Youtube user meekakitty has uploaded this special treat for Star Trek fans; a cute girl who seems to know her shit when it comes to the Trek. I love James Tiberius as much as the next guy but have never been into Star Trek. I am firmly on the dark side of the force in nerdy “Star” things. But I know lots of geeks are into Star Trek way more so check it out.
The Left Rights, a side project of Mindless Self Indulgence, have released a video for their new track I’m on Crack. While the song itself is average, I’ve never been a huge fan of theirs, the video is very well done and worth a look.
I present to you an article written by the phenomenal Patton Oswalt for WiReD magazine. It is a brilliant read that makes some rather fair points about Geek and Geek culture. I’m in agreement with almost everything here. I won’t spoil it for you other than this quick excerpt.
“The problem with the Internet, however, is that it lets anyone become otaku about anything instantly. In the ’80s, you couldn’t get up to speed on an entire genre in a weekend. You had to wait, month to month, for the issues of Watchmen to come out. We couldn’t BitTorrent the latest John Woo film or digitally download an entire decade’s worth of grunge or hip hop. Hell, there were a few weeks during the spring of 1991 when we couldn’t tell whether Nirvana or Tad would be the next band to break big. Imagine the terror!”
Read the rest of the article over on the WiReD site. What do you think? Are we done?
My personal top 10 records of 2010. By no means definitive.
10. Weezer – Pinkerton Reissue
I really wanted to put this at number one but considering that it is a reissue I decided that wasn’t exactly fair. That being said, this is probably the best album release of the year. At the time it originally released it was panned by critics and fans alike. Over the years it has gotten the recognition it deserves as one of the very best albums released in the 90′s and the very best of Weezer’s career.
9. DC Fallout – Retreat
There is nothing better than music that gets you going. Whether it is to workout, skate, screw, play, whatever; a good song can get you more involved with your chosen activity. The songs on Retreat accomplish that with aplomb. Each track is a driving force perfectly suited for any type of high energy activity.
8. Flobots – Survival Story
Modern Rap music is awful. The mainstream is littered with an unbelievable amount of garbage. From Drake to Waka Flaka Flame to Nicki Minaj the modern radio dial is unlistenable. But just underneath the surface there is a wealth of amazing Hip Hop waiting to be discovered. The Flobots are but one example of underground Hip Hop that you should be listening to. The group is comprised of musicians and lyricists. Their tracks are diverse but approachable. Their words are intelligent and thought provoking. In short, everything music should be.
7. Johnny Cash – American VI: Ain’t No Grave
Any time Johnny Cash releases a new album it will be in my personal top 10. Simply put, the man is my favorite artist of all time. His songs are just about perfect little pieces of America. And not the bullshit TV America that is portrayed by modern country music. Johnny Cash’s America is gritty and dirty and imperfect. While this album represents the weakest overall in the American series it is still a damn fine record and deserves a spin. His voice still resonates like few others. The fact that he has passed on makes these songs that much more haunting.
6. She & Him – Vol.2
She and Him is made up of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. While I am somewhat indifferent to M. Ward I am madly in love with Zooey. She is the perfect mix of arty, beauty, quirky, polished, and timeless. She has a quality about her that just drives me mad. The songs she has done as part of She and Him are simple to listen to and hard to forget. This album is really good and derserves your attention.
5. SHAD – Tsol
Shad’s latest record, TSOL, is a more complex soundscape than his previous record. He branches out beyond the more traditional Hip Hop style that he was so good at and touches new ground here. And it works quite well. His lyrics are poignant, the music is dancable. In short, a great record that got played a ton this year.
4. Deftones – Diamond Eyes
I love this band. I love this record. Diamond Eyes is the best that the Deftones have been in years. No matter where they have decided to go with their songwriting, Chino has always sounded amazing. I’m not sure what was done in production but this might be my favorite Chino performance. I will always love Around the Fur and think it their best work. But, Diamond Eyes strikes as a return to form combining the heaviness of Around the Fur with the exploratory nature of White Pony and side project Team Sleep. This record kicks ass in a beautiful way.
3. Cee-Lo Green – Ladykiller
Cee Lo might have the greatest soul voice of all time. The fact that he uses it for more than just soul music is to the benefit of the public at large. This record generated a ton of press due to the first single “Fuck You” and it’s text driven video. If you haven’t seen it yet give it a quick youtube search. However, underneath the hubbub is a really solid record that perfectly showcases the many talents of Mr. Green. It’s a shame this record releases so late in the year as it has a much more summer vibe to me. Regardless of a seeming misstep in release date this record needs to be in your collection. It’s the type of record you cannot help but sing along to.
