Thursday, November 29

Boycott Watch #1

I hope to overhaul this blog thing in the near future.

Till then - boycott watch #1

Mormon and Catholic Groups to Boycott "The Golden Compass" - "It's a 'stealth campaign,' McCaffrey said. 'The candy-coated message of atheism wrapped in fantasy packaging and fed to kids weeks before Christmas.'"

Monday, September 18

Andrew Bird

So simple and cool

Wolf Parade

Yes, there is a band called Wolf Parade. This is the best song I've heard in a while. Thanks to Juan Castro for hipping me to it!

Tuesday, July 25

Here He Comes - a story of Van and George (dumb, dumb George)

I love it! The song is a van morrison track from the 2nd disc of the many times repackaged "Bang Sessions." Sometimes known as Bang Masters, sometimes known as Brown Eyed Beginnings, etc, etc, etc. This track, along with about 30 other strange one minute songs like Ring Worm, Chickee Coo, Dumb Dumb George, Jump and Thump, make up the whole second disc.

Van's George (the one in the songs) owned the label van was recording for (Bang) and was responsible for releasing an album of van's material without his knowledge. George was attempting to capitalize on a) the chart success of Brown Eyed Girl and b) the hippie movement (the album was called "Blowin Your Mind" and the cover featured a psychedelic van morrison). Van was pissed. And to get out of his 2 disc record contract he turned in the 2nd album of nonsensical songs. One of those songs is called "Blowin Yer Nose" and in the song he pretends to call the operator and rag on his own album. "Hey! Operator. I have a new album out and it's groovy. It's called.... it's called.. blowin' yer nose."

Van writes off all of his work at Bang as crap, but despite that there are some bad ass songs all on that first disc. Joe Harper's Saturday Morning, Madam George (later slowed waaay down for Astral Weeks), It's All Right, Beside You (same idea as Madam George), and the acoustic version of The Smile You Smile are all top notch tracks. Some of the best music ever created.

Here are the lyrics to ringworm:
I can see
by the look on your face
that you've got ringworm.
I'm very sorry but,
I have to tell you that
you've got ringworm.
It's a very common disease.
Actually, you're very luck to have
'cause you may have
had somethin' else.
Oooh, aaahhh...
You've got ringworm.
Oooh-oooh, oooh, oooh-oooh, oooh, oooh-oooh....

Tuesday, July 18

Everything she wants

Is everything she sees.

Wise words from Wham era George Michael? That song came over my ipod while busing to work (don't criticize) and it made me laugh laugh laugh.

But could this song be about ditching a pregnant wife? He says she's perfect. Then, six months later, they are married, she's pregnant, and now he's going on about "one step further and my back will break." What is she asking for? A crib? If I ever had the opportunity to interview George Michael I'd ask him to explain himself.

Next I will analyze Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam songs. Lost in Emotion? I'll be the judge of that. Hit the beat now!

Netflix Review

I wrote my first and maybe last movie review on Netflix. It was for Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me. I hated it the movie. Here is the review -

Title: Why is everyone yelling so loud?

"This movie is not scary, but the main thing I'll remember from this movie is all the screaming. Despite this, I fell asleep trying to watch it. Twice. Why is everyone screaming? Don't really know, but maybe very few of the actors know what their motives are so they just yell their way through the scenes. "CLEAN THE FLOOR!" "DON'T WEAR MY CLOTHES!" "WASH YOUR HANDS!" WHO ARE YOU!" "I LOVE YOU JAMES!" "AAAAAAIGGGH!" Okay, I get it. Bored now...

By the way, half of the interesting scenes (2 of 4?) are ripped off from the series. Besides that, this movie is just a disjointed b flick.

RENT IT IF YOU HAVE TO! But you probably won't enjoy it."

I love, love, love Blue Velvet, but Mr. Lynch doesn't impress me much.

