Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I'm in love with a french singer songwriter by the name of Beatrice Martin. Her stage name is Coeur de Pirate. She is from Canada and sings in French. I just bought her album today and it has officially made my day and probably week/month.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Your Infamous Harp

This is another band that was featured on the podcast Hospital Records. The band is called Your Infamous Harp and apparently the group is just a boyfriend/girlfriend duo who quite frankly, make some of the most creative music I've heard in a long time. You can listen to their album here and what is super cool is that you can purchase their album for however much you think is appropriate through pay pal. This is the only song I could embed. Hope you enjoy it, but still go and visit their site to listen to their album in its entirety.

Billionaire Boys Club.

If I could be any Celebrity in the universe I would choose Pharrell Williams because of shit like this. The man does anything and everything and has been an inspiration for me. That being said, here is one reason for my man crush on Skateboard P. Damn, I want this sweater.

The Temper Trap.

So crazy how things work, but I kind of found out about this band in the most random way. Today I'm minding my own Lab Bro duties when this guy (John Hardy...more on him later) says what's up. We get to talking and find out that we are both into music. He actually has his own company but that will get it's own post soon. He suggested a few Drum & Bass podcasts to me so I checked them out. The one I enjoyed most was Hospital Records. The first band they plugged was a band from Melbourne, Australia called The Temper Trap. It sounded great so I went to their myspace page, which most definitely locked me up as "a fan." Currently they only have an EP available for purchase with standouts "Sweet Disposition" and my favorite "Science of Fear." For $4 this is worth the purchase on iTunes. I anticipate heavy spin in my earbuds for the next week at least. Who know, it could hold up even longer.

Check out this mother f'n song. Damn.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Politics and Web 2.0

After experiencing the first election with Web 2.0 I'd like to take a look back on the potential impact it had on election. In chapter five Dan Gillmor also predicts politics and the internet, which was not too far off.

For the 2008 election Web 2.0 completely changed my voting/information gathering process compared to the 2004 election, which I was also fortunate enough to participate in. Sure, we had the internet in 2004, but it wasn't nearly as advanced as it is now and the candidates from my understanding, were not using it in nearly the same fashion as in 2008. For this past election I used features of Web 2.0 for election coverage and information every day for months leading up to the election. I watched videos online of my favorite programs every night, I downloaded the Obama 08' application for my iPod Touch, and watched live streaming videos on CNN of stump speeches and debates every chance I could. Maybe this election was just more significant than in 04' but regardless I participated at a much higher level in the 08' election and I believe Web 2.0 played a big role in explaining why.

Like Howard Dean started, Obama took full advantage of the internet to generate campaign donations raising the most funds in United States history. This isn't the determining factor as to why Obama ended up winning, but if you looked at how the two candidates utilized the internet I think Obama came across much more savvy and definitely helped him more than it hurt him. Overall he made the internet a very high priority in his campaign efforts and had the foresight to identify how important of a tool it could be for him come election day.

Obama didn't stop once he was elected President, however. During his transition to the White House he posted weekly video addresses to the public on YouTube and his website, which is now the official website of the President/White House. One thing I think Obama has realized is that we cannot continue to reach out to people in traditional ways. With Web 2.0 he has been able to communicate with citizens on a level nobody has ever come close to before, which says volumes about why he is president and the record breaking voter turnout in 08'.

To paraphrase Buzz Lightyear. To Web 2.0 and beyond!

Day 'n' Night.

Kid Cudi's video for "Day 'n' Night." Not as cool as Ye's new video for "Welcome to Heartbreak," but its dope. The bigger story is the anticipation of what Cudi will release in 2009. Definitely somebody you need to keep your eye on.

Are You Kidding Me!?!?!

This is unbelievable. They obviously are claiming this was in no way supposed to be linked to president Obama, but if you had half a brain that would be your first conclusion. Here read this article by Roland Martin, an editor at CNN for a more articulated response to this madness.

The Cult of the Amateur.

Sup yall. Today I'm going to be talking about Andrew Keen's book The Cult of the Amateur. To give you a rough synopsis of the book, Keen's main goal of writing this book was to start a conversation about Web 2.0 and how it could potentially destroy our culture. Yes his ideas are a bit biased and extreme at times, but I commend the man on the stances he takes because in the end, they have allowed him to accomplish his goal. I flew through the book in a few hours and had immediate interpersonal communication with a handful of people regarding particular issues I found noteworthy. In the next couple of paragraphs I'll address some of these issues, shed a little light on them, and hopefully get you talking about it as well.

