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Thursday, December 21st, 2006
9:23 pm
Mindless Self Indulgence
Very few bands are as deliberately self-destructively idiosyncratic as MSI, and very few are quite as successful for it. How many bands claim that they came up with their sound from attempting to "play Pac-Man with the joystick up [their] butt", throw chairs and instruments at their audience, or release an album of 30 songs with all the vowels asterisked out? And of these bands, how many can pay for a many-month-long tour in a single week?

Since their debut as a full band in 1999 with Tight, MSI has gained a cult following. 2000's Frankenstein Girls Will See Strangely Sexy, with a whopping thirty songs covering everything from drugs and the rock scene to homosexuality and androgyny, was a bizarre enough release to gain them recognition, but it wasn't until You'll Rebel to Anything (2005) that the band became a household name amongst those of a more rebellious, foulmouthed persuasion.

Bear in mind, MSI creates a context so absolutely over-the-top offensive that everything means nothing, and if anyone's offended, they're missing the point.

Combining electronica, punk, rap, rock, pop and even Atari videogame music, and with vocals that range from a fluttering falsetto to grunge rage and speed-talking, MSI is a spastic, genre-bending, delightfully nonsensical band that's always good for some mindless self-indulging.

Tight has been discontinued and is ridiculously hard to find, so I feel little remorse in sharing half the CD.

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Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
10:22 pm
Christmas music
I know it's been some time since I've made a post and given the time of year, I thought I'd post my favorite Christmas songs....

There's not many because I usually don't like Christmas music...

Christmas Don't Be Late by Alvin and the Chipmunks. This is from my all time favorite Christmas album. I had this on LP and played it to death.

White Christmas by Bing Crosby - No one sings it better.

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee. The only song I never get tired of hearing.

Blue Christmas By Elvis. Not a big fan of The King, but I do love his version of this song.

I'll Be Home For Christmas by Frank Sinatra. It's Frank. Enough said.

Merry Fucking Christmas by Mr. Garrison. Just because.

Snoopy's Christmas The Royal Guardsmen. It's Snoopy. Enough said.

I'm a Lonely Jew at Christmas Kyle from South Park. I died laughing when I first heard this. And who can forget Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo?

Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird Al. Christmas isn't Christmas without this song.

The Night Santa Went Crazy by Weird Al. Another great Weird Al Christmas song.

Thursday, October 19th, 2006
2:20 am
Sister Hazel (damn you Lisa)
A few of my favorites by Sister Hazel

Another Me


Everything Else Disappears My favorite


Meet Me in the Memory Second favorite

Sword and Shield

The World Inside My Head


Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
10:53 pm
October seems the perfect month for indie goth/cabaret act Voltaire. With a blend of disturbing and ridiculous lyrics, over-the-top humour and an all-acoustic band of stringsmen, Volatire quickly established a distinctive voice with the underground crowd. His first release, The Devil's Bris, dropped in 1998 from Projekt Records, featuring everything from love ballads to violently melodramatic paranoia, confessionals to the theme for every Vaudevillain to ever exist, all touched with lush vocals and dense, beautiful string instruments. In 2000, Voltaire released Almost Human, featuring a more new age sound and a fresh set of bizarre, beautiful and touching pop songs. 2002's Boo Hoo snarkily addressed love, this time featuring big band arrangements and even electric keyboards. Then and Again (2004) found him returning to his roots, before he became known as a gothic jokester or Weird Al's twisted cousin - simple songs about lost love and parenting became musical portraits under his strong songwriting and his wonderful musical collaborators.

Voltaire recently released an EP for the upcoming album, Ooky Spooky (2007).

The Devil's Bris (1998)
The Chosen
When You're Evil
All the Way Down

Almost Human (2000)
Out of Reach
Almost Human

Boo Hoo (2002)
#1 Fan
Let It Go

Then and Again (2004)
The Happy Song
Wall of Pride
Hallo Elskan Min

Live! (2006)
Hell in a Handbasket

Zombie Prostitute (2006)
Zombie Prostitute
China Girl [David Bowie cover]

Current Mood: happy
Sunday, October 8th, 2006
1:58 am
Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
11:00 pm
The Tea Party - Transmission
Great Canadian band, finally got the album version of some of the songs, so here I pimp. The best out of the lot is Gyroscope, though they're all fantastic.



Army Ants









Current Mood: creative
Friday, September 22nd, 2006
3:08 am
I was never too fond of Inxs back in the day. Now is a different story. Since they got the new lead singer from Rockstar: Inxs I'm hooked.


Devil's Party

God's Top Ten

Hot Girls


Like It Or Not

Never Let You Go

Perfect Strangers

Pretty Vegas


What You Need

Monday, September 18th, 2006
1:23 pm
Jump, Little Chidren
"Magazine" remains one of my top five albums, even though it came out in the early 90's. JLC (or Jump as they may have shortened their name to recently) has a really eclectic style. They make for an interesting listen.

My Guitar from Magazine

Say Goodnight from Magazine (best song on the album, I say!)

Education from Between The Dim And The Dark

Mexico from Between The Dim And The Dark

Too High from Vertigo

Lover's Greed from Vertigo

Just A Second from Buzz

15 Stories from Buzz

Someone's In The Kitchen from The Licorice Tea Demos

U Can Look from The Licorice Tea Demos

There are other really great songs by them that I'll probably end up posting at some point purely because I think everyone should hear as much Jump, Little Children as humanly possible.

