been described as an eclectic roots and jam band. I always hate trying to label an act, especially one as diverse as this, but there ya go. Once I first heard their song, "Zebra," I was hooked. I've always wanted to see them play live and I couldn't be more excited than to see them with a lovely girlfriend and two other great friends.
Here is their song, "Ocean," which represents an amazing picture of how talented a band they are.
I know, I know...terrible pun in the title. However, I really couldn't think of any other way to dive into this ridiculous story.
Joel Monaghan, who plays for the Canberra Raiders in Australia's National Rugby League, the highest level of professional rugby in the world -- a league as popular in parts of Australia as the NFL is in the United States, has recently left the team amidst a lurid sex scandal. Sounds pretty par for the course amongst professional sports, right? Well, partially. Joel here would be akin to Brett Favre if Brett had sent pictures of his dong to a dog. Monaghan was attending an end-of-season house party with up to 30 Canberra players and friends when someone snapped a photo of the star player with a teammate's Labrador dog. The photo was then uploaded to Twitter.
In a statement, Monaghan said, "I accept total responsibility for what happened. It was a moment of madness, and while it was totally out of character, I have to cop the consequences. I'm disappointed that the photo was distributed, but I should never have put myself in that situation. It's something I will have to live with for the rest of my life."
As they tend to do for some reason, not that I'm complaining because they are hilarious, the New Media Animation has produced a video of what allegedly transpired. Similiar to the Tiger Woods video, here is what they feel occured.
Deadspin Update including the infamous picture.
Go with Caution.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Here are a series of photos called, "In Da Car," by two Russian photographers named Eugene Yarysheva and Ashot Gevorgyan. They are all photos of different situations where the viewer is looking through a windshield in an opposite direction of how one usually does.
Enjoy and, as always, click to enlarge.
More examples can be found here.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Simply put, this is one of the most heart-wrenching and beautiful videos that I have ever had the pleasure to watch. I can't think of a more loving animal than a dog and I can't even grasp the size of the lump that must be crawling out of Jason Wood's throat as he is walking Oden out of the door for the last time. I'm not sure I have the sort of strength to even make a documentary about this. As a dog owner, I find myself thinking about the day when I will have to say goodbye to him...I really can't think of a more difficult period to place myself in ahead of time.
I'm rambling, I know. But, just after having watched this again...I am able to deeply relate to what Jason is going through. Having gone through difficult times, as I'm sure that we all have in this life, there is nothing more comforting than an animal that loves unconditionally. To be able to be so supportive without even knowing so.
Please watch this because it is brilliant, touching, and beautiful.
From the Original Page:
Thank You Jason Wood for allowing us this moment.
Oden's struggle with cancer finally came to an end.
May he rest in peace and his memory be eternal.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Lying in the waste from a post-Katrina ravage, this Six Flags has been completely abandoned and deemed too expensive to repair. The park is located in Eastern New Orleans, in the Ninth Ward of the city off Interstate 510. The park first opened under the name “Jazzland,” opening in 2000 and operated by Alfa Smartparks before Six Flags took over the park lease in 2002. Apparently, there have been attempts to sell the property, but to not avail as there isn't enough money to restore nor destroy the facility. This Six Flags exists in a state of perpetual tattered limbo.
This video and following photographs were taken in 2010, five years after Katrina tore into New Orleans.
Here is a video tour of what the park looks like today.
Click to enlarge
An amazing collection of photos can be viewed here.
In any case, Matt and Kim are absolutely my favorite band right now and their new album (Sidewalks) is the best that I have heard from them yet.
Here is their song, Lessons Learned. It is from their last album (Grand), but I love the video and this is probably my favorite song on the album.
Enjoy! And, yes...it is Safe for Work.
(Sorry for being late!)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Avenged Sevenfold - "Nightmare"
Dr Dre. feat. Hitman & Ms. Roq - "Murder
Marilyn Manson - This Is Halloween
Rob Zombie - Dragula
This is pretty funny
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Some of these photos are unnerving. Some are strange. Some are simply, "what the fuck?"
Either way, I can't stop looking at them and attempting to decipher what exactly was going on when these were taken.
Have a look yourself and leave any comments about what you think may or may not be going on.
There is something about a picture in black and white that makes it inherently more surreal. Anyway, on to the photos. As always, click to expand...if you dare!