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Jack White Releases Half a Song

January 30, 2012

It was bound to happen.

No longer satisfied with trying to outdo Damon Albarn in sheer number of bands and collaborations, Jack White has decided to release a solo album.

White’s label Third Man Records announced the release of his first solo album, Blunderbuss,  today, and is previewing a new track from the album called “Love Interruption”

There’s an imbed code available, but WordPress is shit, so you can stream the track yourself somewhere else.

This song sounds like it would fit better on a “White Stripes: Unplugged” album. There is definitely something missing. It sounds stripped down, and raw, but it would be better if it had some of the balls that we’ve come to expect. At the end, there is a break that is begging for a serious Jack White solo rather than the simple acoustic guitar strumming and piano that is there right now.

Thoughts? Nobody reads this anyway, but comment away, nobody

 

2011 in review

January 1, 2012
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. It is absolutely worth reading if you are interested in what percentage of my African readers are from Algeria (50%!!!) and ultimately for the amazing punchline at the end of the report. I won’t spoil it for you too much but I can’t stop laughing at it. I’m also impressed that by not blogging between April and October, we still managed to get a few hits a day. Here’s to continued sporadic blogging in 2012! Happy new year to all of you!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Defiantly Festive

December 22, 2011

Well, I’ve finally taken a break from listening to Tune-yards to suggest that Michael and I wax philosophical about this song’s superiority to Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas” but he refused. And, as I told our sister yesterday, “Step Into Christmas” is ingrained in my genetic code; I cannot objectively evaluate the song. I have distinct memories of our mother playing this song on repeat. For hours. In July. It’s as much a part of me as my toes. (Essential for balance!)In conclusion, make your Christmas a winning one with Elton John!

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

“Huntsman’s Back” Is My Favorite Thing Ever

December 1, 2011

This is why I have a blog people!

Jon Huntsman’s daughters have released the semi-political dance/parody track of the year! This makes Cain Train look like shit.

I . . . I just don’t understand who thought this was a good idea.

I am happy though that with Herman Cain’s campaign exploding more frequently than a fireworks factory with lax fire-safety, there’s somebody else here to pick up the insanely misguided reins.

Also, really Huntsman girls? You exclude Rick Santorum from your diss track? You didn’t have anything to say about the man who compares homosexuality to bestiality, and hates single mothers? Also, Herman Cain’s pizza? THAT is what you sing about. TIGHTEN IT UP, GIRLS!

Case of the Mondays: The Sound of One Man Dancing Edition

November 21, 2011

These titles are getting really long, I need to tone it down.

I’m pretty sure everybody has heard this song and seen this video, but it’s the Monday before Thanksgiving, so I think we all need a little pick-me-up to get through these last hellish days before vacation.

I gotta say, that guy’s got moves. If you mute the track, he’s a pretty good approximation of me when I get bored while standing around (but my moves are a little fly-er)

A Song from “The Muppets” Has Been Released, and Suddenly I am Less Excited for the Movie

November 9, 2011

Ever since I heard there was going to be a new Muppet movie, and it didn’t look nearly as shitty as say Muppets in Space, I got excited. Now that I’ve heard this song though, I don’t know. Granted, I will still see it, but I might not love it as much as I planned to.

Let’s look at this song objectively as we can, starting with the “pros”: It was written by Brett McKenzie, Jason Segel and Amy Adams have both proven in past roles that they’re not completely tone deaf. and apparently both Feist and Mickey Rooney sing on it.

and now the cons:

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For what appears to the movie’s major theme (its the only song on the soundtrack to have a full cast reprisal), I just don’t think its all that great. It doesn’t feel like a Muppet song, it feels like an attempt at a shitty showtune, but everyone knows Book of Mormon did that way better. I will give the Mickey Rooney cameo a big plus though, I fucking love that guy, and if you don’t you’re a damn liar.

Now, granted, I could now set up a poll and be like “Which is better, this or ‘Rainbow Connection'” but that is a waste of everyone’s time, because Rainbow Connection would win hands down. Instead, I am gonna set up a poll between this song and the worst song from the original Muppet Movie.

 

Now, I’m sure I just started a whole new debate, but leave that for the comments.

Case of the Mondays: Greatest Fucking Concert Ever Edition

November 7, 2011

So last night, I had the privilege of seeing Blind Pilot rock the shit out of the 9:30 club.

For anyone who has never seen them live, you are missing out. Their live shows have so much enthusiasm it just makes the songs that much better. I feel like if it were possible to have a complaint, its that the songs flow so well into each other on their album that when they finished a song it almost felt like they were stopping each song part way through. I don’t think that’s really a complaint though.

Here’s a little taste for everyone who missed it:

(via chilixx)