Friday, December 31, 2010

My favorite videos from 2010

Happy New Year! I wanted to end 2010 with a bang, so I thought that I would feature 10 of my favorite videos that I have watched this year. I even threw in some new videos for you guys, so look out for them! I hope I can find even more videos and music for you all in 2011!

Sleater Kinney - Big Big Lights

PJ Harvey - Electric Light (with messed up drum machene)

Dim Stars - Downtown At Dawn

Sleater-Kinney - You're No Rock 'n' Roll Fun - Trackers

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Pin (On Top of The Pops)

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band's "Dropout Boogie" (RIP Beefheart).

Cat Power - Nude as the news (live)

Iggy Pop - I wanna be your dog - 1979 - live

The Pagan Babies - Bernadine . Yes, Cortney Love was in a Shoegaze band.

Butter 08 - 9MM

Friday, December 24, 2010

Festive Friday Five!

Merry Christmas! (or for those of you who don't celebrate happy winter holiday). I thought that it would be a good idea if I was to give a Christmas gift to all of my readers, so I'd thought that I would share some of the Sleater Kinney B-sides that I accidentally stumbled upon last week. As with all b-sides, they should be on the original albums. Enjoy these, and have a wonderful holiday!

What if I was right. I want to say that this might be a non album b-side, but it was released on a long gone compilation album. This one has some pretty solid guitar - drum work in it.

Everything (Album Version) From The Woods DVD. This "should be" the last song on The Woods. I think that they should have kept it on there because it makes the album "complete". If you want to buy it, it is available to download on iTunes. Check out the Live version too.

Maraca. I think this is about drunk driving or a car crash.

Lions and Tigers. Corrin wrote this for her kid, so that explains when it is lyricly simple, but it is a very cute song.

More Than A Feeling. Another great cover. Again, I don't know why this isn't on an album.

Big Big Lights. This is from '96, so this must be from the Dig Me Out Era.

Write Me Back Fucker. No video for this one, but check it out on The Hype Machine

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The 10 most annoying musical trends from 2010

I wanted to write a "Best of 2010" list because I needed something to do over vacation. When I first started to do this draft, I started to notice that almost every indie/alternative music blog has one of these "best of 2010" lists. I honestly got tired of thinking about all of the good and outstanding things that I've seen in the music world this year, so I then thought of the 10 most annoying music trends of 2010. I thought about all of the things I've seen in Denver and in general in the music world. 

1. "Artistic" Album covers
2010 has given us one of the worst things that I could have imagined, the rise of "semi-artistic" album covers. I don't think that I really need to explain this, but I think that I can agree with pitchfork for once. I know that the "Worst album cover list" has been around for ages, I think 2010 takes the cake for the worst album covers.

2. "Artistic" Music Videos
Don't get me wrong, 2010 has had some great music videos, but I'm not talking about the "best of 2010" because I didn't want to do a best of list this time around. Just like album covers, 2010 has given us some of the worst music videos that I have seen.  When I'm watching a music video, I want to see something interesting, not an acid trip.

3. The "Loudness War"
Lets face it, music got louder over the past decade. It's annoying, it is loud, and I must keep my computer speaker volume at a constant 12 so I won't blow my ears out listening to a new album. I always thought that this "loudness" issue was bad, but when I started to think about it, I realized that it is getting worse in this years music.

I'd thought it would be pretty cool if I previewed an album before I bought it at my favorite local record store. Little did I know, I voluntarily gave myself a migraine while listening to not even 2 tracks on this album. As you might have guessed, I didn't buy that album, but the one that I did buy was so loud that I had to turn down the volume as low as I could without turning the volume down completely.

You can find examples of the loudness war in almost every "great" album of this year. Rock, Punk, Indie, and even rap show how how loud things are getting. No, not every album from this year is loud beyond belief, but it sure is nice to see some quiet, but noisy albums.

If you want to learn more about the "Loudness War" check out this Youtube video and this NPR music article.

4. The use of Distortion
If the loudness didn't get to you, then the distortion will. Now, I love distortion, I use it when I play guitar, my band mates use it often, it is a good deal with me. Distortion though, can kill a very promising album. This could be due to the "loudness war", or it could just be due to the people who can't tell a good amount of distortion from too much distortion. I seen a band live this year and I remember thinking that "This band really had it together! I'm going to pick up an album". When I did, I was very upset to find that the whole album was distorted. I was afraid for a while. I honestly thought that the whole album would sink into itself and fold over! Hopefully, we can lay off the distortion next year.

5. Crazy Music Genres
I've noticed a trend here in Denver. Most bands that I've seen in a basement/park/friends house are "art thrash", "post industrial noise rock", "no-noise post wave" or "artistic jazz metal" (alright, I made up the last two, but I'm pretty sure that we can find these two genera soon). If you want to label your genre of music, by all means, do so, just try to go easy on the labeling though. Its ok if you really do play no-noise post wave, but try to use that sparingly.

6. New Wave of Art Rock
This year, I have seen more and more artists who are labeling their music "art rock" because they have a pretty "artistic" light show, or they "just graduated from art school". FYI, just because you think it is art, doesn't mean that it is art. Art rock is when an artist is doing something artistic; taking a stand from the regular waves of music. Art rock isn't when you play the same music as the people on the radio and play your music "kind of loud". 

7. Digital Only Releases
As you might (or might not know) I collect albums, listen to them and blog about them. Most of the time, if I dont' have the money for a vinyl album, I have to settle for the CD version which isn't' too bad. I really don't like it when bands that I like, or want to know more about, do the Digital only release. That isn't really fair when you are super stoked to listen to an album and it only is released to Itunes or whatever the case may be.  Sometimes I really want to feel the album, look at the lyrics and artwork inside, even smell the album. You just can't do that stuff with a digital release.

8. The 3 city "Tour"
If having digital only releases wasn't' bad enough, then the 3 city tour would be the nail in your coffin. Again, I'm seeing a general increase of the 3 city tour in 2010. This usually goes on when a really important string of summer concerts is going on. Let me illustrate. I live in Denver. Denver isn't too far from Austin Texas. Bands go strait to Austin usually 10 days before South-By-Southwest even starts! Why can't they visit other places in that 10 day time frame? They don't. It's always the festival scene, playing in front of crowds that don't care. 

9. The hour or less show.
If you are lucky, to see one of those bands that is on an "extremely tight schedule" then its certain that they will play for an hour or less. Fine I get it, I realize that these bands have a lot of places to go, but they need to focus on playing a decent amount of songs, not 6 and leaving for the next town.

