Wednesday, November 21, 2012

State of the state of music (MOG repost)

I just got word that the old MOG.com site is being mothballed. I have some music posts there that I'd like to save, so, lucky reader - here's new old content for you! This was originally posted 12/23/06.

Okay, so I'm probably in the minority, but I couldn't stand the Testosterone Rock of the mid-late 90's-early 00's - your Limp Bizkits (sans Wes Borland - he's a pretty good player), your Creeds, Nickelbacks, Stainds - that growly vocal thing. 3 Doors Down, Fuel, that sort of thing. I couldn't listen to rock radio for years. Not even Live 105 in the Bay Area, which went from "alternative" to all testosterone rock, all the time.

So, now we're in punky emo land, which, you know, is more my speed. The screamo stuff is a little (okay, a LOT) over the top for me, but hey, I'm almost an old man. I'm allowed to have my "kids these days" moments. There's a lot of the emo-y, punky bands around, plenty of them on the radio, too. In fact, there's enough of them to make Daughtry sound sorta novel (you know, that band featuring the guy from AmIdol last year?).

So, there's one thing in particular that I've especially never loved about Cock Rock, and that's the "hoodley". The "hoodley" is what the singer for a band I was in called the solos that you find from, say, Steve Vai, Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen. They're okay. I don't mind a little tappy guitar solo now and again. I like my share of metal, really. I do. I tend more toward Industrial, though. Skinny Puppy, Ministry, that sort of stuff. The grindy, not the flashy. Or the indie. Futureheads, Bloc Party. Or to reference some good ol' rock 'n' roll, Superdrag, Dillon Fence, Replacements. Bendy, not flashy.

So...imagine my surprise, I'm watching Taking Back Sunday on the David Letterman show: the singer's prancing around, doing his yelling vocals thing, they're rockin' allright, and about 2:40 in, the guitar player busts out a hoodley:

 

Ok. Someone got their chocolate in my peanut butter and we are NOT amused.

Album Covers Battle

I just got word that the old MOG.com site is being mothballed. I have some music posts there that I'd like to save, so, lucky reader - here's new old content for you! This was originally posted 10/7/06.

Reposted from CollegeHumor.com:



The Cure - "Foxy Lady"

I just got word that the old MOG.com site is being mothballed. I have some music posts there that I'd like to save, so, lucky reader - here's new old content for you! This was originally posted 10/4/06.

This song should *really* suck, but I find myself groovin' to it. Their cover of it, I mean. the song is good anyway, but jeez...some spazzy, proto-new-wave kooky cover. It totally works for me.

Anyone out there have covers that they like but for some reason just *shouldn't* work?

In my view, there are two types of good covers - what I call "straight" covers, which are faithful to the original. Otherwise known as "playing it safe". The other kind is when the band "makes it their own". This is more difficult, and what the Cure did here. You will not confuse their version with Jimi's. :) Another good example of someone making the songs their own is Mark Kozelek (from Red House Painters & Sun Kil Moon, for those familiar with those bands) and his album of AC/DC covers, "What's Next To The Moon". You gotta hear his version of "Love at First Feel" next to their original. Where AC/DC comes across as sleazy, Mark transmogrifies into a tender plea.

Now, if we're gonna talk about the Cure's version of "Purple Haze"...well, I'd rather not. It's more along the lines of "straight", but it sucks. See: their version of "Hello, I love you", wherein they try to straddle the lines of "straight" and "making it their own" and end up in "suck".

Who do you think are the hardest bands to cover? Where all attempts typically just fail, because the originals are so strong and ingrained? I'll say the Beatles for starters. Other people doing their songs, for the most part, just sounds wrong.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Songs That Got In My Head At Work

I just got word that the old MOG.com site is being mothballed. I have some music posts there that I'd like to save, so, lucky reader - here's new old content for you! This was originally posted 9/22/06.


Stocking stuff at SuperBullseyeMadeInChinaLand, your mind tends to wander. When you're a music nut like I am, it wanders toward music. Some of these songs recur because of products that I stock, some are totally random. So, now that I have a Blackberry, I type down the songs as they pop in. I don't get them all, but it's kind of fun to see what I've been singing to myself.

Depeche Mode - "Love in itself"
Elvin Bishop - "Fooled around and fell in love"
Fall Out Boy - "Of All The Gin Joints In All The World"
Elton John - "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "Parents Just Don't Understand" (See, there's this Yoplait "yogurt" product called Whips. They're a total rip-off, they're fluffed up and flavored but since they're fluffed, you don't get much. But that's not the important thing here. When I'm stocking them, I keep singing "I asked her for adidas and she bought me whips!" Instead of Zips. Get it? It bugs me, but I always sing it.)
Neil Sedaka - "Calendar Girl"
Cookie Monster - "C is for Cookie"
Sweet - "Teenage Rampage" and "Blockbuster"
Arlo Guthrie - "City of New Orleans"
The Blue Hearts - "Paper Balloon Bomb"
Digital Underground - "Humpty Dance"
Gary Numan - "Down in the Park"
Pink Panther theme
Michael Jackson - "Bad"
Steve Forbert - "Romeo's Tune" ("Meet me in the middle of the day/lemme hear you say everything's ok...")
Jay Z - "Dirt Off Your Shoulder"

Ramblin' 'bout musics

I just got word that the old MOG.com site is being mothballed. I have some music posts there that I'd like to save, so, lucky reader - here's new old content for you! This was originally posted 9/22/06.



Either "man", like the Almond Brothers (heh...joke) or like Steve Martin.

I was just thinking, seeing that Louis Armstrong has a "Definitive" out, that he's kind of like a "gateway" jazz artist for me. I really like Louis Armstrong, but seeing that collection just out, I was about to click and see what was on it. I don't have a lot of Satchmo, a couple of collections. But I then thought "you know what, I don't really want any more. I wanna be challenged." Meaning about Jazz. Like Miles or Coltrane or something. After years of liking the most accessible jazz (Armstrong, Dixieland, Louis Prima, etc), I feel the need to expand my listening.Dovetailing off of that, as an early fan of rap (Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Sugarhill Gang, Run-DMC, and especially Public Enemy), I was thrilled to see an interview with Hank Shocklee in the latest issue of TapeOp (Thanks, blinder!). It's a good, long article, talking about how PE got started and the recording of some of the earlier albums. I need to go back and take some more listens, but it's great to see a broader scope of music in that magazine. I always wondered how they did some of that early stuff, and I love hearing from everyone in a group, not just the leaders & mouthpieces, although Chuck D is kind of a hero of mine.Also saw that Pansy Division has a greatest hits out. Very cool. Another great, fun band. Check out the "clean" version of their song He Whipped My Ass In Tennis, Then I Fucked His Ass In Bed. :D Bonnie Prince Billy might be a good artist, but I can't get past the name.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Most fun Halloween costume ever

For me, anyway. Not every day you get to look like Robert Smith from the Cure. And I think I did look a lot like him!


I've long been a huge Cure fan (just check out my other Cure post for evidence), but this is the first time I really got to do the hair & makeup.

Now if I could just sing & write songs like him….