e_juliana: (prance)
Hivemind help: I'm making a couple CDs for my work friend Ben. Ben is most often my co-bartender in crime, and our musical tastes overlap to the point where I can make a silly reference about, say, Taking Back Sunday, and he'll get it. So, I've rhapsodized, as I am wont to do, about both Lucero and MCR to him. He's heard some Lucero and likes them, but hasn't really investigated them further. MCR has, so far, failed to grab him. Which is fair, because what I heard of MCR on the radio failed to grab me (I blame you people for the eventual flail).

SO. What should I put on the Lucero and MCR CDs, respectively? I already have ideas for both, but would appreciate hivemind input! (I'm also going to make him a CD of Random Shit Juliana Likes, which will include Midtown, FOB, Corb Lund, and whatever else I feel like tossing on there.)

Songs already on the Lucero CD: San Francisco, All Sewn Up, Nobody's Darlings, And We Fell, I Can Get Us Out Of Here Tonight, Anjalee

Songs already on the MCR CD: Demolition Row, Teenagers, House Of Wolves, Thank You For The Venom, The Sharpest Lives

Thoughts! Concerns! Battle it out in the comments! (Oooooh, we could have a song deathmatch...)
e_juliana: (let's get wasted)
OHAI LUCERO, I hear you in the background of the dive bar. Yays!

edit: Song is "She's Just That Kind Of Girl", from Rebels, Rogues, and Sworn Brothers. Fantastic.
e_juliana: (up to no good)
If you were to get a line or five of lyrics tattoed upon you, what would you pick, and why?

Personally, I'm sure I would get something from one of Leonard Cohen's songs. Or perhaps Tom Waits.
e_juliana: (je suis une rock star)
If you don't like the song, it's over in 2 minutes anyway.

Right, back to newsletter hell.
e_juliana: (ben still sing along)
Bandom's growing up, peeps. Remember when "selling out" used to be the devil?

So, Coca-Cola announces this today:

Coca-Cola and Warner Music are to partner on a download release as part of the brand's new "Open Happiness" global marketing campaign.

The track, titled "Open Happiness," was announced at the MIDEM international music Market and conference in Cannes, during the "Exploring New Models For Brands and Music Partnerships" panel.

Umut Ozaydinli, music marketing manager for Coca-Cola's Worldwide Sports and Entertainment Marketing division, said the track would be marketed via billions of cans of coke

The song, set for release in March via Atlantic, features Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump and Janelle Monae and is set to feature on the TV campaign.

I read on Idolator today that it:

will also have contributions from Cee-Lo, Panic at the Disco's Brendon Urie, and Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy. And it'll be produced by Butch Walker. And Polow Da Don.

Apparently they'll debut a snippet of it during American Idol tonight.

I wonder - in this day and age of synergistic marketing and 360 deals - do "kids these days" have any idea of the concept of "selling out"? I remember being heartbroken at hearing a favorite singer shill for Coca-Cola way back in the day. I remember my parents being furious at Beatles tracks being used for advertising. I don't think it works that way anymore, but I could be wrong.
e_juliana: (focus)
I'm just saying, this all started because of [livejournal.com profile] ethrosdemon.

So, still not a Panic girl, but this clip of Spencer drumming is interesting, just to watch his technique. (And holy shit, do drummers continue to impress me. I can't even get two limbs moving separately yet coordinated-ly (is so a word) on a regular basis, much less four.) He's got such a loose, jazzy style. Bryar's still jazzy, but much more focused. Which also has to do with the kind of music they're playing, but still.

(I just need to throw Toro's guitar solo of AWESOME in here now.)

And then we have Travis Barker (who was just in that plane crash) dueting with ?uestlove of The Roots - talk about disparate styles. Barker does kind of look like Animal on that kit (I know Animal was modeled after Moon, but come on. Barker already looks like a Muppet.)

I love this stuff - watching and contrasting technique. I don't get to do it so much for actors or directors, because theater/TV/movies are so collaborative, so it's fun to watch music performances. For me. Yes.
e_juliana: (midnight sevens)
[livejournal.com profile] flyingtapes thinks that IDC sounds like reinvented Cure remixed by Placebo, which I can see. Patrick's vocal stylings and the synth definitely lend themselves to that interpretation, especially in the chorus. Personally, I've said that the skeleton of FOB's "I Don't Care" is making me want to hear them attack a few Bo Diddley songs. Seriously, the breakdown that starts at 2:18 sounds like pure George Thorogood (who owes most of his sound to Diddley), and I know Patrick can hit those kinds of notes. (She also made the point that "What A Catch, Donnie" sounds like the elegiac 80s piano-rock ballads so popular at school dances. She's right.)

