Pretentious

April 20, 2009

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It’s not a well kept secret that I have terrible taste in music. I like Brittany Spears, I like Creed, I like Kelly Clarkson, I like the Mamma Mia Soundtrack, I am disrespected constantly. I’m really not impressed with a lot of “cooler” music.

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1. Excessive technical ability is unimportant song quality. If you’re not at a live show, the “artists” ability to play great is erroneous. As long as you’re good enough to pull off the recording, you’re good to go.

2. The musicians don’t have to be the songwriters. There’s nothing magical about the singer/songwriter. A songs quality shouldn’t be effected by who did or didn’t write it. Erroneous!

3. A band’s unique sound doesn’t automatically make them superior. The main stream sound is popular for a reason, diverging from is it certainly allowed and encouraged, but simply doing equal free kudos.

4. The hip band you’ve never heard of isn’t cooler then Brittany Spears solely because they are underground. Unless you don’t want your music to reach very far, the concept of underground should be a disparaging comment, not an acknowledgement. Big bands have simply been successful, it’s not awesome to be less successful.

5. A band’s longevity doesn’t necessarily add up to quality. Any tenacious piece of crap band can just not give up, doesn’t equal goodness.

6. A bands level of aggression has no bearing on the quality of their music. I’ve always hated it when people say things like, “This band makes Metallica look like a kiddie band, they are really hardcore!”

7. The comparison between an full band and a solo artist is also erroneous. No one knows the bass player’s name regardless, so what’s the difference? Unless every band member is independently famous, full band acts are exactly the same as solo ones. The full-time or part-time status of band members most often has minimal effect on the music.

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I really hate it when someone asks you, “So what kind of music do you like?” In my experience, it usually seems like an opportunity for the person asking to then fire off with as many unknown, or extremely non-current bands in attempt as impressing me. It’s exactly the same with film snobs. They tell you their top 5 includes the most low budget indie films ever made and with distribution so it impossible you can recognize what their talking about. But then day to day you hear them quoting Hook or cheesy Arnold Schwarzenegger lines.

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I wish people would simply consume the media that they enjoy and not use it as a means to gain respect.  And I wish that when you are forced to participate in those awful, “So, what do you listen to” conversations, that it doesn’t quickly spiral into a dick measuring contest about who’s music is cooler, smarter, more unique, more technically proficient.

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Metallica and Google

April 19, 2009

I picked up the Guitar Hero Metallica game yesterday, totally can’t wait to dive into it.

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In other news, Google Images just got really cool. Check out the new features they added.

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I love me some Google Images.

 

Following the heroine death of Smashing Pumpkins keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin in the late 90s, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was also kicked out of the band for heroine use leaving Billy, James, and D’acry.

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A few years later, the Pumpkin’s bassist D’arcy was kicked out for drugs leaving just Billy and James.

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James Iha got pouty in 2004 and quit leaving only Billy Corgan.

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The band then broke up leaving nobody.

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Billy tried a new band and a solo album, but it wasn’t the same.

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The Smashing Pumpkins got back together in 2006 with only Billy and Jimmy.

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A few days ago, Jimmy got pouty and left the band again, leaving Billy all alone.

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Too bad, so sad.

Listentoyoutube.com

February 25, 2009

Recently Ashley and I went on an extensive road trip. Before leaving I wanted to fill up my iPod with some Tim Minchin, the Australian musical comedian. For one reason or another, Tim Minchin music doesn’t seem to exist in the US.

In my desperation to get my fix I found this really cool website that allows you to pull music directly from YouTube. The website is www.listentoyoutube.com. You simply copy a YouTube video’s URL into this site and it rips the audio from any video and then makes it available to download. The site is free and efficient.

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Ashley and I are terribly impatient.  Last night at about 6:00PM, we impulsively decided to have Christmas 8 days early.  My goodness did I make out well!

Britney Spears – Circus

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I made it though the album on my way in to work this morning.  Most of the songs are just OK.  I think about 3 or so songs are really good.  And there is one really awkward song entitled “My Baby” about…. her baby.

