Monday, January 24, 2011

Friday Fever on a Monday Night

Happy Monday! I'm late again, but think of it this way, you get two installments of Friday Five in one week! I need a guest blogger for Friday because I will not have time to post an installment this week. If you are interested in guest blogging, then let me know!

Kleenex - Feel like snakes twisting through the fog. I got the 2 CD Kleenex collection and I had to share this one with you guys.

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Suburban Relapse - Live 1979. This song has been going through my head all day! This is one of my Favorite Siouxsie and The Banshees songs.

The's - Motor Cycle Go-Go-Go!

Sonic Youth - Mildred Pierce

Broadcast - Papercuts. RIP Trish

(Not So Classic Sleater-Kinney) This week: Sleater-Kinney's interview on the Henry Rollins Show.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Find me a guest blogger!

This weeks Friday Five will be posted later today. In gut meantime, I'm looking go a guest blogger to fill in for next weeks video installment. If you would like to guess blogger, leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Five: Faithful to your weekend.

Happy Friday my dear readers! I'm happy that it is Friday again, and I'm also happy that I get to share some news regarding the bands in this weeks installment of th Friday Five!

I'm looking for a guest blogger to do the Friday Five for me January 28th. If you are interested, leave a comment here.

Siouxie and the Banshees - Painted Bird on the Old Gray Whistle Test. This is one of my favorite live performances. Painted Bird is also one of my favorite songs. (Yes, that is Robbert Smith playing guitar)

PJ Harvey - Rid of Me on Jay Leno. Where is her band? That really doesn't matter, this is a great performance. Dont' forget to watch the interview!

Extra! PJ Harvey - Let England Shake. This is from her upcoming album "Let England Shake". I can't wait for this to come out. This might be me, but PJ is starting to sound like Fever Ray (just a little bit).

Mo-Dettes - White Mice.

Kleenex - Hedi's Head. (You didn't hear this from me, but there will be another Kleenex box set coming out soon. Keep an eye out for that. )

Vivian Girls - Double Vision. I also heard that a Vivian girls album may be in development. They did get a new Drummer though.

Classic Sleater Kinney - Start Together. According to the video details, this was filmed in '97 or '98. I just want to say that this a really good bootleg; if it isn't a bootleg, then this is a really high quality video. Just watch the camera change at :35 seconds.

If you dont' want to watch Carrie play guitar, why not watch Portlandia? It will make you laugh, cry and might even make you want to visit Portland. The show premieres the 22nd, but you can watch it here. (Again, you didn't hear this from me).

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What I got for 3 Dollars.

Remember when I was waiting for that package? Well, I thought that it would be a good time to tell you all what I was so surprised about.

From The Sound Collection

(Yeah, I know about the CD's  what else can I use to hold down a poster?)

This is a Sleater Kinney "One Beat" Promo poster. When I ordered this, I just thought that I would be the standard SK poster, but when I started to look at it further, I realized that this was an autographed poster! "How could I get an autographed SK poster for 3 Dollars?"  I really couldn't believe that I'd scored another really cool poster for under so cheap! I'm sorry, but in my opinion, this poster is better than the Sonic Youth poster I got for 5 Dollars.

The green box on the upper right of the poster has some song titles that I haven't even heard! I wrote them down (not in order, standard track listing got in the way).

The Visitor
Lions + Tigers (listen to it here)
Hit me with...(poster ends)
Its Your F(poster ends)
Monster (Another Word, then poster ends)

This is the reason why we need a Sleater Kinney b-side album! I really want to know what all of these other songs sound like!.

If I got something this cool for 3 dollars, I wonder what I can get for free!

Friday, January 7, 2011

First Friday Five of the New Year!

Happy New Year! I'm quite excited to post the first Five of the Year! I'm planing to do some fun stuff with the Friday Five this year, but I'm going to plan it as I go.

Matson Jones -  N.E.S.F.T.O. I had to up Colorado for once, so here you go. I still need to get this album. I might get it this weekend. (Colorado People, does anything look famaliar?)

PJ Harvey - Hook. I haven't seen this one before. It must be from PJ's To bring you my Love Era. You could totaly tell from the song structure.

Extra! Me-Jane. I just had to put this one in too.

The Jesus Lizard- Boilermaker. The Jesus Lizard is all types of awesome. Looks like I have to purchace one of their albums sometime sooon.

Sonic Youth - I'm Not There. This is a pretty good Bob Dylan Cover. Any cover from Sonic Youth is good though.