First off you must know, I'm a bit of a music head, as my blog may indicate at times. I'm not sure if this is just a cartoon thing, but music to me is like the coal you have to keep shoveling into the furness to keep the train rollin'. I must have it. It keeps me going. Keen is also a music junkie, but is already claiming the music industry "dead" like everybody else and it's all because of Web 2.0 and file sharing. I'm not so convinced. Yes, billions of dollars of music are downloaded every year, but whose to say that everybody who is downloading would have even bought the album anyways. Keen admits that music has become more popular than ever with the introduction of Web 2.0, but automatically assumes that every album somebody downloads would be an album that they would buy. Yes these are potential sales, but are consumers that might not even be in the market without Web 2.0. If anything, this might increase purchases due to consumer involvement being at an all time high. Attendance at live performances have been at there highest rate ever, so maybe revenue is just being reciprocated in different ways like at shows, ringtones, ect. In no way am I trying to say peer to peer file sharing is healthy. It's still stealing. I just think that everybody automatically concludes that file sharing is the reason the industry is dying. We must consider that we are in the midst of a format war and maybe the major labels should take a second look at their business model. As we have seen in politics, tradition doesn't always give you traditional results (i.e. the economy). The same should be said about the music industry. Besides the last time I checked musicians can still make a very good living and have a blast doing it!

Ok I feel like I just wrote a lot, but I'll deluge into one more topic that I actually agreed with Keen on. Actually, I kind of felt that way about the whole book it was just a little extreme at times, but was necessary to accomplish his goal of starting conversation about Web 2.0 externalities. However, the one topic I did find myself a little outraged/nodding my head to was Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is great, but for certain things. Being a music fan I find myself routinely checking Wiki pages of my favorite artists to learn a little bit more info on them. I find that it strengthens my appreciation for the artist at times. Also, you need to know your shit if you start talking to somebody as passionate about music as you are. My dislike for Wikipedia stems from scholarly posts. Although the information about a large variety of subjects is regularly accurate, it can be biased or misleading at times. The particular example that Keen used about the guy who had devoted his entire life studying the environment and climate change that had been limited to how much he could contribute per day because they believed he was using what they like to call Point of View (POV), was ridiculous. Facts should not be excluded from Wikipedia if they want to be taken seriously. Also, Wikipedia is putting experts, people who have devoted their whole lives to education and research, out of jobs because some teenage bastard can copy and paste something off the internet. Wikipedia has the potential to be great if they make some major adjustments. They should have something like a "Wikipedia Scholar" where only experts or professionals are allowed to post and then they could just do a regular Wikipedia where any Joe Shmo can post a fun fact about Jay-Z or some other tid bit of celebrity gossip.

Well I feel that this is adequate for my first post, so feel free to comment and fire up the conversation as Keen intended his book to do. If you get a chance I would highly recommend that you read the book. It's a really quick read and is highly relevant to our generation because ultimately, we are the ones that will fix this mess. Hopefully...


My next two posts are going to be for my New Media class so bare with me. Who knows, maybe you'll find it interesting.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Holy Balls

This might be one of the coolest video concepts I've ever seen. Pretty rad that this is my favorite song off the album.

KANYE WEST "Welcome To Heartbreak" Directed by Nabil from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

Friday, February 13, 2009

New Grizzly Bear Song.

Here is Grizzly Bear performing a new song "Fine For Now" at the All Points West Festival. Today they just released that the title of their album will be called Veckatimest and is due out May 29. Here is the track list.

01 Southern Point
02 Two Weeks
03 All We Ask
04 Fine for Now
05 Cheerleader
06 Dory
07 Ready, Able
08 About Face
09 Hold Still
10 While You Wait for the Others
11 I Live With You
12 Foreground

Valentines Day Tunes.

I'm posting two special songs that you can groove to on valentines day. Don't thank me, thank one of the best artists on the planet. Mr. Raphael Saadiq. Scoot over to the music player on the right to listen.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Jerry Hsu and Friends.

All of these videos come from on show on called Epicly Later'd. Jerry Hsu is probably my fav, but check out the one about Jay Barbee for some old school radness. I know you're worried, but please, don't be. I'll post more cool ones as I find them.

School of Seven Bells.

As of yesterday afternoon I truly believed that I wasn't going to be attending last nights show at First Ave's 7th Street Entry. Being stubborn like usual I put off getting tickets early and not to my surprise, the show was sold out. I just didn't believe that with Fujiya and Miyagi headlining that it would be a sell out show, but once there set started I could see why. They have developed an extensive fan base who goes absolutely bonkers for them live. However, I was not one of their devout fans, I was their to see School of Seven Bells.

After calling First Ave around 6 I found out that they were holding 5 tickets at the door, so I got there early and and ended up getting into the show. Two hours and two PBR tall boys later, School of Seven Bells, the sister duo Alejandra Deheza and Claudia Deheza took the stage with their band mate/co-founder of the band Secret Machines Benjamin Curtis. Besides the dude in the front row getting his dick rubbed by his girlfriend and sticking his camera in the band members faces, their set was sweet even though they seemed a little exhausted on stage. Having only one album they had a limited amount of material, but they definitely played a selection of their best of their songs like "Iamundernodisguise," "Face To Face On High Places," "Half Asleep," "Connjur" and "Prince of Peace." Even though it seemed like they lacked energy on stage I'm becoming more convinced that this might just be their stage demeanor, which they can pull off when two of their band members (who are sisters) could be full time models. Later, post-set, I got to chat with the sisters who were mega friendly. I ended up buying their record on vinyl and they offered to sign it without me even asking.

