Tag Archives: Music

Glee > the Beatles

So apparently, the cast of the hit musical television show now have more hit singles (75) on the Billboard 100 than the Beatles (71). In pop culture lingo, that makes Glee better than the Beatles, but still not as good as James Brown (91) or Elvis Presley (108), right?

 

WUT?!

You know what that means… IT’S GLEETLES TIME!

 

 

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Oh Go(o)d, there’s a new Ocean City dude project

I know I’ll fall in love with the cute lyrics and easy-to-digest melodies of Sky Sailing until it’s overplayed to death by other people who are thinking the exact same thing. Yay.

What’s the most resilient parasite?

A Katy Perry song. Damn it.

Commonalities

What do

Muse

Metric

Florence and the Machine

The Bravery

Sia

Fanfarlo

The Black Keys

The Dead Weather (AKA Jack White’s new band)

Beck

Vampire Weekend

Band of Horses

Cee-Lo Green (of Gnarls Barkley fame)

have in common, aside from being the darling bands of hipsters and having a penchant for weird fashion and facial hair?

…oh right, they contributed brand-new singles to the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack.

WTF?

Why I love Muse

They cover awesome songs. They cover songs awesomely. Something like that.

Hot Butter’s “Popcorn”

The Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please (Let Me Get What I Want)”

Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”

The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun”

Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”

OK GO LIVE IS RIDICULOUSLY OVER THE TOP

IN A REALLY GOOD WAY. I’M SORRY IF I SEEM A LITTLE LOUD. I MAY HAVE LOST A LITTLE BIT OF MY HEARING CAPABILITIES TEMPORARILY AFTER LAST NIGHT’S CONCERT. BUT SERIOUSLY, THEY USED EVERY (LEGAL) GIMMICK POSSIBLE FOR THEIR CONCERT AT THE 9:30 CLUB. I SAY LEGAL BECAUSE I’M PRETTY SURE YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE PYROTECHNICS OR MOVING STAGE PIECES IN A SMALL VENUE. PEOPLE WOULD BURN ALIVE. AND NOT IN AN AWESOME WAY. LET ME GIVE YOU SOME EXAMPLES OF THE STUFF THEY DID. ASIDE FROM EVERYTHING. Continue reading

Review: MGMT’s Congratulations

Like the album itself, the cover tends to confuse people, who then shrug and say, "That's not half-bad."

Review: WHYYY MGMT WHHHYYYYYY??!!!??!!?!! I THOUGHT I KNEW YOU BUT APPARENTLY I DON’T! WHY HAVE YOU LOST YOUR ELECTRIC FEEL? WAS THE FIRST ALBUM JUST YOU HAVING SOME TIME TO PRETEND? THINK OF THE YOUTH! KIDS! WHAT SONGS SHALL WE LISTEN TO NOW DURING OUR WEEKEND WARS? WELL CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’VE BROKEN MY HEART!

Once you get over the initial sense of betrayal and confusion, you’ll realize that this album isn’t that bad at all. It’s kinda like being married to Scarlett Johansson for a long time (in a magical alternate reality where people didn’t get less hot as time went by, maybe even hotter) and one day woke up to find that you’re actually in bed with Zooey Deschanel. At first you’d be like, “Wha-? But why? I liked her!” and then you’d be like “But then again, well hello there stranger ;)”

There are worse fates. Believe me.

The musical style of this sophomore album is very typical indie rock stuff, but that’s never been a bad thing, is it? I would definitely sit near a window sill and turn this music on while reading a book on my iPad and sipping a chai latte at a fair trade cafe. I mean, it is a bit unimaginative and overdone, but nothing I’d turn down. Kind of like an bacon avocado burger. It was a brilliant idea the first time around, but now everyone does it. Have you stopped eating them?

Seriously, awesome.

To be honest, I do long for the hit singles like ‘Kids’ and ‘Electric Feel’ and ‘Time To Pretend’. Not necessarily because they were better crafted songs than the ones in this album, but because good electric indie pop is much harder to come by than psychedelic indie rock, which nowadays is a dime a dozen. I could name ten bands that sound like Congratulations, but none that sound like Oracular Spectacular. But I won’t. It’s still too early for that.