soundtrack to my life

Is this list of songs:

a. some tracks off some new albums that I am loving right now

b. an excuse for me to show off my obscure, yet refined, taste in unknown music

c. all of the above

Listen to or right click the song name and save as.

The Dirtbombs, “Stupid

Cold War Kids, “Hang Me Out to Dry

Beirut; “Transatlantique

The Cribs. “The New Fellas

The White Stripes, “Conquest

Matt and Kim. “Dash After Dash

Elastica, “Stutter

Spoon, “You Got Yr Cherry Bomb

I don’t like Mondays

Just some thoughts on my weekend…

There is an open-air amphitheater only a few blocks from where I live, and there are concerts there once every few weeks, and I didn’t realize that the sound carries so much…but Friday night I heard Daft Punk loud and clear while I was sitting in my living room. NOYCE! The White Stripes are coming in a few weeks, so I will be able to hear Jack White screeching from the comfort of my own home. If you know what I mean.

I’ve been absent from live music for so long, and I broke my streak on Saturday when I saw M.I.A. I was totally blown away, and I have a total girlcrush. I think she may be even short than me. By the by, I got a copy of her new album and it blows my mind. I sent it to a couple of you already.

Have you seen The Two Coreys on A&E? I’m surprised some high-brow channel like A&E would totally jump on the has-been stars bandwagon, but come on, it’s the Coreys! (Haim and Feldman, for those of you raised under a rock). Okay, so it is totally staged, but it is ironically touching. Corey H. gets all pumped about the idea of making Lost Boys 2, and then Corey F. has to sit him down and let him know someone is already making it, and they didn’t want him. It was a lil heartbreaking to see a bloated Corey Haim crying and wondering where his life and career went. Also, Corey F.’s annoying and co-dependent wife is always getting in the way when Corey H. just wants to hang with his best bud. Riveting television. t also made me realize that I must have seen License to Drive about a gazillion times. I don’t remember even liking it. [Check out the Times take on it.]

Oh jeez, I am embarassed to admit this, but I sat through an episode of Rock of Love (essentially Flavor of Love but with Bret Michaels). I have never heard “bitch” and “slut” used so freely, and that’s just among the women. VH1 thinks they own the rights to popular culture. Seriously, they should be ashamed of themselves for exploiting these horrendous stereotypes for the sake of ratings. I bet they believe they are so far ahead with their programming, where they are seriously setting everyone back. Regardless I did watch it. Part of me was insanely jealous because I want to nail Bret Michaels. YES I KNOW he is gross and incredibly pathetic, but in my tween years he was my ultimate fantasy. I watched the Every Rose has its thorn video about a thousand times because at the beginning he gets out of bed in his bikini briefs. I hate myself.

Other than that, I officially finished The Deathly Hollows, and I will write my official stance on it soon. So prepare yourselves, it won’t be 100% positive. I also started reading Punk Rock Dad, more about that soon.

Top albums of the 90s: #20-11

#20 Live, Secret Smanadhi (1997)
You may be surprised that I picked this over Throwing Copper, but I stand my ground. That one was more radio-friendly, this is more dark and complex. “Freaks” is a standout track/

#19 Bush, Sixteen Stone (1994)
The future Mr. Gwent Stefani really rocked the fuck out of this one. Although it is a great album, it marked grunge going into mainstream. When this came out runway models were already wearing flannel.

#18 Le Tigre, Le Tigre (1999)
My favorite queer synth-punk band…although I am not sure of others.

#17 Nada Surf, The Proximity Effect (1999)
I want to marry this band.

#16 Aimee Mann, Magnolia (1999)
This album is so good the movie was actually written based on the songs.

#15 The Pixies, Bossonova (1990)
At least when they broke up, they went out with a bang.

#14 Social Distortion, Social Distortion (1990)
Rockabilly revival. Tell me you can’t hear “Ball and Chain” without singing along.

#13 No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom (1995)
I don’t know how a pure ska band got to be the biggest pop band in the workd, but dammit Gwen stop that ego and make another ND record.

#12 Hole, Live Through This (1994)
Although this was conveniently released around the same time as her husband’s death, it didn’t matter if she was riding coattails or not. This album is pure 90s.

#11 Radiohead, Ok Computer (1995)
I blame all my depression on this album. This was, in my opinion, Radiohead’s pure genius product, and then it all went downhill from here.

Sweeney Todd

I just saw this poster for the new Sweeney Todd movie…and I am way impressed. You all know that Sweeney Todd is near and dear to my heart, and I have high hopes for this one. I never thought Sweeney could be so….hot.

Links of the day

A person I find funny, Kathy Griffin, interviews someone else I find extremely funny, Ricky Gervais. Do two borderline annoying people talking to each other = very fucking annoying? Maybe.

Galactica mini-sodes! Yipee!

Gavin Hood is directing the new Wolverine movie. Who is Gavin Hood? I have no idea.

Here’s why I am ashamed of America: Chuck and Larry beat Harry Potter at the box office. Wtf?

The State is finally coming to dvd...I can’t wait until Kanye West remixes “Porcupine Racetrack”.

Finally, Patrick Wolf takes off his clothes.

music, just cause

Here is a bunch of stuff from my mediafire account. Get what you want now, because I will take it down in a day or so.

  • Beirut, Galang Orkestar
  • Handsome Furs, Plague Park
  • Mark Ronson, Version
  • The Faint, Media
  • Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
  • Metric, Old World Underground where are you now?
  • Placebo, Sleeping with Ghosts
  • The Libertines, Up the Bracket
  • Shiny Toy Guns, We Are Pilots
  • Say Hi to Your Mom- Discosadness
  • Jarvis Cocker, jarvis
  • Camera Obscura, Let’s Get Out of this Country
  • Mates of State. Team Boo
  • Peaches, The Teaches of Peaches
  • Draco and the Malfoys, s/t
  • A.C. Newman, The Slow Wonder
  • Braid, Frame and Canvas
  • Tiger Army, Ghost Tigers Rise