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My Favorite Fake Albums

Posted in Meme, Music, otter on 4 September 2008 by jason

This album, which the otter introduced to me, was the one that got me listening to the likes of Camera Obscura and Belle and Sebastian. The Mayfair Set’s 2000 album, They Ask No Questions, They Pass No Criticisms was, and I think still is, a twee masterpeice. It’s actually hard to compare it to other works in the genre; it’s more focused that B & S’s Fold Your Hands Child, but more diverse than Camera Obscura’s Let’s Get Out Of This Country. There were no singles from They Ask No Questions, but any of the songs, especially ‘Work Like a Dog” could have been. Singer Francis McFaeden lisps his way through 9 of these tracks, though Fiona Lassiter, the band’s viola player, sings on “Believed to be Seen” and the heartbreaking “Like a Bubble.” This album is a departure from the sparsely produced Too Few Human Beings, in that the band captures that “Wall of Sound” that McFaeden always claimed to aspire to in interviews but failed to deliver.

I noticed that this one has just been reissued on 180 gram vinyl. I HIGHLY reccomend it to anyone who reads my blog.

Photo Credit: _DP_

My Favorite Fake Albums

Posted in Meme, Music on 3 September 2008 by jason

Another 90’s album from Borges Records:

Calaverite’s 1992 album When to Rise and Go Home was a controversial one amongst fans. The Portsmouth, Rhode Island band become known in the early ’80s for their unabashedly head-banging rock. I remember in junior high, the “burnouts,” as we called them, each had one obligatory Calaverite T-shirt. I never got in to them back then, even when their single “Men Do Not Think” was all over MTV.

However, my perception changed with When to Rise and Go Home. Instead of blasting my ears with 10-minute long guitar solos, this album had an immediate quality to it. The sond production was bare-bones; in fact, the whole thing sounded like it was recorded in drummer Hans Leggitt’s garage. No song was longer than 4 minutes, and many of them sounded like two songs tacked together at the bridge. It was as if Josh Gladwell, the band’s fromtman, knew grunge was coming and that the matal that dominated the ’80s was going to lose its ground. Just listen to “The Spirit of Resistance”, “Man from Animals,” or “Warbird” and tell me that there aren’t shades of Nirvana or STP. My favorite song, however, is “Gross Habits” with special guest vocalist Ice Cube.

Ironically, many Calaveriteites, as the fans are called, saw this album as the death knell for the band. It was a departure from what they were used to, and the fans didn’t like it. Calavarite tried to negotiate with fans, making their next album All Quiet a cross between their earlier style and this album, before returning ot their roots (and fanbase) with 1998’s Shadow Over Portsmouth.

Photo Credit: Vinay_P

Album Meme: My Favorite Fake Albums

Posted in Meme, Music on 3 September 2008 by jason

An imaginary album from Borges Records…

Ahhh…high school. I’ll admit it. I got caught up in the whole “alternative” thing. It’s funny, looking back, that we weren’t really sure what are music and clothing were an alternative to. Anyway, if you were in high school in the mid ’90s, you probably remember Dens invaginatis. Headed by Tricia Lean, they were kind of looked at as a low-rent 4-Non-Blondes. You can probably find their debut album, Coming Up It! in the discount bin today. If you do find it, GRAB IT. This album was before Tricia made a fool of herself, clinging to the arms of her more famous lovers (Scott Weiland, Dave Navarro, Courtney Love), and it shows that there was a talent there, before the drugs and the arrests. “Choking to death” rocks as hard as Nirvana, while “Rust Out,” about her grandfather’s (James Lean of the 70’s folk group The Holding Office) fight with Alzheimer’s is a soft, heartfelt dirge. If you’ve heard any other albums from Dens invaginatis, (especially the TERRIBLE Spurting Out Ink), I urge you to give them another chance with this, one of my favorite albums.

Photo Credit: photo by Grazie, davvero.

Ok…Meme time: Random Album Cover Art

Posted in inturwebs, Meme, Music on 2 September 2008 by jason

I’m stealing this from this forum, which stole it from another.

Here’s a-what we’re a-gonna do.

