October 20, 2006

triple boner


I saw this picture on Natalie Dee's web comic site. She is the wife of the web-cartoonist that does Toothpaste For Dinner.

The image was called "Triple Boner". Now I know what you guys are going to say, but forget it. I saw this picture and I laughed pretty hard. It was the "madness" part that made me laugh the most. And the fact that I am jealous (haha). I mean, who wouldn't want a triple boner?

October 19, 2006

Quietdrive

One more posting before the weekend. It's going to be crazy. So today's band is the Minneapolis Pop/Punk/Power Pop quintet Quietdrive. I learn about them this summer from (who else?) Sarah. This guy who has a major crush on her is rooming with the drummer from Quietdrive. Incidentaly, he also knows the drummer for Ludo, and got us into the Vaudville Mews show this past summer for free (Sarah Lee + 1). I was "plus 1" for a night. Anyway, this band is amazing. Their newest release, When All That's Left is You, is a great mix of slow and driving, with heartfelt lyrics with a "screw you" tinge to it. Check them out on Purevolume and Myspace. They even have their own podcast on their site.

October 17, 2006


I'm excited! John/Elyse and their bunny Kirby (not the above picture) are coming to Ames this weekend. John sent me an email today telling me that he had the third season of Arrested Developement on DVD and he wasn't going to open it until he got here. Only john. But that's why we love him. The only thing I am worried about is getting the apartment clean enough for Elyse. We'll see....

LUDO got signed!

A few of you may have heard me talk about a band that I learned about this past summer. Sarah and I drove down to Des Moines to see them over the summer, and they rocked the house. The venue was a small bar, and the crowd came to see the headliner Will Hoge. He was great too. Check out his song Woman Be Strong on purevolume (click on his name). But Ludo was amazing! I got to stand right up next to the guitarist, and although there were only 15 people right next to the stage, I felt like I was part of a bigger concert. I could literally reach out and touch both the lead guitarist and the stacks. My right ear still rings to this day when ever I hear loud noises. That means everytime I play my drums, I am reminded of that concert.

The band has two CDs out, and is currently working on another. They update their Myspace and Purevolume pages every few weeks with the latest demo for the new album. Their full length is pretty good, but some of the songs are a litte strange/goofy. Two of them include song great monalogs in the middle. One about saving a girl from pirates, after vigilante-bushwacking through the jungle. The other is a rant to an ex-girlfriend that gets worse and worse as it goes on.

All of this is great and would make most people give them a chance, but their crowning achievement is their Broken Bride EP. This five song EP is a rock opera. It includes many genres that range from pop, metal, rock, and calm piano music. Here is what their Purevolume account has to say about it:

"BROKEN BRIDE: a new rock opera from Ludo

An epic love story told through music you have to hear to believe, "Broken Bride" is the story of a man (the Traveler) whose wife dies in a car accident in 1989. In deep mourning, he becomes obsessed with finding a way to go back and undo that day. After fifteen years of toil and isolation, he has built a machine to do just that. Miscalculations however, send the Traveler far off course and into an adventure spanning from the Dawn of Time to the Apocalypse. Confronted with unimaginable horrors, he longs only to return to that fateful morning in May, but ultimately finds himself faced with a terrible choice - between saving his wife and saving humanity.

With huge, hooky choruses and a relentless driving pace, Ludo jams a record store's worth of influences into five tracks of genre-bending narrative. "Broken Bride" is a 28-minute journey through time you'll want to take over and over again."

It really is a great album. And I'm guessing the main reason why they got signed by Island records last week. Now they will join the below artists. It should be very intersting to see how they grow with this new opportunity.

Bon Jovi
The Bravery
Daniel Bedingfield
Fall Out Boy
Hoobastank
John McLaughlin
The Killers
Lionel Richie
Mariah Carey
Melissa Etheridge
PJ Harvey
Rev. Run
Saliva
Sum 41
Thrice
Thursday
Under the Influence of Giants

October 16, 2006

For those of you who actually read this, I'm going to change gears for a second. Usuall I write about nothing, but today I want to pass on some musical findings for anyone who is interested. I just gave my roomate a copy of the ( ) album by Sigur Ros. This album is easily in my top five. I got it from the same place I get all my best songs from, Sarah. I've had this album for a few years and I like it more and more. Although my favorite song is track four, they all blend together. The first half is a little lighter and the second is more emotional. I guess you could call it Ambient music. The greatest part of the CD, I think is the fact that none of the eight songs are titled. On top of that, the words in the songs aren't even words. They are a made up language dubbed "Hopelandic", after his native tongue Icelandic. The lead singer Jonsi describes it as gibberish vocals, and the voice as an instrument. It's what a singer sings before he/she knows the actual words, just the melody.

Personally, I think it is absolutely beautiful.

October 15, 2006

Last night was sweet. I didn't think I was going to be doing anything, but Anay gave me a call ten minutes before the fashion show was supposed to start. We headed out there to check it out, and see Koo take some photos. It was pretty cool. The whole thing was at Club Element. The show was for RJZies clothes, and was sponsored by Bacardi Grand Mellon and Roaring Lion energy drink. We got there just after nine, and the thing didn't start until about ten thiry. Good thing though, 'cause I called my friend Jill and told her to come. She was out and got the message late, but since we thought it was going to start so early, she got there just before it started. I knew she would like it, since she loves LA/Hollywood. I had fun time hanging out with Anay/Tony/Kelly and watching good looking girls without feeling bad about it.

Look for Koo's pictures in the Daily on Monday. The Daily Photographer's camera was busted, so he got the only pictures. Lucky bitch.