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Saturday, July 30, 2011

push



masking tape art by one of my favorite north jersey artists, kayt hester.  she has a new show, "caribou" opening on 8/2/2011 at LITM in jersey city featuring works inspired by the pixies. i am definitaly excited for this. she will also have brand new buttons on sale with all proceeds going to support the liberty humane society. come check it out!

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randomy...

-WILD FLAG's debut album is set to be released in october shit son! they're the new band of carrie brownstein/janet wiess of sleater-kinney and mary timony of helium (and is a solo artist as well) and which happen to be two of my all time favorite bands
-not drinking soda is really fucking hard. can i just say that!? i'm trying though, i really am.
-5 questions with Ben Gibbard
-an interview and live performance from thurston moore (see below for more sonic youth action)
-i took three of my four cats to the vet today (the one will not come out of hiding nor will he let me pick him up) and let me tell you, wrestling them into their carriers is loooooads of fun first thing in the morning. i felt really bad when they yowled and cried for the whole car ride but fortunately everyone is in more or less good health. though one of them has really bad teeth and needs to get them fixed soon and one of them needs a diet cuz she's a porker. haha.
-omg why am i such a sucker for blue raspberry?

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SONIC YOUTH- bull in the heather/youth against fascism [i've listened to SY sporadically over the years but never got super into them. lately though, i've been listening to them a lot and have been working on filling in the holes in my collection of their impressively large catalog of music. i picked "bull in the heather" because it was the fist SY song i ever heard and i just really dig "youth against fascism" i wish i had listened to them more in depth when i was younger but i had a hard time with music that wasn't easily accessable-prob why i like "bull in the heather" because its an easy song to get introduced to them with. as i've gotten older though i've really embraced their complex stuff and like to get lost in the textures and layers. i'm just delving now into their "SYR" series of records that they've been putting out in addition to their studio albums since about 1997 which feature mostly instrumetal and experimental tracks. i had a chance to see SY in 2004 (patti smith played too!) and below is a shot i got at that gig]


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

covers shuffalump!

i thought i'd do something a little different for the 13th installment of the mighty shuffalump. rather than turning to my trusty ipod (which is hovering at the 22,000 song mark) i decided i would pick out some songs on my own so i decided to go with cover songs and picked some of my favs. i know there are tons of other great covers out there but i kept the list short. as you know i've been starting to post videos for the song i use in the regular posts, a song of the day if you will, and i've been doing it so you peeps can hear what the hell i'm talking about on the spot. i'm not going to do that for every shuffalump cuz it would just get to be too much and a lot of stuff i have isn't on youtube; in fact some of the covers i really liked and picked for the list had to be left off cuz i couldn't find videos and i have no technical know-how to make my own! haha. some of the originals you def know, others you may not, but they're all on itunes so you can sample them there (really i checked) if you wanna hear them. i will return soon with another shuffalump, for now, read on and listen up!



                                                                      lou barlow-bulletproof (la roux)
                                                               i like both versions of this song pretty equally. i love the orginal cuz                     its so catchy and i really enjoy LB's lowkey interpretation of it.


wesley willis-girls on film (duran duran)

omg this fucking cover RULES! i do really enjoy the orginal, but wesley willis just kills it in his version!


ben gibbard-indian summer (beat happening)

this is one of those covers that i like better than the orginal. i really enjoy beat happening but calvin johnson's voice can get a little grating for me at times. i think ben gibbard is a gifted songwriter and performer and this cover is honestly breathtaking. it made me feel so free and like i was 15 years younger. this song is a bit of magic.



i also enjoy this cover more than the orginal. i think that CJ's did better with the tempo/timing of the song and i like the vocals better. sorry lou reed!


nirvana-mollys lips (the vaselines)

i enjoy both versions of this song, though with a slight leaning towards nirvana. that probably stems from being a teenager in the 90s and shit like nirvana was epic to me. the vaselines were obscure and out of reach to a 14 year old hoosy but fortunately that changed when i got older.


cat power-sea of love (phil phillips)

both versions of this song are really great but for different reasons. cat power really nails the emotion for me, and i like how the instrumentation/arrangement is a lot different than the orginal. as for that, i just love 50s music in general so this is like a little smile for me every time i hear the phil phillips version. the cover version was in "juno" and really was a great fit for the scene it was in.


bratmobile-cherry bomb (the runaways)

oh i fucking loved the bratmobile version as a teenager!!! i also loved the album it was on "pottymouth" i like the runaways version but i honestly think bratmobile did it better because it was so much spunkier and with way more fucking snarky attitude from allison wolfe...and their lack of musicianship just adds a certain charm for me. i saw joan jett perform this about 10 years ago and she still ripped it up.



i love sebadoh, they are one of my favorite bands ever, but i just like the CWL version of this song better. the original seems flat to me and doesn't resonate like so many other sebadoh tracks do for me. i was suprised that an electro act was covering sebadoh in the first place but it really works. this is a great electronic interpretation of a rock song.

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what are your favorite covers? tell me so i can check em out!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

french fables


[sticker-atlantic city, nj]

not sure if the intent here was a pro-life message or pure snarkyness...i'm learning towards the snark based on the irreverance of the art and the skateboarding reference but you never know. i remain pro-choice regardless of intention.

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randomy...

