Friday, December 28, 2007

I love iTunes gift cards!

Getting an iTunes gift card for Christmas is just the ticket I need to enjoy some great melodies - especially if they're by Ladytron! After upgrading some of my songs to iTunes Plus (I have to at the rate I burn CDs), I bought some tracks off Ladytron's recently released Witching Hour (Bonus Version) album (on iTunes at least). What the bonus version includes is the Witching Hour album, most of the tracks from Extended Play and five remixes that are as cool as cupcakes (two for "Soft Power," two for "Destroy Everything You Touch," and one for "International Dateline"). At any rate, I've been listening to them for the past hour or so non-stop and thought I'd share some good music with you. Hope you have a happy and safe New Year. :-)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

News Bites.

Happy reading.

*This is slight, considering that I'm sure my grandfather would have already disowned me by now if I were a porn-making criminal.

*I'm surprised it's taken this long for a supposed loner to go solo.

*Let's hope that two of the biggest douchebags in the limelight don't mate and produce mini douchebags.

*If you plan on sitting in front of a TV for NYE, you can pretend like you're at a Radiohead concert.

*I guess being a washed up child star would drive you to drink. And drive.

*However, being a teen star that's not quite washed up will drive you to do the same thing. Boo hoo.

*Although this is literally last week's news, I still feel compelled to ask why it is that the most annoying, dumbass people are so freakin fertile. Gah.

That's all that is going on in the world of entertainment for now...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

People Like Us!

Looks like the winners have been posted for that little contest I mentioned last month. Thanks to all of you who voted and whored us out to your friends. We made the Top 20 out of 99 blogs in the contest. So, yay! Thank you, gracias, gratzie, merci.

This is the end, my friend.

I think I deserve an after work beer due to this...

Ring In 2008 With...

I post something each year with a rundown of your exciting options of ways to ring in the New Year. Let's all hope we can bypass vomiting amateurs and just enjoy ourselves, our friends, and our ability to hear the music. Awwww, look who's sappy today...

Ohhhh, and my 28th birthday is this Saturday, so if you happen to be anywhere near the ice skating rink in Centennial Park that evening, be sure to scope it out and see if you can find a tall brunette with a pillow strapped to her ass, wearing a tiara. That would be me.


SMITH'S OLDE BAR NEW YEAR'S EVE SHOW: I'll be here staying true to my local rock roots, as usual. Warm in the Wake, Modern Skirts, and Rantings of Eva all play. This is a pretty spectacular line-up, and one that's sure to keep my blood pressure down. $15 at the door, plus 2 cans of food.

VINYL/THE LOFT: As usual, Vinyl is having DJs and dancing. If you're not old enough to party with those of us who are legal, then you can party at Vinyl. It's 18+ and that link up there will take you to a place where you can find tickets.

LENNY'S BAR: Lenny's is having something called the Five Dolla Holla. It looks like Red Bull and Jager will be involved with it. And it's $5 to get in the door.

PHILIPS ARENA: If you're into eating 'shrooms, smoking pot, wearing patchouli, and starting and ending every sentence with "man," then you might have plans to see Widespread Panic at Philips Arena. $49.50.

FOX THEATRE: Of course, if you're completely over WSP, you can always mosy over to the Fox to see the Derek Trucks Band.

THE EARL: Hopefully you've already purchased tickets to see Band of Horses (who happen to grace a Ford commercial with their mondo hit "The Funeral"), because it's sold out. $20

THE DRUNKEN UNICORN: The Black Lips are scheduled to set their unique brand of psychedelic rock down on the Unicorn. What a way for them to end an amazing year.

STAR BAR: The Forty-Fives will be playing with Gringo Star, The Booze, and El Capitan. I've managed to get away with not seeing any of these bands this year.

