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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

the lost shuffalump


aka shuffalump volume 12. yes it is the dozenth (is that a word?) installment of the shuffalump. this is a quicky that i did as i was getting ready for bed a while back and forgot about. i thought i'd post it for the hell of it. as of right now the hoosatronic ipod is up to 21,764 songs and counting. shit son! who knows what #13 of the ol lumpy lump will bring! its a mystery! haha. read on for now and you shall find out about #13 soon enough.

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THE AVENGERS- thin white line (live) [the avengers are a band that i don't listen to very frequently but when i do i always enjoy my time with them. this is a blistering live version from their complete recordings and its a good quality recording that captures the band well]

EMPEROR X petroleum caliphate [i recently had a suprise in that i was out in jersey city and emperor x was playing a free show. he played a lot of his newer material which i am not as familiar with, but he did a few oldies too which i def enjoyed. this is a particularly short tune with some subtle acoustic guitar work, and some banjo stylings mixed in along with handclaps. you can't go wrong with that combination]

JAWBREAKER shirt (live) [this is an awesome song. to my knowledge, it was one of the last songs they wrote and recorded before breaking up in 1996 and appears on the reissue of their final album "dear you" i absolutely loved jawbreaker when i was in high school and made sure to spread their music to all of my friends. in my opinion they are still one of the most influential emo bands of all time; they came way before all that watered down "screamo" trash that ruined the genre. they are one of the most influential bands of my life for that matter. i also used to write a column about them in every issue of my old paper zine as well. i got a chance to briefly meet JB singer/guitarist blake schwarzenbach about 11 years ago when i saw jets to brazil play. i never got as into them though but at least it was something. BS is also a southpaw and played a mean lefthanded les paul. i def wish they had done more than just 4 albums as a band, but what they did release was true and powerful and i guess thats all i can ask for in a great band]

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY day six [this is my favorite EITS song. this comes from their EP "the rescue" which they recorded themselves over the course of eight days, this song having occured on day six. go here to read more about the ep and to download all of the tracks for free, i highly recommend this intimate listen to them. this ep struck me because its very different from a lot of their EPICALLY LOUD output but still retains a lot of their hallmarks in a more subtle setting. this particular song is significant to me because when i hear i think about dancing...and of a love i lost too soon to the cruel hands of fate and drug abuse. she loved explosions in the sky and i took her to see them for her 28th and final birthday. barely a month after that show, she was gone. to this day i always think of her every time time i hear this song. i like to think of her smiling down at me from heaven, listening to the same song]

THE AVENGERS american in me [read above about the band. i love the simple and driving riffs in this song]

LED ZEPPELIN out of the tiles [i was a snotty punk kid for a long time and in fact one of my band's covered "i hate led zeppelin" by screeching weasel. now that i'm older i can admit the error of my ways and honestly say that, while i'm not a mega fan of them or anything, but i really do enjoy listening to them]

Q AND NOT U beautiful beats [this is from their final record "power" and i admit it, i had a serious addiction to this record circa 2006. the whole record just packs a smooth and clean punch and just makes me want to pogo around. i particularly enjoy the bass work throughout the record, though what really stands out for me in this track is the guitar and thumping drums. i never got much into their other work, and its a shame they didn't explore the direction on this album more, but this record still ranks among my favorites of all time]

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hoosatron out!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

dots


hoos

[jersey city]

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randomy...

-guaging my ears is always weird. when i went from 4 to 2 to hurt like hell. when i went from 2 to 0 it hurt even worse and was a major pain. but i just went to 00 and it didn't hurt at all and it was easy as pie. not that i'm complaining, its just odd.
-the new HOOSversion2011 stickers have been designed and just sent in to the printing press. expect to see them in early august. woot woot!
-i just read a story about a woman and her kids who beat 2 kittens with a baseball bat and it made me cry. wtf is wrong with people? (1 of the kittens died and the other is clinging to life. my purry prayers are going out to him)
-effing dykes recently posted a good entry on gay pride=consumerism which i thought was really good. that's part of the reason why i have never attended pride events, all the corporate bs involved. also large outdoor gatherings aren't really my thing. i prefer low keyness.

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speaking of animal cruelty...here is a conundrum that's been in my brain for the past few days....
this father's day my family and i were planning on going to our favorite diner but upon arriving saw a crowd starting to gather nearby. my dad didn't want my nephew to be around whatever was going down so we left for another place. later i found out that people were gathering to protest an appearance at a local sports memorabelia store by the infamous michael vick. at first i was angry and wanted to join in but then i got to thinking and a lot of questions raised in my mind without clear answers. has mr. vick paid his debt? afterall he did go to prison. does the fact that he participated in such a brutal crime against animals mean he is scum forever or can he redeem himself? the protesters were exercising their first amendment right to be there, but doesn't the same apply for michael vick? doesn't he have a right to go where he wants to? and what of me, a meat eater (and i'm willing to bet most of people in the protest eat meat too) aren't i participating in animal cruelty (i'm trying to stop but with the issues i've had with my health this year, i need to focus on that first and vegetartianism later though i do feel guilty about it for sure). here is an interesting view on the situation by alec baldwin where he makes the point that pretty much any animal not raised as a pet is subject to cruelty and certain death. that being said, are we who eat meat any better than a person who killed dogs for sport or are we the same? its such a tough call and i don't know the right answer. i really don't. i guess its something everyone has to decide on their own. and for the record, i'm still no fan of michael vick or his actions but the situation really got me thinking.

