Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween People...

today is the day that halloween goes in full force. funny thing though, because last night felt like halloween. all the kids were out trick-or-treatin' and i guess that's because halloween fell on a sunday this year and you know how hard it is for little kids to get up and go to school. despite this, tonight will still be a fun night and i'm very excited because the premier of, The Walking Dead starts around nine or so. it's a new television series on amc that's being directed by the guy who made, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. just because of that, i believe it will be in good hands.

oh, and before i forget, i just want to go back to this past friday and mention a little bit of it. work was work, but that day was a lot of fun. all the departments got to carve pumpkins and i was picked to do ours. i had a hard time deciding on what to do, but then it hit me. i will make a cartman pumpkin!!!

ha ha i think he looks awesome!!!

so anyway, work ended and i blazed home to change and then head to my moms to pick up my little brother. it was my idea to take him to our church fall festival. he was tired and a bit grumpy, but nonetheless had a good time. it was also fun to see all my friends and family there. i even got to take a picture with my good buddy lexi, who dylan was trying to protect me from. (she was a vampire and you know how them vampires get...) i was also glad to see my best friend mike and his family. good ol' mike!!!

darth vader is posin' and somehow not burning his hand on his lightsaber...

and so the night ended with me going to norman to pick up my Withnail and I... bluray and then hitting the taco bueno to get some munchies. i got to bed at a decent time for once and slept in saturday until around eleven. saturday night was most excellent, what with me giving out tons of candy to neighborhood kids and some weirdo's and then watching OU beat the crap outta colorado. oh, and the food was awesome!!! my mom made chili and grasshoppers and cornbread. (grasshoppers are jalapeno peppers with cream cheese and bacon wrapped around it with barbecue sauce. mmm mmm good!!!) and as for today, well i stayed up too late and missed church, but i guess that's okay. it's not the end of the world. i'll make up for it somehow. until then, i hope everyone of you out there have fun and be safe tonight. there are a lot of crazies out there who want to be extra creepy, so be on the lookout!!!

oh heck, i almost forgot about the music. well, let's not get to moody here and instead relax with some awesome post-rock. this comes courtesy of the band, Tortoise.

tortoise is a wonderful post-rock band that started back in 1990 and are considered one of the best around. they hail from chicago, illinois and have made several groundbreaking albums in the genres of indie/electronic/ambient and of course, post-rock. the band has several members, some of which have been in other influential acts like, The Sea and Cake, Slint and that crazy dude known as, Beck.

today there are two albums i want you to check out. first is the second full length album by the band called, Millions Now Living Will Never Die. and after that we have my personal favorite which is their third full length simply titled, TNT. try these out and enjoy the landscapes. dig it...

spooky vision...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Day Before Halloween...

well, as the title says, this is the day before halloween. i'll post something better tomorrow. for now, i just wanted to do a quick check up and post a video or two...

you like the Deftones right??? well i do!!! anyway, here's their new music video for the song, "you've seen the butcher." quite freeky cheeky beecky leecky!!!

aaaaannnnnnnndddddd here's a little bit of stephen lynch for ya!!! lol

i promise i'll post better tomorrow!!!

GO OU!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I thought i saw you in my sleep...

what a week it's been so far. to start off, monday night i drove down to denton, texas and got to see Envy, La Dispute, Touché Amoré and a newer band called, And So I Watch You From Afar, tear up at a small rehersal studio called, Rubbergloves. it was a fantastic night, totaled out by the impressive technical aspects of the musicians and the people who came to see the spectacle. i left feeling very tired, but happy and in awe of the great performances i witnessed.

tuesday came and with that, a very sleepy schuyler. all wasn't so bad, what, with a friendly smile from a fellow co-worker who is cute, and an awesome lunch at buffalo wild wings. but, it wouldn't be a normal day if something hadn't happened in order to ruin the good mood. that ruiner was my lack of focus on keeping the files up to date and basically, not giving a crap about my job. ugh, oh how i hate feeling like a looser. this is a good job and i'm not doing it very well. it's not like the work is terribly hard or something, no!!! it's just tedious and i sit there staring at it, wondering what i want to do with my life, or how much longer can i hold out and not get sick in the bathroom... yeah, it's a bit like that. my writing is the only thing giving me hope. i use it to make myself feel better and also to try and pursue my personal goals.

