Sunday, February 24, 2008

"The memories of me will seem more like bad dreams..."

Death Cab for Cutie news!

Track listing and tour dates for forthcoming album:
Narrow Stairs to be released May 13, 2008:

1. Bixby Canyon Bridge
2. I Will Possess Your Heart
3. No Sunlight
4. Cath...
5. Talking Bird
6. You Can Do Better Than Me
7. Grapevine Fires
8. Your New Twin Sized Bed
9. Long Division
10. Pity and Fear
11. The Ice Is Getting Thinner

(I'm particularly intrigued by the track titles of 6, 8, and 9).

Current tour dates:
04/18/08 Bremerton, WA @ Admiral Theatre (which is already sold out. Craigslist that shizzle)
04/19/08 Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
04/21/08 Arcata, CA @ Van Dozer Theatre/Humboldt State University
04/22/08 Davis, CA @ Freeborn Hall/UC Davis
04/23/08 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
04/24/08 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel
04/26/08 Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
06/15/08 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo

Death Cab for Cutie - Someday You Will Be Loved

"Given the choice if I could fight or walk away, I'm walking..."

"Aight. Let's break this shit off. Spirit awards, in your mouth." - Rainn Wilson while hosting the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica earlier tonight.

I've been too busy studying to check out some of the indie films that I've been really hoping to see, such as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Once, Rocket Science, etc. In order to try and catch up, but not get distracted, I got the soundtrack to Once.

I don't quite know how to effectively describe it. I feel like the music hearkens back to an early to mid 90's age of vocal melody. That's not a bad thing. I hear Marketa Irglova in "If You Want Me" and my brain goes to Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt. Some, if not most, of the songs are ones that you could find yourself playing in the background of your evening. They're tracks that belong on Chill Out Lounge XXIV (I just made up that title, but you get what I mean, right?) I really love the fact that the songs aren't overproduced and are simple. Just the singer-songwriters and their raw talent. I also enjoy the fact that the male vocal lead in the movie is Glen Hansard of The Frames, because his day-job band makes great music and it amuses me that their song "Pavement Tune" has been popping up in commercials for a seemingly mediocre NBC dramedy about 20somethings and their life crises. Psssshh. Whatever. Enjoy The Frames for who they are, not how they've been marketed to us recently.

The Frames - Pavement Tune from Set List

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova - If You Want Me from Once (Original Soundtrack)

Monday, February 18, 2008

"A stubborn heart remains unchanged..."

I didn't forget!

So I really need to finish up my friend dedicated post. I'd made it through Bruce and Bryn from when I was kidnapped up to Massachusetts/Rhode Island, but I hadn't shouted out to Dani or Nick yet. So you two, this is for you!

Dani and I spent a chunk of time watching the winter X-Games competition and seeing all the cool tricks. In the background of one of the commercials was the Foo Fighters, whom I love because I think Dave Grohl is fantastic and hilarious. Plus, a Foo Fighters photo shoot developed my love of entertainment magazines and musical journalism. But that's another story.

Foo Fighters - Long Road to Ruin from Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

Nick and Bruce came down to NYC and we went out dancing one evening before they left. This song was played twice during our night out at Glamdammit.
The Sweet - Ballroom Blitz

Thursday, February 14, 2008

"Maybe we were born to love..."

Happy Valentine's Day.

Wait, they don't love you like I love you.

You rip my heart right out.

Try to hold on to this love of mine.

Oh the promises we break from the cradle to the grave, when all I want is you.

That's way the it was when we belong together.

You're priceless, and you're precious, even when you are not new.

Maybe we were born to love.

Love is suicide.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

"You're more than in my head. You're more..."

I've had the pleasure of seeing Shiny Toy Guns in the past, as I've mentioned in earlier posts. While looking up Grammy nominees a little while ago, I noticed that they were nominated, but not only that, I found out that they'd appeared on Yo Gabba Gabba.

That show is craisins.

Also, today was a very Shiny Toy Guns day, as I'd heard them a lot on the radio and "You Are the One" was subsequently stuck in my head.

Enjoy the video for it.

Shiny Toy Guns - You Are the One

Friday, February 1, 2008

"Be my friend. Hold me, wrap me up..."

I finally got around to watching the finale episode of Six Feet Under even though it aired years ago. I've got to say, it's quite a satisfying and emotionally stirring episode. I was really focusing on the Sia song played during the end, I've been a fan of her contributions to Zero 7 and the occasional solo song, but now I really feel more inclined to take a fuller listen into the albums she's released over time (and not just the latest one which is being promoted like whoa in Starbucks and elsewhere).

Anyway, the combination of "Breathe Me" and the finale reminded me of the importance of celebrating life. And while, yes, love continues, it's not always in the way that you think because things in our lives are so utterly transient. The only given is death, so you should live your life in the most authentic and best way possible.

Sia - Breathe Me

And I didn't forget my friend theme! This video is a shout out to Bryn, because she is an amazing, brave, and loyal individual and an all around fantastic friend. So here's a Nelly Furtado video (oddly, I don't think it's one of her best, but whatevs, it's fun).

Nelly Furtado - Do It