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March 11, 2008

Monday Leftarounds, the Mgmt edition

So i’m pretty certain that Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden are household names by now, as well as MGMT sharing the flavor of the year with them vampires. But in all seriousness, this group knows how to find ways to rock socks. But enough about how flamboyantly brisk this group’s electric tunes can be, the idea of this post is for me to embark on a journey of a type of post where I can broadcast any extremely rare b-sides I have laying around. On a Monday, because if you really think about it, an album is like the weekend. Everything great that happens in your week happens on the weekend, but sometimes the best memories of a week can come from the weekdays. So here’s to the weekdays, and here’s to the wonderful world of b-sides that exists quietly under the surface of things. Now these particular tunes have been on my hit-list for quite some time. My good friend has had an inside man with the boys from Wesleyan since my Sophomore year in highschool, so about tres years, and since then he’s had this CD-R with tons of garage sounding b-sides along with the likes of “Time to Pretend”, “Kids”, “Love Always Remains” and “Destrokk”. So basically it’s easy to tell that MGMT is rolling in the doh, but here are 4 great tunes from them back in the day that may have never touched the blogosphere surface. Enjoy.

(P.S. – These tracks are so frunking underground that I don’t even know the titles, I had to freaking make them up.)

M P 3s
-> MGMT – We [mp3]
-> MGMT – Hot Love [mp3]
-> MGMT – Normal Alien [mp3]
-> MGMT – Four-Winged Dinosaur [mp3]

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And an extra P.P.S. is how much “Normal Alien” pulled back nostalgic glimpses of my childhood viewing of the creepy but oh so classic Pet Shop. The synopsis was simple…but brilliant. Two aliens transcend upon earth to take over a pet store that will ultimately sell alien-ized pets. Meanwhile, in this boomtown-like community in Arizona, a cliche Italian-American family hides from the mob via Witness Protection Agency. Anyhow, alien dogs are purchased, long island stereotypical accents are thrown left and right and the film is just straight up FUCKING WEIRD. But besides that, it’s a must see if you want to complete your own Bucket List.

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December 14, 2007

Blogging from PCA / The 25 Days of Christmas: Part 14

Here I am, blogging from Port Columbus Airport, awaiting my 5:38 flight into Newark International, and with it being 3:31, I would say I have plenty of time to spare.

Excited, very, I am for taking a month break to enjoy Christmas and the start of 2008. For the past week and a half I slaved over more than 45 pages of final papers, and one grueling Japanese class exam. The easiest way I can express myself write now is to just say Thank God it’s done with. Now, back to business for the most part. All I can really put up right now is this new track from the upcoming album Real Emotional Trash from ex-Pavement muskateer, Stephen Malkmus and his band The Jicks. The track’s called “Baltimore”, and it is raw rock at Malkmus’ best. The guitar work stands out triumphantly and the track bellows with enough power and effectiveness to give anyone with the right mind to be excited about this new release.

-> Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks- Baltimore [mp3]

And for the holiday portion of this post, I am happy to say that I am flying into a fresh foot of snow that covered the northern east coast yesterday, and it seems absolutely serene for my case.

Not a very Christmas-y picture, and the song may raise some questions as well, but The Royal Tenenbaums always reminded me a bit of Christmas. From the snowflakes falling occasionally in scenes to the Charlie Brown motif; this song represents that for me.

CHRISTMAS MP3 OF THE DAY!
-> Mark Mothersbaugh- Sparkplug Minuet [mp3]

December 9, 2007

speed racer

Filed under: Clean Cut Internet, Silver Screen, YouTube — thatguyfromla @ 3:51 pm

Wow. This is the coolest looking thing I’ve seen for a while. Check out the trailer because the Wachowski Brothers are looking to make a revolutionary picture here. Looks more than a tad bit interesting…

December 4, 2007

i want some pineapple express

Filed under: Silver Screen, Weed.Marijuana.Haze Me. — thatguyfromla @ 10:55 pm

(out of a cross joint) mmmm…

Pineapple Express clip

Here’s a view at the new Apatow production / Evan and Seth (Superbad) written movie starring James Franco as Seth Rogen’s drug dealer. It’s appropriately titled Pineapple Express

November 26, 2007

Teeth

Filed under: Horrorible, Newness, Silver Screen, What the Fuck!, What you see baby, YouTube — thatguyfromla @ 11:31 pm

I do not think I have ever been more frightened / curious / wait f*cking frightened to see a film before. Take a peek at the trailer. But be careful, this picture should serve well as an idea of what you’re in for before seeing this film.

October 29, 2007

Where Do I Begin? Oh, That’s Right.

