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Thursday, December 30, 2004

My Top 05 of 04

Ok, ok, keep it down. You can all stop clamoring for list of the best albums of 2004.
In first place we have a three-way tie:

1) U2 - How to dismantle an atomic bomb.
This album was on repeat on my iPod for about 2 weeks straight. I listened to this complete album about 25 times in a row, no exaggeration. I don't need to tell you why it's good, because you should already have it. More heartfelt, yet also more rockin', it far surpasses their milktoast 2000 offering "All that you can't leave behind". By far, unquestionably. And the special edition of this cd comes with a cool book and "Making Of" DVD. So check it out.

1) The Walkmen - Bows & Arrows
These guys are simply awesome. Good, moody, powerful, weird, spooky, funny. Really terrific new sounds in music.

1) The French Kicks - Trial of the Century
This pop/rock/new wave mix never gets old. Very nice harmonies, good drums, etc. I've listened to this album a whole lot this year, and it still sounds fresh every time.

2) Interpol - Antics
Good, simple, rhythmically appealing indie rock. Pretty tight in concert too. I've listened to this far more than their first album.

3) Elliott Smith - From the Basement on the Hill
Half of this is immediatly ear-friendly, the other half are "growers". But, my how they grow! A good investment for your ears. This disc rewards with repeated listening. God rest his soul, and all that.

4) Joseph Arthur - Our Shadows will Remain
Go buy this now, because you probably haven't. He's brilliant and has been compared to Peter Gabriel and Miles Davis, but he's truly in a class all his own. Sometimes acoustic and whispery, sometimes distorto-guitars and dozens of layered vocals. He's hard to classify, but harder to recommend highly enough.

5) Rufus Wainwright - Want Two
Well, even the worst Woody Allen movies are better than the best Tim Allen movies. Similary, even though I just got this album and found it doesn't measure up to the glorious heights of Want One, its still good, and I should listen to it instead of watching a Tim Allen movie.

5) Brian Wilson - Smile
Duh. No list would be complete without this, even though a lot of us have heard most of these songs in one form or another. It's fairly amazing to hear how these all weave in and out of each other, melodically.

Honorable Mentions:
Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters: glam/dance/pop rock. Really good on SNL, too.
Bjork - Medulla - nice vox, ok?
Air - Talkie Walkie - Did this even come out this year? I don't even remember. It seems like it's been out forever. Whatever. It's good electro/euro-pop bla bla bla. Good for backgrounds and Sofia Coppolla films. According to my iTunes playcount, I've listened to this one a lot, so I guess it goes on the list.
Jay-Z, The Beatles & DJ Dangermouse - The Grey Album - I know it's risky putting a hip-hop album on my list, but I have to admit this has some really great beats and made me appreciate the White Album even more.

So, on a personal note, if anyone wants to "get" these albums, just let me know, and I can assure you that you will "acquire" this music some way or another, legally or otherwise.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

My neighbor

So, yesterday, I was awakened by dreaming of this joke, and it really made me laugh when I was still half asleep, but now, I just don't know. Here's the joke:

So, I've got this neighbor, and I think she's German, but she's really short. So yesterday, she was walking her dog past my house, and I went up to her and said, "I thought you people were supposed to be tall." She said, "You people?! You people?!! You ignorant sunuvabitch!! Just because I'm black, doesn't mean I should be in the NBA, you white bastard!!"

Maybe she's not German.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

It's official! U2 have a secret satanic mission!

Finally, a good christian organization has done an exposé on the secret satanic agenda of that sacrilicious rock band "U2".
Here's an 8 minute video on the evil treachery perpetrated by them. Half the fun is the narrator, who sounds like a cross between a Canadian, a voice actor from a Godzilla movie's English overdub, and a Baywatch lifeguard. Check it out here:

Thought of the day:
"Thank god for Christmas, a time when we can make loved ones unhappy, or at least uncomfortable."

Currently listening to: voices in my head, brought on by the satanic messages in U2's "music".

Thursday, December 16, 2004

LIVE!!!! NUDE!!!! JAZZ!!!! 2 posts in 1!

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> > Hey, are you coming to see the Quarter Pounders tonight? It's all
> > ages! They serve Guiness! And espresso! Christmas Jazz like you've
> > never heard it?! It'll be good. Costellos @ 8, ok? See you.

Actually the name of the artists formerly known as the trio of 3 is still in debate. Contenders are: the Long Shots, the Four Pounds, The Four Pounders, The Really Big Dictionaries, Only a Garnish, and The O'Neaters (aka the Oneders). And I think we can all agree that "Zartan" is a totally kick-ass name, but is better for a prog-rock band. I can't believe Christmas is next week. I mean I literally can't believe it.

