Saturday, October 29, 2011

What I Am Listening To Now: "Long Night" & "Guaranteed" by Eddie Vedder

Figuring out my new "smartphone."  I finally took a step away from my Luddite tendencies and picked up a phone that does more than just make phone calls.   This is a good soundtrack for cursing my missteps as I get the damned thing set up properly.

Finally got this soundtrack.  It was on my list for a long, long time.  Wonderful movie, wonderful music, and a fantastic book.

Friday, October 28, 2011

What I Am Listening To Now: "Auto-Tune This! (Singing Like A Douchebag)" by 30 Dirty Thoughts


Thursday, October 27, 2011

What I Am Listening To Now: "We Must Awaken" by KMFDM

A little motivational music to get me out the door.  Works on so many different levels for me today.

What I Am Listening To Now: "Going Places" by dropa

I really, really like this band. Press play to listen!

      Going places!/dropas


Suburban Eschatology Part Two: It appears that most goths find it better to fade out than to burn out...

Suburban Eschatology Part Two: It appears that most goths find it better to fade ...:

In my time, I've seen spectacular examples of both.  Too many funerals, but also many, many happy endings.

It has taken me a couple days to get around to this article...

Growing-up for goths | Education | The Guardian:

Continuing with education and getting a decent job while staying involved isn't as hard for goths as it may be for those involved in other youth subcultures, some of which promote disengagement with school to the point that academic failure is all but inevitable.

"It's a relatively middle-class subculture, so despite … all the going out and being into the music, goths have always had a fairly positive view of people who are also achieving academically."
It means goths may have better career options than an outsider might expect. Succeeding in their chosen career had, Hodkinson observes, become increasingly important to those he interviewed as they moved into their late 20s and 30s, and he was surprised by how much participants in his study were willing to adapt their look to fit in at work. "I even gave people scenarios where they couldn't wear certain things. I expected them to say that they'd have to leave [their job], but they said they'd have to seriously consider it."

Most of his sample said they still were recognised as goths at work, but had toned down their look. "They retained a residual element of the appearance, but felt, for example, that colourful dyed hair wasn't going to work, and they'd stopped painting their nails black."

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As for me and my family?  Well, every once in awhile one of the boys will mention dying their hair, but I haven't got them pinned down yet.  And their mom still won't let me give them mohawks!  (Whine.)

I am not a listable goth. No. Am I? Of course I am not...

What I Am Listening To Now: "Starman" by David Bowie (no Spiders on this one)

A few minutes ago I heard an incredible live version of "Five Years" on Last.FM.  Can't find a video of it, though.  It sounded fairly recent (like last 20 years recent), and his voice had that older, deeper tone to it and it was great.  (Man crush?  Duh.)

Another great live version of a different song on one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

Why Coldplay and Adele Aren't Bringing New Albums to Spotify

Why Coldplay and Adele Aren't Bringing New Albums to Spotify:
Fans will either need to purchase physical copies or MP3 downloads from places like Apple’s iTunes store, Microsoft’s Zune store or Amazon.

The reason for the decision isn’t entirely clear. An anonymous industry source told Cnet that Coldplay wants Mylo Xyloto to be heard as “one cohesive work” — which hardly makes any sense, given that the songs are available for individual purchase online.

The decision is more likely financially motivated. As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Coldplay stands to make a great deal more money by encouraging the tens of millions of consumers who have streaming music subscriptions to purchase the songs.

Recording artists only make about three-tenths of a cent every time one of their songs is streamed, and 20 cents for every song sold on iTunes, according to estimates published in Rolling Stone.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What I Am Listening To Now: "The Mercy Seat" by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

Definately one of my favorite songs ever, ever, ever...  Love the harder versions, but the softer versions tear new holes in my soul every time I listen...  Yes, it is that good.

This is also a nice version.  However, it was recorded off of Japaneese TV and the interview before the song is priceless.

Do I have better things to do with my time than sitting around listening to this song over and over? Maybe. Or maybe nothing in the world is more important than listing to this song over and over every once in a while. We all do what we need to do to get through the day.

Yes. I am a whore. And you can be too!

From 2011-10 (Oct)

Actually, going through and checking out a lot of bands through processes like this over the last few weeks has actually led to some great discoveries...

And I am not sure if this would upset Zuckerberg or turn him on.

E-mail from Ditto...

From: Ditto Music
Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 6:37 AM
To: (Me, duh!)
Subject: Zuckerberg would be upset if he knew


Helping other artists may seem a bit counter productive, but...
How about if by doing this, YOU were the person benefitting?
On sunday night a lightbulb went off somewhere in Liverpool HQ and we decided to conduct a Facebook experiment.
We started a new thread and here are the rules....
1. Stick your Facebook Fanpage address/URL down in the thread
2. Everyone who comes into the thread has to 'Like' everyone else's page on the thread.
That was it. Quick and simple.
In the last 24 hours we have now had 100 artists post their Fanpages, 
That means you get 100 new fans, JUST for posting your fanpage address.
Disclaimer- It will take you a good 20 minutes to go like everyone else's page. I'm sorry but we can't do the work for you.
But once that is done, you can sit back and watch your own fans go up, and up and.... you get the point.
If that kind of instant social media superstardom is something that you could be into, then come join in.
But be quick. we are going to close the thread off in the next 24 hours.
Come join us, and get your likes 
Good Luck!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wisdom from Caustic... Your Words Dumb: Lyrical Mediocrity in Stompy Goodness

Order Shirts from Caustic, here:

I've been meaning to link this up for a while.  This is the latest in a number of posts he has made here and there on what I would, for a lack of better words and for the bonus of sounding like a pretentious twit, call the "Theory of Industrial Music."

When I saw the picture of these shirts that just came in, it reminded me to get off my ass and share this wisdom with the masses.
Your Words Dumb: Lyrical Mediocrity in Stompy Goodness:
Sometimes I think that's because I've been around a while and just like the stuff I like, but I've come to realize that not only do I think the music itself has gotten overwhelmingly samey and boring, the lyrics are fucking HORRIBLE.
Yes, I know, every song isn't meant to be epic and change the world. No, but does that make rhyming "fly" and "sky" and "try" (or "hate" and "fate"...or "head" and "dead") any less pathetic? Does that make obvious, contrived metaphors (if we're even lucky enough to GET ANY) any less terrible? Does that make "shocking" lyrics which are mainly shocking at how amazingly EMBARASSING they are any less cringe-inducing? No.
It's not just the simple rhyme schemes, as that's not the most important thing, but the SENTIMENT in most of the shit nowadays is so simplistic and dumbed down that a first grader would understand it. Is that really the audience you envision in your mind? 
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I'll leave you with a song in your heart...

What I Am Listening To Now: "Get Out Of My Head" by MDFMK

Really now... How many websites does one fellow need? (Rubblebase)

Originally posted on A. F. Litt:

Really now... How many websites does one fellow need? (Rubblebase):

So, there are two "new" Rubble Sites. Jeez, I mean, come on man? How many websites does one fellow need?

Well, it looks like about six. Let's break it down...

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

What I Am Listening To Now: "I Am What I Am" by KMFDM

I'm only human, let's be fair
I'll make no apologies
Or full confession on my knees
No, I won't go quietly, admit I am your enemy
I'm still the one you hate to love
Everything I ever was