Tea for the Bloggerman

April 15, 2009, 11:28 pm
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I will be gone this weekend for Coachella, so no blog updates. I will, however, update my Twitter, which you can follow below:



Coachella Set Times Announced
April 14, 2009, 5:57 pm
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In case you haven’t heard, the set times for all the acts at Coachella have been announced and luckily for me there are not many conflicts with my dream schedule. I will have to choose between Morrissey and Beirut (leaning toward Moz), which will be tough, I’ll have to leave The Cure early to see Throbbing Gristle, and I will be forced to stand through Conor Oberst’s set to get a good spot for Leonard Cohen, but all-in-all I can’t complain.

My new schedule:

We are Scientists 2:50-3:40
The Black Keys 5:20-6:10 (leave early for…)
Conor Oberst 6:10-7:00
Leonard Cohen 7:30-8:30
Morrissey or Beirut 8:30-9:30
Paul McCartney 10:00

Drive-By Truckers 3:40-4:30
Amanda Palmer 5:00-5:50
TV on the Radio 6:25-7:15
Booker T. 7:30-8:20
M.I.A. 8:55-9:45
The Killers 10:25

Brian Jonestown Massacre 4:00-4:55
Antony and the Johnsons 5:25-6:15
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 6:15-7:15
(the rest of) Paul Weller until 7:50
My Bloody Valentine 7:50-9:00
The Cure 9:25
(leave about an hour or so after to catch…)
Throbbing Gristle 10:10

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.

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.

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.

T5AotW: Week 18
December 7, 2008, 10:42 pm
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Week Eighteen: December 7th

1. King of the Delta Blues Singers by Son House
I don’t have a real copy of this so I used a photo of Son House for the picture. The title of the album expresses my opinion of Son House: he was the alpha and the omega, chillun. I recently re-retuned one of my guitars to Open G so I could play Death Letter Blues. Such a moving song, so emotional. I love Son dearly.

2. Iggy Pop
I have NOT been listening to Fun House this week, but I have been listening to a lot of Iggy Pop this week this will be my stand in. Mainly “The Passenger” (fun to play along with on the harmonica) and some assorted other songs. There’s an interesting video on youtube of Iggy playing “Louie, Louie,” “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” and “Pablo Picasso” on an acoustic guitar. I didn’t know the Iguana was left-handed until I saw that video. =]

3. Red Patent Leather by New York Dolls
The New York Dolls are new to me but they have taken my mind by storm. I am very much interested in early punk, especially live early punk shows. There’s something about the energy of the performances that appeal to me. This is a solidly good New York Dolls album that displays this never-ending pool of energy that early punk shows had. Plus the NYD had such a strong blues influence to their sound, it’s delicious. They cover Sonny Boy Williamson II’s “Don’t Start Me Talkin'” on a couple of albums and Mr. David plays his harp on a number of tracks on this CD. Good stuff.

4. Anti- Sampler
The only songs I’ve been listening to on this are “Dig Lazarus, Dig!” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and the track by N.A.S.A featuring Tom Waits. The Nick Cave song is okay but could be stronger, but the Tom Waits song is surprisingly excellent. Tom Waits can take any musicial genre and call it his own, and rap is no exception. A great collaboration, but I hope Tom leaves it at that. I would hate to see a full studio album of Tom hip-hopping it up. I can see it now. Bowler hat and black blazer with a Flava Flav clock and grill. Lord don’t let that happen.

5. The Alligator Records Christmas CD
Bluesy holiday songs. William Clarke and Charlie Musselwhite do some excellent harmonica blowing on this.

Top Five Albums of the Week–Week Three: August 24th “Bobvid Feistie”
August 27, 2008, 12:00 am
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A couple of days late but just as great! Lots of Dylan because I will be seeing Bob live on September 6th in San Diego.

1. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
Easily Dylan’s greatest album. Every song is a classic. I love the anger and the frustration in this album combined with Mike Bloomfield’s excellent blues guitar and Al Kooper’s electro-fied church organ. This with the single “Positively 4th Street” mark an excellent period in Dylan’s career.

2. Bringing it All Back Home by Bob Dylan
My new personal favorite Dylan album. Down and gritty blues mixed with Dylan’s Ginsbergian poetics. Sometimes loose and chaotic, other times calculated and soothing, but all in all excellent. Highlights: Mr. Tambourine Man, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Maggie’s Farm, and Outlaw Blues.

3. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie
I love this album, I listen to it all the time. All the time. I can’t estimate how many times I’ve heard the album from first song to last, and it is impossible to count how many times I’ve listened to select individual songs. And the song Ziggy Stardust is one of the only songs I know how to play completely on the guitar. Here are the songs, in order, from best to still fucking good: Lady Stardust, Rock ‘n Roll Suicide, Starman, Hang On to Yourself, Soul Love, Moonage Daydream, Five Years, Ziggy Stardust, Star, Suffragette City, It Ain’t Easy.

4. The Remainder by Feist
An excellent album. I like most of the songs, give or take a couple. Feist has a beautiful voice, and her lyrics and song construction are top-notch. Highlights: My Moon My Man, Limit to Your Love.

5. Time out of Mind by Bob Dylan
Another Bob, but this one later on. More down and gritty blues. Even though I have listened to this album two or three times this week I still haven’t quite LISTENED to it. Not carefully anyway. But I like it. Except that one song…ummm…it’s called…To Make You Feel My Love or something like that. Extremely cheesy. Something Billy Joel would sing. And Billy Joel DID cover it. No disrespect to the Piano Man.