Monday, October 31, 2011

shut the fuckup

young the giant
jukebox the ghost
protest the hero
foster the people
cage the elephant
which hot stud Does u want 2 b0ne?

new shit

We were about to post some Halloween-related videos and have it be a joke because the videos were actually not Halloween-related at all... But for a change of pace, we've found a couple new artists who we're actually enjoying...

Also, this was posted on the Late Night Noise blog the other day...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Mike Judge Is My Xanax"

The title of this interview isn't too far off from my own experience... I started re-discovering B&B partially because there was a point about two years ago where I needed to fall asleep to it in order to keep myself sane...

In this interview, Judge's commentary is insightful as always; but aside from this, I found myself getting annoyed with the interviewer, who chose to present himself as someone not too much younger than me, while mentally about twice my age... I was annoyed enough that it probably merits some quotes/commentary...

  • ...the combination of pop culture’s current state of awfulness and the fact that internet commenting has turned young people into defensive pussies who never have to deal with retribution for their half-formed opinions...
  • How do you think kids who never watched the original series are going to react to the new show? I feel that the culture of this generation sucks so badly that they may be too far-gone to understand the nuances of Beavis and Butt-Head’s commentary. Or, more likely, I’m just getting old and crotchety.
  • How about MTV? It’s basically unrecognizable from the network it was 15 years ago, and it seems like only tweens and douchebags watch it now.

  • Maybe I'm out of touch and naive enough to really believe modern high school and college age people are diverse enough to pull their own weight, culturally... I'll be the first to point out the heavy emphasis on materialism that the media has pushed over the past ten years, evident in the obsession with Paris Hilton 6 years ago, and the Kardashians today, as well as MTV bullshit like My Super Sweet 16... There was materialism in the 80's and 90's too, but just not to this extent... And witnessing the horrible ways in which the 1% waste their money is a huge part of the reason why people around the world are finally angry enough to protest against economic mismanagement...

    #OccupyWallStreet in itself proves that this interviewer is hugely out of touch. A lot of young people do stay informed... They're smart, and they do care. And believe it or not, some of those same people DO watch MTV for entertainment, and they DO enjoy shows like Jersey Shore. In fact, some of the smartest and most successful friends that I have adore Jersey Shore and never miss an episode. So I can't really speak badly about it. (However, the Kardashians are a different story... You have to be a reasonably mindless dumbass to gain any sense of entertainment value from that shit.)

    I don't think it makes sense to generalize and discriminate against an entire age group just based on MTV. At one point, I might have agreed with this, but many recent experiences have proven otherwise. There have always been stupid people... There will always be stupid people. We haven't gotten any dumber... We're just as stupid as we've always been.

  • Can Beavis say “fire” again?
    Yes, he can say “fire.”
    Good. Kids need to burn more shit down these days.

  • smh... This guy is 29 by the way.

  • Speaking of YouTube, it’s about the only place where people watch music videos now. I don’t think MTV even shows them at 4 AM anymore.

  • Do your homework. Both MTV and MTV2 air videos for at least 6 hours every day for people who enjoy waking up to videos, and for insomniacs... It's called AMTV and it's been airing for over a year, from about 3AM until about 9AM every day... MTV2 still airs Subterranean and Headbanger's Ball. 120 Minutes recently returned also, and while it's not nearly as good as it was in the 90's, it's better than nothing. There are also at least three 24-hour video channels: MTV-U, MTV Jams, and MTV Hits. There's also VH1 Classic and Fuse... As you read this, music videos are actually airing on cable TV. I know it's hard to believe...

    costume suggestions

    If I had 8 friends and was drunk enough I would allow myself to be Mint Berry Crunch for Halloween, as long as the rest of Coon & Friends were present.. actually it would have to be me plus 9 others because I almost forgot about General Disarray. Yeah anyway, someone should do this...

    Saturday, October 22, 2011

    Creation records doc

    The idea of a documentary about Creation Records got us excited after we assumed there would be loads of discussion about My Bloody Valentine and Teenage Fanclub. However, the trailer makes it look like half of this thing is about Oasis. Bleh.