Holy moly, where do I begin? [I think I have an idea] It’s been a hectic last two weeks, filled with weekend get-a-ways, papers on Modernist writers, and even a dash of catch-up napping. So much has been going on and I really don’t know where to start other than what I will end this post with. There has been a shower of new bands just flooding my iPod headphones and they need to be heard. But business is business. So let’s get down to it with what’s important now. The new Sufjan Stevens track.

So fresh off the new Bob Dylan bio-pic’s (that has me shaking with excitement) soundtrack is a new Sufjan track, and he does not disappoint… like he never does. When Sufjan’s voice first trudges in I feel like everything is wonderful that surrounds me, like hope is a possible option for anything in the entire world. The electric guitar is so unusual with Sufjan’s style that it makes it all the more better and the happy bouncy chorus and the intense horn orchestral climaxes contribute to a top notch track for the Michigan native. I promise you, you will be listening to this track non stop from the moment it first hits your ear drums. So be prepared to rock out to this and the rest of the stellar compilation, as it hits stores tomorrow.

Disc 1
“All Along the Watchtower,” – Eddie Vedder and the Million Dollar Bashers
“I’m Not There,” Sonic Youth
“Goin’ To Acapulco,” Jim James and Calexico
“Tombstone Blues,” Richie Havens
“Ballad of a Thin Man,” Stephen Malkmus and the Million Dollar Bashers
“Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again,” Cat Power
“Pressing On,” John Doe
“Fourth Time Around,” Yo La Tengo
“Dark Eyes,” Iron & Wine and Calexico
“Highway 61 Revisited,” Karen O and the Million Dollar Bashers
“One More Cup of Coffee,” Roger McGuinn and Calexico
“The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” Mason Jennings
“Billy,” Los Lobos
“Simple Twist of Fate,” Jeff Tweedy
“The Man in the Long Black Coat,” Mark Lanegan
“Señor (Tales of Yankee Power),” Willie Nelson and Calexico

Disc 2

“As I Went Out One Morning,” Mira Billotte
“Can’t Leave Her Behind,” Stephen Malkmus and Lee Ranaldo
“Ring Them Bells,” Sufjan Stevens
“Just Like a Woman,” Charlotte Gainsbourg and Calexico
“Mama You’ve Been on My Mind” / “A Fraction of Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie,” Jack Johnson
“I Wanna Be Your Lover,” Yo La Tengo
“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
“Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?,” The Hold Steady
“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
“Wicked Messenger,” The Black Keys
“Cold Irons Bound,” Tom Verlaine and the Million Dollar Bashers
“The Times They Are a-Changin’,” Mason Jennings
“Maggie’s Farm,” Stephen Malkmus and the Million Dollar Bashers
“When the Ship Comes In,” Marcus Carl Franklin
“Moonshiner,” Bob Forrest
“I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine,” John Doe
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” Antony & the Johnsons
“I’m Not There,” Bob Dylan

->Sufjan Stevens- Ring Them Bells [mp3] (**DH** Highly Recommended)

August 31, 2007

Top 10 of August

Monthly roundup time, and you can really tell it’s been a hell of a month if there is 10 top songs when my aimed goal was about 5 or 6. Now remember, these songs aren’t only from the material that has come out in this month, but from the bundles of leaks* that hit the clean cut internet in this jam packed month.

*Now remember remember, buy the album!

10. The Weakerthans- Tournament of Hearts

This entire album was glory translated through headphones. Lyrical masterminds at their finest work with catchy riffs and so forth. Do not pass the oppurtunity up to hear this masterful collection.

9. Josh Ritter- The Temptation of Adam

One of the best folk tales through song I have heard all year. Ritter has crafted his talent into something prime and clean-cut, something that calmy jumps out and pulls you in. This is a song I wish I could make a music video for.

8. Rilo Kiley- Breakin’ Up

There were aspects of this album I absolutely loved, and some not so much. AS for this track. It was love the second the needle spun into this territory on the vinyl. It begins like it’s the soundtrack to Magnolia or some other P.T. Anderson work, and shifts into this mix of disco and indie alt pop, and when Jenny Lewis just rolls and flows the entire time it’s almost impossible to create a complaint.

7. Rogue Wave- Chicago X 12

This band continues to get better and better, this entire album was a show for that. For this track, you can feel the moments that you know it’s a tune you wanna pull into a snowy driveway to, when the acoustic guitar first kicks in. Or when Rogue quietly states the lyrics: “You never knew how hard I tried,” simply astounding.

6. Kanye West feat. Chris Martin- Homecoming

Great beat. Great rap. Chris Martin. Favorite lyric: “She said ‘Ye keep making that, keep making that platinum and gold for me.”

