Thursday, March 02, 2006

My Top 5 CD's for this week.
Week one of March 2006

1. The Giraffes
I know i've already mentioned them recently but I can't help it. I love this band. They are playing tomorrow night at 14 below then again next week with Von Iva at Cinespace in LA. I'm looking forward to seeing them again.

2. Sabrosa Purr - Music from the Violet Room

Sabrosa Purr have been my favorite for quite awhile. They each have this amazing talent that works well with each other. Everytime I see them they seem to impress me even more. This band is everything that I enjoy about music. They Jam, they play and write great songs, they are catchy in a good way not in an annoying way, they are metal at times, straight up rock most other times and they have the drones and screams down! I can't help but smile as I type this. fucking fabulous, I tell ya!

3. Peter Walker - new 4 song ep for young gravity

I recently saw Peter Walker at Spaceland and it was a great show. He is a really good singer songwriter. I enjoyed listening to him play. He's got a blues rock 'n roll style. It's not as boring as It may sound. I'm sorry I just can't describe him. Check his website out and listen to him on myspace. You can find anyone on myspace these days, it's a good thing.

4. Rhett Miller - The Believer
I'm sorry to have to report this but this CD sucks! Rhett is beautiful and seems like a nice guy but this just sounds like it was thrown together without much thought. I take that back because that would mean it was raw and most of the times raw is good. This just isn't good. Some of the songs are just okay. Others sound like he just changed the words and kept the melody from some old 97's songs. (he did!, listen for yourself) they put some songs on there that were previously released but maybe did a slightly different way or something and the worst track is a Jon Brion song which he just butchered. It's so awful I can't even listen to it all the way through. It's not because I've heard Jon do it live about a million times it would be awful if i'd never heard the original. I was surprised at how much I dislike this CD because the last time I saw him live at the Largo I heard him play some new songs that were more "Bowie-ish" and thought the new CD would be cool like that, but nope. Anyone wanna buy a CD? Did I mention how pretty Rhett is?

5. Joy Division - Substance I've been on a Joy Division kick for a little while. I bought Substance awhile back and I feel that it doesn't really start to punk out (I mean that in a good way) until about the 9th or 10th song. That's the sorta punk rock that I love. I never got into New Order, to me that just wasn't my cup of tea - it was kinda pussy music, i don't know I just didn't like it. I borrowed the box set of Joy Division called Heart and Soul from my friend and have yet to listen to it. The story about Ian Curtis is a sad one. I can't believe it's been over 25 years since his death. The music still holds up. If you've never seen the movie called 24 hour party people then I suggest you watch it. I was never really hardcore into the kind of music in the movie at the time it was popular but I really appreciate it. The movie was fantastic, funny and sad all at the same time.

Monday, January 09, 2006

My Top 5 CD's for this week.
Week two January 13, 2006

1. Jeff KleinThe Hustler
I forgot how I came to hear of Jeff Klein but I'm glad that I did. Greg Dulli helped to produce it. Jeff reminds me of a few people. He's kinda got the Pete Yorn feel with a touch of Luther Russell. It feels like a warm summer night.

2. Almost Famous Soundtrack
I've been listening to this on and off for the last month or so. I love to listen to this and think about the different parts of the movie. who doesn't love this movie! I can't help but laugh when ever 'fever dog' comes on. I can just see Jason lee (swoon) making that face and scratching his hand in the air. Jason Lee is so awesome in that movie!

3. The Giraffes
Heavy man HEAVY!
It's better then a jam band but I can hear how they would be considered as such. I love this shit! I've only seen them once, at the CMJ music fest in New York. I was very much impressed with the whole performance.

4. Swervedriver - Raise Down
The CD gives me so much listening pleasure, I can't even begin to explain it. So many wonderful memories when this CD came out.
I remember seeing them at the Roxy during the Raise Down tour, It was breathtaking to watch them on stage with the lights down low and all the colorful spotlights on them. Not many people have heard of them which is a shame.

5. I've also been listening to The Section Quartet. They play at the Largo every once in awhile and they are amazing! Right now I'm listening to them do the full on Radiohead Tribute. wow! As I'm listening to this I can see each member playing their viola's.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

My Top 5 CD's for this week.
Week one January 6, 2006

1. Green DayAmerican Idiot
Someone burned me a copy when this first came out and i'm just now getting around to listening to it. I didn't really think that I would like it as much as I do. Sometimes 'dumb rock' is good! This reminds me of the days when it was cool to listen to a band like The Descendents (I don't want to grow up). They were great!

The first and only time i've ever seen Green Day was at the Virgin Megastore when they did an in store for one of their first cd's. I was working there at the time and didn't care to much about them but wanted to take photos anyhow. This was when they all had like only 1 or 2 tattoo's each and pre eye liner days.

2. Hi Fidelity Soundtrack
I've also been listening to this over and over again. I know that if most of these songs weren't already packaged up onto this really cool soundtrack for this brilliant movie then I probably would not have liked them so much. John Cusack had a lot to do with putting together the music to follow along with the book. After reading the book by Nick Hornby first a long time ago, my first thought was wow, this would be so great on the big screen. Sure enough a few years later there it was and I was so excited to see it. I loved the music that was referenced in the book much more then in the movie, though the soundtrack does rock. A friend of mine actually made me an extended soundtrack to the movie and I think he covered 98 percent of it (thanks again Dave!) I believe it came out to be like 3 discs altogether. After listening to the original soundtrack I always seem to get John Wesley Harding's "I'm wrong about everything" stuck in my head, either that or Smog's "cold blooded old times". Sucha great GREAT soundtrack. And and excellent movie.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

My Top 5 CD's for this week.
Week five December 9 & 16, 2005

1. The VacationBand from world war zero
It's been awhile since I've seen these guys live. They put on a great show. Twin brothers, Ben and Steve (singer and guitar player) then Dutch (bass player) and Denni (drummer).
The songs are very catchy, in a good way and they know how to entertain. They have a cross between Iggy Pop and The Rolling Stones in their blood. Check their website as well as myspace. They have this really cool video that you can see called "Destitute Prostitutes". Their next gig is this Saturday Dec. 17th at Spaceland in Silverlake (Hollywood).

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Orange

This past Saturday our crazy drunk friend Paula insisted that we take off Sirus Radio and put this CD on. It brought back good 'ol times with all of us 'Bogarts in Long Beach' regulars. Jon is always a good front man no matter what he does.

3. Big Star # 1 Record - Radio City
One of the best bands EVER!

3 is all I have for the past 2 weeks and that's not even what I was listening to really. I've been listening to crappy radio in my rented car for the past 4 weeks actually. It sucks! Sometimes Indie 103.1 plays great stuff but I can only take Jonseys voice for so long. He is annoying to say the least! Classic rock now is stuff that I was listening to as a teenager, it's all so depressing. Am I finally one of those people who say things like "When I was your age" or "I remember seeing Nirvana back in the 90's way before you were even born"....... soo depressing.

I'm sure this will be a better weekly thing just as soon as I get my life straightened out (jeep, apartment, b/f) Just thought I'd throw in the b/f for good measure.