Archive | February, 2011

Don’t Think Twice – Nine Inch Oscar – Vinyl is hot hot hot

28 Feb

Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan muse, dead at 67

When Bob Dylan wrote lines like:

“I’m walkin’ down that long, lonesome road, babe
Where I’m bound, I can’t tell
But goodbye’s too good a word, gal
So I’ll just say fare thee well”


“I got a letter on a lonesome day
It was from her ship a-sailin’
Saying I don’t know when I’ll be comin’ back again
It depends on how I’m a-feelin’.”

he was thinking about


Many do not know who Suze Rotolo was. I will enlighten you. She was Bob Dylan’s girlfriend and muse for two years after Dylan moved to New York. Dylan was absolutely infatuated with Suze Rotolo. She was 17 when Dylan first met her. He was 20. They were young lovebirds and the relationship did not last long. Dylan began gaining fame and there was questions of his fidelity (Joan Baez). But, for the two years that is lasted, Dylan was positively impacted by Rotolo.

Not only did he write these famous love songs, but also Rotolo was partially responsible for perhaps the most famous album cover of all time (The Freehweelin’ Bob Dylan). Also, she exposed Dylan to CORE (The Congress of Racial Equality) and took him to meetings and marches. This is where Dylan’s first civil rights song came from. “The Death of Emmett Till” was written in part to impress his young girlfriend.

Rotolo died four days ago after a long illness. Dylan fans should give thanks to her for inspiring the greatest lyricist of all time.


Reznor is an Oscar Winner

After Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails fame, and co-writer Atticus Ross, won the Oscar for best movie score last night he shared these words with his twitter fanbase, “HOLY SH*T doesn’t seem enough.” I think he was happy.

Reznor and Ross won for their Social Network score which was both creative and helped create the movies flow.

The Oscar’s are not a place I ever thought I would see Trent Reznor. Just never seemed to be his scene. But, hey, he is a multi-talented musician and the credit is well deserved. Kudos to Reznor.

Here they are accepting the award:


Records Back in Business (Yes 12″ LP)


Yeah, not as archaic is you thought

Records are making a comeback?

Brian Passey of USA Today writes, “According to recent Nielsen SoundScan numbers, vinyl was the fastest-growing musical format in 2010, with 2.8 million units sold, the format’s best year since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.”

Yes, CD sales are dropping and vinyl records are finding their way back in stores. Am I surprised? No. Here’s why.

If I know one thing about people, it is that they love novelties. Why do you think zany restaurants like Mars 2112 stay in business. The food isn’t that good and it is overpriced, but the elevator that takes you to the dining room is a spaceship simulator. I know, it’s freaking awesome. Records, similarly, have fallen out of practical use, but as a novelty they work quite well. Instead of pressing play, you need to life the arm and place the needle on one of the round solid lines marking each track. It is a classic feel. It was inevitable. Old baseball cards are more popular than new ones. It is just how it is. I am also not complaining. I have a mini record collection. I have one, though, because I just loved the classic music and the original product is sometimes necessary.


Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine

27 Feb

As I drove home in the early hours of the morning it was already getting bright outside. I immediately began feeling extreme nostalgia for irresponsible summers of past. But this time I was not under the influence of any magic, simply arriving home from a tiring shift delivering food. But that feeling… maybe I was just tired… but I felt like I was under some sort of influence, my thoughts highly irresponsible in an animated fashion, yet that of a Buddhist-monk in caliber. Maybe it was a warm-flashback?

But it also was around 6am, the time when the human body ‘resets’. Whether it is due to our own internal mind clocks or some cosmic energy playing around with us, this time of the day is hands down the most psychedelic. It’s most noticeable if you haven’t gone to bed, which could explain some things, but I like to think that it’s the time when human thoughts or souls are synced up to destiny or reality, sort of like an ipod syncing to its itunes library. Basically, it’s the time when everything falls back onto track after a weekend night of debauchery. As I lay to fall asleep, my contact-less eyes were seeing strange fuzzy orbs of light. Although they weren’t as brilliant as geometric shapes I’d seen before, it made me realize that things like this are all around us and how much, as a people, we still don’t know about.

So basically today was the first time I woke up at 4pm in a long time. Definitely now considering a career change… or fewer hours anyway.

I’m not sure if the Radiohead hype has died down yet… I hope it has… because today I’ve got a real psychedelic treat for all of you. Shortly after listening to The King of Limbs, I heard Toro Y Moi’s Underneath the Pine, and let me tell you that I was thoroughly impressed, to the point where I can call it my favorite of the year so far.

Toro Y Moi is the stage name of Chazwick Bundick, a super chill fellow from North Carolina. He was one of the original driving forces behind the chill wave of summer ’10. I’ve already described chillwave thoroughly with my Washed Out review, and while Toro Y Moi’s older music was verbatim that, apparently his newer stuff has already departed that.

Talks on the internet have it that ‘Chillwave’ is already dying. That effing internet hipster who invented the damn term, Carles, is speculating that this might be so based on Pitchfork’s review of the album and their refusal to use the term.

I personally do not want chillwave to die. I think it’s a really chill and appropriate title for such music. Although it’s a sort of a half-bastard internet spawn, I feel like it has the potential of becoming the next psychedelic genre. It’s all about slow, vibacious, synth-saturated, chill-out tunes that make you feel like nothing matters in the world. 60’s psychedelia anyone? I honestly feel like this newest Toro Y Moi album is all of that, but it also adds a layer of rock, which in my mind simply completes the genre. I really see it going places in this current state.

