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Thursday, September 6th, 2001
2:39 am
[poodleface]
I spend too much time filling out things like this.
Hello.

1. Song that reminds you of waking up in the morning: Elton John - Tiny Dancer
2. Song that's best to drive to work/school to: Modest Mouse - Breakthrough
3. Song that's best to drive home from work/school to: Devo - Clockout
4. Song that's best on Sunday afternoon: Jets to Brazil - Chinatown
5. Song that's best to listen to at night driving: Mogwai - Sine Wave
6. Song that's best to listen to at night at home: Red House Painters - Drop
7. Song that reminds you of your childhood: Nirvana - Lithium
8. Songs that are best for sex, or reminds you of sex: almost anything by The Doors
9. Song that's best for when it is raining: Ben Folds Five - Evaporated

10. Song that reminds you that you're in love: Flaming Lips - What is the Light?
12. Song that reminds you that everything is wonderful: Elvis Presley - Such A Night
13. Song that makes you cry: Weezer - I Do

Music Groups

1. Favorite music group: Um, look at my album list?
2. Favorite music group when you were 13: Guns N' Roses
3. Music group that you liked then but do not anymore: Soundgarden
4. Music group that you still like after years and years: Weezer
5. Music group that you are embarrassed that you like: Manowar (I'm not embarrassed, but plenty enough people are embarrassed for me)

Singers

1. Favorite male voice: Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Faith No More), Leonard Cohen
2. Favorite female voice: Caithlin de Marrais (Rainer Maria)
3. Most annoying female voice: Christina Aguilera
4. Most annoying male voice: Fred Durst (and his ilk)
5. Male singer's voice that makes you cry: Nick Drake
6. Female singer's voice that makes you cry: Bjork

Your current top twenty albums
(or something like that)

[In no particular order, and these are just a sampling of ones sitting on my hard drive at the moment.]

1. Rainer Maria - Past Worn Searching
2. Jets to Brazil - Orange Rhyming Dictionary
3. Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Ever, Amen
4. Bjork - Homogenic (+ Post)
5. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
6. Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
7. Modest Mouse - This is a long drive...
8. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
9. Mogwai - Rock Action
10. Red House Painters - Retrospective
11. Sunny Day Real Estate - LP2 (Pink Album)
12. Weezer - Pinkerton
13. Willie Nelson - Spirit
14. Radiohead - Amnesiac/Kid A (they feel like they belong together)
15. Nada Surf - The Proximity Effect
16. Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
17. Frank Sinatra - The Capitol Years
18. Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
19. Magnolia - motion picture score
20. The Thin Red Line - motion picture score

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, September 4th, 2001
8:45 pm
[perfectdisguise]
EVERYONE FILL THIS OUT TO SPARK SOME REVIEWS

1. Song that reminds you of waking up in the morning: Getting better, the beatles...dont ask
2. Song that's best to drive to work/school to: wild pack of family dogs-modest mouse
3. Song that's best to drive home from work/school to:smackwater jack, carol king
4. Song that's best on Sunday afternoon: jennifer and the ess-dog, stephen malkmus
5. Song that's best to listen to at night driving:radiohead, black star
6. Song that's best to listen to at night at home: travis writing to reach you
7. Song that reminds you of your childhood: king of carrot flowers, neutral milk hotel...well...not really, but its great song
8. Songs that are best for sex, or reminds you of sex: radiohead, entire ok computer album, except fitter, happier
9. Song that's best for when it is raining: Stravis, why does it always rain on me

10. Song that reminds you that you're in love: radiohead, high and dry
12. Song that reminds you that everything is wonderful: perfeect world, liz phair
13. Song that makes you cry: Radiohead - radiohead, blackstar, fake plastic trees, the 4th on amnesiac, cant think of the name...
Music Groups

1. Favorite music group:obviously radiohead
2. Favorite music group when you were 13: the cranberries
3. Music group that you liked then but do not anymore, greenday
4. Music group that you still like after years and years:beatles, of course
5. Music group that you are embarrassed that you like:i have an incubus cd...hanging my head