10. "Lets Skip over Denver!"
I saved the best for last. I think the most disheartening thing that I've seen this year is too many great bands skipping over Denver like its a puddle on a rainy street. I'm doing what I can, and my friends are doing what they can do help make Denver a better place musically, but someone has to play in Denver to show other bands/artists that Denver can be the best hub for new music. Me and and my other fellow music lovers in Denver are waiting for 2011 to bring something better than 2010. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Five Finds something new.

Happy Friday everyone! This week, I'm showcasing videos that I have personally never seen before. I was quite suprised because I never thoght these things existed!

Cat Power - Nude As The News. It is weird to see the video for this song. It brings another mood to the song itself.

Sonic Youth - Making The Nature Scene - Live in Poitier 1983. This is awesome. Look how old it is (or just look at Kim's glasses). I wonder what the audience was thinking when they seen this.

Big Black - Strange Things. This song is only found on the Atomizer EP. I wonder why. It sounds like it would fit anywhere else on Atomizer EP.

Pixies - Vamos. As my friend would say; "The Pixies are bad ass dude!". They happen to be right and this song proves it.

Extra! Pixies - Bone Machine. This is one of my favorites from them.

Mika Miko - Sev. Heck, I didn't even know that they played this song. Talk about new...

Classic Sleater Kinney - Start Together. As with all videos featured this week, I have never seen this video. It looks like it is taken from some bad talk show, but I could be wrong. I like this video because the song works well with the lighting and sets the mood for the video but it does kind of get annoying at times.The only bad thing is that the sound gets kind of jumpy halfway though (Oh how I miss VHS). But other than that, awesome video.

RIP Captain Beefheart

Another sad death to report, Captain Beefheart (aka, Don Van Vliet) has died today at age 69 from complications from Multiple sclerosis. This came as a huge shocker to me because Captain Beefeart has influenced most of my music choices that I listen to today and also because he was still quite young (honestly, I don't think that 69 is very old).

I will do a tribute after I get my Friday Five videos up for the week. In the mean time, read what pitchfork had to say (it was the most reliable source, alright?)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A sharpie makes a difference.

I ordered 3 Cd's and a poster over mail order the 29th of November.  I chose next day shipping and then 3 weeks later, I got my package. I was thinking "Why is this package taking so long to get here? I ordered early?"  I got my package today and I'm not sharing what I got yet, but what I was pretty surprised when I seen something in that package, that made me go "What the Heck is this???" (If you follow me on twitter, then you know what I'm talking about already). Anyway, I know that you guys will be excited to know what I got!

(Here is a hint for those who read the small print: What band do I feature every week on "Friday Five?". If that doesn't help, what band do I really want to have a reunion tour?)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Five, Finally on time!

Vendredi Heureux! Happy Friday! However you say it, be happy that I finished a Friday Five early! I put in some good stuff this weekend so I hope you guys enjoy the Friday Five this weekend!

Chaos UK - No Security. I wish shows were this fun these days.

Grass Window - Fried Egg. You have to wonder how long it took them to make this 3:35 second video.

Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Live in Cincinnati, 1970. Where did these announcers come from? They suck, but at times, they are quite funny! Focus on the music.

L7 - Wargasm - live in Rio. Hey look, it's Kurt and Cortney! But seriously, check out that guitar part.

More Wild Flag! F.Y.I., If you don't want to listen to Wild Flag because you are still waiting for their 7"(hopefully it will be here soon...) Don't Watch This Video! Skip directly to the video below this one. (This is a cover by the way).

Classic Sleater Kinney - The day I went away. This is pretty good for a "older" video! Sounds good, and the video is really smooth! I wonder if its a bootleg...

I'm still thinking about doing a "Best of 2010" list, but I'm still undecided. If you want to help me out, vote on the poll on the upper right hand side of the blog.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Make up Monday!

So this weekend/Friday has been a long one, and I'm really sorry that I didn't do "Friday Five" on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. In light of this, I'm posting 6 videos! Hopefully, we can start this week off well.

Metallica - Jump In The Fire. I don't really listen to Metallica, but I do have my times when I really want to listen to the first album. Mika Miko do a good version of this.

Butter 08 - Butter of '69. I just found this video today, While I was watching it, I realized that this was on MTV 2! Sadly, this is probably the last good thing on MTV 2.

Vice Squad - Latex Love. Classic song!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Jools Holland. This is a long video, but you get 3 songs (Date with the night, Maps and Pin)!

Cat Power -Lost someone (live) & interview. Another long video. The interview is in French, but you can still understand the questions.

Sleater Kinney - Little Babies.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

About yesterday...

I'm sorry that I didn't have the chance to do "Friday Five". I was up all night doing super important debate related typing. Anyway, I will do a "Makeup" Friday Five no matter how tired I am. In the mean time, why not check out some of my past "Friday Five" videos? They are really cool.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Come to Denver, Please?

I don't live in Denver, (well, I live 20 minutes away on a good day) but I can say that I care about the music that we have here in Denver. I was thinking about what I can do to make it even better and get the people who love the music here in Denver to go to more shows. Because of this, I drafted up 10 reasons why bands, artists, and music lovers should come to do Denver.

1. Fact is, you are going to pass over us anyway.
      If you didn't know, Colorado is the big square state in the middle of California and  Texas. Most planes that have to get anywhere in the nation fly over us, and face it, you will pass through us on your road trip. Would it be worth it to just stop on that road trip, and play us a show? Don't worry about venues, we have some odd ones (I'll get to that later).

   2. We are nice people.
    Take it from me, I have had some (good) run ins with musicians and I promise that even the most unsuspecting people will be nice to you and your band (If you have one). For example, I was ordering a burrito at Chipotle, the best burrito place ever, and I hear a "Hey" and look over my shoulder to see one of the best guitarists ever (I'm protecting their privacy). I didn't realize it at the moment, but I was helping one of my favorite guitarists build an epic vegetarian burrito. The voice in the back of my head was saying "They are famous! Get them to sign a napkin!" but I didn't act, and most of us here in Denver wont. We are willing to hang out on a couch and talk about tape loop machines.

   3. Our venues are awesome.
     I talked about this in in my all ages vs. age restricted post, but Denver has some really awesome places to see a show, So you dont' have to worry about really bad shows at really bad venues, someone is always going to show up. No matter what.

   4. Our food is good.
      I know that when I travel, I always look for a good place to eat. And most of the time, I eat at a new place that someone recommends to me. If I ever eat at a place that is really bad, then I have a hard time going back. We don't have bad places to eat in Denver. We have what you want to eat, even deep dish pizza and cupcakes.