THE MASQUERADE: If you're into the heavier kind of rock that I'm not...then you can see Boy Hits Car and local bands Dear Enemy and City Sleeps (who I actually do like a lot) at the Masquerade. $13

Sure, there are a ton of other things going on next Monday night. However, I'm sticking to the live music and usual venues for my list of "places to go, people to see." Happy New Year! And, I would just like to thank Santa for my new iPod Nano. I love, love, love it, much like I love the White Chocolate Caramel Latte cheesecake...mmm.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

P.S. I Love You

Genre: Soundtrack
P.S. I Love You out December 21
(Thanks Arbell!)

The cool thing about this soundtrack is it's not all sappy. For instance, you got the opener ("Love you 'Till the End" by The Pogues) reminding me of The Cure, which is a good band. Then you got a James Blunt track from All The Lost Souls and a Flogging Molly tune, "If I Ever Read This World Alive."

The two songs that make this album of various artists are "Everything We Had" by The Academy Is... and "In the Beginning" by The Stills. The reason why I picked these two are they sum up what the movie is about - love in today's society. They are neither lovey-dovey nor to the point (you know what I mean). If anything, be a sport and have a listen to those two tracks. You can also check them out when you hear them in the film when it hits theatres tomorrow.

Verdict: C+
There are definitely no Moulin Rouge! reenactments going on like when I'm singing along with Ewan McGregor (growl), but The Stills and The Academy Is... tunes are worth getting on iTunes in case you don't have the albums!

Monday, December 17, 2007

A Fun Band You Should See.

I went to Smith's Olde Bar last night for an early show and ended up staying to check out Judi Chicago, just because I've heard some good stuff and wanted to see for myself. These guys are fun. I love watching grown, shirtless men dance around and have fun with their performance, and these two guys have that down pat.

They use electronics to aid them onstage - and very much remind me of Chromeo, a band I've loved for a while now. That whole joking demeanor and energetic showing makes me want to see this band again. I'll even brave the too-cool/scene/club hipsters to do so. Yes, I'm that serious.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

2007 Top Picks.

Here it is, the much anticipated list of albums that were my favorites this year. To be quite honest, I haven't been loving as much as I normally do. Maybe it's been my lack of listening this year due to a busy life away from a monitor. Or maybe it's that it takes more to impress. Who knows?

These are going to be in no particular order and are basically picked based on what I've listened to the most and continued to go back to, even after the initial release month. That generally means I like it.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight. I'm still listening to it, despite the crap all the snob ass critics wanted to give this album. It seems to have worked for them, considering the fact that the live show pulled out energy and crowd pleasure more than any band I've seen this year. That, and MTV gobbled it up like a binging model for every commercial and shit reality show they could muster up after someone over there got their ears on it. Kudos to them.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketFionn Regan - The End of History. This kid is great. He really, really is. You'll be hard-pressed to find any other folk singer/songwriter with lyrics and music that's so honest. This album drips in passion. It's campfires and marshmallows and cold weather.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRyan Adams - Easy Tiger. I'm a sucker for Ryan Adams. No, I don't think he's hot. I think he's an amazing writer, one I can respect and listen to and actually feel. So that earns his last LP a spot on my list.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRantings of Eva - Lowering the Curtain on Memphis. The first recorded material by a local band that's been around made me happy. So, of course, I'm going to list this. Even though it was released in February, I'm spinning it about every other week. "Bright Side" is the stand out tune and has been popping up all over podcasts and blogs for the past year. That should say something...

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketEisley - Combinations. Wow, really. They're young and in charge with their sophomore album, and that's why I get excited when it shuffles along in the iPod mixes.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketGreat Northern - Trading Twilight for Daylight. I love this band. They're angelic and soothing and everything that's right with the world. I can't believe I haven't heard or seen more about them. Although, I think if the dudes picked up on how hot the chicks in this band are, that may change...