In other music notes, [livejournal.com profile] la_perkins and I will see TWO concerts this weekend! That's right, TWO! We've got Gym Class Heroes & The Roots Saturday night in San Jose (whoo!!), and then The Academy Is... in SF on Sunday. Very exciting. I finally got a copy of The Quilt, and holy shit do I love it. Disashi singing will never not be awesome. It'll be cool to hear the songs I heard at Warped and actually know them this time.

e_juliana: (midnight sevens)
Seriously, Fall Out Boy's "What a Catch, Donnie" should have been titled "Catchy, Donnie". I cannot get it out of my head. I haven't even decided if I like it, I just can't keep it out. The single artwork is cool, at least. (In contrast, the cover for "Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet" is terrifying.)

The thing that is making me flip back and forth the most is the Friends of FOB singing lines from earlier FOB songs. In Costello's case, it's not much earlier, as HSICoaBB is the previous single. I can't decide if it's gimmicky or not. It does reinforce my opinion of each singer - Saporta sounds great to me, I want more of McCoy, and Urie's voice grates like it almost always does.

Also, Patrick is trying to use the bottom part of his range and not quite succeeding, which bugs. It bugs for two reasons - I know he could hit it if he had a vocal coach, and he actually did use his lower range with great effect when he covered "Tom Traubert's Blues". Maybe the difference here is that he got to stay in the low part of his register for all of TTB, and he has to use almost his entire range for WaC,D. Still, I know he could do it, and do it well, so it bugs to hear it come so close, and yet so far.

The last iffy part is the "na na nanana nana" bit. It's part of what makes it so catchy, but it can grate really quickly.

Here's what the Friends of FOB Chorus sing over the end - as soon as Gabe starts, it's almost (but not quite) a round. Which is kind of cool.

Elvis Costello, "Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet":
I will never end up like him
Behind my back, I already am
Keep a calendar
This way you will always know

Gabe Saporta (Cobra Starship), "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy":
Where is your boy tonight?
I hope he is a gentleman
Maybe he won't find out what I know
You were the last good thing

Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), "Sugar, We're Goin' Down":
We're going down, down in an earlier round
And sugar, we're goin' down swinging

Brendon Urie (Panic At The Disco), "Dance, Dance":
Dance, dance, we're falling apart to halftime
Dance, dance, and these are the lives you'd love to lead
Dance, this is the way they'd love
If they knew how misery loved me

Doug Neumann (Doug Does Decaydance), "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race":
This ain't a scene, it's a goddamn arms race
This ain't a scene, it's a goddamn arms race

Alex DeLeon (The Cab), "Thnks fr th Mmrs":
One night and one more time
Thanks for the memories
Even though they weren't so great
He tastes like you, only sweeter

William Beckett (The Academy Is...), "Growing Up":
Growing up, growing up
e_juliana: (je suis une rock star)
This is primarily for [livejournal.com profile] lala_lisa and [livejournal.com profile] maidengurl, but everyone is welcome to check it out and request any tracks.

Below are the track listings the I use as running soundtracks. I've got a couple other mixes that I made for other purposes that I use, too, but these are my mainstays. They're not arranged in any particular order, since I just put my iPod on shuffle and go. (I learned very quickly that having a set track order will make me lazy.)

Country - I use this set for long runs. )

Bandom - for when I need a little more irony in my morning run. )

Just regular running music )

And, finally,

(Mostly) punk running - good for speed and aggression )

Damn, that's a lot of music. I apologize for the lack of tables - I don't know how to rock those yet. But! If you want any tracks, let me know and I'll flip them over to you.
e_juliana: (ride)
It's not a static pace, Just a little kink in the year....

I love it when TV shows I like put up snippets to the music used in the episode on their website, so you can find it and decide if you want to get it. Sons Of Anarchy is doing it, and I was pleased to see artists I know and like, as well as more artists I'm happy to find.

If you know me (and if you're aware of the show's premise), you've got a pretty good idea of what kind of music this is.

"Hard Row" - The Black Keys - continuing the awesomeness of the Black Keys, want.
"Fool and You" - Year Long Disaster - def. 70s-style throwback, want.
"Writings on the Wall" - Album Leaf - mellow
"Plenty Strong, Plenty Wrong" - Maylene and the Sons of Disaster - have it, really like it.
"No Generation" - The Lions - pretty good, will probably grab one or other of The Lions' tracks
"Machine" - The Lions - pretty good
"Kick Back" - Fireball Ministry - def. like, want.
"Like the River" Sun Kil Moon - like, it's mellow, still want.
"Bobilicious" - Gia Ciambottie - want. Very much.
"Tus Ojitos" - Campanas De America - it's okay. I can think of better examples of that genre, though.

