Archive for the ‘Music’ category

Two decades set to music…

June 16, 2009

I got the idea for this post after someone pointed out today that I tend to find a new band or singer and obsess over them -I literally consume everything they ever made, brood over every line they ever sang and (for the most part) become a devoted fan for life- for months before moving on.  After a bit more thought I realized that I roughly fixate on an average of one new band every year or so.  Don’t get my wrong- this isn’t a list of all that I listened to that year.  These are just the major artist that effected me then and still-in some ways- to this day.

To begin with, a little background is needed.  While I researched this I realized I had no real musical identity until I was able to drive and go check other people’s music.  My formative years were set mostly to country and oldies rock-both which I still have a bit of an infinity for to this day (in regards to country I agree with Tom Petty- the only real country is the old stuff; all the new stuff sounds like “a rock band with a bad fiddle player”).  That may explain why the list seems so random-that’s how my tastes are.  Also, it may seem I only have “big” acts on the list.  Well, they are “big” for a reason.  Music is and was a huge part of my life, and starting early in this list (around 1992) I used it to define my emotional status on more than one occasion. So here goes:

1990: Prince

no videos cause that’s how Prince roles.  Just imagine him singing “I never meant 2 cause u any sorrow…I never meant 2 cause u any pain…

1991: Micheal Jackson

got to give it to him: man knew how to make a video…

I was a typical child of the 80s and both these guys were at the top of their game at this point just before they started to decline.  Micheal Jackson is just someone you have to respect -who doesn’t know all his songs?- and I still drive with the Batman Soundtrack by Prince blaring loud.  It was like opera-cheesy, sexy superhero opera.  These were also some of the first albums my dad would buy for me that I picked out and they -especially Prince- talked about things I knew nothing about and sounded like unlike anything currently playing at my house.  And I wanted more.

1992: Pearl Jam

Anyone who knows me personally knows how much the music of this band means to me.  Want a soundtrack of my life and that defines me?  It is mostly gonna be Pearl Jam songs….

1993: Metallica

I had one year or so of a “metal” period.  Their Black Album was the soundtrack to a truly amazing summer when I learned what it truly meant to have friends.

Not Metallica (I don’t want to get sued), but another favorite from this time of my life…

1994: Weezer

Someone who sings about stuff I like and talks like me?  Sign me up.

1995: The Waiting

Religion, spirituality, and the quest to understand a higher power set to music.

1996: R.E.M.

1997: Robbie Williams

Whenever I hear either it feels like I’m back in my first apartment all over again.

Get past the cheers and such for a great live performance…

1998: Ben Folds

It’s funny: I once hated this guys music.  I used to ride with a friend a lot and Whatever and Ever Amen was the only album he played for months.  But after I moved alone to a new city I guess I missed it, bought it, and actually listened to it.

great new song (obviously a TimandEric video):

1999: The Beatles

I know, I know.  But at least I finally did discover them.

You don’t need a Beatles video.  If you don’t own a CD go buy the Red & Blue Greatest hits-it’s a great place to start. And watch “Across the Universe”

2000: Barenaked Ladies

The best “big band” on the list.  Don’t go by their hits; listen to the songs not released as singles and you’ll hear how great they are.  Too bad they lost one of their singers recently (he went solo full time).

actually the lead singer…in the bathroom!

2001: Incubus

So much spirituality and sense of self.  Brandon Boyd and crew helped my find inner peace and ways to loose all the anger: “High fives to a better judgement;  by saying less today I will gain more…”

2002: Jack Johnson

Peacefulness in a stressful time…

…which leads me to…

2003: Ben Harper

Want a gospel, rock, and blues album but can’t afford all three?  Just buy a Ben Harper album; he’s got it covered.  And his new album is a great rocker.

2004: Colin Hay

Don’t know his music? Your loss….

