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T5AotW: Week 29
February 22, 2009, 6:14 pm
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Week 29

1. Texas by PlayRadioPlay!
A very good album by an up-and-coming musician by the name of Dan Hunter. “Madi Don’t Leave’ Was one of many songs I turned to this week in my emotional distress. And yes, that CD is autographed.

2. Them or Us by Frank Zappa
Didn’t help with the distress, but songs like “In France” and “Stevie’s Spanking” sure do put a smile on one’s face.

3. The Best of the Velvet Underground
I downloaded a lot of VU bootlegs recently and have been listening to those, as well as playing a number of songs on the g-tar.

4. Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits
I haven’t really listened to a lot of Dylan this week except the song “Positively 4th Street” which represents the other side of my emotional spectrum. An opposing force to “Madi Don’t Leave.” One song pleads for things to stay the same, the only lifts a big middle finger to society.

5. Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos by Marc Ribot (not pictured)
Left this one at the bookstore. Very good CD of Cuban music from jazz guitarist virtuoso Marc Ribot. He did wonders when he was with Tom Waits, and he’s done wonders by himself.


T5AotW: Week 28
February 15, 2009, 8:47 pm
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Week 28:

1. Reality by David Bowie
Bowie’s latest album (2003) and also one of his finest. I love listening to this album but every time I do I feel sad that Bowie hasn’t done anything major in the musical world since.

2. Tour de France Soundtracks by Kraftwerk
I’m not sure what this album has to do with bicycling, but it’s quite good. I’m not too familiar with Kraftwerk, but I do want to hear more.

3. The Cure by The Cure
The Cure are going to be at Coachella so I’ve been listening up on them. This album is interesting to say the least. Released in 2004, it’s very different from the standard Cure sound. It’s very heavy. Like. I don’t even know. Much harsher sound, but still just as whiny. One of the songs is about a waffle, I think.

4. Kid A by Radiohead
My first exposure to Radiohead was their Pablo Honey album which sucked very much, but I have heard many good things about this one so I gave it a try. Pretty good, but nothing as spectacular like some people think. If David Bowie hadn’t made the exact same music ten times better over 30 years ago, I could see how this album could be considered great. But it’s still good.

5. Mixed Up by The Cure
The only CD I have that has “Lovesong” on it. Love that song.

Five Years is too long
February 10, 2009, 11:27 pm
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I stumbled upon this column from Rolling Stone and I couldn’t agree with it more. David, for the love of all that is holy, we need you. A new album, a tour, a one-shot gig, a guest appearance, SOMETHING.


T5AotW: Week 27
February 8, 2009, 9:06 pm
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T5AotW: Week 27
Sorry for the glare on the photo but since the only person who sees this is Yanira (hi Yanira) and she only looks at some of them, I DON’T GIVE A FUCK.

1. The Best of the Velvet Underground
I can’t get enough of them. Playing “I’m Waiting for the Man” on the guitar is also very very fun.

2. Ziggy Remixed
An excellent excellent excellent album of remixes done by the fellows at http://www.ziggyremixed.com . Go there now and download the album Yanira, or ask me to file send it to you. It’s delicious.

3. I Was Warned by Robert Cray
I have another CD of Robert Cray, a best of, but it wasn’t too good. I brought this CD home from the bookstore and intend on trading it for the best of. This one is pretty good, lots of smooth electric blues guitar. Cray, who is rumored to be a real dick, did a great job at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads festival.

4. Earthling by David Bowie
Coming after the heavily industrial 1. Outside album, it is no wonder that is is also a very heavy album. It’s good, not great, but pretty good. Unlike 1. Outside, it lacks a central theme. It just seems to be a collection of good songs. That being said, there are some really good songs on it. Highlights: “Dead Man Walking,” “I’m Afraid of Americans.”

5. hours… by David Bowie
The 1999 album that came after Earthling. While not as good as Earthling, it does have a sort of central premise, that being Bowie’s age. Most of the songs are softer reflections on the singer getting older. Guitarist Reeves Gabrel left the Bowie band after this album because he felt that the music was getting too soft. Even though I say the songs are mostly soft reflections, it does have a couple of hard rockers on it like “The Pretty Things are Going to Hell” which is my favorite on the album.

Tentative Coachella Schedule
February 8, 2009, 4:15 pm
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So, Yanira and I are going to Coachella this April and it’s going to be a blast! We’re going to camp out with our little tent and see so many great musicians. Anyone who hasn’t seen the schedule for this year’s festival should make their way over to coachella.com and check it out.

Coachella.com has this nifty thing called the Coachooser which allows you to pick which bands out of the line-up you want to see and organize it into a list. Below is our Master List. Acts I want to see are in blue, ones Yanira wants to see are in red, and ones we both are looking forward to seeing are mixed.

Here’s a link: http://www.coachella.com/interact/coachooser/share/c45f7cb15b2e397bed0c73cb4d921db5

Friday, April 17th:
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
Franz Ferdinand
Leonard Cohen
Noah and the Whale

Paul McCartney
The Black Keys

Saturday, April 18th:
Amy Winehouse
Booker T.
Fleet Foxes
Henry Rollins

Hercules and Love Affair
Jenny Lewis
The Killers
TV on the Radio

Sunday, April 19th:
Antony and the Johnsons
Okkervil River
Paolo Nutini

Paul Weller
The Cure
Throbbing Gristle
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Hopefully there’s no conflict in the schedule! But in case there is, Yanira and I have made a “must-see” list. Here it is:

Friday, April 17th:
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
Leonard Cohen
Morrissey (he’s sort of in between, I would ditch him for any other must-see)
Paul McCartney

Saturday, April 18th:

Amy Winehouse
The Killers

Sunday, April 19th:

Antony and the Johnsons
The Cure
Throbbing Gristle
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

T5AotW: Week 26
February 1, 2009, 9:50 pm
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Week 25: February 1st

1. Foreigner by Cat Stevens
The “Foreigner Suite” is mind-blowing. The rest of the album can bite me. I can listen to that 18-minute long suite over and over. I especially love the last 4 minutes, the “I’ll Go Where True Love Goes” movement. On his 2006 album, Yusuf reprised this portion and turned it into it’s own song. When I first put the record on and heard the piano tinkling out that song I was so elated.

2. The Best of the Velvet Underground
Big songs for this week: “Rock ‘n Roll” (my new phone ringtone), “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Heroin,” and “White Light/White Heat.”

3. Driving Rain by Paul McCartney
The Coachella lineup for this year was announced a couple of days ago and Macca will be headlining the first day along with people like Morrissey (yay) and Leonard Cohen (can I get a “holy shit”?). I’m planning on going to Coachella with Yanira, so I’ve been catching up on Paul’s recent work. Pretty good album, I like the hard sound to it.

4. Memory Almost Full by Paul McCartney
This album gets a bad rap, but I like it a lot. “Dance Tonight” was the first song I learned how to play on the mandolin. “House of Wax” is a weird song though. I think that’s why the bookstore I work at has about 7 copies of it for sale.

5. Electric Arguments by Paul McCartney
Paul’s latest. I downloaded it, burned it, and took it with me to the store on Saturday. I need to listen to it more but it sounds interesting. Very avant garde, I like it. If you look at the CD you can see everything misspelled. I did this after accidentally writing a “B” instead of a “P.” In for a penny, in for a pound.