President Bush is taking the Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, to visit Graceland. Needless to say, I find this hilarious.
Elvis Presley - Don't Be Cruel
The New Pornographers - Graceland
I'll be in Belize until July 9, so the blog will be on a brief hiatus again. I have some posts planned for when I get back though...
Weezer - Glorious Day
Kings of Convenience - Days I Had With You
Buddy Holly - That'll Be the Day
Carbon Leaf - On Any Given Day
And the rest:
Stereophonics - Have A Nice Day
Belle and Sebastian - Another Sunny Day
The Beatles - Good Day Sunshine
The Strokes - Someday
R.E.M. - Bad Day
The New Pornographers - Execution Day
And the link dump:
- the best and yet, meanest, reviews of Summer releases - Sufjan Steven's The Avalanche, Thom Yorke's The Eraser, Keane's Under the Iron Sea, Sonic Youth's Rather Ripped, and Muse's Black Holes and Revelations...the condition for appreciation: you must have a sense of humor
- Sufjan's picked his next state for an album...it had better be VA! Ohio would be cool too.
- Going to the Pitchfork Music Festival? Not going? Who cares? There's 25 free downloads from bands playing at in on emusic.
- I love this editorial on the 2008 Presidential Election...UFO stands for "the unforseen will occur" and apparently Karl Rove used the phrase "geologic age"
- Whatever you think the situation in Iraq right now is, you should read this - it will blow out of the water whatever your ideas are about the "progress" being made in Bagdad
- Wonkette is having a competition for the hottest man and woman working in the White House - special, no?
- a very funny website telling us why nuclear proliferation is BAD
The Flaming Lips - Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
Dixie Chicks - I Hope
Bob "Sell-out" Dylan - the Times They Are A-Changin'
and the link dump...
- So my buddy Marissa has a blog called "More Dynamics"...and a fun review of the the Spinto Band, Dr. Dog, and the Lovely Feathers at the Black Cat
- SAVE THE INTERNET! Sign the petition!
- So Sufjan Stevens fans know that when he tours he carries around a big band with him to fill in all the musical instruments he plays himself when he records in the studio...a profile of 6 of them and their own non-Sufjan-related music careers
Tegan and Sara - Monday Monday (expired)
...Tegan and Sara (who, unlike Belle and Sebastian, actually have band members named both Tegan and Sara) are Vancouver groupies who sing fun bouncy songs that actually have the potential to get radio coverage. And they're pop-ish enough to have both 12-year-old fans and self-respecting indie nerds singing their praises. Also, "Monday Monday" is one of my favorite of their songs, so it all works out for the best.
Confession: I really like the way one of them (Tegan or Sara?) sings, "What's wrong with you?" in this song. Do you think they'll teach me how to do it?
Eighteenth Day of May - Monday Morning's No Good Coming Down (expired)
...I've posted on them before, but I'll do it again. I believe I first heard of Eighteen Day of May on 3hive, and the description said they were some part folk music. I must have not really believed it, because at some moment having listened to about 4 of their songs in a row, I went, "This really is folk music! They weren't lying to me!" I'll be honest. This song is good, but quite their best. So here's just a wee bit more.
My beef with 3hive: Where did this "psychedelic pop" part of their description come from???
Wilco - Monday (expired)
If you're reading this as another indie nerd, you've probably heard of Wilco. If not, you're in for a treat - especially if you like country music. For your information, I don't. My DAD (who's responsible for all the Bob Dylan, Travelling Wilburys, Pete Seeger, and Moody Blues albums in the house) likes Wilco. People who like the Dixie Chicks like Wilco. People who 90s alt rock like Wilco. The people at the Grammys like Wilco. You should too.
Most important reason to download this song: If you listen REALLY carefully during the chorus, you can hear the cowbell.
The Bangles - Manic Monday (expired)
This song is so 80s it's disgusting. In a good way. And it's old. You should have heard it by now, seeing as it was written by Prince. If not, that's what the downloading link is for.
OTHER RANDOM THOUGHTS:
I've been a bit low on visitors lately, so I've been doing what I do best: obsessing over Sitemeter. Lately I've been getting very frequent visits from someone from Canton, OH who seems to have a link in their favorites to one really old post. Maybe someday it will occur to this person to check out the rest of blog. Maybe? Then there's the people who run google searches using the title of the blog. Seriously, people, you don't actually need to run a search since you already seem to know the name of the blog. Though if they're using google's translation feature, that would be an acceptable explanation.
WORLD CUP: The U.S. team SUCKS. OK?
- Raconteurs' tour dates. They're going to Norfolk? And not DC? What?
- A Fall Tour for the Decemberists. Not dates yet, just hope...I love the Decemberists...Colin Meloy!
- The failure of the anti-Gay Marriage amendment. "Celebrate good times, ALRIGHT!"
- Hype is BAD. Avoid it like the plague. Of course. But Buzz is GOOD. What?
- Paste has decided the Top 100 Living Songwriters. Since what Paste says is Gospel, of course we should agree and bow down just low enough for some of these mediocre peeps to see our noses touch the ground. PAUL SIMON IS BEHIND PRINCE?!?!?!? Had to get that out.
