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dear the fray:

...just no.

no love,

p.s., I motion to make PStump the only white boy allowed to cover Kanye West.


Stuff I've been watching!

Jekyll: OMG, how hotass is Gina Bellman in this? Seriously, she's worth it all by herself.

Surface: I started watching this because I thought it had William Fichtner in it (it doesn't, that show is called Invasion) and now I am watching it for the terribadness of it.

Dead Like Me: This is our group watching show. We love George and Roxy and Rube; we uh, don't like Daisy at all; and we think that Mason is hilarious. I'm enjoying the hell out of this show, seriously. I knew I would, because Bryan Fuller has yet to miss with me, but I didn't expect to like it as much as I do Wonderfalls (also recently rewatched) and Pushing Daisies. Anyway. Thumbs up! Highly recommended!

Stuff I've been reading!
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan - I liked it! The romance felt...sort of shoehorned in and kind of Dawn of the Dead remake-y, but I liked the worldbuilding.

Did I mention Nation by Terry Pratchett? I loved, loved, LOVED this book. It's angry and grieving and biting and I loved it.

um. that's pretty much it for non ridiculous romance novels. I have The Knife of Never Letting Go set up for later.

Now I need to go figure out how to best defrost a pound of frozen turkey.

ETA: also added to Stuff I am watching! Avatar: The Last Airbender. I just finished episode 2! It makes me go <33333
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FOB cover of "Love Lockdown" = SO GOOD I CAN'T EVEN SAY.

eta: I have listened to it, seriously, like 10 times already. I may have to put it into rotation with their cover of "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

eta2: pstump + adam levine duet/hook on a kanye or lupe song, awesome or awesomest?
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is there a downloadable version anywhere?

(also, apropos of nothing: my druid is at 25 and cat form is awesome)
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there's a Cure EP coming out with remixes of Cure singles (I'm not sure if they are old singles ore new ones) by Gerard Way, some dude from 30 Seconds to Mars (possibly Jared Leto), and Pete and Patrick.

So, you know. Just throwing that out there.

(also, the CitizensFOB mixtape is fantastically dorky. And Tyga makes me go likes this :D :D :D. And OH PSTUMP HOW SO AWESOME?)
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Beat It/Carpal Tunnel of Love (live at the VMAs)

Beat It (studio, feat. John Mayer. from ****)

please to be giving us the video for "Beat It" soon, you guys. 'Cause if Pete was in that getup, I want to see the other three.

Love Will Tear Us Apart (live and acoustic on 98.1)

Love Will Tear Us Apart (acoustic. from My Heart Will Always Be The B-Side to My Tongue)

The way some of you feel about the PatD cover of "Karma Police" is the way I feel about the FOB cover of "Love Will Tear Us Apart." (however, you are all wrong about Karma Police. Because that r should never, ever be enunciated. Ever. I accept that I am wrong about "Love Will Tear Us Apart." I just do not care.) BE VULNERABLE AND KIND OF PISSY BY TURNS, PATRICK. YOU ARE THE BITCHY LITTLE CONTROL FREAK DICTATOR OF MY HEART.

Shut Up and Drive (Rihanna, feat. Fall Out Boy. Live at the VMAs)

So Sick (live and acoustic on some radio station)

One and Only (Timbaland, feat. Fall Out Boy)

Don't Matter/Ignition (remix) (live at the VMAs)

Roxanne (from Policia: A Tribute to the Police)

What's This? (from the reissue of the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack)

Under Pressure (drunken karaoke from Angels and Kings)

Dust My Broom (acoustic, from the HCT behind the scenes stuff)

Let's Get It On (live in Seattle)
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hm. so the Butch Walker Leavin' The Game On Luckie St live dvd went up for presale today and I bought it. Man, HOW DO PEOPLE BUY SHIT ON THE INTERNET? I am sitting here and going, "I have spent the money! GIVE ME MY DVD NOW!" and no matter how much I make grabby hands, the dvd does not magically appear so I can watch it and giggle. This is a TRAGEDY to me.

every time I hear this song, I think of [livejournal.com profile] cidercupcakes. Butch Walker covering "Born to Run":

I also purchased his EP Cover Me Badd which, a) ahahahaha title, and b) has him doing songs like "Since U Been Gone" and "Live and Let Die" and "Always Something There To Remind Me." Which is awesome. So, yay for that. If uploading it didn't require burning it to cd and reripping it to get the DRM off, I totally would upload it, but I am lazy.