   5. We have killer bands that will open for you.
      Being an artist in Denver, I'd be thrilled to open with my band, I'm sure that other bands in Denver feel the same way I do. We have talent here, so why not take advantage of it? This brings me to my other point...

   6. Our scene is thriving!
     We have lots of local stuff here and it is all pretty good. Despite that though, we need to find the key that we need to make our scene even better. We need all the help that we can get.

   7. Please give us something to do!
      Please! When I'm not debating, I see if I can attend a show. I love my local music, but it gets kind of stale when you see the same bands every weekend. I know that other people feel my pain, so why not try to set up even more shows for us to attend? Talk to a Denver musician and set up a gig! It will keep us from sitting at home staring at walls.

   8. We will buy your stuff.
     I love getting trinkets, posters, stickers, CD's, and anything else at shows. As long as I'm helping out a fellow indie artist, I (and other people) will buy your stuff and will be happy buying it.

   9. I'll show up! (hopefully)
      Always will! (That's saying if I don't have anything else to do...) But I really do show up at shows if I am staring at my wall on a perfectly good Friday night wondering what else I could do with my time. Just try not to put a show on a weekday!

  10. We are awesome!
      300 days of sunshine, Mountain ranges galore, clean air, great people, what else could you wish for in a city? That is pretty awesome to me.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Written On The Forehead

I was just about to update my super important debate case, and what do you know,I found a link for the new PJ Harvey song. At first listen, I'm loving, the My Bloody Valentine + Cocteau Twins sound. Just from listening to this, I can tell that some of this is sampled from some other song. Does this mean a stylistic shift for PJ? I found a embed code, so you can listen to the track right here.

   Written On The Forehead by pjharvey

Monday, November 29, 2010

Digital Downloads

I bought some CD's from mail order today(not going to say which ones!) and I got this wonderful thing called a "Digital Download". I really couldn't understand why I got this for free if I got a CD that I could just download on my computer. I accidentally clicked the link twice, so I'm just going to have to wait for the other CD to come by snail mail. Anyway, I'll have my CD's in 2-4 days, and when I'll get them, I'll post another review!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Five: Making you less full.

Happy Friday! And to my American Friends, Happy Black Friday/day after thanksgiving. I got some sweet videos for you guys this week, so hopefully you have a little extra room on your plate for these tasty Videos! I found a link that I'm thankful for, but I'll tell you about that later.

Vivian Girls - All The time. I didn't really listen to this song, but now I listen to it all the time. Good start to their album. Listen to that wall-o-feedback!

Youth Brigade - Did You Wanna Die. Whenever I hear this song, I want to go skate, too bad it's super cold outside. My wheels might freeze if I do.

PJ Harvey - Electric Light (with messed up drum machene). PJ wanted to play a song with the drum machene, but it didn't want to coroprate. If you wanted to see some of PJ's personality, this is the video. My favorite part is 1:13-2:17. Wait till the end though!

Extra! 50 Foot Queenie at Big Day out 2003. I don't know why I like this so much. It might be because she switched up her guitar playing or vocals. Whatever it is I like it.

Big Black - Kerosene. I've been listening to this song religiously for the past 3 days. I still can't find this album and it's really bugging me. Heads up, turn your speakers down if you don't want them to blow them up.

My Bloody Valentine - Sueisfine Live London '89. The drums make this song. Watch Colm Drum, its worth it.

Classic Sleater Kinney.

It's Enough. Strange angle for a video, but you get to see all of the cool action without all the people in the way.

Something to be Thankful for.
Ok, so I'm thankful I found the Bootleg of the First Wild Flag Show. If you watch it, click the link and be windblown. If you want to wait until the 7" comes out, then wait. But be prepared to be mind blown. I doubted it before, but the keyboards work really well with the rest of the band.

(No really,someone tell me when their 7" comes out. I will push someone out the way to buy it.)

Link#1 (This one is in HD)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

PJ Harvey Confirms 8th Album.

Well, the PJ Harvey album that we all have been waiting for is now officially announced! PJ's 8th studio album will be titled Let England Shake and will be released 2-14-10. It was recorded in 19th century church in Dorset England.

I can't wait for this to come out, and I'm going to pre-order as soon as I can find the link. In the mean time, check out

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday Five on a Saturday!

No, I didn't want to have a Friday Five on a Saturday, but I had to get some sleep so I could feel better today. I had this prepared on Friday, but I just didn't have time to post it. With that, happy listening!

My Bloody Valentine - You made me realize (From some TV show). Debbie and Colm look like they should be playing in a Punk band. It works anyway.

Zounds - Subvert

Le Tigre - Stay Monkey. This is actually a Julie Ruin Song.What does "Stay Monkey" mean?  Despite this, I love this song.

PJ Harvey - The Mountain. Cross your fingers and hope for a new PJ Harvey album! Check out my post.

The Raincoats - The Void. Classic Song, classic album, classic band. Another one of the many albums I must buy...

Extra! Sonic Youth Titanium Expose. I was saving this for another Friday, but I just couldn't wait! I also didn't know that this song had a video! You learn something new every day.

Classic Sleater-Kinney! Yoyo a Go Go 1997. Janet makes old SK sound good! How awesome!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Let England Shake.

If you are a PJ fan, check out Could it be a new album?  Anyway, we are going to have to wait until November 23 to see what the news is about.

(I think I want to play this tab and see what it sounds like. I'm a kill joy.)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

100th Visitor!

I just got my 100th visitor tonight! I've haven't felt very good because I've gotten really sick this week. I was preparing an essay on why bands should play Denver more often on Sunday, but I then got sick Sunday Night. Hopefully, I'll finish the rest of the essay this weekend.

So thanks to my 100th visitor, Stick around for Friday Five tomorrow and these 3 videos!

Lets make it another 100 more!

Capricorinations - Mika Miko. My dance skills aren't even that good.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Rich. I think that this is from Reading 2003.

The Discocks - Long Live Oi!. Japanese Oi/Punk band. Can it get any better?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Five: Late editon.

I was at a debate meet this Friday, so I didn't post the Friday Five earlier. This is why this Friday Five is the "Late edition". I'm not going to lie, this Friday Five is bare bones, so don't complain about it. I'll make it up to you guys somehow.

Oh, if you have any video recommendations, please tell me! I'm not running, out but I want to feature something new and awesome!

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band "Dropout Boogie". Don't worry, the piggy wiggies will be ok. PJ Fans: doesn't this sound like "I think I'm a mother?"

