Saturday, December 29, 2007

2007 Music In Review

I’m not doing any numerical lists this year, probably because there weren’t that many albums I loved.

Best Album of the Year
Against Me! – New Wave
This choice is so obvious it hurts. The CD has lived in my car since September and is probably one of my favorite albums of all time at this point. I honestly think it has changed the way I listen to music and I cannot say enough good things about it. Every song whoops major ass. That’s how you make an album.

3 Fantastic Albums
Motion City Soundtrack – Even If It Kills Me

The Gaslight Anthem – Sink or Swim

Jimmy Eat World – Chase This Light

Best Song
Bright Eyes – Four Winds - Cassadaga

Biggest Disappointment
TIE!
Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Reel Big Fish – Monkeys For Nothin’ And The Chimps For Free

Most Intriguing
The White Stripes – Icky Thump

Best Soundtrack
Across The Universe

Album I Wished I Could Have Loved
Bad Religion – New Maps of Hell

Album I Don’t Own But Want
Bright Eyes - Cassadaga

Best Show
2/10/07- The Loved Ones / Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer / The Ergs – Asbury Park Fast Lanes

2nd Best Show
11/13/07 – Against Me! / Sage Francis / World Inferno Friendship Society – 9:30 Club

Happy New Year everyone and fuck the Grammys!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Futurama Leaves Adult Swim, but not Stoners Hearts

Good news everyone! Futurama is not leaving TV as I have previously thought. Futurama is leaving Adult Swim as the contract will expire at the end of December. Futurama has a new contract for cable-TV and it’s with Comedy Central. Don’t like Futurama? You’re probably in the minority because the ratings must be through the roof as indicated by the substantial amount of money that Comedy Central has laid out for the sole cable-tv rights. We’re talking about $400,000 per episode! That’s how much the President of the United States makes a year. So now the question is, where do we think the show will fit into the programming schedule? I’m no expert but my money says chances are it lands next to South Park re-runs, and I’m okay with that.

Let me just take a moment to point out how smart Comedy Central is. Family Guy blows the big one. Sure it’s funny, but it’s horrendous. And now Family Guy has no partner in the Adult Swim line-up. Their next best is The Boondocks and somehow I just don’t see that next to Family Guy. I think A.S. may take a rather large hit.

My favorite thing about finding out about this whole ordeal comes from an article written in Variety. 1st, AdultSwim.com’s description of Bender is, “Bender left his old job bending girders for a new life as part of the Planet Express delivery crew.” Wikipedia describes Bender as, " a foul-mouthes, alcoholic, cigar-smoking, kleptomaniacal, misanthropic, egocentric, ill-tempered robot originally programmed to bend girders for suicide booths. He is Fry's best friend and roomate. He is the ship's cheft (though his cooking is terrible) and primarily assists in delivering cargo from ship to planet." Variety, bless their soul, says that Futurama is “chockfull of characters like Bender the robot, a porn-addicted crackhead.” Wow.

Long live Zoidberg.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

FCC Laxes Media Consolidation

I called my Senator today, what are you doing?

The FCC is at it again, if you haven't heard the news. The Federal Communication Commission just voted recently to lax media consolidation rules. This means that it is easier for large corporations to buy up smaller media outlets. This leads to awful things such as lack of quality reporting on important news issues. If one company owns all the media outlets in town, what sort of varying opinions are we likely to hear?

So today I called my senator, Senator Barbara Mikulski of the great state of Maryland (formerly representative for THE FIGHTIN 3rd!) asking her to join the other 26 senators (bipartisan) that signed a letter saying they'd vote to "revoke and nullify" the recent FCC ruling. I reminded her that 4 years ago, when the FCC did the same ignorant thing, she was part of a group of 55 senators that basically did the same thing. This time she'd be joining other Rock-Star senators such as, Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Kerry, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Robert Menendez and my personal favorite, Larry Craig.

If you read this, chances are you should think that this ruling is obnoxious as hell. Click Here, to sign something that says you disagree as well. If nothing else, count it as good deed during the Holiday season if that gets you off...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Radio Show?!

I miss college, but not as much as I miss 90.3 The Core. Unabashed fantastic college radio. I mean, sure the stock of RLC did drop slightly when I left, but it's slowly rising back up. When I went to see the LOCO show and head into NYC for a quick jaunt, I made time to do a radio show. I miss it tremendously. It was seriously like riding a bike. I don't think I lost a step... a little dead air, but as someone said the learning curve is very small...