i took today off in order to go to ada once again and see my doctors. this time it wasn't as bad as the last checkup, but maybe that's because i didn't do any blood work. so, after leaving ada, i passed through paul's valley like usual, but this time i took a detour and stopped to check out the action figure museum. it was awesome and very nostalgic. they had a wonderful collection of all types of action figures, ranging from the 1940's to present day. my favorite section wasn't really about the toys, but instead focused on cartoonist's and comic book artists from oklahoma. it was awesome to see some actual hand drawn panels from artists like, chester gould (Dick Tracy), russell myers (Broom Hilda) and bill mauldin (Willie & Joe). overall, it was a humbling experience that only reminded me of my young past and all the things i used to do and still want.

oh, and tomorrow night is the live halloween rifftrax special. this time the guys are going to be riffing on the horror movie classic, The House on Haunted Hill. spooky good times will be had!!!

okay, so i had a little help with the music selection since i just saw these guys monday. i've mentioned them before on here, so now it's finally their time. let's check out the band, La Dispute.

there was an amazing amount of energy this past monday night at the texas show. all the bands that played were on point and seemed very excited and energetic when playing. once la dispute came on stage, the crowd unleashed the most frantic fandom of the night. la dispute are one of the more recent screamo/skrams/emo bands to come along and play with heartfelt passion and a great nod to the past. they, along with acts like Touché Amoré, Ampere, Comadre, Daniel Striped Tiger and Pianos Become the Teeth, have been traveling and playing all over with a focus on great music and emotional response. it's a great remembrance of the bands long gone that started and inspired this scene and you can hear and feel it in their music.

la dispute are from grand rapids, michigan, and have been playing their style of post hardcore since 2005. they have garnered a strong fan base (which i witnessed on monday!!!) and are held up in high regard when it comes to their musical talent. you certainly don't want to miss out on this bunch. TRUST ME!!! oh, and one thing i want to mention is the lead singer, who reminds me of the guy from Mewithoutyou. it's an unusual voice, one that tends to sound like it's almost crying. pretty interesting...

ok, so now with the tunes!!! first up is their debut ep titled, Vancouver. this is then followed by a self titled seven inch, then the ep called, Here, Here Vol.1. after that is Here, Here Vol.2, then the incredible full length, Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair. and in the two last places are the ep, Here, Here Vol.3 and their split with touché amoré, which i think is called, Searching for a Pulse/The Worth of the World. and that concludes our broadcast day. enjoy the music and get some much needed rest...


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Spooky, Booky, Pooky...

oooooooooo!!! last night i went and watched Paranormal Activity 2 and had a blast. it's not the most perfect movie, but you can't beat a fun movie watching experience. i went with several members of my family and we all got spooked bad. the film has a lot of those jump moments that try and catch you off guard, and for the most part, they work to great effect. i'll never forget how funny it was to hear the audience scream out loud while something happened on the screen. something like a fart under the blankets or a cell phone vibrating...

since it was soooooooooooo scary, i think i'll let you all watch some of Simon's Cat, because he's soooooooooo CUTE!!!

and in other news, today is another OU football game, so i guess i'll be watching that later on with the family. i think that's going to be fun!!! and so, let's get a bit scary again with some DEATHCORE!!! DEATHCORE!!! DDDDDDEEEEAAAAATTTTTHHHHHCCCCCCOOOOORRRRRREEEEEE!!!... seriously, that is the lamest thing ever, but the music is so BROOOOOTAL that it requires all caps people!!! okay, and so with the band then??? yeah, let's talk about the band, who happen be be called, The Red Chord.

the red chord is a band from revere, massachusetts that formed in 1999. they are considered one of the pioneers in the deathcore genre. of course, i honestly thought they were just a metalcore band with heavier growls, but then i noticed the grindcore dynamics, and now it seems to have taken shape and become it's own separate genre called, deathcore. shoot man, it's all just metal to me, but there are those purists out there that beg to differ, so i'm trying my best to list all references in honor of those tight pants wearing scenesters. funny how much i used to like this band back in the early 2000's. i got the chance to see them several times, and each show was bigger and heavier than the last. in my opinion, nothing really tops their debut album simply because it was radically different than most of the metalcore material that came out during that time. but as the years have passed and crab core has raped its way into the young minds of our nations youth, the metal genre's have taken more expansive routes, and thus, have begone to slide around and mix things up a lot more. it's a mish mash of all styles and you really have to dig through the garbage to find something good. the red chord are one of the best and are still around, tearing up the clubs and making the kids mosh. i just wish more people would mention them instead of all the others... and by others, i mean, Suicide Silence, Winds of Plague, Whitechapel, Emmure, Salt the Wound and Bring Me the Horizon. (not that those bands are terrible and such...)