First, go here, and write down the term that comes up. That’s the name of your band!

Next, go here. Look at the last quote. The last 4 or 5 (or 6) words are your album title!

After that, go to this page. Click on the 3rd pic, and that’s your cover art. Write down the photographer’s screen name of actual name, so that you can give him or her credit!

Next, use a photo editing program of your choice and put them together! You can get fonts to use for this from this page.

Finally, write a review of your fake-ass album. Post on your blog and tell me about it! (I don’t think you can put this in my comments, but if you can, feel free to. You could always post a link to a pic of your album cover, then write a review of the album.)

Here are the rules from the forum:

RULES:

1. No partial re-rolling, eg: you don’t like your album cover then you have to get a new band name and album title too. You can fully re-roll as much as you like.
1a. Exceptions: when you have randomly selected the title of an existing band, or a band name/album title/image that someone else has used.

2. You can crop your picture to fit CD dimensions and resize it in either direction ’till it’s the right size, but it’s don’t drastically change the base image. You can add a border or something outside the image if it’s small or not square, in order to fit the album cover dimensions.

3. Feel free to break any of these rules, I suppose. It’s not like anyone can tell. But that does kind of spoil the whole exercise. If you cheat, have the decency to tell us!

Here is an example (without credit…I didn’t write it down. 😦 )

Majority

Majority

REVIEWS IN BRIEF

In 1980, no one could have predicted that this quintet from Scotland would go on to become indie-pop icons. On their latest release,
We are in the majority., Moroleon reminds everyone why they have achieved this status. Returning to their roots, the band is precious without being twee, ironic without being pretentious, and relevant without selling out. Really, any of these songs would have been at home on the band’s 1980 debut, Fiction Being Written Today. Front man Colin McKenna takes over on the piano on “the Known”, “Never seemed more learned” and “The Majority”, taking over for Ranolph Stuart, who succumbed tragically last year to pancreatic cancer. Even after this tragedy, however, the band still sounds as fresh as it did that cold December when they first came on the music scene.

5 stars

OK…I’m tagging:
Stevo(You can’t use one of your own pics)
Matt Mackey
Jayson(Again, use a random pic, not your own!)
Bibliomom
Charity
Mercury(Same rules apply)
Amuirin
And Teaspoon

Meme time: Top 5 Favorite Video Games

Posted in Meme, video games on 6 April 2008 by jason

Ok, ok…I haven’t been writing on my blog very much. I’ve been sitting at home, playing the XBox. Because of this, I haven’t had much to write about. So let me ask all of you: What are your top 5 favorite games? Here are mine, in random order:

Pac-ManPac-ManArcade. This was the first arcade game I ever played, back in 1980 or so. I remember clearly: It was at Fisher Foods, a local grocery store. My mother had to lift me up to see the screen. I was running from the ghosts, and I suddenly reralized that “the big dots” made you eat ghosts! For my 3-year-old mind, this was the greatest thing ever. I have this game on my cell-phone, and I still play it (I beat my cell-phone highscore on friday!). Ahhhh, memories.

Gladius BoxGladiusPS2, XBox. I’m playing this one again. It’s a fantasy, Roman-Gladiator-style turn-based-strategy role-playing-game, that, while complex in the abilities charactes can have and in the strategy of puting those chaacters together, is actually easy to learn to play. I’m over 20 hours in the game now, and it only gets better as you go. The basic idea is that you must lead your gladiator school to the championship in Caltha, the capital of Imperia. To do this, you must travel the world, fighting the best that each region has to offer. This game is endlessly replayable, but a little too easy to save over your game (my ex-wife played for over 100 hours before accidentally erasing her game. She then played at least an additional 80 hours!).