-red kool-aid. do i really need to say more? didn't think so.
-i've been rocking tribe 8 recently and i had forgotten how much i love them. they def were one of the most influential dyke bands out there and certainly had a big influence on my life too. i got to see lead singer lynn breedlove perform spoken word about 10 years ago, but sadly never got to see the band play. damn.
-i'm taking sociology right now. on one hand i feel okay with it, but on the other hand i'm not that great at it, but i accept that fact. haha.
-everyone needs a little belle and sebastian in their lives now and again.
-friends by far a foreign language mp3 blog which i believe is portuguese though i don't know enough of the language to be sure. i don't understand the posts but there are some damn good tracks on here.

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i can't draw (you don't have to draw to be an artist!) and would never really ever be able to hack it as a tattoo artist (much love and respect to all those who can and who have left their mark upon my skin) but i still have long been curious about it and have wanted to try it. i got my wish recently when i was able to ink myself with a perfect piece. i had found some drawings my nephew did when he was four (he's six now) and i just loved them and knew one in particular was the best of the bunch and i had to get it inked. i had intended for my friend leo to ink it on me but then i got to joking about how i wanted to tattoo something on myself and he said he'd help me out with it. when it came time for the actual tattoo, i still hadn't figured out what i wanted to tattoo myself with til leo asked if my nephews drawing was what i wanted to ink myself with.  it was like the lightbulb instantly went off in my head! haha. it was the perfect thing to do and with his guidance i was able to bang out the best damn four legged vampire-bug creature thingie tattoo ever! the lines may be choppy and a little jagged but i couldn't love it more and i can't wait to show it to my lil buddy. as for my future as a tattoo artist, i think that this was likely the start and end of my tattooing career all at once but it sure was fun. and now i can always say that yes, i have in fact tattooed someone. thanks to dennis for taking the pics!




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SANTIGOLD-starstruck [ah yes santigold formerly known as santogold. creepy, slippery dub. this song tickles the inside of my skull and i find myself being very self reflective whenever i hear it. the line "i see you fade" kills me everytime too. i'm just weird like that]

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

horses




"burning" 2008

[i made this one morning in 2008 to express deep emotions i was feeling over someone who was driving me insane]


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i've been sitting on this post for a few weeks partly due to lazyness and partly due to the fact that ive been busy writing for school. i feel like i've been churning out research papers right and left. fun times. but the good news being that i got an A on the big paper i did on the history of land transportation in the US since 1865. woot woot! i also took a trip to boston which was fun times (and i had to work on a paper while there too. grumble grumble) and we saw a lot of good shit including  stops at the sam adams brewery and the institute of contemporary art which had a really rad show "the record: contemporary art and vinyl". always true to my geek form, i also got some good comic book and thrift scores on the road as well (though most of it was goodies for steve!) and made sure to leave my hoosy mark along the way with stickers going up in boston, salem, and providence RI. speaking of which, the new 2011 version of the HOOS sticker came in just after i arrived home but i will have them out and about with me (the first one went up in atlantic city, nj yesterday) and at shows. and speaking of that...i have a show on 7/28/11 at gallery u in montclair, nj where i will have stickers and more importantly 2 brand new, never before seen pieces! i will have pics up after the show but in the meantime, mark your calendars for the 28th and get yer asses there!

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randomy...
-this post is so named because i'm listening to "horses" by patti smith. good shit.
-just scored black moth super rainbow tickets for their show in nyc this september! fucking excited as hell about this!!!!!! its going to be a good month for me as i will be seeing them, the descendents, and explosions in the sky all within a few weeks of each other. hopefully there will be pictures from all 3 shows but we shall see.
-speaking of EITS here is a profile of them from salt lake city music
-lobster newbrugh might just posibbly be my new favorite thing ever.
-rip amy winehouse. may you find a peace on the other side that you couldn't find here.

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DEERHUNTER-desire lines [this song reaches down into me, slithers its way up and down my spine and pulls at my soul. the guitar work is sparse in a way but so fucking epic from the other side of it. this is nothing short of a masterpiece if you ask me]
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Friday, July 1, 2011

throwing things

BAST

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randomy...

-i just got tickets to see the descendents in nyc in september. the 16 year old version of me would be jealous of the 30 year old version myself. haha.
-the first book of dollhouse comic series is coming out july 13th and is available for pre-order now at darkhorse. def excited for this one.
-i was at the bank today and saw a car with a sebadoh sticker on it and it made me smile. i was walking in and the guy who owned it (it was obvious!) was walking out...i almost struck up a conversation but then my shyness got the best of me. haha.
-newly acquired=little people trippy electro. good shit.
-the comics journal
-i've never had a laser pointer before so i never knew the wackiness that could insue from using one with a cat...or rather four cats at once. hahaha. my furrballs went apeshit, even the fatass one who has the very strenuous job of lounging and cuddling all day. good shit yo!
-geekdad talks to weird al (i was a big fan when i was a kid and steve still likes him)

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BONOBO-all in forms [i love bonobo and especially the latest record, "black sands" which this track is on. this affects me on such a deep level, inside my head, my heart, my soul and i usually have to listen to it a few times before i can move on. i think what really does it for me is the guitar loops and the haunting vocals. they just infect me]



[from now on i'm going to do my best to get the track up here for actual listening. if not then search it on itunes or something, unless its something random and super obscure]
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hoosatron out!

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