    Upside Down: The Creation Records Story - New Trailer from Upside Down The Movie on Vimeo.

    Friday, October 21, 2011

    90's Rock Feuds

    Some good pictures were included with this article, which is like 89% of the reason we're linking to it...

    As usual, some liberties have been taken regarding "90s revisionism," for example one of the "feuds" listed here is "Nirvana vs Pearl Jam," which was hardly a feud compared to anything else listed here. Changing this to "Nirvana vs GNR" would have made much more sense.

    We also don't agree with their choice of "Britney vs Christina," only because once again, this was hardly a feud... They were pretty much always painted by the media as comrades along the lines of say, the Beatles and the Stones for example... Competitive friends, but never a pair who were publicly feuding. (Not to mention, this did not take place at any point during the actual duration of the 90's.)

    Nor do we agree with their word choice of "Epic" to describe anything 90's-related.. But once again, this is mostly worth checking out for a few decent pictures...

    Epic Musician Feuds of the ’90s

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Lowt Ide "Xica"

    Lowt Ide
    Xica (LP)

    1. Lowt Ide - Chateau 19 (1:55)
    2. Lowt Ide - The Light Of Jesus (4:59)
    3. Lowt Ide - Coffin (2:47)
    4. Lowt Ide - LO!L@* (2:27)
    5. Lowt Ide - P.S.A. (5:08)
    6. Lowt Ide - The Hymn Of The Blood (0:32)
    7. Lowt Ide - Royal Flush #5 (7:47)
    8. Lowt Ide - The Hymn Of Healing (0:48)
    9. Lowt Ide - Mother North (6:33)
    10. Lowt Ide - Ryan Healey College (8:55)
    11. Lowt Ide - Down On The Corner (12:55)

    Lowt Ide is celebrating the 5-year-anniversary of their 2006 album Xica with a re-release, posting the album on their Bandcamp page. As of right now, we've been considering this our favorite Lowt Ide album, but it's hard to say... It's definitely varied and abrasive, with higher production value than the previously posted This Album Fucking Sucks. And it closes with three enormous epics... (And we normally avoid the 2011 definition of "epic," so you can rest assured all three songs are pretty huge...)

    There's a somewhat faithful (but also very warped) cover of Satyricon's "Mother North" - all 6.5 minutes of it.

    And of course who could forget "Ryan Healey College," a collage of Ryan Healey samples mostly pulled from Splice's self-titled debut and from their EP More Crap From Splice, as well as a few brief clips from a live New Haven performance. It's one of the most unlistenable and torturous monstrosities to ever grace any record. It's also fucking amazing.

    Last but not least is "Down On The Corner," posing as a CCR cover while it actually contains none of its lyrics and sounds nothing like it (aside from a 60-second tease right in the center of the song), although it does contain a feed from an AM Christian radio broadcast. Once you get past the first minute or two, it gets kinda trippy and fucked up.

    We have no mediafire upload prepared at the moment, but the album is streaming from the link below...

    Siamese Dream reissue

    The vinyl reissue of Siamese Dream coming in a few weeks will NOT be released as a 1-LP set as erroneously reported by Pitchfork... BASTARDS. It's a fucking 62 minute album. You can't fit that onto 1 record?? And if that's not possible, then at least fill fit it onto 3 sides, 20 minutes a side, and throw some bonus tracks onto side four. It's not that hard to do, people. Back in 1988 when they were starting to push CD's, they threw bonus tracks onto the end of records like they were fucking giving them away for free.

    I remember receiving Michael Jackson Bad on CD as a gift and thinking I was cooler than my friends who only had the cassette version which didn't include "Leave Me Alone." Why can't they do this with vinyl?!? I would have gladly bought Siamese Dream a second time if this were the case. Sorry Corgan, you lost yourself a customer.

    TV Stuff: We want more Jimmy / Beavis&Bieber premiering soon / Wonder Showzen news

    This is one of those rare times when TV is briefly getting interesting again. It's been years since the last one of these happened...

    We're two episodes deep into the current half-season of South Park, and this appears to be the most feelings-based and depressing bunch of episodes they've thrown together so far. But we're remaining hopeful... and while we LOVE the expansion of Clyde and Craig's characters over the past 3 years, we def want/NEED more Jimmy:

    Wow. What a great audience.

