Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Youtubing experience

This is so cool. The biggest reason for posting this is because the second album cover is the album I just mentioned a couple days ago in my little profile in the upper right corner of this blog.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Real Fan

Earlier today at school I saw a kid wearing a Boondock Saints t-shirt. I've been in a few classes with him before and asked him how long he'd been a fan of the movie. It was the typical "This is my favorite movie of all time because I knew about it before it became big." Uh huh.

I attempted to stump his superior knowledge by telling the story of how it was released on DVD, then went out-of-print, then was available on VCD only, then re-released on DVD with the cover that everyone has in their living room. If you have this movie, you most likely paid ten bucks for it out of the bargain bin at your local big box retailer.

I'm not trying to sound like a Lord of the Rings or Star Wars dork, but dammit.... why are some people so stuck in their ways? So to prove my whole theory right, here. This is the original cover, so rare that when the movie was out-of-print it was fetching over fifty bucks on Ebay. I would know because I was one of the many impatient people who couldn't wait any longer.

Take your whole "big crusher guy theory" and shove it! I just hope you're not waiting for the second Boondock movie to be released. The Chicago Cubs will win the World Series before that happens.

Striking Similarities

Right now there's a man named Phil Hare who is running for the 17th Congressional District here in Illinois. Throughout his campaign he seems to talk about what he's done, is doing, and will do, more than he is bashing his competitor. I have not been able to concentrate on his ideas because I've got money that he's the twin brother to Tom from Office Space. Here's the evidence.

Alright. Who is who?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

My Four-pack of the month.
Okay, it looks as if Fileden, my beloved host for the music I want you to listen to, has decided to cooperate with me.... for now.... So I now introduce something a bit on the lazy side. I have seen many fellow bloggers post five to six new songs on a weekly basis and call it a weekly six-pack, maybe doing it on the same day of the week. Not me. I'm going to do a six-pack when I want, and can't even guarantee that it will have six songs. Let's try once a month.

This is a package of songs dedicated to recent covers.

Jamie Cullum - When I first heard All at Sea back in 2004, I couldn't get enough of this guy. Who can with that a raspy voice with a smooth blend of piano. Over the summer I was in a sporting goods store while fulfilling my frisbee golf habit, and I heard a song playing over the Muzak. I was confused because I recognized the voice but knew it didn't match the version I've heard and been in love with for over five years. After checking out I went straight to school to figure out this musical mystery. Jamie Cullum covered Doves' "Catch the Sun" on his Catching Tales album. In the liner notes Cullum admits he was a little nervous about not just covering this song, but including it in his album. He feared people wouldn't take it seriously because of how current the song is, even though it's six years old. I don't think he made a bad decision at all. You won't either by taking a few minutes to listen. Catch the Sun

Speaking of piano playing dudes, Ben Folds has always shown his witty and creative side by littering his nerdy-piano songs with minor tirades of profanity, and this one tops 'em all! The tempo in this version is slowed down drastically from the version Dr. Dre threw down during his days "in the LBC". I've never heard such an offensive song sound so serious. Bitches Ain't Shit

As you all know I am a Pete Yorn junkie. I've recently discovered that Nancy Sinatra covered Don't Mean Nothing, from Yorn's Westerns EP. You'd swear that she simply borrowed the music and laid down her own vocals, but there are a few differences.
The Pure Prarie League is an old country-folk rock band from the 70's. The only song I know from them was covered a while back by band that has been known to fit a similar description as the PPL. Listening to Counting Crows for an extended period of time can become a bit cumbersome, but give them a listen as they sing Amie.
Let's try this again........

Okay, so all of a sudden Fileden is back up and running the way it was intended. My only guess is that once the bandwidth is exceeded my mp3s become images, not music. Whatever. Downloading music from this blog resumes...........................


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Blogging. And how much it sucks.

I enjoy blogging when things work. WHEN THINGS WORK. I don't get paid to do this, there's nothing in it for me if I post a few songs I think are worth sharing, except for the small piece of mind that I've possibly influenced someone into a new artist. That's about all the gratification that exists.

About a week ago, fileden wiped out all music I had posted on my blog because they're "images only" now. No notice to pack up camp and make a switch. 90% of the music on my blog was hosted by them. I've fought with EZArchive for the past week and it just doesn't make any sense to me.

I really don't want to throw in the towel because I've got so much more music I want to share with all FOUR of you, but if I can't find any other options as painless as Fileden WAS... I quit.

Ask me again in five hours and maybe my opinion will have changed, but I'm just really frustrated and pissed and ranting right now. Isn't that what blogs are for?