Sonic Youth - Sink (live). This is a really awesome version! Why don't they play this more live?

Extra!Doctors Orders, Thurston Verson. At first, I wanted to know if this was a joke, but I guess it isnt! It gives the song a new vibe. Apperently, this was sposted to be on Goo? I think they had to push it over to Expermental Jet set(...) instead.

Cat Power - Nude as the News. Can you guess who the drummer is? Why is Chan playing a Flying - V? This has to be one of my favorite Cat Power songs, but I can't for the life of me figure out what it means, that must be the buity in it. (I still have a flame gun for the cute ones...)

Erase Errata - Crusing. That grandma is awesome. One of the best music videos I've seen.

Extra! Erase Errata - Pass the Crimson. I thought this would suck, but I guess I was wrong... Video quality is kinda crummy though.

(Not So Classic) Sleater Kinney. This week, Janet Weiss kills Sarah Lund in a drum battle.

Come on, did you hear the warm up at 0:4-0:11??? No Contest.

Important news!

I'm going to be gone today due to something *highly* important. So, I don't know if I'm going to get the Friday Five in today. If I do, it will be around 10 to 11'oclock MST. Vote on the Poll (look at the top right) so I know what to do for this weeks (late) Friday Five.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Five, the fun part of the week.

Happy Friday! I put together some songs that I play to get pumped up for a debate meet, and I hope you enjoy them. I'm kind of nervous because it is the "official" start of debate season this weekend and I want to do a good job! Hopefully, I can do better next week! That stuff is for my other blog, so I'm going to get to the music.

X-Ray Spex - Plastic Bag. Anything by X-Ray Spex makes me want to yell at someone (in a good way!), so I have them on repeat for most of the day. This song has some good metaphors!

Bikini Kill - Lil Red . Bikini Kill is just fun listen to anyway. Fact: Bikini Kill on repeat will keep you awake longer than coffee will. (This is my favorite song by them). Hey look, its a riotboy (or is it riotboyyy? I'm done trying...)

Extra!: Jigsaw Youth. "Jigsaw, Jigsaw Youth!"

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Hong Kong Garden. I think this from a documentary or something. Any song from "The Scream", "Kaleidoscope", or "Juju" makes me feel happy.

Mika Miko - Business Cats. This video is so Corny, I love it though.

PJ Havey - Victory. You can't have a successful day at a Debate meet without this song! (It's true!). Kind of cool to see PJ play some of her old stuff (I think this was recorded in '06. Don't quote me on that).

Classic Sleater Kinney! This week: A microphone looses to Sleater Kinney's awesomeness, and Sleater Kinney Talks to a skinhead rat.
Call the Doctor - Philadelphia '96. Holy Cow, this is old! Look at the hairstyles! The microphone might break soon. Why aren't these people moving around (you know I would...).Rude camera guy at 1:06.

Sleater - Kinney meats ratso on Chic-A-Go-Go. (Ratso is a Skinhead! Look, he has suspenders and Dr. Martens! Pause at :17. ). I'm glad I wasn't on this show, I would have looked like a lunatic dancing to Youth decay. Well,I guess everyone else is too...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Album Review:Mika Miko's "C.Y.S.L.A.B.F."

I wrote this a while ago, but I thought that you readers would like to read something while I'm gone for a couple of days.

Yes, I'm just going to say it now. Mika Miko is an  aquired taste. To put it into simple words, it's like early 80's punk mixed with free jazz when the Saxaphone kicks in. Sounds strange, but it works in the end. I wouldn't give this CD to just anyone and If I reccomend it to you, then that means that you sure are specal. I got into Mika Miko though Last Fm (just like lots of other bands) and I was like, "Dude, what just happended?" .  I recomend this band if you are getting tired with that 80's Hardcore Punk.

Take it serious - good way to start off an album. Love the lyrics. Drums and bass Really get me going on this song. I love how short it is.

Capricornations - nod to riot girl? Instant classic the first time I heard it. Danceable bass groove. An easy top ten on my mika miko list of songs.

See you there - I can't get used to the intro, rest of the song is great and addictive. I like how the clapping at the end is a lead to the next song…

Jogging song (He's you Mr. Right) - They kill me with the sick bass,guitar,drums intro. I like the choppyness of this song. Lyrics are simple again. (One two one two one!)

End of time - I can see why they site the germs as an infulence. Another sick combo. I always sing the "end of time part" bass is stand out on this song.

The Dress - nice keyboard guitar harmonics, drums keep it together. (Singer) sounds like tobi Vail of bikini kill. Well sounds like it would fit in with a BK album. Dress dress dress dress! Solo fits in well.

Tightly Liberace - I have no idea what this has to do with liberache, but it does have a synth sounding keyboard that is kind of cool.  This as another song that has that awesome bass and guitatar signature Mika Mikko Sound.

Take Hold - This might have to replace my ringtone of "Wild Bore" (I love waking up to that song). Great bass and gutiar driven song. I love how the last verse just merges into the outro, and then just stops. Awesome.

Buissness Cats - Another one of those stand out Mika Miko songs. If you haven't already, see the video. I just like this whole song, it works whatever way you look at. "Get Excited!"  I wonder how many times they say that.

Chron Liar - It starts off fast. Then the vocals come in. Then the synthy awesome noise. Then we break out into a guitar solo bridge. If you haven't guessed already I'm a fan of the guitar solo bridge. Espally this one.

Don't shake it off - Cymbolls... Then an awesome guitar and bass intro. Reminds me of a Germs/Black Flag combo. Then a saxaphone. Here comes the X-ray Spex. Sing along chrous makes the song. Bridge/breakdown shift with the 1234 countdown to a synthy keyboard end.

I Don't like your Widows Peak - Love the title. Love the guitar in this song. I kind of feel bad for all of those people out there with widows peaks. Just remember, they aren't directing it at you. This is one of the slower songs of the album. It works though, its at the end and it is a nice way to merge to the next song.

Oh, Head Spin! - It is the last song of the album and I'm super stoked that started it with the bass - guitar - drum trio that I so enjoy.  I'm sure am glad that it is there because it makes this song easy to dance too, and I'm picky with the songs that I an dance too. I'm tasting, some 80's L.A. Punk in there too. Great way to end the album.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Five: Fabricated for your weekend!

Welcome to this weeks Five! This week, I I found some pretty awesome performances, some Halloween songs and even a mini-trip back to the 90's. Hope you enjoy!

Sonic Youth - Kool Thing. I just found out that this had a video last night!  Yeah, even if I tire of this song, I don't think I'm going to get tired of this video! Look at all the fuzz and the 90'sness. Even MTV was good  back then. What is postmodern MTV anyway?

