I am not a Gleek. Hell, if I didn’t follow pop culture, I wouldn’t even know what that word means. It sounds like a monster from The Legend of Zelda. It’s actually a self-appointed nickname among diehard Glee fans.
Now, I’m not about to go on some kind of rhetorical rampage all about how much the show sucks. I’ve never seen a single second of it, so it’s not like I’m qualified to judge its particular merits and flaws and whatnot. I am perfectly content to let its audience have their fun, even though I look at it and see what appears to be some kind of bastard lovechild of High School Musical and American Idol.
I mean, I remember browsing around in an FYE at the mall once and hearing someone not named Steve Perry – I could tell because the singer was female – singing “Don’t Stop Believin’” in an over-processed voice over what sounded like your garden variety karaoke machine backing track. I couldn’t think of any Disney stars who’d ever sung it. Nor could I name any recent Idol contestants who’d performed it. And then as I passed the soundtrack section it dawned on me… this was someone from the cast of Glee.
Look everyone! I’m still alive, and I haven’t completely forgotten about this blog!
Sorry I’ve gone an eternity or two (closer to two at this point) without updating anything. I’ve kind of been busy — papers to write, midterms to prepare for… you know, college stuff. As a result, I haven’t really been in the mood to write much lately. College would be so much better without all that crap, wouldn’t you agree? (And yes, I know that would completely defeat the purpose of college. This does not change the fact that midterms and essays suck ass.)
Anyway, my birthday was a few weeks ago and I turned — gulp — 23. (My youth is all but officially over and I don’t even feel like it’s started yet. Can I get a do-over on this whole “life” thing? No? Well, that sucks.) I got some presents — as of September 27, 2009, I officially became multi-instrumental when I got a bass guitar — and some money to spend. Which means it’s time for another Colin’s Collection post! Yay!
All the albums I’ve recently added to my collection can be found after the jump. Check it out! THAT’S AN ORDER, DAMMIT!
Hey everyone. I know I’ve really been slacking with the blog lately — not that anyone would notice, since I haven’t had a double-digit hit count since September 24 — but I just haven’t really felt like blogging for whatever reason. I’d like to say I had a better excuse than that for slacking off with this thing, but that’s just how it is.
Anyway, here’s the playlist from the 9/25/09 show. Hopefully one of these days I’ll actually write something more substantial than one of these playlist posts. That, however, would require me to stop being a lazy slacker.
