finally what all us yanks have been waiting for!

7 04 2009

what i’m listening to: my top 5 songs of unabashed surliness

7 04 2009

I won’t lie to you, tots. (I’d lie to the government, my grandmother, and even St. Peter himself if I had to, but never to you, my dear, precious tots.)

It’s been a really hectic few weeks…lots of good stuff, don’t get me wrong, but too much upheaval leaves me feeling a little surly.  Have you ever felt that way too?  Before you force yourself to plaster that poo-eating grin back on your pretty lil face, here’s a few songs that I listen to when I’m just in the mood to be a trifle pissy for a while…  And no, they’re not songs of pure outrage.  Hopefully, they’ll put you on track to feeling a little better…

“Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today” – Fall Out Boy
Key Lyrics: Let’s play this game called “when you catch fire”
I wouldn’t piss to put you out
Stop burning bridges and drive off of them
So I can forget about you

Can’t Tell Me Nothing” – Kanye West
Key Lyrics: I feel the pressure, under more scrutiny
And what I do? Act more stupidly

“You Got It All…Wrong” – The Hives
Key Lyrics: We had a laugh, but it turned into a cough
We got along but now I wanna get off

“Pain” – Jimmy Eat World
Key Lyrics: Nevermind these are horrid times.

“I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” – My Chemical Romance
Key Lyrics: You said you read me like a book, but the pages all are torn and frayed

what i’m listening to: muse

9 03 2009


Larger than life, symphonic, bombastic, and dangerously eccentric, Muse is a band for the ages.

And I’m seriously addicted!

Muse has made a gigantic impression over seas, hailing from the UK, but the band’s made quite an impression here in the states as well.  They actually played opening gigs for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters in the late 90’s, when their grandious 1996 album (and my personal favorite) Black Holes and Revelations took both Europe and the US by storm.

Muse’s 2008 release, HAARP is also an almost criminally monumental effort.  Think mixing in the brilliance of Queen with a dash of Radiohead, and maybe some pyrotechnics thrown in just to keep it interesting. The band was the first ever to sell out London’s Wembley Stadium, and they did it twice.  Listening to HAARP, a live CD/DVD combo from these performances, you begin to appreciate that Muse may have finally found an arena big enough for the band’s ambitious sound.

If you’re in the mood for taking a trip beyond the mundane, look no farther than Muse.

Check out “Super Massive Black Hole” live at Wembley Stadium! (Yes, this was *ahem* featured on the Twilight soundtrack.) Loves it to death!

what i’m listening to: red light crisis

3 03 2009


If you’re from Pittsburgh and you support the amazing local music scene that this city has fostered…

See: Donora
Br’er Fox

…you can understand why I’m going back to my ShowClix roots to plug a band from my own back yard.

The band’s called Red Light Crisis, and they’re a breathe of fresh air to a genre that’s seen the very worst of suburban white-boy rock.
Red Light Crisis’ latest incarnation consists of:
Jacob Mortimer – Vocals
Greg Moreira – Guitar
Erik Kerr – Drums
Kevin Dinello – Bass


Check out the Red Light Crisis MySpace page to hear some original songs.

But to understand the breadth of talent these guys have, you really should see them live. The sets seem constructed to highlight each member’s individual strength—from Greg absolutely killing it during his guitar solo on the cover of “Come Together,” to Kevin adding just enough funk to the baseline of an otherwise rocked-out revision of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” Erik Kerr exists in his own orbit when he’s behind his drums, and Jake commands the stage like a veteran (think one part Geoff Tate to two parts Mick Jagger). This band loves to perform, loves their music, and gives everything to their audience during a show.


As a fan of rock, you can’t ask for much more than that.

what i’m listening to: the ricky gervais show

19 02 2009


Today I’m feeling a smidge glum, so I’m gonna start my day off right with some Ricky Gervais.

I’m a huge fan of The Ricky Gervais Show, and pretty much everything the man comes up with, from his record-breaking podcasts, to his books, to his movies.

I can’t wait to hear “The Ricky Gervais Guide To…The Arts,” but for now I’ll settle with “The Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete Fifth Season.”  I’ve listened to it probably about a dozen times, and it’s still ridiculous.  Ricky, Karl, and Steve talk about everything from Ricky’s pajamas to Nazi Germany.  Karl is, of course, as round-headed and bald as ever.


One of my favorite Karl quotes from season 5 is, “Anne Frank was just a squatter with a diary.”

If you’ve never heard any of the podcasts (now audiobooks) before, it’s time to break out the iTunes (or!  Obviously, I’m not getting paid to say any of this, it’s just a little reccommendation from me to you.  They’re funny as hell, even if your head isn’t shaped like an orange!

Check out the Ricky Gervais website!

Here’s a little taste of Ricky, Steve, and Karl in action…HIGHlarious!