pirates.jpgSid Meier’s Pirates!XBox,Genesis,NES. This game is one of the original sandbox, or open-ended, games. there is a main plot, and you can finish the game without even touching on that plot. I played this game on the NES fiorst, and it was my favorite game for that system. The Genesis version was better, with improved graphicsa and sound. The XBox game added features, like the ability to take the daughters of the governors to the Ball (where you hit certain buttons in rythym to dance well and impress them). I think any version of this game holds up well, but the XBox version manages to improve on the game without changing what made the early versions so great. You can play this game from beginning to end in a few hours, just blowing up enemy ships and stealing their loot, or you can get into the story and hunt for your missing family. You can decide to call yourself a pirate-hunter and kill the 9 most notorious pirates on the Spanish Main. If you like, you can even do nothing but buy and sell goods, only fighting to defend yourself from pirates. Come on, though…who doesn’t want to be a pirate?

images.jpgDark Forces 2: Jedi Knight-PC. This game is not the best 1st person shooter. It’s not the best Star Wars game. It doesn’t hold up well against games today. So, why is it a favorite of mine? Well, it was the 1st game I played online. I met lots of friends (with whom I have completely lost touch), I honed my online gaming skills (although, really, what skills do I really have?), and hey,I got to play as a Jedi. How cool is that?

Marvel Ultimate Alliance-XBox. I know, this game’s a little new to be called one of the best. However, it has many of my favorite characters (Dr. Strange!!! Spider-man!!! Silver-Freaking-Surfer!!!), and though pretty mindless, is pretty much infinitely replayable, as you can go back through the game, levelling up to get every power for every character. I’ve beaten this game 5 times, in some cases making my own teams (S.H.E.I.L.D. Black Ops:Nick Fury, Electra, Wolverine, Deadpool; The Mystic Avengers: Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider, Elektra, Blade, with Thor in reserve), and other times using pre-designed teams (The Defenders: Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer, Luke Cage, Iceman). It’s a great game that does everything that the X Men Legends games did right, and corrected the mistakes of those two games.

So, what are your favorite games?

I’m looking at you:
Amuirin AND Imtay (I want posts from both of you!)
Matt
Zach
David B.

One Book: The Meme

Posted in Books and Literature, Comics, Meme on 29 January 2008 by jason

I’m stealing this meme idea from Bibliomom because, Hell, it’s just a good idea.  She got it from somewhere else anyway…

One book that changed my life

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.  This book showed me what a comic book could be.  If you don’t believe me, read this book, and when you get to issue 11, the next-to-the-last page, get back with me.

One Book That I’ve Read More Than Once

1984 by George Orwell.  I was never the kind of kid who went around trying to start little revolutions against "the establishment" or who constantly saw conspiracies on every lunch menu, but this book spoke to me even then.  One lesson I learned from it was the best way to control a population is to invent a threat to it. 

HONORABLE MENTION: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I had to read this one twice for school, and both times I put it off until the last minute, so I had to read it in one sitting.  Let me emphasize this: I, having Attention Deficit Disorder, read this book twice, each time in one sitting.  It’s that good.

One Book That Made Me Laugh

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.  If you have never read this book, or the others in the series, do so.  Now.

One Book That Made Me Cry

Blankets by Craig Thompson.  This graphic novel haunted me for days.  When Raina breaks his heart, I feel like she broke mine.  Bitch.

One Book That I Wish I Had Written

Neuromancer by William Gibson.  Definitive cyberpunk.

One Book That I Wish Had Never Been Written.

Malleus Maleficarum by Heinrich Institoris Kramer and Jacob Sprenger.

Also: Seduction of the Innocent by Dr. Fredric Wertham.

One Book(s) That I’m Currently Reading

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 

Heroes: Saving Charlie by Aury Wallington.

How to Write for Animation by Jeffery Scott.

Students for a Democratic Society: a Graphic History by Harvey Pekar with Gary Dunn.

Legends Of The Gods:The Egyptian Texts, Translated by E. A. Wallis Budge.

One Book That I’m Meaning To Read

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kessey.

TAGGING:
Amuirin
J.A.Y.S.O.N.
Matt
Chris
Mo
and, of course, the otter, though she’ll answer in the comments.

7 random things about me

Posted in Food, Meme, Memories, Movies on 23 November 2007 by jason

I was tagged by Stevo for this meme, so I thought I’d give it a try…

Here are 7 random facts about me:

1) Though I have been a vegetarian for 9 years, I occasionally still miss ham, bacon, and pepperoni. The meatless substitutes can not compare to the real thing, except for the meatless ham cold cuts.