Cat Power - Ichy Head. Hey look, Chan has on a Bob Dylan shirt.

Classic Sleater Kinney! Far Away. I had to dig really deep in my Youtube favorites list (1,000+ songs) to find this one. It was worth it though. According to the video discription this was taped May 21st 2002 and was "SK's 3rd show back from a 2 year hitatus". One Beat was realeased on August 20th 2002, so this must have been a secret show sort of thing!Check out that solo/bridge section.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pixies: Surfer Rosa

I had a strange urge to listen to the Pixies Surfer Rosa this morning. I don't know why, but when I first bought Surfer Rosa, I thought that it was a "alright" album. Not soon after that, it sank to the bottom of my listening library. Eventuality, I wanted to listen to Surfer Rosa more and more, so I downloaded it on my computer and started to listen to it again.

Believe me or not, this is one of the Greatest Albums of Alternative rock. Without it, we wouldn't have crazy, insane offbeat sounding rock as we know it. To be honest, I really don't understand why 4AD picked up The Pixies in the first place. Back then, 4AD was known for bands like the Cocteau Twins, Lush and Dead Can Dance. All of them, by the way, sound nothing like The Pixies. So for them to take this leap while recording showed some serious Courage by the label. And to top it all off Steve Albini recorded it! (If you don't know who he is look him up now!). Whichever way you see it Surfer Rosa paved the way for 90's rock. PJ Harvey, Kurt Cobain and Billy Corgan cited this as a very influential work.

Track-By-Track Review.

Bone Machine
I really like the sound on the opening track. It is "very crisp" and somewhat "boxy" or in other words, this is stereo music. The fluctuating guitar playing the melody in the background is something that hammers this album home. The lyrics will make you laugh, and just putting it on the first track is awesome.Overall, a nice start to this album.

Break My Body
The guitar and the bass really gives this track legs, but it is mostly the bass that does it. The bass grows on you about one minute in and just want to keep listening and singing the chorus "Break my body, hold my bones". The drum break near the end of the song just ties everything together.

Something Against You.
Big Black is the first thing that comes into my mind when I hear this song. It must be Albini's influence again, because you can hear the same effect on PJ Harvey's Rid of  Me album.The rhythm section really picks up with the feedbacked vocals to give this song some punch. It is a little on the short side, but listen to it for lyrics.

Broken Face.
Musically, this song is similar to to the previous track, just more distortion, and better lyrics.

This is one of the songs that you just have to listen to  on this album. I really can't find anything wrong with this song, everything is solid musically and I'm just going to leave it at that.

River Euphrates
This one opens pretty well and is a pretty good song that talks about getting stuck in a Jeep by the Euphrates Rive.

Where Is My Mind
This is the other song that really stands out on this album. Just like Gigantic, I really can't break this song down. it is fine the way it is.

"Cactus" is the one quiet song that every album has. Usually, when I run into the one quiet song, I have to just tough it out and finish it. I'm happy this time around because Cactus gets better as it goes on. Doesn't get very loud, but it works.

Tony's Theme
"This is a song about a superhero named Tony and its called "Tony's Theme"". I wish I got a cool super hero theme from the Pixies. I might have to ride around on my bicycle to get one.

Oh My Golly!
When I hear the drums on this song, I finally know that something epic is about go down. Oh My Golly is one of those songs that you just have to sing along to, even if you don't speak really bad Spanish. I'm happy that they picked up the tempo on this one. You can hear the extra song "You Fucking Die" if you let the song play.

Vamos starts off kind of quiet and with more broken Spanish, but at 22 seconds or so the drums kicks in and this song starts to gain speed. Vamos has my favorite lyrics on this album and the one that sounds best music wise. Seeing that this is the longest song, I must guess that it is there to round out the album because the other two wind Surfer Rosa down a bit. The noise break adds a nice touch to this song.

I'm Amazed
This one has a great opening. To be honest, I would skip this song if it was on shuffle. But, if I was in the mood to listen to it then I would. Don't get me wrong, this is a good song, It just isn't at the top of my list for this album.

Brick Is Red
Things slow down some more on this one. I just listen to this for the lyrics, but just like the song before it you have to listen to the album in order to appreciate this song.

Overall, Surfer Rosa was a pretty awesome listening experience. I highly recommend this album, so go buy it/ download it now. It is around 30 minutes, so it is a quick, fun album.