Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy ROCKtober!!! Day 1

So a year ago I wrote my manifesto. And this year I plan to expand my effort. To include Google+, Facebook and the blogosphere! So get ready for thirty one days of Rock'n music and just a wee bit of info.

ROCKtober Day 1:The Zombies


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Don't Spit the Water Pilot

The Brown Coats are Coming

If you are a fan of Firefly/Serenity, Science Fiction, or just clever/good Hip-Hop. Go check out Adam WarRock newest mixtape.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Song of the Day

Todays song is in some ways a response to Erica Reids post today. She put up Feist 1,2,3,4. I understand why Erica put it up. It is a bounce, happy, colorful song. It is just the type of spirit lifter that Erica needs right now.
Still I prefer Feist, when she was with Broken Social Scene.


Run On, My Friend....

I believe the secret to life is balance.
Not just a good physical sense of balance, but the yin and yang of life. For every un-good thing you do (working, drinking, etc) you should have good things in your life (Love, Music, Health, etc).
Because my friend Erica is hurt and can barely walk, I figured this would be a good time to get a little more Universal Balance. So as of today I am running again. I have been wanting to get back into it, sense the summer heat seems to have broken. Giving Erica some Universal Karma seemed like a good bonus.
I am not going to be posting times and mile like I did for my Lenton Disciple, but if something interesting happens, like the Warrior Dash out side of Baton Rouge in the Spring of 2012, I will post of photos here.
Lil Reid,I am glad you are on the mend.



I was going to try and not write about Doctor Who anymore, but this prequel is to weird not to.

Might as well threw up the trailer too.

At least after this you all will not have to "hear" me "talk" about this for awhile.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

20 years ago today....

Nirvana released their second album, Nevermind.

Take a second and think about that...I'll wait.

20 YEARS AGO TODAY, NIRVANA RELEASED THE MOST IMPORTANT ALBUM OF MY GENERATION, NEVERMIND!!!. I feel old just writing that. I feel really old when I hear any song from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden etc, etc, on the classic rock radio station.

This freaks me out. Not just because I know people who are under 20 and were not alive when this album came out, but because I see people/kids that worship this album/band. This leads to the question of "why"? Why is this one of those albums that is so important, kids are still listening to it 2 decades later. People talk about how it was new style of music that expressed the underachiever and "loser" POV. That it was a direct counter point to the big hair, excess bands of the 1980s.

There is some truth in all of this, but alot of falsehood too. Nirvana, sonically speaking, didn't do anything that bands like The Pixies, The Melvins, Sonic Youth, and The Lemonheads weren't already doing before them. And all of these bands were just playing music that was based on the punk rock/new wave and America hard core scene from the late 70s and early 80s. All of these bands, plus many more kept the "underground" scene in America going. As they toured, they inspired the local people to start their own bands, in their own scenes.So there was no real innovation in the sound of the band. The whole "grunge" thing was just the triumph of the Punk Rock ideal. DIY!

It is true that Nevermind doesn't sound polished. But that is only in comparison to what had ruled popular music before it. What rock'n roll was on top 40 radio was over excessive, over blowin rock artist. Groups that took 2 to 3 years to record an album to get it to sound perfect (I'm looking at you Axel Rose). But Nevermind only sounds unpolished when compared to those works. The producer Butch Vig was a successful, if small time music producer. When put against other "underground" rock artist, or more classic Americana recording, the shiny of Nevermind starts to show threw.

So if it wasn't a musical innovation, why is Nevermind not just the top rock album of the 1990s, but the top album of the 1990s. Well first, its a good record. It has alot of good songs, that are catchy, but not annoying. There is a darkness and edge that "keeps it real" but isn't so heavy as to be suicidal depressing. Nirvana and Nevermind, was a band of Kismet. They were the right people, in the right place, at the right time, with the right sound.

And the good thing about the success of Nevermind is that it helped bring other similar bands into the popular consciences. You might never have heard of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and The Smashing Pumpkins if not for the success of Nevermind. Of course that is a two edged sword. For ever good band that rose from wake of Nevermind's success, you had crappy copy cat artist like Bush and Silver Chair.

So it seems that the cultural importance of Nirvana's Nevermind is more important than the actual content or success of the album itself. Of course when the cultural metronome swings to far one way, it must swing to far the opposite way. This is how we ended up with the Boy Bands, Pop Princess, and Nu Metal that ruled the late 90s (but that is a topic for another day).

Of course I have had 20 years to think about all these opinions and sense I think music works in cycles maybe that maybe that means that the children that have been raise on Nirvana are about to break thru to popular culture. But for now I am just going to pull out my copy of Nevermind and rock it like I did in 1992. When I was 15 and just started driving, with the stereo rock'n loud.


Bow Ties are Cool

If you get the reference
then you know why this is funny.
If not, to bad, so sad.
Hopefully, you will get to see
the rest soon.
It's pretty easy to figure out.
If you know me well enough.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

R.I.P. R.E.M.

I haven't done a song of the day in a while. But this feels like a good reason and a good song to do it with.

Today R.E.M. announced they were breaking up.

Yeah, I barely cared either. R.E.M. as a band has not been "relevant" in while. Probably a decade. But there was a time, oh so long ago, that they not only were the biggest band on the planet, they were the best band on the planet. The were "alternative" before there was alternative, back when it was called "college rock"(cause only college radio stations played them). I remember rocking out to Document & Green long before mainstream culture found them with Out of Time. (At this point I do feel the need to explain, I am not cool. I just had older friends with better musical taste.) So while I feel R.E.M. would have been better served legacy wise to have done the Dec 31st, 1999 concert and then called it quiets. I thank them for the memories, the good music, and for being an example that helped kick off the "alternative" music explosion of the early 1990s.
Cause those were Rock'n years and I miss the quality of the music from that era( I'm now puttin on my old man pants).

Here is the last song I really remember from R.E.M.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Changing My Email.

I've had some problems with my email addresses lately.
And the fact that I have two home email address and one work email address is not helping.
So I am consolidating my email into one account. If I have a working email for you, I will email it to you. If not, get in touch with me and I will find a way to send it to you.


Thursday, September 08, 2011

Who Dat ready for some football?

Who's ready for some football? My Black and Gold puppy, Saint Scrappy of the Who Dat, is ready for some football (I am too). Geaux Saints! Beat them Cheese Heads!


Saturday, September 03, 2011

Just for the record....

I think I am about to do something stupid.
Mary and I got tickets to see Drive By Truckers in NOLA a few months ago.
But now there is a tropical storm. I am about to drive into a tropical storm to go see a show. I don't think I will die, but damn, is this a stupid idea. But it is either that, or waste $50 tickets and $100 hotel room that is already paid for.
Wish Me Luck!