The song above Still Sound is the single off the album, and isn’t it groovy? The bassline just tells you to grab a seat and relax, while the layered and echoed vocals coax you to sing along, despite the fact that they are unintelligible. The quiet synths flow and ebb like a pretty tide and that one tambourine or something just completes the beat for me. About halfway through a chill breakdown lets your spirit leave your body, albeit temporarily, before the beat snaps back and the song finishes. This song will grow on you quickly.

And the rest of the songs on this album are on the same level. I personally really like the song Go with you.

This song is much more relaxed than the previous, but similar in many ways as well. I really like the crunchy keyboard in the background and the tape delay on his voice during the refrain. It’s a very strange song but it makes sense in some sort of chill manner. I also really like the ending, the perfect groove, probably why I like this song so much.

I give this album a 7.08/7.25

A perfect album for just hanging out and enjoying the times.

I am also very anxious to see what the rest of this year will harbor for chillwave. The possibilities are endless! Talks of new Washed Out and Neon Indian are turning the rumor wheels. Maybe even my solo LP will be finished. lol

And going back to this whole morning business, (I am on the verge of passing our right now, too much chillwave) I will leave you with a challenge of sorts. About a year ago my Uncle told me that if at the moment of sunrise you are looking north and that there is a mirror placed at the corner of your eye you will see crazy things in your peripherals. I haven’t tried it yet because it sounds scary and peripheral hallucinations are a proven thing (and i have them them often enough as it is). But one day I will try this and most likely I will be listening to chillwave to calm my anxiety.




Musical Lexicon – “I Get Around”

26 Feb

So the other day I totalled my car (I made it out without injury, as did the occupants of the other car). As a result, I find myself at a loss for modes of transportation. Sure, for the time being I can bum rides off of friends, but eventually I need a new way to get around. Help me out with some ideas, internet, with this week’s topic. First, a quick reminder of the rules…

1) You can’t use the same song more than once, for any topic.

2) Within topics, you can’t use the same artist more than once.

3) The selected word has to be in the lyrics, but not necessarily in the title. If it’s in the title but not the lyrics, it doesn’t count.

4) You can look through your own music collection for help, but NO GOOGLE.

5) Variations or specific examples are acceptable (unless otherwise stated), but not preferred. (e.g. “Pistol” or “Guns” work if the word on the list is “Gun”)


Today’s Topic – Transportation




Musical Lexicon – “I Want a New Drug” – My Answers

25 Feb

I apologize, I’m a few days late with my answers for this topic, and a few days late for posting up the next topic. It’s been a crazy week for me, with really good things and really bad things happening rapid fire.

Topic – Drugs


Night and Day – The Good Life

“All that sorrow and alcohol weighs hard on her thoughts.”


Come Round Soon – Sara Bareilles

“I could use another cigarette. But don’t worry daddy, I’m not addicted yet.”


Captain Jack – Billy Joel

“So you play your albums, and you smoke your pot.”


Night Train – Amos Lee

“I’ve been working on a night train. Drinkin’ coffee, taking cocaine.”


LDN – Lily Allen

“A fella lookin’ dapper and he’s sittin’ with a slapper then I see it’s a pimp and his crack whore.”


Heroin – Velvet Underground

Heroin, be the death of me. Heroin, it’s my wife and it’s my life.”


Zoloft – Ween

“Gimme that Z – O – L – O – F – T.


Acid Tongue – Jenny Lewis

“I’ve been down to Dixie and dropped acid on my tongue.”


Coat Check Dream Song – Bright Eyes

“I slept with that dealer all summer, the ecstasy still in my spine.”


Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind

“Doing crystal meth will lift you up until you break.”

Special bonus points to Matt for getting the only song I could think of that explicitly mentions Heroin, and an equal amount of points to Dave for getting the only Meth song.

Other songs that get honorable mention for this week’s topic are “Purple Pills” by Eminem and D12, as well as Pink’s “Just Like a Pill.” Both were contenders for that “pill” spot. I was also tempted to use “Gold Mine Gutted” by Bright Eyes for cocaine, because of the line “All those white lines that sped us up as we hurried to our death,” but ultimately decided the reference was too vague.

Next topic will be up tomorrow. Promise.

Goats Spotted on Letterman – RS Fact Check – Happy Birthday Studio God

24 Feb

Mountain Goats Perform on Letterman

The Mountain Goats will release their new album All Eternals Deck on March 29. Yesterday, they performed “Birth of Serpents,” a song from the album, on Letterman. John Darnielle had his full band behind him and the harmony was spot on. The song is faster and more rock than their last album, but Darnielle has proven that he is a jack of all trades when it comes to musical styles. Check out the performance. Can’t wait for the new album.

Rolling Stones Fact Check


There are many songs out there that feature incorrect information. Generally, they go unheeded because people just unconsciously sing along. Rolling Stone magazine did some of their own fact-checking and have called out 11 musicians who just did not get their information right. My favorite one on the list is Chuck Berry’s “Brown Eyed Handsome Man. “Berry sings “Two, three count with nobody on. He hit a high fly into the stand.” As RS points out, the batter would already be back on the bench after striking out. I know, it sucks, but the song doesn’t go 1-2-3-4 strikes your out.

Happy Birthday Nicky Hopkins

You have probably not heard of pianist Nicky Hopkins, but, chances are you have heard his work. The consummate studio musician was born today in 1944. He died at 50 from complications because of surgery. Over the course of his career he performed on albums by The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles and Jefferson Airplane, who he performed with during Woodstock. So, here is Jefferson Airplane performing “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” at Woodstock.

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