This just came up in iTunes: Cake – “You Part The Waters“. Get it, turn your stereo up, and rock out to the sweet sounds of Cake, circa 1993.
And no, John, I don’t even play piano.
I will start this post off with a quote from Chuck Klosterman’s book Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story:
Death rides a pale horse, but I shall ride a silver Ford Taurus. It’s currently parked outside my apartment. The moment I turn the key, I decide to rechristen this vehicle the “Ford Tauntaun,” just in case I drive into an August blizzard and I need to stuff a freezing Luke Skywalker into the cozy engine block.
After reading that, is there any reason not to love Chuck Klosterman? I’m only 30 pages into this book, and I am already at that stage where I can’t put it down unless it is pried from my hands by the jaws of life. Now, you may not enjoy his writing (some favorite quotes of reviews on Amazon: “Narcissistic, yes, plus insulting!” and “Too self-involved”), but that is the point. He writes about the goings-on of his life, whether it be visiting locations where rock stars met their deaths (as he does in this book) or the fact that he unashamedly loves heavy metal (as he does in Fargo Rock City). He never apologizes, and he never expects you to care. But the amazing thing is that you most likely will care, and will want to keep reading until there are no pages left to turn. So head on over to your bookstore, library, or online megamart (a.k.a. Amazon) and check him out. I think you’ll be glad you did.
This blog has been pretty dormant for a while, but I am still alive! And as a reminder of my incredible taste in music, I would like to point everyone in the direction of Raphael Saadiq‘s latest album, The Way I See It.
Right from the get-go this album throws back to the great 50’s and 60’s style of Motown recordings with the opening track, Sure Hope You Mean It. I don’t think I’ve met anyone in my life who considers themselves a music fan who doesn’t have a good time listening to Motown, and this track nails that feeling and makes you feel like you’re catching The Tempations practicing on a Detroit street corner circa 1960. It really is that good.
But don’t think this album is strictly Motown. Saadiq slows it down on Oh Girl, singing straight from his soul (and then picks it right back up for the final track, a reprise of Oh Girl featuring Jay-Z). He really puts something on here for everyone, fast, slow, hip hop, soul; pretty much everything. Trust me, if you like music, you’ll like this album. And if you don’t like this album, take a long hard look in the mirror and assess whether you truly appreciate music, or if you are in fact an alien from Pluto (it’s not even a planet, sucker!).
Check out Saadiq’s video for 100 Yard Dash:
I must be on a 90’s kick right now, because I am currently watching “Across The Sea: Weezer Live In Japan” on Palladia (formerly Music HD) and loving it. Watching them play Across The Sea in front of a bunch of screaming Japanese kids is pretty fucking awesome, and it reminds me how much I love Pinkerton. If you don’t own it, I don’t want to talk to you.
I’m not going to be a Weezer apologist and say I liked the last two CDs (I hated Make Believe and haven’t even bothered to give The Red Album a chance), but they can still put on a great live show. I will say, however, that if you put out two great albums and two pretty good ones after that, you’re afforded the right to throw some fluff out there. As long as you keep touring and writing, I have no qualms. Besides, Patrick Wilson is awesome.
Now, if you aren’t a huge Weezer fan, you need to check out The Blue Album and Pinkerton, and then whip up your DVR to record this little set of live footage from the other side of the Pacific. You can thank me later.
Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Cake came out with their fabulous album Prolonging The Magic? Neither can I. Sheep Go To Heaven – which hit #16 on the modern rock chart in 2001 – came up on shuffle today while I was driving home, and I sang every word of it. I love this band, and I love this song.
And good news for fans: according to Wikipedia, new albums are in the works:
The band has announced that two new albums are in the works: Live at the Crystal Palace, the band’s first live album; and a new studio album, originally due in fall 2008, but later announced to be early 2009 at the band’s Earthfest 2008 performance. John McCrea describes the studio album’s sound as “very different” from previous Cake records, also indicating that he will be playing piano much more than usual. Both will be released on Upbeat Records.
Awesome! Just a little music post to brighten your Thursday. Now, check out the video, and be amazed:
I’ll admit, this is pretty shameless self-promotion. But that aside…
The Saturday Knights (MCs Tilson and Barfly with DJ Suspence) are coming out with a full-length album on that fashionable label I help out at, Light In The Attic. It’s called Mingle, and it is fucking incredible. I’m not just saying that because I’m connected, I really think it’s a fabulous album (and yes, I have a copy, and no, you can’t have it). It comes out June 24th, and to coincide with it, they’ll be playing the Nectar on June 27th with The Budos Band (who also fucking rule) for their CD Release Party. I’ll be there, and I suggest any and all of you in the Seattle area to join me. The details are below, and scroll down for a few MP3s.
For those of you unaware, there’s a new Dockers commercial out, featuring beautiful views of San Francisco and (mostly white) people enjoying themselves. The commercial also features a great song I had never heard before, which is actually a few decades old but still kicks your ass like yesterday’s news. That song is California Soul, sung to perfection by Marlena Shaw. Not surprisingly, Shaw was part of the incredible roster held by Chess Records in the late 60’s.
I highly highly recommend you go check it out, and if you don’t believe me then just check out the commercial and see for yourself:
I normally don’t post about a band based on one track (see: Yeasayer, who’s album sucked hard), but there’s something about The Ting Tings’ song “Great DJ” that makes me want to put it on repeat and turn my stereo to 11. If you don’t believe me, then go check it out and tell me I’m wrong.
So I’m sitting in traffic on I-5 around Northgate (notorious for being backed up during rush hour, no matter which direction you’re going), and a song comes on that totally cheers me up. What song would that be, you ask? Why, Devil’s Pie by Rhymefest. And why exactly did it cheer me up? Because the entire track is based on samples of The Strokes’ Last Night. You really have to give it a listen, I love it.
For those of you not hip to the LITA bandwagon, Bob has been blogging periodically on their site about his various tour shenanigans with The Blakes. He took a bit of a hiatus, but now is back! Click here for the full post, but here’s a teaser:
Our first order of business for the tour was to record a session for iTunes at Different Fur studios in San Francisco on Thursday. Amazingly, we’d never been to San Fran before and we were very taken by the city. It’s a beautiful, unique place. ITunes head Bruno met us at the studio and gave us all brand new iPod Nanos, which I thought was a nice gesture. Matt Sullivan and Lars both flew down and met us there as well. Anyway, Different Fur has excellent facilities and a fine staff and we had a very productive session, recording eight tracks for iTunes to use exclusively. We’ll be working with house engineer Patrick to get final mixes in the coming week or so and we’re optimistic about the end results. In celebration, we got drunk at an Irish bar around the corner with Lars and Matt. We later launched into a spirited discussion over dinner at a neighboring Thai restaurant about how to ask fans to request our songs on the radio without coming across as douches. It made little sense.