Monday, January 31, 2005
Thursday, January 27, 2005
I had a dream last night that Alex Steele and I sat on a couch and he told me that buying 3.2 beer was the way to go, he always shopped at Rainbow for his booze. Then he told me that they sold "Tyed To The Bedpost" mix. Strange shit.
I also think that this is pretty hilarious. I was watching "Apocalypse Now" last night and I got angry that Martin Sheen was going to bang this French chick. I think its due to the fact that its been awhile for me. Funny shit, when you start to hate other people in movies because they are getting lucky. Its a damn movie!!
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Monday, January 17, 2005
I also went to an amazing new(ish) restaurant this evening, Mai Village on University in Saint Paul. It served both Vietnamese food and Chinese, and it was excellent. I got the seven course beef meal, which featured a fondue pot and a mini grill at the table. Fantastic. The decor of the restaurant was unbelievable. There was a koi pond (with waterfalls) in the middle that you had to walk across to get to the main dining area. It was one of the coolest things that I have seen yet in a dining establishment. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Chinese or is looking for a unique date place.
Friday, January 14, 2005
In other news, my fam got a treadmill. Kinda pumped about that, so I don't have to go to Northwest every friggin day. But if I don't go every day, I will miss out on the weirdness that is seeing Dustin Wagner playing dodgeball against some high school girls and middle aged men. That was one weird sight, I tells ya what.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
I cant wait to see QOTSA again. The last show ranks as the best ever, really. Trail Of Dead and the Burning Brides were the shit also.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
The best openers ever have to be from Prince and Elvis Costello, two of the most literate songwriters ever. "Sign Of The Times" gives us "In France, a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name", "It was 10:35 on a lonely Friday night", and "I guess you know me well, I don't like winter. But I seem to get a kick out of doing you cold" on one fucking album. Elvis Costello may be the best songwriter ever, in my opinion. "Alison" has its "Oh, its so funny to be seeing you after so long girl" line, but the best is in my favorite song of all time, "Man Out Of Time" off of "Imperial Bedroom." "So this is where he came to hide, when he ran from you. In a private detective overcoat, and dirty dead mans shoes." The song has so many great lyrics, but my favorite is "You drink yourself insensitive, and hate yourself in the morning." So true, so many times.
Oh, I forgot to mention T.R.O.Y by Pete Rock and CL Smooth in there too, as probably the most touching hip hop song ever, and one of the best stories too. "I reminisce for a spell, or shall I say think back, 22 years ago to keep it on track." CL Smooth was my age when he wrote the greatest hip hop song ever. Prince was my age when he wrote "Dirty Mind." Shit.
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Friday, January 07, 2005
A good angry column in this vein can be found on Rhino Records homepage. Here is the address.
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Ash- Orpheus: This album is Ash at its poppiest. Due to stupid American record companies, this didn't see the light of day here. It was well worth the $30 bucks that I paid for it. "Starcrossed" is one of the best Ash ballads.
The Streets- A Grand Don't Come For Free: The second best concept album of 2004. The story unfolds like a cheesy gangster movie without the murder, and the vocals are downright whiny. Yet, it is super compelling. "Dry Your Eyes" is the most unexpected song of the year, a tender ballad from a man who says, "You're maybe a 9.5 in 4 beers time."
Handsome Boy Modelling School- White People: I found this album everything I wanted in a producer driven album. The blend of artists was spectacular, and "If It Wasn't For You" was a great flashback to De La Soul's heyday. And Franz Ferdinand continues its domination of the world with "A World Gone Mad."
Ben Kweller- On My Way: The first Ben Kweller album is a classic, and "On My Way" delves deeper into his country roots. Also, he has been chillin with Kings of Leon, who take swamp rock in a whole new direction, and it shows on this one. But it is the ballads like "On My Way" and "You Found Me" make this one a classic.
Monday, January 03, 2005
Anyways, I used my Best Buy cards that I got for Christmas this week to glorious result. I got the 70s Soul Experience boxset from Rhino, and it is fandango. It really surprised me that I knew so many of the songs but didn't know who the artist was. And some of the songs are so out of their element today. The song "Float On" by The Floaters needs to be heard. The singers all say their names and their signs before their verse. It's like, Jake. Sagitarius. Baby, I love you. Weird. Some real hidden gems on there though. I finished the cards off today and got EPMD "Strictly Business" and The Stooges "Raw Power," both of which I have wanted to pick up for a few years. Its sad, but I won't buy a CD most times unless it is used. I feel like I will find it used someday, so pass it up.