    As of tonight, we have eight days until B&B, re-titled this time around as Mike Judge's Beavis & Butthead. As we've stated earlier, 50% music videos doesn't sound as bad as it could have been, although there's no way they're going to comment on any music from over a year ago, and the first few episodes will probably include easy targets like Gaga and Bieber just to appease meatheads. Also, Judge reportedly has over 20 episodes ready to go, even though MTV is insisting on airing it once-a-week this time around, as opposed to how they presented new episodes in the 90's five-days-a-week, Monday through Friday. This means the premiere episode airing on October 27th will likely be re-ran at least 14 times (probably around twice a day) leading up to the premiere of the 2nd new episode on November 3rd. It might be in MTV's best interest to air a few classic B&B episodes alongside the new ones, so people don't get tired of the same jokes too quickly.

    This will never happen though... Instead, they made an equally wise programming decision to launch their first new animated show since possibly as far back as 2003 when they were airing Clone High and 3 South. Without at least one other cartoon show, the new B&B would seem incredibly awkward drowning in a sea of Teen Mom's and I Used To Be Fat's. The new show is called Good Vibes, and here's a huge shocker: It's about Jersey Shore surfers who chase around cartoon chicks for 30 minutes. Imagine that... On the positive side, there's some talented people doing the voice work, and David Gordon Green is executive producer or something... So it might be funny. Who knows...

    And finally, remember remember the 6th of November...
    Wonder Showzen temporarily pulls Patton Oswalt out of his path of family-oriented Pixar flicks for some more darkness and insanity for The Heart, She Holler. (this was the only youtube clip we could find)...


    i have none

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    once again for 2010

    These re-assessments usually happen over the summer, such as last year's One More Time For 2009 where we claimed that nobody was having a good 2010... and while that may have been true at the time, the music of that year now seems surprisingly badass in hindsight...

    What sets apart 2010 and 2009 from many previous years lies in the heavy weight on outstanding non-p4k/bandcamp artists, or artists who are not (yet) on Spotify. While 2011 seems like a slight bummer at the moment, this may prove to be the case once again, after looking back on 2011 from a future perspective. That's usually how it is.

    For all intents and purposes, Mary Kate & Ashley Olson's “Gimme Pizza Slow” is without question the culmination of all things that make our world a great place to live, and should have been considered the best song of 2010... But somehow it didn't seem fair to place the greatest thing ever in a list of music by actual recording artists.

    Additions that were not on 2010's Greatest Hits include Waka Flocka Flame, a few Pill tracks, Ke$ha & Bieber... most of this is just reorganizing...

    50 Pill “Hear Somebody Comin’”
    49 Gucci Mane “Lemonade”
    48 Ringo Deathstarr “Imagine Hearts”
    47 Liars “Scarecrows On A Killer Slant”
    46 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti “Can’t Hear My Eyes”
    45 Washed Out “You and I”
    44 Janelle Monae “Cold War”
    43 Big Boi “Daddy Fat Sax”
    42 Earl Sweatshirt “epaR”
    41 Pill “On Da Korner”

    40 Big KRIT “Somedayz”
    39 Big Boi featuring Yelawolf “You Ain’t No DJ”
    38 Wiz Khalifa “Black and Yellow”
    37 Lady Gaga “Alejandro”
    36 Japandroids “Sex and Dying in High Society”
    35 Ke$ha “Your Love Is My Drug”
    34 Merchandise “Worthless Apology”
    33 The Morning Benders “All Day Day Light”
    32 Big Boi featuring Cutty “Shutterbug”
    31 Big Boi “General Patton”

    30 No Age “Common Heat”
    29 Earl Sweatshirt “Stapleton”
    28 No Age “Glitter”
    27 Hooray For Earth “Surrounded By Your Friends”
    26 Japandroids “Art Czars”
    25 Happy Birthday “2 Shy”
    24 Happy Birthday “Subliminal Message”
    23 Waka Flocka Flame featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale “No Hands”
    22 Beak> “Wulfstan”
    21 No Age “Fever Dreaming”