Saturday, June 24



I turned on my tv and it was tuned to TBN (of course). Stephen Baldwin was hosting some strange show featuring some weirdo who spins basketballs...for christ. Anyway, a Stephen Baldwin +christ youtube search ensued and I found that awesome little video. And make sure to always remember...
skate skate skate
christ christ christ
Skate for Christ
Skate for Christ
Ride the halfpipe
Don't smoke the crack pipe

Monday, June 5

Dylan on Youtube

Girl From the North Country. I love this song. Conor Oberst, M. Ward and Jim James were singing this song as the final encore song when they were touring together. It's available somewhere, cause I heard it on the radio. Anyway, always nice to hear the original. "If you go where the snow flakes fall.." So gorgeous.

Why? Huh? Why?

Okay, my ears may have been deceiving me, but I could have sworn that I heard/saw a dog food commercial with a Magnetic Fields song as the soundtrack. Unless I'm wrong, and I hope I am, "I think I need a new heart" is now the official song of cesar's dog food. How could this happen? Does Mr. Merritt need money? Is his club losing money? Is he hungry? Does he need to eat? Someone explain this to me?

Can someone with window's media player tell me what is happening here?

Again, I have no problem with songs in commercials as long as the commercial doesn't suck the life out of the song. In honor of the good use of songs, I embed the following video:

Nick Drake

Thursday, May 25

Shut your prayer hole!

I got to see a TBN discussion about referendum 65. A few things stood out.

1) Listening to them would make you believe that ref 65 is a referendum on gay marriage. I think they did it for maximum scare effect.
2) The pastors went out of their way to not come off like hate mongers. "I have nothing against homosexuals. I want to defend marriage for the children! I want to honor god's word. Children and God. God and Children."
3) The pastors came off as hate mongers, "These laws could change EVERYTHING! Marriage is the fabric that hold our society together. What would happen if that fabric was torn apart? Think what they would teach our children in schools! This law could change who the government gives benefits to!" And my personal favorite, "You must get up and act! Remember, God not only punishes the practitioners of sinnful deeds, but also those of us who let the sinners practice these deeds." It's all about the subtext.
4) Awful music from young adults from the Prayer Team. The only thing I hate more than 89.5 is TBN music.
5)They tried, but failed to describe non-biblical arguments against gay marriage (again, not what this dam referendum is about). They really

Okay, referendum 65 is all about rejecting or approving HB2661. HB 2661 added sexual orientation to this language:

"The legislature hereby finds and declares that practices of discrimination against any of its inhabitants because of race, creed, color, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a disabled person are a matter of state concern, that such discrimination threatens not only the rights and proper privileges of its inhabitants but menaces the institutions and foundation of a free democratic state."

Can you believe that Tim Eyman actually says, "Government-imposed preferential treatment will only enhance suspicion and conflict between our citizens exactly as described earlier by Rep. Cox. When the classroom teacher treats Johnny special, the other kids end up not liking Johnny. When government gets involved, it usually makes things worse. This is especially true when it comes to social issues. Better for the government to stay out of it."

Is it Tim? Would it have been better if the government stayed out of civil rights? What about the our government's push to get Saudi Arabia to remove anti Christian language from children's textbooks (this story was on the radio this morning)? Should the government stay out of that?

Concerned Women for America has this brilliant nugget to add to the debate:
"If HB2661 stands, our freedom to lovingly rescue people out of the sin of homosexuality will be limited."

Yea, well, guess what? Lucky for you this part of the constitution also restricts my freedom to pull your head out of your fucking ass. Deal with it. I am.

ALSO, THIS IS VERY IMPORANT. WOULD YOU PLEASE SHUT UP ABOUT THE DAVINCI CODE? The book is obviously a work of fiction. I was tired of hearing about it in real time and now TBN and the religious right will not shut up about it. How stupid do THEY think their audience is? Judging by the shite that flows on TBN, my guess is "pretty stupid." Either they're just using this jig to raise money or they really think the foolish will be fooled. And organizations like TBN like to keep their monopoly on the foolish and their money. Now they're pimping a book called "The Da Vinci Deception" I mean really, is this work of fiction seriously being debated?