5. Beirut- The Penalty

An album I have not touched on yet, but probably, one of the sweetest, most beautiful acoustic songs of the year. His shuddering voice shouts a quiet anthem that will really be hard to get out of my head.

4. The Most Serene Republic- The Men Who Live Upstairs

Another album I ahve not touched on yet. This band may be the group making the best muzak right now. Everything is pitch perfect, it’s like they know exactly where I want the song to go, exactly what will make my jaw drop in awe, and exactly what will make me shake my head furiously to keep along with the beat and guitar of the raving hit. I’m not 100% sure at the time, but so far, in 2007, this would most likely be my pick for album of year.

3. Radiohead- Arpeggi

It’s fucking Radiohead? No, but seriously, this song is really quite beautiful. You have to admit. Even if it wasn’t Radiohead this song would still be right here.

2. Animal Collective- Derek

Probably my most anticipated vinyl purchase. This entire album is great. Really pitch perfect, and I’m even feeling a rival on Feels. Cannot wait for the news on the dealio with them new live tracks. P.S. Probably my number 2 album of ’07, it still is a battle though.

1. Band of Horses- Is There a Ghost

I cannot get this song out of my head. I love it. I love this song, I love the direction it seems this album will be going in. I love the album cover. This song as made this band explode into my top 5 favorite groups. Everything, the shouts of the vocals, the echoing guitar (both soft and heavy), and the eery feeling that accompanies the album cover. (each CD cover for these guys seems to match the mood of the album, it’s really something great, I’ve never seen anything like it before.)

August 16, 2007

Acoustic Ordeal of Joy feat. Rogue Wave

On listening to Rogue Wave’s new album – Asleep at Heaven’s Gate, it is quite clear that Zach Rogue has a hunch for the acoustic guitar. The mash (sorry to use a word so negative as mash to describe something so wonderful and beautiful) that flows between his voice and the slow smooth strums of the acoustic guitar is something completely original, completely in a league of it’s own (style of it’s own as well). The feelings these sounds evoke are those of seasonal feelings, I see Fall and Winter. I had to sadly delete some songs from my most recent playlist and move them to Fall and Winter playlists simply because the feeling of walking down a leaf covered pathway that shines yellow, gold, orange, amber, red, and fire all bundled up in a sweatshirt as cool wind sharply surrounds you, or the feeling of awaking late on a Saturday, smothered in blankets. Staring out the window to see the gentle but never-ending snow fall on a planet that seems as if it were born with sheets of white ice covering it. I can really tell that these songs mean something when I can just imagine these situations in my head. It is quite unbelievable. As for you Summer fans, the rest of the album serves well to your tastes. As for you muzak fans, just listen to the CD and you will be pleasantly satisfied.

MP3s

Rogue Wave- Christians In Black (DISAPPEAR HERE’s highly recommended / personal favorite [Winter / Fall] )

*** Bonus ***

I’m getting all rappy happy for the new Kanye West, and I stumbled upon to this little jingle, I enjoyed it.

MP3: Kryscbang- Candylady

And… Watch this thang.

Reservation Road [2007]

August 13, 2007

Be Kind Rewind Trailer

Filed under: Silver Screen, YouTube — thatguyfromla @ 12:34 pm

Sorry, been very very busy lately with prepping for leaving for school and such. Great trailer give it a look. Can’t wait for the film.

July 31, 2007

i love you too, but i’m going to mase you in the face

Filed under: Muzak, Newness, Silver Screen, Wes Anderson-ish, What you see baby — thatguyfromla @ 2:35 pm

It’s the cutest thing since Meghan Fox. It’s pretty, and colorful, and unique, and carefully crafted. It’s a Wes Anderson piece. It should be lovely.

Songs from the trailer: MP3s: The Kinks- Strangers, The Kinks- This Time Tomorrow

Cheers.

July 3, 2007

michigan

Filed under: Muzak, Newness, Non-Fiction, Silver Screen, YouTube — thatguyfromla @ 12:15 am

Well in two days I depart to Michigan, and I’m not sure how the trip will effect my blogging status. May decrease in quantity, may stay the same. Heck it may even get better. Just letting you know. Other stuff include:

See this Movie and listen to these songs

I strongly recommend the new movie Control [IMDB Me, Wiki Me]. It’s mainly focused around the life of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis from his wife’s, Deborah, experiences. The film is wonderfully made, and fantastically addicting, and along with me recommending it, so do the fine people at Cannes.

mp3: Joy Division- Disorder

Here’s the trailer.