    20 Ke$ha “We R Who We R”
    19 Crystal Castles featuring Robert Smith “Not In Love”
    18 The-Dream “Yamaha”
    17 Tyler the Creator featuring Earl Sweatshirt “AssMilk”
    16 Vampire Weekend “Giving Up The Gun”
    15 Katy Perry “Teenage Dream”
    14 Happy Birthday “Girls FM”
    13 Waka Flocka Flame “Hard In Da Paint”
    12 Japandroids “Heavenward Grand Prix”
    11 Earl Sweatshirt “Earl”

    10 Earl Sweatshirt featuring Ace Creator “Couch”
    09 The Arcade Fire “We Used To Wait”
    08 Justin Bieber “Runaway Love”
    07 El Guincho “Bombay”
    06 Caribou “Sun”
    05 Merchandise “I Locked The Door”
    04 Robyn “Hang With Me”
    03 Tyler, The Creator featuring Hodgy Beats “French!”
    02 Japandroids “Younger Us”
    01 The Arcade Fire “The Suburbs”

    "Bitch Suck Dick"

    So they made a video for the worst song ever... although I've been listening to "Flockaveli" all morning which I suppose helps put the whole thing into context..

    "13 Candles"

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    Dead Wives "The Crack Game"

    Dead Wives
    "The Crack Game" (Demo tape)

    1. Dead Wives - Get At Dat Money Tho (2:43)
    2. Dead Wives - Partisan (2:33)
    3. Dead Wives - Spider (2:51)
    4. Dead Wives - Pinhead (4:09)
    5. Dead Wives - The Vomit Inside (1:56)
    6. Dead Wives - Girl Cursive (3:56)
    7. Dead Wives - Bitch We Deep (2:23)
    8. Dead Wives - Barberea (1:54)
    9. Dead Wives - Jello Stars (3:53)
    10. Dead Wives - Slouch (3:22)
    11. Dead Wives - Ice Climbers (3:21)
    12. Dead Wives - Mavis Creeps in the Shadows (1:31)
    13. Dead Wives - Hard In Da Paint (4:14)

    The long-delayed sixth and latest installment of Dead Wives’ series of demo tapes is now available for anyone who’s interested, streaming on Soundcloud or from Mediafire download.

    As stated when Demon Priest was posted, “these are mostly just about trying out new ideas and seeing what works.” So please don’t call this “the new album,” because it’s not. It’s just a demo collection.

    Also important: Previous demos such as “Milk and Water” or “The Chocolate Factory” excluded many songs, some of which were later re-added as bonus tracks. However, “The Crack Game” marks a new era of “quantity over quality” demos for Dead Wives. (So just a warning.. Normally, tracks 8 through 13 would not have been included here... Also 12 and 13 are only available on Mediafire.)

    Everything was recorded with a single microphone (for two reasons: #1 some effort was made to recreate the "basement band practice" atmosphere, and #2 due to lack of resources). As a consequence, this might have the lowest production value out of any Dead Wives demo so far (which means it’s pretty bad).

    As previously noted on their Facebook profile, there’s a few more “guitar solos” than usual. In more than one case, this clever tactic was used to make up for a lack of “actual songs.”

    “Girl Cursive” (a circa-2005 relic) and “Jello Stars” are probably their two most melodramatic “emo” songs so far. They’re also both difficult to sing, and for whatever reason, the decision was made to NOT double-track. So both songs ended up with embarrassingly weaker-than-usual vox. Whatever.

    The drums on “Pinhead” were borrowed from Hoveral’s “User Friendly” and from Bernie’s “Kill Your Parents.”

    “Hard In Da Paint” is music and lyrics by Waka Flocka Flame copyright 2010


    The Crack Game (demo) by deadwives


    Monday, October 10, 2011

    Mikey Welsh RIP

    I was kinda shocked when I found out last night about Mikey Welsh.. Back in the early days of TMK when we used to have daily updates on the Weezer/Get Up Kids/Ozma tour of spring 2001, I recall Mikey as a very welcome and enthusiastic addition to Weezer's lineup.. Not quite Matt Sharp caliber, but certainly adding some excitement to the mix..