The show, which as of yesterday afternoon didn't seem like a realistic possibility, was pretty awesome overall. Fujiya and Miyagi were quite danceable and their songs were fun, but in the end that wasn't who I went to see. I feel like meeting one of your favorite bands in person more often than not ends up negatively altering your perception of the band. Strangely the complete opposite happened to me last night. My crush on these two spectacular females (Alejandra/Claudia) will be everlasting and I will continue to enjoy/purchase their music for years to come.

Here is an in studio performance a Radio K of "My Cabal." Also, be sure to check out their myspace and to support the band if you dig em'.

School of Seven Bells - My Cabal (Live on Radio K) from Radio K on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


This is so not amateur.

Nice Clean White from DaBrainkilla on Vimeo.

Monday, February 9, 2009

He Bit Her. Really???

So some new details on the Chris Brown fiasco has emerged and the victim of his beating and biting (wtf) is in fact Rihanna. What a dick bag. You don't hit/bite any woman dude.

Unfortunately, you can read about one of the most idiotic stories of 2009 here.


I wasn't able to see the Grammys last night, but I did catch some video of the performances last night. What I saw did not impress me (even though the "swagga like us" video posted below was pretty ill). I realize it's the Grammys and we expect to see the artist that abuse our eardums on a daily basis via radio, but enough is enough. It would be hugely appreciated if the great people that run the Grammys quit lying to themselves and us. "A Mili" by Lil Wayne is NOT the best rap solo performance of the year. "Viva La Vida" is NOT the best song of the year especially after two bands have claimed the song was stolen by Chris Martin (I don't think he stole the song but still). These are just two examples of how stupid the Grammys are, not to mention Raphael Saadiq was mother f'n snubbed. All I want is for the Grammys to celebrate the BEST music of the year. Checking the billboards is not a logical way of determining this. I don't want to see Kanye, Coldplay, Jay-Z, and U2 perform over and over again every year (the John Legend/Corinne Bailey Rae/John Mayer performance a few years ago was the shit however). Instead, lets shed some spotlight to new bands (fuck it. they don't even need to be nominees). Bands that can perform heads and shoulders above what we see year after year. Sorry for the rant, I just believe that I could improve this so called "music night of the year," into something that would make a more lasting impression on the mostly musically brainwashed viewers at home.

P.S. I realize that this is all kind of the "hippster" idealogy, but me and my skinny jeans will not budge on this.

Swagga Like Us.

There are some very important people on the stage. Listen Up!

We Fight/We Love.

Here is Q-Tip performing the best song "We Fight/We Love," off one of the years best albums on Ellen. Boy am I a fan of this song.

Now With Video!

Here is the latest video from the Lonely Island crew. Enjoy the video is clear crisp sreaming HD!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Just For You.

For yall's convenience I've pumped up the jam on the side music player with five new delicious tracks. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Fully Flared.

If you haven't seen this skate video do so immediately. The intro is amazing. The music is fantastic. And the skating is impeccable.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Black Lips.

My friend Kirk showed me this band last night. Apparently they are one bad ass rock n' roll band. They just played this show in India and were chased out of the country. Check out the letter they sent to their record company (Vice) regarding the fiasco.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ballast Trailer.

I've been trying to figure out somewhere to view this film for months now and have been completely unsuccessful. This is one of the best movie trailers I have ever seen. At least it has been the most effective movie trailer on me personally. Peep it blogfacers.


I'm not capable of describing how much I want this painting.

The painting is by Jeff Morgan check out his gallery.


So I kind of have a thing for female fronted bands. Probably because most girls don't sing unless they are good at it and they sound like angels??? ANYWAYS (sorry Chuck Klosterman) take a listen to the song posted, it's the first track off there album "A New Hope" and is a pretty good indicator on what to expect from the remainder of the album (which is rad awesome).


I'm On A Boat

New video from Lonely Island ft. T-Pain. It might not top "Jizz In My Pants," but it's still something you can get a few laughs at. I think I'm more excited for what the video is going to be like. I'm predicting something reminiscent of Jay-Z's Big Pimpin,' but to the absolute max.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Coming At You In A Nudge.

Hey yall. So I've been getting worked by Digger on my blog game lately. I promise to bring more substance. I think I'm going to start focusing more on music, particularly indie bands. I just started volunteering for Radio K, our university station, and will be reviewing handfuls of albums each week. This should provide a good opportunity to expose some underappreciated/unfamiliar bands to my 2 blog readers. I might actually start to Radio K's blog doing show reviews and band spotlight/updates, but until it's official stick to this. In the mean time here is a band you should listen too and is playing 7th street entry at first ave. feb. 11th. Later blogfaces.

School of Seven Bells