Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Bluets

I am now officially part of Bluets, a music blog that each month will feature a series of articles on a certain topic. August is music in movies. I'll be posting my first piece either today or tomorrow. My three co-conributors are Steve and Tre from the UK and Kathrynn from Oregon. Two girls, two guys, two Brits, two Americans and a blog. Hopefully you'll enjoy our writing.

Awesome way to start my work day

So i walk into my office this morning, and flip on the lights - except the lights aren't working. Literally, the first thought as i enter the office today was "Am i having a lucid dream?"

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

14 Year Old Brian is Freaking the Fuck Out

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Back from Hiatus

Hey everybody, i'm back and ready to go after my nearly 2 week layoff. It's been a busy two weeks, but a lot of fun. This week shall too be busy (Mets game, 3 Frank Black shows {last one tonight}, Joanna Newsom/Neko Case show), but i'm going to hopefully have a bit more time to post. So, here we go:

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Yet another plug for Tim Young's Contrast Podcast. I'm on the current one (This One Goes Out To...) and will be on the subsequent two as well. If you haven't subscribed yet, you're high. It's amazing - the contributors are all great and the mix of music is unprecedented.

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Later this week, i will be posting my second Rantcast. It's a little later than i wanted it, but oh well. I'm going to do two a month, and i wanted to do it on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, but that isn't going to happen this month. Also, i'll re-post the first one in a lower bitrate when i post the new one. Basically, between my blog, my Rantcast, my inclusion on the Contrast Podcast and my work over at Frank Black Dot Net (and their podcast), i'm the new king of all media. Eat shit, Stern.

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This week i have become painfully aware of how i am not a solo-acoustic type performer by taking in a trio of solo acoustic performances in Brooklyn. First, i saw my good friend Dan D'Ippolito perform as Attention Driver at Galapagos Art Space. Dan is very graceful on stage and manages to make his intricate playing looking nearly effortless. And even though he says he doesn't like it, he appears to the naked eye to be very comfortable on stage.

Then, on Saturday night i saw back to back acoustic sets by Frank Black, my favorite living songwriter, at Southpaw. FB doesn't have the guitar skills of Mr. D'Ippolito, but his raw style when taken in with his incredible vocal range and unique songs make for a stunning, attention grabbing set. 20+ songs, ranging from old Pixies barnburners to meditations on divorce and even a song about the Three Stooges - these shows showed me that i simply can't do that. I like to perform, but i don't think i'm cut out for the singer/songwriter acoustic milieu. At least not right now.

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I'm starting to get excited about a few new records coming out in the next few months. While the major labels are hoping that OutKast, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera can save this shit year, i am looking forward to a different trio of records (although i would like to hear the first two records i mentioned). I'm looking forward to:

Mosquitos III - the third album from NYC by way of Brazil and Jersey City trio Mosquitos. Lead singer Juju is in my top 5 dream women list (somewhere between Lea Thompson in her Enchantment Under the Sea Dance dress from Back to the Future and the girl from PCU i re-fell in love with yesterday). Think “The Girl from Impanea” meets Calexico having an affair with Cake. Drops in early September (record release party Sept. 6 at Joe’s Pub).

Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards – A new, three-disc (!) set from Tom Waits, rounding up some old tunes and 30+ new ones. One disc (Brawlers) is blues-based, one disc (Bawlers) is full of ballads, waltzes and Celctic tunes, and the last disc (Bastards) is full-on experimentation. Very, very excited for this. It will be released Nov. 21.

Friendly Fire – I am a very big admirer of Into the Sun, the first album by Sean Lennon, and am looking very much forward to his new one, coming out September 26. It would be very easy to dismiss Lennon simply on his dad’s legacy (John Lennon, ex-Beatle, for the bizarrely ignorant), but his first album included bits of jazz, bossa nova and electronic music. He has also played with people like Cibo Matto, Brian Bell (from Weezer) and Ben Kweller. The album also features a disc of short films that correlate to the tracks. Should be interesting to say the least…

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With Pedro on the DL and now Glavine having arm issues, the top three of the Mets rotation looks like this: Trachsel, El Duque, John Maine. Although I have varied amounts of faith in those three, I am hoping that Pedro (at least) is back from the post-season, and my prayers are with Tommy G, as he is probably the most consistent of the Mets’ staff this year.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Rantcast Info/Harp/More

So, Brian, why is your podcast file so huge? Simple, really...

I didn't want to sacrifice sound quality for time. 99% of people i know (cough cough Erin cough cough) have high speed internet, so take the extra time and have it sound good. That being said, next time i'll try it at a lower bitrate and we'll see.

So here is the tracklisting (minus the Tortoise songs - i forget which i put where...)

Spike Jones – When Yuba Plays the Rumba on the Tuba (theme song for each 'cast, not Chicago-related)
Wilco – Heavy Metal Drummer
Muddy Waters – Mannish Boy (Hard Again version)
Joanna Newsom – The Book of Right On
The Sea and Cake – Jacking the Ball
Man or Astro-Man? - Spectrograph Reading Of The Varying Phantom Frequencies of Chronic, Incurable Tinnitus
Benny Goodman – Avalon
Harry Carry - Take Me Out To The Ballgame
The Mountain Goats – Cubs in Five
George Wendt and Mindy Bell – Airline Check-In
Smashing Pumpkins – Set the Ray to Jerry
America’s #1 Sweetheart – Knuckles Forward
Make Believe – Temping As A Shaman
Dr. Robert Bellamy Interview
Chicago Bears - Superbowl Shuffle
Pixies – Born in Chicago (Paul Butterfield Blues Band Cover) Produced by Steve Albini (not at Electrical Audio)
Sufjan Stevens – Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder Versions)
Carl Sandburg – Cool Tombs
Eddie Harris – Chicago Serenade

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Here is a fantastic article on the quasi-hypocracy of Neil Young. Excellent read.

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Sorry for the lack of updates, I'm taking a mini-break. Mini-break will end Monday. Expect manic posting thereafter.

Enjoy the weather!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Rantcast #1

Get it here.

After a few days, i'll post the tracklisting, but i would like people to approach the 'cast without biases.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Crooner Voice

You can hear me totally embarrass myself over at Tim Young's Contrast Podcast. Episode 18 has all contributors picking instrumental songs, but singing the intros. I didn't have time to put together a little song with instruments, so i a capella'd a terrible crooner-ish intro to my choice, "World Friction" by Essential Logic.

Big time happy post coming tomorrow, so check in for that...