2005: Modest Mouse

Another group I hated until I gave them a second chance. Best thing to listen too when you just want to move on:

“Gonna find another place, maybe one I can stand.
I move on to another day, to a whole new town with a whole new way.
Went to the porch to have a thought.
Got to the door and again, I couldn’t stop.”

2006: Minus the Bear

Much like Incubus-SoCal metaphysical insight…

2007: The Frames

Glen Hansard is one of my favorite “new” singer/writers.  If you haven’t seen the film Once do so ASAP- then you’ll understand why.

2008: The Killers

I can’t even really explain this one well.  Many I know say I just “get them”.  Guess so.  It also feels like another case of great songwriting that tells a story that is also open to interpretations.

2009: Kings of Leon

My current group.  They sound like my Ego and Id started a band and just rock the hell out of life.

That’s twenty years in music for me.  Anyone got any new music to recommend?

1984 was the greatest year ever

June 9, 2009

A ton of articles are popping up on this very same topic, so I decided to put in my own two cents worth.  However, just to be different, I’m just going to give you a list of everything that came out in 1984 and let those items be proof enough as to how awesome that year truly was to pop culture, America, nay…the universe as a whole:

Movies: Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, Footloose, Police Academy, Beverely Hills Cop, The Last Starfighter, Nightmare on Elm Street,  flippin Purple Rain, Revenge of the Nerds, Sixteen Candles, Splash, The Terminator, This is Spinal Tap

Television: Jeopardy, Miami Vice, Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, Kids Incorporated, The Cosby Show, Who’s the Boss, Night Court, Punky Brewster, Highway to Heaven, Murder She Wrote (hey, I watched it with my grandma)

Toys: the big obvious one is Transformers.  Transformers AND Ghostbusters in the same year?  How did my young mind handle the awesome.  There was also Mattel’s Secret Wars Marvel figures and DC Super Powers Collection.  These things were like plastic crack.  And let’s not forget Nintendo is just a few months away….

gotta love a toy commercial hidden in entertainment….

Music: the aforementioned soundtrack to flippin Purple Rain, 1984 from Van Halen, Bon Jovi, 99 Luftballoons, Run DMC, Spinal Tap, Chicago 17, Private Dancer (what’s love got to do, got to do with it?), Born in the USA, the Bangles, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Frankie Goes to Hollywood (and says to relax), Madonna’s Like a Virgin, Stevie Wonder calls to say hello, Wham! is two very friendly friends, and Cyndi Lauper is making hits

that’s what I think of doing every time I hear that song….

Comics: Marvel creates the crossover with Secret Wars bringing along with it Spidey’s new black costume and subsequent alien problems, Alan Moore -the eventual co-creator of the Watchmen- starts to write American comics with Swamp Thing, DragonBall in syndicated for the first time in Japan, and the friggin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made their comic debut.

sooo many memories and wasted afternoons…

Damn.  What a great year.  Since my generation has no wars to define us, we are defined by the culture around us.  I can’t wait to tell my grandkids I was there for the big one-1984: the year pop culture was at it’s best.

TAGTIST 6609: The interesting thoughts of Johnny Cash

June 6, 2009

Chris Sim’s has some great “quotes” from the biography of Johny Cash on his site; check them out for some great learnin’…

Here’s a sample:

“Willie, Waylon, Kris and I weren’t just good friends who loved to make music together. We’d also been wrongly accused of a crime and imprisoned, promptly escaping to the Los Angeles Undergound. If you had a problem, if no one else could help, and if you could find us, maybe you could hire… the Highwaymen.”

Wait….huh?

For more -along with the input of others- check out Mr. Sims page here

TAGTIST 1409: Sexy Flower

January 4, 2009

More Conchords-cracked the hell up at this….

Proof of Surrealism

June 25, 2008

There are things that I experience that make me realize I live a very surreal life from time to time.  Case in point: As I type this I have just returned from working a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar where Judas was played by none other than Corey Glover of In Living Colour fame.

What does this mean?