2) I once met actor Pete Schrum at Hands Across America.

3)I participated in Hands Across America. I was 9 years old.

4)I can still recite the McDonald’s menu from the record that came in the newspaper in the mid ’80s. They had commercials with the munu-song, too.

5) I am pretty sure I have Dyscalculia. Because of this, when I go to a familiar place, it feels like somebody has moved everything. For example: every day, on the way to work, it feels like someone has moved all the buildings around.

6) Last time I had my vision checked, it was 20/17 in one eye and 20/20 in the other. This was a slight deterioration from the 20/15 20/17 vision I had years earlier.

7)Though my eyesight is sharp, my hearing is probably around 75%. I was supposed to have surgery as a child to correct this, but I refused.

I’m tagging 7 people:
J.A.Y.S.O.N.
Matthew C. Mackey
Charity
Dash
Chris Buckridge of the Ne’er Do Evers
Mo
bibliomom, though I’m surprized she wasn’t tagged by someone else!

Link to the person’s blog who tagged you.
Post these rules on your blog.
List seven random and/or weird facts about yourself.
Tag seven random [?] people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
Let each person know that they have been tagged by posting on comment on their blog.

The Rule of Four

Posted in Meme, Movies on 11 November 2007 by jason

I’ve been tagged by teaspoon for this meme. Usually, I ignore memes like this, instead going for ones that just discuss one topic. However, this one looked fun and easy, and I’ve been out of the loop for a week, so here goes:

4 jobs I’ve had:
Shift Supervisor at Blockbuster Video
Writing Tutor at a local college
Recently, Freelance Writer! (Writing a script for a 5 minute cartoon!)
Actor at Haunted House (I was THE BEST EXORCIST PRIEST EVVAAAARRRRRR!)

4 movies I love to watch over and over:
Shaun of the Dead
I ❤ Huckabee’s
Fight Club
End of Evangelion

4 places I have lived:
My parents’ hoouse, Canton, Ohio
My 1st Apartment, Canton, Ohio
My girlfriend (now ex-wife)’s house, Canton, Ohio
My Apartment, Canton, Ohio

4 TV shows I enjoy watching:
Saturday Night Live
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report
The Soup

4 places I have been:
Neueva Progresso, Mexico
Renausau, Mexico (Spelling?)
Toledo, Ohio
Ontario, Canada

4 websites I visit daily:
Wordpress
my.yahoo.com
Something Awful
Straight to Hell (and its message board)

4 favourite foods:
Pizza
Burritos (especially 7-layer Taco Bell Burritos)
Salads (with beets, spinach, onions, and olives)
3 Cheese sub from Sheetz

4 places I would rather be:
Oslo, Norway
New York City
Peterburough, Ontario, Canada
Borders

4 blogs I’m tagging:
Matthew C. Mackey
Charity
Stevo
J.A.Y.S.O.N. (though he won’t respond.)

Top 5 Meme: Top 5 favorite cartoons as a kid

Posted in Meme, Memories, Television, Top 5 on 18 October 2007 by jason

It’s Meme Time ™ Y’all!

Um….ok.

What were your top 5 favorite cartoons when you were a child? They can be shows that you find entirely unwatchable now; you only had to like them when you were a child.

Here are mine, in random order.

1. Transformers.
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Of course, as a child of the eighties, and as a boy, I thought that the Transformers were the shiznit. However, the word “shiznit” didn’t come along until later, so I didn’t have the vocabulary to discuss them. Now I do. Shiznit. Anyway, great cartoon, awkward toys. The show should have ended when Optimus died.

2. G.I.Joe.
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Yo Joe! Again, if you were a boy in the eighties and this is not on your top 5, you must be a communist (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!). This show was great, and the toys were better! The one thing I hated, though, were the PSAs at the end. I used to watch for a character to say, “And knowing is half the battle!”, then I would take the figure of that character and freeze him in ice or hang him with a little twine noose.