Moon in My Room

The Moon in My Room is awesome, you hang the moon on the wall and you can set it to light up in whatever phase you so choose.  It’s for ages 6 and up.

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We have 4 remotes that we constantly lose.  Thank goodness for over-the-top personal electronics.

Wide Angle Lens

I can be artistic now!

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I’m sure this is going to be the prettiest Blu-Ray ever

James Randi – Flim Flam

Teach me how to spread hate for all things pseudo scientific.

Skeptics Dictionary

Again, all about spreading the hate.

Socks

For my feet.

Lens Brush

I’ve graduated from cleaning lenses with my t-shirt!

Evolution T-shirt

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My good buddy Charles drew this diagram for me when he realized that we are all related.

Book Light

So I can read in the dark.

Push Lights

So I can see in the dark.

Starbursts

It’s just candy.

Santa Pez Dispenser

More candy.

Hannah Montana Brush Tunes

Hannah Montana sings to me for 2 minutes as long as I’m brushing hard.

Monopoly Travel

Monopoly so simplified, you can play it in the car.

Daily Pill Organizer

So I don’t forget to take my anti-depressants.  I’m suffering from depression.

Car Air Freshener

It’s for the car.

Advil – Travel Size

It’s for my head.

Spore for Mac

When I get home from work, I am going to lock myself in my office and not come out until I have evolved.

And I’m sure I forgot to list something awesome.

Michael Jackson Incognito

December 14, 2008

Ashley passed this along to me from Perez Hiltion and I just couldn’t pass it up.  He looks like a crime-fighting superhero Muslim, arming himself with a mix CD.  I don’t know whether to be proud or ashamed.

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Blu-ray Hi-Def… why must people use the unnecessary addition of “Hi-Def?” Are the Blu-ray marketing people concerned that the simple minded folks won’t know what Blu-ray is? “HD” and “High Def” have an equal number of syllables, “HD” is a legitimate acronym where as “High Def” sounds like a big pile of gay. We’re not going to start calling them: “DVD Standard Def”, so let’s just be simple, “DVD” and “Blu-ray“. If you don’t know which one is HD, then you probably don’t care much about HD to begin with.

Speaking of HD woes, when is Motorola going to streamline its interface for its cable box? The DVD needs folders like the TiVo, and the On-Demand needs….a new On-Demand. Another think I’d love is to automatically hide redundant SD duplicates, so people with HDTVs only watch HD feeds. I can’t say how many times I’ve been somewhere where people have HD and they are unknowingly watching the SD channels. Old people need assistance in making use of their HD.

Butch Vig Records Green Day

December 3, 2008

Green Day is recording a new “powerpop” album with Butch Vig. The same Butch Vig that recorded Nirvana’s Nevermind and Smashing Pumpkin’s Gish, Siamese Dream, and Mellon Collie and Infinite Saddness and AFI’s Sing the Sorrow and Jimmy Eat World’s Chase This Light. Now he’s gracing the Green Day. I can’t wait.

Apple had quite the shout-out on The Simpsons.


Everybody’s favorite Michael Jackson is at it again. Apparently an avid fan, the Prince of Bahrain has taken a personal interest in the King of Pop. During his tough financial times, Jacko took millions from him with an understanding that he would come out with a new album, an autobiography, and a musical. All three of those things are too good to be true on their own.

Jacko had a tough time getting the creative juices flowing, so after some frustration he went back to the Prince of Bahrain with a brilliant idea: To get his ideas going he requested that Prince hire Tony Buzan, a “Mind Mapping and Motivational Guru.” This creativity magnet Tony charged the Prince of Bahrian $37,000 a day to give Jacko good ideas. Michael Jackson hung out with him for a week, costing the friendly Prince $350,000. The frustrated Prince was agitated at Michael Jackson’s broken promises, so now they both are in court.

I’m still waiting for the Michael Jackson Las Vegas show, that is supposedly going to have a godlike statue of Michael Jackson that shoots lasers.