Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Track Review: “Something Good Can Work” by Two Door Cinema Club

The Irish group Two Door Cinema Club first grabbed my attention when I ran into their excellent cover of “Lasso” by my current pop-rock heroes Phoenix on hype machine. TDCC’s cover of “Lasso” was everything a cover should be—certainly an homage to the original song and band, but not without a fair amount of personal flair. TDCC’s front man Alex Trimble sounds very much like Phoenix lead-singer and Sophia Coppola squeeze Thomas Mars, but with more of a boyish innocence and less of the world-wise affectation of Mars. Trimble's delivery of "Lasso" re-appropriates the lyrics “Forever is long, long time/ When you’ve lost your way” from an expression of angst in retrospect, to a confession of future uncertainties, shifting the feeling of the song from a sing-along release to a more introspective work.

When I researched TDCC further and found the song “Something Good Can Work” (via the blog my prayer that TDCC’s depth as a band would move further than simply adolescent yearnings were answered. “Something Good Can Work” contains an innocent buoyancy that is irresistible, paired with chiming guitars, and a catchy hook with a driving beat—in short: everything that would make me want to listen to a song five times in a row. Although the lyrics are certainly simple, Trimble delivers them with an earnest sweetness that seems to make them mean a bit more: “Let's make this happen, girl/ gonna show the world that something good can work/ and it can work for you/and you know that it will”.

Perhaps the most promising aspect of “Something Good Can Work” is that contains the compositional maturity that most pop-rock bands don’t find until later in their career. “Something Good Can Work” quickly introduces us to the chorus, brings in a verse with a shout along line (“It’s only going out!”, “Out! Out! Out!”), calms us down a bit with an instrumental breakdown, then leads straight into an uplifting double-chorus at the end of the song that’s hard not to sing along to. While the band may be young at the moment (they left grammar school to record their debut album “Tourist History”—out March 1), they’ve certainly got the chops to hang around the scene for a long time.

Listen to "Something Good Can Work" and their upcoming album on their myspace.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I Have Seen Hell

...and it's within a mini-mall on the corner of Colfax and Moorpark, in the ever-ominous San Fernando Valley.

It's a tiny place called "Pizza Guy." Never again do I want to eat soggy pizza there, with a TV blaring "WWE Diva Bull Riding Contest" above me.

Whenever I see stuff like that, I think "how does this even pass as entertainment? Surely nobody really watches this crap." The fat, mustachioed employees of Pizza Guy proved me wrong; they were hooping hysterically at the entire thing.

Nothing was more uncomfortable than when they'd look to me for some sort of concord, as if to ask "isn't it great that you're loving this as much as we are?" I could only feign some chuckles and die a little inside, silently.

Friday, February 12, 2010


Vegeterrible from Henrik Sønniksen on Vimeo.

A bunch of animators from Denmark made this awesome short depicting a refrigerator fiesta that gets crashed by a rotten avocado. Pure fun and eye candy... or eye veggies.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Everything Danger Mouse Knows He Learned In Kindgergarden

1) Play well with others. He's collaborated with Cee-Lo Green for Gnarls Barkley, MF Doom on two albums, David Lynch and Sparklehorse on Dark Night of the Soul, and now with James Mercer of the Shins. He's produced an album for the Rapture, the Gorillaz, and Beck. He's worked with so many cool people and it always turns out awesome. I'll bet there are kindergarten teachers all over the world thinking to themselves "why can't these kids be more like Danger Mouse?"

2) Share things. Okay, so he ignored the "don't take things that aren't yours" rule for the Grey Album. But to be fair, Jay Z is a very tough guy to get a hold of, and I'm sure that if they were classmates he'd be like "sure Danger Mouse, you can borrow my beats for a while, let me get them for you from my cubbie."

3) Always clean up after yourself. He probably does; beards take maintenance.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Little Boy and the Beast

The Little Boy and the Beast from mic hic on Vimeo.

Looking at a still from this video, you'd think it was a pretty illustration. It's actually some very artistically rendered computer animation. I hope this is the future.