1. Radiohead, “Bangers & Mash” (In Rainbows bonus disc)
2. TV On The Radio, “Golden Age” (Dear Science)
3. Arctic Monkeys, “Fake Tales Of San Francisco” (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not)
4. Cave In, “Lost In The Air” (Antenna)
5. Band Of Horses, “Is There A Ghost” (Cease To Begin)
6. RX Bandits, “Tainted Wheat” (…And The Battle Begun)
7. At The Drive-In, “A Devil Among The Tailors” (In/Casino/Out)
8. Kings Of Leon, “Notion” (Only By The Night)
9. Interpol, “Slow Hands” (Antics)
10. Deerhunter, “Saved By Old Times” (Microcastle)
11. The Clash, “Lost In The Supermarket” (London Calling)
12. British Sea Power, “Down On The Ground” (Do You Like Rock Music?)
13. Thrice, “As The Crow Flies” (The Alchemy Index: Vol. 3 — Air)
14. Foo Fighters, “Cold Day In The Sun” (In Your Honor)
15. Spoon, “Jonathon Fisk” (Kill The Moonlight)
16. My Morning Jacket, “Thank You Too!” (Evil Urges)
17. Minus The Bear, “When We Escape” (Planet Of Ice)
18. The National, “Secret Meeting” (Alligator)
19. R.E.M., “Near Wild Heaven” (Out Of Time)
20. Pavement, “Major Leagues” (Terror Twilight)
21. Radiohead, “Lucky” (OK Computer)
22. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “She’s Only 18” (Stadium Arcadium)
23. Muse, “Muscle Museum” (Showbiz)
24. Snow Patrol, “Shut Your Eyes” (Eyes Open)
25. Bloc Party, “Signs” (Intimacy)
26. Weezer, “El Scorcho” (Pinkerton)
27. The Beach Boys, “Wendy” (Endless Summer)
28. The Decemberists, “O Valencia!” (The Crane Wife)
29. Elvis Costello, “Veronica” (Spike)
30. The Beatles, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (Abbey Road)
I know what you’re thinking. “Hey, what the hell is this? Two 9/11 posts in a row? Wasn’t this blog supposed to be about music or something?” Well, don’t you worry your pretty little heads. This is a totally different kind of post relating to 9/11. I did my first show of the fall semester yesterday, and here’s the playlist…
1. Bloc Party, “The Marshals Are Dead” (Silent Alarm B-sides)
2. Cave In, “Come Into Your Own” (Tides Of Tomorrow EP)
3. Spoon, “The Way We Get By” (Kill The Moonlight)
4. Band Of Horses, “Weed Party” (Everything All The Time)
5. Pavement, “You Are A Light” (Terror Twilight)
6. Radiohead, “These Are My Twisted Words” (Wall Of Ice EP — just kidding, it’s a single)
7. Blur, “M.O.R.” (Blur)
8. Arctic Monkeys, “When The Sun Goes Down” (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not)
9. The Fall Of Troy, “I Just Got This Symphony Goin'” (Doppelganger)
10. Titus Andronicus, “My Time Outside The Womb” (The Airing Of Grievances)
11. Green Day, “Murder City” (21st Century Breakdown)
12. Minus The Bear, “Memphis & 53rd” (Menos El Oso)
13. My Morning Jacket, “What A Wonderful Man” (Z)
14. The National, “Available” (Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers)
15. RX Bandits, “One Million Miles An Hour, Fast Asleep” (…And The Battle Begun)
16. Dead Confederate, “Shadow The Walls” (Dead Confederate EP)
17. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Tangled Up In Plaid” (Lullabies To Paralyze)
18. Kings Of Leon, “Soft” (Aha Shake Heartbreak)
19. Radiohead, “Subterranean Homesick Alien” (OK Computer)
20. Nirvana, “Stay Away” (Nevermind)
21. British Sea Power, “Trip Out” (Do You Like Rock Music?)
22. White Rabbits, “Percussion Gun” (It’s Frightening)
23. Green Day, “21 Guns” (21st Century Breakdown)
24. Muse, “Uprising” (The Resistance)
25. Silversun Pickups, “Panic Switch” (Swoon)
26. Thom Yorke, “The Present Tense” (live @ Latitude Festival)
27. Grizzly Bear, “Two Weeks” (Veckatimest)
28. The Beatles, “Taxman” (Revolver) — played to fill dead air
Well, that covers it for my first show of my last semester here at the University of Maryland. As always, keep tuning in every Friday from 4-6 p.m. on WMUC2 and keep watching this space for more updates and fun stuff.
About a year ago Bloc Party released their third studio album Intimacy as an online download for ten bucks. The download featured ten songs (“Talons” was added for the CD release, along with a bunch of bonus tracks), and since iTunes was still charging 99 cents a song at the time it seemed fair enough. (Plus, like I said, they’re one of my favorite bands.) In the months leading up to the online release of the new album, they’d put out a couple of heavily electronic singles. First there was “Flux,” which is a straight-up synth-driven dance song, and then there was “Mercury,” which turned out to be the lead single from Intimacy.
While “Mercury” took some time to get used to (as opposed to the instantly catchy “Flux,” which I think should have been the lead single instead), I found myself wondering if Bloc Party was about to release their Kid A — that is, an album where an established rock band suddenly shifts gears and explores electronica. Their change in sound between Silent Alarm and A Weekend In The City, while perhaps not the most popular of decisions, at the very least showed that they were a band who were willing to try new things and didn’t want to make the same album twice. So when the download became available, I snatched it up and decided to give it a listen.
Three minutes later, I found myself hoping I hadn’t made a big mistake. I had been greeted with a song so violently chaotic, so disorienting and confusing, that perhaps it makes sense that it was named for the Greek god of war. And no, I don’t mean this guy…
Bloc Party’s “Ares” is just another example of what happens… When Bad Songs Happen To Good Bands.
“You see, I think drugs have done some good for us. I really do. And if you don’t believe drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor. Go home tonight. Take all your albums, all your tapes, and all your CDs and burn them. Because you know what? The musicians that made all that great music that’s enhanced your lives throughout the years were real fucking high on drugs. The Beatles were so fucking high they let Ringo sing a few tunes.”
— Bill Hicks
Mr. Hicks had a point, you know. Some of the greatest music ever made was created by people who were stoned out of their minds. You name it, musicians have smoked or injected it. Hell, Keith Richards alone has probably singlehandedly sustained a few Third World economies. If he gets cremated when (if?) he dies, his ashes would probably give you the most incredible buzz in the history of mankind.
But of course musicians are only human. Not every song they create is going to be a classic. Even the greatest musicial minds are prone to churning out some clunkers. Nobody’s immune to failure. And no matter how high you get, a lousy song is just a lousy song.
This is what happens… When Bad Songs Happen To Good Bands.