time to rest, but before i go here's the music. first is their debut album called, Fused Together in Revolving Doors. after this is the excellent album, Clients and then, Prey For Eyes. and last is Fed Through the Teeth Machine. check these out and get scary and BROOTAL!!! or just get cutsey!!! aww...

if you have a ghost in your house, listen to a minority...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A bit of love to take the pain away...

i’m not one to get involved with certain things. i usually tend to stay in the darkness, often or not, to be ignored when it comes to issues. this is how i’ve spent many many years of my young adult life living. it’s not that i’m afraid, or confused, or apathetic towards these things, it’s just that i see no point in my opinion of the matter. what are these matters i speak of??? well, you can probably guess to a certain degree, that it’s politics and religion, and you would be correct, but just not 100%. there are way more things i choose to not speak of, and it’s those types of things that constantly plague my mind and make for a very busy, yet useless space of time. time is definitely well spent when you are doing SOMETHING, instead of just sitting there contemplating on nothing. maybe that’s why so many people hate those like me. those in the middle and not sitting on one side. if i do choose to make an attempt at something, i like to do it quietly, and without any notice. much like voting, or NOT VOTING in certain presidential elections. also, why get involved with the herd when your own voice can’t be understood amongst the rabble rabble rabble??? you know, this might all be related to my horror scope sign, which is libra. apparently, (according to some random site…) libra’s are “diplomatic, urbane, romantic, charming, easygoing, sociable, idealistic and peaceable.” but, also according to the site, libra’s have a dark side, and that involves the following:

1. indecisive

2. changeable

3. gullible

4. easily influenced

5. flirtatious

6. self-indulgent

so, according to someone’s own, written account on how my sign reads, i’m an okay person, but have six things that are not so great. sure, i understand that, but really, am i flirtatious??? heck, i wouldn’t even know a girl was talking to me unless she deliberately called my name. i also don’t think i’m too self indulgent, even though i tend to collect a lot of music and dvd’s and games and books and clothes and girls numbers and so on… bah!!! this is all hogwash and not worth wasting my time over. you see that there??? i actually made myself get involved with my own shortcomings!!! i actually did SOMETHING!!! ALL CAPS PEOPLE!!!

uh, yeah… so anyway, for the music choice, let’s jam the drugged out group known as, Spacemen 3. heck, let’s add Spiritualized while were at it too!!!

spacemen 3 were a fuzzy, psychedelic band from rugby, warwickshire, england that formed in 1982 and lasted till 1991. they were considered one of the best space rock bands to emerge in the alternative music scene. they stood out amongst their brit-pop peers because of their unflattering drug use, and lo-fi shoegaze styles. their music was inspired by 60’s garage rock bands like, The Troggs, The 13th Floor Elevators, The Stooges as well as classic punk acts like, The MC5 and The Velvet Underground. spacemen 3 went on to inspire many new acts that followed like, Serena Maneesh, Vietnam, The Warlocks, Blank Angel, Yo La Tengo, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Flaming Lips, and Suntan.

now, following the breakup of spacemen 3, lead singer jason pierce went on to form his band called, spiritualized. the band started around 1990, right when the tensions for his former band were on the breaking point. spiritualized take the drugged out influence of spacemen 3 and send it over the cliff, onto the next level. this is epic space rock, deepened by the psychedelic madness of justin pierce. this all came together on their third album, titled, Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space. the NME voted it, “album of the year” in 1997, and rightfully so. it’s an amazing journey, from beginning to end, that takes the listener to far away places and with heartfelt emotion. the lyrics to the opening song are simple, yet profound and a bit sad. “all i want in life’s a little bit of love to take the pain away…” you know, it’s things like this that bring the listener closer to the source of the music. trying to not read too much into the lyrics of some artists is hard sometimes, but when it’s this bleak and straightforward, it’s worth the effort. spiritualized are still together, playing the sporadic show here and there. if given the chance, go see them!!!

ok, and now we come to the end, and with that, the music. for spacemen 3 we have their second album which is called, The Perfect Prescription. you can tell they had no shame in their drugged out lifestyle. heck, the band's motto was, "taking drugs to make music to take drugs to" which, when mixed with their minimal droning sound, often led for a crazy trip. the perfect prescription was a concept album about the beginning and end of a "trip." if you have ever been on one, then you might know how these things work. heh heh... oh, and as for spiritualized, we have the album i mentioned which is, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space. simply amazing is not enough to say right here. aaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnddddddddd sssssssssssssssooooooooo we finally come to the end of this rant and rave and i leave with the hope that you are a bit more familiar with some other music out there. dig it...

