Friday, January 30, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
This man is one of the most intense rockers I have seen in the past few years. The music video starts at 0:28. Make sure and turn up your speakers.
Also this: Hep Hep
"The first half of "hip hip hooray" is adapted from "hep hep," an old German shepherds' herding cry. That is, actual shepherds from Germany. Not the dogs.
Sounds pretty innocuous, right? Well, it was, up until around 1819, when the citizens of Germany and other neighboring countries began using it as their rallying cry while going Hebrew-hunting in the Jewish ghettos. So keep that in mind next time you're trying to come up with an appropriate cheer at your cousin's Bar Mitzvah."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hep-Hep_riots
memories, and maybe the greatest was RED DAWN, playing cowboys and "Native Americans"
and dodging paintballs from our brothers. Plus so many more good times. But this shirt is awesome thats all I really wanted to say. Oh and I love you Patrick Sways
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
If so, you suck. But you may like this, Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman has teamed up with Nickel Creek's guitarist Sean Watkins. I haven't listened to the entire album yet but from what I've heard on iTunes it sounds pretty amazing. They even perform a cover of The Cure's "Friday I'm In Love," on the bonus iTunes album. They're doing a show at the Belcourt next friday by the way. Anyways I hope this gets some of you more indie obsessed jokers into the goodness that is Jon Foreman music, check out his solo albums (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) and obviously some good ole' Switchfoot if you aren't too smug for it. Click the photo to go to their website.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Barring some catastrophic event in the next eighteen hours or so, the man to the left is going to be sworn in as the President of the United States of America before lunch time tomorrow. I know there are people out there secretly hoping for that catastrophic event to happen, but, as for me, I am feeling more patriotic than I have since Adam Thomas's 'Bible' class.
Conservatives and liberals alike agree that America is in trouble. The problem is that each side sees the other as the cause of the problem. Now, I know most of you know where I stand politically, which is left of left, but I don't want to tout my agenda now. I also don't want to get emotional and say how proud I am to have a black president. It's almost a bit racist, isn't it? First of all, he's half black and half white. But, somehow, his blackness wins out. I think that says something about how we, as a culture, perceive race. I'm sure its quite harmless, merely a backlash from hundreds of years of racism and oppression in North America, but Barack Obama's blackness is not going to save America.
For most of us, the big political issues on our minds are the economy and the wars. Division occurs over how to handle these huge issues facing us, as a nation. The last thing I want to do is plead for you guys to fall in behind the President and support him. Firstly, that would be enormously hypocritical of me. Secondly, think for yourself. And speak up. Robert and I obviously disagree on most political issues, but I love being able to read his thoughts on the issues. If I were to disagree with a friend over one matter, it doesn't mean I'm no longer his friend. The same is true when it comes to patriotism. I strongly disagree with the wars we're involved in, our foreign policy in general, and the Supreme Court's stance on abortion, but voicing these concerns makes me no less a patriot.
I can't explain why I wrote this post. I know its disconnected and poorly written. I guess I had a quick burst of patriotism. It's been happening more and more in the past few months and I hope I continue to feel that way. I want to leave you with the mind-bogglingly blasphemous image above as food for thought. But I also want to say that now, as I am homesick and living in a foreign country and preparing to watch Barack Obama be sworn in as President tomorrow, I am excited about the future and I am proud of my country.
Friday, January 16, 2009
last night I went to a show. it was at the square room in market square (if you haven't been there go now. it is: a restaurant, coffee shop, and music venue. really nice). Tenderhooks and The Royal Bangs. the Tenderhooks were mediocre. look at their myspace if you wish. Daniel you might like it, but it was not my cup o' tea. then The Royal Bangs took the stage. it was tremendous. their set was electrifying. loud thumping beats, I know the drummer, Chris Rusk (Royal Bangs, Dixie Dirt, The Cheat) and he is an animal on the drums. so, loud funky beats with fat bass and great melodic vocals, shredding double guitars. The lead singer, Sam Stratton, sang with a style and demeanor evocative of Tim Harrington (Les Savy Fav ). needless to say that it was a great show. all of this is to say, art is worthwhile. there are artists everywhere, not all are good at what they do. however, all need support. go to local shows, go to museums (knoxville museum of art is free for all of 2009), go to plays. support local economy. as robert said, get off your ass and go do something. stimulate our economy, grassroots style. next Royal Bangs show should be packed. they are by far the best band in knoxville.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I don't really want to expand on a point that I'm quite sure that everyone reading this blog knows, understands, and agrees with, so I will try to make this brief. Over the past three decades the world (America, to some) has seen apathy skyrocket while intentionality was beaten down like a three-legged dog. Just a year ago, America invested more in creature comforts than ever before in history. Retail spending was growing exponentially faster than the population, and the mega-stores were raking in the dough--too bad the buyer didn't have the money to back it up. Now we have hit another recession, and it appears that history will repeat itself. We saw mild recessions in the 70's and 80's. The buyers got wise, and we recovered--that's it.
The point of all this is that increasingly the the average American has become spineless. There is no sense of urgency to take risks--no reason to pursue and help acquire change. Obviously, with a credit card in our hands, we can have whatever we want whenever we want, right? WRONG. Get the Hell off your couch and make some money. Contribute, get educated, read books, research quantum Physics and help Gorman create the most efficient damn windmill this country has ever seen. This is why I will do whatever I can to help Miller. Its sad to me that it takes a politician to tell a nation that they need change. I only hope they understand that it starts from the roots up.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Recently I have been thinking about what I do. I wake up take a hot shower (warm to cold if rob has already taken one), check my email, look at a few music blogs, the news, check facebook, drive my car to school, look at headache inducing teacher slideshows, come home and check more blogs, see if anything has changed on facebook, etc... what I am trying to say is that everything is so easy. last week I read Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut. it was a book about how machines take over the jobs of the working class, almost a 1984 feel to it, but it is an interesting book nonetheless. technology for technologies own sake. as you should all know, I love Tolkien. I always have, hopefully always will. his was the first book that I loved, and he was the one who I have read most thoroughly and most often. Tolkien was a strong advocate of halting technological advancements. he felt that technology was unsustainable. he lamented the loss of nature. that I know that at least bing can agree with, seeing as I have had conversations with you recently about mountain top removal. I guess what I really mean by all of this is that we are so comfortable with where we are. nothing is difficult. life (particularly american) is too easy. that is why most of us are apathetic cynical assholes. this article: "http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2009/01/04/twilight_of_the_color_photo/?page=full" is what prompted me to think about this, and fear a 1984, Player Piano, Brave New World type culture. the loss of art and creativity seems imminent.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Recently mashups featuring jay-z have popped up everywhere: The Grey Album by Danger Mouse, Girl Talk, and numerous others. Finally the mashup that we have all been waiting for: Jaydiohead. Stupid mashup name, awesome results. link here with numerous zip and torrent links.