I am also kind of amused that Flogging Molly's new single is getting pretty heavy airplay on KROQ.

Muse's myspace (http://www.myspace.com/muse) has tracks from HAARP up, including live KoC and their cover of "Feeling Good." My favorite recording of that is still live at Montreux or the one where you cannot hear the band but you can hear the incredibly drunk audience singing along happily. Awww.

I am still debating the Mac vs PC question. On the one hand, I can buy a 24 inch iMac or a PC with a 30 inch monitor and tv tuner. My lust for the 30 inch monitor (and my complete resistance to change) is overcoming my abhorrence and absolute disdain for Vista. Also, I'm not gonna lie, my ipod's inexplicable refusal to play video is not filling me with confidence in the Apple product line.

ooh, KoC, must headbang.

Also, I am REALLY excited about the new Hush Sound album. I've been listening to Like Vines a lot recently and I like the two tracks from the new album on their myspace (http://www.myspace.com/thehushsound). Greta's voice has matured like crazy. Which, I guess, happens when you go from being an infant to almost legal! So! I share!
"Medicine Man"


So, anyway, I totally said I'd upload Silversun Pickups, didn't I? I did. So here, have some. They are an LA local band (from Silverlake, for those playing at home); for the longest time I thought the lead singer was a girl (I was half right. The main singer/lead guitar = boy, bassist and co-vocalist = girl) because I honestly couldn't tell from the voice; they are a band that grows on you -- or at least, they totally grew on me; and I still fail at the Smashing Pumpkins comparisons because what? Seriously? I mean, apparently they are sort of coming out of the same shoegaze/dreampop place, but I dunno. I like them, is the point. Of the two albums, Carnavas rocks a little harder and Pikul is a lot more dreamy, but they are both good.
from Pikul - 2005 (EP)
"Creation Lake"

"Booksmart Devil"

from Carnavas - 2006
"Well Thought Out Twinkles"

"Lazy Eye"

"Future Foe Scenarios"

Ooh, ooh, and apropos of NOTHING IN THIS POST, the part were Matt Cortez is apparently older than me makes him INFINITELY HOTTER.

I'm still undecided on how I feel about Puscifer's V is for Vagina. I do like Rev 22:20 (esp. the dry martini mix) and a couple of the other tracks, but for the most part I just kind of went, "Huh" and haven't listened to it again. IDEK.

OTOH, the listenthrough of the full Alkaline Trio (they're gonna be at bamboozle left! yay!) discography is going well. A+++. And I'm really enjoying Charlotte Sometimes too.
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yes, all three of us--

butch is taking a page from radiohead and putting his new album up for download.

The new live album is up for purchase OR free download at http://www.therecordbusinessisfucked.com. It is called Leavin' The Game on Luckie St and it is about 2 hours of music recorded at the LGOT show in ATL. $5.99 for the 320 kbps version, $0 for the 120. The dvd will be available in the online store. It is not out yet.

for people interested in 1969, the side project Butch is doing with Michael Guy Chislett (from The Academy Is...), that album is out on 4/1 and will also be available at http://www.therecordbusinessisfucked.com.

and lastly, Butch Walker has a new album coming out...soon? called Sycamore Meadows. He is still working on it, but it will be up on the website when it is done.

anyway. you can sample music at his myspace: http://www.myspace.com/butchwalker.


eta: specifically for [livejournal.com profile] cidercupcakes -- one of the songs Butch covers is "Born to Run." It's up on the myspace :) I thought you when it started.
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Here, have more music.

Jack Johnson's new album, Sleep Through the Static

Sometimes I dream about moving to and living in Hawaii.
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Dookie - 1994 - 57 mb (right click save)
Green Day's first really huge album.


American Idiot - 2004 - 96.6 mb (right click save)
The concept album. Also the album which caused Brandon Flowers to call Green Day unamerican. HAHAHA. I will always kind of love that there are two 9 minute+ songs on this album.

"american idiot"

Foxboro Hot Tubs - Stop Drop and Roll - 2007 - 18.9 mb (right click save)
The side project. Green Day as garage band.