3. Robotech: Macross
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This show was basically a soap opera for kids. Lots of action, lots of robots, and it was the 1st time I ever saw a main character die. Roy Fokker’s death still haunts me to this day!

I recently rewatched part of this series, and besides some corney elements, this one actually holds up to my somewhat adult sensibilities.

4. Galaxy Rangers.
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I wish I could remember more of this show! I remember that the stories seemed more mature than most shows, and even my Dad liked it! Basically, a galactic squad of rangers maintained peace and fought biologically engineered soldiers. Good stuff. There was no toy line in the US because the producers thought it would cheapen the show! Classy.

5. The Real Ghostbusters
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Who you gonna call? This show was great…I still catch it every once and a while. Is this one out on DVD? I’d buy it if it were. It picks up where the 1st movie left off.

Bit of trivia: Lorenzo Music, the voice of Garfield in his own cartoons, played Peter Venkman on this cartoon. In the Garfield movie, Bill Murray, who played Peter Venkman in the Ghostbusters movie, voices Garfield. Weird.

So, go on…what were your favorite shows?

Here are Bibliomom’s favorites!
Here are Stevo’s, better late than never!

My Top 5 Albums(Bumped and Edited)

Posted in Meme, Music, otter, Top 5 on 8 October 2007 by jason

1. In the Aeroplane over the Sea Neutral Milk Hotelaeroplane.jpg
This album kind of came to me just when my marriage was falling apart, and it think it actually helped me get through it all. My friend Dan had given me a bunch of burned CDs, and I decided to listen to them all one night. I was mostly unimpressed with his selection (though some of them would later grow on me), but ItAotS was amazing. That night, I must have listened to it 3 or 4 times, and by morning, I could play the songs “The Aeroplane over the Sea” and “Oh, Comely” on the guitar. Everyone should own a copy of this album (I later bought one myself and gave away my burned copy).

2. If You’re Feeling Sinister Belle and Sebastian
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Another one that came during a dark period in my life. I was actually warned against B&S by my friend Jayson, and after I heard this album, I want on a binge of music he said was bad. (Sorry, Jayson!) There’s something very early sixties bubblegum about B&S; there’s an innocence, even when they are addressing failing relationships, doubts in faith, drug use. The otter gave me this album as a Christmas gift, and it led to me buying almost every one of their albums. Out of Belle and Sebastian’s complete library, though, this album feels the most earnest, the most sincere. “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying”, “If You’re Feeling Sinister”, and “Stars of Track and Field” are probably the best tracks, while “Me and the Major” is the only song that feels “off”.

3. The Bends Radiohead
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Many will say that OK Computer was Radiohead’s peak, and they would probably be right. However, despite my love of concept albums, The Bends sounds more like a band just trying to make a good album. This one doesn’t trail of into aether like OK Computer does. The first time I heard “Fake Plastic Trees”, I cried. I’ll admit it. To this day, “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” is one of my favorite songs, and it puts a fitting cap to this album.

4. The Beatles The Beatles
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Ah, the White Album. Oddly, while I can go on and on about the superiority of well conceived albums over mere collections of songs, my favorite Beatles album is like 4 solo albums slapped together. The infamous “Revolution #9” is here (try playing it backwards!), as well as “Helter Skelter.” My favorite tracks are probably “I’m So Tired”, “Cry Baby Cry”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Yer Blues”, and “Revolution #1”. I could do without Ringo’s “Good Night”.

5. Storefront Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock
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I’m usually not a fan of live ablums, but the intimate setting of Storefront Hitchcock practically makes this a studio album. There are some brilliant performances of “I Don’t Remember Guilford”, “Glass Hotel”, and “Alright, Yeah”, as well as a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary”, Besides these songs, though, you also get Robyn’s stage banter, which is a completely surreal experience of it’s own. The only problem I have with this almost perfect collection is that it’s missing “Airscape”, my favorite Hitchcock song, as well as his haunting performance of “You and Oblivion”, both of which appear in the film verson of this concert.

So, that’s my non-binding top 5. What’s yours? (I will bump this post as I get more responses.)

Here’s what Amuirin had to say.
And here’s Stevo