It means this guy

sang this

and we were connected through the follow spot I held (I actually lit him during this song).

As a side note, Ted Neeley, the guy flying in a Jesus in the beginning of that clip from the JCSS movie – if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and do so, it’s a life experience everyone needs and yes the whole thing is as trippy as that clip makes it out to be, but I digress – is back decades later to play Jesus again!! With the dude from In Living Colour!!!

Too many random things that don’t or shouldn’t relate all come together at one time tonight….

It’s official….

June 6, 2008

I’m going to Comi-Con!

If I ever had a bucket list, going to ComiCon in San Diego at least once in my life would be on it.  Check that off mister!  It’s been in the works for a few weeks now, but I’m officially going; I’ve got my pass to the convention, got my plane tickets booked, and got a free place to crash-gotta love good friends!

Yes, I know, this is nothing more than a “I get to go and you don’t” kinda post, but, I kinda get to go and you don’t, so eat it.

Actually now I feel bad.  So I’ll be sure to go plenty geeky and take plenty of pics and such to share with everyone.

Now we start the countdown as I prepare for my trip to nerd Mecca….

48 days until I leave for ComiCon ’08!

Life on a roller coaster…

May 20, 2008

When people would say they had a “roller coaster of a week” I don’t think I had any concept of what that meant until this past week. Unfortunately, it was a coaster with only one huge hill, a really fast drop and a fun but boring end….

It all started Sunday with Speed Racer. Yep. And I actually loved it. I’m gonna talk more about it and other summer movies at another point, but for a movie I thought would be shit moving in fast forward, for me it was actually fun and -god forbid- entertaining. I mean, you can’t doubt my worries, it was made by the people who created the amazing world of The Matrix only to destroy it it’s horrible sequels. But the movie turned out to be a great and fun start to the week.

On Tuesday I hit the top of the big hill and the view was awesome. I wrote months ago about my love for the music of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová form the movie Once. Soon after a friend of mine from work found out they were playing a show in Atlanta under the name The Swell Season. We had tickets the next day. What was great about the show was that it had all the key elements to a great concert experience: great company for a little road trip, great venue, and great music played by people who really are into their music, so much so it almost pours out of them while they play it.

Wednesday I found out that my contract was being renewed at work for another year. A happy moment but a secret one because of how I found out. This was that moment when the coaster is going over the hill, but the front hangs over and waits for the back to catch up. Your exciting but terrified at the same time. Thursday proved this to be true as the job announcements went official on Thursday and my closest work friend found out she was not getting renewed. This sucked on many levels, mostly due to the fact that when I got this job she was my main support and because I felt selfish for wanting to celebrate my renewal in wake of her news. I brought that sinking feeling to my stomach. Fortunately I had a friend who would go out with me and not ask why it looked like I had been crying all day or just got into a fight. Without a doubt, Thursday was one of those “worst day ever” sort of days.

Friday wasn’t much better. The aftermath of the news on Thursday spread around the workplace -others didn’t get their renewal as well, and it wasn’t handled in the best of ways by either parties- and the was just a general vibe of “ugh” hanging in the air. Needless to say, I would have left work as quick as I could if not for the people ‘working’ under me wanting to stay late and get a job done as we get ready for our summer break. It turned out to be a nice distraction from everything else that was going on.

Saturday I was useless, as the mental and physical exhaustion of the week finally was too much. But by Sunday I was mostly recovered and started the new week with another movie – the new Narnia flick; remember that boring ending I was talking about? Again, I’ll talk about movies soon- and go kart riding. It was good company again, so more ways to distract from the idea I had to go back to work the next day.

I really haven’t talked much to my friend since Thursday; I feel as it she is avoiding me a bit. It’s hard for me though, as I work for next year and she packs her belongings. I’m going to try and spend some time with her this week before we say “goodbye”-hopefully not for the last time.

I’m just glad I’m off that flipping coaster….