Monday, June 23, 2008

RIP George Carlin

Wow... wasn't expecting this, but I'm sad to hear that George Carlin passed away.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Gas Prices Hurting Indie Bands, Tours

This jumped at me from Yahoo's front page. We're all feeling the pain of insanely high gas prices, but no one feels it more acutely than the indie bands emptying their savings to tour.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Paul McCartney

My favorite Beatle turns 66 yrs young today, so in honor of Macca, here's my fave Paul moment, his Ever Present Past, and a small tribute.

I Will Possess Your Heart, Baby

Fate and a super cool boss brought Death Cab tickets to my hands yesterday. Let me preface this post by stating that I generally resist hype or people declaring that I cannot live without hearing such and such a band/album. Since their album Transatlanticism, I have been resisting Death Cab for Cutie at all costs. Then Ben Gibbard went "postal" and hooked me in with The Postal Service, and my walls of resistance cracked ever so slightly.

That being said, Death Cab for Cutie is slowly growing on me. I'm pleased to see former-indie darlings being successful in the major league. Ben Gibbard's voice is sweet and charming, and the music speaks for itself. Although, Nokia Theater in Grand Prairie is too big a venue for the music, but I suspect that anywhere else would have sold out in minutes due to the sheer popularity of Death Cab.

Last time I saw them, I had just been blown away by Franz Ferdinand, who totally dominated the night, and the switch in gears to Death Cab left me sleepy in the back of the pit.... not kidding (don't shoot!). This year, Rogue Wave set the tone that matched the mood of Death Cab's music almost perfectly. Still very relaxing music, and I enjoyed the night sitting down for most of the night. Until the uber fans arrived and blocked my view with enthusiastic jumping.

The thing that annoys me the most about Death Cab isn't their music. It's their fans. I'm fine with the music nerds [hello, I am one]. I'm fine with the scenesters and hipsters. I'm annoyed by the "Abercrombies" who are only there to be seen at a cool concert, talk through the entire show, prop their feet up on an occupied seat, or fan girly squeal like annoying teenagers [boys and girls].

*ahem* I think this time around, I have a greater appreciation for Death Cab's music. Really listening to the lyrics and getting caught up in in the music finally punched a hole in my defenses. I will endeavor to obtain their albums to fill the gaping void in my cd shelf post haste, and I will wear my new tshirt proudly [and I will try not to laugh at myself for doing so].

Random, annoying.....yet, strangely addictive.

Listening to The Geoff Show on Virgin Radio UK, or via podcast, I get to hear alot of things I wouldn't normally catch on regular American radio.

I present to you a sample of something that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the year, if it wasn't already from watching Darjeeling Limited.

Typewriter Tip, Tip, Tip

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Seven Samurai

This post is gonna fall in the "other" category since it's not musically inclined.

First... apologies for the quiet around here. I finally got a job. I'm a promotions assistant for Movin' 107.5, and it's the best job in the world. Seriously, what could be better than getting paid to act crazy and draw attention to yourself? It's been keeping me busy. I'm really thankful for getting such a great job that will definitely lead me somewhere. I'm getting closer to my goal of moving to England to work in the music industry there, which is pretty exciting for me. :-)

Did anyone catch the Akira Kurosawa marathon last weekend on the Ovation channel? Kurosawa is one of the most amazing filmmakers in the history of cinema. I watched Seven Samurai twice on Sunday.