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escucha




neds atomic dustbin- kill your television [this is from "god fodder" which is my fav NADB record. i went through a crazy obsessed phase about 3 years ago where i lived and breathed that record every day for a few months straight. it also heavily influenced the art i was making at the time-some of their lyrics even found their way into collages i made then. i've never met anyone else who likes them to geek out with which is sad. perhaps someday]

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hoosatron out!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

not yet


jo chen

[her work is phenominally good. she's done a lot of work on the buffy season 8 comics including the above cover for the "willow" one shot book]
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randomy....

-go here for an interview with bernard sumner of new order
-blasting type o negative does wonders for the crappy spirit. they were a kick ass band true, but i also can't help but giggling like a freak every time i hear them cuz they were so damn funny. its up for debate wether they were really trying to be funny by capitalizing on goth/metal cliches or were really taking themselves that seriously.
-its officially summer...and no the sweltering 100 degree days we've recently had weren't my cue on that, its the farmers market down the street from my house which is now open. let the vegetable madness ensue!
-shit son! i just found out that i can stream she-ra on netflix. hell yeah motherfucking princess of fucking power!
-DPAD clothing legit yo!

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escucha!

HELIO SEQUENCE-blood bleeds [i haven't listened to HS in a while but recently found their album "love and distance" within my old cd collection that i'm slowly starting to convert over to mp3. its an interesting record in that it incorporates harmonica on a few tracks which is then mixed with traditional instrumentation and coupled with some elements of bit pop. this song is my favorite from the album, an airy affair (sans harmonica) that reminds me of a fuzzy dreamscape]

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hoosatron out!

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

deep swirly


random nyc

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randomy...

-the smashing pumpkins first album "gish" came out 20 years ago last week. that means it was 17 years ago that "siamese dream" came out which was my first intro to their music. and boy do those facts make me feel old!
-black moth super rainbow is reissuing "dandelion gum" with 14 "extra flavor" songs which were recorded during the same timeframe. def excited for some fresh material by them. they're also going on tour in the fall so hopefully that means new material is coming too.
-i started my new class this week, american history after 1865 its pretty interesting so far. i'm already suuuper excited for the paper i have to write for the end of the class (aka not excited at all!)
-clam chowder bitches. clam FUCKING CHOWDER!
-joss whedon on the end of Buffy season 8. speaking of season 8, the final trade paperback of the season is coming out on 6/14 which will complete my collection. it was def a shocking end to things and i'm really wondering what their going to do in season 9 to continue this.
-riot grrrl still inspires

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escucha

SMASHING PUMPKINS drown [i've never been a huge SP fan but they do have a few songs that i really like, this being one of them. and since i already mentioned them in this post, i figured this song would be perfect to include. i really love the guitar and bass work at the beginning of this song, its almost elegant in its quality. and the drumming is top notch. perhaps more than the guitars, i love the line "no matter where you are, i can still hear you when you dream" i can apply this to a few people i've known in my lifetime. this is not actually on any of their albums, but was recorded during the above mentioned "gish" sessions. this is simply SP at their finest]

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hoosatron out!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

they know



[van on fulton street, nyc]

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randomy...

-i don't own any pants that actually fit me length wise and have to roll up every pair that i have. but i decided to act like a grown up for work and bought two new pairs and had my mom hem them. it looks weird. haha.
-melissa and paul- garage punk goodness. check this shit out.
-can't or won't... that is the question
- a little early 80s bad religion never hurt anyone. that was when they were at their prime if you ask me.
-steve and i just discovered that you can print photos from your facebook via the kodak picture maker machine so we have been going nuts printing pics of the cats. its bad but oh so good at the same time!
-going to the "lady doctor" is fun cuz of all the stares and double takes i get. hahaha. dykes got junk too! and i'll be damned if i'm going to not take care of myself just because other people don't get me. screw that shit.
-drop-d bring the noise
-stay tuned, the lost shuffalump has been found and is almost ready to be posted.

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escucha

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE-doors unlocked and open [this is one of my favorite tracks on the new album, "codes and keys" there is some great guitar work, simple but driving, and as always stellar vocals from ben gibbard. they even get a little wild and use a slight vocoded effect on a few lines of the vocals which i can't recall them using in the past]

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hoosatron out!

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