Thursday, October 28, 2010

earworm of the day: twenty-five cent ring

Accustomed to Nothingi mentioned these guys yesterday as a quick add on to my last earworm post. i'm happy to have this song stuck in my head because it actually gave me goosebumps just humming and singing it in my head.

twenty-five cent ring (sorry this was the only link for a preview i could find) is a song about how lucky this guy is that he's found a dynamite lady that loves him for he is. he makes an odd marriage proposal asking if she'd stick with him through everything and then some.

it may not sound like the type of thing a grizzled punk band normally sing about but dammit, love is a pretty amazing thing and it takes some strange forms. meeting that special someone that will not only put up with your assorted foibles but defend them is a rare thing.

"would you still wanna be my girl if i sat on my fat ass and drank cheap beer all day?"

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

earworm of the day: not your saviour

More Betternessjust woke up with this one in my mind tank today and while it's a nice little ditty, it doesn't do much to promote calming thoughts. then again anything can be relaxing if you look past it and turn it into white noise.

no use for a name were one of the first punk bands i ever listened too. they were just full of that catchy california skate punk sound that the kids were into at the time. nofx introduced me to this kind of punk and fat wreck kept me there for a good number of years. no use for a name managed to stay at the top of a short "favourite acts" list i kept buried away in this rats maze i call a brain but i grew up and they stayed the same somehow. it's a trap a lot of bands fall into. do you grow with your fans and produce more mature music hoping they come along for the ride or do you keep writing songs about how much high school sucks and how terrible it is to be a lonely teen? maybe it's just me but i don't think forty year olds have any business writing about how awful teenage love is.

more betterness was really just more of the same. this was the last album from no use i ever listened to and i'm still surprised i bought it when it came out. i'm even more surprised that it's in my head after not listening to it for easily eight years.

on the bright side, writing this post has just reminded me that no use were on new red archives before fat wreck picked them up. new red was the home of accustomed to nothing who wrote one of my favourite love songs; twenty-five cent ring. (sorry, this was the only link i could find about them)

in closing, booooo no use. yayyyy accustomed to nothing!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

if you don't know me by now...you will never ever ever know me at all...

so obviously the pics of the office move were a big hit and have drawn a tonne of traffic my way. interest noted. i'll stick to music and shows and stay away from real world stuff that doesn't have to do with music and shows.

speaking of music and shows, i've been meaning to post a quick note about the gardening, not architecture show that happened recently. i don't think i need to get into how much i like the act as i've already said so twice before but what was really cool about this show was getting to see other people experience that awe (seriously) moment when it all clicks together and suddenly the show goes from lovely, bitter sweet songs to "holy shit that was an amazing spectacle."

i was having a bit of a crappy week so hearing that sarah was coming to town was a nice pick me up. we hung out for a bit before her set and then several friends that she made on warped tour last summer came through the door. it was quite a sight and mike, pete, aj and dubs (dobs? i'm sorry if i've mis-spelled that. you're rad.) are wonderful folks. happy, welcoming, wonderful folks.

the show started and seeing mike's face as he took in the whole light blanket/silhouette thing is what i wanted to talk about here. mike, pete and aj had seen sarah's show numerous times in the middle of the day on stage at warped but it didn't sink in till they got to see it in a dark room with the lights. mike said, "that's what this was missing. i loved the set on tour but this, this is amazing."my photo does not do it justice.

i love discovering new music. i always have but i think what's even more exciting is watching that  moment when someone else is realizing the same thing. it's a great moment to share with other people and it's one of the big reasons why i'm writing this blog. i want you folks to get out there and make some discoveries of your own and maybe share them with people you hold dear. if this is one of the ways you find out about stuff then i feel like i'm doing something right. if not, then you have bad taste. yeah that's right. i said it.

no really, if you haven't already listened to gardening, not architecture then you should head over to the site and see what you think. what i find inspiring about gardening, not architecture is sarah's attitude about making things happen. i haven't met many people that are as dedicated or brave enough to throw it all in the wind and see how things fall. it's a lesson we could all stand to learn.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

to a deeeelucks apartment in the skyyy, eye highhhhh!

my office moved somewhat recently and now i wish i'd taken more pictures (read: better pictures) of the old place.


this was the only one i could find of the old place,









and here are a few of the new place.












that desk is my lovely view. i feel a little like elvis staring at all those monitors and tvs all day.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

make swift these legs: norad ep

well i went and did it this time. after much whining that i couldn't find anyone to make an album cover for me i went and made one myself. all i can say is, i've seen worse.

in other news, that four "song" ep that this piece of work is attached to is now live for your pleasure. i'll warn you now, it's a sound art album. there is a track that more closely resembles a song near the middle but for the most part it's pretty ambient with melodic leanings.

you can find it here. as far as price goes, you call the shots. pay as much or as little as you like (up to and including free). this is a one man act so all the proceeds go back into recording/song writing.

i hope you enjoy it,

aj

(pssssst...i added an embeded link so you can listen to it here as well.)

<a href="http://makeswifttheselegs.bandcamp.com/album/norad-ep">Norad EP by Make Swift These Legs</a>