Wednesday, October 27, 2010

All Over The Place: Music In My Head

I saw Sufjan in Oakland last week and the show was bananas. Fresh, ripe bananas. We're talking french horns, two drum sets, back up dancers, spaceships, etc. It was almost as good as the Black Keys show. Maybe just as good. I'm hesitant to compare the two, but I guess if both artists were foodstuffs, Sufjan would be bananas foster and the Black Keys would be fried chicken. I don't know where I'm going with this.

Maximum Balloon- "Groove Me" (Director's Cut) from Carlos Lopez Estrada on Vimeo.

Sounds like the love child of David Byrne and Michael Jackson. Also, the American Dream is a black man in a Smith College baseball cap.

I never got into Animal Collective, but apparently, this band sounds like them. Also, I love projection light shows more than crisp October mornings.

J-Roddy Walston and the Business - "Don't Break The Needle" from Benjamin Gauvain Hoste on Vimeo.

Firstly, I always planned on calling my backup band "the Business," so thanks for fucking me over on that one, J-Roddy Walston. Secondly, this band and song are both so f-ing fun and from Maryland.

This song is so Mumford and Son-ish in both sound and cheesy sentimentality, and it makes me feel nice. Also, real talk, I'm into the lady-man in this vid. She looks like Paul McCartney.

This is a dangerous song to listen to if you take public transportation, because you'll want to punch all of the smelly plebs invading your personal bubble right in their smelly mouths. Does no one brush in San Francisco? Have we moved beyond that social norm?

O Captain! My Captain!:

Other Bo Carter tunes include, "My Pencil Don't Write No More," "Please Warm My Wiener," "Pin In Your Cushion" and "Your Biscuits Are Big Enough For Me."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sleigh Bells @ El Rey

It's a strange experience to outwardly be rocking the fuck out, and inwardly be intricately plotting how to date the woman you're watching perform. Welcome to a Sleigh Bells concert!

Whenever people around me are making plans of any kind, I like to loudly exclaim "what could possibly go wrong?" If life were a movie, that would be when a piano falls on my head, but so far that hasn't happen and it's just a hilarious thing I say.

So when I predicted that seeing Sleigh Bells would undoubtedly get on my "favorite concerts ever" list, I should have looked above me for that piano.

But how could it not be an instant favorite? Their music is a hard-rockin' dance party, and the lady singer is such an awesome/sexy performer. How could that not be an amazing experience?

One contributing factor: other fucking people. Don't be the assholes who squirm your way through the crowd in order to stand right up against my face and make out with each other or hold your cell phones above your head the entire time. Don't do that. I had to stand through two sub-par openers for this real estate, and you just decide to take my land and fill it with these obnoxious girls (who I can only assume are named Nina, Pinta, or Santa Maria.)

Thankfully, once the band played it was a rocking good time, and I was able to get over the assholes, and even make some new friends. (Highlight: an ecstatic concert goer who exclaimed "fun fun fun!" between songs.) I even didn't mind the light-moshing that ensued. But the party couldn't have lasted more than 40 minutes, which is what happens when a band only has one album under their belt. Still, if my main complaint is "I wanted more," then that's a pretty great time.

Super fun concert? Hell yes. Amongst the best I've ever attended? Enter piano from sky.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


A part of me wishes that Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" was a gritty reboot of the "Ghostbusters" franchise. But that's not what Dan Aykryod is saying.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thor + Rainbow Bridge

Behold: the show I work on! The fruits of my day job!

As I've mentioned before, I'm not a big fan of Thor. Will the movie look like this mini-episode? From the few images that have been released, it's hard to say. The show I work on tries to stay true to the comics, whereas I think the film will do everything it can to fit within the world Iron Man inhabits.

I guess we'll see as the multi-teared Marvel Movie Plan unfolds.