They don't have a video out yet for anything on this, so here, have another Green Day video.
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you can has more music!

The Papercut Chronicles - Gym Class Heroes

Evening Out With Your Girlfriend - Fall Out Boy

Take This To Your Grave - Fall Out Boy

From Under the Cork Tree [Black Clouds and Underdogs edition] and My Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue - Fall Out Boy
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While the City Sleeps, We Rule The Streets, other tracks - Cobra Starship

As Cruel as School Children - Gym Class Heroes

Santi (produced by Butch Walker) - The Academy Is...

I had actually uploaded two other files, but they didn't...upload. WTF. So I am uploading them now.
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I brought you my bullets, you brought me your love

three cheers for sweet revenge

life on the murder scene (cd)

the black parade

the black parade (some b-sides and "song 2")
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In no particular order:

Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
Hip hop meets apocalyptic nerdcore. No, I'm not even kidding a little bit. Most of the reviews say that this is a cerebral album and...well, it's definitely not a *pop* album. It is an album that rewards repeated listening. Lots of atmosphere, a concept prequeled in Food and Liquor's "The Cool," alter-egos, anthropomorphic personifications of hip hop concepts, a really angry rant about the dumbing down of hip hop, political storytelling about child soldiers, sampling Inspector Gadget, referencing Street Fighter. Yeah. Oh, Lupe.

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
On the flip side of the musical fence, we've got Spoon's alternative rock smacking right into motown and coming out the better for it. It's actually been an interesting year for the rock/r&b/hip hop fusion, not in the rap-rock way, but in taking elements from both types of music and making something that sounds a little like both and wholly like itself. Which is totally rambling and not on the subject of this album which is pretty awesome. I...don't have a lot to say about it. It is an album that made me really happy.

Kanye West - Graduation
A lot of people beef with Kanye about his ego which, to be fair, is pretty big and he talks about how great he is a lot. I cannot fault him on this as he has the chops to back it up. I *love* Graduation. It is compulsively listenable, the songs are catchy as fuck, and frankly, if Kanye Wants to make awesomely fantastically terrible puns about how he is a big fucking deal, I say more power to him. He's ironic and egotistical and knows his way around an earworm like nobody else. And even if the album weren't good -- which, okay, it's a fantastic album, seriously -- I would love it for making me *laugh out loud* a bunch of times. Especially during his love song to Jay-Z. AHAHAHA. OH KANYE.

Fall Out Boy - Infinity on High
I...had to cut this because I went on and on. Um. And did meta about Fall Out Boy. *facepalm* Short version is: of all the albums that came out in 2007, Infinity on High is the album I have listened to the most and with the most pure joy. Long version is under the cut. )

Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
She's crazy. We all know she's crazy. We all know she's a trainwreck waiting to happen. We all know she's going to die of some kind of drug overdose/alcohol poisoning/self-mutilation/batshit escapade that will be tabloid fodder and a warning for the ages. This album will *still* be amazing. Swingy, jazzy, nutball, soaked in ten kinds of liquor, and really really amazingly good.

Black Holes and Revelations (Muse) and The Black Parade (My Chemical Romance) are both from 2006, so they don't make the list. Radiohead's In Rainbows and the Foo Fighters' Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace were both really good albums that fit so solidly within the framework established by their other albums that they were more like, "Oh hey, awesome Radiohead album! Awesome Foo Fighters album!" rather than "Oh, awesome album!" otherwise they'd've made the list. Also, you can download In Rainbows from their website (I never put it up) and I did put up the Foo Fighters album and the new Jill Scott album, so. I mean, I also put up Graduation and IOH, but those were albums that stood out more to me than the Radiohead or Foo. Hm. Anyway, yeah. There you are.

ANYWAY. Other albums from 2007 that I liked a lot:
In Rainbows - Radiohead
Echoes Silence Patience and Grace - Foo Fighters
Viva La Cobra - Cobra Starship
The Shepherd's Dog - Iron and Wine
Wincing the Night Away - The Shins
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank - Modest Mouse
Magic - Bruce Springsteen
Good Girl Gone Bad - Rihanna
Chase This Light - Jimmy Eat World
It Won't Be Soon Before Long - Maroon 5

An album from 2007 that I thought was okay, but man, you would think the band was handing out sex acts like candy to reviewers based on how many people seemed to think this was an amazing fantastically wonderful album:
Neon Bible - Arcade Fire.
like I said, I liked it fine, but it was. Um. really depressing. and uh. pretentious. I don't know! It was okay.