Misfits - Braineaters. Should I have a Halloween Friday Five weekend edition? That would be fun.

Feist - 1234 & Mushaboom (In Paris). These songs get stuck in my head more than they should be.  She kills it when she gets to Mushaboom.  Cool vocal loop at the end.

PJ Harvey Uh Huh Her. No, its not only the name of PJ's album, but I guess this is another B-side to something. Check out PJ's shirt.  This is one of my favorite live preformances from her.

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Tenant. This is one of the better live versions of Tenant that I've seen.

Extra! Siouxsie and the Banshees - Pained Bird (With Robert Smith). If you are a Banshees Fan, try to find Nocturne on DVD. You will not be disapoitned. ( I think that the DVD is better than the live album, but that might just be me). This crowd knows what to do. Awesome.

Classic Sleater Kinney! Well, it really isn't that "Classic" because its all from "The Woods" but that doesn't matter. I felt like being nice this week, so I picked 3 for you readers this week :) (The first and last one are from Coachella '06.)

Modern Girl - "This song is about a nervous reverse". That is one of the best song openers I have ever heard.

Jumpers. Yeah, another Letterman video. One of the best versions of Jumpers I've seen, and if I think its good, then it must be good. Check out 2:20 - 2:40 for the good part. (Is it ironic that that bridge is in the background...?)

Step Aside.  I love this song.

(PS. I wouldn't count Sleater Kinney reunion out just yet. I read someplace
(I forgot. Sorry...) that there is a good chance of a reunion sometime soon :) Keep asking for it! And for you Denver people, don't shut up about it! Tell all of your 90's punk friends, and tell them to tell their friends so that they could come play here! It would blow your mind if it would happen...)

If you want to read some more, check out Carrie Brownstein's Ari Up Tribute on NPR's.

All ages vs. Age restricted shows.

I've been to some shows in my time, and I've tasted both types of shows: all ages, and age restricted shows. Each has benefits and drawbacks, so I'm going to compare them and tell you what I prefer.

All Ages shows.
  1. Smaller
  2. And by small I'm talking 100 people or less. Most of the time, the maximum amount of people depends on where the concert is, and how full they want it to be. My friend was paying in their basement once and I'm sure we got 45 people in there in the open part.
  3. Everyone gets in
  4. Well, most people get in if they didn't punch some random dude in the face before the show. Sometimes the people running the concert will kick you out if you didn't pay or don't have a "smiley face" sticker on your hand. The line to pay isn't long or anything like that unless the venue doesn't have a good entrance!
  5. Mostly local.
    When you go to the same venues every week or so, you start to see the same people quite often. That is awesome because normally when that happens, you can talk about the bands you seen last week, or the latest music developments.
  6. Bands really care about what they do.
    I just showed up for this concert once (I guess they didn't care if I got in for free) and I sat on this really comfortable couch and I just started to talk about these people about this "air conditioner that got blown out" and how "the box fans they brought were not that great".  Anyway, that lasted for like 15 minutes and then they "were going to start now". That was pretty awesome. When do you get to sit on a couch with a band talking about box fans in the middle of summer?
  7. Cheap!
    What can you do with 5-15 dollars? Why not go see a band at an all ages show? Yeah sure, if you want to get drunk or whatever, just do it outside and take advantage of the low, low, price of 10 dollars. Come on, what else can you do with 5 dollars?
  8. Best places ever.
    Churches (the cool ones, not the stuffy religious ones), basements, parks, record stores,birthday parties, pools, skateparks, someones garage,community centers, concert halls, are some of the places that I've seen bands play. It might sound outlandish, but each place has its own flavor that makes it great. I don't know what makes it fun, but you just have to experience skateboarding and listening to a killer band all at once.
  9. Free food!
    If you know me, you know that I love food (not to eat, but to love food).  The thing that makes food better is the 4 letter word "Free". Sometimes the band orders food, or sometimes the venue does to just make the gig cooler. Either way, you can't miss out on the free food at these things. No, I'm not talking about water and saltines, I'm talking about pizza and soda, Nachos, ice cream, candy, everything in the fun food group.
  10. Free stuff.
    Most stuff at shows is free if you ask the band for it, and also saying that you know the band too! Sometimes veneers will be outside or in the lobby if the band is doing a sound check or whatnot. You know my  saying "Take it if it's free". Because everyone goes to all ages shows, everyone brings stuff to share. I've gotten CD's. Stickers, Cassette tapes (haha), posters, zines and even guitar picks. All ages shows are like a "grab bag" of awesomeness.
  11. Lots of room (sometimes)
    All ages shows can have lots of room, or not a lot of room at all! If the venue has space for 100, but 150 people are standing outside the door, you are not going to have a lot of room at all. People will be on you like glue, and by the time the concert is over, you will have 6 new best friends! If you are going to a smaller show, you won't have as many friends, but you will at least, have some breathing room to do whatever crazy dance that you want to.
  12. More fun
    All ages shows are like a party. These things can get pretty crazy too. My friend went to this one concert where people were kicking around beach balls and throwing around party streamers. Doesn't that sound fun?
  13. Can last forever.
    At an all age local show, don't pay attention to the set times. I went to a gig thinking that it would end at 3 in the afternoon, but instead it ended at 7. Who cares though, the more music the better.  I've noticed that at the local shows and at the all ages ones, the bands really bring out the action and the energy. That is what I love about the all ages shows. You don't know what you are going to get, but you do know that it is going to be lively and full of passion.
Age restricted Shows.
  1.  Really Large.
    Most of the time, all ages shows are in the small places like I described earlier. Age restricted shows are in the larger venues, but they can be in the smaller ones (that is quite rare). When I say larger venues, I'm talking about city block wide concert places with standing room only. The largest show that I've been too was at least 600 - 1,000+ people. If it is a stand - up concert, then I must tell you to get there early, and to thrash around while dancing (we don't want someones eye knocked out!)
  2. Crowd varies.
    The smaller shows are usually you and your friends, the bands friends and some random people. For a crowd, that is nice. Age restricted shows bring out just about everyone. At one show, I litteraly seen a Geek with a Star Wars shirt on, a (kind of friendly looking) Skinhead, an Old punk rocker dude with his decked out jacket, and some guy in a business suit.  If you want to talk to people who are like you, then you will find those people if you walk though half the crowd and almost knock some random dudes 8 dollar beer over.
  3. Age makes it stale sometimes.
    Because it is age restricted, then you are going to have those people there (those 18 and over etc..). I really don't like the age restricted ones because do you wan't to hang out with people your age and older? Well, even if you do, you have to say that there are some really awesome young people around these days doing some really awesome stuff.
  4. Bands can care about what they do. (depends)
    Age restricted shows can have some of the best bands that give it their all and put on a really good concert or, age restraicted shows can have some of the worst band ever who don't really do too much on stage. Most of the time the band that you payed for will give you a good show, but if it just so happens, the band that you see sucks so much that you just want to leave (that happens when you just hear about a band and show up at a gig 15 minuntes before a show).  This is why I say that the bands who play age restricted shows care about what they do sometimes. It just really depends who is playing that night/day and if they can put down a good show.
  5. Not so cheep
    Be armed with money if you are going to age restricted show. Here is an example of what I payed for an age restricted show:

