March 23, 2008

Music Rotation — 17 Mar

Posted in music at 7:06 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Thompson Twins “Into The Gap” (1984)genre: New Wave Pop.
Jay-Z + DJ Danger Mouse “The Grey Album” (2004)genre: Hip Hop.  “I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain’t one. HITME!”  My new theme song.
Grandaddy “The Sophtware Slump” (2000)genre: Space Rock.
Mötley Crüe “Too Fast For Love” (1982)genre: Metal.
Badly Drawn Boy “The Hour Of Bewilderbeast” (2000)genre: British Indie Pop. It’s been entirely too long since I heard this. I was inspired after finally watching “About a Boy,” for which BDB supplied the soundtrack (fantastic movie, BTW). “THoB” is an entirely original, hour-long love song, and is required listening for any lovesick dork (the answer is “no,” in case you’re wondering). Dust off your copies, people.
Hot Chip “The Warning” (2006)genre: Techno Geek.
Turin Brakes “Dark On Fire” (2007)genre: Folk.
Ryan Adams “Easy Tiger” (2007)genre: alt.country.
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March 16, 2008

Music Rotation — 10 Mar

Posted in music at 7:45 pm by berzerkeleyan

This week:

Magnet “The Simple Life” (2007)genre: Space Folk.
Patrick Watson “Close To Paradise” (2006)genre: Canadian Indie Rock. The Jeff Buckley comparisons are inevitable. Watson has that same lilting, delicate falsetto as Buckley, and the songs are almost as unconventional. He’ll never replace The Master, but Watson’s sloppy seconds aren’t half bad.
Devendra Banhart “Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon” (2007)genre: Freak Folk. It’s taking me a while to get into this. I’m still working on it.
Terence Trent D’Arby “Wildcard” (2001)genre: Rock/R&B.
Turin Brakes “Dark On Fire” (2007)genre: Folk.
Starsailor “On The Outside” (2006)genre: BritPop.
Ryan Adams “Easy Tiger” (2007)genre: alt.country.
The Stills “Logic Will Break Your Heart” (2003)genre: Post-Punk Revival.
Isaac Hayes “Hot Buttered Soul” (1968)genre: R&B.

March 9, 2008

Music Rotation — 3 Mar

Posted in music at 10:45 am by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Mew “Frengers” (2003)genre: Prog Rock.
Patrick Watson “Close To Paradise” (2006)genre: Canadian Indie Rock.
The Style Council “Introducing The Style Council” (1983)genre: British Pop Jazz.
Tahiti 80 “Wallpaper For the Soul” (2002)genre: French Alternative Pop.
The Who “Tommy” (1969)genre: Rock.
New Order “Low-Life” (1985)genre: Modern Rock.
Tom Jones “She’s A Lady” (1971)genre: Lounge.
Squeeze “Argybargy” (1980)genre: Modern Rock.
My Bloody Valentine “Isn’t Anything” (1988)genre: Shoegazer.
Belle & Sebastian “The Life Pursuit” (2006)genre: Twee Pop.
Turin Brakes “The Optimist LP” (2001)genre: Folk.
Everything But The Girl “Walking Wounded” (1996)genre: Drum-n-Bass Pop.
The Jam “Greatest Hits” (1991)genre: Mod Revival.
Magnet “The Tourniquet” (2005)genre: Space Folk.
Magnet “The Simple Life” (2007)genre: Space Folk.

March 2, 2008

Music Rotation — 25 Feb

Posted in music at 7:36 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

George Michael “Patience” (2004)genre: Pop.
Everything But The Girl “Adapt or Die: Ten Years of Remixes” (2005)genre: Electronic Pop.
The Cars “Shake It Up” (1981)genre: New Wave.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Michael Brook “Night Song” (1996)genre: World Music.
Dire Straits “Love Over Gold” (1982)genre: Rock.
The Style Council “Introducing The Style Council” (1983)genre: British Pop Jazz.
Maps “We Can Create” (2007)genre: Hi-Fi Indie Fuzz.
The Lovetones “Meditations” (2005)genre: neo-60’s Pop.
Joy Division “Unknown Pleasures” (1979)genre: Post Punk.
Joy Division “Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979” (2001)genre: Post Punk.
Engineers “Engineers” (2005)genre: British Bliss-Out.

March 1, 2008

Movie Quote Quiz

Posted in memes, movies at 1:44 pm by berzerkeleyan

I’ve been tagged by Christina.

Instructions: Look up 15 of your favorite films on IMDb and take a quote from each. List them below. When someone guesses the quote correctly, cross it off the list. Leave a comment with your answers. And NO CHEATING.

I’ll post answers in a week if there are any leftovers. Though I doubt it.

UPDATE: I can’t wait any longer. The answers to the quotes that haven’t been guessed are below.

  1. “Well, which is it, young feller? You want I should freeze or get down on the ground? Mean to say, if’n I freeze, I can’t rightly drop. And if’n I drop, I’m a-gonna be in motion.” (fridge)
  2. “This underwear feels kinda sexy. That don’t make me queer, right?” (vmh)
  3. “Fuck Martha Stewart! Martha’s polishing the brass on the Titanic. It’s all going down, man. So fuck off with your sofa units and Strinne green stripe patterns.”
    Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) of “Fight Club” (1999) convincing Edward Norton’s character that material obsession in the modern world is pointless.
  4. “Wake up! Time to die!”
    Y’all should be embarrassed for not getting this. These are the replicant Leon’s last words to Decker before being shot by Rachel in “Blade Runner” (1982).
  5. “Fats, man…let me tell you my story, man. Last year, I was insane for this crazy little eighth grade bitch. (r.a. porter)
  6. “The review for ‘Shark Sandwich’ was merely a two word review which simply read ‘Shit Sandwich.'” (christina)
  7. “Do you mind if we dance with your dates? (r.a. porter)
  8. “Man… I didn’t join the army to pull paper out of people’s asses!”
    Hard one. This was said by Pfc. Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze) after being ordered by Sfc. Barlow (Mark Wahlberg) to remove a map from a prisoner’s butt in “Three Kings” (1999). Great movie.
  9. “You still don’t get it, do you? He’ll find her. That’s what he does. That’s all he does!” (fridge)
  10. “No hay banda! There is no band. It is all an illusion.”
    Another hard one. Spoken in the middle of “Mulholland Drive” (2001) by the emcee of a club. Didn’t expect this one to be guessed right away. But I had to include it because this is quite possibly my favorite movie ever.
  11. “And now that we’ve been face to face, if I’m there and I gotta put you away, I won’t like it. But I tell you, if it’s between you and some poor bastard whose wife you’re gonna turn into a widow, brother, you are going down.” (fridge)
  12. “How can you stand there? How can you ever smile? As if your life hadn’t capsized?”
    Spoken by Count Laszlo (Ralph Fiennes) to Katharine (K.S. Thomas) in “The English Patient” (1996) shortly after she ends their affair.
  13. “I’m voting for Dukakis.”
    The first line spoken in “Donnie Darko” (2001), immediately establishing the year in which the movie takes place (1988).
  14. “Nick, I’ve tried everything: the embassy, the German government, the consulate. I even talked to the U.N. ambassador. It’s no use, I just can’t bring my wife to orgasm. “ (fridge)
  15. “I am a star. I’m a star, I’m a star, I’m a star. I am a big, bright, shining star.” (fridge)

I will tag Fridge.