I'm looking forward to tonight's episode (though I'm a little grumbly that both live band karaoke and what is possibly my new favorite show are on at the same time). (I also have a Fringe show to go to tonight at 8:30, so there will be hauling ass back home, you betcha.)
e_juliana: (kickass)
Oh, hey, look.

Shitty 90s cover band is back. With a lot of the same songs, but...

They're now covering Rage Against The Machine. They're covering Rage.

(And poorly, I don't think I need to add.)

If I massacre them, y'all will provide my alibi, right?

edit: Seriously, "Enter Sandman"? This asshole has a seriously inflated sense of his vocal capability.

edit two, shitty boogalo: Points for a unique song, but Bloodhound Gang's "Discovery Channel" - not a great cover.

moar edit: Jane's Addiction. o.O.

I'ma go play my new-to-me computer game now and see if I can mentally block these fuckers out.
e_juliana: (rock on)
Going insane at work, listening to too much pop-punk, decided to do a poll. Whee!

[Poll #1239675]
e_juliana: (rock star)
So, if everything had gone according to plan, [livejournal.com profile] cass404 and I would have been in Eugene, screaming our fool heads off for Travie, Gabe, VickyT, Billiam, et al, at OffWarped tonight. That Did Not Happen, because I damn near killed myself financially and physically in Vegas, and I have this fucking homework due. That kind of sucked, but I figured I should be an adult (for once).

[livejournal.com profile] cass404 texted me today and said that Gabe is sick and had cancelled. Kismet, we say. Too bad, because it would have been one of the more awesome concerts in ever, but clearly not meant to happen. However! We shall see Cobra and GCH when they come through on their respective tours. Oh yes we shall.
e_juliana: (shred toro shred)
Now that I already got [livejournal.com profile] cass404, I'll earworm the rest of ya:

The hair! The wedding dress! Duff! The full orchestra! The windswept desert church! SLASH! (I still want that hat.) (Is Slash wearing leather chaps over jeans and under cowboy boots? Crazy man. Crazy SEXAY.)

(Jesus, the Wikipedia entry on the video is extensive.)
e_juliana: (rock on)
Today was my first run in a while - between being sick and then Vegas on Thursday and Friday, I've not been able to really run. The few runs I was able to bang out while sick sucked, to say the least. (This also led to me gaining about 7 pounds and then bitching to la_perkins about being fat. She, amazingly, did not kill me, but just ignored me with her usual aplomb.)

So! Today, I drag my ass out of bed at dark o'clock, grab my iPod, and go. The first 3 songs are Mindless Self Indulgence, Gym Class Heroes and MSI again, which, awesome. Then, my iPod played me nothing but MCR. It even fucking ended the run on "Famous Last Words", which makes it impossible for me to quit until the damn song is done.

Clearly, my iPod wants to save my life. I'm okay with that.
e_juliana: (prance)
Peace Sign/Index Down

I actually liked it better live at Warped. Still awesome, though.


Disashi, how so hot? (Seriously, you keep getting hotter. Soon, you will be hotter than the sun, and we will all burn up from your brilliant awesomeness.)

Matt is aDORaBLE when playing. So happy!

Eric, you are awesome and quiet. More of you, please.

Busta Rhymes - you are weird, sir. But props on your skills.

TRAVIE! Squee!
e_juliana: (hatehatehate)
The shitty cover band at Grant & Green is playing a cover of Juliana Hatfield's "Spin The Bottle". I fucking hate that song, and they're not even doing it justice. ARGH.

edit: Oh, jesus. Now they're doing Sublime's "Santeria". KILL KILL KILL.

second edit: It keeps getting worse - now they're doing Radiohead's "Creep". stabbinates eardrums out

yet another edit: AHAHAHAHA. Now it's Madonna's "Ray Of Light". Seriously?

moar edit: I'm fairly sure Everclear's "Santa Monica" doesn't translate to pseudo-hardcore, but props for trying something new.

son of edit: I was wondering how long it would take them to get to Pearl Jam. Oh, and it's "Evenflow". Of course it is.

again: OH NOES. They went from Elastica's "Connection" to Blur's "Song 2". OH SHITTY COVER BAND NO. (My gods, he can't even get the "Woo hoo" right.)

once more into the breach, dear friends: Alice In Chains now. sigh

once more: I think they're trying to rap? OH GODS, THEY'RE DOING "JUMP AROUND". It's like the entire playlist of Stuff White People Like!!