    Tickets: 23$
    Bottle of Water (Couldn't take any in. I guess I could have suck some in...) 7$
    T-shirt: 10$
    Total: 40$

    That is a lot of  money! Do you know what I could have bought with that?
  6. Not the best places ever. Mostly large venues.
    Going back to the venue thing. The venues could be super good, or supper lame. Most of the time it is super lame. I went to a show on the hotest day of the year (The same day I got my sweater) and I realised that this this concert hall did not have any air conditioning! I got lucky though because I met my friend there and they brought some water. I got lucky this time. Just keep keep in mind that lots of people in one space give off more heat then people who are spread out in a small space.  In summer, bring water and a jacket. In winter, bring a hoodie. It gets warmer in winter with more people in a gig, so don't bring a parka.
  7. BYOF (Bring Your Own Food)
    No freebies in these age resticted gigs.  Check a head of time to see if you can bring someting to eat. We don't want you boozing up on an empty stomach. Even better, try to find someplace to eat before the gig so you don't pass out or anything.
  8. No Freebies!
    You can't go to the vender and ask "Hey can I get one of those stickers?"  at an age restricted show. There isn't too much free stuff in the world of the age restriced shows. You might get lucky when an indie band leaves some stuff in a bucket labeled "free stuff".
  9. Not a lot of room (really true when its ga. Sucks when you are late!)
    If the age restricted gig you are going to is general admition (ie, pick a spot to stand and stay there for the whole night long) try not to dance around, and try not to talk through the whole show. This is ok to do if the song is high engergy, and the band is known for dancable music.  I know it is hard not to reist danceing at a show  (espally if you are like me and pogo to everything). If you must dance, try not ot hit anyone.
  10. Better when you bring people. (kinda fun)
    I guess that it is better when you bring people to any gig, but when you go to a age restricted show, chances are you might not meet new people. That is why it is better to bring a friend (or 3) with you when you go to a show. Just remember the three golden rules:
    • Don't talk throughout the show
    • Don't get too drunk (I don't want someone passed out next to me!)
    • Have Fun!
  11. Time Varies
    As a matter of fact, all gigs could last long. But I've noticed that the age resticted shows that I go to last a really long time (it might just be because we are all old enought to stay up past our bedtime). I've also seen that age restricted shows have the most encores. They just keep going and going and going...I guess the more you get, the better it is.
What I like better.
I just want to say that age restricted shows are age restricted shows for the stupidest reasons.  For example, a band can get their shows bumped to 21+ because they drop the "F bomb" more than 2 times. That is why I prefer all ages shows to the age restricted ones. More freedom, more fun, more free stuff

Stick around, Friday Five is coming soon!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Corin Tucker Band "1,000 Miles" review.

I'm just going to say this now and I don't care if people are going to disagree with me. I really want Corin Tucker to play better than she did in Sleater Kinney. If she doesn't then I'm going to be a little disappointed, and will invest all of my time and interest into Wild Flag. Despite that though, I'm still going to give this album a equal chance in my listening library compared to Sleater Kinney and to Wild Flag.

Now if you don't know already, I'm a Sleater Kinney fan. I know my trivia, I know my albums, and if I really wanted to, "I could replace any of the members because I know just as much as they do" (my friends words, not mine).  I'm latched onto Sleater Kinney not only because their music sounds good, and not only because all of their members rule but because they have been making superb music from the beginning of their career and didn't stop with their last album. Yes, I loved "The Woods" and was upset to hear that it would be their last album due to a "hiatus".  It upset me more when I found out that they played their last show the day before my birthday. No Lie.  (If anything, they owe me a birthday cake and a comeback tour...)  So when I found out that all 3 members were doing solo projects, I almost spilled my coffee on my laptop in joy (I didn't thank heavens).

More research told me that the 3 members were not going to be in the same solo groups. More research told me though that Carrie and Janet were to have their own thing, and Corrin was to do her own thing on Kill Rock Stars (their original label).  By then, I realized that this will not be Sleater Kinney, and I shouldn't compare it to Sleater Kinney because it probably won't sound anything like them. So I will try my best not to compare the Sleater Kinney offshoots to each other and to not compare them to the original band.

Now, I never really took sides in the whole "Which Sleater Kinney guitarist is better" debate because they are just too gosh darn equal to each other. Plus, each Sleater Kinney guitarist has their own style of playing. For example, Carrie was more wild and fun to watch (still is) and Corin was more reserved and better at doing the whole emotional vocal thing (which isn't too bad either).  It is going to take me a while to hear one guitar at a time so I'm pretty sure that this might sound new to you too.

Keep in mind that I'm reviewing this as I hear it (I haven't even put it in my CD player yet!), so if I think that a song sounds bad at "first listen" it might just because I haven't appreciated it yet. Now, if I say something is rancid,then it might just be that bad (Yes, I know what bad is).

Oh, if you want to see more of my Sleater Kinney Blogging, then click here.

1,000 Years
First thought "Will this be a folk album?".  But that started to go away, when I took out my handy dandy lyrics booklet: "I want the woman/I want her back/want her whole" What is this "Wholeness" that she is referring to? (Whole as in Sleater Kinney Reunion?). It isn't a bad song, but it is a quiet song. I'm used to quiet songs, but not from Corin. I can see if she wanted a change, but I'm not too sure if I can get use to this "quiet" sound. That's fine with me though, I might just have to listen to this more.

Half A World Away
This one starts off with a Glockenspiel? I don't know what it is, but this song is giving off that vibe of "Folk". Then Corin comes in with " I'm half a world away from you/I'm half a world away/When we're apart/Africa and the Bush/ Take you Far/ The lens, the story the picture/ Is your Call".  Something is throwing me for a loop here, this sounds like the Creatures! It just might be the drumming on this one, but it is safe for me to say that this album does have some pretty different drum beats to it and it is quite refreshing.  At about 1:04 things start to get up beat and I can't complain with that.  Alright, I can't help but say it, but the drums are just reminding me of Sleater Kinney!. I didn't want to say that, but this probably was used to get people like me to listen to this. Not a bad song.

