July 29, 2007

You Sir, are no Homer Simpson!

Posted in humor at 3:52 pm by berzerkeleyan

I’m on The Simpsons

I was inspired by Fridge’s post. What da ya think? Is there a resemblance?

You should try it yourself. It’s a pleasant time sink.

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Music Rotation — 23 Jul

Posted in music at 3:30 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Crosby, Stills & Nash “Crosby, Stills & Nash” (1969)genre: 60’s Folk.
Crowded House “Temple Of Low Men” (1988)genre: Pop. All this talk of a reunion tour made me dust off my favorite CH album.
Interpol “Our Love To Admire” (2007)genre: Modern Goth. Boy oh Boy. This band hits my sweet spot like virtually none other. And they don’t disappoint with their third. I find it equally as brilliant as the second, which was none too shabby from the first. Most highly recommended!
The Feeling “Twelve Stops and Home” (2007)genre: Emoschlock.
Athlete “Vehicles and Animals” (2003)genre: BritPop.
Joan As Police Woman “Real Life” (2006)genre: Modern Torch Song.

The Smiths “The Smiths” (1984)genre: Modern Rock. Greatest. Band. Ever.

Period.

July 22, 2007

Music Rotation — 16 Jul

Posted in music at 2:24 pm by berzerkeleyan

A short list this week:

The Beatles “Rubber Soul” (1965)genre: 60’s Pop.
Razorlight “Razorlight” (2006)genre: BritPop.
Serena-Maneesh “Serena-Maneesh” (2006)genre: Shoegazer.
Kanye West “The College Dropout” (2004)genre: Hip Hop.
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals “Live From Mars” (2001)genre: Blues Rock.
Queen “Queen” (1973)genre: Glam Rock.
Rufus Wainwright “Release The Stars” (2007)genre: Modern Torch Song.

July 15, 2007

Music Rotation — 9 Jul

Posted in music at 7:21 pm by berzerkeleyan

This week:

Gene Harris “Gene Harris At Maybeck” (1992)genre: Jazz.
Genesis “Invisible Touch” (1986)genre: 80’s Pop.
Duran Duran “Seven And The Ragged Tiger” (1983)genre: New Romantic. Y’know, there was a time in my life when I actually stayed awake debating to myself which Duran Duran album was their best (it was “Rio” back then; now it’s this one). I wish life were still that care-free.
Lush “Split” (1993)genre: Shoegazer/Angry Grrl. Still frighteningly good.
Engineers “Engineers” (2005)genre: British Bliss-Out. This isn’t awful, but it’s not awe-inspiring, either. The sound is interesting, though. It’s somewhere between Embrace and Cocteau Twins.
Kiss “Unmasked” (1980)genre: Rock.
Gorillaz “Demon Days” (2005)genre: Cartoon Club Music.
The Arcade Fire “Neon Bible” (2007)genre: Indie Chamber Rock. This sophomore set is, to me, a lot catchier than the first. I like the first, but this one might percolate up to the top of the rotation before long.
Serena Maneesh “Serena-Maneesh” (2006)genre: Shoegazer.
Tahiti 80 “Fosbury” (2006)genre: French Indie Pop.
Joan As Police Woman “Real Life” (2006)genre: Modern Torch Song. I’m officially obsessed with this album and this Joan policewoman person. It’s captivated me enough that I searched online for lyrics, to understand what makes this policewoman tick. After reading them…well, I’ll be honest…I have no clue what the girl is saying. I mean absolutely no idea, other than stuff about being in and out of love, I think. Nevertheless, her voice and music are doing it for me right now. As luck would have it, she’s coming to The Doug Fir Sep 4. Barring a business trip, I’ll profess my love for her then.

July 8, 2007

Music Rotation — 2 Jul

Posted in music at 3:18 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Josh Clayton-Felt “Spirit Touches Ground” (2002)genre: College Indie Rock.
Kanye West “The College Dropout” (2004) genre: Hip Hop. I came late to the party on this one. Wow. The first listen blew me away. I’m sure it’ll only get better.
Gomez “How We Operate” (2006)genre: BritPop/Emoschlock. In heavy rotation.
Kasabian “Empire” (2006)genre: BritPop/Club. I tried, Stu. I really did. I’m just not diggin’ this album as much as I did their first. It’s merely okay. But I’ll continue to keep throwing it up there, to see if it eventually sticks.
Delays “You See Colours” (2006)genre: British Pop.
Arctic Monkeys “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (2006)genre: British Power Punk.
My Morning Jacket “Z” (2005)genre: Cosmic Americana.
Richmond Fontaine “Post To Wire” (2003)genre: Americana.
Brendan Benson “The Alternative To Love” (2005)genre: American Power Pop. I recently heard “What I’m Looking For” in a Sears commercial. I know more and more artists are just trying to get paid, but it still seemed strange.
Travis “The Boy With No Name” (2007)genre: Emoschlock.
Rufus Wainwright “Release The Stars” (2007)genre: Modern Torch Song. Rufus creates another solid album. I love it.
Frank Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim “Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim” (1967)genre: Bossa Nova. This was a gift from Fridge. I always avoided Mr. Sinatra’s music, for the simple reason that he was the ringleader of that booze hound clique aptly named The Rat Pack. But I can’t deny that this is a great album. I highly recommend it.
Joan As Police Woman “Real Life” (2006)genre: Modern Torch Song. Another in heavy rotation at the moment.

July 1, 2007

Music Rotation — 25 June

Posted in music at 1:29 pm by berzerkeleyan

This past week:

Gomez “How We Operate” (2006)genre: BritPop/Emoschlock.
Devics “Push the Heart” (2006)genre: Mouse Folk. This is a good CD to play when winding down the night. Sad, twee, and pleasant.
Love “Forever Changes” (1967)genre: 60’s Flower Power.
Ian Brown “Solarized” (2004)genre: British Techno-Psychedelia.
Khonnor “Handwriting” (2004)genre: Lo-Fi Indie Fuzz.
Asia “Asia” (1982)genre: 80’s Prog Rock.
New Radicals “Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too” (1998)genre: American BritPop. One and done for this band.
The Lovetones “Meditations” (2005)genre: neo-60’s Pop.
Everything But The Girl “Temperamental” (1999)genre: Techno-Folk.
Ratt “Out Of The Cellar” (1984)genre: Hair Metal.
The Black Angels “Passover” (2006)genre: neo-60’s Psychedelia.
Bruce Springsteen “Darkness On the Edge of Town” (1978)genre: Rock.