Does anyone else feel, that, like me, they were pretty mature in high school? I went to plays, I read Shakespeare. I bought "The Complete Shakespeare", I bought all sorts of quality hardback works of literature, in the years shortly after high school. I spent a long time with no tv, barely a computer, and definitely no video games. So now, here I am, 27. I'm married, I own a home and 2 dogs. And yet I feel like a kid, in many ways - I eat more ice cream than ever, play more video games than ever, I read magazines, comic essays, and stupid web-sites far more than I read classic of western literature.

Wha' happened? I dunno. I really don't. I could go on, but you get the general idea.

Dang it, there I go again. That was a quote from a Morrissey song. Rather than come up with actual thoughts and ideas of my own, I find it far easier to quote movies and song lyrics, or just be totally sarcastic.

Sincerity is hard work, or so I've been told.

Monday, December 13, 2004

A meeting of the minds: Posh Spice, W, and li'l baby Jesus

I've been waiting all my life for the following to be in a news article:
"He pushed Posh and Becks over. It caused some damage but we don't know how much. The baby Jesus is fine," said a spokeswoman for Madame Tussaud's waxwork museum in London on Monday.

Thank god for CNN dot com, because without them, how else would we find out about such important, relevant news items such as this.

And when is "Spice World 2: The Spicening" coming out? I've been waiting, like, 4 years for that, man.

The most ironic part is that George W. Bush is one of the three wise men in that stupid waxy nativity.

Oh, and today is my 27th birthday. Jealous much?

Saturday, December 11, 2004

My Top 5 All Time Favorite Movies

So, I've made a little change on the right, so it now shows a quote from one of my top 5 movies of all time. Those movies would be, in alphabetized order:

1. Annie Hall
2. The Big Lebowski
3. Kicking and Screaming
4. Manhattan
5. Rushmore

So, can you guess what movie that quote is from? And can you see what all these movies all have in common? They're snarky comedies. Characters and slappy dialogue are of utmost import in all these.

More quotes from all:

It was arousing...violently arousing.

Don't you see the rest of the country looks upon New York like we're left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers? I think of us that way sometimes and I live here.

Of course the car made it home, you're calling me at home. No, Walter, it did NOT look like Larry was about to crack!

Never in my wildest imagination did I ever dream I would have sons like these.

It's brown water! I'm paying seven-hundred dollars a month, I got rats with bongos and a, and a frog and I got brown water here.

M just got here, so I can't really got into what's so amazing about all these. But I will tell you that the writer/director of "Kicking and Screaming" co-wrote the new Wes Anderson movie, with Mr. Anderson.

Currently listening to: Beatles for Sale - which I got on the compy from my bass buddy Ben. I love the early Beatles albums. I listened to them when I was a kid, like 9 years old, and this music honestly takes me back to 4th grade. Am I nostalgic? You bet I'm nostalgic.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

I'm so glad to be alive

Well, there's 2 items you should know about:
1) Dimebag Darrell, from everybody's favorite Christmas band, Pantera, was shot and killed while performing at a concert last night. Those in attendance knew that it was just too much rock in the moshpit. The song that he was shot during began kind of soft and mellow, so the mosh pit did that sort of slow motion head bobbing and slow running thing. As the song got more frenzied, the crowd did too. Pretty soon, people were running into each other for the sake of, er... running into each other. Then slamming into each other, and jumping. The next logical step was to pull out a quickshooter and start going bonkers. The gunman was trying to take it to the next level, and assumed that everybody would have guns and it would be a good old fashioned rock 'n roll shoot out/mosh pit. But the freakin pigs had to show up and shut down the show. See? Here, once again, The Man is keeping down the free-spirited rock 'n roll attitude that has been a tradition since The King (E. Aaron Prezzly) first wiggled his hips on national TV. The Man... The Law... The law! Well, I guess this is it Pee Wee...

Secondly, and more importantly) After 10 glorious, life-changing episodes, the Heather Locklear comeback vehicle "LAX" has been canceled. Only one word and 4 syllables can describe my feeling right now: de-va-sta-ted. I don't know about you, but I first started watching this show because I thought it was going to be about life at a Laxative factory. I was sadly mistaken. It was about life at an airport. You know how when you go to the airport and have to wait for hours, just sitting there, stairing at the wall, or the decades-old carpet? Someone at NBC had the brilliant idea to turn that into an hour long program. After this streamlined decapod of a season of viewing, I can't believe it was cancelled. DAMMIT! Sometimes life just doesn't make any sense. What happened to "Give me your huddled masses"? What the hell has happened to this city? I believe in monsters and things that go bump in the night, Jack. May they rot in hell, along with their attorneys.

I tell you what, this job doesn't get any easier, but I try to make it. Day by day... day by day...

Para una cierta diversión verdadera, temple adentro en la semana próxima para mi lista de los mejores
álbumes yo canciones del mejor año siempre, 2004. ¿cAutorización?