2. Qwel and Maker – Owl
This record is the best Hip Hop release of 2010 without a doubt. Coming out of Chicago Qwel and Maker are absolutely everything that is right with Hip Hop. The beats fit the songs perfectly. And while that seems a silly thing to say when discussing Hip Hop it is very often not the case. The samples are always done with purpose, another thing that cannot be said about most Hip Hop. On my first listen to this record I reacted the same way as when I listened to “Up From the 36 Chambers” for the first time. I can think on no higher praise than that. Please get this and let it digest in your soul. It is simply fantastic.
1. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
I listened to no album more than American Slang in 2010. I love everything about it. The lyrics, the music, the diversity, all top notch. When describing The Gaslight Anthem to others I always struggle. Some songs have a straight ahead punk vibe while others have a jangly quality to them while still others recall strong images of rocking out to early Bruce Springsteen records. I haven’t been this excited for a band in a long time. This is not only the perfect driving record but the perfect headphone record and everything in between. From the opening masterpiece that is the title track to the closing notes this records grabs you by the ears and never lets go. I cannot wait to hear more for this band and hope that you dig them as well.
And that’s my list. A pretty diverse selection but all high quality. I have never been one to seek out things that others will never hear to make myself cooler than anyone else. All of the records posted here are readily available via the internet and are well worth your time. I’m sure there were a ton of great records that I missed this year. What were some of your favorites?
I really don’t know how to respond to this. MTV was a huge part of my life. I miss 120 Minutes dearly. I miss Headbanger’s Ball. I miss the time when MTV was daring and different and relevant. I especially miss the time when I didn’t have to hear about the no talent assclowns on the Jersey Shore. BUT, Nickelodeon played a huge part in my TV watching as a lad as well. Doug, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Salute Your Shorts, Pete and muthafuckin’ Pete! All really quality programming that kept me glued to the set.
Yo Gabba Gabba is truly insane. However, look at that lineup! The Roots! On a kids show! I don’t think MTV even plays videos anymore. I haven’t watched the channel in years. And that really sucks.
Hopefully music can one day make its way back to the forefront of our collective consciousness. I looked over the reviews of the last few video awards and it seems like the same 4 or 5 artists were up in every category. That tells me we don’t care about music any longer. When I can know the words to a Lady Gaga song that I’m relatively sure I haven’t even heard, something is wrong. Something needs to change. There is so much quality if you look a little deeper. Get the new album from the Gaslight Anthem. It’s truly amazing and worth your attention.
I will have a top 10 list of albums at the end of the year. Stay tuned.
A link to this video showed up in my inbox over the weekend. It’s sender? My beautiful wife. She really is awesome. Anyway, check out this stunning papercraft retelling of the original Star Wars trilogy with backing music by Jeremy Messersmith.
posted by GW Dan
It is no secret that the music industry is in a bad place. With the economy turning to shit, the proliferation of artists able to get their music out via the web, and the ease of gaining access to digital content, there really is an air of change or die. And the music industry simply refuses to do so. They continue to turn out the same schlock that continues to get gobbled up at a decent, if somewhat unsustainable, clip. Instead of promoting new, promising, acts we continue to get feed a constant rehash of the same old thing, see Lady Gaga/Madonna/Cher/et al.
But underneath the glitz and sheen of the MTV sponsored nonsense there exists a unbelievable scene in most genres of music. One of the best undergrounds scenes is Hip Hop. And this is real Hip Hop not money/cars/bitches/drugs rap. Mainstream rap music is one of the very worst offenders. It is nothing than the same beat over and over again with the same lyrics. And those lyrics are entirely devoid of substance. They are interchangeable, the worst thing music can be. BUT, there is hope. Check out Aesop Rock. Check out Q-Unique, or Shinsight Trio, or Murs, or any number of underground artists and be blown away by the quality of their output. Think to yourself, “Self, why isn’t this on the radio? Why do I have to suffer through Lil’ Wayne, or Flocka, or Drake?”
A lot of great albums have hit this year. I’ll cover them in an end of the year post sometime in December. For now, I offer unto you what I believe will be THE top Hip Hop record this year. Qwel and Maker – Owl hit stores on 9/14/10 through Galapagos4 records. It is very, very good. Every track is solid. My personal favorites are “El Camino” and “The Game”. Give the tracks a listen and if you dig them, buy the record. Support these guys because the majors won’t. It’s up to us, the intelligent consumer, to send a message.