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketAmy Winehouse - Back to Black. Okay, I may not think she's a stand-up individual, and I may not agree with her ethics as far as behavior goes, but the woman can sing. And she can make me believe that someday, in the current state of the world, I can flashback to the age of Motown and jive.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketMagnet - The Simple Life. Yet another songwriter that manages to make me tap my feet profusely against that little pedal in the car that's on the left side and doesn't move. (Is that the footrest?) Anyway, it puts me in a good mood, and I've had to retreat to it a lot in the past few months I've had it.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe Western States Motel - I like this album because it makes me look cool. Truly, it does. When I tell people about it, or I let them have a listen, they're instantly hooked and impressed with my vast knowledge (*snort*) of sunny California rock.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketEvan McHugh - From the Second Chair. Another local talent that's bustling right beneath the surface of superstardom is Evan McHugh. His endearing lyrics and catchy musical accompaniment make his debut full-length one that I can listen to just as often as the rest of the better-known acts.

There you have it. If I can find the time, I'll do the opposite of this and list the worst. But I really don't think I'll have the time, especially since about 75% of what I've heard falls in that category...

Feel free to comment!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Under the Christmas covers

Okay, since the Music Addict's on holiday mode, I will pay homage to her Christmas cheer by telling you some great Christmas song covers by groups/artists from today. These will make you forget the 900 other covers of these hits you'll hear or have heard on the radio. Feel free to comment on ones I've missed, which are a lot since I only mentioned a whole four.

Red Letter Agent - O Holy Night
You can listen to it on their MySpace page and hear it on one of the 99x Christmas CDs from a while back. It will leave you with chills (not from the cold) because it's so pretty. And yes, 'pretty' is a nice word to describe it.

Hip Heavy Lip - You're a Mean One Mr Grinch
It's a great take on the Seussical classic hit with Cindy Who and Max, the Grinch's dog. I'm sure it's somewhere on cyberspace.

Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone - Baby, It's Cold Outside
On the Elf soundtrack, her voice keeps you smiling and the easy listening tune will brighten any day.

Coldplay - Have Yourself a Merry Christmas
Hopefully, it will be up on MySpace soon. This one is up there with Judy Garland it's that good!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Memory Almost Full

CD Review
Paul McCartney Memory Almost Full
CD/DVD Deluxe, Super Duper, Special Edition

This was better than I expected when I popped it in. I'm also surprised because I'm not that big of a fan of Beatle solo stuff. Memory gave me a sense of who Paul is as a songwriter and as a human. He much more than the charming Beatle that complimented the rebel (John), the quiet one (George) and the "lovable mascot" (Ringo). For 65, he's a phenomenal composer and musician - as if we didn't know already! Memory talks about his parents, Linda, Heather and so on in a surprisingly moving way. You hear bits of Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road, "The White Album," etc. and have a few Wings moments in this enjoyable combination (see what it says in the parentheses what songs, didn't do specific Wings references but they're present). Plus there's two great instrumental tracks ("In Private" and "222") that's quite nice and am pleased Paulie has them on here.

Verdict: B+
Stocking stuffer approved.

Tracks (CD)
1. Dance Tonight ("Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds")
2. Ever Present Past ("Baby You're a Rich Man")
3. See Your Sunshine
4. Only Mama Knows ("Eleanor Rigby")
5. You Tell Me ("Golden Slumbers")
6. Mr. Bellamy ("She Came In Through the Bathroom Window," "Eleanor Rigby," "Strawberry Fields" piano ending)
7. Gratitude ("I've Got a Feeling")
8. Vintage Clothes
9. That Was Me ("Flying," "A Day in the Life," "Cry Baby Cry")
10. Feet In The Clouds
11. House Of Wax
12. End Of The End ("Golden Slumbers")
13. Nod Your Head ("Helter Skelter")
14. In Private
15. Why So Blue
16. 222

DVD (the first five tracks were taken from London live)
1. Drive My Car
2. Dance Tonight
3. House of Wax
4. Nod Your Head
5. Only Mama Knows
6. Dance Tonight (music video - see below!)
7. Ever Present Past (music video - see below!)

"Dance Tonight" (Yes, you see Natalie Portman)

"Ever Present Past"