Thursday, August 31, 2006

Two gold stars, boys.

I've decided to put up two mp3's.

Guided by Voices - Gold Star for Robot Boy

Jon Auer - Gold Star for Robot Boy

The song is, of course, written by Robert Pollard and is on the GBV 1994 masterpiece Bee Thousand. The cover, by Jon Auer of Posies fame, is from a 2002 acoustic show by him. It makes me think of a few things:

a) I really don't pay attention to the content of the lyrics in songs. Perhaps this can be blamed on being raised on hip-hop. Regardless, I treat the voice as just another instrument in the song. Pollard's voice re-inforces the low-fi but melodically brillant GBV version, which makes me want to scream the lyrics at the top of my lungs at 3am and smash plates over my head, while the tender, introspective Auer version just makes me want to cry. I don't know what the lyrics are supposed to mean (and frankly, Budwiser Bob probably doesn't know either), but it doesn't matter - the emotions are still there.

b) Thank god Mike got me into The Posies. What a fantastic band.

c) Chain Reaction time:

- The real beauty of GBV albums (Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes especially) is the way in which each short song runs into the next and creates a full album experience. The song after Gold Star for Robot Boy is Awful Bliss.
- Awful Bliss is one of two lovely acoustic numbers by Tobin Sprout on the album. The other is Esther's Day.
- The song before Esther's Day is (do do do do do do do) Kicker of Elves.
- Which brings us back to:

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Doc beats the Wolfe

Looking back at my wedding photos from August 12th, it would appear that my dad, whom I affectionately refer to as 'Doc,' is vying for the Tom Wolfe lookalike award winner. The Doc is rocking a suit that looks like he's ready for A Man In Full's author shoot. The abov photo's proof (he's the one on the far right).

Let It Rain, Then Clear It Up

Dance craze that's sweeping the nation?

Monday, August 28, 2006


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Folks, meet Jericho. No not that WWE guy from Winnipeg. This lady's from Fort McMurray, Alberta and apparently she's an Air Band Idol winner in L.A. You can check her out at and listen to her songs "Break Free," "I Am Who I Am," and "EZone." Or you can wait for her to message you and/or make a friend request. I'm a fan of myspace and the opportunity it gives artists to expose their work to people all over the world but there's no screening process or 'filter' so anyone with a will to put their music out there and message you ends up coming across your radar. This isn't always a good thing. But it's frequently amusing. Check out the picture of Jericho's "extremely talented drummer" for further amusement.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Edison Force!


Thursday, August 17, 2006

In Case You Missed It ...

The above video was previously deleted from this blog because of formatting problems; here it is again. Also, the following two mixes were discovered via one of the best blogs on the internerd, Discobelle. I mean, who wouldn't want to listen to a DJ mix by the Junior Boys or a DJ mix by Hot Chip?

Friday, August 11, 2006

This is Turning Into a Youtube Blog

btw, I hated Garden State SO MUCH.

I saw this originally on The Stencil. You should get over there now and download Caps & Jones's latest mix, posted just yesterday.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Neil Hamburger + the Bonnie Prince = brilliance!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

i had forgotten how great sealab 2021 was, and then I watched this again tonite...

in other signs of the pending apocalypse, apparently johnny marr has joined modest mouse...

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I still enjoy a good nutting...
Look, man, I'm in the prime of my life 'cause I live the way I got to!