April 29, 2007

"Against the Peruvian Monster!"

Ooooh, awkward. (a frame from the Perry Bible Fellowship webcomic, possibly one of the best resources for fun blog pictures.)

A couple weeks ago I went to the circus, or, at least, it felt like I did. Experiencing a Man Man show is like having an elephant do the rumba on a drum the size of two trampolines lined with cymbals, xylophones, and clowns, on fire ... electric fire.

Opening for Man Man (at Club 156 in Boulder) was Mannequin Makeout, Denver local band lead by the vocal phenomenon that is Brittany of Married in Berdichev!, and joined by the pianist and singing extrodanaire Inbar of Public Transit, both of which are on (or make up a part of) Still Soft Recordings.

Mannequin Makeout - Russian Soiree
Married in Berdichev! - Sweet, Sweet Summer
Public Transist - Circus Minute

After the dance party that was Mannequin Makeout took the stage, and after much waiting while the massive set-up that Man Man performed on was being, in fact, set up, Man Man took the stage. What happened after that can only be explained if to you if you were there, or have heard Man Man live before. In order to help you understand how astonishing they are, here is a live set recorded by the nice people at NPR. I had to put the titles to the tracks, and not being the biggest "Man Man-head," I just couldn't figure out what some of the songs are. Sorry. It's good despite.

Band: Man Man
Date: 2006-06-30
Venue: 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.

Engwish Bwudd
Young Eienstein On The Beach/Against The Peruvian Monster
Hot Bat/(Unknown)
Black Mission Goggles
10lb Moustache
Push The Eagle's Stomach
Spider Cider
Ice Dogs Pt. 1
Ice Dogs Pt. 2

April 27, 2007

"That'd be an Awesome Song title!"

So, there is this show. It goes by the name of Metalocalypse, and it' s probably one of the best damn things to have ever existed ... ever. Since it's about the rise of a band, I figured it'd be pertinent enough to have in my blog. This show combines skillfully played music, flash animation, and comedy, and does so effectively.

I'm going to be doing a weekly, or, possibly, a bi-weekly post on them, until I've posted every episode, because it's worth it. I could just do them all right here and now, but, really, if you wanted you see all of them right here and now, you'd just go to youtube. otherwise, just check back once and a while, and there will be an update.

Here is The first episode:

The Curse of Dethklok Part 1

The Curse of Dethklok Part 2

April 26, 2007

"Skin, Scar, Dirt, And Fire"

I found that fun pic on Virb. there's a series of them where the hand is writing various things. I like them :).

As many people might know, Tom Morello is one of the best damn guitar players on the planet. Playing with acts such as Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave (we'll not mention Lock Up) on top doing guest spots on a Kiss tribute album, Primus, Run-DMC, KRS-One, Prodigy,Puff Daddy, Indigo Girls, Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill, Bone Thugs 'N Harmony, and Crystal Method albums, helping score a movie or two, and contributing to various ill-fated side projects (Weatherman, and, to some degree, Civilian). His newest effort, The Nightwatchman, is probably the most bizarre, in my opinion. His story's gotten around, so I'll spare the details, but basically it's Tom singing folk songs with a nylon string acoustic guitar. Quite the change from the other stuff. Want a live set? Done:

Band: The Nightwatchman
Date: 2007-03-15
Venue: Live on WXPN (recorded by NPR)

House Gone Up In Flames
One Man Revolution
Flesh Shapes the Day

April 17, 2007

"Es Nein Stackenblochen!"

so, I've been really, really lazy with this whole "blog" thing. I'll be back this week with a post on Jandek, and Danielson, and possibly finally get up my review of the Man Man show like a week ago. in the mean time, here it the best clip of the Connan O'Brien show ever (I saw it a long time ago, told everyone about it, and no one ever believed me. here it is folks):


April 7, 2007

"I'm MC Schizophrenic, No You're Not, Yes I Am"

Back in the early 0's there was this amazing show that, out of everyone I spoke to, basically no one watched. That amazing show was called Scratch + Burn, and it was basically the only thing (other than the recent Subterranean and Discover & Download video hours) on MTV that has ever been of any worth. Because no one watched it, it was canceled (as things go). I recently stumbled upon a virtual cornucopia of skits that have, by way of two of the fine gentlemen on the cast, found their way on YouTube (through www.famouslastnerds.com). Sweet & Salty Jesus these skits are hilarious. I'm almost making this post purely for me so I'll have a resource to refer back to when I want to watch the only sketches available. Anyway, here they are, in all their glory:

Hamlet In A Minute

When Geeks Will Rule the World

MC Schizophrenic

Fraction Jackson

Sips From the Strong

Whassup Holmes

One Minute Godfather

Banged My Ex-Girlfriend

Honkey Please


Myslexic Dan