Singers

1. Favorite male voice: Thom Yorke
2. Favorite female voice: bjork
3. Most annoying female voice: alanis morsette,,,grrrrr
4. Most annoying male voice: dave matthews...i actually just dont like him
5. Male singer's voice that makes you cry: Thom Yorke
6. Female singer's voice that makes you cry: bjork, liz phair

Your current top twenty albums
(or something like that)

1radiohead-amnesiac
2. Radiohead - OK Computer
3. radiohead-kid a
4. radiohead-the bends
5.modest mouse, moon and antartica
6. modest mouse, big lonesome crowded west
7. travis, the man who
8. bjork, the pink one
9. nuetral milk hotel, aeroplane over the sea
10. weezer, the old blue one....

maybe??????
8:30 pm
[perfectdisguise]
EVERYONE FILL THIS OUT TO SPARK SOME REVIEWS

1. Song that reminds you of waking up in the morning: Getting better, the beatles...dont ask
2. Song that's best to drive to work/school to: wild pack of family dogs-modest mouse
3. Song that's best to drive home from work/school to:smackwater jack, carol king
4. Song that's best on Sunday afternoon: jennifer and the ess-dog, stephen malkmus
5. Song that's best to listen to at night driving:radiohead, black star
6. Song that's best to listen to at night at home: travis writing to reach you
7. Song that reminds you of your childhood: king of carrot flowers, neutral milk hotel...well...not really, but its great song
8. Songs that are best for sex, or reminds you of sex: radiohead, entire ok computer album, except fitter, happier
9. Song that's best for when it is raining: Stravis, why does it always rain on me

10. Song that reminds you that you're in love: radiohead, high and dry
12. Song that reminds you that everything is wonderful: perfeect world, liz phair
13. Song that makes you cry: Radiohead - radiohead, blackstar, fake plastic trees, the 4th on amnesiac, cant think of the name...
Music Groups

1. Favorite music group:obviously radiohead
2. Favorite music group when you were 13: the cranberries
3. Music group that you liked then but do not anymore, greenday
4. Music group that you still like after years and years:beatles, of course
5. Music group that you are embarrassed that you like:i have an incubus cd...hanging my head

Singers

1. Favorite male voice: Thom Yorke
2. Favorite female voice: bjork
3. Most annoying female voice: alanis morsette,,,grrrrr
4. Most annoying male voice: dave matthews...i actually just dont like him
5. Male singer's voice that makes you cry: Thom Yorke
6. Female singer's voice that makes you cry: bjork, liz phair

Your current top twenty albums
(or something like that)

1radiohead-amnesiac
2. Radiohead - OK Computer
3. radiohead-kid a
4. radiohead-the bends
5.modest mouse, moon and antartica
6. modest mouse, big lonesome crowded west
7. travis, the man who
8. bjork, the pink one
9. nuetral milk hotel, aeroplane over the sea
10. weezer, the old blue one....

maybe??????
Sunday, September 2nd, 2001
12:15 am
[perfectdisguise]
i'm sorry
this summer, i kind of forgot to check my livejournal sites. i didn't mean to, its just my internet access is soooo slow (dial up)at home. so, i hope you accept my apologies, and that you all still post and check out this site.

Current Mood: guilty
Monday, May 14th, 2001
7:23 pm
[theivorytower]
http://jamesdean.com/photo/schatt/images/jdrs24d1.jpg

i want my senior picture to look like this, but me...but...just kidding.
Thursday, May 10th, 2001
1:14 pm
[ezabeaslade]
Fairweather.... If they move... kill them
Well this band is awesome. If you like saves the day then you will love fairweather. Not to mention they are from my nieghborhood. They are really good and worht checking out. This album seems to a very fast passionate album. The guitars on this album show alot of punk influence mixed with some hardcore put still posses that saves the day poppy sound. They have a web page www.fairweatherva.com .

Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, May 9th, 2001
1:11 am
[madmanmike]
madmanmike
for future reference, madman mike reviews will be posted under this name. -catherine
(mike in my best friend)
Tuesday, May 8th, 2001
10:05 pm
[theivorytower]
Oh yeah! Bam! i'm the second person to join! don't cry...
10:02 pm
[theivorytower]
can this be a place to.... post reviews on shows too? cause...i'm getting up there on good shows...kinda...i'm 15...so, i can't even drive...but still...
Wednesday, May 9th, 2001
12:44 am
[perfectdisguise]
hmmm...maybe these colors are too girly...
think if i change them people will join?
all i know is last night i was told...
if you build it, they will come...
thanks emowuss...

Current Mood: restless
Tuesday, May 8th, 2001
9:18 pm
[emowuss]
i thought i would join this community. people really should join. i have an ezine which i will post my own reviews on cds. i will also post them on here too.
7:53 pm
[perfectdisguise]
MadMan Mike says
Calling All Kings & Queens: A Mr. Lady Compilation
Various Artists
Mr. Lady Records
Rating: 245 out of 360


Ask any cool 2nd grader about force fields, and you might just get an explanation about how an effective force field can guard against any sort of attack, be it with fists, swords, laser guns, etc. I know that as an eight year old, I often employed this device when I needed to take a break from an onslaught of Ninja Turtle training sessions. Eventually, though, I grew up, and I made peace with my friends for good, so there was no longer a need for such techniques of defense. I left the force fields, superpower tablets (SweetTarts), and my foam nunchucks behind, and entered something resembling a life in the real world.

I sometimes wish feminist rock music would do the same. When I picked up this disc, I was well aware that it might contain some stuff that would act as a force field and make me feel like a horrible, dominating white boy. Sorry, I dont care if an album is great; if it makes me feel horrible when I listen to it, Im not going to want to listen again. However, I noticed that there were tracks included from Sleater-Kinney and Le Tigre, so I figured that it would be worth the fight I might have to put up.

From the first track, Calling All Kings & Queens is all about the music. The group California Lightening kicks the whole thing off with Lugosi, a song which rocks, and rocks comfortably. By the time I was halfway into the second track, Le Tigres Sweetie, my discomfort had been replaced by the delightful lo-hop noises surrounding a song that could have been popular in the 50s.

Amy Ray puts up the first opposition to my white male-dom with a song about the inherent chauvinism of the music industry. I admit, its a little weird hearing the word boner in a song, but her proficient performance made up for most of the discomfort I felt. If anything, it was surely better than Trickys non-stop whining about record companies, which has been going on for, what, four releases now?

It wasnt long before I got to the Sleater-Kinney track, a live version of Ballad of a Ladyman. Singer Carrie Brownsteins voice has a magical way of cutting through any presuppositions one might have about a three girl rock band with no bass. Two other bands on the disc evidently use the same no-bass strategy, and consequently turn out sounding a lot like Sleater-Kinney. The more pleasing case of this is the band Oriflamme, with the song, My Own Private Ryan. The Butchies, Heart Beats Red and Origami also contribute notably good pieces to this compilation.

There are a couple other instances during Calling All Kings & Queens that made me feel just a little funny. The Sleater-Kinney written number, Im Not Waiting, performed by Kiki & Herb, comes off sounding like a joke, and not a good one. Later, PME puts down some really interesting music so that the lovely Ms.(ter) Vaginal Davis can turn the whole thing into a terrible Rocky Horror shit heap, falsettos and all. But these two bad performances werent enough to repel me from the compilation, because the music of the other groups on the disc has universal appeal that any indie rock guy like me can appreciate.

But this appreciation was severely damaged upon hearing the last track, Gretchen Phillips detestable Eau de Lesbianism, in which she lusts over her English teacher (sweet preachy teachy), and imagines having her on the subway. The entire track is spoken over the absolute worst electronic music I have ever heard, and the metaphors, (freshly mowed lawn, succulent peaches) are horrible. A few seconds after the track ends, we hear some live stage banter which includes the line, My nipples are way more hairier. Ewww.