So here's the list:
12/7/07

Green DayEnimus SleepusDookie
Rise AgainstThe Good Left UndoneThe Sufferer And The Witness
Me First And The Gimme GimmesDesperadoLove Their Country
Various ArtistsKaren O & The Million Dollar Bashers-Highway 61 RevisitedI'm Not There Soundtrack
We Versus The SharkI Am A Fantastic BattleEP Of Bees
Hold Steady, TheChips Ahoy!Boys And Girls In America
BarcelonaNumbAbsolutes
MC LarsDowload This SongThe Graduate
Lucky Boys ConfusionMedicen & GasolineCommitment
PaulsonWindow FramesAll At Once
Head AutomaticaThe RazorDecadance
Daft PunkFACE TO FACE / SHORT CIRCUITAlive 2007
Queen Sarah SaturdaySeemsEmpire Records Soundtrack
The Loved OnesPretty Good YearBuild & Burn
The Bouncing SoulsGoneHow I Spent My Summer Vacation
Jimmy Eat WorldBig CasinoChase This Light
Motion City SoundtrackFell In Love Without YouEven If It Kills Me
Motion City Sountrack1000 Paper CranesDraggin The Lake III
Streetlight ManifestoWould You Be Impressed?Somewhere In The Between
Reel Big FishShe Has A Girlfriend NowGreatest Hits
Mighty Mighty BostonesThe Impression That I GetLet's Face It

Andrew W.k.Ready To DieI Get Wet
Ghostface KillahYou Know I'm No Good (Ghostface & Amy Winehouse)More Fish
The Starting LineLeft Coast EnvySay It Like You Mean It
Coheed And CambriaRadio Bye ByeNo World For Tomorrow
ThriceThe MessengerThe Alchemy Index: Vol I & II
Against Me!Thrash UnrealNew Wave
The StrokesReptiliaRoom On Fire
Green DayHauskinkaNimrod
Goldfinger99 Red BalloonsStomping Ground


It was time to talk about the Grammys insulting our intelligence again, which they did.

The best stuff was a story about a substitute teacher showing up to teach drunk and then one of her bratty students reported her after she fell out of her chair. You can find the story here, but even if you don't read it, read the comments that people left... it's great.

Hopefully i'll do some more sooner than later.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

MC Lars / Lucky Boys Confusion at Rutgers - 12/6/07

Last week I made my way up the Turnpike, as previously noted below, to see MC Lars and Lucky Boys Confusion at the Livingston Student Center at Rutgers. Brian came in from NYC to see Lucky too. Not that many people were there for what I assume are assorted reasons but it just created an intimate crowd with whoever was playing.

Chris Batten and The Woods opened, and we missed it, which was completely fine by me. Paulson played next for approximately the 300th time at a LOCO show. I wasn’t paying attention because I was talking to Allie and assorted peoples.

MC Lars was walking around talking to people the whole time which was cool. I really like “The Laptop EP” and enjoyed playing “The Graduate” on my radio show. I’ve never experienced the rocking rap act live, featuring videos to go along perfectly with the songs, before. It was a lackluster crown but he still ripped through it. Between songs he told what felt like thousands of awful one-liner jokes, called his sister just to say hi, and told the college kids how to download music without get caught.

From what I remember he ripped through (in no particular order):

  • Political Song
  • 21 Concepts
  • Hot Topic Is Not Punk Rock
  • Signing Emo
  • Generic Crunk Rap
  • Hurricane Fresh
  • Mr. Raven (doesn't get better than "WHOS THAT RAPPIN ON MY CHAMBER DOOR?!)

Definitely more songs but I can’t remember for the life of me. Feel free to add in the comments section if you were there and actually read this…

Then came Lucky Boys Confusion, a.k.a. the reason I was there to begin with. They’ve gone on hiatus, gotten back together, done side projects, are doing side projects… so it was nice to see them play some songs together. They haven’t played outside Chicago in a long time either. The crowd was so small that they ended up taking requests, and even though Stubhy might not have remembered all the words to all the songs, he gave it his best shot, and I was content with that.