    Mikey's contributions to the original-third-album demos (the one that should have been released around 1998/1999 instead of waiting an additional two years for "The Green Album") were recently uncovered on last fall's Death To False Metal LP, on two tracks which both made it onto our "2010's Greatest Hits" list...

    Here's some of our favorite Weezer tracks from the all-too-brief Mikey-era...

    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    top 100 albums 2000-2009

    In the process of attempting to build some type of official "TMK canon" of the bands we are most likely to write about / the bands that matter vs the ones who are simply over-hyped and not worth attention... (seriously, who trusts Pitchfork anymore?)

    This was quickly and hastily thrown together, so there's a good chance that some key records are missing, but whatever... Time for our super-slow unveil... Because no one asked for it... And here they is, them records that kicked some ass...

    100. Handsome Boy Modelling School “So How’s Your Girl” (1999/2000)
    99. Wolf Parade “At Mount Zoomer” (2008)
    98. Missy Elliott “Miss E So Addictive” (2001)
    97. Kanye West “The College Dropout” (2004)
    96. Broken Social Scene “You Forgot It In People” (2002)
    95. Clipse “Lord Willin’” (2002)
    94. Radiohead “Hail to the Thief” (2003)
    93. Beck “Sea Change” (2002)
    92. Belle and Sebastian “Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant” (2000)
    91. Ween “White Pepper” (2000)

    90. The Mars Volta “De-Loused in the Comatorium” (2003)
    89. Junior Boys “Last Exit” (2004)
    88. Brian Wilson “Smile” (2004)
    87. Desert Sessions “Vol. 7 & 8” (2001)
    86. Hot Chip “Coming On Strong” (2004/2005)
    85. The Get Up Kids “Something To Write Home About” (1999/2000)
    84. Coldplay “Parachutes” (2000)
    83. Shellac “1000 Hurts” (2000)
    82. DJ Burn One & Pill “4180: The Prescription” (2009)
    81. Le Tigre “Le Tigre” (1999/2000)

    80. Secret Machines “Ten Silver Drops” (2006)
    79. Yo La Tengo “I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass” (2006)
    78. Thom Yorke “The Eraser” (2006)
    77. Outkast “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” (2003)
    76. No Doubt “Return of Saturn” (2000)
    75. D’Angelo “Voodoo” (2000)
    74. Sufjan Stevens “Illinois” (2005)
    73. The Flaming Lips “Embryonic” (2009)
    72. Kanye West “808s and Heartbreak” (2008)
    71. T.I. “King” (2006)

    70. Ben Kweller “Sha Sha” (2002)
    69. Slipknot “Slipknot” (1999/2000)
    68. Liars “They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument On Top” (2001)
    67. The Exploding Hearts “Guitar Romantic” (2003)
    66. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists “Hearts of Oak” (2003)
    65. Wilco “A Ghost Is Born” (2004)
    64. Boris & Michio Kurihara “Rainbow” (2007)
    63. The Unicorns “Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone” (2003)
    62. Boards of Canada “Geogaddi” (2002)
    61. Yo Majesty “Yo” (2006)

    60. Laura Cantrell “Not the Tremblin’ Kind” (2000)
    59. Kylie Minogue “Fever” (2001/2002)
    58. Radiohead “Amnesiac” (2001)
    57. Clipse “Hell Hath No Fury” (2006)
    56. Solid Steel Presents DJ Food & DK “Now Listen!” (2001)
    55. Lil Wayne “Tha Carter III” (2008)
    54. Beak> “Beak>” (2009)
    53. Black Dice “Repo” (2009)
    52. Cut Copy “In Ghost Colors” (2008)
    51. The Avalanches “Since I Left You” (2000)

    50. Elliott Smith “Figure 8” (2000)
    49. Jay-Z “The Black Album” (2003)
    48. The Shins “Oh, Inverted World” (2001)
    47. Silversun Pickups “Carnavas” (2006)
    46. Interpol “Turn On the Bright Lights” (2002)
    45. Mclusky “Mclusky Do Dallas” (2001/2002)
    44. Wire “Send” (2003)
    43. Queens of the Stone Age “Songs for the Deaf” (2002)
    42. Pinback “Summer in Abaddon” (2004)
    41. The Fall “Country on the Click/The Real New Fall LP” (2003/2004)

