Phenon – Hey Soul Sister

While I may not be the biggest fan of the song, I could not be a bigger fan of the singer. I think I need to upgrade that PC; It doesn’t seem to be able to keep the video and audio even remotely in sync. Regardless, the girl can sing. She has a solo in her Honors Chorus concert tonight, and landed a role as a “Silly Girl” in her school’s performance of Beauty and the Beast. Just that many steps closer to her dream of being either a rock star or to perform on Broadway. Sigh.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsnuA9vYoj4

My First Five Songs

There were five records my parents have had for as long as I can remember: Tommy (The Who), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles), Chrysalis (Chrysalis), After the Gold Rush (Neil Young), and Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel). So here are my favorite songs off each of them:

Dr. Root’s Garden – Chrysalis

Don’t think for a second that these people are not very strange.
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEg7g3PnTxk

Don’t Let it Bring You Down – Neil Young

One of the most beautiful songs ever. Even when I was three I knew that.
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7letrMf_nE

A Day in the Life – The Beatles

Fours years and eight albums after their 1963 debut. What the holy hell? My parents bought this just a couple of months before I was born. I’ve never not heard this record.
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWjVffR5EdM

I’m Free – The Who

First I’d heard of drugs, sex, pinball, and cults. I wonder if two years old was a bit young…nah. Though Uncle Ernie totally freaks my kids out today.
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5roebfnD-bc

The Boxer – Simon and Garfunkel

I have absolutely no idea what I though this song was about when it was released (I was four). I’m not entirely sure I do now.
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hqdZ4AWSaI

Hunters and Collectors – Talking to a Stranger

They got more popular later and “Throw Your Arms Around Me” is a quite lovely rock ballad that I used to sing to my kids at bedtime (along with “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd, “Love My Way” by Psychedelic Furs, and “In Dreams” by Roy Orbison), but for my money it was all about this song and video from Hunters and Collectors. I saw the video on television back in the mid ’80s and it made me feel like I’d found something totally weird that nobody else got. Turns our I was pretty much right. The record this song is from is full of really odd, stripped down industrial funky oddness from Australia that, were I to hear for the first time today, I honestly don’t know what I’d think. It all feels so sun-baked and hallucinatory and still, to this day, makes me feel kind of weird. Good weird. As if there were any other kind.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyiYBajrefY

And more good weird in this video for “Betty’s Worry or the Slab” that came out a couple of years later. “I was looking for seasoned dreams to rip from your fingers.” Indeed.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbAxfDA6XD4

White Knuckles – OK GO

Do I like OK GO’s music as much as I like their videos? Does it matter? Dogs! Jumping, posing, barking, dancing, DOGS!!

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHlJODYBLKs

Metric Is Totally The Bee’s Knees.

There haven’t been many bands in the past few years that have kept me interested for four whole albums the way that Metric has. Sure the last (and most popular) record, Fantasies is far more polished and electronic than the previous ones, but I love ’em all. I tried to sell @bbarbot, @feadog, and @bikeboy389 on Metric after band practice one night and totally failed. My failure has bothered me ever since so I’m giving it another shot here.

IOU

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bdVzsMmuVs

Monster Hopsital

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlW-r5BF-Oo

Soft Rock Star

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bp7mKNzks4

Dead Disco

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEsr5Mm3JfE

Jan Brewer Self Destructs During Live Gubernatorial Debate

I’m sure the explanation is as simple as she grabbed the wrong notes before hitting the studio, but this is an amazing crash and burn. It would be painful to watch if she weren’t such an awful person.

First, her opening statement to the televised debate:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUPKKbmWMZ8

Then her exit from the studio and the most inelegant ducking of a direct question ever:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL5KQ4Ao0ro

Regarding here unconstitutional immigration laws it should be noted that the Pew Hispanic Center just released a report showing that the “annual inflow of unauthorized immigrants to the U.S. was nearly two-thirds smaller in the March 2007 to March 2009 period than it had been from March 2000 to March 2005.” So what’s the issue?

I Like Pop. Robyn is Pop. I Like Robyn.

I haven’t let the kids put Robyn on their iPods yet because I’m not done liking it and as soon as they can listen to her whenever they want without going through me, it will get overplayed and I’ll be tired of it.  They did it to me with Little Boots and I haven’t quite forgiven them yet.

Body Talk Pt. 1 is a nice, though very short, collection of poppy electro numbers which inhabit a rather darker, more sparse, landscape than her one-time peers Christina and Brittany.  Her plans to release two more records in September and December make up for the shortness of this first release since I her 2005 record that I didn’t know anything about.  So there you go, Tim: music reviewer.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX253FmsxJw

Who is Little Boots?  I’m glad you asked: http://fiercefamily.com/2010/05/06/little-boots-meddle/