July 2, 2007

monday comes after sunday

I’m definitely like a Monday kinda-guy during the Summer. I’m cheerful and it’s early, and I can basically go back to bed whenever I feel like it. So hopefully this cheer will spread to every day of the week, therefor more posts will be produced.

Sunday Night Television Wrap Up (HBO Of Course)

John From Cincinnati: I continue to like every character, plot twist, and element of this series. Each episode brings me closer and closer to this show and I couldn’t be happier. Last night’s episode was pretty good if you ask me. Both intense and calm, gave me my fair share of entertainment, and more and more of the paranormal is floating to the surface of things. I especially enjoy the new character who seems to be taking on a more important role, Dr. Smith. He gives me vibes that Twin Peaks did, and Six Feet Under did, he reminds me of a character from a show like those, and it definitely raises my acclaim for this show. There isn’t much to really talk about yet, it’s more about observing at this point because it is so early in the stages. Just sit back and observe, and the enjoyment will never cease. A small P.S. though, I forgot to mention how much I loved the scene from last weeks episode when Freddy is listening to Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman’s “Time To Say Goodbye”, I thought the scene was done excellently, the piggyback, and especially the muzak chosen for the background.

Entourage: Last night’s episode was a good one. Loved the cameo by Dennis Hopper, and the soccer betting. I actually really enjoyed Turtle and Drama last night, I thought they were hilarious, and I thought the girl switcharoo pulled at the end was completely appropriate. E was a bit too paranoid and created problems last night, but that was obvious. I am now curious to see what Walsh has to say to E now that the film has gotten into Cannes, and what Weinstein has to say to E when he realizes he fucked him again (not literally).

Anyways, Canadian rock group/branch of Broken Social Scene/strong leg of BSS record label Arts & Crafts Stars, have announced their new release along with a single to add some chime. The album is called In Our Bedroom After the War, and I’m not sure if they are taking a political aimed theme, but I’m hoping they aren’t, because I never like protest albums, I always think musicians should steer clear of all that jazz.

MP3s

Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman- Time to Say Goodbye
Stars- The Night Starts Here (What do you think?)

Bonus MP3
Interpol- Pace is the Trick (I have been obsessed with this track, along with Our Love to Admire in it’s entirety.)

**And Last But Not Least**

Here are some production stills from some up and coming films that I think will kick some tail.

Where the Wild Things Are

Be Kind Rewind

June 20, 2007

twbb: “i have a competition in me,”

Wow.

That was the first word that came out of my mouth after viewing the new snippet trailer from Paul Thomas Anderson’s film: There Will Be Blood [IMDB Me]. I am speechless. The cinematography looks exquisite, from the small talk we hear, it sounds creepy and depth-diving. And finally the song at the end and the font used just culminates to give the vibe that something real big is going to come from it all.

That’s that. And this is this.

Here are a hand full of new Interpol songs that just sound bad (got you, only in quality), but sound pretty much same old kickass Interpol sound as they ever have.

And…

MP3s

Interpol- All Fired Up (**DH Personal Favourite**. Highly Recommended)
Interpol- Rest My Chemistry
Interpol- Pioneer to the Falls
Interpol- The Scale

I mean… Did you expect anything less?

p.s.– Have I ever expressed how much I love this album cover. One of my favourites of the year.

So long, posts should be getting upped more. For Graduation from High School is tomorrow, and Summer is now upon us. And from the likes of everything, the scene really seems to be picking up.

June 3, 2007

knocked up / out

Filed under: Bonus Material, Muzak, Party All The Time, Silver Screen, Stuff Inside the Body — thatguyfromla @ 7:57 pm

             

Isn’t it real fun to say “The New New Pornographers CD”? Well I think it is, and here’s the new album cover, which looks kind of killer in my opinion, and their new song , “My Rights Versus Yours” [mp3], is garnering much well deserved attention and appreciation, so there’s one thing I’m excited about.

-Now I know I haven’t been around much, I’ve been pretty ticked, these past 3 days has left me with zero inspiration or motivation to right posts. Muzak has been slow, and I’m certainly not interested in Gogol Bordello’s summer tour dates. I believe I shouldn’t be writing anything about stuff I’m not liking/feeling. Like the new Beastie Boys CD, I was not much of a fan [Sample mp3- The Rat Cage]. I’m sorry to be so frustrated, but it’s how I was feeling.