So I am totally puzzled. What would possess the person sequencing this disc to put such an alienating track at the very end, so to remain as the taste in an outside listeners mouth? Was someone afraid that a Limp Bizkit fan out there was going to really dig the compilation? Is the idea of selling out so bad that we have to sabotage a great collection of music in an effort to keep it real for the die-hard lesbian fans?

Calling All Kings & Queens comes frustratingly close to proving that a feminist rock compilation can be really pleasing to a universal audience, but in the last seconds, it retreats back behind that familiar force field again. The world just will have to pick up its laser guns and start firing away hopelessly for a little bit longer.

Current Mood: accomplished
7:49 pm
[perfectdisguise]
MadMan Mike says
here, this isn't great, but it'll pick up.

Tiffany Anders
funny cry happy gift
UP Records
Rating: 110 out of 360.

Fictional monologue in a record store:

Me: Hmm, whats this new album? Tiffany Ander--
My Imaginary Friend: Tiffany Amber Theissen??? Wow! Thats great! What is she wearing?!
Me: Uh, no man...Hey! Produced by PJ Harvey! Wow! This is great! What is she playing?!

Upon examination of the credits of Tiffany Anders funny cry happy gift (an album which fits none of these descriptions), I was really taken by a couple of things. First and foremost, the album is produced by PJ Harvey. No Shit. PJ Harvey. Knowing that she had a production role in her own excellent most recent LP, Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea, I was thrilled to be allowed to hear this Tiffany chicks CD, whoever she was. Furthermore, funny cry happy gift features the one and only J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr! . . .featured on lead, uh . . . drums . . . hmmm. I would have to see about that one. . .

Still, I slid this disc into my computers CD Drive with only the greatest of expectations. But Person I Knew, the opening track, was not very satisfying. At all. Actually, it was kinda boring. The excitement of hearing J Mascis instantly got lost in the track along with his forgettable drum work. There was a nice enough build up, though, and the song, beaming with country music influence, showed a little bit of promise. But by the end of I See How Much Has Changed, a duet with Joe Hurley, I fully realized how much of my own excitement had changed into contempt. This was due in no small part to the lyrics, Girl Ive had a long journey, I look at you, I see how much has changed. And like the leaves that are now falling, our love is faded, and is now dead. Perhaps these words dont seem so bad written down, but delivered via a nearly non existent melody, and very very slowly, you really find yourself thinking of ways that they could be phrased in a more eloquent way. And youre right. Even Harveys uniquely simple vocal breaks between verses dont make this song worthwhile.

Track 7, Summer Gold, is a highlight of the disc. It features a background noise made by a copicat (def: a musical instrument known for saving songs from going straight to Hell) and some of the nicer guitar parts on the record to keep it interesting. However, these elements cant save the song from its lyrical shortcomings, and, again, a nearly complete lack of a tune. Like most of the songs on the disc, this one also plods along at a snails pace. Oh, and it doesnt bode well for Anders that the very next track, Concrete Like Quicksand, sports an identical melody. Thankfully, the following number, Solitudes Ring works better than most songs on funny cry happy gift. A slide guitar complements Anders vocals, which are nicer here than anywhere else on the disc.

If not for the major name guest stars who appear on funny cry happy gift, it would be tossed into the girl-singer-songwriters-who-do-the-girl-singer-songwriter-thing pile, and never given a second thought. Hell, it probably still will be. The fact is that Tiffany Anders is not really a bad songwriter, and she does have her moments. I am just perplexed at why she has gained the attention and support of such major league artists, not to mention the prestigious UP Records. Whatever. Just let me know when that new Tiffany Amber Theissen album comes out.

Current Mood: accomplished
7:38 pm
[perfectdisguise]
so...i love music....but i tend to just listen to the same stuff, over and over...i get it ruts where i just listen to 5 bands for months...so, i created this page to expose me and others to new music...so please, review music and join!!!

Current Mood: accomplished
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