It's Always Summer
Right off the bat, the guitars are giving off that "folk-y sound". You all heard it, that kind of country thing that lots of indie people use to set the mood of the song.  Going back to the lyric sheet, I can't help but think "Where is it always summer? "Its always summer/Where you are/ Its always something" I'm trying not to go into "lyric decoder mode" but I just can't help it with this song. I know that this song is going to stay through my head all night long. 2:26 has a nice guitar solo thing. Then, what is that? a Violin? Interesting, I wasn't expecting that from this song.

Handed Love
I already like this even before I hear Corin start to sing. I know that this song is special. Then Corin starts to sing. If I picked this song on shuffle, then I wouldn't know that Corin was singing. On this one, she has a slight "raspy-ness" to her voice; kind of like one of those people who you hear at a coffee shop singing the whole day away, while you drink your coffee. Things speed up at around 1:00 and add some color to this song. "Got love if you want it/ You're alone again/Get some if you want it/its a dangerous game/Fall down cause you want it/You crave the taste/Get some if you want it/ The feeling comes again" This, dear blog readers, has to be one of the best lyrics that I have heard on a new album this year! The delivery and everything else in this song makes these lyrics shine. and right around 2:00 in, things just sound even better. I finally get to here the loud Sleater Kinney like guitars that I so badly wanted to hear. (They must have been listening to me ramble about it...) Ok Sleater Kinney fans, it isn't Carrie, but it will do right?

Doubt (Get the free download here!)
I guess "Handed Love" set up the atmosphere for this song. Loud guitars and drums right in. From the start to the end. "A good looking sinner/Walked down my street/ When I fell for him/ I fell complete/You know that familiar song called to me" Another question "What is that familiar song? I'd like to know. Then bam-o the screaming comes out (yeesss) "When I fall in/ There is no Doubt/And I belong/ For a little while/ It's the deepest drug/ It's the tallest joy/ I forget myself/For a while" Another good lyric candidate. Wait for it, here comes some more good stuff followed by a nice guitar solo (go check out that download now!). Then it just breaks off into science, then more of the "Good looking Sinner" again. I just want to dance to this song. Even that violin wants me to. More nice lyrics "Break up with the Boogie/ Break up with the Beat/ Did you let us down, or was it me?/ I think that this silence is going to kill me." (don't say this has to do with Sleater Kinney...Don't say it...)

Starts off like another slow song, then I realize that it is another slow song. I guess it picks up a little at 1:30. This album is relying heavy off of that violin, and heavy drumbeats, and this song is a good example of it. I'm going to say this again "Who are what is this dragon? Does she have a dragon?" Well I know that dragons aren't real, but could this be a good metaphor? I like this song and everything, but I think that this might be a bumper song to the next song. Kind of that "mellow song to the next big song". But we shouldn't overlook this one.

Riley (Go check out the video!)
Starts off with guitars, then goes on to the normal volume that we are used to. Corin sings "Heard the phone ring/ It's been a while/Since I heard from you/Since we hung out/Say Hello dear, how you been/Then you drop the bomb baby/You fill me in" Nice lyric. Then I thought "Oh, whoever is talking hasn't heard from the person who they like for like 4 songs and once she finds out that he is "down and out" she gets sad and sentimental. Hurts to say it, but when this video came out like 2 weeks ago, I hated this song. Thank heavens that I like it now. Just because this song has a music video doesn't mean it should be the song everyone likes off the album. "Ran around as kids/ We had some fun/But time marches/ And we both moved on/ You got a real gig/ You settled down/ now it hurts to hear/ Your down and out." I don't really listen to songs like these,but despite that, I still think that this is a really good song! Yes, I'm kind of mad that I said that this song sucked a week or two ago.

Pulling Pieces
This one is starting off slow. Then some whispered lyrics: "There's a worn out box/on the top of the shelf/I know I missed so meting,/can't remember what/I keep drifting back and/Touching the spot/I can't rest untill I've found/what I've lost" Oh no, not another one of these songs. You know, one of those songs. "I'm only pulling pieces/From the pages of my former life/ Stiff and wrinkled paper/ Written in a diffrent time/Are you gonna cross the line?" I feel like this is the song that would be playing if I was reading an old journal or something like that. Things get loud at 1:28: "Tell me why did you close the door? I can't get in/To where I'm supposed to go/ I'm just shadow of what I used to be/....Tell me why did you go/And cut me to the bone" This guitar sounds like a "Quarter to Three" and I'm pretty sure that song made you cry too right?

Thrift Store Coats
Oh no, this is really quite sad just from the lyrics alone "It happened one lazy afternoon/ When the kids had played/ Too long at school/ Late made dinner/ and Snatched up news/ "Funds dried up and my job cut loose"".  Then after some more whispered lyrics, the tempo changes around 1:10. I'm seeing that this album is pulling on emotions, and then right when you want to cry/change the song to something happy, it gets loud and upbeat! What? Whoever thought of that was a genus. If that plan wasn't in place, then I would have just traded this album for something else (I like it though!!). "Frozen hopes/ and Thrift Store Coats/ They dont' cost a thing/ When you're broke" Its funny, but then again I don't want to laugh because that would be morally wrong for me!

Big Goodbye
I'm thinking that this might be connected to the last song "Thrift Store Coats".  Anyway, the lyrics start off with "Big low porch/ On an old white house"..."Reaching for it/Break up with the past.." That isn't too bad, but hey, it gets better. "Another day come and gone/I think it's time to move along"..."Your my big goodbye/I reach up high but I can't see beyond/Your my Big goodbye" Then it gets sad again (...) "Can't imagine/Life without you/But sometime soon I know I'll have to" "If we're bot here for a little while/Let's get together one more time" (why would they want to do that!??!). Ok, so this must be one of those songs "last ditch, I'm going to go for it, break up songs". As much as I hate them,  this one is quite good. I think the way that the guitars and the bass mingle is why I like this song. It is like eating orange flavored chocolate; you get the best of both flavors. Then the guitar does just what I want it to do (solo!). "It's too big a question for my tiny mind/ where we end up when we finally move on/ I reach up high but I can't see beyond/I'll keep looking for my spirit in the sky". Alright people, I'm holding back tears on this one. If you can find it, go listen to it and you will see what I mean.