-A positive event that took place was seeing the new Judd Apatow flick, Knocked Up. It was pretty hilarious in every aspect, and a good movie as well. Intelligent and spontaneously ridiculous. I can recall many many funny moments, one of the rejected gynaechologists yelling about the precise moment she last smoked a cigarette, the bouncer releasing his true feelings about his job, the insult of calling Seth Rogen’s character, Ben Stone, Babe Ruth’s gay twin, Gabe Ruth, the comparison of Ben Stone of himself to Sigfried and Roy’s Bengal. I could go on and on but I’ll leave it up to you to go see the movie. Highly Recommended

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-But back to the main point, nothing. has. been. going. on. that. interests. me. And it’s really quite annoying and really quite sad. So I’ve decided to dig deep in the depths of my iTunes for a unknown artist, and see what they’re up to lately.

That artist is: Bluebottle Kiss
The song that originally caught my attention: A Little Bit of Light
Where they are now: Doubt Seeds, their relatively new CD.

mp3: Bluebottle Kiss- Nova Scotia
mp3: Bluebottle Kiss- Slight Return

Other fun old finds

mp3: The Velvet Teen- A Captive Audience
mp3: Hopewell- Synthetic Symphony

I enjoy their sound, it’s sometimes hard rock, sometimes cheerful pop. Cool band that definitely deserves the listen and the time.
But while ending this post, I just want to put out a personal wish and make it public. I am praying that holes of posts like the past few days do not occur again. So long, and please let something real kick ass happen tomorrow.

May 28, 2007

Asa Breed

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Ghostly International sure does have some eclectic electronic groups on call [Roster]. This label has always produced great electronic muzak, and this specific release is another great example. Matthew Dear really branches out and takes his time to create something special with this release. Electronic is climbing in my genres of liking because of releases like this, YACHT’s,
LCD’s, and Justice’s.

MP3s

Matthew Dear- Deserter
Matthew Dear- Midnight Lovers

and in other recent news… What is interesting on blogs lately

– The two tracks from Tegan & Sara‘s new disc, The Con featured on Neile’s Life are outstanding, love “Back In Your Head” especially, I cannot stop listening to it.

The Bravery‘s “Above and Below” is a remarkable feat in indie rock from a band that didn’t really start out that way. Great find on @indiechristoph@ (P.S.- The new album The Sun and the Moon is really cool, good tracks and a pretty solid consistent listen, if you didn’t like the Bravery before, I beg you to give them a second chance with this new CD).

I Guess I’m Floating has a new track from DH favorite: The Little Ones. Always a good thing.

Now for the Films that I have not been talking about

Movies movies movies, I have not been keeping my share of talk of movies up to par. But I hope to cover everything that is just going to kick so much tail that the second half of this year will be cinemorgasmic (Oh yeah I just did that).

Iron Man [IMDB Me]: Robert Downey Junior as Iron Man! Although that is a risky choice I feel a great match, Downey is such a great actor, always has these smooth and cunning lines that just flow so calmly, and him as an action hero will be something interesting to see.

Watchmen [IMDB Me]: 300 director Zack Snyder is at it again, this time with my favorite Alan Moore graphic novel, The Watchmen. I’m real excited who will all get casted, rumors are already up about Gerard Butler (King Leonidas), Keanu Reeves, Tom Cruise, Patrick Wilson (Little Children) and many others. Check out that full report here and cross your fingers like me that this will give justice to the real thing. Leave some if you have any input on who you think the casters should cast.

The Informers / The Canyons [IMDB InformersRandom Canyons]: Bret Easton Ellis is busy with work, the screenplay adaptation of The Informers short stories is finally ready to be made, and Ellis has also booked a time on the Showtime map for his TV series script work titled simply The Canyons (Said to be a horror soap opera, hopefully tied to being a modern day Twin Peaks in the desert. I could not be more excited).

There Will Be Blood [IMDB Me]: So excited for this piece of work, we are apparently in post-production right now, but not verified. Still waiting for a highly anticipated trailer, and basically any breakthrough news at all at this point. Here’s a site that knows a lot more about it than I, and here’s one that has pictures from the set.

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The Darjeeling Limited [IMDB Me]: This poster above is NOT real, it is just simply badass and cool in my opinion, and gets me excited with a tangible item for the real thing. What else can be said? Wes Anderson makes a specific type of film that is just so remarkable, funny, and always necessary to watch.

Other than that, I am excited for Be Kind Rewind by Michel Gondry, following Jack Black and Mos Def as video store clerks who venture to re-create video tapes that they had destroyed to satisfy their one loyal customer, Mia Farrow. And then there is also the mysterious Inglorious Bastards, a pre-Grindhouse buzz picture about WW2 by Quentin Tarentino, that up to know, has been shrinking in hype, and I barely hear anything about it anymore. WTF? But it is late, and my fingers are sore. So goodnight, and enjoy.

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