Albums that I am looking forward to in 2008:
The Bedlam in Goliath - The Mars Volta
Sleep Through the Static - Jack Johnson
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Woo. About a year and a half ago, I put up this Gunn mix I made and I did covers for it and the whole shebangabang. [livejournal.com profile] vampyreranger asked me to put it up again, so I did. I didn't reupload the covers ('cause man, that involves opening up photoshop and resaving it and everything so no), but here's the music.

Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King

Respiration - Blackstar (feat. Common)

Wishing - Edo G (feat. Masta Ace)

Testify - Common

Guillotine (Swordz) - Raekwon*

Crossroads - Bone Thugs n Harmony

Shadows of Tomorrow - Madvillain

Crazy - Gnarls Barkley

Boom! - Nelly

Fight the Power - Public Enemy

My Philosophy - KRS-One

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott Heron

Walk On By - Isaac Hayes

Ordinary People - John Legend

Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters

Travellin' Man (acapella) - Mos Def

The Seed (2.0, extended radio edit) - The Roots

To Live And Die in LA - Tupac

(Other mixes which I will reupload upon request: Roy Harper, Music for the Post-Apocalypse, another Gunn, Music for Geeks at a Con. Hell, give me a theme and I'll put something together. I like making mixes.)

In other news, regarding uploading Hawaii: for whatever reason, I cannot get the pilot to load off the cd I have it burned to. It will play, but I can't upload it or copy it or anything. Luckily, about the only thing the pilot tells you that impacts the story at all is that Declan (Sharif Atkins) is from Chicago. So I am working on getting the other six eps uploaded.

*I cannot find the original track I had on here from Raekwon ("Heaven and Hell") which is, apparently, on a cd somewhere in the Giant Folder of Burned CDs I Haven't Ripped To My Harddrive Yet.

ETA: Music for the Zombiepocalypse
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I'm not gonna lie, you guys, I'm feeling melancholy and I hate it. Distract me? Things that make you happy, things you think will make me happy, interesting cover songs, interesting mashups, awesome pictures, anything.

I just want to be taken out of my head.


blame [livejournal.com profile] thelionforreal for this one:

She provides a link to download Scritti Politti vs Justin Timberlake - "Like I Absolutely Love You" (sendspace) because I did not have it on my harddrive.

And then, 'cause I was telling her about them, 15 mashups that make me giggle inappropriately, right click save.

Track listing:
Beck vs John Lennon - "Give Losers a Chance"
Beyonce vs EMF - "Unworkable (McSleazy Remix)"
Christina Aguilera vs Michael Jackson - "Ain't No Other Man Til You Get Enough"
Dandy Warhols vs Beastie Boys - "Intergalactic Friends"
Nena vs Jay-Z - "99 Luft Problems"
Toni Basil vs Madonna - "Material Mickey"
Muse vs Britney Spears - "Do Something Supermassive"
Monkees vs Beatles - "Paperback Believer"
Radiohead vs Beatles - "Lovetax"
Radiohead vs Beatles - "Karma in the Life"
Shakira vs Wyclef vs Modest Mouse - "Hips Don't Float"
Killers vs Clash - "Somebody Rock Me"
Bangles vs Verve - "Walk Like a Symphony"
Nirvana vs Destiny's Child - "Smells Like Bootylicious"
Green Day vs Oasis vs Aerosmith - "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
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I have sale info on a Serj Tankian show for a Halloween show at the HOB Sunset. Anyone interested? (I have to work but you know. Sharing is caring.)

(one of the reasons I like SOAD and Serj is because, much like Tom Morello and the guys in RATM, they rock hard and are like social crusaders. Also, they are of my people! Sort of. I mean, generally. They are of Armenian descent and not Persian, but whatevs. Not so many middle eastern people for me to champion so I do it where I can.)

music by SOAD:

Snowblind (Black Sabbath Cover)
let me feel the frost of dawn

Chop Suey!
here you go, create another fable

Aerials (+hidden track - awesome, awesome drumming. It is my actual favorite SOAD thing.)
we drink from the river then we turn around and put up our walls


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