Their set made me realize what I already know which is that they have a ton of songs I don’t know. But then again, I do know a ton as well. But my main passion as far as LBC is concerned is their album “Commitment,” and lucky for me, they played a bunch off of it. As best I can remember, and feel free to add…

  • Fred Astaire
  • Bossman
  • LBC
  • Do You Miss Me (known to many as ‘Our Favorite Song’)
  • Hey Driver
  • Sunday Afternoon
  • Closer To Our Graves
  • Medicine and Gasoline
  • Commitment

All in all, good stuff. I played the uber-nerd and had them John Hancock my copy of Commitment. I don’t regret it. Good work LOCO.

Monday, December 10, 2007

EITM Non-Denom Xmas Show

So my long weekend started last Wednesday with Elliot In The Morning's Non-Denominational Christmas Show at the 9:30 club. Playing the show was none other than Papa Roach, Finger 11 and The Silversun Pickups.

1st let me say that I would not have paid money to see this show. But since tickets were free, I went. I was also excited to see how DC101 puts on a station sponsored show since I've never been to chili-cook off or keggs and eggs.

It was snowing and traffic was bad but we "roughed" it anyways. I'd like to point out that roughed means seeing how far you can get your car to slide sideways in the snow/ice... I had heard that people were lined up outside the club starting at 3:00pm for 8PM doors. Retarded. People were still going to the station at 5:00 to get their tickets and head straight down there. So naturally I was worried about not getting in, especially if I hauled all the way down on stupid metro. We showed up at about 8:45 and literally walked right in. It was crowed, but not full, and definitely no lines. If you waited for 5 hours in the snow, you're dumb.

We got there just as the Silversun Pickups were finishing (who cares) and got to drinking. Finger 11 then played and I'm fairly certain I knew at least the 2 songs that get played on the radio. Funny enough when they played the Franz Ferdinand rip-off "Paralyzer" which could be heard every hour on DC101, they "broke out" of it and played Take Me Out, and went into a medley of a few other songs that escape me right now, but I know that "Another Brick In The Wall" was in there somewhere. The only word I can come up with to describe Finger 11 is 'generic.'

Then Papa Roach was up. I am not ashamed to say that I was excited to see them play. When “Infest” came out in 2000, I was only a sophomore in high school and still sort of feeling out my musical interests… a.k.a. I was impressionable. (I feel like I will always be expanding my musical interests as long as I live) There are albums I love that I’m sure people would be put-off by, and maybe “Infest” is one of them, but I don’t care. As for their performance, they rocked! Sure I had some beers in me by then, but they’re fantastic live. They put on one hell of a show and have really figured out how to work the crowd. Jacoby Shaddix is a great front-man for a band like Papa Roach. (I will point out here that he changed his name after “Infest” came out from Coby Dick. Yeah. That’s right. You would have done the same thing too. His parents suck.) I’ve always been a sucker for someone whose got that crowd control (Billie Joe, Aaron Barrett…)
Naturally the highlights for me were:
  • Last Resort
  • Broken Home
  • Snakes
  • Forever – great radio single ( I’ll write about great radio singles another time)

It was totally worth going to see and I’d see Papa Roach again. Love Elliot In The Morning too so that was cool as well.

One last point of interest... the 9:30 club's bar serves Yuengling Port. It's delicious, and I don't know where else it's served. Mmmm.

Big Long Weekend

I had a wonderful long weekend that started Wed night and lasted through Sunday spanning D.C., NJ, and NYC. I saw so many people that I know and care to see on a regular basis but can't. And naturally, there were others that I missed in the chaos of a good weekend. Updates later as I have time for 2 shows, and a Radio Show!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Keep It To Yourself!

We are all guilty of using our cell phones while on the toilet. If you are thinking, "weirdo, I don't do that," you are clearly lying to yourself and everyone else. It happens, as depicted below. I'm willing to admit that I once had a phone interview for a grad student's thesis project. She was the T.A. for a class of mine and just wanted me to answer some questions and I would get extra credit. Turns out, I just happened to be on my porcelain throne for the duration. She had no clue.

Sometimes you have no choice. Sometimes you do have that choice but decide to yack and crap at the same time. If you must, DON'T PUT IT ON SPEAKER FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! (Especially if using a public restroom.) Thank you, and sorry...