- Paris Hilton has a single out, and it's not as bad as we all thought it would be. And "Best Week Ever" knows how to put the song in context. The video is a MUST SEE.
Bands...and posts...you should check out
- Come Pick Me Up has an extremely high success rate with me and new bands, and this week's been no exception. Brothers and Sisters = Folk Music out of time & the Exit...I like it, and my guy friends who think Anberlin and Acceptance's bladi-blah-blah white boy rock is the shit (whilst I cry in a corner in shame) would like it.
- I saw this post and somehow, magically, this feeling of pure giggly-girlishness came over me. Think Jennifer Garner in 13 going on 30 and you'll understand. Thank you for that.
Belle and Sebastian - I Know Where the Summer Goes
...quite possibly one of the most underrated Belle and Sebastian songs of all time, and including some of my favorite lyrics (see the title of the post)
Belle and Sebastian - A Summer Wasting
...interestingly enough, I think of this song as a different musical/writing approach to the same material as in "I Know Where the Summer Goes." But it's more fun, melodically and rhythmically-wise.
Matt Pond PA - Summer is Coming
Bright Eyes - June on the West Coast
...about longing to settle down and rest during the summer...one of my favorite Bright Eyes songs
Carbon Leaf - Summer Song
...this song, with its mention of a hurricane, and "What went wrong?" would have been perfect for Hurricane Katrina last year
***Islands - Jogging Gorgeous Summer***
...manages to capture the feel of vacationing endlessly on a tropical island...ISLANDS!!!
I know I'm killing my indie music cred by posting this song, but...
Dashboard Confessional - Summer Kiss
...this song is the quintessential summer romance song, with all the emoness of Dashboard Confessional thrown in
The Lovin' Spoonful - Summer in the City
...this WILL describe DC in July and August when we go on 100-degree streaks
Death Cab For Cutie - Summer Skin
Death Cab For Cutie - Photobooth
...about romances that only last for the summer, but provides a nice old death cab vs. new death cab contrast..."photobooth" being the older song
***The Decemberists - July, July!***
...one of my favorite Decemberists' songs and I'm at a loss for words because I love it so much...How can you not love a song with lines like: "There is a road that meets the road that goes to my house....." & "I say your uncle was a crooked French Canadian..." ...Listen and it will all become clear
Josh Rouse - Summertime
= "cigarettes, tube socks, sunburns, and long blond hair"??? Just check out Josh Rouse...maybe another song first
World Cup Related Opinions....
Poor Costa Rica - it's not their fault they're in the same group as Germany!
the Brits totally scraped that win against Paraguay....losers
Song of the Day: Bright Eyes - The Calendar Hung Itself
It's not over yet... The Dissociatives - Forever and a Day
and the # means... Interpol - Evil
but maybe... Motion City Soundtrack - The Future Freaks Me Out
because it's... R.E.M. - the End of the World
Meanwhile, back to the posting.
Camera Obscura & Georgie James are on tour and coming to the Black Cat on July 9th, and I'm horribly excited. For those of you who don't know, Georgie James is former Q & Not U member John Davis and Laura Burhenn and Camera Obscura is one of the big three Scots (my 3 favorite Scottish Bands...and I have a very deep affinity for Scottish bands - think about the Belle and Sebastian obsession)
Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
Oh, and here's an article on them, with the link being lifted of Largehearted Boy
- The Onion A.V. Club reviews "Stadium Arcadium" (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
- Green Day makes some promises about its next album
- ***Download Bob Dylan's Radio Show!***...all five so far
- Review of the Walkmen's 9:30 Club Show
- A new Futureheads track
- I LOVE THE POST: How Hilary Clinton is "no lady" (Achenbach's the man) and how the embassies will be celebrating the World Cup (I actually found the article hilarious)
- You know how I linked to that list of conservative rock songs? Well, to be "fair and balanced" here's a mix of anti-conservative indie songs.
- I kept meaning to make a literature-related songs type mixtape, but Another Form of Relief Beat Me To It
Now, Bowling For Soup are playing at the 9:30 Club on July 12, and I'm nostalogic. I saw them for free playing at Clarendonfest...it was either 8th grade or freshman year. And Lucky Boy's Confusion? I remember I first heard them in 6th grade...I think a friend burned me a mix cd...
Bowling For Soup - Girl All the Bad Guys Want
Bowling For Soup - On and On (About You)
Lucky Boy's Confusion - Atari
...the common theme? They're soooo nerdy...
So Belle and Sebastian have yet another single coming out to promote "White Collar Boy," my favorite song off The Life Pursuit. This one seems to be all about the non-Stuart-Murdoch members of B&S: 'Heaven in the Afternoon' is Sarah's, 'Long Black Scarf' is Stevie's, and then there's...Stuart's....cover of 'Baby Jane.' Right now it'll only be available in the U.K. as of June 26th, but I'll be looking for downloads, so keep checking.
Two fun mixes on Robots and Questions
...I keep meaning to post this...take the music nerd test! I'm a mega music nerd...
New all songs considered episode