March 30, 2007

This is the monologue in Ludo's song Good Will Hunting By Myself. Quite a way to tell off an ex-girlfriend if you ask me.

Girl, I remember when we was sittin' on your couch. Watchin' Good Will Hunting, holdin' hands and drinkin' milkshakes. But milkshakes melt, people change, and you dumped me on my birthday. Right after I bought you that really expensive thing from the Body Shop. Called Jojoba Loofah Milktowel or something like that. That I sold 147 Cutco knives to afford, but whatever, hey, it's cool. I've moved on you know, I'm happy now - well, happy in a crying sorta way. You know, curled up naked in the shower biting your knees wishing you were dead kinda happy. But I realized you were right, we were never meant to be. And you know what? Thank God. 'Cause you're the most vapid, whiny blah I've ever met. Always making fun of my clothes, telling me how hot other guys are, asking me to pay you gas money?! Buy your own gas you bug-eyed mooch - it's your car and it costs more than my house. Oh and now you're going around trying to sleep with my friends. Hey good, that really makes you an empowered individual - no wait, did I say empowered individual? I meant two-cent gutter slut. Listen you tanning-bed-baked, broke-ass, goat-faced, oompa-loompa monkey problem. I am proud to shop at Target, I'll wear warm-up pants any day of the week. Yes, your ass did look fat in those jeans, your mom's a M.I.L.F. And I plan to get on your little sister just as soon as I give her a call back, oh and you know what else?

[Chorus] You can watch Good Will Hunting by yourself

-Ludo Good Will Hunting By Myself

Mae in Concert!

I'm going to see Mae on Sunday! The show is in Iowa City, which is about two and a half hours away. I'm really excited. I've heard they are awesome in concert.If you don't know Mae, check out what I wrote about their album The Everglow. Its really good.

Motion City Soundtrack

This band is great for one reason; They are from Minneapolis! When I listen to the lyrics I hear references to places I see on a weekly basis (when I'm not at college of course). Everything from bar hopping on Lyndale Avenue, Midwest love affairs, and frozen winters. I'm glad they are from my hometown, because I really want to see these guys live.

Motion City Soundtrack was formed in 1997 in (where else) Minneapolis! Since then they have released numerous EPs, two full-length albums, and appeared on over 20 compilation CDs. Their second and latest album Commit this to Memory was released in summer 2005 on Epitaph Records. The year before they toured with Blink-182 in Europe and Japan, where Mark Hoppus mentioned that he wanted to get into record production. At the end of the tour they asked him to produce their new albums and he agreed. In the coming winter they recorded the album, which featured a lot of references to the New Years, and winters of Minnesota. This was a little strange, since the album was set for a June release. But the album was a great success for the band.

Commit this to Memory is a mix of power-pop/pop-punk/new wave. The album has a lighter feeling to it, due to Motion City's up-beat punk style as well as lead singer Justin Pierre's higher (alto?) vocals. The first single Everything Is Alright is a song about anxiety and paranoia featuring Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy (listen to the echoes and the chorus). Also look for Mark Hoppus' verse in Hangman.

Motion City Soundtrack is back with summer with a new album set to drop in July (2007). The name of the album is set at Even If It Kills Me currently. A few song titles were released: Calling All Cops, Fell In Love Without You, Asking You To Leave and Where I Belong. I plan on buying it the day it drops.

March 29, 2007

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March 26, 2007

The Killers - Bones

Directed by Tim Burton

Cross Canadian Ragweed - Soul Gravy

Sounds like another country band doesn't it? Well, you are right. I learned about this band from (who else) my friend Linsey. She got their CD after seeing them open for Dierks Bentley. It wasn't until later that I began to appreciate country music, and this band.

Formed in Oklahoma in 1994, Cross Canadian Ragweed is a blend of genres that combines rock and country perfectly. Imagine a raw Keith Urban with distortion. The band's name comes from a combination of the surnames of the four original members of the band (Grady Cross, Cody Canada, Randy Ragsdale, Matt Wiedemann). After a few albums the boys made it to the top charts. In fact, their last two albums hit #37 and #51 on the Billboard Top 200 (albums) and #5 and #6 on the top Country Albums chart.

Their album Soul Gravy happens to be the only album of theirs that I have (I may have lost Garage), and I think it is really good. I've always liked that "I am who I am, deal with it" feeling of country, and the driving distortion of rock. This album combines them well. Look for the guitar solo in Again and a bass solo in Too Far Gone. Also, Sick & Tired is a great song about not forgetting about where you came from. I think my favorite might be the wishful Alabama where Cody sings:

She said maybe I miss your lovin’
Maybe I miss your kiss just a little bit
Maybe I miss your body lyin’ right next to mine
Maybe I miss your touch a little too much
Soul Gravy is great, but sometimes the unreleased stuff is the best. I can't find it legally, but I'm sure any P2P software can find a live copy of The Boys From Oklahoma. The entire song is about marijuana, and how different people smoke it. Now I'm not condoning drug use, but this song is pretty funny/good. It's a crowd favorite, and could be part of the reason why Cross Canadian Ragweed has toured with Willie Nelson.

If you like country OR rock music at all, check these guys out. Just because they are country doesn't mean they can't rock!

March 25, 2007

Sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Everything around you's growin' old.
The days drag on, the nights last forever,
Every day's tougher just to keep it together.
Forget everything you've ever known,
Except for home

- Cross Canadian Ragweed Sick & Tired

Studio Update?

Does anyone remember when I said Nimit and I were recording an album/demo tape? It was around a month ago. Anyway, due to bad planning, "noisy" neighbors, and computer problems nothing got done. In fact, not one piece of music got recorded.

But since then music has been flowing from our apartment. Nimit has been learning to play the drums thanks to the new Killers album Sams Town. He's actually progressing faster than I expected, although his technique leaves something to be desired. Nimit's electric guitar also graced us with it's presence last week, and I've been playing it ever since. I'm not amazing at the acoustic guitar, and apparently those "skills" don't allow me to play electric guitar. So I've got power chords nailed, and Nimit knows two drums beats. Perfect for a 3-chord garage band!

Today we put on the Killers album and I did my best to figure out the chords by ear while Nimit rocked the drums. After that though, we were able to jam for a half an hour, half on each instrument. It was very cool.

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