All I want in life's a little bit of love
To take the pain away
Getting strong today
A giant step each day
Wise men say
Only fools rush in
Only fools rush in
But i, I can't help
I can't help falling
Falling in love with you

I will love you till I die
And I will love you all the time
So please put your sweet hand in mine
And float in space and drift in time

All my time until I die,
We'll float in space just you and i
And I will love you till I die
And I will love you all the time
So please put your sweet hand in mine
We'll float in space just you and i

Wise men say
Only fools rush in
But I can't help
Falling in love with you

Monday, October 18, 2010

Now they are through with me...

you know what sounded good for lunch today??? a rueben sandwich!!! oh, how i love those rueben sandwiches. they taste so awesome and have a lot to offer. the meat is slowly cooked and then thinly sliced. the sauerkraut is nice and sour wile the spicy mustard adds good flavor. aww, and the bread is soft and a bit crunchy, adding a great amount of texture. yep, a trip to jason’s deli was in order for today, and as i type this, i actually haven’t gone to get my food yet, but once i get home and finish this post, it will seem like this was written about the past. heh heh

in other news, there is a great concert coming up next monday, the only problem is the location, which is freekin’ dallas, texas. ugh, i hate driving there. the highways are always super busy and the cops are terribly mean and borderline racist. still, it’s well worth the time and effort because the band i want to see is Envy from japan!!! man, how often do you think they come to america to play??? NEVER!!! also added to that mix are the bands, Touché Amoré and La Dispute i think, so overall, it’s so worth the time and effort. heck, it’s even worth the energy and sleepy tuesday that will eventually take me over. yeah… and one more thing, on thursday of that same week, the rifftrax crew are going to be showing their live halloween special in theatres with the classic horror film, House On Haunted Hill. so far, it seems to be an awesome week ahead!!!

spending some time jammin’ all kinds of music, i recently came across a band i was into last year, but have sort of forgotten. that’s all changed now, though, because they have recently released a new album and the single from it has sparked my interest once again. the band i’m taking my sweet time to mention is, Deerhunter.

this band is the project of lead singer/songwriter, bradford cox and his merry band of fellow musicians, moses archuleta, josh fauver and locket pundt. the band started back in 2001, and had some different members back then. they released a split single with the band, Alphabets before their original bassist died from a skateboard head injury. time passed before the band regrouped and released their debut album, Turn It Up Faggot. during this time, the band toured with acts like, Lighting Bolt, Gang Gang Dance, The Black Lips and Liars. they then went back in the studio and tried to record their second album, but ultimately failed. and you might know this story, but here it is anyway… more time passed and blah blah blah, then they eventually released their second album, Cryptograms, which is my favorite of theirs. oh, i’m totally spacing out right now. sheesh, i forgot to mention their music style. uh, to me, i want to say it’s a mix of ambient indie rock, with a dash of dream-pop and shoegaze, then finalized by a good amount of post-punk. it’s some serious business, and really awesome stuff. the band seems to get better with each album. i don’t want to keep you waiting, so on with the tunes!!!

so, like i said, the band released a split single with another band, but that's not going to be posted here. instead we will start with their debut album, Turn It Up Faggot, then their second album, Cryptograms. then next we have the ep, Flourecent Grey, then the amazing full length album, Microcastle. accompanying microcastle is the special album, Weird Era Cont., which was a collection of songs made by each band member and meant to be givne to those who purchased microcastle. following this is the ep, Rainwater Cassette Exchange and then their newly released album, Halcyon Digest. their latest album has the moody song, "helicopter" which is what got me anxious to listen to them again. annnnnnnnnnd one more thing to mention is that bradford cox also has his own solo project, which goes by the name, Atlas Sound. it's all good, so enjoy!!!

Take my hand and pray with me
My final days in company
The devil now has come for me
And helicopters circling the scene

And I pray for us
Would you pray for us
Nobody loves you the best
We know he loves you the best

Tired of my pain
I'm tired of my pain, oh

No one cares for me
I keep no company
I have minimal needs
And now they are through with me

No one cares for me
I have minimal needs
I keep no company
And now they are through with me
Now they are through with me
Now they are through with me
Now they are through with me