    40. Wolf Parade “Apologies to the Queen Mary” (2005)
    39. The Dismemberment Plan “Change” (2001)
    38. Outkast “Stankonia” (2000)
    37. Jimmy Eat World “Bleed American/Jimmy Eat World” (2001)
    36. The Arcade Fire “Funeral” (2004)
    35. Jay-Z “The Blueprint” (2001)
    34. TV on the Radio “Return to Cookie Mountain” (2006)
    33. Of Montreal “The Sunlandic Twins” (2005)
    32. Grandaddy “The Sophtware Slump” (2000)
    31. The Strokes “Is This It” (2001)

    30. The White Stripes “White Blood Cells” (2001)
    29. Andrew WK “I Get Wet” (2002)
    28. The Darkness “Permission to Land” (2003)
    27. Deftones “White Pony” (2000)
    26. Modest Mouse “The Moon and Antarctica” (2000)
    25. Yo La Tengo “And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out” (2000)
    24. Justin Timberlake “Justified” (2002)
    23. The Shins “Chutes Too Narrow” (2003)
    22. Elliott Smith “From a Basement on the Hill” (2004)
    21. PJ Harvey “Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea” (2000)

    20. Sigur Ros “Agaetis Byrjun” (1999/2000)
    19. Spoon “Gimme Fiction” (2005)
    18. Japandroids “Post-Nothing” (2009)
    17. Wilco “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” (2001/2002)
    16. Death from Above 1979 “You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine” (2004)
    15. Phoenix “It’s Never Been Like That” (2006)
    14. Electric Wizard “Dopethrone” (2000)
    13. Aphex Twin “Drukqs” (2001)
    12. C.S.S. “Cansei de ser Sexy” (2005/2006)
    11. At-The-Drive-In “Relationship of Command” (2000)

    10. Radiohead “Kid A” (2000)
    9. TV on the Radio “Young Liars” (2003)
    8. And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead “Source Tags & Codes” (2002)
    7. Fugazi “The Argument” (2001)
    6. Queens of the Stone Age “Rated R” (2000)
    5. N*E*R*D “In Search Of” (2001/2002)
    4. Madvillian “Madvilliany” (2004)
    3. No Age “Nouns” (2008)
    2. System of a Down “Toxicity” (2001)
    1. Daft Punk “Discovery” (2001)

    Animal Collective "Merriweather Post Pavilion" (2009)
    Annie “Anniemal” (2004)
    Blink-182 “Blink-182” (2003)
    Deltron 3030 “Deltron 3030” (2000)
    Dinosaur Jr “Farm” (2009)
    Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP” (2000)
    Ghostface Killah “Fishscale” (2006)
    Guided By Voices “Isolation Drills” (2001)
    Lady Gaga “The Fame/The Fame Monster” (2008/2009)
    Low “Things We Lost In The Fire” (2001)
    M.I.A. "Kala" (2007)
    Muse “Absolution” (2003)
    Nas “Stillmatic” (2001)
    Neon Indian “Psychic Chasms” (2009)
    Panic! At the Disco “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” (2005)
    Ringo Deathstarr “Sparkler” (2009)
    Sleep “Dopesmoker” (2003)
    The Used “The Used” (2002)

    Notes: It's not a coincidence that there is only 1 album on this list that was released in 2007, since 2007 was the worst year in the history of popular music. (Edit: We just added "Kala" to the "Close calls" which brings the total to 2, but still... I mean, c'mon...)

    Those searching for high placements from the likes of The National, Fleet Foxes, LCD Soundsystem, Joanna Newsom or Battles may consider searching elsewhere, because they did not stand a chance here.

    We enjoy The Hold Steady, Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, New Pornographers, Clinic, etc etc etc... but we don't come back to those records all that often. They weren't forgotten or anything.. but they're just kinda boring in comparison to other stuff.