Current Mood: calm
Friday, September 8th, 2006
2:04 am
Joan Osborne
"Righteous Love" is an incredible album, so I thought I'd do a post on her.

Angel Love from Righteous Love

Baby Love from Righteous Love

Crazy Baby from Relish

Grand Illusion from Righteous Love

Hurricane from Righteous Love

Let's Just Get Naked from Relish

Make You Feel My Love from Righteous Love (although I do like the Garth Brooks version better)

Man In the Long Black Coat from Relish

Poison Apples from Righteous Love - I think this is her best.

Righteous Love from Righteous Love

Running Out of Time from Righteous Love.

St. Theresa from Relish

Friday, August 25th, 2006
12:30 am
Dixie Chicks
Wasn't going to do them just quite yet, but Aj talked me into it.

Cowboy Take Me Away Perhaps my favorite by them.

Goodbye Earl Just because it should be here.

Hello Mr. Heartache

Loving Arms I love the Etta James version. This one isn't bad.

Never Say Die My second favorite song

Not Ready To Make Nice

Once You've Loved Somebody

Sin Wagon

Top of the World

Travelin' Soldier

Wide Open Spaces

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
9:22 pm
Thursday, August 10th, 2006
1:54 am
Vienna Teng
If you haven't listened to anything by her before, download some and listen, dammit! She's awesome. Totally awesome.

Blue Caravan from Dreaming Through the Noise, her latest cd. JUST came out.

Eric's Song One of if not her best.

Gravity My personal favorite.


Lullabye for a Stormy Night Another song I adore.


Pontchartain from her newest and the lyrics are amazing.

Recessional another great one from her newest cd.


I didn't put all of hers up. If you like, go order from Amazon and support her.
Friday, July 28th, 2006
10:42 pm
Saturday, July 15th, 2006
4:09 am
Natalie Merchant
Natalie Merchant. I didn't like her when she was popular, but now I've had a chance to listen more and I do like her. A lot. I don't like her "The House Carpenter's Daughter" cd as much as the other three though. It's a little too country sounding for me.

Beloved Wife from Tigerlily

Break Your Heart from Ophelia

Build a Levee from Motherland

Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow from House Carpenter's Daughter

Carnival from Tigerlily

Cowboy Romance from Tigerlily

Crazy Man Michael from The House Carpenter's Daughter

Diver Boy from The House Carpenter's Daughter

Down on Penny's Farm from The House Carpenter's Daughter

Effigy from Ophelia

Frozen Charlotte from Ophelia

Golden Boy from Motherland

Henry Darger from Motherland

House Carpenter from The House Carpenter's Daughter

I May Know the Word

I'm Not Gonna Beg from Motherland

Jealousy from Tigerlily

Just Can't Last from Motherland

Kind and Generous from Ophelia

King of May from Ophelia

Life is Sweet from Ophelia

Motherland from Motherland

Not In This Life from Motherland

Ophelia from Ophelia

Owensboro from The House Carpenter's Daughter

Poor Wayfaring Stranger from The House Carpenter's Daughter

Put the Law on You from Motherland

River from Tigerlily

Saint Judas from Motherland

Sally Ann from The House Carpenter's Daughter

San Andreas Fault from Tigerlily

Seven Years from Tigerlily

Soldier, Soldier from The House Carpenter's Daughter

Tell Yourself from Motherland

The Letter from Tigerlily - My favorite

The Living from Ophelia

The Worst Thing from Motherland

Thick as Theives from Ophelia

This House on Fire from Motherland

The Weeping Pilgrim from The House Carpenter's Daughter

Where I Go from Tigerlily

Which Side Are You On from The House Carpenter's Daughter

Wonder from Tigerlily

My Skin


Current Mood: accomplished
Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
10:33 pm
Ms. Neko Case
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Neko Case is a Canadian singer-songwriter with a voice that other musicians would kill to have, and her songwriting abilities aren't at all shabby either. So far, she has five albums - the early, primarily-covers albumsThe Virginian, the live, mostly-covers short The Tigers Have Spoken, and the three original material albums Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Furnace Room Lullaby and Blacklisted (though the latter contains two covers, and her EP Canadian Amp was mostly covers as well). Neko is famed for being at the front of 'alternative country' (and many times, 'country noir'), smoothly melding John Denver and Patsy Cline with provoking, poetic lyrics, haunted narratives and hints of modern technology. While most of her songs are barely over two minutes long, they're jam-packed with world-wise musings and clever musical twists.

Note: Most of these are in .m4a format, so you'll need Winamp or iTunes to play them.

From Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (2006):
Hold On, Hold On
Dirty Knife
At Last

From The Tigers Have Spoken (2004):
If You Knew

From Blacklisted (2002):
Things That Scare Me
Deep Red Bells
Ghost Wiring

From Furnace Room Lullaby (2000):
Furnace Room Lullaby
2:46 am
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
4:01 am
1:57 am
More Bowie...
These are from the double disc singles album. Selected them largely on the basis of popularity and/or the strength of the vocals.


Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)

China Girl



Look Back in Anger

Rebel, Rebel

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)


Suffragette City
2:28 am
Friday, June 16th, 2006
10:24 pm
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