Seriously, dudes. At the very least, you could perhaps stop attempting to give new layers to the phrase "soulless hacks". IJS.
e_juliana: (rock on)

In which Patrick Stump shows us his mad genius.

Cellists headbanging whilst playing... well I won't spoil that part for you.

And if I'm going to be linking to headbanging cellists, I need to put Apocalyptica in here. Hall Of The Mountain King. One.

ESPN feature on Roller Derby. A lot of the footage is from the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, MN. Whoo! These women make miss playing rugby. Not enough, to, you know, go out for any of the teams here, but still.

More seriously, Amazing slide show of a wedding photo shoot interrupted by the quake in China

It looks like the Summit Fire is coming under control, thankfully.

Almost into the weekend. \o/!!
e_juliana: (shred toro shred)
So, here's my favorite of the Billy Talent songs from last night: Try Honesty

Again, they're pretty much made of awesome as it is, but DAMN you should see them live. Talk about reaping the whirlwind - holy hell.

And about Drive By - I know Mikey (Fuckin) Way loves them and put up a bulletin pimping them, and I'll listen with an open ear again tonight, but they honestly failed to move me. There just didn't seem to be any love of the music and the performing, which... why are you up there, then? I understand that the opening slot is a hard one, I get that, but we do want to like you. Help us like you.

Okay. Now to some work, and then to see Drive By, Billy Talent, and MCR all over again. This time, not from the pit. I'm sore enough as it is.
e_juliana: (shred toro shred)
Whoooooo. (Oh, yeah, no pics because the band instituted a "no camera" rule. IDK.)

Opening Act: Drive By. Meh. The backup vocals/guitarist was cute, but the lead singer/guitarist was... not good. The music wasn't bad, in and of itself, but there was nothing really differentiating it from anything I'd hear on the radio. Therefore, one looks to the band and especially the frontman to sell it. He didn't - he sort of gave off the attitude like we should be looking at him because he was on stage, and he would prance about for us and pose because he was on stage. I didn't feel like he had a connection to the music or to his band at all.

Middle Act: Billy Talent. Holy hell, YES. Charismatic as hell frontman, and all those mofos know how to rock. A little hardcore, a little psychobilly, completely their own thing, and absolutely fun to watch. (Though their music on MySpace isn't as dynamic as the live stuff. Huh.)

Headlining act: My Chemical Romance. Dude. Dooooooooooooooood. Dude. Gerard's pants still have holes in them, and he wore the holey jean jacket. \o/!!! Iero is sick, poor baby. He was wearing a driver's cap, a buttondown shirt, a cardigan.... he was basically bundled up. He wandered over to Bob and to Toro a few times, but motly stayed on his side, drooping to his knees every once in a while. MikeyWay is still wearing the "Mikey Fuckin Way" shirt (MADE OF WIN), and has the whole "looking animated" thing down pretty well. I think Bob enjoys having Dewees back there with him (James Dewees is on this tour as their keyboard player, and may join the band fulltime), and Toro headbangs even when playing acoustic. Bob had the mic at one point! I think he said all of a word, but still. [livejournal.com profile] smonsterbite and I were in the pit, so I don't remember set order or even all of what they played, but they definitely played: "Dead!", "Sharpest Lives", "Teenagers", "I Don't Love You", "House Of Wolves", "Sleep", "The Black Parade", "I'm Not Okay", "Cancer", "Desert Song", "Headfirst For Halos", "Helena", "Hang 'Em High", "I Never Told You What I Do For A Living", "Famous Last Words", "You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison", "This Is How I Disappear", and some song no one knew. They also played "Kill All Your Friends, a b-side for Parade. Someone requested "Cubicles", and Gerard laughed, called him a crazy motherfucker, and said the dude'd have to sing it because Gee can't remember it. There was also a puppet!Gee that finally got passed up to the stage, and it got brought out by one of the techs to say hello.

[livejournal.com profile] smonsterbite and I were in the middle of the pit, and whoo. First of all, there's a distinction between shoving and moshing. Learn it, people. Secondly, damn, I'm tired. We're going up a tier tomorrow - still standing, but not in the midlde of the pit. HOWEVER, we were less than 10 people away from the stage at all times, which was pretty fucking awesome.

When they started "Famous Last Words", Frankie went over to Bob and talked to him for a bit. In my head, Frankie was asking if Bob was going to get burned up at the end of the song and Bob was replying "I don't know!!". He was smiling and laughing, at least.

Gereard is a hell of a frontman, I tell you what. And I'm tired, so I leave you with pics of S & me pre- and post-show. Smooches!!!

Peeeektures )


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