Miles Away
The last song on the album starts off with Piano and it is refreshing to hear it. I really dont' want this song to be like "Night Light" from The Woods. We all know how awesome that was, but at the same time, it was so sad! "New moon, peeking through/Now the sky is brand new/Feel it on my skin is it night or noon?/ It's been the blackest night/ For quite some time/ Since my love left with that heart of mine/But I kept on ticking/ And I don't know why" Well, it might not end up like "Night Light" after all. "I'll get my light from a star/ Who is miles away" I guess that is the only lyric that you need  to have a great song.

Overall, "1,000 Years" has the sing-songy lyrics that will be stuck in my head for the next couple of weeks. Yeah, I get that it won't be Sleater Kinney or it probably can't replace them, but who cares, this album is one of the best ones that I've heard this year and that is all that matters. I like the fact that it is different for Sleater Kinney. It almost makes it that much better because we get to hear the sounds and the songwriting that we never saw in Sleater Kinney to begin with. I think that this might be the new staple in my wickedly awesome music library. Go buy this now, no joke. I don't care if it is snail mail, download, or CD form, just buy it.  You will be happy that you did.  (I can't wait to see what Wild Flag has to offer...)

 I know that I packed a lot into here, but if you want to read more about the Corin Tucker Band, check out this article that I found. It's really neat! 

Because this is the end of my review, I just want to make one personal appeal; If you are the band, or know this band, please come to Denver and play us a show! I know people who can set one up in no time, and even can provide food! Please! I'm not speaking for myself when I say this.  =]

Sonic Youth "Goo" album review.

"Goo" has some classics, favorites, and songs that everyone just has to listen to before their time on earth runs out. When I'm thinking of Sonic Youth albums, I just remember this one as the "Grunge" Sonic Youth album, because like it or not, that is what this album is. It might  not sound "Grunge" at first listen, but when you listen to it, that is what you get. It is one of the more accessible Sonic Youth albums, but don't let that fool you. Goo Has all of the noise and none of the rot. The lyrics keep me coming back for more and more listens. And by lyrics, I mean some of the best stuff. It still sounds new after 20 years and that is truly awesome.This might not be everyone's favorite but it has the key staples of any Sonic Youth diet.

Dirty Boots
Lovely way to start off this album. I hear this one a lot and I like it and everything, but I have to wonder what Sonic Youth feels like when they play this all of the time. This might be one of the reasons why we don't hear this one live too often. For me, this is one of those songs that you listen to when you are waiting for something and just want to get lost in some noise for a while. There is nothing wrong with that, but I can feel that this might be one of those great songs that I don't listen to not because it isn't good, but because I hear it too much.

Tunic (Song For Karen)
This hast to be one of my favorite Sonic Youth songs ever. Whenever I listen to this song, I always think about how wonderful it is, but at the same time, I remember it is about Karen Carpenter (From the Carpenters) and it almost makes it that much sadder. The guitar that starts off this song and the lyrics alone  are like an emotional arrow that pulls you in so that you can listen to the song even more.  The lyrical content of this song is one of the reasons why I like it so much. I know its clear when you listen to it, but It is truly like a probe into what Karen was thinking on her last days. I'm glad that this song is 6:22 seconds long, if it was any shorter, then it wouldn't fully capture the emotions that this song has inside. Its only the second song of the album, but it is one of the best songs on Goo.

Marry - Christ
After Tunic, it is nice to hear a upbeat song. I think "Marry - Christ" has that comic relief that is necessary on a album so you won't be too bogged down by a wonderfully sad song. I guess Marry - Christ is building into the next song...

Kool Thing
If I had a dollar for every time this song was played in the 90's I'd be rich. It might just be me, but I can't take this song in heavy listening dosages, but I guess we all get kind of old with what we listen to. Nevertheless, this is one of the Sonic Youth songs that everyone MUST listen to. It gets danceable right after it starts, so It makes for a good party song, or one of those songs that you listen to when you have nothing else to do.
Classic Sonic Youth song right here.

I seen this live when I seen Sonic Youth live a couple of weeks ago, and I could not for the life of me remember what this song was called. Now that I have this album, I can say that "This is the song that I stopped dancing to because I couldn't remember the name of it!". When you think of Lee songs, you have to think of "Mote" first. It has all of the qualities of a Lee song anyway; its slower, its more poetic, and its 7:37 seconds long.

My Friend Goo
I could just be painfully obvious when I say this, but this song sounds kind of sarcastic. Kim seems to be taking a stab at all of those Women who are involved in rock but don't do anything with it. Kind of like those hipsters who just stand around and say "Yah, That's cool" all the dang time! I knew that this album still held its weight today.

Disappearer is the perfect example of the Sonic Youth cake. It has everything, the noise, the lyrics, and just the right "sound" if you know what I mean. This is kind of a strange standout on Goo because it goes back to Sonic Youths "normal" noise that we are used to hearing. It goes through the "noise, lyric, noise" pattern that all Sonic Youth songs do,and then just fades out nicely into the next song. I guess that is what makes Disappearer stand out on this album.

Mildred Pierce
This is the second shortest song on the album, but it sure doesn't feel like 2:13 (it must be something to do with the guitars...). Then, right when you don't expect it, someone (Thurston?) is screaming Mildred Pierce!!! My question is who is Mildred Pierce and why did she get her own song? Anyway, this is an arty track and I recommend playing it after Disappearer because the mellow to scream ratio might not work out too well...

Cinderella's Big Score
I think that the song structure in Disappear, Mildred Pierce and Cinderella's Big Score is all the same. But who really cares. This is a Kim song, and we all know that Kim songs are awesome.  Not too much lyric wise, but more music wise. I don't have too much to say about this, but except enjoy the 5:54 seconds of goodness!

Scooter + Jinx
The shortest song on Goo (1:06).  It is just really noise that was extended from Cinderella's Big Score. I don't think that it transfers to the next song though.

Titanium Expose
This is the last song from "Goo" that I'm putting on the Sonic Youth classics list because it is the last one on the album! This might be the song that I seen live and was too awestruck to remember what it sounded like. This one starts off pretty good. Goes into a guitar jam, then it slows down and goes into Thurston singing, then Kim goes into her signature "vocal riff".  Then another noise jam, then its over.  I've been listening to this song all day, I still can't find the words to describe the awesomeness of this song. I've had this album for a day, and I still can't really figure out why I like it so much. It might just be one of those songs that I love so much and just can't say why I like it. Simple song, lots of noise. I couldn't ask for a better way to end a pretty good album.