It’s been a while.

June 21, 2009 at 12:33 pm (Miscellaneous) (, )

Being on vacation in California has been bittersweet. Well, mostly sweet, but vacation in itself carries a problem. That problem is that it’s easier to get away from your looming obligations. And the funny thing is that my obligations aren’t really necessary to be filled. It’s just this blog and my personal writing. It’s sad really, because I had things planned, and I keep telling myself to do it, but lazing around is just so much more…convenient when you’re on vacation. I need to do a review on some of the albums I’ve gotten recently, and I seriously need to revise some poetry and get back into the novel game. Admittedly, all I’ve written while on vacation is IMs. Bah.

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Lazing around.

May 11, 2009 at 9:56 pm (Miscellaneous) (, )

With vacation underway, I felt I needed a few days to just…laze around and do nothing, and essentially get “in the mood” for my largely obligation-less summer vacation. Plus it’s been a good rest after those hectic last weeks at school. I wonder how good of a grade this blog project got? Hmm.

A review to come tomorrow, I think.

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Porcupine Tree – Stupid Dream

May 6, 2009 at 7:37 pm (Album Reviews) (, )

Released: 1999
Track Listing:
1.) Even Less
2.) Piano Lessons
3.) Stupid Dream
4.) Pure Narcotic
5.) Slave Called Shiver
6.) Don’t Hate Me
7.) This is No Rehearsal
8.) Baby Dream in Cellophane
9.) Stranger by the Minute
10.) A Smart Kid
11.) Tinto Brass
12.) Stop Swimming
 

Stupid Dream is Porcupine Tree’s fifth album, and my personal favorite of theirs. Though not overtly so, it’s a bit of a concept album, drawing on Steven Wilson’s own problems regarding the music industry, particularly the idea of marketing one’s creativity and the “stupid dream” of having an easy, fun lifestyle as a rock star.

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Project ends tonight, at midnight.

May 6, 2009 at 2:21 pm (Miscellaneous) (, )

Hey guys, how many of you already knew that this blog was originally just a project for a college course in electronic writing? Well, tonight the project essentially ends, but I’ll likely be continuing the blog just for the hell of it. Album reviews will come slower, especially once we get into the latter part of May and the subsequent summer, as I won’t be around a computer nearly as often.

Another random tidbit: I bought a bunch of spine-b0und notebooks today. I can’t help but love these things, even though they eventually fall out of their binding. Maybe it’s the fragility that makes me like them…or maybe I just hate spiral binding. I’ll go with the latter. I’m designating a new, crisp green one and writing “California Waiting” (Kings of Leon song) or something like that across the front to designate it as my writing notebook for the trip to CA in June.

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Hey Joe

May 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm (Music News) (, )

Of course, everyone knows that Jimi Hendrix song by now, right? Well, on May 1, a whopping 6,346 all played the song simultaneously. This was at the Thanks Jimi Festival in Poland. I wonder if it sounded awful? Either way, I would have loved to be part of that. If I messed up, nobody would notice!

Here’s some footage of previous renditions of “Hey Joe” at the Thanks Jimi Festival…can’t find any footage on Youtube of the 2009 one.

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Def Leppard – Pyromania

May 5, 2009 at 11:59 pm (Album Reviews) (, )

Released: 1983
Track Listing:
1.) Rock! Rock! Till You Drop
2.) Photograph
3.) Stagefright
4.) Too Late for Love
5.) Die Hard the Hunter
6.) Foolin’
7.) Rock of Ages
8.) Comin’ Under Fire
9.) Action! Not Words
10.) Billy’s Got a Gun

 

 

I don’t get what the big deal is about these guys. They were absolutely huge during their peak in the mid 80s. It’s those weird, divided 80s, you know…half the world wanted pop, half the world wanted rock, but the whole world wanted arena rock, apparently. A scary thought indeed, especially when you consider that your parents and mine were into this.

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So I watched Pan’s Labyrinth again today.

May 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm (Films) ()

This is actually one of my favorite movies. I find the balance between a dark, twisted fairytale and a straightforward yet amazingly cruel reality to be pretty much perfect, and all of the actors are just perfect. Captain Vidal in particular is perfectly executed, right down to the way his boots and gloves squeak with a polished leather noise. Talk about a villain. The creatures, particularly Pan himself and the Pale Man, are frightening and magical all at once. I love the way Pan’s age is presented, with half of his body resembling an old, friendly tree…he even creaks! And the Pale Man…well, we all love him, right? The eyes-in-the-hands thing isn’t new, but it’s awesome here, and that drooping skin helps make him utterly disgusting and vile. And lastly, the score. You know the main theme? The lullaby, you know the one. I love it.

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Megadeth – Rust in Peace

May 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm (Album Reviews) (, )

Released: 1990
Track Listing: 
1.) Holy Wars… the Punishment Due
2.) Hangar 18
3.) Take No Prisoners
4.) Five Magics
5.) Poison Was the Cure
6.) Lucretia
7.) Tornado of Souls
8.) Dawn Patrol
9.) Rust in Peace… Polaris

 

 

So Megadeth finally stops putting ellipses in their album titles, and starts putting them in their song titles. Cute, guys. Not only that, but a new Megadeth lineup and a cleaned up Dave Mustaine. But most importantly, the strongest musical effort Megadeth ever put out.

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Koos a la goop a goop is dead.

May 5, 2009 at 7:56 pm (Miscellaneous) (, )

What I mean to say is that Dom DeLuise is dead, as of yesterday. You may not know him by name, but you probably know him by voice. Koosy in Dexter’s Laboratory is what first comes to mind, but he also had some prominent roles like in Blazing Saddles and Fail-Safe, as well as being the voice of Tiger in the American Tail movies and Pizza the Hut in Spaceballs.

But he’ll always be Koos a la goop a goop to me.

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Manic Street Preachers – This is My Truth Tell Me Yours

May 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm (Album Reviews) (, )

Released: 1998
Track Listing:
1.) The Everlasting 
2.) If You Tolerate This Your Children Will
     Be Next
3.) You Stole the Sun from My Heart
4.) Ready for Drowning
5.) Tsunami
6.) My Little Empire
7.) I’m Not Working
8.) You’re Tender and You’re Tired
9.) Born a Girl
10.) Be Natural
11.) Black Dog on My Shoulder
12.) Nobody Loved You
13,) S.Y.M.M.

Whether it’s a truth or not, this is Manic Street Preachers’ fifth album, and it continues the digestible Britpop feel started with the previous Manics album, Everything Must Go. Despite being geared for easier public acceptance than their darker albums, this album contains a lot of musical variety. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing is up to you.

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